Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Quick, everyone, into the bomb shelters!

Hat tip to the nice people over at Right2Express who sent me this article about the way democracy goes in Iran:

IRAN: VOTE FOR RAFSANJANI AND WE WILL HAVE NUCLEAR BOMBS, SAYS RELIGIOUS LEADER


Tehran, 27 May (AKI) - Hojatolislam Gholam Reza Hasani, a representative of Iran's supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in Iranian Azerbaijan, has no doubts as to who to vote for in the next presidential elections on 17 June. "You need to vote for Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani," said Hasani. "This way we will finally be able to have for ourselves the atomic bomb to fairly stand up to Israeli weapons," said Hasani.

"Freedom, democracy and stupidities of this type cannot be carried over to any part, and these concepts are out of sync with the principles of Islam," said Hasani, the imam who led Friday prayers in the main city of western Iranian Azerbaijian.

"Islam always spoke with the sword in the hand and I don't see why
now we have changed attitudes and talk with the other civilisations."



Can I ask why in the grand scheme of global politics most Canadian prefer to talk to the country whose clergy speak of "Freedom, democracy and stupidities of this type"?

Freedom = GOOD.
Democracy = GOOD.
Iran having nuclear weapons they can lob over our heads into America or at Israel = BAD.

People like this make me sick if only because they make Persians and Muslims look bad. At York, there are many Muslims who do not wish to nuke the Western world. I have met Persians who don't hate me because I am a Zionist. But I wonder why they let this nutcase be the one to represent them to the world.

I hope that most Iranians vote following my nutjob rule, which I made up when Dan Freeman-Maloy endorsed Unity: Find out who the total nutjob wants you to vote for; then vote the opposite.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

The things that are actually wrong with America (Corrected version)

There is an internet program called Speedy Vote, that attempts to ensure your favorite Idol is not eliminated. You get the software, an "automatic redialer" and program it to vote through your modem for your candidate and tell it how many times to vote.

There are things that are wrong with America. Many of them revolve around the fact that people in a nation of 272 million are willing to cast 500 million votes about who sang the best. Other things wrong in America involve people actually being willing to spend $30 on the software - the show's outcome is worth that much to them.

It's not even like we're giving Carrie nuclear warheads to manage or anything.

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From the site's clarification on 'votes or voters':

One thing is for certain and that is that the number of votes is increasing each week and you will hear Ryan Seacrest make statements such as "Vote as much as you want", "Vote as often as you like" to encourage viewers to help make the vote count even larger.


So what happens when you hear American Idol's host Ryan Seacrest announce a new large vote count the next week and you know that you put a little more effort in that week to cast more votes? Does it make you feel like you played an important role in helping to make the shows new record? That is exactly why we are marketing Speedy Vote's, American Idol voting software. It helps you, help the show make history. It helps you place votes for your favorite Idol contestant. It helps you get through on American Idol's busy toll free numbers to cast your vote.


Do you think the show will ever limit voting to one vote per household? If so, you better think again. It's all about marketing and the more people that call in, and the more votes that each fan places, the more successful the show is. It's like a magnet and it makes more people feel that they should vote also or that they should place more votes. Why? Because everyone else is doing it.


"Because everyone else is doing it" - apparently, not just a reason to have sex and smoke pot.
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Also, apparently, there were only 272 million people in America in 1999.

Who knew?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

A thought about the world

In the Kerry-Bush decision, 106 million Americans (myself included) cast ballots.
Last night on American Idol in the Carrie-Bo decision, 500 million Americans cast ballots.

I love America, but there are some things that are seriously wrong with that country.

West Wing quote of the day

In this White House:

TV Moderator : "Ainsley Hayes, is that true?"
Ainsley : "No, it's not."
TV Moderator : "Is Sam Seaborn lying?"
Ainsley : "Lying's an awfully strong word... yes, he's lying. And we should tell the truth about education. The bill contained plenty of money for new textbooks - also, computer literacy, school safety, physical plant. The difference is we wanted to give the money directly to communities, and let them decide how best to spend it... on the off chance that the needs of Lincoln High in Dayton are different than the needs of Crenshaw High in South Central L.A."
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Ainsley : "The bill contained plenty of money for textbooks, Mark, and anyone who says otherwise is flat-out lying. And we should tell the truth about this... textbooks are important, if for no other reason than they accurately place the town of Kirkwood in California and not in Oregon."

Dear, dear Ainsley Hayes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

West Wing quote of the day: Mallory is not allowed to date fascists...

Sam Seaborn: Mallory, education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That's my position. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet.

And before every other neo-con out there suggests that this quote recommends wasting taxpayer money, I send you here to Angry in the Great White North, who tells us some of the horrific things going on at Adscam:

From section 7.3.2 of the Kroll Report, a sample contract is deconstructed.
Out of a total of $46.32 million:
$460,000, or 1%, went to sponsorship
$8.34 million, or 18%, went to actual work done
$26 million, or 56%, went to "unrelated or unknown parties"
$11.52 million, or 25%, was unspent or the invoices were not found

Quite enlightening. 1% goes to sponsorships. 18% goes to work. 56% goes to stuff unrelated to sponsorship. And 25% they can't even find.


And this is only one contract?

I don't propose increasing taxes. I propose that we take that $11.52 million dollars and spend it on books for our students. Just for some perspective, the teacher in me says that $11.52 million dollars is:

576,000 copies of "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss (a classic; every child should read it)

1,152,000 copies of "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare (his best)

886,154 copies of "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand (the world would be a better place if more people read this book)

1,440,000 copies of "Something Else" by Kathryn Cave

172,800,000 Sesame Street bandaids (you can get about double that if you go for generic. But trust me, you need this many band-aids to run a school)

Canadian teachers don't need higher salaries; they need responsible government dedicated to the actual issues, not just dedicated to sliding envelopes of cash across the table. I wonder if so many parents would have voted Liberal if they thought long and hard about how that money is coming directly out of their cash-strapped classrooms. (I'm not a nurse or anything but I'm sure $11.52 million would buy a lot of syringes.)

I don't need a raise or a six-figure salary. I need a well-stocked classroom and a well-stocked library down the hall. And that sure as hell won't happen under Paul Martin's watch.

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Update: 05/26/05 - Spelling mistake corrected.

And in the spirit of our anonymous donor is today's quote. Can I put away the wet noodle now? My point still stands.

Monday, May 23, 2005

People who don't know what they are talking about

1. Teachers who think we make too little money. It's not that we make too little money, it's that some teachers are greedy. Also, the government takes too much of our money.

2. People like this idiot (people, note today's date and time. I rarely mock republicans. Maybe I should do so more often....) who think teachers have it easy.

I cordially invite anyone who thinks we do to take my grade 6 class for an hour and have them learn something and enjoy learning by the end of it.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

One year respite...

We won't be going to the polls yet, after an amusing speech by Milliken in which he saved the government:

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin's fragile minority government was left bloodied, but still standing Thursday after barely winning a crucial confidence vote that means an election has been deferred - at least for now.

But let's be frank, the Liberals would have won, and what good is that? So they can embezzle $3B MORE?

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Poll after poll has shown in recent weeks that the majority of Canadians are in no mood for another election and want the government, which has been completely side tracked with all the election planning of late, to get back to work.


Haven't they spent billions these past few weeks?

Jumping the gun

Fresh out of the gate for May whiner of the month is Belinda Stronach, who for the sake of her own political ambitions told Canadians this:

But [I] regret to say that I do not believe the party leader's truly sensitive to the needs of each part of the country and how big and complicated Canada really is.

Fact: Better to stay in a party of principle than to switch sides and jump on a corrupt leaky dinghy just so for a few months you can call yourself a "cabinet minister".

Funny postscript: Every link on her site is gone except for the statement. Hmmmm...

Anyhow, for more read Tiger, who is bloggin prolifically as always.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Comment of the week

Fun with sarcasm as an anonymous individual called "Informed Conservatism" commented yesterday:

"What, another hackneyed 'York U is socialist and I'm a marginalized neo-con fighting wishy-washy liberal opporession, but glad to love and use wishy-washy liberal free-speech' blog? This ought to be fun."


I'm confused. Were there other marginalized York U. neo-cons blogging all along with whom I could have commiserated?

My new sarcastic friend, where have you been all my life?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Stockwell Day - an upstanding fellow

Skeet brings us a Stockwell Day report from London, ON:

Day made it clear from the outset that when he spoke of Muslim countries, he was referring to the leadership of the country, not the people (whom he feels are victims of oppression). Stating that a country is in trouble when it fails to heed the will of her people, he went on to indict tyrants the world over: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely all the time. Foreshadowing President Bush's speech an hour later, Day said "Democracy is the only check on that."

On the topic of anti-semitism, he addressed the recent UN 'memorial' to the victims of the Holocaust. Recognizing it for what it was, he went through a laundry list of complaints with the day:

no resolutions or final declarations were allowed
Only 41 countries spoke (by his count), and only 5 mentioned Israel. Canada wasn't amongst those that recognized the Jewish state. You know, the one that was established by the UN because of the holocaust.
Kofi Annan's terrific idea to start a registry of Palestinians who have been affected by the security council (I'm still waiting on that registry of the Sudanese murdered in Darfur), with no mention of the Men, Women and children who have been killed, maimed or otherwise injured by Arab terrorism in Israel
In another parallel to President Bush, Day went on to quote Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner who now is in the Israeli Knesset. Never call a tyrant anything but that. Not a diplomat, not a leader. He went on to state that Sharansky is his personal hero. I find it really hard to not like this guy.

While most of the speech seemed to be delivered without notes, he relied heavily on his blackberry while cataloging nearly every conflict in the Middle East in the last 50 years. Could Israel really be held accountable for all of them? It was Day's contention that Israel moderates the region. I'm not sure how much of that argument I buy, but here was his reasoning: With a common enemy, and one they can't seem to beat, it stops them from their usual Arab on Arab violence, which tends to be more brutal. Maybe he's right.

He went on to state a few hypotheticals: What if Israel had lost in 1967? Would Egypt and Jordan have handed the West Bank and Gaza to Arafat? No; they hated him more than the Israelis did then. If Israel ceased to exist would there suddenly be peace in the region? Of course not.

Getting back to the Tyrants, Day cited a number of UN development reports that have Muslim countries finish at the bottom of the pack in every major index. That they live so poorly is a direct reflection on the Tyrants who rule them.

Turning to the spread of freedom, Day mentioned something I hadn't heard before. Apparently, millions (his number) of Iranians called in sick last week to watch President Bush's inauguration speech. If its true, that certainly bodes well for the Iranian student democratic movement. He called freedom 'contagious' and called out those who claim that the Middle East can't handle democracy as racists (again, shadowing something Bush has previously said many times).

He ended his talk by again stating that supporting the only stable democracy in the Middle East was a simple, but important decision.


Democracy good.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Are we? Aren't we? Who even knows?

I could talk about how the Canadian liberal media exhibits absurd amounts of bias, or I could refer you to Stephen Taylor, who shows us front pages and headlines. Read Stephen.

Tonight's big news: The budget at 4pm. Will the Rae Review be implemented? Will there be more cash for post-secondary? Will the lower middle class be forced to subsidize the upper middle class? Will the Liberals screw Ontarians over again?

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

West Wing quote of the day - May 10

From IMDB.com, in honour of local celebrations.

Josh Lyman: Victory is mine, victory is mine. Great day in the morning people, victory is mine
Donna Moss: Good morning, Josh.
Josh Lyman: I drink from the keg of glory, Donna. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land.
Donna Moss: It's going to be an unbearable day.

Monday, May 09, 2005

10,051 hits later....

I've always been nobody - on campus, in the blogosphere. I still have no official name. 1 year and 24 days, 88 posts later, I've made friends, garnered attention, and most importantly, had my say in a world where the big and powerful push us little women around.

And I suppose that's why I love the blogosphere - because in it all you need is DSL and you can have a voice. This 10,000 hit mark is seven times less than lgf gets in a day. But I - and marginalized Iraqi women and bullied sixth-graders and people whose opinions don't fit the party line - we all get to say what we think.

And that is why the blogosphere is a gift to the world - an equalizer and something that levels the playing field.

Sometime in my next 10,000 hits, I hope to talk more about an issue I care a lot about - Israel - since I've greviously neglected her. I hope to figure out what Trackback is and then figure out how to use it. I should also figure out what XML and RSS are so that I can give intelligent answers as to why I don't use them. And I've just introduced the West Wing quote of the day, because that's just so much fun.

Free speech. A beautiful thing.

I like free markets. I don't like greed.

This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is educational, as always, which means that I did not read most of it. Why would I read anything educational? Remember how I'm done school?

I did read this post, however, about Linkin Park, who sing some seriously good songs, such as "In the End."

Linkin Park, the rock/rap group that is one of Warner Music's most successful acts, is publicly protesting the company's upcoming IPO. The band is 'offended and discouraged' that only $7 million of the $650 million raised will go to WMG and wants out of its contract. Other Warner Music acts, including Metallica and Kid Rock, have
also been critical of the company in recent months.
Here is a copy of Linkin Park's comments and WMG's response.


Among the Linkin Park allegations?

...of the planned $750 million raised by an IPO, only about $7 million will be put toward the company's own operations, with no money going to WMG artists.

Where the hell is the rest of it going?

I don't download internet music because I believe it's stealing. But I ardently disapprove of major comapnies taking advantage of bands to fatten profit margins. Have an IPO, and put the bloody money into the company to help sell more CDs! (That's the kind of capitalism I like.)

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For West Wing fans, here's a story about Notre Dame.

West Wing quote of the day...

Today's quote of the day is from the Portland Trip, in honour of the article below that talks about Notre Dame.

Danny : Are you being punished?
CJ : I'm not being punished, I'm going on the trip.
Danny : If the whole bus goes off the record, will you tell us why you're going on the trip?
CJ : I made fun of Notre Dame.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Brock on Equalization

brock: on the attack.:

Dalton McGuinty, who is a liar, is quite the character. I mean, who would have thought that it would be a Liberal premier from Ontario who would be the one to completely upset the national equalization program?

I don't want to have to bring myself to give McGuinty credit for anything -- and I won't -- but if you're an Ontario taxpayer like I am and you look at these numbers, it's quite the kick in the balls.

If Ontario got back in services what it paid in taxes, we could basically give every Ontarian a 25% income tax cut and maintain services the way they are today. That's quite the figure. Having nearly one-quarter of every Ontario taxdollar being earmarked for the subsidy of other provinces is quite an extreme figure in my mind.

The difference between myself and Dalton McGuinty is of course, that if he gets his hands on that 25%, he'll spend it all, and probably even further raise taxes. Me? I'd give it all back to taxpayers and thensome. But on the other hand, I'm just a stupid neocon."


He's right about McGuinty being a liar, and I'd add "racist wanker" to that as well for his ideas on how publicly-funded religious education is only OK for certain religions, but he is dead-on on the funding gap.

I wouldn't say give it all back in tax credits, though I personally went to the legislature and protested that stupid new Medical Tax this time last year. Paul Martin, also a jackass, cares little about crumbling hospitals and schools in Ontario and ignores the fact that though Ontario is a "rich" province, that doesn't help our poor people any.

I like income taxes. They're equalizing. I would rather they kept income taxes, funded our schools, hospitals and universities, and dumped the sales taxes, which hurt the poor the most.

Oh, I forgot. The Liberals first got elected in 1993 promising to get rid of the GST. I'll expect that repealed any day now. Or perhaps Martin enjoys oppressing the poor?

Right Thinking Girl's Weekend Survey 10

In this Weekend Survey 10, Right Thinking Girl asks:

1. If you were a writer, what kinds of books would you write?

LAY says: I would write non-fiction. The truth about what happened at York these last three years is far, far more entertaining than any fiction I can find.

2. Do you expect to ever be famous in your lifetime? If yes, what do you expect to be famous for?

LAY says: Famous, no. Well known within a small localized community, yes. For my writing.

3. Say something liberal.

LAY: Tax cuts are bad. Just yesterday, tax cuts killed some innocent people.

4. Say something conservative.

LAY: Tax cuts are good. Just yesterday, tax cuts saved small puppies from disaster.

5. What did you dream about last night?

I had a nightmare in which I was protesting alongside Dan Freeman-Maloy. Michael Moore and Saddam Hussein were kind enough to join us.

6. What have you read this week? Include everything: magazines, emails, blogs, books, etc.

Ummmm, textbooks, the new Dan Brown, Paul Cooper's new site, IMAO, the Tiger, Dose, the National Post, and because I couldn't grab anything else on the way onto the subway, that left-wing drivel Eye Weekly. Ick. Old favourites by Steven Gould and the great dame herself Ayn Rand. And duh, this list.

7. Tell me about your worst date ever.

Reunion breakfast in Jerusalem with old boyfriend who told me I was a manipulative control freak. It's not like he wasn't telling the truth, but still, kinda sucks.

8. Name three of your bad habits and three of your good habits.

Bad Habits: Blogging when I should be doing something constructive.
Watching DVDs when I should be doing something constructive.
All other forms of procrastinating.

Good Habits: Blogging. Reading a lot. Eating my vegetables.

9. Tell me something you're very proud of.

Sticking to my Weight Watchers, which is not a diet. It's a lifestyle.

10. Give me a piece of wisdom that I should pass on to Parker Grace (who is now twelve weeks old)."

Never let a boy tell you that you are a manipulative control freak. Even if you are. Instead of going out with a boy, go shopping. Boys come and go. But the right classic tee will last forever if you buy it in enough colours.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

New stomping grounds

Mazel Tov to Yoshi's Cookie/Moonchild who finally made the jump over from Livejournal to Blogger.

She's invited me to join the team, to which I have acquiesced graciously, starting my first post by completely contradicting her on the matter of just how difficult the religions exam was.

Quite the irony that though we blog together and took the same exam, we've never actually met.

That's what comes from having 500+ people in the same religions class.

Finally, help for Sudan

In today's Globe and Mail, finally some good news for the beleaguered people of Darfur:

"Canada will send up to 150 military personnel to Sudan to help the African Union and a United Nations mission keep the peace in the war-torn African country, The Canadian Press has learned.
Ottawa will also shore up its support for the African mission by handing over some old military equipment and likely adding to the $20-million in humanitarian support it has already given to Sudan, a source said."


Good work done by independent MP David Kilgour on this...he's been very good at using his now-powerful independent position to get good things done.

"In a recent meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin, Mr. Kilgour said he requested boots on the ground in Sudan, plus equipment like helicopters, food, medicine and money. He also wants Canada to boost its foreign aid to get it closer to 0.7 per cent of the gross domestic product.

"There was clearly an understanding that a major initiative would be undertaken by Canada, both militarily and in terms of aid for Darfur.""


Hmmmm. I guess there are good liberals after all.



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For more info on Darfur, try here, here, and here.

As a Jewish person less than three days after Holocaust Memorial Day, all I can say is "Never Again".

Friday, May 06, 2005

Freedom of Speech for Whiners

The Whiner of the Month for April is very clearly the Dan Freeman-Maloy fan club.

This case last month was a clear indication that DFM himself will stop at nothing to get lots of cash out of Lorna and the university (he's suing for $850,000) ... but it's all the people who fall all over themselves pretending he's the Jesus of the socialists who really enable his ongoing absurd behavior.

Why they do this I do not understand. If you believe in this hard-core activism, go be an activist. Don't post stupid comments on the blog or bow down to his effigy and think you're getting the man down.

You're not.

So everyone who loves him, talks about him, strokes his ego, even those who take the time to write extremely long comments and leave them on my blog qualify to receive this award. Liberty Dog noticed aptly that I have for the first time enabled comments in my relaunch. Being post-York makes me think that I can do so and it won't be a big huge deal.

Of course, I have two choices - give freedom of speech on MY SITE to the "We love DFM" club, or be a censor. I have enabled comments. I can delete stupid comments from idiots like this individual, or I can leave them up and mock them.

Anyone who reads my blog knows well enough that I like mocking people and hate censorship.

So to the Dan Freeman-Maloy lovers of the world...you're all whiners too. Feel better now that Dan is not the only one getting right-wing venom spat at him?

This April goes out to unwashed whiners everywhere, who are so insignificant, the most they will do in their entire semi-literate and unexciting lives is post anonymous comments on random and uninfluential blogs like mine. Really, what are you accomplishing by posting? You think you make me question my beliefs? You don't.

You just make my day (I can't crusade against whiners without the whiners pre-existing) and make me realize that I am much smarter and well-reasoned than you are.

Whiners of the world, unite!

Then go away.


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Note on posting comments on my site: I now allow anyone to post. I may change that if need be. If you write something stupid and/or whiny, I will mock you. Extensively. I reserve the right, however, to delete comments that are slanderous or defamatory in any manner. Wanna call me a "talking pile of pig snot" (for example)? Get your own blog.

Is it a crime to incite capitalism?

Check me out on INCITE's Carnival of the Capitalists.

My picks:
ZeroBoss writes on the liberating nature of the blogosphere in which the little guy can do it him or herself instead of being at the mercy of the big guns:
"Many bloggers (myself included) have harbored a secret desire to 'go big-time' - get mainstream media attention, land an appearance on Oprah, and live in a gated community with a 90210 zip. But blogging's entering a new phase. The pieces are in place for bloggers to build cottage industries out of their talent. That's the real power of blogging: the ability to serve micro-markets neglected by those in search of the next million-dollar opportunity."


Also, a gem on slacking in the workforce.

Sorry with the brevity of blogging. Summer jobs suck.