Monthly Archives: March 2014

Post Debate Report

We do not usually send out an extra report, but after listening to the pundits after the debate, it was clear that Francois Legault of the CAQ won the night. He realized that the only way out of annihilation of both himself and his party was to go the route of the charter, which garnered much success for Marois. He is as big a racist as Marois, make no mistake.

It was also clear that Marois, David and Legault were gunning for Couillard as he was the front-runner coming into tonight. They were relentless and sometimes he was not as strong as he could have been.

Given this outcome, we will await new polls in the next few days. This election campaign is not over by a long-shot. One can only hope that there are sane, rational and reasonable French Canadians living outside Montreal who understand what it will mean to vote for a party determined to have its own country at any cost.

Second Debate Recap and The Rest of the News

The Final Debate: Philippe Couillard’s demeanor was still very premier-like and he conducted himself with dignity. Contrast that with princess pauline who was constantly flailing her arms, pointing her finger at someone and hrumphing when she didn’t like what was said. And those beady eyes are just too much. Ich.

Francoise David and Legault, both ex-Pequistes, went after each other as to what kind of nationalists they are. Perfect.

Couillard was great. He brought up Peladeau’s wanting the republic of Quebec for his children. Marois went back to we won’t call a referendum until the people are ready. Couillard basically told her she was lying. Tell Quebecers that they will have a referendum if they get elected tell the truth.

They then went to the charter. Legault who represents the CAQ is despicable. He does not want anyone wearing religious ‘symbols’ as policemen, judges or teachers and went after He is as dangerous as the PQ. Another ich.

Like we said at the beginning of this week. There are still 10 days till the election and no matter what the polls say, it’s not over till all the votes are counted. Still sweating.

We owe you an apology. How could Blanche have missed the mother-of-all-storms? Incroyable. The Maritime provinces got the perfect storm yesterday, with many places reporting over 40 cm of snow. In English that’s about 16 inches of the white stuff. Hello?? We’re at the end of March. And in case you forgot, here we were allowed to put on our summer tires March 15. Right. May we suggest that you go into your garage and just gaze at those tires. Maybe if you think good thoughts, spring will come.

After you read this little ditty, you’ll be running to find yourself someone in city hall to donate money to your personal cause. If you recall, the Bixi bike business went bankrupt in January. That was after they refused to allow anyone to see their books – ever. Surprise!

A couple of days ago,  Mayor Denis Coderre unveiled an new “big pilot project”.  Bixi Montreal has been given a $4.3 million contract to run the bike-sharing service. Wait, it gets better. The city is also giving Bixi Montreal a $460,000 short-term loan and a $165,000 grant so that the organization can get started immediately on rolling out for the 2014 season.

But, he said, the city can’t do it alone. He said more people needed to use Bixi to make it a viable business, imploring Montrealers to “show your love for Bixi.”

Could someone please call Mayor Coderre and tell him that we also have a great project, something that everyone can love. We want to put new shrubs and flowers in front of our house. A nice grant would go a long way to helping everyone show their love for our house, especially when they come to visit.

What the heck???? Again the city is playing around with OPM – other people’s money. It’s not their money, Blanche doesn’t love Bixi and wants her money back.

That missing Malaysian plane is still dominating CNN’s website but is completely gone from Drudge. Frankly, we don’t agree with either news media. Obviously CNN has nothing else to report so they are going with this story as their headline. Unfortunately, there is nothing new to report with the plane.  They keep showing those little pieces of something floating in the ocean that are completely unidentifiable. It’s like looking for a piece of dirt in your carpet from two blocks away. Drudge should at least make mention of the missing plane, if only to say it’s still missing. It’s still a story and will remain so until something is found.

What’s with baseball coming back to Montreal?  And who exactly spending money on this?

How about this: First someone has to blow up the olympic stadium, the biggest white elephant and shrine to every corrupt construction company in this city.  Then someone else has to build a beautiful brand spanking new venue downtown and then the team owners have to say they want to come back here.  What da ya say someone has been spending too much time in Colorado where pot is legal?

Can’t Buy Me Love…

Blanche is still holding her breath and will do so until probably midnight on April 7, when the final election results will be known. Although things look very good for the Liberals right now, there are still 10 days to go till the election. Make no mistake, the PQ is about to pull out every stopper in every bathtub and sink in Quebec to upset the Liberal lead.

One of the things they are trying to do is tie Couillard with Charest in terms of donations and back room deals, anything that will make them look like the ‘old boys party’.  Oy, we really don’t like to be nervous for such a long time. It either makes one eat or not eat. Of course Blanche is in the former group. Eating calms our nerves. Guess it doesn’t help the Liberals though.

The Malaysian government has completely botched the missing airplane saga from the beginning to this very moment. The most blatant and frankly disgusting moment came a couple of days ago when they announced that there was no hope of any survivors on that plane. They made this announcement not privately to the families of those on board, rather as a general news conference. Insensitive has taken on new meaning. They also made this announcement with not a shred of debris or concrete evidence. We think they tried, unsuccessfully to put an end to their very public nightmare. It didn’t work.

We had to put this little ditty in about princess pauline and her beloved husband Claude Blanchet.
(You realize that Blanche and Blanchet are not related. Hehehehehehe) The princess is refusing to disclose her latest income tax return or financial holdings. We wonder why. Oh, right. She called the election just as her beloved was going to be called to the Charbonneau commission about a secret deal between her husband and the Quebec construction union. Lest we digress.

Oh yes, did we also mention that the Marois’s or Blanchet’s or both are millionaires, having  sold their castle recently on Ile Bizard for a for-fainting, drop-dead condo in Old Montreal. Let them eat cake says the princess as she pretends to be ‘one of the people’. She sure duped the students two years ago. Feh.

Remember Donald Rumsfeld? No? We’ll help you. He served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush. Well today Mr. Rumsfeld let lose, really let loose. He claimed that the relationship with Karzai and Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration, but since Obama stepped in, “It has gone down hill like a toboggan.” Wait, it gets better.

He went on to say that the U.S. has status of forces agreements with more than a hundred countries. “A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement,” he said. “It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship.” He was of course, referring to Obama. Would you say the gloves have come off? Yikes.

Remember the song money can’t buy you love? Well, it can buy some things. Get this: Of the 1,645 members of the Forbes Billionaires list, 31 are under the age of 40. Can you guess some of them? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and WhatApp’s Jan Koum are amongst them. True, many of them started out with the family’s fortune, but they definitely didn’t sit around spending it. Are they happy? Who knows. Any comments?

Anyone out there still trying to disengage from videotron (remember Peladeau?) and move to Bell? Don’t say we didn’t help you. A very nice young woman by the name of Stephanie (514-386-7577) who works in a Bell store will help you bundle your TV, internet, cell and land line and lose those losers at videotron. Ya don’t have to buy anything. Just get your ducks in order so when you’re ready to change, it will be done with the least annoyance.

We’ll talk…

 

Computer Glitch or Separatist Plot??

Computer glitch or separatist plot??? Who knows why Blanche was delayed.

THE Debate Recap: No knock out punch ergo Couillard is still ok.

Couillard held his own considering this is his first debate. He looked premier-like, didn’t get flustered and sounded intelligent. Marois was loud and classless, exactly what she is. Francois David of Quebec Solidaire was eloquent and got her points across. Anyone who votes for her takes votes away from the PQ. Legault from the CAQ was looking for a crack to squeeze in between the Liberals and PQ. Not sure if he found it. Stay tuned, another debate next Thursday night.

We have a new dynamic duo – Montreal’s mayor Denis Coderre and Quebec City’s mayor Regis Labeaume. These two dudes are not going to cower in the face of the xenophobic PQ. They both want special status for their cities with greater autonomy to decide how money is budgeted for infrastructure projects, economic development and social issues like homelessness and socialized housing.

They also want to be able to make more changes without making a formal request to Quebec. Montreal is also requesting a seat on the board of directors of Hydro-Québec. In other words they want both cities to be city-states, run independently of the farmers in the rest of our province.

You can imagine how well this went over with princess pauline, who by the way seems to be unraveling before our eyes. We heard that her determinee posters will be disappearing to be replaced by some kind of triumvirate, Marois, Drainville and either Lisee or Peladeau. We vote for Peladeau. All he needs is a sticker on his forehead saying independence and he’s good to go.

And one more thing just to set the record straight: Critiq called the city-state before anyone else. Time to support them.

Did you know it’s officially spring? Looks like someone forgot to tell the weatherman. Nasty weather for the next few days.

Yet another lead aka ‘something floating in the water’ was found in the southern Indian ocean somewhere far off the coast of Perth Australia. We heard someone credible interviewed who said that it could be debris from that Malaysian plane, but it could also be a couple of big whales. Time will tell if the stuff is still there by the time searchers get there.

Ever watch a baseball game and wonder to yourself – that pitcher standing on the mound, slightly higher than the batter, is a perfect target for a baseball in the face. Well it happened yesterday in Arizona in a pre-season game. The pitcher fired the ball at 99 miles per hour. The batter whacked it with a direct hit on the pitcher’s face. Ich. Seems he has a few broken bones in his face – duh – but he’ll be ok. Of course there’s a video of it but we think that sometimes, just sometimes, not everything has to be replayed.

We thought this next headline was a joke, but it seems not: Gunfire erupts in luxury hotel in Kabul. Hello? Since when is there a luxury hotel anywhere in Afghanistan? It seems some taliban dudes ‘managed’ to get by security with guns and opened fire on people eating in a restaurant. We checked with the US travel advisory website and sure enough, there’s Afghanistan with a big warning sign beside its name. We wouldn’t suggest going to the Crimea or the Ukraine either any time soon.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

THE Debate Recap, The Malaysian Missing Plane and Spring??

Computer glitch. That’s why Blanche was delayed. Feh.

THE Debate Recap: No knock out punch ergo Couillard is still ok.

Couillard held his own considering this is his first debate. He looked premier-like, didn’t get flustered and sounded intelligent.  Marois was loud and classless, exactly what she is. Francois David of Quebec Solidaire was eloquent and got her points across. Anyone who votes for her takes votes away from the PQ. Legault from the CAQ was looking for a crack to squeeze in between the Liberals and PQ. Not sure if he found it. Stay tuned, another debate next Thursday night.

We have a new dynamic duo – Montreal’s mayor Denis Coderre and Quebec City’s mayor Regis Labeaume. These two dudes are not going to cower in the face of the xenophobic PQ. They both want special status for their cities with greater autonomy to decide how money is budgeted for infrastructure projects, economic development and social issues like homelessness and socialized housing.

They also want to be able to make more changes without making a formal request to Quebec. Montreal is also requesting a seat on the board of directors of Hydro-Québec. In other words they want both cities to be city-states, run independently of the farmers in the rest of our province.

You can imagine how well this went over with princess pauline, who by the way seems to be unraveling before our eyes. We heard that her determinee posters will be disappearing to be replaced by some kind of triumvirate, Marois, Drainville and either Lisee or Peladeau. We vote for Peladeau. All he needs is a sticker on his forehead saying independence and he’s good to go.

And one more thing just to set the record straight: Critiq called the city-state before anyone else. Time to support them.

Did you know it’s officially spring? Looks like someone forgot to tell the weatherman. Nasty weather for the next few days.

Yet another lead aka ‘something floating in the water’ was found in the southern Indian ocean somewhere far off the coast of Perth Australia. We heard someone credible interviewed who said that it could be debris from that Malaysian plane, but it could also be a couple of big whales. Time will tell if the stuff is still there by the time searchers get there.

Ever watch a baseball game and wonder to yourself – that pitcher standing on the mound, slightly higher than the batter, is a perfect target for a baseball in the face. Well it happened yesterday in Arizona in a pre-season game. The pitcher fired the ball at 99 miles per hour. The batter whacked it with a direct hit on the pitcher’s face. Ich. Seems he has a few broken bones in his face – duh – but he’ll be ok. Of course there’s a video of it but we think that sometimes, just sometimes, not everything has to be replayed.

We thought this next headline was a joke, but it seems not: Gunfire erupts in luxury hotel in Kabul. Hello? Since when is there a luxury hotel anywhere in Afghanistan? It seems some taliban dudes ‘managed’ to get by security with guns and opened fire on people eating in a restaurant. We checked with the US travel advisory website and sure enough, there’s Afghanistan with a big warning sign beside its name. We wouldn’t suggest going to the Crimea or the Ukraine either any time soon.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

Blanche, The Fat Lady Didn’t Sing Yet

The fat lady did not sing yet. Do not think this race is over. We are referring to the fact that the Liberal party and Mr. Couillard are finally making headway in the polls and more importantly with French Canadians.

It appears that princess pauline really did not read her tarot cards very well in picking PK Peladeau as her star candidate. Either that or the geniuses who surround her missed the boat entirely.

This was very visible by ‘the push’ aka ‘da pauline’. That’s the short video depicting someone asking a question with both Peladeau and the princess at the microphone. He begins to step forward to respond, her hand goes up (almost in slow motion) and she pushes him away. A perfect example of a picture is worth a thousand words.

It’s still a nail-biter and will be until the bitter end. Keep the Pepto close by. You’ll need it on election night.

That missing Malaysian plane remains one of the all time mysteries. Australian and American authorities began searching 600,000 square kilometres (230,000 square miles) of the remote Indian Ocean saying it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. We heard it was like looking for one person in the entire country of Canada. This is a crazy story that no doubt will bring out every conspiracy nutball known to man.

CNN is always in the thick of things.
Instead of having someone holding onto a pole in a hurricane, they have one of their newsmen sitting in the cockpit of a plane that’s actually flying (the pilot is right there). He’s explaining all the buttons and computers on the dashboard (is that what it’s called?). Like we understand and it will make a difference to the plane that disappeared seemingly into thin air or into the depths of the ocean (3 miles deep in some places).

CNN best find something else to cover shortly cause if they don’t find a trace of the plane in the next few days, this story is going to slowly disappear, emerging once in a long while for whatever updates people will manufacture.

Things in the Crimea and Ukraine are heating up.
From the looks of things, a major battle could erupt at any time between the mighty Russian army and the rag-tag Ukrainians. The world is powerless to stop Putin or his troops. Nothing much to say here except if you think this is Putin’s last stop in the Ukraine, go check a map. He’s only just beginning.

Ya missed the boat. Hillary’s in Montreal speaking tonight. Blanche, ya gotta stop checking out her hair and how she looks. It’s really shallow and she’s such a brainy lady. We know she needs a new hairdresser. Oh wait, maybe he didn’t come with her and that’s why she had to put her hair up in a ponytail. Hehehehehehehe.

As someone said tonight, it looks like the treehuggers hijacked spring till August. What the heck is up with the snow again tomorrow? The stores are filled with flowy, flowery, pastel-colored spring clothing and people are wandering in with their boots, hats, mitts and scarves wrapped around them like it’s the middle of February. Al Gore, where are you when we need you.

We’ll talk…

We Don’t Want to Talk about THAT!

Three weeks doesn’t sound like such a long time, but in the life of an election campaign every day is like a lifetime. Since the entry of pkp into the Quebec election fray, the talk on the campaign trail has been independence, tolls, borders and currency of a sovereign Quebec.  Well, the polls are starting to reflect a shift toward the Liberals and princess pauline ain’t a happy camper.

With the prince at her side (who she physically pushed aside to get to the microphone), they refused to answer any questions about a referendum, saying that she’s running an election campaign, not a campaign on the country of Quebec. Don’t want to bust her bubble, but the cat’s outta the bag lady. Your star performer wants to raise his children in the country of Quebec. Marois can want to change the topic  but people have woken up and, for now at least, look like they get it. As we said though, a lot can happen in three weeks. Let’s hope and pray that Couillard can stay in the game.

Every since the Habs goalie Cary Price went to the olympics and won the gold medal for Canada, he’s been MIA.
Injured. There’s no way the owners of the team will let any of their star players do that again. Next time you see hockey in the olympics you won’t see too many professional players. They get nothing in return except paying out a salary for someone sitting on the bench.

Nu Blanche – where is that plane? Talk about going in circles.
First they were searching in the South China Sea. Now they said no, the plane was still active even after they lost contact with them. So they’re looking in the Indian Ocean. A map will show you that it is Malaysia that separates those two oceans. It looks like this search is only just beginning. There’s a lotta water out there.

Remember when your parents said if you do that…and then you did it and nothing happened?
Well, that’s the way Obama looks right now. Like a weak parent. The US is threatening Russia saying that if they don’t reverse their stance on the Ukraine by Monday… What exactly will Obama do? From his track record nothing. And guess what? There’s nothing he can do. Sanctions? Putin will give him the finger and he doesn’t care if the whole population there starves.

Russia is saber-rattling and no one can do a thing about it. Sunday is the referendum in the Crimea and from the looks of things,  the Crimea will go from Ukrainian hands to Russian hands.

Oh yes, one more thing.  Remember that organization called the United Nations? It could possibly be the most useless place in the world. Have you heard from them lately? Aren’t they supposed to try to mediate this issue? Never mind. As long as everyone gets paid in there and the left of left liberals keep supporting them, they have nothing to worry about.

And one more thing about the PQ’s new star gzillionaire candidate, PKP.
An IT/marketing firm owned by Péladeau’s Quebecor won $13.5-million in Quebec government contracts last year, as reported by the Quebecor-owned Journal de Montréal this morning.

Péladeau is a majority shareholder in Quebecor and his company has been handling IT projects for the National Assembly and several government ministries, including justice, international relations, education, economic development, municipal affairs, transport and others. Conflict of interest anyone? Yes Blanche, there’s a huge conflict of interest and Peladeau may have to choose sooner than he would like if he wants to be in politics or run a media empire. Ya can’t do both dude.

Purim Saturday night, March 15 (after nightfall) and Sunday March 16. One is obligated to hear the Megilla read twice, Saturday night and Sunday. It will be read at the Montreal Torah Center (28 Cleve road) 8:15 Saturday night and Sunday 9:30, 10:30 and 4:30. (Check the website of the chabad house near you to find out local times.)

We are also offering you a Purim article written by Blanche, published in the CJN.Link to the article: http://www.cjnews.com/opinions/purim%E2%80%99s-lessons-modern-day-quebec-0.

Good Shabbos and Happy Purim,

We’ll talk…

Oh The Weather Outside is Frightful…

Did we not tell you a couple of weeks ago that the real issue in our election is sovereignty? That we are really voting on a referendum for the referendum? Now that Pierre Karl Peladeau (from now on referred to as pkp) has entered the fray, the gloves are finally off. His opening remarks told the tale: He wants his children to grow up in the country of Quebec.

Aside from the fact that he makes princess pauline look like a tired old grandmother who needs a complete makeover, there’s no way he’s playing second fiddle to anyone. He’s a spoiled prince who is used to getting his way, ordering people around and being THE boss. Marois can basically kiss any further political aspirations goodbye with pkp up close and personal.

In case you haven’t noticed, since PKP entered the picture we haven’t heard a word about the charter. Independence, sovereignty, borders, currency – that’s what we’re hearing. If things continue the way they are going, the CAQ will be wiped off the map. It’s either vote for independence or vote to stay in Canada – Liberal. Nothing in between which is where the CAQ stands. They should step aside and make sure that we remain Canadians.

The plane that vanished going from Malaysia to Beijing is turning out to be one of the biggest mysteries of the century. At first they were searching the waters in a 100 mile radius of where they thought the plane was the last time they heard from them. Today they are saying that the plane veered hundreds of miles off course and the search is moving far from the initial place.  Unfortunately, those accounts of course changes are causing havoc, adding to the air of confusion and disarray surrounding the investigation and search operation. Oy vey.

New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio got himself into quite the brouhaha. There’s a charter school in Harlem called the Success Academy Harlem Central Middle School. It’s a state run school, ergo free. Believe it or not that school received 13,000 applicants for 2,000 places. Why? Because it’s a great school. So great that the grade 5 class had the highest math scores in all of New York – beating out the tony private schools.

Eva Moscovitz, the ceo of the charter schools went eyeball to eyeball with di Blasio when he said that he was not only closing the Harlem school, he was evicting the students next year, giving them no alternate school. Find your own way.

Moscovitz went on Morning Joe last week and blasted the mayor for his stance. Today di Blasio himself went on Morning Joe. It was pointed out that his son goes to Brooklyn Tech which has an endowment of $13 million. He was asked what he would do if he found out his son’s school was closing next year with no one giving him an alternative. No answer of course.

Di Blasio, PKP, Marois and all those people who have gzillions of dollars (from who knows where) as well as having their hand in your pocket are completely out of touch with reality. They all need to take a long vacation on an island with no means of communication for many years. The world would definitely be a better place.

Back to our little missives here in la belle province.
The geniuses went after a little salad bar in Westmount because they had a vintage sign only in English that said: Sweet sisters. Strawberry jam. The two sisters who own this restaurant received a letter from the OQLF – aka the language police, telling them to get rid of their sign or add French or else…

The sisters went public – kudos to them – and are telling the bureaucrats to find someone else to harass. The signs are antiques and they are not taking them down. Next stop: NY Times, CNN, Fox News.

One more thing about PKP. He forked over $300 million to build an arena in Quebec city in the hope of getting back their hockey team, the Nordics. Whadda ya say Bettman’s gonna do when he finds out Quebec wants to be a country and it will take a generation to straighten things out? Ya think pkp is getting his team? We vote Bettman will stall and stall and stall and….

Here’s something that will knock your socks off. It’s the transcript of someone who was supposed to be on that Malaysian flight and didn’t take it. Chilling. http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/41764

One more snowstorm to go.
We’ll remember what it looks like next year without this last blast. Oh well. Keep your shovels at bay.

We’ll talk…

Don’t Worry – Be Happy

Tense anyone? Wait, it’s going to get better. Every week we’ll get a new poll. They’re up, they’re down. They’re down, they’re up. Two things stand out.

Splitting the vote is a big no no. That’s how princess pauline was able to form a minority government in the last round. Those who vote Liberal or PQ are not changing their minds. Those who voted CAQ are the loose cannons. As we said last time, in a perfect world, the CAQ would merge with the Liberals and we’re good to go. Tain’t the case Blanche so may we suggest that you lose the CAQ from your vocabulary. The stakes are too high.

The second thing is that everyone must vote. No matter where you are. We are attaching a link here to help you register to vote if you will be out of town. You have till March 15 to register, then a package is mailed to you, then you have to mail it back. If it gets here by April 7th it will be a miracle. So don’t wait till March 15 to register. Here’s the link:
http://www.monvote.qc.ca/en/edv_bvh.asp

Looks like we’re getting a break from this cold weather. And about time wouldn’t you say?
This weekend is supposed to be much warmer with little wind. Don’t worry, the snow and cold will be back but for now, we’re in the clear.

Things in the Crimea are heating up. Their parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days. No Blanche, not to join them for a tea in the Russian Tea room. They voted to become a part of Russia again. Not exactly democratic to put it mildly.

Needless to say, the world leaders are having a fit. The US froze Russian assets in the US as well as issuing a travel ban. Blanche, really, who exactly is going to Kiev or the Crimea Sunday morning? Even if the flight is cheap. Nor are the cruise ships cruising there for a while. If they are, we would suggest bullet proof vests if the ship is docking in Kiev. Sightseeing there is not for the faint of heart.

We were shopping for some mint and lime today in one of the local stores. Mint and a slice of lime is delish in water. As we got to the cash an elderly gentleman walked into the store – very slowly. Sounds normal for an elderly gentleman, eh? Well, this elderly gentleman must have been walking on Park avenue behind those dudes that I met last week.  He reeked of weed. He was smiling away as he bought his potatoes and tomatoes. Don’t worry, be happy.

Remember we gave you a long explanation on the bitcoin? Seems it needs some help these days.
Tragically, the 28 year old female CEO of a virtual-currency exchange was found dead near her home in Singapore. No one is saying much on how she died, but it comes on the heels of a bitcoin exchange collapse in Toyko last month, owned by one Satoshi Nakamoto. This remains a long, complicated and hard to understand story, but we’re keeping you in the loop.

Guess what was presented at the Geneva car show? A driverless car.
Yes Blanche, a car that drives itself. You can sleep, watch a movie, read a book, text, text text to your heart’s content. Sounds weird and is certainly not the car for control freaks. They would be looking out the window every second with severe fomo (fear of missing out).

This little ditty takes the cake. A pigeon was building her little nest on the roof of a building in London. Someone dropped a smoldering cigarette below which the little pigeon picked up. Next thing you know, the roof is one fire and everyone in the building has to evacuate. Thankfully no one was injured, the building is fine and the pigeon moved.

Don’t forget to move your clock ahead Saturday night. (don’t you sometimes get mixed up when to go forward or backward?)

Good Shabbos
We’ll talk…

Let The Games Begin

So princess pauline is finally calling her election.  As anyone who has lived in Quebec knows, our election campaigns are not polite, calm and kiss-the-baby in the crowd types. They are down and dirty and stomach-turning. This one in particular could be the mother of all election campaigns.

If the PQ can state (with a straight face) that no Anglos have left Quebec in the past 30 years and then retract when confronted with facts but say that was in the past, then hold onto your hat. There is no limit to their imagination.

Marois has already refused to debate in English and will only do one French debate. Seems she doesn’t have a very good command of the English language. Zut alors! Da madame, da premier doesn’t speak english? Quel horreur. Is there no one who can teach an old dog new tricks? But we digress.

Blanche, time for everyone to go for a walk along Park Avenue and follow the dudes – very closely – smoking something other than cigarettes. Then you won’t care what the princess and her little missives are saying.

Unless you’ve been mired in the weather channel, one could not help but notice the crisis in Russia, Ukraine and Crimea. In a nutshell here’s the issue: In November 2013, the Ukrainian government announced that the EU Association Agreement, a long standing effort at integration with Europe had been dumped in favor of stronger ties with Russia. The people did not like this and they took to the streets for months, escalating to the worst day a couple of weeks ago when 77 people were killed. At that moment, their president, Viktor Yanukovych ran to Russia to be with his friend Putin, probably the mastermind behind the pulling out of the EU deal. A pro western dude was appointed to run the country for the time being, something that Putin cannot stomach.

Don’t roll your eyes. There’s more to this story: In 1991 when the Soviet Union fell, the Crimean peninsula became part of the Ukraine. Nonetheless, 60% of the population of the Crimea is Russian. So why is the Crimea so important to Russia? It is an important base for the Russian navy. The Black Sea Fleet has been based on the peninsula since it was 1783. As we speak, Putin is giving everyone – including the once mighty US –  the middle finger and getting away with it.

How cold is it? So cold that Niagara Falls froze. Oy. Enough already.

Rob Ford’s back in the news. The man is a walking embarrassment. One can only imagine Toronto ‘the good’ dealing with their mayor. He went on the Jimmy Kimmel show after Kimmel personally called the Ford bros and invited them. Once he got them on air Kimmel pummeled them with questions and videos of Ford dead drunk with all that goes with being in that state. Is this guy really running for mayor again? Is there no one in the whole city of Toronto that can come forward to run against him?

Can someone please explain why the price of gas is rising again? By six cents a litre no less.  And why the prices are exactly the same at every gas station? Never mind the construction corruption. We are taxed to death here and it seems that the government – at a whim – raises the gas prices. It’s the biggest corruption around and we need someone to go after them. Oh wait, those in power will have to pick that person as it will be a government inquiry. Blanche, you’re dreaming in technicolor. Why would they ever take their hand out of your pocket?

The paralympics are beginning this Friday in Sochi and both the US and Canada have pulled out their formal delegations. The athletes are going. Can we talk? Does anyone think that there will be any security? At all? With Putin focused on the Ukraine and Crimea those games are not on his top ten list. As far as he is concerned, he did his bit and showed the world what he had to. If I were those athletes I would stay home. Aside from the lack of security they are a mere 500 km from a very short fuse in the Ukraine.

We’ll talk…