Monthly Archives: February 2015

The $42 Million Sidewalk

In case someone is thinking about doing something nasty to a plane and weren’t sure how to do it, well, the entire deal is on Drudge today.

Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation. A thermite device, though difficult to ignite, would produce toxic gasses, which can act as nerve poison, as well as a thick black smoke that will significantly inhibit any potential for in-flight safety officers to address the burn.” Now what purpose does publishing something like this serve? We’ll tell you. No purpose.

We’ll leave this one up to you to decide. We think it is outright racism, stemming from the sense of entitlement during the time of the charter of values, that was all the rage here in Quebec last year.

A Quebec court judge told a woman appearing in her Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case unless the woman removed her hijab. A hijab does not hide her face at all. That’s a niqab, which leaves only the eyes exposed.

The Quebec judge said that the courtroom is secular and as such would not hear the women’s case unless she removed her visible religious article. Of course the same could happen with a man wearing a kipah or a sikh wearing his turban. Judge Marengo cited Article 13 of the regulations of the Court of Quebec: “Any person appearing before the court must be suitably dressed.” Article 13 makes no specific reference to headscarves or any other garments.

Blanche, can we call a spade a spade? This woman’s hijab is part of who she is. She doesn’t just wear it on a whim. Nor does a Jew wear his kipah on a whim. We are waiting now to see what the premier of Quebec does – if anything.

Perhaps da judge la could have been gardening with the deposed princess pauline marois all summer. In which case her remarks make perfect sense because da princess la is the root of the issue. In either case, this judge best watch herself or she could be looking for a permanent gardening position.

What is it with those American announcers? Do they have grandiose personality disorders?

First Brian Williams gets caught making up stories that he was in a helicopter that was hit by a grenade while covering the Iraq War in 2003. Not. He was not in the helicopter. Then he said he saw a body floating in New Orleans after Katrina. Not. Now it’s Bill O’Reilly.

Some New York Times reporter uncovered a story where O’Reilly said he was in the Falklands during that war. Seems he was not. Today it came out that he was standing on the porch when a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald, the person who assassinated ,President Kennedy’s  killed himself with a shotgun because he was asked to testify against Oswald.

O’Reilly is not going quietly. Who knows if this is true. One thing we have learned though. Where there’ smoke, there’s usually fire.

Can we talk? What happens to people when they get into a position of power? Take our mayor Denis Coderre. Before he became mayor he sounded like a nice, normal guy. Yes he was a career politician but he just sounded sensible. Then he got elected.

His latest genius idea? To build a new walkway going from Mount-Royal to the St. Lawrence River. Sounds not bad, eh? Until you find out the price. Right now he says it will cost $42 million. That’s now. There’s no little envelopes built into the cost yet because it has not gone to tender, nor has inflation been taken into account as this sidewalk is not going to be started until next January.

Wait you say. Why start a project like this in the middle of the winter? For the same reason as he’s doing the entire thing. It’s not his money. Did he ask us if we want this? Did he ask store owners along the way what they think of losing 90 parking spots? We don’t want that sidewalk. We don’t need that sidewalk and for 8 months a year no one will be using that sidewalk. Sadly, very sadly, Coderre is just like the rest of them. They get into power, see all that money and forget where it came from.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

Global Warming? Right….

On Sunday the terrorist group al-shabob issued a serious threat to malls in America and London, specifically Jewish owned malls. They issued a dare to muslims living in America to take up arms and murder the infidels. The response from the RCMP is that Canadians should feel safe and there is no imminent threat to the West Edmonton mall.

The Mall of America located in Minnesota was also targeted. Their response? Extra security had been put in place.

There is a fine line between creating panic and being realistic. It is well known that malls are what is referred to as ‘soft targets’. Israel learned that lesson long ago and no one can enter a mall without going through metal detector, having their purse or knapsack checked and being looked over by an expert security agent. We will jog your memory reminding you about the attack on the very upscale mall in Nairobi Kenya last year.

Our issue with this is that we are not fools. No, we will not stop living, but don’t pander and say there, there dearie, everything’s going to be ok. They don’t know if anything is going to be ok and shouldn’t give out statements that ring hollow.

That tunnel that was uncovered recently in Toronto is mighty strange.
Actually, it was discovered a couple of weeks ago, but the police felt there was no urgency to alert the public. Really now? Can we talk?

Here are a few questions: What kind of people build tunnels in the middle of winter knowing that there is a huge sports venue just above? Does anyone know what kind of expertise it takes to build such a tunnel? We’ll enlighten you. A lot of expertise. It was six feet high, had lights and a generator. Did anyone figure out why there were no outward signs of dirt around the tunnel? Did anyone take fingerprints of all the equipment left behind?

Here’s what we think. That tunnel was going to be used for something very nasty. Whoever was building it was not yet finished, although now they are both finished the tunnel and hopefully finished living outside jail. We hope that someone finds them asap.

We hope this next little ditty doesn’t render you apoplectic. New York’s Columbia University is home to the worst antisemitic activity in the United States. We hope you are not surprised because it is also home to many of the liberal Jews who made sure the world is enjoying Obama and his lovely wife for another four years.

Columbia University is listed first because it is home to the “most well-known antisemitic professors in the nation such as Rashid Khalidi and Joseph Massad. They have been accused of harassing Jewish students on multiple occasions. In addition, they have recently brought BDS founder Omar Barghouti to campus.

In case you don’t know what BDS is, we’ll tell you. The BDS Movement stands for Boycott Divestment Sanction and is the latest effort to isolate Israel and create new Boycotts on campuses.

The rest of the group? Cornell University came in second place followed by George Mason University, Loyola University Chicago, Portland State University, San Diego State University and San Francisco State University. Rounding off the list was Temple University, University of California Los Angeles and Vassar College. Take note if your kids are registering for university next year.

We were not sure what to think of this until we heard the whole story.
Last night, five cars were vandalized in a garage in the highly Jewish west end of our city. Swastikas were painted on the cars and some had windshields broken. What caught our attention were the envelopes left in the cars. Each envelope contained a note with a bullet inside, stating basically that this bullet will be yours.

Even if this was done by a teenage vandal or vandals, the note is chilling and very nasty. Whoever did this needs to be first jailed for a long time and then educated or, if it turns out they are immigrants, turfed out of Canada. Oh yes, where are the politicians and what are they saying? Not much as of this writing.

In case you forgot, we’re reminding you about Global warming. Yes Blanche, that weather pattern that is supposed to warm the world. Seems it has entirely missed North America. Record and sustained frigid temperatures have encircled us for weeks. People are exhausted from the cold, tired of staying home at night due to the feeling of walking into a huge freezer when going out. We don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but according to the weather forecasters, this weather is staying put for the next 3 or so weeks.

Blanche, go git dat dere heater in da basement, den git da marshmallows and let’s have a parteeee.

We’ll talk…

Hillaryland and the Reality Pill

Every time either Obama or one of his missives make a statement it’s cringe time.

Yesterday one of his missives said on a program called Morning Joe that what ails the islamic terrorists in the Middle East is lack of jobs and boredom. No joke. The person who said this was a blonde, pretty and blue-eyed very young woman sitting safely in a studio in New York or Washington. To make such a statement, it is obvious that she does not have even a hint of a clue what is going on in the world.

Today Obama jumped into the fray after his no doubt restful golf vacation. Muslim extremists are burning and beheading victims in the name of Islam, yet Obama delivered a major speech Wednesday on combating violent extremism — while refusing to use the words ‘Muslim terrorists.’ “No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism.”

Eventually the United States will have to get involved in this war. In fact, most of the free countries in the world will have to take part. Pretending that the muslim religion does not produce extremists and terrorists makes him look like a doofus. If the president of the United States of America can’t understand the issue,  Blanche, time to go git the survival stuff out in the garage.  Ya know the tuna, water, corn bits, frozen squirrel brains – what Blanche? Obama ate the squirrel brains? Well howdayado. That answers a lotta the problem. Hehehehehe.

This whole Greece and Euro business is causing us roll our eyes to the back of our head. It’s complicated and not for the faint of heart. Given that, we will try to explain what is transpiring.

Today, Germany rejected a Greek proposal for a six-month extension to its euro zone loan agreement on Thursday, saying it was “not a substantial solution” because it did not commit Athens to stick to the conditions of its international bailout. Germany could do this because they are the biggest creditor and EU paymaster. The main question is what happens if Greece defaults.

If they do default, they could reach €287bn if all forms of debt are included with Germany as the biggest creditor. Plus the people in Mrs. Merkel’s country would discover instantly that a large sum of money (a few hundred billion) was committed without their knowledge and without a vote in their parliament.

To simplify matters and allow you to rest your head,  it is unlikely that Germany will allow Greece to leave the European union and the Euro. Greece knows that and are basically calling their bluff. Next week is the telling one. Stay tuned.

Walmart is looking like a corporate hero today as they are giving 40% of their employees a raise. Whoopdeedoo. Calm down,  they had no choice. The company is smart enough to see that the ongoing protest campaign against it by its own poor employees demanding a living wage will not end.

Perhaps the fact that a lot of poor people stood outside the home of Alice Walton, Mrs. Walmart heir to the throne and worth a cool $35 billion had something to do with it.

What Blanche, you want to know where she lives? Ok. 515 Park Avenue in a three-tiered apartment building at 60th St. in midtown Manhattan. Mrs. Walmart purchased the 30th and 31st floors of the building earlier this summer for $25 million. It’s a bit misleading to call it her house—her primary home is a ranch in Texas, where she breeds horses. This duplex is just a place she pops into from time to time, to avoid the hassle of luxury hotels.

Ya think she cares about the little peeps?

The story of the fifteen-year old girl who was stripped searched by the principal and a teacher is mind-boggling. What is even more mind-boggling is that the genius education minister said that the staff at the school was following da law la. Wait it gets better.

Today our Premier, Mr. Couillard said that ‘Having students strip naked over the course of a search is “out of the question”. Ya think he spoke to his brilliant education minister? Now that’s an oxymoron. Couillard later sent a memo to all of his ministers about shooting their mouths off to the media. A bit late dude. How about this? The education minister should have said I have get all the facts before I can make a judgement on this.

Uh oh. Hillary and Bill are heading for a heap of trouble.
A Wall Street Journal review of donations to the Clinton Foundation in 2014 showed the charity received money from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Canada’s foreign affairs department, which is promoting the Keystone XL pipeline. Seems the Clintons see nothing wrong with anyone donating to them. After all, everyone gets a tax receipt.

This is not sitting well with many people. The author of a sizzling article in the Washington Post wrote: “…One marvels at the insularity in Hillaryland, where no one ever thought this was a problem and no one presumably has the nerve to tell her this is untenable.” Ouch.

Looks like they may get stuck with her running for president while giving the other party tons of ammunition in advance. Someone in that little inner circle needs to take a reality pill.

Blanche hit a milestone tonight. 500 subscribers. Thanks to everyone who reads her musings, comments and/or forwards them.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

Obama Could Win the PGA

We started this blog with a commentary on what is happening virtually all over Europe regarding the murders of Jews and other people by lone wolves. But after reading an excellent, albeit very long article on What isis Really Wants, we scrapped that. Then we surfed to see what Drudge was saying and saw this chilling headline: Italy Fears Isis Invasion. Then we heard a long debate on why Obama refuses to use the word terrorism. We came to the following conclusion:

Until and unless the world unites against isis, they will do whatever they want, wherever they want. Their main goals are the eradication of Israel and the implementation of sharia law throughout the world. The article paints a grim picture till the very end and even then one can’t call it really positive. The author does not think that in the end isis will win, but the war will be bloody and protracted. Here’s the link but be forewarned: The author did his homework and was given carte-blanche as to the length of the article.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

Last week a Jewish journalist decided to test how safe the streets of Paris are for Jews by wearing a yarmulka and tzitzis and silently walking around the city for ten hours with a hidden camera. He went to all parts – the tourist areas, the Jewish area and through mostly muslim neighborhoods.

The reactions, although shocking, were not surprising. Antisemitism is thriving in Paris as he is seen harassed, spat upon and intimidated. In one part of Paris a little boy was shocked at his appearance in his neighborhood:  ‘What is he doing here Mommy?’ he asked. ‘Doesn’t he know he will be killed?’

He reported that French Jews now wear hats to cover their yarmulkas and basically stay home at night because it’s just not safe to go out. Netanyahu is right. They should get the heck outta there and leave the rest of the French population to deal with what’s left – not too many who will contribute anything to their country.

So which are the best smallish airports in the world with the best punctuality? There were twenty on the list, with Bristol, Brussels and Berlin at the top. Portland Oregon was number 20. Of the medium airports the winners were Osaka Japan and…Moscow of all places.

The moral of the story is you can often save time by flying to and from smaller airport but ya gotta get there. Smaller airports have less obstacles to overcome than larger airports and don’t usually have to deal with weather patterns tens of thousands miles away, competition for gate space, or a higher rate of miscellaneous errors. What? Miscellaneous errors? Now what the heck are those Blanche?

We hope we were not the only ones to remember Mayor Coderre saying before his election that having a bilingual Montreal would be great for tourism and small businesses. Ah, but that was before the election. Now he’s sitting in the mayor’s chair and zut alors, just like that he did an about turn.

When asked today on Tommy’s show what he thought about a bilingual Montreal his answer was: he doesn’t believe our city needs a special bilingual status for economic development.”Montreal is a French metropolis, but we have to use our judgement. We don’t want another ‘Pastagate’, but I don’t think we need that kind of status”.

Can we talk? Was he lying while running for mayor just to get elected? Blanche, perish the thought. Wasn’t he different from all the other politicians when running? Didn’t he sound truthful? What happens to these people when power hits them? Do they lose any and all sense of morality? I wish that Tommy had played back what he said last year. We used to like our mayor. Now we’re not so sure. He’s turning out to be just like the rest of the lowlife politicians. Feh.

Here’s a little something for all those brilliant people who elected Obama for a second term:
The first family decided to take separate vacations for valentines day. Like they need another vacation. Obama flew to California for a fundraiser and a speech. He then spent the next three days playing golf at an exclusive resort. No surprise there. He certainly wasn’t worrying about what to call isis over the weekend.

At the same time Michelle and the girls were skiing in Aspen. Figures show that Air Force One costs $228,288 per hour to run. As a result, the ten-hour return trip to California would cost almost $2.3 million. It is estimated that Mrs Obama’s skiing trip cost a further $100,000. With accommodation and car rental, the weekend break would cost $2.5 million. Guess who paid? One thing is certain. By the time Obama’s stint as president is over, he might be able to enter the PGA tour and actually win. Then he won’t have to go on speaking tours.

We’ll talk…

Mirror Mirror on the Wall – Oops Can’t See Ya

This whole Brian Williams deal is one of the more special stories of late. Until a couple of days ago, he was the face of NBC. A reliable, honest, steadfast news person. And then someone spilled the beans saying that he added his own facts to some stories.

His job was to report the news – as it was. Problem was he embellished it to make him look like a very important person. Twouble.  He obviously had much greater ambitions than to be just a news reporter or anchor reading the news. He wanted to be the news. Well, his dream came true. Only thing is, the fact that he’s the news is costing him over $5 million of his salary.

What will be with him? Here’s the first scenario: He’ll have some therapy (which will enable him to maybe get his job back) and then write a book in which he’ll tell the ‘real’ stories of what happened. Second scenario: He’s toast and will sail off into the night, never to be seen or heard from again.

This posting is for all the anti-vaccinators.
Last week a dude riding a train in San Francisco had the measles. Instead of staying home and taking care of himself what did he do? Why he rode the train for 3 days straight. Can you figure out how many people he infected? We’ll enlighten you. Thousands.

Because some families refuse to believe that the initial vaccination study was a lie and/or that ‘others’ are out to get their children by putting ‘substances’ into the vaccine is wreaking havoc for many, many other people. Not vaccinating one’s children against diseases which for all intents and purposes were eradicated years ago, is selfish at best, almost criminal at worst. If someone dies as a result of complications from the measles, who exactly gets blamed? The government mixes in where they don’t belong. Where are they now that they are needed to pass some kind of law making it mandatory to vaccinate one’s children?

In case you’re thinking of going to Asia in the near future, may we suggest that you do not book on TransAsia Airlines. That’s the airline where the plane crashed into the water a few minutes after takeoff.

It seems that TransAsia Airways had to ground at least ten pilots flying the same aircraft that crashed. They all failed an oral flight test. Can we talk? Stay home.

Those idiotic language police are at it again justifying their jobs by harassing people who just want to make a living. There’s a dude who owns a board game store in the heart of French territory in Montreal. When people walk into his story he says bonjour. So far so good. So what’s the problem? Some of the board games are in English. What? Blanche – bring out the army. Fine him gzillions of dollars until he goes out of business.

Nothing good comes from these missives. They are, as the pestilence in Egypt, a blight in the world. Where’s Moses when ya need him?

Harper entered a minefield today and gets three cheers from Blanche. The federal government will appeal a court ruling allowing a Muslim woman to wear a niqab while taking the oath of citizenship because it is “offensive” to shield your face at the moment you are being sworn in.

You know what a niqab is? It is the veil worn by some Muslim women in public, covering all of the face apart from the eyes. In all honesty, how can someone be sworn in as the citizen of another country if the person swearing them in can’t see who they are? Does that make sense? Maybe go into another room, take off your business and get sworn in privately. This way ain’t gonna work.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

Where’s Waldo aka Hillary?

Obama is at it again. On Monday these were his brilliant remarks: “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”

The ‘bunch of folks in a deli’ were Jews in a kosher supermarket buying challahs and other last minute items for Shabbat who were murdered for being Jews. Obama steadfastly refuses to label the attack as anti-semitic. Any Jew who votes for him needs to have their head examined. He’s not our friend and he won’t stand up for us. Publicly, he’s not an outright anti-semite…

Remember where’s Waldo? Well, here’s the new game. Where’s Hillary? Seems she’s been missing for quite a while. Well, not exactly missing, but certainly not seen anywhere. She’s tweeting so her missives know she’s still alive. Some political pundits are saying that she’s not a great campaigner and does much better in the polls when she’s not seen. We think that she had the mother-of-all facelifts and needs time to heal. Let’s wait and see when she finally surfaces.

PKP – Pierre Karl Peladeau is quickly becoming the gift that keeps on giving.
This time at the PQ’s national council, the highest decision making body in their party. PKP was less than stellar when it came to his turn to speak. Seems he didn’t prepare anything and ‘winged’ it. He was, to put it bluntly, a total flop in front of his own people. Then he went to an English language concert in the Quebec hinterland and when he heard that the songs were being sung in English – ergo English festival –  he shouted that they should sing in French.

We have our serious doubts that he will be elected as leader, although ya never know what those aging PQ dudes will do. Until then, we’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride.

We don’t want to sound insensitive and we are not. We feel awful for the family of that young girl, Kayla Muller, the most recent isis victim. What we just don’t get are people like this young woman who go over to places like Syria to try to help the people there. As long as there is tribal warfare, with the tribes intent on killing each other, the save-the-world people who venture there are going to get caught up in the crossfire. Can we talk? It’s not worth it. They are not going to save anyone and as is the case with this young girl, will most likely be taken hostage by one of the tribes or factions.

Here’s the script: The pretty girl with nice blonde hair changes her mind about her political affiliation and poof! just like that, moves over to the other party led by the pretty boy also with nice thick hair. Wait, it gets better. The blonde’s boyfriend, until recently a confident of the current leader, also jumps ship and with him go all the inner secrets of the cabinet and our Prime Minister.

Ladies and gents, dis ain’t no fiction. It really happened yesterday when Eve Adams who was elected to the Conservative party ‘crossed the floor’ and just like that became a liberal. Ah but you ask, what about all those people who voted her in as a conservative. Who cares about those silly little people.

Now the story gets juicy: Adams met with Harper on Jan. 5 to get his blessing to run for a Conservative nomination. According to sources, she assured the prime minister that she and her fiancé, Dimitri Soudas, were finished. The sources said Harper leaned toward Adams and told her he knew Soudas was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for her. He then informed her that the party’s national council deals with nominations and, with that, the meeting was concluded.

What’s with Soudas? He has been in and out of a high level position with Harper over the past few years. Obviously he’s now out and he was the one who helped broker the deal between the Liberal party and his beloved. The plot thickens.

Here’s something that won’t come as a surprise: When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Some dude by the name of Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming. Time will tell who’s telling the truth but as people living in Montreal or Boston will attest, global warming hasn’t shown up yet.

We’ll talk…

A Few Flakes Short of a Box

Target is buzzing out of Canada and they’re clearing out their stores. People thought – wahoo! bargoons. Not so fast. Just like they were arrogant coming in, they are arrogant going out. No bargains, no goods, no staff and nobody in the stores.

Maybe they plan on taking their stuff back to the US. Certainly giving a 10% discount will not bring too many people into their stores.

Here’s something that doesn’t need a rocket scientist to figure out
. Obama doesn’t like people. Now guess who figured it out early on in the game? Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He’s a smart guy and yes, he has emotions.

Early on in the game he told ex-Obama advisor, David Axelrod, “You know what his problem is? You have to like people to be successful. You have to connect. I saw him greet people at the golf course. You probably told him to do it. But he doesn’t feel it.” Really?

Here’s a small flash: Obama is like Bernie in Weekend at Bernie’s. He’s emotionless. His voice doesn’t go up or down. He could be sitting in the middle seat in the back of a car and no one would notice he was there. Weekend at Obama aka Bernies.

We are not going to focus on the measles, but this week that disease could be the reason that Rand Paul may never become president of the US. We actually heard the interview when he said, “They (vaccines) should be largely voluntary, as a matter of freedom. He also said he had heard of children who “wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.” Special eh?

Wait, it gets better. After his vaccine comments drew angry reactions, he accused the media of misconstruing his remarks about vaccines and mental disorders.

“I did not say vaccines caused disorders, just that they were temporally related,” Paul said in a statement. “I did not allege causation.” Why can’t America find normal, intelligent people to run for president?

Yet another major company has been hacked. Each time this happens the stakes get higher. This time it was Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer. Attackers gained unauthorized access to Anthem’s IT system and have obtained personal information from their current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data.

Don’t these companies have firewalls, bells, whistles, sirens – something to alert them that they are being targeted?

There was a small article in the Montreal Gazette today that Montrealers are being ripped off at the gas pumps. Trust us, you need half the brain of a tsetse fly to figure that one out. Let’s see, every time there is a long weekend the price goes up – just like that. Just before most weekends the price goes up – just like that.

Here are a few more stats to make you want to bring out the barf bag: Montrealers pay the highest gas taxes in Canada; 36% of the price of a litre of gas goes to taxes – most other provinces it’s 31%; we pay 3 cents a litre to fund Montreal’s transportation system. And what about that every single gas station goes up at the exact same time? Nauseous.

PKP – Pierre Karl Peladeau who is running for the leadership of the separatist PQ party finally admitted that he still exercises control over Quebecor media. Let’s see now, that would be most major newspapers, TV and radio stations. He claims that he is not running the day-to-day operations. We will state publicly that he will not win the leadership race. He’s lucky his father was born before him. What that really means is he’s a rich guy but very, very short of a box of corn flakes. In fact, he’s a flake. Hehehehehe.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

Thick Thighs Thelma

Canada’s foreign minister, John Baird resigned today.  As far as most people knew, he was a close confident of Harper. So why did he quit? Here are some scenarios put forth: He’s now 45 years old. Because he left today, he will be able to collect his pension, for life of course, at the age of 55 years old. How much will he get? Glad you asked. $100,000 a year.

Now, had he left next year, that pension would not kick in until he was 65 years old. He would have lost a cool $1 million for the love of his country. Oooh. Now that’s a tough one.

The other scenario is that he’s stepping away from politics to be able to return in a few years and run for the big prize. He will have amassed some nice money in the private sector as well as some experience. Then of course there’s the scenario that we don’t know about yet. Stay tuned.

Can we rant about the parents who refuse to vaccinate their children? We have no doubt that these same parents believe that UFO’s land in Missouri while making circles in the wheat fields as well as seeing little men run out of spaceships. Ignorant would be the operative word here.

They are basing their information about the vaccinations on an elaborately fraudulent study done in Great Britain. The entire study was retracted. It was done by a dude by the name of Dr. Andrew Wakefield who was subsequently stripped of his medical license. Parents who do not vaccinate their children should move to the fields in Missouri where their children will only have contact with little green men.

Now here’s a surprise. Those herbal supplements people have been buying in Walmart, Target and GNC are fakes. Blanche, you’re kidding. Not.   Those store-brand ginkgo biloba memory enhancer tablets contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.

So if you think your memory is getting better then you were duped.  Wait, it gets worse.

Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers.  Basically if you have an allergy to say, wheat, and you bought that ginkgo business, you could get pretty sick and you still won’t remember why. Hehehehehe.

Remember last week we gave you the timeline for the death of Alberto Nisman, the lawyer trying to get to the bottom of the bombing in the Jewish community center in Argentina.
Remember we told you that the reporter who broke the story of the death of Nisman had to run for his life as he thought we would murdered next? Well here ya go: Nisman had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said Tuesday. The documents were found in Nisman’s garbage.

The investigation into Mr. Nisman’s death is proceeding as theories swirl in Argentina about whether it was a suicide or a killing. Mrs. Kirchner has suggested that Mr. Nisman’s death is part of a plot to tarnish her government. We will venture a guess that the truth will eventually emerge – sooner than later and that the government of Argentina may fall because of it.

A fully renovated penthouse near the top of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, with picture-book park, river and cityscape views from each of its oversize windows, sold for $33,000,000. It was the most expensive sale of the week, according to city records. It must have been pocket change for the person who bought it. Oh yes, that person’s identity is not being made public. Let’s guess who bought it?

A sheik from Saudi Arabia? Jack Ma, the richest person in China? Some Russian mafia dude? Na, not the Russian. Their money is in gehkate tzouris. Maybe Mark Zuckerberg? Na, not his style. We’ll bet the sheik or Ma.

Remember Chip Wilson? He’s was the founder and owner of Lululemon.
Well, now that he was booted from his own company, he has decided to open another one. He’ll be selling functional, durable luxury clothing, the operative word here being luxury.  So a ‘cozy chic’ blanket wrap sweater, wool and cashmere will sell for a cool $488. A white men’s T-shirt with some cashmere will set you back $84. Can we talk?

For sure only skinny people will be able to buy Wilson’s new stuff as he has a distaste for people like Thelma with thick thighs etc. Can we talk? We have a distaste for people like Wilson who judge people by what they look like. Feh.

We’ll talk…