Monthly Archives: March 2017

Could It Be Another Clinton Will Run for Office?

Blanche, did you know that Bombardier’s senior executives saw their compensation rise by nearly 50 per cent last year at a time when it laid off thousands of workers, sought government aid?

CEO Alain Bellemare received US$9.5 million, up from US$6.4 million in 2015, including US$5.2 million in share and option-based awards and a US$1 million salary. The total compensation for the top five executives in 2016 amounted to $32.6 million.

Bombardier is in the midst of a five-year streamlining plan and are laying off over 14,000 employees. So Blanche, it seems you are remembering that year after year Bombardier comes calling to both the provincial and federal governments looking for ‘loans’. Last year for example, the Quebec government gave them US$1-billion in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake.

Seems Bombardier needs to hire a management consultant. It can’t get its act together when delivering products. Toronto and Edmonton are prime examples. They were late in both cities delivering trains for their expanded subway systems. The delay in Toronto was just one part of a huge production snafu for Bombardier, which blamed supply chain issues for epic delays in delivering vehicles from its plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. Those problems appear set to ripple across the country. Altogether, six rapid transit systems across Canada have ordered trains from troubled Bombardier Transportation.

Of course we were not born yesterday and know that top executives get bonuses, otherwise they would leave, right? Well, maybe there needs to be a shake-up not at the bottom, but at the top. The ‘let-them-eat-cake CEO’s should be the ones eating cake.

Michael Applebaum, Montreal’s erstwhile first Jewish mayor, is going to jail.

The truth is, others have not done any time for accepting bribes as he did. The difference here, we are thinking, is that Applebaum became the mayor. We will never, in a million years, figure out why he took that position, thinking, obviously erroneously, that no one would find out what he had done. It has cost him a few years of anguish in his life, certainly not worth the measly $32,000 or so he took.

It appears that European Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker is a very poor loser. How poor Blanche? So poor that he said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if President Trump does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU. He doesn’t like that Trump has no issues with Brexit.

Another speaker at event, Antonio Tajani, the EU Parliament president, received a rapturous ovation as he launched an impassioned defence of Europe’s “Christian values”.

In a series of thinly veiled comments about immigration, a major political issue in his homeland and Malta, the Italian official said Europe should do more to defend its historic identity. He said: “We shouldn’t be ashamed of saying we’re Christian. We’re Christian, it is our history. “If we leave our identity we will have in Europe all identities but not European identities. For this we need to strengthen our identity.”

Ya think they’re nervous about both Britain leaving the EU and the huge influx of muslims recently, plus those who never assimilated in their European cities? They are mighty nervous. Dudes – it’s a shtikel late for being nervous.

Sometimes, nice guys finish first. British-based Monarch Airlines has decided to launch a new year-long promotional campaign to highlight traditional values and basic good manners for its passengers. Got that? If you say hello, smile and act like a nice human being, you will be rewarded. How?

The airline has announced that it is offering free upgrades to passengers simply if they are nice. Imagine? Effective immediately, the front line counter and gate folks at Monarch are now allowed to give away free upgrades and priority boarding to passengers who are simply nice.

There’s an unintended benefit as a result of this: more Monarch planes are leaving on time.

Blanche, could it be? Shall we say politely or not so politely, that the homely looking Chelsea Clinton, heir apparent to her parents’ political dynasty, is repeatedly being asked if she will be running for office. Seriously, you can’t fault someone for how they look even though she got the worst of both her parents. Honestly Blanche, you are gross.

Ok, so guess what her answer is? Today it’s no. But… She’s a Clinton and they never, ever give a straight answer to anything. As the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, here’s her response:

First she denies that she’d ever run, then she’s shocked anyone would even ask, followed by praising her current elected officials, and then at the very end leaving the door open to the possibility which, of course, brings us back to the beginning. Guess she learned from both her mother and father. Don’t you wonder if she’s keeping that Clinton Foundation going? After all, she’s going to need zillions to run.

Remember we told you about the few dudes at the airport checking out how to make bombs, looking a jihadi websites etc? Nothing to fear here boys and girls as the Ministry of Transport has said our airports are very safe. Blanche, don’t you feel safe now? What? You don’t? Quel surprise.

It’s those same geniuses who are responsible for the fiasco on the highway during the last snowstorm when people were stranded for 13 or so hours. We would rather hear them say we are  looking into this matter and will get back to you. Not, in 10 seconds say we are safe. They don’t know.

Good Shabbos
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Trudeau’s Sense of Entitlement Knows No Bounds

Even those who love Justin Trudeau may need the barf bag for this one. It has nothing to do with his pretty face or good hair. It has much to do with his inbred, endless sense of entitlement.

The liberal party is calling for parliamentary reforms. The prime minister has announced that [he] wants to change the rules of Parliament to make lives easier. We are guessing that ‘lives’ means his life. Here’s a taste of what they want:

1. That sunny-ways Justin only attend question period in the House of Commons once a week.

2. Eliminate Friday sittings, and re-allocate the hours to other days of the week. The House of Commons could meet earlier on other days, for example.  Alternately, the report suggests making Fridays a full work day. Committees currently don’t meet on Fridays. What? Does this make sense Blanche? Now some people work on Fridays while others don’t. So they want to make sure that no one works on Fridays? Special.

Just to give you an idea of what’s flying here: Now Trudeau answers about 27 questions in three days when the House sits. If it’s once a week he will have to answer about 40 questions in one sitting. And that Blanche, is absurd, as is our pretty-boy prime minister.

The recipe of absurd coupled with a sense of entitlement brings one to exactly the leader we now have in Ottawa. Someone who is very lucky his father was born before him.

File this name: Devin Nunes. Who is he? The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. What is he investigating? Russian meddling in the presidential election. Simple enough? Now it gets interesting.

Last week he went to the White House grounds to ‘review’ intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving associates of President Donald Trump were caught up in “incidental” surveillance. The next day he revealed Mr. Trump or his closest associates may have been “incidentally” swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. Keep reading.

To get on the White House grounds one must be signed in by someone. Then, you are followed and someone keeps tabs on your every move. Nunes claims he was going to a safe room, meaning a room that has been debugged to read said intelligence reports on a computer that needed a special password. So far so good. Now things start to unravel.

He claims he found something and instead of reporting to his committee, he went straight to Trump. He will not say nor show what he has found. Oh, did we neglect to say the he was part of Trump’s transition team?

Something smells here Blanche. How can Nunes be an impartial chairman of the intelligence committee if he was part of Trump’s transition committee? He can’t.

The underlying issue in all of Trump’s issues are the people with whom he has chosen to surround himself. They want to change Washington and how it runs. So far, it’s not working. So far, everything they have touched has turned to a pillar of salt. One wonders how long it will take Trump or someone who actually cares about him to get his ear and reveal that his ‘friends’ are not doing him any favours. In fact, they are helping him drown.

Blanche has given a bit more thought to the merger of Mont Royal and Outremont ridings. In one sentence here’s what we came up with: As things stand now, Montreal has one less riding than last year.

Did the geniuses who came up with this great idea – to appease Quebec Solidaire, forget that Montreal is the economic cog that keeps Quebec going? Or are they part of the group, of course not saying so out loud, that thinks once Quebec separates, we won’t have to pay federal taxes? Those same people who forget that Quebec gets huge transfer payments from Ottawa, but we digress.

Make no mistake. Another referendum, especially one in ideal winning conditions, is the elephant in the room. Giving another riding to rural Quebec and taking it away from Montreal is one small step to achieving their goal. It’s also another step in keeping Quebec always on edge.

The next time you think you had a bad flight consider the following: A British jumbo jet from London’s Heathrow to San Francisco was delayed for several hours on the ground because someone noticed a mouse on the plane. Ich. So can one mouse hold up a plane? Yes.

First of all, when there’s one mouse, the rest of the family is not far behind. On top of that, the pilot was worried that the mouse would eat the airline wiring.

Then there’s the Pakistan flight going between Karachi and Saudi Arabia, with 416 passengers on board. One small problem: the plane only had 409 seats. So you think they asked the extra passengers to disembark? Nope. The seven extra passengers stood the entire flight.

We are guessing you have heard about the four dudes at Montreal’s airport, with security clearance, who were busy on the internet visiting jihadi and pro-ISIS websites. One had been touting the merits of the Islamic state while sharing propaganda on social media and reading up on different weapons and explosives.

They have lost their security clearance, but at least one is still working at the airport.

Are we insane here? These guys should not only lose their jobs, but should be taken into RCMP headquarters and questioned for many, many hours. As we have said on many occasions, Marvin the accountant is not looking at jihadi websites or how to make a bomb or blow up a plane. And again we say that not muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are muslims.

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Justin’s Not Just a Pretty Face – He’s Two-Faced

Justin Trudeau is not just a pretty face. He’s also two-faced. Mr. Environment, save-the-world back-peddled big time yesterday when Canada put forth its budget.

His government cancelled the public transit tax credits that allowed commuters to claim a non-refundable tax credit equal to 15% of their bus or transit pass. What does this mean in real life?

Well, in Toronto a Metropass costs $146.25 per month, which works out to a discount of $21.94 for one pass, or $263.25 for a year’s worth. While that may not seem like a lot of money, the relevance goes way past the money.

If we are supposed to be saving the climate and the world and the trees and the whales, he’s taking away that incentive not only by taking away the tax refund, but by showing that his talk is cheap and not real. Oh wait, have we said that before? Now you know it’s true.  Gentlemen and ladies – start your engines.

We hope nobody is surprised that the perpetrator of yesterday’s sick attack in London was done by someone born and bred there. What is most chilling is that there is pretty well no way to stop these attacks. All someone needs is a car and kitchen knife to put other people’s lives to an end.

No matter how hard people will try to tell us that not all muslims are terrorists, until muslims get a handle on their own people, they will be all be lumped in together. And by getting handle on their own, that means going into mosques and getting rid of hate-spewing imams. Either deport them or do what they must to stop them from talking. Duck tape will do.

If home-grown terrorists hate their birth country so much, why don’t they just move to some Arab country where they can hear minarets day and night, pray to their hearts content and practice sharia law openly? Why must they take out their anger on innocent people? Something is very sick about the religion of islam and this seems to be one of the key points.

Quel surprise – Quebec’c Department of Transport is dysfunctional as stated by Quebec’s auditor general. Blanche, don’t you wonder how much money somebody got paid to figure that out?

Instead of fixing a problem they were told about in 2009, they dug their heels in deeper and created a world of secrecy and deception. Get this one: they have a 64-step process to determine whether a situation constitutes an emergency. Now you know why nobody came to the aid of the hundreds of drivers stuck on the highway in a snowstorm two weeks ago. By the time they got to step 43 it was the next morning.

Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the entire department should be closed, everyone fired and reopen it under another name without bureaucrats. Rather, with people who actually have their pulse on what is happening on the roads etc.

Yesterday, a young woman of 22 years old begged the police in the small town she lived to protect her from her ex-boyfriend who she knew wanted to kill her. They did not protect her and he killed her.

Do we want to hear what a terrible childhood he had? Or that his father beat him? Or his mother left him? Nobody cares, none of the above matters and no excuse in the world gives him the right to murder someone who doesn’t like him.

He deserves to go to jail for the rest of his life. And the police who didn’t take this woman seriously and literally sent her to the wolves need to be on permanent leave until they understand that when a woman says someone is out to kill her, they take her seriously.

In the end, it was a Jewish teenager in Israel who made the wave of threats to Jewish institutions in the United States and other countries in recent months. He was arrested today.

The 18-year-old suspect, who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, suffers from a brain tumor that can affect his behavior. Seems his tumor is of the type that can affect his cognitive abilities and lead to “irrational” behavior. We would say so.

There is an even sicker part of the story here. White nationalists are now vindicated because a Jew is the main suspect in the bomb threats. The arrest played neatly into the anti-Semitic depiction of Jews as duplicitous and controlling. We told you it’s sick.

In the last blog, we told you about the Arab countries who’s travelers are no longer allowed to bring anything larger than a smart-phone on the plane. Don’t say Blanche doesn’t give you travel tips. Here are the top things they can do while the ban is in effect, which could be for a very long time, so we suggest they memorize the list:

1. Read a book.
2. Say hello to the person next to you.
3. Appreciate the miracle of the flight.
4. Pretend the tray is a keyboard.
5. Analyze the meaning of life.
We saved the best for last:
6. Meditate on the reasons you are no longer allowed to bring your devices on the plane.

There was a great article in today’s paper about the idiocy of the gluten-free frenzy. May we remind you, as the article pointed out, when french bread and jelly beans were considered good weight-loss options because they were low in fat and avocados and eggs were going to kill you?

Blanche, do you know why gluten free products became so popular? Because .0001 of the population has celiac disease. And what are the symptoms? When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine.

Exactly how many people do you know with this disease? One? Two? You may know people with an intolerance to wheat, but they won’t die from eating it. To over-compensate and in the latest food-crazed fad, gluten has become verboten.

Here’s what we found: Gluten itself doesn’t offer special nutritional benefits. But the many whole grains that contain gluten do. They’re rich in an array of vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and iron, as well as fiber. Studies show that whole grain foods, as part of a healthy diet, may help lower risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

The bottom line: Be sensible and don’t pretend that a gluten-free diet is good for you unless you have been tested by a doctor. Get a grip, wheat is not enemy number one.

Good Shabbos
we’ll talk…

Couillard and his Missives are Getting Hit with the Stuff from the Fan and It Stinks

So now it’s not only CNN and the NY Times who are nervous about Trump. Wall Street is very jittery, with good reason.

This Thursday the House is supposed to vote on the revised Obamacare. If it passes, we move on. If it does not pass, everything gets stalled for about a year, including the tax reforms that Wall Street banked on (pardon the pun). And they are nervous that it won’t pass and therefore the tax reforms will be stalled as well.

The passing of this bill is so important that Trump visited and warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year’s elections if they failed to back the bill. As one politician said, he wouldn’t want to be the Republican whose vote prevented them from keeping the commitment we’ve made to the American people for almost 10 years now. Stay tuned.

If you think the republicans have a problem, so do the democrats. Right now they are leaderless.

When registered voters were asked whom they view as the leader of the Democratic Party, 40 percent said it has no leader. Blanche, dats bad. Wait, it gets worse:

15% named former President Obama as the party’s leader. 12% said zaidy Bernie who has gone out of his way not to join the Democratic Party despite running for the its presidential nomination last year. 11% view Sen. Elizabeth Warren aka Pocahontas as the party’s leader, and 10 % answered with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Now that’s a sorry list of potential leaders especially since only one – Warren, would actually take the job.

Here’s the kicker: 45% of those asked said they wanted to see someone not on the list of possible candidates in the survey. The next logical question is who that person might be it was a veritable hodgepodge of people from Michelle Obama to Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Frankly, we wonder why anyone would want this thankless job. Once the thrill of the win wears off, it is possibly the worst job known to man.

Uber is also in big trouble. Jeff Jones, who resigned as president, clashed with the CEO. Apparently, so did three other key senior executives who also quit. Seems the CEO Travis Kalanick is quite the hot-head and control freak. Here’s a tip from someone who has been at the receiving end of a control freak: people do their job and nothing more. They won’t go that extra mile for you. And in the end, they leave as no money is worth working for someone like that.

This dude Kalanick sounds like he’s going to be running Uber all by himself unless he changes his tactics.

Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux says he was kept in the dark about the 300 vehicles trapped for hours and hours on the highway. And which dark room might that be? Obviously one with no windows, phone, radio, or social media.

Coiteux’s press aide, Marie-Ève Pelletier, confirmed Tuesday there was a breakdown in communication and that Coiteux never really was informed of how bad things were.

She released two documents — government status reports — showing neither the Ministry of Transport nor the Public Security Ministry had a handle on the situation unfolding on the highway.Really? Could have fooled us.

Wait Blanche, get this one: On Wednesday at 7:15 a.m., the centre referred to a jam on Hwy. 13 but says there were 30, not 300 cars stuck on the road and it never called for reinforcements. If they knew there were 30 cars then they knew there were 300 cars and were afraid to come forward at that time with the information. They are all lying.

Couillard has since apologized as did the Ministry of Transport. Here’s a headline: It’s way to little, way to late. These dudes think that they can pin the blame on their little airhead missives or some poor truck driver who was the tenth truck in line. The stuff is going to keep hitting the fan and smearing them until they fess up and tell the truth.

As we said in the last Blanche report, when it stinks, it stinks from the head down. Couillard has been mysteriously absent from our lives for the past year. You can bet your bippy this is not how he wanted to regain the limelight.

Ivanka Trump is being given a West Wing office, increased security clearance and a government-issued communications device. Some people have their shorts in an uproar from this announcement.

Here’s what we say: Nothing Trump did, does or will do is within the norm of anything anyone in Washington has ever seen. In February Ivanka met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, where they were part of a roundtable discussion about female entrepreneurs. She met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and when Angela Merkel visited the White House last week, Ivanka Trump was seated right beside her. In fact, if you check out the pictures, the only time Merkel is smiling is when she’s talking to Ivanka.

Here’s the kicker: She is one of the most powerful people near her father because she has no title.  Contrary to popular belief, she’s not going to assume the role of first lady. She’s much smarter than to take on that role, especially as there already is a first lady.

It took a couple of months for her to surface and you won’t be seeing her face in the papers or social media, but make no mistake…she’s probably one of the top ten most powerful people in the world right now. Now, if she could only take away her father’s phone on Shabbos.

The United States is barring passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim-majority countries from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone.
Nine airlines from countries in the Middle East and North Africa had been given 96 hours, beginning at 7:00 GMT on Tuesday, to ban the devices from the cabin.

Laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games and portable DVD players are affected by the ban – which applies to direct flights to the US – but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.

If we were traveling, the last place we would want to put our computer is in checked baggage. What are the chances that it will still be there when we landed? We’ll say 50-50 to be on nice side. We traveling to South Africa and had a small transistor radio stolen from our luggage. Imagine a laptop?

Here are the countries affected: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates. You may not like Trump and he may be overreacting, but people are getting the message not to mess with him. And in the Arab countries, the response to strong leaders is much more effective than those afraid to use the words islamic terrorism.

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But We Didn’t Know Hundreds of People were Stuck on the Highway in a Snowstorm…

Blanche, what we don’t understand is why everyone is so surprised that people were left to sit in their cars for, oh, 13 hours or so in a raging blizzard on a highway very close to the city. Those sitting in their cars were calling 911, radio stations, tweeting, going on Facebook, doing everything but yelling out their car windows and only people in the ministry of transport didn’t hear about what was happening.

Here’s something to ponder: Those who deal with highways, signage, safety and emergencies are the same people who refuse to put English on signs indicating seriously dangerous situations on highways and other roads. Need we say more?

It is these same people who ‘didn’t know’ that hundreds of people were stuck on a highway in their cars. It is these same people who obviously have a zero emergency protocol. Make no mistake, this was a true emergency.

When something like this stinks, it stinks from the top down. Couillard is the premier the last time we looked. Does he not ever ask his ministers, oh, vos titz ach – what’s happening? Do these ministers never sit down together and go over emergency plans? Remember when we had the ice storm and the water filtration system almost failed? Do they have something in place today to deal with such an incident? We think not.

We think that those at the top, starting with Couillard are incompetent. We think that Coderre is incompetent as are the Surete de Quebec and the Montreal police. Ladies and gentlemen, we have said this before and we will say it again: We live in a place where our public officials have pea brains. In a week this will be old news and nothing will change cause ya can’t change those who are unable to think. Next.

Here’s a hot couple: Justin Trudeau and Ivanka Kushner. What? They’re both married to someone else? Blanche, what are you saying? Everyone saw them together at a play on Broadway last night. Oh, right. Justin was at the Come From Away play dealing with those who were diverted to Newfoundland on 9/11.

Well, at least Sophie was there and Ivanka’s date was Niki Haley, UN Ambassador for the United States. It’s still a bit juicy eh?

Blanche, did you ever listen to NPR – National Public Radio in the United States? Here’s how they talk – like they are on permanent weed – s.l.o.w.y, quietly and pronouncing every word perfectly in a hushed tone. Those listening to NPR are the mother-of-all-tree-huggers. Well, today they got quite the jolt from Trump.

He cut the budget of $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR radio stations to…zero.

That’s not all he did. He eliminated the budgets for some national endowments, which stood at $148 million in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums.

Seems though, these corporations will be just fine as there are plenty of very rich liberal tree-huggers who will step up to the plate and pick up the slack. Phew.

Some people are just not smart. Twenty-two year old Karim Baratov was living the high life despite having been expelled from high school in Ancaster, Ont. He owned luxury cars, a large home and an online business called Elite Space Corporation. Photos on social media showed him holding a fan-shaped pile of $100 bills, skydiving, eating a $255 steak and hoisting a bottle of Grey Goose vodka. Ya think the police and other authorities were alerted to this dude? You can bet your bippy they were.

On Wednesday, U.S. officials said Baratov (a citizen of Canada and Kazakhstan-da) was one of four alleged co-conspirators indicted following what officials called one of the largest data breaches in history, the hack of Yahoo which exposed 500 million user accounts.

Silly, silly boy. Now he’s going to be living in a little room, sharing his meals with lotsa other guys, seeing sunshine for an hour at a time once a day for a very long time.

While we are certainly not an activist, we are getting involved opposing the merger of two electoral districts – Mont Royal and Outremont.  Here’s the scoop thanks to real activists:

Montreal is losing one riding and others are being split. This will result in even more electoral power for ridings outside greater Montreal.

Rural ridings already have far more electoral clout than urban ridings. They are primarily Francophone and have very few ethnic minorities. This is where the PQ gets most of their support. If the rules were changed so ridings could vary by no more than 10% instead of 25% today, there would be fewer rural ridings and thus fewer members of the PQ elected. This is why this issue is so important and why we need a court challenge to get the Elections Law changed in Quebec.

Spread the word. Come to the public consultation meeting Tuesday March 21, 7pm at 6767 Cote des Neiges.

So guess who did this? Why our dear friends the Liberal party. If they are supposedly our friends, we wouldn’t want to encounter our enemies. The liberal party in this province takes their constituents for granted as they know we would never vote for the PQ or any other fringe separatist party. We are guessing that to change the situation one must do so from the inside. Who’s going to run in the next election? No hands? Ok, so come to the meeting on Tuesday night.

Sorry to report that the Israeli baseball team was eliminated from the world baseball classic. They lost to Japan, 8-3. It was a good dream while it lasted.

Unlike the Quebec government, the Brits are very prepared. For what you ask? For the passing of Queen Elizabeth. Dubbed Operation London Bridge, plans are well underway for her demise. Think we’re kidding? Here ya go:

At 9am, Big Ben will strike. The bell’s hammer will then be covered with a leather pad seven-sixteenths of an inch thick, and it will ring out in muffled tones. The distance from Westminster Hall to the Abbey is only a few hundred metres. The occasion will feel familiar, even though it is new: the Queen will be the first British monarch to have her funeral in the Abbey since 1760. The 2,000 guests will be sitting inside.

When the coffin reaches the abbey doors, at 11 o’clock, the country will fall silent. The clatter will still. Train stations will cease announcements. Buses will stop and drivers will get out at the side of the road. In 1952 (when her father died), at the same moment, all of the passengers on a flight from London to New York rose from their seats and stood, 18,000 feet above Canada, and bowed their heads.

Our suggestion: Quebec should send some English speaking government officials to England to see how to plan for any eventuality. Then come back and translate what they have learned into French. Then give tests to bureaucrats to make sure they understand what they have to do. If they don’t pass the test – poof! you’re fired. Blanche, we really like this idea.

Good Shabbos
we’ll talk…

The Trump and Merkel Show Goes to Washington

Seriously Blanche, did you know that Israel has a baseball team? We bet you didn’t.

Israel was the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the World Baseball Classic, coming in at 41st. Oy. Now get this: The club started the tournament last week by beating third-ranked South Korea, fourth-ranked Taiwan and ninth-ranked the Netherlands to win its pool in the first round and become the only team to come out of the qualifying round and go undefeated.

In the second round this week Israel, dubbed the Jew Crew,  beat fifth-ranked Cuba before losing badly in a rematch with the Netherlands on Monday.Can’t win em all, eh Blanche?

Get this: Before each game, the players have removed their caps for Israel’s national anthem to reveal matching kippahs. No doubt G-d is on their side. Stay tuned for this dream team’s further wins.

A European Union court ruled that companies can prohibit their employees from wearing religious clothing and symbols. Make no mistake. This is a direct ban of hijabs and kippas are going to get caught in the crossfire, a la charter of values here in Quebec.

Marine Le Pen, the leading candidate in the presidential race in France, said she would ban Muslim headcovering if she were elected. Asked whether she would do the same for the kippah, the head of the far-right National Front party said she would do so to preserve equality.

Given the political climate of the world, where voters are looking for non-politician politicians, Le Pen has a good chance of winning.

The mother-of-all-snowstorms is hitting Montreal but bypassed New York city. Upstate New York is getting hit hard as the I87 is shut down tight. People are complaining that the powers that be in New York over reacted. Those people need to take a pill.

If the wind shifts, the weather moves in another direction. That’s pretty well impossible to tell beforehand. Blanche, don’t you wonder how people are predicting climate changes for the next fifty or so years? Guess what, they can’t predict them but love going to climate change conferences in Paris and other nice cities, flying business class and staying in five star hotels.

Of all the people in the world that we would not want to be, Sean Spicer is it. As Trump’s White House spokesman who has to go out everyday and defend his bosses interesting tweets, charges or comments, he’s learning to be bullet proof, albeit often sounding like he’s talking in another language.

While it is no secret that we were never fans of Hillary, to put it mildly, Trump seems to be a very fast moving train wreck . His latest accusation of Obama wiretapping his offices in Trump Tower may in fact be true, but until he had proof he should not have said anything, let alone tweet this out.

Enter Spicer who has to defend Trump:  Spicer “explained” that even though he specifically cited Obama — Trump didn’t really mean Obama. That’s the way he has to talk – in riddles. Trump, he said, was only speaking in general terms.

Until someone gets a handle on their boss, they will all continue to look and sound like buffoons. Scary that they are running the country, eh Blanche?

Stay tuned for this week’s meeting between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump. It was supposed to be today but due to the snowstorm was postponed to Friday.

Merkel chews nails and spits battleships. Trump thinks he’s America’s gift to the world. What could possibly happen? Watch for the tweets cause they are going to be priceless.

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The Plot Thickens in L’Affaire Freeland

Here’s what we read in this morning’s paper: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland that vilified Jews during the Second World War. Of course she’s denying this to the moon and back. Never mind what she says. Here’s what we found out, which took quite a bit of digging on Blanche’s part:

Freeland is claiming this is a Russian plot to discredit the Canadian government. Here are some of the facts:

Her father was the editor of Krakivski Visti, first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. So what was the Krakivski Visti? It, like a number of publications, had been seized by the Nazis from their Jewish owners and then operated as propaganda outlets.

Now the story gets interesting gleaned from the Ottawa Citizen: Here is what the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum has to say about Krakivski Visti and a similar newspaper, Lvivski Visti, both publications associated with the Nazi regime.

“The editorial boards carried out a policy of soliciting Ukrainian support for the German cause,” the Holocaust Museum noted. “It was typical, within these publications, to not to give any accounts of the German genocidal policy, and largely, the editions resorted to silencing the mass killing of Jews in Galicia. Ukrainian newspapers presented the Jewish Question in light of the official Nazi propaganda, corollary to the Jewish world conspiracy.”

“In 1943 and 1944, both Lvivski Visti and Krakivski Visti hailed the German-approved formation of the 14th Waffen SS Division Halychyna, composed of Ukrainian volunteers,” the museum pointed out.

On Wednesday the Globe and Mail reported that Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper. We’re not saying she is a nazi sympathizer. We are saying that she should have fessed up 20 years ago before going into politics. We can’t believe she was so naive as to think no one would find out about this. Hiding one thing makes people think you are hiding other things. Dumb move.

What’s wrong with international women’s day? We can’t exactly put our finger on it, but it’s becoming increasingly obnoxious.

Let’s start with women telling other women not to shop in stores owned by white men. Seriously? Only white men are the problem? Or how about take the day off work. On which planet do the women who pronounce these edicts live? Can a teacher just leave her class and take a day off? Can a dentist drop her patients and tell them to suck it up? Or how about a lawyer who has a trial date on that day. Should she tell the judge to take a hike, I’m marching in support of women?

We are guessing that when these marches started, in the late 1800’s, they did much to improve or at least make people aware of the plight of women. It appears that international women’s day has been hijacked by the same women who are still seething because Trump got elected and their hero – Hillary Clinton – lost. And one more thing. When we saw Hillary wearing a red pant suit cause the color of the day is red, we needed a YUGE barf bag. She’s so effing fake, ich.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for failing to protect its hacking secrets. He’s right. They are mind-bogglingly incompetent. The FBI can throw the biggest temper tantrum but Assange is right.

How is it possible that either one of their own or someone from the outside was able to copy thousands and thousands of documents without any alarm bells going off? This didn’t happen in ten minutes. It had to have taken quite a while.

The CIA is losing their minds trying to find out who did this. Here’s a tip for them: He’s long gone. If the CIA is supposed to be protecting the United States from the ‘bad guys’, the United States is in some serious trouble.

One more thing about International women’s day. That picture of Sophie gazing lovingly into Justin’s eyes while holding his hand was nauseating. What does that have to do with a woman’s day? That he supports her? And what about women who make it on their own with no man supporting them? She lives in a big entitled bubble along with him and he’s our prime minister. Pity on us all.

An axe-wielding man hacked away people at a train station in Dusseldorf. Of course they don’t say the nationality yet. Blanche, take a chill pill and control yourself. It may not be one of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented ‘Syrians’ let in.

Quebec politics are always interesting and today they got a bit more interesting with the announcement by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois that he’s running for a seat under the Quebec Solitaire party.

You may remember his name as he was one of the leaders of the ‘red square protests against the then-Charest government’s plans to raise tuition fees at universities. Charest’s government was basically brought down by those protests.

So Blanche ya think Dubois is going to split the separatist vote? One thing we can say with certainty: he’s young (26), has great hair, is slim and well-dressed. That alone can get him elected. However, he has yet to answer ‘the’ question: when will you hold a referendum if elected. That is the litmus test.

There was a nomination meeting last night in a suburb of Montreal to see who will represent the Liberal party in a by-election in April. The Liberal party made it well-known that they favoured the frontrunner Yolande James. Guess what? An total unknown won. She’s 26 years old, never been in politics. Emmanuella Lambropoulos is a teacher, certainly not a well-seasoned politician.

Looks like people all over the world are sick and tired of politicians.

Good Shabbos
we’ll talk…

The Plot Thickens in L’Affair Freeland

Here’s what we read in this morning’s paper: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland that vilified Jews during the Second World War. Of course she’s denying this to the moon and back. Never mind what she says. Here’s what we found out, which took quite a bit of digging on Blanche’s part:

Freeland is claiming this is a Russian plot to discredit the Canadian government. Here are some of the facts:

Her father was the editor of Krakivski Visti, first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. So what was the Krakivski Visti? It, like a number of publications, had been seized by the Nazis from their Jewish owners and then operated as propaganda outlets.

Now the story gets interesting gleaned from the Ottawa Citizen: Here is what the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum has to say about Krakivski Visti and a similar newspaper, Lvivski Visti, both publications associated with the Nazi regime.

“The editorial boards carried out a policy of soliciting Ukrainian support for the German cause,” the Holocaust Museum noted. “It was typical, within these publications, to not to give any accounts of the German genocidal policy, and largely, the editions resorted to silencing the mass killing of Jews in Galicia. Ukrainian newspapers presented the Jewish Question in light of the official Nazi propaganda, corollary to the Jewish world conspiracy.”

“In 1943 and 1944, both Lvivski Visti and Krakivski Visti hailed the German-approved formation of the 14th Waffen SS Division Halychyna, composed of Ukrainian volunteers,” the museum pointed out.

On Wednesday the Globe and Mail reported that Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper. We’re not saying she is a nazi sympathizer. We are saying that she should have fessed up 20 years ago before going into politics. We can’t believe she was so naive as to think no one would find out about this. Hiding one thing makes people think you are hiding other things. Dumb move.

What’s wrong with international women’s day? We can’t exactly put our finger on it, but it’s becoming increasingly obnoxious.

Let’s start with women telling other women not to shop in stores owned by white men. Seriously? Only white men are the problem? Or how about take the day off work. On which planet do the women who pronounce these edicts live? Can a teacher just leave her class and take a day off? Can a dentist drop her patients and tell them to suck it up? Or how about a lawyer who has a trial date on that day. Should she tell the judge to take a hike, I’m marching in support of women?

We are guessing that when these marches started, in the late 1800’s, they did much to improve or at least make people aware of the plight of women. It appears that international women’s day has been hijacked by the same women who are still seething because Trump got elected and their hero – Hillary Clinton – lost. And one more thing. When we saw Hillary wearing a red pant suit cause the color of the day is red, we needed a YUGE barf bag. She’s so effing fake, ich.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for failing to protect its hacking secrets. He’s right. They are mind-bogglingly incompetent. The FBI can throw the biggest temper tantrum but Assange is right.

How is it possible that either one of their own or someone from the outside was able to copy thousands and thousands of documents without any alarm bells going off? This didn’t happen in ten minutes. It had to have taken quite a while.

The CIA is losing their minds trying to find out who did this. Here’s a tip for them: He’s long gone. If the CIA is supposed to be protecting the United States from the ‘bad guys’, the United States is in some serious trouble.

One more thing about International women’s day. That picture of Sophie gazing lovingly into Justin’s eyes while holding his hand was nauseating. What does that have to do with a woman’s day? That he supports her? And what about women who make it on their own with no man supporting them? She lives in a big entitled bubble along with him and he’s our prime minister. Pity on us all.

An axe-wielding man hacked away people at a train station in Dusseldorf. Of course they don’t say the nationality yet. Blanche, take a chill pill and control yourself. It may not be one of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented ‘Syrians’ let in.

Quebec politics are always interesting and today they got a bit more interesting with the announcement by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois that he’s running for a seat under the Quebec Solitaire party.

You may remember his name as he was one of the leaders of the ‘red square protests against the then-Charest government’s plans to raise tuition fees at universities. Charest’s government was basically brought down by those protests.

So Blanche ya think Dubois is going to split the separatist vote? One thing we can say with certainty: he’s young (26), has great hair, is slim and well-dressed. That alone can get him elected. However, he has yet to answer ‘the’ question: when will you hold a referendum if elected. That is the litmus test.

There was a nomination meeting last night in a suburb of Montreal to see who will represent the Liberal party in a by-election in April. The Liberal party made it well-known that they favoured the frontrunner Yolande James. Guess what? An total unknown won. She’s 26 years old, never been in politics. Emmanuella Lambropoulos is a teacher, certainly not a well-seasoned politician.

Looks like people all over the world are sick and tired of politicians.

Good Shabbos
we’ll talk…

Throw Trump’s Phone in the Terlit

There’s another Edward Snowden out there. Today, Wikileaks exposed purported CIA cyber hacking tools containing highly technical details about how surveillance is carried out. That would make them far more revealing and useful to an adversary than the Snowden leaks. In other words, Snowden provided a briefing book on U.S. surveillance, but the CIA leaks could provide the blueprints.

Dubbed “Vault 7”, the unauthorized disclosure is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. It exposed the malware and exploits the agency amassed to hack smartphones and turn some televisions into covert microphones.

One of the documents also shows how the CIA developed a program to hack internet-connected televisions in conjunction with British intelligence. The attacks can place Samsung smart TVs in a fake off mode, so the owner believes the television is switched off, while in reality it is functioning as a bug and recording conversations in the room.

Trump now has a YUGE problem on his hands. The unauthorized disclosure – the first part of which WikiLeaks said consisted of 8,761 documents and files from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence – confronts him with a threat from the very organization that leaked documents on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential campaign. The response to this is not a 140 character tweet. Dats for sure.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) cites over 120 bomb threats against Jewish community centres across North America since the start of 2017 and we’re only March. Today was Toronto’s turn. Toddlers and babies were evacuated from a downtown Jewish daycare this morning. Almost at the same time, a Jewish community centre in London Ontario received a bomb threat.

It appears that most of these nutballs are going to get caught and hopefully dumped into a jail for an indeterminate amount of time. Given that, one has to pray that the real deal will never happen.

Right now people sending their children to any Jewish community centre anywhere in North America are edgy. Let’s hope the police find out who’s doing this much sooner than later.

Blanche, we have a very good idea. Why don’t they contact wikileaks who seem to be able to find and dig up anything, anywhere. No one is immune from their tentacles. If they can find out how the CIA is hacking into people’s smart phones, they can certainly find out who’s responsible for the bomb threats.

Tomorrow is international women’s day – 24 hours (of the 8,760 annually available) set aside to celebrate women and all of their achievements. Sounds not bad. Kind of.

So what are the highlights of this day going to be? Well, women from more than 40 countries are staging a strike from all work, paid and unpaid, to highlight women’s power within global economies.

Organisers of the Global Women’s Strike have joined forces with coordinators of the Women’s March and hundreds of human rights and women’s campaigners to capitalise on momentum in the movement in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. And here’s where they lose a lot of women.

They may despise Donald Trump. He may be on the road to implosion, but he’s still the legally elected president of the United States of America. Marching is not going to make him go away nor will it get Hillary elected.

Trump was tweeting again on Saturday as Jarid and Ivanka kept Shabbos. Somebody has to get that phone on Friday night and throw it in the terlit. It’s not like he can run out and buy another one. He’s stuck in the White House.

This time he tweeted about Obama wiretapping him in Trump tower. While he may be correct in his assumption as per the wikileaks documents, perhaps, just perhaps, he should have waited until he had actual proof of his accusation. Not that he’s wrong. Most likely he’s correct. But…

He keeps setting himself up to get a beating from all sides of the media. Not to mention that the other world power leaders are most likely apoplectic from his non-leadership style.

We are fans of Trump but are finding it increasingly difficult to defend his rather erratic behaviour, to say the least. It appears he still doesn’t quite grasp that he’s the president of the greatest power on earth. He will find out very quickly once he has his first major crisis. And one more thing: president Bannon has to go.

The new revised immigration law has been unveiled by the Trump team. What does it mean for Americans or Canadians not from those six countries? Good news.

From many destinations, airlines, hotels, and cruise ships, there is serious discounting.
These are not just for the next few weeks—but for the next few months. And if you hold a valid U.S. or Canadian passport, your fear factor has been reduced substantially.

Even with the revised presidential proposal on visas and immigration, the discounts show no signs of going away. Time to book your next vacation.

Tom Brady, the most winning quarterback of the Super Bowl is one smart dude. Blanche did you know that his $200 cookbook has sold out? Wait, did you even know he had a cookbook?

Now he’s onto the one of the hottest things on the market: For $78 per week, Purple Carrot will deliver ingredients to customers throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and West Coast regions for six dinners constructed to Tom Brady’s training specifications. According to the company, its meals are high in protein, free of gluten and dairy, and low in processed sugar. Brady is going to be very rich.

we’ll talk…

President Oprah Winfrey… What is the world coming to?

In late breaking news today, it was announced that the Mont Royal and Outremont ridings will become one riding with one elected representative instead of two. Interesting that Mont Royal is mostly English and Allophone and Outremont is also very English with French. If the Liberal government is supposed to be our friends, who needs enemies.

Seriously, this is ridiculous. Merge two ridings in the Gaspe or Pointe aux Pic. Why pick the heavily populated island of Montreal?

Get to know this name: Valerie Jarrett. She worked with and for Obama from Jan. 20, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2017. In other words, from the minute he stepped into the White House until the second he left. She was in charge of his public engagements amongst other things. She is very close to both Obama and Michelle. How close? Close enough to move into their house in Washington.

We checked a few sources to verify this and it appears to be a fact. It also appears that Obama is setting himself up to be the Godfather of the Democratic party. While the DNC did elect a leader, they never got over the fact that Obama was not allowed to run for a third term and that they have to actually say the words President Trump.

Another balloon that was floating around the past few days was that Oprah Winfrey may take a run at the presidency. She’s ‘thinking about it.’

Both of these news items bring to the fore that the left-wingers in the US are leaderless. They lost everything in the last election and are, at the moment, searching for someone to run in the next election. So far they have come up empty-handed. President Winfrey? Oy.

The dude who threatened to Concordia university yesterday was obviously not the brightest chip in the box. We saw a picture of him – special. Blanche, you wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley, dats for sure. His name is Hisham Saadi but no one is talking about his nationality. By looking at him one cannot tell where he came from.

Seems he sent an email to a few news outlets along with Concordia. Blanche, how long do you think it would take the police to dig him up? Oh, say ten minutes? He was apprehended last night.

In case you want to know what’s going on with Jeff Sessions, Trump’s erstwhile attorney general here’s a short synopsis:

He spoke twice with Russia’s U.S. ambassador last year, including a private office meeting in the fall. But during his confirmation hearing to become Attorney General, Sessions said, “I did not have communications with the Russians.” Sessions joined Trump’s campaign in February of last year. He currently oversees the Justice Department, which includes the FBI. The intelligence agency has been conducting an investigation on Russian interference in the election.

This isn’t the first time one of Trump’s appointee’s has gotten in hot water over Russia: Michael Flynn was fired as Trump’s national security adviser last month over his failure to properly disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

The democrats are calling for his resignation over this. But his job as senator, before becoming Attorney General, required him to speak often with different embassies and officials.

It appears that the democrats are intent on getting right into Trump’s face on a daily basis, baiting him to say or do something that he will regret. Above all, they do not want him to succeed because that would mean he would be living in the White House until 2024 and that would put the tree-huggers in the home.

Dozens of students in one Minnesota school district were ordered out of class Wednesday because the students failed to provide documentation that shows they received their vaccines.

Can we talk here Blanche? Those who do not vaccinate their children should not be allowed to send them to school anywhere. We know of woman who has five children and lives in an apartment building. Her children play with other children in the building who were not vaccinated. All the children got the chicken pox. Those not vaccinated were very, very ill. Those who were vaccinated had a mild case.

This is an old and tired story. The doctor who said  his statistics showed that some children became autistic as a result of taking the vaccine admitted long ago his stats were false.

It’s a myth. It’s not true. Go vaccinate your kids if you have not done so. It’s simply not fair to any other children.

Da cat’s outta da bag as to who gave the wrong envelope at the Academy awards. Brian Cullinan handed presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope for Best Picture with  his  cohort Martha Ruiz was not far behind him.

Seems these two beauties were busy tweeting behind the scenes at the awards and then, in one of the biggest bone-head moves – posting them online. According to sources – ya like that Blanche – sources? – the latest fallout for Cullinan and Ruiz have been stripped of any future duties at the Academy Awards. Now that’s Hercule Poirot moment. No kidding.

It seems that Cullinan is the bigger of the two culprits as he was warned to stop tweeting.

Unfortunately, Americans don’t seem to be the brightest bunch as both accountants have received death threats and their families now need protection. This is a you-could-bust moment. It’s the frigging academy awards. He wasn’t doing open heart surgery and tweeting. People are obviously very bored down south.

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics came out and said those who eat home-cooked meals are less obese. Blanche, don’t you wonder on which planet these people live? They are supposed to be the professionals.

A three-year old can tell you if you eat something your mother made you will be healthier than if you go get a smoked meat sandwich with extra fat, fries and creamy cole slaw. Do people actually get paid to say these things?

You may be frustrated with the Montreal Canadiens, but they are a class operation. PK Suban is back playing tonight with his new team against the Canadiens. Before the game however, the Canadiens organization has a tribute for him. Class act.

Good Shabbos
we’ll talk…