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…

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