Monthly Archives: August 2017

Nothing Like a Little Planning

Blanche, you know how we always say get the barf bag? Well, on that Transat plane that was trapped on a runway in Ottawa for about six hours in the stifling heat, a kid needed a barf bag and didn’t get one. So…he lost his cookies all over the people on the plane.

That was just one of the issues that those people suffered through for an interminable amount of time. Now there is an ‘inquiry’. Seriously? What’s to inquire about?

Like we said at the time, we would have been on our phone calling every news media known to man, 911, the fire department, CSIS, the FBI and anyone else you can dream of. We would not have sat for hours and hours on a plane with no air conditioning, no water, no food and the best part…no working bathrooms.

Transat is pretty dumb to get to the point where there is an inquiry, allowing passengers to vent publicly. This most likely happened because they offered about $400 per person for what they went through. Had they come forward like an upstanding company, all those people would not be rehashing the entire episode. Short-sighted, n’est pas? Stay away from Transat.

So where were you August 31, 1997? It was Sunday morning when we all heard the news of the horrific death of Lady Diana.

Everybody knows the story: She was set up from the beginning by Prince Charles who needed an heir and a spare to the throne. Once she fulfilled that duty the jig was up. Charles not so quietly let on that he was really in love with that Bowles woman who he eventually married.

The Queen recently made it very clear that she will not give up the throne until she dies and longevity runs in the family. Charles is now 68 years old and no closer to becoming king than he was ten years ago. We are pretty sure that we are not the only ones who hope the Queen passes over him in favour of William.

We may not be flooded by Hurricane Harvey, but we will certainly feel the effects of the storm for a while. Gas prices are about to skyrocket here because the refineries were damaged and right now no one knows when they will be up and running.

While we do have reserves here, we are guessing that they are being kept for a real emergency which this is not. Given that, why do we feel like our government is using this catastrophe to raise the prices way above what they should be? Because our government is sneaky and has their hands in our pockets and would definitely do that.

While Houston’s drainage systems could never have handled such an insane amount of rain, perhaps the damage could have been lessened had there been proper planning.

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers started releasing water from the Addicks and Barker dams in west Houston. Officials said it was safer for nearby neighborhoods to manage the water with controlled releases instead of letting uncontrolled water flow over the edge of the dams. The dams control the flow of water into Buffalo Bayou, a winding Houston river surrounded by residential areas.

Why were houses allowed to be built there in the first place?

Houston has had unprecedented growth with little regard for their infrastructure. Its metro area measures nearly 9,000 square miles – an area larger than New Jersey. Developers and the city both benefited from the huge increase in population at the expense of proper planning.

Houston is a low-lying city in a coastal floodplain that’s a frequent target for Gulf hurricanes. Its policies and building codes underestimate the potential hazards of flooding. For example, many places across the nation have requirements for how high above the ground homes and businesses should be built — to protect against possible flooding. They create what’s called a freeboard — the distance a building must be built above the level of the highest flood that occurs every 100 years.

Nashville has a four foot freeboard – Houston a one foot freeboard.

All of this does not lessen the misery of the people right now. Nor will it help the over 80% with no flood insurance. But now perhaps we can understand why they couldn’t get that flood insurance in the first place. It behooves the government there to think before rebuilding in certain areas as they cannot possibly fix the infrastructure in a few months or even a few years.

A Montreal women put her two girls on a school bus yesterday morning, the first day of school. She went back to pick them up at the end of the school day, around 2:45. No kids. No bus. She didn’t find them until 5:30 when she had to go get them at the bus company office. Seems someone goofed and forgot to list the stop for these girls.

Here’s our question: Does the bus driver have no cell phone? Could he not have called his office and told them there are two little girls with no stop? Obviously the driver is in the same category as those with peas for brains. Very, very small peas. He should be the bus cleaner at the end of the day. Not the bus driver who is unable to deal with a pretty simple situation.

No Blanche. You didn’t miss it. There’s nothing about Trump today. First time in over a year.

Good Shabbos
We’ll talk…

Blanche’s Blooper…

We blooped, goofed and erred. In fact, Melania did start out with six inch stiletto heels en route to Texas, but got off Air Force One in white sneakers and a change of clothing. Blanche, putting on your ‘big boy pants’ and admitting you made a mistake makes you human.  Phew.

We’ll talk tomorrow…

G-d Should Have Mercy on Those in Houston…

Isn’t it interesting how things we thought we so important in our lives become totally insignificant in the face of tragedy or disasters like the one in Houston? Sitting in the comfort of our homes here, it is beyond our comprehension to fathom what those people are going through. What is even harder to grasp is that this catastrophe seems to be never-ending. It just keeps raining and raining and raining and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

As well, there are no borders as to who’s home or business is completely destroyed. Rich and poor, black and white, immigrants, illegal aliens and residents – everyone is, pardon the expression, in the same boat. What is also unbelievable is that everyone is saving everyone else. No one is asking where someone came from before plucking them from their roof or car that’s almost completely submerged under water.

Goes to show how silly and meaningless some of our issues are. Especially when it comes to our leaders.

We have friends in Houston who told us that entire Jewish communities were wiped out. Not low cost housing – rather beautiful homes are entirely under water. If you want to help out, here’s one place that needs everything from toothbrushes to socks and diapers to food: http://www.chabadhouston.com/relief. G-d should have mercy on everyone there.

Quebec’s poster boy company, Bombardier is in dire need of someone who is able to make sure orders are met at the scheduled time. Right now, orders are often delayed by as much as two years as in the case of failing to fulfill a much smaller order for the New York rail system. Because of this, Bombardier lost a lucrative contract when the New York transit authority said that it can forget about bidding on a $3-billion-dollar contract to supply subway cars.

It appears that Bombardier could use some new management, eh Blanche? Wait, now’s the time to call in Morris the accountant and his friend Irving from management. Let’s just say these guys don’t sit on their brains, they actually use them.

We hope that Andrew Scheer and the conservative party will get in the game when it comes to sticking it to Trudeau and the liberal party for giving Omar Khadir $10 million and then some to make him go away.

It appears that Omar’s sister is a radical islamist as is most of his family. How radical is she? At the second of her four weddings, among the guests was osama bin laden.

While her brother says he has nothing to do with his family, we wonder how he could be de-radicalized after spending so much time in Guantanomo. We are pretty sure that there was no shrink there to de-program him.

Trudeau is a neophyte and sneaky dude. Khadir should have been happy to have his freedom and be allowed to live in Canada. We hope the conservative party puts out huge billboards with four words: Omar Khadir $10 million. It would be a constant reminder of just what kind of liberal government we are dealing with.

Nothing Trump does is right for those who don’t like him. If he went to Texas now it’s too soon. If he didn’t go he’s heartless. He wisely chose to go today but stayed far away from Houston.

We do have a comment on Melania’s attire. She was going to a couple of cities ravaged by a hurricane, tornadoes and torrential rain. Did she need to wear six inch spike heels? Could she not have put on a pair of flat shoes?

It’s not that she didn’t look good. It’s that she looked like she was going shopping in Saks when in fact she was going to see people who either don’t have a roof over their heads or are wearing someone else’s clothing because they have none. A bit insensitive. We are guessing she’s also learning on the job.

As for blaming climate change on hurricane Harvey…think again. In Houston they had miles and miles of wetlands. While wetlands cannot prevent flooding, they do lower flood peaks by temporarily holding water and by slowing the water’s velocity. Wetland soil acts as a sponge, holding much more water than other soil types.

In Houston, developers paved over much of the wetland and built homes there. That meant that when it rained, the water had no where to drain.

Harris county, where much of the flooding is now occurring has a history of this. A major flood still occurs somewhere in Harris County about every two years. Most of the flooding is in areas developed prior to the current understanding of flood potential and prior to regulations restricting construction in flood-prone areas.

This of course does not lessen the impact on those affected right now, nor could any place withstand 50 inches of rain and counting. Nonetheless, one wonders if things would not have been so drastically tragic had building regulations been in place decades ago.

Now if you hear Al Gore go on and on about climate change while flying all over the world in his private jet, turn off the television Blanche. He’s made a massive fortune talking out of two sides of his mouth. Feh.

Kim Jong Un needs a big smack. Not only from Trump but from the world.

We don’t care if you like or don’t like Trump. In the case of North Korea Trump is right on. He will not take on the regime alone nor should he. Every country in the world is threatened by that nutcase and every country in the world has to band together and get rid of him.

We are not army generals so we don’t know how to go about doing this. Perhaps blowing up his nuclear reactors would be a start. Whatever they do, they gotta hold hands, have a kumbaya moment and do it together.

We’ll talk…

Cash Cow Coderre…Mooooo

So Blanche, what are you missing in your life? Maybe getting from one place to another in less than two hours? The streets have been so torn up we are starting to look like  Aleppo. Or maybe you are missing  directional signs that actually direct you instead of making people drive around in circles going nowhere.

For sure you are not missing a rodeo. Wait. You don’t have to miss one. You can go see a rodeo at the old port. Yet another idiotic, total-waste-of-other-people’s money idea coming to you from our Mayor Coderre aka cash cow Coderre aka ccc.

Indeed the man is a cash cow. We needed a rodeo to celebrate Montreal’s 375th birthday like China needs another billion people. Just like we didn’t need those $3.45 million granite tree stumps on the mountain. You know of course Coderre paid full price for that granite. He didn’t even try to get a deal. And why granite? Most likely he wants the stumps to be his legacy. Not that we want to be graphic, but you know which part of your anatomy will be on those stumps.  Fitting, eh?

A few months ago, in his never-ending quest to have everyone love him, Justin Trudeau said regardless of who you are or where you come from, there’s always a place for you in Canada. Uh oh. That wasn’t such a smart thing to say and frankly, it’s not true. Plus, much to his chagrin,  it doesn’t guarantee that everyone will want a selfie with him.

Trudeau later woke up and realized that every Jose, Abdul, Sven and Svetlana were walking into Canada via a ditch near the border. He had no choice but to walk back his words: We’re reaching out to ‘folks’ (nauseously reminds us of Obama), to make sure people who want to come to Canada understand the proper procedures to do so.

It appears however, that Trudeau can do whatever he pleases as he is as popular as ever. Goes to show the shallowness of people. Good hair, tall, thin and pretty face – poof – you win the prize. The fact that there’s air between your ears is a small detail. Oy.

CNN aka the Clinton News Network, did not learn anything from the presidential campaign. Their raison d’être is to run only negative news about Trump. The world could be coming to an end and they would mention it in passing between people they find who are more than willing to spew hatred about the president.

While we didn’t like Trump’s approach on Tuesday night and we thought he went overboard in calling out the media, he’s pretty well spot on. CNN does alter the facts and they have not reported serious news in a very long time. They have talking heads on panels spending their entire day and night bashing Trump. Here’s a headline: It didn’t work during the campaign and it’s not working now.

Remember Colin Kaepernick? He’s the football player (Buffalo Bills) who refused to stand for the national anthem before the games. Well, he’s no longer a Buffalo Bill and it seems that no other team is picking him up.

Here’s a headline for that genius: When you work for someone else and they pay your salary, you abide by their rules. If you don’t like the rules, leave. Standing out and making a spectacle of yourself because you think your ideas are right and everyone else’s are wrong doesn’t fly.

He doesn’t want to stand for the national anthem? Now he can stay home and sit on his couch where he belongs.

In case you thought bribery and putting money in socks in Quebec is over due to the various and sundry commissions, think again. The former president of the federal company that owns and operates two of Montreal’s major bridges was sentenced Thursday to five-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting more than $2 million in bribes.

Michel Fournier admitted to taking over $2.3 million from Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in connection with a contract the company received to repair the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

Blanche, can you imagine how much money people are making on the Champlain bridge? Truckloads. Let’s hope they don’t use inferior materials on that construction or we will all be crossing the bridge wearing lifejackets.

Good Shabbos
We’ll talk…

Montreal’s Mayor Coderre King of Hosing His Citizens

Last week we correctly predicted that Steve Bannon would be gone from the White House by the end of the weekend. He was gone Friday afternoon.

We are venturing another prediction. Truthfully, we can’t believe no one has yet said this as it’s pretty obvious. We think that the naysayers are just hoping that Trump will continue to provide them daily fodder for their shows.

Last night Trump spoke to the nation ostensibly about Afghanistan but he touched on many subjects. He made more sense than Obama ever did about foreign policy. Obama may have been a good orator, but his words were empty and he was impotent.

Now here’s the prediction: With Bannon now gone and Trump surrounded by generals and other military people, he will stop all the negative and inflammatory rhetoric. Bannon was bad news, anti-establishment and bent on stirring as many pots as he could find. That’s fine for an editor but not for the president in the White House.

We can hear people asking so why did Trump pick him in the first place? The only answer we can come up with is that Bannon was one of the ones who helped get him elected. He was going into a new job, in a new place with new people all around him. He needed familiarity and Bannon offered that. In the end however, Bannon out-manouevered himself. Time will tell if we are correct.

Blanche never switched over to gmail or anything to do with google. We never liked the configuration.  What we are going to tell you now about google only applies to those with Android phones. iPhones were not affected.

First the bad news: Google is secretly listening to your conversations. It works like this: If you own an Android phone, it’s likely that you’ve used Google’s Assistant, which is similar to Apple’s Siri. When you utter the words OK Google, or, as some say, just ok, you activate their listening device.

Once Google is done recording, it uploads the audio files to its computer servers – often dubbed “the cloud”. These files are accessible from absolutely anywhere in the world – as long as you have an internet connection.

That means any device that is signed into your personal Gmail or Google account can access the library of your deepest, darkest secrets.

Google claims that it states on its terms and conditions that it keeps these recordings for “improving speech recognition against all Google products that use your voice”. Spare us.

Now for the good news: Here’s how to see what they have on you:

First, you’ll need to be signed into your Gmail or Google account. Click on “Activity Controls “on the left-hand side of the page. Once you’ve done that, type “history.google.com/history” into your web browser.Under “Web and App Activity”, click “Manage Activity”.You’ll be taken to a hub which contains your entire digital footprint, so be careful, it could make for some grim reading.If Google’s keeping tabs on you, there should be a stream of web pages and map searches that show up in chronological order.You can randomly delete searches, or select all the searches to make them disappear.

Don’t say Blanche doesn’t take care of her readers.

Now for a travel advisory:The U.S. State Department warned its citizens about traveling to parts of Mexico including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, as homicides rise at resorts popular with American tourists.

The advisory issued on Tuesday upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf wars between crime gangs have led to a surge in violence.

If you have some extra money put aside, we have a good place to spend it. The iconic Plaza Hotel in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue is for sale.

While it is unclear how much a buyer would pay, hotel investors and brokers suggest it could be one of the most expensive hotel sales on a per-room basis, a popular industry metric. By that method of valuation it could bring in more than $500 million. Bada bing bada boom.

Remember Mayor Drapeau’s classic line in 1967 that the Olympics can no more run a deficit than a man can have a baby? Well, Coderre is not far behind him.

Reporters are trying, in vain, to find out the cost of the Formula E race that took place in Montreal recently. They are getting the royal runaround.

When the opposition parties asked Coderre for an accounting they received the following answer: no financial data or ticket sale numbers were available. Blanche, how can that possibly be? Nobody can find a few invoices and add them up? Oh wait. Nobody wants to find those invoices. That makes much more sense.

Mayor Coderre said the final tally would be made public once Montreal, c’est électrique (race organizers) and the city’s auditor-general completed their reports, neither of which are expected to be released before the next municipal election on November 5, 2017.

Let’s bet the numbers won’t be available then nor until the next election. Let’s also bet that the total amount is more than double the anticipated close to $40 million.

And speaking of Coderre and his spending spree…We went to take a look at the $40 million lights on the Jacques Cartier bridge. We got totally hosed.

There’s no way those lights were $40. Most likely they cost $10 million (or less from the looks of them) and the balance of $30 million is being pocketed by bureaucrats who think they will never get caught. Here’s a headline: Everybody who has their hand in the till gets caught sooner or later.

We watched the lunar eclipse yesterday on the internet. While some people poo-poo’d the whole thing, we thought it both spiritual and a physical example of the beauty of G-d’s world.

One of the reasons that it was such a big deal is that the last time this happened, ninety-nine years ago, it was basically not recorded. Whoever saw it, saw it, while others who had no clue what was flying were most likely frightened to death. Imagine, the moon blocking the sun in the middle of the day?

The secret service is running out of money protecting Trump and his large family. While we understand that because Trump moves around so much the costs are increased, what we don’t understand is this: Nobody saw that he has a big family with married children and grandchildren who all need protection? This is now coming as a huge surprise? Seriously.

The secret service needs to be allotted more money without having to ask for it or, even worse, grovel. Get a grip down there.

We’ll talk…

The Horror in Europe Continues

The world has been spared horrific terrorist attacks for the past couple of months. That peace ended today in Barcelona when a truck mowed down people in a busy tourist area. It appears there were multiple attacks beginning last night. The driver of the truck is still at large. At least 13 people were brutally murdered, dozens gravely injured.

While everyone says we should not feel like we are being held hostage by isis, it’s getting harder and harder to believe that. As we have said on more than one occasion, Europe is closing in.

When the world will wake up and take heed from the tiny country of Israel, who have lived with terrorism since 1948, we will all be safer. Until then, we wish everyone good luck when traveling the world.

Over the past few days, we, as many other thinking, decent and moral people have had our faith in leaders tested.

Trump erred when he did not call out the kkk and white supremacists. Why he balked is anyone’s guess. Given that, one wonders had he indeed called them out on Friday night or Saturday would people have found something else to dump on him? Nothing he does is ever right.

It is pretty obvious that there are those in the US who want him out of office and are doing everything in their power to bait him, knowing that his weakness lies in his inability to control his mouth. This seems to be systemic, stemming from social media and media in general.

Blanche’s take on this never-ending story: Over our long and often painful history, we have learned that as Jews we do not put our hope in a person. Rather, as a people we have figured out long ago that there is a G-d in the world and He has the blueprint. We have survived much worse than what is going on in the United States today.

No matter what he says or who he supports, Donald Trump will not change the minds of neo-nazis, white supremists or their ilk. Nor will he change the minds of the far left, who by the way also are not lovers of Jews.

Sane, decent people have to live moral lives, not deviate for a moment from our convictions and stay well above the fray and noise. The chips will fall where they are supposed to.

Steve Bannon gave an interview yesterday that he thought was off the record. Spare us. Bannon knows very well that he if calls a journalist to ‘talk’, instituting the conversation, his words will be recorded and then published.

It’s also not a secret that his position in the White House is tenuous. After his remarks yesterday, could be he knows something more than he’s letting on.

Bannon called Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of the American Prospect, a leftwing political magazine. Among his remarks: ‘In Kim, Trump has met his match. The risk of two arrogant fools blundering into a nuclear exchange is more serious than at any time since October 1962.’

He openly contradicted Trump on North Korea: “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Our guess is that Bannon will be gone by the weekend. He’s obviously taunting Trump and pushing the envelope as far as he can.

In the midst of all this drama, an even bigger drama is unfolding which could have real ramifications on our lives. We are referring to the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) negotiations now taking place in Washington.

What’s on the table that can make a difference in your life? Mostly getting rid of the dairy quota aka Canada’s dairy supply-management system. While this is not on the official list of contentions, it appears that America is going to ask to eliminate “non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural exports,” which could refer to dairy or to Mexico’s domestic sugar subsidies.

We certainly hope this happens which will the borders to dairy imports from the US resulting in a significant drop our grossly inflated prices, made to ‘protect’ dairy farmers who need no protection.

Canada made the top stories of the Drudge Report today. Why you ask? Because over 3,800 migrants crossed illegally into Quebec in the first two weeks of August. Got that?

It took a few weeks for Trudeau and his cast of missives to wake up. Both provincial and federal officials are concerned that misinformation about Canada’s refugee system is being propagated through social media, helping fuel the influx. Really?

Wait, it gets better. They have now stated that asking for asylum in Canada is not a guarantee for permanent residence in Canada. Good morning.

In case you didn’t know why mostly Haitians are coming, here’s your answer: In May Trump announced that the US would end the programme that extended temporary protection from deportation to Haitian citizens after the devastating 2010 earthquake. That protection is due to expire in January 2018.

He woke up and we went to sleep.

We wrote about the solar eclipse last week. Well, ladies and gents, it’s this Monday night. The main information piece about this eclipse is not to look at it without special glasses. Seriously, it could blind you.

Now for some more tidbits of information: Don’t look at the eclipse while driving. Sounds sane but lotsa nutty people out there.

Tons of pedestrians will be walking and looking up. Don’t run them over.

During a total solar eclipse, the moon is literally blocking the sun, turning day into night. So some extra visibility is probably in order: don’t rely on your vehicle’s automatic lights and position your sun visor to block your view of the Sun.

It’s going to be a mess on the roads, so if you want to get to a good viewing spot, do it early. If you live in the path of totality and don’t have to be on the road during the eclipse, put the keys down and chill out.

And were exactly can this eclipse be seen? In Montreal, the eclipse starts at 1:21 pm and continues until 3:50 pm. The maximum eclipse is at 2:38 pm.

Kansas City, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina, fall in line with the eclipse’s path of totality. These areas will see nearly a 100% obscuration of the sun, weather permitting. In cities like San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California, the moon will block between 60% and 70% of the sun.

In the rest of Canada, the best views will happen in and around Victoria, where as much as 90 per cent of the sun will be blacked out. Vancouver and Calgary will both enjoy over 80 per cent coverage, while a host of other cities, including Toronto, Regina, London, Edmonton and Thunder Bay will see the moon occlude more than 70 per cent of the sun.

Good Shabbos
We’ll talk…

Couillard’s Thoughtless, Empty Gesture

We would never have voted for Hillary. That’s a given. Trump was the chosen candidate, became president and everyone in the past seven months has been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Looks like it dropped this past Saturday.

To say that what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend is the fault of both groups is absurd at best, pandering at worst.

To cut to the chase and what really is bothering most thinking people is that on Saturday David Duke head of the klu klux klan thanked and praised Trump. It was at that exact moment that Trump needed to tweet that he does not stand with, support nor tolerate duke or his people. He didn’t do it. Whether he is listening to Bannon or not listening to any reasonable people is up for grabs.

When Trump announced he was running for president, he took on a role that we are guessing he never thought he would have to face. Yes he is the president of all Americans and that includes the alt-right. But there is a fine line between being the president and defending the actions of groups with a history that is painful, bigoted and filled with hatred. And that’s why he had to distance himself from duke and anything to do with any extreme right organizations.

Trump is defending the indefensible, wading into a quagmire from which there is no quick nor good escape route.

What exactly was Couillard thinking when he asked Quebecers who have left to return to build a better future? Wait. He wasn’t thinking. He was campaigning.

Like people are coming back to have their signs examined with a ruler to make sure the french is larger than the english. Oh wait. They’ll come back to greet the new ‘refugees’. Or maybe they’ll come back to visit the Big O. Darn, they’ll run into the refugees there as well. Ok, then they can go to the old Royal Victoria hospital. What? There are refugees there also.

He said he understands anglophones’ worries over our language laws, and when pressed said “let’s see what we can do.” Seriously? Let’s see what we can do? That’s his answer?

We are guessing that he has taken Barrette and put him away in a closet for the next while, for he is truly infuriating. Couillard is in the same boat as Trump – he’s defending the indefensible. He’s looking for the English vote whom he must have heard is fed up with both him and his party. Here’s a headline Premier Couillard: Dump the Office de la Langue francais and then go make that statement asking people to return. You might actually sound sincere, which right now you do not. Your gesture was thoughtless and empty.

Bill and Hillary have arrived in the Eastern Townships for a summer vacation. Can we talk? Who picks her clothes? Black and white horizontal stripes a la jail bird? Blanche, close your eyes. She doesn’t have a mirror or if she does, it only goes to just above her neck. Hold on. She doesn’t have that mirror either. Looks like she forgot the makeup at home. Frightening.

If you are planning a vacation, may we suggest you don’t go to the Paradies Hotel in Switzerland. We are assuming they mean Paradise, but in Switzerland it appears anything is game.

Their first edict brought a hue and cry from the Jewish world: Jews were singled and told they had to shower before stepping into the pool or they would not be allowed in the pool.

Then guests were told that although the hotel will store their kosher food in the freezer, they were only allowed to access it twice a day: Between 10 and 11 a.m. and 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Lest you think this is not anti-semitism, think again. It is in-your-face anti-semitism.

If you are planning to vacation in London anytime soon, we have some advice for you.

Russian hackers who infiltrated the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee in the US are now focusing on the wifi networks of European hotels to spy on guests.The state-sponsored Fancy Bear group infected the networks of luxury hotels in at least seven European countries and one Middle Eastern country last month.

The hackers gained access to a computer in each hotel’s network using a “phishing” email disguised as a form for employees to complete. Once the machine was compromised, the malware moved through the hotel’s network to infect other terminals and the hotel’s wifi — enabling the hackers to steal guests’ login credentials for email accounts and other programs. Those Russians are serious busybodies to say the least.

We’ll talk…

Hillary’s Vacation at Hovey Manor Thwarted by Benghazi

Took a while (he was on vacation) but Jean Francois Lisee, head of the Parti Quebecois read the statistics we posted last week. You know, the ones that say the French language is not the only game in town.

Well, he had nothing short of a hissy fit today, accusing everyone and his uncle for the seemingly lack of people speaking the  French language here in la belle province. He particularly blamed the Liberal party saying that when ‘refugees’ come here they should either speak French or leave.

Here’s a headline for Lisee: The world is a very small place today, young French Canadians need to speak English and they know it. Plus ‘refugees’ also want to speak English as even they know English is one of the seven most common languages spoken in the world.

Here are a few statistics: There are 1.39 billion Chinese speakers who don’t care a hoot about French. There are 527 million English speaking people and guess what? Only 118 million French speakers.

Lisee basically buried himself today with those comments as people are not interested in any talk about Bill 101 or, as he wants to rename it, Bill 202. He best take the needle out of his arm and move on. Better still, move out.

Finally, at long last, somebody woke up about the Benghazi-Hillary disaster. A federal judge has ordered the State Department to search the “state.gov” email accounts of Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan for records related to Benghazi.

It appears that although Hillary’s server at home was searched, there was not a comprehensive search of government systems for relevant messages in the official email accounts of Clinton’s top aides. By this time, Hillary must have made sure any remnant of those emails was erased but ya never know. She lied about the whole affair and literally got away with murder. It’s one of the reasons the American public did not trust her…crooked Hillary.

Obama, who is vacationing in the Hamptons, must be crazed today. Trump gave him a major dig when he addressed the whole North Korean issue. You may recall (or if you don’t we will help you), Obama was impotent when it came to making foreign policy decisions.

While many readers of this blog may not like Trump (an understatement), his remarks today were exactly correct. He was referring to his fire and fury statement a couple of days ago.

Here’s what he said today at an impromptu press conference: “Frankly the people that were questioning that statement (fire and fury), was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. They’ve (North Korea) been doing this to our country for a long time, many years. It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”

Trump is not a politician and does not go by their rules. He shoots from the hip and in this case, is right. Kim Jong Un has been holding the world hostage for years and it’s enough. We’re sure that backroom talks are taking place as we speak, but on the surface Trump has said what many have been thinking and acted upon it.

It appears that the airline industry is waking up from its great slumber when it comes to overbooking.

After that huge fiasco in Chicago when they hauled a doctor off the plane kicking and screaming and badly injured him, United has come up with a new and actually humane overbooking policy.

United with call passengers as far as five days before their trip to see if they want to give up their seat on full flights, in return for a voucher up to $250.

The airline promises to get them on a later flight the same day, and then the airline can resell that discounted ticket to a much higher fare-paying passenger who needs that seat at the last minute.  Of course they are still money-hungry, but at least passengers have a fighting chance.

Remember Paul Manaford? He was Trump’s campaign manager for a very short period of time. About two weeks ago FBI agents raided his home in Virginia to secure documents related to the wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Blanche, did you ever wonder why this wasn’t leaked anywhere? Could it be because they didn’t find anything?

The FBI is looking for any dribble that will connect the Trump campaign to Russia because the Democrats think  Trump’s handlers rigged the election. Let’s correct that. Democrats would like nothing more than to see something connecting Trump to Russia but alas, after all this time – months and months – they have come up empty-handed. In fact, it was their very own Debbie Wasserman Schulz who got caught rigging things while trying to get rid of zaidy Bernie.

Good Shabbos
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Fairy Tale Eggplants

So the ‘refugees’ coming to Montreal are from Haiti, correct Blanche? Not quite my dear. Given the front page photo of today’s newspaper, as we said last week, word got out that to get into Canada all you have to do is walk across a small ditch and poof! you’re in.

The three dudes in today’s paper, from Turkey, did just that. One is seen on his phone, most likely calling all his relatives. What’s he telling them? Get yourself to the United States on a visitor visa and then take a bus to Plattsburgh or some small town closer to the border. Take your bags and cross the border into Canada. You’ll get free everything – shelter, medical attention, housing – you name it.

These Turkish dudes however, were not impressed with their accommodations at the Big O and left. To go where you ask? Why to live with friends. The problem with that is that they have not been vetted yet and could easily disappear somewhere in Canada.

Now what about those who are going through the system and waiting years for their family to get here? Our suggestion is that they give the same instructions as above and forget about the paperwork.

Where is Trudeau in all of this? Not to be found. He’s a bleeding heart liberal who believes that every person coming in here is nice and kind and wonderful. They thought the same thing in France, Great Britain, Brussels – shall we go on? Now look where they are.

We will be living with Trudeau’s pathetic legacy way after he’s gone. And you can bet your bippy that he won’t be living anywhere near the ‘refugees’.

Last night we decided to watch a CNN special entitled Why Trump Won. Everyone calm down. We don’t get our news from CNN. We did want to see what they were going to do with that title.

First of all, as a documentary, it was awful. Poorly done, choppy and openly anti-Trump. They made his hair look a sick blonde color and gave him very little credit for his win. Nor did they say that their candidate, Hillary, was the worst presidential candidate ever to run for the job.

Not only was she fighting scandals throughout her campaign, she came across as she truly is – phoney and dishonest. Hey, we didn’t dredge up this old news, CNN did that for everyone. It was a really shallow, low-class production and it’s no wonder they are doing poorly in the ratings. They best change their focus from trying every way possible to get Trump impeached, to actually reporting some news in the world.

Looks like Trump is playing hardball with Kim Jung Un and North Korea. He demanded North Korea not make any more threats to the U.S., saying the U.S. would respond “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

We are thinking  this could be the first time that the US has openly challenged that nutcase of a dictator. Certainly not that woose of a president Obama, who was afraid of his shadow (except on a golf course) and never confronted anyone.

We are guessing that Kim Jong will back down somehow while saving face, as the fury of the United States will most likely come with other countries joining in. Everyone has had about enough of that dude.

Guess who’s coming to Quebec? Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and the grandchildren. Yes Blanche, they are coming here for a vacation staying in Hovey Manor located in North Hatley which by the way is an English speaking enclave.

For the Clintons this hotel is a serious bargain as the cost is about $660 Canadian which is about $520 a night for them. Pocket change. We will not be going anywhere near North Hatley to secure an autograph. We’re not sure it would be of any value. Ouch.

On August 21 (that’s soon Blanche) there will be a solar eclipse, the first since 1918. 

So what exactly is an eclipse?

It is the alignment of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Around every 18 months or so, the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun on its orbit around our planet. It’s a relatively rare occurrence because the Moon doesn’t orbit in the same plane as the Earth and Sun. But when the three bodies line up just right, the Moon covers up the disc of the Sun, and those in the direct path of the Moon’s shadow — called the path of totality — will see the Sun go dark.

You may be saying wait a minute, the sun is bigger than the moon. True the Sun is roughly 400 times the size of the Moon, but the Moon is 400 times closer to Earth. So they appear about the same size in the sky.

So what’s the big deal? Not all eclipses are the same: sometimes the Sun is totally covered, called a total solar eclipse, and other times the Moon only partially covers the Sun, which is a partial eclipse. This month’s upcoming eclipse is a total solar eclipse, so the Sun will be completely covered.

As it is not going to be directly over our heads, looking at it is not that dangerous. People much closer (it’s cutting through the middle of the United States from the West to East coast) will be needing special solar filter sunglasses. Given that, it’s still not ideal to stare right at it. Given our summer however, it could very well be a cloudy day in which case we will have no issues.

Here’s something scary for baby-boomers. Dustin Hoffman is turning 80. Seriously? Where’s Mrs. Robinson when you need her?

Ever hear of Blue Apron? It’s one of the biggest online food ordering businesses. It works like this: You choose the meals you want and they send all the ingredients to you in a pretty box and you get to cook them at home. So you’re making a fresh meal but don’t have the hassle of going shopping.

The main pro of this deal is that one has enforced portion control. If you say you are ordering for two people, you will get enough to feed said two people. Of course you could always pay extra, say you are three and have bigger portions.

We checked out the menus. Here’s a sample of what you get in your little box for the Fairy Tale Eggplant and Mozzarella pizza: 1 lb Pizza Dough, ½ lb Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, 2 cloves Garlic, 1 Summer Squash, ½ lb Fairy Tale Eggplants, 1 bunch Basil, 2 Tbsps Red Wine Vinegar, 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste, 1½ Tbsps Dried Currants, 1 Tbsp Capers, 2 Tbsps Grated Parmesan Cheese, 6 oz Cherry Tomatoes all for $9.99 per person plus tax which brings the total to about $24.00. Interesting concept which has become insanely popular. Go know.

And one more thing. Who ever heard of fairy tale eggplants?

We’ll talk…

Welcome to Port-au-Prince aka The Big O

Well, our first choice was blowing up the Big O. Seems the city had other plans for the eyesore in the east end and they are now using it as a shelter for ‘refugees’.

First the numbers: 150 refugees a day are crossing the border costing taxpayers $1.5 million per day.

Now the unfair part: People who have applied through the system can wait years to get in. These people are crossing the border somewhere in a field, being taken in as refugees and then poof! go to a shelter, get processed, get a medicare card and social services. To be fair they are being somewhat vetted before being allowed to move from the border, but Blanche, we simply cannot believe that every one of those people are upstanding citizens, if you get the drift.

Now for the question: Exactly how many of these ‘refugees’ is Canada going to let in? Once the word gets out that it’s a breeze to get into Canada we won’t only have Haitians who are afraid Trump will deport them. We will have every nationality known to man crossing the border.

Now for who cares part: Nobody else in Canada it seems as there’s not a word about this in the National Post. We checked twice thinking we may have missed the article but no, it ain’t there. Ya know why? Because the ROC – rest of Canada is jumping for joy that they are coming here to Quebec. To be fair, Manitoba did have an influx, but Blanche, who wants to live in Winnipeg aka winterpeg? Plus Montreal is French speaking and Haitians speak French-ish.

We are not intending to sound racist at all, perish the thought, but did you ever get into a taxi with a Haitian driver? Did you understand one word he said? But we digress.

Let’s see what Justin the liberal save-the-world prime minister is going to do with this. It will be interesting. We’re thinking that he doesn’t care cause they are not coming to his four cubits in Ottawa.

There is no doubt that those in the office de la langue francais are having a nervous breakdown. After all these years, after all their letter-measuring, after all their harassing of store owners, those speaking English is on the rise in Quebec. What are you saying Blanche? Zut alors!

According to the census, the growth rate for mother-tongue English speakers (now that’s a mouthful, eh?) has tripled in the last few years. The pea-brain missives working as bureaucrats in Quebec best be happy they aren’t working for Trump because if he saw these numbers after all those years of harassing the English community he would tell them two words: You’re fired.

The most startling of all numbers in this census was the following: In Montreal, Arabic is the top language spoken by immigrant families at home. In both Toronto and Vancouver it is Mandarin. Lest you think this is not so, think again. We went to the old port this past Sunday night and felt like we were walking in Beirut. Nothing more to say here.

So Blanche, what do you think of Caroline Mulroney getting into politics? Well, for starters she looks perfect for the part. Tall, thin, good hair and relatively good-looking. Not to sound catty, but her mother is a bit more feminine. She got more of her father’s square face. Oh well, ya can’t have it all.

Watch for her meteoric rise if she wins the nomination for York-Simcoe. She obviously waited until her children were a bit older to make this move and kudos to her. She has her priorities in order. We hope she wins.

Phil finally retired. We are of course, referring to Prince Philip who made his final solo public appearance this week. He’s had quite the run as he’s 96 years old and has been going at this for over 60 years. He’s a bit of a buffoon and now no one will be able to hear the pearls that he drops every so often. Oh well…

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…