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No Words and No Action.

If nothing changed regarding guns, gun control and mental health issues after Sandy Hook, when 26 six-year-olds were shot at point blank range six years ago, nothing is going to change after this, the 19th school shooting this year.

The United States is the only country in the world where this happens. The why has multiple, overlapping and intertwining reasons. So again we will see prayer vigils, candles,  many interviews, tears and shrinks trying to make sense of something that is senseless.

Not to sound macabre, but remember the Las Vegas shootings a couple of months ago? Over 50 people were randomly shot from a window in a hotel. No reason. No mental health issues. Just someone’s personal armoury.  It didn’t even last two days in the news.

Right now, it is virtually impossible to stop these massacres as the guns are out there and can be bought at Walmart, gun shows and thousands of stores in between. For now, perhaps the answer is what they have in Israel – metal detectors and guards with some brains checking backpacks. It is time to deal with the here and now and stop talking about things that will never get done.

May G-d give those who lost their children, husbands and wives comfort and strength. There are no words.

Anybody see Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo-jung? That’s a name, eh? It’s obvious that she got the looks in the family. She actually has a chin. Blanche, that’s nasty.

Even though it seems that she’s a favourite of her brother, she best watch her back as top aides can have notoriously short life spans. Maybe she’s planning to stay in South Korea? Ya never know.

Wait. His uncle tried that and Kim Jong got him in an airport with some kind of poison. Remember that. He’s one special dude that Kim Jong Un.

A German actress actually said out loud what we have been saying for quite a while now. She was speaking at the German Film Festival (we are guessing in German) and said the following:

“Women are expected to squeeze into tight-fitting, low-cut dresses and totter on impossible heels in order to serve the gaze of those who’ll judge whether they are marketable or not.” She’s in favour of comfortable clothes.

Perhaps someone can give this message to female talking heads on all the major stations. The only one who dresses with some self-respect and class is Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe. And believe us, it takes nothing away from what she has to say. Nor does being half naked make what you are saying more relevant.

Good Shabbos,
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The Mystery of the Missing Kosher Cheese

Anyone see the official portraits of Michelle and Barak Obama unveiled yesterday? Uh, not to be  nasty, but those portraits were, shall we say, interesting at best.

He looks like he’s sitting in a bad wallpaper commercial.  She bears zero resemblance of herself. Seems that she was being depicted more for her clothing than her face. He was to be shown as a thinker. Oh, and one more thing. He has six fingers… Check it out. 

What happened to all the kosher cheese in Montreal and other Jewish communities across Canada? Seems all but one brand has disappeared from the shelves and that brand is basically inedible. It doesn’t even melt on your bread in the toaster oven. Isn’t that interesting Blanche?

With any luck and some pushing, this mystery will not only be solved quickly, but normal cheeses will return to the shelves. Lest anyone forget, the Jewish population does hold some sway in the electoral votes. Plus, what government wants a collusion scandal all over the front pages?

One would think Trudeau’s government has enough on it’s hands with his ‘peoplekind’ comment, where he’s being made a fool of all over the world. We doubt the Liberal government wants to find themselves on the front pages of the newspapers for not allowing kosher cheese to be sold due to some, shall we say, insider protectia, shortly to be the worst kept secret in Canada. Stay tuned to this story.

If this next news item is correct, yet another mystery will be solved.
Keep reading this piece till the end to understand what’s flying here.

It seems that the stock market is being manipulated. On Monday, a whistleblower urged U.S. regulators to investigate VIX manipulation, claiming it has cost investors hundreds of millions of dollars in losses each month, according to a letter from a law firm representing the whistleblower.

Now in English: The CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) Volatility Index, known by its ticker symbol VIX, is a popular measure of the stock market’s expectation of volatility implied by S&P 500 index options, calculated and published by the CBOE. Here’s the pertinent sentence: It is colloquially referred to as the fear index or the fear gauge.

Someone or some people are manipulating the fear factor causing people to lose gzillions of dollars.

Here’s the essence with an example: There’s a stock worth $500 one day and then $100 the next day because someone manipulated the market. That same person will buy tons of that stock at $100 and then manipulate the market again so that stock goes to $700 and then he will sell making a killing while others will lose their veritable shirt. Disgusting.

Montreal’s only free drug and alcohol detox centre has been forced to close a third of its beds after half its nurses quit en masse.

Out of 12 nurses at the Dollard-Cormier Centre on Prince Arthur St., six have quit, saying they couldn’t handle the stress and the double-overtime shifts.

Our illustrious health minister Gaetan Barrette says he will step in if needed, but adds he wants both sides to work things out for themselves. How about throwing some money their way? Or perhaps finding some of the nurses who left the province for this exact reason.

We keep saying the same thing: As long as Couillard holds onto Barrette, he’s toast. And these kinds of news items don’t help.

Coming to a theatre near you probably sooner than you would like: “All students enrolled in a Delaware public school may self-identify gender or race, which is maintained in the school.”

Got that Blanche? You’re a boy and you want to be a girl – poof! You’re a girl. You’re white and feel bad that you have ‘white privilege’ – poof! you’re now black. The world is insane.

Ever see an eensy weensy asterisk beside the price of a flight? Like it says $70* to fly to London. That fare usually represented a one-way ticket sans taxes and fees like the airport taxes. If you didn’t scroll down to see what that asterisk means, you could have wound up paying, oh, $600 for that $70 flight. Special eh?

A rule making that practice illegal was made. Now it seems the airlines are petitioning the US government to rescind that law. Buyer beware.

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The Mystery of the Dwarf Hamster

In case you were wondering, the NAFTA talks, having just completed their sixth round, are still going nowhere fast. There is a deadline of March 31 but most betting people think that the talks will continue long after that. Unless of course, Trump gets up one morning and decides to dump Canada.

As we said before, the wrong people are sitting at the table which is causing friction where none has to be. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian foreign minister, said that Canada had come to the table “with creative ideas we believed could move us forward.” Her creative ideas, mostly fluff coming no doubt from our prime minister are definitely not endearing to Trump, to put it mildly.

A former prime minister entered Poland’s insane debate over a new law that prohibits discussion of Polish collusion with the Nazi Holocaust, bluntly telling a leading newspaper that “of course” there were cases of Poles collaborating in the extermination of the Jews.

“Of course Poles took part,” former Polish premier Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz. Ya can’t rewrite history. It’s there in black and white.

This is going to come back and bite the Polish government you-know-where as there are Polish people who know what happened and will soon start to come forward. They will dredge up history that the Polish government would rather remain buried. This story is far from over.

In case you were wondering what’s flying with Trump and the Russians, we’ll give you the latest information. This story is getting very complicated, as some people would like it to be. Watergate was a simple issue of follow the money. This Russian collusion enquiry, going on for a over a year, has produced nothing yet.

So here’s the latest: There are more texts between that FBI lawyer and agent – the same duo (Strock and Page who were having an affair) who sent those anti-Trump messages.

Republicans say the texts suggest former President Obama was keeping very close tabs on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails…and raise some questions about how involved he was. One text said Obama wanted to “know everything.” It’s unclear whether it was referring specifically to the Clinton probe or the Trump-Russia investigation. But Trump said the texts are “bombshells.” Time will tell. One thing is pretty certain. Hillary is not going to come out of this unscathed.

Further to our emotional support pets being allowed on airlines, here’s one of the more interesting stories:

A college student had to flush her emotional support dwarf hamster down the toilet after Spirit Airlines seemingly refused to let her bring her furry pet on the plane. Spirit airlines is denying the charge and she is thinking of suing the airline. This young woman needs more than a dwarf hamster to help her.

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Flying Noah’s Arks

When Montrealers tossed out Denis Coderre in the last election it was to be expected. He was arrogant and had grandiose plans to spend our money a la Jean Drapeau. In came Valerie Plante to save the day – a fresh new face with fresh new ideas. A people person. Montrealers were duped. Big time.

First and foremost Valerie Plante desperately needs a communications consultant as within a few months people are all saying the same thing: She is as arrogant as Coderre.

Case in point is her new ‘green’ initiative. Montreal is lucky to have a mountain (Mount Royal) right in the centre of the city. It is a beautiful east-west road. Madame Plante has unilaterally announced that as of this spring, the city will introduce a pilot projet to prevent drivers from using Mount Royal as an east-west artery.

Her office said that reducing car traffic will make Mount Royal safer for cyclists, runners and walkers. It is going to create colossal traffic jams in the city. But hey, who cares about the economy and business? Certainly not Plante.

Can we talk? That road is steeper than steep and has hairpin turns. Only the most ardent, skilled cyclists will be able to use it. Walking up that mountain? Again if one is an olympic style walker perhaps. Regular Joes? Not a chance.

Instead of putting this out for discussion, Plante is issuing edicts. And that’s why people don’t like her. Can someone please tell her that Montreal is not her personal fiefdom, even if she is the mayor? That she works for the people of Montreal who elected her. She is quickly becoming a modern day Marie Antoinette as her motto seems to be let them eat cake.

Speaking of tree-huggers, Justin Trudeau continues to spout one cringe-worthy comment after another.

He has been holding town hall meetings all over the country. In Edmonton, a questioner told Trudeau maternal love was the key to changing “the future of mankind.” In a hushed tone Trudeau interjected to say in his whispery voice: “We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind. It’s more inclusive.”

Come on. It’s enough already.

We are certain that Trudeau cannot be happy his comment went viral as people are making minced-meat out of him. One of the best came from the Daily Mail in the UK:

Mankind ended last night. I know, I know, you probably didn’t realize. But it happened. A world leader publicly pronounced it dead. Yes, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau killed off ‘mankind’ because he finds the word offensive. I’m not kidding. I wish I were. Our  prime minister is quickly becoming an  international embarrassment.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that he would sign into law a bill making it illegal to accuse “the Polish nation” of complicity in the Holocaust and other Nazi atrocities. Duda went even further, saying “perpetrators of such crimes shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to three years.”

As Netanyahu responded, “One cannot change history, and the Holocaust cannot be denied.”

Passing a law pretending  that the Poles were not complicit with the Germans and didn’t hand over hundreds of thousands of Jews to the nazis will not make it go away. Facts are facts. They were complicit. Revisionist history is not real.

The stock market is not for the faint of heart. If you’re in it these days, stop looking at your phone every ten seconds and go read a book for the next week or so.

Airlines are quickly becoming flying Noah’s arks. For about $150 passengers can get their animal—and not just dogs or cats—certified as an emotional support animal that then gets to fly with them at no additional charge and is also not required to fly in any approved container.

No doubt Blanche, you heard last week that a woman tried to get her peacock on board citing the bird was used for emotional support.

In case you think we are kidding, wait till you have to share a seat with someone bringing their pig or giant standard poodle. Airlines are finally stepping up to the plate and requiring passengers to certify that the animals are actually trained for air travel. Then, the travelers must sign a letter of responsibility in case the animal injures other passengers or property. When it starts costing people money for their stunts, things will quickly come to a halt.

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Michelle Obama aka The Drama Queen

Justin Trudeau blew the NAFTA talks before they even started. We don’t want to sound crude, nor do we want to be viewed as misogynist, because we are not. Rather, Blanche is a realist, understanding that sometimes, one has to think beyond their own ‘feelings’ to get the job done.

Chrystia Freeland is not the person to be negotiating with Trump on NAFTA. Why? Because Donald Trump likes his women pretty and young. He dislikes aggressive women who, as Freeland did this past week, disparaged him in front of many people at an open meeting. While this is certainly not one of his better qualities, to put it mildly, it is a fact.

Freeland is in a pi.sing contest with Trump that she will never win. Never. He will kill NAFTA rather than have her win on any issue. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Freeland has to go.

Alas, Trudeau doesn’t have the kahoonas to admit his mistake. It would cause his fans to think him weak in terms of women’s issues. This has nothing to do with women’s issues. This is a government issue which affects all Canadians and as such, the best person should be negotiating and Freeland is not that person. And so ladies and gentlemen, he will take the country down with him rather than lose face.

We have not used the barf bag in a very long time but it’s back thanks to Michelle Obama. Seriously, she is beyond holier-than-thou.

She was on a talk show recently and said, “To those Americans who are frightened by the current political climate: remain hopeful.” She’s the mother-of-all drama queens.

We will remind you of what she said in 2008 when her husband was running for the democratic nomination: “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

Her husband let down his black bros. He was unable to make decisions on many issues. And she’s telling people to remain hopeful? Democrats have no leader, no message and no money. She should be directing her hope comments to her party.

Blanche, do you know Canada’s national anthem by heart? Well, you will have to learn another version because Justin Trudeau has made our anthem gender neutral.

Instead of singing ‘in all our sons’ command, we will now be singing ‘in all of us command’. It doesn’t even make sense. There’s nothing to say except that Trudeau is very busy with everything except what he needs to be doing – governing the country.

Halftime during the super bowl is also called the big flush. That’s when everybody in North America goes to the bathroom. It’s also when millions tune to watch the halftime show.

So this year, Justin Timberlake is performing. Fifteen years ago he also performed together with Janet Jackson. Remember her ‘wardrobe malfunction’ aka nipplegate? Blanche, seriously you are dizguzting.

So the bet is will Timberlake call her back and if so, will she have a wardrobe malfunction for old times sake. We will all know on Sunday night.

Francois Legault is the head of the infamous CAQ. If an election were held in Quebec today, polls show he would win a majority. The problem is he’s an ex-separatist. The question is will people trust him once they get in the polling booth?

The answer is yes if Couillard gets rid of his pit bull in the guise of health minister Barrette. What does Barrette have on Couillard that he won’t dump him?

Michael Wolff is the author of the error-filled book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. This morning he was a guest on Morning Joe.

He was called out by Mika Brzezinski for claiming in his book that he knew that Trump was having an affair but could not responsibly say with whom. Instead, Wolff coyly pointed viewers to a passage located somewhere at “the end of the book” that would single out Trump’s mistress. That someone at the end of the book turned out to be Nikki Haley.

Brzezinski kept pushing Wolff, saying that while he was having fun with a guessing game, he was playing with lives. Wolff would not back down. Brzezinski told him that on Morning Joe there’s no bs. While we don’t always agree with their stance, there really is little bs there. Wolff’s interview was abruptly ended after being severely reprimanded.

Brzezinski is correct. To suggest that someone is having an affair, obviously for financial gain, with nothing to back it up is dead wrong.

What’s a Bot Blanche?

If we are hearing this word, so is everyone else – bot. So what is it?

Well, for starters there are good and bad bots. Who knew? The term “bot” comes from robot. An Internet bot may also be known as a Web robot or WWW robot.

An example of a good bot is a search engine spider. Such bots troll the Web and index new pages for a search engine. So far so good. Now for the bad bot.

Malicious bots are typically blended threats that come as part virus/worm, part bot and are used in a identity theft or to launch denial of service attacks. Other illegal, or at least questionable uses, involve bots that harvest email addresses for spam and manipulate comments/votes on sites that allow user feedback. Now for the grey area.

Grey area bots are used by websites to promote shopping deals. In such cases, a bot will perform much like a search engine spider to index information about products on the Web.

Russia used the bad bots to manipulate comments and votes and plant fake comments to certain segments of the population, thereby affecting voting patterns. Now you know.

“Day Zero” is coming to Cape Town this April.

In one of the most environmental conscious cities in the world, after a three-year drought, considered the worst in over a century, South African officials say Cape Town is now at serious risk of becoming one of the few major cities in the world to lose piped water to homes and most businesses.

Hospitals, schools and other vital institutions will still get water, officials say, but the scale of the shut-off will be severe. Now here’s where those ‘green’ people caused a lot of harm:

The city’s water conservation measures — fixing leaks and old pipes; installing meters and adjusting tariffs — had a powerful impact. Maybe too powerful.The city conserved so much water that it postponed looking for new sources.

For years, Cape Town had been warned that it needed to increase and diversify its water supply. Almost all of its water still comes from six dams dependent on rainfall, a risky situation in an arid region with a changing climate. The dams, which were full only a few years ago, are now down to about 26 percent of capacity. Here’s a travel tip: Don’t go to Capetown in April as they are expecting riots.

Wednesday night there’s a super blue moon. For roughly 77 minutes, this supermoon will pass through the Earth’s shadow, casting a dazzling blood-orange hue over the moon. This is why lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as “blood moons.”

Unfortunately for the east coast, this is taking place from 5:30 am until about 6:50 am. Perhaps just stay in bed and look at the pictures that others, who got up in the middle of night, took.

Intermarche, a supermarket in France, drew big crowds at several stores last week after announcing sales of the chocolate and hazelnut Nutella spread for just 1.41 euros ($1.74), some 70 per cent below the regular price. People were rioting and fighting to get their hands on a jar of this every unhealthy food.

Can we talk? Are these people out of their minds?

Say it ain’t so. Doug Ford, brother of the late illustrious mayor of Toronto Rob Ford is running for leader of the PC party of Ontario after the very quick demise of its leader Patrick Brown.

“Right now the party needs strong leadership, someone who’s ready to clean up the mess and lead us into the June election.” Let’s just say Doug and Rob Ford are of the same ilk. With his hat now in the ring, well, it’s making Ontario’s Conservative party looking, pardon the pun, like a three-ring circus.

We are guessing we are not the only ones totally confused with what’s going on with Trump, memos, leaked memos, collusion, immigration, deals, the firing the assistant at the FBI etc.

His detractors are comparing what is going on in the White House with Watergate. His supporters are saying that the Russian collusion is going on forever because, as the new saying goes, there’s no ‘there’ there.

This year the super bowl is in Minneapolis and authorities have spent over two years dealing with security issues.

Visitors can expect to see increased police patrols, bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters, officers in tactical gear, and that chain-link and concrete fence around U.S. Bank Stadium.

Plenty of technology such as motion detectors, closed-circuit cameras and air particle sensors will be operating behind the scenes. Air particle sensors? Seriously?

Giant machines are being used to scan shipments to the stadium. Extra security cameras will be sprinkled around the city, and NFL-sanctioned events will have metal detectors. Teams will be in place to react to whatever comes up.

Here’s our tip: Stay home and watch the game from your couch with a coupla beers and some friends.

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Prime Minister Trudeau Socks

Timing, as they say in life, is everything. Last night, at 9:45 pm, Patrick Brown, Ontario opposition leader, announced that he had been made aware that allegations of sexual abuse were about to be made against him. What’s so special about the timing?

An election is due in June, and it looked like Brown had it in the bag as Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s current premier, is seriously disliked. People thought Brown might try to fight the allegations, as he said they were not true. Wait Blanche, don’t they all say that?

Well, his campaign team immediately deserted him, aides and assistants announced their resignations and a caucus revolt quickly gathered steam. Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer distanced himself, saying the allegations “should be investigated fully”.

Lest you think he really is innocent, posts on social media corroborated the women’s allegations. Oh yes. One of those ‘women’ was 17 years-old. Guess he’s going to have to reinvent himself. Ya think Couillard hopes the same thing happens to Legault? Blanche, you’re dizguzting.

Does anyone care that Vladimir Guerrero is going to the baseball hall of fame as a California Angel and not an Expo? Didn’t think so.

Bernie Sanders is obviously bored. Last weekend he convened his best and brightest advisors to start getting ready in case he runs for president in 2020.

We can say with some certainty that the Democratic party will not be happy if he decides to run as a democrat. They would much rather he say he’s an independent. However, if he does that, he loses all the funding that the dems have to offer. Wait a minute. Obama bankrupted the party and is not paying the money back. Well then, maybe Zaidy Bernie should run as an independent as he’s probably getting zippo from the dems. And if he does run, he will be a spry 79 years old. Yikes.

We try really hard to find something good to say about Trudeau. Really we do. But he’s the gift that just keeps on giving.

You know Blanche, he’s in Davos hobnobbing with the very rich and very famous where he’s supposed to be making trade deals for Canada. So far so good.

Today he met with Coca-Cola chief executive James Quincey. What’s the first thing Quincey did? He gave Trudeau a pair of polar bear socks, in keeping with our prime minister’s childish penchant for themed hosiery.

Is this what we want our Prime Minster to be famous for? His socks? Not his oratory skills, not his negotiating skills, not his ability to unite the country. His socks. Can someone please remind him that he’s the prime minister of a country?

If you want to know where the ultimate tree-hugger lives, we’ll tell you. California. No surprise there.

The Democratic majority leader there, a man by the name of Ian Calderon, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one.

Under the law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

We have a suggestion for Mr. Calderon. It’s time he moved to a farm and had a chat with the cows. They, more than anything else, are responsible for global warming. We will be more explicit.

A new NASA-sponsored study shows that global methane emissions – aka farting – produced by livestock are 11 percent higher than estimates made last decade. Because methane is a particularly nasty greenhouse gas, it will take a long time to combat climate change or weather events. Nothing much more to say here except when you go to California and need a straw to sip your diet coke because you want to keep your lipstick on, think again.

Punkt! The Department of Justice has recovered most of the missing 50,000 text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Remember what we have been saying? Nothing is ever erased. Nothing.

We have a really interesting little ditty here. Kent Hehr, Canada’s minister for sports and people with disabilities, has been accused of sexually harassing female political staffers. Now, Mr. Hehr is a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair. Obviously  however, his mouth still works.

It seems that it was well-known not to enter an elevator alone with Hehr. Can we talk?

The man is in a wheelchair. He can’t attack you in an elevator or anywhere else. If he talks ‘dirty’ and you know he does that, here a suggestion: Bring a bar of soap with you into the elevator and shove it in his mouth when he says gross things.

Hehr is a prize possession. This is not the first time his mouth has gotten him into trouble. We will refresh your memory: Last December he spoke to a group of thalidomide victims and told them to suck it up. Everybody has issues. Come to think of it, he really does need his mouth washed out with soap. Update: He resigned.

Good Shabbos
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OMG – I Can’t Remember My Twitter Password…Said the Governor of Hawaii

Justin Trudeau has done it again. In the middle of the Davos talks, he announced that Canada has reached agreement on joining 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sounds good. Then he started to speak.

While Trudeau opened his remarks with trade he then veered into a mixed bag of greatest hits on gender parity, diversity, the imbalance of corporate boards, single mothers, the Canada child benefit, future women’s summits. Does he not have another speech?

How about talking about how Canada is going to define themselves on the world stage vis-a-vis this huge trade deal. He belongs as head of the United Nations department for women’s affairs. Not as Canada’s prime minister.

The FBI has ‘lost’ about five months’ worth of text messages that were exchanged between two staff members who share a common denominator: They are tied to the Russia collusion investigation of President Donald Trump — and they’re rabidly anti-Trump. Oh, and one more thing: They were having an affair.

Wait, there’s more: They were part and parcel of the Hillary Clinton email investigation that went nowhere.

Here’s something else to chew on: The time frame of ‘lost’ texts was Dec. 14, 2016, through May 17, 2017. What’s special about May 17? That’s the date House Democrats held a news conference on a reported memo by former FBI director James Comey, which claimed President Trump obstructed justice during Russia probe.

Keep reading Blanche, this gets much better.

It appears that FBI director James Comey was coordinating with Attorney General Lynch to exonerate Hillary regarding the email server that was in her house and her lost tens of thousands of emails. This decision, made in May, was seemingly well ahead of his July 5 press conference where this was announced.

Remember when Bill Clinton met with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac to talk about their grandchildren? Guess what? They were making sure that Hillary would never be charged with anything for pay to play or her email scandal.

Now perhaps the Russia-Trump collusion issue, which is air, will be dropped in favour of a real scandal and cover-up.

Remember that massive incoming missile alarm that went off in Hawaii about ten days ago? The one that no one could stop for almost 40 minutes? Well Gov. David Ige knew within two minutes it was a false alarm. Ah, but he couldn’t get on Twitter and tell everybody because he didn’t know his password. This is not a joke.

Can we talk? Every site that has a password has a little line underneath where you type your password that says forgot your password? When you click on that, a message goes to your email inbox in about, oh, say 10 seconds and you can create a new password.

If the governor was too distraught to change his password in an emergency, perhaps he should write down all his other passwords and give them to someone else for safekeeping. Or perhaps he should change jobs because he folds in an emergency.

For the second time in 8 months, Bell Canada is alerting about 100,000 customers that their information – like your name, phone number and email address – has been illegally accessed in a potential data breach.

Last May 1.9 million email addresses and about 1,700 names and phone numbers were stolen from Bell’s database. Here’s a tip for everyone who uses Bell:

If you get an email with a verification code to help confirm your identity with Bell, and you have not contacted Bell for any reason, or even if you did, don’t give out any information without calling Bell or the RCMP. And change your passwords.

That genius, fist-pumping I-want-a-country-for-my-children (meaning the country of Quebec) Pierre Karl Péladeau told the PQ that he’s available if they need him.

Let’s put it this way: They need him like a fish needs a raincoat.

President Trump signed a bill today imposing large tarrifs on imported solar panels and residential washing machines. Buy American made and you won’t be dinged with that tax. The result:  People will indeed start buying American again and more jobs will be created.

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A New Entry in Our What-Were-They-Thinking Department

Again, you may not like Trump, but he’s shipping the goods with his new tax overhaul.

Yesterday, Apple said it has a  five-year plan that includes building another campus and adding 20,000 jobs. It’s bringing most of its funds held overseas – a reported $245 billion – back to the US. Combined, the plan’s expected to put $350 billion into the US economy.

The icing on the cake: many of its employees a $2,500 stock bonus. Any arguments?

If we would not have seen this in print, in the Huffington Post no less, we would not have believed it.

It is an article written by the Director of Education Emerita, Canadian Civil Liberties Association. You should already be suspicious. Remember the 11 year-old girl who said someone cut up her hijab with a scissors, garnering international attention and a long kumbaya speech from our Prime Minister? Now remember she said she made it up?

As she is 11 years-old this should be the end of the story. Not with the civil liberties people. Danielle S. McLaughlin who wrote the article said that…

“I believe we owe her an apology for not remembering that, even though she is well-spoken, she is still a child. She even told us, although it was while describing her fear at the fictitious attack: “I am a kid.” 

And this is exactly, to the pin dot, the issue with those busy with other people’s ‘civil liberties’. That little girl needs help, her parents need help and our Prime Minister needs help as he should have waited a few minutes before his kumbaya message.

Apologize to this kid for what? Making up a story that cost thousands of dollars in taxpayers money to look for an invisible person? This kid (after she gets help) needs to know the cost of her antics. And a very smart person pointed out to me, her parents also need help as they should have moved heaven and earth to keep her name anonymous. Apologize to her? There are no words.

In the ‘what-were-they-thinking’ department, did Couillard and Plante actually dream Montreal had a chance of getting the new Amazon campus with 20,000 new jobs as part of a $30 billion investment?

Blanche, let’s put it this way: Between pasta-gate, measuring English letters with a ruler to make sure they are smaller than french letters and the latest and by far best nit-picking event of bonjour-hi, did he think Amazon would take their application seriously? Or how about this one that came out today – that Montreal’s mayor speaks to much English according to two Quebec nationalist groups.

These dudes are single-handedly keeping Quebec in a farmer-state of mind. Toronto made the shortlist – the final 20 cities. No kidding.

Did you know that Canada sent $25 million of your dollars to fund UNRWA? Did you know that this ‘stalwart’ arm of the useless UN and those who work for UNRWA openly teach hatred of Jews and Israelis?

Did you also know Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN withheld $65 million of its annual contribution to UNRWA? And did you also know that UNRWA does not allow third-party oversight of it’s activities?

Prime Minister Trudeau should be called on the carpet for this. If he knows about this money and ok’d it, well, you know where he stands. And if it went out without his knowledge, well, you can figure out how he governs the rest of the country.

Either way, Jews who support him should hold back their money until he comes clean with an answer.

Sorry to keep harping on Trudeau, but it looks like he’s either totally out of touch with reality or living in a bubble of his own.

There is something called the Canada Summer Jobs Program that provides subsidies to non-profit groups, small businesses and public-sector employers to hire summer students. It’s not a small program; some 70,000 summer jobs depend upon it.

Get this: Now, in order to qualify, the federal department of employment demands that the “organization’s core mandate respect … the right to access safe and legal abortions … and the rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians.” If you refuse the loyalty oath to Liberal party policy, you can’t apply.

This is not a joke. This is very serious and frankly, as the article said, totalitarian. You have to have the same beliefs as the country or else. Last we looked, Canada was still a democracy.

We hope that the Liberals pay a dear price for this kind of dictatorship governing style.

And finally, the Habs lost again. Could someone please put them out of their misery and tell them to go golfing until next year?

Good Shabbos
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The Antidote for Hitting the Wrong Button? Hit the Right Button.

Imagine you’re minding your own business on a sleepy Saturday morning when suddenly all hell breaks loose. Sirens shrieking, alerts buzzing on your phone, more sirens with different kinds of shrieks. All of this and more happened this past weekend in Hawaii when, as was admitted by the governor, ‘someone hit the wrong button’. To put the icing on the cake, this gut-wrenching fear went on for 38 minutes.

What made matters infinitely worse was that no one could undo the pressing of the button the first genius pressed. There was no fail-safe system to stop a false alarm.

Can we talk? In this day and age, when the newest cars at the car show are driverless, and drones can hit a target with exact precision with the controller hundreds of miles away, there’s no off button when there is a false alarm announcing a ballistic missile is inbound? Backwards and farmers are two words that come to mind.

When was the last time you looked at a phone book? Better, do millennials even know what a phonebook is?

Seems the yellow pages is cutting costs because hey, nobody uses that big fat book. Between Dr. Google, anywhere and, phone books are going the way of phone booths. Poof! They’re gone.

Not to bring up an old story, but we’re bringing up an old story. Blanche, did you know that the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal is 20 years old? Who knew?

While that may not be so interesting to you, perhaps the ‘where are they now’ part of this piece will peak your interest.

Bill Clinton has become a public speaker (if you can hear him as his voice seems to have taken a wrong turn) and humanitarian worker, and is board chair of the Clinton Foundation, which addresses international causes such as AIDS prevention and global warming. Global warming? Can someone please tell him that it’s now called climate change. Wait – extreme weather.

Monica Lewinsky wrote a tell-all essay titled “Shame and Survival” for Vanity Fair and insisted it was “time to bury the blue dress.” Lest you not know about the blue dress, we suggest you google it. She is currently an advocate against cyberbullying, giving talks at Facebook and business conferences on “how to make the internet more compassionate.” Unless we missed something, she never got married. Sad…

Hillary Clinton became a senator, Secretary of State under Obama, ran and lost twice for president. She worked, often relentlessly to discredit the women who came forward with allegations against her husband. “We’ve been married since 1975. We’ve had many, many more happy days than sad or angry ones.” Carry on.

We are a bit on the prudish side and therefore will not write out the word sh.thole. Or sh.thouse. Most likely we shouldn’t even touch this story, but hey, we’re open to everything.

Of all the stories we have read about the meeting that elicited those words, the most plausible seems to be that Trump was setup. The meeting was supposed to be about immigration policies and DACA. It turned out to be another kind of meeting where specific countries were singled out for immigration.

Those countries were third-world. While we have nothing against third-world countries, nor the people who live there, we are taking a wild guess that when Trump did not see, oh, let’s say a second or first world country, he lost it. He was baited, took the bait and shot his mouth off.

Of course there are educated people coming from every country. That was not the point of the bait. His detractors, whose only focus is to make Trump look bad, succeeded. Trump however, is still holding the cards as he is the one sitting in the oval office. And as of this writing, the Democrats still have no leader.

The Parti Quebecois have lost two heavy hitters who quit today and one or two are also on the way out. Let’s see now Blanche, ya think they see the wall with the writing?

Mercifully, Montreal’s ex-mayor Denis Coderre will not run in the next provincial election, even if he is asked. Well, at least one good thing in Blanche today.

While we certainly don’t watch football games on a regular basis, this past Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Eagles was uber-exciting.

In the last five seconds, the Minnesota quarterback, Keenum completed a hail-mary pass to a guy named Diggs who ran for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans. It was a stunning end to a really exciting game.

A stark difference to the boring, un-exciting Montreal Canadiens whose games look like one big snooze-fest. Time to shake things up there.

Flying anytime soon? If you decide to fly business class may we suggest United Airlines who recently launched Polaris,​ a​​ new​​ international​ business​ ​class​​ ​focusing​ ​on​ ​what it​ ​feels ​the​ ​long​-haul​ traveler​ ​wants​ most—sleep.

Features​ ​include​ ​custom ​bedding​ by Saks ​Fifth​ Avenue,​ ​​lie-​​flat​ ​beds​ ​that​ ​are up​ ​to six feet and six inches ​in​ ​length,​ ​optional​ ​mattress cushions, and​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​between​ ​a​ ​quilted duvet or​ ​​light​ ​throw​ ​blanket.

Still​ ​too​ ​warm?​ ​You​ ​can​ ​trade​ ​in​ ​that Saks ​Fifth​ Avenue​ ​pillow​ ​for​ one​​ ​with cooling​ ​memory​ ​foam​ ​gel. Nice to dream, eh?

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