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Pin-Heads for Brains in Quebec’s Health Ministry

Unless you have been living on Mars today, you no doubt know that Trump is phasing out the DACA or dreamer program. Here are the facts:

What is Daca? It is an acronym for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals. It is a federal government program created in 2012 under Obama to allow people brought to the US illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work legally in America. Those applying are vetted for any criminal history or threat to national security and must be students or have completed school or military service. If they pass vetting, action to deport them is deferred for two years, with a chance to renew, and they become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit.

Who are the ‘Dreamers’? Those protected under Daca are known as “Dreamers” and 787,580 have been granted approval. To apply, they must have been younger than 31 on June 15,  2012 when the program began, and “undocumented”, lacking legal immigration status. They must have arrived in the US before turning 16 and lived there continuously since June 2007.

What happened today? Trump announced he will begin “an orderly, lawful wind down” of Daca, including “the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program”, which was a memo from homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano to immigration chiefs in 2012 telling them not to enforce deportation of Dreamers.

This is a complicated issue. While Trump looks like the bad guy here, in fact, Obama’s administration had the most deportations of any in history.

As well, Obama signed this Daca business as a presidential executive order. It was never passed by anyone. To add to this fray are the ‘sanctuary’ cities. Will the Daca people, who range in age from 15 to 36 years old run to those cities? New York, Los Angeles, Houston etc.

The other legacy Obama left those Daca people was that he encouraged them to give over all their information to the authorities, which they did because they trusted him. Now the authorities know where everyone is, even though many of them tried to live under the radar.

To add to all this misery, illegal immigrant’s homes were heavily damaged in hurricane Harvey and they are not eligible for any government help.

Trump inherited two major issues given to him by Obama: immigration and North Korea. Obama’s legacy went the way of Hillary. His book should also be called What Happened (that’s the title of Hillary’s book). What happened? The democrats had no voice, no plan, no future and no connection with the little people. There ya go and we don’t have to pay $3,000 a ticket to sit in the front row to hear Hillary blame everyone but herself for the fact that she lost.

Yet another nail in the coffin for the Liberal party in Quebec. The budget cuts done by Barrette have caused physical consequences. A nurse on the nightshift was almost strangled to death by a mentally ill patient. Due to said budget cuts, there are no security guards on duty at night. That is insanity.

We were once in the emergency when a patient went ballistic, grabbing a cane and trying to hit someone. In two seconds there were security guards present to stop this dude and subdue him.

What is totally infuriating is Quebec’s allegation that it has a huge surplus in its coffers. Get a life. That is not a surplus and everybody knows it. That extra money is a direct result of all the budget cuts done to the medical system.

Here’s a tip for Couillard: People down south voted to oust the pork-barrel establishment. He’s heading for the same fate. Only difference here is that our choices are even worse than in the US: Lisee who is an avowed separatist and Legault who is a secret separatist. Take your pick folks.

Finally, the truth is starting to come out publicly in Houston. The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is a very strong lobby group. They boasted recently how they managed to stop any upcoming 2018 building codes they didn’t like. Oh really?

There are some people in that group who have found their voice and courage. According to one such member, their motto is: We’ll rebuild these houses as many times as you’ll pay us to do it.

Someone from the insurance board said – We can’t prevent the event, but we can mitigate the damage. That sentence is only true if there are building codes, which there are not many in Texas.

If people living in known flood zones and covered wetlands had to pay the full cost of that risk, much of those areas would empty out. And who would they pay? The government would create an insurance policy. If you want to live in such an area, then they would pay up front for the damage that occurs when there is a flood or hurricane – which is a given.

Houston has to decide now what to do with all those homeless people. Rebuild in the same area and flood again in two years? Move people to more sensible areas? And who is going to pay for all of this? How much money is each family without insurance getting? They have to start all over again – housing, clothing, furniture, cars etc.

Guess who’s one of the happiest people on the planet? Prince Harry. With the third pregnancy of his sister-in-law Kate, he moves one step further away from ever becoming King of England. He gets the money, some of the engagements but none of the responsibility. How good is that Blanche?

Yet another pea-brain edict from the Quebec government. Blanche, we are beginning to think that a pea is too big to describe the size of the brains of french canadian bureaucrats. Could be they are the size of a pinhead.

The latest genius move is that if a child has lice in a classroom they can come to school and not tell anyone. Only until 10% of the class has it will the rest of the parents be told. Why you ask? Because it will ‘hurt the self-esteem’ of the child.

We have no words. Lice jump from head to head. That’s a fact. If a school waits until 10% of a classroom has lice, the entire school will be infested.

Here’s an idea. Send Barrette into a classroom where a kid has lice. Let him sit beside that kid for a day and watch what happens when a louse to jump onto his genius head. The only term for those people in the health ministry is ignoramuses.

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…

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…

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…

Happy Trails to You…

Justin Trudeau seems to be the hottest leader of any country. How hot Blanche? So hot that he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Not bad except for the headline: Why Can’t He Be Our President? Uh oh.

Fox News got a hold of those few words and basically made minced meat out of Trudeau. One of their political pundits brought up Ottawa’s $10.5-million settlement to Omar Khadr, calling Trudeau “horrible” over his defence of the payout. She then called the statement the prime minister delivered earlier this month about the settlement money “embarrassing” and “stupid. Notice Blanche it was a she, not a he. Guess the hair and sculpted body didn’t get to her.

Unfortunately for Trudeau, his cover story was compared to two other, not very illustrious covers: Putting Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover in 2013 and the magazine’s botched and untrue campus rape story at the University of Virginia. We are guessing that Trudeau didn’t do to much thinking about whether to be put on the cover. In fact, he most likely thought that he looked very good and was happy with the cover – kind of like the ultimate selfie. Feh.

While Trump and company – Scaramucci and Priebus – fight it out in the White House for power, Iran and North Korea are slowly but surely getting closer to doing some major damage to the world.

Here’s what we hope is really going on and frankly, we better be right: While the soap opera in the White House is going on, in the background, there are those who are doing their job and trying to stop the nutball leaders of both of those countries.

If that’s not the case, we are in serious trouble and everyone best start hoarding water, long-lasting food and cash.

Anthony Scaramucci (Blanche, isn’t that a great Italian name?), is incensed with the leaks coming out of the White House and has threatened to fire everyone in the communications office unless the leaker is outed, confesses or stops leaking which doesn’t seem likely.

Seems last night there was a dinner party at the White House. Present were President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. Someone from inside called a reporter from the New Yorker and leaked this juicy tidbit of news.

Scaramucci is right. Imagine if everything you did in your office was leaked out to friends, colleagues and those who want to do you in. You would be crazed and want to find out exactly who the weasel was. Scaramucci will get to the bottom of the leaks or he will indeed fire everyone, including Reince Priebus, chief of staff who he thinks is the mole.

This is really juicy, eh Blanche?

If you are traveling anytime soon, we’re going to do two favours for you. First we’re listing the top five and bottom five airports in the world. Then we’re going to tell you which days are best to buy your airline tickets. No – it’s not Tuesday at midnight. That’s old news.

The five best airports are: Singapore Changi Airport, Munich International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, Helsinki: Vantaa Airport.

The five worst airports are: Kuwait Airport, London Gatwick Airport, Manchester Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, London Stanstead Airport. Uh oh – it looks like England is really in the doghouse with their airports.

Airlines are now updating their computers every night, based on more sophisticated traffic models. So what does this mean?

It means you have to have two best time approaches: One, about 45 days out from your desired departure date, and another window about ten days out—on a Sunday. That’s when the most unsold inventory surfaces.

And finally, you can’t do this online. You have to pick up a phone and call the airline.

Hold onto your hat Blanche, the e-race is this weekend. At least you don’t need earplugs. Seems the only thing you hear is the changing of the gears and the squealing of the tires.

Don’t bother taking your car anywhere near the east end of the city for the next while. It will be blocked up this weekend and two weeks after because that’s how long it will take the city to clear up the fences, cones, dirt etc.

Can we talk? You know the huge party every  New Years’s eve in Times Square? The one with over a million people. Well, guess how long it takes them to clean up? Overnight. You know why? Because they have a plan and hire people to execute said plan.

They have garbage trucks leading rows and rows of people picking up garbage. We wonder what plan Coderre formulated to get rid of the debris and all things needed for the race. Let’s see – no plan.

Now ask the most important question: Why is this race in Montreal at all? Well,Coderre convinced those in charge that Montreal wants to promote its status as a hub for transport electrification.

Who exactly is he kidding? Transport electrification? How about putting air conditioning in the subway? Coderre has one thing going for him: he can sell anyone anything and he does. Problem is, everyone else pays for his extravaganzas. That everyone else is you and me.

One more traveling tip: The news TSA screening for electronic devices has started. That means removing tablets, e-readers and any other larger-format electronics from bags you plan to carry on to flights. All this equipment now has to go through the x-ray machine in their own bins. We also heard that large plugs and extension cords qualify for special attention.

Only those pre-approved by the TSA with a Nexus card will not have to do this. We can imagine that the lines are going to be seriously long and interminable.

Happy trails to you…

Good Shabbos
We’ll talk…

Yet Another Media Feeding Frenzy

We are heading into the dog days of summer and things are supposed to be quiet and unexciting. Nothing could be further from that right now.

Before we launch into the newest Trump media frenzy ponder this: Why did the Donald Trump Jr fiasco surface now? It’s obvious that someone has been sitting on it for a long time as the story is detailed, it was ready to go at a moment’s notice and they have all Juniors emails. Ever think that any time Trump is successful, as he was in Europe, his detractors are ready with a missile?

One may surmise that President Trump’s very long meeting with Putin was a few old friends sitting together and one may be correct. But isn’t that better than the relationship Obama had which was zero. Things always work better when people are able to communicate. Don’t worry Blanche, Trump is not going to be Putin’s new BFF nor is he going to give away the store.

Now to Donald Jr. He’s definitely not the smartest chip in the bag. He seems to be following the adage that when there’s a bad story coming it’s better to get in front of it. Junior however, seems to have jumped the fence and then some. On top of that, his story has changed a few times in the past days.

Did he commit treason? Most likely not. He certainly didn’t give away any information and from the sounds of it, didn’t receive any either. The issue is that the Russians reached out to him with the promised of something tantalizing on Hillary and he was duped. It kind of looks like he was set-up. Wait! He was set-up.

Don’t worry though. In two days something else will happen that will occupy everyone’s attention and Donald Jr. will quietly fade into the background.

Sadly, we cannot say the same about our health system and the sudden resignations of ten board members of the MUHC. This story will not go away anytime soon. In fact, it looks like it’s going to get uglier.

Where is Couillard in all of this? Is it not time to show his face? Perhaps even meet with said board members and get their side of the story instead of only listening to Barrette. Alas, that will not happen. He seems to be very happy hiding behind Barrette and letting that pit-bull be his spokesperson. It’s a big mistake. Big.

One thing particularly irksome about Barrette is that nothing is ever his fault. Any criticism levelled at him regarding the health-care system is always, every single time, someone else’s fault. And he responds in the most arrogant, condescending tone, which is infuriating.

We know that people don’t like to hear this, but ladies and gentlemen, the Liberal party does not really care about their population. Not the English, not the French and certainly not any foreigners.

Everyone suffers when the emergency wait times are 12-18 hours. Everyone suffers when they need surgery and there are no beds for post-surgery because the beds are taken up with long-term patients who were supposed to be transferred long ago but there’s no place to put them – which Barrette promised to fix by the way.

You’re going to vote for them again? They definitely feel that no matter how much they step all over the little people, we will trudge to the polls in the next election and vote them in. Is Francois Legault, head of the CAQ party  a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Is he a separatist or has he lost that dream as he keeps saying? Perhaps it’s time to take our chances with someone like him. The status quo cannot go on.

Google and Facebook are the kings of the Internet. They’ve become the gatekeepers to news and control most online ad dollars.

Finally, large media outlets are pushing back. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post say this business model cuts into their profits. No kidding.

As well, it’s harder now than ever to distinguish between fake and real news. So they want to negotiate with Google and Facebook to push them to agree to new revenue-sharing agreements, support for subscription plans, and beef up intellectual property rights.

Who is going to make sure this happens? Congress. Why? Media outlets cannot sit at a table to negotiate because of antitrust laws. Ergo the media outlets have asked Congress to mix in so they can have some leverage against the Internet monster. We hope they are successful.

Did you ever look out the window when going in for a landing and wonder how the pilot knows which runway to land the plane on? Well, one Air Canada pilot didn’t know. Seriously Blanche. We would have lost our cookies.

Seems this dude was supposed to land on an empty runway  and wound up almost landing on the taxiway – you know where the planes line up to take off. Mercifully, air traffic controllers caught his mistake and the pilot aborted the first landing. Yikes.

All You Ever Wanted to Know (or didn’t) About the Paris Agreement

We were not planning to send out a blog tonight, but Trump’s decision to take the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, well, changed all that. Mainly because Blanche didn’t quite get the whole thing – not the agreement and not the withdrawal. So we figured if we don’t understand what’s flying, neither do many other people. Here we go – the Paris Agreement from soup to nuts:

What is the Paris Agreement?
Also referred to as the Paris climate deal, Paris Accord and Paris climate agreement, it is a deal that was signed in December 2015 and came into effect in November 2016. 195 countries signed the agreement which stated that they would reduce emissions that cause climate change in order to combat global warming.

…Specifically the Paris Agreement set out to prevent the planet warming by more than 2°C which scientists believe would cause severe damage. Each country involved makes ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs) which should contribute towards the overall objective of the deal.

What happens now Trump has pulled out of the Paris Agreement?
Trump cannot technically pull the US from the agreement until November 2019 but there are ways round that commitment if he so wished to.

…Syria, Nicaragua and now the United States are the only three countries who do not support the accord.

And now the biggest question of all…why did Trump pull out?
Firstly, because it was one of his main campaign promises. He did it to save American jobs saying that the accord handicaps the US economy.

And now for the other side…
In climate negotiations leading up to the Paris conference, participants called for a Green Climate Fund that would collect $100 billion per year by 2020.

…The Obama administration ended up shipping $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to this fund without authorization from Congress.

…North Korea and Iran are also signatories of the deal.

..China has serious air quality issues (not from carbon dioxide), and Beijing has repeatedly falsified its coal consumption and air monitoring data, even as it participated in the Paris Agreement.

Only time will tell if Trump made the right decision. One thing we can say with certainty – at this point in time, those who didn’t like him, to put it mildly, have been rendered apoplectic by his decision today. The media is literally going out of their minds and the enviornmentalists have lost theirs.

And now for something totally off the wall, brought to you by the Quebec government. One day after inviting players to make wagers on whether Trump would still be U.S. president after May 1, 2018 on its Mise-o-jeu platform cancelled the bet on Thursday.

Got that Blanche? Loto-Quebec will no longer be betting on whether Trump will be president after May 2018. Ya can’t make this stuff up.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

Fighting Terrorism with Teddy Bears and Candles

We read an excellent article which sums up how Europe is still, to this minute, dealing with their very real terrorist problem: with teddy bears and candles.

…After every attack, Europe’s leaders recycle the same empty slogans: “Carry on”; “We are stronger”; “Business as usual”. The Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tells his people that they must get used to daily carnage. He says he believes that the threat of terror attacks is “part and parcel of living in a big city”, and that major cities around the world “have got to be prepared for these sorts of things”.

Does he seriously mean that they are supposed to get used to the massacre of their own children, as in Manchester?

It appears that for Europe, Islamic terrorism is  a momentary disruption of its routine. Here’s a reality check: Unless they band together and really do something to eradicate the cesspools in their cities, Europe as we know it will be gone in the not too distant future.

European cities have to stand up to islamic terrorism. They have to shut down mosques, deport radical imams, ban foreign funding of mosques and stop foreign fighters from returning home from the battlefront. Until they get the picture, we suggest that you find other places to vacation. Anyone who still thinks it’s still important to be politically correct needs to a strong dose of reality. Wait, they already had that. Blanche, they need to be saved from themselves.

Last Friday we were listening to Tommy Schnurmacher who had an idea that he put forward. Until we had thought the words he uttered, but once articulated, we realized that he was right. What did he say? Stop supporting the Liberals here in Quebec and take your chances with another party.

He’s right. What do we have to lose? Our medical system? We already lost that. English schools? Gone. Signs that should be bilingual but are not? Not happening. In case you think we’re kidding, take this into consideration – the patient’s committee of the MUHC has documented hundreds of examples of services being slashed and the outcomes. Here are a few to ponder:

Someone received a heart transplant 20 years ago. He needs quarterly checkups. Now he will get a checkup once every six months.
Another patient was told to return to the hospital one week after surgery but could not get an appointment for three weeks.

Make no mistake. Couillard is at the forefront of these incidents and thousands of others due to his government’s insistence on stripping the hospitals of money and resources. Barrette works for Couillard.

Afraid of a referendum? Don’t be. It’s not happening and nobody wants to leave Canada save a small percentage of diehards. The youth here knows that the world is a small place, accessible in an instant on the internet.

May we suggest that you send Couillard a short email as to how you feel? Here’s the address: info@plq.org. Believe me, they read our emails. Whether anything will happen is another story, but sitting back and complaining really doesn’t help.

How the mighty fall. Blanche, did you see that mug shot of Tiger Woods? Vey. He looks like any other run of the mill petty criminal, certainly not the great golfer that he once was. Pretty pathetic, to put it mildly. He can’t seem to get his act together, to put it mildly.

We hope you were not flying British Airways anytime this weekend or even today. It appears that they had a complete meltdown of their computer systems. This was not caused by hackers, rather, as some believe because in 2016 BA made hundreds of dedicated IT staff redundant (they were fired) and outsourced the work to India. Uh oh.

Blanche, did you ever get someone from India when you called a company for customer service? Did you understand one word they were saying? No? Really? Maybe because English is their fifth language. And maybe because many of them were working from their kitchen tables in their ‘interhoisen’, underwear.

This ‘glitch’ is going to cost BA about 100 million pounds and we’re guessing heads will be rolling out the door.

You may not like this next piece so we suggest you either get a barf bag or skip it. Wait, you’re curious eh? We warned you.

People are comparing the clothes being worn by Melania Trump to those worn by Michelle Obama. Can we talk? What comparison?

Melania is elegant, stunning and inately  knows how to dress. Michelle’s claim to fame are her arms which she insisted on showing at every opportunity. Her arms are not that nice and her taste in clothes was, well, let’s just say very tacky American.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birthday of JFK. Who of our age (baby boomers) does not remember where they were when he was assassinated? Who doesn’t remember his young son saluting his father’s coffin? Who doesn’t remember LBJ being sworn in on the plane with Jackie looking on in her blood-stained pink suit? Awful time.

Sorry Quebecers, the construction strike seems to be ending in two days if the government passes its back to work legislation later today. It’s been nice driving around the past few days without the orange cones blocking streets and men standing in the middle of the road waving flags to stop one while trucks enter or exit a site.

And finally, Maxime Bernier lost the leadership race of the conservative party to thirty-eight year old Andrew Scheer. One of the reasons touted for quite the upset is the dairy board. Bernier threatened to disband it, Scheer was leaving it alone. The dairy board has a mighty strong and long arm and seems to have made sure to enlist many many voters who made certain our milk and cheese prices remain artificially high by signing up enough Scheer people to beat Bernier.

Scheer may be a nice guy but he should take a good look at the price of dairy products in Quebec. Something smells and it’s not blue cheese.

As the holiday of Shavuos begins Tuesday night and ends Thursday night, we are sending out Blanche this week on Monday and late Thursday night… G-d willing. 

We’ll talk…