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The blanche report

However you make your living, you are in the wrong business – you should be trying to get a job with the government. The Canadian government paid a company over $400,000 to ‘rebrand’ the French language radio CBC. When they would announce their name on the radio it would sound very mellifluous – Ici Radio Canada. Ready for their new name? The one that cost over $400,000… here we go: Ici. Yup. That’s it. Ici. It means here. Here is what? A deli? A garage? A dry cleaner? Nope – it’s radio canada. Like we said, however you are making a living, you should think of doing something for the government. Your tax dollars at work – ici.

Here’s what the Obama administration is up to. Hold onto your hat before you start reading. And remember that we have said many times that nothing in writing is safe. Well, add nothing over the phone is safe either.

1. The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order. Under the terms of the order, the phone numbers of both parties on a call are handed over to the NSA, as are location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.

2. The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post. They may sound familiar to you: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple.

Like we said last week – deep throat is going to make a come-back sooner that anyone thinks. If you want to have a ‘private’ conversation with someone, you best find a garage in an obscure building, go the second floor of that garage,  find a very dark corner and then whisper.

Back to the first little ditty – working for the government. It seems that the conservative party has quite the little war-chest stashed away. At times they had over $1 million to dispose of as needed. So that $90,000 that Nigel Wright, then chief of staff for Harper, gave to Mike Duffy did come from his personal bank account. But it appears that he was probably going to get reimbursed from the coffers of the party.

Here are the juicy tidbits about that money: The fund is completely off-limits to the auditor general and even Elections Canada, which monitors party donations but not expenses outside of an election period. Ready for this? More than half of all the cash in the secret PMO stash ultimately comes from taxpayers’ pockets. Individual donors to political parties receive generous tax credits. Parties also receive millions from taxpayers through a per-vote subsidy, which is being phased out by 2015. Your tax dollars at work yet again.

We will remind you how indignant Harper was while campaigning for office, saying that something like the Liberal sponsorship scandal would never happen under his watch. We’ll spring for the napkin because he may be eating his words sooner than later.

And then there’s Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States of America. Today he admitted that …”Things have got a little out of whack.” He was referring to secretly pulling records on reporters, tapping their phones and intercepting their emails, stating that he was not  that comfortable signing that order. Buddy – you’re the attorney general – you don’t have to sign anything.

He went on to say that he’s not ready to step down quite yet as he has not finished all that he set out to do when accepting this position. We wonder what other machinations he’s going to come up with. He stated that he has spoken to his friend the president and they both agreed that he should stay on. That’s like asking the wolf to watch the chicken coop.

You know that it’s bad for Obama when the New York Times, the leader of the ‘liberal media’ puts out a scathing editorial about him and his administration. Included in that article is the line that the administration has lost all credibility. We wonder how all the bleeding heart liberals who voted for him feel now.

And now for the chocolate conspiracy. The Competition Bureau says criminal charges have been laid against three companies  and three individuals accused of fixing the price of chocolate candies in Canada. The three companies charged are Nestle Canada Inc., Mars Canada Inc., and ITWAL Limited, a national network of independent wholesale distributors.

What we can’t wait for is the gas pricing conspiracy. Be patient, it will come. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila are calling it quits after 30 years of marriage. “In a totally normal move, the couple announced their divorce on Russian state television after attending the ballet.” Uh, except in Russia, we’re not quite sure where else that’s normal.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

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