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The Blanche Report: Target, Knockout & 50 Years

The Headline: Target Is Off Target

Target stores in Montreal are not doing well. Their total profit dropped 47% as a result of poor sales in Canada. Target is blaming us Canucks saying we don’t know how to shop! Hello?? Who doesn’t know how to walk into a store to buy a pair of socks?

What they are not saying and which we have heard many times, is that the shelves are not stocked. Read: They are empty.  How do they expect sales when there’s nothing to buy? May we suggest that they find out who the merchandiser is and follow that person. They may find that the job is not getting done. Duh.

The Headline: The Old What Did Harper Know and When Did He Know It Trick

The RCMP has now taken charge of the Duffy, Wright, Harper affair. We will jog your memory. Harper says he did not know that Nigel Wright, his ex-chief of staff, wrote a cheque of $90,000 to Duffy to cover his housing expenses. Emails differ from Harper’s story. Mr. Wright said in a Feb. 22 e-mail that he had “the go-ahead” on repayment, but that “I do want to speak to the PM before everything is considered final.” An hour later, he wrote in an e-mail: “We are good to go from the PM.”

So did Harper know or not? Is he telling the truth? The RCMP are relentless and will eventually get to the bottom of the story. What we want to know is why people write potentially incriminating emails knowing they will be found. Pick up a phone and talk. Unless of course you are a Nixonite and recording all your conversations. In which case you are toast.

The Headline: Time for African-American Leaders to Step up to the Plate

There’s a new game in American cities: knockout. The object is to target unsuspecting pedestrians with the intention of knocking them out cold with one punch.

In the past couple of weeks, Brooklyn residents have been the target of African American teens doing this. Twelve year olds walking home from school punched in the face, grandmothers punched in the head while carrying groceries. Last Sunday night a young man crossed paths with a group of about 10 black males, all in their late teens and early 20s, when one of the group suddenly punched him in the face. No words were exchanged but the punch was videoed, which in the end is the object of the game. 

As victims came forward, the police finally realized that something serious was going on. There was a meeting of minds between the black and Jewish community in Brooklyn to try and stop this ‘game’. It has also come out during the week that this ‘game’ is taking place in many American cities.

Where are the leaders of the black community? Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? Where is Barack Obama? Why are they not stepping in front of a microphone and condemning these attacks? Why aren’t they going into high schools and telling their children this is not the way a civilized society behaves. And then tell them how one does behave.

Bleeding heart liberals best not come forward excusing the poor children who are sucker punching innocent victims because they have no father or are poor or had a bad life. When do people become accountable for what they do? As the first black president,  Barack Obama has failed his own extended family and done precious little to teach them right from wrong. He’s so busy with obamacare that he forgot where he came from. Feh.

The Headline: Oops – Boeing 747 Lands at the Wrong Airport

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet that mistakenly landed at a small Kansas airport not far from the air force base where it was supposed to land has, on its second attempt, successfully reached its destination. The 747-400 landed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita some time after 2 p.m. ET Thursday after spending the first part of the day on the runway at Col. James Jabara Airport, where it had mistakenly landed the night before while on its way to McConnell to deliver parts for Boeing’s famed new 787 Dreamliner.

Could someone please pass the pilot the compass on their iphone. Obviously the one on the plane doesn’t work properly.

The Headline: Rob Ford Strikes Again

A trainer who consulted with Rob Ford as recently as Tuesday night on a health “game plan” was convicted in the U.S. for steroid trafficking and is currently in the midst of a 12-year ban from coaching in Canada for administering steroids. Ford says he is working with a team of ‘professionals’ about his weight and no, he is not in any alcoholic treatment program. 

His trainer says Ford’s problem is what he eats. Oy.  The best that Toronto can hope for is that he spends lots of time in the gym. At least he will be away from the media.

The Headline: JFK – 50 Years

Friday, November 22, 1963: Doctors pronounced the President dead at 1:00 pm central time. Two hours and eight minutes after President Kennedy was shot on Elm Street in downtown Dallas, twenty-seven people crowded into Air Force One’s stateroom to witness Johnson’s swearing in.  Lady Bird Johnson stood on Johnson’s right, a dazed-looking Jackie Kennedy stood on his left.

He repeated the 35-word oath, in a low, broken voice: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  The new president ordered the plane and its grief home to Washington.

Monday, November 25: The funeral caisson was followed by Black Jack, the riderless horse symbolizing the fallen master. Black Jack was generally known to be calm and settled. During his career, he participated in more than 1,000 funerals. That day he bucked and misbehaved through the entire procession.

An estimated 1 million people lined the streets from the Capital to Arlington National Cemetery. They were silent and still as statues.

Shortly before midnight at the White House, once Charles de Gaulle had left and the Duke of Edinburgh had left – once everyone had left, Bobby Kennedy turned to Jackie and asked, “Should we go visit our friend?” Jackie took some lilies of the valley from a cup on a hall table, and the brother- and sister-in-law drove back to Arlington, which was now empty and dark. 

No matter what Kennedy did or did not do as a President, no matter if he was good or not that great, America forever lost some of its innocence that day. Let’s hope the 50th anniversary of that day passes quietly and with dignity.

Notre Montreal!

Good Shabbos,

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