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The Blanche Report: Weasels, Glitches & Train Wrecks

Headline: Couillard The Weasel: Did you feel the bump? Philip Couillard, the weasely  leader of the liberal party just threw you under the bus.

To garner votes in the the Quebec hinterland, he changed his ‘over my dead body’ charter tune. Last week he said no one in Quebec should be prevented from working for the state due to religious convictions. Today he ran into a rat-hole somewhere and came out singing a new song. Police officers, judges and prison guards have to follow the no hijab, kippah etc business.

Last week, the only muslim woman in the national assembly,  Fatima Houda-Pepin called Couillard on his statement that his party would decide if they would allow a muslim woman in a chador in their party. Fatima had a huge temper tantrum and publicly wiped the floor with Couillard. Instead of actually being the leader of the party, he caved in. Can we talk?

Couillard set himself up. When was the last time you saw a woman in a chador except in a shopping mall, let alone in the national assembly. Now he had to save face, which he did not and give in to Fatima. Everyone was afraid the Liberals were weak and now we know it’s a fact. Ladies and gentlemen – we are on our own. 

Headline: from the London Telegraph: Crack-smoking, binge-drinking mayor Rob Ford says he is ‘not perfect’ but denies he has an alcohol problem. Proud to be a Canadian, eh?: Good thing you were not in Ford’s way yesterday. En route to deck someone he thought was ‘harming’ his brother Doug during a council meeting, he had a head-on collision with an older woman (a city councilor no less). She went flying (you could imagine hehehehehe) and wouldn’t you know it, Ford himself caught her, but not before she smashed her lip.

Today’s Ford train wreck has two chapters: He was interviewed on the Today show and Matt Lauer, the host asked Ford what he would have done if he had been in one of his drunken stupors and someone called at 3:00 am telling him that there had been a terrorist attack in Toronto. Ford had no answer because there is no answer and that’s the reason he should step aside.

Tonight Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration minister and obviously spokesperson for the Prime Minister, said in parliment, “I think Mr. Ford has brought dishonour to public office and the office of mayor and his city and he should step aside.” Get in line. It ain’t over cause the fat mayor didn’t sing yet.

Headline: Obamacare’s Never-ending Computer Glitches: Although Obama is ‘confident’ that his computer system will eventually succeed, he conceded that they will have to remarket and rebrand to bring back the public’s confidence in the program. He sent out the big gun today – Michelle. Seems that all this bad publicity is also bad for donations to the Democratic party. Michelle didn’t hold back – does she ever?? – write big checks.

Headline: 50 Years Since the JFK Assassination: This Friday, November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. It happened on Friday, November 22, 1963.   We were in gym when the news hit. Where were you? Instead of going into the story, which one can read all over the internet, we’ll recap the main players (aside from JFK and his wife Jackie) for those who were born after or who need a refresher.

John Connally had been governor of Texas for 10 months at the time of the presidential visit. He and his wife, Nellie, were seated in the front of the Kennedys’ limousine in the motorcade. Connally sustained bullet wounds to his chest and wrist and was admitted to hospital in critical condition, but survived. He died in 1993.

Lyndon Johnson was vice-president of the United States. He and his wife, Lady Bird, participated in the motorcade in a separate car. Johnson automatically became president of the United States after Kennedy’s death, but could not execute any of his presidential authority until he had taken the oath of office. He did so on board Air Force One before the entourage returned to Washington, flanked by his wife and Jacqueline Kennedy. He died in 1973.

Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine who was employed at the Texas School Book Depository. He was reported missing from work shortly after the assassination and was arrested at the Texas Theatre following the shooting death of police officer J.D. Tippit.

Oswald was charged with murder in both deaths. He told reporters that he denied both charges and referred to himself as “just a patsy.” He was shot and killed by Jack Ruby while he was being escorted out of the Dallas Police Department during his transfer to county jail on Nov. 24, 1963.

Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald at close range while Oswald was being transferred from the Dallas Police Department to county jail. Oswald died from his wounds. Ruby said he had killed Oswald to spare the Kennedy family from having to return to Dallas for a trial. He was convicted of murder, though the conviction was later overturned on appeal. He died in 1967 while awaiting a second trial.

Abraham Zapruder very nearly didn’t have his video camera with him when he watched the Kennedy motorcade drive through Dealey Plaza, but his assistant persuaded him to go back to his home to get it. He shot a 26-second film of the motorcade’s trek down Elm Street, capturing the assassination on tape. His film was used as part of the investigation and he sold the rights to Life Magazine, which reproduced some of the frames as stills. It wasn’t publicly seen in its entirety until it was aired on Good Night America in 1975. Zapruder died in 1970.

Breaking News:  The company that owns Ogilvy’s and Holt Renfrew is going to combine the two stores into one.  Holts will be moved into Ogilvy’s, and Ogilvy’s will be expanded into the building that used the house the Hotel de la Montagne. It will be called Ogilvy’s. Wonder how many people are going to lose their jobs?

Poll Question: Where were you on November 22, 1963?

Reminder: Notre Montreal Rally this Thursday November 21 – noon – McGill College and de Maisonneuve. LET’S TAKE BACK OUR CITY!

We’ll talk…

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