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Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday's Ride - 1952 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe

The Voice 2017 Chloe Kohanski - Top 10: "Call Me"


An old lady went into a bar in Tucson AZ, and saw a cowboy with his feet propped upon a table.
He had the biggest boots she'd ever seen. The old woman asked the man if it's true what they say about men with big feet being well endowed.
The man grinned and said, 'Sure is, little lady. Why don't you come to my apartment and let me prove it to you?'
The old woman considered she might never get an offer like this again and was curious to find out for herself, so she spent the night with him.
The next morning she handed him a $100 bill.Blushing, he said, 'Well, thank you, I'm really flattered. Nobody has ever paid me for my 'services' before!''Don't be flattered' she replied...
'Take the money and buy yourself some boots that fit...' 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday's Ride - 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible

From News and Guts

A new poll out today from CNN finds only 29% of American approve of the GOP tax bill. Almost two-thirds said it would benefit the wealthy most. While Congress haggles over the bill in conference, we were reminded of a different time. A friend of this page sent us a photo from the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. Roosevelt made the remarks at his second inaugural in January, 1937.

The Voice 2017 Keisha Renee - Top 10: "All By Myself"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday's Ride - 1942 Pontiac Streamliner

Harper and Kenney in good company

Jacobson is not new to scandal. Back in 2012, he was arrested by Toronto police after pleading guilty to a money laundering charge the U.S. Dept. of Justice had laid against him. In the years leading up to this controversy, Jacobson was a key political ally to former prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives. But news of his legal problems sent shock waves through Ottawa, given his ties to the Harper regime and its cabinet.
Indeed, at the pinnacle of his influence, Jacobson was a very wealthy man, a renowned philanthropist, worth “hundreds of millions” he says, with a business empire that stretched from Canada to Russia, Israel, Asia and Central America. He could get audiences with not only Netanyahu, but Russian President Vladimir Putin, the leaders of Costa Rica and Kazakhstan, and had direct access to Harper. He was friends with Jason Kenney – current leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party – and former foreign affairs minister John Baird.

Businessman, Harper Tory, pal of Putin, Mossad operative - the bizarre life of Nathan Jacobson

Mila Video she’s skeptical of Santa

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday's Ride - 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe For Sale

This happened on Harpers watch

A coalition of health advocates recently held a news conference on Parliament Hill to release more than 800 documents showing how Health Canada officials worked behind the scenes to change Canada's voluntary blood plasma donation system.
Kat Lanteigne of BloodWatch said the documents reveal that government officials knew back in 2010 that they were helping to privatize part of the Canadian plasma sector. The officials knew they were opening up the Canadian plasma market to a large multinational company, Biotech AG, which was in partnership with a smaller company, Canadian Plasma Resources.
"They were actually trying to create a secondary plasma collector in this country and create an American-style model," Lanteigne said. "That's what was so shocking."

Health Canada assisted private plasma clinics, newly released documents say

'They should have said, no thank you, we have a public blood system here,' advocate says

Best Shift Ever - Waitress Receives Life-Changing Tip

Monday, December 4, 2017

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The disingenuous Andrew Scheer

On Wednesday, Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer intoned gravely that he was calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to resign. If Mr. Scheer was trying to invoke a more noble era, when a finance minister who had lost the confidence of the Opposition Leader would immediately resign, he failed badly at it. Mr. Morneau should stay where he is.

Mr. Scheer's reasoning is half-baked. He is accusing Mr. Morneau of insider trading based on the fact that the Minister sold a portion of his shares in his family company, Morneau Shepell, a week before he announced a tax hike on high-income earners. The tax announcement caused the market to fall sharply, taking Morneau Shepell stock with it.

This is not insider trading. The tax announcement on Dec. 7, 2015, had been long anticipated and was being much discussed in the news. Everyone knew it was coming – the Liberals had made it the centrepiece of their campaign and promised to implement it as one of their first acts after Parliament resumed on Dec. 3.

It is simply false to argue that Mr. Morneau took advantage of inside knowledge to game the market. Anyone could have made the same move based on the same timing; some probably did.

Globe editorial: Bill Morneau should stay

The numbers don't lie conservatives do

It turns out the emperor has no clothes after all.
Although Conservatives like to drone on like robots about how Stephen Harper is a “steady hand on the wheel” of the economy, that myth is increasingly hard to square with reality.
Not only does a recent poll suggest Harper’s reputation as a competent manager of the economy has plummeted, a new analysis shows Harper with the worst economic record of any Canadian Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War.
The report, authored by Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan, crunches the numbers on Canada’s nine Prime Ministers between 1946 and today on issues relating to work, production, distribution and debt, and ranks each according to 16 economic indicators.
The results? On 13 of the 16 indicators, Harper ranks dead last or second last. In fact, Harper does not rank higher than sixth on any single indicator.

6 charts show Stephen Harper has the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday's Ride - Revisit of the Chrysler Carvel Boat Video Series

Good for him

Pope Francis slams politicians that spread violence and racism over immigration

Pope Francis slammed politicians who spread fear of immigrants, calling on them to stop instigating violence and racism and instead adopt “practical measures” to welcome immigrants into their countries.
Francis wrote in a message titled “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace,” which was sent to heads of state and government, that fear of immigrants “demeans the human dignity due to all as sons and daughters of God," according to Reuters.
“Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great worry for all those concerned about the safety of every human being,” he wrote.
The pope also said that more wealthy countries have to be compassionate toward migrants fleeing natural disasters, war, discrimination, poverty and numerous other issues.
Francis said that while immigrants can “compound numerous existing problems,” leaders have to find ways to integrate them into their countries.
“By practising the virtue of prudence, government leaders should take practical measures to welcome, promote, protect, integrate and, within the limits allowed by a correct understanding of the common good, to permit (them) to become part of a new society,” he said, according to Reuters.


BREAKING: From The New York Times, new evidence of what appears to be the clearest case yet for obstruction of justice by Donald Trump.
Here’s an excerpt:
President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.

Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

Watch Until The End- bus driver SCARY

Thanks Richard

Elderly Lady Asked Her Friend For A Favor, But Never Expected This Response

Two 90-year-old women, Bertha and Betty, had been friends all of their lives.
When it was clear that Bertha was dying, Betty visited her every day.
One day Betty said, ‘Bertha, we both loved playing softball all our lives, and we played all through high school. Please do me one favor: when you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s women’s softball there.’
Bertha looked up at Betty from her deathbed and said, ‘Betty, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.’
Shortly after that, Bertha passed on.
A few nights later, Betty was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, ‘Betty, Betty.’
‘Who is it’, asked Betty, sitting up suddenly. ‘Who is it?’
‘Betty — it’s me, Bertha.’
‘You’re not Bertha. Bertha just died.’
‘I’m telling you, it’s me, Bertha,’ insisted the voice.
‘Bertha! Where are you?’
‘In heaven,’ replied Bertha. ‘I have some really good news and a little bad news.’
‘Tell me the good news first,’ said Betty.
‘The good news,’ Bertha said, ‘is that there’s women’s softball in heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before me are here, too. Even better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always Springtime and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired.’
‘That’s fantastic,’ said Betty. ‘It’s beyond my wildest dreams! So what’s the bad news?’
‘You’re pitching Tuesday.’
Thanks Kerry

Hidden Valley Golf Club - JC Anderson

Thanks Ralph

Great photos

Beautiful pictures

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Thanks Sylvia

Religious Cartoons

Thanks Randy

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday's Ride - 1956 Desoto Fireflite FOR SALE

From News and Guts

Months ago there was word that Donald Trump may make an official state visit to the UK (after a customary invite from Prime Minister Theresa May and the Queen). Due to protests that visit has been put off time and again. Now it looks more unlikely that it will happen anytime soon. Today the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan tweeted this statement:

"President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed."

CPC Spin doctors are hurting themselves with their lies

The Tory claims do not hold up. Morneau personally (and apparently his father, the founder of Morneau Shepell) sold some shares in the company days before announcing changes in Canadian income tax rates. The argument is that the shares were sold at a high price relative to where they traded in the days following the fiscal announcement.
The price changes are fractional, and cannot possibly be related to the policy move

Terence Corcoran: The Tories show they can act more unethically than Bill Morneau

The attacks on Morneau’s ethics are beginning to look unethical in themselves

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Anyone ever been there ?? " BEST HANGOVER BREAKFASTS IN CITY"

Beauty's founder Hymie Sckolnick dies at 96

Hymie Sckolnick, founder of the iconic Montreal eatery Beauty's, has died at the age of 96.

Thanks Ivan

Because you can never have too many dog videos | #CreateNewTraditions

Enjoying the almonds

A tour bus driver is driving with a bus load of seniors down a highway when he is tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady.
She offers him a handful of almonds, which he gratefully munches up.
After about 15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder again and she hands him another handful of almonds.
She repeats this gesture about five more times.
When she is about to hand him another batch again he asks the little old lady, why don’t you eat the almonds yourself?
“We can’t chew them because we’ve no teeth”, she replied.
The puzzled driver asks, “Why do you buy them then?”,
The old lady replied, “We just love the chocolate around them.”
It pays to be careful around old people.

Thanks Shirley

Thursday, November 30, 2017

President Dodo

Obama ethics chief warns Trump: Tweet on CNN could be evidence in AT&T case

Norm Eisen, the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President Obama, warned President Trump on Saturday that his latest tweet targeting CNN could be used against his Justice Department in its legal fight to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner.
"Dear Dodo-in-Chief: u realize that this tweet is going 2be an exhibit against u in the DOJ -TimeWarner antitrust case right? It also smacks of collusion since u did it on day when Vlad cracked down on US networks," Eisen tweeted. "For that reason, it may open u to other civil liability."
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The law doesn't matter to Trump

A rather strange situation is unfolding at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bizarre to us, but just another day in Trumpland. It started last week when CFPB Director Richard Cordray (an Obama appointee) stepped down and named Leandra English deputy director of the agency. The agency's official website posted the news along with this statement from Cordray, "Leandra is a seasoned professional who has spent her career of public service focused on promoting smooth and efficient operations." Soon after though Donald Trump decided to make his own appointment naming Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as the interim head of the agency. This has caused quite the uproar, with Democrats like Chuck Schumer saying:
"The process for succession laid out in Dodd Frank is clear: Leandra English, not Mick Mulvaney, is the acting dir of @CFPB. By attempting to install Mr. Mulvaney as director, the Trump admin is ignoring the established, legal order of succession that we purposefully put in place."
How Mulvaney has time to lead the budget office and the CFPB is beyond us, but now we are learning the battle over who will temporary lead the CFPB is going to head to court.
The Hill reports:
The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Leandra English, is suing President Trump in order to block Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency.
English filed a complaint Sunday night against Trump and Mulvaney, whom the president nominated to be CFPB's interim leader.
English claims that she is the rightful acting director of the CFPB...

Read CFPB deputy director’s suit saying Trump can't fill consumer agency post

You're #1 Donny

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday's Ride - Boating Through Peterborough Lift Lock - Sit Back Sunday GoPro Cruise

Footnote: My great grandfather did the hydraulics for this lift lock in 1906. You can read about him and how they have used his invention today to cool the mines in Sudbury......




From birth we set a series of milestone. First it is crawling, then walking and then talking. Once we achieve one milestone we set our eyes on the next one. When I was ten I looked forward to being 13, then at 19 it was that age of majority, 21 when I was old enough to go to the bar, get married and no longer needed my parents’ permission, I soon realized i was now fully responsible for my own mistakes.

My 30th and 40th birthdays came and went without incident, then there was my 50th and all those damn shirts, 23 years later I still have one hanging in the cupboard as a reminder.

Today as my 73rd rapidly approaches I reflect back on my family and the milestones they set for themselves and for me. It was exciting times watching them grow, go to school, play sports, graduate and give us grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Now I have a new series of milestones that I have set for myself. First is my 75th, I really look forward to that birthday. Then there is my 79th, if I make it there I will have outlived my dad, he set a lot of standards and goals for me and I am sure he would like to see me live longer than he. Then, of course there is 84, a year longer than mom who was the most loyal, loving and loved woman in the life of many foster children and family members.

My final goal is to outlive my grandmother who passed at the ripe old age of 101…. Yup we all need milestones to achieve.

Where were the CBC, CTV and Global on covering this?????

"This month, National Observer was the only Canadian media outlet in Bonn, Germany, accredited to cover this year’s UN climate summit.

The only other coverage for Canadians was coming from someone peddling conspiracy theories outside the conference. She was sent by the far-right, climate-doubting Rebel Media. Yes, the same website in the news recently over its fawning coverage of white supremacists at the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I don’t know about you, but I find this profoundly disturbing."

I was the lone Canadian media reporter inside the world climate summit

Putting the con in conservative

For those Americans who have enjoyed their Thanksgiving turkey and college football, but just can’t digest Donald Trump, a message of hope from the Great White North: his days are numbered.
I say that because we have seen the same movie in Canada. For nearly 10 years, we had a leader who was neo-conservative, populist and authoritarian. The major difference between our two countries is that Canadians know how the movie ends, while many Americans are full of angst. They fear that the Orange One is not just an aberration, but the future. That turned out not to be true for ‘Harperism’ and it won’t be true for ‘Trumpism’ either.
The evidence is overwhelming that President Donald Trump is playing from former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s doomed playbook.
On taxes, both leaders championed deep corporate tax-cuts, arguing that the benefits would trickle down to middle and lower-income families. That’s just shilling for the rich. All it did in Canada was allow corporations to hoard half a trillion dollars that they were too chicken-hearted or venal to invest, according to then Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney.
In Harperland, the corporate tax-rate was dropped to a rock-bottom 15 per cent. In Trumpland, it will go from 35 to 20 per cent if his new legislation passes. The only trickle down from these numbers in Canada was that the government voluntarily deprived the public coffers of staggering amounts of revenue, in return for the square root of bugger all—as the late great Rafe Mair would have put it.

Harper and Trump: political peas in a pod

Idle threats from the rich

If you tax the rich they won't leave: U.S. data contradicts millionaires threats

In the classic Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged, the rich go “on strike” – withdrawing their services and disappearing from society in protest against taxes and regulation. Weary of carrying an ungrateful world on their shoulders, business leaders and other top income earners finally shrug, and leave the world without them.
The book’s metaphor inspires political rhetoric to this day: if you tax the rich, they will leave. Variations on the threat are issued by well-off individuals all over the world – not least in the United States, where each state sets its own tax policies, and periodic warnings are issued that taxes on the rich will lead to millionaire migration to more obliging US states.
When Oregon voters passed a millionaire tax at the start of this decade, for example, the state’s richest resident, Nike CEO Phil Knight, warned the tax would set off a “death spiral … in which thousands of our most successful residents will leave”. As California considered similar taxes, policymakers cautioned “nothing is more mobile than a millionaire and his money”. In New Jersey, governor Chris Christie simply stated: “Ladies and Gentlemen, if you tax them, they will leave.”
But does this rhetoric stand up to statistical scrutiny? To better understand elite migration across state lines, I analysed tax return data from every million-dollar income-earner in the United States. The dataset includes 3.7 million top-earning individuals, who collectively filed more than 45 million tax returns over more than a dozen years – showing where millionaires live and where they move to.
And it turns out that place still matters for the rich – much more so than we might think.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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The Russian connections are not paying off

Trump Organization Will Exit From Its Struggling SoHo Hotel in New York

The announcement came on his television show, “The Apprentice.” Donald J. Trump would open his second luxury hotel in New York, a “work of art” in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan that would become “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.”
That was 11 years ago. The 46-story skyscraper, it turned out, was actually an albatross for Mr. Trump — drawing local opposition soon after its unveiling, partisan protests when he became a candidate for president and political scrutiny because of its early ties to a dubious Russian deal maker.
Now, in the latest sign of strain in the president’s family business, the Trumps want no more.
The Trump Organization has reached a deal that will allow the company to exit the property by the end of next month, the company said Wednesday. It is the second time this year the Trump name was erased from a hotel development, after a June announcement in Toronto.
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An error in judgement or betrayal????


During a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office, the president betrayed his intelligence community by leaking the content of a classified, and highly sensitive, Israeli intelligence operation to two high-ranking Russian envoys, Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Lavrov. This is what he told them—and the ramifications.

On a dark night at the tail end of last winter, just a month after the inauguration of the new American president, an evening when only a sickle moon hung in the Levantine sky, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters flew low across Jordan and then, staying under the radar, veered north toward the twisting ribbon of shadows that was the Euphrates River. On board, waiting with a professional stillness as they headed into the hostile heart of Syria, were Sayeret Matkal commandos, the Jewish state’s elite counterterrorism force, along with members of the technological unit of the Mossad, its foreign-espionage agency. Their target: an ISIS cell that was racing to get a deadly new weapon thought to have been devised by Ibrahim al-Asiri, the Saudi national who was al-Qaeda’s master bombmaker in Yemen.
It was a covert mission whose details were reconstructed for Vanity Fair by two experts on Israeli intelligence operations. It would lead to the unnerving discovery that ISIS terrorists were working on transforming laptop computers into bombs that could pass undetected through airport security. U.S. Homeland Security officials—quickly followed by British authorities—banned passengers traveling from an accusatory list of Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptops and other portable electronic devices larger than a cell phone on arriving planes. It would not be until four tense months later, as foreign airports began to comply with new, stringent American security directives, that the ban would be lifted on an airport-by-airport basis.
In the secretive corridors of the American espionage community, the Israeli mission was praised by knowledgeable officials as a casebook example of a valued ally’s hard-won field intelligence being put to good, arguably even lifesaving, use.
Yet this triumph would be overshadowed by an astonishing conversation in the Oval Office in May, when an intemperate President Trump revealed details about the classified mission to Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and Sergey I. Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Along with the tempest of far-reaching geopolitical consequences that raged as a result of the president’s disclosure, fresh blood was spilled in his long-running combative relationship with the nation’s clandestine services. Israel—as well as America’s other allies—would rethink its willingness to share raw intelligence, and pretty much the entire Free World was left shaking its collective head in bewilderment as it wondered, not for the first time, what was going on with Trump and Russia. (In fact, Trump’s disturbing choice to hand over highly sensitive intelligence to the Russians is now a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia, both before and after the election.) In the hand-wringing aftermath, the entire event became, as is so often the case with spy stories, a tale about trust and betrayal.

America's betrayal of innocence

We Backed Their Oppression, Now Deny Them Refuge

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to “fix” DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico as well as a rapid and massive deportation of unaccompanied children and families entering the US without a visa.
Trump claims this will stop Central American and other undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. These policies might make it more difficult, but they will not stop the flow of migration because the United States is not the pull factor of migration. Violence in Central American countries is the push factor today, just as it was in the late 20th century.
For much of the 20th century, the US has made strategic decisions that have brought great harm to Central Americans — siding with dictators in the 1980s as our Cold War proxy to “fight communism,” and siding with corrupt national governments in the 21st century to “fight drug traffickers.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday's Ride - Aboard TEAL - A Restored Alaskan Patrol Boat

Corruption and insanity reign supreme in the conservative world of politics

Hamilton Police Are Now Investigating Patrick Brown’s Ontario PCs Following Allegations of Voter Fraud

The criminal probe comes as Tory loyalists allege vote rigging in more than a dozen ridings across Ontario
Hamilton police have officially authorized a criminal probe investigating allegations of vote rigging and ballot-stuffing at a contested Progressive Conservative nomination meeting last spring.
Vikram Singh, a Hamilton lawyer and the runner-up for the Ontario PC nomination in the riding, filed a complaint with police after launching a civil lawsuit against the party, alleging party officials rigged the vote through the “wrongful insertion of false ballots.”
As PressProgress reported in August, Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas is one of more than a dozen PC riding associations mired by reports of voting irregularities.

Bimbo's in blue

IBM Canada points finger at Conservatives over Phoenix payroll training: CBC

Who’s to blame for the continuing foul-up of the federal government’s Phoenix payroll system? With both Conservative and Liberal governments involved there’s lots of finger-pointing.
The latest is a report from CBC News that project contractor IBM Canada is refusing to be the target. “Responsibility for training design and execution was transferred to the Crown in March 2014,” the broadcaster quotes IBM spokeswoman Carrie Bendzsa as saying. The current government has admitted that a lack of sufficient training for government staff on the system, which went live earlier this spring, was at least partly to blame for the chaos.
In July, when news broke, more than 80,000 of the 300,000 federal public servants were underpaid, while 720 new employees and students hadn’t seen paid at all since Phoenix went live in February.

What is wrong with this picture

Lets not forget that Jim Flaherty and the Harper Regime told Canadians that THEY were not saving enough while their financiers and puppet masters were shafting their employees.

I know it is not just the CPC however it is they who tried to change the conversation and place the blame on workers.

Why did the Ontario Lottery give loyal players of Crossword the shaft????

Yes folks the OLG is using you and abusing you once again. Their justification..... "the payout odds remain the same".


While overall odds remain the same your odds of winning 100 dollars, 5000 dollars, 10,000 dollars or 25,000 dollars has been reduced dramatically...... check out the numbers below..... we, as loyal players are being screwed