Monday, November 27, 2006

Liberals on the Homestretch

From Parking Lot Liberal insider, the Rubber Duck:

"Kennedy is back in this thing. Very good day for Rae. Very bad day for Iggy."

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Little Less Talk

Who is more obtuse:

  1. First-year law students
  2. Co-workers who golf
  3. Investment bankers after three scotches
  4. Wine lovers

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Guest Rant: Rowdy Roddy Piper

I've been ranting a raving for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I'd treat you to this classic rant from the greatest hoser of all time.

Bonus: check out the footage of the match that preceded this interview, highlighted by Governor Ventura interviewing the Shiek and the Doctor of Style.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

What Goes Around...

Subtle irony pervades Canadian politics as Garth Turner has become Patrick Boyer, the man he upset for second-to-last place in the 1993 Tory leadership race.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mayor Larry O'Brien

The Out In The Parking Lot decision desk is declaring, with 60% of the votes counted, Larry O'Brien the next mayor of Ottawa.

We also declare, with a whopping 1.3% in the Toronto mayoralty contest, Stephen LeDrew the "Biggest Loser in Canadian Politics", supplanting Tony Clement.

Hot Beverages

Yesterday, the local Running Room herd came between me and Tim Horton's new breakfast sandwiches. Because line-ups are for little people, I went to the Hob Nob instead. It made made me ask, though, why anyone would want a scalding hot double-double after a dehydrating run. It reminded me of Rennie, an undernourished and leathery member of the Madawaska Golf Club, who gulps down several buckets of hot coffee over a four-hour round in 35-degree heat.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Everything I Love: Dashboard Jesus

With a roll of the eyes to the United Church's latest act of impiety, I offer the lyrics to my favourite song from my favourite film:

I don't care if it rains of freezes
'Long as I got my Plastic Jesus
Sittin' on the dashboard of my car.
Through my trials and tribulations
And my travels through the nations
With my Plastic Jesus I'll go far.

I don't care if it rains or freezes
As long as I've got my Plastic Jesus
Glued to the dashboard of my car,
You can buy Him phosphorescent
Glows in the dark, He's Pink and Pleasant,
Take Him with you when you're travelling far

You can buy a Sweet Madonna
Dressed in rhinestones sitting on a
Pedestal of abalone shell
Goin' ninety, I'm not scary
'Cause I've got my Virgin Mary
Assuring me that I won't go to Hell

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rant: Technology

My habitual procrastination was so much easier to control before wireless Internet, instant messaging, and blogging. When I resume my career I may ask my employer to cut off my Internet access.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Some Much Needed Cheer

For those mourning today's resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, may this cheer you up.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Toronto has the money, but not the class

The Webber referred me to this biting piece by Jonathan Kay regarding last Saturday's obsequious tribute to Toronto's nouveau riche. We all owe a big thank you to him for articulating the embarrassment that Torontonians should have felt about this "small town cheap" puff piece.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Panhandlers

I'm at Starbucks and a guy just ordered a Grande Dark Roast ($2.03) after spending the last hour outside begging for coins. Undoubtedly a unit holder betrayed by Jim Flaherty earlier this week.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rant: Income Trusts

How did so many retirees end up with portfolios that exposed them to so much risk? When I'm 65 I hope I'm not so desperate as to be anywhere near equities or trust units. I especially have no sympathy for the crybaby on last night's The National who was reciting his sob story while raking leaves on his sprawling estate on the Bay of Quinte.