Friday, December 5, 2008

Air India Bombing

As soon as you hear the RCMP declare "There is no credible evidence or basis upon which to support such an outrageous claim.," you know you're in for a bumpy night.

Because the RCMP has been doing such a good job of late in the credibility department.

This latest statement comes in reaction from letters from the Punjab Human Rights Organization, which claims that thee are many people, whose names they provide, who are responsible for the Air India murders and that none will ever be prosecuted.

This PHRO may or may not be legitimate, but in the absence of any other information coming from the official sources, who in 23 years, have failed to tell us or the grieving families ANYTHING, this is at least worth a look.

Especially when the officials tell us to turn our eyes away.

Icky Sticky

You cheat at work. You steal from the company and the public. Your punishment?

You get one third of $825,000 in severance.

Welcome to the topsy-turvey Alice in Repairland known as the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.


Or Icky-Bicky.

The reason you can get this "punishment?"

Well, the Corporation forgot to mention that behaving illegally and immorally on the job was a no-no.


Checking it Twice

The BCTF meddles again.

Kids at a school in Nanaimo have been raising money for a childrens' charity.

Oh my god, the charity is "evangelical."

The Nanaimo chapter of the BCTF kvetched in typical form.


You can only help "secular, non-denominational" charities?

Here's the news for the BCTF:

Kids in need are kids in need. Check their passports and bibles later, you clods.

Read the whole disgraceful mess - the height of Clouseauvian political correctness - covered beautifully, as always by the Sun's educational writer Janet Steffenhagen.

Genius at the Controls

Before I forget...

Yesterday, Air Canada gave living proof once again to how it manages to be the flakiest airline aloft.

In a half page spread, they advertised an Air Canada Vacations "special."

The destination?

Bogota or Cartagena.


That must be a real travel treat for Mom & Pop Wisconsin or Betty and Bob Oakville.

Come get caught in drug lord crossfire!

No doubt this campaign will now be featured in the first pages of Marketing for Real Dummies.

Brushes with Stardom #396

How's this for One Degree of Separation?

Watching much of "The Way We Were," the 1973 Streisand-Redford hit of 1973, I suddenly realized that I had played in a TV episode with Patrick O'Neal, one of the supporting cast of "The Way We Were."

O'Neal, who was personally chosen by Tennessee Willams to play the original role of Reverend Shannon in "Night of the Iguana" when it first appeared on Broadway, played a high powered and corrupt real estate salesman in an episode of the "J.J. Starbuck," a short lived detective series starring the former movie cowboy, Dale Robertson.

I play a very wealthy client who discovers O'Neal's shenanigans. Not a good move. O'Neal shoots and kills me.

Our scenes were filmed in an extraordinarily flashy mansion in West Vancouver and a fabulous gun cabinet filled with gun treasures was brought in from a private collector in Langley just for the murder scene.

It was great fun.

For the record, when the Streisand-Redford movie first came out, I hated it.

Now, over the years, I confess it has seeped into my bones and I love watching it. Corny, glossy entertainment beautifully done.

Barbra - The Way We Were