Thursday, February 4, 2010

Games Update

Just in case, I haven't been clear about this.

I do not believe.

Like most people, I love sport.

I am thrilled to see people running and jumping and diving and swimming and riding and skating and doing all manner of astonishing great things at super-human levels.

If there was a way to see these things without so much bullshit and groupthink and public monies being wasted, I'd be a much happier camper.

But, alas, that is not the way of the world.

I suppose I should just grow up and dummy up and love every corrupt moment.

Maybe not.

Here is the latest:

1. The Canada Pavilion at the Games, a square boxed pre-fab tent with no food or entertainment, cost $10.4 Million and, in a great act of patriotism (right up there with Danny William's surgery), was built by a Chicago company.

It is a hideous embarrassment.

Second only to the fake dark brown teepee that was the Canada Pavilion at an international exhibition I saw in Venice, Italy a few years ago.

2. VANOC - in spite of receiving millions of tax payers dollars - is not an extension of the government and therefore it is not bound to disclose a damn thing about how it spends money.

Many Games employees will be given substantial bonuses when the shouting dies down.

We, the paying public, will never know who and why and what and how much.

3. CTV makes all its money from an ancient ruling of the CRTC called "simulcasting."

The network shows us programs basically "stolen" or piggy-backed from ABC, CBS and NBC.

Inevitably, there are three second or ten-second delays. If it is a golf game, for example, we usually return from commercial just on time to see Tiger or Phil staring into the fog, trying to see where the little white dimpled thing went.

Nevertheless, CTV and other Canadian vampire networks have the gall to go on and on about how "Local TV Matters."


They hire pleasant stooges who look like nice people to tell us how important local TV is, even though CTV and Global and the others give us less local TV every day.

Last night I taped an American program and watched it a bit later.

That way I can zip through the commercials.

About 90 times, till I was ready to heave, I zipped through all those pudgy faced Canadians telling me "I believe."

They asked me even in fast motion if "I believe?"

Well, Steve Nash and Sarah and Sasha and cute little kids, here is my answer.


I don't believe in jumping on your bandwagon.

If this is something you will enjoy, I champion your right to that enjoyment.

I'll read a book.


Maybe I'll go to Italy...

Hm...there's an idea...

Honor Up

"I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens."

Who said this?

A rabid "gay agenda" lobbyist?


Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this speaking to the Senate armed services committee.

I did not know, until I read the editorial this morning in the Globe, that Canada has had same-sex weddings on military bases.

Gays and lesbians are completely integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces.

As they should be in America.

It is not time for further studies and discussions.

It is time for the U.S. to honor all people who serve, regardless of race, color, religion, and sexual orientation.