Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CUPW: Yet another anti-semetic Canadian union

It has long baffled me why being part of a Canadian union has anything to do with the State of Israel on the other side of the planet. Yet time after time I see strange stories about such unions vehemently against Israel and in support of the Palestinians.

While such support is couched with phrases like "helping oppressed people" and "standing up for human rights", I've long suspected that what's really at work behind the scenes is a deep-seated hatred toward Jews amongst some agitators in the union.

The fact is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a very complex one. Anyone who takes the position that "one side is completely wrong and the other side is angelic" is a fool of the highest calibre. Speaking of fools . . .

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers "has no plans to block mail to and from Israel as of yet." I'd imagine that 99% of such mail would be either to or from a Jewish person. Just imagine what would occur if this union were to announce that they may start blocking mail to/from China. If I were a Chinese-Canadian person, I'd be outraged ... and rightly so.

One has to wonder if a requirement to join CUPW is to indicate some sort of anti-Jewish bias? Perhaps if you do then your monthly union payments get reduced. Or maybe you get discounts on such books as:

  • Intolerance: What all the Kool Posties are doing these days!
  • How to destroy mail without getting caught - a hacker's guide
  • Nazi Calligraphy, the art of drawing the perfect swastika
Do you think CUPW has a special salute?!

Bobby Jindal: A True Political Bright Light

Here's a clip of Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, on Jay Leno's show:

I absolutely adore this guy. Unlike the false prophet Obama, Jindal is for real. Look for him on the national stage in years to come!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vancouver Today

The cherry blossoms this time of year make Vancouver look especially amazing on a sunny day.

The irony of this photo reveals itself if you know a bit about this store. It sells some of the most expensive women's clothing in the entire province of B.C. Just gotta love seeing the hippy-dippy Peace symbol in their windows!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Obama's Got a Problem

A big, big problem in fact. Victor Davis Hanson elaborates here.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Diminishing Effects of Inflammatory Rhetoric

While out & about today I heard a discussion about this complaint from the Pivot Legal Society. When I got home I wrote this letter to CKNW's Sean Leslie, who read it on-air:

Sean, I listened to your discussion with "Mike" with great interest. While of course I have great empathy for those who are living in less than optimum conditions, I take great exception to the use of the phrase, "Human Rights Violation". Do people like Mike and those others on the Pivot Legal Society deliberately avoid keeping themselves apprised of what's going on outside the pampered borders of North America?

Thoughout Africa there is actual genocide occurring. In Tibet, people are being truly oppressed. In North Korea the citizens are literally starving.

Yet in Vancouver we have groups going to the UN, claiming Human Rights Violations over housing issues?!?!? Give me a break! One day perhaps these people will learn that if you're going to use stronger and stronger rhetoric, you better be able to back it up with facts that substantiate it. When you can't, you'll quickly learn the effects of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" parable.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An Idea for the Simpsons

I couldn't stop laughing, reading this story about how Homer Simpson has outraged the country of Argentina. I hear there's now talk about banning The Simpsons there!

This gave me an idea, which I'm offering free of charge to the producers of the show for a future episode:

Homer and family, wanting to stay clear of South America because of threats against him, instead decides to go to Vancouver, BC for a vacation.

Unbeknownst to him, the Argentinian government, tracking his every move, has sent a team of assassins, disguised as tango dancers, to Vancouver to silence Homer for good.

In a parallel thread, Homer keeps running into Mark Steyn (dressed in the orange outdoorsman's outfit he had on during much of the New Hampshire primary) who is in town to defend himself against the BC Human Rights Commission.

Steyn has problems of own, evading Ottawa lawyer, Richard Warman, disguised as a schoolgirl named Lucy and his cohorts on the Canadian Human Rights Commission; might as well dress them all up as the Village People!

While our two politically incorrect protagonists, Simpson & Steyn, are being chased around Metro Vancouver, they'll inadvertently keep hiding out in homes that turn out to be one of the reported 25,000 drug grow-ops that thrive in the community. Homer's daughter, Lisa, will ask the following question to BC's top cop, Wally Oppal: "Why is everyone going after my dad and Mr. Steyn, when you have real criminals on the loose here?"

This might be too "inside" (reference-wise) for some, but I think more than a few people would "get it".

Ethanol: The Answer or an Illusion?

With the price of oil now well over $100 per barrel and expected to surpass $150 per barrel by year's end, there's a lot of talk about Ethanol, which is most often made from corn. I've heard lots of comments about it, both pro and con. Generally I've been quite skeptical of it.

In favour of Ethanol are people like Robert Zubrin, who wrote Energy Victory, as well as this compelling letter to Mark Steyn. Zubrin seems like a very bright guy so I decided to investigate what it would actually take to convert the entire United States to using Ethanol.

I found this informative article by technology writer, Andrew Kantor. Out of it I pulled these figures:

  • A gallon of ethanol requires 26 pounds of corn.
  • An acre of land can yield 9,400 lbs. per year.
  • The U.S. would require 261 million gallons of Ethanol per day
Then I did the math:

1 sq mile / 640 acres x 1 acre / 9400 lbs x 26 lbs / gal x 261,000,000 gal / day x 365 days / year = 411,717 square miles per year [of required space to grow corn for Ethanol]

Rounding up, that's 412,000 square miles that would have to be entirely devoted to growing corn to meet America's energy needs. I immediately wondered what portion of the U.S. that would encompass. Focusing in on the central farming states, I found this table and compiled the numbers:

State Land Area 75% of Area
(sq. miles) (sq. miles)
Kansas 81,815 61,361
Nebraska 76,872 57,654
Missouri 68,886 51,664
Oklahoma 68,667 51,500
Iowa 55,869 41,902
Illinois 55,584 41,688
Arkansas 52,068 39,051
Tennessee 41,217 30,913
Kentucky 39,728 29,796
Indiana 35,867 26,900

Total: 576,574 432,430

Why only 75% of each state's area, you ask? It's an arbitrary number but I thought it to be a reasonable one to account for non-farming areas, such as cities, towns, and land otherwise unavailable. In some states the non-arable land may be even less but then one has to question whether the corn growing and ethanol conversion figures quoted by Kantor are absolute maximums? Given a dedicated focus on producing ethanol, I have little doubt that together, scientists, engineers, and farmers could come up with innovative ways to produce more Ethanol with less land.

So, if all of these states were to devote themselves to becoming the New Energy Source for the United States, this is what the country would look like:

Impossible, you say? I think not. In fact, given that there's a never ending demand for mobile energy (read "oil" at this time in our history), what on earth would be wrong with entrepreneurial farmers stepping up to the plate to supply that demand?! In fact, it might be just the thing to pull Americans together to work toward a unified cause that would help them both economically and defensively.

In his article, Kantor points out the side-effects of farming in general, but I firmly believe in the ingenuity of man-kind (especially engineers!) to resolve all problems before him. Where there's a will, there's a way. In fact, I rather like the metaphor of these states, in the center of the country, acting much like the heart in a human body, pushing out the industrial blood that is necessary for the country to survive and prosper.

One thing though: All subsidies to farmers should stop asap. While it's clear that producing ethanol is more expensive than the current cost of conventional oil, as the latter keeps on creeping up in price, eventually they will be on par. A forward thinking energy plan would be something akin to John Kennedy's Man on the Moon goal of the 1960's, giving farmers and communities the help they need over the next decade to make the conversion to producing ethanol. After that they'd be on their own, as the rest of us are.

The years ahead are sure to be interesting ones, but I'm optimistic!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Waikiki Travel Site

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to find a privately owned suite to stay in during my stay in Waikiki. The owners, Irene & Wes, are incredibly nice people and I promised to build them a website to better advertise their suite. It's now done and live.

I must confess that I went well beyond what I had originally intended to do but I'm very pleased with the end result. Inadvertently it gave me a perfect opportunity to showcase my photos & videos. And it also inspired me to rework it and build a more general purpose travel site that'll be advertising supported.

The World at Night

I stared at this map for some time. It made me realize what a mere spec each of us is in the scope of our planet.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's All About The Music

Yeah, as if! Can't you envision 3 geriatric grandmas just as popular?! :-)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Don't Forget the Angry White Man"

This posting is part of the 10% of my time that I will deviate away from my professional technical focus! I don't know how I missed it when it was first published, but I just read this brilliant rant by Aspen Times Weekly writer Gary Hubbell. Warning: It is very politically incorrect ... as all good rants are!

While not everything struck a chord with me, most of it did. Amongst many of my male friends, one could remove the word "White" and it would still ring true. And amongst some of my female friends one could remove the words "White Male" and it would still ring true as well! Here are the parts of the editorial that resonated the most with me:

  • Each candidate is carefully pandering to a smorgasbord of special-interest groups, ranging from gay, lesbian and transgender people to children of illegal immigrants to working mothers to evangelical Christians.

  • [The Angry White Man's] common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard.

  • The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.

  • The Angry White Man owns firearms, and he’s willing to pick up a gun to defend his home and his country. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone who needs killing really doesn’t bother him.

  • Women either love him or hate him, but they know he’s a man, not a dishrag. If they’re looking for someone to walk all over, they’ve got the wrong guy. He stands up straight, opens doors for women and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”

  • He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their race. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work hard, play by the rules and learn English.

  • [The] Angry White Man loathes Hillary Clinton. Her voice reminds him of a shovel scraping a rock. He recoils at the mere sight of her on television. Her very image disgusts him, and he cannot fathom why anyone would want her as their leader. It’s not that she is a woman. It’s that she is who she is. It’s the liberal victim groups she panders to, the “poor me” attitude that she represents, her inability to give a straight answer to an honest question, his tax dollars that she wants to give to people who refuse to do anything for themselves.
And this is why John McCain will beat either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in November. The reason has nothing to do with their race or their sex. It has everything to do with pandering to special interest groups and encouraging everyone who isn't a white male to think of themselves as a victim. These actions of theirs are far beneath what the United States of America aspires to. No great nation is made up of a patchwork quilt of victims.

Personal note: Is it any wonder why I feel completely out of place living on Canada's Left Coast?

Ever wondered about the crime in B.C.?

This is just downright frightening.
Clearly our politicians have been sleeping (or worse) for the past few decades.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Robin Williams: Comic Genius!

Robin Williams has long been a favourite comedian of mine. Here are samples of his wacky mind (all but the first two are not for kids) :

Walk to Granville Island

It's been surprisingly nice in Vancouver of late. Here are some shots I took prior to shopping at Granville Island.

Crosby Stills & Nash - Teach Your Children

A flash back to when the quality of music actually meant something:
Now we have the likes of Mariah Carey as best selling artists. How far we've dropped. :-(

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Walk Downtown

I was invited to a 21 year mini-reunion of some of my engineering classmates. On the walk down, I took these photos:

There's something "fake" about this photo. If you can't figure it out, look at the corporate insignias on the two prominent buildings!

Lovely lady, lovely car...

After dinner, I captured these photos down at Canada Place.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A New Direction for Yours Truly

From this point forward in time, I'm going to change much of my energy to a brand new blog I've just created. It's much more technical in nature and directly reflects my intention to stop focusing so much of my time on politics and current events.

Quite frankly, I've grown quite cynical about much of anything positive occurring from my regular rants, or those of anyone else for that matter. It just seems that the vast majority of society doesn't care about issues of importance or critical thinking at all. This seems especially true in Vancouver finding one's next high appears paramount in the minds of many. :-(

Perhaps I just need a break from it all for awhile.

I won't stop entirely though! :-) And rest assured that I will keep on posting photos and videos here on a regular basis, which always brings me great joy and satisfaction!

Barbara Hall: I Decide What You Can Say In Ontario

In 1953, author Ray Bradbury warned us about the Barbara Hall's of the world. In his landmark book, Fahrenheit 451, he described a society where "firemen" are not what they are today, but rather are agents of a totalitarian government which deemed that "all books are restricted, individuals are [considered] anti-social and hedonistic, and critical thought is suppressed."

Thankfully we're not there yet, but never forget the old proverb, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." In an ominous parallel to Bradbury's use of the word "firemen", Barbara Hall is the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Human Rights? Anything but. A more accurate name for it would be the Ontario Self-Righteous Wrongs Kangaroo Court and Star Chamber! For it has become clear that Hall and her commission see absolutely no problem trampling on the free speech rights of anyone who is not in lockstep with their views.

And she is not apologetic in the least. Using terms like "social justice" and "unfair bias", she and her pack of fellow anti-free-speech commandants go forth, strongly believing that it is their right and duty to tell people what they can say and ultimately, what they can think.

As I've stated before, I am especially sensitive to the issue of free speech because of my paternal heritage coming from Germany. No, I am not going to call Ms. Hall a Nazi because there is no fair level of comparison. But please read this excerpt from an excellent article on how the Nazis gained control of Germany prior to World War 2. From the article we learn that control was gained by:

(a) Control of mass media. All the means of communication were monopolized by the government. The press and the cinema had to show pictures glorifying the Nazi movements. The Ministry of Propaganda, in the hands of Dr. Goebbels, worked to build up the popularity of the Fuhrer.

(b) Control of education. Education, from kindergarten to university, was a toll for indoctrinating the young. Boys (10-18 years old) were sent to the Hitler Youth, girls (10-18 years old) to the Hitler Maidens. School textbooks were re-written along Nazi lines (e.g. race study was emphasized). University professors were required to wear swastika and take an oath of allegiance to Hitler.

Clearly we're not there yet but Ms. Hall and her ilk are planting the seeds. Those seeds need to be dug up and destroyed before they can do any more damage.

To learn more about this issue, please read here and here and here.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spanish Banks Sunset

I drove down with a friend to Vancouver's magnificent Spanish Banks. Getting out of the car it was just like Hawaii ... minus any warmth whatsoever!

Krunch: Concert Videos

Here's my friends' band, in concert last Saturday night in White Rock:

Are You Gonna Go My Way and Rock 'n Roll:

Taking Care of Business:

Brown Sugar:

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Editors of Maclean's Finally Speak Up

The editors at Maclean's have just published an extremely important editorial entitled "Human rights commissions are undermining the fundamental Charter rights of all Canadians. Protest while you still can." You can read it in full here.

6 months after Mark Steyn's America Alone excerpt was published, a group of Osgoode Hall law students demanded a meeting with Maclean's, which they granted. The students threatened to launch a human rights complaint against the magazine and possibly a criminal action lawsuit as well unless the following demands were met (direct quotes) :

  1. The right to respond with an article of equivalent length, by a writer of their choosing and with a cover of their own design. The editors of this magazine would have no opportunity to edit the article except for spelling and punctuation. According to their terms, they would be free to write anything they wanted, however inaccurate or unreasonable or offensive or libelous or criminal or otherwise unsuited for our publication.

  2. They also wanted a substantial sum of money donated to a charity of their choice.

Maclean's refused, of course. Blackmail & bribes may be common in the countries where some of these students come from, but in Canada it is simply unacceptable. To think that these students will become Canadian lawyers and possibly judges one day scares the living daylights out of me, but that's a separate issue.

Here's the letter I just sent to Maclean's:

Thomas Sowell, the African-American academic & columnist, recently wrote the following: "Among the many wise things said by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was that you are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. Yet an incredible number of people make up whatever 'facts' are needed to support whatever they choose to believe."

Bravo to all of you at Maclean's for taking a stand and not caving into the politically correct blackmail that seems de rigueur today. I pray that your actions will be remembered by historians as a significant course correction in our country.

Battle Hymn of the Republic for Pope Benedict

Both the United States and the Roman Catholic Church are easy prey to criticism by many in the world, especially professional victims in Canada and the U.S. it seems. But there is still greatness in both and this is but one simple example:
The reception for Pope Benedict was reportedly the largest one ever held for any visitor to the White House.

Letter to Kimberley Strassel

I found this article about Barack Obama to be most interesting. Never one to shy away from expressing my thoughts - :-) - I sent the columnist this letter:

Dear Ms. Strassel,
I confess to never having read your work before. But every week I read Peggy Noonan's editorial and happened upon your latest.
Just so you know, I live in Vancouver, BC, on Canada's Left Coast. While I'm a proud Canadian, it's very clear that my views don't mesh well with the majority opinion here. C'est la vie. I've never been one to want to be part of the general flock anyway! I read and listen to news & opinion from around the world, most especially the US and the UK. Because of this, perhaps I have a somewhat different, perhaps "bigger picture" perspective than some. One of my modern day heroes is Mark Steyn, a Canadian living in New Hampshire. His writings often hit strong chords with me.
Living where I do, and given the relative unimportance of Canada on the world stage, much of my attention is focused on watching the culture in both the US and the UK. While most every American city has some periodic problems with racial tension, I would strongly suggest to you that the problem is much worse in Britain. Over there, it seems very clear that the official multicultural policies have directly resulted in promoting minorities to think of their own racial and cultural heritage first & foremost and being "British" a distant third in importance. This has resulted in many minorities viewing themselves as victims who can only seek redress from the benevolent government. While this works wonders in the short term for the Labour government in power, it can only lead to troubled times in the future.

The US has long been known for its melting pot approach to cultural diversity. One may indeed be racially Asian or African or Indian but first & foremost you are an American; and if not you, then your children. Some have condemned this method of integration but I'm convinced it's the only way to ensure a nation's cohesion. For with it there's no longer "us and them" but just "us", albeit in a beautiful number of different skin shades and facial features. In your nation, different is good, different is beautiful, but all living proudly under one American flag is glorious!
Which brings us to Barack Obama. In your article I agreed with everything you wrote but there's one "elephant in the room" issue that you did not line up precisely in the crosshairs. Up until about mid-February he was soaring in the polls and generally making Americans (of all colors) feel great that in 2008 a black man had just as much chance of becoming president as anyone else. He was proud, he was strong, and he was confident - clearly all the signs of a winner. Americans like winners, especially those who have come from humble roots. To the average person, one thing Obama was not was an "us and them" kind of leader like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. This, I believe, was the key to his popularity.

But then something happened. We started hearing some rather odd remarks from his wife, Michelle, and from his pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright. They were both preaching from the song book of victimhood. Victims do not exude confidence. Victimhood does not correlate well with winners. For the past 2 months a shake-out of sorts occurred, where people tried to juxtapose the image they previously had of Barack Obama with this new image of Permanent Victim Syndrome laden folks all around him.
The elitist gaffs are a new twist but not necessarily death blows to his campaign. For even in America, leaders always have at least a tinge of elitism. Much worse are his recent complaints that certain questions posed to him are "unfair". That only reinforces the victim issues that are now planted in the back of the minds of voters. While he may beat Hillary Clinton because of the mathematical advantage he enjoys, if that victim "seed" continues to grow, he will get absolutely wiped out by John McCain in November. The majority of Americans will not vote for a victim. Nor should they.

Microsoft's "Surface"

I got to use this extraordinary technology at Microsoft's Museum last year:
My favourite use for it was to view a map and be able to navigate it completely with your hands.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

An Hilarious Twist on Reality

If you're not American then a word of explanation: Every day, illegal immigrants throughout the U.S. line up outside Home Depots in order to find construction work for the day. This video provides an interesting twist on this.

More Hawaii Videos

I've finally got around to preparing a number of other videos from Hawaii:

Waikiki Sunsets

I've been experimenting with background videos for the Windows Vista Ultimate feature called "DreamScenes". I just created one comprised of sunset photos I took in Hawaii. Here's a YouTube version, one which truly doesn't do it justice:
If you have Windows Vista Ultimate and would like a copy of the hi-res original (56MB) then just let me know and I'll make a copy available for you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Young Whitney Houston

Here's the beautiful Whitney Houston, long before the drugs and abusive relationship wrecked her life and her incredible voice. Singing with her aunt, Dionne Warwick:

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Reportedly one of Martin Luther King's favourite songs:

Words of Wisdom

"I think that wisdom is something acquired only by those who actively seek it out. Those who observe, learn, and try to understand human behavior are the ones who will know how to behave and treat other people. Wisdom, in my opinion, is drawn from life experiences and the people one encounters. It can be culled from the books one reads and the conflicts and adversities life throws one's way." - Madeline Gralish, age 16

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hawaii Photos: The Best of the Lot

I finally got around to compiling the best shots I took in Hawaii in February/March. With well over 2,100 photos & videos, you can appreciate why I was reluctant to delve into the task!

I've chosen to publish 257 of them. Some are of friends and family, others are more comical, but there are a great number that show off the incredible beauty of the Island of Oahu. You can view them all here. Here are a few samples:

The Real Racists in London, England

I listened in disbelief to a caller named Jasmine who phoned into [Big] George Webley's radio programme on BBC London. Identifying herself as a woman of colour, she effectively went on to say that any white person who disagreed with her - about anything - was a racist. She knew "the truth" and if anyone disagreed with her then "of course" they must be a racist. She even called Big George a racist (when in fact he's the exact opposite!) and refused to apologize for her comment.

IMHO she exemplifies most of what is wrong with race relations in the UK today.

Governments throughout the Western World have bent over backwards in the past few decades to correct the errors of times past. And for the most part, I believe that most non-minority citizens have as well.

Sadly, there appears to be a certain percentage of minority citizens, especially in the UK it seems, who have a permanent chip on their shoulder and have found the easiest way to get what they want, whenever they want, is to just play the race card.

The fact is that winners of all races & religions realize that adversity and challenges are a part of life. When they encounter them, they don't raise a white flag and cry "poor me, I'm a victim". Instead, they learn and gain strength from such experiences and move forward, onto the next challenge.

Jasmine is not a winner, but a hateful ignoramus. She has let her mind become infected with PVS (Permanent Victim Syndrome). It now dictates every part of her life. She has set up psychological landmines all around her that instantly go off whenever anyone says or does anything that she does not agree with.

But the sad reality of our times is that no politician will ever dare tell her what she needs to hear to get beyond being a permanent victim. The fear of reprisals from the politically correct set is just too great. Instead, they will insist that the people who she comes in conflict with need "sensitivity training". In this way, her victim mentality is reinforced and the "offender" who [likely] did nothing wrong becomes convinced, and rightly so, that the establishment has gone mad.

With this dysfunctional pattern happening time after time after time again, it is absolutely no wonder why racial tensions in the UK are on the rise.

It's not limited to just there, of course. In the coming months, watch for the "Jasmine mentality" in the Barack Obama campaign in the United States. I'm deeply saddened by this, for I had thought he was a man of hope. Instead, he's turning out to be just another cookie-cutter politician who constantly emphasizes "us" and "them"; and then of course needs the government to come to the rescue. It's such a predictable soap opera. No wonder so many people detest politics and politicians.

"Human Rights" Gone Mad

I'll no longer be eating at the McDonald's on SE Marine Drive in Vancouver. Here's why.

So now we've reached a point in our devolution where public health is secondary to the political correctness as mandated by the numskulls on the B.C. Human Rights Board. Brilliant!

Political correctness is going to kill us all yet ... literally!

Office Injustice

Thomas Sowell: Barack Obama is a living lie

Up until about a month ago, I was willing to give Barack Obama a chance. I thought it was great that an African American had a real chance to become President of the United States. And goodness knows I didn't want the Serial Liar to have a shot at it.

But then strange things started happening. Michelle Obama said some pretty odd things. Barack Obama's preacher and spiritual mentor of 20 years was revealed to be a pretty darn nutty racist. The Obama camp explained all of this away, at least temporarily.

This past weekend though, the candidate himself said some pretty inflammatory things about the rural people of the United States. Thomas Sowell shares his thoughts here.

A Rockin' Night in White Rock!

Saturday Night I attended a rock & roll concert in White Rock. The band is called "Krunch" and play all over the Lower Mainland. Here's the line-up:

  • Lead vocals: Jamie
  • Lead guitar: Mark
  • Rhythm guitar: John
  • Bass guitar: George
  • Drums: Steve
They were playing to help send a young kids hockey team called the Vancouver Selects to a tournament in Boston, Massachusetts. There was also a silent and live auction to help with the same cause. Great fun had by all!