Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Out & About in Vancouver

Monty Python: Silly Olympics

The Spirit of the 2010 Winter Olympics

An alternative title for this video could be "Everything But the Kitchen Sink". In reviewing my many videos from the Olympics I realized that I had quite a few little gems that had never seen the light of the day. Not all of them are in here but many are. Hope you enjoy it!

Note: I rendered this video in hi-res 720p mode. You can go directly to YouTube and then click on the "Full Screen" icon in the lower right corner.

Quote of the Day

"Never argue with an idiot. They will just lower you to their level and then beat you with experience."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Regina 16

Sitting in their publicly funded ivory towers, high above the Plains of Saskatchewan, the holier-than-thou members of the infamous Regina 16 must have felt a gleeful sense of righteousness when they signed their names to the document that condemned children of deceased Canadians soldiers for receiving scholarship money.  What this Baker's Dozen plus Three didn't consider at the time was the Law of Unintended Consequences.

It has been said that the prime directive of every educator is to teach.  Well, to use a popular phrase of the Dear Leader of the nation to the south, the Regina 16 are now the students in a "Teaching Moment" of their own making, learning that the patience and tolerance of the Canadian people have limits.  Step over some fairly obvious lines and you will feel our wrath and our disgust. 

The Year 2010 has been an instructive one about what are and what are not Canadian Values.  Though difficult to precisely define, it appears clear to most that what occurred in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics were Canadian Values at their finest, namely a definite pride of our country but also an invitation to citizens from around the world to be honourary Canadians and celebrate with us.  Then just a month later, shown on full display is the exact opposite of Canadian Values, with sixteen "professors" spitting on the graves of our dead soldiers and doing their utmost to exclude innocent children from a successful education.

Canadians support free speech and thus the professors' right to say whatever idiotic notions come out of their brains.  But we also believe in accountability and responsibility for misdeeds.  As such, nothing short of individual, sincere apologies from each and every one of the Regina 16 is in order.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday Evening Walkabout

To some friends visiting from Whistler, I gave a walking tour of Granville Island and Yaletown. Here are some images I captured.