Bullet-Time

Not much time to blog today, but lots of material to cover—so with apologies to Alan, I will steal his Friday bullet-point schtick:

  • Tossing a distinctly lowbrow zinger toward a despised ex may be great stress relief and street theatre, but hardly statesmanlike.  I’d like to remind the Honourable Mr. MacKay of three salient points.  First, living well is the best revenge; nothing says “I’ve moved on” like being magnanimous to your enemy.  Second, even if you didn’t say what they
    1. heard you say     
    , you will look like a stand-up guy for owning up to it.  A MacKay that apologies for a heat-of-the-moment insult still looks a million times better than a Stronach who skirts around whether she stole a hockey player from his wife.  Third, it’s been almost a year-and-a-half since she crossed the floor of the House; it really is time to bury the hatchet and move on.
  • Advice from the Globe and Mail to recent ex-Tory Garth Turner: “One cannot accept the whip and then proceed to use it on one’s colleagues, as Mr. Turner is wont to do. A caucus requires discipline.”  Or more bluntly, don’t s**t where you eat, honourable member.  I invite newly-minted Garth Turner fans to try an experiment:  Try slagging your employer’s leadership and policies non-anonymously on the web, and see how long it takes for them to fire you.  I bet it will be less than nine months.
  • I really would like to be able to vote Jane Pitfield for mayor, but some of the things she has promised are hilariously unrealistic.  Not to mention that the St. Clair streetcar right-of-way, which she voted for in September 2004, is now suddenly on the outs and must be cancelled.  The city’s sleepy municipal election campaign is shaping up to be a choice between the guy who commits nothing and can deliver on it, and the lady who over-commits but has no hope of delivering.
  • What, exactly, is this?  The National Post‘s Don Martin labels it “a vacuous effort that cannot be excused as the best a new government could do.”  No kidding.  Even calling it an “effort” is probably stretching it a little.  “Canada’s new government” needs to go back to the drawing table and give it another shot.  How about a timetable whose start date is at least within the expected lifespan of this minority mandate.
  • Tigers in five with a 3-run margin of victory for each game.  Overall the Tigers have a much more consistent on-base and slugging percentage through the ALCS than the Cardinals did in the NLCS.  That plus league-leading pitching smells like victory to me.
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2 Responses
  1. Alan says:

    Finally! Recognition for what I have brought to lazy blogging.

  2. Mike says:

    Here is a very interesting website about the TTC and Toronto St. Clair streetcar line.