Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
I'm my own moderator here, bam! I really shouldn't have read this article because now I've waded into this stupid debate.
In reference to this: http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/tip-of-the-spear/
Maybe Sovereign man should use his sovereignty to use a car/bus/train if he doesn't like the TSA's tactics. I mean, freedom is his ultimate cause, no?
I think this guy has such a narrow view of the world to make assumptions the gover-boogey man is out to get him. And though the TSA and other government agencies like them might act overly paranoid, so is the fear that your country is going to turn into 1984.
Look at it rationally. The US went through a major terrorist act (as have others) and their government has been blamed for it, to an extent. And now other threats of shoe bombers and crotch bombers et al have appeared. If we make a simple assumption that no government wants a major terrorist act on their watch, then of course they are going to inconvenience everyone for that sake.
Having worked in the airport security industry, I know something that most people don't. There is a huge side-effect of even demonstrating that security principles are in place even if they aren't accomplishing anything. Despite "the fact is that body scanners are as ineffective at threat detection as metal detectors" (is this just common knowledge or is he an expert?), even if x-ray machines (for baggage or for people) were just showing re-runs of Alf to the operators, they would still be a huge deterrent to anyone who is planning a terrorist act. If your goal was to blow up or hijack a plane, and you thought you would be caught going through security, then it obviously wouldn't be smart doing it; your goal wouldn't be accomplished and you would be putting your group at risk. So the TSA isn't actually worried about a 5 year old girl being a terrorist, but by demonstrating security principles that show that even she could/would be caught, then this adds a layer of deterrence to those would-be terrorists.
Has anyone in this debate considered how many people would still fly if they dropped airport security all together? Does that appeal to the crowd that is now so anti-TSA? Let's turn the security knob back down to 0, where maybe it was in the 40's or 50's (don't know, assuming it was close to 0). Paranoia would go sky high. If a muslim stepped on a plane everyone would clear ship. Airlines would go under.
Do we really think the government would have changed security principles from pre-911 if the past decade's terrorist threats didn't happen? At what point can Americans blame terrorists for acting to diminish their rights? The government trying to protect its citizens and businesses is the only one to blame here? Come on.
If someone wants to complain about the ratcheted up security principles that are in place, fine. That is their right. The government acknowledges that right. They still have the right to vote along a line that run counters to the TSAs current principles. And they still have the right to not fly. If Americans want less intrusiveness in their airport security, I can understand that. I just don't get the paranoia over the US turning into a police state where you can't take a dump without being asked for ID. The cause and effect relationship on this topic seems to have completely been thrown out the window.
Americans can look around them and find hundreds of examples where government regulation takes place and where it benefits them and adds to their freedom. Freedom to drive on roads and have working power for appliances that don't short circuit and freedom to know their houses aren't going to cave in on them and that their gas lines aren't going to explode and that they're not on the hook to put out a fire. I don't see how there's enough hours in the day to have to worry about all the things the government does if it wasn't there.
So if more government and more regulation and more security is a bad thing, at what point does less of these things become a bad thing? That's something that has never been made clear to me.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
From tsn.ca's Bob McKenzie...
So I don't try to make myself any better or worse than the many hockey fans, especially in Edmonton, who took great pleasure in seeing MacIntyre first bloody, then brain damage Ivanans. But the one distinction I will make is this: In the UFC, the point of the fight is the fight. That is the essence of it. It's the whole gladiator thing, which is probably as old as humanity.I admire Bob's cajones for being someone in hockey critical of such behaviour. Especially with the likes of Cherry, Milbury, and others who would be ready to jump all over you for it.
I don't think you can say the same thing about MacIntyre-Ivanans, can you? Really?
I mean, the point of hockey is to use speed, skill, hitting and yes, in some instances, fighting to score more goals than the other team.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
How the mighty (prospects) have fallen. He couldn't make it in Edmonton over their terrible few years and now he's a floater for the Islanders. But to be mistaken for a Flame player on the front page of the SP Sports section, just above an article written by the Sports Editor... Wow.
Needless to say, Robbie Schremp is the Islander in the photo, not Stefan Meyer. Meyer plays for the Flames and scored a goal in the game, WHICH THE ARTICLE ALONGSIDE THE PHOTO EVEN MENTIONS.
Anyway, game sucked and arena was half full. Thankfully the tix were free, thanks Jay.
The recap is a little late, but never forgotten.
~110 drinks and a Rider clusterfbomb later, the dominant 2-time champion team reincarnated as "They're Coming" with new member Dean alongside Alex pulled off a thrilling comeback in the final to take it over arch rivals "The Inlaw Outlaws" of Brent/John. To go along with their brilliant undefeated play, we saw some of the worst beer pong playing I have ever seen which might result in time limits being instituted next year. Clearly some people's varsity days are well behind them (no offense Mel).
And "Buff Naked" stunningly went winless. "Inlaw Outlaws" beat "Ginger-Vitis" in the semis, shortly before Ian hurled like a true Scotsman. "OMG Ponies" and "Moulette" were valiantly average managing 1 and 2 victories respectively. How anyone lost to "Moulette" is still a mystery to me.
This year's MVP goes to newcomer Deaner, who was voted also "Most Clutch" by European Teen Vogue Magazine in mail in vote.
Pants were being caught on the ground all over the place as the famous "the ball is under the table, can you grab it for me?" trick was pulled to cup a famous bounce shot FTW by "They're Coming" over "Moulette". Thanks Jen ;) Though embarrassment caught up later on as "They're Coming" nearly gave up what looked to be a first-time shutout against "Buff Naked" (I think) by getting caught goaltending twice and nearly losing.
I really don't remember much else.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010
You might know him as André Ooijer, Dutch center back. The Star Phoenix knows him as Wesley Sneijder, Dutch attacking midfielder, and apparent scorer of the Netherlands' game winning goal against Brazil.
Thanks SP Sports, you do yourselves proud. Don't worry about checking the lineup to make sure you get your facts right, because clearly you know too much about soccer as it is. I'm sure you can just assume the guy who "looks" like he's heading the ball in is Sneijder.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Fuck you, FIFA
From the BBC...
Two Dutch women have been arrested in South Africa over an alleged "ambush marketing" stunt at a World Cup match.
More than 30 women were ejected from the Johannesburg stadium on Monday during the match between Denmark and the Netherlands.
They had all been wearing identical mini-dresses in Dutch orange, sold as part of a gift pack by a Dutch brewery.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Friday, March 26, 2010
A while ago, the inflated head of a certain Lillywhite buffoon claimed he was shooting for the top at Real Madrid. Mistake prone (yet often trumpeted) Wilson Palacios essentially stated he was using Spurs as a stepping stone for further ambitions. Not that that has anything to do with my beef with him; a lot of players do it. However, they are usually good players. But, hell, I'm all for it. Get rid of the idiot. Heather hasn't learned who he is based on his quality footballing, but instead from the constant screaming she hears from the living room: "Fucking Palacios!"
Well, if Palacios going to Madrid (or anywhere for that matter) isn't sweet enough, I'm going to perk right up for the return option. Lassana Diarra is now rumoured to being pursued to come the opposite direction because of a falling out at Real Madrid. And as someone who watched him work some defensive midfield magic in person, this suits me just fine. Granted it was through some beer goggles, he was clearly the player of the TFC - Real Madrid friendly last August in a match that featured C. Ronaldo, Kaka, Higuain, Raul, Xabi Alonso, and, yes, even Dwayne De Rosario.
From Daily Mail...
Real, though, want a find a replacement before allowing the £17million-rated France international to leave.Let's get this done.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
According to tsn.ca's poll today, 70% of fans don't think that a minor/major penalty for a head shot will have any effect on deterring players from doing it. I was not one of them. And neither is Don Cherry.
So the question is, what do people think is needed here? Huge fines? Suspensions? lifetime hockey bans?
A major penalty is absolutely going to change behaviours. Because 5 minute majors are going to lead to goals, which are then going to lead to lost games, which are then going to lead to coaching decisions against the idiots who do these things. It would be nice to think that Matt Cooke gets disciplined internally by the Penguins from that hit, but that is dream world. Winning is the only thing that matters in hockey. If he gets penalized on that hit for 5 minutes and Boston scores two goals and wins by 1 instead of loses by 1, I'm going to guess there will be a strip torn off him by Dan Bylsma.
I think the poll was misinterpreted by most people who think only penalties aren't good enough for them for punishment. They want suspensions and fines. Adding those things in is fine. But that doesn't mean only penalties won't affect players' behaviour.
Suspensions are fines because they forfeit their salaries during the suspension and these would also help. I would give an automatic 1 game suspension, followed by 5 games for repeat offense, and then double the suspension going forward. Once the first guy gets 10 or 20 games for this, you bet your ass eyes will be opened.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Up for discussion at the NHL General Managers meetings is head shots.
The current debate is whether to outlaw all shoulder hits to the head or just the ones that come from the blind side to a player in a vulnerable position. I have no issue whatsoever with taking out all shoulder hits to the head, which would mean even the ones where the hitter comes and hits straight on. Chris Neil did it to John Mitchell on Saturday when Mitchell reached for the puck as the hit came in. Chris Neil would get penalized in my system, but not for being dirty, just unlucky/clumsy. And next time maybe he reacts differently by slowing his check and just pushing Mitchell over instead of leaning into him. After all, what if Mitchell was Sidney Crosby and he got a concussion and it knocked him out for the season (or worse). Would my rule be worth it then? I think so. And not just because I have Crosby in my draft. Which, consequently, I've dealt with the serious impacts of concussions in because my late round pick, PM Bouchard, has played only one game this year because of a concussion. (Yes, this really is all about me and my ability to profit. I have Savard too, btw.)
All the stakeholders in the NHL say "we have to do something about it." But who among them is really pressing to do something about it? Who is clamoring for change? Who is demanding it? Boston's GM Peter Chiarelli seems pretty adamant something should be done. But that is only because his player, Marc Savard, was obliterated the night before by Matt Cooke.
Sports writers want something to be done. Fans like me want something to be done. But guess what? Brian Burke has a message for you:
"I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but when we talk about rule changes I could care less what the media has to say about it," said Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. "To me, we've got to address what's right about our game and what's wrong about or game -- not what some sportswriter thinks is wrong with the game."Sid Sixeiro is right. He said if the NHL is unwilling to do anything to protect their own players, because they are reluctant to take away the physical nature of the game, then why should I care about the well being of those players? Maybe they should just be looked at as gladiators, like you do with boxers and MMA fighters. But the difference here is that hockey players are supposed to score goals to win games, not beat the shit out of each other. But as Jason Spezza says on tsn.ca:
"The physical nature of our game is one of the best things we have and you don't want to take that physical nature of the game but you also don't want to see guys getting hurt."They (the league and the players) are worried about "sissy-ing" the game because they think fans only love the game for the blood-thirsty nature of it. A lot of fans probably do. They have that gladiators mentality. At times I've probably had it. But at some point, a little maturity and common sense has to be injected when you start regularly seeing guys passed out on the ice and careers being cut short.
When Canada nearly completed that tic-tac-toe passing play that was only thwarted by Evgeni Nabokov against Russia in the Olympic quarter finals, I was on my feet. That's the hockey I want to see. I don't watch the game to see guys getting laid out. Hitting is part of the strategy and the excitement about the game, but it is not everything about the game.
Just like how everyone stands and ooh and ahhs at NHL fights and gathers around a computer or a TV to see the line brawl or Mike Milbury beating a guy with a shoe in the stands, they would do the same thing if it happened in a parliamentary session or at a Mcdonalds or at a day care. But just because people are fascinated or entertained by it doesn't make it right.
There's no question the most exciting hockey that can be seen is in the Olympics (or if you're Canadian, the world juniors to a large extent too). How much fighting is there in the Olympics? Zero. I realize this is a short tournament where national pride is on the line and not an 82 game season. And I realize in the Olympics that Ovechkin got away with a shoulder to the head on Jagr that left him concussed (interestingly, Jagr said he wanted one before realizing he actually was concussed so that he wouldn't have to remember it), but the play should have been penalized and Ovechkin comes from a league where that hit is legal and encouraged. If head shots get outlawed in the NHL right now and in 4 years time in Sochi for the next Olympics and that situation presents itself again to Ovechkin, does it happen exactly the same way? Maybe. That just might be who Ovechkin is and how he plays. But I don't think so. People aren't dumber than dogs. They can also learn by observing and experiencing punishment from bad behaviour.
Does it seem a little strange to anyone how Canada's identity to the world is a peacekeeping, humble, polite nation? How this happened with our national pastime being hockey is beyond me. We celebrate the fighting and violence and revere a man (to the point of nearly being named the greatest Canadian ever) who calls frenchmen and foreigners pussies and who constantly declares that we are the best.
The NHL, it's GMs, the NHLPA, Mike Richards, Matt Cooke, Patrice Cormier, and the like should all take note. If you have to make your sport appealing by encouraging violence or looking the other way at career / day to day life threatening injuries, then your sport no longer appeals to me the way it once did.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
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Friday, January 22, 2010
Brock Lesnar from the Vancouver Sun:
At the end of the press conference, Lesnar was forced to admit that his U.S. health care adventure wasn't all perfect, telling reporters that he was initially misdiagnosed - he thinks - with a case of mononucleosis.So, this idiot bashes the Canadian health care system after he goes to the States and gets misdiagnosed with Mono in a US hospital? Thank God there is prestigious hospitals for the well off that can save those wealthy enough to take their private jets to. Best health care system in the world... for the rich and famous, I won't argue that.
And great comparison of our health care system to that of a third world country. Because, as we all know, Lesnar has probably been treated in hospitals from Ethiopia to Afghanistan to Haiti, so he should know.
He always looked like a meathead to me. It's a good thing looks aren't deceiving.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I just watched all of ESPN Sportcenter, waiting anxiously to see maybe a few hockey highlights. Well, I guess I got what I wanted. They showed some of the TB NJ game, but only because the lights went out halfway through the game and they had to postpone it.
Aka, hockey is only a freakshow in the States.
Youth In Revolt will be seen by my eyes.