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Archive for February, 2005

The Good Doctor Eats His Gun

Fox News

Hunter S. Thompson, the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America’s underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” has committed suicide. More…

One might think it a bit odd that I would pay tribute to Hunter S. Thompson on this blog. A little background might be appropriate. Before I was a right wing nut job I was a left wing nut job, a serious recreational drug user, and a big fan of Hunter Thompson. I read “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas” in Grade 9, shortly after it came out. I read parts of stoned on acid myself and couldn’t believe how much it made me laugh. I decided to make it my manual for life and spent much of the next 10 years in
similar condition.

I have continued to be a big fan of the man’s scribblings ever since. This blog has always carried a link to his column at ESPN. The last installment being 17 December had me a bit concerned. I would have expected something on the playoffs and the Superbowl but it never came. Now we know why.

PS – I have never let politics get in the way of appreciating true talent, which is why I have also been a big Zappa fan since I was 13. I didn’t agree with the politics of the good Doctor but the entertainment value was enough. – KS

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Canadian Islamic Congress Lectures PM

Little Green Footballs Linked To This Open Letter From The CIC to Paul Martin On Syria And Iraq

This exerpt is especially telling:

To date, the American-led invasion of Iraq has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Iraqis and thousands of Americans. Iraq has been transformed from country with 100% employment and a stable public service infrastructure, into an impoverished nation in disarray, with more than half of its adult workforce jobless. From being one of the leading Middle East states in administration, education and health care, Iraq has fallen to one of the world’s most disadvantaged societies.

So the CIC liked the good old days in Iraq better and thinks that “100% employment and a stable public service infrastructure” makes up for hundreds of thousands of corpses in mass graves, torture chambers, children’s prisons, and gassed Kurds. Do what you want as long as the trains run on time. – KS

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Scott Ritter At Al-Jazeera

Found this story at Fox News

Not all Marines take pride in the work of their brothers.

Take Scott Ritter, a former Marine and United Nations weapons inspector, who has turned into a critic of just about anything the U.S. does in Iraq. Now he’s writing for Al-Jazeera’s Web site, which seems like a perfect home for his defeatist rhetoric.
David Asman

Ritter’s pathetic pack of lies here.

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Nice Eason Jordan Wrap From The Times

Blogs Sound Death Knell

The credibility of the liberal segment of the mainstream press was dealt a mortal blow by the partisan and fabricated attack launched against President Bush by Dan Rather and CBS News. The death knell was just rung because that same liberal wing (meaning the vast majority) deliberately ignored a hugely important story that called into question their very motivations and judgment.

Douglas MacKinnon – Washington Times

The MSM which so adamantly denies any accusation of liberal bias only looks more guilty when bloggers turn the screws. Hats off to all those who made it happen- KS

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On the Family Side…

Cochrane Family Ends A Century Of Business Ownership

As Carlyle prepares to celebrate its centennial, the Cochrane family could be celebrating one of their own.

“My grandfather started in 1905 so we’ve been in business 100 years in Carlyle,” Boyd Cochrane said. “I was born here, and my dad was born here in 1907. Our roots go deep in this town.”

Boyd’s grandfather, Henry, began his machine/hardware business in 1905. Boyd and his father, Elmer, continued the tradition until January, 2005 when Boyd retired and sold the Home Hardware to Gilles and Nancy Matthewson. Carlyle Observer

Congratulations Uncle Boyd On Your Well Deserved Retirement – KS

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Atlas Shrugged At Wal-Mart

Nice One From Colby Cosh On The Wal-Mart Situation In Quebec Here

“It seems that the citizens of Jonquière didn’t want to work for a non-unionized Wal-Mart, and now they’re getting their wish–an eventuality that was, incidentally, at least as foreseeable as a Ken Griffey hamstring injury. Why aren’t the employees thrilled about this? Wouldn’t “Don’t you dare close your evil, oppressive store, you heartless, convenient bastards!” be a good English translation of all the Gallic gibberish being spouted here? Am I alone in suspecting that this farce is being staged as a satire in honour of Ayn Rand‘s centenary? Do Quebeckers really think that calling in bomb threats to other Wal-Marts is a good way to keep the retailer in Quebec?”

Sask. Wal-Marts Expect Closures Leader Post

Union Vows To Continue Wal-Mart Efforts CNEWS

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A sex offender who engaged in horrific acts of child abuse and bestiality for 30 years died of cancer Thursday at the Regional Psychiatric Centre.

James (Max) Yanoshewski, 61, entered the facility — which provides palliative care to federal offenders — in August 2004. More…

And hats off to my brother Dean for prosecuting this animal. – KS

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