Monday, July 28, 2008


Well, once again stupidity has raised it's ugly head, just in time for me to watch it walking by. I was in the grocery store when a decent looking fellow in his 30's walks by wearing a "Che Guevara" t-shirt with the word "Revolution" emblazoned across.

So I'm thinking, here he is in one of the most prosperous societies on the planet, engaging in consumerism in that wonder of capitalist accomplishment, the local grocery store, and he thinks it would be cool to have a socialist revolution.

Go ahead my friend. You go ahead and yearn for the revolution. As Lenin said, there's always a need for some "useful idiots". The revolution always needs some idealistic cannon fodder... just like Che.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The worst place to go

Sounds like the worst place to go for any medical treatment, whether you want an abortion or not.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Great Quote

From Senator Hugh Segal in "The Long Road Back":

A country is more than a hotel whose residents define loyalty in terms of rates, service and amenities
Exactly. Canada seems to be a nation of people with no national commitment, no sense of history, and where patriotism is a dirty word. Beyond entitlement to social services and a permanent work visa, what does Canada mean to you?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Weirdness Resolved

The latest Windows XP patches conflict with the Zonealarm firewall. You can reduce the level of security, or you can update Zonealarm. Thanks Microsoft.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Really Weird Computer Problem

Karen told me the downstairs computer was not connecting to the internet. Not a surprise. I find our home wireless network is fairly flakey. I'm pretty tech savvy, so I figured I could fix it. We tried rebooting the wireless router and the modem. I doubted the problem was with the modem because my laptop connected just fine. I disabled the wireless card, did a hard reboot, and did a couple of other things. Strangely, the wireless card was receiving the occasional packet. So I figured I would need to shutdown, crack the top, remove the wireless card, reboot, shutdown, reinstall the wireless card and reboot. I have this strange computer downstairs that loses its mind every once in a while.

But before I get a chance to crack the top, Karen told me that the computer upstairs was also refusing to connect to the internet. Now this is really weird, because the computer upstairs doesn't use the wireless. Double weird is the fact that my laptop was working, both wired and wireless.

OK, now for triple weird. I disconnected the cable from the working laptop and plugged it into the upstairs computer. It didn't work. I took the cable from the upstairs computer and plugged it into the laptop, and it did work.

The laptop has Vista, and uses the MS firewall. The others run XP and use Zonealarm. Both use AVG for anti-virus. Zonealarm is properly configured.

Does anyone have a suggestion on what is going on?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Last night I decided to take the children out to buy some of those great hamburgers. And being the softie kind of Dad that I am, I stopped off first at Dairy Queen so they could get some ice cream. We left DQ at about 7:05pm, drove over to the butcher, and found that they close at 7:00pm. Oops.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Best Hamburgers?

Some time ago I posted a message extolling the President's Choice Prime Rib burgers at Loblaws. And my opinion remains that these are mighty good burgers. But I'm on the trail of a better burger. I picked one up the other day for Hannah as I was buying steaks at the butcher (she dosen't like steak). I ended up sampling the fresh Angus burger at "The Butchery" in Bells Corners and it was mighty good. However they also have Kobe beef hamburgers that go for about $6 a patty, and I suspect they are even better. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Text of my Letter

Today I sent the following letter to the Governor General of Canada:

Your Excellency,

There is much debate about the issue of abortion in our country. But what is beyond debate is that this is a very divisive issue, with strong partisans on both sides. By awarding the Order of Canada to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, you have made a strong political statement pushing one ideological agenda. This has politicized both your Office and the Order of Canada, and in doing so you have diminished both these great institutions. I am profoundly disappointed.

Shawn Abigail