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The Path to 9/11 August 31, 2006

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ABC has a two part mini-series coming out next month called “The Path to 9/11“, starring Harvey Keitel and Donnie Wahlberg.

The miniseries will take viewers behind closed doors at the CIA, the FBI and the White House and into the world of Richard Clarke, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Sandy Berger and CIA Director George Tenet, among others. Viewers will follow the international manhunt for elusive bomber Ramzi Yousef (Nabile Elouahabi, Eastenders) and meet several key players in the 9/11 saga, including: John O’Neill, the career FBI agent who spent years zealously chasing bin Laden; then-ABC newsman John Miller (portrayed by Barclay Hope, Stargate SG-1), who interviewed bin Laden; Emad Salem and other key Muslim informants who aided the U.S.; and Ahmed Shah Massoud, commander of the Northern Alliance, a crucial American ally and the person bin Laden feared most.

The mini-series is getting some positive reviews, especially from conservatives who, like myself, have always maintained that it was the Cinton Administration’s laissez-faire attitude towards Islamic terrorism that led up to the events of 9/11. This is highlighted fabulously by this part of the mini-series:

This is the first Hollywood production I’ve seen that honestly depicts how the Clinton administration repeatedly bungled the capture of Osama Bin Laden. One astonishing sequence in “The Path to 9/11” shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They’re on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he and his senior staff refuse to give authorization for the capture of Bin Laden, for fear of political fall-out if the mission should go wrong and civilians are harmed. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in essence tells the team in Afghanistan that if they want to capture Bin Laden, they’ll have to go ahead and do it on their own without any official authorization. That way, their necks will be on the line – and not his. The astonished CIA agent on the ground in Afghanistan repeatedly asks Berger if this is really what the administration wants. Berger refuses to answer, and then finally just hangs up on the agent. The CIA team and the Northern Alliance, just a few feet from capturing Bin Laden, have to abandon the entire mission. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda shortly thereafter bomb the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, killing over 225 men, women, and children, and wounding over 4000. The episode is a perfect example of Clinton-era irresponsibility and incompetence.  Full Review

If you have trouble believing that, then you should check out the 9/11 Commission Report on which the series is based on.

The 9/11 Commission Report instantly became a national bestseller when it was published in July 2004. Writer Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Day Reagan Was Shot) uses this historic document as the basis for a powerful story with action as gripping and far reaching as the source material itself.

The mini-series airs on September 10th and 11th on ABC.

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The Transformers! August 25, 2006

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Check out the photos of some of the Transformers that will be in the movie, scheduled to be released next summer.  Megatron as an alien ship instead of a gun?  I guess it never made sense to me why he was able to shrink down to a tiny pistol in the cartoons.  The same goes with Soundwave, that menacing little tape player.

Wanna Be A Hero? May 17, 2006

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It's very simple.  All you have to do is:

1.  Develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol
2.  Run and become a politician
3.  Give a speech in front of people admitting to your addiction

It's a bloody shame that some people don't buy into this type of heroism:

So now we're supposed to feel how about Health Minister George Smitherman's revelations that for 10 years he was hooked on "party" drugs and he had a bit of a problem with booze?

We're supposed to pat him on the back and tell him he's "courageous."

Who does he think he's kidding?

Cry me a river. A courageous person doesn't do drugs in the first place. A courageous politician tells voters BEFORE he runs for election that he's had a substance abuse problem. Then you let voters decide. You don't land yourself a plum job as health minister lecturing everyone about lifestyle — and then tell us to do as I say and not as I do.

We needed to know this before he ran because it speaks to character. A young person who is focused and hard-working doesn't become so involved in the party scene that they become addicted to drugs.

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If you can't detect my sarcasm, then I guess I have to try harder.

The Gun Registry Fraud May 17, 2006

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Andrew Coyne writes about Sheila Fraser's latest expose on the corruption of the Liberals in regards to the gun registry and why we should never trust them again.  Here in a nutshell is what Fraser found: 

So in some ways, the Auditor-General's latest report is the most damning of all. There is no way to deny or minimize the stark reality of what it contains: Liberal cabinet ministers colluded in a scheme of deception — fraud is another word — to hide the mounting costs of the gun registry. They did so, what is more, not to avoid mere embarrassment or criticism, but to defy the will of Parliament. Having been told they could not spend more than a certain figure, they did, and cooked the books to conceal what they had done.

Warned, in early 2004, that the costs of the program that year would exceed the amount authorized by Parliament to the tune of nearly $22-million, government officials conspired to have the excess spending counted against future years' budgets — future, as in after the impending election — rather than seek Parliament's approval for the extra funds, and have to disclose the overrun. When government accountants protested this was against the rules, ministers had their legal staff look for loopholes to justify it — unsuccessfully, it appears. The Auditor-General concludes their actions were not only in violation of generally accepted accounting principles, but of the Financial Administration Act.

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It's called cooking the books.  Something people in the private sector lose their jobs or go to jail for.  Unfortunately, that's probably not going to be the case.  Can anyone tell me why 28% of voters would still support this party if an election were called today?

Is Lost A Repeat Tonight? May 10, 2006

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For anyone wanting to know if Lost is a repeat tonight, check out this very informative website for the scoop.  You'll never have to guess again.  Oh and sorry Reagan, I don't know if Nanny 911 is a repeat this week.

Couple, 33 and 104, Reportedly Marry May 2, 2006

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I guess it takes a story like this to get me to post something on my blog.  Too bad it's a tad disgusting:

A 33-year-old man in northern Malaysia has married a 104-year-old woman, saying mutual respect and friendship had turned to love, a news report said Tuesday.

It was Muhamad Noor Che Musa's first marriage and his wife's 21st, according to The Star newspaper which cited a report in the Malay-language Harian Metro tabloid.

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If he didn't marry her for her money, do you think he did it for the sex?

Still Bloggin’ April 18, 2006

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Just checking my site stats and apparently you guys are still visiting on a daily basis, which means the blogging continues.  I was going to give up on this whole blog thing as work and family commitments were taking up all of my time but since you guys are still visiting, perhaps I shall continue to blog. 

So what shall I blog about today?  Well I could talk about the heartbreaking elimination of my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs from the playoffs.  They played some pretty exciting hockey down the stretch but just ran out of time.  I'm sure Ottawa Senator fans are extremely relieved at the prospect of not being eliminated by the pesky Leafs in the playoffs again.  There's a chance the Sens will play the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and I'm sure a lot of Leaf fans will be cheering for the Habs, the lesser of two evils. 

That's it for now.  Gotta get back to work.

Liberal Skeletons January 27, 2006

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This is probably one of the major reasons why the Liberals have were so desperate to hold onto power:

Stephen Harper is promising to pull back the curtain on yet more misspending by the outgoing government.

In his first news conference since winning Monday’s election, Harper said he intends to make good on campaign pledges to open up government and launch legal action to recoup the $40 million he claims is still missing in the Liberal sponsorship scandal.

And he suggested that David Dingwall, the former Liberal cabinet minister who resigned as head of the Royal Canadian Mint, may be out of luck in his bid to get severance.

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It will be interesting to see what the Conservatives are able to dig up and whether or not they are going to share their findings with the public.  Although skeletons could sometimes be used as a bargaining chip in our current Parliamentary system, especially in a minority situation.  But we’re talking about Conservatives here not Liberals so chances of that happening are nil.

Secret Agenda January 26, 2006

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Fear of Hidden Agenda

This Is The Reason Why We Hate Toronto January 24, 2006

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Debris Trail puts into words my thoughts on why Toronto sucks:

This morning, the least enviable job in Canada is that held by Stephen Harper. He’ll end up being no more than a footnote in Canadian history, just like Paul Martin, unless he can penetrate the 905/GTA. But, last night the 905/GTA spoke, and it told all Canadians that being Liberal trumps all, even corruption, sleaze, lies, boondoggles, and waste. If Harper can pierce the Toronto and area urban core over the next while, I’ll be simply amazed. It’ll take an army of psychiatrists and psychologists specializing in “battered housewife syndrome” to make any dent in that bunch. But then again, who best to give it a try than a policy wonk with a subdued character, keen intelligence, and a genuine ideology based on love of country, instead of cynical power politics.

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The only good thing about Toronto are the Jays and Leafs.