"I Don’t Want You Now"

Today has been all about HOCKEY, HOCKEY, HOCKEY!!
The Canucks took another steps towards claiming their 4th world hockey championship in 6 years today when they beat Norway 8-2.
Yeah. Norway.
And don’t be fooled by the score. The first 30 minutes of the game saw the teams tied at two, until penalties gave the Canadians two powerplays and back-to-back powerplay goals.
End of game.
Cam Ward looked pretty shaky in net, but he rarely had any work to do.
Tonight it’s back to the NHL playoffs, where the Dallas Stars try to stave off elimination at home against the almighty Detroit Red Wings.
My pick: Detroit 3-2. The Stars will have their best effort of the series, but they’ll go down four straight and Detroit will punch its ticket to the Stanley Cup final. And the Wings will have to do it short-handed. The Stars are already on their 3rd powerplay and we’re only ten minutes into the game.
The Stars just haven’t looked themselves this series. Glenn Healey suggested the Stars have some sort of mental block against the Red Wings, and I’d have to agree. Marty Turco was 0-8 at Joe Louis Arena this year. Enough said.
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In completely and utterly unrelated news, Senator John Edwards finally decided to endorse a candidate. And he picked the one who’ll win – Barack Obama.
Oddly enough, it was only nine days ago that John and Elizabeth Edwards told People magazine (WTF?) they would continue to stay out of the Democratic nominee race.

Bottom line: the couple said they will not endorse either remaining
candidate, saving their political capital for their own causes – his, fighting
poverty; hers, fighting for universal health care.

But something so obviously changed, ’cause this afternoon Edwards’ endorsement of Obama was the top story on every major North American news website.
It sure ain’t no coincidence this endorsement was revealed THE DAY AFTER Hillary Clinton’s rout of Obama in West Virigina. She won the state by a 60-24% margin.
I could care less about Edwards’ endorsement. I think he’s a chicken sh*t and a hypocrite. If he wanted to support either Clinton or Obama, he should have done so shortly after he bowed out of the race. Only endorsing a candidate NOW, when the race is pretty much over, shows he was scared of siding with the loser. And he’s a hypocrite for only nine days ago saying he’d stay out of the race and then suddenly endorsing Obama.
In other words: Who. Cares.
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I continue to be amused and amazed at the sad state of Canadian politics.
Only in Canada could an ineffective opposition be trailing the ruling party by a mere 3 points. But I won’t get started on the Liberals. I don’t have all day to write a list of their problems.
What the latest poll means is that the Conservatives and Liberals are basically tied for popular support across the country. They’ve been in this rut for awhile now, and it shows no obvious sign of changing.
One of the most interesting findings of the poll (if you find polls interesting) is that Ontarians are becoming increasingly frustrated with the Tories. Not good news if you’re banking on Ontario seats to get you your majority government.
Seems that the whole Flaherty-McGuinty bickering which took place in March over Ontario’s business tax cuts has harmed the Conservatives. Can’t say I didn’t call it. I understand Flaherty’s point, especially when the country is coming close to a recession, but if he would have quietly gone to McGuinty rather than beating him down on the national news, he: A) may have had more success, and B) avoided the wrath of the Ontario public. If you look at the voting outcomes of the Ontario and federal elections over the past few decades, you’ll find that more often than not, Ontarians vote in a provincial government of the opposite political stripe from the federal government. This is Ontario’s way of protecting itself and keeping its sovereignty within Canadian federalism. It has a long history of fighting with the federal government, going all the way back to Premier Oliver Mowat in the 1880s. Ontarians do not respond well to the federal government when it tries to force its hand with them.
Stephen Harper would be smart to remember that if he wants to get his coveted majority someday.
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If you want to read a brilliant novel that’s not overly long, pick up Ian McEwan’s ‘On Chesil Beach.’ It’s only 160 pages long, but it’s…well…brilliant (But here’s a little warning: the content is a bit adult in nature. Not for the squeamish).
McEwan doesn’t waste one single word, and the story keeps you completely captivated.
I had to sleep on the ending because I wasn’t satisfied when I read the last word, but now I understand and accept it. And think it’s – brilliant!
Now I’m going to read some non-fiction. Enough with novels for awhile.
Ahhh. It’s so lovely to have TIME to actually read what I want, when I want!
I LOVE SUMMER!!
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