Sometimes, “NO” is the only answer!


With all that is going on in the world these days, sometimes the best answer, or solution is just to say no! Then remember what prompted you to say no, and follow up and be heard.

For example;

Russia… You think it’s okay to invade Ukraine? NO. What about lying to the citizens? NO. Poisoning anyone who opposes you… NO NO NO.

Alabama removing bathrooms for transgendered kids… NO. No you are not. NO NO NO. Sorry, but not sorry. NO

Florida requires kids and teachers to out children who are gay… NO. NO. NO. NO. Then suggesting you would prosecute parents of trans kids… Heck NO.

Texas and their abortion ban… NO

Truckers honking all night and terrorizing citizens in Ottawa because they think they know what’s best for you and for me… NO

Siding with this fringe element saying they just want “freedom”… NO

Brining in the emergencies act because you want to be able to overreach and leave your legacy… NO

It’s time to say no, and mean it.

Giving a Nazi salute to a Jewish teacher… NO! Especially when the teacher comes from a family who survived the holocaust… Disgusting.

…and sadly the list goes on!

I think we’re entering the era of saying no and meaning it. Saying no to tyranny, stupidity, hate and intolerance. Hopefully we’re not just saying no in the moment and then letting something else distract us from following through on our “no” and getting these people out of office, off our media and get their antique ways gone forever!

Our futures should be about love, positivity and inclusion, and saying no is a good way to get there!

Being racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, or anything else where you are giving an opinion on how others live their lives… NO. As my mother used to say, when my sister or I chimed in on what someone else was eating at dinner or doing with their food, “look at your own plate!” Don’t concern yourself with what others are doing. Just take care of yourself.

Abusing transit officers, or anyone providing service to the public because you feel the need to comment your personal comments or concerns around anything, including mask mandates… NO.

Honestly… This list could be endless, but keep your opinion to yourself unless it’s kind, considerate and helpful. Just be nice!

Best and Worst Commercials


Being stuck inside for the better part of the past 2 years due to COVID concerns, I’ve seen a lot of great commercials on the TV and on social media and I’ve seen my fair share of terrible ones.

Here is a brief list of some good ones and some terrible ones. It’s in no specific order, and I’ll try to explain why I like or detest them. If you have any to add, please do!

Like: Any commercial for Tide Cold. These commercials with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ice-T, and a combination of laundry / cold / ice related players like Vanilla Ice, Mark Messier and Falcons QB Matty Ice, are absolutely hilarious! The most recent one with Gordon Ramsey which ends with Stone Cold yelling, “That guy needs to chill out!!” is so good! I get quiet for these commercials.

Like: Any Skip the Dishes commercial with Jon Hamm. Watching him promote the brand (which I use and love) while pretending to be a Canadian makes for very funny commercials.

Like: Uber Eats commercial with Elton John and Lil Nas X is hilarious! It took me a few times of watching it to catch all the little funny bits.

Dislike: KFC “Chicken Rich” commercials. The jingle doesn’t match the commercial, it’s terrible and it doesn’t make me want to eat KFC at all… It doesn’t make sense that fried chicken and chicken rich are a good combination, which is why it’s not. I had to pause it after grabbing the link.

Dislike: Intuit TurboTax Free “Dance Workout” commercial. It’s terrible. You know they say any publicity is good publicity? It’s not true. This commercial, which has a fitness instructor in short shorts saying “free” over and over again while leading a class doesn’t make you think of a tax product, but makes you wonder why Intuit would make another terrible commercial. I had to ask friends, and they all wondered why the commercial led you to believe that someone was going to come free from the instructors shorts, and nothing else. It’s super-cringy. Shame.

Dislike: The BMO commercial about the couple who are out for dinner and the menu is in German and the female comments that she stopped taking the German lessons because the free trial ended. The BMO guy who tells her that she’s paying now is fantastic! I think he’s great and I really enjoy him in the commercials. He’s really awesome as their spokesperson! But what gets me, is that when she finds out she’s still paying she says something in German, which sounds like she’s saying “fuck me!” I had to watch that commercial quite a few times before I realized it wasn’t what she was saying, but regardless… It’s in poor taste. The rest of the commercial is great, and I see they’ve added subtitles now, but still… UGH.

Like: There is a commercial that I’ve seen recently about a family who have a massive hole in their kitchen. I’m not yet sure what the commercial is about, but I like that as they’re staring in the hole, the female says something like, “my cat is in there” and then you hear “meow”, and a second later the male says something like, “and it has my keys”… I just find that last little commentary to be very clever and quite hilarious! I think it’s for one of those non-dairy coffee creamers…

Like: One last one while I remember is a commercial for I believe, Chevy Silverado, and it involves a cat named Walter. This cat loves the winter, and seeing the cat outside partaking in all winter activities is hilarious, especially the scene where a guy is buried in snow, and the cat starts to dig him out. The guys looks at the cat and says, that’s amazing, and the guy who owns the car and the cat says, yeah… that’s the 2022 Chevy Silverado, and he proceeds to discuss the car. Then the guy says, no, the cat! The cat owner says something like, what? you’ve never seen a cat before… It’s clever, it’s funny and it’s cute. Well done!

What’s on your list?

The Urban Daddy’s Post 1365: Olympics, Really?


As I mentioned in my most recent post, I have a love / hate relationship with the Olympics. I love that countries build structures for sports and housing for athletes and then turn those facilities into housing less advantaged, and training kids in these sports, but, I hate that the whole process around getting the games is corrupt. It makes me sad to see so much bribery and corruption rampant in the process of deciding where the games will be held, and that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) seem to place more presence on making money than on the best interests of the athletes and the populations of the host countries.

What really lost me, however was the cheating, and lack of sportsmanship in Olympic events. Doping from the Russians, Iran athletes refusing to engage with Israeli athletes and the addition of professional athletes really takes the games away from their original intention and into just a money-making spectacle.

It’s become a joke, and for that, I feel horrible for the athletes!

Athletes train and compete for an opportunity to be recognized as one of the best in their field in the Olympics where the best of the best are supposed to be competing. It seems in some cases, its become a case of which country can dope the best, or cheat, or whose judges can do a favour for another country.

The Olympics have lost their integrity.

One way they could strive to get them back is to make a fundamental shift in the way they do things. Out with the old and corrupt and in with the new. There are rules, so use them. If you cheat, you’re out. Entire country. Out. No Olympics for you. No accidental drinking from my grandfathers drink after he took his angina medication, no accidental taking of horse hormones, none of that.

And the IOC needs to look at games which will help countries and where countries will help their people. How about a location which could use the economic support, and making the games into an opportunity for the global community to go to that country over the 8-year period of when they’re announced as hosts, and help build and create and develop. Make the games for everyone and not just for the benefit of the IOC and their pockets.

Cheating, doping, lack of fair play and you’re out. It’s time to make this change to the Olympics before the Olympics are gone for good. You owe it to the athletes!

I also think it’s time to look at some of the events in past Olympics and yes, I’m likely showing my age here, but how about a discussion about the sports that are being awarded medals:

  1. Skateboarding as an Olympic sport? Medals being awarded for riding a skateboard down a railing? What’s next? Scootering? That’s really popular with the kids these days… What about Unicycle? Pogostick? Have you ever tried a pogostick? They’re hard!
  2. What’s up with race-walking? and golf? Why aren’t billiards there? Or darts? Croquet? Lawn bowling, or bowling? Bocce??? I think a look into the sports being included in the games and awarded medals is always a good thing.
  3. Have we not progressed enough as human beings that we can watch beach volleyball and don’t need the women in skimpy bottoms and a bra top? I mean, the men wear tank tops and baggy shorts that go to their knees… What’s up with that?!? It’s 2022.
  4. I saw in the speed skating a skater push forward a pylon and it tripped a skater, causing them to crash and be eliminated. If I saw it, didn’t any of the judges? Even after the fact when it was being replayed over and over again. The IOC was very silent on this.
  5. I like watching figure skating, go figure, but this judged sport has it’s share of controversy, ranging from bad judging to doping and it’s become something that either needs to be robot scored (so a set of criteria completed get a score, and no “artistic impression”) or it needs to be removed from the games. It’s become a big source of frustration and a bit of a joke and that’s not fair to the athletes. Not fair at all.

All in all, I want to enjoy and watch the Olympics, but I cannot. I’m upset before the games begin at the location of the games, and the cheating and corruption make me sicker. Then a Canadian athlete wins, or beats their personal best, or just competes and my eyes well up with tears, and want to give them the keys to the country for representing us so well.

Please IOC… Fix the damn games, eh!

Best in the World


With the recent return of CM Punk to AEW Wrestling after a 7-year hiatus from wrestling, he brings back with him a question about how he gets to declare himself the best in the world.

I mean, what is he the best in the world at? Pipe Bombs? UFC? Taking time away from wtrestlig? Having fans chant his name?

Or does he mean the best wrestler in the world? Certainly not. Some half painted daredevil named Darby Allin claims to be the best in the world. As does Shane MacMahon.

So who really is the “Best in the World”?

To help solve this dilemma, I reached out to the legend himself, former NWA-Hammerlock UK wrestler, Tax Williams, and asked for his thoughts.

Here was my list, in possibly no particular order, except for 1 and 2;

Bret the Hitman Hart

Daniel Bryan

Chris Jehrico

Pac

Austin Aries

Kenny Omega

Dean Malenko

AJ Styles

Kurt Angle

Robby (Don’t call me Bobby) Roode

Eddie Guerrero

Ricky Steamboat

Chris Benoit

Cesaro

Tax’s List: (he did current and recent wrestlers)

Bret “Hitman” Hart

Daniel Bryan

Zack Sabre Jr

Randy Savage

Brock Lesner

Kota Ibushi

Tanahasi

Kenny Omega

Bianca Bel Air

Charlotte Flair

Sami Zayn

Chad Gable

Honourable mentions to;

Danhausen

Shinsuke Nakamura

Tax Williams

Who’s on your list?

Is CM Punk there? Darby Allin? Sting? None of those guys made our list, so who is your top 5?

Canadian Election 2021: What you need to know before you vote


As a Public Policy major and as someone who worked in the government, my experience and expertise mean nothing when you compare it to people who work in the field, are running for election or who have their own views and beliefs.

So, that means this is just my perspective as someone who has lived in Canada for half a century and has voted in more than a few Canadian elections.

I think everyone saw this coming except for maybe the Liberal government who have done a terrible job over the past 6-years at following through on promises, They’ve treated Canadians like we’re all stupid, listening to them evade answering questions, answering with their pre-worded message rather than answering questions and all the while smugly thinking they’re doing a great job, while Canadians stewed in frustration at this drama teachers satire.

Black face, ethics violations. SNC Lavalin, running up the debt and deficit, and being the worst “feminist” government in history by treating his female colleagues like crap. We’ve all been shaking our heads. We shook our heads when this government couldn’t get vaccines to Canadians while the rest of the world was putting shots in arms, everyone in the government would say the same thing; “We have the largest selection of vaccinations in the entire world”, which literally translated to mean, we’ve paid 5 companies a lot of money and only really 3 came through for us.

This government tried to get unlimited taxation powers because they knew they would need it to recover the billions and billions of dollars they gave away to Canadians who needed it, but also to Canadians who didn’t need it, were not qualified to get it but did so anyways.

Federal government workers who couldn’t perform their jobs worked the phones answering questions about the benefit payments were rewarded with a 6% pay increase, and a giant slap in the face when the PM told the public that they were not equipped to hand of benefit payments so that was awarded to a charity, the WE Charity, because Trudeau decided it was a smart move. WOW. So that cost the Finance Minister his job… The umms, and ahhhs, just kept coming. After a Green party member took an incorrect and anti-semitic stance against Israel’s right to defend itself, the Liberals happily stepped up to take that candidate, while telling everyone that they stand against anti-semitism. They also stand against sexual misconduct in the military, in theory, certainly not in practice. Yet, while all these issues were rolling through, the Liberals had their plans, their strategy, and they thought they had Canadians fooled.

Having the NDP support pretty much everything that the Liberals did, allowed the government to take on and pass traditional NDP policies, and while the NDP must have felt this was a great move, essentially, the Liberals were slowly making the NDP obsolete, because why vote the NDP if you can get NDP-style policies through the Liberals.

The next move the Liberals did is to promise a ton of stuff. Listen to their campaign promises and you’ll always hear the number. $1 million here, $1 billion there… They’ll promise to anyone, everywhere, and sometimes they’ll make it happen and sometimes they won’t – well, usually they won’t (see electoral reform). The reason the Liberals spend is obvious, because if they don’t get re-elected, they leave the country with a MASSIVE debt, and the Conservatives have to step in and cut spending, and balance the budget. Then the Liberals campaign on the Conservatives being that party that has to cut programs and prevent all that great stuff the Liberals promised and viola… Liberals back in power.

It’s a great policy, because the Liberals think they’re smarter than all of us…

But they made a mistake.

They assumed that they had an opportunity to take advantage of the fact that no one knew Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, so it was the perfect time (COVID, Afghanistan, Military, etc.) to plunge Canadians into an election, and at the time of this posting, it’s not going so well.

O’Toole, is a different type of politician. Former military, a lawyer, worked in the private and public sector, and really smart, I’ve had the opportunity to meet O’Toole twice, and his experiences and expertise blew me away. He knows what people want Conservative governments to do – be fiscally responsible – and what they don’t want Cons to be (see US).

So over a week into the election, we’re seeing something different. Trudeau is stammering to get out his message. He seems egotistical and disingenuous, where as his main competitors, O’Toole and even Singh, seem much smarter, much more articulate and much more prepared.

Singh’s message to tax the “ultra rich” has not been widely embraced because people fear he’s talking about them, and that his message stifles the incentive of people who want to take the risks and earn the big dollars, that extra taxation of their efforts is counter intuitive. His Tik Toks… Still getting a ton of views. Tik Tok, however, still the most used app for kids. Kids can’t vote. But his Tik Toks are… ummm… anyways…

So, as the Conservatives started polling quite poorly, and have now taken a 4-6% lead over the Liberals, its going to be an interesting few weeks as we see what happens to the Liberal party and i they can right the ship. They need less comments like, “the Taliban are my brothers”, and picking at the Conservatives for not forcing all their candidates to be vaccinated, while not all the Liberal candidates are vaccinated. The Canadian public appear to be fed up, and they’re questioning everything because the Trudeau government forced them to. Will this government wind up like the Conservatives in 1993, or like the Liberal government in Ontario after Kathleen Wynne was done destroying the province.

The countdown is on…