Rider choice tough to criticize

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have hired Craig Dickenson as their new Head Coach. It’s difficult to criticize this move. I think they did the best they could despite a very weird situation whereby the CFL has passed rules that prevent the Riders from looking outside the organization (it’s apparently too late in the offseason to talk to coordinators from other teams and there is a cap on coaches, managers, and scouts that is difficult to understand but the Riders needed to hire a dual role coach/coordinator because Chris Jones was the coach/def. coordinator). Dickenson has been shortlisted as a head coach in the past and I think he will do a real good job. The league office, however, should be ashamed at allowing their dislike of Jones get to them to the point where teams were very short sighted in preventing their employees from getting a possible promotion and also concocting these silly rules that hamstring who you can hire to be a coach. I am betting the coach/manager cap goes away within the next couple of years now that Jones is gone. There are a few things about the CFL that are bush league and putting up roadblocks on the Roughriders, because Chris Jones doesn’t play nice with others, would be near the top of my list of them.
This is a federal election year, so you are going to hear Justin Trudeau say something new every single day that he doesn’t have any intention whatsoever on following through on. It’s all in the name of picking up the odd vote or two. Will Canadians fall for it? They did in 2015 and the polls suggest we haven’t learned our lesson. Just keep in mind, Trudeau’s MO is to accuse his opponents of doing exactly what he is.
This past weekend, Trudeau fired Chinese Ambassador John McCallum after he made comments that appeared to cause chaos to our judicial process as well as government relations between Canada, China and the United States. However, there is every reason to believe McCallum’s comments were prepared for him by the Prime Minister’s Office. After all, Trudeau admires China’s basic dictatorship (his words). As recently as Thursday, Trudeau said he backed McCallum but, after increasing criticism, he threw him under the bus and drove over him. Thanks for your service, John.
Interesting tidbit - British Columbia has had a carbon tax for decades, yet they lead the country in Gross Domestic Product growth for the last few years and are forecast to continue doing so for a few more. Here’s what’s also a fact - BC’s carbon emissions are continuing to rise. The tax doesn’t work. We know this on the prairies, but in the parts of Canada where voting will decide who leads this country, it remains to be seen.
The lead singer of U2 is worth $700-million and his band’s business interests are based in Holland, where they don’t have to pay any tax. Yet, Bono was preaching to officials over the weekend that capitalism is amoral. One of the bigger things that eats at me is when I see filthy, stinking rich celebrities like Bono or those in Hollywood (or politicians like Bill Morneau and Justin Trudeau) lecture the rest of us about the importance of spreading around the money so that everyone has enough and yet they do everything they can to hide as much money as possible from governments that would then, in turn, use their money to help those in need and allow normal, middle class people to keep a bit more in their pocket so they don’t drift closer to being lower class themselves. In the case of Morneau, he will even get laws passed that shield his family’s fortune from the taxman. I’m all for trying to keep as much as you can for yourself. People like Bono work hard and should be rewarded for their talents. But, don’t tell some guy who makes $75,000 a year that he could be paying a bit more in taxes to help the less fortunate.
Even a great story on late night television has become unwatchable. I don’t even know who hosts these shows anymore, but I saw a snippet from the other night where a guy gets an email by accident that invites him to a bachelor party. He replies that he will attend and even though everyone else in the group had figured out the email was sent to the wrong person (a total stranger), they decided to let him go anyway. The incident attracted so much attention the guys in this party got free swag and drove around that night in a fancy car. The late night host kept saying this was an extra great story because ‘America needs this right now’. No, what America needs is for rich celebrities to quit virtue signalling. They are insulated and unaffected by anything Donald Trump (or any other President) puts into law.
The US is like Canada in that voters put a person in power and you can dislike it all you want, but the next chance you have to fix it will be during the next election. The undermining that has gone on down there is reprehensible. The investigations into people who, at one time, were affiliated with Trump is a waste of time and money. I could spend less time and less money and use less manpower and I could find enough evidence to put 75% of all politicians in jail, I’m sure. Why is it too much to just ask these people to do their jobs and hold the government to proper account and then get enough support to win the next election?
Nice person mentions this week: Gaylene Putland, Bill Prybylski, Kelsey Jones, Shelli Oxtoby, and Jeannie Einarson.

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