Friday, January 30, 2009

THE UNITED WAY AND IMBEZZLEMENT

I left a comment on this guy's blog concerning how the United Way had been caught imbezzling money. He didn't seem to believe me so here is the story from the archives of the New York Times. Draw your own conclusions.

United Way Board Members Question Officials' Spending


By DAVID CAY JOHNSTON

Published: January 23, 2002

Present and former board members of the United Way of the National Capital Area, in Washington, have questioned the propriety of some of the local United
Way's spending and its administration.

One former board member, Ross W. Dembling, has complained that there were expenses for travel that had little or no relation to United Way and that $85,000
allocated to make restrooms more accessible to the handicapped had gone to decorate the office of the charity's new chief executive, Norman O. Taylor.


Mr. Dembling also complained about a consulting contract for Mr. Taylor's predecessor, Oral Suer, that pays Mr. Suer $6,000 a month for a year, as well
as up to $5,000 in monthly expenses. The full board was unaware of the contract until Mr. Dembling told members of it in a July 24 letter. The contract
was approved by a board committee, but not all committee members knew about it.

One board member, Donna Kloch, said that when she learned of the contract months later and asked about it at a committee meeting she was told in such harsh
terms that she had no business asking about it that she left the meeting in distress.

''I was shaking,'' said Ms. Kloch, a Congressional aide.

Mr. Dembling, a partner at Holland & Knight, one of the largest law firms in Washington, said that after he told United Way's outside counsel in June that
the board had a legal obligation to investigate the accusations, his term on the board was not renewed. Federal law requires directors of nonprofit organizations
to investigate accusations that charitable money has been misused.

Three of the charity's 32 directors have also asked for an explanation of a $1.8 million discrepancy between the agency's financial statement and its charitable
tax return. The charity raised $93.5 million last year.

Mr. Taylor did not respond to numerous requests for an interview.

Gwendolyn Boyd, the chairwoman of the Washington United Way, and William G. Tull, the chairman of the administration committee, wrote a letter last summer
saying that an investigation found no merit in Mr. Dembling's complaints.

Ms. Boyd and Mr. Tull said on Monday that they neither interviewed staff members nor examined documents before writing to the full board that the accusations
of misuse of funds were baseless.

Ms. Boyd said, ''If someone brings proof to me, then I will look into it.'' She said Mr. Dembling had offered only ''hearsay and rumor.''

Mr. Dembling and two other board members also complained that the search committee withheld information about Mr. Taylor's background before they hired
him in February.

Mr. Taylor was forced out of the Baltimore United Way in 1995 for sustained unsatisfactory performance, said Joseph G. Blair, the Baltimore charity's former
chairman.

Ms. Boyd and Mr. Tull said they knew that Mr. Taylor had been forced out but saw no reason to disclose this to the full board.

In October, the board voted 19 to 13 for an independent investigation of all the accusations. Mr. Taylor then assigned the work to the accounting firm whose
removal had been recommended by the three board members just a month earlier.

The board members are expected to ask Mr. Taylor at a meeting today if he has retained a different accounting firm to investigate.

Such accusations are particularly sensitive for United Way. For the last 10 years, local United Ways nationwide have been recovering from the sentencing
of William Aramony, president of United Way of America, to prison for embezzling money from the national charity.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

54 PERCENT OF CANADIANS SAY FIGHTING SHOULD BE BANNED IN HOCKEY

In a recent poll, 54 percent of Canadians said they thought fighting should be banned in hockey.

This is one of those times when I frankly question the intelligence of a lot of my fellow Canadians. This is just a kneejerk reaction to the death of Don Sanderson, a forward for the Whitby Dunlaps. Yes, it's tragic that he died, but that's no reason to make a rule against all fighting in hockey. Like Don Cherry said, fighting is part of hockey. They should ban the players who don't have any skills and just fight all the time on the ice.

This is along the lines of things like how 75 percent of Canadians would have voted for Obama in the last election, I assume because he's the black guy and "they've just suffered so darn much he should be president no matter his qualifications," or how when Jean Cretien said we weren't going to war in Iraq, everyone got mad at him because they thought the United States wouldn't trade with us anymore. Yes, let's invade another country solely to maintain trade with another country.

Monday, January 26, 2009

RICHARD SYRETT SHOW CANCELLED

Richard Syrett has been fired from Cfrb.

First of all, let me say I do not believe this was part of a conspiracy against the Canadian alternative media. Astral Media, the company that owns Cfrb has fired several people recently, due to the economic slowdown. Syrett worked the late evening shift and was therefore dispensable. You don't generally fire your afternoon drive guy or morning show host when you have to make cutbacks.

Second, by cancelling The Richard Syrett show, Cfrb has signed it's own death warrant. They now have nothing worth listening to. (Well, maybe on the weekends but nothing ever stays in one time slot long enough for me to check it out.)

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: EPISODE REVIEW

The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation involved Riley taking steroids. Predictably, he gets roid rage, doing things like throwing erasers at people and punching Sav in the nose. He also takes Onya out on a picnic. At the end, we find out Riley was taking the steroids to try to make him straight because "I don't want to be this way." Riley has every right to feel that way. He should be ashamed of his homosexuality.

The subplot involved Danny trying to convince a girl named Laya to go on a date with Derek. It was not at all very interesting.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

THE THEOLOGY OF THUGOLOGY

I recently read an article in a newsletter entitled The Theology Of Thugology. It talked about how the thug is glorified in youth culture today. The author cites people like Eminem (that guy ain't been popular in five years) and Fitty Cent (that guy ain't been popular in two years.) The author makes some good points, but leaves out two crucial things.

First of all, the glorifying of the thug is part of the new world order's plan. The new world order functions on the Hagelian dialectic. You have thesis, in this case good, antithesis, evil and you wind up with the synthesis, which is that evil is good.

Second, I would like to point out that Jesus was the biggest thug that ever lived. Pastor Peter Peters once read on the radio the text of a wanted poster for Jesus. It included things like, "Wanted by the American Medical Association for healing people without a license", "Wanted by the World Council Of Churches for preaching with out a degree" and "Wanted by the Department Of Health for feeding 5 thousand people without first getting an inspection."

I think the poster is still available. To inquire about getting the poster, phone Scriptures For America at 307-745-5913. To read "The Theology Of Thugology" go to

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: EPISODE REVIEW

The main plot of the last two-part episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation revolved around Spinner not getting into police college. Everyone thinks he's getting in, but at a special dinner they have for him Spinner confesses he didn't qualify. Jane is upset that he lied to her and breaks up with him. He then gets drunk and climbs in Jane's bedroom window to win her back. This of course only makes things worse. The next day, Jane is going to give a speech at a symposium. Spinner gets Holly Jay to get him into the symposium, under the pretense of being Barry Cohen, a high school farmer. (A farmer named Cohen?) Spinner actually handles himself quite well delivering an impromptu speech about being a farmer in high school. At the end, he proposes to Jane. The MC and the audience then shout, "Jane and Barry. Jane and Barry." It doesn't seem odd to them that this guy from a whole other city is proposing to this girl he's just met. Jane is humiliated at Spinner's proposal (public marriage proposals are never a good idea.) Spinner then goes to the Sweetheart dance to, once again win Jane back. They work things out and Jane says he'll marry Spinner, but after university. Long engagements are never a good idea ither.

One of the subplots involved Degrassi going to the World Fighting Robot Championships (or something) and Claire having two guys fighting over who'll take her to the dance. This plot was so forgetable I can't remember how it turned out.

The other subplot involved Emma deciding to date her roommate, Kelly even though she and Manny promised each other a few weeks ago they wouldn't date him to avoid a conflict of interest. It was also pretty unremarkable.

All in all, not a good episode. The usual back and forth "they will, they won't, they will, they won't, they will, they won't" you've seen in Degrassi for years, and unremarkable subplots.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

HARPER REMINDED ABOUT PROMISE CONCERNING TOBACO PRODUCTS

A group of doctors has reminded Prime Minister Harper about his promise concerning flavoured tobaco products and cigarette packages that look like things like cell phones and ipods.

"Buck, I put the stick in the USB port but I can't download any songs."

Monday, January 12, 2009

OBAMA'S ECONOMIC STIMULOUS PACKAGE

This weekend, Barack Obama announced that his economic stimulous plan would create three to four million new jobs.

Obama can't fix the mess America is in because there's no money left. The United States Congress has spent at least 8 trillion dollars in the past few months. The U.s.'s GDP is 13 trillion dollars. They've already spent two thirds of the money.

Friday, January 9, 2009

MARKET PLACE MOVING TO FRIDAYS AT 8:30

Cbc's consumer affairs show, Market Place will now air Friday's at 8:30 starting tonight.

Buck off. Who's going to watch a consumer affairs show at 8:30 on a Friday night? What is going on in the heads of Cbc management lately?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

REPLY AWL

In the letters section of the holiday edition of Chatelaine, a woman wrote in with an objection to the article on alternative menstral products. She did not like some of the wording in the article. I, too felt the article might have at least in part been worded to put women off trying these products. However, don't let the wording throw you. Try out those alternative menstral products, ladies.

Also in the holiday edition of Chatelaine, there is an itim about a professor in England who blames the breakdown of the family on a generation of university-educated women who expect their husbands to be just as educated as them. Chatelaine didn't look favourably on what this professor had to say, but I agree with him. These women want these big careers. Then they get married, have children and go back to work, sticking them in the daycare centre for eleven hours a buckin day.

In the Archives section of the same issue, Chatelaine looked back at Christmas dresses it had displayed in it's pages over the years. There was a picture of a flapper dress from the December 1929 issue. "Yeah, who the buck cares it's the depression!" Actually, they prepared the issue in October before the depression hit, and by the time it landed in people's mailboxes the stock market had crashed.

In the January issue of the Matilda Ziegler Magazine For The Blind, there is a letter in the Readers Forum section from a man detailing his experiences on a recent trip to China. When he was flying from Hong Kong to Fuzhou, he was told that blind people have to sit by the window. He was given no explanation for this. When he wanted to travel up the Great Wall in a cable car, he was told to ride in the "special" cable car. The car was empty and never moved. This man is surprised at this. He shouldn't be. The Chinese don't care about the disabled. These people eat aborted babies, for cripes sake. They think nothing of killing millions of their own people. They have no regard for human life.

WILD ROSES

Cbc, Tuesdays 9:00

This show, for whatever reason, fails to grab me.

Monday, January 5, 2009

REPLY AWL

In the Winter 2008-2009 Travel Issue of Canadian Geographic, there is an article entitled "Hut-spa" about a rustic, family-friendly resort in Quebec. It is written by a woman whose name is Gregroire but whom I suspect is Jewish. She is "partners" with a guy named Rubenstine, and the article has a very Jewish tone to it. She at first presents the resort as a wonderful place, but complains about her time there for most of the article.

In the December issue of Canadian Geographic, there is an itim about how churches are renting space on their steeples for cell phone towers, and the concerns this causes for local residents. The reason these churches are struggling is because nobody believes the feel-good message they put forth. People would rather go to a church that preaches the truth, or not go to church at all. If these churches are loosing membership, they should just shut down and not look to corporations to put up the money for operating expenses. Ither that, or they could preech the Word.