Apparently the US are starving the children of Iraq....again. Keep those Yanks out of Sudan, they could cause a famine...wait a minute... there is a famine. None of that here in Canada, we just have the Feds "clarifying the terminology" in the Environmental Protection Act .... And that change means nothing according to the feds ...So much nothing that they are willing to risk bringing their government down. Here is my podcast.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/30/2005 09:09:00 a.m. TITLE: Gomery to hear Guite - We will have to wait ----- BODY:
here is my podcast and commentary.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/29/2005 08:57:00 a.m. TITLE: Election Fear ----- BODY:
The Libs are laying the groundwork for the fear card ... They are in trouble in Quebec so if English Canada is not careful they could get a Conservative Government.

Here is my podast.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/22/2005 04:43:00 p.m. TITLE: Tory Convention a starting post ----- BODY:
Here is the promised podcast on the Tory Convention
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/20/2005 09:50:00 a.m. TITLE: BlogMatrix Sparks! does rock ----- BODY:
Check out my latest podcast ... still trying BlogMatrix Sparks! ...If you are having trouble listening to the torrent file you can get Sparks! here. It will read the torrent, just drag the URL to the left side.

I am going to start podcasting political commentary this week...the topic area will be on the Tory convention and its fallout. At first glance, it looks like more positives than negatives for the CPC.

With that said, I am still pretty busy so the commentary should be light.

(Disclaimer ... David Janes wrote Sparks!... I know David Janes ....I've worked with David Janes... and you sir are no David Janes)
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/17/2005 05:53:00 a.m. TITLE: Podcasting is easy ----- BODY: it out ... made with BlogMatrix Sparks 2.0 using a headset.... the audioblog just got pretty easy ... 2.0 is still in beta and will not be launched till next weds, but you can get a preview at

Actually, the files are saved as torrents which explains the price structure .... smart...very smart. So you will have to download Sparks! to listen.... or a bitTorrent player ....but if you are going to give Sparks! a try it is free and it is a great application for recording, sharing and listening to audio files.

I am going to keep playing with it and see what else it does,
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/12/2005 11:36:00 a.m. TITLE: JetsGo Taxes ----- BODY:
Damian Penny is asking how the collapse of Jestgo is not fraud. I'm asking what is to become of the taxes paid on flights that did not take place? Will the government refund that money to the passengers? Taxes make up a large portion of the ultimate ticket price?
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/11/2005 03:12:00 p.m. TITLE: John Daly to Drive Across Niagra Falls! ----- BODY:
From Canada Newswire the following press release:

John Daly's Thundering Waters GC Presents a Grand Opening For the Ages in Niagara Falls

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, March 11 /CNW/ - John Daly will face the roar of
Niagara Falls head on in August as he attempts to become the first person to
drive a golf ball across the world famous Horseshoe Falls.
Over the decades numerous people have attempted the "ultimate stunt"
plunging over the falls in a barrel. Some have lived and many have died. Annie
Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel and
she survived back on October 24, 1901.
A little more than a century later Daly will tee it up on August 3, 2005
as part of Grand Opening celebrations for Niagara Falls' newest world-class
golf property Thundering Waters Golf Club - A John Daly Signature Course. The
British Open and PGA champion will attempt to connect on a drive that would
make history as it crosses from the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls and
lands in the United States of America.
"I have hit some towering drives in my time but to try and clear Niagara
Falls would be an awesome feat. I can't wait to return to Canada for the Grand
Opening of Thundering Waters. It's going to be a historic day for many
reasons," Daly says. "Niagara Falls is one of the true Wonders of the World
and one of the reasons I decided to design my first signature course in the
While Daly won't be risking life and limb like those who have taken the
plunge over the falls, it's estimated that he'll need to carry a drive of at
least 350 yards in the air to cross the watery falls. Big John can grip it and
rip it like no one else, but can he land it? "We're hoping his drive will be
heard around the world" says Frank Racioppo, Thundering Waters Golf Club
Vice-President of Operations, who developed the concept after Daly first
suggested the idea. "We were driving by the Falls last fall and John asked how
far it was to the other side. We started talking about the concept of a long
drive over the Falls and John thought it was a fabulous opportunity to create
some excitement. He's not someone who will back down from a challenge, so this
should be a lot of fun and a memorable day for Niagara Falls."
Daly is one of the most recognized and popular members of the PGA Tour.
"The Lion" as his friends on Tour know him is known primarily for his power on
the course. Daly led the PGA Tour in driving distance for eight consecutive
years and has won the title a record-setting 11 times. Heading into action
this week on the PGA Tour, Daly's longest recorded drive of the season stands
at 382 yards, which has him in the top 20. In 2004 he recorded his longest
drive ever on tour at 399 yards, but there's a lot of fairway roll in those
Thundering Waters GC is located in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist
district some 1,500 yards from the brink of the thundering Canadian Horseshoe
Falls and only three blocks from the new Niagara Fallsview Casino. It's the
second facility planned by Daly's firm and his first in Canada. Some holes
will be lengthy even by the standards of the world's longest hitters. The par
72 course measures 7,322 yards, including a 661-yard par 5 hole from the back
tees. Thundering Waters GC is also a member of the popular Niagara Golf Trail.
Canadian golf course architect Bo Danoff has been the driving force
working in tandem with John Daly throughout the design and construction
process. Daly's strategic input as a PGA Tour player consultant has added
exciting risk/reward opportunities that should make the course the talk of
the country. "I've seen a lot of architects and Bo is probably one of the
greatest I've known," Daly said of Danoff. "He's a great talent and will be
doing a lot of courses in the future." The 18 hole design combines the
parkland tranquility of Augusta National and the wind swept dunes of
traditional British Open Championship courses. Sweeping fairways, undulated
greens, sculpted bunkers and meandering creeks, all nestled between towering
trees and mighty dunes that combine to create a true masterpiece.
Fallsview Golf Inc., a Niagara Falls, ON-based company with extensive
real estate and hospitality holdings in Canada and the United States,
including the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Centre, is developing
the project.
High-resolution images of Thundering Waters GC and John Daly are
available upon request.

For further information: Frank Racioppo, Vice-President of Operations,
Thundering Waters GC - A John Daly Signature Course, 6000 Marineland Parkway,
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, (905) 357-6000 ext. 427, (c) (905) 380-6007,
(tf) 1-877-833-DALY (3259),,,; Bo Danoff, Danoff Golf Design
Inc., Golf Course Architects,, (416) 738-4653


John Daly will face the roar of Niagara Falls head on in August as he attempts to become the first person to drive a golf ball across the world famous Horseshoe Falls.

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/11/2005 02:55:00 p.m. TITLE: It is a market share business ----- BODY:
Air Canada is being the good corporate citizen ... or attempting to win back its lost passengers. From

Update: Air Canada adds low fare capacity for Jetsgo ticket holders

MONTREAL, March 11, 2005 - Following the sudden grounding of Jetsgo operations, Air Canada provides details on additional seats made available for purchase at for Jetsgo ticket holders:

This evening Air Canada will be deploying larger aircraft and increasing the number of seats between Toronto and Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montréal, Ottawa and Halifax. The carrier will also add an extra flight between Toronto and Vancouver at the end of the day.

These additional seats will be made available at Air Canada's low fare levels.

“In order to help stranded Jetsgo customers, we'll add seats to destinations where they have the least alternate travel options,” said Ben Smith, Air Canada Vice President Planning. “We suggest that customers check our web site at on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information on availability of seats at the lowest fares.”

Jetsgo ticket holders are invited to consult to access Canada's largest selection of everyday low one-way fares for flights within Canada and to and from the United States.

Jetsgo ticket holders are encouraged to obtain alternate tickets prior to proceeding to the airport.

Airlines are a market share business. There really are only a certain number of people who will fly this year, and while seat sales will bump that number up a bit, it is larger economic factors that really drive the number of passengers. Thus the frequent flyer plan. The airline decision is influenced by your aeromiles, not your decision to fly. (except when you are using your points).

Jetsgo attempted to make it a price choice... the only problem was the discounters who were already in the market, WestJet & CanJetf or example, also had to be undercut.

Jetsgo spun out of the Canada 3000 debacle. The Air Canada bankruptcy came partially from the purchase of the bankrupt Canadian Airlines. The lesson for anyone thinking about buiying Jetsgo is don't. Let it go. If you are interested in owning an airline, start from scratch or buy an operating airline that is not on the verge of bakruptcy.

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/11/2005 08:22:00 a.m. TITLE: job growth = more red tape ----- BODY:
Canada is growing jobs on trees ... Stats Can points out that Canadian job growth is all in the public sector ... this is a disturbing trend.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/11/2005 07:46:00 a.m. TITLE: Yet another isolated incident ----- BODY:
Here we have another isolated incident from the boys in blue ... this time south of the border.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/10/2005 09:49:00 p.m. TITLE: To my faithful reader ----- BODY:
I know that posting has been light ...these are busy times as we are launching a new product next week ... with luck I will actually get paid on this one ... there are so many things that I want to write about (budget, CPC social policy, Scott Brison, & "Gomery, Gomery, Gomery") .... maybe over the weekend.

I will leave with a couple of things:

Just how juvenile is Canadian politics getting? A photo op with Bono is more important than a debate on missile defence?

What's up with 50 Cent and The Game getting all huggy and stuff?
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/08/2005 07:54:00 a.m. TITLE: Where is General Buck Naked? ----- BODY:
If you get the following letter, do not respond. It is a fraud. I have already negotiated a percentage with the Reverend General Buck Naked who actually has the diamonds in question.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2005 7:19 AM

C/o Eglise Uganda
Catholic Church
Liberte Sicap,
Dakar Senegal.


I know this mail will come to you as a surprise, nevertheless I am Mrs.
Lydia Johnson, aged 59 years, the wife of Major Stephen Johnson, Chief
Security Officer and Aide-de-camp to the president Charles Tailor of

As a result of the on-going war in my country, I am saddled with
problems of my ill health of protracted diabetes and high blood pressure
which is getting of increase in the resent times and also getting a
trust worthy individual abroad to receive the sum of US$5million and 15
kg worth of Diamond on our behalf.

Due to this war crises presently in my city Monrovia our home town, my
husband managed to sneak me and my son David 23 years of age and four
other of my daughters out of Monrovia to Dakar senegal for safety. We
were sneaked into Dakar Senegal through the land boarder by the help of
some government militant group.

My husband adviced me to get a trust worthy individual abroad to receive
the deposit.I feel confident therefore to introduce myself and this
offer to you based on this problem of war in my country and our present
condition as all our foreign contacts and connections got lost during
this crises, all properties burnt by the rebels.

I am desperately in need to move and re-locate this huge deposit to your
country for safe keeping on the advice of my husband as this is the only
wealth remaining for the future survival and well being of our large
For your percentage for assistance, a negotiable percentage will be
discussed as soon as I receive your response based on this plea for your
assistance as our lives are highly in danger due to war.I pray and plead
for your help.
For your information I got your contact on my search for our family
friend from your country whom we lost his contact in the fire out break
in our house, and during our search, we came accross your name, your
profile and your address and after praying and fasting over this matter
we decided to contact you having in mind that you will understand our
situation and assist us in the relocation our deposit and to bring us to
your country with my children.
You can email me back or call me on 00221-5915215 for further
clarifications. Alternative Email

God bless you as you heed to my plea for assistance.

Sincerely yours.

Mrs.Lydia Johnson and Son David.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/08/2005 06:31:00 a.m. TITLE: Taking down the Maple Leaf explained ----- BODY:
Check out Premier Danny Williams poll numbers.
When everyone who can vote for you lives in Newfoundland, who really cares what Margaret Wente thinks?
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/04/2005 09:03:00 a.m. TITLE: Harm was done due to illegality ----- BODY:
4 RCMP officers killed during a grow-op raid. Tragic indeed. However, their chief seems somewhat confused saying that the decriminalization issue should be re-examined:

"We don't solve anything in society by legalizing things or by pretending they're not harmful to society," Zaccardelli told a Parliament Hill news conference.

"If any good comes out of this tragedy, it's that we will reflect on some of these issues and, as Canadians, we may look at it from a different perspective."

The grow-op was raided because it was illegal. The question to ponder is whether we solve societal problems by making things illegal? Since there are 4 dead officers, the answer would appear to be that we do not.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/04/2005 08:12:00 a.m. TITLE: Max. Bandwagon capacity ----- BODY:
How much weight can the US bandwagon hold? France, Canada, Russia and now this.