Volume 11, No.8

RAMBLINGS OF A RACONTEUR

Rabbled Out

With a whopping $450,000--and in less than one year--lefty activist Judy Rebick is discovering that it takes more than moolah to make a business work. Rebick's "online magazine" rabble.ca, is on the ropes, and at last count messages asking visitors to the site to "donate to rabble.ca" may not keep the magazine from going mitts up. A $450,000 online magazine makes Rebick as corporate as the big bad corporations (many of them with more economically viable websites) she rails against on and off line. "This is an online community for folks, who just won't shut up,' is how rabble-ca describes itself to website visitors. 'The rabble-rousers are the people who breathe red-hot pepper to say 'no' to economic exploitation. Rabble publisher Judy Rebick offers daily words of wisdom about etiquette in the trenches at auntie.com. Rabble may be destined for the same route as other, well, plain rabble. For taxpayers everywhere in the nation, here's hoping they don't give Judes a government job

Office mascot Kiko is worried about the plight of Afghan dogs.

While the entire world worries about bin Ladenís potential cache of nuclear weapons, PETA (that's People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and not People Eating Tasty Animals) activists were worried, (or perhaps suspicious) about possible guard dogs (of the four legged variety) in Afghanistan caves where the world's most wanted terrorist was, at press time, in hiding. PETA activists worried that bin Laden's dogs (should they exist) may not be being treated humanely. No comment from PETA types regarding the chuckles of bin Laden for the tragic loss of human life on September 11 in the aftermath of the release of the amateur video.

Christmas symbols may end era of politically correct

The tradition of the Creche on town greens and the ordinary Christmas tree may someday be looked back on as the defining moment for the end of the politically correct craze. Out in Winnipeg, Manitoba Premier Gary Doer once and for all decided this year to put the Christ back into Christmas and Christmas back into the provincial legislature. The decorated spruce tree that sits in the assemblyís rotunda was officially known as ìthe multicultural treeî since 1996. 'If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's not a flamingo,' said Doer. 'We don't call the menorah that's outside a multicultural candle holder. What we have in our legislature is a Christmas tree.' Townspeople in Norwood, Mass. took a stand against their local grinch, ìthe sallow, carping, miscreant' lawyers in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who had threatened legal action against the town if they continue the tradition of displaying two traditional Creches on town property. Chairman Lee, who heads up the town's Board of Selectmen said 'The ACLU is not a government-sanctioned entity. People walk around like the ACLU as if it is a court of higher authority. It is a political action committee that is contributed to by its donors and pushes the agenda of its donors.'

Care About Homeless

In reference to the Ramblings item 'Cathy's co-op in the October 22-November 22 issue of Toronto Free Press, indicating that Ontario Coalition Against Poverty stalwart Cathy Crowe "is doing much better than the homeless she purports to serve" This article defames Ms. Crowe. In fact, Ms. Crowe does serve homeless people, in her work as a nurse to the homeless and in her work for the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Ms. Crowe's rent is the normal market rent for her apartment. Ms. Crowe does not work in nursing management, and never has. Contrary to the innuendo of the article, Ms. Crowe does not receive any personal financial benefit from any monies collected by the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. This article appears to be designed to lower Ms. Crowe in the estimation of your readers. The fact that you published her home address and her picture along with such defamatory statements suggests that you might have been encouraging your readers to harass or even physically attack Ms. Crowe. I would ask that you correct the defamatory statements in a place as prominent as the offending article, making the points enumerated above clear to your readers."--Peter Rosenthal, Roach, Schwartz and Associates

Never enough for Jack

It seems it's never enough for Coun. Jack Layton. As newly elected president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), his group received from Paul Martin, a $125-million, revolving, taxpayer-funded budget, which according to FCM literature will "operate at arm's length of the Government of Canada". Municipal leaders including Mayor Wade of Hamilton were very happy with the Martin budget, which earmarked $2.4-billion for roads and sewers. The budget goodie is new and is in addition to $2.0-billion already announced but not spent for the same purpose. According to the Hamilton Spectator: "But not everyone was pleased with Martin's money. FCM spokesman Jack Layton says Martin wasn't specific enough about where the money will go. He worries it won't address the bulk of the needs of Canadians living in big cities. Layton said money is needed to replace buses, extend subways and to build new commuter rail corridors and highways. 'But there is no guarantee the money will go to that ,' according to Layton. FCM was the lead lobby group in getting the federal government to dedicate more to infrastructure. Guess Paul Martin could catch up on his holiday reading by checking out American author Nick Nichols, who drives home the point "appeasement brings no peace" in his recent book, Rules for Corporate Warriors

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