Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A great idea

Regardless of whether or not one believe that this military action or that military action is justified I believe that it is important to support our troops wherever they are in the world. Anyone who puts their life on the line in the service of their country should be supported and as such I believe the following is an excellent idea and one I'll be following myself.
"RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Canadians who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.
Many Canadians, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Canadians supporting our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded Canadian who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.
By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make Canada on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before Canada is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.
The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers. Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear some thing red every Friday."


Monday, April 24, 2006

J. Doan's views on the news II

Here we go again....

Iran: Nuclear program is 'irreversible'

"Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Sunday declared that the country's controversial nuclear program is "irreversible."

"We are determined not to give up our rights to nuclear energy, and suspension of relevant activities is not on our agenda," said spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi. "The issue is irreversible.""

I can think of a 50 megaton solution that would reverse their nuclear program pretty fuckin' quickly. Iran's goal is clearly the creation of a nuclear weapons. They are sitting on top of one of the largest oil reserves in the world and have zero reason to be developing nuclear reactors for energy. Developing nuclear weapons would be in conflict with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran did sign, as well as numerous UN Security Council resolutions warning them against developing a nuclear program. There is no reason for any country to posses nuclear arms, let alone some third world theocratic dictatorship run by a power hungry madman. Pakistan has openly admitted that one of their scientists sold the plans to a nuclear weapon to Iran which clearly shows that their intentions aren't purely civil. If ever their was a correct time for a coalition of nations to come together to slap a rogue nation back into line this is it. Other nations simply can't be allowed to develop nuclear arsenals, and those that have them should be dismantling theirs at a much faster pace. The world simply can't take a wait and see approach until Iran has a nuclear weapon, because then it's to late and they will use it to hold another country hostage.

Purported bin Laden tape denounces West's response to Hamas

"A newly broadcast audiotape believed to be from Osama bin Laden slams the West for cutting off funds to the Palestinian Hamas-led government and calls on al Qaeda followers to fight a proposed international force in Sudan.

In the tape, aired Sunday in part on Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera, the speaker repeatedly blasts a "crusader-Zionist war" against Islam, citing other activities in Chechnya and Somalia."

Well there's a shocker, Al-Jazeera acting as the mouthpiece for a terrorist organization, sigh. Just so you guys know, a crazed madman sending out an audiotape isn't a news story, there isn't really a need to report on it. If I recorded a tape calling out the government of western nations would it get nonstop play on Al-Jazeera? I have my doubts. Don't give this kook the time of day either. He's living in a cave somewhere Obi Wan Kenobi style and has clearly lost touch with reality.

"On the tape, bin Laden says "the opposition to the Hamas government is proof of the crusade against Muslims.""

Or maybe, just maybe, it's proof of a crusade against TERRORISTS. Why do these maroons always have to make it a religious thing? If a bunch of Jews started walking into Arab coffee shops with 30lbs of dynamite strapped to themselves, I highly doubt the rest of the world would say that they were any less than a bunch of terrorist nut jobs.

"Several Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Sunday pointed to the tape as a sign that the Bush administration has wasted efforts in Iraq instead of adequately cracking down on al Qaeda. "

Well that's a blindingly obvious statement isn't it.

Scientists find secret to gas-free beans

I can't tell you how thankful I am that their are scientists out there working feverishly to solve important problems like this. Thank you so much for not putting your time into worthless pursuits like curing diseases and ending famine.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Odds and Ends

Looks like the lucky loonie hasn't been completely worn out yet. Decided to take the night off work and play some poker down at the casino. I won a couple of hundred bucks playing in a cash game before the tournament started and came in 10th in the tournament which was about a $325 profit so I'll probably go out tomorrow and blow some money on some piece of technology I don't really need. I can't decide between a new iPod or a new LCD monitor.

A couple of the folks from Stern Fan Network have started up blogs as of late so I figured I'd give 'em a plug. Sludge's blog can be found here and macheson's blog can be found here. Go take a look if you aren't getting enough "Val is a kook" content from my blog.

That's all for today, I had wanted to get in another installment of J. Doan's Views on the News this week but was too lazy. So briefly let me just say pregnant celebrities are retarded. Hey Angelina Jolie, I don't care how scenic Namibia is, why not have your child in a country known for it's DOCTORS not it's coastline. Hey Tom Cruise, the only way people could think you are more of a kook than they do now is if you started munching on placenta.


Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter

To all the folks out there that celebrate it, Happy Easter and to any Jews who might stumble upon this blog, Happy Passover. I spent the day learning how to decorate eggs using the old school Ukrainian methods. This is the one that I'm happiest with. I hope everyone gets to spend some quality time with their families this weekend.


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Frustration and Superstition

Winter is finally over and the weather has been nice enough for a couple of weeks that I decided to wash the car this morning. This being the first thorough cleaning it has had since winter set in, I decided to go all out and take it to Suds for their Ultimate Wash. They did an excellent job cleaning the car inside and out, doing all the windows and tires, nice high gloss wax job, the car shines now. So of course on the 5 minute drive from there to my apartment a bird crapped on my car. Grrrrr. Then I remember the Chinese superstition that a bird crapping on you will bring you good luck, now what I need to know is, does that include if a bird craps on my car. Do I dare risk ticking off the supernatural forces that control luck by callously brushing aside their good tidings? I'm over thinking this aren't I? I just don't want to touch bird poop and am looking for a good excuse not to.


Monday, April 10, 2006


Welcome to all the new visitors I got when I posted a link to this site on Stern Fan Network today. Sorry there isn't much Howard content here but really, what could I possibly post about Howard that doesn't already have 17 threads devoted to it on SFN. I try to update this blog a couple of times a week, mostly when something strikes me as being interesting or infuriating and I hope you enjoy it. I allow anonymous comments on my blog so please feel free to state your opinion on anything I've written.

Here's your wacky Val Quote for today:

"Gee, this page is proving popular with visitors. They can't all be from the Stern Fan Network, although they do seem to check in somewhat obsessively. I don't get the volume the SFN gets, but I do have a slightly more diverse readership. "

A) I highly doubt that your readership is more diverse than that of a site like SFN that has thousands of registered members from all over the world.

B) You aren't the only one who reads your logs from time to time. I know you read my site Val. Hope you enjoyed it. But why no mention on your page? I'd love to get those 3 extra hits that Jakyll got when you linked to his website.


Sunday, April 09, 2006


We present today another installment of "Val has her head up her ass".

This week she posted on her Stern fans are evil page this article which has absolutely nothing to do with Howard Stern, the Stern Fan Network site, Radio, obscenity or anything else she has ever posted about. She also adds the comment that this is "Good news for victims of cyber bullies."

I'm sure she was trying to make some point about how people should leave her alone online lest they feel the wrath of the almighty Canadian legal system, but really she should have read the article if that was the point she was making.

The article tells the tale of the recently settled case of the Star Wars kid.

How do you figure that a case settled out of court after all the evidence that originated on the Internet was ruled inadmissible is good news for cyber bully victims Val? The kid wasn't even alleging that he was bullied online, all the bullying was the good old fashioned taunting in the cafeteria and hallway kind.

I'm beginning to understand why there doesn't seem to be any history out there of Val debating anyone on any topic anywhere at anytime, it clearly isn't her forte. Try to stay on point Val. Argue why you don't think that adults should be allowed to listen to what they choose to in the privacy of their own homes without governmental interference and leave the schoolyard bullying to some principal somewhere.


Monday, April 03, 2006

J. Doan's views on the news

I had so much fun taking apart that article from the Toronto Sun the other day I thought I might start a new regular feature here, wherein I take a look at the days events and give my take on the stories. This might work best for everyone if they read the linked articles, but feel free to just to read my comments if your time is at a premium, I'm probabbly more right than some of these hack journalists anyway.

Jury: Moussaoui is eligible for death

I believe in the death penalty. One of the great things about being an atheist is not having some book tell me what is and what isn't morally correct. As long as there hungry people in the world, evil sick bastards shouldn't be allowed to waste our precious resources. My wife argues with me that the death penalty is not a deterrent to commit heinous crimes because no one believes that they will be caught when committing a crime. My argument is that we should be less worried about deterring people from committing crimes and more worried about punishing the sick fucks of society when they do screw up. Serial killers: kill them. Mass murderers: kill them. Terrorists: Kill them. Repeat sexual offenders: kill them, any psychologist will tell you they can not be rehabilitated and will always be a danger to society. Pedophiles: Kill them, resuscitate them and kill them again for good measure.

"Carie Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, was aboard the first plane that crashed into the trade center, watched the verdict on a closed-circuit broadcast to families in Boston, where both trade center flights originated.

"We don't want to make him a martyr," she told CNN. "The last thing that a lot of us want to see happen is to allow him to die with the name martyr by his side.""

Great so the other terrorists think of him as a martyr if you execute him, that's probably better than allowing him to live out the rest of his life as a prisoner, writing volume upon volume about how evil the western world is until he dies at a ripe old age at which point they'll still regard him as a martyr.

Sharon to undergo skull surgery

Hooray for modern medicine. We are at the point where we can keep someone "alive" months after they have actually died. Why do we do this and should we do it? We wouldn't allow an animal to suffer when it had no chance of recovery but we insist on keeping grandma or grandpa hooked up to a machine long past the point where it is obvious that they will never wake up.

"He has had several surgeries since he entered the hospital. On February 11, doctors had to remove nearly 50 centimeters (20 inches) of his large intestine after it was found to have become gangrenous because of a lack of blood flow."

That's the body trying to shut itself off. Let it. Ariel Sharon was a statesman and leader who served his country in many roles for half a century. Give the man some dignity and don't keep him on a ventilator, drugged and unconscious, delaying the inevitable. Let his people bury him in a way he deserves while they still remember who he is and what he did.

Pot decriminalization bill goes up in smoke in Canada

Ahhhh yes those evil hippies, always out smoking the ganja and destroying society by depleting our precious supplies of microwave burritos and Hostess snack cakes.

One of Harper's five priorities is to clamp down on crime. "We will not be reintroducing the Liberal government's marijuana decriminalization legislation," he told a meeting of the Canadian Professional Police Association.

Uhhhhh...so it's your belief sir that some teenager who gets picked up with a couple of joints on him is a "criminal"? All studies on the subject indicate that between a quarter and half of the Canadian population have at one time or another used marijuana. Do you really think it's a good idea to brand up to half of your electorate as criminals Stephen? That just doesn't seem to make good political sense.

"Under the Liberal bill, people found with small amounts of marijuana would have been fined but would not have received a criminal record.

Canadian police complain that judges often hand down lenient sentences on people found guilty of running operations to grow marijuana illegally."

Uhhhh...correct me if I'm wrong here but aren't these 3 entirely different issues?

A) People caught by the police with a little pot on them.
B) People who run an elaborate criminal enterprise.
C) Judges who don't actually use the high end of the statutes that they already have to punish B)

The liberal legislation was only specifically dealing with A) which should clearly be the least of anyone's concern.

"Estimates for the value of Canada's booming pot business trade vary widely, and some experts say it is worth $8.5 billion a year. "

Wait, hold on a sec here. I think I might have just come up with an idea. How about instead of scrapping the Liberal's bill you rewrite it as a complete legalization bill. Sell the shit in government run and regulated stores or Amsterdam style coffee shops and tax the shit out of it like tobacco and alcohol. Spend this tax money on the following areas:

A) Hiring more law enforcement, and paying the officers we have now a better wage.
B) Hiring more border security to stem the flow of hard drugs and weapons into the country
C) Increased spending on chemical dependency rehabilitation facilities, especially in major centers like Toronto or Vancouver.

Coupled with the savings from no longer prosecuting and incarcerating people for simple possession we should have enough resources to drop the crime rate throughout the entire country by a significant amount.
Well that's probably enough of my bizarre views for one day.


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Yay Google!

A few weeks ago typing "Jason Doan" into Google would result in you seeing many pages unrelated to me and a if you hunted long enough, some posts I made on various email lists the better part of a decade ago. Now typing "Jason Doan" into Google (with or even without the quotes) brings my Blogger profile up as the #1 result and my blog as the #3 result. Just found that cool is all.