Long Gun Registry

Riddle me this – Why does a hunter need 10 guns?

In fact why does anybody need that many weapons in general, be it guns, crossbows, knives, swords, etc.

The argument on both sides of the long gun registry debate are heated there is no real solution that will appease everyone. The side that wants to own guns will fight to no end to make us realize that it’s a burden on the hunter and that it’s not reasonable to ask for them to pay to possess weapons that kill. Not to stereotype, but many of the populace that wants the registry scrapped are those that follow a conservative lifestyle. These are the people who feel that gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed, voted for George W. (proudly) and would have been the first to strike the match to burn the Qur’an.

Then we have the other side…… to be honest, I don’t know how to stereotype the liberal contingent but I’ll give it a shot: those peace-loving, marriage ruining, pot smoking let anything slide liberals that would rather tax the rich and let anyone, even terrorists, into our country!!

Lordy, lordy, I really had to reach into my inner redneck for that one. Although I think I made Jeff Foxworthy proud. Now even though that sounds very Liberal, I don’t want to confuse you and make you think that I’m actually siding with Iggy. In fact if you need to know my political agenda, I’m neither Liberal NOR Conservative – Iggy and Harper both have a face that only a mother could trust.

But back to the topic at hand. In my opinion, the real issue is the kind of weapon being targeted (long guns) and the costs involved. Wouldn’t it make sense to incorporate the gun registry with all existing permit and licensing requirements/costs anyways. When you buy a car you have to pay taxes, freight, licensing and registration. And then there is insurance and that is based on what your driving record is – oh I forgot there’s regular maintenance and gas……..bottom line there are a LOT of costs for owning a car. It’s an item that can potentially kill and cause severe damage if not used properly.

Can’t a gun do the same?

Shouldn’t it be just as expensive to ensure that affording a gun is a luxury for those that are true enthusiasts not just your average Billy Bob, Jim-Jimmy-Joe and Randy Redneck. I know I’m being harsh but let’s be honest here – it’s a tool that’s only purpose is to kill, and EVERY firearm in Canada should be taxed, registered and then possibly taxed again.

But that’s if I was in charge. Hell if I was in charge then I would also criminalize tobacco, legalize marijuana, make it illegal to have children without a license, and tax the corporate world to ensure that all citizens have equal access to healthcare and a decent standard of living.

Sound kinda communist eh? Well you know who else preached communism? Jesus – that’s who. Look it up, he wanted everyone treated equally and that nobody left wanting anything. That’s the basic edict of communism folks, not the right to bear arms. Although it’d be cool to have a couple of bear arms mounted in my living room – shit my redneck is showing again.

Oh am I going to make some enemies with this one – but that’s freedom of speech right?!

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Simian Mutiny

As I sit here eating breakfast thinking – I wonder in what year did the apes rise against humans and establish dominance, eventually leading up to the planet of the apes disaster.

Well it’s not exactly like that, I first watched the new trailer for the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes and THEN I started thinking about a simian uprising and what it would take for humans to survive something that….different?

It’s an interesting concept and after I saw the original planet of the apes I always wondered what were we trying to do that we made super-smart apes. Why were we so driven to mess around with something that eventually led to our ultimate demise. The funny thing there are quite a few movies that do pretty well that are based on human survival after some devastating annihilation of the human species.

Take the Matrix – complete success and completely surrounding the fact that humans messed with machines and machines kicked our asses. We built them strong to do what we couldn’t and wouldn’t do, but in trying to create them smarter and self-sufficient we made them sentient and thus killed ourselves in the process.

Then there is every Zombie movie ever made – we meddled with a way to cure something which just ended up killing us and bringing our recently dead back to live lusting for our flesh. Deliciously grotesque but again poses the risk of having all of humanity taken over by these creatures.

Whatever the scenario, the bottom line is that humans don’t win and it’s not about success in thwarting the attacking foe – it’s about the human condition and we must go through to survive such a horrific and brutal attack. If this new Planet of the Apes prequel is to stand out and be successful it should separate itself from having the hope of humans overcoming the apes, but the hopelessness of knowing that the apes will win and we are all screwed!

Check out the trailer below and judge for yourself! I don’t know about you, but I’m never testing on a monkey again. Bobo, you’re free to go….

Hockey Time In Canada

This is the beginning of an exciting time for most Canadians.

It doesn’t matter if your team is in or not (next year Leafs Nation) it’s going to be some exciting hockey nonetheless. The race for the final spots in the east was exciting with the Leaf’s being so close to breaking a playoff appearance drought. In fact all the games surrounding New York, Buffalo, Carolina and Toronto came down to the last few points and made every game a make it or break it event.

As much as I love my Leaf’s I wasn’t always a fan of the blue and white. Up until ’88 I was an Edmonton Oilers fan because of the one and only Great One. There are many people out there that don’t like Gretzky for many reasons but I love good ol’ 99 because of how much he made me love hockey. As a hispanic kid growing up in white school’s I wasn’t into hockey as much as my friends were. They played in rinks and in the streets but I never did. I did almost everything else except for hockey – it was too expensive at the time. But when I watched Gretzky take the ice I would get so excited that I didn’t think about anything else but how he could score. I didn’t follow stats, or players like my friends did – I just followed Wayne and when he left for LA I realized that even though he was a great player, I loved the game that he played more than I loved the Oilers.

This is when I came to my senses and realized that my loyalties could only lie in one place. Toronto (or if you live here then it’s pronounced Toronna) was where I was raised and that’s where I was introduced to the likes of Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk and my FAVOURITE goalie of all time – Felix Potvin. We started the 90’s with some really good playoff runs and I was even party to one of the greatest conference finals ever played for Toronto.

It was during a school trip to Quebec City in grade 8 and it was way past curfew (west coast game) when the Great one went up against my Leafs. When we scored the overtime winner to take the lead in the series all I remember was running up and down the halls of the hotel just ecstatic over the fact that I was sure we were going to win the cup that year. Gretzky came back to bite me in the ass and took away what would have been the greatest moment of my life. So now I’m left still hoping and waiting for that day to come

I know that my Buds will take it all the way one day soon and I’m not without happy moments in hockey. The Olympic gold won in Vancouver was one of the happiest moments of my life so far. It made me cry and made me proud to be Canadian. We shut down Yonge street and I screamed until I was hoarse. I can’t wait for that to happen again, but this time I’ll be screaming because my Leaf’s have finally won Lord Stanley’s Cup. Toronto’s population will explode and I plan on exploding with it!

Oh that day can’t come soon enough!

Rainy days

Most people hate the rain. I say why u be hatin?

Sunny summer days are great, but there is something cozy and inviting about rainy days. When I was a kid I remember sitting in my living room during thunderstorms and watching the rain form rivers in front of my house on its way to the storm drains. I would look at the debris floating down the mini river and would imagine myself floating on a leaf tackling the wilds of the rapids caused by the hill I lived on.
Yeah I have a wildly vivid imagination, but it gave me a love of rain and water. Water gives me a sense of purity and adventure, and feels so refreshing. If you think about it, water is the lifeblood of all living plant and animal life. Lots of spring rain gives a great start to summer crops and we can last without food longer then we can without water.

Maybe you don’t like being wet and I won’t lie, I hate being soaked and having to stay in wet clothes too. But even when I’m soaked I still enjoy the feeling I get when I get home, change into dry clothes and watch the rain.

Maybe its my perspective.

Or maybe I should just move to Seattle 🙂

The Royal Hoopla

I normally don’t watch the news. It usually makes me mad and by the end I wonder why the hell I decided to watch. People killing each other, political debacle’s and scandal after scandal. I guess when you look at the bottom line, the news is supposed to bring us what is important in the world around us and give us an unbiased view of what should matter to us no matter if it’s good or bad.

So why the upcoming royal wedding is such big news just baffles me. I understand that we’re part of a group of countries that shares ties to the UK and but it’s almost been 30 years since the Canada Act. So why we still concern ourselves with this nonsense is beyond me. What really get’s me though is that we still have a figurehead of a monarchy that, in my opinion, has no place in this modern world.

The little prince was born into privilege and has been given everything he needed. What gave this family the right to place themselves above everyone else. What gave this family the right to be more important than everyone else? And now the prince is getting married and the media is going into a frenzy to get everyone riled up for the pomp and ceremony that will be a colossal waste of money. Is it even the monarchy’s money or funded by the British taxpayers?

I guess I just don’t see the point in getting excited over such an extravagant waste of money. Maybe it’s because I don’t see the point in spending so much money on a huge event when there are so many better uses for the money they’re going to spend. Use it to help rebuild the disaster that has left Japan in shambles. Or what about our ever worrisome energy crisis, they can use that money to try and find a way to create a sustainable and renewable source of energy.

I guess it just makes me mad that the monarchy (no matter who they are) decides that they can do what they want and spend the money they want without being accountable to anyone. If they really want to show that they are worthy of their position then maybe they should lead by example and forgo such pleasures and focus more on building a better world.

I mean really, even PEZ collectables in the form of the Prince William and Kate – such a waste of money….

The Guvernator

I always try to look at the bright side when it comes to anything that comes out related to comic books and cartoons. When I was young I really wanted to be a cartoonist and draw for a living. I was ok, but I never really practiced my craft. I found that more than drawing, I loved making up scenarios where my hero would have to save the city, get the girl and capture the villain or else perish.

But when I see that Ah-nold is now coming out with his own comic book/cartoon/3D feature film about being the Guvernator – a private citizen by day and crime fighter by night, I have to just shake my head and sigh. I mean REALLY!!!

If you're going to invest in doing something like this then do your research and get a good writing/directing team to pull of something worthwhile. Don't just commercialize a stupid nickname that was given to you and then turn it into a Terminator vs. Transformers story starring the music of the Black Eyed Peas.

If that was the case then I should take my nickname (Sambonator) and pump out some Rambo meets Terminator superhero that does nothing but saves John Connor from the jungle.

So here is the trailer for the new Ah-nold project, watch it and tell me what you think. I’ll be honest I had fun watching it, but not in the way you may think. I laughed out loud at how ridiculous it is. I hope it doesn’t bomb, for Ah-nold’s sake.

Movie Reviews – April 1st

I hate and love the spring!

I love it because the snow is melting, the temperature is rising and the city comes alive giving you so much more to see and do.

I hate the spring because of the lack of quality movies coming out. It always seems like the time of year to dish out those movies that the studios take a chance on and will most likely flop.

This week we have Insidious, Source Code and Hop. Now aside from the Hop, the other two have some definite potential. Source Code’s concept is quite interesting and will draw crowds. Jake and Maggie have some great chemestry and will possible let this be an exception to the spring rule.
Insidious gives us a new type if horror from the same guy who directed Saw. Without the gore and blood it could still scare the pant off you.

My recommendation for this week would be to wait till Your Highness or Arthur next week, but if u must then just remember to avoid Hop and you should have an enjoyable time at the movies!