What exactly do we owe poor people? 
This article in the Star talks about poor people living in half-million dollar houses funded by our tax dollars.

There is now some suggestion that these houses be sold and the families moved to regular low-income housing, and apparently there is opposition to this plan.

To this I ask... what do we owe these people? Why should they be living in better places than I am when I'm working for a living and earning my keep?

To quote Margaret Greaves:

"I'm uncomfortable with the idea of low-income people only living in areas where the housing costs less,'' she says.


How does that make any sense? Of COURSE low income people live where the housing costs less. They have low incomes! That's all they can afford!

I'm sure I'd be perfectly happy living in a house on the Bridal Path, but as it turns out, I can't afford it. So I don't live there.

Professor Ernie Lightman says this:

"If the goal is to let people live as normally as possible, then it's clear the more integrated a community the better,'' he says, noting that, like Allen, most people wouldn't have been aware the families on Ellerbeck St. were in social housing.


Is that our goal? Are we trying to put poor people on easy street, living off the backs of the rest of us? I would have thought the goal would be to give them the bare necessities required to live and the opportunity to better their situations through hard work and a little ambition.

Now I know that our social programs fail in that respect in many places, but that's not the topic of discussion here.

That being the case though, shouldn't these properties be sold and the money spent toward helping all the poor, rather than putting up a select few in tax-funded luxury homes?

Wouldn't the money be better spent improving the schools and community programmes in poor ares so poor tax-leaching kids have a better chance at growing up to be something other than poor tax-leaching adults?

I'd be curious to know how long the people who live in these places have been there.

At the very least, give them a 5 year term and then kick them back to the projects. That way, we can give them a taste of the good life with the opportunity to improve themselves and then, if they don't take advantage of it, we can give the same shot to someone else.

Otherwise, what motivation is there for these people to go off on their own? If they earn a living but can then only afford a low-rent apartment, why would they ever move?


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Everyone wants to be me! 
It's been fraud week in NotWeaselLand.

My credit card was stolen over the weekend and whoever took it apparently tried to spend a few grand on Monday. Visa didn't let it go through, so all is well, but the whole thing has been quite an inconvenience.

To top it off, I've also found out that somebody back in June got a cell phone in my name and now they seem to think I'm going to foot the tab for it.

*sigh*

Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if everyone was honest and earned their own keep?

Perhaps it's time to bring back public flogging.


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How many wheels does it take to win a race? 
Apparently more than 3.

WTF is wrong with DEI that they can't make a car that will stay in one piece until the end of the race for Dale Jr.?

At least they're mixing things up a bit. I was trying not to get too excited about his chances at winning yesterday as he was running at the front near the end. I fully expected a cloud of white smoke as his engine gave up the ghost.

How surprised was I when one of his back wheels decided to just up and leave him in the 2nd to last lap!?

To pseudo-quote Kevin Harvick... "It's not a matter of if his car's gonna fall apart... it's when!"

On a brighter note, congratulations to Mikey for the 11th place finish and a big thank-you to JPM for keeping the wreck limping around the track to the bitter end so I could score a win and not be out another burrito.


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I like Bryan McCabe 
Despite the horrible showing the Leafs defense has provided so far this season, I still like Bryan McCabe.

People talk about Leafs fans as being some of the most unforgiving in the world, and seeing them in action leads me to believe there could be some truth in that.

Sure, we want them to win. Sure, we'd all like to see the Cup in Toronto sometime during our lifetimes. I'm not quite sure how ripping our team to shreds is going to help with that though.

We can rip into the management. They're the ones that provided us with the team we have, but the players? Let's get their backs and propel them forward!

I remember a few years back when I could do nothing but shake my head every time Kaberle touched the puck. Look at him now!

Wasn't it just last year that McCabe had the top scoring spot on the team early in the season?

I don't know what's going on with him right now to bring his play into the doldrums, but having Leaf Nation ready to skin him alive isn't going to help things.

Let's back our boys! For better or worse, they're what we have this year and with luck they can get past this poor streak and make the playoffs this year.

Hate the management, but love the team. :)


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David Miller is a Dick 
Has anyone else had enough of our mayor trying to hurt us just to make a point?

It seems like every time he tries to cut out some service the people of the city find valuable, his efforts are failing miserably.

Doesn't he think he should at least make sure such things are going to save the city money before he goes pulling the plug on them?

It seems to me that his efforts in the long run are actually going to cost us more rather than providing any savings.

All this, just so he can get the people to warm up to the new taxes he wants to stick us with.

I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to the next municipal elections so we can vote this idiot out.

The least he could do is let some independant auditors in to point out to us exactly where he's wasting all our money!

So why doesn't he? I can only imagine what they might find. My guess is that he's got something going on to line his pockets so thoroughly that it is worth committing political suicide for, and that he really needs the extra tax dollars to complete the process.

Here's hoping he doesn't get it. Slimy used-car-salesman-looking bastard that he is.

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