Rather than pandering to the bottom line, “Imagine” a media dedicated to Positive News!!…by Chuck Duboff



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As I indicated in the most recent blog, the media chooses not to focus on positive news stories, but rather contributes to the on going tension and angst which has overtaken much of the “chatter class.”  Were the talking heads and decision makers to decide to focus on more uplifting news stories, society would be much better served.  Rather than worrying non-stop about the “bottom line”, news organizations like CNN, Fox News, CNBC, CBC, CTV, BBC, could all contribute to a more healthy spirit permeating this world. Alas, though this may be a pie in the sky notion, I can dream and “Imagine” as John Lennon did in his wonderful song.  Giving up isn’t an option, contributing to a better world only makes us all better.

The following is from the website Positive News.

Build a wall of kindness

“While Donald Trump was first talking about his divisive wall, the concept of a ‘wall of kindness’ was blossoming in Iran. Stretches of wall are painted and furnished with pegs. Then, people hang clothes, food and goods that they no longer need for the homeless or poor to take. The concept is spreading: several towns in the UK currently feature their very own walls of kindness (in the case of Brighton, it’s a seafront shelter of kindness).”

From the beaches of Puerto Vallarta; Friday afternoon random thoughts…by Chuck Duboff

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  • It’s a hit the pool every ten minutes kinda hot today…lots of water today.
  • Watched Manchester by the Sea…though a slow pace, Casey Affleck was tremendous.
  • Amazing watching how very hard the staff in this resort works; never see anybody sluffing off.
  • It really is great getting to know so many people from all around the world…my friend Jose Martinez and his son Hector are pretty awesome guys to hang out with.
  • Jets fans can’t concern themselves with what all the other teams are doing during the one week break; it’s out of their hands now…and when they get back to playing, whatever there situation is…they just gotta Win Baby!!!
  • Those long runs in the morn on the sand are so fantastic…the legs are heart are working so hard; and when the run finishes it is an absolutely euphoric feeling.  That’s followed with a great workout in the gym…this environment is so inspiring for workouts and writing.
  • More often than not, reality checks are needed…if not, things go out of kilter really quickly.
  • One of the many good things to go home to is baseball; going to start setting up my Fantasy Teams, ordering MLB TV and writing my Winnipeg Goldeyes and MLB baseball blogs.
  • Have tried staying away from politics these past two weeks…the moment Herr Trumps name is mentioned…I either walk away or try and change the subject.
  • So very cool that yesterday’s blog got recognized by the Puerto Vallarta twitter account and tourism bureau…that’s two years in a row.
  • Had a major reality check an hour ago…glad I paid attention before it became out of hand.
  • It’s been fun having different bands selected each day for listening by the pool; it was Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Neil Young today…pretty, pretty coolcropped-img_90211.jpg
  • Speaking of pretty, pretty cool..great seeing Curb Your Enthusiasm doing at least one more season…Larry David is priceless.
  • Puerto Vallarta…muchos gracias; though I still have four more full days after today, it’s been great, yet again.
  • Sometimes its just so very hard understanding people…just better to let go and not let it upset you.
  • My favourite view down here in PV; the Sierra Madre mountains just take my breath away.

…on Day 4 of the Illegitimate President,Trump’s Old White Men cabinet takes control of women; 1950’s back alley abortions return!!…by Chuck Duboff


Eight Old White Men returning America to the dark days of the 1950’s

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On Monday, President Trump, surrounded by his Old White Men Cabinet, reinstated a rule first instituted by President Reagan, which gave foreign nonprofits a stark choice: Stop providing abortions, or any information about abortions, or lose valuable dollars from the United States

It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion

Pro-life officials and groups praised Trump’s action. “This is a vital step in the journey to make America great again, recognizing and affirming the universal ideal that all human beings have inherent worth and dignity, regardless of their age or nationality,”said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Trump’s action, coming just two days after massive women’s marches around the world to protest his presidency, sparked a flurry of angry responses from Democratic lawmakers and women’s health organizations.


It would seem that Make America Great Again means returning to the days of the 1950’s, when women who needed an abortion were forced to resort to back alleys and the use of hangers.  There was nothing great about the America which the Old White Men of Trump’s cabinet are attempting to recreate.  It was a time of women in the kitchen, white men calling the shots and racism at every corner.  This is the vision of Trump’s Great America.


“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Adolf Hitler…by Chuck Duboff


“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

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In just two days, the United States of America will have a new president;   an individual who is bombastic, racist, misogynistic, and is incapable of speaking the truth.

He has taken on the press, and is repeating a statement over and over, that any news outlet which does not agree with his outrageous comments, is a fake news organization.  Repeat it enough times and those whose blind faith got Donald Trump elected, will believe it.

To state that CNN is a fake news organization is a grandiose lie.  CNN, unlike Fox News and Breitbart, does not blindly accept anything which Mr. Trump spews.

Jeremy Peters of the New York Times stated:

“The C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the White House may all agree that Russia was behind the hacking that interfered with the election. But that was of no import to the website Breitbart News, which dismissed reports on the intelligence assessment as “left-wing fake news.”

Rush Limbaugh has diagnosed a more fundamental problem. “The fake news is the everyday news” in the mainstream media, he said on his radio show recently. “They just make it up.”

Some supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump have also taken up the call. As reporters were walking out of a Trump rally this month in Orlando, Fla., a man heckled them with shouts of “Fake news!”.

If Americans continue down this path of allowing their new President to repeat the same falsehoods over and over, I dare say the days of Hitler taking over control of the media are not far behind.

Saturday Morning Random Thoughts (with several important Thank You’s included); by Chuck Duboff

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  • Thank you to Clara Hughes…while laid up in a hospital bed after surgery, she took the time to encourage me through a difficult week.  You are a champion in so many ways Clara…most importantly, you are an inspiration to all of us who face the daily challenge of Depression.  Your being so open about the challenges you face with Mental Health Issues…you make it easier for all of us.clara huges
  • Al and Geoff…thank you for last Monday afternoon.  Thank you.
  • Completed watching Breaking Bad, all 5 seasons, for the third time.  Walter White and Jessie…daymn, it doesn’t get much better.
  • As I said yesterday:  “Winnipeg, where you get up in the morning and check the wind chill, -29, and you go: YES!!…now that’s better.”
  • I say this to friends and family of those who suffer with Depression; it must be difficult to watch someone you love struggle and make decisions which seem irrational; but, I would ask you to ask yourself this question: “Would someone like Chuck, a supposedly educated man, consciously choose to go through what he went through last week.”  The next time you get frustrated, upset, angry with them for doing something which you can’t understand…ask yourself that question.
  • Given all the injuries the Jets faced in November…and the heavy schedule they were given…it’s amazing they are still at.500…playoffs may be tough…but, I think, if they could beat Buffalo today, making it 3 in a row, they could go on a roll.
  • Think about this: Scheifele, Ehlers and Laine…just those three, 51 GOALS!!!!!
  • The beaches of Puerto Vallarta, the ocean, the mountains, the hot sun…are now within my getting excited time!!!  Two weeks away from this frozen city!!!
  • In the midst of a very difficult birthday on January 1st, the birthday wishes kept pouring in on Facebook…don’t have the words to express what that day felt like, but I do want to thank those that took the time to send their birthday wishes.
  • The Russians, Vladamir Putin, manipulating the American election, is beyond believable…if a direct link to Trump’s campaign is exposed…Trump should be tried for treason and there should be a re-election.  Woodward and Bernstein…go get ’em boys!!
  • These two leaders are destroying the very foundation of Democracy.
  • Watched the Secret Life of Pets with Laine and Ben; man did I ever enjoy that!!
  • Bell Lets Talk…January 25…a day of discussion and understanding about Mental Health Issues…leaders like Clara Hughes and Michael Landsberg, who face the daily challenges, have been courageous in bringing this debilitating medical issue to light.
  • Thursday evening, December 29th, I went to the Jets game with Laine; we had a fantastic time; came home in a great mood.  Woke up Friday morning, December 30th; within minutes, I knew!!  I felt it!!  Ten minutes later I wrote this blog; reading it now, it just blows my mind how the Devil (Depression) can take hold and not let go.  https://chuckduboff.com/2016/12/30/the-devils-death-grip-by-chuck-duboff/
  • Brian Pallister, hope you’re having fun down in Costa Rica plotting more ways you can cut jobs, salaries, services in Manitoba.
  • Been in a Led Zeppelin headspace for weeks now…Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham!!led-zeppelin-ii-1400175028
  • Thank you Al; thank you Geoff; thank you Clara.  I’m writing today, because the three of you took the time to be there for me.
  • Al inscribed the copy of his book, Saskatchewan Farm Boy, that he gave me; some important words were said: … “the best and longest of friends are those who accept each other for what they are.”
  • This is classic, couldn’t resist:esl

Saturday Morning, pre-blizzard, random thoughts; by Chuck Duboff

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  • Get ready Winnipeg, it looks like we are in for one whopper of a blizzard.  If it’s going to hit us, don’t be a half assed blizzard…shut the city down for a few days.  Now that’s a blizzard.
  • That being said…February 15th can’t come fast enough for me.
  • It has been fascinating seeing the computer models tracking this storm for almost a week and they pretty much have nailed it.
  • Wishing all my friends in Winnipeg, across Canada, the US, Mexico, Cuba, Spain and anywhere else I’ve missed…a very Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas.
  • Congratulations to my friend Al Bryski, who sold out the initial  printing of his just released first book: Saskatchewan Farm Boy.  A second printing is underway and copies will be available for purchase at McNally Robinson.
  • Watching Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Nik Ehlers play together, takes me back to the days of Hull, Hedberg and Nillson…Ehlers first goal Thursday reminded me so very much of Hedberg flying down the right wing and scoring on a fabulous wrist shot:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUd2VNpgs0
  • Nice being able to help out former students in whatever way possible.
  • Interesting to see discussions which occur following the publishing of a blog; it’s pretty easy by now to tell which readers will respond and what their attitudes will be.
  • Donald Trump: taking the United States back to the 1950’s.
  • Please explain to me the love affair with a despot like Vladamir Putin.
  • Kind of surreal that I have a daughter who is now 39 years old; hard to process…but so very blessed to have her in my life.
  • Really enjoying reading the Bryan Cranston autobiography; what an interesting man.
  • 2016…you have royally sucked!!!!  Leave Carrie Fischer alone…get well soon Ms. Fischer.
  • As I have said to many…the last 21 minutes of the Jets win over Vancouver this past Thursday evening…that team could beat anybody!!  The young guns taking over the team; think about this…the Jets first goal of the game:  Trouba passes to Scheif who passes to Ehlers who passes to Laine for another electric goal.  Those are four first round picks by the Jets folks…how exciting is that.  Now if Coach Maurice could just find a way to get the team to play 60 minute hockey.  We need a long winning streak to get the confidence to another level.
  • The Miriam-Webster Dictionary definition of megalomaniaa delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.  If this doesn’t describe Donald Trump, I don’t know what does.  Watching what is unfolding right now with Trump and Putin is so very reminiscent of the 1930’s…it’s time for the world to wake up.
  • Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 15th.
  • Though it causes one to pause, at times we must purge people from our lives…those who contribute nothing and only bring you down…bye, bye.  I’d rather have a small strong circle of friends, than a flimsy circle of inconvenient acquaintances.
  • Time to head down to the gym for 45 minutes weights and 45 on treadmill!!
  • INVITATION: January 1st, New Year’s Day…my birthday; it is a tradition on this day to have family and friends over for birthday cake…I’d like to extend an invitation to any of my wonderful friends to join us that afternoon at my condo…let me know and i can get you my address; I know my friend Al and I will be toasting the New Year with a shot of some special Tequila I brought home last winter.  Look forward to seeing you next Sunday…and saying goodbye to the nightmare that was: 2016!!happy-new-year-party-banner-2017

Does Paul Maurice Need to Get with the Times?…by Geoff Brookes


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I need to say right up front that I am a big fan of Paul Maurice as the coach of the Winnipeg Jets. I don’t want to see a coaching change. I like his professionalism, the way he handles players, and the way he presents himself. I also think he’s good at positioning the Jets to win hockey games.

But lately I’ve begun to wonder if he could be better than he is right now.

I marvel at comments from knowledgeable hockey people about how Maurice makes “in game” adjustments. The recent home game against the New York Rangers might be a good example, when fast-skating players like Tanev and Copp got more playing time after the first period, to counter-act the speed of the Rangers, and perhaps give the rest of the Jets a bit more motivation to skate like the “Blue Shirts”. The adjustment worked, as the Jets played far better in the second period, tying the game at 1.

This begs a question, though. Why wasn’t that “need for speed” recognized before the puck dropped in period number one?

Paul Maurice has talked publicly about these 2016 Jets needing to find their team identity. He’s talked about that identity involving speed and physicality – being tough to play against. But are the Jets’ coaches consistently reading from that playbook- especially the part about speed? If so, how was it that the Rangers blitzed the Jets in the first period of that game? Why didn’t players like Tanev and Copp get a larger role from the first minute of the game?

coppWhy do slower veterans like Drew Stafford continue to garner prized spots on the top two lines, when their capacity for this essential ingredient is dwindling with age?

There are answers for this question – the experience of a veteran player; the ability to make the most of scoring chances in the blue paint; knowing how to play the game at the NHL level.

The problem with these answers is that they avoid the main question – can the player (e.g. Stafford) keep up with the pace of the game in the year 2016? If the answer to that question is “no”, then it undermines the value of Stafford’s main attributes. It’s hard to be productive when you can’t get to the right spot fast enough.

Is it just Stafford, or do other Jets that fit this analysis?

Well, how about Mathieu Perreault?

I can’t say that I’ve measured the speed of any of the Jets, but by my eye test, both Stafford and Perreault are just slightly slower than they were a couple of years ago.


But that isn’t really the main point. The issue is that the league is faster than it was just two years ago.

Again, I can’t prove this. But watching games, I’m convinced that the NHL is faster – much faster. As support for this comment, you often hear interviews with players where the reticent, cliché-infused athletes actually say these words aloud. The NHL is faster.

The league is now ruled by players like Patrick Kane and Tyler Seguin, who compete with speed and puck-handling. Teams like the LA Kings – who used to dominate with their “heavy game”, en route to 2 cup wins – are now just 2 games above .500 (or exactly .500 when you count all losses as losses).

And on the Jets, skilled players like Stafford and Perreault, who used to get at leasthalf a point a game – often more than that – are struggling at roughly .25 points per game.

I like Drew Stafford as a hockey player. I especially like Mathieu Perreault. But I can’t help wondering if they are working on how to adapt their game to the lightning-paced NHL of 2016.

Have the Jets missed the boat on this change? On balance, I don’t think so. In fact, the Jets started drafting the faster, often smaller players as early as 2013, with picks like Josh Morrissey and Andrew Copp, and followed that up in more recent years with picks like Nikolai Ehlers, Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic. Even later round picks featured speed and skill.

With allowances for the time needed for younger players to develop (including Copp and Tanev), it’s the fast players that are producing most of the goals and assists for the Jets in 2016 – Scheifele, Wheeler, Little, Ehlers and Byfuglien. (I rate Big Buff as a fast skater). In my opinion, Patrik Laine is a rare, special case, where his ability to shoot puts him in a unique category (like Ovechkin). Having said that, many have pointed out that his skating and playmaking skills are under-rated by media outside of Winnipeg.

My point is that the NHL Jets succeed when they use their speed. Any strategy that doesn’t play to that strength is not maximizing their chances to win hockey games.

The changing NHL also affects the way penalties are called for stick infractions, and restraining penalties. It’s gotten to the point where it’s almost irrelevant whether or not the infraction actually incurred. If the stick gets near the wrong places, you’re probably going to get a penalty. The Jets are second in the NHL for most minor penalties taken. It’s hard to win when you give your opponents that many power plays. This change has occurred over a longer period of time, but is almost as important as the changes in the speed of the game.


Until the Winnipeg Jets adapt their strategies to fit these NHL realities for the 2016-17 season, they are likely doomed to mediocrity.

To paraphrase the Canadian pop singer Gerry Doucette, “Momma let ‘em play.” If  Paul Maurice lets the speed demons race around the rink, and gets his players to keep their sticks on the ice (hello to the “Mayor of St. James”), we’ll be jumping out of our seats celebrating goals and victories.

Saturday Morning Random Thoughts…by Chuck Duboff

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  • David Bowie, Pat Harrington, Abe Vagoda, Alan Rykman, Glenn Frey, Nancy Reagan, Joe Garigiola, Ken Howard, Gary Shandling, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts, Prince, Gary Marshall, Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Florence Henderson,  Janet Reno, Morley Safer, Robert Vaughn, Fidel Castro, Harper Lee, Sir George Martin, Muhammed Ali, Gordie Howe, Elie Wiesel,  Buddy Ryan, Jose Fernandez, Shimon Perez, Leon Russell, Gwen IfillNatalie Cole, Monte Irvin, W.P. Kinsella…
  • I’m sure I missed several notable deaths from 2016…but, what a year it has been…what a year.
  • Well, that was a road trip from hell for the Winnipeg Jets…after an exhilarating 4-0 win over Chicago…the Jets headed out on a 5 game road trip…I don’t think anybody saw an 0 for 5 coming.
  • Then again…it would sure be nice to have Bryan Little, Matthieu Perrault, Tyler Myers, Toby Enstrom and Joel Armia in the lineup.  The young kids battled, but were in over their heads.
  • Could we have more of this please:
  • And less of this:
  • The rise of the Alt-Right and the Nazi gatherings, should have everyone terrified; hiding your head in the sand is exactly what the world did with Adolf Hitler.  Speak up, speak out and let your voice be heard.
  • Off to watch Ben’s hockey practice today and then its just he and I to Boston Pizza…just because…and then tomorrow, Laine and I to the Jets…blessed.
  • When you force things to happen, there’s a good chance they won’t…let life come to you.
  • Forecast for this weekend: +3, +4 and +6 by Monday…Climate change, what’s that?
  • Trip tickets picked up…two weeks of hot sun and beautiful beaches to look forward to…sure does help get through our long Winnipeg winters.
  • I ask this seriously, given how terribly wrong the Polling companies had the US election…is there a future for Polling companies in politics.  This is a new world we live in…between cell phones and social media, I think its impossible to get a real read on what the electorate is thinking.
  • January 1st, 63 years old.  No seriously, 63 years old.  Huh?  You’re welcome to come over for BD cake on Jan 1st afternoon…img_2243
  • Fidel Castro passes away; I got to see both sides of Cuba in my 11 trips down there; the touristy side presented a facade to travellers…I lived in Havana with a friend for a few weeks…got to see the real Cuba that the citizens live.  Very scary…very, very scary.  You have to be careful of every word you say…and the allotment of food which the citizens get is incomprehensible…we have it so good in Canada.
  • Is it baseball season yet?  I leave on my trip on February 15th…the day pitchers and catchers report for training camp.
  • Pretty lucky to have Steen Taxi available for my airport runs.
  • Gotta hit the treadmill this morning for an hour.
  • I can watch Seinfeld for hours and enjoy it as much as ever.
  • Was so cool sending Thanksgiving wishes to friends all over the States the other day…and getting wonderful responses back…the technology that we are living with today is amazing.
  • With over 65,000 reads of this blog and over 1200 followers, I have a pretty good handle on the number of views to expect from different kinds of blogs.  It really is an interesting sociological study.
  • December 10th MRI…nervous…quite nervous.
  • Just sayin…Carly makes a decadent BD cake for me every year…if you’re in town and can get your self moving by the afternoon…come and join us to ring in the New Year and celebrate my 63rd….with some great friends and my amazing kids.

    Gord D

    I hope you are having a great day Gord Downie.

This is what passes for news now on CNN: “…are Jews people?” by Chuck Duboff


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I was sickened to see this headline on CNN.  Giving time to the Alt-Right legitimizes their existence, hatred, bigotry.  CNN is no longer a news outlet…it is sensationalism for the purpose of boosting ratings.  Gone are the days of Bernard Shaw reporting on the news, not talking heads screaming at each other.  Where is the reporting on what is going on in North Dakota?  It would seem that CNN would rather fan the flames of a Nazi revival.  I have not turned on CNN since Election Night, I will find other sources for “new facts” which are occurring around the world.


 I am proud to be Jewish; this video speaks to me and I will stand up for the 6 million who can’t speak.


This is what occurred in a Washington DC restaurant just two nights; a white supremacist group saluting their leader Donald Trump

CNN: this is what is happening in North Dakota, in case you were too busy giving  life to a Nazi party.




Trump’s AmeriKKKa…Make AmeriKa Hate Again…the Alt-Right: Making AmeriKa White Again…

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Ben Pasek:

A lot of people aren’t just heartbroken. They’re scared. It doesn’t feel safe to be gay/black/female/Muslim/Latino/Jewish in America

Steve Bannon runs an anti-Semitic website, is a misogynist and will be one of Donald Trump’s senior advisers



Ku Klux Klan reveal plans to hold public ‘victory march’ next month to celebrate the next president’s election

The white power group plan to hold a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” and announced in all-caps that “Trump’s race united my people”



No paper today…here’s some reading with Sunday morning random thoughts..by Chuck Duboff

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  • Joel Armia has been an incredible revelation for the Jets and maybe the best player in that blockbuster trade with Buffalo.

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    Joel Armia

  • I’m Canadian and not personally invested in the American election, but the political junkie in me can barely stomach this ugly election anymore.
  • Day 1 out of 109…feels great and highly motivated.
  • I said at the start of the World Series that I’m 60/40 pulling for Cleveland…I’ve always seen Cleveland as the Winnipeg of the United States…from not winning championships to always having jokes made about them.  Well, the Cavaliers won this season, they’ve got the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame there…now it’s time for the Cleveland baseball team to join in the fun!!  We’ve got a Winnipeg Goldeyes Championship, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights….time for the Bombers or Jets to chip in.
  • It’s been a very long time for both the Cubbies and the Indians…both can’t win:cleveland-world-series
  • So very, very, very cool watching Laine at a soccer clinic yesterday morning led by Desiree Scott of Canada’s National Women’s team.  Scott herself had been a Kidsport participant and it’s great to see her giving back to the community.


    Our big girl Laine and Winnipeger and Canadian National Soccer team player, Desiree Scott

  • To paraphrase the ol’ professor, Mickey Steen…the Bombers stunk the joint out yesterday.  Such a crucial game and they were just terrible.
  • Some people just aren’t worth the time and effort.
  • I would say that #29 for the Jets, Patrik Laine, has a chance to be a pretty decent player!!  Ovechkin: “he has a chance to score 50/60 goals” Elliot Freedman: “Hockey people are comparing him to Ovechkin, Kovulchuk and Bossy.”
  • Winning that Lottery Ball second overall pick was franchise changing!!14591597_10154380773080783_6491552696864755528_n
  • “Mexicans are murderers and rapists” “Ban all Muslims from coming into the States” “I grab them by the p****s and just kiss them”  “I don’t need to show my tax return”…Lose a Billion dollars in one year…don’t pay any taxes…have 12 women accuse you of groping them…run a scam with Trump University…claim you’ll bring jobs back to the US after using Chinese steel for your hotels…and this person is actually running for the presidency???   Really?
  • I used to be so into the NFL and now it is almost completely off the radar…more than any other reason, it is the never ending commercials on TV which have driven me away…there is no flow to the game and every time they go to commercial I just lose more and more interest.
  • Textbook case in how to ruin a player’s career: Jacob Trouba!!  Allowing his dad and agent to control things like he is…is ruining Trouba’s career.  I always liked the kid, but he has zero leverage for seven years and to come out demanding a trade and then being told he doesn’t want to play in Canada…good luck with that Jacob…if it was me, I’d have him sit for the seven years the Jets have him under control…Jets have to send a message to future RFA’s that this kind of garbage won’t be tolerated.jacob-trouba-winnipeg-jets
  • There is a 100% correlation: the older I get the more I hate, yes hate, winter!!
  • The Winnipeg Free Press…you used to be such a pleasure to read…now all you are is 24 hours old news and poorly written and edited stories; so sad to watch.
  • Hey Andrew: that Goldeyes mug that I used on our championship playoff run…now 2 for 2 with the Jets…just sayin!!!
  • Watching how very much Ben and Laine love reading is so wonderful…here’s Ben at 7:00 in the morning reading a Babe Ruth biography…takes great parenting to instil a love of reading!!14632921_10157564638125580_92702574251880207_n
  • Couldn’t be prouder of Matt and the determination he showed…I know you’ll be great with your new job at the West End Cultural Centre.

A letter to Donald Trump, from Bill Howell; pretty much sums up how I feel about the Republican nominee for President of the U.S.A


These five presidents are not supporting Donald Trump.


A gentleman named Bill Howell wrote this letter:
Dear Mr. Trump:
It’s taken me a while to realize this and to admit it, but I’m grateful to you.
For the past few months I’ve spent a good deal of time lamenting your campaign and the poison it has so effortlessly generated. I’ve watched our country imploding, our public discourse become polluted, our political climate grows ever more corrosive, and wrongly assumed you were to blame.
It’s only lately I’ve come to understand that you haven’t manufactured our current national ugliness—you’ve simply revealed it.
By saying the irresponsible, mean-spirited, ignorant things you say so freely and so frequently, you’ve given other like-minded people license to do the same. You’ve opened up the floodgates for our corporate sewage to flow fully. People no longer conceal their vile mess, they now revel in it, they broadcast it and retweet it.
You’ve made bigotry and racism socially acceptable again and that has been a kind of twisted gift because it’s allowed me to really see people; not as they pretend to be on the surface—but in the very depths of their wounded, weaponized hearts.
Over and over as your campaign has persisted, your supporters would tell me that they like you because you “speak your mind”. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve realized that you speak their minds. You’ve given credence to their prejudices and made those prejudices go mainstream.
Thanks to the terrible ground you’ve broken, politicians, pastors, friends, and strangers, both in person and on social media now regularly out themselves as hateful, intolerant, and malicious—and they remind me just how close they are to me, just how deep the sickness in us runs, and just how far we have to go together.
You’ve emboldened people to be open about things they used to conceal for the sake of decorum, and though it turns my stomach, I know that this is the only way we can move forward; to have that cancerous stuff exposed fully so that it can be dealt with. Our progress as a nation is predicated on authentic dialogue, no matter how brutal and disheartening that dialogue is.
In other words, you’ve let us know what we’re really dealing with here and while it’s been rightly disturbing, it’s also been revelatory. That’s the thing about that kind of harsh light: you’re forced to see everything. Beauty and monstrosity equally illuminated.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think you’re the least qualified, least knowledgeable Presidential candidate we may ever have had participate this far into the process, and if you somehow were elected I’d fear gravely for the world my children would inherit—should it survive your Presidency at all. I believe you’re reckless, bitter, and completely reprehensible; the very worst kind of bully.
But whether you win or lose, you’ve already allowed me the blessing of Truth; about me, about you, about other candidates, about our nation.
And in the process you’ve also shown me that I am not alone in resisting you and this ugly thing you’ve revealed about us.
You’ve generated an equally loud, equally passionate response to it and this is where I find my hope these days.
I find it in those for whom equality isn’t just a cheap buzzword, it’s the most precious of hills to die on.
I find it in those people who refuse to be silent in the face of our impending shared regression.
I find it in those willing to be bolder in defending the inherent value of all people.
I find it in the growing army of those who will not tolerate hatred as a core American value.
I find it in those who reject violence as our default response to dissension.
I find it in the ever rising voice of people who will not let malice and bitterness represent them in the world.
Today I find my hope in those who, like me, will not be complicit in allowing bigotry and intolerance to become a source of national pride, because we’ve seen where that leads.
Yes, Mr Trump, you’ve unearthed our hidden sickness and you’ve allowed it to go viral.
You brought every awful thing about us out into the open.
You will NEVER Get My Vote!

No paper today? Here’s some reading: Monday Morning Random Thoughts; by Chuck Duboff

© Chuck Duboff



  • Phew…just catching my breath from that debate.
  • Dictators like Stalin had their political opponents arrested after elections; in Mexico, the gangs kidnap or kill their political opponents; Trumps threat last night…democracy at its’ worst.
  • When will Bombers QB, Matt Nichols get the accolades he deserves for turning the Bombers season around?
  • It got cold out waaaaaaay too early…it’s only the start of October!!
  • Former Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney: “I don’t know how any woman could ever vote for Donald Trump.”
  • Intrigues me to see the Jets final cuts…could be some big surprises.
  • Love watching guys like Donaldson, Pillar, Tulo and EE play baseball.
  • Trump was prowling like a bear and at times it looked like he was stalking Clinton.
  • I don’t know what Coach Maurice and his coaches see in Chris Thorburn that I don’t; I’d make him a playing coach with the Moose.
  • Playoff baseball takes the game to a whole other level of intensity.
  • Much like the Goldeyes, the Jays made the playoffs on the final day of the season and just got on a roll…
  • Moe Leggett, now he’s a heart and soul football player.moe
  • I hope everybody is enjoying their cut of the PST from 8% to 7%…what, it hasn’t happened yet?…
  • How many days till the hot beaches of Puerto Vallarta?
  • I have been in a lot of locker rooms throughout my life…and with some pretty wild guys…I’ve never heard talk like that of Trump and Bush; to say its sickening would be an understatement.
  • Wireless headphones…very, very cool!!
  • Head colds are never ending…feels like there is a balloon in there which won’t go away.
  • Patrick Laine struggled through the pre-season; it’s a different game in the NHL and it’s gong to take him some time to adapt to the more physical play and the smaller ice-surface.
  • Twitter…could you imagine what Watergate would have been like had there been Twitter and Facebook.
  • So many parallels between Trump and Richard Nixon.
  • Robert de Niro!!!  “You talkin to me?”…”No, I’m talking to that fat pig Trump”!!robert-de-niro1-640x360
  • Excited to pick up my Goldeyes Championship hoodie tomorrow!
  • Never knew who she was before, but Ana Navaro, a Republican from Florida…has become the voice of those who are sick and tired of Trump; she tells it like it is.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHYjCMFzYrg
  • Jets home opener on Thursday night; first game of the season…always an exciting game…will be interesting to see how the young guys, Conner, Morrisey, Laine and Ehlers do this season.
  • I expect more Trump bombshells this week…would not shock me if more tapes came out.
  • Sure not into the NFL like I used to be…
  • Loving the Springsteen bio, Born to Run.
  • Nice to see Chelsea Clinton sitting beside her dad, Bill, and supporting him through what must have been a very difficult night.
  • Hate seeing a young kid like Jacob Trouba having his career ruined by his agent.
  • There are few people in this world whom I can honestly say I dislike…but “you” have become one of them.

My home away from home!!!

Calvin and Hobbes; thank you to Bill Watterson for this wonderful reminder about life.



©Bill Watterson

“Calvin? Calvin, sweetheart?”
In the darkness Calvin heard the sound of Susie, his wife of fifty-three years. Calvin struggled to open his eyes. God, he was so tired and it took so much strength. Slowly, light replaced the darkness, and soon vision followed. At the foot of his bed stood his wife. Calvin wet his dry lips and spoke hoarsely, “Did… did you…. find him?”
“Yes dear,” Susie said smiling sadly, “He was in the attic.”
Susie reached into her big purse and brought out a soft, old, orange tiger doll. Calvin could not help but laugh. It had been so long. Too long.
“I washed him for you,” Susie said, her voice cracking a little as she laid the stuffed tiger next to her husband.
“Thank you, Susie.” Calvin said.
A few moments passed as Calvin just laid on his hospital bed, his head turned to the side, staring at the old toy with nostalgia.
“Dear,” Calvin said finally. “Would you mind leaving me alone with Hobbes for a while? I would like to catch up with him.”
“All right,” Susie said. “I’ll get something to eat in the cafeteria. I’ll be back soon.”
Susie kissed her huband on the forehead and turned to leave. With sudden but gentle strength Calvin stopped her. Lovingly he pulled his wife in and gave her a passionate kiss on the lips. “I love you,” he said.
“And I love you,” said Susie.
Susie turned and left. Calvin saw tears streaming from her face as she went out the door.
Calvin then turned to face his oldest and dearest friend. “Hello Hobbes. It’s been a long time hasn’t it old pal?”
Hobbes was no longer a stuffed doll but the big furry old tiger Calvin had always remembered. “It sure has, Calvin.” said Hobbes.
“You… haven’t changed a bit.” Calvin smiled.
“You’ve changed a lot.” Hobbes said sadly.
Calvin laughed, “Really? I haven’t noticed at all.”
There was a long pause. The sound of a clock ticking away the seconds rang throughout the sterile hospital room.
“So… you married Susie Derkins.” Hobbes said, finally smiling. “I knew you always like her.”
“Shut up!” Calvin said, his smile bigger than ever.
“Tell me everything I missed. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!” Hobbes said, excited.
And so Calvin told him everything. He told him about how he and Susie fell in love in high school and had married after graduating from college, about his three kids and four grandkids, how he turned Spaceman Spiff into one of the most popular sci-fi novels of the decade, and so on. After he told Hobbes all this there was another pregnant pause.
“You know… I visited you in the attic a bunch of times.” Calvin said.
“I know.”
“But I couldn’t see you. All I saw was a stuffed animal.” Calvin voice was breaking and tears of regret started welling up in his eyes.
“You grew up old buddy.” said Hobbes.
Calvin broke down and sobbed, hugging his best friend. “I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry I broke my promise! I promised I wouldn’t grow up and that we’d be together forever!!”
Hobbes stroke the Calvin’s hair, or what little was left of it. “But you didn’t.”
“What do you mean?”
“We were always together… in our dreams.”
“We were?”
“We were.”
“Yeah, old buddy?”
“I’m so glad I got to see you like this… one last time…”
“Me too, Calvin. Me too.”
“Sweetheart?” Susie voice came from outside the door.
“Yes dear?” Calvin replied.
“Can I come in?” Susie asked.
“Just a minute.”
Calvin turned to face Hobbes one last time. “Goodbye Hobbes. Thanks… for everything…”
“No, thank you Calvin.” Hobbes said.
Calvin turned back to the door and said, “You can come in now.”
Susie came in and said, “Look who’s come to visit you.”
Calvin’s children and grandchildren followed Susie into Calvin’s room. The youngest grandchild ran past the rest of them and hugged Calvin in a hard, excited hug. “Grandpa!!” screamed the child in delight.
“Francis!” cried Calvin’s daughter, “Be gentle with your grandfather.”
Calvin’s daughter turned to her dad. “I’m sorry, Daddy. Francis never seems to behave these days. He just runs around making a mess and coming up with strange stories.”
Calvin laughed and said, “Well now! That sound just like me when I was his age.”
Calvin and his family chatted some more until a nurse said, “Sorry, but visiting hours are almost up.”
Calvin’s beloved family said good bye and promised to visit tommorrow. As they turned to leave Calvin said, “Francis. Come here for a second.”
Francis came over to his grandfather’s side, “What is it Gramps?”
Calvin reached over to the stuffed tiger on his bedside and and held him out shakily to his grandson, who looked exactly as he did so many years ago. “This is Hobbes. He was my best friend when I was your age. I want you to have him.”
“He’s just a stuffed tiger.” Francis said, eyebrows raised.
Calvin laughed, “Well, let me tell you a secret.”
Francis leaned closer to Clavin. Calvin whispered, “If you catch him in a tiger trap using a tuna sandwich as bait he will turn into a real tiger.”
Francis gasped in delighted awe. Calvin continued, “Not only that he will be your best friend forever.”
“Wow! Thanks grandpa!” Francis said, hugging his grandpa tightly again.
“Francis! We need to go now!” Calvin’s daughter called.
“Okay!” Francis shouted back.
“Take good care of him.” Calvin said.
“I will.” Francis said before running off after the rest of the family.
Calvin laid on his back and stared at the ceiling. The time to go was close. He could feel it in his soul. Calvin tried to remember a quote he read in a book once. It said something about death being the next great adventure or something like that. He eyelids grew heavy and his breathing slowed. As he went deeper into his final sleep he heard Hobbes, as if he was right next to him at his bedside. “I’ll take care of him, Calvin…”
Calvin took his first step toward one more adventure and breathed his last with a grin on his face.

Saturday Morning Random Thoughts…by Chuck Duboff

let go
© Chuck Duboff
… so proud to be Canadian.
… it’s been one month and life has never been better.
… sad watching what is happening to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
…grateful to have so many great friends; a real blessing.
…big shout out to Geoff, camping up at Clear Lake; great Jets blogs this week pal.
…taking Laine and Ben and friends to Dairy Queen for ice cream; awesome!!!


Laine & Ben in the white shirts along with their friends Lincoln & Nixon

…Mr. Bryski; thank you…you have always inspired me and shown me the path!!  Glad you are coming to Goldeyes games this season.
…Had an awesome day by the pool on Canada Day; was packed and so much fun!!!
…So impressed with the manner in which the Jets stick to their plan; wish the season was starting tomorrow.
…Have had so many people share that they love the reporting that Mr. Goldeye, Mickey Steen and I are doing on the Winnipeg Goldeyes this season.  Great stuff Mick.
…The image of Canada around the world makes you so proud to be a Canadian.


…filled with gratitude and very humbled by what occurred a month ago today; it was both a wake up call and an awakening.  It’s what I needed.
…newspapers are dying and I would suggest within five years, maybe less, we will see the death of newspapers.
…can’t wait for our Jets ticket draft…can’t believe this is already our 6th season coming up.  Feels like just yesterday Geoff and I were partying in downtown Winnipeg, upon the return of our Jets.
…I don’t know if you are reading this Tracey, but it is so wonderful how our friendship has grown; from teaching together in Cancun…you and your beautiful family down in Denver and me up here in Winnipeg…your friendship means a lot to me.
…Looking forward to taking Laine & Ben to the Jets development camp Monday; we’ve got pictures of them with Nic Ehlers & Josh Morrisey the last two summers! Patrick Laine is on their radar!!
…constantly amazed by the fabulous photographer that Matt has turned into; what a talent!!
…I have said this so many times, but I believe that Donald Trump’s vile language and behaviour, has given the neanderthals, the KKK, the NRA, permission to come out from their bunkers and act like idiots.  I fear for my friends in the States.


Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester

Is this the image that a presidential candidate should be portraying?

…another great sun filled summer day…time to go for a hike, hang out by the pool and then off to Goldeyes baseball.