Poll #2: If the Canadian Federal Election were held today, whom would you vote for?

This is the second in a series of three polls on the Canadian Federal Election. It has been set up so that only one vote is permitted per computer. The third and final poll will be taken the weekend before the election.

What is the deal with Clowns? Why are people so afraid of clowns? Answer the simple poll question…

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Evil Clown

Evil Clown

Truth be told, I have always been afraid of clowns. As a kid I would get so scared any time I’d see a clown; I remember at the circus that the clowns were supposed to be the fun part of the show…not for me, i was terrified. I know I’m not the only one…anytime the subject of clowns comes up, it amazes me how so many people are afraid of and do not like clowns. Even one Cozmo Kraemer was afraid of clowns.

Below you will find an interesting article by the Smithsonian Institute of the psychology of clowns being scary.

There is a very simple poll question: Do you like clowns, yes or no?





Saturday Morning Random Thoughts…Jets Playoffs, Sons of Anarchy and Bill C51…

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– Imagine this scenario unfolding: The Jets play Calgary on the last day of the season. What if that game turns out to be a winner take all…who ever wins the game gets in the playoffs…loser is out. It’s still regular season…could you fathom your whole season coming down to a SHOOTOUT!!! The possibility is very real…It is almost surreal to think that the season could come down to a skills competition.

Winnipeg Jets vs Calgary Flames

– I’ve always known that there is a piece of me that loves the lifestyle of Sons of Anarchy…don’t think I would have had the stomach for it, but, daymn I love that show. Somedays I’m Clay, some days I’m Jax and some Oppie…bought the whole series and it sure is a nice escape from the “real world”.

sons of

– What more can you say about Paul Maurice than he should get a lot of votes for Coach of the Year; the transformation of this Jets this year is phenomenal. How he has got them playing winning hockey in this playoff race, without Big Buff, Little, Perrault and Chairot, is truly amazing!!


– Jax from Sons of Anarchy; Jessie from Breaking Bad and Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights; my kinda guys.

– Check out Matt Duboff Photography for some absolutely amazing shots of the Northern Lights this past week; one very proud dad.

– Benjamin Netenyahu and Barak Obama…Showdown at the OK Coral.

– Brian Bowman talks a good game and has a smile that at this point seems plastic.

– Yup, there are two players in the Majors called: Mark Hamburger and Joey Pancake:

– We had a lot of people view the poll we put up regarding Bill C51, yet only 14 people voted…with 12 voting their opposition to the Bill, while 2 voted for it. I find that very interesting, as I know of several people who would be afraid to vote on the poll for fear of being caught expressing their opinion publicly. That in essence is the reason for the opposition to the Bill; this Bill will infringe on your civil liberties, your right to express your opinion, your right to privacy. IF YOU CHOOSE TO NOT SPEAK UP IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, YOU ARE IN EFFECT GIVING HARPER AND HIS GOVERNMENT PERMISSION TO READ YOUR E-MAIL, FOLLOW YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT, ETC…WAKE UP PEOPLE, WAKE UP!! Don’t sit idly by while your government takes away your rights. Read George Orwell’s 1984…

– Ondrej Pavalic…what a story…The Redemption of a Goalie. After being hammered by fans and media for the past few seasons, including this frustrated season ticket holder, I am happy for Pav and how he has played these last three games. Perhaps that fluke goal from centre ice will be looked at in hindsight as the moment when he became a front line goalie!! At least, here’s hoping he leads us to the playoffs!!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Winnipeg Jets

– Thx Geoff; 24/7!!!

– Cabin booked for May 14th – May 18th and for a week in July. Sweeeeeeet!!

Theeeee cabin!!!

– Laine really did something special for her Zaida Chuck…she put a lot of time and effort into the picture she made for me of the logos of all the NHL teams; and then the talk we had on the phone later that evening…so grown up, so taken aback by how much that picture meant to me. Getting it framed so that years from now she and I can both look at it and smile. Thank you Laine.

Laine hockey pic.

– I stated this in a blog earlier this week when I was commenting on Bill C51; I lived in Havana, Cuba for almost a month…during this time I was exposed to the real Cuba…not the “tourist’s Cuba”. I lived with a friend in a home we rented. I was constantly told to speak quietly when talking about the government; “Chuck, that ‘s the secret police, quiet”…Many times I saw police cars pull up and just grab people and put them in the cars; I was told that secret government people live on every block, so be careful what you say. This is the reality the people in Cuba live. Well, if you do nothing, if you pretend like that won’t happen in Canada…then you are fooling yourself. With Bill C51 the government will have the right to search and seizure WITHOUT A WARRANT; they will have the right to read your e-mail; follow your Twitter account; there will be an end to peaceful demonstrations…that’s not a Canada I want to live in…I’ve experienced it and it’s not fun!!!

Harper 1984

Bill C51 Poll…quite simply, are you for or against the proposed Bill? Just click, yes or no.

Have your say today: cast your vote in the Brookes, Duboff poll for the Mayor of the City of Winnipeg.

If the election for Mayor of the City of Winnipeg were held today, whom would you vote for:



Winnipeg Jets end of season Awards & Analysis…by 5 Jets Fans.

       Winnipeg Jets End of  Season Awards and Analysis, by Jets fans.  

           Be sure to cast your vote at the end of this blog for the Jets’ MVP.


Nelson Medieros:

Jets MVP: Wheeler

Best forward: Wheeler

Best defence man: Stuart

Best goalie: Montoya

Best rookie: Trouba

Most improved: tie- Scheiffelle and Little

Heart and soul of team: Stuart


Weakest link: Pavelec

Area in most need of improvement: Goaltending

If GM for a day first move: remove Pavelec from team

Future player I want to see: Morrissey

Biggest disappointment: Pavelec (Bogisian close second).

Biggest surprise: the childish attitude of some of the players and how they just collapsed in my opinion on purpose to drive out coach noel.

The one thing needed to make playoffs: top 15 starting goalie.

Overall assessment of team: Seems to be heading the right direction. Considering a change from east to west and new coach and Olympic break I feel they are on the right path to success. The removal of a few pieces like Setoguchi, Pavelec, Ellerby, and Kane and some key re signings of Montoya(as backup only) and jokinen and postma, along with off season signing of better #1 goalie maybe Elliot or cam ward. We will be on the correct path. If Pavelec is bought out I doubt Halak is an option as both goalies have the same scumbag agent. Also Kane has been on the downward slide year after year. The “potential” due to his age is BS. Selanne was breaking rookie scoring titles at that age. Kane might be a star one day which I doubt, but not with the teammates he currently plays with. Fans can’t be upset if he moves to another team and flourishes cause it’s probably the only way he will be a star.



Chuck Duboff


Jets MVP: Blake Wheeler

Best Forward: Blake Wheeler

Best Defence man: Jacob Trouba

Best Goalie: Al Montoya

Best Rookie: Jacob Trouba

Most Improved: Mark Scheiffle

Heart and Soul of the team: Mark Stuart


Weakest Link: Goaltenders

Area in most need of improvement:  Goaltending

GM for a day, first move:  Buy out Ondrej Pavelec

Future Player I want to see:  Adam Lowrey

Biggest Disappointment:  Devon Setagucchi

Biggest Surprise: Michael Frolic

The one thing needed to make the playoffs: Learn to play hard every night

Overall assessment:  I really believe the Jets are making major progress; it’s difficult as a fan to watch the Jets stick to their plan of draft and develop.  We need to remain realistic that we are a small market team and can’t make the big splashes.  My first priority is getting Paul Maurice signed to a three year contract; he has what it takes and will get the Jets over the hump with a full season to work with.  Secondly, I would buy out Ondrej Pavelec and trade or sign a goalie.  Pav just hasn’t shown that he’s the man.  Montoya is a back-up, that’s it.  Hoping that Morrisey and Lowrey crack the lineup next season.  I am very optimistic and just hope that both the media and fans remain patient and see the progress that is happening with this plan.


Derek Brookes:


Jets MVP: Ladd

Jets Best Forward:Wheeler

Jets Best Defence man: abstain

Jets Best Goalie: Montoya

Jets Best Rookie: Trouba

Jets Most Improved: Scheifele

Jets Heart and Soul: Stuart

Jets weakest link: defense*


*unless you have an elite goalie (we don’t) you will not make the playoffs until the team plays consistent team defense. Other teams have been letting us get low percentage shots on net (Evander) then rushing up the ice and getting high percentage shots and scoring.


Tony Brookes:


Jets MVP: Wheeler by a nod over Ladd

Jets Best Forward: Wheeler

Jets Best Defence man: Trouba

Jets Best Goalie: They don’t have one 

Jets Best Rookie: Trouba by a landslide

Jets Most Improved: ??? Sheifele

Jets Heart and Soul: Mark Stuart


Jets weakest link: Goal

Jets area that needs most improving: Attitude – playing hard every game

If you were Jets GM for one day…the first move you would make: Get Paul Maurice to sign a contract

Jets “future player” you are most excited to see: After Trouba who will in time become the franchise, probably Morrissey

Jets biggest disappointment this season: 1. Noel  2. Pavelec   3. Bagosian

Jets biggest surprise this season: Trouba – ice time & skill for a rookie

Jets: what is the one thing needed to get them into the playoffs next year: There’s more than one but Paul Maurice is the best bet


Your overall assessment of the 2013-2014 season: They are getting better in a much tougher division but they still need more internal competition for jobs.



Geoff Brookes:

Jets MVP: Blake Wheeler

Jets best defence man: Jacob Trouba (by 6 lengths)

Jets best goalie: Al Montoya

Jets best rookie: Jacob Trouba

Most improved player: Mark Scheifele

Jets heart and soul: Mark Scheifele

Jets weakest link: lack of depth

Jets area that needs the most improvement: 4th line forwards.

GM for a day, first move: sign Cam Ward

Biggest disappointment: Zach Bagosian

Biggest surprise: Ollie Jokinen

One thing needed to make the playoffs: star quality goaltending

Glimpses of the future: Trouba, Scheifele, Wheeler just keeps getting better.

Future stars: Petan, Kosmachuck, Morrissey,Lowry, Comrie, Helleybuck, Hutchison

Key players who need to keep improving: Ladd, Little, Kane, Enstrom, Pav, Ellerby

Key vets to guid the youth: Jokinen and Stuart



What are the most important issues facing the City of Winnipeg?

This fall, the citizens of Winnipeg will be going to the polls to either re-elect Sam Katz or bring in a new mayor.
If you had the opportunity to share with the candidates your views, what would you tell them are the most important issues facing our city?

Decriminalization of Marijuana…When will the hypocrisy end?



I find it difficult to process that possession of marijuana is a crime; yet, at the same time, a substance which results in addiction, leads to death and cancer, a substance that kills innocent individuals and puts a strain on health care budgets, is condoned by governments.  Politicians are addicted to the cash cow of taxes imposed on alcohol sales and consumption.

I have used marijuana and at no time did I ever feel like I was an angry toker (angry drunk anyone?)  At no time have I ever felt an insatiable need for a joint (the alcoholic need for a drink).  As a matter of fact, anytime, I mean anytime I have used pot, I simply got very chilled and the comedian in me has taken over.  I have been around many consumers of alcohol who are terrifying to be around, mean, hurtful and a danger to all those around them.  The facts speak for themselves…our government is hooked on the tax revenue that alcohol produces!!  Then why doesn’t the government legalize marijuana (hello Colorado and Washington) and accrue the revenues from the taxes that will be imposed on the sale of marijuana?  Medicinal marijuana anyone?  Medicinal alcohol…an oxymoron if I ever read one.

I have attached the following for your reading pleasure (source: Safer Choice.Org)…join in the conversation, leave your comments.

  • Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use.
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths, including more than 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alcohol use alone (i.e. this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.
  • People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society,American Scientistreported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile,according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur the United States each year.
  • The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in theBritish Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana.
  • Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.
  • Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had lowerincidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.
  • Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.

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