January 29, 2020

Minnesota Fats – MP Candice Bergen

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Pool Hall of Fame Inductee: Minnesota Fats

Minnesota Fats, aka “Rudolph Wanderone”, “New York Fats”, “The Fat One”

Name and Legend:

Rudolph Luther “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, Jr., a.k.a. “New York Fats”; “Fatty”, “The Bank Shot Bandit”, “The Fat One”, “Triple Smart”, “Dean of the Green”, “Double Smart Fats”, a.k.a. (??). A hustler of many names, Fats was an excellent pool player, though his skills did not qualify him as among the very best. His claim to fame was as a huckster and showman, earning him appearances on international television and in the Billiards Congress of America’s Pool Hall of Fame for “Meritorious Service”.
Date Of Birth:

Fats was born in 1913 in Washington Heights, a section of New York City, though he never revealed his age when asked. He simply delivered classic Minnesota Fats pool.


Conservative MP Candice Bergen Considering Leadership Run

That would be great news for the Conservative Party.
Conservative MP Candice Bergen, one of the most effective communicators in the Conservative Caucus, is considering a bid for the leadership of the party.

According to a National Post report, “Manitoba MP Candice Bergen is seriously looking at launching her own bid for the Conservative leadership, a change of heart that comes after three high-profile candidates decided last week not to run.”

The report indicates that “after Jean Charest, Rona Ambrose and Pierre Poilievre all announced over the past week that they would not be entering the race, Bergen changed her mind and is gauging support, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The decisions of Ambrose and Poilievre in particular caused Bergen to take another look.

“The field just became very small very quickly,” said the source, who would only speak on condition they weren’t named. “Circumstances have changed.” The source said Bergen has not yet made a final decision.”

The National Post indicates Bergen said she didn’t want to comment, when reached by phone.


Canada’s French-English bilingualism is bad policy — and worse politics

What was initially expected to be a diverse and dynamic race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada is proving anything but. The number of interested candidates seems to be shrinking by the day.

As I’ve discussed previously, structural barriers play a significant role in keeping the Conservative bench so spare. The de facto rule that any person seeking the leadership of a Canadian political party — and thus the prime ministership — must be fluent in English and French is proving a particularly visible glass ceiling this time around. Some rare but useful public pushback on the role of bilingualism in Canadian politics has been the result.


The inherent problems with government funding media

The Canada Periodical Fund gives “grants” worth $75 million a year to “print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals,” while the Canadian Media Fund proudly boasts it hands out $352 million annually, although a lot of that has nothing to do with news coverage.

And then, of course, there is the CBC, the 800-pound gorilla of sucking off the public teat.


Liberal billionaire calls Bernie Sanders a ‘Communist’ and ‘a disaster zone’

“No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don’t give a hoot. He’s a Communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately. ‘It’s the billionaire class, the bad guys.’ This is how communists think. So, 22 are great. One is a disaster zone,” he said.

The Sabans are the largest donors to the Democratic Party.


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