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Damn…The Big C, The Goat and I miss the days of throwing darts and throwing a few pints down the hatch with you guys.

» Posted By VJ On 25/September/2009 @ 2:05 pm

That was then, this is now

The old partisan double standard is what politics is all about. For many people, their actual though process is replaced by the security blanket of clinging to the party line.

» Posted By VJ On 09/September/2009 @ 10:34 am

Strangely familiar

hmmm…not sure why that posted twice…but just think of it as a buffet…if you are still hungry after reading it once, then go back for seconds.

😯

» Posted By VJ On 08/September/2009 @ 1:48 am

RE: “Schools have no business teaching political values based on what is better for the country–Democrats or Republicans. In North Korea kids ARE taught the values espoused by their government which means Kim Jong-il in school.”

Every country’s education system teaches values that are espoused by their government. You didn’t learn history from a textbook written in Germany or Japan did you? Social Studies, Economics, Science, English, Home-Ec, Music, whatever…all has been touched by the hand of government, and from there, acceptable and unacceptable values have been passed along through textbooks and teachers. Throw in an unhealthy mixture of religious dogma to the education system, and what you have then is pure indoctrination.

» Posted By VJ On 08/September/2009 @ 1:41 am

RE: “Schools have no business teaching political values based on what is better for the country–Democrats or Republicans. In North Korea kids ARE taught the values espoused by their government which means Kim Jong-il in school.”

Every country’s education system teaches values that are espoused by their government. You didn’t learn history from a textbook written in Germany or Japan did you? Social Studies, Economics, Science, English, Home-Ec, Music, whatever…all has been touched by the hand of government, and from there, acceptable and unacceptable values have been passed along through textbooks and teachers. Throw in an unhealthy mixture of religious dogma to the education system, and what you have then is pure indoctrination.

» Posted By VJ On 08/September/2009 @ 1:41 am

Great minds think alike

Dennis. Good analogy / moral dilemma. All we need to do now is take that a few steps further and decide which level of being taxed is government robbery? Only taxes related to health and well-being of a country’s citizens? How many Americans had a “choice” in the matter of spending their tax dollars on war / weapons? Isn’t that also a case of “assign[ing] funds without permission, taken from the public coffers, from contributors who did and do not agree or approve, and assigned and or gave it to whom they considered worthy”? Why is spending tax dollars on health so much worse than spending to on damaging peoples’ health?
Everything from utilities to having to wear a seatbelt in a car is controlled by some level of government, and nobody seems to care that much. The fire truck will show up at your house no matter what…your tax dollars at work…no complaints there. But, it seems obvious that the HMO set up in the US is a cash grab, but because it is a “corporation” ripping people off, it is somehow okay?

» Posted By VJ On 05/September/2009 @ 5:11 am

Haha…Frank, that sounds like a typical Canadian’s attitude: “The government did this and that to me, and I can’t do anything about it…why isn’t the government helping me more…it’s all the government’s fault!”

As for the “7 months”, I guess it was about 9 months after Bush was sworn in before the 9-11 attacks, so you’re right…it is a couple of months too early to tell.

» Posted By VJ On 03/September/2009 @ 12:26 am

“You’re in Korea damn it, speak English!”

I miss all the festivals in Korea at this time of year:

http://engrishfunny.com/2009/08/16/engrish-summer-festival/

» Posted By VJ On 22/August/2009 @ 7:15 am

Comments on comments

» Posted By VJ On 15/August/2009 @ 2:16 pm

Looks like I picked a bad time to be getting older…

An old buddy of mine worked as a pharamceutical rep. and told me that government or no government, doctors have various incentives to prescribe meds, which may or may not necessarily be in the absolute best interests of the patients to begin with. A bit disconcerning for sure. Add to that situations like you list above where the government intervenes to say that they don’t allow certain medications to be prescribed in certain situations, well, what the hell kind of medical care can you expect? The question becomes one of who do you trust more? Doctors? Pharmaceutical companies? The surgeon general? Your insurance carrier? Grandma’s book of home remedies using generous amounts of vinegar, witch’s hazel, garlic cloves and chicken soup is your best bet.

As for the Dixie Chicks…their opinion means nothing really, but to take the line of the argument one step further: they have the right to complain, and people have the right to complain about their complaint, to which they have the right to further complain about the reaction, to which you have the right to complain about their complaints regarding the complaints about their complaints. The freedom of everyone to air their beefs about it is all very “American”. The freedom for me to sit around in my pajamas with a cup of coffee and make idle comments on blogs is all very “Canadian”…pass the back bacon please.

» Posted By VJ On 14/August/2009 @ 11:35 pm

Sam Ryan’s

John…looking at these pictures really makes me miss hanging out and throwing darts in Itaewon.

» Posted By VJ On 12/August/2009 @ 1:54 am

Tournament report

Looks like it was a good time. Sorry I couldn’t make it out, but since it coincided with our first wedding anniversary, I didn’t want to risk making it our last.
We have to get a team wind up mixer as soon as Craig is back. Meat, beer, darts, hijinx…who could ask for anything more?

» Posted By VJ On 26/May/2009 @ 12:09 pm

The more things change, the more they remain the same…

I’m no political expert, but does this mean that conservatives in the US are starting to get on board with Obama because they are starting to realize that the difference between him and Bush is basically SFA?

» Posted By VJ On 26/May/2009 @ 12:11 pm

Homeward bound

Good to hear that you have a hot hand for the playoffs. Duct tape an oven mitt on until Monday so you can protect the “money-maker”

» Posted By VJ On 01/May/2009 @ 12:51 am

Spanked

Someone called me an “ordinary American”? Ah what the hell…I guess after 10 years of having little kids in Korea run past me yelling “Miguk Saram!” I am used to it.
After seeing Ali’s tats, I’m off to get sleeves tattooed on my arms so it looks like I have robot arms. In the future, when someone looks at a photo of me, all I want to hear is, “that is one hell of a robot.”

» Posted By VJ On 17/April/2009 @ 4:36 pm

A new beginning

It was nice to get rolling with a win indeed. Good go get a win in your first appearance for sure. The intermittent nips of Grandpa Goat’s medicine and Mexican madness juice probably contributed to a bit of dodgy play for all of us, but hell, if a guy can’t enjoy bacon flavoured whiskey from a hip flask while in the company of good friends over a few dart games, then thou name doth never be Blue Bull!
Craig and I fell victims of our own cricket playing egos in thinking that we could never hit as many triple 1’s, 3’s, 7’s again in the third leg of medley as we did in the first. Hate to be proven wrong in that situation…Ah well, back to the practice board for now.
I’ll find out if Youb and Saku are able to play next Monday and let you guys know ASAP. I’ll be out in Chung Ju with the in-laws ringing in the new year!

» Posted By VJ On 21/January/2009 @ 4:48 pm

Say it was only a dream…

Hey, I would have voted for you…7 or 8 times. As they say in Canada, “vote early and vote often.”

» Posted By VJ On 17/November/2008 @ 1:03 am

3 Rules for understanding Canadians

1) Thanks for posting that John. I really appreciate your courtesy and attention to this important issue.
2)and 3) Unless you want every Canadian reader to simply stop posting comments on your blog in a show of silent protest, I respectfully ask you to refrain from including Canadian news tid-bits in your posts in the future though. We are trying to stay under the radar up here.

» Posted By VJ On 04/March/2008 @ 9:20 pm

How not to find a dart team

BTW…thanks for chalking that game for us Monday as well. Sorry to put you to work on a night off.

» Posted By VJ On 31/January/2008 @ 3:48 pm

Dolce Vita Invitational

From all accounts, it sounds like a great evening. Congrats on the win. Taking down Dennis is no walk in the park for sure, but to do it twice in the same tourney is certainly a feather in the hat. Colin has been on fire too since he got his John Lowe darts (the crown jewel in his collection). I was glad to hear that he was heating it up. Next season is going to be a lot of fun…can’t wait.

» Posted By VJ On 19/December/2007 @ 11:55 am

Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving John. Sorry I couldn’t make it out tonight to celebrate with you guys. Sounds like it was going to be a terrific meal and festive time. Catch up with you on the weekend probably…

» Posted By VJ On 23/November/2007 @ 12:31 am

Another year older

Hey John. Looks like you had a good time with the whole gang. Nice. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Sorry I wasn’t able to make it out, but I will pop by Dolce and we can raise a glass or two in a bit of a post-birthday celebration.

» Posted By VJ On 30/August/2007 @ 5:50 pm

Out of the blue, and into the black…

Neil Young…sweet sweet Neil. Good to see you are coming around to the Maple Leaf

We had a tight match with Cake Mix…ended up losing 10-9, but close matches all night. Looks like it is going to be another competitive and fun season ahead.

» Posted By VJ On 31/July/2007 @ 12:51 am

Gee it’s good to be back home again…

Hi John
Welcome back. I hope the trip was refreshing. Really looking forward to Monday night, as I imagine you are as well. With Tuesday being a holiday, I foresee that whether we are matched up against you guys or not, we will get together after and mix it up a bit into the wee hours.
I’m heading back out to the east coast for the weekend tomorrow, so won’t be able to pop down to Dolce to get in on the tourney.
You take in any of the Las Vegas Desert Classic while in Vegas?

» Posted By VJ On 12/July/2007 @ 5:23 pm

A match made in heaven

Great battle last night. Your first doubles cricket game was vicious! Relentless triples…
Jim was cool under pressure for sure. Every game was close, which made for some interesting viewing and clutch darting.

Ironically, the guy who was shooting off his mouth all night (while he was not playing) that everyone should be having fun and acting like clowns at a circus was the guy who was the most perturbed and losing his cool while he was playing.

Good times last night. Good luck against the Ratz.

» Posted By VJ On 18/May/2007 @ 1:41 pm

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