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Member since November 10, 2007

Cantley

Habs fan since: Birth
Favorite current player: Mad Pax
All-time favorite player: Roy

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Recent Comments

  • Comment on Video update: Kostopoulos suspended 3 games (2008-11-10 19:38:19)
    I think a few guys need to get a message. Sit Komi for a game for example. Markov must be tired of playing with him. Komi has played horrible hockey since his injury last year but it usually gets covered up by Markov's play. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Audio: Canadiens on a sort-of off day (2008-11-04 07:34:39)
    I always vote but I have to say that after having worked in a Minister's office at the Federal level, you lose every little bit of doubt as to why politicians are there. And it ain't to serve. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Audio: Canadiens on a sort-of off day (2008-11-04 11:54:22)
    I know exactly what democracy is all about but the politicians have already figured out that the vast majority of people will not get involved, thereby giving them free reign. And even when they do get involved, politicians often will just create systems to make them go away or simply ignore what they say. Look up the Bureau des Audiences Publiques en Environnement for a great example of the former. For the latter, you may or may not have heard that US politicians were getting thousands of calls from Americans during the time leading up to voting on the bailout package. Insiders have said that over 90% of those calls were from people telling the politicians to not bailout the banks. And well the rest is history. You may tell me if you want that politicians had to bail out the banks but there are many experts who'll tell you that it may not have made that much of a difference. And did they really have to add all that pork to the bailout package? Have you heard that one of the organizations that was bailed out then made a large donation to the McCain campaign? Some people I know in the States told me that all the calls would force politicians to change their minds and I told them that the only hope people had of that happening was for a few million people to show up on the White House lawn on a few occasions (a little like what happened to cancel out the Suroit deal in Quebec). And then again, I'm not even sure it would have had an impact. Politicians know that media, and the people who use them, get tired of an issue after a while. They are masters at waiting out the public to push through an unpopular decision. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Audio: Canadiens on a sort-of off day (2008-11-04 06:00:49)
    Why do people choose not to vote? How about being fed up with politicians who promise one thing and do the opposite? Rinse, repeat ad nauseum. McCain is senile and has a stunned running mate and Obama is about change, which may explain why he was at first promising tax cuts for people making less than $250K, then switched to people making less than $200K, then Biden said for people less than $150K, and then apparently someone else said it was actually for people making less than $130K. Once elected, he'll prolly say it's for people making less than $50K or just cancel the cuts completely. Golly Gee I wonder why people are cynical about their choices. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Audio: Canadiens on a sort-of off day (2008-11-04 09:30:53)
    And you've just encapsulated what is wrong with politics. He's winning based on campaigning not platforms. So a good portion of what people are voting for is image. He is already outspending McCain during the campaign. Imagine how willing he'll be to spend to keep power. Look at Charest. What has he or his government done in the recent past? Yet the less he does the more his popularity goes up. Nice message to send to politicians. I'm guessing voter turnout will be very good today for the US since it's been shown that many people only bother to vote when they figure there's a reason for it. We had lousy voter turnout federally and will likely see the same provincially. Politicians will make a good show of talking about reforming the system to get more voters to turn up and you'll not hear about that again until the next time there's low turnout. Democracy is great but it could be made better through some electoral reforms. Not all proportional representation systems are great (some countries could attest to that), but I once heard a debate about the topic where some of these systems were discussed and there are systems that wouldn't result in having 20 parties sitting and where you would get a better representation of the voters. But like the issue of getting more people to vote, politicians will talk about it but as soon as elections are over, it'll swept under the rug. Yet I'm willing to bet that voter turnout would be much greater if you had such a system in place. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on B├ęgin, Laraque, Brisebois in the press box (2008-10-28 12:44:57)
    So without Brisebois in the lineup who will people complain about if they lose tonight? _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Press review (2008-10-23 08:16:33)
    Political post of the morning... If there was any doubt remaining as to just how bad Palin and her handlers are, there isn't anymore. This has to be the dumbest political fashion statements in the history of fashion statements: http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/archive/2008/10/21/in-which-sarah-palin-displays-the-latest-in-donkey-fashion.aspx McCain must feel like gouging his own eyes out when he sees stuff like that. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Kristo impresses (2008-10-21 15:22:24)
    In case you guys want to follow some of the young ones: http://habsprospects.hockeyhq.net/ _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Audio: Carbo on Kostitsyn hit, Halak and more (2008-10-20 07:50:52)
    I don`t think Vokoun could have stopped too many of the goals the boys put in last game. If the Habs keep the pedal floored, they`ll win. _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome
  • Comment on Audio: Carbo on Kostitsyn hit, Halak and more (2008-10-20 07:49:15)
    Why screw up the current chemistry? _____________________________________________________ Mad Pax...Beyond Powerdome