KD delivers MVP speech for the ages

This speech has made me a huge KD fan! Talk about an athlete being an inspiration and a great role model. Definitely deserved the NBA MVP award. I’ll be happy with either OKC or the LA Clippers winning the series.

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

By Jeff Caplan, NBA.com

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VIDEO:Kevin Durant’s complete Kia MVP acceptance speech

OKLAHOMA CITY — This was no standard-issue award news conference held in a sterile gathering space inside the receiving player’s home arena in front of media, family and friends.

This was a music-blaring, carnival-like civic celebration attended by the city’s mayor and the state’s governor; a crowning of sorts in which a thousand or so members of this close-knit community felt compelled to watch the indoor proceeding outside on video screens in the parking lot of the team’s original training facility during the middle of an unusually warm Tuesday afternoon. A giant banner draped the side of the building with a photo of Durant surrounded by children and big, bold letters that read: “OKC’s MVP”.

They arrived in droves because around here, Kevin Durant, the 2013-14 Kia Most Valuable Player, is one of their own.

Best…

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Kelly McParland: Latest Keystone delay is another sign of a paralyzed presidency

This commentary by Kelly McParland is hard hitting and accurate. Obama is a ‘paralyzed president’ and when the vast majority of people want the Keystone XL pipeline and the State Department report says the pipeline is a safe method to deliver oil, much safer than rail transport, and it would be one pipeline in an extensive network of existing pipelines maybe listening to the vocal minority is not the best idea. We are still highly dependent on oil as the vast majority of cars people drive require it. Until electric and hybrid cars become more common and affordable we will continue to rely on oil produced in the oilsands of Alberta and oil drilled from the ocean. Also creates high paying jobs that people complain do not exist but then actively fight against them. Jobs in the fast food industry or the retail industry are not high paying because anybody can learn how to do those jobs with on the job training versus technical jobs or professional jobs, which require a huge up front investment of time and money. While Harper leads Canada, Obama flounders, and Putin laughs.

National Post | Full Comment

Those in favour of  building the Keystone XL pipeline include unions, science, the U.S. State department, the states through which it will run, many Democrats, most Republicans and the majority of  the American public.

Those against are diehard environmentalists, and a motley list of Hollywood celebrities. Science says the pipeline is no threat to the environment; Daryl Hannnah says it is. President Barack Obama is going with the star of Zombie Night and The Hot Flashes. And Vladimir Putin considers this a  power he can’t take seriously?

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The focus of the Keystone XL debate has shifted from a fierce lobbying war in Washington to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the state Supreme Court has been asked to weigh a legal challenge to the pipeline.

The U.S. State Department, which is responsible for reviewing whether the project is in…

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‘You’ve always had my back’: Rob Ford kicks off campaign with bobble-head filled party

National Post | News

Ford Nation came out in droves on Thursday to a convention centre festooned with red, white and blue balloons, as Mayor Rob Ford officially launched a re-election bid wrapped in his brand of populism and appealing to a “spirit of second chances.”

Led in by a procession of bagpipes, with a niece standing on a pair of shoulders and hoisting a Canadian flag in the air, the mayor earned a heroes welcome at the Congress Centre, on Dixon Road near the airport. Supporters had lined up outside, and then inside for bobble heads in his likeness and “Ford Mayor” foam fingers they punched into the sky. A big red fire truck draped in a banner that screamed “saving the taxpayers from getting burned” flanked the stage.

“There have been some rocky moments over the past year,” said Mr. Ford, whose tenure lately has been mired in episodes of public drunkenness…

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Tanks roll as Ukraine troops retake airport amid casualties and growing fears of a civil war

National Post | News

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• Witness say fighter jet shot down over Kramatorsk airdrome
• Ukraine soldiers retake Kramatorsk amid reports of heavy gunfire, casualties
• 20 armoured personnel carriers, 500 troops roll into eastern Ukraine
• Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warns “a civil war could break out.”
• Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns Russia would quit a conference Thursday to address the conflict

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Ukraine began a military-backed “anti-terrorist” operation to quash a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern border region where militants have seized buildings as Russia’s Prime Minister said the country risks spiralling into civil war.

Armed troops today recaptured Kramatorsk airport in eastern Ukraine from pro-Russian militiamen amid reports of heavy gunfire and the downing of a fight jet. The mayor of Kramatorsk said Ukrainian troops have now occupied the military airport and are blocking its entrance.

A military spokesmen said the airport is “under reliable…

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Ron Liepert defeats MP Rob Anders in nomination battle

Glad this is over. Democracy occurred at the party level with a nomination race where in a newly formed riding a sitting MP lost the battle to the challenger. The conservative party signed up lots of new members and while there were bitter divisions I believe people will move on from this and Calgary Signal Hill will be won in the 2015 federal election by Ron Liepert. Rob Anders is free to hold the views he does but people are free to reject them as well and decide who they want to represent them. It was not ‘Instant Tories’ who wanted change. Conservatives wanted someone who represents their values and Rob Anders did not do so anymore.

Global News

CALGARY – Calgary MP Rob Anders, the self-proclaimed “poster boy” for blue Conservatives, has lost the Tory nomination in the riding of Calgary Signal Hill to a former Alberta Progressive Conservative cabinet minister.

Anders, first elected as a Reform MP in Calgary West in 1997, was looking for another term in office in the rejigged riding of Calgary Signal Hill but lost to Ron Liepert, who left the legislature in 2012.

Liepert says he won by a ‘comfortable majority.’

Anders, who is no stranger to controversy, had painted the nomination fight as a battle between blue and red Conservatives. He has accused Liepert of signing up what he calls “Instant Tories” from Liberal and NDP supporters in a bid to unseat him.

“I’m definitely a poster boy for the blue Conservative side of things and they don’t like that and Ron Liepert openly threatened our members of the federal party…

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Quebec Election and Denial of Voting Rights

Quebec Election and Denial of Voting Rights.

I’m linking the National Post article that caused me outrage when I read it earlier today. Here is my take on the situation below.

The Parti Quebecois is at it again. This time barring residents of the province from voting in the upcoming provincial election because they are not ‘domiciled’! The discrimination is against Canadian students from out of province who have been residing in the province for more than 6 months, which is the residency requirement in most other provinces. This is a blatant violation of rights and needs to be dealt with by the court system. After taking Quebec Government & Politics last semester I learned a lot more about what is going on in the province of Quebec and the reasons why but the actions taken by the Parti Quebecois are inexcusable.

I’ve only ever been to the province of Quebec one time and that was a very short visit to Hull from Ottawa. I have applied for the My Explore French immersion program and am waiting the results of the lottery. I really want to go to Quebec and actually talk to people living in Quebec about the politics to gain an even greater understanding. As some who was born in Ontario, but has lived in British Columbia for 25 of my 27 years, I speak as someone outside the political climate in Quebec. That doesn’t mean as a Canadian I’m not allowed to have an opinion on what is going on in Quebec as it affects the rest of Canada.  The upcoming Quebec provincial election will be extremely telling as to the direction Quebecers decide to go in. Hopefully, it will be in the right direction and the provincial federalist Liberals win a majority government.