“For the last year and a half we've killed all the dumb ones, and only the smart ones are left.”
- An American corporal considers the committed combatants he's facing on the Fallujah killing fields.
Mayor's still got it
Mayor David Miller's honeymoon is just about over after one year in the city's top job. While the Sun and the Post have always been on his ass, the Star, the Globe and others are now taking back His Worship's Get Out of Jail Free cards. Maybe it's an attention deficit issue. It was just over 12 months ago that Mel Lastman was an international laughing stock and no level of government was prepared to cut this city any slack or a deal. As various inquiries into the former mayor's sleazy regime wind on, it's way too early to think Miller has hit the wall.
But he's still breathing
Eager to promote its "experts," U of T is jumping the gun, just like the Monty Python skit. It's easy to imagine Yasser Arafat muttering, "But I'm not dead yet!" as the academics move toward the mics to discuss the Palestinian Authority chair's "imminent death." Not so fast. He may pull off a long goodbye like dictator Francisco Franco, who hung on for months before going to that big civil war in the sky.
Bettman's empty words
It was hard to stomach inept National Hockey League president Gary Bettman glad-handing at the otherwise classy Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. The hardballer is prepared to snuff the season but claimed to love the game during ceremonies for Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque and Larry Murphy. It was on Bettman's watch that the freewheeling style practised by the inductees disappeared, and while professing his respect for the players, Bettman and the owners he leads won't pay them market value.