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Thursday, March 10, 2016

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1 - You likely came here looking for CFL news.  The fact is there's plenty going on in the Canadian Football League this week, whatwith the series of Regional Combines leading up to the National E-Camp in Toronto this weekend.  More on that in a minute.  The CFL Rules Committee meetings began on Wednesday in Toronto but it's a case of, "If a tree falls in the forest ...".  Thank God for TSN's Gary Lawless, because otherwise we wouldn't even know the meetings are taking place.

Without Gary, we would have no idea what they're even talking about.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports on the NHL's proposed rule changes ad nauseous. Then we can call debate them as fans. But in the CFL, it's a cone of silence.

Oh well, what do I know.

Clearly the CFL is getting an abundance of coverage from coast-to-coast.

2 - The proposed rule changes aren't as salacious as the nine which were adopted last year, and this time around CFL football types are reportedly discussing adding another video replay official, increasing the types of calls or non-calls which coaches can challenge and debating "peel-back blocks".  Definition:  When an offensive player blocks a defensive player who is running towards his own end zone (from the side or behind).

This type of block below the waste has been illegal outside the tackle box in the NFL since 2005. On March 20th 2013 the NFL voted to make peel-back blocks below the waste illegal inside the tackle box as well, resulting in a 15-yard penalty.

Last year, then-Roughriders GM Brendan Taman was gracious enough to come on 620 CKRM's SportsCage from outside the meeting room to explain the discussions.  It's interesting to note that Taman revealed Saskatchewan voted against many of those rule changes at that time.

Riders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones is representing Saskatchewan this year and we're hoping to get someone on the air Thursday from Toronto to discuss the meetings.

3 - It seems rather elementary but apparently it needs an explanation.  Some Rider Priders wondered this week why 45-year old kicker Paul McCallum would sign a one-day contract with B.C. in order to retire as a Lion even though he spent the majority of his career with Saskatchewan.  Well, Paul's from Vancouver, began his career there, won two Grey Cups with B.C. and still lives there all-the-while prospering in the real estate field.  Throw in the fact his two tenures with the Roughriders didn't end too well (to put it mildly) and you start to see why he's hanging it up in orange.  Next stop, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

4 - It was refreshing to chat with Rider fans from outside the epicentre of Regina while at the Riderville party in Phoenix last week.  They hailed from Victoria, Calgary, Fort MacMurray and Saskatoon but their concerns remained the same as many Reginans;  they didn't much care for the treatment received by Weston Dressler, John Chick and Chris Getzlaf this winter.  However they're not threatening a boycott of the team.  They'll still watch the games and snap up merchandise but want to go on record as saying they're not entirely on board with the new regime's style.

Sigh.  You have to wonder how many times Chris Jones and John Murphy have to address this?  Jones said he's not here to win a popularity contest but rather to win games and Murphy has stated they inherited a nightmare.  Perhaps those weren't his exact words, but you get the picture.

We can't go around and around on this on the radio or on this blog every day.  Everybody simply has to sit tight and watch how it all unfolds.  Jones has earned as much, judging by his record.  And he's nowhere near as ruthless as many think.

And to clarify, I have no opinion one way or the other on the Chick/Dressler/Getzlaf thing.  Some fans wrote on Facebook flaming me for chastizing the Jones Regime when I did nothing of the sort.

5 - The football types in the CFL are scratching their heads as to why there isn't more fan and media interest in the combines they're running this week.  It's understandable, because evaluating players is these guys' bread and butter.  However as I've explained to them, it's tough to get excited about following players we've generally never heard of run in what amounts to a track meet.  The NFL Network generates hours upon hours of coverage of the NFL Combine but they've got days and days of airtime to fill.  And even watching that becomes eye-glazing after awhile.  If you want to argue that fans should be more aware of CIS football players, well that's a much larger issue which needs to be addressed at another time.

6 - In the meantime, people seem giddy to predict the order of finish in the CFL West Division and it's only the first week of March!  What are we going to talk about in May?  Frankly I haven't put much thought into it but for starters it seems tough to expect the Blue Bombers to make the playoffs in 2016.  Perhaps a crossover berth?  One thing with Winnipeg is for certain;  they can't blame Joe Mack anymore.  This regime has had sufficient time to turn the franchise around and their fans' hopes are sky-high.


7 - Of all the teams vying to land the #1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery and the right to draft Scottsdale's Auston Mathews, I'm pulling for the Columbus Blue Jackets the most.  (The Coyotes aside because they're not that low in the standings).  Maple Leafs fans have been howling about my statement but Toronto will be fine - financially - even if they don't get #1.  As for Columbus, it's hard to imagine they still have a fanbase at all given the fact they've never won a playoff series in their fifteen seasons.  Mathews would give them the shot-in-the-arm they require.  As for the Oilers, conspiracy theorists are suggesting the NHL is trying to make it tougher for them to get the #1 pick in the lottery again.  If they end up with it again this June, that might be the worst thing for the NHL.

8 - CKRM football analyst and former Roughrider Luc Mullinder and I agreed on one thing this week;  the best place to take the family out for supper in South Regina is the Southland Mall food court.  It's got something for everybody's tastes.  I even saw Regina Pats career games-played leader Frank Kovacs there Wednesday evening.

9 - Saskatchewan's Steven Laycock is tied for sixth-place through Wednesday at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa with a mountain to climb on Thursday with games against Ottawa and Alberta.  Not many expected Saskatchewan to end our Brier drought of 35 years and because of that, no one seems that disappointed this week.  With Pat Simmons, Ben Hebert and Braeden Moskowy curling elsewhere, there appears to be no end in sight.  How deflating.

10 - These "Letters To My Younger Self" seem to be all the rage and the latest is from Doug Gilmour at Derek Jeter's website ThePlayersTribune.com.  Bryan Trottier wrote a similar letter to his younger self on that website months ago to considerable fanfare.  They're cool to read but not worth the time they took to write.  People were telling us these things when we were that young, but we weren't ready to listen till years later.  Some people will never be ready to listen.

11 - There's a really interesting feature in the Coyotes Yearbook asking players what their favourite app is on their smartphone.  Some listed TSN or Instagram while many mentioned video games.  My favourite app - the one I absolutely can't live without - is The Score however I spend the most time on Facebook.  What's your favourite app?

12 - It's going to be a very exciting weekend.  The Pats host the Warriors Friday night in the Brandt Centre and I'll have the call along with Jeff Odgers across Western Canada on Shaw/Access at 7:00 pm.  Then on Saturday night at Regina's Orr Centre we'll be live across Canada on The Fight Network with Prestige Fight Club's MMA Queen City Coronation.  I'll be performing the role of Bruce Buffer. That show is already sold out so tune in if you can!

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THAT'S IT!  SEE YOU IN THE CAGE AT 4:00 PM
RP
@rodpedersen

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

4. To the fans that are upset about Dressler, Chick and Getzlaf playing elsewhere. Were you really happy at 3-15?
I wasn't, and I say kudas to Craig Reynolds for having the guts to hire Jones and Murphy and hair on them for making the required moves.

T.T.

Anonymous said...

I guess we now know how you will be voting on April 4.

John said...

Hope the Oilers get # 1 pick and if that fails, at least a Canadian team!!!!!!!!!!!. Who cares what the NHL hierarchy thinks

Anonymous said...

Oilers get 1st pick and new management will use it right.

Anonymous said...

He takes sponsorship dollars from IBEW then posts this on his blog.

Anonymous said...

This whole thing with bashing Jones et al is getting real old. These people think that if we put the same squad on the field this year as last then we'll have more wins. It's just insanity, doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Face it, last year's team was awful and we completely sucked. There's no way to sugarcoat it. Jones and his crew are doing what the 90's Riders never did or wanted to do: make unpopular roster overhauls for the betterment of the team. Cut Narco and Jurasin and Farthing? Never! But it's that kind of attitude that drove this team down and it appears among fans that that attitude still persists. And if the upset fans want to argue that point, let's just check out our record. Four grey cups in one hundred years. Jones has that many in the league already. Gosh, wonder who's doing things right??


Dubya

Connie Dobson #TravellingRiderFan said...

People have to shut up about the players that are gone. You're beating a dead horse. Change is difficult but you can't go forward constantly looking in the past. I love that we didn't stay the status quo it took balls and we needed that! I wish they would televise the combine I'm sure they will stream it but that's not always easy to catch. I love watching young talent develop and grow.
I can't wait for the season to start but at the same time I don't want it to end. We are watching the end of an era I never thought would actually happen!

Anonymous said...

If you vote for anyone BUT the man in the picture...well that would be the true definition of insanity!!

Brad Wall for Prime Minister

Pat Belitski said...

Rod. The Coyotes still could draft Matthews as all non playoff teams have a shot. The top 3 picks are a lottery this year. So leaf fans your team could end up in last and get the 4th pick.
My only question as an Oilers fan " Can Austin Mathews play D" lol
Pat B


Anonymous said...

Are you very offended?

Anonymous said...

There is no debate on here about politics because the people have spoken and they get exactly what they deserve.

The people are perfectly fine going from and almost zero unemployment which was inherited to massive unemployment in the rural/energy sector which is the SP base.

The people are perfectly fine going surplus budgets to 400M in deficit spending attributed to..wait if I can read the card right...a forest fire?....

Spending has never been higher than it ever was in history and the people are perfectly fine knowing that at still voting for an leader who will not table a budget to let you know exactly what will be the priorities - do you think it'll be healthcare and education which maybe gets hacked and cut to the bone?

The people are perfectly fine voting for an incumbent Premier who while Syrian refugees needed a place to go didn't want them here. - it was okay for many oilfield workers with criminal records, and drug problems to set up shop here but somehow the SP crowd just has a thing about middle eastern people.

The people are perfectly fine voting for a leader who can inherit good fortune, did nothing with it, and while Rome is burning he's sending out funny Facebook and Twitter posts, and making football picks.

...no I won't be getting a lawn sign, but the people are never wrong and in the end they get exactly what they have coming to them.

Having been there I can say rural Saskatchewan is by far the worst place on Earth with the worst people and they are the ones who support these guys.

I would also wonder if Gene Makowsky, Laura Ross or any Regina SP MLA will ever hold a prominent Cabinet post.

Link

Dennis said...

Hard to believe some people think Paul should have retired a Rider, but then again some still blame him for the loss in 2004 playoffs against B.C. in ot, even though people forget if he had made the field goal, B.C. was still getting the ball for their chance to score. Its this small number of "Rider fans" that make us all look bad.

Anonymous said...

He puts the picture up but with no comment on it.

Anonymous said...

Brad Wall's answer to poverty - give two guys bus tickets to B.C.

New Saskatchewan values at work.

Rod Pedersen said...

I liked that!

Anonymous said...

If you don't want to vote for Brad Wall maybe you should just move to Alberta. You'll get a dose of reality in a hurry. Every Albertan I talk to is wondering how to go about impeaching Notley.

Anonymous said...

No doubt you did Pedersen and when RM eventually fires you for cause, and you realize your only talent is talking which most people figure out at two years of age maybe you will use compassion, empathy and perspective.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the other provinces should have sent all the Saskatchewan refugees back in the 80's and 90's. Canada values at work.

Anonymous said...

Link, keep your NDP rant OFF a sports blog! Just remember how the NDP balanced the budget by closing 52 hospitals and over 1000 long care beds

Anonymous said...

Shut up Link. Go do some push ups.

Anonymous said...

Love the TSN Brier coverage. I can see why the TV ratings are strong and continue to grow, it is a fantastic sport to watch and the multi-channel coverage is sensational.

Rod it is strange that Saskatchewan with 15,000+ curlers have not won the Brier in 35 years but yet the Saskatchewan juniors are typically medaling or winning nationals. You are right though that some of our brightest up and comer’s in the sport seem to leave the province for better opportunities and significantly more sponsorship money with teams in other provinces.

mister winnipeg said...

Reallllly Rod, you think the retooled Bombers will have trouble landing a crossover spot?

Let me guess, you must think the last place boys will be cruising to a first round bye this year? I'm sure it'll be spectacular when Chris Jones passes for 5,000 yards and single handedly leads the Riders playoff charge LOL

Anonymous said...

The combine thing is a catch 22. As a fan, I would be more inclined to follow it if there was more media coverage, but there isn't so I'm not. The media would be more inclined to cover it if there was more fan interest, but I don't think people are sending in petitions plus TSN has other things they are promoting right now.

CFL.ca has done an adequate job listing test results and having some video highlights, but it would be great if we could see more of the one on one drills like pass rushing and receiving. I would watch those on TSN5 or whatever.

Anonymous said...

Taj Smith was issued a 'Get out of jail free' card today.

Anonymous said...

Hey rod the coyotes have less points than the blue jackets...

Anonymous said...

Obama (Link), where have you been??

Anonymous said...

Yep, something to be proud of. Simply wash your hands of someone with mental health issues. How Saskatchewan-ish.

Anonymous said...

"It puts the lotion on its skin!"

Anonymous said...

Dear Link:

Kevin Doherty (Regina Northeast) is the Finance Minister of our province. Doesn't get much more prominent than that.

Having traveled the world and having grown up in rural SK, I can assure you that rural SK is not the worst place in the world.

Please tell Broten to spend another $5 Billion in campaign promises prior to the election. It makes Brad's job easier.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone think McCallum should retire as a Rider? His best years were in BC.

I am guessing no one will bat an eyelash when Dressler signs a one day contract with the Riders to retire when the day comes.

In the words of Lynch "HOW DUMB CAN YOU BE"??!!

Anonymous said...

Here's a fake news take on the poverty to BC story: http://www.thebeaverton.com/national/item/2506-saskatchewan-social-services-page-redirects-to-bc-tourism-website

As to whom Rod votes for and takes pics with, that's his business. Last I checked it was his blog. On the other hand, Stephen Harper went down in flames after Rod attended his event so maybe the same will happen to the SP. lol!

Anonymous said...

To those who say this is a sports blog and not a political one, Rod just opened the door to making it a political one by posting a picture of him with Wall.

For all the lefty haters out there, here's the truth. Notley took over in Alberta amid an economic downtown. The NDP in 1991 took over in the province amid an economic downturn. Tough spending decisions had to be made. How does a deficit and low oil prices, something both Notley and Romanow in SK took over, their fault?

At some point in the future we won't have oil, gas and coal anymore. At some point we will have to reinvent ourselves and not go for the quick money of non-renewable resources. Maybe we should all think of that and the future of our kids in that regard!

And isn't anyone out there concerned the Wall government didn't have the balls to lay out a budget before the vote? How bad is it? What are they trying to hide? What am I voting for if Wall won't even show me the real numbers?

Love, Stephen Brad!

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod,

Nice photo with our Conservative leader Brad Wall (whoops, I meant the Sask Party)...

Hopefully you congratulated him on sending those bums on a one-way ticket to BC by bus... Maybe this is the beginning of rounding up many more. We don't need that here.

Who knows, maybe we will provide the example to the future President Trump on how to round up people and ship them out... What a great idea, I have not heard of this for many years now; can't quite remember the last guy's name who was pretty good at rounding up and shipping out; maybe it was someone in Europe?

Go Brad Wall!!!

Anonymous said...

To the person that said, "Link, keep your NDP rant OFF a sports blog! Just remember how the NDP balanced the budget by closing 52 hospitals and over 1000 long care beds"

I am not sure if you are aware, but, really, you should take a bit of your own advice. You do realize that you opened up by reminding someone that this is a 'sports blog', then you follow it up with a political comment.

I guess in your world, that is okay... That is, to tell others how things are going to work, but then to shut up and listen to your spewing...

Get a grip on life!

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me specifically what Notley has done to piss off all you right wingers? She inherited a deficit. That's be fault of the PCs not hers. Oil prices are in the tank. Nobody's fault. She wants to clean up the environment. Isn't that what governments are for?

Anonymous said...

Doherty is Finance minister and we're $400M in the hole. A real winner there.

Anonymous said...

Does everyone conveniently forget that the NDP had to clean up the mess that Brad Wall's predecessor Grant Devine left this province???
Brad Wall is following the Grant Devine formula of politics.....sell off the province......HOW, just HOW does the Sask Party end up with these ridiculous deficits when Saskatchewan's economy has been BOOMING these past number of years......We should be in the Surplus position if times were so great as Brad Wall is proud of boasting all the time.......It will take another NDP gov't to clean up Brad Wall's mess.....

Anonymous said...

No you can't clean up at the environment unless as Brad Wall says it passes a vigorous economic impact assessment. You see when we used to care about social issues and not sending people away due to their ailments we actually did care about the environment. We still do but if having clean air, clean water, and not scourging the Earth means some rig pig in Carnduff loses his job or the good people of Canalta or whatever oil company is backing our current government then I'm sorry environment isn't on the docket for concern.

Remember guys it always the ECONOMY...Economy..Economy....nothing else matters.

Anonymous said...

and close to 30 years ago $14B in debt, commodity prices in the toilet and leadership meant if you wanted to save the public system it meant tough choices those were made. Both in healthcare and rural Saskatchewan. - Because most rural people here have a brain the size of a pea they don't see that so they sit there like dummies at SARM conventions nodding in agreement over issues they have no clue about.

Tough decisions need to be made BUT....oh you'll just have to wait until after you put them in power to find out what those are and how they'll impact you.

I agree people here deserve exactly what they have coming to them.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Trump's first visit to Canada can be to visit Saskatchewan. There he can see, first-hand, just how the deportation idea works. To rid our great province of the undesirables! Especially those failures different from us!

The Saskatchewan Party Rules!!!

Anonymous said...

Political rants equal pay dirt on this blog. Always the case and well played.

Anonymous said...

Trudeau is winning people over in the USA. He said on CNN, "And if people do want to make choices that perhaps suit their lifestyles better, Canada is always welcoming."

He should say except here in Saskatchewan where we are lead by the last of the neo-cons and you are not welcome here as his base won't accept you.

J.T is someone we can actually be proud of.

Anonymous said...

Tolerance goes too far when it tolerates intolerance.

Democracy flounders when people are convinced to embrace something fundamentally undemocratic.

Anonymous said...

How'd we get a deficit? Well we had a big forest fire I mean that could happen right? I mean that's believable right?

Anonymous said...

Alberta should send any unemployed oil workers who came from Saskatchewan back home. I guarantee you there would be more that two of those.

Anonymous said...

Hail Wall

Hail Wall

Hail Wall

Those who don't agree, should get out! Or maybe you should be thrown on a bus!

Raise your arm, take the oath and say it with me, Hail Wall...

Anonymous said...

Simply put unless you are an angry white middle class male then in Saskatchewan you don't matter.

Anonymous said...

Turdeau is something that the left wing extremists of this world are proud of. Now go protest against a Canadian pipeline and wring your hands over global warming.

Anonymous said...

As usual, NDP supporters are moronic hypocrites.

Extremely quick to use the down turn in oil prices as a defence for the Alberta NDP, but every problem in Saskatchewan can be attributed to Brad Wall.

The natural resources that Saskatchewan has have been known about since the 1950s, but yet the NDP did everything they could to prevent progress and development in Saskatchewan.

The NDP did everything possible to destroy Ontario and and British Columbia, and are still destroying Manitoba.

So after a period of unparalleled prosperity and growth, why would anyone want to vote NDP?

I will tell you. Left-wing intellectuals from privileged back grounds who place a higher priority on lofty social ideals than on progress. They feel guilty over their privilege and want to help those who have less. Thats fine, but when you want to do it with other people's money, that's a problem.

Ride out the oil downturn. Nothing lasts forever. Don't ever elect the NDP again for the sake of generations to come.

Go Riders!!!!!

Anonymous said...

They say that us Conservatives are loud, stupid and rude, to those people I say shut up and go away! We rule, so get over it.

You don't need some big education to succeed. We be doing just fine!

Anonymous said...

And further to this comment, has anyone noticed the decline of left-wing socialist, NDPish governments all over the world, particularly in South America?

People all over the world have discovered that socialist weasels like the NDP are just talk. Talk, talk and more talk. No progress, no development for anyone, just money poured into worthless social programs that have accomplished nothing.

Then people realize that socialism only works as long as there is other people's money to spend. And once they run out of other people's money, it all comes crashing down.

For the future of everyone, even idiot socialists who need to be saved from themselves, don't ever go back to the NDP.

It would be roughly the equivalent of volunteering to go back to Auschwitz.

Go Riders!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are now reading a Political Blog with the odd sports comment to keep the non trolls coming back.
* Give a person a fish they eat for a day
* Teach a person to fish they eat forever
* Promise someone a share of another persons fish you have a NDP supporter for life

Anonymous said...

NDP voters don't even support their own leader Broten. He's going to be challenged yet again at a leadership convention after this absolute blow to the guts of dippers.

Anonymous said...

Some one had posted not long ago how this comment section was in free-fall into a pit of stupidity and immaturity, and today's comments, especially the idiotic Auschwitz comment, demonstrates how far this section has sunk. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

Pffffff don't you have a drum circle to go visit or something?

That post isn't far from wrong, electing the NDP/socialists again would really be the equivalent of putting your own head in a noose.

Anonymous said...

I see that Saskatchewan is full of Donald Trump wannabees

Anonymous said...

Reading some of these political posts I've come to the conclusion that Bradley is the same as Donald Trump. I wouldn't vote for Trump, thusly...

Anonymous said...

Left wing governments are popping up frequently worldwide. Right wing governments are going the way of the dinosaurs as are their voters. You can check it out. Thank god for young people.

Anonymous said...

Ya sure Brad Wall is the same as Trump, that's why he has a muslim born and raised in Pakistan running in the affluent Harbour Landing (because that is so Trumpish)

Anonymous said...

http://www.demdigest.net/latin-americas-pink-tide-turns/

If you had any doubt about the incompetence and stupidity of socialists, and why their policies all eventually fail, this article explains things nicely.

Anonymous said...

If you're not a liberal when you are young, you're heartless.

If you're not a conservative when you're an adult, you're a worthless, douche bag hippie who failed in the real world.

Thank God young people grow up and realize how stupid they were when they were young.

Anonymous said...

I'm an Albertan and I don't want Notley impeached.

There's my political post for the decade. The rest of you should follow suit.

Anonymous said...

No one said Albertans were smart.

Anonymous said...

No kidding and well said, Albertan!

Anonymous said...

Amazing that Rod Peterson's sports blog allows the comments of Nazi supporters... The right wing has sunk to a whole new level, so to has this site and all the right wing weirdoes.

One is left to conclude that the current Ministry of Education must have already eliminated the basics required for its Saskatchewan citizens... the comments on this site are proof.

Deporting people??? Really ???

An embarrassment to Canada!

Anonymous said...

In glad Notley got in in Alberta. It opened up everyone's eyes how bad an NDP government can be.

Thank god I live in Sask and Alberta sacrificed four years for us.

Cloud Strife said...

I'm an engineer with an out of scope position at a crown. Last year at this time, Brad Wall cut the salary of all out of scope government employees to save $16M. My cut was 4%. I was right at the 50% range of APEGS' pay scale, so overpayment was not an issue.

He could have raised taxes for everyone, to the tune of ~$16 for each person in the province. Instead, it cost me and my family ~$3500, this year and going forward. I paid for Brad's good publicity.

Mr. Wall likes to say, "let's never go back to how it was." I say, let's never go back to last year.

I'll be voting accordingly, and encourage others to.

Anonymous said...

No thanks. I paid almost 50% income tax last. Plus GST. plus PST. Plus sin tax on a bottle of booze. Plus Fuel tax. Plus plus plus.

Taxes need to go down not up. Thanks to Trudue increasing taxes were actually seeing provinces drop provincial rates because you can only get so much out of people.

I'll be voting accordingly as well

Anonymous said...

Could I add your name to the list?

Anonymous said...

He's a little sensitive on here. He starts it all in the comment section and then if you take him to task he will not publish comments.

Anonymous said...

Who needs the Constitution of Canada... In our province, the majority rules and anyone different, or simply if you are a loser, we will get rid of you.

The constitution stops here - all raise your arm to solute and praise: 'Hail Wall'.

Ps. Thanks Rod for being one of us!

Anonymous said...

The level of discourse in this comment section would make even the average riderfans.com commenter stop and think 'Whoa, these are some dumbass comments.'

Anonymous said...

It's an embarrassment but the guy running it is a Narcissist and his self esteem is so low he needs these comments to get off.

Rod Pedersen said...

Worry about yourself.

Anonymous said...

NDP fired 4th candidate in 4 days Saturday afternoon for seriously inappropriate social media posts. Losing leader Broten also fired his campaign manager on the spot and said they have to start screening candidates more carefully (DUH!!!) The little ball of hate NDP party is getting what they finally deserve. See Alberta.