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Overnight:Canada:Montreal or Toronto - Better City to be Single?

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Canada

Canada: an interesting look at the character of two Canadian cities - Montreal and Toronto based on street interviews. Which city is better for getting to know someone? I was surprised to see how different they are (or at least live up to their reputations) based on this relatively small sample.

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Freaks, Faggots, Disabled, Or On Welfare, You Can't Eat Here

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Garu

Well, it looks like there no such thing as a free lunch, or even a paid lunch if you visit this restaurant -- Gary's Chicaros in Enid, Oklahoma. Well, at least for some people. According to owner and manager, Gary James, don't bother looking for service at his joint if you're "freaks, faggots, disabled, or on welfare. That's some pretty blunt talk.

HuffPo:

"I really don't want gays around," Gary's Chicaros Club owner Gary James told NBC affiliate KFOR-TV after a reporter asked him about several comments accusing the restaurant of discrimination. "Any man that would compromise his body would compromise anything."

"I've been in business 44 years. I think I can spot a freak or a f****t," James told the news station.

Any guess his political affiliation? The reason I bring it up is Gary isn't just a restaurateur. He was a candidate for city council in 2009. Though he narrowly lost, he's considering a run again -- from the Tea Party.

If you ever pass through Enid, be warned if you are wearing a hat. He doesn't like hats, especially worn indoors. He sure has a lot of rules. And amazingly, you'd think some, if not all, were discriminatory, if not just plain illegal. But hey, Gary's a law-abiding man. He wouldn't skirt the law.

It should be noted that refusing to serve a gay customer appears to be legal in Oklahoma. Although the state protects people from being turned away from businesses for their race, gender or religion, it does not offer that protection for sexual orientation.

So how does this sage ol' dining establishment owner know who to kick out? Does he have gaydar?  He doesn't say.

But, apparently, it's not just homosexuality that James dislikes. The restaurant's signature T-shirt features an image of a target with a list of groups -- including Muslims, blacks and Democrats -- written on it, KFOR-TV notes.

And customers have definitely taken notice of the environment.

"I cannot rate this food since I cannot be served," one reviewer wrote on Yelp. "Visit Taco Bell instead. It's a crappy taco, but at least it doesn't come with hate sauce."

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F-Word Beer: Cure For The New Years Hangover

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Exit 6 Pub

C'mon, if you didn't have one too many on New Years Eve, chances are you had a bit to imbibe yesterday on New Years Day with the Rose Parade. Maybe you wanted to sober up with a stop at Starbucks and grab a fresh Frappacino. But, maybe in your slightly inebriated state you missed your destination by a block and instead stopped at  Exit 6 Pub and Brewery, in Cottleville, Missouri. Luckily for you, when you muttered the word Frappacino, the attendant poured you a fresh one from the tap. Yikes, it was beer and not coffee. You looked around and realized you were in an unfamiliar small independent bar and not the standard, uniform confines of the huge Starbucks chain. Gone was the Starbucks green circle with the queen mermaid in it (or whoever she is). No one asked if you wanted a Vente or Grande. They just brought you a glass -- not a paper cup. Damn, you were taken. You were fooled. It's as if you had just crossed over the line and found yourself in a modern day episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE.

Starbucks frappacino

Well, as silly as this sounds, check out the attached video. It seems everyone's favorite coffee shop, the Mega huge Starbucks, took umbridge and issued a cease and desist letter to the owners of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery. This single location bar's response to the demand letter is nothing short of hysterical -- snarkiness to the "nth" degree. The entire correspondence can be found here, courtesy of HuffPo. The back and forth between both Starbucks' lawyers and Exit 6 Pub's proprietor is priceless.

From now on, Frappacino Beer at Exit 6 Pub will be henceforth be known as 'F-word beer' to avoid any confusion. And so there's no hard feelings and in a show of good faith, Exit 6 Pub returned the entire $6 profit made from the mistake. Now if that teaser has you wanting to know more, check out the hysterical news coverage of this brew-haha (intentionally misspelled)  below:

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Drink A Beer And Do A Year

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leading from behind

Why is the government always the last to know? They really do lead from behind.

There's no sane reason that marijuana (cannabis)  has been classified up there with heroin or cocaine as a Schedule 1 drug. Anybody who's done any research on this issue knows that. But the government doesn't seem to get the message. The organization of 'the world is flat' thinkers just seem to be stuck in neutral.

Schedule I substances are those that have all three of the following:

A. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

B. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

C. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Putting marijuana aside, let's look at beer. Beer is legal and marijuana generally isn't... at least not on the federal level.

Using the ABC's of schedule one above, ask yourself about each of the three tenets in terms of beer.

A. Is there hight potential for abuse with beer? Ah, yeah! (Burp)

B.  Is there currently any accepted medical treatment that calls for beer? Not unless you call Dr. Bud Weiser. If he's not in his office, check over at Kelsey's Bar or Conchita's Tap Room.

C. Is there a safety for using beer under medical supervision because it's not prescribed. Safety? Yeah, when the keg's empty, Dr. Weiser usually changes the tap, or his chosen brand. That's how he discovered Michelob.

So if you hold a beer to the same restrictions or requirements  for marijuana, the cannabis might very well be removed from that schedule 1 classification and beer might be put on it. I'll drink that that!

Face it, cannabis is less harmful than beer, yet beer, we celebrate and marijuana we incarcerate.

So maybe the argument should be to have beer reclassified. "Have a brew, do a year or two."

I'm not really for that. Perhaps if our backwards thinking regulators saw that example, they might, over a glass of suds, suddenly see straight. They might even realize that they've been wrong and federally legalize cannabis. It might just be safer to light up one for the road.

There is room in the marketplace for both. The liquor distributor lobby doesn't want that, or the truth to get out there. But aren't the Republicans always pushing free commercial trade and less restrictions? Here's their chance to put their joint, er, money where their mouth is.

When this happens, and it will, here's what you will be seeing on TV. What a welcomed sight that will be:

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