Dec 202017

If Sal was a tad more Politically Correct the title for this Post would be Yes Topo, There is a Mythical non-denominational secular non-gender nor sexual orientation specific Person who purportedly visits during the night before the anniversary of the date of birth of Jesus Christ and Justin Trudeau and countless others allegedly delivering gifts to supposedly deserving believing boys and girls.

But if Sal was a tad more Politically Correct Sal wouldn’t be Sal, Bears would stop shitting in the forest, one legged ducks would start swimming in squares, the Pope would convert to Buddhism, New Zealanders would give up sheep and Il nove sarebbe smettere di leggere Sal.

Sal won’t be wishing anyone a made up PC BS Happy Kwanzaa.

Incompetence is a better explanation than conspiracy in most human activity.
Peter Bergen

Before you read this article remember Hemingway salient words: Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

Vancouver Sun – BC Lions Name Former Eskimos Executive Rick LeLacheur as Club’s President

Sal says that after the Captain takes over it will be just like after Dennis Skulsky left – no one there.

Shut Out The Light

Sal says that the BC Lions loss is Alberta horse racing’s gain.

Sal has a tip for the Captain. Don’t go to close to the water as Sal’s not sure that deadwood floats.

Sal was wandering if the Captain and Tennille would reunite in Lotus land with Tennille becoming the first female coach in CFL history.

Sal may be a tad Crazy, but Il nove knows that Sal don’t do pop crap.

 Man cannot live by incompetence alone.

Charlotte Whitton


NY Times – Rush – Realizing He ‘Used to Be Good,’ Don Cherry Recalibrates His Rancor

Making a Suit With Don Cherry

Don Cherry Coaches The Rick Mercer Hockey Team

I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory

Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step – it is an old business procedure.
Fran Lebowitz

Phor Christmas Phil used to pheature Christmas Carols, tunes and quotes. Sal says iph you want Christmas tunes download White Christmas or About a Boy.

Sal says iph you want Christmas Spirit download The Bishop’s Wife or one of Phil’s Phavourites:

and be sure to serve it in a glass from the Bishop’s Wife.

Sal says iph you want Christmas quotes – Merry Christmas Quotations.

Booze news – “Bourbon” an essay by Walker Percy

People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.

Sometime Around Midnight

National Post – Warnica – Christmas movies, ranked: A top 10 featuring Bruce Willis, Jimmy Stewart and … Moses

What Christmas is All About

National Post – Edmiston – Christmas dishes, ranked: All the best comestibles, from eggnog to Bûche de Noël

Fairytale of New York

We are not naughty children, and the state is not our parent.
Heather Brooke

Sal says that his other Christmas wish is that Rico updates that dreadful pop crap they monotonously play every time he wins a race at NP.

Sal has a suggestion:

She’s Got You

Maybe not that song but that songstress has some pretty good pipes and a cellist to boot.

When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.
Mae West

Ritvo also would like to try new betting options but he is being obstructed by the powerful Thoroughbred Owners of California, which cares only about those at the top. Ritvo wanted to initiate a second Pick 5 at the end of the card with the same 14% rake as the early Pick 5, which has proven so popular.

Unfortunately, Mike Pegram, who thinks TOC stands for Teamsters of California and he is the new Jimmy Hoffa, told Ritvo that if the takeout is going to be reduced, it will have to come out of the track’s share. He won’t budge a dollar.

Pegram was the driving force in jacking up the takeout on exotic bets to more than 23 percent, a move that threw Southern California racing into a tailspin from which it has not recovered.

Pegram made his fortune with a chain of McDonald’s. I wonder if he allows the help to tell him how he should run those businesses. Of course, I don’t wonder; I know the answer.

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – California racing needs Stronach more than he needs California racing

California Dreamin

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

Dylan Thomas

In Between Days

US Racing – Michaels – It’s Never Too Early to Think About the Kentucky Derby

The Rose

Bloodhorse – Precious – Governor Outlines Plans for Arena at Belmont Park

Need Your Love

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Photo special: now this is how to engage with the racing public

Train in Vain

The Globe and Mail – Waldie – Britain bringing back the beaver

Darling Be Home Soon

Q: Dear Mr. Grumpy Santa,
What is the perfect Christmas gift for a man? —Linda

A: If we’re talking a real man here, you can’t go wrong with whiskey. Last year, Mr. Grumpy Santa’s son presented him with a bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. Tears flowed.

Southern Living – Dear Mr. Grumpy Christmas

Son Of A Bitch

NY Times – White – The Composer Who Owns Christmas

Killing Me Softly

National Post – Brownell, Humphreys and Edmiston-  Two legacies, one dark mystery: Toronto elite reeling after violent deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman

Each of us has a name
given by God
and given by our parentsEach of us has a name
given by our stature and our smile
and given by what we wearEach of us has a name
given by the mountains
and given by our wallsEach of us has a name
given by the stars
and given by our neighborsEach of us has a name
given by our sins
and given by our longingEach of us has a name
given by our enemies
and given by our loveEach of us has a name
given by our celebrations
and given by our workEach of us has a name
given by the seasons
and given by our blindnessEach of us has a name
given by the sea
and given by
our death.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Sal’s Musical Interlude

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
Albert Einstein

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
G.K. Chesterton

The only truth is music.
Jack Kerouac

I Came To Dance

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

William Shakespeare

White Rabbit

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

Edith Sitwell

Sound Of Silence

There is nothing permanent except change.


Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.

Frank Zappa

The Boxer

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.

Kurt Vonnegut

Blood In The Cut

I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.

Freddie Mercury

Something Just Like This

Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.

Benjamin Disraeli

The Boxer

Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wayfaring Stranger

Music is the strongest form of magic.

Marilyn Manson

Personal Jesus

The poor are used to stifling any expression of their despair, because they must get on with life, with work, with the demands made of them day after day, hour after hour.

Georges Simenon

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Wicked Game

Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.

Douglas Adams

Hymn of the Cherubim

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe

Lao Tzu

All We Ever Knew

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.


All Along The Watchtower

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.

Ann Richards

Show Me How to Live

There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.

Arthur Conan Doyle


A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wayfaring Stranger

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.

Tom Waits

All Along The Watchtower

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley

Bohemian Rhapsody

Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.
Dylan Thomas

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Yes Topo, There is a Santa Claus”


    Tenniale as usual spreading disharmony among the race industry participants has ASHA posting 2018 race dates with 95 dates and opening up the century mile, while the thoroughbreds have no signed contract and are looking forward to 60??? 2018 dates roughly half of their 119 days a decade ago!!!

    Captain Rick / chairman who signed a 3 year contract in January 2015( 5 yr???) becomes a free agent?? and heads to the lion’s den, I still wonder about his $4700 first class flight to Germany while STARKE the ministry flew for $1700. Fiscal responsibility for the lions doubtful!!!

    CENTURY posts another positive 3rd quarter earnings with the closing of a share offering of 4+ million shares @ $7.50 with $25 million going to the century mile, nothing but HOPE for the future of horse racing but at what cost for the small barns as the rich get richer!!!!

    EARLY ODDS for new CEO from industry insiders and the bee clean legislative staff

    JIM REED 4/1
    TIM REID 8/1
    DAVID REID 20/1
    BRIAN ALEXANDER 25/1 if he were a jiggy jogger 2,500,000/1 as a runner
    YVES TURCOTTE 1000/1
    ROBERT NODA 1000/1

    Remember it is Tennille’s 76 birthday on January 22. Coal from the runners and diamonds from pacers.

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