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May 2012

'Take This Waltz' and 'Girls'

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I have had the entertaining hours this spring of absorbing Lena Dunham's 'Girls' and thinking of Sarah Silverman's comments in the shower in 'Take This Waltz'. It did map the Sarah character to Marnie and there was much to hope for.

Damn - it hit me - I want to say that Marnie in 'Girls' struggling with a similar problem, lives through a far more interesting turn of events than Polley's character does.

They are in different forms, but wow Dunham is 24, and manifestly brilliant.

Polley is pretty good but this is not a match to take on. (and she really is not that good).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 09:56
 

I am Totally with Pat Condell

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And Michel Houllebecq. Islam is by far the stupidest religion.

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They are all pretty stupid but Islam is winning the competition to be the stupidest.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2012 16:16
 

I Think I Wanna Marry You

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Holy cow this guy really made it pretty much impossible to say no.

What an insanely amazing proposal. And what a collection of great friends he has!

I am so glad I am unlikely to propose again (not that either of my efforts was much to speak of).

 

More Blog About the Evil Brett Kimberlin Day

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The guy is an utter creep - here is some more, but I also ask you to go read Aaron Walker's reports as well.

It surprises me only slightly that he and his buddies are all Democrat operatives, and funded by high-end Democrats. Maybe the exposure that comes will fix that, but I have seen no sign of it so far.

What Patterico describes is really frightening:

The phenomenon is called “SWATting,” because it can bring a SWAT team to your front door. SWATting is a particularly dangerous hoax in which a caller, generally a computer hacker, calls a police department to report a shooting at the home of his enemy. The caller will place this call to the police department’s business line, using Skype or a similar service, and hiding behind Internet proxies to make the call impossible to trace. Anxious police, believing they are responding to the home of an armed and dangerous man, show up at the front door pointing guns and screaming orders.

Can Obama find the balls to tell his buddies to stop funding this sort of nonsense? Not just nonsense, utter evil.

 

Eurovision!

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The song contest final is tomorrow; I am trying to structure my weekend to make sure I get to watch it.

Meanwhile the Telegraph tries to throw some cold water by pointing out that countries are often represented by (gasp!) furriners!

Of course their lead furriner, my compatriot Celine Dion competing for the Swiss (and even more galling, winning!) is their lead source of fun with a slightly funny picture of her in 1988.

All I can say is, she was spectacular and would have won pretty much in any year I have ever watched that song contest. (I did not watch in the magical 1974.)

For your viewing pleasure, I post yet again that 1988 premonition of some later stardom (I will never forget her ubiquity as I traveled in China in 1997).

She clearly KNEW she was a star from square one and she was rightly right.

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I cannot watch this performance without crying. OTOH I have never gone out of my way to hear her perform other than this great performance. But she is rightly a star.

Oh yeah - 1974 - unbelievable.

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Makes me cry, especially as a Norwegian-Canadian.

Even American Idol gets some stuff roughly right. (Oh Katharine McPhee.)

Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 05:29
 

Ian Rankin's Bad Day Tweeted

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Attention people who complain about Heathrow. At Charles de Gaulle precisely *one* passport booth is open. Dealing with EU and non-EU...

 

No RER trains into Paris. Thank you for telling me that after taking 9 Euros off me for a ticket...

 

 

Ahh yes fond memories of Paris.

 

Congratulations to SpaceX

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The Canadarm successfully captured the Drgaon ("We have a dragon by the tail") and the supply mission to the International Space Station has succeeded. It has been a while since any space activities have caught my fancy but this one did.

Guilty pleasure - the Canada logo on the robot arm.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 09:32
 

Blog about Brett Kimberlin Day

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I do not normally observe special days but this is one where the cause is a worthy one. I despise lawfare, and this rather evil person is a major practitioner who should b exposed.

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It baffles me that Barbra Streisand and John Kerry's wife help fund this clown, but maybe it should not baffle me. His thuggery seems to fit the Democrat profile of late.

 

I Feel Such a Delinquent - DWTS

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Really there are so few reality shows that have any reality. This is one of them.

It is so much fun watching celebrities (even when you have never heard of them) stressed by being asked to excel in an area where they, all obviously competitive folks, might not have comparative advantage.

I watched no episodes before this weekend this season, but watched both this week. Reports I had read saying the quality was crazy were only confirmed. The Monday night show was an utter pleasure - high quality, high enthusiasm.

Last night every got a perfect score and rightly.

In the end the result I would have picked from the fact that voters are USAian is that the USAian would win, especially backed, I would bet, by a major Green Bay Packers voting block.

I cast all my votes for Kathleen Jenkins.

But you know it was a great outcome. I have never seen a final with such utterly quality on this show. Maybe the producers should reduce the quality of their searches for future drama. Hard call.

In the end, for me, I loved watching the total refutation of British reserve in Jenkins, the delightful Latino-ness of Levy, and, ultimately, how much Driver loved winning; the sight of him with that young daughter in his arms, crying her head off, was SO sweet.

DWTS is planning an all-star season. Other networks, please let me just watch it in peace! I know you do not plan to.

The last two nights were magic. I will not readily sacrifice them to your best shows.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:18
 

A Turning of the Stomach

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A few days ago I read this excellent article (in the Guardian!) by Nick Cohen.

It documents with savage clarity why the son of the current monarch of the UK is not fit to lead any organization. And he leaves out the moral depravity that destroyed the young Diana Spencer.

And yet!

This disgusting slimeball is touring Canada and getting the utter approval of our state media (perhaps also our private media). I'd be even more disturbed if our state media were really state-controlled; it is a lot like the BBC, just state-funded. This means both problems have a REALLY easy solution.

In any case my stomach was utterly turned by state-funded report this afternoon of this totally unfit jerk meeting with a bunch of 'First Nations' leaders, all about equally equipped and morally justified as leaders of any sort.

It amazes me a state media that went into hysterics over Diana Spencer so little later can forget her and forget the obvious message about the moral qualities of the guy tingling the legs of their reporters.

It can be a very sorry world.

This guy is in no way a nice person and why is everyone faking their orgasms?

 

Robin Gibb - RIP - Blackout

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The lights that night went out far more broadly than Massachusetts; I recall them going out where I lived then, and that has always made this song and its lead vocal, a favorite of mine, though I never listened to the lyrics in any detail.

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The Moron has Landed

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And the moronocity is deep. It is not just that he was an utterly crappy groom, though that should also be a problem.

Hey Nick Cohen you think this is guy is OK? Neither do I, He is a pig and an utter idiot and likely damage as a monarch. Blecchh!

I am planning to flee Toronto as the idiots have decided to feature this sad clown in proceedings this weekends! Yeah tampon lady I can hardly wait to hear what people say!

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 May 2012 17:54
 

The Democrat Platform for 2012

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Ramirez, as so often, hits it out of the park:

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 May 2012 05:53
 

The Only Bad Job is No Job

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A rough quotation from our finance minister, embarking on undefined changes:

"The only bad job is a job you do not have."

It is an interesting point and one I get as someone who worked in his high school years:

a) as a grocery boy, and then a cashier in a grocery store, a promotion that thrilled me;

b) as an apple-picker, a job brutally physical but offering the odd incredible fresh McIntosh apple;

c) as a golf caddie (and my eyesight and lack of strength made it clear I was not much good).

I'm with Flaherrty.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2012 16:26
 

Best Tweet of the Month

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RT You ever go to the driving range & think you will never play good golf again?? >>only 1000 times

 

Bubba Watson is the author for those who cannot parse this stuff, but I thank Paul Azinger as the h/t.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2012 09:50
 

At 'His Own' Risk

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So the local CTV News reported on one dork rock climber who fell down a rock face and crushed an ankle in the process, and was only rescued by a significant effort by a public rescue team.

The report finishes, I thought weirdly, by the assertion that the fallen climber had prevailed 'at his own risk'.

From the report I saw, I really doubt that. Did this idiotic self-absorbed clown repay the various government agencies for the efforts that were invested saving his asinine butt?

I would wager no.

Please comment if you know otherwise.

My guess is we taxpayers covered this moron's risk and I doubt he has any concern about that at all.

 

I Had the Same Opportunity to Become an NBA Star as Michael Jordan Had

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Man there are a lot of smart black guys and there is Thomas Sowell, as smart as they come, and really funny.

This is just a great interview. Sowell is just SO smart, and his contempt for the idiot-in-chief is rightly amusing.

One of the best minds of my generation, dismissed because he is black and does not sign up for the identity groups. My God he eviscerates the moron-in-chief's pathetic arguments so well.

"Obama has an absolute talent for saying things that make no sense." Too true.

We won't see him on NPR, or the CBC.

He actually has cared to find out how wealth is created, not just, as Obama loves, to suck away.

 

Hitchens Sort-of Memorial

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James Kirchuk has a very nice description of the Hitchens memorial last month, which was clearly a bit of a whitewash.

But not a single one of the readings was about Iraq, never mind the looming threat of Iran or the hypocrisies of the antiwar movement, topics that consumed Christopher and gradually drove him away from the Nation (which, he concluded, had become “the voice and the echo chamber of those who truly believe that John Ashcroft is a greater menace than Osama bin Laden”) and the left in general. One of his most memorable polemics, the absence of which at the memorial was surely attributable to the fact that it would have offended most of the people in the room, was his evisceration of filmmaker Michael Moore and his Fahrenheit 9/11. This “silly and shady man,” Christopher wrote, had produced a film which represented “a possible fusion between the turgid routines of MoveOn.org and the filmic standards, if not exactly the filmic skills, of Sergei Eisenstein or Leni Riefenstahl.”

Of course it was a gang of lefties, more or less, running the show, but still:

No Kurd spoke.

And this:

For those who disagreed with Christopher (and that’s everyone; it was impossible to agree with him on all things), the proper way to memorialize him is captured by his childhood friend Patrick Cockburn: continue arguing. While disagreeing vehemently with Christopher about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cockburn, writing in the Independent, nevertheless concedes that, “it would be a pity if Christopher’s words and writing on Anglo-American military interventions should be ignored,” because he was “the most intelligent and eloquent defender of these interventions as a means of removing dictators or preventing massacres.”

I confess. I partly cite that as I think Cockburn is Olivia Wilde's uncle, and I really like her as an actress. Yeah that was irrelevant, but I am a male human.

Back to the topic, though. It does seem to me that the left today has really lost its way, and finds it impossible to think that anyone can honestly disagree with the official positions. Many of these positions would not have been their positions when they were a left not utterly dominated by infantile identity politics (like before the disgraceful '60s).

h/t Norm

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:21
 

Mad Men Season 5 - One Thing I Find a Bit Odd

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And all the other seasons.

I grew up an atheist, and openly so, and it DID make a difference.

But I note that 'Mad Men' is making a big deal about Jewishness lately. My recollection is that the Protestant-Catholic separation was much greater in my childhood (through my teens) than any Jewish-Christian one. Of course I did not grow up in Manhattan.

Seems odd to me.

 

Betty is one Hell of a Wife (MadMen Season 5)

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Her behavior in th kitchen as Henry cooked his piece of steak and ate it was stunning, I thought.

He SO needed support and she so gave it, in the midst of concerns about 'backing the wrong horse'. As he said 'This is nice'.

I have SO been where Henry is and Betty is utterly great here.

Why are so many people dumping on her character last night. (Yeah the Sally-Anna thing was bitchy but long overdue.)

She really should have picked a better husband first time.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 11:04
 

More Birds

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I have for several years reflected that "I SO wish all this had been here when I was 12."

There was a lot around when I was 12 and I consumed a lot but I cannot imagine how great it would have been had I known, not just about the hawklets in the previous post, but these baby blue herons and this bluebird nest (at the moment featuring one brand new hatchling).

Wait! I do know what it would have been like! I have spent most of this day checking out the birds!

The heron site is great for having sound (often mostly geese but wow when the little ones are feeding) and including chat, which has made me as emotionally engaged as the rest of the chatters with the latest hatchling, referred to as #5. If you watch long enough it is pretty easy to see one much smaller bird, pretty feistily trying to get its share of food.

Thank you those who created all this technology. You have enriched my lifr do much.

 

Cuteness - But I am Down to That

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Ths is so lovely.

I hope you do not see one of those siblings tossing another over the edge, or just falling over.

Watching the last couple of days, whatever number of parents are at work seem to be finding trouble having food.

Now if you wanted to find rodents at Wisconsin Madison I am astonished this is a problem. Just look at all those yummy lefties.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 18:39
 

Kentucky Derby

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It's sweet that a Canadian-owned horse won but even sweeter that the owner of the horse, a quondam philosophy prof, cites Wittgenstein, essentially saying that philosophical questions mean rather little, while horse means a lot.

I think in this sense the world needs more Canada!

That jockey did an untterly perfect job! Our Latino small guys are better than yours.

 

Salim Mansur's Inconvenient Truth

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A very sad refelction on the so-called Arab Spring.

And I must credit him for some good rhetoric:

There is a long way to go before the Arab-Muslim world empties itself of its fury, of fighting its demons and blaming others for its self-inflicted misery.

Here for now, however, politics is vengeful, history is clash of steel, and peace is desert mirage.

The one comfort I feel is that Christian Europe was almost this badly screwed up as few as a few hundred years ago, and it sure turned out pretty well, I would say. So well that I feel as I look at history to feel that I have been astonishingly privileged to live here now. And this as an atheist and a public one who grew up in a small town with four Christian churches on one corner, and who was noted in school as a a heathen.  All they did was call me names, and I did appreciate the sticks and stones notion. No murder of infidels in my childhood.

Whether Arabs can pull it off, I will never find out; it is clear to me they are still on a downward spiral and their religion does not have the universalist drive in Christianity, so I suspect they might never make it out.

It won't be for me to worry about what becomes of them all.

But please stupid people - do not import this crap into our countries.

 

How the Hell Did I Never Know About This?

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Utterly wonderful.

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Finally Time to Comment on Zou Bisou Bisou

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I have been a total Jessica Pare fan for years, so the fact that she is utterly taking over MadMen is a lot of fun for me.

I love that she did not know the Zou Bisou Bisou song before being asked to do it. I have a ton of respect for Jian Ghomeishi, who does occasionally fall into CBCism (not his fault really - they pay him). But this is a good interview.

But what is so great about this scene in Mad Men is all the other people watching Pare perform.

I loved it. I still do.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 18:46
 

Thank You CBC's The Current

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In passing let me thank the show for the Peter Bergen interview; it actually gave me some respect for The Great Windbag. Good going!

But their best impact on me lately is the Charles Taylor profile, and the realization that I had not seen Some Girls for quite a while.

I have no idea whether this is Charles Taylor's family life on screen. But I do know that it is partly why I will never take him seriously.

Which seems to me a good outcome!

Is this the only movie watched by more then four people ever set in Quebec City (wrongly - Taylor is a Montrealer)?

Patrick Dempsey as a teenie geek! Yeah, right.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:01
 

Is the CCPA an Utter Joke?

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But the CCPA is a lefty "think-tank" in Canada, responsible largely for making Amanda Lang's nightly business show far more tedious than it need be by employing some supposed analyst from their team to prattle on during Lang's shows (it is bad enough the CBC have Lang take positions I am sure she is too smart to hold herself, but that they invite interested paries on is even worse. And yes, I know Kevin O'Leary is there to make the show more entertaining).

But Nick Rowe has almost too much fun with an utterly stupid CCPA report on bank bailouts in Canada.

As Nick helped bail out the Bank of Montreal, I may have been bailing them out myself, and certainly bailing out the Royal Bank!

Who is stupider? The CCPA for issuing such stupidity, or the media for taking them semii-seriously?

Damn those banks, as Nick says. After all, they are banks!

 

Rupert Murdoch is Not Fit?

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I found it hilarious that so much of my media is reporting with great earnestness a finding by a bunch of politicians that Rupert Murdoch:

is not a fit person to run a major international company.

What utter fatuity! The people to make that decision are the shareholders of the company, not some clowns who have never run a company. I grant that there are problems with corporate governance, but they are unlikely to be improved by inviting a bunch of politicians in to 'improve' things.

I like Tim Worstall's comment:

And back to politicians again: what they’re really saying is that the guy at the top should be thrown out when some underling 5 or 6 layers down the management hierarchy does something either stupid or illegal. Maybe that’s a good idea and maybe it isn’t but it’s not a standard that we see politicians themselves holding themselves to, is it? We’ve yet to see an MP resign because a police constable was corrupt….

So the basic statement strikes me as being one of almost unbearable political arrogance.

Arrogance is often mated with stupidity.

 

Monday Night TV is Brutal

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Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and, my current utter favorite, Smash!

Smash is Glee for adults, as Glee has descended into apparently plotless political correctness. (Well I am not sure - I no longer watch.)

Thank Heaven for time-shifting on my local cable so I can follow all the shows.

And for VCRs (yeah I am that old).

Smash is clearly headed for sweeps week but really, Megan Hilty belting out the second-hand song last week was so special. She plays the character we all love to hate.

What Smash has done to me is make me go see the wonderful American Idol audition of Katharine McPhee, who should be a star for the rest of my life. She really goes in not knowing that anyone but her mother thinks she is as amazing as she is:

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UK MPs Think Rupert Murdoch is Unfit to Run His Company

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Surely it is his shareholders who decide that? (I do not think I am one but I do not know.)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 10:48
 



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