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October 2012

Opera Atelier, Utter Class

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I returned from my business trip last weekend in utter distress; I had never heard of "twisted ribs" but the ER doctor was clear and unambiguous.

The solution? Tylenol and time.

Now this IS the diagnosis I generally like, except for  the time-related element.

But what really mattered is that SillyWife and I had tickets to the Sunday afternoon Opera Atelier show and there was NO way the level of pain I was suffering would allow that.

I, well, we as season ticket owners, asked whether maybe we could see the show later in the week when presumably the pain would lessen (and it is lessning).

Opera Atelier signed up!

I am mostly sorry we well see the last show of the series. i love being early and raving in the hope that some new people will buy tickets.

But nonetheless - tx Opera Atelier! We love you!

UPDATE: I can now fully inhale with only mild pain. Progress!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:25

Panda Catnip

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... is apparently cinammon! h/t KPC

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Well, I have all my survival stuff in place. Flashlights galore, though maybe I need a battery run in the morning.

I have the Coleman Stove, and several propane tanks, though if you hear of my home blowing up you will know why.

I have my dry skim milk and a pile of water, not that there will be a lack of it falling from the sky.

So bring her (or is it him) on! The storm is pointed at us!

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 13:56

The First Time from an Adult

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Rondi points out what a stupid twit looks like endorsing Obama.

Here is a woman has some self-respect:

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Grown-up or infantile whiner? For whom would you vote?

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 13:42

Bad Timing (?)

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Back in my hotel room, cruising channels I walk into this and collapse in tears.

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Lincoln Alexander, RIP

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I get to think of him every time I decide to drive to or from London via Hamilton.

I will outsource the memory to Lisa Raitt.

Toronto the Good is no longer what it was and nor is Ontario, and that is certainly partly thanks to Lincoln Alexander.

UPDATE: A lovely tribute from Lorrie Godstein.

He always said, “Call me Linc” but to me, he’ll always be what the Sun called him on his 85th birthday. He’ll always be Alexander the Great.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 October 2012 06:55

Romney Clearly Has One Major Skill

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Besides the quite good comedic timing he shows here, he can hire a good writer, something Obama has simply not managed to do in a long while (the awful Cairo speech has simply led to further incompetence in oratory).

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"Big Bird didn't even see it coming."

Actually, Obama was pretty good too:

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"I wish I could use my middle name." Briliant.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 10:14


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I got caught up in the somewhat silly enthusiasm for George McGovern in 1972.

Steve Sailer points out that he was one gutsy guy.

I think I knew this at the time but it did not fit with the campaign.

I wish the best to his family.


Buffett Looking Like Even More Fun

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I had really forgotten how many great songs he has. Tuesday will be a gas!

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Come Monday! Changes in Latitudes! Getting Drunk.


Buffett Sings Steve Goodman

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The great Steve Goodman wrote this magnificent song and Buffett gives it due respect.

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I am still warming up for Tuesday.

"The sons of Pullman porters ..."

One commenter recommends watching Goodman sing it but he is even more amazing on the cover of the Dutchman.

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And damn!

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(One of my sweetest childhood memories is seeing the Clancy Brothers en famille. (We were en famille - they always were.))

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:10

Class versus Crass

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The crass in this story has been visibly crass even from well back in the 2008 campaign.

The class you need see only once to recognize it.

Let's hope Ms. Crass finds a new career being crass on the sidelines.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:39

Deer Crossing - Great Laughs

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I am with Mungowitz - there is no way this woman is serious.

But even as a joke she is really funny and performs magnificently.

Make your own call but I do not believe her. But I enjoy her.


OK On This Note I Retire to Baseball Games

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I may have to repeat it about a dozen times as I retire. And I was so amused at some other site where someone commented, "Every time I want to cry, I listen to this." Yup - it is working on me. It is just ludicrously beautiful.

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Prepping for Jimmy Buffett

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Just got floor seat tickets for Tuesday night. I have never seen him live!

Obviously I am ready to chant to 'Margaritaville'.

What I had no idea of was that he covered the only Van Morrison song I like! And he covers it so well you wonder if Van Morrison really wrote it!

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Van Morrison nonetheless it is a great song. And though blue-eyed, I am definitely taken by the brown-eyed.


Class versus Crass, Benghazi Edition

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The crass bit has been playing now for a few weeks.

The class comes from a 1983 report:

Reagan takes blame for Beirut bombing

by Helen Thomas

WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Reagan said today he as chief executive accepts full responsibility for the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen.

In a hurriedly scheduled press appearance in the White House press room, Reagan said the local Marine commanders “should not be punished” for the lack of proper security in the suicide attack.

“If there is to be blame, it properly rests here in this office, with this president,” Reagan said.


h/t Instapundit pointing to Joshua Trevino.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 08:45

Shawn Johnson Hits it Out of the Park on DWTS

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I thought last week was utterly amazing. I can still barely believe last night's Mambo.

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I watched the ballgame live so I watched DWTS on-line in the morning after. And my jaw utterly dropped. Who is that kid?

As Melissa Rycroft pointed out on the show, one cannot compete with Shawn for gymnastics moves, but it seems to me Johnson is leaving rather few areas in which anyone can compete with her at all.

And Derek Hough is obviously just a great partner and choreographer, though she also clearly pushed to be pushed.

I thought watching it this morning that the whole DWTS episode from last night was astonishingly good. Even the weak links as dancers, Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin, were very good.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:42


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Almost a week of waiting for Felix Baumgartner to take his dive!

And when he did another roller-coaster ride.

My favorite video is here - his head-cam - you can really see the out-of-control spin become controlled.What a great afternoon! Thanks Felix Baumgartner and team for captivating me for a couple of hours,and doing something I would never have contemplated in my life!

And what a GREAT piece of project management.


Bullying - What Do We Do?

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Some private member's bill and media pressure have forced a total waste of time in Parliament today yammering away about bullying. Well, maybe it is not a waste of time - it keeps Parliament away from devising more harmful interventions in other areas. They can chatter away about bullying, and thus leave the rest of us alone and not invent new interventions.

And yet they seem full of delight at the idea of inventing new interventions; and their focus on social media seems to suggest they want to invent new restrictions on expressed speech. This is ominous; right now we live in a time where the chattering classes are very ready to zip their lips, sometimes out of fear of beheading, and sometimes because the social environment says it is impolite and therefore NOT PERMITTED. This is a slippery slope - a sort of Puritinaism is trying to be on the rise. And worse, this has all happened in an era where students are no longer expected to fight for esteem and respect, but in which the environment says they have a right to self-esteem. I am glad nobody ever told me that when I was young. Nobody deserves my esteem without doing something to deserve it; if they automatically esteem themselves, I'd say they have a problem.

I find this discussion in Parliament utterly alien. This is in NO way a federal issue constitutionally other than via criminal behavior.

What has inspired this is the recent suicide of a BC girl named Amanda Todd; this is sad enougn, but sadder in that she posted this YouTube video several weeks ago.

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It is sad but has some interesting moments.  "He hooked up with me," is an interesting phrasing. Another one was "but he just wanted the sex". BUT? Did anyone educate this kid about males? Her refusal to support any laying of charges against her tormentors seems odd to me, though it seems there were at least assault charges available. It also seems that whatever system we have as working - she talks about being on prescriptions.

Seems Parliament will rant on on this in no interesting way actually related to the real case at hand and what failed and what worked in the existing system.

Too bad - but on the other hand this could keep the NDP away from far more harmful ideas than some intrusion into personal lives that is likely unconstitutional.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 12:42

DWTS - There is Too Much Good Stuff on TV

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Yeah I know the chattering class view is that with all the channels there is nothing.

But I have found it REALLY hard to enjoy Dancing With the Stars the way I once did because of competing shows on other networks, worse, on normal networks, not those cable weirdos I am trying out but barely watching (cancellation notices coming).

I was SO lucky Monday night - in an ad break for what I wanted to watch the heart of this YouTube happened on the channel I switched to.

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This was so ludicrously good I came back in commercial breaks the next night where they did it again. It was surely the most joyful dance I have ever seen on DWTS.

No question it is Shawn Johnson for whom I am now cheering for the season.


My Reaction to the Vice-Presidential Debate

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... is smoothly summarized by the GOP:

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Not by the Color of His Skin but By the Content of his Character

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It is pretty manifest which of the candidates has a better character, and she has sussed it out, and by watching Romney with Ann.

I had not realized how eloquent poor Stacey Dash could be. Might this election let Hollywood and the media let go of its love for brainless progressivism?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:08

A Landmark in 13 Years?

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The Toronto Star is just goofy on the Beach landmark Beach Fairway Golf Range.

Landmark? In 13 years? I hit some pails of balls there and it was a tight and unpleasant range. For the lack of aesthetics, I must note that at least it was well located from my point of view - right across from a nice big Loblaws store.

Apparently it also had some mini-golf. Somehow I never noticed that.

Not that I am glad to see the place close, but the rhetoric that suggests an establishment occupying an ugly piece of land for only 13 years is a 'landmark' seems just silly.


An Inconvenient Truth

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He is a hypocritical slimeball.

This is no surprise to anyone paying any attention in the past few years, though I will admit to being inattentive enough to let the liar fool me four years ago.

That video is just unbelievable. He descends to about as low as one can get.

And when you learn about Stafford Act waivers and his votes, the level of dishonesty is just stunning. He voted against a Stafford Act waiver for Katrina!

This is a very ugly person with pretty much no shame.

He does not deserve to be president of anything other than some weird grievance society, which is what he seems to think the US Government should be.

And man ain't that Reveren' Writght a cool guy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 14:07

Another Great Anniversary

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Forty-five years ago Ernesto Guevara got what he deserved.

If only it could have been many years earlier. Not a person fit to inhabit my planet.

Even as a youth, Ernesto Guevara's writings revealed a serious mental illness. "My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any vencido that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!" This passage is from Ernesto Guevara's famous Motorcycle Diaries, though Robert Redford somehow overlooked it while producing his heart-warming movie.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 14:08

Who Is Brandi Carlile!?

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I just love the internet. I was continuing my hunt on the Beatles and in the process stumbled into this lovely performer.

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This is insanely enjoyable:

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And here is the link by which I discovered her!

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My favorite Beatles song.

OK When is she next performing within a couple of hours drive from Toronto?

And all I can say about this is WOW.

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UPDATE: Hmmm Detroit on Oct. 19 - not quite within the specifications but ......

Why have I never heard of her?

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 17:51

The Army Strikes Back Gangnam-Style

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Having let the Navy do a Gangnam Style video, West Point strikes back brilliantly.

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I love the theme; it is so exuberant and such great fun.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 16:44

Romney-Obama Debate #1

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Look - I am not a good judge, but my own opinion seems to be widely supported, including by the clowns at MSNBC, who apparently went into close to full meltdown mode after the debate last night.

Any one of my readers knows I have a ton more respect for Mitt Romney as a human being than for that parasite Obama. So my taking satisfaction in Obama being made to look like an idiot last night, which is what happened in the debate, is a small item.

"The revenue I get is by more people working ...". Damned right. And Obama will never get that.

I am watching the debate again and Obama started pretty well. But his stuttering stammering idiocy takes over fast. The boy needs TOTUS!

UPDATE: The greatest moment was when Romney explained what the role of the US government is. It was a total Tea Party moment and dead accurate and completely the opposite of what Obama thinks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:03

So Much Lost in Twenty Years

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Philippe Rushton has died of a nasty degenerative disease.

What astonishes me is that only twenty years ago one could have a debate about this perfectly obvious point.

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And the astonishment is more that nobody would be allowed to do this on a University Campus now. More power to you Western!


UPDATE: Having watched it, all I can say is Suzuki got off to a good start in his sleazy career of smearing people without reference to any basis in facts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:45

Grudging Acceptance of the Beatles

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I was deeply geeky as a kid so was pretty resistant to the Beatles.

But this is one of the greatest country music songs ever written or performed:

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And this is one of the loveliest songs I know, and that includes one pile of arias despite grammatical challenges.

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Yeah I owned the white album and all that but really it is that early stuff I still now think was really good before they went off the rails.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:05

50 Years?!

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This BBC experiment regarding the Beatles' first single 'Love Me Do' is wonderful and somehow a bit sad.

Coldplay? Guesses one kid - a great compliment to Coldplay, I'd say.

"It's kind of boring because they just keep repeating the same thing over and over again."

In the defence of those young'uns, I had no interest in the Beatles until their Ed Sullivan appearance and then only in the event rather than the music, which I now grudgingly accept as quite good.

I did from the first moment I heard it love the line "She was just seventeen. You know what I mean."  though I found it rather lurid. And now for me it would be more "She was just 57."

Still, how do we maintain the heritage in such fast-changing times?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:53

Justin Trudeau Announces ...

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... he wants to run for the leadership of his defunct party.

I must say his announcement speech is terrific.

What a roll of the dice this is for a party about to vanish into history.

This boy has charisma but Stephen Harper has proven that charisma is only mildly needed. And I think that is right. I cannot stand this kid, but he is impressing me.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 07:54

The Basic Decency Discrepancy in the US Election

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Steve Sailer has decided to pose the question.

Easy call, I suspect.

BTW nobody has to vote on a decency basis. Competence would be more important. Wait, ....!!


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One of my sisters asked me a question via e-mail about Gangnam-Style, and it got me reflective.

And of course it was not just that - it was also that I have been reading the wonderful 'The Locavore's Dilemma'.

And it made me realize I just do not remotely get the anti-globalization mentality.

As a kid I dreamt of faraway places, and had many travel books. Most of the places in them I have not seen, nor will I ever. I wound up, growing up in Ottawa, in Toronto, what we all knew as a hell-hole! (I have lived quite a few places though.) The irony is that I do not have to go to a lot of those places; they have come to me! And it so enriches my life, and I suspect that of many of the arrivers, and of their families back home.

But to find oneself in a world where Gangnam-Style has such reach is just SO amazing. Some South Korean goof puts together this silly performance and the whole damned world is on it. As I have often said, what a wonder had this been my childhood!? It is what I dreamt of as I dreamt of faraway places. And I will I could have NO way to find the scores in the tournament.

Now to be kinder to Gangnam-Style, I have to confess that I find all the parodies exhilirating and a lot of fun.

So here's another, maybe helping confirm that Islam is not utterly crippling to a decent life:

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Ryder Cup Final

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Words somewhat fail me but what an enjoyable ride that was! I'm glad I was rather neutral about the outcome, but this was likely as much fun even for the losing side as the winning.

Some just great moments. Luke Donald silencing the crowds by going ahead of Bubba Watson early. Poulter being the Ryder Cup Poulter - he is such fun to watch. If only he seemed so intensely high-performing in tournaments. Mickelson applauding Justin Rose after his putt on seventeen. And so much else.

It all seemed quite good-natured compared to some such competitions I have watched (witness Mickelson).

Joe Posnanski has a nice summary of the final round. I especially enjoyed his description of the McIlroy near-fiasco, which almost suggests the captain's error in this case may have been providential.

And so, he left his hotel room at 11 a.m., only to be called and told in a panicked way: “You are teeing off in 25 minutes.” A helpful Chicago police officer was there, and when he was told what was going on, he said to McIlroy: “Do you get motion sickness?”

McIlroy said: “No. Just get me there.”

McIlroy was not sure how fast the car went. He just knows that it was fast enough. McIlroy reached Medinah with enough time to put on his shoes and rush out to the first tee. No practice time. No putting time. He had looked tired throughout this Ryder Cup. But suddenly, he looked quite excited … a near no-show at the Ryder Cup will get the heart pumping. The first ball he hit all day was his tee shot.

He birdied two of the first six holes to take a two-up lead against Keegan Bradley.

Thanks, sport of golf, and all those involved in putting on such an excellent entertainment.


Michelle Obama Might Mislead

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John Lott gets pissed off.


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