27 September 2006

shocked and appalled

If the previous Liberal government had not severely under-funded the only credible national news source, I would not have to endure this:


That is a javascript embedded in the page of every news story on CBC which will not load the page if you have some type of ad blocking software. Basically forcing you to load ads if you want to read any news stories.

I'm shocked. I'm appalled. I pay my taxes, and I expect a fully funded CBC which does not need to rely upon ads on their web site to "get by".

Now, thankfully, I don't have this problem on my BlackBerry, so I suppose that will be the only place I can continue to read the news.

In other, somewhat unrelated, news, Jasper and Gracie and Thomas are back!

Dead Dog in the City

At least CBC Radio is still ad-free!!

25 September 2006

in my humble opinion


I read this phrase, or acronym of the phrase, all the time. And I'm weary of it!!!

The in or the my are not the problem; the problem lies in linking the humble and opinion together.

From the Oxford Dictionary:

humble |ˈhəmbəl|
adjective ( humbler , humblest )
  1. having or showing a modest or low estimate of one's own importance
  2. of low social, administrative, or political rank

opinion |əˈpinyən|
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge

The humble opinion is an oxymoron.
  1. If the opinion were truly humble, then it would not be expressed.
  2. If the opinion is not expressed, then it is no longer an opinion, and is now merely a thought.
  3. A thought can be humble, but an opinion cannot be humble.
  4. Opinions are typically based on some presupposition of pride.

One cannot logically claim that some thought is humble, only to elevate it to the stature of some thing needing to be heard or read by others. In raising the esteem of the thought, the humbleness of it is lost. Once one admits that there is nothing humble about the shared thought, then it can become an opinion, which it currently is because it was expressed.

20 September 2006

today is a sad day

Today is a sad day for all Canadians.

"Because the premier can't be seen supporting one team over another, I've had to sit in the stands at the Labour Day Classic and the Battle of Alberta hockey games cheering like an idiot for both teams. It's unnatural. It's like living in Red Deer."

Ralph Klein officially resigns.

je pleure pour mon pays
et je pleure pour ma province
le soleil n'a pas brillé aujourd'hui
ne l'oublions jamais!!

19 September 2006

Pope apologises; Catholics embrace terrorism

Whenever someone suggests that Islam is violent, Muslim peace protests break out around the world.

I'd quote the source here, but there isn't one. The problem is, whenever someone suggests that Islam is violent, riots and murders occur, among demands that the offending person apologise for....stating the obvious?

A statement of observation is not an attack.

Now, my favourite thing about the recent Islam-o-let's-start-some-motherfucking-shit-here-and-kill-a-bunch-of-Allah-damned-non-Muslims, was the Muslim who murdered an Italian in Mogadishu, Somalia. Apparently cowardice has sunk to a new low.

This foreign national had been living and working in Africa for over 40 years, and was a hospital worker in the city. So, her reward for helping the people who hate her was being murdered. Aside from merely being Catholic, she had nothing to do with what the German Pope quoted in his speech.

And now, Pope Benedict has apologised.

Again, cowardice has sunken to an even lower and newer new low.

18 September 2006

when urine smells like coffee

CBC reported on a report of coffee in Canada, which compares the three major "fast coffee" chains, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and Second Cup.

Enjoy a cool frappucino blended coffee beverage on a warm day? That "coffee" is equivalent in calories and fat to drinking a "quarter pounder".

Good Cup, Bad Cup :: How to Survive in Latte Land.

welcome to / bienvenue à

15 September 2006

dumb people

The headline read:

"Opposition to Pope's comments grows in Muslim world"

The papacy is well known for condemning just about anything and nearly everything. So I was not to thrilled about this latest Vatican-style fatwah.

But then I read the article.


The Pope made no condemnation of anyone. He was merely quoting a Byzantine Emperor whose message was that spreading faith by the sword is wrong.

It was a portion of a greater message that suggested that violence to promote any religion or belief is wrong.

And now Muslims are rioting, again, and demanding apologies, again.

I'm weary of this Islamic nonsense.

Why is it acceptable for them to have freedom of speech, but no one else?

Why is it acceptable for them to promote and participate in violence, but no one else?

Why is it that they think they are right and all others are wrong?

Why is it that no one may question Islamic ideology, but they can question and destroy anything which is not Islam?

I have far too many questions. But that longer that these ignorant tirades continue sparking up over NOTHING, the less I am able to tolerate and respect the freedom which I extend to them to practice whatever they want. (Which is the same I expect in return.)

Violence is always wrong.

Unless reason is absent.

Then by all means use violence to enable the establishment of reason, either through conversion or eradication.

13 September 2006

paranoid eyes

button your lip and don't let the shield slip
take a fresh grip on your bullet proof mask
and if they try to break down your disguise with their questions
you can hide, hide, hide
behind paranoid eyes

you put on our brave face and slip over the road for a jar
fixing your grin as you casually lean on the bar
laughing too loud at the rest of the world with the boys in the crowd
you can hide, hide, hide
behind petrified eyes

you believed in their stories of fame, fortune and glory
now you're lost in a haze of alcohol soft middle age
the pie in the sky turned out to be miles too high
and you hide, hide, hide
behind brown and mild eyes

~~ Roger Waters ~~

11 September 2006

baby tv?

"BabyFirstTV is a 24-hour-per-day commercial-free television channel that provides programming created specifically for the unique needs and abilities of viewers between six months and three years old. Eighty percent of the programming is original, designed by leading experts in child development, education and psychology. BabyFirstTV offers a safe and positive learning environment with an emphasis on enriching baby-parent interaction."

From six months to three years old? WtF!??!!
I am literally angry with rage! This is disgusting. I hate tv.

06 September 2006

i think i just vomited in my mouth

Jesus Camp

Street date: 15 September 2006

04 September 2006

the pope has an exorcist?

magic |ˈmajik|
the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces : do you believe in magic? | suddenly, as if by magic, the doors start to open.
  • mysterious tricks, such as making things disappear and appear again, performed as entertainment.
  • a quality that makes something seem removed from everyday life, esp. in a way that gives delight : the magic of the theatre.
  • informal something that has such a quality : their seaside town is pure magic.

"Magic is always a turn to the devil"

~~ Rev. Gabriele Amorth, the pope's exorcist

The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.

That God would come to earth born as a human, of a virgin, to be the Messiah to a people-group who hated him and eventually crucify him, only to die and be raised from the dead....

Sounds just a bit mysterious and supernatural to me.

Perhaps someone ought to exorcise the pope's exorcist.

By the way, Mr. Pope's Exorcist, it was Magi who came to visit the babe in the manger and give him money to flee Herod. Magi. They do magic. That's where we get the english word for magic, from the greek magi. It's in the Bible, and they aren't all bad people!!

03 September 2006


Once again I find myself at the cinema alone.

The first film I ever saw alone was The Saint, starring Val Kilmer and some girl.

It was while going to that film at the somewhat new whatever~plex in Tilsonburg Ontario that I lost all the social fear of going out alone to a film.

And tonight, I'm not here to see Crank, an action flick sure to be pure Hollywood drivel starring Jason Statham.

I am here to see Little Miss Sunshine.

Come on people!!!

Steve Carell.

Greg Kinnear.

Toni Collette.

Alan Arkin.

Things I'm learning during the pre-show:

~ how was Mark Wahlberg ever in a boy band?? He's just not pretty enough!

~ John Heder's (or whatever Napolean's name is) career loser is getting more than tired. When can this guy finally get a different role and change his lame stereotype.

~ Telus commercials with computer animated animals are tragically annoying. More annoying is hearing the entire theatre coo while the frog gets wet with the monkey. Seriously, this ad compaign style got old about a year BEFORE Clear-Net was swallowed by Telus.

~ the endless loop of pre-show needs to be longer than 9 minutes.

01 September 2006

dear editor:

I don't usually pay much attention to the Lethbridge Herald, but I was captured by a letter to the editor from a couple days ago, and I have been following the thread of this conversation.

Original letter.

Reply #1.

Reply #2.

Reply #3.