Friday, January 30, 2009

Religious bickering made public

"There's probably no God" ads go up in Toronto

I wish both sides of the argument would shut up for one day.

The Mastermind Of Muni-Mula

TV Dinner

Via Expo Lounge.

Idiots of the Day: Idol judges

Be careful not to read too much into what someone from Louisville says while heading out the door _ like the "American Idol" judges did.

The producers of "Idol" apologized Thursday on behalf of its judges, who apparently misinterpreted what a contestant in Louisville, Ky., said after a failed audition. On his way out, Mark Mudd said: "Take care and be careful."

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell took that as a threat. Abdul scolded Mudd, telling him, "You don't say that to people, 'Be careful.' That's just not a normal thing to say."

It turns out that "Be careful" is a regional parting expression.

The show's producers say they had not heard that from any other contestants, so it took everyone by surprise.

A statement from "Idol" producers said: "We now know better and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday."

A "two-tiered justice system"

I'd like to see officials treated as the rest of the population are treated, but this is Humanity we are talking about here. It will never happen.

Aside from the intrinsic dangers and injustices of arguing for immunity for high-level government officials who commit felonies (such as illegal eavesdropping, obstruction of justice, torture and other war crimes), it's the total selectivity of the rationale underlying that case which makes it so corrupt. Defenders of Bush officials sing in unison: We shouldn't get caught up in the past. We shouldn't be driven by vengeance and retribution. We shouldn't punish people whose motives in committing crimes weren't really that bad.

Again, I'd like to see an ordinary citizen try that in court...

Read more here.

Iraqis erect statue to shoe throwing hero


An Iraqi town has unveiled a giant monument of a shoe in honour of the journalist who threw his footwear at former U.S. President George W. Bush.

The two-metre (six-foot) high statue, unveiled on Thursday in former dictator Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, depicts a bronze-coloured shoe, filled with a plastic shrub. "Muntazer: fasting until the sword breaks its fast with blood; silent until our mouths speak the truth," reads an inscription, in honour of journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at Bush and called him a "dog" at a news conference during the former president's final visit to Iraq.

Zaidi has been held in jail in Baghdad since the incident, facing charges of assaulting a visiting head of state.

Fatin Abdul Qader, head of an orphanage and children's organisation in the town, said the one-and-a-half-tonne monument by artist Laith al-Amiri was titled "statue of glory and generosity".

"This statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw," she said.

This is brilliant.

Release Muntazer al-Zaidi.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Virgin threatens blogger over fake ad

dont look

This one actually. See, the action by Virgin was to prevent others seeing the ad.

Worked really well, don't you think?

Read more here.

Moral Clarity

That phrase "moral clarity" -- conservatives use it a lot. And it always sounds absurd to progressive ears, coming as it does from members of an administration that shredded the Constitution, deprived people of due process, committed horrific acts of torture and lied the country into the worst military debacle in its history.

It's always bewildering to listen to such people lecture the rest of us on "moral clarity." What in the hell are they talking about?

Read more here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bart Simpson joins a cult

Shame on you Nancy Cartwright.

Marine Cha-Cha

The Horror that is Songsmith

Hear more here.

Oath? We don't need no stinkin Hippocratic oath

Manitoba lesbian couple rejected by a family doctor from Egypt for religious reasons says Canada must better educate foreign-trained physicians.

Andrea Markowski said she and her partner Ginette were stunned when the Winnipeg doctor told them during a "meet-and-greet" appointment she was uncomfortable accepting them as patients and had never treated "people like you" before.

The doctor said she only treated "husbands and wives," said Markowski, who is legally married to her partner of 18 years.

"It was like a kick in the stomach," said Markowski, who just moved to the city from the Northwest Territories. "It was definitely a traumatic and unexpected experience ... She is a doctor who is paid with public funds.

"I have a really hard time understanding how her religion affects her ability to care for me as a human being."

Uh, maybe cause her religion doesn't really see you *as* a human being. I personally don't see this woman as much of a doctor.

Read more here.

Morally Bankrupt Americans: The Washington Times

Remember as you read this article, the author is trying to convince you that waterboarding is not torture (a word only used once in the piece), and that we should be upset if the U.S. is not permitted to continue the practice...

"It's not painful. It's very effective. You just need to make a quick decision - do I do what they want or risk not breathing ever again. It scares the hell out of you. But painful? No."

And then there's this little gem...

It has been used on a grand total of only three terrorist suspects

Must be ok, if it was only used three times...wonder if that kind of defense would be useful in a murder there a magic number when waterboarding becomes unacceptable?...four suspects...ten?

By appeasing his left-wing base, he [Obama] is potentially placing millions of innocent Americans in danger.

Those wacky left wingers, always standing up against little things like torture. Sheesh, those hippies..

Read more here.

The Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes & Drums need to chill out

Seems one of their members had the nerve to react to an historical moment, but was "suspended because he ignored military protocol."

Pull the ramrod out of your ass and chill, you dopes. You're not the fucking marines, but your campaign to make yourselves laugh stock has been completely successful.

An Ohio man who was suspended as the drum major of a band for giving President Obama a nod during last week's inaugural parade is calling it quits.

John Coleman resigned from the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes & Drums a week after the parade in Washington. Publicity about his suspension had gotten to be too much, he told CNN affiliate WEWS.

"It's come to a point where I don't want embarrassment anymore between the pipe band and myself," Coleman, who is a firefighter, told WEWS on Tuesday.

Coleman was seen during the nationally televised January 20 parade nodding toward the new president while marching with the band. A few steps later, he appeared to wave briefly.

He told WEWS that as the band was marching past the grandstand where Obama was sitting, he made eye contact with the president.

"Contact was made with our eyes both together and he smiled and waved at the band," he told the station. "And just as a gesture, I nodded my head. I gave him a slight wave and went on."

Shocking behavior!

No, not the wave, the idiots that gave him grief over it.

Read more here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shame on The Netherlands

It's getting ugly folks.

Montreal cops consider levying fines for verbal abuse

What will they do after they've fined...well, everyone.

Epically stupid idea. So of course it will pass.

Next step, ban any video taken by any citizen. We don't want those shootings showing up on Youtube, now do we?

Montreal municipal authorities are pondering a possible bylaw change that would allow police officers to fine a citizen who verbally insults them, Chief Inspector Paul Chablo of the Montreal police said Monday.

Bylaws conferring similar powers on the cops are already in effect elsewhere in the province, including Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Three Rivers, he said.

The rule change – discussed by the city executive committee last November – is scheduled for a follow-up in March, Chablo said.

The Montreal Police Brotherhood has been pushing for such a new rule since 2003.

“A bylaw like this has to be clear, it has to be understood by the officers, and it has to be applied in a proper context,” Chablo said.

It would also, he added, “have to respect rights and liberties and freedom of expression.”

Because of free-expression issues, he said, lawyers for Montreal’s civic administration are taking “a very, very cautious and analytical approach.”

No tentative text of any such a bylaw has been released, Chablo said.

He also said he could not provide the possible sizes of fines for first and subsequent offences.

”It’s in the very early stages,” he said. “We haven’t gotten to that point.”

Gee, I wonder if it has anything to do with this story from November...

MONTREAL — It is the most crude of curses in the English language, a four-letter expletive usually avoided in polite company. Yet in Montreal, the f-word is apparently not a swear word at all. A municipal court judge has ruled that a man who repeatedly tossed the expletive at two police officers during a confrontation was not swearing, because he wasn't taking God's name in vain.

David Brooks says conform or die

Institutions...often save us from our weaknesses and give meaning to life.

Your life maybe. What dribble.

Read more here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

National Anthem Fail

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Paramount shines Avatar up all sparkly white

Seems Paramount is doing a live action version of the popular animated series Avatar. Only they are casting asian characters with...what for it...white actors.

I'm shocked, shocked!

It takes merely a glance at the title to notice some degree of Asian influence in the hit cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender...

...Like almost any successful piece of kid targeted work these days, Avatar has gone down the movie franchise route with the production of a live-action film. M. Night Shyamalan’s on it! Fans are excited!

[No, they should be horrified, but I digress...]

But they, and every person with a minutely cultured brain in her or his head, is probably more offended by Paramount’s decision to cast every main character with a White actor.

Umm, what? I know the voices are mainly Caucasian actors, but even Dante Basco has a role in the actual animated series. Rufio won’t actualize his role as Prince Zuko. Instead, Jesse McCartney will.

Read more here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Curb kicked Republicans still defiant

The torrent of misinformation is most entertaining.


Sen. Robert Ford is fucking nuts

State Senator Robert Ford is hoping to outlaw lewd language and is pushing for a bill that would prohibit profanity.

Under the pre-filed bill, profanity could land you in jail for up to 5 years and/or cost you up to $5,000 in fines.

Which words are exactly considered profane is still unclear, but the bill does have a list of qualifications for profanity including words or actions that are lewd, vulgar or indecent in nature.

That list I would like to see.

Read more here.

The Vatican on Youtube

Nashville should have consulted with Quebec

Nashville should have consulted with Quebec, they've been suppressing minority language rights for decades.

Nashville voters rejected a proposal on Thursday that would have made it the largest U.S. city to require that all government business be done in English.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results showed the "English First" proposal losing with about 57 percent of voters against it and 43 percent in favor. Proponents said using one language would have united the city and saved money, but business leaders, academics and the city's mayor worried it could give the city a bad reputation.

Something else Quebec has enjoyed for decades...

Read more here.

Perlman, Montero,Yo-Yo Ma and McGill- The Milli Vanilli of Classical Music

Booooooo! Hissss! *Throws expensive shoes at the stage*

It was not precisely lip-synching, but pretty close.

The somber, elegiac tones before President Obama’s oath of office at the inauguration on Tuesday came from the instruments of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and two colleagues. But what the millions on the Mall and watching on television heard was in fact a recording, made two days earlier by the quartet and matched tone for tone by the musicians playing along.

The players and the inauguration organizing committee said the arrangement was necessary because of the extreme cold and wind during Tuesday’s ceremony.

Blur's Alex James, Visionary

Alex James is truly a visionary, and would have spared us all the horror that is Coldplay, if it wasn't for some other idiot who did eventually sign them...

Blur's Alex James has said that he passed on signing Coldplay to his record label in the 90s.

The bassist went to see them with his fellow label heads, artist Damien Hirst and late Clash frontman Joe Strummer, but thought they were "ordinary".

"Then again, I still think Coldplay are a fairly ordinary band, although the singer is good," he wrote in The Spectator magazine.

Coldplay are still a fairly ordinary band, but have honed ripping off other musicians to a fine art.

Read more here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jim Carrey, shut the fuck up

Ooo Lordy Lordy, the Mistral Show's in Town! I love all those boys in Gayface!

Jim Carrey, and his immense sacrifice of having to kiss Ewan McGregor:

"If I were to be really honest, there was a homophobic voice that rose up inside me that said, 'Gee, this is kind of scary. First of all, what will people think, and second of all, will I like it? Will I like kissing Ewan? How will that affect me? There were a few people in my world who said, 'Are you sure you want to do this?' And that still exists. I said 'Absolutely' because, sexual preference aside, it is a story that is so compelling and interesting and different. It's about humanity. It is about you love who you love. And love is love. And that's it...."

I realize you're covering your straight ass for your adoring public but Mr. Carrey, shut the fuck up.

Obama closes Guantanamo

Fuck yeah.

The Obama administration called on Thursday for the closure of Guantanamo Bay within the next year. The move will be greeted with widespread approval around the world, the end of a blotch on America's image abroad. Coming in the form of an executive order, it carries with it the power of law.

Read more here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

J.J. Abrams and Mattel team up to outcamp the 60's

Captain, I'm afraid

All three of the new ‘Star Trek’ Barbie figures from Mattel

Captain, I'm afraid...

Read more here.

BubuBye George

Devimco does the obvious

Hahahahahahaha! Perhaps Montreal will be spared the bricked nightmare after all.

Whither Griffintown.

The company behind a $1.3-billion project to redevelop the forlorn neighbourhood south of downtown is drafting a scaled-down Plan B that could replace at least the first phase of its ambitious project.

City council gave Devimco Inc. the green light in April to redevelop the one-million-square-foot area.

However, turmoil in world financial markets has prompted the developer to think about reducing the project's $400-million first phase to something in the ballpark of $200 million, André Bouthillier, spokesman for the developer, said yesterday. Growing economic woes are also clouding the picture of when the project could be built, he added.

"There will be a project," Bouthillier said, adding the developer secured a $210-million financing package to buy up land in the area last year. "But what will the size of the project be? We're in the midst of reflecting on that. ... We're currently looking at an alternative scenario."

It will end up a Walmart and a drive thru McDonalds. They can't fuck that up...can they?

The Gods are rolling in the aisles.

Read more here.

Bad art sparks more tantrums

Part of a work of art that depicts Bulgaria as a toilet has been covered up, following the country's protest.

Entropa, commissioned by the Czech Republic to adorn EU headquarters in Brussels, has caused a sensation, and some embarrassment, across Europe.

The work lampoons stereotypes of the EU's 27 members, showing France on strike, Italy as a football pitch and Romania as a Dracula theme park.

The Bulgarian entry was shrouded by a black sheet on Tuesday.

A Czech government spokeswoman told BBC News that the shroud had been put in place "by the Czech side".

Read more here.

Islam film Dutch MP to be charged

No no, mustn't criticize Islam...

A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

"In a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to... draw a clear line," the court in Amsterdam said.

Mr Wilders said the ruling was a "black day for me and for freedom of speech".

"I am shaken. I had absolutely not expected it," he told the Dutch news agency, ANP.

Read more here.

Chris Matthews, babbling idiot

The video speaks for itself. Is that the real White House?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

If just for that hat


Obama sworn in. Finally.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Misguided WT editor Wall defends Bush

Where do they find these people?

The legacy Bush leaves behind won't be everything he wanted (particularly as it relates to popularity), but on many fronts, it will be better than that of his predecessor. Bill Clinton may have been popular, but his moral failings brought shame on the office of the presidency and tainted the people's house.

Is she [Tara Wall is deputy editor for The Washington Times] serious? So little things like torture, illegal wars and treason aren't worse than a B.J.?

The Republican mind, always a mystery.

Read more here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

When regular sin just won't do

The Vatican's Apostolic Penitentiary is holding a two day conference on the five "ultimate crimes" of abortion, using the Eucharistic host in Satanic rites, clergy pedophile offences, violation of the confessional, and "offences against the person of the Pope."

For the first time Vatican officials will this week discuss in public sins committed by clergy considered so deadly that they require forgiveness from the Pope himself, The Times Online reports.

Read more here.

Foundation to be ruined by Emmerich

Columbia won an auction late Thursday for screen rights to "Foundation," Isaac Asimov's ground breaking science fiction trilogy. The film will be developed as a directing vehicle for Roland Emmerich.

The man has directed:
10,000 B.C.
The Day After Tomorrow
The Patriot

Need I say more?

Read more here.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I'll say sorry but I'm not taking off my glasses

Cory Worthington's house party.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cheap Prop 8 donations

The site exposes a shocking lack of community spirit by some Prop 8 supporters and their donations.


Mr. William Burns and Mr. Clark Sandberg of beautiful Ranch Palos Verdes could only cough up 40$ and 15$ between them. Pathetic. Don't you realize your neighbours were doing much, much more!

Like Mrs. Eva Ruiz with $24,000, or Mrs. Oi Lin Chen at $25,000!

We can't suppress minority rights with efforts like that! Gentlemen, bow your heads in shame.

Have I Got News for You: Brian Blessed

Part 2
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NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg called the pilot [Chesley Sullenberger] "masterful," adding that he had spoken to him and the last passenger to get off the plane. Here's an account of the mayor's press conference.

Read more here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Head O State


The Official Obama Pleasure Toy.

For that hard to shop for Republican on your list.

Read more here.

Prop 8 maps

A mash-up of Google Maps and Prop 8 Donors.

Proposition 8 changed the California state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. These are the people who donated in order to pass it.

See more here.

More dumb European art

The artist and the subject matter sound like they just escaped from grade school.

Nanananana, your country is a toilet!

The Czech EU presidency has apologised for an art installation it commissioned that lampoons national stereotypes.

Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra apologised directly to Bulgaria, which has formally complained over its depiction as a toilet in the art work.

He said the image, at the European Council building in Brussels, would be removed if Sofia insisted.

David Cerny, the Czech artist behind the work, admits misleading officials over his intentions with the project.

Oooo, those tricky modern artists, desperately trying in inject life into what are essentially bland government commissions..

He said he had "wanted to find out if Europe is able to laugh at itself".

Nope, but we're getting a good giggle out of you.

Read more here, but beware, the so called art work is of surpassing mediocrity.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ex-officer charged with murder in BART shooting

If it hadn't been for the videos made of the incident, this man would never have been charged.

Keep filming folks.

"What I feel the evidence indicates is an unlawful killing done by an intentional act," district attorney Tom Orloff told reporters at a news conference.

Read more here.

YouTube Now Mutes Videos With Unauthorized Copyrighted Music

When corporations fight back...

Perhaps this has been going on for a while, but I’ve never noticed it before. YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio. I’m afraid that they won’t be able to do that much longer, since YouTube has started muting videos that use unauthorized copyrighted music (and that pretty much means all user-created videos.)

Guess that little period of democratic creative freedom is about over, no?

Read more here.


Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor...has died. He was 88.

May Heaven be upholstered in soft Corinthian leather.

Tennessee Republicans not quite fast enough

This story is actually quite funny, although I'm sure not to the ones that lost. Seems to have saved Tennessee from a pack of right wing crazies..for now.

Read more here.

Steve Jobs Steps Down Temporarily For Health Reasons

Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence until the end of June. Apple COO Tim Cook will take over for Steve until then. Apple shares are down about 10% in after-hours trading.

Read more here.

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Einstein's Biggest Blunder

Microsoft, Songsmith and the lowest pit of Hell

Microsoft sure do have the awful ad market all tied up, don't they?

Windows 7 will be such fun!

Harper embarrasses us...again

Canada stood alone before a United Nations human rights council yesterday, the only one among 47 nations to oppose a motion condemning the Israeli military offensive in Gaza.

The vote before the Geneva-based body shows the Stephen Harper government has abandoned a more even-handed approach to the Middle East in favour of unalloyed support of Israel, according to some long-time observers.

I really am sorry World.

Read more here.

Even crapper radio comes to Montreal

In case you haven’t heard, Mix 96 ends today. In what is no doubt a bid to save some money, CJFM 95.9 is rebranding itself a Virgin Radio station (on orders from owner Astral Media).

"The Virgin Brand brings some amazing power. It represents an edge of cool, it’s irreverent, it’s sexy, its fun, it’s world class and constantly surprising."


Read more here.

A blogger responds to Sarah Palin

It's a sad state of affairs in the world of media today if we have to rely on the MSM for our hard news information...

Kitten with a Whip? What an idiot...

When Idiots Use Email

Many "reply all" fiascos result in mere embarrassment, but American diplomats have been told they may be punished for sending mass responses after an e-mail storm nearly knocked out one of the State Department's main electronic communications systems.

A cable sent last week to all employees at the department's Washington headquarters and overseas missions warns of unspecified "disciplinary actions" for using the "reply to all" function on e-mail with large distribution lists.

The cable, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, was prompted by a major interruption in departmental e-mail caused by numerous diplomats hitting "reply all" to an errant message inadvertently addressed and copied to several thousand recipients.

"Department staff hitting 'reply to all' on an e-mail with a large distribution list is causing an e-mail storm on the department's OpenNet e-mail system," says the unclassified cable that was sent Thursday by Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy.

He said the result was "effectively a denial of service as e-mail queues, especially between posts, back up while processing the extra volume of e-mails."

Bet their VCRs used to flash 12:00 too...

Read more here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

What centuries of inbreeding in the Royal family produces

Canada expels US woman who doesn't want to kill

Harper, you are an unfeeling bastard.

Forgive us world (this is not the first time I've had to apologize to the world for our government's scummy behavior), but unfortunately we've saddled ourselves with a Conservative government. As you all know, conservatives have about as much compassion as a doorknob, and this case is no exception.

Canada has ordered the deportation of the first woman US soldier to have sought asylum in the country to avoid being deployed to Iraq...

...Last year, the Canadian parliament passed a non-binding motion granting asylum to deserters from the Iraq war.

But correspondents say the governing Conservatives opposed the motion, not willing to risk upsetting Washington over the issue.

Harper's crew has also covered up the little fact that the U.S. tortures too.

Harper, you disgust me. What you are doing is UnCanadian, if such a word exists.

Read more here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film which revels in the haze rising from city smoke stacks. With the city as subject, it consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a sky scraper.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Andrew Sullivan, idiot

Here he goes again...

The bigotry that infects the Republican party and the cynicism and cowardice that dominates the Democrats on this issue prevent such success and integration in America. And yet many of the causes that have prevailed in Britain - marriage equality and military service, for example - were pioneered on this side of the Atlantic.

Technically true, but the man is so unable to come to terms with the fact that on this issue, the U.S. may be the worst backwards in the Western world.

And not even a nod to Canada, where gay marriage has been the law for years..and the world didn't end.

Andrew, pull you head out and look around.

Read more here.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Quebec comedians sorry...really really sorry

From a New Years Eve cavalcade of comedy, with comic genesises Véronique Cloutier and Louis Morissette:

After initially confusing the incoming president with a black Quebec singer, the anchor tells viewers that all black people look alike. He goes on to say that viewers at home shouldn't worry about Obama stealing their purses, but that he might steal their television sets.

Oh the hilarity, my sides, my sides....

We are not racist, at all, at all.

Maybe, but you play one on tv...

Read more here.

Well, at least they didn't do jokes about child moles...oh they did..

Californian Bigots wish to remain anonymous

Supporters of the November ballot measure that banned gay marriages in California have filed a lawsuit seeking to block their campaign finance records from public view, saying the reports have led to harassment of donors.

"No one should have to worry about getting a death threat because of the way he or she votes," said James Bopp Jr., an attorney representing two groups that supported Proposition 8, Protect and the National Organization for Marriage California.

"This lawsuit will protect the right of all people to help support causes they agree with, without having to worry about harassment or threats."

They didn't seem to mind exposing opponents of Prop 8 before the election...

Read more here.

The Craft of War: BLIND

The Craft of War: BLIND from percula on Vimeo.

Toronto actor Cera takes career ending role

Cera who?Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a misguided actor...

Over the holidays, perhaps you've heard, Michael Cera received this in his stocking: A proposal to play the greatest red-shirted dork of all in a big-screen revival of Gilligan's Island.

Show creator Sherwood Schwartz and his son, Lloyd Schwartz, openly talked up plans to turn the campy, much-loved TV show about island castaways into a flick. And at the top of their list for the part of Gilligan? Brampton, Ont.'s finest: Cera.

A brave move, ending one's career so early.

Read more here.

British moron of epic proportions defends Borat

Just when you think humanity can't sink any lower, along comes another idiot who can actually stomach Sacha Cohen.

Is it cos I is black Jesus?

I NEVER thought SACHA BARON COHEN could make a more controversial film than BORAT.

But it sounds like he has in the movie dubbed by fans on t’internet as Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America For The Purpose Of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable In The Presence Of A Gay Foreigner In A Mesh T-Shirt.

Read more here.

The only controversy surrounding Borat were the alarming amounts of brain dead that went to see it.

Hundreds demand answers, action in subway shooting

A BART spokesman has said there is more to the story than what can be seen on the grainy images.

Yes, I'll bet they hope we see another story there, just not the one that is glaringly obvious...

The article spends too much time on the protests, and not enough on what is clearly a cold blooded shooting.

Hundreds of citizens and community leaders packed into the Bay Area Rapid Transit board room and two overflow rooms Thursday, demanding the group take responsibility for a subway officer's shooting that left a young man dead.

The BART board of directors meeting started with a moment of silence for Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old father who was killed on New Year's Day in a crowded train station, but it quickly turned into a parade of angry speeches by elected officials, activists and outraged citizens.

For nearly six hours, according to local media, about 60 people addressed the board.

Read more here.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

UK e-mail law 'attack on rights'

Stunning what some governments think they have a right to.

Rules forcing internet companies to keep details of every e-mail sent in the UK are a waste of money and an attack on civil liberties, critics say.

From March all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will by law have to keep information about every e-mail sent or received in the UK for a year.

Read more here.

General Disgust at the World break

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

CNN allows bigot to defend Rick Warren

More ugliness from the so called "defenders of marriage"...of course ignoring the fact California votes took rights away, which seems to be ok with this guy.

Hate is hate, and Mr Jordan Lorence isn't fooling me. It's just another case of the bully blaming the victim for actually disliking the bullying...

Proponents of redefining marriage couldn't wait for the new president to be sworn in before demanding that he erase from the inauguration ceremony a prominent American who disagrees with them.

The target of their rhetorical bombardment is Rick Warren, the popular Christian pastor from Southern California.

President-elect Barack Obama has asked Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. Not so fast, cries Kathryn Kolbert, head of People for the American Way, an organization that claims to advance equality and freedom of speech and religion (but not for Rick Warren and those who agree with his marriage views) in a piece published on

Warren's grave sin? Along with 52 percent of California voters, he supported California's Proposition 8, which affirmed the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. What a radical!

Of course, the writer ignores the other loving statements made by Mr. Warren....and the thrusting of religion to politics...

Read more here.

Oakland Police Officer Shoots Unarmed Man, Handcuffed Man

I warn you, the video will make you angry.

If it doesn't, you're as bad as the police.

Read more here, and see the Youtube of it here

Monday, January 05, 2009

You Are Being Lied to About Pirates

Who imagined that in 2009, the world's governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy - backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China - is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as "one of the great menace of our times" have an extraordinary story to tell -- and some justice on their side.

Read more here.

The Blanket with Sleeves

From the "People will buy anything" file.

Brought to you by the Benedictine monks nearest you.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Star Trek 2009 trailer - The Star Wars version

I have a bad feeling about this.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Toronto the good

That is if you don't take into account the random shootings and the surpassing ugliness of the architecture...

Toronto is a fine city to both live and work, according to several world experts.

A flurry of liveability and business climate reports, all released this past year, peg Toronto as one of the world's best cities.

The international surveys -- conducted by Mastercard, KPMG, Forbes and The Economist magazines among others -- compared the world's largest cities in categories ranging from public transit, the availability of labour, and the number of patents registered, to a city's economic growth and business conference amenities.

Note the criteria..Toronto makes the business crowd happy. And if they're happy, fuck the rest.

Read more here.