Absolutely Insane Disgusting New TV Show

“Kings of Pain” (History Channel–what does this have to do with History?).

About two idiots desperate for fame who get deliberately bitten by dangerous snakes, spiders, iguanas, etc. and bare their injuries for mutually sick viewers to witness.
This major sets back the quality of nature programming and documentaries and instills gratuitous, unnecessary fears in those watching. Nothing inspiring, uplifting, or beautiful about this artificial crap catering the lowest of the low.

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Alice Lives!

(Canada’s top fictional prose writer, pictured here in 1986)

The fake Twitter news about Alice Munro’s death is false. (One of many problems epitomized by and associated with Twitter and social media.)

Long may the great Canadian writer live a longer, happy life, apart from and oblivious to the countless lies and frauds of social media and our crazy modern world!

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What Constitutes News in Canada and the U.S.

In the U.S., Trump is impeached in the House.
In Canada, Don Cherry is fired from HNIC.

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Re. Canadian Hypocrisy

Despite a long distinguished career supporting veterans and after being named as one of Canada’s Top 10 Canadians in a CBC poll, he is fired from HNIC by CBC for perceived racist comments.

Despite shamelessly dressing up in blackface several times and inappropriately wearing Indian garb, Justin Trudeau is easily re-elected.

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CBC Good

Well, they are the People’s Network after all, and many people have spoken. Cherry’s comments warranted firing him. He pushed one too many times and crossed a sacrosanct politically correct line, ironically related to his main cause and promotion. (As I said in the previous blog, it’s a shame his good works will likely be completely lost, forgotten, and written off by a lot of folks.) It’ll be interesting to see if he will be forgiven by vets, legions, and soldiers…

So CBC did the right thing. Cherry hadn’t apologized in the two days following the incident. Ron MacLean’s stock also went down since he remained mute during the broadcast. His apology aside, there will be those who call for his head as well for his complicity and neutrality.

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Don Cherry Good

Don Cherry Bad is, of course, this weekend’s rhubarb about his newcomer poppy comments, but, on balance, Cherry has also done a lot of good in raising awareness for veterans, legions, and war-related news.

The attached photo was one such promotion: a V-Day watch viewers could buy to support veterans, which he advertised on HNIC in 2005.

As he is being crucified today, ironically, it is worth remembering that he was, at the same time, supporting vets and raising poppy awareness in this broadcast. (It’ll be unfortunate if he does not eventually apologize, but his intentions were, ironically, motivated by the goodness of creating more Remembrance Day consciousness in all Canadians.)

A controversial miss for sure, but there were definitely good intentions as usual in the mix. And, contextually, one must recognize and remember his long-term cause and beyond-the-pale commitment to those who serve and served. I hope those facts don’t get completely lost in the predictably widespread trolling that continues.

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Remembrance Day: Lest Others Forget

Our Ignorant, Egotistical, Disrespectful, Disgraceful Prime Minister
(previously posted on November 27, 2015)

who deliberately chose to walk through the Remembrance Day throngs in Ottawa back to his office only too happy to have selfies taken as the ceremony ended and the salivating CBC sensing a significant moment extended their coverage allowing Justin to become the ‘real story’ and climax of the national ceremony.

He had a choice. CBC had a choice and both choices were about agenda and Justin/Liberal aggrandizing, or rather inflicting Trudeau’s frivolousness on a captive nation of viewers who had tuned in for a different reason.

This Liberal bent was reflected, too, in the over-the-top female reporter who twice brought politics and her Liberals/Justin-as-saviour agenda into her remarks, into the coverage. Politicking and political or egotistical agendas have no place on this sacred day traditionally dedicated to remembering veterans and their far more significant sacrifices on behalf of our country.

The behavior of both CBC and Trudeau were both disrespectful and disgraceful, and the CBC lost huge objectivity and credibility with their shallow ratings choice to turn the focus away from the vets to our stupid, selfish clown-PM.

2019 Update:

How little CBC learned from this previous wacko abrogation of public responsibility, this time concluding the annual program showing Trudeau mugging for a selfie with the R Day youth winners! Shame on the ‘People’s Network’ for giving T2 another gratuitous promotion for him and other media to use. Enough!

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“Far from the Madding Crowd” 1967 Movie


Love seldom runs smoothly in Thomas Hardy’s novels; this one was one of his most engaging books released in 1874. Bathsheba (played by Julie Christie) inherits a farm and is courted by three suitors. Gabriel Oak, a knowledgable bailiff looks after her farm and is the first to be refused by the headstrong, fickle young woman. He also remains loyal and faithful to her while the other two men–a more prosperous farmer Boldwood (played by Peter Finch) and Sgt. Troy, a n’er-do-well soldier (played by Terence Stamp)–vie for her hand. Two of the three men suffer tragic fates, leaving one to finally attain Bathseba in marriage. All four main actors give strong performances and are perfectly cast.

The movie was shot in Hardy country and looks fantastic. The supporting cast of Fanny (the girl Troy jilts: the main subplot) and the other actors playing workers and townsfolk have been likewise carefully chosen by famed ’60s director John Schlesinger, who went on to direct the cinematic landmarks Sunday Bloody Sunday and Midnight Cowboy. This was, incidentally, one of the last ’60s roadshows, complete with introductory and intermission music, and it runs a long 171 minutes, but without the need for more editing. Frederic Raphael has done a good job adapting Hardy’s original material and Richard Rodney Bennett’s complimentary music works well, too.

This is definitely a film for romanatic filmgoers and illustrates many nuances of thwarted and obsessive love. It also gives an accurate of late nineteenth-century English country life. The characters and actors’ performances are equally worth seeing also. Indubitably, a memorable viewing with sufficient Hardyesque twists and turns. Recommended heartily.

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‘Good Guy’ Neighbors

What with the big snow dump, my Mormon neighbor and his three little boys got out and shovelled mine and a few other neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks. Awfully kind and generous of them. He wants to have a cul-de-sac party in the summer and we will help him with that project. Noble sentiments deserve support.

Another neighbor down at the corner owns a rider scrape machine and cleared the cul-de-sac’s sidewalks a couple of times last year. These are decent, neighborly folks who know the true meaning of community spirit. Very impressive and it’s not even Christmas!

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My Olde U Essays That I Still Have

-“Wyatt, Shakespeare, and Pope’s Attitudes Toward the Courtly Love Woman”

-“Keats’ Tennyson’s, and Yeats’ Poetic Statements about the Art/Life Split and the Artistic Process”

-“Methods of Characterization in the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales”

-“Death of a Salesman–Tragedy or Social Criticism?”

-“Essay Analyzing T.S. Eliot’s ‘Preludes'”

-“Death of a Salesman: Aspects of Twentieth-Century Life and Human Tragedy”

-“The Portrayal of Characters in The Agamemnon of Aeschylus”

-“‘Without contraries is no progression’: Blake as Social Visionary and Views of Parenthood”

-“Symbolism in Virgil’s Aeneid

-“Love in the Poetry of Irving Layton”

-“Marxist Alienation in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

-“Art and Life in The Picture of Dorian Gray

-“The Imagery in Dylan Thomas’s Poetry”

-“Water Imagery in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

-“The Wind Symbolism in Who Has Seen the Wind

-“The Importance of Games in Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

-“Summerhill and Lord of the Flies: The Reactions of Children to Freedom”

-“Some Possible Exits from the Cycle of States in Blake’s ‘The Mental Traveller'”

-“Don Juan: Byron’s Neo-classical and Romantic Impulses in the First Canto”

-“Curricular Sources, Teaching Methodology, and Goals for Senior-High Non-Academic Language Arts Courses”

-“Making Use of R.D, Laing’s Philosophy in the Senior High Language Arts Program”

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