“Investigate some abortions as homicides”? Um, not exactly

January 31, 2013

I have just read what may very well be the most egregiously slanted writing on an abortion-related news story that I have ever seen—and that’s saying something.

The headline on the CBC Web site reads: “Investigate some abortions as homicides, Tory MPs ask RCMP.” Similar headlines have been published all over Canada, as Google News indicates, since the original story comes from the Canadian Press.

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Those precious words keep me hangin’ on

January 29, 2013

For the third week running, Men at Work’s “Down Under” owned the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 29, 1983.

Meanwhile, the latest single from Phil Collins was rising up the chart. On the 29th, it was at #11, and it would peak a week later at #10, although it had already been a #1 hit on the UK charts. It was Collins’ cover of the Supremes’ hit, “You Can’t Hurry Love”:

The video, though somewhat awkward in execution (this was after all, the early 80s, and music video production was still at the toddler stage), is great in concept. Collins can certainly channel his inner Diana Ross!

Superman Saturday: On the sidewalk, sunny morning, lies a body oozin’ life

January 26, 2013

It has been several months—nearly a year, actually—since we last tuned in to The Adventures of Superman. So here I am, on this chilly January day, cappuccino by my side, to bring us up to speed before digging into the continuation of “Donelli’s Protection Racket.”

The story so far

Episode 1 of “Donelli’s Protection Racket” marks the debut of Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen, the Daily Planet‘s 14-year-old copy boy. Jimmy confides in Clark Kent that his mother’s candy store is being shaken down by local racketeer, Chip1 Donelli, for protection money. After hiding in the store when Donelli’s collector, Spike, arrives (and getting a punch on the jaw for his pains), Clark changes to Superman and follows Spike back to Donelli’s hideout. Superman beats Donelli until he hands over all the protection money the Olsens have paid, then leaves.

In retaliation, Spike and another goon ambush the Olsens in a dark street after they close the store and go home. Superman arrives just in time to rescue them, As Clark, he promises to expose Donelli in the newspaper, and calls Lois Lane to sit with Mrs. Olsen, who passed out during the attack. After he leaves, Donelli calls the house posing as Clark, luring Lois and Jimmy out of the house . . .

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Is there a Bible study on, or something?

January 26, 2013

I just looked over my blog stats for the last month, and found, much to my surprise, that the most-viewed post on the site was this one.

If you don’t want to click on the link, the basic gist of it is this: a quotation of Nehemiah 6:1–9, with a brief comment from me about its “certain amount of relevance to some Top News Stories.”

That was August, 2005. More than seven years later, I have no clue which Top News Stories were current at the time, so I have no idea what this post meant—and, hence, even less of a clue why this relatively content- and context-free post would suddenly be so popular. I can only guess someone preached on Sanballat and Tobias. Hm.

And now . . . this – Jan. 24/12

January 24, 2013

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.”

The infamous line from “The Princess Bride” has been repeated the world over by fans of the cult classic but some Aussies on a Qantas flight on Sunday didn’t appreciate the humor.

Wynand Mullins boarded his Sydney flight wearing a T-shirt with the movie quote and was asked to change his attire after his fellow passengers complained that they felt threatened.

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Unless they’ve got six fingers on their right hand, what’s the problem?

And inside they have Richard the Lionheart, encased in carbonite

Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques.

Austria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.”

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings.

The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace,” a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films.

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Yet one more item to add to the List of Things Offensive to Muslims, along with humorous drawings of the False Prophet Mohammed, ice cream, Nike shoes, Bluetooth, rape victims, cucumbers and tomatoes: Lego models of fictional buildings having a superficial resemblance to a church they stole from the Christians.

Carleton U.: where the stupid goes in before the student goes out

January 23, 2013

Oh, not again.

I have lost count of the number of times this has happened, but yet one more time, Last Chance U. has beclowned itself thanks to the authoritarian moonbattery of its student leadership.

Arun Smith isn’t a member of the Carleton University Students’ Association, but he could have been. Last year, the “seventh-year human rights student” ran for election to a councillor’s seat from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). In his candidacy video, he promised to create “inclusive, open spaces that are safe spaces, where every voice is empowered and every student’s voice is heard.”

Fast-forward to Monday, when the Carleton Students for Liberty erected a “free speech wall”—basically a freestanding plywood wall covered with paper—in the Unicentre to promote the free competetition of ideas.

Some time between November and Monday, Arun Smith must have had a change of heart about inclusiveness and hearing every student’s voice, because he took it upon himself to destroy the wall, then boast about it in a ponderous manifesto on Facebook with the byline “Arun Séamus Surinder Smith.” I’m guessing either that his parents didn’t contemplate the implications of his given names’ initials, or that they can see the future.
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What do you want?

January 22, 2013

Men at Work’s “Down Under” continued to top the Billboard hot 100 on January 22, 1983.

January 20, 1983 was the release date of Def Leppard’s third album, Pyromania. This album, which made the hard-rock band into a household name, is 30 years old.

Personally, I don’t feel that Pyromania is as accessible as its 1987 followup Hysteria, but it’s still quite listenable. Of course, the best track on the album is “Rock of Ages.”

This is the one time in your life that you will see bad hair, tight pants, Union Jack boxers, a giant glowing sword, and chess, all within 4 minutes. Unless you watch it twice.