Wednesday, December 31, 2008

REPLY AWL

The December issue of Reader's Digest has an article called Home Not Alone, originally published in Today's Parent. It was written by a man whose wife and himself work at home. He talks about what life is like for him, and says that he likes working at home. This article was the coolest. I work at home, and I hope to continue doing that. The Lord didn't intend to have people commuting for long periods of time everyday like they do now. It's a nice feeling, being able to follow your own schedule. The author's children were five and three when he and his wife decided to work at home. I would think it would be a little less easy for people whose children were a bit older. You would have to be sure to explain that just because you are home during the day doesn't mean you and the kids can play all day. You still have certain things you have to get done at certain times.

The December 1 issue of Maclean's has an article about Ian Tyson. It talks about his new CD and the fact he's destroyed his vocal cords. I have twelve of his records. I enjoy his music. It's kind of sad to think his vocal cords are shot.

The December 8 issue of Maclean's has an article entitled "The Economy Excuse." It talks about how people are using the economic crisis to get out of things like holiday plans. If people really don't want to do something, they should just be straight with people. It's also good that people are being more frugal in this way.

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR

I love this time of year, the time between Christmas and when everybody has to go back to work in January. Everything's so casual. Lunch basically consists of some cheese, crackers and pickles that you eat at about 3:00 in the afternoon. People are on holidays and have time to relax. There's also so much hope at this time of year.

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 22, 2008

SNOWSTORM STRANDS TRAVELLERS IN PEARSON AIRPORT

Many holiday travelers were stranded Friday in Toronto's Pearson Airport due to a snowstorm.https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/major-snowstorm-causes-travel-headaches-across-ontario-1.353151 They were stranded for hours with no food and had to share bottled water among themselves.

This is bull. They're in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world, and yet they were forced to scrounge in their suitcases to find food and water to share with each other like they were stranded on some desert island!

The reason they had no food was because the people who man the food booths had gone home because of the storm. There is such a thing as service. I suppose the employees had the right to go home if they wanted to, but couldn't management have arranged something? Maybe get the members of some local churches to bring something? Maybe get the Salvation Army to supply sandwiches and coffee? Maybe call for city residents to bring food?

REPLY AWL

In the November 3 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about wildculture, the harvesting of foods that grow in the wild. This is neat. I haven't tried much wild food. I've had some wild game. I've had caribou chops, and I think I've had moose and seal. I used to eat wild game to celebrate Canada Day.

In the November 10 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about how indoor clotheslines are becoming more popular. People aren't just buying drying racks, there buying big, metal indoor clotheslines. This is good. It is good to dry your clothes on a clothesline. I plan to move into an apartment eventually and I want to dry my clothes on an indoor clothesline.

The November 24 issue of Maclean's was the annual university rankings issue. In the cover package they had an article written by a freshman university student (Is This Heaven?) in which he talks about how much he loves university. He cites reasons such as the lack of social pressures, the accepting nature of the students, the maturity level of the students, the fast pace of teaching, and the freedom. I quite agree. I enjoyed college. Nobody cares much about the way you act (not that there was much of that at my high school, ither), professors can teach subjects better in one semester than high school teachers can in two years, people just accept who you are and just associate with whomever they want to instead of constantly bugging others that they need to change something about themselves, and you have freedom. They don't make you go to class, if you're late you can just sneak into class without having to get a late slip and you can go to the washroom whenever you want.

In the November issue of Chatelaine, former talk show host Gill Deacon wrote an article about alternative menstrual products, such as organic tampons, cloth pads and the menstrual cup. This is buckin cool. With all the coverage of the green movement that's been in the media over the past few years, I have not heard anything about this. I hope to see more media coverage of this in the future.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

MAMA'S FAMILY

Lately, the 80's sitcom Mama's Family has been much on my mind. It has been over twelve years since I first started watching it on TBS.

For those who don’t know, Mama’s Family was a sitcom based on a sketch from “The Carol Burnette Show.” It debued in 1983 on NBC. NBC cancelled the show after a year and a half, and it was revived in syndication in the fall of 1986. The show’s setting was the fictional small town of Raytown, Missouri. I will tell more about the plot of Mama’s Family later on.

When I watched Mama’s Family twelve years ago, I thought it was one of the best shows ever created. Now I realize it had many flaws. The syndicated episodes were especially horrible, using all the hackneed sitcom plots you could think of: the family betting Mama she couldn't give up swearing and Mama betting the family couldn't give up something
else; Naomi getting hit on the head and thinking she was this attentive housewife, the opposite of her real personality; Mama falling asleep and dreaming she was in an old detective movie with the family playing the other characters; Vinton installing an intercom and accidentally overhearing Mama talk
about him behind his back.

I really think the Nbc years were better. For those unfamiliar with the early years of the show or who decry those years, here is the premise that puts the Nbc shows into perspective: Thelma Harper is an old lady living in a big house by herself, so she asks her artsy unmarried sister Francis Crowley to move in with her. Shortly after this, her son
Vinton shows up in Raytown from wherever he lived with his two teenage kids, Buzz and Sonja. So, to start off the sitcom,
you have two old ladies and these teenage kids who have been forced to move from the big city to smalltown Missouri. Shortly thereafter, Vinton begins dating Thelma’s next door neighbour, Naomi Oates, whom Thelma doesn’t get along with. Plus, Thelma has to deal with Eunice and Ellen, her other children who also live in Raytown.

Then the syndicated years come along with their ridiculous plot twists. Come on, Fran dies after swallowing a toothpick? Why Thelma isn't tried for manslaughter, I don't know. Bubba, Eunice’s son, is supposed to be a juvenile delinquent but doesn’t really act like one. And Iola? She's supposed to be in her forties, but she acts like she's in her sixties. She's lived in the house across the street all her life and is Thelma's best friend but we've never seen her before.

I suppose the show could have continued another eighteen years. Vinton and Naomi were not smart enough to actually move into a home of their own for long and it
would have been neat to see a baby grow up in that household.

The series would have ended in June of 2008 with Tiffany going off to college.

After having watched Eunice: The Movie on YouTube, it makes the sitcom not work even more. The Harpers are a just plain dysfunctional family and there really never should have been a sitcom made about them, especially not after the movie.

Ken Barry's role as Phillip the writer who escapes that terrible household works much better than Vinton, yet another pathetic loser to go along with Eunice and Ed. If you couldn't have the full story complete with all the characters, what was the point of continuing them after "Eunice?"

DEATH OF TED ROGERS

Ted Rogers died this week at the age of 75.

On the day his death was announced it was alsso announced that Rogers Communications was going to lay off 100 employees. I remember seeing something around February that said even though Rogers Communications had a record year last year they were going to lay off 500 employees.

The problem with Ted Rogers is that, while he innovated a lot of things, his company eventually became too big and corporate. The same thing happened with Moses Znaimer when City got really big.

Monday, December 1, 2008

ROGERS BUYS K-ROCK KINGSTON

Rogers Broadcasting Limited (RBL) announced today that it has increased its ownership in the Kingston radio market. Rogers invested in 2000 in K-Rock 1057
Inc. which launched rock stations K-Rock 105.7 FM (CIKR FM) in 2001 and KIX Country 93.5 FM (CKXC FM) in 2007 and has now reached an agreement to increase
its ownership to 100%. This deal is subject to CRTC approval.

"This is a great opportunity for Rogers to expand our presence in Kingston, a market in which we've been involved since 2000," said Paul Ski, Chief Executive
Officer, Radio, RBL. "K-Rock has led the Kingston market because of its strong bond with listeners, advertisers and community organizations. We look forward
to building on this success and continuing the strong local profile of both radio brands."

"Rogers has been our partner right from the beginning. We've worked closely together to build the K-Rock brand by 'making a difference' in our community,"
said John Wright, President, K-Rock 1057 Inc. "When we made the decision to sell our interest, Rogers was the natural choice." Rogers Broadcasting operates
22 radio stations in Ontario including stations in Ottawa and Toronto.

There goes K-rock.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

DANGERS OF C-SECTIONS

A recent Yale University study says that mothers who have had caesarean sections could end up bonding less with their babies. This is due to a hormone called oxytocin which is released when natural childbirth takes place.

Why do you think they promoted caesarean sections so highly a few years back?

Here is a video on how to avoid C-sections.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: MONEY FOR NOTHING - EPISODE REVIEW

The main plot of this week's episode involved Holly Jay and her money troubles. Holly Jay is all set to go to a cheerleading championship in Florida when she comes home and receives the news that because of some risky investments her father made (these days any investments are risky) the family is going to have to cut back. She tries to get a job at The Dot but fails miserably at it, of course. Meanwhile, that reporter from Etalk Daily is interviewing Mia about her modeling career. Because Holly Jay is ticked off, she tells the reporter Mia slept her way to the top. In typical journalistic fashion, the reporter doesn't check his facts and broadcasts this on national TV. Holly Jay's sister Heather gives her the money to go on the trip, but Holly Jay is kicked off the Power Squad because of what she told the reporter. She then reapplies for the job at The Dot, for what specific reason I don't know.

The subplot involved Peter's mom returning from Regina for a little visit. At first, she thinks Peter should come back to Regina with her. There are the usual clashes between a mother and a son who has learned to live on his own, but after his mom sees Peter comfort Mia, she decides he'll be OK living on his own after all.

Not a strong episode.

Friday, November 21, 2008

REPLY AWL

In the October issue of Chatelaine, there was an article about female genital mutilation (Cuts ... Both Ways.) It talked about how a number of African women don't mind having it done to them. They feel it makes them more respected and look on it as a sign that they have become a woman. Many say they haven't suffered any ill effects from it.

There was also an article called Scenes From Same-sex Marriage. It tried to portray same-sex marriage as a perfectly normal, admirable institution. It argued that same-sex marriage was better in some cases than heterosexual i.e. normal marriage. Couples divide housework between each other and work out their problems in a civilized way without yelling at each other.

For one thing, I am sure there are heterosexual couples that do those things. For another, the article does not point out the studies showing all the abuse same-sex couples suffer in their relationships, and the short length of homosexual relationships.

The October issue of Chatelaine also had an article called Things To Do Before I Die, about a girl with cystic fibrosis who, when she discovered she only had two years to live, made a list of all the things she wanted to do in life and started to do them. The article focuses more on how she suffered with the disease rather than on her checking things off the list. Also, it isn't clear whether she accomplished everything on it or just some things. My advice is don't wait until you're dying to do all the things you want to do in life.

Monday, November 17, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: WITH OR WITHOUT YOU - EPISODE REVIEW

The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation revolved around a school camping trip.

Sav is assigned the task of looking after his sister Ali by his father. Sav is looking forward to this weekend because it is his and Onya's six-month anniversary and he hopes they'll have sex. At the same time, he is worried about Ali getting up to things on the trip.

Ali goes into a boy's tent to hang out while Sav makes out with Onya. Ali screams because Connor has put a snake in the tent she is in at the time. Sav comes running, finds Ali and the boy together and yells at her. Ali tells him she is "not an impure girl."

Sunday afternoon, when they get back to Toronto, Onya breaks up with Sav, saying she doesn't want to be thought of as being "an impure girl" for making out with him and that he has a double standard. This is why these kinds of relationships are a bad idea.

The subplot involved Emma and Manny both being attracted to their roommate, Kelly. They end up arguing and finally decide to ask him who he likes. They ask him in a roundabout way and are still left wondering. It's stupid to fight over someone of the opposite sex. Just go up to the person and ask them point blank which one they are attracted to.

All in all, a fairly unremarkable episode.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

REPLY AWL

Welcome to a new feature on the Alex Horton Blog called Reply Awl. In this feature I will be giving my opinions on articles I have recently read in magazines. The title is a tribute to a feature they used to have on Sounds Like Canada. They never should have cancelled that show.

The October 13 issue of Maclean's had a story about what female letter carriers do when they need to use the washroom. The article says it is more difficult for women than men because men can go anywhere. This is incorrect. Women can do it, too.

The same issue also has a story about the lack of Jewish families being featured on TV (No Little Synagogue On The Prairie.) On Seinfeld, even though they never said, it was obvious the main characters were Jewish. Sure, as the article points out George did have an Italian last name, but his family didn't celebrate Christmas. For goodness sake. The article mentions that on Everybody Loves Raymond, the family was Italian but the characters were written Jewish, which was pretty noticeable now that I think about it. Also, I also thought Sophia on Golden Girls was written Jewish. One of the show's writers was the talented Canadian comedian David Stineberg.

Also in the October 13 issue of Maclean's is a review of Bill Marr's new documentary Religulous. This film ticked me off. Bill Marr is a lapsed Catholic, the church that has probably done more to turn people off the idea of religion than any other force out there, and he's also Jewish. In the film, Marr talks to a creation scientist and says, "I'm not the one who believes in a talking snake." If I were the scientist, I would have said, "Of course I believe in talking snakes. I'm talking to one right now."

After having watched the film, I can confirm it just brings up all the old arguments against religion-well, Christianity mostly-that apologists have been disproving and countering for years.

The October 20 issue of Maclean's has an article on the new James Bond film. It seems to be the author's contention that James Bond jumped the shark after the first two movies, due to changing social mores. The author also favours Sean Connery best as James Bond. Personally, though I have only seen two whole James Bond films, I think Roger Moore was the best James Bond. He made Bond very debonair. I do agree that Peerce Brosnan brought a bit too much of a male model vibe to 007. Despite the author's contention, James Bond is the best-selling movie franchise of all time and from what I have seen of them James Bond films are head-and-shoulders above most other movies, despite their fair share of cheese.

Monday, November 10, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: MAN WITH TWO HEARTS - EPISODE REVIEW

The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation involved Peter and his friend, Riley.

Peter enjoyed hanging out with Riley because he was a cool guy and because Peter didn't have a lot of guy friends.

However, one day Riley was teaching Peter how to box and out of nowhere Riley kissed him. Peter is naturally very scared by this and eventually tells Mia. It eventually goes around school and Riley is called fag and made fun of and things like that. However, it is never established whether Riley is actually a homosexual, since he tells Peter nothing happened when questioned by him about it.

Degrassi has an annoying habit of doing things like that. It's like when Emma was going down to the ravine with Jay. A gonorrhea epidemic started. Emma told her parents she had a sore throat and needed to go down to the clinic, but it was never established whether she actually had VD or not.

The subplot of last night's episode involved Claire and her friends working on a toy robot for Media immersion. They decide to go to Connor's house, which coincidentally happens to be Archie "Snake" Simpson's house. Now, how this Connor kid, which like the aforementioned Riley as well as Claire's friends just happened to materialize out of nowhere in this episode became Snake's son is a mystery. I thought Spike and Snake had a kid named Jack together. He would have been about six by now but he has apparently disappeared.

While over at Connor/Snake's house, Claire and her friend decide to "dig through Snake's stuff" to find out what the house of a teacher is like. In the bedroom, they find Spike's vibrator. The group decides to incorporate it into their robot. However, the thing starts vibrating in Mr. Armstrong's math class.

Claire's mom is called into school. Personally, if the school is going to call me and interrupt my day
then it better be for something much more important than my kid bringing a vibrator/robot to class.

Some people just don't understand robots.

Claire's mom is mad at her because she thinks she is using the device. She says she isn't but feels left out because all her friends know more about sex than she does. Claire and her mom end up having a long talk about masturbation and such things.

One of the last lines of this episode is absolutely classic:

(Claire to Holly Jay)
That masturbation is perfectly normal and that it's nothing to be ashamed of ... maybe if you tried it once in a while you wouldn't be so crabby and mean.

Her friend was asking if she did it. I think that pretty much answers her question.

Come on, Holly Jay, don't act so high and mighty.

Also, there is still the matter of the fact that Claire stole it. Her mom really should make her give it back to Spike.

I agree with the stance Degrassi took on this issue. It's perfectly normal. Some people would disagree. If you disagree and you feel like a knock-out, drag-down, blood-spilling-everywhere fight on the subject, leave your comments in the comment area.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

LACK OF EMPHASIS ON REPENTANCE

Last spring I went to a fundraiser for my local Crisis Pregnancy Centre.

The entertainment was provided by a choir from a local, what you might call "home for wayward girls." Two of the girls gave their testimony.

The first girl said she had been raped at five by her brother. The abuse continued and she fell into a life of drugs and prostitution, having a child out of wedlock. She eventually wound up at the aforementioned home for wayward girls.

The second girl said she had grown up in "a good Christian home" and had "loved the Lord from a very young age." When she was nine her parents divorced and she ended up getting raped by someone from her church as well as by her stepbrother. She then also fell into a life of drugs and prostitution, eventually winding up at the home as well.

They talked about how, at the home they had "discovered I was the light of the world." They said things like "no one is free from sin." The second girl also talked about "coming back to Jesus' flock."

First of all, where were the men in these cases? I don't care who it is. If my son or someone from my church or anyone else rapes my daughter or stepdaughter, I'm strangling that fucker to death. Though I am not advocating that we, as a society, implement a routine practice of vigilante justice, there is no excuse that will make me act otherwise. This is also what God's law demands, either that or repentance: under the blood or under the ground.

Second, it certainly doesn't sound like that second girl grew up in a good Christian home.

These girls never mentioned repenting. They never said that there was a time after they came to the home when they got down on their knees and said, "Lord, I'm sorry for all the things I've done. Please forgive me. If you don't want me to prostitute myself, I won't prostitute myself. If you don't want me to be addicted to drugs, I won't be addicted to drugs."

In fact, they were justifying it. "No one is free from sin." "I am the light of the world." Give me a break.

This is the problem. People don't understand Christianity is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, entered into by repentance and being baptized for the remission of sins. Repentance involves living a lifestyle that progressively becomes more and more like the life Christ wants you to lead as you grow in relationship with Him.

Friday, November 7, 2008

MOST CHRISTIANS NOT INTERESTED IN READING BIBLE OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT GOD

Last winter, I participated in an Alpha course at my local Methodist church.

Now, for anyone thinking of taking the Alpha course, I would recommend it. For those who aren't Christians or are new Christians, it is a good introduction to Christianity. For those who have been Christians for awhile, it is a good way to get back to the basics.

However, at the particular course I went to, the people who ran it didn't seem to know very much. A man who came for the first few weeks kept bringing up all these objections and the woman's answer to almost everything was, "You might be right. I'm not a scholar." Whenever the woman who wanted me to participate in the course with her or I would give an answer to one of the questions asked at the end of each session, the woman running the course would say something like, "Thank you, Pastor Catherine." Well, pardon us! Just because we study our Bibles and have answers to these things and you apparently don't know much of anything. Actually, the two other couples that took the course didn't seem to know very much either, and one of them had been Christians for fifty years.

It seemed the function of the woman running the course was to provide the coffee and desserts and the function of her husband was to stand behind her (as it is so much these days in Christianity) and put the Dvd in the ggoshdarn Dvd player.

This is one of the biggest reasons why I am against the institutional church. The institutional church just facilitates ignorance of God and His Word through promotion of a sick dependence upon a pastor. Most people in churches are like little birds waiting for the mother bird to drop a worm into their mouths. Most Christians go to church every Sunday and get spoon fed a tiny morsel of the Word from their pastor, and maybe if they're devout a few more morsels Sunday and Wednesday evening. However, they have little to no interest in actually studying the Bible and equipping themselves to be ready to give an answer.

Pastors should work themselves out of a job. When a seminary graduate takes his first pulpit, he should teach the people how to interpret the Bible for themselves and teach them how to find good sources of apologetics. This will then enable the congregation to go out and make more disciples, the church thus functioning as Paul instructed Timothy.

Monday, November 3, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL - EPISODE REVIEW

In this episode, Liberty wants to join a sorority. She thinks about joining her mom's sorority, but then decides she might join PI Gamma Pi instead. Pgp. I believe that is some Indian political party. Actually that was PJP. If Liberty joins Pi Gamma Pi she will be in the ranks of MP's and Supreme Court justices, as well as the Ghandhis.

In the course of her application, the candidates for admission are asked what the toughest time of their lives was. Liberty answers that it was the time she gave her baby up for adoption. Because of this, the sorority girls think she exhibits Typical Nigger Behaviour and are eager to have her join the group.

Later, Liberty goes to a sorority party where she ends up getting really drunk and needing to have her stomach pumped. The girls say they still want her in the PGP because diversity is great for there funding and there aren't any other minorities since the last of the Gandhis graduated the previous year.

Since I am blind, I did not know Liberty was black. I thought she was fully Dutch, which have about as white skin as they come. Oh well, you know what they say. What's a Dutchman? A black man turned inside out.

This episode also has a subplot involving the Power Squad (formerly the Spirit Squad (oh well, I guess if you can't have spirit you might as well have power)) thinking the last two virgins on the team aren't virgins anymore. However, it turns out that captain Holly Jay Sinclair is still a virgin. She tries to get Sav to take it from her, but he won't. However, he does put Sav on the wounds caused by the taunts of the other girls. It also turns out that Onya, the other girl is still a virgin as well.

See, there are more than you think.

If you have any thoughts on the number of virgins at your school or anything else, leave your comments in the comment area.

LACK OF GOOD MEN'S MINISTRIES


In keeping with the verse in Ephesians 5, all I can say is don't be like them.

This postconcerns the Promise Keepers convention which took place in Missisauga last year.

The convention featured some good speakers, particularly toward the end. The main problem I had with it was there was too much emphasis on sports. The point of Promise Keepers is to teach how to be a better Christian man. One of the reasons Christian men are in such a sad state is because they sit in front of the TV watching sports too much. When the guy who headed up our church's trip to Promise Keepers woke up on the Saturday morning, what is the first thing he did? Turned on the TV and watched Sports Centre.

My suggestion is that men turn off that darn TV: turn off the football, turn off the hockey, turn off the basketball, and find out:

1.) how to truly be leaders in their marriages instead of the Ahabs most of them seem to be and;

2) find out what's really going on in the world. Here are a couple of websites to get them started:

Although, nowadays, it's not that men don't know, or at least have an inkling, what's really going on in the world. Rather, there's virtually nothing that teaches a guy what being a real man in Christ looks like. It's not about all the stereotypical things men like, but everything geared toward ministering to men seems to take on this stupid, North American hyper-masculinity.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

THE EDUCATION OF ROBERT NIFKIN

by Daniel Pinkwater. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

This book is killer.

This book is (sort of) written in the form of a college essay. Robert Nifkin is a fifteen-year old boy starting high school in Chicago in 1957. He finds school boring and generally horrible, so he starts skipping.

This book is full of humour throughout. Also, it breaks into little sections. You'll read a few chapters and think, "That seems like a good place to stop," then pick up the book another time shortly thereafter.

There are some things in this book I don't agree with, but keep following this blog and you'll learn about those.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

HAMISH X AND THE CHEESE PIRATES

by Sean Cullen. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2006.

This is the first book from Canadian comedian Sean Cullen.

Wonderboy orphan Hamish X is sent to work in the cheese factory of Vigo Schmotz. He is about to execute his escape plan when the factory is attacked by cheese pirates and the children are carried off to Snow Monkey Island. Hamish and his friends must find the pirates and save the children.

Both adults and children will thrill to the adventure in this story and howl with laughter at Cullen's trademark zany humour.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: FIGHT THE POWER - EPISODE REVIEW

Five years ago Degrassi Community School underwent a tragic event: a school shooting that left one person paralyzed, one person dead and the whole school shaken. What better way to commemorate that event than by doing a horror movie parody.

In this episode, Rick comes back from the dead and starts inhabiting the bodies of students.

This was the worst episode I've ever seen. In fact, I think it was one of the worst half hours of television I have ever seen.

THE TICKET 2003-2008

Last night was the final episode of the Bbc arts and entertainment program The Ticket.

I first discovered The Ticket in the summer of 2007 via Cbc overnight. The ticket was a relief from Etalk Daily and Entertainment Tonight. Instead of being about the celebrities themselves, it would focus on the movies and albums. The show would feature a broad range of stories about a broad range of topics, from Hollywood movies to Russian art exhibits to Asian musicians to African circus performers.

Happily, the news of The Ticket's cancellation is not entirely bad. It will be replaced by a new daily program called The Strand. I hope The Strand will continue The Ticket's legacy.

Monday, October 20, 2008

BON COP, BAD COP

Cbc Television, Sunday October 19, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a film about a French police officer and an English police officer who end up working together because the body of a murder victim is found lying on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border. As they investigate, the officers discover that a serial killer is murdering hockey players and executives. Part of the movie was in French, so I couldn't really understand it, but what I understood was pretty good.

Highlights include Rick Mercer as a French-hating sports talk-show host, and the guy who played Jack Angel on This Is Wonderland as the English cop's supervisor. The key to watching Bon Cop, Bad Cop is not to take it at all seriously. Just sit back and be entertained.


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DEGRASSI: the next generation: episode review

The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: the next generation revolved around Jane joining the boy's football team. For a show that was founded on the alleged principle of being realistic, I have never heard of anything like this happening. The usual conflicts arise over the boys not wanting a girl on their team. Jane thinks she'll quit, but after being told she is the hero of the female student body, makes a stirring speech in the boy's change room during the pep talk. Incidentally, the usual conflicts also arise over differences between boys and girls, particularly when she has to go into the boy's change room to get her shoulder pads. In Europe, they have unisex change rooms, so I don't see why that stuff has to be such a big deal.

Here is the speech I would have made, had I appeared in the plot at the time of the pep talk:

"Look, boys, this school hasn't won a football trophy in it's entire history. Jane is your only chance, so suck it up, go out there on the field and try your very best. Also, don't make a big deal about the fact that she will be in here during the pep talk. In Europe, they have unisex change rooms, so I don't see why it should be a big deal."

Also, at one point, one of the players named Danny pushes Jane into a locker. How could he?

Also, this episode has a subplot (act surprised.) Darcy tells Peter that she is going off to Kenya the next day for four months, which is about how long the 90210 spin-off should last. Peter is very surprised by this news. After Darcy leaves, he ends up having sex with Mia, who now somehow is a model. This means she is now a model, a member of the Spirit Squad, involved in the student council, and a full-time student, and oh yeah, she also has a kid to raise. Be careful, Mia, you don't want Isabella to get taken away ... again.

IIf you are a girl who has played on a boys football team, or are a teen mom model, leave your comments in the comment area.

Friday, October 17, 2008

SELF-PROMOTION

In an efert to get more hits, I have listed this blog with some blog submission sites. In fairness to them, here are a couple of their Url's.


http://www.blogdigger.com
http://www.blogcatalog.com/directory/news_media

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SHADOW PEOPLE: inside history's most notorious secret societies

by John Lawrence Reynolds. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2006.

This book does a lot of the usual things books that "debunk conspiracies" do, such as ignoring evidence and making fun of people.

Oh, and nice job attacking Bill Cooper when he's dead and can't defend himself.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

DION PLEDGES TO WORK WITH MAY

Last night at a gathering of Liberal supporters in Toronto, Stephane Dion pledged to "work with Elizabeth May ... to defeat Peter McKay."

This just proves there's no difference between the political parties.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

JACKSONVILLE DEEJAY QUITTING ON-AIR A STUNT

The incident of a radio announcer in Jacksonville, Florida quitting his job on-air because he was going to be fired and replaced in two days turns out to be a stunt. The deejay had actually gotten a job in California.

This type of thing needs to happen in real life. What this man said in the clip was true, how radio managers "think deejays are like commodities to be used up." These guys need to face some backlash.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

QUEEN'S TELEVISION IS BACK ON THE AIR

Hurray. Queen's Television is back Sunday nights (or maybe alternating Sunday nights) at 11:30 on Ckws-tv.

Queen's Television is a program about events taking place at Queen's University. The hosts are funny and entertaining.

Sunday's episode featured coverage of the recent homecoming weekend, as well as different people giving their reasons why they should be the new host of the show.

This year, one of the reporters that particularly stands out is Heather Kristie, the Aberdeen Queen. She asks the right questions.

Check out Queen's TV's YouTube archive here.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuPDRjAqRTIb_KTrRWAdOg

Monday, September 29, 2008

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, BREAK IT

Today, Cbc Radio One debued its new schedule changes. Q is now on at 10:00 a.m. The 2:00 slot is now filled by a new show called The Point.

What was wrong with there old schedule? It was perfect. They started the day off with The Current, giving perspective to hard news and issues. Next came Sounds Like Canada, great for stay-at-home moms with it's soft news and features. The 2:00 slot was perfect for Q because that was when a lot of college kids, who would be into the kinds of things talked about on the show would be listening to the radio.

I don't imagine a lot of stay-at-home moms are going to want to listen to endless discussions about cuts to arts funding and in-studio sessions with rock bands. As far as The Point, it just seems like The Current for the hipsters Q was trying to go after.

CKWS AND CHEX'S NEW SCHEDULE

Around this time of year, I like to monitor the TV stations to see what schedule changes have taken place. Lately I have been monitoring Ckws Kingston and Chex Peterborough.

The schedule is the same as last season in many ways, but with a couple noticeable changes. The programming on both stations is pretty much the same except for local news.

Instead of The Price Is Right at 11:00, both stations now have The People's Court. This is a good change. You can already see The Price Is Right on many other channels, whereas People's Court is not as readily available in Canada.

At 4:00, both stations now have reruns of Becker and Scrubs. Personally, this is better than the home makeover show they used to have on at this time.

During the 7:00 hour, both stations now have Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy, which Cbc recently acquired the rights to. This replaces the sitcom reruns previously in that slot.

Other than that, there really haven't been any other major changes. If anyone would like to talk about past Ckws/Chex programming, email me at
alexhorton55@gmail.com

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I'M WITH YOU, LESLIE

Leslie Houston has been fired from the Manitoba Liberal party officially due to remarks made on an old blog. She said the U.S. government knew about 9/11 and Israeli business people didn't come to work in the World Trade Centre that day, both of which statements have evidence. Head of the Manitoba Liberal party Sharon Carstairs said there was no place for conspiracy theories in the Liberal party, then in typical liberal fashion said the party believed in tolerance. Yeah, Sharon, and you sure tolerate people that have views different from those officially held.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Q'S SWITCHING TIME SLOTS

As of September 29, the Cbc radio show Q will be moving from2:00 p.m. eastern to 10:00 a.m. eastern.

What the buck. Who wants to listen to an arts and entertainment show at 10:00 in the morning.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

AMONG THE AFGHANS

by Arthur Bonner Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1986.

Journalist Bonner tells about his trips to Afghanistan in 1985 and 1986, during which he spent time with the Mojaheden to learn about their side of the Russia-Afghanistan conflict.

Though this book is very dated, it can teach us lessons about the present conflict in Afghanistan. What I took from this book was that Afghanistan basically consists of a bunch of different tribes who have not entirely gotten over their ancient quarrels, and who also have a unique culture unto themselves. Therefore, I think the best thing we could do for that country is, ultimately, to have all foreign government involvement stop there and leave the Afghans to themselves.

Also, on a slightly lighter note, this book puts things into perspective in a different way. As Bonner talks about his various health problems and hardships in Afghanistan, you find yourself thinking, "Gee, I think I have problems!"

I wish Christians had one tenth the dedication of the Mojaheden.

Monday, September 15, 2008

WHAT WBCQ MEANS TO ME

I first started listening to Wbcq in the summer of 1999. I had listened a few times before while dxing but it was July of 1999 when I first started listening to it regularly. I was Dxing one Saturday afternoon and came across Tom and Deryl doing a Christmas in July show with all these funny sketches. I knew that, if this was the kind of programming this new Wbcq was broadcasting, I wanted to keep listening to it. I tuned in later and heard "Big Steve Cole’s Different Kind Of Oldies show."

At the time, I had just completed grade 10 at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario. It was the kind of place where nobody cared about anything important, only the latest sports scores and fluff news. I am not exaggerating when I say Wbcq saved me mentally. I couldn’t imagine what returning to school would have been like if I hadn’t known Wbcq existed.

In Wbcq’s programmers, I found people who cared about world issues. Through shows like "American Viewpoint", "The Jeff Davis Show", "Hour of the Time", "The Right Perspective", "The Hal Turner Show", and others, I got many perspectives and opinions that, especially living in Canada and being in the days before I had learned to use the internet, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I should also add to this list one of the first, if not the first episodes of "Allan Wiener Worldwide" that helped me form a large part of my opinion about drugs.

Through shows like "Uncle Ed’s Musical Memories", "Amos ‘n' Andy", "Marion’s Attic", "Fred Flintstone’s Music Show", "Idio Audio", "The Album Zone", "The Pab Sungenez Project", "The RMF Show", "Pan Global Wireless", "The Lumpy Gravy Radio Show", "867-5309", and various things that Michael Ketter did, I was exposed to music, comedy and entertainment that both amused and educated me.

In hosts like the above-mentioned Tim Tron, Larry and Jane and Michael Ketter, I discovered interesting people who cared about more than just their day-to-day lives. I also really enjoyed "Allan Wiener Worldwide", the adventures of a guy in small-town northern Maine trying (and succeeding) to run a radio station.

I also want to give a special mention to Johnny Lightning and "Radio New York International." JL’s show is certainly a combination of all the attributes mentioned above. Johnny particularly helped me make sense of the world in those years when I was going to the School For The Blind.

Happy anniversary Wbcq. I certainly hope you’ll stay on the air for years to come with the same admirable free speech policy. Though the quality of the general programming has varied over the years depending on the clients you have at any given time, I’ve always found something interesting to listen to week after week.

Sincerely,
Alex Horton

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