Friday, February 26, 2010

CORUS APPLIES TO CRTC FOR LOCAL TV LICENSE

Corus Entertainment has applied to the CRTC for a license to start a network of local TV stations.

The local TV network would have stations in 64 Canadian cities and programming would focus on weather, road reports and local news.

Corus isn't exactly known for their commitment to excellent programming. They put Mojo Radio on the air, then gradually fired most of the announcers. Corus stations tend to have a lot of automation and voice tracking, if not more than at least the same amount as stations owned by other companies.

In college, one of my teachers was fond of saying, "What are you gonna do, it's Corus."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CELEBRITY DEATH HOAXES ON THE RISE

Last Thursday's announcement of the death of Gordon Lightfoot was just the latest in a series of celebrity death hoaxes that have been perpetrated recently.

The list of celebrities falsely declared dead includes Jeff Goldbloom, Zach Brath, Natalie Portman, and Justin Beaver-whoever the buck that is.

Since these celebrities have already been declared dead, I advocate that someone out there actually kill these people. Most are vile Jews and thus deserve to be killed anyway. Maybe hold off on killing Gordon Lightfoot if he proves he can make a decent record.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WHY DON'T REBECCA ECKLER JUST BUCK OFF AND DIE!

So this I Hate Rebecca Eckler fan club starts up and Eckler starts following it. The members arrange to meet face-to-face and she goes to the meeting in disguise. She writes an article about it and says the people in the club were loosers, erre-go, anyone who hates her must be a looser.

First, are you still in high school? Why do you care if there's an I Hate You fan club.

This is why people hate Jews. They're totally arrogant. They are obsessed with making sure everyone adores the bucking ground they walk on. They think that anyone who hates them must be a looser or have something wrong with them. No, we don't hate you because we've got nothing better to do. We hate you because you're arrogant, obnoxious, whiny, self-centred, egotistical, selfish, pretentious, superficial, spoiled, manipulative, and want everyone to feel sorry for you when you create your own problems.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

WIPED: life with a pint-size dictator

Some City: Some Publisher, 2006.

This book shows some people really shouldn’t have children.

Journalist and author Rebecca Eckler foolishly got pregnant after her engagement party. An engagement party is one of those things Jewish people have so they can get more stressed out and acquire more things. Her and her fiance had unprotected sex while drunk and Eckler got pregnant. This accidental pregnancy is of course all her fault but in typical kike fashion she decided to whine on about it to the rest of the world. Wiped chronicles the first two years of her spawn’s life.

Eckler spends the book whining about various things and doing things so she’ll have to take less actual responsibility for raising her child. She hires a nanny, whom she calls Nanny Mimi but whom I think she secretly wants to call Nanny Meanie. She buys a portable Dvd player to keep her kid distracted so she’ll have to avoid playing with it. She rents an office when her spawn is six months old because she is such a whiny, spoiled nutter she can’t stand being in the same room alone with it for a lot of the time. In fact, I believe she only deigns to honour her bundle of cells with her presence for two hours a day. How much of it was post-partum depression and how much of it was wingeing about how she wanted her old life back.

She refers to this child as “the dictator.” Children will internalize what you say. If you call her the dictator, one day she will rule your household.

She doesn’t discipline la bastarde enfant. “I just don’t see what’s wrong if she throws her sippy cup on the floor.” When she’s thirteen, Eckler will say, “I just don’t see what’s wrong with her slutting it up in the van.”

The fiance is the typical hen-pecked sheeny milksop. She nags and bitches at him throughout the book. You will remember that Eckler got pregnant after her engagement party. When the book came out, she said she didn’t plan to get married. She later dumped her fiance. Thanks a bucking lot after all he did for you, you whiny, ungrateful kike bitch of a spoiled Jewish princess.

At the end of the book, she thinks she’d like to have another child, so that she can continue whining and write another book.

“I’m careful crossing streets now.” Big hairy deal.

She calls people who advocate breastfeeding “breastfeeding Nazis.” Breastfeeding Nazis? Well, Hitler was right and he should have killed all the Jews.

PRAYER PROMPTER

"The meaning of prayer is that I bring power to bear upon another soul that is weak enough to yield and strong enough to resist; hence the need for strenuous
intercessory prayer." O. Chambers

Dear Intercessors:

A little more than a year has passed since a 45-year-old British community nurse named Caroline Petrie was suspended from her job for offering to pray
for an elderly patient. Although the 79-year-old woman was not offended, she admitted to being "taken aback" by the suggestion and consequently reported
the incident to the person overseeing her care. The hospital Mrs. Petrie worked for justified the suspension saying it suspected Mrs. Petrie failed to
"demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity."

An investigation was launched that eventually led to Mrs. Petrie being reinstated but she was told in the future she could only pray for a patient if the
person requested prayer. In other words, Mrs. Petrie could not raise the subject of prayer nor offer to pray for a patient. The patient would have to request
the nurse's prayers. The hospital stated that: "Nurses like Caroline do not have to set aside their faith, but personal beliefs and practices should be
secondary to the needs and beliefs of the patient and the requirements of professional practice."

This backlash against prayer by a health care provider doesn't surprise me. Prior to becoming a Fellowship Chaplaincy Services (FCS) community chaplain
I completed 15 months of full-time chaplaincy residencies in two different hospitals. As part of my training I was involved in discussions about the ethics
of praying for patients. As spiritual care providers it was generally considered appropriate for us as chaplains to ask the following question: "Would
it be helpful if I prayed for you?" However, not everyone agreed that it was ethical to pose that question and it was left up to individual chaplains to
decide whether to suggest prayer to a patient.

I recall one discussion amongst our group of chaplaincy residents concerning a magazine article in which the author strenuously argued it was unethical
to pray an unrequested intercessory prayer for a patient. In this case the author was referring to someone praying for a patient without the patient being
aware that prayer was being offered up for him or her. For example, a chaplain enters a patient's hospital room and finds him or her sleeping and pauses
at the bedside for five minutes and silently prays for the patient. The article maintained it was a violation of the patient's rights for anyone, including
a chaplain, to pray for a patient in any fashion if the patient had not requested those prayers.

There was nothing in this magazine article to suggest the author was a Christian but he clearly believed in spiritual power. Furthermore, he did not like
the idea that spiritual power was being invoked through prayer on behalf of an unsuspecting patient, even one in a comma. The author argued it was unethical
to pray without permission and he would no doubt agree that a health care provider, such as Mrs. Petrie, should be dismissed for raising the subject of
prayer or by offering to pray for a patient.

I wonder how many of us would know the Lord today if the various people who prayed for us prior to our conversion had felt constrained to ask our permission.
I know for a fact I was the unsuspecting "target" of my younger sister Suzanne's intercessory prayers nearly 30 years ago after I politely informed her
at Christmastime: "I don't believe in Santa Claus and I don't believe in Jesus Christ." Within less than two weeks after uttering that statement I felt
compelled to drop to my knees and humbly apologize for my ignorance and ask Christ to be my personal saviour.

Let me tell you what happened. My sister prayed and asked the Lord what she needed to do to show me that He was real. He directed her to give me a book
called Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. Unbeknownst to me my sister was interceding for me as I held that book in my hand and said out
loud (I was home alone at the time but for some reason felt the need to issue a verbal declaration): "Suzanne, I'm going to read this book for two reasons.
One, because I love you. And, two, because I'm going to tear it apart."

I certainly did not sit down to read that book because I was seeking to be converted. On the contrary, I intended to show Suzanne that her faith was foolishness.
However, it was the combination of Suzanne's intercessory prayers and the persuasiveness of McDowell's Christian apologetics that left me no alternative
but to acknowledge that I was the fool. Incidentally, I can now both politely and correctly proclaim: "I don't believe in Santa Claus but I do believe
in Jesus Christ."

This week's Prayer Prompter quote by Oswald Chambers strongly encourages Christians to lovingly intercede for persons who have not accepted Christ as Saviour.
It is not a violation of an individual's free will to ask God to speak to the unsaved person's heart. That person alone must decide to either accept or
reject Christ. What the intercessor's prayers do is petition the Lord to make Himself real to the person, exactly as happened to me when my sister Suzanne
petitioned the Lord on my behalf. No one, including God, forced me to fall to my knees that day and repent firstly for my ignorance and ultimately for
my sin. I had a choice and I could have resisted the Lord's wooing of me and rejected Christ's substitutionary death on the cross to atone for my sins.
Chambers is correct when he states a "soul (i.e., a person) is weak enough to yield and strong enough to resist; hence the need for strenuous intercessory
prayer." In other words, we can choose to yield to or we can choose to resist the call of Christ. I believe with all my heart that it was my sister's intercessory
prayers that facilitated the Lord speaking truth to me in such a powerful way through McDowell's book that I willingly yielded to The Truth.

I truly believe the nicest, kindest, most loving thing we can do for another person is intercede for him or her by praying to God on the person's behalf.
The tragedy is when followers of Christ fail to understand the power of "strenuous intercessory prayer." I strongly suspect when each one of us gets to
heaven we'll be astounded to meet all the people whose intercessory prayers paved the way for our coming to Christ. I'm sure we'll want to hug them and
thank them for caring about us and loving us enough to cry out to God on our behalf.

It would do us well to consider now the likelihood that anyone will be thanking us for caring about them and loving them enough to have cried out to God
on their behalf. Will we only be thanking others for their intercessory prayers that paved the way for our conversion to Christ? Or, will we also be the
recipients of the heartfelt thanks of others when they discover our intercessory prayers were used of the Lord to bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus
Christ? It is never too late to become a man or woman who practices "strenuous intercessory prayer." However, just as God will not force an unsaved person
to fall on his or her knees and accept Christ, nor will He force a saved person to fall on his or her knees and pray for "another soul" to accept Christ.
The choice is entirely ours.

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance " (II Peter 3:9).

Monday, February 8, 2010

PRAYER PROMPTER

Here's another Prayer Prompter from the archives.

Dear Intercessors:

Who wants to be helpless? Know anybody longing to be in distress? Not
likely. In fact, all of us deeply desire to have a safe, ordered,
carefree life with a minimum of worries and an abundance of blessings.
I think it's fair to say all of us crave inner peace and want to avoid
the strain and pain of emotional upset. I mean who goes looking for
trouble in a world that dishes out problems and challenges and distress
on a daily basis? Certainly not me.

So why does an all-loving, all-powerful God, who is our heavenly
Father, not shield us from all the thumps and bumps along life's road
as day by day we inch closer to eternal bliss? Like it or not strain
and pain, suffering and distress are absolutely necessary if we as
believers are to be conformed to the image of Christ. Let me share a
little about my experience with anxiety and depression.

Around the time I was 13 years of age, I became aware I was
experiencing discomfort around people that seemed to be something more
than adolescent shyness. As the years went by this sense of emotional
uneasiness grew and I was forced to expend a tremendous amount of
energy to mask my inner turmoil. I suspect if someone had directly
asked me if I has unhappy, I probably would have shared my pain.
However, there was no such intervention so I stoically marched on for
the next 30 years, marshalling all of my inner strength just to
survive.

I can honestly say during those three decades it would have been far
easier to have died in my sleep rather than to wake up each morning
forced to face another day. I was fearful (i.e., literally full of
fear). And while I was never suicidal, I often wondered how long my
body could bear this extreme distress and discomfort that made my
shoulder and neck muscles as tense as steel cables. (I once had a
chiropractor tell me he had never had a patient who carried as much
tension in the shoulder and neck area as I did. Gee thanks, doc. It's
nice to know I'm a standout at something. Ha! Ha!)

In many ways it was a brutal experience and although I had friends and
forced myself to participate in many sports and social activities, on
the inside I was very much a loner. I needed to constantly monitor my
physical and emotional energy levels so when both were severely
depleted I could withdraw from contact with people to "recharge my
battery." The best way I can describe my life is I was merely surviving
but certainly not thriving. It was a painful existence. I endured each
day as best I could. Fortunately, at age 43 the Lord opened the door in
a most unusual way for me to meet a Christian physician named Dr. Grant
Mullen. It was through Grant's intervention that I was finally
diagnosed and treated for anxiety/depression.

Were my "30 lost years" a bleak season of meaningless suffering? Just
the opposite. I certainly didn't understand it at the time but those
were the years when the Lord was molding and shaping my character by
allowing me to experience extreme helplessness and distress. Naturally
I can only speculate on this but here's what I believe would have
happened to me if I had not begun to experience anxiety/depression at
age 13. I'm pretty sure I would have been a self-centred,
pleasure-seeking teenager out to enjoy anything and everything the
world had to offer. (In other words, I would have gladly embraced sin
with no regard for the consequences.)

I also believe I would have become a lawyer with a relentless desire
for success and money. Furthermore, I suspect I would probably be
divorced at least once and would therefore have children whom I only
saw every other weekend. If I'd had the freedom to do whatever I
pleased, I've no doubt I would have made a complete mess of my life as
well as negatively impacting the lives of others caught in my
destructive wake. I'm quite certain I would not like the person I would
have become if the Lord had not shackled me to anxiety/depression in
order to prevent me from running wild.

This week's Prayer Prompter by O. Hallesby implies that as believers we
are fortunate if we feel helpless because it's "the very thing which
opens wide the door unto Him and gives Him access to all your needs."
We want to avoid distress but, in fact, it is the very thing that
causes us to turn from self-reliance to reliance on God. My strong
interest in prayer is not because I'm an unusually spiritual person.
Far from it. My interest in prayer grew gradually out of my realization
that prayer was my lifeline to God, who in turn was giving me the
strength to survive the next 24 hours. I'm fortunate because I never
demanded God set me free from anxiety/depression in return for me
following Him. I was fully prepared to "bear my cross" for the duration
of my earthly journey if the Lord asked that of me. The fact I was
eventually set free was wonderful but not a necessity in order for me
to follow the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.

One of the byproducts of my "30 lost years" is that I never developed
goals or formulated long-range plans for what I wanted to accomplish or
accumulate in life. My goal was merely to survive. Therefore, when I
became a Christian at age 28, I didn't have to put aside my dreams of
great happiness or financial success in order to follow the Lord's more
modest proposal for my life. (I was completely open to suggestions. Ha!
Ha!)

No one enjoys suffering. Yet each one of us will experience it in a
variety of ways. Distress is not a choice. It's a fact because we live
in a fallen world. What we can choose, however, is how we respond to
suffering. My experience has taught me that the wisest response to
suffering is to allow it to drive you to prayer. I have grown immensely
as a follower of Jesus Christ because of that painful period in my life
that literally drove me to my knees each morning.

I like what the Lord has done to date to change me from a completely
self-centred, pleasure-seeking person into a gradually evolving
follower of Christ who reflects at least some degree of Christlikeness.
It has been a brutal process at times, stretching and straining me
beyond what I could ever have imagined a loving heavenly Father would
allow. However, I can honestly say anything less brutal and I suspect
my selfish, sinful nature would have survived and, given sufficient
time, eventually thrived. I'm truly grateful that my Father Who Art in
Heaven did not end my distress any sooner. I guess I was a slow learner
because it took every single day of those 30 long years of suffering to
bring me to the end of myself.

I can truly praise God for the "thumps and bumps" I've experienced
along life's road. Meaningless suffering is cruel. Meaningful
suffering, on the other hand, in both my opinion and my experience is
an abundant blessing.

"It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees"
(Psalm 119:71).

PRAYER PROMPTER

My cousin David sends out a weekly newsletter called Prayer Prompter. His most recent one was so good I decided to share it here. Now, regualr readers of this blog will know my feelings on the war in Afghanistan (I disagree with it and we have no business being there), but the message in this newsletter is invaluable.

"God's object is to encourage faith and to make His children and servants see that they must take trouble to understand and rely upon the unspeakable greatness
and omnipotence of God, so that they may take literally and in a childlike spirit this word: "Unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all
that we ask or think...be glory throughout all ages." A. Murray

Dear Intercessors:

Half the time I don't understand what's going on and the other half I don't want to understand what's going on. I say that partly tongue in cheek and partly
tongue in check. The reference to tongue in cheek is probably self-explanatory. But what about "tongue in check"? Well, truth is it's hard for me to admit
(even to myself sometimes) that there are a lot of troubling things going on, not just in the world at large, but also in the individual lives of sincere
followers of Christ. Consequently, the idea of not knowing, not understanding what's going on has a certain appeal to it. Ignorance may not exactly be
bliss, contrary to the old saying. Yet, to some extent, it can bless.

Nonetheless, ultimately one cannot ignore the fact that the Christian journey is never depicted in the Bible as a broad highway to Holywood – some mythical
place of earthly easy where the sun always shines. Rather, the Christian journey is presented as a narrow road "that leads to life, and only a few find
it" (Mt. 7:14). I believe in our zeal as evangelicals to spread the "Good News" (i.e., the benefits of becoming a Christian) we are very hesitant to share
the "Bad News" (i.e., the cost of becoming a Christian).

Let me try and illustrate what I mean. The Canadian Government has a beautifully designed website called
www.forces.ca
. If someone is considering joining the Canadian armed forces this site is designed to provide the person with information. However, because it's a slick
"sales tool" the potential recruit's attention is focused solely on the benefits of joining the military. Therefore, the website features wording such
as: "Wanted: Young people eager to learn. Free education - Salary and Benefits - Guaranteed Job." There's even a section labeled "Cool Stuff." This cool
stuff includes a number of TV commercials depicting attractive-looking young people performing technical jobs, such as repairing jet aircraft and Hummer-like
military machines, using the marketable skills they've learned from joining the Canadian Forces. This site sure is full of good news if you're a young
person looking not just for a job but a potential career during tough economic times.

Now the bad news is there may be times when the Canadian Forces actually expects its recruits to put their lives on the line – the front line. What the
website fails to mention is to date 139 Canadian military personnel (including three women) have died serving over in Afghanistan. Apart from a number
of peace keeping missions, Afghanistan is the first time since the Korean War (1950-53) that Canada has asked its military men and women to make the ultimate
sacrifice in a ground war on foreign soil. For some people it's been a real shock to learn that being part of the Canadian Forces is more than an attractive
place to land a guaranteed job with free education and a pension for those who choose to make the military their life's work. The bad news is sometimes
Canada's fighting forces are actually expected to fight against foreign enemies and possibly die.

There's certainly a tendency for us as evangelicals to provide a less than balanced picture of what it means to choose to follow Christ. The word gospel
means Good News. But the Bible doesn't just present good news, it clearly presents the greatest news imaginable. “For God so loved the world, that He gave
his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). News just doesn't get any greater than that.
However, it's not unusual to hear the gospel message shared in such a way that listeners are left with the distinct impression accepting Christ is the
immediate answer to resolving all their earthly problems. However, that's not true. Christian discipleship is not a quick fix. And, in fact, sometimes
things get worse, even much worse, before they begin getting better.

Furthermore, we know some Christians, such as martyred missionary Jim Elliot and his four co-labourers for Christ in Ecuador, die serving on the front
line. Now while it's rare for a Christian living in North America to die for his or her faith or experience severe persecution, there are still many countries
where being a Christian takes tremendous courage and a willingness to endure emotional, economic and physical hardship, including death. The bad news is
sometimes Christ's fighting forces are actually expected to fight against foreign spiritual enemies and possibly die.

The vast majority of Christians will never be asked to literally die for the faith. But every one of us is called to "die to self" for the faith. This
is the hard truth of following Christ that we are often reluctant to share with people when we so desperately want them to embrace the Good News that Jesus
died for us. We don't want to inform them that Christ also expects us to die for Him. Matthew 16: 24-25 speaks directly to the cost of following Christ:
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save
his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.'"

This week's Prayer Prompter quote by Andrew Murray speaks of God desiring that His children and servants be encouraged in their faith. Murray also says
that God with "make" his spiritual offspring "see that they must take trouble to understand and rely upon the unspeakable greatness and omnipotence of
God." My experience suggests that in order to "make" me understand and rely upon the Lord, my Father who art in heaven will allow me to experience earthly
problems and sometimes things do get worse, even much worse, before they begin getting better. Now why would a loving heavenly Father permit one of His
precious children to suffer? Because it's in that beloved child's best interest.

We so easily lose sight of God's greatest desire for us and the greatest blessing we can receive from Him – to be conformed to the image of His dear son
Jesus Christ. Christ was completely surrendered to His heavenly Father and because of Christ's unwavering obedience to His Father's will humankind has
been immeasurably blessed. Christ died on the cross to fulfill His Father's wish that a way might be made for Adam's fallen offspring to be reconciled
to God. In turn, God calls us to die to self in part because it increasingly releases us from our bondage to fleshly behaviour that is harmful to us. But
we are also called to die to self so that we will increasingly focus our lives on sharing with others the Good News that they too can be reconciled to
God. However, just as with members of the Canadian Forces, the whole truth is that along with the benefits comes some significant responsibilities. Christ
expects us to accept that serving on the front line can be painful, unpleasant, costly and sacrificial; sometimes beyond what we think we can bear. I am
constantly reminded that unconditional commitment to Christ is not for the faint of heart. For me, it is unquestionably the most difficult thing I have
ever done in my life.

So would anyone join the Canadian Forces if he or she went to the
www.forces.ca
website and found a section labeled "Not So Cool Stuff" and saw a listing of the names of all 139 soldiers who've died to date in Afghanistan? Yes, I believe
there would be some patriotic young men and women who would be willing to risk their lives to defend freedom, knowing full well when they signed on the
dotted line it could cost them their lives. And I also believe that as evangelicals we need to be forthright with people considering the claims of Jesus
Christ to inform them of both the benefits and costs of following Christ. We needn't be fearful that some may decide the cost is too great. That's their
choice. However, it's essential that anyone considering the claims of Christ make a fully informed decision because it is far and away the most important
decision he or she will ever make.

I can say unhesitatingly that for me the considerable cost of following Christ has been a small price to pay for the privilege of serving the King of kings
and the Lord of lords. It is because of ongoing problems and experiences of suffering – rather than relief from them – that I've been drawn closer to God,
relying "upon the unspeakable greatness and omnipotence of God," as Murray proclaims it. And these stirring words from Ephesians 3:20: "Unto Him that is
able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think...be glory throughout all ages" have proven to be true in my life. I have experienced and
witnessed the Lord doing things beyond my slender imagination. There is nothing, in my opinion, more exciting than occupying a front row seat to watch
the Master at work. But the cost of admission is steep.

Our role is not to shield people from the truth. The trap of only sharing the benefits of following Christ is that eventually the person will discover
that just as there's more to temporal life than "cool stuff" the same is true of eternal life. We are called to testify by the words we speak and the lives
we lead that while the Christian journey is not the widest road, it is surely the wisest road. Therefore, let's earnestly pray for those whom the Lord
brings across our path that they will in due season be counted amongst the few who find it.
 
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel
12:3).

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

GROUNDHOG PREDICTION

The groundhog came out of his hole this morning and the first thing he saw was Barack Obama.

The groundhog's conclusion is that winter will last forever, but there will never be any Christmas.

Monday, February 1, 2010

THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO

by Terry Ryan. New York: Simon And Schuster, 2001.

This is the book that inspired the movie of the same name a few years ago. It is the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a woman who, from the mid-1940's to the early 1960's, participated in contests in order to meet her family's needs. A lot of these contests were in the form of completing the sentence, "I like this product because--.

Become a Catholic. You'll have way more kids than you can support, your husband will treat you like garbage, you'll get no help from your church community, and you'll be dirt poor.

These contests were discontinued in about 1963 because they were too expensive to judge, but also probably in large part because of people like the subject of this book.

By the way, how come the kids didn't figure out their parents had to have a shotgun wedding until after Evelyn had died? Couldn't they do math.