Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LIVE MUSIC AT ARTS CENTRE HASTINGS


Live Music

at Arts Centre Hastings

 

Saturday, April 25th

Doors open @ 7:30 pm

 

Free Admission

(Pay-what-you-can donations are welcomed to ‘Blue Skies in the Community’)

                                                     

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Kyle Mitchell

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Exciting local singer/songwriter! The songs of Neil Young, Shane

McGowan, Bruce Springsteen,

John Prine and Townes Van Zandt were stepping stones towards writing from his own experience.

 

Plus an open stage!

Talented performers offering a wide range of excellent music!

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE IN MADOC! (THIS SATURDAY APRIL 25TH)

Hi all,
Here’s a poster for our concert and open stage venue this Saturday evening,  April 25th, at Arts Centre Hastings in Madoc. Please feel free to print it,  share it and otherwise indulge yourselves. And please, don’t neglect to come out  and join us for the show!
This evening performance will be the conclusion of our ‘Sound Systems 101’  workshop (running at Arts Centre Hastings from 1 pm on Saturday). Doors open for  the evening show at 7:30 pm; music starts at 8. The first part of the program  will be an ‘open stage’. Some, but not all of the (12 minute) stage slots will  be filled by our workshop participants. I expect there will be space for other  performers if they come out and sign-up early.
Sound and technical production for the evening will be run by our workshop  participants. Coffee and good things will be available in-house from Madoc’s  fabulous Hidden Goldmine Bakery.
Concert admission is free. Pay-what-you-can donations will be welcomed to  ‘Blue Skies In the Community’, the outreach program of Blue Skies Music Festival  which has been providing assistance and support to music and the arts for many  years across east-central Ontario.
So bring your friends and come out to join us for another exciting evening  of excellent music. Looking forward to see you there.
James

Monday, April 20, 2015

91X-RELATED STUFF

91x has had some really creative and cool promos this year, including the ones for "Musicale" and "Throwback Sunday."

That new show "Centre Stage" is pretty good.

I don't really like that Scaliwag's Toy Shop commercial, though.

MICHAEL COREN

He is a broadcaster who used to be on CFRB in the nineties and 2000s. Also, from 1998 until a few years ago he had a television show on CTS.
The emotional, histrionic thing is his normal MO.
He authored a biography on C. S. Lewis as well as one called "Why The Catholics Are Right", even though he originally made his name as Canada's token spokesman for the Christian right. He has also kind of cozied up to Islam in the past.
In the late nineties I saw him on "100 Huntley Street." He gave his testimony which was as follows: He woke one night, couldn't get back to sleep and went downstairs. He was flipping through the channels when he landed on a televangelist. A few weeks later he asked his wife if she noticed anything different about him and she said Michael's language had improved. No repentance or baptism or anything.
He is also Jewish and was raised in a secular Jewish home. He has called for the bombing of Iran in his Toronto Sun column and is very big on Zionism.

ONTARIO'S SEX ED CIRICULUM POWER AND POLITICS

There is no way this debate between Michael Coren and Charles McVety could have been more of a joke.

Coren, as usual, played the loving Christian card to the hilt throughout. Coren has always been a histrionic jerk but it's truly surprising how liberal he's gotten in the years since I stopped following him.

McVety didn't present a really strong counter to Coren and the host.

Also, what the heck has Europe got to do with anything?

Solomon and Coren seem to think, like a lot of grownups, that children think like adults, which of course they don't. Sure, children may already know the basics of a lot of stuff and have vague ideas about a lot of other things, but children don't really understand the concept of the difference between suggestions about something versus an adult telling them to do something.

Benjamin Levin has everything to do with this since he headed up the thing along with Kathleen Wyn.

It's way too much to expect that children will be taught that the age of consent is 16 or 18 or whatever it is, so they would be advised not to do too much of anything before then. No, they will be told by the bimbos we have for teachers these days that consent means "wanting to." Erego, if an adult is asking you to do things online, don't do it unless you want to, for example if they say they'll be your friend. That's what's going to end up being taught!

Also, when it comes to different genders and sexualities, children won't be taught a loving, godly approach to fellow students who think they might actually be the opposite sex, nor will they be taught a truly Christian approach to dealing with the issue of classmates who have two mommies or daddies. (Jeez, the things some men will do for a lousy tie on Father's Day or the things some women will do for breakfast at the Golden Griddle on Mother's Day, eh?)

Rather, the approach in our public school classrooms will be more likely to be "Hey, do whatever you want. You could even be pansexual, so if you're attracted to boys, girls, people of genders other than the above, stuffed animals, real animals, younger children, family members, cartoon characters, inanimate objects, or whatever else exists, have at 'er." Note: To the complete idiots who occasionally surf in here, the preceeding (meaning the thing what I wrote right afore this here sentence) will not be what some teacher actually says. However, this is what the students will probably take away from this new ciriculum, when it's all said and taught.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

HAPPY GILMORE

One of the greatest comedies of all time. I first watched it in grade 7 and wasn't really into it. Then I watched it again a few years later and loved it. For several years, I watched it every year when CBC showed it. Now I am gratified to find out about the deleted scenes, including the one in which Happy throws the nursing home orderly out the window.

I may not laugh at it as much, but this movie still never gets old.

MAY THE SUN SHINE ON THE OPEN MIC AT THE ARTS CENTRE

Hello everyone!
Hope you are getting out and enjoying the great weather. Hope it will last for a while. Just a reminder that our next Support the Troops Open Mic will be next Sunday at the Art Centre Hastings starting at 1:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Cliff Andrews


    SCOOBY DOO II

    It is hard to imagine how anything could be worse than the first movie, but not even Rowen Atkinson could bring any improvements to this flaming bag of HIV-infected heroine needles. Don't even get me started on the rap songs at the end.

    GARFIELD

    This movie had none of the charm of the cartoon series I remember from childhood. I suppose, though, it fills an important gap in the narrative.

    1 KINGS

    Have been reading a Donald Wiseman commentary on 1 and 2 Kings and thought I would post a few scattered thoughts on the former book.

    Chapter 1

    v50: Adonijah, the son of king David, didn't even know the law of God, namely that someone guilty of a crime couldn't use the tabernacle for sanctuary as one could in other eastern countries. Much like most people today, Adonihjah thought the world's way was also God's way. 

    Chapter 2

    v5-9: Imagine how differently the history of the next several hundred years would have unfolded if David's last words to Solomon had been about marriage and how to resist the temptation to run after false gods rather than whom Solomon should and shouldn't seek vengeance upon.

    v15: Adonijah says "... all Israel set their faces on me" when in actuality Adonijah only had his three buddies and fifty other hangers-on. This reminds me how politicians today will make it look as if there's a huge crowd attending a speech they're making when its really only a few people, most of whom are probably paid to be there. Similarly, you'll get a few people to a protest in favour of some abomination such as homosexuality and the media will focus on those people, making their side seem big, imposing and threatening. Meanwhile, the people who are protesting against the measure favouring homosexuals is actually a whole lot bigger than those who are for it.

    Note that Hiram didn’t have a degree. He learned everything from his father.

     I think there is some significance to Solomon being paid 666 talents of gold, seeing as how materialistic the new world order is.

     Solomon got horses from Egypt, something the king was expressly forbidden from doing in Deuteronomy.

    Chapter 11 

    v11: The dynasty that was promised to David's descendants forever if they would keep God's commandments lasted one generation.

    Chapter 12

    v4: The people in ancient Israel are much like their descendants today: only caring about what the government will do for their financial situation.

    v24: After the death of Solomon, the kingdom was divided. God hates it when His Israel people are divided. I’ve been reading about the Boer War and one of the things that strikes you when you read about that conflict is the remarkable amount of humanity both sides showed toward each other (except of course toward the end.) This is because both the English and the Dutch Afrikaners were of the tribes of true Israel.

    v26-27: Jeroboam was typical of the politicians we see in our land today. His poll numbers were more important than the promises God had made to Jeroboam if Jeroboam would be obedient.

    v28: Jeroboam was apparently ignorant of his people's history

    v30: Jeroboam was like many ministers today in that to him, it was all right for the people to worship God in the way they saw fit instead of going to the temple in Jerusalem as God had commanded.

    v31: With many Christians, it doesn't matter how despicable or lacking in character a minister is, so long as he talks a good game and makes the congregation feel happy.

    v33: Man-ordained "feasts of God" today include Christmas and Easter.

    Chapter 13

    v4-6: Much like so many unbelievers, they mock and gnash their teeth at God and His prophets one minute, then pray to God and ask Christians to pray for them the next when they are in times of trouble and distress.

    v18: This verse reminds me of the presumptuous way in which a lot of Christians act. They think God told or lead them to do something when it was really their own thoughts.

    Chapter 14

    v27: This verse makes me think how, nowadays, everybody from politicians, to people in the media industry, to people in high positions in many other areas of life are putting a brave face on the deteriorating nature of society when, in fact, the bloom has gone from the rose.

    v28: The more ungodly a country gets, the more security is needed.

    Chapter 15

    v12: The good kings always kicked the sodomites out of the land. This of course included male temple prostitutes, but I think it extended to all homosexuals, or at least that’s what the text seems to indicate. Prime Ministers, premiers, presidents, and other leaders who truly want to follow God would be right in doing the same thing. The bottom line for dealing with the homosexuals in your country in a godly manner is one of three choices: either work on your homosexuality, repenting and forsaking that abomination; get out of the land; or get under the land.

    v13-24: Though Asa was a good king, you don't get the sense of him having a deep personal relationship with the Lord the way David did. Evidence for this can be found in Asa's not tearing down the high places that were being used for godly worship as well as Asa's appeal for help from Ben-Hadad instead of his seeking God's guidance. 

    Many so-called Christians today are like Asa. They may hate the idolatry and ungodliness taking place in our land today and may even speak out vehemently against it. They may even take action against it if they are in aposition to. However, they still put up with pagan festivals such as Christmas and Easter which society has converted to observances of things to do with Christ.

    Additionally, just as Asa bribed Ben-Hadad to switch his allegiance from Israel to Judah, so to do these so-called Christians think the way to remove all the abominations currently infecting our nation is to petition our antichrist government.

    Chapter 16

    Read this chapter and note how, when a nation is ungodly, political instability results.

    Chapter 21

    v4: Ahab was truly an idiot and a big baby, another George W. Bush. His way of dealing with Naboth’s refusal to sell his vineyard was to lie on his bed, sulking and refusing all food.

    Chapter 22

    v8: Ahab also basically said, “I hate that prophet because he doesn’t say good things are going to happen.”

     A Jezebel spirit and an Ahab spirit are difficult to fight. A Jezebel-Ahab type couple is no couple I want to spend my time around.

    v24: Zedekiah reminds me of the kind of arrogant preachers we have in the church today.

    REPLY AWL

    I actually found the article on spring efemerals in the March issue of Good Times pretty interesting.


    Things must be getting bad if Chatalaine's main feature in their March Food section is seven meals made from one grocery list.

    Regarding the article in the same issue on abortion not being taught at medical schools: Of course, no mention is made of the fact these medical students also aren't tought much, if anything, about alternative treatments, and only get an hour and a half teaching in their whole academic careers about nutrition.

    Physicians, you took the Hypocratic oath, which says in part to do no harm. Certainly, taking the life of an unborn baby counts as doing harm. As I have written before on this blog, there really is no valid reason for a woman to get an abortion, and if my memory isn't serving me, I really should write a post on that sooner than later.


    Regarding the medical centre offering abortions that replaced the abortion clinic in Fredericton: I would be interested to know who the biggest donors to the crowdfunding campaign were. I guess I should take some comfort in the fact the new facility offers more than simply abortions, including prenatal care, but it is hard to. Hopefully they will also incorporate links to adoption agencies and classes on what makes a good relationship at some point.

    Of course a pill that has been fast tracked through Health Canada is going to be reported as having hardly any side effects.

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    REPLY AWL

    Regarding the article about French emersion in the March 30 issue of Maclean's: First of all, you can't learn French under water. Second, instead of focusing on French, why don't our public schools teach children a language that will actually be useful to them, such as Mandarin.

    Regarding the article about Mennonites in Taber, Alberta in the same issue: their bad behavior could be partly due to the strict rules these teens and young adults have to live under. Incidentally, Maclean's, why are you calling their children illiterate just because they're homeschooled or attend church schools? I think that's the most blatant bias you've shown to date.

    Speaking of Maclean's and it's bias, I didn't even finish Scott Feschuk's column in the same issue.

    The one bright spot in this issue of Maclean's was the article about Bonavista. It's good to see someone from a small town come back and improve things. I kind of hope I can do the same thing for the small town where I grew up and in which I presently reside.

    I may have already mentioned this, but read the January-February issue of Canadian Geographic. It's jam-packed with great articles and interesting information.

    Also, read the Spring Travel issue of the same magazine. It'll bring you on an evocative trip across Canada and around the world.

    WHOOPS... THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 'THE AMAZING JAM' AT THE BLACK DOG IN STIRLING

    Whoops....!
     
    Change of plan!
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    Just (this morning) had a heads-up from the folks at the Black Dog. Turns out there is a large (and noisy) party booked for next Sunday (April 19th) the date we had set to gather again for The Amazing Jam here in Stirling. So, I consulted with some of you and made a quick ‘executive decision’ to bring the jam forward to tomorrow – Sunday, April 12th. 
    So....
     
    This Sunday, April 12th from 2 pm until 5
    At the Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in Stirling.
    *Pssst! And don’t forget to check the Facebook page ‘BV Amazing Music’ for postings about more music and events in this area. There’s a lot of good stuff happening this next 2 weeks....
    The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing music...
     
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    This Sunday afternoon  at The Black Dog in Stirling. We’ll be
    playing music there for about 3 hours. Welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and restaurant, our music is appreciated. 
     
    Once a month on Sunday afternoons. This Sunday afternoon (April 12th). Time is from 2 pm until 5.
     
    The format is a ‘song circle’ with the lead changing from person to person among the group. Everyone has the option to offer a tune when their turn comes around, or pass to their neighbour if they’d rather. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc. some will choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and listen.  DSCF1663 
     
    We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends; for sure, there’ll be some new faces too.
     
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    Remember....
     
    “Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s
    a
    ll unplugged
    and it’s all good! Guitar, bass,
    harmonica, banjo,
    mandolin, ukulele,
    fiddle, accordion,
    flute, celtic harp – the list goes on.
     
    “There may be only 4 or 5 o
    f
    us or maybe a whole room full of
    musicians. A place for
    ‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike.
    A
    good bunch of pe
    ople playin
    g all kinds of music together.
    People in
    their teens all the way through proto-geezers. Maybe even an DSCF1647sincipient-geriat or two....
     
     
    “The blues does not rule.
    Any acoustic music from punk
    to polka!”
     
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    (Baritone sax and tuba set up in the parking lot....)
     
    Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in Stirling.
     
    James

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    MORE ABOUT APRIL OPEN MIC

    Sunday, 19 April 2015
    All Musicians, Types of Music and Guests Welcome
    Art Centre Hastings Centre Hastings Park Madoc, On
    Come and enjoy an Afternoon of great Music!!! This is a Family Friendly Event
     Canteen Services provided by The Madoc Lions Club
    Registration starts at 1 p.m.
    Music starts at 1:30
    Bring your family and friends!!!!!!
    Donations will be accepted in support of the “Military Family Resource Centre”
    Free Admission

    APRIL SHOWERS BRING THE OPEN MIC AT THE ARTS CENTRE

    Hello To All
    Here is this months poster for Support The Troops open Mic.
    This event will take place a Art Centre Hastings, on Sunday, 19 April, 2015. Doors open at 1 pm, music starts at 1:30. All types of music welcome. Come on out and bring a friend.
    Sincerely
    Cliff Andrews

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    GOING FROM FOLLOWING THE WORLD TO FOLLOWING CHRIST

    The following is a response to a question someone asked me by email.


    After you asked Jesus as your Lord and Savior, did you find that the stuff of the world was less shiny?

     

    It wasn't so much that as a continual process of getting a whole new outlook on everything. When you grow up in the world, you're basically told that as long as you say please and thank you and put your toys away you're a good person, but that of course doesn't really cover anything else. It's been a gradual change toward seeing things the way God sees them and adjusting the way I act accordingly.

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    REPLY AWL

    Choke on all your lies, Maclean's. You have been such a propaganda arm for the new world order, especially the homosexual and transsexual communities.

    Enjoyed the article in the March Readers Digest about the firefighter who sends firefighting equipment to Latin America.

    Since I was a premi, I also was heartened by the article in the same issue about how parents are being more encouraged to be involved in their premees' care.

    TV-RELATED STUFF

    That show "Alaskan Bush People" is actually pretty cool.

    Those PetSmart commercials are stupid.

    Though I always knew it, I never fully realized how unlikeable Kathie Lee Gifford truly is.

    Was watching Revelation TV from the UK over the internet the other week. I think it's cool they're also available on Roku.

    Mike Holmes continues to get even more popular.

    If I were going to get TV service, the only channel to which I would probably subscribe would be Turner Classic Movies.

    RADIO-RELATED STUFF

    My condolences to the family of Mal Fuller.

    So sorry to hear about Big Steve Cole.

    Noticed Texe Marrs is no longer on WWCR Saturday nights.

    Check out SWLing.http://www.swling.com

    CBC continues its downhill slide. Wonder where I'll get my news in the fall.