Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BRUCE RONEY, VE3BER IS DEAD

Just found out that Bruce Roney, whom I knew of through his narration of audiobooks for CNIB, died about a year ago at the age of 79.

I remember his reading of World War II history books and magazine articles in particular.

Here is his obituary which, as it says in the link, originally appeared in the Toronto star.

Farewell, Bruce. Your authoritative type of voice is getting rarer and rarer.

BEFORE MR. DRESSUP HAD HIS OWN SHOW

he was on another CBC show called "Butternut Square" which ran from 1964-1967.

Here's a promo for that show, voiced by future Hollywood producer Alan Hamel. Love the local ID and time-check in this.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

RARE DAY-TIME TV CLIPS

Reading Wesley Hyatt's "The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television" has inspired me to try to find some of the shows he mentions.

First, here's an episode of ABC's "Action in the Afternoon" a western series which started airing in 1953 and was filmed outside of Philadelphia.

OLD CTV AND CBC PROMOS

Here are a couple cool videos I came across recently.

First, fifteen minutes worth of CTV promos which the title says are from 1978 but which from reading the comments I suspect are actually from 1973, so even better.

Also, here are some CBC promos from a commercial break in 1978.

THE FRIENDLY GIANT ON AMERICAN TV

Before beginning his long-running CBC children's show, Robert Homme was entertaining children in the same comforting, soothing style on Wisconsin Public Television, starting in 1953. Here are two episodes of the American version of "The Friendly Giant", first with Homme reading Marjorie Flack's "Wait for William" and the second with the big guy reading "The Sad-eyed Clown."

It's interesting to note the differences between the CBC version and this one. First of all, I like the upbeat version of "Early One Morning" used in the opening better than the almost dirge of the recorder theme used on CBC, here heard appropriately only at the end.

Also, it would appear Homme does the voices of Rusty and Gerome. I like the fact he hired Rod Coneybeare to do the voices when he took the show north.

Friday, September 14, 2018

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PHIL HARTMAN

By Mike Thomas. New York: Macmillan, 2014.

They say we should never meet our heroes and we should never read about them, either.

This book is a thorough, in-depth, well-researched biography of comedian and fellow canuk Phil Hartman, taking us through Hartman's childhood, to his early career, to his time with The Groundlings and "Saturday Night Live", and trying to present a faithful, factual reconstruction of the day of Hartman's death. The book even devotes a fair amount of time to the man's legacy and those left behind.

However, this book does make one sit up and take notice of something. I was a great admirer of Phil Hartman growing up, and was really distraught that day after I'd learned of his death. Looking back, though, the book is right: Phil Hartman lacked depth. While Hartman's still funny, when you look at other comic actors and comedians, you realize they bring so much more to their roles than Hartman did, making them a lot funnier than him.

I think, due to his childhood, Hartman didn't know how to be plain old Phil. He always had to be PHIL HARTMAN and couldn't relate to people. That's why, as I think about the roles I've seen him in, I realize they were all Phil Hartman doing his thing and not creations come to life onscreen.

Purchase this book here.https://www.amazon.com/You-Might-Remember-Me-Hartman/dp/1250070309

SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL: JOKES, STORIES AND OUTRIGHT LIES FROM A LIFETIME WRITING FOR "THE SIMPSONS"

By Mike Reiss and Mathew Clikstein. New York: Harper Collins, 2018.

Informative but desperate at the same time.

Simpsons writer and one-time show-runner Mike Reiss tells us the history, inner workings and his personal history with the show, as well as providing us with his autobiography and talking about the side projects he's been involved with, such as writing children's books.

Though the book is funny, interesting, informative, and helpful for the aspiring comedy writer, Reiss's (and probably someone else's higher up?) attempt to justify "The Simpsons'" continued production approaches being painful to read, or listen to in my case since i listened to the audiobook, which Reiss does an excellent job at narrating.

The fact is, "The Simpsons" is long past due for cancellation. I quit watching the show ten years ago in the period after the Hollywood writers strike because it was just the same old jokes. From what I hear, it's only gotten worse. Some people say the later seasons would still make a fairly decent sitcom, but that's faint praise indeed for a show that changed the face of television and influenced society to an unbelievable degree.

Even as far back as season 9 one could see it coming. Principal Skinner is no longer the perfect authority-loving mama's boy but some hood from the mean streets of Capital City. Barney is no longer a drunk but a guy who drinks coffee. Lisa is no longer the one who'll escape Springfield but more and more a typical tween, concerned about whether she's fat and watching "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody."

The fact the show has to create controversy such as Homer and Marge getting a divorce, Harry Shearer deciding to leave and then not leaving and of course the latest flap over the character of Apu (the only decent male character on the show) demonstrates how terrible and unpopular it's become.

Also, Reiss's attempt to refute "The Simpsons" use of predictive programming, such as telling us 9/11 was going to happen and predicting Donald Trump would be president is pathetic. Those who control things are a small tribe of people and they planned those aforementioned events years in advance. I don't for a second think they'd hesitate to taunt us with hidden hints of what was coming in a program as popular as "The Simpsons."

All in all, Matt, Mike and crew, please cancel this show before you embarrass yourselves even further, if that's indeed possible.

Purchase this book here.https://www.amazon.com/Springfield-Confidential-Outright-Lifetime-Simpsons/dp/0062748033

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SITCOM: A HISTORY IN 24 EPISODES FROM I LOVE LUCY TO COMMUNITY

By Saul Austerlitz. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 2014.

The most pleasurably addictive book I've read in a while.

Austerlitz uses 24 specific sitcom episodes to trace the history of the TV situation comedy from the one show in the book's title to the other show in the books title, using the specific episode as a jumping off point to talk about the sitcom of which the episode is a part, as well as similar shows both of that particular program's era and across different television eras.

. This book is interesting, informative, thought-provoking, rant-provoking, and fun to read.

I highly recommend picking up a copy and will provide the usual link at the end of this post, but first, I would like to do something a little different. On this blog, I usually either do straight book reviews or I do sort of commentary posts on certain books. In this post, I would like to combine the two and express some of the thoughts and reproduce some of the rants this book has provoked in me.

The Honeymooners, (Better Living Through TV): Since I couldn't find "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" or "Beaver Gets 'spelled" on YouTube, I will use this episode of the Jackie Gleason sitcom to talk about fifties sitcoms in general and especially family sitcoms.

From watching "Better Living Through TV", it is clear why so much television is formulaic. In an era when shows weren't re-run (at least not as much) and there was no way of home recording anything or distributing recordings of your show to the public, the public needed to see variations on the same theme week after week. If you told your buddy at work about "The Honeymooners" or "Leave It to Beaver" and they'd never seen the show, they would expect to tune in and see the basic thing you'd told them about. Television couldn't be as experimental, playing with form and having wildly different plots week after week.

Though I don't think I've ever seen the first episode of "Leave It to Beaver" and, as I said above, couldn't find it on YouTube, I have seen many episodes of that show thanks to it airing at noon on CKWS and CHEX-TV when I was growing up, and on CKVR-TV Barry so I could watch it when I was visiting my grandmother in Toronto. Therefore, I get what the book says about it being a parody.

When I hear people in Christian culture prattle on about returning to the time when "Leave It to Beaver" ruled the airwaves and Father knew best, I wonder if these people have ever actually watched these shows. "Beaver (that sounds horribly pretentious, I know, but I'm rapidly becoming fed up with writing the title out in full) is, as I just said, clearly a parody of itself. Try frying bacon in crinoline if you doubt that. Also, as if a man would wear his tie at the dinner table.

One reason the world of "Beaver" is so innocent and sanitized is because it's from Theodore Cleaver's perspective. When you're a child, your house is always warm and the television and other electrical appliances always work and water always comes out of the tap. You don't realize the struggles your parents go through. You don't see your mother napping on the couch during the day because she's tired.

Second, "Beaver" and similar shows were, as the book says, what people wished society to be, not the way it actually was, although, granted, society was probably more like "Beaver" than it is now.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show, (Chuckles the Clown Bites the Dust): Since "The Dick Van Dike Show" is in a somewhat similar vein as other sitcoms of the era and since I couldn't find "St. Gilligan and the Dragon" on YouTube, we are now up to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Though Moore herself was not a second wave feminist, the show helped set up the future's of many unhappy second or third (2.5?) wave feminists today. Contrary to Mary Richards' speech in the last episode (which I haven't actually seen), a family is not whatever you want it to be, your work colleagues or your friends or neighbours or whatever. For one thing, statistically speaking, a child needs a mother and a father in the home, in addition to, ideally, lots of extended family close by.

Second, unlike a family, workplaces, especially today, are more transitory. People leave to start their own businesses or to go back to school or start a family or whatever, and you might never hear from them again.

The results are that we now have a whole bunch of bitter old feminist women who have only their cats to come home to because they've bought into Mary Richards' great lie.

All In the Family, (The First and Last Supper): I saw most episodes of "All In the Family", including this one, when it ran on Canadian specialty channel Prime in the early 2000s. Incidentally, I believe Prime is now called Travel + Escape.

Anyway, even when I first started watching "All In the Family" I looked at it as a relic. In fact, as the book says, the show became irrelevant even while it was still on the air. Definitely by the time it ended in 1979, the troops had left Vietnam, Nixon had resigned, and whatever "racist" attitudes Americans had had toward blacks, Hispanics, Polish, and other peoples had somewhat dissipated, and the fact they ostensibly kept "All In the Family" going with "Archie Bunkers' Place" is even more pathetic.

I would like to take this opportunity to further state that liberals (in the American sense of the word, not meaning the Liberal Party of Canada, although this statement applies to a lot of them, too, especially our current Prime Minister) are the Archie Bunkers of the twenty-first century: everything around them has changed but they haven't.

For example, take the issue of abortion. Though liberals frequently try to paint it this way, it is no longer (like on Degrassi High) the teenage girl who gets knocked up at summer camp by a boy who said he'd love her forever but from whom she only received two letters and then nothing after October. Most women who get abortions are married and in their thirties.

Similarly, homosexuality is no longer two guys who live together and like arranging flowers. It's nearly naked people parading down the street on a summer weekend throwing condoms.

In the same way, transgenderism is no longer Beverly Lasalle, a guy who dresses in women's clothing and gets murdered, as Edith says, "because he's different." It's grown men who think (or at least claim to) they're really six year old girls and want to play in the sandbox with your kids.

M*A*S*H., (Yankee Doodle Doctor): I saw most episodes of this show when it ran on Prime in the late nineties/early 2000s, too, as well as on CBS afiliate WWNY Watertown, New York when at home and on CKVR Barry at my grandmother's.

The show definitely took a downturn when Hawkeye stopped drinking and womanizing. In real life, that wouldn't have happened. When you spend most of your time facing the horrors of war and being concerned about whether you yourself will become a patient of the 4077, you don't really have time for introspection. Eventually, Hawkeye would have probably cracked up and not even Sidney Freeman would have been able to do much of anything. Captain Pierce was just too idealistic and sensitive to have survived the Korean War for very long.

Taxi (Latka The Playboy): TNN ran "Taxi" for a brief period one summer in the nineties. I also remember it being on WUHF-TV, the Fox afiliate in Rochester, New York for a brief time around the turn of the millennium, as well as being on Prime in about the mid-2000s, though I really didn't watch "Taxi" then. I watched the episode in question on YouTube.

This is a good episode which showcases the talent and versatility of Andy Kaufman and how great the interaction of Alex and Latka was. Robin Kline, the actress who plays the girl Latka fancies in this episode, was also quite talented.

Cheers (Strange Bedfellows 2): Now we are up to shows whose original run I can remember, if only vaguely for "Cheers" and the next program up for discussion. I also remember "Cheers" reruns being on many stations during and for the first few years after its original run. I watched this episode on YouTube, however.

When I watched "Strange Bedfellows 2", I realized I'd forgotten how bloody great "Cheers" was. There are a diverse group of characters and all types, from what I here anyway, you'd expect to find in Boston. There are also loads of funny lines and sight gags, which, being blind, I only learned about from reading the book.

Most importantly, however, everyone on the show gets lots of funny material. "Cheers" wasn't like a lot of sitcoms where many of the actors exist mainly as straight men to set up the funny character, usually the star.

What's also crucial is that Cheers the establishment isn't relied on for jokes, the show relying on the characters and situations for them instead. In other hands, "Cheers" could have been like Duffy's Tavern, a run down dive bar which would have been a punchline in itself, and even though "Duffy's Tavern" was a funny show, I'm glad the creators of "Cheers" decided not to go that route.

The Cosby Show (Pilot): I remember this show vaguely being on the air originally and I remember reruns on many stations, as well. I remember this episode from when Vision TV started rerunning "The Cosby Show" in the fall season of 1998.

I would like to take the opportunity the inclusion of this show affords to talk about something I've noticed but I can't seem to find anyone else on the internet has noticed. There are a lot of so-called family-friendly television shows whose messages are actually more destructive than shows where characters are swearing their heads off, chopping each other's heads off or jumping in and out of bed with each other.

For example, just look at the main premise of "The Cosby Show" that Cosby pitched to NBC in 1984: "There's a war on between parents and kids." (If I didn't get that quote exactly right, it's in the book.) Parents and children are at war? Really! I thought being a family was supposed to be about loving one another and being subject one to another as the Bible says in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Apparently, however, Mr. Bill (TNB) Cosby seems to think it's about figuratively wrestling with your kids over time, money and resources.

Cosby as Cliff Huxtable is apparently as manipulative a father as he was as an alleged rapist. I would not, if I caught my kid drinking, force her to play a drinking game with me. In fact, I would probably approach alcohol in a totally different way, allowing my teenager to consume small amounts on my property under my supervision. That way, they would be less likely to drink behind my back or to go to parties or bars with their friends where they could have something slipped in their drinks, probably by someone who works for Bill Cosby or someone like him.

To return to the episode in question for a further example of what I'm talking about, what's wrong with being "regular people." Congratulations, Bill (the Manipulative Alleged Rapist) Cosby, you've just told a whole bunch of young people in your audience who aren't cut out for university and grad school that they will have an utterly horrible life with nothing to show at the end of the month. (On the other hand, if they don't go to university there's less of a chance young female fans of the Cosby show will be allegedly raped by you so there's actually a distinct advantage there to being "regular people.")

A similar "family-friendly" show with a dangerous message is the original series of "Full House." DJ, Stephanie and Michelle are the most selfish, ingrateful, neediest children in the world. In real life, kids, people are not going to put their lives on hold to move in with you for eight years. If they have a number one hit in Japan, they aren't likely to cut the tour short because they miss you three brats so goshdarn much. And, kids, their spouses really aren't going to be inclined to move in with you and live in your attic, to say nothing of raising their children up there as if your relatives live in a V.C. Andrews novel or something.

I would also like to take "The Cosby Show" as an opportunity to give my opinion about black people in sitcoms.

The best black sitcom was "Amos & Andy." Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll's creations lived in a truly post-racial world. Blackness versus whiteness never came up, and the characters were (except for Kingfish of course) decent, hardworking people who lived in nice neighbourhoods and didn't expect the white man, aka the welfare system, to take care of them for the rest of their lives.

However, every other black sitcom has, to some degree or another, been the black man against the white man, meaning, in this case, simply the white man and not the welfare system. "Good Times", "The Jeffersons" and "Sanford and Son" are notable examples of this. From what I've heard, "What's Happenin" is just some black teenagers getting into trouble all the time and begging the sister of one of them "Don't tell Mama." "Different Strokes" is the white man taking care of the black people (again) and "The Fresh Prince" is basically the tention between Will's traditional world of "West Philadelphia" and his aunt and uncle's family in Bel-Air. In real life, Will's friends would have referred to the Banks' as Uncle Tom's or houseniggers.

Even "Family Matters" delved into racial issues a bit, and "The Cosby Show" did the same thing. It is worth noting that, on a Christmas episode of "The Cosby Show", Cliff Huxtable got into a discussion with a child about whether or not Santa Clause is white. On the other hand, the Christmas episode of "Amos & Andy" featured Amos explaining to his daughter the meaning of the Lord's Prayer.

Hence, take note, TV producers. All you have to do to get truly equal representation of minorities (especially blacks) on television is to catch up to a program that was doing it on the radio probably as early as 1925.

Roseanne (Terms of Estrangement, Part 1): "Roseanne" was also in it's original run and re-run a lot on many different stations so I saw the majority of episodes, including this one, when I was a kid.

I definitely agree with the book that the show went off the rails in the last two seasons.

I also agree with the book that it was the best of the sitcoms of its kind at the time. "Married ... With Children" had lots of funny lines and hilarious situations, but, as Austerlitz says, it had no nuance. Al was the most down-trodden, pathetic blue collar worker in the world. Peg was the laziest housewife in the world. Bud was the most borderline juvenile delinquent and later most sexually frustrated teenager in the world. Kelly was the biggest teen slut in the world.

As well, if the writers meant some of the jokes about Peg's poor home economist skills and Al's lack of earning power to be true, then literally how did the family survive?

I do disagree, however, with the book where "Home Improvement" is concerned. The Taylors are not blue collar. Tim hosted a TV show and in the first episode told Jill "I make enough money for both of us." Jill was a magazine editor who later became a college professor. Not exactly the same socioeconomic strata as throwing steel.

As with the star of the previous show, Roseanne would also meet her downfall, albeit after a one season revival of her eponymous program. Unlike her country's president, her undoing would come about because of a single tweet.

The Simpsons (22 Short Films About Springfield): I remember this episode from the night it aired.

The neighbour's children first introduced me to "The Simpsons." We were close friends and they would come over Thursdays (the day of the week on which the show aired until 1993) to watch it because their Dad wouldn't let them watch "Bart Simpson" as they referred to the show. I would watch it with them, but since I didn't hang around a lot of other kids as a child, I bought into what the adults were saying that it was a horrible, immoral show and would be a bad influence on me.

My sister continued to enjoy the show, however, and one day, while visiting my grandmother, I decided to watch a rerun of it with her on CBC. From then on, I was hooked. It's like my uncle said: "People don't get the point of The Simpsons. It's a lampoon."

Although the real point of Homer and the other residents of Springfield is Jewish Hollywood getting the white man to laugh at the downfall of his society and his supposed idiocy, on a lower level "The Simpsons" is (or was for the first eight or twelve years at least) as groundbreaking, creative and all-round wonderful as everybody says.

I will say more about "The Simpsons" when I review Mike Reiss's "Springfield Confidential."

The Larry Sanders Show (The Mr. Sharon Stone Show): I remember hearing "The Larry Sanders Show" mentioned as a kid, but I only saw my first episode on YouTube this morning as I got to the chapter discussing it in the book. Our cable company didn't provide the Canadian channel on which it was broadcast.

It's a good show. Would I watch the episode under discussion again? No, but I'm glad I watched.

Larry Sanders is a well-drawn character. I don't know if the word depth is appropriate when talking about Larry Sanders, but the fictional talk show host possesses just the right amounts of self-absorption and insecurity that make him so watchable.

Of course, the idea of a TV show about a fictional talk show host featuring bits of the show either being taped or broadcast on the actual show is inventive, and the other characters are well thought out, too. Jewish Hollywood telling us how self-centred, amoral and scheming the place where so many people get their values actually is.

Friends (The One With the Embryos): I think I can actually remember the day "Friends" premiered. I watched it a bit in its first couple seasons, and was forced to watch reruns at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind where I went from grades 9-12. I remember the show being extended by ten minutes in order to compete with the newly-launched "Survivor" on CBS. I also remember NBC's countdown to the finale in 2004, which I tuned into. Wasn't actually a big fan of the show, though.

I watched "The One With the Embryos" this morning on Daily Motion. My biggest take away from the episode is boy, those six people liked to flash their money and possessions around. "I'll bet you ten dollars, 100 dollars, 150 dollars, 300 dollars, our luxury apartment." I hate people like that.

Also, I remember once on "Degrassi High" the class was having a debate about abortion and in response to a pro-life comment, a pro-abortion girl responded, "So women are just baby factories?" I guess when it comes to a woman not killing her unborn baby women are baby factories, but when it comes to surrogacy, being a baby factory is a wonderful thing.

As well, what realistic apartment building would have a West Village apartment across the hall from a suite that looks like a dorm room? Units in apartment buildings generally tend to be uniform.

Also, I'm pretty sure you can't just trade apartments. You'd probably have to clear it with the landlord or something, and even back then, it probably involved a lot of paperwork.

Freaks and Geeks (Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers): I remember the promos for this show, which featured a laugh track, by the way. I never tuned into it at the time.

I saw "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers" this morning on Vimeo and will join the chorus of everyone asking, "Why the heck did they cancel this?" Freaks and Geeks has just the right mix of comedy and drama. It also has great pop culture references appropriate to the era in which it is set, as well as sneaking in a pop culture reference for the time in which the show aired, namely "The Magic School Bus." It also has a wonderful soundtrack, which at the end of the episode in question serves as a joke in itself. (The Who vs. Seals and Crofts.)

On another level, though, the obsession this show (and the other show from its creators, "Undeclared) has with cliques is kind of disturbing. Why not be an individual? Why can't Bill like sports as well as sketch comedy and "Dallas?"

The Office (Casino Night): I watched the premier of this show back in 2005. Being a British comedy fan, I eagerly anticipated the American version of this show.

I watched it with my college roommate at first, then at home after I moved back their. My roommate, his friends and I were all pulling for this show because we thought for sure it was going to be one of those American sitcoms that's cerebral, well-done and gets cancelled after a few episodes because the audience doesn't get it. I'm glad the show proved me wrong and went on to run for a successful nine seasons.

I remember watching "Casino Night" the night it aired. I watched "The Office", seeing most episodes of the first two or three seasons. Subsequently, however, I missed several episodes and thus, due to the serialized plot, never bothered to tune in again.

Community (Modern Warfare): I heard about this show when it aired but never tuned in.

I watched this episode last night on Daily Motion. It was good, but fairly unsettling at the same time.

This is one entry where I agree exactly with the book. With "Community" we are seeing the sitcom, which at one time showed at least some version of the reality of the average person, "turning the mirror on itself" and being all about pop culture references, held together with bedroom and bathroom humour of course.

We saw this on the other shows of the decade as well. Michael Scott of "The Office" thinks HBO shows are mostly based in reality, thinks he can do improv because he's watched "Whose Line Is it Anyway" and, for him, the highlight of the novel experience of being on a boat is to re-enact the "I'm king of the world" scene from "Titanic."

Now with "Community", we see this pop culture autism come to a head.

As Daniel Estulon points out in his 2013 book, "Transevolution", this autism is what the new world order strives for. Though it has advanced through the medium of television, including the sitcom format, this global autism won't be completed with legacy media. Instead, virtual reality and artificial intelligence will be the keys.

Television and smart technology have already done a lot to destroy people's social skills, but virtual reality will complete that destruction. A group of people will physically gather for lunch at a restaurant, let's say in small-town Ontario, although thanks to Agenda 2030 there won't be any small towns left. Three people will be sitting at the table, but person A will be eating their spaghetti at a villa in Tuscany (apologies to the people of Tuscany if spaghetti is not native to that region of Italy), person B will be eating their club sandwich in a thirties diner in Los Angeles out of a Raymond Chandler novel and person C will be eating their fish at a wharf-side restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, staring at boats. Additionally, you'll have whatever musical accompaniment you desire with your vr experience. If you're a punk fan, it won't matter punk rock wasn't around in depression-era Los Angeles. It'll be your reality, baby, in actuality the reality of the new world order.

Purchase "Sitcom" here.https://www.amazon.ca/Sitcom-History-Episodes-Love-Community/dp/161374384X

Saturday, September 8, 2018

DX LOG 9/7

Live 88.5 Ottawa with alternative rock music and ID.

93.7 WBLK Buffalo with commercial for car dealership.

95.1 WRIO Rochester with Brother Weeze talking about new Steve Perry song.

95.3 Fresh Radio Hamilton with commercials.

96.5 WCMF Rochester with Phil Collins.

97.3 Light Rock Ithaca with anncr promoting music festival.

97.9 WPXY with Corey James morning show, playing fake news contest, Whitney talking about why she turned down an apartment.

98.9 CKLC-FM Kingston with "Reed and Ben in the Morning", giving away 500 dollars of burgers, trying Bakldweiser beer, playing acronym contest, wrapping up morning show, into "The Nineties at Nine" with bands including Garbage and Blind Melon.

99.5 WDCX Buffalo with Keylife.

100.5 WVOR Rochester "Elvis Duran Morning Show" with commercials.

102.5 WTSS Buffalo with anncr saying he was going to give away tickets at 10:00.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

REVELATION

The Seven Churches
The seven churches (or communities of believers in seven different cities) represent seven different types of believers that have existed since the first century.

The Rapture

The only church Christ actually says he will keep from the hour of tribulation is the church of Philadelphia. The Greek word means He'll keep them out of it within its midst.

Seals, Trumpets and Vials
The seals are a general overview of the main events of the tribulation. Taking place concurrently with these events are the judgments occurring when the trumpets are blown. These are events where God uses man to carry out His judgment indirectly, through things like possible nuclear warfare.

The judgments of the vials, called the wrath of God, are God's direct judgment and, again, occur concurrently with the seals and the trumpets, the last trumpet signifying the return of Christ.

A Bit More On Seals and the Four Horsemen
- the anti-Christ comes to world power, in a peaceful manner at first, hence why the bow has no arrows;
- as people start to chafe under the anti-Christ's rule and resist him, he retaliates with nuclear weapons as described in trumpets;
-as we know, war causes famine and disease (the other two horsemen);
- during this time, the six other groups of Christians scattered throughout the world are killed for not taking the mark of the beast: according to Rev. 6 11, this persecution will continue a little longer from that point in the tribulation;
- the events of the sixth seal probably take place just before
- the return of Christ (the seventh seal)

The 144 Thousand and the Great Multitude
The 144 thousand are physical descendants of God's people, the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic, and kindred people, who are also born-again and are among the Philadelphia Christians. The great multitude are the strangers among them that believe, and are thus part of that holy nation along with the 144 thousand.

The Mark of the Beast
The mark of the beast is a microchip all people will eventually decide to get so they can continue to buy and sell. Those who refuse to take it, as stated above, will be killed.

Babylon
Babylon represents the world, meaning the world system or world order. The religious element (the great whore) is included because everybody practices some type of religion. The commercial system is included because money makes the world go round.

The Antichrist
Sometime before the tribulation, the world will have been split up into ten world regions, each region of the world functioning the way nation states operate today. According to Albert Pike's letter, there will be a third world war between Christianity and Islam over Zionism, with all other religions taking sides. During this war, the Vatican will be destroyed, forcing it's relocation to Jerusalem. Atheists will be treated like the conscientious objectors in the first two world wars.

World War III will disillusion most people (except for the Philadelphia Christians and a certain number of Christians from the other six groups) with all the world's traditional religions, but because of the proverbial God-shaped hole, the world's population will look for something in which to believe. The anti-Christ will be that something.

There will be a power sharing agreement between the beast and the ten rulers, but I haven't quite figured out the chronology of events concerning that yet.

The Millennium
Check out this article on salvation during the millennium. It's really good, although water in the verse he refers to points to baptism (Acts 2 38.)

It's possible the earth, aside from the saints of course, will be populated by all those (including aborted, miscarried and stillborn) babies who died since the fall, as well as those who were children during the tribulation, as it doesn't seem to me they can be held responsible for taking the mark. It also seems like it will include the mentally retarded who lived throughout history.

At the end, when Satan is loosed, they will choose to join with him in rebellion against God who has ruled them benevolently for the last thousand years and with whom most of them have enjoyed time in Heaven prior to that.

However, I am not quite conclusively sure about the issue of who will populate the earth apart from the saints or whether there will be salvation in some form for those who die between the beginning of the thousand years and the time at the end when Satan is loosed.

MEDIA-RELATED STUFF

Boy, "Insight for Living" was sure playing an old tape today.

On the Wolf this morning, Scott Haynes mispronounced Nevada, then a promo said "just like you and I" instead of the correct "just like you and me."

Not surprised Decades flipped to Star TV. In this age of dvds, NetFlicks and similar services and online, who wants to watch a TV channel that broadcasts old shows.

AMOS & ANDY: ANATOMY OF A CONTROVERSY

This 1983 documentary provides a good, balanced history of the Amos & Andy TV show, delving into some of the history of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll's partnership as well. It's a refreshing and informative watch in this time of social justice warriors who understand nothing about history, entertainment, humour, or their contexts.

After watching it, I do think the networks should have capitalized on the success of Amos & Andy and its all black cast to produce other all black shows of different genres. This would have provided America with a more balanced look at the black community and would have certainly been a helpful thing, but the removal of Amos & Andy from production and syndication by the NAACP and the fact the cast barely ever worked again is criminal.

Check out "Amos & Andy: anatomy of a controversy" here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ka6u2WA_zU

Also, check out this article which goes into more of the history of the radio show, especially Amos & Andy's early days.

MINI DX LOG 9/5

89.5 CIUT Toronto with "Global Rhythms."

97.9 WPXY Rochester with top 40 music.

98.9 CKLC-FM Kingston with Arcade Fire.

100.5 WVOR Rochester with "Elvis Duran Morning Show" interviewing Alessia Cara, prank phone call and top 40 music with local IDs and commercials.

102.5 WTSS Buffalo with annoying Thunder song.

MINI DX LOG 9/4

89.5 CIUT Toronto with "Drill Squad."

94.3 WIYY Syracuse with anncr talking about upcoming music festival and into commercial for tire centre.

95.1 WRIO Rochester with Brother Weeze.

97.9 WPXY Rochester with top 40 music.

99.5 WDCX Buffalo with David Jeremiah, J. Vernon McGee, Charles Price, and Robbie Symons.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Give a man a fire and you warm him for a day; set him on fire and he stays warm for the rest of his life.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

MEDIA-RELATED STUFF

Like the features Wyatt Cox now has at the beginning of "Radio Classics."

My FM Napanee had been missing for a few days but now it's back.

Picked up WDCX yesterday morning with "Haven Today" and again this morning with automated music in place of financial show followed by "The Rau Truth."

"The Bold and the Beautiful" is now the world's most popular soap opera, which really isn't all that surprising given most of the rest of them have been cancelled.

VISION TV THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY

On September 1, 1988, Vision TV, Canada's first multi-faith television channel, launched.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZerxrkOZQo

Just wanted to say a short and sweet thank you to those responsible. As an isolated blind child growing up in small-town Ontario in a pre-internet age, I would have never gotten exposed to the different cultures and beliefs systems I did thanks in part to Vision TV. From Bish Jiram's "Panorama" to "Jack Van Impe Presents" to British comedies to documentaries to re-runs of various American comedies and dramas, I have a lot of memories.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ROBERT FINLEY-AGE DON'T MEAN A THING

This 2016 offering from the r & b singer who has found notoriety late in life is something I want to like, but just can't.

On the plus side, this is an album of real rhythm and blues, not some poppy synthesized instruments.

However, the album is just two cliche. The nine tracks hardly say anything many r & b artists, and, indeed, many pop singers, haven't said before. "Snake in the Grass" and "Is It Possible to Love Two People?" are sort of exceptions but they don't do enough to lift up the album. The title track makes an interesting point lyrically but this doesn't come till the song is literally fading out. "Come On", the only really peppy cut, is good but this is because it rips off the sound of James Brown's best upbeat stuff.

While not an entirely bad listening experience, "Age Don't Mean a Thing" isn't any you can call worthwhile, either.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AN ELECTRONIC SILENT SPRING

By Katie Singer. East Sussex, UK: Rudolf Steiner Press, 2014.

Thoroughness is the key to any good truth book.

This book lays out the dangers of electromagnetic pollution in a careful, detailed manner, consisting of a mix of personal stories and factual information, also proposing a large number of solutions to electrosmog. The book is quite well-sourced. Even the appendices have footnotes.

Purchahse "An Ekectronic Silent Spring" here.https://www.amazon.ca/Electronic-Silent-Spring-Dangers-Creating/dp/1938685083

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ZEPHANIAH


I don’t normally do things like this, but the questions David Hewetson asks in “Zephaniah (Bible Probe)” are so good I figured I’d fill out the answers.


1.       In Genesis, God only promised He would never destroy the Earth by flood. After the millennium, he’ll destroy it by fire.

2.       People subscribe to modern forms of Baal worship in all kinds of ways. See Pastor Peter J. Peters book, “Baal Worship in America” as well as many similar resources from his ministry. We’ve made Baals out of everything from the medical establishment to the education system, including even the government.

Human sexuality is definitely a modern-day fertility religion, part of which is the contemporary sacrifice to Molech known as abortion. I also think sex in itself is worshipped for it’s own sake.

In addition, marriage is certainly “idealized as a means of self-fulfillment,” particularly in Christian circles with their over-emphasis on marrying.

The phrase Hewetson uses, “with sex as its sacred rite” is definitely a thought-provoking one. The Old Testament worshippers of Baal treated the sacred prostitutes as objects. Many Christians treat women and men as sex objects; it’s just you have to be married before you perform the ritual with them.

3.       God’s anger still operates against astrology, but I’d be interested in looking into the difference between astrology and astronomy. God did give us the sun, moon and stars for signs to represent times and seasons after all.

4.       “No man can serve two masters” means the same thing today as it did 2000 years ago. However, I do think Christians do a massive overcorrection in this area through Christian culture. Why do there have to be specific categories of various “Christian” forms of modern music, Christian radio, Christian television, Christian fiction, Christian movies, etc. Why don’t we just put those messages out into the secular arena through these forms of media like Christians used to do?

5.       Christianity is the only religion in the world that simultaneously allows for, and cries out against, pluralism. We have to allow others to practice their religions since Jesus never forced anyone to convert, but we proclaim the truth that Jesus is the only way to God.

As far as the democratic ideal is concerned, however, a pluralistic, multicultural society does not work and, ideally,  Christian countries should not allow in those who aren’t Christians. Sure, it’s nice to look at multiculturalism on a surface level and rave about how cool and interesting the food, music and dress of other cultures are, but below that surface, many of those cultures, culture being shaped by spiritual beliefs, have values which utterly fly in the face of Christian morals, principles and values.


1.       The Day of the Lord is a warning to the unbeliever to repent, a reproof to the believer to stay on the narrow Way, and an encouragement to the believer that one day God’s justice will be served and the world will be restored to the way God originally created it to be before the fall.

The second part of this question is interesting. Would Zephaniah and other Jews living at that time have understood the true mission and nature of the Messiah? Would they have understood that Messiah would come twice?

2.       The powerful and the privileged are to apply God’s law on Earth.

3.       Thirty years on, the situation is kind of the opposite of what Hewetson had in mind when he wrote this. We made an idle out of our leisure time, now we are kept busy, both in a real sense through having to work longer hours for less money and purchasing power, and artificially busy through being tied to our tech devices.

4.       There are very few true atheists, or even true agnostics, for that matter. Most unbelievers believe in a God that fits the description of the one herein, one that doesn’t care either way about people’s practical, everyday lives, and thus, doesn’t care about being worshipped or obeyed, either.

The message Christians have for these people is that there is a real, living God who loves them, cares about them and who is interested in having a relationship with the humans He created, guiding them and being with them throughout their daily lives.

5.       The Bible has so much to say about the rich because the only reason anyone becomes rich, even if wealth was obtained through dishonest means, is because God allowed them to acquire those riches. Ultimately, all anyone has comes from God and the world He created.

Zephaniah 1 14-2 3

1. I definitely think we're living in the last days, or more correctly the end times, since the Bible defines the last days as the time after Christ came the first time. (See the first chapter of Hebrews.)

2. Knowing there'll be a day of judgment, as Peter says, means we should be better people, quicker to follow the Lord.

I actually think there would be as much evil in the world, or rather, there is, despite the fact most people believe in some kind of divine punishment for their sins, even if they don't believe it'll be the God of the Bible meeting out the punishment.

3. God's love can't accurately be considered apart from his wrath because a truly loving, just God should be wrathful against people, his creatures, hurting and abusing each other, and at humanity's use of the earth's resources without acknowledging and glorifying God as well as their lack of respect for His creation through environmental destruction.

4. God is jealous because we were originally created to have an intimate relationship with Him. Thus, God's jealousy is a good quality because he's the perfect being one could have a relationship with so God has every right to be jealous when people go after lesser, false gods.

It is totally right for a Christian to be jealous in this way. When you're out with your girlfriend or wife, you don't want to just passively stand by and watch her get hit on by every guy you meet, do you?

5. In Zephaniah's day, seeking the Lord meant making animal sacrifices and obeying the Law as delivered to Moses from God at Mount Sinai. This would save them because those were God's requirements for His people at that time. Under the New Covenant, this is accomplished through repentance, baptism for the remission of sins (see Acts 2 38), and then growing in a deeper and deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible study, fellowship with brothers and sisters in the faith, and obedience to what God tells us to do.

v 4-7

1. God still does have prophetic words for the nations of the world. I should look some of them up and post them here, or at least post links to the messages.

2. This is what gets me about so much Christian radio, and, in fact, Christian culture in general: the people who proliferate it say Christian cultural items are for the purpose of winning unbelievers, but the focus of so much Christian radio, movies, etc. is to the believers. Even when something has a message clearly inteneded for the world, that movie or whatever instead comes off as an echo chamber, serving to confirm to believers what they already think about things. The verses Hewetson cites in this question should remind us that God's truth is for all people.

3. The sin of the Philistines was worshipping other gods instead of giving glory to the true God.

4. God's people will possess the nations when Christ returns to rule the world. I'm not exactly sure what we will rule with God in terms of what people will make up the inhabitants of the milennial kingdom. You'll have to read my upcoming post on Revelation for the answer to that one.

Christians owe their restoration to God and we are restored to fellowship with God on the basis of what Christ did on the cross.

v8-11

1. There have been many instances of persecution against individual Christians and the church over the centuries and the perpetrators, whether from outside the church or in, will be condemned to Hell.

2. The proper response to persecution is to resist in a Godly manner if possible, have faith in our Lord, pray for the persecutors, and be confident in the eternal life we have in Christ.

3. There is such a difference between general unprovoked hostility and religious persecution because people feel especially strongly about their religious convictions in comparison to anything else. When confronted with the former type of hostility, a Christian should turn the other cheek, but also keep in mind you only have two cheeks.

4. Pride is such a terrible sin because what lies at the heart of it and blocks communion with God is self-worship. As I said in my earlier post on Proverbs, when you're your own god you make your own rules and, hence, all other sins result from pride.

5. One of the biggest points of modern pride I see is knowledge and official-sounding positions. People think if they have a piece of paper saying they can do something or if the employer or network marketing company has given them a title, then that really makes them something. One recent incident that comes to mind is I heard Bradley Jay on WBZ Boston say one night, with quite a lot of arrogant self-confidence, that he knew the Bible was just a bunch of stories because he had been to Sunday school.

v12-15

1. There's ultimately no security in self-security because it's God's world and, apart from Him, we truly can do nothing. In his sovereignty, He could make every person in the world into a nearly brain-dead, complete vegetable in the next less than a microsecond if He wanted to.

2. Yes, it is possible to be self-confident and humble at the same time. This condition comes from recognising that every ability we have comes from the Lord and that, as His children, He wants us to use those abilities to accomplish our potential. Thus, it isn't wrong to be self-suficient in the sense that we deal with our lives and do a good job at taking care of ourselves. If the rich fool in Luke 12 had acknowledged that it was by God's goodness that he grew so much food, he would have been a lot less foolish.

3. Christians don't have the power in themselves to judge and condemn injustice, but rather it is the Word which judges people and which Christians are to proclaim.

4. The causes of this are human nature in general which results from the fall as well as the fact we live in a world where people aren't worshiping and glorifying God.

Christians should speak out against acts of injustice by governments, proclaiming the Scripture verses that talk about how God feels toward opressors and cruel, unjust persons, especially those in positions of government.

As far as groups like Amnesty International are concerned: Though they do some good work, these groups are quite biased. They have not, to my knowledge, had any campaigns to assist the white farmers who are being slaughtered in South Africa (and who lately have been kicked out of the country.) Also, there reasons for speaking out against injustices are secular and not based on the fact this is God's world, His law still applies and those who break it are going to pay the penalty for the rest of eternity.

5. I am content in the assurance that justice will be done eventually, although it is good to see those instances when God carries it out in this present age. The whole book of Ecclesiastes sheds a lot of light on this issue.

Zephaniah 3 1-7

1. The lesson here is both those who are and aren't God's people will have to stand before Christ in judgment. However, it first begins at the house of God.

2. The civil, judicial and religious leaders are held accountable because they are supposed to be the ones in charge of ruling, carrying out and teaching God's law to the people. Today's leaders have the very same responsibility.

Our religious leaders should be influencing our civil and judicial leaders by instructing them in God's law while those leaders are still children. When these civil and judicial leaders are adults, religious leaders should, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, be re-iterating God's law and warning of the penalties incurred on those leaders for not enforcing and carrying out that law.

3. Our Godly responsibility in the election process is to elect the leaders who are going to enforce God's law, and if they aren't going to do that, or if they're just saying they'll enforce it to get us to cast a ballot for them, then we shouldn't vote. Even if we didn't vote, we should still be taking our elected officials to task and warning them from the Bible when they break God's law.

We should pray for those in authority so that God might intervene and cause our leaders to adhere to and enforce His law or replace those leaders who won't do so with those who will.

4. Romans 13 basically says, in a kind of roundabout way (at least to our modern way of speaking) that governing authorities should only be obeyed to the extent they enforce God's law. When governing authorities break God's law, they therefore cease to be worthy of obedience. If Christians live their lives in obedience to God's law then they will be sure to have their good works rewarded, and the evildoers who ignore or knowingly break God's law can be sure He will punish them.

We can support the oppressed in other countries by praying for them and their leadership and helping materially as the Holy Spirit prompts us and we are able to do so.

5. This question could be a whole post in itself and I do not want to write my answer unless the Holy Spirit tells me to.

v8-13

1. In v8-10 we see the two sides of God destroying the wicked, oppressive people and rewarding with peace, harmony and rest the righteous who have trusted in Him.

2. It is possible for Christians of differing cultures to be united in Christ and still maintain their cultural identity, though with the two natures still battling within us (see Romans 7) there will be tensions and conflicts that come up from time to time.

The best way to present the Gospel to people of different cultures is to preach Christ and Him crucified rather than saying what we think they'll want to hear.

9. It isn't a pious hope. The gift of pure speech will be given to the persecutors and oppressors if they die to themselves in repentance, are buried in the waters of baptism and come up new creatues in Christ. (See Acts 2 38)

4. The humble remnant will be characterized by their humility, their poverty in spirit, their trust in the Lord, their purity of heart, and their truthfulness.

5. We should expect to see these qualities in our Christian fellowship, bearing in mind God's people are not yet perfect, to a large extent. If we aren't seeing them in our church, then we should get out of the institutional church and cultivate relationships with and have fellowship with Christians who do exude these qualities.

v14-20

1. The Christian life is a joyful life in the sense of the joy we have in our relationship with the Lord, though it isn't often joyful in the sense in which we usually think of joy.

I rejouice in my relationship with Jesus Christ and the fact He saved my soul. I also rejoice in the promises yet to be fulfilled and in the many ways He blesses me every day. I pray my joy is manifested in the attitude I display to people on a daily basis.

2. God is a kind, benevolent king who wants to give His people the best of everything, have His justice done and give His people peace, security and every other similar good thing.

3. From 1 John 4 7-21 and Romans 5 1-8, we learn that God loved us when we were Godless, unloving sinners. Therefore, we should love one another and be patient when someone else wrongs us, as well as loving the unbelievers and not looking down our noses at them as if there was some quality that made us special so that Christ saved us, those unbelievers not possessing that special quality.

4. God renews us in His love even now through His Spirit.

5. One key thing I've gotten from Zephaniah is that just as certain aspects of the Law given to Moses at Mount Sinai were shadows of things which were fulfilled in Jesus, so we see a shadow of what God's restored kindom will be like in the fellowship that Christians have with one another today and we also see forerunners of God's final judgment taking place in our world nowadays as well. Praise you Lord for these assurances we have that the promises in Zephaniah and the rest of your Word will be fulfilled.

BEAUTY PLUS PITY

By Kevin Chong. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.

One of the funniest books, and best stories, I've read in a long time.

Malcolm Kwan, a 24 year old slacker and wannabe male model, discovers he has a long-lost sister around the same time his father dies and his fiance breaks up with him. As Hadley, the sister, and Malcolm get more involved in each other's lives, one learns the history of Malcolm's past relationships with women and sees Malcolm's growing relationship with the only woman he's ever treated right.

This book ripples with humour on every page. There are so many classic lines your hard pressed to remember even a few of them, such as a bed looking as if it was made from prefab recycled plastic prison bars or a person sounding as believable as a teenager playing a senior citizen in a school play. At the same time, the reader gets entirely caught up in the narrative and its well-drawn, and somehow believable characters.

Additionally, as a Christian, it was nice to see a secular book that actually showed abortion does have at least some significant consequences.

Purchase "Beauty Plus Pity" here.https://www.amazon.ca/Beauty-Plus-Pity-Kevin-Chong/dp/1551524163

Saturday, August 25, 2018

MEDIA-RELATED STUFF

Picked up WRVO last night with BBC news.

Picked up WCMF this morning with commercials and classic rock.

CHEX-TV will now be known as Global Peterborough and drop all CTV programming. Way to destroy more uniqueness in broadcasting.

Hope 103.2, it seems an odd choice for a Christian radio station to play Shania Twain "From This Moment."

DX LOG 8/24

88.5 WRUR Rochester with interview with and performances by local band High and Dry.

89.1 WHPT Brockport with Owl City and anncr.

89.9 WRVO Oswego with "Morning Edition", NPR, BBC and local news.

Hot 89.9 Ottawa with top forty music.

91.5 WXXI Rochester with female anncr, classical music including a piece of obo music by Toronto Strings.

94.1 WZNE Rochester with "Rover's Morning Glory", talking and taking phone calls about acronyms for lgbt community and replacement of the words penis and vagina.

94.7 WMHI Watertown now apparently a Family Life Network station, anncr introducing song by Newsboys.

95.1 WREO Rochester with Brother Weeze.

96.5 WCMF Rochester with commercials, ID and into classic rock.

97.9 WPXY Rochester with commercials including for cbd shop.

98.9 WBZA Rochester with commercials, into no repeat workday with songs from the eighties and nineties.

99.5 WDCX Buffalo with preacher who sounded Native-American talking about the end times.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

THE NEW BIRTH

We are born into a fallen world effected by Adam and Eve's sin in the Garden of Eden. As we grow up in this fallen world, we learn the attitudes and ways of it and perform the deeds the world does. Other people also display worldly attitudes toward us and do worldly things to us as well.

When we repent of our sins, we die to ourselves. We no longer do what we want to do-something we've been taught by the world, but we now do what God wants us to do. What do you do with a dead person then? You bury them. We are buried through baptism and we come up out of the water new creatures. At this point, we are, spiritually speaking, like newborn babies, just out of the womb.

We may have had good parents, but our parents, however great they might have been, weren't perfect because they, too, grew up in the fallen world. We now have a Heavenly Father. Also, in the same way older siblings help take care of their younger siblings, we now have a family of older brother and sister Christians who will help take care of us, feeding us milk and later solid food (the basic stuff about God, then the deeper stuff) as well as doing things like being an example of how children of God are supposed to act and comforting and soothing us when the hurts of life come.

Throughout our lives as Christians, then, we are growing up in Christ, learning His ways, attitudes and deeds. At the same time, we are also unlearning the wrong thoughts, attitudes and deeds we were taught growing up in the world before we were spiritually reborn.

As we grow older in Christ, we will help nurture new babes in Christ, just as we were nurtured (and are still being nurtured) by our older brothers and sisters as, at the same time, we ourselves are still being taught by our Heavenly Father, and so it continues.

Monday, August 13, 2018

JUDAH'S SCEPTER AND JOSEPH'S BIRTHRIGHT

It's one thing to hear the identity message discussed in sermons or on talk shows, but quite another to read a book that lays out and analyzes the evidence for the truth that the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, German, Scandinavian and kindred people are the Israel people of the Bible today. Rather, I should say, it provides clear proof of who Ephraim and Manasseh are today, as well as providing proof of who Dan became. However, it does encourage the reader, by its very nature, to look for the identity of the other tribes not mentioned.

This book also refutes some, and inspires one to look up further refutations of, all the arguments against this truth.

Read "Judah's Scepter and Joseph's Birthright" here.https://www.cbcg.org/franklin/Judahs_Sceptre_Josephs_Birthright.pdf

THE SECRET RIGHT VOLUME ONE

You've heard of the CFR, Bilderberg, Bohemian Grove, freemasonry, and the Jesuits, but you've probably never heard of the Counsel for National Policy. "The Secret Right" exposes this extremely shadowy organization, provides insight into why conservatives can't make any headway and sheds light on the Trump phenomenon.

Watch it here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LdugnRFX3U

Sunday, August 12, 2018

THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN

By Andrew Carrington Hitchcock. Self-published, 2006.

This book cleared up for me the question of the extent of the Jewish role in the conspiracy for a new world order. I learned so much from this book, about the Czars, the events between the world wars and about many events which I had not previously heard. I was pleasantly startled every few pages.

Listen to this book here.https://andrewcarringtonhitchcock.com/my-books/the-synagogue-of-satan-updated-expanded-and-uncensored/

ADOLF HITLER-THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD

History has context, and that, eh.??!!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND OTHER SO-CALLED PSYCHIATRIC "MEDICATIONS"

Check out The Marketing of Madness, Making a Killing and The Hidden Enemy. Though these documentaries are put out by the Church of Scientology, a fictitious religion whose existence I vehemently disagree with, let the information contained in these documentaries stand on its own merit. Besides, there are many other good resources on this subject, such as "Our Daily Meds" by Melody Peterson. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

FIREHALL FOOD

40 St. Lawrence St. West, Madoc, ON.

Stopped into this restaurant about a week ago and can't say enough good things about it. The staff were friendly, the service was really good considering how busy it was (which is a testament to how good this place is in itself) and the food was excellent.

I had a burger and fries. They have quite a large menu, and from a cursory glance at other online reviews it looks like all there food is really good.

A good vibe all around.

CANADA IS NOT A COUNTRY

I find myself really agreeing with Scott Gilmore's Maclean's column of a few months ago that has the same title as this post.

First, I do actually identify more with the folks in upstate New York than I identify, say, with a Newfoundlander getting 20 inches of snow in May or people in Saskatchewan eating Thanksgiving dinner in the dark because there was a cold snap that knocked out the power. Similarly, I don't really identify with a guy in Alberta drinking hot chocolate on his tractor in the snow in late October or people strolling around Victoria in February watching the tulips bloom.

Second, Canada has no real values. It appears Canadians value things like universal healthcare, peacekeeping, recognition of the rights of various minorities, etc., but that's because we have a mostly Toronto-based mainstream media that constantly tells us these are the things of which Canadians should be proud.

Third, most other nations were founded because the tribe that had occupied the land eventually grew big enough to form a nation, though granted this is somewhat of an oversimplification. The United States was formed because the colonists didn't want taxes foisted upon them without a fellow colonist representing them and saying it was all right with the colonists that Britain levy that tax. Add in liberty and justice for all, all men are created equal, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and it's pretty plain America as a nation is based on a set of values. Though Americans on different sides of the political spectrum disagree as to what these exact statements mean, still, they all hold their interpretation of those same values.

However, Canada couldn't even get the province where the talks were held to join Confederation till six years after it happened and, as said above, the values the media purports Canadians to have are quite different than the values the average Canadian actually possesses.

Fourth, all the things Canadians think define us as a distinct nation aren't true definitions of a nation. We mostly define ourselves by saying we aren't Americans or we aren't British, and by things like spelling words differently from Americans, having a few different words for things than Americans, and superficial things like our love of hockey and poutine. I repeat, these distinctions does not a nation make.

As for the CFL, I find I can't really get excited about a football league that plays when it's 40 Celsius outside and that is into the playoffs by the time decent football weather rolls around.

Add to this the fact we didn't have the power to ratify our own laws till the Statute of westminster in 1933 or the power to change our constitution till 1982 and the argument Canada is a nation sinks further into the ground.

Fifth, we even seem ashamed of ourselves most of the time. What do I mean by this? As I said in my third argument, as divided as the United States is, Americans are still linked with each other over some semblance of what the founding fathers said. This means that, when something like 9/11 happens, Americans (though blaming each other for why the event took place and arguing over the best response) still stand united on the grounds that America was attacked and America must stand against its enemy. When the Parliament Hill attacked took place a few years ago, we had maybe a day at the utter most of unanimity in the House before our Parliamentarians fell to acting like a bunch of kindergarten kids again, which is actually kind of insulting to all those who will be shortly entering, or who just graduated kindergarten

As further evidence, as divisive as the 2016 US presidential election was, Americans were either saying "Make America great again" or "What are you talking about, America is still great." There's an element in this country that's so ashamed of Canada's past and of Western values in general they'd never even contemplate thinking the words "Canada" and "great" in the same 24 hour period.

It really is time for Canadians to realize we aren't a real country. Let the Western provinces become their own country, or four separate countries. Let Ontario become a nation with northern Ontario as its own province, Toronto as its own province, and everywhere else as sub-provinces. Give Quebec what they've always wanted. Make Newfoundland a country again. Make the Maritimes a country or three and make the north a country, too.

This of course doesn't mean we couldn't have friendly relations with one another. We'd eventually figure out pretty cool ways to be up hear north of the 49 and hopefully be a happier, freer, more vonvivial group of people rocking the North American continent.

CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IS NOT RACIST

At least not in the true sense of the word, viz. I am not in favour of a Hitlerian regime that would kill or enslave all those it deemed inferior.

As far as the question of superiority of the white race is concerned, while we have come up with most of the worlds discoveries, inventions and achievements and even arguably helped the world become what it is today, that does not make us superior in any real way since, in the first place, we were chosen because it was God's good pleasure to do so and not because of anything we had done as a people at the time, and, in the second place, many of us have been twofold more sons of Hell throughout history.

As far as inferiority is concerned, burning widows, putting baby girls to death and not allowing individual freedom does seem kind of inferior to me. However, no individual of another race is automatically inferior just because he isn't Caucasian, though it can be argued his culture is inferior.

Personally, I would have no problem working or associating with a person of colour.

As far as the question of the Jews being evil is concerned, there really isn't a way to have a fair discussion with anyone on this subject due to the Jewish control of much of the media and publishing industries. However, let the record show I have preached the Gospel to the people we call Jews today. Check the archives for December 2010 or January 2011 if you don't believe me.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PROVERBS 1-9

Proverbs Chapters 1-9

Chapter 1 v10-19: In a modern context, I picture a father talking to his son as Solomon talked to his son. Today, the father might say, "Son, if you start running with the wrong crowd and they get you to participate in purse snatchings and other stuff like that, don't do it." Of course, no gangster is going to come up to you in the halls of your high school out of the blue and be like, "Hey, wanna do a purse snatching or a b and e or whatever with us tonight." When you start running with the wrong crowd, or a friend of yours does, it is a gradual progression from just hanging out to participating in their criminal activities.

True, Jesus was the sinners' friend and we are to be imitators of Christ, so therefore it comes down to a matter of who is influencing whom more.

v20-33, Chapter 8, Chapter 9 v 1-6, v13-18: It's interesting wisdom and folly are both pictured as women. Wisdom is a sweet, kind, gentle, loving woman who calls out across the city for people to come in, eat with her, listen to her, and live. Folly also calls out loudly, but she is a brash woman telling people it's good to steal.

Chapter 6 v16-19: The other sins mentioned in this passage all come out of the first sin, pride.

Chapter 7 v5-27: I don't know whether or not they had brothels in ancient Israel at this time, but I picture the simple young man in this passage as a teenager who's too scared to visit an actual brothel for his first time, so one of his friends at school (to put it in kind of a modern frame) tells him about this woman in such and such street who has men in when her husband goes away on business. All you have to do is walk by her house at a certain time of day and she'll feed you a good meal and show you a good time.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

DX LOG 8/5

88.5 WRUR Rochester with interesting music as always.

89.9 WRVO Oswego with "Weekend Morning Edition", official ID listing all the WRVO stations, local talks by anncrs, NPR news.

90.1 WGMZ Greece with jazz.

90.5 WBER Rochester with new and older alternative rock songs.

91.5 WXXI Syracuse with classical music I hadn't heard before.

92.5 WBEE Rochester with commercials.

93.7 WBLK Buffalo with RandB.

94.3 WIYY Syracuse with adult contemporary music and ID.

94.5 WNED with classical music.

95.1 WREO Rochester with "The Billy Detori Sunday Morning Show."

95.7 WPIG Olean with syndicated show playing a variety of country music, commercial for county fair.

96.1 WJYE Buffalo with commercials.

96.5 WCMF Rochester with commercials.

97.3 WYXL Ithaca with ID.

97.5 WFRY Watertown with country music.

97.9 WPXY Rochester with "On Air with Ryan Seacrest."

99.5 WDCX Buffalo with "People's Gospel Hour", later pastor taking a phone call from a guy in Missouri.

99.7 unid. Christian radio station with Christian contemporary music.

102.5 WTSS Buffalo with adult contemporary music.

RADIO-RELATED STUFF

Noticed "Bringing a Message" is no longer on WWCR Saturdays at noon eastern, though the schedule does show it at other times.

Picked up Hits FM St. Catherine's a few days ago.

Picked up the Peterborough transmitter of Life FM Barry a couple Sundays ago.

THE TRUTH ABOUT STRESS AND URGE INCONTINENCE IN WOMEN

Cross-posted from my other blog.

A lot of the problems with stress incontinence in women go back to toilet training. Most parents mess up potty training by making the child go on a schedule, even when the child insists she doesn't need to pee. Thus, the child never develops proper awareness of when she needs to void, and into adulthood will not realize her body is sending her the signal, laugh, cough or whatever, and have an accident. Either that or she'll be aware of needing to pee but not be comfortable with urination as a part of her life. Thus, she will hold it, laugh, sneeze, or whatever, and have an accident.

As far as urge incontinence: Other parents mess up toilet training by insisting the child use the potty frequently _and telling the child that, if she has an accident, it will be horrifically embarrassing for the child and terribly inconvenient for the parent. Thus, the fear of wetting her pants is instilled and the child grows into a woman who gets seized by the urge to pee every half an hour, feeling like she's going to burst if she doesn't get to the bathroom and often not making it, all out of fear of not getting her bum on the toilet in time as opposed to an actual large quantity of urine in the bladder.

Stress and urge incontinence can show up in men for these reasons, too, but boys tend to learn how to relax and have fun with their stream, if you catch my drift, whereas girls are more likely to be taught to be ladylike and that urine only goes in a toilet.

SPEED RACER

Au contraire, John Goodman. Racing and other professional sports are all about money. Read "The Fix Is In" by Brian Tuohy if you doubt that.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE-OBSERVATIONS

1. Its unrealistic depiction of Heaven and angels, including the fact the Bible never says each person has a guardian angel assigned to them, though God does send His angels to protect us.

2. If you contemplate suicide, then change your mind, all your problems don't get instantly solved in a Hollywood ending. I think the originally planned ending, with George Bailey dropping to his knees and reciting the Lord's prayer, would have been much better. "You're in control, God, and you gave me my life. I don't have the right to end it, no matter how terrible the circumstances. I've got to keep on keeping on and realize you're in control and that there's a whole eternity coming and that there will be justice for the Mr. Potter's of this world in the end."

3. Couldn't Clarence have gone down to Earth at the beginning of the film, rescued George, taken him up to Heaven, and shown him all the parts of his life the audience sees to prove to George the impact he has had on those around him?

4. Too much lame humour. "You're eighteen? Seems like only last year you were seventeen." That's funny when someone says it to you when you meet them on the street, not when you're watching it on the screen.

5. Would it have been so bad if Bedford Falls had a few more bars and other kinds of places?

6. Lunkhead Uncle Billy is allowed to handle large sums of money in amounts such as 8 thousand dollars.

7. Bedford Falls was Pottersville all along, if for no other reason than George and the townspeople had to constantly prevent Mr. Potter from officially taking over everything. When you devote so much time and mental energy to someone you hate, that person controls you.

8. Even though Clarence tells him several times, George never seems to realize he's being shown the world as it would exist had he never been born, though really;

9. George was actually being shown the world as it really was. The townspeople would have been quite happy to have Potter take over Bedford Falls tomorrow and turn it into a den of iniquity if it meant jobs for people, seeing as how the town's one major employer, the factory where George wanted Sam to put the plastics factory, had closed, throwing half of them out of work, in edition of course to however many other residents of Bedford Falls were already unemployed.

JUDAS GOATS OF THE PRO-FAMILY MOVEMENT

is a book I'd really like to see published and to read.

I recently read the late Michael Colins-Pyper's informative (though dated) book "Judas Goats." I was, however, disappointed there was nothing in the book about the pro-family movement of the religious right.

It seems to me when you have James Dobson saying things like "Spongebob is gay" (though he clearly is) rather than using his breath to put out the truth about what causes homosexuality and how homosexuals can indeed change, it kind of makes me think he's actually working for the gay movement. I feel the same way about the rhetoric on homosexuality I hear coming from a lot of these right-wing Christian family organizations.

Similarly, when I hear some of the so-called reasoning a lot of these organizations put out in "defense" of an unborn baby's right to life, I think they are secretly working for the pro-abortion movement, and that includes a lot of things Pastor Ernie Sanders on WHKW Cleveland says on his program "What's Right, What's Left" on the issue of abortion. If I were a desperate young woman facing a crisis pregnancy and having no idea what to do, what gets spewed from the pro-life side much of the time would make me want to get to the nearest abortion clinic post haste.

The same kinds of things can be said for a good chunk of the stance's many of these organizations take on other issues, including of course premarital sex and, it stands to reason, probably suicide, though I haven't read a lot of their literature on that.

If anyone knows of any resources that discuss this, leave a comment or email me.

MINI DX LOG 8/6

Family Life station on unknown frequency with Museum of the Bible spot and promo for prayer line.

96.5 WCMF Rochester with commercials including PSA about healthy things to drink during the summer, ID and into Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody."

97.5 WFRY Watertown with country music and commercials, including spots for two mattress retailers in the same stop set.

RADIO-RELATED STUFF

Oh great; Bruce Stevens is back on WBZ.

Been picking up 98 PXY regularly throughout the summer.

Ed on CKOL does a wonderful job at being succinct.

CKWE Deseronto is on CJLX's old frequency now.

Picked up WRVO with "Tuned to Yesterday" on the FM band of my big, powerful shortwave radio a couple Sundays ago, mixing with and ultimately overcome by Hot 89.9 Ottawa.

Picked up CKNT 960 Misisauga very faintly several weeks ago.

Enjoy Buffalo Bisons baseball on WWKB on a summer night.

Glad 91x got rid of the repeat of the last hour of "Nightcap" for "The East Coast Countdown."

WINB 9265 was coming in really well the Saturday before last.

Picked up WAAM Ann Arbor with Alex Jones last night.

"Cross-country Checkup" was interesting this Sunday.

Again this summer, CBC Radio is just throwing on their podcasts and a bunch of repackaged material

Friday, August 3, 2018

PARODY TIME-MEET JULIE


(Open on the Happy Wallet shop. Joyce and Tracey Allbright are making apple seed bracelets.)
Tracey: Mom, this was such a good idea you had, opening up a shop in the Haight-Ashbury district to sell cheap hippy knockoffs to tourists.
Joyce: Yeah really. It’s 1975. The hippy thing ended here, what, five years ago?
(Julie bursts in, crying.)
Joyce: Honey, what’s wrong?!
Tracey: Yeah, sis, all that crying is definitely ungroovy.
Julie: I tried to join the basketball team at my new school, Harold Robins Elementary, but the coach said the team was only for boys. (Makes disgusted noise) He wanted me to bake cookies for the bake sale they’re having to raise money for the team.
Tracey: Man, that is definitely something that can’t be categorized as boss.
Julie: Could I take a look at those newspapers? I have to find out about Title 9. Once I tell the coach about that new law, he’ll let me play for sure.
Joyce: No, Julie, I’ve got a much better way of getting you on the basketball team.
(The next morning. Joyce is lifting a sheet of basketballs out of the oven. Julie and Tracey are standing nearby.)
Tracey: This was such a groovy idea, Mom: baking basketballs for the team instead of cookies.
Joyce: Thanks, dear. I was a little worried, but the oven we use to bake the fake hash brownies worked out just fine.
Julie: I’ll take these to school today and if the coach still doesn’t let me on the team, I’ll have to resort to plan b.
(Shift to coach’s office. Julie knocks on the door.)
Coach: Enter.
(Julie enters, carrying a box of basketballs.)
Julie: Here’s my contribution for the team, coach. Can I join it now?
Coach: (Opening box) These are the weirdest rum balls I’ve ever seen. … What are these, basketballs?
Julie: Yes, my family and I baked a dozen basketballs last night. That should really help the team out.
Coach: I don’t know what to say. I, uh, really appreciate this, Allbright. It definitely will help the Pussycats finish somewhere other than dead last this year. However, I still do not allow girls on our school’s basketball team. It’s a boys team and that’s final.
Julie: Well, sir, then you leave me no other choice.
Coach: Oh, you gonna get a bunch of hairy-legged feminists marching around the school, burning their bras and giving me a bunch of grief about Title 9, the law of the land, that sort of thing?
Julie: How ‘bout a little one on one.
Coach: You’re challenging me to a basketball game?
Julie: I sure am. There’s still plenty of time before the first bell rings. Come on.
Coach: I, an adult male, am being challenged to a match-up with a nine year old, and a nine year old girl at that. Sure, why not. Wasn’t planning on using the time before school to do anything constructive anyway.
(Shift to the school gym. Coach is lying on the floor, exhausted. Julie is standing near him.)
Coach: Oh my gosh, I think I’m having a heart attack. You creamed me, Allbright.
Julie: So, can I be on the team now, coach?
Coach: Of course, of course. We need someone with your skills. Welcome aboard, Pussycat.
Julie: Thank you, coach.
(The bell rings)
Coach: Allbright, on your way to class, could you call me an ambulance, please.
Julie: Students are only allowed to make phone calls at lunch and after school. See you at practice.

Closing credits.

Based on “Meet Julie” by Megan McDonald.


Friday, July 27, 2018

PARODY TIME-SUCH A PRETTY GIRL


SUCH A PRETTY GIRL

Scene 1
Meredith’s condo. Meredith and her mother are standing at the window.
Cheryl: Oh, Meredith, I think I can see your daddy off in the distance.
Meredith: Mother, I don’t know how you can allow him to live with us after what he did.
Cheryl: Now, honey, this isn’t easy for any of us. We just have to make the best of it. Oooh, here he comes. He’ll be at the door any second. (Cheryl crosses the apartment to the door. A few seconds later, Meredith’s father enters) Charles, so good to see you.
(Meredith’s mother tries to throw her arms around her husband. He stiffens.)
Charles: It’s good to see you too, honey.
Cheryl: Oh, did the warden give you new shoes? Those look nice.
Charles: No, I got them from a source on the outside while I was still in the joint.
Cheryl: Oh. Well, I hope you’re hungry. I thawed out three steaks for us to have (glances over at kitchen counter) Now that’s funny. I know I set those steaks out to thaw just a few hours ago.
Meredith: I threw them out.
Cheryl: You what?!
Meredith: I threw the steaks out. They were bad.
Cheryl: Those steaks were not bad. They were perfectly good when I got them from the butcher just a few days ago.
Meredith: Well, they would have rotted as soon as they were served rather than go into Dad.
Cheryl: Now you see here young---
Charles: It’s OK. You know what I was really craving the whole time I was in prison: French food.
Cheryl: All right, then. I’ll phone up Chez Tony’s and order us some fancy French cuisine.
(She goes over to the phone, picks up the receiver and dials.)
Tony: Chez Tony’s.
Cheryl: Yes, I’d like to order your full course dinner.
Tony: Sorry, madame, but we do not deliver to your area.
Cheryl: What do you mean? Your restaurant is right next door to our condo complex.
Tony: Sorry, madame, but we don’t deliver to your area.
Cheryl: Well, fine then. (Slams down the phohne) Well, how do you like that?
Meredith: They have caller ID, Mom. They, like everyone else in the entire neighbourhood know Dad is living in this building again.
Cheryl: Oh, I just don’t know what we’re going to do.
(She storms off into the bedroom and closes the door.)
Charles: Well, Cherup, this isn’t a very auspicious homecoming. Anyway, I’m sure there are lots of happier days to come.
Meredith: First of all, I don’t want you to call me cherup anymore. Second, you aren’t supposed to be alone with me according to the conditions of your release, remember?
Charles: (Patting Meredith on the arm) Oh, honey.
Meredith: (Quickly heading for the door) I’m going out.
(She exits.)

Scene 2
Andy’s apartment. Meredith enters. Andy is sitting in his wheelchair, drinking a bottle of bourbon.
Meredith: Hey, I need to borrow your shower.
Andy: What happened?
Meredith: He patted my arm, after not following Mom into their bedroom.
Andy: He’s still the same as he always was, then. There’s just bound to be a whole lot of trouble.
Meredith: You’re telling me.
Andy: You can borrow the shower, of course. Just move the stuff out of the way.
Meredith: No problem.
Andy: Also, hurry up in there so we can make love.
(Meredith makes her way into the bathroom. She pulls back the shower curtain. The bathtub is crammed full of junk. She removes boxes of old magazines, old record players, furniture, etc.)

Scene 3
Andy’s bedroom. Meredith and Andy are lying on the bed together.
Andy: Meredith, I’ve got something to tell you.
Meredith: (Sleepily) Uh.
Andy: Well, as you know, ever since the car accident that made me a paraplegic, Mom’s become a militant atheist. We’re going to Iowa on Monday to yell at random Christians about how cruel their nonexistent God is.
Meredith: (Sits bolt upright, knocking Andy on the floor) What! Why didn’t you tell me any of this before? Why do you have to leave now, of all times?
Andy: Help, Meredith, help. Owwww, I think I’m a quadriplegic now.
Meredith: You’ll be lying on that floor for the rest of eternity if you don’t start giving me an explanation, newest quad man.
Andy: I just found out today. Mom’s gotten real kooky since the accident. She just does spontaneous things a lot of the time.
Meredith: I cant believe this.
Andy: We leave Monday. We’ll be back in three days.
Meredith: Oh, that’s just wonderful.
(She storms out of the room.)

Scene 4
Outside Meredith’s apartment. Meredith is standing at the bottom of her front porch steps. Officer Nigel Balthazar comes up to her on his scooter.
Nigel: I saw the whole thing earlier. Your Dad’s out, isn’t he?
Meredith: Uh huh, he is.
Nigel: According to the boys on the force, he hasn’t registered yet.
Meredith: If you’ve told them where he’s living, couldn’t they come by and register him?
Nigel: I don’t know. Anyway, if you have any trouble, you know this retired cop with emphazema’s got your back.
Meredith: Thanks, Officer Balthazar.

Scene 5
The next morning. The kitchen. Meredith enters from her bedroom. Her father is sitting at the kitchen table.
Meredith: What are you doing here?
Charles: I am a part of this family and I will be in this apartment if I want to.
Meredith: No, you have your own apartment on the other side of the building since, as a condition of your parole, you can’t live with us or, I might add, be alone with me.
Charles: Oh, what does the legal system know. They didn’t change your diapers or teach you how to count or play catch with you.
Meredith: They did if you count that paralegal you used to hang out with.
Charles: Where were you last night out past curfew?
Meredith: None of your business.
Charles: It is my business since I’m your father.
Meredith: You gave up all that comes with that word when you did what you did to me.
Charles: No I didn’t.
Meredith: I can’t believe you.
Charles: (Goes over to Meredith and puts his arm around her. Speaking robotically) Look, Meredith, I’m real sorry about what I did. I tried to apologize but I’m not good at that… Oooh, when did you start wearing a bra, baby?
(Meredith runs into her bedroom, jumps out the window and starts running in the direction of Andy’s.)

Scene 6
Andy’s apartment. Meredith knocks on the door. Mrs. Muse answers.
Mrs. Muse: Meredith, it’s good to--- Honey, what’s wrong?
Meredith: I’ve got to get away from Dad, take a shower.
Mrs. Muse: Did he---
Meredith: No, but he’s still as big a creep as he always was.
Mrs. Muse: Quick, come inside.
(Meredith enters. Mrs. Muse shuts the door. Andy is sitting in his living room in his wheelchair, drinking a bottle of bourbon.)
Andy: Hey, Meredith.
Meredith: I need to use your shower.
Andy: Sure. Just hurry up so we can make love again.
Meredith: OK. After that, I’m going to my grandmother’s.

Scene 6
Meredith’s grandmother’s house. Meredith, her mother and grandmother are sitting at the kitchen table.
Cheryl: Now, Meredith, you’ve got to stop running away like this.
Meredith: What else am I supposed to do, Mother?
Louisa: Personally, Cheryl, I think the best thing in this situation is for Meredith to move in with me. Then, I will begin the process of adopting her. (She goes over to the counter, grabs her datebook and flips through it) Now let me see, Monday is no good, I’m meeting that delegation from Guinea Bisau. Tuesday I got that Elks Club thing. Wednesday I’m meeting with the Esthertown Nuclear Rearmament Committie. Jeez, who knew being the mayor of a small town when you have ambitions to become the next president could be so complicated? OK, I can meet with my attorney and my personal assistant about adopting you…ten years from now. You good with that?
Meredith: In ten years I’ll be 25.
Louisa: Oh.
Cheryl: Besides, if you adopt Meredith, she won’t be able to take care of the new baby.
Louisa: You’re going to have a baby?!
Cheryl: Yes, mother, I think I’m plenty old enough to do that now.
Louisa: You are, but I can’t see you closing your interior design business for any length of time to take care of a baby.
Cheryl: I won’t be the primary caregiver.
Meredith: Well, you certainly can’t expect a 15 year old to do that job.
Cheryl: Of course I don’t expect you to do it, Meredith, at least not the bulk of it. Your father and you will raise the baby together.
Meredith: Mother, are you insane?! With Dad being what he is, you trust him to raise a child alone?
Cheryl: (Getting up from the table and grabbing her keys) All this arguing is cutting into baby making time.
(She exits)

Scene 7
Nigel’s porch. Nigel and Meredith are sitting on old living room chairs, drinking pop.
Nigel: Well, kid, there’s only one thing to do: get your father back in prison. To that end, I called in some favours with my cop buddies who are still on the force and got you these.
(He pulls out a cardboard box from beside his chair and opens it. There are two old-fashioned video cameras inside.)
Meredith: What are those?
Nigel: Video surveillance equipment. Out of date stuff that was taking up space in the basement at headquarters, but they should serve our purposes. Put one in your bedroom and one in the kitchen. When trouble starts to brew, press this big red button marked on, see. Then I’ll send the film to a guy I know in Lubbock, Texas, he’ll develop it, mail it back to me, and then, we may possibly have some evidence that’ll hold up in court.
Meredith: Thank you Mr. Belthazar.

Scene 8
Meredith’s condo. Meredith enters. Charles and Cheryl are in the living room. She places one of the security cameras on the counter.
Charles: Well, honey, your Mom and I are going to go into the bedroom and do some baby making.
Cheryl: Charles!
Charles: Ah, c’mon, she’s old enough to hear about baby making, especially considering---
Meredith: For goodness sake, it’s 12:30 in the afternoon!
Cheryl: Really, Meredith, why do you always have to bring up totally irrelevant information? (Turning to Charles) Come on, honey, turn on the mood music.
(Charles presses a button on the stereo remote. Eman’s “F*ck It” starts blaring throughout the room. Cheryl and Charles head for the bedroom.)

Scene 9Monday morning. Cheryl is standing at the front door, about to head off for work. Charles and Meredith are sitting at the kitchen table.
Cheryl: Well, bye, everybody. See you after work.
Meredith: See you later, Mom.
Charles: Have a good day at work, honey.
(Cheryl exits)
Meredith: So, a couple nights ago you were wondering where I was. See, I went---
Charles: Oh, come on, Meredith, baby, you know I love you. I still want you, girlie.
(He makes a grab for her. Meredith starts to run toward the bedroom. The door bursts open. The head of the condo association is standing in the doorway.)
Head: I am the head of the Oxford Chestnuts Condo Association. I’ve received a report that, two days ago, there was loud music with obscene lyrics coming from this apartment.
Charles: Yeah, so what if there was?
Head: I trust you’ve read your agreement, Mr. Shale. Therefore, you know loud music, especially music with lyrics like that, is against the rules. The penalty for breaking that rule is eviction, and as per an agreement worked out with the Esthertown Police Department, Inc., life in prison with no chance of parole.
Charles: Who do you think you are?!
Head: I have a certificate in Condominion Association Management. Now come with me.
(The condo association head produces handcuffs, puts them on Charles and starts dragging him out of the apartment.)
Meredith: Oh, thank you, sir. Nigel sure thought of a good ruse for sending my father back to prison. You must have known about the numerous parole violations over the last couple of days.
Head: I have no idea what you’re talking about, young lady.

Closing credits.

Based on “Such a Pretty Girl” by Laura Wiess.