Thursday, October 23, 2014

What else can I say?

This cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon is from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. It will go down as one of the classics of editorial cartooning.

Standing O for Kevin Vickers

Well, I still can't watch the American fans singing the Canadian national anthem but I did see this video today and it brought tears to my eyes. Here's a link to the Daily Mail article.

Hell Yeah!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Terrorism In Canada

Two Canadian soldiers murdered on Canadian soil by Islamic terrorists in the last three days.

On Monday 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was run down and later died of his injuries. The savage that killed him was, thankfully, shot and killed by police. RIP Patrice Vincent and thank you for your service.

Today, 24 year old Cpl Nathan Cirillo was shot to death while guarding our National War Memorial in Ottawa. The savage that killed him was, thankfully, shot and killed by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons and 29-year RCMP veteran. RIP Nathan Cirillo and thank you for your service.

PM Harper addressed the nation tonight and did something that no media outlet has the balls to do; he called the perpetrators "terrorists". Thank you Mr. Harper.  I get the distinct impression that "workplace violence" will have no truck with our PM.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blame Matt - he dared me..

So when I told my lovely wife I was posting this one under the heading CrapMusic®, she said but that's a great song! It's a love song! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Since we're on a Musical Roll here...

... and lewy brought up the Beach Boys: here is an interesting tidbit.

One of my favourite (Im in Canada, eh?) Beach Boys songs is this one:

That was recorded on, IIRC, April 30, 1965. Much has been made of Brian Wilson's inspiration from a certain group from the UK. Was there any particular inspiration for that song? Maybe a song that was riding high on the charts that month?

Surf's Up! Brian Wilson - SMiLE live

(For Dances)

Is this the legendary, lost "Smile" album?

Brian Wilson seems to think so.

In any case, it is fifty-two minutes of bliss, and the ultimate California Surf/Classical fusion album.

Late, late, late, late Friday night music...

Seems like someone has to pick up the slack here.
I can't listen to this song too often because it gives me ear worm but I love it (and the video). I didn't want to knock off lewy's post so maybe someone can put that back on top?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Calvin the Super Genius

Ben Hunt on our political elders and betters:
I am calm. But I am angry, too. It doesn’t have to be this way … this consensus-by-fiat style of policy leadership where we are always only one counter-factual reveal – the sick nurse or the sick economy – away from a breakdown in market or governmental confidence. I am angry that we have been consistently misjudged and underestimated, treated as children to be “educated” rather than as citizens to be trusted. I am angry that our most important political institutions have sacrificed their most important asset – not their credibility, but their authenticity – on the altar of political expediency, all in a misconceived notion of what it means to lead.
Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amazing Trees!

16 Of The Most Magnificent Trees In The World
Trees are an incredible part of nature, vital to our everyday survival. Trees dot city squares, suburban landscapes, and uninhabited forests all over the world. With some 400 billion trees on the planet, and over 23,000 different kinds of trees, it takes an extra special something to make a tree stand out. While you see trees everyday of your life, some trees are different, unique in such a way you can’t help but stare in awe. There are certain trees, be they tall, thick, full of bright colors, or simply one-of-a-kind, that capture the attention of all who pass by. And when finally photographed, the photos of these extra special trees go viral on the Internet. Say for example, the tree pictured above, which is one of the most stunning of its type. With brilliant pink blossoms, this tree is over 125 years old. This is known as the rhododendron tree. Although it is called a ‘tree’ it is actually a collection of very large shrubs. What makes this ‘tree’ so special? Most rhododendron trees look more like shrubs, but due to the age of this beauty, she’s had plenty of time to grow. There are many other breathtaking trees all over the world, here are 16 of the most magnificent.