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Michael "Kramer" Richards Goes Off Deepend: Suffers Oxygen Deprivation.

November 21st, 2006
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Michael Richards, AKA Cosmo Kramer, one of the funniest characters in television history, did the spectacularly un-funny last Friday. Working on-stage in LA, he was being heckled by an audience member whom how shall we say, was not Caucasian. He respond with a tirade in which he called the heckler a N**** (you know the word, and to make typing this post easier, I will henceforth replace it with violin, courtesy of the Random Word Generator). If you haven’t seen the tirade, here it is – be forewarned, it is not for the sensitive.

Very ugly, especially out of the virulently PC Hollywood. Notice the audience members leaving in droves. He not only uses violin, but uses it repeatedly, then goes into a riff about people getting upset about it’s use, including: “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a violin?” (note he gets called a cracker ass back, which means dumb or stupid but derives from cracker, which is a derogatory term for white person). It’s hard to argue whoops when you say it so many times, when you make a comment like “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a violin?”

If that were that, I would probably wouldn’t even be posting, but in Hollywood, that is never that. There’s butts to save, anger management classes to attend (assuming he doesn’t have a drug problem), and public apology rituals to perform. This Michael Richards did last night on Letterman. Before I comment, here it is – Note it is slightly over 6 minutes long.:

First a word on Gerry Seinfeld. The time Richards used to apologize last night was Seinfeld’s scheduled appearance time on Letterman. Kudo’s to Seinfeld for giving up valuable face time to his friend. If ever I’m in trouble, I hope to find I have such friends.

I felt Richards was pretty contrite, frankly he looked like a deer in the headlights, and I was inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. Then he started talking about some black white conflict (1:389), and Katrina (1:44), and helping the folks in New Orleans(1:50). Huh? Then came this doozy “why the trash takes place, whether or not it’s between me and a couple of hecklers in the audience or between this country and another nation.”(2:25)

But this has nothing to do with other nations, it’s got to do with you and a microphone and a couple of guys. It’s got to do with you saying it over and over and over again. Repeat after me, it is not George Bush’s fault: what the apology proves is that you said it because your actually pretty dumb, and maybe a dumb racist to boot.

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Letterman’s Top Ten for November 17, 2006

November 20th, 2006
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Top Ten Signs You’re Watching A Bad James Bond Movie


10. Asks everyone to call him “Jimbo”

9. Villain’s private “lair” is the corner booth at Pizzeria Uno

8. It’s set backstage at “Saturday Night Live”

7. The Aston Martin won’t start, so Bond drives a ’95 Ford Focus

6. It’s about Dr. No’s even more evil brother, Dr. Phil

5. Most impressive gadget? A clock that’s also a radio

4. Bond’s new catchphrase: “Git R Done”

3. Goodbye license to kill, hello license to inspect meat

2. Soundtrack by Kevin Federline

1. Halfway into the movie, James Bond is shot in the face by Dick Cheney

I agreed whole heartedly with #2, then I remembered Madonna’s work on Die Another Day. Loved number 6 and 5 though.

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Peacniks to Bush: "If You Pull Out, We Won’t Orgasm."

November 20th, 2006
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What are you doing Dec. 22nd. I know what I’m doing:

The Event

WHO? All Men and Women, you and everyone
you know.

WHERE? Everywhere in the world, but especially in countries with weapons of mass destruction.

WHEN?
Winter Solstice Day – Friday, December 22nd,
at the time of your choosing, in the place of your choosing and with as much privacy as you choose.

That’s right the group Global Orgasm is having “the First Annual Solstice Synchronized Global Orgasm for Peace.” Or a Piece for Peace if you prefer.

Shouldn’t we all be doing it at the same time if it’s synchronized? I think what gets me, however, is they are saying they are going to have an orgasm so Bush will pull out, proving that irony, if not dead, certainly ain’t healthy.

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Science Struggles to Keep Up With The Liberals

November 20th, 2006
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According to PrimeMinister.ca “Scientists Try To Send Signal Backwards in Time.”



The scientists involved call it “quantum retrocausality.”



I call it the Bob Rae leadership campaign, or “retropoliticality”.



The difference? The scientists are hoping the message they receive is exactly like the one they are going to send, Bob Rae is hoping the message gets garbled along the way.

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Casino Royale Finishes off at #2

November 20th, 2006
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If you are a Bond producer, you must be thinking at least you didn’t lose the weekend to Borat. The new James Bond saga Casino Royale finished the weekend box office at number 2, behind the dancing singing penguins in Happy Feet.

Interestingly, Casino Royale was the bigger movie Friday night taking in $2M more than the penguin opus, but fell behind Happy Feet by $2M on Saturday. Sunday saw a larger decline, with Happy feet taking in $3M more, even though both movies saw a decline in viewer ship. That means on a percentage basis, Casino Royale was going down much further.

That’s interesting as word of mouth often affects box office after the first day. You have to wonder if viewers are liking Casino Royale as much as the reviewers did.

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Testing

November 19th, 2006
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Testing Mozilla Blogger.



This is only a test. If this was a real post, you would be instructed what to think.



powered by performancing firefox

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James Brown Hot Tub Party

November 17th, 2006
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Discussed this clip with someone this week, and decided to look it up. From back when Eddie Murphy was great and Saturday Night Live was better.

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Post, New Post

November 17th, 2006
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Regular readers of this blog may remember that at one time I had a sidebar link to the website “Boycott Casino Royale“, which used to be found at www.craignotbond.com, (and which no longer exists). I took the link down when I realized I was probably going to see the movie anyway – seems silly to boycott something for 6 months, and then go see it as soon as it comes out.

I did, however, remain less than enthusiastic about Daniel Craig. Then the reviews started coming in. Great reviews. Of the movie and of him. Many calling him the best Bond since Connery, and one or two calling him the best Bond ever.

As the Stones sang, what can a poor boy do?

Well, this poor boy is off to see Casino Royale as fast as a PS3 fan can say “where do you put the sleeping bag,” which I hope means tonight, but may in truth be next weekend before it happens. As soon as I see it, I’ll have a review for you.

Have a nice weekend everybody!

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Milton Friedman Dead

November 16th, 2006
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Milton Friedman, the 1976 Nobel Prize winning economist and economic advisor to Ronald Reagan during his Presidency, has died at the age of 94. Freidman died in San Francisco of heart failure.

Freidman believed strongly in free market economics, and his work has contributed to much of the conservative political thought in the past 30 years. For readers on the left who are gagging, Freidman is credited with a role in abolishing the draft in the 1970’s, which he would later call his proudest accomplishment.

More can be read about him here and here.

h/t Gerry Nicholls.

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Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

November 16th, 2006
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week is Conservative Free Spirit:

Conservative Free Spirit is a very new, well written and well thought out blog by a biologist & forester.

Good luck in your journey to find yourself Laura: it’s real cool when you do.

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Conservatives Take Talking Points From The Left!

November 16th, 2006

There’s an old saying about Conservatives: they only win when they act like conservatives. With two polls being released today showing a dead heat between the Liberals and the Conservatives, it may be worth pondering that point.

I bring it up because today I ran across two Conservative quotes that are so leftwards as stop be positively Hargrovian.

Stephen Harper on relations with China:

“I don’t think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values. They don’t want us to sell out to the almighty dollar.”

The almighty dollar? Who the hell wrote this, Michael Moore? Correct, Canadians probably would like to see some improvement in China’s human rights, and granted, it could be considered selling important Canadian values if we don’t address those human rights while dealing with them economically. But “the almighty dollar”? Their human rights abuses are along the lines of imprisoning and torturing dissenters; please stop sounding as though they are not letting their gays marry.

The next bit of leftist wisdom comes courtesy of Rona Ambrose. It comes from an article entitled “Ottawa still committed to Kyoto: Ambrose” in today’s Post, to which I cannot find a link:

However, she said Canada would give industry short-term emissions targets by early next year, and did not rule out Canada buying carbon credits to help it meet the target.

A conservative would rule out “buying carbon credits.” I don’t care where you stand on global warming, nobody is going to convince me that sending money to Russia so we can pollute more will do one damn thing for the environment. Buying carbon credits is nothing more than sending money from a rich country to a poor one, and it is not a play from the conservative playbook. Sadly, it now looks to be on the Conservative playbook.

What a pile of, errr… hot air (Sorry Olaf).

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10,000 Hits

November 15th, 2006

If a blogger types in the forest, and nobody comes around to read, is he really blogging?

It’s one of those landmarks you wonder if you’ll ever get to. At Thanksgiving, I was hovering around 6,000 hits, suddenly things have boomed: tonight At Home at Hespeler has reached 10,000 visitors since I started counting on December 11th (1st post was actually December 2nd).To celebrate, I have a second Rona Ambrose joke:

Borat Tours Ottawa

Borat : Who’s a dat? (points to two people walking)

Me: That’s the Prime Minister, Steven Harper.

Borat: No, not ‘im. ‘er. de wooman.

Me: Oh, she’s Rona Ambrose, the environment minister.

Borat: Enviromint mini-stair? A ‘ot air, yees?

Me: Well some people think her polices are full of hot air, yes but…

Borat: No, no no. a’ l-ot of air! Air (points to head)

Brian: Oh, a lot of hair. Yes it has been noted.

Borat: Vera nice. She prostitute?

Brian: No.

Borat: Too bad – a hi fiv-a

Thank you to each and every one of the 10,000.

And a special thank you to Ron, who has contributed here and helped make At Home in Hespeler a worthwhile stop.

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The Rona Ambrose Hot Air Challenge

November 15th, 2006

Olaf at the Prairie Wrangler has vented about commentators using the phrase “hot air” in relation to Rona Ambrose’s environmental policy:

I’m a very even tempered person, it takes a lot to make me angry (or happy, for that matter). However, I’m officially fed up. Everyday, for the past month or so, I have heard or read the use of the “joke” hot air when critics refer to proponents, and when proponents refer to critics, of the Conservatives environmental platform.

All fine and a position we can agree upon. Then I read this:

It’s not clever. It’s not witty and it sure as hell isn’t insightful. No one in their right mind has ever laughed or even been mildly amused by the pathetic pun. Not once… You can’t make the term funny or clever or entertaining, no matter what you do.

Hey, that sounds like a challenge, and I’m up for it:

There was an Edmonton woman quite fair,
Ambrose her name, spectacular her hair
“The environment?” she said, “I’m a fan;
therefore I’ll make up a plan”
To which the bloggers typed “it’s full of hot air.”


Then again, maybe Olaf was right.

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God Bless Don Cherry

November 11th, 2006

Remember those bloc-heads and Liberals booing Don Cherry this week? Tonight he gave up his show to our troops: he showed a picture and read a letter from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, then the same from the First Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).

The picture of the RCR showed them in a trench, the one they live in. The letter indicated that they had started with 30 (or 38, I thought I heard both) men, and where now down to 8, the rest wounded or dead. The 1st Battalion RCR goes by the nickname “The Crazy 8’s.” Significantly, William Cushley belonged to the 1st Battalion RCR.

He then showed a picture of every Canadian soldier lost in Afghanistan since 2002. That was his show, no Don and Ron routine, no hockey, just the soldiers.

Isn’t it time that the ignorant rabble who booed a Canadian sitting in the gallery was named, every one of them.

Click on the above image for a full sized picture and read the banners.

Update: There has been an edit to this post, indicating the correct details of what was shown.

Uppdate – 2nd edit – the full name of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry has been used, instead of the shortened nickname.

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In Memory of a Fallen Soldier: Pte. William Jonathan James Cushley

November 11th, 2006
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William J. Cushley arrived in Afghanistan in August 2006 as a member of 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. He was 21 years old, had a girlfriend, Karine Rousselle, a member of the forces herself, and RCR tattooed proudly on his back. On September 3rd, 2006, Sunday of the Labour day weekend, William was killed by Taliban fighters during Operation Medusa, a major offensive in the town of Panjwayi, 30 km west of Kandahar city. Four Canadian Soldiers, including William, lost their lives that day, and a reported over 200 Taliban fighters.

William has been on my mind since the Toronto wear red rally and I came into close contact with his father, Errol Cushley:

I watched Mr. Cushley closely after that. I kept thinking that, while I agree with the mission, agree that Canadians belong in Afghanistan, I knew that if given the deal, the Faustian bargain, my son for the mission, I would say no: Let the damn Taliban have the place, let them have this one too. I’ll give Canada over to the Muslims, rather than pay that price. But Errol Cushley paid the price, and here he stood barely three weeks later, supporting the troops, supporting the mission even.

William was born in Port Lambton, Ontario, and is buried there. He is survived by his father, mother and three sisters – not to mention his girlfriend Karine.

On this Remembrance Day, instead of doing the usual foot shuffle, I used the two minutes of silence to offer a prayer for William Cushley and his family. I told my children about William, or at least tried to but couldn’t do so without becoming verklempt. For me, this year, Remembrance Day became personal.

There is a guest book where you can pay your respects to William Cushley. There is currently 142 entries – lets make it more!

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