Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lloyd Robertson Stepping Down

Lloyd Robertson wrote a great letter earlier this week and it's a great read.

Letter from Lloyd Robertson

Robertson is an icon of Canadian television and news.  It will be odd not watching or hearing him with his classic sign off.  I've grown up with him and he is what most Canadians for the last 40 plus years have known as their trusted leader in bringing us the CTV National News.

This iconic Canadian will be missed.  He is still going to be active in other facets at CTV just not on air.  Everybody has their time and know when to move on.  Some just take a lot longer to do it.  September 1 will be his last newscast.  I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours and thank you for your dedication in the news field.  I may not do him justice, but here goes.

That's the kind of day it's been on this August 30, 2011.  From myself here at the Musing's of Mr. C.C., thank you for reading and good night.

Friday, August 26, 2011

James Hetfield Is A DOUCHE BAG

When I'm on YouTube I often times stray away from the original subject matter of the videos I was searching because the title of a video catches my attention and today was no different.  I found a couple of videos back during a 1994 Metallica tour.  James Hetfield shows himself to be a total douche bag as he makes jokes at Layne Staley's (R.I.P.) drug addiction twice.  You can tell by Hetfield motioning shooting up in the two videos.

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In the first video, you can see Hetfield acting like a whinny bitch because people are throwing things at him.  That's life, get over it.  It's a douchey thing to rip on someone's addiction.  If you know about Metallica, right around the time they were going mainstream with their self-titled album or "The Black" album, you would know that Hetfield was a boozer.  You didn't see Staley ripping on Hetfield.  Maybe that's because he has more class than that.  He is dealing with his own stuff that he doesn't have time rip on anybody else.  Apparently in an interview years later Hetfield said that he didn't know Staley like he knew the rest of Alice in Chains.  Why would you talk shit about someone you don't even know or have a beef with.  Just go about doing your thing because making jokes about stuff like that makes you look like a huge chump.  Aside from their shitty music and their shitty drummer, stuff like this make you look even worse.  Metallica is overrated and the dumb Metallica marks can get all pissy if they want.

I have been around enough to know that there are some stupid Metallica fans that think it's sacrilegious if you don't praise and worship Metallica.  I'm not sorry that I don't like them and they are overrated hacks for the most part.  Their past few albums are proof that are crap.  I don't care if they continue to make their shitty music. I will pay attention to the bands and artists that are actually worth listening too.  Metallica can suck it for all I care.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Jack Layton

The man, the myth, the mustache, Jack Layton died yesterday after a bought with a second type of cancer.  He took the national New Democratic Party to heights never seen before.  Going from civic politics in Toronto to national NDP leader without ever being elected nationally is a pretty huge accomplishment.

It's too bad that he will not be able to see this all through.  No matter what you think of him, you have to agree he was very respected.  He was passionate about what believed and he could make people want to vote for him not the NDP as a whole.  Sure people said that his platform might cost money, but he was passionate about helping people.

You can't deny his character and the person he is. You don't have to like him, but you at least have to respect what he did.  Not only politically, but Layton as a person.  I respect what he accomplished politically and him as a person.  He seemed so personable.  The stories you hear make him seem down to earth.  Canada lost one of it's greats.  To further back this is the fact that they are giving Layton a state funeral which is this Saturday.  Usually state funerals are reserved for prime ministers, governor generals, and cabinet ministers who died in office.  

R.I.P. Jack Layton!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I Gotta Feeling...

Throughout this week I have been in this amazing mood.  I've been talking and texting this girl.  She is absolutely amazing.  I've seen what she looks likes and she is beautiful.  We haven't met in person yet.  But we've been getting to know each other via text message.  I haven't felt this way in a long time.  She has a lot of the qualities I look for in a woman.  She is caring, beautiful, modest, smart.  I have an amazing feeling about this!  I feel blessed that I've been getting to know her.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Song of the Day #24

This is a song I heard on 90.5 FM CFCR.  It is the community radio station here in Saskatoon.  The song has an interesting message.  I like it.

"Laughing With" by Regina Spektor
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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Song of the Day #23

Here is a song I heard one morning on the community radio station in Saskatoon CFCR 90.5 FM.  When I heard the lyrics, I thought of a friend and a situation he went through.

"Rage!" by Chromeo
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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Somalia Famine

I called in to "John Gormley Live" and the topic on that part of the show was on the Somalia famine.  Out of everyone that called, I was the only one who brought up the issue of desensitization.  If you think about it, we have become desensitized because of all the images on TV, newspaper, Internet, and other forms of media. You have Oxfam, World Vision, Foster Parents Plan, ChildFun (formerly Christian Children's Fund), and others.  They show these images and it's like we think "that's unfortunate," but it doesn't really make use feel like doing anything to help.

We have this attitude of "I'll do it tomorrow."  But tomorrow turns into the next day or the day after that.  We have become so busy in our lives that it skips our minds to do something.  I myself have done the World Vision 30 Hour Famine a couple of times.  So I have done something to help. It may not been a lot, but it was something.  Other people think that we should help out our own community before we help out anyone else.  But it's good to help out your fellow man because one day you might need the help.

I understand where they are coming from, but you have to balance out where you put your time and give your money too.  Right now, we are in a vastly better situation for the most part than those in Somalia.  Something needs to be done to ensure that the money and aid gets to the people that need and not in the hands of the corrupt.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Nycole Turmel: The Interim NDP Leader

Nycole Turmel, if you live in Canada and have been paying attention to the news than you would have heard that name over the last number of days and weeks.

She was appointed by NDP leader Jack Layton as the interim leader because Layton is dealing with another form of cancer which hasn't been revealed.  She is coming under fire for being a former card carrying member of the Bloc Quebecois.  But she only got a card for the Bloc Quebecois is because she supported a friend.  A question asked is why did she keep sending the annual renewal fee?  Apparently she agreed with some of the policies of the Bloc Quebecois.  From a non-Quebecer's standpoint the Block Quebecois have been criticized with being a separatist party.  But unless you've really looked into the Bloc, than you would come to the conclusion that they are a separatist group.  Has anyone even bothered to think that maybe she just kept sending in the annual fee without even thinking about it.

Now she is coming under fire for being a card carrying member of Quebec solidaire.  They are an extremist separatist party in Quebec.  That is all we really know.  But looking into Quebec solidaire, they have a socialist, green politics, alter-globalization, and feminist ideologies aside from their extreme separatist ideologies.  But people are only focusing on that.

Unless Turmel is expressly states separatist sentiments, than why are we getting bent out of shape?  We need not lose site of what Jack Layton is doing.  If Layton has confidence in her than we should give her a chance.  If she starts doing stuff that seemingly goes against what Layton wants than there is reason to worry and make a big deal.  But until such time let her do the job she was appointed.  Layton made inroads in Quebec and boosted his stature in the province.  So it's probably a just strategic move to increase his presence there.

When he comes back, Turmel will be back as an MP.  So this is just hopefully short term.