Saturday, October 30, 2004

A heaping slice of irony anyone?

Bush to Kerry...

A political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief

The hucks just keep on coming. I know it's a flagged horse, but I just couldn't resist.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Jon.

As everyone well knows by now, Jon Stewart took two Crossfire pundits to task last week for being disingenuous and all-around buffoons. Rather than use the time to hawk his new book, Jon Jon immediately started slamming pundits of all political stripes and their treatment of election coverage. I can't say I disagree with his view that the likes of Carlson and Carville are hijacking a potentially valuable medium for discourse and discussion and turning it into a carnival side show.

"It's not honest. What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery. And I will tell you why I know it..."

Tucker Carlson has irked me for years. This former Heritage Foundation print bagman and Promise Keeper clone has done his best to appear separate from the Republican political machine, yet is as entwined as any pundit out there. How wearing tweed and screaming inaudibly at the top of one's lungs enhances credibility through CNN, I will never know.

Yet the bowtie is not without its supporters. While I agree that being a young University conservative is a tough row to hoe, hitching your cart to the likes of Tucker Carlson is just plain ridiculous. I guess if someone back in my day called my idol a dick and labeled them a 'spinner'... Well, I'd hate them too.

Jon didn't make this as a political statement and this certainly is not about left or right. He neglected even mentioning Kerry until it was pried out by Carlson. When he said that he didn't give a shit about Cambodia, he was saying that he's pissed that 1/5 of Americans get their news from his show. Like he said, his is a comedy show and not a news show. Yet, here he is being forced into the news role because the real discussion shows are mere romper rooms with sideshow party hacks as star attractions. He chose to pick on Crossfire because it is the Jerry Springer or Judge Mathis of their respective genres. It's morally debasing the industry.

Jon only wants to be Johnny Carson - not Kwolton Nash... and Crossfire is crampin' his style. As long as we - the masses - are willing to slop up this partisan junk, the networks will continue to ham it out as legitimate debate.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Tony Twist 1, Steve 0.

Growing up in the S.W.O., one knows exactly where the Arva Flour Mill is. Now Jeff Warren does to. Welcome home.


Ask The Local Gentry

Here's a remarkable blog post on gentrification, from a rather remarkable blog.

Best,

Nick

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

What Part of Union-Made Don't You Understand?

With the good civil servants of the PSAC forming their picket line at 12:01 AM today, and with the public relations battle still up for grabs, isn't it time they dressed a little better? Enter Unionwear, the clothing outfitter for all the union's brothers and sisters, from Local Iron 721 all the way to, I can one day hope, Local IT 528. In a day where union-busting is growing fashionable, solidarity has a new face, and a killer tank top.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Monorail!

How to construct and operate your very own backyard transportation system.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Det var hyggeligt at mødes

Fresh back from a sortie to Copenhagen and environs, I was suprised to find that in the meantime Denmark had come to us. Over the next few months, the city is hosting 'Superdanish', a Danish sponsored cultural fair designed to promote themselves overseas. Held at venues throughout the City, the fair features numerous exhibitions, presentations, concerts and readings. Even the COC is getting into the act with the danish opera (yet Margaret Atwood penned) "The Handmaid's Tale".

Off the well-worn North American tourist loop, Denmark is a true gem. It is remarkable in that it is both the most liberal (ie. egalitarian) and culturally astute place anywhere. Where else would it be socially acceptable for a drug-based 'sovereign' hippie colony and an iconic opera house to co-exist side by side? If anything, Denmark is on the cusp of a plausible future... one which I would have no problem living in.

While on the subject, if one ever finds themselves in Copenhagen, I strongly suggest a stay or at very least a drink in the public bar of the best place I've ever stayed. Located in the heart of the city, Mick and Blodwyn's is truly an original - and at very least - superb experience.