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Duck Dynasty is the third highest rated show currently on television in North America. It consists of a family of Louisiana hillbillies who got very lucky with a duck caller they invented. They have apparently made millions of dollars with the device called the Duck Commander. Each episode follows the Robertson family’s antics, misadventures, escapades and family banter.
The men all look like Sasquatches wearing camo clothing. Long beards and hair and a thick as tar Loueezana dialect. The women on the other hand look quite normal. What they see in these hairy brutes is hard to say, Oh I forgot, I did mention the millions of dollars.
I find the show staged and scripted. The predicaments are set up. And the writers seem to be from Gilligan’s Island. Very corny and screwball scenarios. But their ratings keep going up.
Now the Robertson’s are demanding more money for each episode. Reportedly they are getting $200,000 an episode. Greedy Billies! I guess they need the millions to support the giant mansions they live in. Oh did I mention they are very good football players?
Swamp People is about southern Louisiana hillbillies who are determined to kill every Alligator they see. I find the show so repulsive that I have only watched 5-10 minutes. All they do is torture and then execute swamp Gators.
The Billie accent of the Swamp People is so undecipherable that at times there are subtitles. These guys look like they just crawled out of a Appalachian insane asylum for the inbred. But their mission is catch the gator with bait on a wire, kill it and then skin it. All so stock brokers in Manhattan can wear their super expensive alligator shoes.
While the Robertson’s are millionaires, these guys are very blue-collar. They are just trying to get by, and when you live in the watery jungles of south Louisiana I guess this is one of the few ways you can make a living.
The last show mentioned here is not from Louisiana, but from the next state to the west, good ole Texas. This show is American Hoggers. No it is not about really big fat Americans who live in trailer parks, crap in the backyard and never once put down their 50 piece bucket of KFC. It is about Feral Hog Bounty Hunters.
Texas has a major problem with wild hogs. A pack of wild boars can kill cattle, root out big trees, trample crops, scare the hell out of other wildlife and basically be a very nasty mob indeed. So this family goes out with their horses, dune buggy type jeeps and hunter-killer packs of hounds. They take the hogs alive. By taking the wild pigs alive there is all kinds of action.
Hog wrestling like you have never seen before. And two of the top hog wranglers are attractive young women. But tough as nails. They eventually hogtie the hogs and load them onto the jeeps. Then they haul them off to the packing plant. They would save everybody a lot of grief if they just hired a couple of snipers and blasted the hogs from a distance. But apparently the meat goes bad if the dead hog doesn’t get to the packers right away.
They use their hog dogs to do most of the heavy lifting. The dogs corner the pigs and grab onto their ears, tail and sometimes legs. By the time the humans arrive, the pigs have severe ear damage. This part of the show is quite brutal, and I’m surprised more animal rights groups don’t throw in their two cents. But as mentioned previously, the meat goes bad if the hogs aren’t kept alive right up to the door of the slaughter-house. Oh yes, the accents here are as billie as you can get.
The superficial T.V. shows mentioned above are all action and laughs. With lots of animals getting wacked. But for a network like A & E to saturate its programming with this kind of bunk is not very impressive. What happened to documentaries about the Space Race, Albert Einstein, Alexander The Great and Plate Tectonics? They should move away from this gratuitous and shallow blither and get back to interesting educational material. There is enough terrible reality television out there to satisfy any addicted couch potato.
I watched the halftime show during the 100th Grey Cup game last night. I did this to get a take on Justin Bieber. I had never seen or heard the Bied phenom before, and I felt I had to check this out. I haven’t been missing anything with this Bieb. The Bieb is horrid, assembly line techno/copycat white hiphop done in a plastic superficial way that kills brain cells by the billions. But then, early to pre-teenage girls are developing brain cells by the trillions, I think.
I think the young girls are more into the sex appeal of the Bieb than that mind-numbing techno screech cacophony that pretends to be music. And life goes on.
While waitng for the Bied I had to endure venerable Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot. Old Gordie looks about 105 years old. And his songs at halftime must have put half the 55,000 strong crowd to sleep. Gordon’s music has always been extremely boring to me, except maybe for the Edmund Fitzgerald. Gordon should retire to his wheel chair and play the spoons.
Bieb take notice, this is how bubblegum pop should be done.
Bill is one of my favourite comics and has been for a long time. He pulls no punches and has a world view that I find logical and full of common sense. If more people thought like Bill this world would very likely be a much better place.
Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary, which targets a wide swath of topics including religion, politics, bureaucracies of many kinds, political correctness, the mass media, greed among people and persons in positions of high political and social power, and the lack of intellectual curiosity in the electorate. He supports the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage, and serves on the board of PETA. He is also a critic of religion and is an advisory board member of Project Reason, a foundation to promote scientific knowledge and secular values within society. In 2005, Maher ranked at number 38 on Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Bill Maher received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on September 14, 2010.
Curious people are intersting people, I wonder why that is.
I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?
I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.
If you think you have it tough, read history books.
Kids. They’re not easy. But there has to be some penalty for sex.
Let’s face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?
Maybe every other American movie shouldn’t be based on a comic book. Other countries will think Americans live in an infantile fantasy land where reality is whatever we say it is and every problem can be solved with violence.
Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don’t need.
The tea baggers. The one thing they hate is when you call them racist. The other thing they hate is black people. But they won’t say it.
They’re talking about banning cigarette smoking now in any place that’s used by ten or more people in a week, which, I guess, means that Madonna can’t even smoke in bed.
Things aren’t right. If a burglar breaks into your home and you shoot him, he can sue you. For what, restraint of trade?
We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.
We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It’s overrun with sheep and conformists.
What Democratic congressmen do to their women staffers, Republican congressmen do to the country.
When you want to make it clear to the rest of the world that you are not an imperialist, the best countries to have with you are Britain and Spain.
The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them.
I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.
I’ll show you Obama’s birth certificate when you show me Sarah Palin’s high school diploma.
New Rule: Gay marriage won’t lead to dog marriage. It is not a slippery slope to rampant inter-species coupling. When women got the right to vote, it didn’t lead to hamsters voting. No court has extended the Equal Protection Clause to salmon. And for the record, all marriages are same sex marriages. You get married, and every night, it’s the same sex.
Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?
New Rule: Stop asking Miss USA contestants if they believe in evolution. It’s not their field. It’s like asking Stephen Hawking if he believes in hair scrunchies. Here’s what they know about: spray tans, fake boobs and baton twirling. Here’s what they don’t know about: everything else. If I cared about the uninformed opinions of some ditsy beauty queen, I’d join the Tea Party.
Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It’s nothing to brag about.
I wouldn’t touch a hot dog unless you put a condom on it! You realize that the job of a hot dog is to use parts of the animal that the Chinese can’t figure out how to make into a belt?
Don’t get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance.
The true axis of evil in America is the brilliance of our marketing combined with the stupidity of our people.
Safe driving can only be achieved by being alert as to what is going on around you. The senses have to be sharp. The eyes have to be focused and able to scan the rear-view mirrors. The shoulders and neck have to be agile so a person can shoulder check and visually scan around their vehicle 160 degrees at least. If these actions cannot be performed the results can be nasty. People who are not up to standard should maybe say no to driving.
The consequences can be a lot worse than some damage to the vehicle.
Driver, 94, pleads guilty in death of neighbour
Winnipeg Free Press
A 94-year-old Winnipeg man has pleaded guilty to killing his elderly neighbour by accidentally driving his car over him.
Edward Hudek admitted earlier this week to a Highway Traffic Act charge of backing a vehicle without due care. He was given a $1,000 fine and two-year driving prohibition.
Frederick Albert Tippen, 86, died in April 2010 after being struck by Hudek’s rented Suzuki SX4 in the parking lot of a St. Vital seniors residence.
Hudek, who has no prior criminal or driving record, told police he heard “knocking at the side of his car” as he reversed out of a stall. He then got out, saw nothing but went inside the Dakota House assisted living facility and told a staff member he might have “bumped into somebody.”
Police and paramedics arrived to find Tippen trapped underneath the vehicle, which had to be lifted to free him. The unconscious man was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead.
“This is a tragic, isolated incident in his life,” defence lawyer Martin Glazer told court.
Hudek surrendered his licence following the tragedy and has not driven since. He also wrote a letter of apology to Tippen’s family.
Glazer said his client was unfamiliar with the rental car and may not have seen Tippen in his blind spot while backing out.
The case has raised questions about how society handles a growing number of aging motorists. The ranks of seniors behind the wheel are expanding as baby boomers age, according to Manitoba Public Insurance.
In 1994, there were more than 80,000 Manitobans 65 and older with a valid driver’s licence, MPI said. In 2010, about 103,600 — 14 per cent — of the nearly 740,000 licensed drivers provincewide were 65 or older. It’s estimated 21 per cent of drivers in Manitoba will be over 65 by 2025.
Therefore driver testing for people who reach the age of 80 should be mandatory every 18 months. If these people can’t pass the test they can start taking cabs if they live in the city. If they live in rural areas they can move into an old folks complex. Friends and support staff will be there to help with the shopping, errands and appointments.
And it is not just the other drivers on the road that can be traumatized by bad senior citizen drivers, passengers are often affected as well.
Shopping can be provided by friends or companies that provide such services. Making it less hazardous in the parking lots.
Property damage, injuries and tying up the police could all be reduced if people in their later golden years had to take the mandatory drivers test.
The Canadian media has been reporting front and centre on the Cricket World Cup the last few days. And frankly, I’m getting tired of it. I think our media is doing this to satisfy the huge East Indian and Pakistani immigrant communities in Toronto and Vancouver. The media are reporting that India’s win over Pakistan in the semi-final and India’s win in the final over Sri Lanka as some of the greatest moments in the sports annals of the universe. They are completely over doing it.
Canada had a team in this world cup. Did anybody know that? The average Canadian thinks Cricket is a chirping insect that makes strange noises at night. Cricket is an obscure sport in most of the world. The rules are quite hard to figure out as well. I had my Australian brother-in-law try to explain the rules to me to no avail. Possibly listening to his thick Aussie accent over the telephone had something to do with my incomprehension. But I have looked up Cricket on the internet and I still can’t quite fathom it.
It is somewhat similar to baseball. Pitching and batting. Lots of pitching and batting. And the pitcher skips the ball off the ground in front of the batter. The batter swings in a type of golf swing. I don’t think there is any base running involved. And I haven’t heard any mention of dugout clearing brawls. Wouldn’t the Indians and Pakistanis love to go after each other with those paddles in an all out donnybrook?
The cricket pitch below. It looks like some formula Stephen Hawking would have conjured up.
Getting back to the crux of my tangent here, that the Cricket World Cup is no big deal, let me elaborate. Cricket is only big in countries where Great Britain extended its imperialistic tentacles. It started out in Britain and was exported to countries and regions of the British Empire. It is big in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies. It is fairly big in some other countries in Africa that had British connections or ties.
No doubt cricket is very big in the countries mentioned above. India does have 1.3 billion people. Pakistan over 200 million.
Stadium in India.
Therefore in terms of popularity cricket has something like one third of the population of the planet as big fans. But not many countries are even aware that the sport exists. Cricket is big in maybe 20 countries in a world of over 200 countries. In the big scheme of things cricket is not that big of a deal.
Let the fans of the countries that love the sport revel in their hysteria.
However, I do think the Canadian media has to stop treating this event as the most amazing sporting triumph the world has ever witnessed.
During an NHL game last week Boston Bruins defenceman Zdano Chara pushed Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the boards right at the spot where the plexi glass starts at the centre of the rink between the teams benches. The result was Pacioretty hit the edge of the glass at very high speed with his head. It was a brutal collision.
Some are saying Chara should be suspended and criminal charges should be laid. But Chara didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. He is a defenceman, a big one at 6’9″ and 255 pounds, who is trained to check fast forwards when they are trying to go by. Every defenceman is trained to rub out a player trying to go by him along the boards. Chara was acting instinctively. Any other defenceman would have done the exact same thing. If Chara wouldn’t have done what he did his coach would have reamed him out.
But some people think Chara knew exactly what he was doing. They claim Chara knew that edge was coming up and that if he pushed Pacioretty just at the right moment he would hurt that Hab good. Bullcrap. Chara wasn’t conspiring to decapitate Pacioretty as he was skating towards the Montreal player. He was defending his zone. If Chara would have rubbed Pacioretty .5 seconds later Pacioretty would have hit the glass, not the edge.
Most logical people seem to understand this. But emotions in Quebec and among Montreal fans nationwide are creating a kind of witch hunt mentality. They want Chara arrested and sent to jail. For what? Doing his job. There was nothing dirty about the incident. Chara is one of the cleanest players in the NHL. And if you look at the pictures below, notice how Chara was looking down ice, he wasn’t looking towards the boards. He wasn’t aware that the edge was right there. He was taking out his man, exactly what all minor hockey players are coached and taught to do. m
The video is not for the faint hearted. The Montreal player really gets his bell rung.
There is a new MTS commercial on TV that again promotes the stare into a device culture. The commercial begins with a man at a mall with his wife. The wife is shopping so the man sits on a bench in the mall and pulls out his new Smartphone. The man becomes so entranced by the universe contained on the screen of the smartphone that he becomes completely oblivious to everything happening around him.
All kinds of action happens around the man, from 2 women talking across him to a person dressed as a bunny rabbit sitting next to him to a security guard chasing a thief right beside him, but the man notices nothing. The roof could have fallen in and the man would have continued watching porn on his device. Okay, maybe he wasn’t watching porn, maybe he was reading Immanuel Kant or studying quantum mechanics. But whatever the man was focused on it made him completely unmindful of his surroundings.
In the commercial MTS is promoting the zombie device culture. Two dwarfs could have had sex in front of the man in the commercial and he would not have noticed. So absorbed in the device. One with the device, the Zen device.
Don’t we stare at computer screens enough at home and on the job? Do humans really have to stare at the devices every free moment they have? The world is a real place. There are people and structures and water fountains. The world shouldn’t have to be reduced to a small screen on a device that causes people to stop looking at the real, perceptively vibrant world.
And now the smartphone is a status symbol. Forget the fast car, fat wallet, or for that matter interesting intellect. The new chick magnet is the ubiquitous Smartphone. m
When the story about this young Native person supposedly being driven to the outskirts of Winnipeg broke, almost everybody believed it was true. When I thought about it however, it just didn’t make sense. Saskatoon police did this type of thing a few years back and it cost a couple of officers their careers. Winnipeg police were not going to make the same mistake. m
WINNIPEG — Police have laid criminal charges against a Winnipeg man who claimed police took him on a “starlight tour” and dumped him on a cold winter night.
Evan Maud, 20, made it all up, police said this afternoon.
Police said at a press conference that Maud is now charged with one count of criminal mischief, reporting an offence which has not been committed.
Winnipeg Police Service Chief Keith McCaskill said the service was taking the unprecedented step of releasing details surrounding the mischief charge.
McCaskill said investigators had relied heavily on technology like GPS and video surveillance to retrace Maud’s steps before he claimed he was taken on a starlight tour.
Now it has been proven that the person making the allegations, a Mr. Maud, made the whole thing up. He was apparently drunk to the bone staggering around Main street, walking in traffic, when he was approached by a Winnipeg police cruiser. The police officers got him out of harms way back onto the sidewalk, and that was the extent of the story, as far as the police were concerned. But this idiot Maud decided to accuse the police of a starlight ride. He likely received illogical advice from other drunken friends to make allegations against the police service.
But the point here is that many bleeding heart liberals believed his story at face value. There has never been a starlight ride allegation proven against the Winnipeg police service. In fact there really has never been a starlight ride allegation against the police. The drunk tank is much closer for the police to bring an intoxicated individual. Why haul the person to the outskirts and risk your career and livelihood? It made no sense. But the newspapers and radio talk shows were full of Maud believers. As a University of Manitoba professor said:
“What Evan is saying happened to him has happened to other people,” said University of Manitoba Prof. Elizabeth Comack, who heard about his case on Wednesday.
“I’ve had the advantage of sitting across the table from someone telling me that story in such great detail, and they were so upset, I believe what they’re telling me.” The cases weren’t all reported or investigated.
“The relationship between the police and aboriginal people in the inner city is very disrupted,” she said. “There are issues there, they feel they can’t tell anyone or report to anyone, or that anyone would do anything if they did,” said Comack.
“Evan has the courage to speak out.”
Evan was a drunken liar. He admitted to drinking nine beers the night of the alleged incident. If so many Aboriginal people would not act like drunken idiots so often (like poor Evan who was walking amongst moving traffic on Main street) they would not have so many run-ins with the police. And they would not have to make these crazy allegations. Then maybe so many bleeding heart liberals would realize that these starlight ride stories are Urban Legends. And maybe these white anti-police crusaders who empathize with the trouble making Aboriginal population will realize that population can lie through their teeth. m
Recently there has been some controversy relating to the Canadian governments decision to replace the current CF-18 fighter fleet with 65 new F-35 Lightning fighter-bombers. All the negative diatribes are coming from left-wing groups who have basically no understanding of military needs and strategies. And the federal Liberals often jump on board to gain political points.
Some of the ideas being put forward by these “progressive” groups are cockeyed and nonsensical.
A report released by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the multibillion-dollar purchase isn’t based on the country’s real needs.
Liberal MPs agreed, saying they will kill the deal if they get the opportunity.
Steven Staples of the Rideau Institute, who wrote the report, said the aircraft doesn’t fit the roles Canada needs to address.
“This is a massive commitment of defence spending on ‘flying Cadillacs’ that is being driven by defence contractors, not by a clear-eyed view of Canada’s defence needs,” he said.
The government wants the pricey new planes to replace the existing CF-18 fleet, which is approaching the end of its service life. The deal could cost as much as $16 billion, once a long-term maintenance contract is added in.
But Staples said the F-35 Lightning II is too much plane.
Canada doesn’t need high-tech stealth jets to defend North American airspace, he said.
“The main point is that we have time and we need to change the way we think about our aircraft,” he said. “We don’t need them for bombing missions and there is no real Russian bomber threat.”
He suggested Canada abandon the idea of using air power overseas and extend the life of the existing F-18 fleet for North American surveillance.
He also said technology is overtaking the F-35, a joint strike fighter being purchased by the United States and several allied nations.
“Let’s also investigate the acquisition of the next generation of unarmed, long-range, long-endurance, pilotless aircraft.”
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, created in 1980, is a non-profit research institute funded by more than 12,000 members. The centre describes itself as a “progressive” voice focused on issues of social, economic and environmental justice.
First of all the CF-18′s are getting very old. The first models began operating with Air Command in 1982. Thirty years is the limit in the life span of a fighter jet. Keeping them flying after that time period is dangerous and illogical as you would practically have to replace every part in the aircraft.
In terms of long-range drones this group is out to left field again. Currently the U.S. has a long-range drone in the Global Hawk. But the aircraft is designed only for reconnaissance. It does not have interceptor or attack capabilities. The much smaller Predator and Reaper drones that are wreaking havoc on the terrorists in Pakistan have limited range and very limited weapons carrying capabilities. None of these ideas are practical.
And today on CBC radio another academic suggested we trash the F-35 deal and purchase a less sophisticated and smaller aircraft to replace our CF-18 fighter jets. Below is a picture of this plane.
This fellow contends that the plane is much less expensive therefore we could buy many more. Many more that the enemy could shoot down! What would this thing do against state of the art fighter jets?
The plane is the A-29 Super Tucano. It is designed as a trainer and counter-insurgency ground attack aircraft. The professor who came up with this lame brained idea suggested that the plane could keep up with terrorist controlled or hijacked airliners. What he seemed to have missed is that modern airliners can fly at 530 mph. The Tucano peaks out at 346 mph. The terrorists would leave the Canadian Air Force in their dust as they fly on towards the Parliament Buildings.
Many lefties have good righteous intentions. They basically mean well. But most of the time they are not the type of people that are students of military and geo-strategic issues. They are concerned with feeding and clothing the poor and saving the polar bears. They tend to stay away from analyzing the newest Russian torpedo technology or American laser beam weaponry. So they get these ludicrous ideas regarding military issues and plop them onto the table.
In terms of everybody’s safety these people should stay mum on these topics until they do the proper research. Or maybe have a long sit down with Gwynne Dyer.