T-Bone claims that a guy just checked me out on our way to get a croissant from Holt’s. I highly doubt this. If he was straight, he was checking her out; if he was gay, surely he’d have better taste in men.

[tags]broken gaydar[/tags]

Happy Canada Day indeed

This morning the Globe and Mail replays some blog and newsgroup postings by the wives of some of the recently captured Canadian terror suspects. It’s not terrifying so much as it’s sad; as loathsome as their statements are, it’s obvious that these are the rantings of two women who obviously are not the sharpest knives in the drawer (one of them’s just a kid), and who are just parroting Jihadist rhetoric.

But what’s really terrifying is the comment section. These statements are as bad as anything the women posted online:

  • “The veil should be illegal…you live in Canada….any other citizen running around in a mask would be interogated”
  • “I’m sure that allah and/or muhammed didn’t expect muslims to become the sorriest, cruelest, least cultured, most hateful people in the world”
  • “[W]e should not let anyone in this country with different social values”
  • “I’m not sure we shouldn’t throw out the baby, the bathwater and the BATHTUB containing the Muslim immigration pool, until we have a better handle on it”
  • “You people are a very good reason and example of why we should not be importing individuals from Islamic countries”
  • “[T]hey need to be weeded out of civilized society by every means possible – including control on constitutional rights, if that’s what it takes to destroy this plague – the free world needs to eradicate it like the disease it is”
  • “These wackos are right about one thing, we should round this group up and deport the whole bunch of them…On a different point, is it a good idea to have the father of one or two of these traitors prescribing medicine to our soldiers?”
  • “Send them to Afganistan where they can joing their beloved Taliban and hopefully be bombed into the hereafter that they covet so much”
  • “Personally I think if these people are convicted we should send them to gitmo north, but let’s move it north of Iqaluit first”
  • “When you have people of a religion who’s sole desire is to murder the innocent Men, Women, and Chileren in the Name of their Religion, then you need to truly ask the question is that religion a loving and kind religion”
  • “I believe that we are at the point where we should no longer accept immigrants from Muslim Countries”
  • “[T]he only difference between a militant and a moderate muslim is the length of their beards”
  • “Happy Canada day to all who love our country and to the rest, may we soon hunt you down and eliminate you before you eliminate us!”

One of the early commenters tried valiantly to make some sense of what these women had posted, to explain how these women could arrive at such a mindset. Another, later on, asked the commenters for reason. Sadly, reasoned arguments were hard to come by in this post.

I feel sick to my stomach after reading this.

[tags]terrorism, bigotry, multiculturalism, hate[/tags]

Mystery white boy

One step closer to a movie about Jeff Buckley. Wonder if Brad Pitt’s still interested. He might be a little long in the tooth now.


Some of the headlining films for the Toronto film festival were announced today. I’m excited to see a couple of recent Cannes winners: The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Babel. I think we might actually see 15 movies this year.


OK…first of all, why is CNN giving commentary space to James Dobson? Second, I wonder if Dobson ever sits back and wonders just how much of a backwards, close-minded dick he’ll sound like a generation from now? In fact, that he could possibly compare denying gay people marriage rights to the struggle to end slavery is beyond feebleminded.

[tags]jeff buckley, wind that shakes the barley, babel, james dobson, irrelevant windbag, gay marriage[/tags]

Tarragon & black pepper

Stanzi was back in town today, so T-Bone and I got to have lunch with her. We decided to swing by JS Bonbons on the way home. OK, it was completely out of our way, but it was worth it. I’d almost forgotten how tasty the salted caramel and gianduja truffles are.


More new music that I’m trying to get to: Ships by Danielson, Valhalla by Danny Michel, Ecce Homo by The Hidden Cameras, Bottom Of Barrels by Tilly And The Wall, Eraser by Thom Yorke, and Springtime Can Kill You by Jolie Holland. I’ve already decided to buy Rather Ripped by Sonic Youth, Awoo by The Hidden Cameras (when it’s released) and Begin To Hope by Regina Spektor.

[tags]js bonbons, danielson, danny michel, hidden cameras, tilly and the wall, thom yorke, jolie holland, sonic youth, regina spektor[/tags]

The invisible hand has a cramp

Good news: a new Arcade Fire album doesn’t seem too far off.

Bad news: Sleater-Kinney has broken up. One of the best — if not the best — rock band in North America has called it quits, and were on the upswing when they did it; their last album was their best (and the best album to be released in all of 2005, in my opinion). I will miss their music a great deal.


When a guy who obviously understands the free market system as well as Warren Buffett says “A market system has not worked in terms of poor people,” you know there’s something wrong. No wonder he’s donating $31 billion to charity.

[tags]arcade fire, sleater-kinney, warren buffett[/tags]


What the hell am I supposed to do without any World Cup matches on TV tomorrow?


Come Saturday night I’d like to see Germany, Ukraine, England, and France move on, but I suspect it’ll be Argentina, Italy, Portugal and Brazil instead.


Still on sports, I’m wondering who the Raps’ll take with their #1 pick (which they seem intent on keeping). That article — and my learned colleague PC — suggest it’ll be either LaMarcus Aldridge or Andrea Bargnani. I wish there was a decent point guard available, but I don’t think you can drop a #1 on Marcus Williams.

[tags]world cup, nba draft, toronto raptors, lamarcus aldridge, andrea bargnani, marcus williams[/tags]