Friday, March 13, 2009

A little more on Adam....

(via JMG)

What Will Idol Do With Adam Lambert?

"JMG reader Guy points us to the comments section of an Entertainment Weekly piece that ponders why American Idol hasn't profiled the personal life of openly gay contestant Adam Lambert. After all, we know know that one contestant used to sing his homework, one has a sister who is also blind, and one was just widowed. It's an interesting comment thread, but the Freeper-types are beginning to pile on to a site that normally is quite gay-friendly."
I would stop watching immediately! The line has to be drawn somewhere. There is no difference between homosexuality and bestiality. I will not have my children in an environment where they are brought up to think homosexuality is normal any more than I would tell them it is OK to marry their uncle when they reach the age of 12. I am agnostic BTW. Homosexuality is a sickness like depression or bipolar disorder and should be treated as such.
Okay, I just google-imaged Adam Lambert and now I'm sick to my stomach. There are several photos of him inserting his tongue into another dude's mouth. SICK! That is totally twisted no matter how you slice it!! C'mon people, wake up! I'm wondering why Simon even likes this guy.

"Bottom line: a huge number of people who watch Idol believe that homosexuality is wrong, a sin. If any contestant were to 'come out', he or she would not make it to the top (remember, even the Christians get a vote) AND the show's ratings would take a nosedive. It's popular in 'enlightened' circles and, especially, in the media to speak of homosexuality like it's normal - reality check: most Americans still agree with God - homosexuality is wrong.
It goes back and back in the familiar fashion, but now I'm more curious than ever to see what American Idol does with Lambert and what the reaction will be."

For we Canucks who may not know what a "Freeper" is. It's a right-wing political activist. So-called, because it is the nickname of the denizens of the ultra-right wing Web site (Urban Dictionary)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time for a Musical Interlude...

Nationally, the Tories are sharpening their claws with petty attacks on "Iggy" in the House of Commons.

In the Québec nation, Charest is preparing us for a deficit budget to be unveiled on March 19th which will only add to our provincial debt load. (Already standing at nearly 42% of our GDP)

In Montréal, there is a suggestion that the city tighten up its administration (and thus save some taxpayer's money) by paring down the number of boroughs from 19 to 10. The Mayor's reply is that this isn't the time to be embarking on such a course. Read this interesting column in today's Gazette.

In the USA, California has voted to remove civil rights to a large segment of its population. Nationally, the de-facto leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, wishes failure upon the Obama stimulus package at a time when the world's economy goes down the toilet (largely due to the past Republican economic strategies).

I think it's time for a little 'Judy"...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gay Idol on American Idol?

The LA Times says that American Idol needs to open the closet door. Is it just me or is this season seem gayer than most. I swear I've seen Simon squirming in his chair a lot more. So what's with his obvious admiration for Adam, who at this stage is by far the strongest performer with the possible exception of Lil Rounds?

There has been a lot of rumours spinning around about Adam especially since this photos hit the web last week. It's not that it should matter whether he's gay or not, but if he is, it would be incredible if he was out. It would make a huge difference to those kids that Dustin Lance Black spoke of during his Oscar acceptance speech for best screenplay for "Milk".

I don't think this will happen. The reality is that the mainstream music industry is very homophobic, and coming out on a show that is all about tying up a record deal and being marketed to millions of screaming teen aged girls would take a set of balls that couldn't possibly be confined in the pants Adam was wearing last night.

But I will continue to watch and whether any of the singers are "out" or not, I'm sure that there are many young gays and lesbians out there whose gaydar is sufficiently developed to find their own "idols".

CRTC approves obituary channel

Quebec entrepreneur seeks backing to bring death notices and tributes to the small screen

I'll finally get to star in my very own TV special!

Globe and Mail

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What's happening in Shediac?

Shediac man says brother died in struggle with 3 masked men


I think we get the picture; we’re in the worst recession since the great depression of 1929. And although it still may get worse; we’re all hurting pretty bad right now so can we have some movement, some leadership please?

The “stimulus” package brought forth by Harper has yet to be delivered and distributed. In all honesty, as much as any stimulus is welcome, I’m not sure that it is one, enough and second, efficient.

Even before the money starts flowing, the impact of the Harper government's $40-billion, recession-fighting budget has been swamped by the eroding economic outlook, a leading Canadian economist says.

“It will get ferociously difficult to figure out whether the stimulus is having any impact on the economy – any perceptible impact you can find.”
Mr. Orr and other economists urged Ottawa to ignore pleas to boost stimulus spending further – a move that would deepen a budget deficit already slated to hit $33.7-billion next fiscal year. Read more… Globe and Mail article by Steven Chase

Flaherty urges senators to pass budget bill
CBC News

'I urge you to pass the [budget implementation] bill without delay,' said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, shown preparing for his appearance before the Senate finance committee in Ottawa on Tuesday. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is calling on members of the Senate finance committee to pass the budget implementation bill quickly to bolster the weakened Canadian economy.

"I urge you to pass the bill without delay," Flaherty said Tuesday, urging committee members to pass the bill before leaving for March break holidays next week. "Do not dally,"

Flaherty sparred with Liberal members of the committee, who called on him to divide the bill between economic stimulus measures and non-stimulus moves.

In addition to the stimulus measures, the budget implementation bill also includes changes to pay equity for civil servants, and to acts concerning navigable waters and industry competition.
"You've thrown in the kitchen sink here," said Liberal Senator Art Eggleton.

As always, the Harper government seems incapable of forwarding a bill that does not include a pile of little “cluster bombs” that threaten its passage in the Senate.

One would think that he wants the Senate to block progress; that way he can show how dysfunctional the chamber is and thus gain popular support for his reforms.
Did I say reform? So he appointed 18 senators while the government was suspended…but that was so that he could even up the game by lessening the Liberal Senator majority.

And a game is how Harper plays this government. When Canada needs leadership, vision and hope the most, he is still plotting his next shot at being king. Because nothing matters more that power and if that power means he becomes Prime Minister to a country divided by regional differences, burdened with record levels of unemployment and poverty and devoid of a national arts and culture strategy; then so be it.

Because with absolute power, these things won’t figure in his plans to be the best damn President Canada never had.

Before Heath and Jake, there was Laurel & Hardy

Thanks to the 2Blowhards site, I came across this video which was a most welcome distraction from the persistent doom and gloom raining down upon us each day.

“I guess everybody enjoys moving to The Gap Band!” - 2blowhards

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hummm, what if...?

From Joe.My.God:

It's also amusing to read the angry comments by atheists on YouTube who clearly didn't watch the clip long enough to get the satire. Video by Edward Current.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

We'll Sing in the Sunshine

A beautiful pre-spring day in Montreal!
I just come across this song and it reminded me so much of going to Parlee beach in Shediac in the summer that I can smell the hot asphalt, the sand and saltwater. As I was about twelve when this song came out, I also,remember the gas fumes inside my dad's 59 Pontiac and having to make a few "ditch" stops along Old Shediac road.

I feel Gale Garnett is very underrated. Her voice was very sutry and sounded amazing singing folk, country or jazz. When I first moved to Toronto, the very first musical that I saw was Hair, and Ms. Garnett played the role of Sheila. This show made a huge impression on me and I've been a Musical Theatre Queen ever since.

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