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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Les Plumes des Peau-Rouges de Nepean attérissent sur le Rouge-et-Noir d’Ottawa

La région de l’Outaouais va bientôt accueillir un nouveau club de football. Ce sera la 3e fois que l’équipe renait de ces cendres : les Ottawa Rough Riders ont fait faillite en 1996, et encore en 2006, sous le nom «Renegades». À l’époque, les partisans Franco-Ontariens (et Gatinois) s’attendaient à ce qu’une équipe en difficulté financière fasse des efforts pour rejoindre le maximum de disciples, incluant les 250 000 francophones de la région. Ils sont restés sur leur faim. Les Renegades avaient même omis d’offrir leur site web en français.  (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Ottawa’s RedBlacks, Redskins and Blackface

The National Capital Region will soon welcome a new CFL football club. This will be the third time the team rises from its ashes: the Ottawa Rough Riders went bankrupt in 1996, and again in 2006 under the Renegades moniker. At the time, Franco-Ontarian football fans (and those in nearby Gatineau, QC) expected a club in financial trouble would make efforts to reach as many supporters as possible, including 250,000 Francophones in the region. Fat chance. The Renegades even failed include French on their official website.

It was handled to poorly that the English media is begging the new football (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The new epidemic: Death cults and the culture of despair

An article in The Atlantic speaks to the growing death-fetish that is gripping more and more youth. It is a bad omen for the state of modern industrial civilization as a whole, I would contend, and it indicates a broader trend toward anxiety, hopeless and despair, which must be confronted and overcome – if, that […]

The Canadian Progressive: NOT Offended By Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” Lyrics

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week “Accidental Racist”, the new duet by country singer Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J made a lot of people uncomfortable. Angry even. It caused an online backlash. A pop music critic with the Toronto Star said: ‘Accidental Racist’ makes Brad Paisley and LL Cool [...]

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The Equivocator: Stop reading this and go watch Borgen.

Seriously. Click here to purchase the first 2 seasons.

Need more convincing? Here is why I enjoy”Borgen” so thoroughly:

I am a political nerd. Like most political nerds I am able to quote (and subconsciously merge with reality) all 7 seasons of “The West Wing.” For a few months one of my colleagues at work made a point of recommending the Danish political drama Borgen to me a number of times corresponding with my referencing of Aaron Sorkin’s 2nd best television series.* I finally decided to obtain a copy of the first 2 seasons (with subtitles because that forces me

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Law is Cool: Chess Master, You May Approach the Bench

Ever want to take on an opponent in court from the comfort of your living room? This legal themed chess set might provide an outlet.

“Approach the Bench” was designed by a lawyer’s son as a gift to his dad. After realizing there aren’t many legal-themed chess sets out there, the man behind the idea decided to make his own.

From the website:

The chessboard is uniquely “stepped” to resemble a jury-box and a bench… handcrafted from cold cast bronze and Italian stone tile.

You can also see Lady Justice as the Queen, a bailiffs as knights, attorneys as bishops, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Lisa Lampanelli Goes “My Nigga” and “Beyotch” About Lena Dunham

This is how Lisa Lampanelli, the self-anointed Queen of Mean, described the following photo of herself with Lena Dunham, the creator of GIRLS: “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!” Your take? Racist? Sexist? The Canadian Progressive recommends: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim This Global Violence Against Women READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: An audio essay by the CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi, the host of “Q”, a national daily cultural affairs talk program on the CBC’s Radio One, weighs in on the Idle No More grassroots movement for First Nations rights in Canada. Ghomeshi tackles the slogan, the hashtag, and the movement. RELATED: Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill Canadian Labour READ MORE

The Equivocator: Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Even if you didn’t know that the 1999 masterpiece “Deep Blue Sea” was about super-intelligent sharks before hand, Saffron Burrows’s character (Dr. Susan McCallister) interacts with a 3D computer model 14 minutes into the movie showing us all that the sharks mentioned in the previous expository scene have gigantic brains.

The plot of the film involves a scientific testing facility located on a re-purposed oil derrick where a pharmaceutical company is expanding the size of shark’s brains in hope of developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The main crew of the facility is (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Top Twenty Things Harper Can Do with Money Saved from Cancelled F-35 Purchase

Looks like Christmas came early : the news leaked that the much-criticized F-35 military jet purchase, first estimated at $16Billion or  $25Billion or $30B or $40B, has been cancelled.

Did Harper finally come to his senses about a jet which was rumoured not to function in nordic climates, have radar issues, and ever-growing costs.

Halleluiah!

I’d love for Canada to use the money to buy back its once-pristine international reputation, but even $40B won’t suffice.

Let us contemplate how Canada could spend the cash! Bring Nordiques back to Québec City! Bribe a corrupt Canadian mayor to change their (Read more…)

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Teaser from The Fridgularity: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Fridgularity is a satire of Internet culture, so that means it’s rife with pop-culture references, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of them. I can’t tell you any more, as that would be a spoiler. But I … Continue reading … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Teaser from The Fridgularity: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Law is Cool: Law Student Booted Off the Bachelor

Gabrielle Dipersico is a 1L who just got booted off the television sitcom, The Bachelor. Her lesson from the ordeal?

Maybe next time I won’t be as direct with people, I guess.

Let’s see how that works out for you in practice.

Paulitical Satire: Justin Trudeau Excites People – And That’s a Good Thing!

So, I’ve been following the recent chatter about Justin Trudeau (or JT as some people have come to call him, both ironically and not) with interest and a bit of a laugh. I thought that my writing about this was done with my previous post on the topic. However, I’ve now come to realize that I’ll likely be writing about this a lot in the coming months, especially now that he has officially joined the leadership race. Sorry in advance to those that don’t care.Except, that I think most people in fact do care…at least a little. Love . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Justin Trudeau Excites People – And That’s a Good Thing!

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stephen Harper trumpeted his lust for Brit colonialism in 2006 speech

At the heart of our relationship is the golden circle of the Crown which links us all together with the majestic past that takes us back to the Tudors, the Plantagenets, the Magna Carta, habeas corpus, petition of rights, and English common law […] all those massive stepping stones which the people of the British race shaped and forged to the joy, and peace, and glory of mankind […] much of what Canada is today we can trace to our origins as a colony of the British Empire. Now I know it’s unfashionable to refer to colonialism in anything other (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: La francophonie affaiblie au fédéral

MISE A JOUR: Le HuffingtonPost Québec publiera ce texte dans les jours qui viennent.  En ce Jour de la Francophonie en Ontario, l’heure et au bilan du fait français dans la province la plus peuplée et dans le reste du Canada.La Loi sur les langues officielles fut adoptée par le Parlement du Canada en 1969. La loi proclame l’anglais et le français en tant que langues officielles de l’État fédéral canadien. La triste théorie suggère que le Premier Ministre Harper n’a fait preuve ni de rigueur, ni de respect envers les francophones, quoiqu’ils forment presqu’un quart de (Read more…)

Paulitical Satire: Your iPhone is Making You an Idiot!

So, last week was iPhone launch week, and as per usual a newer, sexier device is now out there for everyone to drool over. Have you seen it…it’s pretty sexy. Despite the general horniness that people have for the newest piece of Apple tech, I don’t think we ever really stop and think about the impact this and other smartphones are having on our everyday lives and relationships. Remember when you’d make plans, and have to see them through because changing them on the fly was impossible? Or how leaving a message on an answering machine was perfectly . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Your iPhone is Making You an Idiot!

Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

So, while all the little little kiddies went back to school last week, the bigger kiddies are heading back to classes today in most cases. Given that, I thought I would dispense some “I wish I knew then what I know now” typed advice for students going to University and College. As usual, our wonderful videographer, William Matthews, has done the video with the crispness and awesomeness you’ve come to expect. He did such a good job, he somehow fooled me into dancing to the music of a Republican (Alice Cooper)!All that aside, hopefully you find the . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

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Paulitical Satire: Holiday Movie Monday

So, the last weekend of summer is upon us loyal readers! I hope that you are currently enjoying the last day of the last long weekend, of this wonderful summer that was. It’s not everyday the Movie Monday falls on a holiday, so I wanted to give you all a little Labour Day gift. Our fantastic videographer, William Matthews, has truly outdone himself this time. Forget that Queen Streetcar Video from a couple months back, the great outdoors offer views that are second to none. There isn’t as much beer in this video as the other, but I . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Holiday Movie Monday

Paulitical Satire: Built to NOT Last – Movie Monday

So, most of us have been there at some point, standing at an Ikea asking ourselves “do I need yet another Billy bookcase?” We know it will be of the lowest quality, and maybe even break during our home construction process. But it’s cheap…it will do the job…and we can just throw it away some day.This week, our illustrious videographer William Matthews and I take a look at the growing culture of disposability and some of the issues associated with the phenomenon. Whether it’s WalMart, Zellers or Ikea, at some point we’ve all bought some cheap . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Built to NOT Last – Movie Monday

Paulitical Satire: #FF Yourself!! A Follow Friday You’ll Thank Me For

Sometimes I worry that I am actually trapped in the Matrix…

So, I was doing my normal dance around the internet, reading pieces of news from all corners. While I blog mostly politics, I like to stay up on the news of the day for lots of topics. I find twitter.com particularly helpful for this, as the coolest stuff hits there first. But, that’s not the point of this post…sadly the point is something far more chilling.I somehow stumbled upon this news article, which led me to this FAR more terrifying one. The second one (which . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: #FF Yourself!! A Follow Friday You’ll Thank Me For

Paulitical Satire: They Added WHAT to the Dictionary!?

So, every year (sometimes twice a year) the powers that be at Miriam Webster and a smattering of other dictionaries go through a process of adding new words with formal definitions into the dictionary. While each time this happens I tend to just shake my head, this year was particularly bad. With additions like “sexting” and “f-bomb” making it into our big book of language I just had to figure out what’s going on.Thus, for this weeks Movie Monday our wonderful videographer William Matthew not only makes us a great video but also helps us out with another area . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: They Added WHAT to the Dictionary!?

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Aging Nostalgia

This chart imparts two important points to me: I am older than the average American I had no idea the movie Forrest Gump was so important. The list is marginally less depressing than a game a co-worker of mine used … Continue reading →

Paulitical Satire: Canada at the Olympics – Follow Friday – #FF

So, we started this week with some talk about the Olympics, and I took my usual turn and looked at the issues people weren’t paying enough attention to, or really caring about. The feedback I got was really good, and I appreciate all the kind words about my triple jump. I’m considering trials for Rio already…if you’re a triple jump coach, I might need some final help preparing.Anyway, it occurred to me that one thing I didn’t really get to do was celebrate our awesome Olympians. Thus, given my week of picking top 3s…here are my top . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Canada at the Olympics – Follow Friday – #FF