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 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

snowywolfowl: (Default)

 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

snowywolfowl: (Default)

 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
I know I said a long time ago when Agent Orange's foreign scandal broke that Ronald Reagan was spinning in his grave so fast he was generating his own magnetic field. After watching that cringe inducing cabinet meeting/Dear Leader love in/shameless bootlicking session I'm expanding that to every signer of the Declaration of Independence.

If this is the new normal for the Executive Branch then American democracy, at least as its generally existed for almost 250 years, is pretty much done.  Really only one question now remains.

Where did I put my popcorn? This is some seriously entertaining shit to watch, in a plane crash/mass casualty sort of way.
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
So first off congrats to the Pens for winning their fifth Stanley Cup, and congratulations to Nashville for having a truly great playoffs. There's no shame in losing a series in six games especially against such a talented team like Pittsburgh.

Now about the refereeing. Sit down NHL. We need to have a talk. Look, I understand the rule that states that when a referee loses sight of the puck they are to blow the play dead. I understand the rationale behind it, namely to keep players from shish kabobbing their opponents in the goal crease or corner when the puck is clearly underneath a player. And yes, I agree with the rationale there. However Nashville tonight was clearly robbed of a good goal and as I'm understanding it three referees, every camera angle, and every player on the ice can see that the puck was nowhere near Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray when it was poked into the net yet it can't be awarded as a good goal?

Really? You do realize that you now allow coaches to challenge goalie interference and offsides now. Not only that you've allowed goalies to be sat on MMA style for goals that counted this playoff but that one can't be immediately ruled good? Lets just say that I know I'm missing something here and hope you do too. :-p

Ok. I"m just going to file that under "More Bad NHL Refereeing" and move on. In the final tally Pittsburgh won the series because they were the better team overall and that's the truth.  Still....
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
Ok, ok. I surrender. Nashville's crowd's energy is winning me over. I mean seriously at this point in the game I think Pittsburgh just wants to score to shut them up a bit. Add in the crowd thanking the announcer for his last minute of play announcements and the intermission bands and you've got a hockey town right now.

I like it. :-)

Although what is it with ice hockey and seafood?
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
1. If you told me my team would come within a seventh game, sudden death overtime of eliminating the defending champs and going to the Stanley Cup final I'd have called you unforgivably optimistic. Well done on your season, Senators. Well done. :-) And good on you Craig Anderson on your upcoming Bill Masterson Trophy win. If you don't win then call the cops and report the robbery. :-)

2. Are there ANY members of Donald Trump's administration that aren't being investigated by the FBI or skewered by SNL? If I didn't know better I'd think they weren't very good at running the USA. At the risk of acronym overload this whole situation is a SNAFU of epic proportions that is becoming more FUBAR'd by the minute.

Ah for the good old days when a president giving the Russians classified intel from the Israeli's would cause the entire Republican party and its base to have a collective rage aneurysm. I miss you, Obama! :-)

3. The Ontario election is coming up and I'm voting NDP this time. I voted for Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals last time which wasn't a mistake per se in that it helped keep the Conservatives from power but....well, lets just say I held my nose, was proven correct in my concerns, and will vote for the NDP this time as a result. Assuming of course I don't get robo calls from the Conservatives misdirecting me to the wrong polling station so I don't vote. Such mischevious scamps, Conservatives. :-)

And for anyone who wants to ask "Why not just try the Conservatives" I'll just direct you to this article from Maclean's by Scott Gilmore, a Conservative Party of Canada member entitled "Confessions of a Self-Loathing Tory" http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/confessions-of-a-self-loathing-tory/ that pretty accurately explains why I have given up on ever voting for the Conservatives, at least in their current configuration. It's a good read and articulates the big problems the Right Wing in North America has that prevent it from being palatable to moderate centrist swing voters like me.

4. I read a story about a postal worker who refused to give a comatose woman CPR and considering their reason was "I believed she had fentanyl on her shirt" I don't blame them one bit. After reading about the horror stories, the stats for abuse in my area, and the lethality of fentanyl if I found someone passed out I honestly wouldn't touch them either. I may be for legalization of drugs with proper regulation but when the substance in question is so lethal it can kill people through incidental skin contact then that's well outside the spirit of that concept.

I wish I had an answer but that is one problem that is going to get much worse before it gets better.

5. I wish I had something interesting about me to say but I never do. That's probably never going to change.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
*Closes web browser after reading about Agent Orange's latest exploits*

Seriously, I have nothing. Ball is in your court American People.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
All credit to [livejournal.com profile] bubblesbrnaid for inspiring me to do another of these. Since I'm on call for tomorrow I'm going to do Days 1 and 2 because, well, just because. :-)

Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title

Really, when it comes to musicians are their really any on the planet who are greater than Neil Young? Yes! Too many to count, actually. :-) But I love the fact he just DOES. I'd like to have a little more of that back in my life, frankly.




Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title

Completely irrelevant and unnecessary personal fact - I used to do a fairly reasonable version of this song back in high school. Let me just say the hardest part is getting through the final third without your right arm cramping up and/or falling off.

More relevant trivia fact. The song and video were inspired by the book "Johnny Got his Gun". The dialogue parts are from the film version.


snowywolfowl: (Senators)
Look I personally think Don Cherry of "Hockey Night in Canada"s entire fashion philosophy is based on a dare but yikes! That most recent suit that's blowing up Twitter? I literally snorted beer when I saw that fashion crime scene during the first intermission of the hockey game.

Note that when I say crime scene I mean it literally.

Behold! The suit of death!



I love the look on Ron Maclean's face here too. I mean sure its a vidcap so its only capturing a single instant of a five plus minute long tv session but it just seems like he's begging the viewers to call 911 here.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Ok. I'll admit that I'm not sure if this is just Sean Spicer being incredibly bad at communicating White House policy or if White House policy is starting to trend towards holocaust denial. Sadly considering Trump's staff both are plausible.

One thing I do know that Mr. Spicer clearly didn't about the difference between Assad and Hitler is this. Assad brings his chemical weapons to his victims in the streets. Hitler brought his victims to his chemical weapons in concentration camps. Whether that is an inconsequential or all important difference the fact remains that Hitler did use them and with a horrifying efficiency Assad can only dream of.

And no, I do not want Mr. Spicer to resign or be forced out. He's the perfect messenger to relay this nightmare's mix of horror and amusement.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Just to post something other than dark humour tonight here's a nice cover of Rush's "Time Stand Still" by Surreal. As weird as this sounds I like how it feels like its missing something important (the bass and drums) yet still delivers a full arrangement. It just works.

Enjoy! :-)

snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
So don't get me wrong. I found the idea of a paying customer just being told "Nope, you paying for our service means nothing" to be both a sobering reminder that consumer protections are essential in a capitalist society, and that use of force needs to be reined in significantly in North America. But really, I found the video of the man being dragged down the aisle like a bag of trash, his glasses and dignity eschew, all bloodied up, to be funny in the type of dark, gallows humour way that lets me get through day after hopeless day.

And really if you look at it through that lens its freakin' hilarious, which is the BIG problem for United. After seeing them just randomly select someone for a complimentary beating in a time when you can't even get a drink without mortgaging your soul can you really blame me for wondering if their preflight safety briefings will now be starting with "Sit down and shut the f**k up, now here's how you put on your seatbelt"? Or to wonder if United will start a new anti-air rage campaign where they threaten to deplane problem passengers mid-flight? Again the sketch comedy potential of that makes me chuckle and that chuckle now has the name United.

Look I get the airline industry has very tight profit/loss margins, jittery passengers worried about terrorism, the TSA, drunk passengers, drunk pilots, worries about design flaws and system failures, lost luggage and of course, crashes. No one airline can stand immune from all that but geesh United went over and above to become the face of all that consumers dislike about flying and they did it with style. How they responded to it is now their brand and like I said, its hilarious.
snowywolfowl: (Window on World)
Yep. Its that time of the day.

TIME FOR METAL!!!!!!


Hey I haven't had a chance to play my guitar lately. Time to indulge myself in some slow slithery riffs mixed with power chords run through my two distortion pedals. And yes, sometimes I do use them both at the same time. Tonight will be one of those nights.:-)
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Regular readers of my blog have no doubt clued in that I really think Donald Trump is the most glorious joke of national leadership since Emperor Tiberious told his nephew Caligula that he was going to rule after him*. That being said, I have to give him credit for the invaluable legwork he is doing, legwork that will make it so much easier for his neo-nazi successors to finish the job of destroying American democracy.

Face it guys. If you don't have a free press that's able to freely report on government without being retaliated against, maligned, and excluded then you won't have a democracy for much longer. That's how it works.




*Legend has it that when Tiberius told Caligula he would rule after him Caligula asked "Is this a joke, uncle?" to which Tiberious replied "No, but it will be."  I'll leave it to you to decide for yourself if Trump's actions so far fall into the same category. As for me, I had my answer long ago.
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
I know hockey is a rough game and players are often battered, bruised and bloodied numerous times throughout their careers but the Red Wing's Gustav Nyquist's spearing Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon in the face is one of the worst intent to injure moves I've ever seen.  Hopefully the NHL sees it the same way and hammers him with a minimum 10 game suspension for this type of dangerous bullshit.

Here's the video and don't worry, there's actually no blood albeit solely by dumb luck. If the blade had been two inches higher it would have been a lot more gory and almost certainly career ending.

Lay the hammer down, Player Safety. Lay the hammer down.

snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
In a nutshell my thoughts on it are this. Its up to the Ambassador's country to choose who they want to send as the representative of their nation, and if they think Sarah Palin is the perfect embodiment of both America and its current Administration then its really not for me or any other Canadian to argue that choice. At least that's how diplomacy usually works although I strongly doubt that will be the case here no matter who they send.

I would however suggest she take language lessons in at least one of our two official languages so that she can speak one of them understandably. That's not a hack at her. I just expect an ambassador to be able to deliver news of an impending trade war or military invasion in a coherent fashion.

*shrug*
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Kellie Leitch wants to ensure that all immigrants to Canada are screened to make sure they hold Canadian values. What I'd like to know is how this sort of dog whistle politics protects our citizens, immigrants and other residents who are enjoying the Canadian value of worshipping however they choose to from being shot by white, non-Muslim, native born racist mass murderers.  Considering she wants to be PM and is campaigning on a Trumpist platform its a valid question with an easy answer.

It doesn't. All Trumpism brings is death, lies, and misery.

Oh, and with regards to the alternate facts and fake news claiming that there was a second, Muslim shooter arrested. It is true that a gentleman was arrested outside of the mosque after running away from the police. He was released once they realized he was actually a witness who thought the armed police that responded were gunmen returning to kill more people. Given the situation I think running was a perfectly understandable response. I know I would of.


And now for the final thought. I really, really need something else I can post about because my mental health isn't going to be able to withstand having to constantly post about Trumpist stupidity and violence.
snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
....but because they were Muslims praying in a mosque do they matter? They do to me.

As per my usual policy I'm going to hold off further commentary until more news is released. Needless to say I am NOT happy about this.
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
I have to confess that I used to think you were close to Satan incarnate but after body checking Justin Bieber into the boards during a celebrity hockey game this weekend I'm more than willing to reevaluate your career!



And for those who think this was unnecessary or brutal let me assure you Bieber got off light. If it had been a real game Pronger might have knocked him unconscious and then stomped on his leg. The guy had 8 suspensions and 1500 penalty minutes after all.

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