The Rants of Issachar

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Live Blogging CBC... Apparently I grew up in a cult...

Ha! I'm listening to Q on the CBC Radio 1 stream right now, (obviously that link isn't going to point you at what I'm listening to right now, and the Jian Ghomeshi is interviewing a couple of musicians. Their new record is called Lucky and the title they played after the interview was See these bones.

The guy was talking about how he was reacting to the idea of authority and how he realized he wishes there was one. And he mentioned he grew up Episcopalian, but in a "faking" way. (i.e. They'd fake it when they were over at his grandmother's house). But then he mentioned that his father grew up in a fundamentalist Christian cult in London during the blitz.

Then there's another detail...

It's a little cult called the "Plymouth Brethren". LOL. That's the church I grew up in.

Update: 10:44pm
I still don't know who was being interviewed, but I decided to throw up that post right away so I could claim the liveblogging bit. (Lame I know). See These Bones is a good song...

Update: 10:48pm
Okay, I googled the song and I found out that the group is called Nada Surf, and Lucky hasn't been released yet. I won't be able to figure out which one of the guys being interviewed grew up in the "cult" though. :P

Based on the "no radio, no newspapers" bit that he mentioned, I'm assuming that his father was in the exclusive brethren. Not sure though. Anyway, it almost goes without saying, but the Plymouth Brethren are not a cult. They absolutely are fundamentalist Christians, but they're certainly not a cult. Funny... :)

Update: 10:54pm
I don't know how long this link will last, but Nada Surf has a player on their site that will play Lucky. Enjoy.

Update: 11:06pm
I must have been listening to a recording because CBC has the podcast of the episode up. It's amazing how much I can pull up off the net sometimes in just a half hour while I'm listening to the radio. Anyway, the Plymouth Brethren reference is at 22:25 and it's Matthew Caws whose father grew up Plymouth Brethren, but the CBC cut the part where they played Lucky from the podcast. (Copyright issue I assume).

Update: 11:17pm
I need to go to sleep because I have work tomorrow, but Fr. Justin (Edward) Hewlett, (my friend and former coworker at MRCS who also grew up Plymouth Brethren, but subsequently became an Orthodox Priest), left a comment and got me thinking further on the Exclusive Brethren theme.

Garrison Keillor also grew up Plymouth Brethren, and I think his family was exclusive brethren. I love his work, and I was listening to his recording of The Hopeful Gospel Quartet after dinner at my parents place on Sunday. Beautiful music, but also really funny. Did you know Gospel music mixes well with humour?

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Free Speech, Ezra Levant & the Mohammed cartoons

I'm not going to make a very long post because I've got to go to bed, but I heard today that Ezra Levant got hauled up in front of the Alberta Human Rights Commission on Friday for publishing those cartoons about Mohammed in the Western Standard.

There a bunch of YouTube videos posted on Mr. Levant's website and they're worth looking at.

Of course I published the same cartoons on my blog nearly two years ago, so I'm a little more interested in this case than some people might be. People should be interested in this case though. It goes to the fundamental value of free speech. The right to free speech should never be infringed just because someone is offended or hurt by what is said.

Ironically, David Ahenakew was also in the news today. Mr. Ahenakew was the former native leader who was stripped of his order of Canada and subsequently found guilty of "promoting hatred" for his statements about Jews and the Holocaust in 2003. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that ordered a new trial for Mr. Ahenakew.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Russian couple reunited after 60 years

I don't normally just post links to stories, but this one is sweet. (And sad).

Anna Kozlov and her husband Boris were separated three days after their wedding sixty years ago due to Stalin's purges. They found each other by chance sixty years later.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stephen Harper and Women

The National Post ran a story on Sunday about Stephen Harper's apparently low polling with women. I just caught Raphael Alexander's blog entry about the issue today so I'm posting nearly a week late.

As to whether or not women are less inclined to vote for the Conservatives, (or more for the Liberals & NDP), I think it's about as relevant as to whether or not men are more inclined to vote Conservative. That is, it's relevant in a strategic political sense, but bears little correlation if any as to whether or not Conservative policies are superior.

That said, I found this quote from the article irritating.

"He's like a walking brain. There's no warmth to the guy," said Judy Rebick, a Ryerson University professor and former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women who once ran provincially as an NDP candidate.

One of the Harper government's most high-profile decisions regarding women came in fall 2006, when it cut $5-million in administrative funding from Status of Women Canada, an agency that promotes gender equality.

The catch is that the National Action Committee on the Status of Women was in part funded by Status of Women Canada. This is something that requires disclosure when you're making comments about the virtues of funding Status of Women Canada. Of course Ms. Rebick may well have disclosed it and it may not have made it in the article, but I doubt it.

Should the government be funding special interest groups like the National Action Committee on the Status of Women? Would Ms. Rebick think it perfectly acceptable for the government to fund Real Women Canada which according to their site promotes "equality for all women"?

Neither Real Women Canada nor the National Action Committee of the Status of Women represent "women" because "women" aren't a monolithic group. So should the government be funding them at all?

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