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  • Dave Muscato of American Atheists Proclaims He Is a Girl

    11/24/2014 11:33:45 AM PST · 40 of 45
    RansomOttawa to IrishBrigade
    ...have no clue what you’re referring to...but clearly it didn’t win any Oscars for screenplay...

    As a matter of fact . . .

  • Dave Muscato of American Atheists Proclaims He Is a Girl

    11/24/2014 7:20:04 AM PST · 23 of 45
    RansomOttawa to massmike
    I see no woman here.

    Can American Atheists provide, you know, empirical evidence of her existence?

  • Dave Muscato of American Atheists Proclaims He Is a Girl

    11/24/2014 7:15:34 AM PST · 20 of 45
    RansomOttawa to massmike

    So an organization that has for decades railed against a nonexistent God, now employs a nonexistent woman.

    The irony’s so thick . . .

  • Who polluted Robin Hood?

    11/23/2014 11:59:02 AM PST · 15 of 33
    RansomOttawa to Morpheus2009
    I think the point that gets missed is that the medieval times in England, under, I believe, the Same John mentioned in Robin Hood, signed the Magna Carta, which is part of the foundation for the U.S..

    He signed the Magna Carta under duress, and Pope Innocent III sided with him, annulling it after John complained that the charter compromised the Pope's rights as a lord (England being a vassal state of the Vatican). This led to civil war.

    John wasn't exactly the cartoon villain that the legends portray him as, but he was cruel, autocratic, and not a little corrupt.

  • Radical Ferguson Group Starts Amazon Wedding Registry to Get People to Buy Their Riot Supplies

    11/17/2014 9:33:41 PM PST · 8 of 38
    RansomOttawa to 2ndDivisionVet

    We can hope that The People will rise up and buy them pickle trays. Not gift-wrapped. of course.

  • Ferguson Activists Promise to "Burn City to the Ground" if Wilson not Charged

    11/17/2014 7:43:08 PM PST · 104 of 105
    RansomOttawa to rightistight
    Whatever floats your boat, dude. It's not my nest you're fouling.
  • A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

    11/17/2014 7:06:47 PM PST · 36 of 91
    RansomOttawa to 2ndDivisionVet
    Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

    I guess Chimpy McHitler didn't count as a president. (Or, to be fair, the 'toon for that matter.)

  • 54 Australian Men 'Gave Birth' Last Year

    11/16/2014 5:09:38 PM PST · 33 of 46
    RansomOttawa to PROCON
    It is likely that the men giving birth were born female but identify as male and kept their female reproductive organs after transitioning.

    Brilliant deduction, Sherlock.

  • 54 Australian Men 'Gave Birth' Last Year

    11/16/2014 5:02:39 PM PST · 31 of 46
    RansomOttawa to PROCON
    Alternative headline: "Female Reproductive Systems Still Functioning Normally, Despite Delusions of Masculinity."
  • This gal REALLY IS all about the bass

    11/16/2014 4:57:13 PM PST · 14 of 18
    RansomOttawa to bolobaby
    Nonetheless, she made a fairly crass song sound classy.

    I thought the same thing. It's remarkable how a tasteful jazz arrangement, performed by musicians who can actually play—not to mention sing like they don't have a mouth full of pebbles—makes the crass sound, well, coy.

  • 'I'm gonna lock your ass up': Footage emerges of Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown . . .

    11/16/2014 3:45:02 PM PST · 148 of 158
    RansomOttawa to Scoutmaster

    Hmph.

    So Wilson got put out because someone didn’t respect his authoritah.

    Doesn’t mean that Michael Brown didn’t earn what he got through his own poor behaviour.

    But it still looks bad for him - not because it has anything to do with the current issue, but because critical thinking is sorely lacking. People aren’t taught how to think, but unfortuantely they’re told what to think by the media and other agenda-setters.

  • Democrats Discover Race Baiting

    11/08/2014 3:15:41 PM PST · 17 of 17
    RansomOttawa to Kaslin
    The New York Times editorial page was outraged. “The anti-Dukakis TV commercial [is] playing on fears of black criminals,” the paper said. The commercial and “the scurrilous fund-raising letter” were funded by a “flow of sewer money,” the editorial added.

    Democrats were convinced that the commercial and another anti-crime ad (the revolving door commercial) were the reason they lost the election. Said Dukakis campaign manager Susan Estrich:

    The symbolism was very powerful...you can't find a stronger metaphor, intended or not, for racial hatred in this country than a black man raping a white woman....I talked to people afterward....Women said they couldn't help it, but it scared the living daylights out of them.

    It has always fascinated me that the (in)famous "revolving door" ad is so closely linked with race baiting. Not only is Horton not named, but of all the convicts walking through the revolving door, none of them is clearly black: they're all Caucasian. (It was actually an earlier ad, produced by a PAC, that named Horton and his crimes and displayed his mug shot.)

  • EPA Puts Inert Argon on List of Banned Pesticide Ingredients

    11/08/2014 1:32:44 PM PST · 42 of 53
    RansomOttawa to PROCON

    Argon is dangerous! It’s a major component of those horrible incandescent light bulbs.

  • Rapper Big Paybacc Shot Dead In McDonald's

    11/08/2014 1:14:29 PM PST · 121 of 133
    RansomOttawa to Oldeconomybuyer
    The star, whose 2011 track Gangsta Luv has been viewed more than 250,000 times on YouTube, was gunned down by an attacker who walked in and opened fire.

    After listening to Gangsta Luv, I imagine the perp thought he was doing the music industry a favour.

  • Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing man at construction site

    11/04/2014 10:47:20 AM PST · 61 of 68
    RansomOttawa to cripplecreek
    When I worked in a sawmill I got into the habit of wearing my hardhat in a hurry. Moving around in the maze of steel I-beams meant smacking your head a lot.

    My first full-time summer job was as an engineering techician at a mine. I didn't like wearing a hard hat, but I did it. One day I was doing some work in one of the surface plants, turned a corner, and smacked my head so hard on a pipe, I was flat on my back before I knew what had happened.

    Didn't hurt a bit, though. In fact, I couldn't get up for a couple minutes because I was laughing so hard. Never complained about hard hats again.

  • Humiliation for Scotland as Japan's whisky is named 'best in world'

    11/03/2014 11:25:42 AM PST · 38 of 42
    RansomOttawa to katana
    Oh, and the Japanese (and American & Canadian) versions of “Whisky” are required by international trademark agreement to be spelled “Whiskey”. Even if the method of distilling and aging (in used American fired oak Bourbon barrels) is the same and they’re informally calling it Scotch.

    Only Irish and American products are actually spelled whiskey, and in at least the American case, that's not even universal. Pretty much everywhere else in the world (including Scotland, Canada, and Japan), it's spelled whisky.

  • Univ. of Cincinnati Teaches that People Who Say They are Male, if Born Male, are Privileged

    11/03/2014 10:10:18 AM PST · 12 of 23
    RansomOttawa to therightliveswithus
    In other words, if you were born a male and consider yourself a male, you are privileged. If you were born a female and identify yourself as a female, you are privileged.

    If I'm so privileged, how come I'm not the one who gets to decide whose changeroom I can shower in?

  • Doctor Who Dark Water review: Gender reassignment and life after death launch a challenging finale

    11/02/2014 10:46:26 PM PST · 28 of 31
    RansomOttawa to PapaBear3625
    Which brings in an interesting possibility: are the "Time Lords" really a different species who just happen to look human, or are they the descendents of human time travelers who traveled into the distant past and settled on Gallifrey?

    Humanoid, but not human. It's established "canon" that they are amongst the oldest and most powerful races in the galaxy. They appear human, but have two hearts, a respiratory bypass that allows them to survive extended periods without air, the ability to heal near-fatal injuries by regenerating, and telepathy. It's implied that they have some sense that enables them to perceive time differently from humans. The Time Lords were originally stellar engineers, who captured a black hole and placed it under their capital on their home planet. It was this near-infinite power source that originally made their time-travel possible. (In the new series, the planet Gallifrey has been destroyed or imprisoned due to a war with the Daleks, and apparently the Doctor now has to refuel his TARDIS by collecting energy from space-time rifts.)

  • Doctor Who Dark Water review: Gender reassignment and life after death launch a challenging finale

    11/02/2014 10:24:43 PM PST · 27 of 31
    RansomOttawa to GeronL
    and yes there are female Time Lords. A previous Doctor mentioned one that became female in one of his “lives”

    <cough>Romana<cough>

  • Doctor Who Dark Water review: Gender reassignment and life after death launch a challenging finale

    11/02/2014 10:19:29 PM PST · 26 of 31
    RansomOttawa to GeronL
    I think Clara is on the way out. Probably.

    That was announced a while back, wasn't it?

  • Doctor Who Dark Water review: Gender reassignment and life after death launch a challenging finale

    11/01/2014 9:57:54 PM PDT · 12 of 31
    RansomOttawa to MNDude
    There was a subtle hint a few years ago that the Master might become a woman, when the John Simms Master died and was cremated, and a woman picks up his ring from the pyre. In "classic" Doctor Who he also had the ability to steal someone else's body. No reason he shouldn't steal a woman's.

    Switching sexes is a classic supervillain ploy. In the Superman comics of the 1940s, the Ultra-Humanite transferred his mind into the body of a woman.

    On top of all that, this was just a really good episode. There was one point where the Doctor remarks that there was something very obvious that he was missing. We're then shown the obvious. It was a head-slapper moment, because I'd been staring right at it, too, and never spotted it.

  • The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind (Salon)

    11/01/2014 7:41:10 PM PDT · 65 of 79
    RansomOttawa to skeeter
    This is the groundwork for eventual criminalization of worship.

    Fortunately, though, it was only on Salon.

  • Woman wanted Starbucks discs, settles for $250

    11/01/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    RansomOttawa to Jonty30
    Personally, I don’t get the attraction of these Tassimo or Keurig machines.

    Convenience. You can get a wide variety of coffees, teas, hot chocolates, etc. in a little self-contained pod: no having to measure or grind your beans, get the water to just the right temperature, or cleaning up afterward, and you end up with a pretty respectable cup of coffee. Yes, the cost per cup is greater than brewing your own. That's the tradeoff for convenience.

    My last workplace had a Keurig machine and a coffee pool. Rather than pay into the pool, for the most part I just used it to make enough hot water for my French press and coffee (freshly ground and brought from home). I don't mind coffee-pod systems—I think they make decent coffee—but I probably wouldn't buy one for myself. As someone who loves cooking, I feel they take away all the fun of making coffee in addition to drinking it. (And if I actually had the money for a coffee machine, I'd probably spend it on a decent espresso maker instead.)

  • Woman wanted Starbucks discs, settles for $250

    11/01/2014 2:51:50 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    RansomOttawa to ConservativeStatement

    I assume a Tassimo coffee maker doesn’t come with a re-usable pod like the Kuerig machines?

    For $250, she can buy a Kuerig and a whole bunch of Starbucks K-cups, and now she has both machines in case Starbucks ever decides to change back!

    That, of course, is assuming the settlement recouped whatever she spent on legal costs. Idiot.

  • Joyful noise: U2's Songs of Innocence

    11/01/2014 2:36:16 PM PDT · 65 of 72
    RansomOttawa to This Just In
    NS: The Beatles, The Stones...
    GS: Elvis, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the numerous classic Motown artists, Madonna, U2, Prince, Pink Floyd...

    I think Simmons makes a point insofar as music from the early 90s onward (with relatively few exceptions) seems more forgettable and "disposable" to me, than what came before.

    On the other hand, the staying power of the pop music of the '80s that I grew up on may be due to the fact that it's currently faddish. Also, what we think of as "classic rock" from the '60s-'80s is really quite different from what got a lot of radio airplay in those decades. My public library has a series of CDs titled "Have a Nice Day: Super Hits of the 70s" (about 25 discs in all), which is a compilation of pop hits from the 1970s. Many of the songs are familiar (and a lot of them topped the Billboard chart at the time). But a playlist from those albums will sound nothing like a playlist from the local classic-rock station, which will play lots of Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, U2, etc., but no Shaun Cassidy, Melanie, Orleans, or Bay City Rollers.

    Obviously after a few decades we've winnowed out what we consider "classic" from the 1970s vs. what was momentarily popular but ultimately forgettable. Perhaps in a decade or two we'll have done the same for the 90s, 2000s, etc.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: “Being Gay Is Among The Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me”

    10/30/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · 133 of 147
    RansomOttawa to Ann Archy
    “Castor & Pollux” were the name of the ship/ships in the Bible....WHY?

    Because the ship in question (i.e. Acts 28:11) was from Alexandria, so its owners were probably Hellenized if not actually Greek. The Twins were regarded as the patrons of sailors, so it was entirely understandable for a Greco-Roman ship to have such a symbol as the figurehead.

  • Introducing Shortwave’s Newest Broadcaster: Global 24 Radio

    10/25/2014 5:22:07 PM PDT · 99 of 117
    RansomOttawa to mylife
    ☺ wish Rush would buy some air.

    I discovered Limbaugh in 1992 or 93 because at the time, he was on a shortwave station: WRNO in New Orleans. I was living in northern Ontario at the time and it was impossible to receive American radio on AM or FM.

    These days when I want to listen in, I do it via the Net, of course, but my Grundig YB-400 is still sitting on my desk.

  • What Pistol did Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers use?

    10/25/2014 2:25:44 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    RansomOttawa to MHGinTN
    As this islamidiot proved, it is however not the optimal assault weapon.

    Did its job on Cpl. Cirillo, though, sadly.

    And long firearms for hunting are unrestricted and easy to come by, at least compared to handguns or sport rifles like the AR-15, so it probably wasn't difficult to obtain one.

    It just goes to show that when you restrict access to one class of weapons, someone really intent on mayhem will use what he can get his hands on. Unfortunately, I feel the liberal screechers will use this as an opportunity to call for greater restrictions on hunting weapons, and a lot of urban Canadians will support it.

  • Introducing Shortwave’s Newest Broadcaster: Global 24 Radio

    10/25/2014 12:12:03 PM PDT · 72 of 117
    RansomOttawa to mylife

    Hm. Might have to tune my Grundig away from the local classic-rock station.

    Bets on how long it takes before all their airtime is bought out by Alex Jones and his ilk?

  • Kyle’s Extra Credit Assignment

    10/25/2014 11:54:57 AM PDT · 103 of 109
    RansomOttawa to 60Gunner
    Did this actually happen?

    I would imagine that there was an actual "Kyle F. Student" who asked for extra credit that Adams refused, noting perhaps that he did not deserve it and it gave him an unfair advantage over his fellow students who actually did the assignments that "Kyle" supposedly blew off, or whatever.

    However, having not been there, I wouldn't know (or assume) that the meeting/email exchange/whatever played out literally as it did in the column. My guess is that the tone of the column is for his readers' benefit, not "Kyle's." Adams uses sarcasm as a literary device, to make his point in an entertaining fashion.

  • Brand new '2001: A Space Odyssey' trailer is gorgeous

    10/25/2014 11:36:41 AM PDT · 74 of 76
    RansomOttawa to St_Thomas_Aquinas
    A 45 year old scifi movie that STILL holds up! And the tech predictions were fairly accurate.

    I agree the movie still holds up visually, although I do find it looks a lot more dated than it did when I first saw it, in my teens, when it was 20 years old instead of nearly 50.

    However, I really don't feel that the tech predictions really held up at all. Note:

    • When 2001 was made, NASA was a year away from landing men on the moon. I was born in 1970 so I don't have firsthand experience of the era but I know that there was a very optimistic tone about man's future in space. I don't think Kubrick and Clark could have anticipated that man would lose interest in the moon, and set foot there for the last time less than 5 years later. Hence there are no moon bases, no regular commercial flights into space, and the closest we've come to a giant floating hotel is the ISS and its rotating crew.
    • Now that people actually live in space for months at a time, we haven't seen the need for velcro slippers. Astonauts have adapted to living in a zero-G environment. (Mind you, I'm sure they'd probably have appreciated a centrifugal toilet if someone had actually invented one.)
    • The computing paradigm of 1968 was timesharing on a central mainframe. Hence Discovery is built around HAL 9000, which oversees all its operations. Kubrick and Clarke didn't see the personal-computer revolution or distributed networking coming: even on spacecraft, computing power is distributed among many smaller computers, not centralized in one big one.
    • HAL went online in 1992. It was optimistic in the extreme to think that he wouldn't be completely obsolete by 2001. Coincidentally I also bought my first PC in 1992. By 1996, it was too underpowered to do what I needed, and I'm pretty sure that by 2001 I couldn't even buy replacement parts for it.

    They also didn't foresee the breakup of the Soviet Union, which rendered the Cold War subplot of 2001 (and 2010, for that matter!) obsolete. Nor could they have predicted that the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie would ultimately lead to the demise of Pan Am, once the most prestigious airline company in the world.

    We really can't fault them, though: what Kubrick and Clarke did in creating their "proverbial good science fiction movie" was intelligently extrapolate on current trends. Even when I saw it for the first time in 1988, it seemed very realistic to me.

  • Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause (Slate - profanity warning)

    10/24/2014 8:01:23 AM PDT · 21 of 28
    RansomOttawa to yldstrk
    A penis owner can make more money digging a ditch than a female college grad.

    As it should be. Digging ditches is hard work, uncomfortable when the weather turns bad, involves a certain amount of risk (which is why ditch diggers wear hard hats and safety shoes), and provides vital infrastructure.

    A female college grad with a gender-studies degree runs the risk of poking herself with a needle while making her vagina costume, but that's about it.

  • Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause (Slate - profanity warning)

    10/24/2014 7:55:23 AM PDT · 19 of 28
    RansomOttawa to MaxMax
    These are the kind of children who need their pictures on the back of milk cartons.
    And are probably the kind who end up missing and never found.

    Nah. You'll be able to find them maybe 12-15 years from now, straddling a pole.

  • Canada's Hero Is a Man's Man

    10/24/2014 7:25:13 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    RansomOttawa to Kaslin
    Mr. Vickers is a 30-year veteran of the RCMP.

    He got his man.

    End of story.

    He can wear whatever funny hat he likes. I am not going to argue.

  • Canada Parliament Shooter Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/23/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT · 64 of 66
    RansomOttawa to Blue Highway
    I still don’t get why they would call a ceremonial mace a “frogstick”. What does it have to do with frogs?

    I don't know. I didn't read or hear the comment, so I can only assume someone was being facetious or couldn't think of its proper name.

  • Canada Parliament Shooter Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/22/2014 8:29:43 PM PDT · 62 of 66
    RansomOttawa to Blue Highway
    Why did someone call that a frogstick he was carrying? What is a frogstick?

    Hm. Didn't see that.

    The "frogstick" is the ceremonial mace. It symbolizes the authority that Parliament derives from the Queen. When the House of Commons or Senate meets, the Sergeant-at-arms enters with the mace and places it on the clerks' table, and removes it when the House is adjourned.

    I've no idea how heavy that particular mace is, but it certainly looks like it's bristling over with awesome in case anyone ever used it to defend Parliament against Muslim gunmen.

  • Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker

    10/22/2014 3:26:02 PM PDT · 30 of 35
    RansomOttawa to lulu16
    Also, a producer from one of your news stations reported to CNN that the gunman took off on foot from the war memorial to where the office is of the prime minister. He then jumped over a barricade ( another jumper!) and commandeered a car in that secured area, until he got to the Center Block, which I understand is the main building for parliament.

    Basically correct. But so we're clear, the barricades around the Hill are not like the ones surrounding the White House: they're intended to block motor traffic, but not to stop pedestrians from entering the front lawn, which is public space.

    Similarly, while there is security within the Centre Block, it consists of guards and metal detectors inside the doors. The building is a tourist attraction, after all. They can probably stop people from smuggling handguns or bombs into the building, but this guy actually rushed the doors, from what I understand.

  • Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker

    10/22/2014 2:38:33 PM PDT · 24 of 35
    RansomOttawa to lulu16
    It appears the jihadist direct to kill soldiers, also means to kill the soldiers around fallen soliders.

    In which case, I certainly hope they start issuing live ammo to the honour guard. In a few weeks, on Remembrance Day, that same location will be visited by thousands.

  • Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker

    10/22/2014 2:27:44 PM PDT · 20 of 35
    RansomOttawa to lulu16
    How come no one gave the directive to truly guard with live ammo and add multiple guards to the targets of jihadist, namely soldiers and the institutions of Western government?

    Unless terrorists wanted to kill a handful of pedestrians, the National War Memorial consists of a cenotaph, the tomb of the unknown soldier, some statues, and flowers. I don't think it has any strategic value as a terror target.

    I sympathize with a desire to arm soldiers standing guard, but it probably never honestly occurred to anyone that the honour guard at the war memorial would ever have to shoot at anyone. The worst thing that's happened there before was a drunk teen who pissed on the cenotaph a few years ago on Canada Day.

  • Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker

    10/22/2014 2:19:31 PM PDT · 17 of 35
    RansomOttawa to lulu16
    It was reported on CNN that there were two soldiers on guard at their tomb of the unknown soldier, which, I think is called “The Peace Tower. “ When the first soldier was shot, the other soldier ran for cover.

    The Peace Tower is the clock tower on the Centre Block building on Parliament Hill, which is where Parliament meets. There is a memorial room in the tower that includes a book listing all of Canada's war dead, but it's not the same as the tomb of the unknown soldier.

    The National War Memorial is just down the street, and that's where the tomb of the unknown soldier is. After he shot the guard at the cenotaph, the gunman had to run probably about 100 meters to get inside the Parliament building.

  • Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker

    10/22/2014 2:05:47 PM PDT · 15 of 35
    RansomOttawa to lee martell
    I’m glad he wasted that Terrorist, but I don’t know if it was smart for the website to publish the Good Guy’s name and location.

    Vickers is a public figure and plays a significant ceremonial role in Parliament, so it's not like he's some anonymous policeman that the CBC accidentally outed. (If anything, the article seems to be downplaying him, though I'm sure that's probably unintentional).

    The Sergeant-at-arms is responsible for the security of Parliament, but it's obviously very rare for him to actually be in the line of fire. The only other time I know of where something like this has happened, was in 1984, when a disgruntled soldier got into the Quebec parliament and killed three people, before their Sergeant-at-arms stepped into harm's way and persuaded him to surrender several hours later.

  • Canada Parliament Shooter Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/22/2014 1:43:59 PM PDT · 30 of 66
    RansomOttawa to Buckeye McFrog
    All these years and I never knew that being Sergeant At Arms meant that you were actually armed.

    Vickers is an RCMP veteran, and in addition to his ceremonial duties, the Sergeant-at-arms is also responsible for the security of Parliament. Apparently he's been trying to get the guards on the Hill armed. Something tells me that he has been anticipating a situation like this, and that he'll probably get his wish.

  • Shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill

    10/22/2014 12:34:03 PM PDT · 531 of 605
    RansomOttawa to caww

    I am three miles away from Parliament Hill,and I’m not especially terrified. Chew it, Abu.

  • Shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill

    10/22/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT · 484 of 605
    RansomOttawa to VanDeKoik
    Although I shudder to imagine what they are letting loose on there could be much better.

    Commenters on the CBC site occasionally make YouTubers look smart.

  • Shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill

    10/22/2014 12:00:30 PM PDT · 482 of 605
    RansomOttawa to AppyPappy; maggief
    “Power out at Queensway Hospital, they’re on Code Grey.”

    That doesn’t sound good. Strange coincidence

    It was a coincidence, fortunately. Parts of Nepean (Ottawa's west end) had a power failure this afternoon for about an hour, but it was unrelated to (and miles away from) the situation downtown.

  • Multiple shooters reported in Canada attack [Prime Minister Stephen Harper evacuated]

    10/22/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · 13 of 43
    RansomOttawa to Kartographer
    I didn't know that there were 'Amish' in Canada?

    We've got a huge "Amish" population here in Ottawa, but as yet there's nothing but rumours that our peace-loving, agrarian friends are in any way responsible for what's going on. It wouldn't be the first time a lone nut got into a government building and shot thing up, so at this point there is no reason to conclude this attack is an act of pacifism.

  • Trending on Twitter: #StoptheGOP (vanity)

    10/21/2014 10:49:39 AM PDT · 18 of 27
    RansomOttawa to svcw
    Have you read the thread? Massive majority are mocking liberals.

    I've been following Wendy Davis' meltdown on Twitter for the last day. There are a fair number of her supporters (amazing as it is that she still has some) who are using the hashtag in earnest, and very few people using it to mock.

    That proportion may very well be reversed outside of that context, however.

  • GOD TV founder left wife 'for Austrian woman'

    10/21/2014 10:42:30 AM PDT · 17 of 51
    RansomOttawa to Gamecock
    Wendy Alec, the co-founder of the international television network GOD TV, has revealed that her husband and ministry partner of over 20 years has left her for a divorced singer in Austria.

    GOD TV was the channel that publicized the Lakeland Revival back in 2008, as well as its principal star, Todd Bentley, the tattooed clown who "healed" his marks by punching them in the gut or kicking them in the face.

    That revival pretty much fizzled once it was revealed that Bentley was having an affair with his kids' babysitter. This nonsense repeats itself constantly in wacko-charismatic circles, unfortunately.

  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Man Who Knew Too Much"(1956)

    10/19/2014 5:01:18 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    RansomOttawa to ReformationFan
    It was the Hitchcock thrillers that attracted me to your movie posts, so I'm glad to see you've come around to one again!

    As it happens, The Man Who Knew Too Much was the first Hitchcock movie I ever saw. It was sometime after I had seen the Harrison Ford movie Frantic, and so when I saw the Hitchcock film later I immediately saw where Roman Polanski had gotten his inspiration.

    (Come to think of it, I had forgotten that Frantic wasn't released until 1988. That means that I got into Hitchcock in a big way in my last year or so of high school: The Birds, Marnie, Vertigo, Frenzy, Rear Window, and this one—nearly half of the Hitchcock flicks I've seen altogether, in the 25 years since.)

  • Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage (Moochelle Obama lunch)

    10/16/2014 8:26:58 PM PDT · 142 of 145
    RansomOttawa to steve86
    How can the kids avoid reacting violently when they serve that?

    Too few calories has made them weak and emaciated.