2 SPEAKING OF LOCAL REPORTING … We shouldn’t be too hard on 5 Days, the revamped SCN’s news and public affairs show, but if you’re going to cover the subject of homelessness in Saskatchewan, Bruce Steele, don’t ask Marc Spooner about his beard and the way he dresses. On TV, you only have so much time …
3 AWWW, HE FORGOT TO CARRY THE TWO SaskParty sends out a press release criticizing the projected cost of the NDP’s rural health care strategy. Wonder how quickly they tweeted the correction after it was discovered that Don McMorris was only 1,000 per cent out on the projected costs. (CBC Saskatchewan). Not likely since, as of 6 a.m. Thursday, the offending press release is still up on the SaskParty website. UPDATE — I checked the SaskParty website at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, and the press release has been 404ed. But McMorris was on Geoff Leo’s report this morning on a CBC Saskatchewan newscast, blaming the NDP for … I don’t know, McMorris, the Minister of Health, not knowing what he is supposed to be doing with his own department, I suppose.
4 LOOKS LIKE HE HAS THE HANK WILLIAMS JR. VOTE SECURED Last month: Tennessee state politician begins crusade to allow people to carry loaded guns into bars. This month: same Tennessee state politician is pulled over, behind the wheel, drunk as a skunk, and his handgun is also loaded. (Talking Points Memo)
5 IT HAD TO HAPPEN Thanks to a poster at riderfans.com, the latest Adolf Hitler Downfall meme has der Fuhrer freaking out over the Riders’ loss to Edmonton on Thanksgiving. It would have funnier if Hitler had freaked out over not being able to get the deluxe boxed set of 800 Pounds of West Country Rock (Used Regina) in the stores for Christmas (not to mention more true considering the Riders are more obsessed with making money and selling merch than winning games these days), and it’s no ‘Hitler Chelsea Downfall’ … but, hey, it’s one of the funniest Hitler Downfall memes out there.
6 THE MOST DISTURBING VIDEO YOU WILL SEE TODAY Rick Astley Rickrolls … Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.
YOUR MUSICAL MOMENT OF ZEN In order to clean that out of your ears, here’s The Waterboys playing ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2007.
AND SOME STUFF THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT The city of Topeka, Kansas, has been made safe for wifebeaters (Lawyers, Guns and Money), Rick Perry is the stupidest politician to ever come out of Texas, where the competition for that title is pretty intense (Slate), speakers at a Muslim conference in Toronto don’t like either Jews or gays (Toronto Star), an economist doesn’t understand what Jim Flaherty has against the Tobin Tax (Toronto Star), the Egyptian military blames Christians for getting beaten up by the Egyptian military (Al Jazeera), the postal worker from Cheers talks about the American economy (AOL), Kai Nagata exposes Harper’s hockey-love, amongst other things, as a fraud (The Tyee), somewhere, someone is holding onto the last film camera ever made for filming movies (Creative Cow), and Keith Olberman analyzes the slime job the Boston Rex Sox did on its departing executives (Baseball Nerd).