Joanbeam
Joanbeam
4/24/17
1:17 PM
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I don’t necessarily think this “normal” is all that new. I mean, the Le Pen who made it to the 2nd round in 2002 was Marine’s father, Jean-Marie, a notorious -- and unapologetic — Holocaust-denier who happened to be founder of Le Front National. To this day, it’s still jarring to contemplate that he made it that far.

4/24/17
1:08 PM
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Glad you clarified, because I (too) was, like, wha-wha-wha-what? ;=)

4/24/17
12:55 PM
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I was under the impression it was Jean-Luc Mélenchon who was being labelled a Communist. The Washington Post created a mini-tempest when it called him one, in a headline no less. (A headline that was later edited, due to considerable public pushback).

4/6/17
7:59 AM
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Believe it or not, it might be right up your alley. I can’t stand this “famn damily”, either, but Bobby’s spared no Kardashian and no Jenner in this bit of imaginary eavesdropping. It makes for uncommonly clever satire, to my mind.

4/6/17
7:51 AM
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It’s satire and, unlike a lot of stuff that’s out there, it’s actually cleverly done. By the way, I’m saying that as someone who’s never watched an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Not even one, and I intend to keep that “unblemished” record. ;=)

4/4/17
8:39 PM
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I got a real shock to learn — via an interview — that Amybeth McNulty is not a natural redhead. She’s blonde but loving being a ginger.

4/2/17
12:31 PM
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In Canada at least, that whole connection — plus the fact that Keith Morrison is his stepfather — came to light around the time Matthew Perry became big-time famous via Friends. Read more

4/1/17
4:29 PM
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I figured that might be the case, although I wonder why Matthew Perry made no mention of that angle to Jimmy Kimmel. It just makes the story “juicier” as far as I’m concerned.

4/1/17
2:01 PM
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Ever since Matthew Perry told that story to Jimmy Kimmel, I’ve found myself wondering if his mother — Suzanne Perry — was still Press Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father, when this all went down at Rockcliffe Park Elementary.

4/1/17
1:09 PM
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Guys, it looks like the folks at People have fallen — hook. line. and sinker. — for one of Justin Trudeau’s April Fools Day tweets. Our Prime Minister’s been having some fun this morning. ;=)
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3/18/17
1:54 PM
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Quite a few years ago, we gave my mum a subscription to People magazine with an annual renewal part of the deal. She loved it, until she didn’t anymore, not because of getting older but because of — in her words — what passes for “celebrity” these days.

3/11/17
7:40 PM
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Sorry, I’m not following. (Not being snarky, I’m really not getting what you’re getting at). Read more

3/11/17
7:14 PM
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I mean, it is a truth universally acknowledged that Steve Bannon has a corrosive personality but this crosses over into “ai-eee-eee-eee” territory. Read more

3/6/17
11:25 PM
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Although he won’t be in Toronto tomorrow morning, it’ll be interesting to see if Mr. Khan goes ahead -- via telephone -- with the interview he was meant to have in-studio with Anna-Maria Tremonti of CBC’s The Current. It could be very interesting, to say the least.
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2/28/17
10:10 AM
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I’m firmly in Camp Blame-Price-Waterhouse-Cooper but this tweet + giphy is too good not to share. Read more

2/24/17
1:45 PM
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Just my theory, but I get a distinct Oswald Mosley vibe with some of Richard Spencer’s style choices. It would make sense, too, as a “tribute” to the founder of the British Union of Fascists (B.U.F.).

2/24/17
1:07 PM
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Slightly off-topic — but still Richard Spencer-related — I enjoyed this 30-second video, more than I really ought to have. ;=) Read more

2/14/17
4:53 AM
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I assume turning this into a “Heritage Minute” was out of the question. ;=)

2/13/17
2:20 PM
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Yes, while I’m genuinely disappointed we won’t have electoral reform for the next federal election in 2019, I find Trudeau’s reasoning pretty valid, too, to the point where it almost comes as a “relief”. Read more

1/15/17
5:03 PM
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Ditto for my maternal grandfather. My siblings and I plus all our cousins only ever knew him as having one arm but, alas, were never told the real story — why amputation was necessary — while he was still alive as we were all much too young. Thankfully, male breast cancer’s taken far more seriously as a diagnostic Read more