The Newsroom


I have to confessI had a moment in episode two where I was pleading to the tv screen begging Emily Mortimer to stop yelling.  But Using Rogers On Demand I rejoined the show and got caught up in three episode bursts this week.  Tonight I watched the finale to season one.  It was a terrific finale and ended with a lift not the usual dark and brooding cliffhanger.  I am thinking of NCIS.

A few things I really liked

  • the reference to Murrow interviewing Liberace
  • any reference to the NSA, the truly large and mysterious intelligence agency of the US
  • Sam Waterson politely snarling
  • Olivia Munn‘s socially inept Sloan Sabbath
  • Lennie the bodyguard
  • Jim, Don, Maggie, Lisa, the great twisted romantic cocktail, shaken and stirred
  • Jeff Daniels is superb

I have half admired John McCain till the quote they showed of him stating the US is historically a Christian based government.  I am a Canadian and pay some attention to American history and politics and even I know that the founding fathers separated churh and state.  Religious tolerance.  The denial of facts, the vicious political climate that is not just polarized but is heading to something more like the US in 1859.
I look for Aaron Sorkin to do even more next season.

1640s Huron Village St Ignace II altar


Saint Gabriel Lallemant
Saint Gabriel Lallemant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DSC_5553 St Ignace II altar by gnawledge wurker
DSC_5553 St Ignace II altar, a photo by gnawledge wurker on Flickr.

description by T. Fegarty “In 1649 St. Ignace II, as named by the Jesuit missionaries who visited or lived there, was a relatively new Wendat village on a plateau about 50 feet above what is now known as the Sturgeon River in Tay Township. The village proper comprised 29 buildings, including a chapel – priests’ residence, occupied some 6 acres, and was surrounded by fortifications measuring some 2,000 feet in the round, including 2 main gateways. About 2 thousand people lived there.

The Wendat chose village sites for their defensive advantages: high ground, surrounding river and/or ravine and nearby year-round spring. Villages were fortified by palisades of pine trunks, some 15 feet tall. The people lived in long-houses, about 20 feet in width and up to 100 feet in length, with 20-100 people per house. These dwellings were constructed of saplings, their pointed and charred ends planted in holes in the ground. A census of the Huron nation by the Jesuits in 1639 reported 32 active villages, consisting of about 700 lodges and 20,000 people.

1649 saw the culmination of the war between the Wendat and their French allies against the Iroquois confederacy based in what is now upper New York State. A large Iroquois war party attacked and overran several Wendat villages, including St. Ignace II. At nearby St. Louis, on the Hogg River, the raiders captured two Jesuit missionaries, Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant, and brought them to St Ignace II, where they were tortured and killed. These events led the Jesuits to abandon and burn their headquarters at Ste. Marie on the Wye River, after burying the remains of Brebeuf there. They then retreated with their remaining Wendat converts first to Christian Island and then to Quebec in the following year. They took with them relics (small bone fragments) of the martyrs.”


excellent article

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

The Athabasca Glacier is nowhere near as large as the Salmon Glacier, but it has the distinction of being one of the world’s most accessible glaciers. For $50 you can ride a giant snowcat out onto the ice. You can also walk, of course. But the park service does everything they can to discourage it. There are warning signs and morbid drawings of frigid children trapped in crevasses. Better to pay the $50 and be safe, right? Bullshit, I say.

Glacier travel is not without its perils, frigid meltwater, shifting ice and hidden crevasses, to name a few, but any glacier stable enough to handle a hundred buses driving on it a day is probably solid enough for foot travel.

A hundred buses a day? Yeah, you read that right. In the height of summer tourist season more than 5,000 people a day travel by bus up onto the…

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rejoining the fleet


Colonial Viper - Konami
Colonial Viper – Konami (Photo credit: Thorsten Becker)

I recently purchased the reimagined Battlestar Galactica season 1.  I have rejoined the fleet, my Viper was almost out of fuel, but I made it back.  Looking forward to playing cards with KARA THRACE aka call sign “starbuck”.  I know I can beat her this time, I just have to watch how much I drink.

Seriously, though, folks, this must be in the top five best tv shows of all time.  The characters are compelling, the plots fiendishly twisty and turny, the questions of a political and social nature, how to deal with terrorists and the nature of the enemy, those alone, are examined in the most entertaining and enlightening way.  This show makes you think.


seeing the news of the passing of William Windom made me go dig up my file, paper, of Thurber Carnival 1974

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Actor William Windom passed away at 88 this month, he was born in 1923.

I remember seeing him in a million things on TV especially My World and Welcome to It his Emmy award winning time. He won for best actor in a comedy series. The show won the Emmy for best comedy series in 1969-70.  He had a wonderful solid voice. I vividly recall the cartoons and situations based on James Thurber, he of New Yorker fame. Earlier he starred in The Farmer’s Daughter (1963-66) where he played a fictional Congressman who had a housekeeper played by Inger Stevens, who died tragically so very young. If there was ever a more beautiful and charming actress, she does not come to my mind.

I think it was 1973 or 74 that I directed and acted in Thurber Carnival with Theatre Mickities at the University of…

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