June 29, 2011

Reader Tips

In the humble opinion of yours truly, the funniest comedy series ever to appear on television was Fawlty Towers. Even though I've seen each of the twelve episodes at least two dozen times, I still can't stop laughing whenever I see the show again. Brilliant writing and a brilliant cast!

Your humorous and more serious Reader Tips are welcome, as always, in the comments.

Posted by Robert at June 29, 2011 12:01 AM

Can't beat "The Germans"! brilliant!

Posted by: Bri C at June 29, 2011 12:01 AM

Glanced through the NP today at the hospital and interesting story on China's new nationalization plans. I guess the Chicoms have decided that there is no need for any free enterprise and they have a large list of companies which they predict are either going to make it or are necessary and they get easy credit, probably a cut in bribes required to do business, etc. Then there are companies the commies don't like and they have to shut down by a government ordered date. Definitely no room for non-government approved companies.

I guess the inability to detach freedom from capitalism is giving the Chicoms second thoughts and they're opting for the high-tech version of communism which they figure will let them create a command economy controlled precisely from the top.

It's probably a concentration camp offense in China now to mention that socialism doesn't scale very well and that only millions of distributed wetware processing units making thousands of economic decisions daily produce a far more optimum match of supply and demand.

The only question now is whether the west can reindustrialize fast enough to either:
(a) fight all those excess Chicom males that will be invading other countries looking for women or
(b) maintain their standard of living in a world where the largest industrial nation collapses in disorder as central planning has it's greatest failure ever.

Sending most production oversees is starting to look like a really dumb idea now, isn't it.

Posted by: loki at June 29, 2011 12:12 AM

Agreed, Fawlty Towers was one of the very best.

Posted by: TJ at June 29, 2011 12:14 AM

Quite a bruhaha developing over at SunTv:

What a surprise!! so many left-wingers watching SunTv!! Who knew?

And the other media are scanning their website for evidence of unrest:

(all via nnw)

Welcome to the bigtime SunTv - makes one want to belt out the theme song to the Mary tyler Moore show:

Posted by: Gord Tulk at June 29, 2011 12:29 AM

Would like to bring your attention to the laboratory of politics.

In one case you have socialist/communist paradise that some of the contributors would like to institute here, there and everywhere.

Then you have the rotting capitalist pigs.
Look further down at the pictures after the article.

Wonder, why the local socialistes prefer.

Posted by: Lev at June 29, 2011 12:39 AM

@Gord Tulk: Bravo. Should we start to talk about filing similar complaints against Rick Mercer and George Strombo?

Posted by: Bull at June 29, 2011 12:59 AM

Robert, probably one of the most hysterically funny television shows in history. And, if I have my numbers right, only 19 episodes made.

But quality always stands the test of time.

Posted by: Bruce at June 29, 2011 1:08 AM

Apparently the mayor of Moscow didn't march in their pride parade either - but the militsia has a float every year.

Posted by: max at June 29, 2011 1:22 AM

Apparently the mayor of Moscow didn't march in their pride parade either - but the militsia has a float every year.

Posted by: max at June 29, 2011 1:28 AM

Actually Robert you are right...only 12 episodes.

Posted by: Bruce at June 29, 2011 1:33 AM


The culture war in Canada is about to bcome fully engaged by both sides. With a majority CPC in Ottawa and suntv clearly gaining popularity the left have some targets to attack driven by arrogant envy. Meanwhile the same circumstances have emboldened those on the right to fight back more publically without having to worry - in the short-term at least- about losing the frail minority in Ottawa and without a well-resources right -wing media outlet to back their play (see blog post immediately above this one for an example ).

I think it will be a rout for the right - the left simply has never been challenged like this ever before in Canada. Witness the video of the SunTv interview above. The artist is truly shocked to have her comfortable viewpoint challenged...

Should be lots of fun...

Posted by: Gord Tulk at June 29, 2011 1:41 AM

Don't mention the war. Ha! Brilliant! He's from Barcelona you know. Hard to believe there were that few episodes, with that many laughs.

Posted by: Gobi Desert at June 29, 2011 2:08 AM

Thanks for the laugh Robert. John cleese goose -stepping his side splitting funny.

Posted by: Jema 54 at June 29, 2011 3:25 AM

I got some dust in my eyes ... really.

Posted by: ∞² at June 29, 2011 3:33 AM

loki, thanks very much for that head's up. That's an excellent, very informative article, potentially extremely significant.

It appears that the Chinese Communist dictatorship has reached the point of fear of it's own people and realized that economic freedom, CAPITALISM!, inevitably pulls in social and political freedom, DEMOCRACY.

Rather than allow that to go any further, the apparently terrified-of-losign-control Chi Com regime is apparently going to abandon free enterprise and attempt to go back to a socialist planned economy.

Those idiots haven't learned anything from history ... Perestroika? Glasnost? And, worst of all, Mao Tse-tung's disastrous socialist planned economy master plan, the "Great Leap Forward", a disaster that set China back a generation and caused tens of millions of deaths.

"Interesting times"...

Posted by: Dave in Pa at June 29, 2011 3:34 AM

What's better than an Arab Spring?

Israeli Summer

"Israel’s Shfela Basin, a half-hour drive south of Jerusalem, holds 250 billion barrels of recoverable shale oil,....With reserves of 260 billion barrels, Saudi Arabia would remain the world’s No. 1 oil country – though not, perhaps, for long."

Posted by: Cal at June 29, 2011 4:27 AM

Steve McIntyre breaks news: the UK information commissioner delivers a decision "that can only be characterized as a total thrashing of the University of East Anglia."

Posted by: rzr at June 29, 2011 5:18 AM

Maybe not the "Funniest" comedies ever, but from the same era and country could I perhaps recommend " Yes Minister" and " Yes, Prime Minister"?

Posted by: Robert Albin at June 29, 2011 5:53 AM

Of crows, crow mobs, and socialist mobs.


"Video: Violent scenes in Athens as bloody Greek riots keep on raging"


"Anger a Crow and It Will Never Forget Your Face


* Crows remember the faces of "dangerous humans," with the memories likely lasting for a bird's lifetime.

* Crows may scold people who threaten them, bringing in relatives and even strangers to mob the person.

* The crows within mobs then indirectly learn about the person, so they too associate that individual's face with danger and react accordingly.

Crows remember the faces of threatening humans and often react by scolding and bringing in others to mob the perceived miscreant, according to a new study published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Since the mob members also then indirectly learn about the threatening person, the findings demonstrate how just a single crow's bad experience with a particular human can spread information about this individual throughout entire crow communities...."

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 7:26 AM

"Anger a Crow and It Will Never Forget Your Face"

Of human and human mob behaviour.

Faceless hoods hooded.

"Hooded youths again mar main protest ANA"

"Riot police fought running battles with hooded youths in Athens yesterday as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets against tough austerity measures."

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 7:44 AM

"who "hated" Harper"?

Speaking of anonymity, hoods, hooded crows, and faces, and roadKill:

Hilarity reigns and rains:

"Marjory LeBreton waving it around the campaign plane, and asking the journalists who “hated” Harper to identify themselves."


"The column I wrote outing Ibbitson for dishing out the national press gallery’s views in a French-language newspaper, but not in the Globe itself, apparently had Tory Sen. Marjory LeBreton waving it around the campaign plane, and asking the journalists who “hated” Harper to identify themselves."

"Canada’s conservative media? Really, Warren?
QMI Agency via Sun media ^ | Mark Bonokoski"

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 7:56 AM

Walter Russell Mead re Al Gore: "This general sleeps in a mansion, and lectures the soldiers because they want tents."

Posted by: batb at June 29, 2011 8:03 AM

It's baaack....

It's got the lead out of its pencil.

It says, "Time to Lead".

The tranzi, cosmopolitan carpetbaggering Count returns.

It's from the "out and back".

"having been out and back all my life."

"friends on the doorsteps kept reporting back: They all think you’re an American."

"Michael Ignatieff begins teaching at the University of Toronto in the fall."

"Time to Lead
My name is Michael Ignatieff, and I am Canadian

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 8:20 AM

Those wacky islamists are having fun again. This time it's with Mickey and Minnie.
CBC has the story,without the cartoon,of course.
Can't take a chance that the "religion of people just us" will be offended and start rioting.

Posted by: wallyj at June 29, 2011 8:51 AM

Posted by: wallyj at June 29, 2011 8:51 AM

Damning essay on comrade Obama

"Barack Obama does not sound like an American because Obama's heart and soul are not American in nature. His thoughts are not American. His attitude and philosophy are not American. He cannot speak from the heart about America because America does not reside there. With a Muslim upbringing, a radical family, radical mentor, a myriad of radical connections, radical advisors, a radical theology, and some say a radical spouse, it's no wonder."

Posted by: pkuster at June 29, 2011 9:11 AM

You know, I had thought that the MSM wouldn't attack Michele Bachmann as they attacked Sarah Palin. Because, I thought that Bachmann was 'in the Washington bubble' while Palin was outside it. I was wrong.

They are viciously attacking her. So it's not the Washington bubble that protects you from the MSM. Is it because she's a woman? But they didn't pillory Hillary Clinton that way. So - what's the reason?

Is it because she's a conservative? And the MSM are not a free press but a propaganda site for the left - both in the US and Canada?

Posted by: ET at June 29, 2011 10:26 AM

"Is it because she's a conservative?"

ET, it's because she's THE conservative.
She's THE biggest threat, , like Sarah before her. If Michele Bachman wasn't leading in the polls she would be ignored, the MSM would never mention her because we might get interested.
It's like wack-a-mole - "whose head is the highest", she's wining so she must be destroyed.
They know Sarah Palin and now Michelle Bachman would beat them, so they bring their gun sites on to the one who is clearly the most dangerous to them and THEIR election. The closure of the 2012 US federal election will be the end of the MSM as we know it.

I watched CNN's son of Gloria Vanderbilt 10 minute hit piece on Michelle Bachman last night as he tried to counter Michelle's thorough beating she put on one of their other "reporters" (barf) earlier when she explained that limousine use has increased 70 % in federal spending since Osama , er uh Obama came into office. They also spent 10 minutes going up one side and down the other of Sarah Palin just for good measure. They are fascist scumbags.

Posted by: richfisher at June 29, 2011 12:09 PM

Under the cover of expat rights, the big brain that is Mikey I proves once and for all that higher education is no guarantee that you'll ever "get it".

My favorite bit:

May 2 must have been the only Canadian election, and maybe one of the few elections anywhere, when expatriation became an issue that moved votes – in my case, the wrong way. I’d never say it was the decisive factor, but friends on the doorsteps kept reporting back: They all think you’re an American. To the degree that this issue mattered, the results of May 2 have a message: As far as expatriates are concerned, you can’t come home again if your destination is politics.

Posted by: syncrodox at June 29, 2011 1:02 PM

The Cancer Industry.

Say it isn't so.


"New York Breast Cancer Charity Sued for Misusing Millions"

"NEW YORK – New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a phony breast cancer charity whose directors allegedly spent nearly all of the $9.1 million it raised over the past five years on exorbitant salaries and personal purchases.

The Long Island-based Coalition Against Breast Cancer (CABC) solicited $9.1 million from the public over the past five years. Almost all of it was spent on fundraiser fees, salaries and benefits packages and personal purchases, such as cell phones and television and internet services, according to an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Over the past five years, the organization spent less than four percent of all donations on any of its alleged charitable programs. In 2008, for example, CABC raised over $1.4 million but spent just $374 on mammograms. The group funded mammograms for 11 women over the last three years, despite having raised more than $4 million, the investigation found.

Two of the organization's three directors paid themselves more than $550,000 in combined salaries from 2005 to 2009, another $150,000 in retirement accounts and dental and medical benefits that totaled at least $9,000 per year."

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 1:32 PM

Cop Killer gets 12yrs! with time served 2for1 credit out in 4!! I thought AG Nicholson did away with these jail credits? Or is this another Law & Order Bill that was defeated by the then NDP/LIBERAL/BQ coalition.

12-year sentence in York cop's death 51
By Michele Mandel ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:21:34 EDT AM

NEWMARKET - A man on bail for airbag theft who killed Det. Const. Rob Plunkett in 2007 by crushing him against a tree has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

With his two-for-one credit for the almost four years he's been in custody, Nadeem Jiwa will spend four years and two months in a federal penitentiary.

Jiwa, 23, was stealing airbags in Markham when Plunkett, working surveillance in plain clothes, tried to arrest him.

As Jiwa reversed the stolen Honda, Plunkett, 43, was pinned against a tree as he hung on to the driver's door.

A jury in April acquitted Jiwa of first-degree murder and convicted him instead on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of 12 to 14 years while the defence argued for a five- to seven-year term.

The sentencing came just a day after Const. Garrett Styles — another York Regional Police officer — was crushed to death by a vehicle driven by a young offender trying to evade arrest.

Jiwa showed no emotion while his mother began to cry.

The Plunkett family embraced and seemed satisfied with the ruling by Justice Michelle Fuerst.

Posted by: bryanr at June 29, 2011 1:45 PM

John Cleese was funny, once. Now, he's a raving, left-wing, Palin-hating, bitter old fruit. There's a whole series of youtube video interviews with Cleese, in which he makes all sorts of insane claims.

Newsweek is getting flack for its pictures of Princess Diana, photoshopped to represent her in her later years. Seems kind of silly, I must say. You can't age if you're dead, so she will remain young for eternity. Besides, they forgot one detail, if she were still alive, she'd be wearing a hijab.

Posted by: coach at June 29, 2011 2:08 PM

Wasn't it Newsweek that sold for a dollar. Well that was too much.

ET and richfisher are absolutely right. The left wing press are after Michelle because she is conservative and being female an easy target because she is a traitor to feminist crowd.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at June 29, 2011 2:48 PM

"*‘Count your blessings, Canada,’ OECD head says"

"“Count your blessings Canada, you just got a majority government,” Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, told participants at the Conference of Montreal on Monday."


"57. Jay, beltway

34. wretchard
“It would have been nice to see a country or a continent that hadn’t been netted in the bubble.”

Best bets for investors and entrepreneurs are Canada and Israel, 7.4% and 5.8% unemployment respectively, both with competent and stable governments, educated populations, and investing to tap massive energy resources for export."

"Can Governments Stop an Economic Slowdown?"

*Canada's Blessings:

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 2:55 PM


"Blog of The Dorchester Review"

"Editors’ note: Readers in search of a typical blog will not find it here; Ramparts will, for the most part, link to a handful of the best articles & reviews appearing in other media each week."


"The Dorchester Review"

"Coming Soon in Issue 1 (Spring-Summer 2011)

Assassinating Hitler:

The Last Plotter

Norman Podhoretz’s Achievement

Tory Civil Wars 1987-2003

An Australian in “Harperland”


“The Classicist & the Cavalier”:

A Poet of the English Civil War

and much more."

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 4:17 PM

Study: Sex-Selection Abortions Kill 12 Million Girls in India

None of this includes of course the many females just killed like kittens. This is only the abortions.

The information for the analysis, according to Reuters, comes from three national health surveys the India health department conducted with more than 300,000 mothers from 1996-2006 about their birth history.

“There were 4 million to 12 million selective abortions from 1980 to 2010 and just in the last decade, about 3 to 6 million, so the problem is increasing,” Jha said. “Until the government brings health reforms in place and brings doctors into a publicly financed accountable system, it’s difficult to go that route.”

Posted by: Revnant Dream at June 29, 2011 5:17 PM

Robert: Yes to that, my friend: Fawlty Towers IS the FUNNIEST period. With this assessment, I will brook no dissent.

Me too. I've watched every episode dozens of times and still laugh. Which reminds me ...

Someone bought me the book of scripts a few years ago. Here's a freaky experience: read the scripts and HEAR the voices, honestly. My wife, two daughters and I have incorporated many Fawlty phrases into our domestic chatter.

coach: You got that right. The Elder Cleese is an absolute asshole (no asterisks).

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at June 29, 2011 7:58 PM

No deaths?


"Greek protests leave dozens injured"

"Hundreds Injured In Cairo Clashes
RTT News"

Posted by: macd at June 29, 2011 8:44 PM