October 10, 2012

Reader Tips

Take a thrilling ride on the Orient Express by listening to this podcast of a radio show that was originally broadcast in 1949. Bonus points to anyone who can identify the voice of the main protagonist on the show. Many similar radio programs of this genre from the 1940's & 50's can be found here.

Your reader tips, be they thrilling or otherwise, are much appreciated in the comments.

Posted by Robert at October 10, 2012 12:01 AM

I'll take "Identify that voice", for 500, Robert.

Who is Charlton Heston?

Posted by: David Southam at October 9, 2012 11:41 PM

Hilarious! Check out "Obama Fire Sale"

Posted by: Soccermom at October 9, 2012 11:46 PM

Posted by: Soccermom at October 9, 2012 11:47 PM

Oops, the link above is "Obama Fire Sale"

Hilarious, check it out!

Posted by: Soccermom at October 9, 2012 11:48 PM

Charlton Heston would be incorrect! The actor appeared on numerous radio shows of the era and then on some TV shows.

Hint: What did pirate ships use as offensive & defensive weapons in days of old?

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at October 9, 2012 11:58 PM

Soccermom, agreed, it is funny.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at October 10, 2012 12:01 AM

I believe that would be the man who played "Cannon" - Robert Conrad. Also voiced Matt Dillon in the radio version of Gunsmoke.

Posted by: Chris at October 10, 2012 12:01 AM

I believe that would be the man who played "Cannon" - Robert Conrad. Also voiced Matt Dillon in the radio version of Gunsmoke.

I'll second that vote.

Posted by: Drained Brain at October 10, 2012 12:04 AM



It's time to dust off that SDA post from a few years ago about Bottle Genies, which Kate wrote when ClimateGate was being suppressed by the MSM. It still applies wonderfully to Benghazi.

Posted by: john g at October 10, 2012 12:16 AM

Unfair! Not only are hints about Quinn-Martin Productions out of play, but what does anybody think that Horatio Nelson used at the Battle of Trafalgar?

Who's the umpire in this game, anyway? Emfrem Zimbalist, Jr., or something?

Posted by: David Southam at October 10, 2012 12:17 AM

In which the NDP tries to defend freedom from Conservatives.

Three years later, the Conservatives are proposing to give the federal immigration minister the power to keep any foreigner out of Canada for up to 36 months for reasons of public policy. The amendment is part of Bill C-43, the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act.

Posted by: LAS at October 10, 2012 12:19 AM

From the somewhat questionable WND, so take it with a grain of salt but...too good not to pass along.

Obama's ring? "There is no God but Allah".

Posted by: john g at October 10, 2012 12:42 AM

The precise name of the actor is ... William Conrad.

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at October 10, 2012 12:42 AM

Re: Radio show "Escape."

The voice would be William Conrad`s.

I used to listen to American radio stations when I sat in the cab of the combine or the tractor late at night. Some of them carried the old shows from the 30`s and 40`s. My favourite was "The Shadow."


Posted by: Plainzdrifter at October 10, 2012 12:44 AM

So, since there are no winners...

I'll take, "identify that voice", for 1,000, Robert.

Who is William Conrad?


Posted by: David Southam at October 10, 2012 12:48 AM

Could the analysis in this article possibly be accurate?

I'd especially love to hear the thoughts of ET and Gord Tulk.

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at October 10, 2012 12:51 AM

Bill Conrad

Posted by: mojo at October 10, 2012 1:34 AM

Caroline Glick connects the dots at:

Posted by: Earl the Pearl at October 10, 2012 2:12 AM

I'm confused. How exactly did pirate ships use William Conrads as weapons?

Posted by: Black Mamba at October 10, 2012 2:20 AM

Definitely one from the "Those Moderate Muslims" department.

New York Times, Oct. 10. Taliban Gun Down Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights

Later indications are that she has had surgery and will survive, thankfully.

Posted by: nv53 at October 10, 2012 2:40 AM

Black Mamba: Earlier, rather than blurt out William Conrad's name directly, I thought to offer "canon" -> "Cannon" as a clue. I know, pretty lame!

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at October 10, 2012 4:10 AM

Mao Stlong* Lepolt: Of liberalism.

"of diarrhea and vomiting".

"Experts now believe that frozen strawberries from China are behind a massive outbreak of the norovirus that recently affected thousands of schoolchildren in eastern Germany."

*H/T Uncle Mo to ex-Liberal leader Bob Rae.


"Putting Profits Before Nutrition"

"The Dark Side of the School Meals Business"

"Questioning of patients and analyses of the supply chain provided indications tracing the cause of the recent epidemic of diarrhea and vomiting to a supplier who provided Sodexo and at least two other catering companies with frozen strawberries from China. The batch involves 44 metric tons of the fruit that were imported into Germany via the port of Hamburg."


"McGuinty sticks up for Chinese firm Huawei accused of spying"

"Premier Dalton McGuinty has come to the defence of Huawei Canada, a unit of China’s biggest telecom equipment maker that is facing U.S. accusations of espionage.

“I don’t really understand the concerns that have been raised south of the border,” McGuinty told reporters Tuesday.

“Of course here in Ontario we rely on the federal government, which has responsibility for international security concerns,” he said, noting that Huawei is doing work with telecom service providers Bell Canada, Telus, SaskTel and Wind Mobile."

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 4:33 AM

O'cry baby:


"Poll: Big Bird is Not the Word"

"‘Sesame Street’ Asks Obama Team to Pull Its Attack Ad Over Big Bird

The owners of the children’s show “Sesame Street” have asked the Obama campaign to pull down an ad released Tuesday that shows an image of Big Bird and mocks Republican nominee Mitt Romney for holding up the popular children’s character as a symbol of unnecessary government spending. “We have approved no campaign ads and, as is our general practice, have requested that both campaigns remove Sesame Street characters and trademarks from their campaign materials,” said Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization that produces and owns the show, in a statement.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said the request was under review."

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 5:38 AM

Steyn on Big Bird's O'sherbit: It's for the children; but, it's not fair.


Steyn: "Lawrence Welk reruns".

"As for the rest of PBS’s output — the eternal replays of the Peter, Paul & Mary reunion concert, twee Brit sitcoms, Lawrence Welk reruns and therapeutic infomercials — whatever their charms, it is difficult to see why the Brokest Nation in History should be borrowing money from the Chinese Politburo to pay for it. A system by which a Communist party official in Beijing enriches British comedy producers by charging it to American taxpayers with interest is not the most obvious economic model. Yet, as Obama would say, the government did build that."

"WUN'ERFUL, WUN'ERFUL! Stan Freberg"


"Mark Steyn: The Sesamization of America"

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 6:46 AM

Under the heading of;
"We Don't Need No Stinkin Giant Fans"

Compelling video from Vermont.

Posted by: pkuster at October 10, 2012 7:02 AM

Did anyone catch Power and Politics yesterday on the CBC. The power panel was discussing the dangers of having a state controlled communications company with an overtly political and social agenda operating in Canada. OMG! You just can't make this stuff up. The lone conservative hack missed the irony in the whole discussion.

Posted by: Steve at October 10, 2012 8:57 AM

Robert - my own view of Obama is that as a pathological narcissist, he can't interact with others on an equal basis.

A debate acknowledges that the other person IS an equal and even, could be superior. Obama interacts with others only as their Superior. He must feel that he controls them and his limited tactic of control is singular: emotional manipulation. If Obama can't manipulate them into this control, then, for Obama that person ceases to exist.

A debate involves, not only that equality of interaction, but it has nothing to do with emotions. It's about issues, which are defined by reference to and analysis of, data and facts. The analysis is focused on these real-world bits of information. Obama doesn't function in the real world; he functions only in a fictional narrative that he weaves himself, to manipulate you into his control.

The 2008 'debates' weren't debates because they didn't deal with real issues, for Obama provided only fiction, his 'hopes and change'. This time, Romney can focus on the real facts of the past four years and Obama doesn't ever enter that real world.

All Obama can do is campaign, which is a purely fictional type of interaction, filled with emotion, with manipulation, with adulation.

If he's asked a factual question, such as Letterman did, when asking about the debt - 'Is it 10 million'?..Obama can reply 'I can't remember the exact amount'..and get away with it. He couldn't do this in a genuine debate! Or in a press conference! Imagine, the president not knowing the debt!

If he's asked about the failure of the stimulus, he can laugh and say, 'heh, I guess there weren't that many shovel-ready projects'. He can pontificate and tell you to 'put air in your tires' when dealing with high gas prices. A genuine debate wouldn't let him get away with these brush off of facts.

As to whether Obama thought he won the debate, I can't say. My view is that Obama can't acknowledge anyone, and that includes Romney as an equal. His treatment of others who try to intrude on his fictional realm, is to insult, denigrate..and then ignore them. He couldn't do the first two on stage, and so, did the latter. He ignored Romney as much as he could, and didn't debate; he just pontificated his set speeches of the last four years.

Posted by: ET at October 10, 2012 9:16 AM

At first I was wondering where I had heard the name William Conrad and then Plainzdrifter reminded me. Those old reruns on the radio helped keep me awake in the tractor or combine late in the evening.

A poll about Gerry Ritz could use some additional assistance.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at October 10, 2012 10:37 AM

Whistleblower links Quebec Liberals to illegal financing ....shocking....who could have guessed!

Posted by: Rich at October 10, 2012 12:33 PM

Obama's wedding ring inscribed "There Is No God But Allah".

Posted by: RFB at October 10, 2012 1:03 PM

Rich, it isn't simply the Liberals which are linked to illegal financing, and to construction, union etc corruption in Quebec. It's ANY Quebec government and that includes the PQ.

Quebec, as an insular, unaccountable economy, always supported in its excess spending by the rest of Canada, long ago moved into a basic economic mode geared to relying on the federal economy for its public maintenance, and on corruption and the black market for the private wealth of its population.

Remember, no wealth is generated by Quebec that goes to the ROC. Quebec's documented wealth production is, in relation to federal input, a net loss. It takes in at least 15 billion more per year than it pays in federal taxes. BUT, its citizens live off an insular illegal and black market economy that is reserved for themselves.

Posted by: ET at October 10, 2012 1:15 PM

Is Germany's Merkel a Red-Green Eco-Terrorist?


"Merkel's Blackout"

"German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress"

"Germany plans to abandon nuclear power by 2022, but its government hasn't been doing enough to ensure that the project succeeds. Needed infrastructure and technology is lacking, and coordination is a mess. Meanwhile, weary consumers are paying more for electricity, and the supply is in jeopardy."

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 1:41 PM

over at Twitchy the Obmabots are threatening to move to Canada. And the UK and Italy and Australia but mostly Canada. Like Canada needs more freeloaders.

Posted by: Sue at October 10, 2012 1:41 PM

Sue, exactly.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at October 10, 2012 2:06 PM

The Story of O'narcissist: O'Bashing.


"Romney is finally ahead in national polls. Watch the liberals cry tears of unfathomable sadness"

"Yesterday, liberal commentator Andrew Sullivan had a spectacular online meltdown."


"Obama cultists’ crack-up"

"Given a choice between casting off their false idol and giving up the cult of liberalism, there is no competition. Liberals will have no compunction about dumping Obama. The last thing they want is to see what Romney-Ryan have described as a referendum on “two visions.” The Republicans call it a dependency society vs. an opportunity society. But it is really a face-off between modern conservatism and unrepentant liberalism. That’s not a contest the left can afford to lose. So, back to the Obama bashing!"

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 4:34 PM

"Justin Trudeau, the Paris Hilton of Canadian Mischa Popoff

Conservatives should all stand up and support Justin Trudeau in his run for the leadership of the Grits.

If an impuissant environmentalist like Stéphane Dion, or an effete American academic like Michael Ignatieff, or a socialist socialite like Bob Rae didn’t fire up the conservative base, just wait until the spawn of Canada’s greatest spender takes the helm of Canada’s greatest-spending party.

Laws restrict individuals. This is a good thing when it comes to criminals."


"But in the case of ingenuity and prosperity, the majority of bills passed by Liberals have proven detrimental.But, alas, in Justin’s prophetic words: “Before we can convince Canadians that we have the best platform, we have to re-convince Canadians that politics should be in the business of shaping the future of Canada.”

Posted by: marc in calgary at October 10, 2012 4:48 PM

The Times of India headline: "Mitt Romney surges past President Obama in latest popularity poll"

The American media: "Mr. Romney maintained a 2-point lead in the Rasmussen Reports tracking poll, but President Obama’s lead held at 2 points in an online poll published by Ipsos and at 3 points in the Gallup tracking poll."

Who to believe?

Posted by: batb at October 10, 2012 6:00 PM

Mao Stlong* Lepolt.

Mao say, Conglatulations Plemiel Warr. Go Warr!


"Saskatchewan premier defends Huawei deal"

*Bob's uncle, c/o Red China.

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 7:47 PM

Is There a Fix in for the Vice Presidential Debate?

The moderator of Thursday’s vice presidential debate is Martha Raddatz of ABC News. ... Raddatz has a connection with Barack Obama going all the way back to their days at Harvard. They worked on the Harvard Law Review together, and Obama attended her 1991 wedding. Fast forward to the present, and President Obama has appointed Raddatz’s husband, Julius Genachowski, to the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski is also an Obama campaign bundler, meaning that he is a major fundraiser for the president’s re-election effort. That storyline alone raises questions of corruption and rewarding political supporters with powerful federal posts. Yet ABC insists that Raddatz has no conflict of interest in moderating the debate. ...

Yeah right. No conflict of interest at all. Move along, folks.

Posted by: batb at October 10, 2012 7:54 PM

Cue The Librano$*: Chretien, MartinJr, Citoyen Kyoto Dionky, Coderre, Dingwall, Gagliano, KatMeat, et al.


"Parallels between Que. construction scams, Adscam"

"MONTREAL - The latest allegations of graft and wrongdoing in Quebec politics bear striking similarities to the Adscam scandal that rocked Ottawa seven years ago.

Both fiascos involve disgraced government contractors who coolly testified about cash kickbacks and illicit party financing under publication bans at public inquiries.

Ad executive Jean Brault's 2005 revelations at the Gomery inquiry helped torpedo prime minister Paul Martin's short-lived Liberal government.

But voters tossed Jean Charest out of office a few weeks before ex-paving contractor Lino Zambito could bring him down.

That won't lessen the blunt-force impact of Zambito's allegations that he flagrantly violated election laws to pump six-figure amounts of dirty cash into Liberal campaign coffers in 2008.

Some of his tactics involved using his own employees as proxies to illegally funnel money to the Grits.

It's the same modus operandi described by Brault, who told the Gomery commission his Groupaction staff donated money to federal Liberals under their own names before he reimbursed them through payroll."

*H/T Ezra Levant

Posted by: maz2 at October 10, 2012 8:00 PM

Apparently, Raddatz's first husband, Julius Genachowski, were Harvard Law classmates not Raddatz herself.

Posted by: batb at October 10, 2012 8:07 PM

Another article that states the obvious;
" Republican women prettier than Democrats, study finds "

Posted by: wallyj at October 10, 2012 8:18 PM

"Ass"-ociated Press published an unflattering photo of Romney and a schoolgirl.

Total hatchet job. And so of course they appolyjozzzes...

Posted by: eastern paul at October 10, 2012 10:09 PM