Latest Drivel: Anne Kingston, Linden MacIntyre, Sen. Leo Housakos, Rosie DiManno, Heather Mallick

It’s that holiday dedicated to eating more than
Americans celebrate Thansgiving
−Ottawa Sun, Nov. 28, 2014.

Tastes great! Less filling!
An online survey by the Angus Reid Institute showed 36 per cent of those surveyed agreeing with the statement “the shooting in Ottawa was a terrorist attack.” Thirty-eight per cent, however, agreed with the statement “the shooting in Ottawa was an act by a person with a mental illness.”
−Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 25, 2014.

Oh, that CBC host–the gravy guy!
The CBC host who famously told Billy Bob Thornton that Canadians have plenty of “gravy” has been charged with choking and sexual assault, fingerprinted and ordered to live with his mother while the case proceeds through court.
−Toronto Star, Nov. 26, 2014.

But no such luck
Social media had been fermenting with similar sentiments since news of the charges four counts of sexual assault, one of overcoming resistance (choking) were announced by Toronto Police at 10:35 that morning. But seeing the visceral response of living, breathing human beings in a public space brought mob mentality to life, horrifyingly so. It wasn’t difficult to make connections between Princess Di leaving Paris’s Ritz on that fateful August 1987 evening….
−Anne Kingston, Maclone’s, Nov. 26, 2014.

I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of merely prominent, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Canada.
I worked at the CBC for 38 years. My job was always up-front, on the air whether it was radio or television. For 24 of those years I worked on one of the most successful and well-regarded programs in the corporation’s history, The fifth estate. If I had moved down to the States as many of my friends and colleagues did back in the ’70s and ’80s I might even have become rich and famous notwithstanding all my idiosyncrasies. In Canada I became “prominent”−and not so rich. In the States I might have been a star. In Canada I’m just stared at quite a lot.
−Linden MacIntyre, Huffington Post, Nov. 22, 2014.

New frontrunner to succeed Hubert Lacroix emerges
“My view is simply that I find the CBC–and I’ll be blunt–has too much news, too much sports, too much Olympics,” Conservative Senator Leo Housakos recently told a Senate committee holding cross-country hearings into the future of the public broadcaster. “They can’t get ratings. So if they can’t get ratings, they can’t get revenue. They eat up the budget they’re getting from taxpayers, and that budget, in my view, is there to promote Canadian content.”
−Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail, Nov. 22, 2014.

The next Angry Birds?
Some of the jurors looked stupefied. One rubs furiously at her eyes. One pinches the bridge of her nose. One tries to hide a yawn behind his hand. A drowsy reporter’s notes tail off the page into indecipherable squiggles, rather like the blots of a Rorschach test−flying uteri.
−Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Dec. 1, 2014.

Hmn, how cheap?
That [Uber] driver has your details. Do not rate him badly, especially if you’re female. He knows where you live. You have no recourse. You’re a freelance customer and he’s a freelance driver. It’s between you two. It is a recipe for disaster and you cooked it up. Why? Because it was cheap.
−Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.

Er, do you know if it’s available on Netflix?
While my generation learned to do sex by reading the dirty bits of Sweet Valley High novels and fumbling around sweatily in our parent’s basements, this generation will have learned to do sex by watching semi-violent six-ways involving hairy men and vajazzled strippers squealing on dirty linoleum floors.
−Leah MacLaren, Globe and Mail, Nov. 20, 2014.

When I said “oppressive” and “Third World dump run by raving socialists,” I, of course, meant that in the most approbative sense
“I said when I renounced my citizenship that it had nothing to do with my high opinion of Canada….”
−Lord Tubby of Crosspurposes, quoted by Romina Maurino, Canadian Press, Nov. 22, 2014.

Everybody mambo!
[I]f it means GM Alex Anthopoulos has blown his budget …then it’s simply one step forward and one step back….. If Anthopoulos is unable to bring back Cabrera…then that’s definitely a step backward…. Kudos for signing Martin. But if that’s the only big splash that Anthopoulos is allowed to make [then] it’s just one step forward and one step back.
−Steve Buffery, Sun Media, Nov. 20, 2014.

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One comment on “Latest Drivel: Anne Kingston, Linden MacIntyre, Sen. Leo Housakos, Rosie DiManno, Heather Mallick
  1. Trippetta says:

    Leah, you’re trying too hard.

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