Sunday, April 04, 2010

Podunkian Brunch, Sunday, April 4, 2010

We throw a new idea into the blog stew pot this morning, as we introduce you to the Podunkian Brunch, a weekly tip-sheet if you will of some of the items that caught our fancy over the last seven days.

Much like we used to enjoy sitting down with the Sunday paper for a good afternoon of reading (before the cost of the paper began to rival instalments on a car loan)  we hope to find topics that give you cause for thought, some information or even a chuckle or two, maybe even all three, who knows.

We'll endeavour to make it a regular Sunday item on the blog, hopefully posted before the early hours turn into the mid afternoon. If nothing else it will offer up some suggestions for some lazy Sunday websurfing for those that have time on their hands, but no particular direction to go.

We found a new website this week (well new to us, it apparently has been around awhile), True/Slant a compendium of articles from a wide variety of sources which offers up an eclectic bit of reading from well known journalists to unknown bloggers suddenly tossed into the firepit of fame.

Of interest from the True/Slant portal we found  MattTaibbi, who writes for Rolling Stone, he offers up an opinion piece on the recent troubles of the Catholic church, a review of developments that should prove to be just a little bit controversial.

How bad are things on Parliament Hill these day? So bad, that apparently high school teachers won't bring their students into the gallery at the House of Commons anymore owing to the bad behaviour of those supposedly working on our behalf. In the Walrus this month, Mark Kingwell looks at the growing Cro-Magnon like behaviour that is changing the nature of debate not only on the Hill, but in the practice of politics across Canada.

Last week we took a look at the events on Ann Coulter's tour of the Great White North, highlighted by Ms. Coulter's cancelled appearance at the University of Ottawa. Bill Tielman of the Tyee, in his piece he doesn't see the quashing of freedom of speech that many others did during that time, but instead sees a cleverly orchestrated campaign by Coulter and her Canadian tour organizer Ezra Levant. Tielman reviews the timeline and offers up a different interpretation of the weeks events.

The Daily Beast directed us to a website called Popeater, which features that most Canadian of activities the good old hockey game, where Maggie Coughlan takes a look at the growing trend of hockey players taking up their social time with some of pop culture's rising princesses. You just never know who might be in the seat beside you at that next hockey game.

Saturday was iPad launch day in the USA, an event which saw no shortage of Canadians line up for ours to cross the border and in some cases seek out their own personal version of the newest toy on the market. The iPad which won't arrive in Canada until later in the month, was given the full review by CNet, which featured coverage of the day one madness as well as a review of the product itself.

Thursday was April Fools and for those that had a bit of trouble keeping up with all the mischief, the Huffington Post does it's best to keep the running tab of the best of the foolery for 2010.

And speaking of April Fools, the Onion where everyday it seems is April Fools, offers up a couple of beauts for baseball fans, as they explain the retro look at Fenway Park for the Red Sox and the bored inclinations of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

If you're looking for a movie to wrap up the weekend with, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story is out on the video circuit (stores, download sites etc). Always entertaining, thought provoking and annoying to the powers that be, Moore takes on the current financial stresses of the day with some astounding revelations that will leave you shaking your head by the end of the film.

The trailer outlines some of the snapshots of the documentary review of Capitalism.

From our Podcast directory we feature a Sunday favourite, Rex Murphy with Cross country check up, the two hour open line exchange of ideas between Canadians on the issues of the day. Available for download to your iPod or other personal entertainment player, Checkup this Sunday will discuss the future of Canada's involvement in Afghanistan. If you can't listen in to the debate at 1 pm BC Time on your local CBC outlet, the podcast will be available for download later in the day.

And to wrap up this first edition of our Brunch a little music. Blue Rodeo continues on as one of Canada's top touring acts, still taking to the stage after all these years, currently they're supporting their latest album Things we Left Behind, from that session here's a sample of the sound today, with Arizona Dust

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