Wednesday, December 31, 2008


The December issue of Reader's Digest has an article called Home Not Alone, originally published in Today's Parent. It was written by a man whose wife and himself work at home. He talks about what life is like for him, and says that he likes working at home. This article was the coolest. I work at home, and I hope to continue doing that. The Lord didn't intend to have people commuting for long periods of time everyday like they do now. It's a nice feeling, being able to follow your own schedule. The author's children were five and three when he and his wife decided to work at home. I would think it would be a little less easy for people whose children were a bit older. You would have to be sure to explain that just because you are home during the day doesn't mean you and the kids can play all day. You still have certain things you have to get done at certain times.

The December 1 issue of Maclean's has an article about Ian Tyson. It talks about his new CD and the fact he's destroyed his vocal cords. I have twelve of his records. I enjoy his music. It's kind of sad to think his vocal cords are shot.

The December 8 issue of Maclean's has an article entitled "The Economy Excuse." It talks about how people are using the economic crisis to get out of things like holiday plans. If people really don't want to do something, they should just be straight with people. It's also good that people are being more frugal in this way.


I love this time of year, the time between Christmas and when everybody has to go back to work in January. Everything's so casual. Lunch basically consists of some cheese, crackers and pickles that you eat at about 3:00 in the afternoon. People are on holidays and have time to relax. There's also so much hope at this time of year.

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Many holiday travellers were stranded Friday in Toronto's Pearson Airport due to a snowstorm. They were stranded for hours with no food and had to share bottled water amongst themselves.

This is bull. They're in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world, and yet they were forced to scrounge in their suitcases to find food and water to share with each other like they were stranded on some desert island! The reason they had no food was because the people who man the food booths had gone home because of the storm. There is such a thing as service. I suppose the employees had the right to go home if they wanted to, but couldn't management have arranged something? Maybe get the members of some local churches to bring something? Maybe get the Salvation Army to supply sandwiches and coffee? Maybe call for city residents to bring food?


Yesterday I was listening to my local college station, 91x. Sunday mornings they have the syndicated show The Parent's Journal. The host was talking to a woman who wrote a book called The Complete Idiot's Guide To Baby And Toddler Feeding (or something like that.) People must be complete idiots if they need some of the advice in her book. She says such revolutionary things as, "Kids can make things." Duh. I was helping my mom bake when I was four or five years old. Kids can stir things, roll out dough and use a cookie cutter. I also remember helping Dad spread toppings on a homemade pizza and helping him flip burgers on the barbicue hand over hand. People seem to think everything is too advanced for children these days.

The author also said children should have meals at the table. Duuuuhhhh. I was taught that you eat at the table (well, sometimes you could have breakfast or lunch in front of the TV) but generally, you sit down and eat at the table, not just sit and eat dinner around the TV like so many families do.

Also, in church yesterday a woman was mentioning how the kids she teaches had been researching Christmas around the world. One girl asked, "Why are they only talking about the Christian religion? Why not any other religions?" Have we really reached that point in our society?


In the November 3 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about wildculture, the harvesting of foods that grow in the wild. This is neat. I haven't tried much wild food. I've had some wild game. I've had caribou chops, and I think I've had moose and seal. I used to eat wild game to celebrate Canada Day.

In the November 10 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about how indoor clotheslines are becoming more popular. People aren't just buying drying racks, there buying big, metal indoor clotheslines. This is good. It is good to dry your clothes on a clothesline. I plan to move into an apartment eventually and I want to dry my clothes on an indoor clothesline.

The November 24 issue of Maclean's was the annual university rankings issue. In the cover package they had an article written by a freshman university student (Is This Heaven?) in which he talks about how much he loves university. He cites reasons such as the lack of social pressures, the accepting nature of the students, the maturity level of the students, the fast pace of teaching, and the freedom. I quite agree. I enjoyed college. Nobody cares much about the way you act (not that there was much of that at my high school, ither), professors can teach subjects better in one semester than high school teachers can in two years, people just accept who you are and just associate with whomever they want to instead of constantly bugging others that they need to change something about themselves, and you have freedom. They don't make you go to class, if you're late you can just sneak into class without having to get a late slip and you can go to the washroom whenever you want.

In the November issue of Chatelaine, former talk show host Gill Deacon wrote an article about alternative menstrual products, such as organic tampons, cloth pads and the menstrual cup. This is buckin cool. With all the coverage of the green movement that's been in the media over the past few years, I have not heard anything about this. I hope to see more media coverage of this in the future.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


There has been a new film released about the life of Anne Shirley before she came to Green Gables. I saw it (or most of it) Sunday night on Ctv. It sucked.

If anyone wants to make a movie about Anne's life before Green Gables, all they have to do is go to Chapter V of Anne Of Green Gables. The chapter is entitled Anne's History. How bucking difficult would that have been for the producers to do?

This film revolves around a 50-year old Anne writing a play about her early life. It features the guy who played Jack Angel on This Is Wonderland (what the heck is his name) as the producer. This is really the only good point.

Anne tells about her life living with the Thomases. Mrs. Thomas's husband is killed falling under a train so they all go to live in Marysville with Mr. Thomas's mother. Mrs. Thomas confesses that she liked Anne's parents and she likes Anne, even though in the books Mrs. Thomas basically treated her like a domestic. Mr. Thomas's mother really dislikes Anne at first but then grows to like her. In the book, it says that Mr. Thomas's mother didn't want Anne so she was sent to live with the Hammonds. This doesn't happen until near the end of the film, however, not until after a long, extended drama involving old Mrs. Thomas being pressured to sell the sawmill.

The film rips off a lot of lines from Anne Of Green Gables, and even has a version of the scene where one of Anne's friends nearly drowns while acting out The Lady Of Chalott.

Basically, in Anne's actual life before Green Gables, her parents died when she was three months old. Her father didn't secretly live for another fifty years, like in the film. Mrs. Thomas, who didn't even like Anne, or probably her parents, for that matter took her in. She beat her all the time she was growing up and treated her like a domestic. Mrs. Thomas's husband was a drunk, so there was probably a lot of other abuse, too. He was killed falling under a train, so they went to live with Mr. Thomas's mother in Marysville. Mr. Thomas's mother didn't want her ither, so she was sent to live with the Hammonds, where she was also treated like a domestic. When Mrs. Hammond's husband died, she was sent to live at an orphanage. They were overcrowded, but had to take her in because she had nowhere else to go.


A Manitoba court wants an inquiry into the death of 5-year old Native girl Phoenix Sinclair. They want to find out why the girl was released into the custody of her parents and not checked up on.

Oh great. First, her parents took our money in wellfare dollars. Then the government took our money through the costs of a trial. Now the government wants to take more of our money in an inquiry.

Here is my answer to the Manitoba government's question. The government treats us like cattle. It is kind of like a matrix, but more like a mootrix. Social services took her away from her parents because they had to do a token something. They then gave her back to her parents. Cattle have to produce, and social services, knowing that, statistically aboriginal cattle don't produce much, figured Phoenix would grow up to suck off the system. Therefore, they felt it best to return her to her parents where she would probably, and did get killed, thus culling the herd of one calf who would grow up to be a cow that wouldn't produce.

Incidentally, this also has to do with Quebec making snow tires manditory. They can't have one of their producing cattle get in a car accident and die or go on disability.

To read the stories on Phoenix Sinclair and Quebec's new snow tire law, go to

For more on the mootrix, visit


(Bold, various times throughout the day)

This show is a bunch of garbage. It is about a group of orphans who do horrible things to each other and the director of the orphanage who constantly talks in dark prose about how much she hates her job.

This show is stupid and disturbing. It might work as a sketch on a comedy show, but not as a series.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Lately, the 80's sitcom Mama's Family has been much on my mind. It has been over twelve years since I first started watching it on TBS.

For those who don’t know, Mama’s Family was a sitcom based on a sketch from “The Carol Burnette Show.” It debued in 1983 on NBC. NBC cancelled the show after a year and a half, and it was revived in syndication in the fall of 1986. The show’s setting was the fictional small town of Raytown, Missouri. I will tell more about the plot of Mama’s Family later on.

When I watched Mama’s Family twelve years ago, I thought it was one of the best shows ever created. Now I realize it had many flaws. The syndicated episodes were especially horrible, using all the hackneed sitcom plots you could think of: the family betting Mama she couldn't give up swearing and Mama betting the family couldn't give up something
else; Naomi getting hit on the head and thinking she was this attentive housewife, the opposite of her real personality; Mama falling asleep and dreaming she was in an old detective movie with the family playing the other characters; Vinton installing an intercom and accidentally overhearing Mama talk
about him behind his back.

I really think the Nbc years were better. For those unfamiliar with the early years of the show or who decry those years, here is the premise that puts the Nbc shows into perspective: Thelma Harper is an old lady living in a big house by herself, so she asks her artsy unmarried sister Francis Crowley to move in with her. Shortly after this, her son
Vinton shows up in Raytown from wherever he lived with his two teenage kids, Buzz and Sonja. So, to start off the sitcom,
you have two old ladies and these teenage kids who have been forced to move from the big city to smalltown Missouri. Shortly thereafter, Vinton begins dating Thelma’s next door neighbour, Naomi Oates, whom Thelma doesn’t get along with. Plus, Thelma has to deal with Eunice and Ellen, her other children who also live in Raytown.

Then the syndicated years come along with their ridiculous plot twists. Come on, Fran dies after swallowing a toothpick? Why Thelma isn't tried for manslaughter, I don't know. Bubba, Eunice’s son, is supposed to be a juvenile delinquent but doesn’t really act like one. And Iola? She's supposed to be in her forties, but she acts like she's in her sixties. She's lived in the house across the street all her life and is Thelma's best friend but we've never seen her before.

I suppose the show could have continued another eighteen years. Vinton and Naomi were not smart enough to actually move into a home of their own for long and it
would have been neat to see a baby grow up in that household.

The series would have ended in June of 2008 with Tiffany going off to college.

After having watched Eunice: The Movie on YouTube, it makes the sitcom not work even more. The Harpers are a just plain dysfunctional family and there really never should have been a sitcom made about them, especially not after the movie.

Ken Barry's role as Phillip the writer who escapes that terrible household works much better than Vinton, yet another pathetic loser to go along with Eunice and Ed. If you couldn't have the full story complete with all the characters, what was the point of continuing them after "Eunice?"


Ted Rogers died this week at the age of 75.

On the day his death was announced it was alsso announced that Rogers Communications was going to lay off 100 employees. I remember seeing something around February that said even though Rogers Communications had a record year last year they were going to lay off 500 employees.

The problem with Ted Rogers is that, while he innovated a lot of things, his company eventually became too big and corporate. The same thing happened with Moses Znaimer when City got really big.


I was listening to our local college station, 91x last night. An announcer named Matt Carr came on the air. He talked about this scientist in Cleveland who says global warming is a fraud. Carr then opined that "maybe if he would go outside ... we can make it continue on for a while ... and he can go outside and realize that it is real."

First of all, this guy is in the third bucking semester of the radio broadcasting program, and yet he apparently can not do show prep. He doesn't name the scientist (or the fact that there are many scientists who don't believe global warming is real) or tell us what this scientist actually said. Whether or not you believe in global warming, you can't just say "maybe he should go outside" and just diclaire it is real without any evidence.

Dear Mr. Matt Carr,
Please remove yourself from the radio broadcasting program of Loyalist College in Belleville Ontario immediately and never under any circumstances take a job in the media.


By his refusal to allow the confidence vote to go ahead on Monday, Stephen Harper has turned Canada from a Parliamentary democracy into his own dictatorship.

In case you get round to reading this, Stephen, and I know agents of your government probably do, let me state for the record this: I hate you.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Rogers Broadcasting Limited (RBL) announced today that it has increased its ownership in the Kingston radio market. Rogers invested in 2000 in K-Rock 1057
Inc. which launched rock stations K-Rock 105.7 FM (CIKR FM) in 2001 and KIX Country 93.5 FM (CKXC FM) in 2007 and has now reached an agreement to increase
its ownership to 100%. This deal is subject to CRTC approval.

"This is a great opportunity for Rogers to expand our presence in Kingston, a market in which we've been involved since 2000," said Paul Ski, Chief Executive
Officer, Radio, RBL. "K-Rock has led the Kingston market because of its strong bond with listeners, advertisers and community organizations. We look forward
to building on this success and continuing the strong local profile of both radio brands."

"Rogers has been our partner right from the beginning. We've worked closely together to build the K-Rock brand by 'making a difference' in our community,"
said John Wright, President, K-Rock 1057 Inc. "When we made the decision to sell our interest, Rogers was the natural choice." Rogers Broadcasting operates
22 radio stations in Ontario including stations in Ottawa and Toronto.

There goes K-rock.


Friday, November 28, 2008


A recent Yale University study says that mothers who have had caesarean sections could end up bonding less with their babies. This is due to a hormone called oxytocin which is released when natural childbirth takes place.

Why do you think they promoted caesarean sections so highly a few years back?


This post concerns an article that was in the Daily Mail on August 27, 2008. What follows are quotes from the article with my comments.

"Some 50,000 children are at risk of harm or neglect at the hands of nurseries, childminders and after school clubs, government inspectors said yesterday (26#8)."

"On the whole, they found a positive picture of childcare. But it emerged that 3 percent of them were considered "inadequate"." Only three percent? While we certainly don't want to minimize this, the first paragraph makes this sound like a much bigger deal than it is.

"The figures come at a time when mothers are being pressured to go back to work by ministers who say they are trying to crack child poverty." I don't see how moms going back to work would help with child poverty. If they had the option to stay home, they probably aren't below the poverty line.

"Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as recently as June, unveiled plans to pay mothers an extra l40 a week if they found a job." Forty pounds a week, thus making the taxes go up, making mothers earn less and struggle even harder to make ends meet.

"Concerns about a drop in standards among childminders comes at a time when more than half of all mothers of children under five go out to work."

"Mr. Brown's l16 billion-a-year tax credit system has also contributed to the increase by giving out large sums of money for mothers to spend on nurseries and childminders." And also by increasing the taxes so mothers have to go out to work and put their kids in daycare anyway.

"The early years framework comes into force from nexst week (early September) and will see all pre-school children expected to meet 69 literacy, numeracy and problem-solving goals." Yes, new world order, make those children work. Don't allow to be normal, happy playful three-year olds.

"Under the reforms, every nursery, childminder and reception class in England will have to monitor children's progress towards the targets." Oh, buck. Nannies are going to have to do this, too? They've just taken away nanny's freedom to do what they like during the time they have with their charges. Honestly, British government.

"The National Childminding Association said it is "concerning" that the number of poor childminders had increased." "concerning?" Maybe the people at the National Childminding Association need to bucking go back to bucking school.


The Liberals, NDP and Bloc all say they will vote against the government's economic statement on Monday. This will topple the government which will result in one of two things: ither the government will ask the Governor General to allow a coalition government to be formed, or we'll have another election.

This is great. If they form a coalition, they won't get anything done and they can stay out of my life and let me lead it the way I want. If we have an election, it will still mean this Parliament didn't get a chance to get anything done.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


The main plot of this week's episode involved Holly Jay and her money troubles. Holly Jay is all set to go to a cheerleading championship in Florida when she comes home and receives the news that because of some risky investments her father made (these days any investments are risky) the family is going to have to cut back. She tries to get a job at The Dot but fails miserably at it, of course. Meanwhile, that reporter from Etalk Daily is interviewing Mia about her modeling career. Because Holly Jay is ticked off, she tells the reporter Mia slept her way to the top. In typical journalistic fashion, the reporter doesn't check his facts and broadcasts this on national TV. Holly Jay's sister Heather gives her the money to go on the trip, but Holly Jay is kicked off the Power Squad because of what she told the reporter. She then reapplies for the job at The Dot, for what specific reason I don't know.

The subplot involved Peter's mom returning from Regina for a little visit. At first, she thinks Peter should come back to Regina with her. There are the usual clashes between a mother and a son who has learned to live on his own, but after his mom sees Peter comfort Mia, she decides he'll be OK living on his own after all.

Not a strong episode.

Friday, November 21, 2008


In the October issue of Chatelaine, there was an article about female genital mutulation (Cuts ... Both Ways.) It talked about how a number of African women don't mind having it done to them. They feel it makes them more respected and look on it as a sign that they have become a woman. Many say they haven't suffered any ill effects from it.

There was also an article called Scenes From Same-sex Marriage. It tried to portray same-sex marriage as a perfectly normal, admirable institution. It argued that same-sex marriage was better in some cases than heterosexual i.e. normal marriage. Couples devide housework between and work out their problems in a civilized way without yelling at each other. For one thing, I am sure there are heterosexual couples that do those things. For another, the article does not point out the studies showing all the abuse same-sex couples suffer in their relationships, and the short length of homosexual relationships. For more on this, read the book Same Sex Marrieage: putting every household at risk by Mathew D. Staver, available at

The October issue of Chatelaine also had an article called Things To Do Before I Die, about a girl with cystic vibrosis who, when she discovered she only had two years to live, made a list of all the things she wanted to do in life and started to do them. The article focuses more on how she suffered with the disease rather than on her checking things off the list. Also, it isn't clear whether she accomplished everything on it or just some things. My advice is don't wait until you're dying to do all the things you want to do in life.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I recently placed an ad for the company I work for in a magazine for the blind.

Last Saturday, a woman phoned and left a message on my answering machine saying she was interested in what I sold

I called her yesterday and she told me to call back later.

I called her today and said, "I'm Alex Horton. You called me last Saturday."

She said, "You again. Look, Mohammed, I told you. It's over between us. O-v-e-r. Don't call here again."

First, I doubt any boyfriend she could get would know how to spell complex words like over. Any other points are pretty obvious.


Yesterday, the co-accused in the death of a five-year old Winnipeg girl testified. The boyfriend of the girl's mother testified he had buried the girl's body about eight inches under the snow. He then said he had wanted to give her a proper burial.

Sure, they allegedly beat her and neglected her and starved her and everything, but he wanted to give her a proper burial.



A new study says parents shouldn't share cups, spoons or toothbrushes with their children because it could spread bacteria which could cause tooth decay.

This is a bit like the safety tips they used to have on The National Lampoon Radio Hour.

Remember, don't be a careless person. Be a care more person!



New proposed legislation would make it illegal for drivers under twenty-one to drive after consuming any alcohol, as well as restrict them to having only one teenage passenger in the vehicle with them.

Those opposed to the legislation say it would promote drinking and driving.

Those for the legislation say teenagers who had been drinking could phone their parents or a cab. If you were sixteen and had gone to a party and gotten drunk, would you want to call your parents? Would a lot of sixteen-year olds have money for cabs?

MADD Canada says they will pressure every province and territory to adopt this legislation. Wait a minute. Since this is proposed legislation, don't we the people get a say in it? Shouldn't MADD see if the people in the provinces and territories want this legislation passed before they start "pressuring" governments?

This follows on the heals of Ontario's Lifetime Dog Ownership Ban.

Yeah, this is the kind of thing the veterans fought for.


Monday, November 17, 2008


The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation revolved around a school camping trip. Sav is assigned the task of looking after his sister Ali by his father. Sav is looking forward to this weekend because it is his and Onya's six-month anniversary and he hopes they'll have sex. At the same time, he is worried about Ali getting up to things on the trip. Ali goes into a boy's tent to hang out while Sav makes out with Onya. Ali screams because Connor has put a snake in the tent she is in at the time. Sav comes running, finds Ali and the boy together and yells at her. Ali tells him she is "not an impure girl." Sunday afternoon, when they get back to Toronto, Onya breaks up with Sav, saying she doesn't want to be thought of as being "an impure girl" for making out with him and that he has a double standard. This is why these kinds of relationships are a bad idea.

The subplot involved Emma and Manny both being attracted to their roommate, Kelly. They end up arguing and finally decide to ask him who he likes. They ask him in a roundabout way and are still left wondering. It's stupid to fight over someone of the opposite sex. Just go up to the person and ask them point blank which one they are attracted to.

All in all, a fairly unremarkable episode.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Welcome to a new feature on the Alex Horton Blog called Reply Awl. In this feature I will be giving my opinions on articles I have recently read in magazines. The title is a tribute to a feature they used to have on Sounds Like Canada. They never should have cancelled that show.

The October 13 issue of Maclean's had a story about what female letter carriers do when they need to use the washroom. The article says it is more difficult for women than men because men can go anywhere. This is incorrect. Women can do it, too.

The same issue also has a story about the lack of Jewish families being featured on TV (No Little Synagogue On The Prairie.) On Seinfeld, even though they never said, it was obvious the main characters were Jewish. Sure, as the article points out George did have an Italian last name, but his family didn't celebrate Christmas. For goodness sake. The article mentions that on Everybody Loves Raymond, the family was Italian but the characters were written Jewish, which was pretty noticeable now that I think about it. Also, I also thought Sophia on Golden Girls was written Jewish. One of the show's writers was the talented Canadian comedian David Stineberg.

Also in the October 13 issue of Maclean's is a review of Bill Marr's new documentary Religulous. This film ticked me off. Bill Marr is a lapsed Catholic, the church that has probably done more to turn people off the idea of religion than any other force out there. In the film, Marr talks to a creation scientist and says, "I'm not the one who believes in a talking snake." If I were the scientist, I would have said, "Of course I believe in talking snakes. I'm talking to one right now."

The October 20 issue of Maclean's has an article on the new James Bond film. It seems to be the author's contention that James Bond jumped the shark after the first two movies, due to changing social moreeis. The author also favours Sean Connery best as James Bond. Personally, though I have only seen two whole James Bond films, I think Roger Moore was the best James Bond. He made Bond very debonaire. I do agree that Peerce Brosnan brought a bit too much of a male model vibe to 007. Despite the author's contention, James Bond is the best-selling movie franchise of all time and from what I have seen of them James Bond films are head-and-shoulders above most other movies.


Who cares? Nither of them will run anything anyway. Make no mistake. Obama won't run anything or make anything better. He'll be hen-pecked by the lobbyists and business interests. If he doesn't do what they want, they will make life difficult for him, just like all other politicians.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Laura is breathing.

Laura is still breathing.

Laura is eating a snack.

Laura is punching her sister.

Laura has accidentally thrown the TV remote control in the washing machine.

Laura is hyperventalating.

Laura is not breathing so much anymore.


The president of the Arts And Science Undergrads Society at Queen's University has been impeached for comments against Moslems he made on his facebook page.

Some people are saying Queen's is a racist campus. Personally, I think it's about one of the most left-wing places out there.

Do you think Queen's is a racist campus? Leave your comments in the comment area.


The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation involved Peter and his friend, Riley. Peter enjoyed hanging out with Riley because he was a cool guy and because Peter didn't have a lot of guy friends.

However, one day Riley was teaching Peter how to box and out of nowhere Riley kissed him. Peter is naturally very scared by this and eventually tells Mia. It eventually goes around school and Riley is called fag and made fun of and things like that. However, it is never established whether Riley is actually a homosexual, since he tells Peter nothing happened when questioned by him about it.

Degrassi has an annoying habit of doing things like that. It's like when Emma was going down to the ravine with Jay. A gonorrhea epidemic started. Emma told her parents she had a sore throat and needed to go down to the clinic, but it was never established whether she actually had VD or not.

The subplot of last night's episode involved Claire and her friends working on a toy robot for Media Emersion. They decide to go to Connor's house, which coincidentally happens to be Archie "Snake" Simpson's house. Now, how this Connor kid, which like the aforementioned Riley as well as Claire's friends just happened to materialize out of nowhere in this episode became Snake's son is a mystery. I thought Spike and Snake had a kid named Jack together. He would have been about six by now but he has apparently disappeared.

While over at Connor/Snake's house, Claire and her friend decide to "dig through Snake's stuff" to find out what the house of a teacher is like. In the bedroom, they find Spike's vibrator. The group decides to incorporate it into their robot. However, the thing starts vibrating in Mr. Armstrong's math class.

Claire's mom is called into school. Personally, if the school is going to call me and interrupt my day of working for the following company
then it better be for something much more important than my kid bringing a vibrator/robot to class.

Some people just don't understand robots.

Claire's mom is mad at her because she thinks she is using the device. She says she isn't but feels left out because all her friends know more about sex than she does. Claire and her mom end up having a long talk about masturbation and such things.

One of the last lines of this episode is absolutely classic:

(Claire to Holly Jay)
That masturbation is perfectly normal and that it's nothing to be ashamed of ... maybe if you tried it once in a while you wouldn't be so crabby and mean.

Her friend was asking if she did it. I think that pretty much answers her question.

Come on, Holly Jay, don't act so high and mighty. (Yes, I know they're fictional characters, buckwad.)

Also, there is still the matter of the fact that Claire stole it. Her mom really should make her give it back to Spike.

I agree with the stance Degrassi took on this issue. It's perfectly normal. Some people would disagree. If you disagree and you feel like a knock-out, drag-down, blood-spilling-everywhere fight on the subject, leave your comments in the comment area.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Last spring I went to a fundraiser for my local Crisis Pregnancy Centre.

The entertainment was provided by a choir from a local, what you might call "home for wayward girls." Two of the girls gave their testimony.

The first girl said she had been raped at five by her brother. The abuse continued and she fell into a life of drugs and prostitution, having a child out of wedlock. She eventually wound up at the aforementioned home for wayward girls.

The second girl said she had grown up in "a good Christian home" and had "loved the Lord from a very young age." When she was nine her parents divorced and she ended up getting raped by someone from her church as well as by her stepbrother. She then also fell into a life of drugs and prostitution, eventually winding up at the home as well.

They talked about how, at the home they had "discovered I was the light of the world." They said things like "no one is free from sin." The second girl also talked about "coming back to Jesus' flock."

First of all, where were the men in these cases? I don't care who it is. If my son or someone from my church or anyone else rapes my daughter or stepdaughter, I'm strangling that bucker to death. There is no excuse that will make me act otherwise. This is also what God's law demands.

Second, that second girl didn't grow up in a good Christian home. If her parents divorced, it wasn't a good Christian home. The Bible says in the book of Mathew "whosoever divorceth his wife committeth adultery with her" I don't know how she could have loved the Lord from a very young age. A child can't fully understand the concept of being born again.

These girls never mentioned repenting. They never said that there was a time after they came to the home when they got down on their knees and said, "Lord, I'm sorry for all the things I've done. Please forgive me. If you don't want me to prostitute myself, I won't prostitute myself. If you don't want me to be addicted to drugs, I won't be addicted to drugs."

In fact, they were justifying it. "No one is free from sin." "I am the light of the world." Give me a break.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Because I am inspired. This post will be about the way Christians don't seem to think anything is wrong anymore.

Last January I was at a party for my local Crisis Pregnancy Centre. I overheard two men talking about mortgages. One said, "It's all right. It's just like rent."

Well, no it isn't. Romans 13 8 says "Owe no man anything" Mortgages are going into debt to buy a house. If you have a mortgage, pay it off. Otherwise, rent and wait for the bottom of the housing cycle.

A while ago at a lunchion at my church I heard a lady ask another lady what her husband did. The lady being asked the question works in the local elementary school library. The lady replied that she worked and her husband cut wood and stayed home looking after the house. The lady who had asked the question said, "Good."

What the buck. In many places in the Bible, including various places in the New Testament, it says the man is to be the head of the household. There is of course the verse in ither 1 or 2 Timothy about women being "keepers at home" for one.


Last winter, I participated in an Alpha course at my local Methodist church.

Now, for anyone thinking of taking the Alpha course, I would recommend it. For those who aren't Christians or are new Christians, it is a good introduction to Christianity. For those who have been Christians for awhile, it is a good way to get back to the basics.

However, at the particular course I went to, the people who ran it didn't seem to know very much. A man who came for the first few weeks kept bringing up all these objections and the woman's answer to allmost everything was, "You might be right. I'm not a scholar." Whenever the woman who wanted me to participate in the course with her or I would give an answer to one of the questions asked at the end of each session, the woman running the course would say something like, "Thank you, Pastor Catherine." Ooooohhhhh, pardon me. Just because we study our Bibles and have answers to these things and you apparently don't know much of anything. Actually, the two other couples that took the course didn't seem to know very much ither, and one of them had been Christians for fifty years.

It seemed the function of the woman running the course was to provide the coffee and desserts and the function of her husband was to stand behind her (as it is so much these days in Christianity) and put the Dvd in the ggoshdarn Dvd player.

Monday, November 3, 2008


In this episode, Liberty wants to join a serority. She thinks about joining her mom's serority, but then decides she might join PI Gamma Pi instead. Pgp. I believe that is some Indian political party. Actually that was PJP. If Liberty joins Pi Gamma Pi she will be in the ranks of MP's and Supreme Court justices, as well as the Gandhis.

In the course of her application, the candidates for admission are asked what the toughest time of their lives was. Liberty answers that it was the time she gave her baby up for adoption. Because of this, the serority girls think she exhibits TNB, and are eager to have her join the group.

Later, Liberty goes to a serority party where she ends up getting really drunk and needing to have her stomach pumped. The girls say they still want her in the PGP because diversity is great for there funding and there aren't any other minorities since the last of the Gandhis graduated the previous year.

I did not know Liberty was black. I thought she was fully Dutch, which have about as white skin as they come. Oh well, you know what they say. What's a Dutchman? A black man turned inside out.

This episode also has a subplot involving the Power Squad (formerly the Spirit Squad (oh well, I guess if you can't have spirit you might as well hav power)) thinking the last two virgins on the team aren't virgins anymore. However, it turns out that captain Holly Jay Sinclair is still a virgin. She tries to get Sav to take it from her, but he won't. However, he does put Sav on the wounds caused by the taunts of the other girls. It also turns out that Onya, the other girl is still a virgin as well.

See, there are more than you think.

If you have any thoughts on the number of virgins at your school or anything else, leave your comments in the comment area.


Welcome to a new feature on the Alex Horton Blog.

Insane In The Heart (a take-off on the title of the Cyprus Hill song Insane In The Brain) will be about the apostate nature of Christianity today.

In keeping with the verse in Ephesians 5, all I can say is don't be like them.

Our first episode concerns the Promise Keepers convention which took place in Missisauga last year.

The convention featured some good speakers, particularly toward the end. The main problem I had with it was there was too much emphasis on sports. The point of Promise Keepers is to teach how to be a better Christian man. One of the reasons Christian men are in such a sad state is because they sit in front of the TV watching sports too much. When the guy who headed up our church's trip to Promise Keepers woke up on the Saturday morning, what is the first thing he did? Turned on the TV and watched Sports Centre.

My suggestion is that men turn off that darn TV: turn off the football, turn off the hockey, turn off the basketball, and find out:

1.) how to truly be leaders in their marriages instead of the Ahabs most of them seem to be and;

2) find out what's really going on in the world. Here are a couple of websites to get them started:




Thursday, October 30, 2008


by Daniel Pinkwater. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

This book is killer.

This book is (sort of) written in the form of a college essay. Robert Nifkin is a fifteen-year old boy starting high school in Chicago in 1957. He finds school boring and generally horrible, so he starts skipping.

This book is full of humour throughout. Also, it breaks into little sections. You'll read a few chapters and think, "That seems like a good place to stop," then pick up the book another time shortly thereafter.

There are some things in this book I don't agree with, but keep following this blog and you'll learn about those.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


by Sean Cullen. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2006.

This is the first book from Canadian comedian Sean Cullen.

Wonderboy orphan Hamish X is sent to work in the cheese factory of Vigo Schmotz. He is about to execute his escape plan when the factory is attacked by cheese pirates and the children are carried off to Snow Monkey Island. Hamish and his friends must find the pirates and save the children.

Both adults and children will thrill to the adventure in this story and howl with laughter at Cullen's trademark zany humour.

Monday, October 27, 2008


CN Tower (Toronto)

Though the food at Horrizons Cafe was pricy, it was worth it. My friend and I both had the Caesar salad, which I felt was the best thing I ever ate.


corner of College and Bathurst (Toronto)

Eating at The Treetrunk Cafe was an amazing experience.

My friend and I ate there last Monday night. We both had the seabass on a bun and fries, which was refreshing after a day spent travelling and walking around.

For dessert we had the bailey's cake, which was sweet and delicious.

The Treetrunk Cafe also has a wide selection of beers, both on tap and by the bottle.

What also made eating at this restaurant particularly amazing were the people. While my friend and I were there, we were surrounded by interesting people, both customers and performers. It would seem that The Treetrunk Cafe is a bit of an artist's hangout. There was live music from the other room, which sounded pretty good.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Five years ago Degrassi Community School underwent a tragic event: a school shooting that left one person paralysed, one person dead and the whole school shaken. What better way to commemorate that event than by doing a horror movie parody.

In this episode, Rick comes back from the dead and starts inhabiting the bodies of students.

This was the worst episode I've ever seen. In fact, I think it was one of the worst half hours of television I have ever seen.

THE TICKET 2003-2008

Last night was the final episode of the Bbc arts and entertainment program The Ticket.

I first discovered The Ticket in the summer of 2007 via Cbc overnight. The ticket was a relief from Etalk Daily and Entertainment Tonight. Instead of being about the celebrities themselves, it would focus on the movies and albums. The show would feature a broad range of stories about a broad range of topics, from Hollywood movies to Russian art exhibits to Asian musicians to African circus performers.

Happily, the news of The Ticket's cancellation is not entirely bad. It will be replaced by a new daily program called The Strand. I hope The Strand will continue The Ticket's legacy.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Cbc Television, Sunday October 19, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a film about a French police officer and an English police officer who end up working together because the body of a murder victim is found lying on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border. As they investigate, the officers discover that a serial killer is murdering hockey players and executives. Part of the movie was in French, so I couldn't really understand it, but what I understood was pretty good.

Highlights include Rick Mercer as a French-hating sports talk-show host, and the guy who played Jack Angel on This Is Wonderland as the English cop's supervisor. The key to watching Bon Cop, Bad Cop is not to take it at all seriously. Just sit back and be entertained.

Purchase the Dvd

DEGRASSI: the next generation: episode review

The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: the next generation revolved around Jane joining the boy's football team. For a show that was founded on the alleged principle of being realistic, I have never heard of anything like this happening. The usual conflicts arise over the boys not wanting a girl on their team. Jane thinks she'll quit, but after being told she is the hero of the female student body, makes a stirring speech in the boy's change room during the pep talk. Incidentally, the usual conflicts also arise over differences between boys and girls, particularly when she has to go into the boy's change room to get her shoulder pads. In Europe, they have unisex change rooms, so I don't see why that stuff has to be such a big deal.

Here is the speech I would have made, had I appeared in the plot at the time of the pep talk:

"Look, boys, this school hasn't won a football trophy in it's entire history. Jane is your only chance, so suck it up, go out there on the field and try your very best. Also, don't make a big deal about the fact that she will be in here during the pep talk. In Europe, they have unisex change rooms, so I don't see why it should be a big deal."

Also, at one point, one of the players named Danny pushes Jane into a locker. How could he?

Also, this episode has a subplot (act surprised.) Darcy tells Peter that she is going off to Kenya the next day for four months, which is about how long the 90210 spin-off should last. Peter is very surprised by this news. After Darcy leaves, he ends up having sex with Mia, who now somehow is a model. This means she is now a model, a member of the Spirit Squad, involved in the student council, and a full-time student, and oh yeah, she also has a kid to raise. Be careful, Mia, you don't want Isabella to get taken away ... again.

IIf you are a girl who has played on a boys football team, or are a teen mom model, leave your comments in the comment area.

Friday, October 17, 2008


In an efert to get more hits, I have listed this blog with some blog submission sites. In fairness to them, here are a couple of their Url's.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SHADOW PEOPLE: inside history's most notorious secret societies

by John Lawrence Reynolds. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2006.

This book does a lot of the usual things books that "debunk conspiracies" do, such as ignoring evidence and making fun of people.

Oh, and nice job attacking Bill Cooper when he's dead and can't defend himself.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Last night at a gathering of Liberal supporters in Toronto, Stephanne Dionne pledged to "work with Elizabeth May ... to defeat Peter McKay."

This just proves there's no difference between the political parties.


John L. King, author of America's Financial Apocolypse: how to profit from the next great depression was on the Richard Syrett Show last night. He said the way for people to ride out this financial crisis was to change their investments and start businesses.

As far as changing your investments is concerned, the stock market is crashing and this guy wants people to keep investing? That is like an abused woman turning to her husband for comfort.

As far as starting a business is concerned, King advised people to start a traditional business "like a tanning parlour" as opposed to "these infomercial scams." Sure, lady, lump 'em all together, why don't you! Besides, to start a traditional business, you are going to need a substantial loan, and with the credit crunch that's going to be harder to obtain.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


The incident of a radio announcer in Jacksonville, Florida quitting his job on-air because he was going to be fired and replaced in two days turns out to be a stunt. The deejay had actually gotten a job in California.

This type of thing needs to happen in real life. What this man said in the clip was true, how radio managers "think deejays are like commodities to be used up." These guys need to face some backlash.


A report by the Cbc yesterday says there has been an increase in students carrying razor blades, kitchen knives and pepper spray in schools. The students say they are doing it to protect themselves.

This is a good thing. It's good to see there are still some teenagers with guts out there.

Of course, certain groups are saying the students need to learn "positive conflict resolution." It seems they've been doing that for years now and the violence just keeps increasing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


A week after the government purchased them, AIG execs are living it up at a resort in California.

It figures.

Also, AIG encompasses Norridge Union:

"Hello ... It's Patrick, he took out life insurance. Good for you, son!"

"Hello ... It's Patrick, he's been to the fridge for a beer. Good for you, son!"

Details on this story can be found at

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Hurray. Queen's Television is back Sunday nights (or maybe alternating Sunday nights) at 11:30 on Ckws-tv.

Queen's Television is a program about events taking place at Queen's University. The hosts are funny and entertaining.

Sunday's episode featured coverage of the recent homecoming weekend, as well as different people giving their reasons why they should be the new host of the show.

This year, one of the reporters that particularly stands out is Heather Kristie, the Aberdeen Queen. She asks the right questions.

Check out Queen's Television's website at


On Sunday, I participated in a vigil against abortion at the intersection of two highways near where I live. A group of us held up signs saying things like ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN and YOUR MOTHER WAS PRO-LIFE. I consider it a success. In all, thirty-one people driving by showed their approval by doing things like honking their horns or giving us the thumbs-up.

A lot of the participants were from the Catholic church, and I think it might have been put on by the Catholic church, though I am not sure. Yeah, typical Catholic tokenism: "Yeah, we stand against abortion. Once a year, we stand at the highway and hold up signs. No, we don't carry pictures of aborted babies with us. No, we're not allowed too engage people in an argument if they give us any grief."

We should do more of this. Think what would happen if we did it every week!

I advocate that churches across Canada do this every week. If all the churches did that, it wouldn't take more than a few weeks for it to have a significant impact. Other good times to do it would be at 9:00 on a Friday in the summer, Sunday afternoons in the summer, a few days at around 5:00, and a couple days after Christmas.

Get permits if you want, but if you can't, don't worry about it. The Bible says "Preach the gospel in season and out of season." It doesn't say anything about "first going down to the municipal office to get a permit and make sure it's OK."

Like I say, it wouldn't take more than a few weeks before this had a big impact. If people ended up holding these vigils without permits, the cops would arrest them. If they do that, just agree to pay the fine and keep coming back. Eventually, the TV news crews would show up and film us getting arrested. They would also film the signs which would get our message out to even more people.

Friday, October 3, 2008


The 850 billion dollar bail-out bill has passed.

You fools.

Think Germany before World War Ii but about twenty-five times worse.

Monday, September 29, 2008


It was October 4, 1999. I was going to the W. Ross Macdonald School For The Blind at the time. I had my own little TV in my room because of course with a common TV someone always monopolizes it. I had come back from school and was doing what I always do at that time of year: monitoring the local TV stations to see what new programs they had. I had tuned to the Cbc. It was then that it came on: Degrassi Junior High.

Living in Canada, I had of course heard of Degrassi Junior High. I was too young to have watched it when it originally aired but I do remember seeing a rerun of the one where Wheel's parents died with my baby-sitter one day. I had never had much interest in it, though.

However, that day as I watched the first scene of the first episode with Arthur and Stephanie talking in the schoolyard, I realised I was never going to find anything as cheesy as this. I have laughed at it ever since. I recently purchased the Dvds. Now my sister and I watch them Saturday nights when we drink.


The radio show Made In The 80's, produced and hosted by Mark Filbain, program director of local radio station Classic Hits 95.5, is off the air. The program had been syndicated on a couple of other radio stations, and was distributed by Skywards.

I had a feeling deep down that the program couldn't last. Classic Hits isn't known for playing a wide selection of music, and the 80's, unlike most decades only had ten years.

In its place is Supergroup Saturday with the same host. It features really popular groups like The Doors etc.

How long is this going to last?


Today, Cbc Radio One debued its new schedule changes. Q is now on at 10:00 a.m. The 2:00 slot is now filled by a new show called The Point.

What was wrong with there old schedule? It was perfect. They started the day off with The Current, giving perspective to hard news and issues. Next came Sounds Like Canada, great for stay-at-home moms with it's soft news and features. The 2:00 slot was perfect for Q because that was when a lot of college kids, who would be into the kinds of things talked about on the show would be listening to the radio.

I don't imagine a lot of stay-at-home moms are going to want to listen to endless discussions about cuts to arts funding and in-studio sessions with rock bands. As far as The Point, it just seems like The Current for the hipsters Q was trying to go after.


Around this time of year, I like to monitor the TV stations to see what schedule changes have taken place. Lately I have been monitoring Ckws Kingston and Chex Peterborough.

The schedule is the same as last season in many ways, but with a couple noticeable changes. The programming on both stations is pretty much the same except for local news.

Instead of The Price Is Right at 11:00, both stations now have The People's Court. This is a good change. You can already see The Price Is Right on many other channels, whereas People's Court is not as readily available in Canada.

At 4:00, both stations now have reruns of Becker and Scrubs. Personally, this is better than the home makeover show they used to have on at this time.

During the 7:00 hour, both stations now have Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy, which Cbc recently acquired the rights to. This replaces the sitcom reruns previously in that slot.

Other than that, there really haven't been any other major changes. If anyone would like to talk about past Ckws/Chex programming, email me at

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Leslie Houston has been fired from the Manitoba Liberal party officially due to remarks made on an old blog. She said the U.S. government knew about 9/11 and Israeli business people didn't come to work in the World Trade Centre that day, both of which statements have evidence. Head of the Manitoba Liberal party Sharon Carstairs said there was no place for conspiracy theories in the Liberal party, then in typical liberal fashion said the party believed in tolerance. Yeah, Sharon, and you sure tolerate people that have views different from those officially held.


Next Wednesday, in a town near where I live, there is going to be a Shout Against Child Abuse. People are going to gather in the parking lot of a local mall and shout that they want an end to child abuse.

Yeah, like that's going to help anything.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


As of September 29, the Cbc radio show Q will be moving from2:00 p.m. eastern to 10:00 a.m. eastern.

What the buck. Who wants to listen to an arts and entertainment show at 10:00 in the morning.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


by Arthur Bonner Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1986.

Journalist Bonner tells about his trips to Afghanistan in 1985 and 1986, during which he spent time with the Mojaheden to learn about their side of the Russia-Afghanistan conflict.

Though this book is very dated, it can teach us lessons about the present conflict in Afghanistan. What I took from this book was that Afghanistan basically consists of a bunch of different tribes who have not entirely gotten over their ancient quarrels, and who also have a unique culture unto themselves. Therefore, I think the best thing we could do for that country is, ultimately, to have all foreign government involvement stop there and leave the Afghans to themselves.

Also, on a slightly lighter note, this book puts things into perspective in a different way. As Bonner talks about his various health problems and hardships in Afghanistan, you find yourself thinking, "Gee, I think I have problems!"

I wish Christians had one tenth the dedication of the Mojaheden.


So, who should be Prime Minister? Layton is a socialist fool. Dione is Dione. Stephen Harper's government had a bill before Parliament that would have effectively outlawed most nutritional supplements, and let's not forget the copyright bill.

None of these men are qualified to be Prime Minister. All I can say is try to find a good fringe party in your riding.

These men will run nothing

Monday, September 15, 2008


I first started listening to Wbcq in the summer of 1999. I had listened a few times before while dxing but it was July of 1999 when I first started listening to it regularly. I was Dxing one Saturday afternoon and came across Tom and Deryl doing a Christmas in July show with all these funny sketches. I knew that, if this was the kind of programming this new Wbcq was broadcasting, I wanted to keep listening to it. I tuned in later and heard Big Steve Cole’s Different Kind Of Oldies show

At the time, I had just completed grade 10 at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario. It was the kind of place where nobody cared about anything important, only the latest sports scores and fluff news. I am not exaggerating when I say Wbcq saved me mentally. I couldn’t imagine what returning to school would have been like if I hadn’t known Wbcq existed.

In Wbcq’s programmers, I found people who cared about world issues. Through shows like American Viewpoint, Jeff Davis, Hour Of The Time, The Right Perspective, The Hal Turner Show and others, I got many perspectives and opinions that, especially living in Canada and being in the days before I had learned to use the internet, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I should also add to this list one of the first, if not the first episodes of Allen Weener Worldwide that helped me form a large part of my opinion about drugs.

Through shows like Uncle Ed’s Musical Memories, Amos ‘n Andy, Marion’s Attic, Fred Flintstone’s Music Show, Idio Audio, The Album Zone, The Pab Sungenez Project, The RMF Show, Pan Global Wireless, The Lumpy Gravy Radio Show, 867-5309, and various things that Michael Ketter did, I was exposed to music, comedy and entertainment that both amused and educated me.

In hosts like the above-mentioned Tim Tron, Larry and Jane and Michael Ketter, I discovered interesting people who cared about more than just their day-to-day lives. I also really enjoyed Allen Weener Worldwide, the adventures of a guy in small-town northern Maine trying (and succeeding) to run a radio station.

I also want to give a special mention to Johnny Lightning and Radio New York International. JL’s show is certainly a combination of all the attributes mentioned above. Johnny particularly helped me make sense of the world in those years when I was going to the School For The Blind.

Happy anniversary Wbcq. I certainly hope you’ll stay on the air for years to come with the same admirable free speech policy. Though the quality of the general programming has varied over the years depending on the clients you have at any given time, I’ve always found something interesting to listen to week after week.

Alex Horton


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