Lockdown The Logic

As I write this it’s currently minus 20. Toronto has a naturally built in lockdown season; it’s called January.

Ain’t no need for vapid political machinations to shut down pop culture as an attempt to look they’re doing something. Politically something is always better than nothing, right? That’s like hitting the side of a TV to make it work.

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Noah Who Is The National Champion

This trailer for the National Championship is breathtaking.

“So for the glory of old Georgia; let the Bulldog nation rise and believe…believe in the names on the back.” #GoDawgs (Shout out to Ernie Johnson Jr.!)

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The Kyrie Irving Booster Shot…

I’m so curious to see/know/understand how Kyrie Irving will impact the Nets.

What does it all mean for Brooklyn’s D?

What does it all mean for Brooklyn?

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To C-B-C or Not To C-B-C…That’s The Question…

Tara Henley a writer and broadcaster most notably with the CBC has penned: Why I resigned from the CBC and went to Substack. Speaking freely.”

This is a fascinating perspective; obviously freedom is far more valuable than acceptance.

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Dave Chappelle’s Closer Smoking?

I’m slowly working through Dave Chappelle’s The Closer. His latest Netflix comedy special.

Made a strong tea and sat down with the special: as expected dude is one of the smartest people in room. I appreciate his willingness to push his audience around; in that sense he’s Bowie-like in that he demands his audience go down these strange roads with him.

But…how come he’s not smoking?! Does he eventually smoke?! Not smoking…throws his comedy off rhythm.

Woody Allen was one of the best stand ups for that consistent comedy cue. He’d always adjust his glasses on a particular word: you could reverse engineer the joke. Really clever.

So I find Chappelle’s lack of smoking disconcerting. I’m a bit lost.

#SetTheVCR: December 27-January 2, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Christmas is over…we’re heading into a bold year with great expectations if not for ourselves than for TV. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” ? Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

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#SetTheVCR: 2021 Preview

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

So rather than subject you to typical TV recommendations for this rather slow week (seriously: on Christmas Eve TBS is running The Christmas Story on a 24 hour loop.) let’s look ahead to 2021 and see what we can expect (we hope!). This is just 5 simple selections…there’s so much more coming in 2021; this is the start of the conversation.

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#SetTheVCR: December 13-19, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Still a bit more Christmas Sneer Than Christmas Cheer considering the late date but I’m trying!

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#SetTheVCR: December 6-12, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

We’re getting deeper into the Holiday Season…so you know what that means right? A Lord of the Rings style quest to find non-Christmas movies. I…didn’t totally succeed. My Bad: We Good?

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The Glass Ceiling of Hate

You know what’s telling?

My Dad and I watched the recent Kamala Harris and Joe Biden victory speeches.

People will cheer wildly cheer for the usual stuff: I’m the first woman: YEAH! We won!: YEAH! (The whole thing was like a victory parade for a sports team: we’re gonna repeat! We’re #1!!)

But whenever either one of them says we have work to do…nobody cheers for the work. Kamala Harris said work 7 times: “…because now is when the real work begins, the hard work, the necessary work, the good work…”

While Biden contributed: “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now. The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make. And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate.”

There’s still a deep seated hypocrisy that all Trump voters are racist and liberals will continue to reject em as deplorables. As per the the narcissistic image popular on social media I’ve attached here. (Those comments doesn’t even make sense and have little to do with justice. More like just ice.)

Sure some voters are racist but we’re in the social media era this isn’t the 70s or 80s so the proliferation of online misinformation coupled with a crumbling education system where critical thinking is not taught creates enfeebled voters…so I don’t fully blame em. Neither side is particularly well-informed, well-read or righteous.

Just because you know smoking causes cancer doesn’t mean you just stop. And it doesn’t mean that non-smokers won’t start.

In a way, President Biden has to lead the charge to combat that pervasive and insidious hypocrisy. And I hope he can be a successful leader. Though in the end, the president cannot dictate any moral positions because all too often the White House gig has no moral authority. You’re the President of the United State of America you ain’t the Pope.

So it’s great if Biden as President starts but like a wedding DJ it doesn’t matter what song he plays it’s up to us if we want to dance…or not. We gotta do the work.

It won’t be easy: all too often we say the right things but our actions…eek!

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