Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Stanley Cup Finals - First game

Not the spectacular opening to the series we were hoping for - Anaheim beat Ottawa 3-2 in the first game. It was hard-fought, though, and hopefully Game 2 tomorrow night will show the Senators pushing back.

There was an annoying commercial during the game - David Suzuki appearing in some guy's basement to chide him over keeping a second fridge for beer. The guy was supposed to be a typical Canadian - slobby, overweight, with his shirt hanging out. Don't remember his name - might have been Bob. They're always Bob.

Anyway, Suzuki didn't waste much time trying to convince Slob Bob that he should worry about the environment because he was using more than his share of electricity. He cut to the chase and gave it to him in language he could understand: "And it costs $135 a year to operate!" Boob Bob got the message: "That's a lot of beer." (WARM beer, Bob.) Then Blob Bob went chasing through the house turning off lights and appliances, lured by the prospect of more beer. That's what Canadian bien pensants think about ordinary citizens - fat oafs ruled by their bellies, who'll only get to the Promised Land if you leave a trail of beer for them to lap up. Don't bother EXPLAINING anything to them! Just put out a saucer of beer! Well, why should I be surprised? During the last election, Scott Reid, a Liberal candidate, pooh-poohed the idea of giving us plebs with small children a tax break because we'd just blow it on "beer and popcorn". He might have been an English squire giving a shilling to a dodgy-looking forelock-tugger: "Don't spend it all on drink, my man." Scratch a liberal, and you'll find a raging oligarch.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really ticked off by liberal pansies like Reed. Just because he doesn't have enough sense to enjoy God's great gift of the process of grain fermentation doesn't mean the rest of us can't! I would imagine that I am better bred, schooled and intelligent than that moron! Smithwick's and Labatt's Blue forever!And some popcorn, yes, thank you!

The Anglican Paplist
A die hard Sabres fan

1:09 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

I completely agree. Moralizing humbugs like Reid remind me of this anecdote of Dr. Johnson:

—"What signifies," says some one,"giving halfpence to common beggars they only lay it out in gin or tobacco."
"And why should they be denied such sweeteners of their existence? (says Johnson) it is surely very savage to refuse them every possible avenue to pleasure, reckoned too coarse for our own acceptance. Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding; yet for the poor we delight in stripping it still barer, and are not ashamed to show even visible displeasure, if ever the bitter taste is taken from their mouths."

Oh, and by the way, your Buffalo Sabres played a great series, and look likely to be shortly avenged - Ottawa stinks in their games against Anaheim.

11:49 am  
Blogger Nicholodeon said...

But isn't the Senators Anaheim thing about the Grey Cup? Am I missing something?

9:17 pm  
Blogger C. Andiron said...

I love a well crafted rant. Not sure how computer geekish you are, but there was a classic book of Unix rants (the Unix Hater's Handbook) which contained some gems.

9:58 pm  
Blogger The Big Seester said...

Dr. Mabuse,

I saw that commercial, and another in the series, while watching my Coronation Street "omnibus" Sunday.

They are every bit as condescending as you described! I was especially amused by the second one, wherein Bob is told he needs to replace his porch light with a CFL. Apparently Dr. Suzuki doesn't know that CFLs don't do well outside - the temperatures drastically shorten their lifespan.

So Bob (and all you Canadians) are contributing more garbage to be shipped to the US for landfilling.

Way to go, Dr. Suzuki!

The Big Seester

11:52 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Oh, man, I knew there were more of those commercials, since Suzuki said in an interview that he'd filmed "several", but I haven't seen that lightbulb one. What next? Shall he be floating around in a rowboat in Bob's toilet like the Tidee-Bowl man, lecturing him on the need for a low-flow flusher?

12:22 pm  
Blogger The Big Seester said...

Yeah, but with a low-flow toilet, you couldn't flush Dr. Suzuki...

The Big Seester

1:14 pm  

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