Hockey, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, and Riots

licking stanley cupNice headline to wake up to: Riots erupt in Vancouver after Canucks loss

Riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray and flash bombs in downtown Vancouver Wednesday night to try to disperse angry rioters who set cars on fire, looted stores and taunted police officers after the Canucks’ 4-0 Stanley Cup final loss to the Boston Bruins.

The same thing reaction occurred in 1994 (from same article):

Police tried to nip the violence in the bud by closing liquor and beer stores early, but it appeared to have no effect.

The strategy was also part of an effort to avoid a repeat of the 1994 Stanley Cup riot, which occurred in Vancouver’s downtown area on June 14 that year, after the Canucks lost in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final in New York against the Rangers.

It’s expected the damage from Wednesday’s riot will far exceed that of 17 years ago.

Sport fanaticism is as bad as religious fanaticism.

Drive-In Classic “Super 8”

  J.J. Abram’s Super 8 is a great drive-in movie even though drive-ins are more or less extinct these days. It’s an “E.T.” kind of movie with a cast of kids who get caught up in a sci-fi thriller adventure story that’s perhaps not iconic like Steven Speilberg’s better science fiction, but it’s a fun summer movie. Goes good with popcorn.

A Grusome “127 Hours”

127 Hours is a true story about a rock climber whose arm gets stuck under a rock and he eventually has to cut it off with a dull knife. A well made tension-filled movie with about 5 minutes of the most realistic gore of a guy cutting his arm off that made the person I saw the movie with feel a bit nauseous.

James Franco really shows his acting chops in this one.

(This is a recycled post.)

Church Cancelled Due Too Lack of God

god made me an atheistChurch Cancelled Due to Lack of God:

The South—Parishioners of Pastor Theo Leobald’s First Congregational Church of Holy Christ In Heaven will not meet next Sunday… The reason for the cancellation? Simply the fact that, according to Leobald, God does not now, has never, and will never exist.

When pressed, however, [Leobald] explained that thousands of years ago, tribes of nomadic desert peoples made up God because, being incapable of scientific reasoning due to caveman-like existences, they had no other way of making sense of things like sunshine, rocks and pork-transmitted trichinosis.

“They made it all up, and they were ignorant, unwashed, half-naked pre-historic barbarians,” Leobald said. “So who are you gonna believe: Carl Sagan, and the pantheon of the world’s greatest scientific and intellectual minds, or some guy who measured wealth by how many goats he had?”

It’s an old article from The Onion, but a classic.