Friday, September 25, 2009

The National Affairs Desk: Toronto

The WIRe – Week in Review

David Hunter

TORONTO -- A few things that came across the news desk here in Toronto this week; The 61st Prime Time Emmy’s were broadcast this week hosted by former child star Neil Patrick Harris and his forehead, and it featured a new category: reality programming. Here’s a reality: ZzzzZzzzzzzzzz….. A video has surfaced of Ben Stiller teaching 89 year old Mickey Rooney how to use Twitter. That ought to be worth a larf, since Mickey is older than electricity itself….Former chess champ Anatoly Karpov had a rematch with Gary Kasparov on the 25th anniversary of their title bout, which took almost as long to finish; the original match lasted five months and had to be called due to player “exhaustion”….Barack Obama, who became the first sitting U.S. President to guest on Letterman’s show, was intrigued by a heart-shaped potato brought in by a fan, and by Letterman’s question, “how long have you been a black man?”….Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper passed on addressing the United Nations at the G20 summit, dumping the duties on Deputy Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon. Wouldn’t want our PM to do anything IMPORTANT like being a statesman for our country now would we....speaking of the G20, Pittsburgh turned chaotic Thursday after protesters responded to calls to disperse by throwing stones and knocking over garbage cans, yeah, that helps…Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau is being inducted into the Queer Hall of Fame for his role in de-criminalizing homosexuality....K-Fed is apparently okay with adding "fatso" to his other attributes "untalented" and "obnoxious"....Zooey Deschanel marries Death Cab singer Ben Gibbard, and this writer's heart is breaking....Canadian author Douglas Coupland's new book "Generation A" is being released; from X to A, eh Doug?.... Mackenzie Phillips, star of the 70’s sitcom One Day at a Time, and daughter of Papa John Phillips, has alleged in her new book that she and her father had a sexual relationship for ten years, by turns it was rape and consensual, she alleges… Mama Michele says she’s crazy because, “she’s had a needle up her arm for 35 years…” Gee mom, you’re swell….scientists have come to the brilliant conclusion that if you paint a Butterflies antennas black, they will become lost and be unable to migrate. I could have told you THAT without a science degree….Patrick Swayze’s memoir’s are set to hit the shelves soon, and in it he states that the script for his hit movie Dirty Dancing “seemed fluffy, nothing more than a summer camp movie”….why is former UFC champ Chuck Liddell dancing with the stars? Shouldn’t he be grounding and pounding them instead? It’d be more fun to watch….Jessica Simpson’s Maltipoo daisy was ingested…I mean EATEN… by coyotes and she is devastated. “Jessica has a very small inner circle,” one of her friends says, “but she always had Daisy. Daisy gave her unconditional love.”

End Notes
Thanks to all the NAD contributors this week, it’s been interesting. Although we had no rhyme, reason or theme this week, we can be thankful that all remaining celebrities are still alive and not dead as this Summer of Death comes to a close. Please scroll down and revisit some of this week’s great posts, and enjoy our comment sections, some of the best on the net, in my humble opinion. Until next week.


  1. No Friday release? Where are you Matt! Joe! I'm all alone here...

    (hee hee!)

  2. Dear TheWritersDen,

    OMG!! The poor little puppurino!! Imagine eaten by coyotes!!! Oh the Horror!! I am glad Mickey Rooney can tweet now, I hope it doesn't cause him a heart attack. I wonder if Neil Patrick Harris is up for hire for my B-day party next year??? And finally, don't knock knocking over garbage cans.. it is very theraputic. Peace out.

  3. Tanks much, Val. Neil's Forehead is available for stags, baby showers and bar Mitzvahs...and for movie screenings...

  4. Dr. Hunter strikes again! And we ABSOLUTELY DO have the best comments section of ANY blog I have ever visited. I am working on a special assignment for Joe regarding a kick-ass new format for the comments section. Basically, I'm working on a way to have a brief summary of the articles and all the comments to be AUTOMATICALLY forwarded to a new page called (and we've yet to decide which name)either The NAtional Affairs Desk Peanut Gallery, The NAD, LIVE!, The NAD Side Effects, or The NAD: Live Rants, Raves, and Reactions. It's gonna kick ass!
    And as far as the Friday Release...(definately flattered by your interest), a horrible bout of lethargy has crept over me..but one is definitely in the works.
    I'm getting ready to do final revisions on my newest masterpiece "Foot Prints Of the American Chicken-Shit". Should be solid work if I've ever done anyway. My editor just felt a few changes were in order to deliver maximum bang for the buck...but it's coming! And also....we should be proud as hell...nearly 3000 (!!!) page views this month already....WE'RE COOKIN' WITH JET FUEL NOW, BROTHA!!! GO TEAM!!! And a sincere HAPPY FRIDAY to you David. GREAT PIECE!

  5. Thanks Matt. I had to save up and collect these stories all week for the WIRe, it's quite a job. I'm liking the "Side-effects" comments page...sounds exciting..I'm in the midst of preparing the National Affairs Desk: Toronto blog. Should be up soon...

    "Foot Prints Of the American Chicken-Shit" sounds intriguing. I'm working on an article called "The Writer's life: A Bohemian Manifesto." Should be an interesting weekend here at NAD central!

    Here's to the NAD, The ChiNAD and the T-NAD! Happy Friday brother Matt.

  6. Yes!!! Another branch of the NAD is born!!! We should find a way to lock these down before any old asshole starts his own NAD site that sucks and people think they're with us!

  7. Sorry gents. I needed to play a little last night. I abandoned my online world. Your fearless (HA!) leader is back this morning. There are rumors floating atound about apple picking... so I can't make promises of full Saturday attention.

    So yes, so there. Thank you Matt and David oh and VAl for keeping the NAD hopping while I had some fun.