New ‘Dog!

Hey hey, lookie lookie! The new issue of prairie dog is starting to materialize all over Regina, bringing warmth to a savagely cold and snowy (but vewwy pwetty!) world! And I’ve got to say, for a last-minute, phone-it-in-before-Christmas edition it’s pretty fiiine! Allow me to recommend some of our more delectable morsels:

MAXIMUM RESOLVE This one’s the emperor-king of pull-it-out-of-our butts feature but you know what? It came out pretty darn good,  considering we’d collectively lost all interest in working about a week before Christmas. Greg Beatty, Carle Steel, Amber Goodwyn, Aidan Morgan and yours truly contributed a bunch of resolutions that, in a more civilized world, would be forcefully imposed on everyone. Designer Awesome Klassen’s Resolve Baby graphic is a nice touch, too. And I can pretty much guarantee that we’re the only major publication in Saskatchewan to demand that the prime minister and his caucus “eat all the dicks” — the kind of bold, like-it-is telling that makes our little mag an essential read.

GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, LAME SCAPEGOATS DO Print Only! Greg Beatty’s news section Top 6 breaks down the excuses U.S. gun fetishists use to argue for the continued legalization of concealed handguns and military-grade weaponry. Grudging disclaimer to ward off nonsense in the comments on this post: virtually no one is arguing for an outright ban on all guns so don’t get your gitch in a bunch.

APOCALYPSE NOT So it turns out that the world didn’t end. Paul Dechene writes on what’s (not) up with that.

DJANGO UNCHAINED, REVIEWED Okay, I haven’t seen it yet but really, Jorge? Three out of five dogs and you take shots at Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds — two terrific flicks — in the process? Everything else I’ve read says Django Unchained is bloody and violent, incredibly politically incorrect and a hell of a lot of fun. It’s times like this that I must point out that you once gave Peter Jackson’s meandering, overblown King Kong remake a five-dog review. It’s okay, Jorge, you’re still my pal. But cheee!

THE URBAN CRYPTOZOOLOGIST Print Only! Howie Mackerel is back with another Bonus Column and this time he claims to have photographed one of Santa’s reindeer. And it turns out those things aren’t the adorable Rudolphs we all thought they were.

PLUS! We’ve got stories on undocumented lobbyists, Conservative anti-union malarkey, stylin’ ways to deal with ACL tears, the “Year In Beer”, some catch-up CD reviews, a somewhat melancholy comic by Dakota and lots more! Read it online and pick up a copy too!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

14 thoughts on “New ‘Dog!”

  1. I used to love Tarantino, but Django Unchained is my least favorite film of his since Jackie Brown.

    I stand by my review of King Kong, the last good film by Peter Jackson. Have you seen The Hobbit? Yeesh.

  2. It’s spelled stories.. You have again been Barbed!

    The Die Antwoord review alone, makes this issue worth picking up.

  3. Re: “Eat all the dicks” – It’s sad really, if that is how everyone talks in 2013. That seems to be the way people comment to biased pieces in the National Post, but do reasonable people have to sink to that?

    You’re quite likely right Stephen, and I’m saddened by it. I disengage. I turn away. A “left-neck” is no more use than a “red-neck” to me.

  4. @3 Except that in every objective measure possibly, “left-necks” now fill what used to be the reasonable middle ground, while the former middle ground now spin uncontrollably in confusion and false compromise between thinking there actually is a middle ground between, say, the extreme unreasonableness of NRA policy and/or Stephen Harper, and the liberal-left alternative.

    The masses, possibly you included, seem to actually still believe that it’s their moral responsibility to continue strretttching the ground of objectivity as the rightwing continues to plough ever-more rightward, while the liberal-left actually retreats from its traditional roles and embraces entertainment and technology for pleasure than actual action. Which is fine, but for GAWD SAKE, stop falling for all this rightwing bullsh*t rhetoric about how the liberal-left is the bully, while corporate rightwing Western regimes dictate almost every aspect of western life.

  5. “…we’re the only major publication in Saskatchewan to…”

    Aw, how cute! The ‘dog thinks it’s a major publication. (I kid because I love, Steve!)

    Re: comments 3 and 4, the specific strategy used by the right and alluded to by TalJu is called “shifting the Overton window”. This is accomplished by three techniques: a) stretching the window right, by giving voice to extreme fringe positions that make radical positions seem moderate by comparison; b) shrinking the window left, by characterising moderate left positions as extreme; and c) staking the middle, by presenting a right-of-centre point of view and claiming it is unbiased. Look around, now that you can identify it you’ll see it everywhere.

    Speaking of bias, the idea of an unbiased source of information is laughable. I, for one, am glad the ‘dog wears its point-of-view on its sleeve.

    Meme history aside: the “X all the Y” construction used in “eat all the dicks” originated in the wonderful Hyperbole and a half. Grammar friends may also know H+1/2 for the Alot.

    Personally, I’m disappointed in the ‘dog for telling Harper to “eat all the dicks”. Not because I like Harper, nor because it’s puerile and lowers the level of discourse, nor even because it uses what is — to be honest — a meme little past ripe. No, the reason I’m disappointed is the implication that eating dicks, especially a lot of them, is somehow a bad thing. There’s a faint whiff of casual homophobia/misogyny/slut-shaming about the insult that I don’t like.

  6. By the way, Talbot Fresh, Jr.: I’m calling you TalJu now. “Talbot Fresh, Jr.” is just too much work.

  7. Thanks for catching that, Ron. I will strive to spell “stories” without the superfluous “i” from now on.

  8. @Anonymous: The good news is that better than 99 per cent of prairie dog storiies contain zero references whatsoever to eating dicks. Thanks to my considerate heads up, you can safely avoid the offending passage about how Stephen Harper and his caucus should eat dicks. You’re welcome!

  9. RE: 1 CROP IT UP

    Not that I’m promoting global warming or anything, but it will actually increase yields of many of the crops we grow here in SK. It will also increase the diversity of crops we can grow here, making it more profitable for farmers to grow proper crop rotations.

  10. John: I am skeptical that that’s likely, since we’re looking at much drier conditions. Which crops are you referring to?

  11. #10

    Greenhouses could provide quite a variety of ground crops all year long.

    Shit, you can grow basic herbs in a small container on a window sill.

  12. Stephen: First, we really shouldn’t be using the term ‘global warming’. The weather phenomenon we are seeing is Climate Change. This doesn’t necessarily mean more droughts. It likely means more extreme weather events. Being at the centre of the continent, we’d likely see a climate closer to the American Mid-West. With more growing degree days, we’ll be able to grow more corn/soybeans/winter wheat. This means a better crop rotation then just the typical wheat/canola.

  13. No, John. No.

    The main phenomena is global warming. And that is leading to climate change.

    And as for what global warming will do to the climate in Saskatchewan, the truth is we just don’t know. What is looking most likely, though, is a climate characterized by more frequent drought periods interspersed with intense precipitation and flooding.

    But, because we’re so far from the oceans (most of that human-caused warming is happening in the oceans, btw) our climate is already extremely variable and that makes understanding the impacts of climate change problematic.

    You’d need a book to cover all the possible scenarios. Fortunately, that book exists. It’s “The New Normal”, edited by the UofR’s David Sauchyn. We did an article about it.

  14. Paul,
    I agree with you that understanding the impacts of global warming is problematic. So maybe we shouldn’t be saying: “Wonder if Brad Wall’s long-term targets factor in inevitably increasing crop loss from global warming?” What we should be asking is “How are we going to adapt to this changing environment?” The agricultural community can and will adapt to increase food production for the starving World.

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