It's Hurting Time!

In my duty as movie listing guy, I have to mention that Kathryn Bigelow's latest movie The Hurt Locker is playing at the Galaxy starting Friday July 31. I didn't think we were ever going to get this film, it's been playing in limited release since June and in a weekend where nothing but crap is opening - Judd Apatow's Funny People doesn't look very funny and the less said about Aliens in the Attic the better - this is a welcome breath of fresh air.

The story follows a group of US soldiers as they deactivate bombs in Iraq. The movie has a 98% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 121 reviews and it looks very intense. It's going to be leaps and bounds better than the upcoming G.I. Joe fluff that Hollywood seems to be pouring down movie goers throats.

If You Strike Me Down, I Will Become More Purple Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Things to do when you're in your 40s and kind of lame: 1.) Buy an expensive sports car. 2.) Leave your spouse for someone wildly inappropriate. 3.) Dye your hair. Dye it awesome. I can't wait for the next time I have to go somewhere looking like a professional.

The Pack is Back

Pack AD make their triumphant return to Regina tonight. They're playing the Exchange. Go.

Seriously. Go. Trust the awesomeness of that video above. And this post from Whitworth. Need more convincing? Check out their website.

About that video, is it just me or does it feel like the Pack maybe watched a few too many Twisted Sister videos back in the day. In a good way, I mean.

Hello, Stanley

Winger Chris Kunitz of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will bring the best damn trophy in pro sports to Regina on August 10. (Leader-Post) Mark your calendars, hockey fans.

By the way, for those not familiar with Kunitz he's an excellent late-round pick in fantasy hockey drafts who brings a nice mix of points, plus-minus and especially penalty minutes.

Six In The Morning

1 SURPRISINGLY, IRANIANS ARE STILL ANGRY Forty days after the horrifying on-camera death of bystander Neda Soltan, Iranians are mourning, protesting, clashing and dying. (Guardian)

2 GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT A Carleton University professor charged with murder and accused of terrorism has been fired. Not suspended with pay pending the results of courtroom drama. Fired. (The Toronto Star).

3 GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (WAFER-THIN EDITION) A Newfoundland newspaper apologizes for its much-reposted story about Prime Minister Stephen Harper possibly not eating a communion wafer. Earlier, the paper fired its editor and publisher. (CBC) Here's Dog Blog's original post on wafergate, complete with a couple delightfully over-the-top closing sentences.

4 HORRIBLE ANNIVERSARY A year ago today, a Greyhound bus passenger was savagely killed by a profoundly crazy individual. R.I.P. (CBC)

5 CALIFORNIA REAMING Schwarzenegger and company aren't doing so well in opinion polls after the dysfunctional, nay broken, state's budget crisis. (L.A. Times)

6 HOW MANY ZEROS IS THAT, ANYWAYS? The U.S. congress prepares to vote on a $636 billion Pentagon spending bill. Sounds like they'll pass it, but without the $100 million needed to shut down Guantanamo. This bill will put the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars over one trillion dollars. (Salon)

Remember, it's only socialism when it's health care. Spending a trillon dollars of public money on jets, bombs and soldiers is legitimate capitalism. Got that? Good. By the way, it's six zeros and nine digets (not counting change).