The One Where The Hook Rambled.

Question: What do you do when you’re a blogger who is as blocked as a fat kid after eating entire triple-cheese pizza smothered in Velveeta?

Well, we’re about to find out.

If this picture of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes you feel uneasy and embarrassed to be Canadian (even though you aren’t) then congratulations, you’re now an honorary Canuck.

Image result for Trudeau in India

Yes, it’s safe to say that the Great White North’s elected leader shot his image in the nuts from the get-go, when the Trudeau delegation, including his kids, who will no doubt one day roll their eyes at photos and news clips of this mess, was received at the airport by a minister of state, not even a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.

And it all went downhill from there, faster than a camel with cement blocks strapped to its humps.

After he went to great lengths to convince Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that the Canadian government never associates with radicals, the world and millions of groaning Canadians, learned that one such deranged goofball was part of Trudeau’s own entourage in India.

Jaspal Atwal, who at the time was a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation, a terrorist group now banned here in the land of moose and back bacon, was convicted of attempted murder in Canada in 1987 after he attempted to assassinate a visiting Punjabi cabinet minister. Incidentally, why don’t these groups ever considered naming themselves using letters that can be used to spell a cool evil name? Like E.V.I.L.? People just don’t put the effort in anymore.

Of course, JT’s government tried to distance itself from Atwal, saying it was all a “mistake”, blaming an alternate universe version of the PM for the error, or something like that. I don’t have all the details. The point is, this monumental mess-up was compounded by the entire trip’s lack of official business, excessive photo-ops (which have become Trudeau’s calling card) and his ridiculously-insensitive overuse of Indian clothing. To make matters worse, Trudeau’s tax-payer funded tour to India was actually yet another lavish family vacation — including his own celebrity chef flown in from Vancouver, Vikram Vij.

Because apparently there wasn’t anyone in India who knew how to prepare authentic Indian food.

And that’s all I have to say about that. Now take us into the next segment, Barry!


So what else is on my mind?

Oh yeah, this happened.

“Barbra Streisand Had Her Beloved Dog Samantha Cloned: Meet Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet.”


Yes, according to Variety, Streisand revealed in an interview that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from her 14-year-old Coton du Tulear, Samantha, who perished in 2017. (Most likely by her own hand, er, paw, after having to endure years of listening to Streisand’s voice.) Before Samantha died, Streisand had cells taken from her mouth and stomach.

By the way, am I the only one who thinks the “Barbara” in this picture appears to be have cloned from an earlier version of Streisand? I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s freaky, isn’t it?

All right, I’ve done enough damage to your psyches for today, wouldn’t you agree?

See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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40 Responses to The One Where The Hook Rambled.

  1. dianaepona says:

    Oh, boy. Streisand obviously has more money than God. Have to wonder what hubby thought about all that. But, since he’s probably next in line for being cloned, he probably doesn’t care. And, at the least, she looks photo shopped to the max. Very disturbing. Now, as to your Trudeau? Puh-leez. I have Trump for a president. Your boy could have ridden naked on an elephant and sent it straight through the courtyard of the Taj Mahal and still not done as much damage as our Cheeto Boy has done. Trudeau could have stood on the shores of the Ganges River and handed out rare all beef hamburgers to passers-by and still not beaten Trump at the “Who Screwed Up the Most” game. Yeah. And even if Trudeau does fall on his face every now and then, at least he’s pretty when he does it, and his wig doesn’t blow forward. 🙂

  2. Doug in Oakland says:

    Yeah, I saw a video where an Indian fashion designer said that Trudeau’s Indian costumes looked like something on the set of a cheap Bollywood movie, but I will trade you straight across for our current president. Hell, I’ll even throw in a couple of Bushes and a Rove, if you want.

  3. You are so right on, Hook it is scary. JT is an embarrassment to all North and South Americans. We get it. You are in India. Hey, Justin the when in Rome thing wasn’t to include the clothes. Dear Barbara. Cloning a pet is a big waste of money. Of course, if you are clueless about how wasteful, how about a donation to the Howell rehabilitation fund for writers. The mission of the fund is to transform writers into normal people again. (Yes, we accept Pay Pal and all major credit cards.And for you Babs we’ll even take a check.) Good post Hook.

  4. kunstkitchen says:

    I am so glad you are back and in great form! I wrote my thesis on the dilemma of cloning…hahahahah this is just the tip of the “cloneberg”

  5. I’m sorry if I’m hurting your feelings here, but I did read somewhere that JT is responsible for bad relationship between India and Canada because he supported radical groups. He looks good though. How good is he as a politician, putting these things aside? Because a year ago, I also read a post praising him somewhere.

    • The Hook says:

      Overall, he’s been messing up big time at home – and now, abroad.
      JT recently held a series of town hall meetings with citizens that consisted of one PR disaster after another. Many Canadians are overjoyed that he’s legalizing marijuana but it hasn’t happened yet, so he’s on shaky ground right now.

      • Oh! He’s legalizing marijuana!? That’s a big step. What’s your take on it?

      • The Hook says:

        People are going to smoke it anyway so I understand where he’s coming from.
        Though truth be told, he just did it to get elected.
        I’m curious what the future holds for my country as a result of this decision though.

      • Well, I really love Canada though I’ve never really been there. The job opportunities and infrastructure are really good and the focus of the people here who want to work abroad has been shifting from USA to Canada. Good days are ahead, my friend. (if you don’t have a problem with immigrants though 😉 )

      • The Hook says:

        I only have a problem with a country’s resources being spread too thin.
        Every immigrant I work with at the hotel – and there are plenty there, trust me – is awesome!

      • The primary concern of every citizen! Maybe it can be compensated if people work together to build something better.

  6. Looks like JT is following the same script as Obama. I would trade your JT for one Obama but it seems as it sane minds have already decided our fate.

    Excellent post and writing.

  7. I’m calling cultural appropriation!

  8. Having worked for a breeder of Cotons, no doubt it was cheaper for Ms Streisand to clone than reproduce. The dog on Babs’ left looks more like a westie to me, but then I’m really a GSD or collie girl.
    As for your president. Yeah. I’d be worried too…….. though we have enough to worry about with Teresa-wish-I-had-a-pair May.

  9. Tara says:

    Dear GOD. I’m so sorry. I have to agree with dianaepona above though. I think Trump has definitely cornered the market on unsavory, despicable, embarrassing, ridiculous, incompetent…I could go on and on, especially with the online thesaurus at my fingertips, but I won’t. Barbara really did that? I mean, really REALLY? That’s just sick. All that money to clone a f*cking pet. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and I love my pets… but doesn’t cloning one kind of detract from what made the original so loved and special in the first place. I don’t have a lot of faith in cloning, particularly after a soap opera I used to watch did it with a character who was identical but evil. And seriously – Streisand and ALL OF HER MONEY could have done something better with it. Sad and disgusting. Sorry for the rant. Bad day yesterday followed by more shit news this morning.

  10. It does seem to be our saving grace. Every time JT does something cringe worthy I calm myself with a round of, “at least we don’t have Trump, at least we don’t have Trump, at least we don’t have Trump”.

  11. I think we’re in some sort of alternative universe…(whoops, earth rolled into some Black Hole…or the magnetic poles switched without us knowing…there has to be some logical answer…not.)
    Even heard about the Prime Minister’s outfits away down here…although he might have passed without anyone noticing here HAHA.
    Barbra. Picture, totally freaky….(but on a scientific note, clones aren’t exact duplicates, so I would like to know if she notices the differences and what those differences are. Hmmm, life span is supposed to be iffy, too…so inquiring minds want her to provide updates and data..but she won’t …wonder if they have a whole lab dish of cells so they can stir up another litter if she wants? Must be nice to be richer than God and be able to play God?)
    Does karma get recycled?

  12. OF course she did… but you know what? When you love an animal as much as some of us do, I totally get it. I had to put my beautiful Springer to sleep last Friday and my heart has a hole in it. I’m not sure I would want him cloned however. That is a little much plus it wouldn’t be the same for me. We still have a little Yorkie but he is lost without his buddy so may have to look at getting another dog. I just don’t know how I feel about that right now with school and other obligations.

    • The Hook says:

      Life is precious because it is finite, Courtney.
      Babs thinks she’s cheating death but she’s actually making a mockery of life.

  13. curvyroads says:

    Robert, I know it has already been said, but despite his recent flubs, JT looks like a model leader from this vantage point. We USers simply have to wonder daily how many embarrassing (at best) and criminal (at worst) things our draft-dodger-in-chief will do today. Ugh…

  14. StillWaters says:

    I’m surprised Barbra S. didn’t call her cloned dogs Samantha and Samantha.

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