Welcome to MikesAndDislikes, the home of rants and raves and traveling days.


The home of music, film, politics, culture, religion, justice and even, sometimes, Untouchables who must be touched.

Also the home of the legendary 3-year "Bob, Basketball and Beer" backpacking trip across Asia, featuring many a tale of adventure, excitement, great food and wonderful people.

So take a look around and please enjoy.

But, be forewarned, this sure ain't your mother's rants and raves site. Don't expect to agree with everything that you see.

Hell, expect to be offended at times.

But here's hoping you find more to Mike than Dislike.

Mike Cowie

 

 

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Take a minute to vote in the latest MikesAndDislikes poll:

Poll #18: Biggest Dick(s) of The Past Decade

 

Then, if you haven't already, check out my own personal picks for the Biggest Dicks of The Decade: 2000-2009

 

And here are the results of Poll #17: Who, if alive today, would be sent away for the longest period of time to either prison or a psychiatric hospital?

 

#1. Pope Urban II, for having all married priests’ wives sold into slavery and their children abandoned (29%)
#2. Mohammed, for marrying a 6-year-old girl & then consummating the marriage when she became of consummating age (i.e. 9 years old) (28%)
#3. Abraham, for claiming to hear voices telling him to kill his son & then actually attempting to go through with it (19%)
#4. Socrates, Plato & Aristotle, for their daily erotic escapades with young boys (i.e. for their pedophilia) (13%)
#5. Martin Luther for his crazed antisemitic ravings & exhortations to violence, best sampled in his book "On the Jews & Their Lies" (4%)

 

To see the results of all previous polls, visit the POLL RESULTS PAGE

 

 

 

Check out my 53 most recent published pieces in The Georgia Straight newspaper:

 

April 8th, 2010: A goddess named Steve, a real-life Brian, and the unutterable V-word

 

March 30th, 2010: Petty gossip and unfair intimidation: A look at the real victims of the Vatican sex abuse scandal

 

March 19th, 2010: Morally bankrupt and no longer even trying: Canada opposes ban on endangered bluefin tuna

 

March 3rd, 2010: Olympic joy, heroic Sid, drunken happy people, and those freaky Norwegians

 

February 19th, 2010: Fraudster Bertram Earl Jones and Canada's incredible shrinking justice system

 

February 5th, 2010: When women knew their place: Feminism, equality, and the National Post

 

January 22nd, 2010: Defeatist Democrats and the lethargic Left

 

January 6th, 2010: A look back at the biggest dicks of the decade

 

December 8th, 2009: Stephen Harper's saving grace: Canada, China, trade, and human rights

 

November 20th, 2009: Freakin' Fundamentalists: Stonings here, lashings there, misogyny everywhere

 

October 27th, 2009: It's about bloody time: Canadian support for monarchy drops dramatically

 

October 22nd, 2009: The Canadian justice system is so broken it's criminal

 

October 13th, 2009: We're number one: A positive take on Canada's dismal environmental record

 

September 29th, 2009: Fightback and counterattack: Vatican says church sex abuse of kids not really pedophilia

 

September 25th, 2009: Traditional Biblical Marriage Explained (by the great Betty Bowers)

 

September 20th, 2009: Bitter and bewildered: The sad plight of the disillusioned left-wing Canadian voter

 

September 4th, 2009: The baffling fight by ordinary Americans to defeat healthcare reform

 

August 11th, 2009: An open letter to America concerning the hate-filled homophobes of the religious right

 

July 31st, 2009: An ex-president like no other: Jimmy Carter, the passionate feminist

 

July 28th, 2009: Canadian Shona Holmes joins the great American healthcare debate

 

June 29th, 2009: The War On Terror charade: 14-year-old terrorists and the fight for western civilization

 

June 11th, 2009: Imagine a common-sense justice system that frowns on police brutality

 

May 22nd, 2009: Freedom denied: The crushing of Sri Lanka's Tamils

 

May 16th, 2009: Nothing to fear but truth itself: Criminalizing criticism of Israel

 

April 28th, 2009: The Robert Dziekanski killing and cover-up: Cops now feel compelled to speak out

 

March 24th, 2009: The Milk Rave: Harvey Milk, Homophobes, and Bigots

 

March 19th, 2009: How do you solve a problem like Pope Benny?

 

March 9th, 2009: Excommunicate this: The misogyny running wild rant

 

February 24th, 2009: Ridiculous and Religulous: Another Catholic sex abuse scandal and Bill Maher's take on religion

 

February 2nd, 2009: The Godless Super Bowl rant

 

January 20th, 2009: Bye bye buffoon: The final Bush rant

 

January 12th, 2009: Eight years of insanity: Bush, Israel, and the slow destruction of Palestine

 

December 13th, 2008: And injustice for all: Cops face no charges in death of Robert Dziekanski

 

December 4th, 2008: Canadian nationalism, brought to you by the letter “zed”

 

November 6th, 2008: The Love fest Continues: Sarah Palin on Africa, NAFTA and more

 

November 6th, 2008: Obama wins: The nightmare is almost over. So why am I crying?

 

November 3rd, 2008: A critical analysis of Republicans' love fest with ignorance

 

November 3rd, 2008: The Canadian media rant: Trashing the left and loving the right

 

October 28th, 2008: Pallin' around with Pinochet: Seeing the real McCain

 

October 15th, 2008: Thank you Quebec: The federal election rant (part 3)

 

October 15th, 2008: The Todd Snider "Peace Queer" rave

 

October 9th, 2008: Bob's Back: Tell Tale Signs of joy...and a complete lack of judgement

 

October 8th, 2008: Freedom fly: bottled horniness for the truly patriotic American

 

October 3rd, 2008: Reagan, Friedman, and McCain: now look at the cost of deregulation

 

September 19th, 2008: Federal election: What Canadians really want

 

September 19th, 2008: Federal election: What Canadians really need

 

September 5th, 2008: Republicans dig the fault lines that create America's great divides

 

August 10th, 2008: Driving Mr. Laden: The most hideous war crime of all

 

July 25, 2008: The IOC dictatorship: Let the Olympic muzzling begin

 

July 17, 2008: Why does Canada stay callous and cold to the fate of Omar Khadr?

July 14, 2008: Conservatism is just a sickness

June 30, 2008: Spain's triumph caps off weeks of attacking soccer at Euro 08

June 22, 2008: Take pity on the fans as the Dutch crash out of Euro 2008

 

 

And check out these six pieces on the OpEdNews.com site:

 

March 28th, 2010: We're Only In It For The Money: Morally Bankrupt Canada's Slow Descent Into Pariah Status

 

January 24th, 2010: Defeatist Democrats and The Lethargic Left

 

January 11th, 2010: A Look Back At The Biggest Dicks of The Decade

 

September 9th, 2009: Summer of Stupefaction: The Baffling Fight By Ordinary Americans To Defeat Healthcare Reform

 

August 28th, 2009: The Great Anti-Canadian-Healthcare Fraudster Joins The Great American Healthcare Debate

 

August 28th, 2009: Canada: Top Ten Things To Love and Hate

 

August 27th, 2009: To America From A Canadian: Concerning The Hate-Filled Homophobes of The Religious Right

 

 

You can also see these four older pieces on Canadian Dimension Magazine's Blog:

 

January 20th, 2009: Bye Bye Buffoon: The Final Bush Rant

 

December 15th, 2008: And Injustice For All: Cops Face No Charges In Death of Robert Dziekanski

 

December 11th, 2008: The Canadian media rant: Trashing Naomi while lovin’ Mulroney

 

December 7th, 2008: The Nonsensical Nationalism Rant: A Nation Built On Zed                                                   

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A Few Featured Rants and Raves:

The Dziekanski Killing and Cover-Up: Even Fellow Cops Now Feel Compelled To Speak Out In Disgust

Whether you've been following the sad, tragic tale of Robert Dziekanski's brutal death at the hands of those four RCMP officers at Vancouver International Airport back in October 2007 or you're simply concerned about police brutality in general, you absolutely have to watch Terry Milewski's fantastic piece that aired earlier this week on CBC's flagship nightly news program, "The National" (see link below).

Specifically, everyone needs to see the interviews with Tunney Moriarty and Al Clarke, two retired RCMP officers who have a combined 61 years on the force between them. We're talking about two people who spent most of their working lives serving in the RCMP, but who now feel so incensed by the Dziekanski case and, particularly, the way it's been handled by the force that they feel they have no other choice but to speak out and speak up. And have they ever! These guys are a real inspiration.

Octopus's Garden: Japanese Bedtime Stories (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Embrace Death)

Something rather strange happened to my son on the way to bed the other night. Something quite peculiar and somewhat disturbing.

Imagine, if you will, the story of Bambi, the same story of the cute little deer and his friends that we all loved so much growing up. Imagine the book, not the movie. But imagine it with one small-but-significant change from the version you knew as a child. Specifically, imagine a final page that literally shows Bambi being served up as a delicious-looking venison steak.

Now imagine that this ending is not intended to be sad in any way. In fact, it's supposed to be happy... and rather mouth-watering. Well, you've now got an idea of the Japanese bedtime story my son was exposed to just the other night.

Attention All Music Fans! The Best Talk Show Ever: "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..."

"I'm a man with a mission in two or three editions"

       - Elvis Costello, "Everyday I Write the Book"


The best talk show ever. That's what I'd call Elvis Costello's new one-hour weekly show, "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...", the first episode of which finally aired here in Canada over the weekend.

I know I said in an earlier piece that "Vagina Power", the show hosted by Alexyss K. Tylor and her mom, was the greatest talk show on TV, but what I really meant was that it was the most hilarious and bizarre talk show ever made, while Elvis' show is the most fascinating, at least for anyone who's a serious music fan.

The Milk Rave: Harvey Milk, Little Baby River and The Missing Scene

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

         - U2, "Pride (In The Name of Love)"


By now I'd hope that everyone has seen Gus Van Sant's magnificent film Milk, about the life and death of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in American history. And if you have seen the film then you know what a truly brilliant piece of filmmaking it is. I finally saw it the other day, after it had been released on DVD, and I found both the film and Sean Penn's performance in it to be absolutely enthralling.

 

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Benny?

How do you solve a problem like Benny
How do you catch an ideologue and pin him down
How do you find a word that means Benny
Small-minded, doctrinaire, a clown?


       - Mr. Rodgers and MC Hammerstein, "Benny"

Ok, Benny The Pontificator is at it again and this time he's pontificating on how it'd be way better to die of AIDS than to ever even consider using a condom. He even went as far as to state that condoms "can actually increase the problem of AIDS". And he said all this on a trip this week to AIDS-ravaged sub-Saharan Africa. Seriously.

Excommunicate This!! The Misogyny Running Wild Rant

    And since we all came from a woman
    Got our name from a woman and
    Our game from a woman
    I wonder why we take from our woman
    Why we rape our woman
    Do we hate our woman?

           - 2Pac (Tupac Shakur), "Keep Ya Head Up"

As if you needed any more proof. But here it is anyway, two more stories demonstrating once more (and once and for all) the joy of tradition, the jubilation of superstition and, most of all, the glory - and glorious compassion - of organized religion.

Oh, and not to forget the awesome ability of men to take their beloved misogyny and sexism and make it an integral part of just about every major religion worldwide.

Ridiculous & Religulous: Yet Another Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal & Bill Maher's Take On Religion

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
       -Benjamin Franklin


Yet another disturbing story involving sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has just come to light. This one straight out of Southern India and including all of the standard elements we've come to expect, such as the attempted cover-up and a complete lack of compassion for the victims.

According to the story in the British newspaper The Independent, a former nun named Sister Jesme has written a book detailing the illicit sex, habitual abuse, threats, downright cruelty and outright rape that, it seems, is a regular part of life for a nun in the Church, at least in that part of the world. A Church spokesman has even admitted as much (read on).

The Slumdog Millionaire and Danny Boyle Rave

I finally saw Slumdog Millionaire this week and, man, was it ever good!

The story of an orphaned kid from the slums of Mumbai (Bombay) who gets a chance to win both a fortune on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" and the love of the girl of his dreams, the film is obviously a bit of an unlikely fairy tale. But it's a fairy tale deeply anchored in the gritty, depressing reality of India's millions of desperately poor slum dwellers.

Furious Prairie Folk and The Ferocious Saskatuan Monster

We gotta get out of this place
If it's the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place,
'cause girl, there's a better life... for me and you

       The Animals, "We Gotta Get out of This Place"



Don’t Mess With The Prairie Folk

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in recent days it’s that you should never mess with the prairie folk, not unless you're willing to face the dreaded Saskatuan sarcasm mechanism.

Here’s how it all went down:

This past week, after the main Neil Young fan site, Neil Young News/Thrasher’s Wheat, put up an excerpt from an old piece of mine called Talkin' Prairie Triangle of Inspiration (A.K.A. Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell Make Their Great Escape) a backlash of sorts occurred, one initiated and led by a few of those afore-mentioned good folk out on the prairie... and all of a sudden I found myself facing a barrage of bitter, angry, sarcasm. Yes, words of indignation were unceremoniously being spewed in my general direction. And I literally unleashed a monster.

Cowards and Apologists: The Police Brutality Rant

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

       Leonard Cohen, "Everybody Knows"


Cowards. That's the one word that continuously comes to mind when I hear about these out-of-control cops and their tasers.

There have been numerous cases of these weapons being unleashed on harmless victims in recent years, but I think two cases in particular highlight just how cowardly some police have become.

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