Archive for the ‘Stupidism of the Week’ Category

…But not in the way you mean

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“It’s funny how it’ll snow more in, like, some parts of the city″ – Calgary FM morning radio hostette When I was about six, or perhaps four, I thought that the bending trees made the wind happen, and I assumed if there were droplets descending upon my head, it was raining worldwide. Awakening from this infantile [...]

Post-modern bafflegab

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

“It is a grieving process”. -  MD of Bighorn, Dene Cooper, quoted in the Rocky Mountain Outlook. There is a charm to local newspapers and those from Rocky Mountain towns are no exception. Reading them can get a little predictable after a while though, becoming a kind of Cordilleran auto-journalism. The Rocky Mountain Outlook that [...]

Kollidge edgakashun

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

“Eve’s story is more rare than it should be in Canada” – Chris Sorenson, MacLean’s, March 25th, 2013. There has been a spate of articles written recently, notably in Maclean’s, about the gap between required workplace skills and those regularly produced by our universities and colleges. MacLean’s went so far a few weeks ago as [...]

Papal election, media lapses

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

“…in Latin America they’ve been waiting 20 centuries for a pope from this area” – Miguel Almaguer, speaking today to NBC’s Brian Williams. Even casual observers of the Papal conclave will have noted the level of ignorance displayed in the recent media coverage. For example, commentary today raised the issue that Pope Francis is a [...]

Venite ignoramus

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

“Make this holiday season about you!” – Pitch from an e-mail ad received by Mr. K. To quote the aforementioned recipient of the e-mail: “Awesome! Not only is it not Christmas, it’s also not about giving, sharing, charity, goodwill towards others… It’s about…YOURSELF. As opposed to the other 11 months of the year.” Well said. You [...]

Aquinas or Rand?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

“Thomas Aquinas being the 13th century Catholic philosopher who brought reason to the Church’s otherwise irrational worldview” – Terence Corcoran in the Financial Post, September 22nd Those readers who feel afflicted by what might be called the “Life of Brian critique” of religion  – “Blessed are the cheese-makers”, etc. – are likely somewhat used to [...]

Stop the conversation

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

“It’s not a conversation the Romney campaign wants to have” – Analyst on Fox News, July, 2012 It seems everything these days is a “conversation”. A discussion is a conversation, a debate is a conversation. A conversation is a conversation. In short, the word is becoming one of those over-used terms applied anywhere and everywhere. [...]

CBC Mask-dropping

Friday, May 25th, 2012

“(Conrad Black) benefited from considerable legal assistance and help from his friends in government.” – Mike Hornbrook, CBC Radio Economics correspondent The Conrad Black release and entry into Canada was a big story in some circles, notably the CBC. Some journalists seemed dismayed and put out by Black’s stealthy exit from a Florida prison and [...]

Who’s Wack-a-doodle?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

“We’re not going wack-a-doodle; we’re not out there” -  Pundit Keith Brownsey, on the Alberta election, interviewed on CBC Radio One Those non-Albertan readers will not be used to Dr. Keith Brownsey‘s incisive commentary on politics. The political scientist from Mt. Royal University doesn’t just casually drop conventional analysis, he clearly works hard to drop [...]

How hard is it?

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

(Alberta’s PCs) “look to extend their 41 years in power by overcoming a challenge from the hard-right Wildrose Alliance (sic).” – Wire story from Reuters, April 2012. How hard is it? For fans of Monty Python, the only answer to that query is “that’s a rather personal question sir”. It seems however that the “h”-word [...]