Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Nice start Mr. Liepert!

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

So another round of the continuing intra-Conservative shenanigans in Calgary West/Signal Hill is over. For the first time in over twenty years, a Red Tory will have the best opportunity to represent the constituency.  Where Allison Redford and Donna Kennedy-Glans failed, Ron Liepert has succeeded. Reasonable observers would concede that the out-going MP, Rob Anders, [...]

We’re back in the National Post

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Please click on Latest Article at top left to see our recent column on Quebec nationalism, published in the print edition of the National Post last week. Also, at long last, we have moved beyond our “Merry Christmas” post. Yikes.

More lessons from Munich

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

This Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the occupation of the Sudetenland. That day, streets were lined with cheering crowds welcoming the German troops, while Jews and the politically-threatened hid or fled. The anniversary offers another opportunity to consider Chamberlain, Hitler and appeasement, and to learn other lessons about international conflict. Firstly there is the [...]

Liberal leaderships then and now

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Eighty percent is a big number. There are no hard and fast rules as to what constitutes a “coronation”, but 80% has got to be pretty close. I speak of course about the level of endorsement received by Justin Trudeau in this week’s leadership vote. The big number is something that can’t be denied, that [...]

Driving Nenshi’s glaciers

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Despite the best efforts of a warming, that is “changing” climate, snowcat tours of the Rocky Mountains’ Columbia Ice Fields are still very popular.  Calgarians will know that they can enjoy a little bit of that adventure every winter day, just by driving the city’s residential streets. You see, as hard as it is for [...]

Everyone is right

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By now many of you will have heard all the reasons why Romney lost yesterday. Well, guess what?  They’re all right. In an election this close, any single one of these factors could by itself have caused the Republican loss. Let’s review a few of them (and where I heard them): 1/ Vicious attack ads [...]

Poor Mr. Trudeau

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Back in the Paleolithic, when I was first interviewing for jobs in Calgary, a crusty old geologist from Shell asked me whether I had any relatives working for Shell. “No, I don’t think so” he was told. “Good” he said, “if you did, you’d never work for Shell”. By contrast, other companies promoted sons of [...]

Caracas Broadcasting Corporation

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Readers may have missed a recent item on CBC Radio One The World at Six, so let me summarize. Apparently recent developments in Venezuela’s presidential campaign warranted a feature report on Hugo Chavez. The Latin American strongman is seeking a fourth six-year term as president. CBC’s perspective was, er, noteworthy. Mothercorp’s Latin America correspondent, Connie Watson, [...]

Canada Day hangover

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

This Canada Day will be remembered for at least one thing in our household, a phenomenal home fireworks display – care of Costco on-line delivery. I highly recommend readers check it out. It was worth every penny. Waiting for total darkness at these latitudes is a challenge this time of year, especially with a near-full [...]

Bag-ism in Halifax

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Rather than just me being an antediluvian knuckle-dragger, apparently there is at least one other who has not internalized the environmental imperatives of the 21st century. This individual, for obvious reasons, requests anonymity. But he is willing to share his sordid experience with us. Naturally, DrJandMrK disavows any opinions reflected in this account. It is [...]