Archive for April, 2006

It’s too easy being Green

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Mr. K. has written extensively below about the possibility of Preston Manning seeking the premiership of Alberta. There are certainly ideological reasons that would make a Manning candidacy attractive to us. Both of us have had our lives directly affected by Manning’s political career and we should be clear that we were willing past participants [...]

How far right was that lane again?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

“…Traffic is backed up in the far right shoulder lane…” – Captain Kirk, Calgary’s flying traffic radio guy Some have written that debasement of language coincides with any period of generalized, late-civilizational cultural confusion and self-doubt. Whatever. Bad English just bugs us. And here’s yet another example of a superfluous needless extra redundancy. “Far right [...]

Incremental media recognition

Friday, April 28th, 2006

We’ve commented several times, including here and here, on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s evident strategy to build support among more and more Canadians through a policy of incrementalism. These are small but meaningful changes that clearly distinguish the Conservatives from the old Liberal governments, that are substantive improvements in their own right and, importantly, can [...]

What’s cookin’

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Watch for our op-ed in tomorrow’s (Friday, April 28) Calgary Herald on today’s luncheon speech on global warming by Chris de Freitas. Our editor at the paper has already fielded a steady stream of e-mails by global warming zealots seeking to discredit de Freitas, who considers himself an “agnostic” on the increasingly embattled theory, even before he dares to speak. [...]

The World According to Wiegele

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Click here to read my article, from the Spring 2006 issue of Ski Canada, about the guiding and safety philosophy of heli-skiing veteran Mike Wiegele.

Pete Seeger: unrepentant, if confused Communist

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

It shows the power of music when one of us can say he is a fan of Pete Seeger’s music. I’m a sucker for folk music of many kinds, what now is call “World Music” – that is anything from fat men in lederhosen playing zithers to Andean shepherds on the pan flute. It’s probably the [...]

Heartening the believers

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Alert reader Sharon of Ontario evidently liked our blog entry of April 15, Goading the Secularists. Today she wrote to inform Dr. J. and Mr. K. that, “We have noticed that the Prime Minister’s recent speeches in Montreal and Winnipeg, as sent out by the PMO, do not have ‘God bless Canada’ at the end.” Concerned, we checked [...]

We’re entitled to our entitlements – funded by your taxes

Monday, April 24th, 2006

You read it here first: in this Calgary Herald op-ed last month we talked about how interest groups, primarily of the Left, were lobbying to maintain an unabated flow of taxpayers’ dollars amid their fears – not yet the reality, just the fear – of budget cuts by the new Conservative government. Today the National [...]

Two, two, two gaffes in one!

Monday, April 24th, 2006

“Husky Energy is expected to deliver it’s first quarter results.” – The Globe and Mail, April 17th, 2006 “Hampton Securities: independant, trusted, relevant…” – advertisement on the same page of the Globe Concerned as it is with dollars and cents and what columns of numbers mean to investors, it should be no surprise that words [...]

The un-Ernest Manning, Part III

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

This “blog entry” is now up in the form of a column published recently in the Calgary Herald. Please click on the Latest Article button above left to view.