Archive for May, 2006

Even a right-wing lunatic realizes the private sector can be idiotic

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Sorry I haven’t blogged on anything substantive in the past day-and-a-half. I am out at the remote rural compound performing some needed maintenance, with a very fine fellow helping me out and a large piece of rented equipment to access the high parts of the house’s exterior. Which created the subject for this entry. One of [...]

It must have been just an ordinary one-legged mullah

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Even the CTV’s fetching foreign correspondent couldn’t entirely stifle a little smirk as she related that NATO forces in Afghanistan believed they had captured Mullah Dadullah, the one-legged top Taliban field commander. The incongruity of a character seemingly plucked out of a low-end thriller (or rejected by the editors as too stock) seemingly wasn’t lost [...]

Cost-benefit analysis in Afghanistan

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Coffins of Canadian casualties from Afghanistan continue to be used as political footballs. Even though the Prime Minister has agreed to allow families to decide whether a coffin’s arrival will be public or private, today’s Globe and Mail echoes opposition criticism of how he changed his mind. Critics of the war, here and in the U.S., have argued [...]

Bad English sounds better!

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Breaks in the cloud cover and light winds may allow overnight temperatures to fall at or below the zero mark overnight. – Environment Canada Frost Warning issued 1:59 a.m. on Monday, May 29 The first thing that stopped me was the weirdness of issuing a frost warning at 2 in the morning. Do they expect legions [...]

A thousand personal realities

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

My “Transsexual Transylvania, Indeed” post the other day (scroll down or click here to view) had me musing that I might have gone a little over the top, both in rhetoric and bleakness of worldview. But then actual news events intervened to confirm and indeed solidify my tirade. If anything, I’d been too soft, for yesterday came [...]

Oh yes we have no media bias

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Despite his focus on the mundane job of running the country, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has given Canada’s unappreciated scribes and talking heads plenty of fodder. The latest is his shocking allegation that a majority of the press corps are not philosophical conservatives, and may not sympathize with a Conservative government. He even used the “B-word”. [...]

How American soldiers actually behave

Friday, May 26th, 2006

No explanation needed. Just click here.

Transsexual Transylvania, indeed

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Concerning Dr. J.’s cleverly circumspect post below, I had planned merely to add something cheeky (first intended pun), such as commending him for handling the issue with latex rather than kid gloves, or giving his report “two thumbs up”. But I must say, on reading the news reports here and here, I nearly wept with [...]

We’re in the Post tomorrow

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Tomorrow’s National Post will include a column by Dr. J. and me discussing the historical disconnect between the Conservative Party’s popularity (and that of its predecessors), which has been low, and Canadians’ fondness for small “c” conservative policies, which has been strong. The Stephen Harper government’s rising popularity (to 43 percent in the latest poll) [...]


Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Well Toto, we’re really not in Kansas any more. And to paraphrase another great film, Oklahoma, this story makes you wonder whether they’ve gone “as fer as they can go”. Time was you had to delve into the deep recesses of fiction to find the likes of what is described here. In fact, we wrote [...]