Archive for June, 2006

Scarfing strudel as we speak

Friday, June 30th, 2006

The legions of fans of Dr. J., the urbane, elegant, cosmopolitan half of this web site’s writing duo, have no doubt been weeping, wailing, ululating, gnashing their teeth and rending their garments in grief at the uniformly Mr. K. authorship of the past week’s blog entries. As Pope John Paul II urged in his first [...]

Condimentary confusion

Friday, June 30th, 2006

“On the surface, it seems like a perfect strategy. And it has passed mustard with many institutional portfolio managers.” – Eric Kirzner and Richard Croft, Financial Post, June 26, 2006 We wouldn’t have thought (“of thought”?) a line like that would “cut the mustard” with the Post’s editors. Our respect for the paper led us to conclude [...]

Fairly big and really big planes

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Yesterday’s long post on the Conservative government’s daily stream of defence procurement announcements included discussion of the Canadian Forces’ air transport requirements and options. Today’s announcement (click here, here and here to read the various backgrounders) concerning the budget and contracting process for new military transports was expected. But the government’s apparent previous indecision over [...]

Does that Canadian flag seem to fly larger these days?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

There’s been surprisingly little commentary in the blogosphere on the Stephen Harper government’s ongoing series of defence spending announcements. (See here, here and here.) The flurry continued today with a 1 p.m. MDT announcement confirming the long-awaited purchase of medium- to heavy-lift helicopters. Yet Google’s blog search revealed only five items (as of 1:30 p.m. MDT), [...]

The liberal’s fear of Mal Ojo

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Alert reader Peter W. kindly e-mailed a link to an excellent, and hilarious, essay that purports – convincingly – to explain the origins of the post-modern (as opposed to classical, 19th century) liberal mind. It’s a great and worthwhile read despite its length, and remains current despite its authorship several years back. Its placement of [...]

Early-summer reading

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

If you read nothing else today – and heaven knows, with the delightful appearance of summer at last, there’s plenty else to do in the great outdoors – check out Bill Roggio’s superb post on the military situation in Afghanistan. Bill was embedded with the Canadian battle group based at Kandahar, so his reporting is directly [...]

Less Stupidisms, fewer stupid

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

“…the Human Rights Council is still a case of the foxes guarding the chicken coop. There may be less foxes than there were in the commission…” – Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, cited in the June 21, 2006 National Post We’re very sympathetic to the substance of Mr. Neuer’s concerns, namely that the UN’s latest [...]

Spoken like only a journo could think

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Journalists are often accused of revelling in bad news, to the point where they’re virtually incapable of saying anything nice or even reporting on something that’s good. However, it’s not so often that we see evidence that the journalistic mind, over time, literally inverts the good and bad. Here’s one such gem from Wednesday’s National [...]

Fraser rejects Koch-Weissenberger CBC plan!

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

In the National Post a couple of years back we called for the CBC to be privatized and turned into a kind of northern PBS. (Apologies, we neglected to place it in the archive. Another Post column (click here to read), however, poked fun at Radio-Canada’s almost complete lack of viewers/listeners.) We couldn’t resist the [...]

Liberals should make their own wind

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

If Tuesday’s entry dealt with “found art”, then today’s is a “found” topic as well, courtesy of two Conservative stalwarts and friends of Dr. J and Mr. K, Mark Kihn and Gordon Elliott. The subject is the apparent fatigue of Liberal Party activists as described in yesterday’s Toronto Star. Typical is a quote from Gordon [...]