Archive for July, 2006

Avoid global warming in Alberta’s Rockies

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

As if the heavens were listening to the litany of complaints about this summer’s hot weather a cold front descended on western Alberta today, bringing rain to Calgary and Banff and a nice dusting of snow to peaks from Mt. Loughheed near Canmore to Castle Junction – all observed today by this writer. Well, good [...]

Deep Panuke underway?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Most people assume lawyers make more than they do. Very rarely is this confirmed in an uncomfortably personal way. My turn came at a party several years ago during an unexpected hold up at the drinks table. While waiting, I struck up a conversation with the fellow next to me. He was a lawyer. It [...]

Greetings from the Great American West

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

First off, thanks to the many readers who wrote regarding the Stupidisms series, including those who found extra embedded Stupidisms (intentional and otherwise) in the surrounding text – and thanks even to those who complained that the Stupidisms fare was too “lite” given the big news events going on. Note: We’re on vacation! In my [...]

Globalization of media

Monday, July 24th, 2006

If readers of DrJ and MrK could turn on their Universal Translator ™ and browse a recent copy of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, they might be fooled into thinking they were reading a Canadian daily. Descriptions of Angela Merkel are hauntingly similar to those of Stephen Harper. She is too colourless, stiff, humourless and lacks “personal [...]

Getting it right on military procurement

Monday, July 24th, 2006

From the op-ed pages of the Calgary Herald, published the week of July 17, 2006: The multi-billion-dollar spending announcements funding an array of logistics hardware for the Canadian Forces give the new Conservative government a chance to get things right on military procurement. That would break a 30-year history of botched purchases – utility helicopters [...]

Stupidisms Part V

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

In “A Plethora of Stupidisms” (please scroll down) we explain the genesis of the current multi-part blogging theme, Stupidisms. See also “What We’re About” in the menu bar above and scroll down to the section on Stupidisms.Our last instalment: Why?My list of Stupidisms is growing almost daily. I know I’ve thought of several over the [...]

Stupidism Part IV

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

In “A Plethora of Stupidisms” (please scroll down) we explain the genesis of the current multi-part blogging theme, Stupidisms. See also “What We’re About” in the menu bar above and scroll down to the section on Stupidisms.Remember some of our exclamations contain deliberate hidden Stupidisms. Spot them to double your fun! Bad pronunciation If I [...]

Stupidism Part III

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

In “A Plethora of Stupidisms” (please scroll down) we explain the genesis of the current multi-part blogging theme, Stupidisms. See also “What We’re About” in the menu bar above and scroll down to the section on Stupidisms. Remember some of our exclamations contain deliberate hidden Stupidisms. Spot them to double your fun! Bad Grammar and [...]

Stupidism Part II

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

In our post “A Plethora of Stupidisms” (please scroll down), we explain the genesis of the current multi-part blogging theme, Stupidisms. See also “What We’re About” in the menu bar above and scroll down to the section on Stupidisms. Mangled expressions (some of them clichés already) One in the same For all intensive purposes As [...]

A plethora of Stupidisms

Friday, July 14th, 2006

As we explain in “What We’re About” (click here, then scroll down), Dr. J. and I have long had a kind of gruesome fascination with bad English in all its constantly expanding forms – misused words, mangled phrases or sayings, poor usage and spelling, and on and on seemingly without limit.Since no single term is [...]

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