Archive for June, 2007

A vision of barracks life

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Years ago I recall trying to convince an editor of mine that the campaign against global warming would of necessity be accompanied by a massive increase of administrative intrusion into daily life, with waves of new restrictions on individual liberty. He found this scenario overwrought and remained of the view that limiting carbon dioxide emissions could be [...]

In the name of…?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

It was with some undoubtedly-accidental irony that, at the end of Pride Week, Canadian Anglicans voted on same-sex blessings. To many outsiders it must seem unusual to observe the involved process of voting on church doctrine – apparently a majority vote was required by the laity, clergy and the bishops. The latter was the only [...]

Frenglish or Franglais?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

“Our policy will ensure cleaner oceans, lacs and air” – CPAC translator working over a speech by John Baird in the Commons   One shouldn’t exactly pick on the poor gentleman who has to translate, in real time, the ramblings or outbursts of our parliamentarians. This does however underscore the bilingual nature of the Ottawa [...]

Stop the presses!

Monday, June 25th, 2007

It’s always gratifying to provide updates for readers on topics previously discussed on these pages. They are on somewhat different topics, but the common thread is their predominance in the popular, intellectual fashionista culture. The first deals with the obscure political obsessions of CBC Radio One; specifically its apparent desire to keep Canadians apprised on [...]

Better not to get sick at all

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

There’s been no shortage of articles in print and the blogosphere taking on Sicko, Michael Moore’s latest effort to convince his countrymen and the world that whatever America is doing on any subject, it must be bad. Critiques have generally zeroed in on Moore’s presentation of Cuba’s health care system as not only functional, but [...]

Scott Squared

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

We have written previously about the literary stylings of Scott Feschuk, columnist for MacLean’s, and his less than transparent association with biggest-L Liberal beer and popcorn tycoon Scott Reid. Well, the boys were in the news recently and in another one of those strange life imitates art things – if you can call Seinfeld art. [...]

Rugged individualists til the moment things go wrong

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

This National Post story details a class action lawsuit by 20,000 cattle farmers over the federal government’s claimed mishandling of the incipient mad cow disease crisis back in the 90s. According to the plaintiffs, regulatory failures allowed infected cattle to be imported into Canada and become part of the food – and cattle feed – [...]

But what about cat-woman, crocodile-woman and Rigel-7-woman?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

“Believe it or not, the areas of the female rat brains that get turned on for sex are the same areas in a human woman’s brain.” – Jim Pfaus, neuroscientist at Concordia University, quoted in the National Post, June 18, 2007 And, believe it or not, the little round dark beads on the side of [...]

Pret a Porter

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Just when you thought your last air travel experience, generally on Canada’s National Carrier, would force you to remain earth-bound forever – there comes Porter. A sharper contrast with Wings Canada can barely be contemplated, not even with Westjet. Everyone is familiar with our own cross between Air France and Aeroflot. Flight delays, micro-snacks sold [...]

Ford to buyer – you’re too dumb to drive

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Mrs. K. and I finally broke down and bought one of those big honkin’ diesel trucks whose WWII-troop-carrier-like capacity and cost I’ve derided in previous posts. Well, we’ll be driving a lot of rough roads, carrying a truck camper and besides, the new unit turns out to consume less fuel than its much smaller predecessor. Being [...]