Archive for March, 2008

Live Free or … Click

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Travel to the Great Republic south of the 49th always jars the mind with things that seem particularly “American”. As much of my last trip was spent on the road, what stuck seems mostly related to happenings along the asphalt. Naming public works projects after politicians seems common everywhere, the States being no exception. Bridges [...]

Free Reign

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The seasons are changing and, along with the geese flying north, the ski journalists are flying east. Well, to quote an old Groucho Marx joke, “the Lord Alps those that Alps themselves”. And MrK is Alping himself in a huge way this spring – to three weeks of all-expense paid skiing in the old country. Three [...]

Honesty is the best navigational policy

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

“Welcome to Air Canada Flight 160, in the direction of Montreal” – opening announcement by friendly pilot I must commend the fine gentleman not only for his honesty but his courage, for he spoke plainly in our age of euphemism, when catastrophic decompression is described as a “change” in cabin pressure, and the prohibition of everything [...]

Battling ennui – and winning an election

Monday, March 24th, 2008

A good friend of mine used to remark that Albertans don’t really need or want a real government, just a set of competent managers. I had to think of that observation while commuting past the umpteenth enormous road-construction project in Calgary this morning. The landslide re-election of the Progressive Conservatives under Ed Stemach seem to confirm the statement [...]

Not quite the fabled V-E Day kiss, but…

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Dr. J., this site’s welcome contributor Bob Holtby, and Mr. K. are all keenly interested in military history and, in our respective ways, have done quite a bit of reading on it. While Dr. J. continues to obsess about the particular genius of Frederick the Great and pondering just what might have moved the Prussian [...]

Addled through addition

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Homebuilders caught by the market’s rapid contraction have involuntarily added an additional 200,000 newly built homes to the “empty-house-for-sale” market – Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, writing in the Financial Times, March 27, 2008 Hey, we just couldn’t resist. In contrast to our more political offerings of late, this was a [...]

Safety Schmafety

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Those of you who’ve taken the time and effort to read MrK’s posted articles on skiing and some of his political posts will be aware of some of his disturbingly Libertarian tendencies. He actually believes that citizens have rights and freedoms beyond those explicitly permitted by the state. If you can follow that wacky logic, [...]

Gulliver in the Land of State-Funded Broadcasters

Friday, March 14th, 2008

It’s difficult to say how many of our readers might have watched what one reader described as the “mockumentary” by the CBC that ran last night, “Tar Sands (sic), the Selling of Alberta”. A few, on the one hand, might feel duty-bound to see what the other side is saying. An even smaller group might [...]

Dihydrogen monoxide everywhere…

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

“…causes excessive sweating and urination…” – Penn and Teller rep at a Greenfest in the U.S. This is not a standard Stupidism, but rather a nose-tweak for all those zealous folks caught in Penn and Teller’s little hoax. Have a look at this video link and see for yourselves. It speaks for itself. Raises some [...]

Worth every inch?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

By now, many of you will have heard, or experienced the fact that central Canada has been inundated by a late winter snow storm. Ottawa alone had 53 cm of snow over the weekend and the long-range forecast shows little, if any temperatures above zero Celsius for the next two weeks. Apparently, the city is [...]