Archive for September, 2008

Spin unspun?*

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Something weird happened the week before last . Stephen Harper – the charmless ice man, the media hater – sat down for breakfast with reporters and answered questions. Although the press corps is, from time to time, fed and generously lubricated at 24 Sussex, that isn’t seen as meaningful discourse, so brekkie was reported as a [...]

All is not enough

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

“”I was very fortunate because Gzowski gave me total carte blanche on his show””. – Stuart McLean, host of CBC Radio One’s Vinyl Café. Apparently the desire to add superlatives and embellish is almost inexhaustible. In fact on the same day I heard someone else (also on Radio One!) refer to “”complete carte blanche“” – [...]

Stuff dropped from a lofty height

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

My brief sojourn in government (as it seems now but didn’t seem then) is something I hope to write about at length, assuming I am granted a healthy old age. One thing I can say is it made me a little impatient with all the Monday morning quarterbacks who get paid to comment daily on [...]

Slip a Ritz under jam, slip a Ritz under ham…

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Or slip a Ritz under the wheels of the campaign bus. Headlines wrote themselves for the Gerry Ritz “please tell me it’s Wayne Easter” episode. Like: The Jann Ardenization of Canadian politics Or: Death not from a thousand cuts but from a single politically correct bullet to the back of the head Discussion has mainly [...]

Bonus Campaign Stupidisms

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Lots of trash is talked on the campaign trail and it’s easy to miss much of it.  Maybe that’s a good thing. For those of you who just can’t get enough, I’ve noted a few recent linguistic lurches that I can’t help repeating. Let’s start with our favourite source, CBC Radio One’s editors, news writers [...]

Swiss souvenirs – the key to killing global warming theory?

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

It’s amusing and quite satisfying to see the conceptual façade of the global warming movement gradually disintegrating. It’s especially so for those lonely few who insisted that the debate be conducted on the underlying facts, not on a pragmatic/accommodationist basis that at bottom amounted merely to haggling over just how much we should do to [...]

Harper is everyman

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

One of my pet peeves of political pundits is their uncanny ability to criticize a public figure simultaneously for two opposite, often mutually exclusive, traits. An example would be “X is a skinflint” followed by “X is a spendthrift”; “Y is too introverted” preceded by “Y is too gregarious”. This has happened several times to [...]

Takin’ care of business

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

LINK_DESCRIPTION “ “”… Michael was the youngest child, they kind of sheltered him because he was a child protégé.”” – Randy Bachman, host of Randy’s Vinyl Tap on CBC radio Reminiscing about the nth anniversary of the massively successful album Thriller, Randy gave an interesting summary of Michael Jackson’s career, but not without dropping this classic [...]

Self-negating campaign rhetoric from Dion

Monday, September 8th, 2008

When he came onto the federal political scene, Liberal leader Stephane Dion struck me as a fundamentally decent person even if a somewhat odd personality. His choice of words is steadily shifting my view. This line especially struck me in his campaign-opening speech, entitled A new path for Canada: We Liberals will fight fear with [...]

The lifespan of lies

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

We are rushing into another federal election campaign, the third in four years. Speculation is rampant about what form the campaign will take. There appears to be a consensus that, despite several well established political narratives already chugging away, “something unexpected” will come up during the campaign. Certainly the future always holds unexpected or unforseeable [...]