Archive for October, 2008

Of leaders past and well past

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

If having the other guy be the news is a good thing then the Conservative government should be grateful over the last couple of weeks. Not only have the foibles of Stephane Dion generated a lot of spilt ink, but so has the self-righteous visage of Paul Martin plus the prospective Great Left Hopes™. It [...]

Leaders at a loss

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

“That stock should be a kind of lost leader…” – Astute stock market analyst as heard on QR77, Calgary I’ll admit that I myself wasn’t completely clear on the correct use of this expression. Looking it up, I found this definition of “loss” leader: “a product sold at a low price (at cost or below [...]

Too stoopid to be atheist

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Readers are likely at least peripherally aware of the renewed efforts by several public figures and commentators to discredit religion. Not that this is anything new. We are going into at least our second generation when it’s been unfashionable to profess anything more than healthy agnosticism. It is fair to say that, since 9/11, attacks [...]

Tackless again

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

“Tories change tact, aim at NDP, Greens” – Mike Blanchfield, Canwest News Service This is becoming a classic Stupidism, approaching the scale of “more rich”, etc. What the scribe was trying to say was of course that the Conservatives had changed “tack” – from the nautical term meaning “the act of changing from one position [...]

The Blue Liberal (Red Tory) myth

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The Liberal electoral defeat last week generated a lot of analysis, and much public hand-wringing on the part of disconsolate Liberals (as well as euphoria on our part). While not quite an existential crisis, there has been free advice galore on how to “re-boot” Canada’s “natural governing party”. One of the more succinct ones was [...]

Attempting to spell defeat v-i-c-T-O-R-Y

Friday, October 17th, 2008

It’s always a good idea to under-promise and over-deliver. But what if somebody else is doing the promising for you? That’s the dilemma with which Stephen Harper has come out of the election. During the campaign he assiduously spoke about the likelihood of another minority government and at most asked for a “strong mandate”. The [...]

Election thoughts

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The late-game “comeback” of the Conservative Party suggests the preceding collapse discerned by the news media was more a case of wishing than thinking and evaluating. It certainly didn’t hurt that the markets were rebounding, nor that the government became much more visibly engaged in the financial situation during the last few days, nor that [...]

See Dion training for his next gig – Monty Python

Friday, October 10th, 2008

If you haven’t watched the outtakes of Stephane Dion’s interview with CTV Halifax, don’t miss them. You can’t make this stuff up. It’s priceless both for its comedy and, one would venture, for the Conservative Party’s comeback prospects. Dion has extended trouble understanding a clear question, asking the interviewer to repeat the question twice and [...]

Ski School II

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Please click here to read an illustrated pdf of my article on ski instruction in the 2008 Buyer’s Guide of Ski Canada magazine.

Admirable tactics from an ethics instructor

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

“… as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada…” – Sinclair Stevens, leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, on a CBC Radio One free party political broadcast Dr. Freud made a revealing appearance in this slip of the tongue by the former Mulroney cabinet minister. One of the most virulent opponents of the merger [...]