Archive for March, 2009

Less is Moore

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

It’s always instructive to read, as much as one can stomach it, liberal commentators. You know, know your… Living on a very distant orbit of the centre of the universe, I have little familiarity with CFRB and therefore with John Moore. Regarding the station, I guess it figures that Toronto would boast liberal talk-radio guys. [...]

Not stupid, just Canadian

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

“(competition policy)… constitutes a reaffirmation of the government’s endorsation of the fundamental ‘legitimacy’ of the market in a pluralist society.” – Sylvia Ostry, Empire Club lecture, 1975 Finding this was like playing a linguistic archeologist and turning up a paleo-stupidism. I’d been reading through this interesting collection of speeches, kind of a time capsule of [...]

CBC: hacked or trimmed?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

After weeks of hand-wringing stories about possible cuts at the CBC, and sheaves of commentary about the direction of the Corp (including at least a week of same in the National Post) the cuts have finally been announced. The headline of 800 job cuts is now splashed across front pages across the country and, of [...]

The swamp gas is not restless

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Readers may recall Paul Hellyer, an iconoclastic Canadian politician who over the years became too big for the major parties to hold. He then had to form his own party. Hellyer is mostly remembered for the unification of the three arms of the Canadian Armed Forces, seen now as yet another Trudeaupian boondoggle. The face [...]

More non-bias

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

“The federal Conservatives have introduced legislation…” – CBC Radio One news “Prime Minister Harper’s government has introduced legislation…” – AM 770, CHQR Radio, Calgary Not that we’re in the business of documenting every instance of a media double standard when it comes to conservatism but, as with chicken soup, it couldn’t hurt. These two quotes [...]

Bush 43 in Calgary – Part II

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Before I continue my report and, given that I described the yahoos yesterday, I’ll recount a bit of what I learned in the hour-long line-up outside the convention centre Tuesday. Based on the quality of the suits, designer glasses and the quantity of styling mousse and hair gel, I’m guessing the crowd was mostly accountants, [...]

Bush 43 in Calgary – Part I

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Why did 1500 Calgarians wait outside in the cold for an hour today instead of drinking green beer? It wasn’t to protest the Great Satan™, but to hear and, quite frequently, to praise him. And, thanks to an organized, generous friend, I was able to attend. Although the weather was brisk, the monotony of the [...]

Face-off in the language wars

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Somehow, almost every issue in Quebec manages to come down to language in some way or another. Or, to paraphrase Clausewitz, X (pick your subject) becomes a way of fighting the language/culture war by other means. No surprise that with this week’s firing of Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Guy Carbonneau speculation galore has started regarding [...]

Media double standard – ya think?

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The monolithic political perspective of the media is taken for granted by conservatives, and we comment on it only at the risk of being called paranoid whiners. So the National Post editorial really stuck its neck out  Saturday by suggesting that there was a double standard in the way Prime Minister Harper was treated, compared [...]

Stream of Stupidisms

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

“Hey, remember, this is civil disobedience, we have to be civil.” –  Unidentified student protestor at NYU Thanks to a few bloggers like Ezra Levant some of you may have already seen this obtuse fake-o-drama that apparently constitutes post-modern student protest. The protestors –obviously not focused on mid-terms or other practical student priorities, like serious [...]

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