Archive for May, 2009

Thinkless Wells?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Fox News has taken some pleasure lately in “outing” famous newsmen, now retired, with respect to their notably leftish sympathies. This is based on public statements they’ve made since their retirement from their unfailingly objective journalism. The list includes notables Walter Cronkite, Sam Donaldson and Ted Koppel. This is hardly necessary in Canada, where one [...]

Double stupidism

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

“… all the contents inside the home were destroyed” -  Cub-reporter, CHCH TV Hamilton Comments about the steel city aside, perhaps the reporter was a little groggy after spending half the night watching a house burn down. Of course it’s redundant to refer to contents inside the house, but the word all is also gratuitous. [...]

Between the lines of the Globe

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Things are bad when you don’t take your own advice. So it was  last Saturday when I delved deep into the Globe and Mail. It reminded me of a running conversation I used to have with my dad, when he lived in Ontario. “Did you read what they wrote in the Star”? he’d say, palpable anger in his [...]

Sports smartism

Monday, May 18th, 2009

“That’s just symblematic of how the Canucks have been playing tonight”. – Marc Crawford, former Canucks coach, now analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. Those of you lamenting the early departure of the last Canadian team from this year’s play-offs may resent this quote. However, Mr. Crawford managed to invent another of what MrK calls [...]

Behind the lederhosen

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Despite the sketchy Calgary weather, it must really be spring. That’s because the first of the “summer blockbusters” (e.g. Star Trek, Wolverine… etc.) are already in the theatres, with many more to come. Though not a “blockbuster”, one much anticipated release is Brűno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest satirical opus. The movie already made waves during [...]

Bardot’s revenge

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Don’t expect to get fed at an embassy reception in Ottawa unless you come early. The professional grazer corps has perfect timing and they assault the buffets tables elbows-up, like feisty grannies at the bargain bin. It was at an embassy reception last year, after the food had run out, that I encountered a German [...]

Higher Standards

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

My Open Range column from the May 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: For mountain resorts near and far, environmental leadership comes with the territory. So why are they still targets of protest? Regular readers will already know or can guess that I’m skeptical about the theory of human-induced global warming. The alarmists’ political demands [...]

Of Tory feuds and other nonsense

Monday, May 4th, 2009

What better way to celebrate your fiftieth birthday than to be told you have nowhere to go but down. Hardly a surprise to anyone actually turning fifty. Thanks to Don Martin channeling his namesake Lawrence, that was what greeted Prime Minister Harper last week. What filled the empty pages of the print media around the [...]

Vice-regal southpaw

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

“Did she say left-handed governor?” -  Thought-bubble over my daughter’s head in Grade six. OK, so this isn’t a genuine stupidism, but worth including, if only because so many of us have suffered similar consternation.  The social studies teacher was going on and on about the “leftenant” governor of Alberta, his duties and constitutional role. [...]