Archive for June, 2009

Great Russian trouble

Monday, June 29th, 2009

One of the most memorable afternoons I spent in Ottawa last year was on the steps of Parliament Hill, attending a commemoration of the Ukrainian famine, the Holodomor. It was an emotional experience. Ukraine’s president Yushchenko (he of the attempted poisoning) was on a state visit to coincide with Canada’s recognition of the great crime perpetrated [...]

Believable Brits

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

“There were turnouts of more than 100% in several cities, so you know there was some gerrymandering going on.” – BBC correspondent in Tehran, interviewed on CBC Radio One’s As it Happens Some British people sound smart. A certain sonorous accent has given instant job security to many journalists and newsreaders that, if they were [...]

Conspiring bankers and other confusion

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Thanks to for showcasing articles one might never otherwise read, articles that provide insight into the pretzel logic of the Left. So it was that last week Linda McQuaig offered the hypothesis that Canadian bank executives were manipulating our political system. While this intellectual gambit is not a reach, given her previous writings, its [...]

Bilingual breakdown

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

“3 course prefixed lunch for $25″ -  Recent restaurant ad in the Calgary Herald The Belvedere restaurant has been a high-priced watering hole for a number of years, long known for its carnivorous offerings. One might order a 12-ounce striploin only to have it arrive on a bed of oozing beef ribs surrounded by a [...]

“Go find real crooks”

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Readers will have heard about the lady hand-cuffed, detained and fined by police in Laval, Quebec for not holding an escalator handrail in the subway. Bela Kosoian’s rough treatment at the hands of an officer was, according to police, exacerbated by her yelling at them to “do (their) job elsewhere”. This was not to be [...]

Da doo ran ran

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

“Of course she’s ran the race several times before” -  AM 770 CHQR cub reporter The young lady was referring to a Calgarian who’d run the city’s marathon a number of times. I haven’t gone back through all our Stupidisms, but I have  hunch this is one of the only times we’ve fingered a wrong past [...]

Budget Tips From Mobutu

Monday, June 8th, 2009

My “Open Range” column from the June 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: The Alberta government doesn’t have a “revenue problem.” It has a spending problem For some reason my middle-aged memory banks retain vivid images of a long magazine article round about the time the former Zaire was crumbling at roughly the same velocity [...]

No pay Siksay

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Conservatives commonly lament about the taxes they pay for programs and other government nonsense they disagree with.  But taxation is of course not a voluntary exercise and much spleen is vented about the way these involuntary contributions to the “common good” are used. By contrast, the Left parties are the parties of redistribution, at least [...]

Terminating language

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

“… the state would become insolvent, and we can’t afford to let that happen.” -  California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as featured on Fox News It’s always a reach to pick on non-English speakers dropping Stupidisms, especially if the perpetrator is an incredibly resilient, murderous cyborg. But this one just had to be repeated, given the [...]