Archive for September, 2009

In honour of the Calgary International Film Festival

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

“Easy Virtue … nightly” – Sign outside Calgary repertory theatre. Readers, especially those farther afield than say, Airdrie, may not know it, but this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Calgary International Film Festival. It’s a rather low key affair, by Stampede standards. In fact, the brave signs on 8th Avenue SW that proclaim [...]

Deserters, not resisters

Friday, September 18th, 2009

There are fairly frequent reminders of what the Liberals would do if, or should I say (let’s be honest) will do when, they get back in power. Gerard “I’m with Stephane” Kennedy has just proposed a private member’s bill that would protect foreigners who wish to dodge mandatory military service in their home countries.  The [...]

Cuts both ways

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

“To seal the deal we thought we’d have to offer a set of Ginseng knives” – Frustrated Calgary geoscientist, trying to do business in the downturn. This might be one of those “Archie Bunkerisms”, deliberately concocted by CBS’ writers to make the 1970s working class stiff look even dumber. At DrJandMrK, we’re a little more [...]

What’s in a name?

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Reaction to the PM’s speech to a internal party group, released last week, was predictable. At least on one level. There was sure to be mock outrage by Mr. Ignatieff that the PM wouldn’t “show respect” to the other parties … in a pep-talk to party faithful, can you imagine? How scandalous that he would [...]

Post-modern pre-planning

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

“Our investigation suggests that these crimes were pre-planned” – Winnipeg police spokesman, interviewed on CBC Radio One In the era of “pre-owned” cars and events taking place “at this point in time” (rather than, say, now) it’s no surprise that there should be a little confusion around this kind of usage. Contributing to the problem [...]

Leave me to my Good Life

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

My Open Range column from the September 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Why we won’t see another Reform-style movement or revival of Western separatism anytime soon A journalist crony from decades back called the other day from Ottawa. He’s doing a long retrospective on the political and economic forces that gave rise to the [...]

Congrats to Canadian Cynic!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Thanks to the blogger(s) at this site for finding a quote and link to many others stating the PM’s opposition to appointing Senators.  One useful link is to a Liberal site where the word hypocrisy is prominently featured. I had said I didn’t recall the PM saying the words, but that is due either to [...]

The Liberal Machtprinzip

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Another day dawns with unease as the natural order of things remains upset. The earth grinds roughly on its axis, still tilting uncomfortably to the right. Such are the cosmic sorrows of federal Liberals in Canada as they face another day out of power. But have no fear, as I write, concerned Canadians™ are collaborating [...]