Archive for November, 2009

Clubbed in the Holy Land

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Some years ago something called deprivation therapy was popular. It involved getting into a pod-shaped tank where no light or sound could penetrate. Scantily clad, one would lie in a bath loaded with epsom salts to ease floatation and minimize drowning. I don’t know exactly what this therapy was for, but I gather the womb-like [...]

Hockey Berra?

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

“He was a pugnastic individual”. – Red Horner, describing King Clancy on Legends of Hockey It’s often sports figures, like the legendary Yogi Berra, that turn what would otherwise be Stupidisms into bon mots. The Legends of Hockey series was often disappointing, in that it rarely did justice to the early years of the game [...]

Settlements and borders

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

You have to see it to believe it. Jerusalem, besides its thousands of years of history, is of course modern and striving for normal development. The latter is a challenge, given the overlapping claims on the city. Seeing it now, it is difficult to imagine how this city could have been divided. Driving through the [...]

Yet another historic moment

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

“We have to seize this historic moment” – Barack Obama, November 7th, 2009, on his health care initiative I guess historic moments are a dime a dozen these days. I was searching for the exact quote paraphrased above, couldn’t quite find it, but it turns out the president has been using this rhetoric for some [...]

Remember the forgotten

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Whether we like it or not, most of us have had our lives, directly or indirectly, shaped by the wars of the last century or more recent conflicts. One can look first at the “great course of history”, where had one small thing happened differently – say bullets at Sarajevo – the lives of our [...]

Imbeciles abroad

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I had the good fortune to participate in a tour of Israel last week.  It was a fantastic opportunity to learn, by direct observation, many things that one has difficulty imagining from a distance of thousands of miles. Needless to say, many of the myths, lies and controversies about this troubled land were exploded immediately [...]

Impaled polls

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

“The numbers are slightly skewered, because they are under-represented in Montreal” – Robert Fife on CTV’s Power Play Sometimes language suffers on the way to making a good point. What Mr. Fife was referring to was the fact that polling numbers for the federal Conservatives in Quebec always tend to be a little lower because [...]

California, Here We Come

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

My Open Range column from the November 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Alberta’s heading down a dangerous road, but it’s not too late to turn around Locked in a spiral of runaway spending and crumbling revenue bases, undermined by interest-group politics, paralyzed by politically correct fetishes, sapped by the departure of taxpayers and business [...]