Archive for June, 2010

Surveying Stupidity

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Isn’t that, like, “Cop 101″, that you have to surveil the suspect in a situation like this?” – Geraldo Rivera on the O’Reilly Factor Well, if you look up greaseball, sensationalist journalism in the dictionary, whose picture do you think you’ll find? Uh-huh. Readers of a certain age will recall Geraldo presiding over one of [...]

Useful idiots abroad

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Mao has a pretty good rep for a mass-murderer. If, heaven forbid, he was still with us, and had a cut of his international T-shirt sales, he’d be a richer man. He gets a pass from all the right-thinking people, and has, since his heyday of tyranny. But more on that in a minute. I’ve [...]

Public service, CBC style

Friday, June 11th, 2010

“Anti-Israel protests are scheduled this weekend … the protest will be held at the Vancouver public library, beginning at 1 PM”. – Brian Dance, newsreader for CBC Radio One, Vancouver To be fair, this is not a Stupidism, but as the CBC wasn’t fair, neither will I be. This one honestly almost made me drop [...]

Urban chicken alert

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

For those of us whose idea of “urban chicken” is either a piece of meat wedged between Styrofoam and cellophane, or a trip to KFC, we might be in for a shock.  If, some time soon, you’re awakened by what sounds like Foghorn Leghorn’s barnyard cousin just remember there’s no snooze button. It will mean [...]

Ideology free zone

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

“This is not an ideological president” – Robert Harris, guest-host of CBC Radio One’s As it Happens Mr. Harris was the very engaging host of one of the many classical music programs on CBC Radio 2 that are now, sadly, defunct. So, one is apt to judge him with some sympathy, even when he blows [...]

New Book Pumps Our Resource

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

My Open Range column from the June 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Black Bonanza author defends Alberta’s turf and pokes a stick at anti-oil sands crusaders Was it only four years ago the Alberta government parked one of those monster oil sands trucks on the Washington Mall, within site of Congress? It was Alberta’s [...]