Archive for August, 2010

Putting the “ass” in assertion

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

“This counters the assertation that the economic recovery will be slow.” – Faisal Karmali, CHQR’s financial guru I don’t know how you readers have fared in your investments over the last few years, particularly in mutual funds. Let’s just say that my esteem for financial planners could be higher. They’d be higher yet if they [...]

Summer of media discontent

Monday, August 30th, 2010

This may be one summer where some people will welcome Labour Day, mainly those of us plagued by this year’s dog day journalism.  Ever desperate for a story of some kind, the Canadian fifth estate offered up the census flap, which was – I guess – supposed to make Canadians rise up from their lawn [...]

CBC exceeds itself

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

“Stephen Harper is on his annual trip to Canada’s arctic this week, a chance for Harper to wave the Conservative flag in the north…” – Lead to a news story on CBC Radio One , read by Bernie McNamee There are times when individuals, and even organizations make that extra effort and really exceed themselves. [...]

They’re called vermin

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

One aspect of our cultural amnesia is forgetting the very real, life-and-death struggle for scarce resources man has had with various animals – until very recently in the West, and still continuing in the third world. These animals – bugs, rodents and the like – were collectively called vermin, a term that has gone distinctly [...]

Unfiltered words

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

“This system filters out all organismal growth” – Danny Hooper, spokesman for Big Iron Drilling One big plus about switching from the gutted classics on CBC Radio Two to AM radio News -Talk-Sports is ads. I now know when all the mattress sales are on, have memorized the jingles for several travel ads and laugh at [...]

A Line in the Branding Sand

Monday, August 9th, 2010

My “Open Range” column from the August 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: The BP disaster shows that advertisers ignore authenticity at their customers’ peril It was a widely hailed marketing coup, a much-talked-about case study and the biggest antler rack on the ad agency’s trophy wall. BP would no longer stand for the storied [...]

Miller’s border solution

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

“I’m trying to picture how many minuets that would take.” – Bill O’Reilly on the “Miller time” segment, August 3rd, 2010 Bill O’Reilly is one of the few sticklers for proper language, usage and increased vocabulary. But he often skirts Stupidism when in rhetorical flight. This one was committed during a discussion with Dennis Miller [...]

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