Archive for August, 2011

I have an idea, not for how I voted yesterday, but for how I shall vote this fall

Friday, August 26th, 2011

“I have a vision, not for what we are, but for what we can be” – campaign ad for Doug Horner, Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate The mind boggles at how such a sentiment made it past even the self-absorbed beings serving today’s mid-level politicians. Aside from its mind-numbing banality, extraordinary even by today’s standards, it’s redundant. All visions are about [...]

Happy warrior no more

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

It is time to put aside partisan words and wish sincere condolences to Jack Layton’s family. If anything lays bare our fragile humanity it’s the rapid, powerful illness that swept away a courageous man like Layton. Though many of us would disagree with most of his politics, his representation of Quebec and its history, one [...]

Anyone seen Bert Brecht?

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

The fiftieth anniversary last week of the Berlin Wall’s construction reminds one of the Cold War – which seems not quite distant enough – and the mood of that time. Not surprisingly, the legacy of the Cold War remains politically charged. It seems that even commemorations of those killed trying to escape East Germany have [...]

Not rosy

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

“What you’ll hear from me is a far less rosy-cheeked view of this…” – Annabelle Belcher, interviewed on CBC Radio One’s, The Current Of course, what Ms. Belcher meant was “rosy”, which she embellished with the rather obtuse “cheeked”. Floating out there is also the expression “rose-coloured-glasses”, which might be resting on those rosy cheeks. [...]

“Racist”, “terrorist” – what next?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Republicans behaved … like terrorists.” – Various media and (reportedly) U.S. vice-president Joe Biden The weekly exchanges between Bill O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg are typically very entertaining.  It was no exception last night. The topic at hand was the escalation of rhetoric by the Left and their fellow travellers in the media regarding the debt [...]