Archive for November, 2006

Time for Europe to step up

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Time was that NATO was the first line of defense in the Cold War with troops arrayed along the Iron Curtain from Turkey to Narvik. Through the 1970′s the Trudeau government progressively diminished Canada’s contribution to the point of embarrassment. Now it seems the tables are turned. Canada’s long neglected armed forces are doing the [...]

Conservative leadership race update

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Thanks to guest blogger Bob Hooper (an only slightly pseudonymous appelation) for co-writing this one with Mr. K.: The race for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives is becoming as fascinating a political science case study as it is exciting on the ground. The second round appears to be turning into a battle of the [...]

Now that’s “lite” – just not in the way they mean

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

“I wonder why so many thieves pick Honda Civics. Is it because they want that car to drive? Or is it just easy to steal?” – Lite 96 radio host “Maybe it’s ‘all of the above’!” – radio hostette This was overheard on a recent and typically challenging commute into town several days ago, and [...]

Needed: climate change – now!

Monday, November 27th, 2006

As the “arctic outflow” continues in western Canada – in November – the desire for immediate warming increases.  The cold has been blamed for at least one death (a streetperson in Calgary) and shows little sign of diminishing. And only four months ’til spring! Particularly hard hit has been our own Lotus Land on the [...]

Icy electoral gales, Part II

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Alberta’s icy November has provided an apt metaphor for the increasingly doddering leadership campaign of Jim Dinning, whose effort more and more resembles the foundering of the gale-battered Edmund Fitzgerald to Ted Morton’s smoothly steaming and increasingly formidable USS Abraham Lincoln. Those inclined to shadenfreude could exult in Dinning’s visage at last night’s party gathering [...]

A fame unearned, perhaps, but impossible without instinctive sycphancy

Friday, November 24th, 2006

So Sacha Baron Cohen – whoops, I mean Sacha Trudeau – I was getting my self-important Sacha’s mixed up – thinks that his late father would have done a better job on the Quebec file than the current prime minister, Stephen Harper. “Just watch me” certainly sounds more pithy than “a nation within Canada”, though [...]

Coyotes the least of our worries

Friday, November 24th, 2006

From the op-ed pages of the Calgary Herald, November 21, 2006 (this is the original, slightly longer version): [Incidentally, the original headline was: "Where Coyotes and Crooks Run Free", which we thought was more apt. The published headline was almost the reverse of our point.] We know about environmentalists’ portrayal of animal species – except [...]

Harper blocks Bloc

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Where is the Stephen Harper we once knew? Well, he’s busy being Prime Minister of Canada. Not only that, but he’s acting more and more like a Prime Minister of all Canadians. This has positives and negatives. On the down side he is not able to singularly pursue the priorities of a given region – [...]

Alberta’s electoral gales of November

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Our good friend F.L. (Ted) Morton must be serious indeed about his run for the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party. The race climaxed this month, and the vote is on Saturday – all of it smack in the middle of hunting season. Morton usually spends every possible November moment roaming his beloved Foothills and ranchlands of southern Alberta [...]

The Pres-eye-dent Adventure

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

“In his remarks today the…the…(pause)…Pres-eye-dent made his position clear to Congress” – Perky, curvy, CNN bingo-caller Mr. K. adds: This brings to mind a half-forgotten old song by Marilyn Monroe. What was it again? Oh right: “Happy Birthday, Mr. Pres-eye-dent.” The 24/7 news channels have clearly stretched the resources of thoughtful, serious news anchors. The presence of Katie Couric on the [...]