Herbinator: We can recognize Lebanon!

Hey, now that the nasty terrorist organization, Hezbollah, has resigned from the Lebanon government we are finally free to recognize the country.; ) .

World Headlines Review: China: Fear of its Rise is Fear of Ourselves

A recent Economist article, The dangers of a rising China, leads a 14 page report loosely discussing the dangers posed to the world by China’s eclipsing of the USA’s international economic and military order.  The article attempts to draw parallels in the power-balance shift between Britain and Germany which led to the first World War, ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BCNDP New Member Deadline Dissuades New Members

Any non-members of the BC NDP who want to have a say on the party’s new leader – who will be elected April 17th – must sign up for membership in the party by January 17th. So far, the only declared “heavy-hitter” in the leadership race (according to insiders) has been John Horgan, who announced ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BCNDP New Member Deadline Dissuades New Members

Any non-members of the BC NDP who want to have a say on the party’s new leader – who will be elected April 17th – must sign up for membership in the party by January 17th. So far, the only declared “heavy-hitter” in the leadership race (according to insiders) has been John Horgan, who announced ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BCNDP New Member Deadline Dissuades New Members

Any non-members of the BC NDP who want to have a say on the party’s new leader – who will be elected April 17th – must sign up for membership in the party by January 17th. So far, the only declared “heavy-hitter” in the leadership race (according to insiders) has been John Horgan, who announced ...

atypicalalbertan: On Being a Teacher, or Why Merit Pay Stinks.

I’m taking a course on organizational theory right now and the readings have caused me to reflect on an issue that is getting a fair deal of play in education right now – merit pay for teachers. There are many specific arguments that can be made as to why merit pay is a bad idea ...

New York Times for January 4, 2011.

I am not “a reader”. Fiction rarely catches me, websites and blogs too, and boring non-ficton, never. But there are a few things I do love reading. I loved harry potter. I love Foucault. I loved the girl with dragon tattoo series. I loved Jean Vanier. I love reading descriptions of learning disabilities. I love ...

The Progressive Right: Blogging Tories in their Own Words

When it’s become clear that it’s time to review our words and avoid demonizing our political opponents, I am thankful for sites like Blogging Tories in their Own Words to shine the light on this distastful practice.

Andy Lehrer's Firebrand blog: "As long as they kill Muslims, I don’t care"

BCL’s post on today’s JDL rally for the neo-Nazi English Defence League and Ron Banerjee’s promise to bring out “security” for the rally got me rememberin’ About a year ago, I happened by a JDL rally outside Ryeson and got into an argument with Ron Banerjee, leader and likely the sole member of the “Canadian ...

Andy Lehrer: "As long as they kill Muslims, I don’t care"

BCL’s post on today’s JDL rally for the neo-Nazi English Defence League and Ron Banerjee’s promise to bring out “security” for the rally got me rememberin’… About a year ago, I happened by a JDL rally outside Ryeson and got into an argument with Ron Banerjee, leader and likely the sole member of the “Canadian ...

Andy Lehrer: "As long as they kill Muslims, I don’t care"

BCL’s post on today’s JDL rally for the neo-Nazi English Defence League and Ron Banerjee’s promise to bring out “security” for the rally got me rememberin’… About a year ago, I happened by a JDL rally outside Ryeson and got into an argument with Ron Banerjee, leader and likely the sole member of the “Canadian ...

Canadian Firebrand: "As long as they kill Muslims, I don’t care"

BCL’s post on today’s JDL rally for the neo-Nazi English Defence League and Ron Banerjee’s promise to bring out “security” for the rally got me rememberin’ About a year ago, I happened by a JDL rally outside Ryeson and got into an argument with Ron Banerjee, leader and likely the sole member of the “Canadian ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Dinner is Nearly on the Table

Last week I received a query from a pregnant woman who saw a documentary called ‘ Earthlings’. The video upset her so much that she asked how to embrace a vegan diet. Her request got me to thinking that others would benefit after viewing this. It may influence them into doing some research. It may ...

A single man

“you know the only thing that has made the whole thing worthwhile….it’s been those few times when I’ve been able to truly connect with another human being”  Recently, the Lively one emphatically insisted I watch the film, ‘a single man’. She knows me better than I thought. I loved this film, every single inch of it. ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Dinner is Nearly on the Table

Last week I received a query from a pregnant woman who saw a documentary called ‘ Earthlings’. The video upset her so much that she asked how to embrace a vegan diet. Her request got me to thinking that others would benefit after viewing this. It may influence them into doing some research. It may ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Dinner is Nearly on the Table

Last week I received a query from a pregnant woman who saw a documentary called ‘ Earthlings’. The video upset her so much that she asked how to embrace a vegan diet. Her request got me to thinking that others would benefit after viewing this. It may influence them into doing some research. It may ...

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: Wherever could Palin and the Republicans have field tested the crosshairs map?

Sarah Palin is, rightfully, getting heaps of grief for the possible inspiration her crosshairs ad provided to the Arizona gunman. If Palin’s electability is finally shredded by this image: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/235504/SARAH-PALIN-TARGET-LIST.jpg Why did Harper’s survive this? http://www.nowtoronto.com/_assets/issues/2130/conservativegraphic_468.jpg Once againthe judgement of our media makes Colin Campbell look like King Solomon.

World Headlines Review: Switzerland: Swiss Franc -ly Under Attack

Separate reports this week in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) are highlighting the difficult choices Switzerland, and by extension other nations, are facing in the continued onslaught of effective currency devaluation by US and Eurozone officials. The Greenback and the Euro have fallen significantly against the Franc and other currencies in the past ...

The Skinny: Detroit vs. Windsor

Number of murders in 2010: Detroit: 308 Windsor: 0

The Scott Ross: Video: Kelowna RCMP Kick Unarmed Man In Face

**UPDATE: RCMP Officer most likely will be charged with assault**UPDATE: Buddy Tavares is released and denies initial allegationBuddy Tavares, a 51 year-old man, while being arrested in Kelowna BC was brutally kicked in the face by RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler. The kick is described as brutal because Tavares was complying with the police, he was ...

But, But – It’s Only Rhetoric! (… Right?)

(Updated below) “It’s only rhetoric meant to energize the base”. How often have we been hearing this excuse, this self-serving justification to diminish the terrible impact that words and symbols can have on all of us? How often those demagogues likewise use profusely such a justification, such a cynical excuse, to detach themselves from any ...

Birth Pangs: LifeSite on the Arizona Shooting – Taking CYA to a New and Disgusting Level

I generally prefer to report rather than takes digs at, after all as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.” However, this article over at **LifeSiteNews is absolutely abhorrent. Most of it is spent trying to prove that the shooter was promoting a god-less left-wing agenda – oh ...

Herbinator: Fluoridation, again

Calgary may once again have a chance to get added fluoride out of our water supply. I found this to be a good site arguing against fluoridation. I don’t have much to add except that I’ve noticed that ALL the countries with longer life expectancies (the gold standard in health care) do NOT fluoridate. I ...

Democracy Under Fire: MP’s – Why are we here?

Recently Steve Paikin of TVO spoke to Allison Loat of Samara Canada about their second report based upon MP exit interviews titled Welcome to Parliament: A Job With No Description . The startling bit about this report is that the 65 former MPs interviewed, many of them having served for 10 years or more, could ...

The Skinny: Accused killer, Jared Loughner, "Christano-fascist influenced?"

I doubt that Jared Loughner who is accused of killing six people (at last count) in Tuscon, Arizona could be described as a Christian.  However, he could have been influenced by Christians who hate everything secular about the big government society of the United States of America. Would we call someone who is white and ...