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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: The loss of US sovereignty

I lived in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC in 1979, and during this period, I looked up several old friends of mine who had jobs as Congressional aides on Capitol Hill. Some of these people worked for Republican Congressmen, and some of them worked for Democrats, but the story I got from all of ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Review: <I>The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You</I>

[S. Bear Bergman. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009.]The personal essay is a form of writing that is underrated by many on the left, except perhaps in some feminist contexts. It is a form that starts very explicitly from where the author stands, and involves looking at some aspect ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Jan. 19: Political Prisoners and Prison Solidarity Work in North America, History and Current Context

Certain Days & Kersplebedeb Publishing invite you to: Political Prisoners & Prison Solidarity Work in North America: History & Current Context When: Wednesday, January 19, 6:30pm Where: QPIRG Concordia 1500 de Maisonneuve West, metro Guy-Concordia* Free. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Traduction chuchotée vers le français. Depending on your definition, there are dozens or hundreds or ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … The Future

The future: truly, the undiscovered country, the final frontier. And still we will be facing up against our own demons. Thus I give you Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier: Come what may – keep on rockin’, folks!

Right of Center Ice: Scarier of Two Evils

What’s worse than a “tax and spend” liberal? How about a tax-cut and spend Conservative! Prisons, Planes, and Post-signs – these are the things the Canadian taxpayer is going to be paying for in the next budget. And, as usual, there’s got to be a tax out there that needs to be cut. While in ...

World Headlines Review: British Ethics: A Dark Comedy

North Sea Oil Drilling by crawfish head Yesterday, January 6th 2011, the UK Parliamentary committee appointed to look into whether the government should enact a moratorium on deep-water drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico-BP oil disaster, has ruled out the need for a halt to new projects before new regulations can be ...