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It Isn’t Just Sex Box That’s Coming

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization; it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
Henry David Thoreau

WE tv has announced a new reality show to air sometime in 2015 – Sex Box. Based on a British reality show, the premise is quite simple. Contestants enter a big box on the stage, have sex and then relay their experience to a panel of sex expertsl when they emerge hot and sweaty and covered in the glow of momentary celebrity.

And you thought western society couldn’t sink any lower. It is too laugh at such naivete!

The developed world has become a cartoon of itself; a caricature of civilization. We have the most advanced technology the world has ever known.  It grants free access to all of the world’s collective knowledge but we are one of the least-informed societies in generations. We use this advanced technology to play games and to verbally abuse each other over everything and the more trivial the issue, the better we like it.

We reserve our greatest outrage for the least important issues. Continue reading

Barack Obama and the West’s Illusion of Leadership

 

There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement, and we don’t want those lines blurred.That would be contrary to our traditions.
Barack Obama

Riot police officer pointing  his military grade weapon at protesters in Ferguson Missouri (photo credit: REUTERS/MARIO ANZUONI)

Riot police officer equipped with military  grade equipment aims his weapon at protesters in Ferguson (photo credit: REUTERS/MARIO ANZUONI)

American President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the American government’s practice of handing over surplus military equipment to local police forces. Apparently he just recently became aware of just how militarized local law enforcement has become in the United States; no doubt as the result of continuous news coverage of how Ferguson Police dealt with protest in that city.

It fills your heart with confidence, doesn’t it, to see political leaders come to a realization years after the fact? It’s the same kind of delayed realization that western governments are coming to about the mess in the Middle East.

ISIS didn’t suddenly appear last night. Their first and subsequent attacks were well documented on a daily basis by news media from CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera – not to mention the various brutal videos ISIS itself had posted. Nonetheless the West, led by Barack Obama offered little more than cautious rhetoric. Canada’s Prime Minister, usually eager to get in on an opportunity to offer up grave condemnation didn’t even do that. He was too busy offering up grave condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Justin Trudeau.

Now, the American Administration having realized just how significant the threat posed by ISIS is talking about military action against – Syria. The thinking seems to be that attacking Syria will reduce support for ISIS although, to be honest, I can’t quite figure that one out.

For whatever reason, the West always seems to be a dollar short and a day late when it comes to the issues with which we are confronted these days. I guess our leaders have never heard of ‘nipping’ things in the bud and instead practice a political strategy of talking loudly but carrying a soft indecisive stick.

But I digress.

I have no idea what to do in the Middle East which means I am as smart as Barack Obama and most of the rest of the West’s leaders – although I take little comfort in that.

What I wanted to talk about was the militarization of law enforcement and government waste. Continue reading

If We Tolerate This; Our Children Will Be Next

The death of one person is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic
Joseph Stalin

 

james-foley-video-beheading-islamic-state-2-390x285Like most people in the free world, I was horrified by the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. It revealed once again, the psychopathic blood lust of ISIS specifically and terrorists in general. We see it currently as a radical Islamic Jihadist issue but all terrorist groups and many political regimes have resorted to the same brutality.

Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and others like them were responsible for the deaths of millions although those are just numbers to us now. The horror of the deaths of millions reduced to little more than numbers on historical tally sheets.

The IRA, Black September, the Baader-Meinhof Gang and Aum Shinrikyo have been responsible for the deaths of thousands all relegated to historical footnote. It is never the hundreds, the thousands or the millions that capture us; it is always the individual death. Continue reading

Conservative Crossroads

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. Benjamin Disraeli

People ask how I can be a conservative and still want higher taxes. It makes my head spin, and I guess it shows how old I am. But I thought that conservatives were supposed to like balanced budgets. I thought it was the conservative position to not leave heavy indebtedness to our grandchildren. Ben Stein

Being a conservative has become very confusing these days. It’s becoming more and more difficult to tell the Conservatives from the Liberals.

Today, for example, The Sun newspapers reported on Conservative Cabinet Minister, Kelly Leitch and her recent letter to 500 of Canada’s largest corporations. It appears that Ms Leitch, on behalf of the Harper government, wants to see more women on corporate boards and has asked private industry to report back with their plans to accomplish this. Sounds kind of like affirmative action, doesn’t it – the kind of politically correct nonsense that we have criticized Liberals engaging in for decades and which, truth be told, hasn’t really worked out all that well.

Conservatives are supposed to be non-interventionist and free market aren’t we – or did I miss a meeting where it was decided we should be more like the Liberals?

I must have because when the 2008 recession hit, the Conservative Harper government did precisely what the Liberals would have done. They threw taxpayer money at the problem – billions of it and they kept throwing it around long after the recession had ended.

Their base call this fiscal restraint but only because it was a Conservative government that spent the money.

I don’t know why you might have voted Conservative in the last election but I know why I did. Continue reading

Oh Crap!

“Some people are so positive, that when they slip in dog poop, they pirouette”
Josh Stern

 

I’m not one of those people. I hate crap!

I don’t mean that I’m uncomfortable around it, I mean I hate it. It makes me gag to the point where I can barely breathe and I’m in serious jeopardy of tossing my last meal all over the walls.

Crap has many names: meadow muffin, shit, guano, cow flop, turd but no matter what it’s called – I hate it. I don’t even like my own crap if the truth be told.

It was all I could do when my daughter was a baby to change a diaper.

My wife and I agreed to take turns changing diapers – a kind of disgusting form of Russian roulette. If you were lucky, when it was your turn the baby had just peed. If the stars were not aligned in your favour, the diaper was filled with some kind of toxic waste that the Nuclear Regulatory Agency wouldn’t touch.

There is nothing more disgusting on God’s earth than the green, quasi-liquid, smoking mess that comes out of a nine-month old baby.

The first time I was confronted with a dirty diaper, I gagged so much that I was in serious danger of projectile vomiting on my daughter laying on the basinet in front of me. My wife had to bail me – and our daughter out of danger by finishing the job. The next time it was my turn, we were in the living room and my wife smiled evilly and said, “It’s your turn and it’s vile!

But I was prepared this time. Continue reading