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Ambidextrous Amphibians & Other Nonsense

Is it really only Tuesday?

It seems later in the week somehow. Perhaps it’s because it has already been quite a week in words and not just the usual bellicose rhetoric from the left and the right. There’s been some really creative, if not just a little bizarre, use of language over the past little bit.

CHAdzhLUYAAc-ASMy favourite headline of the week so far is “Amphibious pitcher makes debut”. It takes a very special talent to be able to pitch a baseball on land and under water. It is a talent rarely, if ever seen before. Perhaps it’s because amphibious doesn’t mean having the ability to pitch left or right-handed. That would be ambidextrous which you would have thought a reporter for Associated Press might have known and if not him – certainly his editor.

Apparently not but then amphibious and ambidextrous are easily confused. They both start with the letter ‘A’ and they both have lots of other letters in them so I can sympathize that it can be all too easy to confuse the two. Besides, considering the state of language these days, I’d put money down that a significant number of readers didn’t catch the mistake. Continue reading

They Would be Giant Slayers

DonquixoteAnd Don Quixote said,

“…see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them…”

“Now look, your grace,” said Sancho, “what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.”

“Obviously,” replied Don Quixote, “you don’t know much about adventures.”

– Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote



In 1964, then American President Lyndon Johnson declared war to overcome poverty. Subsequently, successive leaders in various countries joined the fight and the War on Poverty has now been fought for almost seven decades in nations around the world.

The result? More poverty, the continuing growth of the welfare state started under Roosevelt and continual tax increases to help pay for it all.

President Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs and introduced a number of new measures and increased funding to fight the import and distribution of illegal drugs to the United States. Once again, various world leaders joined the fray and once again the result was the opposite of what was intended – more drugs; not to mention more violence, more crime and more corruption.

Since 9/11, world leaders have followed American President George W. Bush’s call for a global War on Terrorism. That has resulted, as we are reminded every day, to increased terrorism and a Middle East region destabilized by wars and conflicts into which western nations have been drawn

Do you see a trend emerging here? Continue reading

One-Trick Ponies

The governing Conservative Party of Canada has launched its latest attack ads against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and there has been a slight shift in strategy. They have decided to employ a two-tier advertising strategy.

The first tier is to have taxpayers pay to advertise the Conservative election platform and the second is to attack Justin Trudeau as usual, although in a kinder, gentler way. The new Conservative attack ad is – embarrassingly – a retread of an NDP ad from 2011. The staging is identical, the script almost the same only the NDP weren’t talking about Justin Trudeau.

Oops! Continue reading

Eight Seconds

You have eight seconds to read this post.

According to a research study just released by Microsoft, eight seconds is the attention span of the average person today. This is a 30% reduction since 2000 and is shorter than the attention span of a goldfish – or the average politician.

Science points to all the gadgets we have these days as being the primary culprit for our declining ability to stay focused on anything for very long and they may well be right. God knows we have more than a few gadgets to pre-occupy us. People switch back and forth from gadget to gadget in a frenzied attempt to stay current on the most trivial.

“I like bacon”

“Cheryl just washed her hair”

“Look at this picture of adorable kittens” (again and again and again….) Continue reading

No Tax On Tampons – Let Freedom Ring

So – let me see if I’ve got this right.

We’re at war in the Middle East and teetering on the brink of conflict in Ukraine, our cities are littered with food banks because too many among us can’t afford to feed themselves or their families, there is an obscene increasing income disparity, unemployment remains where it has been since the 2008 recession, manufacturing jobs are in decline, our dollar has lost 20% of its value and is heading south, we have Senators charged or on trial for fraud and corruption which appears to reach into the Prime Minister’s Office, an inquiry into political corruption wrapping up in Quebec and at least two police investigations into the activities of the Ontario government.

We are so poorly governed that our infrastructure is crumbing, our health care system is eroding, teachers are going on strike in Ontario, xenophobia and misogyny are on the increase, entire groups of people have been reduced to negative stereotypes, too many aboriginal communities lack basic services like potable water and fire-fighting, we have people sleeping in our streets, gang violence on the increase in our cities and what do a large number of people in our country, including many politicians, consider a pressing issue?

Eliminating the GST on menstrual products – the Sisterhood has decreed that they are unfair to women and a government only too willing to erode our rights, misrepresent the truth about our fiscal situation and which violates our constitution as standard operating procedure – agrees. Continue reading

“You’re Gonna Have To Serve Somebody”

“You may call me Bobby, you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say.
“You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

– Bob Dylan

To paraphrase Thomas Payne, the best that can said about government is that it is a necessary evil. Where a society is established and develops based on a common desire to advance, government is the instrument of restraint. What society evolves; government erodes.

What society creates – government corrupts.

The great talent of government is its ability to divide the people of a society for no government can stand against a people united against it. This is proven repeatedly as corrupt democratic governments are thrown from office and tyrants and kings are torn down by revolution and rebellion once a people are united against them.

No government can survive without the support or the apathy of a majority of the governed. Either work equally well for those lusting after power. Continue reading

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