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A Troubled Path To The War Against ISIL

The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
Hermann Goering

Many, many years ago when I first read The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich by  William L. Shirer, I remember wondering how so many Germans could have been lulled into following Hitler down the road that led to the Holocaust. I have a better understanding now as I watch many of my fellow Canadians allowing willful blindness to lead them down a similar path.

It is a path filled with stereotypes, simplistic accusations, polarized opinion and division. It is a path followed by many who are so afraid, they want to believe that a leader they follow will keep them safe regardless of his decisions or actions. They tune out any opposing point of view as they eagerly grasp the illusion that he can protect them and make things right once again no matter how often he has failed. Continue reading

Cruz’n To Be Prez

The people in the game now just think to the first Tuesday in November, and not a day beyond it.
Peter Hart

This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in ‘American Idol’ than in any US election.
Rush Limbaugh

If you thought the six year plus rant by the right over Barack Obama’s citizenship was wild, hang onto your hats because a whole new round of birther accusations is about to start.

Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz called Jesus and his supporters together to announce he is running for President of the United States. God love him. It takes more than a little courage to throw your life in front of the runaway train that is an American Presidential race.

The Big Race hasn’t officially started, of course, the primaries haven’t even begun and Republican hopefuls are only just starting to hint more broadly than they’ve been hinting for the past 18 months about their intentions to become candidates for the Republican ticket. If the upcoming primary season is like the last, there will probably be thirty or forty of them by the time the serious mud-wrestling gets started. Continue reading

It Ought To Be A Crime

“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.”
Henry Kissinger

Typically, with the possible exception of the willfully blind, our opinions are formed by our life experience and by whatever facts we trip over on our journey through the wilderness. This doesn’t always guarantee a good opinion because our experience may have been overly positive or negative and our facts may be incomplete but it is reality. Our opinions are a product of where we’ve been and what we know.

The other inalienable fact is that opinions sometimes change because our experience or our knowledge has changed. Continue reading

My Life Should Not Be An Open Book!

We are moving rapidly into a world in which the spying machinery is built into every object we encounter.
Howard Rheingold

There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.
Philip K. Dick

There’s a lot of talk in Canada about the government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51. About half the country is concerned that the legislation will give law enforcement and by extension, the government increased powers to spy on citizens. About 40% support it and the remaining 10% have never heard of it or just don’t give a rat’s ass.

I share the concern about the legislation but not so much because I believe our government is turning into a bunch of fascists – the fascists of old were better organized and more efficient. My concern is that it is just one more invasion of our privacy in a world where so many are spying on us now, it’s a wonder they aren’t tripping over each other.

Christ in Heaven, I can’t go to the bathroom without Google popping up ads for toilet paper on the margins of my screen when I get back to my computer. It’s bad enough that they knew I went to the bathroom but how did they know I did #2 and not #1? Continue reading

A Self-serving and Biased Fourth Estate

We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.
Dave Barry

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Thomas Jefferson

Back in the good old days before revolution became popular, there were traditionally three estates or powers in government: the nobility, the clergy and everybody else – commonly referred to as the common folk or commons. Three guesses as to which two held most of the power and which other estate ultimately was led to discover the joy of revolution. As the story goes, Edmund Burke identified a Fourth Estate in an address to the British Parliament back in the mid 1700s – the news media although back then they thought of them simply as newspapers.

Journalism – a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand. -Lord Northcliffe Continue reading

It’s Not All About The Hair but Perhaps It Should Be

Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.
Ivana Trump

I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.
Steven Patrick Morrissey

As citizens, we are encouraged to lend our support for a political party and its leader based on their promises to provide good governance. We try to form that decision based on whatever vision they articulate but in the end, their words are just one more illusion that are heavy on style and light on substance. Typically, the election campaign rhetoric has little to do with what happens after the election.

Vision, as it turns out, is nothing more than a specialty channel on cable television these days.

Remember the Liberal’s promise to scrap the GST or the Conservative’s promise to implement Senate reform? If recent political history has taught us anything, it would be that a politician’s words are not a very reliable way to pick someone to lead the nation, so how do we pick a good leader if we can’t rely on what they say? Continue reading

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