If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization; it expects what never was and never will be.
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
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.
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
Language legislation is utterly insane and is designed to encourage bigotry. There is no precedence anywhere for unity being enhanced through a policy of two official languages.
For my non-Canadian readers – a little background before we start.
Canada has two official languages: English and French. Their status was written into law in 1969 with the Official Languages Act; a somewhat misguided attempt to placate the province of Quebec which is predominately French-speaking. The government of the day thought, based on recommendations from the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, that promoting both languages to equal official status would end talk of Quebec separation and make everyone feel happy and egalitarian.
Less than a year later, all hell broke loose in Quebec during what is now called the October Crisis. The Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) an extreme Quebec nationalist group, kidnapped Quebec Cabinet Minister Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross. Mr. Cross was subsequently released but Pierre Laporte was murdered and his body left in the trunk of a car which only goes to prove that it isn’t just Islamic Jihadists that are barbaric.
The Mayor of Montreal and the Premier of Quebec both called on the federal government to implement the War Measures Act which basically suspended habeus corpus and allowed for arrest and detention without warrant. Literally over night, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa awoke to armed troops in their streets.
It remains the only time in Canada’s history that anything even remotely resembling martial law has ever been imposed in this country.
By the end of 1970, 24 FLQ terrorists were in prison with four convicted of murder although that didn’t end the nationalist/separatist cause. The province of Quebec went the other way, all but outlawing English and holding three referendums asking Quebecers for a mandate to separate the province from Canada. Each time, the citizens of Quebec rejected the separatist option.
Canada has spent more than $100 billion implementing official bilingualism although it’s becoming increasingly difficult to understand why. The federal government operates in both languages and Canadians have the legal right to interact with their government in either language. All documentation must be produced in both French and English which has been a bonanza for translators and has significantly increased both the cost, and the time it takes, to produce those documents.
I suppose it would be all worth it if there had been some marked improvement in the bilingual capacity of Canadians but there hasn’t (unless you count Mandarin). The simple fact is that after four decades and $100 billion, the number of Canadians who are functionally bilingual (French and English) has increased by a paltry 2% and that number is as much the result of shifting birth rates and immigration.
The death of one person is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic
Like 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
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
“Some people are so positive, that when they slip in dog poop, they pirouette”
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