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Barbarians at the Gates

“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
Thomas Paine

During the late 17th century, a new movement among intellectuals began to emerge. It emphasized reason as a means to challenge traditional ideas grounded in faith, superstition and convention. It sought to advance knowledge through the interchange of ideas, healthy skepticism and a scientific method. It was revolutionary using logic rather than opinion or obedience to arrive at conclusions and was unafraid to test its conclusions against new, emergent evidence.

It was called the Age of Enlightenment and Reason and sometimes simply The Enlightenment. Continue reading

A Democracy Reliant on Bits of Paper and Cardboard Boxes

The people of Quebec voted yesterday and they voted overwhelmingly against separation from Canada and the PQ government’s Charter of Secular Values which took away the freedom of religious expression from some citizens. They also voted for something else – civility.

Quebecers are passionate about their politics but for the most part, the debate is usually quite civil. This election was noteworthy for it’s vicious personal attacks, especially by the PQ. The attacks were so low that there were times when it seemed more like a federal than a typical Quebec election. Continue reading

Spin Me Sweet Little Lies

When asked to define the middle class about which he continuously expresses his concern, Justin Trudeau replied that it was anyone who lived paycheck to paycheck as if it wasn’t possible to be reasonably successful and be middle class. He further defined it as anyone who lived on a salary they earned at a job as opposed to someone who was living off their assets. With that singular definition, Canada’s Peter Pan pretty much threw pensioners out of the middle class with the same efficiency and about as much thought as he tossed Liberal Senators from his caucus.

There has been all kinds of blather over his comments and it’s justified but there is something many of the blatherers have ignored.

Nobody has asked how the Conservatives or the NDP define the middle class they claim to be fighting to defend. Continue reading

“Another One Bites The Dust”

“Steve walks warily down the street, with the brim pulled way down low Ain’t no sound but the sound of his feet, machine guns ready to go” Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

  The big news in Canada today was the rather abrupt departure of Dimitri Soudas, who up until last night was the Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Men are born with two heads only one of which is specifically designed for thinking. It appears that Mr. Soudas may be guilty of  thinking with the wrong one when it came to supporting his fiancee’s nomination battle which was a serious conflict of interest.

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With Friends Like These, Ukraine Doesn’t Need Enemies

Canada’ Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was in Ukraine over the weekend to show Canada’s support for that country. Now he is in the Netherlands for an emergency meeting of  G-7 leaders with the purpose of increasing sanctions against Russia and throwing it from the G-8. The west’s leaders like to call ‘emergency’ meetings because the one thing they are all really good at is using adjectives to enhance the importance of what they’re doing. Continue reading

From One Extreme to Another

Conservatives will be happy to know that I don’t want to talk about being conservative or even about Stephen Harper today. I’m too distracted by other things to get into that right now.

I heard the weekend weather forecast this morning. Continue reading