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Vaginas and Frilly Dillies

There was a pro-life demonstration on Parliament Hill yesterday which drew the usual accompanying pro-abortion counter-demonstration. Sometimes I believe that the two groups are actually joined at the hip and are like opposite sides of the same coin. One couldn’t exist without the other.

It was all the usual stuff but one thing I will say about the pro-abortion side is that some of its members really know how to spice it up a bit. A couple of the demonstrators decided that the best way to stand up for what they see as women’s rights was to go topless and use their breasts to make their point.

I don’t mind admitting that I’m happy to encourage women on both sides of the issue to feel at liberty to promote the cause with bared breasts. I’m very egalitarian that way – or is it shallow?

The bared breasts were only a momentary distraction for me – I had forgotten my glasses so everything was kind of fuzzy. What really caught my attention was the message one of them was delivering.

“Stay out of my vagina!” Continue reading

Benghazi: Breaking Faith with the Original American Tune

“We come on the ship they called the Mayflower,
We come on the ship that sailed the moon.
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune.”
- Paul Simon

There was no specific warning that night in Libya although there had been warnings and signs of potential terrorist attacks for months leading up to attack on the American mission in Benghazi. Intelligence officers on the ground had sent back warnings, the British had closed their embassy and moved their people out of harm’s way and even the unstable Libyan government had issued warnings to the American State Department.

They were ignored. Continue reading

Lost in the Noise

A friend and fellow conservative blogger out of the United States sent me an email this morning.

“Where the hell have you been? Snow’s melted, power should be back on and you’ve been quiet!”

The operative word in that short message was ‘quiet’. I took an extended break to try and get away from the noise that surrounds us all day – every day. It never stops; it’s just one constant barrage of uninformed opinion, bigotry, arrogant partisanship and simple-minded solutions put forward as the panacea for complex problems.

During my break, I didn’t write. I kept up with the news but only just. I’m as tired of the lack of informed analysis and the absurd partisanship in the mainstream media as I am with the trolls and the sanctimonious on social media. Continue reading

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 dogma to arrive at conclusions and was unafraid to test its conclusions against newly emerging  evidence.

It was called the Age of Enlightenment and Reason or 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