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Criticism Is As Welcome As Praise

I’ve been writing this blog for a few years now and have been fortunate enough to draw a regular readership that totals just slightly over a million page views a year. As blogs and web sites go, it’s not that impressive; a buddy of mine who runs a much larger conservative blog out of Florida draws in excess of 14 million for example. Still, it’s more readership than I ever thought this blog would achieve and I appreciate the support.

Many of my readers take the time to share the post with their friends and followers which I also appreciate and more than a few share their opinions in the comments section which I enjoy. Continue reading

Big Ears Teddy and the Radio Star

Earlier in the week I wrote that I wasn’t interested in hearing the sordid details of the Jian Gomeshi rough-sex scandal and I meant it but there doesn’t seem to be any avoiding it now.

Has it really only been five days since this story broke? There have been so many reports, commentary and opinion published that it feels like it has been going on forever. Even the attack on Parliament Hill didn’t get this much coverage or opinion.

When it’s all said and done, it still comes down to a simple case of he said vs. she said and she said and she said and she said and she said and she said and she said and she said. That’s nine “she saids’ and counting versus one ‘he said”. It stretches credulity that there isn’t a least some fire under all this smoke. Continue reading

It Isn’t Just Sex Box That’s Coming

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization; it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

It’s Time To Swim With The Current

I’ve been swimming upstream most of my life and there are days when I feel like a salmon trying to return to spawn. It’s hard work getting from here to there. The reality of life is that there are a lot of obstacles and aggravations between where you are and getting laid – metaphorically speaking so to speak.

Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it. I used to think it was but I’m not so sure anymore.

I’ve decided that it’s time to go with the flow, to float downstream with the current rather than struggle to get somewhere that increasingly is unachievable. I’ve thought long and hard about it and would like to offer up a few policy suggestions that might alleviate much of the conflict and expense we deal with in our modern societies today.

Let’s take crime, for example. Continue reading

The Mob’s Selective and Shallow Demand For Justice

Here we go again.

A young man named Sammy Yatim brandishing a knife on a streetcar in Toronto was shot by police and almost immediately protest groups emerge from the shadows demanding justice as they march in the streets and across social media. What justice are they demanding?

Within hours of the shooting, the police officer involved in the shooting was suspended from active service pending an independent investigation by the civilian Special Investigations Unit and a separate investigation by the Chief of Police. The outcome of those investigations will determine what, if any, charges should be laid. If charges are laid, the police officer will face court action that could result in loss of job and prison.

So, I ask again – what justice is being demanded that hasn’t already begun to be applied? Continue reading