The irony is rich. Former president Barack Obama has decided the situation in America is so grave (translation: his friends aren’t in charge) that he must go public about the secretive, clandestine Donald Trump presidency.Read More
There was much noisy theatre at the commencement of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate. Women in Handmaids Tale garb. Shouting protesters. A Parkland shooting victim’s father mysteriously approaching the candidate out of the blue.Read More
At best, Donald Trump has a postal-code standard when it comes to the truth. If he feels he’s in the neighbourhood of a fact, that’s usually good enough for the Bombastic One.
These are nervous times for the Grievance Industry of the Left in America. Despite the noisy efforts of the partisan liberal media, Hollywood’s woke prophets and Maxine Watters’ strenuous calls for mob action, its hold on assumed voting blocks seems to be eroding.Read More
Let’s play a little game. It’s called Whose Statue Gets Taken Down?
Sometimes, only your best friends will tell you.
And sometimes, only a federal cabin minister will tell you. In this case, it’s Liberal Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs, who wants you to know that, “immigrants are better at creating new businesses and new jobs than Canadian-born people. Simple.”Read More
The headline in the National Geographic was a grabber. “Australia Goes Dry”. The magazine was sitting in a basket at my friends’ home in Toronto, so I decided to leaf through the story, because his daughter and my son were going there shortly. “How bad is it?” I wondered.
I remember when Toronto fancied itself The Little City That Works. Living in Riverdale, just south of the Danforth in Toronto, there was a palpable sense of can-do about the place in the 1980s and ‘90s.Read More
Donald Trump’s Spinal Tap Tour of NATO/ Britain (with backing vocals from Russian president Vladimir Putin) was about as tumultuous as you’d expect. After Trump made NATO his backing band, he allowed Putin to plug into his sense of grievance over the Mueller probe. The U.S. president conflated his “collusion” outrage with Putin’s annoyance at getting caught out hacking the DNC computers.Read More
Led by their virtuous prime minister, Canadians have no self-esteem issues. A Canadian ending a romance says, “This isn’t about me. This is about you.”
A Canadian talking about himself to a stranger says, “But enough about me. Let’s talk about my career.”
So it is with the latest self-effacement game. Canadians miffed with President Trump’s bracing assessment of Canadians as partners have decided that they will boycott American holidays, American products, American culture. It’s a trade tantrum.Read More
We don’t have public executions anymore in Canada. We do, however, have people hoisted by their own petard in the public square.Read More
There are many points of conflict in today’s arguments between the Left and Right in America. One just had to see the ballistic reaction of the Left to the Supreme Court supporting president Donald Trump’s so-called Travel Ban to take its temperature. Prominent progressives are openly talking about stacking SCOTUS when they next get the chance.Read More
The pathetic scene of a drowned Syrian boy on a Turkish beach stunned the world in 2015. Politicians on the European continent quickly understood this searing image may be worth a thousand words, but it had the potential to cost them hundreds of thousands of votes.
Hey, don’t have a cow. Have a dairy industry instead.
There were many predictions in the aftermath of the Donald Trump/ Justin Trudeau insult fest after the disastrous G7 meeting in Quebec last week.Read More
In 1974, the bestselling book Sybil was published. It concerned a young woman who, it was claimed, had 16 different personalities. The condition is known as dissociative identity disorder, and— before you could say TV miniseries— multiple personalities was all you could hear in the culture.Read More
It may come as a surprise to you, but the greatest threat to North American civilization lies, not with Russians or Iranians, but with the baristas of Starbucks. As the father of a former barista, I was indeed shocked to learn that a culture of evil existed amidst the ventes and espresso shots of the ever-so-progressive caffeine shops of Starbucks.
Doug Ford is polling at numbers that suggest he can form a government. The NDP is a very close second and the governing Liberals are on pace to lose party status under their reviled leader Kathleen Wynne. Yet Toronto’s chattering class has decided that the outgoing premier is a misunderstood visionary.Read More
Back in the day, leaders had handles that told you all you needed to now about them. Charles the Bold. Mad King Ludwig. Vlad the Impaler. Now that was branding.
It seems that a little truth in advertising might be in order for today’s political leaders. Take Justin Trudeau. It would seem that Canada’s current prime minister could benefit from a little self promotion as he makes his way through his first term.Read More
In WW I the French generals had a single answer to how to defeat the German. “Élan vital,” said General Joffre. Meaning, roughly, the fighting spirit and Christian character of his men marching slowly against German machine guns and cannons would win the day. This mystical cran, élan et la bayonette was assumed to be instilled within every Frenchman along with his mother’s milk.Read More
First, let me acknowledge my confiict: I’ve known Steve Paikin since the 1980s. He and I hosted a show on The FAN 590. I know his kids and wife, and he knowns mine. We’ve attended sports events together, and he was at my son’s wedding. IOW We are lifelong friends.