A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapot

For the CBC and others, a joke about cultural appropriation is more important than, you know, things like real racism

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapotAll novelists are liars. Thieves, too. So said the late Mordecai Richler. My friend and I were in the dark at the back at the Bovine Sex Club on Queen West, waiting to see the Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads. My friend had just told me the story of how, years ago, he…

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?

If the left is so clever, how come the man they call a moron or a narcissist waxed them in the election against St. Hillary?

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?Consider the George W. Bush paradox. According to the attack strategy employed by Michael Moore and his pals, U.S. president #43 was either capable of the most intricate conspiracies the world has ever known or he was a blithering idiot. How could Bush be both evil genius and town fool? Depending on the day, marshmallow…

Confessions of a progressive: where we got it wrong

Progressives are so isolated in their sense of liberal superiority that they can't appreciate the growing frustration many people feel about the modern progressive agenda

Confessions of a progressive: where we got it wrongI confess! I'm an urban progressive who didn't see the Trump revolution coming. As I watched the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, a giant wall came crashing down in my political worldview. I suddenly realized I'd become so isolated in my sense of liberal superiority that I couldn't (or wouldn't) appreciate the growing frustration…

“Progressives” turn to scare tactics against Trump

When you can’t argue the issues that got you dumped by Trump, then you go scare tactics. That's the progressive way

“Progressives” turn to scare tactics against TrumpAlthough Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, a vocal portion of his electorate has decided it will not be so. “Not my president” say the sociology sophomores at Brandeis. More than 65 Democrats in Congress sat out the ceremony. If you were among those optimists who thought that…

Petroleum products pervade every corner of our lives

If Canadians threw away everything connected to petroleum, they wouldn't have much left in their homes

Petroleum products pervade every corner of our livesCanadians have been told for years that their combs, toothbrushes and hairbrushes are petroleum products. The cold cream used to remove makeup (and the makeup) typically come from petroleum.  We use petroleum products to clean our hair and to cure what ails us, with everything from first-aid salves to medications. Smear Vaseline on dry skin and you're lubricating yourself with good…

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governance

Protesters should understand that good governance requires decisions be made for the good of all Canadians, not just one interest group

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governanceIn November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Canada, and particularly Alberta, not one, but two oil pipeline project approvals – the Trans Mountain expansion and the Line 3 replacement project. The challenge now will be to see things through. Some groups are threatening heavy resistance to the projects, including actions on the ground akin to…

Star power loses its lustre when talking politics

Meryl Streep’s misplaced speech at the Golden Globes demonstrates why most conservatives dislike Hollywood

Star power loses its lustre when talking politicsThanks, Meryl Streep. Your speech at last Sunday’s 74th Golden Globe Awards provided another reason why most conservatives dislike Hollywood. After receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, the talented actress used the forum to express her views on politics and the arts. Many liberals (and a few conservatives) praised Streep’s comments. They…

Modern progressivism has a fatal flaw

The rise of identity politics puts the focus on petty grievances and champions a group's narrow interests at the expense of the greater good

Modern progressivism has a fatal flawA large portion of voters in the U.S. and elsewhere are rejecting the progressive agenda, prompting a major rethink: is there a flaw in modern progressivism? The electoral victory of Donald Trump sent shock waves around the world. How, people wonder, could the U.S. electorate prefer The Donald, with all his defects, over Hillary Clinton, an…

Economic ‘rebalancing’ sets us up for more pain

Smug, self-righteous elites in Ontario looking for a re-emergence of the manufacturing sector are delusional

Economic ‘rebalancing’ sets us up for more painThere’s nothing like an economic downturn to remind westerners why they resent some of the attitudes emanating from the smug, self-righteous elites of Ontario. Some of this clique – not all, but an annoying minority – are exhibiting signs of schadenfreude: you know, barely concealing the glee they feel at Alberta’s and Saskatchewan’s oil-glut driven…