Category Archives: Thinking out loud

Can’t give you a precise definition of what will appear here. My mind wanders. Sometimes it wanders onto the keyboard, resulting in content. Politics. Language. Etiquette. Sports. Fair play. Maybe (probably) more.

The Zombie Province

Ontario. We have challenging weather, a pile of losing sports franchises and a crumbling economy. Now, seemingly, we also have a somnambulant electorate that cares so little, or is so totally oblivious to, the excesses and abuses of government that … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Harper:

I’m an economic conservative. That made me sort of your natural constituency, until recently. I’d never bought into, or feared for, your supposed hidden social agenda; despite the scaremongering, I never thought you had one. The Chretien and Martin governments … Continue reading

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Motorized Fellowship

I took a drive today to the Rama Reserve to get some cigars. It was a gorgeous, warm invigorating day. The motorcycle community was truly out in force, many of the riders in LARGE packs. I couldn’t help but notice all … Continue reading

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Of perks and the porcine…

(It’s too bad for Mike Duffy; the visual and behavioural parallels are nearly inevitable.) For him and his fellow senators, at least the ones currently under scrutiny for their expansive definitions of where they “live”, perhaps a better adjective might … Continue reading

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Four Questions

The global warming “discussion” almost inevitably degenerates to a ridiculously simplistic binary alternative: Are you a skeptic denier or warming alarmist? Such a choice obscures a huge realm of important issues, many of which flow from an analysis of the following … Continue reading

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Playing by (his own) rules

Tiger Woods gave us a glimpse of his true character this weekend with the recent rule infraction controversy at the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament. The facts are pretty straightforward: Tiger hit a shot which ended up in the drink. He … Continue reading

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The joys of new (old) stuff…

I’ve been bombing around for the last couple of days in a new-to-me 2002 John Cooper Works Mini Cooper ‘S’ (a name that is almost longer than the vehicle). I can hardly keep the smile off my face every time … Continue reading

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Cutting both ways…

I’m too old to be a Justin Bieber fan – for a long time, I thought his name was Justin Beaver – and I’m not negatively disposed to the young superstar, either. But, recently, I’ve noticed his name popping up … Continue reading

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The HOTTEST button…

Many modern issues are incendiary in nature, the mere mention of which get the blood boiling and the media circus pulsating. Case in point: The recent Tom Flanagan debacle (at least, for him). Flanagan had the temerity to  seemingly trivialize … Continue reading

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Mind your p’s and q’s; avoid x,y and z altogether

We live in a time where a careless word. or thought, can literally ruin your life. Tom Flanagan’s recent verbal misadventure underlines just how prickly, for lack of a better word, the (figurative) environment has become for speaking with less than … Continue reading

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