Masked gangs

Last week we had the misfortune to see a gang of thugs beat up a little queer in Portland, Ore. The victim, Andy Ngo, is a conservative journalist; the thugs, Antifa are ostensibly anti-fascist.  But they aren’t anti-fascist, after all, are they? If they were, they would say so. Instead, they are Auntie Fuh.  They are also cowards. There […]

Outside the big-box

Read it here: Quality, style, selection… WHAT A GREAT YEAR. Do things need fixing? Of course, and they always will. However, look at the May building-permit report. It’s up nearly 15 percent. Did you imagine a number like that back in 2009? Other numbers are up, as well, including the TSE and the Dow, and […]

E-letter: Fathers’ Day

Everyone likes Mothers’ Day. It is a reminder that spring is here, and there are flowers, candy and dinners out. Moms are lauded in churches and media. Ads are directed at moms and people that should recognize moms. In a way, Mothers’ Day is a sectarian high holy day, and devil take the apostates.  Fathers’ Day, […]

E-letter: Deflated expectations

The Wall Street Journal last month warned of an upcoming collapse in the big-media markets based on the lopsided cost and value of sports news. I share the WSJ’s view of the future of big media, sort of. For one thing, it may be eclipsed by bigger media as monopolistic interests smother legacy media and […]

On being Canadian

Reflections spanning the border VIRTUALLY EVERY CONVERSATION between newly acquainted Canadians and Americans begins with health care. Which system is better? Twenty-five years ago, the call seemed to go to the U.S., based on expenditures, wait times, spectrum of services covered, etc. Now, no so much. Currently, both Canada and the U.S. are growing their […]

1833: The last duel

I think you will agree it is reasonable for normal people to be confused by the antics going on in media, entertainment and politics. It seems Lewis Carroll’s fantasy about a new, weird world behind the looking glass has come over on this side. I guess it’s acceptable that many female pop singers seem more […]

E-letter: Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!

In case you haven’t heard, the media has a new pet word. Trope. As with preceding pet words, all media are now required to look up the word trope and use it in a sentence. Or even 20 sentences. It joins deep dive, start a conversation, boots on the ground and double-down as media pet […]

Life is good

Picturing hope beneath the snow BUILDING PERMITS on the federal level remain at record highs. As you will see in our Bullets department, Statistics Canada says Canadian municipalities issued $8.8 billion worth of building permits in December, up 6.0 percent from November, up 10.6 percent year-over-year and it was the fourth consecutive monthly increase. The […]

E-letter: Loonies and sense

Generally speaking, we aren’t supposed to share our “wild oats” stories. However, if that is followed as a hard-and-fast rule, there is a chance that somebody that could have benefited by the stories, facts or lessons will not. So here we go…. The late ՚60s were not a “groovy” time of peace and love, as […]

E-letter: Motion detection

I got a new trail camera for Christmas. This should be a fairly innocuous fact, but it turns out it’s complicated. As I have mentioned before, we are blessed to live alongside a beautiful trout and salmon river in southern Ontario. I could do without the Ontario part, but you take what you can get. […]