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Height restrictions at the sperm bank

A few months ago I took part in a mock debate whose annual tradition it is to task stand-up comics manqués with raising optimal laughs around a deeply trivial theme. The proposed resolution was “The...

The abortion issue we’re ignoring

Last week’s murder of Dr. George Tiller, probably the world’s most committed abortion provider, evoked a storm of emotive rhetoric from familiar antagonists in the never-quite-dormant abortion debate over “rights.” Those advocating for an...

Feminism is still assaulting academia

If I were writing a novel illustrating the sad decline of academic integrity on campus, here’s the scenario I would concoct: My protagonist would be a female opinion journalist of a certain age. Call her...

I expect better from Maclean’s

Now that its battle on free speech issues with certain human rights commissions is settled, you’d think Maclean’s magazine would be the last to accuse anyone of thought crimes. Maybe it’s a delayed case of...

Indicting the left’s true believers

In The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn noted that Shakespeare’s evildoers were content to commit only a handful of murders. They stop killing, Solzhenitsyn explained, because “they have no ideology.” This pithy observation succinctly distinguishes Macbeth from...

Seeing the Durban II farce for what it is

From its name—the UN Durban Review Conference, which begins April 20 (Hitler’s birthday, appropriately enough)—one might assume the conference is being held in Durban, South Africa. It isn’t. It’s in Geneva. From its most...

A fraudster, not a murderer

Fifty-two-year-old Johnson Aziga was convicted this past weekend on two counts of first degree murder, 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. From these bare facts, if you didn’t...

The threat of ‘no-differencers’

Since 9/11, two distinct views have emerged about the best way to deal with jihadism. One of them is exemplified by terrorism “expert” Louise Richardson (of whom more anon), who believes that “in the...

Getting them while they’re young

In George Orwell’s dystopian allegory, Animal Farm, the pigs assume governance of a farm the animals have seized from their oppressive human owner. Not content with contingent power, the pigs appropriate the farm dogs’...

Fictional drivel

Monday’s front page news contained an unprecedented case of literary lese majeste. A parent of a Grade 12 Toronto high school student petitioned for the removal from the school’s reading list of The Handmaid’s...

Forty years of “peace” studies and nothing to show for it

The Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution has just wrapped up a two-day conference at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University, called “Women Building Peace.” Peace, peace, peace. In vogue as never before. Yes,  “Peace Studies” is very...

Le malaise Quebecois

On Feb. 2, Sylvain Bouchard, host of a Quebec City FM 93.3 talk show, got himself in hot water with the redoubtable Francoise David, head of the Lilliputian far-left political party, Quebec Solidaire. Bouchard had...

Obama can change what black men think

He’s not only the first black president, but the good dad he wishes he’d had. She’s not just the first black first lady, but the good mom her good parents raised her to be....

The ‘humanitarian mask’

Last week CNN aired a heartrending videotape of a “dying” Palestinian child receiving “CPR,” ostensibly one more Gazan victim of Israel’s inhumanity. It was quickly blogged on by alert medical professionals as an obvious...

Quebec’s creepy new curriculum

An often-quoted Jesuit maxim boasts, “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Only seven? Amateurs! Since September all Quebec students from primary school entry to high school...