Saturday, May 25, 2019

Measuring the pain and costs of broken families

Readers may recall my view of government statistics. I’m against them. Not against bookkeeping, but against trying to measure society (including “the economy”) in...

Stop waiting for policy

I mentioned recently in this space a book by John Pepall, Against Reform, just published, which gets to the core of national politics. And...

An interesting, if detestable, man

Several readers actually complained when I did not write about the late Edward Kennedy on the weekend. “In a week when one of the...

The miserly Canadian

Canadians, as everyone should know, are tightwads. This is true of Christmas-season giving, but also true in every other season of the year. When...

Victims of the revolution

At the moment, a number of “interesting” cases are coming before Canada’s inaptly-named “human rights commissions.” I have mentioned in this space before the...

Something worse than terrorism

It is such a rare event when I disagree with George Jonas, my hero and mentor among Canadian newspaper columnists (along with the late...

Stephen & Stéphane

Stephen Harper’s only discernible principle, is to achieve and consolidate political power. I have no doubt that he thinks this is for the greater...

All in the Royal Family

Oh no! ... Oh please, anything but that! ... Good Lord, we beseech Thee! ... Not another Royal Wedding! ... It’s only three decades...

Some people know more than others; the left’s jihad on Rush Limbaugh and truth

Charles Lamb is among the greatest essayists: surely among the portraits in any pundit’s private gallery of useful reminders. He was and should still...

Carpe diem

I have been accused of pessimism, by sundry correspondents, for my fairly consistently dark analyses of current trendlines in worldly affairs. And it is...

The historical fact of Israel

Along the latest fork prong in the “roadmap to peace,” the Palestinian side has declared that, while it is true Yasser Arafat “recognized” the...

Famine watch

A few weeks ago I wrote in this space—facetiously—that an effective response to global warming and/or the atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide would be...

A paleontological sideshow

Readers with any chaste interest in the sciences will have noticed an appalling load of codswallop being sledged through mass media this last week....

The Church has failed us

The volcano in Iceland willing, the Pope will be in Portugal for four days, doing what modern Popes do, including a huge outdoor Mass...

The tyranny of science

As Paul Feyerabend, one of my scientific heroes, wrote in his 1975 essay, How to defend Society against Science: “In society at large the...