Sunday, November 17, 2019

God bless her

Patriotism, in addition to being the last refuge of a scoundrel, connotes a certain sense of belonging. It is a love for one’s own...

Redemption through paperbacks

They look so frail, now—this “parcel of Penguins” that has resurfaced from my own distant past. They are from a time less than half...

The end is beginning in Iraq

Thursday night, U.S. President George W. Bush confirmed what Gen. David Petraeus had already signalled to the U.S. Congress: the beginning of American troop...

In search of happiness

We are now a second Sunday into Lent, a time by which great masses of faithful Catholic and other Christian observers should be seriously...

The truths that we all know, at least in our hearts

It is summer, I have noticed: hemispheric warming, and all that. I don’t get holidays in summer, because I take mine in spring. Still,...

Skepticism about Iran

According to a declassified, and indeed ambitiously publicized report - launched by Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser, from a White House press conference,...

Accounting for the order of the universe

Apiece by Jan Hoffman in The New York Times recently went to work on the word “narcissism.” It noted that everyone and his brother...

The closed minds of today’s intellectuals

Over the last fortnight I have been writing much about threats to freedom of speech and press in Canada, without mentioning the rest of...

Going to ruin

Confession of a rightwing Christian newspaper pundit: there are mornings (yesterday was an example) when I look over the headlines in the newspapers, and...

Rewarding separatists will haunt the West

Readers with exceptionally tenacious memories will recall that this pundit was opposed to the NATO intervention in Kosovo nine years ago. This may come...

Getting warmed up

This last week, at the APEC conference in Australia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper put both feet in the global warmer. After a few introductory...

Deafening silence

The pen is reputed to be mightier than the sword—and probably is, over the longer stretches of history. Over the shorter stretches, the sword...

Sarah Palin

As everyone with access to the mainstream media (“MSM”) knows, the Alaskan 17-year-old, Bristol Palin, is pregnant by a high school hockey jock named...

We learn a lot from birds and bananas

Honduras has been in the news, and I’ve been tempted to write a column about developments there, where a semi-demented, Castroist-Allendist-Sandinist-Hugo Chavez Marxist was...

Something beautiful and worthy in its own right

One of the happier moments, in what has begun to feel like a long life (for I have now lived through three dekaenneateric cycles),...