Saintly Omission

Quoting from my RSS feed from MSNBC.com: “Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints Sunday, including a 19th century priest for work with leprosy patients on a Hawaiian island.” To which I would add in the current climate of agenda-driven but meaningless recognitions: “The Pope notably omitted from canonization, for the time being at least, that other remarkable Hawaiian, Nobel Laureate Barack Hussein Obama.” ©Copyright 2009 Edward Podritske Continue reading Saintly Omission

Politicians’ Inferno

Afghanistan will represent a disaster for the west, particularly the United States, as a result of no clear statement of the enemy’s identity, political hamstringing of the military, and plain old statist politics as usual. War is a hell created by the advocates of political power over individuals. It is the objective of statists to use the threat of physical force to compel individuals in a society to do as the national planners propose, usually through some alleged politics of compromise. Unfortunately, the individual is usually the minority sacrificed to such compromise. Ultimately, such willingness to set aside any concerns … Continue reading Politicians’ Inferno

Great White Inspiration

United States President Barack Obama’s last week or so has been rough, both in domestic and foreign policy. Domestically, there were the two Senate Finance Committee votes against the “public option” aspect of the proposed health care bill. The real crisis however for the President personally may have been the rejection of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics, which Mr. Obama was apparently convinced could have been almost assured with his supportive personal appearance at the bid process in Copenhagen. Bad news from Afghanistan, which the President and others have long insisted is the proper theatre of war against … Continue reading Great White Inspiration

Low Key

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a little more conservative in his public appearances than say the high-flying President of the United States. Mr. Harper is less likely to seize every opportunity to make a speech or appear on a world stage somewhere. Recent polls in Canada have even revealed that President Obama is popular with Canadians, though I don’t understand the relevance of taking such polls. Is it leadership envy that leads to domestic criticism leveled at Mr. Harper for being uninteresting? Well, take a look at this endearing display of charm and talent. Copyright 2009 Edward Podritske Continue reading Low Key