Time to Trade

I have written quite a few words in my efforts to put all of the nonsense about the government bail out of General Motors into perspective. For example, I pointed out the disingenuous claims by the American President that there would be no political intervention accompanying government ownership. Also, one of my articles most read on this site was the essay on the GM dithering over the sale of Adam Opel GmbH. It is a measure of the unique ability of art to highlight the essentials of a complex issue. Today, I encountered one such example signed by cartoon artist … Continue reading Time to Trade

Wrong, Just Wrong

While I personally think Al Gore is more than just wrong about the content of his award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” the producers of “Not Evil Just Wrong” have taken a supposedly higher plane, at least in naming their movie. Phelim McAleer, a self-described former liberal journalist, is the man whose line of questioning to Al Gore about factual errors in “An Inconvenient Truth” was effectively censored by his own “free press” comrades in Wisconsin. The Society of Environmental Journalists (what the hell is that?) held a conference where former Vice President Al Gore took questions from journalists. McAleer, who … Continue reading Wrong, Just Wrong

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

Goodnight Grasshopper

Like the fictional character Kwai Chang Caine he portrayed in the early 1970’s television series, Kung-fu, David Carradine appeared to wander through life in search of meaning. The usual indicators were there: 4 divorces in 5 marriages, periods of alcohol and narcotics addictions plus an interest in Eastern philosophies that seemed to indicate a reluctance to separate from his portrayal of a Shaolin priest. The series episodes depicted the oriental figure imparting wisdom from the mysterious East (and roundhouse kicks) to Western cowboys. After 3 years of the program, Carradine quit because he thought the scripts were starting to be … Continue reading Goodnight Grasshopper

National Planning 2009

A tribute to the role of the State in society: “It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity; harmonizing their various interests through justice, and transmitting to future generations the mental conquests of science, of art, of law, of human solidarity.” The Chief Executive of the United States has a plan. He outlined it in the broadest terms during his inaugural address and has been, more or less, following through with his subsequent actions. The above quote, by the way, is not from him though … Continue reading National Planning 2009

The Soloist

I enjoyed the film, The Soloist, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as reporter Steve Lopez and Jamie Foxx as Skid Row occupant Nathaniel Ayers, two of the finest contemporary male actors in film according to me. I am not a movie reviewer but I feel compelled to comment when a film is emotionally moving. My limited knowledge suggests that the film editing might have been better but I’m not quibbling over a good package deal here. The immature science of psychology gets a good metaphorical slap to the back of the head in this movie, based on a book based on a … Continue reading The Soloist