While Women Burn

The sorry state of politics, and the oppression of women in particular, in Iran, is a nightmare ignored by an agenda-driven media in the west. In politics, most media organizations are obsessed with continuing the “true” intellectual orthodoxy, i.e., restoration or maintenance of Leftist governments. Added now, with religious fervor, is the “extraordinary popular delusion” of “climate change” hysteria. Meanwhile in Iran, as reported by Masih Alinejad, a young woman set herself on fire after being sentenced to 6 months in prison for daring to sneak into a soccer stadium. I doubt if this incident was unusual. The desperation and … Continue reading While Women Burn

Normal Corruption, Move Along

Kelly McParland of the National Post has written a revealing piece on the corrupt tactics of a modern entitlement welfare state, Canada in this example linked below. He concludes with the following: Maybe that’s what’s so scary about the whole thing: that Liberals don’t see anything wrong with it. They think it’s all fine. And they want us to vote for more. Exactly. Many partisan supporters of the Liberals will simply adopt the attitude that the SNC scandal is old business. It’s time to move along and get the government of Justin Trudeau re-elected. As I’ve pointed out previously, in … Continue reading Normal Corruption, Move Along

The State Media Institute

Many complain about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which I prefer to describe as “State Media.” Given that the CBC is primarily funded by the Canadian government it can’t be more accurately described otherwise. Now, even The Globe and Mail has joined the fray to cast a critical eye. John Doyle writes as a television critic in the linked article. Doyle subjected himself to the personal agony of watching intently an entire edition of the flagship news hour program The National. He emerged with an understanding of why viewers are fleeing; the program lacks coherence and bears little resemblance to … Continue reading The State Media Institute

What Difference Does Syria Make?

Syrians killed in the ongoing civil war will be just as dead tomorrow whether their lives were extinguished by beheading, bombing, shooting, stabbing, defenestration or gassing with chemical weapons. “What difference does it make?” is to borrow an infamous question from one of the New Left’s most prominent of sacred cows, Hillary Clinton. Of course she was referring to the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi affair in which four Americans were killed nearly one year ago. Today still there are no reasonable answers to the embarrassing questions some were asking and which led to her hectoring outburst. Was the US secretly … Continue reading What Difference Does Syria Make?

Dyslogistic Comment on Hugo Chavez

As the eulogies and kind, sensitive language from movie stars and political leaders over the death of the Leftist dictator Hugo Chavez finally start fading into history, it is worth noting again the consistency and fortitude of his ideological opposite, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. His remarks on Chavez’ s death were deemed “insensitive” by some of Venezuela’s well-connected. In brief, Harper expressed the view and hope that the political economy of Venezuela might now improve (my paraphrasing). Hugo Chavez was a power luster and violator of the rights of individuals, including property rights, due process and life itself. … Continue reading Dyslogistic Comment on Hugo Chavez

Terror Rises

Murderous assaults and massacres of the innocent accomplish more than a temporary shift of media focus away from election-year politics. They terrorize society by leaving people feeling helpless, fearful and uncertain about the risks in an otherwise peaceful community. Capitalizing on the fear and confusion, or reflecting it, media coverage of the mass murders in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater seemed at once erratic, frenzied or even ridiculous. Emerging from the chaos of this coverage were three common themes: Why did the perpetrator do it? How can we prevent such events? Descriptions of the event. Why Did the Perpetrator Do It? People … Continue reading Terror Rises

The Spending Crisis

Most media coverage of the main political fight in Washington these days refers to the “debt crisis” or “debt ceiling crisis”. Debt is the result of overspending. More spending, in the absence of sufficient revenue, leads to escalating debt. With the US economy already taxed at levels that can negatively impact investment, further spending can only exacerbate the debt problem. A more precise and fundamental headline would be “The Spending Crisis”. Obama Reveals Spending Crisis Unwittingly, President Obama made some remarks on Friday that really drew attention to the spending crisis. He wanted to emphasize that the reason for the … Continue reading The Spending Crisis

Home Grown Terror

An unnamed official, through the assistance of mainstream media, is encouraging an atmosphere of “home grown” terror in North America. This is not news to those who understand the tactics of terror; unfortunately, it is mainly the terrorists who possess this understanding. A Reuters story dated 6 July 2011 has the aforementioned unnamed official effectively warning us that terrorists may be scheming to have undetectable explosive devices surgically implanted in their bodies. This would make it easier to smuggle them onto airplanes for later detonation. The unnamed official, according to the story, stresses that no attacks are imminent however. (Foregoing emphasis … Continue reading Home Grown Terror

Don’t Walk Like An Egyptian

(N.B. Within hours of posting this article came news that President Mubarak might step down. This does not fundamentally change anything. -EP) Cairo is in turmoil and the West is transfixed. The West has a long fascination with Egypt, land of Pharaohs and Great Pyramids. From the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, which allowed for the translation of previously indecipherable hieroglyphics, the fascination has continued to even include popular culture. For example, in 1986 the Bangles, a British band, recorded a “one-hit-wonder” called “Walk Like An Egyptian”. Politically, Egypt is a “one-hit-wonder” as well—authoritarianism all the way. Seven millennia of … Continue reading Don’t Walk Like An Egyptian

It’s Not About Faggots

Last week a controversy arose in Canada after an individual in St. John’s, Newfoundland was offended. He was offended by the word “faggot” in the lyrics of “Money for Nothing,” a song by Dire Straits.  The offended one took his complaint to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) which ruled that the song be banned from broadcast on all Canadian radio stations unless edited. Comments and observations across media channels ranged from pleas for understanding the artistry of the songwriter to whether or not contemporary culture is more enlightened than that which existed in the 1980s. The song won a … Continue reading It’s Not About Faggots