Do you remember where you were when you heard that Osama Bin Laden was killed? I remember exactly where I was: I was walking into a Wal Mart (of all places) talking to a friend on the phone. That was when I heard that they might have gotten him.
I found out for sure later that day while watching the conclusion of, of all things, a WWE pay per view. Just victorious in a championship match, avid US troop booster John Cena took the microphone and, standing atop an announce table, announced that Osama Bin Laden had been “compromised to a permanent end.”
There was something going on in professional wrestling at the time that provides something of a parallel for Zero Dark Thirty, the Hollywood adaptation of the killing of Bin Laden. The loud, brash promos – for the uninitiated, this is something like a speech...More >>
If you take the activists behind Idle No More at their word, you would simply accept that their movement – a grievance-based aboriginal movement demanding recompense for complaints that they haven’t fully explained – is going to change the face of Canada.
If you took them at their word, you would simple presume that their time has come.
Unfortunately, a lot of people other than just aboriginal protesters see Idle No More as their time to shine. And they’ve taken this as an opportunity to publicly peddle academic theories that essentially amount to little more than new age racism.
This is, of course, presuming that you actually consider White Privilege Theory – and its various bastard offshoots – to be an actual honest-to-goodness academic theory, as opposed to mere grievance-mongering.
Like virtually every idea favoured by the so-called “new left,” White Privilege Theory is in excess of 50 years old. It took its first recognizable form as a pamphlet penned by one Theodore W Allen. (Just for the information of those who tout...More >>
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey is finally in theatres, capping off a 2012 whose offering of films offered disappointingly few highlights. (It’s tough to say if 2013 will be much better.) This also means that JRR Tolkien is with us once again, as Jackson presents the prequel that inspired all prequels, as The Hobbit must inevitably give way to The Lord of the Rings (the trilogy that inspired all trilogies).
Just as with The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is about far more than merely the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Thorrin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). As the Lord of the Rings is widely recognized as an allegory for the Second World War, The Hobbit is recognized as an allegory for the inter-war years; a time when the world mistook itself as being at peace, when in fact the grim machinations of Adolph Hitler were making another war inevitable.
Approximately midway through The Hobbit viewers encounter a scene that is a sombre reminder of this: an impromptu council called by Saruman the White in Rivendell. Present are Saruman himself, Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel. Elrond and Saruman both insist that Middle Earth is at peace. Gandalf boldly...More >>
Christmas is over. For the families of 20 slain children in Connecticut, it’s been the first without their late loved ones, with the grief all too real and far too near.
It’s been just more than ten days since Adam Lanza burst into the Sandy Hook elementary school and shot at everything that moved. Along with the 20 murdered children – innocent souls snatched from this life with startling and harrowing viciousness – Lanza claimed seven adult victims. He also killed himself. At times like this it seems that sanity will never return, and never so much as in the days immediately following the outrage.
But eventually sanity must return. And as we now look back we must not only examine the madness of the original shooting, but also attempt to reconcile the emotion-drenched madness of the reactions to it.
There’s a lot to reconcile. For now, I’m going to limit myself to just two examples.
On December 19, National Review Online published a retrospective featuring observations by a number of individuals. Among them was The Human Christ author Charlotte Allen, who wrote the following:
“There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred.
If you’re holding your breath watching the fiscal cliff drama south of the Canada-US border, my simple advice for you is this: don’t. Just don’t.
The US is going to plunge over the fiscal cliff. The Democrats will blame the Republicans for it, and new polls are suggesting that they can get away with it. And so they’ve set out to drive over the fiscal cliff deliberately. Yes, they’re that irresponsible.
President Barack Obama has proven to a President with a very unfortunate penchant for fiddling while Rome burns. And this time around he’s doing absolutely nothing differently. In fact, he’s doing precisely what he did while US embassies were under siege around the world: he’s taking himself a little trip.
Take, for example, the Benghazi massacre of 9/11/12. The United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed in an attack that featured rocket-propelled grenades....More >>
The Dark Knight Rises – in fact, director Christopher Nolan’s entire Batman trilogy – is about the things that come to life in the darkness and icons born in the light.
The monsters of Nolan’s Batman trilogy are almost uniformly human monsters, for the most part. They are born of dark and troubled pasts. Depending upon how far you trust the character, the Dark Knight’s Joker (the late Heath Ledger) may have been born of a broken home and an abusive father. The lead villain of The Dark Knight Rises, Bane (Tom Hardy) spends most of the movie brooding and plodding about in what seems like an inhuman ruthlessness. At the root of the character, he turns out to be far more human than anyone could have imagined. (The less you know about this, the better.)
There are, however, also some more deeply inhuman monsters. Their ruthlessness is far more genuine. Ras Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) is one of them. Depending upon how much you distrust the character, The Joker may be one as well. Dr Jonathon Crane, also known as Scarecrow (Killian Murphy) may be one of them as well – he may...More >>
Canadian Liberal Senator and Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire has often done his country proud. His service in Rwanda during the genocide there, with very sparse resources at his command, and UN leadership undercutting his every move, was an inspiring example of Canadian heroism. That he came back so psychologically wounded is a stark reminder of the risks even our Generals take when they depart for the field of duty.
But Dallaire isn’t always right. For example, there is the matter of Omar Khadr. Dallaire recently started a petition demanding that Canada repatriate Khadr immediately. It gained 11,000 signatures in a single day, which might seem like an impressive number until weighed against the more than half of Canadians who absolutely do not want Khadr returned. In a country of nearly 35 million people, that makes for more than 17 and a half million Canadians who want Khadr to stay right where he is.
But the petition gives a clear opportunity to examine the reasoning at work in those who support Khadr. Often, the most entertaining thing about left-wing petitions are the comments attached to them. Seeing as how these people attach these comments quite openly, it seems fair to...More >>
It’s actually the same problem that the global left has at this moment in time: their model for governance, the profligate welfare states of Europe, are on the verge of dragging Europe – and with it, the rest of the world – into another Great Depression. They’ve convinced themselves that Europe – and their dreams of an all-encompassing welfare nanny state – are too big to fail. They can’t afford to allow Europe to collapse, because it will undermine virtually every myth on which they’ve built their political house of cards.
Enter Dan Gardner. He’s a standard bearer for the consensus media who’s never seen an opportunity to snipe at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government that he didn’t like. And he seems to think that he found one in Europe’s “sovereign debt crisis.”
Gardner doesn’t seem to think that the European welfare state is the problem in Europe, and he found himself an article in The Economist that contends precisely that. The Economist article, entitled “The Proper Diagnosis: Profligacy Is Not the Problem”, essentially plays a chicken-and-egg game with the Sovereign Debt Crisis, and essentially obfuscates the role that the welfare...More >>
It’s hard to say. But it seems that every single day, the United Nations is determined to give Canada another reason to leave. Another day, another reason. This time, it’s more unbelievable than anything before. Canada, it seems, has been added to the UN’s human rights watch list.
What has Canada done to justify this? Apparently, it all has to do with the Quebec student protests, and the “controversial” Bill 78, the special law the Quebec National Assembly passed to help police deal with the increasingly-violent protests. The bill requires – get this – that protesters not wear masks while protesting, and that student leaders notify police when and where any protest featuring more than 50 people will take place. The bill provides for hefty fines for anyone – individual or organization – that violates this law.
Considering that Quebec student leaders have openly boasted about the thousands-plus size of many of their protest marches, and the number of them that have turned violent thanks to the participation of groups like the Black Bloc, the movement has simultaneously become a victim of its own success,...More >>
I’ve long been reluctant to say it. But it just might be time for Canada to quit the UN.
Certainly, Canada has been a very important part of the UN since its very inception. But as the UN lurches ever-so-slowly away from its founding principles it’s become mired in cultural and political relativism that are slowly but surely leaving it unable to function as it was intended. Once upon a time, the UN was a place where things simply didn’t get done – usually because of conflicts of interest among the five permanent Security Council members, each of whom possesses a veto over anything passed by the General Assembly.
This was even before the UN became a convenient seat of international influence for demagogues. Before the UN was an organization where countries like Saudi Arabia, China or Cuba – among other flagrant and frequent human rights violators – could sit, in all places, on the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Before Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe was named, of all things, the UN’s tourism ambassador. Before Iran could be elected to the UN’s Commission on Women’s Rights.
The atrocity of these things needs little explanation. But even as the UN actually...More >>