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Category Archives: Politics


Another month, another terse post to maintain the thin pretense of this blog. I hope that I’ll be able to devote more time and thought to this after the dust finally settles on the relocation. I guess we’ll see. Christmas was fun. Sammy made out like a bandit, thanks to the many wonderful gifts sent […]

Glib Fragment

The single greatest statement to the Democratic Party’s current political and intellectual bankruptcy is that after three years of failures, half-measures, and reversals, there is no credible Democratic primary challenger to President Obama from the left. Meanwhile, the single greatest statement to the Republican Party’s current political and intellectual bankruptcy is that after three years of […]

Turmoil in Egypt

This is a stark assessment of the current state of the Egyptian regime from STRATFOR, whose perspective on geopolitical matters I’ve come to value greatly over the years. While the situation is not without hopeful signs (the military’s restraint against the protesters yesterday was praiseworthy), the problems the Egyptian people face over the coming days […]

Home is Where the Heart Was

If I didn’t know better, I’d cry conspiracy. The WWII-era middle class and their Baby Boomer children were told repeatedly that home ownership was a primary goal; a foundational measure of economic and social worth. The events of the past 15 years have inverted and perverted that cornerstone of the North American macroeconomy. For far […]

Political Shrewdness

From Throne speech to tackle lack of skilled workers. The Conservatives appear to have found the sweet spot between pandering to their supporters in the business sector and stealing immigrant support from the Liberals. The Liberals can’t oppose this without leaving themselves open to accusations of hurting Canada economically and being anti-immigration, and if a […]

The Shape of Things to Come in Ontario

From today’s Toronto Star:  “Tory leader chides city unions — Toronto strike galls taxpayers, Tim Hudak says in his first day on the job” Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. If you liked living in Toronto with the political climate of the mid-1990’s, you’ll love what’s coming in a couple of years. […]

Reading, and other matters

I spent the morning with my long-suffering wife in the OB/GYN’s office, where we waited over 2 hours for her to be seen. In the interest of avoiding grinding my mental gears, I left the philosophical reading at home for the occasion and instead took with me Thomas Frank’s newest, The Wrecking Crew. It’s an […]