13
Sep 19

Canadian robberI robbed a bank yesterday.  Waltzed in there, incognito, uttered a few threats, and made off with a cool 500K.

Why, you ask?

Well, life is tough.  It’s not that my doctorly cash flow isn’t reasonable - it flows in the front door at a pretty good clip.  The problem is the furious rate with which it exits the back door.  It’s like navigating Class 5 rapids.

Money management wasn’t a key component of the curriculum in medical school; it wasn’t in the syllabus at all, come to think of it.  Between funding the needs - and the much larger wants - of four children and keeping up with the Joneses (and the Smiths and the Millers and the Browns) I’m having trouble staying afloat.

Hence the heist.
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12
Sep 19

not equal parties

On the face of it, the fact that a middle-aged white heterosexual male of Roman Catholic persuasion is making a credible run in 2019 at becoming Prime Minister of Canada (the most insistently “woke” country in the world) is patently absurd.

Absurd, that is, until you consider that his opponent, the incumbent, is also a middle-aged white heterosexual Roman Catholic male.

One of these men, however, is truly scary – a regressive, intolerant, misogynistic, homophobic reprobate.  Or so we are told.

The other is the ultra-hip, feminist-extraordinaire Justin Trudeau, our current Prime Minister and grand-master of the Liberal Party smear machine that is ruthlessly (and with some success) painting Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer as a dimpled menace. Read the rest of this entry »

11
Sep 19

let us never forgetThis is the short speech Andrew Scheer should deliver today... not because of political calculation, but simply because it's the decent thing to do:

“My fellow Canadians:

Today is a solemn day.

Today we stand in solidarity with our American friends and with those around the world who lost loved ones in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Today is a day to remember.

For many, it is a day of profound sorrow.  For all of us, it is a day to hold our loved ones close, and to be grateful for the freedoms that we share, and to celebrate the bravery of first responders who put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. Read the rest of this entry »

6
Sep 19

35428699 - ballot box with national flag on background - canadaThe uninspiring personality of Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has inspired buckets of unflattering commentary from Canada’s chattering classes, all the attention rendering his invisibility, well, visible.

Scheer’s rumpled blandness and over-sized awkwardness stand in sharp contrast to the swash-buckling, wavy-haired, rock-star figure cut by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the man he hopes to replace at the helm of the country next month.

Scheer’s seeming inability to properly stand up for himself and to articulate a coherent and positive vision for Canada has given the Liberal smear machine carte blanche to paint him, not only as boring and ungainly, but – far worse - as intolerant, misogynistic, hateful, and an imminent threat to Canadian values.

It’s a caricature as false as it is despicable; but it’s one that nevertheless is gaining purchase with the Canadian electorate, if the latest polls indicating steady revival of Liberal fortunes are accurate. Read the rest of this entry »

25
Jul 19

Hippocratic oath

I wonder how the trans-radical lobby squares their attempted erasure of the immutable categories of biological sex with articles like this one, published last spring in Nature: “Biological sex shapes tumour evolution across cancer types.”

An excerpt:

A person’s sex can affect the kinds of cancer-causing mutations they develop, according to a genomic analysis spanning nearly 2,000 tumours and 28 types of cancer.

The results show striking differences in the cancer-causing mutations found in people who are biologically male versus those who are biologically female — not only in the number of mutations lurking in their tumours, but also in the kinds of mutations found there.

Cancer it turns out, is transphobic. Read the rest of this entry »

24
Jul 19

Unvarnished truthNot realizing, at first, that she had wandered into a hornet’s nest, Martina Navratilova joined the transgender debate last December.

She was perturbed by the growing encroachment of transwomen into female athletic competitions, replete with larger hearts and lungs and bones and muscles.  (For a frightening taste of what this sort of thing can look like, have a look at MMA transgendered fighter Fox Fallon annihilating opponent Tamikka Brents, caving in her face and dispatching her, concussed and bleeding, to hospital for repairs: criminal assault and battery, in any other age, but perfectly legal – applauded, even - in this brave new era.)

The former tennis great on Twitter: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Read the rest of this entry »

23
Jul 19

lily tomlinIt was early autumn in 1933 Glasgow and the old Scotsman was furious.

The target of his ire was young James Herriot.  Freshly enrolled in Glasgow Veterinary College, an introductory animal husbandry lecture on the points of a horse earlier that day had stuffed young James’ eager brain with colourful terms like withers, stifle, hock, and poll.  His professor had shrewdly animated the new vocabulary with a string of equine ailments: “splints”, “curb”, “windgall” and the like.

James strode proudly down the street after class let out, stethoscope slung around his neck, bursting with knowledge and feeling every inch the veterinary surgeon. When he spotted a coal horse tied up at the side of the street he stopped to appraise the animal confidently through the lens of his newfound expertise, before stepping forward to pat him knowingly on the neck. Read the rest of this entry »

17
Jul 19

censorshipI have no plans to see Unplanned.

With two busy medical practices and four non-passive kids between us, the odds of my wife and I carving out time to take in the anti-abortion film - or any other movie for that matter – are roughly on par with Donald Trump resigning his presidency to take up knitting.

It’s not that I have no interest in the abortion debate.  Like many Canadians, I do, and as I have explained elsewhere, one doesn’t have to be religious to entertain moral misgivings about ending unborn life. Read the rest of this entry »

4
Apr 19

Necessity is the mother of invention.

But duplicity is its father.

Consider, as putrid example, the inventiveness employed by the Liberal Party of Canada in its hell-bent mission to destroy the credibility of Jody Wilson-Raybould, former justice minister and attorney general of Canada.  The dodging and weaving, the prevaricating, the outright lying by Justin Trudeau and his “hench-people” have been so prolific as to be admirable, almost - if it were possible to admire malignant underhandedness.

It culminated in dramatic fashion this week with the Tuesday Night Massacre, with both JWR and her stalwart sidekick, the (formerly) esteemed Dr. Jane Philpott, turfed from the Liberal caucus as loathsome and divisive malcontents.  “Culminated”, I say: but it’s clear that the Vesuvian eruption of corrupt Liberal ineptitude has much left to spew. Read the rest of this entry »

4
Mar 19

It’s like déjà vu all over again.

1981, meet 2019.  Western alienation has reached fever pitch, a guy named Trudeau is Prime Minister of Canada, and Queen’s “Under Pressure” is on endless loop in my brain, thanks to the media frenzy surrounding ex-Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould (henceforth, JWR):

"Pressure!

Pushing down on me

Pressing down on you... no man ask for

Under Pressure!"

The Globe and Mail pried the lid off the flatulent SNC-Lavalin scandal in early February.  Ever since then an impenetrable smog of explanations, deflections, excuses and denials has wafted forth from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his heavies.  And they have made, in sum, about as much sense as the mumbo-jumbo preamble to Queen’s iconic hit:

"Mmm num ba de
Dum bum ba be
Doo buh dum ba beh beh"

The capper to this malodourous drivel came via Trudeau’s press conference last Wednesday evening in response to JWR’s explosive Justice committee appearance.  Her testimony blew like a nuclear warhead through the glass house of Liberal pretensions, blasting away the obfuscatory fog to expose the PM as a self-interested charlatan ensconsed in a nest of law-bending yes-men.  And yes, the ring-leaders are all men:  Butts, Wernick, Morneau, Trudeau - outed as the four musketeers of misogyny. Read the rest of this entry »