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 »