Lispian Random meanderings on whatever catches my fancy

Hugh Segal on Fighting Poverty

This is a great lecture from Hugh Segal, a former cabinet minister here in Canada and now a Canadian Senator. He’s what is typically called a “Red Tory” in that he holds many progressive attitudes towards social programs and how they should be utilized in a liberal democracy. I would recommend everyone watch, it’s well […]

Americans and Nipples

I just don’t get it. I probably never will. What, you may wonder? Why America’s bizarre inability to handle seeing a woman’s nipple bared anywhere. The country has some type of serious mental problem in this regard. It simply remains unbelievable that they are more than willing to show people graphically and realistically being killed, […]

Rant: Why I Love and Hate Religion At The Same Time

Those that know me well know I’m fairly religious. It tends to drive my overly atheist friends nuts, but I’m also a great foil for one atheist friend who uses me to take the opposite side from what he’s called indignant, ignorant atheists who seem more focused on simply belittling anyone who believes in God, […]

Rant: Politicians, Especially US Ones

It’s election time down south which means a bunch of politicians are running around making promises about things they usually don’t understand. These self-same politicians are usually also going on about things they don’t understand, like science, having probably not taken a science class since elementary school or, worse, thought it some form of witchcraft […]

Praying Instead of Doing

I’ve no problem with prayer. I have no problem with those of faith — so long as they leave those who don’t believe as they do alone. What I do have a problem with is when people fall back on prayer as the means to an end instead of getting off their sorry asses and […]

Proud of the GG, Seriously Badass

I never thought I’d actually approve of the GG. In general I find it an uber-political appointment that seems so ceremonial that little of value every comes out of it. And then Michaella Jean goes and proves me wrong. As Teddy Roosevelt used to say, Bully! Jean Snacks on Seal Meat Governor General Applauded, Denounced […]

Images of VATs

This article caught my eye today: Once Considered Unthinkable, US Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look. Obviously, in the US, there will be a massive hue-and-cry over this. But I really don’t see why. I’m all for consumption taxes. They’re fair. If you want to consume more, or if you can due to how much money […]


Well, well. Seems the Democrats have their hopeful for the upcoming US elections. The mania sweeping the US – and parts of the world — is rather akin to what my folks told me it was like with Kennedy and Trudeau in the 60s. And he is a very good orator, something that’s been sorely […]

Sanity in Ontario

As those who know me can attest, I’m no greenie. However, I have never understood the stupidity of the clothesline bans some municipalities and communities enacted. Some people find them “unsightly”. Really? Why? It’s just fabric blowing in the breeze. Rumour has it that Primer McGuinty will announce that Ontarians can dry their clothes outside. […]

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