Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Thursday, January 24, 2008

The gender race.

Folks, a black woman (yes, a person who is both black and a woman!) has been the face of America abroad for the past three years. It hasn't made America any more loved around the world. Not a whit.

It's the United States' foreign policy that has given the country a bad rep, lest we all forget, not the fact that the president is a white man.

How much more election "analysis" do I have to read that can only see the Democratic primaries as black vs white, male vs female, or hope vs change?

That's the only point I really wanted to make. Well, OK, one more: If you Democrats actually care so much about the image projected to the world by the US president, please consider the optics of having Clintons and Bushs in power for twenty years. It may make some of us - perhaps especially those of us who have studied and admired your country's democratic history - think your democracy is about as evolved as Pakistan's.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Charlie Brooker is hilarious

He simply is. And so, in an entirely different way, is Jeremy Paxman. I shall miss it here in Britain.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

President Hope and Vice-President Change, 2008

You know when you repeat a word over and over and suddenly it loses all meaning? Like this:

To be fair, I think Hillary is making a good point here, just not as concisely as she could. You need to be Jean Chretien to get away with saying stuff like that.

In other abuse of the English language news, here's some completely nonsensical discussion about "hope" and "change" that makes them sound like actual policies that can be implemented. ("If elected, I will create a Secretary of Homeland Hope position in the Cabinet immediately and work to get the Change Bill passed through Congress by the end of my first 100 days.")

Le Journal de Montreal and the Case of the Mysterious Igloos

Mysterious to the paper, anyway. Is it really that surprising that someone bored or a group of students might go out one day and make an igloo on Mount Royal for fun? Le Journal's theory that it is a homeless Inuit who build these igloos seems slightly farfetched to me. (But not to the Centre d'amitié autochtone de Montréal, so what do I know?)

Regardless of who built them, is Les amis de la montagne truly correct in saying that it is illegal to build unauthorised igloos on the mountain? Appalling. I think all Canadians should have an inalienable right to build igloos in public spaces.

One more question: How long, you think, before Le Journal links this to the reasonable accommodation debate?

Friday, January 04, 2008

This time, hope really is on the way!

I realise Iowa is a red herring as often as it is not, but…

Obama! Obama! Obama!