Writings of J. Todd Ring: Confronting Evil: Not with a bang, but a whimper? Neither, I say

Yes, it is best to be cordial, courteous, friendly and respectful, and to avoid harsh words and harsh speech, generally speaking. But when it comes to confronting power, when it comes to addressing the power elite and their willing vassals, servants, prostitutes in high office and other shills, we must be fierce, and uncompromising – ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Responsibility of Free Speech

In January, 2015, Marie Snyder, on her blog, A Puff of Absurdity, raised the question of how free should speech be. I share her concerns about the apparent limitlessness of our rights: our right to free speech is not matched to any inherent responsibilities, civic or moral, to behave in a mature manner, nor does ...

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

I was thinking of the lines from that Fairport Convention song this week as we walked through Toronto on our three-day mini-holiday. I can still hear Sandy Denny’s wonderful, haunting voice singing the chorus of that dreamy, sad song, as … Continue reading →

Law is Cool: Chess Master, You May Approach the Bench

Ever want to take on an opponent in court from the comfort of your living room?  This legal themed chess set might provide an outlet. “Approach the Bench” was designed by a lawyer’s son as a gift to his dad.  After realizing there aren’t many legal-themed chess sets out there, the man behind the idea decided ...

Impolitical: Ignatieff is right

In this excerpt in particular as highlighted by John Ibbitson earlier Wednesday, I agree with Ignatieff: When you think of your opponent across the aisle as an adversary, “you reject arguments, not persons; question premises, not identities; interrogate interests, not loyalties,” Mr. Ignatieff said. But when politicians look upon each other as enemies, “legislatures replace ...

Trashy's World: Del Mastro thinks some folks on the interweb thingy….

… are, ahem, lacking in civility. Yup, can’t argue with that. But. Seriously. Mr. Del Mastro. This is coming from a government MP whose party has been the LEAST civil in the history of Canada. Perhaps the whole frickin’ WORLD! You guys wrote the book on cynicism and a lack of respect and civility inside ...

Impolitical: A banner day in Ottawa

Yes, it was a banner day in Ottawa yesterday, replete with Hitler references from a Conservative MP and a Canadian minister of the crown telling Canadians that Canada will now act on information gained from torture. The video above is Rae, in the scrum after the Commons goings on, commenting on both developments and nailing ...

Impolitical: A day – and era – for Dummies

Couldn’t let this one pass: “MPs hit new low in Question Period “for Dummies.” The Harper government has taken us to new lows, yes. But the “for Dummies” characterization is not the stuff to galvanize the Canadian imagination. Imagine the eye rolling across the country on reading this stuff in the Taber column and sighs ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Elizabeth Warren v. Heckler

An angry man confronts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at the outset of a local volunteer meeting in Brockton, Mass. “You’re a socialist whore!” the unemployed Fox News viewer shouted, adding for good measure that her “boss” (presumably President Obama) was “foreign born.” After the event, Warren stated the she felt sorry for the guy for ...

Impolitical: On bullying

From a retired teacher via email: The tragic suicide of the 15-year old gay Ottawa teen has sparked renewed attention to bullying. It was big on CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently. And it’s not just a gay-straight thing. Bullying has always been around. The big tough guy pushing smaller kids around. It’s “power”. But at least ...

Jack’s passing seems to have sparked a new competition

I’m reminded at times of that aphorism (can’t remember whether it was Mark Twain or Winston Churchill) about a lie getting halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its pants on. It seems you could make a similar observation when you’re comparing decency with meanness of spirit. The yargle-barglers may have speed ...

@cityslikr lights @SueAnnLevy up like a pinball machine

(With an apology to pinball machines everywhere.) That @cityslikr fella can be wonderfully succinct sometimes. I retweeted this earlier, but it deserves a whole blog post. Word. If you’re ever curious about why so many of our fellow citizens seem ruled by fear, resentment, and ignorance, the Venomous LoserTM  and her hateful little screeds are ...

BCL catches @SueAnnLevy rewriting history, smearing brave firefighters

BigCityLib Strikes Back: In Case You ARE Wondering Don’t know why BCL isn’t on the Tweeter, but that’s up to him. In the meantime, seems the Venomous LoserTM is perfectly happy to use Toronto’s firefighters and their taxpayer-funded equipment as a campaign prop … Click to view at full size But, well, you know … that ...

Leftist Jab: Let’s NOT Be Civil

There seems to be a very strong current within Canadian politics to “restore civility” within the House of Commons. This message was emphasized by Elizabeth May and the Green Party during the election. Jack Layton and even Pat Martin are wearing buttons with the message “Opto Civitas” or “I choose civility”. This is a response ...