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Alberta Politics: Just say no to term limits! They’re fundamentally undemocratic and that’s why the right likes them

PHOTOS: Given the alternatives, most of the world would be delighted if this scene could be repeated, don’t you think? Probably most Americans would be too. Below: Four-time presidential winner Franklin D. Roosevelt and other presidents who contemplated third terms, but were thwarted for on reason or another, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson and Grover . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Just say no to term limits! They’re fundamentally undemocratic and that’s why the right likes them

Alberta Diary: Warning to Canadians: Reefer Madness in Colorado and Washington could mean the end of civilization as we know it!

Your intrepid blogger with one of the wholesome and touristic murals of Legal, Alberta – evidence Civilization As We Know It survives in Canada, thank goodness! Note the crowds of tourists. Below: Perfesser Dave; Mural on the Legal Post Office; Mural on the wall of Denver Airport; So, do you stand with civilization . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Warning to Canadians: Reefer Madness in Colorado and Washington could mean the end of civilization as we know it!

Alberta Diary: Terror of terrorism and the Second Amendment: Whatever became of the indomitable American spirit?

The indomitable American spirit personified above. Whatever became of it? Below: Bogie as Philip Marlowe, with gun; the leader of another English-speaking country refusing to knuckle under to the Luftwaffe, also with gun.

We have learned, courtesy the news media, that membership in the National Rifle Association has surged past five million souls . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Terror of terrorism and the Second Amendment: Whatever became of the indomitable American spirit?

Alberta Diary: Freedom from gun terror: why understanding American history can help keep Canadians sane

An American militia in 1773 … before they were well regulated and illustrating why they needed to be. Most militia units, said Gen. George Washington, were “totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill.” Below: President Washington; President Thomas Jefferson.

One of the effects of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook last year . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Freedom from gun terror: why understanding American history can help keep Canadians sane

Alberta Diary: U.S. pot decriminalization: will B.C.’s economy go up in smoke?

Smugglers sneak B.C. bud ashore in Washington State. Below: Typical pot smugglers’ accoutrements. Actual Canadian marijuana smugglers may not appear exactly as illustrated. If we Albertans want a hint of what it may be like when the oil runs out – or is replaced by cold fusion or something – all we may have to … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: U.S. pot decriminalization: will B.C.’s economy go up in smoke?

Bill Longstaff: "Due process just means there’s a process that you do"

The above quote was comedian Stephen Colbert’s take on the U.S. Administration’s latest definition of due process. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel prepared a memo justifying the murder of American citizens abroad, saying the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment guarantee of due process applied, but it could be satisfied by internal deliberations in the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: "Due process just means there’s a process that you do"