Entries by Peter Worthington from 09/2011

Mark Steyn's Wishful Thinking About a Doomed U.S.

| Posted 09.01.2011 | Canada

Despite what Mark Steyn says about the U.S. as a nation of debt carriers, it still has more aircraft carriers than any country and can protect itself. The essential strength of America is that it's a free country with free speech and economic opportunity. And it's filled with Americans.

Why French Won't Matter for Harper's New Spokesman

| Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada

Voters in Quebec wobble all over the place, so perhaps the appointment of Angelo Persichilli, as new Director of Communications, is a message to Quebec voters to make up their minds about where their future lies.

CBC's Tax Dollars Cost Canadians Too Much

| Posted 09.06.2011 | Canada

By keeping salaries secret, gratuities secret, entertainment costs secret, travel costs secret, absentee costs secret, the CBC is violating its mandate and should be an embarrassment for every CBC employee.

Military Cutbacks: Reduce Bureaucracy, Not Forces

| Posted 09.07.2011 | Canada

In peacetime, bureaucracy tends to expand as the number of soldiers decreases. The one thing that our military does not need is cutting back the size of the regular forces. The Canadian army is already smaller than it should be for the tasks it is asked to perform.

Dalai Lama to Extremists: "Your Enemy is Your Best Teacher"

| Posted 09.08.2011 | Canada

It was probably no surprise to the Dalai Lama that his participation at the Second Global Conference on World's Religions, organized by Montreal's McGill University, caused unease among some. By following a path of gentle, persistent, non-violent resistance the Dalai Lama drives Beijing nuts.

Hudak's Low-Key Approach May Be the Right One

| Posted 09.09.2011 | Canada

The Tory lead is not insurmountable, but to some, any Tory lead is a bit of a puzzle. Hudak has not been ranting and railing for change and attracting all sorts of publicity. In fact, he seems to have been practicing the Dormouse approach -- quiet, laid back, not making waves, just offering himself as an alternative.

Russia's Economy of Corruption

| Posted 09.10.2011 | Canada

Now that it no longer aspires to take over the world -- or at least subvert Western countries -- Russia is not the threat to peace that it once was. Even when I lived in Moscow, true communism was never really practiced. Most Muscovites had clandestine deals going on, where they could manipulate or cheat the system.

McGuinty's Tax Rebate For Immigrants: Divisive, Not Affirmative, Action

| Posted 09.12.2011 | Canada

Dalton McGuinty's tax rebate for businesses who hire new immigrants means that other established citizens who are unemployed don't get hired. That alone seems a mockery of McGuinty's rather silly sentence that "a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian."

Afghans Who Risked Their Lives for Canada Deserve Citizenship

| Posted 09.13.2011 | Canada

Some Afghan translators were killed by IEDs, but it's safe to assume that every single Afghan translator or interpreter is on a list somewhere, marked for reprisal. They know this, and knew it when they volunteered. We, as a country, owe these young people, just as we owe our soldiers who served in our name in Afghanistan.

Tim Hudak's Empty Rhetoric

| Posted 09.30.2011 | Canada

When asked, should he become premier, if he'd ban the practice of Muslim Imams coming to some public schools to conduct prayer meetings and relegating girls to the back of the room and not to mix with the boys, Hudak said no one was going to discriminate against his daughter (which wasn't the issue) and that he trusted school principals to do the right thing (again, not the issue). Why couldn't he say he opposed such discrimination, and promise to have his education minister take action if Conservatives form the government? Sharia law, anyone? His faith that principals would not be intimidated or pressured by minority groups or human rights zealots verged on the naïve... or cynical.

My Stalker, Clifford Olson

| Posted 09.30.2011 | Canada

I knew Olson as well as anyone can know a homicidal and narcissistic sociopath. He was a congenital liar and manipulator. You couldn't believe a word he said. I've been criticized for keeping in touch with Olson. This is mindless criticism.