Entries by Peter Worthington from 10/2011

Why Did the Sun Hang Hudak Out to Dry?

| Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada

By not endorsing -- even reluctantly -- any party leader, the Sun is saying a pox on all of them. So whatever goes wrong in the province in the future, the Sun is seemingly absolving itself of any responsibility.

The New Russia Is Much Like the Old Russia

| Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada

To those familiar with "Soviet" Russia, it's startling to see the billboards advertising Western cars, Samsung electronics, Subway fast food, Italian clothes, Paris fashions. Quite a change from the Moscow I remember where billboards advertised "Glory to Soviet cement."

Today's Moscow: Golden Domes and Golden Arches

| Posted 10.06.2011 | Canada

Russia's War With Islam

| Posted 10.07.2011 | Canada

We in North America tend to forget that Russia is Europe's second biggest economy. It's also the world's biggest producer of oil and gas -- probably more than the rest of the world combined. What Russia has that we haven't to the same extent, is Islamic terrorism.

Russia: Where Bigger Is Still Better

| Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada

Russians are obsessed with size. If something is big, it's good. If it's oversized, it's better. Buildings in St. Petersburg and Moscow are huge and tend to the baroque. Visually impressive, albeit much the same. One finds oneself longing for something small and private.

Lamenting the War of 1812

| Posted 10.09.2011 | Canada

The War of 1812 presentation is a painless history lesson that changed the direction of both Canada and the U.S -- and was completely unnecessary. As one soldier of 1812 laments, it pitted people of the same background against one another. For what? No one is sure.

Canadian Military Needs a Battle on Bureaucracy

| Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada

Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie is quoted in Maclean's as having said the "tail," or administrative staff in Ottawa's Defence headquarters, has grown like topsy and "we've got almost as many people in Ottawa as we have in the regular-force deployable army." One is tempted to ask "what else is new?"

Hudak Needed a Campaign of Silence

| Posted 10.11.2011 | Canada

When Dalton McGuinty was down in the polls, Hudak seemed prepared to let the Liberals self-destruct without comment from him. Maybe if Hudak had run a campaign on silence, instead of uttering banalities and refusing to answer certain pointed questions, he'd have done better in Toronto and urban centres.

Don Cherry and Hockey Fights Are Just Part of the Game

| Posted 10.13.2011 | Canada

It's pretty hard to justify head shots, or anything that might damage the brain. But don't confuse concussions, head shots, or cheap shots with fighting. It could be argued that few things are less dangerous than a hockey fight. The crowd loves it, and little harm is done.

Let Greece Default

| Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada Politics

There is no rescuing Greece. If the country will not submit to regulations that people like Mark Carney would probably endorse, better that it not be propped up. Let it abandon the euro and revert to the drachma, until it comes to terms with itself.

Lee Harvey Oswald's "Lover" Claims Conspiracy

| Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada

Here we go again! Another conspiracy theory -- this time by a woman who has written a 600-page book (Me and Lee) claiming she and Lee Harvey Oswald were lovers and that instead of assassinating John Kennedy in 1963, he was trying to save him.

Gaddafi Dead: What Took So Long?

| Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada

Barack Obama refused to take the lead, but offered support if other countries bit the bullet, so to speak, and led the way. Our politial leaders insisted we were shooting up Libya to protect civilians, not in an effort to replace Gaddafi's oppressive regime. Nonsense, but that's international diplomacy.

Murdering Gaddafi Was the Right Thing to Do

| Posted 10.22.2011 | Canada

Civil liberties types worry about how Gaddafi died. What does it matter? He's gone, and that's the bottom line. Arguably, the last thing anyone should have wanted was Gaddafi put on trial, which would almost certainly have become a disruptive circus and fiasco.

Thomas Mulcair Not Interested in Playing it Safe

| Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada Politics

Mulcair is reputed to have a quick and unpredictable temper, which makes him exciting, but he also seems to look beyond the present. He's said that if the NDP ever wants to form the government, it must be prepared to "do things differently." That sounds like an innovative guy who is anxious to break fresh ground.

Libya's Sharia Law: A Different Kind of Tyranny

| Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada Politics

True democracy and Sharia law are irreconcilable. Women are officially inferior. Apostasy -- the changing of religions, or abandoning Islam for Christianity -- is a crime. And running a country with a banking system that allows no interest payments poses problems on the international stage.

Animal Rights Activists Might Be Criminals, But Not Terrorists

| Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada

Today's "terrorists" are mostly Muslim extremists, capable of terrorizing whole populations -- something animal and/or environmental extremists can't do. By all means, prosecute law-breakers, but don't brand them "terrorists."

Mary Walsh Ambushing Rob Ford: No One's Laughing

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Canada Politics

A CBC spokesman tried to explain that Mary Walsh's ambush was for a "lighthearted moment" on TV. Fair game for the CBC, which has its own ethical standards, none of which involve telling the public how it spends taxpayers' money.

Conrad Black the Villain of His Own Book?

| Posted 10.30.2011 | Canada Business

Conrad is candid in documenting how, when fortunes turned against him, former friends and allies also turned against him. Even at the Telegraph, employees who owed their careers to Conrad, turned on him. If nothing else, Conrad Black seems not have been a great judge of character.

Toronto Sun Rises at 40 as Newspapers Fade

| Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada

Over the past 40 years it has become something of an institution in Toronto -- beloved by some, despised by others, but always competitive, periodically incestuous, often irritatingly cheerful, occasionally naughty, and ever determined to be itself and to hell with what critics think.