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  • National Post Those Calling for Abolition of Electoral College Want Neither a Republic Nor a Democracy Monday November 16th, 2020
     Commentary In the 2016 U.S. election Hillary Clinton won the popular vote handily, but—against all poll and virtually all pundit predictions—she lost the election because Donald Trump amassed a winning number of Electoral College votes. The outcome so stunned and outraged Clinton’s followers that an instant “resistance” sprang up to protest what they perceived as an illegitimate victor...
  • National Post How the ‘Peace Industry’ Got It Wrong on the Middle East Monday October 19th, 2020
    Commentary In 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump fulfilled a long-standing promise to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and move the American embassy to Jerusalem, the news was received with horror on the left. Politicians and pundits warned that the Arab “street” would rise in violent protest. As it happened, most Palestinians didn’t care where the American emba...
  • National Post Close Finish in US Election Could Mean Greater Civil Unrest Thursday September 10th, 2020
    Commentary My progressive friends and I, normally at odds politically, are united in dread of the fallout from a photo finish in the U.S. presidential election. In 2016, the Democrats and their media allies grudgingly accepted Trump’s official win, but immediately undertook a campaign to unseat him by every means possible. A great swath of Americans believe his presidency is illegitimat...
  • National Post Orwell’s ‘Crimestop’ Alive and Well in 2020 Friday August 14th, 2020
    Commentary True story. My eight-year-old granddaughter and her mother were working on a jigsaw puzzle, an image of a cat’s face surrounded by black background. We adults were complaining about the difficulty of joining up so many all-black pieces. My granddaughter said, without a shred of irony, “This feels like racism to me.” Well, her remark felt like “Crimestop” to me. In George Orwe...
  • National Post Could Push Come to Shove in US Effort to Rein in Beijing? Friday July 17th, 2020
    Commentary President Trump is juggling three critically important domestic fronts: COVID-19, proliferating protest with concomitant rising crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing, and a re-election campaign tethered to low approval figures. The Chinese Communist Party is doubtless pleased by these distractions. In their ongoing zero-sum competition with the United States, they see...
  • National Post Show Trial of Brock Professor Over Essay A Disgrace Tuesday June 16th, 2020
    Commentary Thirty years ago, chemistry professor Dieter Seebach, now 83, wrote a scientific article on the state of affairs in his specialty of organic synthesis. On June 4, the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie published an homage to Seebach’s paper written by Brock University’s Tomas Hudlicky, a Tier 1 Canada research chair in organic chemistry. In his own peer-re...
  • National Post Show Trial of Distinguished Professor Over Essay a Disgrace Tuesday June 16th, 2020
    Commentary Thirty years ago, chemistry professor Dieter Seebach, now 83, wrote a scientific article on the state of affairs in his specialty of organic synthesis. On June 4, the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie published an homage to Seebach’s paper written by Brock University’s Tomas Hudlicky, a Tier 1 Canada research chair in organic chemistry. In his own peer-re...
  • National Post Canada Beware the Steely Claws of the Chinese Regime Friday May 15th, 2020
    The Calgary Zoo is sending Panda bears Er Shun and Da Mao, originally slated to remain through 2024, home to China. I say “home” because Pandas are never sold to zoos. China leases Pandas out in order to control their scarcity and to ensure China is the sole supplier of bamboo, Pandas’ principal source of energy (about 18 kg a day each). Given the five-fold profit China stood to make on...
  • National Post Human Wreckage: Pondering Lenin’s Legacy on 150th Anniversary of His Birth Sunday April 19th, 2020
    Commentary Canada’s Liberal government has dragged its feet on acknowledging the duplicity of the Chinese Communist Party throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Occasionally, as when Health Minister Patty Hajdu recently told a journalist that accusing China of concealing the extent of its outbreak was “feeding into conspiracy theories,” the Canadian response has skirted “useful idiot” territor...
  • National Post Video: What Israel’s Kibbutz Experiment Can Teach Feminists Monday February 24th, 2020
    Commentary The above video is part of a series created by The North Wire. Feminist doctrine tells us that differences between men and women can be explained by “social construction.” If only one could raise girls in an environment entirely free of gender-biased attitudes, feminists tell us, women and men would exhibit similar behaviours. But alas, they say, no such controlled experiment...
  • National Post Blockades: Authorities Must Not Be Cowed by Radical Protesters Monday February 17th, 2020
    Commentary Canada is supposed to be the land of peace, order, and good government. At the moment, all three are in jeopardy. Thanks to illegal actions taken by a fistful of hereditary band chiefs and their eco-warrior allies, Canadians are holding their collective breath. When and how will this scofflaw-initiated standoff end? When trains don’t run in Canada—and a huge number of them ar...
  • National Post Confronting Iran: US is Taking the Right Approach Monday January 13th, 2020
    In March 2004, an Israeli missile strike killed Islamist zealot Sheik Ahmed Yassin, founder of Hamas, which has been classified as a terrorist movement in Canada since 2002 and in many other countries, including some Arab nations. Suicide bombing his specialty, Yassin’s hands were continually sticky with Jewish blood. Response to his death from his followers was fierce. Hamas declared th...
  • National Post Do We Now Have Social Classes of Hate Killers? Monday December 16th, 2019
    On Dec 10, religious fanatics Francine Graham and David Anderson went on a bloody rampage in Jersey City, New Jersey. It began in a cemetery where they opened fire on Detective Joseph Seals, a father of five who had been investigating the murder of an Uber driver the day before, to which Graham’s and Anderson’s stolen U-Haul had been linked. When Seals approached them, they shot him dead...
  • National Post Educational Earthquake: ‘Disappearing’ the Great Writers From Schools Monday November 18th, 2019
    The Greater Essex County District School Board in the Windsor, Ont., area is supplanting its grade 11 literature curriculum, which up to now has featured great writers of the western canon such as Shakespeare and George Orwell, with a year-long program of Indigenous writers. The change has already been effected in eight of the district’s 15 schools. In the Peel district as well, I am info...
  • National Post Secularism Versus Religion: Is Humankind at a Crossroads? Thursday October 17th, 2019
    In a September column for the National Post, I discussed the recent revival of controversy about Charles Darwin’s “beautiful theory” of evolution, following the 2013 publication of “Darwin’s Doubt” by Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. In his book, Meyer rebuts Darwin’s reigning principle: that all life forms, including humans, have ev...
  • National Post Common Sense Should Prevail in Criminal Sentencing of Minorities Monday September 16th, 2019
    Kevin Morris, a 26-year old black man, was raised by a single mother in a tough Toronto neighbourhood. Having twice endured knife violence in youth, he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and paranoia after a third stabbing left him critically wounded. Last year, Morris was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm, his first criminal offence. The prosecutor requested a four-year “exemplary s...
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