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  • National Post Marking the end of a hollow president’s feckless record on terrorism Tuesday December 29th, 2015
    I do not see the world improving next year. Politically, the best news about 2016 is that it will mark the end of the public careers of the two most humility-void, vainglorious politicians in American history, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump: Obama by constitutional fiat and Trump either by his defeat in the Republican primaries or through a t...
  • National Post In praise of the driverless car. Soon may I see my own e-chauffeur Tuesday December 15th, 2015
    My fondest memories of fairground rides have me queuing up and excitedly sliding into “my” Dodge ‘Em car, which I would “drive” around a large rubber-floored rink filled with other cars, the object to avoid being bumped while trying to bump as many other cars as possible. It was safe and controlled, while offering the illusion of adventure and independence. ...
  • National Post As jihadis, women can be just as savage as men Thursday December 10th, 2015
    “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” The old dictum must be retired. Women rejected in love may very well be dangerous, but all the fury of all the scorned women in the world pales in fearsomeness beside the ferocity unleashed by women set ablaze by ideological passion. News of females abetting, and even fighting alongside male warriors is no longer surprising. W...
  • National Post Attack of the poutine separatists Tuesday December 8th, 2015
    Languages! Here today, gone tomorrow. Not English, of course, here forever (although I bet the Romans said the same thing about Latin). Unofficial languages spoken by small populations are fragile, though. Take, for example, a Croatian language, Dalmatian. Well, you can’t actually; it’s officially dead. See what I mean? Yiddish is allegedly a dying language, though it&r...
  • National Post Let palliative care enough time to prove itself Thursday December 3rd, 2015
    A euphemism is, the dictionary tells us, “a mild or indirect expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.” And we live in an age where avoidance of the unpleasant is something of a mania. Especially where death is concerned. “Pregnancy termination” sounds better than “abortion.&rdq...
  • National Post My revenge novel proved to be a balm Wednesday December 2nd, 2015
    Fiction writers rarely wonder if they have what it takes to write a punchy opinion column. But plenty of non-fiction writers wonder if they have the creative juice for a work of fiction. I’m a lifelong reader, with eclectic tastes. I especially like mysteries and even though for many years I have had a wonderfully satisfying job writing opinion columns for a national newspaper, I l...
  • National Post The rape crisis industry Tuesday December 1st, 2015
    In the summer of 2014, CBC News contacted 87 Canadian post-secondary institutions to ascertain the incidence of reported sexual assaults on students between 2009-13. The survey included reports to the university and/or to the police, whether or not they resulted in disciplinary action or criminal prosecution. Notably, “[the CBC survey] did not include reports that did not fit...
  • National Post Rape culture and the problem with numbers Thursday November 26th, 2015
    Most mainstream news publications publish, you know, news. Except when it’s about “rape culture” on campus, when no news is also considered news. Case in point: following a winter survey they initiated last year on campus sexual assault, CBC News this fall conducted a survey of 87 post-secondary institutions to investigate the reporting of sexual assaults in 2014 on and...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on honour and feminism Thursday November 26th, 2015
    On Nov. 11, PAH Governor Barbara Kay gave a speech to the Canadian Association for Equality in Ottawa, entitled “A Question of Honour: Feminism and Multiculturalism in the Political Crosshairs.” Here is the full text of her talk. Last month, in the city of Dessau, Germany, the body of a 20-year old Syrian woman, identified as “Rokstan M.” was discovered in a shall...
  • National Post Bill Maher 1, Chrystia Freeland 0 Tuesday November 24th, 2015
    Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister for International Trade is, generally speaking, a smart cookie. But that wasn’t my takeaway from her performance as a guest panelist alongside Maine governor Angus King and The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech on the Bill Maher “Real Time” show that aired last Friday. Maher made Freeland look, well, less than smart, without ev...
  • National Post Trudeau must find the maturity to reconsider timeline on refugees Friday November 20th, 2015
    Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister on Nov 4. Only two weeks ago, but it may as well have been 10 years ago. For in the light of last week’s horrific attacks in Paris, our world has shifted on its axis. And yet, although Trudeau clearly knows cognitively what has happened, he is acting as though nothing has changed. He is determined to implement his sunshine promises, as ...
  • National Post The ugly truth about ‘cat ladies’ Tuesday November 17th, 2015
    Hallowe’en is always a gold mine for cute pics of kids in unusual costumes appearing on social media. One I especially liked this year — I simply had to “share” it — was a little girl in slippers with her hair in giant curlers, and attached to her bathrobe from shoulders to hem a passle of kitten stuffies. A sign around her neck announced her as “cat l...
  • National Post Anti-male ignorance on parade at the CBC Friday November 13th, 2015
    The personal is the political. I experienced a dose of both in the heated exchange on “The Sunday Talk” segment of CBC’s The National Nov 8. My son Jon was, as usual, on the panel, this time to discuss one of my niche subjects, men’s awareness groups, and their struggle for official recognition on several Canadian campuses. Watching, I reeled internally between ma...
  • National Post More road kill on the highway of white privilege Tuesday November 10th, 2015
    It’s too bad “white privilege” can’t be packaged up and sold. Otherwise young white males hoping for a future in academia might be able to sell theirs on eBay, and give themselves a fighting chance at a career. Because there’s no longer any guarantee that competence, liberalism and a clean record will protect you when aggrieved students need a hand...
  • National Post Jew hatred, throughout the ages Wednesday November 4th, 2015
    During the Second World War, civilization as we knew it perished in the fires of the Holocaust. The fires were stoked by a hatred whose ferocity had no precedent in human history. Shocked to the core, we thought we would never see its like again. We are seeing it again, but we are shy to call it by its name, lest we be forced to admit that there is no atrocity so egregious it cannot serv...
  • National Post How the Tories abandoned desperate fathers Tuesday October 27th, 2015
    I had a bad moment last week, and it’s (largely) Stephen Harper’s fault. Walking home from the grocery store, my mobile rang. It was a young father I’ll call Kassim, who is in a nightmarish court battle to maintain his bond with a daughter being systematically alienated by a (well-documented) vengeful mother. Expert witnesses have endorsed him as a loving, co...
  • National Post Tough questions on the health risks of abortion remain Friday October 23rd, 2015
    October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Upcoming, November is International Preterm Birth Awareness Month. “Uh oh,” I can almost hear certain pro-choice stakeholders muttering: “Is she actually going there?” Yep. Fasten your seat belts, readers. Like they say in those corny action movies, “I’m going in!” "In” is t...
  • National Post Do you want to adopt a dog? Reconsider the pit bull Thursday October 22nd, 2015
    In June of 1997, seven-year old Sharon Reynolds of Kingston, Ontario was savaged to death by a pit bull living in her home. Her mother Louise was erroneously charged and convicted of her murder. Louise’s misfortune was to have the infamous Dr. Charles Randal Smith, head pediatric forensic pathologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, witnessing against her at trial. Sm...
  • National Post It was the snitch line, not the niqab stance, that hurt Harper Tuesday October 20th, 2015
    Noted on Twitter last evening: “Two lasting political idioms emerging from elxn2015: 1. “pulling a niqab” (ugly populism). 2.”Pulling a fordfest” (bonehead campaign finale).” I approve the “fordfest” neologism; but I have reservations about “pulling a niqab” as an “ugly populism.” I think Harper’s stand o...
  • CJNEWS Rejection of the niqab is self-defence, not racism Monday October 19th, 2015
    In her op-ed in the Oct. 8 CJN, Danielle Kubes asks why “Jews have not come out in mass support” of Ishaq Zunera, who refuses to take her citizenship unmasked. I can’t speak for other Jews, but I have long supported a niqab ban in the public sector, and I consider Kubes’ alarmist fears of a slippery slope unfounded. Kubes’ main points are: a) if we ban the niqab today, tomorrow it will be the k...
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