Monthly Archives: November 2010

On liberty and junk-touching

It’s not exactly “Give me liberty or give me death.” But “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested” is a serviceable rallying cry for free people today. Why, you can even order a needlepoint version online.

For those of you who think that if men were meant to fly, God would have made their clothes transparent, the motto comes from one John Tyner who, on Nov. 13, said it to Transportation Security Administration agents at San Diego airport who wanted to feel him all over because he objected to going through a full-body scanner the TSA website wrongly said wasn’t in place there.

I do not know whether these scans are bad for you. I also do not suspect the TSA of wanting to see me electronically disrobed. And no one can think I’m soft on terror. But it is a great story for four key reasons. Continue reading

Our ineptitude with food is an easy meal ticket

Did you see that scoop in the Postmedia papers this week about an Alberta woman who got workers’ compensation from a court because serving ice cream made her arm hurt? How did we get to the point where difficulty handling small quantities of frozen dairy products creates a legal entitlement to public money?

It must be all this progress we’ve been having. Continue reading

Strength in humour

Now that we’ve observed a day of solemn remembrance of the war dead, the wounded, all who faced the horrors of combat or stood on guard, let us recall the noble cause of liberty under law they bravely served, and contemplate how desperately we still need such courage and resolve in a menacing world. Then let’s have a good belly laugh.

No, I haven’t taken leave of my so-called senses reading newspaper stories about Iran and Saudi Arabia seeking seats on the UN’s marquee women’s rights organization. Nor am I simply recommending that we laugh in the face of death, sneer at doom, and chuckle at catastrophe … though sometimes that seems the best plan when petrified by the spinelessness of the West facing mortal perils. Rather, I’m suggesting we all fight back by watching that Volkswagen Polo ad on YouTube at Continue reading

It is broken, so fix it

The U.S. midterm elections had something for everyone, from Tea Party triumphs to Tea Party flameouts, progressive stalwarts hanging tough or going down hard, centrists and radicals, inspiration, pathos and comedy, principles, ideas and stupidity. It’s the sort of raucous free-for-all in which America specializes and I call it healthy democracy. It even offered lessons for Canadians.

For instance there is now a very real possibility that Congress will repeal Obamacare after only a couple of years. On our side of the border it may seem an odd way to conduct public business. Imagine making an expensive mistake, realizing you’d blundered, and undoing it. Not how we do things, is it? We let Judy LaMarsh determine health policy for decades. Continue reading