When an armed madman breaks into a school the right response is to drop to one knee and open fire. Anyone who calls that wrongheaded, or disgusting, invites serious questions about their priorities.
The recent deadly gang-rape of a 23-year-old on a New Delhi bus dramatized the choking fear that stunts women’s lives throughout the subcontinent. Now do you see why effective self-defence is important?
‘Tis not the season to be sarcastic. I’m still hoping Santa will bring one of those “National Sarcasm Society: Like we need your support” T-shirts. But I’m not writing a satirical list of dream gifts for politicians or anything like that. There is a time to demolish rubbish and a time to stop and breathe deeply and smell the roses or, in this case the pine needles, and be glad we have noses.
The City of Ottawa wants us to give them less garbage. The feeling, I assure you, is mutual.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper just made a clear, wise decision on foreign governments buying our natural resources. Or so he claims. The problem is, we don’t really know what he did or why, and what we do know isn’t reassuring.
A house in Key West is the Hemingway Home & Museum because it is where Ernest Hemingway lived in the 1930s when he was often drunk and wrote books of short words. And the captain of a ship gave the writer of spare prose a cat of spare toes and bureaucrats worry about its many-toed descendants and that is the government in action.