Monday, May 05, 2008

Oh Say, Can You See?

Late last night, or rather, early this morning, the Dallas Stars defeated the San Jose Sharks in quadruple overtime in game six of their play-off series. The win ended the Sharks' season and propelled the Stars into the third round of the postseason, where they will play the Detroit Red Wings for the right to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup final. It also deprived the world of another chance to see the rarest of all sights: Americans booing their own national anthem.

Perhaps some background is order. During these NHL play-offs, the fans of the Stars have taken to shouting, in unison, the word "stars" as it is sung during the pre-game national anthem (ie. "Whose broad stripes and bright STARS!!!"). Really inspiring stuff. However, when the Stars travelled to play in San Jose, the Sharks' supporters responded with a loud chorus of boos each time the S-word was mentioned in the American national anthem. Even coming from the Greater San Francisco Bay area, an act that could so easily be misconstrued as anti-Americanism is remarkable.

With the series ending in six games, a deciding contest in San Jose will not occur. As a result, unless the good people of Detroit continue the new tradition, it is unlikely that Americans will be publicly booing their own national anthem en masse again anytime soon. In a post-9/11 era, when the wearing of American-flag lapel pins is a vital consideration when selecting the next president, this incident highlights the farcical and superfluous nature of pre-game national anthems.

Once a meaningful tribute, the singing of national anthems before each and every sporting event has lost its purpose. According to a poll on its website today, 69% of Globe and Mail readers disagree, but let's see if we can't change some minds. This pre-game tradition started in baseball following World War Two, to honour returning and fallen soldiers and was quickly adopted by the other major North American sports. And hockey.

At a time when the memories of six years of total war were still fresh, such a tribute was entirely appropriate. However, with the sixty-third anniversary of VE Day on Thursday, is such an act of remembrance still relevant before each and every sporting event? Of course, both Canada and the United States have fought, and are currently fighting, other wars since 1945. But how many sports fans are actually thinking about that fact when singing their national anthem before the opening pitch or face-off of a big game? It would likely be argued that people should be thinking of those who have recently lost their lives or those away from their families in Afghanistan or Iraq, but this seems unlikely on a Saturday night when the average fan is busy downing their second or third $12 beer.

This is demonstrated every time a stadium announcer asks fans to rise for the anthems, reminding them to "remove your hats and join us with respect" as they are sung. If pre-game anthems actually meant what they are supposed to mean, such a reminder would not be necessary. Modern day sports events use anthems as vehicles for excitement, not remembrance. The two emotions are mutually exclusive and the effect is that the intended meaning of national anthems is lost. 

Furthermore, paying tribute to soldiers was especially important at sporting events after World War Two, as many professional players had enlisted to fight in the war. But the wealth of modern athletes and the professional nature of today's military removes this connection between the two. Apart from Pat Tillman, no present-day sportsman has walked away from a multi-million dollar contract to risk their life in service to their country, making the singing of anthems before sporting events an even more outmoded ritual.

This is especially true given the international nature of modern sports. Compared to the 1940s and 1950s, when virtually all players were relatively local to the team they played for, today's athletes come from around the world to complete in the lucrative leagues of North America. The average NHL team has just over half of its players from Canada and one-fifth from the United States, meaning that an American franchise typically ices a team where 80% of the players have no allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, while four of the six Canadian teams are captained by Europeans. Exactly who is represented by the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner at a game between Dallas and San Jose, two teams that didn't even exist when I was born, let alone in 1945? Playing national anthems before international games, such as the ongoing Men's World Hockey Championship, where players wear the name of their countries on their shirts, makes sense, but not before a game between two franchises of international free-agent mercenaries.

It would be much easier to defend the playing of national anthems before sporting events as an important North American tradition if the sporting world wasn't virtually the only segment of society taking part. I can spend a night at the opera or theatre without singing O Canada before the curtain rises. Churchgoers forgo the anthems and head straight for the hymns, making no apologies for their allegiance laying elsewhere. In fact, it is difficult to think of any other group, organization or activity that unfailingly begins with the national anthem.

Even within the sporting world itself, anthems are not ubiquitous. Tiger Woods manages to hit a ball without first demonstrating his loyalty to Old Glory, as does Andy Roddick (although he usually reminds us of his nationality in other ways). Bowling, figure skating and even the poker that inexplicably appears on sports channels these days all somehow avoid this ritual without criticism. Yet questioning the place of national anthems before major team sports (and hockey) borders on treason.

The effect of all this is that national anthems at sporting events no longer mean what they should. They retain their role as rallying calls, but the focal point shifts from war veterans and countries to sports franchises. As a result, our national anthems, within the context of sports venues, are no longer national anthems but team songs. Take the recent series between the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, for example. Before each game at the Bell Centre, the home fans cheered boisterously during the American national anthem and sang along loudly with O Canada. But this was not patriotism, only gamesmanship; we now cheer our anthem to support our team and disrespect the other's to show our contempt, not for their country, but their players. Similar events occurred when Edmonton played San Jose in the 2006 play-offs.

The logic behind this treatment of anthems is nonsensical at best, yet it is the by-product of the continuation of a tradition that has lost its meaning. It becomes particularly problematic when both teams share the same anthem, as in the Dallas-San Jose series, putting fans in a position where they, in effect, boo themselves.

However, it becomes more than just problematic when factors such as politics become involved, as they almost certainly will when national rituals are concerned. Montreal fans famously booed the Star-Spangled Banner in 2003 to protest the US invasion of Iraq. The Montreal fans were roundly condemned in the US and Canadian press and the president of the Canadiens apologized for their actions. Yet, if anthems are intended to represent their nations, why should they not be vulnerable to criticism when those nations act irresponsibly? Why should the setting of a hockey arena preclude free speech? Showing disrespect for purposes of sport is unacceptable, but freedom to political activism is an essential element of any democracy. Fortunately, history has validated the actions of Montrealers that night.

If rivalry is an inappropriate source of disrespect and political dissent is incredibly controversial, the combination of the two can only be disastrous, such as in the 2002 NHL play-offs when the Toronto Maple Leafs faced the New York Islanders in the first round. Before each game on Long Island, the Canadian national anthem was booed mercilessly to demonstrate the fans' contempt for the visiting team. Specifically targeted was Leafs forward Darcy Tucker, who had ended New York captain Mike Peca's season with a borderline hit in Toronto. Never mind that the beloved Peca is a native of Toronto, O Canada was booed because it represented the Maple Leafs.

Unfortunately, the Leafs' "team song" is also Canada's national anthem and it also represented the four Canadian soldiers who died in Afghanistan that same week, killed when an American pilot dropped a laser-guided bomb on them despite being ordered to disengage. While it's unlikely the New York fans knowingly booed with this in mind, the North American insistence on playing national anthems before games nonetheless created the conditions for such a tragic combination of sports and politics.

There are two obvious solutions to this ongoing issue. First, fans could simply stop booing national anthems. However, since anthems are only treated as anthems some of the time and as partisan songs the rest of the time, this is unlikely to happen. Of all the above examples, only the Iraq-motivated Montreal case involved the booing of a national anthem, while the rest were directed towards the other teams. Anthems, through their overuse, run the risk of losing their powerful meanings altogether, which would only accelerate the lack of respect they receive.

As a result, the second option must be adopted and anthems must cease to be played before sporting events, with the exception of international contests. Such an act would not be disrespectful to our countries or our war veterans, since the tradition long ago lost any significant connection to either. Ending national anthems would act to preserve the meaning of both remembrance and the anthems themselves, allowing us to celebrate both in more tangible and respectful manner. Continuing to play anthems before games creates conflicting interests and unwinnable situations that benefit nobody.

"If it's ain't broke, don't fix it," as the saying goes. This tradition needs to be fixed.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

All The World's A Stage

"I didn't know it, but what I was really looking for was compassion. Not consciously, of course. I didn't consciously want to become compassionate. Who in his right mind would give up his place at the center of the universe? Compassion is scary. If you open up too much to people, they have power over you and make you do thing for them. Much better to keep them at a distance, keep them on the other side of the footlights. Learn to juggle- learn to fall down in funny ways. Keep them as an audience where you can be in control. Keep the curtain up, keep the play going. It holds off judgement."

- Alan Alda, in his autobiography Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer

Dear Sunglasses-Wearing Men of Kingston,

Nice weather we're having these days, eh? Looks like winter is finally over and before too long we'll have our first smog warning. What? That already happened this week? In April?!?! Yikes...

Anyway, I'm sure I don't have to tell you that, with the warmer temperatures and sunnier skies of late, the women of Kingston have made the switch to their summer wardrobes. I'm as excited as you are!

But then again, maybe I'm not quite as excited as you are. Just so you know, your sunglasses may hide your eyes, but nothing masks your body language. You're not being half as subtle as you think you are. A lot of you are really creepy.

All the best in your ongoing drooling endeavours,
G.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Introducing: The Worst Hockey Team In Canada

In case you haven't heard, on Monday night the Ottawa Senators officially surrendered the right to make fun of another Canadian hockey team. For the remainder of human history, or at least Ottawa Senators history (let's face it: Ottawa sports franchises don't tend to last too long), nobody in a Senators jersey will ever be able to ridicule, insult or in any way antagonize the players or fans of another Canadian hockey team.

Before the puck dropped at the Senators' home play-off opener on Monday night, the home team sent out a helmeted, bare-chested actor in a Roman legionnaire costume. In what can only be described as a very sad attempt to get their fans behind their woefully underachieving team, this ancient soldier embarked on a dramatic soliloquy about.... well, nobody really knows, since his wireless microphone kept cutting in and out. Like I said, it was sad:


It would be overly harsh to criticize the Senators for these technical difficulties. After all, according to this casting call from CTV, this embarrassment had only been in the works since at least March 4th. Five weeks is hardly enough time to get such complicated matters sorted out.

Audio problems aside, this ridiculous stunt is nothing short of humiliating for the Ottawa franchise. To their credit, Senators fans generally don't need too much help getting loud, especially during the play-offs. It may be a government town, but they're still Canadian and they don't need to be told that the Stanley Cup play-offs are worth getting excited about. Maybe an American team would need to do something like this for the postseason; folks in Nashville or Miami want a show when they go to the rink, but Canadian fans know the game is all the show they need. Regardless, the shame of this introduction will not be easy to live down to fans from other cities.

Moreover (Moreover?? What, have you been writing essays for the last two weeks or something?? -ed), these pre-game dramatics highlighted another farcical aspect of Ottawa's favourite/only sports team. Why would they get an armour-clad, sword-carrying warrior to perform before the game? Indeed, why do the "Senators" have such a soldier as their logo? Roman senators were legislators, not soldiers, who attained their status through aristocratic bloodlines and large, monetary tributes. As we all know by now, there's nothing worse than when aristocratic politicians play at being soldiers. Wow, connecting the Ottawa Senators to George W. Bush is a lot easier than you might think!

Finally, while a gladiator might have nothing to do with a senator, it seems that the name itself is a pretty good representation of this team. Here, since in fact I have been writing essays for the last two weeks and I feel the need to cite others, is an excerpt from my second year Roman history text:

"The senate [in the Roman republic] could not pass laws. A vote of the senate constituted a decree... Such a decree was simply advice to a magistrate and was not legally binding. A magistrate could legally enforce it, but he was also free to modify or reject it altogether."

Sounds pretty ineffectual, in an oddly similar way. Since their free fall down the NHL standings began around the turn of the calendar year, the Ottawa Senators have been issuing decrees left, right and centre. They've talked about injuries and poor referees. They've insisted, with the help of some PG-13 rated language, that they're giving it their all every night. When their coach was fired for their poor second half, they insisted they just needed to keep doing what they've been and everything would work itself out in the end. With the team now down 3-0 in its first round series, that end is imminent.

Just like their Roman counterparts, the decrees of these Senators can be ignored. Despite all their claims to the contrary, everything is not well with the team; their troubles this season amount to more than just a few bad bounces going against them. The Senators' dressing room demonstrates a mentality of denial that prevented them from recognizing and dealing with this reality. Putting on a blindfold, ignoring the problem and spouting cliches does not make you a winner, only winning does. Just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs... or George W. Bush (too easy!).

Saturday, March 22, 2008

You Don't Say!

From the "Look Who's Agreeing With Me Now!" file:

Just a little more than two months after I wrote in this space about NDP leader Jack Layton's ineffectual leadership, Globe columnist Bill Curry echoes my sentiments in today's paper following disappointing results in the recent by-elections.

Curry quotes Murray Weppler, formerly top aide to past party leaders David Lewis and Ed Broadbent. "'We're not talking about any of the serious issues that affect the average Canadian any more. We're talking about ATM fees,' he said, blaming part of the problem on what he sees as the news media's lack of interest in social issues such as homelessness."

By comparison, I said: "To review, the NDP is advocating fairness for: Women? The working poor? Skilled immigrants with unrecognized credentials? Aboriginal Canadians? Organized labour? Impoverished populations in developing countries? Global human rights victims living under despotic rulers? No. Wireless phone users... It's also worth assigning some blame for Layton's absence from the public eye on the Canadian popular media, which typically spends more time discussing consumer issues than those relating to poverty or justice."

Curry says: "But with national support for the [NDP] stagnating, some on the Canadian left want Mr. Layton to do more than listen: They want him to start speaking the language of traditional New Democrats."

I said: "These are the issues that best reflect the traditional values of the NDP. The apparent inability of Layton to generate either media attention or public interest in them indicate a leader who is struggling to effectively represent his party."

Would somebody, anybody, please give me a press pass?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kiss Me, I'm An Environmentalist

Yesterday, March 17, saw the commencement of Earth Week on Queen's campus. I know that concern about the environment and global warming are huge issues right now, but I had no idea just how big until yesterday.

You would not believe the number of people I saw wearing green yesterday; judging by the amount of yelling and hollering in the streets these people did until the wee hours of the morning, they are very excited about "conservation and environmental innovation." It looks like this event will be a huge success.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Don't Ask Me; I Just Live Here

"Acclaimed Toronto-based playwright Judith Thompson, a former Kingston resident and Queen's University graduate, has become the first Canadian to win the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, now into its 30th year in the U.S.," reports the Whig.

I can't help but wonder: if I were to go on to win some kind of award after graduating this spring, what would my Whig article look like? Would they describe me as "former Kingston resident and Queen's University graduate Greg Weston," as they did above, or would I simply be a "Queen's University graduate?"

I would have thought the latter implied the former. At the start of each school year and in the weeks leading up to Homecoming, we are told that we are expected to behave appropriately, since we are a part of the Kingston community. For the rest of the year, language like this is used to remind us that we are not.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sure, That's The Reason

"As if the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs haven't been heaped with enough scorn by hockey fans, the struggling squad may also be to blame for the recent cancellation of several high-profile CBC shows including, ironically, the steamy nighttime NHL soap 'MVP'," the Globe reports today.

Apparently, with the Leafs poised to miss the play-offs for the third straight year, the CBC will in turn miss out on the approximately $10 million in advertising revenue the network would have taken in as advertisers hawked their wares to Leafs Nation.

Mary Young Leckie, producer and co-creator of the recently-cancelled series "MVP," says that the CBC programming director told her that, should the Ceeb not be given a $10,000,000 gift courtesy of Canada's Team, "either everyone had to do their shows for less or at least one series was going to have to go.

"Wouldn't that be insane if the Leafs were to blame?" she added. "It's just another good reason to hate the Leafs." Yawn... Ms. Leckie, the only thing less original than such a ridiculous swipe at the Leafs is the premise of your now-defunct show. If you don't want your next series to get cancelled before it even finishes its first season, maybe you should think of an idea that isn't "borrowed" from a successful BBC program (or programme, as the case may be).

You might want to think again about the logic behind your criticism of the Blue and White. When they do make the play-offs, they make $10 million for the CBC. Now you're blaming them for not making enough money to support your ex-show which, by the way, needs to be subsidized because it doesn't make any money.

I should end by saying that I'm fully in favour of subsidizing the arts and I'm a big fan of public broadcasting. The reality of our proximity and cultural similarity to the American media hegemon is that no Canadian project can get off the ground without public assistance. But to blame the Leafs-- to "hate the Leafs"-- for this reality is unfair, illogical and petty.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

200 Not Out

As long as we're celebrating my accomplishments and all that:

I was wondering: Do you think it would it be cheating to write a post for the sole purpose of pointing out that said post was the 200th to appear in this space? You think it would too, eh? Well, I'd better not do it then. Maybe there's another, more discrete way (shameless... utterly shameless! -ed).


That title's a clever cricket reference, by the way. Never mind, I'm sure everyone caught it. Howzat!!!

I Am A Master Baker

Today, just because it was miserable outside and I didn't want to leave the house, because I basically live off of them and because I've always wanted to see where they come from, I made bagels. Although they are a little wrinkly and uneven and even though one of them lost its hole during the cooking process, I am very proud of these bagels. They are the best tasting non-Montreal-style bagels I have ever eaten. You can really taste the self-satisfaction!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Mom & Pop Inc.

Remember back in the 90s when the Bank of Montreal1 released a television ad featuring the Bob Dylan song The Times They Are A-Changin'? For using the iconic 1960s protest anthem in a bank commercial, Dylan was accused of being a sell-out and the Bank of Montreal was branded as an evil and heartless corporation.

Back to 2008 and it appears that restaurant chain Kelsey's has taken a page out of the bank's playbook. Their new ad campaign paints the franchises as familiar, local establishments, using the Where Everybody Knows Your Name theme song from the classic television sitcom Cheers. Nice!

It's not quite as unsavoury as the Bank of Montreal example-- although much loved in this space, the sentimental appeal of Cheers does not have the political significance of Dylan's masterpiece, while Kelsey's is not a multi-billion-dollar-per-quarter profit factory-- but it is a rather spurious ploy by Kelsey's. There are 125 cookie-cutter Kelsey's outlets nationwide; owned by food service omnibus Cara Operations Ltd., the parent company of Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, Montana's and Milestones, Kelsey's is part of a web of over 1,200 restaurant locations across Canada. It is NOT a cozy, locally-owned restaurant and, due to high turnover, corporate management techniques and minimum wages, it is unlikely the staff will shout out your name in unison when you walk through the door.

Unfortunately, due to the corporatization of, well, everything in Canada, that's the new Norm.
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1 For those too young to remember, "the Bank of Montreal" is what the bank now known as BMO used to be called before they decided their customers weren't smart enough to remember such a long name.2 It was also about this time they started moving their banks from traditional stone buildings to blue plastic boxes in strip mall parking lots. After all, when it comes to trusting someone with your life savings, would you rather they looked stable and secure or like an Ikea store?

2 To be fair, they weren't the only ones. Also guilty of such condescending changes were the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Indeed, the 1990s represent the last time Canadian banks gave their customers any credit.3

3 Zing!!

Too Little, Too Late

Don't look now (seriously, don't look... it's not pretty), but the Toronto Maple Leafs have begun their now annual play-off push!! Well, maybe not a "push," since it will almost certainly fall short. More of a play-off nudge.

Nonetheless, since a humiliating 8-0 loss to Florida on February 5th, the Leafs have turned a corner and gone on a 9-4-1 run. The team has collected 15 points in their last 10 games, second in the NHL behind the New York Rangers over that stretch. This hot streak has taken them from 15th (and last) place in the Eastern Conference all the way up to 12th place. But, just to be sure we're all on the same page here, this is not a good thing.

Not long after being within touching distance of the chance to draft teen phenom Steve Stamkos that would have come with finishing last overall, the Leafs are now 11 points above both Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, the current basement dwellers. If the season were to finish today (which, I assure you, it won't), the Leafs would be tied as the 6th worst team in hockey, thereby eliminating them from the lottery for the #1 draft choice, which is limited to the worst five teams.

If Stamkos is surely out of the picture, where does that leave Toronto? This year's draft class is considered a deep one, so wherever the Leafs end up drafting in the top ten (almost a certainty) or top five (still a strong possibility), they should get a player that is better than any drafted by Toronto in a long time. Unless they trade their first round pick to reacquire Wendel Clark, that is.

While it isn't Stamkos-or-bust, the Leafs will not benefit from this late-season surge. The play-offs are not a realistic goal for this season. As of this moment, Toronto stands just 1 point away from 11th place, 2 points away from 10th, 3 points away from 9th and, wait for it, 6 points back from 8th, the last play-off berth. The first three teams might be caught, but that final step, ultimately the only one that counts, will likely be one too many (just like two years ago when they went 9-1-2 down the stretch to finish in 9th, 2 points out of the post-season. Or last year when they went 9-5-2 in their last 16 games to miss the play-offs by one point).

This is what is so frustrating about this group of players. They believe they have a strong team, despite being on the brink of missing the play-offs for the third consecutive season (a franchise first). They believe they can still qualify for the play-offs this year, despite common logic and historical precedent. Worst of all, they do seem to be able to provide convincing evidence to support these claims, but only when it's too late to actually mean anything.

If these players think they're a good team, it would have been nice of them to show that from the beginning of the season. They say they have too much pride to finish at the bottom of the standings, but where was that pride when they had two 7-1 losses in the first month of the season? This situation, and the mentality that spawned it, is unacceptable. Another year finishing in 9th place will only act to convince these players that major change is not required; maybe that's why so many of them refused to waive their no-trade clauses at the deadline. Why would they want to leave, after all, when success in Toronto is surely just around the corner?

(For a more professional, legitimate and published-in-an-actual-newspaper account of the Leafs late-season tease, here's Tim Wharnsby from the Globe and Mail saying pretty much what I've just said... except more professionally, legitimately and published in an actual newspaper. -G)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The War On Winter

The following takes place between 7am and 8am:

Campus Security Alert

Subject: Queen's Weather Alert- Classes Cancelled
To: All Queen's Faculty, Staff and Students
March 5, 2008 7:37 am

Due to extreme weather conditions, classes are cancelled and the university has reduced operations. Employees should consult with their direct supervisors as to whether they should report to work. Caution in travelling to campus is strongly advised. For further updates, please check the Queen's website or the Queen's status line, 613-533-3333.

In addition, the National Weather Alert System has upgraded its status from "Green" (Normal) to "Blue" (Slippery).

Monday, March 03, 2008

God's On Thin Ice

It was a perilous morning here in south-eastern Ontario, where the Roman Catholic Church casts a long shadow, both literally and figuratively. As I left for my 8:30 Monday morning class, the slightly above freezing temperatures combined with the tendency of Kingston residents to not clear their sidewalks, resulting in a rather slippery and dangerous trek to Queen's campus.

Nowhere was this more apparent, at least along my route, than along Clergy Street next to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, the enormous bulk of which prevents the sun from melting the unshovelled snow and ice on the adjacent sidewalk. This morning, the mild temperature left a thin film of water on the top of the compacted snow, making it extremely dangerous to traverse, even for a handsome and athletic university student (hypothetically). I could have crossed to the other side, but the vastness of St. Mary's meant that it was covered likewise. Of course, the whole problem wouldn't have existed had somebody bothered to clear away the snow that fell several days ago.

However, irresponsible as it may be, I can at least understand why the resident of the other side of the street, a doctor's office, wouldn't shovel off its sidewalks all winter. After all, if a handsome and athletic university student were to slip and wrench their back (unfortunately, not hypothetically), it might be good for business. But what's the Church's interest in hurting me?

C'mon, God. I know we haven't exactly been on speaking terms for a few years now, but that's not my fault. If I remember right, I was the last one to call you and you never rang me back. Maybe you didn't get the message I left for you, but that's not my fault. Don't they have Post-It Notes in heaven? I can't be expected to just sit by the phone all day on the off chance you might find a spare moment for me.

I guess you think it's my fault that we haven't talked in a while. Whatever.... but making me cross the icy expanse of the Clergy Street sidewalk, only to watch me fall over, spilling my coffee, soaking my clothes and inflicting mild-to-moderate back pain is just plain petty. Seriously, I expect this kind of nonsense from the Protestants, but not from the Roman Catholic Church. Then again, St. Paul's Anglican Church had clean sidewalks today; you might not consider them a "real" church, but at least they get out the shovel every now and then!

So really, St. Mary's, clear your sidewalks. They're dangerous and if I have to spend another caffeine-free morning in wet clothing with pain shooting up and down my spine, you'll be hearing from my lawyers. Here's a riddle for you: can God get slapped with a lawsuit so big, even He can't settle it out of court?

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Why Quebec Is Not Kosovo

Just a quick post to draw attention to an excellent piece in today's Globe. Eddie Goldenberg, chief of staff in 2003 and senior policy adviser from 1993 to 2003 to former prime minister Jean Chr├ętien, dispels the disingenuous efforts of the Bloc Quebecois, Parti Quebecois and the international Serbian community to connect the recent independence of Kosovo and the Quebec sovereignty movement.

Recognize Kosovo and Quebec will be next? Sure it will... and gay marriage will lead to everyone marrying their horses (that's good sarcasm! -ed).