What Patriotism Means to Me

I've spent hours watching the headlines pour forth from Iran, video of young, innocent Iranians being slaughtered in the street for challenging the state, photographs of brave Iranian women clutching at rocks, the only weapons they have besides their fists, as they stand toe-to-toe with a hostile militia. I see this and I am overcome with an immense feeling of patriotism for my own country. ...more

Canadians Seek America's Passion

As Pierre Elliot Trudeau said to an American audience in 1969, "Living next to you is like sleeping with an elephant; no matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt." America is not a beast but it cannot be denied that every twitch reverberates through Canada. The United States is our closest neighbour, largest trading partner and we share the longest undefended border in the world. We watch American elections with interest and fascination. American elections are so very different from Canadians elections. There's glitz and glamour. They are huge - larger than life almost. And no more have we felt this than this past October when our American neighbours were talking about an historic election and record voter turnout, while Canadians were facing an election they did not seem to want and forgot to vote in. We're jealous. ...more

Chretien had a certain charisma- nothing like the Obamamania (and I've thought he was ...more

you shouldn't be able to push the button if you can't say the word

nucular. nuc-ular. nucuuuuuular. NUCULAR is not a word. nuc-lear is a word. allow me to spell it phonetically: noo-klee-er. from the french word nucléaire, which means unpronounceable on television by substandard vice presidential candidates. of all the things that bothered me about last night’s debate (and believe me there were a few), this mispronunciation takes the cake, and here’s why: ...more

Who Are Today's Patriots?

Last night, my husband and I watched the first two parts of the HBO series "John Adams."  It seemed fitting in the midst of our election campaign to have a refresher on the founding of our country, the sacrifice and bloodshed.  Sometimes perspective is needed.  ...more

I, too, have early memories of Congressional hearings and Watergate.  When I look back on those ...more

Government dress codes, and the nature of antichrist

Ok.  This is a two pronged blog about things that have been annoying me.  First off, lapel pins.  Old hat news, but I keep hearing about it every day from right wing jackboots, so here I go:  my take on lapel pins. The idea of lapel pins is utterly, blindly unpatriotic, and also utterly, blindly unamerican.  Th following two things are listed under things never to do wit the flag in Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code (taken from www1.va.gov) ...more

Making a Difference at Christmas