I remember when I was a kid at Hebrew school, I had one teacher, a young rabbi, who had worked for a few years rescuing kids who had been brainwashed by cults. Kids who would disappear, leaving their family to join some religious sect, these rabbis would answer the call of their parents like the A-Team but with beards and black overcoats. They would track the kids down and kidnap them if they had too, then spend days, or even months if necessary (although I doubt that was really necessary too often) trying to “re-program” the kids to come back to regular society. Often I’d sit at our morning meetings while the sales manager harangued away in his daily pep talk and wish that a squad of highly-trained rabbis would swing down on ropes from the next rooftop, break through the plate glass windows, and take me away. [Read more…]
The thing about Billy Fitzimmons is that he loves music and he loves women. And when I say he loves them, I don’t mean like you love your favourite old shoes, or maybe you love the first cigarette in the morning. I mean he’s crazy about both. I know what you’re thinking; a lot of guys love women in a different way from shoes- but Billy, well he’s already crazy, and then he adds a layer of crazy for women. And for music too. [Read more…]
Chaverim! Jews! Lantzmen!
I know there’s a lot going in the world today. Sure, there was a war, and most of the world sided with the jihadi death cult over Israel. Now there are anti-Jewish riots across Europe, synagogues attacked, old ladies punched, children threatened.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before! [Read more…]
I wouldn’t normally re-publish a comment on an article website, but the Canadian Jewish News actually deleted my comment, so I thought I’d repost it here.
A CJN op-ed by an off-and-on Liberal operative named Adam Goldenberg caught my eye because of its provocative headline, on one of the news aggregator sites:
I don’t know anything about Mr. Goldenberg, but I have seen his articles before, trying to move Jewish voters away from the Conservatives.
This article is basically a Trojan horse for that mission. The putative story “Jews Will Know First” is silly, and I think the author knows this, but he uses it as an excuse to get a few digs in at Harper for a Jewish audience.
The call came to the cellphone of his brother’s wife, Salah Kaware said Tuesday. Mr. Kaware lives in Khan Younis, in southeast Gaza, and the caller said that everyone in the house must leave within five minutes, because it was going to be bombed.
A further warning came as the occupants were leaving, he said in a telephone interview, when an Israeli drone apparently fired a flare at the roof of the three-story home. “Our neighbors came in to form a human shield,” he said, with some even going to the roof to try to prevent a bombing. Others were in the stairway when the house was bombed not long afterward.
Seven people died.
This is from a New York Times article this week. I’m not against the NY Times, and there are far worse media in their treatment of Israel, but the article is a great example of the powerful change in a story you can get from a bias in focus. [Read more…]
Happy Canada Day to all, to the lucky 30 million, and unlucky dreamers.
We celebrate Canada Day! But why is Canada worth celebrating?
Relax, I’ll tell you.
It had to happen eventually. Spring arrived, and April saw the land change around us. Just not as much as we might have expected.
Best writer; Permanent Triumvirate; May His Name Never Die
One way in which fiction writing is unique as an art is the degree to which idea can exist with form, thought with feeling. In this, Jack London was a master, his stories incredibly balanced between emotional whallop, visceral thrill and intellectual challenge.
It is well possible you’ve never heard of Jack London. There are a lot of tragedies in the world, for sure, but surely one of them is how few people still know who Jack London is. (I know this to be true, I once demanded it of the crowd on a Toronto subway car.)
Jack London is my award winner for Best Writer, Ever.
Some articles I get so into, I talk about them (or rather, what I learned) for months after. The Singularity articles were like that, and so were the two conspiracy theories articles. The one below was for the June 2005 issue of Penthouse. I did a similar one for UMM (Urban Male Magazine).
Secret Masters of the World and Other Great Conspiracies That Explain Everything
Dumped by your girlfriend? Lose your job? It’s probably not your fault.
I used to think I controlled the course of my life. I know better now. It’s the Illuminati, stupid. You haven’t heard of the Illuminati? The secret masters of the world, controlling global events through recorded history using the Freemasons, the Jews, and the Trilateral Commission as pawns? Ring a bell?
Between the ever-expanding Da Vinci Code franchise and blockbuster film National Treasure, conspiracy theories are bubbling up into the national consciousness like never before. Does it spring from a human search for meaning behind chaotic world events? Or, in a secular society, has the culture of conspiracy begun to form a modern mythology? Before you read this article and pull back the veil of lies to see reality as it truly is, please put on your aluminum foil helmet. Because if they read your mind, if they know you know, you could be in danger. Now hold my hand, and into the rabbit hole we go. [Read more…]
Back in October of 2002 I wrote one of my first op-eds for the Toronto Star after a typically embarrassing royal visit by Her Highness. To set the stage: John Manley, then one of Chretien’s star ministers, mused about dumping the monarchy, and poor John was piled on fast for the crime of speaking common sense honestly, and I believe did some back-pedalling. I picked up his baton, picking on the defense-of-monarchy from the Monarchist League of Canada’s website. The League soon took down those arguments.
Now, the version the Toronto Star ran with was not my preferred version. It was the no-monkey argument. So, instead of the published article, I will print here, for the first time ever, my preferred version. The Monkey Argument: [Read more…]
A family hike in the neighbourhood trails. Yes, that is a dress.
History may repeat itself, but every show gets cancelled eventually. After a decades-long run, it may be that Quebec’s PQ vs Liberal show, and everything that went along with it, could be cancelled due to low ratings. [Read more…]
Sorry Pauline, wish you could have reached the grand results of Boisclair! Maybe next time, mix in a Brokeback Mountain skit. People loved that. Whatever happened to Boisclair anyways? Ahh, we’ll be saying that about you soon enough. Anyway, if you’re embarrassed going out, just put on a hijab. You don’t have a government job anyway.
Here is the more dignified former PQ leader as we remember him best: