Boanerges's Blog (48)

Decoding the Right

     I've spent a fair amount of time lately wondering why I'm having recurring bouts of deja vu about politics in general -- and US politics in particular. Then I remember: I've seen this all before, especially when it comes to right-wing "talking points".

     My proof? Take a look at this column by satirist Art Buchwald, written in 1973, as "advice" for those poor downtrodden Nixonians and other cement-heads who found themselves beset by moderate and left-wing Americans. Change a…


Added by Boanerges on July 16, 2017 at 6:24am — 10 Comments

Canada 150

     I said I was going to write something to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday today, but I'm kind of stuck.

     See, everything that should be said has been said -- and far more eloquently and at far greater lengths than I ever could. So I'll just hit some high -- and low -- points.

     We so-called "Found-Ins" are all…


Added by Boanerges on July 1, 2017 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Remembering the Old North Woodsman

(Note: My father died Valentine's Day 2012 at 88. This is what I wrote about him soon after.)

     I almost lost it. Just the one time.

     It was when the trumpeter blew "The Last Post", the traditional bugle call that marks the end of the military day and…


Added by Boanerges on June 17, 2017 at 12:15pm — 10 Comments

"Fuck you, I'm Millwall"

     You have to love the English.

     I certainly do, and not just because I'm married to one (well, OK, Anglo-Irish). I mean, look how they've responded to the recent attacks by deranged terrorists -- and deranged politicians:

  • The British Transport Police officer who waded in to confront the three men armed with knives carrying only a baton. He…

Added by Boanerges on June 13, 2017 at 1:47pm — 15 Comments

Move Over, X-Files

     I very infrequently put up a post dealing with American politics. It's not much of my business, after all.

     But sometimes ... sometimes I just can't help myself.

     For example: A short-lived but wildly popular (among Trumpeters and alt.Reichers) website called (it had more than…


Added by Boanerges on June 1, 2017 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

Rainbow Connection

     Late Sunday afternooon, after a violent but brief thunderstorm, we caught sight of something Red had never seen and I only once: A double rainbow.

     Figuring I wouldn't have time to fire up the Nikon DSLR, I grabbed a Canon point-and-shoot and got this:

     But son of a gun, Monday, after a…


Added by Boanerges on May 30, 2017 at 1:16pm — 12 Comments

Caption this photo, plus a poem from Fark.Com

     My submission: "Guess which person just farted." I'm sure you clever lot can do better.

     OK, on to this, also from Fark and written by a poster named Twilight Zone, whom I would very much like to meet in real life. If I met people in real life, that is.

Oh Donnie…


Added by Boanerges on May 27, 2017 at 1:05pm — 13 Comments

Phaedrus is Home from the Hills

These EYES!. That is the terror of it. These gloved hands I now look at, steering the motorcycle down the road, were once his! And if you can understand the feeling that comes from that, then you can understand real fear ... the fear that comes from knowing there is nowhere you can…


Added by Boanerges on April 25, 2017 at 1:39pm — 18 Comments

The Anarchist is Cooked

     William Powell ... the name ring a bell? No? Well, maybe you have to be a certain age.

     Oh wait -- I see a couple of you furtively heading for the exits. I know who you are, so don't bother.

     Powell was the author -- at age 19 no less -- of the (in)famous Anarchist Cookbook, a sort of three-part treatise on black ops, bomb-making and agitprop.

     Banned in some countries, the Cookbook is readily available online (I'd suggest using a proxy browser if you want to…


Added by Boanerges on April 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — 23 Comments

Birth of a Nation


       It's not much to look at on an army ordnance map -- a sort of whaleback feature in Nord-Pas-de-Calais that's less than five miles long and nowhere even 500 feet above sea level, overlooking a broad plain of small villages, roads, trees and…


Added by Boanerges on April 9, 2017 at 9:00am — 24 Comments

Mechanically Declined

     Call me mechanically declined.

     I don't mind -- I'm used to it. Although it's not true I can't screw in a lightbulb all by myself. I can, and there's about a 75-25 chance I won't break anything in the process.

     But it wasn't entirely my fault that replacing the garage door opener remote was so damned difficult.

     Earlier in the week, I noticed that the remote would only work if I was basically sitting within two feet of the door. Had to be the battery, I figured,…


Added by Boanerges on March 4, 2017 at 3:22pm — 7 Comments

The North Star: A New Chapter in the Flight to Freedom

“Canada is not merely a neighbour of Negroes.

Deep in our history of struggle for freedom, Canada was the North Star.

                                                                                                                 -- Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

     Most everyone has heard of the Underground Railroad that brought so many fugitive slaves to Canada, all of them following the hope that was "The North Star".



Added by Boanerges on February 21, 2017 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

The Girl with the Sunset Hair

     I'm going to be 70 this year, which is about twice the life span I anticipated once upon a time, given the nature of my wretched excesses back then.

     That was before I met the girl with the sunset hair, and life took a dramatic turn to the right.

     Imagine the sun going down in the west, beaming fiery red and shot through with gold. That's what her hair looked like the day I met her. For that matter, that's what she's like period.

     The other day, I stood in the…


Added by Boanerges on January 13, 2017 at 1:58pm — 14 Comments

Christmas in the Trenches

(This was re-posted by request (you know who you are). I wish to assure people it's not about war or even Christmas, but is meant to illustrate that under the most horrific of circumstances, human beings have the ability to rise above themselves.)



Added by Boanerges on December 24, 2016 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Christmas in the Darkroom


     My God, but we were a disreputable bunch of gibbering, ink-stained hacks. Well hell, we were expected to be, and we worked very hard at it.

      That tradition is long gone,…


Added by Boanerges on December 20, 2016 at 8:26am — 11 Comments

Remembrance Day

     Red and I won't be attending the Remembrance Day ceremony in our small fishing village on Friday. It's likely we won't watch CBC's televised coverage from Parliament Hill, either.

     Here it takes place around a small cenotaph in front of the library, one that has far too many names on it for a community that has never numbered more than 2,000. In Ottawa, tens of thousands will turn out in front of the Tomb of the Unknown and the awe-inspiring, yet…


Added by Boanerges on November 9, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Death on the River

     (There's a suggestion that Tropical Storm Nicole may push Hurricane Mathew back to Florida. That's a real possibility -- it's happened before, although much farther north and west. This repost is about the events of Oct. 15, 1954.)

"For Lake Ontario and Niagara regions, Toronto and Hamilton cities: Rain tonight. Cloudy, with occasional showers Saturday. Little change in temperature. Winds north 40 to 50 mph (64 to 80 km/h)…


Added by Boanerges on October 10, 2016 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Gunning for the Press

(This was originally posted long ago on another website far, far away, when I thought I'd go for funny, or at least wry. But you know ... really, it wasn't either of those things. And before you ask, yes, it actually happened.)

     Knowing one is to be hanged in a fortnight wonderfully concentrates the mind, observed Samuel Johnson. So, I discovered, does staring down the barrel of a loaded gun.

     The second time it happened, I was on…


Added by Boanerges on October 6, 2016 at 4:59am — 8 Comments

Oh, Oh Canada

     Canadians, comedian Craig Ferguson once observed, are the nicest people in the world ... until someone hands us a hockey stick.

     Well, to a certain extent that's true, because our sports are something of a metaphor for our national psyche. That is to say usually skilful, often blockheaded and sometimes brutal, whether it's hockey, lacrosse or football. When they're played by men, it's even worse.

     But we can in fact be nice too, in our eccentric way.…


Added by Boanerges on August 7, 2016 at 2:39pm — 13 Comments

Death On The Somme

Cap badge of the Newfoundland Regiment. (RNR website)

     At 7:30 a.m. one hundred years ago today, British troops went over the top along the Somme River on the Western Front in France trying to break through the German trench system.

     By noon, 20,000 of…


Added by Boanerges on July 1, 2016 at 6:00am — 15 Comments


Boring Our Children to Safety

Posted by Con Chapman on July 22, 2017 at 7:37am 0 Comments

The Gift of Polymaths

Posted by Rodney Roe on July 22, 2017 at 7:30am 8 Comments

Can We End Racism?

Posted by Terry McKenna on July 21, 2017 at 3:15am 54 Comments

Total eclipse of the sun

Posted by Julie Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 8:00pm 23 Comments

Inside Quisling's Brain

Posted by Robert Young on July 20, 2017 at 8:30am 9 Comments

Paying Bills

Posted by Julie Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 5:00am 11 Comments

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