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The Cop Who Didn't Shoot

If there is anything good to take away from the appalling tragedy in Toronto on Monday, it's the action -- or rather, non-action -- of one heroic patrol cop.

Const. Ken Lam, siren screaming, pulled his cruiser up near the rental van that had just run over more than 20 people, killing 10, in a mile-long rampage down Yonge Street sidewalks.

A man, later identified as Alek Minassian was standing next to it, shouting and holding something in his hand.

Lam got out of his…

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Added by Boanerges on April 25, 2018 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

"They Trust Me -- Dumb Fucks"

According to a recent NY Review article, what US billionaire* once made that remark about customers eager to give up personal information? Was it:

Bezos

Gates

Jobs

Koch

Musk

Soros

Zuckerberg

* Donald Trump is not on this list because I question whether he's a billionaire at…

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Added by Boanerges on April 23, 2018 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

Sorry World: Canada's Closed Today Due To Deaths In The Family: An Update

A 16th person has died from the accident -- physical trainer Dayna Brons, 24. One surviving player is a paraplegic and two are still in critical condition.



Meanwhile, the GoFundMe campaign for the families and the survivors has topped $11 million. My personal thanks go out to all those in Canada and around the world -- especially those of you in the US -- who contributed.
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It's become a truism that Canadians are nice,…

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Added by Boanerges on April 8, 2018 at 2:30pm — 12 Comments

Who was the writer? Who was the subject?

"(He) has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I’ve regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. The (man) I remembered was absolutely humorless; I couldn’t imagine him laughing at anything except maybe a paraplegic who wanted to vote…

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Added by Boanerges on April 2, 2018 at 2:51pm — 4 Comments

A Question

Does anyone with an IQ over two digits (which excludes Trumpistas, obviously) think that the Norks aren't playing your president and your country -- especially after Tillerson, bad as he was, got fired?

Added by Boanerges on March 14, 2018 at 2:38pm — 5 Comments

"Our Office Doesn't Make 'Em, We Only Break 'Em"

(Elizebeth Smith Friedman was an unsung heroine of the Second War -- and much more besides.

For International Women's Day, a brief look at her -- until recently -- mostly untold story.

Even now, some of the details remain classified.)…

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Added by Boanerges on March 8, 2018 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Kids Are All Right

"There's a battle outside and it's ragin'

It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times, they are a changin'"

                                   -- Bob Dylan, 1964

"We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West,

and with the right kind of eyes…

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Added by Boanerges on March 2, 2018 at 2:33pm — 12 Comments

Black History Month: The Real "Uncle Tom"

It was the 28th of October, 1830, in the morning,

when my feet first touched the Canada shore.

I threw myself on the ground, rolled in the sand,

seized handfuls of it and kissed them.

                                                                              – Rev. Josiah Henson

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Added by Boanerges on February 24, 2018 at 1:37pm — 9 Comments

The Politics of Stupid

Quick now: What do the following states have in common?

Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

If you said they all voted for Trump -- based partly on fabricated "issues" like…

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Added by Boanerges on February 18, 2018 at 4:04pm — 26 Comments

Diary of a Demented Snow Shoveler

I didn't write this, but I wish I had because IT'S BLOODY SNOWING AGAIN here. And the *$#%&# snowplow just went by. AGAIN. Sun Parlour of Canada? Pah.

 

December 8 6:00 PM

 

It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes  drift down from heaven.

 

It looked like a Grandma Moses print. So romantic…

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Added by Boanerges on February 7, 2018 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

A Hundred-Year-Old 'Thank You'

     Last week, Bostonians gathered on their Commons for the annual lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

     Not unusual, that -- it happens in cities and towns everywhere. But this tree is special. It didn't come from Massachusetts, or anywhere else in New England.

     Instead, it came from a foreign country, an annual "thank you" to the city and people of Boston for their help during a catastrophe 100 years ago today.…

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Added by Boanerges on December 6, 2017 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Happy 35th, Red

     (This is among the first things I wrote online, and still is only one of three posts

that feature The Redhead (aka "The Girl with the Sunset Hair").

I'm posting it here in honour of our 35th anniversary today.

Yes, I know, it's Armistice Day, and yes, it was deliberate.)

    Back in the spring of 1985, The Redhead and I took the only travelling vacation we have ever had.

    We were planning to move to…

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Added by Boanerges on November 11, 2017 at 6:30am — 25 Comments

Gone Home to Bobcaygeon

Gordon Downie, front man for the seminal group The Tragically Hip, finally died of the brain cancer that was afflicting him. It was not before he led one final triumphant tour with the Hip and led the way for the rest of the country to come to terms with our treatment of indigenous peoples.

"The place of honor that Mr. Downie occupies in Canada’s national imagination has no parallel in the United States. Imagine Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Michael Stipe combined into one…

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Added by Boanerges on October 19, 2017 at 7:28am — 11 Comments

What Went Wrong?

     This is the end section of a much longer essay I wrote for the sadly missed Fictionique (later cross-posted to Open Salon) about what life was like for a hard news reporter/photographer. I put this up here for two reasons: It's been 10 years since I last walked out of the newsroom, five today since I formally retired; and it perhaps gives outsiders an insight into how it all fell to pieces over the last 25 years. "Flash, wind" was a constant that ran through the…

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Added by Boanerges on September 9, 2017 at 5:50am — 7 Comments

The Haunted Beach

SCOTTISH AT DIEPPE

Blazing Bloody Battle Of France Is Described

Sees Canadian Army Fight Hun
--Front page headline and subheads
Windsor Daily Star, Aug. 20, 1942



"No Essex officer returned. ... Out of 30 officers who lived together at Aldershot and previously, I am the only original. Others had been transferred or were shot down in France.... Lads say they are glad I…

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Added by Boanerges on August 19, 2017 at 6:03am — 9 Comments

12th Street and Clairmount, July 23, 1967

“Are we going to let these peckerwood motherfuckers

come down here any time they want and mess us around?”



                                                                     -- William Walter Scott III, 19,

                                                                    shouting from the rooftop of a car,

                                                                    just before he hurled a bottle…

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Added by Boanerges on July 23, 2017 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

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…

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Added by Boanerges on July 16, 2017 at 6:24am — 9 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…

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Added by Boanerges on July 1, 2017 at 6:00am — 8 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…

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

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The Cop Who Didn't Shoot

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Melancholy Daze

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Blue wave coming!

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Jumping the Shark...

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Dear Russell

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