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October 5, 2009

Our long national nightmare is over

Returning to the pages of the National Post tomorrow with a Roman Polanski column. I'm not sure how good it is! Consider it the equivalent of warmup pitches.

October 7, 2009

Seasonal content

I was out walking late last night and, ever so briefly and gently, got snowed on. It's not especially early in the year for that to happen for the first time in Edmonton. But it's a good time to resurrect my painstakingly-assembled chart, assembled from historical Environment Canada data, depicting the date of the first permanent snowfall in Edmonton—the day on which the snow falls, for real, and stays until spring. Remembrance Day is the break-even point.

October 11, 2009

Nothing's worse than having the arresting officer critique your weed

This is just somebody's very tightly-edited collection of clips from Cops, but it would also be useful if you needed to communicate exactly what it is like to be physically present in the state of Florida for about four minutes.

October 13, 2009

Scratchin' my head here

So the Star travel editor wrote a list of "10 Things About Canada I Didn't Know", and the first item is that there was a war on Canadian soil in 1885 which is taught in every school, is recognized as a major turning point in Canadian political history, and is the subject of a large and enormously popular literature? Anybody else think this is sort of weird? Like, maybe we should be asking if there are 10 things about Canada he does know?

October 22, 2009

Gather round, children

So it turns out the WCB hostage-taker was a really "nice guy", according to the people he lived with, but he had this habit of blaming other people for all his problems. "[I] had to resort to street drugs." Sure you did, buddy: everybody who has a bum knee does that, right? If there is one life lesson I would choose to stress to young acquaintances, it might be this: you will meet many people who fit this description, and none of them are actually "nice guys." Their list of "I had to"s only gets bigger and bigger. My advice: get the had-tas out of your head and your life.

The "nice guy" at the centre of this story is, puzzlingly, also described as "Always high-strung and occasionally volatile", which is journalism code for what would otherwise be described as "a complete prick". Why the contradiction? I'm guessing that some of his acquaintances may have made comments along the lines of "Well, he was always real nice to me, but if I had to bet on it I would probably guess he wasn't so nice to his ex-wife or his caseworkers." When somebody's got a case of the had-tas, you stay in their good books until the second you don't, and suddenly you've got a problem.

Is sympathy advisable? Mr. Clayton was treated sympathetically by the cops before, when he tied up downtown traffic for much of a day with a suicide threat; he has apparently been handled sympathetically enough by the government to qualify for subsidized housing with assisted-living caregivers. Thank God no innocent people are dead today because the sympathy that the less fortunate I-cans of this world deserve was spent on a had-ta.

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