Thursday, June 19, 2008

Today this little Canadian cares about...

...taxes. Carbon taxes. Income taxes.

A longer post later, but I was tickled to partake (this, by the way, is a more - shall we say - appropriate usage of that particular word than others I've heard recently) in a fascinating discussion on Andre Coyne's blog at Macleans.

This is exactly the kind of debate we need to be having right now.

This, on the other hand....

Monday, June 16, 2008

By the way...

Macca's still got it.

Oh, man.

Today this little canadian cares about...

...the American presidency.

Oh, the irony.


There are very good reasons for anybody who knows anything about American history to be excited about Barack Obama. Those reasons, frankly, are not my reasons. Not because the incredible historical struggle of African Americans - through slavery, segregation, racism and crippling poverty - doesn't resonate with me (it does, though admittedly not much more so than does the historical struggle of women, or the historical struggle of Aboriginal people in Canada).

My reasons, like those of most non-Americans standing on the outside looking, are much more basic and self-centered, and probably not terribly different than those of the majority of declared Canadian Obama supporters. I just want a break. From things like this. And this. And especially this.

That's all for now.


Back again.

Been spending most of my time joining in the fun on the comment scrolls of macleans, which (according to my stats) generated a very small volume of new traffic to this forgotten, dusty site.

Not going to do the pro forma negligent blogger grovel this time (I think I've done it twice already). Too much exciting stuff is happening to waste time allowing in self-pity. The inspiration of the Obama candidacy down south. The prospect of a meaningful election, fought over issues that will define the future of our economy and the environment. The long-promised, oft-missed, and finally arrived (albeit in small steps) revolution of Canadian journalism via the web.

I want desperately to engage in this new world of interactive democracy and citizen journalism. I'm 29, I'm a professional with a marriage and a mortgage and life, and I care about what's happening. I sometimes feel terrific frustration at the things I can't/won't do in this realm due to the choices I've made in my professional life. I'm left to find ways in which I can engage without betraying my professional commitments. I promised myself early on in this blog experiment that I would walk the line. Thus far I think (hope) that I have. I'll do my damndest to keep it up. But that doesn't mean shutting up.