I raised the Red Ensign before there was any formal association to go along with it
, and I still stand by what I said at the time. It's good to see more and more have joined in since, those who - whatever disagreements we may have on every other topic - long for the days when Canada was actually a strong and capable world power, rather than an ineffectual and deluded grumbler. We used to sit with the United States and Britain on matters of global importance. But since those halcyon days, our largely Liberal leaders have decided it's better to throw tantrums and be relegated to the responsibility-free sanctuary of the kiddie table.
The Red Ensign to me stand for that which came before the slide into decadence and irrelevance, and we should be proud to maintain respect for many (though, admittedly, not all) aspects of the nation that Canada used to be. Thus, I volunteered to host this edition of the bi-weekly group linkage. (Despite
having three exams this week, plus the madness of a retail job in December. Such is blog-related hubris and the insatiable lust for traffic, no?)
And so, in no particular order, but with those on breaks up first and themes grouped as much as possible, I present Volume X of the Red Ensign Standard.
Though on a temporary break, Anthroblogogy
since the last Red Ensign Standard on creeping Communism in the EU: "Unfortunately, so often being a little bit Maoist or a little bit Communist, is a lot like being 'mildly corrosive' and/or, 'a little pregnant.'"
Paul at Musings of a Canadian Slacker
has similarly only commented once since the last occasion of Red Ensign linkage, on Pierre Berton's passing;
he's conflicted between the man's methodology and what he represented, as many students of history are.
has been spending some time in Borneo
(a more exotic vacation from blogging than the other light bloggers, for certain!) but has since returned with some beautiful photos
of his trip.
is also consumed with the vagaries of real life, and so still on a blog hiatus. So too seems to be Thomas, the Green Baron. Just Between Us Girls
has likewise been distracted by real life, but is following with interest goings-on in Ukraine and the Netherlands. Shiny Happy Gulag
is also AFK ATM.
Huck rates the best albums of 2003
in preparation to do the same for 2004. In a related post, film critics both highbrow and lowbrow
are praised for saving the writer $26. The killer post of the past two weeks, however, is The Broad Tent,
in which the political ambiguity many of us hard-to-categorize types feel is summed up.
also produces a mighty and inspiring list
of reasons to be optimistic for Iraq, along with noticing that the New York Times continues to practice the world's oldest profession.
Dana and Bob of Canadian Comment
respectively question the motives
and damn the ignorance
of the against-everything crowd that converged on Ottawa. Bob also comments on the need for optimism and resolve
Andrew of Bound By Gravity,
a fellow inmate of the Home for the Emotionally Interesting that is our national capital, derides the anti-Bush protesters' lack of originality
and feckless tactics,
all the while savouring the notion of a straight-talking leader
so unlike Prime Minister Martin or even Stephen Harper.
Damian at Babbling Brooks
witnessed the best dismissal
of this past week's lunacy in Ottawa ever
. He also makes a point of sniping at the high holiday
of the selfsame cretins responsible for that juvenile madness.
A new member of the Red Ensign Brigade at Hammer Into Anvil
also gives his reasons for joining,
and questions why the largely-underage crowd at the anti-Bush protests were out of school.
(Short answer? Some of them were actually attending the demonstrations under school auspices, with activist social science teachers in the lead. Sad, but true.)
Another Ottawan, Keith of Minority of One,
mocks the minutiae our federal government tends to obsess over
, and laments the responsibilities that prevented him from infiltrating the local moonbat hordes
during their hatefest, like yours truly. I have to reproduce the key graf in full, it's so spot-on:
Hey. Just saw a university student-protestor strolling along with his girlfriend. His sign, War is not a Canadian Value. Complete with, like, you know, the, like, peace sign, and flowers, and everything. Get that, all you veterans over there at that Legion Hall? Remember your war? Your fear? Your suffering? The cold and the hunger and the fatigue? The deaths of your comrades-in-arms and of your close friends? Remember the sailors who froze to death in minutes in the North Atlantic? Well, according to today's crop of Arts Faculty hangers-on (the one's whose education is heavily subsidized by taxpayers), you, and your comrades, were wrong to combat Nazism, Fascism and Communism. You were wrong to liberate the Nazi concentration camps. So there!
no fan of George W. Bush, still found the protests mostly appalling.
Like many, he also misses hockey, and places the blame for his passive jonesing
squarely upon the shoulders of the bureaucrats in the league and player's association.
Our resident MD, The Monger,
witnessed the ghastly idiocies of the protesters and was reminded why he detests them.
In other news, he also posts on unacknowledged biases in academia.
Ben of The Tiger in Winter
is also annoyed by aspects of academia,
but in methodology rather than ideology. He also writes a very interesting survey of grad student life at Harvard.
New brigade member Tipperography,
has some more thoughts on the politicization of academia,
citing some very convincing evidence.
Amen to that; the sooner it's shown that bias isn't a right-wing fantasy, the better. A very distressing and ignorant local editorial arguing for immediate withdrawal from Iraq is also neatly rebutted.
Another new member, All Things Canadian
gives a cogent explanation of why the Red Ensign, and why now,
as well as disclosing the reason for the NDP failure to win real elections
as soundly as in the vote for The Greatest Canadian
Jason Hayes reveals the dirty (not-so-) little secret behind the efficacy of environmental legislation
in Washington. He also notes the positive side-effects of minority government
and exactly where Dan Rather's political sympathies
seem to lie.
Rebecca too watched the confabulations in Ottawa, and the result is sapping her optimism for Canada's fate
in the near future. She also brilliantly puts the infamously paranoid and deluded anti-Red Ensign loon
in his place.
Darcey at dustmybroom.com
does the same, discussing importance of national symbols
and listing with honour his relatives that served and died under the Red Ensign
He also has several
handy link roundups
concerning Bush's Canadian tour.
John Hamilton at Hypothesis.ca
has been reading up on Canada lately,
and defends the tight-knit community of the Kingston Ghetto
Over at Absinthe & Cookies,
Ith has invented a delicious new holiday cocktail
. The joys of moving up
in the blogosphere ecosystem are also discussed.
At the eponymous Castle Argghhh!
, John of Argghhh explains the curious history
of the 3-inch ordnance rifle, praises historic arms dealers,
and has hit upon the perfect armoury design
to house his vast collection of firepower.
Despite the geographical location of Nathan's Updates from Seoul,
Nathan has had some correspondence with Arthur Chrenkoff
on the topic of Canadian politics, and a reply.
However, he continues to serve up fascinating experiences of living and teaching in the Republic of Korea, such as a field trip with adult students.
At North Western Winds,
Curt wonders where Stockwell Day's head is
in sending out cryptic, easily-demonized press releases. It's too easy already, he argues, for conservatives to be ridiculed and pigeonholed by hostile political elites
there's no need to do their own jobs for them.
Alan of Occam's Carbuncle
similarly demands some more common sense
from the Tories, but extends his bemused wrath to encompass the most churlish of ideologues on both sides of the gay marriage debate.
Before a long night in the lab, Stephen Taylor
wandered through Google Scholar, and turned up a number of remarkably silly academic journal articles.
He also considers if traditional Liberal Party strategy will survive the current zeitgeist,
something of which I'm not at all certain either.
brings up the CIBC Fax Scandal
with a lovely shot of the Victorian stolidity of what I assume to be a Toronto branch, and tales of IT security problems far more complex than a simple typo. He also ruminates on Christmas shopping,
and the hazards of procrastination relating thereto for those in the white-collar world.
Kate at The Last Amazon
has several things
to say about the Toronto Star,
and sees war with Iran
on the horizon.
Nicholas ponders the problem of violent crime in a judicial system gone mad,
and the potential repercussions of the ascent of Google.
On a lighter note, however, the self-described "techno-peasant" goes out questing for an MP3 player,
seeking advice for buying the same.
Ray of Raging Kraut
thinks Uma Thurman has ugly feet,
something of an unpleasant sight. But, in exchange, he does participate in The Flea's Male Objectification Week.
This week at Right Jab, Great Smokers in History
are fairly lionized. The oddity of unclaimed public funds
is also noted.
Lisa of The London Fog
covers London, Ontario so well I sometimes start to feel jealous that municipal politics around here aren't quite as awful-slash-entertaining. A road closure, pit bulls,
and liquor licenses
have all been covered par excellence
At All AgitProp, all the Time...
, Paul Jané gives a well-deserved smackdown to imbeciles
of various stripes
, and demands a far more effective government index of dangerous persons
than the federal gun registry.
Jaeger at Trudeaupia
has some more pertinent questions on gun crime in Toronto
, and wonders why Liberals and liberals alike seem reluctant
to promote the spread of democracy and freedom around the world, especially considering what the federal government does promote.
Temujin of West Coast Chaos
has an experience with our vaunted health care system provoke considerations of the dreaded "2-Tier" option,
and finely fisks the arguments of a spineless US Army deserter
for being granted asylum in Canada.
Wow, that took longer than I thought. If any more start flying the Red Ensign, this is going to have to be turned into a monthly rather than bi-weekly link roundup. Would that everyone had the problem of growing popularity, huh?