politics

2016 February

Bantleman’s nightmare, the Brownshirts, and Jesus for president

2016-02-25T17:15:11+00:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

I woke up this morning and, as I often do, told my wife what I dreamed. Just a dream. Then I read the morning news. That was the nightmare. Trump continues to … you know. Then another story, another nightmare. Burlington's Neil Bantleman is going back to jail, for 11 years apparently, this because Indonesia’s [...]

2016 February

Where are the honest politicians?

2017-07-18T01:18:32+00:00February 15th, 2016|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard – Monday, February 15, 2016) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Yoweri Museveni. Donald Trump. Jesus Christ. Who would you vote for? (Okay, if you find it too hard to imagine voting for Jesus per se, how about someone with Christ-like qualities?) I mean, you can’t help but wonder what would happen if someone running for the presidency were to get up in front of microphones and cameras and scribblers and say something like this: “If anyone running for this office doesn’t do so with the greatest fear and trepidation, shaking and trembling from the moment he leaves bed in the morning, then he’s a hopeless fool.

2014 March

Let’s talk about sex. (And fear and politics and phoney religion too)

2017-07-19T01:33:52+00:00March 18th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

“Hey, let’s talk about sex!” I said. I couldn’t help it. It was at the dinner table yesterday evening and Mom wasn’t there and it just sort of tumbled out.  You know, like “Hey, pass the carrots, will ya?” Now, sure, I know my kids are sort of young. But I’ve already had some pretty [...]

2013 December

And now onsreen in Uganda, it’s Rob Ford

2015-01-13T19:11:07+00:00December 7th, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - November 23, 2013) KAMPALA, UGANDA – When Rob Ford first appeared onscreen in Africa I was sitting in front of some public televisions, a place where I often work, reading about Ghandi. It was strange because Gandhi, the great Indian leader, led a fifth of the world's people to democracy in his bare-feet, boney and malnourished and wrapped in just a sort of bed-sheet, while the burly mayor of Toronto has become a small man even while, in heavy shoes, he’s fallen with such a thud that it somehow has to be heard around the world. The last time I recall Ontario news making it this far was six years ago when the Shedden massacre involving the infamous Banditos gang got a couple of paragraphs in a Ugandan daily.