This is the second time West Coast Chaos has hosted the Standard. The first time was back in June, 2005, and coincided with the anniversary of the allied landings at Normandy. This time, there is no such anniversary to commemorate. However, there were a number of stories that captured the attention of Red Ensign bloggers, if not the world. The defection of David Emerson from the Liberal Party to the Conservatives, and his acceptance of a cabinet post created a huge stir in Canadian blogging circles. The response of Conservative MP Garth Turner to Emerson's defection only served to stir the pot even faster. The riots in the Middle East and Europe as a result of the publishing of satirical cartoons also made huge headlines. In sports, the Olympic games started, and two prominent Canadians in Torino (Wayne Gretzky and Todd Bertuzzi) face potentially long legal battles.
As I put the finishing touches on the Standard, my patriotism has been stung ever-so-slightly by the Swiss Mens hockey team. Their back-up goaltender, Martin Gerber, stopped all 49 shots he faced this morning as Switzerland defeated Canada 2-0. Most Canadians will agree that these round-robin games are essentially meaningless. The real tournament begins when the quarter-final round starts. But for this Canadian, every game is important. I don't want to see our boys lose.
In the previous Standard I hosted, I mentioned that I have been a small-town boy for almost my entire life. For those of you who grew up in a small town, you will understand what I mean when I say that I hold loyalty to small town boys who make it big. In my hometown of Smithers, Dan Hamhuis
is superstar. Before I moved here though, my hometown of Cassiar, B.C. had its superstars too. There are now two current NHLers who trace their roots to Cassiar. Scott
and Rob Niedermayer
both spent parts of their youth in Cassiar. In fact, Rob was born there, and his dad was the town doctor at the time! Scott played novice hockey in Cassiar before his family moved to Cranbrook around 1980.
Recently, my own father returned from his ten-day stint working in Northern B.C. He brought back several pictures of Cassiar, now a ghost town. One of the pictures taken is of the Cassiar Centennial Arena. It still stands, though abandoned nearly fifteen years ago, and is exactly as I remember it. My brother and I played hockey in this arena from 1986-1992. It was the first rink we ever played hockey in. We grew up in this arena. This arena was our second home.
And I have every reason to believe it was the first arena Scott Niedermayer ever played on. You may recognize his name, he won the Norris trophy in '03-'04 as the best defenseman in the NHL
And it is my hope that he will return to Canada with a gold medal wrapped around his neck.
Even though he isn't playing in this year's tourney, here's hoping Team Canada
returns with the gold medal.
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With that, I present to you the 37th Edition of the Red Ensign Standard. It covers the period of February 3rd - February 17th. A Chick named Marzi
takes the Iranian government to task
on their response to the whole Danish Cartoon affair. She also need your help with the lyrics to a Radiohead song
gives us the results of her experiements with perfume fragrances
, and explains why she has been slack with the podcasts
Ith at Absinthe & Cookies
notices a bit of a paradox about divine snack foods
. After recovering from those rotten allergies
, she shows us a more humane way
of dealing with mice.
Over at Albion's Seedlings
, jmccormick discusses the vast productivity gap
between the United States and the rest of the world. Peter Saint-Andre writes a fascinating piece called The Consequences of History
, and James C. Bennett's Two Cheers for Neo-Realism
is definitely worth a look as well.
Andry in the Great White North disagrees with former US President Bill Clinton
, he tackles the divisions within the Anglican Church
, and notes the irony that occurs when newspapers select stories based on potential harm caused
DirtCrashr at Anthoblogogy
provides us with gratuitous gun Pr0n
, and shows us how he deals with varmints all at the same time! He then points readers to a hilarious Aerosmith remake
.John of Argghhh
! exchanges unpleasant emails
with one Debbie Schlussel. He then defends the rights of gun owners
and provides a link to the first ever usage of the term "gun porn
" (that should help generate traffic, John!)
has proof that the Chinese aren't quite ready for the whole voting thing
. He discusses online censorship here
. It is also perfectly okay to bite the hand that feeds, or at least, hate the Japanese but love the Sushi
. Babbling Brooks is ticked that our armed forces have to groval in order to fly helicopters we used to own
. He doesn't think publishing those infamous cartoons in Canada
will endanger the lives of Canadian soldiers anymore than they are are. He also challenges fellow Brigade
members over the David Emerson cabinet appointment
. He also comments on the NDP cutting off Buzz Hargrove
King of Blue Perspective
is in D.C. right now. Can't wait to see those pics! You can read his comments on the cartoon controversy
, and gives the gears
to Garth Turner.
At Bound By Gravity
, Andrew is happy to see Rona Ambrose saying No
to Emissions Credits with the Kyoto Accords. He address Liberal Petulance
and says they are right to be that way. He also gets a range of comments about universal Child Care
recommends the soothing sounds of Carrie Catherine
. Between periods of brutalization
, Huck finds the time to tackle media bias in Canada
, and encourages us to buy Western
It's nice to see Canadian Comment
posting regularily again. Dana writes about his personal boycott
posts his thoughts on MP's crossing the floor
, and applauds the NDP
for cutting Buzz Hargrove.Canadianna
gets a pile of comments on her post, Taking Responsibility
. She doesn't think the new scoring system for Olympic skating
will make the judging any cleaner than before. She's also got a problem with the way Garth Turner
expresses his opinion.
Chris over at Chris Cam
addresses hypocrisy at the U.N.
(warning: extremely graphic pictures!!!). He then offers up his thoughts on the Cheney hunting accident
, sans pictures. He also offers up his thoughts on Kanye West's latest comments
The Conservative Canadienne is urging cooler heads to prevail
in the Tory camp. He also doesn't think the CBC is not being very genuine
when they say they want to preserve and promote Canadian culture.
At Dust My Broom
, Shere Khan brings us a story from Nunavut about a woman who tackles a polar bear
in order to save her children. Shere also congratulates Steve Smith
for being awarded the Order of Canada. Darcey offers his thoughts on the rascist comment
elicited by reporter Ric Dolphin of the Western Standard.
At Enter Stage Right
, Steven has pictures of the "mild" winter he's been experiencing, and talks about why he continues to blog
(hint: it's not about the money). He wonders aloud why there was no Muslim outrage towards Egypt
for publishing the cartoons.
To curb the blog slump
he's been feeling lately, Alan at Genx at 40
has created Friday Chat Days
. Besides thinking about how silent Stevie
has been lately, he's been keeping tabs on the shadow cabinet
provides one of the reasons
he likes economics so much. He's also got cartoons
to offend everyone on your block, and reminds us forgetful types about another cartoon that offended folks
right here in Canada.Blair
italicizes his thoughts on the UN's International Day of the Expert
. He also satirizes the riots in Pakistan
, discusses humour and the narcissist
(hey, I resemble that remark!), and does a fine fisking of the Calgary Herald
is officially on holidays until the 27th
. But before he departs, he gives kudos to Stephen Harper for his reaction
to the cartoons. He also asks if the NDP's proposal to have party-switching MP's run in a by-election
has a chance of passing from bill to law. And this truly is a novel idea
!John the Mad
goes after Bill Graham
unflattering picture and all. He sends Saddam
some lovely Valentine's Day wishes, and his essay on the islamic riots
is most certainly worth your time.
Glenda at Just Between Us Girls
looks into the Project Truth Inquiry
, something I never would have known about had I not read her blog. She also wishes to remind Conservative Party folks that this ain't no bantam house-league hockey tournament
Keith at Minority of One
is also going to be away for the next little while. Hope he has fun in Oz
... the jerk :-). Be sure to have a look at the vigorous action
he suggests be taken against Iranian Nuke plants.MKBraaten
makes all men cringe with this story
, he gloats over his one correct cabinet pick
(heh!), and his essay entitled "Garth Turner: Media Liability
" is very thought-provoking.
Jason Hayes at Musings analyzes comments
made by Bryant Gumbel. He has a laugh at the whole Cheney hunting
thing, and shows no Valentines love for a convicted rapist/murderer.
Nicholas at Quotulatiousness
is no longer laughing
at the cartoon spectacle. He quotes the executive director
of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, who pressed to get Moosehead Breweries to pull one of their advertisements. His post on Canadian troops at more risk due to the cartoons being published is here
.THE RAGING KRAUT RETURNS
! And I couldn't be happier. Oh, how I missed the merciless rants
of Ray. He also insults the concept
of the Iranian government changing the name
of Danish pastries. Welcome back, Ray.
In his only post of the past two weeks, the Raging Ranter
doesn't think the Liberal Party has been sufficiently humbled
by their election loss.
Comfortable in his new digs, Paul Denton at Ravishing Light
posts on the Shape of Things to Come
. His stand on "l'affaire Emerson
" should be read as well. Rhetoricking with Myself
awakens from inactivity to share his thoughts on Garth Turner
And speaking of awakening from inactivity, in Rightjab
's only post since January, he thanks his Deity that he'll never be subjected
to another Alexander Keith's commercial with the kilt-clad loser.
Ed, The Robot Guy
, posts a Monster Su-do-ku
. I just recently became addicted to these rotten little puzzles, and I'm loving the alphabetical one. His dissatisfaction with NASA's dogma
that explains the formation of the Moon's Diamondback Rille is a good read, as well as his critique of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration
. This engine made out of Legos
is quite something, but Ed isn't simply confined to Space Geekery. His take on Kathleen Parker's change of heart
towards the blogosphere and his disappointment with the Emerson appointment
elicted some good comments.Ruth
is shocked shocked!
that a beer commercial
would be accused of being sexist. Her thoughts on breast implants
are, errr, informative and interesting (google bomb, anyone? :). Her rant on women in politics
is a great read, and her thoughts on all things Emerson-y/Turner-y can be accessed here
Ben of Skeet Skeet Skeet
had one post this period, and it is about the Danish Cartoon controversy
points out the positives in the Emerson appointment
. As well, his critique of the Prime Minister's website
is historical in nature.
Chris at Striving Against Opposition
also has positive things
to say about Emerson switching parties, and encourages conservatives to look not simply at the battle, but the whole war
offers up Rules for Project Management
. He's looking for a little bit of sympathy
as his new job doesn't leave him much opportunity for taking pictures. And here are his thoughts
on the Emerson.The Conservative Hipster
has a new favourite program... and it's ABC's 20/20
?!?!?! B-Double also ties into Garth Turner, but for reasons you might not be expecting
Canada's favourite libertarian
crank, Jay Jardine
, is gearing up
for the new racing season. He provides perhaps the finest quote
on the whole Emerson affair by bringing up Charlie Brown. You really do need to click and read.The Green Baron
comes home and posts on the Danish cartoons
, with a linkfest of mockery goodness as an added bonus!
Shane at the High Places
is encouraging folks who lose their jobs to come out west
. Normally it's not nice to gloat, but Shane points out an article that says exactly what he said
several months ago.
Over at The London Fog
, Lisa is encouraging everyone to buy Moosehead beer
. She's also got a link to video of a the protests in Paris
last week. The ever insightful Mapmaster points out more erosion of personal freedoms
, and in his attempt to define pride
realizes that "dignity" is not a requirement. Meanwhile, Mike provides a pretty convincing apologetic for Urantia
. But not that
The Meatriarchy celebrated a birthday this week
and will be taking a bit of a break from blogging. As always, there is plenty of Gratuitous Meat PrOn
to make your mouth water, don't even get him started on Che and Carlos
The Monarchist defends his traditionalist views and provides
a list of great officers of state at the same time. He provides a fantastic list of liberty quotes
, while contrasting the reactions of Europe and the Anglosphere
. Griffith gives us another view of Elizabeth I
. And Shaftesbury makes his inaugural post
, and it is a memorable one indeed.
Fresh off hosting the 36th editions of the Standard, The Phantom Observer
encourages everyone to get over the Emerson defection
. He says using the criminal code against the Western Standard
is shaky at best. He also says goodbye to the last offical M.A.S.H. unit
, and points out that renewed push for a draft dodger memorial
in Nelson, B.C. Finally, he notes how a sportscaster was traded
... for a bunny.
Finally, Toronto Tory provides a point-by-point list of what it truly means to be consistent
. Besides waiting to implement the hidden agenda
, Toronto Tory has a link to the new Liberal Party Website
This concludes the 37th edition of the Red Ensign Standard. The following blogs were inactive the past two weeks: All Agitprop; All the Time
, Blue Tory
, Hammer into Anvil
, Musings of a Canadian Slacker
, Shiny Happy Gulag
I hope you enjoyed clicking and reading as much as I enjoyed assembling.