Weekly Writing Challenge: The role of government in society, Canadian and American, from an armchair sociologist

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: The State of the State gives me the opportunity to write about something that has long interested me: the different attitudes toward government held by Americans and Canadians. Canada is often referred to as socialist by US commentators but that is a relative opinion. When compared to the US, Canada mayContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: The role of government in society, Canadian and American, from an armchair sociologist”

Washingtonians wise to legalize gay marriage and marijuana at the same time

With the approval of Referendum 74, Washington State voters agreed to legalize same-sex marriage in their state. Other states have legalized these unions before and many have opened the proverbial can of worms as the votes are never unanimous and those voting against same-sex marriage continue to protest and, in some cases, obstruct the marriages. In some casesContinue reading “Washingtonians wise to legalize gay marriage and marijuana at the same time”

Obama, Petraeus and now Elmo: who knew what when

First we had lengthy debates over what President Obama knew and when he knew it regarding the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya (gotta admit I first thought it was Ben Gazzara). Then the whole Petraeus Affair hit the media resulting in his resignation as top dog at the CIA and prompting questionsContinue reading “Obama, Petraeus and now Elmo: who knew what when”

Obama victory celebrations worldwide

Supporters celebrated the re-election of Barack Obama as US President around the world. From Berlin to Sydney, Bangkok to Westmount.. Westmount?!? Yep, at least one Westmount homeowner showed his or her satisfaction with the outcome of Tuesday’s US election – balloons and all! Related articles Photos: World reacts to Obama U.S. election victory

North American capital cities shaken up on Tuesday; Mother Nature and Barack Obama

Capital cities in two North American countries were shaken up on Tuesday. The Canadian capital Ottawa felt the earth move shortly after 4:05 am when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the Quebec town of Papineauville. Some Montrealers were also awakened by the quake but fortunately no injuries or damage have been reported. Just MotherContinue reading “North American capital cities shaken up on Tuesday; Mother Nature and Barack Obama”

Poll of polls … and poles; don’t let polls put a pall on voting

Tired of all the polls? Don’t let the plethora of polls put a pall on your election day. Today’s is the only one that matters, but if you’ve not had your fill already … Exit polls An election exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they have exited the polling stations OpinionContinue reading “Poll of polls … and poles; don’t let polls put a pall on voting”

Obama and Romney sprint to the finish; a media feeding frenzy

On this last Sunday before the US election the media is abuzz with final appeals and explanations from both candidates. Two such articles that caught my attention are Andres Oppenheimer’s column in the Miami Herald, 10 reasons why Latinos will vote for Obama and Drew Westen’s opinion piece in The New York Times, America’s LeftwardContinue reading “Obama and Romney sprint to the finish; a media feeding frenzy”

Sandy could be October Surprise

In American political jargon, an October surprise is a news event with the potential to influence the outcome of an election, particularly one for the U.S. presidency. The reference to the month of October is because the date for national elections (as well as many state and local elections) occurs between November 2 and 8,Continue reading “Sandy could be October Surprise”

Nothing childish about a Frankenstorm; Virginia declares state of emergency

In an election campaign that has seen more than its share of silliness – from seemingly endless Big Bird and etch a sketch references to Donald Trump’s offer of a $5-million donation to President Obama’s charity of choice if he will provide college transcripts and passport details – now a goofy sounding but very realContinue reading “Nothing childish about a Frankenstorm; Virginia declares state of emergency”