What I learned from my Globe and Mail today
Jeremy Freed informs me that I can spend $2,300 plus applicable taxes on a baseball cap!
I had no idea! But it’s true; Stefano Ricci has opened up a boutique in Vancouver. Great! You’ll just have to step over the homeless addicts on the sidewalk, and you too can put down $2,300 plus tax for a baseball cap!
Is this a great country or what!?
Elsewhere, Kelly’s got an interesting profile of Tim Bezbatchenko. Even though I don’t give a fig for football, a good writer can find the human interest angle in any story. But the best part of the sports section was the obit for Gregory Baum.
I’ve always been fascinated by obviously intelligent and well-educated people who manage to hold on to their religious convictions in spite of their intelligence and education, and Baum was such a man. It is somehow reassuring that such a thing is possible.
On A21 Lee Berthiaume tells the sorry tale of Canadian Special Forces who have been training the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi army for a couple of years. Yup, we trained them both and now they’re fighting each other!
Good job, Canada! That was an obvious waste of resources, and underlines once again the folly of doing something just to be seen as doing something, even as you have no clue as to what you’re doing.
Berthiaume completely misses the bigger story; most of the nominally independent Kurdish area in Iraq was retaken by Iraqi forces this past week in an operation so swift and seamless that it must have had the connivance of the American overlords.
Thanks for your help with ISIS, now forget about that Kurdish homeland nonsense and do as you’re told.
Also on A21 we’re treated to a Canadian Press story about a chap in Gatineau who inflicted a year’s worth of violence on his teenage daughter for “removing her hijab when she was away from the family home.” Hmm… wonder what culture that family hails from?
What a pity the Globe brain trust couldn’t find room to place that story on A5, where Ingrid Peritz gets an entire half page to bemoan the fate of niqab-wearing women who are being bullied by Quebec’s Bill 62. It would have made for great juxtaposing.
Frankly, I think Bill 62 is a pretty big hammer with which to thwart the scourge of a few dozen Muslim women choosing (or being coerced) to cover themselves. Is this really a “problem?” Don’t they have bigger fish to fry?
No edition of the Globe is complete without at least some token Putin-bashing, and that’s what you’ll find on A6. Between hosting the latest Ukrainian PM and passing our version of a Browder Bill, we’re still sticking it to Putin big time.
Finally, Renzetti uses her A2 slot for something other than professing her love for Hillary or contempt for Trump. She dumps on Amazon instead! How refreshing! There really needs to be more questioning of Amazon and Big Tech in major media, and it’s a welcome thing to see at least a hint of it.
There you go. Was it worth $6.30?
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