Dead Grits – Federal Election Edition – Part Two

After reading some interesting information about party performances over at Pundits Guide, I thought I’d make a short addendum to my brief analysis of the performance of the Liberals in Saskatchewan. As Alice Funke describes, this was a tremendous showing for NDP candidates surpassing the 10% rebate requirement*, with over 300 NDP candidates getting at […]

Dead Grits – Federal Election Edition

[updated for spelling – HT Margaret] Monday saw the worst performance of the Liberal Party of Canada in its long history, both in terms of seats won and the popular vote. But how did they do in Saskatchewan, you must be salivating to know. Well, let’s have a look: They re-elected Ralph Goodale, keeping their 1 […]

The Court Martial of Capt Semrau, Part IV: Shoes

In a recent article in the Life section of the National Post, Cristina Alarcon, a pharmacist, ostensibly attempts to wear the shoes of Captain Semrau on that dusty battlefield in Afghanistan. I take the opportunity to suggest that the author is slipshod and should try again: Greetings Ms. Alarcon, I read your thoughtful attempt to […]

The Court Martial of Capt Semrau, Part III: Memories

Back in 1998, I was called as a witness in a military Summary Trial. I had spent the summer as an instructor teaching Basic Training in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. Basic Training is only slightly less exhausting for the instructors than for the students. Even though I was young and at my peak physical condition, an understrength […]

Fratricide

Wilcox had a professional responsibility to properly handle his weapon, to make sure it was properly cleared. A pistol is not a toy, and these men had a professional responsibility not to treat it as such. Can horseplay with weapons ever lead to anything good?