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Kevin Michael Grace lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He runs the website TheAmbler.com
I was one of many who sighed with relief when Conrad Black was convicted in U.S. District Court July 13. He is exceedingly litigious, and word had gone out that anyone who had suggested anything untoward in Black’s management of his newspaper empire could expect writs should the great man be found not guilty.
Q magazine once regularly asked rock musicians the question, “How do you react when you see a nun?”
In 1968, George Wallace said that there wasn’t a “dime worth’s of difference” between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Implicit there was the suggestion that Americans were not satisfied with echoes and preferred choices.
Asked when he became so obsessed with voting, the antediluvian Professor Farnsworth on Futurama replied, “The very instant I became old.” Politicians know only too well that Americans 65 and over vote at twice the rate of 18- to 34-year-olds.
In his autobiography, A Season For Justice, Morris Dees describes his 1967 epiphany in snowbound Cincinnati. Dees was, at the time, a millionaire 31-year-old lawyer, salesman, and publisher.
Mark Steyn once told me a revealing story about Conrad Black’s “conservative” Canadian national newspaper, the National Post.
The death in January of the British journalist (and Chronicles contributor) occasioned a startling outpouring of grief. The Daily Telegraph of London weighed in with five pages, and that was just on the next day.
Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day, I asserted a few months ago in Chronicles, would "seek to persuade Middle Canadian voters that the [governing] Liberals are their enemies, not their friends."
Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada, was a Conservative. He is remembered chiefly for his love of alcohol and his hatred of free trade.
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