MSNBC’s “Body Odd” reports on a new German study on the curious phenomenon of people without any form of illness who periodically have difficulty telling right from left. The German scientists’ conclusion is mostly that the situation is confusing; they contest earlier findings that it’s related to “spatial reasoning” but confirm that whatever the problem is, it seems more pronounced among women.
The story then links to a University of Washington professor’s site where you can test your own degree of left-right conclusion.
Or you can just move to Alberta and see if you vote for the Progressive (Conservative) Party in the hope of getting balanced budgets, limited government and relief from the nagging politically correct environmentally extremist nanny state.
Apparently, the people of Attawapiskat were “traumatized” by the appointment of a third-party manager. The temporary appointment of a third-party manager. Who, as far as I know, never set foot in the reserve. They refused to let him in.
OK. Fine. I say we stop trying to help. That includes keeping our tax dollars. Deal?
Mitt Romney openly channels Ronald Reagan, asking Americans whether they are better off now than they were four years ago.
Peppering his speech with such terms as “destiny” and appealing to traditional American notions of hard work and sacrifice, Romney steered clear of any political issue except the stuttering economy and the enduring pain of strapped Americans.
At one point, he paid homage to the campaign slogans of both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in their bids to defeat an incumbent president during economic turmoil.
“Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one?” he said, as the crowd cheered “NO!”
“Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more AT your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Are you paying less at the pump?”
“It’s still about the economy,” Romney added, bluntly. “And we’re not stupid.”
As expected, Mitt Romney won last night’s primaries. Yes, we still have primaries. The race for the Republican nomination is still officially on, despite the fact that, well, there’s no one else really other than Mitt Romney. Still, he has to reach that magic number of 1,144 delegates and be confirmed at the convention in August. And so he campaigns.
John Robson, columnist and commentator with Sun Media, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa. With a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin, he has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio, TV and online journalism in Canada. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.
Mark Dunn is senior national reporter with Sun Media. He’s one of the few born and bred Ottawa journalists covering Parliament Hill. And he’s believed to be the only journalist to have worked in senior communication roles in political offices for a sitting government and opposition offices. The former Canadian Press reporter is a huge NFL and NASCAR fan, former ski instructor and member of the Canadian Ski Patrol. Friends will say he has the golden touch when it comes to grilling on the Q. Dunn is also an adventurous traveller who likes reading, music and television crime shows.