So this Post was originally supposed to be about Sinclair Lewis's 'It can't happen here.' I've been meaning to write about this classic novel for over a year now, but for a long time I couldn't really decide how to approach it. How to tie it in with this blog and its themes. Then some … Continue reading Supplemental Reading: It can’t happen here
Wow! After a long hiatus, we're back to the deconstruction! When we last left our two heroes...uh... ...huh... I'm not even sure how to describe Prime Minister Jack Hemp and Grand Chief Al Onanole. They're not protagonists, even though they're both central to the story and the targets of the villainous Movement's designs. They're not … Continue reading 58-Jack & Al have a meeting: Reject the past
Bear with me for a bit. I'm going somewhere here. In Plato's allegory of The Cave, a group of prisoners have been chained up in a cave for all of their lives. They can communicate with each other, but their only contact with the outside world comes in the form of a tiny window high … Continue reading Solidarity: Some thoughts on COVID-19 and Insignificance
As the Russians are fond of saying: "Man plans, God laughs." Right about the time that I was laying out my plans for upcoming blog posts, some people further up the Canadian Forces' food chain were making some decisions. Shortly after that, I got the word that I was up for a position in what … Continue reading COVID-19: Reserves Call-Up
So now we get to the part in the meeting between where Grand Chief Al Onanole and PM Jack Hemp cease to exist. They go from being poorly defined, two dimensional cardboard cutouts to becoming full-on straw men. A literary straw man is basically a character who is essentially little more than a political or … Continue reading 57-Jack & Al have a meeting: Strawmen Collide!
So those of you following the blog pretty regularly probably noticed that my output has dropped off quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. Part of this is just a lack of proper planning (it can happen to anyone), but there's been a bunch of other stuff happening in my life that I'm … Continue reading How I’m handling COVID-19
So last time, we looked at the idea of the Prime Minister of Canada having a secret meeting with the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, here represented by the fictional First Nations Federation (FNF)'s leader Al Onanole. Such a meeting would not be totally unprecedented, although in the past such meeting were … Continue reading 57-Jack & Al’s Meeting (2): A matter of perspective…
***Quick note beforehand. As I have mentioned in other posts about women in the CAF, I'm coming from the perspective of a straight, middle-aged male, and my writing is going to reflect that. I'm not in any way trying to discount the perspectives of other genders and orientations, I'm just sticking to what I know … Continue reading The ‘Headquarters Harem,’ or why we can’t have nice things.
This next segment of the novel will probably have to be broken down into several parts, as the exposition is all over the place. But there's a lot going on to make it worthwhile. What’s about to happen here is that Douglas Bland will let the mask slip, and speak for an extended period of … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting
So I've already talked about how I don't want to turn this blog into a place where I speculate about how I would blow this country up? Well, for the most part that's still going to be a thing, but I feel that I need to chime in with my own alternative to Lepine's plan … Continue reading I have a plan!