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Occasional Observation #35

In my darker moments–of which, these days, I have an increasingly large number–I suspect that political correctness is a strategy devised by the Right to divide and conquer the Left. Whether or not this is the case, it is clearly having that effect.

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Occasional Observation #34

Quebec Premier Legault is right to criticize political correctness as something that stifles intellectual debate and spirited inquiry. But he is wrong to say it is the work of radical activists. Serious radical activists are out in the streets or busy doing mobilization work. They’ve no time to spend removing the works of Mark Twain or Pierre Vallieres from library shelves on the grounds of their use of certain allegedly objectionable words. That is the work of, at most, the movement’s flyweights and bantamweights.

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Occasional Observation #33

Political correctness is truly the last refuge of the brain-dead and the historically illiterate. The progressive peacenik Dr. Seuss will no longer have his books published on the score of their alleged racism, while the arch-imperialist Rudyard Kipling gets a free pass. Excuse me?

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Occasional Observation #32: Answers to #31

Here are the wines or other beverages I would serve with various foods.

  1. Baked ham–a dry rose, such as an Anjou.
  2. Roast pork–any good rose, or a German white with some sweetness to it.
  3. Chicken curry–a rose, or beer or ale.
  4. Lamb curry–beer or ale, or a light red such as a Beaujolais.
  5. Roast duck–any good rose.
  6. Pan-seared duck breast. A medium red, such as a Cotes du Rhone or a Merlot.
  7. Poached salmon (hot). Beaujolais.
  8. Poached salmon (chilled). Beaujolais or a dry rose such as an Anjou.
  9. Grilled salmon–Almost anything that isn’t too sweet. Beer or ale also works.
  10. Stir fry–Beer or ale, or a medium white or a rose if you don’t like beer.
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Occasional Observation #31

Quebec. . .a socialist experiment interrupted at about a 20% state of completion. . .

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Occasional Observation #30

Today’s interactive column: What wine (or other drink) would you serve with the following hard-to-match foods? I’ll let you know my choices tomorrow.

  1. Baked ham.
  2. Roast pork loin.
  3. Chicken curry.
  4. Lamb curry.
  5. Roast duck.
  6. Pan-seared duck breast.
  7. Poached salmon (hot).
  8. Poached salmon (cold).
  9. Grilled salmon.
  10. Chicken or turkey stir-fry.
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Occasional Observation #29

As I get older, I’m more and more inclined to renounce the cult of renunciation. There seems to be less and less reason to put off pleasure. Intelligent, enlightened hedonism has become my thing.


“Chicken Soup” Launch Party

On Friday, February 19, Jon took party in a virtual launch party, via Zoom, for the new “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthology in which one of his stories is featured–Making Me Time. It was exciting to meet and talk with fellow writers from many different parts of the world–some as far away as South Africa and Texas, others as close as Ontario.

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Occasional Observation #28

This may be a sign of decadence, or possibly even outright bad character. If so, so be it. Whenever I hear the terms “political correctness” or “politically correct,” my instinctive reaction is to sneer, knowing I’m about to see the language gelded, spirited inquiry and debate stifled, and historical imagination suffocated. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, political correctness is the last refuge of a dunce or a moral eunuch.


Story Published in new “Chicken Soup” Anthology

One of Jon’s stories, “Never Disappointed,” has been included in a new Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology, Making “Me” Time. The anthology is being launched this week. Jon has a very limited number of copies available which he is willing to sell, autographed to your specifications, for $15 Canadian plus postage, which is far less than the bookstore price. Contact him immediately if you want to obtain a copy.