Joe Campbell

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Beware the sexperts

Light is Right Joe Campbell Like me, you might not have known that sexpert is an officially recognized word. Well, it is. You can look it up in the Oxford dictionary, which defines it as an expert in sexual matters. I don’t object to the word. I do, however, object to the definition. I think it should be an alleged expert. Years ago, sexperts told us that we ... (Continue reading)

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Excluded

Light is Right Joe Campbell I’ve tried, really I have, but I can’t understand why, as a society, we discriminate so aggressively against homosexuals. Rare is he, or she, who at some point in life does not need help for mental, physical or spiritual disorders, if not all three. But when homosexuals need help, we deny or ignore afflictions that ought to be obvious to anyone, ... (Continue reading)

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Supernatural

Light is Right Joe Campbell Judges think they’re divine, apparently. When interpreting the constitution, they can create something out of nothing. That’s what they did with same-sex “marriage.” Lawyers know they’re human, apparently. When pleading cases, they can create something out of anything. That’s what they did when they made sleepwalking a defense against murder charges. An even more creative defense awaits them. It originated with ... (Continue reading)

The ‘news’

The ‘news’

Light is Right Joe Campbell I used to think that I recognized what news is. After all, I spent most of my working life in the news business. I don’t mean to say that I could define news. I wasn’t sure that I could. But like the jurist who wasn’t sure that he could define obscenity, I knew it when I saw it. Now, however, I seem ... (Continue reading)

The ultimate euphemism

Light is Right Joe Campbell “Yes,” Dingwall said, “I’m speaking out. I’ve reached the point where I can remain silent no longer.” I was taken aback. Dingwall is the last person I would have accused of not speaking out. “To preserve my sanity,” he said, “I have no choice but to admit that I’m abused.” “Abused?” I repeated, startled. “Not verbally, emotionally, psychologically, physically or sexually. I’m abused intellectually. ... (Continue reading)

Vested interests

Light is Right Joe Campbell “They considered the science settled,” Dingwall said. “On global warming?” I asked. “On global immobility,” he replied. “In the seventeenth century, influential academics insisted that the earth is the immovable centre of the universe and the sun orbits it. That’s why they rejected Galileo, who asserted the opposite.” “It sounds a lot like today,” I said, “when influential academics insist that, because of human ... (Continue reading)

Name game

Light is Right Joe Campbell Yes, in answer to the musical question, I know what it means to miss New Orleans. In 1981, while holidaying there, I sat in on trumpet with two jazz bands at the Famous Door. Not simultaneously. Successively. Simultaneously would have been understandable, as no one knew what to expect from me. Successively was inexcusable, as everyone knew what to expect the second ... (Continue reading)

Inconsistency

Light is Right Joe Campbell Inconsistency always amuses me. It’s one of the funniest elements of humour. The sayings of Yogi Berra are consistently inconsistent. That’s why we laugh at them. That’s why we ought to laugh at the sayings of progressives. They are consistently inconsistent, too. When Yogi Berra says things like “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded,” I laugh until I cry. When progressives ... (Continue reading)

Where ignorance is blessed

Light is Right Joe Campbell “It’s a creative approach to saving souls,” Dingwall said. “What is?” I asked. “Invincible ignorance,” Dingwall replied. Although we often talked about Church teaching, this was the first time he had mentioned invincible ignorance. “I’m not sure I understand,” I said. “Invincible ignorance is a deficiency of knowledge that you can’t reasonably overcome and consequently are not responsible for,” he explained. “I know what it means,” I ... (Continue reading)

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Our place in the sun

Light is Right Joe Campbell From time to time, federal politicians fantasize about inviting the Turks and Caicos Islands to join Canada. I don’t share that dream. I fantasize about inviting Canada to join the Turks and Caicos Islands. If all we want is to hang out in the Caribbean without going through customs, it doesn’t much matter who annexes whom. But I want more than that. ... (Continue reading)

Heavy turbulence

Light is Right Joe Campbell “I suppose you’ve heard,” Molder said, “that the airlines are buying lighter planes.” “Lighter than what?” Bimsom asked, as dangling comparatives irritate him. “Lighter than they used to be,” Molder said. “What’s wrong with darker planes?” Bimsom asked. “It’s not about hue,” Molder said. “It’s about weight. For every pound they reduce the weight of their planes, the airlines say they save up to $60 ... (Continue reading)

Mad pride

Light is Right Joe Campbell My editor had got me an exclusive interview with Professor Hans Bunglethorpe. “I’ve never heard of Professor Bunglethorpe,” I said. “Of course, you haven’t,” he replied. “Nobody has. You’ll be the first reporter he has agreed to talk to. Once you’ve broken the story, everyone will have heard of him.” “Everyone?” “He’s made a landmark discovery. He’ll be drowning in publicity” “It sounds like a ... (Continue reading)

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Miraculous journalism

Light is Right Joe Campbell They say that the age of miracles is past. I don’t believe them. No sooner had Pope Francis begun his pontificate than we witnessed a miracle of the first order. I don’t mean the angelic cloud that appeared in the Florida sky. I mean the new Pope’s progressive youthfulness. Shortly after the papal election, a Canadian TV commentator announced that Pope Francis ... (Continue reading)

Dollars and sense

Light is Right Joe Campbell As a child, I learned that bills and coins make a financial statement. They declare a cash value. As an adult, I learned that they also make a policy statement. They reveal a partisan position. Besides purchasing power, they represent political power. Money doesn’t talk. It cheers. Less than a year after the Bank of Canada issued it, our first polymer bill sparked a political ... (Continue reading)

Crazy

Light is Right Joe Campbell I used to believe that to sell books, you needed catchy titles. I was wrong. I can think of few titles less catchy than Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Even the short version, DSM, doesn’t qualify as catchy. And yet this publication of the American Psychiatric Association is a best seller, popular both at home and abroad. Now in its fourth edition, the ... (Continue reading)

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