“This is bizarre,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “Money to public office holders from any source must be public. The potential for abuse in this new system is stunning.”
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I reserve the rights of course, so better hurry before the Western Alliance adopts it for a Victory song after the next election. K?
On that note, was this really written for Peter McKay?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Read the article carefully and take particular note of Mr. Irving's position on how no-one can predict future energy trends. What is Mr. Irving trying to say exactly and who is it that he speaks for?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Well maybe it's not quite that bad, but close!
On the subject of those putrid attack ads that both major parties seem intent on badgering our sensibilities with, I would like to offer some inspiration on the subject.
Now if you politickers have a sense of humor, imagine this picture;
Harper to one side in cap and gown, complete with tassle receiving a diploma from Paul Martin bearing the inscription "Liberal Economics 101"
Next to him is Ignatieff, complete with Beanie.... hugging his latest text, "Politicking for Dummies".
There is a little orangey colored dog yapping at their feet and a stately looking gentlemen with nice hair stands smiling while reaching for his paycheck. He is mumbling something about getting a pension for the rest of his life.
Now that's a political cartoon worthy of Giles.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Heard the latest? Ontario plans some kind of grant of up to $10,000 for folks who purchase an electric auto.
Better yet Fred, invest in security devices for external electrical outlets. heh...
Well, you know I'm all for anything even remotely positive regarding the development and use of electric vehicles, but I have a question. Considering the current state of supply and demand of electricity, brown outs and all that, how exactly is this all going to work?
Shouldn't we be thinking about buying another horse or two before going whole hog with the cart.....er car?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The following I wish to post without commentary, other than to say it represents what was in one persons heart and mind at a given point in their personal journey.
May 28, 2006
Who Cares if A Soldier Dies?
Take a man and put him alone,
Put him twelve thousand miles from home.
Empty his heart of all but blood,
Make him live in sand, in mud.
This is the life I have to live,
This the soul to God I give.
You have your parties and drink your beer,
While young men are dying over here.
Plant your signs on the White House lawn;
"Lets get out of Iraq".
Use your signs and have your fun,
Then refuse to use a gun.
There's nothing else for you to do,
Then I'm supposed to die for you?
There is one thing that you should know;
And that's where I think you should go!
I'm already here and it's too late.
I've traded all my love for all this hate.
I'll hate you till the day I die.
You made me hear my buddy cry.
I saw his leg and his blood shed,
Then I heard them say, "This one's dead".
It was a large price for him to pay,
To let you live another day.
He had the guts to fight and die,
To keep the freedom you live by.
By his dying, your life he buys,
But who cares if a Soldier dies?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Having had considerable personal experience in this area over the course of some decades, I have come to believe that the following story from the CBC is indicative of many of the ills encompassed in the trough now known as Health Care in Canada.
A few highlights from yet, the latest scandal;
"Opposition parties continued their calls for Health Minister David Caplan's resignation due to his handling of the scandal, but McGuinty stood by his minister on Wednesday, saying he still has confidence in Caplan.
Meanwhile, the search continues to replace Sarah Kramer, who departed the agency more than a week ago after seven months as CEO and president. She received a severance package worth 10 months' salary, or about $317,000.Kramer was lambasted for receiving a $114,000 bonus, more than double the amount allowed at the provincial agency. Hudson signed off on the bonus just four months after Kramer started.
Two reviews underway
The former CEO was also responsible for signing off on many of the untendered contracts during her first months at work. She defended the lack of a competitive bidding process, saying it was justified due to the urgency of the agency's work.
Under the old rules, provincial agencies were required to put contracts up for tender if they surpassed $100,000 unless they involve legal services, an urgent circumstance or a patented product unique to a single supplier.
Some of the consulting costs incurred at eHealth:
- A $2,700-a-day consultant charging for a $3.26 muffin and tea.
- A $300-an-hour consultant, charging for reading an article on electronic health records given to her by her husband, another consultant.
- Two consultants serving as vice-presidents and flown regularly from homes in Alberta.
- A $1,700-a-day executive assistant.
- Consultants charging to watch an eHealth episode on TVO's The Agenda and "debriefing" on the Toronto subway."
No one can do anything without authorization from above, and authorization takes forever largely due to several factors. The most significant of which being a lack of real commitment and posturing. These people do not spend adequate time and effort following up on the effects of their policies and are either largely clueless as to the effects, or are busy trying to cover up the truths and making themselves unavailable. The one thing they have an abundance of though, is excuses.
Another glaring problem is the non unionized administrative people have come from a University environment where a half days effort on the ground is the norm and they continue this approach on the job. This mentality permeates the unionized workers thinking and work ethic. On the flip side, the unionized workers have a set of clear rules which determine such things as hours of work, rate of pay and holidays. The non unionized administrative and medical personnel aspire to enjoy the same benefits, and many do. Both of these things work against efficient delivery of medical services and efficient use of tax dollars allocated to this most important of services.
There is a disconnect between the policy makers, the administrations and those on the floor doing the daily work. This is largely due to a lack of supervision by people such as middle managers whose days are spent just about anywhere but on the floor of the facilities they work in, supervising the personnel they are responsible for. The lack of co-ordinated training and the wide variety of methods being employed and base of knowledge of those actually delivering the Health services is evidence of this. Further, they do not come around after their daytime work day hours expire in order to determine exactly how all of their brain storming, and multiple meetings are working out at ground level. The responsibility for that is left to underlings whose main thrust is to maintain minimum standards, or in other words, whose goal it is not to rock the boat.
Last comment on this line of thought, way too many shingles with professional titles hanging outside of closed doors, the occupants of said offices rarely if ever being seen.
Given the challenges that the many obstacles present, it is especially important to discuss the efforts of those who are committed and manage to perform at an exceptionally high level. They deserve our gratitude and respect and we the Peebles should take care not to associate them with segments that are not gifted, committed and capable. It is unfair to tarnish these people with the short comings of others. They deserve all the praise we can offer not only for what they accomplish day in and day out, but for maintaining a consistent moving forward attitude, in spite of the difficulties that surround them.
It is hard to soar like an Eagle when you work with turkeys, but some do manage it. For them, we should be eternally grateful.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
"Over the years, Washington and the world have coddled both Israel and the Palestinians, whose behavior has come to resemble that of spoiled children.
Are they not deserving of sympathy? Of course they are. Never since the events of 1948 has the region seen a decade of such consistent violence, an extraordinarily high ratio of civilian casualties, and a universality of despair, as in the Second Intifada (2000-2004), the Second Lebanon War (2006) and the Gaza War (2008-9).
As with parents who become more and more indulgent the more clueless they realize they actually are - and the more out of control their kids get - Washington and the world have allowed Israel and the Palestinians both to run off the rails in whatever direction they happen to see fit at the moment.
Why? For the same reason that bad parents spoil their children:
They're afraid of them.
For generations, both Israelis and Palestinians have been snowing their respective allies, who have been afraid, either electorally or physically, of being perceived as not loving them enough."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Topics of the day;
So many to choose from. So many shrouded in smoke. How is an ode Country Boy to know which is worthy?
I know this, flogging the Horse known as Real Estate in perpetuity, represents little more than a Gypsy Queens efforts with her Crystal Ball.
The recent comings and goings in Iran has captured the Comrades spirit. I'm looking forward to Truth and Justice; over brutality.
Anyone can engage in brutality as in the case of Burma, . Only the gifted and truly devout, may speak clearly, earnestly and without thought for personal ambition.
I haven't picked a side there, but I'm hoping for the Ancient culture to show the World the way it's supposed to be done.
There's, is a truly Ancient culture that has traversed just about everything that a society could. So isn't it now time for them to remember?
I suppose it should be time, if it weren't for the ugliness of the souls of some many men; and women. If it weren't for the Zionists. If it weren't for age old Arabic/Persian realities?
And we in the New World have what attachment to all of that exactly?
I dunno, I'm just an ode Country Boy. Ask Mr. Harper, and Mr Ignatieff. They seem to be able to reconcile how it is that we, the Peebles of this Dominion of Canada, or New France, whichever one's preference may be, need to be involved in millenniums old conflicts and some very, very ugly and nasty goings on.
I note, neither were ever, ever front line Soldiers. Neither were ever, ever Medics attending to the dieing. I note these things.
I remember what it is to become involved in the hatreds of other peoples, other countries.
Albeit that I know little in the great scheme of things, this I do know. Pissing in other people's Worlds, just because you can, usually doesn't end well.
Many of the People, both in Iran and Canada and the rest of the this grand and most beautiful planet are speaking,. It is my hope, that good minds are listening.
Otherwise, I may well spend my last dollar in honor of those gone before me, and travel to the Volga, so's an ode Country Boy might piss into the the same river as did Men, far Greater than he.
Here I thought Guelph Ontario had to hold the title of Kings of Arseholery when it came to zealous pursuit of it's peasants for parking fines.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Accountability Takes Another Hit with Changes to MP Conflict-of-Interest Rules
“This is bizarre,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “Money to public office holders from any source must be public. The potential for abuse in this new system is stunning.”
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The odd curiosity is, the public now seem to be highly favoring the lovable Black Forrest troll, Onkle Karl. How amusing wot?
Then there is the Lisa Rait debacle. Fer cripes sakes, know when to cut your losses. If der Harper can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps he should pay a tad of attention to the election results from Nova Scotia. The Peebles are in a foul mood, and defending the incompetent isn't an endearing activity.
I'm not posting links Comrades, as I'm sure you are sufficiently apprised of these situations by now.
I would give some attention to the Liberalies as well, if they had accomplished anything other than blustering while using correct vocabulary. I suppose the ineffective approach that continues to plague the Liberals, would only serve to embolden the Repenters, er Reformers; ... oh whatever. I can imagine that the thought of voters choosing the Libs who can't even manage to run a good bluff these days, would be a great source of amusment for Harper.
I wonder how much comfort there is in being seen as the least worst pick?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Was just browsing the current news and came across the following article at CBC. I found the comments very interesting so I thought I would post the link. It appears that many well spoken and articulate Canadians have some very strong feelings on this issue, the RCMP and it's Commissioner.
I wonder how long the Commish and the Government intend to continue their current approach?
Another story from today that definitely should thicken the soup;
"B.C. Solicitor General Rich Coleman ordered the province's RCMP service to pull all 578 of its older-model M-26 Tasers from service after testing showed the same models used by municipal police forces, sheriffs and corrections officers didn't meet the manufacturer's specifications 80 per cent of the time."
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Virtual Monopolies and collusion among the few as is the case with the grocery industry, produces predictable results. Banking, Oil, and Grocery clearly show the abuse by Capitalists and their political agents.
Big Brother says, "that's not a coincidence".
The People's Revolution must begin by first acknowledging the yoke, then making conscious efforts to shun it. Endlessly repeating the same tired old phrases changes nothing.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Interesting possibilities in this article that lend speculation to number of possible outcomes.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I wouldn't be surprised if a significant amount of that US aid finds it's way into the hands of the Taliban or it's sympathizers in the end. The US could well be financing both sides of the struggle to a large extent.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I had a few moments earlier to absorb some of the affairs of the day and saw the PM and Obama at the latest conference.
I wonder if those many leaders can find a truly useful direction. Can an offer of an open hand actually bring forward the best in those who are positioned to lead?
There is the story of the American born Iranian journalist sentenced to 8 yrs. by a Fundamentalist Iranian court and their PM, making overtures toward making efforts to show some good will.
Will they put aside the antagonism, the Imperialism, the politics and apply their abilities for once in my lifetime, to move forward together?
Sometimes I walk through the Valley of fools. Sometimes I walk through a Valley of Angels.
The Human condition.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
"A well-known New Brunswick Liberal and close friend of Premier Shawn Graham is facing a hearing before a judge under the province's Conflict of Interest Act."
Something else that is familiar is those pointed to are not talking.
"Clendenning, a former executive director of the New Brunswick Liberal Party, has repeatedly refused to discuss O'Donnell's allegations. "I will not be giving interviews on this matter," he said in an email in December. He refused again when approached by CBC News during an NB Liquor event in March."
"Greg Byrne, the minister of Business New Brunswick, refused to be interviewed. In September 2007, his spokeswoman, Sarah Ketcheson, said the department had been "in the process of gathering information from" O'Donnell when he closed the call centre.
Byrne was also Clendenning's lawyer during his business dealings with O'Donnell. Byrne ended his law practice in October 2006, when he was sworn into cabinet. He was not representing Clendenning during the period covered by O'Donnell's complaint."
Isn't it interesting how, when details such as these are offered, they almost always come from one of the once upon a time players who feels slighted?
Reminds me of my days working for the Railways, and how so often when thieves were caught it was because other thieves resented the competition or were angry that the other one got something they wanted, and would perform their civic duty and turn in the other thief. Also interesting that the thief once caught, and without recourse, was only asked to resign. I'm talking some major thefts here, some cases running into hundreds of thousands.
Not so for someone caught shoplifting food.
Makes me think of the code of Honor among the Cosa Nostra. Well, the used to be code of Honor.
What's the world coming to I ask, when there is no code of Honor among thieves?
Could this lead to justice for the Sins of the Fathers? Not likely, not in N.B. Not in the Maritimes. We not only gave birth to the Nation, the Lord's and Seigneurs also pioneered tranferring the European Feudal system to our shores.
This story stirs a lot of old memories of the crushing weight of political patronage, and how those who are not in the inner circles, either by choice or circumstance, are given no consideration. They are merely the peasant class, the chattering masses, to be used or abused at will. Justice of the few, by the few, for the few.
I wrote about this phenomenon on Gart's site a some considerable time back. About refined Feudalism and about how the Corporate entities such as the one's we have here in N.B., including the fiefdom of Irving, allow no newspapers other than the one's they control. There have been extensive commisions on this monopoly situation, only to find in the Lord's favor. The fact that they controlled every newspaper of any significance didn't represent a threat to access of information. Yet, the Irvings have been accused of allocating up to $1 million dollars to drive out a very small newborn independent newspaper. Which, I would add, no longer exists.
I wrote then, coming to a place near you.
Remain silent, you of the chattering class, or they will unleash the dogs, and further the cull.
Or choose to stand your ground. It is up to you. From one who could never fit in the round hole, I will tell you, it's not easy to be different. I suspect, that as things are unfolding, it's not going to be easy to be the same either.
Ask not, what your Country can do for you. And remember, from pain, comes wisdom.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Amid mounting concern that illegal activity has occurred inside publicly-traded banks Gylfi Magnusson, Iceland’s business minister, has conceded there are similarities with the country’s banking system and failed US energy company Enron."
The article speaks for itself, but doesn't it seem a little odd that these practices were so widespread, in so many countries during the same period in time? If that is just co-incidence, then it's just simply amazing!
This being, separate the troubled areas from the profitable. Shuffle some papers and legal status, then create entity A which is solid and will remain in the hands of those who got it into the mess. Plus create entity B, which is little more than a dump for the problem assets, and liabilities which will be financed by taxpayers during disposition of it's assets. Sounds a lot like that privatizing profit, socializing risk that so many are talking about these days.
"A plan under consideration would create a new company that would buy the "good" assets of GM after the carmaker files for bankruptcy, the Times said.
Less desirable assets, including unwanted brands, factories and health care obligations, would be left in the old company, which could be liquidated over several years, according to the paper."
Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?
WARNING! The above described procedures are not recommend for little Piggies. It could be hazardous to their health and general welfare.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
All is not well in the land of Tigers.
"On Saturday, hundreds of red-shirted Thaksin supporters broke through lines of soldiers and invaded the media center adjacent to the summit venue, the Royal Cliff hotel, blowing whistles, waving flags and shouting "Abhisit Out."
RED SHIRTS V BLUE SHIRTS
Troops tried to stop them, but "red shirts" and soldiers came hurtling through a huge picture window at the media center in a furious scrum. Soldiers then bolted down the road to protect the hotel where Asian leaders were to hold a lunch.
After rampaging about the media center, the "red shirts" -- including a 90-year-old woman in a wheelchair -- were soon huddled with reporters in impromptu news conferences around the vast conference center. They denounced Abhisit's government as "anti-poor.""
"'The car that's going to save GM,' suggests automotive consultant James Hall, of 2953 Analytics in Birmingham, Mich., 'is the Chevy Cruze, and the derivatives that will come off it.'
The Cruze is a fuel-efficient compact designed in Korea that will sell in markets throughout the world. It goes on sale in North America in the first half of 2010. A small seven-passenger van built off the same platform, the Chevy Orlando, is expected a little later. By selling in huge volumes, perhaps as many as 1.7 million worldwide, the Cruze family could allow GM to be profitable on small cars for a change."
One of the most wise thoughts offered here;
"3. People who were driving a school bus blindfolded (and crashed it) should never be given a new bus. The economics establishment (universities, regulators, central bankers, government officials, various organisations staffed with economists) lost its legitimacy with the failure of the system. It is irresponsible and foolish to put our trust in the ability of such experts to get us out of this mess. Instead, find the smart people whose hands are clean."
Friday, April 10, 2009
As most are likely aware, Stylish Steve and Igghead have jousted recently over that Mulroney guy and in a response to reporters recently, the Stylish one made a reference to something being wrong with Igghead's moral compass. In this odd set of events, Harper did appear to have some foundation for his statements, unlike the other guy who never ceases to miss an opportunity to check to see if he can still fit his foot in his mouth. Still, it is rather humorous hearing Harper lecture on morality. I guess lying doesn't count.
But that's not what I wanted to write about this morning. It was the phrase Moral Compass that went together with something else that happened in my little corner of this Country that I thought worthwhile discussing. I could have titled this piece, The Confused Nation and it would have been appropriate too.
The Rest of The Story;
There seems to be a marked increase in the number of fights/violent incidents among youth/yutes (Joe Pesci) in our area in recent weeks, and I really don't know why that is exactly, I just know it is. It could be the result of being cooped up together for months in schools and looking for avenues to realease their frustrations, or it could just be instincts similar to male Deer or Bucks come rutting season. As I said, I don't know but that isn't really the basis of what I want to write about either exactly. My pondering is based on one particular incident, involving a group of yutes ranging in age from 15 to 18 yrs, a woman approx 35 yrs. and pregnant, plus an older guy of 50 plus.
A group of high school students are squaring off in the parking lot of a local burger joint located with walking distance of the school. They have grievances with each other apparently. Not far away are other yutes who are not involved, including the person who told me this story. It is lunch period so it is not uncommon for students to be in this area. What was uncommon was the aspect of a fight brewing there and especially at that time of day.
To complete setting the scene, the 50 plus year old guy is standing behind the burger joint, having a smoke. He works there. Someone goes into the restaurant and informs staff of the situation, and for some reason unbeknown to me, out comes the 35 yr. old noticably pregnant woman to deal with it.
The woman approaches the yutes, and words are exchanged and that is when it starts to get weird. A 15/16 yr. old becomes incensed, starts lipping off loudly and more words are exchanged. The yute proceeds to apply a very forceful push to the woman almost knocking her off of her feet. That is when the rather smallish 50 something yr. old male who was having a smoke and watching this unfold, springs into action. He rushes across the parking lot and delivers a blow to the head of the yute so forceful that said yute drops like a stone.
Uh Oh. Now we have a dilemna. Due to the actions of 50 something guy, the incident draws to a quick close. The yutes involved gather up the one on the ground and leave the area. What will come of this in the end, I don't know either. I don't know if the yutes will report this as an assault, which in all likelihood would go badly for 50 something guy. I don't know if the restaurant chain will end up being involved or not. The yutes may choose not to pursue anything out of embarrassment or fear of repercussions for their actions. That does not eliminate possible consequences for the adults though.
Unfortunately, the yutes have little deterrent from making an issue of this, as our system rarely does anything at all about this type of youth violence. I am aware of numerous incidents of vicious assaults perpetrated by students against other students in recent years and the perpetrators suffered little or no consequences. Police do little other than deal with immediate circumstances and offer the explanation that it is the Crown Prosecutors office which decides whether to pursue matters or not. If one accepts this, then apparently the Crown rarely chooses to continue, preferring to wait until the little dinks are fully cultivated violent members of adult society. So on to reality and choices.
As an old head with a grasp of the realities here, I will list some of the risks 50 something guy ran when he bolted across that parking lot;
1. Being charged with assault.
2. Being assaulted himself.
3. Loosing his job.
4. Being sued.
And what he could achieve.
1. Protecting a fellow employee and possibly a friend from potential injury.
2. Protecting an unborn child from possibly harm.
3. Ending a potentially dangerous situation where injuries might have been sustained by a number of persons.
Now the dilemma involved here is quite obvious I would think. Did he do the right thing? Did the situation warrant his actions? Was it wise of him to expose himself and his employer to these risks?
My personnel dilemma is further complicated as I had made considerable attempts to spur authorities to address the youth violence issues last year and have admonished and punished my own Son for allowing himself to become involved in fights. As a result, he asked me this question yesterday.
"Would you have been mad at me if I got into that fight to protect the woman?"
Sometimes kids ask really tough questions. What do you think? What is our moral compass in these modern times?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Yesterday I was bothered by the increasing focus of many who have the ability to speak out, choosing to use their voices for partisan sniping and focusing on issues that do nothing to bring forward constructive dialogue on matters relevant to these times.
Here in our little corner of Internet world, we have explored things such as the root causes of the failures of our economic system and likely have gotten as close as we could to determining who is in fact responsible. We now have some sense of these things, and are better prepared in our own personal circumstances and to speak to, and with others on these matters in order to share understanding.
For us, we can relate to summations of realities such as Comrade Herb's reference to Presidential Power and Hard Power. It certainly seems that Hard Power has triumphed in circumventing Presidential or Prime Ministerial power in many crucial areas, and these are the concerns best addressed openly by those who have the means.
Turning to the world of Canadian politics momentarily, I see the pundits discussing the seeming stagnant positions of the top two parties, and note that many seem somewhat surprised, perhaps even a little bewildered. Maybe this is because their noses are too close to the book of strategy to notice that to the rest of those who bother to pay attention, the two groups have become divided only by issues of lesser importance. I wonder if they consider that the reasons may well be that both entities appear pretty much the same, and employ the same strategies. Serve up hash, deliver some bash and chase after the money.
Which leads me to two of the most extraordinary statements from our political leaders this past week. One from Flaherty and the other from Iggnatieff.
Flaherty made reference to the fact that people are not facing challenges equal to those faced by our early pioneers. Ya think Jim? How long did it take him to come up with that assessment and how much did it cost?
Iggnatieff gave a statement voicing his admiration for Brian Mulroney. Imagine. Way to set yourself apart from the crowd Micheal.
Fella's, most know how interconnected we are with the US, and appreciate the significance, but it doesn't have to start and stop there does it? You guys need to put some fire in people's bellies, and swooning and crooning just doesn't cut it.
Have a chat with that Danny Williams guy why don't you? He has a knack for standing up at the right time and being heard on things that are really important to people. Danny's not afraid of the Big Bad Oil Companies, and he knows how to play a hand. Get out there and tell people you will help them to start small businesses. One person operations on up. Get your printing press behind the small entrepeneurs and don't worry about getting your take for CRA so much. It will all work out in the end.
In this wasteland of political moeofthesames, I tend to lean Green. Not so much as a party supporter, because they are in their infancy and I believe they need more input from older heads. But more because of their support for environmental concerns, alternative energy and that they understand that small is beautiful. One day those youngsters who make up the bulk of Greenies will grow up, and will draw together the foundations of all those good ideas they have, apply their learned experiences and the knowledge of politics they have gained along the way. Together with a new breed of Independents borne from the spirit of quiet political revolution, they will eat those two old dinosaurs alive.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
"We will forever honour the fallen of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Ypres, and the beaches of Normandy. We celebrate the many achievements of these heroic Canadians who remain an inspiration in their selfless courage and dedication to our country. "
My Uncle, Dad's oldest brother was at Vimy. My maternal Grandfather was a Calvaryman with the Hert's Imperial Yeomanry, stationed in Egypt at the beginning of WW 1, and subsequently sent to the Dardenelles. My Father was among the Canadian contingent at Normandy. His baby Brother went to Sicily, and became a career Soldier. I expect that had something to do with a scarcity of jobs in their home area, and that is one of the things I would like to point to.
I never learned much about Wars from members of my immediate family. I didn't hear about great battles, or great acts of courage. I didn't hear about their suffering from them. They never talked about those things. What I learned about their experiences, and the personal horrors, came from someone else many years after they passed. Someone close to both of them. And I heard from my Father, in the night, when the demons came. He didn't know what he was saying of course, those things were just memories that wouldn't leave him. The plight of the Citizen Soldier. The quiet intellectual who went to War not out of Patriotism, as I was told much later, but out of a sense of responsibility to his Family and to satisfy a sense of personal worth.
The reality of scarcity of jobs has often remained throughout the years, and likely explains the high percentage of Atlantic Canadians who are active in Military positions even to this day.
With time and experience, I came to understand why the Citizen Soldier didn't speak of their memories of Battles. Their memories of non combatants. Their memories of friends lost.
I have also come to understand why our Governments won't agree to the simple act of honouring Canadians lost in the Vietnam war during Remembrance Day ceremonies.
They are never mistaken.
Of our politiical leaders, I would ask deeper consideration, further reflection, and a fuller Remembrance.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will Remember them.
Idiots should not make the rules, nor should they tinker with them.
"Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.
The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.
That's when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents' separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.
"Going to court was a last resort," said Lucie Fortin, a legal aid attorney who represented the girl. "The question was that there was a problem between the father and the mother, and the child asked the court to intervene because it was important to her.
"The trip was very important to her."
Legal battle destroyed father-daughter relationship"
A final thought for now, if Legal Aid lawyers in the Province of Quebec, have time to spend on trivial complaints like this, they have too many Legal aid lawyers. Doesn't that Province receive the highest dollar amount of transfer payments from the Federal Government, year after year?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
CENSORED, I guess.
"Much to do about nothing in the end, I expect, given the chances of finding enough support among the ranks of the opposition seems slim. Still, thanks for not using the big brush "GUN" Registry approach, as is so often the method preferred, and identifying the issue correctly as it pertains to Long Guns.
To present alternative views, first I say this has long been promised to the CPC members who favor this policy, and this is Harper's 2nd time around. It is also greatly watered down. Next, I would say that dismantling this process does not make Long guns immune to the rest of the checks and balances. There is still a matter of being licensed to own a gun and the procedures in checking ones personal records and history as well. Trigger locks, storage cabinets, restricted access to ammunition etc. Did you know they keep pellets and BB's in locked display cabinets?
If you have looked into the licensing process, you would realize that a law abiding citizen would really have to want to have a gun in order to go through all of that. It's not like just walking into Canadian Tire and picking your favorite model.
I often have the feeling this issue isn't so much about the Long guns as it is about political influence, one group trying to enforce it's will over another and a backward way of viewing democracy.
When a majority government makes laws such as these, without prior consultation with the public or it being a major campaign issue, then true democratic process hasn't taken place. Assessing the process that is ahead, seems far more democratic to me given the public understands a great deal more at this point, and the result will depend on a free vote in the house. For what that's worth.
There are also statistics to consider which don't support the contention that Long guns are a significant factor in cases of criminal activity.
Using the Police Chiefs as a reference is interesting as well, as I suspect if they were candid in expressing their views, they would favor no guns whatsoever except for themselves and the military.
I grew up with guns in my house, and was taught to respect them. Many of my neighbors had guns as well, all long guns. I can't remember a single incident of anyone shooting someone in the entire area, so what's wrong with modern society that this has become such an issue?
There are many areas where people lives are endangered that are addressed by laws and regulations, many of which result in more deaths and debilitating injuries than long guns. Often these are not utilized effectively, or are ignored for the sake of making the wheels go around.
Having said all that, a couple of years ago my Son went to school with a used, bent pellet in his pocket not realizing it was there. On discovering it, he took it out and began to fiddle with it and was spotted by a teacher. It was taken away and he was told he would be expelled if it happened again. That was in Southern Ontario, land of paranoia's. What was he going to do with a bent pellet and no pellet gun? Just an illustration. I'm glad it wasn't a stapler.
Don't taze me bro!"
Today I found a liberal bloggers entry on this issue which suggests Conservative Party support and financing is the most likely reason for the CPC bringing the issue forward again.
A finanical reason for the Cons. wanting to scrap the long-gun registry.
All well and good to go about trying to fix things manipulating interest rates, but who does this hurt? Swamping the money supply by various means gets some attention, but does anyone talk about the effects being seen from the result of years and years of focus on growth, and the result of the extraordinary exit of investment monies from real estate growth into oil futures that we saw last year?
Most focus is on the peripherals, how it came to be, what happened during, but little is said about the pinch now becoming a grab, by many of those companies that were created or greatly expanded during the growth period, and what they are currently doing in the marketplace. An example of which can be found on the shelves of your local giant corporation owned grocery outlet. How many products spiked by an extraordinary amount supposedly due to increased transportation and production costs related to energy, only to have remained at that level or higher? What about the ruse employed by Oil giants concerning the cost of Diesel and home heating oil? Demand is down significantly, so why is Diesel still priced higher at the pumps than gasoline? Quick answer, because they can.
There are a lot of people who get caught between a rock and a hard place in times like these. We hear about those who lose their jobs, and many truly sympathize. Some know what it is like to be in similar circumstances. How much do we hear about those who worked for many years, encountered these or similar difficulties and approached retirement with some savings, perhaps RRSP's and largely relied on Government pensions, meager private industry pensions or combinations thereof, and hopes of some steady supplement from their savings? Not much I think.
Some say that housing and auto prices have declined, so overall we have deflation. Well, maybe if you are still active in that sphere of economic activity, it is significant. If not, things such as rising energy costs, grocery, property taxes and the like are priority concerns. These things are going up. In Ontario, and I expect other Provinces soon to be heard from, harmonized sales tax will grab you by both cheeks of your backside and squeeze you some more. So with the recent debacle in the markets destroying half of savings for many, and interest being virtually useless in regards to income, what are these people to do in order to cover these increased costs for the necessities of life? Many even have to pay their own medical and dental costs, plus eye testing and glasses. If you are desperate poor and don't have private coverage, most Provincial Gov's have programs to address this. Not easily accessed programs mind you, but they are there buried under lengthy bureaucratic process and mountains of paper.
Unfortunately though, those with Old age security and or CPP benefits plus a little bit of savings generally don't qualify, so they are in fact more poor than the poor, especially if they are ill or have disabilites that incur extra costs. Neat system wot?
Not to forget the officially government designated poor though, as they have similar concerns and are also extremely sensitive to the increases in costs for basic needs.
I can't remember the last time I read an article in a major media venue that brought these things out in the light and focused on it.
To the MSM, I would say kindly put some focus on these largely forgotten people. Not just the murders and other sensational news from the United States. Never know boys and girls, someday soon you too might be seen at the Food Bank hurrying with your bundles to your leased Escolade parked around the corner.
Here's the link that got that mini rant started;
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Either we have a fair number of lurkers, or we are very popular with a few people for whatever reasons. So a message to our possible lurkers, quit lurking and speak up. Given that there is actually only about six of us who prattle on here, I have been considering giving the members of the collective a numerical designation.
Just call me One of Six.
"It is not for nothing that rage has been turned on those wicked financiers. The banks are at the core of the administration's thrust: By managing the money, government can steer the whole economy even more firmly down the left fork in the road.
If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash -- which was often forced on them in the first place -- the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That's what's happening right now."http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123879833094588163.html
Friday, April 3, 2009
It is said that that he still takes the view that he is entitled to the money.
He should start a new career as Britain's version of Ed the Sock. Sir Ed, cigar?
"Goodwin's pension pot was doubled to £16.9m on the weekend the bank was bailed out by the taxpayer in October."
When I read a link from the Toronto Star by Chantal Hebert provided by Dee earlier, I got to wondering why we aren't hearing from him? That article points to a poll done by Leger, which indicates Canadians coast to coast largely agree on something for a change. No bailout for GM and Chrysler. According to Hebert, only 15% of Canadians support bailing them out, and even in Ontario there is only 17% who support it.
So, back to my thought, why aren't we hearing from bouncy Jack?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This bill does not propose scrapping the entire gun registry. It does not propose changing the status of firearms that are currently illegal. Kalashnikov's will still be illegal. It does not propose ending the very time consuming and intrusive process involved in obtaining a license to own a firearm or any of the other laws associated with that.
What it addresses is, ending the record keeping arm of the bureaucracy which is related to Long guns. Such things as hunting rifles, military rifles (non automatic) and antique rifles.
At the heart of this, is a clash of cultures, era's and political pandering. What we have in essence, is a time warp of sorts. The cities have lot's of trouble's these days with drugs, drug dealers, assorted criminal elements and they also have noisy special interest groups. The issue of the Long guns has become a crutch for those who haven't the courage to admit where the real source of their troubles comes from. That being themselves, their daily habits and weaknesses and dull wits. Oh look, there's a new bandwagon to jump on! Hurry!
At the core of my gripes is another consideration, that being the lack of public input and regional representation involved when these laws and regulations were initially implemented. I don't remember any public discussions in my area. I don't remember this being an important election plank. I don't remember the government of the day giving consideration to a long established right, and the weight of past practice involved. What I remember is the arrogance of a majority federal government who as usual, acted based on what was politically expedient at the time.
I don't presume to have basis to tell Ontario, Quebec or B.C. what to do about the problems that have been created, largely in their high population areas. If they can't address the drug issues, without encompassing laws covering ownership of guns, then that is something for them to deal with. And that is who I think should deal with it. I think most of the responsibility for gun legislation should rest with provincial governments. Perhaps incorporating municipal government where warranted. Situations such as what is experienced in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver would suggest that might be sensible. It would localize controls on an as needed basis, plus costs as well.
But this one size fits all routine, sticks in my craw. I live in the outbacks, I don't want the troubles of the cities, and I don't need no steenkin' Big Brother telling me whether I's growed up enough to own a gun. Sometimes I wondered if Big Brother is all growed up?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
What do those investment people read anyway? Winnie the Pooh?
I read the roughly 4 page document put out by the Liberal Party on their concerns regarding the Industry, the gist of which appears to be to recommend a North American working group to discuss strategies for the ailing auto industry. All very well and good I suppose, except for the realities of the Big 3 being American companies and that it most definitely appears to be a high priority item for the Obama admin at this time. So what exactly Frank and Co. think at this point is quite likely not very high on the Obama peoples agenda.
The concern that stood out in the great long 4 pages or so, was this;
“This government has been completely negligent in defending Canadian interests and Canadian jobs,” he said.
This was made particularly evident last week, when General Motors told the auto subcommittee that it had committed all of its worldwide assets, including its assets in Canada, as collateral for U.S. loans to keep its American operations alive, Mr. Valeriote said.
“That may mean that this government's loans to GM Canada are going to be unsecured and Canadian taxpayers are going to be on the hook,” he said.
Political rhetoric aside, Frankie is a Lawyer, and I expect can easily understand loan documents and whether or not the government of Canada and thus it's citizens are properly secured in regards to the loans he refers to. Maybe getting some facts/terms would be more useful than writing up 4 pages plus on things that are largely irrelevant at this time?
The US government is going to do whatever it's going to do regarding GM and Chrysler. I don't think Canada's concerns will get much attention at this time, so better to expend your efforts clearly understanding our position than to speak only to be heard. I know a large number of Frank's constituents depend on the Auto Industry for their living. Not just the Linamar employees but the many who travel that awful highway every day to jobs in Milton, Oakville and the GTA, and I expect they want to hear that their guy is doing something. In keeping with that, my suggestion would be to learn all you can about the legal position, as quickly as possible, and to help make preparations if the bomb is dropped. Otherwise, you might be an MP with a very short term of service.
Liberal Party release below;
That said, and I could write a great deal more, but won't right now, I haven't given up on Obama's admin yet. I do reserve the right to try to understand the challenges of satisfying the many sucklings. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Too many pigs, not enough teats". Extraordinary fellow their Mr. Lincoln. Not perfect. Many horrible things took place on his watch, but he had purpose and understanding and that provided him the gift or curse, of wisdom.
To the article;
Having consumed that, I wish to add some thoughts. Is Iran finally feeling the pinch of the World Economic Crisis in a way that is so powerful that even they cannot resist an open hand?
Is there actually some, who hold wisdom within the admin/foriegn departments of the United States?
Can they find, the upside of down and make it work for the greater good? Perhaps we should also consider if this is in fact, the end game. For now.
Or is this yet another ruse? Another diversion. Another load of the oft delivered feel good medicine that has made those of us, who have experienced the true spirit of corrupted Democracy, so hardened?
Monday, March 30, 2009
It seems his latest focus, stems from Garth's soon to be released book entitled Sheeple, which if I understand correctly, is to be an account of an insiders view of political activity and Party goings on. Mr. Angry is apparently concerned about what might be revealed, how damaging these things might be and whether the book will actually be worth the coin that he or other members of his association will undoubtedly lay out for it within minutes of it becoming available.
After perusing some of the comments accompanying the blog, and noticing some familiar handles, I quickly tired of the usual bashing, much of it mindless drivel and chose to click a few of the links within the body of the post. Which led me to another entry about Mr. Turner, or Gart as I often refer to him as. That's just to remind him he's not thet high and mighty. Heh.. To continue; the second link delved into such things as how some people miss Garth Turner. This went on to examine in some depth the how's, why's etc. and was again followed up by the chorus of booing from the faithful.
After reading these pieces, I reflected momentarily, and thought what was the point of all of that? Slow day in the blogging world maybe? More shiny things to amuse the fishies? Umm.....no, I wasn't satisfied with that exactly, so what then? Certainly there was a sense of fascination, almost begrudging respect in some of the words, but that wasn't what seemed hidden in the depths of the thoughts overall. Was it merely 24/7 politicing? Perhaps. Was it fear? Ah Watson! You might be on to something there.
Have a look if you have some spare time. You will find Hairy and East of Eden there too, as well as a host of other colorful characters.
As an old Sun newspaper guy, I expect Garth will appreciate the publicity. Probably won't translate into very many book sales with Mr. Angry's readers though, as in the Conservative spirit, they will likely share a couple of copies until the covers fall off, and the binding separates.
I guess I approached this trying to understand it with my gotcha meter on low, and was trying too hard to look for the good in the plan. Below is a link to a simplistic description of how this is designed to not only provide liquidity for the banks, but could well result in them having both the cash, and end up owning the assets in question as well.
"Financial exchange-traded funds have seen outflows since March 6, when the current rally in the broader market got going. Short interest positions in financials are running high this month. And hedge funds tracked by one large investment bank are selling their financial stocks.
These signposts belie heady advances made by the largest banks after deep losses during the first two months of this year, though bank shares gave up some of those advances Monday."
It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven . JC.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
"Throughout 2007 and 2008, one hedge fund after another failed and investment banks like Bear Stearns Cos. followed, and the system began to shut down.
The plunge in credit was precipitous. Investors bought $900-billion (U.S.) of securities backed by car loans and other consumer and small-business loans in 2006. By 2008, that had plunged to $150-billion. And in the first three months of 2009, before TALF, investors were willing to buy a measly $2-billion.
In Canada, the disappearance of the market for riskier mortgage-backed bonds means that companies like Xceed Mortgage Corp. are unable to renew mortgages for many customers. That could leave as many as 25,000 borrowers unable to renew their home loans."
David Dodge and others as well, weigh in on the issue of regulating the Shadow Banking Industry. Many seem to be of the opinion that TALF may not achieve it's desired effect due to greatly reduced demand for credit.
"It's the wrong way to go if we think that encouraging people to borrow more and leverage up more and to spend more will get us out of this mess, because that's what got us into this mess in the first place," Ms. Tavakoli said.
It's far from clear that people who are struggling with the recession are even willing to step up to buy new cars and consumer goods, no matter what the governments in Canada and the U.S. do to try to get people borrowing and spending again.
"The demand for credit is way down," said Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the U.S. National Federation of Independent Business. Mr. Dunkelberg is also chairman of a small community bank in New Jersey, where he said he sees a big decline in loan applications. Because of that, he said, the Fed and the Treasury may be "pushing on a string" with TALF."
I'm wondering if tolerance is the correct assessment, or if there is no more wiggle room?
Yesterday, I read a piece on demonstrations being planned for the upcoming G20 meeting in Great Britain. Organizers are predicting up to 100,000 protesters to show up. One of the main organizers, an ex British MP, is being quite provocative in his statements about this and warning authorities not to use rough up tactics etc.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
In the meantime, more Radio Okie for the troops;
George Strait-Amarillo by Morning
Faith Hill-There you'll be
Sometimes I think them sumbitches don't understand nothin' at all.
It's all about balance, and even the righties ain't wrong all the time. They have their story too.
And here I am, clowns to the left of me, jokers to right, stuck in the middle with you.
You might have to start the video, let it jerk along for a minute then pause it for a minute or so to let it buffer and feed. Depends on the speed of your computer.
Friday, March 27, 2009
"On March 16 I received a payment from A.I.G. amounting to $742,006.40, after taxes. "
Although the financial and government gurus would have you believe this is complicated and love to use big words and ass backwards phrases to make it appear complicated, it isn't. They are just doing that to confuse you and make you fuck off. Remember Obama's great indignation about leveraging 30 times in one of his speeches? Heh...
Something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. If no one wants to buy it, it's worth what they are willing to pay, right? That is nothing. So the essence of the changes the monkeys want to make will allow industries to set a value on these otherwise worthless assets and allow them to represent that value on their books, thus falsely representing the true overall value of the company. In a worst case scenario, a company could have many times more worthless assets on it's books than those with value making the company very risky if not insolvent in real terms, yet still able to represent itself as a viable entity to investors and stock market purchasers. Neat wot?
Reminds me of a line from an old song; Something for nothing and your chics for free...
Oh, and wasn't it just a week or so back that Bernanke said no to this? Next thing you know, he will be saying, "My friends, trust me"..
Thanks for the link Charles. Because of you, I'm having Pepto Bismal for breakfast this morning, instead of Crumpets and Spam.... lol
The article above is about Ontario's budget and entry into the "Have not Province Club". It also introduces the phenomenal benefits to governments that are afforded by implementing the Harmonized Sales Tax. I outlined the exemption in order to point to the true benevolent nature of those who reveled in the benefits of Nafta, etc. The wise, the Honourable and the caring.
Sorry Ontario, I know your work ethic is very good. I also know many of you live, just to exist, and for many, the highlight of the day, is walking their best friend, and lovingly clasping the excrement they leave behind, grocery bag in hand. I know that Municipal Governments have come to realize the importance of this to you, the importance of your last, best friend, and have even provided special receptacles in the parks and municipal workers to pick up your best friends poop. I know you are subject to those whose fixation on exerting control over you would stymie the independent spirit of even those of stoutest of heart. But I can't offer you much help. Unless of course you would like to talk about my Quiet, Bloodless Political Revolution. During the course of which, we would take back the daylight, as well as the night.
Otherwise, just Ben Dover, again.