Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Canadiana. Part Two

The following is a six part tribute to the life and work of the late Stan Rogers. It is called One Warm Line. Total time is approx. 40 minutes. His untimely passing was a great loss.







The last piece is about a ship called the Mary Ellen Carter, and it's about rising from adversity.

And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.

Rise again, rise again - though your heart it be broken
And life about to end
No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend.
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.


  1. Ah Fuck!




    I think you'll guys will agree with my expletive after you read the blog entry.

  2. The estimable Kady O'Malley has the short version as well as the link to the whole thing at http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/01/21/from-the-office-of-the-pbo-deficits-for-dummies/

    Dee, "that" word should be used sparingly, lest someone say "I'd love too" when one uses it.

  3. Sorry Herb. I will tone it down. I don't like to swear unless for emphasis.

    I read Kadie's blog and posted a comment.

    Oh! Reason I logged in. What do you think of this story?




    Promising? I was stunned when I read the story.

  4. Dee, just watch what happens and await results.

    I'd love Obama to be a universal Mr. Clean, but I will wait for results, or at least darn good attempts at action, before applauding. Capping the salaries and lobbying potential of White House staff was simple - even Harper could have done that with his PMO. Curtailing the crooks in both houses of Congress and the lobbying industry will be another matter, as will dealing with hard power in the real world.

    For all our sakes, I wish him well.

  5. Dee

    "I think you'll guys will agree with my expletive after you read the blog entry."

    If you go back a few pages on Garth`s blog there were several of us saying deficits, good for government, bad for the people or the $30B was seed money for likley hundreds of billions.
    The question gets larger, what if it fails. Were is the light at the end of the tunnel that says any recovery time in less than a decade?
    Hyper-inflation leading to world war three is getting better odds all the time.
    I`ve been personally saying here and on Garths blog before he shut it down this is not a plan, it`s a political gimmick. Lordy Lordy it`s dark in here when all we can do is swear.

    Seems odd Garth would shut his blog down with only a few weeks till the fudget and when some of us were ringing the alarm bells, very odd, no mind, there`s still plenty of sites.

  6. Jim Rogers, former partner with George Soros says now is a good time to move to China. With the British pound sinking and the Euro a little higher, he may be right. -- http://tinyurl.com/aqw7ve
    Remember the video clip of Colin Powell saying "something will happen on the 21st or 22nd of January . . .?"

    Obviously the story won't ever see the light of day in the msm. Also, ignore the religious stuff here. Betcha something like this was gonna happen.

    Speculating is wunnerful, ain't it?! -- http://tinyurl.com/daxc8d
    This real estate gobbledy-gook is traveling far and wide! -- http://tinyurl.com/b9k9x7
    I realize I'm not very intelligent, but with France and Spain saying deficits / debts will be higher in '09 / 2010, who the hell is everyone in debt to?

    It boggles the basic thinking structure of anyone who is reasonably prudent that countries are unable to balance incomes and expenditures.
    This violence stuff is creeping throughout the world, mainly because folk are losing pretty much everything. -- http://tinyurl.com/6vsdnj
    BTW, Finland's health-care system is in danger of collapsing altogether (not enough doctors for public health), whereas China is pushing for free health-care across their country.

    It's all a barrel of worms!

  7. "BTW, Finland's health-care system is in danger of collapsing altogether (not enough doctors for public health), whereas China is pushing for free health-care across their country."

    We consider out west lucky where we only have 50% more lawyers than doctors so I wonder if the ratio in China has them going for free health care.

    To bad the BC Bar isn`t publicly listed with the big increase in business activity rolling out...

  8. From Dee's Globe and mail link;

    “Does he [Mr. Obama] have a solution to the greatest threat to the free world – Islamic fundamentalism?” asked the lead editorial in yesterday's Maariv newspaper. Islamic extremists “are not looking for a free world that understands them; they want to eliminate the free world.”

    The respected Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea, writing in Yediot Ahronot, Israel's most popular daily, said that there were moments in his address Tuesday when Mr. Obama looked “like a bar-mitzvah boy who found himself at a grown-up game – impressive, but not presidential; a rock star – not the CEO of the world.”

    Mr. Barnea zeroed in on the Obama foreign policy appointments as a more concrete way to judge the new President's performance. He railed against the expected appointment of former senate majority leader George Mitchell as a new Middle East envoy.

    Mr. Mitchell, appointed by Bill Clinton to examine the events surrounding the Palestinian uprising in 2000, had concluded that the spread of Israeli settlements, as well as terrorism carried out by Palestinians, had contributed to the tensions.

    Mr. Mitchell's report “was received with great anger by [Ariel] Sharon's government,” Mr. Barnea wrote. “[Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert's government also does not consider him a friend.”

    To Mr. Barnea's assessment of who is not a friend, I quote Dick Cheney.


    As to his bar-mitzvah analogy and criticism of persons chosen by the government of the United States to represent the United States, he should check his citizenship.

    Another puckered sphincter.

  9. Poppavox,

    I agree the timing does seem a bit odd, but it was clear for some time prior that priorities had shifted. Then there was the rumors of a virtual gag order.

    I have noticed a purge of sorts underway in the Party, as evidenced over at Liblogs. I estimate half to a third of the previously featured bloggers are no longer there. They can be found at the new aggregate, Libsonline. Interesting too that Kinsella fella shows up on Liblogs suddenly, and Jason Cherniak and Kinsella got all kissy face. Kinsella even posted a rather over the top correspondence from Cherniak on his blog. During this period of a few days, even the format of Liblogs changed.

    Purge Purge Purge

    Seems obvious enough what they are doing. Positioning to meet and greet disgruntled righties leaving the Conservative fold. Methinks if the CPC start taking a hammering in the polls, many of those who voted for them will exit faster than rats leaving a sinking ship. They will want to be on the side of Government, and that is their main interest.

    I believe this is the driving force behind the Ignatieff shift to the right.

  10. Comrade,

    "I believe this is the driving force behind the Ignatieff shift to the right."

    To quote Dick again,,, so?

    The system is broken, are are going to discuss issues or partisan politics on this blog?

  11. And now for some real Canadiana - the state of politics:

    "... a giant quagmire of mud-slinging, name calling and falling puffin feces, none of which is noticed by Canadian citizens anymore because they've all switched their channels over to 'Celebrity Rehab,' which is like Question Period except it offers some hope of improvement."


    Funny, isn't it!

  12. how long has it been in Canada since we've been inspired by a leader who made us proud to be Canadians? I guess that was Pierre Trudeau
    Funny, isn't it!

    Reading the tabloids I see graduates wondering where the jobs went, mortgage holders wondering if they can keep paying for a house worth less than the mortgage, or for how long. Government in denial that the credit crunch isn`t a lack of available cash but credit worthy customers so lower interest rates and hope a few can borrow and spend long enough to distract voters the system is broken.
    lol, really Herb you can see the whole article is a lark. The clue is Trudeau who never inspired anyone west of Ontario but in fact started massive alienation between west and east for purely partisan purposes. Furthermore he invented the still used accounting method of creating but not funding programs to dress up the governments books. Inspiration, lol, you are right, that is funny.