My Opinion, POLITICS

AMERICA THE BLOODY

AMERICA THE BLOODY
2018/02/18
For a country that claims to be the “Greatest Nation on Earth” they have one “Hell of a” big problem. It seems that mass shootings are becoming the “National Past Time’. Lately there has been a spate of these senseless killings.
The American Motto is “In God We Trust” perhaps that should be “In Colt We Trust”, after all it is said that Colt “Made all men equal”. This obsessive addiction to fire arms is bordering on religious fanaticism spurred on by the “Pope of Pistols” Wayne Lapierre preaching from the pulpit of the High Temple of the ‘NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, (N.R.A.) financed by the American Gun Manufacturers. They should have their own 10 Commandments to indoctrinate their followers.
N.R.A.COMMANDMENTS:
1. You shall carry a gun at all times.
2. you shall buy as many guns as you can.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord Colt.
4. Remember to pay your N.R.A. dues.
5. Honour Colt and Remington.
6. You shall kill when threatened.
7. You shall not buy foreign fire arms.
8. You shall keep a large supply of ammunition.
9. You shall attack any who try to take your guns away.
10.You shall keep your fire arms in good condition. You may be called upon to use them at a moments notice.
The days of children being safe at school are over. In fact, in America, you are not safe anywhere be it a concert, at the movies, or at religious services, or walking down the street. Mass shootings are the new scourge.
The corruption of the American political system is mind boggling when an association like the N.R.A., with a membership of around five million can hold the rest of the country in the palm of its’ hand and dictate policy. It has been actively lobby the U.S. Government since 1975. The N.R.A. has tweaked and spun the 2nd Amendment to suit its’ own purpose which are somewhat different than the original intent. Perhaps they still fear that the “Red Coats” will return after 242 years.
Last Wednesday 14 February (St. Valentines Day) at around 2:30 in the afternoon the shooting started and within 10 minutes 17 people were dead and 14 others wounded. The body count included 3 Teacher who tried to protect their students, and 14 teenagers. The shooter himself a teenage (19) with what reports are saying had serious mental health problems. If these reports are true how in the hell was he able to legally purchase an AR 15 assault rifle and ammunition? Why are American gun manufacturers allowed to make civilian version of military weapons? It boils down to a corrupt political system and politicians to weak or cowardly to stand up against the Weapons makers and say no. What logical reason is there for civilians to own these murderous weapons? The usual reason given is for protection. Isn’t that what the Police are for. Of course in the U.S. your just as likely to get gunned down by them as by a criminal. I hope I am wrong in saying this but it’s not likely, I month from now when the Florida shooting is no longer news it will slowly fade from the national conscience and nothing will change. In America thses shootings will go on and on and nothing will change.

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ramblings 2018 (4)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (4)

2018/02/15
I love to cook. I’m not a great cook but I’m pretty good. This I have my ex to thank, now there’s a really, really, good cook. My favourite thing to make at this time of year is SOUP. I love homemade soup, beats store bought hands down. To much damn salt in canned food. Any who, I went out and bought 12 Mason Jars to put my soups in and freeze, only to discover that my refrigerator freezer isn’t big enough to accommodate the jars and the other stuff that’s in it. Hey no problem.
When I lived in Oakville I had a 5th floor apartment with a balcony so in the winter I would make soup and put it out on the balcony. Natures’ freezer. I have a large Coleman Cooler so I put it out on the balcony here to use as an improvised freezer. So I fill the cooler with jars of soup and some other stuff. Now half way through February the temperature is climbing to the plus side so I had to go out and buy ice. Wouldn’t you know it. I come up with a good idea and Mother Nature laughs and says nice try but no prize this time. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear the Fates had it in for me sometimes.
Earlier this week I went for an eye examination. Under the Provincial Health Plan, I am allowed on a year for free. So off I go with my oldest. We get into the examination room and find out it has been 8 years since I had my eyes tested. Oh Boy! Anyway the Doc test my eyes and I need new glasses. So there’s an expense I hadn’t counted on. My oldest came to the rescue by paying for half of them. I got kinda chocked up and started sobbing a bit. I was raised that Fathers help their children not the other way around, but it seems times have changed and its quite acceptable for children to help their Fathers.

Now if I may get serious for the moment. Yesterday, a nineteen-year-old former student of a High School in Parkland Florida opened fire with an A.R. 16 Assault rifle killing 17 students and wounding 15 others. In less than an hour the hypocrites came out of the woodwork condemning the shooting and offering prayers and condolences to the families of dead and wounded. Every time there is a mass shooting in the U.S. the self same hypocrites, from the President on down, offer their prays and sympathy to the families of those who are gunned down. The spiel is always the same the shooting was caused by and individual with severe mental problems. That may be so but it is also a gun problem. No other nation in the world loves their firearms like Americans. The 2nd Amendment of their Constitution has been subverted into a perverted 11 Commandment “Thou shalt have the right to own guns”. So the dead will be buried, the families will grieve, life will go on, and nothing will be done so the cycle will repeat ad infinitum.

2018/02/16.
Enough of morbid subjects. Let’s get back to a lighter frame of mind. As I mentioned above I love to cook and guess what I’m just finished getting a big pot of Cabbage Soup on the fire. Well not really the fire, I have an electric stove, which by the way isn’t that good. The oven takes a life time to heat up plus it’s small. The whole kitchen is small which is really annoying especially for some one who has always had eat in kitchens with enough room to do just about anything. Just one of the drawbacks of living in Community Housing. I like my apartment and the building it’s the kitchen that is frustrating. Well frustrating or not I’m going to make my Chicken Pot Pie on Sunday. Everyone who has tasted them says they’re good which makes me feel good.
This is a long weekend as Monday is “Family Day” which I think is a ridiculous name for a holiday but we shan’t get into that now. It is Food Bank day down in the common room and as usual I’ll wander down towards the end and see if anything good is left.
One last thing on the temperature, starting Mon. Feb. 18 right through to 1 Mar. the temp is going to be on the plus side. Like I said “wouldn’t you know”.

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I CAN DO AND SAY WHAT I WANT

I CAN DO AND SAY WHAT I WANT
2018/02/08

On Friday February 2nd the “Orange Haired Troglodyte” released the secret F.B.I. Memo in an attempt to divert the ongoing investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 Federal Election. It has been labeled inaccurate as the information contained therein has been cherry picked (deliberately picked and edited) from the original version. As a layman I have read this Memo and it does point to a bias against Trump, but as sources within the U.S. Intelligence Service, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Intelligence Oversight Committee amongst others have stated that this version of the Memo is not the complete version and much as been edited out and those portions that show a bias against Trump have been retained. It has definitely been presented to throw dispersion on the F.B.I and the D.O.J.
Watching the American News last night, I could hardly believe that Trump in a speech to a rally in Ohio called the Democrats’ reaction to the “State of the Union” address un-American and treasonous. This farcical infantile Demagogue has the impudence to name call and label the opposition Traitors because they did not clap is beyond the pale. For the so called greatest Democracy in the world they have a President that acts more like a would be tin pot dictator of some 3rd world country. Today it has been reported that Trump wants a big military parade like those held in Paris, Moscow, and Pyongyang. He is like a spoiled little boy who sees something and he wants it (Gimme, Gimme) irregardless of the expense or inconvenience. An American Congresswoman has come up with a rather descriptive nickname for Trump “Cadet Bone Spurs” this of course is in reference the using a case of Bone Spurs to avoid the draft back in the Viet Nam War era. It was one of five deferments he received from military service. Now he is Commander in chief of the U.S. Armed forces and but for the absence of a uniform he can strut and poise like the late Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini, instead of “Il Duce as a title it could be “Il Bone Spurs”. Better yet “Il B.S.”.
Trump is making a mockery of the Presidency and as a result American is becoming a laughing stock. Its’ prestige in the world is slipping and will continue to do so as long Trump is in office, but then the American people put him there so they got what they deserved.

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RAMBLINGS 2018 (3)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (3)

2018/01/28

As previously stated in the first Blog of this, title I will be jumping from topic to topic and in no set order. In other words, RAMBLING.
My oldest daughter has a rather unique name for the province of Alberta, “Texas North”. Of all the Canadian Provinces Alberta is perhaps the most Conservative. They are, it seems, cut from the same cloth as their southern cousins, reliant on Cattle and Oil. Canadas’ “Wild West”. At this juncture in time, though, there is a slight aberration in Alberta in that to everyone’s surprise a Socialist N.D.P. government was elected in April 2015. From Right Wing to Left Wing in one hiccup. All the previous dead Conservative Premiers must have been rolling in their graves.
Tonight is a big night in the states, Trump is giving his first “State of the Union” address so I will have some comments on that further on in the blog.

2018/01/31
Due to a prior commitment yesterday I did not get the opportunity to watch Trump’s first “State of the Union” address but I did manage to watch it on Twitter this morning. To paraphrase Shakespeare if I may “It was a tale told by an idiot full of sound and falsehood signifying nothing”. Americans, are by far the most chauvinistic, as in boisterously patriotic, peoples and Trump milks this for every last drop he can. They seem to go out of their way to prove who amongst them loves their country more. Strange people.
As I listened to the words spewing out of Trumps’ mouth it hit me that everything he does is great, fantastic, or never been done before. Among others, his claim of birthing the biggest tax cut in American History is totally false as there have been 3 cuts bigger than his. Presidents Obama, Bush, and Reagan brought about bigger tax cuts than Trumps’. In all likelihood Trumps’ will turn out to be the most divisive.

2018/02/01
Finally, January with its record breaking cold spells is over but then we have February to face and it can be just as bad if not worse. At one point it was colder in parts of Canada than at both poles and the planet Mars. That’s cold.
I watched a report on CTV News last night that started me to think about our Provincial Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and as I watched and thought I began to realize that I was getting annoyed at our Provincial Government. The story concerned a three-year-old boy who was born with a form of Cerebral Palsy. I know something of C.P. as someone very dear to me was born with a mild form of it. The C.P. affected the youngsters’ legs and feet so he couldn’t walk. There is a surgical procedure to help this situation available in the U.S. at a cost of $150,000 but OHIP refused to cover the cost so the parents had to raise the necessary money to help their son walk. This is not the first, nor will it be the last time that OHIP has refused coverage for medical conditions. We in the “Great White North” brag about our health care system then incidents like this arise and in my opinion put the system to shame. Perhaps if our current Provincial government stop messing about with our electrical system at the cost of millions of dollars there might be more money for health care and the needy.
As I stated in the previous Ramblings I was going to start writing about our own political system and politicians so look forward to some comments under the title “BASHING”

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THE TWEETING TWIT

THE TWEETING TWIT*
2018/01/28
*(Twit as in idiot)
Donald Trump and his Smart Phone are inseparable. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me that when he goes into the privy he tweets whilst having a bowel movement. Trump personally stands behind every word his little hands tap out on his phones’ keyboard be they truth or extortions of the truth. I do believe that he is totally responsible for the “Fake News” that he so often and vehemently blames on the media. In Nazi Germany Hitler and his cronies used the term “Lugenpresse” (Lying Press) Trump uses “Fake News”. Different time, different language same expression.
In his latest round of tweets, he is blaming the Democrats for the Government shutdown. Now I am the first to admit that the U.S. system of Government baffles me but this shutting down of the Government not only baffles it is totally incomprehensible. Only the Americans could come up with a system that seems so totally illogical and bizarre. All non-essential government workers are furloughed and some Branches of the Government are still working but are not getting paid. Mind boggling.
Trump is the Son of Chaos. He thrives in a chaotic atmosphere and in this way he deflects responsibility and blame. The social media such as Twitter was made for him as it is an almost perfect platform for his bullying and threatening. It also gives his bigotry and racism an wider forum for dissemination.
The U.S. Senate finally passed a bill giving the government enough money to operate until February 8th. Trumps little fingers have been very busy blaming the Democrats for everything with the exception of the “Black Death” and that’s only because there hasn’t been a serious outbreak lately but if he could he would. From the reading I have done I do not believe that Donald J. Trump has ever taken the blame for anything. One thing for sure he is lightening fast to accept credit for any good event real or imagined.
He is the greatest Candidate ever, his inaugural had more attendees than any other President, he and only he can fix any problem, and let us not forget he is the greatest deal maker ever. His hubris knows no bounds nor does his narcissism. In reality History will put him down as the worst President ever. He is, as I finish this up at an Economic meeting in Davos Switzerland and even there he cannot resist calling the media purveyors of “FAKE NEWS” to which the response was a resounding round of Boos. When George W. was President everyone thought he would be listed as the worst President. He has been surpassed, much to a lot of peoples’ chagrin, by Trump. Here hoping that the world will survive the remaining three years of his Presidency. That is, if they hide the nuke button where he can’t get at it.

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RETURN TO 4100

4100
RETURN TO 4100
2018/01/18

It has been awhile since I wrote anything on 4100 and to be honest I really don’t know where to pick up from. At one point I entitled this “WAREHOUSE 4100” but some of my readers took umbrage at that term saying it was an insult. With that criticism I change the title to “4100” and shortly after stopped writing about my domicile. Well I’m back.

Since I last wrote we have had some folks move out to live with family and some to homes where they provide long term care. Of course a few have moved on to the great unknown. Thankfully not many. A few have moved in so everything balances out. We have had a new Property Manager, now we don’t have one at all. We do have a new Superintendent, young fell in his forties. In terms of maintenance some areas of the building are in rough shape. Paint blistering on the walls due to water leaks. In some instances, both the paint and the drywall have fallen off. One tenant got so fed up looking at a damaged wall in the lobby she went out and purchased the necessary supplies and fixed it herself. The only thing the Housing Corp. did was give her the paint. She did a damn good job. One sour note was that when the head of the Housing Corp. maintenance came and looked at the repaired wall he said “What do you need us for”. Typical bureaucrat.
A few of us still make our daily pilgrimage to the lobby to sit and talk and crack jokes at each others expense. We do this to alleviate the boredom of staring at the four walls of our apartments. Of course boredom grows as winter is upon us and at the end of December and the start of January it was bitter cold. In fact, some parts of the country were colder than both the North and South Poles and also the planet Mars. That’s a might chilly. Both Toronto and Hamilton harbours froze over which hasn’t happened in years. It was somewhat reminiscent of when I was a kid in the late 40s and early 50s.
The weekly food bank that is held every Friday in the building has improved a smidgen since I last wrote but then anything would be an improvement. There is some sort of virus working its’ way through the building and even though my neighbour J and myself had the flu shot we both contracted it at the same time and it took both of us eleven days to get over it. It was reported on the news that this years’ flu vaccine is only ten percent effective and I can vouch for that statement.
It is Robbie Burns day on the twentieth and a few of the ladies are going to a Robbie Burns Day dinner and dance. Speaking of Burns, he might have been a great Scottish Poet but he was a despicable specimen of a man. I won’t go into great detail but suffice it to say he was a drunkard and a fornicator. He was the definition of a Rake.
It is a new year and we shall see how things change and improve around here. According to what has been said by Housing staff members there is supposedly big changes coming. I personally will believe that when I see it.

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RAMBLINGS 2018 Part II

2018/01/14

I have gone through a rather prolonged dry spell when it comes to my writing. I think this was due to a lack of topics that peeked my interest or aroused distain towards a certain subject or personage. For a period, there I was bashing Trump but everything that can be said or written about him has been done to the point of nausea. Whatever the man says or does comes as no surprise to me. He has become totally predictable.
It has also occurred to me that I have been commenting on happenings in the United States when I should be trying to focus on what is going on in my own country. There are those who say that “The Great White North”, Canada, is somewhat boring as compared to other countries in the world. Perhaps this is true but I think it has more to do with the fact Canadians are not boisterously patriotic, although we are starting to be come so. We as a people tend to downplay a lot of things that go on in our governments, be they municipal, Provincial, Territorial, or Federal. Perhaps that come with not being a world super power. It is not that we sit back and let politicians of any stripe get away with wrong doing it just seems that it is taken care of in a quieter way. Then again I must confess that I don’t pay that much attention to Canadian Politics and for that I am ashamed and will make it my target this year to pay closer attention to what is happening in my own backyard.
Just when I though that everything had been written and said about Donald Trump he opens his mouth and proves it to be a far greater “Shithole” than any country he mentioned. Why does this not surprise me? His bigotry and racism knows no bounds.
The so called January thaw which is a yearly occurrence in southern Ontario lasted only a few days and then the Arctic cold took over again. It has, to put it mildly been somewhat cold this month, but then it’s winter and this Canada. I remember winters back in the late 40s and into the 50s when it was just as cold with just as much snow if not more and it was considered quite normal. I think some of the problem people have with the cold now is a bit psychological. Canada started to switch from Imperial measurement to Metric in 1970. This meant weight, distance, velocity, measurement, and temperature all changed. Weight became Kilograms, Distance and Velocity became Kilometres, Measurement became Metres, and Temperature became Celsius. When one measure temperature 32 degrees Fahrenheit is 0 degrees Celsius, the psychological effect is that when the temperature is at minus15C we think it is really cold where in the old scale it is cold but still above zero. Minus 18C is 0 degrees F. It doesn’t help that the older one gets the more the cold affects you. The old bones can’t take it like they use to.

It just pop into my head how I sometimes have trouble with the words AFFECT and EFFECT or TO and TOO. I know the correct usage of the words it is just sometimes when writing my mind is ahead of what I am putting to paper that I mix them up. Especially TO and TOO. Perhaps the fact that the old grey matter isn’t as sharp as it used to be is the root cause. I dread losing my intellect and the ability to communicate effectively either in speech or writing. Diseases like Dementia, Alzheimer’s or a Stroke terrify me. Suicide would be preferable.
Well I have rambled on enough for now. Until something truly peaks my interest I will keep rambling and jumping from subject to subject.

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