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RAMBLINGS 2021 (03)

                  RAMBLINGS 2021 (03)

                                                                        2021/02/20

Sometimes I wonder about the mentality and the intellect of Americans. The latest idiocy comes from one Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) who hasn’t a clue as to where Vatican City is or that it’s a sovereign state. As is typical of Americans everything of importance is in the U.S. If it ain’t in a comic book or on Fox News it ain’t real. I suppose there are Democrats with Cawthorn’ I.Q. but they seem more prevalent amongst Republicans. In my opinion I put this shortcoming to the fact that most of these idiots come from “Bible Thumping” Evangelical states where the myths of the Bible are more important than actual intelligent facts, or as one of Trumps’ cronies put it “Alternate Facts”.

If one watches the U.S Senate and Congress in action you will be amazed at the number of anti-science, anti-intellect representative that are governing that country. Anything scientific or intellectual could bite them in “the Nether Region” and they would still manage to come up with some Biblical quote to deny it. One Senator, James Inhofe (R-OK) in order to prove his point that climate change was a sham brought a snowball into the Senate. Now that really takes intelligence (or lack of). A snowball does not prove that Climate Change is a sham it merely proves that in winter it snows in the capitol, Washington D.C. I guess the severe and prolonged fire season on the west coast, is caused by “Jewish Space Lasers” as Congresswoman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R.-GA.) stated. They must grow good “WEED” in Georgia. Either that or she has spent too much time inhaling the musty ordour from the family bible.

After four years (felt like 4 centuries) of one of, if not the dumbest President and leader of the free world the Yanks have elected a Democrat President and hopefully one that is a lot smarter. Well we can only hope.

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THE HYPOCRICY OF REPUBLICANS

                                                                U.S. POLITICS

    THE HYPOCRICY OF REPUBLICANS

                                                                                                                               2021/02/14

 9 February 2021at 12:00 noon, the 2nd Impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump started with arguments as to the Constitutionality of the trial. After a few hours the vote was call and at a tally of 56 to 44 the trial was pronounced as being constitutional. The session was then recessed until 12:00 noon 10 February.

Watching these proceedings I was very impressed by the arguments put forth by the Democrat Managers. The lawyers for Trump were disorganized, rambling, and incoherent in their arguments. The Democrats were impressive enough to swing 6 Republicans to their side in the vote.

10 February, at 12:00 noon the Democrats started to present evidence of the riot and Trumps involvement with his inflammatory speeches which started before the campaigning started and were in just about every speech he made right up to voting day. This the prosecution depicted as the “Big Lie”. This lie was that the only way Trump could lose was through fraud on the part of the Democrats. Even after the election and his 60 odd suits filed in various courts it was proven that there was no fraud and he lost Trump still insisted that he won by a landslide and the Democrats “STOLE” the election.

If this were a civil trial and I was on the jury I heard and saw enough evidence yesterday to convict Trump ten times over but, this is a trial being held in the U.S. Senate and even though the Dems. Hold the majority it will take 17 Republicans to vote guilty to give the Dems a 2/3rd majority to convict. This is not going to happen.

13 Feb. and it is the first day of the defense arguments and I am going to force myself to sit through it. I stocked up on munchies and sodas to help wile away the hours of presumed boredom. Trumps defense lawyers were ludicrous to say the least. Their defense was a short rambling rehash of lies and falsehoods. When the vote was taken the foregone conclusion came true and the Democrats failed to change the minds of the Republicans. Seven dis vote to impeach but it was not enough as 17 were needed. The outcome of this farce was known before hand and the Dems were up against an opposition party consisting of a hard core “Personality Cult” that have sold their minds and their souls to the new “G OD” Donald J. Trump.

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RAMBLINGS 2021 (02)

                RAMBLINGS 2021 (02)

Well January has come and gone and it is now February 1st. To put it mildly this past January was a bit different to say the least. It could possibly go down in future History as the beginning of the “fall of the American Empire”. For those who would disagree with this description the U.S.  has 14 overseas territories, some in the West Indies and some in the South Pacific. I would venture to say that like Ancient Rome the fall will be spread out over many years. Romes’ fall was a result of internal corruption and decadence. Americas’ fall will be predicated on their archaic Constitution and their Republican system of government.

Perhaps I should make my position on the U.S.A. I have no love loss for its’ system of government and in some cases its’ people. There is a large segment of their population that can be defined as “The Ugly American”. They are loud, obnoxious, and ill mannered. I have met a few of them in my travels and immediately avoid them. A few times I have had to explain to people that I am not a YANK. It seem quite a few foreigners have trouble distinguishing the different accents.

Now for a slight divergence. I have noticed in the past year an increasing number of people from China, not Taiwan, but mainland reading my Blogs. . I am surprised, pleased, and flattered. I know little of China and its system of government other than what the propagandist have spewed. I know it has changed considerably since Mao but as to what freedoms they have I am somewhat ignorant.

As this titled Ramblings I’ll do just that. I woke up at 1:30 this morning, answering natures’ call, as I stumbled back to my nice warm bed I pulled the curtains aside and saw snow on the ground. My initial reaction was “where the —- did that come from”? Closed the curtain and crawled under the blankets. I awoke some 8 hours later and after dressing opened the curtains, “no snow”. Actually there was snow but it was a light dusting on the grass. The snow that fell on the road had either melted or been blown away. Anyway for a moment I thought I was whacko or something. Gotta stop those midnight snacks.

I read in the online newspaper that Christopher Plummer had passed away at 91 years of age. He was a great actor and a great Canadian. All the old great actors that I grew up with are passing on and to be honest some (not all) of these new young ones are not bad and some should consider getting another trade.

In closing I’ll jump again to American politics. Joe Biden is the oldest person elected President and I think you will see that the pressures and responsibilities of the office will weight heavy on him in the next few years. Personally I think it is good that he chose a young vibrant woman as vice as she could, if need arises, step into the Presidency with the energy that perhaps Biden lacks. I’ve been wrong before lets’ hope I am this time.

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Death of the Dream?

                                                                U.S. POLITICS

               DEATH OF THE DREAM?

                                                            2021/01/30

It seems to me that a very large segment of the U.S. population is either extremely gullible or just plain stupid. Whichever it is, the Republican Party is pandering to them in a big way. These low educated, gun toting, bible thumping, conspiracy believing idiots are the possible future of the United States of America. These knuckle draggers are anti-big government, anti-science, and extremely pro 2nd Amendment. Some go so far as to believe Jesus Christ handed their Constitution to the Founding Fathers.

Long before he ran for office Trump was asked in an interview, if he decided to go into politics which party would he choose to run under. His answer was “I think I’d run as a republican because the majority of them are gullible and dumb”. In other words way back when, he knew he could con them. By the way his mother was once asked about Donald in Politics. Her answer was Oh God! I hope not he’ll ruin the country”.

Here in the 21st year of the 21st century there are definitely signs of political chaos in the American government. If things continue to deteriorate within the Republican Party there will definitely be a melt down and the party of Lincoln will commit suicide. This in my opinion would be no loss, but that is an emotional response. In the cold light of day I have to wonder what would fill the vacuum. Would Trump return at the forefront of a Fascist mob to become the American Dictator? If this scenario were to come to pass it would be an end to the “American Dream”. Of course Putin and Xi would love this. The Triumvirate of Evil Curly, Larry, and Mo and we all know who Curly is. Well only time will tell what the outcome will be and if the Fates are kind Trump will slowly vanish from sight like the Wicked Witch dissolving in water.                                 

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RAMBLINGS 2021 (01)

                 RAMBLINGS  2021 (01)

                                                                                          2021/01/25
I just realized that the last time I wrote under the heading of Ramblings was March 2019. Actually I have had a rather long dry spell in writing. Perhaps dry spell is a misnomer as “Drought “would apply far better.

With so much occurring since 2019 it is difficult to sort out interesting topics to ramble on about. Actually from my stand point 2019 was rather routine and in some instances down right boring. Now, 2020 was not what I would classify as a mediocre year. To say it was interesting is a gross understatement.

It is now Jan 28 at 10.25 am and I’m still trying to sort out what to write about. The Golden Horseshoe of Ontario got clobbered a bit with a snow storm that travelled up the east coast of the U.S. and was wide enough to swing through Southern Ontario and eastern Canada. Burlington being on the north shore of Lake Ontario usually gets most of its’ storms from the east that sweep across roughly 240 miles of open water. Compared to most of Southern Ontario we don’t get a lot of snow as most snow storms seem to swing around us either to the west or east. Winters are a lot different from when I was a kid growing up in the late forties and fifties. In the mid-seventies we bought a house in Orangeville which is roughly 60mile or 100 kilometres north of here and right in the middle of the Snow Belt. Boy did we get snow. In April of 76 a blizzard struck and shut the whole town down. The only way to get around was walk, ski, or snow mobile. Our youngest daughter was 4 months old and we ran out of milk so I had to walk to the Variety store, which was about a mile away, and get some. I had a Collie named Robbie at the time so I took him with me. Going to the store wasn’t that bad as the wind was behind me, but coming home was very different as I was walking right into the wind. Visibility wasn’t that good so I said to Robbie go home and I followed his brown tail all the way home. It was a bit of a zig zag walk as he stopped at every bush, telephone pole, and sign post on the way. We made it home looking like two snow creatures. With this post I’m taking a break from my favourite subject “U.S. Politics. I’ll close now and be back hopefully in a week.

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OH! HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN

                                                                                                                                                                   2021/01/21

   ”OH! HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN”

There is an old Greek adage “Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first make Mad”, seems apt for the pathological liar who occupied the White House for the last 4 years.

Surely this must be true as only a mad man would incite a portion of the American populace to insurrection. This son of the white privileged American elite has never had to take responsibility for his actions and was raise with no moral foundation. The hubris of this demagogue has no bounds and this along with his narcissism and vindictiveness make an extremely dangerous individual.

Yesterday, 20 January, before the inauguration of the incoming President, the would be Emperor and Empress gave one last snub at tradition and had a red carpet send-off complete with a military band (should have played Ding, dong the Wicked Witch is dead) and a 21 gun salute as they boarded the Presidential aircraft, ‘Air Force One’ taking them to their home (palace) in Florida. This is rather ironic for a man who dodged the draft with 5 deferments including bone spurs on his heels. Then of course this is a trait of a coward. In an interview while campaigning for President when asked about his getting out of the draft he rambled on about his medical deferment and stated” how he wished he could have served as it would be nice to get a Purple Heart for a wound, a small wound. With that statement alone he insulted every wounded serving or retired U.S. serviceman.

This coming Monday, 25th, The House of Representatives are forwarding the Impeachment Bill to the Senate for trial. It seems an awkward way of getting rid of a Leader. Under a Constitutional Monarchy with a Parliamentary system the Prime Minister (President) is the head of his or hers party and can be replaced by the sitting members holding a vote of non-confidence of the leader. Screw up big on Monday gone by Wednesday. No problem.

Well Trump is gone, but he is still alive and from past observations I would say he will start to really stir the pot. Here is a man(?) who cannot handle failure. He will spend his time birthing plots and lies trying desperately to regain power

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U.S. POLITICS

                                                                U.S. POLITICS

                                                       2021/01/14

 On 6 January 2021, the world witnessed the power of   a mentally ill, narcissistic, inveterate liar who is in a position of leadership can wield. What occurred in the American Capital has confirmed, (in some ways) what I have always thought about the American Republican system of government. As a system of governing it leaves much to be desired and in this writers opinion more susceptible to demagoguery and corruption. Because he cannot accept losing the petulant spoiled brat in the White House in a spiteful fit incited a mob to insurrection, a treasonable act, by storming the Capital Building in an attempt to coerce the members of both the Congress and Senate to overturn the results of the legal election. It failed and after looting and vandalism the mob was dispersed by police and National Guard. Unfortunately there were multiple injuries and five deaths as a result of this failed coup.

This riot seemed to me akin to the “Storming of the Bastille” during the French Revolution in 1789. The difference being the mob won and set in motion the “Reign of Terror” which lasted 10 years. Looking at the images flashed across the TV screen I couldn’t help but notice that the vast majority of these terrorists much resembled the “Parisian Mob’.

The would be Emperor is now showing the world his “feet of clay” and all those syncopates who kowtowed, did his bidding, and encourage the lies and exaggerations are like rats fleeing the sinking ship. He now holds the dubious distinction of being the only President to be impeached for a second time. The Industrial, Technological, and Financial giants of the U.S.A. are also turning away from him. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media have suspended him and in the case of Twitter he has been expelled for life. As his term nears its end he is becoming more isolated but like a cornered beast he can still lash out and cause damage. He is a vindictive, psychopath who cannot accept defeat and will commit vengeful acts punish those who have deserted and turned against him. If he had any courage he would do the honourable thing and fall on his sword taking responsibility for enflaming the mob, but then, Trump has no honour. Now with but six days left in his term those who participated in the insurrection are threatening to storm the Capital of every State, also Washington D.C., on inauguration day. Thanks to the archaic 2nd amendment to their obsolete Constitution the rioters are armed with military style weapons and are more than ready to use them hoping to provoke a second Civil War. When the 20th of January comes he will run like the coward he is and hide in some gold plated hole plotting for a return.

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FALSE PROFIT (Prophet)

TRUMP

FALSE PROFIT (Prophet)

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
This Biblical quote (which is unusual for an atheist like me) is the perfect description of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. Just about every negative adjective in the `English Language has been used to describe this Troglodyte.
For those who don’t know this word it means “knuckle dragging cave dweller “ (an apology to our Neanderthal ancestors) with the I.Q. of an inch worm. This waste of skin now claims that America is the “First in the Universe”. As we know the Universe is a pretty big place but then Trump is a pretty big liar. I wonder how many bars of soap his mother went through washing out his mouth as he was growing up.
Apologies as I digress from what I really wish to say.
Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest is a quote attributed to King Henry II which led to the death of Thomas Beckett. Mayhap this Impeachment Trial will rid the US of this turbulent president, but then I dream.
As an outsider who, at times, has trouble comprehending the American system of government and some might say I have no business writing about Trump and I understand that. The problem arises with the fact that what occurs in the US affects your northern neighbour.
The Impeachment Trial in the U.S. Senate has become I would say that the outcome is a forgone conclusion. Trump will be found innocent and the whole process will turn out to be a sham.

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SOLITUDE

SOLITUDE

2020/01/20
Solitude can be a regenerative at times. A time to collect ones thoughts sort out priorities and get rid of the trash that clogs the mind. It can give one a fresh perspective and calm the nerves. In solitude one can discard the trivial and build on the important. It can make one realize that they are not the centre of the universe nor will they ever be. It can be an emancipator or an enslaver, it can like some narcotics become addictive.
Personally I like my solitude but I have to ration it as I could easily turn reclusive. There are, thankfully times when solitude is a welcomed companion.
Solitude is best when it is chosen but when it is thrust upon you it can become agonizing as with a prisoner in solitary confinement it becomes a punishment. To be cut off from all society and never knowing what is taking place around you can lead to total mental collapse resulting in insanity or even suicide. The human animals is a social being who in order to thrive must have companionship, a sense of belonging, there moments when just the touch of a human hand can be almost ecstasy.
The Dictionary defines Solitude as “the state or situation of being alone” it does not imply loneliness.
I am a senior past the mid70’s in age and I live in a senior’s apartment complex located in the “Golden Horseshoe” of Southern Ontario. I live reasonably well with plenty of companions, mostly female as they are by far the more numerous of the residents in 109 apartments in the building. Just before Christmas of 2019 I conducted what you would call a rather ridiculous experiment for one week. From noon on a Sunday through to noon the following Sunday (7dys) I completely isolated and cut myself off from both family and friends. I neither answered my phone, text, or my door. I left my apartment only in the wee hours of the night to empty my garbage and my recycling. I am fortunate that I can mute the TV and still hear it through my hearing aids.
This exercise caused no alarm to my family as I quite often go weeks without contact with them. After the week expired I rejoined the world so to speak and found out that my total absence drove my friend’s nuts. If I hadn’t come out when I did they were ready to call the police as they were imaging all sorts of things. To me the week was very relaxing, almost a vacation. The solitude was most pleasant and rewarding.
I think if I were forty years younger I would volunteer for a long duration space flight or a campout at the bottom of the ocean. I one thing I must emphasize is I would have to have my books with me. I am a voracious reader and over the last twenty years I have spent a small fortune on books. I will confess that the best way to torture me is to confine me without books to read.
Well that’s my take on “SOLITUDE “ and to most who read this it will seem a bit bizzare.

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RAMBLINGS 2019 (03)

RAMBLINGS 2019 (03)

2019/03/02
It is the second day of the third month of the year two thousand and nineteen and I am seventy-six years and one hundred and fifty-three days old. Isn’t that just earth shattering information? Yep! There are seven billion, seven hundred million inhabitants on this old rock and I don’t think most of them give a damn. Seeing as I’m in one of my cynical moods, I think it is a fine time to layout the pros and cons of my physical (and possible mental) condition-
Pros: – I’m alive, breathing, and capable of movement, thinking, and speech. [(Cogito ergo sum, I think therefore I am)] which really isn’t saying much.
Cons: – Here the fun begins (hope I have enough paper to print all this). Let’s start at the top and work our way down. I stand roughly 1.7 metres (170cm). If I use centimetres it looks and sounds like I’m tall Alas, I’m dreaming but it sounds good. Ah hell, it’s 10:15 pm and I’m off to bed. I’ll continue this tomorrow. After all tomorrow is a new day. Wonder what genius thought that up.
2019/03/03
Damn! Slept in this morning which is unusual for me? Anywho back to the Cons. As stated, I will start at the top and work my way down.
I have Male Pattern Baldness. (In other words, my scalp is being prepared as a landing strip for flies). I have lost on average 55% of my hearing and 30 kilos overweight. I wear glasses, and have false upper teeth. I have a stent in my heart (had three heart attacks) Esophageal Reflux and Type 2 Diabetes. I also have an Aortal Aneurism. Hang on I’m just getting started. Still on the inside, I also suffer from COPD the result of smoking for almost 60 years. I also have a stent in my right Urethra the result of a kidney stone being passed and cutting it. Before I forget, I also had a ruptured right Femoral Artery. I also have three lower vertebrae fused.
I was hoping to get this done to-day but it will have to be put on hold until to-morrow.
2019/03/04
Just got in from having my Taxes done so I’ve got some spare time to do some more Cons. I left off with the Femoral Artery so whilst we’re on the lower extremities, I will mention that I have scars from first, second, and third degree burns. I also have a scar on my left front ankle from being stung by a sand ray. Well that just about sums up what’s wrong with me and I know I’ve left many things off the list.
If I were a car, I would be on my way to the Junk Yard but seeing, as I’m human that option isn’t available (at least legally). This should take care of the period of self -cynicism I’m in just now. Hell, by this time next week I’ll be back to my old grouchy self.

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