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RAMBLINGS 2021 (04)

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                                                                     2021/02/28

It is Sunday morning the last day of February and I had a hell of a night up every hour to answer the call of nature. For some reason my blood sugar is bit on the high side and overall I feel like I got run over by a bulldozer. Then the bugger backed up to make sure. I went with some friends to get my taxes done on Wednesday and not only am I getting the $300.00 carbon tax refund (everyone gets it) the best news is come July my income returns to normal and my rent will be lowered considerably. Screwed up last year and cashed in all my investments to pay off all my debts and pay for my Cremation and got crucified by both the Government and the Housing Corp. that owns the building I live in. Oh well at least I can’t do that again, all gone. There are those who read my posting who must believe that I am “a few bricks shy a full hod”( a builder’s V-shaped open trough on a pole, used for carrying bricks. ) and at times I would agree with them but for the fact that I am totally sane, or at least I think I am.

                                                                             2021/03/01

It is now Monday, 1st March and as of now the old axiom “March, in like a Lion out like a Lamb”, is not holding true as it is definitely not lion like weather. Oh well the month has just begun and who knows what is in store for us here in Southern Ontario. Southern Ontario, from the sound of it one would think that Ontario is in the southern climes when nothing could be further from the truth. Ontario with its 1.076 million km2 is bigger than France, the largest country in Europe. Of course if you have a Southern Ontario it stands to reason there must be a Northern Ontario. There is and it stretches from the northern shore of Lake Huron to Hudson Bay, over 800 million of the 1.076 million km2. Gets a might chilly in the winter and sometimes it gets a might chilly here in the southern portion.

                                                                         2021/03/02

Just got in from doing a small shopping and it is a bit on the cool side at -5C. At 9:00am it was -12C so it is slowly warming up. Not that it’s going to get above 0C. Tomorrow according to the forecast is call for +8C which is darn near spring weather. Of course this being March the temp.  is up and down like a yoyo so who knows what’s in store weather wise? Speaking of YOYOs I haven’t seen one in years. Wonder if they still make them? It’s a good thing I entitled these writings as Ramblings because as of late I have been rambling all over the place. I think what my mind is doing is clearing itself to make room for my next written assault on the American Political System and of course the exiled (?) orange-haired painted-faced Troglodyte. So with that last statement I shall close for to-day.

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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)

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                                                                                          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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                                                       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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2018/10/22

Well today is Municipal Election day in Ontario and I finally for the first time voted in a Municipal Election. Usually I just vote in the Provincial or Federal Elections. Now that I’m a senior and live in subsidized housing I have taken an interest in what is happening in the town and region. Another thing that made me start taking interest is the fact that my son-in-law works for the region. So, shortly after the polls close at 8:00pm the results will start coming in. I voted for all new people except one. I noticed that the ballots were not the old paper fold up type but a paper sheet on which you marked your choices and handed them to a person standing behind some kind of electronic device that pulled the sheet inside it. I assume it automatically tabulates the ballot.

2018/10/23
The results are in and Burlington has a new mayor Marianne Mead Ward and best of all Duffus Dennison councillor for Ward 4 got booted out and replaced by Shawna Stolte and Gary Carr remains Halton Region Chairman. All in all, damn good results. I met Dennison last year at a meeting to discuss speed bumps on our street because it is a 500 metre drag strip and after a few seconds I realized that he was, to put it mildly, a DUFFUS who had to go.
Just got in from my appointment with my Cardiologist. I’m going to live for awhile longer which is nice to know. She was quite pleased with my test results. When I heard my heart beating it reminded me of the old plunger type washing machine my Mom had, WHOOOS, WHOOOS, weird.
2018/10/24
Found out this morning that the woman tenant, who has been my nemesis for five years over where I park my Scooter, is moving out in 9 days. No more being blocked in or having to argue with her to get her to move her med-chair.
2018/10/25

It is now 2:30 Thursday afternoon and this day is shot. I haven’t done a damn thing except tidy up and sorting through a bunch of junk to get rid off. Most boring. Hope tomorrow bodes well as the start of cabin fever season is still over a month away. Tomorrow is food bank day in the building, hope they have some decent stuff for a change as lately what they have been handing out is mostly “Rabbit Food” (veggies).
2018/10/26

I went down to the food bank and the only things that appealed to me were the potatoes and I got halt a pineapple. I love pineapple. Well that it for this mundane ramble. Let’s hope I can find something exciting for the next one.

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MY RETURN

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MY RETURN

2018/10/4
It has been some time since I have written anything under this heading. Mainly because I went through a period of which I felt myself somewhat superior to my fellow residence and couldn’t be bothered to get involved in what I considered petty and mundane gripes and complaints. I found myself not suffering fools gladly for I believed them and their ideas to be stupid. It wasn’t until I had an argument with an acquaintance that I realized what had happened and thankfully snap myself out of that attitude. So with the dumping of that extraneous baggage I have returned in an attempt to getting more involved in the happenings around our little community of Longmoor.
Today at 1:30pm there was a meeting with representatives from Halton Housing in the Common Room which I attended. It is the first meeting with our new Tenant Services Advisor (Property Manager) who I will refer to as A. “A” isn’t exactly new as he was property manager shortly after I moved in. He left to run for the N.D.P. in Burlington. He lost so now he is back at his old job. The meeting lasted 2 hours and it was very informative and thought provoking. It was a relief to have someone who is in charge, in charge. A gave the impress that he was a straight talking no nonsenses person who was going to do his damndest to get things done within the confines of his authority. Like all civil servants he has higher authorities he must answer to. Our last TSA (see above) P. was a nice enough chap but seemed to lack the fire that is sometimes needed in that type of position. He and his assistant An. Have moved on to another building in Oakville. I forgot to mention that A. has an assistant Also, N. who seemed to be a nice young woman.
As I said the meeting was very informative and above all didn’t turn into the proverbial “Bitch Session” although there is always one who seems to think they know more than those in charge. Ours is named J. who is the epitome of everything that is bad when one thinks of “Blue Collar Workers”. About three quarters of the way through the meeting he started harping on a subject that had been discussed about 10 mins. before and when A suggested that id he had a complaint put it in writing. With that, J. got into a huff and left which by the way was appreciated by some of the people in attendance including yours truly.
The next meeting will be held just before Christmas and hopefully there will be some progress to be reported. In the mean while I will pay closer attention as to the happenings around the building and if of interest will write about them. Before I close I must admit that I was tempted to turn this into a personal bitch about a disagreement with H.C.H.C. and how I was treated but this is not the time nor the place.

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