Is it possible that George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” is slowly becoming a reality? A few days ago in “Ramblings 2018 (13) I spoke of Trump setting up his own “Ministry of Truth” and introducing “Newspeak”. This was my conclusion after reading that at a rally in Kansas City he told the audience “Stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” This is about as close to Orwellian as you can get.
It is almost incomprehensible how Trump praises the dictators of the world and reviles his friends and allies. That is until you look at it from the point that Trump is enthralled by so called strong leaders, men who subjugate and terrorize their own people. Mayhaps it is the bully within screaming to get out and run wild. Trump lacks humanity or empathy, people mean nothing to him.
His latest proclamation is his threat to shut the government down if he doesn’t get the money to build his version of the “Berlin Wall” across the border with Mexico. This is not a president it is a spoiled brat who, when he cannot get his way resorts to childish threats.
Donald J. Trump is a master of the chaotic he seems to thrive on creating dissention and ambiguity with the right hand not knowing what the left is doing. It is established that he tries to run the country like one of his businesses where he allows no disagreement and considers himself to be the greatest deal maker ever created. His Hubris knows no bounds.
Because Trumps’ supporters think that he and only he speaks the truth they are harassing and threatening media reporters at his rallies the Ministry of Truth is slowly gaining ground. Trump is laying the ground work and “1984” might be “2024” or sooner. It is well established that Trump is an invertebrate liar who has difficulty distinguishing fake from real. His rampage against the “News Media” is indicative of a would be pompous “Tin Pot Dictator” who cannot accept criticism in any form what so ever. He is the little boy who when things don’t go his way picks up his marbles and goes home.



He who would be Dictator has just been handed another gift in his quest for power. Supreme Court Judge, Anthony Kennedy, has announced his retirement allowing the Orange-Haired one to appoint an ultra-conservative to fill the slot, pending ratification by the Republican majority in both the Senate and Congress. With this appointment he will turn the clock back at least fifty years, perhaps longer, in American Jurisprudence, (the science or philosophy of Law).
In the first year of his Presidency and in the campaign leading up to his election, Trump targeted Mexico and the problem of illegal immigration across the border between the U.S. and Mexico. He called these illegals, rapists, murderers, and generally bad people.
He has now targeted Canada and the European Union with illegal tariffs. He has already started bullying and blatantly lying about us imposing crippling tariffs on our steel and aluminium and threatening to place a 25% tariff on automobiles made in Canada for the American market. Actually the automobile tariff is on all vehicles imported into the U.S. He does not differentiate between ally and foe but has decided to punish all and establish it seems, an Isolationist Policy similar to what occurred in the states between the two world wars. He is the quintessential anti- globalist.
Sunday was the True Norths’ (Canada) 151st Birthday and it was celebrated in part by the imposing of retaliatory tariffs on around sixteen billion dollars of American goods coming into Canada. Trump started this Trade War and Canada and the E.U. are not rolling over and playing dead. Canada might be a mouse lying beside an elephant but remember a mouse has sharp teeth and can run circles around an elephant. That’s not to say we can win as nobody wins in a Trade War just a lot of people get hurt.
Tomorrow is Independence Day in the states and the world will be deluged adnauseam by how great and powerful America is. It will give him a great opportunity to strut and swagger puffing his chest out in imitation of one of his favourite people “Mussolini”. I think somewhere along the line he got his values turned around. He praises the worlds dictators and trashes his friends and allies.
His “Zero Tolerance” order on immigration is the work of a cruel heartless individual whose racism constantly manifests itself. He is determined to undo and reverse the work done by previous administrations in the field of civil rights, especially that of the Obama Presidency. His “Braggadocio” has no limits and his need for praise is reminiscent of a little boy trying to please his parents.
The next election is just over two years away and hopefully he will be voted out of office, but, don’t hold your breath.


RAMBLINGS 2018 (11)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (11)


Went to Hamilton yesterday with a couple of friends to buy a pair of sandals at a place on Upper James Street. We pulled up to a stop light and on the grassy boulevard was a young homeless man, all his worldly possession in a shopping buggy, lying on the grass sharing what looked like a can of Spam with his dog. I have seen homeless people before but never anything like that. What else surprised me was I choked up and if I had any money on me I would have jumped out of the car and gave it to him. I have no idea what in his life happened to bring him down to being homeless but it really hit home with me how lucky I was. When the light turned green we carried on and I got my sandals but I couldn’t get the picture of that young man and his dog which was sitting patiently while his master cut the meat up for him. If things had been different that could have been me.
As we all know Trump was in Canada to attend the G7 meeting at Charlevoix Quebec and as usual when things didn’t go the way Trump wanted he waited until he was on the plane heading to Singapore to vent his childish anger at Prime Minister Trudeau because he stood up for Canada and said “we would not be pushed around”.
Here is a President who angers and upsets his closest allies and praises authoritarian dictators. Trump touts himself as the “Greatest Negotiator” ever which is one way he feeds his narcissistic persona. Nobody can do anything better than he can, and that includes lying and back stabbing. He is an habitual liar, misogynist, adulterer, hypocrite, homophobe, bully, and racist. He is also extremely dangerous as he is an “America Firster and Isolationist”. He hides behind the fact that America is both economically and militarily a great power and he will threaten who he pleases. This time he is threatening Canada and the European Union (Americas closest allies) by declaring a Trade War with tariffs against steel and aluminium. He is also pondering tariffs against imported automobiles.
Two hundred and six years ago when Canada wasn’t a nation but British North America the Americans declared war on the U.K for the second time and the “War of 1812” erupted. The American thought that the best way to get at the Brits was to invade and conquer the Provinces of Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Quebec) Canada. Well they came they fought and they basically got their butts kicked and retreated back across the border. The war lasted about 3 years and when it ended everything returned to normal and Canada was still British and not part of the U.S. Now these 200 odd years later America has declared economic war on Canada and this time we might not be able to beat them. We rely more on their trade than they do on ours and they have the where-with-all to really hurt our economy. We Canadians are a pretty polite easy going people until someone tries to shove us around. When that happens the hackles go up and we fight back. As the P.M. said “Canada will not be pushed around” especially by an Orange Hair Moronic Buffoon.


RAMBLINGS 2018 (10)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (10)

It is just the 3rd day of May and already I have heard complaints about how hot it is. Of course this is quite normal because we here in Southern Ontario make complaining about the weather a national past time. It is either to cold, to much snow, to much rain, to humid or to hot. Guess we are just never satisfied. My Dad loved the heat. The hotter the better. Maybe that’s why he spent so much time working in hot countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Central and South America, and Indonesia. When I was much younger the heat didn’t bother me but as I grow longer in the tooth I don’t much care for it and being a long time smoker (quit 5 years ago) my lungs are damaged and when the humidity gets high I have trouble breathing. That’s when I love my Air Conditioner. Speaking of which I have to service and clean to get it ready for the summer. As I am writing it is 22C but feels warmer with the humidity. Starting Sunday, the 5th the temp will be in the mid to high teens, a respite before the heat starts to climb and keep climbing into the high 30Cs. I keep saying I’m moving to Baffin Island but then in the summer the black flies are out in force and in the winter the average temp is in the minus 30C range. That’s a might chilly. Actually I’m ashamed to say I don’t know that much about Baffin Island which is part of the Territory of Nunavut (our land) with the capital Iqaluit (place of the fish) located on it.
As yesterday was a bit on the humid side I pulled my A/C out of the sleeve and cleaned it up and oiled the fan as it will soon be getting lots of use when the humidity climbs as the summer progresses.
‘Tis going to be a boring weekend as there are no plans to try a new Fish and Chip restaurant or a concert to go to. I can always go for a ride if the weather permits. Friday is Food Bank day in the building and as usual I’ll wander down near the end of it to see if there is anything good left. Sometimes there is other times it’s crap. Well one more pot of soup to make this weekend then the soup pot gets put away until the Fall. Just came up from the Food Bank. There wasn’t much there except the usual, lots of bread, veggies, and can goods. There was also packages of what can only be describes as mystery meat as no one knew what it was.
Cable went out around 4:00pm and it is now 7:00pm and it’s not back on. It is annoying when the cable goes out. I think this time it is due to the high winds we have been having today. Gust up to 100km (62mph).
Dozed off on the couch last night and woke up at 3:30am the cable was still down. At 7:30am when I got up it was back up and working. Even if it came back on at 4:00am that’s 12 hours with no TV or internet. Guess that wind storm did some bad damage. When a storm cuts the power it can be very frustrating as we come to realize just how much we depend on electricity in our lives. At least people who have gas appliances in their homes can cook, have hot water and in some cases refrigeration. No electricity no cooking, no hot water. No refrigeration, no nothing. The joys of civilization.




When Trump is proclaimed “President for Life” what name will he choose or be given. The more famous names such as “Der Fuehrer”, Il Duce, or “Big Brother” have been used so what’s left “Boss”. His buddy Putin is pushing for “Tsar” which is Russian for Caesar. So it could be “Imperator” which would put him a couple of notches above Tsar Vlad.
Yesterday the 56th day of 2017 and the 36th day of the Trump presidency the curtain of the coming “Dark Age” was lowered substantially with the “White House” banning some of the top News outlets in the country, and to name a few: – Washington Post, New York and L.A. Times, C.N.N., and Huffington Post. If you would control the hearts and minds of the populace; control the Media. The media that is banned are critical of Trump and his administration therefore he has stated that they are enemies of the people. Those media outlet of a more conservative stripe are welcome in the White House as they report Trump and his cronies in a more positive light. The 1st Amendment of the lauded American Constitution is on the brink of being relegated to the waste bin. Freedom of Speech and of the Press are essential to any Democracy for without them those who would oppress have free reign. The peoples of the three totalitarian states that plunged the World into a Global War had lost those freedoms in the birthing days of their respective dictatorships. Trump has also stated that he wants Americas’ Nuclear Arsenal increased. The old Roman adage “if you would have peace; prepare for war” is no longer relevant as increase of weapons production usually foreshadows war. The largest two nuclear powers alone have the capability of wiping all civilization from Earth and with the other lesser amounts that other nation have perhaps the ability to wipe all life from this Planet.
At times when speaking to a crowd of supporters he tends to rant and go off on unintelligible ravings that are total incoherent and somewhat childish. At times like these he seems totally unstable. It has been 110 days since he won the election so there really is no need to harp on it almost constantly spewing many inaccurate facts about his win. He is like a little boy shouting “NAH, NAH, I WON, YOU LOST” when playing some game. There is also the constant chest beating when speaking saying things like “nobody is better at, or nobody knows more, or nobody loves it more”. I wonder if he says to his wife “Me Tarzan, You Jane”. After all it would fit in with his “orange hair” which only he and Orangutans have.
Each year since 1914 the White House Correspondents Association hold a dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel at the end of April. In a fit of what can only be called pique President Trump has announced he will not be attending. This is the typical act of an immature little boy whose feelings have been hurt. The next thing will be to throw a temper tantrum because he didn’t get his way on some treaty or deal. What is most perplexing is that certain segments of the American populist think he is great? The outsider who will change Washington and put America on top again. In any other country these things would be over looked but in a country with the military power of the U.S. under the command of a self-centred egomaniac things could get out of control quite easily.

Politics, Uncategorized



CLINTON-2/TRUMP-0 2016/10/10
Last evening, I stayed up to watch the second in the series of three debates between the U.S. Presidential candidates, Clinton and Trump. I must admit I am somewhat biased and favour Clinton but aside from that She won the debate giving her a 2 to 0 lead over Trump.
When it comes to Donald J. Trump it is almost at the point where there are few derogatory words or terms left in the English language to describe him. Those that are in use are repetitive and getting well worn. Last night his performance mimic that of the first debate, a 70-year-old spoiled rich would be tyrant. His performance was or is reminiscent of the spoiled little kid who couldn’t have it his way. What type of political candidate threatens his opponent publicly that if he is elected he will appoint a special prosecutor to indict said opponent for, I assume, treason and throw her in jail.
The recent revelations of Trumps arrogant misogyny, which he puts down to “Locker Room” talk, is reprehensible to say the least. His statement that it was OK to call his daughter “A piece of A-s” is beyond repugnant. What kind of father would say this? Perhaps the most upsetting of this Presidential Campaign is that whatever Trump says or does it seems to be Ok with the Republican electorate. Can they not see that the man is dangerous? Adolph Hitler was considered a clown and buffoon by a lot of the German people and the world knows what happened there.
Some of my friends and neighbours have said to me “who cares it’s in the States” well the answer is that like it or not Canada is closely tied economically to the U.S. and when they cough the rumble is felt up here. We cannot interfere in American politics as that it for their people to sort out but we should be very watchful as to who they elect. Trump is saying that he will repeal NAFTA which could and more likely will hurt trade between us. He has also threatened to withhold support for NATO until as he puts it “they start paying their share”. These threats may sound good to the blue collar segment of the American people but they fail to realize that these moves are dangerous and merely cause more animosity towards America. His pronouncements on Muslims feed the radical factions of that religion. His Islamophobia is a propaganda bonanza for terrorist recruiters.
For the life of me I have never really understood the American Republican system of government. I find their system so like that of ancient Rome which went from a Monarchy to a Republic, to an Imperium, and finally collapse. Perhaps Trump is a reincarnation of “Caligula, or Nero, or Commodus” who knows? Well whatever one believes or thinks when politicians the likes of Trump appear, be wary be very wary.

History, Uncategorized




1 July 2016, Canadas’ 149th Birthday and the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War 1.
While this is a day of celebration for Canada it is also a day of Remembrance for the people of Newfoundland/Labrador. On this day 100 years ago on the Western Front the Allies launch an attack against the Germany Trenches along the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle would last 131 days and result in a total of over one million casualties. Britain would suffer 451,842 casualties while France suffered 250,000 and Germany 537,918. It was and is the bloodiest battle in History.
For Newfoundland /Labrador it is the darkest day in their short history. The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel is forever etched into the memory of every Newfoundlander. On the morning of 1 July 1916 the Royal Newfoundland Regiment waited in their trenches for the order to advance with the third wave of the British attack. At 9:15 a.m. the regiment was ordered over the top and left their trenches moving towards their jump off position. They advanced across open ground with no artillery support and full view of the enemy into a maelstrom of Germany Artillery and Machine Gun fire. The attack by the R.N.R lasted 30 minutes ending at 9:45 a.m. The Newfoundlanders suffered 324 dead, 386 wounded and on the following day 2 July 1916 only 68 men were capable of answering the Roll Call. In just 30 minutes the R.N.R. ceased to exist as a fighting unit. This slaughter affected almost every family in Newfoundland. In 1916 it was a separate Dominion within the British Empire and not part of Canada; that would come 33 years later on 1 July 1949 when Newfoundland became the 10th Province of Canada.
This day is both one of Remembrance and Celebration in Canadas’ youngest family member. Although they were not part of Canada in 1916 that display of discipline and bravery would become part of Canadas’ proud Military Tradition.



History, Uncategorized


War Mem. 2


REMEMBRANCE 2015. 2015/11/08.
On April 22 1915 the Canadian Corps of the B.E.F. along with the French were attacked by the Germans in an attempt to close the Ypres Salient in Belgium. This was the first time that gas (Chlorine) was used in warfare. The French Morrocan Colonial troops were the first to be exposed to this weapon of terror and understandably broke leaving the Canadian flank exposed. Two days later on 24 April it was the Canadians’ turn. Using urine and mud soaked handkerchiefs as improvised gas masks the Canadians held at a cost of 6,035 casualties including over 2,000 dead. Here in the mud of Flanders the Canadian Military reputation was born and over the next 45 months would grow earning them the title of “SHOCK TROOPS” and raising Canada to her rightful place in the family of Nations. (Battle of the Somme, 2nd Ypres)
Remembrance Day was originally Armistice Day proclaimed by King George V in April 1919. Its’ purpose to remember the 1,244,589 Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen from the British Empire that made the ultimate sacrifice on land, sea, and in the air. In Canada Armistice Day official became Remembrance Day at the 11th hour of the 11 day of 11th month (November) 1931. In the 4 years, 106 days from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918 Canada had 61,082 killed and 154,361 wounded soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Canada was a young nation in 1914 just 47 years old with a population of 7,800,000 of which 625,825 served in World War 1 and almost 10% of those who served paid the ultimate price. It has been 101 years since Europe went mad and dove headlong into the Hell of the Western Front. The War to end all Wars was just the prelude to WW II 21 years later when Germany smarting from the humiliation of losing WW I plunged Europe once again into the Charnel House of War and genocide. Canada was there again declaring war on Germany on 10 September 1939, one week after Britain had. The population in 1939 was roughly 11 million and by wars end in 1945 10% of the population had served in the military. The Canadian casualties were 42,042 dead and 54,414 wounded. In Bomber Command alone Canada lost 9,980 of its’ young men.
After WW II under the command of the United Nations Canada sent over 27,000 to fight in the so called “Police Action” (WAR) in Korea where 516 soldiers were lost. After Korea came years of “Peace Keeping” under the U.N. with 119 Canadians dying trying to maintain peace in different corners of the world. In this the 21st Century Canada became involved in the War in Afghanistan where 158 were killed. Since 1899 when Canada sent troops to help fight the 2nd Boer War through the 20th Century up to now, the 21st Century, Canada has always answered when called upon to help stop aggression. Although the number of dead might seem small in the greater scheme of things for us the numbers are great as even now we are a small nation in terms of population.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each years since 1919 we honour and remember all those Canadian who served and especially all those young sons and daughters of Canada who made the supreme sacrifice so we could be free. Remembrance Day does not, as some will say, glorify war instead it reminds us of the horror and cost of that most cruel of all humankinds endeavours. All the veterans of WW I have passed away and each year those of WW II and Korea grow fewer in number and soon they too will be but memories of the sacrifice our nation was willing to make to keep peace and be free. As our National Anthem says we are the “True North. Strong and Free” because of their courage and commitment to keep us so. Remembrance Day is the day we publicly honour our heroes alive and dead but we should not just do so on a particular day. Lest We Forget means just that, never forget all the brave young men and women who paid for our freedom.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(Robert Binyon)

History, My Opinion, Uncategorized


Four Horsemen 1 Four Horsemen 1


When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
It seems that in my lifetime the Four Horsemen have been running amok in Africa’s’ 47 mainland countries. From war to famine to pestilence the horsemen have had a wild ride from the Mediterranean Coast to the Cape of Good Hope from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean feasting gluttonously on the carcasses of the innocent as well as the guilty. For neither war nor famine nor pestilence discriminate, all are fodder for their insatiable appetites.
Since the ending of World War Two almost 70 years ago and the death of Imperial Colonialism not one area of this vast continent, the birthplace of all humanity, has escaped unscathed. As the Colonial Powers left old tribal and religious animosities rose again and tribal warfare for power became the norm. There was also racial war as the white residents of some of the former colonies such as Rhodesia, Angola, and South Africa fought to maintain supremacy and the apartheid system of segregation they had set up. In the north Algeria, rebelled against the French. In Egypt the military took over making the country a dictatorship. In the 50s Libya became independent only to fall in the 60s to a military coup and it too became a dictatorship until 2011 when the populous rebelled and overthrew and killed the dictator Gadhafi. Now over a decade into the 21st century Africa is still witnessing religious wars with Muslims pitted against Christians and terrorism flourishing quite nicely.

In just the past few months the countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, and Mali, in western Africa have been wracked with an epidemic of the Ebola Virus causing almost 17,600 cases and resulting in a total of 6,556 deaths all but 2 of them Africans. This continent has long been known as the birth place of the Human Race it is from here that the rest of the planet was populated through many migration the last of which was about 35,000 years ago.
Perhaps Africa would have been better off if Vasco da Gama and his four ships had run aground at the entrance to Lisbon’s harbour and the Europeans had not come for a visit and decided to stay. Hindsight is a marvellous thing but it cannot change what happened. Maybe in another 100 years the majority of African States will catch up to the rest of the world. Let us hope it happens far sooner.

Grousing, Uncategorized




Monday, 13 October is Thanksgiving or as my oldest calls it “Happy Turkey Day”. The bird isn’t really that happy as he has been decapitated, cleaned out, stuffed, and roasted in preparation of being devoured by hungry humans.
The first recorded Thanksgiving in the new world occurred in Canada in 1548 when the Captain of one of the ships sailing with Frobisher in search of the Northwest Passage called on his ships’ crew to give thanks to God for their having survived a very perilous journey through ice fields and arriving safe at what was then called New Found Land. It wasn’t until 73 years later in 1621 that the Pilgrims celebrated their Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock Colony. That is a little of the History of Thanksgiving. It sort of looks like we up here in the True North have a first over our southern cousins.
Our Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October where as the American is on the fourth Thursday in November both of which are occasions for a family get together The holiday is to celebrate and give thanks for all the good things that have happened over the year. It also gives thanks for a bountiful harvests, at least that what it started out to be. In these times of consumerism where the majority of our food comes from mega corporate farms where everything from grains, eggs, milk, poultry, and meat are massed produced there isn’t much left for the farmer to celebrate. Holidays such as this give the Gourmet the opportunity to become a Gourmand and have a reason to blame it on. Yep! Thanksgiving where the “order of the day” is to stuff ones’ stomach to the point of rupturing. The dining room table will be groaning under the load of food it must bear. Turkey, or Ham, mashed potatoes, turnip, or some other vegetables, gravy, bread or rolls, wine for the adults, and milk for the kids. There will more than likely be the inevitable argument as to who gets the second drumstick as the head of the house gets the first. Before the devouring there will be perhaps either a prayer or some acknowledgement of Thanksgiving and after these quickly rhymed off words the amputation and dissection of the bird begins. In some households there is a ritual to the carving in others it just get on with it.
When the main course is done and everyone sits there bursting at the seams out comes the dessert which is usually Pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Even though enough food to feed a small army has been devoured there is always room for a slice of pumpkin pie buried under a mountain of whipped cream adding another 1000 or so calories to the 3 or 4 thousand pushed down at dinner. Now that the meal is finished the dishes done everyone sits around moaning how they ate too much. Yet in the same breath will ask if there is any more stuffing or pie left as it was so delicious they could force a small amount more down. This is Thanksgiving in the North America, which will be repeated in one month by our American neighbours. They too will go through the ritual ending in a feeding frenzy followed with the same complaints of eating too much but is there anymore. The amount of food that is consumed and or wasted at this time of year could possibly feed a small third world country. Very few of us think of that as we are too self-centred and selfish. Most of us who see photos of hungry or starving women and children say “Oh those poor souls” and go right back to doing whatever it was we were doing. I am ashamed to say that a lot of the time I am guilty of the same thing. They say that over a million children go to bed hungry every night and there are charities advertising for your donations to help. The problem is which do you give to and will it be used as intended or end up in some corrupt politicians pockets.
This is my spiel on Thanksgiving, which by the way I really don’t celebrate. It is not that I am not thankful it is just that I give thanks in my own way. So enjoy the day eat until you burst then complain that you ate too much and put on weight and will have to go on a diet again, and again, and again.