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RAMBLINGS 2018 (7)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (7)

I GOT THE YUKS. 2018/03/08
I am depressed. I am grumpy, lethargic, and tired. That about covers my feelings of late. Yesterday I did something I rarely ever do I took an afternoon nap. Slept about an hour and a half and as usual woke up feeling worse than when I laid down. Never could nap. Woke up this morning sucking air in through my mouth. I have sleep apnea and have to wear a breathing mask that covers my nose when I sleep. This morning the power went off and the mask stopped working. Shook the bejesus out of me. Mouth was dryer then the Sahara. I guess at my age all the so called sins of my past life are catching up on me. Anyway what some call sins I call indiscretions or follies of youth.

Some people know I own an Electric Scooter. I love it as it gives me mobility but of late I am having some problems with my balance so it looks like I’m going to have to sell my baby. I think my daughters will be happy as they are convinced I’m going to end up splattered all over the road. I’ve owned 4 Electric Scooters each one bigger and faster than the previous one. So after eight years it looks like my riding days are drawing to an end. Oh well it couldn’t last forever as I figured my sense of balance would change as I got older.

Woke up at 4:00am with a hell of a cramp in my left calf. The only way I could relax it was to stand up and force my left heel to the floor. It worked but it took about a half hour to get back to sleep. Went to the Mall yesterday and came home with a new upgraded “Smart Phone” which I really like. Got the Internet on it so I’ll have to try that out.

Yesterday the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario held a vote to select a new leader. They managed to screw that up. The count was contested because of something called “The Riding Vote” this means you can have the most votes but if you don’t carry enough ridings you lose. Since when did we become Americans? This smacks of their “Electoral College” which is the dumbest idea ever thought up. Lte last night Doug Ford was declared the winner but the runner up is not conceding defeat. Only Conservatives could screw a simple thing like counting votes. The Fates will be busy keeping a dingbat like Doug Ford (Brother of Rob Ford the notorious Mayor of Toronto) from messing up the Province worse than it is. I’m a Liberal but, of late the Liberals under Katherine Wynn are buggering up just about everything they touch. This started with Dalton McGuinty the Liberal Premier before Wynn. Now with Conservative having a new leader, TRUMP NORTH, may the Fates protect us.
Monday morning, the start of a new work week and I wonder what’s in store for the world in the next Five days. Lately it feels that the world won’t survive another week of Trump, Putin, and Kim. They are like three schoolyard bullies threatening each other with Nuclear Toys. My rockets are bigger than yours. Yeah but I got more of them. I got you both beat mine are stealth and you can’t shoot them down. Someone should take them out to the wood shed and use the razor strop on all three.


RAMBLINGS 2018 (6)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (6)

Let’s see what I can dig up in the deep dark recesses of what suffices for my brain. Just 2 more days after today that is until the end of February. Is it me or are the days going by at warp speed, seems like it was just yesterday that it was January. Its’ just me. It is an absolutely beautiful Day here in the Golden Horseshoe. Clear bright sunny day and the temp is 4C. A little chilly but it beats those dull dreary days that are usually common at this time of year. Looks like March is coming in like a Lamb. Let’s hope it goes out like one instead of like a Lion. On this coming Wednesday I go to pick up my new glasses. I didn’t think I needed them but the eye exam said different. Guess it what you get use to. Anyway as people who really know me know I have a tendency to procrastinate. Like Manana. There has been 6267 days since the beginning of the 21st Century. Okay unless you’re a time keeper or an Astrologist what significance does that have. Personally I haven’t a clue, just thought I’d throw it out there.
Our P.M. was in India on a Trade Mission and some kind of scandal erupted over a Seikh separatist being photographed with the P.M. and his wife. Some M.P. accompanying the P.M. screwed up and invited said Seikh to some state function in New Delhi. Seems to be a big kerfuffle over a mistake. Of course this is just what the opposition likes to jump on. Speaking of which the leader of the Conservative Party, who is also the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Andrew Scheer, is in my opinion a twerp. Enough said on that.

Another sunny day but still a bit chilly. Checking the long range forecast it is mostly on the plus side for March. This is weird. I know weather and climate change are different but climate change affects weather. Hell I’m no meteorologist (had to look up the spelling on that one) mostly I rely on my bones to tell me what the weather is going to be like. Ache. Rain, snow, or cold. No ache, weather will be good. Not very scientific but it actually seems to work, at times.
Before I forget. I’m at war with a squirrel. When I shut my A/C down in the fall I leave it in the sleeve under the window and I pack the sides of the sleeve with newspaper to insulate it. Now this little mama squirrel managed to pry the steel cover on the outside open and started removing the news paper for her nest. I closed the cover and taped it shut with duct tape. Figured that would stop her. Yeah, OK. She chewed through the tape and pried the cover open again. I began to think she has made her nest in there and there were babies. I took the cover off and looked inside, no nest, no babies. So I put the cover back re-taped it and this time I put one of my heavy wooden balcony chairs against the cover. So far success. Wonder how long it will last? Last year one of those furry little boogers torn my canvas chair apart and made her nest. Really peed me off. I went out to throw the chair away only to be greeted by this little face staring up at me. Hope they appreciated my soft heart because I couldn’t remove them. Left them there until they were big enough to go out on their own. One of the tenants bought a mechanical owl to try and keep the pesky little boogers off her balcony. I’ll have to find out if it is working. Squirrels maybe cute but they are destructive little pests. Well March is nigh upon us and with it comes another round of medical appointments for yours truly. First the Optometrist, then the Cardiologist with the possibility of getting another Angioplasty, then the Sleep Clinic, and finally my family physician. Methinks I’m keeping the local med, establishment in business. If it wasn’t so final it would be cheaper to shoot me.

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RAMBLINGS 2018 (5)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (5)


Well here we are again off on another Ramble. Of late my mind seems to jump around like a “Mexican Jumping Bean”. Either my thoughts are becoming totally disorganized or it is a round about way for my mind to sort things into proper order. Which ever it is I hope my mind gets its’ act together damn soon.
It has been nine days since the Florida school shooting and it looks like there is a possibility something may be done to end these senseless acts. The Florida Legislature is voting to increase the age for purchasing AR 15s from 18 to 21 and to ban Bump Stocks and Trump is going to push for stronger background checks. There will never be a gun free America but enforcing stricter gun laws will hopefully curtain random mass shootings.
Meanwhile up here in the “Great White North”, hold on. It might be white in other parts of the country but right now in southwest Ontario it is closer to spring conditions. This is February and it is supposed to be cold not warm and raining. The next person who says Climate Change is a hoax I’m going to throttle him or her. The weather we have been experiencing over the last 2 to 4 weeks isn’t normal for this time of year. Well they say “if March comes in like a Lamb, it goes out like a Lion”. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Tomorrow (it is roughly 4:00 a.m. on the 25th in Korea, 14 hours ahead of Toronto) is the last day of the Winter Olympics and Canada has done very well in the Medal Standing with 29 standing 2nd behind Norway with 38. This is better than the Vancouver Games in 2010 when Canada won 26 medals. Our Women’s Hockey Team lost to the U.S. winning Silver. Our Men’s Team was beat by Germany causing them to Play the Czechs for Bronze. Canadas’ biggest rival is the U.S.A. and this time it is the American’s time to shine in Hockey. Hey it’s only 4 years until the next Winter Games.
Watch a good movie last night “Hidden Figures” it is about a group (3 in particular) of Afro-American who were human computers for NASA in the early 60s. The 3 that the movie focuses on are a computer wiz, an engineer, and a mathematician and how they overcame the discrimination and segregation that was their constant companion even though they were just as intelligent, and in some cases more, than their male counterparts. Their work put Shepard, Grissom, and Glenn in space. The went onto work on the Apollo Program and the Shuttle. I thoroughly enjoyed it. All three lead female actresses were outstanding.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over and Canada did very well in 3rd place with 29 medals behind Norway with 39 and Germany with 31, The next Winter Games will be in China in 2022. One parting comment on the Olympics in general and that is the cost of them is getting absurd in the hundreds of millions of dollars. I have always maintained that there should be one international site for the summer games and another for the winter games. Seeing as the Olympics started in Greece perhaps they should be returned there permanently and an Alpine country should be picked for the Winter Games. All competing countries should share the expense of building and maintaining the venues. Of course the argument against this is that the hosting countries would get all the profits generated by tourism. Perhaps some way could be found that the profits go to the Olympics to help in maintaining the sites. Well just a thought. Don’t think it will ever happen. So adieu from this Rambling through the writers’ mind.
Be back sometime.

My Opinion, POLITICS


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.
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.


ramblings 2018 (4)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (4)

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.

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”.

My Opinion, POLITICS



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.


RAMBLINGS 2018 (3)

RAMBLINGS 2018 (3)


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.

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.

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”