Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tweet Of The Day

Tom Elliott: Basically we bribed poor countries to sign a piece of paper that commits them to nothing besides cashing our check.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Interview Pieces With Donald Trump

In an interview with Donald Trump, CNN asked Mr. Trump if he thought repentance was a good thing. Mr. Trump replied, yes --- he thought repentance was a good thing.

The interviewer asked him again, so you think repentance is a good thing? Mr. Trump answered again that he thought it was a good thing.

CNN then asked him if he needed repentance. Mr. Trump responded, “No. I haven’t done anything wrong.”

When CNN repeated the question, Mr. Trump said no a second time, adding that he was basically a good person who helped people. He said he was a Presbyterian and went to Church on Sundays.

In a separate interview after saying the Bible was his favourite book, Mr. Trump faced the question, “What is your favourite scripture verse”? Mr. Trump declined to answer saying it was private.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

A QUESTION ASKED


If a Syrian refugee fails the security clearance, how can Canada return to them Syria when the law forbids sending one back to a war-zone?

Friday, October 2, 2015

When Freedom Meant Freedom

   America’s police state obsession with submit and be searched is out of control, and sometimes ludicrous.
   The difference between a 1955 border crossing into Communist East Germany and a 2015 border crossing into the US is not much different.
   Both countries built a great wall around themselves in more than one way.
   When East Germans were asked if they would like to be free, they often responded with, “What do you mean? We are free.”
   Many Americans will say the same thing today.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It's Always The Other Guy That Needs Fixing

Obama man and the Pope man keep lecturing us on the need to cut our emissions into the atmosphere. But I notice both of them take private 747s or charter jumbo aircraft whenever they want to go anywhere --- which is often --- as their personal conveyance vehicles. Which part of “Follow my example” and “Practice what you preach” am I missing here?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Online Cribbage

You Are Invited To 29ers Online Cribbage

Tournaments Every Day

Almost Every Hour For Eight Years

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Populist Meddling?

Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pope-franciss-fact-free-flamboyance/2015/09/18/7d711750-5d6a-11e5-8e9e-dce8a2a2a679_story.html

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

BEHIND THE SCENE

Mr. B received a call from his neighbour on Hulme Creek Road that the Rock Creek fire was coming up the hill and threatening his home.

Mr. B went to assist with his pick-up and loaded water tank.

After battling for a while, very efficient fire bombers flew in and took over.

No longer having electricity for water pumps on the road, Mr. B decided to go down to the highway and travel west one kilometer and re-fill his tank at a neighbour’s. On the way he offered refreshment to the firefighters on the highway.

Upon returning to Hulme Creek Road he was blocked and informed by the Environment Police (officially known as Conservation Officers) that he was not permitted on Hulme Creek Road; it was an evacuation area.

Mr. B explained that he was fighting the fire, that his home was in danger and he had just gone to get more water.

The Environment Police would hear none of it and remained adamant that he would not be getting onto Hulme Creek Road.

Another neighbour, whose house was in far more serious danger, also tried to enter onto Hulme Creek Road at the same time, but was met with the same obstinance.

The situation appeared to be heading into a state of mass inflammation and ugliness as protocol was trying to prevail over people, and regulation was trying to rule over the rights of people to save their homes. To the common man it seemed insanity.

The two blocked men, however, handled it in typical Rock Creek fashion. They left the two over-paid zealots stewing with their inflexible rules and proceeded west to Conkle Lake Road and travelled up to around the 13-km marker. From there they travelled on a narrow, seldom used trail that threaded its way over to Hulme Creek the back way.

Back on their home turf, they fought the fire for two days with many others and saved much.


Rock Creek residents have a history of not wanting government regulation in their lives, particularly when the rules are cumbersome and idiotic.

Sometimes they think it is better to turn their backs on the government and just “shoot, shovel and shut-up”.  

Liberty and common sense still live there.

Some call the ones that fought behind the evacuation lines “rebels”.

Others might call the armed gunman authorities that tried to prevent people from saving their own homes the real criminals, even if they are “legal” ones.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oh Oh


Sigh


There's nothing better than having a good friend around when you're down and out.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Poll

Who is Obama's character most like?

http://polarb.com/polls/227124

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Illegal WildFire

A wildfire crossed the border illegally from the US near Anarchist Mountain two days ago.

First, it had no valid passport.

Second, it didn’t cross at a sanctioned border crossing.

And third, it didn’t pay duty on its smokes and everyone knows you must pay a lot of duty on smokes when crossing the border.

If caught, it will probably appeal to the Refugee Board and never be sent back.


So Close

Excellent job by fire-fighters.



Friday, August 14, 2015

Suddenly Change Came

This picture says it all to me. Quiet, peaceful, relaxed Rock Creek on a hot summer day --- when suddenly on the horizon of time a massive firestorm erupts from nearly nowhere and rips a community into a mess of destruction almost instantly.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Tomi's Unexpected Final Thoughts

Not Too Far

I had a pleasant encounter with a 73-year-old woman on the steps of city hall.


She said she was born in 1942 in the hospital that was kitty-corner to us. She said it burned down and the senior’s center now sits in its place.

Directly across the street from us is where she went to school. That building has since become the fire hall.



Now we were on the third corner. It was a delightful meeting. And it was very local!

GOOD FORESIGHT

Long ago someone had the foresight to plant these trees, which provide a pleasant barrier between the highway and the ball park.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

In Search Of The Town Square ... Part Two

Today’s search was across the highway from the ballpark. Two quiet picnic tables nestle happily under a tree, a third one sits across the field. There are washrooms nearby. There is a lot of space though it looks very dry, which is ironic because it can pool and flood in the spring. Some vehicles stop along the lane and creek behind, and there is some foot traffic, a definite must for a town square. (The ballpark visited earlier had no people.)






Birds sing and it is very pleasant, but noise from the highway disturbs. There is nowhere to shelter from the rain. There was once an old bandstand here, but the city tore it down. They put up no replacement. In an area rich with wood and construction people, one would think that would be a simple task. 



There is talk about moving the city campground here. There is plenty of room but there are no trees, which would make it very barren. One can see the current campground in the distance, off to the south. It seems busier this year than it has been in a decade.



What’s missing is an attraction, a focal point. A concession stand would do the job, but there is nothing.



It is no town square. It could be. It would take some additions and a lot of will.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Saline Abortion Survivor

Woman survives Saline Abortion and tells her story.


Quote Of The Day

When a woman walks into Planned Parenthood to have an abortion, two lives and two separate dna's enter the building. When she leaves, one life has ended and the other life will never be the same.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tweet of the day

Tweet of the day
Brooks Cullison: Planned Parenthood Videos = Abattoir

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Third Planned Parenthood Video Surfaces

A third planned Parenthood video has appeared.

It has become harder and harder to hide behind their "complementary health care" slogan as baby parts are divided and separated for sale.

Planned Parenthood this week enlisted a crisis communications firm to help with their ongoing scandal.


https://youtu.be/Xw2xi9mhmuo 

In Search Of The Town Square

My right leg won’t lift. The right arm is very crippled. I can drive fine (adapted the car), but getting to where I am going after arrival is a varied challenge.

I like to sit outside at home in the warmer weather for a bit each day, but every now and then I like to go someplace where I could maybe meet people, a place where I could watch and be seen. A place like the town square.

But where is the town square in Greenwood? After 118 years of existence, surely Greenwood has developed a town square.

Perhaps it’s hiding. Perhaps different people have different versions of what a town square is. Personally, I envision an open space, away some from traffic, a place with a little opening for children to run, a place with lots of places to sit, a place perhaps with some humble food market stands and a place with the community bulletin board. A place where people meet and chat about the news of the day. Maybe a place where now and then special events take place. (Like public hangings, though we don’t such things anymore. Now we do character assassinations through online postings. It may appear to be more civil but can be almost as deadly, though some say far more cowardly.)

Where is that elusive town square?
           
I decided to go looking for it. The first place I stopped was not my intended destination.

The Lion’s Park was the goal for a starting point, but on the way I passed the ball park. (It has a fancier name now. Politicians like to name things after themselves, their friends or whomever or whatever is currently popular, but to me it is still the ball park. For decades it didn’t need a name and it still doesn’t.)

The ball park caught my attention partly because of the new building, dugouts and bleachers, but mostly because the lone picnic table in front of the concession stand looked so inviting.


 I parked on N. Kimberley. It was much harder than I thought to drag myself to the first base line. It took almost five minutes.

To my surprise I couldn’t make it to the top seat in the bleachers to see the view. I thought there would be an aisle-way with a railing along one side, but there was not. One has to climb over each individual row of seats to gain altitude and I couldn’t do that. So that plan became cancelled.


 Instead, I shuffled over to the dug-out and peeked inside. There were several empty drink containers scattered about on the bench and floor. This was sad, but upon thinking on that, there has been a garbage can absence in this ball park for most of the last 13 years.

Finally, I headed for my destination --- the picnic table! This too was a hard slog. The backstop became my friend! I could hang on to the wire fence as I inched my way along it. As I slowly proceeded, looking into the fence all the while, I wondered if that fence was symbolic. 

Are we all trapped inside a fence?


Is Greenwood stuck in an unsustainable mode, with its high wage and benefit outputs, with its multitude of high maintenance, non-revenue generating buildings and its abundance of non-revenue generating land with high overhead costs?

Are we in bondage to a plethora of by-laws? Greenwood’s web page, under the city info tab, greets you with 58 by-laws. Many of the by-laws callously state that a city official may enter your property at any time within reasonable hours. It doesn’t state what is reasonable or give any allowance for prior notice of the intrusion. Such are the thoughts that a fence brings as one struggles along.

Then enter the thoughts of the large number of secret council meetings held behind closed doors with no public participation or accountability in which sometimes payments of undisclosed amounts of money are paid in secret and people find termination without a public reason given. One can easily wonder if there are different rules for different folks depending on which side of the fence you live.

Arriving at the picnic table there is one more obstacle. The table in front of the concession stand sits on a large concrete slab. It is only an inch above the ground, but I can’t lift my leg even that much. Thankfully there is a wooden support beam there that I am able to use as leverage to pull myself up.


Looking around, it is peaceful here, and very green; a pleasant place to be. But there are no people! There has been almost no one here all summer!

Across the way is the other ball diamond. There once were places to sit there too, but they have vanished; perhaps they ran away with the garbage can!

This certainly isn't the town square. It could be though. And a very fine one. It would only need a few adjustments: not many. There is great potential here. It would need the will of the people and a doer! Or perhaps that could be reversed. It would take the will of a doer; the people would just come.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Very Large Group Stone 17 Year Old Virgin To Death

Sick, lost, twisted, perverted, self-justified beings that dare call themselves human, stone a 17 year old girl to death.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Negotiating Price Of Baby Parts

38 Companies That Donate to Planned Parenthood ... with second video discussing the sale of aborted baby body parts.

Full story --- http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/21/meet-the-41-companies-that-donate-directly-to-planned-parenthood

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Things We Don't Talk About

Baby Parts For Sale?

(P.S. In British Columbia, the number of abortions executed is secret information. Even the so-called Freedom of Information Act cannot penetrate this iron wall of forbiddance. The number of children that survive the abortion process and the number of mothers who die or find harm from botched procedures is also a secret to the public eye. Does the evil of this video lurk also in our area? Would we ever know if it did?)

link to Body Parts For Sale


Friday, July 10, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

First Thoughts On Greenwood-CBC Interview

After listening to the CBC interview with Greenwood resident Christopher Yates, here are some immediate thoughts that come to mind:

- In the preamble advertising before the news, the CBC alluded to Greenwood as having the best water in the world, but there is trouble at city hall. The CBC was propagating a manufactured fiction in that statement. Greenwood, once, won first prize in a drinking water contest for the best municipal tap water among thirty other municipalities. To fan that flame of fact into becoming --- therefore Greenwood has the best water in the world, is a disservice to truth.

- Mr. Yates said it was the manner that the CAO of Greenwood received termination “that got the citizens kind of up in arms”. That was not accurate. It could be correctly re-phrased, “that it got some of the citizens upset”. What percentage is unclear, but it certainly isn’t all of them.

- To an average listener in BC, without any inside knowledge of Greenwood politics, it was not very clear what exactly the issue was, that it was all that important or that it would be resolved in, or even rated, a court setting. To an outsider it seemed more like some kind of typical, regular small-town political conflict taken onto the broader public stage.

- Mr. Yates stated Alderwoman Colleen Lang “actually stood with the citizens”. Again, that paints a picture that all the citizens of Greenwood and Colleen Lang are on one side and three councillors and the mayor are on the other. It is true that Ms. Lang was not pleased with how the termination took place, but the idea that all the citizens are of one opinion and unified here is not a true one.

Sadly, there has never been a clear public presentation by the mayor of the facts. Why was Robin Dalziel terminated? In what manner did it happen? Who decided? How was it decided? When and where was it decided?

The basic facts informing the public: it makes for an open democracy. And they are missing. 

It is a shame. The lack of simple truth filling the air leaves a vacuum in which a lot of firecrackers pop and noise is made.

Open honesty is always the best policy. People yearn for it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Treaty

Copy of comment sent through the consultation channel at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada:  

I don't know a lot about a lot of things, but if I understand this correctly, in the TPP's Investment Chapter, the accord would grant the power to global corporations to sue Canadian governments in tribunals organized by the World Bank or the United Nations to obtain taxpayer compensation for loss of expected future profits due to government actions. And the rulings of these tribunals would override any Canadian court or law. That is so wrong.



Sincerely,
Michael Bonner
Box 580
Greenwood B.C.
V0H 1J0

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Exaggeration Is Harmful

Greenwood did well a couple of times in a water tasting contest. Once it even won first prize in the Municipal Tap Water category.

Somehow a few politicians and local people have morphed it into "Greenwood was voted the best water in the world." It was voiced and echoed for a while both loudly and often.

Greenwood received first place in best municipal water out of 30 other participants. True.

Being judged the best tap water out of only 30 entrants does not substantiate the claim to having been voted the “best water in the world."

Today it could be called the Brian Williams syndrome. First he was in a helicopter flying one hour behind one that was shot at and hit, and after a series of subtle exaggerations he was now flying in the one that was forced down and he barely escaped.

A few decades ago an elderly woman in Greenwood stated, "We have good water in Greenwood." It was a simple humble statement said without pretence or swagger and it still stands true today.

What we say and how we say it speaks a lot about our character. What people look for most in this world are honestly and integrity.

No one likes a braggart who bends the truth.

What will people find in Greenwood?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Supreme Court of Canada OK’s Assisted Suicide

It is very ironic that the court found the Criminal Code provision against aiding and abetting someone to commit suicide violated the Charter's "right to life" clause.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Not What It Used To Be

What's the difference between crossing the border today into the USA and crossing the border into communist East-Germany in 1979?


 The answer: not much!