Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
CTV reports that the
This generous and continual outpouring of taxpayers’ money leaves many wondering if the governments of today are really in touch with the common citizen, or if they even want to be.
Friday, February 26, 2010
A response from the local NDP MP to a letter objecting to the new HST tax contained this sentence, “I and my NDP colleagues oppose the manner in which these deals are being implemented”.
One could pull from their response that the NDP may be more opposed to the manner in which the tax is implemented than the tax itself.
A letter to the NDP, such as the objection mentioned, apparently gains you a spot on their mailing list even though you didn’t ask for or want such an addition.
The Canadian government will be adding yet another tax to airline tickets. It will range from $2.58 to $8.91 for a one-way ticket. The reason the government gives is the all encompassing excuse of “enhanced security”.
The minimum Canadian taxes on the cheapest ($437)
This compares to a longer
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Liberal members of the Senate called for sweeping changes to the RCMP in a published position paper.
They prattled on with much fancy language and political yak-yak.
But what if we reversed that? What if we substituted “RCMP” where it said “Senate” and “Senate” where it said “RCMP” What if we made some slight alterations?
The story might read this way:
RCMP Report On The Re-Making Of The Senate
“Restructuring the Senate makes far more sense than trying to stuff more of the old cronies into
The RCMP acknowledges that there is a Senate reform process underway, but the RCMP does not have much faith in that process. They warn that if it does not work, Canadians are in for many more "horror stories" about the wasteful abuse in what they call democracy.
"The Senate transformation seems to lack any momentum," said Sgt. DeGood. "Some of the bigger things it lacks are any sort of honesty, reality or human-caring.”
Among the reforms suggested by the RCMP is a Taser policy. Rather than getting into petty, infantile arguments with each other, the Senate, and even the House of Commons, could simply taser each other when they disagreed.
The RCMP report went further, “Perhaps the Senate in
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Perhaps he could have had his heart surgery in
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams spoke these brave words of freedom to a largely socialist
I wondered while observing the Olympic Games fervour. I wondered about what unites Canadians.
The Americans have their revolution and their fight for independence. They have their constitution. They have 9/11. All of these give points of national, all-embracing emotional connection.
I asked the next four people I talked to and received these answers:
· The Grey Cup
· Not God
· Ordinary people achieving great things
· Small people not trying to be a big player
In the soon future, I would like to ask that question again.
By Old Willy Longbeard
This morning someone gave me some good words. I’d like to share them with you.
He said, “Place your life before the Lord.”
I like that. Right away you become honest-like.
Then he said, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit right into it without even thinking. Fix your attention on God and you will be changed from the inside out and not be dragged down into society’s low level of maturity.”
How wise is that, I ask you?
Then he finished with these helpful words: “Live by pure grace. If you preach, just preach God’s message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if your are put in charge, don’t manipulate. And keep a smile on your face!”
I like those words, they warmed me.
How about you?
‘Til next time. Farewell.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The politically correct are busy whining that the use of French during the Olympics Opening Ceremony “wasn't sufficient". They are saying that there should have been more French.
If the truth came out, the politically incorrect, and the majority, say there is way too much French.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
The Fraser Institute “School Report Card” gave John A. Hutton Elementary of Grand Forks a 7.7 rating, up from 6.1. It ranked 146 out of 876 schools.
Dr. D. A. Perley Elementary, also of
School unions have screamed furiously at the Fraser Institute for rating the schools.
Some administrators have put down the score cards as well, especially if their school districts do poorly.
At a glance, the Boundary area has improved in recent years.
Monday, February 8, 2010
We are smacked silly with taxes. So silly that we don't do anything about it.
Have we forgotten that we are free people and the government serves us?
It is not the other way around.
The government people have somehow instilled in their well-paid selves that they are free to do what they want and that we are there to serve them. They tax us and tax us and tax us, then they tax the taxes.
When they run out of taxes they switch over to charging fees, as if somehow those are different. A little while later they think up even more taxes and then some more fees. They are out of control. It is very much like organized crime taking what it wants.
How do they get away with it? They get away with it because no one stands up and says no.
It is quite valid to tell the governments to roll back all taxes 50% and then tell them to live within those means. And it is quite valid to tell them to do it now. And to tell them that there will be no further increases unless the people say yes.
If the government people put up excuses and say, "We can't", or, "But, but, but," then you replace them. They are there to serve you. It is not the opposite.
You are a free citizen and you can tell them what to do.
With the use of biometric e-passports, Canadian agents access a wide circulation of data in a vast international, techno-logically assisted surveillance system.
Already, when crossing the border, names can be cross-checked in government computers to see if travelers are guilty of past tax invasion. Soon they will be able to verify if citizens have duly filed current tax returns.
Daily we are subject to virtually unfettered intelligence gathering. Those who lord over us bank and share massive volumes of personal information.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Marketplace commentator David Frum recently took a trip to
“The Venezuelan president has invited a team of Cuban energy experts to help
“I met middle-class professionals who had given up their cars for lack of imported spare parts.
“Those who have maintained illegal bank accounts in the
“Those who must use local currency lose one-third of their purchasing power to inflation every year and in late January saw their savings cut in half by a devaluation.
“Electricity disappears for two hours a day outside the capital. Water taps run dry.
“In January, the Hugo Chavez government seized ownership of a major shopping mall.
“A large grocery chain was caught shipping a boatload of missiles to Hezbollah.
“Chavez ordered cable stations to drop the country's most popular TV station because it did not carry a long-winded presidential speech in full.
“It takes a certain kind of genius to lay waste to the economy of one of the world's major oil producers. But in his excuses, at least, Chavez is very far from original. He fixes the blame where it always goes: on the Americans and the Jews.”
Researchers have found that strategies known to help adolescents avoid risky behaviours like smoking, drinking, and drug use can also be effectively used in abstinence-based education programs.
Just one-third of the preteens who participated in an abstinence-only program had sexual intercourse within the next two years. Of those who only learned about out safe sex and contraceptives, 50% had intercourse in the same time period.
President Obama has cut funding for abstinence-only programs in his 2010 budget.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I have been a supporter of recent governments.
This latest HST tax strikes me as unbelievable heavy-handedness by oppressive forces.
We have been pushed too long. My respect of all things government has sunk to close to zero.
I am old now, and physically challenged, and maybe I don't have all that long to go. I leave it for others to act and take charge of their future, but it would not surprise me if one day the citizens rise up in open revolt. I would support them.
This kind of tax robbery is the kind of thing that promotes violent revolution.
The prime minister’s office confirmed that the prime minister will address the BC legislature in
Two comment posts from the CBC story “Opposition Irked That PM Will Address BC Legislature” read as follows:
· WOW, can the opposition look any worse? Quit crying and try to do something constructive.
· Stop whining.
European Americans have the country's highest homeownership rate (75 percent), while those identifying as being African American have the lowest homeownership rate (48 percent).
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp has found that 17 percent of Canadian immigrants become homeowners within six months of their arrival, and more than half of newcomers own homes four years after their arrival.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The recent flaps about Pro-Life television advertising raise some interesting thoughts.
First, it is clear the majority of people in today’s age are not in favour of abortion. They will not continue to remain under suppression no matter how loud minority foes scream out to silence them. Their voices are now ebbing out.
Second is the whole spectrum of free speech. There are a lot of restrictions put upon it in
Third is the front that the television people try to put on: the commercials are too graphic or controversial. Neither excuse holds water. That some people might be offended is undoubtedly true, but so what? Be offended. Such is life. The commercials, however, do not come onto a person strong.
The real opposition comes because the commercials tell a simple truth. Television does not like truth in advertising. Ads are mostly deception. These commercials just give a plain and simple message. They do, nevertheless, deliver a high impact. The commercials don’t ask but the viewer faces the question internally, “How do I feel about that?”
There is no escape. Truth has a way of cutting through pretence.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Many Canadians, including me, believe that through excessive emphasis on multiculturalism, we are evolving a confused, non-descriptive Canadian identity.
Increasingly, many of us ask, what is Canadian? We don't know. Whatever you were when you came to
For too many entrants to
For too many entrants to
I am increasingly of the view that many of the issues with which we struggle, including the full face veil, would be far less an issue by eliminating dual citizenship. If you choose to be Canadian, then you agree to be only Canadian.
Adaptation comes when you decide to cross a line, but not when you choose to straddle it.
What pray tell is social justice?
Surely we are not training our teachers to inculcate our kids with the notion that taking something from someone who has earned it and giving it to someone who hasn't is social justice!
That violates what every child knows intuitively is wrong.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Mr. Tim Menke, the deputy inspector general for investigations at the US Department of Health and Human Services, speaks about how organized crime and street gangs have been getting in on health care fraud.
“A crime that is very common is the setting up of a phoney billing system with a home health agency.”
How big is Medicare and Medicaid fraud in the country? Mr. Menke says, “Roughly $60 billion a year, and we recover about $4 billion a year. It's lucrative and it's safe. Why rob a bank and risk getting shot when you can click a mouse and bill Medicare or Medicaid, basically lie on some forms and make millions of dollars doing so.
“There is a sheer level of fraud that we're seeing, the audacity, the violence. I think we're a little concerned because of some of the things we're finding on search warrants. Historically, we've taken boxes of paper in a typical fraud investigation. Now, because of the organized crime and street gang influence, we're taking machine guns, automatic weapons, out of facilities that are engaged in health fraud. That's a little disturbing for me. I have roughly 500 special agents assigned to work this health care fraud and it puts a whole new spin on things. It's not the traditional white collar fraud that we were working five years ago. It's getting edgier and more dangerous.”
“The budget's very, very out of balance. And even as the economy comes back, without changes in tax and entitlement policies, it won't get back into balance. Taxes are going to have to go up and entitlements are going to have to be moderated.”
• “I couldn’t pick up NPR (National Public Radio) today so I had to listen to the CBC.”
• “When you listen to NPR, it is like a neighbour or a friend is presenting the news to you. When you listen to the CBC it is all attitude. They take themselves way too seriously.”
• “The CBC seems to have pre-desired outcomes for their stories and then they tailor them to fit that outcome.”
• “The CBC doesn’t tell you the news; they beat you over the head with it. Over and over. I don’t listen to it anymore.”