Thursday, June 30, 2005

Smart Surfing

Just a wee security note of interest to my fellow blogging travellers.

I entered the Bourque Newswatch site tonight only to encounter liberal.ca asking for my cookie... my my my. Wonder what they want that for??

A good way to control your security is to make sure that you have your cookie setting selected to prompt always. That way you decide who gets to know you.

Safe surfing everyone!

Canadians... Gotta Love Em Eh?

To honour the Nation's birthday tomorrow, here are a few jokes that I hope you will enjoy (and take them in the good nature manner in which they are meant). Now take off eh!


Joke #1
Two newfies are walking down the street, one with a case of beer under his arm. His friend Darryl asks him, "Hey Larry! Whatcha got that case of beer for? Larry says, "Why I got it for the wife, don't ya know?" "Wow, exclaimed Darryl, "great trade".


Joke #2
A Canadian, Scotsman and American were in a terrible car accident. They were all brought to the same emergency room, but died upon arrival. Just as they were about to put the last of the toe tags on, the American stirred and opened his eyes. Astonished, the doctors asked him what happened.

"Well," said the American, "I remember the crash, and then, the next thing I know, there was this beautiful light and the gates of heaven. I looked over and saw that the Canadian and Scotsman were there too. St. Peter approached us and said that we were all too young to die. "For a donation of $100", he said, "we could return to Earth". So of course, I pulled out my wallet and gave him the $100, and here I am.

"That's amazing!" said the doctors, "But what about your friends the Canadian and Scotsman?"

"Last I saw them," replied the American, "the Scotsman was haggling over the price and the Canadian was waiting for the government to pay for his donation."

Joke #3

A little boy needed $100 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened. Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.

When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to God, Canada, they decided to send it to the Prime Minister. Paul Martin was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy $5.

The little boy was delighted with the $5 and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read: "Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money, however, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Ottawa, and those assholes deducted $95 in taxes."

Have a good Canada day everyone!!!

$5 Billion Budget Surplus - And We Still Can't Get a Tax Break

Our tax reducation champion, John Carpay was busy crunching some numbers for us tax weary Albertans.

I think what is most bothersome is the Alberta Tories stance of fiscal conservatism, when nothing could be further from the truth. They outspend their budgets on a consistent basis and would make Jack Layton proud.

Here are a few numbers tossed out by John. Have a strong drink before you read further.

In 2000, the Tories budgeted for $16.7 billion and ended up spending $18 billion. That worked out to an extra $400/year out of your pocket (also add another $400 for every kid you have).

In 2002, the Tories budget was $18.5 billion (included was a $541 tax increase for Albertans that is still taken to this day. Don't forget your kids.... you've paid $541 more per year for them too!). Oh - but the folly doesn't stop there. Spending that year ended up $1.6 billion more than budgeted, which meant an additional tax increase of $500 per person (not per taxpayer - per person).

In 2004, those conservative spenders put forward a budget of $22.3 billion . Think they stuck to it?? Yeah - I didn't think you'd guess wrong. Ended up spending another $1.6 billion (which digs into your pocket for another $500 or $2,000 for a family of 4).

So what's the point to this? I guess for me it is to point out the real shortcomings of a gov't that professes to be conservative, but spends like the NDP. If you ever tried to manage funds this way in private enterprise, the shareholders would have punted you years ago.

For example, Albertans pay the salaries of 1,272 employees working for the Ministry of Restructuring and Government Efficiency (lmao - he must have gotten this idea from Paul Martin). That department costs $6.6 billion to run. Excuse me, but where is the efficiency in that? Remember folks, this department was just recently created.

Guess what you could have gotten for $6.6 billion - no more health care premiums (which are taxes); no more fuel or school taxes and a reduction to 3% for provincial income tax. Wow!

So now we sit with a surplus of $5 billion. So what is the NDP, er - Tories, planning on doing with it? Spending it of course! What could have been extremely helpful to Alberta families (returning a portion of surplus or abolishing health care which only comprises 3% of their annual budget)instead will leave Albertan's paying increasingly higher taxes for the biggest budget by any gov't in Canada (per capita).

Ralph says that he always get in front of the parade - wherever it's going. I strongly urge Albertans to contact their MLA or do what is needed to spread the word that NDP style spending will not be tolerated by hard working Albertans. Maybe Ralph will get in front of that parade!


Footnote: For anyone interested, the CTF also has a blog. Check it out sometime.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Cherishing Canada

Shaken got tagged with a Canada Day questionnaire, sharing his views from the questions posed by Celestial Junk.

Here are my responses. I hope the questions are copied and used to create your own Cherishing Canada blog. I'll check back with my blog friends later to see how you responded. I am sure we will find we all have a great love of this country -regardless of the politicians determined to screw it up.

1. What is your favorite Canadian natural geographic location?
The Rocky Mountains - Alberta and B.C.

2. What do you think is Canada’s most admirable cultural trait?
Our friendly disposition and our civility.

3. What is your most memorable Canadian travel experience?
As an army brat, I have travelled through many parts of Canada and they all have something that makes them truly unique. It's really hard to pick just one - Canada offers so much diversity.

4. What is your favorite Canadian hideaway?
I'd have to say Jasper, Alberta. Now THAT is God's country!

5. What do you think is Canada’s more admirable political trait?
This would require more thought than I intend to give to it today.

6. What do you think is Canada’s most exciting event?
For me it was the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. What a great experience it was being a part of it all.

7. What is the most thrilling experience you have had with Canadian nature?
It has to be hiking in the mountains. The rush you get from climbing to unique alpine pastures where mountain goats mingle with you without reservation is without description. The stunning views cannot be surpassed, and I have seen alot of views in my time.

8. What, if anything, does Canada hold that you’d lay your life down for?
My family.

9. What is for you, the single most positive defining characteristic of Canada?
It would have to be the men who serve/served in our military with pride and valour on behalf of their country. I am forever grateful for their selfless acts of bravery.

Joke Du Jour

While I am out and about on errands today, I will leave a couple of jokes for your daily belly laugh.

I woke up happy today because at least for the next few months we don't have any assholes running the country from Ottawa - now THAT is something to cheer about!


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TGI - Cherry?

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Weather forecast for ADD adults

Money Follows You

Here is a novel idea that I think would help solve some of the health care issues currently facing Cdns - the money following the patient.

Instead of institutions like doctors, hospitals and specialized agencies getting paid by the province for your visit/care, you have the money and decide where you want to spend it. You would get an itemized statement that tells you how much you have in your health care fund for the year and a quarterly statement that shows how much you have used and how much has been charged by health care workers (making them more accountable or at least showing you how much it is costing for the care you get).

This does a number of things. It ensures that the money is spent where it belongs. Currently, if you have a special needs kid who is turned down by an agency because they don't meet the "criteria" - which can be wide ranging depending upon the agency - that agency still gets the funding for you whether you get the service or not.

It also makes the medical industry work harder for your money. Currently, the waiting time for hip or knee surgery is an average of 18 months (longer if you don't bitch and scream all the time). By you having the control about which hospital/ clinic gets your dollars for the surgery, the motivation is there by the hospital boards to free up the surgerical rooms and get the operations done in a timely manner. Right now they get the funding anyway ... why not make them really work for it.

This also cuts down on the bureaucracy (which means reduced costs) because they will now have to view medical care as more of a business practice and not just a place where regardless of the lack of accountability - they still get money given to them hand over foot by the taxpayer.

What about alternative medicines? Currently, unless you have additional coverage through a plan (employer or like Blue Cross) you have to fork out alot of money to get alternative care (massage therapy, physio therapy, accupuncture, homeopathy, etc.). In my opinion, wholistic medicine should be a partner in maintaining health for Canadians and your personal health fund would cover these fees.

There are many changes that need to be made to healthcare in order to save the system. Privitization may only be a partial solution. I think people have to start thinking outside the box and become more creative in finding ways to manage the care, without breaking the bank and placing ever increasing tax burdens onto average Cdns. This is one example (with required tweaking of course) that I think should be given some serious thought.

The money given to fund health care is borne by taxpayers anyway so why not let taxpayers decide how their money is to be spent.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Late Breaking News

This just in..........

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Yoda for PM!!!!

Subversion Diversion

We can all assume that the passing of bill C-38 by those self-serving miscreants called MP's will happen today. They will leave no room for debate, even a civilized one. But then again, will any form of debate make a difference?

Having a civilized debate with homosexual activists will never happen in my opinion. They aren't interested, and in fact, are keenly trying to stomp out debate and discussion about this piece of legislation. Why? Because by debating the issue there might have to be some comprise and that isn't something these zealots want.

As one reader noted "Why have a discussion when you can bypass democracy, subvert gov't, the courts and education establishments and use the left-leaning media to steamroll over the majority of Cdns. Compromise is a dirty word to hardcore homosexual activists". - R. Zalischuk

So the subversion diversion tactic will have proved successful for this group to achieve "equality". I suspect that these same tactics will be used by other activist groups in light of today's accomplishments.

Footnote: Homosexuals think what they will have now is "equality" and that will satisfy them, but it won't. Because what they are really looking for is heterosexual "normalcy", which isn't going to happen - unless they change their brain chemistry (and science doesn't appear interested in exploring the chemical reasons why homosexuality occurs).

Monday, June 27, 2005

Feckless Frat House Fart Catchers

Now you too will have a new name to give to those Liberal MP's, compliments of none other than Warren Kinzella!

For a Liberal, Warren isn't being very "liberal" with PM the Prime Moron. But then again, maybe not many Liberals are these days.

Flood Damage

In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that my out-laws suffered some losses during the last round of flooding. My hubby and I made our way out there on Saturday and were shocked. They have lost everything (except their outhouse if you can believe it!!).

I thought I would post a few pictures of what the flood damage did to them so you can see what I am talking about. It's just amazing the damage water does - truly amazing.

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This photo was taken of the mobile home on Wednesday last week. The picture angle was taken from where their driveway used to be. The trees you see have all but washed away downstream - this area is all river now.

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This picture was taken upstream from their place on Friday to show where the river is now going. You can see the roof of the trailer in the river.

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Another picture of the trailer taken from upstream. See all those trees around it - they are all gone now. The trailer remains in this position, but with the forecast of more rain it will probably be gone totally by Wednesday this week.

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This used to be their garden. The plastic triangle was a hothouse my father in-law grew pumpkins and other assorted vegies in.

Monsoon Season in Southern Alberta

I'm glad I didn't stow away the Ark! Looks like Albertan's will be bracing for more flooding this week according to this lousy forecast. This isn't good news, considering we haven't dried out from the last monsoon.

Let's hope the forecasters are wrong this time.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Traditional Marriage Good For Family and Society

The debate about SSM rages on (but not for much longer I suspect). As I mentioned in one of my previous chats, the results on kids hasn't been thought out. To me, marriage isn't about two people sharing a private relationship - marriage is a social obligation for the benefit and sake of children.

So what happens to the children - the outcome for them? The Feds are going to put this Bill through without thinking out the consequences. Or do they know and just don't care? Check out this article I uncovered and draw your own conclusions.

This finding was prepared for the Attorney General of Canada in 2000 (Halpern vs. Ont. Supreme Court - 684/00). The AG called on expert Stephen Nock, a sociologist at the U of Virginia to review several hundred pro SS family studies.

His findings ......

He concluded that "all of the articles contained at least one fatal flaw of design or execution; and not a single one of these studies was conducted according to general accepted standards of scientific research". Flaws found:

1) No samples were given by which to go by. Even those pundits enthusiastic about SS parenting acknowledged that there were NO studies of child development done based on random sampling of same-sex families - only situational ones (ie. lesbian single mother or single gay dad vs. single hetero mother or father).

2) Most of the outcomes determined by SS proponents are NOT those used by experts to measure child well-being.

3) Most of the studies relied on the mother’s report of her parenting skills and abilities, rather than objective reporting.

4) All of the studies conducted focused on short-term measures of child development. Few followed the children of SS parents to adulthood to see what the outcomes were and if they did, they did not report their findings.

And what do the unflawed studies conclude:

That children do better in traditional family settings. Studies show that kids from intact married homes, to biologically related parents, are healthier mentally and physically, have lower rates of substance abuse, and are less likely to commit crimes; while kids raised outside of intact marriages are more likely to be victims of abuse and have higher suicide rates and had higher school drop out rates.

So if the Feds know - based on their own expert's report in 2000, that keeping traditional marriage laws intact is good for children, then why are they so hellbent on changing it?

Worst Seat on the Plane

In coach you always get a lousy seat, no matter where you sit.... or do you?

Friday, June 24, 2005

Bastard Alert

I've just about had enough of the American bashing from those dapocaginous twits who call themselves representatives of Canada.

MP Pat Martin should be muzzled. You won't get any positive results by insulting people.

Something Stinks in Alberta

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There is a stinky smell pervading Southern Alberta today. Wouldn't have anything to do with Paulie Martin, the Prime Moron coming to town would it?? Hmmm.. a week too late by my standards. I'm sure someone told him the optics would look good. Give me a break - pluheeze........

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Stompin Tom - The Legend Continues

Jeff Brown, dee-jay with Chez106, a classic rock station in Ottawa, was recently pulled off-air for playing Stompin Tom non-stop in a bid to have Live 8 organizers put him on the bill. Seems Jeff is peeved that Celine Dion got an invite, but not Stompin Tom.

Currently, the petition has over 5,500 signatures.

Bored?? Try These Websites

Bored and surfing for something different but don't know where to go? Here are a few interesting sites that might cure what ails you.

World O' Meters
The site hosts a number of meters that calculate a variety of events, from world population, births, deaths, books published, etc. The economic figures are American, but you can guesstimate for Cdn values.

House of Logorrhea
The International House of Logorrhea is an online dictionary of weird and unusual words to help you enhance your vocabulary. Good resource when writing politicians!

The Smoking Gun
Court transcripts, mug shots and other assorted goodies on the rich and famous, and not so rich and famous.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Seven More Things You Can't Say in Canada

I think I can add my own list to the one created by Readers Digest!

1) The beaver, symbol of Canada, is a slow, dim-witted animal that sometimes chews off his tail - much like left wingers.

2) Telling Walt Disney he had no talent was a real fuck up.

3) Telling Avril Lavigne she had talent was a real fuck up.

4) Most Native Bands do a better job of managing their resources and finances than the current gov't, who profess to be experts.

5) Teachers across the country are producing cities full of illiterate high school grads and they still complain they work too hard.

6) Emailing MP's only get's your mail deleted by their assistants - unless you are a constituent.

7) Cdn bloggers are smarter and more astute politically than all talking head MSM pundits put together.

Liberals Stand for Nothing

I wasn't going to enter into the foray of the SSM legislation, but I am rather miffed at the Liberals attempts to force feed this issue down constituents throats (rather like forced oral sex) in order to garner votes.

Of interest, is a poll (100,000 responded) conducted by Grant Hill, MP, that indicates Cdns 3:1 want these types of changes to law brought about through referendum and not on the whim of desperate politicians trying to hold on to some sort of elusive power.

While I think all Cdns would agree that it is wrong to discriminate against someone based on a brain disorder, it would appear that by rushing through legislation not well thought out is just asking for trouble.

But that's always been the problem of Paul Martin and the Liberals (and the CPC these days) wherein they attempt to appease everyone and think not of long term consequences. A wise man once said that "if you stand for everything then you stand for nothing". The Liberals stand for nothing.

I am pro family - not anti SS. For me there is a clear distinction between the two. My issue is about the kids and the consequences these poorly thought out pieces of legislation bring about for them. If anyone bothered to ask their opinion, they would tell you that they would prefer having a mother and a father raising them. Not just one parent, not two of the same sex, but one of each.

But, as ususal, securing votes is more appealing to the Liberals then ensuring successful results when passing legislation. If you haven't done so already, take a moment to email your MP expressing your opinion about this piece of legislation. It's one of the few "freedoms" you have left. Exercise it before that too taken from you at the whim of politico's.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

CP Gives the Liberals Some BS

Gotta say I was happy to hear that a Montana judge has granted the CP's the chance to make a case for Western Ranchers on the mad cow issue. It's been a brutal blow to farmers whose livelihood depends on getting the border reopened. Alberta, Sask and Manitoba rely heavily on the cattle industry and it's critical that the border opening delays be stopped once and for all.

The Liberals dropped the ball BIG TIME by not pursuing an appeal to their original application and should be hanging their heads in shame considering 64 CP MP's were able to get these farmers some status at the hearings.

But opening the border is only a partial solution to this issue. There is a huge need for Canada to package and process our own meat instead of relying on the US to purchase live product. As much as I applaud those politicians for trying to do something, they are still only solving part of the problem in my opinion. Meat packing plants must become a reality in order for Ranchers to have the security of knowing that their cattle will be sold and that their livelihoods will not be taken from them at the whim of outside market sources.

The other thing we can ALL do as Canadians is to support your local farmers - whatever it is they farm. Purchase Canadian products first, then imports second. That way we all do our part to help our fellow Canadians.

New Government Software

Here is a software program recently purchased by the federal gov't.


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Recently purchased by mini-midget Scott Brison in order to counteract future acts of espionage from opposition parties. Boy - Gurmant Grewal sure would have found this software handy

Monday, June 20, 2005

Rain Rain Go Away

and don't come again until September!

I wanted to share these pictures with my blogging friends who live in other necks of the wood and haven't seen the results of weeks of rain in Central and Southern Alberta. My prayers are with everyone who has been affected by flooding.

Now - back to the Ark for me!

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Where those first set of trees are used to be the opposite side of the Bow River!

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The bridge in the background crosses over to the Zoo where they were busy sand bagging in order to keep the water back from the animals.

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Most bikepaths along the rivers looked like this and some were completely under water

Hat tip to flickr

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Hey Shapiro - Here's the REAL Definition of Ethics

I think Shapiro was either mislead about the Ethics Commissioner position or he doesn't have the brain capacity to look up a dictionary and see what the hell the word meant. I'll save him the trouble - here ya go Bernie. Email me if you have any questions.

1 - plural but singular or plural in construction : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation;

2 - a : a set of moral principles or values; b : a theory or system of moral values ; c : plural but singular or plural in construction : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group d : a guiding philosophy.

Taken from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Friday, June 17, 2005

I Found Miss Swan!!!

Do you remember Miss Swan from MadTV? Ever wonder what happened to her. Well I found her. You bet! She's got a new acting gig and this time she gets to wear a suit and eye glasses. See for yourself.

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Miss Swan from MadTV


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Anne McLellan, Deputy PM(S)

Coming Soon - Part III

In keeping with our NEVER ENDING RAIN I am posting another fantastic storm pic for your enjoyment. Now back to the Ark for me!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Michael Schiavo Vindicated

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I usually don't post blogs about people's personal lives, but I wanted to add my two cents to the tragedy that befell Terri and the vindication of her husband, Michael, with the results of her autopsy being published.

When the story first broke, I spent some time reading the court transcripts. It became apparent that the Schindler family was creating the circus and were keeping Michael in court because of money that was promised to them when Terri first had her heart attack.

The transcripts showed that the Schindler's used all means available to discredit Michael; including accusations of abuse, adultery and negligence. The doctors the Schindler's hired never saw Terri and their star Noble Prize nominee (nominated by someone who could't even nominate people in the first place) looked at a few records and made his diagnosis.

It was Michael Schiavo who tried to maintain dignity for Terri; who at least tried to carry out her wishes (and finally succeeded) after a long and painful battle with people who at one time thought the sun shone on Michael.

I hope this brings about some closure for everyone involved. Now that the medical status of Terri is known, the Schindler's should understand why she never would have wanted this for herself, and why the Courts sided with her guardian and husband in allowing her to die with dignity and in her own way.

Public School Board Punishes Parents Again

Tired of paying more and more taxes for lousy education for your kids? Well, if you have children in the Calgary Public School System you can count on spending even more money in taxes (they call them fees but we all know what they are) in the 2005 school year.

Public schools are implementing tax increases on busing and lunch programs for parents who don't have any choice but to bus kids to schools that are non-existent in their neighbourhoods. And for some parents, they get hit twice because their schools are being closed and they will now be forced to pay for bus and lunch taxes in order for their kid to have the priviledge of an education in the public system (which pumped out 49% of high school illiterates last year).

The PPE (Parents for Public Education) is a group that is convinced that these taxes are against the School Charter and that school boards are illegally forcing parents to pay these fees (taxes). The PPE has been advocating the Klein gov't for removal of these taxes for the past 4 years. Response from gov't? Delay - delay - delay.

So the group advocates that parents not pay the fees. Guess what happens then? They send your file to a collection agency who hounds you and posts a bad rating on your credit history which prevents you from obtaining mortgages, cars and anything else you need credit for. This forces most parents to pay the fees (coerced into paying) because they require the positive credit history.

This is another black stain against King Ralph and his gov'ts treatment of middle class serfs who are slowly being taxed into poverty.

If you are interested in more information on the PPE you can contact Dennis Locking who is the local coordinator, at dlocking@shaw.ca.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Post Trial Followup - Michael Jackson

Disappointed with the verdict yesterday? You were not alone, judging by the comments proffered by talking heads/pundits and bloggers themselves.

For me, the disappointment came when the jurors spoke. They appeared to be willing to overlook the 1108 evidence (which I found extremely compelling) because of the accuser's Mom. It was evident from the comments made by the jurors that they found her highly offensive and condescending.

The height of chutzpah came when, after listening to several jurors say they thought he was a molester but put their own personal feelings aside, yet decided to punish the young boy because the mother had "snapped her fingers at them"; thereby allowing the sins of this mother to cloud their judgement and take the "apple doesn't fall far" approach.

By far, the most damaging aspect of the verdict is that, in my opinion, it has sent a clear signal to the drug induced Jackson that it's okay to continue his lifestyle of sleeping with young boys. Think he'll stop? I doubt it.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Coming Soon - Part II

This is going to be a freaky year for storms I dare say. We are back on high water watch and our neighbours south in High River are on evacuation alert again. Can someone say enough already!

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Coming Soon to a Neighbourhood Near You (If You Live in Edmonton That Is)

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A friend of mine took this photo (and a few others which I will post over the next few days) last week on her way to Edmonton. Luckily, it did not touch down.

The Liberals Hijacked Me!

Well, maybe perhaps aliens zapped my blog for the past week, but for some reason it has been in cyber la la land while I have been anxiously pining for ways to get it back up and running.

The computer Gods have been generous today (must be all my good deeds lately) and have given me a chance to once again dazzle you all with my bs... lol.

Even Noah Got a Break!

I'm not sure how long Noah had rain, but it surely hasn't lasted 3 weeks like it has here in Calgary. Besides, he had an arc and God on his side. We have .... well.... Ralph.

We have friends wading under 3 feet of water in a converted basement swimming pool and insurance agents wishing they had taken up roller blading or at least purchased radar detectors for their cars.

King Ralph has generously decided to give the serfs back some of their taxes so that they can replace the stuff that folks downstream on the South Saskatchewan River are now calling their own. See how good the King is with your money!


For all my friends and fellow bloggers affected by the floods I want to extend to you my heartfelt regret and my hopes for a fast recovery. Especially our farmers affected in the Pincher Creek area.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Your Money's No Object

John Carpay, who is the Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation was talking to Bill Kaufmann at the Calgary Sun about taxpayer protection acts that would limit spending by gov't to the rate of inflation and population growth.

I think this is a great idea and one that needs to be shared with others in the blogsphere.

John states that in a host of US states, such an approach has paid dividends in curbing government spending greed. "The gov't needs to prioritize - they're saying yes to all kinds of spending and no to tax reductions".

Here are a few facts that may interest you.

Growth in Gov't Spending from 1996 - 2004:
AB - 90.4%; BC - 50.3%; MB - 71.7%; ON - 46.8%; SK - 43.1%; Cdn average - 53.2%; Feds - 47.2%(are Albertans aware that our own gov't spends more than the Libs in Ottawa)

Per Capita Provincial Spending 2004/05:
AB - $7,597; BC - $6,970; MB - $6,480; ON - $6,409; SK - $6,703; Nfld - $8,097 (propped up by equalization payments)

In the past 5 years, for every tax dollar ($1.00) that the Tories cut, they increased spending by $44.

So while Mr. Klein boasts that Alberta's fiscal situation should be the envy of other provinces, I beg to differ. Unless they like having more gov't bureaucrats for which they have to pay taxes to support.

For more information, click on my link to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Reeforrm

The electoral kind I mean (trying for the Preston Manning effect).

No matter what political leanings you have, I am sure you agree with me that reforms are required in order to stop the debauchery we are seeing unfold before us in Ottawa. There is nothing worse than a politician who is arrogant enough to think that they are the best judge of what is right for constituents.

There are many reforms that can be achieved if enough people demand changes from their local and federal representatives. What kind of changes? How about these as a few examples:

* Fixed election dates - no more at the whim of the party in power
* Citizen Initiative Reforms - empowers constituents - not politicians
* Recall - gets rid of corruption and arrogance by elected officials
* Elected Senate - people for the people keeping an eye on the PM

Wait.. there are many more. How about:

* Proportional Representation
* Referendum Initiatives
* Single Transfer Vote

I think you get the idea.

I urge all my friends to mail/email/phone your MP and MLA and demand that political reform measures be initiated. These changes must be implemented by their steering committees and become their party policy. Tell them your vote for them depends on it.

This is just one more way you can make a change. Our country depends on your involvement and contribution - no matter how big or small.

Friday, June 03, 2005

McDonald's Responsible for Road Rage?

Got a case of road rage? Perhaps instead of blaming the other driver, blame McDonald's. According to a study done by the RAC Foundation, different smells can affect how you drive.

For example, Camomile, Jasmine, and Lavender can cause drivers to become over relaxed behind the wheel. The smell of fast-food wrappers, fresh bread or pastry can cause driver irritability, a desire to speed and an increased chance of involvement in road rage.

Fresh cut grass, pine woods or roadside flowers can put drivers into a nostalgic frame of mind. A combination of leather seats and oil can make some older drivers unconsciously adopt the risk-taking behaviour of younger drivers. Certain perfumes and aftershaves can make both male and female drivers more interested in carnal than motoring matters.

So what smells should you have in your car?

Peppermint and cinnamon - improves concentration levels as well as making drivers less irritable.

Lemon and coffee - these smells are good for clear thinking and high concentration levels.

New car smell (a combination of cleaning products and organic solvents etc) - tends to make people concentrate better and also take more care with their driving.

Sea ozone - a blast of salty sea air can encourage deep breathing which relaxes the muscles, relieves stress and calms the mind. Of course, this smell may be best left at home.


Excerpts taken from Sky News

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Muck Scrubbers

You think you have a lousy job? Try being a muck scrubber.

A muck scrubber was a young man (some as young as 6) whose job it was to clean the "muck" from the bottom of cotton mill feeding machines. Their 12 hour day started at about 6:00 a.m. and ended with some gruel for dinner at 6:00 p.m. This was done 7 days a week for about the price of room and board.

Everyday job hazards included amputation of various body parts, mostly hands and fingers, but even feet and sometimes even heads were involved. The only benefit provided was a small bed (shared with one other mucker)and it's bedding. Yikes!

Hmmm... all of a sudden, cleaning King Henry's tooshy doesn't seem like such a bad job.
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You can watch this fascinating job, and more, on A&E all this week.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Cottage Cheese and Raspberries

Things I love?? Well not really. Okay, I do like raspberries, but it's actually a list of groceries my mother left for me on my voice mail to pick up for her. Now she definitely likes cottage cheese and raspberries.

So since I am playing ever faithful daughter duties tonight, I will appease my faithful readers by bestowing extra jokes for you to enjoy tonight.

This will also give me time to think of more thought provoking articles to share with you (can you say brain dead?).

Until next time.

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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" - Sir Winston Churchill.

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