I have learned that one of the most important rules in politics is poise – which means looking like an owl after you have behaved like a jackass.
– Ronald Reagan –
The wife and I dressed as the iconic Peruvian owls for Halloween.
We were Inca hoots.
– Author Unknown –
A devoutly religious cowboy lost his favorite book of scripture while out mending fences one day.
A few weeks later, an owl walked up to him carrying the scripture book in its beak.
The cowboy couldn’t believe what was happening. He took his precious book from the owl’s beak and raised his eyes to the heavens.
He said, “It’s a miracle!”
“Not really,” said the owl. “Your name is written inside the cover.”
– Author Unknown –
Don Cherry, Jordan Peterson, Rex Murphy … the list of Canadians targeted for cancellation grows longer by the day. But has “cancel culture” in Canada gone too far? And is this small but powerful mob and their perpetual crusade for moral conformity, at odds with Canada’s values of free speech and free expression?
– Aaron Gunn, Politics Explained – see Video below –
I think part of what’s happening in our country, regarding this thing we’re calling “cancel culture,” is a general unwillingness to engage with people we don’t agree with.
– Mike Rowe, Off the Wall –
The alt-left (I feel justified in using this term as the progressive tribe continuously hurled alt-right at him) don’t like his (Jordan Peterson’s) ideas, and in that charmed circle, not liking certain ideas quickly translates into not liking the holder of them. A fuller answer is that Peterson, through a combination of his intelligence and to some degree the operations of chance, was hurled into international prominence and gained an audience of millions. He offered the fullest, most thought-out rebuttal to the very key, trendy and dogmatic positions of the hard left. These are the scourge of identity politics, environmentalism as a substitute religion, the pernicious notion of collective guilt, anti-white fulminations, and the repression of free speech that shelters under the ludicrous banners of “safe spaces” and the “speech is violence” mantra. To this litany of malefactions he added praise for, and recommended the currently outrageous idea of, personal responsibility.
– Rex Murphy – Jordan Peterson is the real hero in the Captain America comic book attack
When the woke mob comes after you for some ridiculous offense … stand your ground, stop apologizing.”
— Bill Maher –
I’ve studied authoritarianism for a very long time – for 40 years – and they’re started by people’s attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory.
– Jordan Peterson –
The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled.’ It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future.
– Rowan Atkinson –
A Grand canyon has opened up in our world the fissure – the crack grows wider every day. Neither on each side can hear a word that the other shrieks and nor do they want to. While these armies and propagandists in the culture wars clash down below in the enormous space between the two sides, the people of the world tried to get on with their lives alternately baffled, bored and betrayed by the horrible noises and explosions that echo all around. I think it’s time for this toxic, binary, zero-sum madness to stop before we destroy ourselves.
– Stephen Fry –
I am gravely troubled by how easily most in our society have chosen to give up on freedom. . . Freedom of speech, in particular, is in a dire state…
Unfortunately over the last few years far too many topics have become unchallengeable and the mob of political correctness thinks nothing of destroying a person’s career and reputation over some perceived slight, real or imagined…
I do believe there is going to be a great reckoning in the next several years as we come to terms with what we’ve allowed social media to do to our relationships, our society, and our public discourse.
– Danielle Smith, former Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for Highwood, leader of the Official Opposition, and leader of the Wildrose Party –
Freedom of Expression in Canada
– Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms stipulates that everyone is entitled to certain fundamental freedoms, including “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and in section (2b) – expression,” which encompasses “freedom of the press and other media of communication.”
– Section 1 of the Charter establishes that reasonable limits can be placed on the right if those limits are prescribed by law.
– Federal regulations prohibit television broadcasters from “broadcasting false or misleading news and abusive comments that are likely to expose persons to hatred based on listed grounds.”
– Free expression is valued above all as being instrumental to democratic governance.
– the content of expression, no matter how offensive, unpopular or disturbing, cannot deprive it of section 2(b) protection. The Charter also protects the “expression of both truths and falsehoods.
– Expression that takes the form of violence does not qualify for section 2(b) protection.
– Canada’s Criminal Code specifies three distinct hatred-related offenses: section 318 (advocating genocide), section 319(1) (publicly inciting hatred likely to lead to a breach of the peace), and section 319(2) (willfully promoting hatred).
– Summary of the Limits on Freedom of Expression –
Canadian Law and Hate Speech
A private member’s bill was passed to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act – the “hate speech provision.” That section permitted complaints to be made to the federal Human Rights Commission for “the communication of hate messages by telephone or on the Internet”.
When the repeal was enacted, producing and disseminating hate speech was still a crime in Canada, but regulating it falls to the courts, not to human rights tribunals.
The next photos were altered with filters in the program Topaz Studio.
Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
– Mark Twain –
Some of my friends claimed that they received a mail from the famous Prince of Nigeria and even I too got one from an Egyptian Pharaoh. Only I found out that this was all a part of the pyramid scheme.
– Author Unknown –
After discovering the tomb of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, the archaeologist opened it to find that the entire mummy was covered in chocolate. Later they named it the Pharaoh Roche.
– Author Unknown –
Deep within the Great Pyramid, Pharaoh Khufu gazed at the walls of what would eventually be his burial chamber, asking himself what he had been thinking in entrusting its adornment to the teenaged Prince and Princess, but comforting himself with the certainty that the younger generation would soon tire of these annoying “emoticons” and return to the rich thirty-character Egyptian alphabet.
– G. Andrew Lundberg, Los Angeles, CA –
(see my post Bulwer-Lytton Quotations for other suggested opening sentences for the worst possible novel that was never written.
Rounding out this post about Egypt: this is from my February post This and That:
Mr. Speaker, once again, I think it is really important that we work from facts and an understanding of the science around things.
We know, for example, that the U.K. is ahead of just about everybody else on vaccinations, and yet it maintains very strong restrictions and is facing a very serious third wave.
– Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.) in Hansard –
Trudeau’s claim that the UK is facing a ‘very serious third wave’ comes despite the latest figures showing that the UK currently has lowest case rates in Europe, with 173 per million for 13 April compared to Germany on 1,516 per million and France on 3,892 per million. The return of schools and a surge in those returning to work has failed to dent the drop off in Covid cases and deaths, both of which are down by 95 per cent since their peak.
The UK chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty spoke of another wave as being possible, but suggested it may not actually come until the winter, giving more time for the vaccination programme to rollout. He also said “The UK should be confident that path from here does look better, but we should still expect “bumps and twists” along the way.”
The UK Daily Update for April 14, 2021 confirms the drop in cases and deaths:
Many countries are forecasting a third wave, which they believe will be, or is being caused by coronavirus Variants. One of these is the B.1.1.7 variant which was identified in September 2020 in the English county of Kent. It caused a surge in cases in the UK that pushed their death toll above 125,000, and triggered travel bans by dozens of countries.
As for the Prime Minister’s remark in the same speech:
Vaccinations on their own are not enough to keep us safe. We need to engage in the right kinds of behaviours and do things that the Conservatives are not always good at, like wearing masks, keeping distance and obeying public health rules.
Weren’t we all told that getting the vaccine was what was going to give us our lives back? Isn’t that the carrot that has been held in out in front of us for the past year?
And then he has the audacity to suggest that non-conservatives are the ‘right’ kind of people and that Conservatives have not pulled their weight during the pandemic.
It was only a few short years ago that he pretended to reach out to Conservative supporters, saying that Conservatives are not enemies of Liberals, but their neighbours.
“We will fight for Canadians. All Canadians,” he said. “We will fight for their future and for their hopes and dreams. We will fight for their right to have a government that respects them, that listens to them, that sticks up for them, and that cares about them.”
Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
– A. A. Milne –
In a month or two, my flower beds should look like this…
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
– W. E. Johns –
Before that, though, there will be lots of non-gardening weather…
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
– John Ruskin –
which gives me sufficient time to put the photo through my filter factory.
A Spanish magician prepares the audience for his final trick…
He yells “UNO!”
The crowd falls silent in anticipation.
Everyone’s eyes are wide, laser focused on the performer.
Then, the magician vanishes… without a tres.
– Author Unknown –
What are you looking forward to in the next few months?
According to the World Bank, Canada ranks 23rd in the world for Ease of Doing Business (2019) (just slightly ahead of the Russian Federation.) Canada ranks 64th for Dealing with Construction Permits. It takes, on average, 249 days to obtain licenses and permits, submit notifications, request and receive inspections and obtain utility connections for a warehouse. The United States is 24th at 81 days.
In the IMD World Competitive Ranking (2019) (measure of how productive a country is) Canada has now fallen from 10th place to 13th (the United States is 3rd, China is 14th). Though not the main reason for Canada’s decline, one of the issues is falling behind in building infrastructure. Canada is 12th in Economic Performance,14th in Government Efficiency, 16th in Business Efficiency, and 12th in Infrastructure.
How a growing industry of politicians and protestors, bureaucrats and busybodies privilege themselves by blocking everybody else.
– Pierre Poilievre –
Pierre Poilievre is a the Canadian Member of Parliament for Carlton, Ontario. He is currently the Conservative Shadow Minister for Jobs and Industry. He champions the free market in which everyone gets ahead on merit, not government handouts, where people take ownership of and responsibility for their own destinies.
Scrumbles (Freeform Crochet) is a word that describes small crochet ‘patches’. When the patches are all joined together, they are called… I don’t know, maybe Many Scrumbles? It is a good craft to do in the car when we travel between Alberta and Arizona because I don’t need a pattern and I don’t have to count stitches or rows.
These are my newest two Scrumbles:
Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
– Regina Brett –
The Amphibian Notes Name: Northern Leopard Frog Species:Lithobates pipiens Native to : Canada and the United States. Only isolated populations in the southern grass and wetlands of Alberta. The grandchildren used to find them in the creek and the golf course water hazards near where our cabin was. Hard to say where the frogs ended up after the area was flooded out in 2013. Date Seen: September 2009 Location: South Eastern Alberta near the Bow River
Notes: One of the largest frog species found in Alberta, they vary in size between 2 and 5 in (5-13 cm); green or brown in colour with numerous dark spots. Fairly easily caught by young boys – who release them a short time later.
Photos: Northern Leopard Frog in a bucket of water with photo filters applied in the program Topaz Studio:
A bather whose clothing was strewed
By breezes that left her quite nude,
Saw a man come along
And, unless I am wrong,
You expect this last line to be lewd!
A crossword compiler named Moss,
Who found himself quite at a loss.
When asked, Why so blue?
Said, I haven’t a clue,
I’m 2 Down to put 1 Across.
A forgetful old gasman named Dieter,
Who went poking around his gas heater,
Touched a leak with his light;
He blew out of sight—
And, as everyone who knows anything about poetry can tell you, he also ruined the meter.
A magazine writer named Bing
Could make copy from most anything;
But the copy he wrote
of a ten-dollar note
Was so good he now lives in Sing Sing.
A maiden at college, Miss Breeze,
Weighed down by B.A.s and Lit.D’s,
Collapsed from the strain,
Said her doctor, “It’s plain
You are killing yourself — by degrees!”
A mosquito cried out in pain:
“A chemist has poisoned my brain!”
The cause of his sorrow
A painter, who lived in Great Britain,
Interrupted two girls with their knittin’
He said, with a sigh,
“That park bench–well I
Just painted it, right where you’re sittin.'”
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His beak can hold more than his belican.
He can hold in his beak,
Enough food for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
– Dixon Lanier Merritt –
Is Algebra fruitless endeavor?
It seems they’ve been trying for ever
To find x, y, and z
And it’s quite clear to me:
If they’ve not found them yet then they’ll never.
– Graham Lester –
I’ve done it — I’ve done mown the lawn,
But my muscles are aching and torn.
I could swear there are some,
In my legs and my bum,
I’ve not used since the year I was born.
One Saturday morning at three,
A cheese monger’s shop in Paree.
Collapsed to the ground,
With a thunderous sound,
Leaving only a pile of de brie.
There once was a lady named Ferris
Whom nothing could ever embarrass.
‘Til the bath salts one day,
in the tub where she lay,
turned out to be Plaster of Paris.
There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.
– Dayton Voorhees –
There was a young lady named Bright,
Whose speed was far faster than light;
She started one day
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.
– A. H. Reginald Buller in Punch (Dec. 19, 1923) –
There was a young lady named Cager
Who, as the result of a wager,
Consented to fart
The complete oboe part
Of Mozart’s quartet in F major.
There was a young lady of Niger
who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
with the lady inside,
and the smile on the face of the tiger.
– Edward Lear and William Cosmo Monkhouse –
Last, but certainly not least, this Limerick was written by my favourite Virginia Beach blogger, Al Hood at The Cvillean
Margy authors a blog called amusive
And with funny folks she’s collusive
She makes everyone’s day
With jokes that will slay
Cause for laughing they’re really conducive!