"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday, 18 February 2018

THE LATEST CONTROVERSY

On a Sunday newscast , Prime Minister Trudeau was informed of accusations of extremism against four Sikh members of his cabinet .

The Prime Mknister is on a trade and culture visit to India. He is accompanied by six cabinet ministers, four of them Sikh Indian. A dozen Indian MP.s will also join him on the trip. 

There are 1.3 million Canadian residents  from India . We assume that number includes children.

The thought occurs, how many Scots from Scotland are Canadian residents. How many 
are members of Trudeau's cabinet? 

Well why can't I ask that question? It seems relevant to me. 

Another thought occurs . A tour of three sites is scheduled in the tour, guided by a government official 
who accuses the Canadian cabinet ministers of extremism and favouring separation in India.

Now it is stated Trudeau will not meet with that official. 

Looks like he doesn't wanna talk abaht it.  

Compare that to his immediate expulsion from caucus of Liberal MPs accused by women MPs 
of inappropriate ,sexually inclined ,comments. The Prime Minister claims  zero tolerance for some obnoxious conduct but not all. 

Sikh extremists were the personal bodyguard of Indira Gandhi who assassinated the Indian Prime Minister. I think she was the third Prime Minister of India after Pandit Nehru.

Vancouver Sikh extremists put a bomb on a jumbo jet flying to India with hundreds of Indian family members , from infants to elderly. The plane blew up over the Atlantic with no survivors. All they found
were baby shoes and a toy or two. 

Sikhs from Brampton helped Patrick Brown win the Conservative leadership with thousands of phoney memberships and financial contributions. Then sued  because they didn't get an Ottawa nomination. 

I know of a young Canadian mother in an abusive relationship.Husband abandoned the family. Sikh landlord evicted them  on the basis he had leased to a man. 

But the Prime Minister doesn't want to hear allegations against Sikhs, let alone believe them. 

Now then...am I the only one who sees something  skewed in this picture? 

Monday, 12 February 2018

YES SIR....THAT'S MY BABY

Anonymous  has left a new comment on your post "NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS": 

"I don't agree a General is similar to the job of a senior executive in a private corporation. It is certainly not the same as Chief of Staff in the Office of this President. "

You've done none of these three jobs so you cannot comment on what is the same or different.  

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 12 February 2018 at 13:13

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Is that so. 

Three responses to the above: 

1.  I did not make the initial statement . I challenged it

2.  How do you know which, if any, or all of the three jobs I might have done? Why do you think you can speak with authority  on my life experience.

3.   I've never been a Pope , a Queen ,or a President but I most certainly am competent to comment 
on any and all of those jobs. 

I know how Franklin Delano Rooseveldt handled the job of President. What he did right and what he did not. He brought America through the Great Depression and was taken in by Joseph Stalin ...
which kept Europe in a state of ferment for forty years after him and the war ended.

He cheated on Eleanor with his secretary. 

Harry Truman ,a haberdasher.  succeeded him. He brought war with Japan to an abrupt end with the worst act of warfare in human history. He ordered nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshimo and Nagasaki. His daughter Margaret played piano. 

Dwight Eisenhower, played a lot of golf. As president. As a General,he withdrew troops
from the Italian campaign so that General De Gaulle could enter Paris before the French Underground. The Italian campaign lasted three more years with hundreds of thousands of extra lives lost on all sides. 

Eisenhower had an on-going affair with his army driver .She was a she.

John F Kennedy was assassinated before he could make a difference. His dalliance with women was an ill-kept secret. He's an icon. 

Lyndon Johnson was responsible for expanding the  Vietnam war which  everybody would like to forget. He signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act. He is said to have been the most skillful president. 

He had a relationship outside his marriage. 

Richard Nixon we all know about. He was impeached and had  to resign. 

Gerald Ford followed Nixon and pardoned him. 

Then Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior, Bill Clinton ,George Bush Junior and Barack Obama .

I have read miles of news accounts, biographies and watched the passing parade of leaders in 
a variety of countries . I've seen former colonial countries struggle to leave and the U.S. race  to intervene in the affairs of other nations . At untold expense and loss of young lives.

And now I am watching the grand experiment in American Democracy crashing to an ugly end,with 
a General and a CEO in charge,no President in sight and no obvious effort to save it. 

Ye sir, I do believe I have a right to comment. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

GET REAL

Upper Canada Mall has more than adequate washroom facilities. I've used them and never seen dirty, wet floors any time I've been there. Quite the opposite. 

The last time I travelled to Ottawa on the 401 ,the disabled washrooms had been updated and 
certainly improved. I don't think Ontario, needs to take a back seat to any other area  for clean, adequate facilities. 

I often see groups of disabled in wheelchairs, with attendants , at Upper Canada Mall and think 
that's a nice outing for people otherwise confined and it  reflects a caring community. 

This morning a petition is circulating to compel Upper Canada to provide a  washroom facility adequate 
to accommodate a changing bench, a lift and room for two attendants. 

The alternative, they say,  is lying on a dirty wet floor between a garbage can waiting to be emptied and a toilet. 

If that were true , I don't see that as an option. I am shocked  it would be considered. I think anyone who subjects a disabled person to those conditions should have their authority challenged. I am appalled.

As to changing the Building Code to require Upper Canada Mall to provide a facility such as described,
the same lack of judgement applies. 

A Building Code is a rigid document. 

Aurora had  a Fabricland once. It was a franchise. 

It doesn't exist any more. 

The toilet  was for staff. It was not in the public area. Accessible through a narrow path between 
rolls of fabric and other stock. 

A mother with a child demanded access. It was not practical. A complaint was lodged with the town bylaw office. It resulted in an order to provide public washrooms . Which was entirely impractical.

Pressure  was maintained, resulting in the business closing. 

Neither the mother nor the child ,nor the sewing community ,nor the Town of Aurora benefitted 
from what was an entirely unreasonable demand in the particular circumstances. 

If the mother had not complained ,the bylaw officer would not have been involved. Without interference, the franchise would have carried on providing a service. 

But the Building Code allowed the order. No judgement was exercised. 

I will not be signing a petition to require Upper Canada Mall to provide a facility such as described 
for people so severely disabled as to need space for a changing bench, a lift and room for two 
attendants. It's not realistic. 

Businesses are facing challenges. 80,000 jobs were lost in Ontario in January. Many of them would
be from Sear's closing. People in public office need to pay attention to these things. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS

...Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "KEEPING UP WITH KELLY": 

Perhaps if you looked up his resume you could get answers to your questions. 

Kelly was a General in the USMC. If nothing else, he would have the experience of running an organization of thousands of individuals. Similar to that of a senior executive of a corporation.  

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 9 February 2018 at 08:31

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I didn't need to look up  his resume to know the General was an officer in the military. It goes
without saying , he had experience organizing thousands of personnel. 

I doubt my questions would be answered  in Wikipedia. 

I don't agree a General is  similar to the job of a senior executive in a private corporation. It is certainly
not the same as Chief of  Staff in the Office of this President. 

Nothing is the same as Chief of Staff in that Office. 

Furthermore , Chief of Staff in a madhouse is nothing like the same as Chief of Staff to any previous president. 

But without a doubt ,General Steele will end up going the same way as his predecessor. 

In that way,he will not be different . 

As long as people like him can be found to carry the can for the Ogre in the Oval Office, we will continue to talk about the errors and omissions of  Chief of Staff. 

Here's  something else  you might think about; the law may have given women all the rights of men 
 to serve in the military. They can wear the uniform. Achieve senior rank. Carry a weapon.
Engage in battle. They can die in combat.

They will never be accepted by men in the army. 

They will always be at risk of sexual harassment ,sexual assault  and rape.

 No law or penalty or political correctness will ever change that. 

When he was a General, John Steele was not the face of change and he obviously that hasn't 
changed  in his current role. 

KEEPING UP WITH KELLY

When General Kelly was appointed, the media were unanimously positive. I'm not sure why. What credentials does a General in his seventies bring to the job?

 Like ...how many battles did  he win ? 

How many enemy casualties? 

How many of his own men died over the course of his career? 

How many cities destroyed,civilian deaths, children, mothers,fathers,grandparents?

People just like us. 

How many battles lost? What good accomplished?

I know his son was killed in Afghanistan. It's sad ,as is anyone else's loss.
 
It's not an experience likely to be shared with his boss. 

How long since he had a boss or answered to anyone ?

When John Kelly sought  the job, no-one suggested he might be a kindred spirit with the lying, swindling,lecher in the Oval Office. That he himself might share the profanity . 

And yet....why not? Why wouldn't the obvious make sense ?

Why would anyone with judgement not recognize degradation and futility in the association?

Well now the truth emerges. This week  the General suggested Dreamers might be "too lazy to get
off their asses" . Hardly an empathetic choice of words from a man in his position. 

For the last forty-eight hours, non-stop chatter has been about a wife abuser, without security clearance,in a sensitive position. Kelly's reaction  to evidence of spousal abuse was a dead 
giveaway.

The jargon on CNN is "crisis of character " which " could have been avoided" 

In that nest of invertebrates, how could it be avoided ? 

Why would anyone expect anything different? 

The only question left is how much worse can it get ?

Monday, 5 February 2018

EVERYBODY'S A CRITIC

LI watch a lot of "Yes to the Dress " and "My 600 lb. Life" . Not that either particularly interest or entertain but  because both are one click removed from CNN. I frequently need a quick get away..

I can no longer watch or listen to that oozing ,unctuous voice. As soon as I hear " the "latest insert"
I click the switch. It's a good thing I'm not sharing the TV.

Moments  ago I clicked back to hear  Erin Turner chuckling appreciatively over another insane claim to marvelous. Erin herself Is not a long watch. Her voice twangs ,questions are off-point and watching   her rock back and forth in mirth at something seriously disquieting  is seriously disturbing. Don 
Lemon had a similar twinkle of merriment  until the LB.M.G. community came under attack. 

Erin  is a talking head. There's little substance there and she is not alone. 

Maybe a steady diet of political news can warp one's perspective. It likely does the same for those whose job it is, to read  and analyse the news.  

I read the New York Times, courtesy of a friend, and that helps balance things a bit. But much 
of CNN  is repeat of NYT. At any given time, my view may be skewed but we depend on what 
we see,hear, and read and in the end, we must weigh the content and exercise judgement.

We know more about Caroline Mulrooney, She, who would be leader. She has four beautiful children. That's a plus. She has lived in Toronto several years. She has the nomination in York/Simcoe for the  next election. Once she sat beside Doug Ford at a dinner. He said he'd never met her and she'd lived in New York for the last twenty years. 

Two things ...she obviously made litle impression at the dinner and York /Simcoe is not a 
Toronto Riding. John Tory couldn't win in a sure thing  and in fact Conservatives lost the safe bet. 

John Tory is doing a thorough,conscientious job as Mayor of Toronto . Depending on the 
competition , he should be re-elected. Doug Ford says he won't run .John Tory has had a 
friendly  relationship with the Fords. They will likely help each other . That would give Ford an
edge in the GTA. 

It's really not clear why Caroline thinks politics are easy. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

INTERESTING HEADLINES

The week-end was interesting. Declarations  for the Conservative leadership and scandalous revelations about thousands of bogus memberships . Patrick Brown claimed to have sold most 
and probably received the phoney votes. As messy nominations evolved, a Sikh organisation from Brampton claimed credit for membership increases and a substantial financial contribution to Brown's campaign fund. 

Brown is no longer leader . But not for the  reasons above. 

The interim leader states he has "to root out the rot from the core "of the party. He didn't identify the  "rot". Now it has been revealed . Thousands of names on the membership list are not people. Seven 
or eight names at different addresses do not exist. 

That's not good. 

Time is short. . Cleaning up the mess  will be tricky... Disposing of it even trickier. 

Enter Caroline Mulrooney to save the day. Ontario has had enough of the old guard she says,...
 time for new blood.  

Might be a little too new or  a tad less than fresh.

Doug Ford says he knows nothing  about her because she's been working in New York for the last twenty years. 

Caroline is  a lawyer. Like her father. Y'all remember Brian Mulrooney. The guy with the Gucchi shoe collection . Introduced the federal sale tax and swanned off amid scandalous rumours.

He signed N.A.F.T.A. and  left the rest of us to watch manufacturing industries drift away,never
to return , while he sang  Irish Eyes  along with Ronald Reagan. 

Y'all remember Caroline's wedding...like a Princess  of the Realm.

Caroline must be bored with life in Manhattan. Or maybe she plans to commute. Or alternately , it's
a new start to her own life she's seeking. 

She has never held elected office. Might be fun. 

Poor little rich girl. 

Steve Paikin is being investigated following allegations. 

Monday, 29 January 2018

THE POUNDING CONTINUES

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "I'M STILL HERE": 

Reading this post, puts a big smile on my face. I was hoping that you were just busy with other things in life and didn't decide to hang up this blog. I'm not on Facebook, so I don't have that connection. I enjoy blog reading, and yours is always one of my favorites.
Thank you 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 29 January 2018 at 08:20

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No, I thank you. I need encouragement. I have another reader who  likes to let her hair down but by e-mail. I suspect I may be disappointing others, then I think ,well that's pretty conceited.

I know FB friends aren't as  many as BF (Blog Followers )

FB is instant gratification . There's a line that pops up and  says ..."what's on your mind " 

I  dive right in for  an argument or four.  It's not hard and it's in my nature. 

Sometimes response is Immediate,sometimes not. 

Since using  iPad ,I've no way of keeping count but it doesn't matter. I' m not trying to prove anything except a thing or ten. 

At the moment, three women journalists on CNN are expounding on how wrong Hillary Clinton was 
when she didn't fire a campaign official for sexual harassment complaint.She did not ignore or
dismiss the complaint. The complainant was moved to a better environment, a second chance was provided to the complained of  and when things didn't change he was terminated . 

The full story was  deliberately withheld. All three journalists, of a different generation, agreed, Mrs Clinton was out of step and needs to answer for it. 
 
It's so characteristic of the experience of women who succeed . Credit withheld is the norm. 

In politics, complaint is not an option. Nobody likes a whiner. Occupational  hazards are many.  Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed. 

In my second to last term of office , re-elected in my eighth decade, a columnist in a local newspaper interviewed and wrote a profile on every Councillor except myself. Another, on a TV interview program,interviewed every Councillor but myself. 

Nobody noticed. Except myself of course. 

Media consensus  male and female, is that Hillary owes the public an explanation for the decision she made. 

Why?    

She won the Democratic nomination, despite all the wrong-doing implied by Democrats, Bernie Sanders and others. The saintly Joe Biden did not favour her when he actively contemplated a late 
bid for the job. 

Hillary offered to fight for and serve in the toughest job in the world . Despite  the most virulent campaign in history, she won the popular vote. Still,she did not become president. 

A  male lying,swindling,lecher was chosen instead to occupy the Oval Office. Complete with his nefarious entourage. 

Hillary Clinton is not beholden. She maintained  her dignity and composure and her side of the bargain. 

She held fast to her truth in the face of nauseating prejudice such as never before displayed. 

Since Winston Churchill , I have never seen nor expect to see, such strength of character in any candidate for public office. 

He too was defeated in the election that followed his finest hour.