"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, 22 November 2015


To the last comment:

It's true the Member of the Legislative Assembly represents two towns. And Remembrance Day Services are held at the same time in both. Also true , the Riding Assistant is logical replacement when  MLA is not available.Failing  that, the Town's Mayor may also represent the Province in official capacity. 

It's not petty, it's protocol. The question is legitimate.

Everything that happens has happened before.

Stuff that happened  in the UK in the second war comes back to mind as we talk about current hostilities. 
UK government immediately  formed a coalition. For all intents and purposes, politics were suspended.

Propaganda  went into high gear.  

 Under  no circumstances could  national security ever be subject to political exploitation.

Treason became a word familiar. 

All  that kept German tanks from rolling into the U.K. as in every other European country, was the English Channel .

Tanks were not amphibious. Amphibious vehicles were developed for invasion of Europe five years later, along with Bailey bridges. 

The Irish were not conflicted. England was not their mother country. German u-boats found 
harbour in South Ireland. Irish nationals were not considered aliens..Ireland did not declare Itself  to be part of the axis. 

Everyone had an identity card.....ration books..... gas masks. 

Windows  had to have blackout curtains. Air raid wardens patrolled the streets and shouted obscenities that could likely be heard in Berlin, at the slightest chink of light.

Children were punished for failure to carry the gas mask at all times. 

Except for the obvious, certainly most of what happened during the war was written about after. 

Government  lied if it had to, or to be precise, withheld the truth. 

" Walls have ears"  "Loose lips sink ships" were warnings on walls. 

People had to believe the government knew what it was doing at all times.

 No matter how long it took, defeat was never contemplated which is bloody amazing. 

I can't believe the business discussed by important government officials on talk show TV these days. 

The American President , arguably Leader of the Free World , is undermined a hundred times an hour every day of the week. 

Everybody knows better than he does how to protect the American people.

My God, they have private militias organized in Oregon ,ready to take over the government if need be. 
We learned about them during the O.J.Simpson trial , along with "planted"evidence.

The cop who retired and went where good old boys go, to prepare to protect the homeland from the government. 

My  experience in the second world war  is maybe what made me a skeptic. 

I have trouble believing Dr Ben Carson is or was a brilliant brain surgeon. I find myself speculating why he iretired. 

As for  Donald Trump... Dear Lord,  who needs enemies with friends like that and so many others who believe the Donald would make a good Commander -in -Chief. 


Anonymous said...

Carson apparently was a brilliant doctor. that being said, he still has 5 lawsuits remaining of an original seven. We
must keep in mind, though, that Americans sue over just about every damn thing. Maybe his number is quite low.

Anonymous said...

We have to hope Trump implodes before their election. I thought he was turning orange but apparently
he wears make-up that went wrong that day.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what the Americans are going to do when Mr Obama's term is up. They blame everything on him including wars that were begun by the Bush brigade.

Anonymous said...

Carson is done.

Anonymous said...

I can't remember a time where I haven't been more entertained with a US election.

Anonymous said...

I picked up a new word from comments on Mr Trump in the states. " Bloviating " I hope I have that right.