"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

Saturday 12 September 2015


At least party- goers will be warmly wrapped for Rib-Fest in the Park. No nasty surprises in the weather. It's been cool and damp all day.

I'm warm and cosy in my big comfy chair watching the West  Block on Global TV. Listening  to talk about the election. The general consensus is  interesting.

The NDP apparently learned  in the last BC campaign being nice doesn't work. The leader refused to do negative advertising and lost. 

I had a campaign once without signs. They are the most work,most frustrating ,most expensive
and most complained about part of any campaign. I wasn't elected. People noted afterward because I had no signs, they didn't know I was a candidate and didn't vote. 

Charlie Rose had three writers in his hour long show on night  last week. I like to listen to writers. Hear how they go about their craft ....why they chose to be writers. 

Narcissism is a character trait. It's why they anticipate ipeople will read what they write. 

It makes sense. 

One of Charlie's writers went to the U.K. from Japan at  five years old .He started writing as a means of keeping memory of the magical place left behind. He always thought he would return. The book  just published, took ten years to write. He wrote  other things at the same time including song lyrics.

I don't need to write to keep memory fresh. I can quote a comment years after I heard it. Not everything of course. Only stuff that strikes a chord  for one reason or another, 

I don't carry grudges.  Generally I pay as I go. I'm not sure when the put-down started reflecting back on the speaker.  

People engaged in politics write the script. Without experience, they have no idea how it may be heard. It's not rehearsed, there is no director, they don't know what they're going to say and easily forget what they said. 

I used to obsess. It was like sitting on my own shoulder. Driving  home after a meeting, I would rehash everything said and how it could have been said better. Eventually  it became like second nature.
About the time I learned to relax and enjoy what I was doing.

When I quote, it's part of the discipline learned. A word picture with a detail that makes it come alive. 

Video cameras, tape recorders have not always been with us.The blog is a previously unimagined tool . 

I think in my great-grand- children's generation, a person without ability to combine communication skills with communication tools, will have no place in politics. 

People will be the same.

The world will be a different place.


Anonymous said...

They will hire someone to do it for them.Like that " Master of the Dark Arts " the Harper group have
brought from OZ.

Anonymous said...

Check out the Septmber 8 GC Reort CFS15-035 for the full load of BS but if you dont have time the paragraph below from that same report should make you gag. IES developing a "Lean Process Review", "Corporate Standard" ,"Corporate wide project methodology" Really? I would have thought you would have shredded this one by now given their track trecord.

Staff will be expected to find increased capacity within existing workflows and processes
to partially absorb the inflationary increases expected for 2016. The IES Department is
currently piloting a “Lean Process Review” for its processes, with the expectation that
this become a corporate standard. Additionally, it is recommended that 2016 be the
year when a corporate wide project management methodology will be employed for
future capital and operating projects and programs.

Anonymous said...

You think harper is the only one who hires people for their campaign?

Anonymous said...

Lean strategy been around in many industries for many years and actually happy that they starting to think in that direction. Let's just hope they don't come up with their own rules, or create their own definition how to be lean. Maybe hard to implement in the bureaucratic environment, but this is better than nothing. Lean means getting rid of 'wastes' in the system (standard terminology) and I am looking forward, because that is why Town's communication hurts, too much unnecessary. Hopefully they will crack down on the waste in Communication department first, the amount of money spent in this department does not equate to what is communicate to public. I can go on...

Anonymous said...

A major problem is with the attention span of the average viewer of all the media. they will latch onto a single
phrase out of context and vote on the darn thing. I include all parties in that generalization.

Anonymous said...

I think that is spear-headed by the councillor who prefaces fuzzy thinking with " In the corporate world , we..."
Not sure if that individual is even working In the corporate field anymore.

Anonymous said...

Lets just hope they stop handing out money to all those entitled as well.

Anonymous said...

Which "entitled," 17:06?

Anonymous said...

The ones that don't have the best interest of all residents.

Anonymous said...

@ 18:42
" All " those entitled. That seems to cover it.

Sarcasm, James Sarcasm said...

I think the Ribfest attendees are the "entitled". After all, the music is a cultural thing, the food is certainly cultural too. This must be a cultural event for the entitled. The gall, they charge admission too and the Town provides the venue.

Anonymous said...

Back to Evelyn's point
After the last election, the NDP candidate wrote a letter to the Auroran arguing that there should be NO election signs.
But I think he had used them.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:38
You could try that argument next budget but I don't think it will work. Time and the economy
are against you. Tea parties can be held elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

The Town provides the venue for free??