"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

Thursday 28 January 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "FALSE START": 

12:05.. Who's importance is being inflated? The plaintiff or defendant? Perhaps both. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 28 January 2016 at 08:48


And perhaps neither. 

Much  of my time  is spent with left foot elevated on a stool  to minimize swelling and 
discomfort. My attention is diverted by the birds,chipmunks and squirrels feasting from the cornucopia of seeds and cornmeal spread out on a table ,a bird feeder and the railings of my deck by Heather.

Stephanie's old lab Mickey goes in an out, He sits on the edge of the deck gazing upon his territory,
 raising his nose to the wind occasionally, nostrils trembling with the hint of something or other. 

CJ the calico cat has equal opportunity to exit but doesn't always. He sniffs the air and decides when discretion is the better part of valour.

Cardinals are never so brilliant as with winter contrast of fresh snow, ice blue skies and dark cedar green hedges. Young males are tall and slim and even more brilliant in their new red plumage.

A blue jay came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Big and handsome and startling blue. He did not return. someone else is probably feeding him peanuts. 

The squirrels' acrobatics are entertaining to watch. But the food isn't intended  for them. And  they're so greedy. No matter how much they eat, it never seems to be enough.

Half a dozen mourning doves came to visit a couple of times  and clustered  in a corner  and a pair of mangy starlings also check in now and then. . Gold finches too have made a single appearance. All other little domestic birds gather in numbers  and appear to be very fine and healthy
 and enjoying the mild winter. 

I listen to a T.V. expert telling me how wildlife is dying out in the urbanization and climate change and look out my window and watch the complete opposite happening. 

It reminds me of how  legendary English gardens faded when coal  burning stopped because  choking fog was killing people  from the chemicals  in the atmosphere be fire they washed ceased down into the soil.

Contradictions exist everywhere . 

This is true . But this is also true. Weight of evidence is critical. Or not. Depending on judgement exercised. 

Our current conversation is focused on Ontario Justice Mark Edward's  decision and trying to make sense of it. 

Yesterday I struggled with the concept of "an Old Boys' Club" at work. Tangled myself  in knots and abandoned that  angle. 

There was no such local  network backing Morris and her friends. It's not the answer.

But there is an answer. 


Anonymous said...

It truly is a strange winter. I have missed seeing a plain old simple snow fall but the safety of the roads
makes up for that lack. And the rains have given the ground adequate moisture.
I think the reference to the old boys network might have been aimed at the judicial system in which many of the
lawyers and judges attended the same educational facilities and became buddies ?"

Anonymous said...

Evelyn, in the post that you deleted you mentioned something about a $100,000 payout. May I ask, who is being made to pay $100,000 to whom?:

Anonymous said...

If you turn on an outside light, you may discover that you have a night shift at your feeding table.
All types of rodentia in different sizes, maybe even a flying squirrel.

Anonymous said...

The answer is simple and it doesn't involve any conspiracy theories.

Anonymous said...

Attending the same educational facilities may be a part of it, but very small. A lot of it has to do with party affiliation. All judges are appointed by the government of the day, and judges used to be lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Not just party though, It is who you know, who your folks knew, the commonalities of growing up.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 20:15. Party affiliation has always and will always be how judges get their appointments. Justices of the peace are appointed as well, and they don't have to be lawyers.