"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

Tuesday 31 May 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "CAIN AND ABEL COME TO MIND":

Why this biblical reference to the first murder?

I am outraged but not content. 

What do you propose we do, take up arms, descend on the legislatures and town halls and cudgel our way through to the prevaricators and throw them into their own private chess pools.

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 31 May 2016 at 19:25
However charming that mental image, we live in a civil society which gives us the right to say what we are thinking and we must be content with that. 

You are doing what you can. Even on this small platform, you are declaring outrage.

If you privately  and regularly informed your elected representatives  of your discontent and encouraged friends and neighbours to do the same it would be even better. Especially if you are polite.  Never under-estimate your influence as an elector.

The history of the 407 was forwarded to me. I published it on the blog with a few of my own thoughts. No, I did not know the Liberals tried to reverse the agreement. I have used the 407 a few times and  it's a dream compared to the 401. 

You responded. 

Cain and Abel as a title popped into my head unbidden. The version I knew was probably written for children. The lesson was about the profligate son. Not the prodigal, the profligate. Religious studies had great words I would never have heard or read anywhere else. I got good marks.but nobody 

The two were brothers. Each received a portion to start out . We didn't read much about Adam and Eve after  their original sin got them tossed  from the Garden of Eden. Kinda like defeated politicians.   

Cain squandered his share and  came back looking for more.Abel managed his well and multiplied his assets.

The moral of the story was obvious. Canny management is a desirable trait. 

I  went to Wiki to get the right spelling for Abel. I never expected  to read that Cain murdered his 
his brother out of envy. I imagine that version did not consider it a good idea for small impressionable minds. 

I mostly like nursery rhymes  titles.  It's a light touch. I'm not trying to change the world here. I just hope to spark interest in particular issues within this small sphere and encourage reaction. 

 T'wern't nuthin' in my head about murder and mayhem... I swear. 


Anonymous said...

My typo.

Should have been cess pools.

Anonymous said...

Electors seem to have virtually no influence.

When only 40% vote office seekers know full well that the vast majority don't give a damn what those elected do.

They can ignore to their heart's content and we just froth and curse.

Anonymous said...

Quoting biblical references in 2016 is like throwing a rock in to a canyon. The myths that we continue to recycle as reality is amazing.

Anonymous said...

I am grateful that we do not have as much home schooling as in the States. The results of limiting education materials to the Bible and a potted version of the Constitution is showing its ugly face.

Anonymous said...

At least they know that a constitution exists! They don't here. They can barely read and write graduating from High School. Ask a high school kid about multiplication...they look at you like you have 3 eyes. Home schooling is growing here and it can't be much worse.

Anonymous said...

There's 2 families on our street that are home schooled. Great bunch of kids. They delivery our paper, shovel snow and moe lawns in the neighborhood. They're the only kids that play road hockey. Bet they know their multiplication table.

Anonymous said...

There will be civil unrest in this country. It's only a matter of time. The government is always ready for it. Look at what happened at the G20 and that wasn't even considered civil unrest.

Anonymous said...

That is terrific to hear. The only examples being given have been in the US and I was hoping our home schooled were not going down that path. I do see wee grouping of them in the malls when they should be in class but perhaps there is a reason they gather there.

Anonymous said...

Clinton wins right to represent Democrats in presidential contest.

Let the debauchery begin!

This will be the filthiest political competition imaginable.

Anonymous said...

To counter Trump's reality television experience Hillary needs to bring the Kardashian family into her camp so that her campaign is able to out-sleaze him and his.

And they will appeal to the WOMEN of America. Perhaps.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Anonymous said...

The man who said, in his First Inaugural Address on March 4, 1861:

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearth-stone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

Abraham Lincoln must be turning over in his grave when he sees, 155 years later, a seeker of the presidency whose campaign is based on fear, paranoia, prejudice, hatred, ignorance, sexism, bigotry and every loathing negative baseless and hollow emotion of which a human is capable.

This person must not be permitted to succeed.