"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 January 2017


Three blind mice ...
See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife. 
She cut off their tails  with a carving knife. 
Did ever you see such a sight in your life. 
As three blind mice. 

Monday was quite a day in the news room. My television is not usually turned  on until Charlie Rose on PBS at 5 . Sometimes,  not even then lately. But yesterday, I turned it on at 9 in the morning 
to learn the facts about a shooting in a Quebec City mosque on Sunday. 

The few facts already reported were confusing but  our fearless leader nevertheless was already calling the murders " terrorism" .

Steve Paikin had already rounded up a panel by evening to discuss the situation . There  was a lot of talk around the table about the importance of the Muslim community within the larger community and
appreciation of the effusive outpouring of expressions of love and support from the community at large and our political  leaders in particular. 

Kelly  Leitch , Conservative leadership candidate, came in for a bit of a hammering for her comments 
linking Muslims to  national insecurity .

It was agreed eventually  by all ,it is wise to know all the facts before reaching any conclusions. 

No-one cited the Prime Minister for the opposite to  wise. 

The Honorable Ralph Goodale, Minister of National Security, announced on the evening news, the level of national insecurity was medium.

Six people, going about their peaceful business and five others seriously wounded. families plunged into shock and grief, lives changed forever, and certainly it looked like a competition for the limelight 
among politicians of every stripe, at every level. 

Yes I know that's harsh criticism. No doubt their sentiments are sincere. But they are our leaders.

Shocking as the story is, it seemed to me, even before the facts were known, to have more of the elements of the madness of Mark Levine at Ecole Polytechnique  in Montreal,fifteen years ago.
No-one called that terrorism. A man's mind crashed a a terrible weapon was at hand. 

Whether the crazed reaction we witnessed yesterday, will lead to calm, frank,honest discussion about why Middle Eastern citizenry continues to  bear the burden of the current Apocalypse is doubtful. 

They have had the talk already in Europe. It hasn't changed much. 

It seems likely we here in North America,will keep on barreling blindly ever deeper into the inferno. 

There's plenty of blame to share. 

Monday 30 January 2017


I have been commenting  on various issues on Facebook. I didn't stop writing cold turkey.

This morning I turned to  television to learn what there is to know about the mosque shooting 
In Quebec City. The Prime Minister has apparently called it an act of terrorism. Since the target 
was  a Muslim mosque, it occurred to me to wonder who could the criminals be ?

The police are also calling it terrorism but refusing to say what leads them to that conclusion.

Translation is always awkward. 

It seems between  RCMP, Quebec Provincials and Quebec City Police Chief, there's nary a bilingual among them. 

So the obvious question remains; in the context of current world terrorist activities, why would Muslims be the target of a mass shooting ? 

Who would be the terrorists?  

Extreme right-wing Catoliques? 

One suspect was arrested at the scene. A second  later called 911 and waited for the police to come and arrest him. Which they did, according to the directions  he gave them. That's not like any jihadists  heretofore heard of. 

In the meantime, hundreds of soldiers and police officers are being deployed to keep the people of Quebec City and the Province safe and provide security for other mosques. 

Six people are dead;  five are seriously injured...three between life and death. I told you translation 
Is difficult. 

Three police forces, federal,provincial and municipal and the Prime Minister are calling it terrorism.

The media echo their account of the matter. 

But the public are not to know the identity of the enemy.

Not until the investigation is complete. 

Has the entire world gone mad?

Thursday 26 January 2017


Madonna should be jailed for expressing a random thought in public but the President claim the election was rigged without a shred of evidence to prove it. 

He lies repeatedly to the American people. 

Former President Bill Clinton was tried for impeachment because he lied under oath. 

This one stood on the steps of the Capitol with the world watching ,swore an oath  and lied at the same time. 

Who is calling him to account?

I am fine. I have been knitting . I stopped fourteen years ago because my hands were hurting and I was occupied with Council responsibilities. 
I've started again. Strangely, my hands don't hurt  and as always, knitting calms the mind ,satisfies the soul and I have yarn to knit and patterns to follow  and I am badly in need of distraction. 

I work the same hours I did writing the blog. I no longer watch CNN.but I keep tabs. 

I miss writing.  I still think about current affairs . 

I haven't decided I won't  write  again.

 I still appreciate my reader friends. 

I'm just taking a break. 

I will return. 

One of these days...like today...I will pick up the pen again .

You  are all still in my mind and heart.