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An airliner was shot down a day or so ago in the Russian held area of the Crimea. It was yet another despicable act of inhumanity, against civilised people the world over. Uncivilized behaviour goes on all he time in Uganda, Nigeria, Somalia, Korea, and in a lot more countries.

For example a bit closer to home, I offer a forwarded web page written by Charles Krauthammer of the press at Gazette Extra. In some way it tells of the story of Hamas in Palestine, and the Jews in Israel. Like a number of writers, Charles has nailed it. Read on: Krauthammer


Read on about a doctor who points out most vividly how Muslims think. This is from an email that I checked out on Snopes, and I have removed a couple of lines that were never in the original text according to Snopes. Where I live we have any number of Muslims, who I suppose are good citizens, pay taxes, do good deeds and donate to charities, don’t even kick their dog,and may even eat bacon.

The problem is, that with the publicity, that the few radicals get, I, who cannot tell a radical from a peaceful Muslim, start to have my doubts about them all. It may not be fair, but that is the perception I am getting. Read below the true story by Dr. Arieh Eldad an M.D. at Hadassah Hospital in Israel
”I was instrumental in establishing the "Israeli National Skin Bank", which
is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for every
day needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations.

This skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in
Jerusalem where I was the Chairman of plastic surgery.

This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza , who
was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, after her family burned
her. (Not true, she was badly burned when a gas stove she was using exploded)
Usually, such atrocities happen among Arab families when the women are
suspected of having an affair.

We supplied all the needed Homografts for her treatment. She was
successfully treated by my friend and colleague, Prof. Lior Rosenberg and
discharged to return to Gaza .

She was invited for regular follow-up visits to the outpatient clinic in
Beersheva.

One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt.
She meant to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where
they saved her life.

It seems that her family promised her that if she did that, they would
forgive her.

This is only one example of the war between Jews and Muslims in the Land of
Israel . It is not a territorial conflict. This is a civilizational conflict, or rather a war between civilization & barbarism.
The story can be confirmed on Snopes.com


WEB PAGE OF THE DAY:
Just shortly after I reached the old age of 50, I signed up with the Canadian version of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). It is called CARP for obvious reasons. Over the past years it has significantly evolved into quite a formidable group. They lobby the governments of Canada, Federal and Provincial on behalf of issues that are of interest to seniors. In addition they offer discounts on everything from glasses, trips, insurance to even cell phone! They also publish quite an interesting magazine called Zoomer. The site will of no doubt be of more interest to Canadian seniors, than others, but sometimes the content is of interest to anybody who has reached “an age”. Take a look: CARP


TODAY’S QUOTE:
I often hear them accuse Israel of Judaizing Jerusalem.  That’s like accusing America of Americanizing Washington, or the British of Anglicizing London.  You know why we’re called ‘Jews’?  Because we come from Judea.

Benjamin Netanyahu


EXIT LAUGHING:
Our teacher asked me what my favourite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken."

She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favourite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much.

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favourite live animal was.
I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal’s office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most. I told her, "Colonel Sanders."

Guess where the hell I am now!!


Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

This bit has absolutely nothing to do with the movie by the same name that starred among others, Clint Eastwood. I have a copy of the movie on DVD, and it was great in the day, and it is still great.

No, this has nothing to do with that, but it has a lot to do with an email from a buddy of mine that went into the image portrayed by several US Presidents insofar as the Secret Service was concerned. Lots of good about Gerald Ford, Reagan, George Bush, not too much with some other presidents and a couple that would fall quickly into the ugly group.

Some emails are a lot of hooey, made up nonsense in fact, so I have become accustomed to checking nearly all of this stuff with Snopes before sending it along.

The email I got got sent but I also sent along the snopes article. I somehow lost the original email, but I went back and found the Snopes piece. I concerns Hillary Clinton, and I suggest since the information is documented, it likely all true! Sad to say for sure. Take a look: Hillary


WEB PAGE OF THE DAY:

This is a video of an Egyptian Doctor who writes a very remarkable piece on the Israel and Palestine war, hate, and so on. Makes a ton of sense. Check it out: Palestine & Israel


TODAY’S QUOTE:

I consider Harry Truman to be probably the best president the US has had since WW2. Take a read of one of his quotes:

“I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.”

Harry S.  Truman


EXIT LAUGHING:

HOLY HUMOR
During these serious and troubled times, people of all faiths should remember these four great religious truths:
1.  Muslims do not recognize Jews as God’s Chosen People.
2.  Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3.  Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
4.  Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.

GOOD SAMARITAN
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan.  She asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I’d throw up."

DID NOAH FISH?
A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ?"
"No," replied Johnny.  "How could he, with just two worms."

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23.  She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.  Little Rick was excited about the task – but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm.  After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous.  When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know."

UNANSWERED PRAYER
The preacher’s 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon.
One day, she asked him why.
"Well, Honey," he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages.  "I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."
"How come He doesn’t answer it?" she asked.

BEING THANKFUL
A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your mother says your prayers for you each night?  That’s very commendable.  What does she say?"
The little boy replied, "Thank God he’s in bed!"

ALL MEN / ALL GIRLS
When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past).
For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, "And all girls."
This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing.  My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, "Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?"
Her response, "Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying ‘All Men’!"

SAY A PRAYER
Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house.  Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.  When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.  "Johnny!  Please wait until we say our prayer." said his mother.
"I don’t need to," the boy replied.
"Of course, you do" his mother insisted.  "We always say a prayer before eating at our house."
"That’s at our house." Johnny explained.  "But this is Grandma’s house and she knows how to cook."


Have a Great Day, and be nice to others.

Ross Smile

Some 15 years ago, when we moved into our complex, we were among the second group to move in. We had 3 phases of construction, that ran over a period of 3 years. We bought in the second phase, and moved in the fall of 1998. Since we moved in, several groups of people have volunteered to manage our Social Committee. They operate out of our very nice million dollar amenities building otherwise known as the clubhouse.

Several “Parties” are offered over any given year, one of them being a Stampede Barbecue. It is held in conjunction with the only time we have any summer weather in Calgary, always in the the first half of July. So, last night we had our Stampede Barbecue, prepared and put on by the latest iteration of the Social Committee.

We own a very nice, large gas fired BBQ and it was manned and operated by one of our newer community members, Keith, who did a great job in doing up several kinds of sausage, or brats. It was accompanied by a potato salad, beans, potato chips, pickles, dessert and coffee. It was as usual, very good. After the BBQ, there was the draw for the 50/50, and the winner managed to contain herself only a little bit, since she won over $70.00! Several other door prizes were won as well, one of which my good wife won. It was a bottle of wine.

Dinner was at 6:00, and Happy Hour began officially at 5:30, but by then many were well on their way to Happy, starting as some did at 5:00.

It was a fun night, good food, some drinks and good friends, all coming together on a warm July night in Calgary. Nice work Social Committee!


WEB SITE OF THE DAY:

As you may know, I have some of the best email friends one could ask for. They have a way of coming up with some of the best web pages, and some of the funniest stories. Some great op-ed pieces show up in my inbox from time to time and I have used all of these sources at times on my blog.

So for today, I have 2 sites for you, that I think you will enjoy. The first one is about a one of a kind 1953 Cadillac, and even if you are not a car nut, you just might find this one interesting. Oh and by the way, after viewing that short video, there are a LOT of other interesting videos to look at. Take a look: 53 Caddy

My second site today is one that applies equally I think to the US and to Canada. It is an ad, put out by a supermarket in the US, and it is the kind of thing that makes one wish that some other nations could inspire this kind of notion in their people. I just loved it. Check it out: Food City


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

People called me a hoodlum and a thug.  But they didn’t tell you I was a carpenter, an architect, a stand-up comic – even a bartender.  And a barbecue cook.  But they didn’t tell you that.

Bobby Seale


EXIT LAUGHING:

Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario, says.  "I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto.

I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs.  Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.

That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. 
We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, "The Turban Cowboy," and the other a topless bar called "You Mecca Me Hot."

Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called " Iraq of Ribs."
Across the street there could be a lingerie store called "Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret," with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods.

Next door to the lingerie shop there would be room for an adult sex toy shop, "Koranal Knowledge," its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store called "Morehammered." All of this would encourage Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so their mosque issue would not be a problem for others.

Yes, we should promote tolerance, and you can do your part by passing this on.  And if you are not laughing or smiling at this point…  It is either past your bedtime, or it’s midnight at the oasis and time to put your camel to bed!


Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile

This is one that took me by surprise. I turned on the computer, clicked the Thunderbird, my email client, and there is a bill from Apple for the purchase of 2 movies. I bought them today too, but for some reason, I do not recall doing so.

See, I don’t have any account with Apple, no password or anything, so the whole thing was impossible. Even if I did have an account, there never was a purchase made. That part made it easy. If you did have an account, you were gonna get scammed for sure if you replied to the email. And you know what, it would all look perfectly proper, until your bank/visa account was rifled!

There is a very convenient link at the bottom directing me supposedly to Apple for a full refund. I really don’t need a refund, since I didn’t order or buy anything from Apple.

So, I called them, here in Canada after finding the number on their legitimate web site, got to speak with a very nice young man, who went into some detail about having had a number of calls on this phishing site. He told me to forward the site and he gave me an email address to use to report this situation. For your information in Canada, the email address is “reportphishing@apple.com”. You can simply click Forward on your email, enter the address without the quotes and click send.

Had I clicked on the web site listed in the email, I would find myself redirected to a bogus site that would have asked for my bank account or visa numbers, and who knows what else could happen.

This is not an unusual thing, phishing goes on all the time, this one looked pretty good too.

DON’T GET HOOKED INTO ONE OF THESE SITES THAT LOOK OK, WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO ASK FOR INFOMATION. YOU WILL GET BURNED.


VIDEO OF THE DAY:

This is a very cool ad put out by the Volkswagen people, Being an old GM man I would have preferred it to be from GM, but the folks in the Black Forest scooped everyone with this ad. Take a look, it’s short: Volkswagen


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created.  They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

Bill Gates


EXI LAUGHING:

A farm kid joins the Marines

Dear Ma and Pa, I am well.  Hope you are.  Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile.  Tell them to join up quick before all of the places Are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m.  But I am getting so I like to sleep late.  Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth Your cot, and shine some things.  No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay.  Practically nothing. 

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water.  Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, Ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee.
Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon When you get fed again.  It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.

We go on "route marches," which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us.  If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different.  A "route march" is about as Far as to our mailbox at home.  Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. 

The sergeant is like a school teacher.  He nags a lot.  The Captain is like the school board.  Majors and colonels just ride around and frown.
They don’t bother you none. 

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.  I keep getting medals for shooting.  I don’t know why.  The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and It ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.  All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it.  You don’t even load your own cartridges.  They come in boxes. 

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training.  You get to wrestle with them city boys.  I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.

It ain’t like fighting With that ole bull at home.  I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake .  I only beat him once.  He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6" and 130 pounds and he’s 6’8" and near 300 pounds dry. 

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in. 

Your loving daughter, Alice


Have a Great Day, and be nice to each other.

Ross Smile

This is a wonderful piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. It is well worth reading, and a few good chuckles are guaranteed. Here goes…

My father never drove a car.  Well, that’s not quite right.  I should say I never saw him drive a car.

He quit driving in 1927, when he was 25 years old, and the last car he drove was a 1926 Whippet.

"In those days," he told me when he was in his 90s, "to drive a car you had to do things with your hands, and do things with your feet, and look every which way, and I decided you could walk through life and enjoy it or drive through life and miss it."

At which point my mother, a sometimes salty Irishwoman, chimed in:
"Oh, bull shit!" she said.  "He hit a horse."

"Well," my father said, "there was that, too."

So my brother and I grew up in a household without a car.  The neighbours all had cars — the Kollingses next door had a green 1941Dodge, the VanLaninghams across the street a gray 1936 Plymouth, the Hopsons two doors down a black 1941 Ford — but we had none.

My father, a newspaperman in Des Moines , would take the streetcar to work and, often as not, walk the 3 miles home.  If he took the streetcar home, my mother and brother and I would walk the three blocks to the streetcar stop, meet him and walk home together.

My brother, David, was born in 1935, and I was born in 1938, and sometimes, at dinner, we’d ask how come all the neighbours had cars but we had none.  "No one in the family drives," my mother would explain, and that was that.

But, sometimes, my father would say, "But as soon as one of you boys turns 16, we’ll get one." It was as if he wasn’t sure which one of us would turn 16 first.

But, sure enough, my brother turned 16 before I did, so in 1951 my parents bought a used 1950 Chevrolet from a friend who ran the parts department at a Chevy dealership downtown.

It was a four-door, white model, stick shift, fender skirts, loaded with everything, and, since my parents didn’t drive, it more or less became my brother’s car.

Having a car but not being able to drive didn’t bother my father, but it didn’t make sense to my mother.

So in 1952, when she was 43 years old, she asked a friend to teach her to drive.  She learned in a nearby cemetery, the place where I learned to drive the following year and where, a generation later, I took my two sons to practice driving.  The cemetery probably was my father’s idea.
"Who can your mother hurt in the cemetery?" I remember him saying more than once.

For the next 45 years or so, until she was 90, my mother was the driver in the family.  Neither she nor my father had any sense of direction, but he loaded up on maps — though they seldom left the city limits — and appointed himself navigator.  It seemed to work.

Still, they both continued to walk a lot.  My mother was a devout Catholic, and my father an equally devout agnostic, an arrangement that didn’t seem to bother either of them through their 75 years of marriage.

(Yes, 75 years, and they were deeply in love the entire time.)

He retired when he was 70, and nearly every morning for the next 20 years or so, he would walk with her the mile to St.  Augustin’s Church.
She would walk down and sit in the front pew, and he would wait in the back until he saw which of the parish’s two priests was on duty that morning.  If it was the pastor, my father then would go out and take a 2-mile walk, meeting my mother at the end of the service and walking her home.

If it was the assistant pastor, he’d take just a 1-mile walk and then head back to the church.  He called the priests "Father Fast" and "Father Slow."

After he retired, my father almost always accompanied my mother whenever she drove anywhere, even if he had no reason to go along.  If she were going to the beauty parlour, he’d sit in the car and read, or go take a stroll or, if it was summer, have her keep the engine running so he could listen to the Cubs game on the radio.  In the evening, then, when I’d stop by, he’d explain: "The Cubs lost again.  The millionaire on second base made a bad throw to the millionaire on first base, so the multimillionaire on third base scored."

If she were going to the grocery store, he would go along to carry the bags out — and to make sure she loaded up on ice cream.  As I said, he was always the navigator, and once, when he was 95 and she was 88 and still driving, he said to me, "Do you want to know the secret of a long life?"

"I guess so," I said, knowing it probably would be something bizarre.

"No left turns," he said.

"What?" I asked "No left turns," he repeated.  "Several years ago, your mother and I read an article that said most accidents that old people are in happen when they turn left in front of oncoming traffic..

As you get older, your eyesight worsens, and you can lose your depth perception, it said.  So your mother and I decided never again to make a left turn."
"What?" I said again.

"No left turns," he said.  "Think about it..  Three rights are the same as a left, and that’s a lot safer.  So we always make three rights."

"You’re kidding!" I said, and I turned to my mother for support.
"No," she said, "your father is right.  We make three rights.  It works."  But then she added: "Except when your father loses count."

I was driving at the time, and I almost drove off the road as I started laughing.

"Loses count?" I asked.

"Yes," my father admitted, "that sometimes happens.  But it’s not a problem.  You just make seven rights, and you’re okay again."

I couldn’t resist.  "Do you ever go for 11?" I asked.

"No," he said " If we miss it at seven, we just come home and call it a bad day.  Besides, nothing in life is so important it can’t be put off another day or another week."
My mother was never in an accident, but one evening she handed me her car keys and said she had decided to quit driving.  That was in 1999, when she was 90.

She lived four more years, until 2003..  My father died the next year, at 102.

They both died in the bungalow they had moved into in 1937 and bought a few years later for $3,000.  (Sixty years later, my brother and I paid $8,000 to have a shower put in the tiny bathroom — the house had never had one.  My father would have died then and there if he knew the shower cost nearly three times what he paid for the house.)

He continued to walk daily — he had me get him a treadmill when he was 101 because he was afraid he’d fall on the icy sidewalks but wanted to keep exercising — and he was of sound mind and sound body until the moment he died.

One September afternoon in 2004, he and my son went with me when I had to give a talk in a neighbouring town, and it was clear to all three of us that he was wearing out, though we had the usual wide-ranging conversation about politics and newspapers and things in the news.

A few weeks earlier, he had told my son, "You know, Mike, the first hundred years are a lot easier than the second hundred."

At one point in our drive that Saturday, he said, "You know, I’m probably not going to live much longer."

"You’re probably right," I said.

"Why would you say that?" He countered, somewhat irritated.

"Because you’re 102 years old," I said..

"Yes," he said, "you’re right." He stayed in bed all the next day.

That night, I suggested to my son and daughter that we sit up with him through the night He appreciated it, he said, though at one point, apparently seeing us look gloomy, he said:  "I would like to make an announcement.  No one in this room is dead yet"

An hour or so later, he spoke his last words:

"I want you to know," he said, clearly and lucidly, "that I am in no pain.  I am very comfortable.  And I have had as happy a life as anyone on this earth could ever have."

A short time later, he died.

I miss him a lot, and I think about him a lot.  I’ve wondered now and then how it was that my family and I were so lucky that he lived so long.

I can’t figure out if it was because he walked through life, Or because he quit taking left turns.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.  So love the people who treat you right.  Forget about the ones who don’t.  Believe everything happens for a reason.  If you get a chance, take it & if it changes your life, let it.  Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it."

ENJOY LIFE NOW – IT HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE!


WEB PAGE OF THE DAY:

It is called the Israeli Test, but it seems more like a philosophy text. Very interesting video clip about some of the contributions that Israel has made to the Arab World. Take a look: Test


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.

Aristotle


EXIT LAUGHING:
WORLD CUP REFUND

After Nigeria was eliminated from the world cup the Nigerian captain personally offered to refund all the expenses of fans that traveled to Brazil.

He said he just needs their bank details and pin numbers to complete the transaction.

LOL!


Have a Great Day and be nice to every one!

Ross Smile

Written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.

Joys of Muslim Women By Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child.  Consummating the marriage by 9.

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.

To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry.  The family has the right to execute her (an honour killing) to restore the honour of the family.  Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
In the Western World ( Canada , United States and Britain ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her.  It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian, Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.

By passing this on, enlightened Canadian, American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.

Ripping the West in Two.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.  Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old.  Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel .  He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza ..

When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad.  His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.
But Darwish developed a sceptical eye at an early age.  She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing..  She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.
In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world.  If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed.
Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual.  Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non- Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one’s children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Shariah teaches two systems of ethics – one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.  Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Shariah encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Shariah advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.

It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed.  Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

(In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in Canada , the U.S.  And Britain To elect the President by themselves!  Rest assured they will do so…  You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA ..  Dearborn Mich.  Is one…  And there are others….) ( Britain has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)

I think everyone in Canada .  the U.S.  And Great Britain Should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful..  Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam..  The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion.  While Canada, the U.S.A.and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on North America and Britain ….

This is your chance to make a difference…!  Pass it on to your email list or at least those you think will listen.


2 WEB PAGES TODAY,
The first one deals with the above subject, and in particular what is happening in Belgium. Very Scary. The Muslim guy claims it matters little as to what we do, they will have way more children and take over the cities and the countries, and impose Sharia Law. Take a look: Belgium

Second web page deals with some pretty neat stuff, particularly if you have any interest in the history of the First World War. This year remembers that it was a short 100 years ago this last June when the war to end all wars started. In particular I would draw your attention to one specific link. It is the one with the numbers emblazoned across the hill. The numbers are located in Calgary, an easy 1 mile walk from my home on a paved hiking/bicycle path. These numbers in themselves are not the only ones in the world, but they are the largest of their kind anywhere in the world.

The site is of particular interest to those who served in the Canadian Military. I enjoyed viewing many of the links and I think you will too. Check it out: Canada in WW!


MY NOTE: If you find that any of the above is of interest, and you think that it would be of interest to others, please feel free to send any or all parts of the blog to them. You may also feel it useful to send the top story on Belgium to your MP, in Ottawa, or to the head of state wherever you live. It is getting past time when we need to alter our position on unrestricted entry into our countries and cities. There are just too many sick puppies out there.


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

There is a Western world.  There is America.  There is Great Britain and Germany and France and Russia and China and other nations.  I doubt that there is one country amongst those I mentioned which has a desire to see Iran, with its fundamentalist, Islamic, extremist government, possessing nuclear weapons.

Ehud Olmert


EXIT LAUGHING: Fourth of July weekend

The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the nursery school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. ‘We live in a great country,’ she announced. ‘One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.’

Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said loudly, ‘I’m not free. I’m four.’

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10) What’s red, white, blue, and green? A patriotic turtle!

9) What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved!

8) Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington? Because the horse was too heavy to carry!

7) How is a healthy person like the United States? They both have good constitutions!

6) What dance was very popular in 1776? Indepen-dance!

5) What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed? The Fodder of Our Country!

4) Teacher: "Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?"

Student: "On the bottom!"

3) Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yeah, it cracked me up!

2) What did King George think of the American colonists? He thought they were revolting!

1) Do they have a 4th of July in England? Yes. That’s how they get from the 3rd to the 5th.

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What exactly did Paul Revere talk about by the end of his ride?

"I have to purchase a softer saddle!"

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"You have to love a nation that celebrates its Independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." – Erma Bombeck

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"The United States is the only country with a known birthday." – James G. Blaine

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“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw


Have a Great Day, and to my American readers, “Have a Happy Fourth of July!”
Be nice to one another.
Ross High five

Maple LeafSummer last such a short time when one lives in the higher elevations or as we high elevations folk call it, the High Country. So it was just great to have a day to celebrate with warm 75 degree temperatures, and no rain or even wind!

Celebrations existed all over the city, ranging from folk dances to immigration ceremonies. Quite a few people became Canadians today, and we welcome them as citizens of our great land.

My flag campaign was not as successful this year as in years past, but with the reduction in promotion, since I no longer control our house organ, the SPGV Scuttlebutt, it was not promoted in that venue. Only thing going for it by way of promotion was my blog. There were fewer flags displayed in the apartments this year, and about the same for the villas.

There is a back story about this flag displaying thing, that you may find interesting. It goes like this. My wife and I were taking a driving trip into the US in early June. We had crossed the border into the US into eastern Montana from Saskatchewan. A day or so later, we got going in the morning, and what the heck was that all about! We were surrounded by the flags bearing the Stars and Stripes. What brought that on anyway? We stopped just down the road in a small town where every business, home and lamp post had a big flag flying from it.

My curiosity was soon satisfied when I asked a person just what all the flags were about. Being as how we are Canadian and all, we simply had no idea. The person I spoke with, was most happy to share what was going on. It was June 14, and that is Flag Day in the US. It is the day to commemorate the adoption in 1777 of the Stars and Stripes in the USA.

Well, we drove all day in the midst of all the flags that had been put up by business people, school kids, Rotarians and other service clubs, private home owners and the list goes on. Frankly I was very impressed, blown away in fact, since we in Canada are not well known for blowing our horn and waving the flag.

OK, fair enough, but I  got thinking about it all day long, who could miss that with flags in every direction one looked. It seemed to me that while the Yankees are pointed at for all the flag waving they do, they have every right to do so, and they can be proud of the achievements that the nation has accomplished and that  the flag represents.

So as the days went by and we toured around, I continued thinking that we, as Canadians have one hell of a lot to be grateful for, a lot to be thankful for and a lot of things to be proud of, everything from Peace Keeping to some very important medical advances. The list of Canadian accomplishments is pretty long really.

When we got back home, I wrote about what I had seen and asked as many of our residents as possible to go and get a flag, if they did not have one, and dig out the one they had if they did have one. Please fly it proudly on July 1, Canada Day. I was very proud of our community for the display we had. We have some 172 homes in our community, consisting of 34 villas, and 138 individual apartments in 3 buildings. While I cannot recall the exact count from that era, I seem to remember about 15 flags displayed. We had more as each year has gone by, but it dropped off this year; likely because it was not publicised in our paper.


WEB SITE OF THE DAY:

I got this site via the back door in a way. I almost deleted it, since it came from somebody I had never heard about. When I looked at it, though, it seemed to me that a lot of it mirrored my own thoughts as to who my favourite US Presidents had been. M hands down favourite is Harry S. Truman, and second is Reagan. This is the results of a survey taken on the least liked president since WW2. Take a look: Presidents

WEB PAGE # 2
This page is related to the Exit Laughing section below. The prayer is real, but it is attributed over the years to the wrong people. You can read the prayer below. The Snopes site is: Wright Prayer


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship.  Do you know how proud I was?  I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.
Arnold Schwarzenegger


EXIT LAUGHING:
No laughing today, just a prayer for all of us. It is a true story, check it out on Snopes.

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate.  It seems prayer still upsets some people…  When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.  We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem..

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Amen!

The response was immediate.  A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.  In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev.  Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively..

The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea .

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘one nation under God.’ If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends.  "If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything."


Have a Great Day, and be nice to each other

Ross Smile

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Have a Great Day Canada!


WEB SITE OF THE DAY:

This is a video clip from the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) of the flooding in southern Manitoba where over 7 inches of rain has fallen. These folks are not having a great Canada Day. Take a look: Manitoba


QUOTE OF THE DAY”

My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am.  I will always be proud to be a Canadian.

Jim Carrey


EXIT LAUGHING:

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.

"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, ‘There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘That’s Michael, He’s a doctor.’

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there’s the teacher, She’s dead. "


Have a Great Day, and be nice to everybody.

Ross Smile

Well, spring is as usual, wet, cold, windy and with the Calgary Stampede starting this week, I have to wonder if we will see any summer at all. We do not seem to be inundated with the heavy rains being experienced by our cousins to the east, or our cousins in the US southwest.

Right now it is cloudy with 12 MPH winds, threatening rain and is 72 degreesOur Hawthorn early pink blooms. All the cold and rain has meant that our gardens are slow coming along, but I do have a bit of a garden update. This update is for a pot of portulaca, and the hawthorn tree that sits right outside our door. I have 2 pictures of the tree, the first was taken on a warmer day a week or so ago, just after the flowers bloomed, and the tree

is full of white or light pink Our hawthorn tree later flowersflowers. Within days, the hawthorn will start to turn a much redder or dark pink just before the petals start to fall. The tree will then sprout a red berry, that the birds will not touch. If the deer can reach them the deer will eat them.

The second picture from my front door of the hawthorn tree with the dark pink flowers

Our portulaca pot 4 plants!The picture of the portulaca is just 4 plants and all the colours come from just the four, planted in a basin style pot.

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Today is the last day of June, and tomorrow is Canada Day, and it is our Canadian day to fly our flags. A quick look around does me proud to see so many flags on display. We have big ones,some little ones, some draped over apartment railings, others on flagstaff’s. Any way at all and they all look great. Thank you SPGV!

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A peek outside and I see some of the birds have returned, the feeder is active again, mostly with the sparrows, but occasionally we get some other birds. The bird house remains empty, but maybe the second brood will roost in the birdhouse.


WEB SITE OF THE DAY:

This is a video about a racist, who I actually suspect is not so much a racist as he is a patriot. See for yourself, take a look:Racist?


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin


EXIT LAUGHING:

While hiking along the white cliffs of Dover this morning I noticed a Muslim extremist slip from the cliffs and fall into the English Channel ..
He was struggling to stay afloat because of all the explosives he had been carrying. If he didn’t get help he’d surely drown.
Being a responsible Brit, and abiding by the law of the land that requires you to help those in distress, I informed Kent Police and the Home Office.
It is now 4 p.m., he has drowned, and neither authority has yet responded  I’m starting to think I wasted two stamps.


Have a Great Day, and be nice opt one another.

Ross Smile

I must say I am having a hard time understanding what all the fuss is about over the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to be built by Enbridge.

There are so many reasons to build this pipeline, that will benefit Canada as a country, and not just Alberta, I can’t for the life of me see what all the fuss is about.

Know what the NDP leader Mulcair said about it when the pipeline was approved by Ottawa? He warned that government approval posed a “severe threat to social order, social peace”. Columnist Andree Coyne wrote that “Lawful authority, acting lawfully is not a threat to social order, it is social order”.

Enter the wisdom of Justin Trudeau, trying to gain some votes I guess. He said in his advice to government, “Do the right thing just say no”. Martha Hall Finally who lost the Liberal leadership race to Trudeau in 2013 told Trudeau, “You don’t build a nation by saying “No”. You need to ask “How”.

In addition to Premier Christy Clarke, it seems the aboriginal people all over the north are in rejection mode, in spite of the fact that they would benefit in a big way with jobs. The Indians are rejecting the approval and are even going so far as talking of civil disobedience. But then that seems to be the Indian stance on anything that goes on near their reservation. It is sacred land, or a burial ground, that is until they wish to build a casino on it and then it is OK. I have seen the yards around some of the old barracks that were squatted by members of our local Tsu Tina Indians, down by the Lakeview district. Windows were broken, garbage lay around the yards. Sacred land, yep. I watched an item on a nearby reservation a few years back where some female natives were complaining about where they lived. The roof leaked. The camera panned around the interior of the house, and it was littered with junk. Instead of fixing said leaking roof, they went on TV to complain that the government was not doing enough for them.

Are pipelines safe, will they leak? I suppose they will, but the leaks and any damage cane be fixed. Nothing is perfect ever since Adam and Eve got hoofed out of the Garden of Eden for eating that crummy apple. I find it difficult in this day and age where we have much better technology, to create a pipeline with better monitoring and improved enforcement, to believe people are still talking about damage, leaks, destruction of the land etc. It is simply adding to the cost of what is going to happen eventually. A pipeline will happen someday.

I grew up during WW2 in Bermuda, and during that war, many ships were sunk around Bermuda and in the Atlantic Ocean. They ran on heavy oil, and when they sank, that oil escaped and clotted up on our piers, and rocks and beaches. Yes that was in the early 40’s and when I left Bermuda in 1946, most of that oil damage was gone!

The US and Canada have been building pipelines for years now, there are thousands of miles of pipe taking oil to ports all over the US and Canada. They have been in the ground for over 50 years and some are still pumping oil. Sometimes they leak, and the land and/or water needs to be remediated. It can be done.

So, in my view, build the damn pipeline, maintain it properly, inspect it frequently, install and maintain leak monitoring, and put some teeth in the contract that allows the pipeline to be built.


WEB SITE OF THE DAY:

A lot of us have considered Ronald Reagan to be a pretty great President, some of us know him to be a great story teller. This video clip portrays Reagan in a different light. Take a look: Reagan

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More video on a a National Geographic site, all set to music, like a video slide show. You already know about the photo quality from National Geographic. You will love this clip. Check it out:National Geographic


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Right now, there are a limited number of customers for Canadian oil.  Due to simple geography – and without the pipeline – it’s really only cost effective for Canadian oil producers to sell their oil to North American customers, mostly American Midwesterners.
Ron Wyden


EXIT LAUGHING:

Stray Thoughts

I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.

I changed my car horn to the sound of gun shot. People move out of the way much faster now.

You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If they are holding a gun, she’s probably angry.

Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone?
That’s common sense leaving your body.

I don’t like making plans for the day because then the word "premeditated" get’s thrown around in the courtroom.

I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.
I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning

Paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers – if you find one, what’s your plan?


Have a Great Day, and be nice to everyone.

Ross Smile

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