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Yep, it is. It is August 21 and the weather is like it is in the fall around here. As I have noted in the past we live at 3400 feet in the rain shadow of the Rockies, and winter comes early to the high country. It might be the rain shadow, but that doesn’t mean no rain. Last night and this morning we got almost a half inch of rain. That part is OK, we need the rain. I do not need the current temperature of 54 degrees, the warmest it has been all day! The sky is grey with clouds that promise more rain yet to come. I don’t need that either.

Believe it or not, we have had snow on Labour Day weekend, a number of years ago, and we have had snow at the end of August, so winter is not far away! The skiers will not be happy until the snow comes and it stays. I can do very nicely without either snow, ice or the cold weather.


I have like many of you have a number of friends around the globe, who participate in the social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and any of the other social media programs that exist. Any blog I have looked at has a whole pile of links to various social media programs. I keep getting invites from people I know just a teensy bit, wanting me to “like” them on whatever program they participate in. I did look at one of the better known programs several years ago, and turned it down, because they wanted way too much information from me about me. To go back to tell the folks who keep requesting that I like them, I have to join their program and I’m just not going t o do it. Even to tell them that forget it, I have to join.

After some of  the things I have been reading lately about things like the riots in St. Louis, or the death of Robin Williams, I am proud to say I do not belong t o their anonymous hate mail venue. It can be a cruel world if you let it.

I got this a while back and was waiting until the right opportunity came along to add it to my blog. It is titled “SCARY” and it is.

This is all factually (and historically) correct – And verifiable.

In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris Was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.

In 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by The Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross The Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lapanto.

… 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle Of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.

…..this crap has been going on for 1,400 years And half of these damn politicians don’t even know It !!!
If these battles had not been won we might be Speaking Arabic and Christianity could be non – Existent; Judaism certainly would be…  And let us not forget That Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and Raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other "sub humans".

Reflecting A lot of Americans have become so insulated from Reality that they imagine that America can suffer Defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

Pause a moment, reflect back.  These events are Actual events from history.  They really happened!!!
Do you remember?
1.  In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by A Muslim male.
2.  In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were Kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3.  In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and Eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit On final approach, it was blown up shortly after Landing by Muslim males.
4.  In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, With 33 people killed, when it was attacked with Grenades by Muslim males.
5.  In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over By Muslim males.
6.  During the 1980’s a number of Americans were Kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7.  In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was Blown up by Muslim males.
8.  In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was Hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was Murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair By Muslim males.
9.  In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue Passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
10.  In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim Males.
11.  In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed the First time by Muslim males.
12.  In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania Were bombed by Muslim males.
13.  On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two Were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into The US Pentagon and the other was diverted and Crashed by the passengers.  Thousands of people were Killed by Muslim males.
14.  In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
15.  In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped And beheaded by—you guessed it was a— Muslim Male.
16.  In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent People including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim males.

No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify Profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, Particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport Security screeners will no longer be allowed to Profile certain people.  So, ask yourself "Just how Stupid are we???"

Absolutely No Profiling!
They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old Women, little kids, airline pilots with proper Identification, secret agents who are members of The President’s security detail, 85-year old, Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor Winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males, alone lest they be guilty of Profiling.  Ask yourself "Just how stupid are we?"

Have the American people completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason???

Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that The Gloria Aldreds and other stupid attorneys along With Federal Justices that want to thwart common Sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have Any such sense.

As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it, ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’.

As suggested in the writers comments, if you feel like forwarding this feel free to do so.


I know that some of my readers have attained what we euphemistically call “an age” and that is what this video is about. It was videoed at he 2014 World Aging Conference, and frankly it is a hoot! Enjoy! Aging


Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi looks in the mirror and sees a playboy of the old school.  And men such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Charlie Sheen no doubt look at Berlusconi and think, ‘Role model!’ Women, of course, know otherwise.  They see him as an aging, pathetic buffoon.

Graydon Carter


A couple of Jewish jokes, you do not have to be Jewish but it may help!

Doctor Bloom, who was known for miraculous cures for arthritis, had a waiting-room full of people when a little old lady, completely bent over in half, shuffled in slowly, leaning on her cane.  When her turn came, she went into the doctor’s office, and emerged within half an hour walking completely erect, with her head held high.

A woman in the waiting room who had seen all this walked up to the little old lady and said, "It’s a miracle!  You walked in bent in half and now you’re walking erect.  What did that doctor do?"

She answered, "Miracle, shmiracle.  .  .  he gave me a longer cane."


The Italian says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have wine."

The Frenchman says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have cognac."

The Russian says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have vodka."

The German says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have beer."

The Mexican says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have tequila."

The Jewish man says, "I’m thirsty.  I must have diabetes."

Have a Great Day and be nice to one another.


The link below will take you to an editorial in our local newspaper the Calgary Herald, and here is where I found out what I learned last Friday, August 15. While the world is watching all the crap going on with the various nations warring, there are an estimated 100,000 Christians being killed annually and nobody is writing a thing about it. That blew me away! The link will take you to the Herald Editorial page for the full text. I’m sure you will be as astounded as was I. Check it out: Christians
Saturday brought another piece of information that will also open your eyes as to the great nation to the south of us, and some of the troubles they face, due to the fact of American diversity. Interesting piece in the Herald, written by Michael Gerson, a columnist for the Washington Post. Take a look: Gerson


Today is a video from the National Geographic. It is the complete article from a recent print edition on food in the USA. It is estimated that the greatest and richest country in the world is currently subsidising the food that some 48 million Americans are eating, EVERY DAY! The story is amazing, and to me it shows up the need for more effort put into a decent education so that some of these people at least will be able to leave this situation behind.

It also points up that many Americans fail to make enough money to survive, and that the US with the massive amounts spent on making and keeping the peace, are in fact stifling the real growth of the US. I’m sure the piece will simply astound you. It is well worth the time to read it. Take a look: Food

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Mother Teresa


Earlier this year while on vacation to escape the snow and cold, I passed through Florida on my way to the Caribbean cruise.  The day after returning from my cruise, I wasn’t feeling very well and decided that I really needed some medical assistance…  and decided to visit the emergency room at the closest medical facility.

Realizing that it would likely be very crowded and not wanting to sit there waiting for 4-5 hours to be seen, I put on my MAGIC GREEN HAT.

As soon as I entered the E.R., I noticed that over 3/4 of the people got up and left.  I guess they decided that they weren’t really that sick after all.

I’m believing that MAGIC GREEN HAT cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

Here’s a picture of my MAGIC GREEN HAT:

border patrl hat

It also works at the Dept.  of Motor Vehicles. It saved me 5 hours.

At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, many of which were still running.

If you live in Texas, it might cut your wait time at the grocery store as well.

But .  .  .  don’t try it at McDonald’s.
The whole crew ran out the back door and I never got my order!

Have a Great Day, and be kind to one another

Ross Smile

Like anybody who uses email, I get the odd scam email promising all kinds of riches. All I have to do is give up my visa card number or my bank account number and the money will be on the way. Yep, and I’m  the Pope!

I got a different one today, I got a phone call from a male with a heavy accent. He had my name, but could not pronounce it. He also had my address but only the first part of it. He asked about getting a package from UPS, that I had on the way, and if I had been emailed or called about it. Nope, I said haven’t heard a word. He said that it was a cheque, but never said where it was from, and it was a mere $750,000.00. UPS would like to deliver it.

I said OK, but what’s the catch. Funny thing, the line went dead!

The thing is that it is a scam, but some people will bite on it. Don’t do it. These guys have no class whatsoever and will empty your bank account in no time.

I got this the other day day from a friend, and decided to put the mail on my blog. It’s a bit scary, since it deals with the idea that our very way of life is threatened.

“YOU ladies will NOT like Sharia law! Will your children grow up in another world? For everyone who wanted change here we go.

How about this for change?




Arif Alikhan Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security
Mohammed Elibiary Homeland Security Adviser
Rashad Hussain Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC)

Salam al-Marayati Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is its current executive director
Imam Mohamed Magid- Obama’s Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America
Eboo Patel- Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighbourhood Partnerships

The foxes are now officially living in the hen house.

We are quiet while our Country is being drastically changed.
We’ve got to have some relief starting with the 2014 Elections.
Do you feel safe and happy about your country and this administration?


If you have ever watched Andre Rieu, you will know how his music is done. This one is a bit different, lasts just a few minutes, and is very uplifting. The audience is filled with enthusiasm, watch and see: Rieu


Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller


A golf story.

John decided to go golfing in Scotland with his buddy, Ken.

So they loaded up John’s minivan and headed north.  After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard.  So they pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night.

‘I realize it’s terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I’m recently widowed,’ she explained, ‘and I’m afraid the neighbours will talk if I let you stay in my house.’ ‘Don’t worry,’ John said.  ‘We’ll be happy to sleep in the barn.  And if the weather breaks, we’ll be gone at first light.’ The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night.

Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way.  They enjoyed a great weekend of golf.

But about nine months later, John got an unexpected letter from an attorney.  It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the golf weekend.

He dropped in on his friend Ken and asked, ‘Ken, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our golf holiday in Scotland about 9 months ago?’ ‘Yes, I do.’ Said Ken.

‘Did you, er, happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her a visit?’ ‘Well, um, yes!,’ Ken said, a little embarrassed about being found out, ‘I have to admit that I did.’ ‘And did you happen to give her my name instead of telling her your name?’ Ken’s face turned beet red and he said, ‘Yeah, look, I’m sorry, buddy.  I’m afraid I did.’ ‘Why do you ask?’ ‘She just died and left me everything.’

Have a Great Day, and be nice to everybody.

Ross Smile

I was checking out the letters t o the editor in the Herald a few days ago, and I came across a short letter that made me smile, because it applies to every bureaucracy there is. Politics, health service boards, education boards and more. See if you don’t agree, unless you are a bureaucrat of course!

Young’s Law of Bureaucrats
"It is the dead wood that holds up the tree"
And the corollary: "Just because the tree is still standing, doesn’t mean it’s not dead".

I love it!

I got this recently and decided that it was too poignant to pass up, what with all the fighting in Gaza. It’s a bit long, but may bring some understanding to the evil in Gaza and Hamas.

Paula R.  Stern Paula R.  Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel.  Her personal blog, “A Soldier’s Mother”, has been running for more than 5 years.  She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write her thoughts and dream of a trip to Italy, Scotland, and beyond.

Dear Secretary of State John Kerry Because of my respect for the United States, I will attempt to afford you the honor you think you so richly deserve.  It’s hard to speak to you with anything but anger, hard to feel the need, again, to start from the beginning because you clearly choose to ignore history in your quest for glory.  It is a quest destined to fail but its outcome, even, or more accurately especially, in failure, will hurt Israel.

Greater men than you have tried to make, to force, peace on the Middle East.  I promise you, you will fail too.  You will fail because you are not addressing the root cause of the problem.  You, like so many before you, take the easy way out.  Blame Israel.  It is so easy to do, and so stupid.

I could speak to you of history – a history longer and greater than you can imagine.  I could speak to you of injustices – yes, our land is filled with the graves of those murdered for the unjust reason that they lived here, or traveled abroad, or ate in the wrong restaurant, or took the wrong bus.

I could speak to you of justice – of a population exchange similar to those that have taken place through out history as nations settle between war and peace.  They left their lands to go there, most voluntarily so that their invading brothers would have a clear path as they pushed the Jews into the sea.  And our people, who left their homes and possessions in Arab lands, most forced, not voluntarily, and came here.

We fed our brothers, clothed them, gave them homes.  And most importantly, we loved them and gave them the most precious of gifts – a future, a present, as integral parts of the land and people of this country.  My neighbor, the family across the street – they live in the same houses that I do, drive the same cars, attend the same schools.  He is an engineer; he is a judge in the courts.  She is a nurse; she is a lawyer.
All my neighbors, though their grandparents came here with nothing.

And at the same time, across many borders, the Arabs put their “brothers” in refugee camps, all but starved them.  They raised them to be embittered – not at those who kept them in squalor, but those they had hoped to defeat.  They blame us and you are naive enough to blame us as well?

They chose war, John Kerry, while we chose compromise.  And you would blame us for this horrible chain of the decades?  They invaded – five Arab nations, in 1949.  They attacked.  Out of sheer desperation, we won enough of our land to give us a measure of security…it lasted only 7 years, until they attacked again.  But oh what we did in those 7 years.  We welcomed our refugees from Europe, from Arab lands.  We built them tent cities and turned them into real cities.  We conquered swamp land and made it habitable and we raised our children to dream that someday there would be peace.  We created universities and schools and parks.

But the Arabs would have none of it.  In 1948, in 1956, again in 1967 and again in 1973 and again and again, almost daily, we fight off their attempts to do in 2014 what they failed to do in 1948.  They have not learned and amazingly enough, John Kerry, neither have you.

We have built and evacuated whole communities; we have withdrawn from land in exchange for nothing but the hope that we could appease the “unappeasable.” We have flown around the world to help others – from earthquakes, tsunamis, devastating storms, famine and more.

We have allowed the Arabs – yes, allowed them, to fire tens of thousands of missiles at our cities and we know they have more than 170,000 more rockets and missiles ready to try again.  At any time and with no notice whatsoever, we have the power to flatten Gaza into the world’s largest, flattest parking lot.  And each time they attack, we think of it and know we can’t do it, won’t do it.  And you would blame us for the failure to make peace?

When we attempt to stop them, to push back their military capabilities, just a bit, we aim for the rocket launchers, the arsenals, the training camps while they aim for our cities – Beersheva, Shderot, Ashkelon, Netivot, Ashdod.  And you would threaten us for the ongoing state of war?

There cannot be peace until you recognize your enemy.  There cannot be successful negotiations if you fail to understand those you would bring to the table.  You fail on both counts.

After hearing that you threatened Israel unless the peace talks succeed, I can only conclude that your ignorance is even greater than I thought.  I knew, years ago, that you had no clue what the Arab world is thinking, feeling, dreaming of.  Now I know the same is true about Israel – you don’t understand us any better than you understand the Arabs and that amazes me.

Unlike the Arab world, Israel is an open society – read our newspapers, speak to the people on the street.  No one will stop you and we won’t escort you with secret police to control your experience.  Pick any town, city, village, settlement and you will hear the same thing.  Pick any street, any person and ask them what they dream of, what they want for their children.  We do not dream of glorious death and martyrdom for our sons.  We dream that they will never have to even serve in the army.

I have friends who agonized over their sons going into the army.  I could understand my agony, as I grew up in the United States where all my friends promised they would run away from the US before they would ever be drafted.  I knew nothing of army and war and guns.  But my friends here in Israel?  They had served in the army; why did they suffer so when their sons were drafted.

“We served so that they wouldn’t have to,” I’ve been told over and over again.  They never believed, 20+ years later that their sons and daughters would have to sacrifice three years of their lives, that we’d still be at war.

You won’t hear that in the Arab world.  Oh, they’ll tell you that they dream of peace because they know that is what you want to hear, but in Arabic, they will talk of a time when there will be no Jews in the entire Middle East, never mind no Jews in the Palestine they envision.  Their religious leaders will whip them up to the glory of Allah and jihad.  But still you would expect us to make peace with them?

Theirs is a culture built on a dream – a dream that they will own the world…my corner, John Kerry, and even yours.  Theirs is a society that believes in a heaven earned by causing the deaths of others and so when their sons blow themselves up and kill those Jews, they celebrate.
And yes, they celebrated on 9/11 when they killed your people just as they celebrated when we released their terrorists and killers in yet another attempt to appease them…and you.

If you don’t understand their ability to celebrate, I will confess that neither do I.  I have seen the mothers hugging their sons in a video, made the night before they killed themselves…and the innocent men, women, and children, of their enemies who happened to be on that bus, in that mall, or asleep in their homes.  It doesn’t matter to them if they kill a soldier, a man with a gun, a pregnant woman, or a helpless child.  The more, the better, in their twisted interpretation of what their God wants.  You don’t understand this and I can see where it is hard, given your western mentality.  But not understanding it doesn’t give you the right to ignore it.

You won’t fail in your goal of ramming peace down our throats because of this, however.  You will fail because, amazingly enough, you don’t even understand Israel.  We are the easiest to get, the easiest, honestly.  All you have to do is listen and see – but even that is beyond you.

Listen to our national anthem – it does not speak of war.  It is called, “The Hope” and speaks of a dream of 2,000 years to be a free people.  We value that – the ability to protect ourselves, to be free in the land of our forefathers.  Even the most right wing among us would be willing to compromise for a real peace, a peace where our children and grandchildren could live without the fears we deal with daily.  We do not interfere in how they raise their children; we are stupid enough to even fund some of their text books – all in our own misguided belief that we can make peace with those who do not yet want it.

You threaten us with economic sanctions, with international isolation.  This is your latest blunder, and it is a big one.  Israel is laughing at you this morning.  Economic sanctions?

They gassed us, beat us, bombed us, burned us.  They haunted us, hunted us, hated us through the centuries across many lands and through this land in the last several decades.  They burned the synagogue where my grandmother was hiding; they gassed my great grandmother to death.

International isolation?  They put us in ghettos, they exploded our buses and shot our babies in the head.  They lynched my neighbor, attacked the buses on which my friends travel.  They shot my daughter’s teacher (and his infant son) and ambushed and killed a colleague of mind.

We are fighting for our lives, John Kerry – no less today than we were in 1948.  The ONLY difference is that through the greed and stupidity of the Arab nations, we are stronger than we ever were, not weaker.  You will fail, John Kerry, because you are fool enough to think you can come here, wave your American flag, look at your watch and tell us you’d like to finish these peace negotiations by 5:00 p.m.  because you have a date at the opera or a baseball game to go to.

For a long time now, the Arabs have fooled you.  They’ll speak to you of peace over the coffee they serve you and then when you leave the room, they slap each other on the backs and laugh – another successful day at making the US look stupid.

Now, this time, we will have that in common with the Arabs; we are laughing at you too.  Naftali Bennet has tried to explain it to you, “There has not yet been a nation that has given up its land due to economic threats, and nor will we.  Only security will bring economic stability, not a terrorist state near Ben-Gurion Airport.” Greater men have failed, John Kerry – and I promise you, until you know Israel and until you understand the Arabs, you don’t have a prayer of succeeding.  Go watch the Superbowl, at least then, maybe you’ll have done something worthwhile.

Paula Stern


A bit more insight into the death of Robin Williams: Check it out: Robin Williams


We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.

Robin Williams

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

Ross Smile

ROBIN WILLIAMS, Died August 11, 2014 at age 63.

robin williamsIt is said that he was suffering from extreme depression and had done so for some time. He is said to have committed suicide. Depression can do that to a man.
Between 40 and 43 years ago, I was visited with 2 episodes of depression. Fortunately for me I had a great doctor, who coached me and medicated me so that on both occasions I was able to get the illness behind me. He saved my life, I suppose. I believe he did anyway.

Robin, I have been a fan of yours for years, the pain is gone now, and I hope you will continue entertaining our friends in Heaven. Good bye, Robin, we are going to miss you!

My blog today will consist primarily of mostly videos I have had come my way from various sources. Some are brutal, violent, and occurred in the mid east. I lived for the entire duration of WW 2 on the Island of Bermuda, and not only was I exposed to American, Canadian, and British armed forces, we were all exposed to propaganda. I am therefore no stranger to the work of the propagandists. Nothing much has changed it would seem over the years. It is only the people and the locations, and the methods of delivery that have changed. The videos are all related to the wars, yes plural, in the Mideast. I will try to highlight a bit of what the video is about as a lead-in to each one.
I found this video to be the most terrifying thing I have seen in a long time. It is not just one video, it is a collection. While much of it takes place in Jerusalem, there are other videos on the same site, and I would recommend taking a look at as many s possible to help and try to see what the Israelis and some of the Muslim factions are dealing with. Mideast
This is a video of a speech delivered by Senator Rubio of Florida on the Mideast war. Very interesting speaker and speech. Check it out: Rubio
This is hard to believe, but Nancy Pelosi, speaks out calling the Palestinian Hamas a “Humanitarian Organization”. There is a lot of other video available on this web site, so don’t quit with the first video. Take a look: Pelosi

Some interesting observations on  the Mideast wars that have come my way, and since they are of a text nature, I am forced to do it this way. The old fashioned way, copy and paste. So here goes.
Geert Wilders is a Member of the Dutch Parliament.
In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: "Who lost Europe ?" Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom the Netherlands , at the Four Seasons in New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem ..

Dear friends, Thank you very much for inviting me.

I come to America with a mission.  All is not well in the old world.  There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.  We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe.  This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.  The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

First, I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe .  Then, I will say a few things about Islam.  To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .

The Europe you know is changing.

You have probably seen the landmarks.  But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world.  It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.

All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.  And if they are, they might regret it.  This goes for the police as well.  It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children.  Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead.  With mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read.  You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity.  These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics.  These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe .  These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.

There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe .  With larger congregations than there are in churches.  And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.  Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden .  In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.  Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods.  Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.

In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils.  In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims.  Non-Muslim women routinely hear ‘whore, whore’.  Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin .  The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.

In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system.  Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves.  Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.

Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II.  French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel .  I could go on forever with stories like this.  Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live.  San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.  Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

Now these are just numbers.  And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate.  But there are few signs of that.  The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France .  One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks.  The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one- third of British Muslim students are in favour of a worldwide caliphate.  Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’.  And this is how we give them respect.  We have Muslim official state holidays.

The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority.  We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey .

Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behaviour, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots.  Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus.  I call the perpetrators ‘settlers’.  Because that is what they are.  They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar- al-Islam.  Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries.  Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet.  His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized.  Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem.  But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time.  Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.  Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza If it is good for Islam, it is good.  If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.

Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion.  Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.  But in its essence Islam is a political ideology.  It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.  Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life.  Islam means ‘submission’.  Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia.  If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.
The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor.  I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times.  I support Israel .  First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz; second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.

This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance.  Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia .  Israel is simply in the way.  The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

The war against Israel is not a war against Israel .  It is a war against the West.  It is jihad.  Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.  If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest.  Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favour of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities.  But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behaviour, and accept our values.  On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.  They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed.  The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning.  It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.  If they can get Israel , they can get everything.  So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’.  In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.  And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat.  Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine.  An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.  With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem ….

Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts.  My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives.  All throughout Europe , American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish.  My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians.  We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe ‘s children in the same state in which it was offered to us.  We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams.  Future generations would never forgive us.  We cannot squander our liberties.  We simply do not have the right to do so.


20 years from now, I will be in Heaven — bye !!

This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim..  Make sure you read the paragraph (in red) towards the end.

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, Australia, 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, Australians, 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 shariah 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.  However, 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.  (which is the same abuse the NAZIs subjected their children to, prior and during WW2)

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.

(It is a well known fact that Saudi Arabia finances the construction of mosques in North America on an ongoing basis)

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in Canada, Australia, the U.S.  and Britain, to elect the heads of Governments all by themselves!  And rest assured, they will do so…  They have already taken over several towns in the USA ..  Dearborn Mich.  is one and there are others….  ( Britain has several cities now which are totally controlled by Muslims)

I think everyone in Canada, Australia, the U.S.  and Great Britain should be required to read this, but with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends this on!

It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity, to accept Muslims as peaceful.  Some Muslims 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, Australia, 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, Australia and Britain ……..


The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, ‘Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?’ Robin Williams


A Muslim immigrant goes to a doctor in Dearborn, Michigan, and says, "I feel terrible".

The doctor examines him and then says, "You need to pee and crap in a bucket for a week, then throw in a dead fish and a rotting cabbage.  Then, put a towel over your head, hold your face over the bucket and inhale the vapours for 3 days".

The man does this and goes back to the doctor and says, "I feel wonderful!  What was wrong with me?"

Doctor said:  "You were homesick."

A man received a message from his neighbour …  :
"Sorry sir I am using your wife…  I am using day and night …  I am using when you are not present at home…  In fact I am using more than You are using…
I confess this because now I feel very much guilt…
Hope You will accept my sincere apologies "

…  And the man shot his wife…….

Few minutes later he received another message :
Sorry sir, spelling mistake …  wifi not wife.

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


Amidst all the death, fighting, disease around us in our world today, take a moment to read the following piece about an aging couple. You might need a Kleenex!

oldiesIt was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.  He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.  I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

oldies3The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’ He smiled as he patted my hand and said, ‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’

oldies4I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, ‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’ True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message..This one I thought I could share with you.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the rain.’

We are all getting Older.

Tomorrow may be our turn.



You just have to watch this video of Jewish Delicatessens. For me and a few of my friends it took us back, a long way back to a time in Toronto Canada when we were growing up. We could all just taste those pastrami on rye. Wow how it came rushing back! See what you think. Give a look: the Deli


This is an unbelievable video where Nancy Pelosi calls Hamas a “Humanitarian Organization” I don’t know what the world is coming to! There are other links on the site worth a look as well. Pelosi


Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’

Erich Fromm


Two Ladies Talking in Heaven

1st woman: Hi!  My name is Wanda.

2nd woman: Hi!  my name is Sylvia.  How’d you die?

1st woman: I froze to death.

2nd woman: How horrible!

1st woman: ; It wasn’t so bad.  After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death.
What about you?

2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack.  I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act.  But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.

1st woman: So, what happened?

2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking.  I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement.  Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds.  I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

1st woman: Too bad you didn’t look in the freezer—we’d both still be alive.

Have a Great Day, and be nice to everybody!

Ross Smile

Well, it happened. The sky got dark, and around 6:15 last night, the rain came down, in buckets. Inside of 30 minutes we had 1 inch of rain! It slowed down and by the time it was over we had just under 1.5 inches of rain. Lightning flashed, and thunder roared. A bolt of lightning struck a house just to the west of us as I watched out my west viewing window. I saw the bolt, and simultaneously there was a distinct “pop” followed immediately by a very loud clap of thunder. No idea on any damage though. I think that this was a new record for me in closeness to lightning strikes.

Back in July I got this piece concerning the Canadian Native population, and I thought it was a rather interesting take, so I saved it for the blog, and It goes in today. Not sure if everyone will agree with the opinion piece, but take a look. The NA Indians are in the news a lot lately, some news is good and some not so much. Read on:
“This was printed in a Nanaimo, B.C.  newspaper last week, and as you can imagine, it had all the natives out banging their drums and whooping, but you know what..  if the shoe fits .


-Never "discovered" the wheel
-Never had a written language
-Never discovered astronomy
-Had no science or scientific discoveries
-Had no mathematics
-Made no medical discoveries
-Never had written music
-Only "figured out" a drum and a rattle for musical instruments
-Had no metallurgy
-Had no sails for boats (only had canoes and dugout trees for their thousands of years)

-Created virtually no mechanical devices
-Possessed almost nothing that required labour over a period of time, ie:
building with or carving out of stone
-Made almost no inventions
-Are just in the last 200 years getting caught up to most of the rest of the world
-Have a history that is notable only for underachievement Think where an equal number of Chinese would be today; given only 10 years of the advantages Canadian Indians have—no taxes on any money you earn, while living on a reserve-free dental-free university, etc.  BTW the hunger striking chief and her husband, were paid $270,000.00 by the band last year.
Comments from a reader in the Globe and Mail.  It’s a short history lesson on natives…

This land does NOT belong to them!

Why do some people keep saying that it does?  Is it because that’s what they want you to believe?

Well then the marketing campaign must be working.

Let’s get this straight.

1.  These people’s ancestors did not just appear in North America, magically out of thin air one day 50,000 year ago.  They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia.  What’s more, these waves, in many cases, were not related groups of people.  They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic other words the "natives of North America" are not a homogenous group of people and more importantly…They are immigrants too.  like millions of immigrants today.

2.  The idea that the "natives" were peaceful caretakers of the land or benevolent tenants couldn’t be further from the truth.  The various tribes warred on each other constantly.  They were violent.  Want proof?  Ask the Herons’ or the Neutrals…oh that’s right you can’t.  The Iroquois wiped them out.

How about slavery that was rife among the first nation tribes until the Europeans came over and freed the slaves and put an end to this "valued cultural tradition".  Is slavery peaceful and humane?

3.  The idea that we "stole" this land from them is also ridiculous.  A more technologically advanced and numerous cultures invaded and conquered.  This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe.  To say we "stole" their lands is just plain wrong.  That is akin to saying the Saxons should return England to the Anglos.  Or maybe we should launch a campaign to have the Roman descendants give Italy back to the Etruscans.  It is a nonsensical notion driven by the politically correct bleeding hearts, some intellectually deficient politicians, the Government, and it will continue to cost this country needless and wasted billions and billions until we get some backbone and turn off the taps.

Are these people in trouble?  Yes.  Do they need help?  Yes.

Are they responsible enough to look after themselves and efficiently spend the billions the tax payers give them?

Certainly not.

The only way to fix this situation is to bring them into society as equals.

They should be getting jobs and paying taxes like the rest of us because in reality, they are no more special than any of the other hundred or more cultures that call Canada home.

Turn off the taps.  Do away with this "traditional use" and "cultural"
nonsense.  Educate their children to become modern citizens ,instead of finding their identity and source of pride in some folks who occupied the land 12000 years ago.  Let them stand or fall on their own account.  Just like the rest of us have to do!”

I thought you would find it interesting.

The following was an email from a guy I have known for over 50 years! I thought that while it is a different take on what was happening in our world today, it was worth repeating:
“Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this.  On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee.  What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well.  It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert!  These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal.  There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness..  The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women.  We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.  The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain.  Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field.  The villain was not the club he used..  Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association.  The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA.  I am not a member of the NRA.  I am not a hunter.  I do not even own a gun.  I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death.  Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended.  If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies!  Much of the blame lies here in this room.  Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.  I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings.  We all consist of body, mind, and spirit.  When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc.  Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history.  Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries.  This is a historical fact.  What has happened to us as a nation?  We have refused to honour God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence.  And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA.  They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties.  We do not need more restrictive laws.  Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors.  No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre.  The real villain lies within our own hearts.

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school.  I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!  I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools.  Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.  Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.  To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge..  Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter’s death will not be in vain!  The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell Scott


Again today I have a couple of sites to view, if you like. I found them to be interesting, you might do the same.
First there is a series of pictures that were taken during WW2. The same screen has an image of the same place today. Place your mouse pointer on one side and left click and hold the button down, drag the pointer across the screen and one image will fade into the the other. Pretty cool effect I think. Check it out: Fade in and out


This is a different kind of video clip of a performance on one of the **** has talent shows. Take a look: Talent


The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.

Lyndon B.  Johnson


London cab driver’s answer to a request from a Muslim to turn off the radio. 

A devout Arab Muslim entered a black cab in London.  He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because as decreed by his religious teaching, he must not listen to music because in the time of the prophet there was no music, especially Western music which is the music of the infidel.

The cab driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door.

The Arab Muslim asked him, "What are you doing?"

The cabbie answered, "In the time of the prophet there were no taxis, so bugger off and wait for a camel.."


One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque.  It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it.The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, ‘Good morning Alex. 
”Good morning Pastor,’ he replied, still focused on the plaque.
‘Pastor, what is this? 
‘The pastor said, ‘Well son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service. ‘
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.  Finally, little Alex’s voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, ‘Which service, the 9:00 or the 11:00?’

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

It has been a day or so since I blogged, and I got to looking in my blog folder material, and found that it was getting bloated, so it is time to just put together a mixture of stuff I have collected from friends and the web, and I called it Odds and Ends.

It is August 3, 9:00 am, 17°C or 63°F, cloudy and no wind as I sit to write the blog, and I have to wonder where the summer went. 4 months from now I will be putting up the Christmas lights! What, it is less than 5 months to New Years. It likely has to do with my aging process. I have heard and I believe that it is true, that living is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes!

If you have followed the blog at all you may recall that I noted the absence of birds this year. No birds in the bird houses, just like my neighbours. Well over the past few weeks some of them have returned. We saw a few robins, but they have moved on or died. The Chickadees are still here coming to the feeder, as are a few sparrows and occasionally the family of Purple finches. Big savings on the feed this year, due to the few birds.


This is a page of photos set to music. It is scenic pictures of West Texas. It was sent to me by an old high school buddy living in Southern California. Thanks Jerry! Take a look: West Texas


Check out this very cool invention. It was a piece on the Discovery Channel and it is about an electric powered cycle that is hard to believe. Yikebike


National Geographic offers some of the worlds best photography, and this is a great example. It is about a dam being built on the Mekong River in Northern Laos. I have seen the Mekong in Vietnam, but that was all. Very interesting video: Mekong Dam


The five Great Lakes located in Canada and the USA are very unique, and not very old either as you will see from this video. Some of the information is in error, and some incomplete, it is titled 37 Great Lakes Facts that will blow your mind. Check it out: Great Lakes


While I sit here with my allergies running wild, I am sending you a web site that describes what the future of medicine will be like with all the gadgetry that is found today in the modern home. Things like a “Smart Phone”. Amazing: Medicine


The imagery in this piece of video is amazing, depicting very small things, some slow motion and some excellent photography. Great piece of work: Photo video


Sometimes there is a site that comes along that actually contains some decent useful information on tips to make life simpler. This is one that out of the 25 tips, there are a few, and only a few that are actually useful. 25 tips


You might want to get out the Kleenex for this one! This is a video of what happens periodically at the Arizona Memorial when the park closes. Excellent site: Arizona Memorial


I have always enjoyed the quotes of Mark Twain, try this one!

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

Mark Twain



The mother-in-law arrives home from the shops to find her son-in law Paddy in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.
"What happened Paddy?" she asks anxiously.
“What happened??  I’ll tell you what happened!  I sent an email to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip.  I get home …  and guess what I found?
Yes, your daughter, my wife Jean, naked with Joe Murphy in our marital bed!
This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage.  I’m done.  I’m leaving forever!"
“Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!" says his mother-in-law.
"There is something very odd going on here.  Jean would never do such a thing!
There must be a simple explanation.  I’ll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened."
Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.
“ Paddy.  I told you there must be a simple explanation …  she never got your E-mail!"


I was reading an article last night about fathers and sons, and memories came flooding back of the time I took my son out for his first pint.

Off we went to our local pub which is only two blocks from the house.

I got him a Moosehead.  He didn’t like it – so I drank it.

Then I got him a Keith’s, he didn’t like it, so I drank it.

It was the same with the Coors and the Bud.

By the time we got down to the whiskey, I could hardly push the stroller back home.

An SUV at 85

Two old guys talking:

"My 85th birthday yesterday.  Wife gave me an SUV"

"Wow, that’s amazing!  Imagine, an SUV!  What a great gift!"

"Yup.  Socks, Underwear and Viagra!"


A bookie was at the races playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt.

He noticed a Priest step out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.

Lo and behold, that horse – a long shot – won the race.

Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track.  Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses.

The bookie made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse.  Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse won the race.

He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest would bless next.

He bet big on it, and it won.  As the races continued the Priest kept blessing horses, and each one ended up winning.

The bookie was elated.  He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and awaited for the Priest’s blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on ..

True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was 100/1.

This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag.  The bookie knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag.

He watched dumbfounded as the old nag pulled up and couldn’t even finish the race.  In a state of shock, he went to the track area where the Priest was.

Confronting him, he demanded, ‘Father!  What happened?  All day long you blessed horses and they all won.  Then in the last race, the horse you blessed never even had a chance.  Now, thanks to you I’ve lost every cent of my savings!’.

The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy.  "You are not Catholic are you my son?"

"No, I’m Jewish"

"That’s the problem", said the Priest, "You couldn’t tell the difference between a blessing and last rites".

I will continue this but for now, I hope you have enjoyed the blog today. Have a Great Day, and please be nice to each other. Ross Smile

We have experienced our second protest by our Palestine community in our fair city, the second one with a higher police presence was conducted without incident. The previous one was also a Palestinian protest rally condemning the war in Gaza/Israel, and when a few Israeli supporters showed up, instead of keeping to a peaceful demonstration, the Israeli supporters got roughed up.

I suppose that is permitted in our country, but I really do wonder just what they hope to accomplish from so far away. I suspect that nobody is listening, least of all our government, since they are already on record as supporting the Israelis in this fight. As a Canadian I support our government, and as an individual I do as well.

On Friday, July 25, an opinion piece written by a Mr. Michael Den Tandt, in the Calgary Herald, where he wrote about John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and how Baird has all the facts on the Canadian side to support the Canadian decision. It is an interesting article, and if you wish, please take a look: the facts


I have no idea who put this together, but I do agree with the thoughts expressed. I got it a few days ago, and I thought it worthy of including in my blog.

“In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.

…in 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto. 

…in 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies. 

…this crap has been going on for 1,400 years and half of these damn politicians don’t even know it !!!

…if these battles had not been won we might be speaking Arabic and Christianity could be non – existent; Judaism certainly would be…  And let us not forget that Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other "subhumans".

Reflecting A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

Pause a moment, reflect back.  These events are actual events from history.  They really happened!!!

Do you remember?
1.  In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male. 
2.  In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3.  In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach, it was blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males.
4.  In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
5.  In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
6.  During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7.  In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
8.  In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
9.  In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
10.  In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
11.  In 1993 , the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim males.
12.  In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.
13.  On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.  Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
14.  In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
15.  In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by—you guessed it was a— Muslim male.
16.  In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent people including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim males. 

No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people.

Absolutely No Profiling! 
They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old, Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males, alone lest they be guilty of profiling.

Have the American people completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason???

Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and other stupid attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have any such sense.

As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it, ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’.”

Interesting isn’t it!

This essay comes via a friend. It is written by a Mr. Giulio Meotti, and Italian journalist,

Read on: “The people of Israel are valiant, going about their daily lives knowing that Muslim killers might explode a bomb or rocket in any public place at any time.
Even more valiant are the Israeli soldiers, who are now fighting inside Gaza, house by house, spied on by cruel eyes, hated by old and young, targeted by beheaders, longed for by their families.  These lone Jews fighting in a long night hold the free world’s destiny in their hands.

These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone – alone in resisting in a battle for all of us.  It has been calculated that since the year of the founding of the state, more than 60,000 rockets have fallen on Israel.  The Israelis are victimized and they are alone, abandoned by the world — now, just as then.
In the Second World War, hope didn’t come from the Western avant garde, but from the Jews who rebelled against tyranny.  The same is happening today Open any Western newspaper and you will read about the trendy Israeli life under Hamas’ rockets, life as usual, while the Arabs die.  No mention of Israel as the most heavy bombed nation in the world.  No mention of the trauma inflicted on two generations of Jewish children.
Israel is the first line of Western defense in the battle for non-Muslim survival and prosperity in the world.  And now that the Jews are running for shelters and employing their brilliant Iron Dome, the world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years.
For the UN, for the Christian bodies, for the White House, for the European Union, for the complacent public opinion and its journalistic sentinels, an independent Jewish State bearing the name “Israel,” with Jerusalem as its capital, a renewal of life in the land of the Bible, a vital Jewish people restored after 2,000 years to its own holy land, has raised unresolved questions and disturbing conclusions.
The Israelis are a very special people because they know how to live in the present and make this present worth living, while the West has drained its peoples’ souls and made their lives meaningless, with only shallow-minded hedonism and materialism remaining.  This is why Gentiles often hate the Jews.
The sagacious American author Eric Hoffer gave voice to the most tragic Holocaust-related 20th-century truth: "I have a premonition that will not leave me, as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us".
A peaceful and unique nation like Israel and its people have to resort to violent means to survive.  My heart breaks for them .


I got this from National Geographic and it made me think others might enjoy this video. Take a look: Seals

A Muslim fanatic and a Christian fanatic, a Jewish fanatic, a secular fanatic, an atheist fanatic, a communist fanatic – all of them are the same.
The thinking that, ‘If you don’t think like me, that if you are not with me, then you are against me;’ this is something to condemn.
Marjane Satrapi

Siamese twins walk into a bar in Canada and park themselves on a bar stool.

One of them says to the bartender, "Don’t mind us; we’re joined at the hip. I’m John, he’s Jim. Two Molson Canadian beers, draft please."

The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring the beers. "Been on holiday yet, lads?"

"Off to England next month," says John. "We go to England every year, rent a car and drive for miles. Don’t we, Jim?" Jim agrees.

"Ah, England!" says the bartender. "Wonderful country… The history, the beer, the culture.."

"Nah, we don’t like that British crap," says John. "Hamburgers and Molson’s beer, that’s us, eh Jim? And we can’t stand the English – they’re so arrogant and rude."

"So why keep going to England?" asks the bartender.
"It’s the only chance Jim gets to drive.”

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

Ross Smile

I went out for a walk last night after dinner and marvelled at what a great job many of our villa owners had done with their gardens at the front of their places. I resolved that I would go out early in the morning and get some pictures of the work done in our community.

Mother nature kind of outsmarted me, in that she decided last night to light up the sky with a thunderstorm, so that we had some heavy rain for a very short time, and some damage was done. I went out, got some photos that I would like to share with you, and if you happen to live in our community, please take the opportunity to walk around our homes and see for yourself what has been happening. Who knows, you may just meet up with the gardener who did the work! Not only that you get out in the fresh air, and get a bit of exercise!

Our front garden

Our front entry garden

Villa Garden

My neighbours side garden. Nice!

Villa Garden

A villa Front entry.

Villa Front Gardens

Garden and 2 villa entries

Villa front garden

David’s place.

Villa Front Garden

Villa entry garden

Clubhouse and fountain

Our clubhouse and fountain

Apartment balcony garden

Apartment balcony garden, nice job!

Villa back garden

David’s Back yard garden

Main Entrance

Part of our main entry garden.


Wild weather as only National Geographic can show it. Hi Def and wild! Take a look: Wild Weather


The most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens.
Lillie Langtry


How the world works lately…

If a man cuts his finger off while Slicing salami at work,
He blames the restaurant.

If you smoke three packs a day For 40 years and die of lung cancer,
Your family blames the Tobacco company .

If your neighbour crashes Into a tree while driving home drunk,
He blames the bartender.

If your grandchildren are Brats without manners,
You blame television.

If your friend is shot by a Deranged madman,
You blame the gun manufacturer…

And if a crazed person breaks Into the cockpit and
Tries to kill the pilot at 35,000 feet,
And the passengers kill him instead,
The mother of the crazed deceased Blames the airline.

I must have lived too long to Understand the world As it is anymore.

So, if I die while my OLD WRINKLED BUTT is parked in front of this computer,
I want all of you to Blame Bill Gates.

Have a Great Day, and be nice to everyone.

Ross Smile


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