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I got this from an old friend in our complex, and even though it has been around before, it is the kind of thing that bears repeating. If it is old hat to you just ignore it, otherwise take a peek and I think you will agree on the message within. This is not to say that all the Muslims around are like the kind in the article, they are clearly not. But I do wish that sometimes they might do a better job of explaining that idea. Instead of remaining silent, that is.

Take a look:

What really died at Auschwitz ?  Here’s an interesting viewpoint.  The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan.  15, 2011.  It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

"I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz …  We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.  In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent.  Europe destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.  These are the people Europe buried.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.  Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.  We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe ..

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

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.  It is not removed as yet.  However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended.  This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.’ Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States ?  If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran , Iraq or some other Muslim country.


We’ve got jihadists.  That doesn’t mean that all Muslims are problems with respect to terrorism, but there is something going on here.  We’ve got a problem dealing with one aspect of one portion of modern Islam – just as hundreds of years ago the world had a problem with Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition.

James Woolsey


Seniors Travel

A Travel Agent looked up from his desk to see an old lady and an old gentleman peering in the shop window at the posters showing the glamorous destinations around the world.  The agent had a good week and the dejected couple looking in the window gave him a rare feeling of generosity.

He called them into his shop, ‘I know that on your pension you could never hope to have a holiday, so I am sending you off to a fabulous resort at my expense, and I won’t take no for an answer.’ He took them inside and asked his secretary to write two flight tickets and book a room in a five star hotel.  Then, as can be expected, they gladly accepted, and were off!

About a month later the little old lady came in to his shop.  ‘And how did you like your holiday?’ he asked eagerly.

‘The flight was exciting and the room was lovely,’ she said.  ‘I’ve come to thank you, but one thing puzzled me.
Who was that old bugger I had to share the room with?


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

Ross Smile

I was reading a piece in our paper today that dealt with our taxes, and do we pay too much or do we pay too little. Some of these writers are good and they provoke some thinking on the part of the reader. This one got my attention, and I started thinking and connecting the dots, and drawing my own conclusions.

If you read the paper, watch the news on TV, you will have seen many people and many times when these folks talk about the need for more services. Services like more police protection, more schools, teachers, nurses, hospitals, repaired roads and the list goes on endlessly. Politicians repeatedly get on TV and in the paper, clamouring for an increase in taxes to support our infrastructure. According to the people who want more roads, better public transportation, improved snow removal, they want it and they want it now. The list of needs is endless. The money to do all this however is finite.

All it takes is money! But where does the money for all this civilization come from, well it comes not from the government, but from the people in the form of taxes! I recall a visit a few years ago on an island in the Caribbean. The island didn’t seem to have a lot going for it, but the road we were on was not bad, narrow but not all broken up. I asked our driver about the roads and so on, regarding who pays for all the upkeep to the roads and such, and his reply was that it was money from the government. I simply smiled inwardly and let it go. The guy had no idea, that the money the government lavished on their road came from someone’s taxes!

I worked for a long time in maintenance, the automobile kind to be precise, and I am fully aware of the cost of neglect, and neglecting to look after even the most basic services. Pay me now, to change your oil and filter, or pay me later to change the engine. If you build it for whatever reason, the cost immediately goes up to staff for instance the fire hall and equip it so it will function. If you fail to repair the leaky school roof and the result is that the floor in the gym is ruined, the cost of fixing that roof has escalated. It will still need the fix, and the gym floor has been added. We don’t seem to realize that if we build it, we will have to maintain it. All done with those oh so scarce tax bucks.

Now, I know we all pay our taxes, municipal, provincial, and federal, to say nothing about the GST, fuel tax, or even the fees for services that we pay for to get a licence or even to play golf at the local city course. It is all a tax, by any name. Do I like paying taxes? Not particularly, but I also know that the only way a society, civilized or otherwise can provide the roads, police service, electricity, education, schools etc. is to tax the people to pay for it. I do suspect that we could get by, and have schools without leaking roofs, or more doctors or operating rooms for example if we could only get rid of the humongous layers of bureaucracy that siphon off this taxpayer money. Lavish trips, endless and usually unnecessary meetings, huge numbers of useless staff and so on serve only those who get it delivered to them.

When some of this comes to light, frequently we find ourselves letting some high priced bureaucrat go, but he trades his 6 figure pay check for a 6 figure severance. Or we reduce the number of vice presidents by giving them new titles and they get the same money and perks they had before, but the bureaucracy can show that they have reduced the number of vice presidents. Our own AHS did this a couple of years ago. I recall a saying, that it was like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. An utterly useless and futile activity.

So, getting back to the start of this edition; do we pay enough tax or too much? Personally, I think that a civilized society takes a lot of money to operate the police, fire, schools and so on. If we want these things we, the taxpayer will have to pony up the money. It is the only source there is. I do complain about the amount of my taxpayer money that is wasted in meetings, high priced contracts for dubious talent and entitlement on the part of our politicians, and the bureaucrats in government offices. If the mess were cleaned up, I suspect that we just might have better services for what we are paying right now.


We don’t pay taxes.  Only the little people pay taxes.

Leona Helmsley


Cowboy Poetry

Jake, the rancher, went one day
To fix a distant fence.

The wind was cold and gusty
And the clouds rolled gray and dense.

As he pounded the last staples in
And gathered tools to go,

The temperature had fallen,
And snow began to blow.

When he finally reached his pickup,
He felt a heavy heart.

From the sound of that ignition
He knew it wouldn’t start.

So Jake did what most of us
Would do if we were there.

He humbly bowed his balding head
And sent aloft a prayer.

As he turned the key the last time,
He softly cursed his luck

They found him three days later,
Frozen stiff in that old truck.

Now Jake had been around in life
And done his share of roaming.

But when he saw Heaven, he was shocked –
It looked just like Wyoming!

Of all the saints in Heaven,
His favourite was St.  Peter.

So they sat and talked a minute or two,
Or maybe it was three.

Nobody was keeping’ score –
In Heaven, time is free.

‘I’ve always heard,’ Jake said to Pete,
‘that God will answer prayer,

But the one time I asked for help,
Well, he just wasn’t there.’

‘Does God answer prayers of some,
And ignore the prayers of others?

That don’t seem exactly square –
I know all men are brothers.’

‘Or does he randomly reply,
Without good rhyme or reason?

Maybe, it’s the time of day,
The weather or the season.’

‘Now I ain’t trying to act smart,
It’s just the way I feel.

And I was wondering’, could you tell me
What the heck’s the deal?!’

Peter listened very patiently
And when Jake was done,

There were smiles of recognition,
And he said, ‘So, you’re the one!!’

That day your truck, it wouldn’t start,
And you sent your prayer a flying,

You gave us all a real bad time,
With hundreds of us trying.’

‘A thousand angels rushed,
To check the status of your file,

But you know, Jake, we hadn’t heard
From you in quite a while.’

‘And though all prayers are answered,
And God ain’t got no quota,

He didn’t recognize your voice,
And started a truck in Minnesota’!

Have a Great Day and be nice to one another

Ross Smile

A number of years ago, a large grocery store chain opened some new discount grocery outlets across some of the major cities in Canada, Loblaws is the owner of these stores and they have many stores, under various names. Superstore was built primarily as a discount store, slightly more upscale than a warehouse store. I would suggest that they have done well if the patronage of our local store is the norm.

There were a number of things that nearly everybody had to say about Superstore, some good some not so much. OK, they were cheaper than the competition, but the negative comments seemed to outweigh that, but the store was always busy. The negative shots went something like, “The aisles are too narrow”, “I can’t find anything”. “The produce looks wilted”, “There is never any help around” “The lighting is bad”. There was more, but you get the idea.

Galen Weston must have been listening, at least as far as our local store is concerned. A major renovation is underway on the inside. Everything is changing. It is not finished yet, by any means, BUT, the lighting is much better, the aisles are wider, the shelves are stocked and there are people out stocking  everywhere you look. The people stocking shelves smile when you ask for help and they take you to what you are looking for. I think they all were sent to charm school! The prices are still low, the produce is clean, well displayed and there are people actually working in the produce area without skids and they are keeping he produce stocked and neat.

The place is still under construction, and has never been closed down during the work, a feat in itself. I was in the store last Monday at about 10:30 am, and it was packed with shoppers. The area we live in has a fairly large Asian population, and they are a large part of the audience in the store, as they were on Monday. The point here is that I suspect that there were more shoppers in Superstore on Monday than all the shoppers in Safeway, Co-op, and Sobey’s combined! All these stores are within a mile of each other except Sobey’s.

I suspect that I will continue to shop at Superstore, since I like the prices. The improved appearance and layout has only taken away all the things I complained about.

PS, I recently became a shareholder in Loblaws, not a lot, but I do think it is now a better investment than I originally thought!

I am sticking this in, because I don’t think you have ever seen it or even heard of it for that matter. It is a story about the thousands of people who were rescued by boats when the terrorists hit the Trade Center on 9-11. Amazing video, and courage. Check the sidebars for the inevitable conspiracy theory advocates.
Check it out, it’s a bit long, but powerful. boatlift


I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
Tammy Faye Bakker



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

Ross Smile

My Wonderful life

It was a while ago that I got one of the best video collections on a PPS format (Microsoft Power Point), and I told myself that I would blog it one day. Today was to be the day, BUT, it ain’t gonna happen. It seems there is no way that I can attach a PPS file to the blog, and have you show it on screen. Sorry, but about the only way you will see this is if I send it to you as an attachment on email.

So, lets continue with the blog. I read a piece the other day regarding funerals in general, and I suppose, by extension, my own. I have had a number of friends pass on recently, and the thing is this. I do not like funerals. I do not like going to them at all. This does not mean I have never attended a funeral, I have, but in recent years, I have avoided going except in the case of family or very close friends.

In the old days, when someone died, the service was simple. The church official, minister, priest, rabbi etc.  would say a few words, that usually included the 23rd psalm, a few words about the deceased, and everybody would truck off to the actual interment, where the final words were spoken, and folks would head back home or to someone’s home and tip back a cold one or two, and reminisce about the past.

Today, it is not the same. Often the deceased has not been in a church since he was married. There are a lot of family members or friends that have a burning desire to relate stories of old “Bob” as to when the kids tipped the outhouse on Halloween, or some other humorous episode. Some are painful o watch, some are tearful by the presenters, and I get real uncomfortable with that. So I just don’t go.

I don’t want one of those dog and pony shows for me when it is my time to go. Do what has to be done to keep the law away from the estate, go get some booze, have a party with a few (very few) close friends and family, have a great dinner and some drinks, and finish with telling a lot of lies about me.

I did read about a web site and I looked it up, on doing things like even writing your own obituary for the paper, and it has some merit. I suppose there are other sites available, but this one has some good ideas that may be for you, if you think as I do that it should be kept simple.

The site is called “” To go to the site click, wonderful


One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.  But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.

Joan of Arc


“Aspire to inspire before you expire”

SEX AT 89 I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing me that I can have sex at 89 I’m so happy, because I live at number 87.
So it’s not too far to walk home afterwards.
And it’s the same side of the street.
I don’t even have to cross the road!


Answering machine message, "I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call..
I am making some changes in my life.
Please leave a message after the beep.
If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes."

My wife and I had words, but I didn’t get to use mine.

Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

The irony of life is that, by the time you’re old enough to know your way around, you’re not going anywhere.

God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.

I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.

Every morning is the dawn of a new error.

Have a Great Day, and be kind to everybody.

Ross Smile

Well, it’s official, Spring officially arrives today, and as I look outside right now, it is snowing, (it is referred to as a flurry) I can barely see across the road, the wind is blowing at 20MPH, the temperature is 25° F, and it feels like 12° F with the wind chill. The sun is actually north of the equator as of today. Isn’t that nice? It is expected to continue cold and snowy for the next 4 days. Thank you Mother nature.

The premiere of our province resigned last night29 months into her term, following what has proven to be a disastrous month that saw her popularity dwindle to probably the lowest of any premiere ever. The popularity of the Tories dropped with her, and our premiere took the spear. I suppose it had to be, someone had to go under the bus.

While I was not personally a fan of Premiere Redford, a lot of good has come out of her term, and I was particularly impressed with her and her people when Alberta experienced the greatest disaster in Canadian history, in the form of a major flood that wiped out entire towns. She was working tirelessly to get people squared away safely, and to mitigate the damage. She did a lot of work trying to get the US to buy into the pipeline project to the US Gulf of Mexico. Money was spent or promised for upgrading roads, some already started, schools, and more.

Somewhere along the way, however, she got into difficulty with her caucus in the way of communication and a management style that her caucus could not buy into. She lost her way in understanding or listening to all us “Little People”, the same as she did with her caucus. It cost her, since the rest of the Legislature who were Conservatives were convinced they would never get re-elected again, with Allison in a leadership role. It was interesting to note that anybody who had a comment on this resignation agreed that Allison was without a doubt one of the smartest leaders we had ever had. I would have to agree. It seems like quite a waste to lose someone this smart.

I wish her well in whatever area she chooses to work in.


As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie


Russ and Fred, two friends, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels and discuss world problems.

One day Russ didn’t show up.  Fred didn’t think much about it and figured maybe he had a cold or something …

But after Russ hadn’t shown up for a week or so, Fred really got worried.

However, since the only time they ever got together was at the park, Fred didn’t know where Russ lived, so he was unable to find out what had happened to him.

A month had passed, and Fred figured he had seen the last of Russ, but one day, Fred approached the park and – lo and behold!  – there sat old Russ!

Fred was very excited and happy to see him and told him so.

Then he said, ‘For crying out loud Russ, what in the world happened to you?

Russ replied, ‘I have been in jail.’
‘Jail!’ cried Fred.  What in the world for?’

‘Well,’ Russ said, ‘you know Sue, that cute little blonde waitress at the coffee shop where I sometimes go?’

‘Yeah,’ said Fred, ‘I remember her.  What about her?’

‘Well, the little gold-digging witch figured I was rich and she filed rape charges against me; and, at 89 years old, I was so proud that when I got into court, I pleaded ‘guilty’.

‘The judge gave me 30 days for perjury’


Have a Great Day, and be nice to everyone.

Ross Smile

thI was sorry to read in the newspaper today that one of my old dependable favourites was about to bite the dust. It’s true, Microsoft is ending support of Microsoft XP as of April 8, 2014.

When I started using a computer it was 1992, and it was MS-DOS! One typed commands into the computer, and that executed to order to do what you wanted. This was superseded with Windows version 3.0, which was the first of what was to become a series of Windows operating systems. This allowed one to get away from the need to enter commands to make an application work. Much faster than DOS, since the window was linked behind the scenes to the DOS command, and at the same time errors in typing commands were eliminated. DOS (Disc Operating System) was most demanding. Accuracy was absolute and no deviation was forgiven.

So, we now had Windows 3.0, which was a nice start, but it behaved badly, and in short order it was superseded by 3.1. That one worked pretty well. Soon Windows 95, and successors followed all the way through Windows XP, and it came in 2001. It was by far the easiest to work with, and for the first time, we had a computer that was pretty fast, had good capacity, and most of all, it was not prone to crash. All the older versions of Windows crashed with regularity, often daily or more. XP was a breath of fresh air.

This version was followed in order by Vista in 2007, and it was actually a step backwards, and by 2009, Windows 7 came into being. This proved to be a very stable, and so it hardly ever crashed. If it did, a support format was built in to it that allowed you to revert your system to an earlier time when the computer ran well. Windows 7 has proven to be a workhorse for people all over the planet, both for business and consumer use. I have used it pretty much since inception and it still runs well.

Following that Windows 8 came into being in 2012, but was not well liked by users, and it was quickly updated to Windows 8.1 in 2013. It is user friendly again!

But getting back to XP, one can continue to use XP, but it will no longer have security updates, no longer have any free or paid updates of any kind.

So, what is a user to do? There are a couple of things really, but only one that will make any sense. You can try to install Windows 8.1 on your existing computer, but in view of the age of the rig you are currently using, it is not a solution I would use. With the increased speed, upgrades in the technology over the years, and having an operating system that will often, but not always, work with your old software, I would buy a new computer.

Sometimes it is time to say good bye to an old friend, and make a new one.


640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Bill Gates


An atheist was walking through the woods.

‘What majestic trees!’ ‘What powerful rivers!’ ‘What beautiful animals!’ He said to himself.  As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.  He turned to look.  He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path.  He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him. He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer. He tripped & fell on the ground.

He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him.  At that instant moment, the Atheist cried out: ‘Oh my God!’ Time stopped.  The bear froze.  The forest was silent.  As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.

‘You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident.’ ‘Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?’ ‘Am I to count you as a believer?’

The atheist looked directly into the light, and said: ‘It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?’

‘Very well’, said the voice.

The light went out.  The sounds of the forest resumed.  And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke: ‘Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.’

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.  "I’ve gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them.  So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor.  It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I’ve been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.  But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.  But I do know this.  They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.  If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.” “Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing…..  God is UP to something!  Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

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

Ross Smile

The weather in Calgary is catching up with us. Here it is the first day with 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness, and Spring is officially a couple of days away. Even so, it was pretty warm today, over average, and so it was great to be out. We had snow last night, and in some places the roads were glare ice. Bad! A bunch of accidents resulted from it. Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice one, but it will turn cold and snowy again as the weekend approaches. Ah, such is the climate life in Calgary in the spring.

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have a bird feeder in the front yard. For much of the year it is populated with birds, mostly sparrows to be sure, but we also get chickadees, Purple finches, some birds that fit into the acronym of SBB, or small brown birds. I am having to change the name of my bird feeder to wildlife feeding station. The deer have learned how to filch the sunflower seeds out of the feeder! At least the larger one has managed. She is bigger than the other 4 that come by, and she can reach the feeder, while the seed she spills is collected off the ground by the wee ones. The resident bunnies will collect what gets missed over night.

As I am a senior, I have been reading and am a member of the Canadian version of the very popular AARP, American Association of Retired Persons. Our version is a much smaller version, but nevertheless is a voice in Ottawa speaking out on behalf of Canadian retired people. The Canadian version is CARP, and I know it sounds fishy, it is the acronym for Canadian Association of Retired Persons. For Canadians it offers discounts, on a number of consumer items used by seniors, an advocate in Ottawa and the provinces through local chapters. I have belonged to both the US and the Canadian version, although today it is just CARP. If you are at least interested, you can check out their web site, and even their email site, and get an idea of what they do. They also offer free access to games like Sudoku and crosswords on the site. AARP does the same, but they have a lot more free games. Google AARP and check out their site, or for CARP, just click on this link. CARP.

Have you been following the Ukrainian situation in the Crimea? I have a little bit, and I have to wonder about a few things, like why in hell are we looking to pick a fight with the Russians, because the Ukrainian people in that section were mainly Russian having been part of the old USSR for years! They had a referendum and looked pretty happy to me to be joining up with Mother Russia. The next thing after all the rhetoric, and posturing, we will be sending troops to side with the Ukrainians on the European side of Ukraine. That’s all we need. another war. Putin is being accused of all kinds of nefarious things, and of having an agenda to take over the rest of the country. I haven’t read where he has made any such statements. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I was looking around the ‘net today, and clicked on a site that was reporting on the stock of GM. On this site was a link to the 10 favourite stocks of a guy you may have heard of Warren Buffet, the “Oracle of Omaha” There are actually 2 links on this site, one is for his 10 favourite stock picks, and why, plus the letter he sends to the Ceo’s of these stocks. It is interesting reading. If you have any interest in the stock market, take a peek at what Mr. Buffet has to say. Check it out: Buffet


Rule No.1: Never lose money.  Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.

Warren Buffett


GRANNY JPGYes, our grandmothers still had genuine knowledge of staying naturally healthy!!!
My granny lectured me about her practical knowledge:
“For better digestion, I drink beer, for loss of appetite I drink white wine, with low blood pressure red wine, with high blood pressure cognac, and whenever I have a cold, I drink Vodka.”

“And when do you drink water?”

“I have never been that sick!”

Have a Great Day and be nice to everyone.

Ross Smile

leprechaun-wink-wallpapers-1600x1200Today is March 16, and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, but last night our Social Committee resurrected what at one time was a very popular event, a Pot luck Dinner, but this time it was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

The Clubhouse was very nicely decorated in an Irish theme, and nearly all the diners came dressed with some green adorning them. Some of the food brought was Irish stew, or even corned beef and cabbage. All of it was excellent. I have always enjoyed the food and good fellowship at these events and last night was no exception. The food was great, there was lots of it, and our dinner companions joked around and had a lot of fun. One of our skilled kitchen crew Diana Duncan won the 50/50 draw, congratulations to her. I was the one who drew her ticket. Jim Reardon was likely the most dressed in Irish clothes, with a green shirt, tie and to top it all off, a green bowler!

Judging by all the smiles around, I would have to say that it was yet another successful event. We had a few new faces in the crowd, and we welcome them. I am sorry to say though, that while we had a great time, there were a lot of folks who missed a great opportunity.

Just after we got home, I heard a siren just outside our window on 69 street. That by itself is not unusual since we have a fire hall and ambulance stationed just a few block south. This time it was neither of those, but a police car that had pulled over a van for whatever reason. They were there for quite a few minutes while the officer checked the license and so on. It wasn’t too long before the driver in the offending van moved off, and all seemed to be well.

While I was watching the process, I got thinking that I am very glad and grateful that our police are out there doing a pretty good job of protecting, you, me and all the rest of the public. Sometimes this job is dangerous, such as what occurred a few weeks ago, when the police pulled a guy and a woman over for driving a stolen truck. The guy didn’t obey, hit some police vehicles, drove the wrong way on a divided highway, tried to escape by driving at a police officer, and at that point the police opened fire on him, and he died, and the female was injured.

Both of these people were young, and had done a similar thing just a year ago. He had been barred from driving, charged with hit and run, and just a ton of stuff. He was at it again just a year later. He will not have that opportunity to do it again. My thanks to the cops for that one. We joke from time to time about Timmy’s and doughnuts and police cars, but damn it all, this is one tough job. They never know what will happen in a domestic call, or when they pull some dude over. The perp may just as easily pull a gun and open fire, or he may run the cop over, or whatever. My point is that these guys and gals who wear the uniform, put their lives on the line on a daily basis to protect you and me. They will block traffic while the ER folks who now have to wear body armour to protect themselves, perform an extraction from a smashed vehicle. The cops often assist with this too. As do the other protective branch, our Fire Department.

Ladies and Gentlemen of all our protective services, I salute you. Thank you!

A couple of days ago, I got an email from a friend who lives out there on the wet coast, or is it the left coast, I can never remember. The email had to do with the coming election in Quebec, and what that might mean to Quebec and the rest of Canada. It is a very well written work, and it has been published. This work has a good deal of legitimacy.

As a Canadian I was quite interested and I am sure there are a lot of other Canadians who will take a strong interest in what he had to say.

Check it out: Robbie Manis


We have always found the Irish a bit odd.  They refuse to be English.

Winston Churchill


Layman’s Ten Commandments

Someone has written these beautiful words.  The piece is a must read.  Try to understand the deep meaning of it.  They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all of the time!

1.  Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout our journey.

2.  So why is a car’s WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small?  Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE.  So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3.  Friendship is like a BOOK.  It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

4.  All things in life are temporary.  If they’re going well, enjoy them…  they will not last forever.  If they’re going wrong, don’t worry…  they can’t last long either.

5.  Old Friends are Gold!  New Friends are Diamond!  If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold!  Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, friend, it’s just a bend, not the end!"

7.  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8.  A blind person asked St.  Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied, "Yes, losing your vision!"

9.  When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10.  WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES…  it takes away today’s PEACE

The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday.  The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY".

There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, ….."Well, that explains why no one was at church either."

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

Ross Smile

My Blog

When I decided to write a blog, it was my intention to write about something that held my interest. One day It could be a rant about the sad state of the government, in our fair province, another could be on the administration of our health care in Alberta. Somewhere in the mix, there might jut be a nice piece on how well one is treated once they get past the bureaucratic nonsense that holds back medical treatment. My point is that almost anything goes, other than ultra rude or libellous writing. Humour is also uppermost in my mind as I write.

First of all today, I offer a series of some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever run across. It consists of a number of pictures, often duplicated by different photographers, all taken at National and State parks in the United States west and southwest. I love the areas shown, and have been to most of them, and I am also jealous of the guy who took the images. He/she is a far better photographer than I am! If you have been there on a driving trip, I am sure you will know what I mean. If you haven’t, you owe it to your self to look into some of the most beautiful images ever taken on the Colorado Plateau. Be sure to also look at the right sidebar for additional parks. Take a look: National parks

The second video is one about someone who has a serious problem of finding employment after parking the boat he was in charge of. Take a look: Park


Nobody understands anyone 18, including those who are 18.

Jim Bishop


Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife, with himself as the beneficiary, and then arranging to have her killed. A ‘friend of a friend’ put him in touch with a nefarious, dark-side underworld figure who went by the name of ‘Artie.’

Artie explained to the husband that his going price for snuffing out of a spouse was $10,000.

The husband said he was willing to pay that amount but that he wouldn’t have any cash on hand until he could collect his wife’s insurance money.

Artie insisted on being paid at least something up front, so the man opened his wallet, displaying the single dollar coin that rested inside. Artie sighed, rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as down payment for the dirty deed.

A few days later, Artie followed the man’s wife to the local Costco Warehouse. There, he surprised her in the produce department and proceeded to strangle her with his gloved hands. As the poor unsuspecting woman drew her last breath and slumped to the floor, the manager of the produce department stumbled unexpectedly onto the murder scene.

Unwilling to leave any living witnesses behind, ol’ Artie had no choice but to strangle the produce manager as well. However, unknown to Artie, the entire proceedings were captured by the hidden security cameras and observed by the shop’s security guard, who immediately called the police.

Artie was caught and arrested before he could even leave the premises. Under intense questioning at the police station, Artie revealed the whole sordid plan, including his unusual financial arrangements with the hapless husband who was also quickly arrested.

The next day in the newspaper, the headline declared: ‘ARTIE CHOKES 2 for $1.00 @ Costco


The Department of Defense briefed the President this morning. They told President Obama that 2 Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq.

To everyone’s surprise, he collapsed onto his desk, head in his hands, visibly shaken, almost in tears.

Finally, he composed himself and asked, ‘Just how many is a Brazilian?’

This is not surprising, since he obviously has no understanding of billion or trillion either.


Rumours are circulating in California that radical Muslims are planning to go on a rampage in Los Angeles, killing anyone who is white and born in the United States

Police fear the death toll could be as high as 9.

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

Ross Smile

A Little humour part 2

Allison Redford and the Tories do not need any more scorn heaped on them today, so I will continue with some of the funny stuff I have managed to get in the last few days. I do hope they will add to your enjoyment of our on coming spring.

First of all I have a golf story for you, kind of.
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.’

I have a friend in Woodstock New York who sends along a kind of collection of stories and Jokes, and the next few stories will be from him.

When southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich’s house was burglarized recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch. What they did take, however, was a white box filled with a grayish-white powder. (That’s the way the police report described it.)

A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said that it looked similar to high grade cocaine and they’d probably thought they’d hit the big time.

Later, Nathan stood in front of numerous TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars: ‘Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude. She died three years ago.’

The next morning, the bullet-riddled corpse of a local drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan’s doorstep. The white box was there too; about half of Gertrude’s ashes remained. Scotch taped to the box was this note which said:

"Hoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie. Sorry we snorted your sister. No hard feelings. Have a nice day."

And you thought California was the land of fruits and nuts.


Another Government study provides outstanding results . . .

CSIRO Officials admitted that they found about 200 dead crows on the highway between Noonamah and Palmerston, in Northern Territory, where there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.

The Territory Government approved and the CSIRO contracted a bird pathologist to examine the remains of all the crows and he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, much to everyone’s relief.

However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by car impact.

The Territory Government then hired an Ornithological Behaviourist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kills.

After 18 months of research and $2.7 million spent, the Ornithological Behaviourist determined the cause in the deaths.

When crows eat road kill, they always set-up a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.

His conclusion was that the lookout crow could say "Cah," but he could not say "Truck."

I just wanted to make sure that you knew your tax money was being well spent . . .


"I think that’s how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn’t cold enough. Let’s go west.’" -Richard Jeni


1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.

7. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

8. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, "If I died, would you get another dog?"

9. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

10.. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

11.. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.

And last… But not least:

12. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

To test this theory: Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour. Then open it and see who’s happy to see you.


I stopped by the Chevrolet dealership yesterday for a look at the new Silverado 1500 pickup. Just for fun I took it for a test drive. I wanted to sense that new "feel" before they became extinct.

The salesman was an African-American wearing an "Obama change" pin. He sat in the passenger seat describing the truck and its wonderful options. The seats were of particular interest. He explained that the seats directed warm air to your butt in the winter and directed cool air to your butt in the summer heat. Feeling like messing with him, I mentioned that this must be a Republican truck.

Looking a bit angry, he asked why I thought it was a Republican truck. I explained that if it were an Obama truck, the seats would blow smoke up your ass the year round.

I had to walk back to the dealership. Damn guy had no sense of humour!


In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -Voltaire (1764)

That should do it for today, have a great weekend. Ross Smile


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