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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

A Ho Ho Day!

urology2It seems that I have been busy over the last little while and so it seems I have accumulated some stuff that may brighten your day. We were going by the a portion of the urology area in the hospital that other day and came across this very funny cartoon. I have seen it before in hospitals and I thought it might be funny for you too. Gotta love the look on the faces of the nurses!




The Helicopter Ride!
ATT000011Mark and his wife Maureen go to the Queenstown fair every year,

And every year Mark would say, "Maureen, I’d like to ride in that helicopter"

Maureen always replied, "I know Mark, but that helicopter ride is seventy dollars, and seventy dollars is seventy dollars!"

One year later Mark and Maureen went to the fair, and Mark said, "Maureen, I’m 68 years old.  If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance"

To this, Maureen replied, "Mark, that helicopter ride is seventy dollars, and seventy dollars is seventy dollars"

The pilot overheard the couple and said, "Folks I’ll make you a deal.  I’ll take the both of you for a ride.  If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a cent!  But if you say one word it’s seventy dollars.  "

Mark and Maureen agreed and up they went.

The pilot did all kinds of fancy manoeuvres, but not a word was heard.

He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, But still not a word…

When they landed, the pilot turned to Mark and said, "By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.

I’m impressed!"

Mark replied, "Well, to tell you the truth I almost said something when Maureen fell out, But you know, seventy dollars is seventy dollars!"

British income tax return

This example shows the importance of accuracy in your tax return.

The HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) has returned the Tax Return to a man in STANSTED after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly.

In response to the question: "Do you have anyone dependant on you?" he wrote:

"2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crack heads, 4.4 million unemployable Jeremy Kyle scroungers, 900,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 650 idiots in Parliament and the whole of the European Commission".

The HMRC stated that the response he gave was unacceptable.

The man’s response back to HMRC was:

"SORRY – Who did I miss out?"


An illegal immigrant kid asks his mother, "Mama, what’s Democracy and what’s Racism?"

“Well, son, Democracy is when the Canadian taxpayers work every day so that we can get all our benefits, you know like free housing, free healthcare, free telephone, grocery vouchers, more welfare payments than those greedy pensioners and so on son.  That is Democracy".

"But mama, don’t the Canadian taxpayers get ticked off about that?"

"Sure they do and that’s called Racism!"

(Never more simply explained)

To Be 8 again!
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror.  Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday.

‘I’d like to be eight again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror .

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park.
What a day!  He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park.  Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.  He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favourite candy, M&M’s.  What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well Dear, what was it like being eight again?

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.

‘I meant my dress size, you stupid retard!!!!’ The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

THE PRAYER ! For Canadians

When I went to church last week, I heard a sweet elderly lady in the pew next to me saying a prayer.  It was so innocent and sincere that I just have to share it with you:

"Dear Lord, This sure has been a tough four to five years.  You have taken my favorite actor Patrick Swayze, my favorite musician Michael Jackson, my favorite Blues Singer Amy Winehouse, my favorite actress Elizabeth Taylor, my favorite singer Whitney Houston and now my favorite author Tom Clancy!

I just wanted you to know that my favorite politicians are Allison Redford, Elizabeth May, Dalton McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Rob Ford, and that Trudeau kid."



Some of us may remember a young black comedian by the name of Richard Pryor. I always enjoyed his stuff, I thought it to be pretty funny. This is a clip from about 30 years ago, before his accident. Take a look: Pryor

One of the better shows on TV was All in the Family, and Archie Bunker was the perfect racist. This is a clip of the time he had to get an injection at the hospital. Take a peak and have a great laugh: Archie


Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.

Will Rogers 


One day, shortly after joining the PGA tour in 1965, Lee Trevino, a professional golfer and married man, was at his home in Dallas, Texas, mowing his front lawn, as he always did.
A lady driving by in a big, shiny Cadillac stopped in front of his house, lowered the window and asked,Excuse me, do you speak English?"
Lee responded,Yes Ma’am, I do."
The lady then asked,What do you charge to do yard work?
Lee said, "Well, the lady in this house lets me sleep with her."
The lady hurriedly put the car into gear and sped off.

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another. Hope you enjoyed the funnies!

Ross Smile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guess where the hell I am now!!

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

Ross Smile

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Harry S.  Truman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a Great Day, and be nice to others.

Ross Smile

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Bobby Seale


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ross Smile

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

Bill Gates


A farm kid joins the Marines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your loving daughter, Alice

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

Ross Smile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"No left turns," he said.

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

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

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

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

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

"Loses count?" I asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"You’re probably right," I said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A short time later, he died.

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

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

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



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


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



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

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


Have a Great Day and be nice to every one!

Ross Smile

Written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.

Joys of Muslim Women By Nonie Darwish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ripping the West in Two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Ehud Olmert

EXIT LAUGHING: Fourth of July weekend

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student: "On the bottom!"

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

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

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


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

"I have to purchase a softer saddle!"


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

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

We have abused power and called it politics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a Great Day, and be nice to each other

Ross Smile


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