The daylight is getting shorter, by about 5 minutes a day, and the time is growing shorter until our 4 by-elections.

My first point on this is that we should all get out and vote. Advance voting is available if so desired. There is what has to be considerable talent running in the 4 by-elections, but I am mostly interested in who we elect in Calgary-West for our Provincial MLA.

Jim Prentice when he got elected as leader, hit all the hot buttons, and said all the right things, that will likely get him, and his candidates elected. I will be voting to be sure, but it will not be for the PC Candidate. Why? Easy, I have lived in Alberta since 1960 and I have heard all these promises and those like them from previous elections for our provincial government, and the truth in my opinion it is merely political bafflegab, smoke and mirrors if you will to get elected and once elected, who needs to keep promises.

OK, so who will get my vote in our riding? I am voting for Sheila Taylor. She was the first person in years on the Calgary School Board who made sense, and who tried to change things on the board to make it successful. It had been a disaster for many years prior to her time on the board.

Of course, Sheila is a member of the Wild Rose party, and while she alone cannot make a lot of difference, she will be one less MLA from the PC’S. It will also send a message to the PC’s who are still in the government that they are vulnerable to being ousted, and the some of the old PC voters like me, are fed to the teeth with the antics of our elected representatives.

So, go out and vote on Monday October 27, for whoever you like, but please think of all the years you have been “lied” to by our current government. Think of  the squandered waste, the egregious salaries, and pensions paid to a lot of MLA’s. Think of the waste created by the AHS, working along side of the government to go from one kind of super board, to smaller boards, ad infinitum, all the while you cannot get in for knee surgery, a cataract operation, or any similar surgery. Care beds for aging patients, homeless programs that are needed, but I guess these people do not vote, so they do not count. The richest province in the country and we can’t fix anything, but we can give ourselves a nice raise, a nice pension, a good salary, a great expense account, and I bet they don’t have to wait for a hip or knee surgery.!

Sheila may not get these all fixed, but we can send a message. I doubt it will happen, but maybe we can hope for at least one seat out of 4 to change from PC to something else.

Just get out and vote on October 27, thank you.


I saw a piece the other day, that amused me, it was commenting on our state of affairs as they saw it. The writer said to send in the circus, we already have the clowns. Funny twist on words. This web page is for some of us who have reached a certain age, and who will remember some of the comedians of the 50’s and 60’s. Frank Sinatra sings one of his popular hits, “Send in the Clowns”. Worth a peek for sure: Clowns

This is a funny one in a way, but it could just as easily have been a disaster for some bears. People intervention that went well. Click the link: bears

I have been to Rio, and was atop the Corcovado Mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue is located. The statue was struck by lightning and endured some damage earlier this year. This is a video of folks doing some repairs to correct the damage. It is a magnificent structure. By way of interest, the day we were there, the mountain was socked in with fog, but as I gazed up to where the statue was hidden, the statue was totally revealed. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Check it out: Statue


It is difficult to understand these people who democratically take part in elections and a referendum, but are then incapable of democratically accepting the will of the people.

Jose Saramago


Jewish Humour
A 25-year-old Jewish girl tells her mum that she has missed her period for 2 months.

Very worried, the mother goes to the local pharmacy and buys a pregnancy test kit The test confirms that her daughter is pregnant.

Shouting and crying, the mother says, "Who was the selfish bastard that did this to you?  I demand to know!"

Without answering, the girl picks up the phone and makes a call.  Half an hour later, a Bentley stops in front of their house.  A middle-aged and very distinguished man steps out of the car and enters the house.

He sits in the lounge with the father and mother, and tells them, "Your daughter has informed me of the problem.  I can’t marry her because of my personal family situation but I’ll take charge.  I will pay all costs and provide for your daughter for the rest of her life."

He continues, "Additionally, if a girl is born I will bequeath two retail furniture stores, a deli, a chateau in France and a £1m bank account."

He continues, "If a boy is born my legacy will be a chain of jewellery stores and a £25m bank account."

"However, if there is a miscarriage I’m not sure what to do.  What would you suggest?"

All silent at this point, the mother placed a hand firmly on the man’s shoulder and told him, "You’ll try again."

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

Ross Smile


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