Weekend Funnies

Cleaning Up (Thanks to Veronica for this one)

Our neighbour’s dog crapped in our garden so my wife told to me to get a shovel and throw it over the fence

I don’t see what that solved, now we’ve still got dog crap in our garden and the neighbour’s have our shovel.

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Child Labour 

One Grandfather to another β€œIn general, I don’t believe in child labour. But sometimes they’re the only ones who can figure out what’s wrong with my computer.”

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Long-winded Speech

A man giving a long-winded speech finally says, “I’m sorry I talked so long. I left my watch at home.”

A voice from the crowd says, “There’s a calendar behind you.”

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Fishing Trip

After returning from a fishing trip with her husband, a wife confessed to her neighbor:

“I did everything all wrong again today — I talked too much and too loud. I used the wrong bait. I reeled in too soon and, worst of all, I caught more fish than he did.”

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True Apathy

When I was 13. I was a little hellion so my folks took me to a shrink.

After a month of talking to me, he announced, “I don’t know what to do with you. You’re too apathetic.”

Assuming that “apathetic” meant something horrible, in my usual style I replied, “I don’t care.”

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Did you know?

Teacher: A single ant can live for up to 29 years.

Student: What about a married one?

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Dad to Son: The Philosopher Plato once said β€œI am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.”

Son: β€œHow did he know that?”

Dad: β€œHis wife told him.”

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Nothing will change until!

Democracy has been stolen by our recent breed of politician. Money is their catalyst the more they raise the better their chances of holding onto power. When one party gets into power they can consolidate their finances ready for the next election. The only time they are thrown out of power is when the electorate become thoroughly fed up with them. Yet the new crop will just give us more of the same. People have become disillusioned, our votes are wasted, we see governments formed when more than 60% of the votes are against them. Yet they form a majority government, this is happening again and again in both Federal and Provincial elections. The nation is in a mess, we have inflation, lack of health care, poor wages, homelessness, poverty, pollution, climate crisis, veterans suffering, skyrocketing prices. There seems no end in sight, in contrast to this bleak outlook we have the following. Politicians getting fat, getting rich, with golden pensions, offering us empty promises over and over. It must surely be time the voters took over, we must demand change to how we are governed. The way we elect these parasites must end. We need a better system of electing politicians, PR must be given a chance. However, we must demand it because those in power do not want it. The Conservative leadership race has one candidate who qualified for his pension before he reached his thirtieth birthday. He has apparently never held a regular job, do you think this is the kind of politician we need to run this country? So much for voters to consider but please do consider well before the next election. The future of Canada, of us, of everything important to our survival will depend on the outcome.
God Bless and keep reading.

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I’m not sure how to start this blog, not because it’s a sensitive subject,Β  rather because there is so much to blog about on this subject. Let me start with my childhood, I had a book with a nursery rhythm β€œ Ennie meanie minie moe. Catch the nβ€”ger by his toe”. This was my early education in early 1940s. In the 1950s 60s boarding house signs read β€œNo Irish no Blacks”. ( I’m Irish) When I joined the Navy in 1955, Oh boy! were we racist, called all asians Johnny, others were just WOGS. We showed little to no respect to all and any foreigners. We considered ourselves so superior. In Japan we headed down a particular street, only to be stopped by a large coloured US sergeant. He advised us this was the coloured section. The US had transported its racist policies to Japan.Β  In many of our apparently, Christian churches we see or hear of discrimination, whether sexual or racist. Recently I learned a Southern Baptist church had finally allowed a coloured person admission.I have seen so many more racist incidents in my 83 years than I care to remember. Today I live in a peaceful little village on Prince Edward Island. At my advanced age I know better, I have learned that racism or any form of discrimination is wrong. I try very hard to treat all people with respect where respect is due. However, even here in this little corner of PEI I’m find myself surround by racism. These are not youngsters they are people of my age. They hate those who wear turbans, have a darker skin, homosexuals, come from away and so on.Β  I could go on but I think you known the situation already. Please do try to treat everyone with respect, it would create a much
better society to live in.
God Bless and keep reading

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Species at Risk

There are apparently many species at risk on our island. It was reported in yesterdays Guardian (2nd Aug 2022). Nature PEI,Β  Rosemary Curley and Harriet Lavers are both concerned and trying to do something about it. Taking it to the schools is an excellent idea. Teaching children to care for nature is commendable and indeed necessary. Presently on PEI we have too many species at risk. Three species of bumble bees, four Lichen, fifteen birds and several other arthropods such as bats. We also have many types of fish, we all know about the fish kills. So while these two caring people are doing their very best to save our natural environment, what are we doing to help. Nothing much from what I see, people cutting their lawns rather than providing a food source for bees. Some are still spraying to kill Dandelions and other weeds. However, the worse offenders are the farm sprayers and the Irving Corp. They already know this but clearly do not care, to them money is more important. Most of the island soil is already ruined by chemicals and devoid of insects and worms. Our rivers and streams are polluted and devoid of fish. What needs to be done? our Government needs to act, although that is mostly wishful thinking. The present breed of politician are well and truly in Irving’s control and pockets. Afraid to rock the boat, well pretty soon this boat will capsize if nothing is done. Once a species is gone, it will never come back, if we lose the bees Irving will no longer matter. Something to think about for the next election, to date Liberals and PCs have failed to act. Surely it is time we elected men and women who truly care.
God Bless and keep reading.

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Nasty Politics

Quite recently a local Island journalist stated that the media has become quite nasty. I wonder why?could it have something to do with latest crop of politicians. Politicians seem only intent on lining their own pockets these days. Many go from Provincial politics into federal and sometimes the other way. I recall a few years ago our four Island MPs were embarrassed by the media released of their annual expense claims for the year. I no longer remember the exact amounts but for three of the four it was over and or close to half million dollars each, of the four, the only actual government member was the lowest at approx $250,000. Remember this is only expenses not salaries, or bonuses or special committees. They fly back and fro to Ottawa, maintain a residence in the capitol and an office and staff on PEI. They claim travel expenses, hotels, meals, and I don’t mean a quick snack at a local fast food outlet. I’m only guessing, but when everything is included I imagine each
Island MP costs tax payers somewhere in the region of a million dollars per year. The big question, what do we tax payers get for that hefty sum. No much from what I can see. Easter is retired living in a large new home, a long way from his early beginnings of an ancient mobile home to a leaky old farm house. McAulay seems he can’t retire even though he is well past his sell by date. He has the nicest barn in the Province, so nice in fact he hosts many federal meeting in it. These are just a couple of examples, there is much much more but it’s kept under wraps best as possible. Perhaps l’m being nasty? If so I’m not about to apologize, there is something seriously wrong with how we elect these parasites to govern this nation. It needs to change before this wonderful country is bankrupt. Perhaps you think me a little harsh? So don’t believe me, ask a homeless person, struggling senior, or disabled veteran.
God Bless and keep reading.

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My subject today is BIG! Big automobiles and there are many. I recall the gas prices in the 1970s, the big three rushed what they considered economy cars to market. Remember the Pinto, Vega and Omni! Well the gas crisis ended and big vehicles were back. Now today we have soaring gas prices again, yet I only see big vehicles on the roads. Saturday I sat in the Sobeys parking lot watching the different cars.Β  In one row of twenty there were 13 SUVs three large trucks and four average size cars. I realize the auto manufacturers are phasing out cars/sedans. Instead favouring the larger SUVs and trucks. I find that hard to understand, is these SUVs are mostly huge, with often just one person in them. Same for the trucks. Fancy chrome everywhere, big wheels and tires, club cabs and clearly being used for anything but work. Surely cost alone would make these vehicle prohibitive, not too mention running costs. I see young families driving these big and fancy trucks. I see seniors driving these big fancy trucks. Some have disabled tags in the windshields, and little lady’s struggling to get in or out. Does not make sense to me, shouldn’t we be down sizing vehicles in view of running costs. Of course we have emerging electric cars, yet too costly for most people, or that’s what I hear. So why big SUVs and trucks, they must cost as much or more than the available EVs. The old adage β€œ big is not necessarily better”
God Bless and keep reading.

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Weekend Funnies

At the test centre 

Nurse: Have you experienced a sudden loss of taste?

Me: No, I’ve always dressed this way…..

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Interview at an IT Company

Job Interviewer: β€œSo what makes you suitable for this job?”

Job Applicant. β€œI hacked your computer and invited myself for this interview!”

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Care and Feeding

The doctor was giving the new mother instructions on the care of her first baby.

“Actually, it’s quite simple,” he said. “Just keep one end full and the other end dry and clean.”

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There’s a man sitting at a bar just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half an hour. Then, a big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just chugs it all down.

The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t stand seeing a man crying.”

“No, it’s not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I’m late to my office. My boss, in an outrage, fires me. When I leave the building to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police say they can do nothing. I get a cab to return home and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The cab driver just drives away. I go home and when I get there, I find my wife left me. I leave home and come to this bar.

And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison!”

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Starting a Zoo 

To start a zoo you need at least two pandas, a grizzly and a polar….

It’s the bear minimum.

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Another Virus 

Are you sweating while putting fuel in your car?

Feeling sick when paying for it?

You’ve got Carowner virus

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The Pope’s Visit

I expect at the very least this blog will be controversial, at worse will offend many Catholic followers. However, I have to write what I see, and I this case I see a massive waste of money. This visit is on a huge scale not unlike the Hollywood epics, Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments. Everything is staged to create a scene of wondrous holiness and faith. I see this Pope in his grandest finery with a circle behind him of liked minded robes and splendour. They stand dressed in robes with fine trim, fancy head dress. They clasp their hands as if in silent prayer. Hollywood could not do better, this is a production the likes of which we have never seen before in Canada. Whether or not this apology is genuine is sincere or merely showmanship, really doesn’t matter. What does matter is the cost, so much good could have been done if spent where it was needed. Listening to this apology he does not appear to apologize for the church, just those involved in running the homes. He makes no mention of the sexual assaults that took place in those dreadful homes. I’m sorry but he has failed to impress me, and I suspect I do not stand alone in those views. If the waters running through Grassy Narrows could have been cleaned and made safe to drink. The many other indigenous communities who still have to boil water. If money had been spent on those important issues, our indigenous peoples might have felt some real benefit. This apology, when he is gone, will be meaningless as a mother boils water to drink or to wash her child.
God Bless and keep reading

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When I write about my misgivings regarding the electric cars, I get angry and often rude retorts. I’m told I know nothing, I’m spreading lies and myths and should check the facts. Hmm, who’s facts would that be. I recall in 1940 the American Ambassador Joseph Kennedy said we had to face the facts, Britain has lost the war! Facts are not always accurate, facts must always be questioned. We are all blessed with the ability to reason for ourselves. That is precisely what I’m doing. I’m not saying EVs are bad or are not the future, what I’m saying is there remains too many questions to be answered. Look around your home, what do you see?Β  Electric appliances galore, TVs, heat pumps, coffee makers, microwave, stove, lights, water heater, fans, toasters, vacuum clearers and on and on. What happens in an ice or snow storm? Disaster ensues, no heat, lights, radio and spoiling food in the fridge. People going to warming shelters to survive the freezing temperatures. Now imagine we were living in an EV world. The power companies could not operate their electrical repair vehicles because they have no way to recharge the batteries. Snow plows would run out of battery power failing to open up the highways. Let’s not forget the only mode of transport in your driveway? There are many issues yet to be solved before or indeed if we become a world of EV transportation? Perhaps I’m too old to understand, after all I grew up in a world at war. We had one gas light in the house, going to bed we took candles. Our heat came from an old coal stove, when we could get coal. Milk was delivered each morning by a electric milk float. Bread delivery came from electric bread vans. When my father went to work he took the tram, another electric vehicle. All those vehicles are long gone, some from necessity some from changing times. At the turn of the 20th century there was a variety of self propelled vehicles, steam, electric and gasoline. Obviously gas driven vehicles became the most viable means of transport. Now we look at the pollution they cause, not just in the atmosphere but in crowded roads parking lots noise etc.Β  So perhaps the electric car will be the answer, but my concern, where will all this electricity come from when we have the same number of EV vehicles on the roads. Surely we should be investigating better and more efficient public transportation, not more cars regardless of their power source. Those are my facts, lies myths or whatever.
God bless and keep thinking.

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EV – Another POV

Electric Cars

Finally!   Someone has put some numbers to what I’ve been thinking!  Well said!  (Copied from a friend)

an interesting take on Electric Cars.

β€œAs an engineer I love the electric vehicle technology However, I have been troubled for a long-time by the fact that the electrical energy to keep the batteries charged has to come from the grid, and that means more power generation and a huge increase in the distribution infrastructure. Whether generated from coal, gas, oil, wind or sun, installed generation capacity is limited.

A friend sent me the following that says it very well. You should all take a look at this short article.


In case you were thinking of buying hybrid or an electric car…

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile of those things has never been discussed. All you ever heard was the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity to run it. This is the first article I’ve ever seen and it tells the story pretty much as I expected it to.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power things, yet they’re being shoved down our throats. Glad somebody finally put engineering and math to paper.

At a neighborhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious.

If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75-amp service. The average house is equipped with 100-amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load. So, as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This later “investment” will not be revealed until we’re so far down this dead-end road that it will be presented with an   ‘OOPS…!’ and a shrug.

If you want to argue with a green person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the following. Note: If you ARE a green person, read it anyway. It’s enlightening.

Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.” Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16-kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip, your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricity.

I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile.  

The gasoline powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. So, the Canadian Government wants loyal Canadians not to do the math, but simply pay twice as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.


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