Summerside Community Church

I recently read the message sent out by the Summerside Community church leader. The only part of his message that I could agree with was “Be Better”. As to the rest, it was pure nonsense to any reasonable person. Essentially Mr, Cavanaugh is warning his congregation to protect their children from the Gay Parade. How this or any other church behave amongst themselves is their business. How they worship and what they believe among themselves is fine if confined to their church community. However, when they take it upon themselves to make judgement on others, I question who or what gives them the right? Sitting in judgement on those they regard as different/sinners is not their job. I have often heard their well-used excuse “we love the sinner but hate the sin”. I’m not sure how that fits in with the words “We are all God’s Children” I like to think of myself as a Christian, not one of those apparently born-again Christians.  I merely try to be a good and decent person. I try to help when I see a person in need or struggling, for me that is the Christianity I was taught. I have such difficulty dealing with those I regard as do gooder hypocrites. Those who claim they are the true/real Christians and the rest of us are sinners/lesser humans. Let me give an example, some years ago we had a lay preacher (Baptist) at our United Church. In his sermon he acknowledged our inclusive policy. Then unbelievably in his sermon, when on to tell us we were wrong. He described a fig tree as his subject, the branches that did not bear fruit should be loped off. In fact, he is not talking about branches he is talking people. You know who, those dreadful gay sinners. When the leaf or branch is cut off it falls to the ground withers and dies, cut people off they too will wither and die. How can that be even considered preaching the word of God? But dare one suggest these born-again preachers are preaching hatred and they will call down the wrath of God upon your head . I suppose I could go on but think I have explained my views adequately.

God Bless and keep reading

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Weekend Funnies

Maths Issue 

There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator.

Only a fraction of people will find this funny.

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Bribing the Judge

A Judge addressed the court, at the start of a case:

“I have to declare an interest in this case. Last week, the plaintiff sent me a check for $10,000 to find in his favor. Two days later, I received $20,000 from the defendant to find in his favour.

“I have therefore sent $10,000 back to the defendant and can try the case without bias.”

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Gender Issues

The funniest thing I heard an elder say, “My generation had Wonder Woman, your generation has to wonder if it’s a woman!”

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Chicken Sale

Our supermarket had a sale on boneless chicken breasts, and a woman I know intended to stock up. At the store, however, she was disappointed to find only a few skimpy prepackaged portions of the poultry, so she complained to the butcher.

“Don’t worry, lady,” he said. “I’ll pack some more trays and have them ready for you by the time you finish shopping.”

Several aisles later, my friend heard the butcher’s voice boom over the public-address system: “Will the lady who wanted bigger breasts please meet me at the back of the store.”

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Panic Buttons for Politicians

So our illustrious politicians are feeling unsafe, poor babies. They need to have panic buttons in case voters get angry. Hell we voters have been angry for a long time, the question politicians need to ask, is why! We have reached to a place where we are ignored, paid lip service, lied to, offered empty promises, or more often than not, do not see a politician from one election until the next. Politicians do not represent the people of their district, they represent their party and of course their leaders. If we complain we are fobbed off with, I will look into it! However, one major issue is how they spend our tax dollars. They swan around in gas guzzlers using government credit cards, they dine out using our tax dollars, they do not try or even appear to try and be frugal. Each politician has a staff, office, and in the case of MPs, have apartments in Ottawa flying back and fro at no personal cost. Now I expect some will disagree and dispute my claims and that is fine. Nevertheless, there are millions of Canadians who would readily agree with me. It doesn’t matter if my facts are unfounded, it’s what many of us see every day of our lives. We are told to tighten our belts and suck it up as a flash government car pulls up to the pumps. “Fill her up lad I have an important dinner to attend”.
That’s why these untouchables cry for the protection of a panic button, and of course our tax dollars will pay for them. The real reason as I see it, they have lost all respect from us the people. From Trudeau all the way down we have been given one lie after another. The only MP that I could honestly say yes I have great respect for, was Judy Wilson Raybould, and they got rid of her.
God Bless and keep reading

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Passing the Buck

Perhaps you will remember when president Truman took over the presidency of the USA and had to make the most difficult decision of his life. The decision to use the Atomic Bomb on Japan in August 1945. He must have struggled, but in the end, sitting at his desk he said, the Buck Stops here. However, here in Canada the buck doesn’t appear to stop at anyone’s desk, it just gets passed around . Why am I bringing this up, allow me to explain. Over a month ago I wrote to my federal MP for Egmont, Robert Morrissey with concerns over clear cutting in our region. I had to write two more times before he finally bothered to respond. I wondered why I had bothered because he merely passed the Buck. Not within his jurisdiction, he said, I should contact the provincial government, Duh!! Like I had never thought of that. We have both Federal and Provincial governments, and it would be reasonable to think they co-operate.  Especially as trees are considered an important factor in Climate change. Especially as Morrissey’s boss stated the federal government would plant a billion trees. The provincial government depends on the Federal government for much of its financing and support. I imagine if an island MP had a quiet word in the provincial environment minister’s ear, something could be worked out. It’s just not good enough that these well paid and certainly not over worked MPs can’t get out from behind their desks (where the buck doesn’t stop) and earn what we pay them to do. Is it any wonder we no longer hold our politicians with even a tiny degree of respect.

I have copied his waste of time response that I finally received after sending him three or four emails.

Morrissey, Robert – M.P. <Robert.Morrissey@parl.gc.ca>To:

  • You

Wed 2022-06-22 6:06 PM

Start reply with: Schedule a meetingThank you, I will do that.Thank you very much for the information.Feedback

Dear Frederick,

Thank you for writing to me to express your concern on an important issue, and I apologize for the delay in this late response.

The issue around clear cutting in Egmont totally falls under the jurisdiction of the Government of PEI, which has exclusive regulation authority over land use policies.

I encourage you to contact the provincial government separately for comment and your local MLA to pass on your concerns.

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The Jeep and the Duke

After writing about my 1956 Admiralty Driving Permit yesterday, I thought it might be of interest if I shared this almost disastrous trip in the jeep whilst in Melbourne. The Olympic Games were to be officially open by the Duke of Edinburgh after a brief run through Melbourne for the public to see him.

The Jeep Arrives.

In due course a navy-blue Willy’s jeep pulled up alongside the gangway. Painted in white on each side were the letters RN.

The other drivers and I listened intently as the driver explained the idiosyncrasies of this unique little vehicle. It was left hand drive. Australians, like the English, drive on the right. The jeep was simple to drive and actually a lot of fun too. This was definitely the best duty experienced so far in my short naval career.
Over the next few days, I was called upon to drive the Skipper to the city to meet officials or attend receptions. I also drove many of the ship’s officers to a variety of destinations. I had the distinct feeling we were more like a taxi service than a military service. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the job and indeed I considered myself to be quite important.
On the morning of the opening of the Olympic Games, things were quite hectic. As duty driver I’d already completed several runs in the jeep. Then around tot time a group of about eight or ten shipmates rolled off the gangway and made a beeline for the jeep. Without asking, they piled in and demanded to be chauffeured into town.
Being a young and very junior sailor, I was easily intimidated by the older shipmates, and I knew it would be difficult, maybe even impossible, to get them out of the jeep, so I decided that the best course of action would be to drive them to the nearest pub.
I started the jeep and headed for the city centre. This wasn’t as simple as it might sound. Two of my passengers were sitting on the bonnet, impeding my vision and speed. Finally, I reached the main thoroughfare leading to Flinders Street, and I have to ask myself, why you can’t ever find a pub when you so desperately needed one.
I eased the jeep into the left side lane that took me onto the main street, and too late, I realised that it was a big mistake. Directly in front of me was a police barrier. It was much too close to avoid, so my only option was to stop.
But as I slowed down, I was surprised to see a policeman step forward and wave me through. Of course, I obeyed, and to my horror I immediately I found myself in the middle of a street that was lined with thousands of flag waving people.
In the split second it took to pass through the barrier I realised what had happened. The policeman had assumed that we were part of the official party sent to line the street.
The second realisation, however, caused me to break out in a cold sweat. Oh my God! I was trapped in the very same street that the Duke was going to travel along on his way to the official opening of the Games. I immediately envisioned a court martial, resulting in me being hanged from the nearest yardarm at dawn.
The only way out was to drive to the end of the street and get off at the next junction. But what if I met the Royal Entourage coming the other way? I couldn’t just drive past them! I would have to back up. I would surely cause an international incident and end my brief naval career.
In the meantime, my unconcerned passengers were having a ball, waving enthusiastically at the spectators as we sped past. The crowd waved back and cheered loudly. Of course, this prompted my rum-sodden shipmates to react and respond with greater enthusiasm.
Not one of them gave me a thought, or even considered my predicament. I was having difficulty gripping the steering wheel with my sweaty palms as I drove as fast as I dared down the crowded and narrow street.
Fortunately, I reached the end of the street without any major incident and we turned sharply into an alleyway.
I’d had enough by then. With a thumping heart and a bright red face, I jumped up and yelled at my passengers.
“Get the F–K out of my jeep!”
I was so angry they didn’t hesitate. They were gone in seconds. Phew!!I had survived and still had my permit!!!

God Bless and keep reading

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Duty Jeep Driver

Roughly 66 years ago I qualified for my Admiralty driving permit in Singapore dockyard. I already held a Northern Ireland driver license, so when the ship called for qualified drivers, I volunteered. Four drivers were required for our visit to Melbourne Australia during the Olympic Games of 1956. I was one of the most junior crew members and never imagined I’d have a chance. Duty Jeep driver was seen as a great job whilst visiting the city of Melbourne. To my utter surprise I was selected, but learned later there were only four qualified drivers among the crew. 
We were sent to the transport manager in the dockyard for our tests. I passed with out any problems, I was a very happy and proud young sailor/driver

Tomorrow I will tell you of one very traumatic Jeep driving adventure.

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EV For and Against

The electric car seems to be all the rage these days. However, we should start to consider the many limitations these vehicles present. One might wonder if they really are the answer to our transportation issues. Would you consider a cross Canada drive in an EV? I wouldn’t. How long do you think it would it take? How many charging stops would be required? Then we must consider the length of time for each recharge. Several hours at best. We must also know where the charging stations are located. But okay, you are not planning a cross country trip, maybe just a quick trip to Costco in Moncton or a visit to Halifax. Do you know the exact distance and the range of your EV. All important questions, if your car runs out of charge what do you do? Cant get a lift to the nearest charging station and bring back a gallon of electricity! What if you get caught up in a long highway delay, in heat or cold you will use up precious battery power. What if you get stuck on the highway in a blizzard and drain your battery. You see, there are many serious situations using electric, that you won’t have with gasoline. In my opinion, until EVs are far more advanced more cost effective,with better longer lasting batteries we should stick with economy gas powered vehicles.  I will agree the use of EVs in city’s and towns can be beneficial in the elimination of exhaust and noise pollution. Might even goes as far to say the EV could be quite practical for city use. My final point, also about pollution, what do we do with all the spent lithium batteries?? I will leave you to make your own decision, In the meantime I’m sticking with my Corolla. As a matter of fact I doubt I could afford a new EV automobile in any case.
God Bless and keep motoring!

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Weekend Funnies

Insurance

An insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife that she should take out life insurance. “Suppose your husband were to die,” he said, “What would you get?”

The housewife thought for a while, and then said, “Oh, a parrot, I think. Then the house wouldn’t seem so quiet.”

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The Irish at the Races 

Bloke at a horse race whispers to Paddy next to him “Do you want the winner of the next race?”

Paddy replies “No tanks, oi’ve only got a small yard.”

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Resume Writing 

How would you write “I changed a light bulb” on your resume?

Single-handedly managed the successful upgrade and deployment of a new environmental illumination system with zero cost overruns and zero safety incidents.

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Government Grabs

I have questioned the motor vehicle safety inspection more than once, but each time I get the usual run around. I’m given ridiculous excuses, we need the safety inspection because of all the factory recalls, duh. Why would a brand new vehicle need a safety inspection. Can we honestly believe a dealership actually carry out the required inspection. Would you check for broken glass, pull the wheels to check the brake pads, check the tires for wear. Check front end parts, rust holes in the body, lights wipers etc. Of course not, and neither do the dealerships. However they do put a safety sticker on the car and charge for a full safety inspection. The current cost of inspection is between $35-40. The money from this unnecessary and actually work not being carried out is divided between government and car dealership. We the consumers are paying for this twice,  in tax and in purchase price of the vehicle. If anyone else was doing this it would be considered a scam. I realize this is only a small amount, but nevertheless, it’s a tax we should not be paying, especially in these costly times. This is only one of probably several other unnecessary costs charged to islanders. However, smiling Dennis King will tell you “it’s about people” although it’s more about him and his government members with their government cars, bicycle racks and credit cards. Other Maritime provinces do not require new car inspections, depending on which province new cars are not inspected for two to three years. It’s time the King government came into line. I recall our provincial HST was raised so we could come into line with our sister provinces. Just my thoughts on our out of line government
God Bless and keep paying taxes.

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King Doesn’t Care!

The price of gas is going thru the roof, groceries priced so high people are going without. Affordable housing and rentals are all but none existent. To top it all off, thousands of islanders are without a doctor. Indeed, those to do have a GP are waiting months, even years to get their necessary surgeries. I understand many factors are involved in rising costs, in particular fuel costs. I also understand governments can’t do a lot about these world shortages. However, our Premier could ease the burden of fuel prices by rebating the carbon tax. Not going to happen, instead, King thinks a $100 rebate on bicycles, or rebates on heat pumps is all people need. I doubt many seniors are rushing out to take advantage of the bicycle rebate. Likewise, how many will be helped by a heat pump. It seems to me the King government are taking advantage of islander’s misfortune by reaping in all the extra taxes from gasoline, diesel and heating oil. As for this PC government, they certainly are not the government that claimed “its about people” at least not from where I sit.
God Bless and God help us.

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