VLT’s life blood of many Clubs.

lionslegionIt is an unfortunate fact of life, but many social clubs, Lions and Legions depend on the revenue from VLT’s to maintain their operations. In Saint Eleanors  PEI the local Lions Club is faced with closure because it is losing five VLT machines. Many people have voiced outrage at the Atlantic Lotto Corp blaming them for this failure. However, if a gambling machine is all that is keeping a club afloat then the continued existence of that organization comes into question. The money dropped into these hungry machines must surely cause hardships within many Island families. The hope that drives so many to find that single winning jackpot staggers the imagination.  Gambling has been with us for thousands of years, and it has ruined many more lives than it ever helped. If a club or organization depends on the income from a VLT-ATM for survival then one must ask what the purpose of that club is? Have they lost the support of their community and replaced it with the hapless misfortune of those poor individuals chasing a forlorn hope of suddenly becoming rich. A hope that for the masses will never happen. VLT’ owners and Governments make huge profits off the backs of the poor, it is like a volunteer tax. They will tell you they provide entertainment and a degree of excitement for the population. What I see is a desperate person trying with a last coin to win back the total lose of his/her wages.

God Bless and keep reading.

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Thirteen Days

navy0007totemI watched a TV documentary recently titled “The Thirteen Most Dangerous Days in the History of the World” it was about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Almost forgotten today, but it was indeed a time when the world was facing Armageddon in a nuclear holocaust. The USA and USSR stood poised to press the button releasing the third and final world war. I was serving aboard HMS Taciturn a world war two diesel electric submarine. Naturally we had little or no details of what was happening across the world. Yet it was clear something was up, leaves were cancelled and the fleet preparing to sail. We stored the boat for a long patrol, every nook and cranny was stuffed with food supplies. we had a full load of live torpedo. We sailed at dawn and before we were out of the harbour our pennant numbers were painted over. Some of the crew guessed we were going on what we called a mystery tour, spying along the Russian coast line. However, we headed out into the North Atlantic in the opposite direct. The minute we reached our patrol area we dived maintaining total radio silence. For the next five or six days we remained dived only coming to periscope depth at night to snort and recharge our batteries. Rumours abounded throughout the boat, it seemed everyone had a theory as to what was going on. Yet not one of us knew the facts, only that whatever the facts were they were very serious. Some crew members had heard snippets about the missile crisis and it was soon the focus of the whole boat. This rumour quickly escalated to a possible nuclear war between the USA and USSR. Of course that involved us as an ally and NATO member.  While the tension in the White House and Kremlin must have been extreme until the Russian ships turned back, it was equally tense aboard the Taciturn not knowing what was happening above the waves.  When we finally surfaced with orders to return to harbour we could breath easy again. Until we broke the surface we had no idea if the world was at war, or indeed if the world still existed. This was without equal the thirteen most dangerous days in the history of the world. It was also one of the most frightening times of my young life. Probably made even worse by the fact only weeks earlier a finished reading Nevil Shute’s book “On The Beach”!!!!!!!

God Bless and keep reading.

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Dark day for Arsenal

arsenal pennentSad day for Arsenal, can’t win then all but today nothing seemed to go the Gunners way, West Brom beat them 2-1. Arsenal played well just couldn’t get the ball in the net. They hit the upright, missed an open goal and in the dying minutes of the game they got a penalty that could have saved them a point. Alas they missed the penalty. Manchester City fared even worse they lost to Liverpool by a score of 4-1. Leicester City are top of the table with Man U second. Not to worry Arsenal will bounce back, lost two players to injury also today just adding to the Gunners troubles.


This morning I was sitting on a park
bench next to a homeless man,
I asked him how he ended up this way.
He said, “Up until last week I
still had it all. A cook who cooked my meals,
 my room was cleaned, my clothes
were washed & pressed,
 I had a roof over my head,
 I had TV, internet,
I went to the gym regularly,
  the pool, the library, I could still go
to school.
 I asked, “What happened? Drugs?
Alcohol? Divorce?”
 “Oh no, nothing like that,” he said.
 “I got out of prison.”
GOD BLESS and keep reading
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Idiots on the Road

soulI do not often complaint on my blog about Island drivers. I do often complain to Linda whilst we drive around doing errands. However, last night I saw the most stupidity ever behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. We were heading home from Summerside on hwy 11. We were between Miscouche and the Wellington turn of (approx 5 mile stretch). First a Honda Civic raced passed a long line of vehicles that were doing the speed limit of 90 KPH. Traffic was coming the other way and I thought the Honda driver had needlessly risked his/her life and others in such a reckless overtaking. But the Honda looked quite good by comparison of what happened next.  This big Dodge Ram truck (might have been Ford or GMC) appeared right behind it. He was flying! as he passed us I could hear his engine screaming he must have floored the pedal. He was passing in a left turn lane, fortunately for him no one was turning left.  He had to break heavy just to force himself in between vehicles ahead of us and avoid an oncoming tractor trailer. This was such a close call, the driver of the truck risked not only his life but the lives of those around him. If he had failed to get back into the right lane in time to avoid the oncoming traffic we would have been involved if a major accident. When we reached the Wellington turn off there was the truck and Honda just ahead of us? So much for all their racing and risking lives, idiots both of them.!!

God Bless and keep reading.

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Transparent Not???

Caudillo gonezflagpeiIt is surely time to get back into Island politics! Remember all the solemn promises made by King Wade. How he would run a transparent government, open and honest with no secrets???? Once elected, he stated he wasn’t going to open old wounds, he would let the scabs heal and disappear. Unfortunately some scabs fall off exposing nasty results. It seems that has happened to the E Gaming scam scab!!. Questions are being asked by the opposition into missing monies. Questions are being asked as to whom authorized these non repayable loans and why under such odd circumstances of  paying back if and when the gambling scheme showed a profit.  The Ghiz government denied all knowledge of this scheme yet days before it came to light, Ghiz resigned, later Sheridan claimed his wife was ill and he had to leave politics to care for her. Who in government suggested profits could be banked off shore to avoid taxes?? While it is printed clearly in black and white on the government document no one in government apparently wrote it???? In the last few days the opposition have raised and asked some very pointed questions. However each question has been brushed aside by Alan Roach as he alludes to some other nonsense. His clever display of not answering questions was impressive, made me think perhaps he had trained at the Harper School of not answering questions. Seriously, so much for the Liberal version of transparency, its as clear as all the other forms of claimed transparency.  The only thing we the public can see through is the empty promises of yet another opaque bunch of politicians.

God Bless and keep reading.

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More Women Advice!!

To all Men—–Read the information below and commit to memory

 (I don’t think its worth even thinking about arguing over this – we know its true!!)

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(1) FineThis is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you                     need to shut up.
(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm.  This means something, and you should be on your toes.  Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.
(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission! – Don’t Do It !!
(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men.  A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.  (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of ‘nothing’.)
(6) That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man.  That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here – This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ – that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’.  That will bring on a ‘whatever’).
(8) Whatever: Is a woman’s way of saying F— k You!
(9) Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’  For the woman’s response, refer to # 3.
* Send this to the men you know, to warn them about arguments they can easily avoid if they remember the terminology!
* Send this to all the women you know to give them a good laugh, because they know it’s true!!!

God Bless and keep reading, and in the case of men, Learning!!!!

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Renewing a Canadian Passport!!!!

Newfoundlacanada_flagnder Renewing His Passport 


John Tucker
St Johns NL

This, apparently is an actual letter received by the Canadian Passport
Office, from an irate Newfoundlander attempting to renew his passport.

Dear Sirs,

I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.
How is it that Bell-Alliant has my address and telephone number and knows
that I bought a friggin satellite dish from them back in 1977, and yet, the
Canadian Government is still asking me where I was friggin born and on what date.

For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my
pension checks, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the
past 30 years. It is on my Health card, my driving license, my car
insurance, on the last eight damn passports I’ve had, on all those stupid
customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off the
plane over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms.

Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is
Mary Anne, my father’s name is Robert and I’d be absolutely astounded if
that ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!!
I apologise, I’m really pissed off this morning. Between you an’ me, I’ve
had enough of this bullshit! You send the application to my house, then you
ask me for my bloody address!!!!

What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthal arseholes workin’ there?
Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don’t want to dig up
Yasser Arafat, for shit sakes. I just want to go and park my arse on some
sandy beach somewhere. And would someone please tell me, why would you give
a shit whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got
the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, you’d
be the last friggin people I’d want to tell!

Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other end of the friggin
city to get another  copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of
$35. Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to
assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day??

Nooooooooooooo, that’d be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You’d rather
have us running all over the n’ place like chickens with our heads
cut off, then have to find some arsehole to confirm that it’s really me on
the damn picture – you know, the one where we’re not allowed to smile?!
(bureaucratic friggin’ morons) Hey, do you know why we couldn’t smile if we
wanted to? Because we’re totally pissed off!


An Irate Canadian Citizen.

P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to
confirm that it’s me? Well, my family has been in Newfoundland since 1497
and I’ve been a Canadian Citizen since 1949. I have served in the military
for something over 30 years and have had full security clearances over 25 of
those years enabling me to undertake highly secretive missions all over the
world. However, I have to get someone ‘important’ to verify who I am – you
know, someone like my doctor – WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN FRIGGIN PAKISTAN.

= God Bless and keep reading
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Gauge this for yourself!

Railroad  tracks.
The  US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) istrainsTrain.calcot.grange.750pix
4  feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd  number.

Why  was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them
in  England , and English expatriates designed the US  railroads.

Why  did the English build them like that? Because the first
rail  lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad
tramways, and that’s the gauge they  used.

Why  did ‘they’ use that gauge then? Because the people who
built  the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used
for building wagons, which used that wheel  spacing.

Why  did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well,  if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would
break on some of the old, long distance roads in England ,  because
that’s the spacing of the wheel  ruts.

So  who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the
first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for  their
legions. Those roads have been used ever  since.

And  the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed thechariot
initial  ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying
their wagon  wheels.

Since  the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all
alike  in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States
standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from  the
original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
Bureaucracies live  forever.

So  the next time you are handed a
specification/procedure/process  and wonder ‘What horse’s arse came up
with this?’ , you may be  exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots
were made just  wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war
horses.  (Two horses’  arse’s.)
Now,  the twist to the  story:

When  you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there
are  two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel
tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are  made by
Thiokol at their factory in  Utah
The engineers  who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make
them a bit  fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the
factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory  happens
to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs  had to fit
through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider  than the railroad
track, and the railroad track, as you now  know, is about as wide as
two horses’  behinds.
So,  a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably
the  world’s most advanced transportation system was determined  over
two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s arse.  And you thought
being a horse’s arse wasn’t important? Ancient  horse’s arse’s control
almost  everything…

and CURRENT  Horse’s Arse’s in Brussels, Washington and London are controlling
everything else! Probably here too on little PEI!!!!!

I do hope this has been helpful  !!

God Bless and keep reading

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What has Become of the Legion?

We might have heard all this before!

I have complained to the Provincial and Dominion Commands, and always it falls on deaf ears. The people running the Legion today think they know best and the rest of us should be quiet and do as we are told. This is a recipe for disaster that is already happening across the nation as branch after branch close down. My campaign to amend the law on who may wear medals(article 419) is just one of the many examples of the inertia in the legion hierarchy. It is also ignored with a wall of silence. The question that should be asked is this. Is there any value to being a member of the Legion???


No Place For A Real Veteran  by Robert Smol

They are still regarded as the living icon of Remembrance Day. Each and every year we roll out the red carpet for the men and women of the Royal Canadian Legion and put them front and centre at all our Remembrance Day parades and commemorations.

It only seems right, as the Legion was founded in 1926 as an advocacy group of veterans helping other veterans and their families. It was formed that year when a variety of veteran advocacy groups decided to merge their resources with the sole purpose of standing up as a single voice to ensure that government and society fulfilled its sacred commitment to veterans and that veterans and their families received the care that they need.

What has happened to the Legion in recent years can only be described as a devolution of it founding principles. While it bravely continues to maintain its ceremonial façade, the real face of today’s Legion is an organization staffed increasingly by non-veterans. Because of this the Legion has lost touch with today’s veteran community and their needs. Rather than being a strong voice for modern veterans against government intransigence, today’s Legion is widely seen as a government lapdog preferring to pander and pose with politicians. In the meantime it largely flouts its legacy of respectability by serving as a local social club and drinking establishment. This is why most of today’s veterans, myself included, see no reason social or otherwise to join the Royal Canadian Legion.

Today’s Legion is the victim of its own insular arrogance from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, when it failed to re-tool and re-focus its advocacy function for the new generation of post-Korean War veterans. These troops may have fought in different types of conflicts, but fought and served nonetheless. Surely they knew then that the First and Second World War cohort was not immortal and was destined to pass into memory.

Instead the Legion chose to open up its membership to non-veterans. Increasingly it is these people, who never spent a day in a military uniform, serving in leadership functions within the Legion. It may sound amazing, but almost every adult resident of Canada can be a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. You can be an associate member of the Legion if you are related to someone who served in the military, coast guard or police. You can also be a member if you are related to an associate (non-veteran) member. If you are still not eligible you can join as an affiliate voting member provided that you are a “Canadian citizen or Commonwealth subjects from an allied nation and support the aims and objectives of the Royal Canadian Legion.” Non-voting member status is available to anyone else who fails to meet the above criteria.

These non-veteran members of the Legion can wear the Legion “uniform” and most can vote on the policy, priorities, and direction of the Legion. They can even wear the Legion’s own service and merit medals, which are frequently mistaken by members of the public as bona-fide military medals.

Whenever I am invited to a Legion function, I never see anything that can convince me that this is an organization that a long-service veteran like myself can find a connection to.

What the battle-scarred Legion founders wanted from their purely veteran organization is clearly stated in Service, the Legion’s own official history. High among the Legion’s founding aims and objectives was the promise “to see the maintenance and comfort of those require special treatment: the disabled the sick aged and needy.” Also listed among the Legion’s founding objectives was to “assist ex-servicemen to secure not less than the recognized standard of rates of wages in accordance with their ability.”

Nowhere can there be a more glaring example of the Legion’s failure to connect with today’s younger veterans than in its flip-flop on the much maligned New Veterans Charter

Where the Legion failed was in the fact that, until recently, its assistance programs failed to fully and aggressively embrace younger veterans who may have seen full-blown combat in places such as Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and actually treat them with the same attention and reverence as Second World War veterans. Granted the Legion is trying to play catch-up. But their success is, to be polite, not yet assured.

And nowhere can there be a more glaring example of the Legion’s failure to connect with today’s younger veterans than in its flip-flop on the much maligned New Veterans Charter, passed by the Liberals in 2005 and implemented by Harper in 2006. In a clear abrogation of one of its founding objectives — “to secure adequate pensions, allowances, grants and war gratuities for ex-servicemen” — the Legion in 2005 came out in favour of the New Veterans Charter, which eliminated disability pensions for veterans wounded after 2006. The Legion’s then-president Ms. Mary-Ann Burdett herself told the Senate finance committee “there should be no doubt whatsoever that the Royal Canadian Legion fully supports this initiative … we want this legislation.”

Well, they got it.

And yet, now that the Charter is widely recognized as a disaster in urgent need of total overhaul, today’s Legion website states that the organization “never fully or unconditionally supported the New Veterans Charter.”

Nothing short of a drastic restructuring back to its founding principles, attitude, and composition will save the Legion from sinking into further irrelevance among today’s veterans. But that’s no less than what Canadians military veterans deserve.

National Post

Robert Smol holds a master of arts in war studies from the Royal Military College and served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years, retiring as an intelligence officer in 2004. He is currently an educator and writer in Toronto.

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What do women really Want??????????

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King Arthur and the Witch:

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?….What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend!

Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur’s question thus:

What a woman really wants, she answered….is to be in charge of her own life.

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared.

And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened

The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day….or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

What Lancelot chose is below.

BUT….make YOUR choice before you scroll down below.


Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life

Now….what is the moral to this story?

The moral is…..

If you don’t let a woman have her own way….

Things are going to get ugly
God Bless and keep reading
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