New Leader of PC Party of PEI

Tomorrow is the day, 9th February 2019. The membership of the island Conservative party will cast their votes for a new leader. They have five to choose from, or perhaps I should word that another way. They have five candidates but if you have been paying attention only one choice. Kevin Arsenault. The other four failed to speak to the years of corruption, not just liberal corruption , but the years of corruption by both party’s . It is only Kevin who wants the crimes of the past investigated. There have already been issues of backroom interference, they want Dennis King as the new leader. One more reason to vote for Kevin, if King wins, we will have another MacLauchlan style politician. If he becomes premier we will see another wave of patronage, fresh corruption and we islanders will be stuck with four more years of seeing the island sink ever lower. If we have any chance to improve our lives and to make our province whole again, we need honest leaders. Now, having said that, I’m not a PC member and I have no vote, but that does not mean I should have no voice . Indeed all islanders should have interest and concerns with this leadership race. It is not a question of whether you are a party member or have no vote. you will be voting in the next provincial election and that is why this leadership,race is important to all of us. This is why I’m taking this opportunity to speak for Kevin Arsenault, in my opinion he is the best choice, actually the only choice. Nevertheless, he is up against the power of the backroom boys, so the outcome is uncertain. We shall know later today.  You will note I have added only photos of the present Liberal Government, the reason, do you really want more politicians like these guys?

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Election Year! what to do????

We have a difficult year ahead of us. Both a provincial election and a federal election. I’ll try to deal with the federal election first and the difficult issues it will involve. From my own prospective I see nothing positive in voting for either of the two major party’s. Both offer much the same message, although differing in some policies. We never hear the truth during election campaigns only empty promises. Promises they have no intentions of keeping. So what to do?? we can vote Green, but they presently have only one seat in the house. We can vote NDP they have seats but with a new leader yet to win his seat. A new leader yet untested, and does not appear to be particularly popular. I suppose if we vote either Green or NDP we might cause a minority government. That might not be too bad Liberals or PCs would have to deal with other MPs who do not owe loyalty to either.

The PEI Provincial election, now that is a different kettle of fish. Like the Feds we have two major party’s Liberal and PCs. However, what is different from the feds, we have a strong Green party with a popular leader, they presently hold two of the 27 seats. The red and blue party’s are so close to being the same its almost impossible to separate the colours. Both are corrupt, dishonest and opaque in their policies, they are riddled with patronage. Islanders clearly want change, however, it seems they always fall into the same old traps. Wild promises of better to come, offers of jobs, will pave your road, lower taxes, better grants to fishers and farmers, and the list goes on. Islanders tend to forget the past, and that is the intent of these politicians. Our only newspaper, (if we can call it news) is so bias toward the liberal government we cant trust what we read.

My personal view is this, and if you agree with me then vote for your choice in both Federal and Provincial elections this year. But please let that choice be anything but RED or BLUE.  If we Re-elect more of the same, we will have four more years of deficits, higher taxes, less health care, more shortages of trained personnel, more Irving demands, more deep water wells, less water! It really is time for use to change how and who governs us.

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A question of Religion?Maybe – Maybe Not????

I have added below a portion from a review I received some time ago, you will note the writer mentions , Jesus, The Vatican, Islam, Adam and Eve among other things. This made me wonder how the religious community would view my story? Below is a review from a man of the cloth.  Theologians Review, I was very pleased with the response.

Somehow he combined a whiskey bottle, time travel, Hunter River Prince Edward Island, a Naval submarine, Jesus, complex machinery, a spy, a world terrorist crisis, the Vatican, Islam, Adam & Eve and a great mystery story all in one book! You have to read it to see what I mean – you will not be disappointed as it is well worth it.

A Theologians Review of “Chapter XXl Armageddon”
Posted on 4th October 2017
by irishroverpei
I have for a long time wondered how my book would be seen by the religious community, now I know and I’m very pleased indeed.
BOOK REVIEW
by Art Turnbull
report of a reading by a Minister of the Anglican Church and Padre.

Chapter XXI Armageddon is a book written by Frederick Rodgers. The author is an Irish born (1939) lad who as a teen served in the Royal Navy. Having travelled the world as a sailor Rodgers came to Canada. Settled eventually on Prince Edward Island he took up writing as a further career. Armageddon is his third book.
At first glance, and reinforced by the introductory quote from Winston Churchill, one could quickly lay this book aside, assuming it to be an anti Muslim diatribe. That is not the case if one reads further and gets into the story.
This “science fiction” story depicts a secret project of international proportions. The whole future of the world is at stake as a religious based take over of civilization is being confronted. Saving the world is what must take place. To do this we are treated to escapades of a cast of characters. Adam, a United Church of Canada minister, is to be the hero as he is paired up with Eve. This couple has been especially chosen to be time travellers, not to the future but to the past. Their mission is to invite Jesus of Nazareth to come and solve the problem. David is the prime minister of Britain. Cardinal Benito Perrocelli represents the Roman Catholic Church as he is to match wits with the Scottish minister, The Rev. Angus MacDonald. A Professor Carson masterminds the planning.
There is a naval officer who must carry out secret orders crossing the Atlantic Ocean while NASA engineers work out problems such as how to build a vehicle for two that will now hold three. All this mix of specialized folk are to bring together a massive historical moment that places the Adam and Eve couple in the year 33AD on the soil of the suburbs of Jerusalem. It is quite a journey from where it all began in Inveraray, Scotland.
The surprising ending of this story comes about in a most unsuspected way. There is almost a touch of “live happily ever after” in the climax, but maybe not. To tell more would be to spoil the plot of the story for the reader. You will have to get a copy and find out for your own self.
Rodgers has a vivid imagination as suits someone choosing to live in the thriving community of Abram Village, PEI, Canada. I am not sure how many authors come from this location. Yet, Chapter XXI Armageddon testifies to the ability of the writer to weave a grand tale, perhaps fueled by Atlantic lobster and a draft of Moosehead. Worth the read.
CHAPTER XXI ARMAGEDDON
by Frederick Rodgers
Self Published by the author

Other books by this author “Lily & Me” The Royal Navy & Me”

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HMS Ganges

I arrived at Ganges in the late afternoon on March 15th 1955, along with roughly a hundred other fifteen year old boys. It would not be an exaggeration to say not one of us had the slightest idea of what lay in store for the next year. Charles Dickens might have penned it  “the best of times and the worst of times. Discipline was severe, routine constant and fear of punishment loomed at every turn. Some boys were home sick, some just tried to stay out of trouble, one or two ran away. Probably running away was the worse decision, they were always caught and returned to the camp. They faced what was without doubt the most severe punishment, cuts. This punishment was something I never witnessed and can only describe from what other boys told me. The culprit was brought before the Commanders table, the punishment was awarded as six or twelve cuts. The boy was made lower his trousers, but kept is underpants on, he was made to bend over a chair. In attendance was a senior officer, medical officer and the master at arms. The master at arms held a long thin bamboo cane, the instrument of the punishment. He would lay on the number of cuts prescribed, each cut raised a welt on the boys buttocks. I’m quite sure few if any boys receiving cuts ever thought to run away again. Through the year the training was intense, probably a good thing, it gave us little time to regret joining the navy. Most boys just wanted to complete their year and go to sea. Graduating from Ganges held the promise of better times ahead, we would be real sailors, excited at the prospect of visiting far off and exotic lands. However, in the meantime we were still at the mercy of our instructors. The greatest fear was of messing up, this meant the whole class was punished. One not only suffered the punishment such as doubling up and down the steps of laundry hill with a 303 rifle held high. The rest of the class were not pleased to suffer because of one boys stupidity and sometimes made a cruel point of letting the culprit know. There was also a degree of sexual abuse going on at Ganges, but we boys were too scared to ever complain or report such incidents. The showers at Ganges were just one bare room with several shower heads, no privacy. We were ushered in as a group of naked boys and told to wash thoroughly. Doesn’t sound too bad does it. The showers usually took place at the crack of dawn, summer or winter we ran from the barrack towel around our waist to the showers. The water was freezing cold, we never had hot water. The cold water often caused some boys to duck in and out of the water quickly or sometimes not at all. But this was Ganges, we never got away with anything. To get out of the showers we had to stand before our instructor legs apart arms raised for inspection. We were ordered to turn around and bend over, if the instructor was satisfied we were clean, we were allowed out. Some boys failed the initial inspection which only lengthen their time in the freezing conditions. Thus was the nature of Ganges harsh training regime. When I say there was sexual abuse I’m speaking from personal experience. There was a seamanship officer at the boat sheds. He was the officer that tested us when we endeavoured to qualify with a bo’suns pipe. The pipe (whistle) was used aboard ship for passing orders and instructions. However, for most of us boys, qualifying meant we could wear the Bo’suns chain with our uniform instead of a lanyard. I heard many boys saying things like , don’t bend over in front of the seamanship officer, or always face him don’t turn around. While I probably believed the stories, I was still determined to quality for my chain. I was ordered to report for my test one evening after supper. We had just finished PT before going to supper, so I was in shorts. After eating I dashed down to the boat sheds to report for my test. He was sitting on a stool and told me to stand in front of him and begin. While I was going through the various calls I felt his hand slipping up the back of my shorts. He was fondling my right cheek as I tried to concentrate on pipping. Finally he withdrew his hand and declared I passed the test. I was out of there in an instant, but never said a word to anyone, I was just happy it was over and I had qualified. There were stories of many similar violations but none ever reported. Who would have believed us, this was 1955 words like pedophile and sexual abuse were unheard of. We had no one to confide in, our instructors would more than likely told us not to tell tales. So as I have said already, we kept our heads down aiming for that final day when we’d be drafted to a ship. Nevertheless, as bad and as cruel as I have describe Ganges, I remain proud to call myself a Ganges Boy. Indeed, I have never met a shipmate would ever claim otherwise. As Rudyard Kipping wrote in his famous poem IF “the you will be a man my son”. Yes indeed, they were the best of times and the worst of times.  Ganges will for ever be the legacy of every young boy who passed through those distant gates to emerge as a sailor and a man.

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Federal Election is a Coming

I though it was just about the right time for an explanation on Simple Politics

Whether Conservative, Liberal, Green or NDP, I think you’ll get a kick out of this!

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, ‘What is Politics?’

Dad says, ‘Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I am the head of the family, so call me The Prime Minister.

Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government.

We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People.

The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class.

And your baby brother, we will call him the Future.

Now think about that and see if it makes sense.’

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him.

He finds that the baby has severely soiled his nappy.

So the little boy goes to his parent’s room and finds his mother asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room.
Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny..

He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy say’s to his father, ‘Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now. ‘

The father says, ‘Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.’

The little boy replies, ‘The Prime Minister is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep.
The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit.’

Now we all understand the complicated world of politics eh!!!
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Still Appreciating Your Wife, I am.

I was trolling through some old blogs and came across this one from August 2014. In the four or so years since writing that blog, my life has changed considerably due to health issues. Not only do I still appreciate Linda, I need her more than ever, and she is always there for me. So this blog is just to say thank you and to say I love you more than ever, if that is possible?

Appreciating Your Wife!!!
Posted on August 22, 2014
by irishroverpei

ou say, that age old problem of trying to prove to your wife that you still love her. That you still think of her as the beautiful young girl who walked down the aisle to give her hand to you in marriage all those years ago. You have tried through all the years of strife and petty quarrels, of not speaking to one another, staying mad for days. Forgetting to take out the garbage, failing to cut the grass, oily finger marks on her best table cloth, having one too many on Friday night!!. You husbands know what I’m talking about eh!! Keeping the wee woman happy. Its a difficult and life long task, but having said that, it remains as something I would do over and over again. That lovely girl that once lived with you has aged just as you have, her hair has turned grey just as yours has, she may have added a few pounds just as you have, maybe a little slower just as you are. But could you ever live without her, I know I couldn’t. So here is the point of my blog today. Birthdays! We have them on a regular basis yet they seem to lose significance with each passing year. But they also remain important even if we deny it. Each year I search for a unique birthday gift for my wife because I do truly love her. Trust me it gets harder as the years go by. In the past I have helped keep Harley Davidson, BMW, Honda and Yamaha in business buying expensive accessories for her various motor bikes. I have lavished her with diamonds and gold, (gold not so much) chocolates and flowers, clothes and washing machines!. However this year(2014) I have truly out done myself and found what must be the most unique gift of our 43 years of marriage. Linda mentioned she would like a totem pole! not a huge 40 foot pole, just a small one that could stand out on our deck. If any of the husbands reading this think they can outdo this amazing gift please let me know. There are many more birthdays to come and after this one I may need some future help..  My youngest daughter Susannah says it looks a lot like me????? but her glasses are always smudged
God Bless and keep reading. Oh!! and Linda, I Love you always

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Travelling with Dad.

Think the saddest thing about having children, is they grow up. They grow up and move away, sometimes just across town, sometimes much further. My two daughters have moved off the island, one to Nova Scotia and one to Newfoundland. My eldest daughter Caroline was born whilst I was in the navy. I unfortunately missed many precious moments in my baby’s early years. I think I made up for it later, and have saved some wonderful and amusing memories. I travelled throughout the Maritime’s in the 1970s and often took Caroline with me. We sang the songs we heard on the car radio and 8 track. There was one particular song, can’t remember the title or much else about it. The guy is sitting at the bar and sang “ set them up again”. Caroline’s version was sang  “Seven Up again. On another occasion I ran out of gas, at the service station Caroline told the attendant, we had run out of grass. When we checked into a motel for the night she would unpack and put her things in the motel room dresser draws. Eventually, school, boys and other life things became more interesting than travelling with dad. I didn’t dispair my second daughter, Susannah quickly became my replacement co-pilot. She was just like Caroline and yet so different. She loved to swim, which required always finding a motel with a pool each time we stopped. I recall once returning home on the ferry, Susannah asked me if she could look in the gift shop. I gave her a two dollar bill which clutched tightly in her hand and off she went. I could see her from where I sat, she spent the whole crossing unable to make a decision of what to purchase. As the ferry slowed to enter Borden harbour a young couple approached me. They were smiling and just had to tell how enjoyable the trip had been for them. The whole time they had watched Susannah  standing at the glass display case trying to decide what to buy. For me, travelling during the school holidays was the best. I always had the most entertaining and funny companions. I don’t travel anymore having long since retired, and my two girls are adults and much smarter than me. Nevertheless, I can sit in my old recliner and relive those wonderful loving moments. Moments I was able to spend with my two most precious girls all those many years ago. Moments that I now cherish and rejoice in recalling on cold winters afternoons.

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Is Less Better or is Less Worse???

Civilization at the end of 2018 – this is priceless!!!

• Our Phones – Wireless
• Cooking – Fireless
• Cars – Keyless
• Food – Fatless
• Tires –Tubeless
• Youth – Jobless
• Leaders – Shameless
• Relationships – Meaningless
• Attitudes – Careless
• Babies – Fatherless
• Feelings – Heartless
• Children – Mannerless

We are SPEECHLESS,
Government is CLUELESS,
And our Politicians are WORTHLESS!

I’m scared – Shitless! but not brainless nor aimless or drinkless!!!!!!
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A Little Sunday Humour

On his 64th birthday, an ex matelot got a gift from his wife, an ex wren.
It was a paid for visit to a Chinese ‘doctor’ who had a consulting room in town and was rumoured to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.
After being persuaded to go, he drove to the shop, saw the Chinaman and wondered what he was in for.
The old man handed a potion to him, and with a grip on his shoulder, warned, “This powful medcine.
You take only a teaspoon and then say ‘1-2-3’.
” When you do, you become more manly than you have ever been and you perform as long as you want.”
The ex matelot was encouraged and asked, “How do I stop the medicine from working?”
“Your wife must say ‘1-2-3-4,'” the Chinaman responded, “but when she do, the medcine will not work again until next full moon.”
The ex matelot was eager to see if it worked so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom.
When she came in he quickly took off his clothes and said, “1-2-3!” Immediately, he was the manliest of men.
His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes as she asked “What was the 1-2-3 for?”
And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition, because we could end up with a dangling participle.

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GEBIS-Monks-Land Purchase???

There appears to be much concern in the Montague and surrounding areas over the sale of land. The Monks that represent GEBIS seem to be buying up an inordinate amount of acreage. People are divided on the issue, some say we have more important issues to deal with. Some ask why are we picking on these gentle peaceful monks? Others worry about the island losing large portions of valuable farm land. However, the more important question is, where is all the cash coming from.? I find it difficult to believe the monks are wealthy, surely their purpose is not about financial gain? Who funds these purchases ? who is GEBIS and who is behind them.? I found it very strange when MLA Alan Roach so forcefully argued against GEBIS appearing before the committee on Lands Use and Protection in the spring of 2018. I believe it’s beyond the time for our government to provided answers to these questions. An immediate and serious investigation is clearly required

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