HM/SM Alcide.

Just learned today of the passing of another shipmate from the submarine Alcide. The Alcide long ago went to the salvage yard, now many of her crew are gone too. It’s very sad, but even more difficult to come to terms with. We were all so young in those days of the early 1960s and having since lost touch with so many friends. Yet they remain in my minds eye as they were then. I have trouble thinking of a shipmate as being old. I realize I’m old, don’t need to look in the mirror, but it’s hard to think of others that way. I don’t know if you can understand what I’m trying to say, it’s just my own perception of my shipmates. I guess we like to remember the past as it was, not as it might be today. Sorry I’m just feeling a little sorry for myself this morning. Just a symptom of old age!  God Bless and keep reading

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Election Promises!!!

We are into the final month of the federal election, and if you are anything like me, you have become numb from all the promises. The party leaders make the biggest promises and then depend on their various candidates to get them elected. At the candidate level we get the more localized promises, nevertheless, these promises are important for any hope of re-election. Let’s take a look at Robert Morrissey Liberal for Egmont, he was running against Gail Shea PC in 2015. He had a strong campaign cause, Shea was shouldering the blame for the island two tier EI. Morrissey rode in like a white knight declaring he would end the two tier system. As I recall he arranged a meeting in Summerside with the other three liberal candidates to discuss changing EI. It became his election promise to return the island to one single zone. We now know he and his three liberal colleagues were re-elected in 2015. We also know the island remains with a two tier EI system in 2019? Once Morrissey won his seat he disappeared into the woodwork for the next three years. He re-emerged recently to contest this election. The word “promise” is the key word here, and why we need to take a close look at the results from his four years in office. What results? Little or nothing has changed since the last election from anyone of the four liberal members. Which is why I believe we islanders should make a new promise. A promise to throw these four “do nothing” liberal MPs into the trash. That is my take on this federal election, what is yours?  God Bless and keep reading.

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Greta Thonberg.

I must say that the adults attempting to disparage this courageous young girl is disappointing. I know there are many conflicting points of view regarding the climate crisis. They range from denial to panic, and everything in between. However, those who have chosen to throw insults at Greta are the lowest of the low. We have a beautiful brave and concerned young girl who questions the future of the human race. Instead of hearing her concerns we have grown men condemning her. Claiming she mentally challenged, or is being used by other activists with their own agenda. These adults are a sad excuse for trying to appear older and wiser, they are merely attempting to spreading their own outdated agendas. These ignorant adults still live in a world where children were told to be quiet and not be seen. I lived through that world and did not enjoy one minute of it. My childhood was cruel and lonely, I was not allowed to have opinions. To Greta I say bravo girl, show these ignorant people, it is they that should be seen and not heard. God Bless and keep reading.

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Clear Cutting?

The World is facing what could be the greatest threat to human life we have ever witnessed. Climate crisis is closing in and time running out. The question is, are we doing enough to avert disaster? The federal government are pledging to plant two billion trees to fight climate change. However, here on PEI it seems we are doing the exact opposite. It appears any one can go into the woodlands and clear cut with no consequences. Just in the Evangeline region alone there are many places clear cut. That is bad enough, but the people doing this cutting just harvest the best wood and leave behind them a mess of debris, small branches and deep ruts from their equipment. Why is this allowed to happen? Why is it not mandatory to re-plant. Why is the Forestry Department not regulating this rampant cutting down of our trees? I understand the need for lumber, however I do not understand why clean up and re-planting is not being enforced. God Bless and keep reading. 

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A Little Weekend Humour.

Pushing a Car

As I pulled into the gas station, I noticed a woman trying to push her car toward the pump. Having always considered myself a Good Samaritan, I parked and joined her in pushing her car.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“I’m giving you a hand,” I said. “What are you doing?”

“I’m stretching before my run.”

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Doctor’s Prescription ()

Mr Jones goes to the Doctor, who after examining him says, “You have some problems with your heart. But if you take these tablets I think it will be OK.

Mr Jones asks “Do I take them every day”. No replied the Doctor, take 1 on Monday , skip the Tuesday, take 1 on Wednesday, skip the Thursday and go on like that.

Two weeks later the Doctor met his wife in the street and asked how Mr Jones was, she told the Doctor he died of a heart attack. Surprised the Doctor offered his sympathy, and stated he thought he would be alright if he took the tablets.

“Oh the tablets were fine”, says Mrs Jones. “It was all the skipping that killed him.”

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Flying Is Like Driving

On a recent flight, an elderly passenger kept peering out the window. Since it was totally dark, all she could see was the blinking wing-tip light. Finally, she rang for the flight attendant.

“I’m sorry to bother you,” she said, “but I think you should inform the pilot that his left-turn indicator is on and has been for some time.”

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Thought for the Day

‘Well you see , Norm, it’s like this…A heard of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.

This natural selection is good from the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving b the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.

Now, as we know, excessive drinking eliminates the weaker brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain faster and more efficient.

And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.

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In Heaven

A German Shepherd, a Doberman and a Cat died. In heaven, all three faced God, who wanted to know what they believed in.

The German Shepherd said, “I believe in discipline, training and loyalty to my master.”

“Good!” said God. “Sit at my right side.”

“Doberman, what do you believe in?” asked God.

The Doberman answered, “I believe in the love, care and protection of my master.”

“Aha,” said God. “You may sit on my left side.”

Then God looked at the cat and asked, “And what do you believe in?”

The Cat replied, “I believe you are sitting in my seat.”

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English Class

TEACHER: Jean, what does trickle mean?

JEAN: To run slowly.

TEACHER: good. Annie, what does anecdote mean?

ANNIE: It’s a short, funny tale.

TEACHER: Well done. Now, Rita, give me a sentence with both of these words in it.

RITA: Our dog trickled down the street wagging her anecdote.

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Cold Coffee

Before the cup of coffee even touched the table, my brother told the waitress, “Take it back. It’s cold.”

The waitress poured him another cup and returned a minute later, only to be told once again, “Take it back. It’s cold.”

The third cup, however, he accepted, which prompted the waitress to ask, “How did you know the first two cups were cold without sipping them?”

My brother said, “Because with the first two, your thumb was in the coffee.”

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Marriage Vow

A husband died and a few years later the wife died. As she got to heaven she saw her husband and ran up to him with tears in her eyes.

“Darling, Oh how I’ve missed you!’

The husband extends his arm stopping her from embracing him and says, “Whoa there woman, the contract was till death!”

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Two Cows

Two cows were looking over a gate. One said to the other, “What do you think about this mad cow disease?”

The other cow looked over and replied, “Why should I care? I’m a helicopter.”

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Trip to the Morgue

Three dead bodies turn up at the mortuary, all with very big smiles on their faces. The coroner calls the police to tell them what has happened.

“First body: Frenchman, 60, died of heart failure while making love to his very young mistress. Hence the enormous smile, Inspector,” says the Coroner.

“Second body: “Scotsman, 25, won a thousand pounds on the lottery, spent it all on whisky. Died of alcohol poisoning, hence the smile.”

The Inspector asked, “What of the third body?”

“Ah,” says the coroner, “this is the most unusual one. Seamus the potato farmer from Ireland, 30, struck by lightning.”

“Why is he smiling then?” inquires the Inspector.

“Thought he was having his picture taken.”

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The Great Potato Needle Mystery???? Its an Environmentalist??????

With the Federal Election looming I thought I’d remind voters of Malpeque of their sitting MP.. Since the nineties the region has been represented by Wayne Easter. In that time Wayne has come out with some wild statements. However, none were more outrageous than accusing the vast majority of Islanders with committing the crime of inserting needles in potato’s! Without even the slightest shred of evidence Wayne decided it was probably an environmentalist. In making this ridiculous claim he managed to alienate the majority of Islanders. Please read my comments from January 2015.

Wayne! Did the RCMP ask for your help!!!
Posted on January 3, 2015
by irishroverpei

No one has come forward so far to claim the $100,000 reward for solving the mystery of who is sticking sewing needles into Prince Edward Island’s potatoes – a situation that has seen the destruction of hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce and has put members of the province’s $1-billion potato industry on edge.
The RCMP have not received any leads or clues that might lead them to the solving of the situation. What ever happened to the old saying “the mounties always get their man” Obviously our very own Member of Parliament Wayne Easter doesn’t hold much faith with that old saying. Playing detective he has come up with some very conclusive ideas of his own. He is surely right up there with the greatest detectives of the ages, Sherlock Holmes, Detective Murdoch and Mr Moto!!!
Quote from Globe & Mail
PEI MP Wayne Easter said news of more tampering was bad publicity for the province – and for the potato industry. The long-time representative of Malpeque, which has much of the agricultural production and the Cavendish Farm plant, is worried that the needle planting was the result of islanders unhappy with farmers using pesticides.
“The industry is doing everything within its power … to manage their industry in a way that does protect the environment,” he said. “But there are some that feel otherwise … Is there someone who doesn’t like the fact that we do use modern methods of farming and use pesticides? Sometimes, there has been in the past, fish kills. That would be the key reason.”
Presently Wayne has not released any details on his suspect/suspects to date nor has he given me a “green” light to disclose info relating to the crimes. However, I do have it on good authority that he is on the track of a environmentalist. It seems he believes that it may be a person/persons really upset with the pesticides used on potato fields. Of course there is the possibility it could also be an angry freshwater fisherman/woman. There is one other possibility Wayne, you should look into the fact we have a growing Chinese population, could it be they are trying to create a Billion dollar rice industry and put an end to the spud?
Of course I’m just having fun here and being silly !! at Wayne’s expense !!!!Nevertheless, it is extremely irresponsible for a member of the Federal Government to suggest or point the finger of blame at any group of people. I find it outrageous that without any real evidence he would lay guilt to so many concerned citizens who are only interested in protecting this beautiful island. Perhaps he should take a close look at the Women’s Institute, quilters have needles. Wayne next time you have something to say, maybe stop and think first.
God Bless and keep reading

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Insulting Canadians!

The present election campaigning is fast becoming tiresome. The constant tit for tat accusations, the digging up old misdemeanours, errors, he said she said and on and on. I would like to hear a politician speak from the heart. I would like to hear a politician speaking with open and honest integrity. Alas we continue to hear the same old mud slinging and oh so many promises to come if you elect me!!! In my opinion, the latest insult is the new Trudeau image. He has replaced the liberal red placard that is usually attached to the front of his speaking Dias. In its place he now has a very large Green one, indeed it is at least twice as large as the one the Green Party use. One might ask if he is now trying to appear more green than the Green Party??? But wait, that’s not the only thing he is doing, yesterday the people selected to stand behind him while speaking, were two gentlemen wearing turbans. Is that his latest and very shallow attempt to prove he is not a racist? Canadians do not want to elect Aladdin, we don’t want a PM singing Dayo or any other form of entertainment. We want an open and honest person who will actually do what they say they will do. So please, enough with the nonsense, give Canadians a real and serious reason why you should be re elected. Please do not blame Harper as your excuse, he is history. Move on or as you claim Moving Forward! God Bless and keep reading.

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Day in the life of liberal candidate!!

I was thinking about what I might say or ask when my liberal district candidate comes calling. I should admit I’m more excited to have the liberal candidate knock on my door than any of the other candidates.  I suspect he will pass me by, to big a challenge eh! I can of course imagine his visit and how it might go with his arm load of new promises. However, before Id give him a chance to speak I would ask the following. Allow me to remind you of your promises/failures to date. The big one! The promise of the last first past the post election, broken within days of assuming power. Telling a disabled veteran they are asking for more than you can give. Giving Loblaws twelve million dollars to replace aging fridges. The scandal over SNC Lavalin? and the fallout from that fiasco. The firing of two female cabinet ministers from the liberal party. In the same period losing two more female MPs for a total of four. Finally, who can forget that ridiculous purchase of an old pipeline. Was it a bargain?? Well yes it was a bargain for the sellers, they walked away with 4.5 million dollars. That money did not remain in Canada, it went south! If we didn’t know better we might think Trudeau would have a red face!. Still, whatever colour his face may be, he has more than proved he cannot be trusted. He has nothing to offer Canadians in this election.  By this time I can imagine my visiting liberal candidate is uncomfortably fidgeting and moving toward the door. But yeah!It will probably not happen.  He will quietly slip by my house looking for a friendly liberal lawn sign!   God Bless and keep reading.

 

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Twiddling their thumbs!

My goodness what an amazing and courageous young girl Greta Thonberg is! Where does she find the fearless drive to face up to our world leaders. To tell them they are ignoring thirty years of science, indeed, that they are evil. To warn the people of the earth we are facing disaster if we do not act now. To continue in the face of harsh criticism, being accused of fear mongering, or of being mentally challenged, so many refusing to take her seriously. I could not be more impressed by this young lady, or by the support of hundreds of thousands of school children all over the World. By her leadership we may yet act in time to change the future. However, I despair at the lack of action here at home in Canada. I watched the national news yesterday and was so dismayed by our leaders. Trudeau campaigning in Ontario was blaming Doug Ford premier of Ontario for all that ails the province. Andrew Scheel campaigning in Ontario was blaming Kathleen Wynn’s previous liberal premier for all the issues!! Its hard to understand! the human race is facing the worse possible disaster the world has ever seen. Yet not one seems interested or concerned with the looming climate disaster! The NDP leader has shown some concern, but nevertheless his aim, like that of Trudeau and Scheer is to win the election. Only the lone voice of Elizabeth May Green Party leader talks about climate change and what we must do to avert the coming crisis. The Green Party is not going to win the election, but perhaps we can hope they hold the balance of power in a minority government. It is people that need to drive change, but the majority of people seem to just carry on complaining about prices, the carbon tax, politics etc. Many will vote for Trudeau because their family have always voted liberal, as many will vote PC for the same reasons. In the meantime these same people will twiddle their thumbs until the water is at their front door. Then they will scream for the politicians to do something???? God Bless and keep reading.

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Will You Vote Green?????Or the same old same old????

Please consider before you vote!!!!!!!

Anyone remember this beautiful spot in the Hills of Bonshaw? well I do and it no longer exists, in its place is the Plan B highway! So lets look at the often heard statement “I’d Never Vote Green” I suspect this is what you’d hear on many Islander doorsteps during this election campaign (maybe not in Bonshaw), but perhaps on most Maritime doorsteps. People do not seem to understand why we have a Green Party or maybe they simply don’t want to understand why. Bury ones head in the sand, or can’t stand the thought of giving up that big gas guzzling truck or 4×4. The Green party eh !!!!! they are all about organic vegetables, they are kinda weird hippy like tree hugging group of strangers. Shortages of drinking water! never happen, climate change doesn’t affect us, air pollution! where? the air is great here on the island. These are, I imagine the sort of responses a Green Candidate might hear around the island. I think the biggest problem is presently the Greens do not have the funds to raise a real effective national campaign. They are unable to get their message out like the PC’s and Liberals. However, when you listen closely what do you hear from the Reds or Blues? The same old rhetoric same old promises and the same old faces. Nothing much will change under their governments, we will get the same patronage and wasteful spending, the lining of politicians pockets, golden pensions and broken promises. Will no one wake up and realize until it is too late, when water is almost gone, air is hardly breathable and the weather destroys the crops in fires, floods or droughts. It really is time to listen and to ask questions of the Green party, they are about survival of the planet and the survival of the human race. Maybe it is already too late, maybe we have already missed the boat. I wonder what life will be like for future generations, water rationing, food shortages, smog filled air and world wide poverty. I still believe we have time to avert disaster but we must start now. School children can already see what apparently our politicians cant see.  It is their future, only they can save it, my generation have failed miserably and that makes me feel shame. My final word, this election is all about the economy and jobs, in other words Money! Well we can’t eat green backs so think about that before you vote this time around.
God Bless and keep reading

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