Just when you thought you’d had enough!


I just don’t know what to say… except maybe

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Bruce

TheChronicleHerald

NINE years ago, we paid what seemed like a king’s ransom to corral la crème de la crème of the continent in Quebec City. The security bill for protecting 34 international delegations at the Summit of the Americas cost somewhere in the neighbourhood of $100 million. No one remembers if the tête à tête was a smashing success — except perhaps the hooligans who took the opportunity to trash the city.

If only Canada could still protect modern-day summiteers for that kind of coin — give or take $20 million in inflation costs. Apparently not. It was revealed last week that the pricetag for providing security for the G8 and G20 summits in Ontario next month is estimated at a mind-boggling — perhaps even boondoggling — $833 million. It could climb to almost $1 billion.

In 72 hours, Canada will spend roughly as much on security for world leaders as it did during the 17-day Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The cost of summit security does vary widely depending on location. A year ago, the G20 get-together in London apparently came in at $30 million; two years ago, the Japanese spent 10 times as much to ensure the safety of the G8. But $833 million, or more, is unheard of.

The cost began ballooning after the G20 crashed the party. The original plan was for Canada to host the G8 in rural Muskoka, but world leaders recently decided the G20 — comprising top developing countries like India, Brazil and China as well as the richest economies — is the new G8 for all intents and purposes.

In an unprecedented move, Canada offered to piggyback the G20 on the G8. But the logistics of accommodating 12 more delegations no longer worked for Muskoka. So it stuck with the G8, while Toronto is now hosting the G20.

Security costs skyrocketed when the latter moved within range of skyscrapers. Sealing off a cityscape is a much more expensive proposition. Vast sums are now being poured into this operation, although no breakdown in costs has yet been presented. The opposition rightly wants federal spending watchdogs to investigate. The secrecy around security bills must change.

So must the way in which these pre-cooked, glorified photo-ops are arranged. If world leaders want to meet in person and in peace, let them choose sites that already have secure perimeters, like military bases. Citizens’ lives need not be disrupted, nor their wallets depleted.

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Sounds like Council has everything under control -not!!!!!!!


Doug Gammie and his friends have taken the bull by the horn in Sauble!  www.saublesewer.com 

This group has set up a web page to deal with thier concerns on the Sauble Sewer project. Something that Council should have done but I guess they  forgot with all the confusion over the 2% I mean 9.7%  Tax ncrease.

“Marky Malarky” has a great way to deal with concerned taxpayers  “Sue the Bastards!” Good one Mark. I am sure your point will assist greatly with local concerns.

Now Ana the Pit Bull formerly (Bananna) is starting to shine. There is still fire in that girl!

Good old     “Phil Givem a Pill”  Dwyer has hit panick mode! I wonder if he is the one that calculated the tax increase number of 2%????

Dougie you and the group  get “a Bruce ATTA Boy” for at the very least you are doing something!! Now only if the rest of the Sheep can get their act together!

Join me as I sing….

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bruce

From the Sun Times

South Bruce Peninsula will mail letters to Sauble-area property owners in response to flyers delivered Friday advertising a website that “purports to be” an official site for information about a proposed sewage treatment system for Sauble Beach.

“The wording of the site leads one to believe it is sanctioned by the municipality . . . and it is not,” Phil Dwyer, the town’s public works manager, told a council meeting Tuesday.

Dwyer said in a later interview that while the http://www.saublesewer.comwebsite does not claim to be an official source of municipal information “it purports to be the site for ‘Sauble Sewer Project Information’.” He also said the one-page flyer contains a number of inaccuracies and errors.

Dwyer brought the flyer to the council meeting, saying it was “a matter I consider urgent.” Asked by Coun. Betty Hall what the urgency was, he said “because this reads like everything is wrong (with the sewage system proposal), everything is going to collapse.”

I don’t know how that can get out in the public forum and circulate,” said Coun. Mark Wunderlich, who suggested the town “sue the bastards” who produced the flyer and website.

“I don’t seeanything that is misleading,” countered Coun. Ana Vukovic, who also noted that the website points people to council minutes posted online that carry reports about debates and decisions concerning the controversial project.

Vukovic and Hall were the only council members who voted against a mailing by the town that is to point out the group that sent the flyer “is private and is not affiliated with the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.” The letter also says the flyer “includes inaccurate information” and directs people to the town’s own website.

Doug Gammie, a spokesman for the group that produced the flyer and created saublesewer.com,said many people in the Sauble area, especially cottagers, are still in the dark about the sanitary sewer proposal. The town’s last public meeting about it was in October 2009 and that meeting outlined information, including the system’s design and capacity, that was already outdated, he said.

“We’re kind of doing the right thing as far as keeping people informed,” Gammie said. “We’re not trying to be biased. We’re trying to keep the (web)site as an information site going forward. As public meetings come up . . . we’ll send out a note” informing people where and when it will be held.

“We’ve been kind of short of information for quite a while in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula,” he said.

Gammie said he does not have property in the area that the sewer system would serve or near the proposed treatment plant site.

A sanitary sewer system for Sauble Beach has been debated for years. The latest proposal — which is limited to approximately 300 properties in the downtown core and a treatment plant that would discharge its effluent into the Sauble River — has run into a series of challenges from people opposed to various aspects of it and what they see as council’s lack of transparency in proceeding with the project.

Council agreed in April to reopen the class environmental assessment for the system on the suggestion of Jeff Graham of Genivar, the town’s consulting engineers, who said the province might otherwise not approve it. Everything from the design of the system to its size, alternative locations for discharge of treated effluent and a site for the wastewater treatment plant “may be reviewed,” the town website says.

Council has already rezoned a 80-acre property on Municipal Rd. to allow for a treatment plant to be built there. That decision has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board by Tim Cosstick, whose Winding River Campground abuts the site.

Catching Wild Turkeys!


 “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have ”

Thomas Jefferson

Bruce

Up here on the farm we had a problem with the turkeys the government planted some years back. They invade a field of corn and destroy it. Soon after they attack anything else on the farm that may or may not be edible.

So I got to thinkin!

I took a pail of  chopped corn and put it over in the east end of the field. The turkeys would come and gobble up the corn. I’d go back every day and put a little more corn there and every day the turkeys would come back and bring a few of their friends.

I kept bringing more corn and soon I had a flock of 25 birds coming in for the free corn. That soon became 50 and then 100.

One day  I went back and I built a fence with chicken wire along the west side of the area I was leaving the corn. The turkeys studied it for a while but in the end went and ate the corn.

A week or so later I went back and build another fence along the north side of the area. Again the turkeys studied it for a while and went ahead and ate the corn.

I again waited a week and put a fennce on the south side of the area and again the turkey’s waited but eventually went in and ate the corn.

Two weeks later I put chicken wire across the top of the area then doubled up on the corn portion spilling a trail into the enclosed area with a gate on the east side open.

It took a couple of days but the turkeys entered into the area for the free corn  I ran up  and shut the gate. They ran around and around inside the fence, but they were caught. Soon they went  back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they had forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accepted their captivity.

Got me a freezer full of turkey.

The government keeps pushing us toward socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops , welfare, medicine, drugs, etc… While we continually lose our freedoms — just a little at a time. One should always remember: There is no such thing as a free lunch!

 Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government’s ‘help’ is a problem confronting the future of democracy you might want t think of my freezer and do something about it like maybe vote!

Gobble,  Gobble, BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bruce

Reality Check!


I have over the last few months taken shots at Council and its members, along with the staff of South Bruce Peninsula. I have given credit where credit was due damned those that needed to be damned.

In return this blog has obtained a bit of a following and many votes of thanks.

I now have to turn my guns on John Q Public. The Sheep, the whiners, cry babies, idiots that want to rant and rave about taxes ,politicians and civil servants.

The same group of morons that want to protect the shit hawks, wild turkeys, trees, water, and want bike lanes, new bridges, extra police, extended healthcare etc. but don’t show up at Council meetings. Make  no input on anything except to rant.

These intellectual midgets, want  paved roads, medical centers, new sewage systems, water lines and economic stimulus, but no growth and no tourists. They want paved roads without gravel pits and no use of oil. They want everyone else to pay for it without increasing their taxes.

If they get what they want, it isn’t good enough or over done and definitely not what they asked for and blame the stupid politicians for wasting money.

They all have excuses for why they cannot go to Council meetings and freak out because no one listens to them. They are the first ones to holler if somebody suggests they are wrong or might even suggest that their ideas are going to cost money.

They cry because the price of gas is too high or the government introduces a new sales tax to satisfy their demands to save the whales.

They bitch because BP hasn’t plugged the leak but buy a new SUV increasing the demand for fuel.

They crank up the air conditioning but don’t want wind generators, nuclear plants or coal-fired generators.

They pay their bookkeepers to hide income, take every deduction they legally can but demand free healthcare.

They argue that corporations are greedy, capitalists are bad but want all the conveniences available.

They won’t run for politics, support freedom of choice, demand democracy, but don’t bother to vote.

Who are they, they is you!

A handful of concerned people showed up at Council last Tuesday night. They voiced their opinions and because they had no back up a 10% increase was passed and a 2% increase declared.

You don’t want to participate then shut the hell up! Write your cheque and stop bitching. You got what you deserved.

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bruce

Bacon Tree…sorry folks…had to do it….


Bacon Tree

Two Mexicans are stuck in the desert after crossing into the United States , wandering aimlessly and starving. They are about to just lie down and wait for death, when all of a sudden Luis says………

“Hey Pepe, do you smell what I smell. Ees bacon, I theenk.”

“Si, Luis, eet sure smells like bacon. ”

With renewed hope they struggle up the next sand dune, & there, in the distance, is a tree loaded with bacon.

There’s raw bacon, there’s fried bacon, back bacon, double smoked bacon …

every imaginable kind of cured pork.

“Pepe, Pepe, we ees saved. Ees a bacon tree.”

“Luis, maybe ees a meerage? We ees in the desert don’t forget.”

“Pepe, since when deed you ever hear of a meerage that smell like bacon…ees no meerage, ees a bacon tree.”

And with that, Luis staggers towards the tree. He gets to within 5 metres, Pepe crawling close behind, when suddenly a machine gun opens up, and Luis drops like a wet sock. Mortally wounded, he warns Pepe with his dying breath,

“Pepe… go back man, you was right, ees not a bacon tree!”

“Luis, Luis mi amigo… what ees it? ”

“Pepe.. ees not a bacon tree. Ees

Ees

Ees

Ees

Ees a ham bush….”

Bureaucrats monitor online forums


Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010 | 10:43 AM ET Comments382Recommend108

The Canadian Press

The next time you post an opinion in an online forum or a Facebook group message board, don’t be surprised if you get a rebuttal from a federal employee.

The government is looking for ways to monitor online chatter about political issues and correct what it perceives as misinformation.

The move started recently with a pilot project on the East Coast seal hunt. A Toronto-based company called Social Media Group has been hired to help counter some information put forward by the anti-sealing movement.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has paid the firm $75,000 “to monitor social activity and help identify … areas where misinformation is being presented and repeated as fact,” Simone MacAndrew, a department spokesperson, said in an email.

Employees trained in online posting for seal hunt topics

The firm alerts the government to questionable online comments and then employees in Foreign Affairs or the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who have recently been trained in online posting, point the authors to information the government considers more accurate.

It appears to be just the beginning.

The seal hunt pilot project was set up in part “to establish foundations and recommendations for future programs and campaigns to use social media as another way to listen to, inform and engage with Canadians,” MacAndrew added.

For some, the move to online monitoring was to be expected.

“I think we’re seeing the government recognize that millions of Canadians are actively participating online in social networks,” said Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in internet law.

“We’ve had Facebook groups in Canada that have grown to the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people, and they’ve clearly had a direct impact on public policy.”

Geist himself launched such a Facebook group in 2007. He managed to get more than 84,000 members to help denounce a proposed copyright law that critics said would have restricted the way in which people use, copy or share books, movies and music they purchase.

The bill was eventually put up for public consultations and is expected to be reintroduced in Parliament in the coming days. It remains to be seen, however, whether the online group managed to convince the government to alter the bill.

The commercial seal hunt might be an ideal test case for government involvement in online debate. The issue has polarized Canadians.

Opponents call the hunt cruel and needless and say seals are sometimes skinned alive or killed as whitecoated newborns. Supporters point out that regulations governing the hunt forbid both tactics and the hunt is heavily monitored. They accuse opponents of spreading lies by having celebrities such as Paul McCartney pose with whitecoat seals, pleading for their protection.

Some groups are wary of government employees being paid to post comments.

“I would certainly hope they would be up front about who they are,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a group which has long opposed the seal hunt.

“I think it does [help] if it’s a link to an actual study. If it’s a link to a press release that’s got inaccurate information, that’s not helping at all. It’s, I guess, the distinction between the communications side of the government departments … and the actual science or data.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/05/23/social-media-government-monitoring.html#socialcomments#ixzz0onlljU7L

The real Robin never robbed the rich…


Robin Hood was a courageous enemy of state-enforced robbery

By John Ridpath

Another Robin Hood movie, another ideological travesty. Interviewed recently on his role in the new epic, Russell Crowe said it was a story of class warfare, of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.

It’s an alarming omen to again see Robin Hood heroism mindlessly distorted. Aside from its vacuously erroneous simplicity, this standard image of Robin Hood is grounds for concern about the state of our culture.

First is the injustice being done to Robin Hood, whether he was an actual person or an artistic portrait. He was, in fact, an agent of justice. He took the money and property that the Norman conquerors and their minions seized, by force, from the British yeomanry, and returned it to the rightful owners. Robin Hood, in short, was a defender of the common man’s right to his earned property. He was a courageous enemy of state-enforced robbery.

Further, praising the act of robbery from the rich because it serves the poor, without explaining the context, endorses the immoral principle of forcing the able and productive into sacrificial service of the needy. Free and productive men have always been generous, when respected and left free to support others as they choose. Turning against “the rich” as if their success had been ill-gotten, and mandating seizure of what is properly theirs for welfare state redistribution, can only lead to the exodus of the able and the collapse of civil society into a war over who manages to seize how much from an ever-shrinking storehouse of looted wealth.

Most alarming, however, is the implication of our culture accepting the Robin Hood mantra — he stole from the rich to give to the poor. To the contrary, historians report, and the movie presents by his own words what Robin Hood was after: “Liberty. Under law.” He sought the protection of private property, under law, from robbery by Normans and feudal barony.

That our culture can unwittingly and with increasing vehemence embrace this unjust and false portrayal of a heroic and virtuous man is evidence of our culture’s intellectual decline. When such virtue is portrayed as economic redistribution for the sake of economic redistribution and equalization, we are on the road to George Orwell’s 1984 — naked tyranny over a citizenry rendered dumb through the abuse of the English language.

Financial Post
John Ridpath is a retired York University economics professor and a director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

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