More Tears of Shame …

Jill Dennison has penned an excellent post describing the tragedy surrounding the 2300 children brought across the southern U.S. border by illegal immigrants and ripped from their families. This tragedy was not brought to an end by Trump’s executive order earlier this week, and Jill is asking her American readers to stand up and be counted in the upcoming November elections. Amen!

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Trump signed an executive order earlier this week that did … nothing.  Nonetheless, that didn’t stop him from preening and patting himself on the back.  While thousands of children remain terrified and separated from their parents, held in old warehouses, tent cities, and wherever the U.S. government can find room to stow them.

Administration officials admit that there is no immediate plan to reunite these children with their families.  Melania Trump visits them wearing a jacket that says, “I don’t care, do U?”  Fox television host Brian Kilmeade says we should not be concerned because “These aren’t our kids … it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or, uh, or, uh, Texas. These are people from another country.” Members of Congress, congressional candidates, and the press have been denied entry to tour the facilities.  A senator was escorted from the premises by police…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 22nd

* 1774 – Parliament passes the Québec Act – backs Catholic religion and the French civil code. * 1633 Galileo Galilei forced to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun by the Pope (Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!) * 1611 Hudson set adrift by mutineers * 1962 Mysterious crash in Guadeloupe * 1937 Louis becomes champ

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 1774 – Parliament passes the Québec Act – backs Catholic religion and the French civil code.

Question: Why was Quebec allowed to maintain its French character while Louisiana could not?

n 1763, after a century of imperial warfare in North America, which included a decisive British victory at the Plains of Abraham, France ceded much of its North American territory, including Île Royale (Cape Breton Island), Canada and its holdings in the Great Lakes Basin and east of the Mississippi (except New Orleans), to Great Britain with the signing of the Treaty of Paris (see also Conquest). Subsequently, the Royal Proclamation (also adopted in 1763) integrated these new territorial gains and its people into Britain’s North American empire. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 22nd”

Thursday – A Little Personal – The Rains Came

John W. Howell gifts us with an episode featuring Lucy and Bailey getting into some mischief. Please enjoy!

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Twiggy is off today. She is recovering from her spay surgery. She is fine just confined to the house. Lucy and Baily, on the other hand, have free rein.

As most of you know, I live on a barrier island of the South Coast of Texas. This year we have been suffering from a drought. Our rainfall is in a deficit condition. So we finally got some rain and today’s story is about two miscreant doggies.


Here is a photo of the pond behind our house.  The water level is about twelve inches too low. This photo was taken on June 12th. That grey thing is a culvert pipe for the drains on the street.

Drought over

As you can see with the rain, we had yesterday the pond is more than full.

Now on to Lucy and Bailey

“Bailey. What are you doing in that water?”

“I’d like to say the breaststroke…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 21st

* Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day * 1964 The KKK kills three civil rights activists * 1990 Earthquake devastates Iran * 1956 Arthur Miller refuses to name communists * 1965 Mr. Tambourine Man is released and the folk-rock revolution is on

It’s Thursday! It’s Summer!

It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Did You Know…

* Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on 21 June annually. 21 June was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons-including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Aboriginal groups traditionally celebrate their heritage. On 21 June 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement pledging to rename the event National Indigenous Peoples Day. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 21st”

A Canadian Perspective – A Guest Post by John Fioravanti

Today, blogger Jill Dennison has generously hosted me on her informative and exciting blog, Filosofa’s Word. Thanks, Jill, for this opportunity to share my views as a Canadian blogger about these difficult days in the relationship between our two countries.

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After I opined strongly about Trump’s abominable behaviour toward Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I began to wonder how the people of Canada viewed the incident.  I asked Canadian friend John if he would write a guest post for me, and he graciously agreed.  Thank you, John!

Trump’s Treatment of Trudeau – A Canadian Perspective

By John Fioravanti

For many months since the inauguration of Donald Trump, I have watched him behave poorly as he played to his base of supporters. I am dismayed that his enablers in the GOP party in Congress refuse to exercise their constitutional duty to oversee his decisions that are often based on ignorance of the facts and outright lies. I don’t think Donald Trump has many supporters or admirers in Canada.

Figure 1: President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit 2018Figure 1: President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit 2018

To be honest, I am a supporter of Canada’s Liberal Party, which is…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 20th

* 1877 – Great Fire of Saint John destroys business district. * 1789 Third Estate makes Tennis Court Oath * 1900 Boxer Rebellion begins in China * 1977 Oil flows in Alaska * 1975 Jaws released

It’s Hump Day Wednesday! Did You Know…

* 1877 – Great Fire of Saint John destroys business district.

In late June 1877, Saint John, New Brunswick, was laid waste by a devastating fire.

It began about 2:30 on the afternoon of 20 June when a spark fell into a bundle of hay in Henry Fairweather’s storehouse in the York Point Slip area, which in present day is in the vicinity of Market Square. It is unknown where the spark originated. It may have come from McLaughlan & Son’s boiler shop next door or may have been carried from a nearby sawmill. The month of June had been warm, with fine weather and little or no rain. Wooden structures predominant in Saint John at this time were tinder dry and highly flammable. When the fire was discovered it was already burning rapidly in large bundles of hay and aided by a fresh, strong breeze it rapidly escalated into a major conflagration. Within two minutes of the alarm sounding, Engine #3 was dousing the fire. Although other engines followed immediately, the fire had already spread by means of heat and sparks to other wooden structures nearby. At times, the fire reached temperatures perhaps so high some buildings exploded into flames without actual contact with the fire. This prompted fearful rumors that the fire was intentionally set. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 19th

* 1625 – Jean de Brébeuf and first permanent Jesuit missionaries arrive at Québec. * 1829 Sir Robert Peel introduces the Metropolitan Police Act 1829 into Parliament to establish a unified police force for London * 1864 USS Kearsarge sinks CSS Alabama * 1867 Emperor of Mexico executed * 1970 Carole King has her first #1 hit as a performer

It’s Tuesday! Did You Know…

* 1625 – Jean de Brébeuf and first permanent Jesuit missionaries arrive at Québec.

Spurred by the inspirational writings of their founder and unswerving in their obedience to the papacy, the Jesuits quickly became known as the schoolmasters of Europe – teaching not only the tenets of the Catholic faith but also subjects as varied as the Latin classics and dancing. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 19th”