Odd cheer for classic country lyric

According to Wikipedia, Country is a genre of popular music that originated with blues, church music such as Southern gospel and spirituals, old-time, and American folk music forms including Appalachian, Cajun, Creole, and the cowboy Western music styles of New Mexico, Red Dirt, Tejano, and Texas country. Growing up, it was referred to as CountryContinue reading “Odd cheer for classic country lyric”

Guns don’t kill people alone, people with guns kill people

As the latest installment in the gun debate rages in the USA following the horrific multiple death shooting in Parkland, Florida I can’t help but be reminded of some of the ludicrous sayings that the pro-gun advocates often spout. When was the last time you were shaken by breaking news that a deranged strangler wasContinue reading “Guns don’t kill people alone, people with guns kill people”

My Long-Time Neighbour Is Sick

By Karsten Ratzke – Own work, CC0, For as long as I can remember we’ve had the same neighbour. We go back years, decades, indeed centuries. We live in what in the real estate world is known as a semi-detached. Which of course means it is also semi-attached; we share one very long partition, IContinue reading “My Long-Time Neighbour Is Sick”

Time to Amend the Second Amendment

I’m not a constitutional expert by any stretch of the imagination. As a lover of words I am fully aware that they can be squeezed, massaged and twisted to mean different things to different people. As the Led Zeppelin classic goes.”’Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.”  But sometimes that process can become downrightContinue reading “Time to Amend the Second Amendment”

Mainstream Media and Russian Hacking

One often hears the term ‘mainstream media’ these days. It is often used derogatorily by President Trump to indicate those news channels and publications that do not support him. It is not the job of any media outlet to support any president; rather the constant questioning is a necessary means of checks and balances. WithoutContinue reading “Mainstream Media and Russian Hacking”

Quebec City Shooting: Spurred By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric?

Two armed masked men armed stormed into a mosque on Sunday evening just as prayers were ending. They opened fire killing six men and injuring 19 others, five of whom remain in hospital in critical condition.   A nasty divisive debate has gripped the US regarding the nature of the bans. Are they religion-specific?  IsContinue reading “Quebec City Shooting: Spurred By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric?”

Trump and Truthers

The 2016 US election campaign is getting odder by the minute. Issues and concerns, policies and plans, positions and stances have all been abandoned and replaced by pandering to the lowest common denominator.  Clinton vs Trump has degenerated into a slagging match the likes of which has never been seen before at this level. “IContinue reading “Trump and Truthers”

Another Mass Shooting; Another Call For More Guns

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This oft cited Albert Einstein quotation has been running through my mind as I watch the television news coverage of the stunning mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse Club. Sitting here north of the border and seeing mass shooting after mass shootingContinue reading “Another Mass Shooting; Another Call For More Guns”

GOP Convention and Guns

It has been said and written countless times: this US political season is unprecedented. Just when you think the race for Republican Party presidential candidate cannot get any stranger, it does. Usually these twists revolve around something one of those vying for the candidacy has said or written. Mud slung at an opponent’s wife orContinue reading “GOP Convention and Guns”

No Lame Duck, Obama Goes After Gun Lobby

Today, the first Monday of the new year, President Barack Obama, back from a vacation in Hawaii, begins his last year in office by illustrating he has no intention of spending the next twelve months as a lame duck. The President will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss options for potential executive actionsContinue reading “No Lame Duck, Obama Goes After Gun Lobby”