That’s not Master Kan … he’s a fraud!
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 downright asinine; no more so than the discussion that ensues in the wake of the all too frequent mass shootings.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
It does not read:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of a lone, demented, maniacal, homicidal, suicidal, psychopathic, lunatic bent on slaughtering as many innocent people as possible to stockpile and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
No part of ”well regulated” fits the most recent incident in Las Vegas. One cannot deny that something has to be done. Yet even those who dare to criticise the amendment are quick to point out, stating what has become a fashionable pre-amble, “Don’t get me wrong, I fully support the second amendment, but ….”
Yesterday the ride-sharing company Uber announced it will cease operations in Quebec next month unless the government lifts the 35-hour training requirement. For the last year, the company has been operating on a trial basis that expires in October. Obviously, it is no coincidence that the service will call it quits at that time.
When the company first arrived here there was significant backlash from taxi companies and drivers. Quebec is a highly regulated province: from government-controlled liquor sales to restrictions on residential rental units. It has been like this for as long as I can remember.
Taxi licenses here are very expensive. There is a finite number of them and, much like a house, they are sold for whatever the market says is the going price. Like teachers and other professionals, taxi drivers must pass a police background check as well as strict periodic inspections. Uber tried to bypass all this. They tried to jump the line.
Their ‘business model’ does not fit with Quebec‘s regulated taxi system. Having never used Uber I won’t miss them,
How can a person who claims to be trying to unite the country act so divisively? Although I can understand one thinking it is mere stupidity, I fear Trump does these things precisely because they appeal to his support base. I imagine that a poll of his supporters would, sadly, yield very little in the way of concern for the people of Puerto Rico. They certainly are American citizens, yet they get the very short end of the stick on a daily basis. But they are now in great need of help.
The President should demonstrate some leadership by turning his attention to those in need, not those who kneed!
Every time there is a hurricane or tornado the same thing happens, and Hurricane Irma was no exception. Media outlets deploy to the region in masses and, as if we would not believe them, place correspondents outside in the elements. When there is nothing happening these reporters can fill hours with background and warnings, but once the storm hits they essentially become human weather vanes. They are buffeted about by wind and rain, knocked over by gusts and often dodge projectiles such as street signs or windows. They stand there shouting, often inaudibly, while trying to stay upright.
Will it take a serious injury or death to put an end to this silliness? Lots of weather maps with meteorologists’ explanations and images of the storm are what gets the message across. No need to have a soaking wet Chris Cuomo or Anderson Cooper or Rosa Flores to convince me that there is bad weather.
My sympathies to those who braved the conditions, but I do not think there is fake weather!
They say that even a broken clock is right twice a day. In that vein I find myself in the awkward position of actually agreeing with President Trump and his choice to delay a visit to Houston. Those trying to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas needed a presidential visit like a whole in the head.
In fact not only do I agree with Trump, but I also agree with the First Lady – must be something in the water! When she was leaving the White House she was wearing high-heeled shoes. During the flight she was raked over the coals for this fashion faux pas. Yet when she deplaned in Texas, lo and behold, she had switched to more appropriate natural disaster footwear.
This issue of how quickly a Governor or president pays a visit to the site of a natural disaster has become laughable. Stay where you are and sign big cheques to facilitate the work; let those on the ground do their thing,. Send in troops if deemed necessary, provide all aid at your disposal, but don’t clog up the procedure with a 19 vehicle motorcade.
I hate to be critical, but when the president does visit tomorrow, please do not, as the vice president did yesterday, engage in cheap, hokey photo ops showing you hauling away a couple of broken branches. We all know you’re only doing it for the press.
What a difference 12 blocks make. Yesterday afternoon Montreal was hit by a line of thunderstorms. This is not an uncommon event; after several days of high heat and humidity something has to give. But around three o’clock something called a microburst hit a park not all that far from my place.
The damage to trees and power lines made the park look like a war zone. Thankfully to the best of my knowledge no one was injured but there will be many insurance claims for property loss.
The microburst hit the park with almost laser like precision. In fact the park beside my place, a mere dozen blocks to the east, was virtually unscathed. This morning I the aftermath of the storm a huge cleanup is underway in one park while in the other a shovel was used to whack down a broken branch, perhaps standing on a small tractor parked on a bank to reach the branch wasn’t exactly according to safety regulations, but he got the job done.