Humor, News, Wordpress

Pope Francis blesses Harley-Davidsons; Vespa owners feel slighted

Pope Francis continues to be his own man. Today he bestowed a Papal blessing on motorcycles and motorcyclists. But not just any motorcycles, these were all Harley-Davidsons. The US bike manufacturer is celebrating its 110th anniversary and thousands of Harley owners from around the world arrived in Rome for a rally. Pope Francis blessed them in St. Peter’s Square prior to Mass; rumors of him wearing a leather alb and knee-high leather boots have been dispelled by the Vatican.

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Meanwhile most owners of the ubiquitous Italian Vespa scooter are insisting they’re not put-out by the Pope’s blessing of the large Harley bikes; however one who did show up at the blessing abandoned his scooter and was last seen running from the square muttering something about the good old days of Italian Popes!

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Crime, News, Politics

Syria accused of chemical attacks; Jumpin’ Bash Flash

It appears the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons on at least two occasions. Up to 150 people may have been killed in these sarin gas attacks. Not a great number when you consider 93,000 people have lost their lives over the last two years in Syria. Regardless, chemical weaponry is a whole new approach and one the US, and its allies, must not, and will not, take lightly.

 

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Canada, Gay Marriage, History, Humor, Justin Trudeau, News, Politics, Wordpress

Operation Prism: The state has no place in the chat rooms of the nation

With the recent palaver over Operation Prism in the United States, the leaking of secret information by Edward Snowden and subsequent media frenzy, I couldn’t help but think of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1969 he mentioned that the citizens have a right to privacy and was referring to sexual orientation when he said “The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation”. In the present case of the US government spying on citizens’ Internet and mobile phone usage,  perhaps the following is more appropriate!

 

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Blogging

Blogging styles: short versus long, occasional versus frequent

They tell you when you start out testing the waters of the Blogosphere that you should find your niche. Select a topic and stay within the bounds: maybe sports, or fashion, or cars or music.  I understand that some bloggers’ style is to compose long treatises on their subject of expertise.

I do have a favorite topic, Montreal, but personally I prefer the freedom to explore a wider range of subjects in shorter posts. I don’t mean micro blogging, but think Hemingway not Dickens or Simenon not Proust. Cut to the chase as it were. Sometimes several short posts a day pop into my fertile mind, and with the WordPress mobile app posting can be done on the run.

This concept of terse versus verse upon verse isn’t new. Haiku for instance, the Japanese poetry has been around for centuries. It counts sound units known as “on” or morae (sort of like syllables). Traditional haiku consist of 17 on, in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively.

Autumn moonlight—

a worm digs silently

into the chestnut.

   –Basho Matsuo

And of course we all know about Twitter and its 140 character limitation.

And in an old meets new scenario you can even Tweet Haiku!

https://twitter.com/twihaiku/status/258718547251953665

So I think I’ll forgo the niche advice, at least for now, and just keep blogging away!

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