Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Lighter Side of Susan

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison," and he
said, ”If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:
"Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some
unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "on whether I embrace your
policies or your mistress."

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I
admire." - Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries
with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader
to the dictionary."
- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big
- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no
time reading it."
-Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I
approved of it."
- Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
- Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play;
bring a friend.... if you have one." - -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if
there is one."
- Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you
-Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
- John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing
- Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in

- Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
- Paul Keating

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
-Jack E. Leonard

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."
- Robert Redford

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
- Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any
address on it?"
- Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
- Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they
- Oscar Wilde

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
- Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening but this wasn't it."
- Groucho Marx

Let's All Take Ritalin

Now, at long last, some doctors are recommending that children be examined for potential heart problems, before they are prescribed Ritalin.

The over-prescription of this poison for (mostly boy) children constitutes abuse.

Like so many medicines, this massive over-use of a pharmaceutical for a questionable "disease" (ADHD) is entirely the result of extremely subtle and pervasive marketing campaigns.

Someday, we will learn to look back on these dark days with suitable horror.

Corrections Canada, the gang that corrects nothing, is Silent as Usual about his Dreadful Miscues

Oh, look.

People in the media are asking Corrections Canada why a lunatic was put in a minimum security prison.

Oh, look.

Corrections Canada isn't talking.

Didn't I just write about this yesterday?

Corrections Canada is a secret cabal, albeit one paid for with our tax dollars. But, like many obscure government agencies, they believe it is their right to never say a discouraging word.

More Charter Woes

On Thursday, April 17th, in a posting called "Charter This," I called for an end to or a major revision of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as I believe it is now doing more harm than good.

Two stories in this morning's news, reinforce that idea.

A couple, whose main purpose in life appears to be growing pot in their house, are successfully challenging the police and the courts because their "rights were violated" when the police entered their little den of happiness.

Of course, we don't want police charging willy-nilly into the privacy of our homes without provocation or authorization.

But apparently, running a hydro bill that is enough to light up Keremeos for a month is not enough of an indicator that something askance might be going on.

IN another case, a North Van couple had been convicted of importing opium concealed in picture frames.

But, Lordy, the foolish Crown, made the mistake of asking certain questions during the trail that might suggest that these good folk had done exactly this deed in the past. Thus, new trail.

We are going out of our muddle-headed way to aid the crooks, and all in the name of democratic ideals.

Of course, the one good thing about both these stories is that it shows that couples who share a common purpose have a grater chance of staying together over the long haul.