Update re: Our Li’l Miss Lara

Good morning, and a good morning it is! For one thing, it is the long weekend, but more importantly, well, our girl.

In my last blog I told of her being poorly, not eating, listless (my husband said even her kisses were weak at best.) She really had no appetite and I was doing everything to get her to eat, but she would sniff, sometimes eat a little and walk away.

So, after putting her on the anti-biotic which was prescribed and sold by the vet, I gave her one, and a few hours later, she threw it up. I tried again the next day, with the same results. I did not know what to do, but then I harkened back to when she was a puppy. She was quite ill, and along with the anti-biotics she was given my husband made up capsules of Oil of Wild Oregano. The vet said she would not be back to her normal self for several months and was shocked when she was completely well in about 6 weeks.

I therefore made up a few capsules, and that was a little over a week ago. I began by giving her one daily, and slowly she regained some of her appetite and vigor. Last night, she ate all her dinner, and later she as hungry so I made up a small meal, which she gobbled with zeal. This morning, she asked for breakfast and when I gave it to her, for the first time she didn’t meander toward the bowl with trepidation, sniffing with disdain and eating only a little, but rather she went right to the bowl and even licked it clean, then had room for a healthy treat. She is lively, back to her normal self, bounding around, chasing squirrels from our backyard, and her kisses, well, who needs soap and water?

When the vet, who was not her usual vet, prescribed the anti-biotics, he said if they did not work or made her ill, I could return them for something else. I asked about the alternative and he said they had the same side effects, so that was not encouraging to say the least. Having only given her two of the twelve pills, which were in blister packs and could easily be resold, I called to say I was coming to get a refund. The person who answered the phone said she would have to clear it with the doctor who was not in and have him call me the next day.

When I waited a fair amount of time, I called and spoke with him, and he read me the riot act, He said they don’t take back pills (understandable if in a bottle, but when in blister packs, there is no reason, especially when we spent over $100 on them.) He said he’d make this one exception (clearly forgetting he said I could return them) but don’t ever, EVER do this again, and even if it’s their fault the pills make her sick, they will never again allow me to return medication. I was furious, to say the least, but held my tongue for fear he would change his mind. I went that day, which was another in a series of oppressively hot weather, and though there were a few people waiting outside, I was not about to as I am over 60 and have life-threatening asthma. I knocked on the door, and told her why I was there, and she said she would be right back. Thankfully, she was, at which time I said I needed the washroom. According to one of the ladies waiting, when she asked to use the washroom, she was sent to a petrol station a few blocks away. I guess the girl thought better of telling me to do this and allowed me to use their washroom.

When I came back to the common area, she was there with the machine ready to issue my refund. I was appalled when she said they wouldn’t refund the filling fee, as that meant not only are they not out the money for the pills as they will resell them, but they will be getting the filling fee twice, once from us, and then when they resell the pills. I was rather annoyed, and while there are some advantages to this place, as they are open 365 days a year and will even come to people’s homes, the way I was treated, the fact they put someone who had not even examined or met Lara on her case, the rude way in which he spoke to me, with a threatening tone, we will be seeking care for our sweeties at another facility.

I must say, we were so afraid her days were numbered, I especially was in bits, but thanks to my awesome hubby who had researched Oil of Wild Oregano, we look forward to having our girl around for a long time yet!

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Our sweet Miss Lara

Anyone who has ever had a dog knows how I feel right now. As I write this, I am crying as our sweet Li’l Miss Lara, now 14 years young, is not likely to be with us much longer.

She, as a rule, is asking for her meal at least ½ hour early, dancing, begging to be fed early. Hers and Brodee’s (soon to be 13 and thankfully still very lively) get breakfast at 9, and supper at 5. I waited this morning till 10, in hopes Miss Lara would awaken and bug me for breakfast. As she has not made a move, I fed Brodee who waited patiently for his meal, then ate it all up with gusto, then came to me and wagged his adorable tail in thanks.

It is now 10:35 and still Miss Lara sleeps. I love her so damn much, and of course when it is time, we will do what is best for her, but how are we going to handle Brodee? Should we have the vet come to our home?

She yet again has a urinary infection, and the anti-biotics of which she has now had two doses, has caused her to throw up and poop in the house in the middle of the night. I am not quite sure if I trust her vet, but he said to not give her any more of the pills till Monday (today is Friday) and try again Monday. I gave her the first pill after her supper on Wednesday, and she threw up. I gave it to her in her dinner last night, and about 2 hours or so later she threw up, then, as I said, got sick in the night. The thing is, she has no problem piddling, and when I collected a sample, it did not look cloudy nor were there any particulates in it, so I was very surprised that she had another infection, hence, my trepidation with this doctor.

He at first had us give her a kidney formulated food, and she loathed it. Then he said to give her Renal formulated food, and she ate it. We have only given her the canned thus far, but if she continues to eat the canned, we will open the bag of kibbles and mix them in.

This is where we are, and only time will tell what our next steps will be. And when the time comes, should we have the vet come here so Brodee can say his goodbyes, or go to the clinic with her alone and return home without her or bring Brodee with us and he can (if they’ll let us) bring him in, but this could really scare him when we next take him to the vet.

I can’t think that far ahead, and I really hope it is not time, but……..

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The truth about the CCP virus

I’m BAAAAAAACCCCCKKKKK!

Yes, it has been a while, and I apologize for not writing (a lot) more, but I will try to write something at least once a week, as there are sooooooo many things going on/wrong.

So of course, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus is practically all that is on the news these days. So how about some REAL information, you know, from doctors, and not the quacks who are ‘advising’ our politicians. By the way, they are loving these new powers, and we as citizens must not allow those who fought in wars so that we may be free, to have done so in vain.

First, the government claims they are in unchartered waters. Bolox! They have already contended with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) without having shut down the nearly the entire country. So why are they doing this? Why are they disseminating so much misinformation and listening not to those who are in the know, but those who are responsible in the first place?

As I reside in Canada, those who are advising our Crime Minister are those who knew the severity of this disease, but China refused to close their borders and contain this, The W.H.O. (World Health Organization) as they believed China when told it wasn’t very serious, though they had trusted China when told the same thing ahead of the outbreak of both SARS and MERS, and Dr. Theresa Tam, whose credentials cannot be verified, is a self-proclaimed ‘expert’ who is calling all the shots. Here is a link to a great article about the real machinations behind this ‘stay home, when out, wear masks’ order:

https://www.eurocanadian.ca/2020/04/who-is-dr-theresa-tam.html

The truth, as written in the link I’m about to give, clearly shows the bottom line is to make our once free country a Fascist dictatorship. In this article written by Dr. David Williams details the truth and the lies we are fed on a daily basis by those in charge and those trying to take away our rights and freedom; but first I will give the background of those who are the true ‘experts’:

Although there is a central author, it is being written on behalf of multiple physicians in West Alabama and will be distributed through multiple medical offices. Between us we have well over a hundred years of practice and have treated hundreds of thousands of patients suffering infectious diseases. Including mission trips we have treated patients on five continents. 

https://600wrec.iheart.com/content/2020-04-23-coronavirus-truths-and-lies/

Here are the things which are discussed in detail:

TRUTH: COVID-19 is an actual medical disease that will lead to tragic deaths.

LIE: We don’t know much about coronavirus.

LIE: COVID-19 is more infectious than influenza.

LIE:COVID-19 is more dangerous than influenza.

LIE: The fact one does not know he or she has COVID-19 makes it more dangerous.

Here is a video with Dr. Kelly Victory with more evidence that our idiotic politicians and those in other countries are doing the exact opposite of what they should be doing.

Too many ‘sheeple’ are doing exactly what the government and Tam are telling them, as these people have put the PANIC in PAN-dem-IC. I see on a daily basis, people walking alone, no-one anywhere near them, wearing masks, and people, driving, alone in their car, wearing asks. Our council has put up signs about social distancing our cars. WHY?

Maybe they want to see how far they can push us before people start pushing back. Personally, I’m hoping for a revolution, the ousting of all those in power and many of those put in jail. Just ask yourself, when they say these measures are for our own good, why didn’t Tam and the W.H.O. realize China was lying, why didn’t our Crime Minister close our border when first told of this epidemic, and why the hell is our border still open to China, when now there has been an outbreak in China of Swine Flu? Once you realize they are not interested in our health or wellbeing, but in the power they now have to control us, maybe you will fight back, write to your MP, MPP, write letters to your local newspapers, and stop being one of the Sheeple!

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Muslim rape slavery comes to Canada – The Rebel

Not only is it already in the much of Europe and The United States, but it is in Canada as well. I am against prejudice, especially when it means praying for the death and destruction of those who don’t agree with them. Other than Muslims, has any other religion or so-called religion ever called non-believers in their faith enemies? Has any other ‘religion’ spewed so much hate, told their congregation in their houses of worship to pray for the eradication of non-believers or put a bounty on the head of those who speak out and tell the truth about this so-called religion? And let’s be clear, I am not going back hundreds of years, I am talking about today, so let’s leave the past. In fact, in Canada, it is now considered a hate crime to even talk about Muslim ideology, yet if someone speaks about what they disagree with in any other religion; they are free to do so. Any group which congregates as a means of teaching and preaching hate for those whose beliefs are different is not religion, it is a cult.

I also wonder, where the hell are all those fanatical women’s libbers when it comes to how Muslim women are treated, i.e., they cannot sit with the men in the temple, and many are forced to be covered from head to toe, some must even wear a vale to cover their face, and wear black even on the hottest of days. It has been well established that donning all this clothing was initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini and has nothing to do with their religion. (I understand the reason women in countries such as Afghanistan need to cover up so they won’t get raped, something happening in Canada and the U.S. and isn’t being either addressed or prosecuted as that would be politically incorrect.) This is not only outrageous but disgusting and despicable.

Where are the libbers and children’s advocates who are supposed to remove children from abusive homes? Yes, practicing Sharia Law and mutilating young girls’ genitalia so they can never enjoy sexual relations is abuse.

Come on, Children’s Aid, why aren’t you removing these girls from such abusive parents? Come on Amnesty International, and where are all you feminists? Why aren’t: RAINN, (“Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network”,) or the National Organization for Women coming forward?

The following link shows some of the many organizations in place for the protection of children, none of whom have spoken, nor even whispered anything to challenge Sharia Law which includes genital mutilation of young girls:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=children%27s+rights+in+Canada&title=Special:Search&go=Go&searchToken=cyjs5le5t5p5xlwz6pjvjrk9

What is really telling is that I typed in Children’s Rights, Canadian Charter of Rights, and the following response appeared: The page “Children’s rights in Canada” does not exist.  Disgusted yet? I know I am, and I know many, many others who are.

And our Prime Minister, who claims he’s all for women’s rights, won’t even step down in light of the fact he has admitted to having groped a woman a few years ago. He has the power to insist the only law which is to be upheld is Canadian Law.

What can we expect; children can’t vote, and those who are subjugated are likely prohibited from voting by their ‘master’, i.e., husband, or threatened that they’d better vote for the same candidates as their husband.

This is a link which will take you to sites which will inform and outrage most people:

https://ca.search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=D211CA1056G0&p=muslim+rapists+in+Canada+and+the+U.S.

Mr. Prime Minister, you are a disgrace, you do not believe in the rights of females, you are not even proud of the very country of which you are the leader. You are a hypocrite, you are a traitor and you are an abomination to your religion and your constituents.

While of course there are good people who are Muslim, if they read up on the history of this faith, found out how truly evil Mohammad was (rapist, murderer, pedophile) and renounced this faith, that would go a long way toward dealing with those who are evil and wish to take over the world and eradicate all non-believers.

My husband asked an interesting question; if a radical Muslim was raping a woman on the street, and a non-radical Muslim saw this, would he a) try to help the woman, b) join in or c) walk away and do nothing? The fear is, he would likely be killed for not helping, or for trying to stop the rapist. Of course, one would hope he would try to stop the rapist and turn him into the police by making a citizen’s arrest, but the likelihood of that is slim to none. And therein lies a very, very big problem.

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Reverse prejudice is not the answer

Breastfeeding lessons for blacks only0001

I could never understand prejudice; I mean, how can you hate (yes, many hate) those whom you’ve never met, or have only seen. Okay, I figure people don’t like black people because they are jealous. Think about it; many have such beautiful skin tone (hence, black is beautiful.) And when I see someone with really dark skin, wearing a deep red or deep yellow shirt, they look amazing.

We who are white as a goat (as Archie Bunker used to say) must sit outside for a long time just to be a little brown. We must wear suntan lotion, and if we go swimming, must make sure it won’t harm marine life. If it comes off, and we forget to put on more, we risk skin cancer. Now that’s not to say people who have black skin don’t also tan or in the case of one of the captain of my husband’s soccer team, get burned. Yes, but his skin is a lighter shade of brown, and he got quite burned when he went home to St. Lucia (lucky devil.)

I guess many think all black people are shiftless, lazy, ignorant, in gangs, and all the other stereotypical B.S. Like all white people are energetic, hardworking, honest, honourable and just good all around. Again, B.S

Prejudice also comes from long-time erroneous beliefs about certain people. My neighbour and I were conversing on the phone and I don’t recall how the subject came up, but he began deriding Jews. He said they’re all cheap and all rich. Well, I dared not tell him I’m Jewish, and I’m sure he’d be shocked, as I’m sure as hell not rich, and I’m not at all cheap, as proven when my husband and I go on vacation and bring him back gifts as our way of thanking him for watching our home, taking in our mail, newspapers, etc. He might say I’m the exception, but hey, if there’s even one exception, then there’s likely a helluva lot more where they came from.

As for other cultures and the erroneous beliefs that they are all the same, i.e., the Irish are drunks, the Italians are mobbed up, and oh, when I first came to Canada there were a lot of Newfie jokes, you know, they’re like blonde jokes, all duh. So I wondered about these people, not that I believed the jokes, but wondered what people from Newfoundland were like. Having now been in Canada for over 45 years I have been fortunate enough to have met some people from there, and I’ve yet to meet anyone from Newfoundland who wasn’t warm, bright, sociable and eager to be friends. And as for blondes, well really, thinking that just because someone has a certain hair colour they all have certain and the same attributes, either positive or negative is just, truly, moronic. So all those with red hair have fiery tempers, but I’ve never heard any stereotypes about those with brown, black or grey hair. And overweight people are not always jolly, in fact, while many are eager to please and must try harder at places of business as they are perceived also to be lazy and slovenly, again, B.S.

The thing about prejudice is that it’s hard for people who are experiencing those biases to unlearn that which they’ve been brainwashed to believe, often since childhood, from parents, other adults and then other children. My brother was called The Yid Kid, and beaten up just for being Jewish. And I know many of other religions and ethnicity are also treated badly for that over which they have no control. I mean, while it’s true overweight people can lose weight, though often not with ease or permanence, and people can change their religious believes, how does a person who is brown or black change their skin colour? And why would or should they want to? How did it ever come to be that the white people in much of the world hold all the cards? Think about when white explorers wanted to settle in places they ‘discovered.’ They just moved or killed those who had lived there for their entire lives, having to leave their homes, dying while walking barefooted in the snow to regions unknown, often being evicted from their new homes. Inuit people had their children taken away and denied their birthright and heritage, like it was something to be ashamed of. Those who should have been ashamed are those who thought this was okay. Well, it wasn’t then, and it’s still not.
But I also notice something equally unacceptable as prejudice, and that’s reverse prejudice. I gleaned a poster on a nearby pole which invited ‘black’ women who wished to learn about breastfeeding. Now, imagine if that poster invited only ‘white’ women; the outrage would be front page news for sure. Well, this poster was just as unacceptable; I mean, people who have experienced prejudice should not feel that those who were so ignorant and evil ought to know first-hand how it feels. I would have hoped those who were the sufferers of this would know better, but it certainly appears that is not the case.

So next time you decided you don’t like someone based on their tenets, colour or body size, how about speaking with the person and then judge not, lest ye be judged. And remember; the sins of our forefathers should not be visited upon those of us who live today, unless still being practiced and believed in today, in which case, it’s time to unlearn that which was taken as fact.

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Having trouble letting go?

When people meet and fall in love,
There’s many reasons why.
And when that love is new, that’s when,
Both parties really try.
As they get to know each other,
Peccadillos seem to appear.
If too many surface a little too soon,
It can tug at sweet Cupid’s spear.
Can he handle when she’s too oft drunk,
Can she forgive his running around?
And if there’s no communication,
Love soon may run aground.
Sometimes people change too much
Thus couples grow apart.
But they can work through many things,
If they listen with their heart.
But love and egos are so fragile,
They can shatter just like glass.
When people enable bad behaviour,
By always giving loved ones a pass.
This leads to insecurity,
anger, guilt and fear,
maybe it brings back memories of
abandonments of yesteryear.
And so these couples cling on to
The good times they once had.
Feeling that being alone is worse
Than a relationship gone bad.
The enablers blame themselves for this,
And the enabled ones opportunely agree.
Neither party can move forward,
As they can’t see the forest for the trees.
So ask yourself some pointed questions,
Like how often do you make each other laugh,
Do you still support one another,
walking side by side down life’s path?
When thinking about your years together,
What stands out more, good times or bad?
Do you remember only great times while,
Your partner feels you’re driving them mad.
They focus solely on the past,
Leaving both of you oh, so sad.
You forgive them continually.
As you had hoped your love, now dead,
Would somehow be all that you need,
Thinking only with your heart, not your head.
Hold on to those memories,
but let go of the person they’ve become,
You each deserve to find love again,
And waken your hearts now gone numb.

 

 

 

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Sexual harassment, or…

I’d like to give my reasons for not liking or wishing to partake of the #metoo movement. What started, as with so many other movements, as a forum for survivors of sexual abuse has turned into not only a witch hunt, but too often a complete distortion of exactly what it means to be a sexually abusive person. Actually, rather than begin with what is not sexual abuse or harassment, one who tells a non-offensive, innocent and slightly dirty joke. I’ll give an example of one and how a person in power used that power to totally over-react. I worked for several months at a company, everything was going well, and one day my female boss and another female were standing chatting, when I thought I’d make them laugh. So here goes: The Brits have a thing in which they say, when coming upon something unexpected, they’ll say “’allo, ‘allo, ‘allow.” So I told them about a bloke who came home one day to find his wife in bed with three blokes, to which he said ‘allo, ‘allo, ‘allo? His wife responded with “aren’t you going to say ‘allo to me?

Yeah, filthy, right? Now if you honestly think this is a case of sexual harassment, well, you, reader, are part of the problem. I told this when only we three ladies were there, I didn’t use any profanity. Well, the next day I was unemployed! Yes, this was cause for them to dismiss me. No, taking me aside and saying she thought it inappropriate, just don’t come back. I do not consider this a case worth putting someone out of work, I consider this an abuse of power. For me, it was just a temp job, and there were many more to follow, but for those in high level positions, actors, musicians, writers, politicians, etc., we all know the cost, to their livelihood, their reputation; the cost is very, very high. So before someone “outs” a person for something as heinous as being a sexual predator or being guilty of sexual harassment, maybe people need to take a stop back. I can only imagine what she told my co-workers as to why I was no longer there. She may have told them that I told a very, dirty, filthy joke which she couldn’t repeat; imaginations would have run amok. I’m only thankful she didn’t escalate it such that my career as a temp would have been ruined.

Here’s a story which hopefully will help to put things into prospective as to just how out-of-hand things have gotten: A lady and her husband were having a discussion with their daughter, who is in her mid-teens. So they asked her; if she was wearing a pretty new outfit, and a co-worker told her she looked nice, is that sexual harassment? She actually said yes, as did she when asked if a fellow student told her she looked nice. She added it was totally inappropriate. I think you know where this is going; if people don’t know what it is to be sexually harassed, then it needs to be explained. Another example, and this is going back about 30 years. I worked at a call centre, and my manager was in his early 20’s. He was always looking me up and down, trying to get me alone, etc. I told my immediate supervisor, a male in his late teens or very early 20’s, with whom my manager was quite friendly. Well, he told everyone there, and they were all laughing about it. So, as this was getting me nowhere fast, I decided to just avoid being alone w/ this creep. Then one afternoon as I was preparing to leave, he got me alone and, looking me up and down, asked how much I wanted my job. Well, people, not that much. I never went back.

Let’s be honest, ladies, don’t we choose clothing which will make us look nice, don’t we style our hair, and don’t many put on make-up, nail polish, etc.? So if no-one says we look nice, don’t we feel a bit hurt and think maybe we really don’t look that nice after all? I know I’m a woman, so maybe when I tell someone they look nice, or I like their earrings, whatever, it’s not offensive; but does that mean if I was a male, I’d be reported for being ‘inappropriate’? And with all those coming out of the closet, what if someone to whom I give a compliment mistakes me for being a lesbian, trying to hit on her or sexually harassing her?

So, how about we get back to reality and stop diminishing the pain and suffering which REAL victims of sexual abuse and/or harassment have had to live with. Like being a survivor of incest, or rape, or being threatened with dismissal if the person doesn’t acquiesce. This whole movement is completely out of control, and all one needs to do is point a finger, and that person’s life, family and career are over, regardless of the fact the whole allegation may be entirely fabricated, or embellished to make it seem serious where it’s not.

I don’t like living in a world where people are becoming so sensitive that a joke or a compliment are considered and treated as being as brutal as rape, incest, and real harassment.

I think it’s time for some perspective, and to be very thankful if you are one of these ‘sensitive’ people, that you have never experience true sexual interference. You clearly have no idea what it’s really like, so kindly take your indignation and imagination and save it for something real.

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TTC – Take The Car, Take The Cab – or, The better way, if you have all day!

TTC – Take The Car, Take The Cab – or, The better way, if you have all day!

Well, election time is fast approaching, and there are so many who need to go, I’ve run out of fingers and toes.

One major reason I’d like to see Mr. Tory go is his obsession with the Toronto Transit Commission, or TTC.  He is giving and has given much too much power to TTC, and of course, as the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. So now that TTC has taken over King Street, and rather than doing something logical like making it left turn only during certain hours and never on weekends, he is putting stores, restaurants, etc. out of business. TTC has also appropriated a little laneway which was used so that pedestrians could safely walk from Barrington Avenue to Main St., and of course, Main subway. Now that this is no longer available, pedestrians must squeeze to either to allow vehicles to drive from Main to Barrington. As this space is very narrow, it is a one-way going east. This is an accident waiting to happen. Also, there’s another alley on the other side of the subway, and for some insane reason, and please note it too is very narrow and thus one-way, it also runs from Main to Barrington heading east. Now, why the heck wouldn’t one of these be heading west?

Also, as TTC drivers have been so empowered, many don’t give a damn about the dangers when pulling out of the subway stations. I have nearly been hit numerous times as they don’t care who gets hurt, who has the right-of-way, they just figure they’re bigger than we in cars, and it’s up to us to stop. One day I was on Wellesley, and a bus was exiting from a side street, and as I didn’t have any stop signs, one would think they would not exit until all lanes were clear. Not so! This a-hole just kept coming, and I had to slam on my brakes, and thankfully there wasn’t anyone behind me, or this would have been quite the accident. Of course, it’s not likely this driver would be taken to task had he caused a serious accident; he’d likely get his wrist slapped, and that would be the end of it…except for we who got creamed!

Another thing about TTC is how they cannot seem to reach the speed limit, regardless of how low it is. On the street on which we live, the speed limit has been reduced from 50 K to 40K. And danged if these morons can reach 40. Some days, they barely do 30. Just to put this in perspective, I’d like to show what these speeds (?) are in miles…ready? 50 K is 31 mph, 40 K is 24 mph and 30 K is 18 mph. So a bus driver who cannot reach 24 mph shouldn’t even be driving, as it is dangerous. Oh, how can going too slow be dangerous, as for sure, only those speeding are a hazard? Well, how about when busses go so slow, people try to get around them, and this means sometimes crossing solid lines and driving in the opposite lane.

Another thing about bus drivers is their inability to signal correctly. When they pull over and plan to stay for several minutes, they often either don’t use any signal or use a right turn signal. Whatever happened to using the hazard lights? Isn’t that what they are for; for when one stops and doesn’t plan to proceed so that oncoming traffic is aware and can safely go around? Many don’t signal at corners either, so when they come upon an intersection and can only go right or left, it would be nice not to have to guess.

I would also like to see the last of these most annoying, cumbersome and some are at least the length easily of 4 cars. So, when they proceed (slowly) once the light has turned green, precious few cars can also take advantage of that light. But, worst of all, when on a two lane street, where there are parked cars in the right lane, and the streetcar dies, no-one is going anywhere, for a very, VERY long time. We experienced this once when coming out of the theatre, and we needed to drive in the direction of the stalled streetcar. We then had to drive in the opposite direction so we could go to another street and get turned around. And if driving behind one of these behemoths, the only way to get around it is to be in the right lane where there isn’t a parked car and hope there aren’t on the other side of the intersection so you can race to get in front. But, often cars are stopped while the streetcar takes on and lets off passengers, so if the light changes too soon, it will be too late.  Then there’s the issue of how slick streetcar tracks are when wet. My husband realized that first hand one day when biking to work. He came upon a wet track at a bad angle, and down he went.

And heaven forbid one wishes to speak with the driver of a streetcar; good luck as they are totally surrounded by plastic barriers, and trying to get the driver to hear you is neigh on to impossible.

Now about the subways; first, Toronto is supposed to be a world class city, yet TTC still thinks the blue law is in effect, thus they don’t open till 9 a.m. on Sundays. How frustrating this is for those who have to be at work early, or anyone else who needs to be somewhere before that time. And while I realize they must stick to a strict schedule, I again can’t count how many times, people haven’t even finished getting off the train, thus no-one has begun to board, and the doors begin closing. Then they announce that we must clear the doorway. Well, obviously there aren’t enough trains for all those wishing to ride, or we wouldn’t have to stuff them so people can get to where they’re going in a timely manner. Gee, maybe if they didn’t take so blasted long at, for instance, Coxwell station, changing drivers, chatting up a storm, they could allow a few extra seconds to let everyone on and off before closing the doors on people. Once, my dog was on one side of the doors, and I on the other, and damned if he would stop, so I had to pry open the doors. I read of an incident where this happened and it didn’t end well for the poor dog. I hope that rat bastard of a driver gets his, and I don’t just mean from TTC.

So it seems rather obvious that this “honour” that saw TTC named as Best Public Transit System in North America is a joke, as are all those ridiculous polls which the media keeps quoting that over 60% of riders are satisfied w/ TTC. Now, either those polled didn’t speak either of Canada’s official languages and didn’t understand the question, or those polled all had relatives working to TTC, as well as Tory’s cronies.

If TTC was a movie, they’d surely get 10 rotten tomatoes!

 

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When humans are bad, they are unjustly said to be behaving like animals

I agree that a snake is not the nicest of animals, but when a human is devious, this is the animal whose character they are most closely compared, as in being referred to as a snake-in-the-grass. When one is sly, they are said to be foxy, but when one is pretending to be crazy, they are said to be crazy like a fox, meaning of course, they’re quite the opposite. When one is gluttonous, they are called pigs. Well, pigs don’t eat excessively, as when a human is said to “pig-out.” If someone is a poor housekeeper, or slops food onto their clothing, they are called pigs, and if overweight, they are fat pigs. And when someone takes more than their fair share, and is said to be hogging all the food, or in another reference, hogging the blankets or the conversation. All of these are unfair as none of these attributes if you can call it that, are true of these lovely animals. When a woman who had a pig for a pet, was interviewed, she told how her pig was cleaner than either her dog or her husband!

When someone slinks around trying to pick up a one-night-stand, they are catting around or that they have the morals (or lack thereof) of an alley-cat. When they cheat on their mate, and sleep with multiple partners, they are called dogs or mongrels. The last one is also used when referring to one of mixed heritage. If one stands all day, then their “dogs” are hurting, but why feel equate to dogs is anyone’s guess, and how one can be dog-tired when I know our dogs sleep most of the day is also confusing.

Some references aren’t meant as nasty, like a shy person being sheepish, or when one is said that they would eat anything, thus they eat like a goat. But when one is overweight, they are often called an elephant, a rhino, or they’re called a fat cow, or if they eat constantly, they are said to eat like a horse.

I am uncertain how strong the next animal is, but when a human shows great strength, they are said to be as strong as an ox. Of course, if a person is targeted and unable to defend themselves, they are called lame or sitting ducks. If one is not in their right mind, they are told they are cuckoo, like the bird, and if they’ve got some crazy notions, they’re just plain squirrelly. But of course if they’re lives are going quite well, then everything is just ducky. But if they aren’t particularly intelligent, they are said to be a bird-brain.

What others? Well, a woman who only wants to be with much younger men is a cougar, a person who is active during sex is a tiger, one in a bad mood is a bear and if you must confront this person, it’s akin to bearding a lion is his den. And when that person gets angry and yells, he’s roaring like a lion. And if the female is possessive, she’s guarding her possessions or young as does a lioness.

If afraid, one is chicken, if silly, they’re as silly as a goose, but if they do something duh, they’re called a turkey. Is someone saying you’re as slow as a turtle or a snail, and the lack of energy makes one as lazy as a sloth, feeling “slug”ish?

Does someone copy what you say and do? Then they’re aping your behaviour. Some would say it’s a case of monkey-see, monkey-do. And if they like to have fun, well, they’re just monkeying around, and aren’t having as much fun as a barrel of monkeys? Although, truth be told, I once saw about six or so chickens in a barrel, and I can guarantee they were not having fun. Why, they were crammed in so tight, they felt like sardines. And if a man is under his the thumb of his wife, well, he’s of course henpecked! But he’d better not divorce her else she’ll bleed him by sucking him dry like a vampire bat.

Does someone you know walk a little off-kilter? Well, they’re of course Pidgeon-toed. Unless they waddle; then they’re walking like a duck, which is nothing to crow about. And everyone knows a bad doctor is a quack. He’s certainly not as wise as an owl which is a shame as he’s/she’s the only one who can prescribe something for that frog in your throat…rivvet!

Do these terms bug you? Or do you think a loved one is as cute as a bug’s ear? I’ve never even seen a bug’s ear, nor did I think they had actual ears. So pull the covers up real tight so you can be as snug as a bug in a rug.

And who could forget when good-ole George Jefferson feared his grand-child, who had grandparents of a mixed marriage, a black grandmother and white grandfather, would look like a zebra?

A young lass is sometimes called a filly, whereas when one is said to be acting like an old fuddy-duddy, they are often called an old coot. And when really crotchety, they’re acting like the old gray mare and should be put out to pasture. A better word for these people is ogre, unless they are really only a bit grumpy and really an old softy, in which case they may be referred to as curmudgeons. Of course, when told they are now too old to drive, getting people to give up their keys makes them become as stubborn as a mule. they are referred to as

Were you ever asked if you did something by accident, or was it truly on porpoise? If you see someone who is follicley challenged, they’re likely said to be as bald as an eagle, and if they’re not wearing any clothing, they must be buck-naked, or as naked as a blue jay. They’d better make a run for it, and hope they’re as quick as a jack rabbit, or as speedy as a jaguar.  If they don’t get caught, they’ll be laughing like a hyena, as they had enough good old horse sense not to be seen.  Of course, he could pretend no-one sees him as he’s the type to always bury his head in the sand like an ostrich. He’ll also do that when people make fun of his overbite, as he looks like a chipmunk. They shouldn’t make fun of him, though they say they’re just horsing around. But if taken seriously and called out, they might decide to settle things in the ring, and hope they’ll win by floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, as the late, great Cassius Clay, better known as Mohammad Ali used to say. And the winner will be as happy as a lark, swanning around, proud as a peacock. And a British term for one such as this is to say he thinks he’s “cock of the walk.” In this instance, however, they are referencing a rooster.

When it comes to being in a fight, one must beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, especially as some are said to use guerilla war-fare, though the meaning is often taken to be more like the actual gorilla, but as we all know, only humans go to war.  And only humans kill for sport, or to settle an argument, to get even, or because they are monsters. And that is why it makes me so angry when humans do things which are heinous, and are referred to as animals. No, they are not animals; animals kill for either food, to protect their family, when in heat and fighting for the right to mate with a particular female of their species, or self-defence when attacked by a predator.

And that is why I wrote this blog; we too often use analogies when acting badly, and it’s most unfair to do so, as quadrupedal animals don’t display the kinds of horrid behaviours as do humans. But the worst is when a person commits the most horrid, despicable acts unto the innocent and defenceless, such as genital mutilation on girls, some as young as one year of age, or rape, especially as done by the likes of Bill Cosby by drugging the person, or being a murderer, especially the murder of children. These acts are not perpetrated by animals either literally or figuratively. They are committed by monsters, so kindly remember when a human does any of the abhorrent things mentioned above; they are not acting as do quadrupedal animals, they are acting as the most amoral, deplorable, vicious monsters only a human could ever be, and while they are often acts which are venomous, as they are poisonous to so-called civilized society, they are still, none the less, MONSTERS!!!!

 

 

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REPLACING WORDS WHICH HAVE BEEN DEEMED POLITICALLY INCORRECT

The other day I was on the phone with a gentleman, and he had some questions, one of which was about my “partner.” Now, I understand some people are together without benefit of actually taking/making vows, and some as they are of the same sex, don’t call each other husband and wife, but use the generic term partner. I have absolutely no problem with that; what I do have a problem with is when I and others who are heterosexual are expected to use a term which is deemed politically correct (God, I despise that term) and stop saying we are husband and wife. Well, I refuse, and after the third time he referred to Greg as my partner, I let him have it. I said I hate political correctness, so stop trying to be so, as I am proud to say I am married, and that I have a husband, and kindly refer to him as such. I guess he was taken aback, as he didn’t use any term thereafter.

So I put it to you; whatever happened to Majority Rules? I know, political correctness forces us (or tries) to use terms which won’t offend the few, regardless of how much it offends the many. Well, folks, I am one of the many, and therefore I want the following words placed back into our everyday vernacular, and let the few deal with it. If one is gay, and married, they can say so and I’ll happily call their mate their partner. But from here on in, these words are no longer on my delete list, and I hope you will agree and stop kowtowing to those who would have the masses cower at the very thought of insulting the majority of the minority who truly don’t give a toss. It’s only those who are militant who whine and protest the loudest and thus make everyone shiver their timbers with fear that they will be deemed prejudice for not using the new terminology which has all but taken over our vocabulary. So, here goes:

Heroine – yes, a female term for those who are heroic

Actress – there are those who are thespians – There is a game show from the ‘80’s, long before this political correctness crap came to be, and the contestants must guess the name of a series, character or what this jerk calls (you ready?) a female actor. Really????? What a schmuck!

Airline host and hostess

Airline steward and stewardess

Villainess – yes, even women can be rotten, and not because they had their pretty little delicate arm twisted by a mean old man, or because they were afraid of a mean old man or because they wished to declare their devotion and undying love for this man by doing as he asked/demanded – yes folks, women can be depraved all on their own. A case in point is that Paul Benardo was a vicious rapist, but not until he met Karla Homolka did he kidnap, torture and murder young girls – that was on her, starting with her own sister whom she offered up to him by getting her drunk and giving her to him to do with what he wished; sadly, this poor girl was so drunk/drugged she choked to death on her own vomit. So, in this case, Mr. Bernardo is a Murderer, and the former Mrs. Bernardo, aka Homolka is a Murderess.

Manhole – yes, women’s lippers, uh, libbers demanded this word be changed to drain hole or utility hole covers, as they deemed it a sexist term. Hey, geniuses, how about actually knowing what the hell you’re talking about before decrying such nonsense and stupidity. For your further edification, the term is simply short for maintenance cover; no gender is being used or preferred, but heaven forbid anyone should actually find out the reality of this term and enlighten them, no, better just to surrender and capitulate instead of pointing out that they are simply, uh, what’s the word, WRONG, STUPID, LOOKING FOR ANYTHING TO CLUTCH ONTO IN ORDER TO CALL PEOPLE SEXIST!!!

And here’s an oldie but goodie; as I said, I am married, yes, proudly and happily, as a woman to a man, and as such, I want, nay, insist on being called MRS. I was not ashamed that, until I was 33, I was a MISS. So, just because men are always Mr., regardless of whether or not they are married, you know what? Deal with it! If you as an individual are not happy with your marital status, then you have the option of asking to be referred to as Ms (and there is no period as it is not a short form nor is it an acronym, it is simple M S, end of!

Sadly, I have a feeling more men will concur with my arguments than will women, but I’m tired of the minority ruling; it’s b.s. What’s next, female bull instead of cow? Well, if that’s what you want, then I say this is FEMALE BULLSHIT! And if there are any other words which you can recall as being dropped in favour of generic terminology, please add them to the list and resume using them in your everyday conversations. Heck, I’m actually shocked they’ve allowed the show Madame Secretary to use that sexist word; shouldn’t it be Non-Sexualized Person Secretary?

Okay, you think I’m going overboard; well, now they want to give prospective parents the option of having non-gender used on birth certificates. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that, when a person reaches an age whereby they feel the gender which they have been assigned by virtue of their having either a penis or a vagina, does not jive with the sex (or lack thereof) with which they most identify, that must; I’ll say it again, MUST be the one to decide that for themselves. If a parent wishes to introduce toys to their child which would normally be deemed a toy for a girl or boy, so be it, and let the child decide for themselves. But can you imagine how screwed up you would be if you were raised as neither a male or a female? We are human beings, we come in two sexes, full stop! If, inside a person feels otherwise, and let’s face it, this is again a case of minority trying to rule, then, and only then, should anything be done about it. And even then, they need to be counselled by a professional, in fact, more than one, before having bits cut off or replaced. The way it is now, say for instance, a male feels more like a female; before any surgery, they are told to be a female in every way possible, to see what it is really like to be that sex. This is a very serious, permanent, most likely irreversible and personal decision which is one which must be made by said person, and only by that person. To insist on raising a person without allowing them to be who they are (I give it this test; when I close my eyes, do I feel, like and expect upon seeing my reflection in the mirror that the image will be that of a female or male? I understand there are those who, though they are one sex, determined by the equipment with which they were born, that this is not who they feel they are. And once they have gone through a battery of tests, psychological analyses and living as the other sex for a time determined by those who make the decision as to whether or not the surgery is the only option, then and only then should they have their gender altered. This must not be decided by parents, friends, lovers, psychiatrists or anyone other than the person him/herself.

Just think about puberty, and how confusing it was even though you knew what your gender was. They may or may not have taught this in your school, about what happens when a girl reaches puberty as opposed to when does a boy, the changes one’s body goes through, not to mention particular illnesses connected with one’s gender. If we become a race of non-gender humans, I would think this would be very daunting, among other issues future generations will face.

As for gender-neutral washrooms, in one way it’s great, as  they is often bullying in washrooms, especially in schools, but in another, the loss of numbers in how many washrooms will soon be available is of concern. Have you ever gone to a concert or sporting event? The line-ups at the ladies’ washrooms are insane, whereas the men’s is often minimal, and as for bullying in the men’s room, there’s an easy solution; go into a stall. I’ve always wondered why it is believed men have no qualms about doing their business in public; I have spoken with some and they do feel it’s not right. So if the only way to avoid this bullying is by having much fewer washrooms, how about having all three; men’s, women’s and the kind where it’s built for one person; this is also good for those who wish to make adjustments to their clothing, or wish privacy if not feeling well.

In closing, we were created in two sexes, males and females, and no-one has to the right to tell us we must be a certain way, or we cannot be a certain way. No-one has the right to say females are inferior, or that only whores are meant to have enjoy sex, or that males are superior, or that females must be covered up for not to do so is to ask men to rape them (those who believe this crap are predators.) We are born free, we are born with a gender, and we are meant to be free, to choose who we are, who we wish to be, and anyone who feels they have the right to decide this for us or deny us this right can go to the devil.

 

 

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