Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
In the last year you've come such a long way. You've elected an intelligent, articulate and amazing man as your president. The fact he is of African American descent is a bonus, his intelligence and wisdom puts him heads and shoulders above his predecessor.
Yet, there are still those voices among you who keep wanting to nominate Village Idiots for the highest office in the land ... has the Bush Administration taught you folks NOTHING??
For eight years George and his crew made the United States of America the embarassed laughing stock of the world. They completely eroded the global goodwill that came with the events of September 11th, and they pursued policy after policy that was not only questionable, but that frequently crossed over into the realm of the illegal. And now the same people who brought you the Village Idiot from Texas are trying to put forward the Alaskan Village Idiot as a possible candidate for 2012 ... (click here to read the story)
Please my American Cousins, stop this madness before it's too late ... the very thought of Sarah Palin being nominated as Presidential Candidate for the next election makes me want to cry ... you deserve better - like a SECOND term of Obama, followed by a back to back term with the second President Clinton ... if you're gonna make history, go for the gusto - a husband-wife combo is far better than Village Idiot books ends around the fine President that is Obama!!!
... meanwhile back at home ... when is Michael calling that election to get him the PMO's job??
A president, a cop, and a professor sat down in the back garden for a beer ... yet, in today's headlines, this is the premise for one of the stories making the rounds ...
It would seem that the other day a personal friend of President Obama, a black scholar was involved in a situation with the police - the end result was a misunderstanding, some sort of confrontation and the arrest of the professor.
Along the line the race card was played and the whole incident became a national story with both sides entrenching themselves, and even President Obama weighing in with some less than careful words being offered ...
Now, in an open attempt to bring down the rhetoric and open this incident to the possibility of being a "teachable moment" for ALL people, Obama has acknowledged his poor choice in words, and has offered to have the Professor, and the Police Officer over to the White House for a beer so they can mend the fences ...
What a class act ... Obama's example here is a good one for everyone ...
To read the story click here: "Obama, Gates to meet after scholar's arrest - CTV news"
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
TRUE FACT: in 2002, in the US Supreme Court, the surviving heirs of the famous film comedy trio were awarded "the intellectual rights to the Three Stooges."
Do the words Intellectual and Three Stooges belong in the same sentence, EVER???
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
and the above is MY COMPOST BIN,
which I did NOT plant, but that planted itself with
squash, peas, potatoes, beans and assorted weeds !!!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Not sure why he chose me, other than I was available and willing ... but there you go !!
So, inspite of a couple of inaccuracies the article is not a bad piece of writing ... hopefully it serves as another step on my journey as a writer ... the print version begins with the comment: "Over the past few months the Journal has recieved numerous positive responses in regards to Shawn Ankenmann's monthly column. Considering he's becoming quite popular, the Journal decided that it was time to sit down with the man who writes about poverty issues here in Westman."
For the moment check it out yourself by clicking here - and it's not a bad picture of me either!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
It's surprising how little conversation there is about the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 that put a human footprint on a celestial body beyond Earth for the first time ... then again, there are those out there who said "It didn't happen ... it was faked in a soundstage ..." I like the interpretation on cbc radio earlier this week when someone noted that the if the Apollo programme was faked it's the GREATEST conspiracy of ALL time because there were tens of thousands of people involved in the creation of the rockets and equipment and one of them would have let the cat out of the bag by now ...
Ah, the wonders of technology and the human spirit set free ...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
I enjoy the process of writing ... the contributions I have made, and continue to make to the Westman Parent magazine are a delight. The ongoing column that I write for the Wheat City Journal remains an enjoyable experience.
This past week, my latest contribution to the Journal made its appearance. To check it out - click here: Poverty Issues: 'choices' are made everyday.
In today's headlines, it is reported OVER and OVER and OVER, that the Canadian Institution Tim Hortons - a ubiquitous presence throughout Canada, including FOUR locations here in Brandon - is opening 12 locations in New York City ... 10 in Manhattan, and 2 in Brooklyn.
The CTV story is here - "Timmie's Takes Manhattan"
Come on Katie - track down one of the locales and hoist a Double-double and a maple dipped for us, and let us know if our Canadian Institution is up to snuff for the New York crowds ...
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The first question is WHY ??? Why did you take the wafer Mr Harper ??? Do your aides NOT comprehend nor understand Catholic Theology?? Were you NOT briefed on proper etiquette in a Catholic Church when Mass is Celebrated??
The second question is - WHAT THE HECK DID YOU DO WITH THE HOST Mr Harper???? You shouldn't have taken it in the first place, and if you did where did it go??? Did you pocket it like various media outlets are maintaining??? (A huge NO NO), or did you eat it out of camera range - again a no no on two front - one is as a non-Catholic, you shouldn't be partaking of the MASS (all theological debates aside for the moment) and if you walked away from the altar, and ate it later that's NOT OKAY either ...
Mr Harper - you really need to get better staff, and you really, really, really need to work on your sensitivity to others ... You put yourself in a no win situation here Mr Harper, and right now your excuses offered via your staff sound pretty lame ...
What happened to the Wafer Mr Harper ????
Watch the video, and read the debate below:
and NOW the video ...
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
It read: "DEC2209"
Ms. H asked - "does DEC2209 mean December 22nd 2009? or December in the year 2209?"
Looking at Noahkila and back to her, I answered, "I honestly don't know, but given what we've heard about the food at McD's either one is a possibility ..."
Saturday, July 04, 2009
My first conscious thought was - "what a dream ..."
Then I wondered what genius came up with the thought of putting the kids' camp "Camp Wannakumbac" on an old ferry. There was LOTS and LOTS of room, comfie accomodations, and no worries about the weather ...
Then I thought - "how the hell did they get that old BC Ferry from Vancouver to Clear Lake Manitoba in the first place??"
Thursday, July 02, 2009
As a fabulous Canada Day draws to a close ... a day spent gardening, biking, b-b-q-ing, and watching fireworks from the street in front of my house ... I can think of no better way to say - HAPPY CANADA DAY, then to sign off at 11:59 CST with the old CBC O Canada video that ended the Broadcast day on the venerable old mother corp ... hope everyone had a happy and wonderful day ... I DID !!!!