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So how much of The Wall has actually been built?

One would presume somebody would have noticed something what with Trumpf claiming there’s miles and miles of it.

Wouldn’t there be a paper trail of building permits or environmental impact statements?

***Clarification - I mean specifically Trump’s grand plans for a really big wall, not the existing stuff***

Whatever happened to tangerines?

They used to be a Christmas treat here. We’d never heard of Mandarin Oranges. Tangerines (yes I know they’re a type of Mandarin) were sweeter and easier to peel. The only thing I can find out is there were issues with shipping.

I got all upset because I thought I'd found maggots in my ham sandwich

The ham was leftovers from a roast. The “maggots” were rice.

Never piss off a Canada Goose


So I had my day...err...hour...err...minute in court.

I was fighting a bylaw infraction in court. The prosecutor took me aside for a pre-trial huddle where I agreed with her statement of facts, was enthusiastic about her evidence, then told my side of the story at considerable length, then challenged the bylaw officer's case. When I was getting ready to get out my evidence, used dialysis bags, she blanched and said that wouldn't be necessary. She sent me back into court to wait while she had a word with the bylaw officer.

Next thing I know she's back and telling me they're withdrawing the charges. A moment later court starts, I get up and say my full name into the mic, she gets up and says the Crown is withdrawing, then the judge says I'm free to go.

So here I was all ready to call witnesses and present evidence and quote law. Anticlimactic, really.

The psychology of a Trump supporter


Before reading my deranged ranting, you might want to have a look at the above. It's a bit old, around the time of Dubya's administration but eerily predicts the continued rise of authoritarianism, religious extremism, hardcore fundamentalism, racism and the popularity of a man like Donald Trump.

Trump supporters are afraid, live in constant fear of themselves and everybody and everything around them. This is the driving force behind their racism, xenophobia, homophobia and general fear and distrust of "the other" causing them to cling to and identity with their tribe - cisgender white evangelical "Christians". Hence they isolate themselves in a bubble, an echo chamber reinforced by fundamentalist screamer preachers, religious schools, hate radio and Fox News.

Hence, they do not have the experience of meeting people from other cultures, ethnicities and sexual orientations. These are the kind of experiences that most people would have by attending cultural events, getting information from a wide variety of sources, and attending secular institutions of higher education allowing them the opportunity of changing their world view.

They do not value thinking. Many are of a psychological type that values feeling over thinking. Their homophobia and racism is based in a fear of dirt. Who can think when overwhelmed with ick. What they call "thinking" is a mishmash of slogans, bumper stickers and logical fallacies. They are terrified of critical thinking, considering it the Devil's work because it is such an effective tool for opposing practically everything they believe in. One state's Republican Party platform includes a plank to ban its use in schools.

They place little value in actual, factual truth. They place their trust in story and myth. One favourite is the flawed man empowered by God to do great things, such as pussy grabbing, teenager molesting, thrice married Trump rising to power to place "pro-life" judges in power. They are masters of reframing - they would accept with a straight face and with no compunction calling a Bill that deregulates polluting industries a "Clean Air Act".

Finally, and scariest of all, they do not value reality itself. They are far more concerned about the afterlife, heaven or hell. They engage in a process called imminentizing the Eschaton, bringing on the Rapture. If Trump will do this by blowing us all to Kingdom Come (literally), so be it.

I've got a Wheaton Terrier, an Irish herding dog

When we go to the dog park he tries to herd the other dogs. It doesn’t go well.

One time a bunch of owners were standing around chatting and their dogs were doing their thing. Two males started ganging up on a female and she was growling and starting to retaliate. We’re talking big dogs here. I said, “Bear, break it up.” He charged right into the melee of dogs twice his size, barking his head off. The other dogs stopped what they were doing to stare at him going giving the various owners time to grab their dogs, then call Bear a good dog.

Edmonton police stabbing, truck rampage being investigated as acts of terrorism

Source: Global Edmonton

Links and everything as they become available

Police officer injured at football game

UHaul truck ran down pedestrians on Jasper Avenue

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/3778626/edmonton-police-member-stabbed-near-commonwealth-source/?utm_source=%40GlobalEdmonton&utm_medium=Twitter

I may have heard shots fired.

Walker was just interviewed on CBC's "As it happens"

He sounded half ways reasonable until he was unable to list an agency that wasn't politicized.

He also explained away the loss of NASA's satellite imagery with "NOAA has satellites too".


I think it's time to start talking about Hitler

It's time to suspend Godwin's law.

I'm 61 years old. I get to talk about Hitler. I was born in 1955, 10 years after Hitler died. 5 years later, when I was capable of understanding such things, memories were still fresh.

My father did not talk his way past a medical deferment (asthma) until it was too late to see action, but he did mention missing work the day the munitions factory blew up, killing several of his friends.

Our maid was Austrian and still emotionally shattered over losing friends and family in the war and being shunned for being on "the wrong side".

I visited Europe in the 70s and got to see the destruction first hand even years later. Statues in downtown London still had bullet holes. Cologne Cathedral was still in ruins. I saw The Wall.

It's happening again.

Having seen what I've seen, do you have any idea how terrified I am?

An authoritarian leader who keeps a copy of Hitler's speeches in his bedside table, quoting from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is encouraging his authoritarian, "facts don't matter" followers to challenge people at voting stations. Some have already said they're coming armed.

At his Nuremberg-style rallies, where he screams incoherent nonsense (remind you of anybody?), his followers beat people they feel (sorry, no thinking allowed) don't belong, like a scene right out of Pink Floyd's The Wall.

He has already declared the election fraudulent and told his followers to not accept the results and take matters into their own hands. That, my friends, is called a Putsch. Is there a beer hall handy?

Trump has no boundaries. When, not "if", when he gets in to power, four years is not going to be enough. The Presidency will be too restraining, the Constitution too constraining so he will simply declare himself Leader and Chancellor, or in German Führer und Reichskanzle. Then, with the economy crashing around him, he will look for resources and land. Hitler looked to the Caspian Sea. Trump will have his Wall to the South, but for resources will look North.

Canada joined the Allied effort to fight Hitler early. You Yanks were late to the parade. Canada made some very, very good friends back then who still remember. I used to work in a Government office surrounded by enormous beds of beautiful tulips. Always tulips. You see, the Dutch would send a shipment every year in gratitude for Canada's role in the liberation of Holland. The Brits were rather pleased with us, as were the French (may I remind you they have nukes even if we don't?) and a whole lot of other countries with standing armies who are watching in horror as America falls victim to an authoritarian, sociopathic narcissist.

We remember Hitler. We were there. We will be ready.
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