A part of me wants to dwell on the events of today so far and make a point of saying how much of a waste of my day this has been. But then the other part of me is sitting here in the park writing this blog so it is not an entire waste of the day. It just did not go as planned. I am getting better at knowing the difference again. A couple years ago I started to realize that the plans you make for the day are not necessarily what you will end up doing that day so all you can do is just go with the flow.
Last week I had my truck in for a brake check, after about fifteen minutes they came back to me and said that my brakes were fine, and they wondered why I had brought it in. I told them the issues I was having, and that the mechanic would have to take it out on the highway and not the rear service road in order to experience what I was feeling. About forty-five minutes later, now 5pm, she came back and told me that the mechanic felt the issue and it turned out my front rotors were starting to warp, and my brake pads needed replacement. She told me they would need two hours to do all the work (front and back) and, of course since they had just wasted an hour, they did not have time to do it that day. I was told I could bring my truck in today at 1pm for service.
Well, today I bring my truck in, and they can’t find the appointment in the computer. I even recalled, verbatim, the conversation I had had with her the week before and how I only have Sundays and Mondays to get work done. So now my brake service must wait two weeks to be performed, and I have meetings and appointments scheduled in Barrie, Mildmay, Lucknow and going back and forth to work in Port Elgin before then. I am, to say the least, not impressed but there is no point in asking what they can do for me to compensate for my lost time and the drive down here. It is just not worth the hassle.
What I will do is start shopping around for another local mechanic. I do not see the point in bitching and complaining, I just will not continue to give them my business, at least, not after they finally complete the work on May 6th they were supposed to do today.
What does that mean I am supposed to be doing today? Well in a few minutes, after I am finished this blog, I will be sitting here enjoying the mild spring day. I am not prepared to go anywhere really as I did not wear my hiking shoes or get out early enough in the day to travel to one of the hiking trails in the region. I should keep my hiking shoes in my truck but then if I wanted to explore Inverhuron I would have to go to my truck. I know eh, so many steps and I would have to carry my keys with me.
I should create a listing of all the conservation areas I need to explore and photograph this spring and summer. I heard there is a place with trails near Goderich that I need to walk, the Maitland Woods Trail is 4.3 kilometres, that is not too bad seeing as I walk that far every time that I visit Allan Park.
I am going to enjoy some of this sunshine now. I hope that if your day started as disappointing as mine did that it ended on a better note.
Today I want to write about “unconditional love” and why I do not believe in the concept as most people understand it to be. A friend of mine brought up the topic briefly yesterday and I said that I do not believe in the idea of unconditional love. As this statement surprised her, coming from an empath, I explained it a bit more.
By Wikipedia’s definition “unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations, or love without conditions. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such a true altruism or complete love”.
Unconditional love is said to be the continuance of love regardless of the conditions, but for love to be “unconditional” this means it must be felt mutually from both individual people involved. For one to see the conditions of “unconditional love” a couple must be placed in a situation that is consider “not normal” by society standards. I picked a situation to define this more, alcoholism.
Alcoholism is not a “disease” it is a “disorder” of the mind, it is a “disorder” of the choices you make. You don’t wake up one morning and find the lump of alcoholic desire in your throat as you would a tumor of cancerous cells. Drinking, like drugs, is a choice, regardless of the environment you grew up in or the genetics you were born to drinking alcohol is a personal choice. Too often I hear it said that so and so is an alcoholic because they were “predisposed to alcohol”. No, sorry you are not.
You might be “pre-exposed” to alcohol or even drugs, but with the latter we know every effort is made medically to move you away from such pre-disposition when you still an infant. In the case of growing up in an alcoholics’ household the simple solution is to move away from both alcohol and the alcoholic. I know you can not do that as easily as a young person, but I am talking about unconditional love and adults not children. To tell people otherwise, and to be told otherwise, is an excuse. Alcohol is an addiction that can be stopped.
Let me use a more subtle example of an addiction – caffeine. Every morning I must start my day with a cup of coffee otherwise I find I am more easily irritated by the little things through a good portion of the day, until I finally get a cup of coffee. Is this a disease? No, it is an addiction that I can change more easily than I think. There have been a couple mornings when I did not get a cup of coffee and still had to function through the day. I went about my activities and managed to survive. I did not run around abusing people, that I am aware of at least, nor did I curl up in the fetal position in a corner whimpering about coffee beans and creamers. If I really wanted to, I could quit drinking coffee today, but I find that I enjoy the taste of a good cup of joe as much as my body enjoys the caffeine. I do not have to stop drinking coffee because, in moderation, coffee drinking does not hurt me or others, certainly not in the same way drinking alcohol excessively does.
Let’s say you are a regular alcohol drinker and you meet someone who might, at best, be considered a social drinker. You get drunk, regularly, and they, in this case let’s say your girlfriend, believes they must tolerate your behaviour because that’s what people in love do right? That is what they think “unconditional love” involves. Perhaps they are right as they define it, but it is unfair to place them in that position where the love in the relationship is one sided.
I know this is the part where you say, “but I love her” and you would be right and wrong at the same time. If you truly loved someone you would not abuse them in this way. I do not mean you have laid a hand on them, or even yelled at them, but you have placed them in a position where they must choose between you and the reasons they fell in love with you – and I am pretty certain that you getting drunk on a regular basis was not one of those reasons.
I frequently tell friends that you must “find someone who does not complete you but someone who compliments you”. I know this goes against the whole mythos of “soulmate” and the idea that at one time two souls were one, split apart by the gods, and forced to spend the rest of their days seeking their other half. I was raised, not by my parents but by society, to believe that a soulmate is one who completes you. This is incorrect. A soulmate is one who compliments that which you are.
Let’s say, that a soulmate begins as a single entity split apart. This means that each part is made up of the whole. As that soul travels through time and space it picks up experiences and an education different from the other soul. When the two halves come back together to form a single soul, they are not the same entity that split apart from the beginning. They have each evolved on their own to be entirely separate individuals with differing hopes, dreams and passions. The coming together of these two halves is meant to merge these experiences together again, however, in doing so, not to lose any part of each individual half. I know I am not explaining this very well because you will likely say that the two halves coming together would mesh or merge together into one, completing the process. Perhaps you are right, but it is not what I believe, and you are reading this blog to get my perspective on this not yours.
Unconditional love involves two people who love each other no matter what, or, at least, one person who displays love or affection for another because they did in the past even though circumstances today make it hard for that love to be mutual. Bullcrap. Love is mutual, love is two hearts coming together as one, two souls sharing one path in life, and “true love” means not placing someone in the position where they must deal with your addiction as a condition of loving you. Unconditional love means never being placed in the position where you must sacrifice a part of yourself to love another.
What I am saying is that first, do not settle for love or more importantly do not settle to loving someone unconditionally without receiving the same unconditional love in return. If you love someone and they love you together you will be able to avoid those situations in life that are “not normal”. No one forced you to take that drink or to use that drug. It was a personal choice. If you do not want to do it you must choose to walk away from it. You must choose to love your girlfriend, boyfriend, whatever, unconditionally as they unconditionally love you. That is what true love is.
That is probably one of several reasons why I am still single. Too many women I may have shared commonalities with are in situations like these, continuing relationships with other people because they feel they must sacrifice something of themselves for another. That is where the whole halves of the whole nonsense come into it. Love is not about sacrifice it is about acceptance, but acceptance with a conscience not with blinders on.
The Tweet that started this was written by Sydney Watson @sydney_watson on March 19, 2019 at 0:40 and that tweet launched this conversation which I have re-drafted into a bit of an easier format to read.
The tweet “Strong women don’t have to play the gender card. We don’t try to be men. We don’t want preferential treatment or gender quotas to give us a leg up. We earn based on merit. If you’re a woman who wants to play the victim, don’t drag the rest of us down with you”.
When I reposted it I included the comment “Finally, a real feminist out there who understands the true meaning of the word”.
This was a comment to my post written by a female friend of mine,
“This is really your view? That women should take being treated as lesser in the eyes of male colleagues and company’s and just be stronger than that. I believe that’s what women have been doing. It’s just time that our counterparts stop putting barriers up where they’re unneeded. It’s about equality. This is BS”.
I had to respond to this as it appeared, she did not understand my intention of reposting the tweet. “No, quite the opposite. Yes, I agree with the view of this woman that, basically, your role in life should be based on merit and not shaming or special treatment. Treat everyone as equals. I’m sorry if you, as a woman, disagree”.
“I strongly dislike the idea that when a woman is treated differently that automatically when she says something about it then she is claiming to be a victim and that maybe she just needs to work harder”.
My reply about merit versus complaining louder,
“I think the point was that the position of equality should be based on personal merit and achievement and not just because you complained loudly enough. I looked back over my years in retail. I have had many bosses who were women. Including now. I didn’t see them as ‘women’ so much as someone who earned the position through hard work and experience. I feel the same for a man though, if you work for it you’ve earned it. I have never held the position of manager just because I was a man.”
I continued with my explanation of the short tweet’s possible intent,
“I see it more targeting those women (and I point out again that this tweet was written by a woman) who play the victim because they don’t want to do the work. I’ve seen it played out (the card) dealing with both race and gender. And the same applies to men, a man should not receive a position simply because he is a man. I think the posting was ‘simple and crude’ simply because you only get, what, 280 characters or something like that on twitter to express a viewpoint”.
More from me on ‘the bigger issue’,
“As to it being a ‘big issue’, we pretty much had the whole ‘equality’ thing sorted out by the 90s. It’s only the SJWs and nutcases that have come out of the Millennial generation that decided to drag it all into some scary place. I believe that people, Man or Woman, should be given their position in life-based on personal merit. They should work for it. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Man but I don’t see Women (in Canada at least) having to work harder to achieve things, jobs, whatever once held solely by Men simply because they are women. I know of many women in powerful and leadership roles who earned those positions through hard work (the level of work expected by anyone to achieve that outcome), education, experience, what you have".
Reverse discrimination in our 21st century society,
"In fact, over the last couple decades I’ve seen the needle flip the other way and now men are being discriminated against simply because they are men – let’s look at business. We have awards for women in business, scholarships to women, apprenticeships for women, grants to women in business, funding for women’s programs, et cetera, even education has swung in favour of female applicants”.
I continued how it’s the same for men or women in regard to advancement,
“Now I read your comment ‘I strongly dislike the idea that when a woman is clearly treated differently that automatically when she says something about it then she is claiming to be a victim and that maybe she just needs to work harder’. And you are right, IF that is the case. I have also seen the opposite. Where a woman was treated differently not because she was different but because she ‘expected’ something for nothing. I’ve seen it with men too. But I don’t think that’s what you mean. You are talking where she does what is expected of the role but still is treated differently because she’s a woman. She complains and the answer given is simply she just needs to work harder. There are some things this might apply, but I think in those jobs (like firefighting) those women who seriously go into the role to be that role know what is involved and know they have to work harder to overcome physical limitations that MIGHT be a factor”.
My response to what I believe was the point,
“But you are talking they did all the work and still didn’t get the role. Well, if that is the case, then it’s absolutely wrong. If you work hard for it you should earn it. However, like a man, women must also understand that sometimes they can work their butts off for something to achieve an end result and still not be chosen for the job or whatever. Sometimes, life isn’t fair, and your gender has nothing to do with it”.
My view of what ‘feminism’ means,
“This is not what the ‘feminists’ of the 60s and 70s were trying to achieve. All they wanted was to be treated fairly and equally. It wasn’t about getting a job as a firefighter it was about having the opportunity to get a job as a firefighter, but they knew then if you wanted it you had to earn it. You didn’t just go, as Trudeau did, well ‘you’re a woman here’s a job for you’ ‘because it’s 2015’. No self-respecting feminist would do that, at least not the ones I knew of growing up and the ones around today. They would want to get the education and go ‘here, I’ve worked for it and not I am going to apply for it, and you won’t stop me’. No self-respecting feminist would march up to a recruiter and say, ‘you must hire me because I’m a woman and that is all’”.
What do I mean when I say she has to work to get what she wants?,
“Erin Brockovich (movie) tried to explain it. The character, played by Julia Roberts, didn’t expect to be treated in a different way or given special treatment she just wanted to be treated equally. Now, one could say that she had to work twice as hard to achieve results but that is because she started later. Personally, I don’t know why she started later. But I have to wonder if, when she was younger, she didn’t use her sexuality to get what she wanted, and it was only when she was faced with that plan not working that she ‘woke up’ and chose a better path for herself. That’s my theory as a man at least.”
What about modern feminism?,
“And I think that was the whole point of this posting. That ‘contemporary feminism’ or ‘modern feminism’ has been corrupted and the true point of ‘feminism’ has been lost. And these virtue signalling days like ‘International Women’s Day’ (and yes, there is, in fact, an International Men’s Day too) do nothing to help the advancement of women to be seen and treated as equals. The problem is how it is treated in North America and the reasoning behind the day globally are two different animals entirely”.
So, do you support women’s rights?
“Not exactly. I guess it’s because I’ve always been an advocate for Human Rights over the rights of particular genders – male or female. Things like ‘women’s shelters’ bothered me because I know, from experience and knowledge, that men can be abused too and virtually nothing is said or done about it.”.
When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s,
“I was fortunate to grow up in a time when women were gaining equality when they could hold positions in jobs the same as men did (provided they could do the work, I mean there are conditions that are necessary regardless of gender when it comes to jobs like firefighting or whatever). Do women participate in sports now that were dominantly held by men before? I don’t know, do they?”
In regard to participating in sports in school,
“I participated in sports not because I wanted to but because I had to. In fact, if anything, being a man only made it worse. It’s too hard? Pfft, suck it up and get out there! But there were women’s leagues when they actually separated the genders from the more common co-ed activities, equal to the men. I guess I’m a man and I didn’t see the difference. That’s what a woman told me the other day, a woman is a senior management position at a company. Funny, if I had said that to a woman today, I’d be sued but apparently, it’s okay for a woman to say it to man these days”.
Another perspective on men in a woman’s world,
“I did another posting in regard to this women’s holiday, concerning November 19th International Men’s Day. It didn’t say how men how men now get paid the same as women or do jobs that were once dominantly women (and there are jobs, I can name 5 – cashiers, secretaries, flight attendants, nurses, and caregivers, all were and remain today, dominantly held by women)”.
The reality of Man in today’s world,
“No, this posting went on about how men account for more suicides than women, how men are the victims of violent crimes more than women, how more men than women are homeless, and how in cases of committing criminal acts men are incarcerated longer than women for the same crimes. And we won’t even get into things like child custody in divorces or child support. So here we have the women trying to get paid more and work in the same job versus men who are just trying to survive another day”.
What do you support?
“This is why I choose and support things that benefit humanity versus a particular race or sex or ethnicity. I donated for years to the Kids Help Phone because it helped kids and teens. It didn’t matter, back then, their gender or age or race. And now I support things like the Second Harvest food bank in Toronto, again because it benefits humanity over a particular whatever. Know this is only my limited personal opinion and my opinion grows and changes (despite what some women might say of men we can learn new things) but I think I was raised to be a good person and to try and treat everyone equally and fairly. I hope I do”.
Her response to my extensive commenting on this subject,
“I read all of your comments. I’m happy to hear your opinion with which I agree with nearly 100% of what you’ve said. I am so lucky to be in the position as a woman in this generation in Canada. Without going too far into detail I just feel extremely strongly about the fact that there is not complete equality yet in the world we live in today. I still am not a fan of this particular post, taking into consideration the limitation on words used on twitter. I’m tired of the extreme harshness voice by either side of the feminist movement. It should just be equalist. No one needs to get more or less opportunity just the same. I take into consideration the difference in body build and ability in different tasks. But generally speaking, I hate blaming instead of explaining. Feminism is misunderstood and generalized into so many negative things it hurts to watch and listen. Just know we stand on even ground on the topic to an extent and I’m sorry I spoke so accusingly. I know you’re a good guy and thank you for having the conversation with me”.
A few days later I read an article of how a woman received 148 lashes and a 38 year prison term in Iran for speaking up for women’s rights. Did I mention she is a lawyer? The Muslim crowd cheered as the woman was lashed, the article does not point out that the crowd was likely filled with both men and women observers.
My response to this on Facebook was this: “Meanwhile, in Canada, contemporary/modern feminists are praising women for occupying jobs (that men originally held) for over 20 years now like it's a recent accomplishment (and forgetting it was their mothers and grandmothers who fought and in some cases died, for those human rights they take advantage of today) and arguing over equal pay that most have already achieved (if not more when based on merit, not their sex).
I think our society needs a good smack off the side of the head to reexamine our priorities.
The International Women's Day in Canada, in my male opinion, should have been focusing on the atrocities that the United Nations AND CANADA allow to happen around the women against women - sex trafficking, physical abuse to the point of death, oppression from human rights such as education and having a voice, child marriage, FGM, honour killings, acid attacks, beheading, stoning, manipulation of our children's bodies through this gender-bending nonsense (the death of "childhood" as FP Vaughan noted in his #79 podcast). You can blame men for this, but I guarantee you it wasn't only men who stood by and watched this lashing take place.
I hope that for International Men's Day (November 19th) we look at things like the high suicide rates of men, the fact that more men than women die in violent crimes, that men are indoctrinated into violence and war as children in these same countries that oppress women. I don't want men to be weak and "feminists", I want men to be strong and know when it is right to use force to protect women and children like we were meant to. I want men to have equal rights in a divorce and not just be the piggy bank. I want us to steer men not away from their masculinity but back toward a role of strength, protector, builder of nations. I want this to be our "international effort".
Perhaps I am asking for too much?”
Several people I have spoken to would like to see the speed limit on Albert Road and the lower portion of County Road 15 (within Inverhuron limits) lowered from 50 km/h to a Maximum 40 km/h (though 30km/h would be even better we're thinking of winter too when fewer people are out and about).
This is a busy residential and pedestrian environment, especially in summer, filled with older residents, families, and children, with driveways and side streets that have reduced visibility due to the local vegetation.
It only makes sense that our speed limit is lowered in this residential community, and thus, in turn, encouraging people who are just "cutting through" to use County Road 23 (B-line) instead.
In several instances, day and night, we have witnessed vehicles traveling on Albert Road in excess of 60 km/h. This is both inconsiderate and dangerous. It would be nice if the Municipality would delegate more of that $2.256 Million (2019) in taxpayer dollars we spend on Policing to the Inverhuron area.
If you agree the speed limit should be lowered to 40 km/h on Albert Road and County Road 15 (west of the Inverhuron entry sign) please take a moment to email our mayor Anne Eadie, local councillors, and the Kincardine Police Services Board.
Kevin M. Klerks
On the part regarding how people speed in our community, I offer this video evidence, the piece lasts 25 seconds and was filmed late one night on Albert Road, Inverhuron, Ontario.
My email will be on the April 10th agenda of the Kincardine Police Services Board.
It is anti-democratic perhaps, but I believe every Citizen, not resident, Citizen, should be issues a Canadian Citizenship Voter Photo Identification Card, AND, I believe that voting should be mandatory even if you vote ‘Abstained’.
Everyone goes on and on about democracy and freedom yet do little to uphold those rights they enjoy daily. I was one of those people, for reasons I will outline below, who did not vote in every election, but not anymore. Now, I will vote and vote and vote again!
Let’s look at a few of these terms I am tossing around, in particular democracy and my participation in my right to vote.
A “democracy”, which means to “rule by the people” was first used by the Greeks of ancient Athens to describe their city-state’s system of self-rule. Their society peaked around 430 BC under the politician and skilled orator Pericles. Pericles was born of the noble family Alcmaeonidae. It was through connections made by his mother, Agariste, that Pericles entered the political realm. Pericles promoted his populist socialist policy following the ostracizing of his political opponent Cimon. Peracles sought for the expansion and stabilization of democratic institutions and did so through war and conquest.
A "democracy", defined by Wikipedia, is a “system of government by the whole populations or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives”. In other words, to have a democracy our government representatives must be elected, this is achieved through voting in elections.
The “right to vote” in Canada has been a long process spanning most of its early development as a nation. In pre-Confederation times the right to vote was first extended to property owners only, this condition was later removed. It is interesting to note that women had the ability to regularly vote in Canada from 1791 to 1849 and there are reports of women voting in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The Canadian Encyclopedia states that “a few women have also been identified as voters” including “at least 27 Mohawk women” who cast ballots in an 1825 election. Some “Catholic, Protestant and Jewish women with property voted in early Quebec elections”.
It was in 1843 with the insertion of the word “male” into law that New Brunswick differentiated between “male” and “female” and denied women the right to vote, idealizing that women were the guarantors of cultural survival and therefore had no place in a political life. It was the clear legal distinction between “men” and “women” (much like what we have today) that led to the removal of women’s rights to vote or participate in politics in a couple provinces.
In the other parts of Canada women were not allowed to vote until the women’s suffrage movement which granted women the right to vote and participate in politics in 1900 with the first victory to vote in a provincial election, in Manitoba, in 1916. Quebec was the last province to grant women the right to vote, in 1940 followed by the North-West Territories in 1951.
To say "all and only men" have always had the vote in Canada and "women have never" had the vote is, historically, inaccurate.
It took me about a week to do all the chronology on my life. No one says when you are 16 “hey you might want to start writing down everything you do because at 47 you will want to look back on it to write a blog article”.
When I was sixteen, we didn’t even have “blogs” because we didn't have the internet in the way we do today. I remember in grade seven and eight we would have assigned “diary writing” as part of our creative writing class. This involved writing about the days’ activities, or, the all important first entry “what I did during my summer”. The diary would be placed in a stack on the teacher’s desk, and, after the teacher had left the room the troublemakers would go up and start reading through aloud everyone’s private thoughts. I knew this happened so my entries would be short and lacking much personal detail, I guess you could call that one of my first experiences with ‘self-imposed censorship’.
I can still, to this day, remember some of the things I wrote about. A visit to a friend’s grandparents’ cottage in Sauble Beach area (which, I initially did not write about but my mother corrected me on it when she asked what I did in school that day, so I had to write something about it the next day) and the commercial airliner Korean Airlines Flight 007 that was shot down by the Russians in 1983 (I was 12).
Okay, back to voting. I was able to track down through memory all of the times I believe I voted in an election. I was legally allowed to vote in 1989, as a Canadian male citizen having achieved the age of maturity, age 18.
The first election I voted in was in 1993. I voted for the Progressive Conservatives. It was not because I really knew what they stood for but instead I remembered watching a politician by the name of Larry Grossman on television back in the 80s and I liked the guy. I knew “Liberals were evil”, probably because of the whole Chretien-speech mocking I had heard.
So, I guess, voting Progressive Conservative, I voted for a female Prime Minister. Too bad it was another decade before I learned just what a terrible joke Kim Campbell turned out to be. Murray Cardiff was our local MP back then, he lost to Paul Steckle, a Liberal, in 1993, by 8,000 votes.
The next election, also while I was living in Ontario, was not until 2006. From 1994 to 2003 I had moved to Ohio, where as a Canadian citizen, I married an American woman. I am not going to go into that right now, you can read about my previous entry called something like ‘Victim of Divorce’. I remember that while living in Brampton in 1993 I had the idea in my head I wanted to start my own political party. I would call it “Party 16”, since Canada had 15 political parties jockeying for a position in the 1993 election many of which had candidates in Peel region.
In 2006 I had quite the expanded view of politics, living through the Clinton and Bush Jr years firsthand, and, of course, 9/11 (also a previous blog entry). What I saw had pretty thoroughly disgusted me and when I returned to Canada in 2003 I had very little interest in either the PC’s or the Liberals. The NDP were losers back then, not quite as much as they are today, but no one voted NDP unless you supported Layton and his war on the unions (back then Unions were good). In 2006 I voted for our Independent candidate, whoever that was, and again in 2008. I had no desire to vote for Larry Miller, Conservative, he was controversial, from Grey County (not Bruce where I lived) and worst of all, the same party that brought us Mulroney and Campbell.
I did, however, have a renewed passion for politics and, in 2006, I was the first person (January 2nd) to submit my nomination application to run in the Municipality of Kincardine municipal election as a “candidate at large” in their new hybrid system. The system voted on by referendum was a combination of candidates representing specific “wards” and others “at large”. It was their way of trying to bring better representation to those constituents living outside of the developed areas of Kincardine and Tiverton.
At the time I was working for a local retailer and, while I could have approached customers to garner their support in the upcoming election, I did not think it was right. My boss, however, had no problem with letting one of my competitors stand for hours at a time in the store talking it up with local residents in a feeble attempt to win their support. I did not win, I did not come close, but I did beat this person (who finished dead last) by sticking to my morals and not sinking to the level of using my workplace (or his if he even had a job) as a soap box for politics. Maybe that’s why I lost, too moral to be a politician?
In 2009 or so, I was operating a bookstore in Hanover, and I did not pay much attention to politics. After that closed, I moved to Nunavut for almost a year, during the 2011 federal election. I did not vote because I did not know the candidates or the platforms they represented.
In 2013 I moved out west for a few years, settling in Alberta. Out west I got a real taste of two philosophies, the “old boys club” (which I had also experienced while running for office in Kincardine) and “frontier justice” (the understanding that the police were not always there at your beck and call, like Ontario, and sometimes you had to take the law into your own hands). As it turns out, the RCMP, whom I had never experienced in Ontario (the local RCMP office closing over a decade before that) were not always the “good guys”, a discussion for another day but in the meantime, you can look up “High River”.
By 2013 I had completely lost any faith in, what would later in 2018 be called, the Libcon bird. Both the Conservatives under Harper and the Liberals under pretty boy Trudeau (oh, and I told people even before the Conservatives did that he was “just not ready” to be a leader but I based that on his experience and age more than what would later be his personal ethics and beliefs).
In 2015 though I was voting in the Provincial election.
And this is where the Albertans and I disagree, perhaps because I was an “outsider” voting in the election, but I feel I got a more objective view of what was happening. In 2015 the Conservatives had been led by the atrocious leader we unlovingly referred to as “Princess Redford”. It was clear, in the minds of everyone including Albertans, that the Conservatives, after 42 years, had fallen to the same level of corruption as other parties. Though even then Albertans could not admit that the Federal Conservatives were corrupted, to them Harper was a God.
In the 2015 Provincial election in Alberta the New Democratic Party won a landslide victory over the Conservatives. I rarely participated in Provincial elections and did not vote in one until 2015.
You will still have Albertans today trying to claim that the Wildrose Party (the official opposition before and after 2015) somehow “split the vote”. This is bonafide Albertan ranch horsepucky. One has only to look at the election results to see the Wildrose followers, myself included, had absolutely nothing to do with the horrible choice that ALBERTANS made of placing the New Democratic Party (NDP) and Rachel Notley in power. I mean seriously, get a grip.
Let’s look at the numbers, NDP 54 seats, Wildrose 21 seats, PC 10 seats, Alberta Party 1 seat, Liberals 1 seat. Now I don’t know, maybe Albertans are using some of that “liberal math” when they say the Wildrose Party “split the vote” (just like the PPC’s will do they say) but when you add 21, 10 and 2 together you get 33, which is FAR BELOW the 54 seats the NDP won.
No folks, sorry, it was NOT a vote split that caused the NDP to win Alberta. It was arrogance and pig-headedness that voters chose to send a message rather than choosing the party that was right for Alberta’s future. The same mentality that brought us Trudeau and the Liberals into the Federal majority governance.
Wildrose Party was the first political party I became a member of, around 2016 until 2017 when they lied to me about Jason Kenney and sold their souls to the Conservative party. I recall Brian Jean was the leader of the Wildrose Party then, having taken over from Danielle Smith, who had also sold her soul to Prentice and the Conservatives along with seven others. The corruption of the Wildrose Party ran deep and so did the lying. When Kenney started trying to recruit members of the Wildrose, myself included, to become Conservative.
I emailed Wildrose HQ on September 15, 2016 “Who is Jason Kenney and why am I being asked to join the PC party?”
On the same day I got this reply,
Thank you for your email.
Jason Kenney is vying for the leadership of the PC party and is pushing a united conservative agenda that is spearheaded by idea of the Wildrose and PC party merging. At this time, we are open to have these discussions but have not decided anything as we continue to work hard for all Albertans as the Official Opposition.
Do you know who contacted you?
I replied with: “I got an email that said it was from him info at jasonkenney and at the bottom of the email Unite Alberta Ltd. I didn’t join Wildrose to support the PC’s, I first chose them specifically because they were Not one of the Big 3, so I hope they don’t go that route.
And three days later Jennifer replied to me once again,
The Unite Alberta Ltd is not affiliated in any way with the Wildrose Party. The Unite Alberta Ltd is a private venture that is lobbying in support of Jason Kenny’s proposal.
The Wildrose party is independent of the PC party, it’s lobbyists and any fundraising/donation campaigns that may be going on. We conduct our own fundraising and membership drives and only contact those people from our database.
Thank you for your support!
Apparently, no one had shared the memo with Jennifer that Brian Jean, beacon of all things moral and god-like in the Fort Mac fire, was in the process of selling out the Wildrose Party to, what would later be coined, the United Conservatives. I wonder where Jennifer is today? I wonder if she was one of the 5% who opposed the merger. I was not because when I found out about the merger, I cut up my Wildrose Party membership card in disgust.
In 2016 the “2008 Recession” had finally settled into Alberta and by 2017 I was out of a job. After a couple months I moved back to Ontario in May 2017 and was working by June. The interesting thing to note, today Albertans place so much blame on the current government for losing their jobs.
In 2013 or 2014, when I first moved to Alberta, though, a few of the “old boys” were talking about how the big oil companies were getting ready to ‘move their head offices to Vancouver and their operations to Saskatchewan’. Now I don’t know all the details, but it seems like the collapse of the Albertan economy was already begun long before Trudeau took office in 2015 (Trudeau, the Liberals and the NDP just made it far worse).
In 2018 I voted in two elections. The first was the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario. I had paid attention to the nightmare that Wynne-bag and the Liberals had placed Ontario into, particularly with this ridiculous “Green Energy Initiative” and I wanted to do what I could to defeat them.
I liked Doug Ford’s almost Trump-like attitude toward things and while I do not agree with him on about half of what he has to say I still figured he was what was needed for Ontario. I still believe this to be true even though he has repealed some of the things I support. He is, though, far more of a true Conservative than Andrew Scheer will ever be. I voted for him as Leader of the Conservatives and then again for Premier of the province. If you don’t like that, too bad. I will make it worse by saying I applaud his efforts to repeal all of this ridiculous gender sex ed nonsense from our schools and government.
And, in 2018, the Municipality of Kincardine had a municipal election that I voted in, and, in keeping with my spiteful tradition of not voting for the popular candidates, I did everything I could to vote for the people I had not heard of before or had had no previous dealings with. I have always supported the “underdog” (like the Wildrose Party) and I am always wanting to see “new blood” in office. That being said, the “new blood” must be sensible and logical (so basically anyone who is not Liberal or leftist minded).
So, a few statistics here. I voted in a total of seven elections in my lifetime. That is not really that many given the fact that, only based on my time while not in the US, there were eighteen elections in the municipalities, provinces and country of Canada that I lived in at the time. My participation, or lack thereof, I associate mostly with the fact that I frequently moved from place to place. If I do even the very rough calculations, I have moved approximately a dozen times, and that is only in Canada (living for a time in Ontario, Alberta and Nunavut), many of my moves within three to six months of an election.
Interestingly enough, even though I’ve blocked their number and, last time, told them not to call me ever again. I got two letters from the PC Party of Ontario. The first, my membership card, better late than never I guess since I joined them back in February 2018 or so, and, a receipt for my donation of $25. Gee thanks, I filed my taxes about a week ago, so I guess I’ll save the whole $5 tax credit til my 2019 return.
I joined the People’s Party of Canada in October 2018. I am the President/CEO of the Huron-Bruce PPC Association (Electoral District). I have no intentions of ever voting Conservative again (and I have never voted Liberal in my entire life, sorry whoever that troll was who once tried, no twice, to say that I had). If the PPC does not have a Candidate in my riding I will vote Independent once again to take another shot at downing the Lib-Con bird once and for all.
Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau are the two examples of why I do not support "majority governments". I think that one vote = one vote, that we should eliminate the "first past the post" system, and, that the Party you don't want in power is best served as a minority government. In that situation the other parties must then work together to defeat anything the government of the day wants to pass. It keeps our democratic process 'in check'.
I just had to copy this one into my blog to show the ignorance I deal with on a daily basis. This was a Facebook thread in a group called something like 'Save Canadian Jobs'. I am not certain how starting a group on an American website will save any Canadian jobs but that is a debate for another day.
There was a posting about climate change or the carbon tax, whatever it does not matter, but the replies I got when I commented, oh my goodness this one takes the cake.
My comments are in italics, and I've altered the colour where I quoted the other commenter who was replying to my initial comment "I am, by voting in a Prime Minister who will actually fix it and not just ask a focus group about it #PPC2019" which started a thread including two or three people now. The name of the individual has changed to CONFUSED in order to differentiate from me.
A little introduction to this I posted on my Facebook timeline (I deleted it though in favour of this blog posting instead):
Some days I want to just run outside and jump naked into the snow in the hopes that the sudden frigid cold will wake me up from whatever nightmare world I have landed in.
This is the kind of nonsense I deal with... it started when I said that "climate change" (the media version of it, not the natural progression of the planet) is a myth. And here we have a guy who not only out of the blue calls me a Liberal? But then continues to debate as such. Find me a JT/Liberal who doesn't believe in the myth of climate change?
My initial comment that started the thread: "I am, by voting in a Prime Minister who will actually fix it and not just ask a focus group about it #PPC2019"
I think everyone who knows me, 1. knows I have never voted Liberal, 2. knows I would never vote Liberal, 3. knows I would never admit to something I didn't do.
CONFUSED: Kevin M Klerks : Just the fact that you've admitted voting for JT and the Liberals, says it all???
This fearmongering, tunnel vision, the sky is falling act the Liberals are promoting as an election ploy to divert the years of Liberal incompetent goverance.
Liberals have allowed Canada to freefall into an economic downward spiral and third world status.
If they were the only choice.....they still wouldn't get my vote. Canada first....political party second???
MY REPLY (below the quote): "Kevin M Klerks : Just the fact that you've admitted voting for JT and the Liberals, says it all???
This fearmongering, tunnel vision, the sky is falling act the Liberals are promoting as an election ploy to divert the years of Liberal incompetent goverance.
Liberals have allowed Canada to freefall into an economic downward spiral and third world status.
If they were the only choice.....they still wouldn't get my vote. Canada first....political party second???"
What the hell are you talking about? I have NEVER voted for JT or the Liberals. I think half of them should be in jail but that would only waste more of my tax dollars. Where do you get your information from??? I wrote "Kevin M Klerks I am, by voting in a Prime Minister who will actually fix it and not just ask a focus group about it #PPC2019" which says nothing at all about voting for those idiots. Are you feeling guilty you voted for them or something that you're projecting on me perhaps?
POSTNOTE: I had hoped a day would give this guy a chance to read what he had written, and either retract it or delete it... but, in true Facebook style the madness continued...
CONFUSED : I rest my case.......I will vote for the candidate who will address all the issues and climate change is also an issue.
Justin and the Liberals love you....they are hanging their entire election campaign on one issue: climate change and there solution tax Canada into a recession. Wake up.....look at their record of goverance. Open borders and immigration jeopardizing our sovereignty, our culture and social network. Economic budgets will not balance themselves. The Liberals have pitted province against province with their economic policies.....and with Quebec getting the lion share of all funds. They also damaged Canada's credibilty with our neighbours and world powers.
There are more issues but you are firmly entrenched to support "Mr Selfie, Bollywood and Sunnyways......Justin Trudeau???
MY REPLY: But you "rest your case" on what? The fact that you falsely accused me of voting Liberal when I have never done so in my entire life. I'm not certain what "case" you are resting except admitting you were wrong.
(his quote) "Justin and the Liberals love you....they are hanging their entire election campaign on one issue: climate change"
umm why? When I don't believe in the Paris Accord, I don't believe in the media created myth of "climate change" and I don't support the environmental plans of the Liberals. I'm not certain why they would love me? Do you even read what you are writing? It makes no sense.
If you believe Scheer will do anything different from Trudeau you are already a lost cause. Scheer supports open borders, Scheer supports massive immigration numbers, Scheer supports the Paris Accord, Scheer supports the UN.
(his quote) "The Liberals have pitted province against province with their economic policies.....and with Quebec getting the lion share of all funds."
umm equalization has been around for 50 years it's not just a "Liberal" creation, sorry but Quebec has been getting the "lion share" through the Mulroney AND the Harper years as well. I love how everyone is just lapping up the CONservative BS that equalization is suddenly a new thing and if you vote them in they will fix it. The CONservatives have no intention whatsoever of changing the equalization formula.
You are trying to argue points with me that I don't disagree with? I don't believe budgets will balance themselves. I don't believe that climate should be our main concern. I don't support the Liberals or vote for them in any way. You are making absolutely no sense to me.
Curious to see what his response will be next ...
I know some people out there like reading statistics. I recently did a traffic check on the websites I manage and I've posted the results below. Thank you very much to all of my readers, supporters and visitors, your support is greatly appreciated!
Condor Fine Books
November 12, 2015 to February 4, 2019
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Book Barn on 86
November 25, 2016 to February 4, 2019
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Kevin M. Klerks.ca
September 25, 2017 to February 9, 2019
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A cool footnote, I posted an article on my site and provided a link to it on a popular Facebook page, and, as of February 13, 2019 my site has had 17,054 unique visitors and 45,793 page views. I set a new one day record for unique visitors of 691 which beat the old record set less than a week ago of 319 (when I shared the PPC videos page link on Twitter). Dang it why am I not charging for this, oh right because I'm not doing this for the money that's why.
Justin L Smith.ca
November 2, 2018 to February 5, 2019
Unique Visitors 116
Page Views 314
January 7, 2019 to February 5, 2019
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Kevin M. Klerks Flickr
April 2013 to February 4, 2019
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My old territory of ledicarus youtube account
March 2012 to February 9, 2019
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It is Thursday, well, two hours into Thursday so barely a new day. I had Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off this week, and I was all ready to go back to work on Wednesday, but Mother Nature has other plans. A significant winter event has hit our region bringing flurries, squalls, winds up to 75 km/h and wind chills down to minus thirty. It is just downright nasty out there or as the Weather Network states “Dangerous snow squall conditions likely through Thursday.” I just checked the temperature and it is minus twelve but the windchill is minus twenty-six. BRR!
Highway 21 closed on Tuesday afternoon and has been closed ever since. I checked 511 a few minutes ago and there is no change. This means no work for me and anyone else who must drive to get to work in Port Elgin. I know of a few people who live out of town and no doubt called off yesterday.
It did not stop some people from travelling though, reports have been coming in all day of vehicles in ditches, people stranded and calls out for rescue by anyone, and even a multi-vehicle collision on the back way to Port on 33. It is just nasty out there and people need to stay home if possible.
Okay, enough preaching, I have spent the last two days on Facebook and Twitter sharing updates and comments on the weather and politics. Too many people out there are getting cabin fever, heck they should try spending a winter in western Alberta.
Alright, so what else have I been up to? Well, I spent a lot of the time watching documentaries on YouTube, everything from Persian History to the distant Universe and aliens to the Russian space program (sorry Democrats, there was no mention of conspiring with Trump in the last one).
It looks like the highway will be closed again today so I will spend my day catching up on some reading and writing. I am a bit disappointed I have not done more of both those things already this week. The internet can really get a hold of you and hold your head under water for hours.
I am out of pop and snacks. I managed to run up to Tiverton on Tuesday, the weather was lousy then too, and grab two bags of cheese sticks and a bag of ketchup chips. Naturally it is all gone by Wednesday afternoon and I am left feeling like I have failed myself somehow. It is a bit of a curse of staying up late at night. You do the things you would normally do during the day, including eating, and when you wake up next day and the food is gone part of you feels this sense of regret. It is silly really, you must eat some time, but eating at night just feels wrong somehow?
I am sort of happy my pop has run out, I think I have one can of Monster left for emergencies in the fridge – would this be such an emergency? It will give me the opportunity to cut back on my soft drink consumption which I noticed has been getting out of hand recently. I think it has to do with the weather and being stuck indoors so much. Anyone else find they raid the snack cupboards in their house when they are stuck there with the weather?
I have been listening to a lot more of the relaxing, or even upbeat, music they play on videos on YouTube, created for ‘relaxation’ or ‘meditation’ or what have you. There is a really great selection out there that does not cost a dime to listen to (except internet costs of course). Right now, I am listening to piano and watching a butterfly in a blossoming tree. It is quite relaxing and helps me to write.
I have some paperwork to get done for the PPC, but thanks to the weather I can not get in to buy ink for my printer, so it will just have to wait. There seems to be a lot of hurry up and wait lately, I have been getting a bit frustrated. I did find the opportunity to update my “Maxime Bernier videos” listing on my website and I was thrilled when I posted the link on Twitter and have received over ninety likes in just half a day. Wow. I just checked it now, I have 16 comments (all positive), 44 re-tweets and 101 likes. Amazing.
Today, Thursday, figuring that I will not be going into work (though I will not know for sure until around noon) I think I will spend a good portion of the day in bed catching up on my rest and avoiding Facebook and Twitter as much as possible after one. That is my new cut-off time on days off.
I plan on being off the computer, at least social media, from one in the afternoon until nine in the evening. I mean, why spend my entire day on social media like I did on Tuesday, that was just such a horrible waste of my time it isn’t even funny anymore. I was looking forward to 2019 and some of the changes it would bring in my life but so far, I have been far too focused on the “political” goal I set myself (one of four main goals) and now it is time to branch out. Writing, reading, meditation, reconnecting with my spiritual self that has been lost during the last five years.
I think that is all I must write about for now. I will write something later today, if and when I am stuck home, we will see but there is something like ten centimetres of snow coming tonight and winds continuing into the afternoon. I am not going to get stranded in Port Elgin, sorry.
I discovered, in my archives, a baby book I received from my parents about five years ago. It describes some events that occurred in the first few years of my life. I am going to share with you now some of the entries from this book that I find intriguing and my comments today.
“Born March 24 1971”
“Five weeks – smiles a lot”
So, it would appear I was a friendly guy from a very young age but as you will read later, I was communicating on a different level.
“Six weeks – talks”
It is interesting to note that I talked but no details were given about what I said, this would have been late April early May 1971.
“May 21 – Kevin laughed today”
I wonder, did I not laugh before then?
This was the same day I disrupted a wedding ceremony.
“Uncle XXXXX wedding May 21. Kevin slept until the minister asked if anyone objected to the marriage then he started to scream. XXXXX (my father) took him out quickly.”
“October 6 – crawled for 1st time”
I later read that November 15 I pulled myself up onto my feet in my playpen and walked around it by November 28. The strange thing is that a later entry states I first walked “June 4, 1972”. I am curious what I was doing between November and June? I noticed another timeline that recorded “May - takes a couple steps on his own” and “June 5 - walked short distances several times”.
“April 19, 1972 – has eight teeth now” it is a bit hilarious that at the age of 47 (2018) I have only 10 teeth left.
First, let me say I am, for the most part, pro-life. I didn't make the decision outright it came from years of experience and reflection.
What I find ironic, in a way, is that for decades women have figuratively ripped men to shreds for having any opinion whatsoever about abortion or not (even though men have a 50% stake in the act of pregnancy). "It's my body I can choose what I want to do with it" women have said quite viciously in some cases.
Along comes a law, passed by both Men AND Women allowing late-term abortions. The irony, suddenly it's okay by Women for Men to have a voice and speak out against these new laws. Why was it wrong for Men to have an opinion about it for the last three decades?
I will probably regret posting this later, but for now I have decided to be more open and honest with my readers. I want to talk about all issues in our society, as I would in a private diary, and not just share "fluffy bunny" views of the world.
So here we go. New York has made changes to their abortion laws that now stipulate the ability to abort an 'older' unborn child if the mother's life is at risk.
First of all, the mother's life is at risk in ANY pregnancy. The simple response of pregnancy is to put the woman's body through a myriad of changes including chemical and psychology instability ending with the stretching and potential ripping of the physical body in order to purge a being the size of a watermelon through a hole that's normally below the size of an egg.
I think they have to be very specific what factors will determine that a woman's life is in danger versus the norm for being in 'that position'. I think about all the cases out there where doctors have 'bent' the rules a little to favour the patient and worry that this will eventually lead to abortions done by aesthetic versus health.
So, my views on abortion have evolved somewhat over the decades I have been on this planet this time around. You will find these opinions to be somewhat vague and uneducated because, to be honest, I have never really sat down for any great length of time and thought about the specifics involving being pregnant. Why would I? I am a Man and I cannot get pregnant, simple as that.
When I was a young teenager, I feel I was more "pro-choice" than anything else, but even then, there were limits. If the unborn child had developed enough to be called an "unborn child" then you were pretty much stuck with it, in my opinion, unless some substantial health risk threatened the mother's life. Even then the risk would have to be extreme as being confined to bed and a c-section were ways around many risks.
For a while there I supported the idea that an abortion could be granted if the woman was raped but I was still undecided if this included it being done by a family member. While incest is, of course, horribly wrong, there are less variables involved than if the rape had been performed by a stranger. Neither way is right by any means, but a rational person gets what I mean.
When I was married, I started to value unborn life more. I think it was about the time of the talk that my views on abortion started to really change. I started to support "pro-choice" but, myself, leaned toward "pro-life", there were still many factors involved, including external ones like rape and internal ones like genetic defects in the unborn child.
It was my view, then, that a genetic defect in a child should be taken into consideration. Now I am not talking basic things like hair colour or such, I mean things like physical and mental "abnormalities" that would prevent the child from leading a "normal" life. I know, simple minded reasoning but we are not all scientists regardless of what Trudeau thinks.
A young girl I knew got pregnant, at 16, by her boyfriend at the time, and was considering aborting it because of societal and family pressure. Her mother opposed the pregnancy and advised her to get an abortion because it would "ruin her life" being pregnant at such a young age. (her mother had her first child at 21). I talked to the girl, just my opinions, and she ended up deciding to keep the baby. I was told about four years later that the child, a boy, was around today because of the talk his mother and I had had those years before. I heard that, since then, she has had two more children by the same man.
It was in the early 2000's I saw a movie called Gattaca (1997) which shifted my views significantly in regards to genetics. As IMDB summarizes "A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel." but it goes much deeper than that. I recommend watching it.
For a while I did not think about pro-life or pro-choice because it did not directly involve me. It was not until around 2015 that I started to examine my position on the subject and decide where I stand.
I am "pro-life". I think that, unless in extreme cases where the mother's life is guaranteed to be 'at risk' then one should carry out the pregnancy. If you do not want to have a baby, then don't get pregnant. Note that this leaves the question of rape unanswered and I just do not know what to say on this one, for now I will leave that section blank.
I think if you participate in sexual activity you must accept the consequences. There is, however, the matter of child support (or not) which I will leave for another day.
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