Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Selected Newsclips - Morning Star

Kudos for City Council for treating their consultants' recommendation with the respect it deserves. 

I wonder why the consultants hired to review the City's core services would  venture into the review of issues not in the direct control of the City. Curious!


N.R.A. Defends Right to Own Politicians -The Borowitz Report.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, National Rifle Association C.E.O. Wayne LaPierre warned that the N.R.A. would vigorously oppose any legislation that “limits the sale, purchase, or ownership of politicians.” 

“Politicians pose no danger to the public if used correctly,” said Mr. LaPierre, who claims to have over two hundred politicians in his personal collection. “Everyone hears about the bad guys in Congress. Well, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a vote is a good guy with a vote. I’m proud to be the owner of many of those guys.” 

Mr. LaPierre’s comments drew a sharp rebuke from Carol Foyler, a politician-control advocate who has spent the past twelve years lobbying for stricter limits on the sale of politicians. 

“Right now, a man like Wayne LaPierre can walk right into Congress and buy any politician he wants,” she said. “There’s no background check, no waiting period. And so hundreds of politicians are falling into the hands of people who are unstable and, quite frankly, dangerous.” 

In addition to limiting the sale of politicians, Ms. Foyler said, it is time for society to take a look at the “sheer number” of politicians in the U.S.: “There’s no doubt that we would be safer if there were fewer of them.” 

For his part, the N.R.A. leader ended his testimony by serving notice that he would “resist any attempt” to take away the hundreds of elected officials he says are legally his. 

As if to illustrate that point, he clutched Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) close to his chest and bellowed, “From my cold, dead hands.” 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Coldstream's 2013 budget received first and second reading.


Ben Parfitt: Sneaky Liberals are planning a B.C. forest giveaway

Given the short duration of the upcoming legislative session and the provincial election to follow, a government plan to introduce a scant two-paragraph bill granting it powers to fundamentally alter the course of forestry in B.C. is disturbing, to say the least.

According to several sources who have been briefed on the legislation, the bill would give the provincial cabinet powers to grant forest companies de facto private control over public forestlands without first having to notify or consult with the public.

Instead of companies enjoying rights to log set volumes of trees on public forestlands, companies would gain dramatically expanded powers to log trees on defined areas that in effect become their own semi-private fiefdoms.

The bill follows a year in which the government has faced mounting criticism over a forest-health crisis due to decades of over-cutting and an unprecedented mountain pine beetle attack. Numerous sawmills now face closure, with all the hardships that portends for many rural communities. Read more


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Morning Star News article explained!

The following article was printed in the Morning Star today (January 27, 2013). Rather then commenting on the article I am attaching the report regarding the overtime charges. Good reading!




Friday, January 25, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Photo gallery - Debbie with a story (it's true, I watched her do it)!

We have had three Red-Tails hunting in our yard - a juvenile and an adult female with her juvenile.  The mother and youngster got marooned in the snow bank.  No pics of the mother 'cause I rescued her first using a bath towel and then the youngster.  They didn't struggle and never tried to bite me.  I was mostly worried about their talons which are needle sharp and can go through your hand or arm like butter.  Mum flew away but the youngster sat in the pine tree and watched me through the kitchen window for the rest of the day - guess he thought I was going to feed him, too. Debbie


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

RDNO Directors were requested to declare the North Okanagan GMO free zone.

An overflow  crowd turned out to support Huguette Allen's presentation on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to the Board of Directors of the North Okanagan Regional District. Allen, representing the Bee Safe organization, requested the Board to declare the North Okanagan a GMO free region. The participants applause indicated strong support of her position. The presentation was based on a report entitled: GMO Myths and Truths.

 Photos courtesy of Donlea McCombs.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Subject: SNOW IN THE FORECAST. - Reposted from Don Quixote.

On a bitterly cold winters morning a husband and wife in St.John's were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, we are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through.

So the good wife went out and moved her car. A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, "We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowploughs can get through.

The good wife went out and moved her car again. The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park...." then the power went out.

The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, " I don't know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowploughs can get through?"

Then with the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to blondes exhibit, the husband replied,

Why don't you just leave the car in the garage this time."


RDNO COW and Regular Agendas - January 16, 2013.


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