Life in a small town

The Fetid Swamp …

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Pond Scum

Have you ever noticed, somewhere along the way, as kids playing on the back 40, the result of throwing a rock into a stagnant pond covered in Green scum.

Green scum always forms when the environment is rich in nutrients and there is no circulation of cold blue water from the “lower strata” to the warm comfortable surface organisms bathed by the sun.

One throws the rock … the heavier the better … and the calm surface is shattered revealing just how shallow that top layer is and then there are the remarkable follow on effects … the large bubbles of trapped gasses and detritus, the roiling silt released from the “lower strata”.

And the bubbles just keep rising up into view, releasing their stink of long hidden corruption which the Green scum have been trying to keep contained and hidden from view under a nice Eco-friendly coating of Green.

So how do we get that circulation going?  Well there are very few ways that don’t involve disturbing the stagnant pond. To make a change to a stagnant pond requires disturbing the existing strata of power and the existing food chain, the introduction of “fresh” oxygen and new predators to disrupt the food chain and take down the number of organisms which have flourished and over populated the stagnant water for so long.

“Green” is a primary symptom but not the cause. The cause is the owners of the pond ignoring the problem for too long. So, we reduce the number of existing parasitic life forms in the ecosystem by adding the influence of large numbers of smaller organisms that choose to change to existing stagnant ecosystem to better suit their requirements …


Pest Control

And we stir up the pond to get new nutrients circulating and to ad fresh air to the ecosystem and to bring to light many things which have remained hidden for  … well, even years.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman arrives to court in Ottawa on Thursday, March 28, 2019,  Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Here’s a few ideas which might help any owner decide to change up the old ways of seeing things. Check out the “Hot Off The Press” article here from the Toronto Sun.

Or how about this one right here. The nightmare vision of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lurking about the province like the ghost of his long dead father before him, and snuggled up to Rachel Notley’s NDP like their new BFF was enough for Albertans to make United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney their premier-elect.

Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney on election night at Big Four Roadhouse in Calgary. Al Charest/Postmedia

I posted about this incestuous relationship back in December 2016.

And in the CP photo on the right, below, we see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, BFF’s,  chatting prior to a round-table meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

And in other news about that time, December 2016, we have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most of the premiers (where are they now?) signed a historic pan-Canadian framework Friday to fight climate change and meet the country’s 2030 emissions reduction targets (Kyoto Accords, Jean Chretien, 1997 ),

But the Headlines read: “Trudeau announces ‘pan-Canadian framework’ on climate — but Sask., Manitoba hold off” Not quite a done deal then?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley chat prior to a roundtable meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

The Progressive Socialists have been trying desperately to ram Emissions Targets down our throats for almost 20 years.  but a day of tense talks failed to convince two provinces to get onside.

Now, in 2019 we have a wave of new leadership everywhere but the Left Coast and Newfoundland, preparing to go head to head with Boy Justin in the courts, the same courts which are so busy just now trying to deal with all his other booboos.

In case anyone forgot, in the heady rush of election victory, the Trudeau Liberals and their vainglorious leader have been rattled to the gunnels by silly antics, ethics breaches, leaks, miscalculations and scandals, and as I linked to above, the mere mention of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s name must bring on visions of yet another hell on the horizon.

As I have mentioned before, our politics matter. I found an interesting concise paragraph on politics at Commentary Magazine a while ago. Here is a clip from that article:


At the core of every social, political, and economic system is a picture of human nature, to paraphrase the 20th century columnist Walter Lippmann. The way that picture developments determines the lives we lead, the institutions we build, and the civilization we create.

The political philosophy of Madison produces one set of results; the political philosophy of Marx produces another; (ed. and the philosophy of ISIS produces yet another)

So yes: ideas move politics in one direction or the other, toward justice or away from it. Like all things human, it’s imperfect, frustrating, and fraught with failure. It’s a long, hard grind. And it’s not always aesthetically pleasing.

But cynicism that leads to political disengagement–the world-weary, pox-on-both-your-houses, what difference does it make, I don’t give a damn attitude that seems rather fashionable and trendy these days–can lead to disaster.

Because someone’s ideas will prevail. If ones that advance justice and human flourishing win out, it won’t be by accident or by default. It’ll be the product of determined effort; of those who do not grow weary in doing good.


So, enough for a Good Friday post, there are other more important things to pay attention to … for eternity.



Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatum