Archive for September, 2008

The Diocese of Niagara, again.

It seems that the Diocese of Niagara doesn’t pay its bills on time. Even when it has been court ordered to do so. Get on the stick and honour your obligations, guys.

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Questionable Headline: A victim reminds us: Polio can still strike

He may have had Polio, but this man is no victim.

There’s real food for thought here, for people who choose not to immunize their children:

He is concerned, however, that 11 per cent of Canadians, or 3.4 million people, have not been immunized against polio. According to the World Health Organization, this puts Canada at a high risk for a return of the virus.

“We’re complacent here. The disease returned to Australia in 2007 for the first time in decades, and polio remains endemic in four countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria. It can spread again. We are definitely unaware of its effects because Canada has been relatively polio-free for decades, even though there are people like me living with the results of it.”

This is from the Polio Canada website:

Before immunization…“I am the second to the last of 13 siblings, five of whom died of vaccine-preventable diseases in infancy.”“Even after many years, she spoke of the ‘morted’angeli’ –death of her angels –with a great deal of emotion.Imagine losing not one or two or three or even four babies –but five.”-Dr. Eugene J. Gangarosa, Professor Emeritus, Department of International Health, Emory University, Atlanta“

A Mum’s Prayer Time

Our Father [Good morning, Mum. Yawn. Five year old climbs up in lap].

Who art [three year old climbs up in lap. Five year old and three year old fight over lap space. Five year old climbs down]

in heaven [Moooooooooooooom, can I have some cereal. Get cereal. The raisin kind?? I don’t like raisins]

hallowed be thy name [Mummy, can ooo get me some ceweal too? can oo get me some ceweal too? Pweeeeeeeeeese? Get cereal. Fortunately, three year old likes raisins]

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in [Mom?] heaven [MOM]

Give us this day our [MOM] daily bread [MOM] and forgive us our sins

[MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE – like the sin of how I’m feeling towards my kiddos right about now – Yes dear Can I have my computer turn now? Yes dear? Can I watch Geoffrey’s computer turn? Yes Stuart. Turn on computer. Mom? Yes dear. It’s not working. Fix problem. ]

As we forgive those who sin against us [MOM STUART’S SMELLY. STUART, YOU’RE PEEISH. Change diaper]



In Ottawa, a wild backyard is against the law

At least, if your neighbours complain about it, it is.  I’ve been told I have to pull up all the milkweed I’ve left alone for the butterflies, and all the wild things at the side of the house that I let grow for the kids to play “jungle” in has to go too.  I’m not pulling my serendipitous raspberry canes though.  What a pain in the butt, and on my birthday too.

Third Federal Election in Four Years

Here we go again.  I used to be a political junkie, but no more.  MPs act like kindergartners in the House, and the attack ads are out in force.  A plague on all their houses.  I’m spoiling my ballot.

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