This Week That Was . . .

I’ve had some folks contact me asking why they are not getting their newsletters anymore. If you are one of those persons or someone else who looked for it and couldn’t find it I had a dispute–AGAIN-with technology and AGAIN-it won out until Steve my rescue technical guy came-AGAIN-to my aid. I think that the issue is solved at least for now. If you are on the mailing list to receive my weekly offering and don’t get it this week please let me know. Sorry to those who were inconvenienced I will try to get them to you.


How many happened to catch the ‘love-in’ with Barack and Justin last evening? I thought that I was back in the 60’s for a minute. Don’t get me wrong-I thought it was great but it would be even better if it was really that cordial. They were both spot on with what they were talking about and what needs to be done but the one thing that frightens me the most is that I don’t think the two ‘candidates’ running for the US Presidency have ANY idea of what they were talking about. Neither one of those two could be accused of being visionaries-that’s for sure. One is too arrogant and the other is not bright enough. You figure which is which.

I may not make any friends with this next statement but I believe it to be true. When President Obama went on about extending more understanding and deepening our efforts at being more tolerant and how important it is for us to work harder at being more tolerant concerning our invited guests from foreign countries I don’t think anyone listening mistook his reference to the Muslim nations. He lost me big time right then and there. I don’t agree, at all, with that part of his message. Here is why. A couple of weeks ago I included a letter that Sir Wilfred Laurier had written in 1907.  Most of its content rings with truth today. His reasoning and his insights are as valid today as they were then. Here is what he said:

“First of all we must insist that the immigrant that comes here is willing to become a Canadian and is willing to assimilate our ways, he should be treated on equal grounds and it would be shameful to discriminate against such a person for reasons of their beliefs or the place of birth or origin. But it is the responsibility of that person to become a Canadian in all aspects of life, nothing else but a Canadian. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is a Canadian, but tries to impose his customs and habits upon us, is not a Canadian. We have room for only one flag, the Canadian flag. There is room for only two languages here, English and French. And we have room for loyalty, but only one, loyalty to the Canadian people. We won’t accept anyone, I’m saying anyone, who will try to impose his religion or his customs on us.”   Wilfrid Laurier, 1907

Enough said about that.

Video Of The Week:  Has this ever happened to you? If not it will–apparently it’s normal–be ready–enjoy the tune.


Parenting Tips:

Take a longer look at the pic at the top of this page and then know that every child needs to read this as well. Please send it along to those moms you know,especially the ones who are struggling right now, and be sure that they show it to their children too. Children think it’s easy to be a parent sometimes and perhaps they need to be reminded from time to time that it is a serious but important undertaking and its not always as easy as it looks or as easy as they think it should be.

Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim

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