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I drove the last spike on the CPR railroad in 1885. A fellow I fired wrote a book about me, full of vicious lies and insinuations and exaggerations ... trouble is though, it's mainly true Thursday, March 01, 2012 ---
Geologist calls for a debate on science of global warming

Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 ---
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Is Global Warming caused by Humans? Let's debate the facts!!!.

Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America. Tuesday, November 01, 2011 ---
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"
Lord Acton

The Old Contrarian from Pincher Creek --- U.S. President Barak Obama has branded him a corporate welfare bum --- town gossips claim he is a trillionaire --- the Old Timer lives in subsidized housing and spends his days dumpster diving

29-Jul-10

Well, the Prof come home real happy --- they'd appointed an archademic governing generale of Kanada. The Prof figures she'll be next. She's jist goin' down to buy a Tory party card. Why settle for head honcho at the B.C. Human Rights Commission when a gal can have the whole tomale?

But for me --- I was plenty worried. Last time I was down at the Long Bar at the Alberta Hotel, Paddy Nolan was waxing elegant about this Lord Acton fellow --- Lordy, Lordy this Lordy's words were true --- "Great men are almost always bad men ..." said Lord Acton. From livin' with the Prof I can tell ya that it ain't only great men --- if ya mean by great --- powerful --- it's great women too --- in spades.

So I'm not only worried about me --- I'm worried about all my fellow Canuck citizens. Cause if the Prof governs Kanada as governing generale --- well don't that mean that she's got absolute power. And that's what else Acton said: "absolute power corrupts absolutely". If ya live with someone like the prof ya don't need to be a Lordy or a Duke or a Count No Count ta figure that one out. It scared the livin' daylights out a' me.

I got so worked-up --- why, I called Paddy Nolan, the constertutonal expert:

"Old Timer --- there's good news and there's bad news."

"Give me the good news first cause I might die hearin' the bad news before I hears the good."

"Well power in our government is supposed to be divided --- because everyone knows that politicians and big-shots in general are nasty sobs, nasty as they come --- there's only one way ta deal with them --- give some other sob equal powers --- and then go one step further --- cause these people have a tendency to get together for conspiracies --- give a third sob equal powers as well. That way, if sob#1 gets out of line, sob #2 goes after him and, if sob#1 and sob#2 get together so the two of them can get out of line --- sob#3 gets after the two of them. --- so in the system we got from England --- there was a King and he or she was appointed (accordin' to the head of the Monarchist League) by God --- and there was an assembly of citizens called a parliament --- and there was the courts. If the king got out of line -- as Mark Twain said: 'All kings is mostly rapscallions' --- then the parliament jumped on him and if either or both got out of line the courts jumped on them."

"Hey --- that's a heck of a system --- now I'll be able to sleep at night. Come to think of it --- maybe the solution to my relartionship with the prof is to bring in a third person --- a menager tra as they call it ... Anyway, I'll sleep good tonight --- knowin' Canada's safe."

"Hold it Old Timer --- what I just told you is the good news. The bad news is that the system works O.K. in England and in the U.S., where the King's called the President. But in Canada --- what's happened is that --- somehow or other, one person, the Prime Minister controls the parliament --- and also gets to appoint the judges in the courts and gets to appoint the King which is here called the Governor General. Now the old Governor General, Michaëlle Jean was appointed by Paul Martin, who was in power before the Big Brother who's now in power. When Big Brother went to her in 2008 to prorogue the minority parliament so he could continue controlling it - she thought it over for a few days before doing it. Well the Big Boy decided right there and then that he'd replace Michaëlle with a yes-man --- someone who when Big Brother told him to jump would --- in a New York second --- whisper 'how high'; if BB wanted a cup of coffee, the yes-man'd fetch it in the wink of an eye and, if BB told him to prorogue parliament, the yes-man'd say 'I did it yesterday'. There was one guy who he knew was a sure thing --- David Johnston. When BB ordered him to arrange a white-wash of old Tory Brian Mulroney who took bribes to make Air Canada buy Airbus airplanes -- he set up a whitewash toute suite. And Johnston's sure greatful to get this job --- tons of perks and you've got it made for life. And this worthy's a name-dropper and he'll love traipsing around in fancy uniforms and being called 'Your Excellency'."

"Well did this guy have anythin' goin' for him?"

"On the surface sure. He was your typical academic suck-up --- he was a professor of law --- a pretty terrible one --- according to a letter written in to the Globe and Mail by one of his students, Regis Philbin:

David Johnston was one of the worst instructors I had at McGill Law School. Each class featured a significant amount of name dropping, the textbook was a half-completed work in progress (authored by himself, of course) and very little time was spent on the substance of the course. While it is fine to call yourself an academic, it was clear that his students interest ranked second behind his own. It is disingenuous to call him an academic simply because he worked at an academic institution. Im sure he has been a terrific administrator  his political connections, which we learned more about than securities law, would have helped him in that role.

But he knew how to suck up to the establishment and eventually got appointed President of the University of Waterloo."

"Didn't the media say anythin'?"

"Only two journalists said anything negative --- both in the Globe and Mail --- Norman Spector, Mulroney's head bureaucrat. And Rick Salutin --- one of the Globe's resident lefties. Have a look at the following rare stories in the Canadian media:

Democracy Watch

Canadians deserve democracy -- will politicians give it to them?

Globe and Mail

Former student lashes into Johnston

Norman Spector

Thanks to Dr. Johnston, Airbus became Airbust

Rick Salutin

David Johnstons selection as Governor-General may be the first time the post went to someone after what can be seen as an audition. I mean his role in setting the terms of a public inquiry into the Mulroney-Schreiber affair

"

"But how about all those lefties who were raisin' hell about porogyin' parliament last winter? Like that gal with the bare belly. What they bin sayin'"

"Not a whisper, Old Timer. They're either too lazy to figure it out or they're scared of rocking the system."

"What about the courts?"

"Well, they try not to get into politics. And Big Brother appoints all future judges. But a courageous lawyer might bring a case and, who knows, the courts might get courageous."


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