The Consuls 1957-1959/Little Caesar and the Consuls 19 ? to 2013


From Norm’s arrival in June of 1957 until the birth of The  Consuls in December of that year, Willie, Gibbie, Norm and myself rehearsed at Mr. Redmond’s 208 Dunn Ave, where Willie had been renting a room, an address between my family‘s 200 to 206 Dunn and the Room-Smiths’ 210 Dunn Avenue. Some time in the fall Willie discovered guitarist, Gene MacLellan, eventually a major figure in The Consuls on vocals and guitar. A French language Wikipedia account of The Consuls under the name Little Caesar and the Consuls dated from 1956 excludes Gene MacLellan, The Consuls’ Quebec born, first guitarist,who would become the Canadian writer of Snowbird and at least one other Ann Murray song. Also wrongly excluded from the original group is British born Ernie Stubbs The Consuls’ first bassist. And lest I appear ego centric may I say that I too The Consuls’ first drummer has been excluded. Both the bassist and drummer replacing Ernie and myself * in the years 1957-1959 of the Wikipedia account were people I knew only as “Consuls”’ fans, one a friend of Norm and the other a person I met sometimes on the east bound King street car. Gene’s replacement on guitar I remember only as the guitarist in the second “Consuls” band after Gene, Robbie and I had left sometime in early 1959; this second version of the band with the new guitarist likely became Little Caesar and the Consuls despite the Wikipedia account misnaming and mis dating the band as Little Caesar and the Consuls and not simply The Consuls the band I played drums in from December 1957 until the late spring of 1959.


*Below the list titled “Autres membres du groupe” are the names of people associated with Little Caesar and the Consuls but not dated: Ernest Stubbs, the “Consuls”‘ first bassist from 1957 to 1959, and me Peter DeRemigis drummer from 1957 to 1959, Gene MacLellan 1957 to 1959, and Robbie Robertson May-June 1959. The name “Peter Deremiccious (guitare)” is likely me Peter De Remigis, a misspelling of my name that I saw in print some years ago. And I will assume that the name “Peter Remigis (batterie)” is also me Peter De Remigis (drummer).
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Stupidity,Limit, Freedom

October 18, 2013 am.

Early in the morning of October 16 and most of the day before, October 17; and still today, October 21, every time I put debt limit into Google at the top of the first search results page appears a CBC file heading “…Is the debt ceiling a ‘stupid’ idea? “. Now since I have come to notice that Canada’s official communications medium repeatedly authorizes news items from the United States, I have given this item more attention than I believe it should have, fearing that most of us Canadians will assume that because it is promulgated by Canada’s own public news organization it is as sacrosanct as the Bible itself.

The word “stupid” is of course meant to demoralize all rational arguments in favour of controlling government expenditures, for only “stupid” people would favour such control that might inhibit the will of a divinely supported ruler. But some time back when there was much talk of term limits for American politicians, the idea of limit, an ancient notion of constitutional freedom, was revived, for back when the Republican Romans said goodbye to their last king and gave the kingly power to two consuls, citizens ensured control of this absolute power by a one year limit on the term of each consul. When the Roman Republic declined into the Roman Empire the constitutionally limited power of the consuls was assumed by the unlimited absolute whim of the sometimes deified Roman Emperor.

Where are the Republicans?

October 17, 2013

During the 2012 Republican primaries and the presidential election that followed I was unable to detect among Canadian or American journalists anyone who admitted supporting Republican candidates or the political concerns of the Republican party. Everything said or written about Republicans stressed their representing tax breaks for the rich and in general big money. And to me “everything said or written” means easy to pick up because it’s been said ad infinitum, and almost word for word Online. So I began wondering what a confessed Republican voter would look like. Would they look like a Bush, a Romney, a Ron Paul, a Pat Buchanan or any other Republican politician, certainly not an easily identifiable news delivering journalist. Or might they resemble the writers of articles about Democrat supporters such as Exelon or BP: small money?

And today after the shut down and debt limits dust has settled and everyone needing government money can resume getting paid, and the Chinese purchasers of  U.S. bonds can stop worrying, at least until January or February 2014, that they might not receive the interest payments they need to help pay for the manufacture of consumer products that they ship to Europe’s and America’s consumers, I again ask: are there really any Republicans out there. Maybe because I don’t live in the U.S. and get only wall-to-wall news from journalists both Canadian and American: maybe if I lived in one of the states painted red that sometimes makes me think that the entire map of America except for the little blue splotches in the south-west and north-east corners, I’d know what a Republican looks like. And what’s really funny about no one acting like they favour Republicans is that most of the little bits of blue on America’s political map seem to represent areas that contain high concentrations of U.S wealth arising from technology, dwindling manufacturing, and most of all from banking in the north-east, where big money is made out of smaller money.

Today is October 19, 2013, and I’ve been reading an October 18 print Toronto Star article from Reuters that tells how Mr. Obama has been scolding congress especially Republican congress people about the way they’ve jeopardized the United States by needlessly forcing the recent government shut down. Again I can’t stop thinking about all those people from north to south who voted for Mr. Romney and Republican politicians, and wondering how they must feel about this near endless vilification of Republicans. No one says anything to defend or console Republican supporters other than we fought the good fight and lost, or a recent expression of human regard by a media person on Canada’s BNN television who asked colleagues more than once through her mid-day stint: Don’t you think they’re just kicking them(Republicans) when they’re down?

Republican congress delivers a message

October 15, 2013 11:30 am.

I just saw some Boehner-Cantor led congress people, 3 men and one woman, humbly  tiptoeing to a microphone and announcing how happy they were that senate leaders had been talking to each other and saying that they would like a debt ceiling deal that would be equitable, favouring neither corporations nor political representatives.

Then I put “shut down” into Google; I got “An American Shutdown Reaches the Earth’s End” dated October 14 at the top of page one results, an article about how the shut down has stopped climate history research in Antarctica.

…Samantha Hansen, an assistant professor of geological sciences at the University of Alabama, was set to leave for Antarctica on Nov. 4. The government agencies she would normally turn to for information are shut down, and she has graduate students whose theses depend on what emerges from the dirt and snow of Antarctica…

This trepidation over Antarctic government research funding reminds me of another article dated October 13 about Antarctic researchers anxieties:

From Antarctica to America, US turns out the lights on science research

By Jeremy A. Kaplan

U.S. Government Funding

October 14, 2013

In a September 18 video interview believing that the U.S. is going the way of Bankrupt Detroit, and saying he would cut taxes, cut spending and not bail out anybody, former Republican congressman Ron Paul accused Republicans of hypocrisy in wanting to fund the military and its overseas projects while favouring cut backs of local expenditures.

And in an article dated October 13, 2013 we are reminded of why the United States government debt must be permitted to increase.

‘De-Americanized’ world needed after US shutdown: China media

Chinese state media on Sunday published a lengthy polemic against American hegemony since World War II.

…Beijing has in recent days issued warnings as well as appeals for a deal, all the while emphasizing the inseparable economic ties that bind the world’s two biggest economies.

“The cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising debt ceiling has again left many nations’ tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonised,” said the commentary.

China is the biggest foreign holder of US Treasury bonds, worth a total of $1.28 trillion according to US government data…

And in an October 7, 2013 article in Rolling Stone,

8 Flagrant Examples of Republican Shutdown Hypocrisy

They claim they didn’t want a shutdown, but these GOP politicians have been clamoring for one since 2010

Robyn Marty argues that Republicans have planned this shutdown since 2010 primarily to defund Mr. Obama’s public health program

…Despite their claims otherwise, shutting down the government isn’t something Republicans have tried to avoid, but something many have openly embraced as an option – both as a weapon against the Affordable Care Act and any other policy issue with which they disagreed…

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Commodity traders need the U.S. government.

October 12, 2013( 6:00 am. Toronto, Ontario time)

The following appeared in the Wall Street Journal from a “shut down” search in Google marked 4 hours ago at 6.00 am.

COMMODITIES October 11, 2013, 3:48 p.m. ET

Shutdown Shuts Down U.S. Data, So Commodities Traders Fly Blind

‘We Might as Well Settle the Hog Futures Contract to the Price of Peaches’

“NEW YORK—Commodities traders and investors are struggling to stay on top of their markets as the U.S. government shutdown cuts off the flow of data they rely on to place bets on everything from corn to cotton to oil…

I copied the above Wall Street Journal material to illustrate how commodity investors are suffering from the government shutdown while stock investors as of yesterday and the day before(October 11 &10) are doing quite we’ll thank you.

October 10, 2013, 2:15 pm.

Things on television:

  • The television has been telling me every 10 minutes since at least 8:30 am. that a Mr. Lew told a congressional committee that the U.S. government shut down is having economic consequences.
  • A lady speaking on CBC just expressed some concern that even though stock markets have roared to life today that they had fallen recently because of the government shut down.
  • On BNN I heard an American trader remind viewers that today the Dow was up 14.4% since January 1, 2013 on the heals of Mr. Bernake’s  fall off the frightful “fiscal cliff”.

At 3: 07 the Dow reached 15,083.69:

” Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI)

    -DJI  15,083.69 Up 280.71(1.90%) 3:07PM EDT

down from 15,636.55 on September 15, but well up from about 13000. on January 1. My guess is investors, both individuals and pension funds, are still doing better than the 6 to 11% historical average stock returns despite cliffs, shut downs and dire warnings by Mr. Obama and Mr. Lew.

And since the 3:07 pm quotation above the DOW improved to 2.18% for this day of October 10, 2013.

“Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI)


15,126.07 Up 323.09(2.18%) 4:31PM EDT”

NDP 2012 Leadership Race

I’m reminded in studying peterderemigisnet stats of the importance of the impoverishment theme to many. Somewhat sensitive of my own subjective lack of political experience I imagine that this account of my television viewing of the 2012 NDP leadership race may reflect a consequence of increasing impoverishment and societal separation  ignored by most  politicians and journalists.


NDP 2012 Leadership Race

Yesterday, and today, March 24,2012 I saw some of the CBC and CTV coverage of the New Democrat Party leadership convention. The party began as the CCF under Tommy Douglas, a Baptist minister/boxer, who inspired the establishment of Canada’s public health system, in order to alleviate the suffering of those unable to afford medical services. As Canada’s socialist party, its supporters were often labelled communist by Liberal and Conservative party sympathizers, an epithet that as a child I had to endure because my parents had a CCF sign on our front lawn.

All that has changed since the CCF became the NDP, for the NDP has become socially acceptable to those more affluent than the poor Canadians of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The once denigrated socialist CCF, now the NDP has become Canada’s powerful official federal opposition thanks to Quebec’s Bloc Québécois supporters switching to the NDP during the 2011 Federal election. And those leading the party no longer seem to be represented by the kinds of principled intellectuals and working people who believed they represented an alternative to the power wielding Liberals and Conservatives. These New Democrats some of whom appear as descendants of Canada’s old business elite, seem more like well paid professionals, or “knowledge workers” struggling to ensure their own social benefits, and influence in an age when good incomes are increasingly funded by governments.

Some years ago my father and I were discussing Canada’s political situation when he, a former CCF activist and working man, remarked that his party was no longer the party that it had been when he’d worked for David Lewis under Tommy Douglas. Yesterday a pharmacist, Martin Singh, son of a former Liberal politician spoke to win the leadership of the NDP. And today I learned that Canada’s NDP had hired a Spanish firm to run its electronic voting system surprising even one of the NDP’s members who could not understand why this (nationalist ?)Canadian political party was unable to give these jobs to unemployed Canadians; and saw a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister become NDP leader; my father’s words echoed: “It’s not the same party.”