“the city’s philanthropic elite”

An interesting phrase from a New York Post article depicting mourners Prime Minister Trudeau and mayor Tory of Toronto:

“…Trudeau, the mayor of Toronto and the city’s philanthropic elite…”

Time and Sunlight

From a-top the lake’s old hill
The view to the sky
Blue draped
In the sunlight.

In the courtyard of Chinese tombs
An antique dial
Casts a shadow about 2;
And through its angular perfection
On stone
Time slips.

Beneath apple smells
Amidst conversation
Timed to a restless horse rhythm
And the longing to be home
One is consoled by the sun.


It was about this time last year
that you threaded the yellow-green banana peppers
and strung them across the wooden spice cabinet
over the old gas stove.

As the weather grew colder
we watched them wither
one by one,
turn orange-yellow
and finally, a crisp Chinese red.

You picked the last two in January
when it seemed they might rot
had you left them hanging any longer.

To-day, as August runs its course
and that time returns through the first scent of fall,
the pepperless cabinet rekindles our year’s

They’re still saying “Infrastructure”

In Canada we have a minister of infrastructure. And a couple of days ago I heard somebody on my television saying something significant about infrastructure, and some weeks ago they said something about pot hole repairs. And where I have to drive to get to groceries I’m afraid of the road that’s full of big car wide dents that must be destroying springs and suspension in the passing lane that merges into a single lane with a great big depression as you make a sharp turn where it looks like somebody’s been doing construction for at least a year. And on the way back in the slow lane that merges twice with the passing lane numerous unavoidable pot holes along the curb threaten steering and springs. April 24, 2018


If anyone is really concerned about politics (not just political parties) they should illuminate the meaning of this word, “Infrastructure”, and why politicians from Obama to Trump keep talking about it.

Shouldn’t most of Obama’s “Infrastructure” improvements have been done in the 9 years since I first became aware of “Infrastructure” as a media topic.

Infrastructure has been the way North American economies will be rejuvenated now that we’re borrowing more and manufacturing less. Seeing it as a sub-heading of the draft Democrat platform is almost as nauseating as riding a merry-go round. Infrastructure -Democrat Obama said infrastructure was to be central to his 2008 revitalization program, infrastructure the politician’s secret spigot to turn on and reinvigorate economic activity – infrastructure.

If we are serious about reversing the decline of the middle class, we need a major federal jobs program that puts millions of Americans back to work in decent paying jobs in both the public and private sectors. We will make the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system. We will put Americans to work updating and expanding our roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and passenger and freight rail lines. We will build 21st century energy and water systems, modernize our schools, and continue to support the expansion of high-speed broadband networks. We will protect communities from the impact of climate change by investing in green and resilient infrastructure. These investments will create secure, good-paying middle-class jobs today and will substantially increase demand for American-made steel and other products manufactured in the United States. And by boosting economic growth in a fair and equitable way, and strengthening our long-term competitiveness, these investments will create many more jobs in the years to come…

Hot/Jaw Dropping Journalism

I just read an outburst by a female journalist calling the U.S. president a pig for his negative comments about female journalists appearance. Online journalists have depicted women’s attributes in purely physical terms raving about how certain women have looked or how they may be smokin’ hot or similarly degrading epithets that encourage people like the president to say what a lot of people have been taught by media to think.

More Smoke – Candidate/President

A CNN online article about correcting ABC’s Ross saying that President Trump asked Mr. Flynn to contact Russia instead of saying Donald Trump the candidate for president told him to contact Russia says nothing. What’s important is that the man who became president is accused of using the Russians to help him become president.

“…This is not the first high-profile mistake by Ross. In a 2012 piece for which he apologized, he suggested that the Aurora shooter may have had a connection to the Tea Party…”(CNN, Dec. 3)

Rush Limbaugh in his Dec. 1 criticism of the Ross report about the Flynn matter also reminded of Ross’s 2012 Tea Party error.

December 4, 2017; This smoke seems fit for confusion in its smokey ambiguity (President or candidate Trump ?); so I got it backwards: whether Mr Trump or president Trump asked Mr. Flynn to contact Russians seems important only to those who believe that only Mr. Trump or President Trump talks to Russians.

Today, December 8, 2012 after Jerusalem was made Israel’s capital, a change that President Trump has orchestrated since before he became president, a promised policy which seemed not to  make sense when he first uttered it since both Palestine and Israel claimed Jerusalem, thus heightening  not mollifying differences between the two Peoples as Mr. Trump often said was his intention whenever he promised to take the U.S. embassy from Telaviv to Jerusalem.