Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sort of reminds me of the above photo.

Premier to Meet With Prime Minister
November 29, 2007

Premier Danny Williams has agreed to sit down with the Prime Minister when he visits this province tomorrow. Williams says his office confirmed the meeting, set for 4:30 tomorrow afternoon in St. John's, two days ago. Williams says he's pleased to have a face-to-face discussion with the PM on issues of importance to the province. Stephen Harper is making several stops in this province over the weekend; including making an announcement in Stephenville, then attending MP Fabian Manning's official nomination ceremony in Holyrood tomorrow evening. Saturday, a visit to Port de Grave is the main event. A ceremony is planned to recognize those who rescued six crab fishermen from the freezing Atlantic last May when the Nautical Legacy caught fire. Premier Williams says on the agenda will be non-renewable resource revenue, 5-Wing Goose Bay, the fishery and the strong Canadian dollar.

An historic agreement concerning Mi'kmaq in this province is expected to be formally signed in Stephenville tomorrow. It is one of the items on the prime minister's tentative agenda, for a two day visit to the island. Liberal MP Gerry Byrne expects Stephen Harper will officially recognize the aboriginal status of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, and says this recognition will mean alot to the Mi'kmaq people. There are 45 hundred Mi'Kmaqs in nine bands, primarily in western and central regions of the province.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Teddy Bear of peace has spoken again!

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan on Wednesday charged a British teacher with insulting religion and inciting hatred, a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, after she named a class teddy bear "Muhammad."

The charges come a day after a 7-year-old Sudanese boy said Gilliam Gibbons, 54, asked him as part of a school assignment what he wanted to call the stuffed animal and he said, 'Muhammad,' after his name.

Art Linkletter once said "Kids say the darnedest things" but those 7 year old kids there really said a mouthful! An innocent mistake by a 54 year old lady who went to a third world country to try and do a little good has taken the CIVILIZED world by storm. Sudanese clerics have already stated “What has happened was not haphazard or carried out of ignorance, but rather a calculated action and another ring in the circles of plotting against Islam. It is part of the campaign of the so-called war against terrorism and the intense media campaign against Islam,"

What a screwed up culture!Where are the so called moderate Muslims we sometimes hear about? I only know of one or two fictional ones but they're busy acting.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November Hunt
The great thing about waiting until November to hunt in Newfoundland is that most hunters have already completed their hunt and you will not be eaten alive by the Mosquitoes. The Newfoundland moose population is estimated between 120,000 to 150,000 animals. Enough that approximately 30,000 are harvested annually.Here are a few shots of my recent hunt.

cutting a small path to the kill.

loading the kill in a wagon to transport.

transporting it to the truck.

some of the scenery today.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Petition Growing for Soldier Stamp
November 16, 2007

The petition to get a stamp dedicated to Canada's soldiers in Afghanistan has grown again. Organizer David Murphy told VOCM Nightline with Linda Swain over 3,000 people have signed so far. Murphy says Canada Post has issued stamps depicting past wars but has not released one yet recognizing soldiers currently serving overseas in Afghanistan.

Canada Post has issued stamps over the years to celebrate our NHL hockey players and some of our Canadian Recording Artists. I think it's time to issue a commemorative stamp to our Canadian soldiers and their families. Please take the time to show your support by signing this petition from Dave Murphy.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Black Tickle
A town on Death Row

At times here i actually wonder if my community will survive another decade and at least several times a year i ask my wife should we at least consider moving to Port Aux Basques, a nearby larger town. The 15 minute commute irritates me at times and i am sure it does to others here as well. We have just over 300 residents and i suspect almost 100% employment because of work in nearby communities. Outside the daily commuting we do and no real clean source of drinking water, life here is pretty good compared to how the people of Black Tickle,Labrador have it today. A recent article and video in the Globe & Mail shows how the people of this small island community in my province are trying to survive each day. So today i ask all my Blog viewers to click on the link and look at the situation the people of Black Tickle face daily.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lest We Forget

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet.
Lest we forget—lest we forget.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

SO,who gets custody of a foreskin?

November 6, 2007 ·

The Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday from this case in which a father who wants his 12-year-old son to be circumcised. His ex-wife — the boy's mother — is fighting the request. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Colin Fogarty reports.

Four national Jewish groups have filed a joint amicus briefs supporting the father's right as custodial parent to make the decision for his son. The boys father is an attorney and will argue the case himself. The boys mother has appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court, arguing against the circumcision. She claims that their son really does not want to undergo the procedure, but is afraid to defy his father. Dad claims the boy wants his weiner sliced and diced. Some crazy friggin book written thousands of years ago sure causes a lot of problems. Hopefully in this case the courts will make the kid wait until he's 18. At that time he can have the procedure if he wishs and get a cool tattoo and a few piercings in the same area. Problem solved, next case please.

Recount Begins in Isles of Notre Dame

November 7, 2007

A judicial recount into the election results in the district of the Isles of Notre Dame begins today in Grand Falls - Windsor. Derrick Dalley of the Progressive Conservatives was declared the winner on election night, defeating Liberal leader Gerry Reid by seven votes. According to the Elections Act, a judicial recount is automatic when the margin of victory is ten votes or less. Madam Justice Kendra Goulding will preside over the recount proceedings in the Supreme Court. Two days have been set aside for the procedure.

I wonder will this recount bring an end to our 2007 General Election? This has been a strange one and who knows? Maybe the people of that district will be back to the voting booth in December!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Newfoundland Trailway
Out and about every spare chance i have been getting lately.Yesterday a friend and i finally coordinated a few hours off together and made a short ATV excursion along a section of the Newfoundland Trailway known as the Wreckhouse Trail. This section of the trail extends for 24 kilometers from Port Aux Basques to the Wreckhouse area and passes through the salt water lagoons and sandy beaches before almost coming in contact with the Table Mountains north of Cape Ray.
A few shots of yesterdays Trailway Scenery.

My friend in the distance coming to meet up with me.

Cooking up a fry of Moose on an outdoor fire.