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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday's Vehicle - 1958 Oldsmobile 98

Attacking charities

Internal CRA documents, obtained under access-to-information by Sen. Percy Downe, reveal that an infusion of $30 million by Ottawa in 2005 to counter “aggressive international tax planning” resulted in the collection of an extra $2.5 billion over four years.

By contrast, putting extra resources into auditing charities will almost certainly produce no additional revenue.

Why is Harper punishing charities while letting tax cheats off the hook?

Mother Nature & Golf

Towards the end of the golf course, Tom hit his ball into
the woods and found it in a patch of pretty yellow
buttercups. Trying to get his ball back in play, he ended
up thrashing just about every buttercup in the patch...

All of a sudden .. . ..POOF!!
In a flash and puff of smoke, a little old woman appeared.
She said, “I’m Mother Nature!”
“Do you know how long it took me to make those buttercups?
Just for doing what you have done, you won’t have any butter
for your popcorn for the rest of your life; better still, you won’t
have any butter for your toast for the rest of your life. As a
matter of fact, you’ll never have any butter for anything the
rest of your life!!!”
Then POOF! . . . she was gone!
After Tom recovered from the shock, he hollered for his friend,
“Fred, where are you?”
Fred yells back, “I’m over here in the pussy willows.”
Tom shouts back, ‘DON’T SWING, Fred;
Thanks Ralph


In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University.
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.
The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. 
He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it.
As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife,after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments.
Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.
Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son.
As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing.
The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down.
The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant.

Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure.

He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.

The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legsand slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same f'cking elephant.
Thanks Norman

The Punster Is At Work Again...!

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent..
2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."
3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
4. A dyslexic man walked into a bra.
5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: "A beer please, and one for the road."
6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"
7. "Doc, I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home."
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"Well, It's Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning." "I don't believe you," says Dolly.
"It's true; no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.
10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.
11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn't find any.
12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!" The doctor replied, "I know, I amputated your arms!"
13. I went to a seafood disco last week... and pulled a mussel.
14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.
15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"
16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Not surprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it, too.
17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse. "But why," they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said. "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt , and is named 'Ahmal.' The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him 'Juan.' Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds: "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him (oh, man, this is so bad, it's good)... a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. A dwarf, who was a mystic, escaped from jail. The call went out that there was a small medium at large.
Thanks Randy

The inheritance

Just in case you're doing some estate planning:
Doug Silverstein is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse,
his wife, his daughter and 2 sons, are with him.
So, he says to them:
Bernie, I want you to take the Manhattan houses."
Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end."
Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the
banks of the river."
The nurse is just blown away by all this, and as Doug slips away, she
says, "Mrs. Silverstein,
your husband must have been such a hard-working man
to have accumulated all this property".
Sarah replies, "Property ? .... the asshole had a paper route!" 

The cherry tree

Once there was a little boy who lived in the country.
They had to use an outhouse, and the little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer, cold in the winter  and stank all the time.
The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push that  outhouse into the creek.
One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek.
So he  got a large stick and started  pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into  the creek and floated  away.

That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a  spanking, the little  boy asked why. The dad  replied, "Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today.
It was you, wasn't  it,  son?"
The boy answered yes.
Then he thought a  moment  and said,
"Dad, I read in school today that  George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't get into trouble because he told the truth."
The dad replied  "Well, son, George  Washington's father wasn't in that cherry tree."
Thanks Shirley

Native Americans

Members of the Cayuse, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Walla Walla tribes are joined by Native Americans from around the Pacific Northwest in the Pendleton Roundup

Thanks Kerry

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday's Vehicle - Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale - this could well be the most expensive vehicle ever

It’s a 275 GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti and it could become the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction when it goes under the hammer at the RM Auctions Monterey sale in California on 15–16 August 2014.

Attacking charitable organizations for political gain.... is a fascist action

The Canada Revenue Agency is essentially now an instrument of repression for the Harper government and the Conservative Party.

OTTAWA - Some Canadian charitable organizations under recent audit for their political activities. Revenues and percentages based on the groups' most-recent filings with Canada Revenue Agency. Rules dating from 2003 limit spending on political activities to no more than 10 per cent of all expenses:

Pen Canada, Toronto

Charity for freedom of expression, 2011-2012 revenues of $311,000; zero per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in July 2014, includes political activities. Continues.

Tides Canada Foundation, Vancouver

Environmental foundation, 2012 revenues of $16.3 million; zero per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in 2011, includes political activities. Continues.
Subject of formal complaint by Ethical Oil to Canada Revenue Agency in August 2012 regarding political activities.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society, Vancouver

Environmental charity, 2012 revenues of $13.2 million; two per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in 2011, includes political activities. Continues.
Subject of formal complaint by Ethical Oil to Canada Revenue Agency in August 2012 regarding political activities.

David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver

Environmental charity, 2012-2013 revenues of $9.9 million; five per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in May 2013, including into political activities. Continues.
Subject of several formal complaints by Ethical Oil to Canada Revenue Agency, starting April 2012, regarding political activities.

Ecology Action Centre, Halifax

Environmental charity, 2012-13 revenues of $1.9 million; four per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began fall 2012, including into political activities. Completed earlier this year with charitable status intact.

Canada Without Poverty, Ottawa

Social-justice charity, 2012-013 revenues of $378,000; three per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in fall of 2011, expanded to include political activities in 2012. Continues.

Equiterre, Montreal

Environmental charity, 2012 revenues of $4.7 million; one per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began January 2013, including into political activities. Continues.

United Church of Canada, including Kairos

Religious charity, 2013 revenues of $45.1 million, of which $2.2 million was for Kairos; 1.1 per cent expenses for all political activities, and 4.5 per cent for political activities at Kairos alone.
Audit began in fall 2013, including into political activities. Continues.

Environmental Defence Canada Inc., Toronto

Environmental charity, 2012-2013 revenues of $3.8 million; five per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in 2011, expanded in 2012 to include political activities. Continues.
Subject of formal complaint by Ethical Oil to Canada Revenue Agency in March 2012 regarding political activities.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa

Public policy charity, 2012 revenues of $5.3 million; zero per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in October 2013. Continues.

Amnesty International Canada, Ottawa

Human-rights charity, 2012 revenues of $11.8 million; one per cent of expenses for political activities.
Audit began in December 2012, including into political activities. Continues.

The Canadian Press

Withholding facts to deceive Canadians.

"The Harper Conservatives are entitled to their own ideology and their own opinions. They are not, however, entitled to their own facts. Deliberately, almost gleefully, withholding key evidence from the Committee should trouble Canadians who value honesty and integrity -- regardless of what side of the prostitution debate they may fall on. "

The Prostitution Poll MacKay and Harper Don't Want You to See

Many Canadians may not know this, but prostitution is legal in Canada and has been since 1892 when the Criminal Code was first enacted. It was actually activities surrounding the act of prostitution that were illegal, specifically three sections of the Criminal Code that outlawed communicating in public for the purpose of prostitution, living on the avails of prostitution and lastly, operating a brothel.

In the now famous Bedford case, a group of sex workers brought a Charter challenge arguing that those three provisions put their safety and security at risk, thereby violating their Charter rights.

In its landmark decision last December, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed with the sex workers, striking down the three Criminal Code provisions as being in violation of their Charter rights under Section 7 -- the security of the person provision. The Supreme Court suspended its ruling for one year in order to give Parliament the opportunity to enact new legislation, if they chose to do so. This past June, Justice Minister Peter MacKay introduced Bill C-36 -- a legislative response to the Supreme Court ruling.

Democracy or a Demagoguery..... which do you want Canada

What has become of the Canada of two decades ago? Some excellent letters to the Editor in today's Toronto Star:

"Re: Death that shames us all, Editorial July 13

Death that shames us all, Editorial July 13

Forcing Edward Snowshoe to spend 162 days in isolation is cruel and barbaric punishment — something that we expect in the torture prisons in the Middle East but not in Canada. Unfortunately until someone dies we don’t seem to give a damn.

To someone who has volunteered in prisons for 15 years it is not surprising that the prison system has killed off another prisoner. Since the Harper government came to power, prisons have become crueler and meaner places, imposing longer sentences and denying parole to as many as possible. The parole board is now totally stacked with Conservatives whose only qualification is they are card-carrying party members who donate to the party.

These are no longer “correctional” institutions, they are punishment centres. Correction and restorative justice have been killed off and buried inside the razor wired walls.

The Christian fundamentalist philosophy of spare the rod and spoil the child is now being applied to adults. Punishment can be physical, attitudinal and mental, but it is all meant to break the prisoner.

I fear it is only a matter of time until they bring back the lash and the death penalty. Getting even is now more important than treatment and rehabilitation. Many of the staff in these prisons also deplores what is happening.

Unfortunately the government has succeeded at turning the public against all prisoners, convincing us to not give a damn what they do to these bad, bad people. The mantra, “If you’re not with us you’re with the criminal” is nonsense, but it works.

The real problem is, Stephen Harper is devoid of compassion and empathy and the trained seals in his caucus blindly follow. The history books are full of people who were “only following orders.”

We and the people we are trying to help rehabilitate deserve more.

Jim Purdie, The Toronto Star"

Another good one related to CRA & Charities:

"Re: Tories intimidate charities into silence. Who's next? Opinion July 16

Tories intimidate charities into silence. Who's next? Opinion July 16

We should all be concerned at the Conservative government’s latest attempts to silence charities that oppose its views, by triggering the Canada Revenue Agency to audit them for political activity.

It’s ludicrous and unfair that taxpayers can claim on their income tax returns a higher percentage of their donations to political parties (whose activities are 100 per cent political) than what they can claim for donations to charities (only a portion of which can be used for advocacy/political purposes), especially given that charities are doing so much of the work that should really be undertaken by government.

Several charities such as Greenpeace and the Council of Canadians already refuse to accept any support from government and don’t issue their donors income tax receipts. This allows them the freedom to express their views without having to endure “advocacy chill” by this government, which seeks to silence what it labels as “radical environment groups” and accuses them of “laundering offshore funds for inappropriate use.” How paranoid is that?

Should any of the groups to which I donate have their charitable status revoked for such undemocratic reasons, I will do everything in my power to actually increase the amount I donate to them and would urge other Canadians to do the same.

Diana Hooper, Willowdale"

Weekend in Cobourg

Pat and I spent a few days in Cobourg with our friends the Ridge's......

Before leaving for Cobourg I went to buy deodorant and this is what jumped out at me.... I just had to buy one for Harry ..... great name

Stanley comes to Cobourg

The people of Cobourg love a parade and their hockey stars

Justin Williams, Con Smythe winner, with La Coupe Stanley 

As only the Irish can tell a story!!!!!

Paddy had long heard the stories of an amazing family tradition.
It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been
able to walk on water on their 18th birthday.
On that special day, they'd each walked across the lake to the pub on the
far side for their first legal drink.
So when Paddy's 18th birthday came around, he and his pal Mick, took a boat
out to the middle of the lake, Paddy, stepped out of the boat...and nearly
drowned!  Mick just barely managed to pull him to safety.
Furious and confused, Paddy went to see his grandmother .
"Grandma," he asked, "Tis me 18th birthday, so why can't I walk across the
lake like me father, his father and his father before him?"
Granny looked deeply into Paddy's, troubled blue eyes and said, "Because ye
father, ye grandfather and ye great-grandfather were all born in December,
when the lake is frozen,and ye were born in August, ya fookin idiot!"
Thanks Pat