Speaking of guns, this is one of the saddest — and scariest — times of the year in my neck of the woods, literally speaking. I do live in the forest, and rich city slickers with rifles are on the hunt to murder gentle members of the local deer community.
So what is the solution for America? Is there one now?
I’m talking about mass shooting incidents and the proliferation of guns in that country. I know that many of the American readers looking in here are in favour of the type of gun control we have in Canada, that you feel it will lead to fewer mass shooting incidents like the one that happened in Oregon yesterday, Oct. 1.
Why do geese yack so much as they fly south? What are they talking about?
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Summer officially checked out on Tuesday night in these parts: We went from a warm day to a cool, wear-a-jacket day on Wednesday. Nighttime temps are close to the freezing mark . . . and I have an appointment to have my car’s winter tires installed on Oct. 20 — the day after a Conservative government is re-elected in Canada.
I’ve been doing some online duties for my paper these days. One of the tasks involves coming up with a quote from a notable person in history, and put it in some sort of context.
Tomorrow being the first day of autumn (and the autumnal equinox), I found a quote from Albert Einstein that was put in a time capsule and buried on the site of the World Fair in NYC in 1938, to be opened in the year 6939.
(As posted in LGBT Perspectives)
So, Vatican officials are reportedly upset and, shudders, offended because some gay and transgender people will be present when the pope is greeted on the White House lawn by thousands of people — some 15,000 — on Wednesday.
On another (musical) note, I wonder if I was the only person in the whole wide world who bought a CD copy of Grand Funk’s red album on a recent Thursday. I call it the “red” album because it is simply titled “Grand Funk” and the cover is mostly red, with a silhouetted image of the three band members in concert (as you can see in the image below).
I’m not sure why so many Canadians seem willing to give the bad guys — ISIS and others — the advantage. I suppose we have blind faith in our military, police and intelligence forces, that they will protect us from lone-wolf attacks by terrorists. The average citizen doesn’t need to bear arms, right?
Sometimes Canada is so hopeless . . . .
As some of my international readers know, there is a federal election campaign underway in Canada now, with voters casting their ballots on Oct. 19.
No doubt, you’ve seen the image that broke hearts around the world this past week. The picture of young Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a beach in Turkey has awakened the world to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and to the desperate attempts by so many of its citizens to escape and start a new life in another country.