Friday, March 24, 2017

KEYSTONE. Coming to a City Near You.

Forget the failure of the Republican healthcare plan. For us in Canada today was a good day.
With the stroke of a pen President Trump signed the passage of the Keystone pipeline into effect.
This massive project will daily transport 800,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil across the border and on south to refineries in Alabama to be cracked into high-grade fuels for use in North America.
 It has been an enterprise frozen like the tundra for 10 years, blocked by environmentalists, tribal indians, bird-watchers, eco-alarmists, "ducks-unlimited" Hollywood activists and a thousand other human quacks. But now sanity and market forces have prevailed and shortly Canadian crude will begin to flow.
Locked in the perm-frost north of Edmonton there are reserves of oil in similar volume to those of Saudi Arabia, put there for the use of humanity by the Good Lord Himself.
Here, in my home town of Barrie, Ontario, we are especially thankful for the tar sands. Piped into our houses is gas from Alberta, which we appreciate when the temperature is -30 C. Also we use gasoline for our vehicles refined in Fort Mc Murray which we also appreciate summer and winter alike. Today we are glad to announce that our resources are about to be shared with the rest of the world, thanks to a forward looking U.S. President.
Let's give a toast to KEYSTONE tonight. By Summer 2018 you will be mowing your grass with a mower powered by some purely Canadian petrol.

Jubilate.

ian


Saturday, March 18, 2017

When Little Things Mean A Lot.

This week a Maine dairy company was ordered to compensate its truck drivers $10,000,000.00 in back pay. You might ask what was so bad about that.
Well, it all emerged from a PUNCTUATION error. In the union contract  Oakhurst Dairy had failed to put a COMMA in between the words '"Shipping" and "Distribution" which failed to differentiate between the people who loaded the milk cartons and the drivers who delivered the product. Thus the drivers qualified for overtime pay that they had not formerly received.
A single comma in the contract made all the difference.
In life, itself, little things can mean a lot. Finding the right word, for example, can turn the whole meaning of a conversation into something different.
In a public lecture  someone was asked to explain the difference between the words "Complete " "Finished."
Here's how he replied.
"In marriage, when a man finds the right woman he feels COMPLETE. However, if his wife later finds him with the wrong woman, we could say that he is FINISHED."
Yes indeed, little things do a mean a lot, in marriage and in all other areas of life. Be careful where you put your commas.
Jubilate.
Ian

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Forgotten Pharaoh Emerges.

Big excitement among the archaeologists this week. Parts of a massive figure have been uncovered at an Egyptian construction site.
Wow, this could be the Pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid.
We only have his head and part of his upper body so far but the pieces are on a mega scale.
Who could it be?
 The same question was asked by the Brits in 1836 when similar parts of a massive statue were discovered in the desert outside Cairo.
This is the poem that Horace Smith wrote about the relic which he named Ozymandias.

IN EGYPT'S SANDY SILENCE, ALL ALONE,
STANDS A GIGANTIC LEG, WHICH FAR OFF THROWS
THE ONLY SHADOW THAT THE DESERT KNOWS:
"I AM GREAT OZYMANDIAS" SAITH THE STONE
'THE KING OF KINGS, THIS MIGHTY CITY SHOWS
THE WONDERS OF MY HAND"

THE CITY'S GONE,
NOUGHT BUT THE LEG REMAINING TO DISCLOSE
THE SITE OF THIS FORGOTTEN BABYLON.

WE WONDER, - AND SOME MIGHTY HUNTER MAY EXPRESS.
WONDER LIKE OURS, WHEN THRU THE WILDERNESS
WHERE LONDON STOOD, HOLDING WOLF IN CHACE.
HE MEETS SOME FRAGMENT HUGE, AND STOPS TO GUESS
WHAT POWERFUL BUT UNRECORDED RACE
ONCE DWELT IN THAT ANNIHILATED PLACE
Don't get too excited about the present world events folks.
It has all happened before. There is only one "king of kings" and it is not Ozymandias. It is Jesus Christ and He didn't leave a leg in the desert, He left an empty tomb in Jerusalem.
Jubilate .
Ian

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Preachers Arrested in England. Should we be Surprised?

We could see it coming. The increasing pressure to shut down ANY voice that speaks against the "multi faith/multi cultural" doctrine embraced and propagated by the secular West.
It happened in England yesterday when two street preachers were tried and convicted of violating public order in the south-west city of Bristol. Both were fined about $ 5,000.00 each.
The ruling judge accused them of "creating anxiety to the public by stating that there was only one way to God and that was through Jesus Christ."
On the day that these men were preaching, several Muslims began shouting and swearing at the preachers. It is worthwhile noting that none of these were arrested for being a public nuisance: only the two gospel preachers.
A similar incident occurred in Toronto last year when a senior clerk in the city administration banned any singing of christian hymns in Nathan Philip's Square because the line, "There is no God like Jehovah", was likely to cause offense to the listening public.
Thankfully, she was later overruled by the mayor, but the writing is still left clearly on the wall. "Christians keep within your four walls and keep your faith to yourselves"
O really! These edicts should be call to war for all who love and profess faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Our unified response should be "We will not be BROW BEATEN or BULLIED by anyone, be they politician, judge, jury or bureaucrat. Freedom of speech is  the legacy of our Christian faith and through God we will exercise it.
Jubilate 

Ian

Monday, March 6, 2017

Just Who is Trappist 1?

We may well ask the question, just who is Trappist One?  It could be the founding member of the Silent order of the Trappist monks but it isn't. No, Trappist is one of seven earth sized planets that have been discovered beyond our own galaxy and NASA astronomers are getting real excited about them.
"Why," say the learned star gazers," these planets are in the "Goldilocks" zone, they are not gaseous and they receive roughly the same amount of light as does planet Earth." Hence the excitement. One or more of these planets could be inhabited. Just think of that. "Why," they go on to say, "we human beings might have intelligent neighbours."
But, for mere mortals like you and me, this is where the excitement suddenly ends.
We now find out that our friendly neighbours are 40 light years away. Not the sort of place that we will be dropping in for a cup of tea any time soon. In fact, at the present speed of space travel the journey to see our cosmic friends would take 764,000 years!
Enough said.
With  a space exploration budget of several billion dollars each year, if this is the best that NASA can come up with, it might be better to put the money into getting to know our neighbours on earth.  Maybe to build a few bridges and pave a few roads to make it easier to visit the folks across town. Let's do that first and leave the aliens to Captain Kirk and Starship Enterprise.
Jubilate.

Ian