Kathy Griffin is right ! And spare us the selective outrage — Trump has done worse, but as a man he gets a pass! by Frank Giorno

I defend Kathy Griffin and her right to express how she feels about the harmful policies of Donald Trump through her use of political theatre. Political theatre is a legitimate form of expression.

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Kathy Griffin is exercising her freedom of speech in holding a prop that resembles Trump’s head smeared with ketchup…it is tame compared to Hollywood standards.

Kathy Griffin is well within her first amendment rights of free speech to show her disgust at this vile man masquerading as President of the United States by engaging in political theatre.

As a Canadian and a neighbour of the United States, I respect the office of the President. FDR now there was a President! Dwight D. Eisenhower, what a leader!

I am afraid though, that after Trump there won’t be much of an office left to respect. This man is a wrecking ball.

And speaking of theatre, for Christ sake the American movie industry is repleted with grosser props than the ketchup drenched fake head held up by Griffin…only those indignities we call blockbuster movie hits.

Griffin is only doing what Trump has been doing. He uses sensational words and phrases, while Griffin uses no words and a prop to get her message out.

I guess a fat, ugly, white man with $4 billion can joke at  an NRA convention in 2016 in the midst of a presidential election about using their guns to kill a female presidential candidate – Hillary Clinton,  but a woman cannot joke about Trump, a man –  by holding a grotesque -Halloween, fake, severed head prop.

Candidate Trump can make disparaging remarks about Megyn Kelly’s saying quite proudly that the former FOX News anchor was bleeding from her whatever…and people still elected hi president, well it was on 300 something members of the electoral collage , but thank God! more than 3 million voters voted against the six time bankrupted businessman, alleged serial groper and according to Harry Hurt III a wife beater.

Donald Trump’s Bloody Imagery Hurled at Megyn Kelly

In my books , 3 million Americans is a lot larger number than 300 electors. Some democracy, where a blade of grass in Iowa, has more voting clout than a human being in California.

Despite the “loss-win” Trump continues to act  like King Donald I – absolute monarch of America…didn’t you guys have a revolution in 1776 to overthrow your last absolute monarch — King George the III?

Folks, it is not Donald Trump’s head Griffin is holding…it is a prop. Like the props used in many grotesque Hollywood movies and television shows. Such grotesqueness has not led to producers or directors getting fired. Rather they have gotten quite rich and famous because of their gore. Take Sam Peckinpah please!

So why the outrage?

Something is wrong with America, that can consume hours and hours of murder porn, like Criminal Minds as entertainment, but acts outraged at Griffin’s prank.

“Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia”…the name of a Sam Peckinpah 1970s movie starring Warren Oates and a severed head prop. No outrage there.

Actually, Peckinpah’s ultra violent movies are considered high art. Of course, Griffin is no Peckinpah…she is after all a woman, and though Peckinpah’s disgusting movie and prop are hailed, Griffin and her prop are reviled. I guess Quentin Tarantino, another man, has followed in Peckinpah’s footsteps and carried on the good old ultra violence.

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Sam Peckinpah’s movie about a severed head is hailed as cinematic art…all of Peckinpah’s bloodied films are. Poor Kathy Griffin’s bloodied head prop is reviled as much as Peckinpah’s is hailed. Go figure

Consider how many innocent men, women children  were killed by Trump-approved tomahawk missiles strike in Syria, the stepped up military action near Mosul and the mother of all bomb strike in Afghanistan, where was the American outrage?

Those blown up bloodied heads and bodies were real. Kathy Griffin’s stage prop was a piece of rubber covered with ketchup.

So much outrage over a prop that was not real.

Kathy Griffin, a woman with a bloody prop gets fired. But Donald Trump gets lauded as acting Presidential.

Kathy Griffin, take an extended road trip. You will be a big hit in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin, where they see Trump murdering NATO and killing the planet by withdrawing from the Paris Accord.

You go girl! You will get standing ovations.

The bloodied Trump prop-head is political theatre as much as Trump’s Syrian air strike or his outrageous comments during he election campaign,

Why not fire Trump for his really bloodied hands, and his comments about NRA members using their guns on Hillary Clinton? Or Megyn Kelly’s bloodied “whatever?”

And you hypocritical Americans…yez you Al Franken, and you Chelsea Clinton, and you Anderson Cooper — just go back to watching your Criminal Minds and your other murder porn favourites, like Dexter and Hannibal Licter and Freddy Krueger.

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Hell, you don’t have to watch fiction just turn on your nightly news outlets and you see real life blood oozing out of an about to die American or other death rattles….where is the outrage over those deaths brought to you live in your living room.

Or you can watch Spike TV or the Discovery Channel’s 1,000 Ways to Die.

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This outrage over Kathy Griffin hoisting a Trump prop head…It’s a selective and calculated outrage over Kathy Griffin. It’s a sorry, cold blooded ploy to deflect from Trump’s selling out America to the Russians.

Like the calculated approval to strike  a Syrian airfield another more deadly smoke screen to divert from Trump’s Russia problems.

Trump kills in Syria and Afghanistan and Fareed Zakharia on CNN’s GPS hails Trump as acting Presidential.

Trumps deadly airstrikes in Syria makes him presidential ?

Trump, the man gets away with murder, and disparaging remarks about women, and gets elected president. A woman, like Kathy Griffin, exercises her right to free speech, and political theatre ,and she gets fired.

 

So it goes as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

I guess it is, as James Brown sings… a man’s world.

 

 

Donald Trump, Mike Harris and why draining swamps is not a good idea! By Frank Giorno

As an environmentalist, I take a strong exception to Trump’s smug declaration that he is going to drain the Washington swamp.

Trump talks of swamps as if they are bad and need removal or draining.

Even in the metaphorical use of the term, it is obvious, Trump knows nothing about swamps and how important they are to the functioning of an environmentally sound planet and local environment. He also knows nothing useful about how governments work and the value of civil servants.

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Trump! Drain thyself.

And what Trump calls the “Washington Swamp,” he really is referring to a highly skilled, competent civil service corp of talented people, who have sworn to serve their country and protect the nation’s institution and values.

Serving his country is a concept that the money-crazed, self-promoting, money-grubbing, narcissist, like Trump, has never practiced in his entire life.

If John F. Kennedy’s philosophy was summed by up the phrase, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” then Donald Trump’s philosophy can be summed by by something like this – ” Ask not what your country can do for you, but what your country can do for me!”

Free rides paid by taxpayers to promote Trump’s businesses in New York, Virginia, Mar-a-Lago are the very real examples of the Trump Doctrine of self-enrichment at the public’s expense.

Swamps, bogs, marshes, fens, slews are so important in generating plant, wildlife, bird, fish, reptilian, amphibious and insect life on our planet. Something Trump can’t or won’t grasp.

What is it with fascists and neo-fascists and draining swamps! You may recall that Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, also gained some notoriety by draining the Pontine Marshes – in that case, it was lauded because it helped eradicate the malaria health threat which was savaging Italy.

But in North America, we do not have that problem. Wetlands not only generate species diversity, but they provide protection against flooding from storms and hurricanes, because the cattails and other marsh and swamp vegetation slow down the speed of flood waters.

Those torrents of wildly raging, flood waters we see on TV, are quite often made possible, because civil authorities, in their full blown ignorance, drained swamps and cleared marshlands — wetlands if you will, that helped prevent flooding.

The Charles River Study by the US Army Corp of Engineers (1965) concluded as much when they examined the flooding issues in Boston, Massachusetts.

That classic study is referenced on page 9 of the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration document Wetlands: A Restoration Guide.

NOAA Guide to Restoring Wetlands

I learned about this when I was the research director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, back in the 1980s, and was fighting along  side the inspirational Jim Richards of the Oshawa Second Marsh Defense Association to save Oshawa Second Marsh from being drained and turned into a harbour that was never really needed in the first place.

Swamps, bogs, fens and marshes contain a wealth in diversity of  species of flora and fauna. They support and contain plants that could hold the secret for curing one of the many debilitating diseases out there.

Getting rid of the metaphoric Washington swamp is also unhealthy, because by doing so, you lose a lot of talent, skill and know how…look at how incompetent Trump’s Washington swamp replacements have been.

Let’s start with his firings during his campaign in 2016: Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort.

Since he assumed the presidency, Trump has hired and fired the follow Swamp-Replacer, Michael Flynn.

He has hired and demoted Kelly Anne Conway; Steve Bannon, the not- so- bright, former editor of Breitbart News, with its open pandering to racist and white, Christian, supremacist sentiments in America.

Recently, word out on the Washington street is, that Donald Trump has the axe ready, and poised to chop his suffering, lamentable spokesperson Sean Spicer.

Trump would be better served if he just shuts up, stops his maniacal late night tweeting, and reins in his insane grandiosity; and  starts listening to experts for once in his sorry, bankruptcy ridden-life – six at last count. Will his presidency be his seventh bankruptcy?

Failure to listen to advice, in his businessmen days back in the 1980s and 1990s, cost him his reputation as a smart deal maker, as author Harry Hurt III points with overwhelming evidence in the must read book “The Lost Tycoon”.

Harry Hurt III if you are reading this please write a sequel — “The Lost President.”

I went through a very similar draining and culling exercise,  while working as a civil servant at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (1989-2000) after the election of Ontario’s proto-Donald Trump-like, Mike Harris in 1995.

During that tumultuous, Harris era, talented civil servants  were laid off  by Mike Harris, in his mad pursuit to pare down Ontario’s expenditures, so he could hand out cash to Ontario voters, and to keep his commitment to a 30 percent tax cut.

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Former Ontario Premier, Mike Harris, was the Donald Trump of his day (1995-2002). His policies destroyed the Ontario Conservative Party which has not been returned to office over the course of 15 years and 4 elections. This photo shows Mike Harris, testifying at the Commission of Inquiry into the Killing of Dudley George, headed by Justice Sidney Linden. Photo courtesy of CBC

Imagine the humor I felt, when I received a cheque for $200 in the mail from the Harris government, several months after I was purged out his government when my job as Senior Water Quality Communications Advisor was abolished…I had seniority and that was the only way to expel me from the Ontario’s not so civil service (at least it wasn’t under Harris).

I returned the cheque, and told Harris “no thanks, I would much rather be employed.” NOW Magazine ran my letter at the time.

Many fine civil servants, from the Assistant Deputy Minister level to the grunt level, like me in the Communications Branch of Ministry of the Environment, got axed.

Like Trump, Environmental protection was diminished under Harris, and the cuts to water quality inspectors – cutting  staff  by a third, resulted in the seven deaths at Walkerton due to residents drinking contaminated drinking water, concluded a Commission of Inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy.

Like Trump, Harris played a racial identity card to galvanize his base. Harris’ racism was aimed at Ontario’s First Nations, and the killing of Dudley George, two days after Harris took power in September, 1995, is an example of this.

I do not accuse Harris of racism lightly, I merely quote the findings of Justice Sidney Linden in his report into the killing of Dudley George.

CBC coverage of Justice Sidney Linden’s Findings on Ipperwash

In his final report on the Ipperwash Inquest into the Killing of Dudley, George Justice Sidney Linden said: “that he didn’t believe Harris, when he claimed he never made a racist statement about the occupiers, during an informal government meeting with provincial police just hours before George’s death.”

A CBC online report on Justice Linden’s findings states: “Harris acknowledged during his testimony that he wanted the occupation brought to a quick end, but denied he said, “I want the fucking Indians out of the park,” as former Ontario attorney general Charles Harnick alleged during his own testimony.”

“After carefully assessing the evidence, it is my view that Michael Harris made the statement,” Linden wrote. “I agree with Premier Harris’s characterization of the statement … as racist.”

“Harris’s sense of urgency, in contrast to the “go-slow” approach of police,”created an atmosphere that narrowed the scope” of potential peaceful resolution to the occupation, Linden said.”

“The provincial government could have appointed a mediator or negotiator at any time, but did not,” Linden wrote. “The premier could have urged patience, rather than speed.”

“Linden also found Harris and Harnick misled the legislature about the so-called “dining-room meeting” involving government officials and police, and by doing so, contributed to the appearance of inappropriate interference and a lack of transparency by the government.”

Like Mike Harris 22 years-ago, Trump has expressed his racism through the anti-Islamic Executive Orders, and anti- Black, dog whistles, nudges and winks, that galvanized support from bigots like Steven Bannon and the KKK and his deplorable base.

Both Harris and Trump played the divisive politics of the divide and conquer, that plays to the worst prejudices of their  political base.

In Harris’ case, the province-wide teacher bashing broadcast of the fall of 1996, paid for by taxpayers money, will go down as another low point in Ontario’s recent history, along with his involvement in the dynamics that led to the killing of Dudley George, and the gutting of the Ministry of the Environment that resulted in 7 deaths of Walkerton residents from drinking contaminated water in May, 2000.

Yes, I am proud to this day, at being gutted by Mike Harris, around May 20, 2000 just as the seriousness of the Walkerton situation was exploding in his face.

Ironically, I was the Senior Communications Water Quality Communications Advisor, – but Harris and his minions would not listen to my advice to preserve Ministry integrity and undo his cuts to MOE enforcement staff.

Sound advice from within rejected.

I was hardly the only one advising Harris to reconsider his disastrous course. Many senior, life-long civil servants in the Water Resources Branch, like the manager of the Drinking Water Section and the ADM of the Environmental Science and Standards Division; and the ADM of the Operations Divisions, which included the regional inspectors, did the same.

But Harris chose to listen to ass-kissing, sycophants, that he could really do more with less – those voices Harris rewarded with promotions.

When I was approached on many occasions  to put out press statements that Great Lakes Water Quality had improved despite the Harris cuts, I said give me the scientific proof first, otherwise I cannot say Ontario’s water is doing better with less environmental protection.

This was sound advice to the Harris government, because if later, a rash statement like we are doing more to protect the environment with less money being spent,was proved to be a lie – it would destroy the Conservatives Party.

And this nonsense that Harris promoted that the environment was better, cleaner, greater despite the 30 percent cut in inspection staff was, sadly, proved to be a lie, with the tragic, preventable loss of seven lives, as a result of the tainted water in Walkerton, that Justice Dennis O’Connor attributed to the lose of provincial oversight over the operation of that municipal water system.

I am proud to say I resisted Harris and for that –  my position as Senior Water Quality Communications advisor was abolished in an MOE reorganization that was taking place as people were dying in Walkerton, in May, 2000.

Like Harris before him, Trump loves playing to his base by  bashing of  perceived foes – like environmentalists and condemning the media as the enemy of the people.

But Trump plays to a global audience bashing friends and foes alike over free trade and other issues like Canada, NATO, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Japan while praising suspect nations like Putin’s Russia, Turkey under Erdogan and he even said nice words about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – this all defies logical explanation, leading many to wonder about Trump’s mental health.

Like Harris before him, Trump lives in the delusion of his own thinking, and then uses bully tactics to get his way. They both deny responsibility for their failures and blame others instead.

Both Harris and Trump have had deleterious  impacts on their government’s health

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Both Mike Harris as Ontario Premier and Donald Trump have had a deleterious impact on health care.

care policy. Harris in Ontario made  deep cuts to health care. In the US, Trump is obsessed with dismantling of Obamacare which according to some polls is more popular with Americans that Trump – 56 percent want Obamacare left intact, while only about 35-44 percent support Trump.

Harris’ policies, resulted in the deaths of eight known people in Ontario — Dudley George, on day two of Harris’ take over as Premier two days after Labour Day in 1995; and the seven people who died from drinking contaminated water in Walkerton in May, 2000.

The final report into the deaths in Walkerton caused by tainted drinking water

CBC News Highlights of the Walkerton Inquiry Final Report

Trump we know has killed many people in Syria with his “showboat” air raid on a Syrian air strip and the dropping of “the mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-airstrike-20170406-story.html

Instead of draining swamps, metaphorical or real, I suggest the American people drain Trump, before he drains the nation, and drains the Grand Old Party, the Party of Lincoln – The Republican Party.

Republicans, especially take note your very survival is at stake.

Mike Harris, Ontario’s Pre-Trump Trumpster, resigned in 2002. Some say he resigned in disgrace as a scandal was roiling over the deaths in Walkerton, the killing of Dudley George.

He also left his wife and his alleged adherence to Conservative family values in 2000 in order to pursue a relationship with Sharon Dunn, a former a CBC news reader who was previously married to millionaire John Sikura. Sikura died, in a still, unexplained, fiery car explosion in 1992.

The Resignation of Ontario Premier Mike Harris

Despite professing to adhere to family values, Premier Mike Harris dumps wife to pursue relationship with former CBC News Anchor

There is no doubt Ontario’s experience and disgust with Harris’s policies and behaviour, left the Ontario Conservative Party, irreparably damaged, and it has never returned to power in the intervening 15 years since he quit and turned the reins over to Ernie Eves in 2002, barely three years after winning a huge majority in the 1999 election. The lack of Conservative Party success at the polls has occurred, despite some woefully weak Liberal Party governments since that party took over control of the Ontario government after the 2003 election.

The Conservatives have failed to form another government either under John Tory and Tim Hudak.  Time will tell in 2018 how current Conservative leader Patrick Brown will do against  the hugely unpopular Kathleen Wynne Liberal government in the next election.

Simply, Harris did to the Conservative Party in Ontario what Trump is doing to the Republicans in the United States.

The so called “Trump effect” that many political and media analysts predicted – declaring  a Trump domino effect across the globe electing fascist, anti-Islamic parties in Austria, the Netherlands and France, countries that all had elections after Trump squeaked into the Presidency in the November US election.

In fact the Trump EFFECT has turned out to be the Trump DEFECT.

Voters have shunned extremism in those three countries, the way Ontario has shunned the post-Mike Harris Conservatives over the course the last four elections over 15 years.

Those three European nations, seeing what havoc and damage Trump is doing to the US opted to vote for centrists parties instead of loonytoon, far right weirdos like him.

A word of advice, based on my experience and Ontario’s experience with pre-Trump Trumpster Mike Harris — Trump drain thyself.

Republicans pay attention. Act now or destroy your own party.

As the typing exercise invented by typing instructor Charles Weller in 1918 puts it —

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. “

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party

Listen to my homage to Edwin Starr’s classic  “War” … I called it “Trump!”

What is he good for! Absolutely Nothing…Say it again.

Edwin Starr was talking about the Vietnam War and how it was destroying the US of the 1960s and the 1970s.

I’d say Trump is doing the same, destroying his country from within, while Putin and the Russians are attempting to destroy the US from outside, as former Obama NSA advisor James Clapper said earlier this week.

I say Trump! What is he good for? Absolutely Nothing! Say it again.

And neither was Mike Harris for Ontario.

Almost 20 years later his party is paying the price for Harris troubled regime.

Political Commentary: “You reap what you sow – Trump sows disrespect and hatred; What! We should respect him! LOL. Get real.”

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Speaking on CNN, Paris Dennard, a paid Trump strategist, said the media and people in general have to show Trump more respect. Problem is Trump spews disrespect and hatred to others with ever word he utters. Its hard to respect a man who has built a political career on disrespecting, name-calling and inciting violence against opponents. You reap what you sow.

Yesterday, CNN had a panel discussion, where political commentator Paul Begala trashed Trump, calling him “a big needy baby” among other things.

Paris Dennard, a Trump strategist on the panel, just made me howl with laughter, when he chided Begala, and all anti-Trumpers for showing a lack of respect for President Donald J. Trump.
LOL…show Trump respect? Come on Paris! I know Trumpenstein pays you to be his ass kisser, but really don’t you think Trump started disrespecting others before the others fought back and disrespected him?
 
Trumper has made his entire career as a belated politician heaping nothing but scorn and disrespect to President Barack Obama starting immediately after Obama won the presidency in 2008.
I don’t believe President Obama ever did anything to deserve the disrespect shown by this ignorant buffoon named Trump.
Ever hear of Trump leading the birther movement? What greater disrespect could Trump throw at President Obama than to declare he was not really an American, and that he might even by a Muslim, even though America was built on religious freedom.
 
Ever hear the “Lock her up ” chants at his rallies?
 
Ever hear Trump call Madam Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary?”
 
There is a saying in Christianity, “You reap what you sow.”
 
Trump has sown fields, after fields of disrespect and incited violence against a protester in Louisville, where now, even one of Trumps own supporters now wants Trump to pay for his fines and penalties and legal costs, because he said he never would have assaulted the protesting woman if not told to do so by Trump.
 
Paris Dennard, you have the gall to chide Paul Begala, and insist we all must respect this man, who only sows disrespect.
Go talk to your minister Dennard, I think you are missing a very basic and crucial truth about life.
Trump has disrespected hardworking men and women in the US Civil service, calling them the swamp. Only to hire his own gang of Wall Street thugs.
He has made fun of a journalist with a disease and mimicked him for laughs.
 
He ridiculed the family of an American soldier who died in Iraq.
 
He has disrespected Americans of the Islamic faith with calls for an Islamic ban on immigrants. He has called people of  Mexican origin murderers and rapists – bad hombres.
 
He has disrespected the American media and started first to bash them because it played well with his base, base, really base supporters.
He has called the media the enemy while blowing loving kisses to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He disrespects U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and America’s First Nations by calling her  “Pocahontas!”. This is being respectful????? A double disrespect in one hate-drenched phrase.
He wrongly accuses President Obama of having wiretapped him, a claim that FBI head James Covey said is wrong and unsupported by the facts.
 
Frankly, I can see now why Melania looked so unhappy that moment during the inauguration.
 
So please Mr. Paris Dennard, spare us your lecture about respecting Trumpster and pay attention to what your boss is doing to America.
 
You can start by removing you lips from Trump’s ass.
 
If you did so, you would see more clearly what a disrespectful man, and hate filled man your boss truly is, and why it is important for all Americans, and American allies to treat him with the utmost contempt and disrespect he is treating others.
 
That is all Trumper ever shows people, even his allies like Canada….disrespect, bullying and ignorance.
Look at his language in raging against Canada’s dairy industry and NAFTA. 
 
Christ said treat people they way you want to be treated.
 
Paris, Trump disrespects people, and what do you expect, they should respect him.
 
Get real Dennard!
Listen to Aretha Franklin, and maybe, just maybe, you can learn about RESPECT!

A Northern Blog: The world seen through northern eyes — “Katelyn Malo and the World’s Biggest, Tiny Art Festival : Why its great to live in a smaller city!”

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Katelyn Malo, holds up a tiny 5 inches by 5 inches painting by Michelle Brazeau, one of the entrants in the Tiny Art Juried Art Exhibit that will run at Malo’s Black Spruce Art Gallery from May 2nd to June 30th, 2017. Deadline for submissions is April 20th at 5:30 pm. Photo by Frank Giorno

Here is the beautiful thing about living in a smaller community like Timmins.

You get to meet really neat people like photographer and gallery owner Katelyn Malo.

Katelyn will hosting the Tiny Art Exhibit in Timmins at the Black Spruce Art Gallery 40 Pine St. S. from May 2 to June 30th. All entries cannot be bigger than than 5 inches by 5 inches and the framing cannot exceed 10 inches by 10 inches.

Sculptures are welcome as well as paintings, photographs, and other visuals. Sculptures can be 6 inches by six inches in size.

I first met Katelyn about five years ago when she published a book titled Timmins: Portraits of a Hometown.

Back then, I invited Katelyn to talk about her book of amazing photos at Timmins Voices, which I was hosting at Christopher’s Coffee House back in 2012.

Today, she continues her photography, while operating the Black Spruce Gallery and Framing store. She has held so many great exhibits. I can’t list them all here. Go to the Black Spruce Gallery website Black Spruce Gallery Timmins

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Katelyn says the Tiny Art Exhibit has been a real laugh…so much fun. Here Katelyn is holding Michelle Brazeau’s 5″x5″ entry. Photo by Frank Giorno .

This Miniature or Tiny Art Exhibit as I refer to in my article — it is a great idea.

And I will submit 4 pieces, 2 ink drawings and 2 photos.

The other neat thing about living in a small city like Timmins (41,000 at last count) is that you really get to know a person and also their family.

I met Katelyn’s father Dr. Larry Malo (originally from Toronto by the way) at the Timmins Voices event for Katelyn in 2012.

Two years later I stumbled onto his property around December 2014 or 2015 taking photographs for the Christmas Bird count — an annual Timmins event.

As I was snapping away at birds on this property in mid -Timmins, a kindly owner opened the door to inquire who might be taking photos on this Dec.23rd?

We had a good laugh. Dr. Malo, actually helped me identify the bird a scarlet something grosbeak or nuthatch of something.

He even grabbed a pair of binoculars so we could look closer at the bird to better identify it.

Fast forward to August, 2016. I am lieing on top of a gurney at the Timmins District Hospital ready for my stomach hernia operation. The nurse comes by and says the anesthesiologist will be by in 5 minutes. I was expecting a female doctor who interviewed my the previous week, but instead I hear “Hello” from a masculine voice.

It was a smiling Dr. Malo — ” Are we ready for this operation?” he asked.

“I want you to count from one hundred backwards to zero,” he said.

I don’t think I made it past 97. I was out and a few seconds later… or so it seemed to me, I asked the nurse when the operation would begin…she laughed, and said it was over 30 minutes ago.

So not only have I got to know Katelyn, but her father, Dr. Larry Malo, also has been a positive factor in my life.

Not sure what the odds of this happening in Toronto are. Any one know?

Enjoy the story about Katelyn’s Miniature or Tiny Art Juried Exhibit (see the link below) and stay tuned for more on the Tiny Art Exhibit. I will be at the opening.

Black Spruce Gallery is holding the biggest, tiny art event ever

Artist submission deadline is Deadline is Thursday, April 20

TimminsToday.com

 

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Great U.S. Presidents: Franklin Roosevelt was a Great U.S. President – He Knew How To Run A Country

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FDR showed that great personal sacrifice and unselfishness are important characteristics of that a president of the United States must have to lead the nation.

During this time of great tumult, hatred and division, let’s cheer a truly great American President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

During the 1930’s,  when the United States faced its great struggle with the Depression, it was blessed with a great President -Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Roosevelt  was a very wealthy man, But his far-reaching, generous policy and concern for the well being of America’s middle and working class led to the creation of some of the greatest public works projects ever undertaking to create jobs –  e.g. The Tennessee Valley Authority, a hydro-electric project that created jobs and also extended electrification to remote parts of the US.

FDR had great advisers and he listened to them. He sacrificed the narrow interests of the plutocracy of which the Roosevelt family stood. Theodore Roosevelt, a president in the early years of the 20th century was a cousin, to really benefit and improve the lives of the less financially well off.

For a history of he Roosevelt family please click here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_family

FDR was the first president to use the First 100 days as a measure for how well he was helping the Nation. And he did plenty. His policies to help Americans cope with the Great Depression is known as The New Deal

FDR’s   National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), Works Public Administration (WPA) and National Relief Administration (NRA), the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB), the Social Security Act,  and a number of other progressive measures  helped millions and millions of Americans survive the Great Depression.

For a history of FDR’s New Deal click here: http://www.history.com/topics/new-deal

FDR embodied the spirit of sacrifice and unity. For those who planned to profit from the people’s misery, FDR had this to say:

“The forces of ‘organized money’ are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”

He went on: “I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match, [and] I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces have met their master.”

In his second term a much more aggressive fight against the people who were profiting from the Depression-era troubles of ordinary.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a great leader, a great US president who despite personal suffering helped improve the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans

It is not hard to see why FDR won an unprecedented 4 terms as US president. A feat that will never again be accomplished because of term limits imposed by Congress after FDR’s death. Presidents may now only serve 2 terms.

His measures have been attacked by the neanderthal Conservative Democrats and Republicans have been railing against for over 80 years.

You see, to be a great President or champion of the working class you don’t have to be from the working class.

You just have to stand by your personal principles of unselfish caring for your neighbours and taking measures to help them, instead of fooling them to vote for you and then abandoning them only to enrich your own pockets.

In fact some of the greatest enemies of the working class and middle class have themselves come out of the middle and working class..e.g. Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini to name two.

Hitler was a loser who failed at everything he tried.

Mussolini was a bombastic idiot, who instead of following policies steeped in reality to help the Italian nation, he was obsessed with childhood fantasies of rebuilding the Roman Empire.

Let’s Cheer the Great Franklin Roosevelt ! And remember a truly great American President.

A man who showed that disabilities, he was wheel chair bound due to polio, need not be a hindrance to being great.

Also lets recognize that it was under FDR, the first seedlings of the civil rights movement were planted with such historical events as Marion Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial Concert, the first time a black performer sang on the Washington Mall.

That generation produced some great music. Here is Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land sung by Peter Seeger and Bruce Springsteen in 2010.

Perhaps current political leaders should listen to the hopes and dreams of this inclusively themed song, instead of spewing hatred, bigotry and division.

Political Humour: Donald Trump repeats the craziness that was Senator Joe McCarthy – the historical facts by Frank Giorno

Great thoughts by a not so great man.

History repeats itself we know that right?

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Donald Trump is the heir to the craziness of Senator Joe McCarthy’s communist witch hunts.  

But how intertwined are the craziness of the Senator Joe McCarthy Communist Witch Hunt of the 1950’s and The idiot President Donald Trump’s crazed claims about Obama?

Fact no. 1

McCarthy claimed he had a list with the names of 50 senior State Department Officials were members of the Communist Party of America. — House and Senate Hearings proved McCarthy did not have such a list and could not name any communist party members who worked in the State Department.

Fact no. 2

A young, evil lawyer named Roy Cohn was Senator

 

 

! Trump Roy Cohn Barbara Walters, a long time Trump friend.

Roy Cohn (left) was lawyer for Senator Joe McCarthy and Donald J. Trump (right). Oh the woman in the middle? Babwa Wawa aka Barbara Walters, omnipresent media doyen of the past 50 years!

McCarthy’s diabolical legal counsel — a 1950s version of Steve Bannon.

Fact no. 3

An old decrepit Roy Cohn was the mentor, and lawyer to a cocky arrogant developer from New York named Donald J. Trump.

Trump was taught his attack dog tactics from Cohn, who employed them on behalf of the doomed Senator McCarthy during the 1950s.

McCarthy died of a heart attack in 1957, a broken man after he was censured, and rebuked by the Senate.

Fact no. 4

Donald Trump, having learned McCarthy tactics from the evil Roy Cohn, in the 1970s and 1980s, prior to Cohn dying of AIDS in 1986. Cohn was a deeply closeted gay man who was virulently anti-gay.

Like Joe McCarthy, Donald Trump used the media to spread lies and falsehoods against President Obama.  Trump spread mass innuendo that President Obama was not an American Citizen.

President Obama showed the entire world his Hawaiian birth certificate. Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. Despite the release of this information by President Obama in 2010, Trump refused to give up the false claim, until September, 2016 and he never apologized.

Fact no. 5

Again, like McCarthy’s false claim about communists in the state department, Trump said President Obama wiretapped him.

Live broadcasts of the McCarthy House and Senate Hearings on TV showed how crazed and reckless McCarthy was acting. Investigations showed there were no communists in the state department not one, let alone the 50 claimed by McCarthy with Cohn’s help.

On March 20, 2017, the House Investigation Committee testimony of FBI director James Comey, showed there was no evidence of President Obama wiretapping Trump Towers as  claimed by the delusional McCarthyite – Donald Trump.

In true counter attack mode to divert from his own sleazy relations with Russia, Trump  actually charged Obama with using McCarthy tactics and wiretapping him. First, McCarthy never wiretapped anyone! Wire tapping was not on McCarthy’s menu of dirty tricks.

Obama has no connections to the McCarthy legacy, but Trump does. Roy Cohn is the glue that bonds Trump and McCarthy – together.

Trump is the rightful successor to one of Americans truly evil men – Joe McCarthy.

Fact No. 6

Sean Spicer, Trump communications spokesperson, accuses  British secret services of actually doing the wiretapping , so that Obama’s finger prints would not be on the wiretapping.

WRONG AGAIN! No evidence of that either.

Question:

Will Trump die of a heart attack as did McCarthy in 1957 after being exposed as a fraud?

No, a man like Trump, who in his budget, heartlessly chops school lunch programs and meals on wheels for the seniors and disabled, while he forces taxpayers to pick up the exorbitant tab for his Mar-a -Wacko golf get a-ways, obviously has no heart, and therefore cannot die of a heart attack.

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Donald Trump who forces Americans to pay for his expensive golfing weekends at Mar-A-Lago heartlessly chopped from his budget, school lunch programs and meals on wheels.

Was Donald Trump in Fact Wiretapped?

Yes. Trump was wiretapped.

It was Melania who wiretapped him, after she learned he had been having those golden showers again with Moscow prostitutes courtesy of his good friend Vladimir Putin.

 

 

 

 

 

They’re coming to take the President away…haha…heehee…to the funny farm

Donald J. Trump is a paranoid, who hallucinates nonsense and then tweets his delusions to the world.

The birther nonsense in which he falsely accused former President Obama of being born in Kenya, when in fact the records clearly show Obama was born in Hawaii, which last time I checked was a state in the United States of America.

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A clearly unhinged President Donald J. Trump tells the world via a post midnight sleep deprived tweet that Obama bugged his phones. He is mad I tell you…completely kookoo.  

More recently, Trump claimed that 3 million illegal aliens voted against him and that is why he didn’t win the popular vote.

He clearly was angered that his claims to the greatest electoral victory in US history actually ranked 46 out of 54 elections.

He deluded himself into thinking that the crowd at his inaugural was “yuge”, the largest ever and lashed out at the media when they showed that Obama’s first inaugural was actually “yuger” as was the Women’s protest the following Saturday.

Now he has gone completely beyond the pale into absolutely, weird territory and perpetrated the greatest outrage by a sitting President against his predecessor.

Trump announced earlier this week in one of his frequent sleep deprived, midnight tweets that President Obama wiretapped his phones at the Trump Tower.

Trump had absolutely no evidence but the rantings of Breitbart and other wingnuts of the alt.right movement. More importantly the Hallucinator in Chief clearly had no idea how difficult it is to obtain a court ordered wire tap. I guess he shoulda attended his intelligence briefings prior to being sworn in.

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I came in like a wrecking ball All I wanted was to build more walls

This latest hallucination clearly shows that man is a danger to himself and the nation. So why not fill out a community committal order at the local D.C. Mental Health Hospital.

“Mr. President, I regret to inform you that they are coming to take you away – those nice young men in their nice white coats. With the butterfly nets. They are at the door sir.”

“They are coming to take you away sir. They have the white straight jackets ready.”

“Should I inform Melania and the kids?”