Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot

Now, if it was a dance club I was referring to in my post title or perhaps even some night-time er, "extra-curriculars" it wouldn't be such a bad thing.  Unfortunately, in this case, the title is in reference to the weather here.  Yes, I know it's summer and I realize the mercury can climb but it still messes with my head that it can be just as warm here (sometimes even warmer) than down in Edmonton or Calgary.    Having spent quite a few years in northern Canada, its taken me a bit of time to readjust to hotter summers.  It wasn't until last summer that I began to feel comfortable with temperatures over 25C so I WAS on the right road though with +32C and no AC, I think I've reached the upper threshold.

Now I DO actually have an AC unit.  It's been sitting out on the back deck since I bought the place.  It was never hooked up and frankly, I never gave it much thought as I figured it wouldn't be all that necessary.  For the most part, I've managed fine without it though today I must admit to casting a few longing glances at it from the kitchen window.  Even the cat, who is usually pretty bouncy, seems rather lethargic.

At least I don't have to work today, which is a small mercy.  Given the nature of my job, even temperatures around +20C can feel downright uncomfortable under the right conditions.  Ok, well I was SUPPOSED to work today, just to finish off the last day of my shift.  Two buses usually come by my stop very close to the time I get picked up.  Now, its the second bus I'm supposed to take but for some reason, my bus came first and so without even thinking I let it pass by.  It wasn't until the second bus (for the mine) came by that I clued in to my mistake.  That plus the fact that another fellow who takes my bus from my stop all of a sudden wasn't standing there anymore.  Ooops.

I'll just blame the heat.

(And yes, I know I've been a horrible blogger the past little while.  I can't blame THAT on the heat.  But I have my regular laptop down in Edmonton getting a fix up so I'm resorting to using my old MacBook.  So once I get my baby back I should be good to go.  And hey, I get to go down to Edmonton to pick it up so I figured I might as well make a couple days out of it.  Plus, apparently, its not quite as warm down there.)


Monday, July 7, 2014

Tory, Tory Same Old Story....The Return Of Mike Allen

When I first caught word that beleaguered MLA Mike Allen had been allowed back into the Tory caucus I thought someone must have surely imbibed a bit much over the weekend.  But, no.  There it was in black in white as I began to peruse media sources.  My shock turned to disbelief and then anger, quite frankly.  I'm still stunned as I try to make sense of it all and I've had to step away from my keyboard several times here in order to get something coherent down on paper, or screen as it where.

When I learned prior to the last provincial election that our city would get a second MLA do to some electoral boundary tinkering I was quite pleased.  The city has grown, and continues to grow, and its important that this growth be reflected in the legislature.  What I didn't realize at the time though was just how much of a double-edged sword this would be.  Thankfully, as it turned out, Mike Allen is not in my particular riding here, but he still represents our community as the riding of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo covers that part of Fort McMurray not included in Fort McMurray-Conklin.

If you recall, Allen was arrested on a government junket about a year ago in Minnesota, where he attempted to solicit sexual services from two ladies who just happened to be undercover cops.  Oops.  Anyhow, after seeing his trial delayed a few times, Allen was finally found guilty of solicitation late last year and fined $500.   The guy actually got off pretty easy as he was facing the real possibility of jail time.   Rightfully, then Premier Allison Redford gave Allen the boot from the PC caucus, one of the few things I actually agreed on with her.  Rather than do the honourable thing and step down, Allen decided to hang around as an Independent.  Always nice to have your community represented in part by a useless Opposition MLA.

And now Mike Allen is back, welcomed with open arms into the Tory fold.  Will the government do the right things and make pubic which MLA's voted to have this misogynist pig back as a caucus member? It would be the right thing to do of course.  But then again, politicians are a self-serving bunch.  Having THAT information floating about would surely put one hell of a dent the re-election chances of whoever was foolish enough to vote the goof back in.   This government never ceases to amaze.  It's like they have some sort of competition to see just how low they can set the bar before voters finally tire of all their bullshit and choose to get rid of the whole rotten bunch.

Consider this a warning shot of sorts.  Mike Allen certainly does not represent me and he does not represent my community.  To the government, stop treating us like bloody children.  What are the results of this recent vote?  Why do you feel the citizens of this community and this province should not be aware of how our MLA's voted?  I for one would love to know.  We're adult.  We can handle the truth.

Something is very wrong in society when a politician can pull this kind of nonsense and essentially get a free pass.  I for one, am sick and tired of the excuses.  We have issues here in this community and we certainly do not need this issue taking up the time and space.  Enough, Mr. Allen. Your antics grow tiresome.

Please grow a brain, Mike.  Use your head.  NO, not THAT head.  THAT one got you in this mess in the first place.  Use your OTHER head.  Resign and end this circus.  That is all.