It may explain the out of left field job offer there a month after this guy landed there. Not "kosher"... Bravo to the young Italian couple who own the pizzeria.
I dream of Cassis these days and smirk now at the seafood salad drowning in olive oil at la Plate Bleue on my first visit 7 years ago already. It wasn't what explained the coup de foudre for the place, that's for sure. It went right over my head. 😃
I'm the least informed about the Qc elections and my last vote in another province was for the Green Party however I did once try to set up Merkel's party here when I was an idealist. With that caveat in place, here's an anatomy (autopsy) for some, of what I see in the election results. First, bravo to the 42% of women elected. Consensus will be more easily achieved. Secondly, it's a generational vote. Young people want freshness. Thirdly, Trump is the enemy to watch, not London. Kids today are oblivious to the past. I think Couillard had a career of which to be proud but that the end was thankless for the usual reasons. I won't miss the ridiculous bonuses to his fellow M.D.'s for showing up to work, the legalization of cannabis, the piggybank use of public funds for Bombardier who have not stopped speculating and rubbing people's faces in their quick profits which don't go to putting the money back in taxpayers' pockets, etc. Had I voted, I would likely have voted for the highly capable Mario Dumont... alas he was not running. I'm sorry only that the blue wave did not occur in the US and as odds go now, will not. The world (WaPo and the Economist esp.) should know that the "Future Coalition of Quebec" aka CAQ is centrist French-style. The day we develop into any kind of extremism is the day the observer finds him or herself lost somewhere else. Quebec if anything is the mother of compromises, ergo "coalition":
1. A combination or alliance between persons, factions, states, etc.
Make no mistake. Quebec lost some of its mojo Monday ~ a national treasure died, Charles Aznavour. This emotionally rich, intelligent lyricist bewitched the hearts of more than one generation while his voice will move well beyond. There will only ever be one Charles Aznavour though he is claimed by many, us included. He kept a home here for a long time. He made us better and he gave our way of loving a language that lost none of its complexities. Two songs come to mind, one that camps our despondency at losing him and one that illustrates his incredible grasp of human nature.
After a US attack on our Qc wild deer population by introducing infected deer, (which QE2 as ultimate proprietor of Canadian wildlife should really emit a warning to Trump, the latter who should also be banned entry as a confessed sexual predator), they're jumping the gun with supplying the Canadian market with milk produced by cows loaded with illegal substances. Seriously...what next? Well, it appears the butcher job on NAFTA is down to Jared Kushner, according to the departing Nikki Haley, UN's "glamour girl" (says Trump). Kushner, felon Jr with his ass...ets in Israel some think will be defending US interests next as Haley's replacement. God, if it's that easy to join, sign me up; I, of no conviction other than a Quichotesque desire for human salvation. Which brings me to immigration, and CAQ's Legault. First, it's ok to want a coherent, neutral public face. A wise immigré once told me they left the home country to escape the kind of religious fanaticism we see now and that will cause worse scenes when a member of one culture will go to any govt outlet and be inhibited by symbols of a competing sectarian. How are we to maintain impartiality then?! Quebec is the midwife of Canada and arguably still the best thing about America's origins (I'm needling now 😉). We're more than just one of many cultures in Canada. Would you tell your grandma to stand in line like everybody else who is arriving? And the Francophonie, at last. I think on this continent alone we have such a task networking the remaining francophone communities although after listening to migrants from Niger, with their clever use of French, I think they would be an asset here. I think that's it. I'll go put my crown back in its box and walk the dog now. ✌
PS: Pope Francis calls abortion murder by hit man, and he's right in more ways than one however in contrarian societies, legal abortion has actually been a deterrent and statistics fell when it was legal. Secondly, given Kim's grandfather killed the Jerusalem of Asia, he should make the trip to Rome rather than invite the pope over IMO. It's less arrogant and domineering.
First, the bad. I think having Bill Blair within a 50 mile radius of me yesterday is provocation. This Oliver Twist vomitous pervert wanker crook can maybe be tolerated in other parts of the country but I suppose he came to get his kickbacks which I think now come in the form of diamonds, an industry Sy Jacobson's relatives were convicted of meddling into back in the 70s or 80s. A lot less traceable. Secondly, I'd love to boycott General Mills who as Trump's arm are sabotaging Qc's goat milk producers and sending them to bankruptcy. Now for the good, CUOMO!! That man is the New Yorker he wishes he were. Swagger, command. Swoon faint. Next, David Suzuki. This is what I think about climate change solutions: spherical tiny homes with metal beads between the outer shell and the interior to withstand floods, tremors, fire and to be easily transportable once you remove sand bags in its base. The interior made of aged wood would be almost weightless. Communal ovens, solar panels and watermakers (a mix of dehumidifier/charcoal filter and condensation trapper ~ my patent 😉) and you can house refugees or the poor or the geographically challenged. I havent yet thought of a refuse solution but greenhouse pods to grow basic necessities are part of my little plan. Next, I would love oil producers to vertically integrate and produce a universal formula for plastic that can more readily be broken down and repurposed at the local level using 3D printing. For the old plastics, let's throw them in acid lakes in volcanoes in Costa Rica by the helicopter load. It's not entirely thought out yet. Lastly, for those expat among us with piracy issues, what to say other than you catch more bees with honey, inchallah. The process is polluted for me by the fact Adnan Khashoggi was infiltrated by Jacobson's mistress Anne-Marie Sten and if the cause had been disarmament, I could understand. People like to exploit idealists, beware. Otherwise, have a good w/e!
One of our great poets turned 90 this w/e. Gilles Vigneault. My dog and I's favourite is the phrase: "Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver(...)". He's a snowdog so it's understandable. He's not feeling well or I'd given my unsolicited opinion on Pittsburgh sooner. My godfather wrote me poems. I have all his letters, like all the letters anyone has ever written to me. I'm a letter hoarder. I began writing as a poet about 5 years ago. I was suddenly taken with the urge and it bridged worlds. As poets sometimes we weave a reality, especially when you bond with another poet. You ascribe to them all these heroic qualities, as you see them in that person. For others reading these poems, it can feel a little like being left out, even while those verses seem to compell you too. If those poems are out there and they mean something to an individual who hears his greater destiny echoed, then those verses have done their work in getting someone to aspire to being something better they feel is inside them. The poems do not exclude and they are not meant to make anyone envy the creative exchange between two poets sharing a frequency. Anyone is invited to be what others are able to put better perhaps into words. Poets do not have the monopoly on words, and on visions. They can only show the way. They will cheer even if others accomplish greatness. Inchallah.
Next up, I just realized Qc's petrol comes overwhelmingly from fracking and from Canada and the US. 1) WTFrack? 2) why are we paying $1.50 a liter for crap that poisons the water supply at point of extraction? Hmmm? It used to come from Algeria where, like much of the Mideast, it flows out of the ground. We may as well use that up, then switch to electric. Speaking of switching, CNN needs to switch it up. Mario Dumont is right. For one, red necks and white trash voters don't care that journalists are offended and act like vierges offensées all day long, no matter how much I for one love you. There's a need to synthesize the info and present arguments, and have presidential black-out days until he actually says something of any kind of relevance. That way, we might get other topics in. Bernie, Canadians love you too. Not like the fake Indian chiefs extra'ing at Trump rallies. We mean it. You're that racehorse coming up the middle with intelligence blowing your way. God bless you. It's a pity you're not in that suffocating power club behind the scenes who decides on who gets to be a leader. You believe in democracy and it shows. I think that's it. For now.
PS: the caravan of migrants is no distraction from the Russia probe. Unless you're a pussy, unharmed Mexicans are not meddlesome Russians. Furthermore we need to have a guest working program for Mexicans and South Americans to come spend their winters here, the same way Canadian waiters head south half the year and take their jobs in the hospitality business.
Too bad the SEC equivalent got hold of the Beaudoin/Bellemare/Bombardier case before I could get the (*offensive, deleted with apologies esp. Prince al Waleed) playbook on how to get back over a billion dollars of taxpayer money, in light of the thousands of jobs lost. 😈
Otherwise, my state of veterinary emergency is not lifted, though I rejoice for Yemenites and Gazaans. If we could just hurry with expenses and hotel/house key situation, I'd be in heaven. Meanwhile when Trump insults the efforts to put out the California fires, he's actually insulting my Quebecois bush pilots flying over. I'd like to see him do something heroic beyond being able to lift an iron or pinky.
I'm with Michel Girard, a lucid journalist, in saying the Beaudoins should put their own millions back into Bombardier. I'll add, if they can't keep a company afloat, jump ship and leave competent people in place. Enough. And take Fitzgibbon with you. Head for Laliberte's toxic Polynesian island and go smoke cannabis or something. Ugh. Leave room for Doug Ford who is embarking on an anti protoCanadian extermination. At the same time, I'd like to see campuses of French universities set up across Canada. The things I endure.
Just a footnote but a necessary one, it seems. We in Quebec have been here since well before the French Revolution and Napoleon. We hark back to the Habsburg Holy Roman Empire and Bourbon king Louis XIII, if memory serves, so when people arrive who have known the former domination and ensuing waves of colonization, it's important to note that Quebecois (as well as any remaining French across to the Prairies) are not your oppressors. Nor are we your scapegoats for whatever your generations underwent under mandates be they Italian or French. We lost to the Anglo-celts in the turn of the 19th century while various Celts were under Victorian domination. What came after, has not come through us. Quebecois have no beef with Ottoman, Persians, Arabs, Chinese and whoever else. We're peaceful. We put up with the condescension of Maghrebin colons who arrive here, like we put up with every wave the Anglos brought through their "colonial managers", if you will. In turn, those first and/or second generation Canadians, like Doug Ford, think they invented the wheel while we just watch. Let's not mistake accepting our fate and quietly resisting as an invitation to come plot against other parts of the world. Just chill. It's all just a little too trippy for our taste.
En rouge et noir or, j'exilerai ma peur ; J'irai plus haut que ces montagnes de douleur, En rouge et noir or, j'afficherai mon cœur ; En échange d'une trêve de douceur, En rouge et or, mes luttes mes faiblesses, Je les connais, je voudrais tellement qu'elles s'arrêtent ; En rouge et or, drapeau de mes colères, Je réclame un peu de tendresse.
Vanessa Paradis Ne me demandez pas pourquoi je suis venue Sur mon chemin de croix, la route était tordue Ne me demandez pas comment c’est arrivé Je ne m’en souviens pas, le temps s’est arrêté Je n’ai pas vu la nuit descendre à petits pas Et dans mon insomnie, je ne comprenais pas Je voyais de partout des étoiles qui filaient Elles m’ont mené à vous, m’en voilà désolée Désolée Ne me demandez pas pourquoi je suis comme ça Si le dieu qui m’a faite s’est moqué de moi Ne me demandez pas comment ça s’est passé Quand j’ai perdu la tête, le temps s’est arrêté J’ai fouillé dans le ciel et toute la journée Recherché les ficelles de son immensité J’ai vu danser la peur, perdue dans la tourmente Elle avait la couleur d’une mort triste et lente Triste et lente C’est beau l’au-delà Je reste là C’est beau l’au-delà Je reste là Ne me demandez pas pourquoi je suis comme ça Si le dieu qui m’a faite s’est moqué de moi Ne me demandez pas comment ça s’est passé Quand j’ai perdu la tête, le temps s’est arrêté Songwriters: Mickael Furnon
PS: Cessons de revictimiser la communauté musulmane de Quebec après la tuerie de la mosquée, en tenant hors de portée leur cimetière alors qu'on ne leur en a même pas fait cadeau. Je rappelle que les juifs ont le leur à Québec depuis le 19ème près de la maison Gomin.
Et pour ceux et celles qui veulent connaitre ma pensee sur 1000 rue de la Commune, SNC Lavallin, ou la sentence de Bissonnette (en se rappelant que les lieux de culte furent jadis comme des ambassades et protegés selon leurs lois, il devrait se considerer chanceux)...visitez mon blog!
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À nos frères et soeurs musulmans, que dire. Moi, je ne saignerais davantage par mes émotions, qui ne fait que satisfaire les sadiques. J'irais panser mes plaies, honorerais mon deuil, ne me laisserais pas amener à des réactions vives et ferais mon silence intérieur afin d'entendre la ligne directive qui me serait propre. Je ferais confiance à Dieu, sachant qu'Il ne n'oubliera pas, Lui. Et qu'en temps et lieu, Il me redonnera le pouvoir qui m'est en ce moment enlevé. Je vous embrasse.
Acknowledging Mr Frederick Gaudreau. Thank you. The latest debacle albeit with its important share of discoveries, has not been without its innocent little casualties. I don't know why lame people use the pets to get to me. First it was my Greyhound Dillon years ago, then Pippa and now Pacha. People that harm pets just confirm they're psychopaths. So I hope I make Mr Gaudreau's career by helping him take down this international fraud network. I'll be there for him every step of the way. Like his personal stepping stone.
On that topic, as a footnote, it's going to take much more than building houses with every stone slab imported from Israel to change the mojo of a place as ancient as here. 😉