Interesting bit of history!

May 24, 2010
This  film was "lost" for many years.  It was the first 35mm film ever.  It was taken by camera mounted on the front  of a cable car.

The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.   ... How many "street cleaning" people were employed to  pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!

Great  historical film!  Watch the scampering as Joe Public race away from autos, horses, cable cars and bicycles. 
This  film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers  announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!).. It was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906  and shipped by train to NY for processing.  Amazing, but true!

Montreal CJAD Kim Fraser Listener?

March 21, 2010
Written after listening to Fraser's 'Anglo's beat up Franco - show today.

Are you, sick and tired of CJAD's - Kim Fraser and her mind numbing mantra of:  "After all - French is the language of the majority"  snarky  response to CJAD callers?

AND:  Her immediate NEGATION  and utter dismissals of callers, who DARE speak the TRUTH  and/or God forbid - disagree with her?

Are you sick & tired with how: She cuts OFF anyone and everyone  who doesn't,  fawn & 'boot-step' to her personal 'distorted vers...
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The Crack Is Where The Light Shines Through

March 3, 2010

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "Why does life have to be so hard?" No matter our race or creed, adversity is imminent - if not already in plain view. It's just a fact of life. Challenges come in many different forms. 

For some it could be the death of a loved one, personal addiction, or the abuse of a beloved child. For others, it may be in the form of mental illness or a physical impairment. With that said, challenges don't have to be debilitating to us and those we love. If seen...
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Why The Montreal Gazette In The Toilet

February 21, 2010
Montreal Gazette - In The Toilet?
Posted by Didi Miesen on Sunday, February 21, 2010 Under: Why the Montreal Gazette is In the Toilet
“Will the Potential New Buyers of The Montreal Gazette and Two Other Papers Finally add Balance?”  “Is it too much to ask?”  question asked on another site.

My reply on that site & edited here:

LOL... YES, it's too much to ask as long as the Managing Editor (Raymond Brassard and his Francophone management team) have control.

Here's why I feel this way:
I fir...
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I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late

December 6, 2009
Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning - Ben Stein

I only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!!

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when
people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.  I don't feel threatened.  I don't feel
discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees. It doesn'...
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The Smell Of Rain

December 2, 2009
The  smell of rain 

A  cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor  walked into the small hospital room of

Diana Blessing. She was still  groggy from surgery.

Her  husband, David , held her hand as they braced  themselves  for the latest  news.
That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had  forced  Diana, only  24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an

emergency  Cesarean to  deliver couple's new daughter, Dana  Lu Blessing. 

At 12 inches  long and weighing only one po...
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Journalist's Creed - What happened?

August 18, 2009
Walter William's Journalist's Creed

This creed was written by Walter Williams (1864-1935), the man who founded the world's first school of journalism at the University of Missouri and perhaps contributed more toward the promotion of professional journalism than any other person of his time.

I believe in the profession of Journalism.

I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that acce...
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Why did 20/20's John Stossel lie to American's?

August 1, 2009
To say I was stunned and appalled, after watching 20/20 last night - would be the understatement of the decade!  John Stossel's piece on Universal Health Care can only be described as a deliberate, planned, misleading lie! 

I've included a copy of the comment I wrote to 20/20  and ABC this morning, (below the link).  And if you'd like to you to read the the TRUTH about Universal Health Care, and people's overwhelming, objections and disgust, with  Stossel's pathetic piece of garbage, he dares...
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What's The Measure Of A 'Friend'?

July 5, 2009
The other day a group of us were shooting the breeze, and I mentioned my little blog about Michael Jackson's so called 'Friends', that have come crawling out of the woodwork since he died, bemoaning their loss.  I expressed my disgust over these 'Good Time Charlies',  and to my great surprise,  3 or 4 in the group wholeheartedly disagreed with me!  They said, Jackson's friends disassociated from him - while he was on trial because, it would have meant - their images may have become sullied an...
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If God Created Us, Who or What Created God?

July 3, 2009
Yesterday I attended a Canada Day BBQ at my sister's house.  I consider my sister, our 'Martha Stewart', when it comes to hosting a really good 'Do" .  Her meals would the Queen want to move in, believe me!  (Quite unlike me, who gets lightheaded and queezy, at the mere mention of cooking!)   I have to mention my brother in law too, because he loves to cook and entertain as much as she does.  Everyone in my family loves to cook, thank God.  It's the only way I get to eat a decent meal!

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