Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Fat Boy

When Zion adopted me back in January 2018 he weighed 50 lbs.

No doubt he was underweight, having spent many weeks as a stray in Lafayette, Louisiana; and in shelters in Lafayette and in Sarasota, Florida.

He and I were at the HSSC Veterinarian Clinic today to pick up some anti-flea meds.  Just for the sake of it I took him to the scale where I found out that he now weighs 73 lbs.


Fat Boy

Oh dear.  Despite our many daily long walks (most days 100 minutes in total) my dear boy is a bit over weight.  In the long term this is not good for his health.  And I want him to be my best pal for the long term.

The Veterinarian technician recommended that I should cut down on Zion's twice daily portions of kibble, whilst adding cooked carrots or green beans to fill his belly without adding calories.

Of course I will do this for the health and benefit of my best pal. 

I cannot imagine life without him.

It would also be good for me to move t'wards a more vegetable centred diet.

We all know that a healthy diet is more efficacious for weight loss than an "ton" of exercise.

'Tis true, no doubt about it.

But who can measure the emotional and spiritual benefits of a long walk with a beloved pooch?








Monday, 12 November 2018

Fighting for your country (or your colonial masters) BUT EXPENDABLE OF COURSE

NEW YORK CITY 1919


The ultimate betrayal of  ** American  Negro Soldiers and African fighters from British and French Colonies in the Great War.

This is a long and important read. I beg you to PLEASE  read it and add your comments to my FACE BOOK page

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/david-olusoga-black-soldiers-first-world-war-expendable

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**  I use the word Negro in a neutral sense because it was the language  of those times and right up to the days of the Revd. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Well I never: I am an "American Commie"

I enjoyed my Sunday morning  walk at Arlington Park with my friend and neighbour Barbara B. (and Zion of course).

As we got back to the parking lot we met a forty something man with his lovely and lively two years old Golden Retriever, named Aspen.

Zion and Aspen did their thing  (lots of bum sniffing!). 

We chatted to the man about the dogs and about the wonderful Arlington Park. 'Twas good.

Our conversation moved to Veterans Day.

Then out of the blue the Aspen's owner said "American Commies hate Veterans day and all Veterans".

I had some idea as to what he meant so I retorted "I've never met an American Commie".

He replied "I mean the Dems". 

I said " I am a Democrat".

Barbara said "I am a Democrat".

The man snorted.  Barbara, Zion and I went back to my car. There I let loose a string of expletives which I will not post here!

Shades of these great "patriots"

















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How I wish that I'd had the presence of mind to tell Aspen's owner that I (a proud Democrat)  had plans to visit two of my veteran friends on Sunday and Monday .

(a) Captain John "Jack"  Chrisman (aged 85)  (U.S. Navy, ret). (today- Sunday 11th). I did so, and toasted his health.

(b) Betty Mullen (aged 94) a WWII Marine Veteran. She and I will raise a glass on Monday 12th in honour of Veterans. 

'Tis amazing how "American Commies" such as I (a.k.a. Democrats) can honour  military veterans.


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Three of the BIG LIES of World War I






1It was called "the war to end all wars".  
Of course it didn't!  As I have written elsewhere, the first world war was simply the first act,  placed into intermission by the armistice in 1918, with the second act taken up in 1939.
"The War to End All Wars".  That's a bit like spreading tuberculosis to end tuberculosis.
2. To make the world safe for democracy.  (U.S. President Woodrow Wilson).
Democracy for who?  Certainly not for **Negroes (as they were then called) in the U.S.A.
They had fought with enormous skill and bravery on the western front.  They returned to an America with defacto racism in the north, and with dejure racism in the former confederate states ( "Jim Crow" laws, brutality and lynchings).
(Remember please that Woodrow Wilson was an ardent segregationist. When he became President he re-segregated the Federal Civil Service).
3. To make the United Kingdom "a land fit for heroes".
The British and Irish ( the territory which we now call the Republic of Ireland) men and women who served King and Country came back, not to a land fit for heroes but to poverty, unemployment, the great depression, and often to  destitution.  
They also came back to a land where the much vaunted and over rated Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill  treated them not as heroes but as dangerous subversives.  
In 1919, under Churchill, by now Secretary of State for Air and War;  tanks and an estimated 10,000 troops were deployed to Glasgow during a period of widespread strikes and civil unrest,  amid fear of a Bolshevist revolt. (BBC NEWS WEBSITE)
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**  I use the word 'negro" in the historical sense as it was used right up to the time of the Revd. Dr, Martin Luther King,