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Considerations by Gary Hambley

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Memory’s Rusty Springs

Memory’s Rusty Springs

I was reading through my news feeds this morning when a story came up in my scroll about Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson retiring.

I was reading through the comments and one individual stated about Mr. Simpson, “Best columnist the Globe ever had.”.

I responded to the comment that yes Simpson has some good stuff but I was more partial to “Richard Needham”. On the wiki for Richard Needham you’ll find this line, “Despite his cranky print persona, he was a kindly man who enjoyed the company of teenage misfits with intellectual pretensions.“.

I said this as well in my comment, “Some even a year or two shy of their teens. I don’t recall being pretentious but I did have a bit of a full of myself streak preteen.

I can tell you first person personal that Richard Needham was indeed all those things. I can tell you I got to go a few places with Richard. He believed youth should have experiences and adventures rent free. That would be rent free as in free of their parents. When you’re the age I was, you just appreciated being free and didn’t see the genius.

Now at my semi advanced age, I very much see the wisdom of Richard’s view and views. Just like the plants need the sunshine and water to grow, youngsters need adventures to encourage their growth.

I recall being in Kitchener for a book signing and winding up with the worst haircut of my life! That one in Kitchener is still the worst ever and this includes a haircut from a few years ago where I got left looking like a muffin head! I really could of done without those two misadventures!

There were chaperones. I recall two very sweet university girls while being on adventure in Montreal. The girls on the trip bunked with the Chaperones while the 6 boys had their own big room.

You know how this is gonna go right?

I learned a couple things in Montreal I forgot I’d learned and no I’m not telling you what they were. I recall meeting Richard the next morning at the Radio Station where an interview with him and his entourage was taking place. I do recall Richard looking at the boys who’d been out the night before, smiling and shaking his head because it was him they called. Relax, it only involved Montreal’s Subway Security and not police.

In my search I found some quotes by Richard. One of them is in the moment poignant with a Canada Post strike looming on the horizon, “The ghastly thing about postal strikes is that after they are over, the service returns to normal.“.

Richard wrote some books, wrote some columns, did some speaking, all on how he saw things. A real decent guy too. You gotta like and admire all that!

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As I head off in to the sunshine to do a little observing of my own that may or my not get written, I wonder what Richard would think of me now.

G.R. Hambley – July 03, 2016
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Medical Assisted Dying Bill C-14

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Medical Assisted Dying Bill C-14

June 09, 2016

If you are so inclined, you can email your MP.

I have dealt with chronic pain for more than 27 years. For the most part I have done so well.  What I have is degenerative so it only gets worse.

The Bill was rejected by our Senate and sent back to the sitting Liberal Government amended. My only comment on the process has been, “Get it right”. Getting it right has not happened. Government getting it right involves making decision on who is eligible while avoiding legislation on who can and are to be executed. Not an easy task to perform while negotiating a slippery slope.

There are many of honourable intent that weighed in. I’m certain there are a few of those with less than honourable intent that also contributed to the process.

This is not preaching and is reality. This is consideration that the able of mind and body have to give credence to. If you haven’t dealt with chronic pain be it physical or mental you do not know what it’s like. You cannot fully understand the condition. You cannot be sympathetic because you haven’t lived with it. By living with it I include the families of those who get involved with the direct care of a stricken family member. You can be empathetic and that is appreciated.

This is about me. I shall be as clear as I can so that everyone understands what I think and believe are the differences between expressing, “Just shoot me” on a really bad day and declaring, “It is time to go”.

I had a, “Just shoot me” day yesterday. The weather turned fast. It got cold and damp and I felt it big time! I’ve had days like those before and I’ll have them again. Days like that go with the territory. I don’t just understand the condition. I know the condition because I live it. Every damn day physically and emotionally, I live it.

I’ve had the odd night where I have felt that if I didn’t wake up, that’s okay.

Through all these years I’ve worked with my Doctors. Sometimes my Doctors have thought I’ve been too rigid in the choices I make for myself. There have been times I’ve thought the Doctor wasn’t listening to me.

I have a history that is documented and verifiable. I’ve rejected and accepted the possible and proposed. I’ve tried things and then rejected them. I’ve tried things that have worked, do not interfere with the parameters I’ve defined and continue to make use of. I make the choices for myself and always have. No one else gets a vote.

At some point, if I don’t die first, I will have to make a choice as to when enough is finally enough. I already know what the parameters and conditions are that will trigger the action to terminate my life. Of course I hope that is a decision I never have to make. The choice to terminate your own existence cannot ever be easy or the will to live that humans have would not exist.

I have a set of parameters I’ve created that signal, “It’s time to go”. No one will have to make a decision for me as to whether or not the time has come to go. Someone may have to push that plunger for me, that person, or any person will not have to make a decision on whether or not the time has come.

There are others that have created their own definitive as well so determination to terminate is not left to another person.

Giving the choice to terminate your life to someone else or burdening someone else with that choice is abhorrent to me. This includes legislating Doctors to assist.

Do I believe Doctors should be involved to give statement to an individual’s physical and mental state? Yes I absolutely do. That doesn’t mean a Doctor should be forced by legislation to pull your life plug.

In the moment there is much rhetoric regarding those who are suffering now. I understand and appreciate that fact. Rushing something through to satisfy the Court or those who believe there is immediate need to alleviate the suffering of some is to my mind the wrong thing to do.

Yes the “Assisted Dying” or “Right To Terminate” matter has taken a long time to resolve. Foot dragging also must be discouraged and I believe that was part of the intention of the SoC when they gave a June 6, 2016 date for the legislation to be done.

It’s taken a long time to get this done and it is partly out of fear. Fear of making a mistake.  Fear of being responsible for a wrongful death. I believe to some degree, fear of God in Heaven too. All the things we’ve been taught from our religious and secular belief systems playing a part. No one wants to screw up just in case. I’m just not seeing a problem with those fears and hesitancies as it quite wonderfully displays our humanity.

The Senate removed the, “Near Death Requirement” in the Bill as it was sent to the Upper House. The, “Near Death” requirement was both unconscionable and conscionable at the same time. How’s that for duality! You can read the Senate’s explanation here.

This is a chance to get the Bill all the way right or as close to right as such a Law can be. The SoC could possibly be petitioned for extension.

If a temporary measure needs put in place, do it.

I’ve got myself and my mind right.

For myself and others I demand, even if it takes a bit more time that Government get it right!

If you’re having a hard time getting it right and you obviously are, you let me know and we’ll talk!

G.R. Hambley
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ADDENDUM:

I asked for help to read/proof this story before posting. I’m lucky to have real good help.

If you care to know the root cause of my chronic pain just use the link.

I was asked for my thoughts. Even my thoughts are more question than answer.

I’d have to go deeper in to the Bill as it sits. There was/is serious consideration that assistance be part of a Doctor’s mandate. I see it the same way as a doctor refusing to perform abortion, a matter of personal ethics. My view of Doctor assistance stops at the carrying out of the act.

There are moments when I think if someone shows up and says they choose to opt out you just let them do it. I come by that through experience.

There is a young man, well young by my standards who visits a coffee spot. His name is XXXXXX. He can walk and when he does he needs support and the motion is all herky jerky. XXXXXX has serious speech problems as well. I do not know what the affliction is but I’ve sat with him on occasion and XXXXXX mentally is all there. XXXXXX likes the girls too.  ;-}

People like XXXXXX who may not be able to communicate exactly what they want are the ones we have to protect.

For me, I can take a lot on the physical side and cope very well with the mechanical problems. I don’t know what my physical threshold is. No one does until they hit it. If I lose the cognitive, it’s time to go, period end of story.

Secular or Religious; Read Multiple Sources

Secular or Religious; Read Multiple Sources

Lets begin with The Toronto Star is a Liberal propaganda page. In all fairness right?

I swear the Star only takes the odd shot at Prime Minister Feminist so the Star can say they are presenting all sides when they really don’t.

This is the story that ran in, “The Toronto Star” on April 19, 2016. The link opens in a new tab. Canada’s news media are contributing to mistrust of Muslims

John Honderich and John Cruickshank like to have their publication tell people how they should think and feel. This makes John Honderich and John Cruickshank emotionally controlling. Trying to exert Emotional Control is wrong on so many levels! If they didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be happening.

Former Toronto Star Columnist “Haroon Siddiqui” calling Post Media “Black”. Gee this makes me think of a few questions? “Do you want the Columnist job back” is one. Throw a few shots in at rivals and you are looking good!

No where in the story does “Siddiqui” address the factors impacting the Non-Muslim. He wants those that are not of the Muslim faith to, “Don’t find excuses to attribute crimes by Muslims to their religion. Use the same standard for them as for other people.”

No where in the story does Siddiqui show empathy or understanding for anyone but Muslims. You want it you gotta give it, and he doesn’t.

In the story it says a tiny minority, a few dozen in Canada wear the niqab. I live in the core of Toronto, I’m not buying the statement of a few dozen nation wide. I am not buying the statement made by the writer of the story. What I see when I extrapolate and add in probability theory makes me believe different.

Hey if you wanna seal yourself for whatever reasoning suits you, I really don’t care. In the winter, to my mind, makes damn good sense! So this isn’t a year round issue cuz we not of Islam do the same thing when we venture outside in winter.

I do care about the ability to identify people that have committed a crime. Come on folks, we can’t be chopping off a hand from everybody we can’t identify just to be sure the perpetrator is punished now can we.

Islam is a Theocracy. I’m reasonably certain if certain Christian Fundamentalists could get away with it they’d want a Theocratic society as well. The Islamic Republic of Iran is an example of the Theocracy. Saudi is an Absolute Monarchy and not a Theocracy. North Korea is an Autocracy.

I get it that it isn’t all Muslims. Just like it wasn’t all Germans, Japanese or Russians. I get it.

I also get that there are Muslims fighting against those that want the world turned in to their Theocratic way. I thank you for the job you are doing against that oppression!

What is the difference with Islam? The difference is that Islam is not a country. There are no easily recognizable borders. For some the niqab or the head scarf stand as the uniform, the border between us and them. Not a surprise and not a secret. And yes, not right.

The story notes there many kinds of Muslims. Fair enough there are many kinds of Christians too.

Lets define what it is that has many wondering, thinking possibly, or flat out believing any and every Muslim is, if not active wants the world as an Islamic Theocracy.

These are all things a goodly number of people that are not Muslim know and the things we know are of legitimate concern to those that like their heads just where they are.

Something else we infidels wonder is this, “why would a Muslim care”? No matter how it goes the Muslim will be here. If anyone can lay a bigot tag on that thought with what is going on in the world then I have to believe you’re looking to be controlling and shut people up.

If you are Muslim and cannot empathize with the “why would a Muslim care” statement then you either just don’t care because you’re good either way, or you want that Theocracy.

Education, “The Taqiyya”. That document makes it permissible with the expectation to lie. Apparently Islam allows no civilians either. If you are aware of these things how can you not question?

Non Muslims see a well documented ideological plan that has been around for about 1500 years. They see that ideological plan being enacted.

The plan has both hard and soft tactics. The attempt to gain Sharia Law for divorce here in Ontario that was quashed a soft tactic. There are 2 cases, one in Ontario and one in The Philippines where those convicted of terror are appealing because they were not tried under the law of the Quran also soft tactics.

Changes in Law, both are tactics to establish a foothold for that Ideological Theocratic Society in other places around the world.

Secular and religious alike, go read about these 4 things. A real good look at the ideology that is driving these perfectly sensible attacks around the world.

The Verses Of Violence.
The Taqiyya
That Zakat can fund Jihad.
Taharrush

My personal position is that all the religious books are manmade and not heaven sent.

Take a look at how the book of Islam was contrived by one person to instill order, fear, allowable atrocities and genocide.

http://www.harvardhouse.com/quran_purity.htm

And then there is the religion of peace’s killing. The Christian killings are there too.

http://markhumphrys.com/islam.killings.html

We of no faith and those of “Other Faiths” are cognizant of those things. The plan is there to be viewed by any who care to take the time.

I have never seen a Muslim show that understanding and I should have. I trust everyone got that when I said, “I haven’t seen it”. Muslims give it voice and recognition. Let those not of Muslim faith know you understand and care about the concerns.

Y’all gotta read. The information is there to be had if you look to multiple sources and read.

I’ll say it again. I know it isn’t every Muslim involved in that ages old plan. To some though, it seems that there are those of the Muslim faith aren’t doing nearly enough to help.

I’m tired of the emotionally controlling trying to shut people down to serve their own agenda.

Honest and open and understanding dialogue to lead us to an honest and open and understanding world that has freedom of religion and freedom from religion!

G.R. Hambley ©
April 19, 2016
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Komrad America

Komrad America

I was poking around on LinkedIn this morning and saw a post that I just had to share with, “Good Friend” who is American. I bounce many things off “Good Friend”.

What I said to my friend. You can click on the image from the posting to better read it.

I recall the Cold War and not just from books and television. The United States of America had air bases in Canada high in the arctic. Had to keep an eye on them commies don’t you know. It was good for Canada cuz who knew what them red devils would do and if it ever started up! A goodly number of missiles would of went right over top of Canada for U.S. delivery.

I said a number of years ago give them time, the USSR is a young nation they’ll come towards freedoms and capitalism. I also said around the turn of the century that America’s freedoms are eroding and they are turning in someways to communist thinking to curtail liberties. This lessening has also taken place because of what I see is a lack of tolerance and respect.

In 20 Years

This is the question I posed to, “Good Friend”.

So in twenty years is Canada going to need Russian air bases to keep the Americans away from taking over those radical free thinking Canadians on the American doorstep?

G.R. Hambley – all rights and lefts reserved
December 28, 2015

Hey Media, It Isn’t Suicide!

Hey Media, It Isn’t Suicide!

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I am absolutely disgusted with Media insisting on calling terror attacks, “Suicide Bombing”.

Media refuse to recognize and refuse to use the correct terminology for the attacks and that is a reality.

The attacks are in fact, “HOMICIDE BOMBING“. The attacks are designed to murder with the death of the murderer as an acceptable loss to the cause of other murderers.

The word “SUICIDE ” imparts a far different message than the word “HOMICIDE”!

Share this post, Reblog this post, Go to local and national media sites and post this up on their sites. Keep posting this message on media sites and do it in a way that media cannot just delete your comment. Maybe if enough of us who know the difference between suicide and homicide do this, then media will get the idea and start calling the murderous act what it is, “HOMICIDE BOMBING“.

suicide ~ noun    rare
1. the act of killing yourself
2. a person who kills himself intentionally

No where in the definition of suicide does it reference the deliberate act of taking others with you.

homicide ~ noun    very rare
1. the killing of a human being by another human being

The reference you see for homicide is the only reference to the word in my thesaurus.

G.R. Hambley
November 14, 2015

Fashion That Hath “Get Lucky” Charms

Fashion That Hath “Get Lucky” Charms

Torn Jeans Advertising

Ladies to preface, there are ladies that have said I know more about women than they do. There is even one lady that declared me an expert on women after reading a few things I’ve written and some interaction that isn’t public.

I had this conversation the other day with a marketing friend who knows their stuff.

Guys for the most part are of the mind that if you’re gonna talk the talk you better walk the walk. Put up or shut up if you like.

Guys as I’m sure most women know, appreciate visual aids.

No delicate way to convey the message girls so I’m just going to spell it out for you. I would think that with the nature of a female animal you’d appreciate this arrives without cunning and conniving. The straight goods so to speak.

Those TORN JEANS and the great majority of them are torn at the knees, they send out a message that is about as subliminal as a train going in to a tunnel.

Those torn at the knee jeans are about as subtle as the old joke on how do you tell who the head nurse is.

Ladies so you know, those torn at the knees jeans are writing cheques you just may not be interested in cashing.

If you are so inclined, great! If you aren’t inclined, don’t wear them. Either way, that’s okay too because male and female, we all appreciate truth in advertising!

G.R. Hambley
October 09, 2015

Please, keep the white and can the wedge and skort!

Please, keep the white and can the wedge and skort!

Well summer is gone here in the hemisphere north for another year. Sure the calendar still says it’s summer for another couple weeks but the season for 2015 is gone.

I like the white. I miss it when the supposed fashion conscience exile their white wear to the closet for another year.

Had an exchange with a good friend of mine about fashion ugly a few weeks ago and me and friend female agree completely on a couple items of women’s apparel.

Ladies, singularly the “Skort” and the “Wedge Shoe” are just plain ugly. Together they are an atrocity!

I don’t know who decided these items of apparel look good but they just don’t.

I noted I’d gone for help on this. This is not just my observation. It is not just a guy perspective. This P.O.V. comes from some women as well.

The wedge with the potato sack burlap, yuck!


Enough cork to save a large man from drowning if he falls out of a expletive deleted boat.

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On the right $250.00

I will grant you there is a style of wedge that isn’t bad. This style has no 2” lift under the ball of the foot and the heel lift is about 3”. Some curvature in the wedge between the ball of the foot and the heel. A style you can actually walk in and look good.

The Skort, is a real treat to behold when you see it from behind. I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw a woman in one of those god awful pieces of apparel and at least a piece of it wasn’t wedged in to the crack of her ass. Again, not a pretty picture!

When I was poking around I saw one Skort advertised as the “Guitar Strap Skort”. Yes it does go straight in to the “FUGLY” category.

Compounding the problem is the skort in combination with the wedge.

I have seen very few women who can walk in those damn things without being pitched forward. The wearer always looks like they are off balance. Probably because they are not only off balance but imbalanced for making that choice of footwear to begin with.

A Skort seems to become even more prominently wedged in a butt crack when worn with wedge shoes.

You look in the mirror on your way out the door and say to yourself, “I look good”. Well no you don’t and compounding the problem is there just aint many of you who can walk in those wedges. I know this for a fact because I looked!

If you want to wear shorts, wear shorts. If you want a skirt, wear a damn skirt. If you’re worried about your skirt blowing up and showing your ASSets, pay the hell attention to where you walk!

So ladies please, give us flaming heterosexuals some white and closet your wedges and skorts, forever!

G.R. Hambley – September 08, 2015 – all rights reserved

SPASM #4 – Plan Ahead

SPASM #4 – Plan Ahead

Y’all think I’m kidding. I’m not. Maybe.

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