One of the great myths of our time has to be that the United States is one of great democracies of the world, a place where the poorest of the poor can become a rich man.

The poor, of course, don’t fit into the equation – they are brainwashed come election time and then forgotten.

In 2008, Barack Obama broke fundraising records with the $750-million for his election campaign. Mitt Romney is expected to raise more than that this election campaign. He raised $101-million in July.

That buys a lot of election advertising. And both candidates will owe favours to those who contributed big money to their campaigns.

Wall Street bankers will have their way with the government – not the working stiffs.

Maybe we should call the U.S. the great oligarchy.


Everyone from Kincardine who heads up to Dawson City, Yukon and sees the sign in front of a downtown home entitled, Isaac O. Stringer – “The Bishop who ate his boots” lets us know of their discovery. The story on the sign starts: “A farm boy from Kincardine, Ontario…”

The latest locals to visit Dawson City were former mayor Glenn Sutton and his wife Joan.

While travelling through the Arctic as a missionary, Stringer grew so short of food he had to eat his boots.

Richard Stringer, Isaac’s grandson, who died in 2007, completed a film on the Bishop in 2007.


Speaking of the Arctic, global warming is expected to put an end to the ice on the Arctic Ocean within a decade or two.

Is there anyway man can slow the ever increasing amount of carbon dioxide he spews into the environment?

The author of the book I mentioned last, The End of Growth, figures the problem will be solved, not by us, but by supply and demand.

Triple digit oil prices mean that soon we’ll have to change our ways. It will cost too much to ship goods half way around the world and we won’t be able to grow the economy with the high price of oil. We’ll have to put up with slower economic growth.

We’ll see.


Dana and I went to the opening night of Kincardine’s film festival and saw Citizen Gangster, the story of the Boyd Gang that was robbing banks in Toronto in the 1950s.  Led by Edwin Alonzo Boyd, the gang escaped twice from the Don Jail. The gang had folk-hero status until two of the gang members shot a Toronto policeman. Those two were later hanged.

It was a good movie – nice to see a film about a Toronto gang rather than a U.S. bunch.

And the film gives you a good idea of how life has changed in the last 60 years. Almost everyone back then lived in a small house and enjoyed few of the amenities we have today.


As I was picking up dog excrement up Sunday at the front and north sides of The Independent, I had to wonder where the garbage cans have gone on our block.

If they were in place, maybe dog owners would feel impelled to stoop and scoop.


How ironic…

For years, residents on Goderich Street in Kincardine have asked the municipality to do something about the phragmites problem.

Huron-Kinloss has been fighting the problem on its beaches for years and last week, while spraying at Boiler Beach, workmen unknowingly went over the border into Kincardine.

Huron-Kinloss to the rescue.