Trudeau Cabinet Member Steps Down…What does this say about Liberals (and the Wall Street Journal)?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the midst of a rather interesting scandal.  It involves a Cabinet member who was demoted, and charged that it was because she resisted political pressure from the Prime Minister’s office in a criminal case involving a big Quebec company.  That Cabinet member just happens to be female, and the only “Indigenous” member of Trudeau’s Administration (from a protected class, of course).

But it wasn’t the Indigenous cabinet member who stepped down, but a different female minister.  Her name is Jane Philpott.  This is what the Wall Street Journal had to say about Ms. Philpott:

The family physician had earned a reputation as a trusted hand in the nearly four-year-old Liberal government for helping settle Syrian refugees, crafting policies that legalized marijuana and doctor-assisted suicide, and improving indigenous services.

For some strange reason, that one sentence just jumped out at me while reading this article.  It’s a pretty matter-of-fact description of a Family Physician who has been involved in the legalization of a dangerous drug, and the legalization of Doctor-Assisted Suicide.  Don’t those two things sound like a doctor doing harm?  Personally, if I were a doctor, I would in no way be proud of either of those two accomplishments.  I was also taken aback at the Journal’s almost offhand way of listing what she has been doing in the Canadian government.  The article did not say so, but I’m betting that the good doctor has no qualms about performing abortions either.  Doctors participating in murder and suicide have become pretty commonplace in today’s society.  It’s a shame.

SoCal Interlude: Patterns

Over the weekend in California, my eye was caught by the many interesting patterns I saw in the hotel, and outside in nature.  Some were repeated, some not.  A guy at the hotel front desk told me that the carpet pattern in many places was the Golden Poppy, which is found in California.

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This pattern and variations was found in many places in the hotel.

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This one is on a high-back sofa in the lobby.

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Then, there was an interesting side table, with a marquetry top, and metal stand that worked very well together.  Pattern on pattern!

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Then, if you looked up, you could see the right-angled patterns of the windows and walls on higher floors.

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I was taken by the pattern on the elevator doors, too.  My readers will know that I am a fan of the Art Deco period, and this looked like a pattern from that period of design.

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Even the walls and ceilings carried eye-pleasing patterns.  The first one is the front of the front desk, and the second one was the ceiling in the restaurant.

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Nice lattice patterns-different execution of the same basic idea, and both very pleasing to the eye.

Speaking of eye-pleasing, this is what greeted guests stepping off the elevators behind the front desk.  I just loved the colors.

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And, finally, this very pretty mirror on the floor where the Hillsdale seminars were held.

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Patterns, patterns everywhere you looked.  Definitely not boring!

 

Snow-Capped

I got out this afternoon with the camera.  There are a lot of plants and structures that are snow-capped.

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That Japanese Maple in the back yard sure looks funny with its tiny asymmetrical cap.

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Our neighborhood has a surfeit of dentists.  The office has some nice landscaping, all capped with snow this week.

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These concrete structures are found at Silver Lake Park.  I have no idea what they are, but they look like raised mausoleums at a cemetery.  Capped with snow.

Pacific Northwest Snowstorm-Updated

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This is our back yard last Sunday.

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This is the parking lot at work Monday.

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This is right out my front door about a half-hour ago.  We love standing at our kitchen window and watching the birds at our two feeders (seed and suet).  The cat likes watching them, too.  We will get 4-6 inches this weekend, and I will post more pictures later.  I love snow!

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Kikyo watching out the second-floor bedroom window.

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Our backyard this morning!  The snow is so heavy, it knocked over both of our old Arborvitae that have been here since 2000 when my house was built.

Some of my favorite things

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Tulip Fields near Mount Vernon, WA

The Skagit Valley and its tulip fields is about a 45-minute drive from home.

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A ship’s wake.  I have been on the aft deck of an aircraft carrier, and seen that wake make a 90-degree turn in a very short time.

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My wedding ring, a “Mini Moebius” by Margaret Ostling.

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My beautiful violin, by David VanZandt, New York (now in Seattle), made in 1987.

Kikyo, our aristo-cat

My gorgeous, soft “Aristo-Cat”, the Lady Kikyo.

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Winding Road-Eastern Washington State

The shrub-steppe terrain around the Columbia River Gorge, and around the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington.

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The view from the Diablo Lake Overlook, on the North Cascades Highway.

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And storm clouds against an achingly blue sky.

All these things bring me pleasure, and tranquility in an increasingly stressful world.