The IRS scandal in the USA continues, although much of the mainstream media would have you know nothing about it. Here’s the latest. Lois Lerner seems to be toast, although the bread of her life may never feel the heat. The most intriguing part of the recent revelations is the notion that recovery of her “lost” emails is possible, but “too onerous.”
You think that defense is going to work for ordinary citizens in US courts of law? “I’m sorry, your Honor. Yes, I found the evidence the court demanded, but it is just too onerous, too much effort, for me to produce. Sorry. You’ll have to let me off.”
I heard a pundit on the radio refer to the “permanent cease-fire” in Gaza, between Hamas and Israel, that it is holding. Great. Isn’t that what a “permanent” cease fire should do?
What, I wonder, is the difference between a “cease-fire” and a “permanent” cease –fire? Written reports, here for example, are more cautious, describing it variously as “open-ended” (i.e. they could start fighting again any old time) to long-term (i.e. it will surely end one day.)
Sounds a lot like the status quo ante to me.
On a lighter note, the ad guys at Molson have been “hard at work.” You need to see it; I can’t begin to describe it.
Funny, but why is it so many Canadians, who are so aggressively proud of their patriotism, seem not to know their national anthem? Don’t they watch hockey?
I love Scotland, for a variety of reasons. Not least of which is that Scots do not speak English! They have a great accent, or more accurately a rich family of accents and dialects, but it is more than that. They have created many choice words for certain aspect of life. It has been decided to hold a referendum on independence. Independence? From the rest of the UK (for which read, “England, the bastaaaards.”)
Two new coinages have resulted. The referendum itself is affectionately referred to as the “IndyRef.” Quaint, cute, and mockingly not too serious. Should the vote go to the Yes side (“a consummation devoutly to be wished”) the entire non-Scotland part of the United Kingdom (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) will be “rUK.” “R” for remainder. Get it? Sound it out. Is it a statement or an interrogative?
I’d better get back to work.