Was Mother Earth Goddess drunk?
When people start suggesting that highly paid writers such as myself – rumored to be in the high single digits! – start writing about British Columbia’s spring provincial election campaign, we do what any other sane person would do: hide under our desks until those...read more
The strong undercurrent of government mistrust that shades the American landscape is something relatively new to Canadians. But the recent Comox Valley Regional District open house on the HMCS Quadra sewer line replacement shows how and why that mood is changing. The...read more
For as far back as I can remember, people have warned me about the certain implosion of America. They made comparisons to fall of the Roman Empire and Sodom and Gomorrah. The unmistakable signs were everywhere, they said. As a teenager coming of age in the midwest...read more
On Jan. 1 every year, the DecafNation presents its annual collective Book Report. I know what you're thinking, "Hey, this is the first time I've seen this Book Report." You're right, because the DecafNation didn't exist on Jan. 1, 2016. But we plan to make this an...read more
The Decafnation has left its sickly, lifeless existence behind
The Decafnation has left its sickly, lifeless existence behind and transported ourselves to an all-inclusive tropical oasis, where we can eat 15 meals a day and the steel drummers outnumber the the guests. We’ve traded our medical masks for scuba masks, and our serious hats for floppy hats.
So, while we enjoy a complimentary sunset and another free umbrella drink at the tiki bar, we suggest you endure the next two weeks of rain, snow and blustery winter nastiness by rereading every single word on the Decafnation website. We’ll be too busy eating to think of you, but have fun. See you on March 19.
Right now, we have to limber up for the fire-walking limbo contest.
Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula pops his cork over the CVRD
Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula exploded into an angry rant recently about wasteful spending at the Comox Valley Regional District. He’s not wrong.
For example, the CVRD plans to overspend on a number of patchwork sewerage system projects. It wants to build a controversial new pump station in Comox, when the CVRD’s own financial analysis shows that upgrading the Courtenay #1 pump station is the better and less expensive option. That alone could save millions of dollars.
CVRD data also shows that in the long-term it would be less expensive to expand the existing Comox pump station at Jane Place than build a second one.
And the CVRD has designed a system to replace the HMCS Quadra sewer outfall at a cost of more than $1.7 million dollars. The province’s most innovative septic system designer says the CVRD’s design is overbuilt, and estimates an alternative solution could cost less than a half-million dollars.
Taxpayers should ask their elected officials why they aren’t pressuring the CVRD to rein in these costs.
It’s immigrant entrepreneurs who make America great
According to the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrants are just as likely to be successful leaders in business as people born in the U.S.A.
The think tank says immigrants have founded close to half of the startup companies estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. That group includes Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant, and Sergey Brin, a refugee from the former Soviet Union, who co-founded Google.
Reason No. 1069 why we should start over on another planet
Princess Diana campaigned to ban land mines and to remove those left behind long after conflicts have ended. Former First Lady Michelle Obama promoted exercise and healthy diets to stem the growth of childhood obesity and early onset diabetes in America.
Melania Trump, on the other hand, sees her First Lady role as a money-making opportunity. She’s suing a British tabloid for $150 million because it reported that she had once worked for a modeling agency that was actually an escort service for wealthy men.
How did she justify the $150 million in damages? She claims the report has damaged her “opportunity … as an extremely famous and well-known person” to make millions of dollars selling jewelry, clothing and makeup while serving as “one of the most photographed women in the world.”
Lame Joke Du Jour
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet and says, “My dog is cross-eyed. Is there anything you can do for him?”
“Let’s have a look,” the vet says. He picks the dog up and carefully examines his left eye, then the right while holding him in the air. Finally, the vet says, “I’m going to have to put him down.”
“What? Just because he is cross-eyed?” the owner asks.
“No,” the vet says. “Because he is really, really heavy.”
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Thought Du Jour
“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
– Rose Kennedy