“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”

~~ Thomas Watson

Monday, January 22, 2018

Only one party is currently untested in the legislature... and only one party can elect a member who will give voters a fresh perspective to consider

In the January 19th edition of the Vancouver Sun Newspaper, Vaughn Palmer had an article regarding how the BC Liberals preferential ballot meant leadership candidates would be (as he said) left guessing as to who would win. 

He went into likely scenarios ... the number of new membership sign-ups (and what that actually meant) ... where the majority of new members were from ... and who appeared to be the top three in the running ... and more.

Looking at the raw numbers for the BC Liberals, there were 34,000 members prior to the start of the leadership race -- 58,000 after new membership sign-ups once the race began -- which equals 23,000 new instant members.

SO ... my question then would be, "Why is it that as of the end of last week only 21,000 of those Fifty-Eight Thousand had actually taken the time to register, so they would receive the PIN required, to vote for the candidate of their choice?"

With that in mind I posted the following to Facebook:
When barely 1/3rd of BC Liberal members (23,000 who were instant signups) register to get the PIN required to vote in their leadership race, that spells trouble for the liberals post vote.

And on Twitter, I commented:
Barely 1/3rd of #BCLiberals R registered 2get PIN required 2vote in leadership race - likely means trouble post vote. Calling all small 'c' conservatives 2 come home 2 #BCCP

Again, ONLY twenty-one thousand have taken the time to register for the PIN they need to elect the next leader of the BC Liberal Party.

How can that mean anything BUT trouble for them??

Let's take that info, and then consider a new poll by Mainstreet Research, which was just released today (January 22nd).  Please note; the methodology of the questions, did not give the option to choose the BC Conservative Party as an option of support.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Their guns are purchased for one reason, and one reason only -- GREED!

On January 15th an innocent young teenager, from Coquitlam, died after being hit be a stray bullet, shot by a cold-hearted callous and uncaring thug.

This teen, was simply headed home after dinner out with his family.

Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer, in an interview with the Sun, stated:
My heart goes out to the family of the 15-year-old boy. They were having a normal Saturday night evening out with family and now they are grieving for their son,” Palmer said. “My message to the family is this: we will not ever be able to fully comprehend your grief, but the Vancouver Police Department will do whatever it takes to seek justice for your son.”

Following the outrageous and senseless death of this young teen, someone whom I will choose to call insensitive (at least by my standards), decided to post this comment on Twitter:

To this, I replied:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

City leaders are proving themselves to be ethically challenged by supporting addictive gambling and almost totally unfettered access to alcohol

The following is a Mini Sidewinder piece from my friend Sandy Macdougall, regarding a Bingo Shutdown In Maple Ridge.  He talks about fools, and their money, being separated.  As well, he also comments on governments at all levels, which seem unable to connect the dots to societal problems.  Those connected dots lead to huge costs dealing with those addicted to alcohol, to gambling, and other vices the government is all too happy to collect taxes from.

Whatever revenues governments collect, they never cover the associated costs -- NOR do they create wealth (both in taxes and jobs), that would result if instead it was spent at the retail level.

I also suspect there would be a whole lot less need for Food Banks, and feeding school children breakfast before classes begin.

Now, here's Sandy:

The management of Chances Casino in Maple Ridge has raised the ire of Bingo players following their announcement that the Bingo parlor operation was being reduced by two open days per week.

Monday, January 8, 2018

What qualifies someone to lead the BC Liberals? The individual doesn't need to have deep political experience ... the power of charisma goes a long ways

Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party

Who among any of the leadership candidate hoping to be elected on February 3rd, has ruffled any sacred feathers in the BC Liberal Party?

IF the BC Liberal Party is indeed the free enterprise coalition (a claim I have shredded on numerous occasions), then why has no leadership candidate mentioned anything about the success of Jason Kenney’s unity party right next door in Alberta?

Is it NOT a welcomed idea, and if so, why not?   Like Kenney, a new leader will have to mold the party (again that so-called coalition) into the form and shape he or she desires. 

Have I missed the news story somewhere?  The one where the media ask candidates why this discussion, on a comparable free-enterprise party’s in Canada, isn't part of the discussion.  Especially during a leadership race?

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that no one, in the media, has ever asked the capitol "L" liberal side of the coalition (at least to the best of my knowledge) what they've had to give up, or been expected to give up, to keep the coalition strong.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


What attracted the most interest from readers of this blog-site in 2017?  I took a few minutes to review and look that over, before compiling a TOP 10. 
Eight of these posts are indeed the top stories, going from number 8 down to number one.  In addition, I added the top two stories from December.

Starting with Number 8, here are the top stories that were of interest to you last year.

NUMBER 8 from June 29th ... "UPDATE ... 8:15pm Thursday June30th ... John Horgan, NDP Leader, has been invited to form government."

NUMBER 7 from January 14th ... "How Can Governments Thirst for Increased Tax Revenues be Squared With It's So-Called Concern for Those Suffering From Addiction"

NUMBER 6 from May 8th ... "PLACING MY "X" ... 'Do jobs matter more than governing with honesty,compassion, and forthrightness"

NUMBER 5 from July 15th ... Todd Stone and Peter Milobar, by all means possible, extort this government toend the never ending delaying process of review after review

NUMBER 4 from October 17th ... BESLER: True conservative voices in this province, whether it's the BC Conservatives or Dianne Watts, both have a steep hill to climb

NUMBER 3 from April 19th ... I CAN'T support that kind of campaign, or a party that would allow a leadership team to okay that kind of campaigning

Number 2 from June 26th ... It (the current situation) should wake up those who think Clark is right of centre. Will it? Time will tell

AND ... Number 1 from April 7th ...
JOHN TWIGG: "I can promise you it won't be a boring campaign!

And from the last 30 days of December ... two more to round out the Top 10 posts of 2017 

December 18th ... One party, and one party only, stands for true conservatism ... true science based environmental protection ... true social services for those needing a hand up. 

December 4th ... ACTUALLY, there was NO good news in latest unemployment figures 

It's January 3rd today ... and the new year is now three days old.  I'm looking forward to seeing what lies ahead on the BC political landscape, and I hope you are as well.

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.