Friday, November 1, 2013

"Fooled 'em all again".

A childhood friend (Burnell, he was more known as Fabian) died a few weeks ago. It was he that coined the phrase "fooled 'em all again" for me. Not coined it as the first one to ever say it, but to use it back home as a joke. He was talking about his older brother Sheldon. Sheldon was a larger than life fellow. Strong as an ox, talked to anyone and everyone, but didn't have substance. You know character substance. That is where Fabian came in. He said to us one day about Sheldon, " I wonder at night before he goes to bed, if he says, fooled them all again".  We all laughed. Fabian wasn't being mean he was just like that, had a smart wit (for a guy that many at one time thought was slow).

I have been thinking a lot about that phrase lately. It came up again with my friend Douglas. His wife is this nice sweet lady that you see as kind an considerate, you know? A lady. Doug says she is anything but what you see out in public. She can curse like a southern state redneck truck driver. Blow farts that would shame a five hundred pound man. Ah, just kidding. Doug just likes to poke the bear whenever he gets the chance. His wife is actually quite normal.

But really I have been thinking about the 'fooled 'em all again' because we see that so much today. It is everywhere. In Canada the ruling government is rampant with problems and the leader of the country says "no, everything is hunky". He is known as a guy that controls everything in his ruling party. No one in the party can do or say anything unless he lets them. And now he expects everyone to think that He the leader had no knowledge of a cheque scandal in the Parliament Senate House?  Fooled 'em all again. You see these Senators that the leader selected have been caught doing some bad stuff. The Leader (Stephen Harper), Prime Minister of Canada, did not know his Chief of Staff wrote a cheque for ninety grand to pay off one Senator's bad doings. It was also found out that another cheque for sixteen grand was written to pay off this Senators legal bills. The Prime Minister at least admitted that it was standard practice for his party to pay legal bills of his party members. The thing is people are buying this from the Prime Minister. Oh well, I guess he can go to bed at night and say, "fooled 'em all again". 

The other news is the Mayor of the City of Toronto, Bob Ford. It has been confirmed that there is in fact a tape of him smoking crack cocaine. Ford denied that he smoked crack while being Mayor. But the police have found the hard drive. He still says he has no reason to resign. He is still going to bed at night, "fooled 'em all again".

Another big 'fooled 'em all again' group is the pro-fracking lobbyists and oil companies. They know and everyone knows it is not "if", there will be contamination, but when the contamination will occur. The other big fooled 'em again is the pipe lines. Not if there will be a leak, but when. And the artic oil expeditions and drilling. Everyone knows there is no way to cap out in that environment. But hey no one lives there anyway.  "Fooled 'em all again". Also the media and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are big "fooled 'em all again" players. The police arrested 40 people in New Brunswick over fracking protests. The police were filmed in full cammo, armed with sniper rifles and were caught shouting obscenities at the Native protestors. But yet the media blamed all of the action on the Natives, "fooled 'em all again". 

Seems like we are in a fooled 'em all again period. I guess that's the way it is.

Me, I think that the young, the Aboriginal, the smart, the concerned, the environmental conscious will stand up and say, "nope, not fooling us this time".  

Elsipogtog First Nation

Elsipogtog First Nation take on Fracking company and Police

I see you, police.  Elsipogtog First Nation.


  1. Kia ora Steve,
    Nice peice of writing e hoa...I think the whole world is in this period and the clock is ticking when too many will be sick and tired of being sick and tired. Kia kaha! Hope all is well.

  2. Thanks Robb, hope all is well with you and your travels. Been up to the mountains lately?