Sunday, May 21, 2017

Now We Really Have Seen it All.

They call it The Rarified Club. It is that group of contemporary painters, including Picasso and Francis Bacon, whose works have fetched over 100 million dollars in auction. Add Jean-Michel Basquiat to the list.
Here we have a strange individual, strung out on dope and wildly psychopathic who gave birth to his hallucinations with a spray can.
There  are thousands of others like him, but David Bowie became one of his patrons in the 1980 and thus his claim to fame.
The fame is posthumous. Basquiat died of an over dose.
He would have thought that he was on an extra special high at the Sotheby auction yesterday when his skull painting sold for 110 million dollars. Maybe the buyer was on a high as well. You can afford to be on one when you have a billion dollars spare cash in your wallet.
The successful bidder was a Japanese Fashion Guru, owner of 
"Zozotown".
After adding "The skull" to his other Basquiat acquisition "The Horned Devil" he said:
"I am happy to announce I just WON this master piece"
Folks, that's what you do when you are a multi billionaire. You don't BUY things, you WIN things.
This week Pauline and I were debating whether we could afford to re-sod our lawn for $350. Now I have the answer. Of course we can. We will just go over to the sod farm and WIN ourselves 50 rolls of grass!
Jubilate 

Ian

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When Treason Comes Wearing Lip-stick

Chelsea Manning was released from prison yesterday. You may recall that it was he/she who was sentenced to thirty years in a military jail for divulging state secrets to Wikileaks. You may also recall that while Manning was behind bars he underwent a sex change operation and became a "SHE".
You may also recall that one of the last acts of President Obama was to commute his/her sentence and sign an early release.
Now this same Chelsea Manning has been seized upon by the LGBT community and the adoring liberals and made into symbol of triumphant resistance.
Her/his photograph has now become the rainbow coalition's poster child. Above is the newly done-over portrait of a traitor, in all its grotesque beauty to be paraded as a model of American protest.
Meantime President Donald Trump is parodied as a blown-up buffoon by the same media-types.
Take your pick folks because this is a sample of Brave New America going to hell in a heap.

Jubilate.
Ian

Friday, May 12, 2017

When Real Estate Goes UN-REAL ESTATE

UN-REAL ESTATE is my word for what has been happening in the Greater Toronto Area (G.T.A.) in the past 18 months.
This year it reached my city of Barrie where, since the beginning of the year, prices have surged by 30% putting the median cost of a home at $530,000:00. This may not seem an outrageous figure to some of you folk who are used to offering your left kidney as a down payment on a property, but for us it is simply UN-REAL.
On my street alone we have bidding wars on houses that have been on and off the market for two years. "FOR SALE" signs are planted on lawns only to have "SOLD" stickers on them within a week.
What is going on?
The answer is simple. The Chinese have arrived. The Eastern invasion came to Vancouver ten years ago when Beiing investment was directed to real estate. When a foreign-investment tax was levied at 15% in Vancouver to calm the market, the money flowed to Toronto and the prices went up. In the condo where Pauline and I are moving to next year, at least a third of the units have been bought by Chinese agents: since there are lot of Chinese millionaires the UN-REAL ESTATE market continues to heat up.
Which brings me to my final point. For fifty years and more I have been in the Real Estate business. I have been telling folk about  FREE property in Heaven for as many who would accept the offer.
The dwellings are in the New Jerusalem and they are described as "MANSIONS" by Jesus in John 14.
They have already been purchased and prepared by our Heavenly Father and there are MANY of them.
Why don't you read the real estate section of the Bible for yourself and make your own choice? Its better than slitting your wrists to pay for a life time mortgage down here.
Jubilate.

Ian


Saturday, May 6, 2017

The New Norms. Dumbed Down, Dressed Down and Drugged Down.

The latest statistics should come as no surprise to us. Last week the number of fatal car accidents attributed to DRUGGED drivers exceeded those who were under the influence of alcohol. (34% to 32%).
The connection must be clear. Ever since cannabis was legalized in the States two years ago the figures have been on the rise.
My own son-in-law, who is a patrol officer in my city, was telling me that drugged drivers were an increasing danger on the roads. Now the numbers are in to back him up.
Quite a brave new generation this.
Kids who are in the genius category with games and apps can hardly spell their own names in cursive handwriting. Dumbed down in the schools that are supposed to challenge them to highest possible attainment.-
Kids who once were proud to wear their school uniforms dressed down to a motley mixture of ripped jeans, baggy pants and back to front hats all in the name of the latest fashion.
The dressed, dumbed and drugged down generation.
Next to my bed I have a school photo of the CLASS OF 1955.
It's my Grammar School Year from Nelson in Lancashire.
500 kids, girls and boys, all in uniform.
Disciplined and often driven to succeed (sometimes with the cane).
No drugs: they were unheard of. No ripped jeans: they were unheard of. No dummies: they came at a later date with SMART phones.
Quite a world we live in sixty years later.
Jubilate.

Ian



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Miracles Still Happen! All the Time.

Pauline, my lovely wife, had some discouraging news at the beginning of the year. She was diagnosed with  pulmonary hypertension. I had never heard of this before, nor had she.
Simply put, it is a heart and lung condition for which there is no known cure.
Thankfully we are a couple that believe in prayer and are part of a church that looks to God for miracles and divine interventions.
One Sunday morning we anointed Pauline with oil and prayed for a complete healing in Jesus' Name.
She had an appointment with a heart specialist two weeks later and, YES, the consultant pronounced her clear.
Now that is the good news that we like to tell you about in a world where there is an over-supply off gloom.
But wait, there is more. A month ago our good friends from Toronto phoned with news that Linda had the symptoms of cancer in the lung.
Praise God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because I immediately said: "All is well. You two are going to live to a ripe old age together."
Linda had a CAT scan ten days later and, LO it was clear!
She also had her miracle.
I think you will agree, that in an age of scepticism and general unbelief in the supernatural working of God, we need to hear up-to- date accounts of "Jesus alive and well" on planet Earth.
Even if you don't I am still letting you know how it really is.
Jubilate.
Ian