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Mostly Bullshit, I’m Guessing

So, one day, it’s the most explosive caught-them-just-in-time revelation. The next day it’s the backward tango. Not surprising. Not that I ever watch them any more than about 5 minutes at a time but – I heard on CNN that all these revelations about liquid bombs and how and where they were going to be detonated – came from one man in the British police force. Ah, but what will some people not do for their 15 minutes.

Now, they’re backtracking mightly quickly. Problem now is two-fold. One, some of us that swear it was a ploy to get everybody’s fear ratio up there in readiness for the November mid-term elections in the US.

Or – it was the ploy of a sleuth wanna-be whose only interest was to get recognition and perhaps a medal and a promotion and a raise.

Doesn’t matter. A hoax is a hoax.

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September 7, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Liquid Bombs – Real or Bullshit

Now, I would like to believe all I hear about the bomb threats. Strange, with the mid term elections coming up in the US, there would be this scare. If only they (the Bush gang) hadn’t made me into such a scheptic. It just seems utterly convenient, doesn’t it? I mean, the colorized alerts don’t seem to work anymore so we have to go with something far more dramatic. Right?

Frankly, it comes across like one big yawn. They could easily just have done their job, arrested who they have to arrest and stop with the dramatics. We really don’t want to hear all of that.

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The Middle East and Harper

I hate our Prime Minister. He has no sense. He’s supposed to be so educated and clever. He’s nothing more than a dirty fundamentalist. He is against gay marriage, anti-everything progressive and forward. He’s a Bush ass kisser. What an idiot. A dangerous idiot. I miss Chretien. He was fun. He had the common touch. Even though he was highly educated, he still had common sense. Often you lose that with too much schooling. Or maybe it’s just that some smart guys think they’re better than everyone and just look down their noses.

What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? We have no business there. It is said the Taliban are bad people. Says who? Do the locals say that? Is, or was, there law and order before the west decided to “save” them? (Initially, the US were supposed to be hunting for Osama. I don’t know how you hunt while flying airplanes and dropping bombs. Isn’t that more a down on the ground job?) Is it our business what they do? It’s their country. It’s their business. So today, another four Canadians have died and for what purpose? Bring our troops home. We need them here.

And what about his stance on Israel? Why doesn’t that fool keep his trap shut? Israelis came back to the Middle East after 2000 years and claimed it as their own. Hell, if I go back far enough, maybe I own the whole of Asia.

Well, that’s my rant for the day and now I have a headache.

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In Defense of Mel Gibson

How can a nation that professes to have freedom of speech, make such a fuss over Mel’s outbursts? Why should his beliefs ruin his career? Isn’t that what we were taught years ago, happened only in communist countries? So, let’s not kid ourselves, there is no such thing as freedom of speech, to which many a person could attest. Isn’t Mel allowed to be anti-semitic? Isn’t that guaranteed under the constitution? The same constitution that gives everyone the right to bear arms, in case the British attack again? Continue reading

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The Evils of Conservatism

For the most part, I am definitely not a political animal. I have voted for all three major parties at various times, although I seem to recall only having voted NDP once over a period of 40 years or so. It was at a time when both the other parties pissed me off for one reason or another and, of course, my candidate lost. But there are some things I cannot abide and have to get them off my chest. I might add that I am a peacenick. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were called a bad thing nowadays.

What pops into your head when you hear the word “conservative”? Do little? Well, do little that aims at making the world a better place. I think of Bible wavers shouting platitudes, anti-free-choice (I won’t say pro life, since my guess is we’d all rather live than die), anti-gay-marriage, anti-euthanasia, judgmental, pro-war, etc. The conservatives comprise of a close circle of business friends aimed at making each other richer. I guess that makes war OK. Just think of all the people the war machine industry employs.

How is it that murder in the mass degree is OK? Why is it when someone barges into our homes and kills our inhabitants, it is a crime but barge into another country and kill its inhabitants – and it’s a good thing?

I’ve heard lots about what a bad guy Hussein is/was. What is it our business? Was the US so pissed off with him switching to the Euro from the US dollar? I’m guessing that was the real reason. That and the oil god. And weren’t they miffed when Europe, especially France, refused to join them in this “war on terrorism”? What about changing the name French Fries to Freedom Fries? How childish is that? Had they dismantled the Statue of Liberty in protest, I would have been impressed but renaming French Fries? Please.

And what’s all the bullshit about how everybody is jealous of the US and that’s why they’re not liked. My mother used that jealousy thing all the time. “Oh, they’re just jealous” was her favourite expression. It’s a cheap cop-out. And it’s not true. I’m not jealous of the US. I don’t know anyone who is – here or anywhere else, for that matter. They don’t even have a national health scheme. They should be ashamed of themselves. They claim to be the riches and most powerful country in the world and they can’t – or won’t – look after their own people. I say clean up your own back yard before you pass judgment on anyone else.

Back in post-war Austria, we had a national health scheme. Even dental was covered. Here in Canada, we have a long way to go before we have what we can boast as a real national health scheme. Dental isn’t covered. Eye exams are not covered. Drugs are not covered for the under-65. Why not? They should be.

Recently, we elected a conservative government, much to my chagrin. Perhaps it was time for a change. People get bored when a political party has been in power too long. There was all this uproar about the Liberals and money misappropriation. Then they had a trial which cost way more that the money that was said to have been misappropriated. The conservatives won on the honour platform – on accountability, whatever that means.

At first I hated the new PM. Now, well, I’ll give him an opportunity to do the right thing. I want him to pull our troops out of Afghanistan – we have no business there. What brought us there in the first place? Hunting down Osama bin Laden because he was accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks. Has that ever been proven? NO. But the attack gave Bush and Company the finest ammunition to implement their own agenda. As for Osama, I firmly believe he is safely ensconced in the bosom of his family in Saudi Arabia. Semites are extremely clannish. There is no way in heaven or hell they would ever hang one of their own out to dry. No way. And I’ll bet Bush knows it.

Back to Afghanistan – let them solve their own problems. We have no business there but what was it I read? Something about building an oil pipeline from Russia through Afghanistan. You can bet our involvement has nothing to do with the Taliban. And the Afghans are beginning to hate us and want us out. I say we oblige. Now.

What is this crap about calling fallen soldiers heroes? They’re not heroes. They’re canon fodder. Period. I cry for them. Lives with so much promise, wasted. Spending money on our military is OK but let’s use it to keep our country safe and not to make trouble somewhere else. Are you listening, Mr. Harper? I also want you to add eye and dental exams into the national health scheme. Let’s see if this conservative is, in the slightest, progressive. Do something useful, Mr. Harper.

Lately, some American politicians have come to look at us with suspicion, claiming we provide a fertile ground for terrorists because of our liberal immigration policies. They’d like to make it difficult for us to enter the US. I say let’s build a wall higher than the Great One in China from coast to coast to keep the Americans out. We all know that’s where the hand guns are coming from.

When, traditionally, red has been the colour of Liberals and blue the colour of Conservatives, why, in the 2000 election in the US, the colours were transposed? Suddenly, the conservatives were red and the liberals blue. Whatever happened to “I’d rather be dead than red”? Wasn’t that supposed to be communism that we were taught was so bad.

Well, that’s it for my rantings today. I feel better now that I’ve put it down in black and white.

September 7, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Prime Minister – Stephen Harper

Personally, I don’t like him.  I haven’t liked him since he pontificated on how the Liberals steal and lie. It wasn’t even what he said as much as the way the tight-lipped venum spewed from his lips.  Leave it to the holy rollers to sit in judgement.  I’ve never liked a holy roller.  They are the meanest, most unkind bastards known to mankind.  That’s all religions.  Bar none. Continue reading

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Interferrence Abroad

I read this very interesting article, written by David Wornica “We surely cannot deny to any nation that right whereon our own government is founded, that every one may govern itself according to whatever form it pleases and change these forms at its own will… The will of the nation is the only thing essential to be regarded.” –Thomas Jefferson to Governor Morris, 1792. Think about this for a minute, read this quote and reread it if necessary. Obviously our nation was in an infantile state in 1792 and our intentions were pure. What are our intentions now? Someone please tell me the truth. I am familiar with the catch phrases, slogans and sound bites, but who gave our government the power and knowledge to control other nations? Whose interest is that really in anyway? I believe we should look in the mirror and see to our flaws before we point out the flaws of another. I watch the news and I saw a 91 year old man, a WW2 Veteran, get beaten and car-jacked while 6 or 7 people stood by watching. Not one of those people stepped in to help this old man, they watched as he was struck in the face over and over again. I suppose you could call this an isolated incident. What about things we see in our own lives? Does anyone hold an elevator for you, does anyone hold a door open anymore, do people go out of their way to avoid eye contact, will people even let you merge onto the highway? We are living in a “what’s in it for me” society. I’m not saying everyone is like this, but a lot of people are. I’m an American and am oftentimes ashamed of what I see on a daily basis. I guess you can call it an erosion of values or a byproduct of the type of society we live in, either way you have to acknowledge it. It is difficult to accept fault or claim responsibility for our actions sometimes, regardless of the situation. Whether or not we can own up to it, we really have screwed up our image in the eyes of the world. At some point our nation did something to offend folks in the Middle East. Whether it was distasteful foreign policy in the form of interventionist strategy, arming sectarian militias, stationing troops on holy soil or displaying greed on a scale Caesar would have envied, our actions have caused blow-back. That blow-back goes further back than 9/11 or the original trade center bombing. The blow-back is the legacy of intertwining our interests in feuds that have been raging since long before our nation breathed the free air. We are well beyond the point of return in regards to Thomas Jefferson’s altruistic beliefs. America is a proud nation, so proud in fact that we would continue to fight a losing battle rather than walk away. That is our weakness and that is why we fail. It is so important that this next generation of American’s learn from our predecessors and never repeat the dreadful mistakes their choices wrought. The only special interest need be ours. The time is now, become active in the system, write your representatives, demand action, back up your words with your actions.” Amen The same could be said for Canadians in Afghanistan. Where do we get off shooting Afghanis? I don’t care if they are called Taliban or whatever. I don’t care if they beat their women when they step out of line. It’s their culture and their business. If they want to change things, they should do it from within. In any case, we have no business there

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