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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Protecting the Rare and Vanishing American Liberal
The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.
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That was a very unkind practical joke: I had actually broken into a smile before I got to the letdown about it being 'time for some humour'. Anyhow, I suppose it would be asking too much, after all, the poor dears are probably feeling too faint from all that fasting until the war is ended to move their mere shadows over the border. But keep the faith, you never know when reality might arrive with a thud, possibly in the form of 10,000 'Arab-Americans' protesting in Dearborn against yet another nation which has had enough of terrorism on its home ground.
Posted by: Centurion | 2006-07-20 12:33:31 PM
..and as we are bound to get into dual citizenship discussions sooner rather than later...
Ted Morton - one of the leadership candidates for the Premiership of Alberta is a dual U.S./Canadian citizen. This was verified with his constituency office.
While it must be legal, the optics of having the next premeier of Alberta holding a dual citizenship doesn't fly with me.
Posted by: calgary clipper | 2006-07-20 12:47:28 PM
Dr. Morton (he's a prof of politicial science with a PhD from - of all places! - the U of Tronna!) would probably have to give up his US citizenship if he took over as premier. I think that is required at least by convention for most countries.
However, it is better to have a dual citizen premier of Alberta than an Easterner who sees it as his duty to hand us over to the rich of Toronto! Alberta's best interests are served by a close alliance with the US than with Ontario. The rich Easterners would spend the oil wealth into oblivion on luxuries instead of social programs as they claim.
Deny them even the opportunity to discuss it - Alberta's wealth is NOT NEGOTIABLE! if they don't like how much we're giving them, then they should spend less.
Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-20 1:18:03 PM
There are a whole lot of things that should be coming forth as regards the individual candidates - but really it has been all about the "fluff" so far. They are not about to divulge their views on the social fabric of this country and don't seem to get it that the premier of Alberta is a very powerful position with a huge/critical federal component.
The MSM is so politically correct that much of the important information is only likely to surface after the fact.
Dinning seems to be all about navigating the social halls of corporate AB and seeking his "entitlement" - I'm not even sure he acknowledges that there is such a thing a a federal component to the position.
Of course we need to have a very strong premier that can more than hold his/her own with the Federal Gov't and also negotiate with the U.S. Surely we don't need someone with dual citizenship to do this. I'm not at all sure that this new leader has yet appeared on the scene.
The last thing we need is a bilingual minophone from Ontario (or elsewhere) holding himself/herself out to become the premier and surely this will not be the case.
The Federal people have far to much invested in Law S-3 - we need someone in Alberta who is going to mitigate against the thrust of this law - just as Quebec has used Law 101 to mitigate against the growth of English in Quebec. The next premier must have no divided loyalties anywhere when it comes to protecting the resource base that has been developed in Alberta. Serving two masters is not an option.
I'm not interested in "conventions" or what is "usual re other jurisdictions", or what "might happen after a win" - I'm interested is what is.
Norris is probably much more pro-Alberta than Morton but there are many other questions that might be pursued here.
My hope is that the blogs are going to question all of the candidates - not with the idea of being vindictive - but with the idea of getting information to people before they cast a vote. Harper is turning out to be a strong leader for Canada -now we have to get a very strong leader in AB.
Posted by: calgary clipper | 2006-07-20 1:59:12 PM
language has been changed by the left
the person who once was called a liberal has had the description taken from them by those of the left
a real liberal has now edged closer to being a libertine who too in effect is closer to a conservative than today's liberal. er i mean, lefty
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-20 4:22:16 PM
another muslim war breaks out
may the africans exterminate the arabs the way the sudan arabs did it to blacks in sudan
Ethiopia troops cross into Somalia
Ethiopians want to save government; Islamists in control want them out
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Islamic militiamen at the Mogadishu airport on Wednesday. A top official said his forces will soon seize the base of the country's government.
• Sources: Somali warlord surrenders
• Somalian band beaten for playing music
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Residents reported hundreds of Ethiopian troops in armored vehicles patrolling the central Somali town of Baidoa on Thursday, less than a day after Islamic militants reached the outskirts of the strategic town that is home to a largely powerless U.N.-backed government.
A leader of the Islamic group controlling large parts of southern Somalia demanded that Ethiopian troops withdraw.
"We will declare Jihad if the Ethiopian government refuses to withdraw their troops from Somalia. They must withdraw as soon as possible ... We will wait for some time to see if they respect our demands," Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed told The Associated Press.
A spokesman for the Ethiopian government had said that his country would protect Somalia's transitional government from attack by the Somali Islamic militias.
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-20 4:26:56 PM
I found the article on the illegal liberals crossing the border to be quite humourous.How did it turn to the above hubris so quickly? Lighten up people.
Posted by: wallyj | 2006-07-20 5:19:43 PM
how about the 30,000 to 40,000 lebanese/palestinian/canadian living exclusively in lebanon for the past 15-20 years that the bureucrats are now using our money not only to bring back them and their families but to house and feed and give psycholigal treatment and support who will surely add to the liberals vote count
liberals in 1978 passed law that you can become a canadian citizen and not have to give up your other citizenship
when will enraged canadians finally make those lefty liberal who masterminded this SEVERELY pay for what they did to our beyond repair country?
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-20 6:49:46 PM
Woodbridge,the point that I was making is that sometimes it is good to take a break from the crap in our lives.If a humourous post is put up ,don't hi-jack it into a political debate.Sit back and enjoy.
Posted by: wallyj | 2006-07-20 6:58:56 PM
Do those letters come in computer format like MS Word, so you can cut and paste them,
or do you spend what should be your valuable time - assuming you are a P.Eng - transcribe them from the actual letter into MS Word?
Don't you have anything better to do?
Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-21 8:12:19 AM
Only a nitwit would post their to-and-fro correspondence on the Western Standard Shotgun Blog expecting the overseers of Ontario government to read them.
Are you trying to impress the commenters at the Shotgun, Karol?
Do you think Westerners have some sort of major influence over the internal workings of Ontario?
Do you expect us to care about your little problems when you continually SPAM this blog with you off topic minutiae, Karolak?
Posted by: Speller | 2006-07-21 8:31:15 AM
Dear Karol -
I prefer your method of ventilating over mine (wherein I plan to throw a cinder block through the front window of the White House, every day of the week).
But, IN ADDITION to your posts here, I wonder if you could influence somebody in whatever branch of government to put up a web blog like this one so that people could post all of their extreme frustrations directly into the government's "records" OnLine AND where everyone else in the community could see what their fellow citizens are enduring (if any individual would choose to disclose his personal situation)?
You could volunteer to be the web master and probably become an effective advocate for folks who hate government. ; - )
You are carrying a difficult burden. I empathize with your plight. I suppose, "that and a dime" would get you a cup of coffee about fifty years ago.
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2006-07-21 8:49:28 AM
Back to political humour.
Who said the main reason for America not Annexing Canada, is due to the fact that we have too many Liberals, that their influence would make permanent changes in the American political landscape?
Posted by: Lady | 2006-07-21 9:19:37 AM
Why would the United Staes want to annex Canada?
Why not just buy it up, land, businesses, and resources, and thereby deny the Canadian people any political influence in the U.S.?
Posted by: Speller | 2006-07-21 9:51:34 AM
We have political influence in the US?
Posted by: Lady | 2006-07-21 4:44:46 PM
No denying it.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-07-21 4:50:28 PM
Canada has too many left-liberals as is.Do the left affimative action thing and bring in more conservatives.
Posted by: Larry | 2006-07-21 5:16:04 PM
No, Lady, we don't have political influence in the U.S.
If we were annexed we would. Get it?
Connect the dots. My post was asking why would they annex us when they can just buy us and run us?
Posted by: Speller | 2006-07-21 10:15:07 PM
Truth be told, the US is doing a far better job running Canada than Canada - ie. Ontario - ever could or would. Ontario would rob everyone blind so that they could have nice things because they look down upon non-Ontarians as lesser human beings. This is why they violently opposed free trade - it meant limiting their control over the Canadian economy. Well, thank goodness free trade passed.
The US, by contrast, doesn't give a damn who people are or think they are. Their sole interest is preserving their economic stake, which includes paying good wages to all. They must look upon people like Layton and Barlow as lunatics for considering throwing away Canada's advantages with total disregard for the needs of the people. (Note here: wishes are not the same as needs.)
God Bless America for keeping me employed and prosperous, and God Bless Brian Mulroney for having the clear headed common sense to implement free trade even at the expense of his popularity.
Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-22 10:15:58 AM
Over the years, it's been statistically proven Canadians own a larger dollar amount of the United States than the United States owns of Canada.
My own US investments are very volatile, but money can be made if you watch the situation closely.
If the States is the runaway leader in anything in the world, it's in the ability to make money and raise the standard of living for its citizens.
That's because the proportional size of its government is much smaller than Canada's.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-07-22 10:30:11 AM
To Jack "The Rat" Layton.
2 Canadian soldiers killed, 8 wounded in Kandahar.
Way to support the Chretien regime's decision to send soldiers to Afghanistan instead of Iraq for "their safety", Jack!
This is YOUR responsibility, but thank goodness Harper is in charge because he is much more able to handle it than you are. Moron.
Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-22 3:37:55 PM
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