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Friday, September 28, 2007

Another Anti-ribbon Campaign

A peace group in Fredericton doesn't like local businesses putting up "Support our Troops" signs. I'm glad the Mayor,  Brad Woodside, isn't giving in.

"My ribbon is up, it's going to stay up and the yellow ribbon on my lapel is going to stay on, too," Woodside said Thursday afternoon. "I support our men and women who have been tasked with representing our country and flag around the world."

Read it all here: The Daily Gleaner

Originally posted @ Ranting Owl

Posted by Leah Dowe on September 28, 2007 | Permalink

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Nitpickers of the world - UNITE!

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-28 7:08:40 PM


Nitpickers of the world - UNITE!

Hardly. The Boeing system is designed for use against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Anybody that has ICBM's probably has cruise missiles. The cost, portability, range and payload (5KT -100KT)of a modern cruise missile make then as or more dangerous than ICBM's.

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-09-28 7:32:30 PM


They are definitely dangerous and there is only one way to combat them- spotting them from above and hitting them from above or with a ground based phalanx system.

A suitcase bomb is also very difficult to stop and requires a different sort of system. Does that mean that we should eschew all systems just because we have yet to find a way to destroy some weapon's systems?

There used to be a vulgar joke in the navy of the 60s. "When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it". Is that what you are suggesting?

Posted by: DML | 2007-09-28 8:05:56 PM


Does that mean that we should eschew all systems just because we have yet to find a way to destroy some weapon's systems?

Not at all. However as ABM's have been in development for the last 40 years and there still isn't a US system which has a high enough level of reliability to be fully operational you wonder whether the money is being spent in the right place.

What do you consider the odds of a suitcase nuclear device attack versus an ICMB strike on the US to be?

Recently the US made a mock up of a suitcase nuclear device and crossed the Canada - US border several times and it was never detected.

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-09-28 8:31:27 PM


Meantime, many Canadians are not laying down & enjoying car dealers while they rape them financially, now that the US dollar has reached parity:

"Canadian used-car buyers head south for deals"

If you're in the market for a used car, you may want to head south in search of bargains.

Used car dealers in Montana say they've seen increasing numbers of Canadian customers in the past few months. The reason: the rising Canadian dollar.
Some Canadian shoppers told CTV News in Calgary that they've saved as much as $7,000 on their used car.

American border officials say that on some days, they're processing as many as 60 Canadian shoppers hopping the border in their hunt for a good used car.

Potential Canadian business is so good for Montana car dealers that they're even taking out ads in Canadian newspapers.

One used-car dealership -- The Pierce Auto Group -- says that 25 per cent of its daily customers are Canadian.

David Pierce isn't apologizing to his Canadian competitors. He says when the Canadian dollar was low, Montana residents were heading North to get good deals from Alberta.

"So, turnabout's fair play, I guess. (It will) probably go around again some day, so make hay while the sun shines," he said.

But there are a few things Canadians should know if they're going to the U.S. to buy a car: they'll have to pay the GST, and there may be more taxes if the vehicle was made outside of North America.

Getting a car out of the U.S. also may require 72-hours notice and additional paperwork.

SO, NOT ONLY ARE Canadians heading south for urgent medical care, thus enriching the US economy - they are doing the same by buying vehicles in the US - all because of the greed of car dealers. And once they are down there, you can be sure they will buy clothing, electronics, gas, books and other items that are cheaper because stores up here have not adjusted their pricing in those arenas as well.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-29 9:10:16 PM


Lotus,
I am aware of the porous nature of our border with the US and that is why I mentioned the possibility of a suitcase bomb. I am happy that the US gov't is testing the feasibility of that sort of system.

The entry of the bomb is one thing. The engineering expertise to create and assemble the bomb is another. What would really frighten me is a dirty bomb.

Posted by: DML | 2007-09-29 9:35:04 PM


What with the millions who want to emigrate to Canada, you would think we could be choosy as to who enters - the skilled & educated should be at the top of the list or else we'll end up like Britain:

"Immigation drains Britain, says Left think tank"

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are a drain on Britain and its economy, not a benefit, says a Left-leaning think tank. Migrants from many developing nations fail to pay their way, while those from wealthy countries, such as the United States and Australia, provide a boost for the economy. It found that fewer than half of Britain's 650,000 Somalis, Bangladeshis, Turks and Pakistanis, have jobs and the four communities have the highest levels of benefit dependency.

THAT LEFTOID THINK TANK must have needed a lot of cleaning up as heads exploded all over the place. But this would come as no surprise to a realist. I don't understand people from the US immigrating to Britain unless the job offer is just outstanding or they are ignorant of the taxation, crime and other bad things that are occurring there.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 5:09:07 PM


Yes! Let's negotiate with folks who act thusly:

"Taliban executes Afghan teen for having U.S. money"

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Taliban insurgents hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had American money in his pocket, stuffing five US$1 bills into his mouth as a warning to other villagers not to use dollars, police said Monday. Elsewhere the Taliban killed eight police.

The 15-year-old boy was hanged from a tree Sunday in Helmand province, the most violent province in the country and the world's No. 1 poppy-growing region.

"The Taliban warned villagers that they would face the same punishment if they were caught with dollars,'' said Wali Mohammad, the district police chief in Sangin.

Dollars are commonly used in Afghanistan alongside the afghani, the local currency, though dollars are more commonly seen in larger cities where international organizations are found.

The rebels often justify their attacks and executions as a response to U.S. meddling in Afghan affairs.

The Taliban killed another man in Sangin on Saturday after he sought farm assistance and seeds from an international aid program, Mohammad said. The rebels accused him of being a spy and shot him to death.

AMNESIA INTERNATIONAL WILL be protesting this execution in exactly 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - oops! They must still be asleep.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-01 7:07:08 AM



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