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Friday, September 28, 2007

Is there something in the water of Lake Champlain?

"Like what," you ask, "Jimmy Hoffa?" Nope, everybody knows he's resting in peace somewhere underneath Giants Stadium.

Nope, what I'm talking about is this little piece Libertarian delight that came across my desk today concerning a secessionist (American for separatist) movement in the little ol' state of Vermont. Just like a smattering of their neighbours on the lake's north shore, a group of Vermonters want to go it alone.

Posted by Cyril Doll on September 28, 2007 | Permalink


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My Americans friends tell me they would gladly trade Vermont, Rhode Island & Massachusetts for Alberta any day.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-28 6:15:46 PM

I've spent time in Vermont - it's as close to heaven as I can ever imagine.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-09-28 8:53:16 PM

Been there too. Nice place, mostly trees.

This guy sounds more crazed tree hugger than libertarian, though. get the nets.

Posted by: Larry | 2007-09-28 10:31:37 PM

US Air National Guard Squadrons in Vermont sport
the Green Mountain Boys Logo on their aircraft,
"Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" Vermont has been
focused on independence since 1780 -It was Vermonters who advocated that Nova Scotia join Washington against the British but Nova Scotians were too smart for that. Read "His Majesty's Yankees" by Nova Scotian Thomas Radall In the French British Wars the Green Mountain boys created havoc in what was then the Colony of Quebec. Among the toughest Indian and British fighters was the Trudeau Family - Macleod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-09-29 7:21:48 AM

Vermont is beautiful this time of yera. Every year in the early 'Fall Sugarbush Soaring, Warren Vermont
mount an Air Show which features gliders and sailplanes. Sugarbush Soaring is one of the great sailplane and glider Schools in North America. Several years ago, their AirShow featured over forty non powered aircraft gently performing aerobatics to the Music of John Lennon -an unforgettable Weekend
in Vermont, USA - Macleod in Moncton New Brunswick
not very far from Warren, Vermont

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-09-29 9:36:23 AM

Vermont is a beautiful hell hole. Child molesters run free because they had horrible childhoods. A city worker stole $2,000 and deposited it into his personal bank acct. and received a slap obn the wrist if he returned it & promised not to do it again, the art locales are ALL controlled by the government, politicians are socialists - not Republicans and Truman Democrats. Burlington owns the cable company and the only supermarket - where they decide what food may be eaten by the residents and. . .

Never mind - too many Canadians would view that as Paradise.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-29 9:42:30 AM

Of course you've never been there right? Don't hear much about hell holes in tiny perfect Monckton NB, but Halifax Nova Scotia is the Crime Capital of the
region and sending many, many of it's citizens to Alberta where they will probably feel right at home
-horror stories about Alberta Crime in the Edmonton and Calgary Sun on a daily basis -Jeez, I guess Alberta ain't perfect after all -what a surprise.
Macleod -Does Alberta issue Passports?

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-09-29 11:39:50 AM

Been to Vermont? Ha! I lived there for several years. I know of what I speak. Hell hole is being kind.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-29 1:26:24 PM

...but they do have nice trees.

Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-29 2:06:15 PM

Only in early October, Tomax7!

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-29 2:16:13 PM

...ah, nice place to visit, but...

Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-29 2:38:23 PM

Jack, I agree with your above assessment of my beloved HRM. Having recently migrated to Calgary from Dartmouth, the recent crime wave in Cowtown hasn't phased me at all.

Before I went to work last night, I read the horrific details of teenage girl being brutally beat and tortured with a belt and burned with cigarettes on her face and ears for two hours by 3 teenage girls (two of them only 14!) in north end Dartmouth.

When I got off work at 7am and bought the Calgary Sun at the "Crack Mac's" on 7th and 8th, I read that a verbal dispute between two strangers had lead a man being shot and having his car jacked by some lunatic 4 blocks from my work on 17th.

Now, if only I could get some Olands beer and a decent feed of fishcakes out here, I'd be in heaven!

Posted by: Iain C | 2007-09-29 4:16:40 PM

A conceal/carry law would cure 95% of Calgary's crime - and probably all of Canada's as well, but Leftoids. . . . you know.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-29 4:21:30 PM

I don't know anything about crime in Calgary Alberta
Canada but I know a lot about crime in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada today the crime and murder capital of the Atlantic region, reason: Criminal Code amendments by the Liberal governments of Canada,
a NS Judicial System dominated by patronage appointments, badly selected and ill trained Municipal Police Forces -Halifax HRM refuses to send it's recruits for Certified Police Training at the
Maritime Police Academy Slemon Park PEI. Crime statistics are so bad in Halifax HRM that it has affected economic and development investment in Nova Scotia -the same will happen in the wild west of Alberta if crime continues out of control in red neck hick towns like Calgary. I don't believe that abc ever resided in the State of Vermont. MacLeod in tiny perfect Monckton NB where only the whores commit "crimes" Macleod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-09-30 6:26:37 AM

"I don't believe that abc ever resided in the State of Vermont."

abc amy not have, but obc did! The only state where nudity laws do not exist, btw, unless one acts out in a sexual manner.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 8:03:08 AM

Also, Burlington is the largest town in Vermont - 40,00 - but with 57 downtown bars to accommodate all the college kids who swell the population in winter to 55,000.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 8:05:37 AM

Geez, OBC you have as much respect for Vermont as Pike has for Ontario.

Posted by: atric | 2007-09-30 9:04:58 AM

That's what happens when you live there for a while - and you are not a tourist passing through for a day or two, only staring at the leaves changing colour.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:09:28 AM

"if crime continues out of control in red neck hick towns like Calgary"

...yer not from Ontario are you Mac?

We're getting a new police chief on Monday, so hopefully things will improve. The previous one was a politician first, questionable cop second. The new one we're getting has his head on right.

Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-30 9:23:39 AM

. . . and not on left! :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:30:42 AM


"Gunshots deter break-ins - Jackson (Mississippi) residents fend off invaders"

Jackson police and Hinds County deputies searched the wooded near the intersection of Sedgwick Drive and Riverwood Drive for three suspects wanted for an attempted home burglary early Friday afternoon. The home owner, Fredrico Hamblin had been watching a car with three individuals inside pass several times down his street. He was jolted by the sound of someone attempting to enter the home through a garage door. He grabbed his 9mm handgun and exited his front door and confronted the suspects firing several shots. He believes he hit one suspect. Law enforcement officals captured the individuals and escorted them to waiting police cars.

There were similarities in two attempted burglaries in Jackson on Friday.

The residents of both homes were watching television when the alleged suspects were caught in the act. And in both cases, the suspects were fired on.

Around 7 p.m., Patricia Parker, 53, who lives in the back of the duplex at 420 Barksdale St., said she was watching Wheel of Fortune when she heard her boyfriend calling her name from outside.

"I opened the door and this dude was laying on the porch," she said. "Otis was over him with a knife. I said, 'Otis, let that man go on.' "

Instead, her boyfriend, whom Parker would identify as Otis, went back into the duplex to retrieve a pistol to further convince the man to leave. But as her boyfriend made his way back to the porch, the man slipped past him and into Parker's home.

Otis followed the man into a back bedroom and fired shots, she said, and he continued to shoot at the man as he ran away.

Precinct 2 police found the suspect running down President Street toward Baptist Medical Center. He was wounded at least once in the right leg.

Sgt. Eric Smith said the man may have been trying to break into the back of the home to steal an air-conditioning unit.

The man, whom police have not identified, was being treated at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Neither Parker nor her boyfriend was charged, but police did take the boyfriend in for questioning.

And about 1 p.m. Friday, Fredrico Hamblin was at home at 1715 Riverwood Drive in northeast Jackson, watching SportsCenter when he heard rustling in his garage.

"It was too obvious," he said of the attempt to burglarize his home. "They stuck out like a sore thumb."

He said he chased the burglars away, firing five or six shots at them. It was unknown Friday evening if he hit hit either of them.

Within moments of the attempted burglary, which coincided with Hamblin's 28th birthday, police had two men in custody and were searching nearby woods for a third.

"The homeowner did a good job," Jackson Police Cmdr. Ron Sampson said.

INDEED HE DID! Good job!

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:47:46 AM

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