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Barak Obama is My Man

Barak Obama is perfect.  His mother white, his father black, spent formative years in another culture, exposed to other religions, brilliant lawyer, socially conscientious, inspiring orator, statesman qualities, sound judgement.  His one problem is that he insists on keeping the high road.  No low-life gutter politicking for him.  That may hurt him in the end.

It would be nice to have a respected and respectful statesman in the White House, for a change.  I’m so tired of the loud-mouthed war mongers.  You want your people safe from harm?  STOP MAKING ENEMIES!  START MAKING FRIENDS – REAL FRIENDS – not the kind that do your dirty work for you and, when you no longer need them, you arrest them on trumped-up charges, or even kill them.  Stop electing gangsters like the Bush’s, senior and junior.

I just wish I could vote for Barak but I’m Canadian.

April 27th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions | no comments

The Trouble With Clinton

She’ll never change.  With her it’s always knee-jerk reactions.  Like the latest – telling Bush to boycott the Olympics.  Now granted, he is (in my opinion) a war criminal and nobody is anxious to have him around but that’s not the point.  Instead of being on the side of the athletes who worked long and hard, she’s using it for her own political gain.  Well, she hopes, anyway.

What do you think she’d do if she wins the presidency?  Will she stop trade with China?  Not on your life.  China cannot be ignored.  She’s too big and too powerful.  She’ll go, hat in hand, just like all the others to promote trade.

That’s where our former Prime Minister had it right.  From back in 1993, he led trade missions to China and other ports of call.  He knew the power of the dragon.  I’m happy to say that, although our trade with the US has declined, our trade with China and other overseas countries has increased.  So it should be.  We were relying on the US as our main customer and, although they’re conveniently located next to us, their economy went south and who knows if they’ll ever recover.  We had no choice but to find other customers. 

Free trade.  Yeah, that’s a joke.  Well, it’s great as long as it’s going their way but the minute it isn’t, they want out.  It’s their way or the highway.  For me, put them on the back burner and look for business elsewhere.

It is estimated that about one million Americans live in Canada.  Some for business reasons, others are students.  I swear a good many come illegally, buy fake health cards and use our socialized medicine.  I say, let’s round them up and send them home.  I don’t want them in jail here.  That would mean our taxpayers’ money supporting them.

But to get back to Clinton, when we had the big power cut, her finger pointed north – it was our fault.  Even after it was proven to be the fault of the Ohio grid, she never apologized or even just corrected herself.  No, no Nanette.  Not Ms Clinton.

How about the 911 guys?  That finger pointed north claiming they came from Canada.  They didn’t.  In fact they came from within the US.  When is that finger-pointing going to stop?

Now, she’s going to revisit NAFTA.  Go right ahead, Hillary.  But why in your speeches are you saying you’re losing jobs to NAFTA.  You’re losing jobs to India and China.  Last time I looked, they were not in North America and certainly had nothing to do with NAFTA.  Now, I know your education system sucks.  I know most of Americans don’t know where Canada is.  I know you’re using their ignorance to convince them that we’re the culprits.

Oh the sadness of it all.

Folks, vote for Barak Obama.  Please tell me he’s different.

Well, that’s my rant for the day.  I feel better now.

April 17th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions, politics | no comments

The Returning US Veteran

A number of recent reports shed further light on the growing social and public health crisis among US veterans. After serving tours in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of troops are returning wounded and psychologically traumatized from the experience. With their needs frequently ill met by the military medical system and confronted with a collapsing economy, data suggest the most disturbed are committing suicide and violent crimes, and suffering homelessness, addiction, and mental illness in record numbers.

On January 13, the New York Times published the first part in a series of examinations into killings committed in the United States by returned veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Under the title “War Torn,” the series examines 121 cases in which Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had committed or were charged with killings, most of them murder, and many linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and consequent substance abuse and domestic distress.

Three-quarters of the veterans involved in the killings compiled by the Times were still in the military at the time of the deaths. Nearly a third of the victims were girlfriends or family members, including several shaken babies and young children who were beaten to death. A quarter of the victims were other military personnel. Read more…

April 9th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions | no comments

Olympic Chaos

Isn’t it awful that these games are used as a battering ram against the Chinese? I’d like to know who is behind all this.  You can be sure it’s not only the Tibetans.  To have riots organized takes money.  It takes money to print signs, it takes money to get the word out.  It takes money to pay the organizers.  This is no voluntary movement. 

So, who is really at the core of this outrageous behaviour?  Just how many Chinese haters are there out there? 

I’ve always found them to be fine upstanding citizens and very hard workers.  They mind their own business but they do get involved in their communities.  They blend faster into Canadian society – unlike, say, East Indians.  Their kids play hockey and take ballet.  There doesn’t seem to be the insistence that we accept them.  They quietly go about their business.  They are generous with their money.  Maybe it’s easy for them.  We all love Chinese food whereas we don’t all love curry.

I hope this silliness will blow over.

April 9th, 2008 Posted by | Personal Opinions | no comments