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~ Friday, March 28, 2003
Something Awful's Photoshop Phriday is sacreligious, and yet, for once, almost nobody crosses the boundaries. Some very funny stuff here.
It turns out that Canadian soldiers apparently are where the action is. But not as much action as these two guys got to see.
Second part:

So let's put a spin on this. Canada is by far the more reliant of the two trading partners, with the vast majority of our exports go to the US, and while we are the American's biggest partner for buying goods, it isn't quite the potentially catastrophic level that exists up here. Unless you're talking about energy, in which case a sudden decision by a Canadian government inspired towards more protectionist policies - because they are tired of being roughed up by Congress and the White House - means that energy starts working its way towards other markets, or else new levies start to be added (and why not? We tax everything up here), making the price shoot up to levels that might make consumer/voters think about who they're going to want to see in office next time.

Just a thought, and it probably isn't even close to everything being considered. It is interesting to note that Canada's most famous right-wing politician (and leader of the province where most of the oil comes from ) did come out in support of the war, but soon toned it down. These guys didn't tone it down, though. 90% of Canadians may indeed want better trade relations with the US, but that doesn't mean 90% want us to roll over and do everything His Master's Voice says.
Ha! Blogger ate it all again, but this time I was smart and copied beforehand. This time I'll try and break it up into two:

Paul Celluci made his way to a small community in northern BC, where he seemed to backtrack on his comments from the other day. Interestingly, the second-last paragraph is most telling here: "He said Canada is the biggest source of energy for the U.S. and without Canadian energy, the American way of life would die."

Could someone have put the bug in the Ambassador's ear that perhaps Canada is not a country that can so easily be invaded for its oil? I mean, invading us would be easy, but try as I might, I can't equate Chretien with Hussein. This article is a couple of years old now, but the numbers are still essentially correct: "America's crisis is looking like Canada's opportunity. As the United States braces for a summer of steep fuel prices and rolling power blackouts, its friendly neighbor to the north — already its No. 1 foreign oil and gas supplier — is scrambling to be helpful." The article also points out that Canada is the number three supplier of crude oil to the US, and number one for natural gas. Here's another story, but while more recent, it doesn't break things down quite the same way.
~ Thursday, March 27, 2003
In case you think the war will soon be over, here's a little something to scare the crap out of you. Imagine my surprise to read that it's likely the US chickenhawks are thinking of ways to extend this fight throughout the Middle East.
~ Wednesday, March 26, 2003
US Ambassador Paul Celluci's comments continue to resonate. He won't get the boot, but he sure is sticking his nose in lately. I wonder how it would go over if the Canadian ambassador did the same in the US? Certainly he appears to be a part of this operation.
Thanks to Randy for this one. Two librarians at the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor (where my wife was interviewed a number of years ago, incidentally. She didn't get the job, and we ended up in the US because of that) have put together Iraq 2003: Sources of News, listings of mainstream and alternative news voices reporting on the war. This is a tremendous resource, and it's nice to find places to go that don't all toe the party line.
Will Wayne Gretzky admonish Don Cherry for speaking out on the war? Probably not, since everyone in Canada knows he's more important than the Prime Minister. And for another look at Americans lashing out at Canadians for, well, for thinking for themselves, check out this article by Charles Mandel (I'm assuming this is the Charles Mandel from Edmonton; we've only met a couple of times, and he interviewed me once for a story. Likely). The second link comes via Tom Tomorrow.
~ Tuesday, March 25, 2003
In more war news, Morocco has offered 2,000 monkeys to help detonate land mines. A PETA spokesman immediately declared that a "shock and awe" barrage of up to 500 nude models a day - all carrying buckets of red paint - would be dropped on Casablanca, which is not the capital, but does sound sexier.
WENG AM, a radio station in Florida, has dropped a show called "Canada Calling", for much the same reason that there are now freedom fries. I await Canada Dry becoming America Dry, and maybe Canadian Bacon could be Reagan Bacon.

As Molly Ivins points out, this is not new. In WW1, many idiots walked around kicking dachsunds, because they were "German dogs".
Paul Cellucci, US Ambassador to Canada, has taken a shot at us for not being there for the US. I'd like to take this moment to ask just where the hell the US was when WW1 and 2 started.

Actually, I don't need to ask. The Americans were helping as best they could at the time, helping with shipping and supplies and spies and sitting on the longest undefended border in the world, making Canada feel safe about going overseas to help the war effort.

From there, it's only logical to point out that Canada is helping. We have warships in the Persian Gulf and a Canadian is running the antiterrorism mission there, which means that the American ships can do their business in Iraq with less concern about the rear. We have 31 soldiers on exchange with the US and British military, and while they are not integral, none have been pulled.

A few last thoughts on the next rock:
I must learn to copy my rants before posting them. Blogger ate it, and it was long (and even good). Frustrating. I'll try again, though not word-for-word.

Says Wayne Gretzky: "I guess we get it more in the United States because actors and singers - they all think they know politics. I'm tired of watching people who are not in politics give their opinions. Quite frankly that's what we have governments for and that's why we elect governments." Is it just me, or is this an appalling lack of knowledge about how democracy works?

I like Wayne. He's the greatest player hockey has ever seen, he's polite (even Bruce McNall, criminal and Wayne's former boss, is "Mr. McNall to Wayne), and he's good with charities. I took pix of him when I was a freelancer at the Edmonton Sun, and so was there for a good part of his heyday. But I hope to hell his kids have good civics teachers, since they sure won't learn about proper democracy from daddy.
~ Monday, March 24, 2003
The real reason for the war.
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