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Regardless, we need more bulk hauling of aggregates. Other issues are not important. More truckloads of gravel, crushed rock, and clean fill. This will create Capital, which the Confiscators of Income, feed upon. This calls for a four part form. Braces of bumpkins. In Brampton, a beer bar can be opened.
I too fear the power of the Invisible Hand of the Free Market. It complicates my financial life, too. Let us unite to learn its Powers. You can get out there and get moving shifting aggregates. Bringing a heavy bag of sand back to your home, heck, just dump in the alley, gets you good marks in my books. You will discover something, I am sure
I do not think of the problem as a shortage of jobs, but a surplus of workers. Not just workers, but the skilled trades. Heavy equipment operators. These surplus circus monkeys are a social problem. What are you going to do about it? You are powerless. So you are going to do shit.
These people can be useful, elsewhere. On some Chlorine producing gas mining station, say. These surplus workers you have are sometimes clever, often crafty, and greedy for the good things that life can bring. Let us turn the frown of resettlement into the smile of Capitalist Opportunity. On this happy, hypothetical Chlorine producing gas mining facility, say, these relocated surplus workers will be creating markets for Chlorine byproducts and Chlorine novelties. You can change Chlorine to whatever you want. Maybe they are growing coffee beans. Nice breathable atmosphere on places that grow coffee beans; Chlorine planet, not so nice. Understand? Nod to show you agree.
“I believe the Federal government
has grown out of control,
threatening the Rights,
Liberties, and Property
of the People. This is being
done at the Executive, Legislative
and Judicial levels. This is
direct opposition to the
Constitution and the
Founding Father’s vision
for the Federal Government.
Because I believe this, today
I exercised by right as a
free citizen and did not vist
the White House. “
Tim Thomas 2012
Those terrible Iranians, setting up some sort of assassination. But unexamined by the main stream is the curious question: Why would a serious, professional player such as Iran use such a weak and incompetent agent as the Mexican mafia. Surely the evil Iranians have plenty of bomb makers at home. Given the porous borders of the United States, surely some in house fanatics can be slipped across the border. Likewise, materials and equipment sufficient for sabotage can be found aplenty in the domestic United States. All in all, it appears to be out of character for Iran to use such dullards for such important purpose.
Cui Bono. The Mexican Mafia have taken advantage of American good nature before. All those nasty weapons they got from the gullible ATF. Surely, the smartest president the Americans have to date, hailing from the crime filled city of Chicago, would know the crafty nature and long reach of those organized crime types. I guess it was a cleverer plan than I can conceive; it backfired on the Americans much as the Iranian plot backfired on them. Those darn Mexican mafia types.
Conspiracy theory 101. The main stream media is not examining things, why should it? I wish they did. Whispers are that the person taking advantage of the bungled Iranian plot is none other than the faction of President Zero. The Iranians would not have used the mafia for this purpose, they have their own agents, ones both competent and trustworthy. Zero needs a war to win re-election, and this is his trial balloon for a Reichstag fire. But the main stream media, those ability challenged activists, are too busy carrying water for the Alinskyite faction (heck, they are part of the Alinskyite movement), to do their job. In a society without freedom of speech, these ugly conspiracy whispers only act to erode belief in rule of law, magnify desire for black market economics, and encourage the spread of secret combinations. Oh well.
Back to tax paying for this mud encrusted peasant.
The Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan released it’s report yesterday to the Government of Canada (pdf of report here) and firmly stated that Canada should remain in Afghanistan until 2011 and that NATO has to add at least another battle group to Kandahar Province to assist Canada with combat operations there (more details here and here).
The report clearly states the importance of our work there in the past, present and future. It is in a statement to the press by panel member Pamela Wallin, one of Canada’s most respected and accomplished women, that tells Canadians why we need to be in Afghanistan:
I think in the past few months, we have all been profoundly changed by what we have seen and what we have heard, and most powerfully more me by the Afghan people themselves. Their spirit has not been defeated by decades of war with the Soviets, the poverty, or the unspeakable terror of the Taliban. They want to take charge of their future, not necessarily to build a democracy as we know it, but when they are able and ready, they are already more than willing to take on responsibility for the safety of their citizens.
We are in Afghanistan because we chose to be there. We, like our allies, responded to the attacks of 9/11. We lost citizens too. But the Taliban and al-Qaeda continue to pose a threat to us here and there and they try to undermine what we believe in and what we stand for. Yes, we are putting our troops in harm’s way. We are at war. This is not some simple peacekeeping operation reminiscent of a simpler, easier time. But our men and women are there willingly and enthusiastically, and they take pride not only in their military operations but also in the faces of the young girls, once shrouded, who now proudly sit in school and write their names with pencils provided by our aid dollars. Success for Afghans and for us is stability and a sense of hope. That is our exit strategy.
It will take time, but we forfeit our leverage to succeed if we threaten to leave with every roadside bomb or mortar round. Our sacrifice has been very real, precious lives lost, hearts broken, but this is urgent and important. In Afghanistan, we are there because we have a moral obligation, there is a security imperative, and a monumental humanitarian need. Our work there I think rekindles our proud tradition of being participants and not just observers on the world stage.
These eloquent words should be a source of pride to all Canadians, yet on the news I saw some of Canada’s opposition party leaders demanding we pull out now (and a third stammer foolishly while committing to doing nothing). These three men are wrong, they are an embarasment to Our Country, and I hope that Prime Minister Harper wipes the floor with them in the next general election.
h\t: Mr. C.
*Please see updates at the bottom of this post.
Benazir Bhutto hasn’t been dead 24 hours yet and it appears that the world will never know the whole truth behind her murder. When the news first broke reports had it that she had been shot in the neck and then a suicide bomber detonated and bomb. This morning we were told by the AFP:
The surgeon who treated Benazir Bhutto says she died from a shrapnel wound to the head. Authorities initially said the slain Pakistani opposition leader died from bullet wounds. But Dr. Mussadiq Khan, a surgeon who treated her, said Friday that she died from shrapnel that hit her on the right side of the skull. He also says Bhutto had no heart beat or pulse when she arrived at the hospital and that doctors failed in their efforts to resuscitate her ( link ).
In the fog and confusion after this terrible incident I can accept that there would be some discrepancy between the reported facts. Numerous reports stated that a gunman with a Kalashnikov (AK-47) took aim and fired at Bhutto before blowing himself up. If Bhutto’s surgeon said there was no bullet wound then I can accept that, but now the Interior Ministry has an explanation for her death that it expects us all to believe:
ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s interior ministry said Friday that Benazir Bhutto was killed after smashing her head on her car’s sunroof while trying to duck, and that no bullet or shrapnel was found inside her.
The ministry also said it had intercepted a phone call from a top Al-Qaeda figure congratulating a militant for the attack on her Thursday, and said there was “irrefutable evidence” the group was trying to destabilise the country.
Bhutto’s death after a suicide bomber blew himself up at her campaign rally has plunged this nuclear-armed Islamic nation into turmoil, but the ministry said she would have lived if only she had stayed inside her car.
“If she had not come out of the vehicle, she would have been unhurt, as all the other occupants of the vehicle did not receive any injuries,” ministry spokesman Brigadier Javed Cheema said. He said the post-mortem on the populist opposition leader, whose funeral earlier Friday was attended by hundreds of thousands of mourners, found her mortal wound came when she tried to duck after the bomber attacked.
The bomber also apparently fired three times at her but missed, Cheema said. When she ducked, she hit the lever of the sunroof of the car that was to speed her away from a campaign rally as she was gearing up to contest parliamentary elections set for January 8.
“The lever struck near her right ear and fractured her skull,” Cheema said. “There was no bullet or metal shrapnel found in the injury.”( link)
I doubt I’m the only one who thinks this is total BS. The world of Pakistani politics is murky and dirty. While some people pointed the finger at President Musharraf he had no sane reason to have Bhutto killed. Indeed, Musharraf and Bhutto had a common enemy in the radical Islamists that are trying to control the country. Al Qaeda, specifically Usama bin Laden, had (in their warped minds) good cause to kill her (link) and the world would readily accept that they did this as we all know that Al Qaeda is capable of horrendous crimes.
So what is the world to believe? Do we accept confused first hand accounts, do we accept the word of Bhutto’s attending surgeon, or do we accept the word of Pakistan’s Interior Ministry? Malarkey like the above will not serve the cause of bringing Bhutto’s murders to justice and maybe that is exactly what the Interior Ministry wants.
which can be seen here, clearly shows a man shooting at Benazir Bhutto from point blank range as her vehicle slowly moves forward through the crowd. Momements later we see the explosion, her assailant was no more than a few feet from Bhutto’s vehicle. We can say now without hesitation that the assertion of the Pakistan Interior Ministry that Benazir Bhutto died from hitting her head on the sunroof is without merit. Benazir Bhutto was murdered, when will the Goverment of Pakistan stopping trying to deflect blame on itself and start hunting down the people responsible for this tragedy?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that a non-partisan panel is going to look into the various options pertaining to Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan. Having a panel study this issue a present a report to parliament is a good idea as it gets the issue out of the House of Commons for the next little while and lets the focus stay on the upcoming throne speech. While the strategy is sound it is the make-up of the panel that I find particularly interesting.
On the Liberal side of the panel we have legendary television broadcaster Pam Wallin, who at one time served as Canada’s consul general to New York. We also have the guy who should have run against Paul Martin for the Liberal Party leadership, John Manley. Manley, a former deputy prime minister, was a supporter of deploying to Afghanistan when he was in cabinet and is a Liberal from the right side of his party. Since Manley is a former Liberal cabinet minister the non-partisan optics look good for Harper. I wonder though at how long it will take the Press Gallery crowd to starting beating Harper around over his other three picks: Paul Tellier, Derek Burney and Jake Epp.
Tellier was Clerk of the Privy Council under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and it was Mulroney who appointed Tellier to the head of CN. Burney was a Mulroney chief of staff who was then appointed Ambassador to the United States. Jake Epp was a senior Mulroney cabinet minister and is considered to have been one of Mulroney’s most trusted and competent ministers. The Press Gallery loves beating Harper with the Mulroney stick so I imagine that the pundits will be clubbing him with this over weekend. I doubt Harper will care.
The more I see of Harper the more I like him. I realize Harper has annoyed some of his more right wing supporter since he became prime minister, but Canada needs to be governed from the center and Harper understands this. This panel is about Afghanistan, but it is also about reaching out the old Progressive Conservative wing of the party. You know what? It’s working, and I am close to declaring myself an unabashed Stephen Harper fan.
Things like reaching out to the old PC party, governing from the center, and his not so subtle bitch-slap of Newfoundland premier Danny Williams the other day are winning over the moderate Conservatives of whom he needs their support so he can get a majority government in the next election (this seems like a good place to note that I live in the 103 seat Province of Ontario). If Prime Minister Stephen Harper can get a majority in Ottawa and govern uninterrupted for a few years he may become a prime minister for the ages.
As a good Citizen-Minister of Mitchieville, I take the time to read each and every post posted here. Imagine then my shock then tonight when the sacred pages of this blog, the blog that laughter built, were sullied by the image of womyn’s breasts at this post by Lisa Foggy.
Horrified by the sight of bare breasts on Mitchieville I read the accompanying article to see that an “artist friend” (read smut peddler) of hers had defamed one of Christianity’s most sacred paintings – The Last Supper (see related posts here, here, here and here.).
This is a shocking outrage. Not only is this an unconscionable defamation a historic piece of art, Lisa seeks to profit from it. The evidence is in, reparations are demanded, tithes must be paid – Lisa Foggy must withdraw her candidacy for Mayor of Mitchieville. Citizen-voters of Mitchieville are invited to attend an anti-Lisa rally tonight at 9:00 PM in front of the Mitchieville Public Library. Stop the outrage that is Lisa Foggy!
Vote Mitch, not *BITCH* on October 10!
I love the new Vancouver Canucks team sweaters! Check it out:
I like how they have combined the old colours and the Hockey Stick logo with the modern Orca Whale crest. This is the first ever Canucks jersey to have Vancouver written on them as well and I have to say I like the retro font they have used for that.
Click here for pretty slide show featuring the “New Sweater Release” yesterday at GM Place in Vancouver. I think I speak for all Canucks fans when I say that come June 2008 it would be nice if we finally got a “Stanley Cup Champions” parade to go along with the new team sweaters.
I have a question I would like to ask my kids, but they took off to Michigan with their mom and step-dad this morning so I can’t ask them. I will now turn to you, oh sage readers of Mitchieville, and ask this all important question. “Kids, what course of events transpired in our kitchen this morning that resulted in a ‘Fruit by-the Foot’ being wrapped around the legs of two chrome chairs and left in a sticky ball under our kitchen table?” Bruce handles things like this every day, where the hell is he? Cairn, I would have a hard time believing that this has never happened to you before…