Monthly Archives: December 2012

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US – Hillary Clinton’s Health – 30 December 2012

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20873318 Most of you who have read what I have to say here about politics will know that Hillary Clinton is not my favourite person. However, I am quite disturbed to hear the breaking news that she is in the … Continue reading

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France – Belgium – GĂ©rard Depardieu’s Tax Dodge Only Makes Sense If Belgium Doesn’t Change Its Policies, Too – 29 December 2012

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/16/gerard-depardieu-french-passport-tax?intcmp=239 When I used to work at the Prytania Theatre in New Orleans, during the run of the 1991 version of “Cyrano de Bergerac”, my co-workers and I used “Depardieu!” as a mock swear word. Now I think I would … Continue reading

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Canada – Armed Libertarianism Not A Welcome Export – The Rise Of The Freeman Movement – 29 December 2012

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Freeman+Land+movement+creates+major+poli cing+problem+agency/7756576/story.html Oh, great, another thing to worry about. Now armed libertarian extremists are coming to Canada, and even Alberta newspapers think it’s a problem. I don’t have a problem with the whole “free man” (or, let’s join the 21st … Continue reading

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US – And As Quick As The “Sensible” NRA Appears, It Disappears – 27 December 2012

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57560925/gun-classes-for-teachers-may-be-catching-on-in-wake-of-newtown-massacre/ Wait a minute – wasn’t the NRA proposal to have armed _security guards_ at schools? But now the NRA is throwing its weight behind training the _teachers_ to wield weapons? So the other more sensible suggestion was just a … Continue reading

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US – The NRA Thinks Israel Proves Its Gun Policies, But It Forgot To Tell The Israelis To Agree With Them – 26 December 2012

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1306745–israel-rejects-nra-claim-that-jewish-state-proves-u-s-needs-more-guns?google_editors_picks=true My left-wing friends who think Israel is evil should re-evaluate their claims after watching people in Israel’s foreign and public services go out of its way to embarrass the NRA this past week. This article summarises the numerous public … Continue reading

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US – Ask Your NRA-Defending Family Member To Explain Whether The Shooter’s Mom Was A “Responsible Gun Owner”, Then Enjoy The Rest Of Your Holiday – 22 December 2012

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324731304578193890846892734.html I have now officially entered the ranks of someone who has had an intra-family argument about Newtown…the kind a lot of families are probably having this Christmas in the US, I suppose, as Wayne LaPierre has now provided the … Continue reading

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South Korea – Election of Park Geun-hye – A Bit Of 1970s and 1980s Nostalgia The World Could Do Without – 21 December 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Geun-hye I remember going to a school assembly once, when Iowa Senator Tom Harkin was giving a speech to us, to ask him when the US was going to finally do something about South Africa, Taiwan and South Korea. That … Continue reading

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US – Gun Control – NRA Defensively Calls For A Kind Of Gun Control In Order To Convince Us We Don’t Want Even More Of It Than That – What They Say Is Sensible Because That’s All An Outraged Public Will Hear From Them – 21 December 2012

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/nras-call-for-armed-guards-in-us-schools-a-warning-for-politicians/article6634393/ So now, a week after the NRA decided it would be better not to speak to anyone out of a reasoned fear of any comments eliciting an outpouring of righteous indignation by millions of Americans, up pipes their “executive … Continue reading

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US – Wrapping Yourself In A Picture Of Those Killed Doesn’t Show You Get What Happened, Folks – 18 December 2012

If you want to post a picture of the people killed in Newtown, Connecticut, or a list of their names, I can accept that as a genuine indication of your sorrow at their deaths…unless: 1. You are currently of the … Continue reading

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