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CANADA A NO-GO ZONE for BUSH and CHENEY : THREE STRIKES, They’re Out! Out! Out!……Cheney’s afraid!

May 24, 2012 1 comment

Bush & Hitler = the same

Bush & Hitler = the same (Photo credit: MedienGuerilla)

Top Two Torturers avoid Canada

This blogger writes: The two top torturers of  the disgraced  George W. Bush  White House administration seem to have finally hit three-strikes-and-out against their own free entry into Canada in the future. The Decider Himself, George W. Bush, and his former vice president Dick Cheney have struck out three times in Canada since September, 2011, handicapped by their twin status as fugitives from the law for their self-confessed records of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

See videos of Bush admitting to approving torture HERE

DATELINE September 27, 2011, Vancouver, CANADA

Book Hustler Cheney hustled out of town

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney drew a war criminal’s welcome  – “the kind of welcome he deserved,” in the words of one protestor – as the American leader most often referred to a s a “war criminal” arrived in Vancouver to promote his memoirs and speak at a $500-a-plate speaking event. Cheney spoke to The Bon Mot book club in Vancouver to hustle his new book. At the posh Club Vancouver, protestors effectively obstructed entry to the event. Cheney was said to have been extremely upset when his exit from the club was delayed for seven hours while police cleared the surrounding streets of angry protestors. The next day, in Calgary, Alberta, Cheney again drew protestors at a second promotional dinner and speech.

In the meantime, since the end of the Bush administration in 2008 numerous human rights organizations have been bombarding the government of Canada with demands to apply its immigration laws banning or detaining persons who have been deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity“ under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, sec 35(1) (a) equally to all people. To this date, Bush and and Cheney have been given carte blanche to enter and leave Canada with impunity

…but times change… DATELINE  October 20, 2011, Surrey, CANADA

Bush smirks at Canadians, gets ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card from AG

Bush speaks in Canada, pockets $200,000, Smirks, Gives Justice the Slip! The “Protest at the Sheraton” was a street protest outside the Sheraton Hotel, Surrey, B.C., where George W. Bush spoke before a Chamber of Commerce crowd and collected a fee believed to have been approximately $200,000. Protestors howled in the streets, specifically aiming at outing Bush’s culpability in the perpetration of  war crimes, specifically torture,  associated with the War On Terror.

Simultaneously, The Canadian Center for International Justice  (CCIJ) filed a criminal indictment against Bush timed to synchronize exactly with the protest at the Sheraton, for his alleged criminal complicity in the torture of prisoners. All signs point to suspicious political interference with the Office of the Attorney General for British Columbia, as the CCIJ indictment was first booked for a January hearing, then hours later mysteriously dropped from the court’s agenda by a Stay of Proceedings. Rookie Attorney General Shirley Bond  has never explained her action in this event.

Bush is living now in a shrinking world.  Everywhere he goes criminal charges await him. He narrowly escaped justice in February, 2011 in Switzerland where a criminal indictment  awaited him. Bush won’t be visiting Switzerland again.

DATE LINE March 13, 2012 Toronto, CANADA

Cheney and daughter fear entering Canada

Dick Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth cancel speeches in Toronto, Canada. They express concern that they would be exposed to danger by Canadian protestors who oppose torture and want Cheney arrested, as Cheney  experienced in Vancouver, B.C. in September 2011. American law scholar and popular blogger Jonathan Turley explained at the time that,  while Americans appear reconciled with the torture program, citizens in other countries still demand that Bush officials be arrested according to international law.

Turley humorously wrote in his blogpost about the shy  Cheneys:

“The aspect of this story that I love the most is the name of the group that was arranging Cheney’s visit on April 24th: Spectre. Yes, Spectre of Ernst Stavro Blofeld fame. Number 1 in this case was Ryan Ruppert of Spectre Live Corp. who explained that “[a]fter speaking with their security advisers, they changed their mind on coming to the event [and] decided it was better for their personal safety they stay out of Canada. It is not clear if Blofeld’s cat will make the trip instead.

Cheney could claim a curious victory in frustrating efforts to arrest him. In the words of Blofeld: “Such a pity. All that time and energy wasted, simply to provide you with one mock, heroic moment.” [Look into camera, pet cat, exit stage right]”

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BREAKING NEWS May 24, 2012

Report by Joan Bryden “Canada’s failure to arrest former U.S. president George W. Bush during a visit to B.C. is cited by Amnesty International in its annual report on human rights atrocities around the globe. At the time of Bush’s visit last October, Amnesty maintained the former president authorized the use of torture against detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, in Afghanistan and Iraq as the U.S. pursued its war on terror following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. It cited the use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” and cruel, degrading treatment, such as forcing detainees to remain in painful position, without sleep, for hours. As a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture… Canada has an obligation to take action against alleged violators, including Bush.”

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Bush Torture Indictment | Center for Constitutional Rights.

U.N. Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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George W. Bush and The War On Terror – Report

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“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered  just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly.  Where will it all end?”

That’s what this blog is all about.

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Bush Skips Town on secret ‘GET OUT OF JAIL FREE’ Card – Canada’s Cowardly Legal Lions Protecting ‘W’ from Justice?

October 28, 2011 1 comment

COVERUP : B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond stays proceedings against Bush, posthaste! Without Reading It’s 69+ Pages First? **

Attorney General still has not given us any reasons in writing: Senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights

George W. Bush was slipped a secret GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD from Canada‘s cowardly legal powers on 24 October, 2011 allowing the former U.S. president to once again slip through the fingers of justice fighters aiming to bring him in for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bush’s 20 October speaking engagement at a hotel in Surrey, B.C. closed down city streets, commandeered phalanxes of special police protection officers and attracted hundreds of highly-vocal, sign-waving protestors railing against war crimes widely believed to have been perpetrated by the Bush administration. Even while the protestors were raising their voices against Bush, a British Columbia court official in Surrey accepted delivery from a group of human rights organizations of a scathing 69-page criminal indictment against Bush, and duly set a hearing date for January, 2012.

Things fizzled out from there:

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Canadian Centre for International Justice – criminal indictment filed against Bush

Matt Eisenbrandt, legal director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), one of the intervening rights organizations, said in a press release the same day: ” Mere hours after a justice of the peace received the criminal information and the court set a hearing date for January, we received notice by phone that the Attorney General of British Columbia had already intervened in the case and stayed the proceedings against former President Bush, effectively ending the case.”

The indictment brought by the rights group, which comprises the New York based Center For Constitutional Justice, Amnesty International as well as the CCIJ lays out the harrowing case of four individuals who endured horrendous tortures including beatings, chaining to cell walls, being hung from walls or ceilings while handcuffed, lack of access to toilets, sleep, food and water-deprivation, exposure to extreme temperatures, sensory overload and deprivation while captive in the hands of U.S. military forces. One of  the men, Hassan Bin Attash, is still detained at Guantánamo. He has been imprisoned there without charge for more than nine years.

 Eisenbrandt says the legal basis for the indictment is exceptionally strong, and the case should have been tried under the Criminal Code of Canada.  “A slap in the face to the four men who were brutally tortured by Mr. Bush’s government..” is how he describes the Attorney General’s underhanded scuttling of the case.

Shirley Bond is the Attorney General for the province of British Columbia. It was her office that intervened in the case and stayed the proceedings against Bush. Bond was named Attorney General on August 18, 2011. She serves as Attorney General on an interim basis. Bond’s assistant deputy attorney general,Robert W. G. Gillen, Q.C.,  has respsonded to this blogger’s enquiries regarding documentation and rationale behind her shutting down the case against Bush, but unsatisfactorily. Gillen’s letter is currently being reviewed and analyzed by a CCIJ lawyer. Click: link to the CCIJ critique.

◊This blogger is awaiting results of a Freedom of Information Request in search for possible dark politics at play protecting Bush from Justice in Canada.

Rookie, temporary B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond – behind secret Stay of Proceedings against Bush – Spook #2 protecting Bush?

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While an attorney general of a Canadian province is not required to take instruction from the federal AG, Bond’s brief tenure in the position and the tenderfoot status of the  provincial government of which she is a member causes speculation about what influence the federal Attorney General’s office might have played in her decision. Canada’s present  Conservative federal government led by prime minister Stephen Harper is known to have had congenial relations with the Bush administration, even in times of Bush’s deepest unpopularity and impending political death.

Federal AG Rob Nicholson – Spook #1 protecting Bush?

Federal Attorney General,  Robert Nicholson, has  not responded to enquiries from this blogger regarding possible political interference and his stance on investigating and apprehending Bush based on the stayed charges.


It’s a deafening silence.

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Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights said, ” The Attorney General still has not given us any reasons in writing for staying the case, but the speed with which it was done shows the case was not treated seriously.

Gallagher brings forward the ever-present legal jeopardy that haunts George W. Bush these days. His world is shrinking around him :

Mr. Bush will need to be exceedingly careful about where he travels.  He has caused harm to so many – including those who were  tortured in U.S.-run detention facilities – and he remains vulnerable to prosecution in any of the other 145 countries that have signed the Convention Against Torture, as long as the United States continues to breach its own obligations under the Convention.”

Canadian Maher Arar “renditioned” by U.S. sued and won damages from Canada

There is something that could explain why Canadian authorities are happy to let Bush breeze through with no fuss, no muss, and certainly no criminal indictments accepted. Canada itself has been complicit in Bush’s war ziggurat, and paid a price. Canada, like many other countries, once cooperated with Bush in various ways and now finds itself in a squeeze equally along with Mr. Bush. In 2002 a Canadian court awarded Canadian citizen  Maher Arar $10 million in damages  for the suffering he endured  when he was illegally handed over by Canada to U.S. security forces, who then imposed “renditioning” on him – being shipped off to a third party country for torture. In a U.S. ‘black’ detention centre in Syria, Arar was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months. Arar is active now in investigating the U.S. and Syrian personnel who perpetrated these crimes against him.

Perhaps because of  the heat raised by one case like Arar’s, now Canadian authorities feel shy, and sly,  about not bothering with Bush.

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Let there be no mistake: the international hunt for Bush and his War On Terror cronies is real, widespread, and well-armed for Justice. More countries find themselves inexorably sucked into the Bush war crimes vortex. One big question to be settled is which countries ran secret, illegal prisons on their soil on behalf of Bush’s torture experts?  Evidence girds the globe implicating Great Britain, Spain, Australia, Poland and Lithuania. Legal minds in those countries already are furiously cobbling together whatever legal defences they can muster against inevitable charges coming their way on this account.

Spanish prosecutors have already pressed criminal charges against six senior Bush administration officials who approved the harsh interrogation methods that detainees say were employed at U.S. military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo Bay and other sites.

Last November, Italian courts convicted a CIA  chief and 22 other Americans  –  all CIA operatives – in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric who ended up in a secret prison in Egypt. The Americans were tried in absentia and aren’t expected to serve jail time. Still…the noose tightens.

One puzzlement is that, while other countries prepare to face war crimes charges, the one obvious suspect is utterly blithe on the subject. One Miami Herald headline said:

Other countries probe Bush-era torture, not U.S. 

Could America consider herself immune from prosecution? What is Liberty thinking?

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“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered  just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly.  Where will it all end?” 

That’s what this blog is all about.


Bush News Flash – Amnesty International to Canadian Government: Detain, Investigate George W. Bush for War Crimes

October 9, 2011 2 comments

Nemesis—The Last Days of the American Republic

Nemesis—The Last Days of the American Republic (Photo credit: Earthworm)

Canada

Canada (Photo credit: palindrome6996)

 Bush Must be Detained  : Amnesty International to Canadian Government

Arrest George W. Bush“: Amnesty International to Canadian Government

read full 24H Vancouver story online –  select date Oct 7, navigate to p.6.

Metro Vancouver has been abuzz in recent days with rumours and hearsay of how Canada might arrest top officials of the Bush administration as they try to enter Canada in the near future.

Newspapers across Canada over the weekend  carried front-page stories passing an urgent message to the Government of Canada from Amnesty International: Canada has a legal “obligation” to detain and investigate George W. Bush for alleged War Crimes. The former U.S. president will attempt to enter Canada on 20 October, 2011 for a speaking engagement at a regional economic summit in the border city of Surrey, B.C. The City of Surrey is a member city of Metro VancouverFormer president William J. Clinton is  scheduled to appear with Bush  at the summit in Surrey. 

Cheney’s visits to Canada drew protestors

The upset surrounding the former American leaders began 26 September when former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney spoke to The Bon Mot book club in Vancouver to promote his recently published memoirs. At the posh Club Vancouver, protestors obstructed entry to the $500-a-plate event. The next day, in Calgary, Alberta, Cheney again drew protestors at a second promotional dinner and speech.

In the meantime,  numerous human rights organizations have been bombarding the government of Canada with demands to apply its immigration laws banning or detaining persons who have been deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity“ under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, sec 35(1) (a) equally to all people. To date, Bush administration officials have been given carte blanche to enter and leave Canada with impunity. Conservative  prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harperhas always been sympatico with Bush and  the controversial “War on Terror.”  Before the Harper government (first elected in 2006),  Liberal Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien refused  to join Bush’s rush to invade Iraq in 2003.

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Water boarding torture – Trivialized by Cheney

A perfect storm may now be building head. This latest contingency places Mr. Bush exactly where human rights organizations have been waiting to have him: in the hands of a democratic foreign country willing to stand up to a leader who led the U.S. into an illegal war in Iraq, and is alleged to have approved numerous war crimes. Torture tops the list of the alleged war crimes.

At least four large organizations have been pressuring Canada to arrest or ban Bush officials: Vancouver-based  Lawyers Against the War,  The StopWar Coalition, the New York–based Center for Constitutional Rights, and London-based  Amnesty International have all recently lobbied Canada’s immigration minister, Jason KenneyCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Dianne Wattsthe mayor of  The City of Surrey  to insist that authorities  apply Canadian immigration law to all persons equally.

At the present time one Canadian citizen serving time at Guantanamo prison in Cuba for killing a U.S. soldier finds himself right at the centre of the clash between the U.S. and Canada. Omar Khadr was “renditioned” – shipped overseas to a third world country for torture – by the U.S. and is now working with Amnesty International to try to get home to Canada. Progress has been non-existent for Khadr. The Americans show no inclination to repatriate a prisoner taken under the auspices of the War on Terror.

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Toronto Sun story

Read  full Toronto Sun article online.

The Toronto Sun newspaper carried the story of the upcoming potential contretemps between the two countries in its October 9 edition.

Bryn Weese, of  the Sun’s parliamentary bureau wroteAmnesty Internatioanal is calling on the federal government to detain and investigate George W. Bush for war crimes. In fact, the organisation says the government has “an obligation” to do it…“The government of Canada has an obligation to start an investigation into former U.S. president George  W. Bush’s alleged involvement in , and responsibility for crimes under internernational law, including torture, while he is visiting Canada on 20 October,” according to a press release from the organization sent out Thursday.

Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney has bristled at the growing pressures brought upon him by activists. He had a heated exchange of letters with Amnesty International over the weekend, in which he told the organization he is “disappointed” in their dogged pursuit of  Bush officials. Kenney wrote that Amnesty International is “squandering” its own moral authority.

At the very least, October 20 is going to be a day of tensions in Canada as activists do their best to push  Canadian government officials to action, while attempting to cause as much embarassment to both sides in the international squabble as they possibly can.

Based on the present Canadian government’s past close relations with the Bush administration, activists are facing an uphill battle in trying to persuade Canada to bring the Americans to justice.

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“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered  just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly.  Where will it all end?”

That’s what this blog is all about.


In Canada Noose Tightens around Bush-era War Criminals – Cheney’s Visit Draws Protestors, Bush, Clinton Likely to Face Same Soon

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Witness Against Torture: Vince Warren

Witness Against Torture: Vince Warren (Photo credit: Shrieking Tree)

City of Greenpeace, No Nukes, and anti-war – Vancouver, Canada

This blogger writes: The peaceful, green Canadian city that first officially opposed  George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003,  that gave birth to environmental juggernaut Greenpeace, and that officially declared itself a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone decades ago, gave former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney a war criminal’s welcome  – “the kind of welcome he deserved,” in the words of one protestor – as the American leader most often referred to as a “war criminal” arrived in Vancouver to promote his memoirs and speak at a $500-a-plate speaking event on 27 September.

Vancouver protestors block entry to Cheney dinner & book event

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Cheney got “the welcome he deserved” in Vancouver – protestor

Police were called in to control hundreds of protestors who blocked the entrance to the posh Vancouver Club, making it difficult and frazzling for paid-up ticket holders to gain entry to the venue.

The promotional event was sponsored by The Bon Mot Cluband  sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale.

People do get a thrill out of seeing a real monster live and up close, in technicolor!

Cheney draws protestors in Calgary, Alta.

Cheney drew fire again from more protestors the following evening when he spoke to a Calgary, Alberta nosh ‘n talk crowd.

Click here to watch video interview with Katherine Gallagher and Matt Eisenbrandt of The Center for Constitutional Rights explaining why Cheney should be arrested, not celebrated.

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It’s not only Dick Cheney who is drawing heat in Canada recently. Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton are targeted continent-wide by at least four organized groups seeking to bring them to justice for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mr. Cheney is only the most recent leader to face protests from angry Canadians.  More showdowns loom on the near horizon.

Visit of George W. Bush on October 20, 2011: Canada must prevent entry or arrest and ensure prosecution for torture:

Bush tops arrrest list – activists

George W. Bush and  William J. Clinton are scheduled to appear together in the border city of Surrey, B.C. on 20 October, 2011 at a regional economic development summit. Surrey is a member city of Metro Vancouver.  Human Rights activists will be awaiting the arrival of both former presidents there in October.

Clinton of less concern – activists

Vancouver-based  Lawyers Against the War,  The StopWar Coalition, the New York–based Center for Constitutional Rights, and London-based  Amnesty International have all recently lobbied Canada’s immigration minister, Jason Kenney, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Dianne Wattsthe mayor of  The City of Surrey  to insist that authorities  apply Canadian immigration law to the former U.S. leaders, just as the law is applied to all persons who have been deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity” under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, sec 35(1) (a).

The Hon. Don Davies, NDP critic for Immigration of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Canadian parliament also went public with a demand that Cheney either be banned from entering Canada, or must face a court of law upon his arrival in Canada.

But Mr. Cheney found a friend the same day. Prominent “reputation manager,” Doug Anderson, senior vice-president of  marketing, research and intelligence for Harris Decima defended Cheney on the popular CBC TV News show, “At Issue.” Anderson inveighed against Mr. Davies’ remarks about banning Cheney from Canada, arguing: ”A lot of people in Canada don’t like Dick Cheney, don’t agree with what he did, but I think that might not strike people as being the way to handle that issue.”  Vancouver journalist Charlie Smith called Anderson’s remarks “elite manufactured consent” in The Georgia Straight newspaper.

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The legal ammo the activists use against the former leaders are two important international laws: (1) The declaration proclaimed at the Nuremberg Tribunal following the Second World War that declared that launching a war of aggression was the  “supreme” war crime if it was not done in self defence. Many legal scholars argue that a war of aggression can only be fought with the backing of the UN Security Council. Bush’s “Iraqi Freedom” was not authorized by the UN Security Council…and….

U.S. disregards anti-torture UN law

(2) The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which the United States participated in drafting. The U.S., however, has neither signed nor ratified the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture. When the Bush administration dismissed United Nations concerns about torture, one judge observed: “America’s idea of what is torture … does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations.”  

Cheney represents un-‘Lawful Evil’ to many

 

[As for himself, Cheney made the claim in Vancouver that the controversial water-boarding torture, which he called merely a “coercive interrogation technique”  was used only three times under his watch! I wonder. Did Cheney’s blithe, well-heeled audience actually believe that? 

THIS  blogger doesn’t believe Cheney’s claim for a minute. Three instances of water boarding by American interrogators are on the record. But were they recorded deliberately? Or were they instead leaked photos or recordings? Further, countless prisoners taken by the U.S. were subjected to “rendition” – the practice of shipping detainees away to third party nations where torture is regularly, routinely  practised. Are we to believe that none of those other barbaric countries water-boarded “renditioned”  U.S. prisonersnot even once, !?]

Water boarding torture causes victim drowning panic

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A spokesperson for the New York based Center For Constitutional Rights said that her group was calling for Bush’s arrest but not for Clinton’s, even though they’ll both be in Surrey in October, because Clinton’s 1999 leadership role in the joint invasion with NATO of the former Yugoslavia has already been before the International Court of Justice in the Hague. More seriously, Bush led America in 2003  into war against Iraq criminally, as defined in both international and domestic laws.

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American criminal lawyer Vincent Bugliosi (who is famous for his convictions of such notorious felons as Charles Manson for murder)  makes the case for charging Bush with first degree murder under U.S. criminal law in his 2008 bestselling book “The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder.”     In the book, Bugliosi proposes that Bush could, and should, be charged for “the most serious crime ever commited in American history” –  the taking of America into an illegal war under  false pretences, and therein perpetrating serious war crimes. The author writes with deep passion that Bush’s disregard for law and moral rectitude directly resulted in the  deaths of  more than 100,000 human beings, including 4,000 young American soldiers, thus showing “reckless and wanton disregard” for the consequences and “indifference to human life,”  terms that both would lead to a conviction for murder under U.S. criminal law.

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“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered  just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly.  Where will it all end?”

That’s what this blog is all about.



Bush War Criminals Not Welcome in Canada: The Gloves Come Off. Vancouver lawyer seeks Dick Cheney’s arrest as War Criminal; Bush on No-Entry list too!

September 24, 2011 3 comments

Ghoulish war criminal Cheney not wanted in Canada

This blogger writes:

Canadians are assailing  federal minister of  immigration Jason Kenney to BAN former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney’s imminent entry into Canada to address a speakers’ club.

But the anti-Cheney protest is just the first round. Canadians’ legendary meekness seems about to turn to fierce direct action against the entire George W. Bush administration. A group of Canadian lawyers has launched an initiative to have former U.S. president George W. Bush declared a War Criminal too, and to be banned from entering Canada. 

The Vancouver, B.C. speakers’ club, “The Bon Mot” has the notorious former V.P scheduled to speak on 26 September.  Ironically (and perhaps predictably!) the ghoulish Cheney’s address is already sold out. Morbid curiosity always attracts people to roadside crashes, doesn’t it?

So far, the following official parties have raised the alarum against hosting Bush and Cheney in Canada: Amnesty International, Lawyers Against the War, and the Hon. Don Davies, critic for Immigration of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. They want to stop Cheney from completing this engagement because of Cheney’s oft- admitted approval and oversight of torture against unindicted and illegaly detained civilians in the U.S’ “War On Terror.” 

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This blogger wrote to minister Kenney regarding the scheduled appearance of Cheney in Vancouver:

Dear Minister Kenney,

Your portfolio encompasses the oversight and proper administration of certain Canadian laws relevant to Refusal of Entry to Canada of persons deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.” Impending, on 26 Sept, 2011, is a scheduled visit of former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney to the City of Vancouver to speak to a curiously blithe private club, the “Bon Mot Club.”

Ban war criminal Cheney from Canada


But this visit can in no way be seen as a “bon événement” for Vancouver, for the province of B.C. or for Canadians in general.

Canadian Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney

Cheney must be barred from entering Canada, or, if he is allowed entry, he must be duly brought before a Canadian Court of Law to answer for his heinous war crimes. (This very threat caused Cheney recently to cancel an engagement in Switzerland.)
BE LIKE SWITZERLAND, minister! Stand Up for Human Rights and International Law. Make Canada proud! Cheney admits openly to the execution of countless illegal actions against the civil rights of U.S. citizens and of “prisoners of war” in The War On Terror. People have disappeared!
Canadians remember. Cheney is KNOWN to have been the mastermind behind countless heinous crimes! The “War On Terror” ultimately became “The War on Human Rights!”
If you allow Cheney entry into our country, you will be flouting the laws you have sworn to uphold, and you will be committing an offence against the good common sense of  ordinary Canadians. You will be compelled to resign your position as minister of Immigration. I will encourage the prime minister to fire you.
BAN Dick Cheney from our land, or PROSECUTE him upon entry!
Sincerely,

WT 
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Click the following link to read  Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson, of “Lawyers Against the War” on Cheney and Bush, in The Georgia Straight:

 Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson seeks Dick Cheney’s arrest | Vancouver, Canada | Straight.com.

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Lawyers Against the War” also produced  a six-page legal brief sent to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and his top advisers singularly denying the appropriateness of allowing former U.S. president George W. Bush to enter Canada. Click here to download the document.

Canadians' gloves off. Ban Bush's War Criminals from Canada!

Here is a brief extract of the document:

George W. Bush  is reported to be coming to Surrey, B.C. on October 20, 2011 at the invitation of Surrey Mayor Diane Watts. There is overwhelming evidence that George W. Bush as President of the United States of America and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces aided, abetted and counselled the torture of non-Americans at U.S. controlled prisons outside the U.S. including but not limited to Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Bagram prison in Afghianistan and other places…

  • We are writing to report that George W. Bush, former President of the United States, is inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), sec 35(1) (a) because of overwhelming evidence that he has ‘committed,’ outside Canada, torture and other offences referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act (CAHWC).
  • the George W. Bush administration is known to have  engaged in systematic gross human rights violations, or a war crime against humanity within the meaning of subsection 6(3) to (5) of the CAHWC
  •  We request that you…ensure that the RCMP War Crimes Secition immediately takes the following steps:
  • begin an investigation of George W. Bush for aiding, abetting and counselling torture between November 13, 2001 and November 2008 at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba…and
  • acknowledge that the George W. Bush’s administration was a “government that has engaged in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity, and therefore GWB…is inadmissible under section 35(1) (b) of the IRPA

Click here to download the complete document.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. Sympatico with Bush

Will the Conservative, Bush-friendly Canadian government really move to ban Bush and Cheney from Canada? Not  likely. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is known to have been sympatico with the Bush White House, so, barring riots in the streets or some such violent eruption of public protest in Canada, Harper will make this issue just go away. That’s the sad realpolitik of it!

BUT…..

…meanwhile, local antiwar activists are planning to give Cheney “the welcome he deserves”. The StopWar Coalition is calling for a protest starting at 5:30 p.m. outside the event at the Vancouver Club.  And Human Rights Watch has lately been bringing pressure to bear upon Canada to investigate Bush and Cheney for Crimes Against Humanity.

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“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered  just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly.  Where will it all end?”

That’s what this blog is all about.



My American Neighbours: Still Good Friends? It takes a lot of “moral imagination”

April 26, 2011 3 comments

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❝America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.

Poet  e. e. cummings

❝The American republic began with physical and economic assets as well as a rich intellectual legacy of enlightened ideas. It could afford to make mistakes, as it inevitably would, because the sheer potential of the continent would rescue and redeem blunders that would have proved fatal in a more constricted…contest.❞

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I confess, I’m more than a tad discomfited by my old neighbours to the south, the USA. I’ve always taken for granted that certain values were common to both of our great societies: justice, peace, fairness, common-sense thinking; civility, rule of law – a “Just Society,” as envisioned by our country’s greatest prime minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. These things seem messed up in America lately. Can we still be friends? Can I find the “moral imagination” called for by President Barack Obama on 12 January 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, to embrace this strangely morphed nation? I wonder.

How did America get from its original state of grace and plenty to today, where she is almost always engaged in vitriol and incivility at home, and in perrenial bootless military struggle abroad? Edward Teller – the man who invented “The Super,” the hydrogen bomb – (hard on the heels of Robert Oppenheimer’s creation of the first atomic bombs) wrote dolefully in a personal correspondence in 1945, ” The things we are working on today are so terrible that no amount of protesting and fiddling with politics will save our souls.

Though the traumatic birth of the atomic age   is now 65 years behind us [yet still just as frightening, at one remove away from the immediate moment], today the soul of America still seems traumatized by its realization of its own destructive power in the world. It’s as if  echoes of  the awful bang of  atomic bombs exploding reverberates in the soul of America all the time – never-ending. Danger is always near. In this post-9/11 era, America sees deadly foreign-sponsored terror hiding behind every tree and in every piece of carry-on luggage. On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, citizens pick viciously at their own skins, always finding that no administration – so far – is up to the vital task of nurturing a just and fair society while producing The Good Life that most Americans feel they deserve.

The national economy stumbles and sways, shedding jobs every way it turns. An unemployment rate that never falls below ten per cent is somehow tolerable! Insane fiscal policy continues to shower treasure upon the richest citizens  while continually thumping the working and vanishing middle classes with staggering consumer debt, patchy health care [House votes to repeal health care law – click here], and entirely frightening futures. ←Privatized “Medicare”- solution? The federal government is going broke, while trying to go for broke!

What gives? Where is Ellis “rich legacy” and “redemption” ? What about e. e. cummings forward movement to a better tommorow? To return for a moment to the atomic metaphor, consider Robert Oppenheimer’s reported grim vision he experienced at Almagordo, N.M. upon witnessing the first awful fruits of his patriotic labours, the successful test detonation of the first atomic bomb. In horror, he took pen to paper and jotted down this passage from the the Bhagavad Gītā, the Hindu scripture, :I am become Death. The Destroyer of Worlds”  [click: to see first a- bomb & Robert  Oppenheimer’s tears].”

If viewed through that all-seeing eye of modern life – the TV screen – the American tableau of mayhem, murder, soul-deadening gratuitous sex, violent video games aimed at youth, gunfire and fear in the streets, casualities everywhere – a pervasive psychopathy all around – you must ask yourself whether this country, this United States of America,  isn’t some kind of Death Culture?

Has Americabecome deathto herself and the rest of the world? How do we reconcile the promise of the American Dream with the imponderable accusation that the USA has become a terrorist state?

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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

About.com. Teerrorism The website About.com says: “The United States is routinely accused of terrorism...” applying that accusation specifically to America’s providing armaments to Israel – weapons that Israel in turn uses in its terroristic attacks against Palestinians. Israel’s ceaseless rounds of deliberate slaughter of civilians in unprovoked, surprise bombing raids comprise real terrorism, says About.com. But even more harsh words have entered the public discourse in casting the USA as a terrorist state. For example, activist Noam Chomsky said to interviewer David Barsamian in Monthly Review : “The USA has become a terrorist state itself…the Reagan Administration set off a terrorist bombing [in Beirut] in 1985 that was very much like [the] Oklahoma City [bombing], a truck bombing outside a mosque timed to kill the maximum number of people as they left. Further on the topic of “American Terrorism, Chomsky continued:I don’t know what name you give to the attack that’s killed maybe a million civilians in Iraq and maybe a half a million children, which is the price the Secretary of State says we’re willing to pay. Is there a name for that? Supporting Israeli atrocities is another one. Where has all the promise and wonder of the Republic gone? What about Peace? Whence prosperity?

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I’m critical of of the Pilgirms’ progess down south. Highly critical. America was a noble experiment. But a failed noble experiment, I say. It’s very complicated, having a lot to do with some obvious issues, but just as much to do with many subtle, socio-political issues. Very complicated.

I’m a Canadian, and so a North American. Just like every American is too. We all live on the same block here, so to speak.

But you know how, sometimes, a neighbour family on your block starts out being such an ideal bunch – they have shiny new cars, are well-dressed; they’re sociable, family-loving and proud… but over the years sometimes an ideal neighbour can mysteriously morph into something you don’t quite recognize as “desirable” in the neighbourhood anymore? You’ve felt surprisingly bothered by them after too many incidents involving them being loud, aggressive, untrustworthy, violent; police-incident-inducing, drug-addicted, paranoiac, or possibly so deeply buried in personal debt that, finally, one day they file bankruptcy and fly the coop. Whew!

But then their cold, empty, foreclosed vacant house remains behind, sitting indolently on your street, spoiling property values ? Well, that’s approximately what I feel has happened with my formerly EXCELLENT American neighbours just across the border. Except, of course, they haven’t gone away. They’re still there.

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º Two questions come forward: “What is Wrong With America Today?” and “How Can We Fix A Broken America? “

braying donkeySince I’ve been writing critically from Canada about my neighbour , the USA, I’ve had  every kind of invective flung at me. According to my detractors I am : a Hater,Stupid“, Jealous of Americans; “a Liar,” “an Idiot“, “a Vicious Totalatarian{!!!**!!!}…the list goes on… Clearly, I’ve hit a nerve. It’s a hard thing for a person of any nationality to hear the name of his country disparaged – especially for that particularly clamorous Proud Eagle Patriot whose LOUD singsong is always U.S.A # 1 ! And for whom, no matter what the matter at hand might be – America is ALWAYS right. Period. The end

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Some readers will accuse me of pushing my arguments about American transgressions far beyond what might be relatively inoffensive “disparagement.” They will say I amattacking” America.

Please! Every Canadian knows: we are like a mouse sleeping in bed with an elephant.

c.a.n.a.d.a    U.S.A.

When the elephant rolls over…well...!

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What is Wrong With America Today?

Hiroshima

(1) America has been, since 8:15 A.M. on August 6, 1945, the world’s most terrific terrorist state. America is the only state in human history to have used the atomic bomb – on civilians, no less – and celebrated the mass-murder. President Harry Truman was at seaon the day the first a-bomb reduced 75,000+ Japanese civilians to radioactive ashes at Hiroshima. Upon getting the “success” report from the Enola Gay, Truman reportedly almost levitated his way along the decks, humming a joyous tune in celebration of the mass incineration . [see “Bomb Power : The Modern Presidency and the National Security State” / by Garry Wills.] And shortly after that (a little-reported gem), with WWII finally wrapped up, Truman pulled out his big atomic tomato again! This time Truman threatened Russiawith another a-bomb, demanding that Russia back away from a certain East European country that the U..S. had its own eye on for occupation. Russia complied. [ibid]

Fat Man & Little Boy: World’s first atomic bombs vaporized 150,000 Japanese civilians

From that fateful moment in 1945, when America unleashed her horrific weapon – WWII being “won & done” and thus rendered an irrelevancy on the spectrum of worldwide, historical terror – human civilization would never be the same again. The nuclear peril will be with us forever. It’s horror is unimaginable. [click: see recreation of Hiroshima nuclear bomb ]  The estimated two-year death toll from the Hiroshima bomb, after counting deaths from “atom bomb disease” – nuclear radiation – is 500,000. This illustrates the essential American character: imperialist, aggressive and over-eager to use force and preemption to advance American power.

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(2) America since Bush Jr., and, perplexingly, the same under the Obama administration,  has become a Rogue State. The USA defies International Law, she stirs up fear and hatred both at home and abroad.

In his infamous WAR blurt: If you’re not with us, then you’re against us,George W. Bush implied  that MY country, Canada, was somehow an evil outsider. But Mr. Bush’s war in Iraq was illegal. And immoral. Bush foisted lie, after lie, after lie about Iraq upon U.S. citizens, egging along Americans’ patriotic fervor to attack. Ultimately, American citizens in uniform went off to kill or be killed in Iraq for NO VALID REASON.  [see: What We’ve lost : Bush’s War on Democracy and Freedom / Graydon Carter] America lies and steals to take what she wants, from whomever she wants it, whenever she wants it! (In Iraq and Iran, oil; on the American western frontier, the Indian Wars, to steal the traditional homelands of the First Nations peoples.) The USA can not be trusted. [see”Imperial America : Reflections on the United States of Amnesia”/ by Gore Vidal.]

Graydon Carter - What We've Lost


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(3) The USA is forever stained by the shame of black slavery and genocide of the Native Nations.
To this point, contemporary Americans will argue vehemently that they can not be held responsible for the “sins of the fathers.” But there are two unshakable arguments for generational guilt. The first and most obvious – though not quite universal in this putatively secular age – is found in Scriptures: Exodus 20:5: “God will visit the iniquities of the fathers upon the descendants because the fathers have failed to be covenantally faithful.” Americans of Faith must accept that God punishes the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and the fourth generation.

Madoff Jr. pays for Sins of his Father

But not every American today subscribes to biblical precepts.

Sons Pay for Sins of The Fathers?

Still, neither can secular thinkers escape the sins of the fathers. Consider Mark Madoff’s suicide: Wasn’t it the sins of the father that drove Mark to his own self-destruction? What else could it have been but the sins of Bernie Madoff ? Can anyone reasonably believe that Madoff fils had been a total innocent in the outrageous embezzling of $65 billion from investors? In this particular parable of American greed, generational guilt drills even deeper : Mark’s three children have been sued by the trustee assigned to pay back the investors. No, America can not just walk away from the unspeakable sins of its Fathers. There is no Free Pass Out of Jail for old sins. The one unceasing, unforgivable transgression shot through and through the history of America – racism – forever clouds the nation’s conscience, past and present.

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(4) The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, the “right to bear arms” is born of another age, and can not possibly rightly apply to modern America, where hideous mass gun shootings are a tragic fact of life. Need we bring up: Columbine, Tucson, Waco, Kent State, University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Tech, countless workplace killings and on and on? Any public “right to bear arms” in modern America is utterly unconscionable. It sends the message that violence is the answer to every problem.
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(5) The American president laughed-off global warming, sneeringly backed-out of the Kyoto Accord, then turned around and gave out huge tax credits to citizens purchasing gas-guzzling Hummers! WHAT WAS BUSH THINKING ?
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(6) The American military detonated more than 200testatomic bombs in the Nevada desert in the 50s and 60s. Were they all CRAZY??!! How long does nuclear radiation last in the atmosphere?[click here]. What effects can nuclear radiation have on human beings?
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(7) American-style all-out robber baron capitalism has bred the most unequal society in human history. In his paper, “Who Rules America? Wealth, Income and Power,” Professor G. William Domhoff, of the University of California at Santa Cruz, writes that wealth distribution has been extremely concentrated throughout American history, with the top 1% already owning 40-50% of the nation’s wealth.  Domhoff draws a direct relationship between money and power: “Just as wealth can lead to power, so too can power lead to wealth.” Hedge fund billionaires are earning more in one hour than most Americans earn in a lifetime! Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson earns $2.4 million per hour.
Huge corporations raking in $$ multi-billions in profits year after year, avoid paying ANY taxes whatsoever.
Microsoft  happens to base its corporate headquarters in a major tax haven, Luxembourg.
ExxonMobil paid  taxes in 2009!These Corporate Welfare Bums take, and take from American society, and PAY NO TAXES!
View the angry speech of Congressman Bernie Sanders about the greedy “Top 10 Worst Corporate Tax Avoiders“: 
This is surely an obscenity, when huge corporations contribute nothing to government coffers,  while tens of millions of American citizens can’t get basic health care, largely because, say detractors to health care reform, “We can’t AFFORD it !”
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(8) Americans elect Mickey Mouse  Hollywood actors to the presidency and other high political office. Americans so prefer Disney-fried Un-reality over reality! It’s scary. It’s goofy. It’s Just Plain Stupid! America has become a society so neurotically unable to face the truth that now it leans on the alluring, illusory artistry of Hollywood-style leaders to support its countless hypocrisies!
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(9) In domestic matters of trade, Americans are cheaters. Almost from the day The North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) was signed into law in the 1990s, America began to challenge every trade restriction not perfectly to its liking. America has never honored NAFTA, neither in letter nor in spirit. American business runs to its partisan, paid-off Supreme Court judges for the trade decisions that suit them. America robs Canada of “free trade” every single day. Just raise the topic of softwood lumber to any Canadian lumber merchant, you’ll get an earful on “Free Trade” American-style! There is no free-trade in softwood lumber with America.
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(10) Permissive-materialism weakens America. The permissive-materialistic childrearing philosophy has had a radical impact on the character of American youngsters. American children have progressively become more resistant to desiring to be adults. Enough is enough!

Madonna – Worth it?

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(11) American Hollywood worship is infantile and out of control!. Movie stars: They’re not exactly rocket scientists! The social value of people is determined by their monetary value. Athletes, business people and movie and music stars are more highly valued than teachers, religious and political leaders.
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Big Pig Banks!

(12) The US banking system nearly bankrupted the entire world! It may still finish the job. Time will tell. Read new book “MELTDOWN: The End

MeltDown – End of Age of Greed

of  the Age of Greed” by Paul Mason. The author describes how the banking system “wrecked the world…”

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(12) America seems unable to keep Religion separate from The State. Why should “God bless America” (over the other roughly 196 sovereign nations in this world?) Do Americans REALLY believe they are the Chosen People?
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(13) America has had several nasty patches of assassinating its brightest lights, then explaining each incident away with a convenient “crazed lone gunman” conclusion, to assuage its unspeakable common guilt and complicity.
Lee Harvey Oswald, we now know, was a witless toy-boy of the CIA – a “patsy“, exactly as he cried out.
It was JFK’s own government officials – The Joint Chiefs of Staff, CIA, FBI, & NSC – who conspired successfully to perform a coup d’etat. It worked so slick, they did it again (RFK) and again (King) and again (M.X ). [see: “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters”/James W. Douglass]. Reviewing the book cited here, [JFK & The Unspeakable] about the events in Dallas in 1963, Amazon.com book customer Nick Anez summarizes Douglass’ thoughts about the ultimate meaning of the assassination to Americans and all citizens of the world : “If JFK had not been murdered, we would not have had the prolongation of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the purported War on Terror and the steady moral deterioration of America. Interestingly, one month after JFK’s assassination, President Truman wrote an article for The Washington Post cautioning about the threat of the CIA taking over America.”
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Secrets finally revealed: “JFK & The Unspeakable”

(14) The CIA has been the most long-lived, invidious, sinister terrorist organization in human history. More omnipresent and empowered than even the dreaded Russian KGB. The CIA is a virtual “black government,” operating independently under the radar of elected officials. ” Nick Anez continues in his excellent book review, outlining concisely the role Douglass says the CIA played in world affairs immediately after the assassination of Kennedy:Lyndon Johnson, the CIA’s ally, assumed the presidency. He canceled talks with Khrushchev and refused Castro’s pleas to continue dialogue. He reversed JFK’s withdrawal plan from Vietnam as well as his plan to neutralize Laos. The military industrial complex took control of the country. The policy of plausible deniability led the way to assassinations of foreign leaders, the overthrowing of foreign governments and horrors committed all over the globe.
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(15) America is  xenophobic.  America is not the Centre of the World!
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(16) The American political system is hopelessly broken and corrupt to the core. God is not going to save America. Nor will Palin {God Forbid!}. Or Limbaugh. or ‘The Donald‘, or FOX!

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(17)Americans are the FATTEST people in the world. America invented JUNK FOOD, which is responsible for more unnatural deaths daily than any other cause of death.
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Fat America

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(18) American miltarism will one day totally break the bank! Guns, Guns, Guns!
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How Can We Fix A Broken America?

To Fix America:
(a) travel back in time to the date of George W. Bush‘s birth, and have The Powers of Heaven  produce a miscarriage. Alright, yes, that was a cheap shot! But when you’re dealing with a Bush…everyone now knows…you’re dealing with cheap trash. George W. Bush is behind many of America’s toughest issues today. He is the man that wrecked America’s international reputation. He is the man that dumped billions – trillionsof dollars into the banking system to save banks he believed to be “Too big to fall.” What a BAD idea THAT was! He is the man that drug America into two more meaningless, useless wars, ending and maiming the lives of thousands of soldiers. If only that man had never come around!
OK, now I’ll get serious:
(1) First, the  two-party government system has to go. It only leads to endless deadlock and desperation in the legislature. With only two parties in Congress, it’s always a “showdown” on every single vote. Laws that actually do get passed often carry with them hidden stink-bombs that had to be embedded in them, otherwise “the other” party would have killed them dead.

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(2) On the economy scene: return to the Gold Standardof pre-Nixon years. The US dollar is no longer a viable world economic anchor. At the present time, especially, the government is printing money like mad and only cranking up inflation, or possibly deflation, or possibly “stagflation” – take your pick! Who knows which direction the American economy will go now? With each passing month the US dollar  comes nearer and nearer to becoming $Monopoly$  money.

(4) America needs to re-think the War on Terror. The Patriot Act and  its looting of important civil rights of citizens have been an insult to Liberty. Government has been spying on citizens – at home, on the Internet, at the local library, at  schools. It’s dreadful to see this happening. The Terror Alerts only served to terrorize citizens even more! [see above : “What We’ve lost”] The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have earned America only more enemies – secret, silent, creeping, vicious enemies. The War on Terror has made the world – and especially the USA – a more dangerous place.
(5) Related to (4) – Immediately slash the military budget by at least 50% by pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (as has been perennially promised!). For the fiscal year 2010,  the Department of Defense Base Budget ate up $533.7  billion, mainly  supporting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s almost 1/4 of your money for social security benefits like health care! That money could go a long way towards a new universal  health care program. (In 2010 Medicaid  spent $201 billion, while Medicare took  $386 billion. With other social spending, the grand total for Social Security came to $612 billion.) Maintaining a massive U.S. military presence around the world only wins America enemies. It’s counter-productive. It generates fear and paranoia.
(6) STOP! electing actors and other various charismatic buffoons to positions of power. Yes, actors can make themselves – and by reflection citizens – look and sound just GREAT! But they’re ACTORS! Professional pretenders! Their calling in life is to fool and trick their audiences!
Definition: Roget’s Dictionary: ACTOR: noun:  Hollywood actors and actresses: performer, player,  film star, star, starlet, matinee idol; informal ham; lead, leading man, leading lady, stand-in.

Then there’s this sweetie-cakes, wannabe-in-power, Sarah Palin, the ultimate Buffoon-ette! She’s charismatic, yes! Sassy, perky.  Andbrain-dead. She reads from crib notes scribbled in ink on her cutesy manicured little hands! She’s never been anywhere in the world. Do you believe she could actually find Iran or North Korea on a map? Palin’s latest “cross-hairs” caper associated with the most unfortunate shooting of US Congrresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reflects so evilly on the sway of charismatic snake charmers over American citizens.

(7)America must GET GREEN. You do NOT need that polluting Hummer, or that speedboat. Get a Smart Car, or a hybrid, and buy a rowboat. No more SUVs! Re-reverse Bush’s cuts to environmental protection. Your wild spaces need protection. Ban offshore oil rigs. Boycott McDonalds and Burger King.

(8) America needs restrictive gun laws. Congress should excise that execrable “arms” 2nd Amendment from the constitution:”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Teach your children that guns and violence are not good for children and other living things.

(9) AMERICANS! Educate yourselves!  That simple-minded parking space for incohate contrarians of  multiple  persuasions –  The Tea Party – is no place to seriously exercise your citizens’ duty to participate in the politics of  the nation. Writing recently about the American Debt Ceiling crisis, Canadian political commentator Mitchell Anderson said of  the “Ungovernable Ignorance” of  the American citizenry, in theTyee.ca : “It could be that democracy in America is working just fine. The problem is that the electorate has become so badly misinformed that GOP lawmakers trying to save their nation (and the world) from bankruptcy are hamstrung by the collective ignorance of their constituents they pledged to represent.

(10) Finally, America could revolutionize the world by banning all nuclear weapons.

Hoorah for Obama for the recent “START” accord with Russia! That’sthe spirit of change the whole world hungers for! America, herself, should dis-arm first to set an example (No one is going to attack! The cold war is over.) Make pacts with all other nations to destroy all existing nuclear weapons, and enforce global supervision preventing any nation from ever again refining weapons-grade uranium or plutonium. Make WORLD PEACE.

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“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered  just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly.  Where will it all end?”

That’s what this blog is all about.

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