Friday, April 11, 2003

Ha ha ha!
from the same article mentioned below:
While reaffirming his decision not to support the war, [Prime Minister] Chretien said it would be understandable if [Bush's planned visit to Ottawa] were postponed, given Bush's agenda these days.
Hell yeah; "Sorry, Jean, but I'm plumb tied up with world domination until the end of 2004..."

posted by Sarkasba  # 7:16 PM
We can all still be friends
Just heard another radio DJ carrying on about how we weren't there for our friends in their recent crusade. "what kind of friends are we" they keep asking.
We're the kind of friends who don't slobber along behind the cool kid agreeing to every ill-advised misadventure. Doesn't mean we aren't friends, it just means we can make our own decisions.
I'm proud of Canada for finally taking a stand. Maybe our government can use their newfound courage to renegotiate the FTAA to get maybe one or two clauses in our favour? I guess that's probably asking too much.

I think that the good American people are having their rights stripped away by Dubya and the 43rd Reich. I'm afraid that mainstream USA isn't noticing. As friends, we need to help point out this looming tragedy. Not to find fault with them, but because, as that radio DJ said, we need to be there for our friends.

Update: here's a Canadian who has a considerably more thought-provoking stance on all the 'best friend' talk than I do. I hope this story doesn't repeat itself... Keep the refugees coming, we've got the space for 'em.

posted by Sarkasba  # 5:24 PM
US Ambassador's threat
Update: I fixed the link problem. Here is the article about US Ambassador Paul Cellucci's speech about how 'disappointed' the US is with Canada, including all the thinly veiled threats of economic repercussions.

posted by Sarkasba  # 9:29 AM
That's what Friends are for?
Canadians on the right have been ringing their hands crying about how the Americans are going to punish us economically if we don't go on their little Mideast road trip with them (next stop, syria?). Their ambassador Paul Cellucci even went so far as to threaten us for sitting it out!!!
And they keep using the language of 'friends' and 'family.' They say we should stand by our friends, and they're right, but friends don't bully friends into doing what they don't want to do. Friends don't threaten punishment for doing your own thing. I was done with that kind of friendship in grade 6.
Is this a sign that we need to maybe give our big buddy a little breathing space until their crazies go away?
If your best friend was violently drunk, wouldn't you maybe let them cool off alone while you socialize with someone else?
We sat out of Vietnam too, for similar reasons. Where are the repercussions?
We jumped right in for Gulf War 1. How come our friends are still shouting us down every time we try to resolve a trade dispute that works out in their favour?
Maybe we need to diversify our trading partners a bit. Maybe we need to beef up our military a bit.
Cause guess what- we have 10% of the worlds fresh water... just about every scientific and environmental group predicts a worldwide fresh water shortage within 20 years. We'd better be damn well ready to protect our 'oil'
Cellucci says the US wouldn't hesitate to protect us if we were attacked. Of course, they need to protect their supply of our gas, water and lumber.
Read posted by Sarkasba  # 9:25 AM

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Who Wants to be a Corporate Shill?
You'd think Pepsi would have learned from that whole pepsi-points fighter plane experience. Apparently not...
[PepsiCo] has announced the May 1 launch of a summertime promotion, "Play for a Billion," in which consumers will compete for large cash prizes, including a potential ultimate payout of $1 billion in September.
The winner will hold a multi-digit number. In order for him to become a billionaire, the number must exactly match a number to be drawn at random on live TV. "An unusually dexterous monkey" will do the picking, says executive producer Matti Leshem. "It's the ultimate slap in the face to evolution: the fate of a billion dollars will be in the hands of a monkey."
I remember when people made fun of the stupidly obvious product placement in Reality TV. Now we're looking at stupidly obvious reality placement in Product TV.
I bet the kid who won the 'highly unlikely' fighter plane is already lining up for this one.

Update: I tried and tried, but that story of the kid who got enough pepsi points to earn an f-14 Tomcat seems to have been banished by from the web. Has the Ministry of Truth been at it again, or is the story just too old to take up server space? it was in the mid to late nineties. If you can find it, send me the link!
posted by Sarkasba  # 2:03 PM


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