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ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Few want to do the heavy lifting
HALIFAX HERALD - Chretien’s unity warrior slays Grit foes
MONTREAL GAZETTE - Dion as Liberal leader will be good for Canada
LONDON FREE PRESS - Dark horse Dion faces big challenges
CALGARY SUN - It’s time to pucker up
VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Liberals pick Dion and a fresh start
VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Spending the junk-food tax
Many natives do well in Canada's cities
An agenda for urban aboriginals
Canadian tanks fire first rounds in battle for first time since Korean War
'Dozens of Taleban' die in battle
Time is on the Taliban's side
StatsCan warned years ago about botched formula for inflation: documents
Babylon is burning
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Stelmach chosen as Alberta's next premier
Steady Eddie Stelmach's victory in PC leadership race gives hope to nice guys everywhere ... and leaves a hostile party takeover dead in its tracks.
Carbon tax tiff
Non-Tories snap up memberships to sway Alberta PC leadership race
Time to heal party after divisive race, Tories say CBC.ca
Underdog wins race to lead oil-rich Alberta Reuters Canada
Victoria Times Colonist -
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Dion versus Harper:The table is set: Let the battle beginIt's back to the future for the Liberals
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Dion readies his whip
Dion’s first news conference as Liberal leader
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Final result astounds the (political) scientists
Stephane Di-yawn Tory dream come true
Harper holds advantage ... Tories could cheer after Rae defeated
Dion says low expectations are his cross to bear, and his best asset
'Proud Quebecer' Dion says he'll unify party
Dion's party crashers
The winner was a reluctant starter
Race proves you can't underestimate Dion
Cheers from right to left in the capital
How Iggy, Rae, Kennedy where stymied
Race proves you can't underestimate Dion
Looking at '68 through the (binocular) lens of history
Dion seizes Liberal crown
Travers: Advantage Harper(Dec. 3)
Harper holds advantage
Improbable, yet unstoppable
Arm-twisting behind the scenes
The red-green show: Shades of things to come
Delegates chose man most like Chrétien
All the right moves for Kennedy
Chrétien speech `rousing'
The course of the election might have been so very different
Rae's successful campaign couldn't overcome his record as premier
Dryden's ode to Canada inspires party delegates
Chrétien the first to know
Politicians and punditocracy in Quebec waste no time in trashing Dion
RCMP chief to face second grilling by MPs over Maher Arar affair
OPINION AND INFORMATION
Tinkering left society's institutions in tatters
Liberals stray from the path
Time to legalize drugs
God bless the Quebecois
Similarities abound in dark-horse wins for Alberta Tories, federal Liberals
Stéphane Dion croit que son statut de sous-estimé le servira au Québec
Ignatieff et Rae promettent de faire campagne aux côtés de Dion
Le nouveau chef du PLC fait face à une volée de bois vert au Québec
La réouverture du débat sur le mariage sera le premier défi de Stéphane Dion
L'héritier de Jean Chrétien a été élu, dit un député péquiste
Ignatieff et Rae appuieront Dion
Dion croit que son statut de «sous-estimé» le servira
Stéphane Dion chef du Parti libéral
Ed Stelmach élu chef du Parti conservateur de l'Alberta
Des chars canadiens tirent pour la première fois depuis la guerre de Corée
Tabula rasa (Latin: scraped tablet or clean slate)
Some time around the end of World War II my parents invested in a set of books entitled Groliers Encyclopaedia "The Books of Knowledge" .
Not knowing any different I read them and developed somewhat of an eidetic memory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eidetic_memory#Controversy .
that put all sorts of stuff in my mind - not subject to recall on demand, mind, but that pops in at times.
When considering the relationship of Stéphane Dion to the Canadian electorate the term Tabula rasa (Latin: scraped tablet or clean slate)
jumped in - a blank slate in the mind of the electorate at large.
It will be most interesting to track that which comes to fill the slate.
Tory dirty tricksters claim credit for sinking BobMahmood Elahi
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Subject: Fw: Allies had to outbomb the Germans to win
With reference to our telephonic conversation, I like to inform that I sent the letter to the Ottawa Citizen supporting the view of Mr. Moe Romanow about the controversial plaque at the Canadian War Museum criticizing the Strategic Bombing Command for bombing of the German cities during the World War II. The text of the controversial plaque reads:
"The value and morality of the strategic bombing offensive against Germany remains bitterly contested. Bomber Command's aim was to crush civilian morale and force Germany to surrender by destroying its cities and industrial installations. Although Bomber Command and American attacks left 600,000 Germans dead and more than five millionhomeless, the raids resulted in only small reductions in German war production until late in the war."
This is absolutely false. It was due to strategic boming, Germany ran out of military aircraft production which allowed the Allied invasion of Europe. Moreover, if the Allied didn't bomb, Germany would have bombed Britain to surrender. As William L. Shirerer wrote in his Berlin Diary: "The main effect of a week of constant British night bombings has been to spread great disullusionemnt among the people here and sow doubt in their minds. One of them said to me today: 'I'll never believe another thing they [Nazis] say. If they've lied about the raids in the rest of Germany as they have about the ones in Berlin, then it must have been pretty bad out there.' ... Main effect is a moral one, and if the British are smart they'll keep them up every night."
The plaque is a disgrace and must be removed.
The Ottawa Citizen
Allies had to outbomb the Germans to win
Re "War museum know-nothings demean our veterans," by Moe Romanoew (Letter, Dec. 1).
William L. Shirer, renownded Berlin correspondent for CBS Radio before the American entry to the Second World War, had left an eyewitness report of what Hitler wanted to do in his Berlin Diary:
"Berlin, September 4, 1940:
"Hitler made a surprise speech here this afternoon, the occasion being the opening of the Winterhilfe -- winter relief -- campaign. The session was another beautiful example of how Hitler takes advantage of the gullibility of his people. He told them, for instance, that while the German air force attacked Britain by day, the cowardly RAF comes over only at night. He did not explain why this is so -- that Germans can get over England by day because it is only twenty-five miles from German bases and they can thus protect their bombers with fighters, whereas Germany is too far from Britain to enable the British to protect their bombers with fighters.
"Hitler said with lovely hypocrisy: 'I waited three months without answering the British night bombings in the hope they would stop this mischief. But Herr Churchill saw in this a sign of weakness. You will understand that we are now answering, night for night. And when the British air force drops two or three or four thousand kilograms of bombs, then we will in one night drop 150-230-300- or 400,000 kilograms.'
" 'When they declare,' continued Hitler, 'that they will increase their attacks on our cities, then we will raze their cities to the ground. We will stop the handiworks of these air pirates, so help us God.'
" 'The hour will come,' Hitler went on, 'when one of us will break, and it will not be National Socialist Germany.' "
Thanks to the massive Allied strategic bombing of German cities, it was Nazi Germany which ultimately broke. The War Museum should take a second look at history.
2240 Iris Street, Ottawa
Subject: Prediction: Dion and his team will defeat Harper.
Perhaps you had little time to watch the Liberal leadership debate or listen to the candidates' speeches.I had an opportunity to do so, and could not help noting the numerous times that, not only the candidates, but also all the other past Liberal PMs who spoke, mention the word ''progressive.'' Indeed there is no doubt that the Liberals intend to take over the middle-of-the-road stance of the former federal Progressive Conservative governments as they go into the next federal election; and rightly so.It will be very easy to portray Harper and his neo-conservatives as Reform-Alliancers in the sheep's clothing as REGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES.
I am happy with the choice that the Liberals made: Stephan Dion. I believe and sincerely hope that, along with experienced campaigners like Bob Rae and Ignatieff, they will be able to regain the TRUST of all Canadians, and topple the Harper minority government. Several of Harper's cabinet ministers are Mike Harris' type people who dismantled many social services in Ontario during 1995-2003. We cannot allow Flaherty (?), Baird, Clement, to wreck the Canadian social and economic underpinnings as they did in Ontario. We need to get them out of government as quickly as possible BEFORE they completely dismantle everything that was done during the past 13 years. If we don't, Preston Manning will be wearing a permanent smile of victory on his face.
Allez-y Dion; "Tous ensemble" you can easily topple Harper!!
It took all of about ten seconds after the ballots were counted for both
the Conservatives and the NDP to proclaim their overwhelming joy, to any
reporter they could find, at the selection of Stephan Dion as Liberal
Dion provides much fodder for his critics. The numerous examples given
by the NDP and Conservative largely have one thing in common: his
tendency to say one thing (or even claim to be staunchly in favour of,)
then do the opposite. It is a characteristic of Liberals generally, and
Dion is a chronic sufferer of it.
My prediction is that Dion will form back-to-back majority governments.
Just to be clear, I'm not saying that his critics are wrong, or that
there is anything about Dion that I like (let alone admire.) However,
if there is one thing that Chretien taught us, it's that personal
failings are not an impediment to becoming Prime Minister. In fact,
when I look at Dion, I see Chretien's twin, in a dozen different ways.
Despite lacking charisma, not communicating well (he didn't even speak
either official language that well,) and also being a chronic sufferer
of the aforementioned Liberal affliction, Chretien formed three majority
P.S. Jim and Tracy: Given how eager both the Conservatives and the NDP
are to to battle with Dion, I hope you're busy making plans for an early
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Subject: True origin of the Internet
Betcha didn't know this!
In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called 'Amazon Dot Com.'
And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods, when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secret himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."
And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel ,(or as it came to be known - "eBay") he said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."
And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."
"YAHOO," said Abraham.
And that is how it all began. It wasn't Al Gore after all !!!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Daily Digest December 3, 2006
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