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Sunday, September 21, 2014
MAY WE NOT BECOME WHAT WE HAVE SOUGHT TO VANQUISH
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As we go to press, I’m looking at two nations I call home preparing for war on three fronts; ISIS, Ebola and the Ukraine. I see other nations so engaging and as much as I abhor war and as easy as it is to fall into the historical trap of hoping these wars really do end all wars, I am glad America and Canada are leading the proverbial charge on this one.
Patriotism is not a foreign feeling to me. I associate it more with rescue missions these days, being a veteran of one war and having people very close to me, American warriors of others. My family remembers and if lives are the cost, our preference is that they be consecrated to the building of things and the nurturing of people.
ISIS has given us no choice. They have declared war on the West and if we do not respond, ISIS will hasten Armageddon. We do not go to war for territory or economics. We march this time to defend ourselves from people who want to kill us and have demonstrated some talent and propensity for it.
The war on Ebola wears no flags nor worships at a single altar. War itself is perhaps a moral issue. Uniting to fight a disease like this is one of basic survival. All three, however, involve coming together for a better world.
We have faced worse in the past and we have survived as a species by doing exactly what we are doing now. It is always that way with us. My prayer now is that in our pursuit of peace?
We do not become that which we have sought to vanquish.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
The Meredith Vierra Show made its debut this past week. She has a feature entitled Lunch Box Heroes. Meet Claire, a six year old from Texas, who truly is one.
This is nice to know. Americans like Canada more than any other country, poll suggests
I am finding it very difficult to believe this. However, it might just be a semantic difference. North Korea Issues Its Own Human Rights Report, Says Citizens ‘Enjoy Genuine Human Rights’
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
FROM THE UKRAINE:
Thank you for interesting video. (Devils Brigade, Canadians Arrive) I have no doubts in Canadians being brave and nice to have your moral support. But I consider decision of not to provide weapon and military help by EU and US wise. I still believe in boomerang effect.
If your two brothers would fight by sticks, would you give one of them a knife? Or is there another way? Mishka, we still live on one Earth and no one knows where this weapon will appear next. It can be used against someone who provides it eventually like SU planes now used against fighting on the side of the Russians.
You know me. I am against such solving of problems. In a world that is now on the edge of another great threat, who knows? Maybe US and Israel will need help of Russia tomorrow.
Glad that Scotland stayed with UK. Being partners is much more favorable than being competitors. The experience of fallen apart USSR shows that when previously joint countries go apart, the ground of conflicts based on national principle appears.
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Grusia and Abkhazia, now Ukraine as well as in former Yugoslavia. How one of my British acquaintances say? “My British and Scottish self happy that we stay united”. Here, where I live, my Russian and Ukrainian self not that happy so I’m not going take sides. I just hope peace be kept.
Have a nice weekend, dear cousin
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I am very glad to read this. Canada set to strengthen Ukraine ties with loans, aid
Felina: Samuel, would you mind joining Arnie and I for a moment? I believe we need some enlightenment on a particular subject.
Sam: Not a problem, Sweetheart. And given the high noon hour, I am assuming you and our talking television set would not mind lunch served on our best silver, figuratively speaking?
Felina: That would be absolutely delightful.
Sam: There’s some fern and salmon casserole in the back of the ‘fridge that isn’t evolving into another life form yet.
Felina: Food commentary is not your forte, love of my three lifetimes. However you are a culinary legend in your own time so that sounds absolutely delightful.
Sam: And since fernsamcass is a dish best served cold and by the magic of the media, viola and here we are.
Felina: You taught that Harry Hughdingey all he knows.
Sam: I did indeed. However, we digress.
Felina: We are deep sea divas of digression. And the short snorkel of the smooth segue.
Sam: And I am also the bearer of enlightenment. So, ‘sup, Sister?
Felina: Excuse me, Samuel Alexander?
Sam: That doesn’t work for you, does it?
Felina: Coming from a clearly middle-class, wheat-coloured country cougar, of course not. It is right there at the bottom of the cask with “me bad.” Such exercises in linguistic abuse are not worthy of an organ grinder’s monkey or a salty sailor’s parrot.
Sam: That was pretty good, Felina.
Felina: Thank you, Dear.
Sam: Now, you and Arnie —
Sam: You and Arnold need some clarification?
Felina: We have been keeping track of all the places America is sending troops and what they are doing. This is insane.
Sam: Just to remind you, Sweetheart, we’re talking about homo sapiens here.
Felina: I know, my love. We just do not see how wars on these ISIS persons, these Ebola creatures, the Russian sanctions, the peace keeping in the Ukraine, the deplorable conditions in veteran’s hospitals, climate change and corruption in government can be waged in concert or with the sustainability it takes to achieve victory.
Sam: It never ceases to amaze me how you can say all that with one breath, Felina.
Felina: By your own admission, I am Queen of the Peaks. And as we all know, a queen can do anything, including sustain a kingdom. However.
Sam: I know. How can they win?
Sam: A clue to that might lie in something a former American statesman said when he contended that all of the problems facing his species were created by them…
Felina: And therefore could be solved from them, yes. That was John Fitzhugh Canardie, son of Joseph and father of Caroline and John the Second.
Sam: Close enough for government work, Lass, and yep. It’s important, I think, to note that America is no longer alone in this. Other nations, including your own, have decided that decapitation is not acceptable diplomacy, that nations have the right to decide their futures for themselves and that Ebola is only the latest in the pantheon of silent killers humans have survived.
Felina: So it is one of these uniquely human “one threat fits all” dynamics. That certainly would explain it. Do you think they will succeed, Samuel?
Sam: I honestly don’t know, Felina. But even if they do not, the rest of us will.
Felina: It would be sad if they did not succeed.
Sam: Aye, Luv. But quieter perhaps. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: And on that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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Wildlife Magazine’s features this week lead off with: Sea Shepherd activists arrive at Taiji Cove in Japan to document annual drive hunt dolphin killing As a total of 1,398 cetaceans are set to be slaughtered in Japan’s infamous Taiji cove this year, marine charity Sea Shepherd call for more volunteers to become Cove Guardians.
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty