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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Let’s Be Honest for Once

George Washington is remembered to have said, “I cannot tell a lie.” Since then no politician has been able to make the same claim without being guilty of telling one.

These days truth itself should be placed on an endangered species list.

It’s gotten to the point where the truth is coming under a constant attack from all sides.

Today its truth, not lies, that have become something to be avoided at all costs and it’s no longer just politicians who have a monopoly on the practice, we’ve all gotten into the act.

With that in mind Web Talk is proud, well at least mildly pleased, to present a hastily compiled:

Top 10 list of (politically incorrect) Comments You Won’t Find in the National Papers


10 Rants For the Price of One

10 – I feel for Ontarians who are losing their jobs. Being from Newfoundland and Labrador I can sympathize with their plight and wish them the best. Having said that, I wouldn’t be human if some small part of me, deep in the back of my mind, didn’t feel like shouting the following from the roof tops:

“If Ontarians are really suffering from rising unemployment why don’t they stop their incessant whining about wanting more EI and do what they’ve been telling Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to do for decades, suck it up and move someplace where they can find a job. The rest of us can’t be expected to keep Ontarians living in a place where there’s no work so pack up and move on. By the way Ontario, your unemployment rate is still only about half of what it is in Newfoundland and Labrador so slag off.”

But I won’t say it. I really do care about the individuals being hurt in this recession, including in Ontario and I hope they work their way through this.

9 – North Atlantic Harp seals are not endangered. North Atlantic Harp seals are highly efficient and effective carnivores with big sharp ugly teeth. They are not cuddly little “ice bunnies”.

Activists say seals are not hunted for food so they shouldn’t be hunted at all. In reality it was anti-sealing activists who lobbied to destroy a once profitable market for seal meat and are now using the lack of one as an excuse to ban the hunt.

The seal herd is thriving, the meat tastes great (yes it’s still eaten across Newfoundland and Labrador) and the furs are warmer, softer and more beautiful than anything else you’ll ever wear.

Thanks to their screwed up view of the world animal rights activists will cause far more damage to the seals, the fish stocks those seals depend upon and the entire ecosystem in the region than the annual seal hunt ever did.

By the way, for anyone interested I’ve got a great seal flipper pie recipe I can send you, just let me know and I’ll get it right out to you.

8 – Yes the Alberta oil sands are without any shadow of a doubt a messy and destructive environmental catastrophe.

They are destroying the air, land and water, but droning on and on in a vain attempt to force oil companies into cutting emissions in an effort to meet Kyoto targets is the environmental equivalent of the misguided anti-sealing movement.

Those companies cannot and will not meet those targets without running themselves out of business and that isn’t going to happen. It would take a shutdown or at least a major scale down of most oil sands activity in order to meet those targets and simply put, neither Canada nor the U.S. can afford to do that no matter what it might mean for the environment.

Enough is enough. It’s time to tell the Kyoto zealots to go to hell (as should have been done with the seal protestors), find a sensible way to manage the problem, cut the grandstanding on all sides of the political arena and reach a compromise on this issue that will do the least harm to everyone and everything involved. If not then forget about it and move on.

7 – The future of Canada means absolutely nothing to Stephen Harper who is a right wing, egomaniacal, hillbilly, educated beyond his intelligence level. He is a man who would gladly sell his soul and those of his children, if he hasn’t done so already, for the one thing he craves above all else, absolute power and control.

Canada’s future also means nothing to Michael Ignatieff, who is a thinly veiled American decked out in Canadian clothing. A man who wants nothing more than to add the title “Canadian Prime Minister” to his scholarly C.V. so he can demand more for his book sales in the future.

Jack Layton, well, enough said about Jack. No point in kicking a dead horse, especially with so many animal rights activists around these days. It’s getting so you can’t swing a dead cat (or a live one) without hitting one of them.

6 – Stephen Harper claims to be defending Canada’s territory, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador interests, by not accepting a French claim for extended offshore territory. His position is pure and unadulterated crap.

All St. Pierre – Miquelon is looking for is a means to survive its economic challenges by extending its existing 200 mile corridor (away from Canada) to the edge of the Continental Shelf. This is no more or less than Canada itself plans to do under the U.N. Law of the Sea.

The small French islands should have a right to an extension of that little strip of territory and France is correct to demand it. Otherwise the islands will effectively be trapped inside Canadian waters with no free access to the open ocean once Canada makes its claim to an extended economic zone.

No matter what the Prime Minister says, this has nothing to do with protecting Canadian sovereignty or NL’s interests. It has everything to do with lucrative oil potential in the region.

5 – The Quebecois culture is no more distinct than that of Newfoundlanders & Labradorians. Period.

4 – Contrary to popular belief, Quebec is not benefiting from a one sided contract to purchase Churchill Falls power.

Neither Quebec nor Newfoundland and Labrador ever actually signed a legal contract.

Quebec committed fraud by using insider information and blackmail to get the signatures it wanted. Quebec has committed a criminal act and has been stealing billions of dollars from the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for decades. What’s more they’ve been doing it with the tacit acceptance of successive Federal and Newfoundland & Labrador governments, both of which refuse to take any decisive or clear action.

Personally I’d love to see the Province throw the damn switch at the generating station and turn off the lights right across the so called “Quebec Nation”.

3 – Canada is not a Country. It’s a group of individual provinces financially controlled, oppressed and blackmailed into subservience by a corrupt central regime.

Thanks to the lopsided political power wielded by Ontario and Quebec, Canada is nothing more than an excuse for ensuring the advancement of those two jurisdictions (upper and lower Canada) regardless of what that might mean for the rest of the population.

Calling Canada a real Country is an insult to honesty and intelligence on an epic scale.

2 – Brian Mulroney is corrupt and he is without a doubt guilty of all sorts of immoral if not illegal acts. Everybody knows it but nobody really gives a crap so let’s enjoy the death of his legacy, not to mention his squirming on the hot seat, and then move on.

1 - We are told that we have freedom of speech but that’s one of the most widely accepted lies out there.

Show me someone who has expressed their frustration at the political system by simply “saying” they would “like to see” something blown up and I’ll show you a person either under federal surveillance or actually in custody.

In fact, even this article has been self edited. Just try making a public statement about Brian Mulroney, as I did in the previous section, without qualifying it with a phrase like “if not illegal acts” and see how quickly you end up being sued.

Even if you forget the legal or civil methods of stifling our freedom of speech, the docile acceptance of so called political correctness we all subscribe to has done more to quiet the masses than any law ever could. Everyone is so afraid of being ostracized by their friends, neighbors and co-workers for being politically incorrect that nobody really says what’s on their mind anymore.

This top-ten list may not be as funny as some others but the truth seldom is.

In an effort to help fight censorship and political correctness Web Talk will, on occasion, tackle this subject just as it has today. Feel free to add your two cents but please remember, as much as it sucks, for our own protection even Web Talk must adhere to the same anti-free speech edicts as everyone else, so act accordingly (but don’t hesitate to push the envelope).


Ussr said...

What an honestly great piece Patriot, as honest and open as your going to get. As someone who has served in the Canadian Armed forces for six years, I would love the opportunity to sit down with a group of writers from my beloved province and tell the people of our great province what exactly, most politicians actually think of them. Having to sit and listen to their conversions about how they actually think of the people from our province presents to me one of my life’s greatest challenges. Keeping my dinner down.

When I left Newfoundland and Labrador at the age of seventeen to enter into her majesties Armed Forces, I left my beloved home as a Canadian traveling thru out his country. When I finally do get the chance to move home I will return a Newfoundlander/Labradorean, that sees this country for what it actually is.

What has always perplexed me Myles about being from this great province, is the fact that so many seem to want to leave, but as soon as they get out ,like myself , all they want to do is get back in. I have never understood this about our nation.

What seems to bather me even more is how when they are away all they want to do is complain about getting home enough? This year when they wife has her Jamaican vacation in our usually spot I will be heading home to do some trout fishing with the old man. Like him I have never grown tired of my little pond. The greatest little speckled trout fishing in the world. I believe it was a year or two ago I went to my province in January. That was when the wife said we should just pack the house in and retire early. But, having the blood that I do have in my veins, there is always another dollar to be made, and more profit to be had. Yet I do not relies that I won’t be going home richer but poorer.

I think the greatest lesion I have learned in the Canadian Armed Forces is the fact that no matter what we are, we are alll going to die. Some might live to see next week while some might live to see a hundred more years. We should all do what we were born to do. You have your path to follow Patriot as I do mine, but I would like to say something to my fellow countrymen and I hope that some might take it too heart and think about what I am going to say.

All the money in the world and all the jewels in the Nile are not going to make you happy. If I can quote my favorite poet Patriot,

Robert Frost (1874–1963).
The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
and sorry I could not travel both
and be one traveler, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim,
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that the passing there
had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Sixty years ago we pleaded ignorance and lack of education and direction. So we entered into Confederation with another country, because we believed that we were doing something for the betterment of our nation. Today we lay on the door mats of extentinction because we gave our GOD given right to self reliance away to a group of people that mock and belittle us, because they feel that we are pathetic, unmotivated ,and uneducated.

Every Newfoundlander and Labradorean I have ever met while I was over seas and abroad has had a trade, was from a good school (GO Memorial), or has been in business like myself.
It is time my dear friends to keep our children home and provide to them better opportunities then we ourselves had. No more should we send our sons and daughters away to seek jobs to better serve another province our country. Its time for our nation to finally break the chains of Bondage. And accept their place in the world. And it shouldn’t be behind the coat tails of a group of people that hates and mocks us.

I really want you to think about what I’m going to say.” Do you want Steven Harper defending Newfoundland and Labrador from French interest in the area? Who do you want to trust, to serve your best interests?

“Republic Of “

Grandma said...

All very tru Patriot. In reference to your #1...don't see Steve's boys being to "politically correct" in their recent attack adds about Michael Ignatieff. The content we are all aware of (his US connections etc.) but to have it slapped in your face like that by the party in power makes me think they are running scarred. Maybe I should look at Michael a little more closely. I hate personal attacks in politics. I firmly believe most NLders if not Canadians do.Hopefully, it will backfire.

Aubrey said...

great post Myles!

Number 10 is spot on for sure.

Number 5: both (or all three) are indeed distinct. Quebec, as you say, simply has more political power and therefore had their nation recognized by a state that wishes to avoid practising asymmetric federalism.
There a dozens of unique nations in this country, don't be bitter with Quebec, there is a case to be made by all nations wishing to remain in the Canadian Federation.