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web posted February 12, 2007
Re: The green juggernaut by Alan Caruba (February 5, 2007)
Dear Mr. Caruba, I always enjoy your articles in ESR, the one about global warming is very good. I do believe we are being duped by politicians, radicals and the mainstream media, the average person has little exposure to any other facts, so how do we get all the facts on both sides of the fence, some challenges have to be put forth, we need intelligent and reasonable discussion so that all can be informed.
Re: Canada's identity crisis: Looking back to the mid-1990s by Mark Wegierski (February 5, 2007)
This episode was not, shall we say, the Reform party's finest hour. The addition of the motto-circlet of the Order of Canada to the arms of Her Majesty in right of Canada was in no way a result of any secret meddling on the part of the Liberal party in the hopes of attenuating Canadian identity - it was in the finest of British heraldic tradition. All members of the Order of Canada are entitled to surround their shields with the Order's motto-circlet, and since the Queen is Sovereign of the Order of Canada, it is only appropriate that her arms for Canada should also feature the Order's motto-circlet, just as her arms for England feature the motto of the Order of the Garter (Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense), England's premier order of chivalry. Since this change (originally approved by the Queen in 1987, according to a pamphlet from the Canadian Heraldic Authority) specifically recognized the arms of Canada as arms of the Queen of Canada, I'm surprised that the Liberal party went in for it, although I detect a certain lack of enthusiasm about it, which the Reform party may have interpreted as secret meddling.
Mark Wegierski responds:
Thank you for informing me about the heraldic background in regard to the garland on the Canadian coat of arms. I have to admit complaining about the garland might seem like a minor issue.
I think the feeling was that the text of the motto seemed somewhat incipiently "liberal". So I tried to look on it as symptomatic of bigger issues.
When I am writing similar cultural lament type pieces in the future, I won't prominently mention the garland, or maybe not at all.
Actually, when you look at the whole Canadian coat of arms, it certainly still looks very traditional and "conservative".
(I suspect that appearances of the coat of arms are becoming ever-rarer in the federal government. )
I also have to admit my cultural lament type pieces have a very Don Quixotic feeling to them.
Thanking you for your time and attention.
web posted February 5, 2007
Re: The penguin and the bureaucrat by J.J. Jackson (January 29, 2007)
This quote has been bothering me for a while since every article that involves talk about Kansas City, they say the same thing:
First of all, that was Kansas City 35 YEARS AGO!!! What, nothing has changed here in that time?
Also, what about where the Scouts went? The Colorado Rockies lasted less than ten years before they moved to New Jersey…they got another team. And the Minnesota North Stars lost their team for, among other things, low attendance, and they got a new team a few years ago as well.
You’ll see; the Kansas City Penguins are on their way!
J.J. Jackson responds:
I'll put in you the category of the vast minority that didn't like that quote. Based on the response so far I'd say that less than 2% feel the way you do.
web posted January 8, 2007
Re: Praise for Saddam Hussein's execution
While effete European sensitivities recoil from capital punishment Iraqis, with their more direct and compelling stake in the case, have correctly carried out the death sentence on Saddam Hussein.
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