Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

23rd March
2013
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barack Obama might be crazy.  Seriously.  Yesterday, during his visit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, President Obama said:

“If we get an agreement then, it will be very clear what the nature of that agreement is: there will be a sovereign Palestinian state, a sovereign Jewish state of Israel and those two states, I think, will be able to deal with each other the same way all states do [HUH??].  I mean, you know, the United States and Canada has [sic] arguments once in a while, but they’re not the nature of arguments that can’t be solved diplomatically.”

The leader of the free world, ladies and gentlemen!

The last time the U.S. and Canada exchanged fire was during the War of 1812—and Canada was a British colony; the last time for Palestine and Israel was in the past few days.  Aside from this, Canada and the U.S. are both peace-seeking, have a common heritage, don’t question each other’s right to exist, have vast territories, and neither of us is surrounded by countries bent on our destruction.

If he can make a statement like this, clearly, Obama fails to understand the situation in the Middle East.  By oversimplifying it, he hurts his—and America’s—credibility with Israelis, Palestinians, and the rest of the region.

Would it be great if Israel and Palestine had a U.S.-Canada relationship?  Of course.  Could it ever happen? Nope.

And, there’s the fundamental problem with Obama and the Left.  In making their policies, they rarely acknowledge what is; instead, they wish for a utopian what-could-be and decry the wisdom of “cynics.”  As Thomas Sowell said, “Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others.”

 

23rd February
2010
written by Sean Noble

The first question Republicans should ask Obama when they meet at the Blair House for the health care summit on Thursday is this: “If we turn to a government-run health care system like Canada, where will the Canadians go for their health care?”

As you may already know, Newfoundland’s Premier chose to come to the United States for surgery on his heart, rather than have it done in Canada.

Isn’t that everything we need to know about why we should have government-run health care?

4th August
2009
written by Sean Noble

John Stossel is one of the best reporters in the nation.  He started out as a consumer safety reporter – usually trying to play “gotcha” with some evil, profit-driven company.  But after a few years, he began to realize that profit motive actually helps people – they live longer, they live safer they live happier when someone is working at providing stuff they want and need, even if they make a buck.

This is the latest Stossel piece which looks at whether Canada’s health care system – much lauded by those who advocate for a single-payer health care structure in the U.S.

I think we should re-think the whole concept of a health care system that provides better care for animals than people.

Stossel\’s 20/20 episode on health care in Canada

23rd April
2009
written by Sean Noble

In the spirit of offering advice to those who won’t ask for it, I would suggest that DHS Secretary Napolitano put down her shovel and try to climb out of the hole she is in.  Fox News is reporting that there is an increasing number of calls for her resignation following a series of missteps including issuing a report that calls me, and people like me, a threat to national security, then refusing to apologize to veterans and now saying that some of the 9-11 hijackers came in from Canada.

“I don’t know that the secretary understands the depth of the disruption that she’s caused,” Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told FOX News on Thursday, referring to the report on extremist threats. “I think the appropriate thing to do is for her to step down and let’s move on.” 

“Mr. President, fire that woman,” said Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, complaining that Napolitano’s comments on the controversial report were half-hearted. “To go on television and say your apology to be, ‘I’m sorry you were offended by this report,’ that’s no apology.” 

Of course, Napolitano had an arrogant response which demonstrates she still doesn’t get it.

But she rebuffed those who say an apology is not enough. 

“That’s what they’re going to get,” Napolitano said. 

Ms. Napolitano, stop.  Just stop.

 

22nd April
2009
written by Sean Noble

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, in January 2009.

I don’t typically agree with Canadians, nor do I have much affinity to things Canadian.  Their health care system is deadly, it’s too cold, they play hockey rather than baseball, etc. 

Good things from Canada?  Vince, my favorite rental car guy who owns the Avis franchise at Bell and 3rd Street in north Phoenix; bacon that goes well with pineapple on pizza; a less restrictive atmosphere for film-making and T.V. production; Evangeline Lilly (Kate on the awesome-ist T.V. show Lost).

A new thing I like from Canada is this commentary about DHS Secretary Napolitano, entitled “The Border for Dummies.”  Ouch.

Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.

In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that “suspected or known terrorists” have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack.

All the 9/11 terrorists, of course, entered the United States directly from overseas. The notion that some arrived via Canada is a myth that briefly popped up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and was then quickly debunked.

Informed of her error, Ms. Napolitano blustered: “I can’t talk to that. I can talk about the future. And here’s the future. The future is we have borders.”

Just what does that mean, exactly?

What does she mean?  That is a great question, but don’t expect a straight answer.