Monday, December 27, 2004

You have to understand your priorities.


U.S. initial investment in emergency aid to tsunami-devastated areas of Asia: $15 million.

Estimated cost of Admiral Bunnypants' second inauguration ceremonies: $50 million.

Knowing that the U.S. media won't ever point out these perversely warped priorities: Priceless.

DEC. 29 UPDATE: U.S. pledges of assistance for disaster relief increase to $35,000,000. Bush administration finds additional funds by cutting back on appetizers at inauguration. Wealthy guests complain, but Bush vows to "stand firm" and "stay the course". Right-wing blogosphere nominates Bush for Nobel Peace Prize. Nobel Peace Prize committee collectively commits suicide in response.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes .. thanks God your country Canada has been such a torchlight in the arena of foreign assistance!!

http://www.pointsevenpledge.ca/content/en/index.html

And no, 'foreign aid' is not sending your Queen's rep Adrienne Clarkson to Europe on "circumpolar trips to strengthen Canada's shared northern identity."

CC said...

From CC:

Announced upcoming financial aid from the U.S. to help tsunami-devastated areas: $15 million.

Current estimated U.S. investment in unnecessarily invading another country and bombing it back to the Stone Age: $200 billion. And counting.

That priorities thing again, I guess.

Anonymous said...

And how much have the good readers of 'a view from the north' sent?

Jay Gatsby said...

Haha how much has your pathetic excuse for a nation donated CC? Get youself under control before you ctitisize us ok?

Jay Gatsby said...

what really gets me about this site is that a canadian, a member of a country that is seen a a joke in the eyes of the world community (well, it didn't used to be, but sadly the times have changed)tries to give Americans advice on how to run America. Get your pathetic socialist country in shape before you try and tell us what to do.

America became the most pwerful nation the world has ever seen in 200 years...we really don't need advice from the losers of the world. I've been to Canada, and my family even own land there. It sucks. The healthcare sucks. If you had a medical emergency at night in Canada, it's likley that a doctor won't be in the ER. Yes, I've been to Canadian hospitals, and there usually isn't a doctor there at all times. The crime in Canada sucks too. Oh, and the United States is the ONLY industrialized nation on earth who has seen its crime rate drop over the past 10 years. Not any of the socialist moron countries can boast that. Toronto is more dangerous a city than New York City, and that's saying something.

So look here, eh? We really don't need or want advise from the pehtetic excuse for a country that is Canada, or most any of the nations in Europe. We are doing just fine as it is. And if America jr. up there does't like the way we run things, then maybe you guys should get an amry. If the United States wasn't here to protect your sorry country, you would have been taken over long ago. The only reason nations like Canada and France can affod to not have an army is because they know that if anyone ever attacks them, the USA will bail ther pathetic asses out. Once again, I ask you to fix your own nation before you fix mine.

Jay Gatsby said...

BTW CC, would you like to have a live debate sometime? I have a system that lets you talk to another person live through the internet for free. You would need to download the program and get a microphone for your computer, and then we could debate. I'll record it too, and post it on my blog. If you don't mind, that is.

Jay Gatsby said...

*UPDATE*
The U.S. Agency for International Development is adding $20 million to an initial $15 million contribution for Asian earthquake relief.

Anonymous said...

Jay needs to familiarize himself with history before making strange comments. Even fairly rececent history should be pretty enlightening. Of course recent history to him might be who won "Fear Factor" last season. Canada has always been an oasis of sanity when things got crazy here in the U.S. The Underground Railroad is one example. When we had Richard Nixon subverting the Constitution and doing dirty tricks, Canada had Pierre Trudeau as it's Prime Minister.

As far as Canada not having an army, ask the people of Holland during World War II about Canada's armed forces. Or have a look at the Battle of Dieppe to learn about Canada's army.Do you know about the Iran hostage crisis? And the fact that Canada helped get six Americans out of Iran during the riot?The statement about there not being a doctor in an ER is also completely false. My father, visiting Toronto from NY, fell ill and was professionally treated immediately in a hospital and was never asked for a penny before he was admitted. Of course since he wasn't a Canadian citizen, he did pay for his hospitalization, but he paid it over time after he got back home. Meanwhile, I pay almost $200 a month for health insurance here in Texas and I can't even choose which doctor I can go to. And I have to wait 5 weeks before I can see a specialist about a painful back condition.

So there's a start. Do some reading and then see if you can be a little enlightened before you make foolish statements.

Sikko said...

Hello, I'm from the Netherlands and also from the north to be exactly. I can confirm that the soil I'm now standing on is liberated during World War II by Canadians. We're very thankful for that, but not more thankful than to the other allies, so CUT THE CRAP!

Your discussion isn't about how great Canada or the United States are or should be, but how it is possible that priorities can be so pathetically chosen.

CC said...

From CC:

U.S. GDP for 2003: $10 trillion
Canadian GDP for 2003: $923 billion

Current U.S. emergency donations: $35 million
Current Canadian donations: $4 million

U.S. donation percentage of GDP: .00035%
Canada's donation percentage of GDP: .00043%

In short, Canada doing a slightly better job there, Jay. And, yes, both values are still appallingly stingy. Neither country has any right to be proud of this.

Jay Gatsby said...

Get this, the country that is now allowing infanticide hates all the allies but Canada. What a review!

Jay Gatsby said...

Hey, texas fella, you all mentioned old (or irrelevent) things. I'm talking now, and I am grateful for Canada's help during WWII, but that generation is dying off.

And Canada's army is so depleated that they recently cut pull ups from the requirments just to get more people in.

Come on now, use facts from today, not WWII.

Anonymous said...

You should go back and re-read my post. I did use facts from today and not just from WWII. You basically said that everything in Canada sucks including the health care. You then mouthed the Republican talking points about doctors not being available in ERs and I gave you a specific personal example of how that's not true. I don't know why you're hung up on WWII because I cited other examples of why "Canada doesn't suck" that go back to the Civil War and go up to the 1970s.

I'm talking now, and I am grateful for Canada's help during WWII, but that generation is dying off.Any country is judged by it's history, not just by the people who are currently alive. But if you want to consider things current, Canada has moved to decriminalize possesion of small amounts of marijuana so that people don't spend the rest of their lives with a criminal record for doing something similar to somebody who has a glass of wine. Canada is moving to legalize same-sex marriages, although I somehow get the feeling that's another reason you would consider that Canada sucks, and they refused to join the U.S. led Iraq war, which as you may remember was undertaken because of weapons of mass destruction, which were never found.

Jay Gatsby said...

You want a specific and personal example? My brother went to a Canadian ER on P.E.I. and not a single doctor was there, and it took half an hour for one to get there. Luckly he wasn't dying, He just had an ear infection...but what if he was?

Anonymous said...

Okay Jay, it took a half an hour for your brother to get treated for an ear infection on PEI. Okay, you win, Canada's health care system is in shambles. Also, lets make sure we prevent senior citizens on fixed incomes from getting those unsafe prescription drugs from Canada at a fraction of the cost. They can buy their Vioxx and Celebrex right here at full price.

CC said...

From CC:

Not that I want to drag this thread out any further, but a few years ago, I drove myself to Duke Medical Center in Durham NC with a fractured arm following a cycling accident. Because I clearly wasn't suffering life-threatening injuries, I waited four hours to be seen. And I had full medical coverage through BCBS of North Carolina.

The rules for emergency rooms are fairly simple -- if you're not in imminent danger of expiring on the spot, you might have to wait. Having to wait all of half an hour when one has only an ear infection seems pretty good service to me. Methinks Jay has been watching way too much "ER", where everyone coming through the doors gets treated within seconds by Dr. Carter or some hot, young resident.

Welcome to the real world, Jay.