Wednesday, February 12, 2003

I'm a coward. I just can't bring myself to look outside and see what kind of mess is happening out there. I woke up about 30 minutes ago and have been hearing the snow plow rumbling the entire time. At one point, I thought that maybe they were plowing my lawn, it's that loud. I guess it's because it's so quiet this morning, the noise seems to carry further and bounce around between the houses.

I suppose that I should be more concerned with the price of gas and the prospect of impending war than I am about the weather. My feelings about gas are that it's a necessary evil, we'll always end up paying whatever they are charging because, hey, we need it to get our cars around. As far as war goes, the weather has a more direct impact on how I go about my day than musing about what President Doody-head is up to. To me, it seems just like he's throwing a big tantrum. I heard Mr Powell's speech to the UN (in it's entirety) last week on CBC Radio. It didn't convince me of anything at all (and I couldn't even see the pictures). I actually laughed out loud when he explained that ordinary, non-specialist folks wouldn't really understand what the photos depicted so he would explain what it was that they were looking at. Hello??? How stupid is that? What makes me laugh is that they (the Doody-head crew) were surprised that some countries still didn't support them. It's gone from goofy to ridiculous.

The other night, in Toronto, former PM Mulroney told a crowd at the U of T that if we didn't establish a position soon on the proposed "war", it would hurt relations between us and the US. How can they get any worse than they already are? We're being told that we're going to have to show passports to cross the border now (something, given that I live in a border town, that I've done easily, my entire life) and we've basically been accused of enabling the September 11th terror attacks to happen due to our incompetent immigration policies (excuse me? these "terrorists" got into the states - via US Customs too!).

I keep hearing that this is not about the price of oil but it so obviously is. In Doody-head's address to the nation a couple of weeks ago, he allocated some money to hydrogen fuel research. As soon as his buddies in the oil and defense industries can find a way to make more money from hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel, they'll get their heads out of their asses and the troops out of the middle east. War is always about money, at least as far as the US is concerned. Of course, this is just my opinion, YMMV.

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