September 28, 2006

The deluge

This pretty much speaks for itself, which is good when you're trying to get back on the blog wagon for the first time in many months (from the globeandmail.com). I didn't want to bold the entire middle paragraph, but it is priceless.

"The United States Coast Guard have started to patrol the Great Lakes with machine guns mounted on their vessels and are conducting live-ammunition training drills on the U.S. side to prepare officers to combat terrorists flooding across the border from Canada by boat." [emphasis added]

[...]

"'We're trying to be prepared in case something happens,' said a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Robert Lanier. 'I don't know what it is, but I know I want to be prepared for it when it happens. We need to conduct these live-fire exercises so we are prepared for whatever it may be. If we are not prepared for it, there are going to be questions about why we weren't prepared for it.'"

[...]

"As for the shaky status of the world's longest undefended border, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambra Dickie, said that Canada and the United States signed a written agreement three years ago articulating that moves to arm U.S. law-enforcement vessels with light machine guns in U.S. jurisdiction do not violate the spirit of the treaty. That treaty, the argument goes, was drafted to ensure peace in the Great Lakes by forbidding weapons of war such as cannons on sailing ships.

'We don't have any cannons or rocket launchers or anything like that,' CPO Lanier said." [emphasis added]

Posted by anatole at September 28, 2006 11:03 AM
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Heh. That *is* pretty - uh - priceless. The middle paragraph really needs to be read out loud to be fully appreciated, I think.

I wonder if he realized how asinine he sounded as it was coming out of his mouth?

Posted by: Amy at September 29, 2006 04:34 PM

welcome back!

This is right up there with known knowns, things we know we know and known unknowns that we know we don't know. Thankfully it's not an unknown unknown - those things we don't know we don't know.

Almost gives Donald a run for his money. Ok, maybe not. Donald's still in a league of his own.

Anyway - so happy to have you back!

Posted by: julie at October 2, 2006 05:33 PM
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