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This was brought up yesterday on the CBC news in response to an announcement that Burger King wants to take over Tim Horton's. It was suggested that Canada (formerly a British colony) should stage a repeat performance if Burger King proceeds to take over their iconic coffee shop.
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The Burger King of...Canada

Vladilyich Wrote: Aug 26, 2014 7:56 AM
Burger King Worldwide, Inc. This was yesterday's lead story all day long on the CBC and CTV. Canadians are definitely ticked off! You don't mess with Timmie's . One commentator also brought out that yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the British Canadians burning down the White House and suggested that a takeover of Tim Horton's by Burger King might push a repeat performance.
I fully expect the EPA to outlaw tobacco, period, as being a prime cause of global warming. :( The U.S. is definitely going the way of Canada where we have a "sin tax" attached to alcohol and tobacco. The average cost for a pack of cigarettes is over $13CAD. If you go to a First Nations reservation and buy untaxed cigarettes, the RCMP will search your car on the way out. E-cigarettes are illegal in the country if they contain nicotine (I buy my refills from the U.S. via FedEx). The equivalent of a carton of e-cig refills WITH nicotine costs me under $20USD. The tax on alcohol is even worse. In Ontario all alcohol sales are a government monopoly and the prices are fixed by the Province. In Arizona I was buying a half-gallon (1.75L) of Vodka for $12.95USD. In Ontario, a pint (350ml) is $13.95CAD. Of course the price is the same regardless of where it was produced. The same price applies for "Alberta Pure" as it does for "Russkiy Standart" or "Stolichnaya". Originally, the thinking was that by increasing the prices using a "sin tax" it would force people to cut back on buying things the government disapproved of. It didn't work out that way. Now the government is dependent on these taxes to exist.
"...Louisiana provides almost a third of North America's commercial fisheries." I have quite a few friends in the restaurant and fishing business and, honestly, Louisiana and other Gulf states are going down the toilet at the moment. My restaurant friends will not buy seafood known to come from the Gulf of Mexico and have cancelled all standing orders for Gulf shrimp. Another friend who was a shrimper out of New Port Ritchie, FL, has sold his three boats because his catch has dwindled to make it not worth his while and what he was catching is so badly contaminated they were almost inedible. On a balance, my restauranteur friends will not buy west coast fish and shellfish because most of it is radioactive from Fukishima. The fiascos from the past four years have been a boon to friends in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland :) If the government will ever make BP pay for the damage they've done then I might go along with the intent of this article, but we all know that will never happen. Exxon still hasn't paid for the Valdez disaster and that was decades ago. BP has absolutely no intention of shelling out anything that will drop their dividends. Were ANY of the energy companies responsible citizens, I would wholeheartedly support exploration. They're not.
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DC Defines Pepper Spray as a Firearm

Vladilyich Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 8:28 AM
I agree with you, banning (effectively) pepper spray or mace is a really dumb idea, but not unique. The day after the 2008 elections I moved to Canada. It is well known that sidearms are banned here, but I soon found out that it is also illegal for a civilian to carry pepper spray, mace or CS. The crime rate per capita is also about the same as the U.S.
It's almost as good as "attack of the killer tomatoes."
I'm from Yavapai County, AZ. Agua Fria is 100% in bed with APS. My small town, Sedona, is fighting Agua Fria and the city of Phoenix for our water from Oak Creek which is created from runoff in Flagstaff. We have an independent water company, but Agua Fria thinks that thinks that it should control all of Arizona water so that they can sell it at exorbitant prices to Phoenix (which is already draining Lake Mead and the Colorado river to keep lawns green). Even though Arizona is a scarlet red state, the businesses will jump on anyone's bandwagon to make a dishonest buck.
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The Hobbled Hobby Lobby Decision

Vladilyich Wrote: Jul 04, 2014 10:01 PM
Explain how it does, if you can.
Yes, it should come directly from YOU the taxpayers because you, through your elected representatives, have stolen the money that had been in it's own private account until Lyndon Johnson needed money for the stupidity in Vietnam and transferred it to the General Fund where it's been raided on a regular basis by Congress and the military for other stupidity like Iraq and Afghanistan. All that remains are "Federal Reserve Notes", IOUs. There are 2.7-trillion dollars of these IOUs, government debt. The same type oif debt yiu iwe the Chinese and other countries you "borrowed" (stole) from. The conservatives are more than willing to default on debt owed to its own citizens while worrying about the debt owed the rest of the world., SSI is NOT an "unfunded liability" but a liability the government incurred by taking cash for short-term nonsense from a fund designed for long-term purpose.
It's actually much closer to 2.7-trillion.
They can always use something like this as a training camp for urban warfare. This would be perfect to simulate an invasion into Manhattan.
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