From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:35:15 -0500 Archived: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:05:18 -0400 Subject: Re: Unidentified Airborne Objects >From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:27:39 -0300 >Subject: Re: Unidentified Airborne Objects >>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:23:29 -0500 >>Subject: Re: Unidentified Airborne Objects >>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >>>To: <post.nul> >>>Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:44:26 -0300 >>>Subject: Unidentified Airborne Objects >><snip> >>>* Lee Child, a British author of the popular Jack Reacher books >>>about a Retired American Military MP remarks in one of his >>>books that the Canadian Army is four guys with a dog. I stopped >>>reading his books after that. A Brit ought to know better than >>>that. 160 troops is less than the number of Canadian soldiers >>>killed in Afghanistan so far. >>Hi, Don, >>I think you missed the joke. You're confusing the author with >>his character. _Of course_ Child knows better about your >>country's military. Having followed his Reacher series for a >>while (I quit reading it for reasons different from yours, >>namely their repellent, over-the-top violence), I believe I can >>assert confidently that the wisecrack you mention is consistent >>with the character's mordant, cynical sense of humor. >>Actually, the world would be better off if all our militaries >>(including America's) were significantly reduced. Maybe not to >>four guys with a dog - there's a venerable British folk band, by >>the way, called Four Men and a Dog, to which Child's joke is no >>doubt an allusion - but rather closer to it than they are now. >Hi Jerry, >Yeah, well, we don't see it as a joke. Just another inane >comment at Canada's expense. >The Sheriff - a female - of Hope a fictional town in Child's >book, Hope and Despair makes the remark. Perhaps it is a jab at >Americans who for the most part seem unaware of the huge country >north of the border. Some aren't even sure where it is. I suspect that's precisely what Child was making a mordant joke about. I'm pretty sure he's on your side, my friend. If it's any comfort to you, I've met fellow Americans who couldn't locate Minnesota, where I've lived most of my life, on a map. Along the same line, I recall a conversation with a guy who opined that Israel is located "somewhere near Guatemala". Actually, I was surprised he'd heard of Guatemala. Cheers, Jerry Clark Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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