From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:59:38 -0300 Archived: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:28:20 -0400 Subject: Re: Unidentified Airborne Objects >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:35:15 -0500 >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. Hi Jerry, You would think people would get a bit smarter with the info available on search engines. Dumb marketing move on Child's part. Canada is Americas largest trading partner and buyer of American product over the next largest trading partner, China (yeah, China) by $220 billion.Strange his publisher didn't catch that-but it's likely Child's editor editor didn't know any better. Check the Economist for standings: http://www.cnbc.com/id/31064179/page/11 But this is not the forum for this, Jerry. My fault for starting it. The last burp from me. Don Ledger 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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