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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, June 30, 2003


Be Careful What You Wish For

Vancouver writer/goofball Steve Burgess (known to "sophisticated" Canadians as the host of CBC Newsworld's @ the end) encourages America to make Canada its next regime change target. (Salon Premium article, sit through the damn commercial to view.)
There are plenty of reasons to invade your passive-aggressive northern neighbor... but never mind -- thanks to the lessons learned in Iraq, reasons are no longer necessary. The Bush administration's labored justifications for the Iraq invasion, served up as convincingly as a chocolate-smeared 6-year-old's explanation of where the cookies went, proved to be utterly irrelevant. Most Americans, it turned out, were only too happy to kick some non-American ass and didn't really require an explanation.

Don't mistake Burgess for one of those Canadian rightwingers who would be happy seeing the country overthrown by a certain foreign power and a new governemnt installed. (This may be the Canadian right's best hope for power in the near future.) Then again, our government's sheer impudence lately -- Harm reduction! Gay marriage! Decriminalizing pot! Asking for credible justification for invading Iraq! -- is plenty of fodder for wiseass writers.

Keep it up, Jean! Commentators from coast to coast are depending on you!

Wonder what Burgess would have done in the days of say, Louis St. Laurent? Well, at least B.C. had Wacky Bennett to fill the void while L.St.L. was boring the rest of Canada.
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