Thursday, January 12, 2006

As I prepare for vacation, here are some recommended sites, and a contest!

Starting tomorrow morning, I will be on vacation until late Monday afternoon; the next News of the Day, therefore, will be on Tuesday, January 17.

In the meantime, however, please check out our Unofficial Back-up site Between Heaven and Earth. Despite having started only month and a half ago, this blog has become one of my go-to sites (and it should be one of yours, too). Of course, there are also the other members of the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Democratic China, One Free Korea, and ShaunKenney.com.

Ironically, this blog may be more well-known in Canada than here in the U.S. For that, I have to thank Friendly Blog Small Dead Animals and the good folks at the Western Standard, so be sure to stop by those sites over the next few days at least.

In fact, it is the northern neighbor that provided the inspiration for this weekend's contest. Last summer, Canada's lead opposition party (the Conservatives) called for the elimination of Ottawa's $50 million aid package to Communist China. The governing Liberals dismissed them out of hand. For anyone interested in where the money went, Terry O'Neill, Western Standard, has the details.

So, here's the contest question: What would have been a better way to spend the $50 million in Canadian taxpayer money that went to Communist China last year?

Please use the comments section to place your entries. Feel free to be humorous or serious, but please be civil. Also, let me know whether you are Canadian, American, or neither (Canada and the U.S. will likely have their own categories). The deadline is 9AM, Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday the 17th.

Depending on how many entries come in, the winners will be decided sometime between Tuesday and - let's be ridiculously optimistic on the entry number here - February. The categories will be multiple and diverse (i.e., they have not fully formed in my head yet). The winners will have their names (or noms de cyber) and entries announced to the world, and that's about it.

With that, see you on Tuesday!

21 comments:

Scythian Princess said...

If it was earmarked for foreign aid, then to Ukraine, where they are actually trying to establish democracy.

If not, then on more police officers.

Scythian Princess said...

Sorry, forgot to say I am Canadian.

Anonymous said...

Gun Control! No, ADSCAM!, No wait, Better negetive military ads!

Raging Ranter said...

Let me be very very clear. Fundamentally, in fact, I have always been very clear in my preference to have that money funneled directly into Liberal Party coffers.

dmorris said...

Give me the fifty million, I promise it will go to deserving parties. Really.

gullchasedship said...

That money should be spent on improving our democracy.

In our cities.

In the country.

In Canada.

We're not making this up.

Norman said...

Beer and popcorn.

Actually, how about spending it on our own space program? Why give China money when they're putting men in space?

morison said...

Canadian all the way here. How about fixing our used submarines. Again. Either way is a waste.

John Chittick said...

I'm currently Canadian and I think that the $50,000,000 could be used to properly equip and man a Canadian Frigate or Destroyer to be attached permanently to whichever U.S. Navy Carrier group is currently defending Taiwan.

Anonymous said...

$19.95 on that new book "Liberal Party of Canada For Dummies"; the other $49,999,978.85 (remember, only 6% G.S.T.) on cops.

Biggie Rection said...

Canadian -

Well, that 50 million would make a fine addition to my bank account. Might even make me vote liberal!

Andrew said...

$50 million... one 40th of the cost of our new space weapons registry.

Plato's Stepchild said...

I am Canadian.

Sort of. In a Mark Steyn undefined Winnebago kind of way.

Spend the $50 million reinstituting capital punishment for treason here in Canada. Ya know, especially for those aiding and abetting foreign governments on Canadian soil.

morison said...

OK, Andrew wins because he made me laugh.

PGP said...

They could send it to Iran to help the "Peaceful people and government of Iran in the development of Peaceful nuclear technology for Peaceful electrical power"
Or did they already do that too?

Gisele said...

or they could inject it in Martin's electoral campaign budget-
-or did they do that already?

Aeolas said...

Donate 50 million dollar bill-sized sheets of toilet paper to the "Keep Sheik Hook's butt clean fund"?

Here's the link

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PineKnot said...

I'm American.

Use the $50 million to buy some military transport aircraft to move your Canadian troops around, so you don't have to rely on American military transport for same.

Paul Clark said...

I am American.

Use the $50 million to continue and expand Radio Canada Intl. shortwave broadcasts to China and N.Korea.

pwyll said...

Better than giving the money to China, eh? The bar is pretty low; how about setting the money on fire...

Solange said...

How about food and shelter for the homeless? There are 25,000 homeless people in Canada.

Canadian