Sunday, February 26, 2006


Curling is not my sport although I have played the game in many venues from Newfoundland to Alberta. I do have a familiarity with the nuances and I am most proud of our boy Brad. I didn't post anything because I figured most bloggers would have verbiaged the story to death. Upon checking the blogging tories blog I hit on an entry by a Dr. Roy Eappen which I was most impressed. He said:


I was very pleased the Men's Curling Team won a gold medal in Torino. Brad Gunshue and most of the team are from Newfoundland. I know nothing about curling. I know a little about Newfoundland. The few times I have been to Newfoundland, I have found the people of Newfoundland to be a joy. They were unfailingly friendly and helpful. If I stood on a corner for a few minutes several people would come up and ask if I needed assistance. In national terms they give the most to charity and were the first to step up to help the families of stranded Americans after 9/11. One of the reasons I am proud to be a Canadian is that there are Newfoundlanders who are my fellow citizens. I am truly glad for these kind gentle hardworking people and celebrate with them in this time of national joy.

Patriotic Songs

Ode to Newfoundland

The words of "The Ode to Newfoundland" were written by His Excellency Sir Cavendish Boyle, K.C.M.G., who was Governor of Newfoundland from 1901 to 1904. On November 8, 1902, the Ode was set to music composed by Professor E.R. Krippner and was officially adopted as the Newfoundland anthem. On May 20, 1904, the present musical setting, which was composed by Sir Hubert Parry, Bart, was officially substituted for the Krippner setting. On August 17, 1979, Royal Assent was given to legislation adopting the Ode to Newfoundland as the official provincial anthem of the province of Newfoundland.

When sun rays crown thy pine clad hills,
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land.
We love thee, we love thee,
We love thee, smiling land.

As loved our fathers, so we love,
Where once they stood, we stand;
Their prayer we raise to Heaven above,
God guard thee, Newfoundland

God guard thee, God guard thee,
God guard thee, Newfoundland

That is a very insightful comment from someone who was born in India and is an
endocrinologist in Montreal. Check out his blog, he is my kind of guy and I invited him to contact me when he next visits Newfoundland. I said:

Thank you for the kind comments. We usually get stupid jokes. When you visit again let me know and I will show you things you won't believe. You will return home and be able to say, "Now I know a lot about Newfoundland."
Try to get your hands on a copy of E.J. Pratt's poems and you will get a spine tingling feel for Newfoundlanders that will ensure your next visit transpires more quickly.
here's one:


It took the sea a thousand years,
A thousand years to trace
The granite features of this cliff,
In crag and scarp and base.

It took the sea an hour one night,
An hour of storm to place
The sculpture of these granite seams
Upon a woman's face.

My faithful know how much I admire Pratt and his feel for the lifeblood of Newfoundland. Much has changed since E.J. passed on but there is still that vein of self sufficiency and dedication to the value of the human spirit and the will to strive for that basic societal instinct inherent in our forefathers but sadly lacking in today's urban diverse miasma.

English grammar

I was pruning my "bookmarks" today and in the process I came across normblog which I haven't checked in some time. He had a piece, as follows:

Otherwise engaged

There won't be much to read here today because I'm what you might call 'busy'.
That's one way of writing that sentence. Here's another:
There won't be much to read here today because I'm what you might call 'busy.'
See the difference? In the second version the full stop is inside the final inverted comma, rather than outside it. And to me it just doesn't look logical: the full stop concludes the whole sentence, not the just the word 'busy' in scare-quotes, so it - the full stop - should come at the end. It would be different if the thing were this:
She pondered the message he had written. 'I can't blog much today because I'm busy with other things.' She understood that he was busy.
Here the full stop after 'other things' is part of reported speech, and so should go, with all the rest, inside the inverted commas. Anyway, what do I know? Somebody who does know - about the divergent conventions on this matter - may be able to enlighten me. But what I'm saying is that it puzzles me when I see (as in books published in the US) the likes of...
There won't be much to read here today because I'm what you might call 'busy.'
What I'm also saying is that there won't be much to read here today because I'm busy with other things.

Well; sez I after reading it and my mind, at least what's left of it, starts to churn and I had to tell old Norm and this is what I sent:

Re subject piece, I couldn't help it but I must query the use of "full stop." I always used the term "Period." When I see the words "full stop," I immediately think that there perforce must be a "half stop" or perhaps a "quarter stop" or an "almost full stop." You can imagine my quandary. My mind wanders off and I delight in conceptualizing the family of stops; for instance "whistle stops" the "stops" one pulls all out, how about "truck stop" and of course "non stop." Now that last one is a doozie because now you are drifting off into the realm of Zen, if you get my drift, I love the pun, don't you? See what you have caused now? Little did you know, Sigh. "Bus stops," "F-stops," "one stop," "tab stops," "door stops," "traffic stops," "sudden stops," "flag stops," "glottal stops," and on and on, you get the idea. It's hard to realize that there are so many "stops" and I was surprised to find that when one "googles" "stops," one finds 8,750,000 hits. This subject could turn into a lifetime research paper, imagine looking at all those references!
I must needs stop this rambling and get on with life before "stops" takes on a life of it's own and I become a recluse in a Kafkaesque room full of "stops." Hmmmm, a thought just struck me. What about colons? Never mind........ I'm outta here!

Norm responded with chuckles but he missed the essence of my retort. Just count the quotation marks, I was trying not to make it too obvious.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Eat an Animal For PETA Day

March 15 is the fourth annual "Eat an animal for PETA day." Millions of healthy animal loving individuals will be chomping down on healthy portions of meat just to piss off PETA. I will be doing my level best to make sure I consume three good meals of meat just to help out. I haven't decided what I will have yet but I suspect I will include the three main food groups, mammal, fish and fowl, yum! Penn and Teller have a great video about PETA that everyone should view.

I nods toMeryl Yourish

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Still More Cartoons

This whole cartoon thing is really getting my goat. The cowardice that abounds is really scary. I find it really hard to believe that so many of our so called "leaders" and people of influence have become linguini spined,sycophantic,obsequious cretins. I am on a quest. What is your quest? Funny you should ask! Well I am going to hold a few feet to the fire, stir up some shit, use that old 3000 psi index finger and just maybe I can get a few of the above mentioned ninnies to recant their inexcusable positions. To that end I have started by writing to a few people and there will be more to come. First off you have seen the letter to the president of UPEI and I told you about The editor of The telegram. Here are the next few.

Dear Russell,
Just substitute Canadian wherever you see American, the same applies. The points are difficult to refute. What say you?

American news media: little courage and little honesty
Feb 14, 2006
by Dennis Prager ( bio | archive | contact )

American news media have suffered in recent years. Thanks to the Internet and talk radio, millions of Americans have ceased relying on The New York Times and CNN for their written and televised news.
But it is difficult to recall a greater blow to the credibility of American news media than their near-universal refusal to publish the Mohammed cartoons originally published in a Danish newspaper that have brought about worldwide Muslim protests.

This loss of credibility owes to two factors: dishonesty and cowardice.

Everyone and his mother knows why the networks and the print journals haven't shown the cartoons -- they fear Muslims blowing up their buildings and stabbing their editors to death. The only people who deny this are the news media. They all claim that they won't show the cartoons because of sensitivity to Muslim feelings.

Which brings us to the other reason for the latest blow to the news media's credibility: They are lying to us. If some politicians were telling lies as blatantly as the news media are now, the media would be having a field day exposing those politicians and calling for their removal from office. But, alas, what TV news station will criticize another TV news station? And what newspaper or magazine will criticize another newspaper or magazine?
So, without anyone in the media holding them accountable, the news media continue to believe they can fool nearly all the people all the time when they say they are not publishing the cartoons out of respect for Muslim sensibilities.

Why is this false?

First, major papers in virtually every European country have published the cartoons. It is inconceivable that European papers are less concerned with Muslim sensibilities than American media are. If anything, in Europe they are more pro-Muslim given their anti-Israel and anti-American views and given that they live in countries with far greater numbers of Muslims than live in America.

Second, the reason to publish the cartoons is not to offend Muslims; it is to explain the most significant current news event in the world. How can anyone understand the Islamic riots without having seen the cartoons that triggered them? If millions of Christians rioted after cartoons were published in the Muslim world, does anyone doubt that the Western press would publish them, or that it had the obligation to do so?

The argument that people can see the cartoons on the Internet is specious. Anyone could see the photos of the abuse of Arab prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison on the Internet, yet the news media presented these photos day after day for weeks.

Third, the American press has routinely published cartoons and pictures that insult Christians and Jews. The Los Angeles Times published a cartoon depicting the stones of the Western Wall of the Jewish Temple, the holiest site to Jews, as spelling out the word "HATE" and showing a religious Jew bowing down before it. And what newspaper did not publish a photo of "Piss Christ," the Andres Serrano work of "art" depicting a crucifix in the artist's urine?

American newspapers "insult" every group whenever they feel like it, but no one riots, burns and kills because of it.

Fourth, the ban on depicting Mohammed applies to Muslims, not to non-Muslims. It is remarkable that American newspapers, so frightened of any breakdown between church and state, are suddenly guided by Muslim religious prohibitions.

Fifth, the argument that publishing the images would inflame Muslims' passions is another coverup for cowardice. No American newspaper or TV news show exhibited the slightest concern with inflaming Muslim passions when they endlessly published and depicted Abu Ghraib abuse photos.

If the liberal news media in America -- conservative Fox News and The Weekly Standard have shown the cartoons -- admitted they feared being hurt if they showed the cartoons, one would have respect for their honesty, if not their courage. But the liberal news media's lack of courage coupled with their dishonest justifications make for a devastating commentary on American news media.

One should not be surprised. A few years ago, New York Times foreign affairs reporter John Burns reported -- to his great credit -- that some of the most prestigious American news organizations had made a deal with Saddam Hussein not to report negatively about his regime in exchange for being allowed to have a Baghdad news bureau.

When it comes to taking on conservatives, Catholics, Evangelicals and the like, liberal news media are Supermen. When it comes to confronting real evil, however, the news media are Mickey Mouse.

I got no reply. Surprise!

Next one to Russell with The David Warren piece:

Dear Russell,

The following is perhaps the best piece on the "cartoon" debacle I have read. Something for you to mull: do you suppose that the late William James Herder would have behaved as did Michael Davies when confronted by pressure and what would he do now? If you had any guts you would write a new column and post the cartoons this Saturday. If you don't then I hope you shave each morning without benefit of a mirror.

P.S. If you happen to see Charlie Stacey would you ask him why he doesn't return correspondence.

The test

Ezra Levant, a decent, honest, and courageous man -- and for those reasons much mocked by Canada’s smug political and media elites -- has explained clearly and unanswerably why the Western Standard magazine which he publishes (and in which I write), printed a selection of those Danish cartoons. It was the same reason they were reprinted by such prestigious European dailies as Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, and Die Welt.

It was because those cartoons are at the centre of a huge news story. A tremendous fuss is being made over them right around the planet, and readers in a free country should be shown what the fuss is about. It is especially important in this case, where the original cartoons were, by any Western standard, bloodless, bland, boring. Readers should not be left to assume that the cartoons were instead vicious, nasty, and intentionally offensive.

The Danish editor who originally commissioned the cartoons did not solicit attacks on Islam. He asked cartoonists to depict Mohammad as they imagine him. He asked because he was appalled by the self-censorship he smelled in the Danish air. It was not an anti-Islamic gesture; it was an act of freedom, against the fear of Muslim intimidation.

Why, for instance, should we be repeatedly told in news stories that all the cartoons insulted Muslims when most of them did not? Why should we be repeatedly told that the satirical ones insulted Islam’s Prophet, when what they satirize is obviously the use of the Prophet to justify terrorism? And now that we know the international furore was inspired, not by the Jyllands-Posten cartoons, but by fakes insinuated among them by delegations of Danish Muslims, why should we hold the Danish editor and cartoonists, to say nothing of all Denmark, responsible for anything?

It is to defeat such publicly-repeated lies, and to oppose public intimidation, that a publisher has the duty to show the original cartoons.

On this latter point, I am reminded of Michael Davies, the last family publisher of the Kingston Whig-Standard, for which I once worked. I was a fill-in night editor one evening when I got a note from him. It said that a friend of his, a certain local worthy, had been charged with drunk driving. This man had asked Mr Davies to keep his name out of the paper. Mr Davies asked me, therefore, to make sure his friend’s drunk driving charge was prominently reported.

That is how an honest publisher responds to being pressured. Not with “sensitivity”, which is the ancient vehicle for hypocrisy and deceit. A publisher need ask himself only one question. If the cartoons had been protested by Christians, would he have hesitated to print them?

Did newspapers across the West hesitate to print photos of the “Piss Christ”, or the “Dung Madonna”? Why suddenly so sensitive to religious feelings?

I wrote Saturday exculpating Muslims from the charge of hypocrisy in this matter -- for their double standard is plausibly written into their faith. But I cannot excuse the hypocrisy and cowardice of the Western media, who pose as fearless and impartial defenders of truth, regardless of consequences.

All this self-congratulatory lip-service to the free press, until the moment it means something. Chapters and Indigo have banned the “offending” issue of the Western Standard, as have other distributors. There is clucking from the CBC and other mainstream media. Mohamed Elmasry of the Canadian Islamic Congress -- himself on record for saying that every adult Israeli citizen is a valid military target -- threatening action under Canada’s recklessly-written and selectively-enforced “hate” laws. And Canada’s new defence minister weighing in with the observation that Mr Levant’s publishing decision will endanger our troops in Afghanistan -- accentuating the danger by his very remark.

I was impressed with Mr Levant’s rejoinder to all this. “I’m a little afraid myself,” he said, “but fine, so deal with it. Get security or just be careful. ... I'm not so afraid that I'm going to sell out our heritage of freedom."

Let us call the biggest bluff, the biggest lie. It is being constantly argued, in defence of cowardice, that such cartoons must not be published because they might “incite hatred against Muslims”. I doubt even one disinterested person could believe this, after a moment’s thought. A cartoon cannot hold a candle on events like 9/11 in Manhattan, or 3/11 in Madrid, or the London tube bombings, or the many, many thousand acts of savagery that have been done in the name of Islam in the last few years.

It is fear that makes people speak the opposite of the truth -- in this case, the fear that mere cartoons may further “incite violence by Muslims”.

The whole point of Islamist terrorism has been to instil such fear in the “infidel dogs” of the West. The fear is forgivable. The cowardice is not. The hypocrisy and lying is contemptible. And then it is done smugly.

David Warren

© Ottawa Citizen

Next I sent one to the Minister of National Defence along with the David Warren piece.

Dear sir,

I was most disappointed with your view on the publishing of the "cartoons." As a retired Air Force officer I can attest that your view is not widely held by honest officers, my son is presently serving, and my fellow retirees. I have never seen such cowardice across this land in my life. I am amazed at the scope of of the national lack of spine.
You may have seen the following by David Warren but just in case, I include it. Have a read and then try to stack your reasoning against his. I thought we just got rid of The Libranos and were into an era of integrity, maybe I was wrong. If you need a little backbone straightening just talk to my friend Laurie Hawn. I would really like to see some straight shit out of you guys on the hill and not the usual politically correct sheep crap.

Per Ardua Ad Astra,

Ok, maybe I was a little harsh on a new minister, having been in office only a week, but my take on it is; "If you can't take the heat, don't give someone the blowtorch."

I nods to Relapsed Catholic for the Warren piece.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Scrap the gun registry now

The following appeared in The National Post

Scrap the gun registry now, says veteran

Recently the snail mail brought a demand for $60 from Canada Firearms Centre (CFC) for a renewal of a Firearms Licence. It also demanded a recent ID photograph, one taken to rigidly specified criteria, the cost of which photo I have yet to determine. The icing on this cake is that the enclosed return envelope required a stamp. I am a pensioner on a fixed income; my money hears more urgent calls than this one from CFC.

The CFC demand also included threats -- four of them -- to the effect that if I failed to comply promptly with this demand I would permanently lose the privilege to keep those firearms.

I happen to be a grandfather, an octogenarian and a retired professional warrior -- a veteran of two wars (three if you count the Cold War). I take offence at being dictated to in this cavalier manner by public servants whose salaries I pay. Enough. Let this misbegotten spawn of the disgraced Liberal party be summarily struck from the public payroll. Struck forthwith. Mr. Harper, it's time to act!

I am concerned about my security in my own home and I want to see my taxes spent on the expansion of our chronically overburdened police forces. Mr. Harper should do away with the Firearms Registry and use that money to hire more police officers, rather than spending those dollars on a nonsensical registry which is aimed at taking away my last line of defence.

Mr. Harper, Au Secours! (Help!)

W.L.D. (Bill) Farrell, Lieutenant-Commander (ret'd), Royal Canadian Navy, East Lawrencetown, N.S.

I agree totally and add my two cents.
As a retired pilot who was authorized to carry a nuclear weapon to the enemy if the balloon ever went up, as one who has qualified to drop bombs, shoot rockets, fire 20MM cannons, machine guns, rifles, and pistols and given command of supersonic fighter aircraft; an experienced hunter who has successfully hunted moose, elk, deer,antelope, buffalo, many species of upland game and waterfowl, raised and trained retrievers because I cared about the conservation of game, hunted with bow and arrow on horseback, I REALLY resent the gun registry. I probably know more about the responsibilities and safe use of weapons than all the assholes who dreamed up the gun registry socialist plot against the people of Canada combined, and then some. My blood boils at the thought of the arrogant and disgraceful waste of our hard earned money and the total disregard of personal freedoms. Remember that Hitler passed the first national gun control laws in the world and he used the same reasons that the pinkos in OW used.

I nods to Agent Clauswitz

Monday, February 13, 2006

More Cartoon Capers

The Cadre,UPEI's dead tree tome will not post my comments on it's web site. Seems that censorship is alive and well on the red sand bar.

The Saturday edition (2-11) of St. John's only ink staining heavily leftist rag had a column by the editor, Russell Wangersky, Titled, "This is no time for playing chicken" where he uses the usual specious arguments for avoiding publishing the "Cartoons." The man needs to attend a few serious courses on freedom of speech because he obviously doesn't believe in it. The best line in the piece,
"Freedom of expression may be a fantastic right that we enjoy in our society, but so is the right to the quiet enjoyment of hearth and home. So is the right of religious freedom, and the right to exercise that freedom without fear of ridicule."
Russell just doesn't get it. If we have freedom of expression then we have the freedom to offend, if not then we live in dangerous times and just as is happening now the Muslims are trying to eradicate free speech so that their speech is the only one to be heard. How dumb can you get if you give into their rants?
An interesting dichotomy is blatant on the same page. Just above Wangersky's column is one by the sycophantic Bill Rowe who can never really make a bold statement but comes close when he says," a role of vigilance to play." That's as close as he can get to actually stating that the media have a duty to tell it like is and it is all the more astounding when he references the media's role in the Mount Cashel debacle. Plus ca change...., sigh!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Is a Fatwa Coming My Way?

Joel over at Proud To Be Canadian tells us about who have been the recipient of a Fatwa. Well I decided to do my bit too so I wrote the Grand Poobah over in the UK who issued the Death Warrant to the folks at FF and told them:

Dear Zalamah,
I wish to inform you that I have grievously sinned against Allah by publishing the"Cartoons" on my Blog. You may check here to verify my statement.
Now that you know these things you would be remiss and Allah would be insulted if you did not issue a death warrant immediately.
The Capt.

I can hardly wait. Those poor bastards are probably getting their server swamped.

Friday, February 10, 2006

More Cowards

I just read over at SDA that the president of UPEI rounded up all the copies of the student newspaper "The Cadre" because they had published the "Cartoons."
I wrote him a note, as follows:

Dear H. Wade,
As a former student I resent your obvious lack of testicular fortitude. By removing all copies of "The Cadre" you showed the students and the rest of Canada what a linguini spined coward you really are.
Your credibility is now in the tank and just think that now every time you are conversing with someone they may be thinking you may stab them in the back at the first opportunity, after all, you have proved that you have no integrity. Something to think about.

The Capt.

I know what you're thinking! How do I really feel!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Cartoon Debacle

It seems that the outrage over the now famous cartoons was manufactured and more importantly the hypocrisy of the so called proponents of free speech such as The New York Times and CNN, to name only two out of thousands, is unbelievable. They are not only hypocrites but yellow bellied linguini spined cowards.
In the spirit of support I will post the "hateful" cartoons.

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Boy aren't they disgusting, I can hardly look at them without getting sick.... Yah sure!

You have to have a seriously deficient mind to go on a rampage, destroy embassies, kill people and cause major mayhem over these trivial depictions. Islam, the religion of peace, what bullshit. Support Denmark, buy Danish products. Here is a list.

Arla milk, cheese etc.
Danish crown (meat)
Lurmaerket Butter
Danish Bacon
Thor Fish
Danisco Food

Toms (chocolate)
Galle & Jessen

Tuborg Beer
Carlsberg Beer
Aalborg Aquavit (snaps)

Per Reumert


Danish Design:
Royal Copenhagen
Georg Jensen
Lego (toys)
Brio (toys)
Raadvad (knives etc.)
Trip Trap
HTH- kitchen
Morsoe (Fireplaces)
Royal Danish Porcelain
B & G Porcelain
Vesta (Windmills)
B & O radios/televisions etc.

Watco Danish Furniture Oil
Buy Danish yarn

And last but not least, straight from Angry

Note the courage of the men who would attack teenage girls.

Note the courage of the men who ran off instead of defending the girls.

Note the courage of the men who sentenced one of the girls to death.

Oh yeah, the brave Muslim:

An Iranian court has sentenced a teenage rape victim to death by hanging after she weepingly confessed that she had unintentionally killed a man who had tried to rape both her and her niece.

The state-run daily Etemaad reported on Saturday that 18-year-old Nazanin confessed to stabbing one of three men who had attacked the pair along with their boyfriends while they were spending some time in a park west of the Iranian capital in March 2005.

Nazanin, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, said that after the three men started to throw stones at them, the two girls' boyfriends quickly escaped on their motorbikes leaving the pair helpless.

She described how the three men pushed her and her 16-year-old niece Somayeh onto the ground and tried to rape them, and said that she took out a knife from her pocket and stabbed one of the men in the hand.

As the girls tried to escape, the men once again attacked them, and at this point, Nazanin said, she stabbed one of the men in the chest. The teenage girl, however, broke down in tears in court as she explained that she had no intention of killing the man but was merely defending herself and her younger niece from rape, the report said.

If Westerners mock Muslims, it is because they've earned every drop of disdain. The Iranian theocracy, Afghanistan under the Taliban, Sudan -- any place where Muslims win complete control to implement an Islamic paradise -- each is an damning example of why Sharia has no place in a civilized culture.

I nods to Small Dead Animals for the list and Human Events Online for the cartoons.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Customer Relations Bureaucrats

When our ISP sent us a notice that we were going to pay another 5 Simoleans a month I performed due diligence to find a better mousetrap. Well imagine my surprise at discovering that I could knock off $75.00 a month on all my comm needs. I bundled my home phone, 2 cells, Hi-speed internet and UNLIMITED long distance with Aliant for the above savings.
Slave called our ISP to cancel our service and the following letter to Mr. Rogers explains it all.

Dear Mr. Rogers:
I would like inform you about what happened when I called your Customer Service Center on Monday, February 6, 2006 at 16:48 NL standard time.
I requested the cancellation of my High-Speed Internet Service;( the only Rogers service I have) the reason being your competitor in Newfoundland and Labrador was offering a better deal overall, simply put.
Once the customer service representative took my call and after giving her my home telephone number for identification, I made the above request for cancellation. She asked for reasons why and as I started to tell her, she began to constantly interrupt me, sometimes rudely, not just once but several times. Example, I told her that we had received a notice that the internet bill was being raised $5.00. (This was also one of the reasons for cancellation.) When I told her we owned the modem, she interrupted and said that notice of the rate increase were for those customers renting the modem. Another time she interrupted me occurred when I requested the cancellation be effective immediately. She interrupted stating it would take 30 days to take effect, which would mean I would have to wait until March 7 to have the service cancelled.
Several minutes and a slight bit of frustration later, I handed the phone over to my husband, and as soon as he began to speak, she was rude to him as well. My husband checked the back of a prior statement and yes, the 30 day cancellation notice is there, and he made a comment, "Ah, yes the fine print," she then started going on about font size. The woman was most disagreeable and gave the impression that she considered us beneath contempt.
Certainly, this is not the way to win friends and influence people. The way to treat customers is to thank them for their past support and perhaps offer an incentive in case they may someday be in a position to return to Rogers. To use a "GOTCHA!" of an extra months payment is less than honest particularly after several years of faithful on time payments and no hassles even when you screwed up our account on several occasions.
The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. I probably can't make much of a dent in Rogers bottom line but you can rest assured I will do all I can and this letter will be posted on my husband's Blog
May I suggest you look at revamping the link between your customer service and public relation departments as it appears that the washed out bridge may be a serious impediment to company productivity.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Sea King Redux

After just hearing about another Sea King loss off the coast of Denmark my comments today are all the more relevant. You read it here first!
It appears that the Sea King replacements are going to be late, very late. The helicopter we ordered is not the helicopter that Sikorsky showed. We order a chopper with a folding tail and folding rotors and a fly by wire system. The SH-92 has none of that, yet. These features will add weight and the folding rotor head will increase the diameter of the blades and this will cause a major problem because of hanger size limitations on the ships. If it wont fit, you must acquit (had to say that) Seriously, because the rotor size has to change and the extra weight for the folding tail, the C of G (center of Gravity) is all screwed up and thus the flight dynamics become an unknown and therefore flight testing will have to be done all over again. The gearing on the transmission will have to be re-evaluated and probably, because the rotors are longer and the tips will break the sound barrier, need to be re-engineered or replaced which may or may not be possible.
What we have here is a failure to communicate! (Damn, had to do it again.)
The Cyclone was supposed to come on line in 08 and the Sea Kings gone by 11. Won't happen! Not a snowball's chance in hell. It's just possible that, nah, highly likely that the Harper boys when they find out all the details will bail on the Sikorsky deal without penalty because of failure to perform and go full toss on the EH-101 which was already accepted and that project could be brought up to speed far more quickly than re-designing the SH-92. What a mess the Libranos have left in their wake. Let’s hope Harper is up to the task, he will need all the help he can get to clean up after the Librano Tsunami.

I nods to Agent Clauswitz.

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