Time To Grab Canada

It is time to finish the job begun with The War Of 1812. It is time to grab Canada.

The previous blog entry featured a short video clip of a Canadian folk singer bragging about how Major General Robert Ross had burned the White House down, and calling it a Canadian victory. This supports President Donald Trump’s insinuation to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Canucks having burned down the White House. CNN had haughtily dismissed that interpretation of events of 1814, but really it was a complex situation. “What is now Canada was not yet a country in 1812, but rather British colonies”, observes The New York Times. [1]

Since the Trump inuendo of late May 2018, tariffs on Canadian steel have been imposed by the U.S., and Canada has retaliated by imposing tariffs on Wisconsin yoghurt and Tennessee whisky. Now comes news hinting that already Canada is seeking a retreat from the growing tensions. Canada is now practically begging for renewed NAFTA negotiations. However President Trump is cool towards the subject and has indicated he is inclined to wait until later this year. [2]

Compare the two markets: Canada has a population of aboot 36.29 million; the United States has a population of about 325.7 million. So which is the bigger market for sales? Answer: The United States is by far the bigger market, about 10 times the size of Canada. This means if we impose a tariff on their goods entering our market, the effect on Canada will be 10 times more than any Canadian counter-tariff.

It was after the Canadians had burned down the White House, the Legislative House, and other government buildings that the U.S. Congress again convened on September 19, 1814. The legislators were forced to assemble in the Patent Office. Secretary of State James Monroe, serving also at that time as Secretary of War, “presented yet another plan for an invasion of Canada, estimating in an October 17 report to Congress that a hundred thousand men would be needed to prosecute the war in 1815.” [3]

Notably, Congressman Daniel Webster gave an anti-war speech to Congress on December 9, 1814, in which he denounced the plan to use conscription for raising the 100,000 soldiers: A free government, said Webster, “with an uncontrolled power of military conscription, is a solecism, at once the most ridiculous and abominable that ever entered into the head of man.” [4]

But putting such peaceniks as Daniel Webster to the side for now, we may ask ourselves, Isn’t it about time we finished the job begun during the War Of 1812? It is the Manifest Destiny of this continent that Canada is, and of right ought to be, part of the USA.

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[1] “No, Mr. Trump, Canada Did Not Burn the White House Down in the War of 1812”, by Daniel Victor. New York Times (online), June 6, 2018.
[2] “Canada presses for talks”, Associated Press. Published locally in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, July 4, 2018, page B-6.
[3] Preface to Daniel Webster speech of December 9, 1814. From, The War Of 1812, edited by Donald R. Hickey. Library Of America, 2013. Page 606.
[4] “Daniel Webster: ‘Speech on the Conscription Bill'”, From, The War Of 1812, edited by Donald R. Hickey. Library Of America, 2013. Page 606.


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Freak Hurricane In Washington

It was Irish Major-General Robert Ross who burned the White House down. (See short video, hopefully viewable above.)

General Ross led what is conceded to have been a brilliant military exploit. “In whatever light we may regard it, whether we look to the amount of difficulties which it behoved him to overcome, the inadequacy of the force which he commanded, or the distance he was called upon to march, in the midst of a hostile population, and through deep and trackless forests, we cannot deny to General Ross the praise which is his due, of having planned and successfully accomplished an expedition, which none but a sagacious mind could have devised, and none but a gallant spirit carried into execution.” [1] (Background: British Burn Down White House, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 1, 2018.)

And even more amazing is that, immediately after General Ross burned down the White House and other government buildings, a powerful hurricane hit Washington, DC. The Irish-British-Canadian army had respected civilian dwellings and private property in general (except for one newspaper which they disliked for its fake news.) But then came a coincident hurricane: “Roofs of houses were torn off by it, and whirled into the air like sheets of paper; whilst the rain which accompanied it resembled the rushing of a mighty cataract, rather than the dropping of a shower.” [1]

How often does a powerful hurricane directly hit Washington, DC? And when you consider it arrived right after the White House had been burned down, one can’t help but perceive a Divine message of some sort: Was God (a) angry that the White House had been burned down, or (b) angry that General Ross had not completely destroyed the town and so sent a hurricane to finish the job?

After the hurricane, in the dead of night, with American forces hurriedly rushing to Washington, General Ross and his soldiers made a quiet, secret escape. By means of a forced march, they reached the safety of British ships before the Americans had time to launch a counter-attack. [1]

And one more thing in the uncanny department: Within a month after burning down the White House, General Ross lay dead, killed at the Battle of Baltimore. [2]

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[1] “The British Retreat From the Capital”, by George R. Gleig. Found in, The War Of 1812, edited by Donald R. Hickey, page 526, Library Of America, 2013 edition.
[2] “Robert Ross (British Army officer)”, Wikipedia, accessed July 1, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ross_(British_Army_officer)


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British Burn Down White House

On Friday, June 29, 2018, Canada announced billions of dollars in tariffs against the United States. These tariffs go into effect today, July 1st. Yoghurt coming in mostly from Wisconsin will be taxed. Whiskey coming in mostly from Tennessee and Kentucky will be taxed. Other tariffs will be imposed by Canada on ketchup, lawn mowers, and motorboats. [1]

Canada is imposing these tariffs in retaliation for earlier tariffs on steel and aluminum coming in from Canada. [1]

An argument for the tariffs on steel and aluminum is that it is a matter of national security. “Didn’t you guys [Canadians] burn down the White House?” rhetorically asked President Donald Trump of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Immediately taking the side of Canada and against that of our President, who is trying to negotiate a better NAFTA deal in our behalf, was CNN. “Oh really now, it was the British, not the Canadians, who burned down the White House,” they snickered. (Background: New War of 1812, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 30, 2018.)

Technically it is correct that the British burned down the White House. However the situation is more complex than CNN would have us believe.

It was in 1814 that British soldiers burned down the White House. This was during the War of 1812. The United States had invaded Canada, a British holding. British and Canadian soldiers fought against the United States. During various incursions into Canada, the Americans destroyed homes of non-combatant civilians. This outraged the British-Canadian forces, and retaliatory acts were approved. [2]

This was the situation when a British force landed near Washington, DC. Defending Washington was an entrenched American force about twice the size of the British force. It seemed evident that a force half the size of a force occupying a strong defensive position would be defeated. President James Madison went to the White House and prepared a victory feast for the American officers. [2]

Then things quickly went wrong for the Americans, detailed in the book, The War of 1812, published by Library of America. It was a total rout for the Americans. At this point a 4-mile road into Washington lay open to the British. [2]

But the British did not plan to burn down the White House and other government buildings. Instead, they were willing to accept a sum of money. A British general and his aides rode forward under a flag of truce. [2]

All might have been well, except some of the American soldiers violated the flag of truce and shot at the British general, killing his horse. This outrage against gentlemanly war customs infuriated the British and the order was given to destroy the government buildings. Yet even in their fury, the British did no harm against civilian dwellings. [2]

President James Madison hurriedly fled across the Potomac River. When British soldiers entered the White House, they discovered Madison’s premature victory feast ready and waiting. And so they sat down and enjoyed a fine meal. Then they burned down the White House. [2]

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[1] “Canada releases final list of tariffs vs. U.S.”, Associated Press. Published locally in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, June 30, 2018, page A-4.
[2] The War Of 1812, edited by Donald R. Hickey. Library Of America, 2013.


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New War of 1812

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25, 2018. In the video clip hopefully viewable above, CNN haughtily dismisses Trumps statement about the War of 1812 in which he asked about the Canucks, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” CNN says it was the British, but the answer is not that simple.

After Trump’s rhetorical question, I realized I knew next to nothing about the War of 1812. At the library I found an excellent book on the subject, published by Library Of America. The War Of 1812, edited by Donald R. Hickey, is a collection of original source material from those times. On page 54 of that volume there is a Report on the Baltimore Riots by the Maryland House of Delegates. Therein is described a violent attack on a newspaper, the Federalist Republican.

In 1812 there had been a bloody attack on an anti-war newspaper. And now a newspaper attack has happened again: On June 28, 2018 occurred the Full Moon Newspaper Shooting. Some outlets had reported the suspected shooter, Jarrod Ramos, might have damaged or altered his fingerprints. NPR now says such fingerprint modification reports were inaccurate. Police “used a facial recognition system to help confirm Ramos’ identity.” [1]

So there is some question at this point as to if Ramos is really Ramos.

There has been some talk lately about a “new Civil War” in the United States. With the surge in psychic disturbances this past week, coincident to the Full Moon of June 28th, such talk gains credence. In a way though, our first civil war was the Revolutionary War, with the population divided on the idea of seceding from Britain. The nation was again bitterly divided at the start of the War Of 1812, as witnessed by the Baltimore Riots and the vicious attack on the Federalist Republican newspaper.

Maybe it’s time for a new War Of 1812. In that war, we invaded Canada. Later, a movie, Canadian Bacon, ridiculed such an idea. But which is better? To be polarized and torn apart here in the USA, or to vent our inner angsts on convenient territory just to the north? The British military did burn down the White House, but they were allied with Canadian forces who thereby also must accept the blame.

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[1] “New Details Emerge About Deadly Shootings In Capital Gazette Newsroom”, by Bill Chappell. NPR (online), June 29, 2018. https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624700775/new-details-emerge-about-deadly-shootings-in-capital-gazette-newsroom


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Full Moon Newspaper Shooting

Roughly coincident to the Full Moon of June 28th (4:53 UTC), a suspect “allegedly entered the first-floor newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, and opened fire on unsuspecting journalists.” [1]

The Full Moon newspaper shooting occurred five years after the Washington Navy Yard shooting of September 16, 2013. [2] The Navy Yard is not far from Annapolis. Both locations signify “Navy”.

Another newspaper shooting incident happened on June 22, 1812. The Federalist Republican newspaper in Baltimore was attacked by a mob of several hundred men, angry about its anti-war stance. Also known as the Baltimore Riots of 1812, it was a bloody scene. At least though the staff of the Federalist Republican were well-armed and able to defend themselves. [3]

June 28, 2016, the day of the Full Moon newspaper shooting, was scheduled to be a “Day Of Unrest” by thousands of womyn, who subsequently marched in Washington, DC on that day. Subsequently nearly 600 of the womyn were arrested at the Senate Office Building for at least civil disobedience. [4] Also “pushing the envelope” has been Congresswoman Maxine Waters, calling for mob action. She (now saying she herself has been receiving death threats) encouraged critics of the White House’s immigration policies to go out and harass members of the Trump administration in public. [5]

The above is by way of saying psychic disturbances seem already to have been on the rise prior to the Full Moon newspaper shooting.

Reportedly, “an active shooter drill took place in at [sic] St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis less than one week ago, as the Capital Gazette itself reported on its website June 22.” [6] (The Capital Gazette suffered the Full Moon attack on June 28th.)

Unconfirmed at this time is a report that the suspected shooter’s finger tips had been sandpapered to remove identifying fingerprints.

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[1] “What we know about the Maryland newspaper shooting”, by Mark Osborne. ABC News (online), June 29, 2018. https://abcnews.go.com/US/maryland-newspaper-shooting/story?id=56254753
[2] “Washington Navy Yard shooting”, Wikipedia. Accessed June 29, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Navy_Yard_shooting
[3] “Silencing the Anti-War Press: Baltimore 1812. From, The War of 1812, by Donald R. Hickey, editor. Library Of America, 2013.
[4] Fox & Friends First 4 am, June 29, 2018. Hosted by Heather Childers.
[5] “New American Civil War? Some people think it’s already begun”, Russia Today (RT), June 27, 2018. https://www.rt.com/usa/430957-america-new-civil-war-trump/
[6] “Annapolis Capital Gazette Mass Shooting”, by James F. Tracy, June 28, 2018. https://jamesftracy.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/annapolis-capital-gazette-mass-shooting/


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Big Party at FBI

James Comey, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok all used personal email accounts to conduct FBI business, according to the Inspector General’s report. [1] So they were mixing business with pleasure: it was a big party at FBI.

Lisa Page left the FBI on May 4, 2018. [1] A year earlier, President Donald Trump had fired Director Comey, on May 9, 2017. [2] As for Peter Strzok, if memory serves he was “escorted” out of the FBI building last week. So Strzok at this point is not apparently fired, just escorted out. (Do a Google search on “Peter Strzok escorted” and it looks like Strzok has now lost his security clearance.) On Friday, June 22, 2018, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Peter Strzok to appear for a deposition. Strzok is expected to testify Wednesday, June 27th. [3]

So it looks like the party’s over at FBI. And that would mean their party hearty reporter buddies also must drink the bitter coffee of Monday morning. The Inspector General’s report “identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters.” [1]

“In addition”, adds the Inspector General, “we identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.” [1]

Looking at Comey, he does seem like a laid-back dude. But the frolicking Comey days seem now to be over at FBI. It had been like a Sgt. Bilko situation, with Comey in the role of beleaguered post commander Col. John T. Hall. But then Col. Hall (Comey) went away and Sgt. Bilko (FBI) has to deal with the new commander, Christopher A. Wray.

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[1] “A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election”, https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download
[2] “James Comey”, Wikipedia. Accessed June 23, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Comey
[3] “House panel subpoenas FBI agent Peter Strzok for deposition”, by Rebecca Morin. Politico, June 22, 2018. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/22/peter-strzok-fbi-agent-trump-667176


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Comey’s Two Doors

No later than September 29, 2016, top people in the FBI knew about the hundreds of thousands of emails discovered on the Anthony Weiner laptop. Inexplicably, they went into hibernation and did nothing until around October 24th. (Background: The Weiner Laptop, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 22, 2018.)

Finally, the sleeping FBI awoke, on or about October 27, 2016. FBI Director James Comey decided to notify Congress about the Weiner laptop development. Comey later told the Office of Inspector General (OIG) that his decision was like choosing between two doors, one marked “speak” and the other marked “don’t speak.” [1]

However the OIG calls this “a false dichotomy.” The two doors “were actually labeled ‘follow policy/practice’ and ‘depart from policy/practice.'” Comey ought to have always followed established policy, and, OIG concludes, “Comey made a serious error of judgment.” [1]

On October 28th, Comey sent a letter to Congress informing them that the FBI had learned of the existence of emails that appeared to be pertinent to the Midyear investigation. (“Midyear investigation” and “Midyear exam” were in-house terms for the Clinton email investigation.) [1]

Further complicating things, besides the hibernation delay and the lack of full communication between the Attorney General and the FBI Director, were sundry text and instant messages between five FBI employees assigned to the Midyear investigation. These included messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, as well as exchanges between mysterious, un-named persons identified only as “Agent 1”, “Agent 5”, and “FBI Attorney 2.” [1]

“We found,” reports the OIG, “that the conduct of these five FBI employees brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.” [1]

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[1] “A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election”, https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download


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