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Voter registration deadline day:

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And good christ, YOU NEED TO VOTE.
NYT story linked, above: included in it are such delights as:
''I don't know why you're talking about Sweden,'' Bush said. ''They're the neutral one. They don't have an army.''

Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemanly reply: ''Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They're the ones that are historically neutral, without an army.'' Then Lantos mentioned, in a gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

Bush held to his view. ''No, no, it's Sweden that has no army.''
  • At least we know he won't keep changing positions. Don't you respect him for standing firm in what he believes?

    ::removing tongue from cheek::
  • heh... i read most of that article. it's so long! it's too bad that most people don't read the NYT. even if it has as big of a reach as a newspaper can have, most people just see tom brokaw at the end of the day, and that's it.
  • You'd be amazed...

    ...by the number of people who get Switzerland and Sweden confused in the USA. Even CNN managed to mix Switzerland and Austria on a fucking map.

    As for the swiss army (I live there):
    -every man does the mandatory military service.
    -even once they're done, they *have* to keep their assault rifle at home, along with a can of bullets and uniform. They are only allowed to give them back around the age of 50 I think but can keep them indefinitely.
    -they also have to practice shooting yearly and achieve a certain score before they can leave shooting practice
    -most swiss mountains are filled with military installations, especially hidden take-off and landing ramps for their aircraft.
    -all major public works(bridges, freeways, official buildings etc) are mined. Detonators are removed in time of peace, but they put them back in place every now and then (a violent demonstration is considered a good enough reason).

    Please spread the news.
    • Re: You'd be amazed...

      Switzerland and Austria makes a VERY EENSY BEENSY little bit more sense: that'd be like confusing North Carolina and Georgia on a map. But it's not much more sense at all, no.
      I just am unimpressed with Georgie-Porgie whenever he turns his bludgeon-sharp wit to anything at all, though.
      • Re: You'd be amazed...

        That's assuming he knows where these countries are on a map...
        • Re: You'd be amazed...

          Georgie-Porgie has a lot of difficulty knowing anything, it's true.
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