Soon, we’ll all be Canadians, Russian scholar says

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

I like Canadians, so if Ohio really becomes part of Canada, I’ll try to deal with the situation with good grace, although I refuse to become an ice hockey fan or to learn how to speak French.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Russian academic, Igor Panarin, is predicting that the U.S. will suffer economic and moral collapse, suffer a civil war and break up into several parts. All this will happen in 2010, Panarin says.

Once the breakup comes, Alaska will be part of Russia again, he says. A color map that helpfully accompanies the article shows that Ohio will likely become part of the “The Central North-American Republic,” which is likely to be “part of Canada or under Canadian influence.”

Panarin sounds like a crackpot, but his theory is being widely aired in Russia’s state-controlled media, the WSJ piece says.

What’s the best (or worst) thing about becoming a Canadian in the next couple of years?

online.wsj.com/article/SB123051100709638419.html

Comments

Anonymous

Good points Matt. You nailed it right on the head. There are reputations at stake here with the five that are involved. I expect to see five heads roll on this sooner or later. I think a deal was made with Crandall and I am sure there is more to come. As for the local judge deciding all this, I think it should be taken to another venue because all the people in town are tied together. This whole matter of dispatch has opened pandora's box. Sooner or later this has to come out because they can't sit on it forever.

Mikey

Don't forget "I've been working on dispatch for ten years" Meinzer!

Anonymous

Matt, Keep track of the total cost. My estimate is $150,000.00 when you add up unproductive hours, lawyer fees, investigation costs and wages paid while on leave.

Anonymous

you use the "whisper" in point # 3. if memory serves me correct the word "whisper" was used when don icsman, gerald lechner, bob shultz, and mike kresser dispatched dave mulvin out the door. the only one left fron the original "whisper campaign" is don c. icsman. i wonder who the author is on nuesse's "whisper scam"?

Anonymous

Matt, what is your reason for sticking your nose into this? Its obvious you have no idea what is going on. You're supposed to be this hot shot newsman, so shouldnt you know that an investigation like this, until completed, can not be told to the public. It is your paper that has made such a fiasco out of this and now you are the ones stirring up all these questions. If I were you, I would quit while you're ahead on this. You are fighting a losing battle as is she....you obviously have no integrity and all you are looking for is to sell papers, all the while you are hanging the PD out to dry....good looking out Matt and I will be anxiously awaiting your reply when this all comes out.

Anonymous

When daddy is one of the owners of the paper, you can bring the kids to work and let them play. He does what he wants cause daddy says so. Hey Nick, do you have to remove that gold spoon when you sit to write your new blogs?

Anonymous

Re: Your angle. It is the job of a newspaper to ask questions and attempt to keep the public informed. It is one of the few things that help to keep us a somewhat free society. We cannot depend upon any facet of government to be truthful; hence the need for a free press to help assure some semblance of transparency....it is unfortunate that the mindset of a lot of those posting here is that this paper is sub-standard and has its own agenda. Of course they want to sell papers, it is a requirement to remain in business. Beyond that, if they ask questions and probe for the truth we may have a chance at continued free society.

Anonymous

The author is a city employee in management who is involved in dispatch.

Please

Re: Matt not Westerhold. It is the newspaper's job to keep the readers informed (of the facts!). However, Mr. Westerhold doesn't report the facts, he only reports his opinion(which really isn't worth all that much, especially the $.50 I pay for the paper).

Anonymous

Hey,
Nobody makes you buy the paper.

Anonymous

I HATE nick white.

Anonymous

If one connects the dots it appears that the all three city commissioners and the city manager may be all liable in a potential defamation lawsuit if there is nothing to this investigation other than an effort to trap the police chief in some kind of trumped up witch hunt charges perhaps linked to some unhappy SPD staff concerned about losing some cushy dispatch jobs....that may explain why Murry reversed his direction on the dispatch timeline. If there are no criminal charges forthcoming, the police chief needs to take all of the "good ol boys" to task based on what was disclosed in this editorial if indeed a the criminal threat charge comment was made by Murman as reported above....who gave him that idea...who?

What

This is all the better Nick can do? This is worse than pathetic! I suppose this too will remain up for over 2 weeks. Reading this one was a real waste of my time. I won't bother any more. It's just not worth it. Sorry Nick. Why not try another profession. Professor Al is 100% correct - this post does deserve an "F."

Anonymous

Maybe Don Icsman is the only fair person sitting on that board, that looks at every angle. I believe what I know of the man, he has a matern of thinking for others good, not for himself.

Anonymous

In the past, TV, Radio & Print journalism were all separate mediums.

In today's fast-changing world, the internet is TV/radio/print all in ONE media. Those entities that understand this and strike quickly will corner the market and render the slow movers as obsolete.

As everyone can see, the Register is trying to be "all 3" mediums in one website, with print journalism, video, and blogs. Not that I'm saying it is good or bad, but not all newspapers have moved in this direction yet.

Anonymous

Well, SR, where is the story on the ruling?

Anonymous

SR, did it not go her way or what? Is that why there is no story?

Anonymous

Wait What: I looked at www.northcoast.tv and was not impressed. It looks like a site in search of an audience and a theme.

It also is a company prospecting for clients.

What is it about the site that appeals to you?

Anonymous

Oh, and by the way TT... get over yourself. Im the most important ever.

Anonymous

SM imposter, go tell your mommy you’re bored.

Anonymous

Yes, I am an impostor. I can't be the real sage, or can I? Thanks crappy paper for not making me register! With the current format of this flawed website, I'm free to be a humorous doppleganger.

Anonymous

TT,

Someone has been posting under my name that is clearly not me. I haven't even been on these blogs for some time. I'd like to apologize for the comments posted by this faker and hope to bury the perverbial hatchet with you, kind sir.

Anonymous

SM imposter: Haven't spoken with your mommy as yet have you?

Tell her also that it's time for your medication.

Anonymous

As you can see, I continue to suffer from split-personality disorder.

Anonymous

To re-whisper: You obviously do not know Icsman as well as you think you do. Using fair and Icsman in the same sentence is the greatest oxymoron in the english language. I have talked to this person and I feel slimey after getting through with him. He would work out fine working for the mafia, oh wait, he is. The two commissioners who think they are gods of this city.

Anonymous

Soon Matt you will have egg all over that face of yours and I will be LAUGHING!!!! So Very Hard!!!!!!!!!! Then what will you write about??? I have a pot hole outside my house that needs filled maybe you can interrogate the street department and interview the pot hole and see how neglected it has been and then Don Lee can draw a picture of street workers...uhm...not filling the pot hole.....

Anonymous

Can you tell me why we have to click on post comment a number of times before the image verification will actually show some numbers or letters to allow us to post a comment. Most all the stories will show a red X in the image verification area and you have to go through a number of clicks on post comment to get an actual code in there.

Anonymous

Enough already. Let the woman do her job and they should do theirs--competently!

observer

Thanks Matt. You are closer to the truth than you know on 95% of your city remblings.

Anonymous

If she broke the law, why haven't they arrested her instead of fooling around with an investigation? If someone broke the law, they do an arrest and have your day in court. Why are we wasting all these taxdollars?

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