Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Cultural Warfare in T-Town Pt. 2

As previously promised, here is a photo of a Canadian flag being prominently flown over T-Town. The issues included in the culture wars are not confined to just those South of the border.

This particular photo was taken looking West down 51st Street near Hudson Avenue. There are actually three Canadian flags being flown and one U.S. flag. According to flag etiquette (see item 11) it is improper to fly the flags of two or more countries together and not have the U.S. flag flown from the highest position.

"11. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace."

At this location in mid-town Tulsa, the Canadian flag is being flown from the highest flagpole, in opposition to the rules of international usage.

With all that being said, I happened to speak briefly with the owner. He is promoting his business named CanadianExpressway. He was friendly and I asked what kind of business it was. He replied that it is a business that helps the elderly obtain medicine and drugs from Canada. We went on to briefly discuss the failed RX Depot that was shut down by the Feds a few years ago. He seemed to think that the only two mistakes made by RX Depot was the use of RX in the name and that they listed certain drugs as approved by the FDA. My quick read of the article linked above indicates there were other issues as well.

I have always thought that the Federal government was wrong and high-handed in squelching RX Depot. It was a Tulsa based company with over 80 storefronts. The idea was to provide U.S. seniors access to lower cost Canadian drugs for a fee. Everybody wins, right?

The FDA claimed RX Depot...now let me get this straight..."FDA believes that operations such as yours expose the public to significant potential health risks,", say whaaaat????????!!!!

This is the same FDA funded primarily by the drug companies they are supposed to regulate (how's that for a conflict of interest?), the same FDA that has approved numerous drugs (Vioxx, Bextra and many others) now pulled as health hazards and associated class-action lawsuits.

And they think RX Depot posed a threat?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cultural Warfare?? LOL!