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Sunday, July 1. 2012
The name of this delightful British protectorate is "Canada" (also referred to as "Great Britain Jr."), and the fact that it exists at all is often cited as "The eighth wonder of the world." National Geographic magazine has done a number of specials on it over the years, amazing the readers with photographic evidence that people actually live in this frozen hellhole.
Well, today is their Independence Day, which celebrates the famous day in 1867 when Britain bought a big chunk of it from France for $38 and change (roughly $17.2B accounting for inflation) because they needed to import drinking water to their Caribbean colonies and Canada has lots of snow. Then they filed an Instant Country document with the League of Nations and became "Canada", which is Eskimo for "land of many snow".
In doing my research on this adorable little principality, I quickly discovered that Canadians are very patriotic:
And I'm sure you caught the Biblical reference to covering up the private parts with a Canadian fig leaf (their national symbol), so we have to presume Canadians are also exceptionally moral.
Now, while some people call Canadians and other Nordic tribes "humorless", their money proves this just isn't so. Based on the famous Warner Bros animated cartoon series "Looney Tunes", they named their money "Loonies" and "Toonies".
All in all, that's quite the little accolade for Porky and the gang. Personally, I was always a Yosemite Sam kinda guy. Why, I remember once when he-
Wait... where was I?
Oh, right. Trying to think of nice things to say about Canada.
Well, others have also taken up this mighty challenge, and it was only by combing the very bowels of the Internet that I was able to conjure up what appears at first glance to border upon the miraculous:
That's about four more than I can come up with, so I'm grateful for the assistance. I get to "Gave us John Candy" and then draw a blank.
Anyway, happy birthday, Canada! Just remember, we like you there. Come the Russian invasion, we think you're going to make a great buffer zone!
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"Muddraker" Merc o' the (u know),
Thanks for your Birthday Greetings. Much appreciated! I just raised "Ol' Glory" to it's correct position...to the right...of "The Maple Leaf", out of respect for our neighbours sou' o' the 49th and in anticipation of your upcoming "Pop Goes The 4th" celebrations (Yankee Farmers will know what that means). A gentle breeze is keeping them "slightly-a-flutter".
Well, today is their Independence Day ...not quite my good friend. Nice try though.
Dear "Buffer zone Garry" - I used the term "Independence Day" because (1) Americans would understand the reference, and (2) "Canada Day" has to be the most unoriginal name for a national holiday in the history of the world, so I thought I'd spare you the embarrassment of having it mentioned aloud.
You're very welcome.
Long live Dominion Day!
Your warm, neighbourly thoughts are appreciated!
All the best to "you and yours"!
"Your warm, neighbourly thoughts"
There you go again, wasting your life away typing unnecessary letters. When will you guys learn!
"All the best to "you and yours"!"
You mean... me and my fellow 350 million Americans? Well, gosh -- thanks! I'll let them know right away!
Actually, it was called "Dominion Day" until 1982, when our version of BHO changed it.
In other news, we have a vaguely conservative prime minister. How's that Barry fella working out?
Welcome aboard! Waiting for "buddy" to climb over the transom.
The "Upper Canada" Canuck
"Upper Canada" --where the Meridians, finally giving up their equatorial birthright of sweat-drenched vasty distance, coldly elbow each other one last time before all settling down upon that one little frozen point.
Glad you made our 145th BP. It was a grand day.
"How's that Barry fella working out?"
Why, just fine, and thanks for asking. Fate simply couldn't have provided a better target for the Republican candidate, and perhaps the Republican party as a whole. We might control Congress and the White House for the next twenty years after this latest Democratic debacle.
Fingers crossed! You may be right in the "Big Picture" sense, but the process is awfully painful to watch.
Come the Russian invasion, we think you're going to make a great buffer zone!
Aren't you too young to remember the "Bomarc Missle fiasco", "The DEW Line" and the CF-105?
Uh, yes! Much too young. But we whippersnappers appreciate you old codgers sticking around, if for nothing else than to remind us that we, too, with proper medical rejuvenation techniques, can outlive our usefulness on the planet as well.
And thanks for asking!
I sure do remember the great Oregon boundary dispute, and the campaign slogan, "WD-40 or Fight!"
I thought that was you! I have relatives in WA, OR & CA. Cousin Lowell got his law degree from U of Oregon in 1898.
I used to feel somewhat dismissive of Canada as a warmed over US that was freezing most of the time and that foisted their single-payer health car disaster on it's citizens.
But I have a lot more respect for them now. They have oil - and their government is supportive in efforts to go after it! They extended the hand of friendship by offering to sell us their oil at a cut rate and to help build a pipeline so we can have easier access to it. And lastly, they didn't have the economic and financial meltdown that most of Europe and the US had - mostly because they seem to have the quaint idea that when you borrow money, you should have the commitment and ability to pay it back.
We could learn a lot from them. Happy Canada Day! (though I agree with Doc that it is a pretty bland name)
No offense, Gary, but I prefer Dominion Day. For me it has more "color" (or is it "colour"?).
None taken ('cept for 1 "r" in Garry).
Color/colour...you say "potato"...I say "potato"...U say "aluminum"...I say "aluminum"...!
I also prefer "the Dominion of...".
You notice how kind I was in the article not to use the word "colony"?
Make that extra kind.
You got the Queen on your money?
Did so... BUTT... also noticed how U added an "oscopny" where there shuda been a hymen...
All in good fun, mudbug,
As mentioned "Ol' Glory" flies with the Maple Leaf at our house. Married to a Boston lass I am. We're now getting ready for the 4th Celebrations.
Decades ago, I recall reading that the U.S. Congress was debating the acquisition of western Canada for a sum of money, when the Civil War intervened. After the war, Canada withdrew the offer.
I haven't been able to confirm the story.
Can any of you readers confirm it?
It was probably around this time that Canada (Britain actually) withdrew the offer. It aligns with the birth of the Dominion of Canada as per the BNA Act of 1867.
Your answer to your original question could lie here:
THERE WAS A HIGH-LEVEL cONFEDERATE PLOT TO START UP A cANADA-usa WAR --SOME PLOTTERS WITH GOLD TO SPREAD AROUND CAUSED A GOOD-SIZED STIR --BUT THE cANADIAN AUTHORITIES, NEVER KNOWN TO BE (oops, caplok errrr) much fun, arrested 'em all.
Dominion Day Challenge
Describe what it means to be a Canadian without using "America" or "American" in your comment.
h/t Robert at SDA
Hmm, you ask the toughies. From the narrow restrictions you've placed upon your challenge, I presume this is out? Rats.
Okay, how about:
Canada: The country furthest away from the South Pole.
Not a "toughie" at all.
Anyone who can spell "coneckut" can obvilously spell "mastusetts"...eh?
Steve doesn't qualifee for an DDC...IMO.
Okeefenokee Swamp (spelled phonetically) --try THAT one.
BYW, wouldn't you think, that of all the words there are, that the one least likely to be spelled un-phonetically would be 'phonetically'?
hereby nominate 'fonetiklee', or 'fonetikulee' --
(rats --never even got out of my mind much less to the floor of the Great Hall of the Anglosphere, without a disgreement already)
steve in ct,
"Dominion Day Challenge"
As Merc suggested this is a tough one. Most Canadians define themselves, when asked, with relativity to our southern neighbors (there ya go, Doc) as in "We're not like them, eh?". Canada and the US have been the best of friends for many years (once we settled the War of 1812)
and I, for one, cherish that friendship. A great book ("Between Friends Entre Amis") is a photographic record of that friendship.
Generally Canadians, in conversation, are apologetic for taking a stand/voicing an opinion on an issue and tend to water it down with a sensitivity to whomever they're speaking with. (as in: "I think that person is wrong to say that, eh?" The "eh?" is a request for a confirmation that they are being agreed with, IMO).
Getting a Canadian to find a definitive descriptive for our "national psyche" has been and will always be the true $64,000 question.
Happy 4th !
I've spent many a fine day and night in Quetico Provincial Park and the White Otter Wilderness. While stopping to pick up supplies in a mall north of the border I even stopped in at a bookstore and found the proper definition of "eh?" in a Canadian dictionary! So I'm happy to wish Canada well. We couldn't have a better neighbor.
"We couldn't have a better neighbor."
Absolutely. Myself, I showed my love for them in the post in the traditional American locker-room way -- by being as cruel as I could be. I mean, "Great Britain Jr."? It doesn't get any more belittling than that. And that's an original line, BTW, which just goes to show how inspirational they can be.
I think what says the most about Canadians is that they actually like living in their own country. As referred to, say, every other country in the Western Hemisphere. They live in a great nation and are justifiably proud of it. No 'wannabe' role for these guys.
My oars in the water:
Gertrude Stein would approve.
Plus, you added another valuable entry to the "GOOD Things To Say About Canada" list!
"At least, no drought."
Exactly! Well done!
Thanks, Doc. Atcherly while I was living amongst the Canucks they pulled through my ears all the who-what-when-where-why that Canada has contributed to the world. I grudgingly admit the musicians and actors (Raymond Massey of the tractor family, Marie Dressler, Wm Shattner, Gordon Lightfoot, Stompin' Tom, so forth) are worth note. I have left out many, CRS, eh? The Hubbell Telescope (parts of it anyway), hockey, oh, and maple syrup. Got a rodent for a national animal, but, by the jeez, they ain't perfect.
Garry with two r's: Castor canadensis IIRC. My years in Canada were wonderful, spent most of 'em in TO. Got drunk a few times in Sudbury, that I cannot recall too correctly. Something about Manitoulin Island, er, something, something ... What I did not like was 10 % of the population got 50% of the language. Legally. Plains of Abraham didn't learn 'em, uh?
A Sudbury Saturday Night" eh? Does this shake loose memories loose?
(Saturdaynight Suzie says "A bientot") !!
BTW, that Abrahamian Plains thingy still drives our "Two Solitudes". Ah well...still not a bad place to pitch a tent with a 'beaver'.
Yah, sure does wake up some memories: I closed the 'Shoe a few times. Also the Colonial, Le Coq d'Or (at the tail end of Hawkins); Rochdale, I went among them mostly for sex-drugs-R&R as the mantra goes, I felt like a wolf among sheep, me born in Chicago as I was. Ahem, I won't mention Norm's Open Kitchen. Ya either know or ya don't.
Thanks for the nostalgia trigger. I spent 25 years up there, jobs, couple a wives, so on, wasn't all dumb stuff. Good times and good people.
You're shakin' a few loose as well. Then there was the Brass Rail (just for the music of course). I'm 40 mins NW of TO. Good times...good memories.
Oh yes...The Elmo.
Yikes, Etobikoke/Brampton. I worked the railroad, in the yards. Spadina yard, out it Etobikoke, CN, GO, VIA, I fixed locomotives I did, electrical.
OK, here's some more: I did custom electrical work for Moses Znaimer; went to the Roxy Theater; SCTV; Massey Hall, Maple Leaf Gardens before Harold sold out; Cherry Beach where the harness bulls held court; the Mars Restaurant, Jimmy the grill man; Kensington Market; can't forget Grossman's Tavern, I played some blues there (when they let the riff raff in); lived in the shadows of Casa Loma; Buckminster Fuller lived, uh, somewhere ... er, I kinda lost some seasons there, ahem.
How ya gonna make it, no more pennies?
Oops, sorry Doc, hijacking yer string.
Garry, go my blog we can carry on if you so desire. If not fine too, "that is the life" as we say down here.
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