It’s America’s Hat’s Birthday!

 

Happy Canada Day, eh!

This year we’re going to be allowed to celebrate and I am going to Ribfest today. Ottawa, our nation’s capital, apparently is celebrating by having a bunch of anti-lockdown protests.

And I, of course, do my usual post about the good things we supposedly do here in Canada, including our two-tiered health care system, where if you’re poor you don’t get healthcare, and if you’re rich you go to the USA.  Unless you’re not vaxxed, then you don’t get any charter rights at all.

This is supposed to be happy right?

Anyway here is a song about Canada, post your favorite Canadian things below!

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  1. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    Your anthem includes a prayer.

    God keep our land glorious and free.

     

     

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  2. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    Happy birthday, Canadians.

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  3. Raxxalan Member
    Raxxalan
    @Raxxalan

    I have always loved Victoria’s inner harbor and the magnificent Butchart Gardens just north of Victoria B.C.   My grand mother lived just south of Port Angeles, so Victoria was a ferry ride away when I visited her.  

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  4. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    I’ll never forget a caller to Rush Limbaugh:

    Rush: Welcome to the ‘Rush Limbaugh Show.’ Where You from?

    Caller: Edmonton. We like to think We are in the upstairs apartment to a really great party.

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  5. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt
    @DouglasPratt

    Growing up on the south shore of Lake Ontario I have fond memories of Toronto and Canada in general. My favorite tribute to Canada on film is the Buster Keaton short, “The Railrodder.” Look it up, you won’t regret it.

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  6. Misthiocracy has never Member
    Misthiocracy has never
    @Misthiocracy

    There were no protests yesterday in Ottawa, however the police did stop a couple of small convoys at the city limits.

    Canada Day in downtown Ottawa gets pretty raucus at the best of times.  The average Canada Day sees dozens, if not hundreds, of arrests for alcohol-related hijink.

    I wager the patriotic folk who are part of this “protest” will cause way less trouble than the ordinary drunk yahoos will.

    https://www.cp24.com/news/police-make-arrests-after-anti-vaccine-mandate-soldier-leads-march-into-ottawa-1.5970245

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  7. Misthiocracy has never Member
    Misthiocracy has never
    @Misthiocracy

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    I’ll never forget a caller to Rush Limbaugh:

    Rush: Welcome to the ‘Rush Limbaugh Show.’ Where You from?

    Caller: Edmonton. We like to think We are in the upstairs apartment to a really great party.

    I’ve never thought of Montana as a party state.

    ;-)

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  8. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    Now that is funny. Happy Birthday!

    • #8
  9. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Happy Birthday 

    Sorry about the tyranny. 

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  10. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Happy Birthday Canada and may Ken Taylor who passed away in 2015 rest in peace. 

    Ken Taylor, Canada’s ambassador to Iran who sheltered Americans at his residence during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis has died. He was 81.

    Taylor’s wife, Pat, said Ken died Thursday after a two-month battle with colon cancer.

    Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months. Taylor facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Ottawa government to issue fake passports.

    He was heralded as a hero in both the U.S. and Canada for helping save the Americans in the clandestine operation.

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  11. John H. Member
    John H.
    @JohnH

    Precisely once, and 41 years ago, and in Canada – a bookstore in Campbell River, B.C. – I saw the word “Canadiana.” 

    Crossing from Sweetgrass, Montana to Coutts, Alberta, I saw a sign at the border post advising all comers they must explain whether they were entering Canada by right or by privilege. I’ve always liked that phrasing. Never saw it at any other crossing.

    In downtown Regina I saw, for the first and so far only time in my life, a bowling alley calling itself a bolodrome.

     

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  12. Misthiocracy has never Member
    Misthiocracy has never
    @Misthiocracy

    During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Tom Brokaw did a pretty decent tribute to Canuckistan:

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  13. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax)
    @DonG

    ToryWarWriter: have any charter rights at all.

    Why don’t you capitalize “Charter”?    Is that a protest like an inverted flag?  

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  14. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    I’ve spent some time in the Great White North. Our Canadian cousins have always had this beaver-produced maple wood chip on their shoulder, not wanting to be American but not wanting to be British, either, and all the while being married to a crazy hot French lady who’s always threatening divorce.

    Their major exports to the US are oil, hockey players and actors. Half of Hollywood belongs to the “Secret Society of Eh?” If the Hallmark Channel should go under the Canadian economy will collapse.

    When I first got into the television business we used to number cameras and call tape replay machines letters. Then we began working with Canadians:

    ”Cue that up on ‘B,’ eh?”

    ”Cued on ‘A.’”

    ”I said, ‘B,’ eh!”

    ”Cued on ‘A.’”

    Now we call them colors. Uh… colours.

    On social media there are a lot of Canadians with opinions about American politics. I used to think they did this because their own politics were so damn boring. I tried not to return the favor because, quite frankly, telling other people how to run their country is something we Americans could do a lot less of. But then Fidel’s Pierre’s little brat came to power. It’s hard to countenance criticism from people whose Prime Minister has spent more time in blackface than Al Jolson. If it gets any worse I fear I must align myself with my oldest son who has advocated invading Canada for years, although I still have reservations about mixing Canadian women, beer and US Marines.

    When you watch the unholy alliance between the Libranos and Jagmeet Singh it’s hard to think of Canadian politics as boring these days. In any other self-respecting Westminster system the government would have collapsed long ago. But He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named seems to have a death grip on 24 Sussex Drive. I just hope it’s not a death grip on the whole country.

     

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  15. Mad Gerald Coolidge
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    I drove up through the Kootenay National Park in BC a few years ago.  Stunningly beautiful scenery!

     

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  16. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
    @danok1

    Cape Breton, especially the village Of Baddeck. We used to go to CBI every other summer or so. Really enjoyed the Alexander Graham Bell park and museum in Baddeck. Also Sydney and the Coal Miner’s Museum in Glace Bay (IIRC).

    When we lived in Buffalo we used to go over to Niagara Falls ON. There was a miniature village there called “Canadia,” which had large scale-models of Canadian landmarks (Parliament Hill, a working scale-model of a Welland Canal lock, etc.) Long gone now, but a fond memry of my childhood.

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  17. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

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  18. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    Happy Canada Day.

    I enjoyed learning during the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion that we weren’t friendly to each other before then. All my life the countries have been friendly. I’m glad for that. I like that Nova Scotia sends Boston a Christmas tree each year as a thank you for their assistance.

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  19. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
    @danok1

    Percival (View Comment):

    Coo loo coo coo coo coo coo coo!

    • #19
  20. Buckpasser Member
    Buckpasser
    @Buckpasser

    My maternal grandparents were from southern Ontario, St. Thomas, and I always enjoyed our vacations when I was a kid.

    • #20
  21. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey
    @GaryMcVey

    Here’s to Canada Day, and the best neighbors any country ever had. 

    • #21
  22. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    Or is America Canada’s hat rack?

    • #22
  23. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    I have always loved Victoria’s inner harbor and the magnificent Butchart Gardens just north of Victoria B.C. My grand mother lived just south of Port Angeles, so Victoria was a ferry ride away when I visited her.

    Sequim? That area used to be famous as a retirement location — great weather (for the Olympic Peninsula).

    • #23
  24. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I’ve spent some time in the Great White North. Our Canadian cousins have always had this beaver-produced maple wood chip on their shoulder, not wanting to be American but not wanting to be British, either, and all the while being married to a crazy hot French lady who’s always threatening divorce.

    Their major exports to the US are oil, hockey players and actors. Half of Hollywood belongs to the “Secret Society of Eh?” If the Hallmark Channel should go under the Canadian economy will collapse.

    When I first got into the television business we used to number cameras and call tape replay machines letters. Then we began working with Canadians:

    ”Cue that up on ‘B,’ eh?”

    ”Cued on ‘A.’”

    ”I said, ‘B,’ eh!”

    ”Cued on ‘A.’”

    Now we call them colors. Uh… colours.

    On social media there are a lot of Canadians with opinions about American politics. I used to think they did this because their own politics were so damn boring. I tried not to return the favor because, quite frankly, telling other people how to run their country is something we Americans could do a lot less of. But then Fidel’s Pierre’s little brat came to power. It’s hard to countenance criticism from people whose Prime Minister has spent more time in blackface than Al Jolson. If it gets any worse I fear I must align myself with my oldest son who has advocated invading Canada for years, although I still have reservations about mixing Canadian women, beer and US Marines.

    When you watch the unholy alliance between the Libranos and Jagmeet Singh it’s hard to think of Canadian politics as boring these days. In any other self-respecting Westminster system the government would have collapsed long ago. But He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named seems to have a death grip on 24 Sussex Drive. I just hope it’s not a death grip on the whole country.

     

    Thanks for a hilarious comment, @EJHill!

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  25. Raxxalan Member
    Raxxalan
    @Raxxalan

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    I have always loved Victoria’s inner harbor and the magnificent Butchart Gardens just north of Victoria B.C. My grand mother lived just south of Port Angeles, so Victoria was a ferry ride away when I visited her.

    Sequim? That area used to be famous as a retirement location — great weather (for the Olympic Peninsula).

    Yes indeed.  She had a wonderful view of the sound out her back windows.

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  26. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    For those interested in the late unpleasantness between the US and Canada some 210 years ago, might I recommend this:

    It’s one of my better ones.  There is also this.

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  27. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Victoria Inner Harbour

    View from our room at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria.  We went there on our honeymoon in 2003, and went back every couple of years.  Now, it looks like we will never return, as Ray refuses the Covid jab.

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  28. Raxxalan Member
    Raxxalan
    @Raxxalan

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

     

    Victoria Inner Harbour

    View from our room at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria. We went there on our honeymoon in 2003, and went back every couple of years. Now, it looks like we will never return, as Ray refuses the Covid jab.

    Back when I was wooing my late wife, we had the opportunity to stay at the Empress in Victoria.  It was a memorable experience.   One of my favorites.  

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  29. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

     

    Victoria Inner Harbour

    View from our room at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria. We went there on our honeymoon in 2003, and went back every couple of years. Now, it looks like we will never return, as Ray refuses the Covid jab.

    Back when I was wooing my late wife, we had the opportunity to stay at the Empress in Victoria. It was a memorable experience. One of my favorites.

    The Empress was quite old, and showing its age.  Small rooms, no view, poor facilities.  It has been renovated now, and most things have improved.  It now is quite a bit more expensive than it used to be too.  We lament the demise of the Bengal Lounge, which served an excellent Indian food buffet.  Now it’s just another bar.  Since we haven’t been there for four years, we don’t know if they still have High Tea, but they probably do.  That, and the Empress Tea that you can buy online, make it worthwhile.

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  30. Raxxalan Member
    Raxxalan
    @Raxxalan

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

     

    Victoria Inner Harbour

    View from our room at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria. We went there on our honeymoon in 2003, and went back every couple of years. Now, it looks like we will never return, as Ray refuses the Covid jab.

    Back when I was wooing my late wife, we had the opportunity to stay at the Empress in Victoria. It was a memorable experience. One of my favorites.

    The Empress was quite old, and showing its age. Small rooms, no view, poor facilities. It has been renovated now, and most things have improved. It now is quite a bit more expensive than it used to be too. We lament the demise of the Bengal Lounge, which served an excellent Indian food buffet. Now it’s just another bar. Since we haven’t been there for four years, we don’t know if they still have High Tea, but they probably do. That, and the Empress Tea that you can buy online, make it worthwhile.

    We stayed there right after many of the Renovations were complete.  It really is amazing what they managed to do with that old hotel.   I was able to use some kind of points I had to get upgraded to the concierge level which made it really a first class experience.  I shudder to think what it would have been like to do that without the points.  Still a remarkable experience, and a good memory.  

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