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Happy Not Canada Day

Post by thoreau » 05 Jul 2015, 01:51

I've been in Santa Barbara for a conference the past few weeks, so we went to the beach to see fireworks. There wasn't much wind, and the fireworks were low to the ground, so the smoke blocked out a lot of the show, providing everyone with a graphic reminder of the air quality that Southern Californians take for granted. On the walk back from the beach, a bunch of guys who seemed to be of South Asian descent kept shouting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" Some bitch near us muttered "They don't even live here" even though they gave no evidence of being foreign. She gave a great example of why guys of South Asian descent might feel the need to make ostentatious displays of American patriotism.

Anyway, while I'm not a patriot, I think that the President of the US should celebrate July 4th in the following manner:
1) Drop off a thank-you gift at the French Embassy.
2) Drop off a sympathy note at the Canadian Embassy.
3) Drop off a flaming bag of poop at the British Embassy.
4) Invite some random tourists to barbecue with him at the White House, and then get into an argument over how to stack the coals. Because that's about as American as it gets.
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by nicole » 01 Feb 2018, 11:41

The bill making "O Canada" gender-neutral has passed the Senate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anthem- ... -1.4513317

(It passed the House in 2016.)
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by Aresen » 01 Feb 2018, 12:20

nicole wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 11:41
The bill making "O Canada" gender-neutral has passed the Senate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anthem- ... -1.4513317

(It passed the House in 2016.)
I still use the version from before Trudeau the First changed it.
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by nicole » 07 Mar 2018, 00:34

Chef kiss:
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by Ellie » 07 Mar 2018, 10:14

How very outre of them!
I should have listened to Warren. He was right again as usual.

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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by JD » 07 Mar 2018, 10:53

nicole wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 11:41
The bill making "O Canada" gender-neutral has passed the Senate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anthem- ... -1.4513317

(It passed the House in 2016.)
I'm surprised nobody has gotten around to changing the French lyrics, which are both more warlike ("your arm knows how to wield the sword") and more religious ("your arm knows how to carry the cross").
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by Warren » 07 Mar 2018, 12:32

JD wrote:
07 Mar 2018, 10:53
nicole wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 11:41
The bill making "O Canada" gender-neutral has passed the Senate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anthem- ... -1.4513317

(It passed the House in 2016.)
I'm surprised nobody has gotten around to changing the French lyrics, which are both more warlike ("your arm knows how to wield the sword") and more religious ("your arm knows how to carry the cross").
That's a non-starter. The French Canadians won't accept any language change.
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by Ellie » 07 Mar 2018, 12:36

JD wrote:
07 Mar 2018, 10:53
nicole wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 11:41
The bill making "O Canada" gender-neutral has passed the Senate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anthem- ... -1.4513317

(It passed the House in 2016.)
I'm surprised nobody has gotten around to changing the French lyrics, which are both more warlike ("your arm knows how to wield the sword") and more religious ("your arm knows how to carry the cross").
I can't find the exact transcript, but I heard an interview on PRI's The World, with a politician who was the main proponent of changing the lyrics. The interviewer asked about changing the French lyrics and she basically cracked up and said, "I'm not touching that hornet's nest."
I should have listened to Warren. He was right again as usual.

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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by thoreau » 07 Mar 2018, 13:26

I can only assume that Prime Wokister Trudeau will demand gender-neutral language in all government documents.

Including documents printed in French.

Right?

Um, right?
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Re: Happy Not Canada Day

Post by Sandy » 07 Mar 2018, 20:23

I'm hoping that his Indian tour has peaked his popularity, hard.
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