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#1 daunce lynam

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 09:54 PM

I start this thread at the suggestion of a compatriot whom I interrupted in the midst of a Mideast discussion, because I had become alarmed at signs that Canada will be going to the polls again, as soon as the polls are favourable for the Government.

You Americans have your problems, but never knowing when you will have to elect a new government is not one of them. You at least can be sure that when you elect a President, you are pretty much stuck with him for four years, whatever he does. We can't vote for our Prime Minister unless we live in his home city, and we can theoretically kick him out whenever we want, except then we would have to vote even more frequently than usual.The PM's character and credentials are important of course, but he's only the leader of a party, and we only get to vote on the character and credentials of our local guy. We don't even get to make comments on the ballot about the party leaders' wives or husbands or anything. We get to make fun of their clothes and everything in the newspapers, but it isn't the same.

Is anybody still awake? No? Good. This is actually a cover for our benign cultural organization, whose motto is Boring from Within, a handy drop-in for Canucks and affiliates (you know who you are) to have friendly discussions of the Secret Plan.Therefore, to the strains of "Song for a Winter's Night", soft, soft...

To all our dear friends and trading partners, we wish you,
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Good Night and Good Neighbours

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 11:33 PM

I was in hopes that this topic title would be so boring that nobody would read it, but somebody did and asked me the question: "Are all the stereotypes about Canadians true?"

The answer is yes, they are all true, any stereotype you can think of, except for one:

We do not say "aboot" for "about". Perhaps at some time in the past, some lone Canadian with a speech impediment said it in front of an American, and it went viral, but nobody says it now.

I and my family have travelled our great country from coast to coast wherever we have relatives to stay with for free, and I can state categorically that I have never, ever in my life heard any Canadian say "aboot."

In either official language.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 12:55 AM

Again with the questions! Don't you know it's after Lights Out?

Yes, yes, all Canadians do play hockey, I myself play left wing for the Papa's Poutine & Souvlaki Hut Senior Sizzlers, although I have weak ankles and my forechecking is garbage. But I know my patriotic duty.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 02:25 AM

Carol,

Tough question...let's see, boring - dull? Dull - boring?
I've gotta go with my first impression - dull.

You lot never, ever, make the world's front pages. Not even the back ones. Hockey played on WHAT? (Though that's a gutsy rugby team you send to the World Champs.)

However, all seriousness aside, I would be in 7th heaven to live in a country run by boring civil servants who occasionally got caught philandering or with their fingers in the, um, biscuit tin. No, that's not it: I'm thinking of that godawful place the Queen lives. Please, no.
Still, "May you live in interesting times" (and an interesting country)-
is not all it's cracked up to be. It gets exhausting.


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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:19 AM

Carol,

Tough question...let's see, boring - dull? Dull - boring?
I've gotta go with my first impression - dull.

You lot never, ever, make the world's front pages. Not even the back ones. Hockey played on WHAT? (Though that's a gutsy rugby team you send to the World Champs.)

However, all seriousness aside, I would be in 7th heaven to live in a country run by boring civil servants who occasionally got caught philandering or with their fingers in the, um, biscuit tin. No, that's not it: I'm thinking of that godawful place the Queen lives. Please, no.
Still, "May you live in interesting times" (and an interesting country)-
is not all it's cracked up to be. It gets exhausting.


Tony


"The happiest countries, like the happiest women, have no history" would have been the opening quote of my masterpiece thesis, but I would have to try and find out who said it; boring, tedious work.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 08:45 AM

FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE SACRED IGLOO Local 13

Dear Brothers,

First, a chilly welcome to our two newest members. Each Initiation renews the blubber and sinew of our fellowship, and strengthens us all for the snows of tomorrow.

1. Conference planning is well in hand. As you know, there has been some discussion as to this year's venue, with some stating flatly that they will not go camping at Great Slave Lake again, so we are looking at places a little further from the Arctic Circle. Brother Tony, do you have a big house?

2. The Cultural Committee has called a special meeting to deal with the Senators crisis. On Feb. 14 the topic will be: "Mike Fisher: Samson, or Benedict Arnold?"

3. The overdue Treasurer's Report will be submitted as soon as Brother Joel returns from his business trip to Aglakurq CasinoRama.

As always, we thank Claudine and the Ladies' Auxiliary for the delicious pemmican snacks.

In solidarity and sealmeat,
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 11:55 AM

“The only reason we want to separate from Canada.”~ any Quebecers on Mounties

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police', RCMP, or Mount-Me have dedicated themselves to the protection of five things (those things being hockey, "chesterfields", women tied to railroads, the Canadian flag, and ketchup chips). Not to be confused with the Registered Collectors for the Mafia in Parliament, also know as the RCMP

Posted ImageMounties are prepared for anything!

So are these Registered Collectors for the Mafia in Parliament an official part of Canadian politics?

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 12:16 PM

“The only reason we want to separate from Canada.”~ any Quebecers on Mounties

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police', RCMP, or Mount-Me have dedicated themselves to the protection of five things (those things being hockey, "chesterfields", women tied to railroads, the Canadian flag, and ketchup chips). Not to be confused with the Registered Collectors for the Mafia in Parliament, also know as the RCMP

Posted ImageMounties are prepared for anything!

So are these Registered Collectors for the Mafia in Parliament an official part of Canadian politics?

Adam


Welcome Brother Adam! You get an affiliate membership for this.

Your appendix on Dat Place will be invaluable for the indoctrination of our new Brothers. They've nearly finished Anne of Green Gables and are ready to move westwards in the mystical journey.

Your Secret Name and church key will be delivered under cover of darkness.

The Bonhomme quote was the best.

Still giggling,
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 12:34 PM

There are Canadians who say "aboot", when they should be saying "about." Daunce's attempt to influence the historical record needs to be corrected on this point.

I have heard such Canadians with my own ears. They live near Bala, Ontario, in the Muskoka Lakes region. These Canadian individuals implicitly adhere to the Benevolent Universe Premise: i.e., they are hard drinkers and pretty good golfers; this American holds no grudges on the account of such pronunciations, nay, I even find them charming.

I fear Daunce will now speak ill of me for these revelations. For the sake of all that is true, I am willing to pay that price.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:01 PM

There are Canadians who say "aboot", when they should be saying "about." Daunce's attempt to influence the historical record needs to be corrected on this point.

I have heard such Canadians with my own ears. They live near Bala, Ontario, in the Muskoka Lakes region. These Canadian individuals implicitly adhere to the Benevolent Universe Premise: i.e., they are hard drinkers and pretty good golfers; this American holds no grudges on the account of such pronunciations, nay, I even find them charming.

I fear Daunce will now speak ill of me for these revelations. For the sake of all that is true, I am willing to pay that price.


I? Speak ill? No, indeed, to the contrary. I am excited that you have discovered a hitherto unknown tribe in the wilds of Bala. Another tuft on the intellectual pelt of the Order, added by our newest Brother who is still on probation.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 09:37 AM

The election will be announced soon. Jack Layton has called me three times to invite me to a town hall meeting. It's the only place we can ever be seen together in public so I guess I'll go.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 10:12 AM

Canada is the Kinder, Gentler America that Bush the Elder often prattled about.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:02 AM

> There are Canadians who say "aboot", when they should be saying "about."

The first time I ever heard this kind of abuse of the English language was out of the mouth of Leonard Peikoff.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:44 PM

The election will be announced soon. Jack Layton has called me three times to invite me to a town hall meeting. It's the only place we can ever be seen together in public so I guess I'll go.

I always imagine our politicians using their electoral rhetoric at home. Layton strikes me as one who has a hard time shifting into normal English. Here is him at home complaining about Olivia's household management, and calling on the kids to help sway the House.

"Canadians are asking for a change of the towels. Folks losing their socks, looking at their last pay cheque don’t know where to turn. Husbands are trying to decide what bills they can afford to pay. There is a majority Coalition in this House that’s ready to act on pressing issues for Canadian families. For the families already hurting from the economic crisis, we are having meatloaf, again. Business and labour leaders demanded action, and we get meatloaf, again. How long will ordinary Canadians put up with this government's refusal to listen to the people?"


Read more: http://www.ndp.ca/pr...e#ixzz1Dm7fvEWN

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 03:55 PM


The election will be announced soon. Jack Layton has called me three times to invite me to a town hall meeting. It's the only place we can ever be seen together in public so I guess I'll go.

I always imagine our politicians using their electoral rhetoric at home. Layton strikes me as one who has a hard time shifting into normal English. Here is him at home complaining about Olivia's household management, and calling on the kids to help sway the House.

"Canadians are asking for a change of the towels. Folks losing their socks, looking at their last pay cheque don’t know where to turn. Husbands are trying to decide what bills they can afford to pay. There is a majority Coalition in this House that’s ready to act on pressing issues for Canadian families. For the families already hurting from the economic crisis, we are having meatloaf, again. Business and labour leaders demanded action, and we get meatloaf, again. How long will ordinary Canadians put up with this government's refusal to listen to the people?"


Read more: http://www.ndp.ca/pr...e#ixzz1Dm7fvEWN


I love it. It even gets better when his Chinese mother-in-law (who lives with them) gets home from the flea market to show them her bargains.

"Nice new picture, look. Only twenty fi cent and all bright not like old Ed Bloadbent up on wall. Jack you go get nail, I can climb ladder."

Note to southerners:
Layton is the leader of the NDP, the leftest of the three biggest parties here. Broadbent is a former, much-loved leader of that party.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:42 PM

Note to southerners:
Layton is the leader of the NDP, the leftest of the three biggest parties here. Broadbent is a former, much-loved leader of that party.

Are you trying to kill the American readers here, Carol? This is going beyond boring and tedious into lethal force.

But, since you bring out the heavy weapons, like Jack's Chinese mother-in-law, I am going to go one-up, into 'if you read this you will probably die' territory.

Cite: Jack Layton speaks about cancer:

Dressed in a traditional grey, fitted Mao jacket, Jack Layton walked into the Metro Convention Centre to loud applause and cheers.

It was an entrance befitting a tiger.

In his first appearance following the announcement of his cancer prognosis, Layton and his wife, Olivia Chow, were all smiles as they attended the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation’s 21st Dragon Ball gala last weekend to help raise $1 million for its four nursing homes.

“Being a tiger will help ... I’m hoping the Year of the Tiger will help beat the cancer,” Layton said, adding his mother-in-law also was born under the tiger sign — one of 12 in the Chinese zodiac cycle.

“Let’s hope the fierce determination of the tiger will help us turn the corner economically and hopefully it’ll be a strong year for the Chinese community in Toronto.”


NOT DEAD YET? Hah! This will most likely finish you off. Call the funeral director and kiss your children.

Cite: Statement on Mother’s Day by Jack Layton, leader of the New Democrats

This Mother’s Day let’s recommit to achieving progress that can make a difference for mothers: creating a national child care program; ensuring EI benefits for mothers fired when just back from maternity leave; and supporting primary care-givers.


STILL BREATHING?

Okay, the penultimate Canadian killing machine. Jack Layton on The Hour. Say your goodbyes . . . don't make me post a video of Jack Layton speaking his bromides in French!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6174fGfDbIY

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:52 PM

...who's the favorites for the hockey league this year?
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:02 PM

Wow.

That is sad, the dude still wears a Nehru jacket!

Who is he trying to be...Hilary Rodham Rodham Clinton?

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I burned mine in 1970, the jacket not Hilary.
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:06 PM

...who's the favorites for the hockey league this year?

All the money is on Team PEI

PS -- why aren't you dead?

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:27 PM


...who's the favorites for the hockey league this year?

All the money is on Team PEI

PS -- why aren't you dead?


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