Friday, May 23

National Anthems...

I'm not sure how many people would agree with me, but I for one, love the Canadian national anthem. I believe it's an accurate representation of our culture and society. It's what an anthem should be. Short and to the point. Our anthem describes Canada and makes a promise on behalf of it's citizens.

On the other hand, I've never been a fan of the U.S. national anthem. Their national anthem is about winning a battle, or surviving a battle. It's like an action movie set to music.

I believe the two of these anthems demonstrate some major differences between two separate though similar nations. Canada's anthem is like an ode to our country, it describes our pride in the land, and makes a promise to 'stand on guard for thee'. The American anthem tells a story about how their country was founded through war and revolution. I believe over all Canada's anthem displays more patriotism than the American anthem, and I believe as a people Canadian's are more patriotic. We may not be the flag waving God bless our country patriots, but we're still patriotic. We're loyal to our country, we're not afraid to challenge the status quo and question a government who we feel doesn't have Canada's best interests at heart. We're not easily swayed in our views of right and wrong. In my opinion, that is true patriotism.

O' Canada

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

(French)
O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux, Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux. Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, Il sait porter la croix. Ton histoire est une épopée, Des plus brillants exploits. Et ta valeur, de foi trempée, Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

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The Star-Spangled Banner

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

More about the U.S. national anthem

Thursday, May 22

The Latest....

The Ottawa Senators won last nights game against the New Jersey Devils to force a deciding Game 7 in the third round of NHL Playoffs. The game will be played Friday night at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, the winner will go on to face the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Reuben Suddard is the new "American Idol". The six foot five fat man managed to edge out the effeminate Clay Aiken in last nights Season Finale. Over 24 million Americans voted to determine the results, that's almost the entire population of Canada.

Mad Cow disease has struck Alberta, this is the latest in Canadian plagues, along with the West Nile disease and of course SARS.

Inflation has gone down to 3%, a drop of 1.3% according to Stats-Can. Our dollar is up, the US is running Iraq, an earthquake has killed over 6,000 people in Algeria, and the Police are still searching for whomever murdered Holly Jones.

What does all this mean? Well, Canada has a chance of bringing back the Stanley Cup, it's been 9 years since a Canadian team won the trophy.

America's Idol is an obese man named after a sandwich, how very appropriate.

It's possible that the U.S. is retaliating against us for the many anti-Bush comments made by Government officials, and our lack of support during the illegal invasion of Iraq, for more details on this check out The G-Spot

And the rest, well it looks like the nothing changes, the economy will improve, the U.S. will always be a bully, Canada is a safer place to live than Algeria, but even we aren't free from trouble.

Wednesday, May 21

There Should be a Law...

Rumour has it that the province will be going smoke free on May 31st. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I guess all restaurants and public buildings will be non-smoking. We've had this in Ottawa for a year or two now, it's great. I can't stand going to smokey bars.

If the rumours are true, and they're making places smoke free for health purposes, I believe they should begin taking other things which affect our health into consideration. Consider mental health maybe. My roommate works for a company called VideoLinks. They instal monitors in bus stations which play ads on a loop all day long. They're planning on getting smaller monitors and installing them into public restrooms. I believe things like this should be eliminated. People do not need more TV in their lives. The nations attention span is short enough as it is.

I believe our government has a responsibility to us, as our representatives, to stop corporations from the continued elimination of written forms of communication. People complain about how children are scoring lower on standardized testing, and then they plunk their kid down in front of a television set. This behaviour is wrong, and I for one don't believe we should be allowing it to progress. Bathrooms are traditionally the domain of the written word, just as Al Bundy. Please, don't let TV take over the Loo too!
I'm Back

It seems that after every long weekend, or weekend in general I have to post an "I'm Back" post. So I'll begin this one by saying, I had a wonderful weekend, and for some reason I'm too damn lazy to post on my days off. Blogging is an at work thing for me. It allows me to do something interesting instead of doing what I'm paid to do. Yay for blogging!

I ended up going home for the Victoria day long weekend. I want to buy a cottage so I can start going there, will anyone lend me some money? Maybe about $50,000? That should cover whatever I need for a cottage.

I ended up going to Niagara Falls on the long weekend, and I'm surprised to see how tacky it's become over the last two or three years. There has always been that element of neon and wax museums tacky, but now there is a mid-way, a Rainforest Cafe (the sure sign of degeneration if you ask me) and WWE pro-wrestling store, and a new casino is on the way. While I was enjoying the sights and sounds of Cliffton Hill, I realized that there were very few people actually looking at the falls. It's as though they've become some sort of secondary feature. The Casino, tourist shops, rides, and haunted houses have taken over. To me, Niagara Falls is Canadas little piece of America. One of natures wonders is overshadowed by the cheap glowing facade of man made consumer driven crap.

I'm glad that Blamb posted that article about Canada becoming less like the States. If you haven't read this, go read it now. It's very reassuring, especially after you've seen something like what I saw this weekend.