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Old 11-23-2005, 06:16 AM   #1
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As you all know, here in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday. I'd like to wish everyone worldwide a Happy Thanksgiving and humbly suggest that we all take a moment to count our blessings. Not the least of which is that we still have our favorite performer walking among us. Best wishes to everyone and may Peace be with you all.

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Old 11-23-2005, 07:30 AM   #2
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Billw, thanks for the reminder...hopefully we can all find at least one thing for which to be thankful. Have a great one.
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Old 11-23-2005, 08:49 AM   #3
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Safe traveling for those on the road or in the air. We woke to snow this morning, our first real, on-the-ground-and-sticks snow of the season - very late for us. My nephews arriving from Atlanta this afternoon will be thrilled. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-23-2005, 11:12 AM   #4
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Thanks Bill, heres wishing everyone a table surrounded by love, laughter, family and friends. We all have much to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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Old 11-23-2005, 12:42 PM   #5
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And in the spirit of the holiday:

A U.S. view: Thank Canada!

Instead of taking South Park's “blame Canada” approach, as we engage in our annual mass slaughter of factory-tortured turkeys, let us raise our bottle of Sleemans and thank Canada.

&gt;by Keith Gottschalk
November 23, 2005

Americans are getting ready to celebrate our Thanksgiving, which, unlike the Canadian version, is far past the actual harvest and has lost much of its original meaning of actually “giving thanks.”

For us down here, the holiday has become synonymous with three things — orgiastic consumption, football and the Official Start of the Christmas Shopping Season.

But while most of us will pause, if but momentarily, to give thanks for our ability to consume far more of the Earth's abundance than other nations, I thought it would be novel to give thanks to that most ignored and unappreciated of America's friends (if we can be said to have any left) and neighbours, Canada.

We many not realize it, but we should thank Canada for many things we take for granted as originating in the U.S. So instead of taking South Park's “blame Canada” approach, as we engage in our annual mass slaughter of factory-tortured turkeys (Benjamin Franklin's original idea for the national symbol), let us raise our bottle of Sleemans and thank all of you for the following:

Laughs — love it or hate it, there would have never been a Saturday Night Live if it hadn't been for a stable of comedy talent from Canada, led by SNL founder Lorne Michaels (who also gave us Kids in the Hall) with original cast Canuck Dan Ackroyd.

In fact, thanks to Canada and most notably, Second City Toronto, the list of America's favourite comedians reads more like a who's who of Canada: the whole SCTV cast (the funniest show ever on TV, in my humble opinion), Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Rich Little, Leslie Nielsen, Jim Carrey, the Greens: Tom and Red, Norm MacDonald, Howie Mandel and, most currently, Samantha Bee of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Okay, Canadian John Aylesworth did foist Hee Haw on the American public, but the pluses far outnumber the minuses.

Peace, order and good government (an example of) — while Canadians may feel somewhat incredulous of this in light of the Gomery investigations, remember that scandal would have amounted to penny ante pocket change down here. Perhaps the best example, I can think of is whenever I get to see Question Period in Parliament, I wonder “why can't we do this?” I know the answer but I still wish we would drop the pretense of politeness and go at each other like they do in Ottawa.

Klaatu — remember them? You guys had us going down here for awhile back in 1976 when we thought they might, just might be the Beatles in disguise. They were still okay though, but we would have liked them anyway without the hype. Unbelievably, they're still around, at least in re-releases and a fanatical fan following.

All right, there are better examples of Canadian music we should be thankful for: Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, The Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, Diana Krall, The Crash Test Dummies, Rush, The Tragically Hip, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan etc. etc.

Ok, ok, Anne Murray, Céline Dion, and, (sigh) new American Alanis Morissette too.

Now for some fun Canadian foodies:

Ginger Ale — sick kids all over North America were comforted by the invention of Canadian John McLaughlin because as all mums knew, flat Canada Dry was good for a sour tummy. Then we grew up and discovered that ginger ale made a great mixer with:

Canadian whiskey — traditionalists love Canadian Club but it doesn't matter — if it's true Canadian whiskey, made in Canada, it goes down smooth and easy, unlike some other whiskeys made elsewhere. On Thanksgiving, the CC will flow all over North America. Fine Canadian whiskey kept Americans suitably inebriated during prohibition, which, consequently, helped make the Bronfmans one of Canada's wealthiest families. Americans can enjoy that whiskey along with another Thanksgiving staple:

Instant mashed potatoes — thank (or blame) Canadian Edward A. Asselbergs, who invented the dehydrated potato flakes in 1962.

And last but least, two very important things every American should thank Canada for:

Our “non-negotiable” lifestyle — okay, this is tricky and I don't want anyone to be mad at me about mentioning this. You folks don't have to sell us oil, natural gas, lumber and water but you do. You've been royally screwed in the process to be sure ($5 billion worth in lumber for which I am embarrassed by my government) but I for one am cognizant of the fact that much of the fuel for our “way of life” comes from Canada (number one for U.S. oil imports at 17 per cent compared to the Saudis with 14 per cent: 2003 statistics). This comes as a surprise to many Americans, but those of us who know the real deal appreciate the fact that despite the lousy trade deals, if it weren't for Canada, we'd be hurting — bad.

A place to go — no, not just for vacation, but, um, “just in case” if you get my drift (or draft). But rest easy — a draft is still not likely and most of us just talk a good game about leaving. After all, there's always another election coming around and most of us possess the almost childlike faith that whatever bad has happened can be set right. We're funny like that.

But you're always there for us, and for that and so many other things, as this American carves his slaughtered bird on Thursday, I'll be grateful for the fact there is a Canada.

If anyone wants the giblets, I can send them.

Keith Gottschalk has written for daily publications in the Midwest U.S. and was formerly a radio talk show host in Illinois. He frequents babble as the Américain Égalitaire
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Old 11-23-2005, 01:08 PM   #6
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Happy and healthy Thanksgiving everyone.
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Old 11-23-2005, 06:20 PM   #7
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it's nice to read that Annie! thanks!
there are some who feel Canada is inconsequential to America and if we as a country/government and people disappeared the U.S. would not notice. I have been told this by some Americans.
Canada has it's problems with social issues, government, and all other things that make the world go around but we're a pretty good bunch of folks in a beautiful country, with a wealth of talented citizens. And we all who is Number One on that list.
And after me is Mr. Lightfoot.
Have a safe and peaceful holiday, keep the giblets tho...
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Old 11-23-2005, 07:50 PM   #8
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I'm thankful all the music I grw up with is on CD and is preserved for eternity as well on things like satellite radio & I-Pods.

Not to mention that I'm thankful younger generations are enjoying the *ahem* "old" sogns & acts as well! :D

A Thanksgiving-Happy to you all and here's a tip to first time dinner cookers....Oscar Meyer Turkey Dogs do not count as a main course!! !!! LOL!! :D Bye!
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