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In the Navy

My little brother graduated from high school last night. He also joined the Navy. I think my mom summed up all our feelings best when she said, "You know, it's funny...last year he was a Communist, now he's in the Navy."

I don't understand how a kid who, within ten minutes of the graduation ceremony ending had stripped off his cap and gown, stuffed it into the garbage and was sporting a "Canada Kicks Ass" t-shirt could possibly be drawn to the Navy.

But you can bet your ass I'm going get a shirt that says, "Navy Sister" or something cheesy like that.

Posted May 30, 2003 11:22 AM



maybe he sees the possibility that he can knock some sense into the U.S. military.

AND - I've always loved Canada. partly because of bob and doug mckenzie, partly because most of my favorite writers and comedians are from there (although i hate kids in the hall...) but more recently i love Canada because they've got the only politicians that were brave enough to say what everyone was thinking about our president, and quit when they realized that it was "not allowed."

that's freedom.

Paddy rocks.

There has never been a "problem" with the military-it's with the people that run it.

At least that's what I think.

Hey, I'm not trying to criticize Canada; I'm sure it's a swell place. Yet I have a question: Can anyone name some WORLD-FAMOUS Canadians? Every time this subject arises, someone suggests a couple names but on closer inspection, the people named are invariably American with only the most tenuous links to Canada.

All the famous so-called Canadians I can think of have become well-known only after they Americanized themselves. To wit: Pamela Anderson, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, William Shatner, Neil Young, Neve Campbell, Keanu Reeves, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Nelly Furtado, Jim Carrey, and prolly a handful more I can't think of right now.

Okay, maybe these people were technically born in Canada and maybe some of them are legally Canadian, but all the work they are known for is either American or predominently influenced by American culture. Had they remained in Canada, nobody would have heard of them.

Oh yeah, and then there's the curious matter of Chester A. Arthur who was most probably born in Dunham, Quebec but who crossed the border and became the 21st president after James Garfield's assassination.

"But you can bet your ass I'm going get a shirt that says, "Navy Sister" or something cheesy like that."

For him or you? ;)

EternalFootman: Kids in the Hall. They don't come any bigger than that.

...um, Canadians Americanizing themselves? Canadians aren't terribly different looking than Americans, and aside from the "eh?" thing, they pretty much sound like Americans (Quebec partially excluded from that statement.)

besides, what is it to be american anyway? we pretty much assimilate everyone elses culture anyway (in theory) since we are the "land of the free" and all that...

EternalFootman, using your rationale, if I was STILL living in Canada, I could say that every American born actor, musician or famous person who is mentioned in the Canadian media, is actually Canadian. If they are popular up there, they must be Canadianizing themselves. Just because you have heard of them in the U.S., doesn't mean they Americanized themselves. It means the major media organisations (unfortunately mostly owned by U.S. coroporations) were willing to make them popular in American pop-culture, by throwing millions of promotional/cross promotional dollars behind them. They don't have to become American to make it, they just have to be able to feed the machine that wants homogenized music and pretty faces that never age.

I live in the U.S., but consider myself Canadian more now than I ever did when I lived in Canada.

Meg, thanks to your brother, you can now wear this with pride.

Last word on the subject by me(I can hear the cheers):
Leave Bill Shatner alone, dammit. He's a treasure no matter what nation he was born in or has lived in.

Except for whatever nation that speeks Esparanto. That country is truely f*cked.