12 Responses to Canadian Thanksgiving?

  • Well, the Canucks have something to be thankful for. Had they not won the War of 1812 they would have Obama as Head of State, rather than HM the Queen.

  • Hmmm. I am forced, reluctantly, to agree. 🙂

  • That first video clip reminded me of my 10 y/o grandchildren discussing pimples.

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  • When you say “they”, technically, you’re speaking of the British. “They” were still British subjects back then. So,”they” (the Canadians) really never beat us.

  • Tito, so the British beat you. I can live with that. But it’s a bit paradoxical that when Americans fought the British you call them Americans, but when Canadians fought the Americans you call them British.

  • By “win” the War of 1812 read “survive”. US invasions of Canada were conducted in that War with the same skill that the Brits showed in their New Orleans adventure. However, we had no hard feelings towards the Canadians, and some Americans even gave them some aid in 1837.

  • Don, the 1812 “war” was marked by incompetence on both sides and was an unwelcome sideshow in a far more important conflict. The US did not achieve its war aims and was technically the loser (as well as sustaining higher casualties). Had it not given a reasonably good account of itself militarily the peace terms at Ghent would have been more punitive, but this hardly counts as a victory.

  • So the British beat us Americans in the War of 1812. Sure they did. The British rampaged over Baltimore after burning down Washington…oh, wait.

    Cue Francis Scott Key.

    The British took control of Lake Erie…oh, wait.

    Cue the monument at Put In Bay, Ohio.

    The superior British forces marched through the New Orleans French Quarter…oh, wait.

    I’m looking at a $20 bill and the President on it.

    When Great Britain thought about recognizing the Confederacy during the Civil War (yes, I’m from the North) Abe Lincoln told the British he would turn his forces north and take Canada. This is from Ken Burns’ series. The British decided the rebels weren’t worth it.

    Per the second video…..Americans west of the Allegheny Mountains call it pop, too. It’s pop in Pittsburgh, but go to Harrisbug and they call it “soda”. As if!

  • Yes, PF, here in Illinois it is called pop. Now, my bride who hails from Wisconsin grew up calling it soda.

  • My calling that beverage “soda” may be due to having had a Dad who hailed from upstate New York (near Albany).

  • America is the first nation to have Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day must have infiltrated into the Canadian culture by way of the Indians and early settlers.

Euthanize Your Autistic Kid!

Tuesday, August 20, AD 2013




The letter demands that Begley take action over her “retarded” son Max.   The Ontario mother said she had no idea who would send such a hateful  letter, which left her family shocked and devastated.

She tearfully told City News: “Who would do this to a child?”

The letter goes on to criticize Begley for allowing Max to play outside and  says: “That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares  the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!”

The letter also tells Karla that she has a “retarded kid” and “should deal  with it properly”.

“What right do you have to do this to hard working people!!!!!!!! I HATE  people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are  entitled to special treatment!!! GOD!!!!!!”

The writer finishes by demanding the family “go live in a trailer in the  woods or something with your wild animal kid!!!” and asks the family to do the  right thing and move or “euthanize him. Either way, we are ALL better  off!!!”

Go here to read the rest.  As the father of an autistic son, Larry, who I loved more than my life, and who died on May 19, 2013, I can imagine quite clearly the pain of the parents who received this hateful diatribe.  The author is a true spiritual descendant of the murderers of the Third Reich who gassed autistic kids.  In this vale of tears we all have travails and tragedies to endure, but none are more terrible than the petty hate that so many people carry within their souls.  Those are the humans that are truly handicapped.

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  • Hopefully the writer of this expressive note will be identified and named. No one who does such a hateful thing should be allowed to hide behind their anonymity.

  • The “author” of this letter must have gotten confused. This garbage is what I frequently see in comboxes -on those rare times when I take a deep breath and “click” to read the vitriol contained therein. I hope, and pray, she has an epiphany and realizes how ugly her statements were and seeks forgiveness.

  • “Go here to read the rest”? Why in the world would I do that? Nothing would make me do that, and I’m sorry that you did.

  • There are several equally frightening possibilities WRT to this letter:

    1. It was written by an actual parent (“pissed off mother!!!”) living in that neighborhood.

    2. It was written by a teenager with a really, really bad attitude, sick sense of humor and penchant for bullying who posed as a “pissed off mother”.

    3. It was a hoax composed by the parent of the autistic child, or a friend or relative, as a way to get attention and sympathy, or to cast suspicion on a neighbor she doesn’t get along with. I know that sounds cruel, but such things do happen (staged “hate crimes”) and the possibility has to be considered.

    All that said, I’d put my money on #2.

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  • I also have an autistic son, so no flowery language will do; this [email protected]* really pissed me off. However, because of His infinite mercy, when we step back and let God back into the driver’s seat we do receive graces.

    When I read “noise polluting whaling” I immediately got a visual of my son, out in the yard dressed as Captain Ahab, yelling “…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee!”

    That would indeed ruffle the neighbors.

    Thanks be to God the Father of Mercies that I can now regard the author rightfully – as a pitiable wretch who is tremendously more in need of prayer and Christ’s love than of scorn and derision. I can only imgaine what he/she must have gone through to create such a hateful soul. Were it mine to do, I would create whatever conditions necessary for he/she and I to spend a day volunteering at a special needs school. Or a week. Or a lifetime.

    St. Joseph Cupertino pray for us.

  • I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a hoax.

  • I’m autistic myself, and I’ve been dealing with this attitude, quite common among neurotypicals, since I was 5 years old, a quarter century before I was diagnosed, long before anybody knew what was wrong with me.

    I’m now a rather successful (well, if you can call any computer programmer “successful” , this is not the most stable career in the world) 42 year old adult, and not on government assistance. I did this by taking advantage of my OCD and learning to make money with it.

    I see this as the logical outgrowth of the hidden eugenics in North American (both Canadian and USA) culture. Neurotypicals in general are superficial bigots, it is not surprising that given legal abortion and euthanasia, that the attitude of “if you aren’t useful/profitable, you should be killed” is becoming disturbingly common.

  • A hoax and/or some variation of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome does seem the simplest explanation for this. I’m not sure if believing that makes me more jaded, or less.

    Assuming the letter is genuine, it seems to my untrained eye that there is something organically wrong with the writer, to the extent that they are literally in genuine need of medical care. That being the case, I can understand why such a person would be insecure and hyper-sensitive (as opposed to more understanding) regarding any perceived assault to decorum brought about by those who are mentally challenged in other ways.

    (Then again, it is certainly possible to be pitiably and clinically pathological, and also just plain evil, not to mention stupid.)

  • One of the worst tragedies of our time is people’s unwillingness to accept tragedy along with its redemptive possibilities. Few systems outside the Christian faith make sense of tragedy and find purpose in it.

  • Therefore, being an atheist – lacking the vital faculty of faith – should be seen as an affliction, and a tragic deficiency: something akin to blindness. Which makes Richard Dawkins the intellectual equivalent of an amputee, furiously waving his stumps in the air, boasting that he has no hands.
    –Tom Knox (quoted by Donald R. McClarey)

    So, will this angry anonymous letter writer demand “euthanize him!!!” upon encountering an atheist?

    The arc of Communism in the last century…
    –Donald R. McClarey

    …was a long, difficult trek from capitalism all the way to capitalism.

  • .

    On Dateline NBC a few years ago, they showed a case where
    the police were investigating similar notes being received
    by a teacher at a school (and the notes were designed
    to look as of they were sent by another teacher).

    It was later found that the ‘taunted and tortured teacher’
    had actually sent the notes to herself as a cry for attention
    and public sympathy due to feeling overwhelmed with her
    life (and no other ‘teacher’ or ‘outsider’ had sent it to her).

    Also, a couple of years ago a man claimed that he began
    to receive ‘religious hate mail’ our of nowhere from “an
    unknown neighbor” (even though there was no history
    of any of the neighbors having harassed, disliked or
    shown bigotry or hatred toward his family before) and
    within a few weeks his wife ended up “attacked by an
    unknown stranger, possibly the “neighbor”, and killed”.

    It was later found that he felt his wife was a “burden”
    and had composed and sent “the mysterious letters”
    himself as a set up and cover for the crime he was
    planning in order to “set himself free” from someone
    that ‘he’ (not his neighbors) saw as a “burden” in life.

    In both cases, entire innocent-communities (even if
    it were seen as just ‘one’ phantom-person within that
    community) were placed with suspicion and blame for
    something that they did not do and would never have
    even thought of doing — simply because someone who
    felt they wanted to ‘escape’ their own “burdens” in life
    were setting up both the communities and the family
    member from whom they wanted to be set free.

    In addition, there have been story after story of
    late of the many parents and caregivers of autistic
    children who — feeling overwhelmed with taking
    care of a person with severe needs and yet also
    wanting to gain public attention, pity, sympathy,
    support, and a type of victim and/or hero status
    — have plotted for weeks, months and even years
    to ‘get free of their burden’ in such as way as to
    look both innocent and pitiable (and this is often
    done by pointing-the-finger at innocent-strangers).

    My point is that — UNTIL the police investigate to see
    IF this “mysterious note” is actually LEGITIMATE —
    this community should NOT be seen as having
    some sort of hate-monger living in it’s midst.

    This ‘mysterious note’ seems to have a far “too personal”
    touch to it to have been composed by any ‘man’ and / or
    even by ‘woman’ who would have been a ‘stranger’ or
    a ‘near stranger’ to this family — and, until it is PROVEN
    that it IS IN FACT from “someone in the neighborhood”,
    it seems unreasonable to assume that the neighbors are
    not (possibly) being set-up just so that someone who
    may feel overwhelmed with life can literally ‘script’ a
    situation in which to garner both pity and attention.

    It’s not that I’m not trying to be ‘sympathetic’ toward
    the family to whom the memo was directed … it’s just
    that … the situation of “setting things up in order to
    get public sympathy and attention” has been found
    to have occurred so frequently in the past number
    of years that — unless someone has a video of
    a situation occurring — many times it should be
    considered as possibly “one of the usual suspects”.







Michael Coren: Why Catholics Are Right

Wednesday, May 15, AD 2013

The things you find on the internet.  Michael Coren is a figure in Canadian journalism and television.  The best way to tag him is as a political journalist and humorist.  Above all, he is a Catholic.  He converted in 2004, and his Catholicism is the most important thing in the world to him, as one can judge by his 2011 book Why Catholics are Right.  The video above is a fascinating interview of a man who obviously treasures the Church above all.  We need much more of that spirit.  Here is a video of Coren interviewing Lila Rose in 2012:

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This is the Way Freedom Dies

Monday, March 4, AD 2013



Canada no longer has freedom of speech.  The Supreme Court of Canada killed it:

In Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, the Supreme Court decided that born-again Christian William Whatcott was guilty of hate-speech for distributing flyers to neighborhoods in Saskatoon and Regina in 2001 and 2002. While the flyers used vehement language against homosexual practices and the homosexual agenda, they did not however directly attack homosexual persons. (The flyers are appended to the end of the decision linked above)

The Court focused on Whatcott’s main argument, namely that he loves homosexuals with a brotherly Christian love, and it is only their sexual activity that he denounces.

The Supreme Court found however that with regards to hate-speech, the distinction between ‘sin and sinner’ no longer applies. No longer can Christians give the defense before courts that one ‘loves the sinner, but hates the sin’.

“I agree that sexual orientation and sexual behaviour can be differentiated for certain purposes,” the Court stated. “However, in instances where hate speech is directed toward behaviour in an effort to mask the true target, the vulnerable group, this distinction should not serve to avoid s. 14(1)(b) [the hate-crime clause of the Code].”

“Courts have recognized a strong connection between sexual orientation and sexual conduct and where the conduct targeted by speech is a crucial aspect of the identity of a vulnerable group, attacks on this conduct stand as proxy for attacks on the group itself,” the Court stated.

The Court ordered Whatcott to pay the Human Rights Commission’s legal fees and to pay $7,500 in compensation to two homosexuals who were offended by his flyers.

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  • Thank you for this Donald McClarey

  • The Canadian Charter is significantly weaker on liberty in general than is our Bill of Rights. In the hands of progressives, you get things like this.

  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the gift that keeps on giving.

    There is nothing to prevent the Canadian Parliament and provincial assemblies from shutting these lousy star chambers down. The Conservative Party of Canada has a majority in the upper and lower house of parliament and majorities in two provincial assemblies; a third assembly is controlled by a kindred provincial party. They are just too indolent and craven to fix this.

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  • About ten years ago, during testimony in the CHRC case of Warman v. Lemire
    , Canadian Human Rights Commission investigator Dean Stacy was asked
    “what value do you give freedom of speech when you investigate?”. His frank
    response, now infamous, was “freedom of speech is an American concept, so I
    don’t give it any value”.

    Lifesite News has an excellent article, ca. 2007, that gives an overview of how
    the CHRC has been manipulated to silence the left’s opponents.


  • Normally I would wave this off as “That’s Canada for you.” But, I feel a Canadian cold front moving towards America and welcomed with open arms. The icy hand of intolerance of the religious comes. I do wonder if they’ll prosecute anti-religion or anti-church speech in homosexual “rights” rallies as hate speech. Doubtful.

  • “Courts have recognized a strong connection between sexual orientation and sexual conduct and where the conduct targeted by speech is a crucial aspect of the identity of a vulnerable group, attacks on this conduct stand as proxy for attacks on the group itself,” the Court stated.”
    The court has dictated that what the speaker had intended and what they changed the intent to be, are one and the same. The court changed the intent of the speaker’s speech; absolute perjury, bearing false witness and hearsay, tarring the speaker. The court changed the nature of the crime. The thought police. If “attacks on this conduct stand as proxy”, then the court needs to apprehend and prosecute the proxy, which bears a very strong resemblance to the court in its interpretation of intent.

  • The court articulates what many in America already believe; that “tolerance” absolutely requires setting aside all judgment. Since “tolerance” is now a value and virtuous living is not, these decisions will not be contained by a line demarcated on a map. Indeed, it is precisely the same view that drives homosexual activists to insist that the Boy Scouts promote homosexuality.

    In the ’80s, we were told to “live and let live.” Now we are told to reject God or be an outcast. One day we will be told to reject God or die.

    Are we ready for that? If not, and I fear that I am not, it is time to stand up and be counted. If not now, when? If not us, whom?

  • I loathe all liberal judges, especially those on appellate and “supreme”/”superior” courts. These arrogant careerists with lifetime jobs think that they have a mandate to remake society into their personal perverted vision.

  • While I don’t like this decision, I think the fact that the defendant was holding a book that said homosexuals should be put to death gives one pause.

    That said the best way to treat someone with that much hatred against homosexuals is with social ostracism. Having grown up Catholic in an area with virulent anti-Catholic sentiment, I know all about people who claim to love a group of people but hate everything they do. Such virulent hatred against law abiding citizens who are not harming you is just not acceptable.

  • In the ’80s, we were told to “live and let live.”

    I remember the messaging the homosexual lobby and lapdog media kept pounding on society during Texas v. Lawerence. “What happens in the bedroom is nobody’s business!” Since that time, what happens in the bedroom is in everybody’s business, e.g. marriages, company benefits, adoptions, marketing, TV sitcoms and dramas and on and on. Pandora’s bedroom has been opened.

  • Michael: ” I think the fact that the defendant was holding a book that said homosexuals should be put to death gives one pause.”

    I missed that one. Thank you for reminding us.

    Then the decision should have been made relating to “death threats”, not religion.

  • Thank you. Ray Marshall. I know to be prosecuted, a crime must be spelled out and the law quoted in a court of law.

  • I wonder how many people who support this vehemently denounce the old anti-blasphemy laws?

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  • The homosexual person is free to remain a celibate virgin. Some who practice the homosexual abuse of another person uses and objectifies that person as a means to his sexual gratification. Sexual gratification and the cross of having been created in same-sex attraction are very, very different and ought not be confused. Those who confuse sexual gratification with sexual attraction are leading the people into a chasm of darkness and unknowing, a ditch of ignorance and untruth. Truth is the substance of the Holy Scripture and Justice. Leading the people, the culture, into a ditch of ignorance and untruth is treason to our founding principles and perjury in a court of law. Therefore, those who hold that sexual performance both homosexual and heterosexual and sexual attraction are one and the same commit perjury, a lie in a court of truth and Justice, and HATE SPEECH.
    When and if the homosexual agenda demands from the people to have their treason, their lie, their perjury, their hate speech codified and imposed on the people, it ought to be ostracized and identified as liars. The homosexual person is free to remain a celibate virgin, the rest is HATE SPEECH.

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  • Here’s the thing: They’ve never HAD constitutional free speech in Canada. It was always an idea that the government payed lip service to, but mostly they borrowed from us. You should check out the terrible legal troubles that comic book artists and others have had publishing unpopular views as far back as the 1970’s. By law the Government has very right to do this– not that I agree with the decision. Canada isn’t the USA. What frightens me is how badly the USA wants to be Canada.

    While the Canadian Government can’t/won’t tell the difference, what I say is not meant to deride actual citizens of that country. I’m just saying that they need a constitutional overhaul even worse than we [here in the US] do– they need to insert critical foundations to begin with. We only need to roll back hundreds of years of ignoring what we already have.

  • I have heard that Canadians arrested in Canada are often shocked to learn that they do not enjoy all the rights they know by heart from watching years of American cop shows!

    I liked how one Canadian columnist put it in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision:

    “You can say what you like in Canada — to yourself, in a low voice.”

  • “You can say what you like in Canada — to yourself, in a low voice.” Thank you Donald– that is sad but even true here and now in various social situations.

    And it does seem Kyle, that the front from the north is just a hint of the increasing chill to be writ into law and not just enforced by politically correct social interaction

  • I wonder how long it will take before a Canadian Catholic priest or bishop is arrested in the pulpit…Also, even if the Canadian Parliament attempted to expand freedom of speech and abolish the Human Rights Commissions, the judiciary would almost immediately overturn those laws, as they have become more rogue than the US Courts.

  • People in Canada are not as free as they suppose. I think Richard Ehrman, the Episcopal priest, explained it best in “We Hold These Truths.” The gist of it seemed to be this: A Christian people knows the truth, and that truth is what sets people free. They are vigilant and no state can make lies believable; indeed they know the state cannot replace God. As people lose touch with that truth however, they move in the direction of slavery. That is one way to speak of our predicament in the post-Christian West.

  • Canada no longer has freedom of speech. The Supreme Court of Canada killed it.
    –Donald R. McClarey

    That nation shall henceforth be known as “Castrata”.

    Here’s the thing: They’ve never HAD constitutional free speech in Canada.

    The nation now known as Castrata is populated by many descendants of TWANLOC. Despite the best wishes of our own ancestors, their chains will not always rest lightly upon them.

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U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Update: Father Scott Hurd at Houston’s Our Lady of Walsingham

Sunday, March 6, AD 2011

Father Scott Hurd serves as the liaison with the USCCB for the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Cœtibus here in America.  He has been looking at the options available to all Anglican groups in establishing a U.S. Anglican Ordinariate.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created an ad hoc committee led by Donald Cardinal Wuerl last September that was charged with assisting the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in implementing the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus.

Today Father Hurd concelebrated Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham (OLW) Anglican Use Church as part of his visit to Houston.  After Mass there was a tiny reception outside the church which was followed by a short talk with a question and answer period for the parishioners of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Left to Right: Deacon James Barnett, Father Bruce Noble, Father James Moore, Father Scott Hurd, and Father James Ramsey before concelebrating Mass today.

Some major points that were learned today concerning the process as to where we are in possibly establishing a U.S. Anglican Ordinariate.  Please note that none of this official.:

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  • Yeah, the Anglo-Lutheran thing sounded a bit too silly to be true…

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  • I’ve been reading materials from Anglo-Lutheran bishops that say otherwise. Who do I trust, the people themselves, or the people writing about them?

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  • Hidden One,

    Because Father Scott Hurd is a representative for Cardinal Wuerl in the ad hoc committee seeking to establish an Anglican Ordinariate in the U.S.

    This ad hoc committee was established in coordination with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

    All of this is official.

    What the Anglo-Lutheran bishops are saying are private matters that hold no official status within the church. They just got excited thinking one thing when in actuality it is nothing more than informal talks at best.

  • I don’t know much about the Anglo-Lutherans; however, I have seen the correspondence they have had with the CDF, and they did receive a letter from the Congregation, signed by the Secretary, Archbishop Ladaria, inviting them to contact Cardinal Wuerl. Whether the Anglo-Lutherans will have a place in the Ordinariate is, at this point, unknown; however, they did make a formal approach, and they received a formal answer with instructions about what they should do.

  • Father Phillips,

    That are the “informal” talks I was referencing to.

    What was speculated in the blogosphere was that they were officially accepted into talks of joining the Ordinariate, which is farthest from the truth.

    So says Father Scott Hurd who represents Cardinal Wuerl in the ad hoc committee created by the USCCB in implementing the apostolic constitution.

  • You’re absolutely correct, Tito. They are not part of the general conversations, nor will they have a part in the shaping of the Ordinariate. My only point was that they have been invited to make application through the Ordinariate.

    My reason for posting was that I didn’t want people to have the impression that this was something only in their imaginations. An approach was made, and a response came from the CDF, so in that sense it is “formal.”

  • Please people, let’s not get all nitpicky. Formal or informal, they seem to want to come home to Mother Church from their Lutheran tradition. Open arms should be extended. As was pointed out by their Archbishop I believe Lutherans have no distant liturgical tradition as the Anglicans do so perhaps special accommodation will be made for them through the Ordinariate or a separate way for Lutherans will be established. That’s up to the Holy Father and Rome.
    Being critical will only make them think they made an incorrect decision and drive them away.
    As has been noted, the Lutheran Churches like the Anglicans did a ‘liturgical revolution” following the Catholics and so the 3 liturgical uses became very similar for good or ill. The thing I noticed was that the Lutherans did it so much more beautifully than either the Episcopalians/Anglicans but especially the Catholics. They bring a gift of singing and chanting in English that cannot be matched by the Catholics at this time. For that reason alone they should be embraced.

  • Father Phillips,

    Sometimes when I’m blocking for Father Hurd, I bumped into you.

    I apologize if I came away a bit strong.

    Yes, there are talks.

    Just as there were talks in the past when Anglican groups approached the Holy See seeking some sort of corporate union.

    What the Anglo-Lutherans are doing is correct.

    We should pray for them so they too will find comfort in the See of Peter.

  • I scarcely felt the bump, Tito! 🙂

    I have no way of know who amongst the Anglo-Lutherans will be finding a place in the Ordinariate, but I’m happy to have them make their petition and then we’ll let the Holy Spirit make the decisions that need to made.

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  • I’ve visited O.L. of Walsingham in Houston before and found it to be wonderful. Beautiful church and chapel, lovely and welcoming people.

  • How can a Mass be concelebrated with and held in an unconsecrated chapel that until the Ordinarite is official are not in full communion with Rome?

  • @Charles. Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston *is* in full communion with Rome. It’s an Anglican Use parish of the Roman Catholic Church. (Anglican Use parishes have been in existence for over a quarter century; however, there are only a few of them.)

  • And for whatever reason, Texas seems to be their (Anglican Use-Catholics) center. I never thought of Texas as especially Episcopalian (nearly everyone you meet is Baptist/evangelical, Methodist, or Catholic), but I suppose what Episc. population we do have is relatively orthodox/conservative.

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  • I checked it out and its a bit disturbing… and if I may say… anti-male?

    I mean, it pretty much portrays the male half of sex as being gross and potentially disease-ridden.

  • That game is absolutely revolting. I’m shocked. I love how “age-appropriate sex education” is always portrayed as being something along the lines of just explaining the facts to kids at the level they can understand them, and then you find gems like this that have game questions telling preteens it’s okay to masturbate while they’re getting shot with cartoon sperm by a man with a penis for an arm. Clearly all of that is “necessary” in order for young people to learn about sex.

Canada Has Its Own Health Care Debate

Monday, August 3, AD 2009

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. John Stossel is an anomaly:  he is a libertarian in a profession, journalism, dominated by liberal democrats.  Here is a column he wrote which summarizes the video, which spent quite a bit of time discussing the shortcomings of Canadian health care.

The experience of Canada under national health care is intriguing.  A battle is raging over the net with opponents of ObamaCare pointing out its shortcomings and proponents rallying to the defense of  the Canadian system.  One often overlooked feature is the role of private medical clinics in Canada.   Recently such clinics have been made legal based upon a Canadian Supreme Court decision and are becoming increasingly popular.  A good article on the subject is here Here is another article on the clinics.

I found this quote from the last article linked to curious.

“It’s obviously extra billing and queue jumping,” says David Eggen, executive director of Friends of Medicare. “If this goes on unregulated, it’ll spread like wildfire and we can see it, even in a recession, starting to expand here in Alberta.”

Now why would these clinics spread like wildfire if the Canadians are as enamored of their national health care system as the proponents of ObamaCare say they are?  Here is a story from 2006 on the subject which appeared in that notorious right-wing rag The New York Times.   As we debate changing our health care system to something approaching that of the Canadian system, we should also understand that there is a debate in Canada about broadening the availability of private pay health care.

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  • But..but..you’re just pointing out the inefficiencies and poor care because you’re already against government control of health care. Just like when you railed against GovMed because it will cover abortion and most likely euthanasia. These are small things, the important thing is that we have the honorable and intelligent people in congress give everyone free health care. Where’s the hope, people?!?

  • I also found this interesting. I wonder why this is happening?

    “While proponents of private clinics say they will shorten waiting lists and quicken service at public institutions, critics warn that they will drain the public system of doctors and nurses. Canada has a national doctor shortage already, with 1.4 million people in the province of Ontario alone without the services of a family doctor.

    “If anesthetists go to work in a private clinic,” Manitoba’s health minister, Tim Sale, argued recently, “the work that they were doing in the public sector is spread among fewer and fewer people.”

    But most Canadians agree that current wait times are not acceptable.

    The median wait time between a referral by a family doctor and an appointment with a specialist has increased to 8.3 weeks last year from 3.7 weeks in 1993, according to a recent study by The Fraser Institute, a conservative research group. Meanwhile the median wait between an appointment with a specialist and treatment has increased to 9.4 weeks from 5.6 weeks over the same period.

    Average wait times between referral by a family doctor and treatment range from 5.5 weeks for oncology to 40 weeks for orthopedic surgery, according to the study.”

  • Rick,
    You invoke the virtue of Hope in the same paragraph you call Abortion and Euthanasia “small things”. In our creators eyes abortion is the modern day Holocaust. Hope is the virtue that makes the Christian Crave for the Kingdom of God and to place his trust in the promises of Jesus to get us there. Your insensitivity, to the point of trivialization, of the dignity of life clearly reflects your lack of Hope. Whenever a virtue whether Hope, Charity, Justice, etc are invoked without regard for it’s origin in divinity you have Nothing.

  • Sorry, Ray. I was being sarcastic and mocking a type of argument that is offered by some in these parts. The really sad thing about it is that I didn’t need to take much creative license to do it. Nevertheless, I should have written something at the end to indicate that I was being snarky.

The Maple Leaf Forever

Saturday, June 20, AD 2009

Something for the weekend.  My sainted Mom was from Newfoundland.  She was proud of being a “Newfie”, and my family lived up in that beautiful land from a few months after my birth in 1957 until 1961 when we returned to the US, although she eventually became a naturalized American citizen.  Her family in 1949 preferred statehood with the US over joining on to Canada.  She always liked the unneutered version of the Maple Leaf Forever, however.  This one is for you Mom.

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8 Responses to The Maple Leaf Forever

  • Here is hoping English Canada gives Quebec its walking papers and excises the legacy of Pierre-Elliott Trudeau, the Constitution of 1982 in particular.

  • Art Deco:
    I agree with you about the legacy of PET. But “give Quebec its walking papers”? Have you forgotten where Canada started? As a reminder, if you are Catholic, Canada’s primatial see is in Quebec City, with Cardinal Marc Ouellet as the Primate of the Catholic Church for all of Canada.
    As a Catholic and a “québécoise” I am proud of the legacy of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys and Saint Marguerite d’Youville (the Sisters of Charity) who founded Orders that are active from sea to sea; the Ven. François de Montmorency-Laval, Jeanne Mance and so many others; and those explorers who opened roads west to the Rockies and down South to the mouth of the Mississipi…
    Charity should trump politics…
    Elise B.

  • This one for Donald:
    I do not know how old is your mother, but I am old enough to remember that it took 3 referendums and the stubbornness of Joey Smallwood before Newfoundland joined the Confederation in 1949.
    Elise B.

  • Miss Elise:

    I think the course of Canadian public policy is partially stymied by the addition of an ethno-national binary to the usual polarities of political life. Mr. Harper is currently presiding over yet another minority government. The language barrier and the conjoining of Upper and Lower Canada as a consequence of one party defeating the other confound the formation of a satisfying national self-conception and common loyalty. Let Quebec have their flag and anthem and language; let English Canada fly the Red Ensign and sing The Maple Leaf Forever and pay their due respects to Her Majesty; let both have within themselves the disputes modern countries have over questions economic and social; and let both understand themselves as something other than not-American.

    Now, let’s see if you can get a Bloc Quebebois administration to accept responsibility for a quarter of the central government’s bonded debt and accept revisions to the frontier (the north of Quebec being disproportionately aboriginal and generally federalist). As the man in the mock beer commercial says, “Ah beeleeve in ze distinct zociety, as long a someone elze pays for it.”

  • Don, one of the most uplifting books I ever read was “The Day the World Came to Town,” about the dozens of international flights that were diverted to the Gander airport on 9/11 after U.S. airspace was closed, and how the townspeople welcomed hundreds of complete strangers into their homes until the flights could leave again. I learned from reading this book about the colorful Newfie tradition of “kissing the cod” and downing Screech liquor, which makes you an honorary Newfie.

  • Elise, my mom was born in 36. You are quite correct about the three referendums and Joey Smallwood. Newfies were still talking about it as if it were yesterday in the Sixties.

    Elaine, now you are making me homesick! Newfoundland has a very unique culture, and I was very pleased that the luck of the draw of birth caused me to experience at first hand how warm-hearted Newfies can be. My great Uncle Bill, who served in WW2 in the Royal Army because, as he said, “Someone had to teach the Limies how to fight!”, used to kiddingly call me a “dirty Yank” and I used to kiddingly call him a “dirty Newf”, but part of me still remains Newfie.

  • Elise B.,

    sadly that’s ancient history. Like most of Europe, Quebec is a wasteland of secularism.

  • Anyway, when I was in Sea Cadets we used to play this song, accompanied by cannon fire a la 1812 overture.