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  1. Anyone willing to pay to watch this shit being re-enacted in all its' sordid detail is in it for the entertainment value and nothing else. There is nothing new we can learn from a hollywood treatment that we haven't alreadly read about ad nauseum; from experience we know that a hollywood version will be factually lacking and sensationalistic. So where in all this is any redeeming factor, any tidbit that suggests "hey, this should be a movie?" These were real people and they did real ugly sick shit. There is no way the French's and Mahaffeys should have to deal with someone elses voyeuristic sadistic twitches and have to watch their daughters become victims one more time.


  2. Isn't there a law against one line replies or something. Here I am, having been thorougly cowed by the likes of Eureka et al, afraid to post. I have been living vicariously, cheering when a poster chooses "my" line of thought, booing (albeit quietly, don't want to wake the kids) when a poster unknowingly champions exactly what I want to say.

    I am sorry. I got the pins out of my hand, and am maybe a little high on percodans. Can't really type yet so this is a labour of love. Please please, resume the argument, in full sentences.

  3. Results 1 - 10 of about 4,820 for proud newfoundlander. (0.11 seconds}

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,590 for proud prince edward islander. (0.06 seconds

    Results 1 - 10 of about 5,130 for proud ontarian. (0.16 seconds)

    Results 1 - 10 of about 23,600 for proud british columbian. (0.06 seconds)

    Results 1 - 10 of about 37,300 for proud quebecois. (0.04 seconds)

    Yes, I can see now how feeling pride in your geographic association is strictly an Alberta thing.

  4. As for not bashing Albertans, this site does just that.  Have you seen any site asking why anyone would be pround to be from Manitoba?  Or Ontario?

    Horse-pucky. You don't see Manitobans or Ontarians braying such empty rostrums as to be "proud" of their geographic associations in the first place. You don't see it because appeals to meaningless, imaginary tribalism is not part of their attitude the way it seems to be for (some) Albertans.

    Horse pucky. I just googled "proud Manitobans" and "proud Ontarians" and got zillions of hits. Lots of braying out there about how proud they are that they come from (insert province here). Pages and pages of emotional tributes to prairies and mountains and fine fine people.

    So, why this thread and not one entitled "Proud BC'er...Whats' all that about Anyway?".

  5. Baghdad has been unstable these last few days. We had several explosions this last week and although the number of explosions wasn't surprising, the force of a couple of them had us wincing. There's a real fear of the coming elections and what they might bring. I don't like the idea that they've selected schools as election sites. School is out right now, but the security threat is obvious- elections sites are most likely going to be bombed. Schools are having a difficult time as it is getting things fixed and replaced, they don't need the added trauma of an explosion. It's just a bad idea

    Baghdad Burning

  6. But they got liberals too , and they say  only open our doors  to minorities . So next thing you know  america  needs a  department of homeland security  to protect it  from Americans  that would burn their own flag .

    I was in LA  a while ago and a old black guy came up too me  and  said  YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?  was not many of us there .

      Our sins will catch up to us some day , when we have to protect  our selfs  from our selfs . I don't care  who comes , but try to get the ones who like us.

    Them aborted Babies i suspect  would of  stood with us , then  you have to ask  who did we abort ?    Our Wiseman?  Our men of Honour  ?  time will tell !

    Holy Crap. And yet it's been said that it's posters like me who mess things up for the more intelligent around here.


  7. Shakeyhands Posted on Jan 23 2005, 06:34 PM


    Well thats the sort of reply you wanted isn't it Shacky?

    How else to feel better about your assinine comment about the revenues in the first place? 

    Umm, no. I wasn't specifically looking for any sort of reply Shakey.

    As I mentioned, I am not even an Albertan. BC born and raised, so if I were to have any prejudices they would lie a little farther west.

    As for my comment being "assinine" (sic), I think a quick search of this and other Canadian forums would probably enlighten you. There is Alberta bashing, and it is due to the fact that Alberta is currently booming and enjoying a supposedly balanced budget. Envy is human nature.

  8. My grandparents didn’t just come to Alberta, they built Alberta. I’m proud that my parents and grandparents accomplished so much and overcame so much when they settled this province. I am proud of what they built. And I don’t have a lot of patience for those who would disparage it, especially those who have no idea what it is that they’re disparaging. No, my grandparents didn’t put the oil in the ground themselves, but yes, I still feel that my grandparents and my parents helped build the province I live in today.

    And you should be proud, Kimmy (or kommy?).

    I am transplanted to Alberta, and while I love it here, my roots and my history are in BC. In the valley I grew up in we can trace our family back to the great-greats and beyond. Of course, I don't have any back to the 16th century, or anything really remarkable like that, but I still consider my family history to be considerable.

    As for not bashing Albertans, this site does just that. Have you seen any site asking why anyone would be pround to be from Manitoba? Or Ontario? And if I felt like doing the search I know I have seen numerous instances of snide remarks about Alberta and how we "should" separate etc etc.

    Shakeyhands Posted on Jan 23 2005, 02:45 PM


    I asure you that we are not jealous of Alberta and when we want the oil revenues, we'll take them.

    Sigh :blink:

  9. Even funnier...in a "ohmigod he did that with a straight face" kind of way.

    Bush's Inauguration Speech

    Support for democracy

    There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom...

    The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world...

      Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice

    So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world...

    America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way...

  10. Klein said there could be some discussion about how to protect people who work in smoking environments, but added that people have a choice about where they work

    King Ralph goes on record to say that he doesn't support a province wide smoking ban.

    Say what you will about Ralph, he does seem to win in the common sense market. Smoking "bans" do not make people quit smoking, they make people stop frequenting businesses that ban smoking.

  11. Actually, she probably did hug everyone. I met her exactly once, and she hugged me. I had purchased some plants (hollyhock?) based on the advice in her book, had planted them according to her directions, and they failed miserably. When I returned the carcasses, I expected to be met with the typical "you break it you bought it". Instead, she put one arm around me and said let's find something that will grow.

    I have since figured out that the original plants died due to my own ignorance.

  12. I love this! I lived on Vancouver Island for twelve years, then moved to Northern Alberta for the last four. Yes, it is really really really cold here. (But its a dry cold.)

    I prefer the change of seasons, and the snow. Would like to tweak it a bit to allow more than 6 weeks of summer but hey you can't have everything. The long days mean you still get a great garden, and the snow means...of course, good sledding.

    That said. when the old gang phones me to ask...."is it really that cold there as they said on the news?", I must admit to a twinge of envy.

  13. Not related to the article, but is "Singh" an honorific in the Sikh faith? I'm just wondering why Sikhs seem to often (always?) have Singh in their name.

    I just asked my neighbour Bobby (Bupinder) and he informs me that Singh means lion and historically follows all male first names in the Sikh faith. He says that they don't teach their children to call adults Mr. and Mrs. because at their house that would lead to all the Mr's being Mr. Singh.

  14. Sexual orientation is 'a circumstance', as you above note, as well as the factor of living with sometimes secret homosexuality, in a society that is often homophobic, and sometimes overtly anti-gay

    If this is true, then why are all the gay guys you meet so happy go lucky and easy to talk to. If these are the circumstances, I am afraid chatting with a hetero and haveing a good time may not be on the agenda. If they were still in the closet and afraid of homophobic anti-gays, they would probably not be "tremendously funny" or "easy to get along with". You might stress them out a bit.

    Not, I met him because we worked together, and we were the only two employees. I also met several gay people as 'friends of friends', and some as fellow members of a volunteer organization. Others I met through my current place of work.
    That is not what I meant. I meant to say that perhaps you feel the majority of gay men are humorous and easy to talk to because obviously it will be the humourous and easy to talk to people who will be open to friendship. Thus the majority of your gay friends should fall into that description. But if that is the case then the defining term "gay" can be left out of the equation completely. As it does not lead anywhichway to that particular person being more charming or a better speaker.

    Or better with fabric. lol

  15. A while ago I noted to a friend of mine, (he is gay) that the majority of gay men I have met seem to have a tremendous sense of humour,

    Maybe you met them because they are outgoing and have a sense of humor. Maybe, thinking outside the box here, they would be outgoing and have a sense of humour regardless of sexual orientation. Maybe the humorous outgoing thing is why you were attracted to them in the first place. What are the statistics regarding your straight friends? How many are happy/outgoing/easy to talk to as opposed to how many are grumpy, introverted and sullen?

    while the majority of gay women seem to be a bit standoffish, and sometimes, angry and bitter.

    Maybe its you. Have you kept records on the number of straight women in your life are bitter and angry?

    It's like saying all gay men are good with fabric.

  16. I have since become friends with several gays of both sexes, and find them to be some of the easiest people to talk to and be around. No tension, no competition, no pressure.

    Sexuality does not determine whether or not a person is "easy to talk to". This is standard "look at me I am so enlightened" rhetoric. Personality, upbringing, circumstances, common areas of interest, sense of humor - all these may contribute to someone being easy to talk to, but I can't figure out how sexual orientation is a contributing factor.

  17. But it now appears the warming from greenhouse gases has been offset by a strong cooling effect from dimming - in effect two of our pollutants have been cancelling each other out.

    This means that the climate may in fact be more sensitive to the greenhouse effect than previously thought.

    If so, then this is bad news, according to Dr Peter Cox, one of the world's leading climate modellers.

    As things stand, CO2 levels are projected to rise strongly over coming decades, whereas there are encouraging signs that particle pollution is at last being brought under control.

    "We're going to be in a situation unless we act where the cooling pollutant is dropping off while the warming pollutant is going up.

    "That means we'll get reducing cooling and increased heating at the same time and that's a problem for us," says Dr Cox.

    Even the most pessimistic forecasts of global warming may now have to be drastically revised upwards.

    That means a temperature rise of 10 degrees Celsius by 2100 could be on the cards, giving the UK a climate like that of North Africa, and rendering many parts of the world uninhabitable.

    BBC - Is the Sun Dimming?

    If this is true, it is most alarming.

  18. Pateris, I agree with you about the minimum wage out here in Alberta. The farther north you go, the more irrelevant it is. Our McD's the other day was advertising janitorial positions at $10 per hour.

    We moved here from BC, and still find it hard to believe what the people "back home" consider a decent wage. So I think it is all relative. If an employer out here offered the minimum of 5.90 per hour, he simply would not find anyone to work for him.

  19. Why are we using old dairy cows as a food source anyhow? There is too much chance of cross contamination with careless farmers or their children whom have feed for other animals. I grew up on a dairy farm and we NEVER ate our old dairy cows. They were taken away for fox feed.

    She wasn't intended for food. She was an old milk cow who got sick one day so they tested her.

  20. It is only a matter of time before things really erupt.

    That doesn't appear to be the case, as both Canadians and US are saying that this case will not change the border plans.

    This is a ten year old cow, and no parts of it have entered the food chain. She was born before the feed ban. Cases like this are expected and will be dealt with.

  21. It's just so...Canadian. We get a few bucks and put together a crack team of first responders with the knowledge, experience and equipment to really make a difference. Then when the real disaster comes along, we can't afford the gas to get there?

    Or worse yet, we can afford to, but would prefer someone "invite" us? Umm, I think they might be kinda busy over there right now. Perhaps the countless media appeals for help, any help, we need drinking water and medical supplies - perhaps this could be construed as an invitation?

    I am not talking here about our monetary aid. I am talking specifically about our Disaster Team. It takes time and organization to convert monetary promises to concrete bodies in the area clean water medical aid help...and Canada should have been there as soon as they could lift off. Yes, even if we had to beg for air transport.

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