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Jingoism Rules at Super Bowl (A Canadian is drips venom and bile)
The Toronto Star ^ | February 9, 2004 | Warren Kinsella

Posted on 02/09/2004 10:42:16 AM PST by quidnunc

In George Bush's Houston, America wears its isolation as a badge of pride.

Crying. The man in section 128, row AA, seat 27, was crying.

Standing in Houston's Reliant Stadium, not that far above the 40-yard line, a visitor from Canada could be forgiven for wondering why the well-dressed American wasn't deliriously happy. After all, his Super Bowl XXXVIII ticket had a face value of $500 U.S., the big Texas sky had turned sunny for the first time in days, and an astonishing pre-game show had just concluded, offering up the likes of Aerosmith, Willie Nelson and Houston's very own Beyoncé singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

But the neatly-barbered fellow, well-appointed in a yellow silk shirt, dress slacks and tasseled loafers, was crying just the same.

The weeping man, and approximately 71,000 other Super Bowl fans, gazed up at one of Reliant Stadium's two huge screens — measuring 30 feet high, and 100 feet wide — placed high, high above the Carolina Panthers' and New England Patriots' end zones.

Up on the full-resolution, high-definition video displays, country star Toby Keith — who had been part of the pre-game show, with Willie Nelson — was growling his hit song, "American Soldier."

In the video, a U.S. serviceman drives past a cemetery full of dead soldiers, while Keith sings:

I will always do my duty, no matter what the price,
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice,
Oh, and I don't want to die for you,
But if dyin's asked of me,
I'll bear that cross with an honour,
'Cause freedom don't come free.

A few moments later, Keith — who previously achieved distinction when he likened the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines to "Commie heathen," for her opposition to George W. Bush's war in Iraq — is seen in an aircraft hangar at Edwards Air Force Base in California, framed by four F-16 fighter jets. Sings Keith:

You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door,
Hey, I'm solid, hey I'm steady, hey I'm true down to the core,
And I'm an American soldier, an American.

A group of Canadians present for the game, and located just behind the weeping man, stand in stunned silence. They look around. The man (a Pats fan, go figure) isn't the only one with tears rolling down his cheeks. A lot of other people are crying, too, swaying back and forth.

I turn to a friend from Quebec and whisper: "Welcome to George Bush's America. Please check your senses at the door as you enter."

-snip-

(Excerpt) Read more at thestar.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; canada; canukistan; lousybeer; superbowl; tobykeith
Quote:

For another, the Lone Star State — and specifically Houston — is the epicentre of President Bush's Republican dystopia.

dystopia (n.)
An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
A work describing such a place or state: “dystopias such as Brave New World” (Times Literary Supplement).

Or how Chrétien never scampered to Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch, some 320 kilometres northwest of Houston. Looking around, I'm even more certain than before: Declining an invitation to the Bush ranch was a very good decision, indeed.

Was Chrétien ever invited to Crawford?

I never heard that he was.

1 posted on 02/09/2004 10:42:18 AM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc
George W. Bush's war in Iraq

When you see this, stop reading.
2 posted on 02/09/2004 10:46:41 AM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: quidnunc
"Welcome to George Bush's America.

Better than Paul Desmarais' Canada.

3 posted on 02/09/2004 10:46:58 AM PST by Shermy
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To: quidnunc
>>>>Here, liberally-minded, latté-sipping, Volvo-driving New Englander Democrats — and peaceniks visiting from snowbound Canuckistan, for that matter — are wholly irrelevant. They, we, just don't matter.

And some people really get their panties in a twist when they just don't matter.
4 posted on 02/09/2004 10:47:16 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Vae victis! - [woe to the vanquished].)
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To: quidnunc
America wears its isolation as a badge of pride

Isolation, huh? Yeah, who went 18,000 miles around the world to free 25 million oppressed Iraqis, eh? Who sat in their comfy la-z-boys eating fried cheese, watching hockey, and drinking watered down ice beer and dreaming of the days of when Wayne Gretzky wasn't a rich American, eh?

5 posted on 02/09/2004 10:49:07 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe
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To: quidnunc
No, he wasn't.
6 posted on 02/09/2004 10:49:08 AM PST by Howlin
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To: quidnunc
Why are Canadians at the Super Bowl? Don't they have some curling finals to watch or something?
7 posted on 02/09/2004 10:49:13 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Write in Tancredo in 04'!)
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To: Bikers4Bush
"Why are Canadians at the Super Bowl? Don't they have some curling finals to watch or something?"

Musta been some hippies from BC who thought that the Super Bowl is a giant bong.
8 posted on 02/09/2004 10:50:31 AM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: quidnunc
What this dipwad doesn't understand is that we have a country worth loving. That's why we shed a tear now and again when a particular song moves us.
9 posted on 02/09/2004 10:55:14 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: quidnunc
Come on Warren. Tell us how you really feel?
10 posted on 02/09/2004 10:55:37 AM PST by theDentist (Boston: So much Liberty, you can buy a Politician already owned by someone else.)
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To: quidnunc
"Here, liberally-minded, latté-sipping, Volvo-driving New Englander Democrats — and peaceniks visiting from snowbound Canuckistan, for that matter — are wholly irrelevant. They, we, just don't matter."

Something like that. Come election time, anyway, he's right: Canadians don't matter because, despite Wesley Clark's efforts to the contrary, Canadians don't vote for the American President. Am I supposed to feel bad about that?

"It was, in a sense, a microcosm of Texas, and the United States itself, circa 2004 A.D. Utterly (and proudly) isolationist. Unaware, or perhaps uncaring, what the world thinks."

This statement doesn't make any sense. How is the Super Bowl isolationist, with millions watching? How is the Super Bowl like America, exactly? What does the last bit mean- are we supposed to care about what the world thinks about the NFL, or what?

This person is piss-poor writer. I would've given this back with a C, tops, until some specific, precise ideas materialized. Otherwise what's the point of writing?
11 posted on 02/09/2004 10:56:28 AM PST by Gefreiter
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To: quidnunc
Warren Kinsella is a Toronto author, and former assistant to Jean Chrétien.

That's all I needed to know.
12 posted on 02/09/2004 10:57:13 AM PST by microgood (Gollum.....Middle Earth's first lawyer.)
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To: quidnunc
This is the funniest quote:

Down on the field, the Panthers and the Patriot players are mostly black. Up in the stands, where unremarkable seats are fetching well over $2,000 from the scalpers clustered outside, the fans are almost entirely white.

Because this man doesn't understand America, he undermines his own argument in a cheap shot attempt to make the USA look racist. I would say that every one of those players are more wealthy and pampered than 90% of those in the stands.

13 posted on 02/09/2004 10:58:07 AM PST by Warren_Piece (Wake up you Sheeple! The Steelers fan invaders are a bunch of Statists!)
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To: quidnunc
I'm getting doggone tired of these screeds from the Great White North. YOU CANUCKS DON'T LIKE AMERICA? FINE! STAY IN CANADA!!! SEE IF WE CARE!

This, of course, is not meant for the many fine conservative posters from Canada who frequent this site...
15 posted on 02/09/2004 10:59:13 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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To: Gefreiter

“The Internet has been a very damaging influence — with the Clinton-Lewinsky thing,
for example, which is something that had no business becoming as big a deal as it did.”
- Warren Kinsella, liberal politician and whinging Canadian typist

16 posted on 02/09/2004 10:59:15 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: quidnunc
Hey Warren, could it be many Americans have their sons and daughter fighting and dying in a war that you are too cowardly to fight???

Could it be many Americans still love their country and are willing to die for it???

What a d!ckhead.
17 posted on 02/09/2004 11:00:07 AM PST by DB ()
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To: quidnunc
Let me get this straight, this was an American football game in Texas and this clown is whining because it was too American??? Earth to canadian idiot, drop dead the RATS haven't been able to cede the country over to koffi and the rest of the Useless Nations. Yet
18 posted on 02/09/2004 11:00:58 AM PST by sticker
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To: quidnunc
having read this tripe I feel dirty
19 posted on 02/09/2004 11:01:36 AM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Arkinsaw
Actually, when you see the source as "The Toronto Star" stop reading.

That rag is an unofficial liberal party organ and is consistently anti-American with a venom.

20 posted on 02/09/2004 11:02:28 AM PST by americanSoul (Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees. Live Free or Die. I should be in New Hampshire.)
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To: quidnunc
Canada: Check your cojones at the door.
21 posted on 02/09/2004 11:04:33 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Macht mal halblang.)
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To: microgood
Warren Kinsella is a long-time Liberal Party operative. He is basically a Canadian equivalent of Paul Begala or James Carville. Why the hell he was at the Super Bowl baffles me. He probably got a free ticket and hotel package from a corporate lobbyist.
22 posted on 02/09/2004 11:05:52 AM PST by TheMole
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To: Texas_Jarhead
having read this tripe I feel dirty

Now, see, that's the wrong attitude. Laugh. He's an idiot. Pissing off idiots is one of life's greatest pleasures. Revel in it.

23 posted on 02/09/2004 11:06:28 AM PST by CobaltBlue
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To: microgood
P.S. Also, Kinsella probably doesn't have much to do these days now that Chretien is out and Paul martin is in.
24 posted on 02/09/2004 11:09:36 AM PST by TheMole
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To: quidnunc
Other than ice hockey, what have the Canadians ever done for us?

25 posted on 02/09/2004 11:13:07 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I got my 401(k) statement - Up 28.02% in 2003 - Thanks to tax cuts and the Bush recovery)
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To: quidnunc
this is irrelevant....They are Canadien.
26 posted on 02/09/2004 11:14:55 AM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: quidnunc
A few moments later, Keith — who previously achieved distinction when he likened the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines to "Commie heathen," for her opposition to George W. Bush's war in Iraq............

Commie heathen bump.Hahahahaha.
27 posted on 02/09/2004 11:16:46 AM PST by dennisw ("Cuz we'll put a boot in your ass it's the American way" - Toby Keith)
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To: quidnunc
Handy Kanuckistani Conversions:

Toronto Star = New York Times + Dan Rather

Warren Kinsella = James Carvelle and then some

Hope this helps - the "red" Star and vile Liberal hitman and all round slimeball Kinsella are as representative of Canadians as the Clintonistas are of decent Americans.
28 posted on 02/09/2004 11:19:27 AM PST by GMMAC ( lots of terror cells in Canada - I'll be waving my US flag when the Marines arrive!)
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To: TheMole
Warren Kinsella is a wonderful example of the New Soviet Canadian, blissfully free of the bonds of history, and lucky to live in the most progressive and po-faced country in the world.

Our schools are churning them out in the tens of thousands.
29 posted on 02/09/2004 11:22:32 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: quidnunc
This author is an idiot. But he is a bit correct, the US is very isolationist. And damn proud of it.

The trips I've made overseas have been interesting in that their news media contain as much, or more, news from other countries. And not just the "big" news of earthquakes, coups, etc. But the little stuff like sports turnaments in South Africa, etc.

The author is also probably a bit bent because Canadian media broadcasts all the primary US Network news programs. They're swamped with information from Iowa, Texas, Nevada. While I can't even locate most of their provinces on a map. I don't even know the names of their political parties.

Americans don't care what happens in Canada. And Canadians don't like it.

And I don't care if they don't.

If they want to matter, they should campaign to become US states. Except that would mean the US would be more liberal, so forget it.

30 posted on 02/09/2004 11:23:00 AM PST by narby (Who would Osama vote for???)
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To: SamAdams76
Maybe we can convince Dave "Tiger" Williams, Dave Schulz, Moose DuPont, and Terry O'Reilly and company to pay this guy a visit!
31 posted on 02/09/2004 11:30:36 AM PST by gr8eman
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To: TheMole
P.S. Also, Kinsella probably doesn't have much to do these days now that Chretien is out and Paul martin is in.

I guess trashing our culture will become a full time job now.
32 posted on 02/09/2004 11:37:12 AM PST by microgood (Gollum.....Middle Earth's first lawyer.)
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To: quidnunc; rmlew
It was, in a sense, a microcosm of Texas, and the United States itself, circa 2004 A.D. Utterly (and proudly) isolationist. Unaware, or perhaps uncaring, what the world thinks. Awash in hype and hoopla. Conservative, in a way that is sometimes mean, and cocky. Gregarious, full of good intentions, and potentially lethal ? like the young protagonist in Graham Greene's The Quiet American.

The "journalist" deliberately twists the meaning of "isolationist". An islationist would be opposed to US military intervention. What he really means by "isolationist" is not going along with the international socialist agenda.

33 posted on 02/09/2004 11:42:20 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Unilateral=Isolationist?

Someone send journalists a dictionary before they make idiots of themselves!

34 posted on 02/09/2004 11:51:18 AM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: quidnunc
This typical liberal Canadian just doesn't get it. This isn't George Bush's America. It's America's George Bush.
35 posted on 02/09/2004 11:53:30 AM PST by caisson71
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To: dead
He's cowering slightly behind that book, isn't he?-- looks like he's about to put the book up over his face, to deflect a flying tomato or something.
36 posted on 02/09/2004 11:56:32 AM PST by hellinahandcart (Don't Worry. Be Happy.)
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To: quidnunc
Was Chrétien ever invited to Crawford?

Never once.

37 posted on 02/09/2004 11:58:14 AM PST by hellinahandcart (Don't Worry. Be Happy.)
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To: sticker
"Diversity" has already killed any sense of national patriotism for Canadians and will be headed this way soon unless Americans wake up.
38 posted on 02/09/2004 12:04:42 PM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: .cnI redruM
Well, you have to admit he is correct-Canadians are irrelevant. I, for one, could not care what he and his countrymen think about the US. I would also like to send his country a bill for providing them national defense.
39 posted on 02/09/2004 12:12:26 PM PST by bfree (Liberals are EVIL!!!)
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To: TonyRo76
Maybe Warren should whine to the CBC about the shameful way they've treated broadcaster Don Cherry for simply liking America. Of course, Warren would consider Cherry's comments "hate speech"!
40 posted on 02/09/2004 12:40:01 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: quidnunc
I'm actually starting to enjoy these little missives from Canadians in a perverse way. Take this line for example:

I turn to a friend from Quebec and whisper: "Welcome to George Bush's America. Please check your senses at the door as you enter."

I'm picturing a bunch of guys with Chretien-style pinched up faces, giving those little Gallic nasal snorts which pass for laughter in Quebec.

In other words, I'm finding it hard to get worked up by these guys, because they strike me as too silly to take seriously. It's that ridiculous juxtaposition between how seriously they take their own opinions, while consistently being totally wrong, completely irrelevant, or finding the perfect balance between the two.

With intellectual rigor that almost approaches that of a college sophomore, ninety percent of Candians have somehow simultaneously decided George Bush is too stupid to be president, and at the same time the mastermind behind everything wrong with the world. Also that Hallibuton is the most evil company ever. And all Texans love oil with a maniacal obsession, only equalled by their psychotic love of guns. And Mumia is innocent. And Michael Moore is a courageous truth teller, but Fox news is only propaganda for the simple-minded.

Oh well. Time will tell whether Canada will emerge from their mass hissy-fit, or if they'll continue to degenerate into a colder version of France.

41 posted on 02/09/2004 12:52:59 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: Snuffington
What can one expect from a nation where one of the national dishes is poutine — french fries and gravy topped with cottage cheese.
42 posted on 02/09/2004 12:58:27 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: Gefreiter
This person is piss-poor writer. I would've given this back with a C, tops, until some specific, precise ideas materialized. Otherwise what's the point of writing?

The entertainment value of course! Check out this little bit:

And yet — and yet. In the massive $450-million stadium, the air is thick with jingoism that recalls cheap aftershave.

It's like a jounalistic car-crash between a newspaperman, French intellectual, and Mickey Spillane. Unintentionally hillarious.

43 posted on 02/09/2004 12:58:59 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: quidnunc
I'm sure that this rube will be out there condemning Canadian jingoism at the next curling championship.
44 posted on 02/09/2004 1:02:03 PM PST by Redcloak (Mirab, his sails unfurled.)
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To: quidnunc
"A group of Canadians present for the game, and located just behind the weeping man, stand in stunned silence. They look around. The man (a Pats fan, go figure) isn't the only one with tears rolling down his cheeks. A lot of other people are crying, too, swaying back and forth. I turn to a friend from Quebec and whisper: "Welcome to George Bush's America. Please check your senses at the door as you enter."

Buncha yella-bellies.

45 posted on 02/09/2004 1:05:16 PM PST by GigaDittos (Bumper sticker: "Vote Democrat, it's easier than getting a job.")
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To: SamAdams76
Other than ice hockey, what have the Canadians ever done for us?

Well, they gave us examples of their culture and sophistication with TV programs like "The Red Green Show" (although I did like the homespun decor at the Possum Lodge).

46 posted on 02/09/2004 2:05:48 PM PST by par4
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To: SamAdams76
Other than ice hockey, what have the Canadians ever done for us?

Well, they gave us examples of their culture and sophistication with TV programs like "The Red Green Show" (although I did like the homespun decor at the Possum Lodge).

47 posted on 02/09/2004 2:05:54 PM PST by par4
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"...he is a bit correct, the US is very isolationist. And damn proud of it."

We are not isolationist. We are not a country of sheep, we are independent and do what we believe is is necessary and right. Headsrong perhaps, isolationist no.



"A group of Canadians present for the game, and located just behind the weeping man, stand in stunned silence. They look around. The man (a Pats fan, go figure) isn't the only one with tears rolling down his cheeks. A lot of other people are crying, too, swaying back and forth.

I turn to a friend from Quebec and whisper: "Welcome to George Bush's America. Please check your senses at the door as you enter."

First, I can't imagine ANYTHING about Canada that warrants teary eyed patriotism. Second, it was wise that the author whispered his comments, or he would have been in a body cast by the kickoff.
And PS, what the he|| was this idiot doing at the Superbowl when I bet he has nothing but distain for football, America and Texas?



48 posted on 02/09/2004 2:38:48 PM PST by BadAndy (GWB, All compassion, no conservative)
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To: quidnunc
Typical tripe from one of the biggest media cheerleaders in Canada for the federal Liberal Party.
49 posted on 02/10/2004 5:41:58 AM PST by SB00
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