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Steppenwolf Allende
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posted 01 July 2007 10:37 AM      Profile for Steppenwolf Allende     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, t'is July 1 and I almost forgot! No kidding.

But then, the way things are going isn't that to be expected? For those of you who think you're living in a "democracy," you should be reminded that under any kind of capitalist-dominated economy, that sort of thing is impossible.

Of course, thanks to over a century of struggles and efforts by labour and socialistic movements, we have achieved a certain limited degree of democracy--and actually doing a pretty good job of it in relation to most other countries (including our "friend" south of the border)--and, of course, there's a huge long way to go form greater democracy for all.

But, over the last 20 years, as many here may know, all that we have won is slowly being ripped from us by global corporate forces and their Canadian junior partners, as the governments we have forced to give us our freedoms are becoming not only more repressive, but actually being altered in their form to a more totalitarian nature.

So far, it hasn't been stopped.

Deep Integration

Happy Canada Day. Enjoy it while it lasts.


From: goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here | Registered: Aug 2006  |  IP: Logged
oldgoat
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posted 01 July 2007 11:29 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We have reached a sufficient level of success in terms of social justice for most, that complacency is easy. We have woven a carpet sufficiently plush and deep that much can be swept under without too many unsightly lumps.

Depending on how you want to look at it, not a bad accomplishment. Some so-called western democracies are complacent with a much smaller thinner carpet. (ok, I'm leaving that metaphor now)

So thanks to all the loud, indecorous, and really highly inconvenient souls who bravely refuse sit down and shut up, and just go away. May their voices continue to annoy, anger, inconvenience, and ultimatly educate the comfortable (I include myself here) from coast to coast to coast.


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West Coast Greeny
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posted 01 July 2007 11:43 AM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Well put.


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Wilf Day
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posted 01 July 2007 12:03 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Our town's parade was a bit different this year.

For the last 15 years or so we've had the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC), a great bunch of gay fellows doing a very professional twirling routine. Not here this year -- I think they are in such demand that, even though they have split into several Corps, they couldn't fit us in this year. All we had to liven things up this year was 8 or 10 gossamer-draped belly dancers; exciting enough, but not what we're used to.

Still, a great parade.


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unionist
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posted 01 July 2007 12:10 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(Sigh). Sorry to be technical, but Canada Day is tomorrow, by virtue of the Holidays Act. Really. Just Google "Canada Day is July 2" if you don't believe me.
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Fidel
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posted 01 July 2007 12:43 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I may be overly optimistic in suggesting this. But let's raise a glass of root beer(or a dry glass of Niagra, or even Canada Dry) to a declaration of Canadian independence sometime in the future. Cheers!
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remind
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posted 01 July 2007 09:14 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Pax on Harper, The Hill looked more blue, red and white than red and white today, shameful, simply shameful.
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ceti
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posted 03 July 2007 06:54 PM      Profile for ceti     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's the thing -- we need to battle back and reclaim the Canadian project before we like progressives in the US, have to shun our own jingoistic national holidays due to the shame of it all.
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boi_hobbes
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posted 05 July 2007 09:47 AM      Profile for boi_hobbes        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Wilf Day:
For the last 15 years or so we've had the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC), a great bunch of gay fellows doing a very professional twirling routine. Not here this year -- I think they are in such demand that, even though they have split into several Corps, they couldn't fit us in this year. All we had to liven things up this year was 8 or 10 gossamer-draped belly dancers; exciting enough, but not what we're used to.

Still, a great parade.


hi! i'm in the toronto rotc and it's true we are a smaller group than in the past (and there are some females in the group too!)

i'm glad to hear you enjoy rotc and port hope is actually our favourite parade site (aside from toronto pride of course). we LOVE doing parades in port hope.

we did apply to attend the canada day parade this year, but were not accepted by the parade organizers. i'm sure we will see you again at christmas though!


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Michelle
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posted 05 July 2007 10:36 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, welcome to babble! I've never heard of the ROTC but from Wilf's description, it sounds awesome!

I'm sorry to hear that you weren't accepted in the Port Hope parade. I've never seen the Port Hope parade before. I used to be in a Kingston drum corps (a couple of them, actually) and we did a lot of eastern Ontario and upstate New York parades, but we never went further west than Trenton, Ontario, from what I remember.

Sometimes I really miss marching and parades. Your group sounds like such fun. I've never heard of such a group before. Do you compete?


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boi_hobbes
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posted 17 July 2007 01:40 PM      Profile for boi_hobbes        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Port Hope is great. Very responsive crowd there. We also just came back from Rochester New York where we marched in their pride parade. They are also a very excellent town to parade about in.

Our group doesn't compete as a whole since we have many first time 'twirlers' and we tend to be more entertaining and colourful than technically proficient and precision-colour-guard-like. We do have a few members who did do "real" colour guard and they will compete on their own.

Check out our website (google "rotc toronto" and we'll come up on the first page). We are always looking for new members if you're within commuting distance and someone with actual experience is always appreciated!


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