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(The Windsor Star)   Just how friendly is Canada? Stephen Colbert calls Windsor, Ontario the "Earth's Rectum." Windsor responds by inviting him to lead the Christmas Parade this year   ( divider line
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2012-11-16 10:33:14 AM  
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What is particularly amusing is that Windsor is well known as being one of the most anti-US cities in Canada... being that on any given Friday night there are more Yanks than Canadians there, they've had plenty of experience with hordes of obnoxious, beer swilling 19 and 20 years old drunkards from across the river.

Places where the economy is based primarily on tourism are always populated by people who hate tourists. Florida is the same way.

Once you get deeper into Canada everyone becomes more stereotypically super-friendly, though.
2012-11-16 10:33:08 AM  
2 votes:
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" -- Abraham Lincoln
2012-11-16 09:09:13 AM  
2 votes:
He just said that because it's across the river from Detroit, which Colbert loves ripping on.
2012-11-16 04:33:39 PM  
1 vote:

Any Pie Left: As an American, I have to say I've always liked Canada and Canadians, even when they beat the Black Hawks at hockey. As a kid, my folks drove us to visit a distant relative in Windsor. My everlasting impressions of WIndsor from that time were: BOY, this place is kept spotlessly clean - not a speck of trash on any road or sidewalk, everything looks swept and dusted and tidy, compared to Chicago, and everyone is SO DAMNed Polite.

My second impression was how patriotic the people were: we went to the movies and they played a clip of the Maple Leaf Flag and everyone stood and sang their anthem, which sounds very nice, by the way; firm, yet understated, confident and reverent. As a kid, I sat back down and thought, as the film started to play, why don't we do that in our theaters, only at sports events?

Do Canadian theaters still do that? I'd like to think they do, but I expect that's no longer the case today.

It was a British custom (you can see references to it in Monty Python's Flying Circus) to sing "God Save the King (or Queen)" before performances of plays and later film showings.

This probably ended in most places by the late 60s or early 70s but they even did it in the British equivalent of Vaudeville shows, where it probably led to audience restlessness in less patriotic times.

A patriotic image (such as the famous 1950s image of the Queen on a horse) was probably displayed at the time and the theatre piano player or sound system would provide the music.

I don't recall this being done when I was a child in the 1960s and 70s, so it must have been abandoned to shorten the length of programmes, and was most likely discarded along with the news reel and cartoon(s) as theatres sought greater profits, faster turnaround, and gave up keeping people out of the theatre until a break in the programme.

Going to the theatre, even for a movie, was once an event that evoked a sense of occasion and back when men still wore hats and suits on the street and ladies wore their hats in church, the anthem was part of the pomp and ceremony, although resented by the same sort of yahoos who boo the national anthem today (Quebequers and Philadelphia Fliers fans).

Just kidding. A lot of other people are yahoos, too.

The fact that you remember hearing "Oh, Canada" suggests that either Windsor was more with it than much of small town Ontario or that you were there after 1967. Earlier it might have been "God Save the Queen", "God Save the King", or even "the Maple Leaf Forever", which like the Canadian Red Ensign (a naval flag) was belovèd in Ontario and difficult to supplant with more recent and less British emblems and symbols.

When I was a child there were a lot of old people who insited on "God Save the Queen" and either the Red Enseign or the UK Union Jack. I thing some of them were flying an early version. Many of these, as public school substitute teachers, would insist on singing the national anthem (almost always "God Save the Queen") at the beginning of the day and a reading from the Bible although they weren't supposed to do that. We'd tell them that they weren't supposed to do that, but they'd do that anyway. What the Heck, it was a waste of a good ten or fifteen minutes at the beginning of class. We didn't circle the desks and drive them out of the classroom, even though many of the students were French.

Canadian Republicans were Monarchists in those days.

This patriotism was deeply embued in them before the Liberals took over their rural world but it may have been partly due to American immigrants living next to British immigrants in great numbers. The percentage of Canadians who were of British ancestry peaked in 1871, while the percentage who were French peaked around the early Sixties. I suspect the rambunctiousness of both populations at or near their peak was partly demographic--a lot of young people with ants in their pants and a lot of older people worried about the coming fall.

This may also explain American politics since 1988 or thereabouts.

But this is no doubt too much information for most readers, even the Canuckistanis, so I will stop with that thought.
2012-11-16 11:42:02 AM  
1 vote:
Colbert is wrong

The earth's rectum is Here
d23 [BareFark]
2012-11-16 10:52:35 AM  
1 vote:
Muncie Indiana, however, is the earth's armpit.
2012-11-16 10:50:31 AM  
1 vote:
Well, I went to undergrad at the University of Windsor and really enjoyed the school and city. Hell, I even had fun hopping across the river to go to the DIA, Cobo Hall, St Andrew's Hall, King Bookstore. Watching Detroit flare up on Hallowe'en from the safety of Windsor was always fun, too.
2012-11-16 10:26:50 AM  
1 vote:
And,Detroit is the turd that came out of it.
2012-11-16 10:26:33 AM  
1 vote:

Pud: It has sort of an "Oh yea, why don't you come up here and say that" kind of feel to it

Really? Because according to the article it seems more like the guy finds Colbert hilarious.
2012-11-16 09:36:41 AM  
1 vote:
Windsor's just mad because they know he's right.
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