Top 5 things I saw in America which, as a Canadian, freaked me right out

I’m back from my vacation down in the United States, and will return to blogging with regularity as soon as possible.

To celebrate my return to this frigid, yet comparatively sane country, I felt it worthwhile to relay a list of five items which I saw during my travels which the locals thought was perfectly normal (I presume), but which freaked the heck out of me as a Canadian.

#5

A trucking company which hauls all manner of freight throughout the deep south of the U.S. which calls itself a “Christian company” (the very idea of which seems as bizarre to me as a “Christian dog”) and which requires that its trucks to carry religious and political messages. The messages I saw included:
It’s not a choice, it’s a child
and
God loved us so that he gave his only son.

#4

A breakfast creation in upstate New York called “Stuffed French Toast”. What does “Stuffed French Toast” entail, you naïve non-American might ask? It’s French Toast (which, keep in mind is cooked in butter) stuffed with bacon, eggs and processed cheese (which they proudly call ‘American processed cheese’, I presume, to distinguish it from real cheese which could, after all, be French and/or offer unAmerican nutritional content). But here’s the kicker: on top of your “Stuffed French Toast” cooked in butter, you will find… a square of butter.

#3

A massive billboard in South Carolina just outside of Georgia which read:
“Victory is great, but honor is greater. Defend your Southern heritage.”

#2

A letter to the editor pasted proudly on a business door in Key Marathon, Florida by the business owner discussing how immigrants today are a disgrace to immigrants from the start of the 20th Century. The letter details how people need to read history because in 1901, when the business owner’s grandfather came to the country, he didn’t ask for any government handouts like modern immigrants are asking for. So modern, non-English-speaking immigrants are greedier than the immigrants from 100 years ago and thus do not recognize the value of hard work and don’t appreciate why America is great. (I’m not concocting a straw man here, this is, as best as I can recall, the structure of the argument). Apparently, nobody told the letter-writer that in 1901 NOBODY got government handouts (other than cheap land which WAS aimed at immigrants) because there weren’t significant government social programs until after World War II.
I guess the purpose of the letter was for other people to read history, not for the letter writer to read history.

#1

Casa D’ice, a restaurant located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which features political messages as their signature claim to fame.  Among the political messages they put up under their restaurant’s name and proudly reproduced on their website include:

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1301 Responses to “Top 5 things I saw in America which, as a Canadian, freaked me right out”


  1. 1 Kenn Chaplin 10 January, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Wow, makes me glad I can’t go there without first trying to get a waiver. Why bother?

    • 2 planetzebo 10 June, 2010 at 8:08 am

      Because like all countries with more than 100 people we have VERY diverse opinions and beliefs. It’s too easy to just cherry pick the more rediculous or fringe ones. At least in America you know you can express whatever you want and the biggots and racists show themselves too often that way. I’d rather know who they are up front.
      Besides, this type of stuff brings spice to the melting pot. You don’t have to agree or partake. Just sit back and enjoy a good laugh :)

      • 3 Ramon 11 June, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        It would’ve been quite funny if all you diverse people were not massacring innocent people round the globe, with your wonderful sense of democracy…. To loads of people, this is too close to home for them to laugh.

  2. 4 Cody 10 January, 2008 at 12:20 am

    As an American, all five bother me greatly as well. Well, not so much the French Stuffed Toast bit. I’ve seen worse on the menus of the dives in my area. But the Casa D’Ice boards…they’re enough to make me want to move to Sweden. I’d rather live in another country than share this one with closed-minded bigots. Or maybe the rational Americans should just make them move to another country…

  3. 5 ian in hamburg 10 January, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Agree with Cody. Many Americans are ashamed and angry at the way the loud-mouth right gets all the attention overseas, so everyone thinks the whole country is as redneck, bigoted and stupid as the casadice sign-maker.

    About #3: I believe that one’s called The Coronary Triple-bypass Special.

    • 6 planetzebo 10 June, 2010 at 8:13 am

      C’mon Ian, be fair. Our far leftists embarrass us overseas just as much with their own brand of idiocy. Don’t sell our fringe population short. Only in the American society where most things are just handed to you can you grow people who believe their little closeted world is reality :)
      I loved Hamburg. Lived in Germany for 2 years. Great experience!

    • 7 Patrick Condon 7 September, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      I love how you so quickly vacate the highly valued quality of tolerance from the Left. Many actually is Some in your statement Ian in Hamburg. 20% of Americans are Liberals. So your dynamic is off kilter. Then again, you’re in Hamburg. Stay there.

      As for the needle-neck blogger that visited the US: I’ll make you a deal – you stay North of the fence line and I stay South of it. We have a really big country and you have a really narrow mind. Good luck with that disability.

  4. 9 Rod 10 January, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Ah, free speech. That’s what makes America great. BTW you missed the point of #2. His grandfather was a legal immigrant and worked hard on his own to make it. Today, you have to offer spanish services because today’s illegal immigrant think they are entitled to come here and have us cater and give everything to them. Americans are tired of trying to buy something but can’t understand the clerk because they don’t speak english. No other country requires it’s citizens to conform to illegal immigrants customs instead of required the illegals to conform to the countrys customs. It’s gotten so bad an english speaking only cheesesteak eatery owner got sued because he requested all orders be made in english.

    • 10 planetzebo 10 June, 2010 at 8:20 am

      Rod, until America passes a Constitutional ammendment making English the official language we have an obligation to make our society fair to all by our own Constitution. If we have no official language then we have to provide opportunities in other langauges. I don’t like it and I think it hurts our economy but we are doing this to ourselves.
      It’s a bit ironic that the author of this article trashing America is from a country who has an official language and expects it’s citizens to know it. He attempts to lump Americans into the same category as the extremists he uses as his examples. As soon as America makes one language the official langauge we will have put up a wall between the US and immigrants who would then HAVE to be able to use english just to funtion in our society. Peace.

  5. 12 evgen 10 January, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Re: #5: Some American’s are very vocal about their supposed personal relationship with Jesus, get over it. Most of us think they are freaks too.

    Re #4: “poutine”. Nuff said.

    Re #3: You need to understand that the “traditional” South has a _huge_ chip on its shoulder regarding that little dust-up in the late 19th century. They have been taking shit from the North and West for more than a century (rightly so I think) and respond by a retreat to faux-nationalism. Consider a true son of the South to be something akin to a Quebecois, but at least the rest of us are not forced to pretend their linguistic eccentricities are anything more than another reason to laugh at them :)

    Re #2 & #1: Yeah, we have assholes down here. Plenty to go around. Want us to share a few with you? I would happily duct-tape the case d’ice guy and throw him over the border if you want him..

  6. 16 zorn 10 January, 2008 at 12:48 am

    I have lived in upstate NY all my life (35 years) and have never, ever heard of that french toast thing…

    just pointing out it’s not like this is what New Yorkers always eat for breakfast, just some diner, I assume, that was shooting for the ‘worst breakfast’ award or something…

  7. 17 Stephen 10 January, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Seriously? A Canadian complaining about *our* grease-laden food?? Have you looked at your own cuisine lately?

  8. 18 Dr. William Bennett 10 January, 2008 at 1:36 am

    #5 – I’ve seen those trucks. It’s a privately owned company, if they want to put religious messages on their truck why is that any worse than Yosemite Sam on the mudflaps, or the old clunker covered with Wicca and Veganism stickers.

    #4 – Yeah, that fried stuff is gross everywhere, even at McDonalds. Solution is to be willing to pay more than $3 for a meal so they can hire a decent staff and buy things like vegetables.

    #3 – I see nothing wrong with Southern Heritage, or Northern for that matter. Let people be proud of their NASCAR and bow hunting and maybe they will tolerate your ice hockey in return.

    #2 – Dang man, you found some silly letter to the editor by some random dude and that’s what you find #2 most wrong with the entire country? Holy cow. I can find better stuff wrong than one person’s opinion.

    #1 – Those marquee signs are pretty funny. At least you know not to eat there, right?

  9. 19 Edison Maxwell 10 January, 2008 at 1:40 am

    It aint good Stuffed French Toast unless it’s also been deep fried.

  10. 20 Shawn 10 January, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Oh my god, I live in Pittsburgh and am hiding my head in shame over those awful Casa D’racism billboards! I want you all to know that those views are not the views of many us who live and work in Pittsburgh.

  11. 21 EmptySet 10 January, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Bitching about Mexicans at a place called Casa? That’s just how stupid the jingoists are in the U.S.

  12. 22 Matt Edlund 10 January, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Dr. Bennett,

    What you don’t seem to understand here is a concept called “Hate Speach”. In Canada if one would publicly say the things that were posted on that billboard, there would be serious legal concequences. It comes down to the old saying;

    “Your right to extend your arm ends at the tip of my nose”

    IE, say what you want, but if you advocate violence towards a group of people based on sex, religion, sexual orientation, medical disability or nationality you have committed a crime. We take that kind of thing pretty seriously here, so you simply wouldn’t see it.

    I have heard all the “Free Speach” arguments but comming from ANYONE in the US at the moment they all sound pretty lame. From what I can see on the news your government is arresting people for simply protesting, as is there right (The US firefighter who keeps getting stopped at the boarder and being asked by US boarder guards about his letters to the editor comes directly to mind).

    As for the trucks.. well that would freak me out as well. How is Christian fundimentalism any different from any other religious fundimentalism? They all are completely intollerant of anyone else’s views and therefore dangerous. They can say what they want as long as they don’t hurt anyone, or advocate anyone else doing so; however, it is time for you Americans to wake up and realize that in the rest of the western world such religious extremeism is looked upon in a very dim light. Such signs on a comercial vehicle wouldn’t just freak out Canadians, but it would freak out most of the population of the west!

    The letter about immigrants on the other hand I am ashamed to say is something that we are dealing with in Canada right now in Quebec. We are hardly perfect, we just don’t try and twist our imperfections somehow into a distorted virtue.

    As for “Canadian Cuisine”… we don’t have any. However I can go down the street and get food from every courner of the world, made with better quality produce in any city and town in Canada. There are advantages to having over 10% of our population borned NOT in Canada. That means that a significant portion of the people here are recent immigrants. How would rants agaist immigrants but the desendents of immigrants NOT freak out a person from a multicultural country??

    The US has completly forgotten what America is and until you can regain the dream, you first have to admit that there is something wrong.

  13. 24 Matt Edlund 10 January, 2008 at 2:09 am

    PS. Sorry for the spelling =P

  14. 25 Voideka 10 January, 2008 at 2:09 am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cheese

    I really don’t understand the complaints about American cheese, that’s it’s name. It’s not like freedom/French fries.

  15. 26 jcy 10 January, 2008 at 2:11 am

    you’re a smug judgmental prick. please don’t come back.

    for the record, i’m a republican immigrant to the US who isn’t bothered by a trucking company business owner with religion in his heart and mind, have never eaten stuffed french toast, and also think that there is no need to accommodate to immigrants because my parents never took a dime and they’ve prosperous regardless.

    also, your stupid little list of things that you pointed out and want to basically tar the rest of america with just reveals how small minded you are, not us.

  16. 27 Z 10 January, 2008 at 2:12 am

    It’s easy to believe all the stereotypes about America, but it’s also ignorant. In any nation, the closer in towards populated urban city areas, the average education level will increase. The further out in the sticks you go, the redneckitude will rise. This is in any part of the globe. Get over it.

    French Toast is not cooked in butter, its battered in egg and then cooked in a pan, covered with maple syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar. People may add butter to it afterwards, but your idea of French Toast is a little sensational.

    The signs at the end are obviously in some far-right bible-belt area. If that sign were in any normal metropolitan city in America, it would be continually swiss-cheesed by rock-throwers.

    In conclusion, sifting through American things to find the stupid/embarrassing/stereotypical parts is really getting old. People who fall for this are even stupider than those they are trying to portray. Take the film where they ask all the Americans about the map and get a bunch of stupid responses – if you honestly believe they didn’t edit the hell out of that to paint Americans as utter morons, then the joke is on you.

  17. 28 Daniel 10 January, 2008 at 2:13 am

    So you are freaked out by stuffed french toast?

    What about Poutein, it’s pretty much considered a national treasure in Canada. It’s fries, covered with gravy and cheese curds! I mean, pot-kettle-black folks, if you’re freaked out by stuffed french toast.

    My list of things I hate about Canada.

    1) Poutine, what a way to ruin fries! ( Actually, I’d probably eat it, but since he dissed stuffed french toast w/o trying it, I get to do the same ).
    2) It’s “About” not “Aboot”.
    3) They continually whine about Americans.

  18. 29 Larry Gambone 10 January, 2008 at 2:20 am

    JCY, your attitudes are an example of why the world is hostile toward the USA. Thankfully, there are lots of Americans who 1. would be offended by a commercial truck with religious nit-wittery plastered on it, 2. Think fast food is crap, 3. Don’t pick on immigrants 4. Don’t tell critics they can stay out of the USA.

  19. 30 drunkyGriffin 10 January, 2008 at 2:23 am

    i like american process cheese food. it melts evenly and without becoming greasy. oh and as far as greasy disgusting american food goes, allow me to bring up the New Brunswick NJ regional special the “Fat Cat” two burger patties, american cheese, fries, mozzarella sticks, lettuce, mayo, ketchup all on a long sub roll. drunk college kids eat them by the thousands. gotta love america.

  20. 31 Dr. William Bennett 10 January, 2008 at 2:24 am

    The Casa signs are certainly highly offensive, but they are so outrageous and over the top that they are funny. Not against ‘camel jockeys’? That’s fine, the sign is a warning for sane people to stay away from the restaurant.

    But you folks complaining about the privately owned trucks that have religious statements on them, you guys are incredibly intolerant of those with beliefs different from your own. Don’t you see that that makes YOU the fascists and bigots here? Well no, you don’t see that at all because you can only see things from one point of view – your own, which is dangerous to society, and every bit as frightening as those Casa signs.

    • 32 Eric 21 August, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      “Don’t you see that that makes YOU the fascists and bigots here?”
      umm… no. No it doesn’t. I think you should look up the words: fascist and bigot.

      “you don’t see that at all because you can only see things from one point of view – your own”.

      I can’t speak for the author, but I think he probably can see things from more than one point of view, just not from EVERY point of view, which is the case for everyone. The stuff on the trucks certainly would raise my eyebrows. And don’t forget that this is a blog, the point was to be entertaining. It would be kind of boring to post about all the reasonable people he met in the US… that’s not entertaining!

  21. 33 jp 10 January, 2008 at 2:32 am

    “As for “Canadian Cuisine”… we don’t have any. However I can go down the street and get food from every courner of the world, made with better quality produce in any city and town in Canada. There are advantages to having over 10% of our population borned NOT in Canada. That means that a significant portion of the people here are recent immigrants. How would rants agaist immigrants but the desendents of immigrants NOT freak out a person from a multicultural country??”

    Seriously? That is a silly argument I see all the time. For all the jacked up things we have in America, I am not sure at all why people keep trying to say this is one of them. I live in the middle of nowhere and I can get food from all over the world. I am totally baffled by this comment except to think that maybe people outside of the US have decided that our successfully exported fast food chains are all we eat here?

  22. 34 guy 10 January, 2008 at 2:34 am

    I love how reactionary Americans can be. You just *need* more people to call “morons that always whine about Americans” don’t you?

    Reminds me of the joke:
    “Guy is riding down the highway when he hears a warning on the radio that some crazy is driving the wrong side of the highway. He thinks to himself: one guy? They’re all fucking driving on the wrong side!”

    And this applies to the people who go out in blaze of fury of “not all americans are…”. Well tough bitches. You sure ain’t doin’ anything about it are you.

    Also, Dr William Bennett. Being shocked by some backward behaviour is fascist and biggot is it? Oh… let me think… oh yeah. At least we’re not burning down abortion clinics, and sending military expeditions halfway across the world to ‘teach em camel jockeys a lesson in tolerance’.

  23. 35 Dr. William Bennett 10 January, 2008 at 2:35 am

    That Casa place is in Pennsylvania of all places, in a highly unionized, democratic voting working town.

    I bet some of you guys find yourself agreeing with many of their signs actually:

    http://casadice.com/signs/pages/outside_sign016.htm

  24. 36 Dr. William Bennett 10 January, 2008 at 2:37 am

    “Being shocked by some backward behaviour is fascist and biggot is it?”

    So, you are defining someone expressing their religion as ‘backward behavior’? yes, I do find that to be fascist and bigotted. Hitler had issues with those with religions different from his own as well, so you are in fine company, young Fuhrer. Sig Heil!

  25. 37 Strisi 10 January, 2008 at 2:44 am

    I’m not surprised by the sentiments at Casa D’Ice in North Versailles, PA. Several decades ago, an “Impeach Earl Warren” sign had a prominent spot along the same highway, less than a mile to the west. (Earl Warren was the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1953-1969). It appears that a new generation of the local John Birch conservative culture has added xenophobia to it’s agenda. In balance, there are nearby communities where election day vote tallies for Republican candidates struggle to reach 3 digits.

  26. 38 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I’ll go ahead and be the one who says that this is not only a good thing, but it’s actually a great thing. But probably not how you think.

    I value free speech. I believe in it so much, that I think that the day you no longer read anything that offends your values, beliefs, sensibilities, taste, and intellect is probably the day that real rights to free speech are dead.

    Do I agree with any of those? Heck no. Most are in very poor taste, lack intelligence, and are generally tell me that those who posted them are idiots. But I applaud their right to add to civil discourse. Think of all the places in the world (including the U.S.A.) where discourse has turned into savagery.

    No one is blowing up these signs. Hopefully no one is defacing the truck with religious speech. They are causing us to reflect, think, and speak about it. It gives me the opportunity to engage the person in discourse. It also tells me whether I want to support that business or not.

    Think of all the closet racists and bigots. I find them far more disagreeable than those who are open and clear about their thoughts and feelings. At least they own what they say. I’ve met plenty of Canadians who have no problems spewing out hate in online gaming where their anonymity allows it, while pretending in public to be open minded.

    Bring the hate and ignorance out in the open. Let it be challenged and shown to be flawed.

  27. 39 Cody 10 January, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Andrew’s got a good point. People will censor their peers much more effectively than a government ever could.

  28. 40 Murphy 10 January, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Things that freak me out about the USA….

    Your laws. Establishing an internet casino in the Cayman Islands will get you charged in the USA. Even though it’s completely legal in the Caymans. You lock up people for possession of a single joint. There’s a guy in California who is serving “Life, No Parole” for shoplifting 2 AA batteries under the 3 strikes law.

    Only, when it comes to rendition, disappearances, torture, and detention without due process, well, there’s no laws at all. The conditions and treatment at Guantanimo were considered barbaric and inhuman at the Hanoi Hilton, and the USA executed a Japanese POW camp commander for waterboarding.

    Yes, there are many educated and worldly Americans, but there are also an appalling number who can’t locate THEIR OWN COUNTRY on a world map. There’s a saying, “If it weren’t for war, Americans wouldn’t learn geography at all.” Seriously, guys, stop showing up in Canada in July asking where all the snow went.

    And Imperial measurements, you know, pints, miles, etc. It’s called Imperial, because it’s part of the British system of measurement, and even THEY don’t use it anymore. Guys, there’s over 6 billion people on the planet, and 300 million Americans are the ONLY people who don’t use the Metric System.

    There’s more, but I don’t want to get into a rant here. To all you informed, educated, openminded Americans, please, try to bring the rest up to speed.

    To all you closeminded, right-wing, bigoted obnoxious jerks, please stay in the USA. It’s really the only place you’re welcome.

    Now I think I’ll book a vacation to Cuba. It’s the only place on Earth where you’ll never see a bloody American tourist.

    And I’ve lived in Canada for 46 years, and have NEVER heard ANYONE pronounce it “aboot”

  29. 41 Willfe 10 January, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Ye gods, I find myself shaking my head at all five of these disgusting displays, but I’m stunned at the apologists here actually standing up for this crap. I’m seriously hopeful most (if not all) of the “dissenting” opinion in these comments is satire or tongue-in-cheek humor, because if these folks are for real, ye gods we’re all in trouble.

    I love the delicious irony in someone proudly proclaiming “First Amendment, man!” in defense of the bigoted, hate-filled bile on those signs, trying to beat *you* over the head with the first amendment because you dared to express *your* opinion.

    My own take on all five of these disturbing trends:

    #5: I’ve seen them here in Florida, too, and it disturbs me. You have to be a *seriously* insecure person with major emotional issues to fly a religion banner *that big* everywhere you go. Sure, they’re completely within their rights to establish a religious trucking company. The rest of us are completely within our rights to ridicule these nimrods for it.

    #4: We can only hope that eating enough of these things will kill the most obese of us :)

    #3: On a recent road trip to Virginia (we had to run through the Carolinas and Georgia), we saw amusing things like this, too. All I can say about these confused, disturbed people is that with a little bit of luck, within a few generations, that kind of deep-seeded ignorance and hatred will be naturally bred *out* of the human genome. There really *will* be a point when they’ve fallen so far behind the rest of human civilization, intellectually and technologically, that they just won’t be able to survive.

    #2: It shames me (as an American, and on behalf of America) that you as a Canadian know more about our history than most of us do. *Everybody* in this friggin’ country is an immigrant or a descendant of one, barring the natives that lived here before we popped in. Social welfare is a relatively modern innovation in America — you can bet if those handouts had been around in the 19th century, immigrants and Americans alike would have their hands right out there.

    #1: Isn’t it funny how these signs contradict themselves? “Take the oil” versus “Bring the boys home.” The only thing the signs’ author gets right is “what a crock of shit.” Why can’t *these* people enlist to go overseas to “fight the good fight?” A dose of reality would be a great thing for them all.

    On behalf of America, I’m sorry. We’re not all insane like these folks are :( The sane ones are just hiding more these days while the nutjobs get all their frustrations out of their collective system.

  30. 42 Adam Burnett 10 January, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Great points Andrew, couldn’t agree more. It is great that people are free to express their beliefs, no matter how bigoted they are. It is sad when people retaliate against these same beliefs because then they gain credit and support. I would agree and hope that the majority of Americans do not think or act the way portrayed in this article. I’m positive that we could find just as shocking billboards, menus, and articles from our ‘friendly neighbors to the North.’ I doubt their’s is a country devoid of racism, bigotry and gluttony, but we will see. Just know that this article is not America. Not close.

  31. 43 Kwan 10 January, 2008 at 3:42 am

    So Canada is the land of tolerance eh? I had the misfortune of being in Vancouver around a month after the US invaded Iraq. My truck was keyed and covered in anti-war leaflets simply because I was American. If the cowards had the guts to confront me in person they would discover I disapproved of the war as much (if not more) than they did. Instead, I was treated as a stereotype.

    Several years later, I was at the Blaine border crossing with my girlfriend who is black (I’m white). I was refused entry because Canada “does not approve of relationships of your kind.” I also heard them refer to her as a “coon” when they thought we were out of earshot. I doubt such behavior is government approved, but what difference does that make — these guys were official representatives of the Canadian government and they were rcist rednecks.

    Finally, let’s not forget that Canada has no equivalent of the First Amendment. Canada can, and does, routinely censor speech that is considered politically incorrect.

  32. 44 Kenn 10 January, 2008 at 3:49 am

    > They all are completely intollerant of anyone else’s views and therefore dangerous.

    Oh, the irony.

    > They can say what they want as long as they don’t hurt anyone, or advocate anyone else doing so

    Tell me, how do either of the truck quotes hurt anyone or advocate such? Perhaps you could make an argument about the abortion opinion, but it is a highly subjective controversy.

    >“Your right to extend your arm ends at the tip of my nose”

    There’s another old saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” There are no words that have ever, ever hurt anyone’s nose. Silencing opinions is a slippery slope. You may not mind that opinions you find offensive are made illegal, but you’ll feel a lot different when your own opinions are made so.

    Look, we can’t all be as perfect as Canada. Besides, if the US were perfect, who would you have to look down upon to feel superior and prop up your fragile ego?

    Tell us also what you found non-shocking or even impressive about the US. Otherwise you’re just a bigot.

  33. 45 Kes 10 January, 2008 at 3:51 am

    You know, I was going to write a huge rebuttal of the points you made, but it’s obvious you came to the US to be offended and of course you were. So, I’m just going to call a spade a spade and say you’re a xenophobic bigot, no better than the southerners you malign. No use arguing with someone who’s already made up his mind. Have a nice day.

  34. 46 Harald K 10 January, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Stuffed french toast? That’s nothing to deep fried Mars bars. And no, it isn’t an urban legend:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4103415.stm

  35. 47 Lulu 10 January, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Do I laugh or cry???

  36. 48 Mark 10 January, 2008 at 4:24 am

    This discussion is fantastic! It’s going absolutely nowhere!

    Remember folks: You are _all_ wrong!

  37. 49 Ant 10 January, 2008 at 4:24 am

    I think any country has this sort of thing – in the UK a chip shop was selling a 6000 calorie deep-fried kebab, any cab driver worth his salt gives you his racist opinions condensed down to bullet points for the 5 minute journey. I’m only glad we’re pretty anti-religious by default over here so we don’t have to put up with the christian drivel America would appear to have plastered over walls and billboards across half its states!

  38. 50 Ugly American 10 January, 2008 at 4:44 am

    I spent most of my life simply ignoring what other people do. Live and let live I figure.

    The problem is while I was playing video games, an alliance of corporate and religious fascists hijacked my country.

    Because Jesus was all about mercenary armies torturing people for oil.

  39. 51 West Coaster 10 January, 2008 at 5:00 am

    I read this and think to myself how disgraceful it would be to be an American in this day and age…then I remember just because I live on the West Coast of the United States it does not disassociate me with the retards that inhabit and run the rest of the country. Damn, Can we just make everything from CA to WA its own country…

  40. 52 stoked 10 January, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Re: the fragile Canadian ego, a funny bumper sticker comes to mind. It depicts the outlines of CDN and the U.S. and beneath it states “We’re bigger, and we’re on top. If this were prison, you’d be our bitch.” LOL!

  41. 53 Stu 10 January, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Comging from England numbers 2-5 don’t really freak me out at all i’m pretty sure you can find examples of that all over the western world. #1 is however shocking you’d be in Jail before you’d finished writing the first sign over here.

  42. 54 Philo 10 January, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Proper french toast is not cooked in butter – it’s dipped in eggs and fried. Just so you know. :)

  43. 55 man 10 January, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Those are nice, thanks for sharing. Lol

  44. 56 Reid Carlberg 10 January, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Where was that stuffed French toast sold again? I’ve got to try that! Please tell me you didn’t find it @ Casa Dice.

  45. 57 Uh huh 10 January, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I’ve traveled the world, and the conclusion I’ve come to is that stupidity is universal. Take an introspective look at your own country and I’ll bet you could come up with a list that’s equally entertaining.

  46. 58 jacques 10 January, 2008 at 6:51 am

    being half french, half american and having studied for a bit in Quebec, I’m happy to comment on this: even though there are much more things I dislike about the US than Canada, I must say that putin is the most atrocious culinary creation I have ever seen (&tasted, cause it matter too). The inventor’s brains were seriously fried long before his chips. But to say that Canada has no cooking of its own is not exactly true. It’s not stereotyped and it’s regional more than national but it’s there, it relies on maple syrup and greasy things sometimes but it can be very good.

    I think what people in the states need right now is a good deal of love from their own government to do away with fear-inducing speeches, war speeches and hate speeches. Don’t trust someone who tries to scare you.

  47. 59 Olivia - down under -au 10 January, 2008 at 6:58 am

    I visited the USA in May 2006, after not having been there for almost 20yr’s. I don’t know if it is me or them but, I reckon Americans 20yr’s ago were less theologically inclined and way more positive and upbeat. And, I have to say America and Americans spun me out for very similar reasons. Added to this horrid mix was the fact most Americans didn’t seem to comprehend how awful their lives are compared to the rest of the western world. If you don’t believe me check the statistics for health care, holidays, accident cover, voter participation, happiness, well being and life satisfaction. Olivia – Australia
    P.S Humour was sadly lacking!

  48. 60 Nick 10 January, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Maybe the international community should set up a cordon around America and then unleash the T-Virus. Any American who can provide evidence that he or she is not, in fact, a religious nutjob, a warmongering hypocrite, or a racist will be permitted to leave and can return and re-populate that once great land after the zombies are cleared out.

  49. 61 bah! 10 January, 2008 at 7:02 am

    I have relatives in Canada and have visited many times, it is a beautiful and culturally diverse country. There are a lot of people up there who are very critical of immigrants and foreign visitors especially Pakistani and Chinese people. Some are rude to Americans. My wife and a few of her friends where in Toronto for a visit, having a conversation in her language of birth(Lithuanian) and some guy over heard and starting shouting rude obscenities at them because they where foreign. How rude! Personally, I do not care for those type of people and will steer clear of them. The same goes for the religious nuts. I will happily tolerate them when I have to because it is there opinion but tend to steer clear.
    I do not think you can go anywhere, any country without running across some form of radicalism. I think the author of this page has nothing to complain about and needs to open his eyes, take a look at his own beliefs.

    We are only human ya know………

  50. 62 Kim 10 January, 2008 at 7:09 am

    The US has for many years pushed a tribal ‘ us and them ‘ culture . It causes a lot of problems . It shouldn’t take World and regional wars , Nazism , Communism , business failures and dysfunctional U.S.A. etc. to prove just how bad the culture is . The World – where it has an effective culture – actually has a Communitarian culture . Hence why people both in the US and outside can be quite rightly shocked by what goes on there . And quite understandably see the damage it causes .

  51. 63 Paul Goris 10 January, 2008 at 7:23 am

    In case you were having any doubts: you sound (Canadian) like a perfectly normal person to me (Belgian).

  52. 64 Jeff 10 January, 2008 at 7:24 am

    About the stuffed French toast…..

    Aren’t Canadiens the ones that decided it would be great to take french fries and cover them in GRAVY?!?!?!? Just sayin’….

  53. 65 Athiest Bastard 10 January, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Quick lesson. They’re, their and there. Please learn this, people. THEY’RE going to wave THEIR flags when they get THERE. That’s how you use them.

  54. 66 Henry Doyle 10 January, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Quit being a divider. I’m a Canadian who’s lived in America for 9 years. There are more similarities than differences and it’s no coincidence that most of the things that “freak you out” are from the South or have Southern overtones ie: racist. It seems that part of the country is “special” ie: mildly retarded and they kind of get a pass. Canada’s loaded with creepy things too, from interbreeding Newfie’s to white supremists in Southern Alberta to Huterites to French seperatists. I love Canada and the USA. America is going through a hiccup right now but it’ll be sorted out. So FUCK OFF!!

  55. 67 Carole 10 January, 2008 at 7:34 am

    God it’s embarassing I live in this F*’ed up country. Especially those right-wing lugnut signs.

    • 68 The American 27 February, 2010 at 8:49 pm

      If it’s so embarrassing for you? Get the fuck out. Otherwise, grow up. Realize that we are just another country of humans. We all have pro’s AND con’s. At least here you have the right to leave. Really. We won’t stop you.

      Sounds like some of you would rather be Canadians? Go be one. If you like the UK, go there. Really, it’s that simple. Damn Skippie you will no doubt find something to bitch about there also.

      If this country is so fucked up why does it matter to all you bacon stains what the hell we do. Go find a country that is more deserving of your attention and just ignore us.

      In a short period of historical time we have risen to the top of the ranks. But everything we do is wrong? Well here’s an idea. JUST DON’T TRY TO BE LIKE US! Stay up there and we’ll stay down here in our ass-backward country.

      This is MY country and as screwy as it sometimes gets. I will stand against ANYONE!!! American or other who debases it. So…

      Fuck all of you who imagine you are better than others.

      PS For all you history experts. When the next WW happens. Don’t call, begging us to send you ANY of our evil firearms so you can protect your own ass. Pick up a pen and write ’em some harsh words!!!!

  56. 69 Dan Howes 10 January, 2008 at 8:02 am

    #12 your an idiot, just because theres a Spanish word doesn’t mean people can’t poke some fun at the illeagles. All of you who are appalled to see the signs, have no concept of the First Amendment, or legal immigration for that matter.

    The letter to the editor again First amendment.
    #59 you are embarrassed by the United States Constitution?

    Ron Paul for President!!

    Course all you Sheeple probably want Billary, or Mr. Greater Israel Obama.

  57. 70 Connor 10 January, 2008 at 8:12 am

    None of those things have anything to do with America except that they are created by Americans. By “Americans,” I don’t mean ALL Americans, but only a few Americans. I’m sure the owner of those signs will be sued or put in prison. Hate speech is not protected in this country.

  58. 71 Christian 10 January, 2008 at 8:24 am

    BFD… these are all forms of free speech. Hateful / bigoted people exist, news at 11:00.

  59. 72 John Patterson 10 January, 2008 at 8:25 am

    When you lose the right to be different you lose the right to be free – Charles Evan Hughes

    This is the USA. As long as you are not hurting anyone live how you want to live.

    God bless America and all these kooks you ran into :)

  60. 73 John Rohan 10 January, 2008 at 8:26 am

    So on one single vacation, he visited the “deep South”, upstate New York, Key Marathon Florida, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. That’s quite a lot of traveling for one vacation in the United States.

    It’s more likely he did some of this “traveling” through google searches instead.

    If #5 freaked you out, then you are pretty culturally insulated. You will find many similar businesses in Asia and the Middle East. Oh, I forgot – it’s only creepy if the USA does it…

    I don’t see what’s even slightly strange about #3, and #2 is more of a editorial opinion on your part. You can find disagreements in many Canadian newspapers. I’ve been there myself.

  61. 74 draki 10 January, 2008 at 8:27 am

    YOU AMERICANS ARE THE BIGGEST IDIOTS IN THE WORLD, PHAT FUCKS

    • 75 The American 27 February, 2010 at 9:00 pm

      Here is a classic example of a culturally advanced worldly kind of individual. Wish I could be like this.

      But I guess I’ll just have to settle for being a “Pretty Hot And Tempting ~ fuck.”

      Thank you draki!!!

  62. 76 Alf 10 January, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I think most Americans miss the point about demonizing immigrants. It’s a ploy, immigrants have become the scape goat for the government to blame for the piss poor economy. Illegal immigrants work for cash under the table and don’t even make minimum wage.

    If you want to stop illegal immigration, get rid of the minimum wage!!!

    If you want to improve the economic outlook for low to middle income people in the US, then re-adopt sound money and the gold standard!

  63. 77 jason 10 January, 2008 at 8:40 am

    You are off on the french toast bit. French toast is lovely. Who is scared of butter, french toast, bacon and eggs? (I mean you are canadian aye? WTF?)For the record, we have some of the best cheese in the country made right here in upstate new york, yes we really have dairy farms, if you would like, Ill send you some.

    Otherwise, I agree with the scary christian truck drivers, especially the ones with like the arms that look like hamhocks all tatted up with jesus on a cross. But its another great thing about america, freedom of religion. Even that mongoloid Genghis Kahn understood the value of this. – Sounds like you spent too much time in the bible belt.(SOUTH)Im just a effing Yankee, so what do I know.

    And while I dont agree with some Casa D’Ice sentiments, I would love to see you be able to express yourself like that in another country. Its one of the great liberties that we have – FREEDOM OF SPEECH. (unless some ignorant cop decides you are a terrorist, these guys could get in some serious shit especially if Al Sharpton sees it)

    I would also suggest to any American citizen, that if they dont like it here to A. participate in government and make a change,(you know seriously stop being so ignorant) or B. Take your Effing Ass someplace else.

  64. 78 Jack @ The Tech Teapot 10 January, 2008 at 8:42 am

    The restaurant signs look like good marketing to me. Choose an audience and then become remarkable. It doesn’t matter that 99% of people passing think the signs offensive so long as the intended audience (the remaining 1%) of more conservative people find it remarkable and spend lots of money there knowing the owner will give them a warm, comradely welcome.

    The owner must have been reading some Seth Godin books.

  65. 79 ascus4 10 January, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Your blog entry does an unjust service to the States. As with most news articles or blogs about the US that originate outside of the States, they project the worst and the stereotypes. That seems to be fashionable.
    Your blog is a prime example of exactly that. There are obviously things you like about America or you wouldn’t go there for vacation. You chose not to write about those things, only the bad.
    People like you that propagate the bad are part of reason the world views the States the way they do.

    There are good things and bad things about the US. Only the bad gets foreign press.
    There are good things and bad things about Canada and in fact, any other country.
    I have a whole page of links to news articles about ridiculously stupid things happening in Canada.
    Should I post them here? No, that would make me petty.
    The religious right gets all the press while the majority of Americans think they are fruitcakes.

    A ‘merkin.

  66. 80 Aminorex 10 January, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Wow, that Casa D’Ice person is seriously unhinged. But I’d like to try the french toast.
    As an American in Canada what freaked me out was the lack of freedom of speech. That’s
    why you guys toady to the US government, and send your citizens to be tortured in Syria, &c,
    I think: You can’t have effective democracy without freedom of thought and speech. When
    the government is allowed to intimidate the people so that they can only think permitted
    thoughts, the result is uniformly bad. That, and the Queen.

  67. 81 Ken 10 January, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Isn’t it nice that the people who prefer Canada to the US also live there?

  68. 82 Doug 10 January, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I don’t think the message is what is important. I think the fact that we have the right of expression is. I’m sorry for Canada, but we can’t all live in a truly free society

  69. 83 sara levin. 10 January, 2008 at 8:56 am

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  70. 84 Modtri 10 January, 2008 at 8:57 am

    While this makes for an interesting blog post, you are basing your opinion on a few extremes. As an American I bet I could sterotype Canada as the plaid wearing, labatt blue drinking, Pot producing, backwoods capital of the world. Of course Canada is a great country and great people, and I think you missed the point of your travels if all you did is look at the extremes that America allows.

  71. 85 steve 10 January, 2008 at 8:58 am

    About that 800 mile wal-mart, I wonder how many drugs stores they’d have per mile? And the parking…

  72. 86 Mike 10 January, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Well now you’ve been here, you NEVER have to come back, honestly I don’t think there are any laws that mandate you come here. I’ll make you what we, here in the south, call a “square deal” – I won’t come up there (even if Hillary wins) and you never come back.

  73. 87 Mark Stoneman 10 January, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Instead of being freaked out by these things, might I suggest you take them as peculiar examples of the country’s (and continent’s) diversity? And maybe you could also learn to laugh? Finally, do you seriously mean for these five things to be representative? It would seem so, insofar as you celebrate your return to a “comparatively sane” country.

    Look harder at home too. I’m sure you’ll find some pretty funny stuff there too. The thing is, though, we usually notice this stuff when traveling. At home we tend to move in more limited areas, all within our comfort zone. In Washington, DC and the surrounding area I ignore a great many things, but if I ended up in a city I didn’t know, I would probably see all kinds of things I wouldn’t if I actually lived there.

  74. 88 Black Bellamy 10 January, 2008 at 9:18 am

    The only thing that should freak you out is our GIANT AMERICAN PENISES.

  75. 89 acmc 10 January, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Hardy har. In other news… French people are rude! The English have bad teeth! Asians are good at math! To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, I’m not offended as an American, I’m offended as a comedian.

  76. 90 Chuck 10 January, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Gee, everyone, it’s humor with an edge- Get over it, (both sides).

    There are 300,000,000 people in America, some are assholes, some are not… Over-generalization of any population is an error that feeds upon itself and causes all kinds of problems.

    Most everyone here takes themselves -way- too seriously.

    Great way to drive traffic to a blog, btw.

  77. 91 Sharkey 10 January, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Fuck you Canadian. America is great, Canada is not. You are a pussy.

  78. 93 Chris 10 January, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Re: 19

    Exactly. “Oooh, I’m so glad I don’t live there.” Get over it. Go somewhere actually fucked up and then write about it.

  79. 94 Chris 10 January, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Heh. That should be Re: 9.

  80. 95 Heidi 10 January, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I’m a second generation immigrant–my parents are from Germany. They came to the US in the 1950s, and they do get frustrated with the way immigration is handled in the US. I want to point out first though, that there were always places in the US where a non-English language would be predominate. My parents immigrated to Cincinnati, and lived in the German district–only German was spoken there, and very few people knew English. However, people dealt with it and there wasn’t really a push to make German a second language in the US. I am not sure why suddenly Spanish is such a push WITH THE EXCEPTION that maybe many people feel it’s time the US expanded it’s language requirements. It is unusual, not to mention a little embarrassing, that many Americans can only speak English, whereas many people, even in 3rd world countires, often speak at least two (albeit sometimes a bit crpytic, but still beats out many Americans). Why is this significant? Besides challenging yourself (or your children) to learn a second language and therefor expanding your/their education, you actually become smarter–yes, smarter. It opens a new world to you, which is where I think the problem is. People fear what they don’t understand, and Americans are notorious for this. I won’t justify whether they have reason or not (I’m sure a good argument can be made for both sides), but it causes a crippling effect in the US. It’s fairly obvious many Americans will not willingly choose to learn a second language (students, business travelers, etc. are exceptions of course), so now they are being forced into it, because the people coming here are … I don’t want to say refusing, because many are willing and genuinely want to learn English … but are not compromising to give up speaking their language entirely in favor of speaking English. It’s not good or bad–I think more good can come of this in the long wrong, and frankly, in native English-speaking people favor. It is less important to able to speak Spanish with an American (we’ll say mid-eastern US accent, to stave an argument) accent, than for a native Spanish speaking person to speak English with a Spanish accent. Why? Simply put, there will be more tolerance toward for the former than the latter–but this will not happen if Americans are stubbornly, and frankly childishly, obstinant, in learning a second language.

    And as for the French Toast–that is NOT a-typical American cuisine, and I agree with the poster who said it sounds as though the restaurant was aiming for the worst breakfast award.

  81. 96 Justin 10 January, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Um, everything you mentioned that was so freaky about America was pretty tame. Canada must be a very boring place. #5 was hilarious.

  82. 97 Andy 10 January, 2008 at 9:39 am

    “clerk because they don’t speak english. No other country
    requires it’s citizens to conform to illegal immigrants
    customs…”…

    How about YOU learn some grammar Correct: “… requires
    ITS citizens…”.

    Have a nice day.

  83. 98 Miguel 10 January, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Ahah and the most ironic part is the name of the restaurant!

  84. 99 Craig 10 January, 2008 at 9:44 am

    One thing you see if you travel a bit, is that there are idiots in any group of people (and more than a few that aren’t idiots but just disagree with you).

    I’m a Canadian who worked in the US for a few years, and I found it was very similar in culture, with occasional differences that really stuck out. I was just down there, and the one that got me was a sign in the hotel bar that declared it a firearms free area. You just don’t see that up here.

    I’ve been down in the US three times this year (3 different states). Honestly, there are a lot of differences between states too, but I found everyone very friendly, even chatty.

    We probably make too much of the ‘ugly American’ here in Canada.

    Still found this an interesting post.

  85. 100 Aaron 10 January, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Yes. Canada does not have any intolerant/close minded/bigoted people within her border. Not a single one. Yessir!

    To quote the signs “What a crock of shit!”

  86. 101 Max 10 January, 2008 at 10:01 am

    This is something that sometimes even we don’t get. We’re a big country with lots of people, we have just about everyone you can imagine here. That’s what makes us great. The best part is everybody else points to the dumbasses and thinks we’re a country full of morons, completely missing the point.

    And Justin’s right, these irrelevant, insignificant things bother you that much? Seriously, stay in Canada. The fact that you can’t recognize those guys are just a bunch of loudmouth morons and let it go means you come from a pretty boring place.

  87. 102 Jen 10 January, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Wow. It’s really interesting to listen to the differences betweeen people. Oh, wait. That’s what makes this country, well, this country. The true meaning of free speech is the right to say what is on your mind, but it is the responsibility to understand what you are saying and who is really listening. Unfortunately, ignorant folks like Casa D’Ice sink to the lowest possible level of this right and just spout thier verbal diarrhea for the whole world to see. If we are to be truly free, we should be able to just hear this and realize their idiocity.

    I am an atheist, but I believe a private business can call itself and do what it wants on its own property, like fight abortion, or believe themselves better than “today’s immigrants”. It’s always been my belief that if you see or hear something you disagree with, talk to the person or establishment. MAKE them defend themselves. You usually learn that they are just angry because they were somehow denied the “rights” other people have received. Ignorance may be bliss, but only for the ignorant.

    As for this hatred for illegal immigrants, I only have one thing to say. If INS was so worried about the “insurgance” they should consider enforcing the laws that have worked for decades. Physical barriers will not work, even animals can find their way around a wall. I have absolutely no doubt that a man, woman or child who are hungry, tired, and poor will do the same. The problem isn’t so much the people who need shelter. If people need someone to be angry at, try our president, who doesn’t seem to care what happens within the borders of this country…unless it lines his pocketbook of course.

  88. 103 Steve 10 January, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I enjoyed the article… and yeah, people ALL OVER THE WORLD are batshit crazy.

    The only thing I don’t like is it seems every Canadian/French Canadian always has to initiate a “look at how stupid people from the USA are” discussion.

    How about showing me some fools from your culture, and I’ll show you some of ours. I’m sure there are plenty of backward lumberjacks in your neck of the woods too.

  89. 104 TC 10 January, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Seriously, it gets worse here everyday, and no new president from any party is going to change that.

    Do you need nurses in Canada? Cause I don’t mind the cold…

  90. 105 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Steve (#93) you’re absolutely right that we’ve got PLENTY of our own fools up here in Canada. I do write about them all the time (in fact, I write about them more than I write about the American fools I encounter). It’s just that whenever I write about American idiocy, it gets reddited to the front page and everybody reads it.

  91. 106 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Aaron, (#90) you might want to read through the rest of this blog before you criticize. I talk about our homegrown idiocy plenty. You just read one article that happened to be about your country’s brand of idiocy and thought the sky fell on your head.

    Seriously, get some context.

  92. 107 Travis 10 January, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Its called Freedom of Speech u pussy mother fuckers…

    You dont have to agree with it… but shit…

  93. 108 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Anybody else notice that several people keep writing with the exact same phrase “That’s what makes us great”?

    I don’t even think the people who use that phrase even know what it means. It should really be “That’s what makes us great (TM)”. The Americans would think that they invented freedom of speech or something and that no other country can say anything without the King of England coming into their living room and bossing them around (to borrow a phrase from Homer Simpson).

    So, just to clarify, yes I support free speech because (and this may be news to the more reactionary people who’ve posted on this blog), Canada has a long tradition of it as well. But I don’t think I have to apologize for being genuinely disturbed by what I saw to be a large segment of the U.S. population who has become so rabid as to spout white-supremacist or christian-supremacist venom.

  94. 109 Kay 10 January, 2008 at 10:25 am

    “look at how stupid people from the USA are” isn’t really a discussion, just observation. simply compare news broadcasts.

    we have fools in canada too. except our population is lower so we have a quite lot less of them. hell, our entire government are fools. more the bumbling kind, less the new-world-order-the-world-thinks-were-dicks-economy-collapsing kind like you have going on down there.

  95. 110 Qyn 10 January, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I bet “Travis” is from Texas, and thinks USA is the only place that has freedom of speech. I can picture his accent now.

  96. 111 Kalvin 10 January, 2008 at 10:31 am

    If you came to the US without looking for negatives, you’d probably have a pretty good time. I grew up in Alaska, so spent a fair amount of time in Canada, and had a lot of dealings with Canadians. I could easily create a “5 creepiest things about Canada”. To start with, how about the incest in your country?? We heard about it all the time. I just searched Google, and found plenty of info including this:

    “It is not unusual to find different prevalence rates of incest for males and females, as in the study conducted by Renvoize who reported that as many as one-third of all girls and one-fifth of boys have experienced incest.”

    Should we judge all of you based on a few idiots, as you are doing??

  97. 112 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:32 am

    ascus4 (#69),

    I wouldn’t be offended if you posted some of the stupid news from Canada. I’m more than happy to oblige. In fact I write about it all the time.

    You’re absolutely right though, I did find much of my vacation enjoyable and not the least of it was your country’s beautiful climate. Keep in mind, my ancestors were the ones who came to this continent and said “We’ll take the frozen half.”

    However Americans really get up in arms when you criticize their country. So I do find that part of the reaction here to be interesting because I couldn’t give a crap what people say about Canada because I realize that patriotism and nationalism are antiquated and designed to stop critical thinking.

    I’ve met many Americans who agree, but unfortunately, you still have an abnormally large proportion of the population that still believes hyper-nationalism to be a virtue.

    • 113 The American 27 February, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      That paulitics is because you are jumping on what seems to be an “International wagon” of criticize America. Nothing but foul crap to spout about us. Unless we are providing comfort or safety to your sorry ass.

      How about this – Just in general, If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone or something. SHUT THE FUCK UP.

      • 114 Tim 10 March, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        LOL @ The American, this “International wagon” that you speak of, I guess you mean like a “bandwagon”. Like it is simply “trendy” to criticize America? I personally have no problem with Americans, I have had some great times with Americans. I think most of the world is none too impressed with your foreign policy, with “America”. I wonder why the rest of the world wouldn’t absolutely adore America?

        Right now, the thing that disgusts me the most about American foreign policy is their use of drone strikes. It is ridiculous! The people in those countries (the peaceful ones, not the terrorists) must think that this is the most cowardly act ever!

        Think about the scenario;
        You know where the bad guy is and you have two options, send in a drone that will kill him and put at risk 20 or so other INNOCENT lives, OR, put boots on the ground and go and risk your OWN lives to kill him. Which solution shows the most resolve? Which one shows the most cowardice and least respect for life?

        Britain has a lot of experience in their past wielding imperial power and nation-building. They do not engage in these type of cowardly tactics (often), as they know how short-sighted any gains are. They have no problem assassinating foreign heads of state, if need be, but understand that everyone is watching and their is something to be gained from at least maintaining the appearance of ethical and moral high ground, even in matters of war.

        Which does the executive branch of your government choose?

        Every time one of those blows up, America gains a few dozen more people in the world who hate it…..potential terrorists.

        Actually odd that you are so scared of terrorists when you have so much more to fear from your own armed citizens, but I guess that is because the terrorists don’t have nearly the same number of lobbyists as the gun manufacturers and the NRA.

        Not sure that you guys have any more crazy people than anywhere else, might be that you just allow them to wander around and get worst because of a broken health care system? Oh, and your unwillingness to tell them that they are wrong in their views so that they can learn what is socially acceptable for fear of hampering their free speech (or from fear that they are armed).

        What is so wrong with pointing out that some things are socially acceptable, and some are not?!?! When did this become a bad thing? Suddenly wanting to be polite and courteous to the general population makes you some kind of “facist” who wants to take away people’s right to free speech?

        American’s are great people (most of the ones I have met).

        America is F’ed up!!

        Get your country back on track, people!!!!

  98. 115 Jen 10 January, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I want to apoligize straight up right now if anyone took what I said about our take on freedom of speech as what makes our country great. I’m pretty sure it is what makes us the butt of jokes across the world, a.k.a, not great. But I’m also a supporter of it. I know that someday education will be important again, and we might actually have something good to say. I’ll keep living in the most optimistic place my mind can find until that day.

  99. 116 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Kalvin (#101) – you seriously think I came to the U.S. looking only to see bad things? How lame do you think I am.

    Also, are you seriously arguing that America can look down on Canada because of incest of all things? Or are you seriously thinking that somehow I’d take offense to the suggestion? You see there’s one important difference to be learned here: You criticize an American and you get 29,000 hits on your blog in 13 hours and over 500 comments saying “Fuck you Canada” split across Reddit and this blog. You criticize a Canadian and we are more likely than not to join in.

  100. 117 Kalvin 10 January, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Americans get criticized ALL the time by the rest of the world because of 10% of our population. My point was that you can find that 10% in ANY country. Your post was only about negatives, I didn’t read anything positive, what am I supposed to think??

  101. 118 aj jones 10 January, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I am an American and I am very Happy and Proud that I live in a country we truckers are free to put religous messages on there rig, and I am even happy that restaurants can put uup nasty sayings on their marquis. That my friends to the north is what real Freedom is.

    I always told my kids that you dont have to like everyone or agree with everyone but you do have to tolerate everyone. I think if all people on the left and the right would just quit trying to make everyone change to be like them we all be better off.

    As far as the French Toast, I wouldnt eat it but then again I dont have to.

  102. 119 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Okay, I’m still reading up on the comments, but here’s another case and point of an American who thinks their unique in the world in enjoying freedom of speech.

    Jason (#67) wrote:

    “And while I dont agree with some Casa D’Ice sentiments, I would love to see you be able to express yourself like that in another country. Its one of the great liberties that we have – FREEDOM OF SPEECH.”

    Does anybody else find this funny that these Americans actually think they’re somehow special in this regard?

  103. 120 Michael J. 10 January, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Please. Every (And I do mean *every*) country on earth has wackos. Why do you try to categorize all Americans?

    My second point is about your first “crazy” example. Why can’t a private company put slogans on their own trucks? In America, any private company can do that. Muslim owned companies can quote the Koran. Hindus, Buddhists … any company owner can push whatever philosophy they want on their own equipment. It’s called freedom. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

  104. 121 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Kalvin, you wrote:

    “Americans get criticized ALL the time by the rest of the world because of 10% of our population. My point was that you can find that 10% in ANY country. Your post was only about negatives, I didn’t read anything positive, what am I supposed to think??”

    Surely you’re not suggesting that in every post I have to say absolutely everything about the subject.

    So if I do a post about crazy/stupid stuff in Canada (which I’ve done hundreds of times), by your logic I also have to write:

    -But here are some good things about Canada…
    -And Canada is not the only country with crazy/stupid stuff…
    -America has some crazy/stupid stuff too…
    -But America isn’t all crazy/stupid stuff…
    -America has good things too…
    -Here are some of the good things about America…
    -Here’s what I think about the good things about America…

    The point is that this is what this post was about. If you want to read what I think on subjects other than this one, read the blog regularly and you’ll see me write about dumbass shit in Canada too.

  105. 122 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 10:51 am

    You’re kidding, right? It was in Canada that I was introduced to the fries, gravy, cheese curds combiniation. (I think there is something else in there too, but I have tried to block the whole experience out.) At least in the case of stuffed french toast, all the ingredients go together.

    Otherwise, it is a funny blog entry, even if it thrives on nothing but silly US stereotypes that have nothing to do with the majority of people in this country. To all my fellow countrypersons who are getting all bent out of shape: Relax! You are feeding right in to the silliness..

  106. 123 Chris 10 January, 2008 at 10:55 am

    > And I’ve lived in Canada for 46 years, and have
    > NEVER heard ANYONE pronounce it “aboot”

    You must not get out much. We have a place in BC, and I hear that pronunciation daily. Not that I care.

    Oh, and to Jacques: “putin” is the head of the Russian government. “Poutine” is the dish in question.

  107. 124 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Tara – I agree with you completely. The venomous attacks are definitely feeding right in to the silliness.

    Although, just to be fair, poutine (not poeutine or poteine or however else the Americans seem to be spelling it) is a Quebec invention. I’ll bet you that a majority of Canadadians West of Ontario have never tried it.

  108. 125 george hayduke 10 January, 2008 at 10:56 am

    stay in canada with your socialist friends.

  109. 126 Mike 10 January, 2008 at 10:57 am

    #3 A massive billboard in South Carolina just outside of Georgia which read:
    “Victory is great, but honor is greater. Defend your Southern heritage.”

    There is nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage. Or should Southerners be ashamed of who they are because they aren’t from Canada? You sound like more of a bigot than anyone I know south of the Mason-Dixon line. It also sounds like you are in favor of silencing anyone who you disagree with. How open minded of you.

  110. 127 Jacob 10 January, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Glad this doesn’t hold true to all Americans, or at least not me. I can still find humor in it though.

  111. 128 Kalvin 10 January, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Paulitics,
    Now I get it, you’re just trying to generate American interest in your blog-site. Post something negative about the US, create the expected frenzy, at least a few will look at your blog. Shrewd move.

  112. 129 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Chris (#111), actually, I’d have to agree with Murphy (#29) over on that one.

    I’ve lived in Canada my whole life and I’ve never heard anybody pronounce it “Aboot” either.

    Moreover, I just spent two weeks down in Florida and only two people guessed that I was Canadian (and one was because I gave him my Royal Bank of Canada Visa card to pay for a t-shirt and I guess he put two and two together).

  113. 130 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Kalvin, to tell you the truth, I wasn’t even trying to generate American interest in my blog (although I’m certainly not upset that I did). I already have a pretty substantial American reader demographic who read my international politics stuff.

    The post was primarily just to inform my regular readers that I’m back from my vacation.

  114. 131 Tessa 10 January, 2008 at 11:02 am

    For everyones’information, “Casa D’Ice” is not Spanish, it is Italian. Means “House of Ice”. Casa is not just a Spanish word. Babelfish.altavist.com will help with language translation.
    Also, anyone can tell you, that the Fench Toast thing is relatively common at most diners. They are by no means a healthy place to eat. They are one step above fast food and that is only because you can sit and be served.
    From what I can see, this person ONLY posted things about the U.S. that he could make fun of. Too bad he didn’t bother posting anything worthwhile. This is why people in other countries think the U.S. is full of right-wing, conservative nationalists who believe that they should run the world. Good Job in continuing to promote that view.

  115. 132 american 10 January, 2008 at 11:04 am

    first, get a sense of humor. second, stop being such a pussy. you’re completely living up to the canadian standard with that post.
    you whine like a little girl about benign things that ‘freaked’ you out. here is a suggestion, grow a pair of balls and stop being so darn sensitive.

  116. 133 Phillip Tribble 10 January, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Please forgive American politics. The evil right has taken over our image.

  117. 134 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Hi, Paul –

    A expat friend of mine just moved to Windsor. It was during a visit with him when I had the poutine experience. He has embraced this dish (and an additional 15 lbs of body weight) along with everything else “Canadian” with a zeal that is a little scary. Obviously, this is because he hates freedom. (“U-S-A, U-S-A!”)

    I can’t make any jokes about the cold, though. I live in Minnesota. It is sort of like Canada, without the universal health care.

  118. 135 kelly 10 January, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Seriously? You’re freaked out by a truck on the highway with religious sayings on it? By a modified version of French toast? By a letter to the editor pasted on a door somewhere? You Canadians must be pretty delicate.

    In this country, it’s perfectly okay to express yourself on a piece of your own property, whether you’re saying “Jesus loves you” or “The South will Rise Again”. Sure, some people will disagree with you, and that’s their right. (I just love the comment above which rails on and on about how intolerant someone must be to put something like “Jesus loves you” on a truck, and then says they’re dangerous and must be stopped. Yeah, that’s real clear thinking)

    Not everyone in the US is a redneck, just as I’m sure not everyone in Canada is a whiny religion-hating toast-fearing tuke-wearing baby. Pipe down, eh.

  119. 136 Nicole 10 January, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Whether there is much wrong with your interpretations or simply with the findings you’ve had, what seems silliest to me is the overabundant attacks and criticisms.

    How can we expect our country (its ills included) to be tolerated and respected if when one man’s position is not given that same consideration?

    Even if you don’t agree with the observations of our Canadian neighbor, berating him for them won’t bring enlightenment, but instead it encourages people’s distaste for “combatant, egotistical Americans”.

  120. 137 Brandon 10 January, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I hope you realize that your list has no credibility and is only a gag for a few laughs. Taking the opinions, albeit ignorant and/or insulting, expressed by a few Americans should actually be seen as a compliment to the USA, where free speech truly is tolerated. There are some real problems here that need to be addressed, such as an oversized, overly bureaucratic government, growing national debt, and social security and medicare.

    I think you Canadians need to look at your own problems, for which I have two words: socialized medicine.

  121. 138 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Brandon, Canadians are extremely proud of our national heathcare system. That’s why we voted Tommy Douglas (the ‘socialist’ leader who brought our universal healthcare system into effect) as the Greatest Canadian of All Time a year or so ago.

    That’s also why I had to hop on a plane immediately after my toenail got ripped out because I can get healthcare in Canada but healthcare in the U.S. would have bankrupted me.

  122. 139 Super Mike 10 January, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Love your little country. Too bad you had to pick a chunk of land so freaking cold. And never take a vacation there in the winter if you’re an American. Hot chicks in big down-filled jackets just don’t do anything for you like a sweet Myrtle Beach hottie wearing next to nothing on a hot December day.

  123. 140 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Brandon, if you want to read more about how our socialized medicine isn’t considered a ‘problem’ in our country, you can read more here:

    http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/

    (that’s not to say there aren’t problems with our country, though)

  124. 141 milton 10 January, 2008 at 11:26 am

    your knee-jerk anti-americanism is as ridiculous as it is hateful. you really should stop leaving the house if you can’t handle life.

  125. 142 Robert V 10 January, 2008 at 11:27 am

    So which do you hate more:
    – Christians
    – companies
    – Americans

    You know what freaks me out? That those things freak you out.

    I’m a Canadian too and I’m proud to say that we’re not all intolerant as this guy.

    USA has their problems, but expressing their freedom of religion, their pride in the heritage, and enjoying their fatty treats aren’t among them.

  126. 143 Jen 10 January, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Wow…I didn’t realize people are taking the list so seriously. I got a great chuckle out of your list. I’ve only been to Canada once, and I laughed at the Tim Horton’s on every corner. And I fell in love with the real Brie. It was delicious, and I am wholly disappointed because we can’t get it here. I’m really enjoying the anger that some people are expressing in the comments. This is fun. Thank you everyone, for making me realize that I don’t know a damn thing about the world and the people who live in it. I always thought the point of going to other countries, states, worlds, etc. was to experience different things, and I think that was the point of the original blog. Why is it bad to change your perspective? And Kelly (#123), did we really need to resort to insults? I only know one Canadian, and yes, she does happen to be batshit crazy, but I also realize that people probably think I’m batshit myself. But I’m smart enough to realize that 2 people a country do not make.

  127. 144 ascus4 10 January, 2008 at 11:36 am

    paulitics (#102)

    The reason that us Yanks “really get up in arms when you criticize their country” is because we’re just sick and tired of it. Everywhere you go on the net people have negative things to say about the US.
    Always.
    Constantly.
    Everywhere.
    It gets really old after a while.
    With that being said, I’ve spent every summer for the last 35 years about 3 hours north of Toronto and I love the place. Have great friends in the GTA and love you guys.

  128. 145 Leigh 10 January, 2008 at 11:38 am

    As a free human being you have the right to what freaks you out and to put it on the internet because we’re all interested in what you have to say (see you aren’t invisible), and I applaud your being able to openly voice that opinion where it can be viewed as an absolutism by all. As an American, I find it funny in some respects, not so funny in others. Since Americans are feeling increasingly overwhelmed by world sentiment and opinion that makes them feel saddened, a bit defensive, worried, and even a little fearful (and we all know what fear leads to) I feel like I’d like to put my 2 cents worth in here.

    #5: A company is stating its religious beliefs openly on its property; they aren’t mine, but neither one of us is hurting the other. Abortion rights is a huge and deeply emotionally affecting issue (it should be), by all means let people speak about it. I am so glad they are able to do this in a public way, I’ll gladly stand up to support their right, and I’ll make a more informed decision if I choose to use their services.

    #4: Somehow you are linking that horrendous but silly breakfast to a people’s identity. Who cares! I’m an upstate New Yorker, and I’ve never seen this offered, so it must not have taken off as a staple breakfast of champions. And, if it is an implication of the round people situation, you better make sure you don’t have any to complain of. I’m not aware of your fry concoction, but it does sound similar, just as silly, and unhealthy. I wouldn’t order it, it wouldn’t freak me out, but I would laugh, and it’s the owners right to offer it. Didn’t Friendly’s have some giant bucket of ice cream it offered a long time ago, and if you could eat one, you’d get another gigantic bucket free? I don’t believe they sold many; mostly to teenagers on a lark.

    #3: The South still waves the confederate flag in places. They all haven’t totally gotten over the Civil War and the trouncing they took, someday we all hope, but for now it is a reality in SOME places. What’s your point? Quebec?

    #2: My family emigrated from Ireland before government handouts, and worked their collective asses off to make a living, and were also subjected to racist conditions. Knowing my family, a handout is still a handout; they would never have taken it. We’re a stubborn and proud lot it seems. I can certainly understand people who are proud of what they accomplished without government help. People who have never been in a position where a “handout” would help, just might not understand; your perspective is skewed. And just because a handout exists, doesn’t mean it can’t be declined. We’re a culture based mainly on “pulling yourself with your own bootstraps” it sort of defines us.
    I’d like to think we’d have a system in place that helps all human beings in need regardless, especially the children, the sick, and the elderly. Should American tax dollars go to Americans first or to illegal immigrants on a first come first serve basis is up to the American people to decide, it is a huge and complex issue that brings many emotional fears to the surface. But, when your Canadian system and population of 33+ million is overwhelmed at 301 million legal residents, please let us know by all means. Apparently, this isn’t an issue at home you have to worry over..yet.

    #1: THE SIGN. .I had to laugh; I guess I have become too jaded to be shocked. Ok, there is always freedom of speech defense, even for the ignorant. There are always those who crave attention, those protected media whores. Lastly though, and this I feel is most important, this is one sign again in a population of 301 million, maybe there are others, but heck it isn’t rampant. I am grateful he lets us know who he is and what he believes. I’d rather know and be able to identify than not, and again, that sign gets the conversations flowing. I would bet the moon most people are shocked and dismayed by this attitude, GREAT. Maybe they are secretly glad someone said it out loud because they couldn’t, or maybe seeing this out there and having moments where some of the same thoughts crossed their minds, then the monster is out, and is no longer a monster anymore, they can see it for what it is, fear and anger. (fear again.)

    I’m sorry your trip to my country freaked you out to such an extent. I invite you back to New York, where art flourishes, the natural beauty is sublime, people smile and come to your aid, food is top notch and from all over the world, culture is complex and stimulating, and people from all over the world exist, thrive, and enjoy each other’s differences. There are places; forums, coffee houses, and town halls that ideas and issues are discussed by everyone. I never lock my doors, my keys stay in my car because I know I’ll lose them, and I feel safe and secure. I enjoy going to visit Canada, I’ve had my share of some negative experiences, and some positive ones as well, and I won’t be one of those people who sees a few negative things and paints an entire country by them.

  129. 146 daniel paré 10 January, 2008 at 11:39 am

    well maybe america is all good but i can’t help but feeling something terribly wrong with your country.

    something deeply retarded and cash motivated.

    and from what i get in the news (on the internet, not your god awful tv news) people over there are getting dumber by the second,

    the country’s going straight to hell and nobody’s doing anything because they are isolated and brainwashed by the media.

    I hate the United States right now (by the way America is not the united states, it is canada, usa, mexico, south america, etc… so stop using it like you own that name you arrogant self-centered bigot assholes). I used to like this country. wake up people. go paint the white house in black or something.

    dan

  130. 147 Brandon 10 January, 2008 at 11:40 am

    paulitics –

    The problem with socialized medicine is the idea of yet another government funded and run program. Government is inefficient at best and free markets where competition exists always produces better services at a lower cost for the quality of service rendered. Why should everyone be entitled to free handouts when they don’t deserve it. Socialized and welfare programs are a BAD idea.

    Any good doctor would tell you that we have far and away the best medicine here in the states, and if you ever have a serious life threating condition you want to be treated here in America. It may be more expensive, but that’s the cost of cutting edge technology and the price to pay for the best practitioners of medicine in the world.

  131. 148 Kennedy 10 January, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I agree with Z’s comment. This post seems to be a very weak argument for “why America sucks.” Yes, a lot of Americans are morons, but a lot of Canadians are as well. It’s a matter of perspective, isn’t it? This list adds to the stereotype that all Americans are uneducated, bigoted and pro-war. In fact, there is a huge population of forward-thinking and progressive people, young and old, who have been fighting for change in this country.

    Your argument also seems to not dig deep enough to actually find out what’s happening in the American political and cultural landscape. Marquees and French toast are hardly enough to back any argument you might pose about American politics or culture.

    So, in this post, are you trying to make a statement on American culture or American politics, or both? If you’re commenting on American culture, then I agree you’ve seen some pretty strange things. But if you want to comment on American politics, then I would have just come right out and said it instead of veiling it in a snapshot version of what you saw on your road trip.

    I’m just not seeing where you were trying to go with this post.

  132. 149 ascus4 10 January, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I’ve spent a bit of time in the GTA and above and I hear “aboot” all the time.
    “boy” for “buoy”.
    “battry” for “battery” (Kitchner).
    “sleca” for “celica”.

    What’s the big deal, I don’t think it sounds bad at all. It’s just an accent. We all have them.

  133. 150 Jen 10 January, 2008 at 11:44 am

    #133,

    Instead of getting angry because the entire world critizes the U.S., maybe you should stop and consider why. I live in MN, and luckily, we’re a fairly educated bunch up here. But think about peer pressure for a second. If everyone in your middle school was having sex, you thought about it, didn’t you. So, if everyone sees the flaws in our country and our policies, why haven’t you stopped to think about them? Just because they are ours, doesn’t mean they are correct, or even good. It just means they are ours. Stop being patriotic for the sake of being patriotic, and start doing your civic duty. Question the government. Question the policies, make this country better because there is a lot of room for improvement. That’s what being a citizen is about, and if you don’t believe me, believe the Declaration of Independence. It may be old, but it never outdated.

  134. 151 JJ Frizz 10 January, 2008 at 11:44 am

    How in the hell do you stay warm up in the Great White North when your skin is so thin and sensitive? Stay on your side and cuddle up with a LaBatt’s, the world’s most boring sport, and those lovely, friendly people from Quebec. Get bent.

  135. 152 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I still am at a complete loss for words as to why people, and especially Americans from my experience, feel some sort of imagined connection to ‘their’ country and take offense at a funny list of observations.

    I think the majority of the world feels very little sense of connection to their country because they realize that countries and states are all artificial constructs. I couldn’t care less if people badmouth Canada. Why should I care? I was just born here, it’s no more a part of me or my identity than winter.

    Maybe somebody will consider why Americans get so up in arms when a Portuguese person wouldn’t get all up in arms over ‘anti-Portugueseism’ or a Moroccan over ‘anti-Morroccanism’.

  136. 153 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Geez, Dan (#135),

    Maybe YOU are getting dumber by the second. Capital letters and proper punctuation are your friends – get to know them, love them.

    By the way, if I see one U.S citizen respond to that comment with something like, “Oh, you are so right! I hate my country! We are SO stupid/backwards/ close-minded/evil/etc” well, then I just give up. What is that all about, people? If you don’t like the direction this country is headed, do something about it! That is what patriotism is all about.

    Otherwise, maybe Canada will take you in; and nestle you in its cold, cold bosom.

  137. 154 Nat 10 January, 2008 at 11:51 am

    This might have already been said, but come over to the west coast, we’re nicer over here (for the most part).

  138. 155 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Kennedy (#137) –

    “So, in this post, are you trying to make a statement on American culture or American politics, or both? If you’re commenting on American culture, then I agree you’ve seen some pretty strange things. But if you want to comment on American politics, then I would have just come right out and said it instead of veiling it in a snapshot version of what you saw on your road trip.”

    I do write about and comment on American politics all the time. Nowhere in this post was there a comment at all about American politics. That wasn’t the purpose of the post. When I want to talk about American politics, I do. This post was about the 5 craziest things I saw in my time in America.

  139. 156 Brad 10 January, 2008 at 11:54 am

    #1
    A few of these signs towards the end are definitely FAKED i.e. photoshopped.

    Calling Arabs “camel jockeys” and proposing we leave bombs for them to kill eachother WOULD NOT be allowed on a billboard, even in the USA. This is blatant racism and is an incitement of racial hatred. Again, a FAKE to get a few more people worked up.

  140. 157 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Tara, you wrote:

    “That is what patriotism is all about.”

    No, partriotism is about stopping thought long enough to evoke a ‘bellyfeel’ reaction from people when confronted with new stimuli. And you’ve witnessed a beautiful demonstration of this here today.

  141. 158 Brandon 10 January, 2008 at 11:56 am

    You were the one who came up with this list about “America” that freak you out as a “Canadian”, so in essence you started with people having a connection to their country. Now that people are pointing out how ridiculous your list is you revert to a cry of defensive nationalism and over zealous patriots. Nice Try.

    I have a hard time buying your list as and attempt at humor, because, well it just isn’t funny. Jim Carey is a funny Canadian – you are definitely not. Keep trying though maybe you can do better next time. Come visit us again sometime, because trust me, people here do a lot of really funny and ridiculous stuff so you won’t have to look too hard.

  142. 159 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Brandon, “Jim Carey is a funny Canadian” – that might explain why you didn’t find the list funny. There were no funny gestures or faces to acompany this post.

  143. 160 ascus4 10 January, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Dan (135)

    Actually, much of the world uses the word “America” to refer to the US.
    It irritates me too because you are correct. “America” refers to the entire continent.
    See? We’re *all* dumb about something or the other.

  144. 161 pissed guy 10 January, 2008 at 11:58 am

    To all of you “but…but…but freedom of speech” people out there, The author was not saying that they did not have a right to say those things, just that he is appalled that any resonable person would. He then proceeds to critisize their message not their right to the speech itself. You have the right to say (just about) anything you want and the author has the right to critisize and mock you for it(he is now choosing to exercise that right). Some of the billboard signs do also boarder on hate speech which is not protected. I think one could resonably construe that they mean to incite violence against a religious or ethnic group, this could be classified as hate speech if someone were to want to make a case of it. I think the fact that no one has, as an indication of just how free we are. However, sometimes that freedom just gives us more rope to hang ourselves with.

  145. 162 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Brandon, I’m also not reverting to anything. Nor am I advocating “defensive nationalism” because, I frankly don’t know what that term means. What I’m advocating is NO nationalism. In fact, I practice it. As does much of the world. That’s why WE don’t take offence when you criticize Canada or any other country.

  146. 163 Brandon 10 January, 2008 at 11:59 am

    That is true. If you did faces and contorted yourself like Jim Carey then I must admit, you would be funny as well. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were making such facial expressions as you posted this list and therefore I will assume for that reason that you are funny.

  147. 164 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    pissed guy (#150). You hit the nail on the head. I think that’s the best comment I’ve read all day. Well put. I couldn’t have worded it any better myself.

  148. 165 PaulRay 10 January, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Not all Americans are this stupid… Really. We’re mostly pretty good people. You were in pretty much the armpit areas…
    BTW, what possessed you to go to the deep South and PA on vacation? I would never do that…
    Oh and LOL at the stuffed “French” toast… I’ve seen it, but never eaten it.
    Loved the POV from up North none-the-less.
    Next time visit a civilized area I’m we could find you some better places to enjoy your next vacation. LOL!
    Sigh… It’s so hard to shed these stereotypes. Of course, some of these comments don’t help our image much either.

  149. 166 Joey 10 January, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Most Americans are fine and decent human beings, some suck. Deal with it.

    The only downfall, I see, is that these hick bastards, and narrow minded folk like them, have just as much voice as anyone with their wits about them. That is what forces the US into a terrible light when the rest of the world is concerned. We just happen to be helmed by one of those same hick bastards now. This is the year that’ll change.

  150. 167 Steve 10 January, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    @William Bennett: Invoking Godwin’s law does not an intelligent argument make… Just thought you should know.

  151. 168 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Paul (#146):

    I suspected you’d say that. On this point, we will have to disagree. (Too bad.. I feel like we had a real meeting of minds on the “poutine” issue)

    Patriotism is a love of country and should bring with it sense of duty to one’s country. It is not a blind hatred of all other countries. Nor does being a patriot require one to follow every decsion one’s government makes without question. To be a patriot you must be willing to think critically and be willing to raise questions when you see things go wrong. Furthermore, you can both be a patriot and be willing to poke fun at yourself and your land. Doing that allows some critical distance from yourself and gives you perspective; perspective that strengthens your ability to exercise your patriotic duties (voting, for one thing). Unless you are an idiot. Then, maybe you should just stick with chanting. (“U-S-A, U-S-A!”)

    I do realize that my sense of patriotism deviates from the modern norm. For many of us, all patriotism seems to require is wearing a flag pin and posting nasty, reactionary comments on a Canadian blog. That’s too bad. All I can do is keep on truckin’; me and my Christian dog.

  152. 169 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Tara (#157), I appreciate what you’re saying. I’m not saying that FOR YOU and a select minority of others, patriotism can’t mean what you take it to mean. What I was saying was more an empirical observation about what patriotism actually means in the vast majority of instances.

    Thus, I think we both see the dangers of the more popular brand of patriotism, but we do just disagree on how best to combat it. But, nevertheless, despite our disagreement on that front, I do thank you for injecting some thoughtful discussion into the mix.

  153. 170 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Paul(#158):

    Happy to help and thanks for the compliment. Good luck with the crazies on both sides of the border and congrats on getting people so wound up. This had to be great for your blog traffic.

  154. 171 Wade 10 January, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    You’re upset because a trucking company is expressing religious beliefs. You’re upset because a state has pride in its heritage. French toast is cooked in scrambled egg, not butter. A letter to the editor doesn’t mean it’s right. And a business owner can put whatever he wants on his signs. If that sucks for you, Make an atheist business that has no Canadian pride (Cause come on… how boring of a history can you get?), only serve crackers and caviar, release newsletters with no public voice, and write your fucking blog on the sign. Chances are, more people would read it there.

  155. 172 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Tara, that’s an understatement. 40,000 hits in less than 16 hours.

  156. 173 Brittany 10 January, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    The signs scare me.
    1. I live in california and i have yet to see a non-native mexican working in a wal-mart. Go figure.
    2. Gas at $2 a gallon?, id take $3
    3. /agreed. These things are scary. And most of them come from good people with a lack of understanding of international politics either due to environment or lack of education.
    4. Camel jockey? Oh this reminds me of a funny story.
    My best friend of 20 years grew up in a Jewish house. What she was 13, as part of her bat’mitsvah (kind of like a quincinera but it happens at 13) she made a pilgrimage to Israel and visited the surrounding countries. When hearing this next part you must keep in mind that my friend barely breaks 5 feet and is approaching 200 pounds. She is the sweetest woman alive but she cannot meet some of the excruciating standards for women in her native california. When she visited the palestinian districts of israel a man dressed as though he were well-off approached her parents and offered them 40 herds of camel and some gold for her hand in marriage upon first looking at her. My friend was only 13. She was absolutely mortified, and her parents politely declined. He upped the offer of gold. All they had to say was that they were Jewish…and he discreetly handed my friend a gilded dagger as a “memoir” and apologized before high tailing it out of there.
    Irony anyone?

  157. 174 Xenetar 10 January, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thats the beauty of the U.S.A. We can all disagree with each other and are free to do it. I don’t have to like what this restaurant puts on their sign, but I can also put whatever I believe on my sign. You that say such signs shouldn’t be, and such menu items shouldn’t be or whatever… you only want freedom to apply to yourself.

  158. 175 SF Guy 10 January, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    You gotta love the idiot who feels so offended by free speech that he feels that he and the other open-minded americans should shut it down and make all of these “closed-minded bigots” move out of the country. You, my friend, are not the solution…just a different side of the problem. The stuffed french toast reminds me of the “secret to great french cooking…butter, butter, butter”. It’s insane, but american’s certainly don’t have a corner on insanely unhealthy foods. We did not create the insanely unhealthy food market (think alfredo sauce, fois gras), and who really cares. We’ve got a lot of religious people down in the south. They’d like to push their views onto as many people as possible. Thank goodness we live in a country were crazy and non-crazy are allowed to express their views without being condemned, jailed, punished, or enjoined.

  159. 176 Jera Wolfe 10 January, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    For #4 response, to Rod.

    Immigrant and Illegal are not interchangeable terms, Rod. Nor is every immigrant illegal. Our country (Mine and I’m assuming Rod’s, and in this case America) doesn’t require us to conform to “illegal” immigrants. (sigh)

  160. 177 Marty 10 January, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    PLEASE all you Canadians stay up there in Canadia, we don’t want you here. Really, we don’t. You’re a bunch of pussies and no one cares about your liberal views. You are lucky we are here to protect your retarded asses.

  161. 178 Alpha Wolf 10 January, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks, Marty, but you do not speak for me, or for that matter a great deal of Americans.

  162. 179 jimmy 10 January, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    ok, i don’t even know how i got here, but there’s something i need to say before leaving. this country has a number of issues- some are extremely deep, dark and disturbing- i’ll grant you and anybody else capable of independent thought that much. but you listen here: i’ll be damned if i let a canadian of all people try to school an american on nutrition. yes, america is fat, but our diet alone does not come first on the list of reasons why. i mean, seriously, how can you even begin to chirp on and on about stuffed french toast, when you are from a country that came up with poutine (french fries topped with whole cheese curds and smothered in gravy). or how about the french canadian ragu (pork, duck, mixed-meat meatballs and ham hocks cooked down for hours in a brown gravy and served over egg noodles)- i’m sure that recipe varies greatly by family and region. sugar-on-snow parties? (outdoor parties where home-made maple syrup is served on snow- also served are usually fresh donuts cooked in lard which are also used to sop up the syrup) what traditional canadian recipe box doesn’t contain a hundred references to butter, cream, lard and bacon?
    c’mon, man. rant all you want, but you gotta pick your spots.

  163. 180 johnson 10 January, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    what a load of crap… casa d’ice is an internet hoax. wake up, this is all B.S. (all except) the nasty ass french toast I’m sorry to admit

  164. 181 philip 10 January, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    mexicans wouldnt be in the back, they would be standing by the payphones looking at beautiful white women, while they stand with their fat white women, canada blows, we are the best country in the world, one nation under God stay in Canada and watch your hockey, but i bet tom brady could whip gretzky in a fist fight, stupid foreigner, u should be ashamed to be white

  165. 182 Phil 10 January, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Guess I’m just an unhealthy American, but that stuffed French toast sounded good. Oh and processed cheese isn’t that bad either. Hell it’s not like real cheese comes from a prettier process or anything. The rest, yea that’s just odd.

  166. 183 Jason Mengelkoch 10 January, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Please believe that not all Americans or places in America are like the places or people you’ve seen and heard about. This country is not in a very good place right now, but we are trying to get back. Bear with us.

  167. 184 Trey 10 January, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    The thing is. You just can’t buy hilarity like that. I mean, it’s truly priceless. Those signs are amazing.

    I am an American and realize that about 90% of the people in this country are simply out of their minds. I personally find it more amusing than the circus.

    Just watching the evening news cracks me up.

  168. 185 Keith 10 January, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I have lived all over upstate New York for my entire life, and I have never heard of stuffed french toast.

    Also, people who live in the north of the USA look down on southerners just as much as anyone else in the world. That part of the country has had a massive inferiority complex for the last 140 years.

  169. 186 matt k. 10 January, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    So you guys don’t have assholes in Canada?

  170. 187 Zbu 10 January, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    That Casadice signmaker has really serious issues that should be left either to a therapist or a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

  171. 188 Bern Cranston 10 January, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Anti-American BIGOT.
    That’s it, pure and simple.

  172. 189 Big Jack 10 January, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    so quit bitching and don’t come back… we don’t need you.

  173. 190 tim 10 January, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    What I hate about the Internet:

    1. It allows any dumbass with an opinion to believe it is actually worth something.

    2. Comment sections go on forever, yet only discuss three basic arguments

    3. NOT being able to understand (not agree, just understand) an opposing viewpoint is the basis of ignorance; Hiding behind a computer monitor makes that way too easy for most.

  174. 191 Paul 10 January, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Funny…. I just got back from Kicking Horse in Banff where I had…. wait for it….

    Stuffed French toast!!!

    (and yes, the owners of the inn were life long Canadians)

    So give your self-righteousness a rest.

    Everyone could come up with 5 random fringe reasons to hate any country. I feel dumber for reading this, and dumber still for posting to it.

  175. 192 mr. winter 10 January, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    seriously everything is offered up in Spanish because companies want to make a buck off of immigrants – legal or not. Thats the american way. seriously is there anyway to get the south to secede again

  176. 193 myles 10 January, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I believe Edmund Burke once said….

    Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine, that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.

    I guess I’m saying it’s a rather naive, no, narrow and distant viewpoint. Not to say the number of ignorant Americans is small, just that the most loudly voiced opinon (seemingly) may not be the opinion most commonly advanced.

  177. 194 fukengruven 10 January, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Next time you drive down from Canada to the good ole USA, come through Windsor ON into Detroit, MI.

    Once you take a good look around Detroit, you will quickly re-organize this little list of yours.

    Worse than Detroit? Impossible!

  178. 195 J-chot 10 January, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    So I gather that :

    1. the concept of free-speech,and the fact that crazy people have it shocks you.
    2. the concept of religious beliefs makes you uncomfortble.
    3. You don’t mind killing babies.

    I like how you take things out of context and use them to represent a whole.
    (sorry I can’t spell)

  179. 196 J-chot 10 January, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    but yeah, that sign maker has issues.

  180. 197 Erik 10 January, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I wonder if I can cherry pick embarrassing examples of Canadian imbecility?

    (Oh, btw, not every American is fat, drives an SUV, and thinks Jesus rode to church on a dinosaur.)

  181. 198 Bushwick Bill 10 January, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    To all you lame ass Canadian America-haters: Eat a dick.

    To Larry Gambone, who said:

    “JCY, your attitudes are an example of why the world is hostile toward the USA. Thankfully, there are lots of Americans who 1. would be offended by a commercial truck with religious nit-wittery plastered on it, 2. Think fast food is crap, 3. Don’t pick on immigrants 4. Don’t tell critics they can stay out of the USA.”

    Americans like you who lick the boots of foreigners in a vain attempt to seek their approval deserve your fate. Enjoy the taste of boot black.

    5, I’m an atheist who thinks Christianity is stupid. But we have a right to express our beliefs or non-beliefs in this country. It’s called the First Amendment. You ought to get one.

    4, As my American brothers and sisters have already stated: Poutine. So go fuck yourself about stuffed French toast.

    3, As a non-Southerner, I don’t have a dog in that fight. Again, though, we have this little thing in the USA I mentioned above called the First Amendment, guaranteeing free speech–even speech we don’t like.

    2, Um, again, we have a First Amendment right to express our views, without first having to make sure those views conform to the world view of our neighbors or of a fucking Canadian, for chrissakes. Moreover, he does know his history: our ancestors who came here didn’t go on the dole. America takes in more immigrants & refugees than the rest of the world combined, so Canada and other countries need to eat a big fat American dick before you complain about American immigration policies or opinions.

    1, So, some restaurant owner has over the top opinions? We’re not fucking Canada, we have the right to express ourselves in the United States without first making sure that the government deems our opinions inoffensive. Should I judge all Canadians by the arrogant fuckwit author of this blog post? No. I know some damn good Canadians. I won’t judge all of Canada by you, asshole. Maybe you ought to learn to make similar distinctions.

    Until you do, go fuck yourself.

  182. 199 T. J. 10 January, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I just wanted to let you know the only reason I read this is because of the link on Fark.com.

    You are a tool.

  183. 200 Rae 10 January, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    You’re judging an entire country based on the habits and beliefs of a few. “You people”? Not every American thinks and acts the same way. Suggesting that they do is rather unfair.

  184. 201 Joe Bobe 10 January, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Translated:

    “Oh dear lord, those damn Americans are exercising their FREEDOMS, and I disagree with some of them. This cannot be. They must all do only things that I approve! They must feel my righteous Canadian superiority burning their souls!”

    Sheesh, piss off, you arrogant f**k. You can begin to pretend to be superior to the USA as soon as you secure some kind of freedom of speech for yourselves.

  185. 202 Stephanie P 10 January, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I’m ashamed.

    Will you sponsor me when I move North to Canada? Pretty please?

  186. 203 John 10 January, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Don’t worry. We sane Americans (yes we do exist) are freaked out by all five of your observations. We’re working real hard to change it but the insane right has a strong foothold. I could add at least five more observations to your list that I notice on a daily basis here in Georgia (a red state that is getting more red every day).

  187. 204 Bedrock Guy 10 January, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Hey, you Canadian schmuck. Who cares what you think. Oh, you were offended by our billboards. So, complain to your Human Rights Commission. They’ll square you right away.

    Go home and stay there you punk. Love Bedrock Guy

  188. 205 Dave Starr 10 January, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Sounds like Kanukistan is a bastion of tolerance. Eh? How does a religious message on a truck oppress you? Don’t want to see anything that may offend you? Wear a blindfold. Don’t like stuffed French toast? Don’t eat it, but why would you prevent others from eating it? Since you obviously got the pictures of the signs from the Casa D’Ice web site, why didn’t you read a bit more? You’d have learned that the owner is Italian, and Casa is also the Italian word for house. You won’t see gun free zone signs in Kanukistan, because you let the government take away your right to own a gun. language bigotry; go to Quebec & try speaking English.

  189. 206 Bobby 10 January, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    LoL!! Fat cats! I remembered those things back in college!!! Hahaha!

  190. 207 D 10 January, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    “American” cheese has nothing to do with patriotism, it’s simply a food name, much like French Fries or Swiss Cheese, and has been around a long time. It’s also not actually cheese, technically it’s a “cheese food”, so has to be labeled as such. All kinds of restaurants all over the world have particular platters of their own they give silly names to. So really #4 made a big deal out of nothing.

    The others were pretty freaky.

  191. 208 Bedrock Guy 10 January, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    PS – your healthcare sucks too. First test, the Democrats think its great. Except of course, none of the Democratic leadership will ever expose themselves to the socialist nature of your healthcare. That would be for the little people you know. Eh. Love Bedrock Guy

  192. 209 Ferrell 10 January, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    HELL YEAH!!!!

    That’s why we are a world super power, pride, capitalism, and rule of law. NOT giving into invadors, trust me Canada will fall like the Netherlands if y’all don’t watch it. Theo Van Gough ring a bell?

    Besides what has Canada given the world, Tom Green, Pam Anderson, and Celine Dione?? Go ahead make fun of my culture, we’ll still have the last laugh. And don’t worry we’ll still be your body guards (French Canadian Army, Oui, Oui, We surrender!)

    SOCIALISM SUCKS, and needs to be dealt with by any means necessary.

  193. 210 W. Gretzky 10 January, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    What’s all this commotion aboot? if thats the worst 5 reasons, can’t be all that bad in the U.S., eh?

    /shits pants

  194. 211 Bedrock Guy 10 January, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    One more thing (I’m on a roll tonight). If you think the majority of Americans who vote give a rat’s ass about anything a European or Canadian think, you would be, er….WRONG.

    We love your scenery, your history, and your beer; your politics, are a bit, how shall we say…wierd. You can’t even fix the Quebec problem, Europe is scared shitless of the Islamic Fascists and yet, you feel very comfortable slamming the U.S. That’s ok, cuz it proves you really love us and are absolutely terrified of having your head cut off.

    Love Bedrock Guy

  195. 212 Cuddle Bunny 10 January, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    LOL

    Some Americans, as some Canadians, French, Germans, Mexicans, Zimbabwayans, humans, are questionably allowed to walk free.

    Who knew?

    I prefer the hideous signs and posted letters and truck-side icons. At least those nuts are easy to spot and therefore, avoid.

    p.s. Stay away from Marty’s house, no sense of humor there, otherwise you are welcome to visit any time. :)

  196. 213 Eleutherios 10 January, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I’m an American, and I’m ashamed to say my country has been totally FUCKED for at least eight years now. We’re trying to get our country back, give us a break. Better yet, send us some help!

  197. 214 Ian 10 January, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    All of these things are tremendously stupid, but living in the US (specifically the Deep South) I no longer find myself surprised by any of them, except maybe the Casa D’Ice. The Stuffed French Toast example is far from the worst though. How about the deep fried, cheese-stuffed bacon burger made of ground bacon? Seriously. It is real: http://www.peppersandsmoke.com/bbq/deepfried/

  198. 215 Tim 10 January, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Everybody just needs to take a deep breath and stop taking things way too seriously. Whatever happened to perspective and the ability to laugh at ourselves? There is plenty of good and bad in Canada, the US, and every other place on the planet. No one place is exclusively one or the other–there are fringes on either end. God Bless America and God Bless Canada!

  199. 216 IllinoisGirl 10 January, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    KIDS KIDS KIDS!!! JEEBUZ, get a sense of humor! (Or “humour” *nods* ) I’m born and raised Illinois grown rusted bible belt and I see it! For gosh sake, get your red white and blue American panties outta their twist and take a DEEP breath, back AWAY from the blog.

    Yes, these are all extreme examples of some of the less than admirable people we have here. Every country has them. When did the US get so reactionary? Someone up there said “you must have thin skin, how do you survive the cold?” (paraphrased there). Um…..WHO has the thin skin?

    Srsly peeps. Get over yourselves. It’s a blog. We have weirdos. So do they.

    What worries me far more is the sheer number of loudmouthed “Americans” on this blog that are perpetuating those exact stereotypes by defending them. YOU people are part of the problem, not a Canadian who wrote a light-hearted “things I hate” list.

  200. 217 Man 10 January, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Glad you’re back in canada…….

  201. 218 Chrissie 10 January, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I think what amazes me more than anything else is the number of people (Americans) who would jump to defend any of these five points.

    What heartens me is the recognition from many who left comments that, yeah, a lot of that stuff is pretty f*cked up.

    I take issue with the person who stated “Dang man, you found some silly letter to the editor by some random dude and that’s what you find #2 most wrong with the entire country? Holy cow. I can find better stuff wrong than one person’s opinion”. Clearly, this blog post states that these five items freaked you out AS A CANADIAN. Nowhere does it say that you were listing the things that are “most” wrong with the entire country. And really, you’re commenting on specific attitudes of specific people and/or groups, and NOT making generalizations. What I got from your post is that one of the problems you witness was people making TOO MANY generalizations.

  202. 219 deathrace2000 10 January, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    So let’s see: an arrogant douchebag comes to America, only bothers to photograph the things he wants to whine about, only notices food he doesn’t want to eat, and gets offended that American Cheese is referred to as “American Cheese”. (Because lord knows Swiss Cheese and Glouchester Cheese aren’t named after the place where THEY’RE made.) Yeah, great job, genius.

  203. 220 Kurt 10 January, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    So being stupid is somehow uniquely American? I didn’t realize we had a monopoly on ignorance. I don’t see how those things are upsetting to a Canadian specifically.

  204. 221 Pittsburgher 10 January, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    I just wanted to point out to the person who said that Casa D’Ice has casa in it, and is therefore hispanic. It’s actually Italian.

    The D’ is an italian prefix. If it were spanish, it would be

    case de ice, or casa de hielo

    just saying

  205. 222 Sean 10 January, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I can see your point on quite a few of these….well, points. I have to take issue with the letter to the editor from the descendant of an immigrant, however. The simple fact is that yes, the social programs available today did not exist when his grandfather travelled here. But had he not been able to find his way on his own, and learn the ways and language of the country he adopted as home, the grandson who wrote said letter would likely not exist; how often do you meet the descendant of a homeless guy who wasn’t homeless along with him at the time (ie, the child of a homeless parent who lives on the streets with him)? I realize I’m leaving the door open to a remarkably stupid point of “well the kid had to get a home somewhere” and that is not necessarily correct. But back to the argument at hand. The grandfather made his way here when it was a little harder to do so, modes of travel being what they were. He made his way once he got here by learning the language and getting a job, rather than relying on government assistance (whether it was available or not is a moot point; it’s like arguing how successful psychiatry would’ve been against medieval exorcism recipients). This country’s individualist ideals promote heavily the idea of supporting oneself and finding your own “American dream”. This country is very much the melting pot it was once described as. These points being the case, it is in fact commendable that without much going for him, this one man’s grandfather was successful without government help, and it is sad, I would say, that unregistered immigrants (I think the term illegal, while accurate, is becoming a bit of a loaded word, racially) are willing to enter this country without permission and work for less than what is livable here, only to accept assistance from the government they are breaking the laws of. I’m not one for having the “Minutemen” on the border; far from it. I just think that if they should want to come to this country so badly, they should be willing to do so within our laws. If this country is worth doing so much to live in, then they should at least do so with respect for it, and I do think it’s disrespectful to do what the unregistered immigrants have been doing. Not only that, but our country has enough problems to take care of in regards to our borders without having to worry about people from otherwise friendly nations breaking our laws to get in.

  206. 223 Q 10 January, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Why not nuke all the camel jockeys and turn Iraq into a parking lot for our oil refinery trucks.

  207. 224 Kevin 10 January, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, not all of use are that ignorant.

  208. 225 Seth 10 January, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Everyone, I’ll let you in on a secret: It was meant as Humor!

    Oh my God, I know. It was hard to see, but I think we can all just move on and have a little chuckle over this small misunderstanding.

  209. 226 Rodeodoc 10 January, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    “But the Casa D’Ice boards…they’re enough to make me want to move to Sweden” sez Cody.

    Hey, Cody, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. At least in America we have the right to say what we think. In Canada and Sweden, the cops would kick down your door and rip down the sign because you have offended some poor soul.

  210. 227 Technical Writing Geek 10 January, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Poutine is solidly excellent. It’s a calorie bomb, but after a plate of it, you won’t mind a rousing five mile hike.

    The comment about the 800 mile Wal-Mart scared me because… 800 mile Wal-Mart? Help!

  211. 228 Q 10 January, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Most of us feel that way. And we would annex Canada too if the women would shave their armpits.

  212. 229 bubba southland 10 January, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    As an American who lives about 45 minutes from Windsor, Ontario I’m LMFAO at just how freaking clueless and naive most Canadians generally are.

    Message to Canadians: Your welcome. German just doesn’t seem to fit your temperment.

    I can’t believe a criticism from a country that actually allowed an entire city (Montreal) and nearly an entire province (Quebec) to withdraw from it’s ‘union’ and change it’s official to French.

    I can’t figure out why the Moose haven’t taken over the country yet.

  213. 230 Someone American 10 January, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Well at least this Canuk is safe, when I see them bastards in the states I do my best not to run them off the road. As drivers they SUCK, and as a country they suck worse.

  214. 231 Mike M. 10 January, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    As an American, the thing that disturbs me most, is the idiocy some people have displayed in this post. (I’m looking at you #170. Why is it that racists and bigots are always semi-illiterate?)

    Canada, I love you, but you have your share of rednecks too. (Alberta, Newfoundland???)

    Why focus on the differences in our countries instead of the similarities? For example, the largest flags you’ll see displayed in both countries will be found at car dealerships. See – we’re not so different.

  215. 232 Jason 10 January, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry you got exposed to other cultures ya xenophobic bastid

    My advice: Don’t leave your country if you don’t want to see other cultures.

    The US has hundreds of millions of people – they all have different thoughts and ideas. Shocking but true

  216. 233 Gi 10 January, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Haa.. Wow. Way to find the most random and obscure examples to explain why a country “freaked” you out and the way some people are defending themselves is ridiculous. This country thrives on its right to be ignorant to human decency, be as outspoken as possible, push religion and politics and the ever so popular and vintage phrase; “pursuit of happiness”. If deep frying french toast stuffed with other assorted breakfast foods and molding it into a heart attack on a plate makes people happy then why does anyone else care?

    If posting obviously inappropriate signs under a diner name for publicity is what some people want to do then what’s the big deal? You don’t have to agree but you don’t have to attack it either. People are entitled to their opinion and that’s that.

    And immigrants? Really? People are fighting over immigrants? First off every American family started as immigrants and yes, some are looking for hand outs but you know what? Blame our Government who is always so eager to support people, immigrants and citizens alike instead of making them work and how can you blame an immigrant for taking free money when we live in place where we coined the term “work like a mexican”.. Lets be serious.. If that free money feeds someone’s kids then some of you should get off your high horse before someone kicks it out from underneath you.

  217. 234 Megan Chicago 10 January, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    aaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! gold mine flame war!!!!!!

  218. 235 jon 10 January, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I think the confusion between the Canadian and American sides of this general disgust is the idea that somehow America is supposed to be a land of milk and honey, the perpetual eden to the worlds sodom. Unfortunately i guess people don’t look at history. the US has always been aggressively puritanical. This can be seen with religious patriarchy in the home, education and work ethic. Also i saw something up within the comments about hate speech. Hate speech is centered on directed coercion, threat, visible threat, impending action or the intent to create an atmosphere of outward oppression by remarks of speech. Though the signs i do not agree with are at best ridiculous suggestions, and unfortunately racist slogans are not considered to be hate speech. If it said something like “I’m” or “We’re” or any directive pronoun that doesn’t fall within suggested future tense or if a tense can be preambled by “If” then its not hate speech. But this vagueness is why you have incipient fascist laws in the US like ‘hate crime’ legislature.

    Also, for anyone to say they are ashamed to live in the US, egh, that’s negligible. i think instead of continually griping about the “others” of America look at it from a perspective that you aren’t in dialogue with these people. Because you aren’t. Someone that doesn’t believe in god, doesn’t understand the feelings of belief that worshipers do and vice versa, instead of looking at it as a competitive field you should look at the vocal minorities as the people that are actually well outside of the debate. Ignore and rebuke when necessary.

    But we should also remember that other countries have belligerent laws, and people as well. If i remember correctly Canada and Australia as well as Britain have minority immigration laws that are inherently xenophobic. After all Canada and Australia two of the largest Chinese (or for that matter Asiatic) immigration ports of the English speaking world have only 21 to 32 million give or take of a “Naturalized Population” so consider 10 million Chinese in a place like Australia meaning that your standing Minority is now a third your population. same goes for rebuffs on Indian visas. I mean racism and xenophobia is the same regardless of it being perpetrated by standing law or by jingoist Americans that share an incredibly lucrative economic situation as well as an incredibly easy to bypass border with a nation that we continually oppress economically.

    none of these problems like diet, blow hards, or religious zealotry should get a free pass and swept away but America is unique in the fact it likes to air out and revel in it’s dirty laundry, because it can. I mean its tough being a guiding economic and military power in an era where its so easy to crush competition by either method. Consider America Caligula and Americans Malcolm for Malcolm in the Middle.

  219. 236 Jean Paul 10 January, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Having grown up in Canada, I am not surprised by this sneering mockery of the states, since that is a very vogue thing to in Canada. But you’re picking on the most petty stuff. In the first place, you can find shit like this all over Canada, so don’t be so smug. In the second place, I would be overjoyed if things like this were the worst of our problems up here.

    A society where everyone lives at the expense of everyone else, where you MUST struggle your entire life on the tax-treadmill to stay alive, is nothing to be proud of. It’s sickening to see anyone celebrating such a system, by taking pot shots at 5 completely benign expressions of personal freedom.

    The worst thing about the states is they are becoming more socialist every day, and they have the guns to really make that suck. Stop encouraging them.

  220. 237 marvin Aberegg 10 January, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I visited Canada often to buy land in northern Ontario and I could easily come up with a similar list for Canada. I’m not particualrly petty though so i would rather post insightful things rather than knee-jerk pant-pissing things that really are not indicitve of the country.
    The stupid political sign item is ignorant and narrow-minded but the only thing it truly accomplishes is it point out how bigoted the owner is.
    After visiting Canada, my advice to this contributor would be to shut himself in his home and not come out – the entire world is filled with similar ignroance.

  221. 238 Stupid American 10 January, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Just more proof of the general ignorance and deeply instilled hatred that plagues my country.

  222. 239 Tony 10 January, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Why are the people and establishments not allowed to express their views when you are allowed to express yours? ACLU – Anti Christian League Union. For the freedom to say anything as long as they approve it.

  223. 240 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Rodeodoc (#215) – “In Canada and Sweden, the cops would kick down your door and rip down the sign because you have offended some poor soul.”

    Wow, there’s another American that actually believes it when he’s told “They hate us for our freedoms” and he clearly also believes that America is unique in enjoying freedom of speech and expression.

  224. 241 Andy 10 January, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    #2 Since you were in the Florida Keys, he probably wasn’t talking about illegal Mexican immigrants, he’s talking about legal Cubans. There is a tremendous amount of frustration down in South FL regarding all the special handouts and programs available to Cuban immigrants. It’s not something that gets alot of press outside of FL, but the Cubans get a pretty sweet deal when they make it to shore. And alot of them seem to make it a point not to learn English. So they take the handouts, but not the culture.

    And yes there were no programs and handouts when his grandfather arrived, but I think that was his point. His Grandfather made it without help, so why should we be helping new immigrants?

  225. 242 Mike 10 January, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    That’s it? That’s the top 5 scariest things he saw in America? -I could do a top 100 on Canada, he needs to get out more and see his own country. You want to see red-necks, look in your own back yard. Nothing compares your drunken hockey fans.

  226. 243 PJ 10 January, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    As a Swede living in the USA for the past 2 years I can only agree. Then again drive-through pharmacies to this day still weird me out. Though funny, it’s also sad. America is the everything really, from the homeless poor to the people with billion dollar mansions, from Miss South Carolina to the brighest scientist.
    Though the average Joe is an obese loudmouth uneducated prick, those messages you presented sadly enough represents him and so many others here.

  227. 244 MIDWESTERNER 10 January, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    maybe you should have just visited the West Coast and Upper Midwest (especially WI and MN) instead of the other regions, as with nearly every country larger than an eyeshot each region has its own individual idelas and sentiments. I have been to Canada and have found full blown whackaloons there too, and I don’t find it necessary to state that based on my experience with a few that all Canadians are crazy. Lets be grown up about this, eh?

  228. 245 An American 10 January, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Here’s a very american phrase that sums up america Louisiana style.

    Fuck you.

  229. 246 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    marvin Aberegg (#226) – Feel free to post whatever list you want about Canada. I heartily enjoy a good Canada-bashing. I also enjoy a good America-bashing. The difference is a) Canadians actually can take it and b) I’m not so naive that I take offense to such a posting like many of your countrymen.

  230. 247 Buddy 10 January, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    As long as you’re checking out the “bacon-burger” from #203, here’s another delightfully insane place:

    http://www.heartattackgrill.com

  231. 248 Tamara 10 January, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Ferrell: “Besides what has Canada given the world, Tom Green, Pam Anderson, and Celine Dione [sic]?”
    More celebrities than that: Nathan Fillion, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Keanu Reeves (he even played hockey), Wolverine (okay, he’s a comic book character, sure…) and a great many more.

    Also, the Canadarm, Ren and Stimpy, VG Cats, Joe Shuster (co-creator of Superman), snowmobiles, electric wheelchairs, the microsurgical staple gun, the ZEEP nuclear reactor, Java, basketball, helmets for American football, Trivial Pursuit, and questionably, the telephone. But we have to share that one with Scotland and the States.

    A Canadian also holds the current world record for sniping; smashed the previous record rather spectacularly.

    Sure, the States has an impressive list of accomplishments as well; you have 10 times our population, after all. But we never said you didn’t.

  232. 249 Doc Brown 10 January, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Why hasn’t anyone noticed that those restaurant signs were made with one of those goofy online sign generators. While it’s sad that some of that dribble was even typed, I promise you that they never appeared on the side of the road.

  233. 250 rlhoffman 10 January, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    pa·tri·ot·ism /ˈpeɪtriəˌtɪzəm or, especially Brit., ˈpæ-/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[pey-tree-uh-tiz-uhm or, especially Brit., pa-] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun
    devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.

    Paulitics – Don’t mistake True Patriotism with Faux Patriotism. The internet is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Unfortunately, due to it’s Anonymity, some people will say stupid things just to start a flame war. From your blog, many Americans have taken offense. It is only reasonable that they make replied comments, however, some of these comments are as lame as the Casa’Dice signs.

    Yes we have free speech here. No, we aren’t the only ones that have it, however, we were the first country to have it as a founding principal. Todays politicians are just that, politicians, and they don’t hold a candle to the founding fathers. Americas founding fathers were true legislators. They made laws that benefited the masses, while inconveniencing the few. Today’s politicians are only out to line their pockets.

  234. 251 Evan 10 January, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    So Canada doesn’t have any unhealthy food, loud religious fanatics or overly political douchebags? Must be the one place in the world. No I’m not shocked or freaked out by any of the 5 things listed, but that doesn’t mean I’m glad for them either.

    Many of the Canadians commenting here are wrong to think that a few vocal groups of people define the beliefs and actions of an entire country. The US is practically split in two over many important issues (war, immigration, healthcare, etc…) and half the country isn’t about to move out because they disagree with the other half. Our politicans also suck, but I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a good politician.

    Finally, there’s no defense for what some people say, like in the immigration letter or those stupid billboards. Still, I don’t see how one can argue against the concept of free speech itself, especially when there are places in the world like China and Russia where the government regularly censors its own people.

  235. 252 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Okay…seriously…can’t any of you people (American/Canadian) take a joke???

    I can’t believe any of you are arguing over Stuffed French Toast!! Immigration? every ignorant asshole has an opinion about it and just like assholes, they all stink!!

    One thing about the Stuffed French Toast though…last I checked Canada has many of the same restuarants America has…International House of Pancakes??
    …anyone…Beuller…Beuller???
    Not like it’s something new that was just invented yesterday…

    And it’s separation of church and state…not separation of church and businesses. The church is a business in this country. My state’s license plates have “In God We Trust” on them. When these were first introduced, there was a “handling fee” of $15 for anyone who did NOT purchase the In God We Trust license plate. Someone actually sued the state…seriously. Over $15. Because he didn’t believe in God. So, his thinking is the same as the great immigration debate: “The religious one’s are getting all the benefits and since I don’t think the way they do, I have to shell out more money…” WTF?????

    Many Americans are ashamed to live in this country as well…but our shame does not make us blind to realize that this is a good country…when the right people are running it. And unfortunately, politics are not what they used to be (and i’m not reflecting back to 1930’s-60’s…we’re talking Founding Fathers…what this country TRUELY believes)

    Don’t knock us Canada! When the draft starts back up, expect to see us ‘immigrants’ draft-dodge to your country, revolt/rebel and take over…it’s our history!!!

    Either way, you want to see some really shocking shit in America?? Read CNN on a daily basis. Read about how a man can beat a toddler to death because it wouldn’t stop crying.

    you people are getting upset over the littlest thing. And just like the Casa D’Ice owner, everyone has a right to say whatever the hell they want…you don’t have to read it, listen to it, or even comment about it. It just is what it is…

  236. 253 S. Crosby 10 January, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I miss nothing!!!

  237. 254 BRAN 10 January, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    DID YOU KNOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAN GET WELFARE(government tax money)If they had a child in the unted states,even if both of that childs parents are here illegally?

  238. 255 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Andy (#230) – no the point is that immigrants used to work on the same level playing field as non-immigrants. Now what you want is for immigrants to be stuck in 1901 while the rest of you enjoy all the hard fought workers rights while also enjoying an indentured racially-based servant class who don’t get to enjoy the same rights.

  239. 256 Ranger Joe, Defender of Bunnies 10 January, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Canadian. Next time, stay home. Nobody put a gun to your head making you come down here, and likely, nobody put a gun to your head to make you go back. Consider yourself lucky.

    #5: Private company. He can put anything he wants on the side of his truck. If you don’t like it, tough…don’t use his trucks to haul your stuff.

    #4: We deep fry Snickers bars down here, too. Don’t like it? Don’t eat one. At least we don’t put gravy on our french fries.

    #3: The South lost. Some of them haven’t gotten over it yet.

    #2: At least all of our traffic signs are only in one language (so far). If you come into this country to live, LEARN TO SPEEKIE ENGLEE. That goes for you Quebeckies, too.

    #1: We have something here in the US called “free speech.” You might have noticed that. We also have the freedom to make asses out of ourselves. If you don’t like what this guy put up on his restaurant marquee, DON’T GIVE HIM ANY OF YOUR LOONIES. Easy enough. And besides, the place is in Pittsburg, which is a shithole anyway.

    Next time, go to France.

  240. 257 rlhoffman 10 January, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Oh, and much of the traffic you are receiving is being generated from an American website. http:\\www.fark.com

    The readers there are very experienced at flame-war comments.

  241. 258 Tim 10 January, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I’m a social/political progressive from California, but I recognize that clearly these are extreme cases. Do you fancy yourself another Borat or something? Do you really believe these examples are representative of the majority of Americans, instead of worst? Did you find anything about the US to admire or respect?
    If you want to be fair and say something constructive, you need to be a lot more balanced.

  242. 259 Cat 10 January, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Seriously #237? Your argument for why Canada is so great is Ren & Stimpy? well if that’s the case I’d just like to state for the record my favorite thing to come out of Canad is Alex Trebek. Suck it slow.

  243. 260 PPC 10 January, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    1. I’m sorry for my ignorant brethren
    2. I love Canada
    3. Hockey rocks
    4. Rock on

  244. 261 the cenobyte 10 January, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    WOW… I know that sometimes things people say is a little shocking, but whatever happened to freedom of speech? The food complaint is just silly, you can find gross food anywhere in the world including Canada. The rest of this stuff is just freedom of speech, and forgetting that it takes all kinds just leads to suppression. Next time maybe write something about how you wish things would change or how they could, instead of just pointing in laughing with obviously misplaces superiority.

  245. 262 Eric 10 January, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Things I read on a blog written by a Canadian that freaked me out.

    Sweeping generalizations about an entire country’s population based on the words and actions of a few. I guess these five people that own these billboards or write these letters are the only ones you met on your trip and I guess that how the entire population of over 300 million people must act. Wait I though only Americans were supposed to think like that. We all bible thumping racist pigs I guess…enjoy your cliches and stereo types while you call us the hypocrites and closed minded fools. Maybe you’re not as different as you think.

  246. 263 RC635 10 January, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    That last sign was taken from a bit by Bill Maher. He did a comedy special in Boston and aired by HBO. I’m pretty sure the bit was from that and not “Real Time.”

  247. 264 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    rlhoffman – you wrote “Yes we have free speech here. No, we aren’t the only ones that have it, however, we were the first country to have it as a founding principal.”

    Actually you didn’t have freedom of speach until 1964 when your Supreme Court struck down the 1798 Sedition Act (remember: that act which made it illegal to either speak or write any criticism of the U.S. government, congress or the president).

  248. 265 Richard G. 10 January, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I live in Pittsburgh. The Casa D’crap restaurant is a continuing source of embarrasment to everybody in my fair city. YA! We’re number one! We’re number one!

  249. 266 Bonnie 10 January, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Yes. All Americans are exactly the same. They all eat artery clogging crap and spew bible lines constantly while yelling at people to go kill all the camel jockeys. You know, just like how all Canadians must be exactly the same. I’m sure there are no creepy backwater places in Canada that I could go and photograph.

  250. 267 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Eric (#251) –

    You wrote “Things I read on a blog written by a Canadian that freaked me out. Sweeping generalizations about an entire country’s population based on the words and actions of a few.”

    Want to read again closer. Point to me the place where I made ANY generalization of Americans.

  251. 268 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Bonnie (#255) – Read the piece again. I never said all Americans are the same. In fact, I would rather disagree with this statement.

  252. 269 akimbo 10 January, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    So if I were to drive a big truck across the US with Muslim philosophies and quotes from the Koran and “praise Allah” on it, all of you free-speechers would nod approvingly and wave me on my way? I think I’d be lucky to make it safely to Guantanamo. “Freedom of speech” seems to carry a lot more weight here if your speech is in agreement with the vocal majority.

    As a Canadian living in the US for 10 years, one of the biggest culture shocks for me down here is people (myself included) getting into dire financial difficulties because they’ve gotten sick or injured and the medical bills have put them into debt. Say what you will about the “evils of socialized medicine” — the bottom line is, people aren’t afraid to go to the doctor up there; they go, they get well, and their quality of life improves.

  253. 270 Jeremy 10 January, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I hope this author is kidding. You, Paul, sound like an old woman who doesn’t understand how anything in the real world works. I take it you don’t pass through your own front door very often.
    First of all, you shouldn’t “presume”. These were a handful of people that caused/made/wrote the items on your list. If I walked downtown Toronto and saw a bum taking a leak on the street (which I have), do I then “presume” this is normal behavior for Canadians? You don’t take a nominal percent of a population and make a broad brush stroke over the entire population.
    Second of all, yes, it’s called free speech. I know it’s scary, but that’s why you still eat at the little kids table while us adults eat off the fine china. Smart people use free speech and idiots use use free speech… that’s the beauty and hideousness of it.
    Third of all, don’t pick on the food. It’s a weak topic. I bet if you drove more than 50 miles from your own house, you’d find something just as disgusting. How about fly to an ‘exotic’ destination like China… I’m sure you’d love to cram a Stuffed French Toast in your yapper after you had to eat actual Chinese food for a week.
    So Paul, what I’m trying to say is, don’t be such a wuss.

  254. 271 Laura 10 January, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Stuffed French Toast is fantastic

    The south is not.

    You are too tender for this horrid country.

    Stay away, lest we poison you with our processed cheese and Jesus.

    Say hi to the Queen for me.

  255. 272 D. Flutie 10 January, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Boston Rawx!!

  256. 273 Robert 10 January, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Number three is my favorite. I’m from the North. Southern heritage? What is that? Deep fried food and statutory racial prejudice and discrimination? Apartheid? The right to buy, sell and torture slaves? The right to lynch people for pleasure and recreation? The right to use your rebel flag as a a terrorist weapon? When I see that stars and bars flag, I think of the one thing the South is truly famous for. A long standing, carefully cultivated bigotry.

  257. 274 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    cenobyte (#250)

    “Next time maybe write something about how you wish things would change or how they could, instead of just pointing in laughing with obviously misplaces superiority.”

    Actually I regularly write on that topic. Take 30 seconds to read through this blog before you make such an ignorant statement. What you’re actually saying is that I’m not allowed to laugh at the things I found funny on my trip.

  258. 275 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    And another thing…Butter is healthier than Lard, Margarine, Maple Syrup or whatever the hell it is you Canucks use to fry stuff with.

    Sorry, I just had to put some kind of stereotypical racist remark in there. (which makes me ask the question, Am I racist if I “hate” white Canadians, if I, myself, am white? And what gives one the reason to hate a Canadian, eh? Oh, that’s right…you killed the Baldwin’s…South Park…anyone?)

  259. 276 BigD 10 January, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Hey Cody – Sweden is waiting for you; take all your tree-hugging lefties with ya. We will shut the door so you can’t come crying back when you see how good we have it, thanks in large part, to our Soldiers and others who suffer for our freedom – and freedom of speech.

  260. 277 I 10 January, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I’m a god fearing Christian woman from Shreveport Louisiana, and I just want to say I think you are all going to hell for being so mean to each other. “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting FIRE,. . .” Matthew 25:41

  261. 278 Pete 10 January, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    As for the deep fried french toast, sounds delightful, perhaps I’ll make it for breakfast. I’m not a fat ass I’m 5’10” 155lbs (or however many kilos). An the few extra pounds is from all the moosehead and molsons I drink. Just because it’s there and fatty doesn’t mean you have to eat it. And as far as the rest of the western world goes, can we say french cuisine, yeah everything is better with a few pads of butter. American cheese, it tastes good, not exactly cheese, but it’s good, perhaps just a bit different, if you don’t like it don’t eat it. As for the trucking company and the letter to the editor, we have freedom of speech, which should (not a fan of the protest zones) let any dumbass spout whatever kind of retarded bullshit he wants. The expression of my rights end at your nose, isn’t really applicable to the 1st amendment. Take for example the aclu defending the KKK, violence and hate mongering? you bet, but it was their constitutional right. It appears, from everything you said you were “freaked out” by our freedom of speech. I don’t agree with what any of these people said, but I will defend their right to say it.

    BUT, what has really bothered me with all this America bashing is “the rest of the western world” argument. People don’t realize that America is MASSIVE. We’re the third largest country in the world. US population 300 million. Canadian population 33million. I have this feeling that things run a lot smoother when you have a smaller population. Most of canada lives below New York city. The USA is spread out all over, and this leads to various areas being very different from one another. Going to the coasts or to the south is like walking into another country where people just speak english and use the same money. And right now the country is, like someone said earlier, having a bit of a hiccup. We were great friends with the rest of the world until bush, and when his term is up things will change. America is a bit of a rollercoaster ride, when the times are good they are good, and when they are bad they are bad. But things have always been righted. The new deal for example. I am sick of this stereotype that all americans are fat and stupid. People only see what they want to see. Did you stop off at a university or a museum? Did you spend time in any of cultural centers. I was about to say that the further you go to the backwoods the more redneck things get. But just come to North Dakota where I’m from and northern Minnesotta. You can’t judge the country on a small portion of it, and not through your narrow preconcieved notions. But if you excuse me Some stuffed french toast sounds perfect, I just hope I’m not out of american processed cheese like substance, mmmmmmm orange.

  262. 279 Ken 10 January, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t get it… did these things really disturb you, and the humour was just lost on me? I mean, if you’re really that disturbed by words, you need to toughen up a bit, nancy boy. Sure, there are idiots all around, and even the idiots vary from state to state… but let’s not go pretending that the US is all that different from any other Western Nation… normally I’m in NYC (on Vacation right now)… there are plenty of cultures that have bad raps… Canucks have a bad rap for not tipping, some cultures have issues for other reasons… but the reality is that all these negative stereotypes are just lame ass stereotypes that serve only to reinforce some idiot’s notion that he/she is better simply by virtue of the geographic location of his/her birth. Are there serious issues… absolutely… healthcare, education, immigration… all of these are serious issues that merit real debate. The reality though… if you visit any foreign land… expect to see some stuff that is culturally unacceptable… if you go to the eastern part of Germany for a good period of time, you’ll probably see a fight between the punks and the skinheads… if you go to France, you may well see some xenophobic people, or some angry quasi-immigrants, even in good old Canadaland, I’ve run into some rather racist farks when it comes to their attitudes towards people of the First Nations. The thing of it is… you go to other places to enjoy cultural differences… sure some will be bad, but overall, you go places to learn about other cultures… if you really want to feel safe, instead of exposing yourself to things that might scare you, if you’re really so freaked out by everything different, well, you’re pretty much just like the xenophobic rednecks who are born, live, and die in the same county because they just can’t fathom the thought of a different culture being a good thing. Overall though, if it was a humour-piece… it just flopped… all you did was take some stereotypes, go to a nation of 300+ million, find a few d-bags who fit the stereotype, and a rather unhealthy meal that can be gotten at nearly any diner in Canada (Tim Horton’s isn’t a diner, don’t go there)… then point and laugh. Honestly it’s the same kind of humour as if an someone were to just go to Canada and write about poutine and funny accents, or going to Mexico and write about drunks and donkey shows. It may be good for a few larfs to someone who just gets their jollies off of having their preconceptions reviewed (do you watch FoxNews, per chance?), but to people looking for a good laugh at one of the quirky parts of American culture (there are plenty), it just failed miserably.

  263. 280 Niali 10 January, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    None of the things you listed are uniquely American. You’re horrified at religious and racial bigotry; the only difference between Canada’s attitude towards it and America’s attitude towards it, is that Canada is willing to pass laws that also suppress sensible people as an unfortunate side-effect; America is not.

    You’re also upset about the health consequences of eating one dish you found in one restaurant in an area known for its lax health-consciousness. If we all painted with that broad a brush, I could assume that every Canadian has the sense of humor of one of your border officials — which would make your country scarier than the USSR ever was.

  264. 281 BH Jodo Kast 10 January, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Great eye, Canadian. You are 100% correct.

    I love America. I love it enough to criticize the broken stuff.

    Some people like Dr. Whatnot and JCY can’t stand criticism. They are Emo.

    Oh well. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

  265. 282 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Did you see the McGriddle yet? Stuffed French Toast is nothing compared to that…

    Sausage (or bacon), egg and American cheese on two Sweet Griddle cakes (like pancakes) served in a plastic/paper wrapping contraption. And I can’t believe I actually wrote “American Cheese”. I initially put cheese (cause here in the States, it’s just understood that the yellow square goes on sandwhiches and all other cheeses will be referred to by their given name, i.e Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese, etc.) then had to change it.

    Long live Fark!!!

  266. 283 K-Mart Plaza 10 January, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    What do you expect from a place located on “KMart Plaza” in Pennsylvania. Just another racist shithole over there. Run by an ignorant 2nd generation immigrant moron. Go back to Italy, there Guido.

  267. 284 ILoveAlex 10 January, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Revelation 14:10 – ” . . . and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone . . .”

  268. 285 eric 10 January, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    wow, you miss the point of free speech dont you? why dont you just stay up north, eh?

  269. 286 Buddy 10 January, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    You think the guy with Casa D’Ice, perhaps, samples too much of the merchandise found in the “lounge” before he does up his signs? And/or, maybe he really likes crocks of shit? And what is a “crock” of shit, anyway?

    Either way, it’s comedy gold.

  270. 287 Terry 10 January, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I just want equality here as in a great many other countrys! One of three things if you are in there country as an illegal, #1 you go to prison for a very long time, #2 you get shot OR #3 you get put in an internment camp where troops come as they please and do as they please! I go to England I speek English, Spain = Spanish! I’m not a redneck and my best friend is a black man, and Hillery for president scares the hell outta me, I just may be an illegal in Mexico if that happens, ya NOT Canada, public health care SUCKS, I have visited there, and NO we arnt going to steal your damm water!

  271. 288 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    BH Jodo Kast – I did enjoy my visit. Overall it was very pleasant and with absolutely beautiful weather.

    I also agree with you about the criticism part. As a Canadian, I enjoy Canada-bashing and I can’t understand that so many Americans would have such thin skin as to not be able to accept criticism.

  272. 289 fat american 10 January, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    mmmmmmmm McGriddle

  273. 290 Cypher 10 January, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    5# Yes, there are religious crazies in the world. Everyone has them, even Canada. Btw, I’ve never seen a truck like that in my life. I don’t doubt that they exist, but they aren’t as common as you’d like to think.

    4# Are you kidding? You eat poutine. I’m an American that regularly travels to Canada. Your people are generally nicer, yes, but you can’t accuse us of having more fattening food. Isn’t Canada second in fattest nations of the world anyway?

    3# You’re in the American south. That’s the equivilant of your Alberta. Higher concentration of inbred people there, that’s not news.

    2# Same as above.

    1# Stupid isn’t just the realm of Americans. I could tell you about all the stupid Canadian’s I’ve met and it wouldn’t say anything about the country as a whole.

    I think my only real problem with your post here is your tone. You’re totally indignant and horrified by something that you should really be laughing at. If you want to complain, bitch about our terrible health care, or our lack of social programs, or Bush. The things you’re talking about here don’t affect anything one way or another, so whining about it just makes you look like a fool. Get the stick out of your ass and get a sense of humor.

  274. 291 Rick 10 January, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I use to be pretty ‘outdoorsy’ when I was younger. I’d like to fish and was always fascinated at the varieties I could catch just by changing the shiny metal at the end of a string. Also amazing was going into the woods and seeing what rigging up a piece of wire and chunk of vegetable would snare. Then along came the internet blog…..

    Humans meet thy bait.

  275. 292 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Terry (#276) – Glad to hear your opinion on universal healthcare. The only problem is that if you were just visiting then you would really get to say one way or another whether “public health care SUCKS” or not as you word it. But I’m glad you so thoroughly believe what’s been told to you by your betters.

  276. 293 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Canucks are bad tippers? I didn’t know that…

    Too bad they look like American’s.

    You see, there’s a reason why everyone is so pissed at your 5 things. It’s because we are inferior, righteous, and all knowing. And we never shut up. Also, American’s are used to telling people in other countries that we’re Canadian when travelling. If there are Europeans reading, they’ll know that if we have STRONG opinions, we’re not Canadian…

    I’m seriously just trying to add some humor to these comments…slow news/work day.

  277. 294 Mike 10 January, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Free speech in Canada? There is no free speech in Canada.
    You can be prosecuted there for reading from the Bible. And YOU want to lecture US?

  278. 295 Lynne 10 January, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    The casa d’ice signs are all too real. They also sell t-shirts, hats and bumper stickers. *sigh*

  279. 296 BrooklynBS 10 January, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    What’s interesting about four of the five things that “freaked” Paul out is that they are examples of freedom of speech. The French Toast could be viewed similarly, though it more closely resembles “freedom of glutton”.

    As an American, I’m proud of the fact that people have the right to express their views – even if I don’t agree with those views. Three of the instances involve businesses and thanks to the choice that capitalism brings, I would have ample opportunity to avoid patronizing those businesses and being of financial benefit to the proprietors.

    I don’t believe Paul was trying to make some sweeping statement, indictment of America or Americans, or try to suggest that freedom of speech is a bad thing (I’m merely pointing out that what “freaked” Paul out are examples of what our Constitution protects, and in some other countries, he would not have been able to see such things, even if people believed them). Paul was merely pointing out examples of things he found odd, strange or disconcerting. He was offering an opinion on some specific instances, nothing more and nothing less.

    Paul does not speak for all Canadians, just as I don’t speak for all Americans.

  280. 297 TASTY 10 January, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I don’t think people understand the post. These are things which are found to be distasteful. This is an issue of taste.

  281. 298 V. 10 January, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    “I also agree with you about the criticism part. As a Canadian, I enjoy Canada-bashing and I can’t understand that so many Americans would have such thin skin as to not be able to accept criticism.”

    Berating anothers country with petty examples warrants explosive reactions especially when it’s well known that diversity is what makes this country what it is. Maybe you should watch your words and not catergorize and sterotype an entire country before saying our skin is too thin. And your own people have defended Canada just as harshly and belligerently as the Americans so lets not pretend Canadians lets things roll right off them. They don’t, just as much as we don’t.

  282. 299 Bushwick Bill 10 January, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    “Actually you didn’t have freedom of speach until 1964 when your Supreme Court struck down the 1798 Sedition Act (remember: that act which made it illegal to either speak or write any criticism of the U.S. government, congress or the president).”

    Moron, if you’re going to talk smack about American history, get your shit straight, fuckwit. The Sedition Act of 1798 *expired* in 1801. It’s constitutionality was never tested because it *expired*. Subsequent supreme court opinions have made it clear that the Act would not hold constitutional muster.

    Freedom of speech? Canada ain’t got none. Your Orwellian leaders in Canada and western Europe whip their populations into American-hating tizzies by repeating falsehoods, falsehoods which you are incapable of refuting because you lack freedom of expression. Pity.

  283. 300 Terry Sullivan 10 January, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    So what? As an American, I could give a hoot in hell that you don’t like a business exercising its right to free speech on its own private property.

    As for the signs, it looks as if the owner might be hiring Don Cherry to ghost write them. God Bless Don Cherry

  284. 301 Mike M. 10 January, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    This is why I wear my Roots t-shirts when traveling overseas.

  285. 302 Pete 10 January, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Yes, we have some religious nuts, food that’ll kill you in less than 3 bites, southerners that can’t get over losing a war back in the late 1800’s, people that don’t study history close enough, and bigots/racists.

    Some of the signs in #1 I can see as being a joke (such as the Wal-Mart one) and the person not being serious. I do agree that we have no business in Iraq and never did, considering we should’ve been going after Osama for all this time instead of wasting money “rebuilding” someone else’s government. Time to let the Iraqis defend themselves for once instead of cowering behind troops from the U.S. and other countries. And lets use some of those billions of dollars to fix our OWN messed up government before we go to war and try to force our beliefs and ways of life on others.

  286. 303 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    you can be prosecuted in America for reading The Bible too!!

    Yes, America is the greatest country in the WORLD because we can: speak freely (unless you say ‘bomb’ in an airport, ‘fire’ in a theatre, “I’m going to kill the President” via wire-tapped telephone or even on a website), have many people congress to make a point (protestors that close city streets for a demonstration, causing me to go a different route to work) or just one person to stand on the street and preach from The Bible as if he’s some modern day Prophet (okay…we know what it says…you don’t have to yell it when i go to get my Starbuck’s!!)…i can keep going on.

    If I, as an American, were to make a “top 5” list of things that freaked me out in America, it would go like this:

    #5: A McDonald’s damn near every 6/10’s of a mile from each other in a metropolitan city. (Not to mention a McDonald’s in EVERY city).

    #4: A Starbuck’s across or down the street from every McDonald’s.

    #3: Wal-marts the size of a car factory.

    #2: Genuine farm land being stripped away to put in the above. We are running out of space people!!!

    #1: Why people do what they do…have we become that morally unconscious???

  287. 304 gus 10 January, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Yea, and I suppose there are no idiots where you come from? Idiots!

  288. 305 Eric from Texas 10 January, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I look forward to your follow up: 5 things in America that made me smile.

  289. 306 GUS 10 January, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Canadians are always dreaming up a lotta ways to ruin our lives. The metric system, for the love of God! Celsius! Neil Young!

  290. 307 Techmission 10 January, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I’m half American, and very glad both halves are firmly in Canada for all the reasons and many more listed above.

  291. 308 Laut_Enclar 10 January, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Okay – Paul picked out a few doozies while winding his way through the States.

    At look at the result when he posts some of it: A parade of assholes from both sides of the border!

    We all have a bit of growing up to do. Get over it and get on with it.

  292. 309 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Bushwick Bill (#288) – Care to elaborate on why Canada doesn’t have freedom of speech?

    Actually I just mentioned one example of the U.S. not having full freedom of speech. What happened in 1801 was that Jefferson pardoned William Duane, but it still took until 1964 for the law to be repealed.

    Here is an excerpt from Leonard Levy’s work “Emergence of a Free Press” (1985).

    “In a memorandum of 1801 President Jefferson . . . dismiss[ed] the prosecution,
    initiated under his predecessor, against William Duane, the republican editor of the
    Philadelphia Aurora, who had been indicted under the Sedition Act. . . . Yet the hard
    fact remains: Jefferson, Madison, Gallatin, Livingston, Nicholas, and Macon explicitly
    endorsed the power of the states to prosecute seditious and other criminal libels . . .
    [and] either endorsed the basic concept of . . . the criminal responsibility of the writer or printer for abuse of his rights, or they failed to oppose it.”

    See also:

    Harry Kalven, A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America, New York: Harper & Row,
    1988.

    David Kairys, “Freedom of Speech,” in David Kairys, ed., The Politics of Law: A
    Progressive Critique, New York: Pantheon, 1982 (revised and expanded edition 1990),
    pp. 237-272.

    In addition you might also want to look up these cases:

    -The Espionage Act, 40 Stat. 219 (1917)

    -Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919) (wherein the Supreme court upheld Debs’ conviction)

    -The Smith (or “Alien Registration”) Act, 54 Stat. 671, 18 U.S.C. §2385 (1940)

    -Frohwerk v. United States, 249 U.S. 204
    (1919)

    -Dennis v. United States, 341 U.S. 494 (1951)

    -Scales v. United States, 367 U.S. 203 (1961)

  293. 310 Edwin S. Simon 10 January, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Like maple syrup, Canada’s evil oozes over the United States.

  294. 311 Todd 10 January, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I totally agree with the signs!!

  295. 312 captain america 10 January, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    who cares what anyone from canada thinks about anything?

  296. 313 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Edwin S. Simon (#299) – “Like maple syrup, Canada’s evil oozes over the United States.”

    I LOVED that movie. So great!

  297. 314 Datdamwuf 10 January, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    LOL, well done, obviously meant in fun, don’t know why so many people are being serious about your post. I love the signs because they are too funny and obviously a true nutjob put them up. Next time you visit the USA drop into my area, I’m sure I can find you some more crazy stuff. Can you do another one on Canada? Since you live there I bet you could make us laugh again.

    PS: you’ve been fark’d that’s why so many hits….

  298. 315 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Isn’t it funny/ironic, Paul, that the #1 thing that freaked you out aboot, I’m sorry, about America is pretty much exactly what some American’s are doing here to you?

    And am I the only one still here reading all of the comments?

  299. 316 Chris 10 January, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I’m just shaking my head at the constant references about Freedom of Speech, and the fact that Canada doesn’t have it. I really don’t know where you get your facts from but you are way offside. Now I will return to eating my poutine in my igloo and wonder what all the fuss is aboot eh?

  300. 317 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Datdamwuf (#303) – “Can you do another one on Canada? Since you live there I bet you could make us laugh again.”

    I’ve already written on many of the ways that Canada is messed up but I haven’t done a post like this one for Canada yet. hmm… you’ve given me a good idea. I’ll see what I come up with. Stay tuned.

  301. 318 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Chris (#305) – “Eh, F*** you buddy!”

  302. 319 xii 10 January, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    “Top 5 things I saw in America which, as a Canadian, freaked me right oot, eh?”

    There, I fixed that for you.

    (Kidding, I love my neighbor to the north. But your food ain’t any healthier, and you also have idiot racists. Just sayin.)

  303. 320 Chris 10 January, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Cari (#305 ) Pardon me? What’s that for?

  304. 321 Carrie McCloud 10 January, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    You’re a tool.

  305. 322 Barbara Jones 10 January, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah, we’re a bunch of crazies here in the U.S. Interesting how so many are willing to risk death to get in anyway, isn’t it?

    BTW, I am a [LEGAL] immigrant, now a US citizen, and I am firmly in favor of controlling our borders. I guess I really am a crazed right-wing American now. Hope that freaks you out!

  306. 323 rosemoon 10 January, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    It’s annoying that it’s so ok to say it’s just those damn southerners. Good lord, people! The Casa D’ice sign is in Pittsburgh, the french toast thing was in NY, and anybody who thinks the Florida Keys contain any southerners isn’t paying much attention!

  307. 324 sabyen91 10 January, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    paulitics, I, as an American, enjoyed the article. We have what we call the 30%ers. These are the idiot “conservatives” who are oblivious to the fact that Bush and company are turning this country into a laughing stock. They are a thin-skinned, knee-jerk bunch of xenophobic, bigotted nationalists.

    By the way, to Brandon and anybody else who may have belittled Canada for their health-care system. Are you kidding? Among the industrialized countries, we are the worst in preventable deaths, second worst in infant mortality. Congratulations, us!!!

  308. 325 Peter 10 January, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, over 300 comments ! Great posting Paul, you seem to have hit a nerve.

  309. 326 Sheila Broslofski 10 January, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Blame Canada! Blame Canada! It seems that everything’s gone wrong since Canada came along. Blame Canada! Blame Canada!

  310. 327 Justin 10 January, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I love the US and I never want to live in another country honestly. I’ve been to Canada for work plenty of times (mainly Toronto & Calgary) and to me it seems a lot like the US really. The only advantage Canada has *IMO is it has not made any mistakes yet in terms of the world view but then again that is something that almost definitely comes from not making any noticeable contributions or taking risks for others in the world either. Once you guys get more involved in world politics, and wars and take sides I would surely believe you’ll start getting A LOT more flak, just comes with the territory.

    That list could be 5 milllion entries long and I still wouldn’t give a rat’s ass. I have everything here I could ever want, a great home, cars to play with, always things to do in the many, many cities, kick ass places to visit like the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone, there is so much you are all missing out on. But hey, stick to that view of yours cause I really enjoy not having that many people around here than we already have, just more room for myself ;)

    As for us all being retarded, everyone I grew up with and know all went through college and into many different industries (IT for me) so that point I think is moot. But hey if you go off crenshaw blvd in Cali in the hood, I wouldn’t doubt you meeting some people that never got past 4th grade but then again I’m pretty sure that’s anywhere and any country where you can find that.

    And one last thing, the concept of it being mandatory to vote is surprising. I personally only bother voting during the Presidential election, but then again the electoral college probably negates out my vote anyway. I do think that our government is rampant with corruption and because of our capitalistic culture, it is probably run on you put gold in my pocket and I’ll sign that law for you kinda thing for a lot of things, and that would be the one thing I would really like to see change as a citizen. But life is not perfect, we are not perfect, and that’s fine. All I know is for the most part as a country we are always trying, either catch up or eat out dust! hahah -J

  311. 328 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    South Park Bigger, Longer, Uncut? Your joke reminded me of that. “…What the fuss is all aboot?”

    UN Leader: What say you, Mr. American Ambassador?
    American Representative: [stands up and gives the finger] Fuck Canada!
    Canadian Representative: Hey, fuck you, buddy! [giving the “up yours” gesture]

  312. 329 marvin Aberegg 10 January, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    “marvin Aberegg (#226) – Feel free to post whatever list you want about Canada. I heartily enjoy a good Canada-bashing. I also enjoy a good America-bashing. The difference is a) Canadians actually can take it and b) I’m not so naive that I take offense to such a posting like many of your countrymen.”

    I’m not offended in the least. You are entitled to you opinion. I’m just disappointed that of all the things out there that really truly matter you seem to have fixated on some of the most inane and inconsequential points.
    And as I said, I really do not have a petty need to point out the Canadian embarrassments. There are plenty. My father-in-law remarried a kooky canuck from BC. The people in Northern Ont. practically beg us to buy their land to keep it out of Crown hands. And what the hell is up with your chickens. Every chicken dish I ever ordered there arrived with the most anemic, thin and flavorless hunk of bird I ‘ve ever seen. It became a running joke with us. Don’t you guys feed those damn things. Our monster chickens should have freaked you out more than some ambitiously named cheese.
    Ha. The point is this is pointless. As George Thorogood said… “everybody funny…now you funny too.”

  313. 330 Peter N Milligan 10 January, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah, cause no one in Canada every did anything stupid.

  314. 331 Patrick Boothe 10 January, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    #5 pisses me off, too. The fundamentalist Christians aren’t much better than fundamentalists of any other faith. However, the same constitutional protections that allow them to advocate their religious message also allow me to function in a majority Christian society as an atheist without having to worry about getting fired, suffering discrimination in housing, etc. It is sad, and I’m not surprised that it’s shocking to someone from a country with more progressive attitudes about religion, that we have so many wacko Christians here who are so outspoken about it.

    #3 is an expression of regional rivalry carried on mostly by Southerners who feel that the rest of the country treats them like second class citizens. To some extent it’s true, and to some extent it’s justified, but it does become quite a cause for the rednecks who, paradoxically, also seem to be the most fervent of the (American) flag-waving, warmongering, so-called “patriots”. It’s sad, but the sense of persecution felt by some rednecks is hardly in the top five of our list of national problems. I might liken it loosely to the tension between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

    #2 and #1 are expressions of the same xenophobic, arrogant our-way-or-the-highway mentality shared by too many Americans. It’s disgraceful, and no doubt the biggest reason we are viewed with such disdain by the rest of the western world. Propogated by the right wing, this attitude serves their political and economic purposes very well, but at the cost of our national interests. Many of us hope and argue for changes in this attitude, but it is very hard to break through to some of its adherents.

    Thank you for visiting us here in the U.S. You sound like someone it would have been fun to meet and talk to during your visit. Also, thank you for expressing the shock you felt at some of the things you saw. Some Americans honestly don’t realize how ridiculous some of our actions and attitudes appear to the rest of the world, so anything that enlightens them can only help. I hope that, after your next visit, you will be able to report that we have made some changes for the better, but I am not optimistic.

    To the rest of the democratic, freedom-loving world, keep letting us know when we’re screwing up. We’re not the most receptive people in the world to constructive criticism, but eventually the message can get through…I hope.

  315. 332 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    marvin Aberegg (#318) – you wrote:

    “I’m just disappointed that of all the things out there that really truly matter you seem to have fixated on some of the most inane and inconsequential points.”

    This post was intended to be about the more humorous, inconsequential things I found in America. That was its purpose. Take 40 seconds and scroll through the remainder of my posts on this blog, I think you’ll find plenty of focus on meatier issues that might suit your tastes.

  316. 333 Johnny 10 January, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    That whole thing was true but you only visited the crazy part of the country anything nevada and east of that it completely nuts. Besides french toast isn’t in butter, its in egg. Learn how to make a proper meal. NOW WHERES MY BACON!

  317. 334 Sean 10 January, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    LOL at all the comments. You people are ridiculous. And the fact people are attacking Canada it pretty funny, being as 90% of US citizens don’t even know where it is. Not everyone eats poutine like you think, no one says “aboot” (except the East Coast), it’s not always snowing, and we can do a hell of a lot more in terms of freedom and speech and stuff than you can. The US is a communist government that’s WELL hidden beneath lies and deception. Do you even know why you are there? Because the US was started by a bunch of traitors to the crown.

  318. 335 steve 10 January, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    i totally agree with #5. the reason this wirter is offended and disagrees is that his whole nation is on the goat path to hell and the sad thing is he doesnt know it.

  319. 336 The Other Chris 10 January, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    #5. I don’t see a problem with expressing your opinions on your vehicles as I believe the Original Poster(OP) doesn’t. However, I haven’t seen anybody post about the comparative content of the two messages he has selected. I think that content may have been the point.

    #4 I say eat what you like. I’ve seen the OP comment about both the Canadian Health Care System and Nationalism/Patriotism in follow-up posts here. I, as A Canadian (A Canadian, not all Canadians. Sad that I have to clarify that but it seemed necessary.), think that some Canadians feel they have a right to criticize others for their poor diet choices, (and that sandwich is a poor diet choice), because they are paying for the resulting, potential, health conditions. That can be seen as a “Nationalist” view if you look at it as a Canadian issue. If anything, our morals come from our surroundings and there will always be a Nationalist/Regionalist slant to our views whether we’re aware of it or not. I would never advocate “Rabid Nationalism” and my above comment should not be misconstrued as such.

    #3 I don’t think that they are talking about fried chicken, Lynyrd Skynyrd and NASCAR in that message (sorry if that is a narrow view. I’m not familiar with much Southern Culture outside of those examples and the next one I give). I could never be proud of everything from my region because I am from that region. That is “Rabid Nationalism” and history is filled with examples of why it is folly. Slavery was and is a bad thing. Give yourself a shake if you think otherwise or at least have the good sense not to announce it in a public forum lightly veiled as something else. It freaks me out as well.

    #2 I think this is the poorly formed opinion of one person (as stated by the OP). What is disturbing is that many people in the world view this as a common American opinion. That is most likely what led to it’s inclusion on his list.

    #1 That’s just hate. I want to believe that the majority of those are “photo-shopped” for shock value. I have to agree with most responses that it is nice of them to warn me away for their establishment with the sign.

    Thanks very much for the images and observations. The responses have left me a bit shaken but I’ve been using the internet for a few days now and expect I will be seeing it as the norm in a few more ;)

  320. 337 steve 10 January, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    lets hear all the defenders of the inbreed half wited crown. its somthing to be real proud of a society straighjacked by class.

  321. 338 Mohini 10 January, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Meatier like this post?

    “America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to change the system from within, yet too early to shoot the bastards.”

    Paulitics: That pretty much sums up my thinking on the subject, with the sole possible caveat that I’m not entirely convinced that it’s really too early to shoot the bastards.

    Kinda confirms your negative feelings on the US, maybe not such a funny light hearted post at all.

  322. 339 Longhorn 10 January, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, if those are the worst things in the US, well I guess we have it made.

    #5 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    That my friends is the First Amendment. Many of you left wing nuts have forgotten the first 16 words of it. Around 80% of the US population claims to be Christian so I don’t understand the hatred towards the trucking company displayed on this message board. Maybe the whole 20% of non-Christians in the US are posting here right now. I understand your fear of Christians. After all, U.S. Christians donate more money to causes around the world than most COUNTRIES. As for Christian intolerance, that is so tired and worn out. Anti-Christian messages are found everywhere in the U.S. from bumper stickers to signs to company policies.

    “Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” – Robert F. Kennedy

    #4 Who cares? Like I said, if that is the worst of the U.S., then we are doing good.

    #3 Same as #4.

    #2 Canadians lecturing the U.S. on immigration? Good one coming from the country that has opened its doors to anyone and everyone including Islamic terrorists. How many terrorists has the U.S. caught trying to drive from Canada to the U.S.? Maybe Canada ought to tighten its immigration policy. Of course, that would have little effect because no one wants to move to a desolate wasteland anyway. I guess that explains the open door policy. On top of that, just like their European brethren, your white racist French Canadian xenophobes are just going to love a few million Hispanic emigrants moving into Canada looking for jobs once they saturate the U.S. since we aren’t doing anything about it. Enjoy and let’s talk in a few years. Crap, I keep forgetting that Canadians love for ANYONE to move to their frozen dirt.

    #1 To quote Casa D’Ice, “tough shit.” Funny how the left wing in the U.S. champions freedom of speech only so long as it is in agreement with their narrow views.

    I for one LOVE hockey. I have season tickets to a minor league team in Texas. But if the greatest thing to come out of Canada is hockey, you Canadians ought to get out a little more.

    The next time you come to the U.S., you need to visit the greatest state in the union – Texas. I’m sure you can find some things here that offend your more refined sensibilities (a.k.a. pansy ways). I’m sure our concealed carry laws and right to defend ourselves and our property with lethal force will send you screaming and crying all the way back to that forsaken land you call home. And we like it that way.

  323. 340 dotslash 10 January, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I’d have to say that this is just another pointless blog where people expend the extra coffee-ridden energy into text just to call one or another persons country this or that. Seriously… What is it you hope to achieve here by pointing out the simple odd things you saw while traveling, what seems to be, 1/4 of the entire US? I suppose that because they have stuffed “FREEDOM” toast (giggle) that you’ve found the source of all the fat asses we have in our country… Or because you read some post from someone who is not a journalist nor a historian who happen to report incorrect facts… Turn on the news, the world is full of people like that.

    Freaked out over a simple religious message on a commercial vehicle which if it didn’t have the message you would left it in your subconscious and paid it no mind. Wow… Let me ask you this… Name one other message from ANY other truck you saw int he states (no the company name doesn’t count). If you ask me, from a religious standpoint… the methods they have chosen work! YOU RETAINED THE MESSAGE! Christians would generally call that a conviction… Sinner! ;)

    Immigrants… Let’s see. Maybe we should all take a trip up to the Greater DC area and read those doodles that sort of state what the word AMERICA means. We are all immigrants, however that doesn’t mean we should bend over backwards to accommodate the laziness of others. We don’t turn away immigrants. There are tons of ways to BECOME a citizen if you are an immigrant. Should we pay for the fact no one wants to work to obtain it? No.

    Last but not least… Why in the world is everyone so infatuated with our culture if all you are going to do is pass non-constructive comments which symbolize the fact you live in a less free world or jealousy? It’s funny you come to a place and get freaked out then blog about it… where I come from that generally means you need to get out more. Maybe having the person vs sq foot ratio of 1/1000 (this is not an accurate number but more so a weight in a point to be proven for all of you causes social instability and generally you develop problems being able to cope with the everyday things people see. Side Note… Freaked out? Have you ever seen this thing call the internet? Some interesting messages on there, viewable from anywhere in the world!

    Note to self: When visiting someone else’s country notice the differences, and respect them for what they are… Exactly that. Different.
    Hypocrisy at its best.

  324. 341 Obbop 10 January, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    The elite’s government FEARS you!!!!!!

    Their fear is manifested in the laws they pass. Here is a law banning what MANY of the Founders wrote is a RIGHT of citizens when a government no longer represents them:

    Section 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government

    Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or
    teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of
    overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or
    the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession
    thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by
    force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any
    such government; or
    Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any
    such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates,
    sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed
    matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity,
    desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any
    government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts
    to do so; or
    Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society,
    group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the
    overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or
    violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any
    such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes
    thereof –
    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
    twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by
    the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five
    years next following his conviction.
    If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in
    this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
    not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for
    employment by the United States or any department or agency
    thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
    As used in this section, the terms ”organizes” and
    ”organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of
    persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new
    units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes,
    and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

    The federal government is allowing MILLIONS of illegals to invade our country who are causing immense economic harm to America’s working poor. Corporate America is becoming increasingly more powerful and influential. Yet, according to the government of for and by the elites YOU, a citizen, have to accept whatever the government does with NO recourse other than voting…… and there is sufficient proof that shows to me voting is worthless since the entrenched power structure ensures that the emplaced elite class can not be removed.

    Several Founders specifically wrote of the people’s right to abolish a government when it no longer represents them.

    We are forced to live under an elite’s TYRANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  325. 342 Sarah 10 January, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    …Yeah, I was born here and never have I seen any of these things. You are not alone in your fear/being freaked out, sir, you are not alone.

  326. 343 steve 10 January, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    ok back to #5. so sorry Mr canada that this country is not full of feminazi that take the greatest of all pleasures in the murder and dismeberment of the unborn child

  327. 344 lancaster505 10 January, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    We will apologize for these items when you apologize for:

    1. Alex Trebek
    2. Anne Murray
    3. Pam Anderson (ok, it was ok for a while, now take her back)

  328. 345 Girl sitting in a cafe in Rickmansworth 10 January, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    RE: Casa D’ice

    In the US, even morons are allowed to speak their minds. It makes them easier to identify.

  329. 346 Longhorn 10 January, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Sean in #323 – I would rather live in a country founded by “traitors” from England than by non-traitors from France. If it weren’t for the U.S. you Canadians would be goose-stepping right along with your yellow French brethren.

  330. 347 Another Chris 10 January, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    As an American, the only one I have a problem with is Casa D’Ice. Holy cow . . I am surprised they don’t get vandalized a lot because most Americans really aren’t like that.

    #3 I didn’t even understand
    #2 seems to be an isolated incident – tell me there are no idiots in Canada.
    #5 They own the trucks so I guess they can write what they want on them.
    and #4 is just what makes this country great. It’s the reason why America will always be better than every other country. Do we stop at the seemingly perfect French Toast? Hell no we throw that bad boy in the fry-o-later because that’s what we do. It’s the American way and tasty, too.

  331. 348 I Love Alex 10 January, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Hey #333 SCREW YOU! I Love Alex Trebek!

  332. 349 Bruce Finney 10 January, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, I’d like to do a little tour of Canada and see what I could find, looking for only ignorance.

    Also, once you get your immigrant muslim fundamentalists under control, come talk to us about our “christian” problem. As an atheist, I have no problem with someone displaying any kind of religious statement on their private property.

    We tolerate alot here in the US, even assholes from Canuck land that love the smell of there own rotten beer smelling farts.

    Don’t come back, you’re not welcome.

  333. 350 Adrienne 10 January, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Scarier billboard:

    “Know who the father is? Dial 1-800-DNA TEST”

    Middle of the States, seen on a road trip. I kid you not.

  334. 351 amused in NC 10 January, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Hypocrisy is about as comforting as a scrotum on my chin. The Canadians are right, quit bitching America….if we have things so good and we all love Free Speech so much, then let’s extend that right to our critics. We take ourselves way too seriously. Some people will always find reasons to criticize us…just like I will always hate UNC…there doesn’t have to be a good reason for it. Sometime there is a good reason for it, suck it up, take the hit and quit crying like the over-indulged asshats people think we are.

  335. 352 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Longhorn (#335)- And if it weren’t for the French, you wouldn’t have a Republic and you’d still be paying taxes on your tea. So what’s your point? Oh right, I forgot, you’re a loudmouth American conservative, you don’t have to have one.

  336. 353 Gunner 10 January, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    If these things freak you out then perhaps you should stay on your side of the border eh?

  337. 355 Rick 10 January, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Why is it that you Canadians can’t tell the difference between a racism and being against illegal immigrants?

    We’re big fans of immigration in the US. Not so big fans of criminals (which is what illegal immigrants ARE).

    Over half a million people immigrated to the US legally last year. And we welcome THEM with open arms.

  338. 356 marvin Aberegg 10 January, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Some of the assumptions made by Canadians in this thing are laughable.
    In particular the claim that “about 90% of Americans” don’t know where Canada is on a map. When in North Bay and New Liskeard we asked several Canadians how much further it was to Larder Lake or Iroquios Falls. Not one of them had a clue and it was only a few long hours north of them. So not even the Damn Canadians know anything about Canada.
    And when we are in Toronto we can’t even find a Canadian. It’s like the friggin UN or something there.
    The views brought out in this rant page are funny and all but it shows a lack of understanding of the peoples on either side of the northern border.

  339. 358 steve w. 10 January, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    My list of Canadian complaints would be much much longer….they freak me out….eh?

  340. 359 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    marvin Aberegg (#345) you wrote: “And when we are in Toronto we can’t even find a Canadian. It’s like the friggin UN or something there.”

    So according to you we’ve got to do a better job making sure only whites get into the country because if somebody looks black or asian, they can’t be Canadian? News Flash: Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than virtually any other country on the planet because we’re actually tolerant and don’t assume that non-whites are ‘non-Canadian’.

  341. 360 steve w. 10 January, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Oh wait, I can’t, I have a job….

    unlike a good portion of canadians…

    hows that homeless and unemployment thing going for you guys?

  342. 361 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Sounds kinda like the hick visiting the big city or in this case, the “big country’ and laughing at all the strange and unusual things he’s not used to in his unsophisticated, monolithic world. I hear in Canada they have one minority, they keep him in a glass case so everyone can have a “look-see”. In They accept free thought and individuality as long it’s not any different as anyone else. As for the strange breakfast, I had a friend who went on a fishing tour in Canada and almost all of the breakfasts consisted of ham, sausage, bacon and eggs all for one person Meat 3 times a day and beef jerky as a snack. And this wasn’t some out of the way place like the “stuffed French toast”, this was at every lodge he visited!!!

  343. 362 Cat Skyfire 10 January, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    4 of the things are part of what I love about the US. You are free to pretty much broadcast your point of view, no matter how creepy. And people can then avoid the heck out of some of those places. (I probably would not choose to go to the Casa D’ice, but…)

    The stuffed french toast – Ah, well. We do love mixing foods together. See our idea of pizza…

    It was an interesting article. I’d love to see you visit Nebraska. Just don’t mock our cows. :)

  344. 363 steve w. 10 January, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    348

    I spent a month in Vancouver and couldn’t walk down the street with any spare change in my pocket with out some homeless person (of any color) asking for change. (Which gets expensive considering you guys have Loonies) Before you let “more immigrants than any country” in Canada, you should get jobs for the homeless unemployed immigrants you already have…

  345. 364 Lynda 10 January, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Most of the complaints are about free speech. the right to say what we think. It is a right I personally cherish. If I don’t like the message someone sends I ignore it, easy as that. If you don’t like America, please don’t come back!
    BTW I live in Florida which has a large Canadian snow bird population. From what I can see Canadian snowbirds don’t know how to drive and are dangerous behind the wheel. So I guess I can assume ALL Canadians are dangerous idiots in a car?

  346. 365 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Andrew (#350) – just to get you up to speed so you don’t make a fool out of yourself again.

    You wrote: “I hear in Canada they have one minority, they keep him in a glass case so everyone can have a “look-see”.”

    Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than virtually any other country on the planet and, according to the Global Attitudes Project, Canadians are the most tolerant in the world towards immigrants and multi-culturalism.

  347. 366 steve w. 10 January, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    ….Canadian Football sucks too

  348. 367 Black 10 January, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Read some of those billboards ass. Canada sucks. This nation is great! And don’t make fun of us!!! Or we’ll kick you out of NATO!!! What’s your shit army gonna do with out the US, Turkey, the UK, France, and all the rest to save your worthless asses

  349. 368 Poonis 10 January, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    So Americans, you are saying you are accepting of all those things. You tolerate and accept that crap which he has listed? You are defending it. He’s picking on things which Americans should hate too, but instead everyone is defending it? What are you all tasteless zombies? Accepting of inappropriate anti-social behaviour? Oh did you not the read the article? He’s talking about things which made him uncomfortable, things he didn’t like, things which were distasteful.

  350. 369 steve w. 10 January, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Hot Chicks though…

  351. 370 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Black – Turkey and France have saved Canada before?

    Actually, I hate to break it to you, but I and a substantial minority of Canadians support leaving NATO.

  352. 371 steve w. 10 January, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    All this reminds me of John Candy in “Canadian Bacon”

    I love you Canadians. Seriously.

  353. 372 Cari 10 January, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Okay…America is not COMMUNIST!!!!!

    It’s spelled C-A-P-I-T-A-L-I-S-T which is everything Communism isn’t…The communist society Marx envisioned emerging from capitalism has never been implemented, and it remains theoretical.

    It’s impossible to say that our country is being run by Commies since we don’t allow anything from Cuba into our country (therefore hurting their economy, not ours…well that’s debatable…).

    “Communism is a socioeconomic structure that promotes the establishment of a classless, stateless society based on common ownership of the means of production.[citation needed] ”

    Ok, so maybe to you Sean, Americans may seem ‘classless’ by the proper definition of the term…but we aren’t ‘stateless’. Unless you weren’t taught by your government, the US has 50 states (and many territories as well).

    And Communism is not all that bad either. Okay, so all we see about it is the bad stuff…no ‘freedom of speech’, all money goes to government…but China has operated under Communism for many years. There is a difference in the Communism Russia practiced and the way China practices it. (Although, since “communism” has received such a bad rep due to Russia/Germany, most “Communist” countries are actually operating under Socialism…)

    In case you haven’t heard, we have privatized and publicized businesses in America. Not something that Communists have. We also encourage entrepenuership…another thing Communism doesn’t want.

    Yes, we look like we are Communist, i’ll give you that…a dictatorship (per se), that dictator getting rich off of big business, outsourcing to China…and that’s just the Republicans! Okay, okay, sorry, Dick Cheney and the Georges. However, unlike a dictatorship/communism, they were voted into office.

    But more importantly, we are a constitutional federation. That means that we don’t allow the British to act as our head of state. We haven’t since we left Britain. We were fortunate enough to have brilliant ‘free-thinkers’ to start a revolution and write a constitution so we could build a free nation. (and i’m attacking a commentor, this has nothing to do with you, Paul…)

  354. 373 xii 10 January, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    “about 90% of Americans” don’t know where Canada is on a map?

    You’re the one next to Alaska, right? ; )

    “Not everyone eats poutine like you think, no one says “aboot” (except the East Coast), it’s not always snowing,”

    I think that’s the point of some of the comments: The “top 5 things” aren’t any more representative of the U.S. than stereotypes about Canada are representative of Canada. Which, I believe, paulitics understands, and he was just having a laugh.

  355. 374 I am a giant penis 10 January, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    paulitics, when I visited the UK I said 1 sentence of english (the first sentence I spoke in the UK) and this guy in London tube station says “Oh you’re Canadian?”

  356. 375 I am a giant penis 10 January, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    xii, 362, actually see the difference here is that you’re making a generalization where as paulitics is making an observation. There is a fundamental difference.

  357. 376 Chris 10 January, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    The first three are just silly things you completely overreacted to. You could find those anywhere. And the last two are just a couple of idiots, also to be found anywhere. Really, the “ZOMG AMERIKA SUX LULZ” thing is getting older than the Chuck Norris crap that has somehow lived on.

    Article failed.

  358. 377 Steffani P. 10 January, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Glad to see that you made it back to Canada safely. Sorry to hear that you were “freaked out.” Although, it is no secret that Canadians scare easily. You poor babies.

  359. 378 Corey 10 January, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    paulitics (112) Although, just to be fair, poutine (not poeutine or poteine or however else the Americans seem to be spelling it) is a Quebec invention. I’ll bet you that a majority of Canadadians West of Ontario have never tried it.

    Funny you mentioned what must be a regional dish (I have never heard of it and I am from Wisconsin, not known for its cutting edge or healthy cuisine) and suggest it is “as American as Apple Pie™”. Then, when people bring up poutine, which sounds amazing by the way, you marginalize it for being not representative of Canada. Don’t get me wrong I believe nationalism is the equivalent of chanting “We Won!!” when you local sports team manages not to lose. You didn’t win anything, you sat in the stands and eat processed meat tubes while swilling something approximating beer. Just seems reflexive “Hey we are not all like that” is not unique to the US.

  360. 379 Rick 10 January, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Paulitics – you say “So, just to clarify, yes I support free speech because (and this may be news to the more reactionary people who’ve posted on this blog), Canada has a long tradition of it as well. But I don’t think I have to apologize for being genuinely disturbed by what I saw to be a large segment of the U.S. population who has become so rabid as to spout white-supremacist or christian-supremacist venom.”

    Exactly how many people could you have possibly met to qualify as this “Large Segment” of our population?

    I think you saw a Few Overzealous Yahoos here and there (it appears as if you drove down along the East Coast into Florida), and decided they fit your perspective of the “average American”.

    You could have just as easily found Five Good Things, but that wouldn’t have given you nearly as much enjoyment, I’d wager.

    We aren’t all like you (or the Media) portray us. I hope someday you see something that makes you change your mind. I won’t hold my breath on it, but I have To Hope it’s so.

  361. 380 Eric from Texas 10 January, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Not all of us hate the French. During our Revolutionary war it was the French that fought with us side by side.
    It’s sad that so many have forgotten that. In fact, if you visit the deep south, particularly Louisiana you will find French cuisine, art, and even language has a great influence there.
    But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. I want to defend American Cheese. American cheese and processed American cheese are two different things! Granted, it’s not as good as an Italian cheese but American cheese is real cheese similar to a cheddar cheese.

  362. 381 Nathan 10 January, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I, being a resident of the U.S.A. would like to add my oppinion on the five reasons why you would never want to live here. #5. What is wrong with someone showing what they believe? Do presidential candidates not voice their oppinions on such matter constantly? Don’t you tell people what you believe in? It’s a private trucking company so what is wrong with a person writing on their property what they believe? #4. How many people seriously haven’t had an omlet topped with cheese(no matter the type, bleu, cheddar, swiss, AMERICAN…) with bacon, toast(normally buttered), and add to that the other ingredient a glass of milk. Wow the classic breakfast of champions all bundled into one thing is suddenly worse then eating them seperate at the same time? #3. How many of you believe in traditions? So just because a sign says stand up for your heritage and culture all of a sudden its bad? Can someone explain this to me? Sure, it deals with the Civil War, but how many countries that have been “conquered” for lack of a better word, still retain their culture? #2. I must say this one made me laugh, I had a vision of some preacher pounding a pulpit saying, “THOU SHALT NOT ACCEPT HANDOUTS…., EXCEPT FREE LAND.” Kind of cancels itself out doesn’t it???? Oh, and I live in an area that has on of the highest rates of people moving in from other states in the U.S. There are a ton, and I mean a lot of people from Mexico moving here. Big deal. I am just fine with it so long as they perform the same legal processes with which the rest of our ancestors had to, pay taxes, be a legal citizen, where did Americans come from anyways? #5. Well, this is something that I do not completely agree with. The owner who put the signs up obviously has a reason to not like middle eastern countries and their inhabitants, whether it be racism, nationalism, who cares. The fact is he has just as much right as those of us who degrade him by saying his opinions are bigoted. Plus the evidence could be faulty, my little sister, age 10, could photoshop these signs in 5 mins. There that explains my views I believe. Go ahead and tear apart at will.

  363. 382 docweasel 10 January, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Fuck canadians. No one in the US gives a shit what you think about America. Yes, you can go all over this great and varied country and find some extreme positions. I guess Canadia is just one, big bland of everyone agreeing and no political or cultural differences at all- oh, except that a huge chunk in the middle of your country wants to secede from the rest of the country.

    The best line I ever heard about Canadia was when John Stewart still did stand-up:

    “A Canadian came up to me and repeatedly asked me ‘what do Americans think of Canada? Come on, what do they think about us?’ and I answered, ‘We don’t’.

  364. 383 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    As for “Paulitics” claiming Canadians are more “tolerant”, your blogs don’t sound to tolerant.

  365. 384 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I used to like Canadians.

  366. 385 Aaron 10 January, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    But why does Canada suck so bad? Hopefully in the next 20 to 30 years the name of your country will be changed to “The United States Natural Resource Preserve.”

  367. 386 john 10 January, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Haterz. You have been Farked!

  368. 387 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Maybe if “Paulitics” would’t spend all his time on the Internet and see the real world, he’d have a different perspective on things. I gotta to go, I have a REAL job

  369. 388 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Aaron (#374)

    “But why does Canada suck so bad? Hopefully in the next 20 to 30 years the name of your country will be changed to “The United States Natural Resource Preserve.””

    Is that supposed to offend me or something? That kind of comment is clearly all it takes to offend a sizeable chunck of Americans, but I think the rest of the world realizes that hyper-patriotism is an infantile vice, not a virtue.

  370. 389 I am from Spain 10 January, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    These comments are hilarious.

    Nathan, 370

    5. They are imposing their faith upon you. It is rude and uncivil. It is something someone with poor judgment would do. It is impolite.

    4. Obesity, do you not see the problem?

    3. So you’re a secret racist? Do you understand that it refers to a racist slogan about white purity? If you didn’t I suggest taking your comment back. If you agree with the slogan you’re essentially a racist.

    2. You didn’t say anything. It was incoherent.

    1. (you said 5) You’re just a racist, sand niggers means all arabs. You have arab citizens in the USA, are you going to lynch them? You’re at war with a country which you have defeated and have taken over yet you call them sand niggers? Good job.

    Nathan, your post deserves to be highlighted as a beacon of American tolerance.

  371. 390 deadrc 10 January, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I am surprised how many Americans are DEFENDING the worst of America. Why not highlight what is good about America rather than defend this trailer trash scum that paulitics is complaining about? Do you all tolerate it?

  372. 391 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    You know I hate the ultra conservative crap that you see around the U.S., but the reason you see it is that the sane majority don’t feel the need to force there views on the rest of the country. What struck me as funny about your post was that you lumped all U.S. citizens together as a whole which makes you as bigotted as the people you where complaining about.

  373. 392 northamericanscum 10 January, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Canada lets in more immigrants per capita not because of a lack of racism, but because of an abundance of land, resources, and jobs.
    I’ve spent plenty of time in Canada, and tell me there aren’t plenty of racists in Alberta. A club in Calgary got busted on tape not letting in black people.
    What is irritating about this is that stereotyping Americans as a people who stereotype everyone else is hypocricy. If you go to a country and use RARE cultural oddities to paint a portrait of a nation, you yourself are a hypocrite. The fact of the matter is that the very thing many nations hate(American imperialism) is a cancerous outgrowth of something that the western world benefited from during the Cold War. The American military, financed by the American taxpayer, prevented the Soviets from expanding their empire. Canada, along with Europe, benefited from it.
    The danger is gone, and now everyone is bitcing about the attack dog shitting on the carpet.
    I never voted for Bush, and will gladly vote for Obama, so stop treating Americans like we’re all the same. We are diverse, and we get fucked in the ass every day by our own government, but at least we don’t spend our days whining about Canada.
    P.S. how’s that Kyoto treaty working out? Do a little research. Canada’s C02 emissions have increased at a greater amount than the USA’s have. Stop being so self righteous. Alberta is the worst place I’ve ever been. But Vancouver rocks, i love you guys.

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  375. 394 Adam 10 January, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Failed humour, interesting comments section though.

  376. 395 Derek 10 January, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Now we have to worry about keeping Canadians out of our country too.

  377. 396 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Dave (#380) – you wrote:

    “What struck me as funny about your post was that you lumped all U.S. citizens together as a whole which makes you as bigotted as the people you where complaining about.”

    Really? When did I write that? When did I lump all U.S. citizens together as one big whole? Show me. You might want to read the whole thing before starting to spout shit.

  378. 397 Jessica 10 January, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    #5. As someone living in the deep south, I am forced to see that kind of thing all the time. People who don’t understand the difference between freedom of expression and forcing your misplaced zeal onto others. It’s part of the price we pay for free speech. Not something that I enjoy, but I support free speech and dislike 99.9% of censorship because censoring one person opens the door to censor more.
    #4. No explanation. I see things like that all of the time and just don’t get it. I don’t even see how that could taste good.
    #3. It’s only a very small portion of the population down here who say things like that. Frankly, the majority of us are tired of hearing about it and want to move on. I’m embarrassed that you saw it.
    #2. You are absolutely right. In our defense, however, if it was a letter to the editor, then that paper likely published several responses to that letter saying much of what you did and more for days afterwards.
    #1. Free speech thing, again. Don’t think we all support the sentiment. Just understand that some of us are uneducated enough to mistaken freedom of speech for the freedom to scream whatever we feel like, regardless of facts.

    I am VERY embarrassed, for my region and my country, that you had to see those things. It’s the dirty laundry, you know? I am saddened by the fact that foreign press only seem to hear and report about those most sensational parts of American culture. America is stumbling a lot. I wish that we would heed our own religious sentiment and focus on removing the splinter from our own eye, before trying to take the speck of dust from our brother’s.

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  380. 399 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Hey deadrc, I’m not sure we are defending the idiots, but you have to understand that the same privilege (sorry my spelling sucks) to say this insane things, is the same privilege I have to say that the war sucks! Citizens of the U.S. for the most part are lazy and winey, and our president should be tested for autism. That is why we defend the blatently stupid individuals right to spew blatently stupid things.Take that away from them, and we take that away from ourselves.

  381. 400 Diana 10 January, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    If you think that Americans are so ridiculous then why choose the United States for a vacation? I’m sure that no one here would be the least bit disheartened if you never came back.

  382. 401 Craig 10 January, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    America is a HUGE and DIVERSE place and we gladly laugh at each other on a regular basis, of course not as much as we laugh at Canadians but I digress.

    Maybe we should just offer free bussing of illegal immigrants so you can comfort them. Hey guys, this Canadian guy just solved our illegal immigrant problem. Our new motto can be “Come to America for a Blanket and a Bus Pass” – oh hell now I need that in Spanish… never mind.

  383. 402 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Dave (#388) – You make a sensible point, however I think it misses the purpose of the post. The post wasn’t saying that the state should violently repress these 5 things. That would be crazy. The post was talking about a specific segment of the American population (what percentage it is, I don’t know, nor did I make any claims to know) that proudly spout christian-supremacist and white-supremacist garbage. I was commenting on the phenomenon itself as frightening, not making any prescriptive statements.

  384. 403 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    hey paulitics I quote

    “To celebrate my return to this frigid, yet comparatively sane country, I felt it worthwhile to relay a list of five items which I saw during my travels which the locals thought was perfectly normal (I presume), but which freaked the heck out of me as a Canadian.”

    You presumed, but did you ask? Those are not normal things in the United states not even close, and you know I don’t need to swear because I was being truthful and well civilized. And now since you can not do the same I will leave you to your blog and inablity to accept criticism.

    Bye

  385. 404 USAUSA 10 January, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Uh…
    THE MAPLE LEAFS SUCK!!!

    Frankly, we have the right to say and think freely. Some of us just choose to stop and take the easy route of letting others tell us how to think. Meanwhile in a lot of other countries its no different. People by and large are kind of lazy. Religious zealots especially, accepting others views takes a lot of courage and its a lot of work to have to think and question your beliefs and what not. When people get scared that those beliefs are challenged they lash out not knowing how else to deal with it.

    But believe me, I am happier in a place knowing that Rhubarb Bob can make his ignorant sign without repricussion or som eeven more ignorant dullard blowing him up along with any customers who just stopped in for eggs and ham. There is plenty in every culture that can be made fun of, and plenty of ‘mericans need to relax and be a little less self conscious and over protective of our identity. If you are really that upset over it maybe you need to take a couple deep breraths and think about it for a minute.

    We think we are all that yet we are still one of the most up tight countries/societies in the world. Its ridiculous.

    Back bacon sandwich…. in St Lawrence Sq. Market… Tasty
    Sleemans Honey brown or Alexander Kieths lager… tasty…
    thats all the Canadian cuisine I need to know to want to go visit again.

  386. 405 Marty 10 January, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I see no problem with any of these.
    And you American citizens who also happen to be America haters; move the f%&k away and never come back.

    Oh and stay in Canada, eh?
    That way we won’t freak your pansy ass out…

  387. 406 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I post my last entry before you responded, in (391), form what you have said I too am guilty of being presumptious. I obviosuly misinterpretted what you were trying say, and your post clarified that. Please let me assure yoiu that that is not the norm. Thank you for clarifying, and I agree especialy the creepy dive in Pennsylvania, as a citizen of this country they weird me out .

    D

  388. 407 Chris from Minnesota 10 January, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Know whats better than reading article about America and then moving on with my life?

    Is seeing people taking it so to heart that they stress themselves out by getting so angry for either side of an article that was a waste of space to begin with!

    If you are going to write about something, be original, bashing the United States is like stepping on an ant, far to easy and done everyday. I don’t personally care, you have the right to your opinion and I definitely respect that. But for everyone else who is blathering on either defending the article, bashing the article, defending the US, or degrading the US, isn’t more important topics of interest than what french toast is made from or what some racist puts on a sign?

    If you’re going to bash the United States, and I’ll be first in line to help any Canadian or European with arguments, how about the United States Foreign Policy? How about American Companies pimping 3rd world countries and paying next to nothing? How about American falling behind in bio-anything because some right-wing nut jobs say it goes against the Bible.

    There’s so many arguments and negatives against the United States that insulting someone’s french toast or a religious sign on a truck just seems petty.

    But I love the United States, i don’t support the war, but I support the troops, I enjoy diversity but think that if you’re going to move to an English speaking country you need to speak the language. I’m a moderate leaning towards democrat while i’m about to marry a conservative republican, so I’m all sorts of messed up. But I like it that way.

  389. 408 USAUSA 10 January, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Freedom…
    Of expression
    of religion
    of taste
    you know what a lot of people who have it seem to forget nowadays?

    Is if it exists for the citizens of the country, it exists for all of us not just the ones who share your opinions.
    You take that away in part or in whole you crap on everything the people who fought for or defended our freedom sacrificed.
    That means you “Get the hell out if’n ya don’t like it” redneck and you too
    “don’t be hurtful a bigoted” liberals…

    It exists, yes it requires some responsibility to wield it and use it correctly and should have a better guide book than it does as no one seems to have read it lately, but freedom requires responsiblity on all of those who participate otherwise you require others of us to step and smack your naughty little hands and let you know you F’d the pooch buddy.

  390. 409 Angel 10 January, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    You know I thought the post was both funny and sad at the same time and was like whatever until I started reading the comments and read all the posts that dump on the South like its the source of all American problems. I am black and have lived in the South, the North, the Midwest, the West Coast and visited everywhere in-between. The problems I faced in the South are the same problems I faced everywhere else. The type of people you meet in the South are the same type of people you meet everywhere else. So for all the west coasters and northeners please get off your high horse because this post was about you too. So please stop apologizing and stop pointing fingers like there is someone to blame. Every country (and every region in that country) has its problem people. You just have to laugh about it and work on educating your neighbor.

  391. 410 BoredandLonely 10 January, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Alright, weeding through the sickening comments from ignorant (I mean that in a literal sense, uneducated) people who comment on places like this let me comment and try and make some intelligent comments.

    RE: #5 – Regardless of people’s opinions, that company has a right to print anything the government doesn’t designate as offensive on their vehicles. Notice I said Government designates, not atheists, not non-christians, not YOU (unless you’re the government official who dictates offensive material). They have the right to print what they want based on the constitution (see comments about #1 for further details)

    #4 – I’m baffled by this one. I could go to any country in the world and find a food that I wouldn’t dream of eating. I think the problem with #4 is not what ingredients are in the food, but the manner in which the ingredients are prepared. Yes America processes every food item in a grocery store. Even so called fresh food goes through some kind of processing. Most of us don’t like that idea and some of us think that processing food is what makes our country unhealthy. The problem is most don’t have a large choice. Even less can afford the choice that is given.

    #3 – See #1

    #2 – I can understand the frustration here. Too much lack of knowledge from all angles to RATIONALY make sense. This is just fuel for emotional fire and not rational thought. Also see #1

    #1 – OK, here is the problem. The first amendment to the constitution is a double edged sword. The amendment is simple, solid, yet completely vague. It’s simplicity is it’s downfall. Let me explain. It gives us the right to say ANYTHING we want, period. What does that mean? That means that we have the right to not use mental filters, to not use judgement, to not be considerate of our fellow man. In other words, its the right to be stupid. You can say anything you want when you want and to hell with what others thinks because that amendment was too simpley put when it was written. If the amendment was written in a manner that gave us the freedom to speak but also made us use judegment and common sense, then things like these would not be allowed. If i could rewrite it, i would simply say everyone has the freedom of speech and press without malicious intent. Simple, yet makes people use judgement and common sense. Really there is nothing wrong with putting religious slogans on a truck. Why? it’s not maliciously intended to offend or harm. You may not agree with it, but that’s the beauty of this country, you can turn around and print “God doesn’t exist” on your vehicle to counter those with your own belief. But when you use derogetory terms with the intent to cause harm, then you didn’t use judgement, and the problem is, that amendment lets you get by with it.

  392. 411 northamericanscum 10 January, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I for one, would never eat at a restaraunt run by ignorant morons who say things like ‘Kick their ass and take their gas’ and refer to Arabs as camel jockeys. I think it is a weakening cultural trend here in the states.
    There is a lot of hope, love, and optimism here. You just have to get away from the interstates to find it. There are many good, truly Christian people here who will give the shirt off their back for a stranger, which is more than can be said for more sophisticated, secular people you run across.
    My car broke down at a highway gas station in West Virginia a few years ago, on christmas eve, and a local family took me in and let me stay for a few days while I waited for a part to come in. They were very religous, and sang hymns and had a spirituality that moved me. They never commented or cared about my tattoos and biracial heritage. I was a dumb college student, and it taught me a lot. That is America. If you want to look for examples to stereotype, go find those nice Appalachian folks.

  393. 412 Michael 10 January, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    O.K. Here goes! I think it is time for the U.S. to re-think its foreign policy world-wide. We as Americans (regardless of ethnicity) can accomplish this in 3 steps. They are as follows:
    1. Place your allegiance in the U.S. and follow an isolationist lifestyle. Let the rest of the world fight for the little aid that is available for disasters.
    2. Seize control of Canada by sheer force and incorporate The constitution as Law of the Land.
    3. Annex Mexico as the 51st state. Fuck the rest of the world!

    Just Kidding!! :-)

    3

  394. 413 Nathan 10 January, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Ok, give me a break.

    #378 I am from Spain

    #5. How hard is it to ignore people? If you don’t agree with what they are saying, don’t pay attention. Again free speach is not free, you have to put up with what some people consider rude and uncivil in order for the rest of the good to be freely expressed. A lot like what we are doing now.

    #4. Yes, it is not the best food for you. All people have their favorite foods that expand their wasteline.

    #3. Yes I did realize that it had to deal with “white purity” which i do not agree with at all. Some of the people closest to me are of different race and nationality. Secret racist? There is one race, we are all humans, and therefore all share the same faults. Who cares if we are black, white, brown, yellow or neon green? I was just saying that culture and heritage aren’t bad and that i personally value mine.

    #2. I am sorry if you were not able to understand. Let me rephrase it. Where I live there are a lot of immigrants from Mexico. I like having new people coming here, when it is legal. Citizenship is a alliance of sorts between residents of a certain area to help promote and encourage each other. If someone starts just taking but not giving back why do they deserve to take anymore? I guess I mean you have to pay for what you get. I hope that explained it.

    #5 I mean 1. So the fifth thing that I write I entitle 5 and not 1, sorry to offend you that are so emotianally attached to numbers. Do you see “Sand Niggers” anywhere in my post? Yeah lets go round up a bunch of Arab’s and lynch them. Oooh good idea, i’ll grab my lariet and saddle up the horse, you go grab the mob. I must say this is slightly biggoted of you. Why would i want to do that because they are from somewhere else? I’m from somewhere else to. Middle East merely referred to the location I was referring to. Sorry to come across so racist.

  395. 414 Tad Salyards 10 January, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Most of my country’s problems can be attributed to the south. Please don’t mistake the rest of us for a bunch ob snake-kissing Jesus freaks. We should have let them secede, then they wouldn’t be able to leech of the northern states to support their backwards, evolution denying ways. Boy, I really hate the south.

  396. 415 Ben 10 January, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    All of you need to relax a little and realize the blog you read was merely an opinion of one person. The writer was only relating his experiences just like every other writer tries to accomplish. I actually found his stance on french toast funny, I love french toast. Some of you have passed judgment on the writer as a bigot. That seems more disturbing than anything else here, let’s hope you are never subjected to real bigotry.

    I am american and have visited canada several times. I enjoy living in america and I enjoyed visiting canada, banff is a lot of fun. I have encountered many stupid people here and some in canada too. Many more here simply because of the disproporionate amount of time I have lived here versus the amount of time I have spent in canada. I have however, had many more good experiences with people in both countries than I have had bad ones. The best one was a really hot canadian snow boarder chick, she was quite a fan of americans.

    Why can’t we all just get along?

  397. 416 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    What joke school did “Dr. William Bennett” attend? The Hoppy Copy down the street? Those are some good Photoshop skills there Lou. You sir, are a moronic idiot obsessed with your own sense of self worth, which from my point of view (which is extremely important to me) is worthless.

  398. 417 An Educated American 10 January, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Consider how it must feel to live with these morons on a daily basis. And, my Canuck friend, you only saw the scab on modern America, not the wound. Self-imposed inorance in the name of Jesus (my Jesus, not your Jesus)! That’s the American way. Cold Canada’s looking better every day!

  399. 418 marvin Aberegg 10 January, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    “So according to you we’ve got to do a better job making sure only whites get into the country because if somebody looks black or asian, they can’t be Canadian? News Flash: Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than virtually any other country on the planet because we’re actually tolerant and don’t assume that non-whites are ‘non-Canadian’”

    Ha! Now you are just becoming plain tiresome and trite. What an ignorant assessment to make of my comments. It was in jest that I pointed out the diversity in Toronto and you immediatley and indignantly react with some insulting tripe. Now I see why you originally posted such a thing in the first place. It’s your outlook that is skewed -not the world.
    The really lame part of this is these observations aren’t even original or imaginative. It is entirely typical -like some lame knock-off of what some one more insightful and clever wrote. It appears you had a list of things to look for and then went and found it.
    1. Bigotry
    2. religious zealots
    3. obesity
    4. Arrogant sense of self.
    5..etc…………
    The bad thing is every hack comedian has done the same thing already….and did it better. Try using some imagination in the future. The instinct was there, it really was a good idea, but the imagination is missing.

  400. 419 derfynole 10 January, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Freedom of speech doesn’t include Freedom from Consequence, so there is nothing wrong with posting number the signs, as long as he is welling to accept the ramifications of his actions.

    And stuffed french toast, what a great idea…here is something from foodtv.ca…

    Croissant Over-Stuffed with Spicy Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon

    http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=3093

    HMMM…..me thinks the french toast isn’t so weird after all

  401. 420 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Hey Marvin the Martian, I think i’ve seen your writing style somewhere too. Oh wait, Essays are structured like that aren’t they? It’s a good thing you pointe4d out that the Canuck’s writing style is immitating those of comedians, because writing essay style posts has NEVER been done before, EVER! EVER I SAY!

  402. 421 marvin Aberegg 10 January, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Now that my friend, is a damning and well thought retort. I feel suitably shamed. :)

  403. 422 Nathan 10 January, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    LMAO ROTF LOL @410

  404. 423 Angel 10 January, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Damn. I should have never broke my rule about not reading comments and should have just read the post, had a laugh, shook my head, and moved on with my life. Like I am now.

    Paulitics: congrats on the crazy amount of hits. Just wait until people really start to tell their friends.

  405. 424 Old Fred 10 January, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Takes all kinds, kids. As far as immigrants are concerned–the only ones I have a problem with are the ones here illegally no matter where they are from.
    …and I just get great laughs from the idiots on parade, keeps me regular .
    Enjoy the rest of my birthday, fellow boppers–I am!

  406. 425 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    The symbol of the U.S. Army has a pike with a red stocking cap (toque)or “bonnet rouge” as a symbol of unity with the French after their help during the American Revolution. And when the Americans first arrived in France during WWI, General Pershing laid a wreath on Lafayette’s grave and said “Lafayette, we are here; Lafayette, we are here”. Yes, today many Americans do not realize that we would never be free without the French.

  407. 426 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    If you don’t like it in the USA…stay up in your frigid wasteland..we won’t mind

  408. 427 Palooka 10 January, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I don’t understand number 3.

    Are we not supposed to be proud to be southern? As a Canadian, don’t you see plenty of French Canadians proud of their heritage, or does that freak you out too?

    Elitist jerk.

    Go back to Canada. And keep sending us your good doctors. We appreciate the good health services they provide.

  409. 428 CP 10 January, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Saying that you’d rather move to another country than share one with close-minded bigots seems to defeat its own open-minded logic…

  410. 429 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    im sure the canadians appreciate the good tax revenues their doctors are producing in the U.S. as well

  411. 430 Andrew 10 January, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Forget the FARK, let’s keep the comments coming.

  412. 431 Term 10 January, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Blog posts like this are garbage for one simple reason: they ignore the basic fact that stupidity enjoys no geographic boundaries. This does not excuse individual acts, but simply put, due to the abundance of such underwhelming intellects one can individually highlight morons and then extrapolate their actions to include the population of an entire nation. We could make one of these lists for every nation and really, it wouldnt matter since in the end, they would all share very similar stupidities enjoyed by all societies: nationalists, isolationists, secessionists, theocrats and so on. We should rather unite in simply rejecting any form of these stupidities rather than highlighting the geographical location of the stupidity which is inconsequential overall.

    Lastly, while I may not agree or like any of the statements made by such individuals, I believe they should have the right to say whatever they damn well please, whether its denying the holocaust or saying that the messiah has returned and he is a Welshman. No one should feel threatened by mere words of private citizens. Honestly don’t care, just refrain from hurting other people or imposing your views on everyone else. When you do, thats when action is then needed.

  413. 432 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Look at him run. Doesn’t he run like a Welshman?! Just look! Look at him run!

  414. 433 Ken 10 January, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    As an American who lived for a couple years in Western Canada, I’m constantly wishing I could return to the Great White North on a permanent basis. And as an Oregonian find the South fucking spooky myself. Although, I found many Canadians to be fairy passive aggressive, they were also mellower.
    my take on the whole thing can be found at: oregoncanadian.blogspot.com.

  415. 434 Tom Boucher 10 January, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    before you poke fun at the stuffed french toast, I present Poutine as a perfect example of Canada’s ability to make something nasty as well.

  416. 435 shadowwake 10 January, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the small minded, one sided, stereotypical look into my country. I’m so glad you’ve lumped us all into one easy to hate group. Please don’t come back — as you’ve thoughtfully and rudely pointed out, we already have our fair share of idiots. But I guess you’ve helped prove that Canada has it’s fair share as well.

  417. 436 Joe 10 January, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Canada, America’s hat!

  418. 437 Pea 10 January, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    um… the difference is that Poutine is foul and disgusting and Stuffed French toast is full of deliciousness.

    Oh and the christian trucker, the editorial writer, the “heritage not hate” billboard and the Casa D’Ice crackpot? Technically they should be symbols of how nice we are to allow morons to freely spout the dumbest crap ever. It’s free speech – not exactly intelligent, or quiet or ignored. Sucks that to prove freedom, we have to let people like this pretend that their idea of a free country is that everyone agrees with their insanity. Oh well.

  419. 438 Pender 10 January, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Canawhere? Where? Canawhocares!

    Really…most Americans don’t think twice about Canawherever. Really…most don’t even think once about them.

    Obsessive comes to mind the Canadian’s thoughts about America. And yes I did notice
    the little brother complex the guy has in refering to the United States as AMERICA. Considering Canadians also live in North America….

  420. 439 Jake 10 January, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Ok, so what freaked you out?

  421. 440 Pete 10 January, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    You find what you look for. I hope you were able to find something you enjoyed in America even if it’s not cool to say so.

  422. 441 Dan 10 January, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    except for #4 all are examples of Freedom of speech that all Americans are entitled to.

    In your Socialist Utopia I’m sure that’s one of the 1st things you’ll eliminate. After you take away all our guns.

  423. 442 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Dan (#430) yep, because we socialists hate freedom.

  424. 443 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Pete (#429), I really did enjoy most of my time in the U.S. and I did talk about it in a few of the comments above.

    Although, to be fair, I wasn’t looking for the worst of the U.S.. I’m sure when you’ve travelled, you’ve noticed that when you’re from a different culture, you don’t look for those things, they just stand out to you because they’re different.

  425. 444 BHC 10 January, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Taking the skytrain in Vancouver, I observed more than one roof adorned with the words “READ QURAN – GOD’S HOLY WORD,” once with rocks, on another roof with a sign.
    To a Canadian, this is speech that should be abolished, if I am to interpret the writer’s attitude?

    How in the world can he be upset at words on a truck? So what? I mean, really, how intolerant can one be? How is that not bigotry?

    And I know there will be those who blather about the perils of religion and fundamentalism and will thus miss my point: wishing to censor another’s speech is evidence of intolerance and fear and hate. It matters not a whit whether you agree with what is said, only their right to say it. Those words were not on a government truck, but a private entity.

  426. 445 Paulk 10 January, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    The US has problems. So does Canada. The last time I was in Regina, I was happy to get out with my life. You guys have some rough neighborhoods up there.

    Pablo

    ps. Dude, you guys have NOTHING ON TV UP THERE! I LIKE RED GREEN AND ALL, BUT COME ON!

  427. 446 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Someone should work for that truck company, then after waiting until their probation period is done put up various religious symbols from other religions. When he gets fired, sue that company’s self-righteous ass for wrongful dismissal based on religious discrimination.

  428. 447 BHC 10 January, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Soemthing that freaks me out whenever I visit Canada: all the passive aggressive stuff.

    Was in a grocery store, and in Seattle, we leave the food in the hand-carry basket for the checker to have an easier time of it. They usually prefer it that way.
    So out of habit I did the same thing in White Rock. The attitude the checker flipped me was just unreal and out of all proportion. The Canuck behind me in line was giving her a sly look and smirk (“Oh, those stupid Americans.”)
    See, in our culture, we would help the other with, “could you take those out of the basket and then leave the basket on the side?” Instead of all the passive-aggressive crap.

    Also, in a Victoria gift shop, a peddler had porno postcards out in the open at eye-level. Any kid could come in and see copulation. I asked the owner about it, and the attitude was again, passive aggressive.

    SO here you have it: kids get an eyeful of porn and that’s normal to Canadians. But you better not put “God loved us so that he gave his only son” on your vehicle or you’re “bizarre.”

  429. 448 Claiborne 10 January, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    You’ll note that the five things that freaked you out were all *specific* things. It’s not as if every restaurant served stuffed French toast (and everyone in the place ordered it), every sign in the South was either referencing the Confederacy or Jesus, or every place had immigrants.

    Essentially, while travelling through a country of three hundred million people, you met three to four ignorant ones (assuming that the person who wrote the editorial and who pasted it up are different), one religious dude who owned a trucking company and one diner that served one unhealthy meal.

    America has plenty of crazy people, perhaps more than our share of ignorant people, and a vast number of “evangelical” Christians, but to cull a few outliers and then assume that they were “perfectly normal” or representative of the entire country makes you come across as ignorant in the same vein as the immigrant-bashers you were referencing.

  430. 449 Paul 10 January, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Yessss, we have a few whacks.

    How boring it would be if everyone thought the same way.

  431. 450 Ricky 10 January, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Canada is the crummy garage apartment hanging over the rocking house party that is the United States!

  432. 451 Mark 10 January, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    *Sigh*

    As an American, it’s difficult to also find myself so often lately apologizing for the idiots that live within our borders (and, apparently, vote that way).

    I’m torn as to how to reply to a few of the disturbing things you saw on your trip.

    Yes, the racist, fundamentalist, simple-minded billboard signs are *revolting* to almost anyone with a brain, conscience and compassion. I’m gay — so I’m somewhat tuned-in to how offensive this kind of speech is. I absolutely draw the line when it comes to tolerating obnoxious speech that also includes a call-to-action like, “kill [whomever the idiot author is slagging at the moment].”

    That said… and I realize this may be difficult to get where I’m coming from… Americans really do have a *strong* desire to preserve the right to free speech. Even if it’s *patently* offensive and unconscionable by the, “average” American (whatever average really means). Those signs make me want to puke — but, the flip-side of this is that the bozo with the signs (by virtue of being able to loudly display his bozo-ocity) has clearly identified himself as someone I will *never* care to do business with… as someone I will merrily publicly condemn…. and, in short, a brainless, racist asshole. That’s a win.

    Do you think his asinine rhetoric is actually influencing reasonable people — or simply (and accurately) showing that there are assholes here too? Shutting them up doesn’t keep them from being assholes… it just makes it harder to identify them. If I had racist neighbors, I’d gladly support their right to put a big fat sign on their lawn identifying them as such. Same goes for the homophobes we have here on our side of the border. Go right ahead and tell me I’m a stupid faggot and that I deserve to burn in hell. Put in on a billboard for all I care. As long as you don’t cross the line between free speech and a call to do something illegal (i.e. “kill fags”) I’m cool with it. If you want to combine your hateful words with a *legal* call to action (i.e. “I hate fags — here’s legislation I think you should support if you do too” then more power to you. We’ll see who wins. As a minority, I really don’t think that we can win any politic/philosophical battles by gagging the lunatics on either side of the argument.

    Let the idiots use all the stupendously offensive speech they want. Name calling shows the pre-school intellect behind their arguments… and outs their stupidity in the process. As a previous poster pointed out — their right to be as offensive as they want *ends* where it infringes on *my* right to exercise the same freedoms and receive the same protection under the law. Up to that point, call me anything you want. Say anything you want. Beyond that — see ya in court.

  433. 452 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    BHC (#433) – you wrote:

    “Taking the skytrain in Vancouver, I observed more than one roof adorned with the words “READ QURAN – GOD’S HOLY WORD,” once with rocks, on another roof with a sign.
    To a Canadian, this is speech that should be abolished, if I am to interpret the writer’s attitude?”

    Well, first of all, I can’t speak for other Canadians, only myself. But on that point, if you’d bother to read up, you’d have noticed that I wrote earlier:

    “Dave (#388) – You make a sensible point, however I think it misses the purpose of the post. The post wasn’t saying that the state should violently repress these 5 things. That would be crazy. The post was talking about a specific segment of the American population (what percentage it is, I don’t know, nor did I make any claims to know) that proudly spout christian-supremacist and white-supremacist garbage. I was commenting on the phenomenon itself as frightening, not making any prescriptive statements.”

    Also, you wrote:

    “How in the world can he be upset at words on a truck? So what?”

    Well actually it’s a big deal. It’s workplace discrimination against every non-Christian and progressive Christian and pro-choice Christian who might have issues with spreading such filth yet would fear speaking up against their Christian company’s Christian bosses.

  434. 453 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    How do u elect a president who was a former cocaine addict?

  435. 454 Paint 10 January, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Yeah, the South tends to be like that. My girlfriend is from Kentucky and I’m from New Hampshire and I haven’t met her parents yet. Should be funny when I finally do. I remember on a roadtrip down to New Mexico with a couple buddies of mine, driving down the interstate (I forget which state this was in, they all started to blur together after a while), we say an *enormous* plastic (I assume plastic, anyway) statue of Jesus. Not something you see in New England (Northeast United States).

    Lol, why is everyone getting so butthurt over this? The writer even said at the beginning, “To celebrate my return to this frigid, yet comparatively sane country, I felt it worthwhile to relay a list of five items which I saw during my travels which the locals thought was perfectly normal (I presume), but which freaked the heck out of me as a Canadian.” He wasn’t rude, he’s simply expressing what he saw and his reaction to it, and exercising his free speech, which you seem to be so quick to defend against but then turn around and wag a finger at him for doing the same. Southerners, the Civil War ended almost 150 years ago. 150 years! Let it go! Things have changed drastically since then! It takes a great amount of strength to stand by your values and your heritage, but FAR MORE to see where you were wrong, if indeed you were, and swallow your pride and admit it to yourself.

  436. 455 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Okay, for the millionth time (I’m talking specifically to you Claiborne @ 437) I never said these were exemplars of all Americans. Indeed I’ve said the opposite. Seriously, don’t you people read before you criticize? What I have said is that I was very surprised and/or shocked by some of the things I saw down there. Vocal nascent fascist minorities of a population can be frightening enough without them having to comprise the entire population or even a majority thereof.

  437. 456 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    So Canadians are now judgmental douches like us Americans. You do realize that by pointing out your supposed superiority in pointing out our disgraceful acts you have become in a sense ‘one of us.’

    Funny thing is when I went to Canada I seen so many hill-billy rednecks trucker cap wearing racists it was like I went South instead of North. I’m also aware that I was in a rural part of Canada and ‘not amongst Canada’s brightest’ so I took it with a grain a salt. When you grow up with many, many different types of people from all parts of the world living right next to you, going to school with you, and working with you; you tend to judge individual persons differently based on their actions. Words are only words, if you let them work you up then whomever wrote them has beaten you.

  438. 457 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Dave – I’m an equal opportunity attacker: I attack Canada just like I attack America. Read through some of the posts on this blog where I attack Canada and you’ll see.

  439. 458 tito 10 January, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    f&^K you canadians with your squinty eyes and flapping heads.

  440. 459 jj 10 January, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Murphy(#29)– We don’t use the imperial system of measurement. We use the USA measurement system. They are similar and have common names but they are decidedly different(since when the Imperial system was introduced by the “empire” we were battling them we made a point to be different). Just thought you might want to know.

    Also stuffed french toast is awesome and doesn’t have to be stuffed with those particular ingredients I’ve seen it stuffed with all sorts of things. IHOP, hello people, it’s a special there like twice a year. Now I know you’ve all got IHOPS by you. Don’t lie.

    And on the rest, yeah we got a lot of issues here. But there are a lot of issues everywhere. If you believe the news(I don’t care which channel/country/news outlet you watch) the entire world is going to hell in a hand basket. Doesn’t make it so it just means they are trying to get viewers.

    Just had to throw in my two cents.

    Oh and draki, you’re right we are pretty hot and tempting down here. At least that’s what PHAT means here or maybe you just don’t know how to spell. In which case it makes sense that you don’t know how to read since England is actually passing us in the weight department. ‘Course I like to blame McDonalds. Since, you know, it fits neatly on a hand painted sign(total tongue in cheek for those who couldn’t tell)

  441. 460 Native American 10 January, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Show me a country without assholes an I’ll show you a boring place to live.

  442. 461 Authoritie 10 January, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    that doesn’t even make sense tito

  443. 462 bingbong 10 January, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    this is just yet another example of the canadian red-headed step child syndrome. you poor insecure narcissists feed off of this type of observation of america in an attempt to somehow steady your inner child. is every canadian born with an inferiority complex, or is it taught in school and at home?

    i use to work in retail at a seattle-area electronics store and would have the occasional canadian come through. if a guy would catch me off-guard with a familiar and seemingly out of place chip on his shoulder, i would always wonder… canadian? if a purchase was made, 90% of the time the id would confirm. my co-workers and i would just always shrug it off as in “what in the world..?”

    reality is that the only thing even slightly significant about canada is that it’s on america’s border. and you know this. get over it.

    i watch the bbc now and then, and always hear little sarcastic shots taken at america, very much in the same tone as the above evaluation. it makes me imbarrassed for you. my sympathy for your troubled minds and hearts.

  444. 463 Dave 10 January, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    “Dave – I’m an equal opportunity attacker: I attack Canada just like I attack America. Read through some of the posts on this blog where I attack Canada and you’ll see.”

    Fair enough. And please don’t think I am attempting to subvert any of your points- I’m just getting sick of lumped in with the (admittedly abundant) ignorants in this country. Where I live in Chicago there is no way that restaurant could get away with those slogans. That place would have broken windows at best and torched to the ground at worst. Those slogans are hateful ignorant word. I know someone mentioned earlier that the South is still pissed off at the Civil War, and I agree. When I was in Florida with some friends on a bus we heard a group of locals spewing forth the “N….r” word every other word…absolutely disgusting that these rednecks haven’t moved on but when you see how slooooowwwwww their lives are (for the most part) and that they respect theology more than science should explain everything about their frame of mind. THEY voted for Bush, look at a red-blue map from the last election. I guess what I’m trying to say is us in the North are much closer to Canadians with our mind-set than those in the South. There is a reason it is called the “Bible-Belt” and not the “Brain-Belt”. Visit Chicago next time, we have world-class culture, awesome restaurants from all ethnicities imaginable (not sure about stuffed French Toast, never heard of that), museums, art-houses, etc. I guess what I’m saying is you will find more culture in Chicago than wasting your trolling the South (go for the weather only, or even better go to Mexico which was cheaper for me than visiting Florida, and MUCH more fun.

  445. 464 MysterX 10 January, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Canada has no ground to stand on when it comes to bashing American food.

    Poutine aside, it should be against the law to claim that a dish includes “crab” when it is actually imitation crab (at least have the courtesy to spell it Krab in that case), and there are restaurants in Chicago where you will get kicked out if you pronounce “pasta” the way that Canadians say it.

    Beer is a completely different story, however.

  446. 465 Paint 10 January, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    “Murphy(#29)– We don’t use the imperial system of measurement. We use the USA measurement system. They are similar and have common names but they are decidedly different(since when the Imperial system was introduced by the “empire” we were battling them we made a point to be different). Just thought you might want to know.

    Also stuffed french toast is awesome and doesn’t have to be stuffed with those particular ingredients I’ve seen it stuffed with all sorts of things. IHOP, hello people, it’s a special there like twice a year. Now I know you’ve all got IHOPS by you. Don’t lie.”

    I actually have no IHOPS near where I live in New Hampshire. :( Got Denny’s though.

    Also, England is passing us in the weight department? link or it didn’t happen. O.O

  447. 466 Rav 10 January, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    #5 – Those trucks travel up here to the Northeast as well. It’s their right to put those messages on their trucks as it’s my right to flip them off when I drive by them. ;)

    Also, the abortion one is political, NOT religious, in nature.

  448. 467 tim 10 January, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    To all the Canadians that don’t think they say “aboot”. YOU SAY “ABOOT”! You don’t hear it because you’re Canadian.

    We don’t mind your rather minor accent…but don’t deny having it.

  449. 468 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    WowWEEE, Paul! When I commented, you were right around 160. Figured I’d check in and see how its going.

    I wonder how many times you have posted a varition on the following phrases:

    “I really did enjoy the majority of time in the states.”
    “The weather was really nice.”
    “I don’t believe this is representitive of the whole country.”
    “Go ahead and make fun of Canada. I also make fun of Canada.”

    This has to feel a bit like living in a feedback loop… or a hamster wheel.

  450. 469 Cat 10 January, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I’m tired of Socialism being shuved down my throat. At least we have the right to say these things without being prosecuted. Socialist Canadians do not understand this because they have not had the FREEDOM to do so, yet they still come to our country to have MAJOR surgeries, because they would have to be put on a waiting list in Canda, and earn livings as actors/actresses and then are for some reason APALLED by our VALUED Freedom of speech!

  451. 470 Jasper 10 January, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I find the whole thing hilarious:
    Argue with each other about free speech with no other goal other than to exercise your free speech. Its not like anybody reads through all of this and “ding” has a revelation.

    I came here because of Fark.com, a website that does all of this, but in a productive way: Its entertaining.
    Oh and I lied. I haven’t read all of this drivel.
    I have a life.

    PS: This website has spell check, so for many of you its lazy free speech.

  452. 471 ChuckSnow5 10 January, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Let me see if I have this correctly. You visit another country, discover it isn’t identical to Canada and then get all smug and indignant about it?

    Congratulations, you’re the Ugly Canadian.

  453. 472 Tara 10 January, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Jasper (#459):

    This is off-topic but I can’t help myself.

    Did you really just take the time to comment in order to tell everyone that you have a life? Seriously?

    Now, THAT is hilarious.

  454. 473 Amerikkka 10 January, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Canadians are a bunch of pussies. Their country is falling apart with non-white scum as fast as the USA, the difference is that Canadians are impotent fags and wont do shit about it. Done come on back anytime soon.

  455. 474 saga 10 January, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    A French Fry is a POTATO. It requires gravy. ;)

    The sandwich sounds like a teenage boy’s dream, but not for the ‘mature’ among us.

    The rampant religion in the US is unusual, considered laughable by Europeans, but it doesn’t affect me … or does it … GWBUSh?

    My American family members think Canada is safer, cleaner and less corrupt.
    I think Canada is just better at cover-up. ;)

  456. 475 Todd 10 January, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Top 5 things I saw in CANADA which, as a Canadian, freaked me right out…

    1. A marked stop on the 416 called “Hell Holes Nature Trails”. It’s not a religious message.. but not a very glowing endorsement for an otherwise beautiful hike.

    2. A Tim Hortons on every street corner in Hamilton. Wait, I think they missed one…

    3. Our former Prime Minister getting a pie assimilated with his face in public. That was freaky, and also funny.

    4. Witnessing two cougars in a heated battle. It happens quite a bit in various bars across Canada.

    5. Seeing an obviously innocent blog, with a HUMOROUS tone, incite such backlash! Wow. I’m know Canadians are known as nice, sensitive types, but apparently not as sensitive as Americans!

  457. 476 passionphish 10 January, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    To all previous comments and the poster:

    Blatant statements always make someone mad. This is why we say them (my opinion). Generalized bland statements get nothing done. Which is why politicians say them. Less to be responsible for. But as long as you let others determine how you feel and think one man’s ignorance is a perfectly good excuse to show us the temper you try so hard to act like you don’t have. Nothing in this life will change for anyone. EVERYONE every where is different on some level. And we all disdain change and difference on some level.

    GET OVER IT. And learn a little patience. Damn….

    I am a Southern American born and raised. I hate fried food.

  458. 477 Ed 10 January, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Shame on y’all to suggest that some of the opinions posted on that sign and elsewhere should be illegal.

    The First Amendment states,

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Freedom of thought is the freedom of an individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, regardless of anyone else’s view. To deny a person’s freedom of thought is to deny what can be considered one’s most basic freedom; to think for one’s self. The whole concept of ‘freedom of thought’ rests on the freedom of the individual to believe whatever one thinks is best (freedom of belief), the notion of ‘freedom of religion’ is closely related and inextricably bound up with these.

    U.S Supreme Court Justice wrote in Palko v. Connecticut “Freedom of thought… is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”

    In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is listed under Article 18:

    “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

    The Human Rights Committee states that the above Article 18, which became legally binding on member states with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

    “…distinguishes the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief from the freedom to manifest religion or belief. It does not permit any limitations whatsoever on the freedom of thought and conscience or on the freedom to have or adopt a religion or belief of one’s choice. These freedoms are protected unconditionally.”

    Similarly, Article 19 of the guarantees that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference…”

    If one doesn’t like the free expression of thoughts and opinions, whether they be political, so called “hate speech” or just something you do not agree with,

    To try and regulate the thought process or expression of opinion through rules and laws is one of the most egregious violations of basic human rights.

    No one understands the true meaning of “Freedom of Speech” until they will defend with their life the right of a person to speak his opinion and position on a subject that they themselves would oppose to their dying breath.

  459. 478 Paint 10 January, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Yeah, this entry got linked at fark.com (how I got here myself). Get ready for a flood of trolls, they’re an opinionated group of people. :/

  460. 479 leesus 10 January, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    As an american i went to vancouver and found places where junkies can shoot up heroin and not be botherd or hassled by law enforcement.

    Also on hastings street i saw the largest congregation of underaged prostitutes in the western hemisphere. And they were gross, strung out on crack or heroin, and all were black.

    My canuck friend explained to me how this was notconsidered a problem in canada.

    I’d much prefer nasty stuffed french toast and stupid signs than to live in a society where driuga ddictin and prostituiotion is just “another lifestyle”

    … and they call america racist? Are you kidding me. For reference, its HASTINGS street in VANCOUVER, BC. Heroin, crack cocaine and dozens of 14 year old prostitutes. And they are sooooooooo disgusting.

    To Reiterate, Canada does not find this to be a problem, actually designating “free fire zones” where this type of activity is immune to law enforcement.

    I didnt see any 14 year old white girls. Nor chinese. Nope.

    Again, this type of segregation is acceptable in canada, but thank goodness they dont have any christains around, that would be tooo extreme.

  461. 480 Leigh 10 January, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Actually, the tone of this blog observation did not come off as humerous at all, just made to look that way.

  462. 481 Monty_Python 10 January, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I have found this whole discussion much funnier than the actual blog post, so I guess Paul has succeeded in his orginal intention to be humourous.

    Has everybody had a bloody humour-ectomy?

    Yes these are the same tired jokes that everyone makes, but the flag-waving reaction has been marvelous.

  463. 482 Black 10 January, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Black – Turkey and France have saved Canada before?

    Actually, I hate to break it to you, but I and a substantial minority of Canadians support leaving NATO.

    Comment by paulitics — 10 January, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    Um, you do relize your leaders are in that so they have an excuse to save you on taxes, right? And if Canada left NATO that army couldn’t defend against a guy sleeping in the streets, much less an attack by China. Or something else.

  464. 483 Black 10 January, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    And because I know Canadian Education sucks: That means your nation is full of cheap bastaterds.

  465. 484 Joe 10 January, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    5. I am not offended or freaked out by a truck with religious slogans, or political bumper stickers, or any other expression of opinion for I have read and more importantly understood the US Constitution.

    4. I am not offended or freaked out by a food I’ve never eaten or by a dish I find disgusting simply from its description. It’s disgusting. Don’t eat it. Problem solved.

    3. I am not offended or freaked out by an expression of Southern pride for I have read and more importantly understood the US Constitution.

    2. I am not offended or freaked out by an expression of intolerance in a Letter to the Editor for I have read and more importantly understood the US Constitution.

    1. I am not offended or freaked out by crude political tripe on a grease-pit’s advertising board – for I have read and more importantly understood the US Constitution.

    For Americans posting comments here: If opinion and the legal expression of that opinion (regardless of how vile or contrary it may be) freaks you out then you have no business calling yourself an American.

    For the blogger: The expression of opinion freaks you out – so what do you do? Why it’s obvious – you rush to your blog and express your opinion about it! Of course. Makes perfect sense…

  466. 485 Soon-to-be-expat 10 January, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    LOL You make a little list of things you encountered in the US that freaked you out and what is funny is look at the insecurity in the majority of the American responses here. You list a few things that shock your sensibilities and in typical American fashion, they get all defensive and claim that you “hate America.”

    I could add plenty more that is more shocking that your five items here. Culturally and politically, most ‘mericuns just don’t see how bass-ackwards they are and they LIKE it this way. A typical American combination of insularity and arrogance.

    That being said, I am leaving the country myself in the next few months and I will be far happier. You insulated arrogant morons like this country F-ed up this way? You can have it! (OK, now you can say all the typical “yeah, and don’t come back” etc etc etc blah blah)

  467. 487 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Elronio – that’s hilarious. Thanks for the link.

  468. 488 Aaron 10 January, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    This guy probably loves to go to fine art museums where they show Piss Christ, but if he sees one message on a truck that is not in his line of thinking, it “scares” him.

    What kind of open-minded, tolerant person gets scared like that?

  469. 489 J. Kyle H. 10 January, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    As an American, I express regret in being associated with the five aforementioned items.
    Except, perhaps, the Stuffed French Toast. We won’t let a silly thing like “health” get in the way of our radical culinary experimentation.
    We will, however, let the will of a vaguely-defined, yet all-powerful being dictate scientific ethic.
    Yeah.

  470. 490 Nik 10 January, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Well, where you failed on humor you made up for with this fabulous comments section.
    Love the diversity of opinion and the discussion.
    It’s unfortunate that you didn’t have a whole lot to add besides some links and a lovely “Hey, at least *I* don’t give a crap about my country and *I* can take derogatory comments thinly veiled as terrible humor as a great joke” attitude.

  471. 491 J noble 10 January, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    I could care less what a Canadian thinks. They have always seemed to me like our younger retarded cousin. Stay in your socialist haven and sleep well knowing that the most powerful country in the world has your back.

  472. 492 Buck O' 5 10 January, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    i came here from fark for a laugh found one in the comments now I’m leaving and never coming back cuz i don’t want paul to think i care about his other blogs aka opinion by giving him hits. hope you enjoyed the surge you got I’m sure it really helps you continue to blog your life away.

    oh hey if fark.com ever links you again and i get sent back here unexpectedly i hope your actual post is funnier than the comments other people write cuz it really was lacking, and as we all know this was meant to be hilarious..

    and as I know from reading the post you’ll say something like.. “well this was meant so my true readers would know i was back!” I came here for a laugh so that fact is null in void to me :L

  473. 493 Katy 10 January, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Those billboards are damn funny. I don’t agree with them, but the extremism presented is hilarious when you imagine most southerners saying it.

  474. 494 Jeff 10 January, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    If immigrants want to come here, then dammit make ’em learn the language and follow OUR traditions. Why should we set aside our way of life to accommodate theirs when they obviously left a country filled with their own traditions? Fark ’em!

    Don’t wanna learn english? Get back on the boat!

  475. 495 Spork 10 January, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I’m given the impression you only visited the South and East Coast regions of America. Southerners are known for extremism, perhaps you should look elsewhere in the US before developing your opinion.

  476. 496 Jeff 10 January, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I will take no food related gripes from the country that invented poutine.

  477. 497 Lydia 10 January, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    im really beginning to believe that people cannot be happy unless they can complain about something….anything….everything. people do not want to be happy and no one really wants peace. maybe one day…..anything can happen.

  478. 498 Hawkins 10 January, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    What did the owner of that Cafe do? Change the message every day or something?

    Anyways, not ALL Americans are like that. You should had stayed away from teh Deep South. MOst all states between Texas and Florida and just south of the Carolinas are ass backwards and full of backwater single minded simple town folk. Now not all of them are like that but the majority outside of the major city centers are like that.

    I am an American and personally would love to become a Canadian Citizen. I mean, the air is cleaner up there, the water is purer, the health care is free (supposedely) and they are not hated by the vast majority of the educated world.

  479. 499 TANG INA 10 January, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    THIS SHIT GUY WHO POSTED THAT INFORMATION IS A BIG AMERICAN ASSHOLE. THAT PICTURE THAT YOU SAW TAKEN FROM AN ONLINE BILLBOARD GENERATOR.

  480. 500 Bob 10 January, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    All of those signs are true, rough, but true. Especially about imigrants why should they not have to work to live here when our ancestors and founders did.

  481. 501 Lisa 10 January, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Well, as far as the stuffed French Toast thing goes, with the American cheese.. processed cheese is called American cheese in the US, just as a generality.

  482. 502 Ben 10 January, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I find this entire discussion quite amusing. People: chill.

  483. 503 Tony 10 January, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I am an American, and least last four bother me terribly. I hope this country will be able to pull itself out of this hole we’ve dug ourselves into. The first, while hideously unhealthy and basically an instant-heart attack, is surprisingly not the worst thing you’ll find here in terms of food.

  484. 504 Joachim 10 January, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I’ll bet you’re a blast to go on vacation with.

    “Hey, let’s go over there and hate THAT now. Then maybe we’ll get some SMUG for dinner, and finish the night off with a glass of Sanctimonious.”

    The good news, friend, is that there’s a chance that someday you’ll look back at this blog and say, “I wrote that? What a git I was.”

    There are about as many wanker Canadians per capita as there are wanker Americans. Demographically, we’re very close. Canadians, I’ve noticed, are just a little less likely to cast a critical eye inward.

  485. 505 cowtoslaughter 10 January, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    ahhhhhh for some reason the fact that some kanandaian is freakout by it just makes me bubble up with american pride. Mission Accomplished.

  486. 506 some guy 10 January, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    wow.
    original article: tongue in cheek
    angry responses: foot in mouth

    let a slow knuck post about 5 stupid (intentional?) mis-conceptions.

  487. 507 Bob 10 January, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    No wonder no one likes Canadians

  488. 508 Joe 10 January, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I like both countries. There are assholes everywhere. So what? That’s not an American or Canadian thing, it’s a human thing.

  489. 509 Ron 10 January, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I’m an American. See, I don’t agree with everything that was said above, but what’s awesome is that we have the freedom to say such things. Now, I’ve only visited Canada, but you must live a very sheltered life if these things freaked you out. The food sounds delicious, btw. In summary, you’re a retard, dude.

  490. 510 Tony Briggs 10 January, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    go back across the fucking border. who cares what you think anyway?

  491. 511 Joe K 10 January, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    You forgot to start your “blog” with (nose in air) description. What a smug little pup.

  492. 512 Dylan 10 January, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    One thing that is starting to get to me a lot is how everyone is so offended about how religious fundamentalists push their views out in plain sight and then the people that disagree with them do the exact same thing. Both sides are having a shout match. A number atheists and non-Christians (because all of these religion stories are about Christians, which makes sense because they are the predominant religion in the U.S.) equal in desire to criticize the other and force their beliefs. And I’m agnostic, so I’m not defending anyone.

  493. 513 Jeremy 10 January, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    wow.

    The comments here from most of the Americans do more to prove what a backward place the US is than the small observations made by the author.

    For those defending the signs, think of this. There is absolutely no difference between “camel-jockey” and “nigger” or “chink” or “dago.” The guy behind those signs is the exact same kind of guy that had the “niggers go home” signs up in the 60’s. Absolutely Amazing.

    In Canada, those signs would be illegal for several reasons (profanity and hate speech among them).

    Cheers to all the smart nice Americans who posted here that did *not* defend this idiotic bigotry.

    Last word – No country that is “Fundamentalist” can be considered “modern,” and I dare anyone to spot the significant difference between the attitudes of the fundamentalist Islamists and the fundamentalist Christians. There just isn’t any. If the Muslims *did* conquer America as you are all so scared of, we would see Christian terrorists blowing themselves up for Christ.

  494. 514 geo 10 January, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Isn’t Canada part of America? Seriously, learn your geography. The United States of America. The Americas. North and South America. Canada is part of America!

  495. 515 Andy 10 January, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I say the sign maker is a hipocrit, in one hes someone who wants the war, in the next one he says bring the troops home. which one do you want asshole

  496. 516 David Duke 10 January, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    You are right, the South is absolutely horrible and totally backward. At least that is what hollywood has told me and all my fellow northern bigots.

    Now if only I could get all my northern people to quit realizing they have lived in a frozen sheethole for so many years that they all retire down in the South.

    As far as Canada is concerned, I am surprised your sled dogs could make it this far.

  497. 517 regeya 10 January, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    “Today, you have to offer spanish services because today’s illegal immigrant think they are entitled to come here and have us cater and give everything to them.”

    Right, I’ll keep that in mind when I drive by the squalid campos where the orchard workers live. They pick fruits and vegetables because they get everything given to them.

    See, this is the sort of thinking that makes us (I’m an non-far-right-radical American, I get to say “us”) look like idiots. We worry about the Mexicans, Columbians, etc. stealing good jobs like being field hands and hotel maids from hard-working Americans, but when anyone points out the idiocy of allowing blue-collar jobs to be sent to China, and white-collar tech-sector jobs to India, the far-Right gets behind Bush and starts chanting, “Free trade, free trade, FREE TRADE!!!”

    *sigh* Canada, looks like you’ll be the rich North American country before long. Or at this rate, maybe Mexico.

  498. 518 theartistpagani 10 January, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    You think THAT stuff is bad, you have no idea what it is like to live without health care, in a country run by people who wear their religion on their sleeves and who call them selves pro life but love the death penalty, war ..and they just don’t give a shit if a several thousand Americans die every year from medical conditions that could have been treated had they lived in Canada or just about anywhere else in the developed world.

    That’s the REAL horror.

  499. 519 Amp 10 January, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Just think of it this way:
    If someone is wanting to judge a country based on a few things on their visit to the country, they are obviously an idiot!

  500. 520 Mike Williams 10 January, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I think the signs indicate that they have genetic challenges which affect their behavior.

  501. 521 Gian 10 January, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    People in Europe speak 3, 4 even 5 languages… Natives learned english… americans can now learn spanish… and if you don’t want to, ignore it – i mean, 50% of Americans pretty much ignore everything else…

  502. 522 bigbrother 10 January, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    So I’m an american and all these and more piss me off. The other day while eating with my family my father said to me “Want another crescent?” (The shape, not the food item) to which I replied “You are pronouncing it wrong” He said verbatim “I aint Muslim, this is America”

    Sad state of affairs

  503. 523 Nick 10 January, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    To celebrate my return to this frigid, yet comparatively sane country, I felt it worthwhile to relay a list of five items which I saw during my travels which the locals thought was perfectly normal (I presume), but which freaked the heck out of me as a Canadian.

    Way to presume wrong buddy. I guess that is all I can say. And the south is crazy, they have to get over that they lost the civil war, big deal.

  504. 524 mike2813 10 January, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    If we in the U.S. ever need any info on ice road trucking that is the time when your Canadian opinions will be valued, otherwise go right ahead and keep them to yourself

  505. 525 Gurtej Walha 10 January, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Actually in response to number 4, both the writer of the article is wrong in saying there weren’t any government handout programs, and doesn’t know history just like the letter writer.

    In fact, between 1860-1900, during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War, westward expansion grew dramatically because of acts such as the Homestead and Dawes Severalty act meant to give immigrants and native americans a chance to actually survive the harsh times, albeit the fact that the land being taken away originally belonged to native americans; and that few immigrants actually recieved their tracts of land because speculators often took the most arable parcels before the people who were actually eligible for them.

  506. 526 Dan 10 January, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Hmm, seems like 4 was funny, 3 was about defending secession which is sad, and 1, 2, and 5 were political views with which you disagree. So, the argument you’ve put forth is, “I don’t agree, therefore they must be crazy.” Seems like you didn’t think that one through very well. Here’s something strange about Canada, socialized health care is so bad Canadian government officials come to America to get treatment. Health care in Canada is so bad, you have to wait 12 months to get an x-ray to tell you if you have cancer that the doctor tells you could kill you, or be beyond repair before you can even get the x-ray, so he tells you to go to America to get the x-ray. I think I’ll take my heavily buttered French toast and unpopular political positions over your doomed, underfunded, poorly managed health care system any day of the week. How do you like them apples?

  507. 527 Steve Wallace 10 January, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I enjoyed your post. You might want to turn your eyes inward and find the freaky side of your own country. I suspect that you can find stuffed french toast on either side of the border. You can also find a haven for intolerance in Canada – I know this because I have helped authorities track down internet hate groups who almost invariably move to Canada to escape prosecution here in the US. What were the rest of your “freaky” experiences?… Inconsequential. You are an idiot.

  508. 528 Jack Wimberley 10 January, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    All of those are pretty scary. But American cheese is a kind of cheese, like Cheddar, or Monterrey, so you don’t really have a point there.

  509. 529 ed 10 January, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    God Bless America!!! It’s great to be an American – if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have all these people trying to get in!

  510. 530 John 10 January, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    This may have been mentioned, but it’s called “American cheese product” because it is not, in fact, cheese. Legally, unless it follows the FDA guidelines for cheese, it cannot be called cheese. Cheese is merely an ingredient in our American cheese product. It’s not a matter of pride, but of accuracy and legality.

  511. 531 Tim 10 January, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Yep. Nice to have you out of the country.

  512. 532 Morel 10 January, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Oh I love when people scream that American’s are moronic racists assholes, who lump everyone together with sterotypes.. All the while doing exactly the same thing they’re accusing us of..

    Yes My children.. You all shall follow the ways of the redneck.. Learn you will..

    The point is.. While yes we seem hellbent on putting our collective foot into our huge mouths (We put the biggest morons on TV.) The truth is that you can be any color, any race and have no worries in 90% of the country of being bothered.. YES if you wear a Durka you’re going to get looked at alot.. But shit happens.

    As far as the signs go, In this country you are free to do that.. You’re also free to build a eatery next door and have peace loving signs of friendship and togetherness.. It’s call fuckin FREEDOM you jackass. The purest form of Freedom is allowing someone to say something that makes your bloodboil and you will fight to the end of your days to argue. Thats what freedom is.

    Also,

    Everyone who screams “AMERICANS ARE DUM PHAT FUCKS” (etc etc) ya.. um.. Kiss our ass.. When your country actually starts using toilets instead of holes in the floor call me.. Otherwise fuck off..

  513. 534 Esquilax 10 January, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    South Carolina? Florida? Georgia? Dude… stay out of the south. The rest of us do. Did you expect otherwise? Have you never seen any of the TV programs we beam up to you?

    I’ve never heard of stuffed french toast here in California, but… sounds awesome.

  514. 536 RS 10 January, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    If that freaked you out, it looks like you haven’t been around -Canada- enough.

  515. 537 T Palmer 10 January, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    If the Chinese can build a Great Wall. We can build an 800 mile Wal-mart.

  516. 538 northamericanscum 10 January, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    A comment for all the Americans on here from the north blaming the south for racism: in the 1930’s, the state that had the highest number of Ku Klux Klansman was Indiana, a northern state. Boston, MA is known for its viciously racist problems among the locals. And Mr. New Hampshire, must be nice to sit there and talk about how lame and bigoted the South is, when you live in a wealthy state that is 95% white. Like it or not, New England is much more segregated than the South ever was. In rural areas of the south, blacks and whites live mingled together, whereas in the north, blacks are in cities, whites are in rural areas and suburbs. In the south, we confronted racism head on, recognized it in ourselves, and took it from there. If you think you don’t harbor any prejudices at all, then you aren’t being real.
    Get off your high horse.

  517. 539 James Justin Harrell 10 January, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    The stuffed french toast made me laugh. The rest are sad but also not surprising. At least I can take solace in knowing that Christianity is dropping by 1% every year.

    But “American cheese” really is just the name of a particular type of cheese.

  518. 540 Matt Edlund 10 January, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    > They all are completely intollerant of anyone else’s views and therefore dangerous.

    >>Oh, the irony.

    The kind of religious extremism that was on display on those trucks would be antima in anywhere other than a religious theocracy like Iran. In any other western country such a company would be avoided and go out of business very very quickly. That they are obviously having sucess shows that a considerable percentage of the country fully agrees with such extremism. You are amazingly similar to those who you claim are your enemies

    > They can say what they want as long as they don’t hurt anyone, or advocate anyone else doing so

    >>Tell me, how do either of the truck quotes hurt anyone or advocate such? Perhaps you could make an argument about the abortion opinion, but it is a highly subjective controversy.

    Odd.. I was refering to the signs on the dinner and I made that very clear saying “They can say what they want as long as they don’t hurt anyone, or advocate anyone else doing so”. The people who put up that sign at the diner are promoting hate and violence to a group of people based on their nationality and religion. Quite rightly we see that as the crime it is in Canada.

    >“Your right to extend your arm ends at the tip of my nose”

    >>There’s another old saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” There are no words that have ever, ever hurt anyone’s nose. Silencing opinions is a slippery slope. You may not mind that opinions you find offensive are made illegal, but you’ll feel a lot different when your own opinions are made so.

    I don’t advocate killing people because they are different from me. Never have, never will. Those who do I see in no different light as those who DO the violence. If you don’t think words aren’t dangerous, go and ask someone to murder someone. You are “Just talking”. How is it different when you are talking about a group, rather than an individual? Unfortunatly history shows again and again the error of your argument.

    Further to that do you actually think you HAVE free speach in the US at the moment? You jail protesters on a regular basis, again and again and again we hear stories about the authorities clamping down on any disident. I am free to fly a banner stating any political leanings I have as long as it doesn’t advocate violence towards someone. You can’t do that in the US. You harrass people based simply on their names. There is no free speach in the US. Hasn’t been in a long time. It amazes me that you would ever let this happen to you, but it seems that the American people have turned into sheep and forgotten that freedom isn’t free.

    >>Look, we can’t all be as perfect as Canada. Besides, if the US were perfect, who would you have to look down upon to feel superior and prop up your fragile ego?

    The problem is that you can’t look, or acknowlege how your country has failed. You have torn up and thrown away your sacred document in the consitution. No longer do you belive “That ALL men are created equal”. Now it seems that some are a fair bit more equal than others.

    >>Tell us also what you found non-shocking or even impressive about the US. Otherwise you’re just a bigot.

    I am willing to bet that I have seen more of the States than you have of Canada. I wish I could say I have seen things in the US that give me hope. But instead I see fraud, dishonestly and coruption at every level and turn. It reminds me very much of Rome before Julius Cesar and the death of the Roman republic when the democratic process was controlled by autocrates who were insensitive to the population at large yet claiming to represent “the people”. There WAS plenty to admire about the US and the dream of “America” for many many years, but you have wasted that fund of admiration by a series of unnessisary wars, by abducting other countries citizens.. you even claim that it is your legal right to come and abduct ANY CITIZEN OF ANY COUNTRY! Don’t belive me? Take a look on the BBC and find where the US stated in court that they can do just that. Or how about the guy who ran a online casino, completely legally, yet was arrested on a connector flight that went through the states because it is illegal in the US.

    There was a time, but that time is past. Now is the time to look on the US in the same light as we looked on Stalin. With rightious discust and distain lest we follow the same misguided path as you. You were once an example of what democracy could achive, and now are an example of what needs to be avoided at all costs.

    I honestly pity you and morn the death of the dream that was “America”.

  519. 541 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Gurtej Walha (#514), actually that’s exactly what I wrote. What few government handouts there were were largely land-based and geared towards immigrants.

    Read first. Think. Then criticize if it suits you.

    Always in that order. Always in that order.

  520. 542 Colin 10 January, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    I was born and raised in Canada, lived there 40 years, married a(nother) American…moved to the US…Spokane, which is 90 miles to the Canadian border. I am both a Canadian and an American. I was intensely anti-American during my teens, then I visited the US (rural Illinois area) I soon realized the Americans look, act, talk, like, think like Canadians. There is a huge tendency by a lot of Canadians to think that all Americans are cousins of George Bush, carry fully automatic guns, marry their sisters and harbour wrong ideas about Canada and Canadians (ie…don’t you know that American’s think that we live in igloos?)There are approx 300 million Americans…they are quite disparate in demographics, attitudes, The US gained its independence by use of force against a foreign colonial power. Some Americans are loud, proud and yeah, I think, verbose. American popular culture tends to identify with winning and winning big. The country airs its dirty laundry in public (ie problems before and after 9/11, watergate, B. Clinton’s antics, ) etc…..By the way, these issues pale in comparison to Canada’s Airbus Scandal, the sponsorship scandal, issues with the RCMP…etc. The US is NOT perfect but they don’t pretend to be. Americans love Canada and Canadians (generally)…yeah, there are some yahoos, but have you visited BC lately? Gov’t prescribed drug promotion, gang killings, serial killers? No place I know is perfect.
    Both countries enjoy a level of standard of living, a level of security and an unparalleled friendship due to each other.
    And respectfully, why do Canadians care (or even what right do they have to criticize, cluck cluck or pass judgement) so much about what Americans are about. If a body doesn’t like the US, I say don’t visit, don’t buy American, don’t eat American, don’t indulge in American culture. I just wonder why many Canadians use up so much energy America-bashing. Also, let’s be honest, let’s create an alternate universe where Canada and the US weren’t allies? IF Canada were still on the map, you would be making your blog in Russian or German. Canada is far from perfect…GREAT country though, truly…but think about this, Most attitudes are tolerated here in the US, in Canada, it is ok to express one’s opinion as long as it conforms to the middle of the road wishy washyness. I tell you truthfully….it is more accepted to be a minority in Spokane (VERY white here) than in Vancouver BC ( over 80 % visible minority)
    Having said that, GREAT blog entry! obviously stirring a lot of convo.
    God Bless you, Canada and the US and every country on earth!

  521. 543 Charlotteredneck 10 January, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I just got back from Ottawa and work with Canadians every day. I am from the South and agree with most of what you find hard to believe. I too have seen many strange things that I could not believe in Canada. (Rednecks riding snowmobile to work…LOL) But who am I to judge you. It appears that your immaturity is the problem for some reason you believe the way you were raised and your culture is the only one in the world that is correct. It’s time to grow up there are lots of different cultures all over the world maybe one day you will realize you do not know or understand everything. Your beliefs are what you learned from your culture. No worries we don’t want to invade Canada!!

    Grow up and get over it!!
    Charlotteredneck!!

  522. 544 will 10 January, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    You think this stuff is crazy?? Ain’t nothin!! You obviously haven’t been to any town or city in East Texas. Lets take the county I grew up in for instance…

    One of my best friends growing up was an Indian-American named Payal. She was born in Tx but her parents immigrated from India. They owned the hotel in town (pop 2,648). She and her brother were the only Indian-Americans in the school system. They lived in the town for 15 years at least….The family moved our Jr year in high school and the new hotel owners put up a sign “now ‘AMERICAN’ owned!”. In the schools the black, hispanic and white kids all sit separately (for the most part), and in many cases seem to end up in classes together as well. The currently appointed county sheriff is being railed against and wanted OUT by members of the community because he has a college education and they assume he THINKS he “knows more than they do” (which he doesn’t any sort of attitude like that… he is a friend of mine). The thing is, the backwoods politics there… county and town officials all seem to be related etc. It is seriously crazy. My brother is as redneck as the rest of them. He can get away with ANYTHING. Ive seen him do it.. dismissed on several drunken driving episodes etc, judges letting kids off on crimes for doing personal work for him, such as lawn mowing… hehe.. and the thing is.. much of East Texas is very much like the hometown I am from.

  523. 545 mgabrys 10 January, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    You’re scared of butter? This from a country that cloggs it’s arteries by putting Mayo on EVERYTHING?

    “Aw look at the cute puppy”

    “it’s nice but it needs more Mayo”

  524. 546 Stephen Donovan 10 January, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I was in Seattle a couple of years ago and there was a couple sitting next to me talking to a financial adviser. He was suggesting that they go out and get an interest only mortgage.

    I thought to myself, how can that possible be a good thing. Now we know, it wasn’t a good thing. :)

  525. 547 Captain America 10 January, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Godd@mn Canuckistanis…

    You pu$$ies are lucky we don’t just annex your backwards country. You make Iowans look intelligent and forward thinking.

    When Bob & Doug McKenzie are the smartest you have to offer – keep your opinions to your self!!!

    F^ck off…

  526. 548 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    bigbrother (#511) please tell me you’re kidding.

  527. 549 Lynder 10 January, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Calm down people, otherwise close this website.
    Been to america twice.
    8/10= NICE americans
    2= Idiotic JOCKS who thrive on being erm, jocks.

    I find this post, extremely funny

  528. 550 Dreamer 10 January, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I can’t believe this sort of drivel can generate 521 comments… make that 522.

    yawn…

  529. 551 Mark 10 January, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    i’m american, and i’m not ashamed to be just because of that closed minded ignorant bigot posting that junk on his sign. why should i be? i’m not him, i don’t subscribe to his narrow world view, and i sure as hell didn’t put that junk up there.

    i have nothing to do with the christian truck company, and don’t see it happening any time soon, and while i find it strange, so what? whats the big deal? i’m not a believer, but if they are, who am i to say who’s right?

    as for the stuffed french toast, pass me a plate of that stuff. i might only be able to eat it once a year, but damn it sounds good.

    now if anyone should feel ashamed, it should be the americans here apologizing for loud mouth jerks like they don’t exist anywhere but here. i’ve traveled a bit, and let me tell you, there are some less then savory individuals in every country on the face of this earth.

    also, you canadians who decide to stereotype all americans, are absolutely no better then that guy posting that rubbish on his sign. stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

  530. 552 Shawn Hernan 10 January, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I used to live not less than two miles from Casa D’Ice. It was weird then, but not *that* weird.

    I can promise you the whole area is not like that. That is an abberation and is not representative of the good people of Western Pa.

  531. 553 paulitics 10 January, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Dreamer (#539) – I actually kinda agree with you. I spend an inordinate amount of energy writing what I think are thoughtful and detailed and thorough posts that have been linked to by two major political parties in Canada, yet this little humorous, joking post is the kind of stuff that makes the front page of Digg, Reddit AND Fark. I’m not complaining, the traffic has been great, I just wish that as many people wanted to read things (of mine or otherwise) that were more substantive than this.

  532. 554 USA 10 January, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    you’re gay!

    fucking Canadians

    I AM AMERICA AND SO CAN YOU!

  533. 555 mikw 10 January, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Dear fellow Canuck: If you are offended by the muscular confidence of America, please stay home and practice the passive agressive sniping that we are justly acclaimed for. I travel extensively in the USA and have enjoyed the open, honest attitude of most Americans. Compared to the pinched CBC worldview that we accept as culture, we should stop a moment and reflect on the good things that living next door to a good neighbour brings. Like freedom of speech. Stay home, my frightened friend, there are far worse countries to visit.

  534. 556 northamericanscum 10 January, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    “Further to that do you actually think you HAVE free speach in the US at the moment? You jail protesters on a regular basis, again and again and again we hear stories about the authorities clamping down on any disident. I am free to fly a banner stating any political leanings I have as long as it doesn’t advocate violence towards someone. You can’t do that in the US. You harrass people based simply on their names. There is no free speach in the US. Hasn’t been in a long time. It amazes me that you would ever let this happen to you, but it seems that the American people have turned into sheep and forgotten that freedom isn’t free.”

    Talk about knee jerk reactionary BS. What you are saying in regards to free speech is ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. As far as jailing protesters, I’ve protested in the middle of DC against the Iraq war, knocked down fences, climbed statues, never arrested then. However if I’d been in Miami, I would have gotten beat down. That is a local deal, not a federal problem. You can not get arrested in the USA for a sign stating political beliefs. Show me an example of it, and it would be the first I’ve seen. Please give me a specific example. By the way, you’re “freedom isn’t free” is a line used by redneck pro war country singers. Use some new rhetoric, please. I can’t wait till Obama is prez so I don’t have to hear the US compared to Stalinist era Soviet Union. C’mon, please. Bush sucks, but he’s not Stalin. Perspective, its a beautiful thing.

  535. 557 dain 10 January, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    @ Larry Gambone
    “Thankfully, there are lots of Americans who 1. would be offended by a commercial truck with religious nit-wittery plastered on it,”

    Guess what douchbag…we have freedom of speech here so that guy can put whatever the hell he pleases on his trucks. Don’t like it? Don’t read’em. By the way, freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom to not get offended. If there is something on a truck, magazine, book, TV…etc that you don’t like, be an adult and move on instead of a crying over-sensitive little sh*t.

    I can criticize immigrants all I want, it’s a free country. My mother is an immigrant who became a citizen and adpapted to the culture here. Many do not and think we should accommodate them. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. If you don’t want to then expect to be looked down on by the country that hosts you and took you in.

    I happen to like McDonald’s. Once in a while it’s ok and that’s what most people do here. To think we’re all fast food eating pigs is showing your own narrow minded views of our country.

  536. 558 Tokio 10 January, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    #5 – I live in Georgia, and I’ve never seen that truck but I live in the Bible-belt so most people would be okay with it, I guess. However, if it was a Satanist company (or..atheist! *gasp*) with messages everyone would be bitching and boycotting. It’s okay as long as it’s Christian. (at least in this area, bleh)

    #3 Well, there’s always been a North vs South thing going on (and East vs West). Traditionally southern culture is very different from northern culture and some people are hardcore southerners/northerners.

    And we have stereotypes of each other. I remember when I went to New York for a month a guy I had met kept joking that we duct tape our trucks together and live on farms.

    #1 I’m actually surprised they got away with that. It seems these days everyone gets upset about everything, and starts bitching, boycotting, and suing.

  537. 559 Patrick 10 January, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    uhh stuffed French Toast (sounds disgusting) is stuffed with CANADIAN BACON!! lol

  538. 560 Curtis C Matthews 10 January, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    not that anyone needs another voice here, but i am both a canadian and an american. yes, it is possible to have two passports.

    i think that the wingnut who posted the five items is indeed a wingnut. and i think that many of the zealots in the US indeed be wingnuts as well.

    trust me, there are just as many wingnuts in canada as there are in the US. but the canadians tend to like to visit about politics, and they tend to be more tolerate to LISTEN. i didnt say more TOLERANT, but they are more tolerant to listen.

    this is of course a generalization.

    the US has clearly lost is compass. there are way too many people living in fear of something. fear of the liberals, fear of the muslims, fear of high oil, fear of terrorists, fear of spanish speaking people.

    its really rather ridiculous. we have such an unbeliveable high standard of living in general. mind you, 45Million uninsured is rather dispicable.

    good luck to all, and everyone say a prayer for the common man. we could all use a little faith from our next door neighbor.

    curtis

  539. 561 Davo 10 January, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    some guy in canada killed a bunch of people and then fed them to his pigs and then sold the pork for human consumption yummy. yaay fun. bye

  540. 562 mike 10 January, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Uh — poutine??

  541. 563 jim 10 January, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Americans sure can’t take criticism well.

  542. 564 Morpheus 10 January, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    look dude here is an american saying for “Shut the fuck up before we invade your country”. Naw in all truth what you found is just a bunch of small ignorant things that make the rest of teh country look bad pluss we fought a war against England to allow us to do those stupid things with out being told what to do,
    and who we should worship becuase some fat dude with a gay dress says so ( sorry I have a hard time with christians and there holyier than though because of a carpetner)

  543. 565 jim 10 January, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    OMG you said things about my country, yea? well yours sucks too! rofl

  544. 566 Samuel Powers 10 January, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    This is kind of odd considering that most of the comments on here from both Americans and Canadians are all nothing but bigotry, including those calling others bigots for the sake of defending their own country’s beliefs and behaviors. Every single country has their own ideas and therefore are a lot different and that’s how it will always be considering that people will always be different, it whether we are willing to admit our own faults and are willing to accept the faults of others. The people posting on here about this and that and trying to nit-pick every single “flaw” they find in a country are starting to make me lose faith within humanity, but I know there are a lot of people withing my town of Plymouth, Indiana that have the right idea and are willing to actually listen to other people and accept their beliefs.

    When it comes down to America, not everyone is some overweight obnoxious individual that is here to try to make life harder for other people, some of us are actually here to be helpful and hopeful towards the people in our lives. The same thing can be said for Canadians and the many stereotypes that are commonly associated with them. Let’s face it, the writer of this blog has pretty much attacked one’s own views about a country just because they were different from his, and that is not right. However, the people posting in this blog have fought back in quite a rude manor, therefore continuing the problem that was posted in this blog. If you really want to know the truth, if people were just a bit more tolerant to another’s point of view, this world wouldn’t be in the condition it is currently in.

    I am nothing but a seventeen year old high school student, but I believe I can make my point well and can clearly write in the way I wish to present myself. I am not saying that the people or the writer on this site are bad people and can respect their own opinions, I would just appreciate it if they were a little more tolerant of other people’s feelings and beliefs because last time I checked, not everyone is a bigot and no one actually tries to be a bigot.

    In responce to Matt Edlund posting at 10:31 pm:

    You’re obviously only looking at a small portion of America considering that I sit here right now from a city that has rarely any problems within the community itself, is willing to accept people of all backgrounds and racists within, and actually have students and members of the community coming out to help other people with our current flood problems. That’s right, people are out right now at night trying to help people navigate from their night jobs to home instead of being swept away in the flood because that is what human beings do for each other. If we are all a bunch of lying deceitful pricks, then why are people out there trying to be helpful to one another?

    We’re not an example of anything as we are not a single country linked together through a common idea. The entire world has moved towards being individual yet at the same time together because of that, and those who don’t see how the world has changed are going to have a harder time understand the complex concept that is the planet Earth. Sure, I am not entire proud of the way that America has handled problems in the past, but we are not the only country that has made wrong decisions in their lifetime and that is something you must be willing to accept if you’re going to try to put us down for your own point of view. I have never looked at Canada or any other country as a place where everyone is deceitful because there are good human beings everywhere on this earth regardless of their race, belief, or how they view this world. In my opinion, there is good in everyone through their own eyes, and that’s good enough for me.

    Hey, but what do I know? I am just a “naive American”, aren’t I?

    That’s the problem with this world…

  545. 567 christ 10 January, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    well thats what we’re here for…

    to make canadians feel more sophisticated and all around superior..

    if america so fucking backwards why does most of the canadian population live within 100 miles of the boarder?

    get off your high horse dipshit

  546. 568 Angela 10 January, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I think people who plug christianity as a part of their marketing plan are fanatical crackpots, because they have chosen to alienate everybody who is not also a fanatical crackpot. Since I am not one, and they clearly do not want my business, I take my business elsewhere. Market forces at work.

  547. 569 Phred Phudpucker 10 January, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Canada only has 20 million people in it, you are INSIGNIFICANT. New York has more assholes than canada. Just wait for the North American Union to happen and we’ll straighten you out!!!

  548. 570 Clay Smith 10 January, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Am I too American? Because I totally agree with everything you mock

  549. 571 Geminate 10 January, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I don’t think any self-respecting American actually orders stuffed french toast. Kind of like fried fish sandwiches, few actually eat them, but they are there on the menu.

    All this time and Canadians still have failed to populate and civilize their land. I mean what else have you to do out there? Better get on it so when the atomic war begins some Canadians will actually survive. Make a law that you have to have a minimum of 10 children per married couple (straight).

  550. 572 Hoosier 10 January, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    As far as the illegal immigrant debate goes, I live in a backwater Indiana town and even here all the signs are in German and English as a remnant of the German immigration explosion. Helping out our new immigrants from Mexico should be a priority. In being exposed to cultural diversity everone gains.

  551. 573 outbackpaul 10 January, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Reading your blog makes me glad that you are back home in Canada. Don’t bother coming back.

  552. 574 Roryzilla 10 January, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Just Wait until the Mexicans start breeding in your country. With their birthrate it is just a matter of time before you are all speaking spanish too.

  553. 575 Peter de Jong 10 January, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Paul,

    I hope you realize that, next to some of the most advanced technology and most successful companies in the world, American society produced some of the greatest thinkers, writers, scientists, artists etc in human history. Also it is possible to experience some of the finest cuisines on earth in the US.

    Generally speaking though, America cannot escape its heritage of an immigrant nation. Americans are doers, not thinkers. Their style is fast-paced and superficial. American culture is very low-brow.

    That said, it really does not differ very much from that of other immigrant nations, like Australia, New Zealand, South-Africa and, of course, Canada. Canadian culture is probably more American than British or French.

    So it seems a bit strange you freaked out on American oddities one can experience, in one way or another, in Canada as well. ;-)

    ===
    Heaven is: where the chefs are French, the car mechanics German, the lovers Italian, and it’s all organized by the Swiss.
    Hell is: where the chefs are British, the car mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, and it’s all organized by the Italians.

  554. 576 Matt Edlund 10 January, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    northamericanscum

    How about some links then;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23QgunoRYxw – Arrested for yelling F-Bush
    http://technocrat.net/d/2007/8/20/25347 – wrongly arrested protesting Bush and awarded 80 grand – they were wearing an anti bush shirt at a political speech
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1188095.htm – 200 anti bush protestors arrested
    http://buckdogpolitics.blogspot.com/2006/11/anti-bush-lawyer-arrested-for-wearing.html
    Lawyer arrested for dressing up as Osama Bin Ladin as a protest
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/sep2004/prot-s02.shtml – 1500 to 2000 anti-bush protesters arrested in New York.

    I could go on forever here. But this is my favorite:

    http://www.progressive.org/mag_mc050907 – US firefighter and vet continually harrassed at border crossings because of a letter he wrote to an newspaper and his religion.

    Free Speech my ass! I too am praying for Obama to win, but judging by your past elections the idea of Free and Democratic is just a catch phrase. You won’t allow elections monitors to view the process since 2000 and your exit polls are totally different from the “official” tally. Just so you know, we use exit polling numbers to determine if there has been vote fraud in the rest of the world. Significant deviation from exit polls combined with refusal to let monitors observe the entire process is taken to mean that an election is rigged.

    Even then, the government is so beholden to large corporate intrests that is is doubtful that anyone could actually do much to repair the damage.

  555. 577 char 10 January, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    the border at Blaine. eeeew. they gave me the third degree with questions about why I was visiting their beloved country with my girlfriend and another couple. My reply was “shopping and uh…for pleasure”. the woman asked me which store I was going to since most of them close at 5 oclock on a weekend ( her words). I just laughed and said “we just want to spend money in your country. would that be okay with you?” she directed us to second inspection for more questions from some other asshole. we finally made it through but that is the last time I was ever in Canada. that was about 10 years ago . no more.

  556. 578 rapidpop 10 January, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    You’re allowed to have your opinion, but other people aren’t?

  557. 579 The Triscut 10 January, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Yeah there is some pretty bad food items here, but if you don’t want to eat them then don’t eat them. All of the other stuff is obviously by very far gone extremists. I’m surprised the sign about protecting Southern heritage hasn’t been destroyed, but they can post whatever then want and I say go for it, even if I strongly disagree.

  558. 580 Opaquemurdock 10 January, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I once ordered a sandwich at a french food and wine expo and took a bite… and was very disturbed by the richness and texture. I opened it up to see what the heck I was eating and it turned out to be essentially a cold “sausage and slab of butter” sandwich. We eat bad here… thats no secret, but you can find examples of this sorta thing all over the world.

    On the rest of the points, just be sure to remember that we are not all like that. As many have pointed out, a lot of us are embarrassed by the bad behavior of our fellow countrymen and women but also respect their rights to voice their unlikable opinions. All we can hope for is to slowly change our society for the better through our discourse.

  559. 581 Jayson Barclay 10 January, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Is this article for real? Did you even go to the United States or just do a google search? Stuffed French Toast, a letter to the editor, and an openly Christian trucking company? Wow, that’s an outrage. Did your dad run away from the Vietnam war? is that why you’re in Canada? Congratulations, you suck at life frenchy.

  560. 582 Jimbo 10 January, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    visit either new york or california, rest of the country has too many idiots per square mile.

  561. 583 Ned 10 January, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    First of all ALL IMMIGRANTS BEFORE 1920 were LEGAL.
    We did not have a immigration bill.
    So for all of you who liked that system lets just open the borders like OUR forefathers did.

  562. 584 Phineas J. Whoopee 10 January, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    The U.S. is the greatest experiment of all time.

    Right now we are in some of our darkest times. “Freedom” is becoming nothing more than a word, and big losses in Liberty have already happened. We, as a people are to blame for letting this freedom go. We need to get back to the documents that propelled us initially – our Constitution (and Bill of Rights).

    Financially, we are playing with almost inconceivable amounts of debt, and it doesn’t seem possible that we will find a way out before this start collapses.

    But friends to the North, know this – we go down, and ultimately we’re taking your 23 million with us. Our debt will sink many another nation. We are not only tied to the fortunes of other countries – they are also deeply tied to ours.

    What will save us is the only thing that ever endures, regardless of administration, political party or circumstance, and that is the Free Market.

    As for the expressions of free speech you mentioned, I support them 100% – whatever they may be.

    That is what America is about. Freedom.

    Now please stop your whining.

  563. 585 Mori 10 January, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I have to say that I am very ashamed of the US and claiming it as my citizenry. Ive spent quite a lot of time in Canada and have even checked into immigrating. Sadly that’s they way of it or so it seems. All the rational ones, are looking to become ex-pats.

  564. 586 OMMAG 10 January, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Oh yes ! That is sooooooo scary and freakin out of this world!

    Amazing that such a trite little blabber mouth could generate that many comments!

  565. 587 Jordan 10 January, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Congrats, you managed to use isolated instances to create a skewed and ridiculous image of a country usually very similar to yours.

  566. 588 Angeladtao 10 January, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I am a Southerner, born and bred. I take pride in my culture and accent. I am also a retired military officer who has seen a good deal of the world and of the rest of the USA. I am married to a man from Hawaii who is half Japanese. One thing I have learned in all these years is that people are basically the same all over the world in that we all want respect and acceptance of ourselves for who and what we are. I have been the object of some fierce stereotyping because of my background. Once I left the South, I found that people seemed to think that my mind worked as slowly as my tongue! I have had others explain simple concepts to me (I have a doctorate) in a slow, measured voice that one uses to teach children. I am tired of hearing the South put down as the land of the uneducated and unbathed. Get with the program, America. The oddities you see are expressions of
    socio-economic status of the people of any region and not the general level of sophistication and intelligence of the people of the South. As for our Canadian visitor, I have always heard that Canadians were polite. I guess I shouldn’t believe in stereotypes either. Dr. Olsen

  567. 589 tk 10 January, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Oh, to be sure, America has it’s fair share of close-minded knuckle-heads that would be better off keeping their opinions to themselves. We seem to have a cultural imperative to interpret our Consitutional First Ammendment Right of Free Speech, to mean that we as individuals have a responsibility to say anything that comes to mind in the most public manner possible.

    Criticize America, or Americans as it were, as much as you like. I don’t mind in the least. Just keep in mind that the average American wants much what the average Canadian wants. We want the world to be safer and easier for our kids than it is for us. We want education for our kids. We want food on the table, and decent health care. We want the world to be a better place for our kids than it is now. I’m pretty sure that’s what the average person in any country wants. Despite our differences, we’re more alike than different. We are all Human.

  568. 590 Matt Edlund 10 January, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Samuel Powers

    Where did I say you were lieing pricks? I don’t belive that I attacked an individual at all. I am looking at broad attitudes and trends. I have compaired your country to Rome at the fall of the republic and unabashidly critizied your government.

    Let me put it to you this way. Had the events that I have seen over the past 6 years happened here, I would be organizing to overthrow my government by any means nessisary. That is from a Canadian who DOESN’T HAVE THAT RIGHT ENTRENCHED IN A CONSTITUTION!

    “The tree of liberty must be regularly replenished with the blood of patriots and tyrants”.

    You should know that quote. It is what America stood for. The American revolution was fought because another George, King George did the same things that Mr. Bush is doing right now. That is why there is a second ammendment. The founders forsaw this day. They forsaw a day when a tyrant would rule over America, putting himself above the law. Because they knew that it was posible they gave Americans the right to bear arms. The RIGHT to dispose of a tyrant by force if nessisary.

    What amazes me, and would confound the founding fathers is that you just let it happen. You do nothing while your much proclaimed freedom is removed from you a step at a time. You belive that there is nothing wrong because you aren’t confronted directly with these abuses. You feel that it must not be true because you see good people around you. Yet you KNOW that others have faces great abuse and discusting treatment at the hands of your countrymen. Extrodinary detention, abduction, TORTURE!! You know this is happening yet you do nothing.

    Thing is, when you ARE finally confronted with the reality of what is going on, it will be far far too late.

  569. 591 johaness 10 January, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    hey lets bash Americans, it’s the cool thing to do

  570. 592 HaCanada 10 January, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Oh wait… you are Canadian. /whocares

  571. 593 k 10 January, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hey this is called Freedom of Speech. Here in America you have the Freedom to say whatever the hell you want no matter what. Your business post whatever the hell you want. If you disagree with what the business has to say, shop somewhere else. While what is on the banner might be offensive remember that THIS IS AMERICA AND WE HAVE FREE SPEECH. Obviously it looks like the only thing you saw in America that you hated was the fact that people here can speak freely.

  572. 594 BC 10 January, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Everyone in the United States has the right to their own stupid opinions. Some people abuse that right; even, as it turns out (gasp!) visitors from other countries! It’s truly shocking, I know, but true.

    I would respond more, but I’m way too busy painting more bible quotes on my 18-wheeler full of illegal immigrants while eating my stuffed French toast (with extra American cheese), plotting the rise of the South, and thinking up more xenophobic signs for my restaurant….Oh, and I almost forgot, since we Americans are completely devoid of all decision making without a representative of the government to tells us how to think (or just whoever shouts the loudest), we just elected this random guy in Key Marathon, Florida, “Supreme-Head-Honcho-All-Knowing-Mouthpiece-of-a-Nation-of-300-Million-and-Supreme-Diviner-of-the-American-Cultural-Empire”, so any further discussion on the topic of immigration should obviously be directed to him.

  573. 595 BlackCow 10 January, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I will say as a north eastern American this shocks me to.

  574. 596 Jules 10 January, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Though your list made me chuckle, I think there are many, many more things going on in the USA that you should be more concerned about. I live here, and I am deeply disturbed by how far many citizens’ moral standards have fallen. (Again, this is not saying ALL Americans have no morals.) That, and how messed up the government is.

    Honestly, when 10 year old girls start getting Brazilian waxes, there’s something not-quite-right about the environment in which they’ve been raised.

  575. 597 Hungry American 10 January, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Stuffed French Toast, sounds great, nothing better after a night out…

  576. 598 Bushwick Bill 10 January, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    “I hate the United States right now (by the way America is not the united states, it is canada, usa, mexico, south america, etc… so stop using it like you own that name you arrogant self-centered bigot assholes). I used to like this country. wake up people. go paint the white house in black or something.”

    You arrogant mother-fucker. How dare you try to tell Americans what we call ourselves?

    1, The name of the country is the United States of America

    2, It’s descriptive and factual

    2, Words can have multiple meanings. For example, the English word “cock” can refer to a male chicken. It can also be used with the meaning of “penis.”

    3, Americans use the term “American” typically to refer to citizens of the United States of America. (What the fuck should we call ourselves? United Statesians?) American can have another meaning, as in, anyone from North or South America.

    4, But guess what? You don’t get to tell Americans what we call ourselves.

    5, So go fuck yourself, you stupid prick.

  577. 599 Oh Hi 10 January, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    This is just too funny.

    I love the comments, they are the best. Nobody here seems to get this seemed to be written in a humorous tone and as such, shouldn’t be taken totally serious.

    Angeladtao: Sadly, the southern people we all seem to remember are the loudmouth ones that make themselves noticed. Look at the Top Gear episode from the UK where they were down south and one of the cars said something about Hillary for president and the hicks went ape shit on them chasing them out of town.

    But Americans bitching about immigrants wanting a free ride while their society seems to be all about getting as big of a free ride as you can, is just too funny. Look at how America is shown to immigrants. No wonder they want all the goodies you offer.

    If you don’t like it, stop offering the damn programs. It isn’t like your country can afford it to begin with! 53 Trillion dollars your country owes.

  578. 600 Oh Hi 10 January, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Bushwick Bill: When your government learns what states rights are, then it can be called the United States of America. Until then, its One Nation Under God (TM).

    Remember, You’re either with us, or the terrorists in California with all their damn medical marijuana!

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  580. 602 Smokey McPot 10 January, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I’m sure everything I say here will already have been covered, but there’s a couple of things I’d like to point out. First, you didn’t say anything about the people you met here, negative or not. How many actual conversations did you have with an American? The majority of people here are good-natured and intelligent, and it seems that you, like many people do, came here with the expectation of finding things like this. The very reason that Christians and/or bigots are so outspoken is because they feel threatened by the progress America is making (we really are, despite everything you hear).
    Keep in mind that Americans themselves aren’t ignorant of these problems themselves, and the people providing the best criticism of our social/legal/economic system are Americans themselves. The type of criticism that I read from people who live outside of the US generally amounts to “look at these stupid Americans” or “9/11 was an inside job!” or, as was posted in a comment here, “YOU AMERICANS ARE THE BIGGEST IDIOTS IN THE WORLD, PHAT FUCKS.” I’m able to understand these types of comments from people in other countries because I understand that any place you go is going to have its share of small-minded loudmouths, but it seems that people from around the world rarely examine American culture with the same perspective.

  581. 603 Pam 10 January, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I don’t appreciate you coming into my country and picking out some weird and extreme things and then posting about them as if they are representative of all of the U.S.A. I’m sure if I came to Canada I could find many weird and extreme this there as well.

  582. 604 /-\|)/-\/\/\ 10 January, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    The only good thing about PA is the Quaker Steak & Lube.

  583. 605 Sebastian 10 January, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    hi all. i’m from singapore. i’m an asian, and from where i am, many of us do not think much of americans. (bet you didn’t expect that coming eh big dicks?) if you’re unhappy about what people say of your country, don’t bitch back. set up a website to celebrate your so called culture and heritage. show the world the america that you love. DO SOMETHING REALLY CONSTRUCTIVE. writing shit on some other people’s view isn’t going to change anything.

    damn! you guys are really stupid! …

  584. 606 Fred Fudpucker 10 January, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    U.S.A. RULES!!!! canada SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  585. 607 Marx 10 January, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Let me say in contrast to the rude and ignorant people who are responsible for that sign in Pennsylvania..I had the misfortune of being in Toronto last summer. People there were incredibly rude to me, at nearly all the restaurants I went to. Drivers and bikers in that city have no respect for anyone else on the road; a biker ran into my friend’s side-mirror on his car, knocked it off, and kept going. No one obeys stop signs or traffic lights, and the walking commuters do not care how many people they have to cut off or inconvenience to get to their destination.

    Also, the “adult” businesses are not discrete in Canada as they are in America. They are plentiful. In fact, I recall them having big flashing signs saying TOURISTS WELCOME…. so much for the government trying to censor kids’ exposure to that stuff, eh?

    On the plus side, I had some of the best international food in Canada than I had ever had in the U.S.

  586. 608 tk 10 January, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    see. my point is more than proven by the comments. I love being right. :)

  587. 609 Eric 10 January, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, the South is scary. I went to Arkansas with my grandpa to meet family and it freaked the hell out of me and got got a “damnyankee” and “Canuck lover” (<—WTF??) and people thought Minnesota was part of Canada… really intelligent. Did you get to go to the Midwest… pretty normal there.

    Yeah, you have your fair share of Christian billboards…. and the next one is one telling you to get rid of guns, or “whats wrong with gay marriage?” with a picture of a guy stealing another gay guy’s comforter. :) my personal favorite (near madison, wi)

  588. 610 Matt Edlund 10 January, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Smokey,

    I would suggest you start watching the BBC more. Just recently one of those American Critics who wanted to expose the involvment of top US officials in the selling of nuclear secrets to Turkey (Who in turn passed them to Pakistan and then to Iran) but has been unable to as she has been gaged by the White House citing “State Secrets”.

    I can forgive you as I have watched American TV and it seems that showing “balanced” coverage there is tell you what both the Democrats and the Republicans think.

  589. 611 Eric 10 January, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    PS:

    You been to Thunder Bay or Smalltown, Canada? Plenty of hicks, plenty of patriotic crazies too.

  590. 612 wow 10 January, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Way to generate a lot of traffic to your blog.