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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
A message from the Rt. Hon. Paul "I Love Canada and You Don't" Martin
Friends, Associates of Earnscliffe and Countrymen,
The beginning of this great election campaign, which was the result of the three opposition parties not adhering to our natural governing position, has seen tremendous opportunities for this great nation to grow and prosper. Just yesterday, for example, we've shown that I love my country while Count Stephen the Impaler, who wipes his behind with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, clearly does not.
However, there is a concern that concerns me, giving me great consternation, that being the appointment of the great Michael Ignatieff -- debonaire intellectual, wine connoisseur, lover of all living things, most especially Ukrainians -- as candidate for the Liberal Party in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore ...
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From your full entry: "This giant Pysanka will be emblazoned with a giant 'L' on its side, to commemorate the "ukrainian homeLand", and painted a fiery red to indicate Ukraine's lasting ties to Soviet Russia."
Great stuff, Rob.
Posted by: Kevin Steel | 2005-11-30 8:35:15 AM
The colour of the Liberal Party is :::: Red.
Mikhail Ignatieff is the scion of a Tsarist Russian noble family. The Tsars issued orders/commands/fiats; these are named ukases.
The Red Bolshevik/communists continued this odious practice. Why does history keep on sticking its nose into human affairs?
The Liberal Party of Chretien/Martin issued a ukase: Ignatieff is our candidate. Shut up & like it.>>> Will the red change to orange?
Long live freedom and democracy.>> more
Stalin's Forced Famine 1932-33 7,000,000 Deaths
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, set in motion events designed to cause a famine in the Ukraine to destroy the people there seeking independence from his rule. As a result, an estimated 7,000,000 persons perished in this farming area, known as the breadbasket of Europe, with the people deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands.
The Ukrainian independence movement actually predated the Stalin era. Ukraine, which measures about the size of France, had been under the domination of the Imperial Czars of Russia for 200 years. With the collapse of the Czarist rule in March 1917, it seemed the long-awaited opportunity for independence had finally arrived. Optimistic Ukrainians declared their country to be an independent People's Republic and re-established the ancient capital city of Kiev as the seat of government.
However, their new-found freedom was short-lived. By the end of 1917, Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of the Soviet Union, sought to reclaim all of the areas formerly controlled by the Czars, especially the fertile Ukraine. As a result, four years of chaos and conflict followed in which Ukrainian national troops fought against Lenin's Red Army, and also against Russia's White Army (troops still loyal to the Czar) as well as other invading forces including the Germans and Poles.
By 1921, the battles ended with a Soviet victory while the western part of the Ukraine was divided-up among Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. The Soviets immediately began shipping out huge amounts of grain to feed the hungry people of Moscow and other big Russian cities. Coincidentally, a drought occurred in the Ukraine, resulting in widespread starvation and a surge of popular resentment against Lenin and the Soviets.
To lessen the deepening resentment, Lenin relaxed his grip on the country, stopped taking out so much grain, and even encouraged a free-market exchange of goods. This breath of fresh air renewed the people's interest in independence and resulted in a national revival movement celebrating their unique folk customs, language, poetry, music, arts, and Ukrainian orthodox religion.
But when Lenin died in 1924, he was succeeded by Joseph Stalin, one of the most ruthless humans ever to hold power. To Stalin, the burgeoning national revival movement and continuing loss of Soviet influence in the Ukraine was completely unacceptable. To crush the people's free spirit, he began to employ the same methods he had successfully used within the Soviet Union. Thus, beginning in 1929, over 5,000 Ukrainian scholars, scientists, cultural and religious leaders were arrested after being falsely accused of plotting an armed revolt. Those arrested were either shot without a trial or deported to prison camps in remote areas of Russia.
Stalin also imposed the Soviet system of land management known as collectivization
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-30 9:52:14 AM
The election campaign is only one day old and I'm already about to hurl.
God damn I hate the media! I hate them with the burning passion of a thousand suns. I hate them like I hate pedophiles and rapists. I hate them like I hate slow drivers in the passing lane. I hate them like cabbage rolls and brussel sprouts. I hate them even more than ambulance chasing lawyers. I hate them more than the Pepto-Bismol ads on TV.
The vile, lying, scummy, filthy, vermin!
ARGH! I gonna pop a gasket!
Posted by: Warwick | 2005-11-30 9:58:22 AM
Stephen is being persuaded to come around warming up on Canada at Duke's Place .. Check it out for a laught then get right back here to the issues.
Posted by: Duke | 2005-11-30 10:02:28 AM
Join the club Warwick...Eventually passive might turn to aggressive...The CBC headquarters is in downtown TO, just a few mile away from the Toronto Star.
BLUE REVOLUTION IS IMMINENT!
Posted by: metalguru | 2005-11-30 10:04:46 AM
I still hope for solar flares taking out the MSM's satellites.
I curse them in their neither regions! Let their already inadequate twig and berries shrivel to nothing and their women become even more like hairy men than they are now! Let their dogs bite them (like you know they wanna) and their children disavow their existence! Let them develop a very painful infection! Let their hair fall out and re-grow on their backs! Give them painful boils on their backsides! May their tongues permanently taste the foul taste of excrement!
(You should all try this by-the-way. It's therapeutic.)
Posted by: Warwick | 2005-11-30 10:17:59 AM
"Stalin also imposed the Soviet system of land management known as collectivization."
No doubt after the Libranos win this election, Canadians can look forward to something similar, since our great Charter of Rights and Freedoms has abolished private property rights.
"God damn I hate the media. ..."
Now we know how pro-Yushchenko supporters in Ukraine felt last year. Lucky them, they now enjoy a media that is far more balanced than ours.
And Warwick, what do you have against cabbage rolls anyway? Cabbage is good for you! Besides, better get used to it. Soon it may be all conservatives can afford.
Posted by: Scythian Princess | 2005-11-30 10:33:32 AM
I've always hated cabbage rolls. I can't even stand the smell of them - much like Liberals.
Posted by: Warwick | 2005-11-30 10:45:47 AM
Maybe you can try to acquire a taste for them. Could be therapeutic. ;-)
Posted by: Scythian Princess | 2005-11-30 11:12:03 AM
I love cabbage rolls and my wife is half Ukrainian, 1/4 German, 1/4 Norwegian.
We cook together like one. Some Saturdays have been filled with dining tables full of perogi, cabbage rolls, and pedashkar. In cabbage rolls I like the all rice filling best. We make the best borsht. (the secret is a touch of brewers yeast) Mmmmm.
A brother-in-law on my side disdains cabbage as peasant food. He is an Officer in the CAF, french name raised in Quebec.
Maz2, I read that, once, after one of Stalin's speeches the standing ovation lasted four hours. Nobody wanted to be seen to stop clapping first.(makes motion of thumb across windpipe)
Posted by: Speller | 2005-11-30 11:13:11 AM
Hey, Warwick, thanks for venting for me. therapeutic, indeed!
Speller: I don't like cabbage, but I'll still pass on a hint from my French Canadian grandmother: Freeze the cabbage heads for 24 hours first, the cabbage rolls turn out waaaaay better...
Posted by: Mad Mike | 2005-11-30 12:06:02 PM
Thanks Mad Mike, I already knew to freeze the cabbages. I've been doing it since Mulroney's first term. We bake the cabbage rolls on a bed of sauer kraut in chicken stock with reduced cream of tomatoe soup on top, all in pyrex lasagna pans.
Perogi can be filled with anything but I like sauer kraut. My wife likes potatoe and cheese perogi but her mom likes filling them with jam.
Pedaskar is inch long thumbsize seamless loafs of bread with meat, vegetable, cheese or combos of the above piped in lines then rolled and baked on cookie sheets. Ukrainian foood can be labour intensive so we make it in large lots and portion freeze. It all reheats perfectly.
Posted by: Speller | 2005-11-30 12:29:53 PM
How can 2 guys with such different preferences for food both blog the WS? Could it be that there is a much wider variety of people here than the MSM thinks? Hmmmm...
BTW, we better not start with the "old country" recipes. My Dad apprenticed as a baker in Germany before he came here...I'd put his pastry recipes up against your Slavic messes anytime! ;)
Posted by: Mad Mike | 2005-11-30 3:15:18 PM
Mad Mike, post them. NOW!
Warwick started the food fight by dissing cabbage rolls and brussel sprouts. Since no one has stood up for the lowly sprout, I will. They're yummy, but you have to buy them fresh and small and cook them until just tender. (None of that overboiled mush like Mom used to make.) A little salt, a little pepper and mm mm that's some good eatin'.
Feel free to compare the MSM and Libs to lima beans and canned peas, though. UGH.
Posted by: Kathryn | 2005-11-30 4:14:29 PM
Mad Mike while I do love Ukrainian food I eat many other ethnic foods as well. I especially like German pastries. Dutch too. Calgary has some amazing Dutch pastry outlets.
My Eritrean neighbours have excellent spicy meat dishes, although I dislike their flatbread. They have a coffee ritual that takes about two hours and begins with roasting the beans over charcoal while burning lumps of frankincense. Eritrean food has many similarities to East Indian.
Posted by: Speller | 2005-11-30 4:15:48 PM
The four food groups are nicotine, caffine, alcohol, and lard. Sour cream goes with anything, and cheese is a mood-enhancing drug. Miracle Whip is better than mayonnaise, and adding tomato juice to beer makes it a vegetable. There are three useful cuts of meat: tenderloin, brisket, and sausage. I'd rather have two cups of salt than a cup of sodium and a cup of chlorine. Never leave home without a portable pocket pepper mill.
Posted by: Vitruvius | 2005-11-30 4:55:55 PM
Man, I'm so glad I put this post up. I'm getting hungry reading about it. Makes me pine for my old university days in Saskatoon when we would spend our summers trolling around Folk Fest and all their fantastic ethnic pavillions.
Posted by: Huck | 2005-11-30 6:41:26 PM
I love my friends whose families came from Ukrain!
I hate a**hole reporters!
If a reporter is Ukrainian will he be a a**hole?
I don't think I know a reporter who is Ukrainian descendant.
If you are keeping score this means:
Ukes get + 1 Point
A**hole reporters -1 Point
This makes my Ukrainian blooded friends twice as good as any a**hole reporter!
Posted by: PGP | 2005-11-30 6:45:08 PM
I guess the Ukrainian would cancel out the reporter, taking that (hypothetical) person back to "0"? Anyway there have to be some Ukrainian reporters, who else writes the stories for the Ukrainian-language sheets here in Edmonton?
My husband is half-Polish, half-Scots, and I'm half-Irish, half-mostly-German/teeny-bit-WASP; my mother would go into Dallas when we were little and buy all those funky German cookies and candies (especially the marzipan ones) so that our stockings and Christmas traditions were that little bit different from all our other little friends'. But I'm glad of it, a) b/c I love almond-y & marzipan candies & cookies, and b) b/c that is a HUGE part of my husband's family's Christmas, so I don't find it weird and actually want that stuff myself. Yum! (Also - his father's father owned a couple of bakeries in Poland before WWII, and his father still bakes the most delicious stuff at Christmas time.) I haven't gotten into eating pierogies here, but I went to college in Central Texas, which is covered with old Czech settlements, and there the pastry of choice is the "kolache", which you can get sweet or savory. Nowadays there are kolache bakeries in Dallas and Houston, so people who went to school at Baylor, UT, A&M etc. can get kolaches without driving 100+ miles! Of course, in Texas we have chicken fried steak (with cream gravy) and chili . . . mmmmmmm.
Re: "the media", personally, I dislike "them" so much, I simply cannot be bothered to marshal the emotional energy to feel the hate anymore. I used to feel outrage, but now I only feel disdain. I'm much happier. :^)
P.S. I also loved Rob's piece, especially the bit about the big red "L" that stood for "homeLand" on the Pysanka . . .
Posted by: Meg Q | 2005-11-30 9:30:18 PM
It's getting easier every day to hate the MSM. Thank God for the blogosphere.
Meg, you have a great attitude, I think I'll adopt it and re-direct my energy to more worthy things. Like making perogies. Cabbage juice burns my hands, so I have to buy cabbage rolls. Maybe I can convince Warwick to help me make some. ;-)
I agree, Rob's piece was fantastic. So like it is. But I just don't get what keeps so many Canadians content with graft and corruption. What on earth does it take to make them think for themselves?
Posted by: Scythian Princess | 2005-11-30 11:11:59 PM
Hey, I do not think I appreciate all this Stalin-bashing. Remember, he was the man of steel. And he was more complex than any of you know.
Here is an anecdote (yes, anecdote, I was there):
Stalin was a complex figure. He had a reputation as somewhat of a strongman, but he also had a more gentle side. For example, he really appreciated ballet.
One time he was at the theater, watching a performance by one of the many famous Moscow theaters. And about midway through the performance, someone in the audience sneezed, and this caused one of the dancers to become slightly disoriented, and lost her balance.
Stalin got up and demanded to know who had sneezed. Alas, no one came forward to admit it was them. So Stalin asked his Chief of (secret) police to have everyone in the first row shot. And so they were lined up and shot. Then Stalin asked again who had sneezed. Again no one came forward. So Comrade Stalin had everyone in the second row shot, and asked again who had sneezed. This went on until everyone in the first five rows had been shot. Eventully a little man got up and said, "I am sorry Comrade Stalin, I tried, but I could not hold back the sneeze".
Stalin looks at the man and says, "Oh, that is alright. I just wanted to say Gesundheit". : )
And, on a more related note, I do not know about you guys, but I actully like the sound of Count Stephen the Impaler. Seems to just roll off my tounge for some reason. Probably because English is not my first language.
I am reminded of this wonderful little cartoon made by Filibuster Cartoons for the last election: http://www.filibustercartoons.com/archive.php?id=20040623
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