September 11
Monday, September 11, 2006

5 years. I would really like to say that we have come a long way in those years, but I can't. I think this country as a whole is worse off then ever. The only thing that is remotely "good" is that Americans have a beter understanding of how we are perceived overseas. Not a good thing, since it is not a positive perception - but a good thing because now we can do something about it.

Having spent most of my life in other countries, I have always known how others perceive us, and I too have shared the dread of "American tourists". My mother always made a point of telling us that we weren't tourists - we lived there. She always made sure that we were positive images of the "typical" American.

I wish I could say now that the worst thing being said about America and Americans is that we are loud and rude.

I am amazed sometimes by the response of Americans to anti-American sentiment. Lets face it people - EVERY Country in the world can't be wrong. IF there is such widespread dislike - perhaps we should look within and see what we are doing to create it.

I know - preachin to the choir.

On another note - am I the only person on the planet who thinks that poor Terry Irwin should be raving mad at Steve Irwin? I realize he was a great conservationist, a great Australian and a great guy - but CRIKES! Mate, you left behind an adoring spouse and 2 beautiful kids. I am just saying, I would be way pissed off right now where I her!


Friday, September 15, 2006 7:53 PM


As a Canadian, it seems like the patriotic thing to do to bash Americans as being an opposite to where we stand as a nation. I try not to cuz I have relatives and freinds from the States, but it gets hard when I see the bad choices being made in the name of justice and safety.

The number of incidents that have occurred globally where American assistance would have been beneficial, but went ignored, is staggering...but not really surprising. However, I think the States gets dumped on regardless of what it does; got dumped on for failing to intervene in Rwanda and getting dumped on for being in Iraq. Both were poor choices, as they were guided by the past and its effects on a previous generation.

And of course Terri Irwin's probably pissed at good ole' Steve. Any spouse probably would be extreme anger at losing their soulmate and father/mother of their children so suddenly. But she knew that his gung ho attitude was goning to eventually causing him injury...he was like a peaceful version of Jayne: a man of action and energy that would eventually die with his boots on. Gonna be hard on her for a while cuz of these conflicting feelings:(


Tuesday, September 12, 2006 8:32 AM



I like this country and I'm pretty sure that unless I happen to marry a foreigner, I'm not going to permanently leave.

That said, I agree that there are a lot of things wrong with this country. The one(s) that stand(s) out is how America is rather exploitative and manipulative (yes, I realize all politics are). Large corporations exploit the domestic and foreign workers. Our government uses irrational fear to propagate their own ends.


Now I'm off to my Vietnam Wars class for real.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 8:26 AM


When I travel and I encounter someone that seems sketchy, I say I'm Canadian. I'm fairly confident it's saved my ass at least once.

Monday, September 11, 2006 5:09 PM


Do you think people in other countries care what we think of them?

I think it is wrong to assume that those who disagree with anti-American sentiments do not understand why they are held. They simply don't find them to be a compelling reason to change what they are doing. Being unpopular is not the same thing as being wrong.

And as for the Irwins, the aspect of his personanlity that put him in the situation that ultimately got him killed is probably the very thing that attracted her to him. It was her choice to share a life, to start a family with him - no fair being angry at him for doing what he does.

Monday, September 11, 2006 1:23 PM


Canada's lookin' pretty good some days.
My French is just bad enough to pass me for une Canadienne in France.
There is good, there is bad. Extremes are never the answer. They do tend to have the louder of the voices,though.
Teach you children well.

Monday, September 11, 2006 11:21 AM


Yeah it's why I'm glad my french accent is good enough to pass for native. Rather not admit I'm American when abroad as I have a reasonably good survival instinct.


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