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Yes it's true.  I voted and neither Obama nor McCain were on the ballot.

I cast my advance ballot for the Canadian election today and thought I'd share my experience with you.  The actual election is on October 14.

Now while the Canadian election doesn’t have the level of global audience that the US one does, and while the Canadian electorate does not appear yet to "throw the bums out", I made sure that I exercised my right of franchise.  A big thanks goes to my parents who made sure that they took me to the polling station when I was a kid for every election.  But by also never taking us kids into the voting booth with them, and rarely sharing their choice with us kids, they taught us the power and integrity of a secret ballot.  You could usually guess what choice they'd make by the discussions around the kitchen table or the TV in the den, but the end decision was theirs – alone in the sanctum of the booth.

The whole advance voting process was civilized and simple...more below the fold

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What Canadian Cuisine would you vote for?

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As we work our ways through the rest of August and get set for the drive to the finish in November, I was cooking tonight and found that I was looking for some new meals to cook.  The idea came to me when I was thinking about Eddie Haskell's "kitty litter cake" recipe.

Based on the fact we've got McCain and concern trolls prowling our boards and conservative and concern trolls all over the media - these days it's Cokie Roberts and Jerome Corsi, I thought it would be fun to do another troll recipe diary.  I found one from 2005 on the intertubes.

More after the jump on the other burner:

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Pie?

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Thanks to shock for the inspiration

With today being Memorial Day across America, most eyes are focused on the ultimate sacrifice that soldiers have given in defense of the USA.

However, I think it is reasonable that we at DKos also take the time to remember those members of our community who have left us either in the last year or previous.

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I opened my email today and found an alert from the CBC stating that this true piano playing genius has left this earth to go join that incredible jam session in the sky.
http://www.cbc.ca/...

For those of you unfamiliar with jazz, Oscar was one of the legends of jazz piano.  He was born in Montreal and went on to play the world.  He was a performer in the Jazz at the Philharmonic sessions and concerts (which had to cancel shows in the 40s and 50s rather than play in front of a segregated audience)

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So after a long day contributing to the Canadian economic engine, I read an article tonight that caught my eye in the Toronto Star.

Peace Bridge talks end
http://www.thestar.com/...

I thought it was something about the prospective new span across the Niagara River to take the load off of the existing 3-lane Peace Bridge - and how it's gone back to the drawing board again.

But then I saw the sub-title
'Canada objects to U.S. plans to fingerprint travellers'

WTF?

(more on the flip)

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Remember how Steven Harper ripped into the Liberals "$11,000-per-hour Challenger jet flights" when he was leader of the opposition?

Well he's now trying to convince Canadian taxpayers it's not that expensive.

But in doing so, he's massively ripping off Canadian taxpayers.

(Sources CBC http://www.cbc.ca/... ; Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/...

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The CBC is reporting that Condoleeza Rice is going to spend 9/11 in Nova Scotia.

From the CBC:

After attending memorial functions in Washington, Rice is expected to attend an event at the Halifax International Airport on Monday and spend Tuesday in MacKay's home riding of Pictou County.

Now Ms. Rice, it's nice of you to come up here and thank us for keeping your citizens, but you sullied the respect since then.  We know you're going to politicize this (and so will MacKay) - so let's call a spade a spade.
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How long will it take for Condi to tie Saddam to terrorism?

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I wa looking at nola.com, and this jumped out at me:

House Speaker: Rebuilding N.O. doesn't make sense

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert dropped a bombshell on flood-ravaged New Orleans on Thursday by suggesting that it isn’t sensible to rebuild the city.

"It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert told the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask."

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Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 10:59 AM PDT

Toronto DKos meetup?

by Thor Heyerdahl

Hello Kossacks out there in the Toronto area.  
Is the thought of hockey cooling you off in this heatwave?  
Is the turd blossom schadenfreude filling your day with pure Canuck hoser happiness?
Are you an American expat who's looking for a progressive friendly crowd?
Are you looking for an excuse to sample some fine cold Canadian potent potables to escape the heat?

May I suggest a DKos meet up in Toronto.

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We're all familiar with the leaked minutes from that infamous pre-Iraq war meeting.

Now in the July 10th Sunday Times there is another leaked dossier - codenamed Operation Contest - discussing the British connections with Al-Qaeda.

Leaked No 10 dossier reveals Al-Qaeda's British recruits

AL-QAEDA is secretly recruiting affluent, middle-class Muslims in British universities and colleges to carry out terrorist attacks in this country, leaked Whitehall documents reveal.

A network of "extremist recruiters" is circulating on campuses targeting people with "technical and professional qualifications", particularly engineering and IT degrees.

This could lead to explain why the bombing occured in middle class Muslim neighborhoods (i.e. Edgware Road) and could corroborate the thought that the attackers were homegrown in the UK.

The dossier was ordered by Tony Blair after the bombing occured in Madrid.

[editor's note, by Thor Heyerdahl] Cross Posted at Booman Tribune and European Tribune

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As a long-term veteran of the Middle East, Robert Fisk has seen war up close like few other journalists globally.

Today he has penned his thoughts about yesterday's attacks in London.  Essentially - it is foolish to think that insurgents will remain in the Mideast and retaliation was to be expected.

The reality of this barbaric bombing


If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency won't come to us?

"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, "we will bomb yours." There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George Bush's "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.

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Remember Afghanistan - you know that war to find Usama Bin Laden?

I just found this in the Toronto Star which shows the success of the US bombing its way to the hearts and minds of the local population.

KABUL -- An air strike on a suspected insurgent camp in central Afghanistan killed three civilians and four militants, the U.S. military said today.

All seven died when warplanes attacked the camp in Uruzgan province on Friday, a military statement said.

"The attack killed one Afghan woman, one Afghan man and a child," the statement said. Two more children were wounded and taken to the U.S. base in the southern city of Kandahar for treatment, it said.

The military didn't say whether U.S. planes carried out the attack or give details of the victims. A spokeswoman had no further details.

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