US Northern Manifest Destiny, Class of 2041, Send Them to Jail

What I’m listening to.

Giuseppe Verdi - Nabucco: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Has anyone asked him if he promises not to invade?

Toronto Star -- Donald Trump rejects Canadian border wall at Republican debate

The Presidential candidate thinks we’re not so bad – and, also, that it’d be too hard.

Mysteries of Canada -- Bill to Annex Canada into the US (1866)


The kids are all right.

Tyee -- Here Comes the Class of 2041

Teachers, get ready to break free from generational mindsets now and over the next 25 years.

Sorry, very sorry.

Globe and Mail -- Trudeau to urge pardon for man deemed a dangerous sex offender for being gay in 1960s

The Liberal government has announced that it intends to review the cases of hundreds of gay men who were convicted of sexual offences prior to the legalization of homosexual acts in 1969.

(ed’s note -- not to be glib but I’m losing track ... “We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, and two-spirited] community in Canada … but the fight to end discrimination is not over and a lot of hard work remains.”)

Note: The Annexation Bill of 1866: This was a bill introduced on July 2, 1866, but never passed in the United States House of Representatives. It called for the annexation of British North America and the admission of its provinces as states and territories in the Union. The bill was sent to committee but never came back, was never voted upon, and did not become law. The bill never came to the United States Senate.

The bill authorized the President of the United States to, subject to the agreement of the governments of the British provinces, "publish by proclamation that, from the date thereof, the States of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Canada East, and Canada West, and the Territories of Selkirk (present-day Manitoba), Saskatchewan, and Columbia, with limits and rights as by the act defined, are constituted and admitted as States and Territories of the United States of America." 

It provided for the admission of all the colonies and the purchase of theHudson's Bay Company's lands for $10,000,000. The American government would assume public lands and state-owned bonds and the right to levy taxes and, in return, would take over provincial debts to the total of $85,700,000 and give an annual subsidy of $1,646,000 to the new states. In addition, the United States would connect Canada with the Maritimes by rail and spend $50,000,000 to complete and improve the colonial canal system.

The bill was introduced by Congressman Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, a representative from Massachusetts. It was intended to appeal to Irish Americans who supported the FenianMovement and were aggressively hostile to Britain. Indeed, much of American public opinion at the time was hostile because of Britain's support for the Confederacy during theAmerican Civil War.

There was no serious effort in Washington to annex Canada.

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