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Old 09-06-2005, 06:13 PM   #46
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From the Southern USA, thanks.

Many of you Canadians probably know that you have a historic tie to some of the early settlers of the New Orleans area, the "Cajuns," who were transplanted French Canadians from the colony then known as Acadia (eastern Canada stretching into present-day Maine), deported/relocated after a French landswap and subsequent war with the British. The Band has a great song about their history, as written by Robbie Robertson. There are some historical debates of the accuracy of Robertson's details, but a great song nonetheless:

The war was over and the spirit was broken
The hills were smokin' as the men withdrew
We stood on the cliffs
Oh, and watched the ships
Slowly sinking to their rendezvous
They signed a treaty and our homes were taken
Loved ones forsaken
They didn't give a damn
Try'n' to raise a family
End up the enemy
Over what went down on the plains of Abraham

Acadian driftwood
Gypsy tail wind
They call my home the land of snow
Canadian cold front movin' in
What a way to ride
Oh, what a way to go

Then some returned to the motherland
The high command had them cast away
And some stayed on to finish what they started
They never parted
They're just built that way
We had kin livin' south of the border
They're a little older and they've been around
They wrote a letter life is a whole lot better
So pull up your stakes, children and come on down

Fifteen under zero when the day became a threat
My clothes were wet and I was drenched to the bone
Been out ice fishing, too much repetition
Make a man wanna leave the only home he's known
Sailing out of the gulf headin' for Saint Pierre
Nothin' to declare
All we had was gone
Broke down along the coast
But what hurt the most
When the people there said
"You better keep movin' on"

Everlasting summer filled with ill-content
This government had us walkin' in chains
This isn't my turf
This ain't my season
Can't think of one good reason to remain
I've worked in the sugar fields up from New Orleans
It was ever green up until the floods
You could call it an omen
Points ya where you're goin'
Set my compass north
I got winter in my blood

Acadian driftwood
Gypsy tail wind
They call my home the land of snow
Canadian cold front movin' in
What a way to ride
Ah, what a way to go

Sais tu, a-ca-di-e j’ai le mal du pays
[You know, Acadia, I long for the country (I am homesick)]
Ta neige, acadie, fait des larmes au soleil
[your snow, acadia, makes tears in the sun (or for the sun)]
J’arrive acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle ooh
[i am arriving acadia (or I am coming acadia)]

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Old 09-07-2005, 06:27 AM   #47
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The Bush administration has rejected the help offered by Venezuelan President Chavez.

Seems that the U.S. President is not interested in cheap gasoline. How someone can reject help in such a major disaster, is beyond my imagination.

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Old 09-07-2005, 07:24 AM   #48
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Nations Await Answer to Katrina Aid Offers

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer

September 07,2005 | SYDNEY, Australia -- Many of the nations offering aid to the United States after Hurricane Katrina -- including India, South Korea, Japan and Germany -- said Wednesday they were still waiting to hear back from Washington on whether their donations had been accepted.

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