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  1. Marius_Hancu

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    Marius, why don't you film some of them canadian guys and post the video on youtube or google video? I'd like to get a sense of what they hit like.
     
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    Bester is gonna be playing James Blake in the 1st round. That should be loads of fun...
     
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    TSN has some pretty long coverage of tennis during the Rogers Cup (around 9 hours a day during the early rounds), and they usually manage to show the Canadians playing. This is probably the best oppurtunity to get a video of them.
     
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    Like any pro...clean...but Dancevic's backhand needs some improvement and I haven't seen Bester play in a while but I remember when he was 16 he was pretty good.
     
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    I'm going tomorrow (Monday first round), I'm so relieved to know they don't have BYES in the first round like the ladies tournament. I'm hoping to catch some Rafa or some Roger and if I have to settle for some Roddick! I'll let you guys know how the day goes. I was thinking of going yesterday (Saturday qualies) but decided to chill at home because the qualies draw isn't so hot. Little I knew, Fabrice held an autograph session! DOH!!!!
     
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    Blake also signed many autografs. As for "letting us know how the day goes", leave that to me; I got box seats[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    What box will you be in? I'll say hi.
     
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    No! You know the crazies on the internet? I'm one of them; I'm extremely paranoid of strangers and will regress into something like a fetal position(more like a crouching tiger and/or hidden dragon) and lash out in random directions with fierce violence. If you value people's head's being attached to their bodies(and very possibly your own), you'll stay away. Far away.

    above rant = I don't know what box seats I'll be in; I'm picking the tickets up when I arrive.
     
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    The schedule is out and...neither Federer or Nadal are playing, and Roddick has withdrawn. I kinda wanted to go tomorrow too, but I have no way to get there. So, I guess I'll have to wait until friday.
     
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    I think he played quite well. Surprising someone still knows how to volley in Canada.

    See Blake's interview on the ASAP Sports site:

    http://www.asapsports.com/tennis/2006rogers/080706JB.html
     
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    Hey I had a great time on Monday. My goal was to catch a glimpse of Federer.

    We got there at around 11:45 am, and knowing the schedule beforehand, I went straight to see Gonzo for his forehand. But on the way there, we passed the practice courts and saw tons of players: Ginepri, Srichaphan, Hrbaty and the Bryan Brothers. Then we went on to see Gonzo's FH. What a shot! He really grunts on the shot much more emphatically than his backhand. If I were playing him, I'd be scared to death to hit to his fh wing!

    Fed was not on the schedule, but I was extra happy to see no other than the Magician, Fabrice Santoro on the schedule. Unfortunately, he was put on the smallest show court on the grounds, despite the fact he was playing countryman Richard Gasquet. I couldn't really get into the court, but I still caught a glimpse of the magic. I still can't get over the fact he wins pro matches with that two-handed forehand slice. Well he didn't this time, he lost to Gasquet in two.

    The rest of the day was a whirlwind (not enough time to write about!). I saw Henman, Hewitt, Safin, Gaudio, Moya, Nadal, Baghdatis, Baghdatis' girlfriend, so many. But did I see Federer? It was nearing the end of the day and I was beginning to feel despair. Federer must practice today! Somewhere!!! I watched James finish up his practice and we walked back out onto the promenade. Then a gentle pur of a golf cart engine came into ear shot followed by some children screaming, "ROGER!" ROGER!" Indeed it was Fed, driving shotgun in a large sized golf cart with six security guards running alongside, I wasn't sure if it was the Pope or Fed (but I guess you can but them on the same echelon). He zoomed by and I followed the frenzy along with the horde of people as we chased him to court #4, a small spectator court. He practiced for a bit and then signed autographs. It was really something else to see. My goal for the day was satisfied! We ended up staying to watch Blake best Bester and watch Baghdaddy get upset by Benneteau (sp).

    I shot a lot of players with my video camera and took a few pictures. I'm thinking of making a music video or montage of the players, I'll post it when I get a chance! Enjoy the rest of the Rogers Cup everyone! I might make another visit on semi-final Saturday, for the tennis itself! Monday was not as much for the tennis as the star-searching lol.
     
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    Marius, I see Pelletier and Wozniak are on the schedule today. Did Pelletier get a wild card? Haven't heard much from her this year. Injuries or what is going on?
     
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    See "Match Results" for result of Pelletier v. Na Li match on centre court today in Montreal on Uniprix Stadium.
     
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    HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE! wins for Dubois and Pelletier over top 50 players today!!!!
     
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    Tennis Canada hires Louis Borfiga and Boris Brett

    I think it can be a great move. Great to get some European experience in here.

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    Q. You probably know Tennis Canada hired Louis Borfiga to do what
    he's done with the French players. How important was Louis in the
    development of a lot of the French tennis players? Do you think he
    could find the same success he had with the French players with the
    Canadian players?

    RICHARD GASQUET: I don't know. In France he has a
    great success with INSEP, with our juniors. He had Escude, a lot of
    players, a lot of great players. He's a great guy. It's great for
    Canada players to have this guy because they will achieve their game
    with him for sure.

    http://www.asapsports.com/tennis/2006rogers/081306RG.html

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    TENNIS CANADA APPOINTS LOUIS BORFIGA VP OF HIGH PERFORMANCE ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT, HIRES BOB BRETT AS CONSULTANT

    Tennis Canada announced Thursday that Louis Borfiga (pronounced LOU-EE BOR-FEE-GA) has been named vice-president, high performance athlete development and Bob Brett has been hired as high performance consultant. Beginning August 2006, Borfiga will be stationed in Montreal following a brief transition period in Toronto.

    Brett will be on contract to Tennis Canada for five months annually, starting June 2006.

    "Louis and Bob will give tennis in Canada instant international credibility," exclaimed Tennis Canada Chair Jack Graham. "A large part of the world tennis landscape has been built through the efforts of these two gentlemen. They are both focused on results and achieve their goals by spending each day on the tennis court. We were encouraged by their hands-on leadership style." Since 1990, Borfiga has been the director of national coaches at INSEP, a national training centre for some of the top junior players in the world, located in France. He also serves as the coordinator of French junior tennis programs. The French Tennis Federation is known as one of the leading tennis development systems in the world and Borfiga has been a major factor leading to its success. Over the past five years, Borfiga has coached six junior Grand Slam champions from France, including 2004 World Junior Champion and 2005 ATP Newcomer of the Year Gaël Monfils (seen below, with Sania Mirza), currently ranked No. 35 on the ATP Tour. His coaching resume also includes current Top 100 ranked players such as Fabrice Santoro (No. 52), Nicolas Mahut (No. 78) and Julien Benneteau (No. 84). Borfiga will focus on athlete development in areas that include: annual player plans; tours and camps; national teams such as Davis Cup and Fed Cup; lead and operate the Toronto and Montreal national training centre programs; sport science; and a partnership with IMG Bollettieri Academy in Florida. "I welcome the opportunity to combine best practices we have developed at the French Tennis Federation with the top programs currently in place in Canada," said Borfiga. "The commitment to excellence shown by Tennis Canada equals the dedication and forward thinking that I will demonstrate in my new role. I look forward to working with the highly-qualified Canadian coaches and leaders to further develop champions and grow our sport." Current vice-president of tennis development, Hatem McDadi, who was a member of the selection committee, will continue to champion a team that concentrates on Canadian coaching development, officiating development, competitive structure and community development. He was a leader in creating Canada's first national training centres at Rexall Centre and Uniprix Stadium, and assisted in the establishment of 40 high performance tennis development centres across Canada. McDadi will also help ensure the transition to Borfiga is seamless. Borfiga, 51, played for his native country of Monaco for nine years in Davis Cup action and played as a professional from 1972-1977. He was also a sparring partner of tennis legend Bjorn Borg.

    Brett, one of the more recognizable tennis coaches in the world, has served the sport and its elite players for the past 34 years. His most notable coaching tenure came from 1987-91 when he guided top-ranked Boris Becker to Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles. Known as a teacher who looks to maximize potential in his players, Brett has coached Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic and other stars on the ATP Tour including Andrei Medvedev, Nicolas Kiefer and up-and-comer Mario Ancic. Under Brett's tutelage, Sania Mirza of India improved both her game and fitness which has led to a Top 40 ranking and the 2005 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Newcomer of the Year award. His coaching career started through the guidance of Harry Hopman. Brett began coaching on the ATP tour in 1979. "I am Brett, 52, a native of Melbourne, Australia, will lead the Under 12 talent development in partnership with Andre Labelle and the Provincial Tennis Associations. He will also consult elite players and work with the Tennis Canada coaching department to fully develop top-level coaches and leaders in Canada.very excited about working on this project in Canada," exclaimed Brett. "I have enjoyed working with junior players throughout the world and now look to help bring great success to Canadian athletes. Louis and I have worked together in the past, and together, we hope to bring the best out of Canadian elite coaches and players."

    The world-class Bob Brett Tennis Centre, located in San Remo, Italy, is devoted to identifying young talent and delivering comprehensive, highly personalized coaching. Brett's name has drawn some of the top tennis players because of his experience, vision and coaching philosophy. He will welcome elite Canadian athletes periodically to train with him at his centre as part of his contract.

    "We are thrilled to have experienced and credible tennis professionals such as Louis and Bob to help shape the future of Canadian tennis," expressed Michael S. Downey, president and chief executive officer, Tennis Canada. "The screening and selection committees performed a thorough international search for a proven tennis leader and were fortunate to return with two world-class individuals. This hiring will guide Tennis Canada and its numerous partners towards its mission of developing a system that produces champions."

    http://www.tennisnfld.com/news_details.asp?seqn=12
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    This amounts to 'crying wolf' for me. After at least two decades of Tennis Canada promising that their 'new plan' will produce champions, I stopped believing the hype a long time ago.

    The fact is that none of the 15 or so 'great new plans' over the past 20 years has worked. Canadian tennis is in the same condition today as it was 20 years ago. Right now, Nestor is Canada's top name. Before him, it was Lareau. Before Lareau it was Connell. Before Connell, it was Michibata - 20 years ago... all primarily doubles players. That's fine in itself - but enough with the empty promises.
     
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    The Canadian ladies play well in the first round at Montreal

    Yes, this WAS a historic day with Pelletier and Dubois winning.
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    http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story/?ID=174288&hubname=tennis

    MONTREAL (CP) - Local talent ruled centre court at the Rogers Cup.

    With many top names missing from the $1.34 million US event, Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., and Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., used windy conditions to pull off upsets Tuesday and advance to the second round of the hardcourt tournament at Uniprix Stadium.
     
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    Actually, when it comes to female players, Canada was in much better shape 15 and 20 years ago, with Kelesi and Bassett, respectively, who were both in the top 20 in the world.

    Nothing close since.

    Yes, it's nice that Pelletier and Dubois won yesterday - but it will in all likelihood stop there. Pelletier has gone down over 100 places in the rankings in the past year, now in the 300s.

    Sure, their efforts yesterday should be applauded. But reality must set in, as well. And the reality is that the future is no more promising for the women than it was 10 years ago.
     
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    you forgot snajder in there too. never made a big mark but was ranked 50 ish for a while.

    the junior development here really is poor and the funding just isn't there, either from the gov't or private sponsors. they are making small improvements. fact remains that tennis will never be a sport kids here think of first (it's hockey. hockey, hockey). most of Canada's best players have European background and their parents were first generation immigrants from countries where tennis was/is more popular. a lot of players from Quebec too where there is more of a European influence on the culture.

    i play at a club that is supposed to have top notch national coaches and a top notch junior program. i've seen the kids practices and it's pretty pathetic. these guys are 16,17,18 and they just practice. they should be playing tournaments internationally and getting better experience, especially on different surfaces. but no, they just hit the ball as hard as they can back and forth to each other. seems like all they are playing for is a scholarship to a powerhouse US school - like Lee College in Tennessee :smile:
     
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    Deuce,
    Hate to bring a ray of sunshine into the predicted doom and gloom, but Pelletier won last year in Hawaii and was nearing #100 world ranking when she injured her foot. Maybe she is returning to form. Time will tell.
     
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    (I posted part of this about Pelletier in another thread, as well.)

    Yes, I just heard about the injuries she's had in the past year. I didn't know about them.

    I guess I'm a little hard on her because I expected more from her over the past few years.

    I fist saw her when she was about 16 (8 years ago). She was practicing. I had no clue who she was, of course. I just remember seeing the absolute determination in her eyes. I was extremely struck by that - to the point where I remember it vividly today. I had never seen such a look of utter and genuine determination in anyone else. I'm not easily impressed - but I was very impressed with this kid. I wasn't even paying attention to her tennis. Just the look in her eyes amazed me.

    When she began to gain recognition, I would keep an eye out for her results. It seemed that every time I heard about her, she had lost. And when I did get to see her play a few times over the years, I wasn't impressed with her tennis, or with her psychological elements on the court. Indeed, the determination was still there - but it was overcome by other emotions - such as fear and anxiety. And a lack of confidence.

    Hopefully, she's in the process of turning those negative elements into more positive ones.
     
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    Rats. Pelletier goes down in 3 sets to the Aussie. (It's ok not to put spoiler, I think since it is not on TV and the match was yesterday). Still a good result. Unfortunately I see Marie Eve referred to "recurring" foot and ankle injuries. Anyone know if she is fully recovered or still suffering from the effects?
     
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    She had bursitis and an ankle sprain. Both are solved now, said the TV commentators.
     
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    USO Qs: Dubois in the 3rd round

    Dancevic lost to Ulihrach (this shows what it means to have been once 22nd in the world, even if now you're 750!) in the 2nd round.

    Wozniak lost too.

    Dubois passed into the 3rd, after a hard fought victory. She confirms the good play she had in Montreal.

    Wozniak losing made sure the two Canadians didn't have to fight each other:-[
     
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    I'd forgotten about Ulirach...wasn't there something about him and drugs?

    Ah ha...found this on google...Bodan Ulirach: suspendido dos años por dopaje
     
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    Stephanie Dubois qualified for the main draw at US Open

    The only Canadian in the main draws and the first Quebecoise ever to do so.

    She will be playing
    Severine Bremond FRA
    (not highly ranked, but performed very well at Big W)
    in the first round.

    I think she has a chance. Go, Stephanie!

    In French:
    http://www.rds.ca/usopentennis/chroniques/211466.html
     
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    Polansky's a good kid. I spoke with him a little in Repentigny last week, where he surprisingly reached the final. Very down to Earth and humble - and genuinely polite.

    Plays good tennis, too.

    Good for him.
     
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    On another note Steckley won his first futures tournament
     
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    Dancevic at the Thai Open

    Thailand Open
    F Dancevic (CAN) d (Q)L Burgsmuller (GER) 75 36 76(7)
    Great result.

    OK, Frank might get under 90.

    Plays doubles there with Ginepri. Getting good training partners now:)
     
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    Dancevic in Thailand

    Singles - Second Round
    (5)J Nieminen (FIN) d F Dancevic (CAN) 26 76(3) 64

    A match with Niemenen is a good gauge for the performance level, and it seems that Frank's is on the upswing.
     
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    Dancevic wins 1st round in Tokyo, plays Henman

    F Dancevic (CAN) d M Daniel (BRA) 64 64

    Plays Henman next.

    Now, this is what I call a good opponent!:)

    Frank's at #93 now.
     
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    Wozniak at around #80?

    She's just won a Challenger in Pittsburg, beating Azarenka, one of her great rivals.

    I heard she might get to be #80 or so now.

    EDIT: It's 91, in effect.
    91 (115) WOZNIAK, ALEKSANDRA CAN

    http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/217060.html
    (French)

    Congratulations!

    Talked to her father last week, they are preparing her for Australia.
     
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    Is this a Canadian website or something? For a country that has produced no one of any note in singles except for Snaajder(who I lost 7-6,7-6,7-6 to) and Bob Bedard, the interest is incredible here!

    From what I understand Canada has been held back by phenomenally backward coaching and instruction. They have good athletes as demonstrated by their hockey teams. But any British colony is usually repressed and yes, Canada, which still has half of its land owned by Queen Elizabeth(Crown Land) is still very much a colony.

    By the way, we came to Canada for the Rogers tournament this year and my two proteges received gracious treatment by all the players, EXCEPT Dancevic, and Bester, these two journeymen seemed to think their stuff should be packaged and sold as an international fragrance. I thought their games were very marginal. Very unimpressive. Dancevics forehand down the line is amateurish.
     
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    Spoken like a true snob. :) Canadian tennis players are on the rise, so you're going to have to learn to put up and shut up - tennis is an international sport and if Canada is mentioned in between the thousands of posts about america I think you can deal. As for the brief but very inaccurate history lesson you spouted, perhaps you should spend some time researching both Canadian culture and the relationship between the mother country and this one. Hmmm, besides it wasn't that long ago the US was under British authority, no? As for the treatment your proteges received, it may have a little to do with their perceived treatment from you. Are you American? All I can say is there is nothing that pisses a Canadian more than when a tourist comes here, not only thinking his crap doesn't stink but is gold plated and expects divine treatment. It's annoying and we tend to not be bothered much with attitudes, we just ignore them. Sorry for my bluntness, but I'm very patriotic and can't stand it when the few posts that are made involving this country are negative, and in this case, inaccurate.
     
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    In your face Bjorn99. Go CANADIAN CHICKS!!!!!
     
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    I am not American, but don't look now, you all in Canada are about to be. You will be sharing a common currency in the next two to three years, called the Amero. Go to a decent search engine and do your research. Why do you think the Americans keep letting millions of Mexicans into their borders for the past three years? For the Mexican vote? HAR! LOL!

    Anyways, I like Canadians, I really do, they are the toughtest people on the planet, that is why they have been de-toothed and never allowed to have too much of a military. They kicked the Americans arse in every major conflict in the 16-18th centuries. And they showed waaaay too much in WW2 to ever be allowed any military hardware. Declawed all the way.

    But their tennis players suck. Polansky is a poor mans Djorkevic(or whatever his name spelling). He can't move at all, and no Canadian has ever had any court movement, especially your best ever, Snaajder. He moved like a guy who weighed 300lbs with wet clothing. But he sure hit the crap out of the ball. No Federer's looming for ole Canada.
     
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    Wow, for a non American, you've managed to "find" history that I never knew existed. Please do explain about those US-Canadian wars of the 16th and 17th centuries, in which the Americans got a beat down! I'm only aware of a couple small 18th and 19th century military campaigns in which the Americans crossed over into Canada and were turned back BY THE BRITISH-you know, the military force that OCCUPIED Canada at that time.

    So, please do help to fill in that major gap in my historical knowledge, oh wise, double secret Federer forhand-teaching sensei!
     
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    Is France a part of Spain? According to your standards they are since they share the Euro in common. It's a standardized currency fool and nothing more. There has been talk for over a hundred years of merging countries and I wouldn't hold your breath on that - actually maybe you should. LOL
    Remember the last time the US crossed the border for armed conflict? Don't worry about us, we can take care of ourselves. Everyone wants our resources, but there's one little problem with that - we ain't gonna share. The three leading parties all are in agreement on that.
    As for tennis, unfortunately our players lack financial support and it's not a top sport in this country by any stretch, but give it a while - we have some good talent ready to spring forth.
     
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    Ah Phil, whatever would I do without you? You are the voice of reason and intelligence on these threads. No worries about Bjorn99 though - I'm sure he'll be back with some more thought-provoking myths for us to swallow. Just a spoonful of BS helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down, oh the medicine go doooooooowwwwnnn. LOL You Rock!!
     
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    It was actually the Iroquois that kicked the Americans arses and poor ole dumb Phil, all the major campaigns back then, were small in comparison to the numbers these days. But IF the Americans hadn't had their arses kicked, do you think they would have backed off.

    And you dumb schnook who commented about the currency, CONTROL the currency and control the country. As commented by Any banker. He who controls the gold RULES. Wow, what a collection of errand boys around here, pandering and slandering. With no intimate knowledge of any subject and taking bows all over the place.
     
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    Here is a company that I may or may not have been a big part of. Notice that it kills AIDS in thirty seconds or less. Interesting that probably NONE of you have ever heard of it. Al Gore, please.
     
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    Here is a company that I may or may not have been a big part of. Notice that it kills AIDS in thirty seconds or less. Interesting that probably NONE of you have ever heard of it. Al Gore, please.


    http://www.purebio.com/products/sdc_hard_surface
     
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    Well, that's certainly a tactic, of sorts...make a complete fool out of yourself, get beat down for it by those much more in the know than you, and then come back and call THEM the dumb ones...This is what 7-year old kids resort to when told that they're full of shiate, which, in fact, you are.

    Bjorn, don't talk to me about history or military matters...stick to shilling your SDC-Based Hard Surface Disinfectant and teaching the double secret Federer forehand. And, while you're at it, go and drink some of that stuff, because obviously you're developing a tolerance for the CRACK that you usually smoke when you post here...
     
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    Bjorn, please don't blow smoke up my ass!! What country were the Iroquois and Metis living in then? The US is not taking over Canada with currency. That was I who made the currency remark, and I am hardly a dumb schnook. You are posting on about every thread you can get your greedy fingers on which is cool if you actually know what you're talking about. Otherwise you just come across as your average run-of-the-mill hillbilly hick who insists on sprinkling his ignorance around like manure. I can assure you I am well versed in both Canadian and American politics and history and do not need lessons from you on economics. Perhaps you need to look at little closer at the potential reasoning for "allowing" as you say so many Mexicans across "your" border and I can assure you it has nothing to do with this country.
     

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