2009-06-26-BFP473-sallyhemmings


473 Sally Hemmings.

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Edit: I had a feeling that no matter how I tried to word this page someone would end up getting hurt feelings, so I took a few passes at it.  Through the magic of the internet, and advice from friends, this version was the one agreed upon to be the best of the choices.  I will not back down from Thomas’s first lines though.  You can have a personal taste for a particular race and not be evil.  Finding out that a friend has a broad taste in the opposite sex is interesting.  I’ve known white guys who only dated Asian girls, and Mexican guys who only dated white girls.  I’ve had black girls tell me, point blank, that they won’t date white guys. (Especially me…)  Welcome to reality. 

I’ll give you that the first post was poorly worded.  It just so happens that I’m not perfect.  I apologize if I managed to do any of you any harm.  I’ve been raised around all kinds of people my whole life, so I tend not to notice stuff that other people get all butthurt over. 

Those aware of the historical references Thomas is making will likely also be aware that they don’t really have anything to do with the subject at hand.  Comedy!

By some strange coincidence I mentioned Michael Jackson in my blog post the day before he died.  I wanted to mention it because I had a link that explained the probability of doing that.  Of course now that I need it I don’t have the link since it wasn’t part of what I saved when I reformatted my hard drive.  If I find it I’ll add it to this post, or maybe link it on twitter. 

Now, on to what I really wanted to talk about.

I don’t know why this page brings this to mind, but do you guys know The Song Of The Volga Boatmen?  You probably do even if you don’t know it by name.  It’s the song people use whenever they want to hammer home the point of something being Russian.  Every country has one.  A defining song.  A lot of the time it’s the national anthem.  Canada and the U.S. are usually musically defined by theirs.  Rule Britannia, or God Save The King/Queen is typically what you hear for England.  I err on the side of Rule Britannia because America stole the tune for one of our songs…  Much like we did with our national anthem.  In our defense we were just upholding a long tradition of stealing shit from other people that started long before we decided to get all national about things.  But I digress…

What I want to know is the names of the songs for every place else.  Most of the Asian countries just get that little Nuh nu nu nu Nuh Nuh nu nu Nuuuuuh.  Is that from a song?  Does it have a title? 

When a television show wants to show you that you’ve been transported to a given country what music will they use is what I am asking? 

I have a short list here, please feel free to help me fill in other places:

U.S. – Star Spangled Banner

Canada – Oh, Canada

England – Rule Britannia

France – La Marseillaise

Australia – Waltzing Matilda

Mexico – Mexican Hat Dance

Russia – Song Of The Volga Boatmen