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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Payback for burning Toronto

From British embassy apologizes for cheeky tweet commemorating White House burning.
... in what some considered a cheeky jab, the Washington wing of the British embassy came under fire from some unimpressed Americans for its commemoration tweet. On Aug. 24, 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., setting the White House on fire during the War of 1812. The attack was in response to an American attack on the city of York (present-day Toronto).

The tweet featured a photo of a sheet cake adorned with a miniature White House with the respective countries' flags on each side.

"Only sparklers this time," the embassy wrote to cap off the tweet.


  1. What is the good professor's view of the buyout of Tim Horton's by Burger King?

    1. Tax heaven or the evolution of corporate greed....

  2. I guess some people just can't take a joke.

  3. Indeed please lighten up.
    by the way it was suggested the burning of York was done by criminals let loose by the Yank attack on york. not the yanks themselves. who knows!
    During the attack there was a hugh explosion of brit munitions etc and a mushroom cloud was made. The biggest manmade explosion up to that point in the new world and only beat decades later by , I think, some Chicago grain elevator explosion or something.
    the Brits should not of burned DC as York was only a small place and anyways its immoral and be the bigger man.
    The war was immoral and like these days was led by war parties not representing true American ideals.

    1. I'm pretty sure that in 1812 the USA was led by politicians who represented the true American ideals.

    2. Re Laurence Moran

      Actually, the President of the United States was James Madison, a severe critic of organized religion in general and Christianity in particular. He was also the principal author of the Constitution. Both the US and Canada could use politicians like Madison.

    3. Since it was the US that declared war and invaded Canada, I think that it was an adequate response. Take the war to the people responsible rather than the civilians.

    4. mr Moran
      It was not the values of the yankke North.
      the war party was a western and southern party. Under rightful complaints odf Indian problems they wanted to annex Canada. in other words they said Canada was assisting terrorism.
      The north was very against the war and didn't quickly give troops. Even though it was their sailors being affected by the Brits. Another cause for war.
      Remember the vast majority of Ontario and a slight majority of Maritimers were Yankee settlers. There was that identity connection.
      Pierre Burton wrote a famous book on the war.
      Most of the time Yank politicians have not represented the majority of america as they are not representive.
      The yankee has always been under represented. The southerner and other people groups then and now are over represented. This is why they have so much trouble.