September 22, 2018

Calgary’s “Circle” Festival now politically correct after dropping “the Wagons”

David MenziesMission Specialist

The term “circle the wagons” dates back to the Wild West days when those in a wagon-train would literally circle their wagons to protect themselves and their livestock from attack by hostile natives and lives on as a metaphor for a defensive strategy.

A Google search on the term will find reams of stories containing the phrase but apparently, last year some people or a person, complained that the name was “triggering” because it harkened back to the dark old days of colonialism.

Baran Faber, director of Circle the Wagons, told CBC:

“I don’t think we would have ever named a community event knowing that it was (offensive) or could be to some people.”

Faber noted the complaints ranged from blunt to educational but all carried the same message that the phrase is offensive to Indigenous people.

How does changing this name change anything for natives living on reserves today? Do the vast majority of them even care? And who exactly are these people raising a ruckus about the name?

None of the complainers are identified in the CBC report but despite this, the name was changed and with a year to come up with a new name, what did they come up with?

“Circle” — the first part of the phrase, “Circle the Wagons,” the culturally-insensitive phrase that needs to expunged from the lexicon!

Aren’t we back to square one?

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commented 2018-09-24 01:14:00 -0400
Why not call it Circle Jerk?
commented 2018-09-23 20:50:42 -0400
“Square the wagons pilgrims”, I’m a gettin’ mighty tired of circles.
commented 2018-09-23 19:14:38 -0400
Feel dirty watching that Liza, the bolshevik ho interrogating trudy 2.0 ….yuck. Free advertising for rebel and max
commented 2018-09-23 18:32:43 -0400

I guess I don’t see a difference. Conservative media insults liberals. Liberal media insults conservatives. Wash, rinse and repeat.

What Liza said was, “Wrongly insulted”. The CBC exists to lie.
commented 2018-09-23 15:30:37 -0400
Wendy Mesley does a hatchet job on Bernier in her recent CBC interview.

Noteworthy, suffering from Rebel Derangement Syndrome, she goes after Bernier with respect to the Rebel like she did with Scheer in April. At least, unlike Scheer, Bernier didn’t throw the Rebel under the bus. He mentioned that he hasn’t received an invitation from the Rebel for an interview. Transcript of the discussion about the Rebel:

Bernier and The Rebel
MB: You know, I want people who believe in our ideas, and it can be people who are watching this show right now. People who are all watching the Ezra Levant and Rebel. It can be people who are watching Radio Canada, so people who believe.
WM: Andrew Scheer won’t go on [Levant’s] show anymore after what happened in Charlottesville, that it was seen as … promoting racist ideas. You don’t have a problem with that?
MB: I didn’t receive an invitation to go on this show …
WM: Would you?
MB: … and if I received it I would think about it. You know, I want to reach Canadians who believe in our ideas and use all the platforms available to do that. I’m using social media, I’m using Facebook, I’m using Twitter. It’s all the same ideas. And I want to have the opportunity to reach more Canadians. You know, we’re at 10 per cent in the polls right now, a new party. My goal is to grow that and to be the alternative for the Trudeau government.
commented 2018-09-23 03:13:44 -0400

I guess I don’t see a difference. Conservative media insults liberals. Liberal media insults conservatives. Wash, rinse and repeat.
commented 2018-09-23 01:05:43 -0400
Liza Rosie:
What the CBC broadcasts is GOSSIP.
I wonder if Scheer realizes the Rebel has 1mil 35k viewers. Someone on his staff must know that?
commented 2018-09-23 01:01:21 -0400
How did it go from Circle the Wagons to defaming Jesus?

David: you said some ‘person’ objected to this phrase. We don’t like to say ‘persons’ here, we say ‘Zits’.
commented 2018-09-22 23:41:34 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented 3 hours ago
RONALD SHEA commented 6 hours ago.
Ronald, Jesus was a Socialist.
How do you figure that, Keith?
commented 2018-09-22 22:48:05 -0400
What he say Liza, can’t watch cbc
commented 2018-09-22 22:41:21 -0400
Dan, actually I thought he had done another interview and thrown us under the bus a second time. I see it was the same one he did in the spring. Still it is upsetting.
Nicholas, maybe not hundreds of thousands, but many, and growing everyday. Too many Canadians to be wrongly insulted like that. What the CBC does is character assassination. They are trying to shut people up by branding them. Its shameful behaviour whether from politician or national broadcaster, both of whom are supposed to represent all Canadians.
commented 2018-09-22 22:21:35 -0400

I don’t think hundreds of thousands of Canadians come to The Rebel, so he probably figures he can say whatever he wants and it will have very little impact, especially when it’s really a two party race.
commented 2018-09-22 21:41:38 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 1 hour ago
Scheer throws us under the bus yet again…
I wondered at your vehemence…until I watched the video from April!
commented 2018-09-22 21:22:08 -0400
Liza Rosie: In regards to your comments:
Scheer’s policies, such as being against the free press and free speech (anti-Rebel Media), was displayed in spades today at the SSWR riding association candidate selection vote today. Not 1 of the 4 nominees mentioned Andrew Scheer in their speeches to the membership. They have all been campaigning hard for the candidacy and KNOW that promoting Scheer is NOT a good strategy.
commented 2018-09-22 20:47:24 -0400
They think its racist to worry about this happening here, when we can already seeing it happening. They call us names because we can see what they are trying to hide from us.
The advocates for Sharia admit in this vid that they already have control of Dearborn Michigan already. Has anyone checked out Mississauga lately? What about Justin’s cabinet? It is the Muslim Brotherhoods plan for North America and that means us too.
commented 2018-09-22 20:29:34 -0400
Scheer throws us under the bus yet again!
Thanks for ripping open that wound again Andrew. You have just reminded hundreds of thousands of Canadians not to give you their vote. Stupid as a stick, I swear! Many who felt the sting of the slap last time, had figured enough time had passed and they were contemplating staying with you. Not after your interview Friday. Its Max all the way now. Even if Max hadn’t appeared as an alternative, after this interview I would stay home before I gave you my vote. Where do these politicians get off UNFAIRLY insulting that many Canadians and thinking they will get away with it? I hope Scheer gets what he deserves. If I hadn’t already cut up my CPC membership…….
Wendy Mesley is an insulting, see you next Tuesday! We pay her to insult us!
commented 2018-09-22 20:11:54 -0400
RONALD SHEA commented 6 hours ago.
Ronald, Jesus was a Socialist.
commented 2018-09-22 18:16:09 -0400
The Democratic world is being taken over by Marxism who wear coats of many colors. They are already importing the new Gestapo and KGB, they call it Islam. Of the white race, only the mega wealthy will survive and them only as long as they have money and can afford to pay massive financial contributions to the political elite.
If ever there was a time to organize and fight back it is now, today………..
Tomorrow never arrives.
commented 2018-09-22 18:02:07 -0400
Stephen, I think a broadside only works if our attackers come in a nice long line like the Europeans did. If they come from all sides their can be no broadside. I give credence to those who were there and had to deal with it. interesting to speculate all the same.
commented 2018-09-22 17:58:14 -0400
Deborah, you mean Ralph was guilty of cultural appropriation? Oh, the humanity!
commented 2018-09-22 17:14:03 -0400
I remember when Ralph Klein was our mayor, and he smoking peace pipes with various Indian bands, while dressed for the cultural occasion.
commented 2018-09-22 17:12:37 -0400
This is just another attack on our “culture” by those who are importing a barbaric culture, and disguising which culture is really offended.
commented 2018-09-22 16:28:53 -0400
Allan, I thought the same thing. This is what I saw on a documentary, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of either tactic.

Stretching out the attack made it more tiring and less efficient for the attacker., and would tire their horses much faster. By loading up both side of the wagon with shooters, it was apparently more effective. Forming two lines of wagons supposedly even more effective.

From the documentary, it said that going around in a circle was the way the natives fought, so the wagon train just went into a circle and the attackers were in their comfort zone.

Hey, its what the military experts said. Firing a broadside as the attack began would have been better. Then again, the experts weren’t there, and hindsight is always 100%.
commented 2018-09-22 15:29:02 -0400
Stephen E. the circle works well for one reason: cover from all sides. If you’re in a long line one side has no cover. They attackers could also go up and down the line efficiently as well. A double line would be better but it is really not much different than a circle for the most part. The circle also allows for easy movement of people and supplies. A long row does not. I’m sure there were several wagon trains attacked and the lessons were learned. That lesson was that a circle was the best defence.

Only one wagon train massacre happened in Canada in Southern Alberta. Most settlers came to the Canadian west via the US until the railway was built. It was too hard to cross the Canadian Shield. The wagon train near Cowley was actually an American one heading or Oregon.
commented 2018-09-22 14:21:07 -0400
Circling the wagons was actually the worse thing to do as a defensive plan. The Indians on horseback would be able to easily go around and around the wagons in a very efficient manner, firing off arrows or guns if they had them. A wiser plan would have been to have the wagons stay in a single or double column making a long line, so making it more difficult to go around and around. If anything, circling should be considered a really dumb move of the wagon train. But it does make a good and easily understood concept for a group defending itself or grouping around a central area for an activity.

I’m just waiting for someone to find “sidewalk”, or that capitalist term “river bank” offensive. Of course, “green with envy” is offensive to aliens from outer space – especially the little green men from Mars (uh… Marsiankind), and that must be corrected immediately!
commented 2018-09-22 13:52:40 -0400
David’s video highlights and illustrates in a very simple way just how bad the Western system has become and political correctness is just part of it. The whole system needs a thorough housecleaning.
Government leaders like Justin Trudeau who should have already been tried for treason for bringing ISIS fighters into Canada, as they accept bribes and lie unabashedly to the public. Illegal immigration is out of control. Government and personal debt is out of control. Biased, bribed, lying media who social engineer populations with their lies. The non-religious, totalitarian cult of Islam being given free reign to rape, murder and terrorize while the founding Western belief system of Christianity is marginalized, demoted and ostracized. Tech giants censoring those who have different views than their CEO’s at the same time as they develop software for communist China to jail non-communists and develop search engines to prevent the truth from being known. Universities and schools that have indoctrinated their students with post-modernist, Leftist, Neo-Marxist ideas proclaiming abortion, lies about gender and every kind of twisted human perversion as the right way to be and many graduates are people who have no concept of sin or shame. And on and on it goes, growing worse and worse.

As bad as it gets, I’m still an eternal optimist. Most people usually allude to George Orwell’s ‘1984’, as a mirror of what our time is like as that book does a great job presenting generalizations of what society may become. However I find Jesus’ words do a much better job at describing the end times as being the worst time in human history thousands of years before Orwell came along.

Luke 21:25 Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the waves.

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived.

“We asked for signs. The signs were sent:
The birth betrayed.
The marriage spent.
The widowhood of every government—
Signs for all to see.” Leonard Cohen, from his song, “Anthem”.

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait you upon me, says the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
commented 2018-09-22 13:21:09 -0400
Circle the wagons ! The Politically Correct are coming to change our vocabulary, life style and values.
commented 2018-09-22 12:28:33 -0400
commented 2018-09-22 11:43:30 -0400
Ah, but “circle” has many touchy-feely emotions attached to it by the usual suspects. I think it is a safe bet that it was not a Native that complained. If it was, it was one of those who hang around the university taking “studies” courses.