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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Tuesday, February 05, 2002

One of these things just doesn't belong. Canadian combat troops began arriving in Afghanistan over the weekend. U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan gave their first post-Canadian-deployment press conference to Canadian press yesterday. How did the Canadian newspapers see this turn of events?
The Globe and Mail: "U.S. Commander has Praise for Canadian Troops"
The National Post: "Canadian troops bring capability, not liability, to Kandahar: U.S. commander"
The Toronto Star: "Canadian troops work for us, U.S. army says"
400 hits yesterday! Thanks to Daimnation, David Janes, and Instapundit for sending people to my blog. InstaPundit once again demonstrates his influence as blog impressario, accounting for the lion's share of these visitors. I am grateful...and yet....and yet...

InstaPundit cites me as a Canadian blogger. To set the record straight, I am an American expatriate living in Canada, hence the blog name "expatpundit." As I noted in my first entry, way back in early January, I hope that this will provide a source of differentiation for this site:

"First, it will provide a window into the peculiar and often disturbing notions about the U.S. (and the world) that appear in the Canadian media. It's strange to be an American expatriate in Canada. One of the strangest things for me is the broad-brush way in which Canadian news outlets consistently describe Americans' tendency to view the world in a broad-brush manner. Typical headline: 'All Americans Think That All Canadians Think The Same Way.'"

"Canadians spend a lot of time discussing how and why they are different from Americans, and guess who usually gets the short end of these invidious distinctions? This has always bothered me a little, and since September 11 it has caused the veins in my forehead to throb visibly. After lacing into some other guests at a dinner party last week on this very subject, I realized that I’d better start a blog to blow off steam, or my neighbors will stop letting their kids play with my kid."

So welcome! Come on in and have a look around. I hope you enjoy the site. Perhaps you'll enjoy my take on the tragic death of Buddy, the Clintons' dog -- posted two days before Mickey Kaus's disturbingly similar article on! What did MIckey Kaus know and when did he know it? Please make sure to wipe your shoes on the welcome mat. And come back often!

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