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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.





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Thursday, February 07, 2002

At least they don't mind Toastmasters. Instapundit provides a link to this captured Al-Qaeda training manual. Page UK/BM-7 provides some background on the organization's grievances, including:

"Colonialism and its followers, the apostate rulers, then started to openly erect crusader centers, societies, and organizations like Masonic lodges, Lions and Rotary Clubs, and foreign schools."

I have always found those Shriners a bit hard to take, too.

Page BM-12 prioritizes the missions to be undertaken by members, including: Mission #3, Assassinating enemy personnel as well as foreign tourists.

But those anti-westerner bombings in Saudi Arabia couldn't have been done by Al-Qaeda supporters. After all, the Saudi ambassador to Canada told us so.

Page BM-15 explains that effective members should be good at keeping secrets.

Apparently Richard Reid skipped over page BM-86 in part 4 of the manual, which includes rule of espionage #7: Do not speak vaguely or act mysteriously except when wanting to get a "blabbermouth" to talk about what he knows.

Can a Cornel West rap version be far behind? Reuters reports today that:

"France is dishing out thousands of compact discs featuring traditional and wacky versions of the Marseillaise to schoolchildren amid fears the nation's young people are forgetting the national anthem's catchy tune."

"All French schools will receive a copy of the CD, which includes French singer Serge Gainsbourg's controversial reggae version and a house remix, and a glossy book aimed at helping children understand the history of their national song."

I can only hope that my old elementary school will be sufficiently inspired by this to start each day with the Jimi Hendrix version of The Star Spangled Banner.
Meet My Mayor, redux. Way back on February 3 (somewhere below), I introduced non-Torontonian readers to my mayor, Mel Lastman. You may remember him as the guy who kicked off his goodwill visit to Kenya by confiding to reporters that he feared being boiled and eaten by cannibals while there. He next made headlines by warmly greeting a gang of drug traffickers who were visiting the city to celebrate the expansion of their territory to include Toronto. And then there was the small matter, hardly worth mentioning, involving a 14-year affair and the resulting "secret family." Friends, he's at it again:

"Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman may have hoped yesterday's announcement of a state-of-the-art film and TV studio would dim the memory of the political pratfalls he has committed since his re-election a little more than a year ago.

"Instead, he seems to have waded into further controversy and potential humiliation.

"The mayor's hastily arranged news conference took place before the Toronto Economic Development Corp. (TEDCO) board, the group that spearheaded the project, had a chance to approve it.

"And the news that Toronto-based Sequence Development Group and its partner, HOK Architects, had been selected as developer over a competing bid by Olympia & York Properties caught both the winners and losers by surprise.

"Pam McConnell, a councillor for Toronto Centre-Rosedale and a member of the TEDCO board, said the mayor's announcement "'has put us in a serious legal bind. What would happen if we wanted further information or changes or another proposal? The final details aren't done; there could be more negotiations, yet the mayor has gone public with what he thinks is a fait accompli.'"

Now many mayors get into trouble when they jump the gun by announcing projects, but there are few indeed about whom the following sentence would be written:

"Some accused Mr. Lastman of using the announcement to spruce up an image tarnished by a handshake with a biker, an unintended racial slur and a paternity suit launched by two men who say they are his children."

And that's why I wanted you to meet my mayor.

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