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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.


Thursday, May 02, 2002

Jerry Springer, meet Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton may be considering hosting a daytime talk show on television:

[The L.A. Times] cited unidentified industry sources as saying he was not seeking a political talk show because of potential conflicts of interest with his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It would remain to be seen whether he would dive into more traditional daytime fare like celebrity interviews, "boot camps" for troubled teens or beauty makeovers. [NB: place your own joke about "sexaholics" here.]

For the record, Clinton wouldn't be the first ex-politician whose career was buffeted by sexual impropriety to take a talk show gig. Jerry Springer was mayor of Cincinnati (elected at age 33!), and before that a Cincinnati councilman. He resigned from the council during his first term after he made the tiny error of, as the BBC delicately put it, "imprudently paying a prostitute with a personal cheque." The check was discovered during a police raid.

Now if we can just get Gary Hart onto the boob tube, we'll have hit the trifecta!
A secret plan for peace. The Guardian sez that Bush and Abdullah have a joint plan to bring peace to the Middle East:

Whether Mr Arafat returns as anything more than non-executive chairman is another matter. There is good reason to speculate that the person running the show from now on will be Prince Abdullah.

Hopes were not particularly high when the prince arrived at George Bush's Texas ranch last week. "The odd couple" was how a headline in the Washington Times labelled them.

But, to the surprise of many, something gelled and there may now be the beginnings of a partnership.

Since the prince casually revealed his peace initiative to a New York Times journalist in February and won approval for it from the Arab League in March, the germ of an idea has been growing in Washington. If Mr Bush were to drag the Israelis to the peace table, could Prince Abdullah drag the Arabs there too?

The test of that hypothesis came last weekend when both leaders launched a telephone offensive to end the stand-offs in Ramallah and Bethlehem. The Americans turned the heat on Israel and the Saudis "were in constant contact with Mr Arafat, while Prince Abdullah himself was talking to Bush", according to an Arab diplomat.

Great! Now if news of this partnership can just be conveyed to the ArabNews...
No doubt the Guardian will soon apologize. The PA has revised its assessment of casualties in Jenin to 56:

Palestinian officials yesterday put the death toll at 56 in the two-week Israeli assault on Jenin, dropping claims of a massacre of 500 that had sparked demands for a U.N. investigation....

[Two weeks ago, when European and particularly London newspapers were reporting estimates of "hundreds" massacred, Israeli sources in Washington said they expected the Palestinian toll to reach "45 to 55."]

I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the Guardian et al. acknowledge the error. Surely John Pilger and Robert Fisk wouldn't knowingly perpetuate a false figure just to advance a personal agenda.
Disguised anti-Americanism? Jonah Goldberg has an excellent column on the thesis that the intense vitriol heaped on Israel by Europeans stems from anti-Americanism. You may remember that Rex Murphy of the CBC offered a similar thesis a few days ago. And I now realize that consummate blog connoisseur Angie Schultz in fact proposed this idea via email a full two weeks before Rex Murphy raised it. Which leads to the ever-present question: Why is Angie still depriving the world of a blog of her own?
Going on a Snipe hunt? Coalition troops in Afghanistan have begun a new operation to clean out the mountains in the southeastern part of that country. The effort is called "Operation Snipe." For anyone familiar with snipe hunts, this is a quaintly appropriate name, given the difficulty associated with capturing many of the al-Qaeda soldiers and top brass. Someone in the armed forces has a good sense of humor.

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