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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.


Sunday, May 05, 2002

Mallick reads. Heather Mallick proudly regales us with her "must-read" newspapers:

I get the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer and its wonderful Food Monthly, the Sunday Times (about to be dropped, despite my admiration for its book section) and the London Review of Books and read the Le Monde Web site every morning while watching the French channel.

Oh, and also the BBC Web site, to counter all that horrible American news coverage. Yep, I think that pretty much says it all.

But not quite. On the Le Pen matter, Mallick complains about his strong showing, but continues:

On the other hand, how splendid to see the million-strong rallies across France, with their "LEPENIS," "Hitler 1933, Le Pen jamais"and "Le Pen, thanks for waking us up" signs. France was getting its dignity back, to accompany its style of life, its lucidity and its admirable independence.

Huh? As far as I can tell, France has million-strong rallies about once per month, usually to protest something like gas prices or a reduction of tariffs on North American cheese. Same people, different signs -- what dignity?
I'm not usually one for conspiracy theories, but... This is eerie. Eleven eminent microbiologists dead -- many in unusual circumstances -- over the last five months.
Medina Vice. A thoughtful gift:

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd has donated 265 vehicles paid for from his personal wealth to the Commission for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice, the body’s president said. "I would like to commend the generous aid we receive from King Fahd. He recently donated 25 vehicles from his personal wealth, on top of the 240 others he had already donated," Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ghaith told Okaz daily. Ghaith said the authority has 13 branches and is looking forward to spreading out its operations.

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