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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.


Wednesday, June 12, 2002

10K! 10K! 10K! Sometime today this site will reach a milestone. It will receive its 10,000th hit! Granted, this is piddlingly, pathetically, low compared to most of the sites that I visit (I think Pejman was crowing about 100,000 hits a couple of days ago, and Damian reached that number a while ago.) But here are my explanations:

1. Canadian exchange rate: Just as the U.S. dollar = 1.6 Canadian dollars, a U.S. hit = about 10 Canadian hits. So my 10,000 are roughly equal to Pejman's 100K. 'Course, this doesn't explain me vs. Damian, so:

2. Lack of valuable real estate: In a remarkable show of poor taste, neither Instapundit nor Vodkapundit has established a permanent link to this site. (Thanks to that, I'm not even an insignificant microbe in the damned blogosphere!)

[A Rambling Aside: There was a kerfuffle recently about Andrew Sullivan's lack of linking, in which Virginia Postrel suggested that professional journalists have economic incentives not to link. I would suggest a sociological reason for the presence/absence of linkage: status. Much work on status suggests that those who don't have it exhibit acts of deference towards those who do -- and that those who do frequently interpret these acts as "their due" and hence don't provide any benefits to the deferers. The big trouble is that it is hard to measure status and get around endogeneity problems when trying to test this empirically in a way that can survive the peer review process at a good journal. Someone can score a major academic home run by, say, taking the development of the blogosphere and the patterns of linking and studying the status formation process. Note that this isn't a gripe about Instapundit or Vodkapundit, both of whom have huge numbers of links (even if they ignore some of the best sites in Toronto. It's just an idea that strikes me as pretty cool.]

Anyway, there have been times when I thought that at 10K hits I would just declare victory and go home, and stop blogging. This morning it still feels like fun, so I assume I'll keep going. But that may change by tomorrow....
I think Sybil is writing the Globe and Mail editorials. Less than a week ago, this newspaper opined that Arafat "is largely a spent force....Even if he wanted to halt all Palestinian violence (a large if), he has neither the moral authority nor the military muscle to do so." Today it condemns Bush for giving up "any semblance of evenhandedness by Mr. Bush in the Israel-Palestinian conflict." Among the evidence of Bush's bad judgement:

But now, mindful perhaps of the midterm U.S. elections in November, Mr. Bush seems to harbour no doubts about Israel's tactics. Its continuing raids in the West Bank constitute self-defence, he explained on Monday. Time is not "ripe" for a peace conference, because "no one has any confidence in the emerging Palestinian government...."

No one, including the Globe and Mail earlier in the week.

When Mr. Sharon reiterated his long-standing position that no dialogue with the Palestinians is possible until all violence ceases -- a near-impossible condition -- Mr. Bush did not disagree. As for a timetable for a Palestinian state, as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged a couple of days earlier, forget it.

So apparently the U.S. should impose a timetable for a Palestinian state that is currently run by a government that is unable to deliver on anything it negotiates. And since this government is unable to control violence, the Israelis should just ignore the terror campaign and continue to negotiate towards a land for peace deal. Oops! Except that the PA can't be expected to actually deliver on the "peace" part.

Unmentioned during the Bush-Sharon talks was [place various sins of Sharon/Israel here]..

Instead, the focus was on further isolating the beleaguered Mr. Arafat, an ever-larger target whose efforts to reform the Authority are treated by Israel as a joke. Mr. Bush now seems to agree, unsure though he may be about which Palestinians the Israelis should be talking to.

So it is wrong for Israel to treat Arafat's reform efforts as a joke? Didn't the Globe and Mail suggest that these efforts are a joke just a few days ago?

Three possible conclusions: the Globe and Mail's unsigned editorialists have split personalities, remarkably poor short-term memories, or a fundamental lack of logical consistency.
Fingerprint me now! Canada's Immigration Minister Denis Coderre unveiled new immigration rules yesterday. Some critics argued that these rules would make it more difficult for people to immigrate to Canada, "shutting down immigration entirely." Maybe so. But near the end of the article was this information:

Also yesterday, Mr. Coderre said he personally favours placing biometric identifiers -- like fingerprints or eye scans -- on identity cards that landed immigrants need to travel. He said he has asked officials to work on the idea, but will have to consult with cabinet and Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski before making a decision.

To which I say, "sounds good to me!" If Canada ever gets around to giving me Landed Immigrant status, I'll be more than happy to be fingerprinted. I'm not a citizen of Canada, and I think the country has every right to impose certain policies on non-citizens that it would not impose on citizens.
More from the charming Kenneth Georgetti. Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, was offended by some "insinuations" in Margaret Wente's column this week. (See three postings down.) Here he is during his speech at the CLC meetings in Vancouver today, expressing himself in the sort of kind, inoffensive manner that he wishes would pervade political discourse in Canada today:

[Caption from National Post article: Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti gives B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell an uncomplimentary salute in a speech to congress convention delegates yesterday in Vancouver.]

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