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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Ragging on the Maple Leaf

Apparently, notorious chickenhawk Jonah Goldberg and other National Review stalwarts compiled a critical issue against Canada about 5 years ago. Ironically, a current cruise sponsored by National Review is about to visit Victoria (for about 6 hours). Canadian native Chris Kelly has a reflection on the whole matter today, which makes for good reading, simultaneously humorous, critical, and tragic.

Just in case one has the impression that NRO-types are distinctly anti-Muslim or something, we see here that their venom is quite a bit more, um, non-discriminatory. My favorite, albeit 5 year old, quote from Goldberg:
. . . Canada is barely a functioning democracy at all: Its governmental structure, if described objectively, is far more similar to what we would expect in a corrupt African state with decades of one-party rule.
"Objectively": got it. Actually, "similar to . . . a corrupt African state with decades of one-party rule" sounds a bit closer to home, doesn't it? Who knew that neocon political projection also could foretell the future?

As for me, I could readily and happily sing at least this much of the national anthem:

O Canada!

. . .

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

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