So I was speaking on the phone with a friend last night who has just moved from Canada to take an academic job in the U.S. So I did to her what all the Canadians did to me when we arrived here. “So? What’s it like? What are the differences? Have you considered starting a […]
I’ve already had two calls from reporters today asking about the impact of cellphones, blogging, wikis, etc. on the shooting and the events surrounding it. After supplying the real answer, which elicits a “yeah but” from the reporter, I supply what I imagine are the usual answers for someone in my position, with whatever critical […]
This is just an addendum. When I said “Americans,” I should have said “white Americans” and middle class white Americans to boot. I think it was Jerry G. Watts who, in an edited collection on the riots following the Rodney King verdict, wrote about the considerably more precarious experience of being poor and black in […]
I’d hoped to write something profound on the 5th anniversary of 9-11-01 but nothing came out. Thus, I’m passing you on to Axis of Evil Knievel for commentary on that day. In the comments, he concedes that WWI may have been stupider than this third Gulf War. At this time of year, I also need […]
I just ended our second telemarking call in three days, after receiving no such calls in over two years of Quebec residence. I suspect that someone has recently sold (and bought) our information. And unless someone can correct me, Canada is behind the U.S. in at least one respect: in the U.S. we were able […]
Another Globe and Mail headline: “Canada turning its back on God, Pope says” in the first paragraph, he says that Canada has “excluded God from the public sphere.” Well at least something’s going right!
When Carrie and I left Pittsburgh, we said we were giving up three things other than our dear friends: 1. Home ownership 2. DVR power 3. The NFL Sunday ticket It turned out that in Canada DVRs are called PVRs, and that 2004 was the first year the NFL Sunday ticket was offered as an […]