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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Credit Where Credit Is Due

An historic event, a liberal admitting being in error! Frank J found it on Roger Ebert's website:

Q. In your Ebert & Roeper review of Michael Wilson's "Michael Moore Hates America," you blurted out an erroneous opinion, expressing your doubts about the film's claim that the Canadian crime rate is double the U.S. rate.
I checked with, listed as "the official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products," and with the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. The bottom line: These sites agree with Wilson's assertion that crime in Canada is much worse than in the USA.

James Elias, Highland Ranch, Colo.

A. Astonishing. For the year 2003, per 100,000 population, Canada had 8,530 crimes, and the U.S. 4,267. For crimes of violence, 958 vs. 523. For property crimes, 4,275 vs. 3,744. Michael Wilson, director of the film, tells me: "There was originally a comedic segment in the film that attributed this to the proliferation of Tim Horton's doughnut franchises, but I could not make it work."

What's the big deal, you say? We all admit when we are wrong, big whop-de-doo. Well, yes, all the conservos I know have no problem saying the occasional "Oops" or even the "Oh yeah, you're right. I see your point." But a liberal? Never. Lest you forget I recently had a battle with a lib about Nixon resigning vs. being impeached. These are not the sort that are so honest as Mister Ebert was here, and I say we applaud it! Image Hosted by The Image Hosting


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