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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Mote. Eye. Remove. Repeat.

Some guy in (ahem) Vancouver sits atop Mount Granola and observes America's rapid devolution to a fascist state.

Where to begin? While I'm temperamentally opposed to censorship, I wonder if Jak is similarly upset when things are censored or threatened with censorship because they "do not mesh" with "minority (elite) values."

Like when an MP declares Don Cherry a threat to our national welfare and "common values" and opines that he should be fired from the (tax payer funded) airways.

When Canadians are fined, fired and/or drained dry by the legal system for running ads in or writing letters to newspapers.

Frankly, I'm disturbed that there are ONLY 20,000 names on the "no fly" list, but then I'm a fascist fundamentalist nut. Perhaps Jak gets around via yogic flying.

Of the gun registry, its outrageous cost and its highly personal questions;
Of the implementation of Sharia law in Ontario;
Of the Scott Brockie case;
Of the "fifi" fine;"
Of the Royal Bank making employees put up rainbow triangle stickers on their cubicles (which is NOTHING AT ALL like making gay people wear pink triangles, although no one can quite explain why);

On these and other Talibanic developments in his own nation, Jak is strangely silent...

Posted by Kathy Shaidle on October 14, 2004 | Permalink


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I had not read about the Royal Bank rainbow triangle cubicle thing. Links would be appreciated!

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood | 2004-10-14 11:19:48 AM


And my apologies for breaking Godwin's Law in my original Shotgun post. Yes, I KNOW we are not living in a concentration camp. Usually I'm the one pointing that out, to leftists. Again: sorry.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-10-14 1:08:24 PM

I'm not taking sides here, since my site blogged Jak's comments just as we've often blogged Kathy's, but I would point out to all involved that from neither a leftist nor a rightist perspective is either the U.S. or Canada anywhere NEAR the authoritarian control of the Taliban. As for your outrage over the fifi fine -- I share it. A violation of free speech. But tell me -- is everyone just as outraged over the beatings thousands of gay men and women have endured across the country? Hell, I'm not even gay, and I've been physically attacked simply for the perception that I was (some confusion on the part of my attackers over the meanings of the terms "kike" and "dyke," neither of which really apply). Talk about a violation of freedoms. So let's get our priorities straight, so to speak: First, let's stop the physical violence. Then, let's move onto stupid excesses of local judges.

Posted by: Jeff Sharlet | 2004-10-14 1:26:13 PM

Let's do both.

Posted by: Michael Dabioch | 2004-10-14 1:29:43 PM

Beatings have been a crime for rather a long time. A beating doesn't have any special flavour because of your sexuality or skin colour or obesity. Complain to the police and take the swine to court. Meanwhile, let's restore basic human freedoms.

Posted by: lrC | 2004-10-14 1:48:05 PM

Jeff, thanks for weighing in. I think we all agree that beating people up is bad, and it already is a crime.

I don't think you can "stop" idiots from beating up gay people or short people or other drunk people 100% any more than we can stop drunk driving or littering entirely. I'm not convinced that "education" is the answer, since gay positive education can be offensive to even progressive parents, not to mention laughably biased:

I too would like to buy the world a Coke etc but six generations of Miss Americas have yet to achieve "world peace."

In another online forum, an opponent hurled this stat at me, that there are "1000 hate crimes against gays and lesbians" committed each year in the US. My response was that that was a very cheering number, as the US population is around 300 million. He did not take my point.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-10-14 2:32:28 PM

And Jeff, up here we are have a very stacked Supreme Court to worry about as well as an unelected Senate, and our Natural Ruling Party, the seemingly unbeatable Liberals. All of whom are in the thrawl of faddish polticial correctness and identity politics. Not just a few crazy local judges.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-10-14 2:35:03 PM

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