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Thursday, November 23, 2006


Bride_in_a_garden The Western Standard website may be blocked in China by meddling government officials censoring the Internet, but that doesn't stop our people from winning contests there. WS senior writer Terry O'Neill traveled to China in August, and reports that he has received notice that a photo of a bride and groom (posted here) he took while on his journey has won third prize in the Beijing--An Olympic City contest. He receives about $200, a certificate, and the photo will go on display in Beijing. Congrats, Terry.

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 23, 2006 in Travel | Permalink


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First of all,I don't believe the Chinese government has actually had to do any censorship of the internet,Google et al were glad to do the dirty work for them for a profit....

Secondly,am I alone in wondering how the hell this photo could win anything?(no offense Terry)

Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2006-11-23 10:35:36 AM

Well done Terry
Cultural intercourse is win win situation
At all levels!

Simon @ Inques't

Posted by: Simon | 2006-11-23 10:35:51 AM

Can Ob,
I agree it's not an outstanding photo but winning a contest depends on what the rest of the field looked like.

The groom doesn't look quite as happy as the bride.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-11-23 10:41:46 AM

"The Western Standard website may be blocked in China by meddling government officials censoring the Internet...."

Yes, and the Western Standard website also actively censors comments it does not like. Pot, meet the kettle.

(I wonder if this one will be deleted too....)

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-11-23 10:54:18 AM

It's not all about you, Logan.

You know you were censored for abusing the WS' hospitality, they didn't ban you, AND there are uneditied comments by you on the same thread you abused Winston on AFTER your post was deleted for your gratuitous abuse.

Get over it.
I hope you get banned you banal boor.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-11-23 11:11:05 AM

I was commenting about censorship, Speller. You are the one making it about me. But since you mention it, look at the Winston thread and count the number of unedited insults (starting with ebt saying "You've lost your mind, idiot." to woodbridge). Not deleted. But say something *LESS* insulting to Winston, and it gets deleted. This from the same guy who complained that some private companies would not print or sell publications of cartoons that insulted Muhhamed. For some, censorship is only what the other guy does. Or only the removal of speech one approves of.

But thatnks for making it about me, Speller. Each time you reply it gives me another chance to respond again.

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-11-23 11:45:43 AM

Grow-up Logan, your stalk and bait routine is tiresome.

Posted by: Left At Loganville | 2006-11-23 11:47:14 AM

"thatnks" another typo?

Posted by: Loganville - No stopping | 2006-11-23 11:50:12 AM

Well said, Loganville.
Mark L troll stalks and abuses, finally wearing the patience of the host out,
and pretends it's about one incident instead of a sustained pattern of behaviour on Mark L's part.
Dishonest and lacking in integrity: the hallMarks of a troll.

The groom's face is out of focus and too shadowed in that photo that Terry took.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-11-23 12:00:14 PM

Maybe (just maybe) the trolls will learn something while suffering this incredible injustice.

Is it possible a troll can clean up his act? What do you think?

Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-11-23 5:09:59 PM

...agreed the photo is kinda low quality with bad lighting and what the heck are the couple bending over for? To smell the roses? Why not crouch behind or have the groom give one to the bride.

Where's her ring?

As one said, wonder what the other ones were like if this won.

Posted by: tomax7 | 2006-11-24 9:18:47 AM

Free speech was meant to protect the people from the government. If a private company chooses not to print or publish something for any reason, it is their business and is not a crime, or even a human rights violation for that matter.

Mark Logan, if some of your comments are deleted and you think it is biased against you, then it is hardly censorship in purest sense. If you were to direct your comments at the governemnt and ended up in jail, then most WS readers would be quick to come to your defense. Even if we dont't like you.

Posted by: TM | 2006-11-24 9:38:53 AM

It would seem that something is blocking the Shotgun blog, no new posts for a long time now. Have we finally run out of things to talk about that piss us off?


Posted by: Duke | 2006-11-24 9:53:44 AM

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