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Free Mark Steyn! (Relatively inexpensive Mark Steyn, anyhow)

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Today begins the showtrial of Mark Steyn before a ‘human rights’ tribunal. He wrote an article critical of Islam in Maclean’s magazine, which was enough to generate a complaint under British Columbia’s Human Rights Code. Per the code, “A person must not publish, issue or display, or cause to be published, issued or displayed, any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that…is likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt.”

Got that? Contempt is illegal in Canada. I cannot tell you how much contempt that makes me feel.

If he’s found guilty, he can be forbidden from writing about certain topics (in this case, Islam) under pain of imprisonment. I believe Steyn is a naturalized American citizen, so good luck with that one, Canuckitards.

This demo leaflet from Covenant Zone is a good refresher, if you need it.

I don’t know how interesting the blow-by-blow is likely to be, but Andrew Coyne of Maclean’s will be live-blogging it beginning at 12:30 today. I believe that’s Eastern time. Just keep refreshing.

Other interested blogs that will surely have something to say: Free Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant, Five Feet of Fury and Small Dead Animals.

I believe it’s scheduled to go on all week, so we’ve got something to read about other than the freaking ’08 elections for a damn change.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 10:47 am

…so good luck with that one, Canuckitards.

That sums it up soooo succinctly, Weaz! I may need to republish his “offensive” article in its entirely – just to keep the irons hot!

Love the weasel.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 2, 2008, 10:49 am

Yes, sorry about Canada, chaps. They went badly wrong somewhere.

I blame the French, of course.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 10:52 am

Do you know which one was the offending article, McGoo? I was going to link it, then I remembered I was too lazy to go looking for it.

Feh. Mondays.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 10:55 am

I’m DAMN sure weasel in your eyes would make you cry, by the way. If not shriek and scream and shit. It’s just, I had that stupid song going through my head while I was P’shopping, and I didn’t care to suffer alone…

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 11:18 am

Oh, Mark Steyn…*swoon*

Somebody should introduce town fairs and circuses to Canada. Then they won’t have to do this for entertainment.

And isn’t it that the Islamotards are offended by Steyn’s book America Alone and specifically an excerpt thereof published my Maclean’s?

Woops, wrote too soon. It, indeed, was an article: “The future belongs to Islam”, published on October 20, 2006.

Okay, upon further research, it seems that the article above is an excerpt from his book America Alone, so it’s both: an article and an excerpt from his book that they’re protesting.

But, really, whatever it is, I’m quite unhappy with this lawsuit. It’s ridiculous and stupid.

But, wake up: if they succeed in Canada, it will be only a matter of time before they try such antics in the US. The Islamists are honing their tools to silence any and all critics (who are, practically by definition, anyone who does not agree that Islam is superior and the best and ought to be given the world on a silver platter).

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 11:27 am

… And isn’t it that the Islamotards are offended by Steyn’s book America Alone and specifically an excerpt thereof published by Maclean’s?”

Muslihoon – you may be right. Per Weasel’s inquiry, I can’t find the specific article that has the Duchy Of Canookistan Gov’t’s nickers in a twist.

– Of course, Steyn writes so many outstandingly offensive articles that – well – who can tell? Hell, I may have to just pick one at random to republish.

 


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Comment from Allen
Time: June 2, 2008, 11:44 am

It definitely gives a different connotation to their national anthem, O Canada. Maybe they ought to change it to WTF Canada?

I’m pretty sure a weasel in the eyes would have a downside. I’d rather be kicked by a horse.

 


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Time: June 2, 2008, 12:03 pm

[…] at 11:03 am (A+ Reads, Blogs, Islamism, The Media, The West) As S. Weasel informs us in her post “Free Mark Steyn! (Relatively inexpensive Mark Steyn, anyhow)” Today starts the trial of Mark Steyn for offending Muslims. He did this by publishing a book, […]

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 12:05 pm

The entire excerpt/article is on my blog. A bit long-ish, but it’s a great intro to his book in any case.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 12:22 pm

Thanks, Musli!

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 2, 2008, 12:25 pm

The Weasel’s headline reminds me of when the idiots were painting ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ on any building they could find.

I thought I’d wet myself, the first time I saw some wag had added ‘with every three gallons’.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 12:33 pm

Speaking of wetting yourself, I got pee’d on at lunch. Stupid kittens.

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 12:42 pm

That was funny, Uncle B.! Thanks!

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 2, 2008, 1:12 pm

Mark Steyn, as he signed my book….
(take the space out after ‘http:’, then paste. Akismet smells funny)

http: //farm4.static.flickr.com/3280/2544910723_a949999b87_o.jpg

 


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: June 2, 2008, 1:16 pm

Uncle B, when I was at UCSD in the mid seventies, somebody hung a banner proclaiming “Free political prisoners!”

Somebody else hung another one next to it saying “Take one.”

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 1:23 pm

PNB: Ain’t he awesome?

I have about five books signed by him. Each says something different.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 2, 2008, 1:32 pm

Yes he is teh awesome.
I stuffed a copy of his article of where that phrase came from into the book….appropriate though the phrase is to America Alone.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 2, 2008, 1:37 pm

likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt.”

Pop Quiz: Which of the following is a good example of exposing a person or class to contempt or hate?

a) Mark Steyn’s opinion
b) A cartoon
c) Beheading reporters and killing and burning bodies

Obviously it is (a) and (b), because those are published and last forever, whereas the beheading is just a response.

 


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: June 2, 2008, 2:06 pm

LK, you should also note that a) and b) lead directly to c), so they are root causes of terrorism.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 2, 2008, 2:25 pm

And of course they are well justified responses.

In a Bizarro universe.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 3:36 pm

Heyyyyy…I just got my economic stimulus dealie! I thought they were going to use direct deposit if that’s how you got your tax refund. But no, I got a check.

Sooooo…what do I spend a $600 windfall on? Anybody got plans for theirs?

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:00 pm

We just got our second notice that we will be getting an economic stimulus dealie. Wonder how much THAT cost. Just send our friggin money back you bunch of butt pirates.

We plan on putting ours aside to pay for the increased taxes the dems have proposed for next year. Or one of the first installments for the kid’s college tuition.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:00 pm

Whoa…a burp in the weasel continuum. Double post.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:03 pm

Yeah, I thought that. How many mailings did they send telling me they were going to send me a check? There’s nothing like a letter with a return address of IRS to make my sphincter slam like a gate.

Nice use of my money, you maroons.

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:09 pm

My stimulus, was well, less then stimulating. I got a whopping $40.05, I used it to buy gin and tonic to realize a different form of stimulus.

I probably spent that amount just driving to the grocery store to get it. Hey, gas is over $4.50 a gallon here. Who says record setting can’t be fun?

Sigh…

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:17 pm

You know, I suspect that if by some odd chance Steyn is found guilty, he won’t stop writing. This is the small stuff that reformation is founded upon.

 


Comment from Pupster
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:26 pm

I got stimulated today too. I’ve had happier feelings finding $20 in an old jacket I haven’t worn for a while. I never got a letter saying it was coming, just the check.

The Pupsters will be investing in a trailer hitch to tow our vintage camper to the closest campground. There may be enough left over for some hot dogs to roast.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:30 pm

…Somebody else hung another one next to it saying “Take one.”

Adding my own story:

back in school someone in a dorm room had put up the classic Jesus-sign (upward-pointing arrow with the words “One Way”) in their window. The room next door put up a horizontal arrow (pointing to the Jesus arrow window) saying “That Way”.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:47 pm

I don’t even remember being stimulated. Must not have been very much. Sure wasn’t the $10,000 I was hoping against hope for.

 


Comment from iamfelix
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:47 pm

Back in my dim & distant youth, I got a greeting card with “Are you free tonight?” on the front …

… and inside it said: “If not, I’ll go as high as $2.98.”

Yeah, I was a hot item ….

Free Mark Steyn!!!

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:50 pm

Pupster, you should read the blog “Dennis the Peasent” The Westerville Chronicles series is hilarious.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:51 pm

Ya know – that “Free Mark Steyn” phrase would go real good with some S.Weasel-Art.

Something really snarky, with a maple leaf or some back-bacon or sumpin on it.

Or a weasel mooning the Canookistan flag – or whatever.

 


Comment from kishnevi
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:54 pm

Maybe they’ll send that Mr. Manbiot to perform a citizen’s arrest on him.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 4:55 pm

My favorite college graffiti was from Ladies’ at the school taproom:

My mother made me a lesbian, somebody wrote.

If I bought her the yarn, would she make me one, too? Somebody wrote underneath.

My boss’ daughter calls them luhBEEEEzhuns and he’s picked it up. And now so have I. Is it from some sketch comedy routine or something, or did she come up with it on her own?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:09 pm

saturday night fever 

 

I was a freshman the year after Saturday Night Fever came out, and this bloody image was EVERYWHERE. Somebody had very cleverly taken a large, round-topped window in the second floor studio where we took drawing classes and transformed it into a stained glass window, featuring Jesus in this pose and costume.

I know, I know…typical teenage snark. But whoever did it did a really splendid job. Using half-inch black tape and tracing paper colored with design markers you can make something that really does look like stained glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comment from iamfelix
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:20 pm

My fave college graffiti, seen in the laundry room of the dorm, over the washers — The posted sign said, “No Dying [sic] In These Machines,” under which some wag had scribbled, “Living, However, Is Permitted.”

My sister’s fave graffiti evah! was on the outside wall of the San Francisco KFC — Under the slogan “We Do Chickens Right” had been scrawled “You Done Them Chickens Wrong!!!

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:24 pm

“Don’t throw toothpicks into the urinal – crabs can pole vault.”

Darn you guys… you made me remember that. Hadn’t thought of that in 20 years.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:33 pm

The British, being incorrigible, congenital smarty-pantses cannot just write “wash me” on the back of a dirty car with a finger. Oh, no. We spotted a filthy white van with “also comes in white” finger-written in the dirt.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:34 pm

…and in the restrooms of the local Jr. college, the toilet paper brackets were made by the “Grif-Ho” company. Someone drew an arrow pointing to the manufacturers name and wrote, “Grif-Ho … Fo’ Yo’ Ass Ho'”

 


Comment from iamfelix
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:37 pm

“also comes in white” finger-written in the dirt.

I love that …. Our test cars get pretty (deliberately) feelthy, and we like to put “Official GM Test Dirt – Do Not Wash” on them.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 2, 2008, 5:40 pm

And it looks like you’re working nights again, Felix.

The cheapest joke in Britain: they don’t say “for rent.” The signs say: TO LET.

Some jerk is forever sticking an “I” in the space.

 


Comment from Lipstick
Time: June 2, 2008, 7:26 pm

I’m almost positive Mark (World’s Greatest Living Writer) Steyn has kept his Canadian citizenship. Heard him talk about it in an interview.

 


Comment from BGG
Time: June 2, 2008, 7:38 pm

Seems like by that law, just about everyone would be guilty in one way or another. BTW I thought I heard today that Susan Sarandon was making some empty threats to move to Canada or Italy if Obama loses. Like, who gives a crap anyway, but she better check the laws about expression one’s opinions first…

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 7:48 pm

Whereas a victory may be seen as a victory indeed for Islamism, a victory would forever place in the civilized peoples’ minds the image of Islamists as oversensitive, immature juveniles.

After an age, one stops running and crying to Mommy, even if Mommy will help one. It’s called growing up.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 7:48 pm

Yeah, BGG, Saranwrap has threatened to leave the US if McC wins – just like Alec “Still Here?” Baldwin regarding W in 2000.

I have to assume that this means McC is a shoe-in.

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 7:51 pm

I don’t think Canada is all that bad…yet. They gave Isaac Schrodinger asylum, so there’s that.

But if Steyn loses, I hope he’ll do the right thing and renounce Canadian citizenship. (Until recently, I thought he was a Canadian citizen living in Canada, trying to bolster the non-American West with his presence and writing. But evidently he’s a Canadian, indeed, but with dual citizenship. Which means I worry less.)

(Yes, I do worry about outspoken right-thinking Canadians. It’s dangerous up there for them.)

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 7:54 pm

I don’t mind our Leftards moving to Canada. In fact, I’d happily donate to a fund helping them move. Good riddance.

I just feel sad that Leftards can say what they want with impunity, but when a Rightist speaks, he’s sued and silenced.

Oooooh, look what Jesus said: “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil…Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).

I think it fits, not only for Steyn but for all those who fearlessly speak the truth.

And, of course, the Prophetess of the West, Oriana Fallaci.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 2, 2008, 8:10 pm

OK.. as we’re getting deep down and vulgar here, spotted by a badger in a University lavatory in the 1970s, scrawled above the toilet paper dispenser:

“Sociology degrees – please help yourself”.

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 8:13 pm

Hehehehehe. I have a degree in religion; which has done nothing for me. But I enjoyed getting it.

Y’know, I’ve always wondered….when people leave phone numbers in stalls, are they pranks or are they serious? If the latter, all I have to ask is, are they effing insane?

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 2, 2008, 9:30 pm

Musli – I actually spent the better part of a year writing one particular phone number everywhere I could. I was on a Mission, by God! Corporate bathrooms. Airline stalls. Highway rest area stalls. A military base. Gas stations. Restaurants. Movie houses. Restrooms in my own employers buildings. Shopping mall bathrooms. Basically, anywhere I saw a phone number on a wall I scratched it out and wrote my victims’ number. It had to have been hundreds of times.

It was a very special case and the jerk deserved it. The number was finally changed.

If I ever do it again, I’m gonna have sticky labels printed.

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 2, 2008, 9:40 pm

Oooooh, I like, McGoo!

 


Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: June 3, 2008, 12:54 am

You were a freshman in high school when SNF came out? Small world, I was a freshman in college. The first school I got kicked out of.

Oh wait, you said the year after it came out. So I was a sophomore in college.

They were just getting ready to kick me out.

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 3, 2008, 1:49 am

I think you should do a Coatimundies on Canucks thing.

 


Comment from iamfelix
Time: June 3, 2008, 2:55 am

ha ha ha ha ha … can’t stop laughing at this

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 3, 2008, 3:44 am

Great stuff, iamfelix!

Tragically, I had a friend who was so disgusted by the takeover of parts of Yorkshire by Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants that he emigrated to Canada.

I bet he wishes he’d chosen New Zealand, now!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 3, 2008, 5:41 am

Freshman in college, Dave. 1978. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear!

Bangladesh! There’s a place to move away from. I once saw a chronological list of natural disasters above a certain dollar amount of damage; I swear, half of them hit Bangladesh.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 3, 2008, 6:13 am

I bet he wishes he’d chosen New Zealand, now!

NZ? Pah! It’s too frickin’ far from the rest of the planet. You have to travel a week just to get back to Earth.

I’m still eying Chile in case Obamamama or Hillary wins, in spite of the active volcanos. I could teach remedial solid state physics and hire a young servant girl with big assets and a lot of curiosity.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 3, 2008, 6:54 am

Hey, Uncle B! Inventor of the Pringles can dies and his ashes are buried in a Pringles can (spotted at Ace’s). I got Uncle B addicted to Pringles-while-driving.

My company did some engineering work for P&G. There are, like, two (maybe even just one) Pringles-making machines in the country. Or there were…maybe with the introduction of all those exotic flavors, they had to build more. It’s like a giant food-grade yankee dryer.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 3, 2008, 7:17 am

Yeah McGoo and, what’s more, NZ is afflicted with much the same PC nonsense as Canada. Mind you, it’s a beautiful country with no snakes.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 3, 2008, 7:25 am

Buried in a Pringles can, eh?

I suppose mine’ll have to go into a ‘cheapest brand possible’ vodka bottle.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 3, 2008, 7:31 am

Oh, hey, Uncle B…I dreamed you and I lived at the mall, post-apocalypse. There were giant mutant raccoons the size of bears. You shot one. We were both young. I was half-Armenian and dead sexy (no, I don’t know what that means, either).

I’m liking that air mattress…

 


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: June 3, 2008, 8:56 am

Susan Sarandon is thinking of moving to Italy? Silly bint – they’re proper right-wing these days. Dead Man Walking was quite good though. Even if it did have that silly commie with the large conk in it. Sean something or other.

Pringles are pretty good, but it’s hard not to eat the whole tube in one sitting (or lying with me). And then you’ve got an appointment with the shits.

Oh, Mark Steyn? The Canadian Human Rights Commission or whatever it’s called evidently doesn’t know who it’s fucking with.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 3, 2008, 11:08 am

You have strange dreams, Weaz. I like ’em.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 3, 2008, 11:38 am

Hang on a mo! Isn’t ‘dead sexy’ necrophilia?!

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 3, 2008, 12:49 pm

I’m liking that air mattress…

*puts fingers in ears, la la la la la…we did not hear that*

 


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Comment from GEORGEM CAMPBELL MACLIN III
Time: September 6, 2009, 10:38 pm

*** MARK STEYN IS NOT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN **

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 7, 2009, 7:25 am

Ummm…that’s nice, honey. Have a cookie.

 

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