Ezra Levant…The limits of free speech, and the power to order me to apologize…Courtesy Of J.M Heinrichs

Officer McGovern asked if I thought there should be any limits to free speech under our constitution. Of course there should be, and I listed a half-dozen examples. But I drew a distinction between criminal or tortious speech and political speech. I also pointed out that free political speech isn’t just protected in a liberal democracy — it protects a liberal democracy. That’s because it acts as a “safety valve” for people who want to change society. They don’t have to resort to arms.

We also discussed the absurd — and illegal — power of the commission to “order” me to apologize for publishing the cartoons, even if I didn’t feel contrite. Officer McGovern confirmed that was the remedy sought by the complainants.

Ezra Levant

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In Iran, some women pursue rights despite pressure

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Nahid Keshavarz says two weeks in an Iranian jail didn’t deter her from helping try to collect one million signatures for a petition urging more women’s rights and, if anything, prison showed the cause was worth fighting for.


“No one wants to go to prison. But if we have to pay a price then we will, like women have all over the world,” said the 34-year-old, who was held on security-related charges after collecting signatures in Tehran.


 She was arrested in April as she gathered signatures in the capital’s Laleh Park. Of 25 women in her section of the prison, some were accused of killing their husbands, she said in Farsi with a friend interpreting.

“They married too early, lived in dire conditions, they had violent relationships, none of them had prior criminal records.”


This is a Reuters article as one can see…Is it just me, or did anyone else see the headline stated as “Pressure“,  when in fact a woman just spent “two weeks in an Iranian jail“?

Where is the outrage American Leftist N.O.W.?

OH wait you can’t have outrage. You already suffer from BDS, among other things.


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Man may lose arm after waving from moving car

A WESTERN Australian man may lose his arm after it was hit by a ute as he waved at two girls from a car window.

THE 20-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle that drove past two girls at a carwash in Bunbury, south of Perth, on Saturday night, police said.

“He put his arm out the window and waved at the girls as the Nissan made a righthand turn at the intersection, and was struck by a Toyota Hi-Lux twin-cab vehicle,” police said.

“His left arm was partially severed and doctors believe the limb may need to be amputated.”

In other West Australian news…

Mirrabooka man stabbed through heart with scissors whist running

Wanneroo teen plays with fire, gets burned

Joondalup man jumps off a cliff because his friend did

Koolyanobbing man who sat too close to TV now legally blind

Playful name-calling in Meekatherra ends in tears

Woman goes swimming off Rottnest less than 30 minutes after eating hot dog; drowns

Potatoes found growing behind Kalgoorlie man’s ears

Tourist from Humpty Doo washes hair, goes out with wet head, catches death

Western Australia: The “You Should Have Listened to your Mother” State


UPDATE: In more real-life cautionary tales,  “Nose Picking Caused Man’s Death” (via Creative Ireland)

UPDATE 2: And what would Mama say about poking your fingers in various bodily orifices and then sticking them in your mouth, hmmmmm?

Then and now

As Dr. Helen says, it would be funny if it weren’t so true.

(h/t Maggie’s Farm)

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Surf’s Up

One cubic yard of water weighs 1,685.55492 pounds: Over three-quarters of a ton.









According to the caption, this last photo is of a surfer riding the largest wave ever successfully negotiated without wiping out. It’s over seventy feet tall. If you assume for the purposes of estimation that the wave is perfectly triangular, and that the base is also seventy feet (It’s actually much longer, of course), that comes out to 5,353,197.57 pounds of water he’s riding on: Over 2,676 tons.

That’s just a fuck-load of water.

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for google crawler verification

Anti War Billionaire George Soros Funded Iraq Study. Soros, you are filth!

A study that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros.

Soros, 77, provided almost half the nearly $100,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead.

The study, published in 2006, was hailed by antiwar campaigners as evidence of the scale of the disaster caused by the invasion, but Downing Street and President George Bush challenged its methodology.

New research published by The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 151,000 people – less than a quarter of The Lancet estimate – have died since the invasion in 2003.

“The authors should have disclosed the [Soros] donation and for many people that would have been a disqualifying factor in terms of publishing the research,” said Michael Spagat, economics professor at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Fox News

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Sunday Funnies

He he he.

–via my ex…

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Documentary Bingo

Every now and then, I’ll be watching a documentary and just can’t stop myself from playing “Documentary Bingo”.

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There’s Some Truth To This

I think there’s a bit of truth to this.

Does anyone have some evidence to the contrary?

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Bush to Olmert: Hit Gaza Without Hitting Civilians

(IsraelNN.com) U.S. President George W. Bush gave Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a green light to mount a comprehensive ground offensive against the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, according to the London daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat (“The Middle East”) which quoted diplomatic sources in Israel. The sources said that the two leaders discussed the matter during Bush’s three-day visit to Israel last week.

Arutz Sheva

Proud of you GWB. Now just do what you say, to Persia.

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The New York Times and our Soldier-Murderers

If you depend on the New York Times for your information, you’d be forgiven for thinking that American troops are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and littering the streets of America with murder victims.

In Part 1 of “War Torn: A series of articles and multimedia about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have committed killings, or been charged with them, after coming home,” we hear some frightening anecdotes.

Town by town across the country, headlines have been telling similar stories. Lakewood, Wash.: “Family Blames Iraq After Son Kills Wife.” Pierre, S.D.: “Soldier Charged With Murder Testifies About Postwar Stress.” Colorado Springs: “Iraq War Vets Suspected in Two Slayings, Crime Ring.” Individually, these are stories of local crimes, gut-wrenching postscripts to the war for the military men, their victims and their communities. Taken together, they paint the patchwork picture of a quiet phenomenon, tracing a cross-country trail of death and heartbreak.


The New York Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war. In many of those cases, combat trauma and the stress of deployment – along with alcohol abuse, family discord and other attendant problems – appear to have set the stage for a tragedy that was part destruction, part self-destruction.

My RSS reader is already running hot with American and Australian MSM outlets repeating the New York Times’ implications in headlines such as “Rise in homicides by US Iraq war vets”

Thankfully, the Blogosphere is already on to this. So far, The Democracy Project, Winds of Change and Media Lies all take issue with the New York Times’ maths — debunking the meme of the Murderous Vet that the Times is trying to push. After doing the sums, Media Lies concludes,

In other words, the homicide rate for returning military personnel is dramatically lower — one-half to less than one-third as much as the general population. The entire thesis of the story is not only false but portrays the exact opposite of the truth!

After similarly taking the NYTs’ figures apart, Democracy Project comments, “In short, the NYT has no serious methodology but a serious agenda.”

Winds of Change answers their own question as to why the NYT does not publicise the fact that returned soldiers are actually less likely to become murderers: “Because it’s not part of the narrative of how our soldiers are either depraved or damaged.”

All this, less than 24 hours after the New York Times piece was published. All I can say is, Wow. And, Thank you.

Oh, almost forgot. The NY Times Public Editor can be reached at public@nytimes.com.

UPDATE: From Sandi in comments, a link to this very topic under discussion at over at the Swiftvets site.

UPDATE #2: I’m finding more and more blogs on this subject as time goes by and I’ll be listing the ones I think are worth a read. Phil Carter calls “bullshit.” Abu Muqawama has a great post discussing the “Rambo” connection. Michelle Malkin headlines, “Hey, NYT: 99.98 percent of all discharged Iraq and Afghanistan vets have not committed or been charged with homicide.” John J. Dilulio Jr. of The Weekly Standard busts the NYT’s wacko-vet myth

UPDATE #3: Bob Owens published a piece today (17 January) which offers a much more in-depth analysis of this.  Read it.

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