From Canada's Crazy-Assed Racist Redneck, we learn that academic freedom of speech is a fundamental principle of the wankersphere. Unless it happens at night, or you're the player on the dealer's right. Or it involves left-wing speech.
Especially that last part.
OOPSIE: Apparently, some of Canada's wankers might be a bit behind the times. That's what happens when you change your principles on a weekly basis.
BY THE WAY, if you have time to kill and don't mind wading knee-deep in right-wing stupidity, spend some time perusing the comments at that article of Kate's, where an entire community of wankers whines on and on and, God help us all, tediously on about "freedom of speech" and similar crap.
And once you've established, beyond any doubt, the principle they think is at stake here, feel free to read Illka Kokkarinen's blog itself, where Kokkarinen lets all the air out of that pretentious, victim-oriented, whiny balloon in one fell swoop:
Based on the torrent of email I have received since yesterday, plus the comments to my earlier post, I feel that I really must clarify something important here, before really signing off completely.
I am doing this completely in my free will to become a much better person than I used to be. No entity whatsoever has threatened me with any kind of consequences for blogging. This is not any kind of violation of my rights or free speech. In particular, if any of you want to start email or other campaigns about this, or in some other way publically accuse people and organizations for having treated me wrong, please don't. I seriously mean this.
Well, holy crap. So much for that "freedom of speech" bullshit over which Kate and her worker bees were getting their nutsacks in a knot. But here's the best part:
I made cheap and cruel potshots to mock people who had done nothing to me, being no better than some little boy who pulls wings off a fly. And that is just inexcusable, even if the other stuff had been the greatest thing since sliced bread, which it certainly wasn't. Occasionally I wanted to snark at somebody whose mere existence had somehow offended me even though they were nothing but words on the screen or enemies inside my head, and it's not like it's that hard to find aspects that are silly or mockable with pretty much anything. The worst things that I did were to thoughtlessly mock some group for no other reason but just to pinch at some particular person in that group...
... I have decided that simply don't want to be that asshole anymore.
That flatulent sound you hear is the entire Canadian right-wing wanker community deciding they really don't want that guy as their poster child anymore. Time to find another utterly bogus cause, methinks.
P.S. Note to Catholics -- that's an apology. Just so you can recognize one if you ever run across it.