At the risk of hacking off people who are normally on my side, let me comment briefly on the following:
Terrible News For the Canadian Blogosphere
The first casualty of the Conservative bloggers lawsuit has claimed an unlikely victim. The SaskBlogs Aggregator, run by Lance Levsen, has been taken offline due apparently to the likely threat of a lawsuit. The Aggregator contains Small Dead Animals (myself, and 200+ others) as a member, and thus has stored posts claimed as libelous, even though they only LINK to an alleged libelous statement.
I’ll be providing coverage of this story as I can get more information, and will continue to run the complimentary SaskBlogs.ca website where Saskatchewan Bloggers can at least regroup without an otherwise single, central voice in the blogosphere.
On the one hand, you can claim that this disturbing new development demonstrates the imminent danger to free speech and unencumbered discourse in Canadian BlogWorld, and that we should all be terribly, terribly concerned and that we're all in this together, yadda yadda yadda.
On the other hand, you can interpret this same development as the inevitable result when you link to dishonest, irresponsible hacks like Kate McMillan and her screeching, racist colleagues, who have now managed to fuck things up for everyone else, innocent bystanders included.
I'm sure that, in hindsight, I'm going to wish I had phrased this differently, but I think you get the idea. In short, Saskboy, while I feel for you (and, sincerely, I do), it's you folks who chose to share your sandbox with Kate, and now you're having to deal with all the little turds she's left in it.
AH, THE CATPRINTALICIOUS IRONY. There is some definite entertainment value in the observation that Mr. Levsen's "SaskBlogs" aggregator is an early, drive-by victim in all of this. After all, it was Mr. Levsen who wrote:
Without Kate the left-o-sphere would be down to two posts a day.
Her blog is so far above everyone else that the left-o-sphere has to do something to rebuild the shattered egos. It must be a penis thing.
She kicks their asses day in and out with numbers of comments, variety of commentators, and numbers of visits a day.
[sarc]It could never be that her writing style resonates with the vast majority of Canadian blog surfers. NEVER! Liberalism is normal! Canadians hate that radical conservative Neanderthal crap.[/sarc]
Not a single champion offered up by the left to take on Kate has won. Not a single one.
Do what Kate does, shrug it off, it's just mosquitoes on a mammoth.
So, Lance ... how's that unfettered, Kate-flavoured hero worship working out these days? Yeah ... not so well. Bummer.
AND THE IRONY ROLLS ON. I didn't even realize that it gets even better, as ti-guy explains here:
This is the same Lance (the one I uncharitably call CheersLance) of CatPrint in the Mash who has posting privileges at SDA and who has guest-blogged there before.
Yeah, just savour that for a minute or two ... Lance has to pull down his aggregator due to the hideous irresponsibility of a blog at which he has guest-posting privileges.
Please tell me there's more. It would be a shame to stop now.