Friday, May 21, 2010

Ah, irony, where is thy towel snap to the nads?

Blogging Tory Alberta Ardvark is outraged -- outraged, I say -- about government censorship on the other side of the planet:

First they came for Facebook and now the Pakistani Government has banned You Tube and 450 other sites including Wikipedia for being "sacrilegious" to the nation's Muslim majority.

When you give the government the power to censor, they will use it.

You may agree with the government on a particular ban, but one day you won't, and by then it will be too late. Think Human Rights Commissions for something a little closer to home.

Say, anybody remember this amusing incident?

Minister stops book talk by Environment Canada scientist
Last Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2006 | 5:53 PM ET

Environment Minister Rona Ambrose has stopped an Environment Canada scientist from speaking publicly about his own novel...

[Author Mark] Tushingham was scheduled to speak in Ottawa about his book and the science underpinning it. But an order from Ambrose's office stopped him.

"He got a directive from the department, cautioning him not to come to this meeting today," said his publisher Elizabeth Margaris of DreamCatcher Publishers in New Brunswick. Margaris had driven from New Brunswick to attend the speech.

"So I guess we're being stifled. This is incredible, I've never heard of such a thing," she told CBC Radio.

First they came for the scientists, eh, Ardsy? And you didn't stand up ...


Anonymous said...

It is always easy to point fingers at the Muslims/Darkies and ignore what is happening in Canada.

The only sentance that makes sense is "When you give the government the power to censor, they will use it."

So what are the Blogging Tories doing to ensure that in Canada? Nothing.
And, it seems that they approve in the case of Galloway.
Connies are simplistic children.

Rick Thomson said...

Darkies? Now is that the way for a PC "progessive" to talk? I can't recall the last time I heard that term used.

CC said...

One could try pointing out to Ardvark that the Harper government has been the most secretive and least transparent in Canadian history, but it would have absolutely no effect because, somehow, that would be different.

It's why I have no interest in engaging these people intellectually. There's no value in it.

liberal supporter said...

Hey Rick, you must be new here. Welcome!

Despite CC's having given up on engaging the fright wingers, some of the commentors try, and often use the fright wingers' own language thinking it is more familiar to them. No so different from the sneering from the far right about how we must be terrorist lovers solely because we don't support the far right agenda.

CC said...

I think someone needs to explain the concept of a "paraphrase" to Rick.

KEvron said...

it's called "ironic endorsement", rick. only retards don't get it, and only wingnuts pretend not to get it.


Rick Thomson said...

Actually I do get it, what I don't get is why it is considered acceptable to use such a term.

Or have you here bought into the idea of, "The ends justifies the means" here?