~ MARK STEYN: SHOW TRIAL DAY FOUR: “A PAIR OF SCAREDYPANTS!” — Julian Porter, QC closes Day Three with a novel legal concept. “Do you have any idea how bad this looks?” Will the lone British Columbian in this British Columbian “hate crime” case testify as to his pain and suffering? Join Andrew Coyne for all the action live at 9.30am Pacific. Plus: The hatemonger has landed, and he’s laughing on the outside but crying on the inside.
~ Today, Mark joins CTV’s Mike Duffy, Hugh Hewitt south of the border, CKNW’s Jon McComb, and rounds out the day on the Internet with Al & Mike. See the box at right for full details.
~ The Advice Goddess has some advice on freedom of speech; the Anchoress ponders the widening gyre; and The Spectator also notes the proceedings. Plus: Humility and the mental map; a closet Steyn fan (see also right); Pundita on The Great Sock Shakedown; and the cunning ‘roos: No court stenographer
~ Meanwhile, Mark is still Number One with Canadian political readers, and America Alone, his US bestseller and Canadian hate crime, is just released in paperback and back in the Top Ten. But don’t wait for the thought police to seize it from the bookshelves: you can order your personally autographed copy exclusively from the Steyn Store.
More News: Puppet-Show Justice
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
– Verse 1, The Second Coming, William Butler Yeats
~ THE ANCHORESS ONLINE: “The Widening Gyre: Liberty Edition”.. (theanchoressonline.com)
~ COYNE: Refresh regularly once the mighty Andrew starts blogging later today .. (blog.macleans.ca)
~ EZRA LEVANT— “Thoughts from the road”.. “had Elmasry and Habib and their apprentice, the serial liar Khurrum Awan, not made their move so clumsily, so brutally, so poorly, so half-wittedly, they might have continued on with their soft jihad against Canadian values without arousing suspicion, let alone a defence” .. (Ezra)
~ KATE @ SDA— “Day Three.. “10:55 AM They’re back, and they’ve decided they’re going to hear her evidence. Buffy scholars everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.” And who is “Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub”? .. (SDA)
~ BREAKENRIDGE: Maclean’s On Trial (Day 3 – The Robson Square Jihad) .. (am770chqr.com)
~ SOCON.CA –“Do You Have Any Idea How Bad This Looks?”
~ SCARAMOUCHE— “Identity crisis: In his review of Ceeb shill-com, Little Mosque on the Prairies, Mark Steyn cheekily commented that Muslims on TV are “the new gays.’”; and “In case you were wondering where the sock-thingys were going with their complaint” .. (ScM)
~ RIGHT GIRL: “Can’t keep up!” .. (GotR)
~ TAREK FATAH made some very interesting comments on MacLean-Coynes blog over 3 days .. (FD)
~ HITTING THE BIG TIME— Vatican Radio Picks Up Steyn Story .. (DwE)
~ CLUCK CLUCK! Porter calls Elmasry and Habib “scaredy-pants” .. (blog.macleans.ca)
~ SCARAMOUCHE— “No “show” on Mo’s site: Mohammed Elmasry has wisely decided to remain in the background during the show trial in B.C. Likewise, the CIC site is keeping mum about the whole ‘Rooapalooza” .. (Scarymush)
~ RIPPIN THE Sock Puppet Theatre: An Unexpected Performance .. (socon.ca)
~ EN FRANCAIS— Liberté d’expression: Staline, Hitler, Pol Pot… et maintenant Macleans/Mark Steyn ? “Le procès contre Macleans/Steyn qui se déroule à Vancouver est une honte pour la conception canadienne des droits et libertés et l’administration de la justice. Tous les citoyens doivent s’inquiéter de cette justice kangourou qui dispose de pouvoirs exorbitants menaçant la démocratie. Cette anomalie requiert une intervention législative ferme en vue d’empêcher que des procès aussi grotesques – et à grands frais pour les contribuables et les défendeurs – ne se reproduisent.” 4 juin, par Annie Lessard, Marc Lebuis .. (pointdebasculecanada.ca)
~ DOWN WITH EVERYBODY! — “Crack BC Journalists Capture The Essence Of The Story” .. (DwE)
~ WESTERN STANDARD— “The Alice in Wonderland world of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal” .. (Shotgun)
~ GHOST OF FLEA— The Viceroy and the Monarch .. (GoAF)
~ SCARAMOUCHE— A little “rights” music: Send in the clowns, indeed:
Isn’t it cracked?
Are we insane?
Ceding our freedom this way.
Where was our brain?
And there are the ‘roos.
Send in the ‘roos.
Isn’t it bleak?
Trudeau would approve.
All of that blather ‘bout “rights”
Was so in his groove.
There are the ‘roos.
Send in the ‘roos.
Just when you thought freedom’s a go
Here comes the human rights racket to say it ain’t so.
Making their entrance again with that devil-may-care.
Sure of their power.
Shall we despair?
Don’t you love farce?
Tons of it here.
Trapped in a small, airless room,
Nothing to cheer.
And there are the ‘roos.
They’ve sent in the ‘roos…
Wish they’d disappear.