So lets take another trip around that wonderful place that is my blogroll:

At the Hermeneutic of Continuity Fr finds a wonderful thing, a balanced story about the Pope:

It is by no means a hagiography and I wouldn’t agree with everything he says, but it is a relief to read something from a commenter in the secular press who knows what he is talking about. John Hooper has done us a service with this objective appraisal which is a welcome contrast to the Catholic baiting of the Times.

The article in question is here.

You know for the first time ever I actually fell asleep at the keyboard in mid post so I’m continuing this post 6 hours later…

Over at Robert Stacy’s he reports on Ann Coulter’s First amendment demonstration for our Canadian neighbors.

Assuming that Dudley Do Right doesn’t catch her first, tonight Ann speaks at the People’s Republic of Ottawa. Should she escape from that Stalinist gulag, on Thursday she will speak in Calgary, and then return to America to hang out with me at Saturday’s Vegas Tea Party.

Between the time I started this post last night and now (4:53 A.M) Dudley do Right and co demonstrated why our Canadian friends today would no longer be trusted with a beach at Normandy.

Meanwhile it’s a good thing we have Tim Blair to take a closer look at environmental law in the Illinois:

Wind, solar, burning thousands of tyres … it’s all good:

With just five words quietly slipped into legislation, Illinois lawmakers are moving to include tire burning in the state’s definition of renewable energy, a change that would benefit a south suburban incinerator with a long history of pollution problems.

Hey Illinois? Isn’t that where the president came from. I wonder how many words like these were quietly slipped into the healthcare bill that was just signed?

Next time I’ll try to be more awake when I’m posting.

…than a threat to prosecute you if you say the wrong thing in your country:

I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.

And those free speech absolutists at Think Progress are celebrating in comments.

Now wasn’t the left always telling us George Bush was out to restrict free speech and Hollywood felt so repressed that Sharon Stone blamed Bush for not being able to kiss Halle Berry in Catwoman. I’m sure all those people on the left will complain about Canada doing their best China impersonation.

Anyone, Bueller? Bueller?

Hey none of these guys count. I’m waiting for those champions of free speech on the left.

These people have all the bravery of George Monbiot. Now if she holds a sign like this…

I guarantee our northern friends will leave her alone.

There is a mighty familiar sound to Ann Coulter thoughts (via The Radio Equalizer) on Sarah Palin:

Even though she’s just a state governor, she’s a HUGE national star who is both sought after and attacked as if she is already a president (a Bush, not an Obama). But she basically can’t participate because she’s tethered to the governor’s office up in Alaska. Consequently, she has to fight with one hand tied behind her back and she also can’t go around the country campaigning for candidates and principles she believes in – because she’s governor and would be accused of neglecting the state. (emphasis mine)

Ok hands up all republican congressional candidates who want her to appear with them in their districts.