…when writing about Google and China:

As of now (still early morning in Beijing), Google.com.hk is accessible from mainland China although specific search results for sensitive terms result in a browser error – or in other words, are blocked. Same as it’s always been for sensitive searches on Google.com from inside mainland China. This is network filtering and would happen automatically as part of the “great firewall” Internet filtering system.

via Glenn Reynolds who put me to shame.

Oh BTW I’ve been calling Rebecca MacKinnon the free speech diva since I was blogging at Hiwired, to my knowledge nobody else does. They should.

…but stories like this remind me why you couldn’t pay me to live there:

“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.”

Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.

“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,”

There are quite a few American universities that might be jealous, shame about that pesky first amendment isn’t it? Smitty comments:

Mark Steyn will no doubt have something blistering on this one, but Canada, you really have wet yourself. Your osteoporosis has reached a point where a woman with long hair and pointed remarks cannot offer them without you fearing for ’safety’. For crying out loud in the dark, I hope all honest Canucks, who can remember a time before the last hair was shaved off their public bottom in the name of some bogus ‘empathy’ god, just come South of the border right now.

Over at Atlas Pam is her normal quiet self:

These same savages welcome the most hate speech sponsors with open arms and open legs, but truth is verboten….
…They welcome Israel Apartheid Week and its accompanying violence. They welcome Robert Fisk. They welcome George Galloway, today’s Oswald Mosley….no protest except when he was barred from Canada by the Feds for supporting Hamas…..he is a hero of free speech……

They embrace inciter to genocide, George Galloway.

They employ a Muslim terrorist wanted in France for blowing up a synagogue.

Don’t be shy Pam, tell us how you really feel.

Canadians, if you aren’t embarrassed you ought to be. If you are embarrassed but aren’t going to do anything about it then you ought to consider Smitty’s suggestion above. Oh and he’s right about Steyn:

This is the pitiful state one of the oldest free societies on the planet has been reduced to, and this is why our free speech campaign matters – because those who preside over what should be arenas of honest debate and open inquiry instead wish to imprison public discourse within ever narrower bounds – and in this case aren’t above threatening legal action against those who dissent from the orthodoxies. Lots of Americans loathe Ann Coulter but it takes a Canadian like François Houle to criminalize her. The strictures he attempts to place around her, despite his appeal to “Canadian law”, are at odds with the eight centuries of Canada’s legal inheritance.

It’s not a coincidence that Mark is typing this from the US, Ann again.

I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.

I feel bad for those Canadian vets at Normandy who game their lives for this. I suspect they would be asking someone to explain how it came to pass that the only person with balls in Canada is an American woman?

UPDATE: At 12:16 A.M. Glenn Reynolds linked to a poll at CBC news on if Ann’s speech. As of 5:35 a.m. the poll is inaccessible. I wonder why? Perhaps they don’t like the results.

Update 2: Alinsky when he was not clogging restrooms suggested people use their own rules against them. Ann obliges.

The “[i]nflammatory right-wing pundit” spoke at the University of Western Ontario yesterday. In a move that has to be tongue-in-cheek, Coulter said she will file a human rights complaint alleging that University of Ottawa vice-president academic and provost Francois Houle’s e-mail to her constituted “hate speech.”

I hope it is not tongue-in-cheek I say use their own courts against them. Make them defend their rules and spend their money to do it.

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.

Make sure you see this.

We have been warned over and over and over again about what is coming. If we don’t take it seriously then the consequences of stopping it will be partially our fault.

It’s up to you do you want to worry about this:

or this:

Your guide to the Flemish Menace!

And if you are gay, don’t think this is an anomaly:

Three cousins from Hayward have been charged in San Francisco with a hate crime and assault for allegedly firing a BB rifle at the face of a man they believed was gay, an attack the men videotaped, authorities said Wednesday.

Mohammad Habibzada, Shafiq Hashemi and Sayed Bassam, all 24, are scheduled to be arraigned today in San Francisco Superior Court. They are free on $50,000 bond apiece.

This show has played all over Europe, it’s only opening here. Look at the Memeorandum link. It is no coincidence that only conservative blogs are covering it. If the shooter was a Mormon or a Catholic it would be the lead everywhere.

What’s it going to be America?

Jay Nordlinger in his Impromptus column deals with the island in some details and quotes Christopher Sabatini making a point I’ve been arguing myself:

In what other country in the hemisphere would it be considered a crime for a foreigner to give out a cell phone, laptop, or any other modern tool of communication? Brazil? Argentina? Mexico? Venezuela? Of course not. In fact, Americans passing out free cell phones and computers in those countries are called, appropriately, humanitarians. Let’s be clear: The Castro regime is isolating its citizens from not just news and information, but from modernity.

This is the reality, journalists ignoring this are disgracing their profession.

Or they might just be following the guidelines established by Atlanta progressive news.

Pat Condell is a fellow who doesn’t believe in any God and has harsh words for religion across the board. He is also a champion for free speech.

His latest on the Wilders trial is a must watch.

As you can guess I disagree with him on religion but I respect him very much for putting himself out there. When you can get people from three different faiths (counting myself) to embed the video of a world famous atheist then you know that you are doing something right.

Here comes that Kryten moment for those on the left (Hi Andrew) who were sure that George Bush was going to impose a religious test for free speech:

While attracting surprisingly little attention, the Obama administration supported the effort of largely Muslim nations in the U.N. Human Rights Council to recognize exceptions to free speech for any “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” The exception was made as part of a resolution supporting free speech that passed this month, but it is the exception, not the rule that worries civil libertarians. Though the resolution was passed unanimously, European and developing countries made it clear that they remain at odds on the issue of protecting religions from criticism. It is viewed as a transparent bid to appeal to the “Muslim street” and our Arab allies, with the administration seeking greater coexistence through the curtailment of objectionable speech. Though it has no direct enforcement (and is weaker than earlier versions), it is still viewed as a victory for those who sought to juxtapose and balance the rights of speech and religion.

I guess all you folks who took that idiotic Blasphemy challenge (which doesn’t actually work by the way) better watch out for Eric Holder and not Benedict XVI or George Bush.

To steal a line from Glenn from who this comes… They told me that if I supported Sarah Palin that free speech would be suppressed in favor of religious speech and they were right!

If there was ever a time that we will find out if the Obamacult is real this is it.