Steyn on Canada and the Commonwealth
As Kate McMillan says, the Canadian Press is in "particularly fine form" this Charlie Hebdo morn. Your uneducated, uncredentialed amateur would probably write something like:
But if you're a highly trained J-school graduate you know that the trick with journalism is to identify the who-what-where-why - and then remove it all. Thus:
Whoa, wait a minute. Weren't these guys born in France? Why, then, the salient fact about their identity is that they're citoyens, Frenchmen, as French as Edith Piaf with frogs' legs hanging out of each nostril:
Hold up there! Not all the facts are in yet. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves:
Wait a minute, that makes no sense. Why would French-born people kill cartoonists over some cartoons? French-born people love cartoons. It's the land of les bandes dessinĆ©es, Asterix, Lucky Luke... Just because the victims of these French-born people happen to be in a building that includes a magazine that publishes cartoons is no reason to go leaping to conclusions. How about..?
What's that? You're wondering whether it's misleading not to mention the Muslim angle to the story? You're right. Gimme a minute. Lemme see here. Hmm...
See how easy it is when you're a professional? That's the Muslim angle neatly wrapped up. So we've got French perps, Muslim victims, miscellaneous building occupants caught in the gunfire... What else? Oh, yes:
How do we know they were Jews? As President Obama and his spokespersons said, they were just a "random" "bunch of folks". They could have been imams stopping in for some bagels after Friday prayers: Are we working that angle yet? They could be neo-Nazis picking up some gefilte fish for the weekend skinhead convention. It's hard to tell with names like "Cohen". So let's be responsible here, and say:
And so we arrive at today's Canadian Press report:
Beautiful. I'd nominate it for a Canadian Newspaper Award, but unfortunately, due to an editing oversight, someone left the word "kosher" in.
As Kate McMillan notes, on this anniversary, the dangerous violent French-born movement is again on the rampage.
Meanwhile, something happened in some town in Germany around New Year. But you don't need to know about that.
January 7, 2016
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A few years back, Ezra Levant and I won a series of victories over various of Canada's totalitarian "human rights" commissions, culminating in the repeal by Parliament of the appalling thought-crime law, Section 13. The beneficiaries of the hate-speech racket have never forgiven us, and have spent the intervening years attempting to re-litigate their defeats in any venue that comes to hand. These days I spend most of my time on my luxury yacht in international waters beyond the jurisdictional ...
To all my fellow sons and daughters of the Great White North, a happy and glorious Dominion Day to you. There are many things I love about my native land. It doesn't have Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so its housing market was not clobbered by subprime mumbo-jumbo. Its foreign policy in recent years has been sober and serious, as Israel and others appreciate. Beyond that, its political class seems less weird, or at any rate less expensive to maintain...
I see The Daily Mail has picked up on the US Government's appalling Tweet of Defeat, in which an official State Department Twitter account approvingly reTweeted an Islamic supremacist picture with a slippery and dishonest caption...
I have always loved the simple dignity of Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Commonwealth, and, if I chance to be in one of Her Majesty's Dominions large or small - Canada or Australia, Grand Turk or Gibraltar - come November 11th, I always wander along to join the local dignitaries and poppy-wearing citizens honoring their veterans at the Cenotaph.
This year it's different...
A soldier was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa this morning, following the fatal hit-and-run attack on two soldiers in St Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec on Monday. That shooter or possibly another shooter then fled the short distance to Parliament, where more shots were fired. Mark spoke about the ongoing attack on the Canadian capital within the hour with Shannon Bream and Jon Scott on Fox News...
The Canadian Mausoleum of Human Rights (as Scaramouche calls it) finally opened this weekend. Canadian officialdom, from the Queen and the Governor General down, is fully on board with the world's first atrocity resort, while everyone else is flouncing around in a big queeny huff. Joseph Brean's report for The National Post provides a useful update on the most recent additions to the ranks of the disaffected, among them: ~Hiba and Safa Choudhury, who feel the Palestinian Naqba has been ...
Being confined for a week to a Canadian courtroom, I have been taking a keen interest in the many laws it's possible to run afoul of up here. For example:
Trudeau, Reagan and taking jokes seriously
Why banning the burqa is boffo biz in Quebec
Mark returns to the pages of The Spectator upon the occasion of Her Majesty's jubilee
A "Canadian" "family" goes on trial in Kingston
Over at Lilley's Pad, the eponymous proprietor draws my attention to a "Canada Day" piece by Tim Naumetz, who writes for The Hill Times in Ottawa. Mr Naumetz makes the argument that Stephen Harper is "changing the face of Canada". I use the word "argument" loosely. By "changing the face of Canada", he meansĀ Harper is changing it from "the face of Canada"Ā PierreĀ Trudeau imposed on the nation 40 years ago. Which was, in effect, M Trudeau's own face. (See my Liberace analogy here.) There was a ...
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