Even the bad people have rights

If you're going to encourage people to punch Nazis, at least give us a definition of "Nazis."  We can all agree the guy walking around with a swastika flag is the genuine article, but many people on twitter hold to a definition much more...expansive than that. Example: people are seriously making the argument that the American … Continue reading Even the bad people have rights

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The Nazis know

I'm often skeptical when those on the left accuse conservative politicians of using "dog whistle" rhetoric to appeal to racist, extreme-right supporters.  It can be, and often is, a non-falsifiable smear. But President Trump's disgraceful, amoral, mealy-mouthed "condemnation" of yesterday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, leaves no room for doubt when you read the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer's … Continue reading The Nazis know

Je suis Charlie

  "If a large enough group of someones is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said, because otherwise the violent have veto power over liberal civilization, and when that scenario obtains it isn’t really a liberal civilization any more. " - Ross Douthat

Mark Steyn’s self-destructive streak

As a longtime fan of Steyn's writing, I'm disappointed to see him doing pretty much everything you should never do when you're the defendant in a defamation suit: In 2012—after writers for National Review and a prominent conservative think tank accused him of fraud and compared him to serial child molester Jerry Sandusky—climate scientist Michael Mann took the … Continue reading Mark Steyn’s self-destructive streak

“Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

This province's new Cyber Safety Act, drafted after the horrible Rehteah Parsons case came to light, officially took effect yesterday. The law firm of Stewart McKelvey published this brief summary of the new law: Cyberbullying is defined in the Act as: any electronic communication through the use of technology including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, … Continue reading “Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

It’s dirty work (and lawyers get to do it)

Canadian Lawyer's Gail Cohen praises the late Doug Christie for representing people many lawyers wouldn't touch: Christie, often called The Battling Barrister or Counsel for the Damned, became notorious for his defence of some of the most reviled hatemongers in the country. His clients included holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, former Nazi guard Michael Seifert, fascist … Continue reading It’s dirty work (and lawyers get to do it)

Mom of the year

A New York court has ordered a woman to stop posting anything online about her children: There's not much to “like” about this woman’s Facebook habits. A mean upstate mom who cyber-bullied her emotionally-disturbed 10-year-old son on Facebook by calling him an “a-----e” has been banned from posting anything about her kids online. “Melody M.” … Continue reading Mom of the year