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January 24, 2006

A note to some of our friends in the American blogosphere

Of the many silly things I expect to read following Canada's federal election there are few sillier than then notion Captain Ed had anything to do with the outcome. Damian Brooks explains. Then he gets testy. You don't want to make him testy.

Well, it's about time somebody said it, and I might as well be first: when it comes to Canadian politics, Glenn Reynolds doesn't know his back end from a hole in the ground.

My own two cents are available in the comments at the Castle. Endangering the success of criminal proceedings as a rubber-necking thrill is dumb. Doing it for a spike in traffic is dumber. Claiming these hijinx have anything to do with my vote is dumberest.

Feeling a bit testy myself Update: Bob Tarantino points out "the Canadian electorate hivemind (including me) just doesn't have that long a memory." Some issues raised by the publication ban that our hivemind should spare a thought for include whether a Canadian resident in Canada but publishing a blog in the United States is still subject to the court order (that would be me) and whether linking to material subject to a publication ban, or naming an internet source for such materials, would be a violation of the court order (see Gen-X at 40 for thoughts on indexing). I realize this sounds less thrilling than taking to the blog barricades but we are going to have to sort this out or find ourselves in the same position again. I am also curious to learn whether any prosecutions have been undertaken against those Canadian bloggers who chose to violate the court order and if not, why not. Such would seem to put the lie to ill-informed charges of censorship.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 24, 2006 08:38 AM

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Whew! Thankfully I'm on the correct side of this issue. I'd hate to be labled "silly" by the Flea.

Except when I'm trying to be...

The real question, Nick, is are you going to come over and defend yourself? There has been a riposte, though I think Don didn't really clear his target area properly.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2006 09:41 AM

oops. Never mind - you were returning fire even as I posted here!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2006 09:42 AM

You are correct sir.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2006 09:56 AM

My heavens, I used to be clever.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2006 10:05 PM