Machette attack on Jewish students – in Ottawa!

Update:  the attack occurred not in downtown Ottawa, but just on the other side of the Ottawa river in Ottawa’s twin city, the Gatineau, PQ.  This area is still within sight (and walking distance) of both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Parliament buildings. BCF has the Michael Coren interview with Nick Bergamini.

Nick Bergamini is a student at Carleton University and active in student government.

According to his facebook page:

“Quickly, we both responded that yes we were Zionists. All of a sudden we were surrounded by 10-15 men who began to shout at us in Arabic. We tried to back out and run away. All of a sudden, I was struck in the back of the head. I’m not sure if it was a fist, a rock or a pipe but it left me dazed and bleeding.

We quickly ran back to the bar and stood beside the bouncers. The crowd of anti-Israel thugs dispersed.

About 10 minutes later, assuming that it was safe, we began to walk home. We were walking through a parking lot when a car pulled up next to us. The driver shouted “I fucking hit you, you Jew.”

We stood our ground. Quickly we had three guys around us. We were able to push them away. As the cowards that they were, they retreated. Then I heard, shouts of “Open the trunk!” One of them opened the trunk and I saw glistening in the street light the reflection of a 12-inch machete. “Fucking Jew,” he shouted. I began to run for my life as he was only 5 or 6 feet away.

I ran, and as I looked back, I saw the long shiny blade slicing through the air about 12 inches from my neck. I ran as fast I could and, thanks to my grade 9 track and field training, got away.

People who were around the scene said the blade came within inches of my neck.

Read his whole post here!

Is this really happening here, in Canada?

Here, in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital?

Here, right downtown Ottawa – just blocks from our Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada?

Now?

Yes, that would indeed appear to be true!

Question:  This happened in the club district, downtown Ottawa.  At 1:45 in the morning, this is hardly an abandoned or ‘quiet’ part of town – being so close to the University of Ottawa campus, there are usually quite a few people about!  The Ottawa Police usually have a ‘presence’.  It’s their job!

So, I am curious to hear their side of the story:  how come these guys are not arrested yet?

OK – so Nick Bergamini and Mark Klibanov got themselves beaten up and bloodied.

OK – so some guys with a machete chased them, trying hard to decapitate them.

Goodness knows, we all loose our tempers, some times!

A much more dangerous crime occurred in Ottawa that night!

They were engaging in hate speech – right in the middle of a crowd!

Do you realize just how many people might have had their feelings hurt?

How many might have been traumatized: by hearing there were 2 Zionists in our midst?

How do the police expect us to be able to sleep tonight?  We are a city – nay, a community – traumatized!

After all, we ran that Zionist Ann Coulter right out of town (yes, she may be an anti-Semite, but she is still a Zionist!)! Yeah, the Ottawa Police made sure she was not permitted to speak!

We thought we could relax a little…..

But no!  Now these two Zionists crop up!  Right in the middle of the City!

They even freely and openly admit they are Zionists – and through the admission of their very existence, they traumatize a whole crowd!

Just think of those poor thugs – they must really have had their feelings hurt!  They were so traumatized, they got their machete out and went after the Zionists!

This is really, really terrible!  These two Zionists have provoked these poor guys so much, they might never calm down from it and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder for the rest of their lives.

Yet, Nick is obviously still free to write this up for his facebook page!  Writing down all this self-incriminating evidence – how he admitted openly that he was indeed a Zionist!

So – how long do YOU think it’ll take the Ottawa Police to arrest Nick Bergamini and Mark Klibanov for their hateful speech!?!?!

And the Ottawa Police have still not arrested them… Sheeeeesh!!!

Hat tip:  Blazing Catfur

Is Guy Earle the ‘next George Carlin’?

Or, perhaps, Lenny Bruce….

Actually, the ‘Lenny Bruce’ comparison works well – in some ways…

October 4th, 1961: Lenny Bruce performed a stand-up comedy routine (during which he tended to ‘riff-on-the-fly’) at a night club in San Francisco. He was promptly arrested and charged with violating Section 311.6 of the Penal Code of California – the clause which claims that banning ‘obscene speech’ is a ‘reasonable limit’ on ‘free speech’.

May 22, 2007: Guy Earle performed a stand-up comedy routine (which he adjusted to talk back to some hecklers in the audience) at Zesty’s in Vancouver.  He was promptly charged with violating Section 13 of the Human Rights Code of Canada – the clause which claims that banning ‘hurt-speech’ is a ‘reasonable limit’ on ‘free speech’.

Yet, like George Carlin, I suspect Guy did not expect such a vicious censorship attack form ‘the left’…

And – yes, we are banning ‘hurt speech’!

By now, the very people in charge of protecting human rights fail to recognize that the ‘right to be offended’ is essential in any healthy society!  Instead, they seem to be under the unjustifiable impression that there is some ‘right NOT to be offended’….silly bunnies…

Punishing people for saying things that offend is not just silly, it is contrary to the fabric of our society!


It was not justifiable when Lenny Bruce and George Carlin and Richard Pryor were persecuted for words that offended some within their audience and it is not justifiable when Guy Earle is persecuted for using words that offend some within their audience…

Hey!  Doesn’t this sound a little similar?

But, there ARE differences!

When Lenny Bruce and George Carlin were charged for saying stuff people found offensive (and, yes, regarded ass ‘dangerous’ to ‘morality’ the ‘fabric of society’), they faced an actual real court:  one where their rights as citizens who are innocent  until found guilty were respected.  Guy Earle – well, he is not that lucky.

Guy Earle is facing a ‘Human Rights Tribunal’….one which can try people not for their actions, but for how others might, perhaps, react to their words.

One where the investigators actively search out ‘thought crimes’, demanding ‘intentions’ are as actionable as ‘actions’.

One where the defendant, if found innocent, has no means of recouping the cost of his/her defense…which can run into tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

One where the ‘process’ of being investigated and prosecuted is the punishment itself!

Even though the fateful night when Guy Earle talked back to his hecklers in Vancouver may have been almost 3 years ago, the ‘trial’ (it’s more of a semi-star-chamber thing than a real trial) is only taking place now.  After all, it takes a while to financially exhaust the HRC’s victim properly prepare the case!

Well, last week, to be exact….as Mark Steyn comments:

It ended a day early, due to Mr Earle’s inability to pay for a flight to Vancouver to defend himself in person and his lawyer’s decision to withdraw from the proceedings after pseudo-judge Heather MacNaughton, Chief Commissar of the British Columbia “Human Rights” Tribunal”, opted to ignore the BC Supreme Court’s ruling on potential jurisdictional overreach and carry on with the trial. It remains to be seen whether the defence’s actions were the right thing to do.

‘The ‘right’ thing to do”…

The right thing for WHAT???

Let us consider the implications of withdrawing one’s defense from the HR Tribunal:  unless I am mistaken (and I am certainly no legal expert), this means he is forfeiting his right to appeal any ruling they may pass against him.  And, once passed and registered with a real court, an HRT ruling is as legally binding as if it had been issued  by a court.

Among past rulings of various HR Commissions, lifetime speech bans have been know to be included….hardly something conducive to making a living as a cutting-edge comic!

Yet, it was not until after people like Lenny Bruce, George Carlan and Richard Pryor got their asses (the term seems appropriate, given the topic) tossed into jail that ‘people’ woke up – and began to fight against being oppressed by their own governments.

Last week, I had lamented what had happened when a bunch of thugs were permitted to use threats of violence to cancel the planned speech by Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.  While the condemnation of the thughs (both the students who threatened violence and the provost who had whipped them up into a frenzy) and of Alan Rock, the president of U of O has been very well covered, the criticism of the role the Ottawa Police played (or, rather, were either unable or unwilling to play) was not.

George Jonas put it rather well:

Resisting any temptation to enforce the law, Ottawa’s finest exemplified Canada’s definition of moral leadership by observing neutrality between lawful and lawless.Coulter later wrote the police “called off” her speech because they couldn’t guarantee her security. Interesting, if true. Will it start a trend? Will police call off property rights at the scene of robberies-in-progress? “Look, lady, it’s just a cash register. If they want it so badly, how about letting them have it?”

 

My own attempt to state this, phrased as a letter (and sent, among others, to the Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board – the civilian body in charge of supervising the Ottawa Police) has been much, much clumsier.  The Chair – Mr. El-Chantiry (whom I had had great respect for) has sent me back a very brief reply, telling me in no uncertain terms that it is not the job of the Police to police.

His full response – along with my reply letter to him (sent just as the Easter long weekend began, so he really has had little or no chance to reply and defend his position) were the subject of my last post, found here.

The reason I mention this?

Aside from the obvious one, denial of freedom of speech,there is another connection.  In the comments to that post, CodeSlinger and I got into a bit of an extensive discussion about what happened, how, why – and what the best remedy is.  CodeSlinger suggests that it was wrong for Ann Coulter to permit her speech to have been canceled:  some things are worth fighting for, even if one must put himself or herself into potential danger of injury or arrest.

What does Mr. Earle plan to do – should the verdict of the BC HRT be unreasonable?  Oppressive?  Will he continue to behave in accordance with his innate rights, instead of submitting to the unreasonable intrusion of quasi-legal busibodies?

If he does, he will be arrested and his ass will be tossed into jail…

Is Mr. Earle showing he has the courage to be the next ‘George Carlin’?