Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Big Yawners

      A lot of the blogosphere is up in arms over the fact that the Canadians have imposed a press blackout on the testimony of three men in an ongoing scandal enquiry.

      So what?  Britain has a long history of keeping matters before the courts out of the press.  I'm not surprised Canada has adopted it.  The history of both countries indicates that it doesn't kill "freedom of the press."

      The three men whose testimony is banned, by the way, all face criminal charges soon.  This is being done to give them a fair trial.  It may not be necessary, but it is legal, and isn't permanent -- it will expire.

      Oh, another thing.  Some of the same people now upset were quite sanguine during the Schiavo case, because 'the legal process had worked, and come to this decision.'  Well, the Canadian legal process has worked and come to this decision.  If respect for the rule of law required us to sit on our hands while Terri died of thirst, it seems respect for Canadian law requires USAmerican bloggers to shut up too.

      The other current kerfuffle is over Senator John Cornyn of Texas.  He said:
I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. . . . And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have.

      Stupid, but so what?  If any Senator who ever said something stupid on the record was to be removed, I'm not sure there'd be a quorum left.

      Since Cornyn said that violence was unjustified, there's nothing to really criticize here.  That hasn't stopped a lot of people, though.

      Politics as usual -- view with alarm, get your name in the media.  You'll have to pardon me if I find better things to worry about.  The most significant result of this nonsense is that I taught my spellchecker to recognize 'kerfuffle.'



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