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Ann Coulter riot in Ottawa: Day Two

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Posted on March 24 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

Last night, I started seeing stuff in my Twitter feed about “#AnnCoulter,” “2000 protesters,” people throwing tables, and even people being whisked to the U.S. Embassy for protection. Ann Coulter was in our nation’s capital, to speak at the University of Ottawa.

I’d seen her speak the night before, in London, Ontario, and like many people across Canada, was wondering what kind of reception she’d get at this next venue. After all, it was a U of O provost, known Frenchman Francois Houle (his real name), who’d sent Coulter that now-famous passive aggressive letter before her arrival, ever so politely advising her not to, you know, advocate genocide or incite violence on Canadian soil.

I expected a problem. I didn’t expect a riot.

Two veteran Parliament Hill reporters, Brian Lilley (mainstream media) and Deborah Gyapong (Christian media) were on the scene and filed reports. (Full disclosure: I consider both of them friends).

Here’s part of Lilley’s report:

One of the loudest protestors outside was Sameena Topan, the young woman holding the “safe place” sign. Sameena told me she brought that sign because, “This is a space for all students from all backgrounds to come and feel welcome.” Sameena went on to say that no student should feel threatened or marginalized.

Asked if she had protested, complained or tried to shut down Israeli Apartheid week, Sameena first seemed shocked at the question, then answered no.

Here’s part of Gyapong’s account:

When I got outside one of my blog readers came up to me and told me he had been inside the hall before 7 p.m. He said a group of people rushed the hall, jostling the three people who were at a table checking student ids and those who had registered. The table got pushed aside. When the volunteers said they needed order and for people to come to the table, some of the rowdies folded the table up and threw it aside. Then the volunteers decided it was too dangerous for them and they shut the doors to the auditorium.

(…)

One gal was waving one of Ann Coulter’s books around asking whether they should burn it. “Let’s debate this,” she says.

I’ll have more at my blog as the day goes on, but I should warn you that, because it is my blog and not David Horowitz’s, my language and views may be more salty than some NewsReal readers may be accustomed to.

Understand: Establishment Canada hates America, but paradoxically, cares desperately about what America says about our country, and seeks secondhand validation from any meager attention we might get from you; consider the thirty-years-worth of boilerplate Canadian puff pieces, bragging about how many now-famous comedians we’ve “given” to Hollywood, and how we built the arm (the arm!) on the Space Shuttle like, 500 years ago, to take two of the more pathetic examples. The “look at us! Pleeeeeze!!” b.s. surrounding the supposed wonderfulness of the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics (yawn) is another.

So for us, the Ann Coulter Riot is A. Very. Big. Deal. I expect lawsuits galore, questions about the pathetic security apparatus that “protects” our nation’s capital, criminal charges and countercharges, commemorative tee shirts (the “Coulter in Canada” one pictured above is now selling fast), magazine cover stories story — I forgot: we only have one magazine — and much more.

(Note: on the topic of security — “the university handed Coulter a bill to pay for her own security, something it doesn’t do for other speakers.”)

PS: if you hear something about a Muslim girl who asked Coulter a question in London, and was “stabbed in the heart” when Coulter told her to go ride a camel, do note that my husband outed the girl as a (now former) member of an anti-Israel Facebook group.

And as Michael Coren pointed out acidly, it’s other Muslims who are more likely to literally stab a Muslim girl in the heart, or other places, rather than an outspoken American pundit.

Here’s part of his Tuesday pre-riot interview with Coulter, complete with now-ironic opening segment:

29 Responses leave one →
  1. March 24, 2010

    Molon Labe, Canadian asshats.

  2. March 24, 2010

    Haha. Anne Coulter is going to sell sooooo many more books now!

  3. March 24, 2010

    What bothers me the most is that it was the POLICE who shut down Ann’s speech. They are the ones who denied her her right to speak, (and right to work for that matter; it’s her job). I think there should be an investigation of the police who ordered the shut-down. Get their names, find out who they are as well as who were those useful idiots in the street. Are there any connections between the two groups? Are there people in government who would actively try to stop Ann? If the ‘riot’ was planned by people in government with the intention of using it as an excuse to stop Ann from speaking – then it IS fascism that needs to be fully exposed to the light of day.

    • March 27, 2010

      Maybe you should know what you are talking about before you spew out your misinformation! She received a letter explaining the laws in Canada regarding hate speech and she decided not to speak. There was no violence and no riot! Get your facts right before writing lies! Fascism ha! What a joke, people like to throw those kinds of words around when people don't agree with them! They are cheap shots! This is Canada and we have a different system here,
      get over it!

  4. March 24, 2010

    Must be tea party people that advocated violence here. I dare not read the New York Times to discover that it is just another big falsehood by radicals to keep the truth from most Americans. Why is it becoming a crime to debate? Well, if their is only one side allowed to prevail, then one party retains power. Next step, socialism controlled by narcissitic pathological liars.

    • March 25, 2010

      Next step? Me thinks John we have already steped in it and the two step is going to become
      popular again. You are wise not to read the NYT as I am sure your eyes or the eyes of any
      righteous person would burn out of their sockets in just a few lines of lies.

      Regards John…………………….William

      • March 25, 2010

        There are no eyedrop to cure red-eye after reading a paper the enmits a foul odor harmfill not only to eyesite, but the gray matter behind them.

        Regards to you, Willkiam.

  5. March 24, 2010

    Go Ann Go!!!!

  6. March 24, 2010

    The tolerant communist left is at it again. If you do not think like them, or for shame, attempt to speak out you are the racist, evil, hate mongering neo-con. I always smile when I read about the pacifist left getting angry at words and breaking things, throwing things or in other words just having a childish temper tantrum. Years ago, colleges stopped being places of higher learning and intellectual debate and have turned themselves into places of left wing indoctrination.

    • March 27, 2010

      What is it with you people because some people do not agree with her they are communists. How silly and small minded! As far a universities and colleges in this country go, the students are encouraged to think for themselves and decide what they believe is right or wrong… well they thought for themselves and decided to protest her speaking on their campus.

  7. March 24, 2010

    Who can forget the major international incident when Triumph the Comic Insult Dog visited Quebec?

    The gnashing of teeth went on for months.

  8. March 24, 2010

    Keep up the excellent coverage Kathy.

    I,m getting an education on how to drown yourself in your own bile.
    The spittle shouting rabble have only given Ann more ammunition. If not made her more rich (O:}
    While reveling what witless tools of hypocrisy the Marxist Islamist axis is.
    We owe her a debt for finally making plain to even the most blinkered Conservative that we do NOT have a Conservative government by this open display of anti-democratic behavior. That was not only allowed, but it seems now encouraged. With full police support for the radical protected usual raging element.
    MP's being banned to go is the tip off.
    Next time you see a Tory remember inside he's red as a Trudeau rose.
    In a country that appreciates politeness Ms. Coulter would have been given an apology.
    Another myth exposed.
    JMO

  9. March 24, 2010

    Ann is not the only conservative banned from speaking out in.."public" institutions of higher learning. I would imagine our Attorney General would have something to say about that along with the ACLU. Oh…I forgot…they're busy defending terrorists..

  10. March 24, 2010

    So, once again the brown shirts show us their definition of free speech.

    • March 26, 2010

      Well here is a history lesson for you, a while back a man named Adolph started speaking and ridiculing minorities, spewing out hate to anyone who would listen, no one took him seriously in the beginning… and then the rest is history… I have seen many references to brown shirts regarding this incident… not even close… learn a little history!

  11. March 25, 2010

    I would say I'm ashamed to be Canadian, except I'm nearly 40 years old, have been out of university for over 15 years and doubt I would have done crap like this if it *had* happened back then. (Short of really wanting to impress some girl or other, which would almost certainly not have worked anyway.)

    Seriously, these protesters don't speak for me or those like me. Those who don't like Coulter's message have a simple solution: Don't listen.

  12. March 25, 2010

    Ann is loved in my household and we take umbrage at her treatment, it is abundantly clear that
    the University administrators orchistrated this insulting conduct, it was not just against Ann it was
    against all Conservative thinking peoples no matter what the Nationality. Leftists broker absolutely
    no contradiction to their world views, schemes, depredations and elitist delusions. They always
    attack anyone who is against their ideation and will never allow opposition as they are the only
    way and isolate freedom to themselves alone. Because we love Canadian Bacon also, we will
    not discontinue cross border trade but this is getting serious and needs to be sorted out and
    Ann I am sure will do so, she will serve them up soon enough, extra crispy………..William

  13. March 25, 2010

    I have an Aunt that lives in Canada near Buffalo. She goes to tears when talking about the degradation that Canada has brought upon itself. Gang rape has become the number 1 crime against women in Toronto. Because it is perpetrated solely by muslims it is illegal under the Hate Speech laws now to note their ethnicity. Even the police when dispatching to a rape can only be told it is 5 men, ect, ect rather than 5 Moroccan's because people will assume they are muslim. Canada along with France and Britian have a muslim problem that they refuse to acknowledge and soon muslims will be raping babies as their wonderful moohamed did with his 7 year old Ashia and slitting Canadian throats under sharia laws. You keep Canada and the cute immigrants, I'll keep my guns.

    • March 27, 2010

      Your aunt is nuts! There is crime in Toronto, but much less crime then in any city of similar size in the US. The ignorance of your comment is amazing! I live near Toronto and I have never read an article about gang-rape being the number 1 crime against women…. another falsehood! In fact all I could find was two incidents in the last year. While the crimes are horrible this is not an epidemic!

  14. March 25, 2010

    I don't agree with most of what she says (ideology-wise – I'm a left leaning atheist), and in fact, some of it scares me (suggesting that she "only" wanted the editors and writers to die in the NY Times building, or "rebuilding" hostile nations by killing their leaders and converting them to Christianity….how do you say fundamentalist islamic extremism backwards?), but as a Canadian and former U of O student, I have to say that I'm upset and offended with the way that the university and security services handled her visit.

    The letter warning (or threatening) her with criminal charges was an act of complete douchebaggery. She should be allowed to speak her mind. She will offend, she will hurt and she will no doubt enrage many people, but I'd like to hope that we are smarter, stronger and more tolerant than to be "incited to violence" and "hate crimes" over a few words.

    The hypocrisy of allowing certain people or groups total freedom to spread their messages (Israel Apartheid week, feminist movements, the various gay/lesbian/transgendered awareness groups, or even seemingly benign causes like the Campus Crusade for Christ (sorry, they happen to offend me on a regular basis), only to turn around and shut her up before she even gets a chance to speak, is vile, absurd and frankly, not very Canadian.

    Ottawa police _claim_ that her talk was canceled due to overcrowding concerns and potential safety issues (to her and her entourage, as well as the staff and students of the university). Well, that's great. Invite her back and allow her to speak in a larger hall, maybe off-campus would help. Also, have a little foresight this time – expect chaos, expect a large mob (and yes, maybe some isolated violence here and there), expect the unexpected. Get your various acts together and do your jobs properly.

  15. March 26, 2010

    Lady, can you at least try not to lie through your teeth?

    The protest against Coulter was no more boisterous than your average American tea party. I'm not sure if you know what a riot looks like, but usually an indicator would be people getting arrested, stuff being thrown and people getting into fights. Folding up a table and throwing it aside does not a riot make.

    Me, I would have let the clown blather on I guess, but I would just as soon not invited her to speak at a university in the first place. A sewage treatment plant would be more appropriate to help process the feces that pours out of her mouth.

    Anyone who thinks she has anything positive to contribute to the dialogue honestly hasn't a clue. Calling people "faggots and ragheads" means one thing, that you are a racist asshole. She makes stuff up as she pleases; "not all Muslims are terrorist, but all terrorists are Muslim" – except of course when they're rightwing Americans like Timothy McVeigh, and Eric Rudolph (the Atlanta Olympics bomber), and she thinks it's a gas to speak of "perfecting the Jews".

    Now as for your husband "outing the 17 year old girl who happens to belong to a group that thinks maybe Israel should acknowledge that it swiped off of the people who were actually living there first, yeah… that shore is EVIL.

  16. March 28, 2010

    Man ! Chris Tucker (Ruby Rod) looks really pissed in that first photo.

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