Thursday, March 14, 2013

Toronto Cops Display a "Novel," if Somewhat Totalitarian, Approach to Policing

In a scenario eerily reminiscent of Milan Kundera's novel The Joke, my pal BCF made a funny at the expense of our local school board, a bastion of crackpot "progressivism," and was forced to answer for it to the authorities. The Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington details all the nuttiness here:
In what can be described as more TDSB theatre of the absurd, an obscure six-week-old blog comment resulted in police visiting his home like one might see back in the day of the Stasi in communist East Germany. 
"We received a knock at our door a little after 8 a.m.," said Lemaire. "Two detectives from Toronto Police Services identified themselves and asked if they could come in to discuss a matter." 
Enter Det.-Consts. Irene Liska and Sergiy Lobanets, from 32 Division.
They presented "a photocopy of my post about the TDSB teaching children that the Black Panthers were a harmless social justice organization link" and specifically the "OISE and the TDSB need to be purged, or burnt to the ground" stinger. 
It was almost laughable. He thought everybody would understand it was meant figuratively and obviously not literally.
Hey, just like the guy in The Joke--only it was "no joke" to the Communist authorities, either.

As I commented to the jokester yesterday when he informed me of the early morning visit by Toronto's finest: Gee, I wonder if the cops knocked on Zafar Bangash's door the morning after he told a crowd at Queen's Park during the Ayatollah Khomeini's annual Hate Zion Day that Israel is "a tumor" in drastic need of excision.

That, too, is a joke, since, as we know, there's another novel that describes life in Torontostan in 2013. It's the one that includes the unforgettable line "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

FYI, you can hear BCF on the Oakley Show after 7 a.m.

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