TomFoolery wrote:Fabulous Fred wrote:the controversial online forum, FreeDominion.ca.
What on earth is even remotely controversial about FD??
It is a civil and laregely respectful forum.
I post elsewhere and the standards of FD could not even be aspired to at this place. It is savage, confrontational, combative mostly left and far left place with hundreds of threads.
That isn't "controversial"??
There are some answers to be found in the Warman vs. Levant case that Connie posted a few days ago.
Notice that the lawyer for the plaintiff didn't address case law or other mundane legalistic stuff that is the basis for arguing positions in Law.
His focus was on trying to paint Levant as fundamentally evil, associated with nazi's, etc., in the expectation that Levant would lose his legal standing because of being an 'outsider' from the political mainstream.
That is the approach by people who believe rule in the Rule of Men, not the Rule of Law.
Connie sat between Mark and I in the court room that day. We were about 6 feet from Shiller. He is a person whose body language is painfully easy to read.
I remember tapping Connie on the arm and pointing to him when he was preparing to have his say after hours of Jacobson's arguments, much of which was about the Cool's issue and getting access to this now infamous computer.
Shiller went to the lawyer's podium to begin. I noticed he gripped the sides on the thing tightly and was clearly in a "pre-game" sort of mod, or pre-fight. He was leaning slightly forward and taking deep breathes while he looked down. A sort of meditative state, if you will. Not unlike a stand up comedian just seconds before launching himself onto the stage. I whispered to Connie, "watch this".
He didn't disappoint, in that regard. The man was "on" and doing his "it's all about context" routine. Jacobson, who all through the day was the very picture of dignified aplomb and decorum, started to become a little restless as Shiller spoke of Levant's past behavior on and offline and who he associates with. I do not recall a single point he made that had anything to do with law. There were 7 of us in that room watching. No one fell for it. The only thing missing from Shiller 'performance' was flop sweat.