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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Bye bye, Jon?

Seems that Province columnist Jon Ferry, Vancouver's answer to the Weekly World News' Ed Anger, has gotten himself into a bit of a lather over the story of a transgendered Vancouver teacher who has gone all the way and has had his, now her, plumbing re-done. He'd rather the teacher lose her job over this. Ferry's wondering what the hell is happening in this fair town and doesn't seem to like it one bit.

Hell, he publicly ruminated about getting out of town in his Wednesday rant.

When I wake up and read what's going on in our great green Gomorrah, I often think I'm living in the wrong part of Canada -- and should join scores of other British Columbians crossing the Rockies for Alberta.

Good stuff there, Jon. I'll even help you pack your bags; it'll be the only way that I could likely stand being around the likes of you for any length of time. Might I suggest not moving to Redmonton -- it's a little bit too liberal-minded of a town for you. Calgary won't do either, you know. With 900,000 people -- and a sizable gay community, to boot -- there's just too much chance of there being a similar situation there, too. How about Drayton Valley or Wainwright? Maybe Edson will do. Better yet, there's Bentley, where Stockwell Day, who is surely the finest leader the Canadian Alliance ever had, got his start in running a fundamentalist Christian madrassah... er, I mean academy.

On the up side, Ferry did actually do some "research" for his column by getting in contact with Surrey school trustee Heather Stilwell, known to all sorts of Canadians as the leader of the effort to ban from Surrey school libraries books that featured same-sex parents, presumably out of the fear that some children might be led to believe that gays and lesbians are not horrible monsters that need to be run out of town. That's more effort than he usuallly puts into his work.

"Great green Gomorrah"? You're in the wrong part of the country, then, Jon...

...don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
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