Colby Cosh did a thoughtful post about free speech here
, and got anÂ immediate phone call from Ann Coulter herself: [Links added]Coulter: the she-devil in her own words
Coulter tells Macleanâ€™s she never had the chance to move on from a private dinner reception at which she was signing books, meeting local conservatives, and waiting for the all-clear from her bodyguard, who was on the scene at the university. â€?I was just reviewing my speech. It was a fine little speech, and by the way, I cut it down so we could have an extensive question-and-answer period. I gathered that I was going to have a very exciting crowd tonight.â€?The police, Coulter says, â€?had been warning my bodyguard all day that they were putting up [messages] on Facebook: â€?Bring rocks, bring sticks, you gotta hurt Ann Coulter tonight, donâ€™t let her speak.â€™ And the cops eventually said, weâ€™ve got a bad feeling, this isnâ€™t gonna happen. And they shut it down.â€?Coulter agrees with the suggestion that conservative speakers face greater dangers and nuisances in trying to encounter audiences on university campuses. â€?I speak at a lot of college campuses and I need a bodyguardâ€¦ Michael Moore does not; Judy Rebick does not. I think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could have spoken tonight with less controversy.â€? She dismisses the possibility, however, that things are ever likely to change. â€?Unfortunately, conservatives are too polite, so they will never get a taste of their own medicine in that regard, in terms of angry mobs with sticks and rocks.â€?She accuses the University of Ottawaâ€™s academic vice-president, Francois Houle, of â€?inspiring hatredâ€? toward her with his epistolary warning to her that she needed to be conscious of Canadaâ€™s criminal prohibitions of hate speech. Indeed, she says she intends, with [Ezra]Levantâ€™s help, to ask police to proceed with exactly the same charges against Houle.
One-man media empire Robert Stacy McCain
has more at various places around the web: