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(Toronto Star)   Idiot erects 15 foot cross on his front lawn with a noose hanging from it and is shocked when some people have a problem with that. "It's not a hate crime. If anything it's a hate crime against me. I've been a victim"   (thestar.com) divider line 177
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2011-04-10 12:11:58 AM
i55.tinypic.com
 
2011-04-10 12:18:46 AM
Both the cross and the noose are traditional methods of execution, and I suppose I can see how you can make a hyperbolic statement that your hardships are comparable to execution, but you must understand that those two symbols have additional meanings, especially when paired together. At best, this serves to simply obscure and muddle your point, at worst it is taken as a message of hate against many groups who have nothing to do with your situation and who you have nothing against.

Or maybe you're just dumb and filled with hate.
 
2011-04-10 12:20:51 AM

TheOmni: Or maybe you're just dumb and filled with hate.


Or maybe you think your little problem is so much more important than everyone else's little problems and that damn bridge you don't like is every bit as terrible as murder!

Attention Whore.
 
2011-04-10 12:29:26 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: TheOmni: Or maybe you're just dumb and filled with hate.

Or maybe you think your little problem is so much more important than everyone else's little problems and that damn bridge you don't like is every bit as terrible as murder!

Attention Whore.


Well. There you go. A bit wordy, but sums it up nonetheless.
 
2011-04-10 12:33:41 AM
In the guy's defense (his only defense), his house is being bulldozed.
 
2011-04-10 12:36:27 AM
I can't believe all these Christians going around displaying a method of executing Jews, especially a very famous Jew. It's celebrating hate crimes is what it is, but it's perfectly acceptable for some reason.
 
2011-04-10 12:44:10 AM
Must be the home of the new alt troll.
 
2011-04-10 12:59:12 AM
A noose on a cross is a bit of overkill. Maybe he should have it throw rocks and be electrified as well.
 
2011-04-10 01:08:27 AM

gopher321: In the guy's defense (his only defense), his house is being bulldozed.


"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."
 
2011-04-10 01:27:26 AM
A Campbellford artist celebrated for his design of the toonie

Ok. I give up. what is "the toonie"?
 
2011-04-10 01:34:03 AM
Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

log_jammin: A Campbellford artist celebrated for his design of the toonie

Ok. I give up. what is "the toonie"?


The Canadian two-dollar coin
 
2011-04-10 01:38:44 AM
Now he knows how Nelson Mandela felt
 
2011-04-10 01:53:28 AM

Chariset: The Canadian two-dollar coin


guess I could have looked it up...
 
2011-04-10 02:29:20 AM

log_jammin: Chariset: The Canadian two-dollar coin

guess I could have looked it up...


They also have a loonie
 
2011-04-10 02:56:33 AM

abb3w: gopher321: In the guy's defense (his only defense), his house is being bulldozed.

"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."


I see I've been beaten to the punch. Hardly surprising really.
 
2011-04-10 03:07:39 AM
hubsub54.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-04-10 03:13:18 AM

log_jammin: Chariset: The Canadian two-dollar coin

guess I could have looked it up...


It's not intuitively obvious. The one-dollar coin has a waterbird on it and is affectionately called the 'loonie.' So the two-dollar coin = 'toonie.'

www.banffnationalpark.com
 
2011-04-10 04:48:23 AM
Go ahead, "decorate" your front yard to your heart's content. Offend anyone you like.

Of course if 10 big mean guys show up at 2AM to offer their opposing arguments-well such is the free debate of a modern society.
 
2011-04-10 04:52:12 AM
He should move to America where self-expression is one of our most cherished and respected freedoms!
 
2011-04-10 05:06:46 AM

Ed Finnerty: He should move to America where self-expression is one of our most cherished and respected freedoms!


Depending on the state, he'd be in the noose by now...
 
2011-04-10 05:09:48 AM

TheOmni: but you must understand that those two symbols have additional meanings, especially when paired together.


He doesn't have to understand anything. He put it up on his own property for reasons that have nothing to do with what everyone's getting in a tizzy about. Let the outraged people be outraged, it gives them something to do.
 
2011-04-10 05:22:07 AM
Canuckistan
 
2011-04-10 05:22:55 AM

Chariset: It's not intuitively obvious. The one-dollar coin has a waterbird on it and is affectionately called the 'loonie.' So the two-dollar coin = 'toonie.'


Wait, we have a 50 cent piece in regular circulation? I've never seen one in my life.
 
2011-04-10 05:30:32 AM
Tell me, moron: living in Canada, what political oppression are you experiencing that's as bad as brutal public execution?

... The town is taking too long to decide on the solution to a traffic problem. Ah.
 
2011-04-10 05:33:52 AM
farking Campbellford.

Just... farking Campbellford. Dated a girl from there once. That was interesting.

And yes, Campbellford loves their farking association with the Toonie:

i.imgur.com

If memory serves (and that's no guarantee it does, since my life then was basically fuelled by alcohol, pot, and other youthful irresponsibilities) there is -- or was, I haven't been there in a decade -- another one predating the GIANT FARKING TOONIE that was smaller, nearer the ground, made of wire mesh and strung up with Christmas light dealies so it lit up.

miss diminutive: Wait, we have a 50 cent piece in regular circulation? I've never seen one in my life.


Apparently so, and I've never seen one either. I've seen more bullion coins than I have fifty cent pieces.
 
2011-04-10 05:36:27 AM
After RTFA, he didn't seem "shocked when some people have a problem with that"

"Some people might find that image disturbing - I find it disturbing - but the idea is to be thought-provoking," he said. "It was out of sheer desperation for the way I have been treated that I chose a very edgy subject."

Benevolent Misanthrope: TheOmni: Or maybe you're just dumb and filled with hate.

Or maybe you think your little problem is so much more important than everyone else's little problems and that damn bridge you don't like is every bit as terrible as murder!

Attention Whore.


Or maybe art is about expression through metaphor and imagery; maybe art doesn't have to limit itself to within the confines of your sensibilities. And maybe yes, the destruction of his home is, to him, as terrible as murder.

/He's an Attention Whore because he's trying to call attention to an issue he cares about? You're right, how dare he!
 
2011-04-10 05:38:14 AM

miss diminutive: Chariset: It's not intuitively obvious. The one-dollar coin has a waterbird on it and is affectionately called the 'loonie.' So the two-dollar coin = 'toonie.'

Wait, we have a 50 cent piece in regular circulation? I've never seen one in my life.


From my wallet:
img607.imageshack.us
 
2011-04-10 05:39:54 AM
The last words of jesus: "Peter! I can see your house from up here!"
 
2011-04-10 05:43:34 AM
PS. On closer inspection, the 50 cent coin has a unicorn on it. Badass.
 
2011-04-10 05:47:30 AM
zulius 2011-04-10 05:06:46 AM

Ed Finnerty: He should move to America where self-expression is one of our most cherished and respected freedoms!

Depending on the state, he'd be in the noose by now...


Oh i get it, cause Southerners hang people...aren't you clever.
 
2011-04-10 05:49:56 AM

Jorn the Younger: Or maybe art is about expression through metaphor and imagery; maybe art doesn't have to limit itself to within the confines of your sensibilities. And maybe yes, the destruction of his home is, to him, as terrible as murder.


Yes, this is true.

It's also true that art is open to naked criticism for the exact same reasons.

In this case, I don't really get his metaphor. Is he suggesting the bulldozing of his house is a crucifixion where they also hang the victim?.

Me, personally, I would have made a bulldozer out of thousands of smaller toy bulldozers to metaphorically represent the way local government piles together a bunch of tiny rulings and ordinances to create a larger problem. The bulldozer would be attacking a house, the house itself would be constructed to appear to be built out of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Charter itself would be constructed from copies of land and property deeds, as a metaphor for how our freedoms shelter and protect us but can be easily eroded if ignored, and how those freedoms themselves are, like the bulldozer, built of the thousand tiny fragments that make up day to day life. In front of the house I'd place a specially prepared taxidermy piece, and anthropomorphized deer, that is, bipedal, wearing a common man's old flannel bathrobe to represent the common man losing his natural habitat and being left unable to defend himself as a deer in the headlights.

I would give a small talk about how it's a deconstruction of modernism and modernity as a three-dimensional sculpture done in the mode of Picasso's Guernica.

I would title the piece "The Gorgon of Witchcraft: The Nation Weeps for an Artist: A Spike Lee Joint".

But what do I know from art? I never designed a coin.
 
2011-04-10 05:58:54 AM
So what, now I can't install a gas chamber on my front lawn? Sheesh.

/Guillotine?
 
2011-04-10 06:15:57 AM
I personally think it's stupid but you can't censor someone else's version of "art" and not censor someone else's.

I worked a construction back in the late 90's. There was a disabled vet across the street who used to come and borrow some tools and we were glad to help him. One day we went by and it happened to be MLK day and he had a confederate flag in his window with a cross and a circle drawn in it, an American flag turned upside down and touching the ground.

He was never loaned another tool again.

As I said, stupid on his part, but he got the attention he wanted so he has that going for him.
 
2011-04-10 06:40:27 AM

gopher321: In the guy's defense (his only defense), his house is being bulldozed.


So, it's against Fark policy to post the map of his house or his address, but it's pretty easy to find his website, and on it he has his home address listed.

If you then look at the google map, you'll notice that it's in pretty much an ideal spot for a bridge.

It's not a bad looking house, but it doesn't appear to be historic, and it's directly across the street from a big box retailer - a pretty crappy location for a house, other than the river view.
 
2011-04-10 06:40:34 AM
So who is the idiot? Was it Carl Pilkington? Is he back from abroad already?
 
2011-04-10 06:47:37 AM
geek-woman.com

Solved
 
2011-04-10 06:57:46 AM
miss diminutive:Wait, we have a 50 cent piece in regular circulation? I've never seen one in my life.



Wow... never worked as a waitress or a cashier your entire life? Lucky you!
 
2011-04-10 07:05:55 AM
Ha Ha, Canada is getting as gay as England.
 
2011-04-10 07:10:50 AM
"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

"But the plans were on display ..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."
 
2011-04-10 07:14:34 AM
Dr. Mojo PhD: description of proposed installation piece

There's no way that will get the credit it deserves, but it was Just. farking. Magnificent.
 
2011-04-10 07:23:02 AM
Dad?
 
2011-04-10 07:32:20 AM
He should have just put up a flag pole, with a upside down Canadian flag at the top. It works here in the states. But does a upside down Canadian flag look any different than a right side up Canadian flag?
 
2011-04-10 07:35:54 AM

GiraffeWaffles: miss diminutive: Chariset: It's not intuitively obvious. The one-dollar coin has a waterbird on it and is affectionately called the 'loonie.' So the two-dollar coin = 'toonie.'

Wait, we have a 50 cent piece in regular circulation? I've never seen one in my life.

From my wallet:


The only time I remember seeing them was at the CNE aboot 30 years ago.
 
2011-04-10 07:37:43 AM

The Iron duke: But does a upside down Canadian flag look any different than a right side up Canadian flag?


When it's upside-down, it's two men looking up at a vagina.
 
2011-04-10 07:39:49 AM
So how does this qualify as "free speech"? I would think posting a sign that said "you people are assholes for destroying my house" would qualify because its "speech" relative to the topic he's concerned about.

A cross with a noose on it? All that says is "I'm insane. Please bulldoze my house and haul my ass off in a white coat"
 
2011-04-10 07:47:38 AM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: The Iron duke: But does a upside down Canadian flag look any different than a right side up Canadian flag?

When it's upside-down, it's two men looking up at a vagina.


Wait, what? What would Canadian men do with a vagina?
 
2011-04-10 07:57:50 AM
FTFA - Brent Townsend knows the display is especially controversial in a town that gained notoriety last Halloween when a Ku Klux Klan getup won first place in a costume contest.


Considering what a simple outfit that is, I kinda wonder why that won...
 
2011-04-10 08:03:55 AM
People get particularly upset about the noose. A few months back I took the family to Universal Studios Orlando. The waiting area for the Shrek ride is themed as a torture chamber and there are various devices in the rafters. I noticed several point point to the iron maiden and comment "ohh that must hurt" then point to the noose and say "oh my, they should take that down, that shouldn't be up there".
 
2011-04-10 08:09:24 AM
BEWARE OF THE LEOPARD.
 
2011-04-10 08:10:55 AM
Can we get an AW law? Between this and the book burning pastor that used to be a woman, I'm getting sick of AW being told to STFU and then claiming they're the victim.
 
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