Only in Your OJ in Canada

One can only hope those disaffected Liberians haven’t crammed a few pulp fiction pieces in their JanSport. It seems this popular genre, legal in the United States, is seen as corrupting the morals of our Canadian friends and is expressly prohibited.

    Part V, Section 163 (b) of Canada’s Criminal Code:

    163. (1) Every one commits an offence who

    (a) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, circulates, or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation any obscene written matter, picture, model, phonograph record or other thing whatever; or

    (b) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.

(emphasis mine)

One can only guess why our Canadian censorship champion has not heretofore found the passion to speak to this. Perhaps he is still mulling over another piece of Canadian knee jerk legislation? Regardless, he or anyone else interested may find the following article from the Ottawa Citizen interesting if not reason for U.S. appreciation.

� Pulp mags break the law� pg. c2
Ottawa Citizen, October 31,2004.


"phonograph record?" I can just see someone smuggling a 78 rpm across the border.

When was this law written?

1949. And still on the books. More> if interested

Those of us Canadians who are sane and rational don't pay any attention to jackass laws such as that one, for one thing, and Canada is not in the habit of hypocritically touting itself as the freest nation on Earth while it is in the process of enshrining anti-homosexuality in the constitution or trying to re-write the First Amendment. In point of fact, we are actually treating homosexuals with greater regard for their human dignity. Perhaps that is why you hate Canada?

In any event, the law you cited pre-dates our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and might not have been declared unconstitutional simply because there hasn't been a challenge to it.

Rest assured, however, that if any neo-fascist, jack-booted, elected parasite from Ottawa every tries to pry my George Carlin 78s out of my still warm and living hands, I'll give it a full write up on my site.

What the hell is a crime comic? A comic about a crime... or one used in the commission of a crime? I suppose that if you rolled one up, soaked it in water, and froze it, it could be a pretty handy, if weird, weapon. Huh.. I have been watching too much CSI.

Before the Comics Code Authority came along there were a lot of comics dealing with crime, some got pretty violent and dealt with very adult topics. The closest thing today would be DC's Gotham Central, which even though I ahve complained about the violence in it, would be tame by the standards then.

We all have some rather unique (and some may say "antiquated") laws. Here in the United States, some things are kept "on the books" for generation after generation. Some of our states still have miscengation laws and the Governor of Massachusettes even waved one in the air in his fight against "gay marriage". My wife (female) giggled when he traipsed about the evening news and I (male) sighed and turned off the television. My contribution to walking away from pop culture, so to speak. Meanwhile, I'm taking an inventory of my 78s (I have a copy of Basie's "One O'clock Jump" in mint condition) and placing them in a secure location in the event that Ashcroft's successor decides to emulate you folks up in Canada.

I take it you've never seen Frank Miller's Hard Boiled or Sin City?

One can only hope those disaffected Liberians

... disinfected Libertarians?

Seriously, half the fun in a LISNews-like forum is pointing out felicitous spelling errors that make interesting new phrases. Some of us are or have been catalogers, after all, and if we don't point out the error, we reflexively tag it with a '[sic]'.