TLP, I am surprised to read that we may have some common ground on this issue. My response is extremely lengthy because I think your comments were probably well intentioned and hence you deserve a full explanation.
I actually agree with this statement of yours:
"Some of Taipan's comments actually have merit in my opinion (such as there should be some way to limit or prevent immigrants of whatever ethnic persuasian from "parachuting in" and not really joining Canadian society properly), and I would bet that the majority of Canadians and other canadian immigrants would feel similarly."
Unfortunately you appear to have misread some of my posts. Let's start with your mention of my racism towards Australians.
Here is that post again, it also addresses the difference between "race" and "culture".
"My experiences in Australia have left me with the impression that the majority of the population are nice, decent, tolerant people of all races. Stupid stereotypes paint all Australians as colonial convict stock who are vulgar, loud mouthed, drunken, bigoted buffoons. This is a stereotype which I reject but if my experiences had been dominated by encounters with people like you I might have decided otherwise. Had that been the case I would not have put it down to race, I would have assumed that the local education system was severely lacking, some other local factor was creating dysfunctional attitudes, or perhaps mental illness was widespread. Do you see the difference?"
I recognize that most cultures have unpleasant characteristics worthy of condemnation, including my own. Taipan is a product of a particularly nasty and dysfunctional segment of his society, such anomalies exist in every country but I prefer to focus on Martin Luther King's words:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
When judging the content of character, race should not enter into it. Yes there are obnoxious people from most cultures and when they exist in large numbers the stereotypes gain traction, but that doesn't make it right.
There is a big difference between condemning somebody's adherence to unpleasant cultural habits versus condemning them because of their race, accent, etc.
I think you will probably agree with those statements. I trust you will also agree that making broad generalized statements about an entire race coming from "the shallow end of the gene pool", or obsessing over average penis sizes of any particular group, is more than just mildly offensive. Some Australians are like Taipan, so what, that doesn't mean they are all scum. Taipan is welcome to point to specific individual examples of bad behaviour but he should quit painting with a broad brush which includes everybody from his targeted racial group - usually Asian.
"I seem to think that many of our immigrants would defend the right to free speech and some, like my Dad, fought or died to protect that right."
Once again I agree and I don't just talk about it. I am pleased that you have relatives who were willing to put their lives on the line by donning their country's uniform. I have experienced the unmistakable sound of bullets whizzing over my head as a British soldier and it was unsettling but, as I told Taipan, it didn't deter me from later volunteering for the Canadian Militia. Obviously not something the Taipans of this world are likely to do but some folks prefer action over bluster.
"If continual badgering is leading to someone making insulting statements, don't you think the instigators have some responsability too?"
That's a fair comment but in Taipan's case he has a long history of flaming anybody who disagrees with him and he does so in a particularly crude and inflammatory fashion. He was very busy attacking innocents before I challenged him. Save your sympathy for a more deserving person.
"By the way some of my best and most respected friends and acquaintances have been of asian descent or background and I have not met one I didn't like(*). But I am still not happy about immigrants who don't really want to be a part of Canadian society, or who would not defend our citizens' right to free speech."
We have another point we can agree on. In my case my wife and my in-laws (except for the kids) are all first generation Asian immigrants and are fully integrated into Canadian society. Taipan is talking about my family, now you will understand why I have such contempt for him when he starts rolling in his sewer of hate and denigrates entire racial groups.
In summary, if I misjudged you I am sorry but I remain puzzled why anybody would choose to defend such a wretched bigot, even in the name of free speech. Fomenting contempt and loathing for visible minorities is not the sort of free speech I would choose to defend.
If Taipan chooses to remain relentless with his race hate and general intolerance I will continue to harass him. The beauty of this seperate thread is that we can continue without impacting the rest of the forum. Thank you ETB, that was a good idea even if you are now unhappy with what you created.
What if somebody listened to Taipan and missed that 61% increase in SFH values in just 39 months? They would have missed one of the biggest money making opportunities in Vancouver real estate for many years.