Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wow, I missed this one too. Speaking of suspicious fires, a rural house belonging to a member of the Calgary Hells Angels burned down in February 12 2012.
Initially it was reported to be their clubhouse. However, the Calgary Herald claimed a police source said the property is owned by someone with links to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, but it is not their clubhouse. The local Hells Angels have a clubhouse east of Calgary at another location.
Let’s take a look at Edmonton Hells Angel Scott Jamieson and his company Showgirls located in Edmonton. Kim Bolan spotted his hummer advertising his company at the Whiterock Hells Angels party in their Langley Clubhouse. 5 PM Saturday Kim Bolan recorded: One Hummer with Alberta plates advertises its business with detail painting: Showgirls Exotic Nightclub of Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Edmonton.
A Hells Angel from Edmonton associated with Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. Now that is suspicious. We know that a Hells Angels’ puppet club in Grande Prairie called the Baseball team was recently involved in Grande Prairie’s largest cocaine bust. We also know that the Edmonton Hells Angels (51 – Edmonton Angels) supplied the White Boys Posse as they branched out from Edmonton trafficking cocaine in smaller towns all over northern Alberta.
We know that two patrons of Showgirls in Edmonton followed a mentally challenged mark after he left the club then robbed and beat the victim to death. The judge in that case noted the bouncer admitted he initially lied to police about the incident, but accepted that was explained by his fear that his manager could have been involved and the club was owned by the Hells Angels.
We know that Neil Patrick Cantrill, an Alberta Hells Angel was accused of the production and distribution of large amounts of methamphetamine. Court documents allege the Hells Angels are believed to be in control of "meth" sales in Fort McMurray.
We know that Two Hells Angels from the Edmonton chapter allegedly partnered up with a Fort McMurray drug kingpin to ensure his cocaine-trafficking operation ran smoothly. The full-patch Hells Angels were Alan Peter Knapczyk, 35, and John Reginald Alcantara, 37, and the head of the Fort McMurray drug gang was Jeffrey Mark Caines, 36, who plead guilty to trafficking cocaine.
Alcantara - who was handed a 14-year prison sentence after being convicted of conspiring to traffic cocaine - pleaded guilty to an identical charge. He admitted he had entered into an agreement to assist Caines traffic cocaine in Fort McMurray, but denied that Knapczyk was part of it. I.E. he took the fall for him.
The prosecutor alleged Alcantara, who was then a prospect for the Hells Angels and sponsored by Knapczyk, was the front man in the agreement and collected the weekly fee while Knapczyk was the enforcer behind the scenes.
Court heard the agreement involved the removal of any rivals of Caines' drug gang, ensuring other suppliers in the area did not undercut his business and the protection of Caines and his distributors for a weekly fee of $20,000.
"Essentially it gave Caines free rein to supply cocaine in the specified area and protection for those he supplied," said Hrabcak. "In return he paid a fee or tax to the individuals. The reputation of the Hells Angels was used to enforce the agreement." That makes it a criminal organization alright.
The Hells Angels were convicted of doing the same thing in Winnipeg. Not only did they profit from selling the Zig Zag crew cocaine which they in turn sold as crack, but they also collected dues or protection money from them to eliminate rivals in the drug trade. That pattern keeps repeating itself across the country as they branch out and take over the drug trade in smaller towns and communities.
Clearly Scott Jamieson’s Showgirls in Edmonton appears to be the same hub in Edmonton that Tbarz in Surrey is for the Jones brothers drug trafficking operation. Seize the bar. Word is on the street that the Edmonton PD is still struggling with allegations of passing on information to the Hells Angels. Maybe that’s why they were suppressing homicide stats by calling a SUV riddled with bullets as a suspicious death instead of a homicide.
What I really want to know is in one hand we have strippers and blow. In the other hand we have crack and hoes. There was a girl who went missing from Edmonton. Shannon Collins Her sister was told she was working in the sex trade industry for the Hells Angels.
Sadly enough, just like the Surrey house of horrors, Georgina Papin from Edmonton’s remains ended up on the Pickton farm. She frequented Showgirls. Just like Stephanie Lange from the Orange Number Five in East Van did. The Orange Number Five was run by the Hells Angels as well. There also seems to be a few missing women from the Edmonton area. If the Hells Angels control the drug trade and the strippers in Edmonton, do they control the prostitution there as well?
Without flogging a dead horse I will cite the news that there are two new faces added to the list involved in the class action sexual harassment suit against the RCMP. Despite the fact that many of the complaints go back over 20 years, one is forced to ask how such a large organization became so unprofessional and politically incorrect.
We realize that times have changed. Now people are rightfully concerned with sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Back in the day, the TV series Archie Bunker demonstrated how inappropriate some forms of racial humor and bigotry was at one time.
We do joke about how far we have come to the extreme where we sometimes become over sensitive to being so politically correct, the original quest becomes distorted and lost. An example of that is the recent Human rights complaint about Earls using the term Albino Rhino Chicken Wings.
When I first saw the half page add in the paper announcing the human rights complaint, I thought it was a joke. I thought it was a add promoting the Albino Rhino Chicken Wings at Earls. I wondered if they were really serious. The next day the Vancouver Province ran a full page ad confirming that they were serious about the complaint. A group of albinos were complaining the term was being used on a menu.
The day after that the letters and comments poured in from readers who thought they were going a bit too far. One reader said my favorite dish at the Chinese food restaurant is the fat boy then asked if he could sue. Implying that he was over weight and the use of that term was discriminatory. As far as I’m concerned the term albino used at Earls was just an adjective like black eyed peas or white chocolate. Being Albono isn’t really something people view as being bad.
Likewise we can get carried away with sexual harassment. Recently we had our biannual sexual harassment training at work. You’d think that after taking it twice a year for so many years we would be well trained in how to sexually harass someone by now.
I realize that sexual harassment is nothing to joke about. We joke about it because we think it is so absurd. Forcing someone to perform sexual favors to get job promotions is just out of touch with reality these days. One of the questions on the training form says you can be guilty of sexual harassment just for staring even if you haven’t said anything.
Understandably there can be cases of leering or staring at a woman’s breasts or obviously looking her up and down which would clearly make her feel uncomfortable and be deemed sexual harassments. Yet this too can be taken to the extreme.
After the training session a coworker came up to me and was discussing something. I said you aren’t allowed to look at me when you talk to me because that’s leering and is sexual harassment. I was joking. Yet sometimes it feels like bloody hell, we can’t say anything. We can’t even look at someone. What are we supposed to do, walk around with out eyes closed and our mouths covered in the event that we might in some way offend someone?
Nevertheless, when you look at the RCMP complaint, the long list of infractions is quite significant. Making a female employee pose for a picture beside a naked blow up doll. Telling her husband that she had sex with coworkers at the office when she didn’t. Bringing dildos to work. It is getting rather bizarre and unprofessional. One has to wonder why every other large corporation gets sexual harassment training twice a year, and how the RCMP somehow avoids that. You would think the RCMP would be leaders in sexual harassment training and protect coworkers from that kind of abuse not be perpetrators of it.
I do remember a case where three female MLAs in Surrey were caught pulling a prank on each other with a jumping dildo of some sorts. It wasn’t deemed sexual harassment because they were all women but it did raise eyebrows and the public was forced to wonder how appropriate and how professional that was on the tax payer’s dime.
I guess that’s my emphasis here. What is professional and what is not. Sexual assault is a serious crime. When a police officer sexually assaults a fellow officer that is serious. All the other jokes and innuendos are kinda dumb and although it may not seem like a big deal to many, it really is unprofessional.
Here’s the deal. We don’t restore faith in the RCMP by hiding the dirt, we restore faith in the RCMP by addressing it. Clearly there has been an ongoing era of inappropriate unprofessionalism. This does need to change. Once that change is made and once a level of professionalism has returned to the organization, then public trust can return and be rebuilt. However, it has to be genuine not just a new series of ads and commercials. Raising self respect by building an organization members can be proud of will rebuild the public trust and respect. It’s that simple.
Here we have it. A flaming idiot bragging about the new budget like he’s some kind of a rock star. 1) This is not a good budget. 2) Stephen Harper is not a good person.
The circus side show was launched as a distraction from Elections Canada’s announcement that the Robocall scandal has expanded to 200 ridings not just one making it impossible to be the result of one rouge member.
Getting rid of the penny isn’t really a big deal but it is an a smaller way. What are small businesses going to do to calculate all those ridiculous new taxes on everything we buy? They are either going to round up or round down. If they are supposed to support small business, why are they encouraging consumers to shop across the border in this new budget? These guys are truly insane.
So Stephen Harper has officially killed the penny. As well as the adage a penny for your thoughts because his government clearly does not want to hear our thoughts. A Conservative is supposed to be a conservative not an extremist. A Right wing extremist is no better than a Left wing extremist simply because they are both extremists. A real conservative shuns extremism and appeals for common sense.
Stephen Harper is not a conservative. He is what Ron Paul would describe as a neo con. A new kind of extremist that is really a con man striving to con the public instead of polling the public. In practice a neo con does not support democracy. They resort to dirty tricks and propaganda to railroad their strange agenda as they wave the flag and give vocal lip service to democracy.
The spin doctors were rationalizing the news that the Robocall scandal has expanded to 200 riding instead of just one by claiming there have only been 800 complaints spread across 200 ridings. That would mean the dirty trick voter suppression was not significant enough to change the results in any individual riding. I do not believe that there were only 800 instances spread over 200 ridings. We know there was more than that number in Guelph alone. What’s significant is the proof that more than one riding was involved.
This budget raises the retirement age from 65 to 67 because Harper gave the banks $65 billion when they didn’t need it. That flaming injustice is the heart of this budget and needs to be addressed. That is nothing to brag about.
Clearly the disinformation campaign continues to fan the flames of the original problem. It has become a circus side show of propaganda just like the inherently dishonest HST adds. We don’t want a penny for your thoughts. We want to brain wash you so we can rip you off. Taking our pensions and giving them to the banks.
Excessive privatization for the sole purpose of removing public accountability so they can rip consumers off like in the BC Hydro disaster. It really boils down to greed. Ripping consumers off so their friends can get rich and contribute to their bizarre political campaigns.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Someone just sent me this link and said they couldn’t believe I missed it. I glad they did. I can’t believe I missed it either. I had heard about another fight in North Fraser Pre trial but I thought it was just another case of the little piggies fighting over pumpkin pie again. I didn’t realize Robert Thomas got knocked out by Matthew Johnston. What’s Thomas doing in Fraser North? I thought he was in Kamloops with Joey VP Verma.
Kim Bolan reported: Two fights involving gang members at the North Fraser Pre-trial Centre in the last week have escalated tensions inside the over-capacity institution. Two Hells Angels charged in the same murder case, Robert Thomas and Norman Cocks, suffered cuts and bruises in two separate fights with other gang-linked inmates.
Thomas got into a punch-up with accused killer Matthew Johnston, who is charged in the Surrey Six murder case, on March 15 at the Port Coquitlam institution. Thomas was knocked out, but not taken to hospital. Johnston, who police say is a member of the Red Scorpions, was not injured.
Two days later, Cocks was in a fight with Stephen Matheson, an prisoner charged with robbery who has gang links. Cocks had his nose broken and was taken to hospital for stitches, but is now back at the pre-trial centre.
Now that’s what I’m talking about. Robert saggy ass petty thief from Ontario gets knocked out by Matthew Johnston. Three cheers. I guess the bullies aren’t so tough one on one. They rather jump someone when they outnumber them with baseball bats and hammers. We wannabe Robbie Cox gets his nose broken in prison. That is less surprising. I guess people don’t have a lot of respect for rats who gang up on one guy and give him the boots. Surrey, what! Rep’in the hometown in the Big House. Word.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
What do we know about the Whiterock Hells Angels? We know they have a clubhouse in Langley and they threw a party there at Jabba’s Palace. We also know three members of the Whiterock chapter of the Hells Angels – Randy Jones, Larry Amero and Villy Lynnerup. Three unlikely associates part of a drug dealing business machine.
Keeping in mind, the drug trafficking ring tied to the Whiterock Hells Angels where Randy and Tbarz were implicated and Trevor was indicted, was transporting and distributing 450 to 1,000 kg of marijuana and 100 to 200 kg of cocaine every month for at least five years. That is a huge operation.
Villy is a bit different. He’s more of a thug. Sure he can get on a plane with a briefcase of papers connecting the Outcasts to the East Vancouver Hells angels and the Jesters to the Whiterock Hells angels but that really doesn’t make him a businessman. He’s the sergeant at arms. Villy was accused of breaking all the windows in a guys car with a baseball bat. The victim wouldn’t testify against him so the charges were dropped.
Larry’s not as much of a businessman as Randy Jones or Bob Green but he plays his role. In fact, he’s a player. His boat was the one that said Steroids and Silicone. You can’t get any more shallow than that. Given Larry’s build one would think he likes steroids. Didn’t make him bullet proof though. Larry was shot with Jonathon Bacon in Kelowna.
That shooting pretty much confirmed our earlier suspicions about Larry being friends with Jonathon. It wasn’t just a matter of being caught together. They were racing all over Lake Okanagan in Kelowna making a big scene challenging people to fight on a house boat. Before they were shot they came out of the closet with their relationship in a very big way. They weren’t just publicizing it, they were bragging about it.
So here’s the math. If Jonathon Bacon was a drug dealer and Larry Amero is with the Whiterock Hells Angels, what was Jonathon doing with Larry? Larry does have a criminal record for drug production. Kinda makes ya wonder who was supplying the Bacon brothers. We know it wasn’t the UN.
Randy Jones being implicated in that huge cross border drug trafficking ring would pretty much set the stage for their drug operations. Tbarz was implicated as the hub of that drug trafficking ring. So what is it with the Hells Angels, strip bars and drug trafficking? They seem to go hand in hand. It makes you wonder what else they’re involved in.
We know that back in the day when the Surrey house of horrors was in full operation, all the crack houses in the area bought from the Hells angels. Support Whiterock gear was prevalent. There was a pool hall beside where Tbarz is now that they use to sell out of. Right by where Paul’s Piercings in now. What a winner that guy is. Not. It’s a lot safer to go to West Coast Piercings than Paul the Pervert. So there we have it. The Businessman, the Thug and the Player. All fulfilling their role in the huge cross border drug trafficking ring. Seize the bar. And the clubhouse. Carpe Diem.
Honourable mention goes to Little Whiterock Ryan and the Chipmunks who raps about the Hells Angels and is also connected to Weird Hal Porteous. Weird Hal was of course tied to convicted cocaine smugglers Rob Shannon and Jody York. Come to think of it, Jody's house in Langley was shot at too just like Bob Green's cousin Len Pelletier.
Jody and Rob were both doing the same pot for cocaine run on behalf of the Hells Angels. Larry Amero, and Little Ryan posed with Weird Hal in that promo picture for Revolution Martial Arts. Little Ryan was also associated with Ryan Chiappe, Kalib Starnes and Rob Velek. We know that Revolution Martial Arts was tied to the Hells Angels as well as Kevin LeClair who was a Bacon Brother associate. Imagine that.
Of course the Whiterock Booby Prize goes to Mike Robatzek the big boob himself. He’s a member of the Whiterock chapter that owns the house in Abbotsford where Ryan Saint-Ange was shot dead in. We remember Mike. He’s one of the two idiots that had their bikes seized for speeding excessively and weaving in an out of traffic like complete idiots.
What’s worse is that Mike’s bike was the one with the giant pink princess seat on the back. That was the bike that fell over on video. I think one of the other members pushed it over because that bike and that guy is embarrassing. Another small town crook from Vernon of all places. Home of the Vernon Greeks. In fact his cousin Doug Brownell is on trial in Vancouver for his involvement with the Vernon Greeks. Clearly a criminal web begins to unravel.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Turns out that the three convictions in the massive ongoing Hells Angel cross border ring are new but Trevor Jones’ indictment isn’t. He was indicted back when the first arrests were made, except no one told us. So how long before Trevor is extradited? Can he be extradited from Argentina? Is he allowed to travel when he has been indicted in the US?
The sad thing is, we know this is not the first nor the last time the Hells Angels have been charged in a huge cross border drug ring. Weird Hal Porteous’ pal Robbie Shannon was busted for running a massive cross border drug ring for the Hells Angels not long ago. Now Tbarz and the Jones brothers are implicated in another huge cross border drug ring and Trevor in indicted.
We know that tons of assets in the US were seized. I wonder if any Canadian assets will be seized like the bar since it was the hub of the operation in Canada. The arrests and convictions in these two drug rings have shown us a few things. First that it continued after it was shut down. The Hells Angels controlled all the grow ops that were producing that much pot to be transported into the States and the Hells Angels control all the crack dealers that were selling the cocaine in Canada on the street as crack. Some of it was sold as cocaine. We know Vinnie had a thing for hookers and blow.
Since they control all the grow ops and the crack dealers, all they had to do if find another mule and that they did. While the Hells angels as an organization remain unscathed and untouched by the courts. If they ran then operation as an organization, then that criminal organization should be held accountable as an organization.
It’s like when they get caught hiring a hit man to kill someone. If the Hells Angels as an organization contract a murder, then that criminal organization needs to be charged and held accountable for that murder. I’m all for the freedom of association. It’s just that the freedom of association does not include the right to belong to a criminal organization and commit crime.
Ya had to feel sorry for Rob Shannon. He was living it large for a while but is doing some serious time in a US prison now while his employers run around business as usual. Except for Larry Amero. I guess now he’s limping and laying low.
Now I kinda feel sorry for Trevor. He really doesn’t seem like that bad of a guy. He certainly isn’t the alpha dog in that business arrangement. If you look at the ori9ginal registration for the Dank Energy Drink domain name, Trevor’s’ name was used but so was Randy’s e-mail address. That means Trevor couldn’t have set up up and can’t amend it. Only Randy can amend it because his e-mail is used for authentication because that is the e-mail they have on file.
It would appear that Randy set it up and put Trevor’s name on it. Just like how after I posted how Randy used his name and the e-mail tbarz81 to register the Tbarz domain. At that time it was registered in his name not Trevor’s. After I posted that, he changed it over to his mother’s name. Did that really change ownership of the domain? It wasn’t her e-mail address on file for authentication.
Makes you wonder why he has the land title of the bar in his mothers’ name. Well, not really. He’s trying to hide his ownership so it doesn’t get seized by the police. Hiding your assets like that during a divorce is illegal. So this time instead of a brother getting screwed it’s a real brother. A biological one. With friends like that, who needs enemies.
This is a rather strange one. I’d hardly call prostitution a charter right. If I’m not mistaken, prostitution wasn’t illegal, just public solicitation which appears to be upheld by the decision. Clearly what consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own business. The concern is the consenting adult’s part. All too often people are forced into prostitution, often underage girls and boys sadly enough. That is not legal.
Public prostitution on the street corner brings with it an array of social problems. All too often it is accompanied by drug addiction. Yet legalizing brothers is a concern when you’re talking about a crack addict chained to the bed who is paid in crack as was seen in a Montreal crack house. I have to agree that exploitation isn’t sexy.
So, if a woman is “allowed” to be a prostitute is she “allowed” to be self employed or does she have to work for the Hells Angels. Does this new order provide protection for woman who are forced to work for the Hells Angels or does it just make it even more difficult to protect those women from that kind of exploitation?
Although I totally oppose the courts over stepping their democratic boundaries, one interesting element of the decision states that prostitutes are allowed to hire body guards while exploitation by pimps is still illegal. Just how do then plan on preventing exploitation by pimps. The new order makes that almost impossible.
The interesting part is the right to hire body guards. Back in the day, before the Hells angels took over the prostitution in Vancouver, Enforcers used to protect the ladies of the evening. If a John mistreated one of the ladies, the enforcers would beat him up. When the Hells Angels took over the business, that practiced stopped and the number of sex trade workers that ended up disappearing increased exponentially.
We know that Otis Garret was convicted of hiring the murder of a mother and her twin seven year old daughters for testifying against him in a Prostitution trial. Otis was convicted of running a brothel in San Francisco for the Hells angels called the Love Nest. Since the Hells angels ran that brothel, how on earth does this new order protect women from being exploited by pimps like the Hells Angels?
We know that the court heard another US Hells angels forced a woman into prostitution. The court was told he said you work for me now. We know that after a horrific murder at the Surrey House of Horrors, the victims girlfriend was told she had to become a prostitute to repay her boyfriends debt. We all know what organized crime group supplied the Surrey House of Horrors with cocaine and profited from the atrocities that occurred therein. How does the new order prevent a crack house like the Surrey house of Horrors from returning under the guise of being a legalized brothel?
Monday, March 26, 2012
Wow. I knew they must have been a reason I liked that guy. I just wasn't comfortable with him in the Campbell's Collusion. Now he's with the BC Conservatives. There is an alternative to the Christy Crunch. The rising tide is revealed.
Van Dongen, the MLA for Abbotsford South and former solicitor general, rose in the legislature to blast the Liberal government for a lack of integrity, before announcing his defection. John Cummins, Leader of British Columbia's Conservatives, welcomed John van Dongen, MLA for Abbotsford South into the BC Conservative Party. “John van Dongen is a man of principle and integrity, and I am delighted that he has joined B.C.’s fastest-growing party," Cummins said in a news release.
Speaking of dissension within the ranks, provincial auditor-general John Doyle pointed to a lack of transparency about over $80 billion worth of B.C. government contracts in private-public-partnerships or P3s, ranging from independent power producers to construction of the new Port Mann Bridge.
Don't get me started on the Port Mann Bridge. First they were going to twin it. Made perfect sense. The current bridge is new and in great condition not like the Patella bridge which is literally falling apart. But no, Gordon Campbell wanted a King Ramses monument and decided to build one monster bridge at twice the cost. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at the insider trading that huge over expenditure cost.
So instead of having two cost effective bridges side by side, they decided to build one monster bridge at twice the cost without any consultation with taxpayers whatsoever. Spending money to tear down a perfectly functional bridge is absurd. Now I here they are thinking of turning it into a park. They're going to turn the old bridge into a park. The insanity and fiscal irresponsibility just never ends.
A home owner near the PNE saw a huge spike in his hydro bill after the Smart Meter was installed. Hydro claims it's not just Smart Meters but everyone who's experiencing a huge spike in their bills? That is supposed to make us feel better? These are gangsters committing a crime.
Just because Ontario is doing something doesn't mean we have to follow suit. They aren't happy with their Smart Meters and the TOD billing either.
Stop Smart Meters dot ca
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Freddy was right. Three key players in a multinational drug-smuggling operation with ties to B.C.'s Hells Angels were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Jacob Burdick, 34, of Marysville, Wash., was sentenced to 12 years for directing the distribution of drugs and money from a warehouse in Kent, Wash.
A California couple, Michael Murphy, 62, and Pamela Marie Murphy, 58, of Penn Valley were sentenced to prison terms of 12 years and 18 months, respectively. Michael Murphy served as chief pilot in distributing B.C.-grown marijuana and cash across the U.S. to cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta. He would collect money made from pot sales and return it to California to buy cocaine bound for B.C.
"The smuggling organization had ties to members of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang in British Columbia," the U.S. Department of Justice said. Judge John Coughenor highlighted the connection between the marijuana going south and the cocaine going north. "This [marijuana] is the commodity that is sold to generate cash to buy cocaine, which has done significant damage in Canada," the judge said.
A Canadian man, Trevor Alan Jones, has been indicted on several counts in the drug bust, along with several others. Jones, born in 1970 and now a fugitive in the U.S., is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine in the western district of Washington state.
Jones, who goes by the alias "Red," is six-foot-one, weighs 220 pounds, has red hair and brown eyes. Rewards for his capture are available at the discretion of the U.S. Marshals Service. Through wiretaps, U.S. investigators determined the drug ring was transporting and distributing 450 to 1,000 kg of marijuana and 100 to 200 kg of cocaine every month for at least five years.
Trevor Jones has been indicted and is now a US fugitive? Wow!!! We remember they were implicated when the bust first happened. Court papers said Tbarz was the hub of the Canadian Operation. That would be owned by Trevor's brother Randy not Trevor. However, it might be in their mother's name now just like the web site. Who would put a strip bar in their mother's name anyways?
Trevor was the registered owner of Dank Energy Drinks a new and improved "Hemp" energy drink. Only "Trevor" used Randy's e-mail address to register that domain. I wonder if Randy will be on the red carpet at the next Juno's? No doubt his pal Russel Peters knows where he is. Good luck to ya Eggman. You are the Walrus now.
CTV put out an interesting documentary about Robert Pickton called The Pig Farm. It’s available on DVD and came out in 2010. It was well done in the sense that they tracked down and interviewed people who actually lived on the farm and it really showed how problematic the police investigation was.
There are a lot of wackos out there with criminal records of violence. The police had 40 to 100 suspects. A daunting task at the time with all the budget cuts. The problem was getting a search warrant. Police received a tip that one person who lived on the farm saw Willy in the barn with a dead woman hanging by a rope. When the police called her in to question her she adimatedly denied it so they couldn’t get a warrant.
They finally got a warrant when a former resident of the farm said there was an illegal weapon on the farm. That gave the police the right to enter the farm. That wasn’t until Feb 5 2002. They found women’s’ clothing, ID and an inhaler belonging to one of the missing women. That finally gave the police enough information to get a warrant to search the farm for bodies.
One resident of the farm claimed Willy asked him one night if he wanted to get a hooker. He claimed Willy said do you know what I do with hookers. He then pulled out handcuffs and a belt and told him he handcuffs them and strangles them. Two days later a couple of Willies friends came up to him and asked to speak with him in the trailer. There they confronting him claiming he stole from Willy and beat him up. He took that as a warning not to say anything about what Willy told him to the police. So he didn’t. He left and kept his mouth shut. Other people beating him up would also imply other people were involved in the murders.
Although it was informative, there were a few very crucial points completely left out. The documentary barely said a word about Willy’s brother Dave who also lived on the farm. It didn’t mention a word about the fact that Dave had been convicted of sexual assault on that same farm himself. They didn’t say a word about another accusation of sexual assault involving Dave when the woman claimed Dave tied her to the bed with bungee cords and tried to shove pills down her mouth. The police acknowledged on the stand that when they searched Dave’s room they did find bungee cords and pills just like the woman described but said just because someone is accused of a serious sexual assault doesn’t make them a murder. Rather bizarre not a word about that was mentioned in the documentary.
There wasn’t a word mentions about Dave association with the Hells Angels either. Nor was there a word mentioned about the Hells Angels grow op and illegal booze can on site. Strange how they didn’t mention a word about Piggy’s Palace in the documentary. That was pretty significant.
However, there were a series of very relevant statements made by friends and associates of Willy. “Every human is capable of killing. I just really don’t think that Willy could do it all on his own. To this day I’m still not sure what happened on that farm.”
“Do I think he acted alone? I think he acted alone most of the time but I don’t think he acted alone all of the time.” “I feel there are other people involved. There’s too much evidence point towards other people being involved.”
“Willy needs to go to jail for what Willy did. So if he’s guilty of X number of murders or DISPOSAL OF BODIES, he needs to go to jail for that. But if there’s other people involved, they need to go to jail for that, not Willy Pickton.
Perhaps that is the most relevant observation. The instructions the judge gave to the jury was that Robert Pickton could be convicted even if there were other people involved. Even if he wasn’t the main person involved. He could be convicted if he was simply an active participant. So what if other people were involved with murdering women on the farm and Willy helped dispose of the bodies? That needs to be addressed. We still haven’t heard which off duty police officers attended parties at Piggy’s Palace and why. Wally Oppals refusal to let anything about the Hells Angels involvement be discussed at the inquiry mocks the families and makes the inquiry meaningless.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
This is the epitome of greed. Hummers and SUVs have become popular choices among drug dealers because they are so expensive not many people can afford them. I have no idea why because SUVs are butt ugly. They aren’t sporty at all. They look like a soccer mom’s mini van. Hummers are so outrageously expensive they just aren’t worth it.
This photo of a hummer parked outside Costco in Kelowna is creating quite the stir on Castanet. A lot of people are understandably upset about it. People hate it when a disrespectful kid or young man parks in a handicapped stall just because they think they are better than everyone else. It is a prime example of greed. It’s disrespectful.
Some people tried to appease the anger by claiming the store wasn’t open but that wouldn’t make sense. If the store wasn’t open there would be many empty parking spots they could have parked in. The concern is a lack of respect for others. Like a young prick blasting his music with no regard for anyone else on the planet.
Or like an old prick who has loud pipes and intentionally guns it in a quiet neighborhood to piss off everyone else just because he has no regard and no respect for others. They say pride cometh before the fall. We can only hope. Time will tell. It always does.
I’m not going to say a lot about trade unions other than there are good and bad unions just like there are good and bad people and politicians. The defining question we need to ask is are trade unions protecting us from corporate greed or are they themselves consumed in greed. Which is worse – a greedy corporation or a greedy union? They are both the same.
Right now there is a lot of polarization surrounding the teachers strike. The government should pay teachers a fair wage and allot money for education because education is important. No doubt. The government using the kids as political pawns in their campaign to slash budgets so they can keep giving themselves a raise is wrong.
Yet, in the real world, how much taxes we spend on education counter balances with how much money we spend on heath care and other government programs like police, fire as well as road and bridge construction. The money has to come from somewhere.
Likewise the union using the kids as pawns to get a bigger raise for their members is wrong too. Is your dispute really about class size or is it really about wages? Why did you choose to become a teacher in the first place? You’re only in grade 12 once. Cutting out extra circular activities in that crucial year will never be replaced. What if that extra curricular program is the only thing keeping a kid in school? Dropping the program and having that kid drop out of school would be a tragedy.
They say the company gets the union it deserves. If a company is ruthless in exploiting it’s employees, they usually get or create a militant union to counter balance that drive. Some of the most productive and profitable companies are ones that actually consider customer service and genuinely care about how they treat their employees.
I’m going to make two posts that may seem off topic but do relate to the heart of confronting organized crime before I dive in to the Kelowna summer jam. Since blog posts usually get buried after they’re made, I’ve devoted a web page to keep track of the K Town OC. (Organized Crime in Kelowna)
The term Canadian Values is a term politicians often exploit to promote their own political party while trying to tear their opponent’s political party. Often politics is more about tearing something down then building someone up. The new attack adds against Bob Rae are a prime example.
The liberal party was wiped off the map last election. Yet the Harper government is so paranoid about them that they have issued new attack adds targeting their new leader no where near an election. Bob Rae rightly pointed out that the Harper governed just tears things down. They aren’t capable of building anything up.
Unfortunately, the Liberals have vowed to fight fire with fire and the resulting mess reminds me of that pivotal BC leadership debate between Mike Harcourt, Rita Johnston and Gordon Wilson.
Rita Johnston were fighting back and forth like cats and dogs. Rita Johnston was insulting everything possible about Mike Harcourt including his manhood. Mike Harcourt just stood there and smiled holding a BC Care Card in one hand and an American Express card in the other saying which do you really prefer? As the debate got heatred and Harcourt and Johnston were arguing back and forth, Gordon Wilson said “There you have if British Columbia. This is why nothing gets done in Victoria.” He stole the show.
Gordon Wilson, who’s party was previous nonexistent prior to that debate, stole the show. He was calm, intelligent and constructive. He gave voters a hopeful alternative. Unfortunately, his marriage to one of his MPs was scandalized and Gordon Campbell took over the party and sent it straight down the toilet. Gordon Wilson was hopeful. Gordon Campbell was not. One tried to build something up, the other succeeded in tearing it down.
Which brings us back to the term Canadian Values. Most Canadians have an image of what they feel is important and how they want to be viewed in the world’s eyes. When I think of Canadian Values I think of the Canadian General in Rwanda portrayed in the movie shake Hands with the devil. Canadians have been known for their peacekeeping efforts. Most Canadians want Canada to be peace keepers not war mongers or war profiteers
One of the values that most Canadians cherish is compassion. Compassion is not a bad thing. Christ had compassion. The good Samaritan had compassion. Even Meg Ryan who played a Canadian in the movie French Kiss had compassion.
Unfortunately politicians have tried to tarnish and scandalize the value of compassion. Linear thinking politicians try to related it to a left versus right debate. The right scandalizes compassion while calling it socialist. They claim we shouldn’t have compassion because that takes us down the road that leads to Communism. That is probably the most ironic statement in recorded history.
Hijacked Communism like we saw under Lenin, Stalin and East Berlin was known for it’s lack of compassion and lack of tolerance. It really wasn’t that much different from what hitler gave us in Fascism. Two different roads leading to the same place - dictatorship.
I really liked Carol James. She tried to restore dignity to British Columbia with the motto “Because everyone matters.” She cared about seniors getting exploited and shut out. It was a heart warming campaign that made you feel proud. It restored our dignity in ourselves and in our country. So do Jack Layton.
Jack Layton had been around as a politician for many years. No one really took him seriously because he was labeled as a left wing union loving socialist. They kept saying the NDP would tax and spend us dry when they were the ones that did exactly that with Mulroney style pork barrel politics. Brian Mulroney was not a good man. That is why the Reform party separated themselves from him. Stephen Harpers brought the party full circle into enduring the very insanity they originally sought to correct.
As people because disenfranchised with the corruption within the Liberals and the heartless intolerance and extremism within the Harper Government people started to take Jack Layton seriously and heard him out instead of listening to the silly stereotypes that not longer were believable.
Jack Layton came across as a friendly politician who really cared. Not just someone who kissed a baby on camera while holding a knife in his hand to stab voters in the back. Jack Layton personified his motto of love, compassion, hope and optimism. Those are all good values that most of us cherish.
Another politician who historically inspired us was Lester Pearson. He was a man who built things up. Her accomplished many great things as a result. I have heard it said by a Reformer of old that Old Age Pension was welfare for the aged. In one sense I can understand what he meant. OAP is separate from CPP. CPP is a pension that we all pay into. OAP is not. It’s just a top up that everyone gets when they reach 65.
Should someone who ism independently wealthy get OAP? That is a valid question. The problem is that many companies payed a better wage 20 years ago then they do now. Compare that to the skyrocketing cost of housing in the last 20 years and you see a huge discrepancy. That’s not even including the fact that most large corporations keep many employees as part time to reduce their wage increases and benefits.
Most seniors now are in the poverty range. Most retirement pension plans take the OAP and the CPP into consideration when they calculate their pay outs. Cutting the OAP from most seniors would have tragic results. However, to question whether or not the extreme rich should receive the OAP at all is a valid question.
The problem is that the heartless right gets it’s campaign donations form the extremely rich. If the Harper government was to submit legislation stopping the OAP for people with a certain amount of assets then those campaign contributors would complain.
I’m just trying to say that we should indeed remember the spirit of Jack Layton. Love, compassion, hope and optimism are good things. Rolling up are sleeves and working together to build a better country with a vision of Canadian values is a good thing. Attack adds that tear each other down is not.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Speaking of suspicious fires, I didn't realize Slack Alice's burned down February 5th 2012. Reports suggest at the time of the fire, Slack Alice's, which had been in business at the location for about 20 years, was closed for renovations and a possible liquor violation.
The fire department originally said the fire had suspicious overtones but after a more thorough investigation, the cause of the fire could not be determined. “There was too much damage,” said Deputy Chief Dave Spalding with the Penticton Fire Department. “We could not find a point of origin or a cause.”
Dave Revelle owned the Reflex Gym. One source claims, after it closed its doors, it conveniently burnt to the ground within weeks of going out of business. We remember Dave Revelle. He was convicted of Cocaine trafficking. David Giles was caught on wiretap claiming Revell "went (to Calgary) to make money for me" and that "he made me 30 grand in the past few months."
The Pier restaurant burned down two months after the Reflex Gym did in October of 2007. It had been sitting vacant for a year. The Pier Marine Pub has also been linked to the Hells Angels.
Earlier that same year, February 2007, Digstown Clothing in downtown Kelowna went up in flames and officials were treating the cause as suspicious. Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo owned Digstown at the time. Dipopolo's divorce settlement was reported a year later.
I'm not sure what year Senor Frog's suspicious fire was before it became Champagne Charlies but that is also very relevant. A fire destroyed Lars' home on Butt Road August 2009. The home owners did have insurance.
If you know of any other suspicious fires please let me know. The heat is on at the Kelowna Summer Jam 2012. The bottom line is I can see a pattern emerge but maybe it's not insurance fraud. Maybe there's a secret gang war between the Hells Angels and some rival like in Winnipeg where they are firebombing each others businesses. Maybe someone is targeting the Hells Angels and it's not fraud after all.
Word is there's going to be a lot of media attention on organized crime in Kelowna this summer. What with Brtiney Irving and Dain Phillips murder trial and all. Word is there's going to be a lot of heat in Kelowna this summer and I'm not talking about the sunshine. I'm talking about the Kelowna Summer Jam 2012. "If ya get jammed up don't mention my name." Much. Stay tuned, more to come. Much more. If you would like to participate in shedding the light on organized crime in Kelowna this summer, drop me a line. Cheers.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Here we go again. Dave, his Royal Ratness, Habib was the owner of Senior Frogs when it had a suspicious fire before being renovated into Champagne Charlies named after Guy Charles Stanley from the East Vancouver Hells Angels.
Well after getting the Liquor licence back for the Liquid Zoo after is was shut down for Hells Angels affiliations, the New Zoo has had another dare I say suspicious fire with Guy Smiley ready to answer questions. How about answering how Mike and Sam's trial for Oxycontin Fraud is going? Or just tell us how Dale the Bitch is doing in his new fruit stand. Somebody please give that guy a quarter to have a rat chew off those facial warts before they spread anywhere else. Like all over Richard Goldammer's ass.
I'd call it suspicious because they just put it up for sale for a million bucks when it's "assessed" at $800,000.00. Pretty steep for a three year lease if ya ask me. Looks like the fire department got there too fast for there to be any insurance claim this time. Why is it that inside the Liquis Zoo there's a neon sign advertising for Diggstown Clothing (run by Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo)? Time to boycott bad business that supports betrayal and murder.
Vancouver’s latest homicide at a rundown Downtown Eastside hotel has renewed calls for the city to clean the building up. A woman in her 30s was killed in the Cobalt Hotel in the 900-block of Main street early Monday. The woman reportedly was stabbed.
The victim was among three stabbed in a violent spree in the upper floor of the hotel at around 6 a.m. Police say the woman was found in critical condition inside the Cobalt, but are not releasing any further details. The Cobalt is known for its hard-to-house tenants, many of whom have serious drug and alcohol problems.
The Cobalt is owned by slum lords Pal and Gurdyal Sahota. Gurdyal Sahota was recently fined $115,000 under the Residential Tenancy Act for repeatedly allowing a Surrey property to fall into disrepair and dodging his responsibility to make the property livable. It was the first time an administrative penalty had been imposed under the act.
Tony Terezakis was a Hells Angels associate in East Vancouver who video taped himself beating drug addicts who owed money as he shouted Praise the Lord and spit in their face at the Cobalt and the American Hotel in East Vancouver. Gee, I wonder what organization is running the drug scene there now?
The Vernon Greeks trial continues. They are the ones that had Hells Angels support gear. The Vancouver Province is reporting that the court heard the leader of the Greeks ordered the murder of a police informant.
The Vancouver Province is reporting about Jasmin Klair, the B.C. resident, was nabbed with 10 kilograms of cocaine at Smuggler's Inn in Blaine. I didn't realize the owner of the Inn was involved. That is tragic. They do a lot of good work for kids camps.
Gurjit Singh Sandhu, 24, Narinder Kaler, 25, and 20-year-old woman Jasmin Klair were arrested last December. Kim Bolan reported that Jasmin Klair (pictured above) told U.S. agents he needed to earn money to pay off a $325,000 debt he owed for losing 115 pounds of marijuana about 18 months earlier.
So are these part of the Dhure Dak Pak or did they owe the debt for the Marijuana to the Hells Angels? Either way they don't appear to be very bright. The sad thing is, if he lost 115 pounds of weed and 10 kilos of cocaine, he doesn't have long to live. Tragic indeed. Sometimes the easy money isn't that easy.
Graham James received a two-year prison sentence for sexually abusing ex-NHL star Theoren Fleury and Todd Holt, Fleury's younger cousin. Fleury and Holt said the decision was a national national travesty. They are absolutely right. This ties in with our earlier concerns about judicial arrogance.
Is the public really that stupid? D owe really need to be educated in the law and brainwashed by watered down jurisprudence until we come to understand that two years for sexually abusing two boys is a fair and equitable sentence? I think not. It's time the judges realize their arrogance and their refusal to be publicly accountable is in fact treason.
Fleury and Holt issued a joint statement about the decision:
"We know that childhood sexual abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country," Holt said. "Graham James once again . . . spread his sickness right through the courts of Canada.
"He conned the judge with his 'poor me' and 'I regret' statements. His lawyer defended the indefensible, and he's been rewarded for doing so . . . Graham James is laughing all the way back to the life he's always led knowing that justice for him is but a blip on the radar."
I don't know if childhood sexual abuse is more prevalent now as oppose to 30 years ago but I do know it is heinous as is this "judgement."
In another case the Crown's appeal of a conditional sentence for a Surrey woman who exposed her three-year-old niece to scalding bathwater, leaving the little girl with extensive burns, has been dismissed.
The offences began on Oct. 21, 2007, when the accused severely shook the infant and then placed her in an over-hot bath for about 10 minutes. Three days latter the tot was taken to Children's Hospital. The girl had extensive burns and bruises to her body.
Sounds like this is the year of failure to defend the child. Canada has now officially de evolved into a backward nations with this glaring flawed system that mocks justice.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Big news in the Guthrie McKay and Lisa Dudley murder. Jack Douglas Woodruff plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and has been sentenced to life in prison.
We remember the tragic story well. Police described it as a targeted hit at the time. Police responded to a shots fired call but the person who called first called the non emergency number and said they weren't 100% sure it came from that house. As a result the officer didn't even get out of his car to investigate while Lisa lay wounded for days before she was found and eventually died.
Yes it was a tragedy but remember the police officer wasn't the one who shot her and her husband. People had contacted me and said Hells Angels attended some kind of fundraiser for their kids. That was somewhat strange. What did the Hells Angels have to do with this wonderful couple? Guthrie rode a sports bike not a Harley.
The news today reports that the husband was running a grow op and had been doing so for some time. So the question is, who was he running the grow op for? Is there a grow op in mission not run by the Hells angels? Don't they use violence to take over the grow ops in that area?
So if Guthrie was running a grow op for the Hells Angels, why would they shoot him? Was he told to go away on holidays and someone did a grow rip while he was gone? Was he shot by a rival? Unlikely. The rival(s) would have been taken care of. The real question that needs to be answered is what is the motive for the murder?
The court heard that Lisa Dudley, 37, was the target of the plan carried out on Sept. 18, 2008. Guthrie McKay, her boyfriend, was to be killed "if necessary," according to prosecutor Jodie Harris. Wood-ruff was designated in advance as the shooter. Sounds like an organized plan to me. Who ordered the hit and why?
The shooter, Woodruff dated Karen Batke of Surrey before she disappeared around February 2007. Now it turns out he has confessed to murdering Karen but won't be charged due to a lack of "evidence". He claims she attacked him with a baseball bat in a drug fueled rage. So far the only evidence is his word. Sad.
The Office of the Police Com-plaint Commissioner has ruled Vancouver police Const. Lee Chipperfield didn't use excessive force in killing Paul Boyd during a 911 call on Aug. 13, 2007. Only I disagree.
Resisting arrest is a serious offence. Yet the law and more importantly the moral obligation governing the use of force addresses the concept of reasonable force. If someone pushes someone, pulling out a gun and shooting them in the head would not be an example of reasonable force. That would clearly be excessive.
In this case the police respond to a 9/11 call. Thanks for doing that by the way. It can be a thankless job as we all know. When police arrived at the scene after receiving a report of an out of control man on Granville, they came across Boyd.
One officer, while seated in a police cruiser, was approached by Boyd, who appeared to be holding a hammer. The second officer drew his gun, and ordered Boyd to drop the hammer and get on the ground.
Boyd, 39, complied, but when approached by police jumped up and struck the officer several times with a bicycle chain. Attempts were made to stop Boyd, but he ran into the street, swinging the chain. Const. Lee Chipperfield, one of the officers at the scene, fired several shots from his service pistol, with a fatal shot hitting Boyd in the head. Boyd was suffering from bipolar disorder and hadn't taken his medication that night.
OK bipolar not taking his meds. The police had no way of knowing that nor does it excuse his conduct. It just puts it into the perspective of mental health. He put what the police thought was a hammer down. Then he ran into the street swinging a chain. Shooting him in the head is excessive. In that case the officer should have pulled out his truncheon, trapped the chain and broken disabled the suspects knee.
If he had a knife and was making stabbing motions at the public that would have been more serious but what ever happened to putting one in his leg? Why do we always have to go for the kill shot and put one in his head or chest. Guy with mental health issues swings a chain and gets shot in the head. Then someone tells us it OK because the officer didn't do anything wrong. It's not OK.
We've all heard of the term my wild Irish Rose. Well yesterday the wild rose party of Alberta made the news. Everyone was making fun of them for their silly bus(t). They said it was a mistake and everyone was saying if they can't get a bus right, how on earth are they going to get the government right should they get the job.
I have two points on the matter. First, I don't think it was a mistake. I think some male capitalist in the party thought it was a good eye idea. They thought it was an eye catcher. Kinda like writing the word sex discreetly in an ice cube advertising some form of alcohol.
Second, I think the Wild rose party is worth looking at. They are supposed to be VERY conservative. More Conservative and separate from the "Progressive Conservative" party. Progressive, regressive. Tomato tomato.
When an older lady from the party was asked about the bus fiasco she said "We need to focus on heath care and we need to focus on seniors. That's what we need to do." Did I hear her right? An ultra conservative talking about protecting health care and Seniors? Why that sounds more like a Traditional Conservative than a modern Neo Con.
They even appear to be concerned about changing the drunk driving laws from .08 to .05 which I agree is stupid. We want to stop drunk driving. The people who are obviously driving impaired. Yes some alcohol can impair your driving but seizing your car after two drinks is insane.
Alberta’s Wildrose Party has come up with a unique way of fermenting populist anger against the ruling Progressive Conservative party. Wildrose members have recently been spotted giving away drink coasters outside of local watering holes, to protest the province’s new drinking and driving law. One side of the coaster features a slash through the number “.05” with the text, “drink responsibly,” while the other side has a red line through the letters “PC” and reads, “vote responsibly.” A novel campaign tactic, to be sure.
The coasters refer to a recently passed law, which will penalize drivers who have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .05, even though the legal limit under the Criminal Code is .08.
“We’ve done polling on this and we know that two to one Albertans don’t want the .05 legislation. They don’t like it,” said Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson. “They think it’s a gross abuse of government power. It infringes on people’s rights and it doesn’t go after the real problem on our streets, which is people who are well over the legal limit.”
They've done some polling have they? Now we know they don't have anything to do with the Harper government. The Harper government doesn't poll their constituents like the Reform Party. The Harper government spends money on attack adds to brain wash their constituents.
Harper's new attack adds against Bob Rae are a prime example. First, it isn't anywhere near and election. Second, Bob Rae's response was right on the money. He said the Harper Government only destroy things. they only tear things down. They are not capable of building anything constructive.
I'm not a fan of Bob Rae. I think the party made the wrong choice at the leadership convention. I think they should have elected Trudeau Jr. Yet I agree with his response to the Harper attack adds. Although I don't agree with the fight fire with fire approach. That is the same message.
I guess people were expecting I’d have something to say about saint paddy’s day this year. An old post I made about Ireland was getting a lot of traffic. For me Saint Patrick’s day is about a lot more than getting drunk. It’s about a cultural reflection. Two traditional songs that come to mind are A Nation Once Again and The Town I loved so Well. Both powerful and moving.
Scotland has the Saber dance where highland dancers dance with their arms and hands raised. Traditional Irish dancing on the other hand is with the hands at the sides symbolizing being in bondage to a foreign enemy.
The Harp is a traditional instrument of Ireland. There’s a lot of harp music out there that is nice but I find kind of lame and boring. Loreena McKennitt on the other hand is a Canadian harpist that breathes new life into that wonderful instrument rekindling the ancient with a voice and melody that glows.
I remember going to see a local band called Three Row Barley perform at the Rusty Gull in North Vancouver several years ago. I really enjoyed them. They were very good. One of the lead singers was from back east. Two songs that stood out were the Majestic Shannon and Get up you drunken Bastard.
When I was at the Vancouver Occupation I had my bogran and was talking with someone with a tin whistle. Someone came up to us and asked us where we were from. I said I’m from Surrey but they’re from the Holy Land. Oh, Israel they said. No, Ireland I answered. It depends on where you’re from as to what you consider holy. Yet this is our home now and that makes this land holy too.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Charges against one of the accused in the murder investigation of outlaw biker Randy Mersereau have been dropped by the Crown. Crown Attorney Shauna MacDonald made the unexpected announcement in provincial court in Truro this morning that two charges against Leslie Greenwood would not be proceeding.
He is also charged in the Windsor jurisdiction with first-degree murder in the September 2000 deaths of Mersereau's brother Barry and his common-law wife Nancy Christensen. Greenwood remains in custody on those charges.
Dean David Whynott, of 541 Truro Heights Rd., also had his charge of accessory after the fact withdrawn last year in provincial court. He was charged with assisting Jeffrey Lynds escape custody between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 1999, while knowing Lynds had killed fellow Hells Angel member Randy Mersereau. Mersereau’s body was discovered in a wooded area in North River in December 2010.
Jeff Lynds admitted to Randy's murder for the Hells angels but was not charged for that offense. He is said to have committed suicide in prison.
Outside the courtroom, after the charges had been dropped and Greenwood had been placed back in the holding cells, MacDonald said the ongoing criminal investigation in which five individuals are facing related charges prevented her from going into details.
“We have numerous accused and numerous charges involved in this operation and an investigation ongoing so I can’t comment a lot,” she said. “But we’ve had to do an assessment of when and where the best place to call evidence is in order to ensure accountability for everybody involved and at this time we felt it appropriate to withdraw these charges against Mr. Greenwood, bearing in mind he still stands charged with two first degree murder charges out of the Windsor jurisdiction.”
All this new information has us all wondering about Rusty Halls murder and his wife Ellen. Defence lawyer Al Begin said he too was surprised about the Crown’s change of heart when he was informed earlier in the week of the pending move. "First of all, I just want to put a stop to the rumour mill," he said, "there are no deals between Les Greenwood and the Crown." Time will tell.It always does.
There’s been more shootings in the Lower Mainland. The latest news is a couple of gang related home invasions. One was a stabbing in Fraser heights on Saint Paddy's Day. The other was on Feb. 26, when Kacey Rogers, 31, was shot dead in his home in the 14000-block Grosvenor Road in Surrey in what police said was a targeted attack linked to a home invasion.
Authorities in a town in Mexico's Guerrero state made a grisly discovery Sunday, finding 10 severed human heads near an open-air market, officials said. More gory gang related violence in Mexico.
We’ve talked about the extreme nature of the gang related violence in Mexico before and how it appears that their criminals have no respect for the sanctity of life. The violence keeps getting more and more deranged until one is forced to ask oneself who on earth are they trying to impress?
When someone commits a deranged act of criminal violence, that most certainly does not earn them the respect and admiration of the public. Fear yes, but respect and admiration, absolutely not. People don’t admire someone like Robert Pickton or whoever else was involved in the murder and mutilation of sex trade workers from the Downtown East Side. People don’t admire deranged murderers who hack up dead bodies just for kicks. People are repulsed by it. People question the metal stability of those who engage in it.
Ya gotta wonder, don’t these guys fear God? Life most assuredly does not end at death. Do they really think they can scare God? Why on earth would God be scared of these deranged criminals? They can’t even stand in his presence. Do they really think they can fool God? Do they think saying a couple of Hail Mary’s or a couple of Our Fathers will save them when they have committed a brutal murder? Do they think after they rape someone’s daughter and say Abracadabra, I believe in Jesus, that all will be well? Guess again. The devil knows who Jesus is and that knowledge doesn’t save him.
The bottom line is that we are free to make choices and we are accountable for the choices we make. If we have caused pain and suffering we will experience what we have done for ourselves. No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes and no matter what we have done there is a road back to redemption, but it isn’t as simple as some people think. When we start to glorify deranged acts of brutal violence, then we are asking for eternal justice to stop us from digging ourselves a bottomless pit.
I remember being back in Ireland many years ago. I was in a town called Limerick in a strong IRA area. It was actually a branch of the IRA called the INLA. I was sitting down having a heart to heart with a guy who claimed he was a mercenary and was just back from Lebanon. He talked about the violence and how he witnessed someone take the lord’s name in vain and someone else blew his head off because he thought the guy was religious.
I said to the guy, have you ever thought about a career change? He was a bit surprised by the question and said like what? I said gee I dunno, farming maybe? To my surprise he sighed and got all sincere. He said I thought about farming. My father’s a farmer, my brother’s a farmer. I tried it but it just wasn’t for me. Then I thought to myself I can’t believe I’m having this conversation. This guys two choices for career plans was being a farmer or being a mercenary?! Isn’t there something else in between those two extremes he could try?
Then I think about the brutal violence in Mexico and I say God help them. Not just the good, God fearing people of Mexico but the deranged criminals who are begging to be wiped off the face of the earth by committing those deranged acts. God help them because their time is short. They don’t have to wait for some far off judgment. Some other gang will give them a taste of their own medicine long before that. Sometimes justice isn’t so slow. Buyer Beware. As ye so, so shall ye reap. Word.
One group appears to be willing to call a ceasefire for the Pope's visit. Nice, but not nice enough.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Vancouver Province is reporting that the judges don’t want their independence to be under review and claim that they need to educate the stupid public about what it means to be learned in law. No big surprise there. No doubt the police didn't want a civilian body to deal with police complaints either.
Before a judge becomes a judge they have to be a lawyer first. At one public demonstration about judicial unaccountability, one man comes up to me and says, all judges at one time were lawyers. At what point does a crooked lawyer become an honest judge? Is there some kind of epiphany that’s supposed to take place because I’m not seeing it.
Judicial arrogance is nothing new. Lawyers and judges think they are better than everyone else because they are learned in the law and the public isn’t. That makes them better in their eyes. That’s why they refer to each other as their learned friend in court. I remember getting in a fight with one lawyer once as we were arguing in front of the trial coordinator about what direction the judge gave us for our next court date. I referred to him as my friend then proceeded to state my objections.
The other lawyer snapped. He went on this tirade about this and that then insisted I wasn’t a lawyer, I was unrepresented. The trial coordinator was surprised as she thought I was a lawyer and told me I’m not allowed to refer to him as my friend which obviously gave the implication that I was a lawyer. I said I am the other party and I am representing myself. I have the same rights as any other lawyer. I can’t call him my friend? He’s not my friend? How about buddy? Can I refer to him as my buddy? You could see the steam spewing out of the other lawyer’s eyeballs. He was furious.
Right before that he tried to get me to withdraw my application. We had made cross applications in court. He saw I was winning so he withdrew his application. I said to the judge that I had also made an application and have already served the other party with it. If they want to withdraw their application, I want to proceed with mine. He freaked. He asked me to withdraw and I just said I’m sorry but I believe proceeding with my application is the right thing to do. He came unglued and started yelling and freaking out right outside the courtroom.
After he left a friend noticed me and said Hi. I jokingly said sorry you had to see that. They asked why the other lawyer was so upset. I said he’s losing and he knows it. He wants me to withdraw my application and I said no. I joked and said when the other lawyer starts yelling at you, that’s a good sign. It means you’re right and they’re scared so they want you to back down. When the other lawyer is laughing at you, that’s isn’t a good sign. It means you’re screwed.
Aside from being arrogant, judges don’t want to be accountable because they don’t see interpretation of the law as a survey of public opinion. On the surface that argument has merit. Interpretation of the law isn’t a matter for Pontius Pilate to survey the mob. However, we do have a problem and their arrogant denial of that fact isn’t going to help solve the problem.
Right now we have no real mechanism to get rid of a bad judge. We need one. Peter Leask is a prime example. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand what justice is and isn’t. Giving someone house arrest for trafficking cocaine is not right. I don’t care how much watered down jurisprudence you’ve memorized. The law answers to natural justice. Most lawyers and many judges have no concept of natural justice whatsoever.
I remember back when we started this blog and website there were several demonstrations calling for more judicial accountability. One group kept showing up with signs that boldly declared : “Judges are the Problem.” They printed up T-shirts that said “Revolving Door makes Judges Accomplices” and “100% Contempt for BC Judges.” Their beef was property theft.
They had a guy named Jamie Pool in their neighborhood who kept ripping them off. The police knew who he was. Every time he was arrested he was given less time served not more. This infuriated the residents, understandably so.
In the United States they have a policy called three strikes you’re out. After making the same mistake three times, you get the book thrown at you. In contrast the VPD launched a proposal called 30 strikes and you’re out. As ludicrous as that sounds, they weren’t kidding. Our current system has a huge problem with chronic offenders. That still needs to be addressed.
Some people, mostly judges, claim you’re not allowed to criticize a Judge. Retired Judge Wallace Craig disagrees. He has seen the judicial pendulum of justice swing in the wrong direction and he claims that criticizing judges who make bad decisions is a moral duty. I agree. If our arrogant court judges aren't publicly accountable, then we don't have a democratic system. In the United States court judges are elected and can be impeached. Here they are untouchable.