Sunday, December 4, 2016
Today was a magnificent day. As I was riding down King George outside Gus' shop you could see the snow on Grouse and the surrounding mountain peaks from the top of the hill. Then riding into Vancouver you could see the Lions covered in snow. The snowline was almost at the bottom of the mountain. It was like someone swept a paintbrush across the mountain and left behind a blanket of fresh snow. The season has officially begun.
I snowshoed up Hollyburn Ridge on Cypress today. It was awesome.
If you look closely you can see Lion's Gate bridge from the top of Hollyburn Ridge:
Saturday, December 3, 2016
I finally started reading George Christie's new book Exile on Front Street. It is freaking awesome. The preface contains that quote about Outlaws I previously posted:
"People confuse the outlaw and the criminal. Some outlaws commit crimes, but the real outlaw isn’t a criminal by trade. He’s someone who refuses to live by society’s established norms of behavior. He has an internal code and answers only to his own sense of honor and right and wrong. The outlaw doesn’t conform; he rebels. He doesn’t accept; he questions. In the end, the outlaw might change and adapt, but he bends for no man and won’t let his life be defined by someone else. Jesse James was an outlaw but so was Albert Einstein. I’ve been many things - father, son, husband, leader, brother, and friend - but through it all, I was always an outlaw."
That sets the stage quite effectively. In the introduction he states "Undercover cops and informants who have written about the club paint members with one brush. In those books, we're one dimensional criminal scum. Most outlaws who write about the life are just as bad. According to them we are heroic freedom fighters living only to ride." He then explains it's not all black and white which is very true. You simply can't stereotype everyone in anything.
His book is worth reading. He is someone I can endorse. The movie he made, the Last American Outlaw was profound and has inspired me to embark on three separate adventures starting this summer. The book is helpful because he addresses the betrayal of being out out in bad after he left the club and about being falsely accused of being a police informant when he wasn't. He tries to remind us what the dream originally was. As Pink Floyd once said, take heed of the dream. .
CBC is reporting that "Quebec provincial police have identified one of the victims in a Vaudreuil-Dorion double homicide as Rock Machine member Joseph "Fuego" Fluet. Fluet, 45, was one of two men who were shot and killed yesterday afternoon in a field behind a home on Montée d'Alstonvale" just outside Montreal.
Today is a sad day. I have to burn a bridge and say goodbye to some old friends. As Abraham Lincoln once said stand with any man as long as he stands right but part with him when he goes wrong. It is time for TBM Canada and I to go our separate ways.
I really think TBM was a good idea. I've spent many years of my life doing volunteer work in Canada and the United States and I realize it's hard to keep it going. Like any political organization, petty agendas seep in and power conflicts often distort the original intensions.
TBM Fresh Start is a great support group for former gang members in Scandinavia. Leave it to Canada to trash a great idea. Michael Green is a good man and a good leader. He means well. Recently the group was trying to do damage control on Facebook after a member of the Rock Machine left the group when they saw Charles Falco was a member.
I made a post saying maybe we shouldn't trash the brother for leaving because his concerns are valid. Charles Falco was a large scale crystal meth dealer who cut a deal and went undercover to avoid jail time. There is nothing noble in that. He then made a movie bragging about it. When you want a fresh start in life you leave the life you don't brag about being a police informant and betraying your brothers so you can get a reduced prison sentence.
Charles Falco jumped in and said he didn't become a police informant to get a reduced prison sentence. I responded with the truth and said that is exactly what you did and that is exactly what your movie brags about. He then said oh that was Hollywood. They changed the story. If you read my book you'll get the whole story. I'm not reading a book by a police informant full of lies.
Michael was determined to welcome him into the group and I accepted that. I just said you have to respect the fact that others who are in or have been in the OMG world might not be willing to accept him and we really shouldn't trash them for holding and expressing that opinion because those concerns are valid.
Then the John Carnie meltdown occurred and the real snake in the grass was revealed. I recently made a post about how John Carnie, the former president of the Ottawa Rock Machine had left the life and joined TBM. It was big news. John was a solid leader. Some members of the Rock Machine spammed Michael with complaints trashing John saying you shouldn't accept him into TBM because he was out in bad. They obviously didn't understand what TBM is. They aren't an OMG they are a support group for people who have left the life voluntarily or have been kicked out. It didn't matter to TBM if John had been kicked out or if he left of his own accord. They were there for him. That's what I liked about TBM.
They said the same thing about George Christie. After George left the Hells Angels they put him out in bad and falsely accused him of being a police informant. That was cheap and he explained it all in his new book Exile on Front Street. You wouldn't believe the amount of troll shit I had to filter about George after I endorsed him because people were afraid of him and intimidated by his leadership. Let's face it, great leaders have trolls trying to slander them. That's just a fact of life.
John Carnie was the same. He was a solid leader that got shafted by one of his fake brothers in the Rock Machine who felt intimidated by him. Then a little snake in the grass weasel in the Canadian TBM group did the same thing to John because he felt intimidated by John when John said he was willing to step up so John packed his bags and left. No one with any self respect would put up with that kind of shit from anyone especially from a guy like Tony.
It's not that I wanted to be in charge, I didn't. That's why I was holding back all these years. I wanted someone else in Canada to step up and be in charge. Someone that I could endorse. John Carnie was that man. Tony is not. Tony is a very small man who just wants another patch so he can bully people. I told Michael I could never endorse that guy. He tried to be a peacemaker and convince me to accept him and I just said I'm really sorry, it's not debatable. As long as that guy is a leader in TBM, TBM Canada will never be anything more than a facebook group.
Not only that, but as long as Tony is an administrator in that facebook group, TBM Canada will be toxic. Sure they could help a few people but they could also do more harm than good by fucking over people who came to them for help when they were vulnerable. It's the same OMG mentality. If you disagree with us then there is something wrong with you and we need to trash you. Good luck with that. I can't support that or be a part of it.
So I am very sorry. I'm sad to lose so many good friends but I am at peace because I know it's the right thing to do. Michael was clear that TBM Canada had to run exactly like TBM Scandinavia and I agree. It's just that I personally can't come to grips with providing safe houses for police informants. My advice is to leave the life and not become a police informant. If you choose to become a police informant to save your ass or to save the planet that is your choice but if you do I can't protect you. If you become a police informant the police have to protect you. That is the choice you made. As for Tony, Tony is a little bitch. History has recorded that.
Curt said to me once how he remembered one time when him and Larry were leading the pack, he looked back behind him and saw bikes as far as the eye could see. Sadly those days are gone. Pride and politics have killed the dream. That's why I ride alone but I do still ride. Peace.
CBC is reporting that "the man once known as the 'King of Laval' is on his way to jail tonight. Gilles Vaillancourt, who ran Quebec's third-largest city for more than two decades, pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy to commit fraud, dating back to his time as mayor. Under an agreement reached with the Crown, Vaillancourt will voluntarily repay the city $7 million from a Swiss bank account, as well as roughly $1 million in other assets, including his condominium. He is also waiving his pension. The plea deal calls for Vaillancourt to spend six years in prison. He could be eligible to apply for parole in a year." The plea agreement resulted in the gangsterism charges against him being suspended.
What's the difference between BC and Quebec? Quebec has an anti corruption task force, BC does not. Quebec is confronting organized crime, BC is not. That's the only difference.
Kim Bolan from Postmedia News is reporting that "a controversial rocker and Hells Angels associate convicted of stock fraud has died, three months after being shot in Burnaby, Postmedia News has learned. Adis (Ady) Golic passed away Nov. 22 from injuries sustained in the targeted shooting. The 41-year-old was gunned down on Aug. 22 around 8:30 p.m. in the 7700-block of 12th Avenue in Burnaby. At the time, Mounties said the shooter was a white man, dressed all in black, who hopped into a dark-coloured getaway vehicle with a roof rack."
Another white guy shooting someone in gang related violence. When Kim says rocker she means the guy was a heavy metal musician. He was with the heavy metal band Skard. John Bryce, the East Vancouver Hells Angels president appeared in some of their local videos.
The National Post is reporting that "Tens of thousands of dead herring keep washing ashore along Nova Scotia’s western coastline, a mystery for biologists trying to figure out what is killing the small, silvery fish. Craik said the fish could be succumbing to a virus, some form of pollution, parasites or a poisonous algae bloom — but lab tests have yet to determine what is going on."
Thursday, December 1, 2016
We knew it was too good to be true. Christy Clark, the queen of photo ops, held a press conference promising to spend $500,000 on rental housing and build 2,900 new rental units. It sounded good until you read the fine print. We knew it was too good to be true.
The plan is to tear town perfectly good rental townhomes and build high density apartments in their place. So in essence they are in fact displacing a whole lot of families to build new units so they can charge more money and make more profit without spending any money on new land. This is the cheapest way for the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation to make more profit at the tax payers expense.
If they were genuine and really wanted a helpful solution without turning so many struggling families lives upside down, they would buy the vacant lot across the street and build new units. That would be a press conference worth listening to. Unfortunately they won't do that because displacement and densification is more profitable for the Slumlords and the Post Media Marketing Company is more than happy to endorse the fraud for the public. God help us. No one else will.
The bottom line is that we need to elect a new government in BC. No political party is perfect but I know the NDP wouldn't be doing this to us. The Christy Clark government is the same as the Gordon Campbell government. I cannot begin to list all the corruption they have been involved with from BC Rail to money laundering in Campbell Heights to cutting back police task forces as soon as organized crime was found. Bruce Ralston and Mike Farnworth are good stable leaders who care about people. The BC Liberals do not. History has recorded that.
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The BC RCMP is reporting that "Colin Lamontagne, an honorary member of the Vertens MC, has been arrested again. Search warrants carried out on two residences in Nanaimo have resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of drugs, weapons and various other stolen items. The search warrants were carried out on Tuesday November 29th, at a home in the 300 block of Ninth St and in the 13000 block of Cedar Road. With the knowledge there may be weapons and an illegal clandestine lab, entry was led by the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the E Division Clan Lab Team."
"40 year old Colin LAMONTAGNE of Nanaimo was arrested at the Ninth St home and taken into police custody. LAMONTAGNE is presently in the charge category for Manslaughter originating from an incident in Victoria. LAMONTAGNE has been remanded into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Forcible Confinement and Breach of his Recognizance. His next court appearance is set for Wednesday December 7th."
"Weapons were seized at both homes. Several high end stolen vehicles were located at the Cedar Road residence. The E Div Clan Team was tasked with searching both homes for the illegal clandestine lab and located a large quantity of drugs and precursors from the Ninth St home, used in the production of GHB."
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Scan BC is reporting that #Langford crews on scene at Veterans Memorial Pkwy & Sooke Rd after a male high on drugs crashed his mobile drug lab into several cars. Dude, don't drive high.