Monday, December 28, 2015
This is a video clip of Ed Sheeran singing a Bob Dylan song called Masters of War. I think it is highly relevant to the Hells Angels involvement in the Vancouver Gang war.
"Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud."
"Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul."
Sunday, December 27, 2015
OK so I've seen the new Star Wars movie and I'm not going to ruin it for those who haven't. I am going to comment on two aspects of the movie and apply it to our day. One is when good people go bad and the other is the struggle to obtain and maintain a free republic as opposed to a galactic empire so to speak. Both revolve around the struggle between good and evil.
This episode is basically a remake of the first episode only it's the next generation showing how history tends to repeat itself. Once again we see a good guy go bad and once again we see the empire rise up to take over the free republic. Only this time a storm trooper sees the light and leaves the empire. Somehow he figured out that killing innocent people was bad. It's hard to conceive how more couldn't figure that out but then again, no one wants to be a "traitor." If you are killing innocent people you are a traitor. You're not a traitor if you object to it.
So Luke trained a Jedi who turned to the dark side just like how Obi Wan did.The rise of the empire appears to be the same old drive for power and greed. One group wants to have power over another group so they try to over throw the free republic and establish a galactic empire where civil liberty does not exist. In the original Star wars saga a false flag attack was used to con the senate into giving up civil liberty. This time there was no false flag. A group just rose up and said here we are. We're talking over. The boldness of Bilderberg so to speak.
So the new saga has begun. Will the free republic be saved or crushed? Will the bad guy become good in the end? Hard to say. He starts off pretty bad yet already his weakness has been revealed. Time will tell. It always does. Yet in the struggle between good and evil it's hard to conceive how some can glorify evil. Oppression, betrayal, greed, a jedi seeks none of these things.
I must admit the recent lull in gang shootings over Christmas has been refreshing. Perhaps there is hope for this crazy world after all. I would like to take advantage of the break in violence to say a word about French tradition. Originally I was a chef by trade. When I was young I worked at a French / German / Swiss restaurant. I was raised with schnitzels and goulash and spaetzle and hollandaise sauce. Wherever you go, all the cooking terms are in French. That's because the French wrote the book on the culinary arts - twice. First it was Escoffier and cuisine classique as described in Ma Cuisine. Then they rewrote it and came out with Nouvelle Cuisine. Personally I like to remember the old and remix it with the new so the old ways aren't lost forever.
Back in the day they used to have something called chaud froid and aspec. At a buffet ,they would cover a ham or turkey with a white gelatin and cover it with intricate garnish. It was quite the art form. Then someone thought you shouldn't cover up the natural beauty of food and in the name of simplicity, the old ways were lost forever. I totally support Nouvelle Cuisine. I just think that many use it and the term rustic to become lazy and lose the old traditions. That's why I like to remember the old ways and remix them with the new.
England, Scotland and Ireland aren't know for their culinary expertise. England has roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, Ireland has Guinness and Scotland has haggis. More of a test of manhood than a culinary delight. The French refined the art completely. Yet it goes beyond food. French is a very romantic language. In Quebec they have a dozens ways to say girlfriend: mon amie, mon amour, ma vie, ma blond, ma chum - the list goes on forever. Another thing the French were passionate about was freedom. The motto for the French revolution was liberty, equality and fraternity. It was the French who gave the Americans the statue of liberty.
The French were known for their chivalry. They would have duels over honour. Netflicks is running a series called the Musketeers remaking the famous old story of the fight for right like Arthur and the knights of the round table. It leads us once again to the struggle between good and evil.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
As the holiday hype dissipates, I'd like to reflect on some French traditions. Before I do that, I'd like to make reference to John the Baptist or as they say in Quebec Jean Baptiste. June 24th is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, a National holiday in Quebec. So just who was Jean Baptiste?
The Christian calendar seems to revolve around Christmas and Easter. For many it's the only two times a year they actually go to church. The birth of Christ and the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Santa and the Easter Bunny have blended in making it a fun holiday for everyone even if they're not Christian. Yet somewhere between those two events was a man named John the Baptist. Here's a guy that prepared the way for Christ's mission.
History will tell us that Christ came over 2,000 years ago and taught many things before he was finally rejected and crucified. Josephus a non Christian Jewish historian will confirm that. Whether or not Christ actually rose from the dead, well that is indeed debatable. Yet the fact that he was here and taught many things about living a good life is not debatable. It is a historical fact.
As with Jean Baptiste. That is part of history. He was a missionary of sorts. Some might say he was an odd fellow, who lived in the wilderness, wore sackcloth and ate locus with wild honey. I used to work on a Kibbutz in Israel. I've seen the size of their grasshoppers. They're pretty big. Wouldn't take many to make a meal. Not something I'd want to try myself.
When I was in New York the brothers used to say yo bro you're on a mission which meant you're crazy. I'd always respond with yo bro I'm going on a mission. That was back when the Eurythmics came out with that song Don't mess with a Missionary Man.
Elijah was a missionary man. Some kids were making fun of him calling him baldy so he cursed them out. After that a couple of bears came out of the wilderness and ate the kids that were mocking him. They say karma's a b*tch so it is.
So back to JB. John the Baptist baptized people in the river Jordan. He even baptized Christ. Yet things didn't end will for John. He upset King Herod who put John the Baptist in jail. He was then beheaded and his severed heard was served on a silver platter. Josephus also confirmed Herod killed John the Baptist. That is a part of history. Yet me thinks things ended worse for Herod since even Ozzy Osbourne knows life does not end at death. We are free to make choices but we must one day face the consequence of our choices good or bad. That is natural justice. Peace.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas everyone. I'm not much into the Christmas spirit this year but winter is still my favorite time of year. The magic of a fresh snowfall transforming the landscape into a frozen paradise causes me to peacefully reflect.
I like water. Living in Vancouver we get lots of rain. So does Ireland. That's why it's always green. Yet water comes in different forms. You can ski on or snowshoe and climb ice and snow in the winter and you can surf or paddle on it in the spring, summer and fall. For those more adventurous than I you can ever scuba dive under neath it. I prefer to paddle on it or walk on it when it's frozen. The ice carving festival at Lake Louise was clearly a high point in my travels.
When the light hits ice it's a refreshing magical moment frozen in time. Like a prism transforming the light's rays into a rainbow. It's like looking at the magic of water being tossed up into he air and crystallizing into an intricate snowflake when it freezes. If that isn't magic, I don't know what is. Behind the dark clouds the sun is still shining. Out of the darkness and into the sun. Peace.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
VanCityBuzz is reporting that "A body was discovered in the Fraser River in Richmond on Sunday morning. RCMP are investigating the discovery, which was made at approximately 10:30 a.m. near Capstan Way and River Road. A number of marinas are located in the area as well as the two bridges." Homicide or suicide? Time will tell.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
I went snowshoeing on Seymour today up to First Peak. A meter of fresh snow at the base and two meters at the summit. Zero visibility but the local mountains are getting pounded with snow finally. The Okanagan mountains have much more consistent seasons. They don't get as much heavy dumps of fresh powder but they don't get the rain and snow alternating like we do either. So here on the West coast we take what we can get and right now surf is up.
Christmas Eve Update: Two meters of fresh snow in one week with no end in sight. That's the entire base. Three meters in total at the sumit. Avalanche warning is high. Great for skiers and snowboarders. I'm a snowshoer so I think I'll wait till some of the other weekend warriors break trail.
On a more positive note, I was at the Christmas Market at Arts Napps yesterday. I heard some Christmas music playing then looked up and saw it was live. A guy was playing guitar and singing. The sounds was profound. You know how some people when they talk they have a radio voice like they are or should be a radio host. Well this guy was meant to sing. I bought his CD called Simple Man and it's awesome. When you think about how the world is full of good and evil, this man is good. Talented as well as positive. His songs are all original. He is sincere, genuine, calm, peaceful, positive, uplifting and inspiring. I highly recommend him.
His CD makes for a great last minute Christmas gift and he also has digital downloads on Google Play as well as on Itunes and CD Baby. He even wrote a song called I Believe for the Vancouver Canucks and a seasonal song called Christmas Love. The album Simple Man starts off with Everything's OK. The sound is much better live an on the CD. The version of Found a Way Home is done with him on guitar and Dan Huget playing the electric violin. Profound. This is his web site.
Main Stream Media Censorship Part One was about media mergers, corporate mergers and how politicians as well as the media are lobbied by financial contributions from big business. Part Two is specifically about Dan Rather and Gary Webb.
Recently there was a movie made about the Dan Rather story called Truth. Wikipedia states: "Truth is a 2015 American political docudrama film written and directed by James Vanderbilt, in his directorial debut. It is based on American journalist and television news producer Mary Mapes' memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power. The film focuses on the Killian documents controversy, and the resulting last days of news anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes at CBS News. It stars Cate Blanchett as Mapes and Robert Redford as Rather." Cinimablend reported that "One of the big premieres at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was Truth." The headline of their article was Why CBS Doesn't Like Robert Redford's Dan Rather Movie. The sad thing is, the movie has been released but where is it? Like the movie about the Gary Webb story, most theatres aren't even showing it. It made news in Australia.
The sad reality is people don't care about the truth. In this article about media mergers and the possible demise of the National Post, one Canadian journalist from the CBC stated: "A lot of us in the business side of the media have been expecting bad news from the National Post chain for years. Can attaching itself to the Sun chain alter that? I, for one, never wished for the newspaper group's demise. One of my best friends works there. The media business is becoming a hit-motivated internet world, with news descending to the lowest common denominator equivalent of cat videos. But the Post chain has real reporters, digging for real original news." How true. The demise of investigative reporting isn't just because of Censorship from Corporate advertising. It's also because the consumers have become apathetic and are more worried about cat videos or movie stars love life than about anything that really matters. It is what it is.
Dan Rather was a very credible and well establish news reporter who was fired for reporting a true story about how George Bush got an elite assignment within the National Guard because of his father’s influence instead of going to Vietnam. On top of that he didn’t show up for a year. I remember the segment well. I was shocked at Dan Rather’s termination. It puts into question the freedom of the press. Dan Rather wrote a book about it called Rather Outspoken.
The Gary Webb story was similar but more profound. Gary Webb was an award winning investigative journalist that printed a series of articles claiming the CIA was responsible for the US Crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980's. The Agency fiercely denied it and embarked in a slander campaign against him. He ended up losing his job over it so he documented everything in a book called Dark Alliance. It is very factual and very compelling. I released my e-book on the 10th anniversary of his murder.
Gary Webb wasn't the first to claim the CIA had been smuggling cocaine into the United States to fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. The Kerry Committee had already established that. Gary Webb found the link to the cocaine the CIA brought into the US and a crack cocaine dealer named Freeway Ricky who has his own web site about the ordeal. After the publication of his book to support his series of articles and a public meeting drew out more witnesses, Gary Webb died of a suspicious suicide. He shot himself in the head twice. Jeremy Renner made a movie about the Gary Webb story called Kill the Messenger. Mike Rupert also died of a suspicious suicide.
The question remains, if the CIA were capable of discrediting Gary Webb and covering up their long term drug trafficking what else were they capable of doing? Operation Northwoods was real. We still need to address that fact. Is the press till free? I think not. Freedom never is.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The National Post is reporting that two convenience store clerks at a Macs in Edmonton were shot dead during a robbery 3:30 AM Friday. Three male suspects are in custody, ages 26, 24 and 13. All have records and all are prohibited from possessing firearms.
Update: The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the two clerks who were shot dead were shot and two different Macs stores. Bizarre. Colton Steinhauer, 27, and Laylin Delorme, 24 as well as a 13 year old boy have each been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Update: The National Post is reporting that "The Honda Element that was used in the killings of two Edmonton Mac’s employees was stolen from a Sherwood Park home five days earlier, in a violent home invasion during which a woman says she was bound, choked, repeatedly hit and threatened with a sledgehammer."
Friday, December 18, 2015
The Chilliwack Progress is reporting that: "The RCMP had a busy Tuesday rounding up suspects and seizing firearms, property and illegal drugs as part of an extensive police investigation. Police from the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit supported by officers of the Crime Prevention Office, Serious Crime Unit, Traffic Services, General Duty and Agassiz General Investigation Section executed five separate Controlled Drug and Substance Act search warrants in Chilliwack. The warrants contained evidence gathered during a four month investigation into a ‘Dial a Dope’ organization operating from two locations within the city."
"Five people were arrested and police seized a large quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine, heroin, material believed by police to be for packaging of product, several firearms, thousands of dollars in cash, luxury cars and Kevlar vests."
Police say they seized a large quantity of cocaine, crack and crystal meth but no amount is mentioned and there sure isn't very much on display in the picture. Nevertheless, the logic is sound. Going after crack and crystal meth will prevent violent crime. This is crime prevention. However, one has to wonder, if the Chilliwack RCMP is going to all that effort to investigate and arrest crack and crystal meth dealers in dial a dope operations, why on earth is the Surrey RCMP letting them sell crack in public outside the Front Room in Whalley? Something doesn't sound right and it begins with Bill Fordy. He's too busy doing other things then to worry about preventing violent crime. Perhaps that's why he's in that position.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Vancouver Province is reporting that "Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is urging a developer to drop Donald Trump’s name from a downtown tower project, saying the U.S. presidential hopeful’s 'hateful positions' have no place in the city." Three cheers. Donald Trump's racism isn't welcome in Vancouver. First he hated on all Latinos, then he hated on all Muslims. Who's next? One concerned citizen form North Vancouver wrote in to the Vancouver Province after Trump wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the United States and said Donald's Trump's attack on the constitution reminded him of that famous poem about the war:
"First they came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak up." How true.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Front page of today's Vancouver Province is another sad saga of Mountie Misconduct. You guessed it, more sexual misconduct allegations that basically repeat Trailrunners first hand observations which reveals the climate of unprofessionalism that permeates the force. If this happened once in a while we could understand that people are human. The thing is, it happens all the time and is condoned by management. As long as Bill Fordy and Craig Callen are involved nothing will change. When are they going to charge Bill Fordy and Jim Brown? They won't. That's why nothing will change. They have no desire to.
Castanet is reporting that "A Canadian man pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Monday for his involvement in a ring that used low-flying helicopters to smuggle cocaine and marijuana across the U.S. border in 2008 and 2009. Sean William Doak entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Seattle after fighting extradition for years.Investigators say the conspiracy was headed by Colin Hugh Martin, who has yet to be brought to the U.S. to face prosecution."
Previously it was reported that Drug trafficker Colin Martin who's helicopter had been used by the Hells Angels to smuggle drugs, claimed to have the “ability to control 70 percent of the work that comes out of B.C. and what comes into B.C.” He admitted to reporting other cross border drug smugglers to American Drug Enforcement Agents. In exchange they let him keep operating for 10 years. Colin was ordered to be extradited in 2014 but nothing has happened yet.
The Vancouver Province is reporting that "Police are asking witnesses to help identify a vehicle that may be connected to a shooting that occurred Monday in Surrey. Around 11:40 a.m. on Monday in the Surrey neighbourhood of Newton, a black Audi Q7 was spotted fleeing the scene of a shooting near the 12700-block 37B Avenue. Surrey RCMP investigators believe the shooting was targeted and is linked to a conflict in the street level drug trade."
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Two shootings in Toronto. The National Post is reporting that "Four guests at a northwest Toronto baby shower were wounded in a shooting outside the party on Saturday evening, police say. The pregnant woman at the shower fell during the melee and was taken to hospital as a precaution."
Joel Alexander died in hospital after being shot in a drive by targeted shooting Friday afternoon.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Wacotrib.com is reporting that "Four of the nine people killed in a melee between rival biker gangs outside a Twin Peaks restaurant were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police... Two of the four dead had wounds from only that kind of rifle; the other two were shot by other kinds of guns as well. The ballistics reports show that the rest of the people killed were shot by a variety of other guns." So the results are in.
The Bikers were claiming they were innocent victims of a police genocide. However, the evidence paints a different picture. The Bandidos and the Cossacks had a history of violence. The Bandidos are rivals of the Hells Angels and claim ownership of Texas. The Cossacks are a puppets club of the Hells Angels. A fight broke out, someone was stabbed. The fight went into the parking lot where guns came out and people were shot. The police opened fire. According to the New York Times, eight of the nine victims were members of the Cossacks. One was with the Bandidos. So it's still about the Hells Angels attempt to take over the drug trade.
CTV is reporting that "An evangelical Christian university under fire across the country for forbidding sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage has secured a decisive legal victory in its effort to open a law school in British Columbia. B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled in favour of Trinity Western University, reversing a B.C. Law Society decision to deny accreditation for graduates of its proposed law school who want to practise in the province." The Nova Scotia law society were ordered to pay damages for their breach.
The Chief Justice wrote that “the evidence in this case and the relevant precedents conclusively establish that the decision does infringe the petitioners’ Charter right to freedom of religion,” which the Law Society failed to properly consider. No kidding. The BCTF tried to the same thing and were unsuccessful. The Law Society knew their decision was illegal but they proceeded unilaterally nonetheless. There are numerous Catholic Universities and law schools in the United States. They are all accredited. If you don't agree with their standards go somewhere else but don't rob their of their civil liberties. Adopting a single state religion is as bad as banning religion altogether. Both roads lead to the same place.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
While Justin Trudeau and his lovely wife appeared in Vogue magazine, another news article revealed the super hero's kryptonite. The National Post is reporting that "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is edging away from his election campaign’s pledge to hold the deficit to $10 billion and now says this is just a “goal” as the Liberal government makes spending to spur economic growth its priority." This is the superhero's one flaw. Deficits in good times leads to trouble in bad times.
In the movie Creed, Apollo Creed's son was trained by Rocky Balboa. During his big fight the news caster said he hit the body like Rocky but hit the head like Apollo. The boxer had learned the strengths from two different champions. The Liberals are supposed to be a balance between the left and the right. They are supposed to be the best of both worlds. Why is it that ever since Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the Federal Liberals seem to have been the worst of both worlds - Corporate monopolies and fiscal irresponsibility. It doesn't have to be that way.
Recently there was a funny video put out about how JT responded to a question from the press about why he chose to have gender neutrality in his caucus. JT looked surprised by the question and said Because it's 2015. He implied the rest of us need to get with the times. Fair comment. Now it's his turn. Everyone knows that debt is bad and should be avoided. Justin's father was awesome. He defended civil liberty by giving us the Charter of Rights and represented us well internationally. He was French. He had class. Justin's father's one flaw was excessive spending racking up national debt. Well son, times have changed. Everyone knows debt is bad so get with the times and move forward. Our children and future generations are depending on it.
I will add that al least he's being honest about it. Stephen Harper racked up debt and lied about it hiding it from the public. Like the $65 billion bank bailout plus he spent but denied he did. That was the biggest expenditure of tax dollars in Canadian history and he lied and said he never did it. His magic books were now you see it, now you don't. The Green Party announced he did spend it and it was a lot more than $65 billion. So with the news of Canadian banks making $96 million every day in 2015 totalling $35 billion, does that mean they will start to pay back the tax paid bailout they received? That would go a long way in helping reduce our national debt.
Monday, December 7, 2015
The Surrey Leader is confirming a scan BC report of shots fired at 127th St and 67B Ave. Schools were locked down but are now open. The Surrey Leader is reporting that one resident counted 12 to 15 bullet holes in the house. The shooting took place at about 11:40 AM today.
Kevin Diakiw from the The Surrey Leader is reporting that there was another drive by shooting in Newton early Tuesday morning. "Surrey RCMP were called to a Newton home at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after reports of shots fired at a home, near 132 Street and 78 Avenue. When police arrived, they found bullet holes in windows, broken glass and a number of shell casings. It's the second shooting in 15 hours in Newton, both drive by shootings of homes in the area.
Victoria’s police chief exchanged inappropriate messages with the wife of an officer under his command
The Vancouver Province is reporting that Victoria’s police chief is asking for forgiveness from his troops and the public after he exchanged inappropriate messages on social media with the wife of an officer under his command. Normally I would say this isn't newsworthy but it is.
It sheds like on the climate of unprofessional within law enforcement. We have heard some pretty bizarre news reports of sexual harassment within the RCMP that has resulted in a large class action law suit. Yet it doesn't end with the RCMP. It includes Delta police, North Vancouver Police and now Victoria. This was the police chief. Don't get me started on Craig Callen and the FOCCERS. We remember how IHIT(it) made it a practice of getting drunk with witnesses and flirting with them. It wasn't just one officer it was a climate of insanity that is condoned within the force and we know that Bill Fordy and his naked dance with flaming toilet paper is just one of many sad tales we hear forcing us to ask ourselves how do these clowns keep getting promoted?
Sudbury Living Magazine reported that Frank Elsner, the current Victoria police chief came from Sudbury Ontario. They also reported that for many years while working under cover Frank Elsner "associated with criminals and partied with drug users, bikers, and hookers. He set up elaborate drug deals, disappeared for weeks on end, was involved in a hitman operation, and had multiple aliases." Don't get me started on under cover cops who infiltrate bikers because they love that lifestyle. You don't want me to go there. All I'm saying is the climate of professionalism is a disgrace to the uniform. Don't get me started on how that ties in with the Diane Rock story.
Mother Teresa was a shining example of Christian service. She definitely walked the walk she didn't just talk the talk. I remember reading a book by Mother Teresa that talked about some of her experiences serving the poor. She recounted one experience in a desperately poor area of India. She gave a cup full of rice to a Hindu mother who instantly took half of it and gave it to her neighbor who was a Muslim mother. Mother Teresa talked about the event because at the time Hindus and Muslims didn't get along very well in that area. This destitute mother didn't care. She simply said she's hungry too. That is what the apostle Paul described as pure religion. Christ taught about love and service. That is what his message is all about. All this obsession with the one true religion completely misses the point. Christ said by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John said he who knoweth not love knoweth not God for God is love.
In addition to the parable of the good Samaritan, Christ also taught the parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46. In that parable Christ summed up the final judgement. It didn't have anything about church attendance in it. He said I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you took me not in. Naked and you clothed me not, sick and in prison and you visited me not. Then they asked him when did we see you sick or in prison and did not administer unto you? Christ responded when ye did it not unto one of the least of these my bretheren ye did it not unto me. Today Christ is referring to the Syrian refuges. Christ said blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Mother Teresa challenged us to see the face of God in those who suffer. People who can see the face of Christ in the Syrian refuges and all those who suffer have a pure heart. Peace.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
There is a lot of hate and insanity being spewed around the Syrian refuges and I just want to set the record straight: I don't support it. I don't support the hate and propaganda against Muslims any more than I do against Jews, Catholics or Protestants. A free republic supports the freedom of religion. That's all there is to it. Adapting a single state religion is as bad as abolishing religion altogether. Both roads lead to the same place.
Christ taught in parables. One of them was called the parable of the good Samaritan. I think it's really important to put it in context of the times so we can correctly apply it to our day. Samaritans at the time were hated. They were a different race and religion. Christ picked someone from a class everyone hated to show the world what his religion was really about. It's about serving others and treating others the way you want to be treated. If Christ was here today he could just as easily and more likely call it the parable of the good Muslim. The message is the same.
Now we have people hating on the Syrian refuges. Aside from being unChristian it is unCanadian. It's Christmas for God's sake. They are women and children fleeing a war torn country. We should be bending over backwards showing them the Christmas spirit. We have been discussing the censorship of comments on blogs and newspaper articles. One blog reader said I need to clearly define my parameters so people don't think I just censor things I don't like. I jokingly responded but I do. This is not a Hells Angels support group.
If people want to ramble on and on about how the Hells Angels are a nice bunch of guys that don't sell drugs or pimp crack hoes, they are free to do that in one of the many main stream support sites on the Internet. Just not here. My site is for the alternate view. I do believe in free speech. People can say whatever they want all over the Internet. Just not on my blog on my dime. Likewise if people want to spew neo-Nazi hate I'm not going to approve those comments. I support a free republic and the freedom of religion. That is what this blog is all about. I support the Hamilton model. That is the type of society I want to live in.
This is the link to the video about the Hamilton model.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
News 1130 is reporting that "Delta Police say two people have been treated in hospital in Delta after using cocaine and inadvertently overdosing on fentanyl. Police said it is likely the cocaine was cut with fentanyl, a respiratory depressant that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted when cut with other drugs. While it is not known where the cocaine was obtained, police said they believe it is likely circulating in the South Delta area." Fentanyl is nasty. Lacing other drugs with fentanyl is dirty. CBC reported that the same thing happened in Winnipeg last summer. We know who was supplying the fentanyl in Saskatchewan. The same thing happened in North Carolina. We know who was selling drugs in South Carolina.
The Vancouver Province is reporting that there was two fentanyl overdoses in Delta not just one.
1130 News is reporting that Police found a man beaten to death and dumped on King George Boulevard and about 126th Avenue around midnight last night. 126 Ave sounds like Bridgeview. Apparently King George Highway is now called King George Boulevard. This was right on King George Hwy just before the Pattullo bridge near the Scott Road Sky Train Station. Scot Road is 120th Street. The Turf is at 12411 King George Blvd.
Several blog readers have expressed a concern about censorship in the main stream media. Not surprisingly they relate it to the reporting of facts in the gang war yet clearly it goes far beyond that. This is such a huge topic I'm going to have to break it up into a series. Part one is about media mergers, corporate mergers and how politicians as well as the media are lobbied by financial contributions from big business.
Now before you cry liberal leaning I will make a clarification that I have no problem with business. Business is good. Business creates jobs and drives the economy. There is however a difference between big business and small business. When I say big business I'm not referring to an entrepreneur becoming successful like Bill Gates. Not at all. I'm referring to corporate mergers and corporate monopolies. That's something very different.
When I was young my parents supported small business. They said they voted conservative because conservatives supported small business and the other political parties don't. For the most part, they were right. However, times have drastically changed.
Politicians need financial contributions to run for office. It has become so bad in the US that you need so much money to run for president the only people who can afford to run for office are raging lunatics like Donald Trump. That is a huge concern for the democratic process.
OK so politicians need financial contributions to raise money for their campaigns. Who has more money - small business or big business? Who is able to give a larger donation? A small guy with his own print shop or roofing company or a large corporate monopoly? Obviously, large corporations are in a better position to give large contributions to politicians then small companies are. Consequently, one can legitimately argue that the politicians then become more sensitive to the needs and wants of the corporate monopolies then it is of small business. That is exactly what has happened to Stephen Harper and the Neo Con movement. They no longer support small business because they endorse corporate monopolies which ultimately destroys the free market.
In the US, the Pentagon complained about corporate mergers within it's contractors. "Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, said the Department of Defense plans to ask Congress to create rules that could hinder mergers between prime contractors. The drive behind the move, Kendall told reporters, is concern that such mergers limit the number of defense firms and give too much power to individual companies — power that will end up hurting both the department and the American taxpayer." No kidding. That is the obvious concern with corporate mergers. It gouges consumers and tax payers alike because there is no competition.
Yet we can see why the politicians have abandoned small business and the free market. They need to get elected and they need money to do that. Corporate monopolies have more money to give. It's as simple as that. Years ago, when the Rockefellers used hostile take overs to obtain a monopoly on the oil industry, the US Supreme Court cited anti trust laws and deemed those take overs illegal. Now the politicians have rewritten the rules and call them good business.
The main stream media is no different then the modern politician. They need money to operate. Advertising is how they make their money. Financially the industry is hurting. The Toronto Star owns shares in a newspaper chain that the local Surrey newspapers belong to. They reevaluated the value of those shares to zero. One could argue that they are trying to hide assets. Yet the fact is, the newspaper industry is struggling in our digital age. Recently the local papers have started running full page ads over their front page. The front page has become page two and the new front page is advertising. Some of the larger papers in Metro Vancouver have also started to do this. Money from advertising is crucial for the industry to survive.
Then there's mergers within the media outlets themselves. Previously I mentioned my concerns about some of the media mergers within Post Media News. I fully realize that media outlets need to make money to pay salaries and satisfy the demands of their shareholders. Often a bigger company is run more efficiently then a smaller company. The same concerns about corporate monopolies exist with media mergers only it is much more sensitive.
The freedom of the press is a sacred thing. When all the media outlets are owned by the same "company" how does that make room for alternate news and alternate opinions? It doesn't. The danger was far more obvious when Conrad Black was in town buying up all the media outlets. He like everyone else had his own opinion. It became a public belief that as soon as a reporter wrote a story that was labour friendly, that reporter would lose his job. Not directly but certainly indirectly. They were first to get laid off in the next round of cutbacks. That is the problem with media mergers. You lump all the media outlets under one umbrella and all the media is controlled by whoever buys or owns the chain. That is a dramatic example of how the media can be manipulated. England is another example.
We remember the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal which was tied to David Cameron and to Tony Blair. The interesting thing in that scandal is the fact that UK media baron Rupert Murdoch normally endorsed conservative candidates for Prime minister but switched to endorsing Tony Blair who was labour then switched back to conservative by endorsing David Cameron. Rupert Murdoch can vote for and endorse whoever he chooses. This goes well beyond that.
He owned the newspaper. When Tony Blair was running for office Murdoch's newspapers would run articles supporting Tony Blair and wouldn't run articles opposing him. The same thing with David Cameron when he ran for office. That isn't just media censorship, that is outright propaganda. The media is supposed to report the news. They are supposed to let every platform be heard. They can have editorials expressing an opinion but they are supposed to have other editorials expressing another opinion. That doesn't happen in Murdoch's newspapers and is a huge concern when we discuss media mergers and the freedom of the press.
People say to me Kim Bolan censors the comments on her blog. So do I. Kim spends a lot of time running her blog and moderating comments. Moderating a forum like that is an exhausting job. You can't please everyone no matter what you do. She has an opinion. If someone spams her blog with their opinion attacking hers, she isn't going to approve those comments. Neither do I. My opinion is different then Kim's. I would censor different things but I still do it. It's not because the gang task force or the Hells Angels control me. It's because I am sick and tired of the main stream media propaganda and strive to shed like on alternate opinions. I'm not going to let Joe Blow high jack my blog to undermine everything I've worked to create. This isn't a Hells Angels support forum. If you want to tell the world how great the Hells Angels are you are free to do that on your own blog or on any one of the many support sites. Just not here. This is not a Hells Angels support site. This is an insignificant blog that presents the alternate view for those who care to look at it.
To be continued...
Friday, December 4, 2015
Ellen posted a video on Ellentube of a 16 year old cancer survivor named Calysta Bevier singing Fight Song. After the video went viral she had the girl on her show to sing it live with Rachel Platten. When you realize this is a young girl who went through chemo therapy, it is very inspiring. Aplus.com posted the video in a news article. The duet starts at 2:00 minutes in.
In case you missed it, Finian is Back. The Gangsters out Blog has Returned. A self serving troll was trying to extort me by posting my daughter's name and picture on the Internet again and I had enough. Only a POS maggot will threaten a man's daughter for any reason. History has recorded that. Circumstances don't make the man or woman. They reveal him to himself and to the rest of the world. We are what we are. I am what I am. I will not run.
Trolls like to say my name as if I have something to hide. Go ahead, say my name. I couldn't care less. Everyone knows my name is Dennis Watson. It was all over the newspapers and no one cares. My name does not matter. The message matters not the name. You could call me Jean Baptiste and serve my head on a silver platter. That wouldn't change a thing. Right is right, wrong is wrong. Good is good and evil is evil. Nothing that you or I can say or do will ever change that. However, People can change. That is what this is really about. Helping people see the light and leave the life. That is what this is all about. The freedom to choose.
In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, the Back Pearl and the rest of the pirates were surrounded and greatly outnumbered. Barbossa said to Elizabeth, it's nothing to die for. Elizabeth responded, you're right but what shall we die for? Her conclusion was, hoist the colours. Win or lose, we will fight. So be it. Indeed the Force has Awakened. The people have begun to think for themselves.
So off comes the balaclava. I am anonymous no more and have hoisted my colours. As you can see, November 24, 1994 I was granted the right to bear arms by lawful authority. The Chief Herald of Canada granted me my own personal coat of arms for the years of community service I had performed. The arms, crest, badge and banner are all protected by copyright as declared on Vol. II, p. 366 of the Public Registers of Arms, Flags and Badges. The shield is for my children, the banner is for me but the badge is for anyone who supports these ideals. Anyone who supports these ideals has my permission to display that badge as an avatar or crest. It is not a patch that goes on the back of a jacket. It is a crest that goes on the front left chest. The crest's creed contains what I believe to be the foundation of a happy and successful life.
Many years ago, when I was living in Ireland I had a chance to reflect. I wrote my father and told him the three things I have learned from my parent's example are Honesty, Service and Sacrifice. He wrote back and said I never thought about that before. Honesty isn't honesty if you have to think about it. Service isn't service if done for any kind of reward and sacrifice is simply the joy of parenthood. I thought to myself if I could one day look back on my life and say every sacrifice I had made was simply the joy of parenthood, then I would have lived a successful life. Not as the world sees it. The world has a very different measuring stick for success. I see it very differently then the world does. The motto and creed contain my mission statement. We will serve the Lord isn't about religion. It's about sporting civil liberty and the freedom to choose. It's about supporting the principles in the US Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
When I came back from Ireland, my father referred to me as Finian from the movie Finian's Rainbow. "T'was a eloquent gift to bequeeth a child so it was. For the lure of that song keeps me head runnin' wild. 'Tis a rhyme for your lips and a song for your heart to sing it whenever the world falls apart. Look, look, look to the rainbow Follow it over the hill and the stream, Follow the fellow who follows a dream."
Evidently Aretha Franklin's father shared the same song with her. You don't have to be Irish to have a dream and to struggle attempting to make that dream become reality. Martin Luther King was a great man with a powerful dream. He said "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it's creed, we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream today." Martin Luther King's dream was that the Constitution would become more than a nice piece of paper on the wall. His dream was that the Constitution would be actually followed instead of just talked about.
Thomas Paine was a patriot who also had a dream. In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote an essay entitled Common Sense which presented the case for the establishment of a free republic. He also wrote another essay in support of the French Revolution. It was the vision and sacrifice of patriots like Thomas Paine that made Martin Luther King's dream possible. Without the founding fathers there would be no Constitution for Martin Luther King to petition.
Thomas Paine is someone I admire. His passion for freedom is inspiring. He supported the freedom of religion despite the fact that many referred to him as an atheist. Not surprising since the freedom of religion includes the right to be atheist. However, when one reads his essay the Age of Reason, we can see he did believe in God. It was religion he was dissatisfied with. He supported a person's right to adhere to a religion fervently yet there was no religious organization he felt comfortable joining. I like him. I have many similar beliefs. When push comes to shove it's all about the freedom to choose - liberty.
At one time I was quite religious. The motto for my coat of arms is We will serve the Lord taken from Joshua's declaration in the Old Testament. Things for me have changed significantly. Although I am passionate about any person's right to adhere to any religion of their choice, I don't have the same passion for religion I once did. However, I do have a burning passion for liberty and the freedom to chose just like Thomas Paine did.
In essence I have redefined my motto and my mission statement. I believe there are two forces in the world: Good and Evil. Obviously there is no distinct like separating the two as one doesn't exist without the other, yet the forces of evil and the forces of good are two very different things. I believe that God is the author of liberty and the devil is the author of slavery. I oppose slavery with a passion. As Thomas Paine said, give me liberty or give me death. So now when my coat of arms says We will serve the Lord, it doesn't mean religion. It means we support civil liberty which is very much under fire from foreign enemies as well as enemies within. To me, We will serve the Lord means we support liberty and the freedom to choose. That is my dream and that dream is alive.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Snak the Ripper threw out another Madchild diss in 24 hours or less. In case you missed it, this is the first one. I heard from a brother in the industry that Madchild tried to battlerap with some of Eminem's follows. He was reading his sh*t off of his cell phone. I kid you not. The clown has no respect in the industry at all.
Update: Ah Snak Rips it a third time. Triple Homicide. Sweet. And now a fourth! Tre Nyce steps up to the plate and hits it out of the park with #SADCHILD. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. Finally. Justice has been served. They appear to make reference to his short stature, cocaine use and his fetish for under age girls.
First Madchild was bragging about his long term Viagra and oxycontin addiction in the press. Now he is bragging about his fantasy of kidnapping, torturing and murdering woman. This child who never grew up is deranged. He is no role model for kids. Buyer Beware.
1130 News is confirming a Scab BC report that a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg near Prince Charles Elementary School Tuesday evening. Global is reporting that it happened around 8:30 p.m. on the outdoor basketball court at Prince Charles Elementary school, at 100th Avenue and 123a Street. The CBC report links to a few other recent shootings.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
We saw the movie Creed last night. My daughter was never into the Rocky movies. They were before her time. This time she saw a commercial on TV and said a hot young black guy? I'd like to see that. It is a masterpiece. Stalone has always made tasteful Rocky movies that have been positive and motivational. Rocky has heart. He is humble and hard. Arrogance is irritating. As they say in Rome, pride cometh before the fall. Rocky has good advice for life. In the trailer for this movie Apollo Creed's son says I once heard a man say it's not how hard you can hit in life, it's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That was the motto in the last Rocky movie.
In his last movie, Rocky Balboa, the young guy says to him in the preliminary, It's over. Rocky just looks at him and said yo it ain't over until it's over. The young kid gets irritated and says where's that from the /80's? Rocky thinks for a minute and says embarrassed, naw I think that's from the /70's. He looks at his son and his son smiles. By the end of the fight the young kid says you are one crazy old man to which Rocky responds Don't worry, you'll get there. The sands of time affect all of us. When push comes to shove we have to ask ourselves what will our legacy be?
In this movie Rocky even mentions Vancouver. Young Creed sees a picture of Rocky and his son and asks him if he trained his son to box. Naw he said, my son wasn't into that. He's a real good kid though. Smart. Has a good career. He moved away to a place called Vancouver. I had heard Stalone likes it here. Go figure. He's certainly welcome here. I think they filmed part of Rambo First Blood out near Hope.
The young Creed in this movie reminds me of a young Latino friend I trained many years ago. He was young, strong, talented and had a lot of anger. The gangs wanted him big time and he got into some trouble. Twice. Did some hard time in the US. Got into a lot of fights in prison. By the time he finally got out he had faced his anger and really got it together. Now he is the man I always knew he could be. I'm proud of him. He is family. He moved down to San Fran to be near his uncle who used to live with me when he was young. I promised I'd ride down to visit him this summer.
As Vin Deisel said in Fast and Furious, I don't have friends, I have family. How can we not talk about family when family is all we got? He also said, didn't anyone tell you never threaten a man's family? That's not a very smart thing to do. So I'm still here. In the new Terminator remix one of the characters takes a look and Schwarzenegger and says, he looks old. I've never seen an old terminator before. They explain that the machinery doesn't age but the flesh covering the machinery does. Schwarzenegger then says I am old but not obsolete. Indeed. It ain't over yet.
At the end of the movie Creed last night my daughter looks at me and asks is my make up OK? I squint and say yeah why do you see someone you know? No she said. I was crying in the movie. I look at her a little shocked. She was embarrassed and said it was sad. I similed. It was good.