Sunday, February 27, 2011

One arrest in downtown shelter sex assaults

A man has been arrested for one of the six sexual assaults reported at a Downtown Eastside cold weather shelter, say police.

Women’s groups on the Downtown Eastside are horrified by reports that six women have been sexually assaulted while taking refuge in an overnight shelter.

MacDougall said women are terrified to make first-person reports to police, although two of the sexual assault complaints were made by victims, another by paramedics called to help a viciously violated woman, and one by church staff.

I'm shocked and confused. Why aren't these reports taken seriously and how on earth can that happen in a crowded shelter? Do they meet them at the shelter and drag them outside or are they sexually assaulted in a crowed room? Are we talking about grabbing an ass or are we talking about rape? Raping someone in a crowded room and no one helps stop it is absolutely mind boggling.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jane Doe from Pickton's farm

This is strange. Police task force just released a sketch in attempt to identify a Jane Doe from Pickton's farm. I'm not sure why they waited this long to release the sketch and I wonder how many others like her they have found.

Likewise the Coroner just released remains of Pickton victims to their families. Like that wasn't a bizarre delay. I guess I'm just naive. So when will all the evidence in the trial become part of the public domain?

Christy Clark takes Liberal leadership

So Christy Clark is in. She was the only candidate that had a hope in hell of saving the doomed liberals. Kevin Falkner was a Campbell Clone. Unfortunately, I'm afraid a fresh new face won't change the entire party that embraced Campbell's brazen defiance of the public interest.

Industrial Hemp

I don't have much more to say but I do have something to say about Industrial Hemp. Industrial hemp is different than pot. Industrial Hemp used to be a large crop in North America. Hemp paper is totally sustainable and was very common in Europe.

When we look at how we are still clear cutting forests and still not selectively harvesting them that act is criminal. As is the fact that we let the commercial pulp and paper industry crush the hemp industry just like we let the oil companies kill the electric car. That is a crime.

Hemp paper should be legal. That is one law we can change right now. We can argue about the legalization of marijuana until the cows come home. Hemp paper is something sustainable that we can support right now.

The same with hemp rope. The big oil companies rather we use rope made from petroleum products because they are rich and greedy. Hemp rope was and is a better product. Legalizing industrial hemp is something we can do right now without legalizing marijuana, crack or meth. It would be good for our economy and our environment.

Why even Ron Paul thinks we should legalize Industrial Hemp. Mind you Ron Paul also thinks we should legalize all drugs which is rather absurd. Don't forget, he wasn't elected. The legalization of marijuana in California failed. The Marijuana party in Canada will never form a majority government. So let's talk about compromise.

The Green party has embraced a marijuana party affiliate and adopted the platform of legalizing all drugs. Guess what. They didn't get elected either. Legalizing all drugs in socially irresponsible. As it stands the Green party won't draw a line in the sand between pot and crack or meth. The lobbyists want it all. If they drew a line in the sand and said they don't support the legalization of crack or crystal meth, I could support them. Right now I can't.

Let's go for the decriminalization of pot, not legalization and let's go for the legalization of Industrial hemp. That is a goal within reach.

Monday, February 21, 2011

What kind of society do we want to live in?

Wednesday is Pink Shirt stand up to bullies day. Although pink just isn't my colour, I completely support the message. I don't want to live in a society that allows bullies to thrive. On the same note, I don't want to live in the other extreme and end up like Texas where someone can do real time in prison for possession of a couple of joints. I know I am naive and idealistic, but I aspire to finding a balance between the extremes.

Cutting someones hand off for theft or capital punishment for a drug offense is in my opinion extreme. Yet so is house arrest for trafficking cocaine for the Hells Angels. Both extremes are wrong.

I do believe rehabilitation should be a factor in incarceration. Not the primary factor because public safety is but it should be a factor nonetheless. Christianity is all about second chances. Starting over and learning from our mistakes. In fact Christ talked about visiting those in prison and ranked it right up with visiting the sick, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

Many people have volunteered their time on Prison Alternatives committees trying to find a better way than just locking people up in cages. Yet it's clear that our noble ideal of rehabilitation has gone to the other extreme where violent crime has no real consequence. This needs to change but we don't need to change it to the other extreme.

All of us rather spend tax dollars on schools and hospitals than on more prisons. However, I don't want to live in a society that's run by organized crime. That is not the kind of society I want to leave for my children. That's not the kind of society our forefathers fought in the trenches to protect.

I get a lot of slack for expressing my opinion in a blog. Sometimes I cross the line and say things that are pretty rude and I suppose I deserve it. I'm just fed up with the consistent lies and denial that are no longer believable.

I'm fed up with politicians who put themselves above the needs of the people who elected them. I'm fed up with criminals who think they can bully everyone forever. It's all about the golden rule - treating others the way you want to be treated. Don't sell crack to kids. Don't sell date rape drug to anyone and don't cry like a baby in court when you are caught selling date rape drug. That is absurd.

And just for the record, I don't sell pot and I haven't smoked a blunt in 25 years. I would rather live in a society where people smoke pot than in a society where people smoke crack or meth. It's like night and day. They're two different worlds. And I don't want to live in a police state where police are beating civilians without cause or locking them away in jail for smoking a joint. Is it really that hard to understand?

Suspect arrested in Laura Szendrei's murder

This case is heartbreaking. I find it disturbing for two reasons. First the obvious. Why would a 15 year old girl be beaten to death in broad daylight? Why would anyone do that not to mention another 17 year old kid.

We have all heard about sexual deviants who rape and murder. Yet that wasn't the case. Why would he do that? I search for a motive. I certainly can't understand the reasoning behind the stabbing of Chuck Cadman's son because someone didn't like his hat.

Or the swarming of Micheal Levy where a group of youth gave him the boots then took an axe to the back of his head. Bizarre. Senseless. Brutal. Yet this wasn't Surrey, this was Delta. Delta is a really nice neighbourhood that has no doubt been scarred by this tragic event.

The other thing I find disturbing is her father's boasting of his criminal association. On at least two separate occasions we saw photos of him posing with his daughter and some of his daughter's friends in Hells Angels support gear. I find that very disturbing. I find it very disturbing that he invited members of that criminal organization to attend his daughter's funeral in gang colours. The tragedy continues.

Yes we have the freedom of association but the criminal activities of the Hells Angels are no longer being kept secret. Andre Watteel, the former president of the Niagara Hells Angels was just found guilty of cocaine trafficking. He was arrested along with five members of the Hamilton chapter. This after pretty much all of the Niagara chapter went down for selling cocaine and date rape drug.

The judge noted Watteel and his wife were organizers of a Christmas toy drive and had performed other charitable works in their community. These good works were taken into consideration, Takach said, but they were outweighed by the harm done by drugs such as cocaine.

“Cocaine is an insidious poison that has destroyed innumerable lives. Even before one ounce reaches the street, it is indubitably soaked with the blood of others."

Now I am in absolutely no way saying that this young girl deserved to die because her father associated with a criminal organization. That is absurd and offensive. As is the concept that she was targeted because of her father's criminal associations. As much as I oppose the Hells Angels selling crack and murdering people, the very thought of harming one of their children because of their crimes is absolutely deranged. I was even upset when they killed Juel Stanton and he certainly wasn't innocent of all wrong doing.

Once again, what on earth could the motive be for her murder? Was it a crazed former boyfriend who said if he can't have her no one can? That indeed would be tragic. Yet if they all knew about her father's associations, would a crazed kid really risk it? It's all very sad and very misguided.

Some claim that since an arrest has been made we owe the father an apology. Well with or without an arrest I am deeply sorry for his tragic loss. Yet I'm not sorry for expressing my concerns about his bragging about his criminal associations in front of his daughter and her friends. I just think that is inappropriate.

I'm certainly not comfortable with participating in a take back the night rally until her father helps us all take back the night by laying aside his criminal associations. I certainly have no faith in criminals becoming the judge and jury for public crime simply because that criminal organization has a long history of lies and denial shrouding internal betrayal.

I will however say that Laura's father is a lucky man. He is lucky because he has such a wonderful family not because he has friends who belong to a criminal organization. Life does not end at death. As the mother said they indeed will always be a family of four and no one can take that from them. May we all find peace amidst these horrible events.


Everyone is talking about the outfit her father was wearing at the recent press conference. Hiway Choppers seemed innocent enough. Except for the fact that someone pointed out Hiway Choppers is owned by John Bryce president of the East Vancouver chapter of the Hells Angels. It would appear her father still hasn't grown up and that's a shame.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Andre Watteel

A former president of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced on Tuesday to 4 ½ years in prison for trafficking in cocaine and possessing the proceeds of crime.

Andre Watteel, 58, of Cambridge, pleaded guilty in September to selling just under one kilogram of high-grade cocaine to an agent of the police during 28 separate transactions between March 3 and Sept. 28, 2009.

The convicted biker was ordered to return the $60,000 that police provided to the undercover agent to buy the cocaine. Watteel also forfeited a PT Cruiser automobile he had driven during some of the coke deals.

Watteel was arrested with five Hamilton members of the Hells Angels and one from Nanticoke. The only man yet to be tried is John Cane of Hamilton whose case is set for Feb. 28.

The judge noted Watteel and his wife were organizers of a Christmas toy drive and had performed other charitable works in their community. These good works were taken into consideration, Takach said, but they were outweighed by the harm done by drugs such as cocaine.

“Cocaine is an insidious poison that has destroyed innumerable lives. Even before one ounce reaches the street, it is indubitably soaked with the blood of others."

Civil Forfeiture

Two stories about civil forfeiture made the news recently. In my opinion one is good, the other is bad. A while ago the police seized the Hells Angels clubhouse in Nanaimo under the civil forfeiture act - proceeds of crime. That I think was a good thing. The Hells Angels recently lost their second attempt to block that forfeiture, which is good.

The other case involved the police seizing the home where a grow op operated out of. Personally I think that over steps and sets a bad precedent. As I've said before, there's a big difference between a grow op and a crack house or a meth lab. Seizing the property of every grow op oversteps just like it does when they seize your car for driving after having two drinks with dinner. Letting criminals sell and smoke crack in public but seizing someone';s car for two drinks or their house for having a few pot plants is disproportionate.

Now I'm not saying I think the police should only seize Hells Angels grow ops and not anyone else's. I'm saying I don't think the government should be seizing grow ops. Once again, in a democratic society, the public elect the politicians who make the rules and tax dollars pay the police's salaries who enforce the rules. Surely the public should then be involved in the creation and enforcement of those rules. If it is a democratic society that is.

In 2005 police raided a grow-operation in a Kelowna house that East End Hells Angels member Joseph Skreptak owned, but had rented out. Skreptak was not in the house when the raid occurred, but his truck -- with a Hells Angels sticker on it -- was parked there and another Hells Angels sticker was on the front door of the home.

Although Skreptak owned the house he claimed he had nothing to do with the grow op in the home because he rented it out to someone else. Which simply is not believable because his car was parked out front and the grow had a Hells Angels sticker on it broadcasting to the world not to fuck with it because it was owned by the Hells Angels.

In this case, even though it involved a Hells Angel, I don't think they should seize the home for two reasons. First it oversteps and second, it won't hurt the Hells angels because they're just put the risk of loss on to a contractor.

It will however, increase the tax base and be a cash cow for the government which in my opinion is wrong. Especially if they want to use that money to build a million more prisons to incarcerate everyone for the possession of pot.

The problem isn't pot. The problem is meth and crack. The problem is trading the BC Bud for cocaine in the states and bringing it back to be sold here as crack. That is the problem that needs to be addressed.

It's like the new law about seizing your car for speeding. 40 km over the limit is fine for giving a speeding ticket but too soon to seize someone's car. I know we all laughed when the two Hells Angels were caught speeding through traffic on the pink princess and had their bikes seized under the new legislation. Excessive speeding and reckless driving is grounds for seizing a vehicle not 40 K.

The ideal is finding a balance between the extremes which never seems to happen. Addressing organized crime is a good thing. Becoming a police state is not.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Abandoned grow-op in Salmon Arm

Like this isn't suspicious. November 28 2010 it was reported that Four men linked to the Kelowna Hells Angels were caught speeding through Salmon Arm with a cache load of weapons, bear spray, balaclavas, bullet proof vest and a cell phone jammer.

Joseph Bruce Skreptak was the Hells Angel in the car with three associates including Cory Montemurro. So where were they going and what were they planning to do? Many speculated that they were on their way to do a grow rip. That's why they had the cell phone jammers. More like another grow op takeover.

Well on January 14 2011, Salmon Arm RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence on the Trans Canada Highway near Blind Bay and found a fully operational grow op. The hydroponic lights were on but nobody was home.

"The home and shop were outfitted as a large marijuana grow operation, with the capacity of producing 3000 plants. No one was home at the time of police attendance and it appears that this grow operation had been abandoned," says Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sergeant Kevin Keane.

Keane says although the equipment was still running, approximately 2000 smaller plants were found in various stages of decay.

"There's plants just dying. Nobody was tending it. It looks like someone just got up and left," says Keane. He says he has never seen something like this before and can't explain why someone would leave thousands of plants to decay.

Wow, you'd think they might have thought the Hells Angels were on to them and were going to take them over so they left town. Go figure.

Ryan Chiappie IS...

So what is Ryan Chiappie? Jay Hall's best friend, Leader of the Independent Soldiers in PG, or just another MMA fighter? One thing's for sure, those aren't cauliflower ears, they're freakin elephant ears.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

George Mcbeth - the other Renegade

Who's the other member in that huge crew again? Oh right, that'd be Georgie Mcbeth. Georgie sure likes the rear position. What is he inserting with his hand anyways? They sure are all smiley about it. The life of a prospect puppet.

More sneakers. Jeepers creepers where'd you get those sneakers? Or how about their meth head prospect trying to look big when he's not:

Darrel R. Lavoie was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and was found guilty of contravening an order for safe storage of a firearm. Let's hope he doesn't shoot himself in the foot. If he had half a brain he would be dangerous.

Thing have never been the same for the Renegades after they killed Billy Moore. Looks like the Hells Angels already shot themselves in the foot over that one.

So is Eric Fike president of the PG GTS now?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jason Hall and the Renegades

So how long has Jason Hall been president of the Prince George Renegades? Why did they kill Billy Moore anyways? Surely they didn't claim he was an informant. Just because he sponsored someone who turned out to be an informant doesn't mean he was. Sean Wolfe sponsored someone who turned out to be an informant. That doesn't make him one.

Jason Hall was convicted of trafficking pot which would confirm media reports that the Renegades, who are a Hells Angels puppet club in Prince George, primarily deal with pot and leave the cocaine for the finger puppet clubs they oversea for the Hells Angels namely the GTS, Independent Soldiers and the Crew.

Back in the day they used to say there has never been a Hells Angel convicted of a drug trafficking offense. Now a days, we're hard pressed to find a Hells Angel that hasn't been either convicted of drug trafficking or has done business with someone who has.

Jason's court order is rather amusing. He was selling to what he thought was an Asian gang. Which just goes to show you the Hells Angels are more than happy to sell to the Asian gangs as long as they're making the money from it.

They say there's a new dial a dope number you can call in Prince George. You won't get any weed but you sure will get a Dope. Happy VD LG. Ya Creep.

Team Giles does the Creep

OK this one has absolutely nothing to do with drugs, organized crime or the Hells Angels. I just saw that commercial for Bruster Ice Cream and thought was pretty funny. Surely Team Bryce can see the humour in it. Team Giles might not get it cause they're a bunch of Creeps.

Funny how they got T-Pain to help with that Weird Hal Porteous I'm on a MF Boat spoof. Now they have Niki Minaij helping them with their Team Giles doing the Creep spoof. When they're out at a club Team Giles be doing the GHB Creep. In fact that's all those puppets ever do when they walk the street. They do the Creep.

Team Giles vs Team Bryce

Well it looks like Team Giles made page 25 of icon Okanagan Lifestyle Magazine. Speaking of Skeletor, the whole beef with him and Bryce reminds me of that stupid Twilight saga. Team Jacob versus Team Edward. Edward, Like who's gonna root for a femmie looking vampire anyways? Team Jacob all the way.

Clearly, John Bryce's supporters are Team Jacob. Hey, that's not a dogie, that's a chupacabra! Team Giles supporters are obviously Team Edward. You can tell by the way they all get their eyebrows done at Meryl Normans.

Let's see who gets screwed next by Team Giles. The casualties are sure adding up. Lies and Greed.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Betrayal within the Hells Angels

I know I've talked about the Lennoxville massacre before but I'm going to reexamine it and discuss the subsequent plague of betrayal that continued which has become a blight upon our society and within the Hells Angels in Canada.

In March 1985 the Hells Angels chapter in Lennoxville, about 90 miles east of Montreal, invited members of the Laval chapter for a party. When the Hells Angels from Laval arrived at the party, they were ambushed and shot in the head by Hells Angels from Lennoxville. One source claims they thought the Laval chapter was squandering drug profits by consuming too much of the product themselves.

Salvatore Cazzetta was pissed and saw the massacre as a betrayal and violation of the biker code. Bouchard, the convicted rapist didn't have a problem with it and joined the Hells Angels. Cazzetta didn't and helped form the Rock Machine.

One account claims the Laval chapter thought something was up and didn't show up at the party but they did show up when they were summoned to an official club meeting. It has been said that Halifax chapter was present and that is why they were tried for being participants in the massacre.

One blog reader from Halifax claimed that the Halifax chapter didn't know about what was going to happen before hand, they were just called in to be witnesses of the event. He claimed that Randy Mersereau had a problem with it but David Wolf Carol didn't. That historic event shows you what kind of people were attracted to the Hells Angels and what kind of people had beef with the Hells Angels in Canada.

Normand "Biff" Hamel was another example. He was a prospect in that chapter and witnessed them murder his sponsors. He didn't have a problem with it and like Mom Boucher used it as a stepping stone to advance himself in the club. Yves Trudeau on the other hand was a little closer to his friends they murdered and turned police informant after that.

Randy thought those guys were too controlling and wanted out so he left and they killed him. As well as his brother and his brother's common law wife. Now there's talk about the same people being involved with Randy's murder may have been involved in Rusty and Ellen Hall's murder.

In Vancouver, Juel Stanton was murdered. Everyone makes up stories like so and so deserved to get beaten by the Hells Angels because they were robbing a Hells Angels grow op. Yet I think sometimes those allegations are untrue. The Hells Angels beat up who ever they want and if they say the person robbed a Hells Angels grow op the public won't think twice about it.

However, Juel Stanton robbed grow ops and took them over for the Hells Angels. That is what they had him do. Just like recently people claiming to be Hells Angels with guns scared the shit out of a kid in the American Backpackers Hostel.

One has to wonder why they betrayed Stanton and killed him. One person said he was tied to the Surrey House of Horrors and was involved in the Pickton murders. Yet that same person said his death ended the Hells Angels involvement with Pickton. Unfortunately, that doesn't make sense. Did Stanton attend parties at Piggy's Palace? He certainly wasn't the only one who did. That was the Haney chapter's gig. Dave Pickton didn't want to testify at his brother's trial because he was invited to a Hells Angels rally of some kind. Somehow I don't think Stanton was the only Hells Angel connection to Pickton.

One person claimed he was robbing grow ops and taking them over that were already owned by other Hells Angels. Yet why would he do that? It doesn't really make sense. Personally, I think they killed his simply because he was drawing bad press. Just like why some think they're gonna kill John Punko next: simply because he might lose his criminal org case. There sure ain't no L and R there. That kind of betrayal is really messed up.

I'm told that the new Rock Machine consist of mostly ex Hells Angels. You can't keep kicking people out for stupid things and not expect them to network, organize and mobilize against you. That kind of arrogant control freak conduct will come back to bite you in the ass so it will.

That's not even mentioning the really good people who were betrayed like Brittney Irving or Geoff Meisner. They both were murdered and they both had ties to the Hells Angels. The rumors were false. They did not rat on or steal from the Hells angels. Those accusations are bullshit.

So here's the deal. Not only is the Hells Angels racked with internal betrayals, it is filled with secrecy. People are only told things on a need to know basis. If Quebec didn't let Halifax know about the Lennoxville massacre until after the fact, what other secrets are they keeping from each other?

Word has it that Giles was keeping things from Bryce. If two leaders are keeping things from each other, then how much more so are they keeping things from their wives, members and prospects. It's like that double life syndrome we were talking about. Colonel Wingnut led a double life and no one had any idea what kind of freak he really was.

Then there's the Death Riders take over and the Christmas of /95 betrayal when Bobby Moyes, the hit man who murdered a Hells Angels informant claimed Salvatore Ciancio wanted Mike the guy who Moyes brought with him to do the job, killed at the house after the couple was murdered.

Blind love and blind loyalty is a dangerous thing when you're dealing with an organization that has a long history of secrets and betrayal.

Betrayal in Organized Crime

They say there is no loyalty among thieves. History would confirm that. Recently I took my kids to see the Green Hornet. It's a refreshing comedy like a Jackie Chan movie. The Green Hornet is a clumsy Tim the Toolman type and Kato keeps saving his ass. Jay Chou did the Bruce Lee tribute honourably. Nevertheless, Cameron Diaz is the beauty and the brains of the movie. By predicting what the Green Hornet will do next, she unknowingly tells them what to do.

Twice she quotes a case involving John Gotti who at one time invited one of his rivals to a private meeting and had him killed. She then explained that is likely what will happen to the Green Hornet. Sure enough, the Green Hornet was invited to a meeting where they tried to kill him.

Now I'm not familiar with the case involving John Gotti Cameron Diaz's character was referring to in the movie but back in the day that kind of betrayal was not honourable. Take the opening scene from Braveheart. Braveheart's father was invited to a special meeting with England along with other possible revolutionaries where they were ambushed and murdered. In the movie, Braveheart had the images of his father's murder sealed in his mind since youth.

It was as we say, a cheap move. Back in the days of the American Revolution, the British would complain the Americans weren't follow the rules of combat on the battlefield. They were shooting officers first not last. They thought that tactic was archaic as it would result in chaos on the battlefield. I'm like you have got to be kidding. Of course they're going to shoot officers first. It's war.

Yet the Braveheart ambush violated those rules of combat as well. In fact in Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza García, a close friend of the American government, was put in charge. Fearing future armed opposition from Sandino, Somoza invited him to a meeting in Managua, where Sandino was assassinated on February 21 of 1934 by soldiers of the National Guard. Hundreds of men, women, and children from Sandino's agricultural colony were executed later.

This whole concept of inviting someone to a special meeting then killing them is cheap and clearly happens in organized crime where there is no loyalty among thieves, only greed. That brings us back to the Lennoxville massacre and the era of ongoing betrayal within the Hells Angels.

Nicaragua No Pasaran

So let's get this straight... the US crack epidemic in the /80's was all because the CIA didn't like the results of a democratic election in Nicaragua and used the cocaine to fund the Contra's counter insurgency? And the US War on Drugs was really a war with the CIA's drug importing competition? Woah.. narley Dude.

After all, Oliver North knew Barry Seal and claimed Barry Seal had information about the Sandinistas smuggling cocaine. Heaven forbid the Sandinistas were doing the same thing the CIA was on behalf of the Contras. No wonder the CIA wanted to eliminate their competition.

Let's take a quick peek at the history of Nicaragua. Originally, Nicaragua was a Spanish colony back in the 1500's but gained it's independence in 1821. José Santos Zelaya became president at the turn of the century. Nicaragua was initially the preferred location for the construction of a canal.

When the United States shifted its interests to Panama, Zelaya negotiated with Germany and Japan in an unsuccessful effort to have a canal constructed in his state. Fearful that president Zelaya might generate an alternative foreign alignment in the region, the U.S. labeled him a tyrant in opposition to U.S. planned hegemony.

In 1909, the United States provided political support to conservative-led forces rebelling against President Zelaya. Aside from wanting to build a canal, Zelaya attempted to regulate foreign access to Nicaraguan natural resources. How dare he? That's worse then dumping British tea into the Boston Harbour.

The French government had inquired to the U.S. whether a loan to Nicaragua would be deemed unfriendly, the U.S. secretary of state required the loan to be conditional on U.S. relations.

U.S. Marines occupied Nicaragua from 1912 to 1933. When the Americans left in 1933, they set up the Guardia Nacional (National Guard), a combined military and police force trained and equipped by the Americans and designed to be loyal to U.S. interests.

To me there are definite similarities between the US control of a canal in Panama with England's control of the Suez canal in Egypt. It was about money not democracy.

The Somoza family came to power as part of a US-engineered pact in 1927 that stipulated the formation of the Guardia Nacional, or the National Guard, to replace the U.S. marines that had long reigned in the country. That dynasty lasted from 1936 - 1979.

In 1961 Carlos Fonseca, turned back to the historical figure of Sandino, and along with 2 others founded the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Fonseca turned to the KGB and Cuba's DGI for arms and assistance.

Upon assuming office in 1981, U.S. President Ronald Reagan condemned the FSLN for joining with Cuba in supporting Marxist revolutionary movements in other Latin American countries such as El Salvador. Reagan was also concerned about the growing Soviet and Cuban presence in Nicaragua, and the Soviet hope to turn Nicaragua into a "second Cuba."

Under the Reagan Doctrine, his administration authorized the CIA to have their paramilitary officers from their elite Special Activities Division begin financing, arming and training rebels, some of whom were the remnants of Somoza's National Guard, as anti-Sandinista guerrillas that were branded "counter-revolutionary" by leftists (contrarrevolucionarios in Spanish). This was shortened to Contras, a label the anti-socialist forces chose to embrace.

Nicaragua No Pasaran documentary.

This is the problematic nature of sticking your nose into other's people's business all the time. The end does not justify the means. If you support a dictator the people will rebel. Some will swing left some will swing right for support. Clearly, it's not about protecting democracy and human rights, it's about protecting American interests and that is sad. There is no reason Nicaragua can't still build a canal if they so choose.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New trial in Hells Angels Criminal Org case

B.C.'s top court has overturned a lower court ruling and ordered a new trial for two men acquitted on charges of belonging to a criminal organization.

The B.C. Appeal Court ruling involves John Punko and Randy Potts, who were accused of belonging to the East End Charter of Hells Angels in Vancouver.

They were acquitted of the charges in 2009, but the Crown challenged the decision.

Wow, is this why John Punko is slated for termination? Because he might lose his case? That would be really dirty. Betray a brother because he might lose his case? What are they gonna do next - kill one of their own because Giles was hiding things from Bryce?

Dziekanski Report

The RCMP's watchdog says the national police force is addressing all 16 recommendations on Taser use that flowed from the Robert Dziekanski case.

The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP also said Thursday the force has accepted almost all of its 23 findings in an investigation of the tragic incident.

Wait a minute, what Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP? It already exists? I thought we were trying to create one?

Harper's Judges

Speaking of hypocrisy, Stephen Harper is fast tracking another Tory appointment to the bench. Brian Abrams was among a raft of judicial appointments announced last Friday by Harper's government.

Liberals rewarded their own partisans with judicial appointments when they were in power - a practice Harper used to rail against. So Harper is doing the exact same thing he used to rail against his opponents for doing. Is this surprising? Not really.

Remember how Harper talked about electing Senators. Well since he's been in power he has stacked the senate with Tory supporters as much as physically possible. The promise of electing Senators has fallen by the way side. You'd think he's getting ready to stack the senate like Brian Mulroney did for something controversial that the public doesn't want like then HST. That would certainly be deja vu.

In fact, since so many supreme court judges are due to retire, Harper could have a significant influence on the direct the courts take in the near future.

Let's see, Paul Martin appointed Peter Leask as his last dying act in power. We are still paying very dearly for that horrible appointment in BC.

Yet Stephen Harper appointed a Hells Angels patent lawyer to the bench. He was also a long time Tory supporter. Go figure. Alfonso Galiano was tied to the mob and Stephen Harper apoints a lawyer for the Hells Angels to become a judge. What'll it be - Coke or Pepsi? Same stuff different pile. The Reform Party's dream has returned to Mulroneyism. What a sham(e).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hypocrisy is Human

Before I proceed, I need to state the obvious. Hypocrisy is a human flaw that effects all of us and every organization be they religious or political to some extent. The wolves in sheep's clothing principle. It does not mean the original ideal is not worthy of aspiring to.

When Christ was on the earth, he criticized the religious leaders at the time calling them liars, hypocrites and extortionists. Clearly the Jews did not have a monopoly on hypocrisy. Muslim extremists killing innocent civilians is hypocrisy. TV Evangelists like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart have likewise been paid well to say one thing and do another. In fact it has been said that if Christ had come in our day, it would have been the Christian Church that crucified him.

I find Sarah Palin's declaration of war against Islam disturbing. Let's take a look at the parable of the Good Samaritan and put it in modern context by calling it the Parable of the good Muslim. Back in the day, Jews didn't like Samaritans. That's why Christ chose to make his parable about a good Samaritan. No doubt if he was here today he would tell Christians the parable of the good Muslin reinforcing the fact that God is not a respecter of persons and how we live our life is more important that what we say we do.

My point is, just because George Bush and Bill Clinton may have known about the CIA's drug running operations in Mena Arkansas, that does not mean we should give up on our political system and abandon the Constitution which many have misquoted for their personal gain.

Ron Paul spoke out against George Bush's involvement with the CIA drug running. His response was to abandon the war on drugs and legalize all drugs. I'm like what the hell? Where on earth did that come from. Decriminalizing pot is one thing but legalizing all hard drugs is socially irresponsible.

Nevertheless, Jesse Ventura was asked about the two party system in the United States. He said he thought it was great. It was like asking someone what do you want to drink then telling them all they can have is Coke or Pepsi. They're both soft drinks. They're a little bit different but basically they're the same so the people really don't have much of a selection.

Clearly, the problem is the fact that the CIA has far too much power and has absolutely no public accountability whatsoever. Personally I find it amusing to discover that as recent as 2004 the official emblem for the Canadian Secret Service was a cartoon beaver - wearing trench coat, dark glasses and fedora.

It's kind of hard to take that organization seriously. Yet if it shares any intel with the CIA we all now know where the security leak is. How about that Promise software the CIA stole and sold to it's allies. It was just a Trojan horse that let the CIA spy on it's allies. With friends like that...

Mena's Crooked Coroner

Long before it became common knowledge that the CIA were using military aircraft to smuggle cocaine in and out of Mena Arkansas, there was a strange case involving the suspicious suicides of two young boys. The case is hard to follow but one thing became clear. A crooked corner not only falsely concluded their murder was a suicide, but he knowingly tampered with evidence trying to cover up his misdeed and that he has been accused of misdiagnosing several murders in the area as suicides.

Two boys "fell asleep" on a railway track. The train engineer saw them so he blasted on the horn and the brakes. The boys did not wake up and were run over by the train. Don Henry, 16, and Kevin Ives, 17 died.

At the time, Fahmy Malak, Arkansas's state medical examiner, was the one responsible for ruling on cause of death. His plan was to rule the boys' deaths a double suicide. However, after conferring with Jim Steed, Saline County Sheriff, they decided no one would accept such a ruling and changed the cause of death to accidental.

Without any supporting evidence, Malak ruled that the boys had each smoked more than twenty marijuana cigarettes and, in a psychedelic stupor, had fallen asleep on the tracks. It was later learned that the state crime lab never even tested for the concentration of marijuana and, in fact, had used a test on the boys' blood which was designed to be used on urine. Outside experts were shocked at the absurd ruling. The families' nightmare battle against the state medical examiner was made more difficult by Governor Clinton's public support of Malak. However, after thirteen long months, the parents were finally able to prove what they had believed all along, that the boys had indeed been murdered.

Because of their persistence, Kevin and Don's bodies were exhumed, new autopsies were performed, and a grand jury was convened. Dr. Joseph Burton, a nationally recognized forensic pathologist from out-of-state, performed the new autopsies. His findings revealed that Don Henry had been stabbed in the back and Kevin Ives' face had been smashed by a blow from a rifle butt before their bodies were placed on the railroad tracks.

Burton's autopsy also revealed that Malak had mutilated Kevin's skull by sawing it in so many different directions that it was impossible to tell where the original skull fractures were. Malak also had completely dismantled Kevin's jaw bones. Burton stated he had performed thousands of autopsies and had never seen anything like it. Was Malak trying to hide something?

"A former employee at the crime lab has said he discovered what appeared to be evidence of a stab wound during the original autopsy, but was told, quote, 'not to worry about it.' Malak has refused all comment."

"During the midst of all of the turmoil, with trying to get the ruling changed in our case, it became very apparent that this was not an isolated instance of an error in the ruling on the manner of death. There were many other cases statewide that we became aware of."

In 1992, The Los Angeles Times tallied more than twenty additional cases where Dr. Malak had falsified evidence and ruled incorrectly. One case involved the murder of Raymond Albright who had been shot five times in the chest with a Colt 45. Incredibly, Malak had ruled suicide.

Another case involved James "Dewey" Milam whose body was found without the head. In this case, Malak ruled the cause of death to be an ulcer. Although Milam's head had been clearly severed with a knife, Malak claimed the family pooch had bitten off the head, eaten the entire thing, and then regurgitated it. Malak says he tested the dog's vomit and found traces of Milam's brain and skull. Unfortunately for Dr. Malak, Milam's head was later found. Malak, it turns out, had made up the entire story. Media coverage of Malak's dishonest rulings resulted in a massive public outcry calling for his removal from office.

Nevertheless, both Governor Clinton and the Arkansas State Medical Examiner Commission Chairman, Jocelyn Elders, who had the power to remove Malak from office, not only insisted he remain, they gave him a raise.

Jocelyn Elders, Arkansas State Medical Examiner Commission Chairman

"Based on the facts I have, I really feel that Arkansas owes Dr. Malak a great debt and a real apology."

"I was outraged that protecting a political crony of Clinton's was more important than the fact that two young boys had been murdered."

The Mena Connection

Chip Tatum claimed both Bush and Clinton were aware of the CIA's drug running out of Mena Arkansa.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Oliver North in Nicaragua

That leads us to our next question: What was Oliver North doing in Nicaragua and how was that tied to the Iran Contra Affair and Mena, Arkansas? How was Oliver North tied to Barry Seal?

Manuel Noriega and the CIA

Although the relationship did not become contractual until 1967, Noriega worked with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the late 1950s until the 1980s. In the 1988 presidential election, Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis highlighted this history in a campaign commercial attacking his opponent, Vice President (and former CIA Director) George H.W. Bush for his close relationship with "Panamanian drug lord Noriega."

Noriega strengthened his position as de facto ruler in August 1983 by promoting himself to full general. Noriega, being paid by the CIA, extended new rights to the Uniteoran insurgent Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front in Panama, and likewise rebuffed demands by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North of the United States Marine Corps that he provide military assistance to the Nicaraguan Contras. Noriega insists that his refusal to meet North's demands was the actual basis for the U.S. campaign to oust him.

Beginning in 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan negotiated with General Noriega, requesting that the Panamanian leader peacefully step down after Noriega was publicly exposed in the New York Times by Seymour Hersh, and later exposed in the Iran-Contra Scandal. The Panama Deception is an Academy Award winning documentary about the subsequent Invasion of Panama.

Here are the facts: Manuel Noriega was a long time CIA asset and drug lord. The CIA turned on him after he was exposed in the Iran Contra Affair and in the New York Times. It is unrealistic to believe that the CIA did not know he was smuggling drugs all those years. Especially when that was what the Iran Contra affair was all about and Oliver North said he was authorised to do everything he did. BTW the Iran Contra Affair involved a lot more than just Iran.

Cuba Si

En route to Central America, lets take a look at Cuba. Before the Cuban Revolution, the US supported the Batista government in Cuba which was a dictatorship tied to organized crime.

We all know about Operation Northwoods in Cuba that Kennedy Vetoed but do we know about Operation Mongoose? It's the one Kennedy approved where the CIA based in Florida enlisted the Mafia to help them get rid of Castro. The Mafia were anxious to regain control of the casinos in Cuba. William Harvey was one of the CIA case officers who directly dealt with the mafioso John Roselli.

Operation Northwoods revealed CIA plans to kill innocent Americans and blame it on Cuba to justify the invasion of Cuba during the missile crisis. That proposal was vetoed by Kennedy. Operation Mongoose however is a documented link showing the CIA working directly with the Mafia. Which was no real secret since the US supported the Batista who were tied to organized crime.

Back in In 1890, Captain Alfred Thayler Mahan, a member of the Navy War Board and leading U.S. strategic thinker, wrote a book titled The Influence of Sea Power upon History in which he argued for the creation of a large and powerful navy modeled after the British Royal Navy. Part of his strategy called for the acquisition of colonies in the Caribbean Sea which would serve as coaling and naval stations and which would serve as strategical points of defense. Did you hear that? Colonies. Just like the British Imperialism the American Revolution fought against.

The US wanted to buy Puerto Rico from Spain but Spain said no. Thus the Spanish-American War where Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States with a landing at Guánica. As an outcome of the war, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, along with Cuba, the Philippines, and Guam to the US under the Treaty of Paris. We won't even mention the possibility of the use of a False Flag attack to justify that war. Much.

My point in this post is simple: the CIA were working directly with the Mafia. Personally I have a problem with Cuba's political prisoners listed by Amnesty International. Yet I think the Helms-Burton law was somewhat hypocritical since Communist China has a far worse human rights record than Cuba. The US led embargo against Cuba had nothing to do with human rights.

Adolf Hitler and George Lucas

Let's have a look at something abstract then take a look at Central America while we take a closer look at ourselves and organized crime. Adolf Hitler did in reality exist. He wasn't a figment of our imagination and concerns about him were not conspiracy theories. We all know that Hitler was bad but do we all know how he tricked the German people? Twice.

George Lucas wrote an allegory in his Star Wars saga. The first three episodes of his classic saga were pretty clear cut good versus evil. The bad guys were referred to as Stormtroopers just like Hitler referred to his SA. Yet the first three episodes didn't explain how the Empire took over the Republic and chased them around the galaxy as a handful of rebels. That was explained in the next three episodes which as we know happened before the original three.

So, once upon a time there was an aspiring senator named Palpatine. He wanted to become a dictator and turn the free republic into an empire that he controlled. To accomplish this he had a cunning plan. He would hire mercenaries to attack his home planet. He would then use that attack to gain sympathy in the senate and become elected chancellor or head of state.

Hitler did the same thing. Hitler got his SA to burn down the German parliament buildings and blame it on terrorists to enrage the German people and give him special powers as the head of state. He too became chancellor. Hitler used that false flag attack to gain control of the senate so he could become a dictator.

Then he got his SA to burn down a German radio station and blame it on Poland to enrage the public and justify his invasion of Poland. The rest is history. I'm not saying the entire Star Wars saga is about Hitler. I'm saying George Lucas took small bits of what Hitler did and wrote about it in an elaborate fictional allegory about how an evil power took over a free people and oppressed them.

Although I agree with Eileen Mohan in that criminals are abusing our sacred Charter of Rights, I also agree with Justin Trudeau. The Charter of Rights is a sacred document we can all be proud of. We should not at any time remove individual rights and freedoms to respond to any emergency be it real or manufactured.

The judges in BC are not enforcing the same federal laws here as they are in Ontario. Ontario has deemed the Hells Angels to be a criminal organization because of their documented criminal activity. There is no reason we can't do the same without throwing away the charter of rights. We need more public accountability not less.

The Patriot Act in the US is far from patriotic. The intrusive security measures at the border are suspicious. The 9/11 terrorists did not enter the US from Canada. They entered the US directly from other countries. In fact, it was the CIA who over ruled the governing body that refused to issue the 9/11 terrorists passports so if anyone needs more security and accountability it's the CIA not Canada.

Oh and Sarah Palin is whacked. Islam is a world religion that is safeguarded under the US Constitution. Too many US extremists are too quick to throw out the Constitution over manufactured emergencies just like Senator Palpatine.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stephen Harper screwed BC

Stephen Harper didn't just drop the ball, he intentionally screwed BC because he thought it would advance his own personal agenda. We want anti gang legislation. We want mandatory sentences for violent crime and trafficking hard drugs. We don't want mandatory minimum sentences for the possession of pot.

It's not a matter of him just not listening. It's a matter of him using our plight to promote himself instead of doing what's in the country's best interest. He wants the public to get angry at the Liberals for voting down anti drug legislation so he can get more seats in the next election and "govern."

Stephen Harper has peaked. His character or lack thereof has been revealed. Iggy is a dangerous idiot. Let's hope Justin Trudeau can do the right thing and submit legislation that will create mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking cocaine or meth not for the possession of pot.

It's not about pot. It's about being fiscally responsible and doing something positive that is within our power to do. The jails are over burdened already. Creating mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking hard drugs will cost more money for more prisons. Mandatory minimum sentences for the possession of pot is not within our fiscal reach and is totally counter productive.

Giving productive members of society a criminal record for the possession of pot makes about as much sense as giving them a criminal record for driving after two drinks. Yeah. Dum dum dum dum dum dum...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

More RCMP Drama

Well this is suspicious. An RCMP deputy commissioner who was among senior officers raising concerns about commissioner William Elliott's management style says he had the duty "to stand up" and complain to federal authorities. He does kinda look like Gordon Campbell.

Souccar and several other RCMP executives complained in July to the authorities that Elliott, the first civilian to head the commission, was verbally abusive, arrogant and insulting. During his testimony, Souccar said "there is no longer any doubt" about whether the next RCMP commissioner should be a police officer.

I'm having trouble with the math. He claims Elliott was arrogant, insulting and verbally abusive. Is this something new? Nope. That's what Elliot was supposed to fix. What's new is the fact that he's a civilian. So the real beef is the fact that he's a civilian not the fact that he's abusive because that is what we hear management at the RCMP is.

Although I completely support the creation of a civilian agency to hear and oversee complaints of police misconduct, I'm not entirely sure the head of the RCMP should be a civilian. In the army, would you have a general who has never been a soldier?

I think the issue of abuse in the RCMP should be addressed. It is entrenched in their training program and spilling over into their management and their kick the cat treatment of civilians they are supposed to serve and protect.

Wait a minute... Jim Chu as RCMP Police commissioner? We don't want to lose him. He'd be great for the job but the old boys club in Vancouver would take over the detachment. As if they haven't already.

Jim Chu talked about the creation of a civilian agency to oversee complaints of police misconduct. The motion on the floor at the BC Legislature specifically refers to the RCMP not all police forces in BC. Perhaps if Jim Chu became the RCMP Police commissioner, he'd help establish the civilian agency for police complaints. That compromise might just restore public confidence in the RCMP.

As I've said before I don't think a Regional Police force in BC would solve anything. Not when all our regional police forces have such lack of public accountability and problems with use of force on civilians. A civilian agency to oversee complaints is a must because it overcomes the conflict of interest. Yet I really don't understand how you could have or want a civilian as the Police Commissioner. Jim Chu would be an excellent choice but we would be sad to lose him. If it meant doing something better for the country at large then so be it.

The Credibility of Gary Webb

When a court of law receives evidence by way of testimony of witnesses, the opposing party embarks on a campaign to destroy the credibility of that witness. If they can create the impression that the witness is not credible, then all the damning evidence that witness has against their client will be thrown out of court and not be taken seriously. How much more so will the Administration use the media to assassinate an activists character.

Years ago people accused Dr. Martin Luther King of being a Communist. Upon hearing that allegation I shook my head and said, he was a Baptist Minister. One of the biggest fears of Communism is the creation of a Marxist Leninist Atheist State. They ban religion and the freedom of the press. Yet Martin Luther King was a religious leader. Not to say that the likes of Castro hasn't used Christian Marxists to accomplish his goal of establishing a State that bans religion, it's just that the idea of Martin Luther King being labeled a Communist because he had a dream that the US Constitution would be actually practiced was somewhat absurd.

Take a look at the huge amount of animosity and opposition the Dixie Chicks encountered for simply expressing an opinion. One of them made a comment at a concert that they were ashamed George Bush was from Texas, their home State. It really was a no brainer. On the International landscape George Bush was the most hated U.S. president in recorded history easily surpassing that of Nixon. Iraq was invaded for their oil. There were no Weapons of Mass destruction and 9/11 had nothing to do with that invasion. They said they were going in to find WMD and they didn't find any. Then they said Mission Accomplished after they took over their oil.

Nevertheless, you would have thought that the Dixie Chicks had committed treason with their simple comment. Republicans went on a rampage to destroy them. Burning their cd's, banning their music from the radio to death threats. The opposition they faced in what we were told was a free country was absolutely astounding. Their song Not Ready to make Nice was a powerful response to that evil.

Gary Webb was not the the first reporter to break the news of the CIA's involvement with crack cocaine. Many years earlier Bob Parry ran the story about the findings of the Kerry Committee. Parry claimed the Administration tried to kill him metaphorically. They tried to destroy his credibility and they successfully buried the story.

The Kerry Committee had clearly established the CIA's involvement with drugs for guns supporting the Contras in Central America. They found evidence of Manuel Noriega's involvement with drugs years before the invasion.

I would like to make one thing clear. Although George Bush Senior was Director of the CIA at a time when the Agency was accused of smuggling cocaine, the whole concept of the CIA and drugs has nothing to do with Republican versus Democrat. Bill Clinton helped cover up Mena. He was Governor of Arkansas during the Barry Seal operation there. Clinton supported that crooked corner Fahmy Malak who knowingly falsified death reports and destroyed evidence claiming various murders were suicides. President Johnston was just as evil as anyone in the Bush Administration.

Yet Gary Webb wasn't a witness, he was a reporter. A very credible one at that who documented everything in his book Dark Alliance. It is not unlawful to tell the truth. All the rage and denial will not change that.

Paul Eischeid

Here's a new photo of Paul Eischeid at his arrest in Argentina after 8 years on the lam. That is one ugly goatee. Does John Bryce own land in Argentina? I wonder where Caroline Wolf is?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Maple Ridge, Grow Ops and the Hells Angels

I didn't realize Maple Ridge was so famous for grow ops and the Hells Angels. That is an interesting combination indeed realizing the recent Hells Angels violent bid to chase a pot dealer out of their neighbourhood in East Vancouver. I think it will be well worth looking into all the grow ops in Maple Ridge and how that ties in with the Hells Angels.

We know Rob Shannon was caught in a large pot for cocaine operation in the States. They had to get the pot from somewhere. I never used to have a problem with the Hells Angels owning grow ops. I just have a problem with Hells Angels robing grow ops and taking them over. That is somewhat bizarre. But then again there has been a lot of bizarre things that have gone on in Maple Ridge. Golden Ears is such a nice place. Perhaps it's time to take out the trash.

After all, Arthur Eyford wasn't a known member of a gang but he was a known biker associate. Gee I wonder which outlaw motorcycle group in Male Ridge he was an associate of?

Darcy Taylor's Absolute Discharge is Absolute Bullshit

Sergeant Darcy Taylor. A Sergeant with 21 years on the force had an assault conviction but was given an absolute discharge in Vancouver provincial court on Friday.

A widely-distributed surveillance video showed him running across the street and striking innocent bystander Justin Wachtel in the head and knocking him over.

Defence counsel Kevin Woodall told the court it happened during an "adrenalized" moment brought on by a "chaotic" situation. The judge agreed: "The circumstances must be taken into account. He was attempting to control an unruly, aggressive crowd. For a few brief moments he lost control.

This is absolutely insane. Full of adrenalin is not an excuse. It's a bad rationalization like the other cops who assaulted and robbed an innocent civilian in an unprovoked attack who said they had ten and twenty drinks each. All that means is that they are drunks as well as criminals.

It's a good thing Taylor isn't a soldier. I can see it now: We were engaged in a firefight with the enemy and I ran across the street and shot an innocent civilian in the head. I was swept away with adrenaline of the moment. If that happened in the military he'd be court marshaled.

The whole point of police training is to be able to diffuse situations not inflame them. Clearly that is not being taught any more in their training. Clearly they need to fire their use of force trainers and send new ones to be trained under the retired VPD Ninja John McKay.

At first I though absolute discharge meant he was fired from the VPD but he doesn't get a criminal record. That was fair I thought. But no. Absolute discharge means he gets sweet fuck all. That decision is a slap in the face of public interest. And the people said... absolutely nothing. They just bowed their head in shame while David Pendleton and Darcy Taylor just pissed on a good soldiers grave. Lest we forget.

They say the truth will set you free. Well I'm not seeing it. Not with our judicial system.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Drug Dealer gets Five Years for Sexual Assault

Today's headline sounds frighteningly familiar to another with one important detail left out. It was reported today in the Vancouver Province as well as in the Maple Ridge Times that a drug dealer named Victor Joseph Reis, 42, was convicted in September of sexual assault and unlawful confinement with a weapon in connection with an incident that took place two years ago.

I'm not sure why it made the news today. Perhaps he was convicted last September but he wasn't sentenced until now. My point is, the incident happened two years ago and sounds a lot like a similar incident where a man viciously sexually assaulted a prostitute in Maple Ridge. I can't pull the names because the link to the article in the Vancouver Province on my blog post at the time has been completely removed from their archives.

There has been a publication ban on the name of the victim. That is totally understandable. Initially it was reported the victim was a prostitute. This time it was reported she was a crack and heroine addict. It could be two different cases but I find the location and the details to be extremely similar.

In the other case the Vancouver Province reported that the assailant told the victim that her husband owed money to the Hells Angels and should be fearful of his life. As I said then, just because someone says they are with the Hells Angels doesn't mean they are. However, if this guy really was selling drugs, it would be unlikely he was selling drugs for anyone but the Hells Angels since we have seen they get violent over that kind of thing. If he was selling drugs and if the victim or her husband had a drug debt to him, it could be very possible they had a drug debt to the Hells Angels if that is who he sold drugs for.

The other story as I said has been removed from the archives of the Vancouver Province. If anyone can find a copy of it on the Internet, please send me the link.It was published December 17, 2009. The Maple Ridge News published a similar article on 16 Sep 2010 entitled Drug Dealer Guilty of Rape.


Found it. The other case was Raymond Latreille not Victor Joseph Reis so they are clearly two different cases. The two seperate szexual assaults booth occurred in Maple Ridge durring the week of August 29 2008.

Friday, February 4, 2011

City of Vancouver gave the Hells Angels $2 million

I'm all for social housing. At fist glance the City of Vancouver buying the Drake hotel and turning it into social housing is a wonderful idea. But wait a minute. They bought it from the Hells Angels and they paid more than twice what it's worth. So once again money allotted for the poor in East Van goes straight into organized crime's pocket.

There are two separate issues on the table. The City bought an old hotel to turn into social housing, that is a good thing. Them buying it from a criminal organization is not a good thing. Neither is paying that criminal organization more than twice it's worth. From the outside it looks like the City just paid the Hells Angels a $2 million bribe.

That's $2 million of taxpayers money. That's $2 million of tax money earmarked for social housing that just went up in smoke. Corruption or a mistake? Your guess is as good as mine. Regardless of it being a mistake, that is a huge amount of money. Which brings us back to the proceeds of crime.

East Vancouver President John Bryce was the registered owner of the Drake hotel. Where are the financial records showing how he or how his organization made that much money to own that hotel?

Kinda like the Giles Remple case in Kelowna. David Giles was caught on a wiretap stating that Revelle made him $30,000.oo in several months. Giles' lawyer said that only proves Revelle worked for Giles. OK, if Revelle worked for Giles what did he do to earn that kind of money if the cocaine the police seized had nothing to do with it? Where are the financial records showing what legitimate business venture they are involved in that earns that kind of money in that short a period of time?

John Bryce, David Giles and a Ship load of Cocaine

What do John Bryce, David Giles, a ship load of cocaine and Oakland California all have in common? The Hells Angels. David Giles is a longtime member of the East Vancouver chapter of the Hells Angels and has been caught on wiretap claiming a cocaine dealer in Kelowna made him $30,000.00 in several months.

John Bryce in one of the original members of the East Vancouver chapter and is currently the chapter president. He insists he has done nothing illegal. Others claim he is well insulated. His son Jonathan plead guilty to extortion and cocaine trafficking. I've heard of a father taking a fall for a son but not a son taking the fall for his father. That shows you what kind of guy Bryce is.

Sonny Barger is the founder of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels. The San Fransisco Bay area has been the birthplace of the group. Clearly John Bryce, David Giles and the Oakland chapter are all connected in some way to the Hells Angels as was the ship load of 2 and 1/2 tons of cocaine that was bound for the Hells Angels in BC.

One source claimed the ship load of cocaine involved John Bryce and David Giles. I never really thought about that before. If it was Hells Angels cocaine like they claim, then surely whoever was in charge of the Hells Angels at the time would be involved with it. We do know that Bryce and Giles were local leaders at the time. However right now the only official connection between the two and the event is that they all had some kind of connection to the Hells Angels.

Which leads us to the next chapter of the ongoing saga: Does Giles have beef with Bryce? If so, how far will it go?

Seattle Police Brutality

Seattle had a town hall meeting about their police brutality last night where the people demanded the resignation of the police chief. They haven't just been beating civilians in unprovoked attacks they have been shooting them. Even though we complain about our system a lot we don't have to look very far to see someone who has it worse.

Sadly it appears their brutality problem is racial. At least that's not the case here. Here police will give a cracker the boots just as fast as anyone else. Sadly the Ottawa incident could have been racial. That's something we don't like to even consider let alone talk about. One would think society has evolved out of the stone age by now.

There was an interesting letter from one of the victims of police brutality in Seattle who survived. It references some of the corruption in their political system there. Shocking allegations indeed. One would think they were talking about a third world country not the US of A.

I remember speaking with a Seattle cop in the /80's when crack houses were all over south Seattle. He had been putting pressure on the crack dealers there and was transferred behind a desk. He thought his transfer was suspicious.

Is there another reason police in Vancouver let the Black Door and the crack dealers at the Carnegie centre stay in business? I don't know.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lunar New Year

Happy New Year Vancouver. Time to get out there and celebrate our diversity as the Tiger concedes to the Rabbit for a new year that is upon us.

Perhaps we need a few more drums and a few more firecrackers to chase away all the evil spirits that have been haunting us. 2009 saw a spike in the gang violence. 2010 saw a drop in murders but it certainly continued. Unfortunately the drop in murders wasn't a result of less crime, it was a result of one side winning leaving the rest to be oppressed by the Big Red Machine.

My predictions for 2011 are simple: More lies, more denial and more betrayal all driven by unbridled greed. A wild fire that is consuming our province. Just what has our society become? It's sad when people are more outraged when someone cuts down a tree or kicks a dog then they are about human life.

If the Hells Angels went into Stanley Park and started clear cutting the trees there, Vancouver would riot. Why then do we turn a blind eye when they cut down human life? What happened to our social conscience?