Monday, February 21, 2011

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihan Apology: Many Days Late and Many Dollars Short

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihian to Buddy Tavares: "Sorry my subordinate viciously assaulted you!"

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihian has apologized to police brutality victim Buddy Tavares for being viciously assaulted by Kelowna RCMP constable Geoff Mantler.
"RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihan paid a visit to Tavares at his Kelowna home to apologize..."

(BPC comments: What is wrong with you, Houriham? What makes you think you're actually welcome in Tavares' home?
Afterward, the trumped-up charges that the Kelowna RCMP tried to smear Tavares with were dismissed by Crown counsel.

The YouTube video of the event clearly shows RCMP constable Mantler kicking Tavares in the face needlessly and without provocation - an absolute violation of his RCMP training and Tavares' Charter rights - but still this bad cop remains on the payroll, collecting taxpayer dollars!

We need change. We need civilian oversight to kick brutal and crooked cops off of Canadian police forces. The RCMP, the VPD and the TPS are obviously not willing to do it themselves.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

God vs. $20

Filmmaker offers homeless man $20 to remove the word "god" from his sign asking for money. Results are entertaining, conclusions are tragic:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Toronto Police Officer Chris Hominuk Ducks Torture Charges

Christopher Hominuk: The Next Russell Williams?

Toronto police officer Christopher Hominuk has gone unpunished for committing the crime of torture.

Torture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture is:
"...any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession... when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity."

In spite of damning video evidence that clearly shows he tortured Canadian citizens, Hominuk was allowed to plead guilty to a farcically minimized charge that insults the Canadian justice system and puts innocent Canadian citizens in danger going forward.

In light of the Col. Russell Williams psychopath infiltration fiasco, the question begs: how many other psychopaths are active within our army and police forces?

The Hominuk case - and every other case of documented police brutality - should remain open until the following issues are addressed by independent investigators:

1. How often has Toronto Police Service officer Chris Hominuk been abusing and torturing prisoners during his 13 year career? Any warning signs of previous psychopathic behavior?

2. Back in 1998 while he was a rookie in training, did senior Toronto cops train Hominuk to abuse and torture prisoners? Is criminal brutality a decades-old tradition in the Toronto Police Service? How prevalent is psychopathy among the ranks?

3. Is Chris Hominuk the next Col. Russell Williams? A psychopath who gains a trusted position of authority, complete with gun and badge and uniform, only to leave a trail of bad acts and destroyed lives in his wake?

It's time for change. It's time for civilian oversight of all Canadian police forces so we can weed out officers like Chris Hominuk as early as possible - not 13 years too late.

But don't expect answers or change anytime soon. Corruption is rampant within the Toronto Police - how many of them took off their name tags and beat unarmed citizens in a designated protest area during the G20?

RCMP Casts Illegal DNA Dragnet on Prince George Taxi Drivers in Project E-PANA

Here are some excerpts from Cooper's article:
The RCMP obtained DNA samples from almost every taxi driver in Prince George in an effort to solve the Highway of Tears murders, industry sources say.

In some cases, drivers reported the RCMP said: “We have no right to do this, but will you submit a DNA [sample]?”

...drivers also reported aggressive police tactics on occasion, with officers asking: “Would you submit a voluntary sample? If not, you will be a suspect.”

“One guy told me they questioned him and tried to bluff him out. He said ‘they tried to say we know you did it,’ and pressured a DNA sample from him.

“Of course, it didn’t match anything... He was pretty offended.”

The RCMP indicated the sample drive occurred, but hasn’t responded to media questions.
The reason Tim Shields and the RCMP haven't responded to media questions is because they have something to hide. They're hiding the fact that the RCMP is violating Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Years ago, Canadian citizens trusted the RCMP enough to give them miles of rope to round up lawbreakers.

But recently, the RCMP have hanged themselves with that rope.

It's time for change. It's time for civilian oversight. The RCMP is an out-of-control paramilitary organization with a dirty habit of violating Canadians' Charter Rights, and that must be stopped.

American TV Aliens Blow Up Vancouver's Historic Marine Building

Vancouver's venerable Marine Building was blown up by aliens yesterday in the latest episode of ABC's mini series "V":

Here's the same view from a Google Earth street car in 2008:

Hopefully the production company cleaned up better than the film crew of Fantastic Four, who left town without repairing a burnt, melted circle of pavement in the centre of Burrard & Hastings back in 2006.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

CIA World Factbook: A Surprisingly Good Source of Information

The democratic revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and quite possibly Algeria, Jordan and Yemen could possibly be the biggest world-changing events of our burgeoning 21st century.

For those wishing to learn more, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) publishes online The World Factbook which is an excellent source of information on almost every country in the world.

Case in point: Check out Egypt and expand the People tab; you'll indeed see how young the average Egyptian really is. It's no wonder they're adept at using Facebook and Twitter to organize peaceful protests to demand a democratic government:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bill Gates: Andrew Wakefield's Autism-Vaccine Fraud is "Absolute Lie That Has Killed Thousands of Kids"

"And so the people who go and engage in these anti-vaccine efforts, they kill children."

- Bill Gates, speaking the truth in this CNN interview with Sanjay Gupta:
"Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again

So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.
Yes it's a very sad thing. So how can we educate parents and families who believe and perpetuate these killer anti-vaccination ideas despite all evidence against?

It really needs to be done, because unvaccinated children put other peoples' children at risk.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

RCMP Training Video, Texas Style

RCMP training video, Texas style! Video is on a loop - reload page or click post title to start fresh at the beginning.

This RCMP training video shows trainees how not to behave at the conclusion of an exciting police chase:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Changing of the Egyptian Guard

Clay Bennett penned this ingenious "Egpyt" cartoon today in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

What I think Bennett is saying in the above cartoon* is that the young people of Egypt who rallied for democracy should be wary of those with ulterior motives who might try hijack the freedom they fought for.

The young men in the white shirts certainly look concerned when they see a couple of old bearded guys wearing turbans and robes, trying to heft their own capstone onto the pyramid's peak.

On a more universal note, I think the comic reminds people all over the world what is and what is not a true revolution for the betterment of people in the Middle East.

Learn more: Watch the best street-level raw video footage of the Egyptian protests at Al Jazeera English. Includes live streaming video.

*reproduced in accordance with DMCA Fair Use Exemption for non-commercial commentary.