sábado, dezembro 01, 2007

what to do?

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what to do? and, where to go from here? ... the age-old question: fish? or cut bait? ...

They have not only exonerated Paul Koester for the murder of Ian Bush, they are now elevating him to an object of compassion - a-and they have promoted him!

"Constable Paul Koester deserves the empathy of Canadians. The young officer was doing his job with integrity when he arrested Mr. Bush on a minor charge, and suddenly found himself being choked from behind, and expecting to die. Other officers and ambulance workers who saw Constable Koester shortly after he shot Mr. Bush in the head in self-defence say he was devastated, sobbing, an emotional wreck. All this Mr. Kennedy sets out persuasively, explaining what the evidence was and why he gave some pieces of evidence more weight than others."

     Globe Editorial, 30/11/07, Empathy for the constable.

"In the case of Constable Koester, he had been promoted from field training shortly after the incident occurred and well before the completion of the investigation."

     Final Report on the Shooting Death of Ian Bush, 28/11/07.

By Paul E. Kennedy, Chair, Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP; this is the same Paul E. Kennedy who took the stuffing out of the complaints around the murder of Robert Dziekansi: Watchdog rejects spin charge against RCMP, Jonathan Woodward, 19/11/07, Source.

Adds up, even if I don't happen to like the sum.

"We'll likely never know what really happened in the Houston RCMP detachment the night of Oct. 29, 2005. The only person who knows that is Constable Koester, the lone officer who was with Mr. Bush when he was shot. Like many others, I don't believe his version of events. I just don't see how he could have hit Mr. Bush three times in the back of the head with the tip of his gun and then shot him, all the while being face down on a couch and with Mr. Bush lying on top of him."

     Watchdog's conclusion comes as no surprise at all, 30/11/07.

I think Gary Mason is being generous - my take is that Bush said something about the size of Koester's tool and Koester shot him execution-style because he had the power, and then (given the size of his tool) he started weeping ... that's what I think.

And furthermore ... they simply can't have too many Maher Arars coming down at 10 million a pop, too expensive you see. So, Canadian public mentality being entirely blunted with 'consumer items' (religion is not the narcotic Karl ol' buddy, comfort is) they put out 100 pages or so of long sentences and three-syllable words and they're in the clear. (Having turned the soil well in advance by taking geometry and grammar out of the curricula.)

Nor is it just the RCMP: Globe Editorial, 24/08/07, Blown cover, nor even just police forces: Pandemic politics, Margaret Wente, 23/11/07 - it is ubiquitous & endemic.

Putting your best foot forward:

"Today I talked to the security guard at the Provincial Legislature in Fredericton. I asked if an arrest would follow my refusal to stay out of that building. He let me know that there continues to be a warrant with my name on it. Violation of the warrant will lead to arrest and the charge of assault. I then let him know that I would be returning in the spring. I told him that I would come with witnesses. There would be cameras and microphones. He asked how many? I smiled and said I hoped for 300. Would settle for two. They were to be witnesses to my arrest. He asked who these persons were. I told him they would be members of the Fredericton Peace Coalition. He asked me what day this would happen. I told him Good Friday would be perfect. I asked him if the Legislature would be open on Good Friday. He said it would not. So I proposed Maundy Thursday."

     George Feenstra, Laying out a fleece.....

Finally, I have to give up on them, these United Church of Canada ministers and their petty hand-wringing solipsisms - but it leaves me lonely, oh well.

A-and the disfunctional Technorati tags ... this is really the show stopper because I was always trying to use these tags to access other opinions quickly, and also maybe make mine available to others. But they don't work in oh so many ways; and pointing this out to the developers has gotten me nowhere - they are playing some game that is simply incomprehensible to me. So I have to give up on them too, but what to replace them with? Short of inventing my own blog software there is nothing; thus leaving the explicit structure of this blog, such as it is, in collapse. Mind you, they never worked, so another way to see it is that nothing is lost ...

Also worthy of note: Story time in St. George's, Sabrina Skinner, 13/11/07.

"At Ms. Fearon's session with Level II and III students, she had the students participate in an exercise in which each member of the class added one line to a piece of paper circulating around the classroom.

'A story can be as simple as that," she told the students. "Adding one thought or line.'"

... so, I will go up to Salvador for a week or so and leave the komputor behind - let's see where that goes eh?


A-and, oh yeah, speaking of show-stoppers, here's one:

"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women ... It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."

a-and here's another one (this guy is a hoot, or would be if he wasn't serious):

"You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist."

     Pat Robertson.

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