Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Sergeant Schultz theory, applied

Alex Tsakumis' release of Dave Basi's 2003 memo to file was an interesting test for British Columbia's corporate media. The results were mixed.

NW's Bill Good managed to do 3½ hours without noting the stench surrounding his pal Premier Photo Op. No surprise there since he's been consistent in saying the BC Rail scandal is old news, not worthy of our attention. Bill can't understand what the fuss is about but knows that BC Rail is causing headaches for his call screeners.

However, Simi Sara, Jon McComb and the people at the NW news desk were engaged, chasing down appropriate interview subjects, including AGT himself, and gaining confirmation of the source document. Those people did a fine job.

I understand CKWX News 1130 covered the story but their website has no reference to it Monday night. Daniel Palmer writing for Metro News provided Questions remain for Premier in BC Rail scandal.

Michael Smyth wrote Basi memo puts Christy Clark in hot seat at the Province. Now we'll have to wait to see if Editor in Chief Wayne Moriarty allows Smyth's story to stay or pulls it down as he did with Dan Murphy's criticism of big advertiser Enbridge. Laila Yuile has that story.

Global TV News didn't mention the issue. Too many other big stories were breaking. There was the 3-minute report on Lonesome George, a deceased tortoise formerly resident of the Galapogos Islands. That was followed by a 7-minute feature on free diving and a breaking sports story of Robert Luongo not being traded, again.

CTV couldn't cover the Basi memo. They were focused on high school streakers and on Premier Photo Op holding a photo op to announce a federal government program involving student loans.

I'm told the Globe and Mail was busy today scrubbing Tsakumis and Basi references from reader comments and their writers have been quiet in the 24 hours since AGT released the vital memo. The Vancouver Sun has been quiet on the issue.

Corporate media folks might be more focused on buy-outs and layoffs than news but we can hope they will catch up eventually.

I came across this quotation and left it first on Alex Tsakumis' site. It seems so appropriate to the issues at play here and fits the Liberals quite perfectly.
“The evil hate the light – the light of goodness that shows them up, the light of scrutiny that exposes them, the light of truth that penetrates their deception. Rather than blissfully lacking a sense of morality, like the sociopath, they are continually engaged in sweeping the evidence of their evil under the rug of their own consciousness."
The quote is from People of the Lieby M. Scott Peck. Good sweeping Liberals.

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26 comments:

  1. This morning I did something I seldom do - scanned the VSun briefly to see where there was any mention of this story.

    If it was there, I didn't see it. There was, however, a riveting article about Beyonce's daughter being named an honorary citizen of an island in Croatia.

    The mind boggles.

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  2. And let's not forget " The invasion " of fire ants on the lower mainland as reported by the CBC.

    Guy in Victoria

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  3. Excellent post and quote.Except in the quote, I would use literary license to change it from "sweeping" to "scraping and shovelling" Seems there is so much evil to be moved that a broom wouldn't tackle it.

    The gag orders need to be lifted and indeed they do exist.

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  4. I'm sure it will be in The Vancouver Sun. Palmer will whip it into a decaffeinated all-foam latte for Saturday morning snoozing. He goes to a lot of work to say nothing this past decade. Wasted talent and missing journalistic integrity but Chamber of Commerce speaking engagements....

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  5. A different view;
    Evil is a morality judgement I don’t believe one human can burden another with. Is there a human that walks the earth who can hoist a judgement such as this upon another?

    This promotes the mindset of elevating one human over others. Perhaps we could state it this way;

    “The wicked run to hide even when not being pursued.”

    While I am not a religious person in any way this is a re-worded quote from Proverbs 28:1

    “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
    But the righteous are bold as a lion.”

    There are a bunch of good ones there if more are required;

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+28&version=NIV

    The ongoing resistance to hold this government to account by the local media outlets, as witnessed and noted by many, will continue unabated.

    This bunker mentality will eventually become their final moment in the Sun…..the pun unintentional…

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  6. "Evil is a morality judgement I don’t believe one human can burden another with. Is there a human that walks the earth who can hoist a judgement such as this upon another?"

    I call B.S., but the neo-cons and the one percenters encourage this attitude. As long as people accept the idea that it is hopeless, "because they all do it" or "nobody's perfect," the truly greedy and evil are free to pursue their greed at the expense of everyone else. It's like the current BC LIEberal repeated chorus when one mentions the BC Rail Theft, the Rape of the Rivers, the CLBC atrocities, the silly roof at BC Place or the Civic Centre over runs, oh but just look at the nineties - ok let's look at the nineties, for most BCers the nineties were much better than since...........

    How anyone can even suggest that it is improper to assign evil to anyone in a world that contains people (sic) like Robert Pickton, Luka Magnotta, Charlie Manson and Gordon Campbell turns logic upside down........

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    1. Well, I don’t know where the hopeless interpretation comes from. I don’t believe anyone is promoting that here in these comments.
      The names you have referred to are people who suffer mental instability which compels then to think and act in ways that are wicked against their fellow man.
      These people are sick in their minds. This does not make them evil but in need of treatment. Lots of names around we could mention.

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    2. G. Barry StewartJune 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Norm, I really enjoyed Smyth's article in the Province. I think AGT assumes we're all in the loop and know all the players named in the letter to file — but Smyth's article helps bring the rest of the crowd up to speed.

      If it does get buried by the publisher... do you have it copied for your references? Is it legal to copy-paste it here for posterity, or is that a copyright problem?

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    3. The Publisher can't stop what has already been loaded into your Local Library Digital version of Canadian Newstand.

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  7. Most of these news syndicates know they and their reporters have major egg on their face for going along with this farce for the last decade or so.

    At least we know which reporters have credibility when it comes to reporting the real story. Kudos to Simi Sara, Jon McComb and Michael Smyth, and major jeers to the Premier's asslickers Good, Baldrey, Palmer, Stephen (not so) Smart and the CTV crew.

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    1. With rare exception, these folks are not reporters or journalists. They are public relations people selling a corporate product. No ethics corses, no certification, and no accreditation processes. Spin masters and hacks for hire. If only the general public understood this.

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  8. There was a story in our local Liebrel supporting newsrag that featured a column written by Lindsay Kines of the Victoria Times Colonist with the heading
    "Why the media are mad at Christy Clark"
    He claimed the media and public were "tricked" in the CLBC bonus fiasco. it can be found at
    http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20120626/KAMLOOPS0304/120629887/-1/kamloops/kines-why-the-media-are-mad-at-christy-clark
    Of course no mention of the BC rail Basi memo but there have been two color pictures of the smiling Douche today and yesterday. I'm still felling wheezy from being subjected to them.

    CGHZD

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  9. It is my firm belief that if a criminal inquiry were to be held on the BC Rail fraud, not only would it involve almost every Liberal cabinet member, it would reach into mainstream media and the courts.

    The BC Rail fiasco is but a small chip off the massive iceberg of the corruption that has now infected our municipal, provincial and federal governments.

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    1. Agree 100%! This sentiment is bittersweet. While I'd be thrilled for some semblance of justice and reality, I am not sure we can ever get it back. Innocence lost is innocence lost. If all that is shown to be the case on AGT's blog is true, we know it was politicians, the RCMP, the special prosecutor, the judiciary and the media working together in a concerted way to perpetuate the very crooked status quo. Horrifying!

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    2. @Anonymous 12:56
      Is there any other explanation. Perhaps not all are in an overt conspiracy but they all work to benefit their own self interests. For a time, the RCMP worried that government would make them accountable for bad behaviour of their members. In BC, blind eyes were mutually beneficial. Liberals got away with fraud, RCMP got a new 20 year contract. The whole of the court system didn't need to be corrupt, only the Chief Judge and the presiding judge. Notice that both judges who presided over Basi/Virk got significant promotions for their work.

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    3. Hi Norm,
      I agree completely. I never subscribe to simplistic conspiracy theories but my understanding of human nature and nurture as well as organizational structures and processes suggests that what you say is absolutely correct. Vested interests and ironies abound, making for some odd and shifting bedfellows. The buck (pun intended) stops nowhere as this cast of characters dig themselves ever deeper. Mired in quicksand, there is no one in a position to cast the first stone. Michael Smith, former cheerleader for Campbell, has changed with the times so I give him credit for that. Has he been given the latitude to write some truth? Is he taking it at his own peril? No matter. I applaud him and journalists like you and AGT!!

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    4. We'll never see it , but a Canadian "Leveson" inquiry is sorely needed. Too bad Tom Kent recently passed..

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  10. I agree with Anonymous 26 and your reply above, Norm. The only quibble I have is that I think one can easily argue for an overt conspiracy in the BC Rail case. All decision makers in the case - from Special Prosecutors to Senior RCMP members like Kevin deBruyckere to the hidden hand players like Mr. Kinsella - all owe their livelihoods to their political alignments as Liberals. Even the judges involved have demonstrated Liberal party leanings - either federal or provincial.

    Remember, Norm, one man's conspiracy is just another's good team work.

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  11. Oh what a team too. Every person and position named above has to take an oath to practice their profession so enormous is the trust, obligation, and pressures of their office. It is all predicated on using good judgment and adherence to the rules of law which are not supposed to be a slippery self-serving slope....

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  12. Norm concerning the fact that "Notice that both judges who presided over Basi/Virk got significant promotions for their work."

    I feel it is unfair to cast both judges in the same light as this statement does (and Arleigh Chase should consider this also, regarding Justice Bennett). I think that Justice Bennett was trying to preside in a fair and just manner and was getting more and more frustrated by the government's never ending (to this date) refusal to co-operate in disclosure to the point, I feel, of actual obstruction of justice and she was promoted in order to get her out of the way so their bought and paid for, or at least onside, judge Annie Mack could be installed. Once Annie Mack was in charge, it became almost illegal to discuss anything about the trial, witnesses were allowed to be unresponsive and in contempt of court with impunity and the court even recessed so a witness (who would be unresponsive or suffer dementia anyway) could attend an effing birthday party on the East Coast. If I recall, the trial was brought to a smelly halt before the resumption after the "birthday in the Maritimes" recess.

    Keep in mind that Justice Elizabeth Bennett, who had been gotten out of the way, is the same judge who acquitted Glen Clark after the monstrous trial over the simple little deck in East Van that got only about ten times the coverage by the media lapdogs that the theft of BC Rail ever received. Heck, I can still see those two guys who looked like extras from a Sopranos episode walking out of the card club in North Burnaby, it was lasered into my brain through my eyeballs that had to see it night after night after night on the Glow Ball news!

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  13. I'm not so sure that I am being unfair to Justice Bennett, Kootcoot. My recollection is that she allowed far too much foot dragging from both prosecution and defense lawyers. How many years did she preside over this case before she was replaced? Four or five? How long did she allow Glen Clark's bogus case to proceed? A year or two? When it should have been dismissed almost immediately for lack of evidence?

    I can agree with you completely, though, on Justice MacKenzie's bizarre handling of the case.

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  14. The bulk of the foot dragging was on the government side, and BTW, the "oh so" Special Prosecutor was pretty lax in his attendence, leaving many, many hearings to Janet Winteringham, Andrea Mckay and other co-counsel. Your comment makes it seem as if Bennett was replaced for impeding the case, when it was repeated lack of compliance with disclosure from the RCMP and government for records and documents properly requested by the defense.

    Not only that but during the last election, pertinent documents and records were "mistakenly" shipped to an American firm for shredding and digital destruction, with no one held accountable.

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  15. Some years ago, I worked with Justice Bennett on non-legal matters in a community organization. I have great respect for her ethics, intellect, determination and courage. Had she stayed in place, the BC Rail trial outcome would have been considerably different, I'm sure.

    The public was badly served by the prosecutors, one still sitting judge and one retired. Most of all by the Attorney General and representatives of that ministry. They gave higher loyalty to political concerns than matters of justice. It is a shameful period that damages respect that citizens should have for legal authorities.

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    1. A little tangential,I know,Norm,but how else do the Horsemen apply for a 1200 seat salloon and an organization like MADD see no problem? Only after Bob Mackin raised it did local pols stick their heads out of the foxhole to tepidly question it. Jeez, we really do live in Mayberry RFD.

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  16. To Norm and Kootcoot, thanks for the info above. I stand corrected on Justice Bennett.

    The point I meant to emphasize was that somebody should have taken the case firmly in hand and cracked the whip on the foot dragging. Maybe Justice Bennett felt that she could not do that because of the internal politics of the Court, i.e. Chief Justice Dohm's excessive meddling in the case. Maybe the Attorney General of the day should have just directed the RCMP to cooperate with the Court on disclosure issues. Seven years for a court case to run is insane.

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    1. Of course it is. Compare our system to Britain where serious cases, appeals included, are completed in a fraction of the time it takes in British Columbia.

      The BC Liberals, aware that courts are dysfunctional, cannot make improvements because they are at the beck and call of the legal industry and that is the prime beneficiary of a system working at the pace of a moribund snail.

      The Liberals appointed Geoff Plant's former lawyer Geoffrey Cowper, partner and litigator in a law firm that is a big donor to the government party, to spend six months interviewing other lawyers to find ideas for reform. The solution they will recommend is to carry on as now but have government toss more money at the pot.

      It's like hiring a committed drunk to consider changes to liquor distribution. He'll recommend lower prices, extended hours, free home delivery and no-charge samples for regular customers. Everything an alcoholic needs.

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