Monday, November 19, 2007
"You expect something like that in America, but not in Canada."
This is a man in Poland speaking of the sickening murder of Robert Dziekanski by the RCMP at YVR.
Equally sickening is the denial by the police and the refusal of either federal or provincial attorneys-general or solicitors-general to demand at once what every reasonable Canadian knows is due - an impartial, citizen panel to investigate this disgrace.
One taser is bad enough; two is more than questionable. But jumping on a man in distress???
These thugs must be out of uniform as fast as possible.
That must be followed immediately by the panel that will ask all the unhappy but necessary questions.
Like many of you, I have always been a supporter of the police in general and the RCMP in particular. Like many of you, my support is like the Force's reputation - in tatters.
Posted by David Berner at 9:39 AM
I saw something strange and disturbing on TV a few nights ago.
That could be practically anything, of course, from "Deal or No Deal" to the NBC News with Brian Williams.
But this was just a moment or two that I could bear of a Muslim man trying to interview a woman who claimed to be a Buddhist.
The woman, in her '60s I would guess, had an almost shaved head of grey stubble. She was wearing the familiar burgundy and orange robes we associate with the Dalai.
As I clicked my way through the channels and landed on this gem, the woman was talking about "males."
She was talking about "males" as she might about rats, vermin, root canal, rapists and radio station managers. What was so shriekingly evident was her total abhorrence of the "man" side of any equations.
But the Muslim man, bent on being "the interviewer," was doing a classic Bill Good and not listening to a word she was saying, intent on his next scripted question. He must have been a graduate of Bill's popular workshop, "How to Never Interact With Your Guests, but Still be a Local Media Star."
The - shriek! - man, asked the woman Buddhist about how she actually practiced her religion. He was very specific. How do you begin your day? What prayers or meditation do you choose? And so on.
Her answer was, "Well, that's a very general question."
His question was extremely specifically specific.
But you see she hates men and therefore whatever he might ask or say will be wrong.
What was so interesting and horrifying was that he didn't notice any of this and she didn't acknowledge anything coming from him.
So here were two people utterly NOT communicating, but doing so on television.
I lasted less than a minute and settled on Bruce Willis shooting everyone is sight.
Posted by David Berner at 9:24 AM
The Vancouver Sun's coverage of the secret and even simply unknown and untalked about sides of the war in Afghanistan is most welcome.
We have known for some time now the hideous corruption and overspending by America in their desperate disaster in Iraq - cement, bullets, oil, rebars, name it - so many overcharged, double-billed and worse.
Now we are seeing the identical story for the Canadian government in Afghanistan.
"There is nothing more Canadian than sipping a double double in Kandahar Airfield while watching a hockey game," says General Rick Hillier by way of explaining how he has spent $4MILLION of your tax money on a Tim Horton's franchise in Afghanistan.
Well, I've got news for the good general and for Mr. Harper.
When I want a dose of really bad amateurish sociology, I don't turn to Mr. Khaki, thanks very much.
And I don't drink double doubles or anything else at Tim Horton's and I don't give a flying frittata about hockey.
And, yes, oddly, enough I am still a Canadian. Is that OK?
And I am not encouraged to learn that SNC Lavalin, the folks who are doing such a good job on the ram-it-down-your-throats-and-to-hell-with-your-mom-&-pop-shops Canada Line, have contracts of over $700 MILLION for various make-do projects in Afghanistan.
Will anybody ever investigate Lavalin's relationship with generations of Ottawa mandarins and parliamentarians?
Posted by David Berner at 9:09 AM