Wednesday, October 29, 2008

2010...or is it 20,100...or is it 2,100,000?

Day in and day out, Vaughn Palmer continues to be one of the very best newspaper columnists in the business. We're lucky to have him here.

In today's piece, Palmer skewers the administration for what apparently are blind costs when it comes to security for the Olympics.

It may be $200Million, it may be a Billion. Who can say?

Not the Finance Minister, apparently.

The cash may come from the province or the feds or Vancouver or Whistler or Richmond.

No matter how you cut it, it comes from your pocket, boys and girls.

It's called tax money.

So enjoy your 32 seconds of someone from Norway schushing down your hill.

Crimes Within Crimes

The following was sent to me by a friend who happens to be a police officer. At the bottom you will see his outraged comments. Below that, my own...

METRO VANCOUVER - One of the four RCMP officers involved in the Tasering of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski is facing charges of impaired driving causing death after a collision in Delta Saturday night.

However, Delta police - who are investigating the crash - have refused to identify the officer until he makes his first court appearance on Jan. 15 and is formally charged.

Orion Hutchinson, 21, was riding westbound on his motorcycle along Sixth Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Saturday when his bike collided with an east-bound Jeep at the intersection of Gilchrist.

Hutchinson, who was thrown from his bike, suffered traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep, an RCMP member, was transported to Delta police headquarters where, according to Delta police, he failed a breathalyser test.

The officer was released on a promise to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Jan. 15, 2009.

Why do British Columbians have to suffer a police force that tolerates if not advocates this kind of behaviour?

This drunken shithead is sent home to chill after killing a second innocent victim while the horsemen are blockading the inquiry into why he killed Robert Dziekanski.

It's despicable. Fire the RCMP now.

Let me add...

It is always dreadful when some fool drives drunk. It is always worse when that selfish fool kills or injures another person.

How hideous that in this case the drunk driver is a police officer.

We appreciate that cops have a difficult stressful life, and we've seen enough bad movies to know that the line between cop and crook can be awfully thin at times...BUT...

Can we not expect some basics to hold?

You're a police officer. If anyone should know better, sir, it is you.

And, as for the squad around this sorry fellow who will release no information ....

and you wonder why the public has increasingly lost faith in you.