Archive for March 2010
Winnipeg is finally getting a new football stadium. All levels of government and the David Asper group have come to a financing agreement to build the stadium near the U of M campus on the old Southwood golf course. The announcement will be made tomorrow. Images and plans should be available in the next few days.
Asper wants to build some upscale huge shopping complex where the old stadium now sits. So the wrecking ball will be bashing it down. That stadium was built in 1952-53. So it is approaching 60 years old. Time to retire.
I have many great memories from that old stadium. Winning conference finals and destroying the green Riders and occasionally the Eskimos. Not to mention the hated B.C. Lions. The beer flowed and the tonsils got sore. I got kicked out once for smoking cigarettes in a hurricane force wind. The old Biddy beside me complained to security and they escorted me out with 4 minutes left in a barn burner. Had to watch the last few minutes from the parking lot on the big end zone screen.
But the Bombers always had a good home record so we went away from those games mostly happy and content, not to mention half cut. Hopefully the Bombers will get a Grey Cup game in the new stadium and beat up on the Eskimos.
Those Neanderthal right-wing Michigan Militia types are back again. They really got something against their own government. Throw in some anti-Christ hysteria and the brew gets more explosive. These characters should be picked up as soon as authorities get a whiff of them and be instantly lobotomized.
DETROIT – Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group that was girding for battle with the Antichrist were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more by bombing the funeral — all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the U.S. government.
Seven men and one woman believed to be part of the Michigan-based Hutaree were arrested over the weekend in raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The ninth suspect was arrested Monday night after search in rural southern Michigan.
FBI agents moved quickly against the group because its members were planning an attack sometime in April, prosecutors said. Authorities seized guns in the raids but would not say whether they found any explosives.
The arrests have dealt “a severe blow to a dangerous organization that today stands accused of conspiring to levy war against the United States,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Authorities said the arrests underscored the dangers of homegrown right-wing extremism of the sort seen in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
The group says on its Web site that Hutaree means “Christian warrior” and describes the word as part of a secret language that few are privileged to know. The group quotes several Bible passages and states: “We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. … Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment.” Religious scholars contacted by NBC News on Monday had not heard of the term.
The site also features a picture on the site of 17 camouflaged men, all holding large guns, and includes videos of camouflaged men toting guns and running through wooded areas in apparent training exercises. Each wears a patch on his left shoulder that bears a cross and two red spears.
Suspected in a conspiracy to attack police officers are, from left to right, top row: David Stone, Sr.; David Stone, Jr.; Tina Stone and Jacob Ward. Left to right, bottom row: Michael Meeks; Joshua Clough; Kristopher Sickles and Thomas Piatek.
According to investigators, the Hutaree view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a “brotherhood” and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government.
The idea of attacking a police funeral was one of numerous scenarios discussed as ways to go after law enforcement officers, the indictment said. Other scenarios included using a fake 911 call to lure an officer to his or her death, killing an officer after a traffic stop or an attacking the family of a police officer.
Once other officers gathered for a slain officer’s funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs at the funeral, killing scores more, according to the indictment.
After the attacks, the group allegedly planned to retreat to “rally points” protected by trip-wired improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, for what they expected would become a violent standoff with law enforcement personnel.
The Tea Party movement in the U.S. is made up of old, bored, stupid conservative people. If you check the demographics you will notice there are very few young people at any of the rallies. The ones that are there are likely coerced by the old ones into being there. There are too many old people in the States that have nothing to do. They have no interests to keep busy.
They are also extremely ignorant. One minute they are calling Obama and the Democrats Socialist Commies, the next minute they are calling the same people National Socialists (Nazis). The former is based on an economic system called a Command Economy, which allows no Capitalism, the latter is based on a centrally controlled economy that allows capitalists free rein. The two systems are as far apart ideologically as you can get.
But the Tea partyers are not to interested in facts, as the link below shows. And they are also quite racist.
The Vatican has been almost taken over completely by forces from the Dark Side. From the too numerous to count sex abuse allegations against priests throughout the world, to Pope Benedict’s cover-up of those scandals, to the Vatican’s top Exorcist admitting the Vatican is overrun with Demons. The Devil seems to have infiltrated the deepest recesses of the Catholic hierarchy.
Pope Benedict XVI failed to act over complaints during the 1990s about a priest in the US who is thought to have abused some 200 deaf boys, victims say.
For more than 20 years before he was made pontiff, Cardinal Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – the Vatican office with responsibility, among other issues, for response to child abuse cases.
An archbishop wrote letters in 1996 to the Vatican watchdog led by Cardinal Ratzinger calling for disciplinary proceedings against Fr Lawrence Murphy, according to Church and Vatican documents.
Fr Murphy was a popular priest who is believed to have molested some 200 boys at St John’s School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin, between 1950 and 1974.
A canonical trial authorised by Cardinal Ratzinger’s deputy was halted after Fr Murphy wrote to the future pope asking that proceedings be stopped, despite objections from a second archbishop.
And the top Vatican exorcist has admitted that the Vatican is saturated with evil spirits, demons and the King of Darkness himself.
Father Gabriele Amorth said people who are possessed by Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron.
He added that the assault on Pope Benedict XVI on Christmas Eve by a mentally unstable woman and the sex abuse scandals which have engulfed the Church in the US, Ireland, Germany and other countries, were proof that the Anti-Christ was waging a war against the Holy See.
“The Devil resides in the Vatican and you can see the consequences,” said Father Amorth, 85, who has been the Holy See’s chief exorcist for 25 years.
“He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, or even appear to be sympathetic. At times he makes fun of me. But I’m a man who is happy in his work.”
While there was “resistance and mistrust” towards the concept of exorcism among some Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI has no such doubts, Father Amorth said. “His Holiness believes wholeheartedly in the practice of exorcism. He has encouraged and praised our work,” he added.
Father Amorth, who claims to have performed 70,000 exorcisms. “When the possessed dribble and slobber, and need cleaning up, I do that too. Seeing people vomit doesn’t bother me. The exorcist has one principal duty – to free human beings from the fear of the Devil.”
This 85-year-old exorcist claims to have performed 70,000 exorcisms. If you do the math that is roughly 3-4 exorcisms a day. What is he exorcising? Cats and dogs!
There are rumours that the Vatican is considering bringing in some highly professional demon busters from Tibet. The world renown group goes by the title, The Demon Busting Buddha Troglodytes, or abbreviated DBBT. If this squad can’t clean up the Vatican, nobody can. And then the ostentatious palace of catholics will for all eternity be a playground for Lucifer and his minions.
First Jive Dude: Shiiiiit, maaaaan. That honky muf’ be messin’ mah old lady… got to be runnin’ cold upside down his head, you know?
Second Jive Dude: Hey home’, I can dig it. Know ain’t gonna lay no mo’ big rap up on you, man!
First Jive Dude: I say hey, sky… subba say I wan’ see…
Second Jive Dude: Uh-huh.
First Jive Dude: …pray to J I did the same ol’ same ol’!
Second Jive Dude: Hey… knock a self a pro, Slick! That gray matter backlot perform us DOWN, I take TCB-in’, man!
First Jive Dude: Hey, you know what they say: see a broad to get dat booty yak ‘em…
First Jive Dude, Second Jive Dude: …leg ‘er down a smack ‘em yak ‘em!
First Jive Dude: COL’ got to be! Y’know? Shiiiiit.
Randy: Can I get you something?
Second Jive Dude: ‘S’mofo butter layin’ me to da’ BONE! Jackin’ me up… tight me!
Randy: I’m sorry, I don’t understand.
First Jive Dude: Cutty say ‘e can’t HANG!
Jive Lady: Oh stewardess! I speak jive.
Randy: Oh, good.
Jive Lady: He said that he’s in great pain and he wants to know if you can help him.
Randy: All right. Would you tell him to just relax and I’ll be back as soon as I can with some medicine?
Jive Lady: Jus’ hang loose, blood. She gonna catch ya up on da’ rebound on da’ med side.
Second Jive Dude: What it is, big mama? My mama no raise no dummies. I dug her rap!
Jive Lady: Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don’ want no help, chump don’t GET da’ help!
First Jive Dude: Say ‘e can’t hang, say seven up!
Jive Lady: Jive ass dude don’t got no brains anyhow! Hmmph!
Too many people in this city have too much free time on their hands. Many young people from the inner city join gangs to get in on the drug profits. Why toil away at a crappy job when you can get money from crime. Lay around the house during the day and look for trouble at night.
And make many babies. Certain ethnic groups in Winnipeg have kid after kid so they can stay on welfare. This way the females who are associated with the gangs can lay around the house all day and watch talk shows and soap operas with their gang banger boyfriends.
There is no end in sight to the gang activity in Winnipeg.
By Bruce Owen
Winnipeg Free Press “Hey What Sup? I Live In Da Murder Cap Which Is Winnipeg, And Its Krazy Up In Dis Bitch! People Getting Killed Left And Right…..Sssshit. Oh Well Life Goes On”
—a post on Winnipeg Bebo profile
Not for people like Nathan Starr, Elliott Flett and eight other young men. They are among the dead caught up in Winnipeg’s growing violence among warring street gangs.
In Winnipeg, 10 homicides in the past 14 months have been traced either to gang-on-gang violence or people being in the wrong place at the wrong time, only to die at the hands of an alleged street-gang member or members.
In three of the last four killings, no one has been charged, an indication perhaps that detectives have run up against the gang code of silence. In the most recent, dogs followed a scent trail to a house where police arrested suspects.
Several of these victims are now eulogized on the World Wide Web by their gang cronies.
Police are well aware that many of the gangsters they deal with in person have profiles on MySpace, Bebo and Facebook. These teenagers and men make no secret of their gang affiliation on their profiles. For example, a 22-year-old man lists himself as a “soldier” with the Zig Zag Crew on his Facebook profile. The ZZC is the puppet club of the Hells Angels.
What’s causing concern now for police is the newer breed of street- gang members, the ones who come from different walks of life to uniformly adopt the slang and swagger of two well-entrenched American gangs, the Crips and Bloods.
The Crips and Bloods have been at each other’s throats for decades. And if you believe the postings of self-proclaimed Winnipeg Crip and Blood gang members on their individual Bebo profiles, they still are.
What’s not known is how much of this ongoing war between the Crips and Bloods has filtered down to the streets of Winnipeg. These gang profiles are full of tough words and violent threats, but they are largely created by young kids who keep their identities anonymous. The question for police and others trying to keep a lid on gang activity is whether this online chest-thumping truly depicts the pecking order of street gangs in Winnipeg, and if it represents the violence we see on the street.
“These kids and these groups are so out of control,” said Jeff Wilson of Winnipeg’s Paapiiwak anti-gang program. “You talk to some of these kids and ask, ‘What are your priorities?’ They have none.”
- “16 Shots for My Neechis Sleepin n Den dats how catch them bitches Creepin cause dem neechis slip cause they aint G’s from dem streets”
— a post on a Winnipeg gang member’s Bebo profile.
Bebo is by far the most common social-networking site used by people aged 15 to 25 in Manitoba who claim a street-gang connection. The site was launched in 2005 and, according to Wikipedia, is now one of the top 100 English-language websites in the world.
What’s tough to gauge is how accurate some of these profiles are. One Bebo profile exulting the Indian Posse street gang appears to be the work of a 12-year-old boy using his mother’s computer; she probably has no clue what her kid is up to.
Other profiles appear genuine, like the one that features photos of the Native Syndicate street gang recently taken inside Stony Mountain Institution. One shows what appears to be the entire gang in the prison’s auditorium. Someone, apparently, smuggled a camera phone in and out of the prison.
Native Syndicate and Indian Posse are two of the most firmly established gangs in Manitoba, having been around for more than a decade.
In a report last year, the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada said authorities had identified 25 street gangs, most concentrated in Winnipeg.
“Gang members tend to use personal and family associations within their respective communities in order to cultivate and maintain criminal markets, such as supplying illicit drugs,” the report said.
Many of the kids on Bebo — most are between 16 and 22 — profess to represent relatively new gangs in the city.
The gangs they swear to live and die by are the Kingk Notorious Bloodz in the city’s North End and the West Syde Bloodz in the West End. There are also the Northside Kingz, which appear to be connected to the Native Syndicate. Another gang is Central, which is based in the inner city.
Members have four things in common: an unswerving loyalty to their friends or “homies”; the generous use of foul language; a deep admiration of Tupac Shakur, the famous hip-hop performer who was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996; and a twisted worship of Tony Montana, the lead character in the 1983 movie Scarface.
There is also the unabashed copying of gang colours, hand signals and language from black American gangsters, chiefly the Crips and Bloods. The occasional self-professed “gang-banger” also emulates the gestures and signs of a third gang, the Central American-based Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13, considered one of the most violent gangs in the world.
Below is a diagram of the current Skyscraper construction in New York City. There are not as many very tall high-rises under construction as was anticipated a couple years ago. The financial meltdown of 2008 has drained money from many projects. Thanks for deregulating the financial sector George W. However there are some very tall buildings such as 99 Church Street that are on hold. 99 Church is already at 65 stories but funding has dried up. If the economy starts to improve substantially (and that is a question that nobody has an answer for) construction on those buildings will resume. One building that is approaching completion is The Beekman. This building is 76 stories and 876 feet tall. It will be one of the tallest in the city.
It is multi-use encompassing luxury apartments, a hotel and believe it or not an elementary school and hospital. It is located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan. This building will stand out in that part of the City that was drastically affected by 9/11.
I’ve included 3 pictures of The Beekman.
Here are some of my favourite cartoon cats. Bill the Cat from Bloom County always impressed me as a cat that wasn’t afraid to explore the world of substance abuse and the subsequent hallucinations. Stimpy experienced many hallucinations as well. But often this was from consuming such things as dirt and hair.
Some cats are portrayed as evil beings out to kill and maim, but after all the cat is a predator and loves to eat mice and birds.
Cat in the Hat
Felix the Cat
Penelope — Pepe Le Pew’s desire
Calvin and Hobbes
Puss in Boots
Snowball from The Simpsons
Bill the Cat
More of Bill the Cat
Yet still more… of Bill the Cat.
Happy St. Pats day to all our Irish friends. And the same to all the people that use St. Pats day to get blitzed out of their minds on green drinks with high alcohol content.
I’m not sure about all the history that led up to this party of excessive libation. But the Catholics are not timid when it comes to strong drink. Suffice it to say there is always a lot of blurry memories and sick stomachs when this party is over.