by Comrade Black
Is it just me, or has the news been far more interesting lately than it usually is? I seem to be noticing a lot of interesting patterns. Follow me for a minute.
January 19, 5 people were shot on Gun Appreciation Day at various gun shows across the USA this year. Right around the same time, one of the top trained snipers in the world was shot and killed, point blank, while at a Texas gun range by a former soldier. All of this followed only a few weeks after the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. And all of this was followed by the most sensationalized story of the year, when ex-cop and former Navy marksman Chris Dorner began killing cops after releasing his manifesto over facebook!
Dorner had begun his war on cops after a number of issues of racism he experienced in the LAPD, capped off by his firing which followed after he turned in another cop for violently assaulting a schizophrenic homeless man who was not resisting. Other cops lied protecting their own, and thus Dorner was seen to be lying. Most of us already know the cops are corrupt violent thugs, but Dorner was one of those liberals who honestly believed he could be the one good cop. He was deadly wrong.
Meanwhile, in BC, just north of the imaginary colonial line, a report was released by Human Rights Watch documenting RCMP sexually assaulting various women and girls, mostly native women. The right wing government of Stephen Harper dismissed the report, and claimed they wanted to see proof, saying the women making the claims needed to come to the police and file reports. This is of course the same area where many Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered over the last couple decades, with nearly no investigation by cops. The same area where serial killer Robert Pickton was praying on Indigeno
Stephen Harper Canadian Prime Minister and registered asshole
us women, then after raping them, feeding them to his pigs… And there have been many accusations of police involvement in those murders. Also the same area where Vancouver’s Martin Tremblay prayed on underage Indigenous girls for years; getting them drunk or drugging them, then videotaping himself raping them. For that he got 11 months. He returns to court to be sentenced March 6 for murder, after 2 of the girls he drugged and raped died.
Yet Harper insists the women being raped by cops should come forward to the cops and file reports. Cause we all know you can trust the cops. Around the same time another report was released, documenting internal abuses in the RCMP, including sexual abuses experienced by female cops being harassed by male cops, and even a greater number of cases of male cops bullying other male cops.
It just doesn’t seem to end. Last week while the Pope was stepping down — first pope to retire in 600 years –after the Vatican has been rocked by repeated lawsuits over priests raping children, Harper right hand man Tom Flanagan was caught on video saying pedophiles shouldn’t go to jail for viewing child sexual abuse images. “I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures,” Flanagan said, before going on to tell the audience he had been on the NAMBLA mailing list for years. Flanagan is not just some right wing nobody though – he pretty much created the current conservative party and ran their election campaign, re-imaging Stephen Harper. He then went on to craft the image and campaign for the Wild Rose Party – a far right offshoot of the Alberta Conservative Party. Flanagan is also a professor at the University of Calgary where he has taught political science for decades. He was the author of the racist anti-Indian hate literature book First Nations Second Thoughts; which argues that Native people were too inferior to have understood the European concept of Nationhood, and thus should not be given the rights of sovereignty, and that before the colonizers came the natives (who were recent imigrants) were just trying to kill each other off in wars over the land, we just happened to be superior so we won. This is also the same man who publicly called for the assassination of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on live tv.
Stephen Harper, appears to be sieg heiling
All of this was taking place as Indigenous activists and settler allies were taking part in nation wide protests as part of the Idle No More movement. Meanwhile Harper tied to keep media focus on allegations that Chief Teresa Spence had misspent money, going as far as to refer to her as Chief Teresa Spends. This was a valuable distraction, it kept attention away from the concerns the grassroots movement was trying to highlight by instead focusing on the figure head. Harper introduced another racist bill, the Fist Nations Accountability Bill which requires First Nations chiefs and councilors to publish their salaries and expenses. The hypocrisy was astounding as Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau was caught for using other peoples addresses to get a housing allowance that he did not qualify for. He had a long history of making racist and sexist comments, and on Feb 7 2013, Brazeau was arrested for sexual assault and domestic violence. He still gets his Senate paycheck though, even though he has also been found to attend less than 35% of the days he is paid to.
Racist lawyer Dough Christie only has 6 months to live
Also announced this week, one of this nation state’s most notorious racists, Victoria’s Doug Christie was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than 6 months to live. Christie is most famous for defending white supremacists such as Ernst Zündel, and Malcolm Ross a school teacher famous for holocaust denial; as well as leaders of the Aryan nations, Klu Klux Klan, The church of the Creator, and the Heritage Front. Christie also ran for political office as the head of the Western Canadian Concept Party, and later started the Western Block Party, 2 separatist political parties with far right politics.
Notice any patterns yet?