“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”

~~ Thomas Watson

Sunday, September 24, 2017

When will this never ending vacuum called government, consider enough is enough, and leave us with a few crumbs of our own money?




To fund or not to fund,
That is the question.
Whether tis nobler to fund,
thine own election campaign,
or drink of the trough called gluttony,
called taxpayers money.
No more; and by a sleep (or until the bill is passed),
to say we end the heart-ache (to taxpayers).
And the thousand natural shocks,
as money is siphoned from General Revenue.
'Tis a consummation (of our money),
devoutly being wished
by the GreeNDP 
who never once campaigned on it.

With apologies, of course, to William Shakespeare.  I don't know where that came from, but there you go, my very bad poetry will be what gets things underway today.

Last week of course came news that the GreeNDP led by Andrew Weaver --- Oooops I mean John Horgan --- (no, wait a minute, who is in charge anyway?) decided that taxpayers would fund political parties to the tune of $2.50 per vote received.  That, my friends, would amount to roughly seventeen million dollars.

As pointed out elsewhere the NDP's John Horgan, just a mere seven months ago, specifically told CHNL's Shane Woodford that taxpayers WOULD NOT be subsidizing political parties, and that Elections BC would, " ... look across the country and around the world at the best way to make sure that only individuals are paying for our political process and election process."

That review by Election BC never happened, and likely never will now.  So, is it any wonder that numerous stories such as these came to pass immediately?


HEADLINES should have read “BC’s Wild West reputation laid to rest.” Instead, British Columbians woke up to “Taxpayers would give millions to political parties in NDP plan,” all thanks to an ill-advised decision to slide two unexpected provisions into the government’s campaign finance reform package ....

  • Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC
... hard to know who to cheer for in Victoria these days ... NDP government is ending the so-called “Wild West” days of campaign financing ... taxpayers will have to pay through the nose to make it happen.

  • Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor

On the other hand, a Kamloops resident, Al Horne, had this to say about my own commentary, which was posted in the Armchair Mayor website, as well as my own blog site:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The level playing field has now been paved over with speed bumps ... OR ... "cleaning up B.C.’s “wild west” system of campaign finance" GreeNDP style



What do I think about the taxpayers of British Columbia chipping in millions of dollars for the election campaigns of Andrew Weaver and his Green Party?  John Horgan and his NDP?  Whoever is the next leader of the BC Liberals?  Or even for the party that I support -- the BC Conservatives? 

I was honestly speechless earlier on first hearing, and reading, the news!  Friends of mine on Social media certainly had thoughts; here's just a few of them:

... I'm pretty sure John Horgan explicitly said there is no way that a ban on corporate and union donations would result in taxpayer funded campaigns ..."

" ... brutal ..."

"... because its so much more important that they take from everybody, rather than just those who are looking for favours ... we are sooooooo screwed ..."

" ... the bull shit NDP and Green conspiracy reveals its true nature in their campaign financing rules ..."

"... most people I've spoken with don't want to see direct to party subsidies or reimbursements ... "


And as Vaughn Palmer stated in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun; “The Greens just won the lottery,” as one of my colleagues remarked.  Yes, but how often does the holder of the winning ticket get to pick it himself and also have a hand in setting the size of the prize?

The question being asked though is when did either Horgan, or Weaver, EVER state during Mays Provincial election campaign, that this was a plan they were considering? 

I'll tell you when -- it was NEVER!

And I'll go so far as to say Weaver was the worst of the two (between Horgan and himself), when it comes to having clean hands, after he was so officious and preachy about ridding BC of questionable donations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Let me be clear ... I DO NOT want to see the victims of this crime sent to jail -- they need help, and society needs to ensure it is available



While I will freely admit that my blog is 'generally' read by people who are centre-right, I actually do have friends right smack dab in the center of things ... and others who I would consider to be center left.  Mondays blog post, "At least those deaths came with the possibility of providing continued life for someone else" was for the most part accepted by all sides of the political
spectrum as fairly reasonable, although one of my political friends indicated, "not sure I'd want an organ donation from someone who died of drugs.  Rest is right on." (this individual is NOT center right :)

 

One of my friends however, and this individual is in fact one of my many media acquaintances, did take me to task.  One for selectively quoting the article from Kamloops This Week (although I did provide a link to the entire story) ... second that because the pills were stamped Percocet it could be said that Hickson indeed may not have known they were Fentanyl ... and third, I do not believe they were impressed with me calling Hickson a "slimy dick-head of a puke"

 

Fair enough.  I am willing to hear and take the critique, however, I don't necessarily have to agree though.  Here is what they had to say to me:



Hi, Alan,

The same KTW story you selectively quote says the fentanyl pills found in Hickson's vehicle were stamped to look like Percocet and that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Hope Hyslop said there was no evidence that Hickson knew he was carrying fentanyl.

This contradicts your next several paragraphs. How is he a “slimy dick-head of a puke” who knowingly was selling something that could cause near instant death (presumably you’re talking about fentanyl) when there was no evidence he knew it was fentanyl?

Not an upstanding citizen, for sure, but c’mon. We’ve got to stick to evidence, don’t we?


I responded by stating ...

I hear you  ... however manufacturers, in these death labs, are all stamping their pills with different shapes, size, and names on them.  In this case (and maybe I should have made note of it), the circumstantial evidence was strong, when stacked with the rest of what was found in his vehicle. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

At least those deaths came with the possibility of providing continued life for someone else




DAVID CHARBONNEAU, in his Armchair Mayor column says, "Help fentanyl labs make a safer drug"

I however, will continue to say, "Arrest, charge with attempted murder, and throw the manufacturers of this deadly poison in jail for a VERY LONG TIME!" 

 

In his commentary he quotes the Dr Tyndale, of the BC Centre for Disease Control, as stating that the, "... manufacturers don't know what they're doing and they're putting out ridiculous concentrations of these drugs."

 

Seriously ... that's what a university trained mind comes up with?  The reality is these turds (I really wanted to use something stronger but held back) simply do not care, in the least, about the death and misery they hand out in the dark spaces they inhabit. 

 

The Fentanyl crisis really only started to show up, as a possible upcoming problem, in 2011.  Yet in just six short years it has become critical.

That despite supervised injection sites opening all over the province, including here in Kamloops ... public education ... more training for those working at the street level with marginalized people, as well as health care workers ... thousand of Naloxone kits being handed out and available in problem, and public, areas ... and an injection of $10 million dollars from the federal government, sent to BC, to 'help fight the overdose crisis'

 

Let's see how well all of this is working for those at street level, who are addicted to drugs. 

 

In 2011 there were just eight fentanyl related drug deaths ...

2012 ... 20

2013 ... 332

2014 ... 368

2015 ... 518

2016 ... 935

 

And this year?  From numerous news stories I have read, it appears BC will be seeing in excess of 1,500 deaths.  That is not just tragic --- it's criminal.

With that many deadly tragedies, you would think that political leaders at the municipal, provincial, and federal level would be working overtime at a possible solution -- like minimum sentences that relate to the reality of the crime being committed.

Unfortunately however, that is not the case. Our fearless leader, Justin Trudeau, has closed the books and said "NO" to any jail terms with real teeth to them.

In an article by Michael Spratt in Canadian Lawyer he asked the question, "So what can possibly explain the government’s lack of action on minimum sentences?"

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My best guess is that none of his former Liberal colleagues will be clamouring to dine with this modern day Judas



John Horgan has been peeing all over himself lately, explaining how he ended up in a team photo which included Maninder Gill, a person convicted in a shooting incident. Gill has been sentenced to four years but is out on bail, pending an appeal of his conviction.
 
Horgan said he'd be much more careful in future about who he is seen with in photos.

I wonder if Horgan will apply that standard to turncoat Darryl Plecas, justifiably stripped of his Liberal membership, who accepted the NDP/Green offer of appointment as Speaker of the House.
Dr. Darryl Plecas was elected MLA for
Abbotsford South on May 14, 2013

Of course, Plecas hasn't been convicted of any crime but he appears to have sold out the Liberal party to pursue his own interests.

Do you think Plecas is being truthful about why he didn't accept the first offer from Horgan? I guess Plecas himself didn't grasp how upset his constituents would be with this bit of treachery and deceit.

Dream Weaver and Horgan can downplay it all they like but it still smells of self-interest to me and almost everyone else.

To begin with, as Speaker of the House, Plecas' salary increases by $50,000 per year more than an MLA and will now be equal to that of a cabinet minister. He also inherits the poshest office in the legislature and has his own private dining room adjacent to the regular legislative dining room.

These perks are all afforded the Speaker because he or she is not supposed to mingle with other MLA's while the House is in session.

In any event, my best guess is that none of his former Liberal colleagues will be clamouring to dine with this modern day Judas who sold his soul for a few shekels and a nice office.