Saturday, December 31, 2011

Less Government

Government exists to perform a small number of discrete tasks that are difficult to perform through voluntary means. Beyond that, government is a liability, not an asset — and one that needs to be removed from our balance sheets. - Editorial from the Carolina Journal, September 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Compassion of Dr. Ron Paul

   CBS gave him 90 seconds to speak in a one hour televised debate.
   The powers that be don’t want him as president. He isn’t one of their own. He is against war and the government intruding into people’s lives.
   As with anyone who they don’t want to contend, the corporate media denounce, falsify and marginalize them
   Lately they are pushing the racist card on Ron Paul.
   Truth doesn’t stop them.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Just a Bit More, Guys

   President Barack Obama is expected to ask to increase the borrowing limit by another $1.2 trillion.
   The debt limit currently stands at $15.194 trillion and would increase to $16.394 trillion.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Angels At Work?

   At Kmart stores around the US anonymous donors are walking in and paying off the layaway accounts of complete strangers. It seems to have started in Michigan, but the holiday spirit spread. Kmart says the stealth benefactors usually ask for accounts that include toys.
   At one store in Omaha, Nebraska, a dozen accounts were paid off in the last 10 days. At another Kmart in Tennessee, a young father was in line waiting to pay down a bit of his account when a woman stepped up and paid it for him.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dr. TinkerJoe ... December 11, 2011

 Spoof Column
   Dear Doctor Joe,
    I heard ur good at helpin peeple so i thoght i wood ask.
   How kan I get my boy outta jail??? He’s in thar for 75 yeers (or maybee 75 days, i forget).
   I has tryied the normal methods like dynomite and tryied shooting threw the visitor glass with a gun but its purdy strong cuz bullets bounced back and hit the gard. He was hardly hurt at all but he carried on like it was the end of the world.
   So it would be luvly if u cud tell me what to do quik like so my son can get out of jail.
   sinsearly
   a fed up with police mother



   Dear FedUp,
   Breaking someone out of jail is very hard to do.
   Fortunately for you I have two plans!
   Here is plan A. Since it is hard to break into jail, we’ll get the authorities to bring your boy out!
   This is what you do. Buy two very large amounts of marijuana, say fifty pounds each. Your local biker gang can help you out with this.
   Take the first amount and wrap it up good and mail it to the prison guards at the jail. For a return address use the Prison Guard Union address. That way the dope is both coming from them and going to them.
   Take the second amount of marijuana and hide it in the woods down by the railway tracks.
   Now, when the package you mailed gets to the prison, phone the police and tell them the guards are getting a large marijuana shipment, which will be true.
   They will attend and arrest all the prison guards. At this point your son is to yell out from his cell, “I know where there is more!”
   The police will ask him where and he will say, “In the woods down by the railway tracks.”
   At this point, call the army and tell them to get to the railway tracks quick! This is very important.
   The police will take your son to the woods down by the railway tracks and he will show them the second stash of dope.
   The police will ask, with the army present, how he knew the marijuana was there. This is where he says, “Because the police put it here every week for the prison guards to pick-up!”
   At this point, the army will arrest the police.
   With all the prison guards and police arrested, there is no one left to hold your son and he can just walk away. Neat, huh!
   If you don’t like Plan A, you can use Plan B. I like it better myself. It is not as fun, but it is so much simpler.
   Here is Plan B. Go into the games area of your house and get the monopoly game. Take the Get Out Of Jail Card Free Card and take it down to the prison. Give to the guard on duty and your son will get out. Simple, huh?
   If possible, it is best to go down after midnight when Officer Dosey is on duty. He likes Monopoly and could use an extra card.
   Hope this helps you.
   At Your Service
   Dr. TinkerJoe


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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Outer View ... By Old Willy Longbeard ... December 10, 2011

Outer View
By Old Willy Longbeard
   It be a real puzzler to me, for sure!
   When politicians have to vote on some matter that affects their friends, or a company or an organization that they belong to, they step aside and don’t participate. They say they have a conflict of interest.
   But when they votes themselves a salary increase, or vote themselves some nice benefits, then all that conflict of interest stuff just up and disappears. It goes poof just like it never existed at all.
   That be a strange thing. That be a real head-scratcher that be!
   What do you think?
   ‘Til next time.
   Farewell.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Commercials Banned By Major Networks As Too Political

   Major television and cable TV networks refused to air these ads on the grounds that they were “too political.”
   Google TV has broken this censorship by the establishment media, and made it possible for DISH and DirecTV to begin airing the ads.
   This resulted in the ads airing on the very networks that turned them down.




Sunday, December 4, 2011

Quote

   If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – James Madison.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Real Sentence --- Man Gets Life For Rape --- No Parole

   The man found guilty in late September of raping a young woman he kidnapped from a Target parking lot was sentenced to life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole.
   Full Story >> http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/crime/os-steve-cahanding-sentencing-20111202,0,4827867.story
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Robo Prison Guards


   No calling in sick. No complaining. No endless contract negotiations. No letting drugs into the prison.
   Full Story >> http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111124000755

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bit Of Grand Forks Court

   This story was not published because of a court-ordered publication ban. Since that time the court system has thrown the charges out due to the length of time it was taking to complete the trial.
   This is what was written last May.

May 17, 2011

   Mr. Ellis was in court to face many charges: Theft over $5000; PSP Over $5,000; Assault with a weapon; Dangerous operation of motor vehicle; Operating motor vehicle while disqualified; Flight from peace officer; Possession for the purpose of trafficking; Theft $5000 or under; another PSP Under $5,000 (Possession of Stolen Property); and Uttering threats.
   The court heard of a long dramatic police chase 806 days ago, from Midway and through Kettle Valley into Rock Creek.
   It heard of the finale when a large pick-up truck rammed a police cruiser and tried to drive over the top of it, pinning a policeman inside. It heard of shots fired.
   The defence attorney seemed to be painting a picture during the cross-examination of the officer who was in the rammed vehicle: she questioned in a way to show that at no time --- not in Midway, not during the chase, not during the hide-and-seek portion when contact with the pursued was temporarily lost, not when the police car was rammed --- was the officer able to identify Michael Ellis as being the driver of the truck.
   The policeman thought he would soon lose his life while he was trapped in his vehicle.
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Dr. Joe

Spoof Column
   Dear Dr. TinkerJoe,
   There is a home eight houses away from me that blasts music very loudly. It invades my house. I can’t escape it. I can’t even sleep.
   Sometimes the people in the house even leave their music blaring when they are not at home.
   Dr. Joe, do you think it would be OK if I borrowed my cousin Nukeoff’s tank and drove over there when they are not home and blow their house to bits?
   Sincerely,
   Exasperated

 

   Dear Exasperated,
   No!  No!  No! Exasperated, don’t do that. For sure not.
   The tank tracks would cut up the pavement in the street and you could get in a lot of trouble for that.
   It would be better to use Rocket Propelled Grenades. Lob one at the front door, one at the back and one onto the roof as a finishing touch.
   You could probably pick one up at Wal-Mart or from some select Indian Reserves.
   Sincerely Yours,
   Dr. TinkerJoe


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50 To 55 SecondsTo Find Shelter

   Terror groups in Gaza can now fire rockets 40 kilometers into Israel.
   Full Story

Games The Heavies Play

   Russia has sent warships into Syrian waters to comfort their friends.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Greenwood Election ... Unofficial Results

For Mayor:
Nipper Kettle           200 (Elected)
Jim Nathorst            196

For Council:

Darla Ashton           235  (Elected)
Colleen Lang           222  (Elected)
Barry Noll               204  (Elected)
Lee Cudworth          191  (Elected)
Ray Harrison           158      
Angie Phelps           154      
Chris Fieber            143      
Faye Terashita        137



(403 out of eligible 577 people took the time to vote)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stop Labeling Our Children

Rock Creek Christmas Craft Fair

   The Bridesville Women’s Institute is sponsoring the 29th Annual Christmas Craft Fair to be held at the Rock Creek Pavilion on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10am to 3pm, featuring over 40 area crafters and vendors.
   A hot soup lunch, coffee, tea and goodies will be available.
   Come join us in Rock Creek on Dec 3rd for an old-fashioned Country Christmas Craft Fair.

- Bridesville Women's Institute

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Clocks And Time

   Isn't it time we stop moving the clocks back and forth twice a year? Can’t we just leave them alone? Can’t we do common sense like so many other jurisdictions?

Recently Written By A Greenwood Resident

   Governments keep expanding and expanding and expanding, forever growing larger and larger. They start some new departments here. They acquire a few more buildings there. Inevitably there is a need for more and more employees and more assistants. 
   They are ever increasing the number of laws and regulations. They are always starting new projects or programs. And so on and so on and so on, like an out of control drunk systematic machine! 
   They continually escalate costs which taxpayers --- and future taxpayers --- must compensate for. It never stops. It mushrooms on and on.
   Government expenditures never decrease. They only go up and up and up and up. Currently, the average citizen must work continually for almost half a year just to pay taxes to the government. 
   Meanwhile the political powers give out more and more tax breaks to the favoured few. More recently they proffer large chunks of borrowed cash to select companies and corporations, all the while pleading platitudes of professed necessity and urgency.
   Governments never have enough money. They always need more. Their appetite is insatiable.
   The government too, as it constantly grows, pushes more and more into individual lives. 
   Is it any wonder that many citizens are not at all excited when they hear new politicians campaigning for office, just so they can continue propagating the same old bureaucratic growth?
   Eventually there will be a revolt. How far the political taskmasters push the citizenry will dictate the violence of the backlash.
   Then the politicians and their clustered cronies who drink from the public coffers will stand behind their armed gunmen --- the police --- and declare that they did nothing wrong and whatever got into the people to make them behave so madly?
   Perhaps it won’t happen in some of our lifetimes, but in the end it is inevitable. There are signs of it bubbling now in many places in the world.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

House of Commons Representation ... Ottawa

   Mr. Harper,

   British Columbia is to have seven new seats in the House of Commons, not six.

   Anything less is not acceptable.

   Anything less is not forgivable.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

NBA Contact Dispute

   It would be great if they settled and then the fans went on strike and didn't go to any games all year!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Way Of The World

   One out of every five Americans lives in a community that pays a for-profit company to install and operate cameras that record traffic violations. 
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

$5.50 More To Fly To US ... Everyone Pays

   Travelling to the United States by air or sea is about to get a bit more expensive, and Canada-U.S. relations have become a bit more strained, after Congress stripped Canada of its exemption from a tax on travellers entering the country.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Thoughts

100 Year Old Doc!

Hundred Year Old Doc Keeps On Going ... Pays No Attention To Diet Or Exercise ... 8 min, 40 sec


Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Five Years In Jail, Five Years Probation, Don't Mess With Probation!

   If Malone violates the terms of his probation, he faces 45 years in prison, according to court paperwork.
   Full Story >> http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/crime/os-sanford-counterfeiter-20111003,0,7121748.story
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Greenwood Elections: Saturday November 19, 2011

Seeking Mayor's Office: 
Nipper Kettle
Jim Nathorst

Seeking Place On Council: 

Darla Ashton
Lee Cudworth
Chris Fieber
Ray Harrison
Colleen Lang
Barry Noll
Angie Phelps
Faye Terashita

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Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

   They just loved being together ... I can't go until she does because I gotta stay here for her ... she would say the same thing.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Surprise! Soldier Shows Up For Mom's 50th Birthday

   Judicial Assistant Debbie Roach received a special gift at her 50th birthday surprise party this afternoon at the Orange County Courthouse.

Full Story >>> http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-soldier-surprise-mom-birthday-20110922,0,7028340.story

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Different Justice There

   A 28-year-old Daytona Beach man was sentenced to 65 years in prison on Wednesday, after his May conviction on drug and gun charges.
   Prosecutors said Mr. Bizzell on three occasions was videotaped selling weapons and various amounts of crack cocaine to an undercover agent.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ratio ... Dead To Live

   In Russia there are 108 abortions for every 100 live births. In England the abortion number is 27. In Canada, with all its convoluted secrecy, it is hard to tell. Based on 1996 numbers it appears to be 26.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Canada’s Justice System At Work

   Sasan Ansari, a West Vancouver man, stabbed a friend to death by knifing him 33 times.
   For this deed he received 5-years in prison.
   Now, after two-years, he is out on parole and attending law school at UBC.
   Is no one in charge at all anymore?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Spending Money

   In the second quarter of 2011, Canadians spent $4.8 billion in the United States; Americans spent $1.8 billion in Canada.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Canadian Police Chiefs Want Access To Internet Communications

   Canadian police chiefs are calling on Ottawa to give police access to text messages, cellphone calls, emails and BlackBerry.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jail Time

    On August 4th the Grand Forks court heard of many charges against a Mr. Matthew Straume, arising from three separate episodes. 
   Judge Mrozinski heard of a couple of thefts, one being a vehicle from Osoyoos. The other was stolen lumber from the Greenwood area.
   There was a personal assault, and another vehicular one of driving through a fenced gate and ramming another vehicle out of the way.
   The prosecutor did not find much disagreement from the defense lawyer, and Judge Mrozinski sentenced Mr. Straume to 7-months in jail with a two-year probation.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

In A Country Near You?

   Perhaps this happened in a country near you.
  The judge had heard the case. The accused man’s locked gym-locker had been packed full of drugs. The accused had the only key.
   The organized crime lawyer had defended him well. But it was hard to overcome the naked and clear evidence.
   The judge said he would render his verdict the next day.
   That night, the judge received an untraceable text-message from a local throw-away phone. The message was simple: WATCH THE NEWS IN THE MORNING.
   The next morning the judge checked. Nothing too exceptional had happened locally, though the big story was a big arson-fire which was taking most of the attention. He did notice, however, a small, very interesting story from a very remote part of the country. A long-retired municipal judge and his wife had been extremely badly beaten and murdered during a home-invasion in their secure gated-community home. The police had absolutely no clues, suspects or motives.
   Later that morning, the judge delivered a not-guilty verdict in the organized crime drug-locker case. He said it was possible someone else had placed the drugs in the locker of the accused, thus leaving reasonable doubt as to the accused man’s guilt. He set the accused free.
   Could this happen in your country? Who would know?
   In another country, not too far away, a man found himself charged with a crime that society did not like very much. They especially liked a very harsh sentence on repeat offenders. This was the man’s second offense. The first time was 40 years earlier.
   The accused hired a good lawyer for $10,000 and pleaded not guilty. Through various manipulations, the lawyer delayed, postponed and rescheduled the trial for over two years. The trial had disappeared from the front of the public’s mind over that time period.
   Finally, on trial day, the defence lawyer announced to the judge that he and the prosecutor had reached a plea-deal that they thought the judge would find satisfactory.
   His client would plead guilty and accept a $1,000 fine. The prosecutor agreed. He said that since the accused had no previous record that that would be fair, particularly given the extended-age of the case. In his submission he said this would also spare the court a lengthy trial.
   His Honour also agreed and issued the $1,000 penalty, thus ending the case.
   The accused went home happy; though $11,000 poorer he had escaped lengthy jail-time. The fact that he was guilty of an earlier violation somehow had not found voice in the court.
   The judge went home happy too, knowing that there was a guilty-plea and a sentence, and a long-standing case was off the docket. He also noted that his bank account was $2,000 richer.
   The prosecutor was also pleased with a guilty plea and that the case was finally finished. He noticed his bank account was mysteriously plus $2,000 as well.
   Additionally, the defence attorney was very pleased that his client had gotten a good deal and that he was going home $6,000 wealthier for almost no work at all.
   Could this happen in a court near you? Would anybody know?
   

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stolen


Someone inconsiderate stole my lawnchair. I had it near the alley last night to use today while I soaked my compost. When got there at noon it was gone. What kind of person steals from a cripple? 

Why Many In Canada Dislike The Official Languages Act

 The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday ordered Air Canada to pay $12,000 to Ottawa French-language rights crusader Michel Thibodeau in part because when he asked an English-speaking flight attendant for 7Up in May 12 of 2009, he got Sprite.
   Full Story >>> http://www.canada.com/business/French+language+crusader+pops+Canada/5098531/story.html

Friday, July 15, 2011

Twitter

Sarah Palin's last two Tweets on Obama: 


The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar.


Obama lies, economy dies. He says "default's catastrophic" then opposes deal to avert it. Nonsense. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Bridge

   Greenwood closed the Louisa Street Bridge about five or six years ago. There was talk about the replacement bridge from Christian Valley. There were many promises about the new bridge reaching completion by “this” summer or “next” fall, or for sure the “next” summer after that. On and on went the talk and promises, but all Greenwood found built were excuses.


   In contrast, when the Minneapolis six-lane I-35 bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, it took exactly one year to clear it away, and design, engineer, build and complete a new eight-lane replacement bridge.





   In Florida, last winter, a tanker crashed and burned intensely, melting much of an expressway overpass. Four weeks later the overpass repairs and replacements were complete.


   It is good for a new bridge to be stationary. In Greenwood’s case, it should become stationary after the bridge is in place over the water, not before.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Drug-Free Welfare

   If Floridians want welfare, they better not take drugs.
   Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that requires benefit recipients to undergo drug testing.
   Applicants for the welfare program who test positive won't be eligible for the funds for a year --- unless they undergo treatment.
   Those who fail a second time would be banned from receiving the funds for three years.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Different Perspective

   The average yearly wage of a person in this world is around $10,500. The average income in Canada is $38,500. A Canadian mail carrier who works 2,000 hours a year would receive approximately $47,000 plus very liberal benefits. 
   The average NDP Member of Parliament in Ottawa takes $158,000 in annual salary with all kinds of extra gravy added on. This easily puts them in the top five percent of the highest salaried Canadians, and probably in at least the top two percent of the world.
   With the world view in mind, it is a very strange spectacle to see the NDP in Ottawa dancing like union string puppets singing songs of defending the poor postal workers.
   It looks very much like one of the world’s richest gangs making sure another well-off gang keeps their wealth too.
   But they probably can’t --- or won’t --- see it like that.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Not Good Odds

    Gottfried Hirnschall, World Health Organization Director of the HIV/AIDS Department, says, “The dramatic fact is that men who have sex with men are estimated to be 20 times more likely, 20 times more likely to be HIV-infected than the general populations on average.  Up to 40 percent of men who have sex with men are estimated to be HIV-positive in some countries and regions."

Corporate News

   Ryder Trucks, a corporate giant, will no longer allow its trucks to service abortion clinics.
   Penske Truck Leasing also announced the same move.
   These vehicles ran on waste collection routes, which included 586 Planned Parenthood locations and hundreds of other abortion facilities nationwide.
    Fetal remains go into a box for pickup and disposal.
   According to World Net Daily, "Ryder didn't know their trucks were being used for this. Penske didn't know their trucks were being used for this purpose either. When the owner, Roger Penske, found out about it, he said he didn't want any affiliation with that and ultimately had those trucks removed from that service." 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Inside The Credit Card Black Market

   Where do all the stolen credit card numbers go? Can you buy them online? How much do they cost? 
   Full Story >>> http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/06/16/137181702/the-tuesday-podcast-inside-the-credit-card-black-market

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Federal Court Lifts Ban on Public Prayer

   A federal appeals court has lifted the order banning public prayer at a Texas high school graduation Saturday.
   The reversal comes on the heels of increasing criticism of a federal judge's earlier ruling that agreed with the parents of one graduating student that religious expression during the ceremony at Medina Valley Independent School District would cause "irreparable harm" to their son.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Federal Judge Prohibits Prayer at Texas Graduation Ceremony

   Judge Biery’s ruling muzzles students ... At graduation, I would love to be able to speak from my heart.
   Full Story >> http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/02/prayer-prohibited-at-graduation-ceremony

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not A Winning Day For Mr. Kahl

   Mr. Kahl, of Kelowna, had his driving rights removed by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.
   He thought he had a few days left before it took effect, so the construction-company owner was driving a vehicle to Cranbrook for a quick trip. On route, he ran into a police road-check in Midway.
   Officer Jourdin found the driving prohibition to be very much in effect and this made much trouble for Mr. Kahl.
   In Grand Forks Court on Friday, Mr. Kahl explained that he thought he was still valid as a driver and would never, ever have attempted to drive if he thought he was under suspension. He said he particularly would never have driven knowingly in this state into the frequently erected Midway police road-check.  
   Judge Fabbro said he had a bad driving history and his defence was not believable. He fined him $500, plus 15%, and gave him another year’s suspension from driving.

Out Of Sight

   The Mike Ellis trial moved from Grand Forks to Nelson, BC, out of sight from the local population.
   From all appearances, Judge Fabbro has finished his neighbourly presiding and the case will now move to BC Supreme Court.
   June 6, 2011 looks as if it is the day when the courts will fix a date, but is not known where this will happen.
   As it is with so many local cases, the endings disappear from easy common access.

Bit More Of Grand Forks Court

May 24

   The Mike Ellis trial continued in Grand Forks court. It appears it will be an eight-day trial, an extraordinary length of time for the local court. It is costing the taxpayer many thousands of dollars.
   There is a court-ordered publication ban in place.

From The Past

 Media reports over two years ago (806 days past) spoke of a long dramatic police chase, from Midway and through Kettle Valley into Rock Creek.
   It spoke of the finale when a large pick-up truck rammed a police cruiser. It spoke of shots fired.
   This was public knowledge, but from this point on nothing from court testimony can be printed due to a court-ordered publication ban.

Bit Of Grand Forks Court

May 17, 2011
   Mr. Ellis was in court to face many charges: Theft over $5000; PSP Over $5,000; Assault with a weapon; Dangerous operation of motor vehicle; Operating motor vehicle while disqualified; Flight from peace officer; Possession for the purpose of trafficking; Theft $5000 or under; another PSP Under $5,000 (Possession of Stolen Property); and Uttering threats.
  
   

Friday, May 20, 2011

Grand Forks Court ... Publication Ban

   According to the Grand Forks Law Courts, Public Access Adult Court List, it appears that there is currently a publication ban of some sort put on the trial of Michael Ellis. The bit of a story written so far is presently withheld. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Home Schooling

   Have you ever noticed that socialization has now become – apparently – the sole and exclusive purpose of education? And naturally, the ONLY place where "correct" socialization is possible is in government schools. What happens when you lock up children for seven hours a day and force them to model their social skills on their peers instead of a higher standard?
   Full Story >>> http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=298521

Quick Guilty

   Mr. Norman stood before Judge Mrozinski for a Grand Forks driving violation and pleaded guilty.
   Ms. Moffat, the Crown Prosecutor, was brief in her summary: He drove; he was prohibited.
   He received a $500 fine topped with a 15% surcharge.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sentencing

   Ms. Braun did not have a great day. She faced sentencing for a large number of drinking/driving offences as well as many drug/production related charges.
   Before sentencing her lawyer, Mr. Gelber, asked to have her driving suspension delayed until 4pm so she could return to Kelowna.
   Mr. Gelber and the Provincial Crown had agreed on her sentencing, but Judge Mrozinski expressed some difficulty in letting sentencing go that light. She thought Ms. Braun had not learned a lesson and thought she should receive real jail time.
   She also thought that Ms. Braun’s driving was as problematic as the drug production. She called her a menace on the road.
   In the end she sentenced the 44-year-old to 16-months of house arrest on the drug charges. She lightened it to a 6pm to 6am curfew after the first six-months and a10pm to 6am curfew for the final five.
   On the drinking charges she gave a 16-month driving prohibition, a 12-month probation and a $1,000 dollar fine.
   There were also various prohibitions and mandatory conditions.

A No Show

   A Mr. Dobler did not appear to face “Escape from Custody, Resisting a Peace Officer” and other charges in Grand Forks court on the morning of May 10th. His lawyer, Mr. Gelber, asked the court to remove him as his counsel and the Crown asked for and received an unendorsed warrant.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tension Between Charter And Drug Busts

   The court day had a surprise. One of the three witnesses for the federal crown found himself pronounced guilty the day before of an assault in an unrelated case and he now faces charges of perjury. Scratch one witness.
   That still left many characters in a trial concerning a Rock Creek marijuana bust dating back to December 10, 2009.
   The encounter actually began with two officers setting up a road-check 15 km east of Kelowna.    
   During the 9am check for driver’s licences, insurance and vehicle safety, an officer encountered a man in a Jeep, with his girlfriend, allegedly driving to a funeral in Cranbrook.
   The policeman became suspicious when the driver began a conversation before he had even pulled his vehicle up to the stopping point. It was enhanced when the driver said he had forgotten his wallet.
   The officer, who had served with the RCMP since July, 2000, was further troubled when the female passenger didn’t know the name of the deceased at the funeral.
   The officer did a computer check and found that the driver had been suspected on three occasions of being involved with drugs or guns. The authorities had never charged him with any offences.
   The officer also ascertained that the stopped driver was carrying a large amount of money in $50’s and $20’s.
   The officer felt the Jeep was probably carrying drugs and radioed for a sniffer-dog. The closest dog was in Osoyoos.
   The officer had already held the driver for 14 minutes and could not detain him longer without an arrest. There was not evidence to justify one. After determining that the driver’s insurance and car-registration papers were in proper order, he released the driver, vehicle and passenger to continue on their way.
   The policeman did, however, then ask the Osoyoos dog-handler to intercept the travellers in Rock Creek.
   The two road-check officers then followed five minutes behind the suspect vehicle.
   At 11am, in Rock Creek, the dog-officer drove behind the suspect who pulled over. The road-check police cars soon joined. The suspect driver suddenly found his driver’s licence.
   The police searched the vehicle and found vacuumed sealed bags of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash.
   The defence is arguing — and if past criminal court defence precedence continues, will continue to argue — that there was no cause to pull the vehicle into a search. The driver gave no indication of wrong doing, had no criminal record, and had complied fully with the police road-check. Defence is saying, and will say, that carrying money is not a crime, that where a person is going is of no concern to a road-check, that a road-check has only the authority to check licences and registration, and that opening up a friendly conversation with an officer is not a crime.
   The defence will likely state that this was an unlawful search without just cause that violates the Charter of Rights and any evidence found as a result of that search will be inadmissible.
   The Defence and the Federal Crown Prosecutor asked the court for a continuance of this trial at a later date.
   The soft-speaking judge said that court will be in session again on May 10th and will assign a new date for trial continuance on that day.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sarah Palin's Tweet

   Sarah Palin's Tweet Regarding Bin Laden's Photo >> SarahPalinUSA: Show photo as warning to others seeking America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it's part of the mission.

The Bloc, NDP and Quebec

   The protest vote against the Bloc in Quebec did give the NDP 56 new seats. But outside Quebec, the party gained only eight.   
   Full Story >>> http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/982

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bar Ugliness

Grand Forks Court ... April 21, 2011
574 Day-Old File

   The Crown prosecution painted the picture this way: On the evening of June 26, 2009, a man in the Greenwood bar came up behind another sitting on a bar stool, clothes-lined him onto the floor and stomped repeatedly on his head.
   The accused told a different story: He was leaving the bar when he found his way blocked by three threatening individuals. Fearing for his life or severe bodily harm, he quickly pushed one man to floor, stepping on him with a kick as he made his exit.
   After an all day trial and a lengthy deliberation, the judge said she did not accept the accused’s testimony and declared him guilty.
   The judge then commenced with the sentencing procedure. It looked like accused man was about to receive conditional jail time along with various restrictions and impositions, but in the process the judge learned the man was M├ętis.
   She then stopped and said the man was entitled to a Gladue. A  Gladue refers to special consideration that judges must give an Aboriginal person when sentencing.
   The judge then ordered the Gladue report, as well as a pre-sentence report.
   During the trial, Constable Cumberland testified for the prosecution, as well as the bartender for that evening and the assaulted man. The accused acted as his own lawyer and called himself as his only witness.
   The lawyer he had before the trial began told him in the morning that he had no defence or chance to win his case and that he should accept a guilty plea-bargain. He felt abandoned and refused.
   The judge assisted the accused with his long defence, but frequently ruled his motions and evidence as irrelevant.
   The accused may appeal the guilty verdict.

It Only Makes Sense

   He assumed full responsibility for all our sins and took the punishment we deserve. As He hung on the cross, the judgement and wrath of God poured out on Him instead of us. He took our place on the cross; let’s give Him first place in our hearts.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I-10 ... Not For The Timid

   Texas already has the highest speed limit in the nation: 80 mph. And now, the state House of Representatives has voted to increase the limit to 85 mph.

Money

   Each U.S. dollar bill is made of 75 percent cotton.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Budget Deal: Republican Suicide

   Any freshman who votes for a budget deal below $61 billion will face a primary and likely defeat either for the nomination or in the general election. That is just the fact of political life.
   Full Story >>> http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/04/09/a_budget_deal_republican_suicide_109502.html

Coke Smuggler Sentenced To 14 Years In Jail

   They said they were headed to Grand Forks for the day.
   Full Story >>> http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/grandforksgazette/news/119510834.html

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Regionalization Has Done Absolutely Pitiful

   The Greenwood Board of Trade will not be backing the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
   Full Story >>> http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/grandforksgazette/news/119333409.html

Monday, April 4, 2011

Two Guys Fall From Bus Bathroom Window At 60 Miles Per Hour?

   Two people falling from a moving travel-bus bathroom window? However did they do that and what were two guys doing in a tiny bus bathroom? How did they ever fit in?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Huakan International Mining Inc. Announces Sale of Greenwood Gold Project Assets

   Huakan International Mining  will sell 100% of its interest in the Greenwood Gold Project located near Greenwood for C$5,000,000 and a 2% net smelter returns royalty.
   Full Story >>> http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/11/03/m959377/huakan-international-mining-inc-announces-sale-of-greenwood-gold-project

Monday, March 28, 2011

Facing Zimbabwe's 'Fear': An Eye-Opening Account

   While Mugabe stalled, he mobilized militias to unleash a wholesale campaign of torture, imprisonment and death against the opposition party, known as the MDC.
   Farmers, housewives — even children and babies who simply lived in villages where the MDC won a majority — were tortured and killed. Mugabe launched a scorched earth policy against his own people.
   Full Story >>> http://www.npr.org/2011/03/28/134769575/facing-zimbabwes-fear-an-eye-opening-account

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gold Work Greenwood

Open Gold is pleased to announce the completion of the initial program of diamond drilling at its Eholt project.
   Full Story >>> http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=663566&Itemid=30

Monday, March 21, 2011

That Smoking Drinking Thing Is Not Doing So Good: The Addiction Economy

   While the picture's improved somewhat in the last few years along with the Russian economy, a 15-year-old boy in Russia still has a shorter life expectancy than a boy in Haiti.
   Full Story >>> http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/16/pm-russias-illnesses-come-with-big-economic-consequences/

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rotten News For Packing House Workers

   The Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-op, which owns and operates four packing plants in the valley, has announced it is closing two of them: one in Kelowna and another in Osoyoos.
   Full Story >>> http://www.globalsaskatoon.com/Rotten+news+packing+house+workers/4419699/story.html

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The First Hour Of The Meeting

   Another finance meeting at Greenwood City Hall produced strong budgeting differences between City Manager Gerry Henke and Councilman Chris Stevenson, and also citizen Jim Nathorst. 
   The latter two believed that money budgeted should be spent. They noted that often it isn’t, and that over the years there is the appearance that nothing gets done. In particular they referred to parks, but their inference was general.
   They also stressed that there is not enough money, if any, set aside to replace ageing equipment.
   Mr. Nathorst suggested that budgeting should begin from a blank page starting at zero rather than building on previous years with slight increases and alterations.
   Stevenson and Nathorst put forth many good ideas. They were not met with a spirit of “yes, let’s do it, let’s find a way” but rather there was a lingering bureaucratic attitude of “we can’t do it because”.

Libyan War Traps Poor Immigrants at Tripoli’s Edge

   Sub-Saharan Africans make up a vast majority of the estimated 1.5 million illegal immigrants among Libya’s population of 6.5 million.
   Full Story >>> http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/world/middleeast/08refugees.html