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Postby EZ Rhino » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:53 pm

Happy belated birthday, Mbwun! Hope you had a good one. :D
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Postby Mbwun » Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:31 pm

Had a pretty quiet birthday, and indulged a bit too much on cake. :wink:

Got a phone call from an old friend, that was a nice surprise. Also got a phone call from a second cousin saying my great aunt had died that morning - not such a nice surprise.

Seeing as Slade has posted about the Stanley Park tree, I thought this article might go here, as well.

50 years ago tomorrow in BC history
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Postby Slade » Wed May 21, 2008 6:03 pm

One of Gill's parrots is an African gray:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/0 ... pstoryview

I suspect a lawyer advised this one, "Don't talk to the police."

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Postby EZ Rhino » Wed May 21, 2008 9:58 pm

Why didn't the parrot talk to the police? Did they tase him? Did they threaten him with a box of Shake-n-Bake?? I must know!
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Postby Slade » Wed May 21, 2008 10:20 pm

EZ,

I'm told they even tried to bribe him with a piece-of-eight!

But he wouldn't squawk.

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Postby Slade » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:23 pm

Here's an illustration of why "The Mounties always get their man." And why - when the call goes out, "A Member is down!" - a cop killer takes on the entire Force.

Note: The Mounties spared no expense investigating the crime...In total, RCMP say about 300 officers were involved from the morning the officers were shot until the guilty pleas were entered. The force spent $2 million over and above regular wages.

EDMONTON - A judge came down harshly Friday on two men who helped a known cop hater gun down four Alberta RCMP officers.

Justice Eric Macklin sentenced Shawn Hennessey to 15 years in prison, while he handed Dennis Cheeseman 12 years.

But Macklin said that time will be reduced by roughly five years each because the two pleaded guilty to manslaughter before a trial and have already spent time in custody.

Hennessey, 29, and Cheeseman, 25, admitted in a plea bargain to providing a rifle and a ride to James Roszko the night before he shot the Mounties almost four years ago.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of between 10 and 15 years, while the defence argued the two should only get two to three years because Roszko bullied them into helping him.

Hennessey and Cheeseman, related through marriage, were arrested in July 2007 after a lengthy RCMP investigation and originally charged with first-degree murder.

Constables Brock Myrol, Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston and Peter Schiemann were ambushed by Roszko as they staked out his property in March 2005.

"These four men were Canadian heroes and will be forever remembered as such," Macklin said.

The judge said Hennessey was more guilty because he actually gave Roszko a rifle before driving him back to his property.

Macklin said Cheeseman was little more than a bystander.

As part of the deal, the Crown and defence entered an agreed statement of facts in court last week that the judge used in his sentencing and which detailed the events that led to the shooting.

Police showed up at Roszko's farm on March 2, 2005, to help bailiffs repossess Roszko's white Ford pickup truck. Roszko had fled the scene.

Officers found what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation and am auto chop shop in a Quonset hunt on the property and began an investigation.

Roszko, meanwhile, showed up at the home Cheeseman and Hennessey shared. He was seething about the police, promising that he would return to the property and burn the Quonset down.

The statement of facts said Roszko demanded a .300 Winchester rifle owned by Hennessey's grandfather. Hennessey wiped it down and gave it to him, along with ammunition.

Next Roszko demanded a ride. He wanted to drop his truck off at his aunt's place and then head back to the farm.

Cheeseman and Hennessey agreed.

After dropping the truck off, the two men drove Roszko to a field across from the Quonset. Roszko was ranting and vowing to "get even" with police.

The two men watched Roszko put socks on over his boots, hike up his rifle and crunch off into the snowbound field.

The situation exploded at around 10 a.m. the next day.

Roszko, who had snuck back onto the property undetected, opened fire on the young Mounties guarding the Quonset and two auto theft investigators preparing to start their work. When the dust settled, four officers lay dead.

Roszko then turned the gun on himself.

Convinced that Roszko could not have acted alone and facing tough questions about how the shootings could have happened, the Mounties spared no expense investigating the crime.

The case against Cheeseman and Hennessey was cracked due in part to an elaborate sting the RCMP set up to illicit a confession from the two men.

Undercover operatives managed to lure Cheeseman into a fake criminal organization. They coaxed him into the gang with a woman who pretended to be sweet on him. They set up fake criminal scenarios. They even paid Cheeseman for some of his work.

As Cheeseman got deeper into the ruse, "higher ups" demanded he be honest with the gang about his criminal past. That's when he admitted he knew Roszko was going to kill the officers on the night they dropped him off.

In total, RCMP say about 300 officers were involved from the morning the officers were shot until the guilty pleas were entered. The force spent $2 million over and above regular wages.
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Postby Mbwun » Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:41 am

I found a book at a thrift store today that I think fits right in with the world in which Slade revolves. It's written by Ian Macdonald, and Betty O'Keefe - the same pair that wrote the book about the aviation disaster on Mount Slesse, that claimed the life of Slade's father.

The book is called The Mulligan Affair: Top Cop on the Take. It tells the scandalous story of Walter Mulligan, Vancouver's Chief of Police in the mid-fifties:

Starting in July, 1955, every evening at 6:10 p.m. precisely, virtually every radio that could pick up the signal turned the dial to Jack Webster on CJOR. Across BC people listened in silence to a play-by-play of the Tupper inquiry proceedings. Could Walter Mulligan really be in cahoots with local bookies? Could Vancouver's Chief Constable be a "top cop on the take?"

http://vancouverhistory.ca/archives_mulligan.htm

I've got O'Keefe and Macdonald's book about the air crash, and I've also got their book about the sinking of the Princess Sophia. Hope this books is as good as those two.
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Postby Baidhnobas » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:11 pm

No many how many times I read Ripper, I can't help but picture Luna Darke as this woman:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luba_Goy
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Postby Slade » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:22 pm

It still goes on:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14496308

Bruce's soundtrack to his trip was "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions. Mine was this (it played everywhere, and in every music shop):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHdzrMqhKls
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Postby dreab trawets » Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:34 pm

Part of Slades world growing up I am sure..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/c ... 567052.stm

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Postby Mbwun » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:29 pm

You know what I think they should do with it?

I think the RCMP should level every building on the site but the Tudor one, and turn the whole works into a park. They'd be leaving a far better legacy for Vancouver than some stupid high density housing development.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Va ... story.html
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Postby Slade » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:41 pm

DeClercq's in a battle over that in the upcoming book. He refuses to let go of the Heather Stables (and is damned if you'll commute for two hours out to Surrey).

Rush_Grrl and Slade toured the building in June. The real-life Mounties aren't prepared to give up on it either.

So, stay tuned. And remember, is IS a Heritage Building...so lots of complications.

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Postby Slade » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:13 pm

Another real-life Mountie manhunt is underway. Again, it comes out of Alberta:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ ... oting.html

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20 ... mp-120209/

Here's Slade's historical Alberta connection, and the story of the Mad Trapper of Rat River:

http://www.specialx.net/specialxdotnet/ ... cream.html
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Re: Slade's World

Postby Cawdorgraves » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:30 am

My tour of Munich in 2004 was interesting in that I learned that all of Hitler's businesses were converted into the very things he detested. I love that his personal office space was converted into a music hall. Very appealing to learn that the past can come back to haunt history. Not sure if that is clear to everyone what I mean but for such heinous actions to fall upon so many people who today would be seen as artistic, or unique individuals and in some ways considered the dreggs of society just seems so unfair. I am not neglecting the repulsive genocide of races and people. Frankly I detest war and all the horrors that it has brought.

Referring to the RCMP and getting their man. I worked the funeral for the 4 killed RCMP and have to say, as I have made mention before, that the sea of red that day was something but utter beauty and awe. I have much respect for the RCMP and high regard for what they stand for. Just don't wish to see them behind me with lights flashing, that would not be so good. Gotta remember not to drive wish such a heavy foot.

My back packing experience was fantastic, and despite the varied of interesting hostels around Europe I can say that the experience no matter if you are in your teens, 20's or any age it is an experience well worth exploring. Hoping maybe to share in such an experience with my child when he comes of age to go. Unless of course I am not "cool enough" to go as his traveling buddy. I wonder if I were to tell him I'd contribute to the cost of travel if that might appeal to him letting me go along. :P
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Re: Slade's World

Postby Slade » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:56 pm

QUEEN VICTORIA'S EMPIRE.

PBS is currently showing a fine two-part series on Tuesday nights. This is how history programs should be made.

Here's Victoria's timeline:

http://www.pbs.org/empires/victoria/empire/time.html

Here's the Index:

http://www.pbs.org/empires/victoria/other/index.html

Here it is on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC68615FCAF6EE658

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