Sunday, July 31, 2022
What on earth does that even say? With little effort, I could write something that was just as meaningless:
Over the last while, Canadians have disagreed about some different issues. We will be hosting a conversation where those people can come together to talk about things and stuff.
"Many people and organizations from coast-to-coast, north to south, and within and around Ottawa have expressed their support for The Embassy of The United People of Canada in Ottawa."
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Now, if Ezra were really thinking, they'd run TWO fundraisers: one to bail Sheila out, and the other to keep her locked up. I wonder which one would win?
Speaking of throwing associates under the bus for a few pennies - has anyone else seen [ex-Rebeler] Lauren Southern's YouTube "documentary", "The Whole Truth?" Quick review with spoilers (I'm assuming no one minds spoilage in a product that hits the screen rotten to begin with): it may be the most interesting terrible documentary you've ever seen.
Why terrible? Well, like Lauren herself, it's trite, self-indulgent, amateurish, and dishonest. Plated with a thin veneer of wide-eyed, tearful faux-repentance, it begins and ends with weepy "mea culpas" of the "how could I have misled you so?); but for the most part it's "here's what these scumbags are REALLY like." Why interesting? Because of the scumbags she defrocks.
These include ALL the right's favourite deities:
- Ezra Levant, who, according to Southern, boots her off the Rebel for complaining that the infamous "Israel Investigation" was simply a pre-packaged tour with a Rebel propaganda overlay and some rants from Gavin.
- Tommy Robinson, captured on video throwing a succession of associates and minions under the bus when scapegoats were needed to cover up his lies and acts of violence.
- Faith Goldy, who emerges as hopelessly egocentric bully
- Paul Joseph Watson, who embarks on a near-psychotic vendetta after she refuses to sleep with him
- Milo Yiannopoulos. who comes across as more vicious, more opportunistic, and more dishonest than any of them. And that IS quite an achievement.
The "documentary" itself is laughable. It's almost three hours long, of which 90% consists of Lauren sitting in a forest glade (it actually looks like wallpaper in a Holiday Inn Coffee shop, but never mind) talking directly to the camera, pausing occasionally to gaze into the "sky" and dab away a tear of regret. I guess Lauren's painful self discovery will be of interest to anyone who ever took her seriously; for those of us who have always seen her as the naive dupe of charismatic far right exploiters, watching her come to the same conclusion about herself is just embarrassing.
Her sincerity throughout the whole enterprise is undermined by what she leaves out (yes, even at three hours, she left stuff out). Nothing about her racism and endorsement of White Replacement theory while in a mixed-race relationship. And although she calls for the right to be as critical of their own gods and pundits as they are of the right, she still appears to equate value of journalism with number of hits, and revels in her own success at "outraging" people.
After all this sturm and drang she still hasn't figured out that "advocacy journalism" isn't journalism at all. Still, it's a painful, boring, fascination must-watch for those of us with eyes on the snakepit.
Keep those cards and letters coming in, kids.
WARNING: MASSIVE SPECULATION AHEAD.
While a few souls on social media are (mostly facetiously) asking whether Rebel News' Sheila Gunn Reid purposely violated a publication ban with respect to the identity of Tamara Lich's surety, I think it is incumbent on the Crown to at least consider the possibility because, let's face it, this is exactly the sort of thing that Rebel News is known for over the years.
Your humble scribe has, in fact, written about that very thing, one example being how the hacks at Der Rebel clearly (and proudly) violated election financing law and, upon being fined a grand total of $3,000, promptly started fundraising $300,000 to fight it, which also gave them instant notoriety and, let's face it, that's what this is all about when it comes to Rebel News -- trending for whatever reason. One hypothesizes that Ezra Levant, when threatened with a fine of only a few thousand dollars, figures it's a pretty good deal if he can crowdfund an assload of money while simuitaneously shrieking about being censored and blaming Justin Trudeau.
So who's to say that's not what happened here?
Given the evidence I presented in my previous post -- that Gunn Reid was clearly aware of the publication ban right up to the point she so obviously violated it -- who's to say there was no back room discussion about the minimal risk in violating that ban compared to the stellar publicity and possible crowdfunding that could arise from it?
If I was the Crown, I would fer damned sure put Gunn Reid under oath, then ask her directly and pointedly about whether there was any discussion of any sort regarding the possible benefits of breaking the law for the resulting publicity. And if Gunn Reid wants to deny it, then make her say that. Under oath.
But that's just a suggestion.
Friday, July 29, 2022
UPDATE, 2:30 PM, immediately after initial hearing: Since all that happened was some scheduling, can someone -- for the love of Mutt -- send the Crown a link to this piece, which makes it thigh-suckingly clear that Sheila knew all about the publication ban and even tweeted about it a mere 10 minutes before she so assholishly violated it? How in the hell can she possibly have a defense for this? "I'm sorry, Your Honour, I'm kind of a dumbass." Give me a fucking break.
Lock her up.
Read the whole thread here. Gunn Reid really is one of the stupidest human beings on the planet. She makes Chris Selley look positively intellectual.
BONUS TRACK: One can only hope Gunn Reid tries to plead ignorance, given how many times she's tweeted about that exact publication ban:
Thursday, July 28, 2022
"Asked where the organization found funds for a purchase of that size, Komer said the main funding source is through community bonds and added more information would be shared online later."
"The single largest financial stakeholder in The United People of Canada’s plan to purchase and renovate the former St. Brigid’s church in Lowertown says his mission in life is to foster and spread peace, love and understanding, and he believes Ottawa residents’ unease about the perceived relationship between the organization and the “Freedom Convoy” is overblown."
It's hilarious how Facebook's entire business model goes to shit when it's not allowed to rummage through your underwear drawer:
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
This fucking stupid:
That's pretty fucking stupid.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Sunday, July 24, 2022
This is, in fact, precisely what numerous people warned about from the beginning -- that the purchase of the Church was nothing more than establishing a local base of operations for further Convoy mischief and lawbreaking.
"The funds from this campaign will be received by The United People Of Canada."
Saturday, July 23, 2022
It's particularly embarrassing since, out of the 87 protesters, 41 of them were reporters from Rebel News.
Indigenous Canadians more than a little miffed with "Freedom Convoy" dingbats and Nazis trying to co-opt the Pope's visit:
Which is kind of ironic since the newly-arrived "Freedom Convoy" front group "The United People of Canada" (TUPOC) is currently flying outside of its new bunker in Ottawa's Byward Market an indigenous-themed "Every Child Matters" flag (the orange one second from the right):
So, yes, TUPOC is already appropriating indigenous issues, just as you knew they would.
I'm glad we had this little chat.
Friday, July 22, 2022
Ohhhhhhh myyyyyyy ... a most interesting development in the universe of Rebel News-related defamation actions, so make sure you read all the way to the end.
It begins with the relentlessly and appallingly bigoted and transphobic yobs at Der Rebel who -- over many, many months -- stalked and harassed and publicly confronted self-described transgender woman Jonathan Yaniv aka Jessica Yaniv aka Jessica Simpson, to the point where Simpson (as she is named in the legal action) had had enough and sued Rebel News and its collection of transphobic asshats for defamation. So far, so good.
SIDE NOTE: There is little question that Simpson is a disgusting human being, so make sure you don't see this post as any sort of defense of her behaviour. If she were any creepier, she could work for the Toronto Sun. In any event ... onward.
In a moderately surprising turn of events, Rebel News fought back with an anti-SLAPP action under the B.C. legislation (which is virtually indistinguishable from the similar Ontario law). You can read the ruling here so let's cut to the chase -- while Rebel News "journalists" were a vile, execrable lot throughout this harassment, Simpson did not make her case for defamation, and her action was (in my opinion correctly) dismissed under the B.C. anti-SLAPP legislation. And that's the end of the story, right?
Um, no, because this is where it gets really entertaining.
You see, one of the fundamental features of both B.C.'s and Ontario's anti-SLAPP laws is that, if you are the defendant in a defamation action (as Rebel News was here), and you win your motion (which Rebel News did), the presumption is that you are entitled to full indemnity -- that is, you are awarded your full legal costs on the action. The rationale for that feature is the position that if you are the target of a SLAPP suit, and you fight back and win, it should not cost you any cash. Put another way, if you win your motion, the plaintiff (in this case Simpson) is obliged to cover the defendant's entire legal bill. So that's what happened, right?
Um, no, because here's what happened next.
Despite the judge in this case ruling for Rebel News and dismissing Simpson's action, he wasn't quite done, as he then went on to excoriate Der Rebel's reporters for being, well, assholes as he described the value of their journalistic "expression" while writing about Simpson [emphasis added]:
 In assessing the value of the impugned expression at issue in this case, I accept that at least part of the motivation behind Rebel News’ reporting was to warn the public about what the reporters believed to be the threat that Ms. Simpson’s conduct poses to society. Rebel News says that it strives to present an alternative point of view. Many will find the views that it expresses, here and elsewhere, to be highly offensive. It is, however, precisely in such cases that the law’s commitment to protecting freedom of expression will be most sorely tested.
 Nevertheless, the expression in issue here was deeply problematic in various ways, both in terms of its quality and the apparent motivation behind it.
 First, it was, by any measure, heavily laden with vitriol and gratuitous insults. Although I have accepted that Rebel News has a viable defence of “fair comment”, on the basis that the views expressed were ones that could honestly be held on the facts presented, it does not follow that the underlying inferences were always reasonably drawn. Of particular concern in that regard is the fact that much of the name-calling directed at Ms. Simpson echoed, and tended to reinforce, pernicious stereotypes about transgender people generally.
 Further, the reporters’ conduct in confronting Ms. Simpson at her home or hotel and asking the same inflammatory questions over and over again, appears to have been intended primarily to provoke a scene and so provide entertainment at Ms. Simpson’s expense, rather than to elicit information to enrich the public discourse.
Make sure you understand what is happening in the above -- despite having ruled for Rebel News, the judge is sufficiently pissed off with the sleazy and transphobic bigots at that media outlet that he makes it clear he is disturbed by their assholishness. Well, OK, but so what? They won, so what does it matter if the judge is nonetheless annoyed with them? And here's the fun part.
You see, B.C.'s anti-SLAPP legislation (like Ontario's) has a presumption that, if you win your motion, you get full indemnity (full reimbursement of your legal fees). However, both province's legislation leaves wiggle room for the judge to change that under unusual circumstances ... which is exactly what the judge did here, and I quote [emphasis tail-waggingly added]:
Go back and read that carefully until you understand what happened; the judge, even while ruling in favour of Rebel News on the motion, was so disgusted by the behaviour of the vulgar, bigoted assholes at Rebel that he refused to award them the presumptive full indemnity, choosing instead to send a message that, even while winning the motion, they were such sleazebags that he was going to make them eat their costs.
This has two delightful consequences.
The first obvious consequence is that Rebel News is, even after winning, out most likely tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. But that's not the best part.
No, the best part is the precedent this sets, in establishing that if someone sues Rebel News for defamation, and Rebel files and wins an anti-SLAPP motion, there is now an identifiable precedent for Rebel not being awarded costs because of their behaviour. And that should send a real chill through Ezra Levant's nether regions, as he now knows that even if the court sides with him in future cases, it might still tell him and his crappy, white supremacist media outlet that it needs to pay its own tab.
Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
UPPITY DATE, JUL 21: 'Twould appear that the recent garnishment order against Patrick Ross' Alberta employer may come to naught, as it is entirely possible that Patrick is no longer employed there, this conjecture based on one of my reliable sources from the environs of Lloydminster, SK reporting that Patrick has been in town all week and therefore not working in northern Alberta.
It's possible that Patrick is simply taking some time off, or is maybe on holidays, but this development fits with my earlier speculation that, once that garnishment order was served, Patrick would -- in a fit of childish, self-destructive pique -- prefer to quit rather than continue toiling away in the wilds of Clairmont only to see a sizable chunk of his paycheque go to me.
Again, why Patrick is back in the Lloyd is unclear, but assuming that he simply walked away from his post, we are once again in the position where he is an unemployed, undischarged bankrupt living at home and still owing me a truckload of money (an amount continuing to increase now by over $500 per month due to accruing interest).
In other words, same as it ever was.
End of update.
Pursuant to absolutely nothing, it was earlier this year that I informed one and all that the Saskatchewan sheriffs had snagged just over $2,500 from the bank account of one Patrick "Super Duper Kid Cash Thunderbolt Nexus Quintuple Threat MMA Cosplay Asshat Bikini Designer Creepy Stalker Basement Incel" Ross related to my collection proceedings against him.
I was informed today that said sheriffs just handed over that amount to my SK lawyer, as they are legally required to hang onto such sums for a while in case the unfortunate doofus from which it was seized files an objection. As Patrick chose not to contest the seizure, I am expecting the aforementioned payment any time now.
All of this is entirely independent of the newly-instituted garnishment proceedings served on Patrick's Clairmont-based Alberta employer last week.
That is all.
Le *sigh* ... once again, the relentlessly disingenuous hacks at Der Rebel misrepresent reality:
No, Canada's Parliamentary Press Gallery did not "ban" Rebel News -- all it did was consider an application for official accreditation from that tailings pond of a media outlet, and reject it for obvious reasons that I explained back here.
Canadian right-wing racists, bigots, propagandists and white nationalists who have howled relentlessly in support of freedom for months suddenly outraged regarding Indigo's freedom to stock whatever the fuck they want:
P.S. It is worth mentioning that Lawton's book is an "Amazon bestseller" for the same reason the worthless dreck by Sheila Gunn Reid was also a bestseller -- simple gaming of the system.
There's this thread:
This bears watching.
HMMMMMMMMM ... it appears that, only days after opening, the good folks at TUPOC are slashing prices on their obscenely-overpriced merch:
Whatever could this mean?
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Finally, CBC wades into the fray. Methinks this story is just starting.
(Wag of the tail to anonymous commenter.)
AFTERSNARK: Here's what I find so irredeemably baffling in that article (emphasis added):
"Some people have speculated, 'Oh did some Freedom Convoy funds get used to purchase a building here?' I can say for a fact that is not the case," Komer said.
"I don't know what did or didn't happen with … that stuff but this is completely funds that we're raising privately through community contributors."
The biggest contributor so far gave because of the "good work we're doing in the community," Komer said, but he declined to say more about them because he hadn't talked to donors about sharing their names with the media.
What "good work?" One searches in vain at tupoc.ca for any hint of that group's accomplishments, locally or elsewhere.
WAIT, SO THEY'RE BUYING? Original reports suggested that TUPOC was simply leasing the church, but this part of the CBC piece clearly implies a purchase is in the offing (emphasis added):
"We're in a due diligence process right now with the current owners," he said when asked about the status of the building. "It's under a contract of purchase and sale agreement."
An online real estate posting for the address at 310 St. Patrick St., was still active as of Monday morning, with an asking price of $5,950,000.
Land registry documents show a numbered company traced back to Patrick McDonald, one of the investors who bought the church after it was deconsecrated in 2007, still owns the property.
CBC has attempted to contact McDonald since Friday, but he has not responded.
Asked where the organization found funds for a purchase of that size, Komer said the main funding source is through community bonds and added more information would be shared online later.
How in the name of Pat King's ass crack does a mystery group come up with a cool six million, given a total lack of accomplishments of any kind?
A QUESTION I WISH WOULD HAVE BEEN ASKED:
Here's TUPOC director William Komer:
"Komer said the organization has retained legal counsel that is ready to intervene if necessary."
Would it be untoward to have asked who that legal counsel was? Seriously, when someone insists they've retained legal counsel, is it appropriate to ask who that might be?
ABOUT THOSE FINANCES ... Given that there is apparently a conditional purchase offer from TUPOC for this $6M property on the table, this inspires two rather obvious questions.
First, if we assume a typical mortgage with a down payment of say, 20%, where does TUPOC think the remaining $5M is going to come from? In short, what is their long-term business model? Assuming a sizable monthly mortgage payment, where does TUPOC imagine that money will come from? Selling merch? Renting co-working space? The largesse and gullibility of the local community? What is the actual business plan here that justifies that sort of property?
More importantly, though, if we assume a moderate initial down payment of 20%, that is still over a million dollars. Who is fronting that money? And what sane bank would even consider giving a mortgage to a not-for-profit that has existed for only four months, and which has been massively unforthcoming about their details?
In short, how do a handful of Freedom Convoyers waltz into town and find enough cash to buy a $6M building that would be the perfect base of operations and staging area for yet another violent assault on Parliament?
So many questions, so many sleazebags refusing to answer them.
Do better, CBC.
Given how Dr. Jordan B. Peterson trends on a regular basis, and given how many utterly unaccomplished and gullible incels still living at home consider Peterson to be such an intellectual giant, let me suggest a simple way of putting those enthusiastic acolytes in their places. (The following technique works particularly well with those intellectual children who have either just viewed a JBP lecture, or have just finished one of his massively valueless and unreadable pieces of dreck, and can't wait to share the good news with anyone who has no interest in hearing it.)
The instant some pathetic loser begins praising the dizzying intellect of Jordan Peterson, ask them to list for you one -- just one -- lesson they learned from Peterson and, further, get them to explain to you what it means to them; that is, demand that they demonstrate that they understand some point Peterson made, and insist that they prove they comprehend its ramifications. I guarantee what happens next will be tragically painful.
Chances are good what you'll hear will be sophomoric silliness: "I learned that I should clean my room." Terrific. That would be advice we were given as six-year-olds by our mothers -- not exactly the mark of a world-class thinker.
On the other hand, if said Peterson fan boi actually tries to explain one of Peterson's incomprehensible ravings, well, you're in for a treat as they will tie themselves in knots demonstrating they haven't the foggiest idea what it is they claim to so admire.
Go ahead, try it. I can assure you, the biggest fans of the good doctor are the same people who cannot, for the life of them, begin to explain what Peterson is talking about. But don't take my word for it -- give it a shot and let me know how it works out.
BONUS TRACK: Jordan Peterson's vacuous inanities reminds one of similar nonsense from New Age quack Deepak Chopra, whose aphorisms were so utterly meaningless that someone set up a website to generate random Deepak Chopra quotes that are indistinguishable from Chopra's rubbish.
If one pops over there and keeps refreshing, one is gifted with spiritual enlightenment like:
- "The unpredictable is inside self-righteous chaos"
- "Each of us co-creates sub-empirical mysteries"
- "True faith is entangled in a symphony of external reality"
What is embarrassing is that if any of the above was uttered by Jordan Peterson, his legion of fan bois would trip over themselves lecturing you on the profundity of self-righteous empirical mysteries being unpredictably entangled in a symphony, or some such idiocy.
Or you could just go clean your fucking room.
Pursuant to pretty much nothing, it is now 11 months to the day that I registered my default judgment for malicious defamation against Lloydminster's Patrick Ross in the province of Saskatchewan, at which time the presiding judge increased the compound interest rate on the outstanding amount from 2 per cent to 5 per cent:
As a more recent development, Patrick's employer in northern Alberta was, just last week, served with a garnishment order under Saskatchewan's Enforcement of Money Judgments Act (EMJA), which awards me 30 per cent of Patrick's income. I am already in the process of applying to increase that amount, as I am entitled to do under the EMJA, based on Patrick's rather obvious lack of expenses given that he normally lives at home and has no dependents. (The garnishment order, plus the potential increase in the portion I am awarded, applies not just to Patrick's current employer, but will follow him around to any job he ever takes after that.)
That is all.
Monday, July 18, 2022
... does that make me a bad person?
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Cruising through my 'hood, and was made aware that some shadowy, amorphous group called "The United People of Canada" has set up shop in Saint Brigid's church in the Byward Market and is advertising Sunday BBQs to, apparently, get to know the locals or whatever the fuck it is they're doing.
Most disturbingly, if you check out their website, there is not a shred of information regarding who is behind this; rumours had it that the church was outright purchased by peopled associated with the "Freedom Convoy" as a base of operations and a staging area for further protests, but all evidence suggests the church is simply being leased, but that still does not even begin to explain the total lack of information about who's behind it.
UH OH ...
This does not bode well.
P.S. There is some serious dosh behind this grift factory, just take a look at the very professional merch and astronomical prices:
$45 for a water bottle? Someone is planning to make an assload of money off of this.