Hello lovelies, it is me, your Dean of Fuckery/Law Professor/Doctor of Doctoring/honorary DVM/Sarcasm Expert/and Queen of all I survey.
I’m working on a synopsis of the Vancallis trial to date, but the judge is giving me so much material it is taking some time. I will try and have the first 3 days up tomorrow.
I’ve been extremely busy here so please forgive the tardiness. Jian Ghomeshi’s trial starts Monday so I’ve been doing a lot of research into that. For those that don’t know he was the host of an extremely popular CBC program as well as the lead singer for Moxy Fruvous for a while. He is charged with a bunch of stuff, four sexual assault charges and one charge of overcoming resistance by choking. He is saying it was consensual the women who’s charges stood rolled their eyes so hard they are probably still stuck in the back of their eye sockets. It is going to be a media clusterfuck and you have no idea how very badly I would like to be there. I’d have a panic attack in under a minute with a packed courtroom so for now that is out. I am however, hoping that between now and Monday I can talk somebody into going for me. If any of you watch The Trailer Park Boys (I personally don’t) the actress that plays the wife of one of them is one of the victims. He has opted for trial by Judge only, which I think is as smart a move as he could have made. Jury trials for sexual assaults are a crap shoot whether you are guilty or innocent.
Jian is not expected to take the stand, BUT if it is looking like the Judge finds the witnesses credible, he will likely have to take the stand. He can’t be forced to take the stand, but it would likely be in his best interest if the Judge is believing the witnesses. Did he do it? I absolutely believe he did. Will he be convicted? I seriously doubt it. He has been getting away with this shit since university, so I doubt it. Is his career over? Most likely. Is he a pariah? Jian according to all sources including personal sources has considered himself all that and a bag of chips for years, he is not well liked by most of the people that actually know him and he is allegedly one of the biggest misogynistic pricks that has ever walked the planet. So yeah, I’d say his career is pretty much over.
He is actually the very definition of misogyny. Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, belittling of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. Misogyny can be found occasionally within ancient texts relating to various mythologies. I looked, but so far no picture.
There was also the officer that was convicted yesterday of attempted murder of a guy that was already dead. Yes I really just typed that. So, the short version is there was a dude on a bus or streetcar (I’m not going to check) brandishing a knife. A very pointy knife. The police were called and told dude to drop said knife. He didn’t so the officer shot him three times. Then after some sober second though and probably worried about all the zombie movies he has seen he decided to put another six into the kid just to be sure he stayed dead. He was charged, released on bail because cops are special and was put on paid desk duty until the case was adjudicated. He was charged with murder, manslaughter and attempted murder. The fucked up thing about our justice system here in good old Canada is that the jury found the first three shots justified so found him not guilty of murder, but the next six were just being a dick and convicted him of attempted murder of a dead kid.
Since he is a police officer, he will likely get a couple of years. For killing a kid brandishing a knife. Seriously, I have said it a hundred times and I will say it a hundred more times. A lot of people who join the police force, or the army have very serious issues. They hate specific groups, they feel a need to be the authoritarian, the are power hungry etc. And they get to carry guns. Yay for us.
Now, I’ve dealt with a LOT of police officers due to my ex life. Their visits were frequent to the point that is was an oddity not to see them at least once on the weekend. I found that while they did their jobs, they showed nothing but disdain for me because I stayed and took it, therefore I must somehow deserve it. Police are not trained in a lot of things and the biggest one I still believe is domestic violence. They would take my ex, but he’d get released the next day at first just with a promise to appear, and then 2000 bail, and then 3000, and then 5000. When you own a viable business, 5000 is nothing. I stated that once to the police and their response was that the judicial system doesn’t feel that prohibitive bail for someone who owns a business that employs people is good for anyone. Apparently the victims don’t count. My day came though. I finally got an officer that was supportive and with her encouragement I found the strength needed to spill all of it. She was a good officer and I am grateful for her. But for every one of her there are ten that are not like her. Even the police blame the victim.
The reason for that story is that things seem to be changing. Police seem to be coming up on charges a lot in Ontario all of a sudden. Something the public has known forever is suddenly being discovered by the higher ups, and that makes me happy. To serve and protect should mean something. It really should and I am starting to have faith that in Canada, it once again just might.
In other Canadian news our dollar sucks, so if you Americans want to shop come here, diesel prices continue to fall (YAY!!!) but, oddly gas was up 2 cents today. Which is still pretty decent for gas so I’m not bitching. Food prices have gone completely off the fucking charts. I have a theory about that but that is for another blog. I asked my son to hit the grocery on his lunch to get us a cauliflower. When he came home he did not have the cauliflower because it was Six fucking dollars. Meat is no longer an option. I was going to try and swing a quarter of beef, even ordered it, but cancelled the next day because it is just way too expensive. Is this going on in the States as well? Like everything has suddenly gone up exponentially? I’m going to start growing my own veggies in the summer. My son and I have all these acres we don’t do anything with, so he drew out a diagram of a large garden and he said he’d to all the turning of the sod and mixing of the soil since we are on heavy clay and then I could plant it. It should be fun and the grocery store can eat a dick.
Anyway, that is it for this evening, I hope everyone is well.
RBMD peacing the fuck out.