Well, terrorists certainly seem to be working on the American docks. Only they aren't members of al-Qaida or the Taliban . Oh, no, it's the Mafia. According to CNN.com The American Justice Department has warned and I quote "In a civil suit filed in July, prosecutors accused the international longshoremen Association, the 65,000-member union that supplies labor to ports from Florida to Main, of being a "vehicle for organized crime" on the waterfront."
And bless my soul, I seem to remember a bit of a furor being raised awhile back by the CBC on this very subject. Only in the CBC reporting it was the Hell's Angles who were working in the longshoremen Union up here on Canadian docks. And nobody seemed to be able to do anything about it. Now isn't that weird? You'd think the Attorney General, or even the Prime Minister or somebody in the RCMP , or even the provincial Attorney General would be interested in this. After all, it was BC docks that supposedly allowed Hell's Angles members to work here. And considering the amount of heroin and cocaine that flood the streets of Vancouver you would think Gordon Campbell would order an investigation of some sort into the longshoremen Union here. Wouldn't that be something our premier might do considering how closely he works with Americans on issues like shipping out our raw logs? Wouldn't that seem the reasonable thing to do, conduct an investigation on our own docks? Maybe find out how all these drugs get in here?
Any bus ride through East Hastings will chill your blood. People stumbling around drugged to the nines, young, old, mentally ill and handicapped. What kind of a society are we to allow this? If the drugs are coming through our ports then we as tax payers should know this. All of the politics directed toward the East Side , at least to this point, are simply ones of trying to keep these people holed up in one area so they don't spill over the border into respectable neighbours.
Well, they're spilling. And the drugs keep coming. They keep coming while our children watch, stupified, the glorification of organized crime through movies like the Godfather and TV shows like the Sopranos. These characters somehow have become heroes and cult figures. Are we mad? Why are we dishing up the Mafia and the Hell's Angles as role models for our children? Why are we as parents and grandparents just taking all this garbage that's being dumped into our kid's heads? If men's organization can't get it together to do something about the Hell's Angels and the influence they and the Mafia have in our culture then women will have to step up to the plate. Or else sink back and watch our kid's movies, songs, TV, video, futher degrade into the drug culture that idealizes crime, pimps, and sex obsession.
Let's demand to know what is coming into our ports and being off loaded onto our docks. I'm sick of watching the raw logs from our public forests being shipped out of our ports and not knowing what is being shipped in. Let's have more transparency here.