Trying determinedly to work in our Rockland Avenue yard while being bothered to distraction by two or three noisy hovering helicopters over the Lieutenant Governor’s vice-ridden mansion, with an Olympicmaniac shouting exhortations ‘to get excited for the torch’ through loud amplification to whoever was gathered on Rockland Avenue near the gates of our very own monarchical aboriginal Knight of Columbus stooge, a group of protesters were meanwhile blocking the Avenue at Cook Street.

To read how the Rockland and Cook protest derouted the silly pseudo-mystic torch relay non-event, please refer to the comments section below.

– ‘Goyo de la Rosa,’ Editor, 



STAN OLSEN: Olympic torch relay ‘was created by Hitler for the 1936 Olympic Games’



I believe knowing the full history of the Olympic torch relay is important, especially for today’s younger people.

It was created by Hitler for the 1936 Olympic Games that were held in Berlin.

And, sadly, it was created as a Nazi propaganda tool, and it worked.

It had nothing to do with ancient Greece, where the Olympics began.


Stan Olsen



CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist

October 29, 2009, Page A11 

JEFFERSON STARSHIP: From Golden Gate Park to Victoria

Paul Kantner, leader of the Jefferson Starship, and one of two original members of the present band from the original Jefferson Airplane, says the band just played San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on the weekend, his favorite place to play in the whole world, according to an article published in the Victoria Times Colonist on October 22, 2009.

David Freiberg, formerly of the Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service, another seminal San Francisco psychedelic rock band, will be playing tonight with the Jefferson Starship.

Tom Constanten, former keyboard player with the Grateful Dead, also has his name on the tickets as a special guest.

Tonight, Kantner, Freiberg and Constanten will be joined by Cathy Richardson on vocals, along with Donny Balwin, Slick Aguilar and Chris Smith in Victoria’s Royal Theatre with the newly reconstituted Jefferson Starship at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for this event have been reduced from $75.00 down to $50.00 and there are still seats in the middle and back parts of the Royal Theatre, according to the Royal Macpherson Theatre Society website, a link to which is found in the CCC BLOGROLL to the right. 

A link to the Times Colonist article by local musician and TC staff arts writer Adrian Chamberlain is found in the comments section below.

– Goyo de la Rosa, Editor


More than 2/3 support for a referendum on the Johnson Street Bridge: CFAX News Radio web poll

A recent CFAX News Radio web poll shows a healthy 68% of participants think there should be a referendum on the future of the Joseph Strauss-designed Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria.

This comes in the wake of an annoucement  on Saturday that the federal minister responsible for infrastructure, John Baird, has given a $21,000,000 cheque to the Fortin cabal in Victoria, apparently to do with what they please.

There is only one thing the Fortinuts should do now and that is to undertake a referendum on this whole controversy, without being forced to do so by a ‘counter petition’ alternative approval process.

If the latter process has to be undertaken, we will handily win it, and we will win the referendum also, forcing the cabal to repair the bridge, and using the federal money to pay for most of it.

To see the results of the CFAX News Radio web poll, please see the comments section below for a link.


– Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition


THOMAS JEFFERSON: ‘I like a little rebellion now and then, it is like a storm in the Atmosphere,’ Sister Revolutions, Susan Dunn, p. 45

When in 1787 an alarmed Abigail Adams in London wrote to Jefferson in Paris that the “mobish insurgents” of Shay’s Rebellion in western Massachusetts were destroying the fabric along with the foundation of American society, taking the country to the brink of chaos, Jefferson greeted the news cheerfully.

“I like a little rebellion now and then,” he replied.

 “It is like a storm in the Atmosphere.”

Jefferson bestowed his warm approval not only on resistance to government oppression but on the revolutionary enterprise in general.

When Jefferson first arrived in Paris and frequented the intellectual salons of the late 1780s, he encountered French wit and the French passion for puns and bons mots.

He was not impressed.

“This nation,” he decided, “is incapable of any serious effort.”

Uninterested in vacuous verbal acrobatics, he wrote to Abigail Adams, not without wit of his own, that all one might do for the French was “pray that heaven send them good kings.”

Two years later, however, life in Paris had changed dramatically and Jefferson remarked that the frivolities of conversation had given way to a more serious awareness of politics.

Now Jefferson found himself praising the men of letters who belonged to the “Patriotic party,” asserting that they constituted the intelligent part of France.

Those who had leisure to think were in a position to initiate change and reform an abusive government.

A believer in the power of reason to shape history, Jefferson admired the new writings, noting that they give “a full scope to reason, and strike out truths as yet unperceived and unacknoleged [sic] on the other side of the channel.”

Still, he admitted that the lack of political experience of men of letters prevented them from fully appreciating the value of the American model.

French intellectuals, versed only in theory and new in the practice of government, were making some unfortunate proposals.

Ideally, theory and experience would complement each other.



French Lightning, American Light

Susan Dunn

Page 45


This book is available for borrowing from the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

WILLIAM PERRY TO VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL: ‘Purchase the Traveller’s Inn properties, just in time for Christmas… and immediately house the homeless’



Re: ‘John Asfar’s Traveller’s Inn listed for sale,’ Times Colonist, October 7, 2009

City Council could chose not to go ahead with the replacing of the Johnson Street Bridge… refurbish or better yet wait until the economy picks up… the bridge is not going anywhere.


Purchase the Traveller’s Inn properties, just in time for Christmas, and immediately… did I say immediately… house the homeless.

I hear the properties are going cheap.

Go on… prove me wrong… I dare you… show all that you are not just a bunch of tossers.


William Perry





LIVES OF WILLIAM HARTNELL: ‘After riding and walking for a month, Hartnell reached Santiago,’ Susanna Bryant Dakin, page 11

Hartnell’s own life record commences with a journal entry on St. Patrick’s Day, 1819.

Leaving Buenos Aires accompanied by the “jolly guide Morales,” the Englishman proceeded overland more than a thousand miles, straight across the continent; sometimes by stage, as on the military road traversing the slowly rising pampa to Mendoza, stopping at posthouses en route; sometimes on horseback or even afoot, following the final perilous path across the Andes from the Argentine over into coastal Chile.

Being a methodical person with limited means, Hartnell kept careful account of expenses crossing the continent and of the length of each phase in his journey.

There are also prosaic little notes of happenings along the way; at San Bernardo he came on “a farmhouse full of pretty girls,” and at Cana de Poche he recorded, “Here I slept.”

After riding and walking for a month, Hartnell reached Santiago in time to celebrate his twenty-first birthday.

It was a solitary celebration, for he knew no one except his employer.

And Mr. Begg, aside from demanding long working hours and unremitting efficiency, showed no interest in the new bookkeeper.

Any social life, to Mr. Begg, seemed a waste of time, an impairment of business acumen.

He drove the young men who worked for him as he drove himself.

As recreation from this lonely life, Hartnell commenced to write long letters home, keeping a copybook.

The following is typical, to his older brother George:

‘I embrace the present favourable opportunity of giving you a good blowing up; what do you mean by this long silence, can’t you find time to write me a few lines, or does your charmer so entirely captivate your sensitive faculties that you have forgot your transatlantic brother?

[Lapsing into Spanish:]’ I also have my Dulcinea, but she doesn’t make me forget those I used to be fond of, so I hope this will be the last time I must complain. . . .’



Susanna Bryant Dakin

Stanford University Press 1949

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