While I can't believe I am typing this, I actually agree with Mr. Tsakumis and, of course, Bill Tieleman on this one....
Which is that the past week's much-trumpeted exoneration of any and all BC Liberals with a pulse by CTVBellGlobeTSNRDICHUMMUCHBatonLabattMedia in the RailGate affair was based on cherry-picked info that the prosecution provided, it would appear, to said media outlet BEFORE Wednesday's court hearing.
All of which means that, if you have been paying attention, you know that the Headline --Wurlitzering and endless breathless promos that ran above, and swirled around, Mark Hume and Jim Beatty's reverse-hit pieces that instantly wormed their way into every single Lotuslandian proMedia nook-and-cranny were pure unadulterated codswallop.
But, regardless, when all the walling-off of our local LINO's was done, the prosecutors and the hitmen still had to leave one of their own outside in the cold.
Here is the passage that makes that clear, taken from a transcript of an RCMP wiretap* that left FedLib Rainmaker Bruce Clark shivering, naked, out on the narrow gauge tundra:
What were David Basi and Christy Clark's brother talking about?
Why, nothing short of the 'bid for proposals' on the soon-to-be aborted BC Rail Spur Line sale, as noted by The Province's Keith Fraser.
That old QuidProQuo that was apparently/allegedly/but not really being dangled in front of everyone's eyes for money and/or favours and/or bid cover-based back-scratch-fever paybacks before it was/was not pulled off the table by someone who may or may not have been a minister of the crown and/or who may or may not have been having dinner with someone who may or may not have been an executive for a company that was clearly NOT involved with another group that the good Mr. Clark may or may not have been working with to get ahold of said Spur.
Or some such crazy mixed-up thing that the prosecution refused to release any further information/wiretap transcripts about when they got together with Mess'rs Beatty and Hume of the CTVGlobeEverythingElse Empire recently.
Which, weirdly enough, brings us to a very different company all together.
A very fine company from Vegas with a local BC Liberal-connected investor called 'Paragon'.
Guess those LINO-aligned folks only half-hiding behind the curtains learned their lesson on that one, eh?
What the heckfire am I talking about?
Well, despite Mr. David Podmore's babbling on about the overwhelming number of competitive bids for the roof-assisted reverse land-jack last week on CBC Radio (with, I'm sad to say, a decidedly passive and over-produced Katherine Gretzinger), the folks behind the curtain made darned sure that Paragon's was the only bid with an inside track/gambling license-in-hand when the game was suddenly, and secretively, changed from housing/retail to hotel rooms and money launder.....errrrr..... gambling.
Ian Reid, who might have more inside information than even T. Richard Turner himself on the genesis of the CasinoIndustrialComplex, has that story.
*And, have you noticed that when prosecutors release wiretap transcripts they are taken as fact, but when the defense does it they are nothing more than baseless allegations that haven't been proven in court....
And despite his sharpness and snark, even Mike Howell of the VanCourier has bought the line that we need the CasinoIndustrialComplex to justify/pay for the new Devil's Horns Hat being placed atop the former Marshmallow and NOT the other way around (again, follow Mr. Reid's timeline in his post noted above and you'll get what I'm talkin' about)
And, speaking of those riding Ms. Clark, isn't it interesting that Bro-Bruce and Patrick Kinsella allegedly first took the reins way back in 2005 when Smilin Sammy's handlers still ruled the roost and dreams of the CasinoIndustrialComplex were just a gleam in T. Richard Turner and Co's eye....Or, maybe......Not....
And, finally, just to prove that I really have been paying attention while on hiatus....Has anyone else noticed how well-timed NW's upcoming PinkShirt day is just in front of QueenChristy's potential coronation to come....Man, her riders sure know how beat back the (real) competition and stretch even the longest of noses at the wire...