The Mabus Apocalypse

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  1. #1 Raging Bee
    August 17, 2011

    Um…did anyone say who the suspect was? Given what I’ve heard of Canadian law-enforcement’s handling of this affair, I wouldn’t be suprised if they’d arrested the wrong guy…

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    August 17, 2011

    Well, since they call it the “Mabus investigation” they probably arrested “Mabus” though as you say, it is a pseudonym so maybe they got some other guy. I’m pretty sure they know who they were looking for, though.

  3. #3 truthspeaker
    August 17, 2011

    Reputable news organizations generally don’t name suspects for they are charged, so it makes sense the police wouldn’t release the name of the person they’d arrested.

  4. #4 Rob
    August 17, 2011

    Patience? How many decades and complaints?

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    August 17, 2011

    Truthspeaker, be careful! There are big differences across countries not only in what is legal but what is regulated (vs.not) and even what the word “charged” means. In many cases, it has no official meaning.

  6. #6 pornonymous
    August 17, 2011

    Last time I checked, the RCMP wasn’t nearly as infiltrated with Nazis, or as desperate to close down free speech, rights against unreasonable searches, etc. as the paramilitary police here in the US.

    And that’s a good thing.

  7. #8 Bart Dromedary Hump
    August 17, 2011

    I was sent this link by a reader of mine.
    Can someone tell me what he was arrested for? This is, I assume Dennis Markuze, fanatic religious nut case and troll from Quebec.

    What was the charge?

    I had discussed his idiocy and threats with the Montreal police about a year ago… wasn’t enought to nail him on.

  8. #9 Jason Thibeault
    August 17, 2011

    They haven’t said what the charge was, but I would assume any number of counts of uttering threats, considered a form of assault under Canadian federal law.

  9. #10 Bart Dromedary Hump
    August 17, 2011

    Jason.. ok, thanks.
    I hope it’s a capital offense :)

  10. #11 Susan Silberstein
    August 17, 2011

    @Bart, when we are happy that someone who has made death threats is arrested, there is nothing funnier than hoping what he has done is a capital offense.

  11. #12 ErkLR
    August 17, 2011

    Sorry about your blood-lust Bart, but Canada abolished the death penalty.

  12. #13 Rich Wilson
    August 17, 2011

    Should we dance to Depeche Mode now?

  13. #14 anthrosciguy
    August 17, 2011

    Canada has laws that make reporters extremely circumspect about naming suspects and arrestees. Also, the police have a lot of leeway in releasing names of suspects and arrestees. It’s not uncommon to see someone’s name being used up until the arrest and then not until the cops or the crown say it’s okay to do so.

  14. #15 Timberwoof
    August 17, 2011

    I am allegedly amused by how journalists allegedly become overcautious with the alleged word “alleged”. The article allegedly linked to allegedly said, “VanderBeek says while testy exchanges are common online, alleged threats of decapitations, executions and genocide are not.”

    I allegedly wonder what VanderBeek actually allegedly said. Okay, then. Here we allegedly go … without alleging anything about what anyone might or might not allegedly have said: While testy exchanges are common online, threats of decapitations, executions and genocide are not.

  15. #16 Old Rockin' Dave
    August 17, 2011

    Timberwoof, you’re right, it’s a much abused word. I thought I’d heard it all when an NYPD detective on TV referred to “the alleged murder victim”, then realized that it’s not a murder until the ME and the DA say so. No matter. It was surpassed when another NYPDer spoke of “the alleged decedent.” If there’s a worse one than that, I’m of two minds about hearing it.
    The best use, of course, was when Jesse Jackson parodied himself on SNL, declaring, “I not only reject the allegation, I reject the alligator.”

  16. #17 Bart Dromedary Hump
    August 17, 2011

    Susan…relax. I was a death threat recipient of Markuze’s over a year ago. A little sense of humor goes a long way.

    Erklr.. yes, I am well aware of the more civilized behavior of our northern neighbors. Disappointing.

  17. #18 Charles Sullivan
    August 17, 2011

    The alleged stuff is a precaution against lawsuits for defamation.

    If a newspaper says “John Smith murdered Bill Jones” and if Smith is later found not guilty at trial, then he can sue the newspaper for defamation.

    If the paper says “John Smith allegedly killed Bill Jones” then they’re fine because the allegation was made by the prosecutor (DA) not the paper.

  18. #19 Greg Laden
    August 17, 2011

    Charles, I think it’s more a matter of where they supposedly put the alleged adjective. The alleged suspect (incorrect) allegedly (correct) killed the allegedly (incorrect) dead guy. (Really, better grammar = “the suspect is alleged to have killed the deceased”)

  19. #20 Eric Lund
    August 18, 2011

    the alleged decedent

    There are circumstances when this usage is actually correct. If you are claiming that somebody has died, but that person’s body has not (yet) been identified, then it would be correct to refer to that person as “the alleged decedent.” Since I do not know the details of the case in question, I do not know if their usage was correct. If they were talking about a body that had been identified, then of course “alleged decedent” is getting into “Were you present when your photo was taken?” territory.

  20. #21 Greg Laden
    August 18, 2011

    it would be correct to refer to that person as “the alleged decedent.”

    Um, I don’t think so. Rephrased, the term could be “The person who is allegedly deceased” … note that in the phrase you turn there is no name.

    “The deceased, allegedly Joe Schmo of Springfield” would be correct, I think.

  21. #22 Raging Bee
    August 18, 2011

    Since the arrest, have the threatening communications (allegedly?) stopped? Or is it too soon to tell?

  22. #23 Joe Schmo
    August 18, 2011

    I’m not quite dead yet.

  23. #24 Stephanie Z
    August 18, 2011

    Raging Bee, the threats appear to have stopped right about the time the Montreal police said they were opening an investigation.

  24. #25 Greg Laden
    August 18, 2011

    His last email to me was a response to the investigation, I think:

    From divinejustice@lavabit.com Thu Aug 11 20:57:14 2011
    Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:57:02 -0400 (EDT)
    From: divinejustice@lavabit.com
    To: … greg@gregladen.com
    Subject: so you want to compare my crimes to Donald Rumsfeld?

    WHAT’S THE HARM OF ATHEISM?

    we’ve received some complaints…

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    @theorwellprize

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigasus_Award

    DRINK YOUR OWN POISON!

    TAM 9 – atheist revolution? stupid sh&theads
    _____________________

    why would anyone tolerate you intolerant sh&theads? the REAL WORLD!

    _______________________________________-

    for lying intolerant sh*thead “wiseman” – we even use YOU!

    WHACKANATHEIST

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    “Now, I have become death, the destroyer of worlds”

    THE END OF WAR

    __________________________________

    The End of America

    while you were talking NOTHING you lost your country….

    what happened to the OLD SH*THEADS?

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    BUNCH OF LITTLE NAZIS!

    RAT MAN PZ & THE NEW SH*THEADS

    BUNCH OF LITTLE NAZIS!

    http://shewalkssoftly.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/ratman.jpg

    ________________________________

    Judgment Day – May 21, 2011

    for sh*thead james randi

    WRONG AGAIN

    http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1317-oh-theres-much-more-to-come.html

    _________________

    THE ATHEIST GENOCIDE – YOU LOST THE WAR

    for little dick shermer

    FAKE MONARCHY

    _______________________

    FOR YOUR BRAINDEAD IDIOT CALLED “RICHARD DAWKINS”

    PZ NEEDS HIS MEDS

    *NEW VIDEO FROM THE RDFRS*

    MINDPHOQUE

    my SPECIAL POEM – RANDI’S HEAD
    _______________________________________

    Guess what is inside ANGEL’S ENVELOPE…

    ___________________________________________

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/04/shades_of_gray.php

    words from the most eloquent hypocrite that ever lived…

    Do we have the right to burn pz myers?

    http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/do-we-have-the-right-to-burn-the-koran/

    angels are rejoicing at the death of atheists…

    ____________________

    where did Lady Liberty go?

    you have FORFEIT your LIBERTY…

    ____________________________

    WRONG

    ____________________________________

    for mr. Nonsense on stilts…

    BLASPHEMING BITCHES

    I think she sums up the INSANITY of the atheist position quite well…

    __________________________

    @rumsfeldoffice

    SH*THEADS!

    LOOK at the CORNFIELD

    converted *MILLIONS*

    http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1217-iraqi-general-turns-down-jref-challenge-gets-arrested-for-bomb-detector-scam.html

    *****
    WRONG
    *****

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    CURVEBALL!

    KABOOM…

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    http://antiwar.com/casualties/

    __________________

    Subject: Judgment Day

    you talk about wanting to hear and see both sides, but that is all BS…
    here is the other extreme – the absolute negation of the atheist position
    ________________

    BIG TIME, f*ckers…

    _______________
    JUDGMENT DAY

    my challenge for sh*t for brains james randi:

    JUST A GAME!

    nothing will save you!

    http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2011/02/the-homeopaths-desperate-campaign-to-the-mhra.html

    except…

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    CARPET BOMBING

    TORA! TORA! TORA!

    _______________________________

    Dear PZ… I spoke with God yesterday…. Do you want to know what he told
    me?

    CLOBBERING TIME

    dawkins – got you…

    who’s the WINGNUT?

    http://richarddawkins.net/videos/579240-the-truth-about-the-lunatic-religious-right-in-america?page=1

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    the end of atheism – only the blind and deaf can deny it…

    an example and warning of the fate of those who try to divide people….

    http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1176-serves-em-right.html

    At least we’re on the same page…

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    Just for you, little traitors?

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    we’re this far from nuking all of you….

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    ______________________________________

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    ______________________________

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    And the lesson from all of this? DOUBLE!
    ____________________________

    What do you want, you little ****ers?

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    HOW N WON ALL THE PARANORMAL PRIZES!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus

    pz myers does not exist?

    http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/543672-inhertitance-of-acquired-behaviour-adaptions-and-brain-gene-expression-in-chickens

    atheists, we?re gonna cut off your heads?

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    http://www.youtube.com/user/xviolatex

    _____________________________

    TWITTER TRAP

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    let them have a GOOD LOOK at the CORNFIELD….

    ___________________

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    say hello to my little friend…

    ____________________________________________

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    ______________________

    http://files.sharenator.com/squirrel_with_machine_gun_weapons-s450x330-43676-580.jpg

    DIE, ATHEISTS, DIE!

    __________________

    Guess what is inside ANGEL’S ENVELOPE…

    RANDI’S HEAD

    ____________________________

    MUSICAL INTERLUDE

    __________________

    UTTER CRAP AS USUAL!

    WOULD YOU EVER INVITE THIS PHOQUER TO DINNER?

    _________________________________

    http://kidmacwiz.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/squirrel-lightsaber_thumb12.png

    _____________________________

    the atheist genocide 2011

    ________________________________

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    YOU LOST THE WAR!

    ________________________________________

    MORE THAN A MILLIONS DOLLARS!

    _____________________________

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    HAHA!

    ________________________________________

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    even Goebbels would not dare use such techniques to brainwash children….

    ______________

    http://www.youtube.com/whatch?v=G_J2o9Jkvkw

    METAPHYSICAL GHOSTS

    ________________________

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    the one image that sums you USELESS SH&THEADS BEST!

  25. #26 Stephanie Z
    August 18, 2011

    Hmm, and they said they were investigating on the 10th. Maybe right around the time the police actually contacted him then.

  26. #27 Raging Bee
    August 18, 2011

    Now he has a flying-pig fixation? I guess that’ll help with his insanity plea…

  27. #28 P Smith
    August 18, 2011

    While it’s good to hear the Montreal police finally got off their doughnut-filled asses and arrested Markuze, I’m also reminded of the incompetence and laziness of police in Canada. Specifically, two incidents: the October Crisis and the arrests and convictions of David Milgaard, Donald Marshall and Guy Paul Morin (among others).

    In October 1970, the RCMP were given near unlimited powers under the war measures act to arrest and hold people without access to a lawyer or a hearing, often resulting in abuses of rights and mistreatment of prisoners. Anyone who showed any words of sympathy for the FLQ could be detained, and the then-mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau, insinuated his opponent was a sympathizer, effectively turning the election into a one-man race. The sort of arrests and violations of rights the US saw after 9/11 and the “patriot act” were nothing new to anyone aware of the October Crisis.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Crisis

    Milgaard, Marshall and Morin were three men all arrested and falsely convicted of murders, with the RCMP doing slipshod investigations and even coercing witnesses or falsifying evidence, all because they didn’t want to do thorough investigations. The three spent a combined 40 years in prison before being exonerated, and they weren’t the only ones.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Milgaard
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Marshall,_Jr.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Paul_Morin

    This, of course, is not to defend Markuze but rather to criticize the oft-incompetent efforts of police in Canada. I wouldn’t put it past them to screw up the case and cause it to be dismissed.

    Canada does not have “double jeopardy” at trial like the US does, but in almost all cases of not guilty verdicts or mistrials due to prosecutorial misconduct, judges order a permanent “stay” of proceedings and the cases are never retried. A catholic bishop, Hubert O’Connor, was convicted of rape in the mid-1990s but the conviction was overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct. A second rape that O’Connor committed was never prosecuted at all. He died and his victims were never given justice because of incompetent and lazy police and courts.

    .

  28. #29 Becky T
    August 21, 2011

    Oh dear, first they came for Mabus, then…