Winnipeg continues its tough year with yet another homicide.
According to Global News, police on Saturday will be discussing a recent homicide at Citizens night club, the 38th in Winnipeg this year.
The authorities can’t be everywhere, and that’s for the best.
After all, we wouldn’t want to live in an authoritarian police state in which signs of government power were omnipresent.
So, in a democratic society, the rule of law is paramount, and the rule of law functions on the basis of the vast majority of people agreeing to follow the rules, even when someone could technically get away with lawbreaking.
It also functions on people believing that the rules will be applied when warranted. If people are allowed to brazenly steal, show total contempt for any basic decency, and then get away without punishment, that kind of attitude can spread throughout society like a sickness, signalling a deeper level of corruption and breakdown.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly the kind of breakdown that’s happening right now in Winnipeg. And it’s worse than the rampant LCBO thefts in Ontario.
Twitter and Facebook conversation among Winnipeggers is increasingly focused on the appalling sight of Manitoba Liquor Marts being beset by criminals who brazenly walk into stores, steal vast quantities of alcohol, knock alcohol onto the floors, and then scurry away, all without any punishment or action from the authorities.
In many cases, security guards simply stand there and watch, doing absolutely nothing, not even admonishing the criminals to stop. The Liquor Mart employees stand there watching as well, and the only thing they usually do is tell law-abiding Liquor Mart customers not to intervene.
And how about the police?
Well, they’re telling people not to intervene either, warning they could face “legal action.”
“Winnipeg police are addressing the issue of customers physically intervening in liquor mart thefts. As frustrating as it is, officers are warning people not to get involved. Police say you could be hurt and could be held liable criminally or civilly if someone else gets hurt.”
So this is what society has now become: Criminals break the law with impunity, while the authorities warn law-abiding people to do nothing or else risk getting in trouble.
What the hell is this?
Society is supposed to punish those who violate the laws, and reward those who follow the laws. It’s actually incredibly simple. This combo of punishments and rewards is what keeps any healthy society functioning, and when it breaks down, then society breaks down as well.
And that’s exactly what we see happening.
The system of punishments and rewards is being reversed, with the criminals being rewarded – with free alcohol and no punishments – while law-abiding citizens are punished. And law-abiding citizens are really being punished three times, first with the threats from authorities not to intervene, then with having to pay for alcohol while criminals don’t, and finally by the increased taxes that will be extracted by the government to cover the mounting costs of the Liquor Mart thefts.
All of this is outrageous, and it’s an insult to every Manitoba Liquor Marts customer who is following the law and following the rules.
There’s also something deeper going on here. It’s no coincidence that this type of weakness from the authorities is being matched with our country’s inability to stand up to China’s mistreatment of our citizens, the rise in meth and opioid related-crime and death, and the rise of gang crime. Meanwhile, the federal government wants to jail people for five years for sharing what they call “misinformation” about politicians on the internet.
Our so-called ‘leaders’ are so weak and corrupt that they only know how to be aggressive against good, law-abiding citizens. They can’t deal with criminals, aggressive strength, or brazen disregard for the law.
This will have dire consequences. The more people see that the rule of law is breaking down, and the more people see that following the rules results in punishment while breaking the rules results in reward, the worse and more chaotic things are going to get.
The family of Hunter Haze Smith Straight, 3, says that the injuries inflicted upon their child has left the toddler brain dead and that he is to be taken off life support Friday.
The young boy was brutally assaulted earlier this week by his mother’s boyfriend, Daniel Jensen, who stabbed the child while he was sleeping, posing the child afterwards to avoid immediate suspicion.
He was later discovered by family and rushed to hospital where he was stabilized. However, the family has announced that an MRI has shown that the toddler has been left with severe brain damage. The family has decided to take him off life support.
A vigil is now set for 1:30 p.m. Friday outside the Children’s Hospital near Sherbrook Avenue, Winnipeg.
Investigators allege that Jensen was seen with the boy’s mother, Clarise Smith, at a bar. Jensen had been previously ordered to by courts to stay away from Smith. He allegedly assaulted the mother, before driving to the home where Hunter was sleeping and assaulting him multiple times.
Police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray said charges against Jensen may be changed if Hunter dies.
“Certainly if an individual passes away as the result of an assault, we will look at upgrading charges,” he said. However, he could not comment about Hunter being taken off life support due to privacy laws.
“This incident has been incredibly tough for all levels of emergency personnel,” said Murray.
“It’s one that will remain with officers for a very long time.”
For the record, “Indian” Jack Jacobs was not your typical ‘Indian boy’ from Muskogee.
Born in Holdenville, Okla. Jack Jacobs grew up to hostile messages on storefront signs, which read, “No dogs or Indians allowed.”
At the time, he did not speak a word of English and was raised in a world that saw him as less than human.
When he was born in 1919, racism was commonplace. And in 1935, much remained the same, as his journey in football began.
But like fellow Oklahoman, Jim Thorpe, he overcame insurmountable odds to shatter glass ceilings in sports. But, it came at a grave cost.
Following his recruitment to and subsequent state title for Central High School in Muskogee in 1935, the sudden passing of his mother was devastating. The tragedy was exacerbated more so by his cultural degradation.
“When he left, he began speaking English all the time,” says his daughter Linda, “but forgot the Cree he knew.”
“When his mother was dying, he no longer could talk to her.”
In 1937, Jacobs was named the most outstanding high school player on Oklahoma’s All-State football team.
According to the historian, Ray Soldan, “This 185-pound Indian boy stood out like a piece of radium in a deep, dark tunnel.”
J. Brent Clark, author of Sooner Century: 100 Glorious Years of Oklahoma Football, says, “When Jack Jacobs walked onto the Oklahoma campus in 1938, he was considered to be the greatest athlete Oklahoma had ever recruited.”
The illustrious pro-football career of “Indian” Jack Jacobs
Before he transformed pro-football in both Canada and America, his mentees in Knute Rockne and Tom Stidham were vital in the aftermath of his mother’s passing. Their shared lineage as Cree-Americans from Central High School and Oklahoma University, respectively, facilitated his transition to pro-football.
To this day, relatively little is known about “Indian” Jack Jacobs – a first-class inductee into the CFL Hall of Fame.
However, an admirer of Jacob remembers him viscerally, having hitchhiked more than 170 miles to watch him play.
Throughout the game, he was awestruck.
“I just remember watching Jack Jacobs kick,” he later said. “The way he held the ball, the measured steps, the swing of his leg. I was glued to him. And he kicked the living hell out of the ball.”
At Jacobs’ funeral in 1974, at the age of 54, after his fourth heart attack, Royal told Jacobs’ sister, Anna, “Your brother was the greatest football player I ever saw.”
The former Sooner quarterback and kicker reside in the Oklahoma Football Hall of Fame, holding passing and punting records at the University of Oklahoma set nearly 80 years ago.
After graduating from OU, Jacobs served time with the U.S. Army Air Forces as part of the war effort, where he was stationed in Santa Ana, Calif., alongside Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio. Both phenoms used their considerable athleticism to boost the morale of American troops, going 20-0 as part of the Seventh Army Air Forces baseball team.
Upon returning after the war, Jacobs was traded by the Cleveland Rams to the Washington Redskins and then again to the Green Bay Packers.
In the season opener against the NFL champion Chicago Bears, Jacobs amassed one of the greatest games ever by a Green Bay Packer, throwing for two touchdowns, running for one, and intercepting three passes in a shocking 29-20 upset.
“Simply put, ‘Indian’ Jack Jacobs was one of the most gifted athletes in Packer history,” wrote the late Packer historian Lee Remmel.
After two more losing seasons in Green Bay, Jacobs took his talents up north to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who offered him more money and a chance to throw the football. At age 30, it was a new beginning for Jack.
“Jacobs’ impact on Winnipeg was incredible,” says Blue Bomber historian Steve Daniel. “All you need to examine is the club’s win-loss record. Pre-Jacobs, in 1948 and ’49, they were 5-and-21, including an 0-7 record on the road in 1949. With Jacobs from 1950 to ’52, the team was 30-13-1, including a 16-6 record on the road, and he took them to the Grey Cup in ’50 and ’53.”
When the new Winnipeg Stadium opened in 1953, the press quickly dubbed it, “The House That Jack Built.” Jacobs had become beloved by fans and teammates alike, with attendance skyrocketing upon his arrival to the CFL.
“Jack was an institution in Winnipeg,” says Nick Miller, who played for the Blue Bombers in ’53. “With a 50-inch chest and a 32-inch waist, he wore clothes like a model, and he strode the field like a king. We referred to him affectionately, and with respect, as ‘Indian’ Jack. He was the ultimate professional. Jack not only raised the level of football in Winnipeg but the entire CFL. He was a god in Winnipeg. On a 90-degree day in July, 2,000 fans would come out to watch him practice.”
Bud Grant, a three-sport athlete, viewed his quarterback with the highest regard, stating, “Jack was vocal. He was a fiery leader and a great, great defensive back.”
“As competitors go, he was at the top of the list. He didn’t give any quarter.”
The Blue Bombers endorse the Jack Jacobs Scholarship
In honour of Jacobs, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers plan to award two $5,000 scholarship bursaries for Indigenous, high school athletes, in partnership with Eagle Vision and ICF Films.
While the deadline to apply is fast-approaching (October 18th), these bursaries provide Indigenous students with the opportunity to pursue a passion for sports at post-secondary. All that’s required of applicants is a profound love for football and exemplary leadership qualities.
Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, states, “We are thrilled to once again offer this great opportunity to deserving student-athletes for the third year and would like to thank Eagle Vision for their support with this scholarship.”
“Eagle Vision is once again excited to support the Jack Jacobs scholarship, and we are proud of the previous recipients,” according to Partner Lisa Meeches.
The scholarship recipients will be presented their bursaries on October 25th, during the Blue Bombers final regular-season game.
For more information or an application, please head to www.bluebombers.com/jack-jacobs.scholarship
Winnipeg police locate and rescue five missing youths and make multiple arrests for sexual exploitation
On September 25, Winnipeg Police announced the locating and rescue of five reported missing-at risk. Each was transported to a place of safety.
According to a news release, the retrieval of these youths came as a result of Project Return, an initiative to protect “youth within our city who are at a high risk of being sexually exploited and location those who were reported missing.”
According to police, 600 missing person reports come in every month in Winnipeg. On September 20 alone, there were 38 youths were still outstanding as reported missing.
Winnipeg Police Service’s Exploitation/Missing Person’s Unit and General Patrol members worked in partnership with outreach workers from the community and a number of organizations to conduct a joint three-day operation to find missing youth.
Between September 20 and September 22, five youths were located, 57 locations frequented by high risk missing youths were checked, 78 Crime Prevention through Social Development contacts helped in making identifications, and 67 people were provided with harm reduction kits.
Additionally, 12 males between 19 and 52 were arrested for “Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration. 12 vehicles were then seized under the Highway Traffic Act for prostitution offences.