Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In a message dated 26/04/2010 8:32:49 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Brigitte writes:hi i am so angry all this stress my poor daddy got a heartacke i am here with him in BC i had to go on meds myself because all this trama and reliveing all this seeing olson on tv its killing me thank god my dad didnt die i think all this olson and knowing what its been doing to be. brought on his heart accke its all to much. i havent eating well im crying all the time for some reason this olson back in the news tottaly affected my heatlh im sorry i havent written my heart is crying. and now worried if dad can afford his meds or he will die but this bastard looked after. im so angry its eating me away
I'm happy to hear from you, Brigitte, but sorry to learn of your father's heart attack. I do so hope he will make a full recovery.
Loopholes in the law let murderers run free. Only crime victims and their loved ones suffer under Canadian law.
Family of murdered teen dreading yet another trial
Matthew Martins' stepfather, David Toner, says it's going to be tough sitting through another five-week trial. "We lost our son...that was incredibly difficult, and then went through the process of a criminal trial, to see a killer brought to justice. That happened, and then appeal was granted, and you have to be dragged through the mud again. It never lets us get over it and move on, it keeps re-opening the wound."
Toner says the teen's family is still hopeful that justice will ultimately be done. Quinn has been out on bail since winning a new trial last year on a technicality.
Monday, April 26, 2010
"My oncologist found that my blood calcium was dangerously high and I was so dehydrated that I was on saline drip and nutrients for days. I have since been diagnosed with bone cancer.
Phyllis Carter "
Cancer?! There is a God after all, and he's sending you to hell you crazy old bat!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This week, I came across an article on page 8 of the April 21 edition of the Montreal English language weekly, The Suburban.
The headline reads: Tickets will be issued for Hampstead council decorum violations.
Hampstead is a wealthy community in Montreal and this article reports that the council will issue tickets to any citizen who speaks out of turn at a council meeting.
Heavens to Betsy, Darlings ! This is the beginning of the end of freedom of speech !
Once the other boroughs of Montreal get this news, we common folks who dare to question the councils will be effectively gagged and the councils will be able to terrorize anyone who dares to step out of line.
We in the borough of NDG have already been suppressed time and again by minor mayor Michael Applebaum and his team. Mr. Applebaum does not like the common folks to question his activities - such as his real estate business which he carried on while mayor of the borough - and the head of the zoning committee - until, finally, our questions caused him to resign as head of the zoning committee.
This new move by the Hampstead council could seal the fate of ordinary citizens everywhere in Quebec.
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Pastor Martin Niemöller
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
But the worst part was that the new tenants were smoking something in their room that made me nauseous. No one else smoked in the house. I was terrified of fire. I put a battery into the smoke alarm in the hall and slept in my clothes for the next few days. It was an alarming few days.
On October 7, 1996, I was suddenly attacked and robbed of everything of value that I had - everything I had worked for all my life - every cherished thing left to me by my beloved husband. Fighting to hold onto the phone while my assailant tried to tear it out of my hands, breathless and shaking, I managed to dial 911.
The Associated Press
Date: Thursday Apr. 15, 2010 7:33 AM ET
BOSTON — The Obama administration decides this month after a nine-year review whether the nation's first wind farm should be built off Cape Cod. If it says no, the industry faces another question with no easy answer: "What's next?" ......
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
And still she was cheerful and loving. I visited my friend in her home a few days before she left us that hot summer a few short years ago. We sang Molly Malone and she hugged me and she told me that she felt blessed that I had been her neighbour. I can hardly keep from crying even now as I remember.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
"Phyllis, there's one thing your Blog didn't mention. You know this part? "What is most distressing about speaking up is that those who are elected or otherwise employed to do justice, to stand up for the underdog, to protect and defend, are "absent" – uninvolved, uncaring, unwilling to sacrifice their comfort to do what is right."
Maybe Quebec is different but the thing I find most distressing is "those who are elected or otherwise employed to do justice" are actually EVIL. Evil. They KNOW they're doing wrong and perpetuating wrong. And they LIE about it. And they know that I know they lie about it AND that I've got them on video. And Traditional Media does nothing either.
So for me failure is inevitable...."
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Let children play
According to the notice, nets are violating by-law 0057-2004.
First of all, as a parent of a very active kid who is a rep basketball player, I was angry and disappointed at a person who placed the complaint. Our neighbourhood seems friendly. People know each other, kids are polite, they don't cause any trouble ... so I couldn't figure out who could be bothered by kids playing basketball.
Also, I'm sure that safety of the kids is not an issue since smaller kids are supervised by parents, and older ones do not cause any problem. They often play in backyards or inside the houses together.
Secondly, since obesity is a big problem in the country, wouldn't we rather watch our kids playing sports then video games?
DISTINCTLY WHAT ?
By Phyllis Carter
Are there penalties for those who are excluded or who refuse "distinct" status. Would we have to carry I.D.'s? (Shades of Star of David epaulets!) And at what point does "distinct" come to mean "independent"? And why would any rational person who is a free citizen of Quebec and of Canada choose to have a label affixed to him or her and give up a whole country for a piece of it?
Some people like slogans and labels: " Pure Laine" - That's a label often used in Quebec. It serves to exclude a whole lot of nice people, some of whose ancestors came to Quebec a hundred or more years ago. These citizens recall fathers and brothers and uncles who fought and many who were wounded or died so that people here and in Europe - including France - could live and be safe and free.
Some bought our freedom with their limbs, their eyes and their blood. Others earned our freedom with their sweat. They built families and companies and farms, contributing enormously to the prosperity of an entire country blessed with all kinds of human beings. They manned fishing vessels, dug in coal mines, served in little grocery stores seven days a week, sold newspapers while standing in the snow on street corners so that everyone would know what great events had occurred that day. They sweated, cutting, sewing and pressing pants and coats to suit the community. They built hospitals and synagogues and churches and community centres and clinics and homes. And they planted gardens with trees, believing- trusting- that there was to be a wonderful future for their children and their grandchildren in this land of peace, plenty and equal opportunity. But some folks now think that Quebec should be a "distinct society".
"Distinct Society" The concept seems vague. It could be interpreted so as to facilitate or accelerate different agendas.
There are many different kinds of "distinct societies" in the world. The Protestant Christians and the Roman Catholic Christians in Northern Ireland each consider themselves to be distinct societies. Thus Irish Catholics sing poignantly, "For the strangers came and tried to teach us their way. They scorned us just for bein' what we are..." And the hatred and the killing go on and on, children killing children, because these Christians refuse to acknowledge their shared humanity - their sameness. They insist on nursing their bitter memories and they insist on seeing themselves as distinct societies.
The Hutu People and the Tutsie People of Africa also have distinct societies. A lot of those who are in their graves might still be alive if their societies had been a little less distinct.
India still has many distinct societies. Some of them are known as "castes" and the people of one of these castes are known as "Untouchables" - Untouchables!
In the Holy Land, Ultra-Orthodox Jews and Ultra-Orthodox Muslims - both the descendants of Abraham's sons, Isaac and Ishmael, each have their own distinct societies and so they continue the three to four thousand-year-old slaughter of each other's children. To what end? Who can win such a war? What is it all about, really? Land? Power? Religion? The maimed can't till the soil. The dead can't rule. Neither can they sit with their grandchildren and worship God. But, yes, they can be "distinct".
Adolph Hitler developed a "distinct society". And he had his own formula for deciding who was "Pure Laine" and who was not. I believe it was this: If you were one-sixteenth-part Jewish, you were too tainted to be considered a human being, and you certainly couldn't be a German. Hitler's society was distinctly abominable.
Labels like "Distinct" and "Pure Laine" divide neighbours and tear apart families. What does "unique society" mean? Aren't we all unique - every one of us? Isn't every cultural group special and different in some way? It's racist to designate one particular group "pure" or "distinct" or "unique". It implies that a specific group of people is more or less valuable than all the others. If one group is deemed to be exceptional, it allows that everyone else is inferior and leaves the way open for abuses.
Actually, we already have a "distinct society" in Quebec. Is there any other democracy on the face of the earth today, that has an Office of Language Police - agents of the government who are free to enter your office, (even if it is in your own home?) and search for evidence that you may have committed the "Unspeakable Crime" of using the forbidden language? Isn't that scary? But it's true. It is actually the Law in the Province of Quebec in Canada today, on the brink of the 21st Century. That certainly makes Quebec a society distinct from any other democracy that I know of.
Language restrictions can be a serious threat to democratic rights and freedoms. Throughout all of history, conquerors have subdued their victims, in part, by depriving them of their religious freedoms and their native languages. In recent years, we have heard how North America's Indigenous Peoples were forbidden to use their own languages. Well, they're mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore!
French is a beautiful language. But the issue isn't about the French language. It's about politics, and it's about racism. It's about old wounds and about fear and greed. It's about vengeance and it's about power.
The people of Quebec are Canadian, and Canadians have always taken their freedom for granted. We are used to it and we love it terribly! We will not accept being treated as members of a caste system. Nor do we accept that anyone anywhere should be treated in such a fashion. It goes against the grain. It's like that feeling you get when someone scrapes the chalk across the blackboard. No one has laid a hand on you, but it hurts!
English, French and all other hyphenated - Canadians who live in the Quebec part of Canada want to enjoy peace, freedom, good health and security. All of us are human. But there will always be some individuals who are obsessed with grievances and lust for power - people who are driven to tear down and to destroy. Obsessed people would destroy the Temple, with their own children in it. Look at history.
When confronted by would-be adventurers and aspiring emperors, do we bow to their demands and feed their egos? Do we nourish their grandiose fantasies? Anything for a little peace and quiet. Anything to end the neverendums . At what cost? Appeasement has a bad reputation. It doesn't work.
May God and those who love Him protect all of Canada and ensure peace and liberty for all her people, whatever languages they choose to speak - the more, the merrier - whatever faiths their hearts embrace, whatever colours the Creator has decided to tint their bodies.
We are the most fortunate heirs to this entire lovely land of Canada. It belongs to all Canadians and to all our descendants - All of it for all of us!
Canadians are distinct in that we are among the very few nations in the world that are mature and civilized enough to accept people who are different from ourselves as our neighbours. And if we haven't grown-up enough to love our neighbours as ourselves, at least we can try to be kind and we can respect them for what they are, sentient beings, like us and - distinctly - God's children. Now that's distinction!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
A GOD'S EYE VIEW
Everyone knows that politicians lie, especially when they are running for election. Western public accepts this as normal and inevitable and so it goes on and on. We know long before the results are called that we will not see elections promises materialize. The voters expect it.
When he knows the truth,
Makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.
France - 1873 - 1914
So how can intelligent, caring people have any hope of making a difference, moving the forces of nature in a positive direction, when the most powerful people on earth - who are usually only interested in their own survival and success - continue to suppress and destroy the weaker?
I see things that never were, and say, "Why not?"
And righteousness, like an ever flowing stream - Amos 5:24
Edward Abbey - ecologist, author