Tuesday, March 28, 2006
This is a big story for the media in Ottawa..I guess no one can have access to the Prime Minister.....Thank God it's a minority Government.
The media are going to go against Stephen Harper big times during the next election.
You can read what happen to me last Friday by clicking here-
This morning, I began my walk toward the Legislature for the opening of the House.
From far away, I noticed my bigot buddy Matthew Glenn truck. He’s always present when the House opens.
He’s protesting against Bilingualism and of course the Acadian population.
He looked like he was all primed up!!!
Until these two cuties from 92.3 FM showed up.
He seemed to calm down a lot…lol…so I took advantage of the situation.
It was the first time that 92.3 FM had a media pass to cover the going ons at the Legislature.
The Irvings media don’t mind giving them a pass but not bloggers!
Bloggers are not in the constitution! Oh well…c’est la vie!!! …lol…
I told the bigot that I’ll see him later on.
I walked in the Legislature and decided to watch the proceeding from the Cafeteria.
Well? We all know where we were in certain events in our lifetime and I’ll never forget where I was once I saw this picture!!!!
Yes, Tanker is indeed the new speaker of the House!!!
Who would have believe this would have came true a couple of years ago?
He always told me that one individual can truly make a difference! He could have proven this by defeating the Government but he choose this road.
Will the people in his riding be better off as him being speaker and not a back bencher? Who truly knows?
What’s in store for Tanker in the long run? Will he run as an independent?
His new salary will surely help his pension and will be a good thing for his family.
I walked in the gallery and it sure was a different site where the MLA’S were seated.
All the Female Ministers were all seated in the front row compared to the old days there were only one.
I believe the reason is that Rogers < Old Germany television > is going to show all the sessions of the House.
Sure was strange to see Bev Harrison seating there.
Elvy and Margaret in the back row.
Yes, a change in the Cabinet surely means also means a change in scenery.
Once downstairs the man of the hour was in the hallway surrounded by the media.
It sure wasn’t the same Tanker who was a former back bencher.
He was the man of the hour and he knew it!
This time around he was the head macho and not a person running from the media.
He was the speaker!!!! As a matter of fact, he stayed with the media until the end.
Once the interview was over, I approached Tanker to congratulate the Miramicher.
I reminded him not to be fool by Dan Bussieres to sign papers to have me evicted.
He told me there shouldn’t be any problems but I just don’t trust the Sergeants At Arms.
Speaking of Quebecers?
Sure didn’t take long for the Quebec security staff asking me for my camera?
I could have taken a lot of good pictures but I wasn’t allowed.
One good thing was they didn’t have any metal detectors at the doors.
So far so good!!!
I noticed my bigot buddy out front protesting.
I bumped into the Mayor of Miramichi John McKay.
He seem to be happy with Tanker as the new Speaker.
Later on, the security staff separated the people in the hallway so the new Speaker of the House go walk by!!!
Who would have believe that Tanker one day would be in that possition? It sure is a different site!!!!
I mean Bev was born to be a Speaker and he did the job well. Tanker sure proved that any New Brunswicker can make it if they put their mind to it!!!
I bumped into a group from the Common Front from Moncton.
They drove all the way from the Hub City to listen to the budget.
While they waited in the line up, I asked them if they knew what they were heading into?
At first, they didn’t truly understand but really understood afterwards.
They were force to sit down in the Gallery and listen to every word by Volpe.
I might add they weren’t too impressed with the budget.
There’s really nothing in there for the poor.
In the afternoon, the hallway was full of media personal. They were all over the place chasing for the right story!
It was a madhouse!!!
I met another group of people who was looking for Bruce Fitch < Minister of Justice >
I directed them outside and they soon found out that I knew every MLA’s walking by. I reminded the group that they were my neighbors for six long months.
My God? I even waved to Bernard Lord.
New Brunswick is a wonderful place to live. No bodyguards in sight and everyone feels safe.
Of course, I knew that those Quebercers have zoom their cameras on us but that don’t bother me one bit because they can’t hear our little chat so it must drive them crazy!
We couldn’t locate the Justice Minister so we moved on in different direction.
I bumped into Allison Brewer and we had a nice chat about different issues.
So? This is day one and I might add that it was pretty exciting in the Capital.
Three different groups showed up with their concerns and this is only the first day.
It’s a darn shame there’s no talk show in Miramichi as the talk of the Town in Saint John?
What I would love to see is a host rallying the troops like Rick Mantle did in the by-election in Saint John.
I would love to see 5,000 people on the front lawn of the Legislature on budget day shouting to Tanker to vote against the Budget.
Can you imagine that one?
If he believed it was a difficult task to escape the media? Can you imagine trying to escape from a mod of angry Irish protesters???..lol…
So? That’s about it and I guess they’ll be no election for the next little while.
By the way? I will admit that my prediction was wrong but I did write - Something was in the making on Friday because I noticed Tanker chatting with two MLA’S!
I took a picture but it didn’t work!!!!
Stay tune in this blog for more action from the Legislature.
Thank I'm not in those countries!!!!
Iran cracks down on the blogging community
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - On his last visit to Iran, Canadian-based blogger Hossein Derakhshan was detained and interrogated, then forced to sign a letter of apology for his writings before being allowed to leave the country.
Compared to others, Derakhshan is lucky.
Dozens of Iranian bloggers have faced harassment by the government, been arrested for voicing opposing views, and fled the country in fear of prosecution over the past two years.
In the conservative Islamic Republic, where the government has vast control over newspapers and the airwaves, weblogs are one of the last bastions of free _expression, where people can speak openly about everything from sex to the nuclear controversy.
But increasingly, they are coming under threat of censorship.
The Iranian blogging community, known as Weblogistan, is relatively new. It sprang to life in 2001 after hardliners - fighting back against a reformist president - shut down more than 100 newspapers and magazines and detained writers. At the time, Derakhshan posted instructions on the Internet in Farsi on how to set up a weblog.
Since then, the community has grown dramatically. Although exact figures are not known, experts estimate there are between 70,000 and 100,000 active weblogs in Iran. The vast majority are in Farsi but a few are in English.
Overall, the percentage of Iranians now blogging is "gigantic," said Curt Hopkins, director of an online group called the Committee to Protect Bloggers, who lives in Seattle.
"They are a talking people, very intellectual, social, and have a lot to say. And they are up against a small group (in the government) that are trying to shut everyone up," said Hopkins.
To bolster its campaign, the Iranian government has one of the most extensive and sophisticated operations to censor and filter Internet content of any country in the world - second only to China, Hopkins said.
It also is one of a growing number of Middle East countries that rely on U.S. commercial software to do the filtering, according to a 2004 study by a group called the OpenNet Initiative. The software that Iran uses blocks both internationally hosted sites in English and local sites in Farsi, the study found.
The filtering process is backed by laws that force individuals who subscribe to Internet service providers to sign a promise not to access non-Islamic sites. The same laws also force the providers to install filtering mechanisms.
The filtering "is systematically getting worse," said Derakhshan, who was detained and questioned during a visit to Iran last spring, just before the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
But is the government threatened because the tens of thousands of Iranian blogs are all throwing insults at it, or calling for revolution? Not quite.
The debates on Iranian weblogs are rarely political. The most common issues are cultural, social and sexual. Blogs also are a good place to chat in a society where young men and women cannot openly date. There are blogs that discuss women's issues, and ones that deal with art and photography.
But in Iran, activists say all debates are equally perceived as a threat by the authorities. Bloggers living in Iran understand that better than anyone else.
"I am very careful. Every blogger in Iran who writes in his/her name must be careful. I know the red lines and I never go beyond them," said Parastoo Dokouhaki, 25, who runs one of Iran's most popular blogs. "And these days, the red lines are getting tighter."
Dokouhaki doesn't directly write about politics. She sticks mostly to social issues, but in Iran, that is also a taboo subject.
"I write about the social consequences of government decisions and they don't like it, because they can't control it," said Dokouhaki.
Outright political bloggers have an even tougher time.
Hanif Mazroui was arrested in 1994 and charged with acting against the Islamic system through his writings. He was jailed for 66 days and then acquitted.
"It's normal for authorities to summon and threaten bloggers," said Mazroui. The government continued to harass him and three months ago, he was summoned once again by the authorities and told never to write about the nuclear issue. Soon after his release, he shut down his weblog.
"They kept pressuring me," he said.
Arash Sigarchi, an Iranian journalist and blogger, was arrested and charged with insulting the country's leader, collaborating with the enemy, writing propaganda against the Islamic state and encouraging people to jeopardize national security.
He had been in jail for 60 days when he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He appealed, and was released on bail. Although his sentence has been reduced to three years, he still faces charges of insulting the leader and writing propaganda.
Another, Mojtaba Saminejad, has been in prison since February 2005. He was first arrested in November 2004 for speaking out against the arrest of three colleagues. According to the Committee to Protect Bloggers, Saminejad's website was hacked into by people linked to the Iranian Hezbollah movement.
After his release, he launched his blog at a new address, which led to his second arrest in February 2005. He was sentenced to two years in prison, and then given an extra 10 months for inciting "immorality."
Despite the crackdown, most Iranian bloggers say the government is not interested in eliminating blogging. Instead, they believe authorities want to use blogging to further their own goals.
Farid Pouya, a Belgian-based Iranian blogger, notes the government has just launched a competition for the best four blogs. The subjects: the Islamic revolution and the Qur'an.
"The government has observed carefully and learned that blogs are important . . . and they want to capitalize on that," she said. "They want to lead the movement, they want to control it."
A look at postings found on Iranian blogs:
-A March 8 entry on Canadian-based Iranian Hossein Derakhshan's blog:
"Iran wants to do (uranium) enrichment in its soil and the West doesn't accept it. So I have a suggestion: What if Iran declares one of its free-trade zones, such as Gheshm, as an international zone completely governed by the UN with Iranian's co-operation? And then they do whatever nuclear research they want to do there, under the full inspection of the IAEA, while it's still inside Iran?"
-An entry on the Iranian-based blog Under Underground, posted by a writer who called himself Yasser from Tehran:
"Persian New Year is nearing, so the streets are filled with people shopping for new clothes, fruits and other delicious foods. They are reluctant to think about what is waiting for them in the coming year. Maybe next year everything will remain the same as today and yesterday . . . or maybe war, long queues (due to sanctions), the death of children (due to undernourishment caused by sanctions), and warning sirens (from missile attacks) are expecting us in the New Year."
-Entries on the Iranian-based blog A Glinting Glimpse from Above the Wall, posted by a writer who called herself "an Iranian girl":
"Do they (Iranians) hate Israel? Hate western values? In Iran, the only vice is the regime's. What you see in TV is not the face of the Iranian people. I know imagining such a thing for those who were born in a free country is difficult, but it's a fact that a small minority is speaking for all the society."
"You see people in the streets shouting 'Down with USA and Israel.' Don't believe it! It's not the truth. The real people are those who will get in jail and probably be tortured, even killed if they say what they think - and by the way, there is no way to expose their thoughts at all unless in weblogs as you can see today."
"Remember people gathered for 9/11's victims in Mohseni Square in Tehran and gave their silence, respect and sympathy to the American people with their tears and candles."
Tools that Iran uses to filter and block the Internet
A 2004 study by a group called the OpenNet Initiative made these findings about Iran's efforts to block Internet material that the government deems inappropriate:
-Iran used U.S. commercial software to block both English-language sites hosted overseas and Farsi-language sites originating inside Iran.
-A total of 499 sites were blocked out of 1,477 tested in November 2004, and 623 sites were filtered out of a total of 2,025 tested in December 2004.
-Many kinds of sites were blocked, including pornographic sites, women's rights sites and sites with homosexual material. Also blocked were "anonymizer" tools that allow users to surf the Internet anonymously. The government also blocked many weblogs.
-Iran has laws that provide a backup system to the filtration process. Individual subscribers to Internet service providers must sign a document promising not to access non-Islamic sites. All providers must install filtering mechanisms for websites and e-mail.
I noticed this group chatting with my bigot buddy.
They came all the way from Moncton to witness the budget and I'll leave the comments to them in this blog.
You can visit their website by clicking here-
20+ YEARS OF FALSE IMPRISONMENT & VICIOUS LIES - AND
NOW NO LAWYER FOR COURT!
A New Brunswick man is among those, like Donald Marshall, who have been imprisoned for murders they
did not commit – in this case for over 20 years.
For now, this man will remain anonymous, to protect his privacy, and will be referred to only as “Jack.”
On top of the wrongful conviction, Jack was subjected to even longer and harsher prison time as a result of false reports circulated by a vindictive parole
officer. Jack had to wait until he was on parole, and away from this officer’s influence, about a quarter-century later, before he could take legal
action against him.
Unfortunately, Jack’s lawyer represented his case inadequately, and could not take the case to trial because he failed to pay his dues. Instead, the
lawyer disappeared with Jack’s file, and yet was not held accountable by the Law Society.
Jack was too poor to afford another lawyer, and could not find a lawyer to take his case for free or on a percentage basis.
The only legally trained advocate available to help Jack was not allowed by the Law Society to do so because he was not a lawyer.
Yet, neither was the advocate allowed by the Law Society to become a lawyer, despite his qualifications, because of his legal and political activism.
One of the people making this decision about the advocate was in a clear
conflict of interests, as the lawyer representing the parole officer against Jack.
Notwithstanding all these grossly unfair
circumstances, the Law Society, Legal Aid, the Justice Minister, and the Court have all refused to exercise their discretion to ensure proper legal representation for Jack.
Would you call this a true “justice”
For additional information, you may contact Vaughn Barnett, of the Advocacy Collective at phone/fax 506-457-4559. All support is greatly appreciated.
I was approached by Rodney Weston who told me that he don't own this vehicle. It was someone else who was parked in his parking space.
I shouted - Hey? At least I know you read my blog!!!
He replied - I don't!!! Someone else pointed it out to me!!..lol
Hey? If I made a mistake? I made a boo boo!
So that's not Rodney's little toy and he didn't win the 6-49!!!
Remember over the weekend? I wrote that I saw Tanker chatting with wo P.C. MLA's? Well?? I guess this was the reason they were chatting because he found out that he will be the new Speaker of the House.
NEW BRUNSWICK FAMILY SERVICES STILL REFUSE TO RETURN THIS POOR DISABLE WOMAN PHONE CALL!! IT'S DAY 6TH!!!!
She left a message yesterday morning but this refuse to call her back!!!
New Brunswick Family services just don't care about the poor!!!!
THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS-YOUR REDEEMER, THE
HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL: "I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHO
TEACHES YOU WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU, WHO DIRECTS
YOU IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO.
( ISAIAH 48:17 *NIV )
When we turn our life and will over to the care of GOD, He
will guide us on the journey to become the person that we
were meant to be. For He has promised; I WILL INSTRUCT
YOU AND TEACH YOU IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO; I
WILL COUNSEL YOU AND WATCH OVER YOU.
( PSALM 32:8 )
Now in the process of becoming that person, our life will be
filled with love, hope, faith and fulfillment, as we have never
known before! The emptiness we felt before will be filled to
overflowing! We will then start looking at life differently, and
loving every moment of it. This is because; IF ANYONE IS
IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE,
THE NEW HAS COME! ( 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 )
Therefore Charles, I pray that you are on that journey right
now, and feel these changes within yourself! If not, today is a
great day to start that journey! Just tell God that you are ready,
and; THE LORD WILL GUIDE YOU ALWAYS; HE WILL
SATISFY YOUR NEEDS IN A SUN-SCORCHED LAND AND
WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR FRAME. YOU WILL BE LIKE A
WELL WATERED GARDEN, LIKE A SPRING WHOSE
WATERS NEVER FAIL. Amen ( ISAIAH 58:11 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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