Saturday, February 09, 2008
Actually, free speech DOES require others to participate. No government ANYWHERE has EVER cared what you say in your bathroom. Rights are 'public'. In Germany they couldn't care less what you said in the privacy of your home, it was only when it was 'public' that it became a problem, and that is universal.
THere's a reason why in places like China the emphasis is on the internet-they are public airwaves where people comment. China doesn't assign people to follow each person to their homes to see what they say to themselves. Freedom of speech has EVERYTHING to do with 'requiring others to participate'. If nobody else participates, its not 'freedom' of speech-its just 'speech'.
The ECMA's ARE a public event. The public is invited to attend, it is not somebody's house with only their family. Ticket prices are irrelevant-NB Power is a 'public' utility but you still pay a power bill.
Nobody said it was about 'unfettered access', it is just about 'access'. Charles has no money, Charles provides a public service, and that public service is being denied.
That has nothing to do with Charles-it has everything to do with the people of New Brunswick. This isn't Charles 'getting a favour'. This is the right of New Brunswickers to know what is going on in their community. In other words, its about whether Charles is media or not.
Legislation has been written so that clubs that feature performers can stay open later. When legislation is being written for an event, that makes it public and means people have the right to know what is going on.
In fact, by offereing FREE entertainment they are showing just how 'public' it is, which is even more justification to have media present.
This is all about the media monopoly in the province. If only one company has the right to report on events-because it is the only one that can afford it, you have a situation where 'freedom of speech' is an issue (although I didn't say anythign about freedom of speech, I said it can easily be argued charles has a right to attend-but not on the basis of freedom of speech-those were his words).
Again, think of the musicians. IF Charles were there then there would be a permanent record of their performance, even the music if charles figures out how to use his audio recorder!:) Now, those musicians will 'maybe' get a picture in teh paper and thats it, and most won't even get that.
That doesn't do anythig for Charles, he doesn't get paid for it and it doesn't make his life better. But some mother whose son is performing would forever (so long as there is internet) be able to do a search and see dozens (even hundreds-geez charles) of pictures of her son perform.
Thats why these rights are so important, because they have huge social impacts. Yes, of course you can point to policy and say 'well, its our policy that nobody is gonna see this thing'. But when it is a public event in a public place, then the public has every right to know what is going on-in fact we accept that even about many PRIVATE places-thats why there are laws.
However, like ALL rights, it is a matter of debate and discussion. Nothing in the world is absolute. IF Charles runs around like a maniac and disrupts things then that is a different scenario. IF the ECMA were recording it and putting it on youtube, or even in another case of recording it and selling the broadcast then thats different too.
Nobody (I) never said Charles 'has the right to attend', what I said was that it can easily argued that he does. He could have threatened people there, we don't know, and he's not going to say (well, knowing Charles he probably would:) Like at the legislature, discussions about rights are something that should be done publicly,not behind closed doors. And again, its a symptom of how bad it is in New Brunswick that virtually ALL talk about rights is done at some guys blog.
Again, it is too bad, I would have looked forward to seeing all the pictures, I can't be there and am a big fan of some of the bands. I especially like 'weighty ghost' by Wintersleep and would have liked to 'see' them perform. I'm not sure but I think I read that even the CBC isn't recording it, but is doing some kind of documentary (yeah, like documentaries are SO much more entertaining than bootlegs).
People seem to think that when we talk about this stuff we are talking about Charles freedom of speech or 'unfettered access', we are not, we are talking about the public's interest, which in cases like this only Charles represents.
However, in this case Charles is doing himself a disservice. By NOT going to the free shows, by being pigheaded, he is PROVING that he is NOT media, that he is NOT serving the public interest but that he is just 'some guy doing what he wants'. In this case, like in some others, 'we' can say 'man up', or 'grow up', or 'suck it up' and go to the events where he has easy access, can maybe even record some bootlegs if allowed, or at least interview some musicians.
He has the opportunity to PROVE that he is media, in his position he can't just keep pointing at what some judge says (thats not 'court appointed' by the way, its 'court recognized'-and all media recognition is transitory).
In some cases Charles is moot, I could download and listen to Rheostatics farewell concert from the CBC website virtually while it was going on. Some people may think music is too inconsequential to be lumped into discussions of rights- I suggest those people listen to Bruce Cockburn's 'Maybe the poet'.
I bought this bread at the Farmer's Market for the first time last weekend.
The loaf was the most heaviest slice bread I ever ate. Very good bread!!!
Minutes later, Liberal Mla Greg Byrne walked by and ordered a loaf.
He always buys a loaf I guess?
Charles LeBlanc and a Liberal member agrees on an issue?
End of the world around the corner???
After what happen to me at the Liberal Christmas Party. I might not be able to support Rick Miles in the next Provincial election.
During the next few weeks, I will find out the final outcome of the investigation of my complaint.
If the Liberal Party tells me that the Liberal riding of Fredericton Silverwood were in their rights in sending three bouncers after me to have me harm or killed?
Well? Things are going to get ugly real fast!!!!
I will fight fascism head on!!!
I might add that nothing is being done with the way our kids are being drugged!!!
Brad Green should be congratulated for a job very well done!!!!!
These bureaucrats who goes to their regular waterhole? Did they grant special status to their friends to remain open till 4:00am???
Some are allowed and some are not!!!!!
There's something funny going on here!!!!
Last night, I bumped into the former leader of NDP. The sidewalk were icy so I grabbed her by the arm and walked her close to her home.
She works and she told me that she really enjoys the life of a private citizen.
As I told her in the pass?
A leader who support Gay views and Abortion will have 50% of the population against her right from the start.
Then she has to take votes from that 50%!!!!
It's an impossible task.
Sure not her fault that she lost the election.
It was the issues that was the problem.
She's a nice person!!!
They are given a few items in an Irving bag and that's it!!!
What's the problem?
PAY THEM DANM IT!!!!!
If you're a blogger? It take lots of time to write a story every day to upgrade the site.
Just ask Spinks????
Yes, it's not anyone who can become a blogger!!!!
Prayer and Devotions
The Narrow Path of Life
by Father Paul Hubert, LC
Resolution: Choose a small mortification that you will practice during the entire Lenten season to more perfectly follow Christ.
February 8, 2008
Friday after Ash Wenesday
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you made and crafted all things in a harmony, a beauty that astounds. I believe in you. Lord, you guide all things towards the perfection for which you brought them into existence. I hope in you. You created the universe as a token of love for us to whom you have entrusted your creation. I love you.
Petition: Lord, you are our Father and always want what is best for us. Help us to learn to deny ourselves, to love better, as you loved us.
1. Christ Is Demanding Christ is not with us as he was with the apostles, and so, as he says here, we must fast. The Church has placed this time of fasting in Lent and has given it 40 days’ length. This recalls Christ’s temptation during his 40 nights and days in the desert and is also a clear reference to the 40 years Israel spent in the desert to be purified from its sins before entering the Promised Land. It is in imitation of Christ that the Church introduces us to be more generous towards others, to pray to God more intensely, and to fast. The sacrifice of fasting helps to make amends for our sins and to acquire the virtues necessary to act righteously. It is a way of atoning for our past sins and spiritually intensifying our self-denial in order to love God and others more. Let no one be deceived: Christ is demanding. Christ’s way is narrow. Christ himself makes no attempt to hide this truth and the difficulty of following him. He invites us to enter by the narrow door because the road to perdition is wide and spacious. His whole teaching is summed up in the radical invitation: “If anyone wants to become my follower, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
2. Why Deny Ourselves? Self-denial is a word that is popular neither in our thoughts nor on our “to do” list. “Self” is what we think of most of the time; “denial” we apply to all that contradicts us. Put the two together, however, and something in us goes awry. We sense we had better skip to another subject. We can easily check our self-denial: Try to recall the last purposeful sacrifice we made in order to please God or someone else. Then recall the last time we did what most pleased ourselves. Ever since the temptation in the Garden, our egotism has played against us. It has caused us to love ourselves more than God and our neighbor, and it is at the root of any sin we commit. Fighting against egotism, putting ourselves after God and our neighbor, can only help us recover the love God wanted us to have for him and for one another. The practice of fasting helps us to break our egotism and to be able to resist our inordinate passions and feelings. This is a lifetime battle to fight, especially in the society in which we live.
3. The Silence of Forgiveness The cross, towards which we walk side-by-side with Jesus during Lent, enlightens everything we do. Has anyone else denied himself more than Christ on the cross? Has anyone else experienced the Garden of Gethsemane and looked at all the sins of humanity he was to take on and forgive? To forgive, Jesus had to be silent and not complain against our rebellion. We must imitate him in this same way when we take blows; we must learn to forgive. This is the only way if we want to be united again under the bond of divine love, the only one that can fulfill us.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, your way to Calvary was a constant denial of your human tendency to reject suffering. Help me to resist the temptation to let go and flee suffering. Rather, let me embrace it as you did for the redemption of souls and to make my heart more like yours.
Resolution: To follow Christ, I will choose a small mortification that I will practice during the entire Lenten season.
I saw three people trying to open their door and their facial expression wasn't a good one!!!!
I shouted - THE LIQUOR STORE IS ONE MILE AWAY!!!! NO MORE LIQUOR STORE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA!!!
They were very angry!!!!!