Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Asmahan Mansour et les membres de son équipe de soccer
Une équipe de soccer de jeunes filles, du secteur Nepean à Ottawa a quitté un tournoi de soccer à Laval, ce week-end, après qu'une joueuse de l'équipe eut été empêchée de jouer un match parce qu'elle portait le hijab.
Asmahan Mansour a été forcé de quitter le terrain, après que l'arbitre de la rencontre eut jugé que son voile représentait un danger physique pour les autres joueuses.
...son voile représentait un danger physique pour les autres joueuses.
C'est vraiment incroyable ce qu'on va inventer pour empêcher les femmes musulmanes de porter leur hijab. C'est un FOULARD!! Je joue au soccer et ce sont les hommes, le plus souvent, qui portent des foulards sur la tête! Et oui! Et personne ne s'est fait mettre dehors à date! Et puis moi, j'ai des cheveux longs, est-ce qu'on va m'empêcher de porter de quoi dans mes cheveux pour les attacher? Cela pourrait être tout aussi dangéreux pour les autres joueurs.
Et oui, maintenant on a peur qu'elle puisse enlever ça de sa tête peut-être et étrangler les membres des équipes adverses s'ils sont dans le chemin?
Bullshit, Madame. Les lois du jeu de la FIFA, à moins que je me trompe, n’évoquent pas le hijab, nulle part. Les bijoux, oui (interdits, sans exception). Mais pas le hijab. La FIFA interdit le port d’équipement dangereux pour soi ou pour les autres. Même les lunettes de protection sont admises. Et si on veut parler de sécurité, sorry, les crampons sont salement plus dangereux qu’un foulard. Sans parler des tackles par derrière… Patrick Lagacé Lire plus...Les bijoux, c'est normal. Pour la sécurité de soi-même et des autres joueurs, on ne porte pas ça. On ne voudrait pas se fouler ou casser un doigt et avoir une bague là dessus par exemple. On ne voudrait pas que, par accident, des boucles d'oreilles se prennent dans le gilet d'un autre ou quoi que ce soit et nous arrachent l'oreille. C'est bien évident. Mais dis-moi, en quoi un foulard, bien enroulé, serré contre la tête, peut représenter un danger pour les autres joueurs? On pourrait penser peut-être un danger d'étranglement pour la joueuse elle-même, mais franchement, c'est tellement serré qu'il faudrait que les autres personnes fassent vraiment par exprès pour l'étrangler... et je crois bien qu'une telle acte finirait avec plus qu'un carton rouge.
Non, franchement, c'est parce que le hijab dérange, qu'on fait ça. Cela représente la religion musulmane pour certains, et ces personnes payeraient cher pour voir disparaître tout symbol de religion. Pour d'autres c'est un symbol de la soumission des femmes. Dans le fond, ce n'est ni l'un ni l'autre. C'est une question de modesteté. Pour ces femmes, couvrir la tête, c'est être modeste. On peut être une femme libérée et modeste. Les Européennes aussi, autrefois, portaient des foulards ou des chapeaux sur la tête. Ce n'est pas quelque chose qu'on peut associer avec la religion.
Demandez maintenant aux femmes d'arrêter de porter le soutien-gorge sous prétexte que cela pourrait représenter un danger pour les autres. Ou parce que c'est religieux, ou encore parce que c'est un symbol de soumission. Et oui, imaginez ça, pour ces femmes, enlever le hijab, c'est peut-être aussi pire que pour moi de me promener en public sans soutien-gorge. Si vous voulez le faire, libre à vous de le faire, mais ne me demandez pas d'enlever le mien. Et surprise, surprise, je peux être une femme libérée et en porter un pareil. Et je n'ai même pas besoin d'être catholique non plus pour en porter.
Ce n'est pas pour rien que je n'écoute plus les nouvelles. On ne fait que parler de choses idiotes et je passerais mon temps à m'énerver.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Baking (Favorite thing to bake): muffins
Clothesline (Y/N): I think there used to be one here, before the previous owners put in a swimming pool. There isn't one anymore. But I wouldn't mind having one. If we could figure out where to put it.
Donuts: Chocolate or boston creme/canadian maple at Tim Hortons
Every Day (One homemaking thing you do every day): get kids up in the morning, get them fed and off to school, (well weekdays anyway), um I'm not sure there is any one thing I do every single day... but there are things like cook supper that I do almost every day.... wash clothes, load/unload dishwasher...
Freezer (Do you have a separate deep freeze?): Yes and when we go to get meat, it is full, but right now we are due to get more, so it is mostly empty.
Garbage Disposal (Y/N): No
Handbook (What is your favorite homemaking resource?): mom, friends and the internet
Ironing (Love it or hate it?): hate it, but have to do it on a semi-regular basis because Dh doesn't do it, and his shirts need ironing for work.
Junk drawer (Y/N) (Where?): Uh, used to have one, now it is a junk pail (not enough drawers in this house)
Kitchen (Design and decorating): we re-painted, using the similar colours, except that the ceilingis a fair bit lighter now, we kept the valences and the border. Which are a kind of burgandy/gold pears and apples theme. The floor is a kind of brownish rose ceramic and was laid by the previous owner. New fridge and stove, new dishwasher (well, was new 3 years ago) Kitchen and diningroom is open
Love (What is your favorite part of homemaking?): Uh,... staying at home with the kids.
Mop (Y/N): Y but not often enough.
Nylons: Only with a dress
Oven (Do you use the window or open the door to check?): The window mostly, but also open if not sure
Pizza (What do you put on yours?): I have to have meat, pepperoni is not a must, but it must have some kind of meat, ground beef, pepperoni, salami, sausage, whatever.... I have to have bacon, and onions, I also like black olives and mushrooms
Quiet (What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?): either nap, read a book or go on the computer, (mostly the computer)
Recipe card box (Y/N): No, just a bunch of books and papers floating around
Style of house: Pre-fab, about 25 years old now I guess. Three bedrooms upstairs and one in basement. 2 bathrooms. We are not done decorating yet. Did a lot of painting, the whole second bathroom in the basement and the boys room which is not done yet. Huge yard, which I love, pool and patio...
Tablecloths and napkins? bare table except on special occasions
Under the kitchen sink (Organized or toxic wasteland?): neither, or both, whichever you prefer. It isn't really oragnized but it's not a mess either... and it could be a toxic wasteland, there's a lot under there... but it is also baby-proofed... or was until one of the plastic things broke.
Vacuum (How many times per week?): maybe once or twice... some weeks not at all... I am not very consistent when it comes to things like this.
Wash (How many loads of laundry do you do in a week?): With five kids? Uh, anywhere from 5- 10 loads
X's (Do you keep a daily list of things to do and cross them off?): NO, but I probably should, maybe I'd get more done
Yard (Who does what?): Marc mows the lawn, I do a lot of the pruning... Marc does more of the pool care, but I do some too... gardening? Mostly Marc again, although I do some
Zzz's: Need more of 'em
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Ok, I guess I don't have to panic, the temperature has only mellowed a little bit, and it isn't thawing out there yet. I still have a few weeks left right? I hope. Things can degrade quickly around here. I must make time and get out there.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Just now I followed a link back there and found the following comments, about me:
How focused on demons do you have to be not to get it?Me? Focused on demons? Yeah, I have five of 'em, give me a break already, my demons will be paying your pension one day. A brain can get scrambled with five of those, okay? In all seriousness, I have actually come across serious sites similar to Birth Pangs, all women who had abortions, decided to come and brag about it, and treated children pretty much as disgusting snotty creatures. Pretty sad. So, really, would it be so hard to believe the same possible elsewhere?
I checked out the coucoumelle link. The faint praise she awards Bread'n'Roses at the start of her entry sounds like a feeble attempt to feign the appearance of balance and niceness. Because when she weighs in with her attack on Birth Pangs and indirectly, also B'n'R, it's obvious that she's not actually read our threads in depth, especially those where we have candid and informative discussions about sexuality and pregnancy.I do not feign the appearance of balance and niceness. When I first came across the march, I thought, "Wow!" When Development and Peace supported people marching with Bread n Roses, despite the controversy over abortion that that created among catholics, I supported Development and Peace. The thanks that D&P and other Catholics get is all this nasty satire obviously directed at us, among others. Birth Pangs might be satire, funny and in good taste, it is not.
Also, her fundamentalist Catholic and anti-choice criminalizing stance has deprived Jeanne of the sense of humour and critical thought that one could imagine that a Québecois woman who writes so well would possess.
For what it is worth, I have a sense of humour. If I did not... well, let's just say that afore-mentioned demons are lucky that I do. I guess I just don't have a sick sense of humour.
Gee, somebody thinks I write well. (Blushing)
Sadly, it always ends up being about the Sex, againIsn't it though? Isn't that what you want? Sex with no consequences, no responsibility? Some scholars even go so far as to say that it is only the pill that has allowed women to be equal to men, because finally they don't have to worry about unwanted pregnancy. How ridiculous is that?
The above has to do with what I said: "So if they want to have empty sterilized lives and empty sterilized sex, then it's their job to make sure they sterilize themselves properly. So leave the rest of us alone if we want to get pregnant. For us, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks."
You know, it isn't until you find out that there is something better out there that you realize that what you have is empty. Until then you are oblivious. I mean, when all you've ever eaten is canned Chef Boyardee spaghetti, how could you know there is better spaghetti out there? Then you make a little effort and you upgrade to catelli and canned spaghetti sauce, and you wouldn't want to go back to Chef Boyardee. But then comes a time when you decide to put a lot more effort, (and even some sacrifice) into making your own sauce. You never buy canned spaghetti sauce again. But wait, it's not over. One day, you decide to try using fresh tomatos instead of canned tomato paste in your sauce. Finally, you get yourself a pasta maker and you start making your own spaghetti instead of using catelli. Could you then go back to eating Chef Boyardee? If you had to eat it, you would think "Yuck." And yet, you used to love the stuff.
I'm just saying that the more effort, yes, the more sacrifice you put into something, the more you will get out of it.
I had a 14 month old who was tired and restless and complaining. I had a 4 year old that was restless and wouldn't sit still. I had a six year old that couldn't stay still, and then even the 8 year old got up a couple of times to (un-necessarily) come see me at the back of the church where I was trying to keep the others still. Even just him getting up and walking over made noise, the thump of winter boots and the swish of snowpants rubbing together as he walked. It was very annoying.
At one point, I was trying to nurse the baby to shut him up, while trying to grab the 4 year old, who wanted to escape to the bench behind me, and trying to get the six year old up from underneath the bench in front of me.
The four year old was continually either kicking or pounding on something which drove me nuts. I felt totally out of control.
When this happens, I always wonder how long it will take for one of the older people there to come up to me and make some comment... The thought of which stresses me out. Luckily, noone did yesterday.
I didn't even go up to communion, because when we got up to go in line, Maryssa and Gabriel were fighting to be first, and practically shoving into the man in front of them, so I grabbed both and marched them back to the pew, where Gabriel started to cry and I had to take him out. Quite frankly, I didn't feel like going up anyway. I didn't want to go recieve Christ with anger in my heart. I hate being stressed out at mass. Isn't mass supposed to bring peace to our hearts? Aren't we supposed to walk out of there feeling strengthened? I walked out of there wanting to cry yesterday.
Later, at home my migraine was so bad, I didn't even want anyone talking to me. Dominic came to ask me if he could do something and I wanted to scream... I couldn't even handle thinking over that one thing, I told him my head hurt too much to talk, (It actually hurt too much to think) so he should go ask his father. I went to lie down.
It's funny. It wasn't so much the noise that bugged me. Background noise was fine, as long as it wasn't too loud or too shrill. But as soon as I had to pay attention to what someone was saying and think about an answer, I couldn't stand it.
So I think, perhaps Mass just seemed twice as bad as usual because of the headache. Perhaps my kids seemed to be making twice as much noise and it wasn't so bad to the other people? I'm not excusing them, they were not well-behaved (mass late in the day is never good for the younger ones) , but perhaps it seemed even worse that it was?
Why is it that other people's kids seem to be such perfect angels in mass and mine seem out of control? Is it something I do wrong? Are they brain-damaged? Do I need to recite all the rules before each mass? Because they do not seem to know the 10 commandments of mass:
1. Thou shalt not speak louder than the priest. Thou shalt WHISPER anything that is not a response to part of the mass.
2. Thou shalt not throw objects into the aisle or the pews behind or in front of us.
3. When thou needest the potty, thou shalt tell me quietly, get up quietly off thy seat, and walk (not run) quietly to the bathroom.
4. Thou shalt not treat the pews as a jungle gym.
5. Thou shalt not use the pews as a bed.
6. All pews are the same, thou shalt not try them all for comfort. Stay in thy pew.
7. Thou shalt not play-fight, wrestle, wiggle or make tapping noises.
8. Thou shalt not pray the Our Father at top speed, it is not a race, it is a communal prayer, to be prayed together.
9. Honour the real presence of Christ in communion, thou shalt stand in communion line in respectful silence, even if thou art too young to receive communion.
10. Kneeling in front of the Holy Tabernacle after mass to say a prayer is fine, rolling on the floor in front of it is not.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
... we decide to have some. We also went to the grocery store, where each of the children got to choose one thing they were going to have for dinner (or as it turned out, dessert). Here we have sour candies, chocolate chip cookies, Jos Louis (chocolate cake with cream filling, by Vachon) and there was more...
Since we will be giving up sweets (except on Sundays and special days) for Lent, we decided to do it in style and make ourselves sick first.
In other news, Valentine's Day was also a very windy, snowy day. Marc and I did make it for dessert at St Hubert's Resto/Pub, but hardly anyone was there. We shoveled snow three times that day, and a good thing too, because the next day, a guy the neighbours hired to come and clear the driveway when it snows a lot, came with his huge snowblower and blew all the snow on the pond. (Aka the skating rink)
The neighbours did get someone to come with a smaller snowblower to clear the pond off, but he only did the middle and the skating surface was looking mighty small after that. Since then, I have been shovelling the sides out to remove the remaining snow. It was anywhere from 1 to 2 feet high, and 2 to 5 feet wide in spots. So it's taken me a few days. Everytime I let the dog out, I go and shovel a bit.
This morning I went out and when I quit, there was only a couple of spots about 2 by 5 feet left to shovel. At noon I went out and I noticed the air was warm and the snow was getting heavy. So now I must go and finish it all before it freezes again and I can't clear any more off! Ah, the work I do so we can go skating just a few times.
These pictures were taken the day after the snowstorm...
Here's Gabriel, playing in the snow.
But since I am the type of person who's knows nothing about what is going on around her, but will know about things like this, I just thought I would share:
Asunción, Paraguay, Miércoles 21 de Febrero de 2007 Locales
SALUD NO CONFIRMA SI SE TRATA DE UN CASO DEL TIPO HEMORRAGICO
Epidemia es incontenible: Se tienen 654 casos en un día
La epidemia de dengue se muestra incontenible. En las últimas 24 horas se tuvieron 654 nuevos casos, contra la media de 400 reportes. El gobierno de Duarte Frutos se empecina en no declarar emergencia ambiental, a pesar del fracaso en controlar la epidemia que nos azota.
En 24 horas se registraron, oficialmente, 654 casos nuevos de dengue. De un promedio diario de 400 reportes, ahora recibimos el balde agua fría de que ha subido a 654 en las últimas horas. El número de infectados ha trepado a 10.148, según el listado del Ministerio de Salud Pública.
URGENT APPEAL FOR GUINEA
February 20, 2007
Led by DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, trade unions, women’s, human rights and development groups and religious orders launched today an emergency appeal for Guinea to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter MacKay. The West African country of nine million inhabitants is in the midst of a serious political and human rights crisis following the imposition of a state of siege and martial law.
Canada must immediately condemn the human rights violations taking place in Guinea, as well as the repressive Conté regime and the armed forces responsible for the violence that has caused thousands of injuries and over 100 deaths since the beginning of the year.
Thanks to its contacts in the field, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE has learned that the situation in Guinea has greatly deteriorated since its large union federations launched general strikes to protest against General Conté’s corrupt and repressive regime. There have been reports of summary executions of civilians and harassment of union and civil society representatives, including women and youth. Security forces have looted both businesses and private homes and committed rape and other abuses against civilians, according to witnesses.
JUDGE SENTENCES GIRL TO ABORT BABY
13 year old had to abort because of a judge ruling
Alan Zammit 17 February 2007
An Italian judge ordered a 13 year old girl from Torino to abort her unborn child because her parents were opposed to the baby.
Italian legislation states that a minor is not allowed to decide whether to abort or not and the 'decision' falls entirely on the guardians or parents.
The shocking story was brought into light by Italian newspaper La Stampa in which the paper reports that the girl didn't want to abort the baby but had to after the ruling. She then had to receive treatment after telling her parents she was going to attempt a suicide.
This last article was linked to in Canada Pro-life (Yahoo Groups), and one person made this comment:
My experience is that pro-choicers automatically discount any and every situation where abortion is involved. Their argumentation goes something like, "pro-choice all the time", until faced with a situation where choice was obviously not involved. It then changes to, "a girl that age isn't old enough to be a mother". It reveals why we call them pro-aborts as opposed to pro-choicers.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I dislike answering questions like that on the phone, because they use long sentences with big words and half the time I'm still trying to understand the first part of the question while he's still droning on with the second part...
When he asked at the end if they could call back if they had another survey, I said no. I had already done one before and said yes to that question before. But then, like this time, there were a lot of questions on things I have NOT formed an opinion on and don't even know enough to form an opinion on. So I feel like I am doing a multiple choice test by simply picking an answer by chance.
I sort of regret saying no, because I probably represent a part of the population that rarely gets represented. I also regret having chosen the environment as second most important issue.
In case anyone is interested in knowing, the environment is not the second most important issue in my books. Not that I don't reduce, re-use, recycle or anything. Not that I don't care... but there are more important things still. And next time someone calls, wanting to know, I'll have my list of top 5 issues out and ready.
1. Abortion (One of the worst injustices, if not the worst)
2. Accountability of companies (Life before profit - a good life, fair trade, fair pay, good working conditions, and none of this taking whatever you want with no consideration for those already living in the area, ie. aboriginals.)
3. Marriage (= heterosexual, have gay unions if you want, don't call'em marriage please, and protect our children.)
4. Health (and easier access to natural methods such as chiros, midwives etc, as well as reducing waiting lists)
5. Finally, the environment (And here I think cars need to be re-designed for one... and this needs to be pushed and encouraged by government, give me a clean option that fits 8 passengers, doesn't cost a fortune, and I might buy it)
Monday, February 19, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
You know, there might not be a drop of Cree blood in me, but it doesn't matter. This song speaks to me of a place I used to call home. A place I still call home. It speaks to me of who I AM. I might not be the cree man providin' for his cree clan, (I don't hunt) but I can relate to pretty much everything else, including the love of nature and the outdoors, the bush and the river, "way up and way down, across the river to the base..."
I hope you still come by here from time to time. Your blog has been shut down, and I tried finding your profile by clicking on your name from a comment you wrote, oh, last Valentine's Day... (2006) If you are still out there, please drop me a message! If you have a new blog, please let me know where it is...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I have been wanting to replace the leather gloves I have now with ones that actually fit. The ones I have were a bit tight when I bought them and they didn't have any larger sizes, so the lady told me they'd stretch. What she didn't tell me is that gloves that are too small for you do absolutely nothing to keep your hands warm when it is very cold. In fact I could almost swear that my fingers keep warmer without them on! So I was talking to my sister Rose Anne the other day and mentioned that I would get some made in Moose Factory, except that I didn't know if I could actually depend on anyone to get them here. She reminded me that our brother Cecil is going next week. So I called him up and put in an order.
http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/iea/Traditional_Economy/tanned_hides.htm (These ones are from the North West Territories though, not from MF)
When the Bread n Roses march started out, it seemed a noble cause: a march against the poverty of women and children. What could be more noble? Ok, some of them might be pro-abortion, but personal beliefs aside, the cause was a good one, right? Well, either they had a hidden agenda or they have sadly degenerated since then, because Suzanne from Big Blue Wave had a link to this:
I'm strongly tempted to start a factious campaign to legislate against pregnancy. After all many aren't informed about the dangers of pregnancy and suffer physical and psychological damage. Many have pregnancy thrust upon them. Rates of death also known as maternal morbidity are between 4&5 per 100,000 births. While this may seem low these deaths could have been avoided if we had laws against pregnancy. Many women regret their decision to continue their pregnancy for the rest of their lives. Causing them guilt and depression.So now they would like to legislate against pregnancy? Actually, it is a fake (satirical) campaign, so it's not like they're going to take this to the government, but still... What the h@ll would that mean? Would pregnancy be illegal? Or perhaps we'd have to go through careful testing before getting the go ahead, anyone likely to have bad genes or need a c-section would have to be permanently sterilized? Those that were allowed to be pregnant would only be allowed one pregnancy? So those of us who are fighting for the right to give birth the way we want it, naturally, with or without a mid-wife/doctor, in our homes, standing up or kneeling down if we feel like it... we'd be fighting in vain, because these over-zealous feminists would take that away from us? They're obviously smart enough to know that would never fly, but I'm sure it doesn't keep half of them from wanting to.
You know what? If they don't want kids, that's their personal problem, we aren't going to force them to conceive. If they've already conceived, we might want them to at least carry the baby to term and then get rid of him/her through adoption, but we won't force them to conceive. So if they want to have
You, know, it is especially this kind of campaign on the part of the pro-choice crowd that gets me the most. The one that puts the message out there that pregnancy is hazardous to your health. How many women die every year from breast cancer? Compare that number to those that die every year from pregnancy. They say in the breast cancer campaigns that almost everyone knows someone who's died of breast cancer. Can you say the same of pregnancy? How many people around you know someone who has died from pregnancy? Now, did you know that your risks of catching breast cancer diminish with every child you bear and breastfeed? Yes! Breastfeed'em long and hard! But be careful! Side effects may include increasing tenderness towards your off-spring, increased nurturing tendancies and (God forbid!) a desire to have more of those
If they are so scared about the risks of dying from pregnancy, perhaps they should also avoid stepping outside their homes from now on, let alone taking a car. Because the risks of dying in a car accident are also waaaay higher than the risks of dying from pregnancy. Not to mention, as someone else pointed out to me, morbididty is disease or damage, and not death, so the above lady doesn't even have the right numbers.
The rest of you, please feel free to check out their facetious/factious campaign against pregnancy, Birth Pangs. These women are
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Nous avons passé une grand partie de la journée dehors (nous = ceux qui étaient à la maison avec moi, Nicolas, Gabriel et Maryssa (qui récupérait d'un gastro) avec ma voisine et son fils.
Ici, Maryssa patine et les gars courent en arrière.
Jean-Alexandre et Dominic nous ont rejoint après l'école. Ici, Jean-Alexandre s'est planté.
Et ici, Jean-Alexandre poursuit Dominic. Mais voyons! De telles choses ne se passent jamais chez nous! C'est toujours la paix entre ces deux là, d'habitude. (ha!)
Je l'aime bien cette photo là...