Written by Paul Fromm
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 09:32
*Calgary Civil Servant Fired for Political Views*
*Despite all the prattle about "tolerance", the City of Calgary has decided
to fire employees who hold the wrong political opinions and express them
over the Internet.*
*Rene Scherger is a City of Calgary foreman and parks worker with 35 years
experience. After "anti-racist" intolerants managed to entice the Calgary
Sun (January 12, 21010) into doing an expose of Mr. Scherger's outspoken
views on Zionism (although the paper didn't name him), the City launched an
*Today, Mr. Scherger was informed he was being fired effective immediately
for the off-duty expression on his own time of his political views over the
Internet. The noice said the city "can not knowingly employ someone who has
repeatedly published anti-Semitic material." Okay, well what about a
strident abortionist who publishes anti-Catholic or anti-Christian material?
Or is it only one group that matters.*
*Mr. Scherger will not go quietly or give in to the censorship activities of
the new politically correct witch hunters. He will be grieving his firing
tomorrow. *
*Paul Fromm*

*"Off Duty Conduct

Following an investigation, the City of Calgary has concluded that:
* You were the owner and creator of an anti-Semitic website in the public
*You affiliated yourself with other anti-Semitic websites in the public
*You pubic ally identified yourself as a City employee in connection with
these websites; and,
* The content (including linked content) on these websites was abhorrent and
contrary to the values the City promotes.

This was widely reported in the media and put the reputation of the City at
risk. The City prides itself as a workplace that values and promotes
equality and diversity. Your conduct resulted in undue controversy and
embarrassment to the City.

Your conduct was harmful to interests of the City and incompatible with your
duties as a City employee and public servant. Amongst other things, the City
has an obligation to provide a workplace and services to the public free of
discrimination. It can not knowingly employ someone who has repeatedly
published anti-Semitic material.

You did not show any remorse for your actions nor did you apologize. You
have not acknowledged that the content on these websites was offensive. The
City considers the employment relationship to have been irreparably damaged.

Your employment with the City of Calgary is terminated for just cause
effective 2010 Feb. 08 Your rehire status at the City of Calgary will be
documented as *Do NOT Rehire" (DNR)."
Written by Paul Fromm
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 09:20
As Many as 300,000 Child Slaves in Haiti
Haiti is a violent, evil failed society. Modern Haiti as a Negro Republic
was forged in a violent revolution by African slaves and freemen against
French White settlers and farmers who fed the island and produced a huge
surplus. So, ironically, a society that begun as a rejection of slavery has
reinstituted it with a vengeance against its own people. One such form of
slavery is the institution call "*restavecs"* from the French *"reste
avec"*or "stay with." The fiction is that poor parents in the country
give, but
usually sell, their children, usually girls, to a family in town, so that
they may be better cared for and educated. In fact, they'll receive no
education at all, They are household servants and drudges, worked long
hours, and often raped.

According to the Jean Cadet Restavec Foundation "*restavec* children are
usually responsible for preparing the household meals, fetching water from
the local well, cleaning inside and outside the house, doing laundry and
emptying bedpans. They usually sleep on the floor separate from members of
the family they serve, and are up at dawn before anyone else to do household
work. Sometimes they're physically and sexually abused." (*CNN*, February 1,

Child trafficking is widespread in Haiti. A National Public Radio report,
February 1, interviewed an author on the topic who said that in 2008, when
he flew from sophisticated New York City to Port au Prince, within five
hours of leaving New York he found himself in negotiation with a Haitian
willing to sell him a *"restavec"* for work and sex. The asking price for
the 14 year old girl was $100, but the man negotiated the deal for about $50
U.S. The negotiation was done openly and in public and seemed par for the
Painful plight of Haiti's *'restavec'* children

- Sende Sencil, 9, was staying at UNICEF hospital
- Sende was walking with doctors near hospital
- A man approached them on the street and reached out to grab Sende
- Sende appeared terrified of man she said was her "godfather"

*Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)* -- For more than a week, Sende Sencil had gone
without bathing, until two young American doctors at the hospital where she
was being treated took the 9-year-old girl for a short walk outside to a
shower to wash off the filth and grime.

Beaming, and in clean clothes for the first time since the earthquake,
Sende, who was thought to be an orphan, returned to the hospital's tents
with the doctors.

As they walked, a man approached them on the street and reached out to grab

"I'm looking for her. She's my family," the doctors remember the man saying
in broken English. "I'm taking her home."

Pediatricians Tina Rezaiyan and Liz Hines, had been looking forward to the
day when Sende's parents might come to claim her, but this was not what
they'd anticipated.

"She was trembling and hiding behind us. She was so scared of him," said
Hines, a second-year pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins University in
Baltimore, Maryland.

"She was terrified. She'd been holding Liz's hand, and she clung to it and
wouldn't let go," said Rezaiyan, also a second-year pediatric resident at
Hopkins. "He kept trying to grab her, and I had to put myself between him
and Sende."

The two doctors whisked Sende back to the hospital tent, where the doctors
found an interpreter.

The man they'd met on the street wasn't her father, she told the
interpreter, but he wasn't a stranger, either. She called him her
"godfather," and she lived with him and his wife in Port-au-Prince. Her
parents, who live in Gonaives, a rural area several hours north of the
capital city, had sent her to live with them.
Video: Child trafficking in Haiti

- Haiti <>
- Human Trafficking <>
- U.S. Department of

Sende, they found out, is a restavec. Derived from the French "reste avec,"
the word in Creole literally means "to stay with." It's a not uncommon
arrangement where parents send their child -- usually a daughter -- to live
with another family. Sometimes the parents send a child away because they
can't afford to take care of her. Other times they send her away because
there's no school where they live. Sometimes the child is sold for money,
other times no money changes hands.

The United Nations condemns restavec as a "modern form of slavery" where
children are forced to serve the families they've been sent to by doing
domestic work.

The Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation estimates there are some 300,000 restavec
children in Haiti.

According to the foundation, restavec children are usually responsible for
preparing the household meals, fetching water from the local well, cleaning
inside and outside the house, doing laundry and emptying bedpans. They
usually sleep on the floor separate from members of the family they serve,
and are up at dawn before anyone else to do household work. Sometimes
they're physically and sexually abused.

*Sende's story*

When the earthquake hit, Sende says she was in a car, and became separated
from the adults who were with her, ending up at a makeshift hospital run by
the University of Miami on the grounds of a United Nations compound.

Sende had been there for about a week when on Wednesday, January 20, her
godfather found her as she walked back with the Hopkins doctors after taking
a shower.

As the two pediatric residents, Rezaiyan and Hines, asked her questions
through a Creole interpreter, they learned the man wasn't just her
godfather, he was her uncle, the husband of her mother's sister.

A more senior physician, Dr. Karen Schneider, an assistant professor of
pediatric emergency medicine at Hopkins who'd been appointed the head of
pediatrics at the tent hospital, joined them to talk to Sende.

"We asked if she'd been physically abused at her godparents' house, and she
said no," Schneider remembers. "I asked if she'd been sexually abused, if
she'd ever had to take her clothes off or if he'd touched her in certain
places, and she said no. I believe her, because she seemed confused by what
I was asking -- she had no idea what I was talking about."

The pediatricians tried to piece together details of Sende's life with her
godparents. She was undernourished; with no scales at the hospital, the
pediatricians estimated she weighed about 45 pounds, which is underweight
for a child her age. They noticed she hoarded the food she was given at the
hospital. When they took her to the toilet, she didn't know what it was or
how to use it.

The doctors said they learned Sende did laundry, ironing, dishes, and other
work around her godparents' house in exchange for going to school. Her
godmother did her hair before and after school and sometimes gave her Coke
and ice cream.

"After talking to her, it was clear that she hates and despises this
family," Schneider said.

While the pediatricians were talking to Sende, her godfather came into the
tent. The doctors asked him to leave.

The next day, Thursday, a worker from UNICEF came to talk to Sende and other
children at the hospital who were without parents. After they left, the
godfather came back again.

"Sende kept saying that the people with the letters across their shirts told
her she wasn't allowed to leave the tent, that they would come back for
her," Rezaiyan remembers. "We didn't know what she was talking about, and
then we realized she meant the UNICEF workers, who wore T-shirts that say
'UNICEF' across them in big letters."

"We told her not to go with her godfather if she didn't feel comfortable,"
says Nadine Perrault, UNICEF's regional adviser for childhood protection for
Latin America and the Caribbean.

The next day, Friday, the godfather came back with Sende's father.

"The father said the mother was at home, wounded from the earthquake, and
that's why she didn't come, too," Perrault said. "He was happy to find out
Sende was alive."

Concerned the father would return Sende to the godfather, Rezaiyan asked the
girl a question: "If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you

"America," she said, according to Rezaiyan. "I asked her, 'If you can't go
to the United States, then where would you want to be? She said, 'In this
hospital.' I asked her for her third choice, and she said with her mother."

*A difficult decision*

Sende acknowledged the man her godfather brought was indeed her father.
After more interviews with Sende, UNICEF decided to let her go with her
father, who promised to bring her to her mother and not send her back to the

Perrault, the UNICEF worker, said decisions about where to place children
are difficult, but that it was clear Sende should go with her father.

"She was eager to see her mom. She thought she was dead," said Perrault, the
UNICEF worker. "There's no way we could say no when she was willing to go
with her father."

She said she doesn't think the parents will give her away again to the
godparents, but that even if they did, they sent her to school and her
godmother did her hair every day.

"I don't consider her a restavec -- restavecs don't go to school," Perrault

But Joan Conn, executive director of the Restavek Foundation, disagrees.

"We have restavec children who go to school and are raped at home by an
uncle," she said. "If you ask a child for her first, second and third
choices of where to go and not one of those choices is to stay with the
godparents, that should tell you something. If she was fearful when her
godfather walked up to her, something's going on, even if her hair was
combed and she was in a school uniform."

Still even with her concerns, Conn said she's "sure UNICEF is making the
best decisions they know to make at this point."

On Monday, Perrault said UNICEF would not check on Sende themselves, and
instead would work with groups that she said would be visiting the family,
such as the Haitian government and non-government organizations.

However, on Thursday she sent an email saying a UNICEF worker, Gislet
Bordes, had visited Sende with journalists and that that girl and her mother
"are fine." Bordes did not respond to repeated calls and emails from CNN.

Even if Sende is doing okay now, some doubt whether anyone in Haiti -- a
poor country with few services to protect children even before the
earthquake -- will keep track of her to make sure she hadn't been sent again
to the man who terrified her.

"The agencies will fail in looking after her," said Dr. Art Fournier,
associate dean for community health at the University of Miami, who met
Sende at the hospital. "I would have kept her at the hospital until they
brought the mother forward and they could get a detailed history of Sende's

Fournier, who's been doing medical missions in Haiti for 15 years and is
author of "The Zombie Curse," a book about the country, said he worries the
parents will give her away again.

"The parents aren't bad parents. These are the survival choices they have to
make, and desperate times make for desperate survival choices," he said.
"Hopefully Sende can make an impassioned plea not to be sent back to the
godparents. At worst, she was being sexually abused by the godfather, and at
best she was being treated like a slave."

Schneider, the senior Hopkins pediatrician who interviewed Sende, said she
thinks it's likely the parents will give her away again. "Within a year,
that kid will be gone," said Schneider, a nun and pediatrician who's made
dozens of medical missions to Haiti. "They already gave her away once."

The young doctors who witnessed Sende's initial reaction to her godfather
fear for the worst.

"I asked her if she would ever want to go back to live with her godparents,
and she said, 'No, I wouldn't do that unless my parents told me I had to,' "
Rezaiyan said.

"I wanted to take her home with me so badly," she said through her tears.
"I'm probably going to think about her every day for the rest of my life."
Written by Paul Fromm
Saturday, 06 March 2010 06:20

*Actual letter to the Canadian Passport office*

*Dear Mr.. Minister,*

*I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.*

*How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows*

*that I bought a t.v. cable from them back in 1997, and yet, the Federal*

*Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.*

*For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand?*

*My birth date you have on my social insurance card, and it is on all the*

*income tax forms I've filed for the past 30 years. It is on my health*

*insurance card, my driver's license, on the last eight goddamn passports*

*I've had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill

*before being allowed off the planes over the last 30 years, and all those*

*insufferable census forms that are done at election times.*

*Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is

*Maryanne, my father's name is Robert and I'd be absolutely astounded if

*ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!!*


*I apologize, Mr. Minister. I'm really pissed off this morning. Between you*

*an' me, I've had enough of this bullshit! You send the application to my*

*house, then you ask me for my fuckin' address. What is going on? You have a

*gang of Neanderthal assholes workin' there!*

*Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don't want to dig up*

*Yasser Arafat, for shit sakes. I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy


*And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether I plan*

*on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do*

*something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I'd sure as hell

*want to tell anyone!*

*Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the city

*get another **f@#$%^&'* <f@#$%25%5E&'>* copy of my birth certificate, to
the tune of $60!!!*

*Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to*

*assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day??*

*Nooooo, that'd be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You'd rather have us*

*running all over the **f!@#$%'* <f!@#$%25'>* place like chickens with our
heads cut off,*

*then find some asshole to confirm that it's really me on the goddamn

*- you know, the one where we're not allowed to smile?! (**f!@#$%'*<f!@#$%25'>


*Hey, you know why we can't smile? We're totally pissed off!*

*Signed - An Irate **f!@#$%* <f!@#$%25>* Canadian Citizen.*

*P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to*

*confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in this country since 1776*

*when one of my forefathers took up arms against the Americans. I have

*in the military for something over 30 years and have had security

*up the yingyang.*

*I was aide de camp to the lieutenant governor of our province for ten years

*and I have been doing volunteer work for the RCMP for about five years.*

*However, I have to get someone 'important' to verify who I am - you know,*

*someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COMMUNIST **f!@#$%*<f!@#$%25>
* CHINA !!!*
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