Saturday, March 10, 2007

Kevin's Health Going Downhill -- Diane Finley Must Act

Whooee! Okay, things is goin' from bad t' worse down in Texas where the Merkans is holdin' a 9 year old Canajun boy in the jailhouse --
(T)he situation in Hutto is poor, and the conditions of detention are the subject of a lawsuit launched this week by the American Civil Liberties Union. 9-year-old Kevin Yourdkhani is suffering from a painful eye infection, eczema and what appears to be either a very bad a cold or flu. He also suffers severe asthma which is complicated by the poor conditions at Hutto.

Annamarie's got the whole press release.

The Merkan gummint is sayin' that the claim the daddy'll be tortured if they send 'em back to Iran is a believable claim --
The Canadian lawyer for 9-Year-old Kevin Yourdkhani — a Canadian citizen currently detained over a month in a Texas immigration jail along with his Iranian-born parents — revealed today that the U.S. Government agrees with the assessment of Amnesty International that the family faces a credible risk of persecution or torture if deported to Iran.

“The Canadian government now has TWO separate assessments, both showing that the history of past torture and persecution in Iran told by the Yourdkhani/Alibegi family is credible, and that return to Iran is not a viable option. One comes from the US government, the other from Amnesty International,” says lawyer Andrew Brouwer, who is retained by the family.

If yer concerned about the fate an' health of Kevin, yer fellow Canajun, write to Diane Finley an' tell her to stand up fer Canajun rights an' fer human decency an' get that little boy outta jail before he gets sicker or worse.

Diane Finley
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Telephone: (613) 996-4974
Fax: (613) 996-9749
EMail: Finley.D@parl.gc.ca
Web Site:* www.dianefinley.ca/
Preferred Language: English

Constituency Offices
70 Queensway West
Simcoe, Ontario
N3Y 2M6
Telephone: (519) 426-3400
Fax: (519) 426-0003

JimBobby

8 comments:

Chimera said...

Sorry, JayBee...that isn't a press release. It's something that looks like a letter. But there are no links to any news stories.

If this is for real, I want to see links, please. I am not taking anyone's word for anything without substantiation.

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Chimer, matbe you ain't familiar with what a "press release" is. I've sent out a lot o' press releases for a community organization I work with. A press release is a letter sent to news organizations and media outlets.

Maybe yer mistakin' a press release with a press report. Press reports are news stories written up by journalists. Often, they get their info from press releases that somebody sends 'em.

Bloggers can also sign up t' get press releases from outfits like Canada News Wire, PR NewsWire and a lot of other wire services. Bloggers who wanna be on top of things willl sometimes get their own boog stories written on the basis of the press release before the MSM picks up the story. Bloggers are often instrumental in drawin' attention to a story that the MSM has spiked. Bloggers can keep a news story alive long enough that the MSM ffunally picks up on it an' starts askin' the minsters the selfsame questions that boogers been askin' fer weeks.

The MSM ain't the highest authority an' has been wrong in the past when boogers were right. I ain't sure why you wanna give 'em so much credit that you only believe stuff that's been publicated in a bigass newspaper.

Anyways, since you only wanna believe the MSM an' a letter (press release) from the lawyers who represent the boy ain't good enough for yer doubtin' Thomas enquirin' mind, here's the story in the Trawna Star.

Now, I know lotsa boogers who don't believe anything that they read in the Star but they do believe a signed letter from a lawyer (officer of the court). Would you believe it more if it was in the National Post or the Globe or the Peterborough Examiner or the Nanticoke Times?

Now that I give you the Star link, what's the next hoop yer demandin' the tortured boy jumps through before you decide the humane, decent thing t' do is t' get his pore sick little body out of the Texas jailhouse where his health is goin' downhill?

In case the Star ain't good enough fer yer doubtful mind, here's a few other bigass MSM sources -

CBC
Vancouver Sun
Related story in Globe.

I've given a few links before that tell about the conditions at this here Texas jailhouse. I can't understand how anyone would push fer keepin' a Canajun 9 year old in such a place. I can't understand how anyone would want any human kept in them kind o' conditions but I hear-tell there's lotsa hardasses who think Gitmo an' the Partriot Act an' illegal eavesdroppin' an' racial profilin' is just what we need here in Canada so we can be more like the freedom-lovin' Merkans.

JB

Annamarie said...

JimBobby, thank you so much for explaining it so well, and for all your ongoing support!

btw, after I'd read Chimera's similar comment on my site under the article, I felt compelled to put up another post where I linked to a Toronto Star article: http://verbena19.wordpress.com/2007/03/11/to-all-those-who-are-questioning-my-earlier-post-about-kevin-yourdkhani-and-his-parents/

That should put all the doubters' minds at ease... Although why they'd only take the words of the neutered corporate msm is beyond my comprehension! Especially since I had mentioned in my second post about Kevin's ordeal that I was receiving highly-credible information and updates. Guess some people are simply so brainwashed that they believe the msm is the ONLY news/information source, and that we bloggers are only getting our info from them. How wrong!!

thanks again, and my warmest regards,
Annamarie :)
http://verbena19.wordpress.com

Chimera said...

JayBee: Thanks for the links -- that's what I wanted (and the CBC link doesn't work, btw). I wanted to see if it was an actual news story, as opposed to more emotional hype sent around the e-mail circuit in the hopes that emotional bloggers would jump on the scam bandwagon.

It has happened before, y'know. And I am most suspicious when there is a child as the central figure in a tragedy like this. Can you think of any other weapon a scam artist can use to more effect than a poor, helpless, child? Why do you think people still get caught by the Nigerian letter? They can't get past their emotional heart-strings, and scammers know it.

And please...don't jump to the conclusion that I think the MSM has endless credibility. But if the story doesn't appear in print somewhere, it's not a story -- it's a scam.

I bet I could use only the software on my computer -- and it's not what you'd call cutting edge, either -- and I could dummy up an authentic-looking document, print it out, scan it to my blog, and I'd have your wallet open in no time. Or I'd have your vote. Or I'd have your corpus marching on Parliament Hill with a protest sign in your hands and blood in your eye.

That's my entire purpose in asking for links.

annamarie: I told you once, but I'll tell you again -- I neither believe nor disbelieve until I have a whole lot more information than one or two people telling me in emotional gulps that a child is being tortured in Texas. Now that there are links to prove it's actually a story, I'll start to form an opinion. Or would you have me and everyone else just bite the gullibility bullet and believe everything a blogger says?

JimBobby said...

Here's the corrected CBC link.

Frank Frink said...

Chimera, is this what you really believe? And I'm quoting you.

"But if the story doesn't appear in print somewhere, it's not a story -- it's a scam"

I see. You'll only believe what's been chosen by the press to be presented to you?

You do realize that the press (i.e. 'in print') doesn't cover every single story or news item that's out there. And sometimes even what is printed is not necessarily accurate or complete. But that wouldn't be a scam, right? Because it's in print?

I think you might want to rethink your personal definition of 'scam' because the press (what's in print) could just as easily be 'scamming' you.

Frank Frink said...

And another one for you Chimera, again quoting you

"annamarie: I told you once, but I'll tell you again -- I neither believe nor disbelieve until I have a whole lot more information than one or two people telling me in emotional gulps that a child is being tortured in Texas. Now that there are links to prove it's actually a story, I'll start to form an opinion. Or would you have me and everyone else just bite the gullibility bullet and believe everything a blogger says?"

Gee, do you mean you couldn't expend the same effort that annemarie and myself and lots of other bloggers did to search out the facts and the truth? Because annemarie did. I did too. But you? No, you'll wait for a 'press report'.

You know, you could have answered your question by yourself - by doing the same research - instead of doing this little song and dance routine.

Know what? You're lazy. A lazy thinker. You could have looked into it yourself. It wasn't difficult. Others, the same ones you questioned and gave the jaundiced eye to, did.

OK, I'll give away a couple secrets. I called an immigration lawyer in BC and asked if they could contact the U. of Texas group that was raising the flag on this (I was in contact with them as well - and by the way this was all reported by the press locally in Texas - you could have looked it up - long before it was picked up in Canada). The lawyer did so, and everything checked out.

Get it now. We checked. You didn't bother because it's much easier to sit back and express doubt without ever having made any effort.

You're lazy.

Chimera said...

"You'll only believe what's been chosen by the press to be presented to you?"

Extrapolation of wishful thinking by reading between lines that are not there will get you in trouble. Do not put your words in my mouth!

Frank, if a news item is really a news item, it will show up in print -- or on the 'net -- somewhere! If you're going to report on a story that is a real news item, the very least you can do is offer a link to that story, wherever it may be. Don't be putting all the onus on your reader to do the homework you should be doing yourself. You're a blogger, not Walter Cronkite. I don't know who you are, and until you show me something real, I have no reason to trust what you say. Anything you say...

And name-calling and insults are strictly amateur level.