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November 11, 2014

Lest We Forget

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Respect.

It’s a small word meaning

esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability.

That definition perfectly describes why we ought to set down our own petty lives for an hour a year and honour the brave men and women who came before us and lay down their lives to protect our precious Rights and Freedoms.

Respect.

We ought to esteem the worth, the excellence even, of those brave heroes who made a conscious choice to put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf.

We really ought to esteem those fallen men and women.  They were better than we are.  They thought of others before themselves.  They believed in a better world than what they had then and there, and were willing to do whatever it took to ensure their children and grandchildren would have a better world, than they did.

Those who wear uniforms at today’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, no matter their age, rank or branch of service, are selfless to a degree most don’t fathom and cannot comprehend.

After you attend the Remembrance Day ceremony in your city or town try on a little of that braveness, that selflessness and do one simple thing.

Walk up to one of those brave veterans and simply say,

“Thank you for your service.”

You will be astonished by their response, that I guarantee.

And you will be a better person for the experience.  I guarantee that too.

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November 10, 2014

November 11 – Remembrance Day is NOT a National Holiday

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November 11, Remembrance Day is not a national holiday, despite being listed in the Holidays Act. The Holidays Act lists three holidays, Canada Day, Victoria Day and Remembrance Day. Canada Day and Victoria Day are “legal holidays” while Remembrance Day is “a holiday”. This small distinction means it is not treated as a statutory holiday across the nation as the other two are.

Provinces are not required to treat November 11 as a paid statutory holiday, and I was shocked to learn it was not a holiday in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Even in those provinces, however, federal government workers still get the day off.

Here in British Columbia November 11 has always been a holiday so it never dawned on me that other provinces would not value the sacrifice of our veterans the same as we do.

Dan Harris introduced his private member Bill C-597, An Act to Amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) to establish a resolve this problem.

“Our veterans risked and lost their lives in service to our country. It’s important to honour them for protecting and fighting for the freedoms we value today. When families attend ceremonies together, they are able to teach their children about the sacrifices and bravery demonstrated by our veterans and military. Having November 11th made into a statutory holiday will allow every Canadian an opportunity to attend their local Remembrance Day ceremonies and participate in this important day.”

His private members bill has wide support from all parties but that support is not, as the mainstream media insists, “almost unanimous“, unless you count the 42 MPs who refused to vote on the bill as “support.”

Not everyone wants Remembrance Day turned into a national holiday, however. “Jason” wrote the following on StatutoryHolidays.com.

“Please DO NOT make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday in Ontario. Family Day is a much more appreciated break for families in the heart of the long cold depressing winter. Remembrance Day is better observered in a ceremony at your school, community centre or place of work.”

Jason’s lack of spelling skills are matched only by lack of respect for the veterans who gave their lives so he could spout such drivel. I’m sure “Jason” would be shocked to learn over 100,000 Canadians gave their lives in just the two World Wars alone, not that it would matter to him, of course.

If you thought nothing could be more appalling than that, look at the list (below) of who refused to vote on Private Member Bill C-597, An Act to Amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day).

The only two “No” votes were recorded by conservative MPs Gary Schellenberger and David Tilson, but it was the list of MPs without the courage to vote at all was most shocking.

While I would fully expect nitwits like Adam Vaughan to live up to their spineless reputation by abstaining from such a vote, I am horrified that our current Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino, refused to vote.

I cannot fathom why the Minister of Veterans Affairs would show such disdain for the very men and women for whom he is supposedly responsible. Clearly he does not believe the words he so proudly publishes on the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

We owe a tremendous debt to those who have served the interests of our country, in preserving our freedoms, ensuring our prosperity and securing our future. They warrant our support and assistance and we are committed to delivering for them.”

The Honourable Julian Fantino is anything but honourable as far as his vote on Bill C-597 is concerned. Apparently the “tremendous debt” we owe does not include honouring them one day a year.

Some Conservative MPs, such as Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, have said they did not believe Nov. 11 needed to be a formal holiday to mark its importance and have Canadians pay their respects, as long as the day remained dignified.

I see.

That our Prime Minister would abstain from this vote shows a shocking lack of leadership and an equally shocking lack of respect for our veterans. It’s not a financial issue, since all federal government employees already get the day off with pay.

Conservative MP David Tilson had the courage of his convictions to vote “No” on the bill, even though he is thoroughly misguided on the issue.

Having previously served as a school trustee at a time when schools would close for Remembrance Day, Tilson said, “I found that students just went home.”

His claim that making Remembrance Day a national holiday would somehow lessen its significance is ridiculous in the extreme. By that bizarre rationale we ought to remove Canada Day from the list of national holidays too. After all, we wouldn’t want to “lessen the significance” of the nation’s birth, right?

Here is the full list of MPs who did not vote on Bill C-597, An Act to Amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) by NDP MP Dan Harris. If one of these people is your Member of Parliament, please contact them and express your concern about their lack of respect for our veterans.

 

Bloc Quebecois

  • Louis Plamondon

Conservative

  • Rob Anders
  • Keith Ashfield
  • John Baird
  • Steven Blaney
  • Patrick Brown
  • Julian Fantino
  • Ed Fast
  • Peter Goldring
  • Stephen Harper
  • Kellie Leitch
  • Chungsen Leung
  • James Moore
  • Lisa Raitt
  • Greg Rickford
  • Gerry Ritz
  • Andrew Scheer
  • Bernard Trottier
  • Mark Warawa
  • Alice Wong
  • Wai Young
  • Forces et Démocratie
  • Jean-François Fortin
  • Jean-François Larose

 

Liberal

  • Irwin Cotler
  • Stéphane Dion
  • Adam Vaughan

 

NDP

  • Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
  • Ryan Cleary
  • Fin Donnelly
  • Rosane Doré Lefebvre
  • Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
  • Yvon Godin
  • Claude Gravelle
  • Sadia Groguhé
  • Pierre Jacob
  • Pat Martin
  • Élaine Michaud
  • Christine Moore
  • Jamie Nicholls
  • Jean Rousseau
  • Peter Stoffer

 

 

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November 9, 2014

Andrew Drescher Fails Humanity Test, says Nathan Cirillo is “no hero”

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Canada watched in horror as the man standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lay dead on the ground, gunned down in cold blood by a radicalized Muslim nutcase.

While a nation mourned the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo others just couldn’t help themselves. They had to dance in the blood of the dead man, seizing the opportunity to denigrate Corporal Nathan Cirillo and by extension every man and woman who’s ever donned a Canadian military uniform.

One such insensitive douchebag is Hamilton Spectator writer Andrew Dreschel.

On October 31, 2014 Dreschel published an article titled “Cpl. Nathan Cirillo an Accidental Hero”. In that article Dreschel writes that Corporal Cirillo is not a hero, just an unlucky man gunned down by “a homeless crack addict with terrorist notions”. Cirillo’s death is no big deal, Drescehl opines, since Nathan Cirillo was merely “at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Where is my barf bucket?

It is appalling that mere days before Canadians honour our military veterans and our fallen dead for the sacrifice they made to protect our precious Rights and Freedoms that a writer and a newspaper could be so ignorant of who protects and defends those rights.

Nathan Cirillo (and Patrice Vincent just days before him) died in the service to our nation. They died specifically and only because they chose to defend Canadians’ precious Rights and Freedoms.

I fail to grasp how performing the sacred duty of honour guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is ever the “wrong place” to be, but then I actually comprehend what a sacred duty that task is, unlike the ignorant Hamilton Spectator editorial writer.

It is soldiers in uniforms, carrying guns into battle and giving their lives, who ensure others may live free and unencumbered by tyrants, not keyboard cowboys hiding behind computer screens.

While the argument can easily be made we aren’t as free as we ought and our tyrants simply more sophisticated than Hitler or Pol Pot, the fact remains that brave men and women in uniform are our last line of defense against tyranny.

That last line of defense comes at a price; a very steep price for those who die as well as for those who live. Those who gave their lives so the likes of Andrew Dreschel can spew his drivel get off easy. They don’t have to live with his mindless and insensitive words; only the living must suffer that indignity just days before we as a nation honour our veterans.

Freedom is NOT free.

Andrew Dreschel, Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton and the entire Hamilton Spectator newspaper fail the Humanity Test, and in spectacular fashion.

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press come with a price. Clearly that price is one Andrew Dreschel and the editorial staff at the Hamilton Spectator, including Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton, cannot fathom.

Claiming that Nathan Cirillo died “unprepared and unarmed” and therefore is not a hero is the stuff that fills vomit bags. It should be left out of mindless editorials.

Dreschel goes on to question military service in its entirety.

“Does that mean anyone who dies while in uniform is automatically a hero?”

The affirmative answer to that question is obvious to almost any human being with a pulse, but as I stated earlier, Andrew Dreschel failed his humanity test in spectacular fashion.

Yes, anyone who has the courage to put on a uniform and serve their nation is a hero, regardless of what function they perform. When a man is senselessly gunned down by “a homeless crack addict with terrorist notions” while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier yes, Andrew Dreschel, that man is a hero.

Why?

Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a sacred duty. It is an honour few Canadians can claim. Paying tribute to the men and women who gave their lives so douchebags like Andrew Dreschel and Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton can denigrate them with his drivel is what our Military men and women do.

Dreschel reveals his own shallow nature when he claims the rest of the nation only gives a damn because Cirillo was photogenic.

“Would the emotional outpouring have been as strong if Cirillo hadn’t been so photogenic? We don’t know, of course. But there’s little doubt his physical attractiveness gave poignancy to the tragedy, as did the fact he was a young single father.”

Throughout our history Canadian soldiers traveled to foreign lands to ensure the battle for freedom would never be fought on Canadian soil. Our military history is replete with examples of Canadians doing what others could not. Our military was both feared by the enemy and admired by allies for their bravery in such places as Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, and Juno Beach, to name but a few.

Corporal Branden Stevenson, both friend and fellow army reservist of Nathan Cirillo, released a poignant statement on the day he resumed his duty standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where his friend died.

In the coming days, I’ll be resuming my duties at the National War Memorial. It will not be an easy task, but I am resolved to do it in honour of Nathan, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, and all those who stood, and continue to stand, on guard for Canada.”

The fine men and women proudly wearing Canadian military uniforms “stand, on guard for Canada.”

Yes, even for mindless and insensitive jerks like Andrew Dreschel, Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton and the entire editorial staff at the Hamilton Spectator, who owe their very Right to Freedom of Speech to the men like the one they denigrate so easily, Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

 

“It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”
— The Declaration of Arbroath 1320.

 

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December 29, 2012

Benjamin Gabriel Sebena charged in capital murder of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena

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It appears the sympathy I expressed in the opening paragraph of my December 24th article for the husband of murdered Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena was misplaced.

A husband is grieving the senseless loss of his wife this very minute. Instead of preparing Christmas Eve dinner for his bride, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena’s husband must now prepare for a funeral instead.

Instead of grieving the loss of his wife, he was responsible for it.

News reports now say that former Marine Benjamin Gabriel Sebena has admitted to murdering his wife in cold blood by shooting her five times in the head.

Ben Sebena has reportedly admitted to police that he was a jealous husband and that he stalked his wife for days in the lead-up to murdering her. What caused him to finally go through with his depraved plan is unknown, although he says he shot his wife repeatedly in the face because he “didn’t want her to suffer”.

Uh huh.

On Thursday, December 27, 2012 Ben Sebena was formally charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of his wife, Jennifer.

ABC News reported

Investigators said they found a number of details tying Ben Sebena to the killing. Surveillance video showed a vehicle that matches his in the area near the time of the shooting, and detectives who searched the couple’s home found a gun in the attic that fires ammunition matching the bullet casings found at the scene. They also found Jennifer Sebena’s service weapon hidden in the attic.

None of that looks very good for the former Marine.

If jealousy is indeed the motive for killing his wife, that only makes her death even more senseless in light of his claims to have “rediscovered his faith in God” in a 2010 video created for Elmbrook Church.

Last I checked, the Bible didn’t advocate murdering your wife…

Such a stupid and senseless waste of two lives… I really don’t know what else to say.

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December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

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May you and your family have a blessed and happy Christmas!

Christmas-Bell-174x250That said, while I would love to be nothing but sweetness and light in the days leading up to Christmas, I must admit that’s a little difficult given the happenings of the past week or so.

That said, while I would love to be nothing but sweetness and light in the days leading up to Christmas, I must admit that’s a little difficult given the happenings of the past week or so.

First, of course, is the tragedy in Newtown, CT, where 20 little gifts from God were mercilessly gunned down by a madman, as were 6 adults.

The heinous murder of these children at an elementary school was both preceded and followed by the murder of a number of police officers across North America.

Every one of these families has, most likely, had their last happy Christmas for the rest of their lives. It’s hard to be happy on the anniversary of your child’s death, after all, or on the anniversary of the death of your husband, your wife, your father, brother or son.

So, as the rest of us enjoy Christmas with our families this year, I would like to remind each and every one of you about just how lucky you are as you read this. The families of the people named below are not so fortunate.

The families of every person named below lost a loved one just days ago and are still grieving that loss… still trying to come to terms with it.

While we celebrate Christmas, I think it would be fitting to take a little time out to remember these families and the tragedy they are living through right this minute.

The Children:

  • Charlotte Bacon,Christmas-Light-176x250
  • Daniel Barden,
  • Olivia Engel,
  • Josephine Gay,
  • Ana Marquez-Greene,
  • Dylan Hockley,
  • Madeline Hsu,
  • Catherine Hubbard,
  • Chase Kowalski,
  • Jesse Lewis,
  • James Mattioli,
  • Grace McDonnell,
  • Emilie Parker,
  • Jack Pinto,
  • Noah Pozner,
  • Caroline Previdi,
  • Jessica Rekos,
  • Avielle Richman,
  • Benjamin Wheeler and
  • Allison Wyatt.

The Adults:

  • Rachel Davino,
  • Dawn Hocksprung,
  • Anne Marie Murphy,
  • Lauren Russeau,
  • Mary Sherlach, and
  • Victoria Soto.

The Police:

I hope you will join me in praying for the families of all these slain children, adults and police officers today, Christmas Day 2012. They all need and deserve our full and complete support as they come to grips with the loss of their loved ones.

Yours in Liberty,

Christopher di Armani

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December 24, 2012

Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena is shot and killed in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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A husband is grieving the senseless loss of his wife this very minute. Instead of preparing Christmas Eve dinner for his bride, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena’s husband must now prepare for a funeral instead.

I can’t even begin to imagine the horror of that.

UPDATE: Benjamin Gabriel Sebena charged in capital murder of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena

Officer Sebena was on patrol in the early morning hours of December 24, 2012, when she lost contact with her dispatcher. They tried reaching her on radio but when those repeated attempts failed, they sent other officers to search for her.

That search revealed the most horrifying result possible, their fellow officer shot multiple times, lying bleeding to death in the parking lot of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

wauwatosa-police-departmentHer murderer is still at large, unfortunately, and at the moment there are no clues to the identity of her killer.

Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, just 30 years old and a 2-year veteran of the Wauwatosa Police Department, is survived by her husband. As I write this article, it was not known if she also left behind any children.

When Wauwatosa Police Lt. Gerald Witkowski spoke at a press conference about the death of Officer Sebena, one incredibly stupid reporter asked why police officers from Brookfield, West Allis, Elm Grove and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department were all on scene helping with the investigation.

Witkowski answered this idiot with the obvious…

“Because we’ve lost an officer.”

Please keep moronic people like this particular reporter far, far away from the poor, grieving family!

On the Officer Down Memorial Page for Officer Sebena, Chief Steven Marshall of the Washington, New Hampshire, Police Department had this to say:

A police officer should be remembered not by how she died, but how she lived! A great woman has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Wauwatosa Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Sister.

Please join me in praying for Jennifer Sebena’s family, fellow police officers and community as they come to terms with her senseless and horrific murder, made all the more horrifying because it happened on Christmas Eve.

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is a small city of just 44,000 people, so the first death of a police officer in the history of the Wauwatosa Police Department is all the more shocking.

Please also join me in praying that her murderer is brought to justice swiftly and pays for this heinous crime to the highest extent possible.

To send condolences, please write or call:

Chief of Police Barry Weber
Wauwatosa Police Department
1700 N 116 Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Phone: (414) 471-8430

You can also send your condolences by using this form on the Wauwatosa Police Department website:

http://www.wauwatosa.net/forms.aspx?fid=64

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December 18, 2012

SunTV’s David Menzies – One Class Act

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Sun News morning host David Menzies is often considered a comedian with little serious to say.

Monday morning on his “Menzoid Mornings” segment David Menzies proved otherwise with his incredibly thoughtful and classy commentary on the Friday massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

 

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December 16, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

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Friday’s school shooting is a tragedy of unprecedented proportion. The horror of this mass murder is felt across the world, and I’m hardly alone in expressing my shock and horror at what a single madman did.

Authorities in Connecticut released the names of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Here are the names of the children who were so senselessly murdered:

  • Charlotte Bacon
  • Daniel Barden
  • Olivia Engel
  • girl_praying-173x250Josephine Gay
  • Ana Marquez-Greene
  • Dylan Hockley
  • Madeline Hsu
  • Catherine Hubbard
  • Chase Kowalski
  • Jesse Lewis
  • James Mattioli
  • Grace McDonnell
  • Emilie Parker
  • Jack Pinto
  • Noah Pozner
  • Caroline Previdi
  • Jessica Rekos
  • Avielle Richman
  • Benjamin Wheeler
  • Allison Wyatt

My most sincere thoughts and prayers are with the families of these 20 children. I cannot even begin to fathom the horror they are going through right now. What I can understand is that Christmas will forever be the most horrible time of the year for the rest of their lives.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of the adults who were murdered by this lunatic:

The names of the adult victims are:

  • Rachel Davino, 29;
  • Dawn Hocksprung, 47;
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52;
  • Lauren Russeau, 30;
  • Mary Sherlach, 56;
  • Victoria Soto, 27.

May God’s mercy be upon all of these families… and may they all find some solace in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy and horror.

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November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day 2012

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Remembrance Day 2012 – Honouring the Defenders and Protectors of our precious Rights and Freedoms

Here is a great video on Remembrance Day. Enjoy!

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November 10, 2012

Remembrance Day is Our Most Important Holiday

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Remembrance Day is, I believe, the most important holiday we have. This is the one day we set aside each year to remember all of the brave men and women who fought to protect our Rights and Freedoms.

That includes both those veterans who returned home safely after serving and those who came home wounded and broken; those who now rest in graves in foreign lands after paying the ultimate price in defence of our Rights and Freedoms, and those who rest peacefully here at home.

More veterans pass away every year, and this year is no different. This year that sad thought hits a little closer to home for me, as a good friend and veteran of the Korean War died earlier this year.

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Richard (Dick) M. Herring passed away on April 15, 2012, just a few days shy of his 81st birthday.

Dick was, like all veterans, a very interesting guy. He’d worked a lot of different jobs through his life, including forester, logger, prospector and consultant. He was passionate and knowledgeable about both military history and politics.

Once retired, politics became the primary focus of his life, and he worked tirelessly within his own constituency association to further the cause of Liberty.

Dick also loved food, and we spent many a lunch at one of his favourite eateries where he would regale me with stories of his Korean War exploits, his favourite guns and why he loved them, and his thoughts on politics.

What impressed me most about Dick, however, wasn’t any of that. It was the fact that he just never complained.

Even when his health was an issue, sure, he’d discuss what was going on, but there was never any feeling of self-pity. He always looked for a solution to the problems he faced, whether they be personal or not.


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Like so many of his generation, Dick Herring focused on others. He focused on doing what he could to make the lives of his fellow Canadians better, even though he was a transplanted American.

That didn’t matter. Canada was his home and he was devoted to making it a better place than it was when he arrived.

I respected and admired Dick Herring for many reasons, but first and foremost because of his unwavering dedication to serving others.

Sure, Dick liked good food and good company, but when push came to shove, his passion was doing whatever he could to make Canada a better nation.

While I’m very sad he’s gone, I’m also very grateful I had the chance to know him. This Sunday at 11am it is Dick Herring who I will be remembering.

Who will you be remembering?

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November 9, 2012

Spitting in the face of our veterans: Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger should be ashamed of himself

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While our government at all levels continues its assault on our Right to Freedom of Speech, we must remember that the only reason we even have that right is because brave and decent men and women fought and died defending it on our behalf.

I suppose that’s why reports that schools are giving students the ability to “opt out” of Remembrance Day ceremonies is so offensive to me.

Premier-Gregory-Selinger-220x250Schools in both Edmonton, Alberta and the province of Manitoba are allowing students to “opt out” of services honouring our Veterans. Manitoba Moron… I mean premier… Greg Selinger put forward the absurd notion that “religious freedom” was the reason.

He’s an idiot, to be blunt.

Remembrance Day is not a religious holiday. Freedom of Religion doesn’t have a thing to do with it and I’m horrified that a politician at any level of government would say otherwise, much less the premier of a province.

Here’s what Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger actually said.

“We have religious freedom in Canada and if there’s a very specific reason why people, for religious purposes, don’t want their children (to attend), that is an option that they have. The overwhelming majority of our students will participate now that we require Remembrance Day services to be part of school activities.”

Well, this chucklehead knows how to contradict himself in the very same breath, that much is clear. Remembrance Day services are mandatory in all schools… but nobody is required to attend.

I’m impressed.. and by impressed I mean revolted, disgusted and ashamed that this is happening in Canada.

Thankfully Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is not one of these offensive politicians. In fact, Kenney is just as outraged as I am, maybe more.

“I find it offensive,” Kenney tweeted. “They don’t opt out of the freedoms secured by our war dead.”

I could not agree more. This decision by many Canadian school boards is offensive.

We should be doing everything we can to honour our veterans this one day a year. It’s the very least we can do.


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Thankfully there are still places in this nation who comprehend we have a duty to honour our veterans and they discharge that duty admirably. And by admirably I mean this should be the standard across the country.

In 2004 I travelled out to Ontario to see Bruce and Donna Montague. This was shortly after they were arrested for violating Canada’s Firearms Act, and we were meeting to build what would become Montague’s constitutional challenge to the Firearms Act.

While I was travelling and didn’t know precisely where I would be on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, I did know I would be stopping wherever I was at that hour to pay my respects to our veterans.

That place happened to be the town of Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

I’ve never forgotten that day, and for good reason.

The citizens of Kindersley, Saskatchewan truly comprehend the incredible sacrifice members of their community made to protect our Rights and Freedoms. What’s more important, is they know how to show respect to those brave men and women.

After the service honouring our veterans was over, everyone was asked to remain seated while the veterans marched out of the hall first.

It was a sign of respect.

And these schools think they can spit in the face of the very men and women who have sacrificed so much on their behalf?

The “ME NOW” generation and their enablers like Greg Selinger have gone too far.

It’s time we “mere citizens” (aka voters) taught politicians like Selinger a lesson in respect by replacing him in the next election.

Perhaps then he’d behave less atrociously.

Here is the article I wrote immediately following the Remembrance Day service in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on November 11, 2004.

Remembering Our Elders On This Most Sacred of Days

By Christopher di Armani

Dateline: Kindersley, Saskatchewan, November 11, 2004

A small town in rural Saskatchewan. Stocked with good upstanding Canadians, like hundreds of thousands of other small communities across this great nation.

Services here today were not graced by the presence of “famous” people or politicians, just good, hardworking folks who believed in paying tribute to their elders, the men and women who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

As I sat in the pew of the Kindersley church, my eyes wandered over the two rows of veterans being honored here today. Some in good health, one man in a wheelchair with a breathing tube, another walking with a cane, another with failing eyesight. Two men wore UN blue berets, signifying service in UN missions sanctioned by Canada.

They were all rightfully the centre of attention this Remembrance Day. This small town sent dozens of its young men and women off to war in past years.

They were the ones who came home. So many didn’t.

One of the speakers, an eloquent lady, spoke of the significance of the day, of the meaning of the words “We Shall Never Forget”. The significance of the stone cairn here in town, indeed in towns all across Canada. Stones placed with reverence for those who paid the ultimate price for protecting freedom.

Hymns were sung in praise of God and the Queen. God first, of course. He did, after all, come before the queen.

But it was the end of the ceremony that touched me most.

Tradition in this small town, at least, was simple. Those honored veterans were asked to march out first. Everyone else came second.

As they should.

 

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August 9, 2012

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Aly Raisman has more class than Jacques Rogge and the entire International Olympic Committee

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On August 8th I wrote about my disgust with Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC  and the entire International Olympic Committee for steadfastly refusing to honour the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Games in 1972.

That column, titled “And the Gold Medal for Cowardice goes to…. Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee” made it clear I couldn’t comprehend why these gutless cowards can’t find it in themselves to honour athletes who were murdered on Olympic soil.  It’s a position that is truly beyond my ability to comprehend, and I’m not alone.

Turns out I’ve got some pretty good company, including the incredibly talented Aly Raisman, who dazzled audience and fans alike in her gold medal performance in the Floor Exercise.

While her athletic performance was truly breathtaking and I was among the millions dazzled by it, I quickly discovered this 18-year-old had more class than the entire International Olympic Committee combined.

In the aftermath of her victory, Aly Raisman said this to reporters:

“Having that floor music wasn’t intentional. But the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me. If there had been a moment’s silence,” the 18-year-old woman told the world, “I would have supported it and respected it.”

Why is it, that in a world run by cowards willing to wet themselves at the slightest hint of anti-Islamic sentiment, it takes an 18-year-old girl to say what needs to be said to these pathetic excuses for grownups?

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May 28, 2012

Memorial Day is NOT on sale by Mark Alexander

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Memorial Day Is NOT on Sale

By Mark Alexander · Thursday, May 24, 2012

Millions of Patriots Have Already Paid the Full Price

“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.” –John Adams

Memorial Day provides a stark contrast between the best of our nation’s Patriot sons and daughters versus the worst of our nation’s civilian culture of consumption.

Amid the sparse, reverent observances of the sacrifices made by millions of American Patriots who paid the full price for Liberty1, in keeping with their sacred oaths2, we are inundated at every turn with the commercialization of Memorial Day by vendors who are too ignorant and/or selfish to honor this day in accordance with its purpose.

Indeed, Memorial Day has been sold out, along with Washington’s Birthday, Independence Day, Veterans, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. And it’s no wonder, as government schools no longer teach civics or any meaningful history, and courts have excluded God (officially) from the public square.

In his essay “The Contest In America,” 19th-century libertarian philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote,

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

It is that “decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling” which accounts for why so many “miserable creatures” have downgraded Memorial Day to nothing more than a date to exploit for commercial greed and avarice.

While units large and small of America’s Armed Forces stand in harm’s way around the globe, many Americans are too preoccupied with beer, barbecue and baseball to pause and recognize the priceless burden borne by generations of our uniformed Patriots. Likewise, many politicos will use Memorial Day as a soapbox to feign Patriotism, while in reality they are in constant violation of their oaths to our Constitution. (more…)

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May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

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Please take a minute today to reflect on the ultimate price paid for Freedom on Sunday by the following Canadian soldiers.  A roadside bomb exploded west of Kandahar City and killed them as they traveled in a convoy near the border.

CFB Gagetown officials have identified the six dead soldiers as:

  • Sgt. Donald Lucas, 31, of Burton, N.B. (but raised in St. John’s).
  • Cpl. Aaron E. Williams, 23, of Lincoln, N.B.
  • Pte. Kevin Vincent Kennedy, 20, of St. Lawrence, N.L.
  • Pte. David Robert Greenslade, 20, of Saint John, N.B.
  • Cpl. Christopher Paul Stannix, 24, of Dartmouth, N.S.
  • Cpl. Brent Poland, 37, of Camlachie, Ont.

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May 28, 2012

Farewell, Henry Lamb, Educator About Evils Against Humanity

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I’ve been a devout fan and student of Henry Lamb from the minute I came across his columns over 10 years ago on Enter Stage Right which has a permanent home on my Book Bar alongside other carriers of Lamb’s valuable collection.

Although a long-time disciple, I knew little about the writer and author personally except that he has dedicated many years to educating the public about the evils of such things as Agenda 21–Agenda for the 21st Century–the United Nations, (UN) Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Maurice Strong…

Recently, I was browsing the Oathkeepers website where I came across the heading “Henry Lamb on Maurice Strong, UN, Bilderberg, Agenda 21” with an introduction by Elias Alias.

I no doubt had read the 1997 piece, but there’s nothing like a refresher course on the litany of evils cleverly perpetrated on the unsuspecting public by the Prophet of Doom.

I wasn’t too far into Elias Alias’ introduction when I was dumb-struck by the unexpected:

“A friend in Montana known as ‘Lark’ sent to my inbox the notice of the passing of Henry Lamb. In clicking around about Henry Lamb’s death I came across a remarkable work he wrote in 1997, and I’m sure it belongs on the pages of Oath Keepers national.”

It was through Elias Alias’ subtle notice that I initially learned that freedom-loving people of the world had lost a unique and intellectual friend.

I read ”Henry Lamb on Maurice Strong”–as should everybody–saved it to my Special UN Articles file, then went clicking for additional information about the 74-year-old gentleman’s May 24th death.

Information was sparse but I did find a brief write-up by Editor Judi McLeod of Canada Free Press where I used to find Henry Lamb’s columns gracing the screen.

“News comes to Canada Free Press (CFP) this morning from columnist Michael Oberndorf of the passing of outstanding American patriot, Henry Lamb,” wrote McLeod in her perfectly-titled tribute:.“Henry Lamb: Death of a Patriot”

“One of a kind Tennessean Henry Lamb held a lifelong dedication to the American Constitution, and did more to warn average people about the destructive encroachment of the United Nations on human society than any other source.”

World Net Daily (WND), where Lamb had been a columnist since 1999, posted an In Memoriam eulogy with the very fitting subhead: “Globalism Expert Was Vociferous Defender of Constitution, U.S. Sovereignty”.

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January 11, 2012

It’s hard to believe JPFO’s Aaron Zelman has been gone a year already!

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It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the death of Aaron Zelman, the founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).  It feels like the shock of that news was only delivered yesterday for me, not a year ago.

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I am reminded of Aaron’s passing today by Rabbi Dovid Bendory’s Yahrzeit Tribute to Aaron Zelman, which he just emailed to me and other JPFO supporters.

Aaron was an inspirational marvel, among many other things.  As I wrote about one year ago in the wake of that shocking news of his death, it was Aaron’s inspiration and vision in creating the JPFO’s first documentary. Innocents Betrayed, that prompted me to create three documentaries of my own about Canada’s battle for freedom and our Firearms Act.

As Rabbi Bendory reminds us in his article today, one of Aaron’s oft-repeated phrases was “If a murderer pursues you, strike him down first.”

Of the many passages of Torah we studied together, the one that most characterized Aaron’s approach to life is one you have heard from both him and me many times: “If a murderer pursues you, strike him down first.”

This commandment characterized Aaron not only because he was such a staunch defender of the right of self-defense. Yes, Aaron understood the Holiness of life and the gravity and seriousness of the possibility of facing a situation in which he would be forced to take a life in self defense. Yes, he was prepared to do so, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and physically. But more than that, Aaron integrated the principle behind this Talmudic dictum into his life.

What principle is that?

To be more literal in translation, the Talmud says: “He who is coming to kill you — awake early in the morning and kill him.

The Talmud is teaching that self defense does not begin when a killer has a knife at your throat. It does not begin when the armed killer has isolated his intended victim. Rather self defense begins at the time the murderer begins to pursue his intended victim. At that moment, the murderer may not yet be armed. Indeed, he may even still be asleep. But if you know for sure that when he awakes he will attack with lethal intent, then in G-d’s Law both his intended victim and any other righteous party are justified in using all necessary force, including deadly force, to strike down the intended murderer. If we wait, it may be too late.

In the wake of another self-defense shooting in Seattle just the other day, and the much written about experience of Sarah Dawn McKinley on New Year’s Day, I personally find Rabbi Bendory’s words particularly timely.

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June 6, 2011

Jose Guerena, murdered by Pima County SWAT Team, honoured by Oath Keepers on Memorial Day

For anyone not familiar with the horrific story of Jose Guerena, the former US Marine gunned down by the Pima County SWAT Team, here is a brief recap.

Jose Guerena is a a decorated US Marine.  He served two tours in Iraq and faced all kinds of dangers during both tours.  After leaving the Marine Corps he got a job at a local mine near Tucson to support his wife and young family.

Pima County SWAT raided his home for reasons that are still unclear.

They were making a forced entry into his home to search for drugs, they claim.  Why, nobody seems to be willing to say.   The warrant the SWAT team was operating with was sealed by a judge, and was finally released to the public on June 2nd, 2011.  It would seem a confidential informant gave police false and/or misleading information that was the basis for their botched drug raid.  (more…)

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