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Montreal Simon: Remembrance Day 2015: Remembering the Dead and the Living

It's Remembrance Day 2015, and this year it will be for me like no other I have ever known. A day of sadness and celebration.A day to mourn all those who sacrificed their lives for this country.And a day to give thanks that this other tragedy, this other gaping wound of war, is finally going to be recognized.Read more »

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Vile Maxim of the Servants

Adam Smith wrote about “The vile maxim of the masters,” which is, as he describes it, “All for us, none for anybody else.” And the vile maxim of their loyal servants seems to be, “Whatever you say boss. You make the rules.” The vile, amoral service to power – nothing disgusts me more; yet, it […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Vile Maxim of the Servants

Adam Smith wrote about “The vile maxim of the masters,” which is, as he describes it, “All for us, none for anybody else.” And the vile maxim of their loyal servants seems to be, “Whatever you say boss. You make the rules.” The vile, amoral service to power – nothing disgusts me more; yet, it […]

Montreal Simon: Harper’s Army and the Final Betrayal of Cpl. Stuart Langridge

I've written several posts about the tragic story of Cpl. Stuart Langridge, who killed himself seven years ago after serving his country honourably in Bosnia and Afghanistan.I told you how the military didn't accept that he was suffering from PTSD, they didn't treat his illness, they treated him like a cheater, until he finally hanged himself.I also told you how they kept his suicide note from his parents for over a year, even though it was addressed to them.

And how his parents finally found out earlier this year that a secret military report had blamed him for what (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: If trouble comes?

We live a very peaceful life in Canada. It was surprising though the other day when in an interview on Global Television, Tom Clark asked Ottawa’s chief of the defence staff his major concern for Canadians. Without hesitation, General Tom Lawson said his main concern was a natural disaster. He made no reference to any threats from the jihadists of the Middle East. He did note that we were well protected by moats on the east and west of our country known as the Atlantic and Pacific, as well as on the north.

The natural follow up to that answer (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Dirty Sexist Game and the Woman Who Fought Back

It's a dirty game, a bestial assault on women, and one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on TV.One that began just over a year ago with this video in Cincinnati, as a female reporter covered a train derailment.

The video got more than five million views, more than 31,000 thumbs up, and all over North America other depraved men started imitating that hooded pervert.So you can imagine how happy I was to see Toronto TV reporter Shauna Hunt stand up to those bullies the other day. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Canadian Forces and the Shame of Harper’s Army

Ever since he came to power Stephen Harper has been trying to militarize this country.

Trying to destroy our noble peacekeeping traditions, and turn our military into Harper's Army, with his hollow slogan:


But as a new report makes clear the truth couldn't be more UGLY.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Planning to Conscript Young Canadians?

There's a strange and disturbing story circulating quietly on the internet. It was forwarded to me by someone I trust.And it seems to show that the CBC wrote a story claiming that Stephen Harper was thinking about conscripting young Canadians if he is re-elected.Only to quickly delete it a few hours later.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Jason Kenney Must Resign Immediately

The other day I wrote a post accusing Jason Kenney of lying. Again. Claiming that the reason we are going to bomb Syria is because the Americans need us and our so-called smart-bombs.And of getting the country's top general Tom Lawson to cover for him. Well today Lawson ate his words and make Kenney look like an idiot. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why are the Generals Covering Up For Jason Kenney?

The only thing more disturbing than having an incompetent Cold War chickenhawk like Jason Kenney posing as a Defence Minister, and lying like a thief. Over and over again.Is having Canada's top general, running behind him with a shovel.To scoop up his manure, or as David Pugliese writes, dig him out of a bomb crater of his own making. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Cpl. Stuart Langridge and the Horror of Harper’s Army

The other night I wrote about the tragic story of Cpl. Stuart Langridge, who killed himself seven years ago after serving his country honourably in Bosnia and Afghanistan.And I described how the military didn't accept that he was suffering from PTSD, treated him like a criminal, and didn't let his family read the suicide note he addressed to them until more than a year after he died.Well today his family finally got to read a heavily redacted secret military report, and it couldn't be more shocking.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Return of Sgt. Doiron and the Betrayal of Cpl. Langridge

They brought Sgt. Andrew Doiron back to Canada today, and I was glad to see that thousands of Canadians turned out to welcome him home down the Highway of Heroes.Once I thought that reception was too militaristic, and too American. But now I think it's right that we should value every life, and honour those who lose their lives in the service of Canada.Too bad, Cpl. Stuart Langridge and his family weren't so lucky. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Went Off the Deep End

I always knew he was dangerous. And that madness ran in his family.I knew the first Harper to arrive in Canada had to removed from office for "violent and oppressive measures vindictive beyond all reason."I knew one of his grandfathers committed suicide, and that he was prone to violent rages, and frightening bouts of depression.But today Stephen Harper finally went over the deep end.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Outrageously Stealthy F-35 Scandal

Two years ago he told us that he was pressing the "reset button" on his plan to buy 65 F-35 fighters from his friends at Lockheed Martin, after it was revealed that their cost would blow Canada up instead of the enemy.He promised us his corrupt regime would look at other slightly cheaper warplanes, and hold an open competition.But it seems that nothing can shake Stephen Harper's insane obsession with the F-35, even though with only one engine it's totally unsuitable for patrolling Canada's vast Arctic spaces.And today we found out that he has secretly ordered four of (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Road to War

I have no idea which voice in his head was commanding him, but it was a very different Stephen Harper who turned up in the House of Commons today. An unusually subdued version.He reached out to the opposition, answered their questions politely, instead of mocking them, or setting his howling Con jackals on them.But the essential message remained the same: He will lead us into a war he calls both noble and necessary. Read more »

Montreal Simon: When Canadian Soldiers Must Choose Between Their Pensions and Their Mental Health

I've written many stories about the callous way the Con regime and the military treat our wounded soldiers.But since nothing ever seems to be done about it, and I've seen the horror up close, I'm just going to have to keep repeating this:Making soldiers choose between their pensions and their mental health is the absolute limit. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Indiana Harper and the Doomed Return To Parliament

Twas the night before Parliament, and at 24 Sussex Drive not a creature or a mouse rat was stirring.Except in the dark basement where Stephen Harper was planning his triumphal return, after his golden photo-op summer.And no doubt rehearsing his new role as Indiana Harper or Great Explorer Leader. The man, who in his mind at least, led the successful search for the Franklin expedition.As I'm sure you remember…

But sadly for him I fear his flight voyage of fancy will be short-lived. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper the Chicken Hawk Gets his Feathers Plucked

Well as you know, no world leader has screamed as loudly about the crisis in Ukraine as has Stephen Harper.If words were weapons the Russians would have surrendered by now.But now NATO is demanding that he put his money where his mouth or his snout is.And the chicken hawk has been plucked.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Robin Williams and the Demon Depression

He was such a funny man, he made so many people laugh. Which only made his sad death even more shocking. Robin Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film's biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63.But as the Star's Peter Howell points out, he was a clown with a dark side.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Chris Hedges: Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

Chris Hedges agitates for a global mass movement of boycotts, divestment and sanctions to stop Israel’s ongoing Gaza assault and “destructive process.”

The post Chris Hedges: Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Never-Ending War on Veterans

I've written quite a few posts about the disgraceful way the Con regime treats our veterans.And about the disgusting way their depraved leader claims to be standing up for our men and women in uniform. God bless all of our men and women in uniform. #cdnpoli— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) June 10, 2014

While betraying our wounded soldiers so miserably.

Now read the tragic story of Colin Fitzgerald, war hero and PTSD survivor. Read more »

Politics, Re-Spun: My Deepest Apology to Stephen Harper, Military Genius


For years I have been openly mocking our prime minister. He believes he’s the combined reincarnation of General Douglas MacArthur and Winston Churchill, often touting things like the Canadian victory in the War of 1812, even though Canada wouldn’t exist for another 55 years. Pish posh.

In reality, I have criticized Harper for being an international relations buffoon, something more like Ian McKellen’s Richard III.

But despite having criticized war-mongering Harper [who nevertheless abuses and neglects military veterans and their mental health disabilities] for deciding to buy a bunch of F-35 fighter jets, I shouldn’t have.

I criticized the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and Our Temporary Foreign Air Farce

OMG. I didn't think it was possible for Jason Kenney and the other oil pimps in the Harper regime to embarrass this country more than they already have. I didn't it was possible to be more humiliated in the eyes of the world, and still keep breathing.But sadly I was wrong. Because remember how I told you last night why Kenney's plan to crackdown on temporary foreign workers in the fast food industry was nothing but a sham or a scam?Well how about this scam? Now they're hiring foreigners to replace our Royal Canadian Air Force pilots. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Julian Fantino Ran From the Wife of a Veteran

He has betrayed Canadian veterans, he has disrespected them, he has nickel and dimed them to death.There is never enough money to help the wounded, the elderly, and their families, or keep regional offices open.But it turns out there is all the money in the world to try to make Julian Fantino look good. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Disappointment

Well today is the National Day of Honour. The day Stephen Harper proclaimed should honour all those who served in Afghanistan.But as I explained the other night, is an unseemly debacle mainly intended to honour HIMSELF.Even if that means elbowing the Governor General out of the way, and posing as the commander-in-chief. Read more »