There couldn't be a more powerful protest. Or a greater slap in the face. For years he posed as a patriot, for years he strutted around boasting he was the best friend the Canadian military ever had. For years he could count on the support of most veterans.But not anymore. Read more »
Under the Harper Government, we have been fed enormous amounts of propaganda pablum in the name of “Support the War in Afghanistan Troops”. The “highway of heroes” when our troops were being returned in pine boxes on a weekly basis; goodness knows how many photo-ops of Harper and Mackay on the tarmac in Afghanistan, and Harper wearing partial uniforms at various times.
You would think that the troops are some kind of privileged class under Harper. Not so much, it seems. In fact, if you manage to get yourself injured in the line of duty, the big old roll of (Read more…)
A travelling tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan will arrive in your province or territory during the next year or two. The memorial, featuring plaques of the 161 Canadians killed, will be welcomed by their families and friends, but some of us will react much differently.
Former National Defense Minister Peter MacKay unveiled the temporary display in Ottawa on July 9th. It will be open to the public and remain on Parliament Hill through Remembrance Day, before heading off on a two-year journey across the country to visit provincial legislatures and then on to (Read more…)
“Each Sunday from sunrise to sunset, a temporary memorial appears next to the world-famous pier at Santa Monica, California. This memorial, known as Arlington West, a project of Veterans For Peace, offers visitors a graceful, visually and emotionally powerful, place for reflection.” From the web site.
In Canada we currently have a government that supports the troops, despises the veterans. Perhaps this can be inspirational.
photos par/by/von Emilie Oléron Evans http://ibringmyownsun.wordpress.com/
ARLINGTON WEST SANTA MONICA
“Power & The Glory” by Cockney Rejects ———————————————————————————— Those years ago our ships set sail to restore England’s pride. Thousands of blokes like me and you, were on their way to d… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: “Power & The Glory” by Cockney…
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs for Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2008. . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Buffy Sainte-Marie performs for Veterans for Peace and Iraq…
Remembrance Day 2012 at Queen’s Park, Toronto This year, since November 11 fell on a Sunday, I managed to attend two Remembrance Day ceremonies at Queen’s Park in Toronto. First I obse… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Remembrance Day 2012 at Queen’s Park,…
The Harper Conservatives must really hate Canadian military veterans. The HarperCons seem to prefer that our armed forces members either die in action or commit suicide due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than live to require healthcare and other b… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The Harper Conservatives must really hate Canadian military…
“The misuse of November 11: How the Harper government exploits Remembrance Day” – by Peter Goffin, November 9, 2012: Excerpts: The greatest trouble with Harper’s Conservatives using Remembrance Day to construct an image of Canada as one of history’… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: "The misuse of November 11: How the Harper government exploits Remembrance Day" – by Peter Goffin, November 9, 2012
…it is apparent that, like most governments, the Harper regime has been quite content to recruit, exploit and ultimately abandon those who, in good faith, joined the armed forces to support a ‘muscular adventurism’ that has both tarnished and dimi… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: After Cutting Through The Sanctimonious Rhetoric
This Youtube link is “War in the East”, a dub reggae-influenced song by Canadian punk band D.O.A. ——————————————————————————————————- I wear a poppy and commemorate Remembrance Day… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: This Youtube link is “War in the East”, a dub…
“Wasted Life” by Stiff Little Fingers This song was specifically written about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, but many of the lyrics apply to almost every military conflict in the entire history of the world, including those still happening. War… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: “Wasted Life” by Stiff Little Fingers
This song was…
No more war but class war. Honour the fallen on Remembrance Day, but also curse the politicians, businessmen and monarchs who sent them to kill and die in conflicts that, for the most part, have been pointless and unnecessary. War is hell, and those wh… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: No more war but class war.
Honour the fallen on Remembrance Day,…
There’s been much ado about the NDP’s position on trade agreements based on the Cons’ recent publicly-funded cheerleading for free trade at any price. But for anybody looking for the NDP’s actual view on trade, the House of Commons debates from March 29 offer a rather thorough indication.
The Big Issue
That’s thanks to a Parliamentary debate on the Cons’ legislation to implement a free trade agreement with Panama. And the NDP made clear that it’s willing to reasonably review and support trade agreements in general – but that it won’t be bullied into backing deals that give preferential treatment
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – March 29, 2012
Who is Rob Anders?
He was elected MP for the riding of Calgary-West in 1997. Before the 2011 election he was known as the MP who spoke the fewest words in the House of Commons and for being the only member of parliament to vote against making Nelson Mandela a “Honorary Canadian Citizen” in 2001. A year ago he was caught on camera falling asleep during Question Period. He hates the CBC and has an anti-CBC petition on the front page of his website. Before the last election, Alison Redford (now Premier of Alberta) tried to challenge Anders for the . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Rob Anders should resign from the Veterans Affairs Committee
Well the story says it all for itself. A Conservative MP sleeps at a committee session on veterans. Now before you bash the Conservative sleeping and saying that he doesn’t care about veterans I think it is important to know that we have all sleepy moments. I just last Friday night slept way too early and forgot to post something on the blog for Yesterday. It doesn’t mean I don’t care about my readers.Now the MP denies the claim that he slept and quite honestly I don’t care. The fact that are media continues to talk about pointless topics is really getting on my nerves. I mean even
. . . → Read More: The Happy Wanderer: Sleep all You Want, But Don’t Cut!
Not the first time. Rob Anders sawing logs in Question Period.
The veterans were not amused (emphasis mine).
Veterans advocates are furious after they say a Conservative MP on the Commons veterans affairs committee slept through their presentation about efforts to help homeless former soldiers.
Jim Lowther, president of Veterans Emergency Transition Services, said he couldn’t believe it
My first cartoon of the year. Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/21/pol-veterans-blaney.html