Remembrance Day is just around the corner. The local guys around here with their warbirds will do a memorial fly-past and we’ll have a ceremony at… wherever they hold it (I don’t go)… and then we’ll all settle down and watch war movies …Continue reading
Hee…. hee… still laughing about Obama’s win… love seeing freakazoids like the Tea Baggers lose! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++…Continue reading
…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…Continue reading
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…
“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.
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…
It’s a big man who can start a national column with an admission that he got it wrong.This little corner’s been relatively silent on the whole Occupy thing, but now that it’s gotten the Masters of the Universe sufficiently rattled, they’re cranking up …Continue reading
I belong to a family, and a clan, with a 300-year military tradition. I have attended more Remembrance Day ceremonies than I can count. And hated them all.I shudder at the sounds of the guns. But the children’s choir always makes me weep. As it did aga…Continue reading
On this day I sometimes thumb through my dog-eared copy of Barry Broadfoot’s “Six War Years, Memories of Cahadians at Home and Abroad (1974).” Broadfoot used the same technique as he did for his earlier Depression-era work, “Ten Lost Years.” &nb…Continue reading
In Flanders fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing,Continue reading
General Ludwig von Falkenhausen presents “The Week of Suffering” (circa April 2-9, 1917) –>slide 2 Artillery relentless I’d guess about a million shells Somehow can target our artillery, even though they’re hidden behind ridge We ran out of aspirin, earplugs. Allied General Arthur Currie presents “Better Creeping” (circa April 9, 1917) –>slide 4 first wave […]Continue reading
…and remember those who breathe no more. Those who do dare to forget doom us to repeat past mistakes. So take that moment or two today. To. Remember. Trashy, Ottawa, OntarioContinue reading
Copper Roof Politics remembers the brave sacrifice our service men and women have made, and continue to make, in active service. These men and women sacrifice their time, well being, and sometimes life to protect the freedom we enjoy on … Continu…Continue reading
I awoke this morning to the refrain, "And the band played waltzing Matilda." I thought of my father, who spent some of World War II in Australia. Most of the time, he was behind anti-aircraft guns — the kind that fire large shells and make a lot of noise. Understandably, by the end of the war, he wanted nothing to do with guns — large or small. I never saw him go near one.
However, he didContinue reading
Let’s use today as an excuse to begin spreading words of peace instead of banging the drums of war.Continue reading
The Occupy Ottawa Movement faces a little moral dilemma on Remembrance Day tomorrow: to protest or not to protest? Remembrance Day is a solemn day for Commonwealth countries. A day to remember members of the …Read MoreContinue reading
It’s been over ninety-four years since my paternal grandmother’s brother, Tom, died on the World War One battlefields of France, roughly five weeks before the final assault on Vimy. Grandma bore his death with pain right up until her ow…Continue reading
… I detest war and its machinery. I hate the glorification of war or the use of the military as a political tool. I see no need for guns in modern society except for those carried by police. I like the idea of banning them altogether but know tha…Continue reading
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.– John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), in a speech at the White House, 1962Continue reading