I REMEMBER YOUR SACRIFICE and I will NEVER FORGET!

Remembrance Day was serious business in my house when I was a child, a tradition I carried with me into my adult life. My Father served in the British Royal Air Force during WWII. Every Remembrance Day he sat me down and told me stories of his war experiences. When I was very small he always spoke of the countries he had seen, and the people he had met. As I grew older he began to share with me the darker side of war, the casualties he saw, the friends he lost, and the horrors of being in Europe during one of the worst wars the world has ever seen.

I can remember asking him why he went to war. I will never forget his answer. He looked at me very seriously, and said “because it was the right thing to do!”

It was my Father’s belief that if we do not examine the past and remember those that put right the wrongs, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past continuously. He is gone now, taken from me four years ago by stomach cancer, but still every single November 11th at precisely 11 a.m I observe a minute of silence. In that minute of silence I remember my Father and the lessons he taught me. I remember the friends he lost because they chose to “Do the right thing” and go to war for their country, and I go forward vowing to try to do the right thing. My Father and his lost friends fought for my freedom. I am here today and I have the right to make my own choices because someone died to give me that privilege, the very LEAST I can do is take ONE day out of a year to honor that sacrifice, and every similar sacrifice our troops make to continue to allow us to be free!

Something I saw today on the internet shocked me. A picture is floating around. Supposedly it is a screen shot of something some girl said. Others have claimed she was set up and didn’t say it. Either way it angers me for many reasons.

Firstly, I was shocked that anyone could put these words together and expect not to be taken apart by angry people. Secondly let’s take this apart here:

“f— the people that died ‘serving our’ country’ nobody told them to go to war”

Um…joining the military is ‘serving our country’. When you join the military you learn to take orders, that means you go where they tell you when they tell you and do whatever they tell you to do. That includes being “told” to go to war.

“obviously there was a fifty fifty chance they were going to die, I don’t feel bad”

Yes you idiot, when someone is sent to war for their country there is always a chance that they won’t come home, they know that, and yet they go anyway in the hopes of keeping the peace and protecting the freedom of ungrateful people like you. They are heroes and should be honored for their sacrifice.

“I don’t support war, they got what was coming to them.”

Well all I have to say about that one is, no one SUPPORTS war, wars are fought to try to preserve the greater good. Oh and as for them getting what was coming to them? Well honey, Karma is a woman, she’s a bitch in high heels and she is coming for you!

To those of you reading this who may have served in the military, I thank you! To those who died so our nations could be free I REMEMBER YOUR SACRIFICE and I will NEVER FORGET!

To anyone who does not support our troops I only have this to say…Have YOU met KARMA yet? Let me introduce you…

Peace and Love Everybody!

An Open Letter To Mayor Rob Ford

Dear Mr. Ford (notice I didn’t say Mayor Ford?)

I no longer live in Toronto and have not done so for quite some time. “Right then” you say “if you are not a Torontonian why do I care what you have to say?” My reply? Quite frankly sir you have to be prepared to listen to what SOMEONE says! I may not be a Torontonian, but one does not have to live in Toronto to be seriously embarrassed by the conduct of that city’s mayor. That mayor Mr. Ford, until someone can find a way to change it, is you. Your conduct, has been most unbecoming of the city’s mayor, indeed it would be unbecoming of ANY city’s mayor. Quite frankly Canadians are embarrassed to say that the mayor of one of our major cities is a dope smoking fiend with a penchant for having his drunken stupors caught on tape. Add to that the fact that said mayor associates with known criminals and drug dealers and is caught at the centre of a major police investigation and the embarrassment grows.

Now ANY other man caught with his pants down so to speak would pull them up and withdraw from the spotlight, but not you! No matter how many people call for you to resign and step down, you just don’t seem to be able to grasp the concept that your reign is over. Torontonians want a mayor that acts like a mayor not a juvenile delinquent. Surely you can see that stepping down from office is not only the best move for you, but it is really the only move left.

What were you thinking Mr. Ford? Did you think yourself above the law because you hold the office of Mayor? Or did you just erroneously think that the city of Toronto would keep taking your ridiculous apologies for your bad behavior and be done with it? Now before this comes down on the side of a screaming rant about your behavior, I will say that you have done some good for the city of Toronto, but it is far outweighed by your clandestine escapades in the parking lots and hallways of city hall.

Your stubborn refusal to admit your mistakes and STEP DOWN has created a worldwide media circus. You have made one of the best city’s in our fair country the topic of late night television monologues by Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel et al. You have made TO the butt of jokes told by comedians around the globe, not the impression we Canadians want to make on the rest of the world I assure you! Seriously dude between you and Justin Bieber, the world is convinced Canada has nothing more to offer than juvenile delinquents and dope smoking drunken fuck ups!

Mr. Ford, nothing you can say or do at this point in time is going to salvage your political career. You are DONE, have the decency to step down gracefully!

Sincerely,

An Embarrassed Canadian Citizen