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June 6, 2009

June 6th

The day tetris stormed the beaches of Normandy.

h/t Kevin T.

Posted by Kate at June 6, 2009 11:25 AM
Comments

Kate, Paul Martin said to let you know there is a typo in your post. That should read Norway.

Posted by: paulsstuff at June 6, 2009 11:58 AM

The things you can learn from this internet thingy - on June 6, 1944, there was an invasion on Obama Beach.

Posted by: Kathryn at June 6, 2009 12:10 PM

Who won that war, anyway, and what was it called?

Battle of Norway? Battlestar Normandia?

My Dad told us of walking out on deck when the barrage started. He said it was the most impressive and exciting thing he ever saw, ships from as far as you could see, opening up at the same time.

Posted by: dmorris at June 6, 2009 12:17 PM

my Dad had been shot at Ortona six months prior to d-day...lay out in the street all day til dark when someone could dare go get him...he was a d-day dodger as the famous song has it...he spent a good long while recuperating at Viscountess Lady Astor's country pile before they shipped him back to Vancouver where his nurse was my Ma and that's why I'm here to tell the tale.

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 12:24 PM

Amazing to what lengths Socialists will go to hide the fact that National Socialists were put on the ropes that day.

I do have to wonder if the "head geek" responsible ever took a history class. Or even uses his own search engine...?

I think there's an old tetris game kicking around the house somewhere. Maybe I'll take it out back and use it as a target for giggles.

Posted by: Curious at June 6, 2009 12:41 PM

John, your Dad helped preserve Western Civilization and he is one of many we can thank for our freedom. (And that's a really nice happy ending to your dad's wartime story. Bless them both! :-)

Posted by: Dave in Pa at June 6, 2009 12:42 PM

thanks dave in Pa.....he also once said when we were discussing bad guys like Gaddafi is that 'all these guys understand is when you go in and flatten them.'

which is demonstrably true....as Churchill repeatedly states Hitler could have been stopped half a dozen times in the 1930s if the leadership of France and Britain had simply shown some backbone...

Winston remarked in book six of his history of WW2

"how the western democracies triumphed and so were able to resume the follies which had so nearly cost them their life."

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 12:51 PM

Would we have ever received Tetris if the Western countries hadn't got involved and taken out the leftard scumbags (aka Nazi's)?

Posted by: Joel Schroeder at June 6, 2009 12:54 PM

Here's my 5cent on the Tetris War:
War is for idiots (cause not even the retarded would opt for that), and the commemoration of such savagery is yet another silly way to romanticize those shitty acts. I'd rather have Tetris glorified than celebrate rememberances of brutal killings. Guns & arms (& violence) lovers should point their guns up their A's and download the entire alphabet onto themselves.

Posted by: Ever at June 6, 2009 1:00 PM

Ever.....had it not been for those "idiots", there would be no Tetris. You should seek help for your mental condition.

Posted by: John Luft at June 6, 2009 1:07 PM

How ironic: a Russian guy comes to America to enjoy equal opportunity to become rich thru free enterprise, and conducts itself as the most ungrateful bastard on Earth. Sergey Brin, you are a POS.

Posted by: Aaron at June 6, 2009 1:07 PM

Ever, I hearby volunteer you to be the one to go tell the Taliban. Of you go, there's a good boy (or girl, or transgendered whatsit.)

Posted by: The Phantom at June 6, 2009 1:08 PM

LOL @ Ever.

Those who carried arms give you the freedom to curse us.

Next time someone threatens your freedom and family?

You go first and wave a daisy. You'll probably find someone's rifle shoved up your butt w/ bayonet attached.

Stalin and Hitler weren't "misunderstood". They were "evil" and deserved a few million rifles shoved up their patoots.

"You're welcome" for protecting your right to freely make an ass of yourself.

Posted by: Curious at June 6, 2009 1:09 PM

Ever:
Normally I ignore trolls, Ever, but on this anniversary of D Day I have to say your words are unsolicited and outrageous. Perhaps when you grow up a bit you'll reflect on your words and experience a few pangs of guilt. Meantime, go to hell, Jerk.

Posted by: BCer at June 6, 2009 1:10 PM

"Ever" would be goosetepping all over the place in a nice tight Hitler youth outfit in no time flat if he were faced with the likes of Hitler.

Posted by: Soccermom at June 6, 2009 1:12 PM

When uninstalling Chrome, it opens IE at the page that is asking for the reason. You can choose 'other' and tell Google all what you think about them. Be my guests!

Posted by: Aaron at June 6, 2009 1:13 PM

Should be "off you go", darn fat fingered typing. Wouldn't want the mentally challenged Lefty to become confused there.

Posted by: The Phantom at June 6, 2009 1:13 PM

Ever,
You miss the point entirely. D-day is not a celebration of war but the honouring of the sacrifices our forefathers made in order to defeat the Nazis. I would bet that there was not one person on that beach that would not have rather been back home except for the fact that the nazis had taken over europe.

Thank God that the men and women of that time were made of sterner stuff than you. Why don't you go down to you local Legion today and make the statement you just made and see if you make it out unscathed.

It is people like you who let Hitler take over Europe. It is people like the ones who made the sacrifices on the beaches that took it back.

Do yourself a favor and read this:

http://www.gleamingedge.com/mirrors/onsheepwolvesandsheepdogs.html

First, figure out where you fit in that story, then, find a veteran and thank them for the life you are allowed to live through their sacrifices and commitments.


Trevor Debler

Posted by: trevor at June 6, 2009 1:16 PM

On the subject of Obama, it didn't take him long to shift from: "So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other." to "D-Day save the world from evil."

I get a flashback to Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In every time he says that. Its just like Tricky Dicky Nixon saying "Let me make this perfectly clear." Obama needs jowls to do it right though.

Posted by: The Phantom at June 6, 2009 1:21 PM

Initially, I was going to give Google a pass on this one because it is the 25th anniversary of Tetris, and 25th anniversaries usually get bigger play then 65ths. HOWEVER, I took the time to go through the pages of special logos on Google's site and NOT ONE SINGLE TIME have they acknowledged D-Day. They also haven't seen fit to acknowledge V-E Day, and the closest they have come to celebrating V-J Day and the end of WWII is Korea-only logos for Korean Liberation Day. It might be time to move away from their search engine and their e-mail service.

Posted by: MikeM at June 6, 2009 1:24 PM

john Begley -
My friend’s dad from down the street had fought his way up the Boot with the Canadian Army but when we were kids we didn’t take it as being as heroic as D Day because their role wasn’t shown on TV or in the movies.
But in the olden days(1969) our literature teacher used the D day dodgers song as an example of folk music and explained the story behind it.
My brother and I tried to convince our Dad to go the D Day ceremonies over the last few years. Even though he had spend 1943-45 escorting North Atlantic convoys and his ship helped escort the convoy to Utah Beach on D day he wouldn’t take part.“D Day’s for the Army, we only took them there and then sailed away. We felt bad that we left them there to do the rest of the fighting and we'd not be there to help.”
God bless your Dad.

Posted by: Cal at June 6, 2009 1:27 PM

Possible future alternative to Google, on a more practical note, is Wolfram's Alpha.

http://www24.wolframalpha.com/

Early days yet, but worth checking out.

Google is run by a bunch of glorified university kids, they rock at computing but they suck at being good citizens. Note their continued and cheerful cooperation with dictatorships around the world, such as the Chicoms.

Nothing is irreplaceable, not even Google.

Posted by: The Phantom at June 6, 2009 1:50 PM

thanks cal

....i've found several ribald versions of "d-day dodgers' sung by some brits...very entertaining....i've meant to visit Ortona for decades...perhaps i will some day.

poor Ever...

are we so few now that find a just war a glorious undertaking...that love their family and their homeland precious enough to risk their lives for it..?

we were saved by the blessed yanks last time and today they are all that stands between us all and a new dark age.....to see this grand great country of brave idealists being enfeebled by the left is heartbreaking...

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 1:53 PM

Ever, on this day we commemorate the price so many had to pay for having to defeat tyranny. Yes, it's adopted language (and some would argue jingoistic) from WW1, but it's still deeply relevant.

The most fervently anti-war person that every existed was the young man going "over the top." They were not armchair peacenicks, they took it straight on, knowing the price of inaction would be even greater.

They deserve our admiration, not our ivory tower derision. Yes, old men start wars, but young men fight them.

Posted by: Shamrock at June 6, 2009 1:54 PM

Just igonre the little troll.

Think of men of the 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Army Tank Brigade, RCAF 6 Group of Bomber Command, Johnny Johnson's Fighter Wing and so many others from Fighter Command and RCN Flotillas.

Those men and so many others who stood tall 65 years ago today for this country and the world.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at June 6, 2009 1:55 PM

think for a moment what the Yanks have done in Iraq...all that blood and treasure liberating a whole nation from the clutches of a sadistic murderer...it's the most flagrantly idealistic unselfish act of my lifetime....just think on the quantum of happiness pre and post saddam that exists in Iraq....this is good samaritanism writ very large indeed...god bless the Americans.

when i hear the left wing disparage GWB i shake my head...

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 2:03 PM

Hmm, google didn't commemorate Memorial Day either.

Posted by: Phil at June 6, 2009 2:12 PM

From paulsstuff---" Kate, Paul Martin said to let you know there is a typo in your post. That should read Norway"--- This commment pertains to former PMPM's speech on the sixtieth anniversary. Martin,in front of a room of veterans,thanked them twice for their sacrifices on the beaches of Norway. The veterans were looking at each other,some amused,some shocked. Fortunately for the libs,the canadian media was too busy mocking Stockwell Day for mixing up the flow of the St.Lawrence to notice Martin's extremely stupid and belittling gaffe. If a conservative did this,it would have been in the news every day for weeks.

Posted by: wallyj at June 6, 2009 2:47 PM

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM65JG

http://www.lst393.org/

Ever.

Go check this out. We took our boy to see it last fall. You can go through almost the entire ship.

He couldn't really comprehend it for what it was.

He's nine. But he knows it stood for something important.

Posted by: Curious at June 6, 2009 3:23 PM

and who was the dipshit lllieberal politician who twice referred to 'Vichy' ridge at one of those remembrances...and remember how those dirty contemptible dipshits bumped actual veterans in order to feed at the trough and have a little holiday in France......

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 3:33 PM

i always liked this....the attitude...the insight.

"This book is cheerfully dedicated to those greatest and most heroic of all human endeavours, War and Warfare; may they never cease to give us the pleasure, excitement and adrenal stimulation that we need, or provide us with the heroes, the Presidents and the leaders, the monuments and the museums which we erect to them in the name of PEACE."

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 3:53 PM

Commemorating savagery? I think not.

"They don't seek glory or honour. Because that is already theirs. They seek only Remembrance -- for the comrades they left behind. Those men and women they vowed never to forget.

Sixty-five years later, time has become their new enemy. It has taken its toll on their once-young bodies. Their step is no longer as brisk as it once was. Their salute is not quite as sharp. Their knees now resist the bend.

But still, they continue to march in formation. To march on the colours. To lay wreaths. And to honour their fallen comrades.

I am truly humbled to be in your presence. To be witness to your dignity and courage. You have known the great price of freedom, and you have been willing to pay it. You have known the terrible struggles of nation building, and you have made Canada strong and proud and free. You have felt sacrifice, and you have made Canada the best country in the world.

We can never repay you. We can only offer two simple words: 'Thank you.'

Lest we forget."
Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson honouring Canada's D-Day veterans

Posted by: Kathryn at June 6, 2009 3:57 PM

Thanks Kate,,,,,

And, a BIG THANKS to my Dad, God Bless His Soul.

2nd Airborne, parachuted in, made it, and married my Mom.

Hence; produced the Ratt.

And God Bless You and your Family Begley.
,

Posted by: Ratt at June 6, 2009 4:08 PM

and thank you ratt...

nice to know we're not the only family happy to blow up bad people...and to find i finally have a Prime Minister willing to confront evil is such a welcome change....

things are looking up in Canada....i think enough people are becoming aware of just how fragile this wonderful society we've created is....and that it is under assault from without and within...in myriad ways....

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 4:16 PM

Ever. You are a complete and total moron. We owe our freedom, our country and liberty to the greatest generation which we honour on D-Day. Get your sorry ass away from the PC, get out of your mother's basement and read a book on the subject. Book.. paper, may have pictures!!!

Posted by: Watcher at June 6, 2009 5:02 PM

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the day that
Canadian troops, along with their allies, charged
Omaha beach....
-right wing open-mouth radio
station CJOB News right after right wing open-mouth
yahoo Roy Green's bit of propaganda.

What say you to that, Kathryn? Paulsstuff? dmorris?
wallyj?
Juxtapose that, why dontcha.

Posted by: philboy at June 6, 2009 5:39 PM

John Begley. Glad your father made it back, so did mine. Don't put too much faith in Harper. He / they are just like the lib's talk big do nothing. These bums have no regard for the military they would just as soon kill you as look at you. Believe me I speak from personal experience

Posted by: Tony W at June 6, 2009 6:01 PM

tony...

PMSH isn't a miracle worker and you must admit things are improving steadily armed forces-wise....

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 6:03 PM

John Begley, Cal and Kate,

I shudder to think where we would be today, if it were not for the likes of honorable such as your fathers who considered freedom worth fighting for.

God Bless them.

Posted by: No-One at June 6, 2009 6:15 PM

My Dad was in the Army Corps of Engineers in WWII. He went through Normandy a few weeks after the invasion, and he carried heavy equipment throughout France, Belgium, and Germany. Dad died this spring at age 85. At his memorial service, the local VFW guys did a 21-gun salute, and a guy and gal from the US Army did a very moving flag ceremony in his honor. I miss him a lot.

Posted by: Mike Kelley at June 6, 2009 6:53 PM

Check out this cartoon: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/06/023737.php

Posted by: Mike Kelley at June 6, 2009 6:59 PM

It astounds me these men went ashore through mines, obstacles, shellfire and gunfire onto exposed beaches in plywood landing craft where the only steel part was the door. It astounds me the paras jumped into AA fire and were targets for snipers while they were totally at the mercy of luck. It astounds me men were cut loose in plywood gliders in AA fire to land on fields that were studded with poles and wire into tank fire. It amazes me they were successful in the endeavour. They didn't have the psychologists and support systems to deal with their feelings. They came back and did their best to pick up a life that had changed forever. Thanks isn't enough but nothing would ever be enough.

Posted by: Speedy at June 6, 2009 7:00 PM

john begley I ment what I said about personal experience. When I tried to inlist his help to recover severence (Canadian Navy) stolen from me by the lib's I made the mistake of refering to his them min def O'Connor as a trudeau todie. He sent the mickey mouse police around to accdently kill me. Thats what I call personal. Thats why I call him as bad as the lib's

Posted by: Tony W at June 6, 2009 7:15 PM

I watched the ceremonies to celebrate the successful landing of the Allies on D-Day, 1944. Our Prime Minister gave far and away the best, most inspirational, and most appropriate speech. Our Prime Minister focused on the soldiers; past and present, not himself or his own 'life experiences' (as did Obama). Mr. Blaire surprised me with a fine choice of words honoring the bravery and the steadfastness of the allied troops, Great Britain and Winston Churchill. Sarkozy kept directing his words to President BH Obama - I am not sure why Sarkozy wanted the 0 to himself today - only inviting Canada and Great Britain at the last minute and then under pressure - Sarkozy was not flattering Obama, IMO. He seemed to be trying to tell him something... CTV focused on the O all the time, rudely cutting off pictures of our Prime Minister. Fox news played PMSH's words to open that American news channel's tribute to the soldiers who fought on the beaches of Normandy June 6, 1944.

Obama was slugging water from a bottle, cleaning his face with his fingers, sitting with his forefinger over his lips, Michelle was kept busy fussing with her hair...Prince Charles looked like an uncomfortable lump squeezed in between the slumping Blair who kept looking at the ground and the boy President who was squinting into the sky. The boy President's white - American uncle looked very unhappy sitting beside Michelle Obama.

Obama thanked the stay at homes (who prospered during the war in Canada and USA) - especially women like his grandma - he thanked the families for sending their SONS overseas - well Mr. 0, for your information, my MOM was one of those soldiers! Mom joined the RCAF and went to London England to "serve so that men may fly". She dodged bombs and worked for the Air Force. She was an only daughter (she has 3 brothers). The French government insulted all the English speaking vets in Canada by not playing any of our National Anthem in English. Imagine if it had been played only in English?

So I would rate the whole ceremony as a A+ for the vets, an A for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a C for Prime Minister Blaire, a D for Obama, an I (incomplete) for Prince Charles and President Sarkozy (Charles just sat, Sarkozy had terrible translation and was obsessive about speaking to Obama - but I couldn't pinpoint what he was trying to tell President Obama; hence: Incomplete.

The WWII vets who went to France went on short notice from Canada and GB (we were not invited until the last minute - there was some guy over at CTV comments saying that his uncle was 'upset' because he had had only a few days to get ready to go to France - numb skull nephew!) but they went...that generation always went to help. They were/are extraordinary people, they never passed up a chance to be where the action was and to help someone in trouble. They were adventurous, courageous and knew how to get things done! I was fortunate to grow up among those people, it is one of the greatest blessings in my life (the greatest generation were very different from the people 10 years younger than themselves and they were very different from people ten or twenty years older than them - the 20's adults) -the greatest generation had a 'get to work and get the job done or get the hell out of the way' attitude that made them saints and dare devils in the same package.

The only person that really spoke to the Greatest Generation was PMSH - he seems to 'know' them and is also too humble to claim that he can share their thoughts or mind set. That generation was never coddled but they liked to take care of all those who seemed less capable. Those men were not afraid to take on the Nazi's; they were afraid that they might get killed and then there might be no one to take care of their folks at home.

We should all take a good long look at those vets for we are not likely to see their like on this earth again. Remember them and thank them for saving the world from slavery. They got it done with gallantry and selfless courage but they did not feel glorified - they all remembered the wild good times - in the pubs drinking beer, flirting with foreign girls, smoking cigarettes like they would not get another chance, swinging onto Indian motorbikes and driving like mad men (no hated helmets after the war), driving big powerful cars as fast as they would go, dancing until 4 in the morning, driving 600 miles to see an old friend with 6 kids in the back seat, teaching all their kids how to drive at 6, how to fix their own bikes, letting them run free on their own (trusting them not to get into trouble)... yep these were birds of a different feather and I am so proud of them every single day. I am very proud to be their daughter.

Posted by: Jema54 at June 6, 2009 8:03 PM

I dropped by on a buddy of mine last week. He flew over 30 missions as a tailgunner in a Lancaster. Very brave and smart man. For the first time since I've known him he mentioned the shock of the war and it's affect on him. The terror and the knowledge that you've killed a lot of people. It never goes away. The friends you watched die. My father had it rough as well. POW camp for most of the war. I think that we focus on the terrible trauma that these "kids" went through and forget the fact that they managed to come home, get jobs, raise children and get on with life. Now that's impressive. I say that about all the soldiers. Brits, Americans, Germans, Italians etc.

I doubt any of the recent generations could do that.

God bless any "old soldiers" out there.

Posted by: gord at June 6, 2009 8:22 PM

I made a major error in my post, confusing Mr. Brown with Mr. Blair. Sorry Mr. Blair and Mr. Brown.

Posted by: Jema54 at June 6, 2009 8:34 PM

Jema54 - can't find the post, but don't worry, neither one of them deserves better.

Posted by: Black Mamba at June 6, 2009 8:56 PM

I find it so embarrassing as a citizen of the western world to be able to enjoy the life created by those who sacrificed their lives for freedom just so we might be pc'd to the point of doing it all over again.

Ever, I make no apologies when I say you absolutely disgust me. You might as well stand at the headstone of a fallen soldier and urinate.

I again thank those soldiers and the families of soldiers who helped create a society that my own family could escape to.

Freedom isn't free and the words you spew out are coated in blood.

Joel Schroeder

Posted by: Joel Schroeder at June 6, 2009 10:04 PM

Joel Schroeder: Ever is not only a troll; he's a little faker who's trying to wind us up. Say this for philboy (who can go juxtapose himself, BTW): At least, as has become painfully clear, he's sincere.

Posted by: Black Mamba at June 6, 2009 10:14 PM

I'm getting that BM, it's just not the appropriate time for a child to be playing in the adults section.

Posted by: Joel Schroeder at June 6, 2009 10:24 PM

It is 8:30pm (mountain time) and it looks like Google has been sent a strong message.

The tetris emblem has been removed.

Posted by: Joel Schroeder at June 6, 2009 10:36 PM

Sorry guys. I forgot to mention "too little too late" on my last post.

Posted by: Joel Schroeder at June 6, 2009 10:48 PM

In contradistinction to google's choice for today, SDA left the image of a dead rodent in her masthead, and made no mention whatsoever to the events of D-Day, other than by way of sarcastically pointing out that google didnt either.

Posted by: asdf at June 6, 2009 10:56 PM

gord....

my good friend did 35 missions in a halifax...he was from winterpig...his whole high school class enlisted same day.

he reckons he's deaf(as he now is) from his 4 30 cal guns......he was a mid turret gunner officer(so he must have been a clever boy)


it was amusing.....a fortnight ago the old woman went to see friends in Spain...the flight was vancouver/frankfurt....as we wished her adieu and bonne chance and bon voyage 'Arnie'(which is the mid turret gunner's name) said, "ah yes...i've been to frankfurt".

Posted by: john begley at June 6, 2009 11:15 PM

Oops, I made an error on my previous post - should have read Ratt instead of Kate - no offense Kate

"John Begley, Cal and Ratt,"

Posted by: No-One at June 6, 2009 11:18 PM

In August of 1914, on Britain's declaration of war on Germany, British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey stated: The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime. He told the truth as Germany was to invade all of Europe some 20 years later. Now the same holds true, but it is the lamp of the sanctuary that is going out, and all over the world.

Posted by: Larry Bennett at June 6, 2009 11:57 PM

Ever:

D-Day was the day that was neccessary to take back Europe from a psychopath that wanted to remold the world to his warped vision.
The realization of how neccesary came later when the allies started liberating the death camps.

sacrifice is like that, you don't do it because of want, but out of need.

Posted by: gimbol at June 7, 2009 12:13 AM

Both sides of my family were liberated (occupied Holland) by Canadian soldiers - a big part no doubt of why they came here. Canadian soldiers firing from my father's village at Germans in my mother's village. Two buried in her back yard.

I forget where i read it but when the Canadians came to town no dutch guy could get a date heh. Had a friend, his father helped liberate Holland - he said it was the best time of his fathers life.

Posted by: Agent Smith at June 7, 2009 12:48 AM

McGollam called. He's inquired as to whether a thread will be forthcoming in regards to Vichy ridge soon.

Posted by: Agent Smith at June 7, 2009 12:53 AM

Not to belittle D-Day in any way, but apparently the Soviets killed 5/6 of all killed German soldiers, and the Western Allies 1/6 (accurate source anyone?).

Too bad the Western Allies didn't continue east (presumably due to Roosevelt) after the Germans had been defeated. That could have prevented 45 years of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the cold war may not have happened.

Anyways, this (D-day) is certainly a day when we should recall the horrors of collectivism(Communism, National Socialism, Fascism) and honour those who sacrificed their lives fighting it.

Posted by: Johan i Kanada at June 7, 2009 2:14 AM

it would seem that those who won't fight for freedom will eventually lose it.

Posted by: old white guy at June 7, 2009 8:10 AM

johan. i think churchill wanted to do just that.

Posted by: old white guy at June 7, 2009 8:11 AM

Ever - June 6, 1:00pm - Now lets have you rewrite that blog in German. High German, low German - not matter. Do it in German or maybe in Japanese.

Posted by: a different bob at June 7, 2009 10:01 AM

" What say you to that, Kathryn? Paulsstuff? dmorris?
wallyj?
Juxtapose that, why dontcha"--- from Philboy. Well boy,I say that a radio host messing up the names should not be compared to the frigging Prime Minister messing up the names. If Harper had said Omaha beach,you would have a valid point,but as always,you missed the boat again.

Posted by: wallyj at June 7, 2009 11:46 AM

After yesterday's D Day program on Newsworld, Jack Granatstein was interviewed. No wonder that Ever is an ignoramus. Jack said that no Canadian history is taught in four provinces in Canada and in the rest of Canada it is up to teachers. If they don't like war, they can avoid WW1 and WW2.
I was born in London during WW2, have never served in the forces, but I have huge respect and gratitude for all that have served.

Posted by: tranio at June 7, 2009 12:01 PM

Chris Wallace was one of the commentators on Fox News yesterday describing the ceremonies commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day. He got Barak Obama right, he got Nicolas Sarkozy correct, he even got Gordon Brow's name right but when it came our own Prime Minister - in the US he is now known as Brian Harper.

Sheeeesh!

Posted by: a different bob at June 7, 2009 12:07 PM

Put an "n" on Mr Brown's name and my above post is then complete. Sheeeeesh?

Posted by: a different bob at June 7, 2009 12:09 PM

If Harper had said Omaha beach,you would have
a valid point,but as always,you missed the boat again.

Not at all, loser. The point is, people
make mistakes, politicians you don't like,
and right wing open-mouth yahoos.
But this wasn't misspoken or misread, the
newscaster read what was written on the page,
and did so all day long.

Posted by: philboy at June 7, 2009 12:34 PM

I lost a grandfather and two uncles fighting the Nazis,both from my mom's side.It never donned on me until I read Ever's post how much it impacted my life,a strong male presence from my mom's side would have countered the weak male presence from my dad's side,embarrassingly enough,my dad boasted about forging his release papers as the war was irrupting.

Posted by: h.ryan at June 7, 2009 2:32 PM

Ryan - your dad probably had some talents and character traits that made you proud of him. We all have said or done things in our lives that we wish we could re-do. Just chalk this one up to human weakness - forgive him - and get on with your life.

Posted by: a different bob at June 7, 2009 3:12 PM
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