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Personal Essay on Standing Committee and Systemic Racism

Yes, I have read the document, in its entirety…it left me gobsmacked. What an insane waste of taxpayer money, in addition to being ill-advised. You cannot legislate thought. You cannot legislate opinion. You certainly can’t do it without consulting with the people on the ground – you know, the folks paying for this tripe.

Let’s take hiring, for example; hiring based on gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation, in order to fill a quota is…the very same discriminatory practice that this (cough, cough) “standing committee” sees as their raison d’être. Hiring on merit is the only way to ensure business/public service stays strong and viable. Anything less is nonsense.

Let’s turn this around, shall we? What about the Muslim “Brotherhood” – it is discriminatory by virtue of its name. How many women are on their ruling board? Can’t have it both ways – either we are inclusive and refuse to accept discrimination or we are not.

What of the Hasidim? The men within the community are not permitted to speak to women; this too, discriminatory.

The Catholic Church – how many women are elected, promoted to roles within the archdiocese as bishops…archbishops…priests? Answer: None.

Jehovah Witness – there’s a whole organization based on discriminatory practices.

Let’s look at the popular music blasted out of car windows, sound systems throughout the country; referencing women as “ho’s” – “bitches”. Very discriminatory toward women. Shall we prosecute the song writers? Call them out for public humiliation?

Discrimination exists within our society and if we want to wipe it out? Then fine, but it has to be a constant.

A large step toward ending discrimination would be to end “special privilege” for religion, race, gender and ethnicity. A good number of our problems, as a society, is based on religion. Stop discrimination, then start treating religions as you would any large corporation – begin by taxing them. No more special privilege based on the belief in some imaginary father/mother figure in the sky or wherever. Fairy tales are for children and have no place in government or business.

What you believe is your own business and as such, keep it to yourself. Keep it in your churches/mosques/synagogues/temples. No and I mean NO special privileges based on religious preference. Want a public service? Then remove the face covering, no choosing the gender of a professional based on your fairy tales. No more public money going to a religious organization – municipal tax dollars, for example, used for snow plowing a church parking lot. Get your parishioners out there, with shovels or snow blowers.

No more referring to Caucasians as “whitey” – “honky” – “redneck” or racist based on skin colour. No more trying to throw shadows on what the various European cultures have done in this country.

If one can take pride in their non-European background, so too, can Europeans. Anything less is discriminatory and against the aforementioned “standing committee’s” own recommendations.

I don’t care what fairy tale rocks your boat, I don’t care where your family began, I don’t care who you love, I don’t care if you don’t sunburn in the summer; if you have a sense of personal responsibility, if you have a backbone and if you don’t walk around with your hand out or wear a mantle of victimhood then, to me, you are Canadian and I don’t need a “standing committee” to tell me.

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Prime Minister No-No

Never, in my life, have I regretted a vote…until now. This guy is an idiot and by believing his bullshit, I’m an idiot as well. The difference between the two of us is, I have learned from my mistake and there isn’t a snowflake’s chance, in hell, that I will vote Liberal, next election. I checked to see who supported the M-103 motion, a useless waste of government time and money, and what did I find? All the Liberals had their spines removed when Mr. Sunny Ways took office.

M-103 could have been used to strengthen our freedoms by re-wording and improving the context but noooo, that would have required thought and consideration. It would have required “a set” and apparently, there isn’t a functioning “set” within the entire Liberal party.

Religion must be struck from government, it is, essential, in light of our diversity, that no religion be given special privilege over rules of law. I don’t care if it is Christian, Jewish, Muslim or freaking Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And yes, I believe the cross should be removed from the Québec legislature and replaced with something that is representative of our collective history – a wood carving of voyageurs, perhaps greeting Aboriginals but NO crucifix.

The church didn’t found our province, in fact, it operated to our detriment, as a society, for centuries. We should learn from how we were subjugated and not welcome attempts to repeat religion taking precedence over law.

I hate religion – I hate all religions. I see no benefit aside from assuaging fears and instilling a false sense of superiority to followers. It enriches the few, while enslaving the many.

I am not Islamaphobic, I am not an anti-Semite nor do I mistrust people from other countries. I am completely against any proposed change to accommodate religion. We have our laws; if those laws are not to someone’s liking? Well, that really is too bad. Perhaps Canada is not the place for them. I have no qualms about welcoming a hijab, a yarmulke, a dastaar/pagṛi anymore than I have qualms about people who pierce, tattoo or brand – that’s a personal choice and does not impact on Canadian society. The burqa and its sisters, however, are a completely different thing; it portrays an insulting message to men, regarding their inability to control themselves, sexually. It hides the identity of a Canadian. It is an insult to our society which promotes gender equality. No one has the right to demand to be served by a specific gender. No one has the right to shroud their identity when demanding a public service, paid for by Canadians. We ask, only, that people respect our culture and our rules. Bottom line – we didn’t force anyone to come to our country; they came of their own volition.

I welcome true refugees but with caution; without correct vetting, Canadian – all Canadians, are placed in potential danger. How many war criminals have been found within our borders? How many violators of human rights have made it into our society? It isn’t about religion, it isn’t about global regions – we have, operating members of the Bratva in our country, we have Asian Triads, Middle Eastern gangsters; we import gang members because, apparently, we don’t have enough of our own homegrown ones.

We all have to assume that there are some pretty handsome pay-offs in our Immigration departments.

I will always fight, in whatever way I can, for freedom. Canada has freedom firmly entrenched in its culture but that freedom is under attack and unless we start standing up to special interest groups and bring that idiot in Ottawa to heel, our freedom is threatened. You are, absolutely, entitled to your religion, to your culture however, you are not entitled to force your cultural beliefs on Canadian society.

I don’t blame the special interest groups – they follow the money, they follow their agenda; I blame the government for not having the backbone to stand up for our present culture. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. Keep it at home. Keep it in your churches, your temples, your mosques, your various houses of worship; it has no place in our rules of law, it has no place in our public services, whether healthcare or riding a bus. You want the privileges we have created and funded? Then, take responsibility and understand the country, you chose to adopt. The country didn’t choose you. Understand this fundamental difference and we’ll all get along, just fine.

Oh and Prime Minister No-No? You didn’t even have the balls to call La Meute a pack of dogs…you alluded…you played to the Muslim audience, knowing full well, the implication regarding dogs and Islam. You chose to ignore Canadians, yet again; dogs, in our culture, are viewed as beloved family members, loyal and protecting. Perhaps you can learn something from that.

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We All Need a Good Dose of “Grow The F… Up”

Every so often, the nonsense, caterwauling, whining and general toddler behaviour, on the most incredible educational opportunity – the internet, drives me to despair. Sometimes, it gets bad enough, that I suspend my FB account, disregard Twitter and withdraw from social media.

When I feel like my world is turning into a melting pot of inanity, I tune out. It is at that point. When I look around, beyond freaking Facebook and Twitter, I see real tragedy. I see real obstacles and challenges – then I go to check in with FB….and I’m inundated with narcissistic First World bullshit.

I can only imagine how disgusted our ancestors must be.

Yeah, life’s a bitch but it is relative to where you live, isn’t it? The concept of actually being grateful for everything around us, in the privileged Western World is, apparently, too difficult, for the vast majority, to ponder. It seems to be almost painful, this thinking process thing.

Feelings have become more important than deeds. Everyone’s feelings are hurt. What are we? A society of 2-year-olds? Look, not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone gives a rat’s ass about your feelings, in fact, I would hazard a guess and say that 99.99999% of this world doesn’t care how you feel, a good lot of them are too busy trying to find food and water…avoid being blown up or getting shot but hey, your feelings are hurt. Let’s see…can I find a tear for you? Nope…sorry. Nothing.

Put your f*cking cell phone down – the world does not need or even want another “Selfie” or pic of your dinner choice. Go to a news site, in another country and see what they face, daily. Stay away from FOX, CNN; BBC is a pretty easy beginning, move on to Al-Jazeera, try an Israeli site – African and Indian news sites. Get yourself some perspective. How many “Likes” or online “Friends” you garner isn’t worth a damn.

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No more refugees until our house is cleaned

Hey St-Justin-de-Selfie; take a look at this. It is a tax return from 2010, the year this man died, in his eighties, after working his entire life to help build this country and our social network systems. Imagine trying to live on this. He couldn’t. He couldn’t afford a dentist and so his teeth rotted. He lived in his house, paid his mortgage, and all his taxes but at the end of his life? This is what he was left to survive on – gross – 16 071.00 for a year. This isn’t an internet hoax meme. This is the reality faced by our elderly – our Canadian tax paying, citizens.

You want to open our doors to refugees, give them more disposable income than our own seniors? You are an embarrassment. You are shameful. Put your damn cell phone away and look at what is happening in this country.

Before anymore refugees be permitted into our country, your plan needs to be torn up and thrown in the trash. No more free dental, free medical or free medicine when our own citizens have to decide whether food, medicine or shelter are decisions requiring prioritization. No trailers or opening facilities for them when we have people living on the streets. No more  taxpayer money when the public has to sponsor Christmas funds and food banks.

Clean up our own house first, then come up with an equitable plan for both Canada and any potential refugees. Refugees need to be aware that they are entering a country with its own culture, by all means add to it but don’t try to force foreign cultural norms on the citizens. Refugees need to repay any money given to them, once they have been accepted. A time limit on how long they can stay here without being employed. No more appeal processes that go on for years.

Close the borders until you clean up the mess we already have, on our table; put your priorities in order – look after the people who have already done their part of this country. Enable our elderly to live with dignity. Afford the veterans the respect they deserve. Get rid of the bureaucrats and listen to the people who elected you. We are all tired of your self-indulgence, your vanity. Get to work and fix this damn country.

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It called “Propaganda”

The actual word for “fake news” is propaganda. I have no doubt that Trump used the “fake news” term because:

a) he probably can’t pronounce “propaganda”

b) he couldn’t spell the word

c) he has no idea what it means

The problem is real and it isn’t the domain of the right, it isn’t the domain of the left; it is a tool used, to great effect, on the intellectually lazy. The people who want their information fed to them, without having to research to any degree.

It is also dangerous. There is, also, no excuse for perpetuating propaganda.

In this world of instant connect, sourcing truth isn’t neurosurgery. When a story is posted, citations should always be available. Hearsay, rumour and tall tales are, easily, debunked. Most citizens of the West are, now, almost surgically attached to their mobile devices. When a situation or an event occurs that is worthy of being shared; it is nothing to take a photo. To record the event as it occurs. If you have no hard evidence that something untoward, something out of the ordinary has occurred, don’t repeat it and claim it as truth. Truth requires evidence or rather should always require evidence, otherwise? It is simply rumour. It is only hearsay and not worthy to be repeated, particularly online.

This is of the upmost importance right now. Accusations of all sorts are flying fast and furious on Facebook, on Snapchat and Twitter. It is time to demand proof. There is no excuse for accusations without proof in this day in age. Were you treated unfairly? Record it, take a pic, take names. Were you the victim of some sort of ill-treatment? Take notes. Don’t just post “Well, this happened to me…yada, yada and another yada.” This kind of claim isn’t worth the time it takes to type or worse, to read.

When a group, political, religious, social or workplace condones the use of rumour, gossip or uncited events; the group loses credibility, particularly if the media gets hold of it and can show the claim as unsubstantiated rumour.

In a perfect world, nothing should be reported without proof, without solid evidence and that applies to Facebook, Twitter and the online world, in general. If you can’t back your shit up, with evidence? Keep it to yourself. I know it is a very high and treacherous mountain to climb, particularly when a pseudo-world leader seems to feel the need to post any and all bullshit that crosses his feed or flickers on his television screen, but we have that responsibility. If we really believe in freedom of speech, then we must take that responsibility seriously. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom to lie, to distort. You can, but it sends a subliminal message; the message is that you are not worthy of the honour of being heard.

If a cause is just, if a cause is truthful, then it doesn’t require lying or exaggeration. It doesn’t require propaganda. Beware the savage jaw…of 1984.

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Michael Vick Wants Forgiveness. Really?

michael vickWell, I am all about forgiveness, but that forgiveness must come from the individual who has been harmed. Let’s ask his victims if they forgive him; shall we start with the puppy he threw in the pool and then electrocuted. A good number of his helpless, vulnerable victims are dead. Too bad, so sad. Live with it, dirtbag.

@JasonFoster – think about this, buddy, before you abuse your access to the public via media.

It was a sweltering day in September of 2007, and Reynolds was in Virginia to evaluate the 49 pit bulls found alive on Vicks’ property. A federal agent who had been at the scene when the property was searched was driving her to the various facilities holding the dogs, and they got to talking about what the investigation had turned up.

“The details that got to me then and stay with me today involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs,” Reynolds wrote on her blog. “Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water.” 

She continued, “We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can. 

“I wear some pretty thick skin during our work with dogs, but I can’t shake my minds-eye image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror … brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull the little dog to safety. I think I’ll be looking for ways to pull that dog out for the rest of my life.” 

Vick did all that and more to his dogs, and even threw family pets into the pit with fighters and laughed while they were mauled, according to a witness who testified to federal investigators. 

That’s what sends dog lovers out to football games with protest signs: knowing that Michael Vick tortured and killed innocent dogs. That he has never paid for that abuse or even apologized for it. 

>Because the nation’s most notorious dogfighter pled “not guilty” to animal cruelty charges — charges that were eventually dropped in a plea bargain — and he was convicted only of bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy, for which he served 18 months in prison before being welcomed back to the public spotlight. “

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Is there a slimier way to make money than by pressuring grieving mothers/fathers/children and spouses? Arbor Memorial, in my experience with them, is an extreme example of what happens when human beings lose their sense of morals and ethics, in favour of money. I get it, I really do, they are in it for the buck however, that is no excuse for their methods and their operations.

There are plenty of alternatives out there – find one and stay away from Arbor Memorial.

They are a horrendous organization; taking advantage of people when they are, without doubt, most vulnerable. The pressure tactics on my Mom, following Dad’s passing, became evident when Mom passed and I dealt with another company, chosen by my mother, in advance, following her experience with Arbor.

The former tried to milk Mom for every cent; charging outlandish fees and pushing for unneeded items. When Mom was about to make an economical choice, the saleswoman looked at her, with what I assume was a practiced look of disapproval, I gather it was meant to imply that this was a less than appropriate choice for Dad’s memory. She ended up having to borrow money, just to bury her husband.

When Mom passed, we saw how this business SHOULD be run as opposed to Arbor’s business methods. The company my mother had chosen, for her final arrangements, following the needlessly painful lessons learned through our dealings with Arbor, were supportive, explained everything clearly and worked with us, during the entire process and also followed up, with such empathy and kindness that the pain was easier to bear. We were never, ever made to feel that our choices were “cheap”.

They asked what Mom would have wanted, and did their level best to ensure that this is what happened. They didn’t try to pressure us into anything.

Our unfortunate dealings with Arbor were not over though; they collect your name and use your information for sales calls.

My husband and I were approached, AT MOM’S GRAVESIDE, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE FUNERAL, to meet with a rep from Arbor to discuss our own plans. Gave us her freaking business card…at Mom’s graveside… No excuse for that kind of behaviour but that isn’t the end either…I received phone calls from Arbor in the months that followed Mom’s passing. Always the same, pre-pay your funeral arrangement, with the pushy sales tactics.

The final straw came, this year; I received a call from a particularly onerous individual, also from Arbor – at dinner time. He proceeded to try and sell me funeral arrangements, when his hard sell was, obviously, not working, he went full slime ball, calling up the memory of my parents as his hook. “Don’t you want to rest near your Mom and Dad?” And then his piece de resistance: “Don’t you want to save your children hardship of making arrangements?” adjusting his using a tone of voice to one, that I imagine, was supposed to instill guilt.

I wanted to go through my phone and punch the crap out of him.

If there was ever a question regarding my last arrangements – that bastard answered my question. NEVER, in a million years, will I permit Arbor as an entity for my funeral arrangements.

Of course, they are in it for the money; duh…it isn’t a charity business however, the way that Arbor and its representatives go about earning their cut is deplorable, inexcusable.
There are far more economical business entities out there and while Arbor may be trying to monopolize an inevitable need – it is in everyone’s best interest to avoid this company.

Oh sure, they are apologizing now because they have been outed for what they are…bloodsucking leeches, preying on people as they grieve, and their thought processes interrupted.

If you want to make your arrangements ahead of time? Do yourself and your family a favour – avoid Arbor at all costs. And if you use them? You best believe those costs will be unreasonably astronomical.

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Kiss my ass

And that, folks – is the beauty of the concept of “freedom of speech”. No one has the obligation to agree with what is said, however, we all have the duty, if not obligation, to ensure that no one is stifled, regardless of the point of view being expressed. This is how we progress as a society.

In Canada, there was a trial and it gained international attention – Jim Keegstra; he was found guilty of violating hate speech laws, through a vocal denial of the Holocaust. I thought the guy was an idiot for even attempting to deny the atrocities but on the same hand, I was, absolutely against the trial. The guy had a right to his opinion, however upsetting it may have been. He had that right. Hate speech laws are, absolutely, no different from the concept of “Thought police” from the book, 1984. (

If you have never read the book? You have been intellectually deprived; buy the book now. It is, considering when it was written, terrifyingly prophetic. The image is linked to Amazon – get the book.

We don’t need “protection” from points of view with which we do not agree. We absolutely must fight any attempt to stifle the right to speak and to hold an opinion. Any individual worth their salt as a contributing member of society, should be capable of defending their point of view with facts. When that point of view cannot be proven, then? We have the right to dismiss and walk away. We do not have the right, however, to mute the opinion, simply because we don’t like it. Being able to prove an opinion or a theory as being incorrect, is progress. It is a step toward establishing an intelligent society. Stifling any view, muting any opinion is, dear friends, fascism. That, dear readers, is not a free society. That, dear friends, is unacceptable.

I point to Hitler, to Stalin, to Pol Pot, to Kim Jung Un and Fidel Castro as extreme example of members from the Thought Police camp.

We are seeing the thought police in action, or rather, wannabe thought police, whenever we see those masked morons from Antifa vandalizing public property, damaging private property and engaging in violence against persons. Antifascism my ass – they are the epitome of fascism. They, absolutely, have a right to their opinions; they do not, however, have the right or privilege to indulge in violence. They don’t have the right to hide their identities unless they are afraid of being identified, which says to me that they are not all that sure about their opinions. When you have a belief, a real belief? You don’t hide. You stand up for it. And so, I dismiss anything they have to say. If you don’t have the courage to show your face, then, in my opinion and I have the right to that opinion – you aren’t worth my time. The conclusion I have drawn from watching these people is that they are little more than common criminals, hiding their faces while they damage property paid for with my hard-earned money or paid for by merchants, shareholders and Joe Q public in all its forms. To hide your face, to commit crimes in the name of antifascism is a very sorry example of irony.

I don’t believe in racism either. I don’t care what colour you are, I don’t care what religion floats your boat, I don’t care about your political leanings. I care about my country and I care about what we have and are still building. I want a strong economy, I want a just and moral government (yeah…a pie-in-the-sky ideology). I want a society free from religion. No. I do not believe that wearing a burqa or niqab while attempting to access public service is permissible. We have the obligation to ensure that whomever is attempting to avail themselves of services, paid for by the public, is – exactly, who they claim to be.

We, as a Canadians, are a welcoming sort – by and large. We are a “nice” people however, we have to understand that not all societies view “niceness” as a virtue and do take advantage of that good will.

Our society exists, and it is not up to Canadians to adjust their lives to accommodate cultural values that are run contrary to our way of life. Women are equal in this country. We are not subject to the rules of a man. Fathers/husbands/brothers/uncles or any other male family member does not have the authority to choose our paths. This is the cultural belief being brought into our country vis a vis refugees. By all means, come to our country for safety and security but understand that your cultural beliefs do not supersede those of our nation. It is the responsibility of every man, woman and child requesting entry to this land, to understand and accept that we are not going to allow another culture to subvert our rules of law, regardless of what that twatwaffle in Ottawa implies. We failed Zainab, Sahar, Geeti, only 13 years old),and Rona Amir Mohammed. In fact, in Canada, we have failed an inexcusable number of women due to the failings of the political far left and in my opinion, their failure to understand other cultures, trying oh-so-hard, to be “politically correct”. The people named by Aruna Pap have left their innocent blood on the hands of those who would believe everyone has a right to enter this country. No. Entering this country should be a privilege, to be earned.

We have all built this country – we have worked hard. Many, if not all of us, have lost a family member in the fight for freedom. If religion takes precedence in your life, then perhaps Canada is not the country for you. Religion removes the rights of individuals. Always has, always will, therefore, religion can have no place in any form of government. It has no place in our schools or our places of employment.

The Catholic church is responsible for incredible brutality in our country’s history, Judaism also removes the rights of women, and Islam is no different. We need to stand against all forms of discriminatory behaviours and demand that a religious choice can never be a reason or justification to subvert our rules of law.

The erroneous story by TVA regarding the removal of women from a worksite galvanized a lot of people. While this story is, apparently, false; it is gratifying to see that many people were ready to defend the right of women to work, in the face of religious discrimination. The Antifa bunch were ready to fight against the demonstration; screaming about racism and discrimination. Right. The march was called off by the various groups who vowed to stand against this act against our society, when it was said to have been a false allegation. Antifa seems to be using the Islamic community to further its own end; establishing a “Thought Police” that would see the end of freedom of speech and in this case, had the allegations been true? A fight against discrimination based on gender. They give me a headache.

I welcome anyone who has come to the, very, correct conclusion that Canada is a good country. I do, however, expect anyone coming here to respect our own society. Do not bring your cultural prejudices or hatred to our land. Leave it in the land you are fleeing. Not all refugees and immigrants are looking out for the best interest of Canada, in fact, we have Canadians who are not looking out for Canada’s best interest. If you choose this country then it is up to you, to understand our way of life and if it is not compatible with your belief system, with your concept of society? Keep looking until you find a country more palatable. No harm, no foul, on your way. It is not up to Canada to change for you. It is up to you, to change for Canada. Period.

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I Was Wrong…dangerously so.

I believed that we could all live together in this country and then I was proven wrong.

Yes, absolutely, everyone has the right to their religion however, religion should be kept to houses of worship and in the home. Religion does not belong in government or public service. Religion cannot dictate how a business or public service operates.

Religion does not take precedence over established social norms.

Race, colour and creed should never afford priority over society. Equality is only achieved through respect. Respect does not mean trampling the foundations of a country’s norms.

If I were to visit Saudi and chose not to be veiled – would I be afforded the right to my choice vis a vis the court system? No. I would not but then, I have enough respect for an established society to not defy the rules laid out.

When deciding to immigrate, when arriving as a refugee – it is the INDIVIDUAL’s duty to adapt to their country of choice. Not the other way around.

The current volatile atmosphere, in the West, will only continue to boil because this simple request for respect to an established society is ignored. This isn’t all on the politicians – misguided and SJWs are responsible as well. Respect is a multifaceted concept that requires all parties participate. When one party demands preferential treatment – respect has been disregarded.

Keep your cultural choices where they belong; in your home. Keep your religion where it belongs – in your home. You should not have the right to waste the time and public funds of our justice system to demand to be elevated above established social norms and conventions. We, as a country, survived without you, before your religious choice and we must survive, going forward, without those choices as they infringe on the rights of an established society.

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I’m offended, I’m stressed, I’m anxious…oh my

There was a problem; a real problem. True sexual harassment and the use of power over men and women, to gain sexual gratification. Annnnd…then the politically correct took over and are in the process of turning a real problem into a caricature. Case in point:

Dude makes a comment about a threesome and this sad excuse for a human being goes to the media, cries (metaphorically) crocodile tears.

This wasn’t sexual harassment, it was a silly comment and any adult woman, would have dismissed it as such as opposed to using it to garner some attention. I’d never heard of this woman and I guess her agenda was fulfilled. It remains to be seen if this is a positive thing for her or if it shows her to be unprepared for public life. In my opinion, it is the latter.

What makes a strong woman? The same things that make a strong man. How one deals with life and the hurdles and pitfalls thrown at him/her is the keystone. Being able to discern between a pitfall and a pothole (not the kind in Quebec..those are the litter of the abyss).

A strong individual doesn’t turn away from a challenge, emotional, psychological or physical. A strong individual hitches up his/her panties and pushes ahead. They don’t run away, they don’t reach for a pill bottle – they move ahead, take on the challenge, knowing full well that there are even bigger ones ahead. That’s life. That’s the way it is and we have it a damn sight easier than did the family members who came before us.

You think you have it tough? Imagine your grandparents or their parents or their parents before them, leaving their homes for a land unknown. A good lot of them not speaking the language, having no clue about the culture or what may lie ahead for them. They didn’t have the luxury of claiming “stress” – “anxiety” was not even in their vocabulary.

We seem to be raising several generations of very weak people – emotionally and psychologically weak. We make excuses for them. We allow them to make excuses for themselves and in doing this, we have what we see right now…pill poppers, therapy addicts and generally whining pains in the arse.

What happens if a catastrophe strikes? What happens if there is a rogue solar flare, and cell phones, Snapchat and Twitter go down? What happens if there is a war, created by that idiot to the south of us and an equally unstable leader? What then? When there are shortages, when there is economic upheaval and visits to the spa, or Whole Foods is simply not an option?

An expression that is thrown around, currently, is “butthurt” – it is used to describe the wails of the weak and those who live their lives in a state of being perennially offended. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is stressed. And…they wouldn’t know stress if it came up and bit them in the butt. You want the meaning of stress? Step out of the First World bubble and instead of sunning on a beach in Cuba or the Dominican, go somewhere that isn’t on the “Best beaches” list – see how life is lived by the majority of this world and then re-assess your concept of “stress”.

Imagine trying to survive without water, without access to even basic medical care – imagine watching your child die from an easily preventable illness. Imagine no electricity, no running water and then tell me about how “stressed” you are.

In many countries in this world, women are beaten, raped and mutilated; in our own country, women are murdered, beaten and raped and this Romano woman has the gall to claim she suffered great stress and a negatively impacted work environment..because a dude said, “This isn’t my idea of a threesome.” Seriously? Sherry Romano? Go home. You aren’t strong enough to handle the job you have been gifted. Talk to real women, learn what real stress is, what harassment is and then give it another go.

When I look back to the women who comprise my family tree? I refuse to give in to the accepted mode of stress and anxiety. My own mother, watched her first born child die. My grandmother stood by, helpless, when her husband died, at 26 years old, leaving her with 2 children, before there was “welfare”. An aunt who lost her husband to battle, in a country across an ocean, while at home, two of her own children died from childhood diseases – measles and diphtheria. I would be an insult to their memories and struggles if I were to claim to be too stressed to face life and reach for a pill bottle or an excuse.

I am ashamed of what has become of too many of my own gender. They have chosen to be weak – they have chosen to believe the hype from a corrupt media and equally corrupt school of psychology.

Life is full of struggles and we should be thanking our lucky stars that only battles we face to survive are, by and large, those of our own making.

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