Remembrance and change

Longtime readers will forgive me, I hope, for re-using an image I created last year in remembrance of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre.  But when I read things like the first comment with this article, recycled artwork seems appropriately symbolic of how much things have changed, even in 20 years.

UPDATE: Worth reading.

(h/t emily in the comments)

25 Responses to “Remembrance and change”


  1. 1 deBeauxOs Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Many thing have changed for the better.

    Unfortunately some important things have not, and become worse.

    The vehement shrieeeking of So-Con anti-feminist right-wing apologists for violence against women and children, with their ideological focus on abortion and their malevolent disregard for the fetal support units is sickening.

  2. 2 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    deBeauxOs

    Many thing have changed for the better.

    I know, I know. It’s me. This is an ugly time of year for me anyway: Dec.5th and 28th are the anniversaries of 2 deaths in my immediate family, so my prevailing mood is always discoloured to a certain extent by bitter broodiness.

    Unfortunately some important things have not, and become worse.

    Apart from the December blues, I tend to be an optimist and believe things have generally changed for the better. But things like that hateful comment at the Chatelaine article are kind of an unwelcome reality check.

  3. 3 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Nothing sane and caring justifies what happened that dark day. Nothing sane and caring. Therefore, it was an insane, uncaring act. Are you listening, Jasper?
    Fear begets anger. Anger begets hate. Hate begets violence. Violence begets bloodshed. Bloodshed begets…fear.
    Some men (and not a few women) hate women. This is because those men (and not a few women) fear women, and they seek to make women fear them. This may be always understandable, but it is NEVER acceptable.
    As a male, straight, Caucasian person, I find such acts of violence, whether actual or metaphorical, completely insane. You cannot claim to love God, if you harbor the least flicker of hate toward the least of these, His bretheren.
    Jesus Himself stood up to a crowd of men with rocks in their hands, who were about to stone to death a helpless woman, and shamed them into dropping the rocks and running away.
    If Jesus were to do the same today, He would be branded a faggot, a liberal commie, a feminist, and he would be gunned down for His troubles. You think I’m kidding? Look around you, especially in the Excited States.
    Guys, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. The triumph of evil requires nothing more than that good people do nothing. People – as in men, women and children.
    Annie, Get Your Gun – and don’t miss – CTZen

  4. 4 brebisnoire Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Hi JJ, and thanks for posting on this. I’ve spent part of the day searching for a commemoration ceremony locally, and not finding one. :-( However, I did get out to a concert last night for Hersongs: 11 women on stage who sang songs from all over the world to honour women and their strength, and the loudest supporters of their amazing harmonies were the men in the audience. Profits from the concert went to Amnesty International.

    I hope you don’t mind if I post this here:

    http://brebisnoire.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/twenty-years-ago-today/

  5. 5 Jasper Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    “I find such acts of violence, whether actual or metaphorical, completely insane.

    No you don’t. You believe it should be legal to deliver an unborn baby breech up to the neck, stab it in the head and suck it’s brains out.

    The FACT of the matter is that feminism is synonymous with many other sins. Who would have thought there’d be a day in the United States when homosexuals would be getting married? It’s sickening! Who would have thought that witches and witchcraft would be honored in Salem, Massachusetts? Who would have thought that our nation would become so wicked that we’d even name one of our biggest cities “Sin City”?

    Feminism is of the Devil and it has turned America into a big insane asylum—where mothers murder their babies, public school children are taught to have fist-sex, and women file for divorce at TWICE the rate of men.

    Feminists Want Authority, Just as Lucifer!

    “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” —Isaiah 14:14

  6. 6 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Jasper, thanks for demonstrating the sickness that brought about this day to start with.

    I know some people will want me to delete that, but I think it stands as an excellent example of the misogyny that still exists to this day.

  7. 7 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    brebis – Thanks for linking to your post — I encourage people to link to their blogs in here, so no worries.

    I added a link to my post.

  8. 8 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    CTZen = Well said, as always. Amazing how twisted the vision of Christianity has become over the years, isn’t it.

  9. 9 brebisnoire Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I agree JJ. It’s like housecleaning; you can’t expect the dirt to stay away, so you get rid of the worst of it and accept that you can’t sterilise the entire house. Jasper may be a jerk of the lowest order, masquerading as some kind of a post-9/11 XXXtian, but he may also turn out to be one of those young men who are incredibly angry at 20 and yet eventually grow up and recognise the monumental immaturity of their misdirected anger.
    If I were into Wicca, I’d cast a spell or something, and make it happen quicker. ;-)

  10. 10 deBeauxOs Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Jasper is the very embodiment of fundamentalist religious gynophobia.

    Of course he spreads lies about feminism – without feminism, women are condemned to marry a man like Jasper to protect them from slightly more hateful men.

  11. 11 Toe Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Jasper is terrifed of women.

    I just read http://cathiefromcanada.blogspot.com/2009/12/legacy.html where she quotes from the Glob “[The long gun registry] was the centrepiece of their legacy, the biggest thing we did over the last 20 years,” said Sylvie Haviernick, who lost her sister, Maud, to Marc Lépine’s killing spree. “We can’t in all decency let it go.” And I agree. If you haven’t signed the petition, please do so. http://petition.web.net/nupge/node/18

    I know it’s just a petition and that the naysayers have won, but by signing you give orgs/labour/whoever want to maintain the registry with changes, the idea of the numbers involved.

  12. 12 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    brebis – When they make comments like that, I think they should stand as “horrible warnings” of the slime behind the mask. Like the other comment he made about sluts keeping their legs closed… so, so telling.

  13. 13 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    debeauxOs

    Jasper is the very embodiment of fundamentalist religious gynophobia.

    He’s one of the Pope’s stormtroopers, can’t expect much more.

  14. 14 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Toe

    Jasper is terrifed of women.

    :lol: It sure seems that way sometimes.

    Re the long gun registry: I’m not a supporter of it, but I’m sure there are some reading who are, and who will sign the petition.

  15. 15 smelter rat Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Jasper is a sad, lonely excuse for a human being. He deserves our pity as well as our compassion. But I wouldn’t invite him over for dinner.

  16. 16 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Hey, Jasper, how they hanging? How’s the wife and kids? They treatin’ you right in that halfway house? Too bad about your parish priest. He really shoulda known to keep it in his cassock.
    In Ireland, before the coming of the British, and their Anglo-Norman Common Law, there were the Brehon Laws. Under these laws, women could buy, sell, inherit and hold property. They could marry as they saw fit, and if their husbands were abusive, they could divorce, and retain their property. In some places, they could vote and have standing in the community.
    Of course, the Irish were pagan, much longer than they’ve been Christian, and goddesses figured very strongly in their beliefs.
    In those days, men respected women — without having to be told to. It was part of their upbringing. Now tell me, in your own words, how the coming of the Anglo-Norman Common Law improved on that.
    In any Irishman’s life, there are four sacred women – his mother, his sister, his wife and his daughter. You might as well ordain them, you would not be giving them any more influence than they already have. – Father Andrew Greeley.
    She moves in mysterious ways – CTZen

  17. 17 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    smelter rat – Me neither and it’s dinner time (somewhere) so the J-man is headed off into the sunset…

  18. 18 JJ Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    CTZen –

    In any Irishman’s life, there are four sacred women – his mother, his sister, his wife and his daughter. You might as well ordain them, you would not be giving them any more influence than they already have.

    That brings my brother to mind, and it’s so true. He worships the women in his life… especially his daughter.

  19. 19 Cornelius T.Zen Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Good morrow, all!
    JJ: Your brother is a MAN. When the women in one’s life are sacred, they know they can trust you. Where there is trust, there can be no fear. Where there is fear, there can be no trust. Trust and love go hand in hand.
    Hardly original on my part, but who cares?
    Blessed be, Sister – CTZen

  20. 20 mouthyorange Monday, December 7, 2009 at 9:57 am

    “I’ve spent part of the day searching for a commemoration ceremony locally, and not finding one.” – brebis

    You know, the Canadian government used to run a webpage that was available to list all commemoration ceremonies taking place in the country — people could notify someone there of where, when, and what their local community was doing for December 6, and the gov’t would post it on the page for everyone’s reference.

    Last time my friend organized a local event out here and tried to notify the gov’t site, she learned that the Harpergovernment had put an end to that little page.

  21. 21 fern hill Monday, December 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

    mouthyorange: Wow, the meanness knows no bounds.

  22. 22 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    CTZen – My brother is DA Man! The coolest ♥

  23. 23 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    mouthyorange – They took the page down!?? That seems a little mean-spirited. Jesus.


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