In memory of Pearl Harbor – Dec 7 1941 

  
Today is a reminder of what happened on this day, Dec 7 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. It’s a day to remember and to pay my respects to those who lost their lives. 

2,400 souls died on this day, 74 years ago. 

Two years after 9-11 we were in Honolulu. Out of the blue, we decided to visit Pearl Harbor Memorial, finding ourselves lost from taking the wrong turn, ending up at the Pearl Harbor military base. Coming onto the base, we quickly realized our mistake as the entrance was well protected by armed officers and the ever noticeable grated yellow grid tracks, designed to slow you down in a hurry.  

Our helplessness look was way too obvious, as my jaw must of hit the ground. The young officer came to our immediate attention. He looked at my attire, the typical “Aloha” Hawaiian shirt. Trying not to smile, he said,” Where in the hell do you think you’re going?” 

I said,” I’m sorry sir, I must of taken the wrong turn. This isn’t Pearl Harbor Memorial, is it?” 

He placed his hands on his hips and said,” No it isn’t. Turn around and head further down the road, it’s the next turn to your right.” 

I quickly nodded and zoomed out of there, like a deer been chased by a grizzly. Out of the rear-view mirror, I could see the officers still watching. I’m thinking they weren’t in the mood for a lost tourist, and I couldn’t really blame them, since what happened just a couple years earlier. 

Finally, we found Pearl Harbor Memorial. 

At the time my interest was to learn more about the history behind this tragedy, never did I realize how much the memorial would effect me. It was hard to keep back the tears, after hearing first hand accounts from the men and women, who survived this horrific event in history.  

One of the women, a nurse back then ( 89 years old) signed my table top book representing Pearl Harbor. She brought it home to me how this tragedy should never be repeated, but unfortunately it had happened with 9-11, where 2,977 innocent lives were lost. 

It was a sober reminder.

And today, we are still in conflict with war. The recent horrific bloodshed of 14 innocent lives, along with 130 souls lost in the Paris, is a constant reminder. The attacks on humanity and the freedom we hold so close and dear, must be protected at all costs. 

I salute all the men and women who have served and deeply respect their sacrifice.

Remember the woman who signed my book ? She placed her frail hand softly onto mine and said, ” Your freedom is always at a price…remember that.” 

When I got home, my emotions of Pearl Harbor stirred within me. It was this burning desire that I had to express myself, somehow. So, I picked up my paint brush, as any artist would do, and began to paint my abstract onto canvas. Every paint stroke expressed my anguish for those that died that day, 74 years ago. 

So today, I tearfully remember Pearl Harbor and give my respect to the American men and women who served and died that day on Dec 7, 1941.

By Bari Demers  

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The Climate of Disbelief 

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I’m not one to raise concerns about war and politics, but my inner soul tells me, we may be in danger.
Canada’s relaxed security protocols along with the flood of refugees could prove to be departmental to all Canadians. Our passionate way of life, to help those in desperate need, could end up being our own demise.

There’s a name for it, it’s called,” The Climate of Disbelief.”

It’s where one believes something terrible could never ever happen. An event of unconscionable impossibilities. It’s only a matter of time – Canada 🇨🇦 is in danger!

9-11
The climate of disbelief set the mood for the United States of America until the dreadful dark days of 9-11. A foreign attack on America soil was thought to be utterly impossible.
Unfortunately the monstrous evil attack did happen.
Clearly we realized we were no longer living in a fairytale illusion, within the safety of our indestructible bubbles. All hell broke loose as these living-demons-of-hell unleashed a fiery of blazoned assaults against our values of freedom.

Many innocent people died that day.
Remembered my heart sunk when I saw the horrid images on TV. A whirlwind of emotions stirred a surreal reaction of disbelief, rage and hate to eventually fear and finally despair. The dreadful thought we weren’t safe, quickly infested my mind.
The Fear of Helplessness.
One thing 9-11 taught us, it was to never ever let the wolf in. Always keep vigil and never ever be strayed, by the evil of man. The world has never been the same since, with the most recent cowardly acts on Paris.

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Photo Credit : Susan Varze (my cousin)

There’s a Canadian saying, “Waking up the bear is never in the best interest of anyone.”
Waking up the bear they did!

Unleashing one of the most powerful armies in the world, with the Commander of Chief leading the way, the President of United States.
Once again, 14 years later, the bear of France has been woken, with President François Hollande vowing vengeance for the innocent dead.

Inviting Terrorists into Canada?
Here WE are today, Canada settling in more refugees then every before, knowingly these people come from torn cities, escaping the indescribable horrors of war. Our passionate ways tell us this is the right thing to do, while in the back of our mind, we truly wonder if we are safe.
Are we doing this too fast? Are we placing Canadians in harms way?

Following social media, reading text after text, the wave of comments are for and against, with unquestionable loyalty of compassion clouding our judgment, winning the fight to protect those in dreadful need.
The passionate cry out,” We must help those in need. We can’t fall to the fears of evil, that’s exactly what they want us to do!”
As it is we are taking in thousands to possibly 160,000 in the next five years. But wait, there’s more. Canada has decided to be more compassionate, by welcoming the new refugees with a free ride and medical treatments, all paid for by our Canadian tax dollar.
The most Canadian thing to do, right ? Or is it ?
How about all those new Canadians who were more than happy to pay their way?

Do they get a refund?
Where do we draw the line?
Recently, an immigrant challenged our Constitution, ( who’s been here for the last 14 years) decides it’s his right to renounces the oath to the Queen immediately after becoming a Canadian citizen. According to Global News, “…Dror Bar-Natan, a math professor from Israel, says the monarchy is a symbol of inequality and calls the portion of the oath dealing with it “repulsive.
Seriously? Repulsive?!
Where ever there’s a loophole, it allows new Canadian citizens to do what ever they want to do. Doesn’t the whole of Canada have the right to vote on the monarchy, before decided? What gives one man the right to change our oath?

It’s NOT right! Something is terribly wrong.
Will it be ok for all immigrants coming forth, to question the very structure of our way of life? Oh wait, they have already.
Ludicrous !
Their own country wouldn’t allow such an act, making it even more outlandish Canada allows it. This type of conflict in their own country would be quickly dealt with. Some countries would even go as far as using the sword of death
Canada – We stand on Guard for Thee…
Canada is afraid to stand fast for our very own Canadian oath. It’s clear to say our very own Constitution Act is crumbling before us. Before you know it, Canada will be nothing more than a wishy-washy unorganized collective of misfits. Lawlessness of nothingness.
Soon, new immigrants will be able incite their own believes into the very structure of our Constitution Act. It will be said, if it offends their religion, morals or believes, we can do what we want.

Question is,”Did we invite terrorists into Canada 🇨🇦?”

Our Constitution:
The Constitution Act of 1982, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
The Fundamental Freedoms state:
2 The following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.

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Photo Credit : Bari Demers

Do we allow our Constitution to be abused ?
In the end, if the government begins to bend over, leaning in favour of everyone’s belief, there won’t be Canadian anymore. It’s beginning to change the course of something we are NOT, making us un-Canadian.
We, as Canadians, must stand fast for our values, but not at the cost of making us un-Canadian. Our historical way of life shouldn’t be dismissed by religion or personal attitude.
How long before the word ‘Christmas’ becomes taboo?

Just because it offends someone’s religion.
How long before the new religions take over our constitution and bans us from the very freedom we are fighting for ?
How long before Canadians no longer feel safe because of terrorism on our own soil ?
How long before someone renounces the Queen ? Oh wait! That just happened.
How long before its against the law to verbally announce, ” I’m Canadian! ”
They say, ” Give them an inch, they’ll take a yard.”
We must stay prudent and not allow the wolf to get in.

If we are NOT careful, our way of life may fade into the dust of tomorrow. We may become a Climate of Disbelief when Canada is no longer Canadian, fearing for our lives.
A Climate of Disbelief of unconscionable impossibilities.

By Bari Demers – screenwriter

 

UPDATE : Oct 1st 2017

TERRORISTS ATTACK ON EDMONTON – Don’t say I didn’t warn you!