Blue Jays cave to American Militarism


How low can you go? they are at it again.This time We the South.Why a Canadian ball team has to genuflect to US nonsense, especially after the chaos the empire created in the Middle East. What gives?

Smedley Butler where are you when we need you?

I was disgusted decades ago when the Blue Jays opened their season on Good Friday. Is nothing sacred? Answer no, of course not. We would not think of practicing on Good Friday when I was running ball teams for the Knights of Columbus. It just wasn’t done but as they say that was then and this is now. But then I taught in a Catholic school where the obtuse VP got on the PA and on Holy Thursday and wished the student body, “a good long weekend.”
Now Major League baseball ordered the teams to dress in military camouflage to celebrate Memorial Day last Monday, a holiday unheard of in Canada.
More of the cloying uber-patriotism the USA is famous for but which used to be frowned on in Canada. A few years ago the ugly Yankee owner George Steinbrenner had a fan ejected when the poor sap never got up to sing America the Beautiful at the seven inning stretch.
All of this is post 9/11 nonsense.


The caps and jerseys featured “an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the U.S. Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day,” according to Major League Baseball. The Blue Jays Canadianized it by using “a camouflage design based on the Canadian Disruptive Pattern (“CADPAT”) used by Canadian Forces.”
Stephen Harper would have loved this suck up to the Yanks. First we had “the highway of heroes” for the 401, then a bloated military budget and now this hokey genuflection to the military. Don Cherry presumably was over the top.



As Pierre Trudeau once said, it’s tough when the mouse lives next to the elephant. The consumer BS does not recognize the 49th parallel and all this disgusting militarism finds its way here and we go along with it.
Shame on the Blue Jays for capitulating.


Next year I suggest every fan gets one page handout on Memorial Day.This one from a real patriot.Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps major general  at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. Smedley had been used in typical imperial misadventures in the Philipines and Nicaragua and he saw through the propganda lies couched in the usual nationalist cant. On his retirement he wrote a book War is a Racket




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    mushafta Says:

    The Berrigans are gone. So also the American anti war heroes upheld as Catholic icons by Pope Francis on his recent trip to America- Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.

    So where stands the Knights of Columbus on this one? And the American Catholic hierarchy? The war culture so steeped in the United States people is abysmal.

    No critical thinking has produced this.
    When will the ever learn?

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    mushafta Says:

    What a great story today in the NCR on Dan Berrigan and his response to war!
    What a legacy this man and his brother Phil left us!
    And let me count the Cardinal Spellmans that live today defending war! What a shame that these “men” of the purple clothe would appear never to have read the gospel.

    he best way to remember those who have been killed in battle is to work for the day when others will no longer be sent to take their place.
    Prayerfully reflecting on how to move away from war and war preparation should be central to every Memorial Day.

    Why do presidents and Congresses send young men and women to kill and be killed? Why do most Americans so easily accept their worn-out, immoral answers? And why can’t we finally learn how to wage peace, instead of war?

    Some time ago, while reflecting on these very questions, I turned for insight to America’s preeminent Catholic anti-war veteran, the recently deceased Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan.

    When I talked with him, the soft-spoken Berrigan, then in his upper 80s, told me he was still writing, giving retreats and getting arrested for anti-war civil disobedience. Fr. Berrigan said as a young Jesuit he met and worked with two giant Catholic figures of the 20th century — Dorothy Day and Trappist monk Thomas Merton. Their deep spiritual and uncompromising commitment to nonviolence had a lasting effect upon his life.

    Know a recent high school graduate? Share this great article with them before they’re off to college!
    His late brother Philip also deeply influenced him. They were truly kindred spirits. After all, they were known as the “Berrigan brothers.”

    Fr. Berrigan said in the mid-1960s Cardinal Francis Spellman, then archbishop of New York, strongly supported American involvement in the Vietnam War. The cardinal said the Vietnam War was a just war. The Berrigans said, “No war is just.”

    Daniel Berrigan added, “I don’t know how we can open the Gospel and wage war.”

    While Spellman was flying to Vietnam aboard a U.S. bomber, Berrigan told me he and his brother Phillip were protesting in front of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral holding a banner that read “Thou Shall Not Bomb.”

    As people passed by they handed out anti-war leaflets stained with their own blood. “It’s better to give blood than to take it,” he added.

    One of Berrigan’s most symbolic acts of civil disobedience — which landed him in prison — was when he and eight other protesters used napalm to burn paper draft records in Catonsville, Md. He said they used napalm to highlight the fact that American warplanes were dropping napalm bombs on countless Vietnamese civilians.

    Berrigan explained that napalm is made out of kerosene and soap chips. The soap chips allow burning kerosene to adhere to human skin. He said, “It’s criminal to burn paper, but not criminal to burn children.

    “What do we make of the Sermon on the Mount while all this is going on,” questioned Fr. Berrigan. “Jesus lived by nonviolence, he commanded us to love our enemies.”

    Berrigan not only fiercely opposed the violence of war, but consistently opposed all forms of violence. Having protested at abortion centers, he said, “A decent society should no more have an abortion clinic than the Pentagon.”

    Berrigan contrasted the flag-flying militaristic “patriotism” that shapes much of Memorial Day, to that of Gospel nonviolence with these words: “Are we Christians who happen to be American? Or are we Americans who happen to be Christian?”

    The very fate of the nation, not to mention our souls, hinges on our answer.

    May the peacemaker Fr. Daniel Berrigan, rest in eternal peace with the God of peace.

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