Up early today 5:00am but am feeling good and very rested. Fell asleep watching TV last night around 7:00 woke up around 10 but only long enough to put on my CPAP mask and back to sleep. As I had managed to get in about a 4 hour nap in the afternoon that was unusual. My body must have needed it as I am feeling good.
Here in Winnipeg the heat of summer seems to finally be really upon us. I imagine virtually every one is happy for this, well except for me. I always seem to have to be contrary. Heat makes it more difficult for me to breathe, if there is humidity with it and I am miserable. I should clarify what I mean by difficult to breathe. My breathing is not restricted or anything like that. I suppose it would be more accurate to say I have more trouble catching my breath. A few minutes in the heat and I am huffing and puffing such that you might think I had just run a mile or something.
Yesterday was an unusual day for me. I published a post. I only had it up for an hour or so and then deleted it entirely, first time I have every done that. In my post I talked about how I was mad and still am.
There was an article in the Winnipeg Free Press, our newspaper. Talk to anyone that knows me and they will tell you I am a pretty laid back kind of guy. I just don’t let things bother me or get to me. There is just no point in allowing that to happen so I don’t, GENERALLY.
This newspaper article pushed all of my buttons and had me jumping up and down kind of mad. OK, I wasn’t actually jumping up and down, takes to much energy.
Here in Manitoba several days ago a innocent young man was murdered in a very gruesome manner. It is so sad and tragic. I can’t even imagine the pain being felt by the family loosing a son in such a senseless and tragic manner. My prayers are with them and I do ask for prayers from all please. The funeral is tomorrow. Words escape me as to what else to say about this tragedy. The funeral is tomorrow and will be undoubtedly such a painful time for all. Just so sad.
That all has me sad, now here is what made me really, really mad. Apparently, a “church” from the U.S. has announced it is sending 7 members to attend the funeral. Now as they are coming as representatives of a “church” wouldn’t you think they would be bringing a loving message of support for the grieving family. Well at least that is what I would have thought. Is that what they are doing? NO!!!!!
They as I understand it intend to stand outside the Church where the funeral is being held carrying large signs. Signs carrying messages of love and support for the family, NO. I understand the messages will be along the line of “God hates Canadians” for our sins such a legalizing abortion. Or, “this young man was taken as God’s punishment to Canadians”. I can’t even begin to tell you how disgusted this whole thing makes me feel. Give this poor family time to bury their son and grieve in peace.
I am all for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but in my mind this just crosses the line. Some in the U.S. have labeled this group as a hate group, I can understand and agree with that. Notice I have quit referring to them as a church. I am not sure why a “group” from the United States would want to come to Canada to protest our laws, surely there is enough in your own country to protest against. But, OK, fair enough you have that right but not to interrupt a family in their time of grief at a funeral. That by itself proves what a bunch of crack pot lunatics you are. You want to protest our laws do it in front of a government building somewhere, not at a funeral.
This got me so worked up, I sent yesterday on the phone. I phoned everyone I could think of. I phoned the federal government, our provincial government, our city government. Individual representatives at all levels of government. I phoned the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the city police anyone and everyone I could think of. There just has to be some way to stop this lunacy. I was very vocal with everyone I spoke to and made sure all knew my feelings on this matter.
In today’s newspaper there is a follow up story. I understand I wasn’t the only one to “jump on the band wagon” and many phone calls were made. I am not sure if it was because of the phone calls or what. But for what ever reason the newspaper states the group was turned away at the border yesterday and were denied entry into Canada. Thank goodness. A spokes person for the group though still vows they will be at the funeral and have other plans for getting into Canada.
Something else that concerns me is reading that a group of angry Manitoban’s plan on being on hand at the funeral to block their entry should they actually arrive. This whole thing is just so sad. There is a grieving family just trying to lay their son to rest and they potentially have all of this to deal with.
In one of my numerous phone calls yesterday, it was suggested possibly this group was just seeking publicity for themselves. That is why I have purposefully not mention the name of this group. I am just not going to give them that satisfaction.
I love and respect my American brothers and sisters just across the border. I know this group is no reflection on you as a group. We all have our wacko’s, I do feel sorry for you having to put up with them all the time.
Sorry to be ranting like this. I suppose it is just that death, funerals etc are something I am a little touchy about, it strikes a little close to home for me