Archive for March, 2006

Fallen Canadian Coming Home

Ramp Ceremony held for Pte Robert Costall 1st Battlion of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI). DND

CP – Dead Canadian soldier remembered as a brave ‘young kid’ with a dream

Write The Troops – Here
Let our troops know they have support at home.

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Canada & US Cut Off Hamas

CTV – Canada Cuts Relations With Palestinian Authority
SDA – Hear No Evil, Fund No Evil
Reuters – US cuts off contacts with Hamas-led government
CP – Canada severs relations with ‘terrorist’ Palestinian government

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No Connection Right?

Camp Saddam
What we’ve learned about Iraq’s terrorist training camps.
Stephen F. Hayes – Weekly Standard
REPRESENTATIVE John Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, March 19, to evaluate the war in Iraq on its third anniversary. Murtha, a decorated veteran and longtime hawk, has become a leading spokesman for his party on the war. And on the show, he spoke of what “probably worries me the most” about the U.S. effort in Iraq. The war, said Murtha, is a diversion from the global war on terror.

“There was no terrorism in Iraq before we went there,” said Murtha. “None. There was no connection with al Qaeda, there was no connection with, with terrorism in Iraq itself.” This is now the conventional wisdom on Iraq and terrorism. It is wrong.

A new study from the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, paints quite a different picture. According to captured documents cited in the study and first reported in THE WEEKLY STANDARD in January, the former Iraqi regime was training non-Iraqi Arabs in terrorist techniques. More @ Weekly Standard

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Recommended Listening For The Week

Todd RundgrenTodd

Listened to this for the first time at 15. Great album.


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Soldier On The Mend

Soldier who lost legs in Afghanistan bomb attack recovering in Edmonton

Master Cpl. Paul Franklin credits a plastic hula-girl good-luck charm, hard training and a promise to his wife to come home alive for helping him survive a suicide bomb explosion in Afghanistan that cost him both his legs.

In his first interview since the Jan. 15 attack, a remarkably upbeat Franklin recounted the nightmarish blast that caused him indescribable pain and put his wife and young son on an emotional roller-coaster.

Franklin, a medic with 1 Field Ambulance, remembers watching a taxi hit the armoured jeep he was driving that day near Kandahar and then flying through the air after it exploded.

When he landed, he began rubbing his upper body to extinguish flames that were burning his face and hair.

Then Franklin looked down and noticed one of his legs was missing and his lifeblood was gushing away.

“My buddy all of sudden showed up and put his hands on my shoulder, Cpl. Jake Petton,” Franklin said as he calmly sat in a wheelchair at Edmonton Garrison with his wife Audra looking on.

“He placed a tourniquet on my leg. The funny thing is three days earlier I had given him a brand-new tourniquet and trained him on it.

‘It is kind of funny that nearly three days later there he is, putting it on me to save my life.” More @ CP

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Watch That Knife Son

Shiites Observe Ashoura


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No Pilots Required

Canada’s air force to establish first all pilotless formation in Afghanistan
Canada’s air force will cross a technological threshhold this month with the establishment in Afghanistan of its first organized flight of pilotless aircraft.

An entire flight of Sperwer tactical uninhabited aerial vehicles will soon be fully operational for reconnaissance missions over the windswept desert and craggy mountains passes in the vicinity of Kandahar.

A few of the remote-controlled aircraft are already deployed, but more are on the way.

Using real-time video and a host of infrared and other specialized sensors, the drones are sent aloft to monitor the surrounding countryside and to track down insurgents, hopefully before they become a threat to Canada’s 2,200 troops on the ground. – CP

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Seven Killed In Uruguay TV Stunt

A runaway train killed seven people and injured at least 11, severing some of their limbs, during the filming of a TV show in Uruguay, police said.

The accident occurred during a “test of strength” challenge to raise money for a hospital in Young, 380km (235 miles) west of the capital, Montevideo.

Contestants were pushing and pulling a train and two carriages when the vehicle gained speed and ran them over.

Local authorities have declared three days of mourning. – BBC

Video Aftermath

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New Iraq Reading List

Post-Haste – The first batch of captured documents from pre-war Iraq and Afghanistan are now available online.
Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard on the new batch of released docs on pre-war Iraq and its WMD program and connections to terrorism.

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Sir Paul Blows It

Seal hunt quota raised

Just two weeks after megastar Paul McCartney made a high-profile appeal to end the slaughter of seal pups, the federal government has announced new, higher quotas for this year’s hunt off the East Coast.

Federal Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn said Canada’s harp seal population is thriving and can easily support a catch limit of 325,000 seals, plus 10,000 more for aboriginal communities.

The limit last year was 320,000 seals. More @ Globe & Mail

My only question is where do we get us some seal meat and some trendy seal skin mitties?

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