A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Monday, July 31, 2006

On Radwanski

Adam Radwanksi had an article on political blogging in today's National Post titled "Divided They Blog." If you haven't read it yourself, you've probably heard about it from some of my colleagues at the Blogging Tories (Here and Here).

Radwanksi makes three points that I feel are worthy of discussion. The first is that the blogosphere is "lousy for political debate." Radwanski argues that the blogosphere has an 'amplification effect' (my words) whereby bloggers and blog readers expose themselves only to blogs that echo their own opinions. Gradually, he argues, even moderates become stalwart political hardliners.

I certainly think this is possible. There's no doubt Blogging Tories has opened new avenues of conservative thought for many of its members (myself included). On the other hand, this argument makes the assumption that we're all automatons, incapable of accepting or rejecting ideas on their own merits. I certainly don't accept everything I read on BT member blogs as gospel, and I know that other BT bloggers have also disagreed with me from time to time as well. It's for that reason that I don't agree with comments made by the conservative blogger mentioned by Radwanski in his article, even though I respect her right to post whatever she wants on her blog (heck, I doubt you can find a political blogger who hasn't crossed the line at one time or another). In any event, wise bloggers will think for themselves. We aren't just a collective of bobble heads nodding agreement at everything we see out here.

The second point put forth by Radwanski was that no debate actually takes place on political blogs, and that the political blogosphere is simply "two sides endlessly rallying the troops." I think Radwanski misses the point of blogging. I didn't start Uncommon Truths to debate Liberals over ideology and policy - I started it as a place to broadcast my thoughts, views and feelings about the state of Canadian politics - and yes, to rant every now and then. Nonetheless, heated debates can take place in the comments thread between liberals and conservatives alike. Likewise, the Blogging Tories was not started as an attempt to debate liberals on politics. Rather, it was created in an attempt to congregate the opinions of like-minded individuals - not as a "support group" as Radwanski claims, but as a gathering place to discuss ideals, news, and opinions. And if you've ever been to Rempelia Prime, to laugh your ass off.

Radwanski's final point was that groups like the Blogging Tories are leading us down a path of 'American-style' ugly political debate (and aren't you tired of that phrase?). I think Adam has a point here - certainly the blogosphere has given extremist elements on the political fringe a soapbox with which to broadcast to like-minded radicals. But this is hardly indicative of the entire blogosphere, and as anyone who visits Yahoo! message boards can attest, we're a cut above the rest when it comes to civility.

As it stands, I tend to believe that 'extremist comments' on BT member sites are few and far between. Maybe it's because conservatives, by nature, are prone to logic and reason. Maybe that's just my conservative viewpoint getting in the way. I do believe that sites like Daily Kos are far worse in their polemics and invective than most conservative blogs - so perhaps Radwanski's article should have featured a dual example of extremisim from Daily Kos and the conservative site he mentioned as well, for the sake of balance.

In any event, Radwanski certainly draws different conclusions than I do on the state of the political blogosphere. Far from "a nation of Right Girls and sycophants," (Radwanski's words, not mine - no offense is meant) it is a meeting place where ideas and opinions are aired for the benefit of all. Like any other media format it has its pros and cons. I just think Radwanski would have done well to focus less on the latter and more on the former.

Serial Pedophile Abducts Child

This scumbag was convicted and released from jail four times. The most he'd ever received for his heinous crimes was four and a half years in jail.

Now he's kidnapped another innocent young child.

Why the hell wasn't he sentenced to life the first time around? Is anyone else seething about the "catch-and-release" attitude judges have shown towards this sicko?

I only hope young Zachary Miller is found safe and sound.

And when they find the creep who kidnapped him? Let him rot in jail.

Justin Trudeau Has Shocked Me

And pleasantly so, at that.

The National Post is no longer distributed in my area - an injurious reality, as one of the few delights of my university was the free National Post I used to get every morning. Luckily they can still be purchased at the airport, something I always make a point of doing whenever I'm meeting or saying goodbye to someone. If you get a chance, check out today's Avenue section (page AL8), which has a feature on the new CBC series "The Great War," starring - wait for it - Justin Trudeau. I'd comment on the CBC's obsession with the Trudeaus (they need to let go and start the healing process) but it's been done before and isn't really that relevant to my story.

In any event, I was quite surprised to come across this comment, made by the eldest Trudeau son:
"People are confused about our role in the war in Afghanistan. They say we are not a military power. To say that is to disregard and to forget the sacrifices many of our grandparents made in World War I and II."
Justin Trudeau praising our military heritage? I read it again. Yup, he really said that.

Hook old Pierre up to a generator, I'm sure the spinning could power Toronto for a year.

Supreme Court of Canada Rules Against Fathers

- UPDATE1 - : I'd like to point out that some of the women involved in this trial were justified in seeking additional payments from their ex-husbands. One of the women lived in poverty for quite some time and finally decided to seek more from her former spouse only after her phone service was cut off. The point here isn't that men shouldn't pay child support or meet their responsibilities towards their kids and ex-spouses - this they should do whole-heartedly. However, the point here is that the role of these fathers should be more than simply that of an ATM. These fathers have rights that come with their responsibilities, and these rights should be respected.

Looks like the war on men has reached a new low:
Canada's Supreme Court has ruled ex-spouses could face hefty retroactive child support payments if they fail to declare increased earnings -- a decision that could affect thousands of divorced and separated couples across the country.

In a unanimous 7-0 ruling Monday, the top court decided that ex-spouses -- the fathers in most cases -- who pay support have an obligation to report increases in income which could therefore boost their court-ordered payments.

The court also ruled that former spouses should be hit with retroactive penalties if they fail to inform their ex-partner about any changes to their income. CTV.CA

It's no secret that divorce courts are usually a formality for men, who can fully expect to pay exorbitant child-support and have access to their kids restricted. In 1998, Statistics Canada reported that, "most children (86%) lived with their mother after separation. Only 7% lived with their father, about 6% lived under a joint custody arrangement, and the remaining (less than 1%) lived under another type of custody agreement." Canada's divorce courts care nothing for the rights of fathers.

Don't get me wrong here - clearly, there are deadbeat dads out there who shirk their responsibilities towards their ex-spouses and their kids. However, the number of men forced into poverty and denied access to their children by so-called "fair" divorce courts is simply obscene. Many fathers are forced into poverty while faithfully paying child-support even in situations where the ex-wife makes more than they do. The despair felt by many of these men has driven some of them to suicide.

This recent ruling highlights the anti-father attitude held by the courts:

In the four Alberta cases, Smith said the fathers dutifully paid everything they owed under the initial support orders made by the courts when they divorced or separated.

However, Carole Curtis, the lawyer for two of the four women receiving support payments, said although the men stuck to the original deals, they did not tell their ex-partners their incomes had gone up and they could now afford to pay more under federal guidelines.

"They were paying the wrong amount, and they knew they were paying the wrong amount," she told CP.

These men weren't deadbeats - they paid what they were told to in order to support their kids. In spite of all this, according to Curtis these men were still paying "the wrong amount" - regardless of the fact that the previous amounts had been approved as "fair" by divorce courts.

Canada's attitude towards males in divorce cases needs to change, starting with a review of the way child support and custody of children is determined.

Most of all, the courts need to recognize that these men are fathers - not ATMs.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Batten Down the Hatches

Something is afoot over at Protein Wisdom.

k.d. Who?

So, k.d. lang has apparently attacked Harper for not showing up at the outgames. Okay.

So...When's the last time k.d. was on the radio? Anyone?



If my day has to get interrupted by k.d., said k.d. had better be cheesey and arrive in a bowl. Seriously.

In other news, Liberals don't like the current Prime Minister. Well Duh...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Army Sergeant Dismissed Due To Sexual Orientation

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.

Bleu Copas, 30, told The Associated Press he is gay, but said he was "outed" by a stream of anonymous e-mails to his superiors in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

"I knew the policy going in," Copas said in an interview on the campus of East Tennessee State University, where he is pursuing a master's degree in counseling and working as a student adviser. "I knew it was going to be difficult."

You may already have guessed how I feel about this. Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a senseless policy that discriminates against American citizens who want to proudly serve their country. Copas' case is an even more glaring example of how this nonsensical policy hurts the US military, given the demand for soldiers who speak and read Arabic in the post-9/11 world. The shortage of soldiers with these skills is acute enough - why would the Unites States Military purposefully sack a valuable asset like Copas over a silly little thing like his sexual orientation?

As far as I'm concerned, "Don't ask, Don't Tell" is the US Army's way of childishly putting its hands over its ears and yelling "La La La, I can't HEAR YOU!" Let's face it: 'Ignore it and it will go away' has never been a sound policy to follow - just ask Paul Martin.

This antiquated policy is absurd. The presumption that a soldier is somehow suddenly less qualified to perform his duties after he has been "outed" reeks of, well, stupidity. Don't tell the Joint Chiefs of Staff that, however. Those gays you know, they aren't real tough men like us, right? HUAH!

Give me a break. If someone is willing to put their life on the line for me I don't give two beans about their sexual orientation.

Besides, if I was in the midst of a war zone getting shot at, I can guarantee you the last thing on my mind would be "Hey, is Pfc. Johnson looking at my ass?"


H/T to Drudge.

More From the "You've Got Way To Much Time On Your Hands" Series...

Star Trek is Liberal, Star Wars is Conservative.

Yes, there are people on the internet actually debating this.

And yes, they need to move out of their parents' basement.

Okay, I know

It's incredibly stupid and superficial to comment on someone's appearance. But for the love of God, could this man look any more like the archetypical "greedy evil capitalist?"

I'm sorry, I had to say it. It was eating me up inside.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Stephen Harper Says What We're All Thinking

Heck, I was annoyed when the press made that comparison, I can only imagine how he felt:

RD: Are there comparisons that offend you?

Harper: Yes. The Bush comparisons offend me. And not because I have any kind of personal dislike of George W. Bush. I don’t. It’s that the comparisons generally are not thoughtful. Bush has SUVs in his motorcade, and I have SUVs in my motorcade—“Ha ha, he’s just like George Bush.” Well, of course, this is actually the decision of the RCMP, and I’m sure George Bush didn’t pick out the cars in his own motorcade either. That kind of thing bothers me because it’s just a stereotype designed for polemical purposes.

You can bet if Martha Stewart was our Prime Minister she'd have picked out her SUV's. And probably braised them in a nice Chianti too.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I Can't Find Any Coffee

How the hell am I supposed to study for the MCAT without any coffee?

Maybe I can go WWII ration style. Now where did I put those acorns...?

- UPDATE1 - Whew. Found some. Step down the alarm folks, everything's okay.

I Heart You, Sheik Nasrallah

That kiffiyeh, that talk of destruction...it's just such a turn-on!

New Look Soon?

I'm a fan of the 'Old Standard,' so to speak, but I've been thinking recently that it's time for a shake-up around here - I'm toying with a new design for the site. It's coming along, but it might take some time to perfect.

If any of you out there are interested in this kind of thing and have some skills when it comes to site design, feel free to drop me a line - I'd love the help.

Anyways, I'm not sure when (or if!) I'll be launching the new look but I will let you know beforehand.

What do you think? Keep the current look or go for another one? I'd love to hear what you have to think.

We're All No-Good Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!!!

(JUST KIDDING!) Seriously though, remember when we all got dragged through the mud last election when Carol Jamieson said we were violating election laws?

Ah, the good old days.

Friday, July 21, 2006

War Soon

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't like where this is going.

It's clear at this point that Israel is going to invade southern Lebanon in an attempt to eliminate Hezbollah. Right now, it's only a matter of when. With all the sabre-rattling being done by Syria and Iran, I fully expect that they will come to the aid of Lebanon in an effort to get rid of 'those pesky Jews' once and for all.

I'm of the opinion that Israel clearly has a right to defend itself from aggressors. I'm also a student of history, and my knowledge of the background of this region tells me that any invasion of Lebanon by Israeli ground forces could mean a very costly war with both Syria and Iran. While I'd like to see both Israel and Hezbollah de-escalate this mess, I'm not so naive as to believe that's going to happen. Hezbollah is out for Jewish blood. Israel is out to make sure that doesn't happen.

Israel is going to invade - that much is certain. I hope that this stays a limited conflict - nonetheless every instinct tells me that Israel is about to fight its Seventh War.

There's a Switch

No Pun intended:

PROVINCETOWN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Provincetown, New England's summer gay capital, is facing a rise in harassment and discrimination. But this time it's straight people who say they are being ridiculed as "breeders" and "baby makers."

Less than a decade after a successful campaign to end violent paroxysms of "gay bashing" in the beach town at the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, police and town officials report a resurgence in tension between gays and straight people.
Some say turnabout is fair play. I say it's stupid.

H/T to Neale.

Dan Matheson Has Just Made My Day

You. Need. To. See. This.


Thank you Dan Matheson.

H/T Proud To Be Canadian!

Some Photos Say It All

"Stephen Harper Doesn't Care About _____ People"

Fill in the blank to any applicable ethnic group the Liberals are pretending to take the side of at any time.

I'm just waiting for Kanye West to show up and give his two cents worth...

A Letter to Mr. Ahmadinejad

It's comments like this that make my day:

Dearest Mr. Ahmadinejad,
Thank you for thoughtful and insightful letter regarding the world's problems. You are such a funny, raving lunatic you almost make our late Fuehrer look sane. It's truly a shame that the proud Iranian people have elected a rabid dog as their leader. Yes, you can do a great deal to solve the world's problems and I suggest you do it very soon: crawl into a bunker as your late great hero Adolf did, and blow your brains out. You will have done mankind a great service and you will be remembered in history for it, as Adolf was. Thanks again for your interesting comments. I shall refer it immediately to our sanitation ministry for proper disposal.
Warmest regards,
with help from Greg in Texas

See more of the like here. H/T to SDA!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Liberal Leaderships Hopefuls Come to Town

...I was wondering what that stench was. Yes, run for the Southside hills! Liberal Leadership hopefuls Bob Rae, Scott Brison and Carolyn Bennett visited St. John's on Wednesday to speak with the Newfoundland and Labrador Young Liberals. What message did they have to bring?

"We have got to let Canadians know we have learned our lesson and turned the page...If we want to get rid of George Bush's best buddy 'Steve.'"
-Carolyn Bennett
It's really nice to know that the Liberals still haven't learned that we're not all just contestants on 'Fear Factor - the Canadian Political Edition.' You'd honestly think that after the last election, they would have realized that the fear card has shot it's bolt. Canadians just aren't buying the argument that Stephen Harper is some sort of scary bogeyman anymore.

If Carolyn Bennet honestly believes that the Liberals stand a chance when the next election rolls around, she's off her rocker (cue Alexa McDonough: "Is that a sexist remark?"). The new Conservative government, despite some initial shaky moments, has shown strong and decisive leadership - and it has accomplished more in a few months than the Liberal government has in years. Canadians like that - it's new and a welcome change from the way things used to be done.

Anyhow, along the way, the leadership hopefuls were 'screeched in.' For those of you who are unaware, being 'screeched in' means we make you drink Screech and kiss a codfish. I'm not kidding. We get a good laugh and you get to be an honorary Newfoundlander. Fair trade. That's something I'd love to see.

"The People Have Spoken"

A Pair of Polls, Polly. As I was saying earlier about those in the nation's media - just because you say something is so doesn't mean it actually is.

I look forward to the comments saying that 56% and 54% aren't real majorities. Right.

(Source: CTV)

CP Asks One Person What They Think About Government Evacuation Plan

And they share the view of most Canadians - which the CP would know, if it actually asked people instead of trying to manufacture reality.

[Montreal Businessman Tony] Jbeili was worried his boy could be scarred by scenes of chaos and violence that he never had to worry about growing up in Canada.

One thing he wasn’t doing was blaming the federal government. While many Canadians have lambasted Ottawa over its handling of the evacuation, Jbeili wasn’t pointing fingers.

“You cannot get angry because you can’t move 20,000 people in 24 hours,” he said.

“They’re doing what they can.” CP

Surprise! The one person CP asks about how the government is handling this situation smartly realizes you can't move 20,000 people in less than 24 hours!

Did the press even ask anyone about how they thought the government was handling this? It seems like they're just playing mad libs with old Hurricane Katrina press reports. Seriously.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Now THAT'S a Leader!

If this were Paul Martin, he would talk, and talk, and talk about how "everything is being done" to rescue those Canadians stuck in Lebanon.

Harper heads there himself to personally rescue 120 Canadians.

Seriously. Where else are all these supposed complaints about Harper being slow off the mark coming from? I've been talking to a lot of people about this situation, and not one, not one person has mentioned to me that they thought the government was too slow in its response. But Harper is the same as Bush, so this is really our own little Hurricane Katrina! Get it? Get it?

Let's compare reaction times to international crises, shall we?

How long did it take Canada to respond to the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia?

16 days

How long did it take the new Conservative government to get cruise liners and planes to rescue Canadians in Lebanon?

4 days.

You do the math.

I guess that's not fast enough for those reporters, though. Where are those darn Star Trek transporters when you need 'em?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Suspected Mountie Killer Surrenders

Just be glad this didn't end in a blaze of gunfire and more deaths.

Curtis Alfred Dagenais, accused of killing two Saskatchewan Mounties, turned himself in Tuesday, RCMP officials confirmed.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Darrell McFadyen confirmed that Dagenais surrendered at approximately 4 p.m. CT (6 p.m ET).

Hopefully the process of justice can now begin and the families can start to get some much-needed closure.

H/T to Neale.

Bloody Marvelous!

Did you get the reference?

Despite all the cries of "Canada isn't doing enough for Canadians in Lebanon" from the opposition, Peter McKay (stand up guy that he is) has seen to it that a fleet of six cruise ships has been chartered to ferry Canadians out of the danger zone. In addition, Canada has three planes arranged to fly Canadians out of Lebanon via Cyprus.

Inaction was a hallmark of the previous Liberal government. Perhaps what Dan McTeague doesn't care to tell Canadians is that it takes time to get the logistics worked out for an evacuation of up to 20,000 people (maybe he hoped we wouldn't pick up on that).

Perhaps if Mr. McTeague's party had not seen fit to gut the Canadian Armed Forces over the past thirteen years, military transport ships would already be on their way to the Middle East.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Shit Has Hit The Fan

US embassy personnel in Lebanon are getting while the going's good.

In case you're in a vegetative state right now, that's a very telling sign that things do not look good.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Eve of a General War

Things are indeed looking grim right now in the middle east. When state leaders start throwing around the "W" word, I get a little bit jumpy.

Let's get this out in the open now: a general war in the middle east is not a good thing. Never will be. If you happen to be one of those people saying, "bring it on, Israel should finish these jerks off once and for all!" I've got news for you - you're wrong, wrong, wrong. Wrong. Does anyone think for a second that the current situation in the middle east will change if Israel wins another war with its neighbors? If Israel occupies its enemies it most certainly faces an insurgency that will make Iraq look like a game of hide and seek. If it withdraws after occupying enemy territory, what will it have gained from going to war except an increasingly vengeful Hezbollah?

Furthermore, what if the tide begins to turn against Israel? As in the 1973 October War, the United States will have no choice but to intervene and provide Israel with either/or hardware or military personnel, although with the US tied down in Iraq right now, Israel may very well be on its own.

Israel is a tough little nation, but she's a little nation nonetheless.

Let's hope calmer heads prevail.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Is 'Ghouls' Too Strong a Word?

Apparently Corporal Boneca wasn't as "disillusioned" as we were previously led to believe. This time, the media actually interviewed Cpl. Boneca's family - I'm talking real family now, not "his girlfriend's father" - and they say that he loved the army.

Does it come as a shock to anyone that the inital reports of his so-called 'disillusionment' were way off base? Far be it from me to suggest that maybe, just maybe, some reporter wasn't doing his or her job. I mean, really, who would have thought to contact the poor guy's actual family to confirm this stuff?

Geez. What a bunch of ghouls.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Forza Italia!!!


Why "Water"-Gate Was Good For Our Country

Right now it's no secret to anyone who can see the writing on the wall that Canada is in the midst of a change. I'm not just talking about our recent shift in government, although this has certainly been the catalyst for the change I'm referring to. I'm talking about something far more important.

Take for example the recent meeting between the Prime Minister and President Bush. In the Chretien and Martin days, becoming cozy with the United States was taboo - unless, of course, a certain someone was in the White House. In spite of this apparent cardinal sin, most media outlets have tacitly nodded their approval of Harper's performance at the meeting. As for public opinion? Nary an outcry. While much of this has to do with Harper's business-like approach at the meeting, Canadians also aren't being fed a standard anti-American line by the federal government any more.

As for Bill Graham's tirade against having close and resonable relations with our number one trading partner, one need only look at a comment left in response to the story over at the Globe and Mail Online in order to see where Canadians stand:
Reality Check from Ottawa, Canada writes: What 'Canadian values' are threatened here? What the heck is Mr. Graham talking about? To suggest that seeking a close relationship with our continental neighbor and trading partner threatens 'Canadian values' is absurd. Come on. We can think for ourselves.
And so Canadians can - and they always have. Despite the Canadian public's initial fear of Harper and a party they were not familiar with, the voice of moderate middle-class Canadians has always been reasonable - and it showed in the last election. The same goes for Canada-US relations. In spite of the Canadian fear of the United States, we've never wanted a tense relationship with them. I don't care who you ask, most people found the way the Liberals conducted Canada-US relations downright uncomfortable and embarassing. Something had to change. Something did.

The change I'm referring to is the restoration of the voice of the middle class as the voice of Canada. Some would refer to it as the beginning of a shift towards conservatism. I disagree - I think it's more of a turn away from the excesses of the ideology of the Canadian left on issues like Canada-US relations and the military. Middle-class Canadians have always held reasonable conservative-oriented views on issues like these. The reality of the matter is, we're just getting a chance to hear them now.

There can be no better example of the willingness of Canadians to embrace values shared by conservatives than in our own recent 'water'-gate scandal ('Piss'-gate is a little too crass to use). In the space of a day, outrage and disgust spread throughout Canadian public opinion over the public urination on our national war monument by three drunk men. An outpouring of support for the heretofore neglected Canadian Armed Forces proves that far from embracing Trudeau's disdainful view of our servicemen and women, the Canadian people value and support the sacrifices they make for our free and open society.

I think this helps to solidify the return of common sense and reason to public discussion in our country. Canadians are decent, reasonable people - and by extension, inclined towards many more facets of conservatism than we had previously imagined. We just never got a chance to hear what they really felt before. Now's our chance.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


"When I'm done with you, Deb, You're going to be an internet verb. Enjoy"
- Jeff Goldstein
That's the best burn I've heard all week.

Just...wow. Something tells me this pyschology professor could be a case study herself. As anyone with half a brain knows, the internet is full of people who say the most offensive things possible for fun - but this really takes the cake. Yeesh.

H/t to SDA, bringing us up to date while Protein Wisdom is down due to DOS attacks.

Friday, July 07, 2006


Today we pause and remember those victims of terrorism who suffered and died in the London subways one year ago. For no other reason than the fact that they belonged to a free and open society, they were targeted for a horrible and violent death by those who did not honour the freedoms of the society they were raised in. May they all rest peacefully in the hopes that we shall defeat the menace of terrorism.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Haven't I Seen This Movie Before?

While Mexican politics aren't a staple feature of this blog, I thought you'd like to know what the outcome of the recent Mexican election was:

MEXICO CITY - The ruling party‘s Felipe Calderon won the official count in Mexico‘s disputed presidential race Thursday, the culmination of a come-from-behind campaign for the stiff technocrat. But his leftist rival also declared victory and said he‘d fight the election in court.

With all of the 41 million votes counted, Calderon of President Vicente Fox ‘s National Action Party had 35.88 percent to 35.31 percent for Lopez Obrador, of the Democratic Revolution Party. The two were separated by about 220,000 votes. AP

A leftist candidate refuses to accept the legitimate outcome of a close vote and vows at the same time to fight it in court? Sounds vaguely familiar...


I honestly didn't expect the numbers to be so high, but I have to keep reminding myself that Canadians aren't being spoon-fed Liberal talking points anymore. Vote now at ctv.ca.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day!

I'd like to wish all our American friends a Happy Independence day. Enjoy the party!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Amazing Story

of the Sunday Times has a truly astounding story of a firefight she got caught up in while on patrol with British Paras in Afghanistan. Go check it out!

You Need to See This

This is Brienna Moineau's youtube.com profile. She sings and plays guitar and she's absolutely great. Treat yourself today and go listen to her beautiful voice!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I Don't Even Want to Know

It's amazing what you can find out with Sitemeter.

Sorry, did I say Amazing? I meant disturbing.

I don't want to know.

In other news, I did a little tweaking to the site. It's likely nothing you'll notice, but there were a few loose ends that needed some tying up, and so tied them up I did.

Remember the Sacrifice of This Day

As you give thanks for the freedoms you enjoy. Freedoms which were paid for so dearly with the blood of gallant young men whom we shall never forget. Today we remember the Battle of the Somme, and the sacrifice of 96% of the men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel. No other unit suffered such casualties on that murderous day. Out of some 800 brave young men, only 68 answered roll call the next day. A plaque at Beaumont-Hamel today reminds visitors of the sacredness of this hallowed ground, as the words of poet John Oxenham bring forth honour to these fallen warriors:

Tread softly here! Go reverently and slow!
You let your soul go down upon its knees
And with bowed head, and heart abased strive hard
To grasp the future gain in the sore loss!
For not one foot of this dank sod but drank
Its surfeit of the blood of gallant men.
Who for their faith their hope - for life and liberty
Here made the sacrifice - here gave their lives
And gave right willingly - for you and me.

From this vast altar-pile the souls of men
Sped up to God in countless multitudes.
On this grim cratered ridge they gave their all.
And giving won.
The peace of Heaven and immortality
Our hearts go out to them in boundless gratitude.
If ours - then God's for His vast charity
All sees, all knows, all comprehends - save bounds
He has repaid their sacrifice - and we - ?
God help us if we fail to pay our debt
In fullest full and all unstintingly!

It was later said of the attack:

"It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault only failed of success because dead men can advance no further." Major-General Sir Beauvoir de Lisle (commander, British 29th Division) regarding the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel.

Later, the regiment somehow managed to go on, winning this praise in 1918:

"Thank God, my left flank is safe! Now for my right." Brigadier General Bernard Freyberg, VC (commander British 88th Brigade), at the Battle of Ledeghem, September, 1918, upon learning that the Newfoundland Regiment held his left flank in battle against all attacks.

Today we remember the fallen of the Nation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and pray for the safety of our soldiers serving in the armed forces of our great nation of Canada. Happy Canda Day Everyone. Never forget why we enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear.