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On Remembrance Day…

Tweet      It has been just over a year since my son returned home from the War in Afghanistan.  He walked through those gates and into the arms of his fiance and met his son, just 6 days old, for the first time.  I am so unspeakably thankful that he came home whole, . . . → Read More: On Remembrance Day…

Dear Jack…

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I have tried three times this week to compose this letter, each time only to trail off in a cloud of tears. Here it goes.

First of all, I want to thank you for your selfless service to your country. We talked about service when I asked you about the F-35 sole . . . → Read More: Dear Jack…

Don Cherry is a pussy

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Tough guy, hiding behind the guys who actually do the work and firing artillery rounds at people dozens of kilometres away.

Do the real Canadian thing, Don. Get up close with them and drop the gloves. Wait for the puck to drop and then go a round with the main Taliban . . . → Read More: Don Cherry is a pussy

What New Canadian Insanity Is This?

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As you’ve all heard by now, Don Cherry took his coach’s corner to Afghanistan to visit the troops and do Xmas din-din with them. We Move To Canada‘s, Laura covered that yesterday with an open letter to the CBC news.

Well boys ‘n’ girls, it just got a whole lot stranger (to . . . → Read More: What New Canadian Insanity Is This?

Mothers Against Diabolical Dictatorships

Tweet ck sent me a link this weekend, to a CTV story of a mother of a Canadian soldier speaking out against the war.  Against War in general.  She was eloquent and passionate, as you might expect of a woman who, having grown up with the Vietnam war, immigrated to Canada to provide a . . . → Read More: Mothers Against Diabolical Dictatorships

Progress Now Episode 1: The logistics of war and criticism.

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My new podcast is up. You can link to it here: Episode1: The logistics of war and criticism. I appreciate your comments. It’s my first one so don’t pull your punches. Cheers.

Ryan

and my letter to Layton…

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The Honourable Jack Layton, Member of Parliament  Leader, NDP,   Dear Mr. Layton,     Thank you for your stand on the matter of Harper’s extension of the mission in Afghanistan.  I am appalled by the lack of opposition from the Official Opposition in this matter and in fact, on every matter . . . → Read More: and my letter to Layton…

Loyal Opposition? My letter to Ignatieff…

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Michael Ignatieff,

You hold the position of the Leader of the Loyal Opposition in our House. You may be aware of this, if so, this is not coming across to the electorate. As the Leader of the Loyal Opposition, you have the honour and the priviledge and the duty to stand up . . . → Read More: Loyal Opposition? My letter to Ignatieff…

An open letter to the PM.

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Stephen Harper,

You do not have a mandate to extend the mission in Afghanistan. Take your plan to our House for a vote. You know which House I mean, it’s that really big one, where policy is supposed to be debated and then voted on. You are playing politics with the lives . . . → Read More: An open letter to the PM.

Just So We’re Clear On This No Vote Needed Thing, Here…

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Hmmm! Cave into NATO  (Americans, in reality) after making an ass out of yourself on the world stage in some pathetic attempt to redeem yourself, and let’s face it, being at war is a helluvalot more fun (not to mention, easier, and goes more along my lack of principles)  than pesky talks of climate . . . → Read More: Just So We’re Clear On This No Vote Needed Thing, Here…

Afghanistan, mission in…

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I emailed this letter to my MP yesterday.  No reply as of yet.

The Honourable Dr. Keith Martin Member of Parliament Esquimalt, Juan De Fuca   Doctor Martin;   It has come to my attention that the mission in Afghanistan has become extended, all of a sudden, to everyone’s surprise! ( I . . . → Read More: Afghanistan, mission in…

my mission (and I choose to accept it)…

Tweet is to stop the occupation of Afghanistan by Nato Forces.  Canadian Forces.   I have been a member of the military community in four ways.  When I was 17, I joined HMCS Malahat in their summer youth employment program.  I loved it.  We learned how to drill, understand and qualify with weapons, . . . → Read More: my mission (and I choose to accept it)…

the bravest woman in Afghanistan

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Malalai Joya, the Afghan Politician who has been called the bravest woman in Afghanistan is to return to Canada on a speaking tour, according to rabble.ca.  Article by Derrick O’Keefe.  

The Canadian Peace Alliance has issued this announcement of a brief return visit by Malalai Joya. The tour comes at an . . . → Read More: the bravest woman in Afghanistan

Michael “Uncle Tom” Steele Strikes Again!

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I sometimes wonder how the man is capable of any thought process without getting a nosebleed.

Georgie seeks vengence for 9/11 in Afghanistan. He pretty much sub-contracted his little campaign of revenge to  Canada and other NATO nations in order to go invade Iraq. Yet Rethuglican National Chairman in all his brilliance . . . → Read More: Michael “Uncle Tom” Steele Strikes Again!

Blathering Blatchford, Have We Not Learned From Our Past Mistakes?

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We all remember what kind of a public spanking Clucking Christy, our chickenhawk of the Grope & Fail got when she jumped on heavily redacted documents and basically threw Richard Colvin under the bus.

But do you think she learned?

No!!! Of course not!! Old habits seem to die hard with our . . . → Read More: Blathering Blatchford, Have We Not Learned From Our Past Mistakes?

Torturegate–The British Version — (Update)

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It would appear Canada isn’t alone in the Afghan detainee scandal.

Allegations first surfaced in November 2007, by Amnesty International (same time Canada first heard their allegations of torture) and brought to the courts by British anti-war activist, Maya Evans has made the accusations and is seeking a judicial review of the . . . → Read More: Torturegate–The British Version — (Update)

Singapore 1941: What it tells Us about Afghanistan, 2010

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A very famous Canadian politician (I don’t want to use this name because that would sound like bragging) once told me he never more than glanced at the news media. (Okay. It was Pierre Trudeau.)

I thought it was because he didn’t trust them. And that would be reasonable because the news . . . → Read More: Singapore 1941: What it tells Us about Afghanistan, 2010

Petey Ignores Karzai: Fine, Couldn’t he Have Couldn’t He Have Phoned it In? Did He Have to Bring Rona?

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Ah, gotta love those Harpercon cheerleaders who claim their masters are great with the economy and the opposition parties do nothing but waste the tax payers’ money.

Well, Well, What do we here? Petey is in Afghanistan. And why? No, it isn’t to talk to the on-again, off-again, soon-to-be-again Taliban friend. He . . . → Read More: Petey Ignores Karzai: Fine, Couldn’t he Have Couldn’t He Have Phoned it In? Did He Have to Bring Rona?

Yes, St-Stevie, Stop Being a Baby, Krazy Karzai Says You Overstayed Your Welcome

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Well, you, the U.S. and the other NATO allies. What will it take for you to take a hint? And don’t act all hurt when he said he may well join the Taliban if the west didn’t stop telling him to be politician they would like to see.

Karzai has stirred concern . . . → Read More: Yes, St-Stevie, Stop Being a Baby, Krazy Karzai Says You Overstayed Your Welcome

Oh Ryan, Either Enlist, Or Shut-UP! There are Enough Chickenhawks in Today’s Media

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Ryan ends up having this little chickenhawk tizzy with the mother of a dead soldier who sounded like a bloody ice-queen on his show last night. She gave the usual spin about how she doesn’t want her son to have died in vain or how we must finish the job; you know, . . . → Read More: Oh Ryan, Either Enlist, Or Shut-UP! There are Enough Chickenhawks in Today’s Media