Hello Stalin

March 30, 2006 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized)

   The Council for a Sovereign Quebec put out a book yesterday that they expected schools to use as teaching tool. The book was a kind of sovereignist handguide for children. Everyone came out against the book, even the PQ which is a sovereignist party.

  The council and the publisher of the book were on the news last night, claiming that they did not understand why and screaming freedom of expression. What is there to understand, since when did teaching political indoctrination become a school subject.

   It was a popular subject in the old USSR and eastern block countries, but I thought we were in a 20th century North American country here.

    What shocks me is that someone would even write this and expect schools to use it. One has to wonder what Mr Larose and the people at the Council are smoking these days.

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Kandahar 2

March 30, 2006 at 9:16 am (Uncategorized)

  Another Canadian soldier died in Kandahar a few days ago. It was not even a major news story in Canada. It is sad that an event like this barely makes the headlines.
  I wrote about Kandahar about a month ago and will try not to repeat myself too much here. What I would still like to understand in all this is, why are we there. People will argue that is for peacekeeping purposes. It seems to be more than that.
  To me, it seems more like a war, a war with the Taliban. The Taliban never got entirely eradicated it seems. They are alive and kicking , and getting into full swing this spring it seems.
  As I stated on the last Kandahar post, we should get the heck out of there, before more soldiers are killed or injured.

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Joint Force What

March 24, 2006 at 3:17 pm (Uncategorized)

    I am as happy as the next guy that the Canadian hostages are free, but what are we doing with soldiers in Iraq. I just noticed this on the National Post web site( www.nationalpost.com).   

    As far as I knew, Canada was not in Iraq, I guess we are. Apparently according to the article the JTF2 (Joint Task Force 2) were involved in the operation. When did we get involved in Iraq is my question ? Why is our government keeping us in the dark about this ? How many soldiers are part of this task force ? How long have they been in Iraq ? That is what I would like to know.

    It seems that they are not just soldiers either.  The British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in the article says "The rescue was conducted by a British-led team that included representatives from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and "other agencies from Canada" that "did a terrific job." When did RCMP start partaking in miltary operations in a war zone. Mounties are now soldiers it seems.

   Something is not right here, when we(as Canadians) have soldiers and policemen taking part in military operations, and no one seems to know. I am sure that if reporters asked the question, the answer would be it is national security. How many other things are kept from us for national security.

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Forty Something Soccer

March 22, 2006 at 10:53 am (Uncategorized)

  About ten weeks ago I started playing Sunday night indoor soccer with my buddies, it has been an adventure so far. We decided that it was time to get some exercise at our age especially in winter when we tend to just become lazy.

    The first night was tough for all of us I think. We started using muscles that had not been used in a while. Fifteen minutes into playing four of us were limping on the court. There were eight of us playing, that is not a good percentage. One of the guys said that we looked like Napoleon`s men coming back from Russia. It was so funny but true.

   I think we all thought that we were twenty again, and that stretching was not important. By week two we realized that it was. I try to be active and even get to the gym once or twice a week, but kicking a soccer ball is a whole different ball game as they say. The stretching has helped alot I think, as has the playing. We have fewer injuries at the end of the game.

  Week three still had some injuries. I think that was the week I cried myself to sleep. I seriously overplayed a kick and pulled a quadracep muscle in a bad way. I am exagerrating a bit on the crying part, it was more like a soft whimper. Good old Advil helped me to sleep that night.

  For a few weeks a younger guy joined us. He was almost half our age. He came for about 4-5 weeks but I have not seen him lately. I think that we were way out of his league.

  In the past few weeks we lost a player. He is on medical leave, for at least four weeks. He seems to have seriously pulled some muscles. Rumor has it that it may be the Soprano muscle(The Sopranos are on at the same time as our soccer matches).

     It has been a little over two months now, we seem to be getting better. We are not becoming soccer stars but it is definitely improving. Everyone tries their hardest I think. I have never been much of an athlete but I try my best. I have developed some ball control I think. It is important to just get moving and have some fun, with some good buddies.

  PS: This one is for you Kaz !!

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Anyone Seen My Spring

March 22, 2006 at 8:38 am (Uncategorized)

    Anyone seen spring. Where did it go. What happened. Why is it snowing this morning. We got a sneak peek about ten days ago and since then it just left. I am not sure what is up with that. We had one great day, I think we got as high as eleven degrees it was amazing.

     Everyone is anxiously waiting for spring to arrive. The looks on people`s faces are just getting longer and longer. We have not seen the sun now for about ten days. Everyone seems to getting into a depressed mood. We are just waiting for those sunny days to arrive. March has not been kind to us. I wrote an entry about a month ago called the February Blues, now we are starting to get into the March Blues I think.

   We all seem to realize that it is just around the corner. You can almost feel it in the air, when it gets near zero and the sun comes out for ten minutes. You know it is there, you can sense it. You know that the terrasses will open soon on St Denis.

       I think it will arrive any day now, I just know it. The question is when.

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Baghdad

March 16, 2006 at 12:15 pm (Uncategorized)

  The Iraq war will be three years on the weekend. What purpose has it served, and where is all this going. It all began based on false information and is still ongoing three years later, with no end in sight.

    They never found any weapons of mass destruction or any proof that Saddam was in cahoots with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, yet the war persists. Calling it a war may not be the right term I think, beacuse a war implies that you have an opponent. Baghdad fell in approximately three weeks so I guess at that point it stopped being a war and became a military occupation.

   An occupation with high costs. High costs in a monetary sense and also human life. Many lives have been lost in Iraq, close to 2300 US Soldiers, about 300 coalition soldiers, and close to 35 000 Iraqis.

   Was it neccesary to have all these people die to protect our petrol suppy. I still beleive that is the main reason they are there. The other main reason is to get a s good control on the Middle East.  Sure they also went in to kick out Saddam, he was bad news. They went to kick out the monster that they helped create.  He was a good buddy of the US during the Iran-Iraq war back in the eighties. 

    On this three year anniversary I think that they should get out of there before they really start to get everyone very angry at them. No country or people like to be oocupied, whatever the so called reasons for doing it.  What worries me is where will they go next, Iran or some other country that they consider an axis of evil. A very dangerous precedent was created when the Americans went into Iraq.

For more information on this unjust war take a look at this site–>> http://michaelmoore.com .

   

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Kandahar

March 3, 2006 at 9:12 am (Uncategorized)

  Another day, another attack on Canadian troops in Kandahar. A soldier died yesterday and one is critical today.  Why are we there is my question. Why are young Canadians, getting killed in Afghanistan.

   We are there to rebuild Afghanistan is the official line. Rebuild it from what exactly. They say it is from the destruction of the country caused by the Taliban. It is true that the Taliban sent the country back to the middle ages almost, and that they were a safe harbour for terrorists.

  The Americans went there in 2001 and blasted up most of the country and got rid of the Taliban. Got rid of is a strong statement, because the Taliban is still alive and kicking(esp. in Kandahar area). The Taliban is taking responsibilty for the attacks of the last two days.

   So was the Taliban really taken care of, I think not. I do not believe that the goal at the time was to get rid of the Taliban, but it was the elusive search for Bin Laden.

   I seriously believe that the Canadians should get out of there, before more lives are lost in conflicts that do not really concern us at all.  We are just getting caught up in traps set up by the Americans cause we are part of NATO.

    

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