Yes, I am a huge fan of President Barack Obama. My interest In Obama dates back to before the US 2008 Presidential campaign when Obama was a Senator in Chicago and tapped as a potential democrat presidential nominee. I followed his historic rise to the US Presidency with pride. For Canada to be blessed with such a pragmatic, rational and intelligent leader would no doubt rally Canadians to become more enthusastic and involved in their country’s government leadership.
Now that the US 2012 Presidential campaign is in gear, his detractors get in their digs almost on a daily basis. But Obama takes the high road, and rarely navigates into the fray of irrelevant and divisive rhetoric. However, supporters from both the right and the left defend their presidential candidates with much fervour. Opines, blogs, and video montages make up a never ending barrage of defensive support in retaliation to the attacks from either side of the aisle. The latest campaign surfacing from Obama grassroot supporters is to demonstrate how the inherent cognitive sense of trust in babies and toddlers is a telling sign of the character of an individual. It all started with this video that went viral last week:
He comes off calm, cool, and collected. The argument being if babies feel instant trust in his arms, then there is no doubt he’s got the characteristic of being the genuine individual his supporters judge him to be. Upstaging his wife, the First Lady, or Mother-in-Chief as she is aptly named, adds icing to the cake.
Master Corporal Francis Roy of Rimouski, Que. and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment was named Sunday as the 157th Canadian soldier to have died in Afghanistan.
With only 10 days left before the official end of Canada’s five-year combat mission in southern Afghanistan, Roy, who was a transport specialist and former member of the Royal 22e Regiment, died Saturday morning of what were described as a “non-combat related wounds.”
Read more at The Montreal Gazette
My enlightment on war dogs first caught on during my daily read of Andrew Sullivan over at The Dish. In the wake of the Osama bin Laden killing, Andrew’s post spotlighting War-Dog blogger Rebecca Frankel gave way to a renewed respect for our canine companions. With the recent killing of Osama bin Laden, these brave canine soldiers slowly came out of the woodwork. Frankel delivers an impressive photo essay in Part II on her War-Dog series over at Foreign Policy.
Frankel captions the above photo of a US soldier and his war companion:
The difference a dog makes: No matter how war dogs were involved on that fateful day in Abbottabad, the military’s canine forces are doing more than their fair share. And even if the true story of what happened never comes out, we already have plenty of legendary war dogs to celebrate: the three stray mutts living on a base in Afghanistan who wrestled a suicide bomber to the ground, forcing him to detonate before ever reaching the barracks where 50 soldiers lay sleeping; the fatally wounded handler who called for his dog with his last breath; the bomb-sniffing dog who, after his trainer was killed in Afghanistan, succumbed shortly after of a “broken heart.”
Like other handlers, Dowling knows this from experience. His dog Rex was “a great moral boost, a symbol of home. You come back to base [to these dogs] that are so freakin’ loyal — a dog who is waiting for you, who will play with you because they love you…. There are so many benefits.”
Above Lance Cpl. Daniel Franke, a dog handler attached to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, enjoys a quiet moment in Towrah Ghundey, Afghanistan, on June 11, 2010.
Montreal will be a happening place this year with a parade of Who’s Who from Hollywood coming to town to film upcoming projects. Perhaps some Montrealers have already run into Aaron Eckhart who’s here filming The Expatriate, a Belgian-Canadian co-production in which Eckhart plays an ex-CIA agent trying to re-connect with his teenage daughter.
Actors who have already been here, are currently filming here, or plan to visit include Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Angela Bassett,to name a few An impressive line-up indeed!
The Montreal Gazette lays out all the details on the upcoming Hollywood appearances.
An open-air movie enthralls remote villagers in India’s Maharashtra state in this year’s winning picture from the “Arts and Culture” category of the Word Photoraphy Awards Professional Competition, which were announced in London late last month. According to Indian photographer Amit Madheshiya, travelling cinemas visit villages far from movie theaters once a year, screening an eclectic mix of films for the equivalent of about 40 U.S. cents a ticket.
I’ve been ignoring it. Four more years of Harper. Bah hum bug. On a good note, refreshing change for Quebec with the NDP sweeping the province. It’s time the Bloc retire. A sad sad day for the Liberals. But young MP Justin Trudeau hangs on to his seat.
Time will tell. We’ll be watching.