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This is my view, from my foxhole.  Everybody has their own war…  Take what you need — leave the rest.  And, most importantly, I reserve the right to change and evolve my opinions over time…  That's what good conversations do — blogs, inherently, are conversations.

 

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  • The Best Pistol for Canada

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    The Best Pistol for Canada
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:  N/A
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    History affects us all.  The echoes of decisions made centuries ago, continue to shape our lives, in ways both large and small.  A case-in-point would be the current attempt by the Forces to procure a new service pistol.

    As unlikely at it seems, the past and future of this acquisition is connected with United States involvement in the Spanish-American War of 1898.  At the end of that conflict, the United States found itself in possession of the former Spanish colony of the Philippines.  This fact was the cause of much rejoicing by the forces for Philippine independence — as represented by the First Philippine Republic — until, it became obvious, that the force of some 11,000 United States ground troops sent to the Philippines intended to stay.

  • Hilariously Terrible Stock Photos Miss the Mark Portraying Real Troops

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    Hilariously Terrible Stock Photos Miss the Mark Portraying Real Troops
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:    Spelling
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    Stock photos are a great resource for a lot of people and organizations who want to convey the right message, feeling, and/or image but can't get a photograph of their own.  A story and/or advertisement about an elementary school, for example, may make use of a great stock image of children having fun while learning in a bright and colourful classroom — rather than having to set-up a photo session at a nearby school and get all the necessary permissions and arrangements.  Unfortunately, when it comes to stock photos of the military though, there are a lot of images that miss the mark — completely.

    In fact, they don't just miss the mark, they miss the whole target — and, sometimes, may not even be at the right shooting range.  These rather poorly executed photos, do an injustice to our brave men and women in the military, and can completely misrepresent what our military is and looks like.  But, quite frankly, a lot of these stock photos are just so bad at accurately depicting the military that we just have to laugh at them!

  • Children Should Never Witness War

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    Children Should Never Witness War
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:  N/A
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    Many times, we're reminded of just how lucky and fortunate we are living here — in Canada.  Could you imagine if this was your child, caught-up in the middle of a war?

    War created by shitty adults who can't get along — simply put.  This video breaks my heart — as this little boy just sits patiently, waiting to be treated for his injuries.

    This is the type of fucking shit that's still going on around the world…  And, sadly, it may never see an end either.  However, children should never have to bear witness to war created by adults.  Never take for granted what we have here in Canada.  Protect your children, because they never signed-up to enter this fucking mess.  It's up to us as adults, to find a way to get along with each other.  Even, if it's merely a select few idiots whom ruin it for many.  I can only hope that this little boy, Omran, and his family find a way to safety — and, that he someday grows up to help others who've witnessed war first-hand as a child themselves.  Although this little boy will struggle for many years, for what he's witnessed and endured during these young years of his life, I can only hope tat he may grow to believe that war will never be the answer.

  • Camaraderie's One Trait the Civilian Sector's Lacking

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    Camaraderie's One Trait the Civilian Sector's Lacking
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:    Added a YouTube Video
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    People, often, ask me what I miss about serving in the military…  My answer — the camaraderie.

    All this craziness going on within our country makes me want to go back into the military.  Asian, black, disabled, female, from big city or small town, gay/lesbian, latino, male, short, tall, white…  It didn't matter what the fuck you were — we worked side-by-side and respected each other.  We all had our opinions and disagreements, but respect is what kept us united — especially, during times of combat.

    I'm saddened to see the shit that goes on in Canada.  At least, what most of the news portrays today anyhow.

  • Military Bloggers

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    Military Bloggers
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:    Spelling
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    Offhand, I don't know when blogging really became well-known throughout the Internet, but I do know that I started to blog once I created my Web site though.  A friend of mine told me about adding a blog to my Web site — gaining the attention of many bloggers.  It was a great idea as now I have the opportunity to first-hand speak to many veterans through my blog, without having to leave my home.

    Once I started my own blog, and began reading up on what it takes to blog, I soon realized that there are a lot of military members from around the globe who also blog themselves.  Never would I have thought that I'd take to blogging, but here I am.  Mil-blogging, like homecoming, is a journey — not a destination.  My newspaper and magazine buddies make jokes about how all bloggers must write while wearing pajamas…  I'm, simply, happy that they think I'm even wearing pants nowadays.

 

 

 

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