Wednesday, April 02, 2003

The dagger is clearly pointed at the heart of the regime

(from Iraq

The B-2 bomber carries sixteen 2'000 lb. JDAM bombs. This bomb has a specified margin of error of 13 meters, and everyone within a 120 meter radius is killed while everyone within 365 meters is affected by serious shrapnel damage, while to be safe from any effects of fragmentation a person must be 1000 meters away from impact.

I am obviously thinking of the war today, with the coalition soposedly ready to enter Baghdad, my thoughts are there... although I must admit everyday the war gets a little more tedious and the news of the outbreak of SARS edges curiously to the position of closer to home. I remain, currently, comfortably on the outskirts of paranoia, which isn't close to panic (but you can see it from there). Regardless, I am aware of it's existance but am unsure of how to categorize it into the current criseses of my life. We shall wait and see for more information on the cases in Calgary/Alberta. For more info check out Calgary Health Region and Alberta Health.

I am at work late today, until 6:00pm actually. It's always quiet on days like this, but it tends to be boring for someone who enjoys stimulation as much as I do. It's an absolutly dismal day outside today, blowing snow has limited visibilty and created a winter wonderland for all to see (but it's SPRING she cries in desperation). I am looking forward to going home... to enjoying some dinner (chicken) and watching Shakespeare in Love, curled up in a blanket with Duncan, hot chocolate and a fire blazing in the hearth.

Before work this morning I went for coffee with Cathy and then clothes shopping, and even with us both in a mood (that time of the month for both of us) we had a blast. I took Cathy to that dress store that Duncan got my cute little blue dress at last year, and they had an amazing sale! Cathy bonused 4 or 5 outfits (dress/suits/formal) for $260.00! Exciting stuff.

I was reading LT Smash's Blog today and found this nice heart warming story of some good old american boys. I wanted to share it with you, and it's my blog, so here it is...

"Martin Savidge of CNN, embedded with the 1st Marine battalion, was talking with 4 young Marines near his foxhole this morning live on CNN. He had been telling the story of how well the Marines had been looking out for and taking care of him since the war started. He went on to tell about the many hardships the Marines had endured since the war began and how they all look after one another. He turned to the four and said he had cleared it with their commanders and they could use his video phone to call home. The 19 year old Marine next to him asked Martin if he would allow his platoon sergeant to use his call to call his pregnant wife back home whom he had not been able to talk to in three months. A stunned Savidge who was visibly moved by the request shook his head and the young Marine ran off to get the sergeant. Savidge recovered after a few seconds and turned back to the three young Marines still sitting with him and asked which one of them would like to call home first, the Marine closest to him responded with out a moments hesitation “ Sir, if is all the same to you we would like to call the parents of a buddy of ours, Lance Cpl Brian Buesing of Cedar Key, Florida who was killed on 3-23-03 near Nasiriya to see how they are doing”. At that Martin Savidge totally broke down and was unable to speak. All he could get out before signing off was “Where do they get young men like this?”."

Stories like that make me think there still is some hope for us.

"We don't do Body Counts."
- General Tommy Franks

Well, maybe somebody should... Oh, wait.....

Coalition Deaths
Coalition MIA/POW
Iraqi Civilians

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