Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Enucleation, not a familiar word to most and im sure a lot never heard of it until now. It's a word that i just added to my vocabulary. Recommending an enucleation is one of the most difficult therapeutic decisions in ophthalmology and it was just recommended to me. No other choices are available. I lost an eye around age eight and it didn't become noticeable until i became older. It has been no big deal to me and never slowed me down until recently when i started feeling pain and the vision of my good eye that was always above normal seemed to be not as well lately. looks like in the next month or so i'll be having that Enucleation( weird word) and then i 'll decide if i go for an artificial one or wear a patch. It was recommended a while back that i should be wearing one but like most advice a lot just go by the wayside. I'll at least have something to blog about later and start wearing a patch most days up until that time.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Today i read a news article on the VOCM News site
[Is the Ode out of Mode?
June 10, 2006
Some debate going on over how the members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment will conduct themselves when the 'Ode to Newfoundland' is played over the French battlefieds when the regiment returns to Beaumont Hamel and area next month. Lieutenent Colonel Kevin Hutchings says it's an honour to have all the members of the first and second batallions present for the 90th anniversay of the July 1st massacre. But he notes it is not permitted for Canadian Forces members to salute a, what is now, provincial anthem.]

For many outside the province who know little about our military history of WWI, here it is in a nutshell.
At that time Newfoundland was a dominion and we played a small but distinguished part in that great war. Five thousand Newfoundlanders served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment,another thousand in the Royal Navy and still more in the forestry brigades. The royal Newfoundland Regiment took 16 Battle Honours.
GALLIPOLI, 1915-16
Egypt, 1915-16
YPRES, 1917,'18
France and Flanders, 1916-18
Somme, 1916
Arras, 1917

One of the most tragic events to hit our island nation happened on July 1/1916.It was called the battle of Beaumont Hamel and took place on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. 790 men went over the top to advance towards the German linesthat morning. Out of these 710 were killed, wounded, or missing. Only 68 men answered the roll call the following day. Major General D.E. Cayley, Commander of the 88th. Brigade stated "It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour and only failed because dead men can advance no further."
That July morning in France probably changed the history of our island. Young future leaders never got a chance to return. No community on our island escaped the consequences of the regiment's attempt that day to advance and help end a war. We have a memorial in France to honour our dead and July 1 was always a sacred day for Newfoundlanders but since confederation with Canada we now celebrate Canada Day and the Battle of Beaumont Hamel is going out of memory.
Would it be so wrong for The Royal Newfoundland Regiment to salute when the "Ode to Newfoundland"is played at Beaumont hamel on that day? I don't think so! I also don't think we have heard the last of this.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Wildlife biologist from Newfoundland & Labrador might have recently found the cause of many dead seals washing up on our coastline recently. A leading Newfoundland scientist, a Dr. N. Confusus has determined the deaths to be from Sexually transmitted diseases. He was quoted as saying after conducting autopsies on the marine mammals they all had some forms of STD's ranging from gonnorreha, Genital Herpes Syphillis and a recently discovered one he has named Ladyofheather. It now appears the seals became infected this pass spring when the STD's hit the pristine ice floes off our province when an ex porn star dropped by to molest them. More on the story can be found by clicking here.

After viewing todays news in the sun the lyrics from a song (New Age Girl) by "Dead Eye Dick" comes to mind.
Mary Moon, she's a vegetarian
(Mary Moon, Mary Moon, Mary Moon)
Mary Moon will outlive all the septaugenarians
(Mary Moon, Mary Moon, Mary Moon)
Oh she loves me so, she hates to be alone
She don't eat meat but she sure like the bone

That photo was taken back in 88 and those breasts don't look that great to me. Hopefully with all her new found wealth and $$$$$ from her divorce settlement she can pump them up a bit.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Seventeen Canadian residents are in custody Saturday on terrorism- related charges, including plots to use explosives in attacks on Canadian soil. 12 male adults involved and five youth whose names can't be released because they're underage and the laws of our great country just won't allow that. The adults names are : 1. Fahim Ahmad, 21, Toronto;2. Zakaria Amara, 20, Mississauga, Ont.; 3. Asad Ansari, 21, Mississauga;4. Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Mississauga;5. Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mississauga;6. Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston, Ont.;7. Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston;8. Jahmaal James, 23, Toronto;9. Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Toronto;10. Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, Toronto;11. Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, Mississauga;12. Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga.
Im sure the kids names are similiar, a mohamed or abdul. Lawyers for the accused, asked that their clients be provided with a Koran, and in one case prescription eyewear. Of course that was granted immediately because we wouldn't want to offend the Muslim world now,would we? The news goes on to say all were inspired by al-Qaeda. Here are some Canadian born kids who have never sat foot outside of Canada and are inspired byMuslim extremists. The kids here are not the so called poor,uneducated ones who the press say are suicide bombers or terrorist in the middle eastern world.They are sons of wealthy and educated Canadians who could care less about this country and proved Saturday that we are not immune to the threat of terrorism.

here's a quote from one of their relatives that i particulary liked..
Alvin Chand, brother of Toronto suspect Steven Vikash Chand, scoffed at the charges outside the courthouse.
“He’s not a terrorist, come on, he’s a Canadian citizen” Mr. Chand said of his brother. “The people that were arrested are good people. They go to the mosque. They go to school, go to college.”

It's going to be a long drawn out court case and those terrorist will have it relatively easy compared to the rest of their brotherly scum held by the Americans in Guantanamo Bay. Im sure more of their brothers in other terrorist cells are hard at work here in Canada being good Canadian citizens and going to Mosque and being inspired by Al Qadea daily. Even during the days after 9 - 11 i felt terrible ,hoping no one would judge all Muslims as terrorist. I know of very few here in rural Newfoundland but when i do see one from now on, i'll look at him differently.We are different!! So different!