Wednesday’s Hero: Spc. Kenneth Haines

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Spc. Kenneth W. Haines
25 years old from Fulton, New York
2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
December 3, 2006

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Spc. Kenneth Haines joined the United States Army in September 2000 as a fire support specialist and had been assigned to his unit for just over three years. He deployed to Iraq in October of 2006.

During his time in service, he received several military awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and National Defense Service Medal.

Spc. Haines was killed by an IED that was detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Abu Hishma, Iraq.

All Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Written by Indian Chris, Right Wing and Righ Minded

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Another Possible Human Foot Has Washed Ashore In Canada

According to the police, it’s too early to say if the running shoe found near Vancouver contains the remains of a seventh human foot to have washed ashore in that region in the past 15 months, or…something else. Tests are still being done:

The couple who found the left foot shoe in a tidal flat area along the Fraser River on Tuesday told local media it contained a sock and what appeared to be human remains, which have now been turned over a coroner for DNA testing.

Five disembodied human feet have mysteriously floated ashore in the Canada’s Georgia Strait since August 2007, and sixth foot was found three months ago in adjacent U.S. waters near Port Angeles, Washington.

There has also been at least one shoe found that later turned out to be a hoax.

“Obviously due to the fact that a hoax was perpetrated previously and then extensively reported on we want to proceed cautiously until we know exactly what we are dealing with,” said Constable Annie Linteau of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Canadian and U.S. police have not been able to determine who any of the feet belonged to, but say there is no evidence they were victims of foul play. Two of the feet found in Canada belonged to the same unidentified person.

The left shoe found on Tuesday was made by New Balance, the same brand that contained a right foot that was found in the same area of Richmond, British Columbia in May, police said.

I found a handy-dandy interactive map via Mark Horner, Beyond 90 Seconds that provides:

  1. The locations of the six feet found prior to Tuesday’s discovery
  2. Photographs of 5 of the 6 shoes found prior to Tuesday
  3. Links to stories about the discovery of each foot

Here’s a news report out of BC on the gruesome discovery:

Here are some previous posts on these reports that I’ve been following since February:

Could the Canada Bus Slayer And The Floating, Severed Feet Be Related?

Sixth Severed Foot Found On Washington Shore

One Of The Severed Feet Found On Canadian Shore Identified

A New Twist In The Severed Feet Case

Freaky: Fifth Severed Foot Washes Ashore On British Columbia Coast

Severed Feet Washing Up On B.C. Coast

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Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

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Hamas Claims It Maintained regular Contact With Obama Aides

Aaron Klein of WND reports:

Hamas held a meeting in the Gaza Strip several months ago with aides to President-elect Barack Obama, but the terror group was asked to keep the contacts secret until after last week’s elections, according to a senior Hamas official.

Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ chief political adviser in Gaza, told the leading Al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper Hamas has maintained regular communication with Obama aides that even continued during the past week.

“We were in contact with a number of Obama’s aides through the Internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign and be used by Republican candidate John McCain (to attack Obama),” Yousuf told Al-Hayat.

Yousuf said Hamas’s contact with Obama’s advisers was ongoing, adding that relations were maintained after Obama’s electoral victory last Tuesday.

Apparently, we’re not supposed to care that the Obama campaign would engage in talks with terrorists…that’s guilt by association….or backwards thinking….or Islamophobic….or something.

Still, Obama’s senior foreign policy adviser, Denis McDonough, told the Jerusalem Post, “This assertion is just plain false.”

So the question is, who do you believe? The Obama adviser, McDonough, or the Hamas adviser, Yousef? On the one hand we have the Rules For Radicals crowd practicing an ends justify the means mentality – ridicule, lie, cheat, disrupt, and use stealth to gain power, or we have the Islamic use of taqiyya, or deception, which is not only permitted, according to sharia law, but sometimes considered obligatory.

It’s a tough call, but I’m leaning toward Yousf’s side of the story, since Obama has already dispatched anti-Israel adviser, Robert Malley, who has a history with meeting with Hamas, to the Middle East:

Six months ago, Robert Malley, a Mideast expert described as an ancillary adviser to Obama, resigned amid a report in a London newspaper that he had contact with Hamas. According to some media reports, Malley is again representing Obama’s positions in meetings in Egypt and Syria, although it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was acting independently. FrontPageMagazine.com claims Malley was dispatched by Obama.

Remember this?:

In April, Yousef stated he hoped Obama would become president, comparing the Illinois senator to President John F. Kennedy.

“We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the election,” Yousef told WND at the time.

“I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the political discourse. … I do believe [Obama] is like John Kennedy, a great man with a great principle. And he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance,” Yousef said.

That endorsement is what inspired me to write an entire post about Obama’s troubling endorsements, and supporters throughout the world. At the time, I thought it was a devastating indictment of Obama’s wrong-headed and suicidal foreign policy ideas.

It turned out that a lot of people didn’t much care about that. Or they never knew.

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