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Ros Prynn, Investigative Reporter

Ros Prynn is a NewsBlaze investigative reporter and editor, who writes on a range of topics. Contact her by writing to NewsBlaze, or at her milblog assolutatranquillita.blogspot.com



Soldiers' Angels needs YOU!
Right now, Soldiers' Angels has over 800 deployed heroes waiting to be 'adopted' by their very own Angel; heroes like this MP, who wrote the following letter to SA:
10:50 Dec 29, 2008 PST
Santa to Make Pre-Christmas Eve Inspection of Santa Tracker Headquarters
Located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), has been in the business of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve for the past 50 years.
03:43 Dec 20, 2008 PST
'This wasn't just stuff...'
It seems that because everything was about to be donated, Ferrara can't claim 'ownership'; therefore nothing that has been stolen is covered by her policy.
09:25 Dec 5, 2008 PST
TAPS : For the Children
Honor the lost loved one through a gift. Encourage your child to draw pictures or create gifts for others that are inspired by the memories of the person who died.
03:38 Dec 5, 2008 PST
Canadian, huh?
Don't those three look smug, and pleased with themselves? This picture is front and centre on newspapers Canada-wide under the huge header: It's a Done Deal.'
03:40 Dec 3, 2008 PST
Winston Churchill: Needed More Than Ever Today
On this day in 1874, a child was born in England who would ultimately change the course of world history: Winston Churchill.
14:36 Nov 30, 2008 PST
Valour-IT: It Isn't Over
As regular readers know, in the fundraising campaign for Valour-IT, teams named for different military branches waged a friendly competition to raise funds for this vital - and much appreciated - Soldiers' Angels ongoing project.
19:19 Nov 29, 2008 PST
Mumbai: 'Unless we stop it...'
The shooting in Mumbai (Bombay) is apparently over, and even as the blood still runs in the streets, political pundits and talking heads rush to declare the 'who, what, why, and how'.
12:40 Nov 29, 2008 PST
Valour-IT: Good News, and A Challenge or Three - Can You Handle IT?
Latest on the Valour-IT bloggers campaign
08:01 Nov 27, 2008 PST
Dealing With Grief Over The Holidays
TAPS does so much great work year round to honour and help our military families. Check out all their programmes at www.taps.org
03:42 Nov 27, 2008 PST
Money Can't Buy You Love
eHarmony is a Pasadena-based business started and owned by psychologist Neil Clark Warren, who is known for his mild-mannered television and radio advertisements.
04:56 Nov 22, 2008 PST
Victory in Iraq Day
November 22 is officially designated VICTORY IN IRAQ DAY. You may be excused if you haven't heard that screamed from the roof tops by the politicians.
09:45 Nov 21, 2008 PST
Valour-IT Auction: Get Your Bids In Today!
Seven noted authors have stepped up to support Project Valour-IT by donating autographed books for auction, and more are anticipated to join them.
16:46 Nov 18, 2008 PST
Survivor Corps: Support for returning heroes
The toughest part for me was answering some of those existential questions, 'How am I going to go on from here, and how will I take care of my family?'
14:50 Nov 18, 2008 PST
I do!
Many years ago, a Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, famously said: 'The State has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.'
16:05 Nov 17, 2008 PST
Show ME The Money - and Stop the Emails
I made the mistake of writing to the Obama camp to share my opinion on something. Since that day, I have been getting at LEAST three emails a day asking me for money, and I am REALLY sick of it.
05:17 Nov 15, 2008 PST
Valour-IT and Delta Bravo Sierra
Yesterday, I wrote about the current fundraising campaign for a vital Soldiers' Angels programme. Valour-IT gives voice activiated laptops to our wounded heroes.
11:26 Nov 14, 2008 PST
Valour-IT: Giving a 'Voice' to OUR Wounded
The Valour-IT Veterans Day fundraiser, a friendly competition among blogs, will run through November 27, 2008 (Thanksgiving). Find out how to join in.
03:11 Nov 13, 2008 PST
'Pittance of Time'
The National War Memorial stands majestically in Confederation Square in the heart of downtown Ottawa with the Parliament Buildings and the distant Gatineau Hills in the background.
07:17 Nov 11, 2008 PST
Applebees Gives Veterans Free Lunch
This Veterans Day in America, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants will show their appreciation for all our veterans.
13:28 Nov 10, 2008 PST
Media Matters 3: The CBC is OVER!
It is now official, for me at least. The CBC - affctionately called 'the Mother Corp' by some - is now OLD news for me. I am done with them.
12:51 Oct 28, 2008 PST
Media Matters 1: The Media is Not Getting The Message
I would like to believe that the 'power of the press' is diminishing, given their obvious biases in shaping what should be important national debates.
03:15 Oct 28, 2008 PST
Marine Corps Marathon Forward
What you may not know is that while the Run and Remember is taking place in the US, in Washington, thousands of miles away, Marines in Al Asad, Iraq will also be running.
04:54 Oct 25, 2008 PST
Gayle Williams: Killed by the Religion of Peace
Gayle Williams worked among the poor and disabled in Afghanistan for almost three years. THAT was her crime, according to the merchants of death.
04:21 Oct 22, 2008 PST
2008 Run and Remember - for Team Eli
It is that time of year when 'The People's Marathon' is run to raise money for worthy Marine-related causes. Started from the idea of one man, the Marine Corp Marathon has grown annually.
09:55 Oct 20, 2008 PST
Oh, Canada!
Canada's third election in four years is over - except for the weeping and wailing. The 'winners' have been congratulated and the 'losers' have given gracious concession speeches (sometimes!)
05:52 Oct 17, 2008 PST
Operation Warm Our Heroes
We are sending every soldier deployed in a combat zone a care package with Holiday greetings, including goodies and a beautiful homemade blanket.
04:17 Oct 17, 2008 PST
Pennies for Heroes
Help us collect 10 Million Pennies to help defray the cost for Soldiers' Angels 2008 Holiday for Heroes packages & postage! 'We will strive to make sure that every soldier deployed in a combat area receives a holiday care package.'
16:28 Oct 16, 2008 PST
Wrapped in Holiday Spirit
The Wrapped in Holiday Spirit Care package is designed to tell America's service men and women
15:10 Oct 16, 2008 PST
Election Day in Canada: Easy as ABC
This means that - usually - by the time the last voter in the west has voted, the government of Canada has already been decided by the most populous provinces in the east.
16:09 Oct 14, 2008 PST
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
This second Monday in October is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
06:19 Oct 13, 2008 PST
America the Ugly
One of the common goals, it seemed to me from where I sat outside America - a foreigner - was extending a hand to each other and working together to rebuild that great country.
02:13 Oct 13, 2008 PST
Vote for Osama! Yes! You can!
''No question this is an honest mistake innocently done,'' said Edward McDonough, the Democratic commissioner. ''We catch almost everything.''
05:48 Oct 11, 2008 PST
I don't know Jack!
Canada is going to the polls in a federal election next week. Voting day is 14th October, and Canadians will trudge to the polls to see if we will elect yet another minority government.
09:24 Oct 10, 2008 PST
'Thank you for your magnificent work ...'
When I took command of Multi-National Force-Iraq in February 2007, I noted that the situation in Iraq was hard but not hopeless. You have proven that assessment to be correct.
11:03 Sep 16, 2008 PST
Clear The Kitchen!
Last night Sarah Palin proved that she CAN take the heat, and that she has no intention of giving up her 'kitchen'. And the good ol' boys can't stand it.
11:32 Sep 4, 2008 PST
Who is Sarah Palin?
Did you notice that SHE has an American flag lapel pin? Just an observation! But her words, in part: '...The people of America expect us to seek public office and serve for the right reasons.'
06:18 Aug 30, 2008 PST
'...what's a heaven for?'
I am a lunar lady. I have always been fascinated by the moon and space travel since I first saw man land on the moon. Today, as NASA celebrates 50 years, I am reminded of the Robert Browning's quote:
15:41 Jul 29, 2008 PST
Run for the Fallen
For ten weeks, team members are marking each mile with an American flag and sign card in an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member.
04:24 Jul 21, 2008 PST
NEXT!!! US 'War Resisters'
VANCOUVER - Friends of a U.S. army deserter who failed to get refugee status in Canada say the 25-year-old who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Iraq is facing deportation this week.
16:38 Jul 9, 2008 PST
Corey, go HOME!
He has been fighting deportation from Canada based on the 'illegal war', and the fact that he would be punished by the US military for deserting.
06:22 Jul 6, 2008 PST
NEWSFLASH! 'Moment of Thanks'
Moment of Thanks is a special website where anybody can personally thank America's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines for their service and sacrifice.
15:42 Jul 5, 2008 PST
'I Pray People Stop and Think...'
I have been aware of this family for quite some time as my friend Don goes every Friday to do a 2 mile Red Shirt Friday Walk to honour Josh's memory.
17:37 Jul 4, 2008 PST
Americans Mobilize to Help Marines
Please pass this on and anyone who might know anyone who might want to help, I will be needing extra funds. The address is there if you want to send something yourselves.
12:34 Jul 2, 2008 PST
July 4th...Are you ready to bid and help our heroes?
Mark Your Calendar! July 4th may be a national holiday, but a group who work tirelessly with our heroes is holding a 'Celebrity and Collectibles Auction' on EBay.
06:20 Jul 2, 2008 PST
No Apology From Murtha Over Haditha
Lt. Col Chessani had his honour and reputation called into question because Murtha said that in a town called Haditha in Iraq, civilians were killed by US Marines 'in cold blood'.
04:07 Jul 2, 2008 PST
Oh Canada - Vigilamus pro te
Today is Canada's 141st birthday. Don't we look good? lol.. Today, on this Canada Day, I am thinking even more than usual about our military.
05:15 Jul 1, 2008 PST
Marines Need Our Help
Everybody knows that our Marines are very capable of handling anything they encounter in the frontlines of the current war efforts.
16:07 Jun 29, 2008 PST
Because - YES! We CAN!
In the comments of one of these pieces, it was said that all we need now is the thousands of other military wives/mothers to speak up.
11:32 Jun 26, 2008 PST
'From the Frontlines' Care Packages to The US Troops
Campaign on 26th to send the largest number of care packages to the US troops - in history. Week in, week out, those of us in the troop support community send care packages to our troops - no matter where they are stationed.
12:37 Jun 25, 2008 PST
Trikes for Troops
Rick White, a software engineer out in Colorado, is riding a tricycle Wednesday to raise money for Soldiers' Angels Valour IT program.
10:46 Jun 25, 2008 PST
A Real Army Wife Speaks!
REAL army wives - oh, you know those who LIVE the military life, day in, day out - are very aware of the inaccuracies, of the absurdities of what is portrayed.
20:57 Jun 23, 2008 PST
US Military Helmets Burst Into Flames
If you can't manage a monetary donation, Dr. Meaders could use your help lobbying your local and national politicians to effect legislative change, so our military gets equipment that works for them.
13:29 Jun 22, 2008 PST
Security Matters? Not so much!
Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the powerful Home Affairs select committee told the BBC: 'Such confidential documents should be locked away...they should not be read on trains....'
19:07 Jun 12, 2008 PST
Oh Canada: a Formal Apology in House of Commons
On this day in 1534, French explorers under Jacques Cartier celebrate Canada's first Roman Catholic mass, at their camp of Brest on Labrador's coast. Who knew?!!
09:09 Jun 11, 2008 PST
'World Hunger' is An Obscenity
Leaders from 181 countries met in Rome recently to talk about the need for increased food production. One rare consensus reached there was that the world must double food production by 2030.
07:25 Jun 9, 2008 PST
Hillary Clinton's 'Real' Concession Speech
I would like to stand here today and tell you that my heart is filled with gratitude, optimisim, confidence for the days ahead. I would like to, but I can't.
12:37 Jun 7, 2008 PST
Remember Their Sacrifice
The United States Congress warranted the establishment of the Memorial at Bedford, Virginia, the community suffering the country's severest per capita losses on D-Day.
10:11 Jun 6, 2008 PST
Brave Men and Women - Facing Deportation
No more 'Sex... No more: War Resisters No more: Free speech
14:25 Jun 3, 2008 PST
A Special Red Shirt Friday Walk in Honour of CW2 Joshua Rodgers
Every Friday, in Douglas County, Nevada, no matter if it is raining, snowing, or hot steaming sun, the family of CW2 Joshua Rodgers honours his memory by holding their own Red Shirt Friday walk.
13:15 May 29, 2008 PST
Remember 'The Chosen Ones', Remember Their Families
The first Memorial Day - then called Decorations Day - was held in 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh.
15:33 May 26, 2008 PST
'I Stand for Duty, Honor, God and Country.'
The title of this piece is sentiments I am used to hearing from our troops - the volunteers who put on a uniform, pick up a weapon, and serve their country in the trouble spots around the world.
07:15 May 20, 2008 PST
Meet Leigh Wolf
These days in America, there are very clearly defined lines dividing the 'support the troops and their mission' advocates, and the anti-Iraq War, 'all troops are murderers, rapists' etc etc.
06:29 May 20, 2008 PST
Marine Gunnery Sgt White runs for Marine 'Team'
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rosenbaum, a neurosurgeon, is the man who the Whites credit with this amazing recovery story, but MSgt White and his wife also deserve full credit for his recovery:
06:23 May 20, 2008 PST
Does The Veterans Administration Serve Our Veterans?
A while back there was a disturbing story out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center about the sub-standards our veterans faced in that facility.
16:46 May 16, 2008 PST
Obama, sweetie!
Am I the only one actually feeling sorry for America these days? Really I DO feel sorry for the self-dubbed 'Greatest Nation on Earth'!
13:20 May 16, 2008 PST
Having a bad day?
To read this story, is to be reminded of the tenacity, the courage of all our troops. It is to be reminded that what YOU may call having a 'bad day' doesn't even come close to what our troops face.
14:47 May 14, 2008 PST
The World Loses Another HERO
If you have never heard of Irena Sendler, you are not alone. Up until I saw that she had died this past few days I, also, had never heard of her. But make no mistake; she IS a hero.
10:58 May 13, 2008 PST
The Hellraisers Send a Soldiers' Angel Beanie Babies
Last week one of my soldiers IM'd me and told me he sent me something. I told him he didn't need to, but it was too late he had already sent it.
10:50 May 13, 2008 PST
Patti IS America's Favorite Mom
Last night as the winner of this contest was aannounced on NBC television, I joined with thousands of other Soldiers' Angels celebrating Patti's win as America's Favorite Mom.
05:45 May 12, 2008 PST
America's Team
The American Kennel Club honored one of Fort Hood's military working dog teams with the 2007 DOGNY Heroic Military Working award Monday at Fort Hood.
12:59 May 11, 2008 PST
Do You Know This 'Man'? : UPDATE!
Interpol's appeal drew nearly 250,000 visits in just 24 hours to the agency's Web site, where photos of the man were posted, and several strong leads e-mailed in by people who recognized him.
21:58 May 8, 2008 PST
Who polices the police?
Willow Kinloch, a 15 year old Victoria, B.C girl is suing the local police department over treatment she says amounted to assault and a denial of her basic rights
16:09 May 8, 2008 PST
Homecoming: GREAT News!
About 3,500 American soldiers are scheduled to leave Iraq in the coming weeks, the U.S. military announced, as part of the Pentagon's overall reduction in troop strength after last year's buildup.
14:29 May 7, 2008 PST
Bush Recognizes Military Spouses at White House
Military spouses have long been known as the backbone of the military in America. Yesterday at the White House, President Bush paid tribute to some very special spouses.
13:07 May 7, 2008 PST
Do You Know This 'man'? Interpol Needs You
Interpol releases picture of unknown child abuser. Using the resources of the internet and worldwide connections to find abusers.
21:42 May 6, 2008 PST
VOTE for the 'Mother of all Mothers' TODAY!!!
A vote for Patti is a vote for Soldiers' Angels and all our troops.
22:18 May 4, 2008 PST
Bring Madeleine Home
One year ago, the then 3 year old disappeared from the holiday apartment in Portugal where her younger twin siblings were also sleeping.
04:48 May 4, 2008 PST
'The Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun'
Gates pointed to the key role families play in their soldiers' success and the day-to-day challenges they endure during long deployments.
09:35 May 3, 2008 PST
Freedom of The Press? Depends on Where You Live!
Freedom of the Press in 2008. World Press Freedom Day.
21:44 May 2, 2008 PST
'Made in China'
But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.
14:33 Apr 30, 2008 PST
'POW/MIA: You are not forgotten'
You won't hear much about the people behind the numbers if all you read is the mainstream media. For them, it is all about the numbers and it drives the rabid anti-war movement in the US.
11:14 Apr 30, 2008 PST
Maliki says Iraq Close to Defeating al-Qaeda
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told European lawmakers yesterday that his administration was closer than ever to defeating Sunni Muslim extremists allied with al-Qaeda.
22:02 Apr 29, 2008 PST
Soldiers Win Shooting Medals at Beijing World Cup
The U.S. Shooting Team earned two medals April 15 at the 'Good Luck Beijing' 2008 International Sport Shooting Federation World Cup, which is the test event for the 2008 Olympic Games.
13:56 Apr 19, 2008 PST
'Love Never Loses It's Way Home'
The U.S. Army confirmed positive identification of remains found last week in Iraq as belonging to Army Staff Sgt. Keith 'Matt' Maupin.
04:29 Apr 16, 2008 PST
Canada's 'Soldiers' Soldier ' Resigns
General Rick Hillier resigns as Canada's Chief of Defence Staff
19:41 Apr 15, 2008 PST
Talk is Cheap - China Will Not Listen!
Is there anybody out there who seriously thinks the Chinese will sit down and talk to the spiritual leader they have called 'evil', and who THEY are trying to demonise in international opinion?
17:03 Apr 13, 2008 PST
There is Great News, Good News, More Good News and Then?
'The way he was trained to... ' Repeatedly, I have heard troops say 'I was just doing my job.' Unless we are in the situation standing alongside our troops.
12:10 Apr 5, 2008 PST
2008 Face of America Bike Ride
Support for our Wounded Veterans, to honor and assist them, in a ride from Maryland to Pennsylvania.
10:15 Apr 5, 2008 PST
England, MY England!
A round up of England's news today!
21:34 Apr 3, 2008 PST
Teresa Younkers, Soldiers' Angel, Honors Her Father, a Desert Storm Vet.
A Soldiers' Angel since December 2006, Teresa oversees fifteen states in the north east region. She estimates there are 4,000 Angels in her home state, Florida.
15:15 Mar 28, 2008 PST
Craig Donor Asks: Can You Pass The Patriot Guard Test?
A brief history of the Patriot Guard Riders, who, at the express invitation of the families of the fallen, make it their mission to show the sincere respect for the families and the fallen.
14:36 Mar 28, 2008 PST
Peter Ford Adopts Marines, Supports Soldiers Angels
At the Soldiers' Angels Executive Leadership Conference Dinner, radio show host Bob Calvert sat next to Peter and Lynda Ford, and Peter agreed to talk about his experiences with Soldiers' Angels and their adopted Marines.
05:49 Mar 28, 2008 PST
'Then they came for me......'
Remember the Tianamen Square images as the heavy boot of the Chinese crushed dissent? Shortly thereafter, the world spotlight moved on, and China continued business as usual.
16:11 Mar 27, 2008 PST
Minimus.biz: Paul Schrader Ships Travel Size Goods With Maximus Heart
Talking With Heroes radio show host Bob Calvert interviews Paul Schrader of Minimus.biz, meeting face to face for the first time, since Minimus.biz sponsored the show.
15:27 Mar 27, 2008 PST
Opal J. Rieras, Veterans' Affairs Transition Liason Keeps Families Together
Opal J. Rieras handles everything for the wounded patients and their families, from arrival to final disposition. What she does is part of 'a collective effort keeping the family together as a unit, worry free...'
06:32 Mar 26, 2008 PST
Mary Ann Phillips, Soldiers' Angels Germany 'Giving The Soldier Back His Name'
An American citizen living in Germany since 1989 found Soldiers' Angels through the milblog BlackFive. Mary Ann tells of the Chaplain who meets every soldier coming in - and 'Giving the soldier back his name.'
13:33 Mar 25, 2008 PST
Dee Jurge, Blankets of Hope Director, Wears Many Hats - and Wings
Dee Jurge shares information about the beginnings of VALOUR-IT, the Soldiers' Angels' program to help the wounded reintegrate into society.
12:22 Mar 25, 2008 PST
Holly Aho, Soldiers' Angels Webmaster, Builds Website, Helps Soldier Adoptions
Holly tells of joining Soldiers' Angels at the beginning of 2005 after visiting a Marine in hospital she heard about on a local talk show. She says that Marine is still the most inspirational person she has ever met.
13:45 Mar 24, 2008 PST
Debbie Gregory Facilitates Connections at Militaryconnection.com
Debbie Gregory describes the Militaryconnection.com website as a portal of all things military: a one-stop place for all sorts of resources, from employment, to benefits, to other programs available to the military.
13:18 Mar 24, 2008 PST
  
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