Judi McLeod


Copyright © Canada Free PressRSS Feed for Judi McLeod Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years' experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.Older articles by Judi McLeod

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Khadr matriarch to “break silence” on Canadian television tonight

Oct 29, 2007 — Judi McLeod

It will be painful news for Tabitha Speer today when she learns that the man charged with killing her husband, in the words of his mother “never killed anybody”.

Toronto-born Omar Khadr, the only western citizen detained by the U.S. military in Guantanamo prison, was charged with killing Sergeant 1st Class Christopher J. Speer in Afghanistan in 2002.  The same grenade Khadr allegedly lobbed during the firefight that cost medic Speer his life, blinded Sgt. 1st Class and Special Forces Engineer Layne Morris in his right eye.

According to Canadian media reports today, Maha Elsamnah Khadr has finally “broken her silence”.  According to those same reports, Khadr “was only 15” when American soldiers captured him.


Muslim hero with a pen

Oct 27, 2007 — Judi McLeod

image...It was four o’clock Saturday morning and Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury couldn’t sleep.

It wasn’t the patter of the incessant rain hitting the window panes of his hotel room in Washington, D.C., it was more his wanting the new day to start sooner.

Waiting until 6:30 a.m., he called Canada Free Press (CFP) from his ever present cellular.


Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury awarded 2007 Monaco Award for Courage in Journalism

Oct 27, 2007 — Judi McLeod

imageBangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has been honoured as the recipient of the 2007 Monaco Media Forum’s Media Award for Courage in Journalism.

A proud Choudhury will receive the award in person from Prince Albert II in Monaco on November 9.

Small in stature, large in heart, Choudhury fights radical Islam with his pen even after his 17-month long arrest and torture after exposing the rise of Islamists in Bangladesh.


Making “Disposables” ‘Angels of the House’

Oct 25, 2007 — Judi McLeod

imageIt’s the flicker of hope that comes from seeing a hungry child eating a bowl of soup that keeps Diana Sanchez going on her longest days.  It’s a never-give-up kind of hope that the soup kettle will be full enough to feed all of the children who find their way to Fundacion Mundial tomorrow, and as on many days as possible after that.

Fundacion Mundial is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that got up and running with the help of hundreds of neighours in April of 2004.  Too busy feeding hungry mouths on a daily basis, Sanchez is now counting on Canada Free Press’ partners at the Bogota Free Planet to get the word out that it is only the kindness of people that can keep the organization going.


Ontario horse had to be put down following cougar attack

Oct 24, 2007 — Judi McLeod

image  Rumours have been rife in the London Ontario area that a cougar was on the loose.  People who fleetingly spotted the cougar were not always believed.
  At one stage, rumors of cougars—not just a single one—were so rife that people started to give credence to the urban legend that the government had set the cougars loose to cut down on a burgeoning deer population.


Welcome to the return of the Cold War, Global Warming style

Oct 24, 2007 — Judi McLeod

imagePrime Minister Stephen Harper should send a map of Canada to Foreign Minister Fran-Walter Steinmeier of Germany—tout suite, as they say in La Belle Province.

Predicting a new Cold War, Steinmeier claims that climate change is a growing threat to world peace and has now led to “rival territorial claims in the Arctic.”

The German foreign minister has weighed in with concern that a Russian flag was planted on the seabed at the North Pole in August, staking a claim to the area, which may be rich in energy resources.


Nepotism returns to United Nations

Oct 22, 2007 — Judi McLeod

Qualifiers bound to get you a “jammy job” at the high-handed, diplomatic immunity protected United Nations?  Other than being a bureaucrat down to the core, it helps if you are mealy-mouthed, politically correct and good at hiding when challenging times demand decisions.  Think Kofi Annan in Rwanda.

Well, as the French would say, the more things change the more things remain the same at the world’s largest bureaucracy.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s son, Kojo used Daddy’s name to get his green Mercedes sent back home to Ghana on the cheap, and somehow landed himself a job with a firm then connected to the Oil-for-Food scandal


Shep still waiting for the train

Oct 20, 2007 — Judi McLeod

image  No matter how icy the winds that will howl into your hometown come winter,  there’s a lasting warmth to be found in a new book called Shep: Loyalty Beyond All Bounds by Kevin Davis.

  The Shep story was 65 years in coming and worth every second of waiting.

  Sixty-five years ago in Ft. Benton, Montana a sheepdog named Shep died.  But Shep who had wandered into the human heart was never to be forgotten, not even generations later.

  In any kind of weather Shep went up to every passenger train that stopped in his hometown—for five and one-half years, where he waited patiently for his beloved master’s return.

When Shep died in 1942, the story hit the A.P.  It was picked up by the London Daily and the New York Times.  At that time,  it took on meaning for those who would grieve the departure of their loves ones (those who were bravely departing for WW2) and would wait while hoping and praying for the joyous day of their return.


Islamberg, British style

Oct 16, 2007 — Judi McLeod

imageThe North American radical Islamist compounds exposed by The Day of Islam author Paul L. Williams and Northeast Intelligence Network director Doug Hagmann also exist in Britain.

In the United States, Muslims of the Americas Inc., a tax-exempt organization formed in 1980 by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, who refers to himself as “the sixth Sultan Ul Faqr”, operates dozens of radical Islamic compounds, which flourish in out-of-the-way rural areas.


Gift from the ‘Angel of Doggies’

Oct 16, 2007 — Judi McLeod

If there’s such a thing as the ‘Angel of Doggies’ in a troubled world, his name must be Aza.

When Aza, died at age 12 of leukemia last winter, his human companions David and Sophie Dastych were inconsolable without her.

There were so many special things about the lovable Aza, and one of them was she never left David’s side when he was ill and recuperating from a serious operation.


Is San Francisco Archbishop an “elderly man taken by surprise” in Communion incident…

Oct 15, 2007 — Judi McLeod

imageFox News’ Bill O’Reilly may have been taken for a ride by San Francisco’s gay community.
 
  San Francisco watchers have been abuzz since Sunday, Oct. 7 when Archbishop George Niederuer gave Communion to two members of the so-called “Sisters of Public Indulgence”, homosexuals dressed in drag as Catholic nuns.

 


Citizen Annan back to save the world

Oct 15, 2007 — Judi McLeod

imageFormer United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is back on a yet another mission to save the world.  This chapter could be called “Citizen Annan Saves The World.

  On Wednesday Annan will launch the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva. 

  “Its mission is to foster dialogue and partnerships that strengthen the international community’s ability to address current and future humanitarian challenges,” Annan wrote in a Special Toronto Globe and Mail Update today.  “The forum will urge effective action to protect people who are most vulnerable and in need of help.”

“In its first phase of existence, the forum will focus on the adverse humanitarian consequences of climate change.  It will seek to provide an impartial and inclusive platform where decision-makers can break through the current barriers to adaptation and work together to search for solutions; where scientists and economists can meet with leaders of communities that are already trying to adapt to a changing climate; and where we can better harness the business community’s ability to work for the common good.”


Welcome to 2007, ‘The Year of the Liar’

Oct 12, 2007 — Judi McLeod

Al GoreWhen historians record 2007, it will likely go down as ‘The Year of the Liar’.

Here at home, Ontarians returned to a second majority government, Premier Dalton McGuinty, who first came into power by promising no taxes, but who after election called a series of new taxes anything but the truth. Mind you, it didn’t much help that Opposition Leader John Tory declared that taxpayers should fund Islamic, Hindu, Jewish and other faith-based schools just like public and Catholic ones.


Happy Columbus Day: Muslims discovered America

Oct 10, 2007 — Judi McLeod

North America may be reviled as ‘the Land of the Infidels’, but according to Muslim Imam, al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, it is the Muslims and not the seafaring Columbus who discovered it.

This tops the whopper category edging out Islam claims that Moses was not a Jew but the first Muslim.

  “(A) ncient Arabic (Muslim) language maps, Native American tribes with African names and words clearly embedded in their languages, statues, diaries, artifacts, etc. destroy European imperialistic notions of history rooted in White Supremacy…those very same Muslim African explorers…who were already present in the Caribbean and North America, before the bearers of the Cross arrived,” elaborates this enlightened Imam.” (Political Mavens.com, Sept. 21, 2007).


CODEPINK antiwar protesters purple with rage to be banned from Canada

Oct 4, 2007 — Judi McLeod

code pinkThere was no welcome mat waiting n Canada for CODEPINK, the shrill arm of the latter day antiwar contingent, when they arrived for a visit yesterday, and it was all the fault of President George W. Bush.
...“CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired US Army Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright were denied entry into Canada today (Wednesday, October 3, dandelionsalad.wordpress).


Dems trying to tune out radio talk show heroes

Oct 3, 2007 — Judi McLeod

  Internet giant Drudge tells the story best—in so many words—the Democrats are trying to deprive Americans of talk show radio. The Dems, dragging ever downward in their own ratings, want to rid the airwaves of the tell-it-like-it-is Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage for once and for all.


Red Sea Island off coast of Yemen wiped off world map by earthquake?

Oct 1, 2007 — Judi McLeod

It’s a noble mission that the Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto was on as the world wakened to Monday morning today.  HMCS Toronto was conducting a search and rescue mission looking for nine missing soldiers, said to be the victims of a “catastrophic volcanic eruption”.


Nancy’s prayers

Sep 29, 2007 — Judi McLeod

Nancy Pelosi  The only one whose knickers are bound to be in a twist over the grandiose gesture of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “praying” for U.S. President George W. Bush, is opponent Cindy Sheehan.
  Pelosi rang George W. to tell him she is praying for him and praying that he would change his mind and sign a children’s health insurance bill, which expands a federal insurance program by $35 billion over five years—far in excess of Bush’s own proposal.
  Catholics are taught that they should never pray for money, but as far as most politicians go, money from the public purse is only taxpayers’ money anyway.


Listening to Golden Oldies at Echos—where I want to be!

Sep 29, 2007 — Judi McLeod

DJ Lenny, Kerry Wilkinson
D.J. Lenny (left) and Owner Kerry Wilkinson

Right up there with investigative journalism and gourmet cooking, the allure of the Golden Oldies is my passion.

Tuning in to AM740 is the start of my every business day. The songs of Dean Martin, Fats Domino and Gerry Vale keep me going. They make all the difference in my overly busy life in front of the computer screen.

Sometimes I get to tune in to AM740 when not writing for Canada Free Press (CFP). Barring business emergencies, at 2 p.m. every Sunday, I put everything aside to hear Gene Stevens. I rate his Vintage Favorites; from 2 to 4 as the best radio show I’ve ever heard!


Canada worse than Mexico for U.S. border security

Sep 28, 2007 — Judi McLeod

TerroristsUncle Sam, occupied by the possibility of would-be terrorists among illegal aliens crossing its borders from Mexico, is now looking at Canada.

A recent U.S. government report says it would be easy to smuggle dangerous materials into the United States.

And if anyone wants to smuggle dangerous materials into the U.S., they have the more than 8,000 kilometers of US-Canada border to do so.