The news is still breaking on an attack in Canada, including the Parliament.
Multiple gunmen opened fire at the Canadian Parliament complex, shooting at least one soldier and spraying as many as 30 shots inside the government building just two days after a terror attack in Quebec shook the nation, officials said.
The shots rang out just before 10 a.m., and were quickly followed by reports of “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa,” including at a mall, according to a tweet from police. The shooting at the government complex came after witnesses said they saw two men jump out of a Toyota Corolla and run toward the National War Memorial, where one opened fire on a soldier, officials told the Ottawa Sun. The gunmen then ran to the Parliament building, where witnesses later said they saw one gunman down near the library. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto-area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block “has been shot and killed.” The other was reportedly being sought.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess it wasn’t the Methodists.
This comes two days after a radicalized Muslim convert attacked Canadian soldiers with his car.
We’ve spent a goodly portion of our life gently teasing our northern neighbors. But we’ve also always liked Canada. A huge nation with a small population, Canada has produced some of the heartiest, most successful warriors the world has known. They’ve stood side by side with the US through multiple campaigns and wars.
This attack this morning certainly fits the template of the call by ISIS for individuals to attack the West at home. Individuals and small groups making random, spectacular assaults to sow fear. And we should expect some of the same here.
Prayers for our cousins to the north.
Alaska’s governor has removed three leaders of the Alaska National Guard, effective immediately.
A release from Gov. Sean Parnell’s office states that these transitions in the Guard’s senior leadership were made Monday at the governor’s direction. The removal of the three officials comes at a time when Parnell is in the process of selecting a permanent adjutant general of the Guard.
“Today, I directed acting Adjutant General Mike Bridges to immediately remove three members of the Alaska National Guard leadership, as I have lost confidence in them,” Parnell said in an official statement. “This is only the latest step in our effort to restore trust in Guard leadership.”
via Parnell fires more National Guard leaders; Walker says ‘too little, too late’ | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11.
National Guard leadership is at the whim of the governor. But this is something of a bloodbath.
We’ve mentioned the issue of inflated numbers of general officers in the services. And nowhere is there a better example than in the Guard. Every state has an adjudant general, appointed by the state governor, who holds the rank of Major General (two stars). Here we see the Alaska Guard with the acting Adjudant General as a Brigadier General being directed to relieve two other BGs. All that in a state that has a total Air and Army Guard membership of roughly 4500 people. That’s roughly the size of a Brigade Combat Team, which is a Colonel’s command.
There’s a lot going on.
First, the X-37B landed at Vandenberg AFB after a 674-day mission.
Next, the photos are starting to trickle in from Comet Siding Spring’s close encounter with Mars. This is my favorite one from Earth. Comet is in the lower left.
Looks like the Opportunity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured some good images.
Nichelle Nichols, Uhura from Star Trek, talks about the Orion manned spacecraft in this video.
China is launching another probe to the Moon on Thursday.
Also on Thursday is a partial solar eclipse, visible for most of the U.S. (Warning: autoplay video)
And I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the notion that the MESSENGER spacecraft has found water ice near Mercury’s north pole.
Global Aviation Review has a fascinating photo essay on the Beijing Air and Space Museum. Located at Beijing University and sometimes called the China Aviaiton Museum, there’s a rare and unique collection of aircraft that those outside of China rarely get to see and it offers an interesting glimpse of Chinese aviation history.
Something you won’t see anywhere else, a P-47 and across the way a MiG-9.
The Beijing Air and Space Museum has one of the very few Northrop P-61 Black Widow:
Another unique exhibit featuring the Chinese built MiG-15 and MiG-17 with the Northrop P-61 Black Widow.
Head on over to Global Aviation Resource to take a gander at more of the Museum.
Fascinating stuff behind the Bamboo Curtain
From College Humor.
H/T Becky on FB
A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldier removed a grenade from a man’s leg in an ambulance outside of the University of Alabama Hospital here, Oct. 11.
Staff Sgt. David Mensink from the Fort Benning, Georgia-based 789th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company received a call from the Birmingham Police Department Bomb Squad around 1 a.m.
The police sought Mensink’s advice to determine what kind of explosive item was stuck in the man’s leg.
“From the initial X-ray, it looked like a 40mm grenade,” said Mensink, a 27-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran from Seale, Alabama.
via U.S. Army EOD Soldier pulls grenade from man’s leg | Article | The United States Army.
From the “I’m surprised it wasn’t Florida” files.
I didn’t know the Army had an EOD unit dedicated to support of civilian law enforcement, but it makes sense. There’s plenty of ordnance and duds laying around from the past couple hundred years. Having the experts on hand to help remove or neutralize it makes sense.
By the way, here’s the type of grenade in the article: