[ABCNews.Go] A real-life Grinch was arrested after he spoiled the holiday cheer at a parade, telling children that Santa isn't real.
The unidentified 24-year-old man, who had his hair gelled to look as though devil horns were protruding from his head, was arrested by police in the Canadian town of Kingston last week during the annual Santa Claus parade, authorities said in statement.
The St. Nicholas naysayer faces criminal charges of causing a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation.
"It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn't real -- which of course we would argue," Const. Steve Koopman told the Toronto Star.
They should have taken his photo and banned him for life from WMT stores. I feel bad for the workers involved - they obviously went beyond the call of duty and are getting punished for their loyalty to the company. In a world where more often than not, employees are working with the thieves, that's a pity.
[CNN] The editor of the Irish Daily Star resigned Saturday "as a result of the publication on 15 September 2012," which revealed topless photos of the duchess of Cambridge, according to a statement from the paper.
The images showed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sunbathing, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the British media and stern comments from Buckingham Palace.
Michael O'Kane had been suspended earlier, following the publication.
[Al Ahram] Senior Saudi royals and government officials have visited King Abdullah in hospital, state news agency SPA reported, a week after the monarch - believed to be in his late 80s - had surgery to tighten a ligament in his back.
The stability of the world's biggest oil exporter and an important regional U.S. ally is of global concern as the kingdom holds more than a fifth of the world's crude reserves and is a venue for millions of Moslem pilgrims every year.
SPA's report on Saturday carried a photograph of officials and royals gathered inside the National Guard's King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, but did not say who was allowed to see the king or when he is expected to leave hospital.
The king was admitted for surgery on November 16 and an announcement from the Royal Court said that he had undergone a successful back operation that lasted for 11 hours. No photographs of Abdullah have been released.
Saudi analysts said on Saturday it was understandable that he would take time to recover, given his age.
Abdullah underwent a similar operation in October last year and had back surgery twice in the United States in 2010 for a herniated disc, after which spent three months outside Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... recuperating.
After his back operation last year, Abdullah appeared on state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
two days after his surgery and was released from hospital within five days of the operation.
Investors attributed Saudi stock market selling last week to worries over the king's health. The benchmark index fell 3 percent in the trading week ending on Wednesday and fell 1.4 percent on Sunday after a 0.8 percent bounce on Saturday.
The crown has passed down a line of the sons of the kingdom's founder King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, who died in 1953.
Abdullah - who took power in 2005 - named his brother Prince Salman, 13 years his junior, heir apparent in June after the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.
The body of a woman once called a 'heroine of the 21st century' for fearlessly standing up to Mexico's brutal drug cartels has been found beaten to death at the side of a road.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta, 36, was the former mayor of Tiquicheo, a rural district in Michoacan, west of Mexico City.
She famously survived two assassination attempts by narcotics gangs who have turned the country into a war zone.
Her brave defiance may have cost the mother-of-three her life. The official cause of death was a blow to the head but she had been stabbed, her legs and hands had been bound and her waist and chest were covered in burns, suggesting she had been tortured.
She was discovered by residents of the community of San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township, who were heading to work in the fields.
Her family had reported her missing on November 14, and the disappearance was being investigated by the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion Institution.
See also RELATED CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > NAVY: CHINA NOW CAPABLE TO DEPLOY ITS JETS ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER.
PLAN VADM. Zhang Yongyi.
* SAME > CHINA FIRST NON-CAUCASIAN NATION TO ACHIEVE CTOL JET FIGHTER AIRCRAFT CARRIER OPERATION | [WSJ.com = Jeremy Page] CHINA AIRCRAFT CARRIER PASSES LANDMARK.
POSTERS = ask what about INDIA? BRAZIL? Net Counter-response is that India's Russian-made, Ukraine-supplied CV had broken down during sea trials, ala ENGINE/BOILER-GATE [Asbestos]; + both India + Brazil's carrier, naval pilots were initially foreign-prepped + foreign-trained, respectively, UNLIKE CHINA WHICH IS DOING NEARLY EVERYTHING ON ITS OWN EXCEPT COLD-WAR ERA ORIGINAL SHIP CONSTRUCTION???
* TOPIX > [Japan]ISHIHARA TALKS UP [Advanced] WEAPONS EXPORTS AS DETERRENT, as only tech-superior/saavy Japan can do, by and for Japan.
* SAME > ISLANDS NOT LISTED AS TERRITORY BY ROC [aka Taiwan] IN MOFA CALENDAR.
OOOOOPPPPPSSSS - lucky for Taiwan mainland China has the ball.
* SAME > KOREA [aka ROK = South Korea] READY TO FILE OFFICIAL "CONTINENTAL SHELF" CLAIM, to the UN = UNCLOS.
The ROK claims their sovereign UW Continental Shelf extends naturally all the way to the OKINAWA TROUGH.
* CHINA DAILY FORUM > OPPOSITION TO US BASES IN PACIFIC REACHES TURNING POINT.
D *** NG IT, "US GO HOME, OKINAWA FOR OKINAWANS" - SSSSSSHHHHH, you know, CHINA!
You do have to wonder how it is that Sylvain Mollier just happened to be there at the time of the murder of Al-Hilli and the two women. It's clear to me (though I am of course cynical) that Al-Hilli was up to something; the man was too well connected, had too much money, and too many concealed stashes to be be anything else. Whether he was connected to Saddam, or the Saudis, or al-Qaeda, or the Muslim Brotherhood (or someone else) -- who knows? Maybe CIA or Mossad, but if they knew you'd think they'd slip a quiet word to the investigators.
I think the key is Mollier, and I'd be running every minute detail of his life down.
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[CA.News.Yahoo] Four separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia looked set to win a majority in regional elections on Sunday, partial results showed, but the main one was on course to lose some seats, possibly undermining its bid to call an independence referendum.
With half of votes counted, the ruling Convergence and Union alliance, or CiU, was winning 48 seats in the 135-seat local parliament, well down from its current 62 seats.
The separatist Republican Left, or ERC, was winning 20 seats, with two other smaller separatist parties taking a total of 16 seats, giving the four parties 60 percent between them.
Regional President Artur Mas, of CiU, had campaigned on a pledge to hold a referendum on independence, in response to a resurgent separatist movement among Catalans who are frustrated with Spain in a deep economic crisis.
Whether it's Quebec, or the Basques, or the Catalans or the Scots, I don't quite understand the desire to break off to become a small non-entity. I understand regional pride, historical grievances, cultural differences, etc. etc. I can see why the idea is strong in the Balkans and the Caucus where ethnic cleansing and war are within living memory and could easily reignite. But what did the Canucks ever do to the French Canucks, eh? And what's the attraction of moving from being a G8 member to becoming a tiny back-water? Mark Steyn always makes the point that it would also make more sense if the Independence parties offered real independence and a break from the monopoly of the social democratic statist model. But the Independents are almost always offering more of the same, except maybe a little more socialism. So while Barecelona is a lovely city, an independent Catalunya would somewhere between Monaco and Slovakia in terms of global importance, and they would still have the same economic woes that Spain has. They'll still be in the Euro. Only they'll get no gold medals in the Olympics, their soccer/futbol team will be woeful, and still no one will speak their language or locate them on a map. Tourists wont care if their not officially in Spain when they stroll the Ramblas and oggle Gaudi buildings and Picasso paintings. So, what's the point?
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I don't quite understand the desire to break off to become a small non-entity
It's call tribalism. Don't just count the Basques, or the Catalans or the Scots, remember Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania were part of another 'whole' known as the USSR. The same with the Ukraine. Throw in the division in Belgium. Then you have Switzerland. Would it be better for the parts that speak German, French, and Italian to join their respective linguistic neighbors to simply become part of something bigger or does the identity of being Swiss have a greater influence?
Considering the Catalans, are they any different than Texans, once an independent entity now part of greater union? Like many of the those identified, how hard would it be to draw up a catalog of abuses of the central governing power to their 'way of life and culture'? Wait till the big bailout of the bankrupt blue states gets rolling and states like Texas are economically exploited to fund the political pandering.
I don't believe the Globies truly anticipated OWG + "Global Federal Union" + Ethnic Nationalism to result in a rise of Economics-led separatism among the ranks of major Powers or Nation-States, espec in EUROPE = EUROZONE/EU.
THE US PER SE IS NOT IMMUNE - as per the US + proposed NAU , IMO the next two years will measure the gauge of de facto secession among US State-Local Govts from Washington DC, NOT JUST NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS IN DIFFERENT US STTAES FILING PETITIONS OF SECESSION TO THE BAMMER WHITE HOUSE.
The proposed future NAU-n-higher will have the power and authority of Fed-style public governance, NOT WASHINGTON DC ANDOR THE US + US GOVT. PER SE. THE "BIRTH PANGS" OF NAU IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY OR WIDOUT CHALLENGE.
OWG + NAU, ETC. = TANTAMOUNT TO SERIOUS DE FACTO AMENDMENT OR ALTERATION [destruction?]OF THE US CONSTITUTION WIDOUT EITHER A NATIONAL VOTE(S) ANDOR A STATE VOTE(S).
Covert usurpation of the right of the People and Contitutionally-mandated Polities, by and for "Globalism" + OWG-NWO - IFF UNILATERAL AMENDMENT, USURPATION, ANDOR DESTRUCTION OF THE US CONSTITUTION IS NOT A CAUSE FOR SECESSION + CIVIL WAR, WHAT IS!?
It is my understanding that Catalonia has a much stronger economy than the rest of Spain, and they deeply resent supporting the rest of the ocuntry. This is not true for Quebec, which still rsents being conquered by the British Empire, nor Scotland ditto. I have no idea about the Basques, except that they were portrayed as unmannered country ignoramouses in The Three Musketeers.
[Dawn] At least five persons were killed and a passerby child was injured when gunnies ambushed a car in Malagori area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency on Saturday.
Local officials said that the inmates of the car had come to the offices of political administration in Jamrud in connection with resolution of a land dispute with their rivals.
They said that the victims were attacked by a group of gunnies when they were going back in the car in Shahgai near Malagori. All the five men, stated to be relatives, were killed on the spot.
The victims were identified as Momin Khan, Misal Khan, Waqas Khan, Imdad Khan and Ibrar Khan. A passerby boy, Rahat Khan, who was also hurt. The attackers managed to flee after the incident. Officials said that the two rival groups had an old land dispute.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.