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-Lurid Crime Tales-
US judge: Use firing squad for death row inmates
[Iran Press TV] US Judge Alex Kozinski has called for firing squad as the primary method of executing death row inmates instead of lethal injection.

The chief judge of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals urged states to abandon the injection following a recent string of botched lethal injections.

In an opinion, he labeled the lethal injection method as a dishonest attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment.

The opinion came after the botched lethal injection of Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood took almost two hours on Wednesday. Wood was set to die July 23 for the 1989 murders of his estranged girlfriend and her father.

"Whatever happens to Wood, the attacks will not stop and for a simple reason: The enterprise is flawed. Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful—like something any one of us might experience in our final moments. But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should it," he wrote.

The judge insists that firing squads would never be troubled by a lack of guns or ammunition, adding that the guillotine is probably the best method, but seems inconsistent with national ethos.

"The firing squad strikes me as the most promising. Eight or ten large-caliber rifle bullets fired at close range can inflict massive damage, causing instant death every time. There are plenty of people employed by the state who can pull the trigger and have the training to aim true," Kozinski said.

"Sure, firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood."
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top||

#1  I'm all for firing squads. Quick, easy and cheap.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/25/2014 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  So be it. It is more Humane.
Posted by: newc || 07/25/2014 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  To be on the safe side, I recommend 'buck & ball.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 6:50 Comments || Top||

#4  We can't come up with a high tech reliable guillotine?

With the durability and long life of our machines, e.g. cars, lawn mowers, saws, etc., we can't come up with one to reliably off some punk scum?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/25/2014 8:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Ever notice the warnings plastered over plastic bags to keep them out of the hands of children. That's because when they put their heads in them and fresh air is not coming in, they slowly fall asleep from the ever increasing inhalation of their own exhaled CO2. There is no natural panic or alarm. They just shuffle off and die. Tragic, but as a means of execution, relatively humane, simple (no FDA requirements), and cheap.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2014 9:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Need not even be a firing squad. Hook up a GAU8, bore sight it. Fill the prisoner with sedatives to the point of unconsciousness, strap them to a board, prop them up where the gun is zeroed.

Have a computer fire off the relay based on a pressure plate and a timer. Run for 2 second burst.

Guaranteed no human hand directly kills the inmate, and guaranteed dead as a doornail.
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/25/2014 9:22 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Queen Elizabeth II Pulls Off Epic Photobomb
[An Nahar] The Australian women's hockey team received a royal photobomb on Thursday when Queen Elizabeth II made an unscheduled visit during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Known as the "Hockeyroos," the team was warming down after their 4-0 win over Malaysia when the queen of England arrived early for a Wales-England match scheduled immediately after the Australia game, News.com.au reports.

The Australian players were ecstatic over the surprise appearance and immediately began firing off selfies, hoping to get a shot of the queen as she walked by.

"Ahhh the Queen photo-bombed our selfie!!" hockey player Jayde Taylor tweeted on Thursday, revealing a picture with teammate Brooke Peris as a cheerful Queen Elizabeth smiled behind them.

The queen had arrived in Glasgow the night before to kick off the events during the opening ceremony, according to News.com.au.

When she spotted the "Hockeyroos" after their win at Glasgow Hockey Stadium, the 88-year-old monarch made her way over to the girls and struck up conversations with several of them.

"We were warming down on the second pitch after our game and the queen came out to meet Donny (team captain Madonna Blyth)," Taylor said after the surprise encounter.

"She asked us a bit about the pitch, how we were going and told us to enjoy our time here. She was lovely, really, really lovely."

To be fair, the 29-year-old Aussie from Perth admitted that the royal selfie photobomb took some careful planning.

"Brooke [Peris] and I planned it so that when she came out the door she would be behind us," Taylor said.

"And then she came out and smiled at the camera. We were in the right spot at the right time."

Their strategic photo skills resulted in one of the most entertaining pictures of Queen Elizabeth in the history of the games.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top||

#1  Steel Magnolia indeed, and a Fine Lady might I add. GOD Bless the Queen.
Posted by: newc || 07/25/2014 1:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Queenie does seem like a spunky one.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/25/2014 3:58 Comments || Top||

#3  She was once a soldier. I will always salute her.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 6:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Excellent!
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 07/25/2014 9:19 Comments || Top||

#5  My hope is that she outlives her snotty little upperclass twit son.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/25/2014 9:38 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Gun-toting psychiatrist shoots nut job who was starting a killing spree
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/25/2014 09:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top||

WH press corpse is a 'NO-GO' for Apollo-11 anniversary event
No sense highlighting former 'American Exceptionalism.' See WH photographer for approved stills.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top||

#1  But I thought O didn't like photo ops.
Posted by: jimk || 07/25/2014 6:10 Comments || Top||

#2  No sense taking a chance with feisty old white men. You never know what they are going to say.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 6:23 Comments || Top||

#3  The Champ is most comfortable with feckless, cheering, youth audiences in safe, controlled, liberal academic environments. Like him, most [students] have yet to hold a job or pay their own way. Their concept of the future goes little beyond Thursday's midterm, or Saturday's keg party. No shame to be had, we were all like them once, and we might all of taken the candy and admired the righteous rhetoric of a popular clownish leader. Thankfully however, we survived our youth and are now adults, and able to sort his rubbish out for what it is.

I just hope few will take the candy, leave the swings, and jump into his clown car.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 6:41 Comments || Top||

FBI refuses to release legally mandated report on drone surveillance
[Daily Caller] Watchdog organizations have just submitted a new round of requests in an ongoing struggle to force the Federal Bureau of Investigation to make reports on the privacy implications of its drone surveillance public.

According to the E-Government Act of 2002, government agencies are required to publish a privacy impact assessment (PIA) prior to utilizing any technology that collects personal information. Despite the fact that the FBI has been deploying drones since at least 2005, the only PIA released by the bureau was fully redacted, Motherboard reports. Even then, the fully redacted report was only released after a lawsuit from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
Perhaps the target folders PIA reports were somehow destroyed during the Lois Lerner IRS hard drive crash.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top||

#1  Yes, the FBI has drones; moreover, the Dept of Justice itself has them.
Some of them fly. Most just walk around.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/25/2014 7:18 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russians firing artillery into Ukraine from positions inside Russia.
[SeeBS] WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry.
Events that generally proceed a ground invasion.
The State Department says the U.S. has evidence that Russia is shelling Ukraine from sites inside Russia. Spokeswoman Marie Harf also says the U.S. has new evidence Russia intends to deliver "heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to separatists battling Ukrainian forces in the east of the country.
Gun tubes all pointed toward the Ukraine and smoking heavily were they ?
Harf declined to provide details or elaborate on the evidence because she said she could not get into intelligence "source and methods."
Yet another odious State Dept. infant lowering the cone of silence by referencing 'sources and methods.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top||

#1  Russias 'God of War'. Deemed so by Stalin himself.
Posted by: borgboy || 07/25/2014 2:34 Comments || Top||

#2  "God fights on the side with the best artillery."

Napoleon Bonaparte
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2014 2:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Proceed precede. My bad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 5:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Remind that little detail: the Obama administration. Nuff said.
Posted by: JFM || 07/25/2014 8:55 Comments || Top||

Women police station set up in Nawabshah
[DAWN] NAWABSHAH: A women cop shoppe has been established in Nawabshah city in the building of Darul-Aman on Dhamrah Road.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the SSP of Shaheed Benazirabad, retired Captain Pervez Ahmed Chandio, said that the cop shoppe would deal with cases related to women and kiddies.

He said that Sub-Inspector Mariam was appointed the station house officer with two women assistant sub-inspectors, five head constables and 45 constables, all women. He added that a mobile van had also been provided to the station.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top||

Landlord's son arrested for 'chopping off' boy's arms
[DAWN] Police claimed to have nabbed
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on Thursday a landlord's son who allegedly chopped off both arms of a young boy by pushing him on to a running water pumping machine in Chak Bhula village.

According to police, the accused has confessed that he had thrown the boy on to the water pump after tying his hands.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Gujrat police and the district administration.

According to sources, landlord Ghulam Ghous and Nasir Iqbal, the boy's father, had a dispute over getting an electricity transformer repaired as farmlands and outhouses of their families were in the same neighbourhood.

On July 21, the landlord's son Ghulam Mustafa, 24, allegedly pushed 10-year-old Tabassum Shahzad on a water pumping machine. The boy's arms were severed by its petter engine.

Shahzad was taken to the Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital, where he was given treatment and later sent home.

The family of the boy reported the matter to police on July 22. Police asked them to first produce a medico-legal report.

Police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against Ghulam Mustafa under sections 324 and 334 of the Pakistain Penal Code on the basis of the medico-legal report.

Nasir Iqbal told police that his son was punished by the landlord's son because of his dispute with his father.

District Police Officer Rai Ijaz Ahmad and SP Riaz Ahmad visited the scene of the crime to investigate the case.

The boy has been readmitted to the hospital and is now under treatment there.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top||

Balochistan: Girl killed in name of 'honour'
[DAWN] DERA MURAD JAMALI: A girl was rubbed out allegedly by her father in the name of 'honour' in Akhundani village in Jhal Magsi district on Thursday.

According to Levies sources, Mohammad Omar shot up his daughter and fled. The girl suffered serious bullet wounds and died.

No details were immediately available about the matter that led to the girl's death. The Levies Force have started the paperwork but haven't done much else against Mohammad Omar.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

Science & Technology
The Best Air-to-Air Missile in the World Is in Sweden
AIM-120D model of America¬'s AMRAAM.

Missile manufacturers are notoriously coy when it comes to releasing details of the their products¬' performance. What little MBDA has said regarding Meteor indicates a range significantly greater than 62 miles and sustained speeds of at least Mach 4.

By contrast, in its official fact sheet the U.S. Air Force attributes the early-model AIM-120 with a range of 20-plus miles and ¬"supersonic¬" speed. The AIM-120D version should extend the baseline range by around 50 percent. The actual effective ranges of both the Meteor and the AMRAAM are very likely to be well in excess of published figures.
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 07/25/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top||

#1  The Swedish M45 [Swedish-K] wasn't bad either. Legibly writing one's nick in 9mm on a large target was not soon forgotten.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2014 7:10 Comments || Top||

#2  ...This is one reason why the USAF and USN have been surprisingly unworried by the supposed inability of the F-35 to dogfight: with datalink from E-2s, E-3s, and Other Sources, the -35 doesn't have to. They'll be whacking the bad guys from fifty miles out and the targets won't know a thing till it's all over.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/25/2014 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Mike, that sounds an awful lot like the reasoning I heard about why the Phantom didn't need guns 50 years ago.

Hey, our missles will get them, no dog fights no more. How'd that work out?

Maybe there'll come a day, but is it now?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/25/2014 8:14 Comments || Top||

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