I agree this is terrible, and the kid is truly messed up, but one cannot "murder" a cat.
Agred, but I just can't help to wonder if sometimes during say the last 5 or so years, there wasn't a toddler or a lone young kid being killed in an "accident" in the boonies, or more modestly, some mysterious arsons, stuff like that.
There will undoubtedly be a gazillion "experts" who will testify / comment / pontificate about the perp's reason for such cruelty, but, when all is said and done, the little bastard should be locked up for some serious time before he graduates to trying his skills on people.
Not long ago here there was a discussion of the startling number of psychopaths wandering through the general population; but most of them do nothing more than hurt others' feelings because they continue to accept limitations on actual murder and mayhem, no matter how tempting. But those psychopaths who progress to actually acting out such thoughts on animals entirely too easily progress to acting out similar thoughts on humans. That is why the penalties for cruelty to animals are so heavy, not because stray cats and dogs have such high inherent value when tortured vs. when run over by cars or dying of inadequate food and shelter.
Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier is one of only a few ice fields worldwide that have withstood rising global temperatures.
Nourished by Andean snowmelt, the glacier constantly grows even as it spawns icebergs the size of apartment buildings into a frigid lake, maintaining a nearly perfect equilibrium since measurements began more than a century ago.
"We're not sure why this happens," said Andres Rivera, a glacialist with the Center for Scientific Studies in Valdivia, Chile. "But not all glaciers respond equally to climate change."
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A number of New Zealand glaciers have been advancing over the last 5 years or so, eg Franz Josef.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake Sunday said war crimes issue should not be politicised and no action be taken that would be considered by the people of Bangladesh as a mechanism to weaken democracy and undermine progress the country already achieved, reports UNB.
"The United States strongly believes in accountability. During my discussions with friends in the government, we urged not to make it (war crimes) a politicized issue," he told a press conference at the American Club on the outcome of his meetings with the leaders from the government, opposition, business and civil society.
Blake, who came here for the first time after being appointed as US Assistant Secretary for the region, said Bangladesh just has had freest, fairest and transparent election, and democracy was being strengthened. "It is important that no action be taken that would be considered as a mechanism to weaken democracy and undermine progress the country has achieved. It is a fine line and a fine balance that the government has to follow in this regard."
Blake, who is here on a two-day visit, offered US cooperation in strengthening democracy, ensuring development, climate change and clean energy, and in countering terrorism so terrorist JMB and other transnational terrorist groups cannot use Bangladesh soil or operate from here against Bangladesh or other countries.
On the deaths of BDR personnel in custody, Blake said the matter should be seriously investigated and persons responsible be brought to justice.
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US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake Sunday said war crimes issue should not be politicised...
Ah, you mean like the NYT and Boston Globe full court press on Abu Ghraib oh wormtongue of the One? Maybe you can get Rep. Murtha to send them a note on the concept.
EL ARENAL, Mexico -- When Jesus Barrera Lopez had a sweet job laying tile floors in Phoenix, he did what every migrant from his home town in central Mexico does: He sent home money, bundles of it.
"Before the economic recession started, I usually sent $300 or $400 every two weeks to my family. But when the crisis came, I only sent like $100," said Barrera who recently returned here to the hot, rocky hills in the state of Hidalgo after the construction industry in Arizona imploded and work became nearly impossible to find.
And now? "There's nothing," said Barrera, 29, hanging out in his half-finished house and remembering the boom times, when he and 50 migrant workers from El Arenal sent money home at Christmas to host a party for the whole town.
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The nanoviolins of Summer wound my heart with a monotonous languor...
Remittances sent home by Mexicans in the United States are the second-largest source of legal foreign revenue in the country,
That an interesting twist by a propagandist. It's like writing about income from "pharmaceutical" trade rather than "drug" trade. Being a foreigner in the US without authorization is illegal. While not all remittances are from illegals, a lot were and are. That is one of the key reasons the government in Mexico City gave lip service to Washington about the illegal practice.
i didn't say anything about assasination or getting banned i have no idea what you are talking about. I wrote that i was also a construction worker and am currently unemployed and am not mexican. Also i guess some think that like i was told by a local cop that i must be a piece of shit because i was a construction worker. Nothin about assasination or getting banned
June 11, 2009, comment #6 in "Bonds found on 2 Japanese Trying to get into Switzerland" post:
I KNIOOW I WILL GET BANNED
kill ob*ma [redaction mine]
Its funny that this article is out today, because on my way to work I was listening to BBC world news (Sirius) and a VERY similar story of woe for the illegal (european) alien. Its almost like the MSM is on some sort of playbook (listserv) and someone is calling the stories that will be posted for the day. Coincidence? Probably not.
The latest "Death to America" threat stems courtesy of NOKOR's VICE-MINISTER OF THE PEOPLE'S ARMED FORCES, whom warns that NORTH KOREA MAY LAUNCH A PREEMPTIVE MIL STRIKE AGZ THE USA = POTUS BAMMER???
Military service is in Capt. Kamaljit Singh Kalsi's blood. His father and grandfather were part of India's Air Force. His great-grandfather served in the British Indian army. So when US army recruiters talked to him during his first year of medical school, he readily signed up. But his plans to go on active duty in July are now on hold. An Army policy from the 1980s that regulates the wearing of religious items would mean he would need to shave his beard and remove the turban he wears in accordance with his religious precepts.Kalsi and another Sikh man with the same concerns, Second Lt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan, are the centerpieces of an advocacy campaign launched by the Sikh Coalition as it tries to persuade the Army to let them serve without sacrificing their articles of faith. "I'm an American, there's no reason why I can't serve," Kalsi, 32, said.
The Army has a long-standing interest in how its members carry themselves, with policies that ban exotic hair colors, long fingernails or certain colors of lipstick. Army officials declined to comment on the reasoning behind its policy that would force the Sikh men to give up their religious displays. Sikhs who were active-duty military when the policy was adopted were allowed to continue serving without shaving their beards or removing their turbans. The Pentagon and other military institutions would not comment. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, was unfamiliar with the policy's origins.
Sikh Coalition executive director Amardeep Singh said he hopes that not only are Kalsi and Rattan allowed to serve, but that the rule will be changed for all turbaned and bearded Sikhs who would want to enlist. "Our country's military needs to reflect what America is right now," he said. "It's a diverse country, it's a country that puts forth for the rest of the world the values of liberty, particularly religious liberty." Allowing Sikhs to serve with beard and turban ``will send a very strong message to the rest of the world that we are who we say we are.''
The Sikh faith requires adherents to follow certain rules, among them that hair is not to be cut and for men, the wearing of a turban. Both Kalsi, an emergency room doctor, and Rattan, a dental surgeon, say they were following those rules when they were recruited and never had any problems or were told they would not be able to serve with their beards or turbans. Singh said it would be in the military's best interest to lets Sikhs serve. The community has a long tradition of military service, both in India, where most of the faith's adherents are, as well as in the countries where Sikhs have made their homes, like Canada and the United Kingdom.
The British army allows Sikhs to generally keep their articles of faith. For Sikhs who serve as civilian police officers, the British Police Sikh Association is pushing for development of bulletproof turbans. That would allow Sikhs to be part of firearms units, since safety helmets do not fit over them.
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Are there not basic safety issues, as with firefighters, that one must be able to wear a gas mask, and helmet?
This is not appearances, it is function of the job.
Lagom; you are correct, not being able to wear the protective gear means they could not be used in any combat or combat support position. In addition, how do they maintain hygiene in the medical field? Especially in the field? There is a reason that buzz cuts are the norm for combat troops.
This article may be a reprise or reappearance of one posted not too long ago. If I recall many questions and interest in safety were being remarked on, but to sum up, it seemed like many of the safety concerns were adequately covered (with more advancements being made) by existing gear. So that begs the question: it's not a question of can Sikhs serve, but rather WILL they be brought on board.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, was unfamiliar with the policy's origins.
I have an idea, send those male members able to grow beards out here and after a week of not shaving we'll put an SCBA system on ya and send you in a burning house. Then they could extrapolate that experience into poison gas.
I bet that when the recruiter met him he was not wearing a turbin. BTW that whole turban = religion things along with the beard wears out after a couple of generations out of Punjab. This is more likely when the young lad goes off to college and hopes that he might bag some co-ed. Seems the turban/beard (contrary to popular thought) just doesn't draw in the ladies like you would think.
You and others parrot rubbish. The Sikhs that serve in Indian, British and other armed forces have no problems using the required gear.
The Turbans are ornamental and worn over an underlying head covering. They manage to wear helmets, gas masks etc...etc...etc in all these other services. The Sikhs are of a warrior class, and do very well wherever they serve.
So it's like religious Jewish men who wear a hat over a skullcap (a.k.a. yarmulke (Yiddish), kippah(Hebrew)), Slats Spoque1394? Do the Sikhs have a rule like the Jews do, that anything is permitted in the saving of a life -- including shaving facial hair and uncovering the head?
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.