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Tehran Election Protest Turns Deadly: Unofficial results show Ahmedinejad came in 3rd
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Tyler Weinman, 18, arrested in Miami-Dade county cat murders Over two dozen cats found dead
Nice pic of the serial-killer-in-the-making at link. Gotta love the smirk, after being caught.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/15/2009 05:02 || Comments || Link || [336086 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One of the commenters called for the death penalty. Also, if the cat's were tame would this be another case of "domestic" terrorism? Would someone mind asking Sully for me?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 06/15/2009 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  [funky skunk has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: funky skunk || 06/15/2009 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  I agree this is terrible, and the kid is truly messed up, but one cannot "murder" a cat.

Animals are not human.
Posted by: Parabellum || 06/15/2009 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  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.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/15/2009 9:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Fangji Cat Meatball resturant menu to change soon?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2009 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  This is how Jeffrey Dahmer started, it was good to get him off the streets.
Posted by: Lumpy Angaith3743 || 06/15/2009 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  [DavidCaruso]

"I'm curious to know..."
(put on sunglasses)
"...who killed the cats?"

Posted by: Mike || 06/15/2009 11:09 Comments || Top||

#8  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.
Posted by: WolfDog || 06/15/2009 15:03 Comments || Top||

#9  Yes, someone capable of this is capable of who knows what other atrocities. What a heartless twisted monster.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 06/15/2009 15:18 Comments || Top||

#10  He could face a maximum of 158 years in state prison if convicted on all counts, said Terry Shavez, spokeswoman for the state attorney's office.

Ouch! It's not fun anymore is it?
Posted by: Lumpy Angaith3743 || 06/15/2009 15:27 Comments || Top||

#11  A young woman who put her roommates kitten in a hot oven until it died was arrested by the ASPCA law enforcement and is up for possible ten years.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 06/15/2009 15:31 Comments || Top||

#12  Here in the peoples republic of Seattle a while back there was a case of animal cruelty to a donkey - the media was all over it like Letterman on a 14-year-old.(1)

In fact they went as far as making a law and naming it after the Donkey.

At the same time there was a case of a child being killed by his (or her) parents. The media practically ignored this story completely.

To her credit the Judge in the Cruelty case made the contrast a specific point in her comments.

(1) Oops - I kind of mean 18-year-old.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2009 16:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Animals are not human.

Perhaps not. But in a attempt to throw the flammable liquid of levity on a dark situation...
all dogs go to heaven
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2009 16:12 Comments || Top||

#14  Feed the kid to the lions at the Miami zoo. Turnabout is fair play.

Steve S. : Though I am protestant in background, the Catholics are right on the issue you have there.

Posted by: BigEd || 06/15/2009 19:04 Comments || Top||

#15  Okay, I'll bite - CATS???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/15/2009 22:06 Comments || Top||

#16  "Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in".

I don't know who said it but pretty much describes me and my dog.
Posted by: Goober Glomonter4456 || 06/15/2009 23:22 Comments || Top||

#17  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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2009 23:41 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Tactical Dating
I knew it was getting tough, but ....
[hat tip to the Instaprof]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2009 13:05 || Comments || Link || [336076 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Do they come in pink?
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 06/15/2009 15:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I think the "interrogation pouch" gives you an idea of the likely buyer.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/15/2009 17:02 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Nurse Lovelace gives hardened lag 55-hour stiffy
Snip, duplicate from last week.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/15/2009 12:30 || Comments || Link || [336076 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Y (really) JCMTSU
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/15/2009 14:27 Comments || Top||

Argentine Glacier Eludes MMGW
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."
Posted by: Bobby || 06/15/2009 06:15 || Comments || Link || [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A number of New Zealand glaciers have been advancing over the last 5 years or so, eg Franz Josef.
Posted by: Phil_B || 06/15/2009 11:33 Comments || Top||

#2  There is one that is advancing in Alaska. I can't recall the name though.
Posted by: Ptah || 06/15/2009 20:03 Comments || Top||

War crimes issue should not be politicised, says US
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.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/15/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  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.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2009 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake Sunday said war crimes issue should not be politicised"

Too damn late. You assholes have already done that - in spades. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/15/2009 18:13 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
In Mexico, the U.S. Downturn Hits Home
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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Posted by: Steve White || 06/15/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The nanoviolins of Summer wound my heart with a monotonous languor...
Posted by: rwv || 06/15/2009 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  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.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2009 8:09 Comments || Top||

#3  [funky skunk has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: funky skunk || 06/15/2009 9:15 Comments || Top||

#4  [funky skunk has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: funky skunk || 06/15/2009 9:16 Comments || Top||

#5  [funky skunk has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: funky skunk || 06/15/2009 9:16 Comments || Top||

#6  [funky skunk has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: funky skunk || 06/15/2009 9:17 Comments || Top||

#7  "Remittances sent home by Mexicans in the United States are the second-largest source of legal foreign revenue in the country"

Is there not a way to tax these, unless proof of USA citizenship is shown?
Posted by: Lagom || 06/15/2009 10:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Tracking a million $400 monthly transactions south is about as easy as tracking a couple million just under $200 anonymous debit/credit card donations to a political campaign.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2009 10:57 Comments || Top||

#9  The Mexican government has a program that matches at a rate of 3 to 1 money sent home by migrants for public works in their towns

Stimulus plan Mexican style.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/15/2009 11:12 Comments || Top||

#10  Prolly for calling for the untimely and unnatural demise of someone other than acknowledged enemies.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/15/2009 11:49 Comments || Top||

#11  btw - what was the crossed line that got funky skunk pooplisted?

A "I'm probably going to get banned for this", followed by a sentence advocating assassination.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/15/2009 13:24 Comments || Top||

#12  [Fester Cheater1846 has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: Fester Cheater1846 || 06/15/2009 18:41 Comments || Top||

#13  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:

kill ob*ma
[redaction mine]

Your nym. Your IP address.

You can appeal to Fred when he recovers.

Until then, you're gone.
Posted by: Claviter Fillmore1270 || 06/15/2009 18:45 Comments || Top||

#14  so i wish i could talk too a mod, because i have bene coming too this site since it started and know what lines too cross and what not too.
Posted by: Claviter Fillmore1270 || 06/15/2009 18:46 Comments || Top||

#15  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.
Posted by: GoldenShellback || 06/15/2009 19:07 Comments || Top||

NKorea holds massive rally to condemn UN sanctions
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/15/2009 09:43 || Comments || Link || [336087 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's easy to assemble a massive rally in NK. Just spread the rumor that there is free food.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 06/15/2009 12:04 Comments || Top||

#2  They probably raffled off one bowl of bark soup.
Posted by: gorb || 06/15/2009 22:08 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/15/2009 22:09 Comments || Top||

Crops under stress as temperatures fall
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/15/2009 16:36 || Comments || Link || [336077 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Al Gore effect has gone global!!! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/15/2009 17:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Was shooting the breeze the other day with a guy. We were commenting on the nice weather for June and he said, "Well, some places will get wetter and some places will get dryer."

Jeez, no kidding there Madden? Perhaps our area can slip back under the ocean so I can get my banana plantation up and going.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2009 17:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Been there before. Cool weather, crop failure, population drops. Like chicken little the MMGW twerps are driving us into the fox's den [dire situation].
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2009 17:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Time to buy some mirrorshades to go with my galea.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/15/2009 17:54 Comments || Top||

Nepal's Maoists shut down Kathmandu with strike
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/15/2009 09:36 || Comments || Link || [336066 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Culture Wars
Sikhs challenge US army's ban on turbans, beards
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.
Posted by: Gaz || 06/15/2009 03:38 || Comments || Link || [336086 views] Top|| File under:

#1  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.
Posted by: Lagom || 06/15/2009 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  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.
Posted by: tipover || 06/15/2009 11:06 Comments || Top||

#3  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.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 06/15/2009 11:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Not a reprise as I miscalculated but a more current article update. Good luck to them.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 06/15/2009 12:57 Comments || Top||

#5  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.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2009 14:33 Comments || Top||

#6  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.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 06/15/2009 15:56 Comments || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: Slats Spoque1394 || 06/15/2009 23:08 Comments || Top||

#8  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?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2009 23:47 Comments || Top||

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