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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Tase The Baby
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A man tried to use a baby as a shield against a police taser.

After receiving a tip that the driver was armed, Volusia County Sheriff's Office officials stopped a car driven by Jorge Garcia early New Year's Day.

Garcia, along with others who had been partying nearby earlier in the evening, ended up stopping on Lucerne Drive and Amigos Road in DeBary. Investigators say the group was acting rowdy, cursing and yelling and when officials tried to arrest Garcia, they say he grabbed the baby from inside one of the cars and held it up like a shield to avoid being tased himself.

Witnesses said he screamed at law enforcement to tase the baby.

The baby was safely removed but Garcia continued to resisting and was eventually tased. Garcia's wife Tangeca was also arrested for resisting arrest. A third man was also arrested for not complying with officers.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/03/2010 11:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whorehay Garcia, Amigos Road's... Man of the Year!
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/03/2010 13:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I sure hope Jorge fell down a couple times and they told his cellmates what he'd done.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/03/2010 15:14 Comments || Top||

Today's Idiot
Driver passes out, meth lab in back seat
Didn't Saddam have a rig like this for his anthrax?
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat.
Binge drinking from New Year's Eve?
No doubt passed out from the fumes. Which clearly kill brain cells, else the gentleman would have thought to open a window, if only just a little.
An employee at the gas station in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, called police because the car was sitting at the pump for about an hour on New Year's Day.
I'm glad someone wasn't passed out.
Police say a chemical process to make the drug was in progress. Some meth-making ingredients can be explosive.
As anyone who has watched TV recently knows... oh, he must have 'passed out' during those bits.
Murfreesboro Assistant Fire Chief Allen Swader told The Daily News Journal that gas pumps were shut off as a precaution.
Fire chief was not passed out.
Thirty-one-year-old Nathan E. Beasley is being held on a $15,000 bond on charges of driving under the influence,
That seems a bit excessive, since he very clearly wasn't driving at the time he was arrested, and in fact not driving was the reason the police were called in.
driving on a suspended license, reckless endangerment and manufacturing meth. No attorney was listed in police records.
I wouldn't want to try to explain this one either.
Posted by: Free Radical || 01/03/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [448 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A meth lab was found last week not too far from me. Neighbors near the lab reported chemical smells to police who raided it. I know of one incident where two people died trying to make meth. One died first and the other two buried him in the back yard then a second died. The third man goofed and blew up the trailer killing himself. These are dangerous chemicals.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/03/2010 9:05 Comments || Top||

#2  No kidding, Deacon.

One thing we watch out for when responding to a rescue call is whether (a) the house/trailer/apartment smells bad like they've got too many indoor cats/litter boxes and then (b) there's no evidence of cats. That's what a meth lab is supposed to smell like. Haven't run into it (yet), thank goodness.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/03/2010 10:39 Comments || Top||

#3  I once came home to an odor of cat litter, only to find the cats manufacturing meth. I threatened to take them back to the shelter if I ever caught them at it again, and I've had no trouble since.
Posted by: Perfesser || 01/03/2010 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  *giggle*
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/03/2010 22:55 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Britain facing one of the coldest winters in 100 years, experts predict
Weather patterns were more like those in the late 1970s, experts said, while Met Office figures released on Monday are expected to show that the country is experiencing the coldest winter for up to 25 years.

On New Year's Day 10 extreme weather warnings were in place, with heavy snow expected in northern England and Scotland.

Despite New Year celebrations passing off mostly unaffected by the weather, drivers in parts of the country, particularly areas of Northumberland, Cumbria and the Scottish Highlands, were warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Think of how much they'll save on the petrol they won't need to buy, always a consideration in these troubled times.
The continued freezing temperatures did not signal bad news for everyone however. CairnGorm Mountain said it has had its best Christmas holiday season in 14 years.

With heavy snow in the area, the resort said that over a four-day period following Christmas Day it has had more than 8,000 skiers and snowboarders using its runs - including 800 on New Year's Eve.
One hopes they remained because they desired to, and not because the roads were unsafe to drive upon.
Over 15,000 skiers have used the resort since the start of December, compared to 2,000 last year.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "It is certainly a while since we had cold weather like this and there isn't any sign of any milder weather on the way."

Considerable amounts of "showery snow" is expected over Scotland and eastern England over the coming days, he said, whilst the rest of the United Kingdom would remains dry but very cold.

He added that temperatures in the Scottish highlands could dip to minus 16 degrees while even southern areas of England could see lows of minus 7.

The cold weather comes despite the Met Office's long range forecast, published, in October, of a mild winter. That followed it's earlier inaccurate prediction of a "barbecue summer", which then saw heavy rainfall and the wettest July for almost 100 years.

Paul Michaelwaite, forecaster for NetWeather.tv, said: "It is looking like this winter could be in the top 20 cold winters in the last 100 years.

"It's going to be very cold the for the next 10 days and although there could be a milder spell at some stage the indications are that the second half of the month will be even colder."
Posted by: Fred || 01/03/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Britain facing one of the coldest winters in 100 years"

Then send AlBore home, silly. It'll get warmer right away.

No, wait - we don't want him either....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/03/2010 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Al Bores gone. It's currently sunny with blue skies.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/03/2010 9:06 Comments || Top||

Muggers taught a lesson in bravery
[Bangla Daily Star] A brave college girl Friday caught a mugger and gave him a bloody nose three days after he mugged her on her way home in Khulna.

Tahmina Khatun Tama, a final-year student of commerce group at Daulatpur Government BL University College in Khulna, caught the mugger, Enamul Huq, 34, of Bagerhat, at Khalishpur around 6:30pm.

Two muggers had taken away her money and a gold necklace, weighing five tolas, at daggers point in front of her college gate around 4:00pm Tuesday.

Following the mugging, Tama started looking for the muggers. She did not lodge any complaint with police.

She finally got hold of one of the muggers, Enamul, at Chitrali Bazar in Khalishpur Friday. She delivered several blows on Enamul's face and captured him with the help of pedestrians.

He was later taken to the office of Khalishpur Traders' Association where he confessed his involvement in the mugging and snatching her money and necklace. He said one Atiar Rahman was his accomplice in the mugging.

Enamul agreed to return the money and the necklace by Sunday (today) as those were in possession of his accomplice Atiar.

Tama, daughter of Korban Ali Morol of Shovna under Dumuria upazila in Khulna, told The Daily Star that she would hand Enamul over to police after getting her necklace and money back with the help of leaders of the traders' association.

"I took the risk to catch the mugger myself instead of going to police," Tama said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/03/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In Europe she'd go to prison.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/03/2010 1:59 Comments || Top||

#2  When she marries, I hope her husband calls her "Sweetie"! He'd better!
Posted by: whatadeal || 01/03/2010 2:08 Comments || Top||

#3  The RAB should recruit her.
Posted by: Spot || 01/03/2010 11:12 Comments || Top||

#4  "I took the risk to catch the mugger myself instead of going to police," Tama said.
Probably because if she had just gone to the police, they would have done nothing.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/03/2010 14:19 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
'Lifeless' prion proteins are 'capable of evolution'
Posted by: tipper || 01/03/2010 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The results of "collegiality" being the prime factor in granting tenure nowadays.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/03/2010 1:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Scary. No DNA, no RNA, but they reproduce. Now they've been found to evolve. Zombies hardest hit (due to their brain-eating obsession.)
Posted by: Free Radical || 01/03/2010 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  [snork]
Prions commented on by 'free radical'!
geek joke
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/03/2010 11:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey people who couldn't cut it doing climatology research AGW religion needed to get a gig somewhere...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/03/2010 12:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Yet a fetus is disposable as "non-life" by many of these same people.
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/03/2010 14:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Interesting isn't it OS, when a tragic car accident or some other calamaity takes the life of an expectant mother, the media reponds with... "doctors were able to save the unborn baby, or the unborn baby was lost as well." I never could really sort those terms of reference out.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/03/2010 14:21 Comments || Top||

Henry Petroski reviews 'The Department of Mad Scientists' by Michael Belfiore
After the Soviet Union's 1957 surprise launch of the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, the U.S. government responded by establishing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Sputnik showed the United States that it was lagging in space technology, and DARPA's mission was to prevent future technological surprises. It soon became a corollary objective of the agency to create surprises of its own -- as well as world-changing technologies. In this regard, DARPA's record has been stellar, with such achievements as early versions of the Internet and the Global Positioning System to its credit.

Anticipating and producing surprises necessarily meant a certain degree of secrecy, at least during early development stages, but DARPA now also directs and funds a good deal of research out in the open. Understandably, this more public work is the principal focus of Michael Belfiore's book, which he and his publisher remind us is the first "inside look" at the organization.

DARPA is an unusual government agency, in that it makes a deliberate effort to prevent its program managers from becoming an entrenched bureaucracy and minimizes the amount of red tape associated with its projects. This enables quick and responsive funding decisions and the kind of risk-taking that can indeed produce world-changing results.

In addition to providing insights into the nature of the agency itself, Belfiore focuses on several historical and ongoing DARPA development initiatives besides the Internet and GPS, including electroprostheses for Iraq veterans, remote robotic surgery, driverless trucks and hypersonic flight. Such efforts, which are driven by the needs of the military, ultimately can have civilian benefits.

Because so much of what DARPA funds has a clear and practical objective, it often involves more engineering than science. In this regard, the book's title is misleading. It is not mad scientists who are engaged in much of the work but rather sane engineers.

DARPA has had identity crises in its half-century of existence. The fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 raised questions about the continuing need for a defense-driven strategy, and so in 1993 the "D" was dropped to leave ARPA, which was actually the name it bore from its beginnings to 1972. The resulting less-focused agency was short-lived, and it returned to being DARPA in 1996. The organization's legacy has been emulated recently, when the Department of Energy established an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to promote research in such areas as biofuels, batteries and solar power -- work that DARPA was already engaged in for military applications. Cooperation between DARPA and ARPA-E would obviously be in the best interests of both agencies and the nation, and there is precedent for undertaking such cooperative research and development efforts.

Among the more developed case studies in Belfiore's book is DARPA's involvement with the Internet, which started out as the Arpanet, a relatively small network of interconnected computers at universities and research laboratories engaged in DARPA-funded research. At the same time, there was increasing interest in making computer-user interfaces friendlier and in allowing remote time-sharing of large mainframe machines. The foundations for these goals and more were set down in the 1960s through cooperative funding from DARPA, NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

In a historic occasion at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in 1968, Doug Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute demonstrated before an audience of thousands of computer researchers the rudiments of "word processing, video chat . . . real-time collaborative document editing, hypertext links . . . and the computer mouse." The Arpanet was mentioned as a new project at that event, too.

Another extended case study relates to DARPA's Urban Challenge, which involves computer-controlled supply vehicles negotiating streets, traffic and obstacles of the kind that can be expected in a war zone. The challenge takes place in the Mojave Desert, where a mock urban area has been created. University and other teams compete against each other in the challenge, whose military application is clear. In addition, the spin-off benefits of terrain mapping and collision avoidance technologies can be expected, like so many of DARPA's efforts, ultimately to yield considerable civilian applications.
Posted by: Fred || 01/03/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under:

#1  DARPA is an unusual government agency, in that it makes a deliberate effort to prevent its program managers from becoming an entrenched bureaucracy

Damn, why can't / shouldn't ALL agencies conform to this model? Think how much that would save.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/03/2010 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Before anyone gets too carried away with their celebration of the DARPA genius...

Walrus Heavy-Lift Blimp Rises, Falls... Rises?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/03/2010 11:55 Comments || Top||

#3  You're always gonna have clinkers among the gems*, Besoeker.

*Kinda like Rantburg commenters.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/03/2010 13:23 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm not sure Walrus was anything that couldn't work. Congress just didn't want to fund it.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/03/2010 13:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Good points Pappy and Snowy Mtn. My obvious DARPA and Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA) prejudices find their roots in watching tons of money pi**ed away to beltway contractor insiders and leftest university research grants without end......while deployed soldier go wanting for kit and ammo.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/03/2010 13:39 Comments || Top||

#6  That's the fault of Congress, Besoeker.

Not of DARPA.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/03/2010 18:40 Comments || Top||

#7  I see no reason it wouldn't work, but it's a HUGE target.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/03/2010 21:55 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Allah ruling opposed
[Straits Times] MUSLIM groups in Malaysia have voiced opposition to a court ruling allowing a Catholic paper the right to use the word 'Allah", and said on Saturday they plan to demonstrate.

Malaysia's high court ruled on Thursday that the Herald weekly had the right to use the word 'Allah' after a long-running dispute between the government and the paper in the Muslim-majority nation.

The Herald has been using the word 'Allah' as a translation for 'God' in its Malay-language section, but the government argued 'Allah' should be used only by Muslims. The court ruled the Catholic paper had the 'constitutional right' to use the word 'Allah', declaring the government's ban on the word 'illegal, null and void'. Government lawyers have not yet decided whether to appeal.

Muslim groups have opposed the ruling. 'The court decision is not right and we are planning to hold a major demonstration to protest this,' Syed Hassan Syed Ali, secretary general of Malay rights group Pribumi Perkasa told AFP. He and 50 other Malay activists held a small protest over the ruling outside a central mosque Friday.

'We fear that the court victory will mean that Christian missionaries will now use the word, confusing (the identity of) Muslims and undermining religious harmony,' he said.

Federation of Malay Students' Association advisor Reezal Merican said although the court decision had to be respected, the government needed to appeal it. 'We want to live in peace with all religions here but the word Allah has traditionally in Malaysia been used to represent the Muslim God, which is different from Christianity, and this must be addressed,' he told AFP.

Northern Perak state mufti Harussani Zakaria was also critical of the verdict, calling it 'an insult to Muslims in this country,' according to the influential Malay-language Utusan Malaysia newspaper.
Posted by: Fred || 01/03/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

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Sun 2010-01-03
  Yemen sends more troops to al-Qaida strongholds
Sat 2010-01-02
  At least six killed in two drone attacks in North Wazoo
Fri 2010-01-01
  US drone strike leaves two dead in Pakistan
Thu 2009-12-31
  7 CIA workers killed in suicide kaboom
Wed 2009-12-30
  Iran MPs call for 'maximum punishment' of protesters
Tue 2009-12-29
  Iran MPs rally against populace
Mon 2009-12-28
  13 turbans titzup in N.Wazoo dronezap
Sun 2009-12-27
  Mousavi's nephew banged in Tehran
Sat 2009-12-26
  Delta boomer wasn't on no-fly list
Fri 2009-12-25
  Nigerian attempts to detonate on Delta flight from Amsterdam
Thu 2009-12-24
  Yemeni strike kills 30, targets cleric linked to Ft. Hood attack
Wed 2009-12-23
  Iran militia attack pro-reform cleric's home in Qom
Tue 2009-12-22
  Clashes at Montazeri funeral
Mon 2009-12-21
  Terrorists kidnap Italian couple in Mauritania
Sun 2009-12-20
  Suspected Al Qaeda #1 in Yemen escapes raid, #2 doesn't

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