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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Belgian skydiver 'murdered love rival' - Here, let me help with those suspension lines.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/24/2010 11:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  CSI:Brussels
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/24/2010 12:15 Comments || Top||

#2  "A week before the fatal jump, the two women spent the night in his flat, Ms Van Doren sharing his bed while Ms Clottemans slept on a mattress or sofa."

Anybody else see what's wrong with this picure?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/24/2010 17:02 Comments || Top||

#3  This was featured on MST3K once upon a time.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 09/24/2010 19:15 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought parachutists always checked their rig immediately before every jump.
Posted by: Steve White || 09/24/2010 22:27 Comments || Top||

Gardener kills woman, kicks body
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/24/2010 09:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: "Those aren't *ssholes. It's pronounced *azaleas*."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/24/2010 12:44 Comments || Top||

Ba Buy Teresa, enjoy the nap.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/24/2010 07:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maria Glod of the Washington Post said Teresa Lewis had a ''fearful expression'' shortly before her execution

Well, if I was taking the fast train to Hell in a couple of minutes, I might be just a tetch nervous myself.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/24/2010 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  "learning difficulties" seems to be the Attorney's #1 excuse for every criminal too dumb to get away with it. Burn in hell, bitch
Posted by: Frank G || 09/24/2010 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  SHE used sex to pay for the killings?!


Who takes sex from a retarded chick as payment for murder? These people are whack!
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 09/24/2010 12:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, the news last night showed the usual suspects protesters outside the prison in Jarrett. Da poor bay-bee. NOT

On the bright side, one of the guys she hired to do the murders committed suicide in prison, so she'll have someone she knows to spend eternity in HELL with. Gee, maybe they can have sex - it worked out so well last time, didn't it?

From the article: "Virginia carries out the second highest number of executions of any state in the US."

You're welcome. We're number 2, so we have to try harder.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/24/2010 13:41 Comments || Top||

#5  "Lewis, who had learning difficulties, used sex and cash to persuade hitmen to kill her family in 2002."

Doesn't sound like she had too many learning difficulties.

Posted by: Magic Mark || 09/24/2010 14:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Usual Rantburg thought strangely not yet asked in the comments -- "how did the victims of her crime feel about her execution?"
Posted by: Steve White || 09/24/2010 14:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Doesn't sound like she had too many learning difficulties.

Learning difficulties and functioning difficulties are two different things, Magic Mark. People with dyslexia tend to have high IQs, and very often learn very well so long as they don't have to read to get the information, or write to share it. A great many fields do not require academic training for success -- mechanical things and sales come to mind. Although intelligence generally helps a person succeed in those fields as well as academic ones, certain learning disabilities are not necessarily the same handicap.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/24/2010 18:37 Comments || Top||

Man Arrested After Fight With Pet Parrott
An excerpt:
Police said 911 calls started coming in around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with witnesses reporting that a man on South Main Street was violently shaking the bird.
"Ok, talking, squawking, Parrots do get on my nerves, but I've never dropped the gloves and gone at it with Polly like this"
Posted by: Snoluger Uleregum1468 || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps he was shagged out after a prolonged squawk.
Posted by: no mo uro || 09/24/2010 5:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Was he charged with domesticated violence?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/24/2010 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Beat me to it P2K. Most likely PETA will get involved. I had a friend who had a parrot. They can be fairly testy. This bird would bend down from his shoulder and pluck the buttons off his shirt. Occasionally the bird would defecate on his shoulder. Maybe the problem was that the bird was a male named Lucy.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/24/2010 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Instead of fighting with the parrot he should have done the following:

A young man named Jon received a parrot as a gift.

The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

Jon tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.

Finally Jon was fed up and he yelled at the parrot.

The parrot yelled back.

Jon shook the parrot and the parrot got even angrier and more rude.

Jon in desperation, threw up his hands and grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then, suddenly there was total quiet, not a peep was heard.

Fearing that he had hurt the parrot, Jon quickly opened the door to the freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto Jon's outstretched arm and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions."

"I am sincerely remorseful for any inappropriate transgressions."

"I fully intend to do everything I can do to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior".

Jon was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

He was about to ask the parrot why he had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, but the bird continued... "May I ask what the turkey did?"
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/24/2010 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  I worked at an office in the early 80s where the office flaming gay guy and the VP hated each others guts.
The VP bought this huge $10K cockatiel that squawked all the time.
After a week of this the "flaming" guy started staying real late every night...
One night I had to stay pretty late and I saw him in the VPs office playing with the cockatiel and feeding it every few seconds...
I asked what he was up to. He said watch...
say for me "Herb Sxcks". The bird said it....

A few days later there was a major meeting with the Prez, VP and a major Chicago law group....

The Prez said "Herb has a..."
and the cockatiel started up...

The meeting ended very badly...
The bird was given away by the end of the week..
No birds ever appeared at the workplace again.

I asked the "flaming guy" how he kept his job...
He responded. I know where the VP keeps a bachelor pad (his wife didn't know about) and have full financial records and some hidden photos.. I will never be fired...
He was about 6 years later when the VP's wife lost interest in him...
Posted by: Water Modem || 09/24/2010 10:04 Comments || Top||

#6  one of the tuned google ads on the side ..
"Parrot Training 101"
100's of Tips to Fix Your Parrot's Worst Behavior Problems. Free Video

They are getting pretty good with that localized tuning.
Posted by: Water Modem || 09/24/2010 10:06 Comments || Top||

#7  That's a good story, Water.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 09/24/2010 15:33 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Nudists and swingers at war in France's 'Naked City'
Caution: Pic at site may not be safe for work, or even for you!
"Traditional" French nudists in a town on the Languedoc coast are locked in battle with a new wave of naturists who advocate free sex and partner-swapping.
Posted by: Fred || 09/24/2010 11:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/24/2010 19:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Or do we???

["GENTLE BEN", "DAKTARI" Themes here].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/24/2010 19:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Ick!
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 09/24/2010 20:01 Comments || Top||

Mont. woman fends off bear attack with zucchini
They make 'em tough in Montana. From Ay Pee:
The black bear came up on her back porch to attack one of the dogs in the middle of the night... and that was its first mistake. Then it refused to back off when she tried to separate them, its second mistake. Then it bit her in the leg.

That did it. Montana women don't put up with that kind of nonsense from a mere 200 lb. bear. So she grabbed the nearest weapon -- a large zucchini from her garden -- and threw it as hard as she could at the bear. Realizing it was outmatched, the bear fled into the night.
Posted by: Fred || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never bring a bear to a zucchini fight.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 09/24/2010 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Lucky for the bear the woman didn't have any tomatoes handy.
Posted by: gorb || 09/24/2010 4:48 Comments || Top||

#3  And if the bear comes back in a few weeks' time, she'll have marrows. It would be murder.
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/24/2010 8:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Then it refused to back off when she tried to separate them, its second mistake.

In one night, she accomplishes more than UNIFIL has done in years.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/24/2010 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  And if the bear comes back in a few weeks' time, she'll have marrows.

Bulldog, zucchini is American for marrow. It's just that we prefer to eat them when they're young and tender, you Brits prefer to let them mature, growing considerably larger with a hard, winter-squash exterior.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/24/2010 9:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Apparently the bear's eaten zucchini before.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/24/2010 10:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Bear is probably still running....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/24/2010 11:09 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
5 die in Mozambique drinking contest - Nampula brew very bad juju.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/24/2010 09:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like some gnarly sh*t!
Is there a distributor in CA?
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 09/24/2010 20:02 Comments || Top||

Bodies found in Burundi river
[Al Jazeera] At least four bodies have been found floating on a river near Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, bringing the number of corpses discovered over the past week to 14. In the latest discovery on Tuesday, the bodies were found in River Rusizi, where it empties on Lake Tanganyika in the north of the country, Julien Nimbona, a local administrator, told AFP news agency on Wednesday

"Since last week, we have found 14 bodies in this area, some of them with their limbs bound and others with machete wounds," he added.

The authorities have insisted that "unidentified armed bandidos" were behind the latest surge in violence. Residents in the affected areas, however, say a civil war resuming.

The police said more than 40 gunnies have been jugged over the latest wave of murders.

"Twenty-two criminals were jugged and are detained in Mpimba prison [in Bujumbura] while 20 others were jugged in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are being interrogated," Fabien Ndayshimiye, a police chief, said on Thursday.

Ndayshimiye refused to elaborate on the identity of those jugged.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said most of those jugged belong to opposition parties, including the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (MSD) and the former rebel National Liberation Forces (FNL).

He accused these groups of creating instability following the latest local elections.

Since a string of local elections kicked off in May, tensions have grown in the small central African country with opposition parties withdrawing from the polls alleging fraud by the ruling party.

Agathon Rwasa, the main political rival of Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi's president, has abandoned his government duties and gone back to the bush, fuelling speculation that FNL group has taken up arms, only a year after laying them down.

The three-month-long electoral marathon had been seen as an opportunity for Burundi to prove its democratic credentials and seal the end of a civil war that has killed at least 300,000 people dead since 1993.
Posted by: Fred || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

Bullet from own gun kills Rab man
[Bangla Daily Star] A member of Rapid Action Battalion was killed by a bullet from his own gun while he was on duty patrolling Baridhara Diplomatic Zone yesterday morning.

It was not clear whether he committed suicide or it was an accident.

Milon Sarker, 30, received a bullet when he was sitting in a patrol pick-up van of Rab-1 with five other members, and the van was crossing a check post on the north side of the US embassy on Gulshan-Baridhara Link Road at 7:40am, Rab sources said.

Rab-1 Commander Lt Col Rashidul Alam told The Daily Star that the incident seemed suicide to them, but they don't know the reason behind it.

The Rab members in the van suddenly heard a firing sound and found that Milon sustained a bullet injury, he said. Milon's colleagues rushed him to United Hospital at Gulshan where doctors declared him dead.

The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue for an appointment with Dr. Quincy. After the post mortem, morgue sources said, a bullet pierced Milon's chin and went out through the skull of his head.

Lutfor Rahman, deputy assistant director of Rab-1, filed an unnatural death case with Gulshan Police Station. In the case statement, he mentioned that Milon committed suicide firing from his own rifle.

Gulshan police, however, were investigating the incident.

Sub-Inspector KM Ashrafuddin, investigating officer of the cop shoppe, told this correspondent that they were investigating to know whether it was a case of misfiring or suicide.

The Rab-1 commander said Milon had joined Rab from police about three months back.

...back at the ranch...
Milon's wife Lipi Khatun said she suspects that her husband was murdered. "There is no reason behind his (Milon) committing suicide," she commented.
Posted by: Fred || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

Brits to scrap 177 quangos
It's a start. You listenin', DC??
One hundred and seventy-seven taxpayer-funded bodies are to be abolished under Coalition plans seen by The Daily Telegraph.
Are they allowed to do that? I thought quangos, once created, existed until the universe cooled at the ultimate expansion point... or until it contracted to cause the next Big Bang, whichever it decided was more amusing. At least that's how it seemed on "Yes, Prime Minister".
A further 94 are still under threat of being scrapped, four will be privatised and 129 will be merged, according to a Cabinet Office list compiled this week, while 350 other bodies have won a reprieve.
On second thought, they're all staffed by people the Labour party wanted to pay off. It's definitely time for them to go.
The list discloses for the first time the extent of David Camerons plans for the "bonfire of the quangos", designed to save the taxpayer billions of pounds. Thousands of jobs will go as part of the reforms.

The biggest cuts concern the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with more than 50 bodies to be abolished,
Are those the busybodies who specify the exact dimensions that veggies must reach to be sold?
and the Department of Health, where about 30 bodies will be cut or have their functions transferred back to the department.

These include the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Health Protection Agency and the Commission for Rural Communities.

As already announced, the Audit Commission and UK Film Council will be scrapped along with eight regional development agencies, the list shows. The Commission for Integrated Transport, the School Food Trust and the Sustainable Development Commission are to be abolished.

The BBC World Service, the British Council and the Environment Agency are among the 94 publicly funded bodies whose fate has yet to be decided.
crosses fingers
Posted by: lotp || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But.. but... where is?
Ah yes, hidden in the next paragraph.

The Competition Commission, the Design Council, the Energy Savings Trust, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Forestry Commission and the Office for Fair Trading are also still at risk. Whitehall insiders expect the majority to be abolished, removed from public funding or radically reformed.
The majority of the British people want to hear that the Frankenstein that is the EHRC is finally "dead, buried, cremated" and that the door gave Phillips a mighty smack on the arse as he was being bum-rushed out of it.

Posted by: tipper || 09/24/2010 5:48 Comments || Top||

#2  tipper, don't be too hard on Phillips. He has a roughly 50:50 record on moonbattery and has often said things which are bang on the mark - the sort of comments, about things like 'positive discrimination' which would make the likes of Diane Abbott's skin crawl. e.g.:

"Trevor Phillips has spoken on the need for free speech to "allow people to offend each other." These comments came after the protests against the Danish cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad which sparked protests in the Muslim world. He stated in an ITV interview: "One point of Britishness is that people can say what they like about the way we should live, however absurd, however unpopular it is."

I think he'd be supporting the right of the Gateshead martyr to burn the stupid Koran, for instance.
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/24/2010 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Twitter Joke Trial
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/24/2010 9:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Squeezing the Quango.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/24/2010 12:53 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
UN-bound Nicaraguan diplomat no longer breathing in NY
A senior Nicaraguan diplomat in New York has been found dead with his throat slashed as world leaders gathered in the city for the UN General Assembly's annual meeting.

A senior Nicaraguan diplomat in New York has been found dead with his throat slashed as world leaders gathered in the city for the UN General Assembly's annual meeting.

Cesar Mercado, 34, who has been based in New York for eight years, was found in his apartment in the Bronx when his driver came to pick him up.

The driver discovered the door closed but not locked and the diplomat's body lying just inside the blood-spattered flat, police said.

An NYPD spokesman said: "The knife was found on the floor next to him." Police were trying to establish a possible motive, and no suspects were immediately identified.

Mercado was a consulate officer and Nicaragua's de facto consul general. He was based in an office building near the UN headquarters in Manhattan.

Nicaraguan Vice President Jaime Morales said US Ambassador Robert Callahan assured him that the FBI would do everything possible to investigate.
Posted by: lotp || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

I thought initial reports may indicate something more sinister with his ties to the UN and other Nicaraguan terror sympathizers but then stabbings usually indicate a personal act of revenge and the NY Post report points that way:

He took on the duties of consul general, working with passports and immigration visas....Sources said Mercado's throat was so deeply slit that his head was almost cut off and blood stained the walls, floor and bed. There were also stab wounds to his abdomen.
Mercado, a diplomat in the office of Nicaragua's ambassador to the United Nations, went to an undisclosed event Wednesday night before taking the subway home, authorities said. Cops said they were looking at video that may provide clues.
Investigators are probing the possibility that the killing was caused by a gay relationship gone wrong, police sources said. The sound of men arguing was heard in the apartment before the murder, and neighbors said Mercado was sometimes seen with dangerous-looking men, the sources said.
A co-worker told cops Mercado was depressed, lost weight and had recently said he had tested positive for AIDS, the sources said. Detectives are exploring the possibility he was murdered by someone outraged after he told them of his diagnosis, according to the sources said.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/diplo_gory_slay_E1h6kUOScnYhRKGFbirv0I#ixzz10TiQADX1

Posted by: Lumpy Elmoluck5091 || 09/24/2010 16:01 Comments || Top||

China to build more nuclear reactors for Pakistan
A new potential dispute between the US and China is opening up as Beijing goes public with its plans to export two more nuclear reactors to Pakistan, in a deal that will raise ­questions about controls on nuclear technology.

Chinese officials have admitted privately since earlier this year that they planned to go ahead with the long-mooted plan to sell Pakistan two more nuclear reactors, in addition to the one reactor it has already built and a second under construction.

However, Beijing has this week publicly acknowledged the plan for the first time. Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman at the Chinese foreign ministry, said that Beijing had already informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of the new agreement with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, an industry official at China National Nuclear Corporation told a conference this week that China was discussing with Pakistan the construction of a one gigawatt nuclear reactor – far larger than the two 300MW reactors in the initial agreement.

A senior Pakistani government official revealed that China had offered to extend “extremely concessional” financial terms for the nuclear agreement, which, he said, “has made possible what would have simply been impossible for cost reasons”. Without elaborating the exact terms offered by Beijing, the official said; “Our Chinese brothers have left it to us to decide how much time we need to pay back their money. I can also say to you, the interest rates are very soft.”
Posted by: || 09/24/2010 11:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [594 views] Top|| File under:

#1  1.21 Gigawatts?
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 09/24/2010 20:19 Comments || Top||



INDIA = is repor seeking US ASSISTANCE + CO-INTERVENTION to help ASEAN contain China in the various SOUTH CHINA SEAS territorial disputes.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/24/2010 22:26 Comments || Top||

US home sales worst in 47 years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/24/2010 12:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In other words:
1) US homes are still too damn expensive.
2) The unemployed don't buy homes & tend to lose the ones they have mortgages on.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 09/24/2010 13:55 Comments || Top||

#2  In other news, 2 real estate agents in NE OH have been murdered in separate home-showing incidents.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 09/24/2010 14:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Murdered by whom, AH?

Foreclosed former owners? Somebody incensed with the price of houses? A serial killer? (Paging Criminal Minds....)

Anybody know?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/24/2010 15:16 Comments || Top||

French unions in new set of strikes
[Al Jazeera] French trade unions have launched another set of strikes in protest over an unpopular pension reform, with workers staging a 24-hour walkout.

Police said 65,000 people had taken to the streets in Paris, the capital, while organisers put the figure at 300,000. Unions were hoping for an even bigger turnout than protests earlier this month, which saw between one and three million people taking to the streets.

Demonstrators are hoping to pressure Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, to overturn plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
In the US we're beginning to think about raising the retirement age to 70.
The bill has already been passed by France's lower house of parliament and will be debated next month by the senate, where it is expected to pass with ease.

Up to 50 per cent of flights were cancelled at airports in the capital and other cities, airport authorities said on Thursday morning.

But Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Paris, said the protests had not brought the capital to a complete standstill.

"Buses have been operating, the underground system has been operating although there have been slightly larger gaps between the trains than normal."

She added that despite unions claiming Thursday's protests would be "massive", the turnout appeared lower than on previous occasions.

"One gets perhaps a sense that people are beginning to suffer from strike fatigue. This is the fifth strike in six months, in fact the second in two weeks and of course every time a worker goes on strike they lose a day's pay," she said.
Wussies. The SEIU just hires homeless people to man the picket lines. Thanks to Obama we have plenty more of them.
"I think people are starting to get the feeling that this change to the retirement age is a done deal and that may be why not as many people came out today as have done on previous occasions."

Francois Chereque, the head of the CFDT union, said earlier on Thursday that protester numbers would be "massive".

"We'll see if there are more people. But in the greater Paris region, for instance, more coaches have been hired to come to demonstrate in central Paris.

"The number of demonstrators today will determine what the movement does next," he told RMC radio.

More than 231 separate demonstrations are expected to be held nationwide.
Posted by: Fred || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dang. I'd like to retire at 60. I'd like to retire at 62.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 09/24/2010 15:40 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm "Retired" I'm 63 (Stroke) and not Retired voluntarily, But still I doubt I'll ever work again.
Still I have a leg up on others, No Mortgage, no auto payments and I do own a bit of land (10 acres) nearby, no home, but I Rent, it's nice here and I can afford it, it's good when a pipe or something breaks to simply call and it's fixed free.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 09/24/2010 22:47 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Holder warned not to block Coates' testimony re: Black Panther case
In an exclusive obtained by Pajamas Media.com, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has warned Attorney General Eric Holder not to interfere with the decision of Christopher Coates to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights tomorrow, citing the federal "1912 Anti-Gag Legislation and Whistleblower Protection Laws for Federal Employees."
Read the letter at the link. PJM vs. the MSM, this one to PJM.
Seriously, read the letter. I didn't know that those who interfere with whistleblower testimony to Congress can have their pay stopped. The honourable congressman plays hardball.
Update: Here's a link to his testimony.
Posted by: lotp || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You mean to tell me their is no justice in the Justice Department? Color me astounded. You mean there is not race-neutral enforcement of voting laws in the upper echelon of DOJ? Guess I won't go their for any redress of grievances.

Good for Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and good for Christopher Coates regarding the new Black Panther voter intimidation case. Christopher Coates will be hard to be demonized by the BHO regime since he is a liberal attorney who has almost exclusively represented voting rights cases in ACLU, etc. cases.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/24/2010 9:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Christopher Coates will be hard to be demonized by the BHO regime

Which is not to say they will not try. Expect news reports of decade-old parking tickets and a bad spelling test in 5th grade.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/24/2010 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  And didn't he dress as a vampire for Halloween back in '62?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/24/2010 11:12 Comments || Top||

#4  They got AG John Mitchell on obstruction of the Watergate investigation. I do believe someone is laying the ground work on the next fellow.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/24/2010 12:21 Comments || Top||

#5  "I do believe someone is laying the ground work on the next fellow."


/well, somebody had to say it....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/24/2010 12:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Anyone who attempts to diminish Coates’ absolutely stunning testimony will look like complete fools. Even the lame stream press will finally have to take notice. Of course, that’s after they fill their broadcasts with a comedian making a mockery of people concerned with illegal immigration.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 09/24/2010 13:40 Comments || Top||

#7  DepotGuy: I saw some of this testimony until the dogs wanted to go for a walk and I had to drag myself away. What I saw was fascinating. Basically there was a climate of racism in the DOJ civil rights division. There was no race-neutrality in the law but one biased towards minorities. Coates requested a transfer to South Carolina for 18 months to escape the hostile climate of DOJ. As a Division Chief, he was asked to stop asking candidates (lawyers) seeking employment if they could be color-blind in the cases which they took. He was asked by higher-ups to stop the practice. Coates comes across as a really fair-minded guy trying to do a good job under recent difficult working conditions. Also coming out in testimony was basically a suspension of bringing cases up for prosecution which involved wrong-doing by minorities such as the new Black Panters. The OJ jury mentality emerges in the DOJ except it is worse in my mind. Should the trunks take over one or both houses of Congress, I would think there are going to be intensive and extensive investigations of the manipulations of Obama and his accolites.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/24/2010 14:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Of course, that's after they fill their broadcasts with a comedian making a mockery of people concerned with illegal immigration.

Or the latest military genius pronouncements of Lady Gag-Gag.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/24/2010 15:07 Comments || Top||

#9  I wonder how much of this will surface in the MSM?
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/24/2010 15:44 Comments || Top||

#10  The White House has assured the American people that the Malik Shabazz that visited the White House during DOJ investigation is not the same Malik Shabazz at the center of the New Black Panther story. But, the White House has not provided any information to verify its contention or who this “other” Malik Shabazz is.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 09/24/2010 20:32 Comments || Top||

#11  In other words:

"This is not the droids Malik Shabazz you are looking for"....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/24/2010 23:11 Comments || Top||

US To Finally Sell Iraq A Combat Air Wing (pdf file)
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/24/2010 08:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's nice, but how long can those knuckle draggers keep them running. And will the spare parts be stolen and scrapped for beer money?
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 09/24/2010 12:14 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm a little more optimistic. The US decided to create the Iraqi AF from the ground up. So its most senior people are maintenance, airbase operations and cargo logistics. Soon its most *junior* personnel will be its combat pilots.

That is the exact opposite of the USAF. But it also means that if the base commander is a maintenance guy, there is going to be a LOT more emphasis on maintenance.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/24/2010 12:49 Comments || Top||

#3  And we're also selling them APC's.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/24/2010 12:50 Comments || Top||

#4  For the next two decades, the Iraqi air force will be as good as their US advisors let them be, from piloting to logistics to maintenance.

Which will be precisely what keeps Iranian and Syrian air force generals up at night.
Posted by: Steve White || 09/24/2010 14:57 Comments || Top||

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Egyptian Cleric Sa'd Arafat: Islam Permits Wife Beating Only When She Refuses to Have Sex with Her Husband
[MEMRI] Interviewer: "Would you believe that the European women in our times yearns for a husband who would be like a guardian to her. I would like to provide the viewers with some statistics. 90% of British women do not want to marry a weak man, who sits down and cries the moment there is a problem. They say: No, such a man looks more like a woman. We want a manly man. [...]

"Wife beating is a serious accusation [leveled against Islam]. Let us examine this matter bit by bit."

Sa'd Arafat: "Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings."

Interviewer: "Honored them with beatings? How is this possible?!"

Sa'd Arafat: "The prophet Muhammad said: 'Don't beat her in the face, and do not make her ugly.' See how she is honored. If the husband beats his wife, he must not beat her in the face. Even when he beats her, he must not curse her. This is incredible! He beats her in order to discipline her.

"In addition, there must not be more than ten beatings, and he must not break her bones, injure her, break her teeth, or poke her in the eye. There is a beating etiquette. If he beats to discipline her, he must not raise his hand high. He must beat her from chest level. All these things honor the woman.

"She is in need of discipline. How should the husband discipline her? Through admonishment. If she is not deterred, he should refuse to share the bed with her. If she is not repentant, he should beat her, but there are rules to the beating. It is forbidden to beat her in the face or make her ugly. When you beat her, you must not curse her. Islam forbids this."

Interviewer: "With what should be beat her? With his bare hand? With a rod?"

Sa'd Arafat: "If he beats her, the beatings should not be hard, so that they do not leave a mark. He can beat her with a short rod. He must avoid beating her in the face or in places in the head where it hurts. The beatings should be on the body and should not come one right after the other. These are all choices made during the process, but beatings are allowed only as a last resort. [...]

"The honoring of the wife in Islam is also evident in the fact that the punishment of beating is permissible in one case only: when she refuses to sleep with him."

Interviewer: "When she refuses to sleep with him?"

Sa'd Arafat: "Yes, because where else could the husband go? He wants her, but she refuses. He should begin with admonishment and threats..."

Interviewer: "Allow me to repeat this. A man cannot beat his wife..."

Interviewer: "...over food or drink. Beatings are permitted only in this case, which the husband cannot do without." [...]
Posted by: Fred || 09/24/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So you beat a woman in order to 'honor' her...well, I'd like to honor the sh*t out of this guy.
Posted by: Chemist || 09/24/2010 6:02 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
An Aside To DADT, 20 Percent Of Homosexual And Bisexual Men Are HIV Positive
One in five sexually active gay and bisexual men has the AIDS virus, and nearly half of those don't know they are infected, a federal study of 21 U.S. cities shows.

Experts said the findings are similar to earlier research, but the study released Thursday is the largest to look at gay and bisexual U.S. men at high risk for HIV. More than 8,000 men were tested and interviewed, and 44 percent of those who had the virus didn't know they had it.

Overall, less than half of 1 percent of Americans have the AIDS virus, according to a calculation by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a research and policy organization in Washington, D.C.

But gay and bisexual men continue to be infected at much higher rates, said Jennifer Kates, Kaiser's director of global health and HIV policy.
"Most people infected with HIV develop antibody levels high enough to be detected by the HlV antibody test within a month. Almost everyone who is infected will have a positive antibody test within 3 months. All people infected with HIV, whether or not they have yet developed enough antibodies to be detected by the test, can spread the virus to others through unprotected sex and needle sharing activities. Pregnant women with HIV can also pass the virus to their babies during pregnancy, delivery or through breastfeeding.

"A negative test result indicates that a person is not infected with HIV only if the person has NOT engaged in risky behaviors for three months before the test. A negative test result does not, of course, protect one from HIV infection in the future."

However, those in the military with HIV can claim permanent VA benefits to treat their disease.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/24/2010 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ..on the battlefield, one soldier is another's backup blood supply for transfusion in an emergency.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/24/2010 12:18 Comments || Top||

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