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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Man eaten by hogs at Oregon farm
COOS BAY, OR - An Oregon man trying to feed his 700-pound hogs was eaten by the animals Thursday, and sheriff's deputies are trying to determine what led up to his death.
I think I know what happened last...
Terry Garner, who lived near the rural town of Riverton in southern Oregon, went to feed the animals on his farm at 7:30 a.m. When he wasn't seen for several hours, a family member went to look for him, and found Garner's dentures on the ground in front of the hog enclosure, which housed several of the animals.

While searching the hog enclosure, the family member found Garner's body in several pieces, with a majority of it consumed by the hogs, the district attorney said. Now deputies are investigating how Garner ended up in a position where the hogs were able to eat him.

District Attorney Paul Frasier said there are a number of possible scenarios, including one in which Garner suffered a heart attack. Another possible scenario is that given Garner's age and health, the hogs were able to knock him down and kill him.
"I'll take him high and you take him low!"
Frasier said there have been reports that at least one of the hogs had been aggressive toward Garner in the past.
Easy, Charlotte...
Because of the unusual circumstances surrounding Garner's death, detectives haven't ruled out foul play.

A forensic pathologist examined what little was left of Garner's body over the weekend, but was not able to identify the cause or manner of death. For now, Garner's cause of death is listed as undetermined, and his remains will be further examined by a forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two legs good, four legs better...
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/03/2012 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Was anyone named Mr. Wu involved?
Posted by: charger || 10/03/2012 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, calls the animals on the farm for a meeting, where he compares the humans to parasites and teaches the animals a revolutionary song, 'Beasts of England'. When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and turn his dream into a philosophy. The animals revolt and drive EAT the drunken and irresponsible Mr Jones Terry Garner from at the farm, renaming it "Animal Farm". They adopt Seven Commandments of Animal-ism, the most important of which is, "All animals are equal".

Could this be the Second Obama revolution ? /sarc off/
Posted by: Percy Elmager9622 || 10/03/2012 2:04 Comments || Top||

#4  A forensic pathologist examined what little was left of Garner's body over the weekend, but was not able to identify the cause or manner of death.

Consumption ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/03/2012 2:10 Comments || Top||

#5  When the hogs are slaughtered, sent to market, portions cooked at a local restaurant, someone might say, "You know this pork could have come from Terry Gardner's farm." ... I wonder how Terry's funeral will take place ... will they go out whole hog ?
Posted by: Herman Bonaparte9160 || 10/03/2012 2:37 Comments || Top||

#6  No fowl play involved. The chickens didn't get in on it.
Move along, nothin' to see...
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/03/2012 7:22 Comments || Top||

#7  NSFW (Copious Anglo-Saxon language)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAQ3pNHwj4
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/03/2012 8:17 Comments || Top||

#8  It isn't kosher.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/03/2012 8:26 Comments || Top||

#9  no fowl play? the chickens were on the surveillance team. I say ... nuke 'em all and fry 'em up! HAHAHAHA!!!
Posted by: Raider || 10/03/2012 11:15 Comments || Top||

#10  What might happened to Jimmy Hoffa. Seems like there was some movie where this was the Mafia method of disposal of bodies.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/03/2012 12:48 Comments || Top||

#11  BrickTop: You're always gonna have problems lifting a body in one piece. Apparently the best thing to do is cut up a corpse into six pieces and pile it all together.
Sol: Would someone mind telling me, who are you?
Brick Top: And when you got your six pieces, you gotta get rid of them, because it's no good leaving it in the deep freeze for your mum to discover, now is it? Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs. You got to starve the pigs for a few days, then the sight of a chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead. You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies' digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don't want to go sievin' through pig shit, now do you? They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig".
Posted by: Beavis || 10/03/2012 13:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Beavis
#7 is a link to that particular scene.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/03/2012 16:50 Comments || Top||


Brazil: Nationwide Pageant for Cutest Female Bottom
[An Nahar] Brazil's upcoming municipal elections are being overshadowed by the Miss Bum Bum pageant, a nationwide online contest to find the cutest female behind.

Young ladies representing the country's 26 states and the federal district Brasilia are vying to qualify for the grand finale scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo on November 30.

The female derriere has traditionally had great symbolic significance in Brazilian culture, as attested by the wild popularity of bum dancing among the young.

"I think that the tropical climate, the carnival and all this racial mixing gives the Brazilian woman a unique biotype on the planet," pageant organizer Cacau Oliver, a well-known female beauty spotter, told Agence France Presse.

"The Brazilian woman's derriere is a part of the body that the whole world admires and the contest just reaffirms this," he added.

Contestants are required to register on the website www.missbumbumbrasil.com and to supply three photos. Organizers are to select the 15 finalists.

The winner will collect 5,000 reais ($2500), while second place will receive 3,000 reais and third place 2,000 reais.

Last year, model Rosana Ferreira won the title.
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Finally, a contest I can get behind!
Posted by: Spot || 10/03/2012 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like a stagefull of quarter horses.
Posted by: Beldar Chomoque3276 || 10/03/2012 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  "The Jennifer Lopez Invitational"
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 10/03/2012 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Lady Parts.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 10/03/2012 14:51 Comments || Top||

#5  For your viewing pleasure the contestants
Posted by: Beavis || 10/03/2012 17:21 Comments || Top||

#6  A glimmer of sanity in a world gone mad.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/03/2012 17:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Do you need a NSFW for that Beavis? I can't connect to it from the office.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/03/2012 18:21 Comments || Top||

#8  CF, yes sorry for not putting NSFW on my post. It is each contestant's YouTube video.
Posted by: Beavis || 10/03/2012 18:36 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Earthquakes in Dallas - MSM gets it right (mainly)
Three unusual earthquakes that shook a suburb west of Dallas over the weekend appear to be connected to the past disposal of wastewater from local hydraulic fracturing operations, a geophysicist who has studied earthquakes in the region says.
The things they left out is that most production - not just frack production - also involves re-injection of waste water, and that most frack waste water is injected without problem. But I was surprised to find that they actually got the guts of the story on such a volatile issue correct. (I decided earthquakes in Dallas qualify as a sign of the coming apocalypse.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/03/2012 07:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fracking had nothing to do with these quacks. I live dead center of the three quackes that occured in Irving/Dallas where no fracking/ oil/gas well drilling is allowed within 30 miles from here.

Irving sits on shifting sands. Foundation problems have occured as long as homes have existed.

The reconstruction of several major freeways (114 and now 183) and the current construction of light rail connecting DFW Internatoinal Airport to the DART Transit System requires all supports be supported by drilling down through these shifting sands to bedrook. All of this new, massive constuction is putting strain on what may be a thin layer of bedrook.

What everyone heard here was not the usual rumble that one lady who used to live in California told me she heard during earthquakes in California. What she heard she said was a huge underground snap/boom, followed by a rumble.

A well south of DFW airport is too far from the triangle of quakes, but the new major construction sits right on top of that bedrock.
Posted by: Pholulet Thrusomble8588 || 10/03/2012 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Pholulet, the article is more correct than you are. Interestingly, I was just reading an article in a technical geophysics journal about induced seismicity and it mentioned the Trigg injection well (on the south edge of DFW) as being the likely culprit for 2-3 small and a dozen micro-quakes several years ago. Injection wells are aimed at large porous sandstones and should not alter geologic conditions in any significant way, and thus should not induce earthquakes. In this case (Trigg well) it seems an unmapped fault was exposed in the injection zone and the injected fluid acted much like the the air in an air hockey table, and allowed the stressed fault to slip more easily. Such techniques for purposely 'managing' earthquakes have been studied for many years, but would be impossible for liability and political (and psychological) reasons.
Bedrock in the Dallas area is not 'thin' - the layer of unconsolidate sands on top of it is relatively thin. Unconsolidated sediment does not support much stress and cannot generate earthquakes. Construction projects only disturb the sediment and a tiny bit of the bedrock - they will not affect faults ~3 miles deep, which is where the Trigg well was injecting. and more or less the depth at which the earlier suspect earthquakes occurred. I have not seen results for the depth of the current set of quakes, nor whether they are along the same fault as the earlier ones, nor whether there is some other injection well in the vicinity - you say there is no drilling allowed within 30 miles, but there are at least 50 wells on the grounds of DFW airport, and the produced fluids are being injected somewhere nearby.
No one is claiming the FRACKING caused the earthquakes - rather it is the injection of produced wastewater (in huge volumes) into a 'normal' well that may have done so. Such responses were well-proven at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal waste injection wells 50 years or so ago.
Oh, the 'snap - rumble' is a normal response of a shallow quake in 'hard' rock near the observer - the snap is the P wave arrival and the rumble the slower moving surface waves.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/03/2012 10:51 Comments || Top||

#3  No one is claiming the FRACKING caused the earthquakes - rather it is the injection of produced wastewater (in huge volumes) into a 'normal' well that may have done so.

The term "water flooding" is used to describe the injection of water into oil bearing formations to push the oil toward a production well. Water flooding has been done successfully for decades.

Pumping or injecting salt water or waste water from oil wells back into non-producing or 'played out' wells was begun a few years ago when the EPA decided surface ponds and evaporation techniques were unsafe.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/03/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#4  I wonder are micro-quakes like stopping forest burning, you just save up more for a rarer but much larger and more destructive event?

Might make a good SciFi story evacuating San Francisco in order to provoke an overdue "big-one".

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/03/2012 12:09 Comments || Top||

#5  I live dead center of the three quackes that occured in Irving/Dallas where no fracking/ oil/gas well drilling is allowed within 30 miles from here.

What are talking about? I can show half a dozen gas well sites that have been drilled, or are being drilled within four miles of DFW Airport, or closer.

They've been putting in these gas wells and tying the production piping into the existing pipelines for about three years now. You need to get out more. BTW, I live in Foat Wuth, just outside the South entrance to DFW.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 10/03/2012 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder are micro-quakes like stopping forest burning, you just save up more for a rarer but much larger and more destructive event?
Bright Pebbles, that's pretty much the story. Each increase in magnitude number amounts to something like 30 times more energy released. So if one wanted to 'burn the brush' and prevent, say, ONE magnitude 7 earthquake by releasing the energy in a series of non-destructive quakes (say magnitude 3 or less), it would take 800,000 little quakes. It would be like living on a giant vibrating chair, and cooks would never keep their soufles from falling.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/03/2012 12:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Must not of been too significant. I was in this area on Saturday--no glass rattling or dishes shaking.

Back home we have small earthquakes of this size routinely without fracking. Of course we are in a fault area. I'll defer to the geologists and petroleum engineers and then I'll take a look at their political agenda.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/03/2012 12:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Must not of been too significant.

It wasn't. But then, Texans freak out if a half inch of snow falls.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 10/03/2012 13:04 Comments || Top||

#9  On the case.

Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 10/03/2012 17:19 Comments || Top||

#10  It wasn't. But then, Texans freak out if a half inch of snow falls.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man 2012-10-03 13:04


That cold stuff is just some freaky sshit, man!
KellyFromMesquite
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/03/2012 19:45 Comments || Top||

#11  Pumping or injecting salt water or waste water from oil wells back into non-producing or 'played out' wells was begun a few years ago when the EPA decided surface ponds and evaporation techniques were unsafe.

True to a point. Long ago we drained waste water from our tanks into adjacent evaporative pits but have for some years been prevented from doing so by regulation. That new regulatory regime did not, however, coincide with the genesis of secondary recovery projects via water injection. Such has been done for a *very* long time utilizing fresh or salt water produced specifically for that purpose and / or waste water produced along with oil. Evaporative pits were a matter of convenience for the disposal of waste water on leases not yet entered into secondary recovery. Now we either transport the water to a lease in secondary recovery and inject it there or transport it to a disposal well where it is injected but not for the purpose of secondary recovery.

Drilling in and around faults is very common since fault slips can provide a type of stratigraphic trap in which commercially viable quantities of oil & gas can become trapped. We've actually drilled straight through faults and later injected liquids into those same wells without incident. While shallow earthquakes can occur as a result of such activity they'll uniformly be of the type witnessed in and around Dallas: so minor as to be measurable but go otherwise largely unnoticed. Of course around here the passing trains, drop forges & blasting at local quarries would tend to mask minor earthquakes should such occur. Beware the siren song of the environazis on this front, there's no real danger since the magnitude of any quakes produced will not reach a level that will cause damage.

Posted by: Pliny Unese1004 || 10/03/2012 23:04 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt's interior ministry to pay tortured actress LE1 million compensation
[Al Ahram] A Cairo appeals court has ordered Egypt's interior ministry to pay LE1 million to an Egyptian actress in compensation for torturing her into falsely confessing to the murder of her Qatari husband.

The amount is considered the largest compensation ever paid out by the ministry to a victim of torture.

In 1999, actress Habiba Mohamed Saeed was accused of killing her Qatari husband in Cairo. She was subsequently tortured by coppers investigating the case, who hoped to extract a confession from her.

The actress says she was tortured and sexually abused for eight days until she confessed -- falsely -- to committing the crime.

In late 1999, a Giza criminal court found Habiba guilty and slapped her with a ten-year jail sentence. After serving five years in prison, police tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
the real murderers.
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  That's great she's walking away with $1.96.
Posted by: Nioj Eht 3.1 || 10/03/2012 15:58 Comments || Top||


Constitution expert blasts Islamist's stance on marriage of young girls
[Al Ahram] Constitution expert Nour Farahat on Monday criticised recent statements by Mohamed Omara, member of the Salafist Nour Party and Egypt's Constituent Assembly (tasked with drafting a new constitution), regarding the legal minimum age for women to marry.

During a televised interview on Saturday, Omara, who is also a professor at Egypt's Al-Azhar University, argued that Koranic references to divorcees who "have not menstruated" constituted proof that girls who had not yet reached puberty could be married.

On Facebook, Farahat described Omara's statements as "entirely shocking," arguing that the verse was usually interpreted as referring to adult women that could not menstruate for health reasons.

Farahat went on to request the opinion of Al-Azhar Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa on the issue, noting Omara's assertions that the Virgin Mary had been married as a child, even though the Koran clearly states that she was "not touched by a human."

Farahat also claimed that Omara had been disturbed by the presence of writer Ekbal Baraka during the televised interview since "he doesn't like sitting with women."

The controversy comes within the context of arguments concerning Article 36 of Egypt's draft constitution, which makes the "rules of Islamic jurisprudence" the reference for women's rights.

Some fear that the article, similar to one in Egypt's 1971 constitution, will jeopardise gains made by women's rights in recent decades and reopen discussion of topics such as the legal age for marriage, divorce, sexual harassment and women's right to work, among others.
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Sorry, but this Bullsh-t has no end. "rules of Islamic jurisprudence" - is a definition of oxymoron
Posted by: Percy Elmager9622 || 10/03/2012 2:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Give it up Mr. "Constitution expert". The Q-ran and sunnah trump all.
Posted by: Spot || 10/03/2012 8:00 Comments || Top||


New Egyptian constitution offers fewer religious freedoms, critics allege
[Al Ahram] Article 8 of Egypt's draft constitution may take away religious freedoms stipulated in previous constitutions.
Not that you could have exercised any of those...
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Bangladesh
BCL, Shibir clash at RU
[Bangla Daily Star] At least 25 students were maimed, three of them bullet-hit, in a fierce clash between Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
and Bangladesh Chhatra League
... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ...
activists at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

Police placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
15 activists of Shibir after conducting raids in different dormitories soon after the incident.

The clash ensued around 11:30am when Shibir activists threw brickbats at a BCL procession near Shahidullah Arts building, witnesses said.

Following the incident, BCL men chased the Shibir activists, and a running battle between the members of two groups started.

Both the groups used sticks, iron rods and sharp weapons during the chase and counter chase.

The feuding groups also traded nearly 50 gunshots inside the campus and at the RU's main gate that left a BCL man and two Shibir activists injured.

Some of the activists of the pro-Jamaat student organization, who took shelter inside the Central Library after being chased, were mercilessly beaten up by the BCL men.

The BCL men also drove Shibir men out of the campus and put up barricades on the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway for around 30 minutes.

Around 12:30pm, BCL men entered the campus and damaged two university buses in front of the administrative building.

Later, the activists of the pro-AL student body ransacked the residence of the vice-chancellor for allegedly allowing the Shibir activists to establish their dominance in the campus.
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
Chavez: Rival's campaign gets drug trafficking funds
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has stepped up attacks against rival Henrique Capriles, accusing the opposition candidate's campaign of receiving mafia and drug trafficking funds. Chavez did not provide more details to back his accusation.

The opposition says 80 per cent of the Capriles campaign funds come from raffles, street fund-raising and internet donations. Chavez opponents counter that the president misuses public funds to promote his re-election bid.

The president, in power for almost 14 years, is the favoured to win another six-year term but Capriles has given Chavez his biggest challenge yet, closing the gap to 10 points in the latest opinion poll.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/03/2012 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  so Hugo didn't get 100% of the mafia and drug trafficking funds this time?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/03/2012 15:05 Comments || Top||


Caminata in Caracas
Sunday marked the culmination of Henrique Capriles Radonski´s surprisingly successful insurgent campaign to oust autocrat Hugo Chavez from the presidency of Venezuela. With a week to go before voting next Sunday, October 7, Spanish newspaper ABC estimated more one million Capriles supporters staged a caminata, walking eight miles, or in many cases further, to hear their candidate make a rousing 35 minute speech in the country’s capital city.

We noticed one particularly biting hand-lettered sign nearby ¨¿Te imaginas 6 años mas de esto? Tu decides!¨ [Can you imagine six years more of this? You decide!]
The day was picture-perfect for a political demonstration: 75 degrees; bright, nearly cloudless skies; virtually no traffic. Candidate Capriles stood on the back of a five-ton truck as it inched its way through the crowd to a specially constructed dais at the end of Avenida Bolivar. Excited supporters chanted slogans as their hero delighted in throwing the campaign´s national flag inspired gorras [baseball caps] to them in all directions.

At the same time in nearby Bolivar Plaza, a discretely small crowd of perhaps 500 watched outdoor interviews of a series of Chavez government officials by a lady commentator on state-owned VTV television, all of whom proclaimed that all was well in the country. Later in the day RCTV, Venezuela’s leading television channel before being shut down by Chavez, tweeted sardonically, “Chavez is looking for people to fill the streets, while Capriles is looking for streets to put the people”.

Contrary to the politicians on the government’s own channel, all is far from well in the country. Venezuela’s economic and social trials are unprecedented in the country’s history. Inflation averaging more than 25 percent annually for the last four years has raised havoc with citizens and the commercial sector. The nation’s economic lifeline, state-owned oil company PDVSA, is pumping 33 percent less oil than 10 years ago, despite having the second largest proven petroleum reserves in the world. Six million of Venezuela’s 29 million citizens are either unemployed or squeezing out a below-poverty-line living as members of the so-called “informal workforce”.

Twenty percent of the population have no reliable drinking water; poor facilities maintenance has resulted in frequent brown-outs and black-outs across the country; the security situation is so bad that a majority of citizens, when polled, fear going out of their homes after dark [violent crime is highest in the poverty-stricken barrios – among the people always considered Hugo Chavez´s core constituency]. Corruption, considered by economists a key factor in impeding economic development and a significant factor throughout Latin America, is pandemic throughout government and the private sector.

All this, despite Chavez having vigorously pursued his never-ending Bolivarian Revolution for nearly 14 years as president.

Little wonder Hugo Chavez faces the first major test of his popularity, a test many observers believe he will fail on Election Day. Today´s massive popular demonstration for Henrique Capriles is very possibly the largest ever in the region, and certainly in Venezuela. But it is far from the first mass demonstration of support. For the last eight weeks, huge crowds have formed wherever he has campaigned.

Winning is nothing new to Capriles. In January 1999, aged 26, he was elected Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, later becoming the youngest assembly President in its history. He went on to winning elections as mayor of Baruta and governor of Miranda state.

Last February in a national primary to select the presidential candidate of the United Democratic Movement [MUD], organized to present a single opposition contender, Capriles won an exceptional 64 percent of the three million votes cast, in a field of five well-known candidates.

In his speech from a specially constructed dais at the end of Avenida Bolivar, broadcast live on the country’s only independent TV channel, Globovision, but ignored by VTV, Capriles both attacked Chavez’ vaunted program for the future and summarized his own. Most dramatic was his running a list of failed and incomplete projects by the Chavez regime. Under the title “El Gobierno No Pudo” [the government couldn´t deliver], underscoring in every case repeatedly promised and badly needed projects: construction of badly needed housing, repair of badly maintained roads and construction of new roads and bridges, creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, establishment of needed green areas, building of specialist hospitals and creation of a new university.

During the speech, we noticed one particularly biting hand-lettered sign nearby ¨¿Te imaginas 6 años mas de esto? Tu decides!¨ [Can you imagine six years more of this? You decide!]

Something very different in Venezuelan politics occurred at the end of Henrique Capriles´ speech. Having stood alone while speaking, as contrasted with Chavez always being surrounded by innumerable bodyguards, the 40 year old bachelor’s mother climbed up on the dais and embraced her son. The crowd roared its approval, as for more than 15 minutes mother and son waved and threw countless more campaign caps into the throng.
Posted by: lotp || 10/03/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Blasphemy case against cleric: Prosecution witnesses backtrack
[Dawn] Three prosecution witnesses in the blasphemy case on Monday backtracked from their earlier statements in which they had accused the prayer leader of a mosque of altering the evidence against a Christian girl.

The Christian girl was jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in August but after recording the statements of some prosecution witnesses the police rounded up Khalid Jadoon, the prayer leader of Mehra Jaffer mosque, in September for allegedly altering the evidence. And after preliminary investigation, he was declared the main accused in the first challan
... list of charges ...
submitted to the sessions court.

On Monday, when District and Sessions Judge (west) Raja Jawwad Abbas Hassan resumed hearing of the post-arrest bail application of Khalid Jadoon, his counsel Syed Wajid Ali Gillani contended that the Ramna police had submitted false statements of three witnesses -- Qari Owais, Khurram Shehzad and Danish -- against his client. He said the witnesses had never uttered even a single word against the holy man.

The police had recorded the statements of Owais, Shahzad and Danish under section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in which they had endorsed the statement of Hafiz Zubair, another witness in the case.

Zubair in his statement recorded before the judicial magistrate had stated that Mr Jadoon deliberately inserted two pages of the holy Koran in a bag containing ashes and burnt pages from a prayer book brought to him by a young man who claimed that the Christian girl had burnt the pages.

Police jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
Mr Jadoon on September 1 after a member of the Mehra Jaffer mosque accused him of stuffing the pages from the holy book into the bag to make it appear that the Christian girl had burnt them.

Advocate Gillani submitted the affidavits of the three witnesses as well as that of four our prosecution witnesses -- Malik Ummad, the accuser; Malik Amjad, Tasleem Akhtar and Mehreen Noor -- in support of the holy man who is jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in the Adiala Jail for allegedly desecrating the holy Koran.

After hearing the preliminary arguments, the judge issued notices to the state and adjourned the matter for October 3.

Legal experts could not say what turn the trial will now take. Rao Abdul Rahim, the counsel for Malik Ummad, told Dawn that the development had weakened the case against the holy man. He said the case was moving towards its old direction, because if the holy man is exonerated from the charge, the Christian girl would have to face the trial.

Advocate Saleemullah Khan, a retired inspector general of police, added: "The blasphemy case against the Christian girl as well as the holy man was already weak and it is very difficult for the prosecution to prove the allegations against both the accused."

He said the statements of the three witnesses were recorded under section 161 of CrPC, and under this section a statement does not bear the signature of a witness rather the investigation officer himself signs the papers.

As far as the statement of Hafiz Zubair is concerned, which was recorded by the magistrate under section 164 of CrPC, it would not be exhibited unless he too is cross-examined by the defence counsel, he added.

Sub-Inspector Munir Hussain Jaffery, the investigation officer of the case, told Dawn that there was still a good case against the blasphemy accused.

"The statement of star witness Hafiz Zubair is still intact and enough to prove the prosecution case," he claimed.

"The police would also deal with the witnesses who misled the investigation and provided false information on the basis of which we recorded their statements under section 161 of CrPC," he added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman extended the restraining order against the trial of the Christian girl till October 17 as the counsel for the complainant could not appear in the court.
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US court lifts Samsung tablet ban
[Bangla Daily Star] A temporary sales ban on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the US was lifted by a US court yesterday.

District Judge Lucy Koh's move opens the way for US sales of Samsung's older tablet model to restart.

Separately, Samsung filed a motion yesterday against Apple's iPhone 5 saying its patents had been violated.

The iPhone 5 was launched last month and broke Apple's pre-sales record. Apple has not commented on either move.
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