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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Hate-Crime Killing of Iraqi Woman in San Diego? Not So Much
The husband of an Iraqi woman who was found beaten to death in March in their El Cajon home has been arrested in connection with her death, El Cajon police said Friday.

Kassim Alhimidi, 48, was booked into jail Thursday evening on one count of first degree murder in the death of Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five. He was arrested at the El Cajon police station, authorities said.

Alhimidi is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

“After months of hard work, we determined this homicide was the result of domestic violence and not a hate crime,” El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman said at a news conference.

Alawadi was attacked at the family’s Skyview Street home March 21. She was struck on the head at least six times and suffered four skull fractures, according to court records. She died in a hospital three days later.
"she fell, I tried to catch her with a hammer. It was an accident. I panicked"
Her family said a note was found near her body, telling them to go back where they came from. The family said a similar note had been left on their door weeks earlier, but they did not report the incident or keep the note.

The early implications that the slaying was a possible hate crime spawned international attention, especially among the Muslim community. Peace rallies and candlelight vigils promoting peace and a Muslim woman’s right to wear a head scarf spread throughout the world.
CAIR rejoiced
In an interview a week after the killing, her husband told the Arabic Al Arabiya News: “My wife was a victim of xenophobia.”
"and the fact she wanted to divorce me. ME! A loving and benevolent wife killer! I couldn't stand the insult"
But court records obtained at El Cajon Superior Court showed a family in turmoil.
Posted by: Frank G || 11/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How is an Islamic honor killing not a hate crime? Four skull fractures sure sounds like "hate" to me.
Posted by: RandomJD || 11/10/2012 5:42 Comments || Top||

#2  "she fell, I tried to catch her with a hammer. It was an accident. I panicked"

Just when you think RB Snark is fail...
Posted by: Shipman || 11/10/2012 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  killing not a hate crime?

Cause it wasn't a white guy named Ray Earl Smith killing the nice Islamic lady. That's how...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/10/2012 12:44 Comments || Top||

#4  "My wife was a victim of xenophobia." Is that like being islamophobic? Two of CAIR's favorite terms to describe us infidels. The husband who accident "dropped the hammer" on his wife has picked up on these terms of endearment.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/10/2012 17:34 Comments || Top||

#5  accidently
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/10/2012 17:34 Comments || Top||

Former Trustee Launders $ 0.6 Billion
Another mighty one has fallen. A former trustee of Carnegie Mellon Univ. is convicted of laundering $0.6 billion - not exactly chump change. Do you know where your savings are today, Rantburgers??
EL PASO, TEXAS -- A Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering more than $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel. Marco Antonio Delgado waived his arraignment Thursday, essentially entering a not guilty plea, during a hearing in federal court in El Paso.
Posted by: Raider || 11/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Former Carnegie Mellon Univ. lawyer and trustee launders money for the drug cartel? He must have been watching Breaking Bad. Universities just aren't what they used to be.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/10/2012 7:42 Comments || Top||

#2  He look like such a nice Italian boy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/10/2012 7:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Now...don't be profiling B!
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/10/2012 12:13 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
In France, a Mission to Return the Military's Carrier Pigeons to Active Duty
Lots of history about these birds in this article. Enjoy -- even the Syrian rebels are using them...
The French military boasts a powerful army with nuclear submarines, ballistic missiles and spy satellites. For lawmaker Jean-Pierre Decool, however, the country is neglecting one of its mightiest weapons: its flock of carrier pigeons.

Glorified for their roles in World War I, pigeon squadrons have long been removed from active duty because of the introduction of more reliable, all-weather communication systems.

And yet the French Defense Ministry still operates a military dovecote--Europe's last--with 150 birds drafted into the 8th regiment for communication and transmission. The birds reside at the Mont-Valérien fortress in Suresnes, to the west of Paris. While a corporal sees to their upkeep and training, they are not ranked as a strategic asset.

"That's a big mistake," says Mr. Decool, who visits the birds at their home near a pigeon-post museum dedicated to the history of the winged servants.

The center-right lawmaker draws hawkish scenarios--a nuclear catastrophe, a hurricane, a war--where racing homers would be the last-resort messaging network. In the Syrian city of Homs, insurgents defying the regime of President Bashar al-Assad are relying on carrier pigeons to communicate because their walkie-talkies are out of reach, he says.

"Where modernity stops, pigeons can still go through," Mr. Decool says.

In July, the 60-year-old sent French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian a letter asking him to clarify France's carrier-pigeon strategy. Two weeks later, the response arrived in the mail.

The minister said that French forces were equipped with self-sufficient communications systems that could resist power failure, cyber or electromagnetic attacks. Should France face a real need for carrier pigeons, the minister said, it could rely on "the precious support" of the country's pigeon fanciers--a flock of folks he estimates to number about 20,000.

Last year, Mr. Decool became concerned that France could be outdone in carrier-pigeon expertise by China, which maintains a platoon of 50,000 birds with 1,100 trainers for communication in border and coastal areas, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

But a plan to hatch ideas with the Chinese landed on deaf ears. Then-French Defense Minister Gérard Longuet said the country couldn't stoop to such tactics. In response, he said there was a risk Chinese pigeons would "carry French messages back to China!"
Posted by: Sherry || 11/10/2012 12:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think it's always good to have a low tech backup plan for when the high tech stuff gets buggy.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/10/2012 13:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Just another reason I gave up FrancoPHooooobia.

I then there was this Wop what left Paris under siege in his balloon vowing to save the Republic... and he gave it a damn good shot too.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/10/2012 18:57 Comments || Top||

#3  It been many decades since the Baron + Muttley - I'm not sure iff the Baron kept their Biplane up to par, wid GPS, + Stealth + all.

However, I do know for fact that Snoopy is ready iff the Baron comes out of retirement.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/10/2012 20:59 Comments || Top||

Happy birthday, USMC!
No. 47 (Series 1921)
Washington, November 1, 1921

759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the
10 November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it
will be read upon receipt.

(1) On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental
Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is
fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the
glories of its long and illustrious history.

(2) The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous
military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the
Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the
Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home,
generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every
corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

(3) In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves
with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come
to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

(4) This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received
from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit
which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of
the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal
to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will
regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of
the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.

Major General Commandant
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/10/2012 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Semper Fi! Fox is covering it
Posted by: Frank G || 11/10/2012 9:55 Comments || Top||

#2  A special thanks to the brave Marines who served fought along AFG Highway-611 up to the Kajaki dam.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/10/2012 10:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I need to call Dad, Steven and Kelly.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/10/2012 10:00 Comments || Top||

Another Affair - This Time a Defense Contractor
Maybe the real title of these times should be ... "How The Mighty Have Fallen" ???
Posted by: Raider || 11/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing to do with that kerfuffle over layoff notices. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Shall we have a pool on who is next?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/10/2012 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Paging Jeri Ryan....
Posted by: Sherry || 11/10/2012 1:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Photograph of the young lady involved in this affair ?
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/10/2012 1:26 Comments || Top||

#4  It just seems like affairs are a BFD. They have been around forever. The twist today is that they are a political tool for purges of enemies or even possible enemies--this is so communist.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/10/2012 8:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Affairs are not a BFD. Bonking the hired help is. It creates incredible tension within an organization. And there are lot's of permutations beyond the direct superior-subordinate connection that can create situations an organization cannot allow to fester.

As my father told me when I got my first job, Don't dip your quill in the company inkwell.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 11/10/2012 11:59 Comments || Top||

#6  "As my father told me when I got my first job, Don't dip your quill in the company inkwell."

Good one Nimble.
The truth is - that these days these contractors have unending "training" about sexual harrassment, equal rights, and legal issues about people in the workplace. There is literally so much of this stuff that it makes you want to puke. Of course, now that Lockheed has had this problem ... it will be cited as a reason to double the ethics training. I feel sorry for all the SOB's who will have to work for them in the future. :-)
Posted by: Raider || 11/10/2012 15:55 Comments || Top||

#7  these days these contractors have unending "training" about sexual harrassment

When all it really takes is a good Sunday School lesson about Uriah.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 11/10/2012 22:17 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Hurricane Sandy before and after pics
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/10/2012 09:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
Russia wants John Kerry, not Susan Rice
Russia would like to see US Senator John Kerry replace Hillary Clinton once the US Secretary of State steps down at the start of President Barack Obama's second term, a news report said on Thursday.

US officials said on Wednesday that Mrs Clinton intended to keep her promise to leave the White House administration after the presidential ballot, despite her boss having firmly secured a new four years in office.

Speculation has been rife that Washington's top foreign policy assignment may go to either the Senate Foreign Affairs committee chairman Kerry or Washington's UN ambassador Susan Rice.

An unnamed source in the Russian foreign ministry told the Kommersant business daily that Moscow would "much prefer" to see Mr Kerry take the post.

The source said Ms Rice was viewed as "too ambitious and aggressive" in Russian diplomatic circles. The UN ambassador had fought fiercely with Moscow over its refusal to back firmer action in the Syria crisis in the past year.

"It would be more difficult for Moscow to work with Washington" if Ms Rice became Secretary of State, the unnamed Russian official said.

The source added that Moscow's only fear was that Mr Obama may choose against naming Mr Kerry because this could see the Democratic Party lose an important Senate seat.
Posted by: Sherry || 11/10/2012 13:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The source said Ms Rice was viewed as "too ambitious and aggressive" in Russian diplomatic circles.

I suspect these are politically correct, lesser reasons.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/10/2012 13:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Ms Rice speaks Russian. She may understand a thing or two about Russia.
Posted by: European Conservative || 11/10/2012 14:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh wait. That was another Rice. Never mind.
Posted by: European Conservative || 11/10/2012 14:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Kerry's helped them pick up two countries' worth of serfs before with his congressional testimony, they know he's probably good for more.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/10/2012 14:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Kerry has shown his worth to them since Viet Nam. You do know he served, right? Got the Lucky Hat™ and all
Posted by: Frank G || 11/10/2012 16:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, I kinda hope JFK gets it, otherwise the



Jhon why the long face™?

Posted by: Shipman || 11/10/2012 19:01 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm quite sure Russia would prefer Kerry, as similar to China's great "respect" for John McCain's "openness/candor".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/10/2012 20:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Uh,Um...Huh?

You Rang?
Posted by: canalzone || 11/10/2012 22:43 Comments || Top||

"Malala Day" in Pakistan
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/10/2012 02:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

Nine year old girl awarded as dispute 'compensation' in Punjab
[Dawn] Police in Pakistain have cooled for a few years
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
five men after a village council ordered a father to hand over his nine-year-old daughter as compensation in a rape case, officers said Friday.
But she's got the body of a twelve-year-old...
A group of elders in the remote rural area of Bahalak in Punjab province made the ruling to settle a year-long dispute between a farm worker and an influential local landowner, local cop shoppe chief Mohammad Khalid told AFP.

The worker, Arshad, who goes by one name, was accused of involvement in the abduction and rape of landowner Ali Sher's daughter, Khalid said.

"The jury on Sunday decreed that Arshad would marry (off) his daughter Sidra to Ali Sher's 22-year old son Maqsood," he explained.

"Arshad agreed verbally but Sidra, who is too young, remains with her family," he said.

The marriage was not formally solemnised but the village council made Arshad agree to pay Sher 400,000 rupees ($4,000) -- a vast sum for a farm labourer in Pakistain -- if he did not honour the ruling.

Khalid said Arshad and four council members had been locked away
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
The practice of "Wani", giving daughters as compensation to end vendettas, is illegal and punishable by up to seven years in jail.
Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm going to go out on a limb + quess that the poor girl biologically had already begun having her period, thus technically making her eligible for this particular swap + marriage, even though Western + prolly many Paki Perts would commonly agree she's too young for marriage???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/10/2012 21:06 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Unbordered Docs on the East Coast
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How delightfully Third World. Someone remind me again how well Obama is managing Sandy.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/10/2012 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  No, they've found a foreign shore alright and a much less rewarding assignment I'd wager. Their standard African clients probably do not share the same riotous sense of of entitlement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/10/2012 2:22 Comments || Top||

#3  >high-rises don't have working elevators, street lights are dark and until a day or two ago, pharmacies had either been destroyed or were shuttered.

Looks like they shat on their own doorstep then... I'm guessing looting caused more damage than sandy.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/10/2012 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  All that Oxy just waiting to be looted...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/10/2012 13:32 Comments || Top||

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  Mexican police charged over US embassy staff shooting
Fri 2012-11-09
  David Petraeus resigns from CIA
Thu 2012-11-08
  Syria raids Hamas offices months after group's leaders leave
Wed 2012-11-07
  Bombings, Clashes Kill 131 in Syria as Gunmen Assassinate Parliament Speaker's Brother
Tue 2012-11-06
  Suicide bomber kills at least 27 by army base near Baghdad
Mon 2012-11-05
  Grenade attack on Kenya church kills 1, wounds 14
Sun 2012-11-04
  Two Suicide Bombers Attack Restaurant in Somali Capital
Sat 2012-11-03
  30 people shot dead in Nigeria, rights group says
Fri 2012-11-02
  US withdraws its support for Syrian National Council
Thu 2012-11-01
  Armed Islamists on Tunis streets after clashes
Wed 2012-10-31
  18 militants killed in Khyber, Orakzai
Tue 2012-10-30
  Israel Hit by 18 Rockets as Hamas Seeks Revenge
Mon 2012-10-29
  52 Dead in Syria Clashes, Air Raids after Eid Truce Collapses
Sun 2012-10-28
  Almost 150 Killed on First Day of Syria Truce
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  Indonesia foils plot to attack US missions

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