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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Two-Headed Turtle Hatches at U.S. Zoo
[An Nahar] A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise.

The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium.

Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Signs and portents, my friends. Signs and portents.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/28/2013 11:42 Comments || Top||

#2  What foolishness do we today record with all due gravity, that will look as mad to posterity as the Roman obsession with carefully recording these sorts of freak births as if they were important looks like to us?

Assuming there is any posterity to make mock of their lunatic forebears.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 06/28/2013 14:42 Comments || Top||


Dutch Woman Freezes Dead Mother, Unable to Say Goodbye
[An Nahar] A Dutch woman kept her dead 83-year-old mother in the freezer for a week because she couldn't bring herself to say goodbye, police said on Wednesday.

"The woman froze her mother's body and kept it for a week," police spokeswoman Esther Boot told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"She couldn't say goodbye," Boot said.

A family friend contacted police on Monday, saying they could "no longer live" with the secret of the body in the freezer.

Police went to the house in Kamperland, a small town in the southwestern Netherlands, and the 46-year-old daughter immediately confessed.

"There was no indication that the mother didn't die of natural causes, but the body has nevertheless been taken for his appointment with Doctor Quincy," Boot said.

The daughter was taken to the cop shoppe, interviewed and examined by a psychiatrist and allowed to return home.

Police said the daughter was "too sad" to let her mother go.

"She wanted to keep her nearby," Boot said.

The two women had lived together for 17 years, during which time the daughter took care of her mother day and night "with lots of love," police said.

"We don't yet know if there will be criminal proceedings, that's up to the prosecutor," Boot said.

"Technically it's a crime to keep a body in the freezer."
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Technically it's a crime to keep a body in the freezer."

Technically it may just be more of a crime to keep it out
Posted by: European Conservative || 06/28/2013 10:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Brings a whole new meaning to "Chill out Mom."
Posted by: GORT || 06/28/2013 11:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Frigid? Yes, very.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 11:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Kamperland? Gut nuthin'.

Joe?
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 06/28/2013 16:24 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
'Severe Humanitarian Crisis' in CAR
[An Nahar] A dozen relief agencies in the Central African Republic on Thursday warned that the whole population of the poor, landlocked nation faced a serious humanitarian crisis after a coup in March.

"The whole population of the Central African Republic, 4.6 million people, is affected by a severe humanitarian crisis in the wake of the coup d'etat and the political instability that followed it," said a statement signed notably by Action Against Hunger, Save the Children and Secours Catholique (Catholic Relief).

"The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
estimates that the CAR needs about 97 million euros ($126 million) in aid, but donations received for the moment meet only 43 percent of these needs," the statement added.

A rebel coalition, the Seleka alliance, ousted president Francois Bozize in the highly unstable country in March and one of the Seleka leaders, Michel Djotodia, became the new head of state. Unrest has persisted since the change of regime.

According to the non-governmental organizations, "more than 60,000 children and families are suffering from severe food shortages. More than 200,000 children and families have been forced in the past six months to flee their homes and need emergency shelter, food and medical care."

The relief agencies added that food and health issues were considerably worsened by insecurity, killings and looting. They also denounced many cases of rape and sexual abuse, particularly affecting children, and concluded that "the current humanitarian crisis is the worst the country has known".
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The relief agencies added that food and health issues were considerably worsened by insecurity, killings and looting. They also denounced many cases of rape and sexual abuse, particularly affecting children, and concluded that "the current humanitarian crisis is the worst the country has known".

Hopefully, this situation will not spread to Lake, Kane, Dupage, and Will counties.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought he said the home of the CAR - Detroit. I mean that city is looking for couple a hundred mil also right?
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 06/28/2013 7:48 Comments || Top||

#3  I guess the "One" didn't make it from Senegal to CAR after lecturing the Senegalese leader on gay rights? The Senegal leader basically told him to butt out of their affairs.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/28/2013 9:18 Comments || Top||

#4  That is Uncle Joey's job. Except he has been sitting in the car for three days now.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/28/2013 14:19 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm all out of caring.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 06/28/2013 21:57 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Ecuador Denies Authorizing 'Safe Passage' to Snowden
[An Nahar] Ecuador on Thursday denied ever authorizing a "safe passage" travel document to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and said it would not be able to process his political asylum request until he enters Ecuadoran territory.

"We confirm that the government of Ecuador has not authorized the delivery of any safe passage or refugee document that would allow Mr. Snowden to travel to our country," Political Issues Minister Betty Tola told news hounds.

Tola added that Ecuador has not been able to process the U.S. runaway's asylum request "because the petitioner is not in Ecuadoran territory as the law mandates."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose anti-secrecy website has assisted Snowden, said on Monday that Ecuador had given Snowden a "refugee document of passage" that would allow him to travel here.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [415 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Endangering 20% of your GDP not worth the good air time of MSNBC?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/28/2013 1:23 Comments || Top||

#2  See also CHINA DAILY FORUM > [Washington Times] OBAMA ON SNOWDEN:"I'M NOT GOING TO BE SCRAMBLING JETS TO GET [shoot down?] A 29-YEAR OLD HACKER".

RELATED ...

> PRAVDA = OBAMA WON'T DOWN AIRCRAFT WID SNOWDEN ON BOARD.
> EN.RIAN.RU = US SENATOR [Lindsey Graham] AIMS TO FORCE RUSSIA'S HAND ON SNOWDEN. Packages of measures agz Mama Russia being prepped.
> BBC = OBAMA WON'T BARTER FOR EDWARD SNOWDEN.

* TOPIX > [PressTv] US MUST NOT HUNT DOWN SNOWDEN: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. EX-NSA HACKER FACES GOVT. PERSECUTION IFF EXTRADITED BACK TO US.

versus

* TOPIX > [Real Clear Politics] UNDER OBAMA, US HAS BECOME FRANCE.

Proudly surrendering like France since 2009? or twas it 2012?

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Digital Journal] OP-ED: OBAMA MUDDLES US FOREIGN RELATIONS.

* PRAVDA > PUTIN THROWS DOWN OBAMA.

* WAFF > US TONES DOWN ITS DEMANDS ON RUSSIA, IMPLIES NEWFOUND RESPECT FOR RUSSIA | [Yahoo News] US TONES DOWN DEMANDS RUSSIA EXTARDITE NSA LEAKER.

RELATED GUAMPDN > US TONES DOWN ITS DEMANDS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/28/2013 1:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Meet me at 112 rue Saint-Denis, bring Lindsay.

"We'll always have Paris".
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 2:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Best to stick to the whiskey
Posted by: European Conservative || 06/28/2013 19:28 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Incumbent reelected in Mongolia
[Bangla Daily Star] Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj won a second term, according to preliminary results yesterday, defeating a wrestling champion and the country's first woman presidential contender in an election dominated by a debate over mining wealth.

The incumbent gained 50.23 percent of votes, Mongolia's General Elections Commission chief Sodnomtseren Choinzon said, after announcing that all ballots had been counted.

But the result of Wednesday's election would not be official until the ballot papers were counted again on delivery to the capital Ulan Bator, Choinzon said.

Results announced through the night suggested that Elbegdorj, a former journalist who played a leading role when Mongolia peacefully threw off 70 years of communist rule in 1990, was on course for victory.

The Democratic Party candidate is expected to continue his policy of using foreign cash to power Mongolia's economy, which has been expanding rapidly in recent years.

The exploitation of Mongolia's vast coal, copper and gold reserves has helped transform an economy once characterised by nomadic lifestyles not far removed from its famous empire-building hero, Genghis Khan, 800 years ago.

But rising inequality in the cities and environmental damage in rural areas have dominated the political debate, while recent falls in commodity prices and slowing demand in the key market of China sparked uncertainty ahead of the election.

Elbegdorj's main challenger Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene won 41.97 percent of the vote, according to the results. The champion wrestler is the opposition Mongolian People's Party's candidate.

The third candidate, Natsag Udval from the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP),is the first woman to contest the presidency. She won 6.5 percent, according to the preliminary figures.

Elbegdorj became president in 2009 after twice serving as premier. He has guided the growth of the Mongolian economy following the arrival of foreign mining giants, which have moved in to exploit huge and largely untapped reserves of coal, copper and gold that China and other customers need to fuel their industries.

"In this election the Democratic Party candidate Tsakhia Elbegdorj received the trust of voters and is leading by the number of votes he received," said Prime Minister Norovyn Altankhuyag, of the Democratic Party, before the results were announced.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I dunno bout you, but I simply LOVE their names!
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 06/28/2013 16:30 Comments || Top||


Economy
Enviros Want Keystone Pipeline "Reviewed" Some More
Six advocacy groups have asked the State Department to prepare a new environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying that evidence has emerged showing it will hurt the environment. The demand, contained in a 48-page letter, comes as President Obama has pledged to block the project, which would carry heavy crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast, if it would "significantly exacerbate the climate problem."
How convenient. Now he can kill it "for the children".
The letter sent Monday says that several new analyses show that the project will speed heavy crude extraction in Canada's oil sands region. The State Department is currently responding to more than 1.2 million comments on a draft environmental assessment issued in March, which suggested that denying a permit to the pipeline firm Trans­Canada would have little overall climate impact because the oil would be extracted and shipped out anyway.
Duh!
"Limitations on pipeline transport would force more crude oil to be transported via other modes of transportation, such as rail which would probably (but not certainly) be more expensive," the assessment said.
I like trains as much as the next guy, but pipelines do not whack stoopid drivers at grade crossings.
The advocacy groups said that the Marxist EPA has suggested that the State Department played down the amount of greenhouse gas emissions linked to the project's construction. The groups called on State Department officials to take into account the higher "social cost of carbon" the Marxist administration is now using, which is intended to reflect the negative climate impact of activities that release carbon into the atmosphere.
Like breathing.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/28/2013 06:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reminds me of that Far Side cartoon with the turbulence.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/28/2013 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Awaiting expert testimony from Rachel Jeantel ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Six advocacy groups

Since there is no real penalty for political use of the IRS, if there's a change in regimes, these guys need to be added to the list for close scrutiny. Consider it 'equal treatment before the law' or 'it all depends on who's ox is getting gored'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/28/2013 9:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Funny how selective leftists are with their concern about 'costs'...
Posted by: Raj || 06/28/2013 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  They are selective with their benefits.

Let's look at the dice. First off, this would be a huge flow of money and influence into what they call Red States, a devisive term on its own head.

Second, if its not selling here its selling somewhere else. Raw material, oil and coal, can be sold to China manufacturers at just pennies on the overbid.

Third, the activism works as a shakedown, not only against the energy sector in the way of payoffs and bribes, but also for the agitation groups as they can point and say hey, we get results so fund us.

Fourth, we pay more, which not only generates more taxes but also makes us less wealthy, wealthy being free - free to move, free to work, free to live, free to cool our family when it is 108 and 40% humid; it furthers the idea of reliance on somebody else to take care of the individual needs.

Fifth, it puts another rachet on the foot binding of the USA and adds tally marks to the collectivist agenda.

Sixth, the product can still be delivered via rail and road. This creates a power of delivery system which can be exploited politically - damage to infrastructure and collision would actually benefit the gov as it creates the need to get further involved. Of course, the tax revenue generated by these transport taxes puts a dimple on their chins as well.

I say prove they can do climate creationism globally by proving locally - refill the DC swamps and turn off the AC. Affordable energy empowers people financially and exostentially, which is the antithesis of collectivism.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/28/2013 10:46 Comments || Top||

#6  A most righteous rant indeed skw
Posted by: regular joe || 06/28/2013 12:19 Comments || Top||

#7  A fine rant, indeed.

As for the "significantly exacerbate the climate problem" nonsense, if we build the pipeline, the oil will be processed and burned here in the US under US enviro laws. If we don't, it will likely go to China which has few, if any, pollution controls. Which scenario has greater impact on the (non-existant) climate problem?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/28/2013 14:17 Comments || Top||


#9  So while all the econuts and Champ dither and whine, The UP, and BNSF will just keep putting more trains on the tracks and more tracks on the ground to haul the oil wherever the owners of said oil can get the best price. and all those locomotives burn diesel, making more carbon than the pipeline ever would. and since a pipeline is fixed, risk mitigation for spill response is a defined metric, unlike 110 car unit trains running all over. with lots of grade crossings as Fred inlined. we have 6 of those beauties a week traveling to the refinery at Anacortes, WA on majestic Puget Sound, competing with 8 Amtrak passengers trains (4 each direction), at least 3 unit coal trains heading to Vancouver ( plus the returning empties), as well as several manifest freights.
Bring on the pipeline naysayers.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/28/2013 21:59 Comments || Top||


In U.S., Asian Immigrants Better off than Whites
[An Nahar] Asian immigrants tend to live in highly segregated enclaves in the United States and their income level is often higher than that of white Americans, said a U.S. study out Wednesday.
Up at 3:30 in the morning to make the donuts...
The nearly 18 million Asian immigrants to the United States are the country's fastest growing minority group, more than doubling since 1990, said the research by Brown University.
To bed at 1:30 after studying for the chemistry test...
Data from the U.S. Census provided a snapshot of the Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese living in the United States and how trends have changed.
Helping cousin Vib finance his 7-11 franchise...
The report, "Separate but Equal: Asian Nationalities in the U.S.," found that Indians and Japanese were the most economically advantaged nationalities, while Vietnamese had the lowest incomes and the least education among Asian groups.
Applying to eight medical schools to increase the chances of being accepted at one...
Still, Vietnamese tended to live in neighborhoods that were about on par with average whites, said the report. Every other Asian nationality lived on average in neighborhoods with higher incomes and more college-educated residents than non-Hispanic whites did, it said.
Delivering General Tso's Chicken for Dad in a neighborhood that would have scared Luca Brasi...
"We are so aware of the disadvantaged situation of blacks and Hispanics that we tend to assume that segregation results in unequal neighborhoods for minorities," said John Logan, a sociology professor at Brown University.
"... and don't forget to apply to Brown, Number One Son."
"Yes, Dad. But don't call me Number One Son, okay? People will think your name is Charlie!"
"'Charlie' Chan? What a funny name!"

"This isn't the case for any major Asian nationality. And that means there is very little incentive for Asians to assimilate into white neighborhoods."
"Hey, yo! Ma man! Ma homey! Whuzzup?"
"Ummm... Sorry, Buzz. I don't speak the language."

Chinese were the single largest national group, with more than four million people or a quarter of the Asian total, followed by Filipinos (3.4 million) and Indians (3.2 million).
"Dad, I've been thinking of majoring in Modern Dance... Dad! No-o-o-o! Aaaiiieeee! I am undone!"
"Indians and Japanese are the more advantaged nationalities, while Vietnamese have the highest unemployment, lowest income, and least education among these groups," said the report.
"Kumar! You look so happy! We got the Subway franchise?"
Indians had the highest median household income among Asians, at $89,600 in 2010 compared to non-Hispanic whites at $54,000. Filipinos were second highest, followed by Chinese and Japanese.

"Asians live separately but in some respects they live in better than equal neighborhoods compared to whites," said the report.

"Although there are variations among the Asian national origin groups (with Vietnamese living generally in the least affluent neighborhoods, and Japanese, Koreans and Indians in the more affluent areas) the findings are similar for all groups."

Los Angeles and New York have the highest number of Asian immigrants, with nearly 1.5 million in each metro area.
"Junior, are you going to get up? It's 2 p.m.!"
"Aw-w-w-w, Mom! I'm a night person!"
"Well, I think you..."
"Shut up. Leave me alone. Britch."
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [407 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Imagine how much better they would do if there were no affirmative action. Asians are generally discriminated against under AA.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/28/2013 18:26 Comments || Top||


Europe
Nearly 1,200 people have starved to death in NHS hospitals because 'nurses are too busy to feed
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/28/2013 11:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [415 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Socialized health care at its finest. We have this to look forward to with Obamacare.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/28/2013 11:27 Comments || Top||

#2  A subject not frequently discussed in US extended care facilities, but it should be.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 11:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Normal SOP in many third world hospitals for family to be responsible for the feeding of their members. Isn't socialism wonderful /sarc off
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/28/2013 17:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Hollow point bullets would be quicker & more humane.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/28/2013 22:09 Comments || Top||


Femen Activists Land in Paris after Leaving Tunisia Jail
[An Nahar] Three European women with feminist protest group Femen arrived in Gay Paree on Thursday after they were freed from a Tunisian jail where they were held for baring their breasts in public.

The three, two Frenchwomen and a German, were released from a prison in northeastern Tunisia on Wednesday after an appeals court suspended their sentences when they apologized for their protest.

Marguerite Stern and Pauline Hillier from La Belle France and Josephine Markmann from Germany were tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
after staging their bare-breasted protest in Tunis on May 29.

They were sentenced on June 12 to four months in jail for indecency and an attack on public morals over the protest in support of Amina Sboui, a detained Tunisian activist with the same group.

The trio were greeted by the head of the French branch of Femen, Inna Shevchenko, and the group's lawyer Patrick Klugman after arriving at Gay Paree's Orly airport.

Surrounded by police, the three women emerged into the airport arrivals area with their right fists raised over their heads, before leaving in a taxi without making statements to journalists.

"We welcomed them, we took them in our arms. They seem tired but the important thing is that they are here," a fellow member of the group, Sarah Constantin, told news hounds at the airport.

"We've won one battle, but as long as Amina remains in prison, we will continue to fight," she said.

Klugman said the three did not regret their protest despite their apology to the court.

"What they expressed were regrets about the way their action was perceived," he said. "They do not, however, regret their action or its meaning."

Sboui was incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
for painting the group's name on a wall near a cemetery in the central city of Kairouan last month, in protest against a planned gathering of radical Islamists. She risks prison terms of two years and six months respectively for desecrating a cemetery and indecency.

The jailing of the three European activists, on charges of indecency and attacking public morals, were criticized as harsh by international rights groups and European capitals.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Thank you for not posting pics. I have a feeling, I would have trouble scrubbing those images from mind; might even have to seek therapy.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/28/2013 13:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Those who show their breasts, Rarely have any to show.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/28/2013 14:40 Comments || Top||


European Court Confirms U.N. Immunity over Srebrenica
[An Nahar] The European rights court on Thursday rejected a request by survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia to overturn a Dutch court ruling that confirmed the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
' immunity from prosecution over the killings.

The "Mothers of Srebrenica", made up of some 6,000 survivors and relatives of the 8,000 men and boys killed in the massacre of Moslems by Bosnian Serb forces, has for years been seeking a trial of the U.N. and the Dutch state over the alleged failure of peacekeeping troops to protect the enclave.

The group had turned to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after the Dutch Supreme Court rejected the suit last year.

But in a unanimous ruling released Thursday, ECHR judges said their appeal was inadmissible because "the granting of immunity to the U.N. served a legitimate purpose".

The court said giving national courts jurisdiction over U.N. operations would allow states "to interfere with the key mission of the U.N. to secure international peace and security".

The Strasbourg court's decision is final.

Srebrenica was a U.N.-protected Moslem enclave until July 11, 1995, when it was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces who loaded thousands of men and boys onto trucks, executed them and threw their bodies into mass graves.

The Serbs brushed aside lightly armed Dutch U.N. peacekeepers in the "safe area" where thousands of Moslems from surrounding villages had gathered for protection.

The massacre, which has been judged an act of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, was Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under:


The Grand Turk
Turkey to Amend Contentious Army Rules Justifying Coups
[An Nahar] Turkey's Islamic-rooted government will submit a proposal to parliament on Thursday to amend an army rule seen as the legal basis for the military to justify coups.

The move marks the latest step in the government's efforts to curb the influence of the once powerful army, which has staged four coups in half a century.

"The draft will be submitted to parliament today," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in televised remarks.

Article 35 of the army's internal code stipulates that it is the duty of the armed forces to preserve and protect Turkey.

But critics say the code, which entered into force after the first coup in 1960, turned the army into the self-appointed guardian of Turkish secularism and gave it the legitimacy to intervene in politics.

Bozdag said the government would not abolish the rule, without giving further details.

But local media speculated that the amendment would limit the army's duty to protecting the republic "from external threats".

Parliament is due to examine the bill after a summer recess.

Since coming to power in 2002, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP government has sought to curb the powers of the military, throwing hundreds of army officers behind bars for alleged coup plots.

In September, more than 300 officers were sentenced to up to 20 years in jail.

A verdict in another coup trial involving 275 defendants, including top military figures, is expected in August.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A minor modification that costs the United States 700,000 lives and is still in dispute.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.....
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 16:22 Comments || Top||


Government
US Park Police Lost Thousands of Weapons
The U.S. Park Police has lost track of thousands of handguns, rifles and machine guns in what a government watchdog agency concluded is the latest example of mismanagement on a police force trusted to protect millions of visitors to the city's iconic monuments. There is no indication that police guns got into the hands of criminals, but the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior warned that the Park Police might not know if they had.
Right. Lost means no one knows where they are.
In a scathing report, the authors said there is "credible evidence of conditions that would allow for theft and misuse of firearms, and the ability to conceal the fact if weapons were missing."

"Commanders up to and including the chief of police have a lackadaisical attitude toward firearms management," wrote the deputy inspector general. "Historical evidence indicates that the indifference is a product of years of inattention to administrative detail."
Posted by: Bobby || 06/28/2013 06:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [414 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Park Police need machine guns?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/28/2013 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Frankly, I'd be worried about the wild life in the areas where the Park Police have lost these weapons, lest we see



;-)
Posted by: Au Auric || 06/28/2013 8:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Hand receipted to the BATF were they ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 9:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Our Park Police - supporting the right for bears to be armed.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/28/2013 9:26 Comments || Top||

#5  "You've lost another thousand rifles, Yuri?"

/obscure?
Posted by: Raj || 06/28/2013 9:30 Comments || Top||

#6  - sub
- Hunt for Red October
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/28/2013 10:16 Comments || Top||

#7  The same Park Police that patrol Ft. Marcy Park?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/28/2013 10:19 Comments || Top||

#8  WTH do they mean, machine gun?

Anyways gun snatchers, these would be the groups who grab the guns, and then the guns disappear. Not destroyed, simply vanished.

Answer that one.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/28/2013 11:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Squirrel !
Posted by: Elmaque Chuque4714 || 06/28/2013 22:21 Comments || Top||


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Rep Duckworth rips IRS contractor for abusing disabled vet status - He twisted his ankle in HS
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 06/28/2013 10:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Obviously turning against her political handlers. Not a smart move on her part. She'll soon be receiving the wrath of the Regime.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2013 10:35 Comments || Top||

#2  The question would be who approved said status?

Who owned the chinatown property?

Can we tatoo Stolan Valor on a bull penis and slap him around with it?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/28/2013 14:15 Comments || Top||

#3  According to the article, the conditions under which he was injured allowed legal status as a 'veteran'.

The other antics are legal as well. Anyone experienced with the Federal acquisition process can tell you stories about drop-ship addresses, 'cubicle corporations', etc.

She wants to blame someone, she can blame her own party.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/28/2013 15:44 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Girls clinch more top positions in SSC exams
[Pak Daily Times] The girls once again outshined the boys in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations by securing more top positions, according to the result announced by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) on Thursday. A total of five top positions were clinched by the girls in science and humanities group while the boys got four top positions.
If you shoot enough girls that will change, right? That's why they keep blowing up their schools, so the guys with the turbans don't get shown up.
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8 policemen wounded in encounter
[Pak Daily Times] KARACHI: At least eight coppers were maimed during an encounter at Haji Mureed Goth within the precincts of Gulbahar cop shoppe on Thursday. As per detail, Gulbahar police conducted a targeted raid at a drug peddlers hideout, where criminals shot up the raiding party which resulted in wounding DSP Najamul Hassan, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Akram Butt and police constable, Nasir Abbas, Usman and Ramzan. The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital where doctors termed their condition stable. Following the incident, a large number of police force along with Rangers personnel reached the encounter site and initiated a search operation after cordoning the area. Officials said that during the operation, they incarcerated
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at least ten suspects and recovered weapons from their possession. The detainees were shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Narcos


PPP, PML-N lock horns on Swiss cases
[Pak Daily Times] The Swiss cases saga on Thursday put Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah against each other in the House when the former declared that he does not care if confrontation with the opposition party grows on this issue.

Nisar, responding to Shah's objection over constitution of a two-member committee to probe the second letter written to Swiss authorities, stated, "If confrontation intensified then let it be. However,
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
don't distort the facts." Otherwise cool and calm Khurshid Shah warned the government that it was going to have a clash with the PPP again. "The government seems to be losing patience by reopening the Swiss cases," he observed.

"We created a reconciliatory atmosphere in our government but the PML-N after taking over is looking intolerant," he said, adding that the PPP government did not raise the issue of Hudaibiya Paper Mills, in which the Nawaz family was accused.

Shah said that past mistakes must be set aside if we wanted to move forward together. He was also sceptical about the withdrawal of security from the Senate chairman, who he said was number two in protocol after the president and the prime minister.

Chaudhry Nisar said the Swiss cases were legal, and that the government had not asked the court to take notice of the matter.

He rejected Shah's claim and said the PML-N had never excused PPP over the cases.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:


Southeast Asia
Separatists kill 3 in Indonesia's Papua
[Bangla Daily Star] Three people have been killed in Indonesia's restive eastern region of Papua, police said yesterday, in an attack claimed by separatists during which a soldier was rubbed out and a civilian hacked to death.

A third civilian died after jumping into a ravine while trying to escape the ambush in the Puncak Jaya district, police said.

Tuesday's attack was claimed by a local leader of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) who said only members of the security forces were killed, not civilians.

Attacks on security forces are common in Papua, where poorly-armed bully boyz have for decades fought an insurgency on behalf of the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.

Papua province police front man I Gde Sumerta said that there was "an exchange of fire, the gunnies killed the soldier by shooting him in the head".

The attackers then used a machete to hack to death the male civilian driving the car the soldier had been travelling in, the front man said.

A second male civilian travelling with the group died after jumping into a nearby ravine as he tried to flee from the attack, said Sumerta, adding his body was found early Thursday.

Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [407 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As per DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS, four Chinese nationals were repor killed in an alleged apparent attempt to escalate the issue on the Regional, World stage???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/28/2013 22:09 Comments || Top||



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