[Dawn] A bridegroom was killed on his wedding night when a bullet fired by a friend of his friend hit his head at the marriage celebration at his house in Tench Bhata late Thursday, the family said.
That's gonna give gunsex a bad name...
Javaid Iqbal, the grieving father of 25-year-old Jahanzaib Javaid, believes that Ajmal Khan, the shooter, came to the wedding with murder on his mind.
"My son was murdered. We caught the cruel man, seized his pistol and handed him over to the local police," he told Dawn.
According to him, Ajmal Khan came with one of his son's friends, pulled out his pistol as the wedding ceremony was in progress, targeted his son and fired.
Shocked guests seized and disarmed Khan and rushed the bleeding bridegroom to District Headquarters Hospital where doctors declared Jahanzaib dead.
Just days before his marriage, Jahanzaib was in detention of the same cop shoppe to which his murder was reported.
Police and his family said he was jugged for a couple of days for questioning in connection with a private complaint lodged against the family. But police found him innocent of any wrong doing and had set him free three days before his wedding.
"Had I known what tragic fate awaited my son on Thursday, I would have delayed his marriage," said father Javaid Iqbal sobbing.
Iqbal, a taxi who lived in a rented house with his two sons, said he was hard up these days and had barrowed money to hold his son's marriage.
Tench Bhata police have registered a murder case and started investigation into the incident.
[Arab News] You've seen her on the red carpet, famously walking out of jail, and working on a farm in "The Simple Life".
But now Gay Paree Hilton says she is showing a side of herself on television that fans have never seen before -- the down to earth, funny, relatable girl who nevertheless has a multimillion business based on being famous for being famous.
"On 'The Simple Life', I was playing a character. Now people will get to see my real world, my friends, my house, my business," Hilton said on Friday.
"I would never have done a show like this five, ten years ago. I wasn't really comfortable with myself. I have been through so much. I have nothing to hide. It's like, what else can happen?. I was ready to show myself," she told TV journalists.
"The World According to Gay Paree" debuts on the US cable channel Oxygen in June, and follows Hilton, her mother Kathy Hilton, and friends including Brooke Mueller, the third ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen.
[The Nation (Nairobi)] Burkina Faso's ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and may be in the process of being chased out now... President Blaise Compaore has dissolved his government amid reports of a mutiny in the country's military.
In the presidential decree issued on Friday, Compaore also appointed Colonel Major Nabere Honore Traore to replace General Dominique Djendjere as the chief of general staff for the national army.
He also appointed Colonel Boureima Kere to replace Colonel Major Gilbert Diendere as the head of the presidential security brigade.
Officers attached to the presidential security brigade went on the rampage on Thursday and Friday, destroying property and leaving a number of people injured. The mutineers were reportedly venting anger at the government for failing to meet their demand for housing and food allowances.
Never a smart idea to short the Praetorian Guard...
Heavy gunfire was heard at the presidential palace in Ouagadougou on Thursday night. President Compaore was not in the palace at the time.
Power supply was also disconnected to various districts of the capital.
The officers from the presidential guard unit received support from other military camps, especially in the area of Ouezin. They vented their anger by ransacking various places, particularly the home of the chief of general staff, and the shops in the capital's main market.
Public offices and service stations opened for a short while on Friday morning, but closed after an hour following rumours that the soldiers had surrounded strategic places.
Compaore, himself a former army captain, was re-elected in November with more than 80 per cent of the vote, having won all elections since 1991 after coming to power in a 1987 military coup.
The Ministry of Defence has admitted that secret information about the UK's nuclear powered submarines was made available on the internet by mistake.
A technical error meant blacked-out parts of an online MoD report could be read by pasting into another document. Details were reported to include expert opinion on how well the fleet could cope with a catastrophic accident.
The MoD said a secure version had now been published and it was working to stop such an incident happening again.
Information also included measures used by the US Navy to protect its nuclear submarines.
It's hard to keep up with what MS Office does to an electronic document. It is probably some secretary typing the document or even worse, the actual Officer making the report. If they aren't trained about these "little things" then you get these leaks. There ARE advantages to paper files.
Australian internet whiz Daniel Tzvetkoff, who has become a prized FBI informant in a bid to avoid a 75 year jail sentence in the US, may have brought down the multi-billion dollar American online poker industry.
The FBI announced on Friday it had charged 11 people, including the founders of three of the largest internet poker companies in the US, with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offences.
The three poker sites - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker - have been shut down.
and yet the Washington DC gubbamint just approved an online poker gaming. Think Holder will shut them down too or just allow them to be the sole operation going. Thuggishness and racial solidarity reigns
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/17/2011 14:12 Comments ||
What a coincedence, Frank G.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
04/17/2011 16:37 Comments ||
The University of Texas Investment Management Co., the second-largest U.S. academic endowment, took delivery of almost $1 billion in gold bullion and is storing the bars in a New York vault, according to the funds board.
The fund, whose $19.9 billion in assets ranked it behind Harvard Universitys endowment as of August, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers, added about $500 million in gold investments to an existing stake last year, said Bruce Zimmerman, the endowments chief executive officer. The holdings are worth about $987 million, based on yesterdays closing price of $1,486 an ounce for Comex futures.
The decision to turn the funds investment into gold bars was influenced by Kyle Bass, a Dallas hedge fund manager and member of the endowments board, Zimmerman said at its annual meeting on April 14. Bass made $500 million on the U.S. subprime-mortgage collapse.
Central banks are printing more money than they ever have, so whats the value of money in terms of purchases of goods and services, Bass said yesterday in a telephone interview. I look at gold as just another currency that they cant print any more of.
That's a great place to keep your gold. That way you remember where you put it. When people die sometimes things like that disappear especially if you have no family. This happens in Hospitals also in route or even family. The worst is grave robbery. Yes, that is happening.
Just a side note. Do you know what they bury overweight people (500lbs+) in?.
Bass made $500 million on the U.S. subprime-mortgage collapse.
Clearly the UTX endowment board watches Glenn Beck -- they are clearly influenced by his "Buy Gold!" advertisers, while Mr. Bass is learning Soros' profit from chaos playbook off of Beck's chalkboard.
Posted by: regular joe ||
04/17/2011 11:57 Comments ||
I am all about being smart enough to recognize what is going down, trying to protect one self by hedging against it like Bass did and is still doing until the rest of America gets half a brain and puts a stop to Obama's madness. Thank you Mr Beck for your wisdom during this crisis. And for all of you trying to pin this crisis on Beck, obviously you need to listen to him and other people who know how to recognize, prepare, survive and overcome.
Robert Zoellick, World Bank president, said food prices are at "a tipping point", having risen 36pc in the last year to levels close to their 2008 peak. The rising cost of food has been much more dramatic in low-income countries, pushing 44m people into poverty since June last year.
Another 10pc rise in food prices would push 10m into extreme poverty, defined as an effective income of less than $1.25 a day. Already, the world's poor number 1.2bn.
Mr Zoellick said he saw no short term reversal in the damaging effect of food inflation, which is felt much more in the developing world as packaging and distribution accounts for a far larger proportion of the cost in the advanced economies.
Asked if he thought prices would remain high for a year, Mr Zoellick said: "The general trend lines are ones where we are in a danger zone... because prices have already gone up and stocks are relatively low." Three cheers for the wonderful: Postindustrial, Gaea saving, World we live in.
"World Bank: Food prices have entered the 'danger zone'"
What - they might not be able to afford all the patè and champagne they want? That's the only thing that would really bother these clowns.
Sounds more like they're laying the groundwork to demand the West U.S. give them even MORE money.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
04/17/2011 10:09 Comments ||
having risen 36pc in the last year to levels close to their 2008 peak.
I seem to recall -- although perhaps I am mistaken -- that we survived the 2008 peak, apparently still higher than current levels. Is there truly not enough food for the world, or is it just that in much of the world the various national GDPs are hidden away in the ruling class's Swiss bank accounts, unavailable for paying higher prices?
"Is there truly not enough food for the world, or is it just that in much of the world the various national GDPs are hidden away in the ruling class's Swiss bank accounts, unavailable for paying higher prices?"
I'll take Door #2, tw.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
04/17/2011 14:21 Comments ||
# 4 Mr. G thank you for that post. This article was shown in the UK first. Rice has dropped in price however our only bright spot. An old scout motto "be prepared" comes to mind. We are paying higher prices now and they are going up every day. The poor countries are suffering but we don't hear much about them now for some reason. Water looms as a major issue. Well, it's really a problem now. The solution is not government. Socialism is not an answer. Free capitalism and its people and this can be resolved toot sweet. So much mucking about and nothing to show for it.
See also DRUDGEREPORT > WORLD BANK PRESIDENT: WORLD IS "ONE SHOCK AWAY" FROM FULL-BLOWN CRISIS.
IIUC ARTIC = a Global "Perfect Storm" of variable Crises.
WB Prez ZOELLICK = 'Tis a [Global] Econ Recovery wid NOT ENOUGH JOBS, ESPEC FOR WORLD YOUTHS = YOUNG ADULTS... ... IN ANY "REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT", THE "STATUS QUO" METHODOLOGY(S), ETC. IS NOT THE WINNING HAND.
Food inflation is primarily a supply side problem, made substantially worse by the biofuels lunancy.
phil_b, maybe, but have a look at this article from Oct 2010 which anticipated a great deal of what we currently see unfolding in the world. Bernanke sets the world on fire
JM that makes allot of sense "a Global "Perfect Storm" of variable Crises" and it sure looks like we are moving out of the eye into turbulence. Youth not having work is causing trouble true true. One world order? what a laugh. One currency, no way. We are too interdependent now. To me it looks like we either shoot ourselves in the foot or mother nature will.
phil_b, commodities have moved from their historical purpose of feeding people and making things, into the casino. Sure natural caused can cause short term shortages and price rises, but if handled correctly, these periods are brief and price rises are small.
But with the new Casino Economics instituted by Bernanke, commodities have lost their connection to the real world and depend for their prices on the luck of the casino players. Relying on casino gamblers has always been a receipt for disaster.
It's a myth that over the medium to long term, speculators raise prices of physical commodities that can not be easily stored
phil_b, this is the heart and soul of the biggest debate in economics today.
I hold with the Austrian view that the above statement is nonsense.
The Austrian view is as stated in the article above that "Full-employment can be established only by the private sector. Therefore, the market and the price mechanism have to be allowed to operate without the distortions that have been created by government and central bank policies'
The opposite view is the Krugman/Keynesian view as you stated.
Unfortunately it's also the view being taught to unsuspecting students at most universities. What they fail to understand is the difference between physical speculators and financial speculators (casino gamblers)
Good Morning Moonbeam and all others. What a distraction. Well I don't like that word anymore "expected". That's all you hear nowadays "(FDIC) Chairman Sheila Bair, the number of failures is expected to drop through the rest of this year". Unexpected that is.
Not counting the banks force out of business, not so much as investment or financial failures, but because the Feds jack up reserve levels at the same time extorting multi-year advance payments in FDIC insurance.
#2 Hello!; This is a weak subject for myself. I do however run into business people who pass on general information. This week I was told Banks want to loan money now. The problem is that those people who apply are overextended, bad credit risks and so on.
BOA has my mortgage, Mike, but only because they bought Countrywide (who bought it from someone - it's hard to follow); I wouldn't let them or one of the other bankconglomerates near my actual money.
Can't do anything about the mortgage, but I'd definitely look around for a regional bank to move the checking and savings to. Or, if you're eligible, a credit union.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
04/17/2011 11:22 Comments ||
In the 20's and 30's people put money in Mason jars for good reason.
If it were in the form of coins that were made of silver ....
Gorb is correct. I have some confederate paper money and it has no value. They are still finding gold buried in Rome when their economy tanked. The problem with gold is this money is taken out of circulation.
Miss Barbara -
Thank you for the advice - there is a regional here that has a great rep plus one of my wife's uncles was a VP there and until recently was a member of the board. I'll have to start physically taking the payment to the bank every month but it will be worth it to know I wont possibly end up getting only pennies on the dollar. (I know by the book FDIC fully insures every dime in there, but 1) I don't trust Washington to pay up and 2) if BoA goes under a LOT of banks are going with it, and that will spread any payout even further. I ain't takin' any chances.)
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
04/17/2011 20:16 Comments ||
Democrats appear to have recruited retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to run for the U.S. Senate in Texas, setting the stage for the party to field a well-known candidate in the 2012 race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, a Democrat, confirmed that Democratic Senate campaign chief Patty Murray, D-Wash., was referring to Sanchez on Thursday when she said Democrats were close to announcing a candidate in Texas.
Sanchez, reached by phone at his San Antonio home, asked where the reports of a Senate run came from and then said, I can neither confirm nor deny.
Sanchez, the former top military commander in Iraq who was left under a cloud from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, would not discuss the Senate race.
Already, LTG Sanchez is emphasizing that hes going to be more to the right than the average Democrat:
I would describe myself as during my military career as supporting the president and the Constitution, Sanchez said. After the military, I decided that socially, Im a progressive, a fiscal conservative and a strong supporter, obviously, of national defense.
Sanchez himself wrote and signed a 2003 memo that included specific interrogation tactics approved for use despite noting that they may violate the Geneva Conventions. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sanchez denied signing off on these interrogation methods.
1) This is the kind of Democrat we want. As long as he is serious about the fiscally conservative bit, his socially progressive side won't do the kind of harm that's been done by the socially progressive/fiscally irresponsible Democrats have done. We want the Republicans we elect to be fiscally conservative as well, which too many of them have not been.
2) How much responsibility does he hold for not preventing an atmosphere in which Abu Ghraib behaviour occurred? Managerially he is responsible for not making sure that woman who commanded the prison was doing things properly, but at that level she should not have needed close supervision. In other words, should I hold it against him in terms of his judgement and ability that it was on his watch that it occurred?
Barbara, Mr. Wife has long described himself as socially progressive and fiscally conservative. By that he means that he wants to provide the underprivileged help to pull themselves up to the middle class, should they be willing to do the hard work, and within the constraints of funding provided by a reasonable tax and regulatory scheme. He grew up the son of a union steel worker -- his father had a high school diploma, his mother finally got her GED a decade ago. He was bright and hard working, and so was given a place in a research program for high school students that he parlayed through harder work into an education and a career.
I imagine an awful lot of American military people have similar stories, thanks to taking advantage of the opportunities the Armed Forces provide the troops and their families in return for hard work. The key is remembering that an individual's hard work has to be the response to proffered help.
"The key is remembering that an individual's hard work has to be the response to proffered help."
It strikes me the today's "progressives" think the downtrodden are incapable of doing anything to pull themselves out of their crappy lives, tw, and really don't want them to, as that would lead to fewer guaranteed votes for said "progressives." I don't mind helping give others a chance to pull themselves up, though I'd rather see it done by charities rather than the government, which has proved over the decades that it's incapable of helping anyone but itself (in the form of the people who get cushy jobs "helping" poor people stay poor).
Hopefully Sanchez is more like your husband and less like clowns such as Patty "Osama-bin-Laden-builds-day-care-centers" Murray.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
04/17/2011 14:49 Comments ||
Hopefully Sanchez is more like your husband and less like clowns such as Patty "Osama-bin-Laden-builds-day-care-centers" Murray.
Agreed, Barbara. That's why I'm hoping some here can comment knowledgeably about the gentleman. Pappy was a bit cryptic.
In the miltary Senore Lopez supported the constitution, but now he is a progressive. Texas will over whelmingly vote this Democrat down, just like Texas did to all the other major progressives last fall. Period.
I suspect his interest in the Democratic Party is due to bitterness about how his career ended.
As for his responsibility for the scandal, 2 thoughts:
1) It is traditional for the top guy to take a hit for any scandal.
2) The memo to interigators is pretty damning, and his defence is pretty weak.
At the very least he (and others in the chain of command) are guilty of lax supervision. Probably of the "Don't tell me. I don't want to know" kind.
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
04/17/2011 16:52 Comments ||
Problem for him is he is up against a solid Republican field - including one who has won state wide office in Texas more than once, and has bona fide in-office fiscal conservative credentials: Michael Williams (Whom I have contributed to from out of state)
Michael Williams is a Commissioner on the Railroad Commission of Texas, which regulates the oil and gas industry. It is the states oldest regulatory agency. Elected statewide three times, he was elected to complete an unexpired term in November 2000. In November 2002 and 2008, they re-elected him to full six-year terms. He was initially appointed to the Commission by then-Governor George W. Bush in December 1998 to fill a vacant seat. Williams served as Chairman of the Commission from September 1999 to September 2003 and again from July 2007 to February 2009. He is the first African American in Texas history to hold an executive statewide elected post.
Williams serves as the Chairman of the Governors Competitiveness Council. He also chairs the Governors Clean Coal Technology Council, represents the Governor on the Southern States Energy Board and is a member of both the National Coal Council and the Interstate Compact Commission. Williams also serves as the Railroad Commissions point person for the agencys regulatory reform and technology modernization efforts.
The son of public school teachers who earned degrees in math and the husband of a mechanical engineer, Michael is the creator and co-sponsor of the Winnovators, a summer camp for 6th through 12th graders to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
An advocate of alternative energy, Williams is championing the conversion of Texas public and private fleets, especially school buses, from diesel and gasoline to environmentally cleaner, cheaper and domestically produced natural gas and propane through his Breathe Easy initiative.
Michael is the immediate past Honorary State Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas. He initiated the Texas response against the tragedy in Darfur. Williams also narrates short stories for children of all ages, including the visually impaired and those with special needs.
Previously, Williams served as general counsel to a Texas high-tech corporation and of Counsel with the law firm of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. He also has served in a volunteer capacity as the General Counsel of the Republican Party of Texas, the chairman of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School.
A devout conservative, Michael helped get out the vote for Republicans as Chairman of Texas Victory 2004 and 2006, has served as Convention Chairman and Platform Committee Chairman at Republican Party of Texas State Conventions and was one of the original board members of the Texas Christian Coalition. He is also a life time member of the National Rifle Association.
He also had the pleasure to serve as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in the School of Public Affairs and Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush appointed Williams to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, a position previously held by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Former President Bush previously appointed Williams as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He had policy oversight responsibility for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Customs Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Williams also served in the Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Attorney General Richard Thornburgh.
Williams served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice under President Ronald Reagan. In 1988, he was awarded the Attorney Generals Special Achievement Award for the conviction of six Ku Klux Klan members on stolen military weapons charges. Early in his career, he was an assistant district attorney in his hometown of Midland, Texas.
Williams is a proud alumnus of the University of Southern California where he holds a bachelors, a masters and a law degree.
He is a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Arlington, Texas. He and his best friend, Donna, celebrate 24 years of marriage.
[The Nation (Nairobi)] Hundreds of Tea Party supporters rallied in Boston in an anti-tax day event headlined by likely US presidential contender and former Republican governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty.
With a hot budget fight raging in Washington, Pawlenty was quick to sling spending cut slogans in an attempt to win over Tea Party die-hards in the home state of Mitt Romney, a potential rival for the Republican nomination in 2012.
"We can't spend more than we take in," Pawlenty roared from a makeshift podium beneath the dome of gazebo on Boston Common.
"You can't do it as an individual, you can't do it as a family, you can't do it at your place of work and we can't let the government do it anymore."
His remarks drew cheers from the crowd on a day that also saw Republicans in the US House of Representatives muscle through a politically risky budget outline presented by Republican Representative Paul Ryan.
The blueprint, which has been roundly denounced by the B.O. regime, aims to cut some $4.4 trillion from deficits over the next decade.
While it would cut the Medicare and Medicaid health programmes for the elderly, poor and disabled, it would also slash taxes on the richest Americans and corporations.
Some at the Tea Party rally here suggested it won't go far enough.
[Dawn] A group of lawyers on Friday thrashed Anti-Corruption Establishment Assistant Director Umar Farooq who is investigating a case against former SSP investigation Shafqaat Ahmad Bhaddar.
The officer had come to appear before the court of Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik with regard to a petition filed by the former SSP for cancellation of a case against him.Advocate Chaudhry Wasim Bhaddar, a relative of Shafqaat Bhaddar, was leading the lawyers who gave a sound beating to the ACE officer when he came out of the courtroom.
The lawyers hurled abuses at him and tried to snatch record of the case, accusing him of not conducting investigation on merit. ACE officer Umar Farooq later informed the judge about the treatment meted out to him and the judge asked him that he could initiate legal proceedings against the lawyers.
At this the officer left the court premises but the infuriated lawyers again beat him up.
Highly frustrated and angry, Umar Farooq again went to the judge and loudly said he did not to work. "I am resigning from job. There is no respect. I want justice," he told the judge.
The ACE officer alleged that both parties involved in the case of Shafqaat were pressuring him but he was doing investigation on merit.
Justice Malik took strong notice and called Lahore High Court Bar Association President Asghar Ali Gill who tried to placate the official but to no avail.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/17/2011 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
sounds like a group of lawyers need a beating - even more than the usual
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/17/2011 11:48 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.