Suggested soundtrack: Fate in a Pleasant Mood.
[TOI] BANGALORE: A neighbourhood woman peeping into your house may not be all that bad a proposition. M Indiramma, a homemaker from Nandini Layout, North Bangalore, realized this after a neighbour peeping through her window ended up saving her from the clutches of a pair of knifewielding robbers on Wednesday evening.
Indiramma, 40, resident of Coolienagar, near BHEL Circle, Nandini Layout, was alone at home when two men barged into her house through the door that was kept ajar. The men were wielding knives and charged menacingly at the woman.
[An Nahar] A group of nuns in Spain got a New Year surprise when they checked their answerphone machine to discover they had missed a call from the Pope, who left a message asking why they didn't pick up.
"What can the nuns be doing that stops them answering the phone?" said Pope Francis, chuckling, in the message he left on New Year's Eve for the Barefoot Carmelites of Lucena, aired on Spanish radio on Friday. They've already slept through the Last Clarinet.
"This is Pope Francis," he went on. "I wanted to give you New Year's greetings. I'll see if I can reach you later. God bless you." "Who is this really?"
The prioress of the convent, Sister Adriana, told COPE radio station she and the four other nuns were not listening for the phone because they were busy at their midday prayers.
She said the Pope was an old friend of some of the nuns in their group, who, like him, come from Argentina.
They now run the convent in a working class suburb of Lucena, a town near Cordoba in southern Spain.
"When my duties allowed me to go to the phone, I literally wanted to die" on hearing the missed message, Adriana said.
"I took down the message and passed it on to the other nuns. We told ourselves we had just been fulfilling our duty of prayer. We never thought the Pope would remember us."
She frantically called a bishop and other contacts to try and return the call to the Vatican, without success, but Francis called back and managed to talk to the nuns in the evening.
[PhillyNews] MOST TEENAGERS do dumb things. But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb.
Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip. Can't miss it.
And the cop shoppe is just around the corner from the shop.
Despite these conspicuous crime deterrents, two teenagers nonetheless decided to throw on burqas and pull a silver handgun on Galiano about 1:40 p.m. yesterday in a botched attempt to stick him up, police said.
This is why sensible societies ban face coverings...
"They had the whole-body Moslem garb," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. "They came in with the gun and pointed it for a holdup."
Galiano, faced with the incongruous image of a male dressed in female Moslem garb waving a gun around, decided to make use of one of the many firearms at his disposal.
"It doesn't make any sense," Adams said of the attempted robbery. "He carries a gun and it's right out there in the open. He pulled it out and shot."
Cops say Galiano fired one shot at the teens, ages 15 and 17. Neither was struck, but the .45-caliber blast apparently made them see the error of their ways. They ran from the store.
One of the teens hopped onto the SEPTA Route 114 bus toward Chester and tried unsuccessfully to hide in the back. Police apprehended him and found the silver handgun on the floor of the bus.
The other teen was tossed in the clink Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! behind a trolley stop, covered in mud and sweating profusely. Police say they recovered the burqas, a backpack with duct tape and other evidence between the Suburban Armory and the trolley stop.
Adams said he is not identifying the teens because of their ages. Their parents were called to the station. Pending charges include robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment and drug possession.
Very weird. A couple years ago two idiots in muzz garb would come to gun shows in western PA and walk around striking poses and smirking. Eventually they were refused admittance to the shows. Any connection? I wonder...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/05/2014 8:07 Comments ||
I'd give the story a thumbs up for the Idiots of the Day award. This Dumb and Dumber duo never even got to the duct tape stage of their so-called failed plan. Moral of the story? Galiano should spend a little more time at the range to sharpen up his aim.
[Al Ahram] Heavy gunfire broke out in South Sudan's capital Saturday, an AFP correspondent said, ending days of relative calm in Juba despite the raging three-week long conflict in the troubled country.
Explosions from reported artillery fire as well as the constant rattle of automatic weapons were heard in Juba's key government district, where most ministries, the presidential palace and the parliament are located.
A former finance minister, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, won Madagascars first presidential election since a coup in 2009, but his closest rival said the vote had been rigged, raising concerns the nation could remain mired in political turmoil.
Hey, careful with that feather! You almost knocked me over!
The electoral commission said Friday that Mr. Rajaonarimampianina, the candidate backed by the departing president, who took power nearly five years ago, won 53.5 percent of the Dec. 20 vote. His opponent, Jean Louis Robinson, who ended up with 46.5 percent, has demanded a recount. Mr. Robinsons camp has filed almost 300 complaints to the electoral court, which has to rule on the commissions provisional result by Jan. 19.
If Mr. Rajaonarimampianina, above, is officially declared the winner, he will be the head of state with the longest family name, at 19 letters, according to a survey by the British newspaper The Guardian. His full name is Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina.
'The people in there told me that since I didn't have an insurance card, I would be billed for the whole cost of thhttp://rantburg.com/comments.php?D=2014-01-05&ID=382986&HC=3&SO=#e x-ray,' Galvez said, her young daughter in tow. 'It's not fair you know, I signed up last week like I was supposed to.'
It's not fair. Sheep says what,
"You mean it's not free? I signed up... Where's my ObamaCare."
Expect more stupid in the next month as people find out the meaning of Affordable Health Care.
Wait until you find out how much it will cost not that it's "affordable."
Posted by: Barbara ||
01/05/2014 21:05 Comments ||
Working as designed. Left will blame insurance companies, note their participation in lobbying Congress (while conveniently ignoring it was lefties libs they were lobbying), lay the wholeness on the free market, and then push for "single payer".
[Rolling Stone Magazine] 1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody. 2. Social Security for All. 3. Take Back The Land. 4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody. 5. A Public Bank in Every State. Hasn't this been tried before ?
what about the three or four 'comedians' who clearly meant to be insulting and malicious
for that matter, what about MSNBC who put up insulting and malicious segments at least a few times each week
Posted by: lord garth ||
01/05/2014 0:50 Comments ||
No thanks Ms. Perry. I cannot accept your carefully crafted apology, and neither should anyone else. The segment setup was flawed from the beginning. Had the photograph not included the Romney's adopted African American baby [Kieran Romney], it would never had ran. Baby Kieran was the central theme and MSNBC's cruel humor. Sickening but hardly surprising.
Dr. Darron Smith's response in the Huffpo explains the motivation and gut feeling more succinctly. [look for Dr. Smith's not so cleverly disguised theme]
Excerpt: The reality is that transracially adopted children often struggle with feelings of isolation growing up in predominately white settings, and it's likely that Kieran Romney will be no exception. Who better to introduce this topic than Harris-Perry herself, who was raised as a biracial child in a "large white Mormon family"? As Americans, we no longer have the luxury to remain blind to race difference, unmoved by transformative conversations to improve the current conditions of inequality that exist in a divided society.
Opening a dialogue about race is not racist. But silencing the voices of Blacks by discounting their feelings regarding the very topic that has oppressed them for over 350 years is the very definition of racial oppression. Instead of an apology, Melissa Harris-Perry should be encouraged to engage her audience on a much larger scale regarding racial matters.
Dr. Darron Smith, an African-American Latter-day Saint and co-editor of Black and Mormon, published in 2004 by University of Illinois Press. He is also co-author of White Parents Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption. Dr. Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Bottom line: No amount of privilege, goodwill, Affirmative Action, or Godly intent will erase the victim mentality. Victim mentality is essentially the 'third leg' of the entitlement equation (Black + Poor + Victim = Entitlement). Without it, the entire entitlement and disparity based social justice argument collapses.
You could fill in the word "black" with "woman" or "gay" or "Muslim" any of another fifteen self described victim categories, Besoeker, and the equation holds.
The root problem is that as the government has grown, and government compensation disconnected from actual productivity became not only tolerated but desirable, people sought to become "victims" rather than survivors, take away the government funding for victim status and this problem pretty much evaporates.
Posted by: no mo uro ||
01/05/2014 6:49 Comments ||
I definitely agree NMU. However, I believe the enterprise began with blacks, and the 'War on Poverty' etc.
Greatest good for the greatest number went out the window a long time ago for the progressives. The "message," the "narrative" and the "process" trump all now. If promoting any of those three involves artificially induced suffering, that's a feature, not a bug...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/05/2014 9:19 Comments ||
...MSNBC more closely resembles a floundering post-talent SNL than a news organization...
...I identify with that picture and I intended to say positive and celebratory things about it, but whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive.
Yeah right. Dont worry sweetie, youre no worse than your colleagues. But just apologize, admit your attempt at humor flubbed and move on. Me thinks Ms. Harris-Perry was weeping because she was exposed as just another hypocritical grievance hustler.
[A} few minutes after the hosts emotional apology for a racially-charged segment on last weeks show... The panelists are discussing populist sentiment in America as part of a discussion about the election of Bill de Blasio in NYC. The discussion spans a commercial break, and in the second half, Katrina Vanden Heuvel is addressing the idea that Republican populism has been successful in stirring up emotion and movement based on a message of lower taxes and limited government. Vanden Heuvel essentially says that yes, the right has been successful, but because "racist":
But I do think the right-wing populism of the tea party not only became so on obsessed with an anti-government meme, but lets be honest. there is a race racism threaded through the right-wing populism, I mean which is not unusual to American right-wing populism, that has not allowed for coalitions that could be built on behalf of working people in this country against the most powerful interests.
Host Harris-Perry quickly steers the conversation, suggesting that rather than focus on the contemporary Republican party, they look back at populism historically. She says that in the past it was more obvious and accepted and in fact was in the Democratic party, right, where it was happening at that time.
Later in the segment, New York Post editorial writer Robert George suggests that racism played its part in part in both right wing and left wing populism, even calling out the unions, but Vanden Heuvel will have none of it.
[Al Ahram] Pope Francis has called for a rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples and divorced parents, warning against "administering a vaccine against faith".
"On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand," Francis said in a speech to the Catholic Union of Superiors General in November, extracts of which were published on Italian media websites on Saturday.
"The number of children in schools whose parents have separated is very high," he said, adding that family make-ups were also changing.
"I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: 'my mother's girlfriend doesn't love me'," he was quoted as saying.
The pontiff said educational leaders should ask themselves "how can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing?"
"We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them," the 77-year-old added.
Though the Church has often been in conflict with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community over its opposition to same-sex marriage and to homosexuality, Francis has drawn praise for attempts to be inclusive.
In July he reached out to gays, declaring that "if someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?"
And in December, the Advocate magazine -- dedicated to the gay and lesbian community -- chose the head of the Catholic Church as the "single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people."
The reform-minded pontiff has also called an extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops next year to discuss the Church's position with regard to the family, which is expected to address among other issues the problem of divorcees remarrying and children of divorced parents.
Urinating males have a slightly different preference to orient their body axis than urinating females (cf. Figure 3); this could be caused by leg lifting during urination in males. Indications of different directional tendencies depending on which leg (left or right) is lifted are currently under study. Well, I can't say, "Your tax dollar at work", it's a Russian paper.
Very useful if one is lost in the woods, has lost his compass but acquired a dog.
Examination of 70 dogs over two years including 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations revealed that dogs who were not leashed or influenced in movement were naturally inclined to relieve themselves in axial orientation with the earths magnetic field.
Which is in contrast to the excessively overcompensated canine behavioral researchers, who exhibited an innate and profound instinctual propensity for habitually and incessantly urinating into the prevailing direction of the wind.
Funny but I thought dogs pi$$ed and $hit where other animals and dogs already have. Have had a lot of dogs and pretty certain they don't get lined up magnetically. I'll check with my expert, dog Gertrude and get back with you.
I just glanced at the paper, and didn't check all that statistical params that might suggest B.S or not. However, perhaps it is the dog turds and not the doggies that align themselves with the geomagnetic field. Then, in the same way that it is easier to ride a horse in the direction it's going, perhaps it is easier to pinch a geomagnetic loaf when aligned with the field.
You could check this hypothesis by collecting a large number of dog turds and suspend them from a thread, looking for magnetic alignment.
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.