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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Jimmy Carter, Where are You?
Travelers have a warning for drivers who park their cars near Denver International Airport (DIA). Rabbits are chewing the wires under many cars costing owners a lot of money. The rabbits get in and chew the brake lines, the clutch lines and other wiring. Local car repair shops estimates they can do thousands of dollars in damage.
A Monty Python qote is needed here.
"When I had the trouble with the oil light coming on, the dealer told me the wires that controlled the air conditioning were chewed," said Ken Blum, one car owner who knows all about the not so funny bunny business at DIA.
Bring me the Holy Handgrenade.
Blum has had to have repairs done on his car twice due to rabbit damage and he estimates the cost at approximately $700.
3 shall be the number of thy counting, 5 is right out.
"I saw no signs...nothing to tell me, 'Hey, beware'," Blum told CBS4. "My insurance didn't cover it, the manufacturer didn't cover it."
It's Wabbit Season!
This isn't a new problem at the airport. CBS4 first started covering hungry hares in 1999. They were munching on the wires of de-icing equipment. Now it seems they've moved to the outlying parking lots.
I would think de-iceing stuff would be rather toxic.
CBS4 contacted airport officials about the problem. They said that only a small percentage of the people who park out there ever complain of rabbit caused car problems. They also told CBS4 that United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services agents patrol the parking lots and remove rabbits when they see them.

Hungry hares are not just a problem at DIA, other private parking lots are having trouble too. Lot owners tell CBS4 that they're trying to deter the rabbits with extra fencing and coyote urine.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/27/2013 09:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top||

#1  Some of my associates are Beagles. We can work a deal. Call me. I see profit for both of us, else..... well you know.




S
Posted by: Shipman || 01/27/2013 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Squirrels also get under the hoods of vehicles and chew up wiring. Beagles might just be the solution.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/27/2013 10:47 Comments || Top||

#3  JQC, never had them chew the wires but they can screw up the ventilation system by stuffing it with acorns. The garage didn't even laugh, just said it happens all the time.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/27/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  ... they're trying to deter the rabbits with extra fencing and coyote urine

I find that lead poisoning works best.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 01/27/2013 12:50 Comments || Top||

#5  and coyote urine

Or maybe actual coyotes?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/27/2013 13:09 Comments || Top||

#6  "well, we lost a couple lone travelers to the pack in D Lot Longterm, but at least the car wire damage has really dropped"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2013 13:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Some of the solutions seem like they come from the Acme Corporation, Steve. Oh, well. Everybody has a hungry hare, everybody has a hungry hare.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 01/27/2013 15:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Eric dear, please spend some time in your room pondering the mischief you have done hare.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2013 15:31 Comments || Top||

#9 
Posted by: Pappy || 01/27/2013 15:47 Comments || Top||


Topless protesters take on elite Davos forum
[SUNHERALD] Three women angry over sexism and male domination of the world economy
The titty thing seems to be Femen's schtick.
ripped off their shirts and tried to force their way into a gathering of corporate elites in a Swiss resort.
So all of three womyn show up and they make headlines because they take their shirts off. So we have an entire story dedicated to a total of six boobies.
Three boobies, actually. And six breasts.
Predictably, they failed. The ubiquitous and huge security force policing the World Economic Forum in Davos carried the women away, kicking and screaming.
"Corporal Renaud, carry the milk duds away!"
"But, sir! They're kicking and screaming!"
"Ignore it, Corporal. It's probably just the cold!"

The women, from Ukrainian feminist activist group Femen, scaled a fence and set off pink flares in the protest Saturday. Their chests were painted with "SOS Davos," as they sought to call attention to poverty of women around the world.
"Our titties represent the poverty of womyn around the world!"
Critics of the Davos forum say the business and political leaders at the gathering spend too little time doing concrete things to solve the world's problems and help the needy.
Luckily for the rest of mankind.
Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top||

#1  Noone's stopping women setting up businesses except women.

In fact in the sexist U.K. women get all sorts of extra help denied to those with a penis (according to PoMo fools, gender is a choice so my business applies anyway just to be annoying).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/27/2013 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, here's hoping they got some beads for their trouble.
Posted by: charger || 01/27/2013 12:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Headline "Topless protesters found in Brainless forum"?

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/27/2013 13:02 Comments || Top||

#4  If any guys (outside of California) got nekkid to protest anything they would most likely find themselves arrested and at worst listed as a sex offender. After awhile, the getting nekkid protests get a little boring.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/27/2013 14:47 Comments || Top||

#5  If your cause requires nudity to generate publicity you probably need to re-think your cause.
Posted by: Muggsy Elmens2506 || 01/27/2013 17:02 Comments || Top||

#6  That depends on the context. It being very bad luck to see your grandmother naked, Liberian women were able to use the threat of disrobing to good effect at a stalled peace conference.
Posted by: James || 01/27/2013 20:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Regarding naked Liberian grandmothers. Shucks, all I have to do to convince my family to get moving is to threaten to strip naked-as-an-egg and start singing....
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 01/27/2013 21:02 Comments || Top||

#8  It's the singing that does it Mike, I suspect. LOL!
Posted by: lotp || 01/27/2013 21:19 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
AfriForum wins bid to halt Zim helo delivery
Follow-on to yesterday's post.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top||


Bangladesh
Cops clueless yet about 3 bodies
[Bangla Daily Star] Three days have elapsed since the recovery of three bullet-hit bodies in Munshiganj, but the motives behind the murders still remain a mystery with police making no headway into the investigations.

Bodies of Md Ibrahim, 20, and Abdul Kuddus, 42, were found in Sirajdikhan while 32-year-old Rari Masud's body was recovered from Srinagar on Thursday.

On completion of autopsy, police yesterday handed over the bodies to the victims' families for burial.

Three cases were filed with Sirajdikhan and Srinagar cop shoppes in this connection.

Contacted, Munshiganj Superintendent of Police Shahabuddin Khan said several teams were investigating into the murders. They were looking at whether the crimes were committed due to personal enmity or anything else, he added.

Also on Thursday, the husband of a housewife fled leaving her dead at a Munshiganj hospital.

The dear departed is Shirin Akhter, 20, wife of Nur Alam of Sharisabon village in Tongibari. Police said although Shirin was taken to the hospital in the morning, her husband fled when the doctors declared her dead.

An autopsy was carried out on her body at Munshiganj General Hospital on Thursday, but police were yet receive the report.
Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top||

#1  the motives behind the murders still remain a mystery
Perhaps they used too many vowels in their names?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2013 2:19 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
245 dead in Brazil Nightclub Fire
Great White says: "wudn't us!"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2013 10:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top||

#1  Indoor fireworks, the downside.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2013 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Flashover.

First rate tragedy; sounds like only 2 in 5 made it out. This place looks like a death trap to begin with. What can we learn?

First, this happened very quickly, but why so many? The first concern, other than the initial casualties, would be the stampede. Second, inhalation. Third, exposure.

Fire codes exist for a reason; do not rely on them to keep you safe. This place was likely over capacity, especially considering pyrotechnics. Appraise your situation, whether it is a night club, ferry, whatever. Don't put yourself in that spot.

Second, in the stampede, and its the sugar free truth. Do not fall. Do not get pinned. Do not give up. Break shit, like the good heads who were trying to breach the walls. Obviously you cannot get low and crawl in such a situation, control your breathing as the air is bad and get out however possible.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/27/2013 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  exit doors locked. again.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2013 13:36 Comments || Top||

#4  I didn't realize that Whitesnake was still touring...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/27/2013 14:18 Comments || Top||

#5  I was in a nightclub in China once that had one way in and one way out. The place was on the second floor, only reachable by two elevators. I remarked on this and felt claustrophobic inside. No accompanying stairs. Club didn't burn down though, but it still freaked me out.
Posted by: gromky || 01/27/2013 17:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh, and if they don't lock the fire exits, people inside the club let their friends in for free. That's what happened at the Great White show.
Posted by: gromky || 01/27/2013 17:35 Comments || Top||


Scores dead in Venezuela prison riot, hospital says
[FRANCE24] At least 50 people were killed and 90 others wounded on Friday after a riot erupted at a prison in Venezuela, a hospital official said. Clashes broke out after prison guards launched a search for illicit weapons, the country's prisons minister said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top||


Europe
YouTube: Grimsson Iceland president 'Let banks go bankrupt'
Posted by: tipper || 01/27/2013 07:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top||

#1  But that's capitalism and we can't have that!?!

Especially in the west.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/27/2013 8:40 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Ethnic Cleansing in LA
Remember according to AG Holder and Co, only whites are capable of racism. Nothing to see here, move on. /sarc off
Posted by: Angaise Ulaimp2488 || 01/27/2013 08:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top||

#1  the Mexican Mafia prison gang has ordered street gangs under its control to attack African Americans. Leaders of the Azusa 13 gang were sentenced to lengthy prison terms earlier this month for leading a policy of attacking African American residents and expelling them from the town.

Similar attacks have taken place in Harbor Gateway, Highland Park, Pacoima, San Bernardino, Canoga Park and Wilmington.


This is a case of 30+ yr. prison feud spilling on to the street. Latinos and Blacks have been going at it in Prison for decades. The Whites stay out of the way and sell popcorn.

The dirty little secret of Afirmative Action is that this is inevitable. The Blacks think they are permanently entitled to all the goodies being doled out and the other races want a piece of it.

The biggest racial hostility today is between Blacks and Latinos. But you'll never hear about it in the MSM.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 01/27/2013 11:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Another Orville Redenbacher moment. Albion's Seed stand clear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2013 11:23 Comments || Top||

#3  You will never hear about it on the MSM until they find a way to blame it on the white guys...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/27/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  The black vs mexican battles go back to when I was in high school in the earlier 70's in San Bernardino. ABC came out to cover the riots and we came out with a sign "Wide World of Sports". They would not film it.
Posted by: Jeanter Ebbemp4331 || 01/27/2013 12:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Declare open season on anyone associated with an illegal gang.
Posted by: Hellfish || 01/27/2013 12:21 Comments || Top||

#6  " It is now 65% Latino and 33% black, according to the 2010 U.S. census"

Was not aware we had many large cities in California that were just 1% white. That is a surprise.
Posted by: Beau || 01/27/2013 13:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Compton's not large. LA County has a bunch of small cities (see: Bell, CA)
Posted by: Frank G || 01/27/2013 13:38 Comments || Top||

#8  "Declare open season on anyone associated with an illegal gang."

There are legal gangs, Hellfish?
Posted by: Barbara || 01/27/2013 14:37 Comments || Top||

#9  Sure Barb. They are called Democrats and Republicans.....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/27/2013 15:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Sure Barb. They are called Democrats and Republicans.....

We could use an open season on them too.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 01/27/2013 15:57 Comments || Top||

#11  Changing demographics = changing gang territories
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/27/2013 15:57 Comments || Top||

#12  There are legal gangs, Hellfish?

Sure. We call 'em unions.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/27/2013 16:13 Comments || Top||

#13  Touché, SteveS, CF, SAM. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 01/27/2013 19:07 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three-day sit-in for fair voters verification begins in Karachi
[Dawn] Different political and religious parties belonging to opposition started a three-day sit-in on Saturday outside the office of the Provincial Election Commission Sindh to demand fair process of voters' verification under army's supervision in Bloody Karachi.
But, really, there's no firm evidence of voter fraud, so they really don't need voter verification.
Announcement of the sit-in was made on Wednesday, when different opposition leaders assailed the election commission for not implementing the Supreme Court's directives regarding voters verification under army's supervision and delimitation of constituencies in the metropolis.
[Sniff!] It's just an effort to suppress the Punjab vote.
Addressing the rally today, Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI) Bloody Karachi chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti thanked the participating political and religious leaders. He said they all have gathered for seeking free and fair elections and peace in Bloody Karachi.

Sirajul Haq of JI said all participating parties will also stage a sit-in outside the Parliament house if the SC order is not implemented.

Gulzar Ahmed Soomro of Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STPP) said that politicizing of voter verification process would usurp people's freedom of choice.

Speakers said the sit-in will continue on Sunday and Monday, adding that it would end when the Election Commission of Pakistain (ECP) will ensure presence of army personnel during the process of voter verification.

Leaders and activists belonging to JI, PML-N, PTI, JUI-F, SUP, STPP, Tanzimul Ikhwan, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Sunni Tehrik,
...formed in Karachi in 1992 under by Muhammad Saleem Qadri. It quickly fell to trading fisticuffs and liquidations with the MQM and the Sipah-e-Sahaba, with at least a half dozen of its major leaders rubbed out. Sunni Tehreek arose to become the primary opposition to the Deobandi Binori Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was eventually bumped off by person or persons unknown. ST's current leadership has heavily criticized the Deobandi Jihadi leaders, accusing them of being sponsored by Indian Intelligence agencies as well as involvement in terrorist activities...
Awami Tehrik, JUP and JUI-S participated in the rally including minority leader Michal Jaed.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
has claimed the ECP was not being allowed to play an effective role in Bloody Karachi.

Earlier on Saturday, a meeting of party's Sindh leaders, chaired by Sharif, had to hold a march to demonstrate against the obstacles that were being created in the way of the election commission's work in Bloody Karachi.
Posted by: Fred || 01/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top||

#1  Who would have guessed we'd need to look to Karachi to learn about elections.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/27/2013 0:48 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves’ fingers
We contacted many of our Observers in Iran to ask them about this machine. Some of them had heard about it before, but many discovered its existence through these morbid photographs, which were reportedly taken on Thursday. According to the INSA press agency, the man shown getting his finger cut off was charged with robbery and adultery by a court in the southwestern city of Shiraz. He was also accused of being at the head of a criminal organisation. On top of losing one of his fingers, he was sentenced to three years in prison and 99 whip lashes.

No independent witnesses were able to recount the circumstances under which this amputation took place. Four photos of the scene published by the press agency were widely relayed on social media networks. Strangely enough, the man’s face did not betray any signs of suffering in the photos, though it is possible that he might have been drugged.

Following the amputation, Ali Alghasi, Shiraz’s public prosecutor, announced that sentences against criminals would become increasingly severe, without explaining why.

On January 20, two thieves were hanged in public in Tehran. They had been caught thanks to video filmed by a street surveillance camera that showed them robbing a man at knifepoint. They had stolen the equivalent of 20 euros.

Amputation, whipping, and even death by stoning are all legal forms of punishment under Iran’s Islamic penal code.
Posted by: tipper || 01/27/2013 07:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top||

#1  Next they will invent the Citroen.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/27/2013 8:38 Comments || Top||

#2  I foresee problems with the union of professional executioners. Fingers are just the beginning, next it will be hands, and finally, heads.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 01/27/2013 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  I foresee problems with the union of professional executioners. Fingers are just the beginning, next it will be hands, and finally, heads.

I think the one for heads is called a guillotine, Mike. ;-) But then, isn't the one for fingers formally known as a cigar cutter?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2013 16:38 Comments || Top||

#4  If protesting the violation of human rights would get a tongue snipped, I can think of a few nominees we should send as ambassadors ; D
Posted by: Kojo Wholuse5660 || 01/27/2013 16:57 Comments || Top||

#5  I think the one for heads is called a guillotine, Mike. ;-) But then, isn't the one for fingers formally known as a cigar cutter?
Actually, I have a 'one size-fits all' tool stashed in the garage. I call it Mr. Stihl.
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/27/2013 18:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually, I have a 'one size-fits all' tool stashed in the garage. I call it Mr. Stihl.

A chainsaw would do nicely. :-)

Re: the guillotine. I met someone back in the 80's who had worked in the oil fields in Saudi Arabia. He lived in a compound largely sealed off from the kingdom. But one day he was in the city when someone tried to pick his pocket. The coppers nabbed the perp and the police captain offered this guy his sword to cut off the perp's right hand right there and then. The guy froze so the captain cut off the perp's right hand himself in front of this guy.

I wasn't there so I can't vouch for the facts. But something tells me that they don't use a guillotine....
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 01/27/2013 20:49 Comments || Top||



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