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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man Arrested After Telling Kids Santa Isn't Real
[ABCNews.Go] A real-life Grinch was arrested after he spoiled the holiday cheer at a parade, telling children that Santa isn't real.

The unidentified 24-year-old man, who had his hair gelled to look as though devil horns were protruding from his head, was arrested by police in the Canadian town of Kingston last week during the annual Santa Claus parade, authorities said in statement.

The St. Nicholas naysayer faces criminal charges of causing a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation.

"It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn't real -- which of course we would argue," Const. Steve Koopman told the Toronto Star.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top||


Alleged shoplifter dies after being subdued by Walmart workers
[AJC]
A pack, not a herd.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top||

#1  Stealing a floor model during the airing of a Snoop Dogg concert.... the tragic downside.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/26/2012 6:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Apprehend and detain a shoplifter, sure. But I saw the video of these jokers, and this was pretty much a homicide in my book.

Someone is going to get a payday.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/26/2012 6:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Of course in the old days, they literally crucified thieves. It cut back on recidivism.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/26/2012 9:30 Comments || Top||

#4  They should have taken his photo and banned him for life from WMT stores. I feel bad for the workers involved - they obviously went beyond the call of duty and are getting punished for their loyalty to the company. In a world where more often than not, employees are working with the thieves, that's a pity.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/26/2012 10:47 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Irish Daily Star editor resigns over duchess' topless photos
[CNN] The editor of the Irish Daily Star resigned Saturday "as a result of the publication on 15 September 2012," which revealed topless photos of the duchess of Cambridge, according to a statement from the paper.

The images showed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sunbathing, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the British media and stern comments from Buckingham Palace.

Michael O'Kane had been suspended earlier, following the publication.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top||

#1  I understand the NYT is hiring...
Posted by: Pappy || 11/26/2012 10:59 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd be happy to recommend you to the Atlanta Constipation Michael, but I just don't think a good Irishman would... fit in.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/26/2012 11:02 Comments || Top||

#3  ..beyond the pale?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/26/2012 11:56 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi royals, officials visit king in hospital after surgery
[Al Ahram] Senior Saudi royals and government officials have visited King Abdullah in hospital, state news agency SPA reported, a week after the monarch - believed to be in his late 80s - had surgery to tighten a ligament in his back.

The stability of the world's biggest oil exporter and an important regional U.S. ally is of global concern as the kingdom holds more than a fifth of the world's crude reserves and is a venue for millions of Moslem pilgrims every year.

SPA's report on Saturday carried a photograph of officials and royals gathered inside the National Guard's King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, but did not say who was allowed to see the king or when he is expected to leave hospital.

The king was admitted for surgery on November 16 and an announcement from the Royal Court said that he had undergone a successful back operation that lasted for 11 hours. No photographs of Abdullah have been released.

Saudi analysts said on Saturday it was understandable that he would take time to recover, given his age.

Abdullah underwent a similar operation in October last year and had back surgery twice in the United States in 2010 for a herniated disc, after which spent three months outside Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
recuperating.

After his back operation last year, Abdullah appeared on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
two days after his surgery and was released from hospital within five days of the operation.

Investors attributed Saudi stock market selling last week to worries over the king's health. The benchmark index fell 3 percent in the trading week ending on Wednesday and fell 1.4 percent on Sunday after a 0.8 percent bounce on Saturday.

The crown has passed down a line of the sons of the kingdom's founder King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, who died in 1953.

Abdullah - who took power in 2005 - named his brother Prince Salman, 13 years his junior, heir apparent in June after the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top||

#1  Time to get the ice machines outta mothballs?
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/26/2012 2:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Still no word on Prince Bandar ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/26/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico's fearless woman mayor beaten to death
The body of a woman once called a 'heroine of the 21st century' for fearlessly standing up to Mexico's brutal drug cartels has been found beaten to death at the side of a road.

Maria Santos Gorrostieta, 36, was the former mayor of Tiquicheo, a rural district in Michoacan, west of Mexico City.

She famously survived two assassination attempts by narcotics gangs who have turned the country into a war zone.

Her brave defiance may have cost the mother-of-three her life. The official cause of death was a blow to the head but she had been stabbed, her legs and hands had been bound and her waist and chest were covered in burns, suggesting she had been tortured.

She was discovered by residents of the community of San Juan Tararameo, Cuitzeo Township, who were heading to work in the fields.

Her family had reported her missing on November 14, and the disappearance was being investigated by the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion Institution.

A murder investigation has now been launched.

Posted by: Au Auric || 11/26/2012 08:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Chinese Aircraft Carrier First to Takeoff, Land Planes
Posted by: Beavis || 11/26/2012 13:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top||

#1  Not too shabby. Spotting will be the next challenge I guess. I'll wager they do well with that too, a crowded carrier deck does have some resemblance to a CFD.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/26/2012 17:27 Comments || Top||

#2  By this achievement, China + PLAN have done more than the Cold-War Soviets did wid their Yakolevs.

However, not to be outdone by the CPLAN it appears the post-Soviet Russians are intent on building one or more US-style nuke-powered Supercarrier wid forward jumpdeck on the bow.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/26/2012 18:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Amazing how most of their deck gear, flight deck personnel's safety gear looks just like ours.

I want to see videos of bolters. Lets see how they handle high tempo evolutions one after another on a crowded deck. They have a long way to go.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/26/2012 19:11 Comments || Top||

#4  SAM, and then they have to work out the whole carrier battle group concept, with defense in depth, coordinated air defense, ASW, and a few other tricky things.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/26/2012 19:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Is this Eastasia's Inner Party's 'Floating Fortress' gambit to simply impress the Outer Party and the rubes of Oceania?

Maybe it's actually designed to tighten the sphincter of Eurasia (who they still consider a threat). (Of course they've always been at war with Eastasia)

The average Proles probably don't care.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 11/26/2012 22:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Now do it at night.
Posted by: Chris in Fort Worth || 11/26/2012 22:32 Comments || Top||

#7  then they have to work out the whole carrier battle group concept

More likely it'll be lily-pad ops.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/26/2012 22:34 Comments || Top||

#8  See also RELATED CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > NAVY: CHINA NOW CAPABLE TO DEPLOY ITS JETS ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER.

PLAN VADM. Zhang Yongyi.

* SAME > CHINA FIRST NON-CAUCASIAN NATION TO ACHIEVE CTOL JET FIGHTER AIRCRAFT CARRIER OPERATION | [WSJ.com = Jeremy Page] CHINA AIRCRAFT CARRIER PASSES LANDMARK.

POSTERS = ask what about INDIA? BRAZIL? Net Counter-response is that India's Russian-made, Ukraine-supplied CV had broken down during sea trials, ala ENGINE/BOILER-GATE [Asbestos]; + both India + Brazil's carrier, naval pilots were initially foreign-prepped + foreign-trained, respectively, UNLIKE CHINA WHICH IS DOING NEARLY EVERYTHING ON ITS OWN EXCEPT COLD-WAR ERA ORIGINAL SHIP CONSTRUCTION???

versus

* TOPIX > [Japan]ISHIHARA TALKS UP [Advanced] WEAPONS EXPORTS AS DETERRENT, as only tech-superior/saavy Japan can do, by and for Japan.

* SAME > ISLANDS NOT LISTED AS TERRITORY BY ROC [aka Taiwan] IN MOFA CALENDAR.

OOOOOPPPPPSSSS - lucky for Taiwan mainland China has the ball.

* SAME > KOREA [aka ROK = South Korea] READY TO FILE OFFICIAL "CONTINENTAL SHELF" CLAIM, to the UN = UNCLOS.

The ROK claims their sovereign UW Continental Shelf extends naturally all the way to the OKINAWA TROUGH.

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > OPPOSITION TO US BASES IN PACIFIC REACHES TURNING POINT.

D *** NG IT, "US GO HOME, OKINAWA FOR OKINAWANS" - SSSSSSHHHHH, you know, CHINA!

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/26/2012 22:46 Comments || Top||

#9  Oh, no, the Chinese have just begun to catch up to the military ability of Thailand.

And Thailand is way ahead of the Chinese in selecting an "Ultimate Leader" who is smokin' hot.


Posted by: rammer || 11/26/2012 22:56 Comments || Top||


Europe
New details on the Al Hilli murders
Curiouser and curiouser.
Posted by: phil_b || 11/26/2012 08:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top||

#1  If they didn't solve it a few months ago ... their chances are slim now. Professionals are involved, and they left a cold trail.
Posted by: Raider || 11/26/2012 11:30 Comments || Top||

#2  You do have to wonder how it is that Sylvain Mollier just happened to be there at the time of the murder of Al-Hilli and the two women. It's clear to me (though I am of course cynical) that Al-Hilli was up to something; the man was too well connected, had too much money, and too many concealed stashes to be be anything else. Whether he was connected to Saddam, or the Saudis, or al-Qaeda, or the Muslim Brotherhood (or someone else) -- who knows? Maybe CIA or Mossad, but if they knew you'd think they'd slip a quiet word to the investigators.

I think the key is Mollier, and I'd be running every minute detail of his life down.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/26/2012 12:34 Comments || Top||


Separatists winning in Catalonia, Spain
[CA.News.Yahoo] Four separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia looked set to win a majority in regional elections on Sunday, partial results showed, but the main one was on course to lose some seats, possibly undermining its bid to call an independence referendum.

With half of votes counted, the ruling Convergence and Union alliance, or CiU, was winning 48 seats in the 135-seat local parliament, well down from its current 62 seats.

The separatist Republican Left, or ERC, was winning 20 seats, with two other smaller separatist parties taking a total of 16 seats, giving the four parties 60 percent between them.

Regional President Artur Mas, of CiU, had campaigned on a pledge to hold a referendum on independence, in response to a resurgent separatist movement among Catalans who are frustrated with Spain in a deep economic crisis.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top||

#1  Whether it's Quebec, or the Basques, or the Catalans or the Scots, I don't quite understand the desire to break off to become a small non-entity. I understand regional pride, historical grievances, cultural differences, etc. etc. I can see why the idea is strong in the Balkans and the Caucus where ethnic cleansing and war are within living memory and could easily reignite. But what did the Canucks ever do to the French Canucks, eh? And what's the attraction of moving from being a G8 member to becoming a tiny back-water? Mark Steyn always makes the point that it would also make more sense if the Independence parties offered real independence and a break from the monopoly of the social democratic statist model. But the Independents are almost always offering more of the same, except maybe a little more socialism. So while Barecelona is a lovely city, an independent Catalunya would somewhere between Monaco and Slovakia in terms of global importance, and they would still have the same economic woes that Spain has. They'll still be in the Euro. Only they'll get no gold medals in the Olympics, their soccer/futbol team will be woeful, and still no one will speak their language or locate them on a map. Tourists wont care if their not officially in Spain when they stroll the Ramblas and oggle Gaudi buildings and Picasso paintings. So, what's the point?
Posted by: DJ Curtis C || 11/26/2012 8:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't quite understand the desire to break off to become a small non-entity

It's call tribalism. Don't just count the Basques, or the Catalans or the Scots, remember Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania were part of another 'whole' known as the USSR. The same with the Ukraine. Throw in the division in Belgium. Then you have Switzerland. Would it be better for the parts that speak German, French, and Italian to join their respective linguistic neighbors to simply become part of something bigger or does the identity of being Swiss have a greater influence?

Considering the Catalans, are they any different than Texans, once an independent entity now part of greater union? Like many of the those identified, how hard would it be to draw up a catalog of abuses of the central governing power to their 'way of life and culture'? Wait till the big bailout of the bankrupt blue states gets rolling and states like Texas are economically exploited to fund the political pandering.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/26/2012 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  When I lived in Texas during the Carter years the most popular bumper sticker was: "Let the Yankees freeze in the dark". I hear it is making a comeback.
Posted by: bman || 11/26/2012 11:01 Comments || Top||

#4  I've been to Catalonia, and have a simple answer to your question DJ: they're not Spanish. It's as simple as that, really.
Posted by: Secret Master || 11/26/2012 13:32 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't believe the Globies truly anticipated OWG + "Global Federal Union" + Ethnic Nationalism to result in a rise of Economics-led separatism among the ranks of major Powers or Nation-States, espec in EUROPE = EUROZONE/EU.

THE US PER SE IS NOT IMMUNE - as per the US + proposed NAU [2015], IMO the next two years will measure the gauge of de facto secession among US State-Local Govts from Washington DC, NOT JUST NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS IN DIFFERENT US STTAES FILING PETITIONS OF SECESSION TO THE BAMMER WHITE HOUSE.

The proposed future NAU-n-higher will have the power and authority of Fed-style public governance, NOT WASHINGTON DC ANDOR THE US + US GOVT. PER SE. THE "BIRTH PANGS" OF NAU IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY OR WIDOUT CHALLENGE.

OWG + NAU, ETC. = TANTAMOUNT TO SERIOUS DE FACTO AMENDMENT OR ALTERATION [destruction?]OF THE US CONSTITUTION WIDOUT EITHER A NATIONAL VOTE(S) ANDOR A STATE VOTE(S).

Covert usurpation of the right of the People and Contitutionally-mandated Polities, by and for "Globalism" + OWG-NWO - IFF UNILATERAL AMENDMENT, USURPATION, ANDOR DESTRUCTION OF THE US CONSTITUTION IS NOT A CAUSE FOR SECESSION + CIVIL WAR, WHAT IS!?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/26/2012 19:21 Comments || Top||

#6  The theory is more effective or effcient use of scarce resources in protractive bad or uncertain economic times.

* ION CHINA DAILY FORUM > [Russia Today] COMMUNISTS [KPRF = Russia] PROPOSE RUSSIA-LED EURASIAN-UNITY VS. [US-led] IMPERIALIST GLOBALIZATION.

KPRF Leader Gennady Zyuganov at ICAPP Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.

ICAPP = stands for International Conference of Asian Political Parties.

and

* SAME > GLOBALIZATION HAS PEAKED?, in favor of "Localization"???

ARTIC > 2/3rds of Americans think REDUCED GLOBALIZATION is good for the US.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/26/2012 23:02 Comments || Top||

#7  It is my understanding that Catalonia has a much stronger economy than the rest of Spain, and they deeply resent supporting the rest of the ocuntry. This is not true for Quebec, which still rsents being conquered by the British Empire, nor Scotland ditto. I have no idea about the Basques, except that they were portrayed as unmannered country ignoramouses in The Three Musketeers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/26/2012 23:32 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Texas Schools Teaching Boston Tea Party As Terrorist Act
Posted by: tipper || 11/26/2012 15:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top||

#1  Liberal historical revisionism at its finest.

Not reporting on your neighbor will soon be considered a terrorist act.
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/26/2012 16:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Call on me teach, over here, me. So, can we take all 'union actions' which have effected the safety of targeted individuals and property as terrorist acts as well? /sarc off
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/26/2012 16:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Out of context. The story was supposed to be from the British perspective as if it was a news report or current events.
Posted by: Large Darling of the Antelope3345 || 11/26/2012 17:53 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Land dispute claims five lives in Jamrud
[Dawn] At least five persons were killed and a passerby child was injured when gunnies ambushed a car in Malagori area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency on Saturday.

Local officials said that the inmates of the car had come to the offices of political administration in Jamrud in connection with resolution of a land dispute with their rivals.

They said that the victims were attacked by a group of gunnies when they were going back in the car in Shahgai near Malagori. All the five men, stated to be relatives, were killed on the spot.

The victims were identified as Momin Khan, Misal Khan, Waqas Khan, Imdad Khan and Ibrar Khan. A passerby boy, Rahat Khan, who was also hurt. The attackers managed to flee after the incident. Officials said that the two rival groups had an old land dispute.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Devotees turn mosque floor red during mass flagellation to mourn Shiite martyr
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: They pay respects to the Prophet Mohammad and his martyred grandson with the flowing of their blood

Posted by: tipper || 11/26/2012 04:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top||

#1  Doesn't bother me at all when they celebrate their religion with their OWN blood; I just don't like it when they use other peoples blood.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/26/2012 7:53 Comments || Top||

#2  If yer still alive, keep flagellatin'.
Posted by: Spot || 11/26/2012 7:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Flagellation? Don't that make you go blind?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/26/2012 12:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Even their freaking worship services are gory. What a hell born religion.
Posted by: Daddy Gosbeck || 11/26/2012 12:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Hey, Mo sez he's not happy. Want's a few more quarts...from all the pious.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/26/2012 13:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Make your Sunni neighbor enjoy the wonders of the season, if he don't then shoot heem in the foot that he might see the light.

Posted by: Shipman || 11/26/2012 17:29 Comments || Top||



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