The residents of Lake Road, on a small peninsula at the mouth of Irondequoit Bay, woke up this morning to hell, hell on Christmas Eve. Volunteer firefighters from West Webster and Webster (NY) responded to the report of a house fire at 5:45 a.m. On arrival, they were ambushed and four firefighters were shot. Two have died and two are reported in serious condition at a local hospital.
As has been said before - we wonder why this is very rare in UK...
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As I recall, Webster is the last exit off the I-90 before the Pennsylvania border. The people there were very kind to me when the deer crashed into my car, completely shattering the front windshield -- an example of physics I have chosen not to explore. The bits I saw were a pretty example of asmall American town, though that was 1990 -- it may have changed since, if it's got meth labs
Webster is just east of Rochester, on the other side of Irondequoit Bay. The shooting took place on a peninsula across the mouth of the bay. The shooter, felon Wm. Spengler, took a position in natural cover behind a berm and fired on the firefighters as they arrived. First police on scene exchanged fire with Spengler then lost him in the dark and smoke. Was later found dead from a gunshot to the head, suicide.
Spengler served 18 yrs for the murder of his grandmother with a hammer in 1980. Paroled 1998 through 2006. As a felon, illegal for him to have firearms. Reportedly, his mother died a couple moths ago. They have not found his sister, also residing at the original fire scene.
7 houses destroyed by fire. Reminds me of the Breezy Point fire during Hurricane Sandy. Firefighters couldn't get in until scene was clear.
Map, link to scanner audio, at the story. Audio is chilling.
As has been said before - we wonder why this is very rare in UK...
Was it the Telegraph or the Daily Mail that ran a story a few days ago about how the Brits may technically have been disarmed, but nonetheless are considerably more likely to experience violence than Americans. Something about knives, baseball bats and fists, not to mention your tolerance of school bullies. And of course, America doesn't have yobs and their football... we regularly take our children to such things without needing to worry about their safety.
Also hear about French firefighters being attacked when responding to car-b-ques. Then there was the great question of why AmazonUK's top selling items were riot gear/baseball bats (baseball bats being quite a bit lighter).
[Los Angeles.CBSLocal] Authorities Saturday continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fight at an "End of the World" party in San Bernardino that turned deadly. "We're all gonna die, but you're first! [KERBLAMMO!]"
A statement by the San Bernardino Police Department says as many as 100 people had attended the party at a home on 7th Street on Friday evening. "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow... ummm... this evening... ummm... now? [BANG!]"
At some point during the party, a 29-year-old man was stabbed "Aaaaiiieee!"
and police were called to the scene to investigate. "Operator! Get me the police!"
Upon arriving on scene, authorities say a shooting occurred nearby. "It's da cops!"
Over dere! [BANG!]"
The shooting victim, identified as 20-year-old Felipe Jason Moreno, suffered fatal injuries. "[TWITCH! TWITCH! RATTLE! KICK!] Rosebud!"
His 22-year-old cousin was also wounded in the shooting, authorities said. "Ow! My arm!"
"The reason for the shooting appears to have stemmed from a fight that had occurred at the party location," the statement said. No! Re-e-e-e-ally?
[Fox News] Police in riot gear flooded the field of a youth football game in Southern California to stop a brawl that involved dozens and possibly hundreds of adult spectators.
Great example to their offspring, they are.
Chino police told the San Bernardino Sun they received several calls saying a melee had broken out amid a crowd of hundreds of parents who were watching a Pop Warner playoff game at a city park on Saturday.
Do they act like that in Mexico?
Sgt. Frank Mena said most of the brawlers ran from the field as police with helmets and clubs poured into the park. No one was seriously injured and no one was arrested.
Pablo Gutierrez, a lifelong Grant County resident who survived the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II and was among the last surviving members of his New Mexico National Guard unit who made it through the war, has died. Gutierrez was 93 and died at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City on Dec. 17 after developing respiratory complications and pneumonia.
Born Jan. 25, 1919, in Santa Rita, Gutierrez was in a New Mexico National Guard unit sent to the Philippines in 1941. A Guard history says only half the 1,800 men survived the 1942 battle against the invading Japanese, the Death March after the American surrender and 40 months of captivity. Among his military decorations was the Purple Heart.
Gutierrez would not talk about his war experiences, his daughter said, although he regularly attended a Memorial Day service at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery, where he'll be buried Friday. A small group of Grant County survivors attended the events, although all but Gutierrez had died in recent years. He was hospitalized during this year's event, but insisted on attending, so doctors arranged for an ambulance to take him.
"He didn't really like to talk about everything that he went through," his daughter Rosemary Gutierrezsaid. "There's other people out there that would tell all the stories, but he was a real quiet man about the torture he went through on the Death March. People would go up to him and tell him 'thank you' and ask him for more details. But he would just break down crying. He couldn't handle it."
After being liberated in September 1945, Gutierrez returned to New Mexico, married and worked as a plumber. He and his wife Sarah Chavez Gutierrez had two sons and a daughter, but only Rosemary survives. He is also survived by five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
The war deeply affected him, although he didn't like to talk about it. In recent years as his health declined, flashbacks were not uncommon. But he was always upbeat about life.
"He was never a bitter man about what happened in his life," Gutierrez said of her father.
[NY Daily News] Dental assistant Melissa Nelson was fired by her boss of 10 years because he felt her presence was a threat to his marriage. Seems tooth mechanic boss was spending too much time looking at her butt and not enough time looking at his wife. Since he had to get rid of one or the other he chose the one he wouldn't have to pay alimony. Then came the summons...
[Pak Daily Times] Kenyan police said Sunday they have locked away Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! 61 suspects over a brutal attack on a remote village in the southeast involving two rival communities that left 45 people dead including women and kiddies.
Villagers were hacked to death and their homes torched in Friday's attack on Kipao village in the Tana River delta region, an area where deadly tribal violence killed another 100 people earlier this year. Police said on Saturday they had arrested 56 people, including a policeman, in the wake of the onslaught, which they feared could further inflame tensions between the rival Orma and Pokomo communities in the area. Another five were arrested in a late-night "security operation," a police officer said on condition of anonymity on Sunday.
Police attributed the killings to a disarmament operation in the area but the violence could also be linked to the election being held next March, the first since Kenya was gripped by deadly inter-ethnic killings after a December 2007 vote. Police said the dead in Kipao included 16 children, five women and 10 men, along with 14 assailants.
[An Nahar] Several Kuwaiti liberal civil societies have condemned calls from some organizations and individuals forbidding the celebration of Christmas in the oil-rich Gulf state, a report said Sunday.
The civil societies said in a statement published by Al-Jarida newspaper that every year at this time certain groups declare celebrating Christmas and New Year as forbidden from an Islamic point of view.
"Because such actions represent an insult to Christianity and Christians ... we strongly reject the publication of such calls," a statement signed by nine liberal groups said, adding that such calls were an act of hatred criminalized under the international law.
The statement did not say who issued the calls, but usually some radical religious individuals and small groups issue fatwas (religious edict) forbidding Christmas celebrations.
However, Switzerland makes more than cheese... the mainstream Islamic organizations do not issue such calls.
There are no government restrictions on religious or social celebrations of Christmas or New Year in the conservative emirate, but social parties on any occasion must abide by strict regulations.
Kuwait has about a dozen churches which all freely mark Christmas especially in the main church complex in the heart of the capital Kuwait City.
There are some 200 Christians -- mainly of Iraqi or Paleostinian origin -- among the 1.2 million native population of Kuwait.
Anyone could write $82 million in bad cheques, hell, I could if I were home and near my chequebook. The trick is to get people to *accept* your bad paper, and that takes a significant long-con of apparent probity and good credit.
Posted by: Mitch H. ||
Once I was arrested, Bail was certified check, no cash, nothing else. (And the bail bondsmen were livid that I had My brother do it, for cash, got the certified check at Wall Mart, paid him back and all was well, the Bail Bondsmen have a racket there, interest is staggering.)
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[Pak Daily Times] Health worker Bushra Bibi spent eight years trekking to remote villages, carefully dripping polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccine into toddlers' pursed mouths to protect them from the crippling disease.
Now the 35-year-old mother is too scared to go to work after masked men on cycle of violences bumped off nine of her fellow health workers in a string of attacks this week. "I have seen so much pain in the eyes of mothers whose children have been infected. So I have never seen this as just a job. It is my passion," she said. "But I also have a family to look after ... Things have never been this bad."
After the deaths, the United Nations ...an organization whose definition of human rights is interesting, to say the least... put its workers on lockdown. Immunisations by the government continued in parts of the country. But the violence raised fresh questions over stability in the South Asian nation.
Taliban insurgency, convinced that the anti-polio drive is just another Western plot against Moslems, has long threatened action against anyone taking part in it.
The turban group's hostility deepened after it emerged that the CIA - with the help of a doctor - had used a vaccination campaign to spy on the late Osama bin Laden ... who doesn't live anywhere anymore... 's compound before he was killed by US special forces in a Pakistain town last year. Critics say the attacks on the health workers are a prime example of the government's failure to formulate a decisive policy on tackling militancy, despite pressure from key ally the United States, the source of billions of dollars in aid.
For years, authorities were aware that Taliban capos had broadcast claims that the vaccination drive was actually a plot to sterilise Moslems.
That may seem absurd to the West, but in Pakistain such assertions are plausible to some. Years of secrecy during military dictatorships, frequent political upheaval during civilian rule and a poor public education system mean conspiracy theories run wild.
"Ever since they began to give these polio drops, children are reaching maturity a lot earlier, especially girls. Now 12 to 13-year-old girls are becoming women. This causes indecency in society," said 45-year-old Mir Alam Khan, a carpet seller in the northern town of Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
The father of four didn't allow any of his children to receive vaccinations.
"Why doesn't the United States give free cures for other illnesses? Why only polio? There has to be an agenda," he said. While health workers risk attacks by turbans, growing suspicions from ordinary Paks are lowering their morale. Fatima, a health worker in the northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. , said that reaction to news of the CIA polio campaign was so severe that many of her colleagues quit.
"People's attitudes have changed. You will not believe how even the most educated and well-to-do people will turn us away, calling us US spies and un-Islamic," said the 25-year-old who did not give her last name for fear of reprisals.
"Boys call us names, they say we are 'indecent women'." Pakistain's government has tried to shatter the myths that can undermine even the best-intentioned health projects by turning to moderate holy mans and urging them to issue religious rulings supporting the anti-polio efforts.
Tahir Ashrafi, head of the All Pakistain Ulema Council, said the alliance of holy mans had done its part, and it was up to the government to come to the rescue of aid workers.
"Clerics can only give fatwas and will continue to come together and condemn such acts," he said. "What good are fatwas if the government doesn't provide security?" That may be a tall order in Pakistain, where critics allege government officials are too busy lining their pockets or locked in power struggles to protect its citizens, even children vulnerable to diseases that can cripple or disfigure them.
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