The only way they could argue for Garcia to remain locked up, even in a mental health facility, is if his crimes were of a violent nature and the crimes he's charged with do not fit the legal requirements.
There is a good part of the problem - burglaries are not considered 'violent' crimes.
[Washington Post] Tonga's King George Tupou V died at Hong Kong's Queen Mary Hospital Sunday, according to Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications.
Government spokesman Paula Mau said his body will be flown home and arrive in the small Pacific island nation on Monday. The body will lie in state for two days at the royal palace in the capital, Nuku'alofa, before being transported about 300 meters (1,000 feet) to the royal tomb.
Mau said he expects thousands from Tonga and many foreign dignitaries to attend the funeral. The country has begun three months of official mourning. Wearing black is encouraged and celebrations and music are discouraged.
The new king, Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka, will go by the title King Tupou VI.
[Bangla Daily Star] German dictator Adolf Hitler ...late Fuehrer of Germany, founder of the Third Reich, currently communing with his pals Himmler and Heydrich. He is reincarnated every few days as a politician somebody doesn't like... had a secret Nazi ranch near Hollywood in Los Angeles from where he intended to rule the world had his country won World War II, say historians.
Built by US sympathisers of the Nazi cause, Hilter's Murphy Ranch was tucked away in the idyllic Los Angeles hills between celebrity mansions and olive trees.
In fact, it was the heavily guarded home to a community of 50 Hollywood fascists who had planned to ride out the war there until the Third Reich was victorious, according to the historians.
The day after Pearl Harbour was bombed on December 7, 1941, police raided the place and took away its occupants.
Now ravaged by time, the property still stands a mile or so from the home of director Steven Spielberg; one of the most haunting landmarks in Los Angeles, it will soon be turned into a picnic area for hikers, the 'Sunday Express' reported.
Historian Randy Young said, "This was supposed to be the seat of American fascism ...a political system developed in Italia symbolized by the Roman fasces -- thin reeds, each flimsy in itself but unbreakable when bound into a bundle. The word is nowadays thrown around by all sorts of people who have no idea what they're talking about... from where Hitler would one day rule the US. They may've been Nazis but they're Nazis with taste."
In 1933, the 55-acre ranch was sold by screen cowboy Will Rogers to mining fortune heiress Jessie Murphy who later became enchanted by a charismatic German known only as Herr Schmidt who was secretly Hitler's special agent in Caliphornia.
Hitler's man in Hollywood persuaded her to invest US dollars four million to equip the property with a diesel power plant, a 375,000 gallon concrete water tank, bomb shelter and 22 bedrooms.
The plan was to turn it into a fascist Utopia where they and their Nazi friends could farm the land and live self -sufficiently far from the world's gaze until their big moment came, say the historians.
Nah, methinks it was Stalin who hoped to ruled the world from Hollywood. He had one hell of a lot more than 50 sympathizers working in the biz, plus Malibu would have been a really appealing place to wait out those nasty Russian winters.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
He still has a heck of a lot of 'sympathizers working in the biz' Ricky
Over the night of March 19 and early morning of March 20, Bejing local time, a message about a large number of military police showing up in Beijing spread widely across microblogs in mainland China.
The key figures in the action are said to be: Hu Jintao, the head of the CCP; Wen Jiabao, the premier; Zhou Yongkang, who has control of the People's Republic of China's police forces; and Bo Xilai, who was dismissed from his post as head of the Chongqing City Communist Party on March 15 by Wen Jiabao, after a scandal involving Bo's former police chief.
Li Delin, who is on the editorial board of Securities Market Weekly and lives in Dongcheng District of Beijing, wrote on his microblog a report that confirmed unusual troop movements: "There are numerous army vehicles, Changan Street is continuously being controlled. There are many plainclothes police in every intersection, and some intersections even had iron fences set up."
Of course it is possible that someone grabbed a unique opportunity but the Soviets more or less set the standards for bloodless coups and coups almost always happen Friday evening Saturday morning to ensure things can be settled for good before the regular folks tune into the news and workplace gossip on Monday. Cuts down on a lot of problems and I know the Chinese would be aware of it.
This is a tough one in some ways. The people have created this mess by electing those that taxed and spent the city into bankruptcy and ruin.
If you have someone take it over, they need receivership powers to make changes, which is basically a limited dictatorship.
If the citizens and voters don't like that, then I see no alternative but to let it go and fail. Once one runs the show to solve the problem, then it becomes one's problem and the citizens are off the hook.
In an ugly but effective way, this needs to be a lesson for everyone in the country in responsibility. Detroit will start changing or it will go extinct.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
Step 1: get rid of the current voters who created this mess.
The smart ones are already gone. In 1950 (post WWII), population of Detroit proper was ~1.8 million. By 1980, after The Great Society and a few riots, population was down to 1.2 million; today, about 700,000. Said another way, half a million people have bailed in a few decades.
Interestingly, one of the arguments against some sort of state manager running the place is that this would disenfranchise voters and make the city into a 'plantation'. Personally, I see it as appointing a court-ordered guardian for someone who is mentally unable to handle their affairs.
I keep wondering how the guy in Hardcore Pawn (on Court TV) survives - you have to take in more than you pay out to make a profit. Somebody up there has some money.
(No, I don't watch it - checked it out but there's too much yelling.)
Posted by: Barbara ||
D *** NG IT, DID THE NORTH KOREANS INVADE BUT NO BODY KNEW???
Yokay, I'll bite, I thought "Da Plan" as preferred was to let the Saudis or other Coalition buy the City + turn it into a Shining Beacon/Burd of glorious righteous, post-Modern Muslim, Corporate Middle East-ness in midwest America???
Espec vee the proposed GREAT LAKES FTZ = EEZ-SEZ???
The main union representing French domestic intelligence officers, those charged with counter-espionage and anti-terror investigations, called Wednesday on its members to stage a protest.
The head of the SNOP union, which represents senior police officers and is the main labour body for members of the DCRI security agency, said his members planned a "gathering" at their Paris headquarters on Friday.
Union secretary general Jean-Marc Bailleul said his members were protesting "human resources management" at the spy agency, and in particular the recent naming of a senior administrator to a post normally held by a field agent.
A smaller union said it wanted no part in the protest, and it was not clear how many of the agency's 4,000 intelligence officers planned to take part.
The head of the DCRI, Bernard Squarcini, said he had resolved the dispute by closing an administrative post in the anti-terror divisions and giving it to a "field-tested officer" from the ranks represented by SNOP.
Bailleul said his union would reject any attempt by agency outsiders to make political capital out of the internal labour dispute, at a time when France is in the midst of a tense presidential election campaign.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for re-election, made it a priority to reform the DCRI, which his government set up as a merger of the former DST domestic security service and RG political police. But he has also been criticised for allegedly being too close to Squarcini, who is under judicial investigation over allegations he illegally ordered surveillance on a journalist from Le Monde newspaper.
[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight... has claimed the PML-N and PPP leadership have joined hands for concealing their corruption and misdeeds, which was evident from the Senate, by-elections and passage of the 20th Amendment.
Imran Khan was addressing a presser at his residence on Monday, in which Pakistain Democratic Party chief Nawabzada Mansoor Ali Khan also announced the merger of his party with the PTI. During the speech, Imran Khan also announced that the PTI's central working committee had decided to appoint Javed Hashmi chairman of the party.
Imran Khan said that PML-N leadership fully supported the PPP's corrupt government and President Zardari. While criticising 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... and Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari ... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ... , he said that both were corrupt and whenever difficult time would come on the country, they would definitely flee from Pakistain. He said the PML-N had supported President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ... during his address at the joint session of parliament.
Answering a question about Fazlur Rehman, he said he was the biggest "munafiq" in the Pakistain because he had been a part of every government in the past and was now afraid of the PTI.
Commenting on PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's statement, he said that the whole nation knew how the PML-N had come into being and its billions of rupees corruption. He challenged Nisar Ali Khan to prove if the ISI supported or established the PTI. He said that these were merely allegations. He asked the PML-N to first tell the nation who made the ISI's political wing, what would happen after General Pasha's retirement and who took amount from Mehran Bank.
He said that the PM supported the president to save the corruption of billions of rupees, which was stashed in Swiss banks. Imran said that both the prime minister and President Asif Ali Zardari looted the country. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari looted the country with both hands and then shifted the money to Swiss banks. There was a dire need to get rid of corrupt President Zardari, he added.
He said that due to the wrong policies of the PPP government all institutions, including PIA, Pakistain Railways and others, have reached at the brink of destruction while ever-increasing price hike had made the lives of the people miserable. He claimed that no one could stop the tsunami of the PTI and its upcoming gatherings in Sialkot -- March 23, Mianwali -- March 24 and in Abbottabad ... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden.... -- April 8 will prove the growing popularity of the party.
The PTI chief said that intelligence agencies should not interfere in politics on the lam. He demanded the chief justice of Pakistain to probe the Mehran Bank scandal.
[Pak Daily Times] While hearing a suo motu case regarding irregularities and non-payment of salaries to Pakistan Railways (PR) workers, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered the PR authorities to curb corruption in the department.
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case. PR Chairman Arif Azeem, counsel for PR Rai Nawaz Kharal, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) additional prosecutor general and former Railways Board secretary Shafiqullah appeared before the court.
[Pak Daily Times] A lawyer at the Faisalabad Sessions Court on Monday slapped a civil judge for rejecting a bail plea of a man accused of robbery.
According to witnesses, Advocate Mohsin Nabeer appeared in the court of Civil Judge Azhar Ali Jaffari to seek bail for the accused. The civil judge rejected the bail, which provoked Nabeer to attack the judge. The lawyer slapped the judge, dragged him out of the court, and passed abusive remarks against him. Staff in the court caught the lawyer and handed him over to police, but some other lawyers freed him from the police custody. The lawyers also attacked some other judges, using abusive language against them. All judges left work in protest and gathered in the court of Civil Judge Azhar Ali Jaffari. Taking action against the lawyer, Punjab Bar Council (PBC) suspended his practice licence.
The PBC Executive Committee chairman issued the order. The lawyer was also directed to appear before the disciplinary committee on March 22.
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.