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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Today's Idiot
Short of shifting your buttocks in such a way that your cell phone’s speed-dial function is activated, I don't quite know how you "accidentally" dial 911.

All I know is that you might want to take necessary measures to make sure this "accident" doesn't occur while you're up to something contrary to the laws.

Like making a drug deal.
"This is 911. May we--"
"If that's a genuine eight ball of genuine crack, you've got a deal, pal."
*911 operator listens for a minute as the beauzeau digs himself deeper*

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that 24-year-old Justin Kryzanowski of Scranton accidentally dialed 911 while allegedly in the midst of a drug deal Wednesday, a call which the Lackawanna County dispatch center forwarded to Officer Friendly, who traced the cellphone's open line to Kryzanowski's apartment.

When cops showed up at Kryzanowski's apartment, they reportedly found him talking with slow and slurred speech. They also reportedly found syringes loaded with Suboxone, various prescription medications, drug paraphernalia, and brass knuckles.
Lucky for the dumb crook, he wasn't wearing and brandishing them.
All told, Kryzanowski was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited offensive weapons, police said.
Posted by: Korora || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The world can be a difficult place--even more difficult if you are stupid.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/12/2012 9:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Sgt. Stryker (John Wayne): Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid. (Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949)

or

Intelligence is finite. There are just more people around these days.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/12/2012 9:17 Comments || Top||

#3  My brothers blackberry dialed 911 by accident at a bbq. 911 called him back to make sure everything was okay. Not sure how it happens but it does.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/12/2012 9:44 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Warning shots, tear gas fired at Tunisia demos
SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia: Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets late Thursday to disperse a second anti-government protest in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of last year’s revolution. Some 800 demonstrators rolled their eyes fiercely furious at police intervention against a protest earlier in the day made faces threw stones at security forces who again replied with rubber bullets and tear gas. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The police used rubber bullets and tear gas and there were no injuries? Time to stop using the nerf batons...
On Thursday morning hundreds of demonstrators demanding the resignation of the Islamist-led government had tried to force their way into the provincial government headquarters, before the police fired tear gas and warning shots into the air. The protesters broke through the entrance to the compound, but when the shots and tear gas were fired, the panicked crowd scattered.

The demonstrators had been chanting anti-government slogans such as "Please kick our asses!" “The people want the regime to fall!” accusing the ruling elite of “hypocrisy” and demanding the right to work.

A similar incident took place at the end of June, when protesters angered over their living conditions attacked the same building, hurling shoes rocks and burning tires, with police firing tear gas to disperse them.
With, again, no injuries...
The Tunisian Workers Party denounced the forceful tactics used by the police on Thursday and reiterated its support for the protesters’ demands, including the dismissal of the provincial governor, the head of the national guard and the public prosecutor. It also called for the freeing of four protesters it said were arrested.

Sidi Bouzid is where the uprising began that eventually toppled former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and touched off the Arab Spring, when a street vendor immolated himself in December 2010 in protest over his own precarious livelihood. The town is located in a particularly marginalized region, and little has improved since the revolution, according to analysts.
Likely because nobody there is bothering to make the place better...
“The residents of Sidi Bouzid live in very difficult conditions, especially with the water and electricity cuts seen recently,” said political expert Ahmed Manai. “These protests were to be expected.”
What are the people themselves doing about it? Reminds me of the comments Mitt Romney made about culture, the comments that were vilified by the Left but are true in the real world.
Poor living conditions, including high youth unemployment, were a driving factor behind the revolution. Despite signs of an economic recovery this year, many people remain frustrated by the government’s failure to improve their social circumstances, which has led to strikes and confrontations with the police.

The forceful disruption of Thursday’s protests came amid heightened criticism of the government by opposition and civil society groups, which accuse it of increasingly authoritarian and Islamist tendencies.

Several NGOs have accused Ennahda, which leads the ruling tripartite coalition, of seeking to curtail freedom of expression, most recently with a draft law to criminalize offenses against “sacred values” that could carry a two-year jail term. Another controversy has flared up over a proposed article in the new constitution that refers to the “complementarity” of men to women rather than their equality.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Warning" shots?
You need the real kapowie here.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 21:00 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Arabia to Build All-Women City
Thousands of jobs to be created in textiles, pharmaceuticals and food-related industries which will be exclusively run by women.
And exclusively owned by men...
Isolate the girls? Another reason for Saudi birthrates to drop.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [641 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Concentrate, then Kill wholesale.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  thought that was the Red Tent?
Posted by: Angealing Sinatra7251 || 08/12/2012 2:36 Comments || Top||

#3  I strongly recommend targeted (wymin only) low or no interest housing loans. It's a great way to take over entire communities, whilst at the same time permanently alter demographics, political constituencies and voting blocks.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 5:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Not if they're unable to legally enter into a contract or own property ....
Posted by: lotp || 08/12/2012 7:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Some things can be...overlooked, like being a mooslim and having a Jewish husband, etc. The ends justify, you know the deal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 8:03 Comments || Top||

#6  There'll be some tough days ahead after their cycles synchronize.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 08/12/2012 11:26 Comments || Top||

#7  look at all teh money they'll save on roads since nobody can drive...
Posted by: Frank G || 08/12/2012 12:48 Comments || Top||

#8  They're separating the sexes even more. What will the men of Saudi Arabia do for outlets? The morals police will be busy.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 08/12/2012 13:22 Comments || Top||

#9  The goats are scared.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 13:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Baaaaa, Baaaaauggery!
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 08/12/2012 20:17 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
S. Korea's Lee visits disputed islets despite Japan's protests
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak paid a landmark visit Friday to a set of disputed islets claimed by both South Korea and Japan, an unprecedented trip that raised Tokyo's ire. The president visited the lonely East Sea outcroppings known as Dokdo here and Takeshima in Japan after a stop on the nearby Ulleung Island, some 90 kilometers west of the disputed islets, according to his office.

A self-professed pragmatist, Lee had largely avoided clashing headlong with Japan on outstanding historical issues even when the public sentiment at home dictated otherwise. The trip, which made Lee the first South Korean leader to set foot on the islets coveted for rich mineral resources in its surrounding waters, came only four months before voters elect his successor.

It also came just a few days before South Korea celebrates the 67th anniversary of its independence from the Japanese colonial rule.

Lying equidistant between South Korea and Japan, the sparsely inhabited islets have been a chronic source of diplomatic row.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [404 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lots of disputed islands, shoals and kelp beds in the surrounding waters. The big showdow will be over who gets the Islets of Langerhans.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/12/2012 2:25 Comments || Top||

#2  A medical joke from Steve, which brings back memories of peering through a microscope at human tissue samples I had stained in the lab and which looked nothing like they were supposed to.
Posted by: phil_b || 08/12/2012 4:25 Comments || Top||

#3  For those not Googley inclined...
"The islets of Langerhans are the regions of the pancreas that contain its endocrine (i.e., hormone-producing) cells."
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/12/2012 11:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Nippon is repor willing to take its Dokdo/
Takeshima issue wid the ROK before the UNO.

See also TOPIX > IN ASIA, A WAVE OF ESCALATING TERRITORIAL DISPUTES.

Again, China sees itself as a "post-US", de facto future World #1 vee the "weak/declining" USA - IT WANTS OVERSEAS PLA MILBASES BEFITING SUCH THROUGHOUT THE SO-CALLED "FIRST ISLAND CHAIN" [+ ultimately beyond], AND ITS N-O-T GETTING IT.

China's growing influence in CAMBODIA is upsetting the ASEAN Nations + major Nuclear Powers because, in part, it puts China + PLA in a LT position to strategically dominate iff not outright control the entire Straits of Malaccas + entrance into Eastern Indian Ocean.

Also read, SSSSSSHHHHHH ...CCCCCCC the bulk or whole of SE Asia, MAINLAND + MARITIME.

---------

* Also from TOPIX > CHINA ASSERTS SEA CLAIM WID POLITICS AND SHIPS.

"Panda" = "Fish" = "Chow Mein" Diplomacy.

* SAME > CHINA CLAIMS/LAYS SOVEREIGNTY ON 80% OF DISPUTED SEA.

The Percentage is significantly higher iff one includes claims to UW Seafloors ala "Continental Shelf" Diplomacy.

versus

* SAME > AS SEVERE STORMS OVERWHELEM CHINA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, EXPERTS WARN THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE.

* RELATED SAME > BEIJING: CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BRING MORE HEAVY RAINS TO CHINA.

TRUE - but Beijing must continue to bear in mind that perennial lack of OWG Govts-Perts consensus as per "PEAK RESOURCES/ENVIRONMENT" can potentially have serious, perhaps even catastrophic, impact or consequences on its
"Post-US", "MANIFEST DESTINY".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/12/2012 23:26 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
'Red Dawn' Unabashedly Waves Flag, '80s Nostalgia - Breitbart
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another fun looking movie...
Posted by: 49 pan || 08/12/2012 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The original Red Dawn film with Patrick Swayze is set in the 1980s in which the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies.

Today, we should be talking about an inside job.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/12/2012 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Probably just a notional offset John. You remember how we used to conduct map and field training exercises into imaginary places like...... Newcricketsland. I believe it was bordered on the North by the Sea of Japan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 11:22 Comments || Top||

#4  "Red Dawn" may be one of the most misunderstood movie in history.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/12/2012 21:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Why should the NOKORS invade when they can just go thru TAIWAN like their SOKOR cousins + Russians, etal. vee the new US visa tourist waiver???

The Korean people are more interested in ethno-political national reunification, + recovering ancient mainland or East Asia territories lost to China + other, not invading bankrupt US Cities like Detroit or the Mackenzie Brothers.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/12/2012 22:55 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Obama hosts Ramadan Iftar reception at White House
US President Barack Obama hosted Ramadan 'iftar' (breaking-fast) reception at the White House last night. Addressing the audience from members of diplomatic corps and Muslim members of US Congress, President Obama wished a blessed Ramadan to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world.

"To the millions of Muslim Americans across the United States and more --- the more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time of reflection and a time of devotion. It's an occasion to join with families and friends in celebration of a faith known for its diversity and a commitment to justice and the dignity of all human beings. So to you and your families, Ramadan kareem.," he said.

"This evening reminds us of both the timeless teachings of a great religion and the enduring strengths of a great nation. Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life."
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under:

#1  celebration of a faith known for its diversity and a commitment to justice and the dignity of all human beings

Uh-huh. It seems unfair when the articles are self-snarking.

Did they have the Airing of Grievances or the traditional Beheading the Infidel?
Posted by: SteveS || 08/12/2012 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  It seems unfair when the articles are self-snarking

But it isn't the article, SteveS, it's the very words from the mouth of The Smartest Man in the Room, unfiltered through the interpretation of a mere journalist.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/12/2012 4:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Islam has always been part of our American family

His family possibly, but not mine. January, please, please hurry.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 4:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought I was clicking the article AFTER 'Today's Idiot' and missed when I saw this...
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/12/2012 8:53 Comments || Top||

#5  "...and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life."

And some have tried to destroy our country too.

Drop a couple of letters, add another, rearrange a couple of others and you get "Elitist."
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/12/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||

#6  WTF is the idiot-in-chief talking about? Our country has been diametrically opposed to the mohammaden since the 1790s. I wish this guy would just STFU and stay on the links. He can't find time to work w/his jobs team but finds time for this b.s. -- Seriously, he'd be better off lauding great Wiccan contributions during the next Solstice...
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 08/12/2012 11:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Enuf BH6! Champs Wiccan name is sealed within the coven, it shall not be revealed. Move along now, like a good chap will you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 11:32 Comments || Top||

#8  I was being half-serious about the wiccan thing...the few I've come across were far more cogent & trust-worthy than the muzzies I've dealt with. Plus, no self-respecting coven would initiate one such as The One as a brother of the bell...
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 08/12/2012 11:39 Comments || Top||

#9  And again I'll say it.... Never trust an Arab, never trust a Russian.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 11:40 Comments || Top||

#10  When's the Scientology dinner?
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/12/2012 11:45 Comments || Top||

#11  If it wasn't for islam, we would not have the Navy or Marines tradition as it is.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/12/2012 12:44 Comments || Top||

#12  As noted yesterday, 3 Special Forces troops were gunned down by a Muslim "friendly" in Afghanistan during the same Ramadan meal that the President was speaking at half way around the world.

Islam is at war with America in full force.
Posted by: Jiting Lumumba1148 || 08/12/2012 20:34 Comments || Top||

#13  The camel's nose is under the tent.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/12/2012 23:50 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police suspect 'wave of nationalistic arson attacks'
...which is code for "The damned Arabs did it just to be hateful."
Dozens of firefighting crews, planes needed to control Kiryat Tivon blaze, homes burned, residents evacuated.

Police said on Thursday that they suspect a spate of fires over the past two days is part of a "wave of nationalistically motivated arson attacks."

It took some 30 firefighting crews, as well as firefighting aircraft, to gain control over a fire in Kiryat Tivon, southeast of Haifa, on Thursday afternoon. It was the second blaze in the area in as many days.

Police evacuated several people from their homes. An old age home was also evacuated.

At least two homes were damaged by the flames, but no injuries were reported.

The municipality opened a shelter for displaced people at the Narkisim school in Kiryat Tivon.

Asst.-Ch. Hagai Dotan, head of the Coastal Police, said the fires may be a form of nationalistic attack.

Police set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
four Paleostinians from the West Bank whom they found in the vicinity of a fire near Jerusalem on Wednesday, on suspicion of involvement in starting the blaze.

Dotan said that police and Fire and Rescue Services were on high alert due to the threat of additional arson.

Earlier on Thursday, firefighters succeeded in gaining control of a fire just outside Jerusalem near Moshav Even Sapir.

Wednesday saw firefighters battle blazes in the same areas, as well as on in the eastern Carmel mountains.

No injuries were reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:


Science & Technology
US fines Google $22.5 million for privacy violations
The US Federal Trade Commission [FTC] fined Google $22.5 million for violating the privacy of people who used rival Apple's Safari web browser even after pledging not to do so. The FTC said Google had agreed with the commission in October 2011 not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Safari users, but then went ahead and did so.

David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, questioned Google's efforts on privacy protection.

"It is troubling to us that Google says, we didn't know," he told reporters. "A company like Google that is storing personal information from hundreds of millions of people has to do better."

While Google agreed to the fine, it did not admit it had violated the earlier agreement. A Google spokesperson said the FTC was focused on a help center web page published more than two years before Google agreed to refrain from the cookie activities on Safari.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [628 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So? When do I get my check?
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/12/2012 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Meanwhile the local, State, and Federal govmint is in everyone's business from health care, to what you buy, and to what you eat and drink.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/12/2012 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Hmmm, some reason Allah's pissed at those folk?
LIghtning at the Mosque, now this, Maybe it's a sign NOT to kill people In HIS name.
Use another.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 11:42 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Death toll from Iran's two quakes reaches 220
Posted by: || 08/12/2012 01:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  See the above.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 18:21 Comments || Top||



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