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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man bites dog, sues policemen
[Arab News] A 33-year-old man who bit back after he was caught by a Phoenix police dog is suing police.
Dog bites man=not news.
Man bites dog=news.
This must be news, so pay attention.

Erin Sullivan alleges the dog violated his civil rights and used excessive force to capture him after he ran from officers in Glendale during a burglary investigation last year.

Police say Sullivan bit the dog back, injuring it.

The lawsuit names the cities of Phoenix and Glendale and four officers.

Precursor filings to the lawsuit sought $200,000 from Glendale and $250,000 from Phoenix.

Officials in Glendale and Phoenix have declined comment.

Sullivan also alleges Glendale police refused to give him insulin to treat his diabetes. Sullivan's attorney, Keith Knowlton, has said his client suffered a diabetic seizure in a Glendale cell.

Sullivan is serving eight years for convictions in the Glendale burglary.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...after he ran from officers in Glendale during a burglary investigation last year...
Sullivan is serving eight years for convictions in the Glendale burglary.


Because it's his constitutional right to run from officers? Man, thirty years of watching COPS and the dude still doesn't understand the fundamentals. Another example of the courts allowing themselves to become clogged by creating an environment that invites such suits, thus denying reasonable redress by others waiting in line with cases of worth.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 1:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Question: Isn't biting a police dog comparable to resisting arrest or obstructing an officer? Your legal expertise please.
Posted by: mom || 04/18/2011 17:53 Comments || Top||

#3  They treat it as an assault on an officer.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/18/2011 19:03 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
US Soldier (Afghanistan Veteran) Rides Out a Tornado in North Carolina
Nothing scares these young guys. Tornados just piss them off.
staying at lovett's cause a fucking tornado came and destroyed my house with me des and the dogs inside. we are fine but all our shit is gone. thanks a lot mother nature for being such a bitch

it's a miracle we are still alive. the bathtub saved our lives. any other room and we would probably be dead. (this is a link to the pictures of the devistation at his house.)
Happened Saturday to family. I know this submission is a little salty and is probably (rantburg correspondent stuff) not the source you guys post but thought I would let you know how our veterans take life's big disasters in stride and try to bite back at fate. :-)
Posted by: Jinese McGurque4032 || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:


Japan Expects to End Nuclear Crisis in Nine Months
[Tolo News] Operator of Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear plant has expected to cool the reactors in nine months amid Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Edmund Randolph ...
's visit to the country.

At a presser on Sunday chairman of TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co) said they need nine months to bring the reactors to a cold shutdown in nine months. But officials in Tokyo are doubtful about the timetable.

"We sincerely apologise for causing troubles," BBC quoted Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman of TEPCO, as saying. "We are doing our utmost to prevent the crisis from further worsening."

He said after nine months people would be able to return to the area and restart their life the same as before.

At the same time the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Tokyo to announce Washington's support to Japan.

Sending 20,000 troops to help Japan in rubble clearance and rescue efforts and as well as many other ships and planes the United States has hunted hearts and minds in Japan.

Before the crisis relations between the two nations went souring after a dispute on US military bastions in southern Japan.

On March 11 Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant hit by a strong tsunami triggered by a huge quake.

The incident led to the death of some 14,000 people while hundreds of thousands of others are still missing.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [536 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe I heard it wrong...

CNN AM > gave me the impression that TEPCO = JAPAN needs roughly three months just to effec lower the radiation to safe levels, then another six months afterwards to cap Fukushima Reax 1-4, THEN NINE MONTHS ADDITIONAL AFTER THE AFORE 3 + 6 MONTHS TO COMPLETELY SHUTDOWN THE PLANT.

IIUC, the new CNN Math is 3 + 6 Months = actually 18 MONTHS???

PRESUMING THAT NOTHING BAD HAPPENS ANEW IN THE INTERIM.

The bad news also for TEPCO + Tokyo is that neither CNN nor even FX believe the nine months only timeline will be enuff.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  ION BHARAT RAKSHAK > {Mainichi News]DATA SHOW TSUNAMI THE KILLER [Drowning], ELDERLY THE MOST VULNERABLE IN DISASTER. Approxi 54.8% of dead in three Perfectures from 03-11 TOHOKU/SENDAI EVENT = Persons aged 65 years or older.

and

* SAME > [Nature.com] ARE LARGER EARTHQUAKES THE SIGN OF THE TIMES.

ARTIC = World rocked by flurry of massive, Tsunami/Tidal Wave-generating MAG8.8-or-higher quakes since 2005, PROB = 63.0%-plus THAT A FUKUSHIMA-STYLE, MAG9.0-OR-HIGHER QUAKE WILL OCCUR AGAIN IN SIX YEARS = YEAR 2017.

WHOA, GUAM TAOTAMONAS "GHOST WRITE" FOR NATURE MAGAZINE - WHO KNEW???

[MADONNA = "ROCK ME, BABY" here].

Guam's "KAMALEN" wave will be agz the island's west coast - nminor in scale + comparison to 2004 + 2011 Fukushima unless you live on-island.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 2:34 Comments || Top||

#3  "...while hundreds of thousands of others are still missing."

I hadn't noticed that being reported anywhere else. Hundreds of thousands is a lot of people.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/18/2011 6:32 Comments || Top||

#4  NHK's summary
Nearly 28,000 people are dead or missing in the March 11th quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan

The National Police Agency says that as of 3PM Monday, 13,858 people have been confirmed dead, including those who were killed in aftershocks on April 7th and 11th.

14,030 are listed as missing. The police agency says, however, that the number does not include people missing in Sendai City, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, as authorities are checking for any overlapping reports.
.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/18/2011 7:10 Comments || Top||

#5  So, the original article is off only by an order of magnitude or so. Just silly zeros.

Tolo News, eh. Grain of / handful of salt applies to these guys I guess.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/18/2011 10:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Wife is from the orient and even trying to translate correctly I often notice her being off some magnitude of 10. It's common enough among her friends too that I think the the oriental press should change their reporting to use scientific notation ... ie 1.925 x 10 to the n...
Posted by: Water Modem || 04/18/2011 11:09 Comments || Top||

#7  CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > JAPANESE TOLD BY GOVT. TO EAT [safe?]RADIOACTIVE VEGETABLES | PLEASE EAT FUKUSHIMA VEGGIES, JAPAN TELLS RADIATION-WEARY NATION.

PCorrect Top Govt. Leaders + other Tokyo Diet/Parliament-critters = Nippon Politicos rushing to be first in line to sample.

Yokay, I'll say it - D *** NG IT, IFF AMERICA = AMERIKA IS WONDERING WHY OUR FUTURE DESCENDANTS LOOK LIKE "GREY" + "BLUE" SPACE ALIENS FROM ROSWELL, WELL WONDER NO MORE!

D *** NGED TIME-SPACE SPACE-TEENS + THEIR SOLYENT LIGHTSPEED BUGGIES!

* WMF > JAPAN TO BUILD "ALTERNATE/VICE" CAPITAL CITY IN CASE TOKYO IS DESTROYED BY MAJOR NATURAL DISASTER. POST-DISASTER CONTINUATION OF MAIN GOVT. FUNCTIONS. A MAG7.3-OR-HIGHER MAJOR EARTHQUAKE IN TOKYO BAY COULD KILL UP TO 1.1 MILYUHN JAPANESE, DESTROY 850,000 HOMES + GOVT., COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, AND INCUR AN ECON LOSS AS HIGH AS Y$112.0MILYUHN.

* CNN AM > JAPANESE ECONOMY, TOURISM SERIOUSLY DAMAGED BY 03/11/2011 QUAKE-TSUNAMI + FUKUSHIMA CRISIS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 23:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Japan's ranking in the TOP-TIER = TOP FIVE OF MAJOR WORLD ECONOMIES, + also its very sovereignty + national existence, is at risk as a consequence of the TOHOKU/SENDAI EVENT INCLUD THE [Multi-Region affecting]FUKUSHIMA CRISIS.

Perhaps a little good news for Nippon -not much but a little ...

* PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM [post-Tohoku/Sendai Event]> PLA ANNOUNCES "END TO WAR" [MilPol = Geopol hostility] BETWEEN MAINLAND CHINA + JAPAN.

Pragmatically, why should Beijing argue wid BFF Russia over strategic access thru the Russ-controlled, now Russ-sovereign SOUTH KURILS = FORMER PRE-WW2/1945 JAPANESE "NORTHERN TERRITORIES" iff it can get seriously Econ, Enviro, + Geopol troubled Japan on China's side.

AIR-NAVAL PORTS + BASE RIGHTS IN MAINLAND JAPAN + OKINAWA [ancient "Ryukyu Kingdom" Chin vassal state], Daoyus = Senkakus, perhaps even SINO-JAPAN-US TRILATERAL COOP ON TAIWAN???

MSM-NET = CHINA HAS THE $$$ NOW, NOT THE USA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 23:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Japan's ranking in the TOP-TIER = TOP FIVE OF MAJOR WORLD ECONOMIES, + also its very sovereignty + national existence, is at risk as a consequence of the TOHOKU/SENDAI EVENT INCLUD THE [Multi-Region affecting]FUKUSHIMA CRISIS.

Perhaps a little good news for Nippon -not much but a little ...

* PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM [post-Tohoku/Sendai Event]> PLA ANNOUNCES "END TO WAR" [MilPol = Geopol hostility] BETWEEN MAINLAND CHINA + JAPAN.

Pragmatically, why should Beijing argue wid BFF Russia over strategic access thru the Russ-controlled, now Russ-sovereign SOUTH KURILS = FORMER PRE-WW2/1945 JAPANESE "NORTHERN TERRITORIES" iff it can get seriously Econ, Enviro, + Geopol troubled Japan on China's side.

AIR-NAVAL PORTS + BASE RIGHTS IN MAINLAND JAPAN + OKINAWA [ancient "Ryukyu Kingdom" Chin vassal state], Daoyus = Senkakus, perhaps even SINO-JAPAN-US TRILATERAL COOP ON TAIWAN???

MSM-NET = CHINA HAS THE $$$ NOW, NOT THE USA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/19/2011 0:00 Comments || Top||


Cyclones leave 45 dead across seven US states
[The Nation (Nairobi)] At least 45 people were left dead after a powerful storm whipped up tornadoes in seven southern US states, media reported today.

The tornadoes left a trail of destruction in North Carolina Saturday, levelling homes and businesses and knocking out power, the NBC television network reported.

The fast-moving storm toppled trees and power lines, tore roofs off houses and scattered tractor-trailers across highways.

Some two dozen tornadoes were reported in the southern states of Mississippi and Alabama on Friday, a day after 15 twisters struck in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, the National Weather Service said.

Violent weather also hit Arkansas and Georgia on Friday, US news reports said.

Particularly hard-hit was the North Carolina capital city of Raleigh, where dozens of homes were destroyed. Officials also reported multiple fatalities and widespread power outages throughout much of the state.

The violent weather system began late Thursday in Oklahoma, and left a trail of death and destruction as it travelled Friday and Saturday through several states,

Ripped from foundation
Among seven people killed in Alabama were mother and her two children, who were sheltering inside their double-wide trailer when it was ripped from its foundation and thrown about 500 feet, landing on its roof, disaster officials said.

The potent storm had made its way into the Atlantic Ocean by early Sunday, meteorologists with the National Storm Prediction Center said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [395 views] Top|| File under:

#1  N.C. has 14.5 percent "mobile homes." I'm sorry for the losses but everyone knows "moble homes" are tornado magnets.
Posted by: Jealet Smith4593 || 04/18/2011 22:10 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Religion of Peace Followers Riot After Christian Elected Prez
Deadly rioting erupted across Nigeria's largely Muslim north on Monday as yoots torched churches and homes in Muslim Rage at President Goodluck Jonathan's election victory. Jonathan, the first president from the oil producing Niger Delta, was declared the winner with around 57 percent of votes. He defeated Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler from the north, who got around 31 percent.

Observers have called the poll the fairest in decades in Africa's most populous nation. But Buhari's supporters accuse the ruling party of rigging and rejected the results.
Of course thay do. He's not a Muslim.
The results show how polarised the country is, with Buhari sweeping the north and Jonathan winning the largely Christian south. Jonathan had nearly 23 million votes to just over 12 million for Buhari.

The Nigerian Red Cross said churches, mosques and homes had been burned in rioting across the north and many people had been killed, but it was impossible to give a toll for now.

"In Kaduna we have seen dead bodies lying by the road," Red Cross official Umar Mairiga told Reuters. "Two thousand people have been displaced at one military camp alone."
Military Camp?
Authorities in the northern state of Kaduna imposed a 24-hour curfew after protesters set fire to the residence of Vice President Namadi Sambo in the town of Zaria and forced their way into the central prison, releasing inmates.
They need more thugs and mayhem makers.
Security forces fired in the air and used teargas to disperse groups of yoots shouting "We want Buhari, we want Buhari".
Some people just can't handle emocracy.
Police said the violence was political rather than ethnic or religious.
Horse-hockey!
Twelve years after the end of military rule, the army said it stood fully behind the government and democratic rule.

"No one's political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," he said in a statement.

Buhari was yet to make any public statement on the violence despite appeals by foreign embassies that he call for calm.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/18/2011 17:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Declare the rioters to be in insurrection and shoot them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/18/2011 18:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Works for me Darth.

Police said the violence was political rather than ethnic or religious.

A distinction without a difference.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/18/2011 19:19 Comments || Top||

#3  "In Kaduna we have seen dead bodies lying by the road," Red Cross official Umar Mairiga told Reuters. "Two thousand people have been displaced at one military camp alone."
Military Camp?


No ugly, blue eyed colonials involved, therefore no UN or Whitehouse comment, condemnation, or outrage. Christians to be murdered and eaten soon enough. Move along now, little of consequence to be seen here. Remember, this IS Afica.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 19:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Offer refuge to the Coptic Christians from Egypt if someone from there family joins the Military. That a million Christians suddenly being armed should shut them up real fast.
Posted by: Charles || 04/18/2011 19:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Some people just can't handle emocracy.

Emocracy: rule by histronic pigmentation-challenged kohl-eyed twentysomethings.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 04/18/2011 20:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Well you see infidels should only get 1/4th a vote (Muslim women get 1/2).

Its somewhere in the Crayon I'm sure....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/18/2011 21:22 Comments || Top||


Jonathan set for landslide in Nigerian vote
[Al Jazeera] Incumbent candidate Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
is heading for victory by a landslide margin in Nigeria's presidential election.

With most ballots counted in 35 of the West African country's 36 states Jonathan had tallied more than 22 million votes while his nearest rival Muhammadu Buhari, the country's former military ruler, had around 12 million.

Formal confirmation of the result is not expected before Monday, but the margin of Jonathan's lead suggests he has secured election without requiring a runoff vote. To win in the first round, a candidate needs a simple majority and a quarter of the vote in two thirds of the 36 states.

Al Jizz's Yvonne Ndege, reporting the capital, Abuja, said: "It's safe to say that the cat is out of the bag, and that Jonathan has won this election."

Jonathan polled strongly in predominantly Christian southern areas, including some of Nigeria's most populous cities, while Buhari attracted most of his support in the country's Mohammedan north.

Observers hailed the vote as "orderly and transparent" but some Buhari supporters claimed the results looked suspicious while youths in some northern cities set up burning barricades, the Rooters news agency reported.

In Lagos, Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) picked up 65.9 per cent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The PDP, which has won every presidential vote since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999, had struggled there in last weeks the parliamentary election.

Oronto Douglas, a senior advisor to Jonathan, told Rooters: "This is no time for triumphalism. It is a time for deep reflection, for strengthening the bond of our union and for all of us to work together."

So far, there has been no official reaction from the candidates.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Former UK Soldier Given 70 Days For Burning A Koran In England
A former soldier has been sentenced to 70 days in prison for setting fire to a copy of Muslim holy book the Koran in the centre of Carlisle.

Andrew Ryan had previously admitted religiously aggravated harassment and theft of a Koran from a library. The 32-year-old, of Summerhill, said he had been "shocked" watching a Muslim burning a poppy on Remembrance Day.

Shoppers and schoolchildren witnessed the burning, outside the old Town Hall, on 19 January.

Sitting at Carlisle Magistrates' Court, District Judge Gerald Chalk described it as a case of "theatrical bigotry".

He said: "It was pre-planned by you as you stole the book deliberately. You went out to cause maximum publicity and to cause distress."

Ryan struggled with security guards in court after the sentence was passed. While being handcuffed he shouted: "What about my country? What about burning poppies?"

About 10 people were in court to support Ryan, and as they left the court they shouted "do you call this justice?".

After sentencing, Inspector Paul Marshall, of Cumbria Police, said: "This incident was highly unusual for Cumbria as we have such low levels of hate crime in the county."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/18/2011 19:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under:

#1  such low levels of hate crime in the county
Burning a koran is called a "hate crime" instead of an act of sanitation?
Strange world.
Posted by: tipper || 04/18/2011 20:37 Comments || Top||


Prince Harry promoted to army captain
LONDON -- Britain's Prince Harry has been promoted to captain in the Air Corps after completing five years' service in the army, palace officials said Sunday. The prince, a former lieutenant and trainee Apache helicopter pilot, would now be known as Captain Harry Wales, St. James's Palace said in a statement.

He was also awarded his Apache Badge on Thursday, marking the completion of an eight-month course that included day and night flying and ground school training. The 26-year-old prince is now qualified to fly the aircraft without an instructor, and he has progressed to a further weapons handling course to complete his training as an Army Air Corps pilot.

Harry became an army officer in April 2006, after a 44-week training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, southwest of London. He had served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan during 2007 and 2008 as an air controller.
Good for him.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [428 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Very, very good, it's nice to see Royals fighting alongside US.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/18/2011 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if anyone will call him, "The Captain, formerly known as Prince".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/18/2011 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Hell yeah! Good on ya lad!
Posted by: Mr. Bill || 04/18/2011 16:20 Comments || Top||

#4  He had served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan during 2007 and 2008 as an air controller.
So: he didn't get into the air in his chosen profession (where the projectiles fly?). Know's how to work the system, eh?
Posted by: Jealet Smith4593 || 04/18/2011 22:36 Comments || Top||

#5  I understand he volunteered but the powers-that-be decided his downing/capture/kill would be a PR disaster. Don't disagree with that. It's the will, not the doing, that should be respected. He's done it, been there. More power to him. Obviously, Diana's son more than the Muslim-Luvin Tampon-In-Chief Dad
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 22:40 Comments || Top||

#6  So: he didn't get into the air in his chosen profession (where the projectiles fly?). Know's how to work the system, eh?
Posted by: Jealet Smith4593

A totally uncalled for comment Jealet, particularly in light of the people who run our government these days. No problem with old Albion or Royals bashing, but not a lad in uniform for phuechs sake. I would urge you to have the mods remove it before it causes any additional embarrassment.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 22:46 Comments || Top||

#7  #4 Jealet Smith4593 - 'Tis better to keep quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth keyboard and remove all doubt.

Troll.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/18/2011 22:57 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Castro backs term limits
[The Nation (Nairobi)] Cuban President Raul Castro has said that he backs political term limits of 10 years at most for top leadership spots in a country he and his brother Fidel Castro have led for more than five decades.
Didn't think of this back in the 60s, didya...
"We have reached the conclusion that it is in our interest to limit to a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms service in top state and political roles," Castro told the 1,000 delegates as he opened the Communist Party Congress.

"This is possible and necessary in our current situation," added the 79-year-old, who took over during his brother's health crisis back in 2006. It was not immediately clear if, or how, Raul Castro meant for the measure to apply to himself as president. He turns 80 in June.

And Raul Castro lamented that, in his view, there were no younger Cubans ready to take over the helm of the party and the nation immediately.

"Today, we face the consequences of not having a back bench of adequately prepared replacements, who have enough experience and maturity to take on the new and complex duties of managing the party, state and government," he said.
I think he means the 1,000 delegates, who can't be too happy about what they just heard...
The president said, without elaborating, that glory-seeking by unnamed parties could stand in the way of the Communist Party being "worthy of the unlimited support of the people and the revolution, for all time."

Delegates will, over four days, vote on economic reforms and officially relieve his ailing 84-year-old brother as party leader.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And Raul Castro lamented that, in his view, there were no younger Cubans ready to take over the helm of the party and the nation immediately.

Translation: we two octogenarians are going to be running things for a while longer.
Posted by: Secret Master || 04/18/2011 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Castro backs term limits

But with Fidel, it comes with a life time guarantee.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 15:32 Comments || Top||


Europe
Finnish TEA Party equivalent kicks butt in election
(AyPee) With 99 percent of votes counted, the biggest vote-winner in Finland's parliamentary elections was the conservative National Coalition Party, part of the current center-right government and a strong advocate for European integration.

But with 43 seats it had only one more than the opposition Social Democrats, while the nationalist True Finns gained 33 seats for 39 in the 200-member Parliament, the official preliminary results showed.
These folks sound a lot like the TEA Party. Trunks should take note. I doubt the TP would ever run a ticket, but Trump could be a third party spoiler. At any rate, others are fed up with their betters.
The anti-immigration and staunchly euroskeptic True Finns oppose bailouts for Portugal and other cash-strapped European countries.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "These folks" have nothing in common with the Tea Party. "These folks" are national welfare statist promoting "social justice."
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Ebbinetch8841 || 04/18/2011 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  ...but Trump could be a third party spoiler

Oh, the bogyman card. The old guard Trunks offer nothing but the same old, same old. Their position is to demonize anyone who doesn't fit the RINO model. We've seen it in Florida and Alaska [talk to me about WHO split the vote there]. Now nationally. The only reason the vote will be split will be by the entrenched refusing to provide real leadership of which they are sadly deficient in. Don't want Trump then you damn well better provide a real alternative rather than something just 'Lite'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 0:51 Comments || Top||

#3  ION NOT-FINLAND, WAFF > ANARCHY DESCENDS [finally] ON HELLAS [Greece] | FURIOUS GREEKS PRESS FOR COUNTRY TO DEFAULT ON DEBT, to achieve national debt restructuring which in turn will help provide proactive econ relief for mainstream Greeks suffering from curr Govt-imposed National Austerity measures.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 1:15 Comments || Top||

#4  So what's going to happen to future European bailouts?
I think they're finnish.
Posted by: tipper || 04/18/2011 1:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Yup, it's obvious to me that we need to dump all the RINO's, and go back to the glory days of the Perot presidency.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/18/2011 9:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Before he decided on this stunt political run, Trump didn't even qualify as a RINO because he was an activist democrat.

If YOU can't find a candidate who didn't give money to Harry Reid in the last two years, well, ask not whom the RINO bell tolls for, it tolls for thee.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/18/2011 9:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Thing if the Republican establishment puts up a RINO or Donk Lite, why even bother going to the polls? It's just a game between the Inner Party and Outer Party to us prols.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 9:57 Comments || Top||

#8  I dislike the RINO's as much as anyone, but please, P2K, voting for someone who just a year ago everyone knew was a democrat isn't the answer.

If Trump really were the answer the mainstream press wouldn't be pushing him so hard.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/18/2011 10:01 Comments || Top||

#9  I personally don't support Trump. He's P T Barnum, who was also a business man. My problem is that Trump is getting the air time because of the abject failure of the 'old guard'. If the establishment just chuckles this off and not recognize its a very serious wake up call, then the non-socialist political elements of America had better clean house in the Trunk party quickly this year.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 12:44 Comments || Top||

#10  Don't forget the MSM pushed McCain until he got a lock on the nomination - then things changed drastically.

I would be baised against anyone the MSM is pushing - just for that reason.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/18/2011 12:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Trump: I screwed Gadhafi

"I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn't let him use the land," Trump boasted. "That's what we should be doing. I don't want to use the word 'screwed', but I screwed him."

Bravo. A bigger asshole than the one we've got is just what we need. And better yet, a guy who'll be an asshole not to us, but on our behalf. I pray he will not pull another Perot, but watching The Donald wax the floor with debate Obama would be fantastic!
Posted by: RandomJD || 04/18/2011 13:16 Comments || Top||

#12  So what's going to happen to future European bailouts?
I think they're finnish.


Ba-Da-Bump!!

(Come on, that was worth at least a rim-shot.)
Posted by: Free Radical || 04/18/2011 19:31 Comments || Top||

#13  #4 So what's going to happen to future European bailouts?
Posted by tipper


Same thing that's happending to NATO.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 19:35 Comments || Top||


France stops all Italian trains carrying north African colonists
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did someone leave the irony on?
Posted by: regular joe || 04/18/2011 14:38 Comments || Top||

#2  [loud Euro train whistle followed closely by the sound of steam being released, a door opens.....]

Sit, sit, sit! Papers, papers please... your papers please!

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 20:20 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Trump says Obama has turned US into global 'laughing stock'
Maybe if he wants to know who is living inside Obamas head he should read this article first.
BILLIONAIRE business celebrity Donald Trump, who is flirting with a White House run, has lamented that the United States has become a "laughing stock'' too timid to wield its power assertively on the world stage.

He also says President Obama is the weakest US president in history.

"We have such power if we knew how to use it,'' Trump told CNN television in an interview.

He said that by failing to move more decisively in its foreign policy, "this country is a laughing stock throughout the world''.

Trump, 64, has not yet announced that he is running for president, but he has become more visible in recent weeks, giving more interviews and stepping us his criticism of President Barack Obama ahead of a possible 2012 challenge.

The wise-cracking, straight-talking real-estate magnate, an early frontrunner among possible Republican presidential contenders, renewed his criticism of Obama as an "ineffective'' leader. He offered the US role in military action against Libya's Muammar Gaddafi as proof of America's new impotence.

"Look at Libya. Look at this mess,'' an exasperated Trump said. "We go in, we don't go in, he shouldn't be removed, we don't want to remove him, we don't want to touch him, but he should be removed. Nobody knows what they're doing on Gaddafi.

"I'd do one thing. Either I'd go in and take the oil or I don't go in at all,'' he said. "In the old days, when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours.''

The billionaire mogul was equally incensed over US policy toward Beijing.

"If you look at what China is doing, they're stealing our jobs, they're taking our money. They're then loaning our money back. It's amazing,'' Trump said.

"They're making all of our products,'' he said. "They are also manipulating the currency that makes it almost impossible for our companies to compete with China.''
Posted by: tipper || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [542 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I'd do one thing. Either I'd go in and take the oil or I don't go in at all,'' he said. "In the old days, when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours."

AND

"If you look at what China is doing, they're stealing our jobs, they're taking our money. They're then loaning our money back. It's amazing," Trump said.


Word. I'm liking the Donald. I'm liking him a lot. I think he's got what it takes to go against the Democrats head on: no apologies, no mincing words, no talking down. It's freaking manly, to be honest.
Posted by: Secret Master || 04/18/2011 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  IMO, the key word for Donald Trump is celebrity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/18/2011 0:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Have you had a look at your fellow Americans lately? It may not be possible for a non-celebrity to win in 2012.
Posted by: Secret Master || 04/18/2011 0:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Sometimes I wonder if it's going to be an election, or American Idol 2012.

If the latter - we are *so* screwed.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/18/2011 0:34 Comments || Top||

#5  NOT-DA-ARNUULD KING DON

versus

* RENSE > [Opinion-Maker.org] WAYNE MADSEN - OBAMA'S MOTHER WORKED FOR THE CIA.

SUKARNO-VS-SUKARTO + 1960's Indonesia.

As for Libyuh, once again since the Muslim Brotherhood is not trusted by the US-West to NOT impose a Radic Islamist agenda on post-Mubarak Egypt, the former is keeping Muammar as a hedge agz the post-Jasmine Radical Islamist takeover of Egypt + Muslim ME.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 0:39 Comments || Top||

#6  BHARAT RAKSHAK > [UN IMF] TO CONTAIN FUTURE BUDGET, US MUST RAISE TAXES BY 35%, CUT ENTITLEMENTS BY 35% [Health Care + Social Security].

IMF Report = No cuts of any kind = US must raise taxes by 88% just to par = meet its liabilities.

* SAME > IMF: WORLD BANKS FACE A "WALL" OF
NEAR-TERM MATURING DEBT, widin the next two years which will inhibit Banks, espec hard-hit Euro-Banks, to borrow from other Banks = Ledning Services, or to fund National Governments.

IOW, BOTH WORLD BANKS + GOVTS WILL HAVE MASSIVE DEBT, BUT LITTLE-TO-NO-MONEY TO PAY OFF [real risk of serious to catastrophic, Multi-Vendor/Govts-States default come 2015].

D *** NG IT, DAT CAN'T BE BECAUSE THE POLITICOS KEEP TELLING US THAT PERENNIAL DEFICIT SPENDING/BANKRUPTCY IS DA HONEY - WE'RE MERELY "APPROACHING/NEARING INSOLVENCY" WHEN OUR NATIONAL DEBTS ALREADY EXCEED OUR REVENUES BY OVER 100%-N-CLIMBING!

Thank goodness thats cleared up.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 2:18 Comments || Top||

#7  I was certain I'd see the Master of the Obvious graphic when I came to this article.

Maybe it's so obvious, it's not necessary?
Posted by: Bobby || 04/18/2011 6:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Like Obama, Trump is an ego junkie addicted to his own importance.

He has more experience actually running things than Obama, you gotta give him that, but he wouldn't be much of an improvement.
Posted by: Mike || 04/18/2011 6:57 Comments || Top||

#9  1) Trump knows how to run a large organization and get things done.
2) He has a keen understanding of business and economics.
3) He calls things as he sees 'em.

Don't know where he stands on many policy issues (and I want to know), but he's probably the best candidate out there for addressing spending and the deficit. And that counts for a lot with me.

Besides I'd love to see an Obama / Trump debate, assuming they can find a venue large enough to contain their two egos.
Posted by: CincinnatusChili || 04/18/2011 7:09 Comments || Top||

#10  ...that would be one of the galilean moons of Jupiter, another gas giant.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 7:16 Comments || Top||

#11  Surely America must have someone who can run who's not a Marxist rent-seeker or a Big Business rent-seeker?

Maybe they're too poor to run for president because the other two have leached all their money
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/18/2011 10:43 Comments || Top||

#12  The Donald has gained support most likely because he speaks his mind without the PC BS in between. Voters are hungry for honesty and straight talk. I can hear him saying you're fired to BHO during innauguration. I don't think he has much of a chance--but then I didn't think BHO had a snowball's chance in hell either.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/18/2011 15:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Trump is being recruited by the Democrats in order to split the anti-Obama vote and let Obama win in 2012.

This is the only way Obama can win.

Ross Perot showed how it can be done: a third-party independent draws votes primarily from Republicans, allowing a Democrat such as Clinton to sneak in with 43% of the vote.

Obama is assured 40% of the vote from government dependents, and if Trump can pull 20%, he wins.

Trump is close to the Democrats. With real estate in NY and NJ, he is extremely dependent on political support from Northeast Democrats.

His chief political adviser is a long-time Democratic operative, who now doubt mediates between him and the DNC/Obama campaign.
Posted by: Sneaque Brown3855 || 04/18/2011 15:41 Comments || Top||

#14  The difference between them is that Trump hosts Celebrity Apprentice and Barack Obama IS Celebrity Apprentice.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 04/18/2011 17:48 Comments || Top||

#15  LOL! Capsu78 wins Snark of the Day.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 04/18/2011 18:30 Comments || Top||

#16  #4 CrazyFool: Any more screwed than we are now?
Posted by: RandomJD || 04/18/2011 18:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Thank you Scooter...The Inner Child is pleased!
Posted by: Capsu78 || 04/18/2011 19:13 Comments || Top||

#18  "If you look at what China is doing, they're stealing our jobs, they're taking our money. They're then loaning our money back. It's amazing,' Trump said. "They're making all of our products,'' he said. "They are also manipulating the currency that makes it almost impossible for our companies to compete with China.''

Yes Donald, we noticed. It's the cheap labor, destroy the middle class thing again as it always is.

We've all.... been FIRED!
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 19:14 Comments || Top||

#19  Capsu78 - I lol'd, I surely did. Winner!
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 19:59 Comments || Top||

#20  Very good Capsu78. Did my heart good. LOL
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/18/2011 21:46 Comments || Top||

#21  I don't know what Trump's positions are. They seem to change. The Club for Growth claims Trump is a liberal. They cite Trump's positions: support of "universal health care" and a proposal to slap a onetime tax on individuals with a net worth of more than $10 million, plans to levy a tariff on Chinese goods makes him the "king of protectionism," I wouldn't mind seeing the Chinese slapped around some as they give a damn about fair trade.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/18/2011 21:55 Comments || Top||

#22  as they [Chinese] don't give a damn about fair trade Sorry.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/18/2011 21:57 Comments || Top||

#23  he's faux-populist huckster (Yeah, and I don't like Huckabee, either) with a penchant for bankruptcy and getting thrown out of company control. IOW - a clown, who entertains, but not a serious candidate unless you forgot Ross Perot and what he did to help the Reps in 1992
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 22:06 Comments || Top||

#24  Trump's value right now is that, not being a 'serious' candidate yet, he can say anything. Example: the way he has been hammering at the birth certificate quagmire. No one else, with the possible exception of Sara Palin, could get away with that.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/18/2011 22:31 Comments || Top||

#25  don't disagree, except the media adulation right now could convince an egomaniac like him that he has a real chance
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 22:34 Comments || Top||

#26  Voters supporting The Donald while bitching about Newt and his 'fly problem' of decades ago.

Absolute irony.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 22:38 Comments || Top||

#27  not Voters, poll audiences. I still remember Newt on that couch with Nancy decrying Glowbull Warmening™.
He doesn't get a pass for that, much less his prior shit. Donald has enough crap in his closet that he's not a serious candidate. If, as SteveS (who I respect) says - he's a foil, more power to him. I can just see him reading his press releases and going for it, screwing everyone for his stoopid combover ego
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 22:45 Comments || Top||

#28  Mind the ones thought NOT to be "serious candidates." We have one in office at this very moment, now playing golf or vacationing or both every week end. I've forgiven Newt both crotch and global warming.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/18/2011 22:52 Comments || Top||

#29  no doubt non-"serious candidates" have their place and purpose.

I think Sarah Palin is unelectable nationwide, but she can be a game-changer and argument-setter by her very presence and statements. I think she knows the same and will use it to good effect,

Trump, in my mind, is unable to restrain his ego, sufficiently stoked, and that scares me
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 23:08 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Headmaster escapes rage of student
[Dawn] A student of a government school allegedly opened firing on his alma mater to kill the headmaster after being punished by him in the class on Saturday.

However,
The contradictory However...
the teacher remained unhurt as the enraged student couldn't manage to enter the school.

Sources said that the student, Mazhar, left his class for his home after exchanging hot words with the headmaster during Islamiat class over punishment.

"He brought a pistol from his house and opened firing on the building and staff of Government High School Narat Khel along with his two accomplices," they said. However,
The ever-popular However...
nobody was hurt in the incident.

Officials at the cop shoppe concerned, when contacted, said that they had started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the student but he managed to escape. He was declared a proclaimed offender, they added.

To a query, they said that according to FIR registered by headmaster of the school, Wali Shah, the accused was a student of 10th class student.

Police claimed that the main gate and doors of the school had few holes of bullets fired by the student as he could not manage to enter the premises. Police were conducting raids for the arrest of the three accused.

EXPLOSIVES: Police claimed to have seized huge quantity of explosives at Khushalgarh checkpost and tossed in the calaboose two accused in the second incident of its kind within two days here on Saturday.

They said that a pick-up vehicle bearing registration number H-2547, loaded with 1,240 kilograms of explosives, was transporting the consignment to Bahadar Khel area in Karak from Chakwal district of Punjab province.

Meanwhile,
...back at the scene of the crime, Lieutenant Queeg had an idea...
officials said that the three accused, who were tossed in the calaboose on Friday with 200 kilograms of explosives, were remanded for three days by a local court on Saturday.

They said that coppers stopped a pick-up at Khushalgarh bridge checkpost on the border of Rawalpindi at the Indus River and recovered explosives from it on checking.

The accused Mazhar Hussain and Jabir of Rawalpindi showed licence of Pakistain Mining Development Corporation to police, saying the explosives were being taken for use in salt mines, they added.

The mining of salt is more than a century old in Kohat division whereas the British had established a Salt House for collecting tax. The building now serves as regional headquarters of Customs department and is still known as Salt House.

"The accused have expired permission form the PMDC and there is possibility of using the explosives in suicide kabooms and kabooms. But they are being interrogated and the investigation team is in contact with the sender and recipient of the consignment to confirm their identity," an official told Dawn.

Police had tossed in the calaboose Umer, Ikramullah and Akhtar Nawaz with explosives near the new toll plaza on Indus Highway on Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 04/18/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under:


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The UN ‘disappears’ 50 million climate refugees, then botches the cover-up
Posted by: tipper || 04/18/2011 08:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More proof that the global warming claim is bogus.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/18/2011 11:47 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Global warming must be true, Charles Manson believes in it.
Posted by: tipper || 04/18/2011 14:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Charley and Al Gore believe it. That's two.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/18/2011 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  a psychotic nutcase believes it, and Charlie too
Posted by: Frank G || 04/18/2011 15:22 Comments || Top||

#3  People so deeply into self worship should feel the heat even if just a little before the final judgment.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/18/2011 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  The best headline about Manson was years ago, when he ticked off another inmate, who threw gasoline on him and set him ablaze:

"Charlie Browned"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/18/2011 16:05 Comments || Top||

#5  ION FREEREPUBLIC >[Xinhua]STUDY: GLOBAL WARMING TO MELT ALL ICE IN ARCTIC OCEAN EVERY SUMMER [5-9 Temperature rise].

IMO Artic read, THE SUN IS GOING TO GET HOTTER + HEAT UP THE EARTH.

* SAME > HUGE NUMBER OF QUAKES NEAR HAWTHORNE, NEVADA.

FREEP POSTER > Any eruption of Yellowstone Super-Caldera + poor state of US Economy = GAME OVER FOR THE USA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/18/2011 23:02 Comments || Top||


Conservatives hit Beck for taking content without attribution
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/18/2011 10:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Was his book ghostwritten by Bill Ayers?

Or the right-wing equivalent thereof.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/18/2011 12:53 Comments || Top||



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