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-Lurid Crime Tales-
21 shot, 3 fatally so far in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend
[MSN] As Memorial Day weekend wore on, by Sunday morning Chicago police had responded to the shootings of 21 people, three of whom died from their injuries, officials said.

The grim tally was only expected to increase as a shooting Sunday about 6 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Throop Street in Englewood is said to have left two dead and two injured. The shooting was possibly in retaliation for an earlier one in the same neighborhood on West Hastings Street, which also left a man dead, investigators said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unprecedented! Meaning not since the last warm spring day. I think economists refer to this as pent-up demand.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2019 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  More than 34 shot
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2019 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  And here's still one more day to go.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/27/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Chicago Crime 2019... Sad, though we can note that William Hale Thompson is as of 2019 the last Republican to have served as mayor of Chicago(1927-1931).
Posted by: magpie || 05/27/2019 13:33 Comments || Top||


10 people shot at block party in Chesapeake, one man confirmed dead
[PILOTONLINE] The Memorial Day weekend party, he said, started in the late afternoon with several people setting up while others cooked and played music. As the sun was setting, two people rapped on top of a U-Haul truck as dozens gathered in the street and front yards, according to a video of the party posted to Facebook.

"This is our Something in the Water," one man said in the video, referring to a Virginia Beach festival last month that drew stars like Jay-Z, Pharrell and Missy Elliott.

Later that evening, the block party began to turn violent.

Around 9 p.m. Saturday, Chesapeake Police responded to the intersection of Holly Cove Drive and Airline Boulevard for noise complaints and traffic congestion as people refused to move for vehicles, Kosinski said.

Officers cleared the scene and left.

About an hour later, they got another call for the same complaints. Kosinski said police devised a new plan to ensure the problems didn't continue and then started driving back to the neighborhood.

While they were on the way, gunshots erupted.

"We were there fairly quickly," Kosinski said. "But it was very chaotic."

At the scene, officers found multiple people with gunshot wounds, he said, adding that all of the injuries occurred either on the street or in people's yards.

A man live-streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting in a Periscope video. When shots rang out, he said he was waiting for food and had to duck to avoid being hit. Several kids were next to him, he said.

"All I heard was shots fired and people running toward me," he said in the video, repeating the "pop-pop-pop" of gunshots. "I just kept hearing gunshots."

About 20 minutes after the shooting, he said he was stuck in his car on the street while police were on the scene. Officers closed the neighborhood's entrance off Airline Boulevard while they worked to restore peace, preserve the scene of the crime and collect evidence.

For the rest of the long weekend, Kosinski said, there will be an increased police presence in the Holly Cove neighborhood.

Few details about what sparked the altercation were available, and Kosinski said he's not sure if it qualifies as a mass shooting because it will depend on intent.

"The police are doing a thorough investigation so that they can do everything in their power to prevent something like this from happening again," the mayor said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kosinski said he's not sure if it qualifies as a mass shooting because it will depend on intent.

"At the moment, we have not determined if this is a mass shooting or simply a war zone."
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2019 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  "Escape from New York" idea gains traction day by day.
Posted by: Warthog || 05/27/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Packers legend Bart Starr dies at 85
[NBC Sports] Bart Starr, the MVP of the first two Super Bowls and a cornerstone of the Packers’ dynasty of the 1960s, has died. He was 85.

The Packers announced the death of the legendary quarterback on Sunday morning.

"We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr," Starr’s family said in a statement released by the Packers. "He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2019 09:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice guy and an athlete role model kids could actually look up to.

Had lunch with his wife Cherry and him at a function in the mid 2000's. They were involved with an outreach program we shared in common, Rawhide Boy's Ranch. Very friendly, gracious and with a good sense of humor.

He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/27/2019 9:58 Comments || Top||

#2  A stand-up guy from an age when nobody was confused about when to stand up.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 10:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Heaven's All-Star team adds bench strength.
Posted by: Warthog || 05/27/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Even though I grew up rooting for the 49ers, I always enjoyed seeing the Packers play. Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Ray Nitschke, and others I've forgotten. A truly great team!
Posted by: Tom || 05/27/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#5  ice bowl
Posted by: 3dc || 05/27/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#6  I used to loathe Bart Starr as a Cowboys fan, but I have to say that after reading about him in several books, including the great Jerry Kramer book about St. Vince the Lombardi, I came to realize what a great human being he was. Truly, he was all the best of what humanity has to offer in a person.

God's blessings on Bart, and may Jesus give you a special seat in Heaven.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/27/2019 12:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Very nicely said SPOD.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2019 13:25 Comments || Top||

#8  SPOD, I know what you mean....As a teen in the '60's I was a Unitas fan but I had to respect Starr and the Packers.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/27/2019 14:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Amen to that. RIP Mr. Starr. All American all the way.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/27/2019 17:50 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Alligator attack leaves Florida woman with 'significant' bite injuries
[USATODAY]Paramedics responded to Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Port St. John Saturday after a woman was bitten by an alligator.

Brevard County Fire Rescue said the woman had "significant" bite injuries and was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.

No information was immediately available on the age of the victim or the circumstances leading up to the bite.

Gator trapper Frank Robb responded to the scene after a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He was able to locate the gator in the area where the bite took place.

Robb was able to lure out the gator by mimicking its calls. Witnesses at the scene verified that it was the same animal that bit the woman.

Gators that attack humans or pets are always killed as a precaution against future attacks, according to FWC policy.

"He was probably an 8-footer missing 2 feet of his tail from an old fight, and most all of his teeth was missing," Robb said. Based on the gator's behavior and lack of fear, Robb said it had probably been fed in the past.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Does your alligator bite?"
...
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I bicycle past a lot of canals and lakes here where gators are to be expected. I should probably carry while riding but I imagine shooting a gator is a bigger legal hassle than shooting a person anyway. Lots of people don't know gators can do 35 mph for short bursts (not just those sudden lunges to get a poodle or dachshund that gets too close)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Witnesses at the scene verified that it was the same animal that bit the woman.

Did they have a sketch artist draw a composite or did they do a police lineup?
Posted by: jpal || 05/27/2019 19:51 Comments || Top||


On autopilot: 'Pilots are losing their basic flying skills,' some fear after Boeing 737 Max crashes
[USATODAY] Automation has made planes safer and more efficient, but the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets is leading some to wonder if there is a dangerous flip side.

While advanced autopilots and computers are now considered an integral part of any modern jetliner, many pilots worry that the systems are detracting from developing and maintaining their own abilities.

"We’ve been talking about this in the industry for years. Pilots are losing their basic flying skills and there’s an overreliance on automation," said Les Westbrooks, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after the latest 737 Max crash, an Æthiopian Airlines flight in March.

That crash followed the crash of a Lion Air flight into the Java Sea five months earlier. The two accidents together killed a total of 346 passengers and crew. Boeing is redesigning a key computerized system in the plane, but questions are being raised about pilot actions as well.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...We've known there was a problem like this since Air France 447 - but as long as the airlines keep pushing for automation to supplant (and eventually replace) the humans at the pointy end, this is going to keep happening.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/27/2019 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I know pilots who take what they are doing seriously and take pride in doing it. But then we hear about some of the others, and it's like anything else in life - luck of the draw.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3  AF 447 was also due to pitot tube icing; rendering airspeed indicators useless.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/27/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Also, 447 was found in a technically challenging situation but relatively short order. Makes one wonder what's up with MH 370.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#5  The only reason for a pilot in a jet liner is for take offs and landings, and manage the emergency, if it happens. As what they call me, an analogue pilot, we fly the aircraft. Todays pilots fly the systems, and are there for emergencies. If we have learned anything from the latest crashes, their emergency training is wanting.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/27/2019 13:41 Comments || Top||

#6  The AF 447 disaster was started with the pitot tube icing, then the plane stalled. The two pilots lost 'situational awareness' and rode the plane down 35,000 fett, in a stall, despite 75 stall alarms recorded on the voice cockpit recorder. The senior pilot came in from a nap, seconds before the crash, immediately identified the problem, said, 'push the nose down!', but it was too late. Mush of the story was reported on the automated maintenance reporting system, via satellite.

Popular Mechanics article - What really Happened to AF 447

I see the current 737 Max issue as a Boeing response to the Airbus AF 447 problem.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/27/2019 14:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Mush of the story. ISWYDT.
Posted by: KBK || 05/27/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Stick and rudder skills lacking all right. If you’re flying along, fat dumb bored and happy., you’re not doing something you should be doing.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/27/2019 17:24 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill outlawing child sex dolls
[ORLANDOWEEKLY] On Thursday Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law legislation that bans the sale or possession of child-like sex dolls after it unanimously passed the Florida Legislature.
Dumb idea. Rather have them porking robots or rubber dollies than real little girls. They're just dolls.
SB 160, sponsored by state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, "prohibits a person from knowingly having in his or her possession, custody, or control an obscene, child-like sex doll." State Rep. Michael Gottlieb, D-Plantation, filed a companion measure in the Florida House.

"These are anatomically correct, lifelike silicone dolls that are eerily similar to real human children made for the sole purpose of sexual gratification," Book said in a statement from her office following the bill's approval. "Just as viewing child pornography lowers the inhibitions of child predators, so do these childlike sex dolls that have no place in the state of Florida."

A legislative analysis found that many child-like sex dolls are imported from China, Japan and Hong Kong, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reports.

While supporters of the bill say owning the dolls should be treated like possession of child pornography, others claim the dolls could prevent pedophiles from acting on their impulses with real children.

Violation of the law is a third-degree felony. Subsequent violations are being deemed second-degree felonies.

The law goes into effect Oct. 1.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's kiddie pr0n any way you slice it. I agree gummint has more important problems to solve, but they'll usually botch that anyway, so this sort of low hanging fruit at least keeps them busy.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  What about goat dolls?
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/27/2019 15:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Meanwhile Bacha Bazi culture is being normalized in Western societies.

Horrific child abuse in Afghanistan is being condoned by Western political consensus opinion.

Nuts!
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 05/27/2019 15:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Condoned by the usual suspects. Not by the majority of western civilization.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 18:00 Comments || Top||


Africa North
What comes after Egypt's agreement with the IMF concludes?
[AlAhram] As Egypt’s current agreement with the International Monetary Fund is set to end soon, many are asking what comes next.

Egypt is nearing completion of its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), while on Friday a staff team from the international financial institution completed their fifth and final review of Egypt’s economic reform programme supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement.

Once approved by the IMF’s Executive Board, Egypt will receive around $2 billion, the final tranche of a $12 billion package signed in November 2016.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Contest to replace May as British PM hots up, BoJo favorite
[DAWN] The contest to replace Theresa May as British prime minister hotted up on Saturday with five candidates now vying for a job whose central task will be to find a way to take a divided Britannia out of the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
.

May announced on Friday she was quitting over her failure to deliver Brexit, raising the prospect of a new leader who could seek a more divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
split with the EU which could lead to confrontation with the bloc or a possible parliamentary election.

British health minister Matt Hancock became the latest figure to join the contest to replace May, following former foreign minister Boris Johnson, current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, International Deve­lo­pment Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey.

About a dozen contenders in total are thought to be considering a tilt at the leadership, with trade minister Liam Fox and former junior Brexit minister Steve Baker not ruling out a challenge when asked on Saturday.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I like Boris, and just think how much they'll save on the PM's hair care and styling
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  London hairdresser gay riot in 3-2-1...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Popcorn and may the best slanger/haranguer win.

Seriously, Britain needs a pro-Brexit PM to get the show on the road. The great mass of the unwashed in Britain voted for the danged thing in when? the last Ice Age? May and her minions did nothing her entire tenure but run a delaying rope a dope hoping for a change in public opinion.

NOW, with what is happening in European politics, they may be left turning off the lights as other countries flee the EU.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/27/2019 12:51 Comments || Top||

#4  And the UK needs a strong PM to deal with the jihadists before they go critical mass.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/27/2019 17:14 Comments || Top||


Europe
French yellow vest protesters clash with police Saturday but numbers wane
No doubt they were instead busily voting for right-of-Macron or Green delegates to the European parliament, depending on inclination.
[AlAhram] Yellow vest protesters clashed with riot police in Gay Paree and the northern city of Amiens on Saturday as the French anti-government movement waned on its 28th straight weekend.

Police in Amiens, hometown of President Emmanuel Macron, fired teargas at about 1,200 demonstrators after a group pelted stones at police, attacked local bank branches and set fire to rubbish cans, the local police chief’s office said.

Police detained 27 people in the city.

A few hundred protesters also clashed with police in downtown Gay Paree, in and around the Place de la Republique.
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India-Pakistan
Slain Afzal Kohistani's brother booked for killing man
[DAWN] A brother of late Afzal Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
i, the central character behind the exposition of the 2012 Kohistan video scandal, was booked on Saturday for his alleged involvement in the murder of an acquaintance of Kohistani's widow.

According to a first information report registered against Kohistani's brother, Gul Nazar, and another suspect, Gul Shahzada, the former fatally shot Muhammad Waqar yesterday over suspicions that he was in a relationship with Kohistani's second wife.

The incident took place in the Byari area of Battagram's Allai tehsil in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The complainant, Waqar's brother, stated in the FIR that all three men were travelling to a relative's house in Allai when the two suspects stopped the car at Janazga and asked Waqar to step out and settle the dispute.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under:


Olde Tyme Religion
Fawad Chaudhry launches 'Pakistan's first official' moonsighting website
[DAWN]
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In the West, we build atomic clocks with nanosecond accuracy. In Pakistain, they are trying to find the Moon so they can set their calendars.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2019 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  They even tried to 'dissuade' Lunar missions in Asia, protesting and beating their chests, women ululating and wailing on the streets.

There was a rumor spread by some moslem idjits that Neil Armstrong turned moslem because he was visited on... the moon !

look up Armstrong conversion to islam. ☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/27/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||



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  Gunmen raid Burkina Faso church, kill four
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  3 killed, 19 wounded in blast inside Quetta mosque ahead of Friday prayers
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