When I saw the headline, I assumed it was at some madrassa in Pakistan, not in a public school in North Carolina.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
12/16/2012 0:44 Comments ||
Why didn't any of the reporters ask the teacher if she was a democrat? And was she breathing hard? show her some naked pics of children and see if her eyes dilate.
Ask her if all round obvious legal rights give you the authority to strip HER in a corner and search her for the money. Be sure and get her to bend over and get several witnesses to watch so nothing "bad": happens to her.
Would it be against the law to post her address and telephone number? That would be legal wouldn't it? No law against giving her name and address, surely. refresh me on that law.
In fact it is indeed against the law to do that. So don't.
How about giving strangers on the street directions to Dairy Queen?
[Chicago Tribune] Shootings across the city Friday afternoon and night maimed at least ten people, according to Chicago police, including four teens in three separate South and West side attacks.
Someone shot two boys, both 16, about 5:11 p.m. Friday afternoon in the 1700 block of East 71st Place in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side. Both were taken to Comer Children's Hospital in stable, pH balanced condition with gunshot wounds to their legs.
Two other teens were maimed Friday afternoon -- a 15-year-old near North Avenue and Lorel Avenue in the Austin neighborhood and a 16-year-old near Western Avenue and Taylor Street in the Lawndale neighborhood.
[Jpost] Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... on Saturday was injured when he slipped in a prison shower, Al Arabiya, citing Egypt's official MENA news agency, reported.
According to the report, Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters during the uprising that toppled him last year, was treated for a head wound and bruising by medics in Tora prison near Cairo.
Mubarak, 84, ruled Egypt for three decades before a popular revolt removed him from office on Feb. 11, 2011.
If you get tired of playing cards in the duty room you can always go down to the bathroom in the cellblock and give old Mubarak a quick and dirty "shower".
It sure gets boring smelling the camels and drinking this cold coffee all day
[Africa Review] Zambia and Zim-bob-we on Friday said they are ready to co-host the forthcoming United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... World Tourism Organisation-UNWTO- next year.
"The Governments of Zambia and Zim-bob-we have confirmed their readiness to co-host the 20 session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation -UNWTO- in August 2013,"a communiqué jointly released in Lusaka late Friday by the southern African nation tourism ministers said.
"Zambia and Zim-bob-we have made considerable progress in various key areas essential to the successful co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly," the communiqué said.
"The two governments have commissioned a number of projects in the areas of infrastructure, visa facilitation, computerisation of border posts, health and emergency care facilities."
Ms Sylvia Masebo and her counterpart Mr Walter Mzembi however, took note of the remaining areas that need "urgent attention" among them the yellow fever alert imposed on Zambia.
Zambian Ministry of Health has already engaged the World Health Organisation seeking to remove Zambia from the alert list to zero risk.
The only feel good part of this story is the opportunity to view the graphic and be reminded ( again) of just what a pretty bird the Lockheed Super Connie was, and that there are sveral being restored to flight worthy status.
OTOH, Zimbob-a-way isn't even good for stripping for parts.
Great idea! Now the long-term unemployed youth won't care.
I agree completely with this. Small amounts of marijuana or qat should indeed be de-criminalized, though they shouldn't be legal. If you want to stone your life away, so long as you don't endanger anyone else it's no skin off my fore...
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] EU-bound Croatia decided on Friday to decriminalise drugs possession, introducing fines instead of jail terms for users caught with small amounts for personal use.
Under amendments to the country's penal code, possession of drugs for personal use will no longer be a criminal offence.
"Now youngsters caught in a park with a joint will not go to prison, but pay a fine," Justice Minister Orsat Miljenic told lawmakers.
From January 1, those found in possession of drugs can be fined up to 2,680 euros ($3,503), be sent for rehabilitation or ordered to do community service.
[DFW.CBSLocal] A 12-year-old girl who suffers from a bone disorder and uses a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at DFW International Airport after TSA agents said they found explosive residue on her hands.
Shelbi Walser was traveling to Florida for medical treatment with her mother when the incident occurred last weekend.
Her mother, Tammy Daniels, says that TSA agents pulled her to the side after a test revealed explosives residue on the girls hands. However, Daniels believes that TSA agents never used common sense during the ordeal.
"Through all of this, no common sense ever kicked in," said Daniels.
"Through all of this, no common sense ever kicked in," said Daniels. "No one ever tested her wheelchair."
Daniels acknowledged that wheelchairs are "like the bottoms of shoes", which are nasty and exposed to any and everything on the ground.
Other passengers reportedly spoke out in Shelbi's defense, and her mother recorded the whole incident on cell phone video. Shelbi was mortified during the incident and feared that TSA agents were going to separate her from her mother.
At one point, agents called a supervisor in to deal with Daniels, who is very angry about the way she was treated.
[Dawn] The government has designated the prime minister's son-in-law, Raja Azeem-ul-Haque, as an executive director of World Bank, according to a bigwig.
Mr Haque will replace Javed Talat -- a former finance secretary who was appointed to the position about eight years ago by the Musharraf administration.
Mr Talat has completed two terms in the position and was given a one-year extension that expired about two months ago.
The finance ministry had opposed Mr Haque's nomination even though the summary for his appointment was moved by the Economic Affairs Division. Ultimately, the finance ministry had to give in to the wishes of the Prime Minister Secretariat.
The Pak nominee for the World Bank post will have to win endorsements from six other countries because he will represent seven nations and deal with billions of dollars meant for bank's programs and development projects.
The prime minister of Pakistain is the designating authority for the bank post representing Pakistain, Afghanistan, Iran, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana and Tunisia.
The posts of executive director and alternate executive directors pertaining to the seven nations are rotated between Pakistain and Algeria every two years. The Algerian alternate executive director was appointed about two months ago.
Pakistain's representative will perform duties as executive director for two years and then become an alternate executive director.
Some government officials had been critical of Mr Haque's nomination because of his 'quick promotions' within a few years from grade 18 to 21.
Normally, only bigwigs are sent on such lucrative assignments after considerable exposure to domestic, regional and global economic issues.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/16/2012 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
[Ma'an] Refugees continued to protest UNRWA cuts in West Bank camps on Thursday, burning tires and forcing staff from their offices.
Demonstrators shut down the UN agency's offices across the West Bank for the second day in protest over the dismissal of 130 employees and cuts to services.
In Bethlehem, dozens of protesters forced staff from the UNRWA center and burned tires, carrying signs condemning the decision to fire workers.
Sameer Attallah, popular committee member in Aida camp, said demonstrations sent a message to UNRWA's administration and that protests would escalate. He said the cuts were the first stage in withdrawing services to Paleostinian refugees.
UNRWA is heavily dependent on voluntary contributions, which it says have not kept pace with the increasing needs of a growing refugee population.
A Ma'an reader commented:
Burning tires causes additional CO2 emission and increases global warming/greenhouse effect. Palestinian refugees should stop increasing their numbers, may be the best way to limit number of refugees is to eliminate UNRWA. Because in fact those people are not refugees - they are palestinians living in Palestinian state. They cannot be refugees in the own state, recognized by UN General Assembly. At best they are internally displaced persons, and only those who were actually displaced in 1948.
Actions always have unintended consequences, which always seems to startle the Palestinians.
The Palestinians were simply Arabs back in '48. Their 'brother Arabs' could have taken them in but didn't. Since then they've lost a bunch of wars, alienated everyone in sight, and in general have behaved badly. Their penalty is to have to depend on the U.N. for crumbs. Enjoy.
"The Palestinians were simply Arabs back in '48. Their 'brother Arabs' could have taken them in but didn't. Since then they've lost a bunch of wars, alienated everyone in sight, and in general have behaved badly. Their penalty is to have to depend on the U.N. for crumbs. Enjoy."
Well said, Dr. Steve! Winning comment of the day!
Posted by: Barbara ||
12/16/2012 11:20 Comments ||
Tehran authorities forced to temporarily close dozens of factories over pollution violations; MP projects daily loss of 800 billion rials
Pollution or perchance limited fuel for power?
Tehran authorities were recently forced to temporarily shut down 40 industrial facilities, including cement and tar production plants due to alarming level of air pollution.
Deputy Head of Iran's Environment Protection Organization (IEPO) Ali-Mohammad Shaeri told the Mehr News Agency ...And if you can't believe Mehr News Agency who can you believe?... that as part of the measures taken to control the situation, Tehran's main cement factory was allowed to use just 40% of its capacity until further notice.
One MP projected that the daily loss to the Iranian economy stood at 800 billion rials (roughly $65 million).
The extreme pollution levels also prompted the temporary closure of schools, universities and government offices in the Iranian capital last week.
Hospitals and banks remained open, but were placed on alert.
Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire.
"I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?,'" he said.
The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar.
"He was working on his rifle," said Meli. "He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side."
The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.
"As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them," he said.
Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.
"I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him," said Meli. "I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself."
The gunman was dead, but not before taking two innocent lives with him and taking the innocence of everyone else. How many more would be dead, if the killer hadn't seen a gun staring him in the face? One wonders.
"I don't ever want to see anyone that way ever," said Meli. "It just bothers me."
An article on Breitbart's Big Journalism titled "As CT Story Unfolds, Media Struggle with Facts" has this paragraph:
"At first, authorities said Lanza had used two pistols (a Glock and a Sig Sauer) in the attack and left a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle in the trunk of a vehicle. But by Saturday afternoon, the latest information was that all the victims had been shot with the rifle at close range."
Then, the VERY NEXT ARTICLE titled "Dereliction: A Constant Stream of Media Misinformation in Conn. Massacre" has this to say:
"Also from the beginning, the murderer was reported as having strode through the school with a .223-caliber rifle, often referred to by the media here as an "assault weapon." This also turned out to be untrue. In fact, he only had handguns with him in the school, not any "assault rifle." He did have a rifle, but it was reportedly left in his car and not carried into the school."
Which fact is FACTUAL? What is true?
Please help. And correct the incorrect statement.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
12/16/2012 7:12 Comments ||
Almost nothing ?
Our little children should be our most prized citizens, our prodigy, our hope. Send selected teachers away for two weeks of paid firearms training in the summer. Deputize them, make them wear appropriate concealment clothing, give them a police radio, make them re-qualify each year, and pay them special duty pay (SDP). This shi* should taper off dramatically.
As one of my old mentors used to say, "don't just do something, stand there."
Mass shootings have declined over the past decade and are less frequent now than twenty years ago. Each and every one is a tragedy; each death is especially a tragedy.
But before we either try to grab all the guns (liberals) or turn schools into fortresses (conservatives), we should take a deep breath and analyze the situation for what it is.
It's about alienated, deeply disturbed, psychotic young men who in their early twenties are no longer able to handle their inner demons. They erupt and bring evil to innocents.
Now when you can figure out how to stop that, you let me know.
Until then, don't just do something, stand there.
Posted by: Steve White ||
12/16/2012 9:43 Comments ||
I know how to stop it and we should do something.
These people do not erupt out of nowhere. They have been erupting for a long time. Their families know it but can do nothing about it. They need help.
These are people who cannot function effectively in modern society. They need to be set apart from that society in a place where they can do no harm to themselves or others. Leaving them alone until they have their final eruption is barbaric.
Bring back civil residential mental institutions.
And the mass shootings have been declining because we began incarcerating these folks instead of institutionalizing them. See this. I can't believe the worst institutions will not be better for these pathetic folks than prison.
And the prisons of 50 years ago were a lot worse than the prisons of today. Incarceration is not to be p[referred to institutionalization. Any system run by humans will be imperfect. Our choice is which is least bad.
Steve, rather than mental institutions let's have jihad. Then we would be morally obligated to ship these mental patients off to some place like Ossetia and let them shoot up other peoples' schools.
Agreed Besoeker. If a teacher has a Concealed Carry Permit, they should be able to carry it on school grounds. Or at least have it in a lockbox with a key they carry, to access in a couple heartbeats. A single teacher with good aim could have ended this before he reached that classroom.
That being said, our CiC is visiting the victims today. And decided to shed a tear in the press conference over the tragedy. I really wish I could spit at his feet to show my disdain, but I'd get arrested probably.
Posted by: Charles ||
12/16/2012 12:05 Comments ||
A very useful link, Nimble Spemble. A girlfriend of mine has a son recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is 22, about the right age for that to blossom into severe disability. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age fourteen, but she now suspects it was a misdiagnosis of early signs of the other. He has no tendency toward violence as such at this point, merely a fondness for burning paper and playing with kitchen knives; it is her assessment that, at this point, he is more likely to kill the entire family by accident than deliberately.
She's been trying desperately since his diagnosis to get him medicated and in some sort of sheltered home situation, as she is completely bedridden and living with her elderly parents, one of whom is developing Alzheimers. However, as her son is of legal age and convinced that he and the angels that talk to him are perfectly sane, the law thus far prevents either the family or the medical professionals who fully accept the diagnosis from forcing him to accept either medication or hospitalization.
She is terrified because, as she points out, when schizophrenics break toward violence, they generally kill their mothers first... and he deeply resents that she has appointed herself Keeper of the Knives. Her other fear is that her parents will refuse to live with the situation any longer, and the lad will end up on the street, where he is more likely to quietly die curled up under a Pittsburgh bridge with no idea of why than obnoxiously begging from passing strangers.
When I asked my sons social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. If hes back in the system, theyll create a paper trail, he said. Thats the only way youre ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless youve got charges.
On the intake form, under the question, What are your expectations for treatment? I wrote, I need help.
I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanzas mother. I am Dylan Klebolds and Eric Harriss mother. I am Jason Holmess mother. I am Jared Loughners mother. I am Seung-Hui Chos mother. And these boysand their mothersneed help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, its easy to talk about guns. But its time to talk about mental illness.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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