Friday, October 13, 2006

Nurse 'savaged' by Daily Mail

Nurse 'savaged' by enraged giant pig
...screamed the headline of the Daily Mail of England. And there's a long story about how the nurse was thrown from her horse, attacked by the wild pig, rescued by her "worried" daughter. There is the obligatory remarks from the wild pig expert explaining pigs can be deadly when protecting a food source.

The nurse, Mrs Robinson, of Totton, near Southampton, Hants is understandably shaken saying, "It was terrifying. Ive never been attacked by anything before, let alone a pig."

The fall from her horse left Mrs. Robinson with "fractured ribs, concussion and internal bleeding, which bruised half her body" that caused her to spend two days in Southampton General Hospital.

Now, all that is bad enough for one person, let alone a 5 ft, 4 in tall woman, just riding her horse in Hampshire's New Forest. But, what the Daily Mail has done is inexcusable. They captioned the pictures (shown here as the paper printed them): Above, a wild pig, below, nurse Carolyn Robinson.

Did they really have to use "above" and "below"? I don't think so.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ask Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khameini

During Ramadan there are more restrictions than usual for Muslims. Here are some questions put to the 'Dear Abby' of Iran, the most powerful political and religious figure, and apparently the smartest guy in Iran, Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khameini, on his website:

Q - "If somebody masturbates during the month of Ramadan but without any discharge, is his fasting invalidated?"

A - "If he do (sic) not intend masturbation and discharging semen and nothing is discharged, his fasting is correct even though he has done a harām (forbidden) act. But, if he intends masturbation or he knows that he usually discharges semen by this process and semen really comes out, it is a haram intentional breaking fasting."

Q - "Once in the holy month of Ramadan, I forgot to brush my teeth, and some tiny bits of food remained in my mouth. I swallowed the bits unintentionally. Do I have to perform the qada (repent) for that day's fast?"

A - "If you did not know that some bits of food remained between the teeth, or you did not know that they would reach the throat, and they were swallowed unknowingly and unintentionally, then you are not liable to make (repent) of the fast."

Q - "Can a man conclude a marriage contract for a year with a European girl after getting her agreement with the purpose of going to her country?"

A - "There is no problem in that if they are serious in contracting marriage and it is done with her father's permission if she is virgin."
Other bits of wisdom imparted by the sage are also posted on the website:

** Only jockeys are permitted to gamble on horse races.

** One is allowed "to drink water while standing" at night

** It was "not permissible" to take part in meetings attended by both men and women,

** "In Islam's view, rulers and governments exist just to serve people and carry out works in the interest of the public and this is what God demands us, as authorities, to fulfill," Khamenei told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Is it really so surprising Muslims run around wanting to kill people? These questions and answers are just plain nuts. That these questions should even be asked is crazy.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Are We Under Endangered?

Terrorism has not, I repeat, has NOT changed the ways we respond to daily events. So, wedding reception garbage most certainly won't get a rise out us.

From the Weird but True section of the New York Post:
A small pile of gelatinous ooze tossed out after a wedding party caused a security alert in Germany, with biochemical experts, firefighters and police called in to investigate.

Fears of toxic waste led to the closure of a wide area after the emergency call, and experts wearing chemical-warfare suits spent two hours examining the substance before deciding it was jelly.

The newlywed groom, who was pulled out of bed at noon following a tipoff, identified the mysterious substance as Jell-O, and agreed to clean it up.

Given the high level of protection terrorists, environmentalists, and defense lawyers have forced upon us, coupled with the zero-risk mentality in today's society, we may, in fact, be under endangered. One would think there are plenty of real dangers in daily life we wouldn't have to invent them, but apparently not.

Be safe and sane out there. And, have a nice day!

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Monday, October 09, 2006

The Phone Call

I have a niece with a boyfriend. He is away and she misses him very much. She expected a call from him last Saturday, but he didn't call. My niece was really bummed.

He finally called today, Monday. He explained he didn't call on Saturday because he was in a battle and, well, was a little busy to place a call to her. While he was explaining the lapse, alarms began sounding. He thought it was more training, just a drill. Then the explosions began. She was hearing the Iraq war loud and clear in living color on his doorstep. While he was saying, "don't worry, love you", he was grabbing his gear to defend against the barbarians literally at the gate.

He is stationed 25 miles from Baghdad tasked with the personal defense of a General. This is his second tour. The first with the National Guard and this one with regular Army. I've not met him, but he's a good man. I know because my niece says so.

Personal e-mail from my sister, Indigo Rose.

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Iraqi Police Poisoned by Cooks?

Much confusion followed the reported poisoning of several hundred Iraqi Policemen in Numaniyah this morning. The report was initially denied by Wasit provincial authorities. Today, however, it has been learned that indeed a chemical attack has taken place, but not much information was released as the case is under investigation.

The U.S. military sent ambulances and helicopters to carry the injured police officers to three hospitals in the Shiite town 60 miles (120 km) south of Baghdad, and to the nearby city of Kut, revealed an official of the Interior Ministry who remains anonymous because he was not authorized to release information to the press. The Commander of the National Police, Gen. Adnan Thabit, confirmed that members of the National Police 4th Div, had been the target of a poisoning attack. He did say that up to 40% of the 1700 man Division had been affected and they may have been sickened by drinking the water. Wasit Governor Hamad al-Latif said the food and water at the base is furnished by an Australian contractor with Iraqi sub-contractors, but did not name the Australian or Iraqi companies.

A short time ago, the Irish Examiner, reported police have arrested four cooks at the base. They are suspected of contaminating the food and water for the iftar meal that breaks the daily Ramadan fast. The facts in the case are not clear, so Prime Minister al'Maliki has ordered an investigation to determine if the poison was an attack or an accident.

Facts on the casualties also remain murky. A spokesman for the military denied there were any fatalities. Brigadier Qasim al-Musawi said at a news conference,

“Only 350 to 400 people were poisoned, they were given medical treatment instantly and four were taken to a nearby hospital and everyone has returned to normal.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Hasan Nima disagreed, however. Nima was at the base and insisted 1350 of the 2000 policemen at the base became ill just minutes after the meal and were hospitalized. Other police officers said that only 7 deaths had occurred, not the 11 earlier repoted.

Though the facts are in dispute, as first reports are always sketchy. It does appear 60 - 80% of the 4th Police Division were felled, and 7 to 11 officers died as a result of ingesting some kind of substance that may have been poison administered deliberatly.

What we do know is an investigation into the actions of the four cooks is being carried out, the food and water are being tested to identify the agent, and the police officers are receiving appropriate care in hospitals. Under Saddam Hussein the four cooks would already be dead as well as their families, their homes burned to the ground, and hundreds of other people rounded-up and shot just to be sure all of the "rebels" were dealt with. It's good to see the rule of law was the first response.

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Iraqi Police Poisoned

Eleven Iraqi policemen are dead after a poisoning attack of the chow hall at their barracks in Numaniyah. An estimated 600-700 policemen began bleeding from the ears and nose after taking iftar, the sundown meal that breaks the day's Ramadan fast.

"Hundreds of soldiers were poisoned after taking food and water in the iftar," Hamad al-Latif, Governor of Wasit, told AP. "Investigations are under way to determine the cause."

Food and water are being tested "to determine the substance in them." Further samples are being sent to Baghdad more testing. Saddam Hussein's forces had developed a particularly potent Mustard Gas called "khardal" in Arabic. The original formula developement was done by the Russians. The poison causes bleeding from the eye, ears, and nose within two minutes of exposure.

Soldiers collapsed suddenly as they stood up from the meal, while others stumbled and fell as they headed out the door to join in formation. The immediacy of the collapse of soldiers and severity of the symptoms suggests a terrorist attack utilizing a Weapon of Mass Destruction which, of course, do not exist in Iraq.

If this was a terror attack, and not some kind of natural food poisoning, it was most likely a test. If so, we can expect more such attacks. With the E. Coli poisonings in the U.S. going on right now with spinach and lettuce, one may wonder if the events are coincidence or something more.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

North Korea has Nuclear Bomb; Thank You, President Clinton

Kim Jong-il has finally done it. North Korea has a functioning nuclear capability. NK announced early Monday morning it had conducted their first successful nuclear weapons test. The official North Korean Central News Agency said there was no radioactive leaks from the test site.

In an official announcement KCNA said,

"The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to the our military and people."
Yonhap news agency of South Korea said the test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. (9:36 p.m. EDT Sunday) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, citing defense officials.

The newest member of the A-Bomb Club, North Korea, is now in possession of bombs with estimated yields of 20 kilotons capable of killing upwards of 200,000 people and a total devastation radius of 5 miles.

President Clinton (D) and his administration negotiated a deal with N. Korea in which America would supply nuclear technology for power plants IF they did not use it to develop nuclear weapons. Doesn't seem to have worked out, did it Mr. President.

President Clinton (D) and his administration worked out a deal with a Russian arms dealer to supply Iran with plans for an advanced a-bomb triggering device. The trick was that the schematics had a flaw designed in to make the trigger non-functional. The Iranians found the flaw straight away. Another great plan, Mr. President. Too soon, Iran will have a nuclear capability, a delivery system, and a predetermined target.

Thank you, President Clinton.

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