My Way News
: "NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A 64-year-old man has pleaded no contest to charges in Clark County Circuit Court after telling police he regularly had been using calves for sexual gratification.
Harold G. Hart was placed on two years probation Thursday and ordered to have psychological counseling and an alcohol and drug abuse assessment after pleading to charges of sexual gratification with an animal and disorderly conduct.
According to the criminal complaint, the family living on the farm Hart visited, installed a motion sensor because they had seen suspicious footprints and vehicle tracks.
When the sensor sounded, Hart was caught leaving the barn. He later told police the farm was a routine stop, usually after bar closing or on trips to strip clubs near Marshfield or Neillsville.
Hart told police he had gone to the farm at least 50 times in the last year, sometimes two to four times in a week."
Eh, like we gotta do something eh
I don't remember the Canucks complaining about US military presence in the Arctic during the Cold War when there was a real and present danger from Soviet forces.
Of course that does pretty much illustrate the impotence of the canadians. A country that cannot protect it's borders and project it's national will abroad is not much of a country.
In reality I am fairly shocked that the Canadians poked their heads out from behind the US's skirts long enough to show what ungratefull wretches they are.
Not to put to fine a point on this, but exactly what could the Canadians actually do about US subs?
The Canadian sub fleet is grounded and drydocked because the Canadian Navy is incapable of safely operating and maintaining thier fleet in the face of constant cutbacks.
The Canadian Army is a joke, for example they were deployed to Afgansitan without
ammunition and had to borrow from US stockpiles.
When the tsunami hit, their rapid deployment (DART) was unable to rapidly deploy due to lack of military airlift capability.
It's really easy to hide behind your bigger brother and stick your tongue out at the world. However when you pick a fight with your only protector, that is shows your churlish nature quite clearly.
The Globe and Mail: Harper would boost Arctic military presence: "Mr. Harper's announcement in Winnipeg came after recent reports that at least one U.S. military submarine recently patrolled the Arctic and likely passed through Canadian waters.
Liberal Leader Paul Martin has said his government will do what is necessary to stop American submarines from entering Canadian waters.
Mr. Harper pledged today to do more than talk.
'As prime minister, I will make it clear to foreign governments Â including the United States Â that naval vessels traveling in Canadian territorial waters will require the consent of the government of Canada,' said Mr. Harper."
Independent Online Edition > Transport
: "Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years.
Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.
The network will incorporate thousands of existing CCTV cameras which are being converted to read number plates automatically night and day to provide 24/7 coverage of all motorways and main roads, as well as towns, cities, ports and petrol-station forecourts.
By next March a central database installed alongside the Police National Computer in Hendon, north London, will store the details of 35 million number-plate 'reads' per day. These will include time, date and precise location, with camera sites monitored by global positioning satellites."
Dogg Bites Man
BREITBART.COM - 3 Stabbed at Notorious B.I.G. Record Party
: "NEW YORK - Three people were stabbed early Wednesday at a Manhattan club that was hosting a record-release party for a new collection of duets featuring slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. Detectives also were investigating a shooting near the club, named Exit, that occurred around the same time. It was unclear if the two incidents were related.
Authorities could not confirm reports that the party was attended by Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Notorious B.I.G.'s mother, Voletta Wallace. The two co-produced the new 'Duets' record, which pairs the rapper's vocals with Eminem, Jay-Z and other artists.
Police said that at 3:10 a.m. patrol officers heard gunfire at a parking garage near the club. Inside, they found three men with gunshot wounds; all were taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Moments later, police received a 911 call reporting a stabbing at the club. Officers found three victims _ two men who were slashed in the face and one who was stabbed in the stomach; all were hospitalized.
There were no arrests. Detectives were questioning the occupants of a car spotted fleeing the scene shortly after the shooting. "
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: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and IÂ
I took the one less traveled by,
Because some hack with a grade school education made me."
Diggin a hole: Ruskie Style
Not content to sell weapons systems
capable (on paper) of downing US fightercraft, the Russians are now picking a side in the upcoming US Military 'tour' of Syria.During OIF we had Russian 'technicians'
working with their Iraqi counterparts on weapons systems and counter-measures, up to and during the offensive portion of the war.
Russian hardware does not have a good track record when confronting the might of the US armed forces. That however has not deterred the Russians from fleecing worried Dictator after worried Dictator with their shoddy wares.
However there will come a day when Russian hardware will be responsible for the death or injury of US military personnel and if you don't have someone like The Bent One to cover it up
, well, that will be a day to watch the chips and see where they fall.
The last word on this; The Russians need to choose a side in the WoT. They have suffered as greviously as any country, yet they continue to coddle dictators and terror sponsoring nations.
RIA Novosti - Russia - Russia to take Syria's side if conflict with U.S. arises - Russian MPs: "MOSCOW, December 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will take Syria's side if charges against Syrian officials with involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri cause a conflict between the United States and Syria, two Russian parliamentary members said Tuesday.
'If Russia is to choose between its two strategic allies, it will undoubtedly take Syria's side,' said Shamil Sultanov, a coordinator of an inter-faction association, Russia and the Islamic World: A Strategic Dialogue.
Nikolai Leonov, a member of parliament's security committee, who had recently visited Syria along with Sultanov and other MPs, said it was primarily beneficial for the U.S. to accuse Syria of murdering Hariri. 'Indeed, Syria is an excellent oil corridor with access to deep-water Mediterranean ports. Besides, this is a good pretext to distract the world community's attention from the events in Iraq,' the MP said.
Leonov said earlier that he was concerned that Syria could face the Iraqi scenario."
Music to my ears
Personally I think we haven't seen anything yet. It's my guess that Fox will start mass bussing of illegals across the US border. His armed forces are already making weekly armed incursions across the border and firing on US personell.
If this asshole gets really excersized he may even dump the contents of his jails ala Castro across the border.
While I have about zero faith in the Bushies to actually do anything concrete (militarizing the border), they at least are beginning to pay some lip service to the problem.
BREITBART.COM - Mexico Retaliates for Border Wall Plan: "The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, has struck back with radio ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government is also hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image.
Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, as 'shameful' and his foreign secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, said Monday the wall was 'stupid.'
It's hard to underestimate the ill-feeling the proposal has generated in Mexico, where editorial pages are dominated by cartoons of Uncle Sam putting up walls bearing anti-Mexican messages."
Our "Allies" the Germans
While I am sure that J. F'n Kerry
has a different view of this and would immediately leap to defend his European paramours. Because if you listen to any Donk bloviate, the Europeans are better/smarter/more sensible than any of us schtoopid AmeriKKKan
Even better, the release of this mutt appears to be part and parcel of a hostage trade
with Iraqi terrorists. Nothing like a little appeasement is there Fraulien.
Germany frees jailed Hizbollah man wanted by US - Yahoo! News: "BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has quietly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for the murder of a
U.S. Navy diver, apparently disregarding Washington's wish to extradite him, diplomats and German officials said on Tuesday.
'He served his term,' Eva Schmierer, a spokeswoman for Germany's justice ministry, told a news conference.
Sources in Berlin and Beirut said earlier that Mohammad Ali Hammadi, convicted of killing Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem in Beirut during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight and sentenced to life in prison, was flown back to Lebanon last week.
German legal sources said he had been released on Thursday and travelled to the Lebanese capital on Friday. Hizbollah sources confirmed that Hammadi had returned.
Schmierer said her ministry had never received a formal extradition request from Washington. But diplomats in Berlin said the German government was well aware that the Americans would have liked Hammadi extradited to the United States, where he is under indictment for Stethem's murder.
The diplomats said Hammadi's release could complicate relations between Germany and the United States, which have pledged to cooperate closely in anti-terrorism efforts"
Right next to Sadam's stockpile I am sure.
World Tribune.com -- Report: Syria agrees to hide Iran nukes
LONDON — Syria has signed a pledge to store Iranian nuclear weapons and missiles.
The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.
Iran also pledged to grant haven to any Syrian intelligence officer indicted by the UN or Lebanon. Five Syrian officers have been questioned by the UN regarding the Hariri assassination, Middle East Newsline reported.
"The sensitive chapter in the accord includes Syria's commitment to allow Iran to safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil should Iran need such help in a time of crisis," Jane's said.
The accord also obligated Syria to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah with weapons, ammunition and communications. Iran has been the leading weapons supplier to Hizbullah, with about 15,000 missiles and rockets along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
Where the Donk's Stand
Final Vote Results for Roll Call 648
: "Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to achieving victory in Iraq"
220 Republicans For Victory
109 Democrats Against Victory
What else needs to be said.
For fucks sakes, holding a free and fair election can't be this hard
Diebold thrown out of Florida by hacker
: "A FINNISH security expert has proved to the supervisor of elections in Leon County Florida that it is a doddle to hack Diebold voting machines.
Harri Hursti took part in a fake election in Leon County using what Diebold calls unhackable technology.
At the beginning of the test election the memory card programmed by Harri Hursti was inserted into an Optical Scan Diebold voting machine. Hursti had pre-loaded the memory card with plus and minus votes.
The eight ballots were run through the optical scan machine. Correct results should have been: Yes:2 ; No:6 However, just as Hursti had planned, the results tape read: Yes:7 ; No:1
To be fair to Diebold, the Hursti Hack requires a moderate level of inside access, however it does not require a password and it is the same level of access given thousands of poll workers across the USA."
The Religion of Nerve Gassing Children
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
: "More than 35 people, most of them children, in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been hospitalized with illness that preliminary diagnosis indicates could be nerve-gas poisoning, officials said Tuesday.
The ill include pupils, teachers and workers at a middle school in the town of Starogladovskaya, according to Vladimir Gerasin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations' office for southern Russia.
The first illnesses, including breathing trouble and headaches were reported Friday and as of Tuesday emergency officials said 36 people including 25 children had been affected. Preliminary investigation points to an unspecified kind of nerve gas, said Gerasin and officials of the Chechen administration.
Separatist rebels that have been fighting Russian forces in Chechnya for most of the past decade have committed a series of terrorist attacks in Chechnya and other parts of Russia, including the 2004 seizure of a school in the town of Beslan. That hostage-taking ended in the deaths of 331 people."
1 down 20 million more to go
Rocky Mountain News: Local
: "A Mexican national was sentenced last week to 8 1/2 years in prison after he committed three crimes in three states and had been deported three times since 1996.
Isidro Palomino-Garcia, 36, was sentenced last Thursday to 102 months, or 7 years, for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon and another 18 months for violating probation for a previous conviction of re-entry after deportation. The two sentences will run consecutively.
'This criminal alien will spend the next 8 1/2 years in prison for flagrantly and repeatedly violating our laws,' said Jeffrey Copp, special agent in charge for the Denver office of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 'We will continue to work closely with the US Attorney’s office to prosecute criminal aliens and remove them from our communities and from the country.'
Re-entry into the United States after deportation is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison."
OH THE HUMANITY
OMG!!! Likeyouknow the US is, um, like torturing people, I am like so Oh My God, can you believe it, and they are like, Ya totally, fo'shniizzle, Free Mumia, un-Fry Tookie.
This is worse than Abu Garib, making those poor defenseless Jihadi's listen to Eminem and Dr. Dre.
Why pretty soon we will be lopping the heads off of human rights workers and beheading school teachers for teaching girls.
TheIndyChannel.com - News - Eminem Music Allegedly Used As U.S. Torture Device: "A human rights group is alleging the United States operated a secret prison near Afghanistan's capital as recently as last year.
The group claims that music by Eminem and Dr. Dre were used as instruments of torture.
New York-based Human Rights Watch has issued a report saying the United States operated a secret prison in Afghanistan and tortured detainees. The report quoted an Ethiopian-born detainee as saying he was kept in a pitch-black prison and forced to listen to Eminem and Dr. DreÂs rap music for 20 days before the music was replaced by 'horrible ghost laughter and Halloween sounds.'
The report said detainees at the facility -- known as 'Dark Prison' -- were deprived of sleep, chained to walls and forced to listen to loud music in total darkness for days."
The Religion of Murdering Teachers for Teaching Girls
Telegraph | News | Taliban execute teacher in front of his pupils for educating girls
: "Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan have executed a school teacher in front of his pupils for refusing to comply with warnings to stop educating girls.
The attack took place on Thursday at a secondary school in Nadi Ali district, Helmand province, the scene of many Taliban attacks in recent months, according to the police, who learned of the incident yesterday.
About 4,000 British troops will be deployed to the province in April to combat an increasingly confident insurgency.
Pupils at the school said two armed men arrived by motorcycle. 'They dragged the teacher from the classroom and shot him at the school gate,' said Abdul Rahman Sabir, Helmand's police chief.
'He had received many warning letters from the Taliban to stop teaching, but he continued to do so happily and honestly - he liked to teach boys and girls.' He identified the teacher by the single name of Laghmani."
Pelosi: Our strength is in our fragmented cowardice
Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances
: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.
Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad.
'There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position,' Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.
Pelosi recently endorsed the proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) for a swift redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq over a period of six months, but no other party leader followed, and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) publicly opposed her.
She said her support for Murtha was not intended to forge a Democratic position on the war, adding that she blocked an effort by some of her colleagues to put the Democrats on record backing Murtha.
Her comments ruling out a caucus position appeared to put Pelosi at odds with some other party officials. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean recently said Democrats were beginning to coalesce around a strategy that would pull out all troops over the next two years. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said on the day Murtha offered his plan, 'As for Iraq policy, at the right time, we'll have a position.'
Pelosi, one of the most liberal Democrats in the House, opposed the war and, as the senior Democrat on the intelligence committee before the invasion, argued that Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the United States. She served a"
More leaking from people sworn to do otherwise, in an effort to cripple the President
Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say - New York Times
: "The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval represents a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches.
'This is really a sea change,' said a former senior official who specializes in national security law. 'It's almost a mainstay of this country that the N.S.A. only does foreign searches.'
Nearly a dozen current and former officials, who were granted anonymity because of the classified nature of the program, discussed it with reporters for The New York Times because of their concerns about the operation's legality and oversight.
According to those officials and others, reservations about aspects of the program have also been expressed by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a judge presiding over a secret court that oversees intelligence matters. Some of the questions about the agency's new powers led the administration to temporarily suspend the operation last year and impose more restrictions, the officials said.
The Bush administration views the operation as necessary so that the agency can move quickly to monitor communications that may disclose threats to this country, the officials said. Defenders of the program say it has been a critical tool in helping disrupt terrorist plots and prevent attacks inside the United States."
The Religion of Peaceful Co-Existence: Austrailian Church Burning Edition
The Austrailian populace being forcibly disarmed in the mid-nineties has shown signs of throwing off the shackles of shimnitude that bind western multi-culti societies, (ie the French).
This may become the next front in the clash...I guess civilizations is the wrong word. The proper term I guess is barbarians at the gate. Or an asp snuggled to it's bosom.
Whatever flowery metaphor you choose to assign; the muslims in Austrailia are showing the same penchant for assimilation and peaceful co-existence that they have shown in every other county unfortunate enough to have a large population of them.
This tit-for-tat in Austrailia is looking like it's going to spiral right out of control. Mass deportation and killings in the street out of control.
The French (true to form) chose to appease and cower before their muslim rioters.
The Aussie's are actually standing up and fighting back, it's been so long since I have seen a Western nation actually stand up for itself in the face of a 'victims' lobby rioting in the street.
It is going to be interesting to see if the Canberra government can get the two sides under control. I don't think they will any time soon. There will be more low level church burnings and minor localized terrorism from now on. Until that day that the Aussie's wash their hands of the lot of them. That or the muslims start to police themselves. However that seems unlikely to happen, there, here, or any other Western nation.
Only Victory will bring true peace.
Personally I don't know how many more years remain until we have world wide unrestrained warfare between the islamic world and the civilized western nations.
The Australian: Now churches are targeted [December 15, 2005]: "FOUR churches in Sydney's southwest have been attacked in 24 hours as the city's riots spread from race to religion.
A community hall linked to a Uniting church was burned to the ground early yesterday, carol-singers were spat on and church buildings peppered with gunfire.
In response, members of the Arab Christian and Arab Muslim communities have called for a curfew for all Lebanese youths over the weekend.
Police believe the attack on the hall, in the suburb of Auburn, was intended to destroy the Uniting church next door, while nearby StThomas's Anglican Church, which has a primarily Chinese congregation, had all its front windows smashed. Three of the attacks were on churches within minutes of each other. The night before, Molotov cocktails were used in an attack on an Anglican church in Macquarie Fields in the city's far southwest."
The wheels of justice grind exceedingly fine
Officer issues ticket to jaywalker with fatal injuries
: "Although witnesses said he was badly injured and unresponsive at the scene, police issued him the ticket. His family found it with his belongings when they went to the hospital.
'We knew it was a serious injury, but we didn't know it was life-threatening,' police Capt. Willie Smith told The Washington Post in a story for Tuesday editions. He said officers would not have issued the ticket 'if we knew he was going to die.'"
Electric Venom finds the biggest D'oh! EVER
: "A love-struck Frenchman wooed the online girl of his dreams for six months - only to discover at their first meeting that he had in fact been chatting up his own mother, Yahoo! reports......"
Sorry Kenny-Boy the pity train has already left the station
US News Article | Reuters.com
: "HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former Enron Corp. Chairman Ken Lay on Tuesday said he was the victim of a 'wave of terror' by prosecutors and blamed his former chief financial officer for the energy company's spectacular downfall.
In a preview of his defense at his criminal trial next month, Lay, in a speech to a Houston group, said he was only to blame for trusting Andrew Fastow, Enron's CFO, who has pleaded guilty to charges and will be the government's key witness against Lay and co-defendants.
'We did trust Andy Fastow, and sadly, tragically, that trust turned out to be misplaced,' Lay said.
Lay, former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling and former Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey will face criminal trial in January for charges brought in the aftermath of the collapse of the world's largest energy trader.
Lay also took aim at the Department of Justice's Enron Task Force, which he said launched a special investigation against him even before there was evidence of any crimes."
A new 'Pot' pill is ready to market
United Press International - NewsTrack - New drug acts as marijuana in the brain
: "MONTREAL, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A McGill University study suggests a new anti-depressant drug works by raising levels of endocannabinoids -- similar to a substance found in marijuana.
The study suggests the new drug, called URB597, might represent a safer alternative to use of marijuana for treatment of pain and depression, and open the door to new and improved treatments for clinical depression.
In pre-clinical laboratory tests researchers found URB597 increased the production of endocannabinoids by blocking their degradation, resulting in measurable antidepressant effects.
'This is the first time it has been shown a drug that increases endocannabinoids in the brain can improve your mood,' said lead investigator Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a researcher at Montreal and McGill Universities.
The researchers, including scientists from the University of California-Irvine, were able to measure serotonin and noradrenaline activity as a result of the increased endocannabinoids.
'The results were similar to the effect we might expect from the use of commonly prescribed antidepressants, which are effective on only around 30 percent of the population,' said Gobbi. 'Our discovery strengthens the case for URB597 as a safer, non-addictive, non-psychotropic alternative to cannabis for the treatment of pain and depression.'"
NOLA, We can throw a party but we can't get our heads out of our asses to hold an election
BREITBART.COM - Katrina Evacuees Decry Mardi Gras Plans
: "NEW ORLEANS - Some Hurricane Katrina refugees stuck in hotel rooms and unfamiliar surroundings across the United States are in no mood to party, and they are decrying the city's plans to hold a Mardi Gras celebration in February. 'This is not the time for fun. This is the time to put people's lives back on track,' said Lillie Antoine, a 51-year-old refugee stuck in Tulsa, Okla.
City officials announced last month that New Orleans would hold an abbreviated Mardi Gras celebration. Civic boosters say the festivities can help revitalize New Orleans' economy, lift morale and show the world that the city is on its way back.
In addition to scaling the two-week Carnival season to eight days, the cash-strapped city is seeking corporate sponsors for the first time to pay for police overtime and the cleanup along the parade routes and the French Quarter."
Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons: well worth the daily visit.
Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons
: "The government said three people died in Tuesday's violence in this coastal village northeast of Hong Kong, but witnesses put the death toll as high as 20.
The commander's 'wrong actions' were to blame for the deaths, said a statement issued by the government of Guangdong province, where Dongzhou is located. ...
The police shootings Tuesday were the deadliest known clash yet amid growing anger in areas throughout China over government land seizures for construction of power plants, shopping malls and other projects.
Farmers often complain they are paid too little. Some accuse local authorities of stealing compensation money.
Such incidents have alarmed communist leaders, who are promising to spend more to raise living standards in the poor countryside, home to about 800 million people.
By the government's count, China had more than 70,000 cases of rural unrest last year. Protests are growing more violent, with injuries on both sides."
The ChiComs have their hands in the cookie jar, AGAIN
BREITBART.COM - Hacker attacks in US linked to Chinese military: researchers
: "n the attacks, Paller said, the perpetrators 'were in and out with no keystroke errors and left no fingerprints, and created a backdoor in less than 30 minutes. How can this be done by anyone other than a military organization?'
Paller said that despite what appears to be a systematic effort to target government agencies and defense contractors, defenses have remained weak in many areas.
'We know about major penetrations of defense contractors,' he said.
Security among private-sector Pentagon contractors may not be as robust, said Paller, because 'they are less willing to make it hard for mobile people to get their work done.'
Paller said the US government strategy appears to be to downplay the attacks, which has not helped the situation.
'We have a problem that our computer networks have been terribly and deeply penetrated throughout the United States ... and we've been keeping it secret,' he said.
'The people who benefit from keeping it secret are the attackers.'"
I honestly didn't think Arnie had the stones to follow thru. Especially in light of the Kennedy hiring.
BREITBART.COM - Crips Founder Williams Denied Clemency
: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to spare the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the murderous Crips gang who awaited execution early Tuesday in a case that stirred debate over capital punishment and the possibility of redemption on death row. Williams, 51, is set to die by injection at San Quentin State Prison after midnight for murdering four people in two 1979 holdups.
Hollywood stars and death penalty opponents mounted a campaign to save his life, making him one of the nation's biggest death-row cause celebres in decades. His supporters argued that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had made amends during more than two decades in prison by writing a memoir and children's books about the dangers of gangs.
Prosecutors and victims' advocates contended Williams was undeserving of clemency from the governor because he did not own up to his crimes and refused to inform on fellow gang members. They also argued that the Crips gang that Williams co-founded in Los Angeles in 1971 is responsible for hundreds of deaths, many of them in battles with the rival Bloods for turf and control of the drug trade."
More incompetence for our own Somalia on the Gulf
For a state that is capable of getting organzied enough to throw a drunken orgy of a boozefest
months after Katrina. Yet when it comes to the execution of one of the States primary purposes (elections) LA and Blanco can't quite seem to stop screwing the pooch and do their jobs.
The mre cynical in the blogosphere suspect the real reason for Blanco's determination to postpone elections is that she hasn't got enough of the detritus of NOLA back in town to be bused like faithful little zombies to the polling stations.
Nola.com: NewsFlash - Blanco postpones New Orleans elections: "BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Â Gov. Kathleen Blanco postponed the New Orleans mayoral election indefinitely on Monday, setting up a legal battle with voters who filed a lawsuit seeking to ensure the election is held as scheduled in February.
Blanco's executive order cites the recommendation of Secretary of State Al Ater, the state's top elections officials, who has said the city is incapable of holding elections in February because Hurricane Katrina caused so much damage to polling sites and voting machines.
The postponement would affect the mayor race as well as scheduled elections for sheriff and city council seats.
A group of New Orleans voters last week filed suit against the governor, seeking to force her to hold the election as scheduled. A hearing in that case has not been set.
Qualifying for the elections was set to begin Wednesday."