Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Post

In medias res and so on.

The RCMP foil a terrorist plot:

The RCMP arrested two men Monday in connection with an “al-Qaeda-inspired” plan to attack a Via Rail train in the Toronto area, which they said could have led to innocent people being killed or injured.

An international investigation disrupted the scheme before there was an “imminent threat” to the public, said James Malidza, an RCMP assistant commissioner, told a news conference.

The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, from Montreal, and Raed Jaser, from Toronto, were charged with conspiring to carry out an attack and commit murder at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group.

The men are not Canadian citizens but police refused to say how they came to be in this country or where they are from originally.

The plot was to derail the train somewhere in the Toronto area, and the two accused had allegedly been watching trains and railways in preparation.

No one knows how the two would-be terrorists got into Canada? Oh boy...

Al Qaeda? Lutheran, is it?

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, has been charged with the bombings that killed three people and maimed over a hundred more:

Prosecutors formally charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the bombings at the Boston Marathon in a hearing held on Monday in his hospital room, accusing him of crimes that carry the possibility of the death penalty.

It's all very well and good to blame the social workers whose job it is to perpetuate and protect their jobs but there are also parents (used in the loosest sense of the word) who tortured a child to death:

A woman who alerted authorities to the death of a Manitoba girl cried Monday as she testified about the abuse the child endured during her final days.

“They shot at her with a pellet gun and … played a game with her called choking the chicken,” the woman told an inquiry into Phoenix Sinclair’s death. ...

The abuse Phoenix suffered was detailed at Kematch and McKay’s murder trial, which was told the girl was frequently confined to a bare basement room, forced to eat her own vomit and choked until she lost consciousness.

The inquiry is examining how Manitoba child welfare failed to protect Phoenix, who had spent much of her life in foster care or with family friends before being returned to Kematch. Months before Phoenix’s death, social workers paid a short visit to Kematch, didn’t actually see the child, but decided all was well.

In June of 2005, Phoenix died after a brutal assault on the basement floor of the family’s home. McKay and Kematch buried her in a shallow grave near a landfill and continued to pretend she was alive. ...

McKay also had a long record of domestic violence outlined in the province’s family services central database. But social workers never caught on that he had become part of Phoenix’s life.

The inquiry has already heard of a list of failures by social workers.

Social workers were sometimes unaware of who was taking care of Phoenix — usually it was friends of the family or relatives, for days or weeks at a time. In 2003, she was seized from her biological father’s home after a day-long drinking party where suspected gang members were present.

The father was told to undergo alcohol counselling before he could get his daughter back. He didn’t, but regained custody anyway.

North Koreans beg for food from Mongolia:

The North, suffering under dictator Kim Jong-un's cruel regime, cited a "severe" shortage of food and requested aid during a recent meeting with Mongolia's President Ts. Elbegdorj.

"We ask Mongolia to seek possibilities of delivering food aid to North Korea," an article by InfoMongolia said.

Millions of people live near starvation at the secretive state, and children orphaned by misfortune or their parent's imprisonment, often die from malnutrition.

Chilling video footage recently documented a 10-year-old-boy starving to death on the streets of North Korea.

Survivors of the regime have revealed how food is often used as leverage to control starving people.

Malnutrition is so severe that the North Korean populace is even shrinking in height, experts say.

North Koreans used to be taller than their South Korean counterparts, but now, most men are lucky to exceed 150cm in height, according to analysis.

At the Fur: the city of Toronto funds an event that is disgusting AND anti-semitic; passing an anti-terrorism bill is a bad lead-in to a foiled terrorist attack; I would like to remind CAIR-Canada that the only thing the police or Canadians owe them is a ham at Christmas, not appropriate notice to get their backlash speeches in order; troofers for Dzhokhar; and child abuse in a New York school.

The second I hear how religion is a superstition or superstitious, I know that the argument is juvenile and arrogant one. It is not said with certainty otherwise proof would be offered. It never is forthcoming. It's rather like an empty threat which, after so many utterances, becomes tiresome. China's failure to quash religious belief has been a failure despite the use of totalitarian force and now what it believes is an appeal to reason, the surest and most insincere red flag of a party incapable of stamping out what it first sought to:

China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country's top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper.

Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation's economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world.

While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times, a newspaper published by the Central Party School which trains rising officials.

"For a ruling party which follows Marxism, we need to help people establish a correct world view and to scientifically deal with birth, ageing, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularizing scientific knowledge," he said, in rare public comments on the government's religious policy.

"But we must realize that this is a long process and we need to be patient and work hard to achieve it," Wang added in the latest issue of the Study Times, which reached subscribers on Sunday.

"Religion has been around for a very long time, and if we rush to try to push for results and want to immediately 'liberate' people from the influence of religion, then it will have the opposite effect and push people in the opposite direction."
(Sidebar: oh? You think?)

Is this the same country that believes that the number four is unlucky and finds ghost spouses for the deceased? If this sounds like a swipe at another's culture, look who brought it up- the very country that has a state administrator of religious affairs whose concern that people are being "misled" is as genuine as a phantom bridge for sale. It is hardly anyone's business what higher power a man prays or doesn't pray to unless you're a communist country where faith in the government cannot rival a faith in God. That's the root of it.

What the fff..... :

Talk about making an introduction.

Rookie news anchor A.J. Clemente left a lasting impression on NBC’s viewers in North Dakota Sunday night, when his first words on air at his new job were “f—ing sh-t.”

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