Thursday, May 22, 2014

For A Thursday

Omar Khadr is being sued by Tabitha Speer, Christopher Speer's widow, and Layne Morris, who lost an eye when Khadr threw a grenade at him, for over $40 million:

The American victims of convicted terrorist Omar Khadr are suing him for $44.7 million.

The suit was filed in a Utah court Wednesday, on behalf of Christopher Speer, the U.S. Army combat medic killed by Khadr in 2002, as well as his wife and young children, and another soldier, Layne Morris, who was injured and blinded by a grenade thrown by Khadr in Afghanistan.

Morris is asking for $2.5 million. He lost sight in one eye after shrapnel from a grenade tossed by Khadr severed his optic nerve.

Laura Tanner, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, said there is precedent for civil suits against terrorists.

"We sued (Omar's) father 10 years ago and were successful in getting a similar amount of money," she told QMI Agency. "This is based on the international terrorism statute, a remedy for victims of crime for behaviour conducted as a criminal terrorist."

According to documents filed with the Utah court: "Speer was placed in severe and prolonged extreme apprehension, suffered extreme fear, terror, anxiety, emotional, physical and psychological distress and trauma as a result of his injuries before his death."

Omar Khadr cannot profit from selling his story as a part of the plea deal he made. However, if he receives a settlement from the Canadian government for leaving this admitted terrorist in American custody, that will likely be used as compensation for his victims.

Justin Trudeau: hasn't read his dad's charter and still a douche:

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wouldn't try to talk a woman out of a sex-selective abortion - aborting a child based on gender alone - because it is a "charter right."

This is no coincidence. This is a partnership that has existed for decades:

China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.

Price negotiations on the 30-year deal continued into the final hours of a two-day visit by Putin to China, during which both sides had said they hoped to sign an agreement.

Putin was in Shanghai for an Asian security conference where China's president called for a new model of Asian security co-operation based on a regional group that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States.

The gas deal gives Moscow an economic boost at a time when Washington and the European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on dozens of Russian officials and several companies over Ukraine. It allows Russia to diversify its markets for gas, which now goes mostly to Europe.

The agreement "opened the door for Russia to enter into Asia's gas market," said Keun-Wook Paik, senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Politically, the deal has provided "a breathing space for Russia," Paik said. "Russia, and Putin, can demonstrate it's not completely isolated because of the Ukraine crisis. Russia has demonstrated that they have a very reliable strategic partnership with China."

Of course Russia and China have a "reliable strategic partnership".  There have been few times when they haven't. It's no accident that they agree to veto action against any Middle Eastern or North Korean foe. With the fingers in as many pies as they do, they are poised to be the big boys on either side of the globe.


A 43-year-old woman from Surrey, B.C., is likely to face assault charges after she allegedly threatened to kill a mother and her three children on board a bus.

A video of the altercation has been capturing attention on YouTube. 

According to RCMP Const. Holly Marks, the incident began around 10:20 a.m. PT on Tuesday when the 43-year-old woman boarded the bus heading from Surrey to Langley, and ended up arguing with the bus driver over non-payment of fare.

"A number of the passengers were actually perturbed by the profane language she was using so they asked her to stop swearing," said Marks.

"Sadly, that caused her to divert her anger toward them, including this one woman, who she threatened to kill both her and her children."

The 43-year-old woman allegedly threw a drink at a baby.
How about: no, not ever, there is not enough brain bleach, you're obviously nutters:

A London, Ont., teenager is challenging their school’s dress code, arguing that banning them from wearing their lycra bodysuit to class is more a human rights issue connected to their gender identity than a matter of appropriate fashion.

Maxwell Stewart, 17, said the school's decision to ban their made-to-measure bodysuit was about their identity. Stewart recently came out as androgynous – which means Stewart doesn’t identify as strictly male or female but rather gender-neutral.

Stewart was told the bodysuit didn’t adhere to the dress code of London Central Secondary School.

Yet another reason for the following: home-schooling, never caving in to the clearly mentally ill and/or permanently aggrieved and sensible dress codes.

And now,  a shark-shaped system has engulfed parts of the US:

Each day, the meteorologists at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma issue severe thunderstorm outlooks for the U.S. These outlooks give people a heads up as to whether or not to expect a tornado outbreak or a dreaded "derecho" event. On Wednesday, however, it seems that whomever drew the map took a bit of artistic license in delineating the possibility of severe thunderstorms from Colorado to Virginia.

Based on this map, not only is Washington, D.C. in for some potentially severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon, but it is also about to be eaten by a shark.

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