Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Post

Have to beat the heat somehow....
It's time for the week-end...

Hamas executes eighteen people it claims were aiding Israel:

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to die in the six-week war.

Militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down seven of those condemned, whose faces were covered and hands bound, in front of worshippers emerging from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, in the first public executions in the enclave since the 1990s.

A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said. Two bodies were seen being loaded onto an ambulance before Reuters journalists were told to leave the area.

"The resistance has begun an operation called 'strangling the necks', targeting collaborators who aid the (Israeli) occupation, kill our people and destroy houses," said Al-Majd, a website run by Hamas's internal security service.

A so-called conviction letter signed by the "Palestinian Resistance" was posted on a wall near where the bodies of the alleged collaborators lay. The notice read:

"They provided the enemy with information about the whereabouts of fighters, tunnels of resistance, bombs, houses of fighters and places of rockets, and the occupation bombarded these areas, killing a number of fighters ... Therefore, the ruling of revolutionary justice was handed upon him."

Remember- Israel is the bad guy here.

Of course she would say that:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is wrong in saying that police investigations, not a national inquiry, are the best way to deal with crimes involving missing and murdered aboriginal women, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.

"For Stephen Harper to say that there's not a systemic aspect to this, I think is just — I think it's outrageous quite frankly," she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

All the provinces and territories endorsed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women when they gathered last year for the Council of the Federation conference. They'll meet up again next week in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

The federal Conservatives have firmly rejected the proposal, saying they prefer to address the issue in other ways, such as through aboriginal justice programs and a national DNA missing person's index.

But the death of a 15-year-old aboriginal girl found wrapped in a bag and dumped in the Red River has prompted renewed calls for an inquiry. Tina Fontaine, whose body was discovered Sunday, had been in Winnipeg less than a month when she ran away from foster care. Police are treating it as a homicide.

Harper said most such cases are addressed and solved by the police, adding it's important to keep in mind that these are crimes.

"We should not view this as sociological phenomenon," he said Thursday in Whitehorse.

"We should view it as crime. It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such."

(Sidebar: Premier Wynne, I see your shaming into giving a little girl her medicine finally worked.)

Compounding the tragedy of broken homes, violence, little or no employment on northern ghettos reservations, white liberal paternalistic racism that dreams up squishy ideas of what Stone Age justice is like for the "noble savage", drug use and prostitution, is the fact that many aboriginal women will end up murdered and their killings either unsolved or given next to no attention. As stunningly slow as the police's response may be, it also doesn't help if some people won't talk to the police or will only to talk to aboriginal cops. This all being said, nothing PM Harper said was wrong. This is a police matter that has been given little attention. One can make whatever political hay one wishes to but if the cops aren't doing their jobs about this, they won't do their jobs anywhere else, either.

This is chilling:

The quotes below are from an edited version of a transcript provided to CBC by The Globe and Mail.
In the recordings, Harding calls a dispatcher — to whom he refers as RJ ​— at the MM&A offices in Farnham, Que.

At 1:47 a.m., Harding, who had already signed off for the night, calls the office to let the dispatcher know there is an emergency in Lac-M├ęgantic.

"Everything is on fire, from the church all the way down to the Metro, from the river all the way to the railway tracks...Flames, RJ, are 200 feet high. It's incredible, you can't believe it here," Harding said during the phone call he placed from a gas station after his hotel was evacuated.

It was only about two hours later, at 3:29 a.m., that Harding found out his train had rolled down a hill, derailed and exploded in the town's downtown core.

Harding called the dispatcher for more information about the blast, when RJ told him the news.
RJ: It's uh, it's your train that rolled down.

TH: No!
RJ: Yes, sir.
TH: No, RJ.
RJ: Yes, sir.
TH: Holy f--k. F--k!
Harding insisted he secured the train before he retired for the night.
TH: It was secure, RJ, when I left.
RJ: Yeah.
TH: She was f****** secure. F***!
RJ: That's what I, that's what I got as a news.
TH: And when did you get the news? Just a few minutes ago?
RJ: At 2:25, to be correct.
TH: Oh, Jesus Christ….How in the f*** did that thing f****** roll down, RJ?
RJ: I don't know. How many brakes did you put on?
TH: The units, the V.B., and the first car, seven brakes.

Harding has since been charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence in connection with the incident.

Sarah Palin responds to Richard Dawkins' idiocy:

Palin, who is the mother of a son with Down Syndrome, wrote a note to Dawkins on her Facebook page explaining why she loves her child,named Trig Palin.

“I’d let you meet my son if you promised to open your mind, your eyes, and your heart to a unique kind of absolute beauty,” Palin wrote.

“But, in my request for you to be tolerant, I’d have to warn Trig he must be tolerant, too, because he may superficially look at you as kind of awkward. I’ll make sure he’s polite, though!”
Remember- Richard Dawkins is supposed to be the smart one and Sarah Palin isn't.


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