Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Post

Just in time for the long week-end...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death:

Two years after the horrific bombing of this city’s famed marathon, a federal jury on Friday sentenced to death one of the young men responsible for the attack, turning away appeals for mercy from his lawyers and even some victims.

The jury of seven women and five men rendered its decision after deliberating for more than 14 hours. As the verdict was read, the bomber, 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, displayed no sign of emotion.

The outcome was a victory for prosecutors, who said the former college student worked in tandem with his older brother and carried out the attack in a “heinous, cruel and depraved manner.” Jurors rejected arguments that Tsarnaev had fallen under the sway of his brother, Tamerlan, and was remorseful over the suffering he caused.

North of the border, a convicted and unrepentant terrorist has been deemed a child offender by unelected judges:

One week after a judge set him free, former teen terrorist Omar Khadr has won yet another legal battle with the Conservative government, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that he was sentenced as a juvenile, not an adult.

While the ruling doesn’t affect the 28-year-old’s freedom, it means that if he is returned to jail, it would be to a provincial reformatory, rather than a federal prison.

Twenty-three thousand people showed up in front of the House of Commons as they do every year:

The March for Life wouldn't be the March for Life without the miniscule presence of pathetic douchebags and their "counter-arguments":

There weren't as many pro-abortion counter-protesters at yesterday's March For Life as the media would have you believe. That said, one man I talked to turned out to be pretty interesting.

He's brought along a hand made sign with a curse word, and he's memorized a bunch of talking points.

But when I challenge him with some pretty basic questions, he fumbles for a moment.

However, he regains his composure and doubles down on his memorized opinions, going so far as to agreeing to "post-natal abortion," then quickly adding, "But I'm not advocating murder of any kind."

Later he sent us an email begging us not to air the interview.

I think I know why...

Just watch the video.

The RCMP is charged with four violations of the labour code in connection with last year's shootings of three of their officers in New Brunswick:

The Employment and Social Development Canada investigation alleges there were violations of the code relating to the force's equipment, training and supervision in the June 4 case that terrorized the New Brunswick city.

Justin Bourque murdered constables Doug Larche, Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross, and constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded in the young man's rampage through the city's north end.

Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 75 years in October after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

An RCMP review of the shootings said officers responding to the shootings faced a litany of problems that included communicating accurate information, accessing high-powered weaponry and securing protective equipment.

Bourque used a semi-automatic rifle to shoot the five officers in the city, and set off a 30-hour manhunt that drew in officers from around the region.

Commissioner Bob Paulson says the police force is considering the substance of the labour code charges and reviewing what actions it will take.

How is that "degrading" thing going?

Islamic State militants seized the main government headquarters in Ramadi, raising their black flag over the compound and setting it ablaze hours after a series of suicide car bombings heralded the start of a major new offensive by the extremists on the strategic city.

Why would someone do this? Because he's a sick b@$#@rd, that's why:

Morning is the most difficult time for Marlene Bird — she just wants to climb out of bed and make a pot of coffee.

But the 48-year-old struggles with every-day tasks since she was attacked and set on fire in northern Saskatchewan nearly one year ago.

Bird, who had been homeless for several years, was burned so badly that doctors had to amputate both her legs. She has also had several surgeries for skin grafts and there are more surgeries to come.

A cut to Bird's face stretches from her eyelid to her shattered nose. An operation is set for next month on one of her eyes that will hopefully improve the double-vision that leaves her feeling dizzy.

"Why would a man do this to a woman?" Bird says in an interview with radio station CKBI.

Leslie Black, 29, pleaded guilty last month to the attempted murder of Bird.

I'm sure the governments of Thailand and Indonesia will act in the best interests of these refugees, using the practice of dana paramita and the third pillar of charity as their guides:

More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh came ashore around Southeast Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea.

An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned against "floating coffins" and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The United States urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.

The waves of weak, hungry and dehydrated migrants who arrived Friday were the latest to slip into countries that have made it clear they're not welcome. But thousands more are still believed stranded at sea in what has become a humanitarian crisis no one in the region is rushing to solve.

Most of the migrants were crammed onto three boats that Indonesian fishermen towed ashore, while a group of 106 people were found on a Thai island known for its world-class scuba diving and brought to the mainland. ...

Southeast Asia for years tried to quietly ignore the plight of Myanmar's 1.3 million Rohingya but is now being confronted with a dilemma that in many ways it helped create. In the last three years, more than 120,000 Rohingya have boarded ships to flee to other countries, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

No countries want them, fearing that accepting a few would result in an unstoppable flow of poor, uneducated migrants. But Southeast Asian governments at the same time respected the wishes of Myanmar at regional gatherings, avoiding discussions of state-sponsored discrimination against the Rohingya.

Myanmar, in its first official comments as the crisis escalated in the past two weeks, indicated it won't take back migrants who claim to be Rohingya, who are denied citizenship in Myanmar and are effectively stateless.

"We cannot say that the migrants are from Myanmar unless we can identify them," said government spokesman Ye Htut. "Most victims of human trafficking claim they are from Myanmar is it is very easy and convenient for them."

Put money on this: these snowflakes will wear Islamic dress if told to on a dime:

A high school in Guelph, Ont., plans to create a focus group made up of students, parents, staff and administrators to review its dress code after public backlash to the principal's use of the word "skanky" to describe the style of dress students should avoid.

Scot Bishop, the principal of Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, reportedly used the word during an address over the school's P.A. system last week.

The school said the group will be formed by the end of the school year. If changes are recommended, they likely won't be in place for the beginning of the next school year.

Meanwhile, students at the school protested on Friday by wearing T-shirts with messages of gender equality. Some are breaking the school's dress code by dressing up "skanky" themselves.

(Sidebar: yeah, that's why teen-agers dressed like that on a Friday. Trust those who get pushed through the puppy mills of Ontario high schools to know what they are doing and why they are doing it) 

During a press conference at Camp David, President Obama said that chlorine isn’t ‘historically’ a chemical weapon.

Hello, this is Senator Barack Obama and today is Wednesday, March 29, 2006. ...

The 9/11 Commission focused specifically on the dangers of our chemical plants, how exposed they are. Industrial chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia, phosgene, methyl bromide, hydrochloric and various other acids are routinely stored near cities in multi-ton quantities. These chemicals are extraordinarily hazardous. Several are identical to those that were used as weapons during the First World War. Today they are 111 facilities in the country where a catastrophic chemical release could threaten more than one million people. 


Ladies and gentlemen, the late B.B. King.

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