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An Australian man is giving new meaning to the saying “light a fire under your ass”. The 23 year old “Aussie” guy was rushed to the hospital shortly after he thought he would give his friends a good laugh by lighting firecrackers in his butt cheeks.
The funny man who is from a town near Darwin, Australia, was reported to have consumes a lot of alcohol when he thought up and implemented the ultimate funny stunt of putting fireworks between his butt cheeks and lighting it up.
Senior Sergeant Garry Smith, said:
“It appears a party was in full progress when a young male decided to place the firework between the cheeks of his bottom and light it. What must of seemed to be a great idea at the time has backfired, resulting in the male receiving quite severe and very painful burns to his cheeks, back and private bits.”
It is reported that the man rushed to the hospital on his own and even though paramedics were called, they were not much help because he had left by the time they arrived on the scene.
According to the police, possession of fireworks at the wrong time period is punishable by a fine of $282. Fireworks can only be lit, legally, on July 1 which is Territory Day, when the region celebrates its anniversary of being awarded independence.
After Territory Day, all fireworks are supposed to be disposed of but they are often lit and displayed afterwards anyway.
It always seems to be happening in Florida these days, doesn’t it? A man in Port St. Joe has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after shooting a black man. In his words, “He only shot a n*gger,” so what’s the big deal?
Walton Henry Butler has been taken into custody for the shooting of Everett Gant, a black man. Butler shot Gant with a rifle in the crime. The shooting occurred after the man made a series of racial slurs toward the victim and the children of a woman, Pamela Rogers.
Butler shot Gant between the eyes after Gant went to his apartment to confront him over what he’d said. That’s when Butler shot him and left him on the ground to die, closing the door behind him. Butler then called 911 and finished dinner.
“He was brought to the investigation unit where he was interviewed and basically admitted to shooting the victim and said he shot a, used a racial slur, and said that is what he shot and acted like it was not like a big deal or anything to him,” Nugent told WJHG.
Butler is likely going to prison for a while for what he did. He has been charged with attempted murder and a hate crime. Gant is expected to survive, but not without significant injury as a result of the attack.
A UC Irvine Professor has caused serious panic among local residents after it was revealed that he planned to murder students and administrators at a local high school. The father was both grieving and angry over the suicide of his son, who hanged himself on campus last spring.
Rainer Klaus Reinscheid is charged with setting five fires on the campus of Irvine’s University High School, and also at a school administrator’s home. He was arrested on July 24 and police then found emails confirming that he was planning to carry out a mass shooting.
“These were emails sent to his wife and to himself that laid out in very graphic detail his plans to use firearms to murder students and administrators. We believe he’s a danger to the community,” said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The emails included the names of those that the professor wanted to target in his killing spree. He also planned to burn down the school and then kill himself afterward, according to prosecutors.
Reinscheid’s 14-year old son was disciplined at the school and hanged himself shortly afterward. Police found the damning emails on the man’s cell phone that laid out his plans for revenge. His wife is not a suspect.
“At this point, law enforcement believes (Reinscheid) is a sole suspect. They don’t believe anyone else was involved in the arson or his plans,” Emami told The News. “The evidence shows he was acting alone.”
The Florida judge presiding over the second-degree murder case of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain charged with killing Trayvon Martin, denied Zimmerman’s motion to disqualify him from the case.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester wrote in a letter Tuesday morning that the motion was “legally insufficient.”
It was Zimmerman’s second attempt to remove a judge on his case; the first was successful.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s defense attorney, filed a motion in early July to disqualify Lester based on remarks the judge made during a bond hearing that O’Mara claimed were disparaging and highlighted bias against his client. Lester said during the July 5 bond hearing — Zimmerman’s second, after a bond granted in April was revoked and Zimmerman was rearrested — that Zimmerman had “flaunted the system” by misleading the court to believe that he and his wife were broke, when the couple had in fact been sitting on $135,000 donated by supporters.
O’Mara said in his motion to disqualify Lester that the statements had caused Zimmerman to lose faith that he had any chance at a fair trial.
“Mr. Zimmerman has lost faith in the objectivity of this Court and has a reasonable, well-founded fear that he will not receive a fair trial by this Court,” O’Mara wrote.
George Zimmerman is charged with Martin’s February 26 killing in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman and his attorney assert that he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense.
“Notably, together with the passport, the money only had to be hidden for a short time for him to leave the country if the defendant made a quick decision to flee,” Lester said. “It is entirely reasonable for this court to find that, but for the requirement that he be placed on electronic monitoring, the defendant and his wife would have fled the United States with at least $130,000 of other people’s money.”
Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, last week pleaded not guilty to perjury charges related to statements she made in court regarding the family’s financial state. Shellie Zimmerman’s arraignment was scheduled for yesterday afternoon, but neither she nor her lawyer were required to attend.
In April, Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler recused herself from the case, citing a conflict of interest. Recksiedler’s husband, attorney Mark NeJame, works with an attorney who referred Zimmerman to O’Mara.
In disqualifying Zimmerman’s motion to have him removed, Lester cited Recksiedler’s decision to step down, writing in a footnote that while she too found the motion against her “legally insufficient,” she did so “out of an abundance of caution.”
“Judge Recksiedler found that she did not have an interest that could be substantially affected, nor was there any allegation that she was or would be exposed to extra-judicial information through her husband’s employment,” Lester wrote. “She therefore found that these assertions were legally insufficient.”
Her recusal, he continued, was based on the “totality of the circumstances.”
As for the motion against him, Lester said that he could not address the merits of the assertions in it.
“The Court is not permitted to deny the allegations supporting the motion as untrue, reject them as unfounded, or comment upon them at all,” he said. “To do so establishes independent grounds for disqualification.”
A woman has been sent to prison for 12 years for stealing a child out of the hospital way back in 1987. Ann Pettway is going to spend some time behind bars for committing an unthinkable crime that has every mother shuddering in fear. The baby was stolen from the Harlem Hospital, where 3 week old Carlina White was led to believe that the woman who kidnapped her was her biological mom.
The baby had been brought to the emergency room for a high fever. Prosecutors also alleged that Pettway wanted the baby “and constructed a web of lies that denied the child the truth about her family for 23 years.”
Authorities recommended 10 – 12 years in prison for Pettway. They tried to get a longer sentence after finding out more things about the case that they believed called for a longer sentence. But the judge gave Pettway 12 years and left it at that.
Prosecutors claimed that the wannabe mother “brazenly took the daughter from a hospital crib and, when no one stopped her, brought the baby home with her to Connecticut. If the offense had ended there, in 1987, a lengthy sentence of imprisonment would have been warranted for kidnapping alone. But the offense did not end there. Instead it continued for 23 years.”
Carlina found her real parents by searching on the Internet. She grew up feeling that something wasn’t right and found out that it was all wrong all along. She then located her real family and reunited with them in New York.
Joy White, Carlina’s biological mother, was livid over the shortened sentence and felt that Pettway deserved more time in prison.
“I’ve lost 23 years of being with my daughter,” she said.
Pettway said this in court to try to explain her behavior.
“I went to the hospital. I took a child. It was wrong.”
“Because of my actions so many lives were hurt,” she said in a handwritten letter.
“All I can do now is ask forgiveness from her and her parents. It may not sound correct on paper but I am hopelessly SORRY,” she wrote. “My action led to such a huge loss for her parents, but there is nothing I can do to right this wrong that I committed.”
She says that she failed to seek counseling for her own trauma due to failed pregnancies in the past.
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has defended the $7.9 billion loan the federal government proposes to borrow from external sources, saying it would be used for specific developmental purposes.
President Goodluck Jonathan had, in February, sought the approval of the National Assembly to borrow 7.9 billion dollars from the World Bank and the African Development Bank to fund some projects.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, DMO Director General, allayed fears that the loan might have negative impacts on the economy.
He explained that the burden of the loan would be spread over 50 years, claiming that “it is as good as free money.”
“We have to appreciate that this is a soft loan; we are talking of concessional loan, moratorium of 10 years, and repayment of 40 years, that means 50 years,” he explained, adding that the external borrowing was not only for the Federal Government but for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as well.
“So when we talk about the external debt, it is the external debt of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not of the Federal Government.”
The Director-General added that the country’s current $6 billion dollar foreign debt profile falls within the acceptable limit.
- Daily Times
“Eight players from four teams in the women’s doubles competition have been thrown out” of the London Olympics for allegedly deliberately trying to lose their matches, The Telegraphis reporting.
The Associated Press has moved this “alert”:
“Indonesian official: 8 badminton players disqualified from Olympic doubles for trying to lose.”
“The eight Olympic doubles players charged by the Badminton World Federation for ‘not using one’s best efforts to win a match’ have been thrown out of the Games.
“South Korean third seeds Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung, Indonesian pair Meiliana Juahari and Greysia Polii, plus China’s Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and another South Korean duo Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na have all been disqualified.”
The genesis of the problem:
Two different matches were thrown into chaos after it appeared that some players, who had already qualified for the next round, were trying to lose. The Guardian reports:
“Chinese top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang and the South Koreans, Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, were booed off after an extraordinary match in which players regularly served into the net or hit wide apparently on purpose.
“Both pairs had already qualified for the last 16 and their actions appeared to be an attempt to manipulate the final standings in Group A.
“The reasons for both pairs wishing to do this were unclear, but by ultimately losing the match, the Chinese now cannot play their compatriots and second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei until the final.”
Later in the day, the same kind of thing played out when another Korean pair appeared to throw a game against Indonesia. Reuters reports that at one point, a referee brandished a black card, meaning disqualification, but the Indonesians protested and it was rescinded.
Reuters spoke to the head coach of the South Korean delegation, who said his team was simply trying to undo what the Chinese had started earlier and his teams, like the Chinese, did not want to meet their compatriots at the semis.
“Because they don’t want to play the semi-final against each other, so we did the same,” Sung Han-kook told Reuters. “We didn’t want to play the South Korean team again.”
The BBC reports that the Chinese pair said they were conserving energy for the knockout rounds.
The BBC adds:
“Paisan Rangsikitpho, a member of the Badminton World Federation’s technical committee, said the governing body would ‘have a real discussion tonight to see what has happened, but I have to get all the facts’.
“An International Olympic Committee spokesman said: ‘The federation has a huge experience in refereeing their sport and we have every confidence that they will deal with the issue appropriately and take any necessary measures.’”
Syrian President Bashar Assad urged his armed forces Wednesday to step up the fight against rebels as the U.N. reported a significant escalation in the civil war with the military using warplanes to fire on opposition fighters in the battle for Aleppo.
Sausan Ghosheh, the spokeswoman for the U.N. mission in Syria, said that international observers had witnessed warplanes firing in Syria’s largest city, where intense fighting has been raging for 12 days. She said the situation in Aleppo was dire, with “heavy use of heavy weapons” including tanks, which the rebels now possess as well.
“Yesterday, for the first time, our observers saw firing from a fighter aircraft. We also now have confirmation that the opposition is in a position of having heavy weapons, including tanks,” she said, adding that for civilians, there “is a shortage of food, fuel, water and gas.”
Residents of Aleppo have told The Associated Press over the past week that jet fighters have been strafing rebel positions and there are numerous videos on the Internet posted by activists showing rebels commandeering regime tanks after conquering their bases.
Aleppo, a city of some 3 million, has been wracked by violence since rebels attempted to take it over and succeeded in holding several neighborhoods despite daily assaults by regime tanks, helicopters and warplanes.
On the 67th anniversary of the Syrian army’s founding, Assad pushed his armed forces to redouble their efforts in the fight in a speech that was not televised but only appeared in the army’s magazine.
“Today you are invited to increase your readiness and willingness for the armed forces to be the shield, wall and fortress of our nation,” he said.
The regime has characterized the rebellion as the work of foreign terrorists, and Assad claimed “internal agents” are collaborating with them.
“Our battle is against a multi-faceted enemy with clear goals. This battle will determine the destiny of our people and the nation’s past, present and future,” he said.
Assad has not spoken in public since a bomb on July 18 killed four of his top security officials during a rebel assault on Damascus and has only appeared on television once. His whereabouts are unknown and it is not even clear if he is in the capital.
Syria’s powerful military, which has largely held together over the course of the uprising, is vital to keeping Assad in power. The pace of defections has been rising recently, however. Neighboring Turkey reports that 28 generals have already crossed the border.
In recent weeks, the military has unleashed heavy weapons against the increasingly bold rebels who have brought the fight to the country’s two largest cities. The military managed to drive the rebels out of the capital Damascus a week after their assault with fierce bombardments of neighborhoods followed by house-to-house searches.
Minor clashes with the rebels around Damascus continue, however, and in the early hours of the morning Wednesday residents of the Christian neighborhood of Bab Touma in Damascus’ old city reported a half-hour gun battle.
There was also ongoing fighting in several other cities across the country, including the central city of Homs, which on Wednesday saw fierce clashes between rebels and regime forces and was bombarded by mortars, artillery and rockets, according to the activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In Aleppo, the state news agency reported several victories by government forces, especially in the hotly contested rebel bastion of Salaheddine, saying dozens of “terrorists” had been killed, including some with “African” nationalities.
For their part, however, rebels said they had extended their control over the strategic city by taking two police stations in Saliheen and Bab al-Neyrab neighborhood in the battles that lasted several hours.
Turkey, meanwhile, launched a military drill just across the border from a Syrian town it claims is controlled by Kurdish rebels – a show of muscle aimed at Kurdish separatists pushing for autonomy within Turkey’s borders.
The Turkish government last week said Turkish Kurdish rebels have seized control of five towns along the border in collaboration with their Syrian counterparts. Turkey alleges that the Kurdish guerrillas they are fighting have taken advantage of the strife in Syria to take refuge there.
The idea that Syria, like northern Iraq, could become a safe haven for Turkish Kurdish rebels is an anathema to Turkey’s leaders, who otherwise have been very supportive to the rebels fighting Assad.
The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today.
What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010.
“The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the report stated.
But Ambassador Dan Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counter-terrorism, warned that for all the good news about the core of al Qaeda being weakened, affiliates of the group, particularly in Yemen and in Africa, continue to pose a real risk.
Nigeria was one of the few countries which actually saw an increase in terror attacks last year because of Boko Haram, and Kenya and Somalia continue to experience attacks by a weakened Al Shabab. Benjamin also noted that the Arab spring and other countries in transition could leave important allies like Egypt and Iraq vulnerable to terror groups.
“Inspiring as the moment may be, we are not blind to the attendant perils. Terrorists could still cause significant disruptions for states undergoing very challenging democratic transitions. Affiliates of the group, and violent extremist ideology and rhetoric continue to spread in some parts of the world,” said Benjamin.
Reports of al Qaeda operatives taking advantage of the instability in Syria is also a potential worrying situation, says Benjamin. The U.S. has warned Syria’s opposition groups against allowing foreign fighters to join the resistance, and Benjamin says opposition groups have assured U.S. officials that they are being vigilant in keeping extremists out. But he placed the blame for the conflict squarely on Syria’s President Bashar al Assad.
“So long as Assad refuses to go and Syria’s transition is blocked, the danger grows of more foreign fighters, including extremists of the al Qaeda type, infiltrating Syria,” he said.
Though the report focuses primarily on the threat al Qaeda and its affiliates pose to the United States, the activities of Iran over the last year are also increasingly of concern, specifically Iran’s support for Hezbollah and the rogue nation’s involvement in the 2011 plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador the United States in Washington, D.C.
President Obama personally tweeted Michael Phelps Tuesday night following the Olympic swimmer’s record-breaking nineteenth win.
Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 1, 2012
Phelps tweetedÂ back to the president early Wednesday.
Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the <s>#</s><b>USA</b> !! The best country in the world!! RT <s>@</s><b>barackobama</b>: … tmi.me/ux7k2— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 1, 2012
Phelps and his U.S. teammates won the 4×200 free relay Tuesday night in London. Phelps has now won 15 gold medals and 19 medals overall in his Olympic career, records for any individual athlete. He has said this year’s summer Olympics are his last.
Obama’s Twitter feed is managed by his campaign, but tweets tagged -bo come directly from the president. In a tweet earlier this week, his campaign referred to U.S. swimmers as a means to tout the accomplishments of Obama’s first term, posting a graphic boasting of the numbers of particiants in swimming lessons and clubs supporting by Obama administration partnerships.