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A YOUNG boy is still "barking" for his dog to come home after police tasered, then shot dead, the family pet on their front porch.Here's another version of the incident, which includes the police department's explanation and defense of the alleged necessity for lethal violence. It concludes with this:
US police in Cincinnati killed Jack, the Bullock family's Chihuahua-mix pet, after an officer was bitten on the hand, WCPO reports.
The small dog had been Tasered, then shot at twice by police.
A third gunshot killed the dog.
Scott and Sharon Bullock discovered the dog's blood and three bullets on their porch after returning from a funeral last Friday.
They called the local police station and discovered what had happened to Jack, who was a birthday present for their 12-year-old son.
They said they were told that two officers had cornered the dog, when it began biting one on the hands. Police said the officers had "no option" but to shoot the dog.
Mr Bullock said his five-year-old son was distraught by the killing. "He 'barks' for him," Mr Bullock. "He'd 'bark' and Jack would always come to him, so he's outside going 'Bark bark bark,' hoping he's gonna come back.
His wife said the child had cried himself to sleep after the shooting.
Last night the family told 9News they wondered why the officers didn't call the SPCA to catch the 5 lb. dog.A couple of armed, adult police officers -- and a five-pound package of deadly terror. Death was obviously inevitable. Better it was the dog, wouldn't you agree?
A feisty 72-year-old great-grandmother was tasered after a police officer pulled her over for speeding. The Travis County, Texas dashboard camera captured the altercation between officer Chris Bieze and Kathryn Winkfein that happened last month.Here's one more taser story:
Bieze said Winkfein was physically "non-compliant" after he pulled her over for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph speed zone on her way to Austin, Texas.
The video, which was released this week, shows Winkfein refusing to sign her speeding ticket.
She then got out of her pick-up truck and then the confrontation got nastier.
"Give me the f--king ticket now," she said. "Get over here now," Bieze replied.
Bieze then shoved the woman. He said it was to keep her out of traffic whizzing by.
"You're gonna shove me?! You're gonna shove a 72 year old woman," Winkfein said. But Bieze would do more than just shove Winkfein.
"If you don't stand back, I'm gonna tase you," he tells Winkfein.
"Go ahead, taser me," Winkfein replied.
"Stand back or you're going to be tasered! Put your hand behind your back," Bieze warns Winkfein.
After warning Winkfein a half dozen times, Bieze makes good on all of those threats.
"Get on the ground! Get on the ground," Bieze can be heard yelling as Winkfein screams."Now put your hands behind your back." "Put your hands behind your back or you're going to be tased again," Bieze continued.
The son of a prominent KSL employee died Tuesday in Washington County after a police officer deployed a Taser when the man ran down a road in what authorities called an "agitated" state.One of the defenses of the increasingly common use of tasers is that tasers are preferable to guns; after all, the argument goes, guns are more dangerous and likely to kill than tasers. Tasers are safer. Except, as Cardall's death and many other taser deaths prove, tasers are often deadly, too. As far as the 72-year-old woman is concerned, I'm sure more than a few people will be heard to say, "She can't complain. She asked for it." And she did say, "Go ahead, taser me." So she deserved what she got.
Brian Layton Cardall, 32, was traveling with his wife south on State Road 59 near Hurricane on Tuesday afternoon. According to KSL.com, the vehicle pulled over to the side of the road when Cardall, who recently had been struggling with mental health issues, began having an "episode."
Cardall left the car and ran down the road, and his wife called police, said Washington County Undersheriff Jake Adams. A Hurricane police officer who responded to the scene deployed a Taser on Cardall, who lost consciousness, Adams said.
Cardall was treated at the scene but he was pronounced dead after being transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St.George, Adams said.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office did not immediately release further details about the incident.
In brief: tasers can kill people, or cause very serious injury; tasers are "commonly used...to gain compliance" -- from people who are usually unarmed and who pose no serious threat whatsoever; and tasers are frequently used on suspects who have already been subdued and immobilized.Recall the police officer's complaint against the 72-year-old woman: she was "physically non-compliant." She had to be made to obey. So he tasered her -- which meant, he used torture to force her to do exactly as he demanded (if you doubt it's torture, I again direct you here), torture which easily could have seriously injured or even killed her. Thus, my title: "Obey or Die."
The greatest virtue is to feel nothing, or as close to nothing as possible. There is one exception: you can feel unreasoning, unfocused rage, and you are free to act on it. You may lash out in any direction you choose. The innocence of your victim is irrelevant.Our national leaders are fond of telling us that war is always "a last resort." This, of course, is a lie, one of the most terrible lies the United States regularly employs as it continues its campaigns of destruction, while it embarks on new ones. The U.S. government has repeatedly manufactured threats where none existed, often creating them out of absolutely nothing. This particular history stretches back more than a century, and it continues today with Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and whatever country next finds itself in the crosshairs of America's imperial agenda.
Our government acts in this manner repeatedly. Our political leaders all applaud it, and offer a lengthy series of "justifications" for our unending national cruelty.
Our children learn all this, and many more lessons of the same kind. Of course, they are often vicious bullies. Our government is a murderous bully on a scale that beggars description; most politicians are bullies; the majority of adults are bullies to varying degrees. Why wouldn't these children be bullies? It's what they've been taught. In the most crucial ways, it's all they've been taught.
These children are the perfect embodiments of the central values of our culture. They have learned well.
But, many people will say, this is monstrous. We must teach these children that such behavior is deeply wrong, and that they must change. To all such people, I reply: Then change yourselves. Change your values, and change the way you think and act. Children will see those changes, and their own behavior will alter accordingly in time.
Change yourselves. Start today. Start right now.
Love Hotels and Religion
A religious corporation that operates "love hotels" concealed 1.4 billion yen in income over seven years through February 2008 as tax-exempt donations from amorous couples, sources said.
The Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Taxation Bureau has ordered Uchu Shinri Gakkai (Space truth academic society) to pay 300 million yen in back taxes and penalties.
Uchu Shinri Gakkai, based in Tadotsu, Kagawa Prefecture, has filed an objection to the order.
"We actually send money to needy children in the country. We'll fight the tax authorities," said the 46-year-old president of a company in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, that processes and sells mushrooms and vegetables.
The love hotels are apparently run by a 71-year-old former president of the company.
We Fought The Law
Tens of thousands Tens of thousands were expected to join a massive rally yesterday at Seoul Plaza marking the 22nd anniversary of the June 10 pro-democracy movement despite the disapproval of police and Seoul City.
Defining it as illegal, the police vowed to deal sternly with the rally and crack down on any illicit protests. They planned to dispatch more than 12,000 police officers around Seoul Plaza, the popular assembly site in central Seoul where the 1987 movement took place.
The police and the Seoul Metropolitan Government rejected the plan for the rally, saying the Korea Freedom League, a conservative civic group, filed its request to use the plaza earlier for a separate civil campaign.
Scuffles erupted between the police and those preparing for the event when five trucks tried to enter the plaza to unload equipment and materials that will be used during the rally. During the scuffles, Rep. Lee Jung-hee of the Democratic Labor Party fainted and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Emily Post Hello
As all visitors to India's capital discover, despite Delhi's rickshaws and the traditional black and yellow taxis offering an economical ride, there can also be plenty of drawbacks.
Cleanliness of both vehicle and driver are often uncertain, safety often comes with a question mark and at the end of their journey passengers may often conclude they've been well and truly ripped off.
Now, in an effort to boost the image of the "taxiwallahs" and to improve the service they offer, drivers are to receive lessons in road safety, basic English and common courtesy. What's more, they're going to get paid to take them.
The lessons are part of a scheme that has been drawn up by the India Tourism Development Corporation in conjunction with the government before next year's Commonwealth Games. India's tourism industry draws 3.3 million foreign visitors a year, but the games are expected to bring tens of thousands of new visitors and officials are determined that they leave with a positive image of the country.
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The articles about this are not written well at all. Including this NYT piece and this by Dow Jones. It's not at all clear if Fiat actually owns Chrysler (they only have a 20% stake), nor is it clear if the new company Fiat and Chrysler are forming is a third company, apart from Fiat and Chrysler, or whether it's a new company combining what was Fiat and Chrysler. Anyway, the deal is done.
Okay, here's a better article from CNNMoney. Still not totally clear.
Mamhoud Ahmadinejad is accusing opponents of tampering with his pronouncements to make him look loony but, as Friday's Iran election nears, that would be overkill.
Nothing could improve on his own YouTube classic claim that a halo surrounded him at a UN appearance in 2005 and that "the crowd stared without blinking during the entire speech.?
In what is shaping up as a close contest, the opposition is appealing to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei over the campaign debates, arguing that "millions of people were witness to lies and distortions of the truth, which were against religion, law, ethics and fairness and were aimed at the achievements of our Islamic System."
Meanwhile, thousands of young people have been filling Tehran streets with a symbolic green protest, holding green posters with green ribbons on their wrists and car antennas and holding up green fruit drinks.
The unspoken X factor in whether Ahmadinejad stays or goes could well be the ripple effects of President Obama's Cairo speech last week, which may have helped a pro-Western faction win in Lebanon.
Is Change in the air, even in the Middle East?
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Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu only opposes "public option" health insurance plans when you're the one who's going to benefit. When she's the one with her mouth to the federal teat, Landrieu, well, sucks. So when is Landrieu going to give up her federal health coverage, in order to, you know, show how committed she is to opposing public option health insurance? I assume Landrieu is also going to ask her socialist staff to stop wasting federal tax dollars on their public option health insurance as well. Landrieu's website tells us she's been working in government since she was 23. For most of her adult life, she's been on the receiving end of a lot of public funds paying her salary and her benefits.
The health care groups should have gotten tough with people like Landrieu and the Blue Dogs and the Republicans and Ben Nelson a long time ago. Someone should have started a campaign to repeal the health insurance of every member of Congress who opposes the public option. It would have been a media feeding frenzy and the members of Congress wouldn't have known what to say. It would have given all of us something to rally around, and would at the same time put increasing pressure on those very members of Congress causing us the most trouble.
But that would be mean. And liberals don't do mean. They just lose, with losers like Mary Landrieu leading the way.
Feel free to call Landrieu's office and ask the hypocrites when they're giving up their own publicly funded health insurance: (202)224-5824 - then post what you find out in the comments.
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