These cats had the bomb squad sound to the fullest
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December 30, 2008
These cats had the bomb squad sound to the fullest
December 29, 2008
The Bush Administration is still trying to sell us. Are you kiddin’ me?
Mrs. Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure
WASHINGTON — The two most influential women in President George W. Bush’s White House — first lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — are strongly defending the president’s legacy against critics who are calling his administration one of the worst in history.
“I know it’s not, and so I don’t really feel like I need to respond to people that view it that way,” Mrs. Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday. “I think history will judge and we’ll see later.”
Rice took a similar view in a separate interview, saying that claims that the Bush administration has been one of the worst ever are “ridiculous.”
“I think generations pretty soon are going to start to thank this president for what he’s done. This generation will,” Rice said.
“Because I think the fact that we have really made foreign assistance not just an issue of giving humanitarian aid or giving money to poor people, but really insisting on good governance and fighting corruption,” she said. “I think the fact that this president has laid the groundwork for a Palestinian state, being the first president, as a matter of policy, to say that there should be one, and now, I think, laying the foundation that’s going to lead to that Palestinian state — I can go on and on.”
In her interview, Mrs. Bush called the shoe-throwing incident in Baghdad an “assault.” She rebuffed Bush administration critics who contend the U.S. turned its military might and resources to the war in Iraq before finishing the job in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Bush noted that under her husband’s watch, the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein and liberated millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq from oppressive governments. She also highlighted the president’s work to provide treatment for disease like AIDS and malaria to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. She said her husband responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a way that has kept the nation safe.
“I think that’s very, very important,” she said.
Mrs. Bush said that while the president laughed it off when an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at him during a news conference earlier this month in Iraq, she was not amused. The president deftly dodged the shoes and wasn’t hit. He continued the news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after security officials dragged the journalist from the room.
“The president laughed it off,” she said. “He wasn’t hurt. He’s very quick. As you know, he’s a natural athlete and ducked it. But on the other hand, it is an assault. And I think it should be treated that way. And I think people should think of it that way.”
On the other hand, she said the incident reflects change in Iraq.
“As bad as the incident is, in my view, it is a sign that Iraqis feel a lot freer to express themselves,” she said.
Mrs. Bush challenged critics who contend that Iraq was a distraction the U.S. mission in Afghanistan where heightened violence is causing renewed instability.
“Well, I don’t know that I would agree with that at all,” Mrs. Bush said. “I don’t think that’s true at all. We’ve stayed very, very invested in Afghanistan. Not as invested militarily, maybe, and maybe that’s what the critics say, that it should have been more military. But I think we stayed very invested.”
Rice said it won’t be long before Bush’s contributions to the world will be acknowledged.
“When you look at what this president took on in terms of AIDS relief and foreign assistance to the world, when you look at the number of countries … and the number of people that this president has actually liberated — you know, I really am someone who believes that you don’t want to pay too much attention to today’s headlines,” she said.
But recognition of big achievements sometimes take a long time, Rice said.
Rice noted that while Germany was reunified in 1990, the work that made it possible was done in the 1940s, “when things didn’t look quite so rosy.” So historians who are now making judgments about the Bush administration and its Middle East policies aren’t very good historians, Rice said.
“One cannot yet judge the effects of decisions that this president has taken on what the Middle East will become,” Rice said. “I mean, for goodness’ sakes, good historians are still writing books about George Washington.”
Mrs. Bush spoke on “Fox News Sunday,” while Rice was on CBS “Sunday Morning.”
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
December 27, 2008
Santa gunman had lost job, wife before gory attack
COVINA, Calif. — Bruce Pardo’s ambitions rarely panned out quite as he envisioned.
He lost his electrical engineering job. His marriage ended after two years. Even his planned getaway to Canada after a murderous rampage at his former in-laws’ house ended instead in his suicide after he badly burned himself while torching the house.
The 45-year-old Pardo, accused of killing nine people and injuring three others, wasn’t well-known by neighbors, who described him as a quiet man. Friends said he volunteered as a church usher.
But on Christmas Eve, police said he wreaked unimaginable havoc when he showed up at a party at his ex-wife’s parents’ home dressed as Santa Claus, leaving behind charred corpses and endless questions.
“It’s a shock to everybody that knew him,” said Jan Detanna, head usher at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montrose, where Pardo volunteered. “You just don’t know what’s going on sometimes.”
Some described Pardo as a big man with a firm handshake who seemed upbeat and doted on a big, brown Akita he owned with his former wife.
Police said Friday that Pardo ditched his plan to flee to Canada after suffering burns in the attack on the home in Covina, 25 miles east of Los Angeles. He was later found dead, a plane ticket and cash strapped to his body, and parts of his Santa costume fused to his skin.
Officials also released a 911 call filled with frantic appeals for help. “My mom’s house is on fire!” said a caller phoning from a neighbor’s house. “He’s still shooting at them!”
Emerging details indicated Pardo devised an extensive plan to destroy his ex-wife’s family after a costly divorce that was finalized last week, just months after losing his aerospace job.
No bodies were identified because of charring, but police Lt. Tim Doonan said all were Pardo’s former relatives. He declined to say whether his ex-wife and her parents were among them, but said they were unaccounted for.
The victims were believed to range in age from 17 to 80. Police Chief Kim Raney said “he stood over them and shot them execution-style.”
Armed with four guns, wearing the Santa suit and carrying a fuel-spraying device wrapped like a present, Pardo showed up at the home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday as a party of about 25 people was under way.
Raney said Pardo fired a shot into the face of an 8-year-old girl who answered the door and at first fired indiscriminately, then apparently targeted relatives of his ex-wife as other guests fled. The girl survived.
Pardo retreated to the front door and retrieved a device that mixed carbon dioxide or oxygen with high-octane racing fuel. Fleeing guests saw him spraying the fuel inside the house when the vapor was ignited, possibly by a pilot light or a candle, and exploded.
“Mr. Pardo was severely injured during that explosion,” Raney said. “He suffered third-degree burns on both arms and it also appears that the Santa Claus suit that he was wearing did melt onto his body.”
Pardo then drove to his brother’s home in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, broke in and shot himself in the head. His brother discovered the body early Thursday. Pardo had an airline ticket for a Christmas morning flight to Canada and $17,000 in cash on his body, some attached to his legs with Saran Wrap and some in a girdle, the chief said.
Before the suicide, Pardo used remnants of the Santa suit to booby-trap his rental car to explode, the chief said.
Raney said Pardo wired the suit so when it was lifted it “would pull a trip wire or a switch, ignite a flare inside the car that would then ignite black powder and he had several hundred rounds of handgun ammunition inside the car.”
The device went off as a bomb squad worked to disarm it Thursday but no one was hurt.
A search of Pardo’s own home in Montrose, a suburb northeast of Los Angeles, turned up racing fuel, five empty boxes for high-powered semi-automatic handguns and two high-powered shotguns.
The police chief said Pardo had no military experience, and in a resume he claimed to have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering.
Court records show Pardo’s ex-wife, Sylvia Pardo, 43, filed for a dissolution of marriage on March 24, 2008, and they were legally separated after about two years of marriage. The two reached a settlement on Dec. 18.
Bruce Pardo owed her $10,000 as part of the settlement, according to court documents that detailed a bitter split. He also lost a dog he doted upon and did not get back a valuable wedding ring.
“No counseling or delay could help restore this marriage,” the settlement stated. “There are irreconcilable differences which have led to the complete breakdown of the marriage.”
The couple had no children together, but Bruce Pardo had a son from a previous relationship who had “some challenges,” Raney said without elaboration. “I’m not sure he was supporting the child but he does have at least one child,” he said.
December 27, 2008
From Hindi (thuggee) (or ठग्गी (tuggee)) < Marathi (thag, “thief”), (thak, “swindler”) < Sanskritस्थग (sthaga, “cunning, fraudulent”) < स्थगति (sthagati, “to cover, conceal”) Thuggee was an Indian network of secret fraternities who were engaged in murdering and robbing travellers and known for strangling their victims, operating from the 17th century (possibly as early as 13th century) to the 19th century. During British Imperial rule of India, many Indian words passed into common English, and in 1810 thug referred to members of these Indian gangs. The sense was adopted more generally as “ruffian, cutthroat” by 1839.
thug (plural thugs)
- A criminal who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.
- (dated) One of a band of assassins formerly active in northern India who worshipped Kali and offered their victims to her.
December 26, 2008
We lost a lot of good ones this year in the physical sense. Rest in tranquility Eartha. Fannnnggg!!
Story from Comcast .net:
Seductive singer Eartha Kitt dies at 81
By Christopher Wilson, Reuters
WASHINGTON — Eartha Kitt, who rose from the Southern cotton fields to captivate audiences around the world with sultry performances as a singer, dancer and actress, died on Thursday at the age of 81.
Kitt died of colon cancer for which she was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, said Andrew Freedman, a long-time friend and publicist.
The cancer was detected about two years ago and treated but recurred after a period of remission.
“She came back strongly. She had been performing until two months ago,” Freedman told Reuters by telephone from Los Angles. “We had dates booked through 2009.”
Slinky, sensuous and cat-like, Kitt described herself as a “sex kitten” and used her seductive purr to charm audiences across the world.
Actor-director Orson Welles once called Kitt “the most exciting woman alive” and, along with Lena Horne, she was one of the first African-American sex symbols.
Kitt picked up a string of awards during her long career, winning two Emmys and being nominated for a third, as well as a Grammy. She also had two Tony nominations.
Her hit songs included “C’est Si Bon,” “Let’s Do It” and “Just an Old Fashioned Girl.” She also was widely associated with Christmas because of her hit “Santa Baby.” The song, recorded in 1953, went gold this year and she received the gold record before she died, Freedman said.
Despite those accolades, Kitt may have been at her best in her nightclub act, which allowed her to use her feline, seductive manner to its fullest.
“She loved cabaret performances,” Freedman said. “If there was ever an opportunity to do a small intimate venue with about 150 people, that was always her preference.”
Kitt was blackballed in America for speaking out against the Vietnam War in the 1960s — most notoriously at a White House luncheon in the company of first lady Lady Bird Johnson. Kitt then began performing in Europe, where she had been popular early in her career, and eventually returned to the United States to great acclaim.
“She was never one to look back on her life,” Freedman said. “She was a true individual who believed that if you had a true belief in yourself, your talent was authentic.”
“My greatest challenge was to be able to survive in the business and to be able to survive according to what I was doing. Not what other people were doing,” Kitt told Reuters in a 2005 television interview at the Newport, Rhode Island jazz festival.
“I just stuck to my own guns and I think that was one of the way’s I have survived. The audience is not supposed to know that I’m scared, the shyest person in the world.”
Kitt was born to a black-Indian mother and a white father on a plantation in South Carolina in 1927. She once described herself as “that little urchin cotton picker from the South, Eartha Mae” and often spoke of a tough childhood in the impoverished segregated South. She was often harassed for being light-skinned before being sent to live with an aunt in New York City.
But Kitt’s life in New York also was marred by abuse and poverty until she got her start as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company and made her film debut in “Casbah” in 1948. On television she was perhaps best known for her role as the sexy Catwoman in the 1960s TV series “Batman.”
In an interview with The Times of London in April Kitt described her approach to performing by saying: “I do not have an act. I just do Eartha Kitt … I want to be whoever Eartha Kitt is until the gods take me wherever they take me.”
She was married in the 1960s to real estate developer Bill McDonald and they had a daughter, named Kitt. She also was known for her relationships with Welles, cosmetics mogul Charles Revson and Arthur Leows Jr. of the U.S. movie theater chain.
(Editing by Bill Trott)
December 25, 2008
King’s from Queens, from Queens come KINGS!! This one is for you JAX!! Love you brother! BOKAPP, BOKAPPPP!!!
December 25, 2008
Can’t forget this one either. This the skinny Kool Moe Dee! HAAAAA!! That brotha belly game is working overtime these days! The black Santa foreal. FLAMMMMM!!!