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St. Patrick's Day Mob Sets Fire; Battles Police in London, Ontario


Canada - Disgust and extreme disapproval were running high in London, Ont., Sunday after an intoxicated crowd of St. Patrick's Day revellers spent the previous night fuelling a huge street fire and attacking authorities who tried to intervene.

While no one was seriously injured as a mob of some 1,000 people took over a residential area popular with students, police said every officer responding to the situation was attacked during an upheaval that could have turned into something far worse.

"Never in my 32 years as a police officer have I observed behaviours that escalated to the point where there was risk that individuals could seriously be hurt or quite frankly killed," London's chief of police Brad Duncan told reporters.

"We will not tolerate this lack of respect for our community, our laws and specifically this neighbourhood."

The scene that drew 65 police in riot gear and 10 firefighters took place on Fleming Drive in the city's east end. The neighbourhood near Fanshawe College was described as a student enclave notorious for its parties and has been the site of previous disturbances, although none as large as the latest one.

Eye 2

Tea Party Leader Arrested for Kidnapping and Rape in San Diego

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Michael John Kobulnicky

Lemon Grove resident Michael John Kobulnicky, 50, a leader in the San Diego Tea Party and former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party, is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping and raping a local woman on Fiesta Island.

"He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally," San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told ECM news partner 10 News in late February, shortly after the February 25 assault occurred.

On his website, Kobulnicky lists his leadership roles as "currently the co-organizer and public relations representative for the San Diego Tea Party."

Comment: From Kobulnicky's website:
About Michael Kobulnicky:

Masters Degree in Business Administration
Successfully owned and managed a CAD landscape design and construction company (Accomplished job for Editor of the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper)
Currently Founder and President of a non profit helping youth (National Council of Americans, Inc. on a part-time basis)
Was on faculty at California Miramar University in Business Department for over five years
Former Adjunct Professor at Ashford University for over two years
Taught at Val Verde Unified School District at the elementary level and coached basketball, track and softball there for two years
Father of five great sons!
Christian values
Public speaker at various political organizations and been on the radio (Rick Amato Show and various others) Click here!
Currently the Co-Organizer and Public Relations Representative for the San Diego Tea Party with over 1,200 members!



Bad Guys

Maid in Lebanon Abuse Video Kills Herself

Suicide comes days after footage emerged of Ethiopian woman being violently dragged on Beirut street by male employer.


An Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon who was filmed being physically abused in public has committed suicide, local media have reported.

The video, first aired by Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) last week, caused outrage by showing a man abusing Alem Dechasa as she cried on a street outside the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut.

The man was shown grabbing Dechasa and telling her, "get into the car" while she screamed out, "no, no, no". Another man then assisted in dragging Dechasa into the back of a car as she struggled to resist.

Asaminew Debelie Bonssa, Ethiopian general consul in Lebanon, told The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut that Dechasa committed suicide by hanging herself early on Wednesday morning at a psychiatric hospital where she had been taken after the incident.

Bonssa told The Daily Star that he had seen Dechasa on Saturday in the hospital and that she was making plans to return to Ethiopia.

Stormtrooper

Fox News Poll: 78% of Voters Oppose Sending Troops to Syria

American voters oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria, where the government has killed an estimated 7,500 people as it tries to end a year-long uprising. In addition, a majority thinks there should be a national debate before the U.S. intervenes in hot-spots around the world.

Arizona Sen. John McCain has called for U.S. air strikes to help the anti-government rebels -- something the United States did in Libya. A Fox News poll released Thursday shows that a slim 51 percent majority of voters opposes that action, while 37 percent support it.

Larger majorities oppose the U.S. providing weapons to anti-government groups (64 percent) and launching air strikes to try to oust the Syrian government (68 percent). Fully 78 percent of voters oppose U.S. troops on the ground in Syria.

Wolf

Afghan fury as US soldier accused of massacre is flown to Kuwait

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Jalalabad Univeristy students protest against the killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier in Kandahar.

Afghan lawmakers have reacted with fury after the US soldier accused of massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan was flown out of the country to an American base in Kuwait.

The military said the unnamed staff sergeant had been transferred because there were no suitable facilities for long-term detention in Afghanistan, but the move signalled the US's desire to prevent the criminal case against him from becoming a flashpoint for further violence.

The decision has provoked fury in Afghanistan, where MPs have demanded that the soldier be handed over to the Afghan justice system and called on President Hamid Karzai to suspend all talks with the US until that happens.

Eye 1

Afghanistan: Villagers in town where civilians were killed suspect U.S. conspiracy

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Horrific: The bodies of an elderly Afghan man and a child killed in the Alkozai village of Panjwayi district are shown wrapped in blankets.

Zangiabad, Afghanistan - Along the road to Zangiabad, where a U.S. soldier on Sunday murdered 16 innocent Afghans, including nine children, one destroyed village follows another.

There is very little life around here. Most houses have been levelled. Burnt-out cars and blackened remains scatter the path, reminders of the many roadside bombs and suicide attacks.

The little life there is travels inside the heavily armed American military convoys that thunder up and down the road. Here, these convoys are king.

Family

Sexist quotes for Republicans

Women reading sexist quotes for Republicans regarding vaginal probes and forcing women to have rape babies and liking it. Then calling them on it and declaring that republicans have a problem with women and "Women have a problem with Republicans"


Comment: The GOP strategy has a few holes in it... they have forgotten women have the vote now.


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Freak accidents: Mum, son survive 'bizarre' crashes

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A mother and her son survived two separate head-on crashes within four minutes of each other on the Kapiti Coast.
(New Zealand) A mother and her son survived two separate head-on crashes within four minutes of each other on the Kapiti Coast.

Annie Price, 65, of Wellington, is in intensive care after a freak accident at Pukerua Bay.

She was driving north through the township in her Suzuki Escudo when a tyre came off a ute and hit her vehicle, causing her to cross the centre line and crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Just four minutes earlier, her son had also been involved in a head-on smash in which his car was written off.

Anthony O'Halloran, 35, had a "freaky, uneasy" feeling when he left his Upper Hutt home about 6am on Tuesday to head over to the coast, deciding at the last minute not to take his 2-year-old son with him.

"He was meant to come with me but my sister said leave him there.

"As I was going over Haywards I had a funny, uneasy feeling about the day and thought it was best he stayed behind," Mr O'Halloran said.

He was planning to help his mother and stepfather with some work in Paraparaumu.

Briefcase

WikiLeaks' Assange to run for Australian Senate

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is planning to run for election to the Australian Senate, the organisation announced on Twitter.

Assange, an Australian citizen, is on bail awaiting a British court decision on his appeal against extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.

He strongly denies the claims, saying they are politically motivated and linked to the activities of WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of confidential documents on the Internet.

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Mystery deepens over cause of Swiss bus crash

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Wreckage ... 28 people died in the bus crash
The mystery over the bus crash that killed 22 children and six adults in a Swiss tunnel is deepening.

As the bodies of the victims were returned to Belgium amid national mourning on Friday, a Swiss prosecutor in the case ruled out the driver being drunk, speeding or being distracted by a DVD player.

Although investigators were now looking into a possible technical fault with the bus, a driving error, or a medical problem, prosecutor Olivier Elsig made clear that the driver did not suffer a heart attack and had rested sufficiently ahead of Tuesday's accident.