Archive for January, 2007

‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ versus Rush Limbaugh and libertarians

January 6, 2007

go to
http://www.littlemosque.ca/
click on Meet the Townsfolk and use the arrows to get to Fred Tupper. Here is the text:

Fred Tupper, a local in his forties, is the town of Mercy’s own Rush Limbaugh. Fred uses his daily radio talk show, ‘Wake-up People’, to fuel people’s suspicions about the growing Muslim community. If accused of intolerance, Fred would claim he only says things people don’t like to hear. No one would disagree with that! Fred describes himself a textbook libertarian: like most bigots. In person, Fred’s polite, and has a rough charm. Fatima (who Fred has a crush on) finds him extremely resistible.

problems:
*Rush Limbaugh is not in his forties, he does not have a daily show, and he is not a libertarian

*Fred Tupper looks different than Rush Limbaugh does

*most bigots are not textbook libertarians, and most textbook libertarians are not bigots

The show does look like it is worth watching, though. Maybe Canadian television is better than American television.

why public executions might be dangerous

January 4, 2007

Multan – A young boy who tried to copy hanging scenes from the execution video of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died in central Pakistan, said police on Monday.

Mubashar Ali, 9, hanged himself, while re-enacting Hussein’s hanging with the help of elder sister, 10, after tying a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck in his home in Rahim Yar Khan district on Sunday, said a local police official.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,9294,2-10-1462_2050341,00.html

Kolkata, India – A 15-year-old girl from eastern India hanged herself in response to the execution of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, police and family members said on Thursday.

“She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn’t take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain Saddam did during the execution,” the girl’s father, Manmohan Karmakar, told AFP by phone from the town of Kharda.

He said his daughter, called Moon Moon, had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam’s execution on television.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2051037,00.html

Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster, said Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch. Pelico’s mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam’s death.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=4904242

another man arrested at a California bank

January 3, 2007

Once again, David Lazarus from the San Francisco Chronicle and radio talk show host Clark Howard are reporting about a bank customer arrested and jailed for trying to cash or deposit [a] check/s.

I heard that Steven Chesser originally took the checks to a Washington Mutual bank branch and the teller did not like the looks of the checks or something, so Steven went across the street to a Wells Fargo bank branch and the checks were accepted there.

Unlike the earlier Bank of America story, Wells Fargo probably will not lose any customers because of this incident.
However, some local criminal justice establishments in California may be slowly losing their credibility because of their seeming lack of organization skills and their arbitrary actions.

I do not think that the stated charges of “check forgery” “commercial burglary” are actually applicable here. I do not think that receiving a check in the mail and then presenting the check to a bank teller should be considered an illegal act. However, the people making the fake checks should be sought out and prosecuted.

Jay Boyarsky, the supervising deputy district attorney, acknowledged that “the criminal justice system does not always deal well with people who have mental disabilities.”

For the time being, however, Chesser remains behind bars. He’s being held in a special wing “for inmates who need mental health treatment,” according to jail spokesman Mark Cursi.

Chesser doesn’t read very well and doesn’t always comprehend what’s going on around him, his father said. He’s worked as a janitor and held other unskilled jobs. He’s easily taken advantage of by others.

“When he’s working, his friends always come around on payday and get him to buy them beer,” William Chesser said. “That sort of thing is common.”

William Chesser said his son went to a Wells Fargo branch in Cupertino with a couple of checks he’d received, ostensibly worth a total of about $2,000. Chesser opened a checking account, deposited the funds and asked for some money.

So Chesser went to the bank yet again with even more checks. And this time, bank officials suspected something was up. They called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and Chesser was promptly arrested for passing bad checks.

“He was attempting to deposit numerous checks,” said Deputy Serg Palanov, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

Chris Hammond, a Wells Fargo spokesman, said, “There is more to the story, but we are not able to disclose it because we must respect the privacy of the customer’s information.”

He added: “Wells Fargo does not make decisions based on a customer or potential customer’s appearance. However, if a team member observes questionable or suspicious actions or behaviors in our banking store, it may be appropriate to contact authorities to ensure the safety of our customers and team members.”

“I asked him if he knew why he was there,” the father continued. “He said it was for opening an account at Wells Fargo.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/20/BUGK2N2M051.DTL