Friday, August 30, 2013
Australia: More multiculturalism in Melbourne: African Muslims jailed over violent Vic taxi robbery
The brave Mr Farah
The brave Mr Hersi
The brave Mr Muse
TWO men have been jailed for the violent robbery of a Melbourne taxi driver which a judge described as degrading and chilling.
Husni Mohamed Muse, 23, of Carlton, and Abdi Mohamed Farah, 30, of Preston, robbed cab driver Ravinder Singh at knifepoint in Carlton in December 2011.
When Mr Singh attempted to run, Muse chased after him, wrapped a belt around his neck and dragged him back to the taxi. The men then told Mr Singh they would kill him if he tried to run.
The two were found guilty in the Victorian County Court last month of armed robbery, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill.
They both pleaded guilty to a charge of obtaining property by deception relating to the later use of Mr Singh's credit card.
Victorian County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly on Monday sentenced both men to three years and nine months in jail, with a non-parole period of two years.
Judge Mullaly said it was not clear how much was stolen, but said Mr Singh was traumatised by the ordeal. "The whole experience was frightening, the use of the belt was degrading, the threat was chilling," he said. "Taxi drivers are entitled to get through their shifts ... without being subject to violence."
Fuller report here. The above was only one of two taxi robberies committed by the charmers above
The latest black "game" in America
The game was called "point 'em out, knock 'em out," and it was as random as it was brutal.
The object: Target an innocent [white] victim for no other reason than they are there, then sucker punch him or her.
But on this day in Lansing, there would be no punch. The teen-age attacker had a stun gun. He did not know his would-be victim was carrying a legally concealed pistol.
The teen lost the game.
The 17-year-old in gym shorts approached his target. The 28-year-old Lansing man was waiting for his daughter at her school-bus stop at REO Road and Ballard Street.
It was May 29, and a nice day. Temperatures would reach 79 degrees. It was partly cloudy, fairly gusty.
The teen had two friends nearby - dropped off by a third friend in a van after they scouted their target. They knew what Marvell Weaver was going to do. They had discussed it.
Weaver approached his victim from behind, a black KL-800 Type Stun Gun in his pocket. It is capable of generating 1.8 million volts.
He passed him and turned back, pressed the stun gun into the victim’s side. Again and again, and … nothing. It had fired earlier when testing it, he would later tell police.
“The button was like stuck down … or something. I don’t know what caused it not to work,” according to a transcript of Weaver’s statement.
The intended victim moved quickly, pulling his stainless steel .40-caliber Smith and Wesson. It had a full 10-round magazine, and was worth about $900 police estimated.
He shot Weaver in his buttocks as the teen turned to flee.
“It happened so fast I wasn’t sure. I just know something was shoved into my side. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife, if it was anything,” he told police.
Weaver ran, sat down across the street, his leg going numb, bleeding. Pleading. “‘I’m sorry, please don’t kill me, I don’t know why I did that, I’m high you know, I just wanna go home,’” the teen told the man who had just shot him.
The man called 911. He told the dispatcher the teen was "terminally wounded" and that he was a concealed pistol holder.
"Did you shoot him?" the dispatcher asks, sounding incredulous.
A witness told police the man stayed by the teen and appeared supportive and non-threatening.
The teen was hospitalized with a non-life threatening injury. At first, Weaver said he merely removed the stun gun from his pocket to look at it and the man shot him. He later confessed to the attack, records show.
Police asked for an attempted robbery warrant. The prosecutor authorized a lesser charge, illegal possession of a stun gun, a maximum two-year felony. A plea-bargain conference was scheduled for last Wednesday, but postponed until Sept. 4. The teen is free on bond.
Former GMTV presenter is set to win senior role in David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle 'because she is northern'
Probably true. The English neurosis about social class and accent rivals the American obsession with race. A Northern English accent is very unprestigious so it calls for affirmative action
A former GMTV presenter is set to be a big winner when David Cameron reshuffles his government to bring more women into his Cabinet, it emerged today.
Esther McVey, who also worked on Children's BBC in her television career, is likely to win a promotion to a senior role, in part because she is 'northern', sources have said.
The 45-year-old, who became Conservative MP for Wirral West on her native Merseyside, is currently Minister for the Disabled.
But sources inside Downing Street have admitted she is likely to be promoted because No 10 'love putting a northern woman up on television to speak for the government', the Daily Telegraph reported today,
Meanwhile it has also emerged that the son of Iraqi refugees is also to get a top job from the Prime Minister.
Born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents who fled to Britain, Nadhim Zahawi, Tory MP for Stratford-on-Avon, made his fortune co-founding pollster YouGov.
Both he and Ms McVey are seen as good with the media and comfortable attacking Labour and defending the government.
Last month the Prime Minister gave his strongest hint yet that his shake-up of ministers expected shortly will dramatically increase the number of women at the top table.
Three years into the coalition, he insisted he now has a ‘much bigger talent pool’ to draw on to fulfil his promise that a third of jobs would go to women.
Childcare minister Liz Truss is tipped for promotion to the Cabinet as is Health Minister Anna Soubry, who was also a former TV presenter.
Only four women are full members of the Cabinet – Home Secretary Theresa May, Culture Secretary Maria Miller, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Baroness Warsi, senior foreign office minister, also attends Cabinet.
Mr Cameron revealed he would use the opportunity to fast track women elected in 2010 to the upper levels of government. He said: ‘What I’ve done is consistently try to change the Conservative party. We went from 17 Conservative women MPs before the 2010 election to 48 women MPs. ‘That’s still not enough out of just over 300, but it’s progress.’
Mr Cameron has faced criticism for his failure to promote women in the past, amid claims he left two female Cabinet ministers in tears when he sacked them in last September’s reshuffle.
In 2009 he promised that at the end of his first term as Premier he wanted a third of all of his ministers to be female.
A mini-reshuffle of junior ranks was called off ahead of MPs heading off on their six-week summer recess in July.
A wide-ranging shake-up, including changes to the Cabinet, is now expected in the autumn.
It's a deadly weapon... if you're a fly! British shop asks woman to show ID to buy a FLY SWAT
A 33-year-old mother was asked for ID when buying a 99p plastic fly swat - because staff feared it could be used as an 'offensive weapon'.
Nicola Butcher visited her local hardware shop to buy the flimsy utensil when her kitchen became plagued with flies. But she was stunned when the assistant refused to sell it to her unless she produced her driving licence or passport.
The till - at Home Hardware, in Romsey, Hampshire - flashed up a warning sign, which indicated the fly swat was classified as an 'offensive weapon'. It means bosses considered the swat as dangerous as knives, fireworks, and lighters, which can only be sold legally to over 18s.
Mrs Butcher - mum to two-year-old daughter India - said: 'The fly swat is a flimsy piece of plastic - certainly not an offensive weapon. 'I’d like to say it wouldn’t hurt a fly but that’s probably the only thing it could come close to hurting. 'I could swat somebody with it using all my strength and I doubt it would leave even the slightest of marks or bruises.'
Mrs Butcher, who was recently made redundant from her project manager job at insurance firm Aviva, took the request for ID as a compliment.
She said: 'The number of flies has rocketed in the hot weather and unfortunately some of them have made their way from my garden into my kitchen. 'I broke my old fly swat from overuse and went to the local shop to buy a replacement. 'I only expected to be in the store for a couple of minutes but it turned into a bit of a drama at the checkout.
'The shop assistant - who was in her fifties - told me a warning had flashed up telling her the swat was an "offensive weapon" and she should check the customer is over 18.
'I thought she was having a laugh but she invited me round the other side of the till to show me the screen. 'We were both laughing and joking but she asked if I had my driving licence or passport on me, which I thought was ridiculous.
'I’m 33 years old and think I look my age but I did take her request as a compliment. In the end I had to get my driving licence out.
'How can an innocent plastic fly swat be an offensive weapon? What is the world coming to when you can’t buy a fly swat without producing ID for it.
'I can understand why you would ask for ID when you were buying fireworks, alcohol, or a high voltage electric fly swat - but not a cheap plastic one.
'The shop also sells spades and frying pans which would cause much more damage if I smacked somebody over the head with one of them.'
Lindsey Waude, the store’s assistant manager, said: 'We think it might be an error on our till system. 'Sometimes it flashes up that something is an offensive weapon, but our guy who does the computers has been on his honeymoon for three weeks. 'I’m sure the member of staff asked for it in jest.'
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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