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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday Morning Confusion!

My problem with the shooting of Ian Bush that we discussed in the last article is that the man was handcuffed and shot in the back of the head. This, to me, stinks to high heaven and needs to be looked into.

On the other hand, there are some situations where the use of "deadly force" is justified and even demanded. Take this case!

An Ontario Provincial Police officer was not criminally responsible in the shooting death of a mentally challenged Renfrew man in April, the provincial Special Investigations Unit has found.

Michael Foster, 24, died after the officer shot him in the chest outside Foster's home west of Ottawa. He was pronounced dead in hospital after he was shot in the chest by police.

This shooting is also a tragedy but; "It is entirely reasonable to conclude that the subject officer had an honest and reasonable belief that it was necessary to shoot Mr. Foster in order to protect himself from either death or grievous bodily harm," SIU director James Cornish said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

The SIU, a civilian agency, investigates cases of serious injury, sexual assault or death involving police. Its investigation found that the officer only shot Foster after the man had brandished a pellet gun and multiple knives at police, thrown a knife in the direction of the officer who later shot him, and ignored repeated commands to stop and put the weapons down, the release said.

Police were called to Foster's home after he began acting aggressively toward his mother and girlfriend after an afternoon of drinking.

After Foster was shot, the police officer administered first aid and Foster was sent to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Something like this I have no problem with and sympathize with the cop who had to shoot someone, because not only do they have to do a difficult job, he will have to live with the shooting the rest of his life.
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I don't often agree with everything Donald Trump says but I have to admit I like Rosie O'Donnell about as much as he does.

Rosie O'Donnell has had enough of The View.

ABC has announced she won't be back on the daytime chat show following an angry confrontation over U.S. politics with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

Rosie O'Donnell started at The View last September, and will not complete the season. The fight was a prolonged discussion about the war in Iraq, with harsh words by both parties.

Though the pair have frequently disagreed on air, this was their longest and most bitter argument to date. Toward the end, the network went to split screen as both co-hosts were speaking at once.

O'Donnell, known for her outspoken manner and strong political views, has received an early exit from her contract, which was due to end in mid-June.


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Chickenshit Shia cleric al-Sadr emerges after months of hiding

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced in Iraq Friday after nearly four months in hiding, and demanded U.S. troops leave Iraq.

Al-Sadr, 33, went underground, reportedly in Iran, at the start of a U.S.-led security crackdown on Baghdad. He also had ordered his militia off the streets to prevent conflict with U.S. forces.

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced Friday after spending four months in hiding.

His return to the Shia holy city of Najaf appeared to be an effort to regain control over his militia, which has begun fragmenting, and to take advantage of the illness of a Shia rival — Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and went to Iran for treatment.

Al-Sadr drove in a long motorcade from Najaf to its sister city of Kufa to deliver an anti-American sermon to 6,000 chanting supporters at the main mosque.

While the call for a U.S. pullout was nothing new, al-Sadr also peppered his speech with nationalist overtones, criticizing the government for not providing services, appealing to his followers not to fight with Iraqi security forces and reaching out to Sunnis.

"To our Iraqi Sunni brothers, I say that the occupation sows dissension among us and that strength is unity and division is weakness," he said. "I'm ready to co-operate with them in all fields."

Al-Sadr did not address his reasons for returning but during his time in absentia, his militia appeared to be splitting into extremist and moderate factions.

Gee, maybe we could send a few of our cops over there to deal with this nutcase!

Your "all the news" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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