REVENGE


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A carnival float carries large papier-mache figures during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf February 4, 2008. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.
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Is that funny or what…all the way from Germany.

What an out look the rest of the world has on us.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

In from SAN FRANCISCO, California, one of the three victims of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

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Tatiana, a 350 pound Siberian tiger, killed one young man and injured two others before being killed.

Paul Dhaliwal, 19, told the father of Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, who was killed, that the three yelled and waved at the tiger but insisted they never threw anything into its pen to provoke the cat, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

“As a result of this investigation, police believe that the tiger may have been taunted or agitated by its eventual victims,” according to Inspector Valerie Matthews, who prepared the affidavit. Police believe that “this factor contributed to the tiger escaping from its enclosure and attacking its victims,” she said.

Sousa’s father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Dhaliwal told him the three stood on a 3-foot-tall metal railing a few feet from the edge of the tiger moat. “When they got down they heard a noise in the bushes, and the tiger was jumping out of the bushes on him [Paul Dhaliwal],” the documents said.

Police found a partial shoe print that matched Paul Dhaliwal’s on top of the railing, Matthews said in the documents.

The papers said Paul Dhaliwal told Sousa that no one was dangling his legs over the enclosure. Authorities believe the tiger leaped or climbed out of the enclosure, which had a wall 4 feet shorter than the recommended minimum.

The affidavit also cites multiple reports of a group of young men taunting animals at the zoo, the Chronicle reported.

Mark Geragos, an attorney for the Dhaliwal brothers, did not immediately return a call late Thursday by The Associated Press for comment. He has repeatedly said they did not taunt the tiger.

Calls to Sousa and Michael Cardoza, an attorney for the Sousa family, also weren’t returned.

Toxicology results for Dhaliwal showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.16, twice the legal limit for driving, according to the affidavit. His 24 year old brother Kulbir Dhaliwal and Sousa also had alcohol in their blood but within the legal limit, Matthews wrote.
All three also had marijuana in their systems, Matthews said. Kulbir Dhaliwal told police that the three had smoked pot and each had “a couple shots of vodka” before leaving San Jose for the zoo on Christmas Day the affidavit said.

Police found a small amount of marijuana in Kulbir Dhaliwal’s 2002 BMW, which the victims rode to the zoo, as well as a partially filled bottle of vodka, according to court documents.

Investigators also recovered messages and images from the cell phones, but apparently nothing incriminating in connection with the tiger attack, the Chronicle reported.

Sam Singer, a spokesman for the zoo, said he had not seen the documents but believed the victims did taunt the animal, even though they claim they hadn’t.

“Those brothers painted a completely different picture to the public and the press,” Singer said. “Now it’s starting to come out that what they said is not true.”

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Thank you CNN and AP News

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Still, the fence was not tall enough…where do you think the blame falls Baby Boomers…taunting young men, short enclosure…or both???

Is the Zoo responsible since the young men where intoxicated with alcohol and marijanna?

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Benazir Bhutto dies from a fractured skull…BUT…they still murdered her!

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In from ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto died from a fractured skull caused by hitting her head on part of her car’s sunroof as a bomb ripped through a crowd of her supporters, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said Friday.

Bhutto waved to supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated.

“When she was thrown by the force of the shockwave of the explosion, unfortunately one of the levers of the sunroof hit her,” said spokesman Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema.

The explanation is the latest from the Interior Ministry. It initially said Bhutto was killed by shots fired by the bomber, and then, via the state~run Associated Press of Pakistan, it said the cause of death was a shrapnel injury.

But Farzana Raja of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party told CNN the government’s explanation is “a pack of lies,” she told CNN. Raja also accused the government of a “total security lapse.”

At a news conference, Cheema showed images of Bhutto in a car, standing up through an open sunroof, looking out at the crowd as she was about to be driven away.

When the gunshots rang out and the explosion occurred, Bhutto “fell down or perhaps ducked” and apparently hit her head on a lever, Cheema said, adding that the lever was stained with blood.

The blast killed at least 28 more people and at least 100 were wounded.

The Interior Ministry also revealed Friday that it had proof showing that al Qaeda was behind Bhutto’s assassination.

Cheema said the government had an intelligence intercept in which an al Qaeda militant “congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act.”

However, that claim has not appeared on radical Islamist Web sites that regularly post such messages from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

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The Interior Ministry told Pakistan’s GEO~TV that the suicide bomber belonged to Lashkar~e~Jhangvi, an al Qaeda linked Sunni Muslim militant group that the government has blamed for hundreds of killings.

U.S. officials believe that a Taliban leader, Baitullah Mahsud, may be the person behind the assassination.

Bhutto was laid to rest in a chaotic funeral at her ancestral home of Garhi-Khuda Baksh on Friday after violent scenes erupted across Pakistan following her death a day earlier.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the surrounding streets almost brought the procession to a standstill before it finally reached the Bhutto family’s mausoleum.

The throngs of her grieving supporters crushed up against the flag-draped coffin, while minor scuffles also broke out.

Violence erupted in Pakistan in the hours before Bhutto’s funeral started, with at least nine people reported killed and banks, train stations and cars torched.

Bhutto’s body arrived in the hours before dawn at Garhi~Khuda Baksh after a long journey by plane, helicopter and ambulance.

The opposition leader’s family, her husband Asif Ali Zardari and three children, accompanied the body aboard a Pakistani Air Force C~130 transport plane to Sukkor but traveled by bus from there to Larkana and on to Garhi~Khuda Baksh.

Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, told CNN on Friday that he had planned to attend Bhutto’s funeral, but was advised not to by Zardari, who cited security concerns.

The prime minister’s office has launched a judicial inquiry and the Ministry of the Interior is setting up a police inquiry, according to Information Minister Nisar Memon.
Memon said no decision had been made to postpone parliamentary elections scheduled for January 8.

Bhutto, who was campaigning for the elections, had completed an election rally and was leaving the rally site, Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh Park, at the time of the attack.

Her father and former prime minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was hanged in the same northern city in 1979.

As a shocked Pakistan absorbed the news of Bhutto’s death, authorities called for calm and asked residents to stay inside.

In Sindh province, where Karachi is located, police said demonstrators had burned a dozen banks, set two train stations on fire, along with three trains. Since Thursday, 240 vehicles have been burned.

Because of the violence, paramilitary forces in Sindh were told to “shoot on sight” anyone causing civil disturbances, a spokesman for the Pakistan Rangers said.

But by Friday morning, Pakistani media reported an uneasy calm had spread across the shaken country, now marking a three~day period of mourning declared by President Pervez Musharraf.

Bhutto led Pakistan from 1988~1990 and 1993~1996, but both times the sitting president dismissed her amid corruption allegations. She was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation.

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A terror attack targeting her motorcade in Karachi in October killed 136 people on the day she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self~imposed exile.

Bhutto had been critical of what she believed was a lack of effort by President Musharraf’s government to protect her.

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Thank you CNN News

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WHY wasn’t she better protected???

Why was what she fought so deperately against, what killed her so violently?

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

From RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday after addressing a large gathering of her supporters.

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The bomb explodes near Bhutto’s vehicle following a political rally in Rawalpindi.

Bhutto died of a gunshot wound to the neck, the Pakistani Interior Ministry said. The attacker then blew himself up. The bomb attack killed at least 22 others, doctors said.

Video of the scene just moments before the explosion showed Bhutto stepping into a heavily guarded vehicle to leave the rally.

John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, said Bhutto was standing through the sunroof of her vehicle, waving to supporters, when two shots rang out.

Bhutto fell back into the vehicle, and almost immediately a bomb blast rocked the scene, sending twisting metal and shrapnel into the crowd, he added.

Police sources told CNN the bomber, who was riding a motorcycle, blew himself up near Bhutto’s vehicle. Watch aftermath of the attack.

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Bhutto was rushed to Rawalpindi General Hospital, less than two miles from the bombing scene, where doctors pronounced her dead.

Her body was removed from the hospital, carried above a crowd of supporters, late Thursday night, and a Pakistan Air Force plane is flying the body to Sukkur, accompanied by her husband and three children, said Pakistan People’s Party leader Sen. Safdar Abbasi.

Bhutto is scheduled to be buried in the ancestral graveyard of the Bhutto family at Gari~Khuda Baksh in Sindh province Friday afternoon, he added.

Chaos erupted at the hospital when former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived to pay his respects to Bhutto less than three hours after her death.

Hundreds of Bhutto supporters crammed into the entrance shouted and cried, some clutching their heads in pain and shock. Sharif called it “the saddest day” in Pakistan’s history. “Something unthinkable has happened,” he said. Watch Benazir Bhutto obituary »

Sharif said his party will boycott Pakistan’s January 8 parliamentary elections in the wake of the assassination.

President Pervez Musharraf said the killers were the same extremists that Pakistan is fighting a war against, and announced three days of national mourning.

Police warned citizens to stay home as they expected rioting to break out in city streets in reaction to the death.

Rioters burned tires and blocked roads in Karachi and other cities, police sources said. Police fired on an angry mob, killing two people, in the city of Khairpur in the Sindh province, Geo TV reported.

Bhutto’s husband issued a statement from his home in Dubai saying, “All I can say is we’re devastated, it’s a total shock.” He arrived in Pakistan late Thursday.

President Bush said those responsible “must be brought to justice” and praised Bhutto as a woman who had “fought the forces of terror” He said: “She refused to allow assassins to dictate the course of her country.”

The number of wounded was not immediately known. However, video of the scene showed ambulances lined up to take many to hospitals.

The assassination happened in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh Park, named for Pakistan’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was assassinated in the same location in 1951.

The attack came just hours after four supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif died when members of another political party opened fire on them at a rally near the Islamabad airport Thursday, Pakistan police said.

Several other members of Sharif’s party were wounded, police said.

Bhutto, who led Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation, was participating in the parliamentary election set for January 8, hoping for a third term.

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A terror attack targeting her motorcade in Karachi killed 136 people on the day she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self-imposed exile.

CNN’s Mohsin Naqvi, who was at the scene of both bombings, said Thursday’s blast was not as powerful as that October attack.

Thursday’s attacks come less than two weeks after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf lifted an emergency declaration he said was necessary to secure his country from terrorists.

Bhutto had been critical of what she believed was a lack of effort by Musharraf’s government to protect her.

Two weeks after the October assassination attempt, she wrote a commentary for CNN.com in which she questioned why Pakistan investigators refused international offers of help in finding the attackers.

“The sham investigation of the October 19 massacre and the attempt by the ruling party to politically capitalize on this catastrophe are discomforting, but do not suggest any direct involvement by General Pervez Musharraf,” Bhutto wrote. **************************
Thank you CNN News and CNN’s Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report
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I will never understand why people, who are for peace, have to die so violently.

Not only Pakistan will mourn her loss. Her passing will be far reaching…even here, to the states.

R.I.P.

World Peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Car Bombs in Algerian Capital Kill 45

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Deadly Explosions in Algiers

In from ALGIERS, Algeria car bombs exploded minutes apart Tuesday in central Algiers, heavily damaging U.N. buildings and ripping the facade off the wing of a government office. Officials said 45 people were killed, and that 12 U.N. employees were missing.

Suspicions quickly focused on the North African wing of Al~
Qaida. The date, the 11th could point to an Islamic terror link. Al~Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for attacks on April 11 that hit the prime minister’s office and a police station, killing 33 people.

“We are looking through the rubble for people,” said Jean Fabre of the U.N. Development program in Geneva, after speaking with Marc Destanne De Bernis, the agency’s top official in the Algerian capital.

One employee of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees was killed and 12 employees from various U.N. agencies were missing, said Marie Heuze, spokeswoman for the world body in Geneva.

If all the missing are found to be dead, it would be the deadliest assault on the U.N. since the Aug. 19, 2003, truck bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

U.N. Secretary~General Ban Ki~moon strongly condemned Tuesday’s bombings.

“This is just unacceptable,” said a somber Ban, who was on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for a U.N. climate conference. “I would like to condemn it in the strongest terms. It cannot be justified in any circumstances.”

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The Bush administration added its denunciation.

“We condemn this attack on the United Nations office by these enemies of humanity who attack the innocent. The United States stands with the people of Algeria, as well as the United Nations as they deal with this senseless violence,” said National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

Ban said the blasts destroyed the offices of the U.N. Development Program and severely damaged the offices of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The bombs exploded around 9:30 a.m. [3:30 a.m. EST] and blew off the front off the U.N. refugee agency building and also damaged the main U.N. building housing the U.N. Development Program and other agencies across the street.

“We can’t even say for certain that the U.N. was being targeted but one can certainly start to draw that conclusion since this explosion took place in a very narrow street right between two UN buildings,” Redmond told CNN.

He added that one UNHCR staff member was killed.

The U.N. offices are in the upscale Hydra neighborhood of Algiers, which houses many foreign embassies and has a substantial foreign population.

At least 15 people were killed in the Hydra attack, said a national official at the civil protection agency who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The other attack, which killed at least 30 people, was in the Ben Aknoun neighborhood of Algiers, where the Constitutional Council is located, the official said.

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The official APS news agency, citing the Interior Ministry, reported 17 people were killed and 67 injured. It said rescuers were still pulling people from the rubble.

Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said the Constitutional Council, which oversees elections, was the other target, adding that the attacks appeared to have been caused by car bombs.

“An attack like this is among the easiest actions to carry out. I have always said that we are not safe from these sorts of attacks,” he told reporters in remarks carried by APS.

“Everything depends on the degree of our vigilance and our degree of mobilization against this. You will have noticed that there are fewer and fewer attacks of this nature. That means that the groups carrying out these sorts of attacks are facing more and more problems.”

Public radio, Algiers Network 3, said the bombs went off about 10 minutes apart.

Some victims of one of the attacks had been riding a school bus, APS said.

“I was in my office and heard an explosion in the distance. When I went downstairs, I was hit by another explosion, just in front of our building,” said an unidentified man swathed in bloody dressings who spoke from his hospital bed in footage shown on France~2.

TV video showed a badly damaged building with windows blown out, burned out cars in a street and a charred bus.

Algeria has been battling Islamic insurgents since the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of the country’s first multiparty elections, stepping in to prevent likely victory by an Islamic fundamentalist party.

Islamist armed groups then turned to force to overthrow the government, with up to 200,000 people killed in the ensuing violence.

The last year has seen a series of bombings against state targets, many of them suicide attacks.

Recent bombings have been claimed by Al~Qaida in Islamic North Africa. That was the name adopted in January after the remnants of the insurgency, the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, or GSPC, formally linked with Al~Qaida.

Once focused on toppling the Algerian government, the group has now turned its sights on international holy war and the fight against Western interests. French counterterrorism officials say it is drawing members from across North Africa.

A Sept. 6 attack during President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s visit to the eastern city of Batna killed 22 people, and a suicide bombing two days later on a coast guard barracks in the town of Dellys left at least 28 dead.
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Thank you AP News and Associated Press writers HASSANE MEFTAHI, Alexander G. Higgins and Bradley S. Klapper in Geneva and John Heilprin at the United Nations who
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Myself, I can not justify anything like this. I can not accept that inoccents have to be hurt and killed to make a point.

I will never understand this behavior or radical behavior. It is NOT in my being, my soul or my spirit!

I pray that this will one day cease and I will pray for those who were hurt, loss and who families and friends were effected by this SENSELESS act of VIOLENCE!

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Being form the 60’s, I still say…WHAT IF THEY HAD A WAR AND NOBODY CAME!?!?!?!?

World peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Car Bombs in Algerian Capital Kill 45

Deadly Explosions in Algiers

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In from ALGIERS, Algeria car bombs exploded minutes apart Tuesday in central Algiers, heavily damaging U.N. buildings and ripping the facade off the wing of a government office. Officials said 45 people were killed, and that 12 U.N. employees were missing.

Suspicions quickly focused on the North African wing of Al~
Qaida. The date, the 11th could point to an Islamic terror link. Al~Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for attacks on April 11 that hit the prime minister’s office and a police station, killing 33 people.

“We are looking through the rubble for people,” said Jean Fabre of the U.N. Development program in Geneva, after speaking with Marc Destanne De Bernis, the agency’s top official in the Algerian capital.

One employee of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees was killed and 12 employees from various U.N. agencies were missing, said Marie Heuze, spokeswoman for the world body in Geneva.

If all the missing are found to be dead, it would be the deadliest assault on the U.N. since the Aug. 19, 2003, truck bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

U.N. Secretary~General Ban Ki~moon strongly condemned Tuesday’s bombings.

“This is just unacceptable,” said a somber Ban, who was on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for a U.N. climate conference. “I would like to condemn it in the strongest terms. It cannot be justified in any circumstances.”

The Bush administration added its denunciation.

“We condemn this attack on the United Nations office by these enemies of humanity who attack the innocent. The United States stands with the people of Algeria, as well as the United Nations as they deal with this senseless violence,” said National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

Ban said the blasts destroyed the offices of the U.N. Development Program and severely damaged the offices of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The bombs exploded around 9:30 a.m. [3:30 a.m. EST] and blew off the front off the U.N. refugee agency building and also damaged the main U.N. building housing the U.N. Development Program and other agencies across the street.

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“We can’t even say for certain that the U.N. was being targeted but one can certainly start to draw that conclusion since this explosion took place in a very narrow street right between two UN buildings,” Redmond told CNN.

He added that one UNHCR staff member was killed.

The U.N. offices are in the upscale Hydra neighborhood of Algiers, which houses many foreign embassies and has a substantial foreign population.

At least 15 people were killed in the Hydra attack, said a national official at the civil protection agency who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The other attack, which killed at least 30 people, was in the Ben Aknoun neighborhood of Algiers, where the Constitutional Council is located, the official said.

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The official APS news agency, citing the Interior Ministry, reported 17 people were killed and 67 injured. It said rescuers were still pulling people from the rubble.

Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said the Constitutional Council, which oversees elections, was the other target, adding that the attacks appeared to have been caused by car bombs.

“An attack like this is among the easiest actions to carry out. I have always said that we are not safe from these sorts of attacks,” he told reporters in remarks carried by APS.

“Everything depends on the degree of our vigilance and our degree of mobilization against this. You will have noticed that there are fewer and fewer attacks of this nature. That means that the groups carrying out these sorts of attacks are facing more and more problems.”

Public radio, Algiers Network 3, said the bombs went off about 10 minutes apart.

Some victims of one of the attacks had been riding a school bus, APS said.

“I was in my office and heard an explosion in the distance. When I went downstairs, I was hit by another explosion, just in front of our building,” said an unidentified man swathed in bloody dressings who spoke from his hospital bed in footage shown on France~2.

TV video showed a badly damaged building with windows blown out, burned out cars in a street and a charred bus.

Algeria has been battling Islamic insurgents since the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of the country’s first multiparty elections, stepping in to prevent likely victory by an Islamic fundamentalist party.

Islamist armed groups then turned to force to overthrow the government, with up to 200,000 people killed in the ensuing violence.

The last year has seen a series of bombings against state targets, many of them suicide attacks.

Recent bombings have been claimed by Al~Qaida in Islamic North Africa. That was the name adopted in January after the remnants of the insurgency, the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, or GSPC, formally linked with Al~Qaida.

Once focused on toppling the Algerian government, the group has now turned its sights on international holy war and the fight against Western interests. French counterterrorism officials say it is drawing members from across North Africa.

A Sept. 6 attack during President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s visit to the eastern city of Batna killed 22 people, and a suicide bombing two days later on a coast guard barracks in the town of Dellys left at least 28 dead.
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Thank you AP News and Associated Press writers HASSANE MEFTAHI, Alexander G. Higgins and Bradley S. Klapper in Geneva and John Heilprin at the United Nations who
contributed to this report.
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Myself, I can not justify anything like this. I can not accept that inoccents have to be hurt and killed to make a point.

I will never understand this behavior or radical behavior. It is NOT in my being, my soul or my spirit!

I pray that this will one day cease and I will pray for those who were hurt, loss and who families and friends were effected by this SENSELESS act of VIOLENCE!

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Being form the 60’s, I still say…WHAT IF THEY HAD A WAR AND NOBODY CAME!?!?!?!?

World peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

In CHICAGO, two truckers said a former police officer, suspected in his wife’s disappearance, may have asked them early on the day she was reported missing to carry a package for him, police said Saturday.

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The truckers said two men, including a man they now believe was former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson and another man in his 50s with salt and pepper hair and stocky build, approached them at about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 29 at a Bolingbrook truck stop, Illinois State Trooper Mark Dorencz said in a written statement.

The men asked the truckers to “transport a package to an undisclosed location;” after reaching the location, the men would “regain possession of the package and continue transporting it to a location not accessible by semi~trailers,” the statement said.

The statement did not provide details, including what might have been in the package. Neither State police nor Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, immediately returned phone calls seeking comment Saturday night.

Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, said in a statement that his client denies that any such encounter took place.

“It is our belief that anyone who logically examines the scenario that is being suggested by the Illinois State Ploice, will reject it out of hand being nonsensical,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Stacy Peterson’s family, Pamela Bosco, said she spoke to state police on Saturday about their statement. She said police would not give her a description of the package and “left it rather vague because they don’t know what this could lead to.”

Tim Miller, founder and director of Texas EquuSearch, nonprofit group that has helped authorities in the search, said earlier this week that police had asked searchers to look for a blue plastic barrel.

Peterson, 53, has been named a suspect in the disappearance of his 23 year old wife. Peterson has denied any wrongdoing in her disappearance and said he believes she ran off with another man.

Authorities are also investigating the death of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in a bathtub in 2004. A coroner’s jury at the time ruled it an accidental drowning. Investigators now say they believe her death was a homicide staged to look like an accident, and are awaiting results of a second autopsy after exhuming her body last month.

Peterson has not been named a suspect in Savio’s death.

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Thank you AP News and ASHLEY M. HEHER, Associated Press Writer

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As you know, Baby Boomers, I am not a rocket scientist…but this seemd pretty suspicious to me!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

NFL’s newest dark cloud

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For the NFL, 2007 has been a year of tragedy and scandal, ugliness and senselessness, each month seeming to bring worse stories of off-field trouble that stand in stark contrast with an on field product that is running on all cylinders.

The latest, and hopefully last, came Monday when the Washington Redskins’ Sean Taylor was gunned down during a home invasion. He died Tuesday.

It was brutal and sad, the snuffing out of a talented and promising life made even worse by the realization that he is the fourth active NFL player to die this year alone. Combine that with high profile legal issues, major injuries to current players and a bitter pension fight involving former ones and you have a year to forget.

Things are so bad, the depths so low, the pain so real, it’s overshadowed a season that, on the field at least, should be one to remember.

The Indianapolis Colts, featuring the popular Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy, finally won the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots have emerged as perhaps the greatest team of all time this season, chasing both a perfect team record and a book full of individual marks. Big fan base franchises such as the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers are having great years while a number of other franchises have been rejuvenated.

The league has not just an array of great young talent [Adrian Peterson, et al] but a rebirth of some older ones [Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss]. When the Colts and Patriots met earlier this month, it was the latest matchup of unbeaten teams since the 1970 merger. The game then actually lived up the hype.

So too, perhaps, will the rare late season matchup of one~loss teams, the Cowboys and Packers, Thursday.

That is, if anyone even remembers to watch.

The thing is: as great as the action has been, as great as the story lines have played out, as perfect as heroes and villains have taken their roles, ’07 has been a disaster in every other measurable way. One horrible tale replacing another.

Taylor’s murder this week was an all too familiar one.

The year started bad when, during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, the Denver Broncos’ Darrent Williams was shot and killed by a passing gunman while riding in a limo after an altercation at a local nightclub.

Less than two months later, Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after playing a charity basketball game in his hometown of St. Louis.

In March, the Patriots’ Marquise Hill accidentally drowned after falling off his jet ski in his native Louisiana.

All four men were just 24.

The offseason was also plagued with high profile legal trouble. It started with the Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones’ involvement in a gentlemen’s club shooting in Las Vegas that left a bouncer paralyzed.

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Then the Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Vick, the league’s highest paid and one of its highest profile players, was arrested in connection with a dog fighting ring on property he owned in rural Virginia. Vick pled guilty and is serving time in advance of his sentencing in early December.

Even O.J. Simpson is in trouble again.

Meanwhile, former NFL players continued to fight the league for improved pension and health benefits while spinning terrible tales of woe and making the NFLPA look like a heartless organization. It helped draw attention to the massive physical injuries, particularly concussions, which NFL players deal with after their playing days.

That hit home on the league’s opening weekend when the Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett suffered a severe spinal injury on a simple kickoff play. At least there is some bright light here. Everett is out of the hospital and doctors believe he may even walk again one day.

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You can’t blame the NFL for wondering what possibly could be next?

There is no simple conclusion to draw here. Each situation is different, each tragedy its own. But sometimes bad things seem to come in waves and the NFL is certainly dealing with that now.

If the league was just about football, then the worst thing to happen all year was the Patriots’ “Spygate” scandal, which, in truth, just helped create more interest and excitement for the product on the field.

That’s the kind of controversy that professional sports like.

Not endless funerals, court proceedings and Congressional hearings.

Not superstars behind bars. Not all these 24 year olds gone forever.

The people to remember in thoughts and prayers are the families and friends of those dealing with death and injury, with life altering moments that they had nothing to do with and almost certainly can’t make sense of.

Roger Goodell would be the first to tell you that, the first to tell you to think of those folks.

But here in 2007, in the new commissioner’s first full year on the job, it’s OK to acknowledge all that has been thrown at him and his NFL.

And then hope we never see another year like it.
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Thank you Dan Wetzel and Yahoo! Sports’
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Two Dead In Covington Murder ~ Suicide…Woman Was Protecting Granddaughter From Father, Relatives Say…

In COVINGTON, Kentucky, relatives say a Covington woman was protecting her granddaughter when she killed the 6 year old’s father, then herself on Sunday.

Police said they found Charles Johnson dead in a Bakewell Street home just before noon.

Nearby, officers found Betty Hamilton dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

Relatives said Johnson was to begin unsupervised visits with the girl on Sunday, and that he’d abused the girl previously.

Kelly Stratton, the girl’s mother, said she did everything she could to keep Johnson away from her daughter, including taking a photo of her daughter’s bruised body to police.

When that didn’t work, relatives said, Hamilton took matters into her own hands.

“Once they say to you, ‘You’re gonna have to send your granddaughter back to the abuser’? She couldn’t, not one time, not one more time, and then she couldn’t do that without doing something to herself,” sister Judy Sholler said.

“It’s terrible that they both had to die, “How am I going to tell my daughter and tell my son that his grandma’s dead?” Stratton said. “I guess if you’re going through this situation, and you wanna be treated right, you better save up some money to get a lawyer.”

The incident remains under investigation.
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Thank you Cincinnati News
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Well Baby Boomers…is the the ultimate act of love or is this still murder, in the first degree…???

I know people who have been in this same situation…what does one do when the authorities won’t do anything to protect the innocent??? Should one take action, like this woman did?

Britney Spears gets public attention when she holds her child on her lap and lets her drive…and how many of you out there were allowed to do this and it was a great thrill for you…

…but here is a Mother and the Grandmother who tried to get help and the child was still put into the hands of the abuser.

If I had Donald Trump’s money I would have a HUGE underground going for women and children [and men if it were needed].

Who wants to help?

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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LAS VEGAS Police arrested O.J. Simpson on Sunday, saying he was part of an armed group who burst into a Las Vegas hotel room and snatched memorabilia that documented his own sports career, long ago eclipsed by scandal.

The arrest starts a new legal odyssey for the fallen football star who more than a decade ago was acquitted of the slayings of his ex-wife and a friend, and opens the possibility he could spend decades behind bars.

Simpson was taken away from The Palms hotel-casino by plainclothes officers a day after the arrest of a golfing buddy who police say accompanied him with a gun in the Thursday night holdup. Handcuffed and wearing a golf shirt and jeans, Simpson was placed in an SUV.

“He was very cooperative, there were no issues,” Capt. James Dillon said.

Simpson was being booked Sunday night on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary with a firearm, police said. The district attorney, meanwhile, said he expected Simpson to ultimately be charged with seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor.

A judge ordered Simpson be held without bail, said Sgt. John Loretto. A court date was set for Thursday.

Simpson attorney Yale Galanter told The Associated Press late Sunday that he would fight the charges vigorously.

“We believe it is an extremely defensible case based on conflicting witness statements, flip~flopping by witnesses and witnesses making deals with the government to flip,” Galanter said.

If convicted of the booking charges, Simpson would face up to 30 years in state prison on each robbery count alone.

“He is facing a lot of time,” said Clark County District Attorney David Roger.

Simpson, 60, has said he and other people were retrieving items that belonged to him. Simpson has said there were no guns involved and that he went to the room at the Palace Station casino only to get stolen mementos that included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back with J. Edgar Hoover.

Simpson told the Associated Press on Saturday that he did not call the police to help reclaim the items because he has found the police unresponsive to him ever since his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were killed in 1994.

“The police, since my trouble, have not worked out for me,” he said, noting that whenever he has called the police “It just becomes a story about O.J.”

Police did not allege that Simpson personally carried a weapon in the incident.

“We don’t have any information to lead us to believe he was armed even based on those charges,” said police Lt. Clint Nichols.

Police said they seized two firearms involved in the robbery along with sports memorabilia, mostly signed by Simpson. They also said they recovered collectible baseballs and Joe Montana cleats at private residences early Sunday on three search warrants. But “whether or not the property belonged to Mr. Simpson is a matter of debate,” Nichols said.

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Walter Alexander, 46, of Mesa, Ariz., was arrested Saturday night on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary with a deadly weapon. Alexander, who was described as one of Simpson’s golfing buddies, was released without bail Saturday night.

“Walter was one of the two subjects who had a gun,” Capt. James Dillon said.

Robert Dennis Rentzer, a Los Angeles lawyer representing Alexander, said he was able to arrange his client’s release from custody, but wasn’t familiar with the allegations.

Police also are seeking four men: Las Vegas residents Clarence Stewart, 53, and Michael McClinton, 49; Tom Scotto, of unknown age and hometown, and another man who was not identified.

Simpson, a Heisman Trophy winner, ex-NFL star and actor, lives near Miami and has been a tabloid staple since his ex-wife and Goldman were killed. Simpson was acquitted of murder charges, but a jury later held him liable for the killings in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, welcomed the possibility that Simpson could go to prison.

“He’s believed for years, decades, that he’s entitled to do anything he wants, and the legal system and society has basically agreed with him,” Goldman said. “This time, hopefully, he’ll get what he deserves. He’ll get jail time.”

Police said Sunday that Simpson asked to speak with his lawyer before proceeding with an interview, although he spoke several times with investigators before his arrest.

Simpson said auction house owner Tom Riccio called him several weeks ago to say some collectors were selling some of his items. Riccio set up a meeting with collectors under the guise that he had a private collector interested in buying Simpson’s items.

Simpson said he was accompanied by several men he met at a wedding cocktail party, and they took the collectibles.

“It’s like a bad dream,” Alfred Beardsley, one of the memorabilia collectors who was in the hotel room, said late Sunday. “I’m sad that O.J. is in custody.”

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Beardsley said he blames the whole thing on Riccio, who he claims told Simpson that his property was in the room in Las Vegas.

“If they don’t charge Riccio I will be very upset. That guy lied to O.J. and got him all pumped up,” he said.

Beardsley said the people that should be blamed are Riccio and Mike Gilbert, the former Simpson agent who he alleged stole memorabilia from Simpson.

Simpson’s arrest came just days after the Goldman family published a book that Simpson had written under the title, “If I Did It” about how he would have committed the killings of his ex-wife and Goldman had he actually done it.

After a deal for Simpson to publish it fell through, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the book’s rights to the Goldman family, who retitled it “If I Did It: The Confessions of the Killer.” During the weekend, the book was the hottest seller in the country, hitting No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes.
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Thank you AP News and Jae C. Hong for the photos.
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I can’t understand how this is happening…I have heard three different stories, so far…not that I believe everything that I read or even everything that I see, to that point…

The police must have something on tape that we don’t know about to go this fast. MMMmmmmm, I wonder what it is…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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