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  • Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 3:37:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/21/2016
    A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said. The jaguar was killed on Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs...
  • Afghanistan reservist puts himself in hospital after taking a blow torch to a machine gun bullet

    03/23/2015 5:54:13 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 8 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | March 22, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    A military reservist who returned from service in Afghanistan last year was injured along with his family when a bullet from the war exploded. A 25-year-old soldier in Lindenhurst, north of Chicago, was attempting to light a tracer round in his backyard with a blow torch when the ammunition exploded and alarmed residents on his street.
  • Accused ‘Blow Torch Rapist’ Held Without Bond In Attack On Detroit Woman

    01/27/2014 4:29:24 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 31 replies
    WWJ, CBS Detroit ^ | 1-27-2014 | Staff
    DETROIT (WWJ) - A 23-year-old man has been arraigned on torture and attempted rape charges following an attack on a Detroit woman who he allegedly burned with a blow torch. Roderick Neely was arraigned Saturday and ordered held without bond pending his next court date. Neely also is charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to maim, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, felon in possession and felony firearm. The charges stem from a incident that happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday in a blighted neighborhood near Plymouth and Meyers on the city’s west side. The 43-year-old victim told...
  • November 8, 1942 - Operation Torch, the Allied Landings in French North Africa

    11/08/2013 6:57:29 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 7 replies
    "On the morning of November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 American and British soldiers went ashore on the coast of Vichy French North-West Africa, and a period of close Anglo-American co-operation began. Altogether over 500 ships had carried and guarded the assault force: 102 of them crossing the Atlantic from America; the remainder sailing in two convoys - one fast and one slow - from Britain. They all arrived at their destinations within a few hours of each other and a pattern of smooth timing and organisation had been set."

    07/20/2012 3:55:40 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 63 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/20/2012 | Youtube
    Muslim shouts ALLAH HU-AKHBAR and tries to grab Olympic Torch during run to stadium!
  • Deputies: Man critically burned trying to set estranged wife ablaze

    02/07/2012 9:21:51 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | February 7, 2012 | staff
    No one knows how long he sat inside the green rental car and waited. Authorities say Matthew Wong, 50, watched the door of his wife's apartment early Monday, waiting for her to step outside. Thick, black garbage bags shrouded the backseat windows. A quilt covered the rear window. "It appears it was all planned," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon. "He was waiting out there to ambush her." What Wong hadn't planned on, deputies said, was getting caught in the flames that he had hoped would kill his wife, Gloria Davis, 47. After residents of the Countrywood Apartments,...
  • Report: Egyptian Muslims Torch 8 Christian Homes on Rumor of Church Construction

    06/26/2011 7:58:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    fox nation ^ | 6/26/11 | Mary Abdelmassih, Assyrian International News Agency
    A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Upper Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house which is being built by Wahib Halim Attia will be turned into a church. Two Christians and one Muslim were injured, no fatalities were reported.
  • LIVE THREAD- State of the Union - 27 January, 2010

    01/27/2010 4:41:04 PM PST · by SE Mom · 2,518 replies · 98,741+ views
    27 January 2010
    The president is scheduled to give the State of the Union address at 9 PM eastern.
  • Torricelli backs Shulman; slams Garrett ethics, calls him an extremist and tax cheat (Comic Relief)

    10/23/2008 8:53:02 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 10 replies · 341+ views (A Kushner/Democrat Party Property) ^ | 10/22/08 | Kushner clan's whore of an editor
    Former U.S. Sen. Bob Torricelli has endorsed blind Rabbi Dennis Shulman in his race against three-term U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).
  • Saddled With Debt, Some Decide to Torch Vehicles

    10/13/2008 1:21:23 PM PDT · by BGHater · 70 replies · 1,927+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 2008 | Dan Morse and Matt Zapotosky
    Burdened by debt and driving home from a night of gambling in West Virginia, Sergio Lopez launched a scheme that at the time must have seemed like a good idea. He pulled his Volkswagen Jetta up to a random corner in Silver Spring, doused the interior with gasoline, set it on fire and walked away. He later made a claim to Nationwide Insurance. The car was missing, he said -- someone must have stolen it. Add Lopez, who pleaded guilty in the case this year, to the band of Washington area residents who have torched their cars hoping for a...
  • Arabs Torch Jewish Wheat Fields in Samaria

    05/18/2008 7:08:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 76+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 05/18/08 | Ezra HaLevi
    ( Arabs burned Jewish-owned wheat fields in the Samaria town of Yitzhar Friday. The regular vandalism has led residents to ponder soliciting assistance from humanitarian groups. The most recent fire was set Friday, minutes before the onset of Shabbat. A volunteer fire brigade made up of Yitzhar residents succeeded in extinguishing the fire, but were then attacked by Arabs rioting and throwing stones at them. A contingent of IDF soldiers arrived on the scene and used non-lethal riot-control methods to restore order, but residents say their complaints usually result in no response whatsoever from security forces. The fields, which were...
  • Olympic torch arrives on safer terrain in mainland China

    05/03/2008 12:23:05 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 2 replies · 127+ views
    Artorius Castus Blog ^ | 03 May 08 | AP
    SANYA, China (AP) -- After a much-protested journey, the Olympic torch reached this southern Chinese seaside resort Saturday night, beginning what organizers and Chinese citizens promised would be a trouble-free national tour.
  • Olympic torch relay in Japan [photos, Japan caters to China]

    04/26/2008 11:11:44 AM PDT · by charles m · 24 replies · 487+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 4/26/2008
    Japanese police officers stand on guard as pro-China supporters wave Chinese national flags before the start of the Olympic torch relay in Nagano, central Japan April 26, 2008. Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai, left, looks at Olympic flame attendants charged with the flame during the starting ceremony for the Olympic torch relay in Nagano, central Japan, Saturday, April 26, 2008. Pro-China supporters cheer as a police officer stand on guard before the start of the Olympic torch relay in Nagano, central Japan April 26, 2008. Holding small Chinese flags and a placard welcoming the Beijing Olympic torch relay,...
  • Chinese spectators 'attacked Tibet protesters at Canberra torch relay'

    04/24/2008 3:29:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 123+ views
    Times of London ^ | 04/24/08 | Paul Larter
    April 24, 2008 Chinese spectators 'attacked Tibet protesters at Canberra torch relay' Paul Larter, in Brisbane Mobs of Chinese supporters were accused of assaulting pro-Tibet campaigners on the sidelines of the Olympic torch relay in Australia today as scuffles broke out and at least seven protesters were arrested. There was none of the violence or disruption that marred the torch relay in London or Paris, and the Olympic flame travelled uninterrupted through Canberra, the capital. But observers said that behind the barricades Chinese nationals assaulted Tibetan activists and tore down their flags. Confrontations between an estimated 15,000 China supporters and...
  • European business officials warn China over consequences of boycott(counter-boycott?)

    04/23/2008 9:16:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 63+ views
    Strait Times ^ | 04/23/08
    European business officials warn China over consequences of boycott BEIJING - EUROPEAN business officials warned on Wednesday that calls in China for a boycott of French products since the raucous Olympic torch relay in Paris could spark a backlash against Chinese exports. France and high-profile French retailer Carrefour have been singled out by Chinese nationalists who saw the April 7 protests against the torch relay by pro-Tibetan groups and others as an insult to their national pride. Anger climaxed this past weekend with protests at the French Embassy in Beijing and at Carrefour outlets in at least nine Chinese cities....
  • Protests against French retailer Carrefour spread in China

    04/20/2008 5:24:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies · 154+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Apr 19, 3:00 PM ET | By HENRY SANDERSON
    BEIJING - Demonstrations against French supermarket chain Carrefour erupted in cities across China on Saturday, fueled by anger over the disruption of the Olympic torch relay when it went through Paris nearly two weeks ago. Other protesters gathered outside the French Embassy and the Beijing French School. The recent unrest in Tibet and protests during the worldwide Olympic torch relay have created a backlash of anger inside China against those viewed as supporting independence for Tibet. The nationalist outburst comes as Chinese state media has launched a sustained attack against foreign critics of China's Tibet policy and on the Dalai...
  • China's ally Pakistan holds top-security Olympic torch ceremony in stadium to foil street protests

    04/16/2008 9:27:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 104+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/16/08
    China's ally Pakistan holds top-security Olympic torch ceremony in stadium to foil street protests Pakistan hosted its leg of the troubled Olympic torch relay today in an invitation-only event guarded by tight security imposed by its pro-China government. Clearly worried about the possibility of protests or attacks on the high-profile ceremony, thousands of police stood guard with sniffer dogs. Protests against China's human rights record in Tibet have dogged the torch in London, Paris and San Francisco, but Pakistan has gone to great lengths to avoid trouble during the Olympic symbol's 22-hour visit. Televised live - the only way the...
  • Caption This Picture: White Liberals In San Fran

    04/09/2008 4:17:49 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 95 replies · 305+ views
    A Tibetan supporter, right, argues with a Chinese supporter at a rally for China's Olympic torch at the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) I love these "peaceful" liberals out in San Fran. DO AS I SAY CHINESE WOMAN! I KNOW MORE ABOUT TIBET THAN YOU DO! I AM FROM SAN FRANCISCO!!
  • Japan says no to Chinese torch guards: reports

    04/11/2008 8:48:45 AM PDT · by fishhound · 18 replies · 42+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 11, 2008
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will not allow the squad of Chinese flame guards to intervene with the Beijing Olympic torch's progress when it arrives in a Japanese city this month, the national police head was quoted as saying on Friday. "We should not violate the principle that the Japanese police will firmly maintain security," Kyodo news agency quoted Shinya Izumi, head of the National Public Safety Commission, as saying. "We do not know what position the people who escorted the relay are in," Izumi was quoted as saying. "If they are for the consideration of security, it is our role."...
  • India to decide on Chinese guards for Olympic torch

    04/11/2008 9:30:17 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 4 replies · 64+ views
    Thaindian ^ | April 11th, 2008 - 9:51 pm | Staff
    New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) India has conveyed to China that the Tibetans have a right to hold peaceful demonstrations in a democratic country and that it will take a final decision on allowing Chinese security for the Olympic torch relay here next week. “It is India’s responsibility to ensure security of the Olympic torch through its territory. We have discussed the security of the torch with the Chinese,” official sources said Friday. “Nothing has been decided, however, to allow Chinese security personnel to be part of the security ring. That decision will depend on the situation immediately before the...
  • Protests meet Olympic torch in Argentina

    04/11/2008 11:52:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 81+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/08 | Bill Cormier - ap
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine runners relayed the Olympic torch past fenced-off protesters on Friday, as hundreds of China supporters in red windbreakers tried to reverse weeks of bad publicity for the host of the Summer Games. Activists opposing China's human rights record unfurled banners and promised "entertaining surprises" but pledged to keep their demonstrations peaceful after protests marred stops in London, Paris and San Francisco. Hundreds of spectators cheered as Chinese delegates wearing Argentina's blue-and-white lit the torch from a lantern that has carried the flame from the site of the ancient Olympic games in Greece. Mayor Mauricio Macri...
  • EDITORIAL: Run ... for cover -- Torch relay turns into keep-away game

    04/10/2008 9:15:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 1,541+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/10/8 | Editor
    What a letdown. The Olympic torch run turned into a barely seen security entourage that dodged the thousands who turned out to watch. The sudden re-routing of the relay along near-empty sidewalks invites the question: Is City Hall unclear on the concept of a public event? Clearly, organizers were worried about the crowds who turned out along the Embarcadero, an assemblage that included both China boosters and critics. The surprise switch in directions succeeded in dodging the worst-case scenario of police scuffles with angry protesters, as happened in London and Paris. But it did little to showcase the Olympics or...
  • 200 Chinese college students mobbed a car carrying two people waving Tibetan flags

    04/10/2008 2:18:55 AM PDT · by CodeRouge · 22 replies · 435+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of people carrying Tibetan and Chinese flags packed the relay route of the Olympic torch Wednesday and police sought to keep demonstrators from disrupting the flame's symbolic journey to the Beijing Games. Farther along the six-mile route, about 200 Chinese college students mobbed a car carrying two people waving Tibetan flags in front of the city's Pier 39 tourist destination. The students, who arrived by bus from the University of California, Davis, banged drums and chanted "Go Olympics" in Chinese. "I'm proud to be Chinese and I'm outraged because there are so many people who are...
  • Olympics to 'rebound from crisis'

    04/10/2008 12:30:48 AM PDT · by fishhound · 21 replies · 80+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 10 April 2008 | n/a
    The head of the International Olympic Committee has said the Beijing Games will rebound from "crisis" after days of protests along the torch route. Jacques Rogge told a meeting of national committees in the Chinese capital that they should assure their countries the Games would succeed. The US stage of the torch relay passed off amid confusion and tight security in San Francisco on Wednesday. The route was changed amid protests against China's human rights record. Torch-bearers were immersed in a cocoon of security, surrounded by dozens of police officers and Chinese guards in track-suits
  • My Torch Observations - The Mayor Triangulates (or should we say Capitulates)

    04/09/2008 11:56:16 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 9 replies · 103+ views
    April 9, 2008 | KingofZion
    I was on the ground today in San Francisco with the protestors. This was a first for me - I haven't protested anything or anybody since Ted Kennedy's visit to my university many years ago (I had far less company then, being the only person holding a "Justice for Mary Jo" sign - but I digress). I arrived at the Ferry Building around 1pm. The area was packed with thousands of protestors. I would estimate that there were 100 protestors for every 1 of the Chicom supporters. It probably didn't appear to be quite that lopsided on TV because the...
  • US Olympic torch relay descends into farce

    04/09/2008 7:03:45 PM PDT · by melt · 36 replies · 51+ views ^ | 4/10/08 | Chris Ayres
    The Olympic flame’s procession through San Francisco drew world-wide ridicule when the torch-bearers ran only a few yards before disappearing into a warehouse, only to re-emerge on a bus half an hour later. After furious clashes between Free Tibet protesters and pro-China demonstrators, the authorities seemed to panic and abruptly changed the route, cutting it by half and scrapping the closing ceremony. What Chinese Olympic organisers have called a “Journey of Harmony” quickly became the mystery tour of the missing flame. By 1.20pm local time — 20 minutes after the scheduled start— even the TV news helicopters had lost track....
  • S.F. closing torch ceremony canceled

    04/09/2008 4:14:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 52 replies · 204+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 4/9/8 | JULIANA BARBASSA and MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press Writers
    SAN FRANCISCO - Officials say the planned closing ceremony for the Olympic torch at the San Francisco Bay waterfront is canceled and another one will take place at an undisclosed location. The ceremony had been slated to take place Wednesday at Justin Herman Plaza, where thousands had gathered to support and protest the Beijing-bound flame's visit to the city. Just before the relay began, the torch was rerouted about a mile away from the demonstrators and spectators. Officials say they changed the path because of security concerns. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom tells The Associated Press that a closing ceremony...
  • Olympic Games torch rushed into hiding (head of state or OJ?)

    Olympic Games torch rushed into hiding Daily News[Wednesday, April 09, 2008 15:03] Tibetans and supporters hold up flags at a rally in protest of China's Olympic torch at the U.N. Plaza in San Francisco as the torch arrived there Tuesday. (Chiu/AP) San Francisco officials were playing hide-and-seek with the Olympic torch on Tuesday to keep it safe from protesters for Wednesday's 6-mile trek through the city's hilly streets. The torch arrived in the San Francisco Bay area in the morning and was whisked off to a secret location as demonstrators vowed to douse the clarion call of the Summer Games...
  • Nude torch run against Olympic flame in San Fran, April 9th

    04/09/2008 4:20:59 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 57 replies · 513+ views ^ | 04/07/08 | indymedia.
    April 9, 2008 is the date of the Official Beijing Olympic Torch Run in San Francisco. This is the only U.S. city on the Torch's world tour. The national and international media will be here. A nude torch run is being planned to coincide. We are inviting you and your nude friends to join us. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make an indelible statement for human rights. Meet: 12:30 pm sharp near the front of Tacqueria Pancho Villa Pier 1, the Embarcadero (waterfront side) [ the next building north from the Ferry Building] Look for faux "torch" labeled "Human...
  • Olympic Flame Now 'Symbolizes Repressive Regime'

    04/08/2008 7:58:36 AM PDT · by indcons · 20 replies · 68+ views
    The global Olympic torch run has descended into chaos and China has only itself to blame, write German media commentators. The protests have even created a new sport -- "Flame Extinguishing." Authorities in San Francisco, the next destination for the troubled Olympic torch relay, are gearing up for the same kind of pro-Tibet protests that disrupted the relays in London and Paris in recent days. Signs of protest are already visible after three people climbed the Golden Gate Bridge on Monday to unfurl a Tibetan flag and two protest banners. Billboards protesting China's human rights record have already gone up...
  • Beware an angry China

    04/08/2008 10:55:15 AM PDT · by indcons · 81 replies · 186+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Philip Bowring
    Tibetans have a strong case against Beijing. But mixing it in with the Olympics and Darfur is a red rag to a wounded young bull. Nationalism is more often aroused by setbacks than success, so the Tibet problems and the possible threats to a triumphal Olympics are stirring it in China. On the horizon is the possibility that these will combine with high inflation, stagnating exports and trade tensions with the United States to create a perfect nationalistic storm. The Chinese leadership faces a difficult balancing act. As its legitimacy is now based on national achievement, not communist ideology, it...
  • Tibetan community mobilizes for protests (in SF)

    04/08/2008 6:42:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 62+ views
    Phayul ^ | 04/08/08 | Jessie Mangaliman
    Tibetan community mobilizes for protests Mercury News[Tuesday, April 08, 2008 15:01] RALLIES SET AS OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY COMES TO S.F. By Jessie Mangaliman Usha Lama is expecting eight or nine people at her home in Fremont. Jamyang Nordup is ready for up to 50 people at his 3,500-square-foot home in Richmond and has been collecting bedding for months. Stanford University graduate Yangchen Lhamo is sharing her small one-bedroom in San Francisco's Sunset district with four cousins from Portland and Seattle. Sunnyvale resident Tenzin Tethong is expecting a guest or two from New York. An army of 2,000 exiled Tibetans from...
  • VIDEO Violent battle around the Olympic flame in Paris - TIBET protesters humiliated China

    04/07/2008 11:50:56 AM PDT · by drzz · 9 replies · 68+ views
    VIDEO ^ | 04 07 2008 | drzz
    See how French and Tibet protesters welcomed China's olympic games... !!
  • Protests Halt Paris Torch Relay Early

    04/07/2008 10:47:20 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 4 replies · 59+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-7-2008 | JEROME PUGMIRE and ELAINE GANLEY
    PARIS (AP) — Security officials canceled the final run of the Olympic relay through Paris after chaotic protests Monday, sending a snuffed-out torch to its destination on a bus in a humiliating concession to protesters decrying China's human rights record. The bus stopped right outside the final stop, a stadium, so a runner could finish the last 15 feet of the relay. At least two activists got within almost an arm's length of the flame earlier in the day before they were grabbed by police. Another protester threw water at the torch but failed to put it out before being...
  • Officials Snuff Olympic Torch Amid Protests in Paris

    04/07/2008 4:36:45 AM PDT · by tsmith130 · 28 replies · 93+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04/07/2008 | AP
    Police in jogging gear put the torch out and brought it aboard a bus, apparently to move it away from protesters. The flame was being carried down a road along the Seine River amid demonstrators carrying Tibetan flags when the relay was stopped. It is not immediately clear what police plan next.
  • Olympic torch extinguished during Paris leg

    04/07/2008 4:59:50 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 34 replies · 58+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/7/2008 | Staff
    (CNN) -- The Olympic torch has been extinguished by officials and put on a bus during the Paris leg of its relay amid anti-China protests, The Associated Press has reported. The incident came one day after anti-Chinese demonstrators made its journey through London more like running the gauntlet than a journey of celebration. An anti-China protester is restrained by French police before Monday's Olympic torch relay begins in Paris 1 of 3more photos » Thousands of French police are on duty to protect the Olympic torch after it departed from the Eiffel Tower at around 1030 GMT (0630 ET). It...
  • Paris protests force cancellation of torch relay

    04/07/2008 8:55:29 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies · 60+ views
    NBC ^ | 4/7/2008 | Staff
    PARIS - The relay of the Olympic torch through the streets of Paris by runners was cancelled on Monday and the flame was put on a bus at the request of Chinese authorities after huge pro-Tibetan protests, French television reported. France's BFM television said the flame was carried onto the bus in front of the National Parliament and would be driven down to the final stage of the relay on the southern edge of Paris, rather than be taken there by runners. Earlier, security officials snuffed out the Olympic torch and carried it through Paris in the safety of a...
  • Olympic Torch Relay Cut Short (Paris)

    04/07/2008 9:10:21 AM PDT · by tellw · 13 replies · 686+ views
    Sky News ^ | 04/07/2008 | Anonymous
    The Olympic torch relay in Paris has been cut short after chaotic protests by anti-China demonstrators. Torch had to be put outThe flame had already been extinguished four times by security forces after repeated clashes with pro-Tibet and human rights campaigners. The city's mayor also cancelled a ceremony to mark the torch's passing as officials draped a Tibetan flag over the city hall's facade. Mayor Bertrand Delanoe announced the cancellation after Green party members of the city council flew the flag. Thousands of police sent on to the streets to protect the torch relay as it made its way around...
  • Protests halt Paris torch relay early (torch extinguished 3 times, carried in a bus)

    04/07/2008 10:01:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 273+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/08 | Jerome Pugley and Elaine Ganley - ap
    PARIS - Security officials snuffed out the Olympic torch and carried it through Paris in the safety of a bus at least five times Monday before canceling the final run of a relay repeatedly disrupted by chaotic protests against China's human rights record. Security officials put the torch on the bus for the last stretch but stopped right outside its destination, a Paris stadium, so a runner could finish the last 15 feet. At least two activists earlier got within almost an arm's length of the flame before they were grabbed by police. A protester threw water at the torch...
  • France: Officials put out Olympic torch 3 times (badly traumatized Chicom torch)

    04/07/2008 7:58:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 84 replies · 807+ views
    AP ^ | 04/07/08 | JEROME PUGMIRE and ELAINE GANLEY
    Officials put out Olympic torch 3 times By JEROME PUGMIRE and ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writers 1 hour, 12 minutes ago Security officials extinguished the Olympic torch three times Monday as protests against China's human rights record turned a relay through Paris into a chaotic series of stops and starts. Despite massive security, at least two activists got within almost an arm's length of the flame before they were grabbed by police. Officers tackled many protesters and carried off some of them. A protester threw water at the torch but failed to extinguish it and was also taken away. At...
  • China: Olympic Torch Begins Its Journey in Beijing

    03/31/2008 8:43:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,189+ views
    NYT ^ | 04/01/08 | JIM YARDLEY
    April 1, 2008 Olympic Torch Begins Its Journey in Beijing By JIM YARDLEY BEIJING — President Hu Jintao of China waved the Olympic torch at a ceremony in Tiananmen Square on Monday, smiling broadly as balloons, streamers and confetti rose into a mostly blue sky. Then came the uncertain part. Mr. Hu sent the torch on a 130-day journey around the globe where protests and controversy likely await. First stop on what Beijing is calling a “Journey of Harmony” will be Lhasa, the Tibetan capital still simmering from violent anti-government protests. “I now declare the launch of the torch relay...
  • Protesters disrupt Olympic torch ceremony!

    03/24/2008 3:43:14 PM PDT · by consistentpatriot · 39 replies · 1,152+ views
    ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece - Even before the Olympic flame was lit Monday, a protester of China’s human rights policies disrupted the solemn ceremony, foreshadowing the prospect of demonstrations throughout the 85,000-mile torch-relay route right up to the Beijing Games themselves. Forecasts of clouds and rain had been considered the main threat to the pomp-filled torch-lighting. But in the end, while the sun sparked the flame to life, it was the protesters who turned the joyful bow to the Olympics’ roots into a political embarrassment for China over its crackdown in Tibet and other rights issues.
  • China: Licensed scale model of Beijing Olympic torch to go on sale March 8 ($408)

    03/06/2008 11:34:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 344+ views
    Xinhau ^ | 03/07/08
    Licensed scale model of Beijing Olympic torch to go on sale March 8 BEIJING, March 6 -- In celebration of the upcoming start of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, a new Beijing Olympic licensed product, a scale model of the Beijing Olympic Torch, was unveiled Thursday morning. Measuring 29 cm in height, the scale model of the torch is made of steel left over from the construction of the "Bird's Nest." It is the first 3-D model of an Olympic torch that has been authorized by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Flame has brought the joy and fervor of...
  • Jordan Islamists torch Danish flag over cartoon

    02/25/2008 9:32:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 340+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/08 | Suleiman al-Khalidi
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Vowing "Revenge against Crusaders who attack the symbol of Islam," dozens of Jordanian Islamists burned the Danish flag on Monday to protest the reprinting of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad in Danish newspapers. The Islamic Action Front, Jordan's main licensed opposition party and the political offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded the government expel the Danish envoy until his government offered an official apology. "Oh government, expel the Danish ambassador: Oh Dane... listen the Prophet is the symbol of our Islam. We will die for his sake and eradicate anyone who humiliates him," chanted angry protesters in...
  • 200Mth American ready to pass the torch (Bobby Woo named by Life magazine in 1967 as 200Mth)

    10/14/2006 10:42:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 414+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/06 | Giovanna Dell'Orto - ap
    ATLANTA - When the 300 millionth American is born or immigrates this week, Bobby Woo will welcome a new milestone that surpasses an unofficial distinction he has held for nearly 39 years. When Woo was born in 1967, Life magazine heralded him as the 200 millionth American. Growing up, he didn't understand the special distinction until his parents told him it was because he represented "the average American." While the Atlanta attorney, born of a Chinese immigrant, considers it an honor, he now laughs at the whole concept of average for this diverse nation. "There's no typical American," he said...
  • HILLARY, TORRICELLI DONOR'S FUNNY MONEY Port's New Head, Sued by Brother, Faces an Inquiry

    12/11/2002 3:42:18 AM PST · by Liz · 38 replies · 3,213+ views
    NY OBSERVER Page One ^ | 12/16/02 edition | Tom McGeveran
    Charles Kushner, the Port Authority commissioner who is New Jersey Governor James McGreevey’s choice to be the agency’s next chairman, may soon find the dreaded appellation "embattled" attached to his name. Mr. Kushner is facing a whistle-blower lawsuit that could jeopardize his appointment to head the Port Authority—an appointment he doubtless helped to secure through generous contributions to New Jersey Democrats. He was the single largest donor to Mr. McGreevey’s campaign fund last year; to Hillary Clinton’s in 2000 and 2001; and to Senator Robert Torricelli’s in 1999 and 2001. Kushner companies collectively provided the largest bundle of contributions to...
  • Ex-senator linked to oil-for-food claims (Bob Torricelli)

    05/18/2006 5:37:16 PM PDT · by wjersey · 115 replies · 5,284+ views
    MSNBC (The Financial Times) ^ | 5/18/2006 | Claudio Gatti
    The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much-criticised United Nations oil-for-food programme. This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker has been linked to the controversial UN programme, whose shortcomings have been an important element of the Bush administration's critique of the UN. The investigation involves one of the most vivid figures in US east coast politics, former senator Robert Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat who was forced to pull out of the 2002 election after being "severely admonished" by the Senate...
  • Whitman pushes GOP moderation

    04/17/2006 9:41:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 83 replies · 1,403+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 04.17.06 | DEBORAH HOWLETT
    Former Gov. Christie Whitman believes the Republican Party is in deep trouble. The GOP, she says, is now where the Democrats were a dozen years ago in Washington when they lost control of the House for the first time in 40 years. President Bush's popularity is at a low ebb and several GOP leaders have been snared in ethics scandals. "We're at a critical point," she said. "We're starting to see polls that look just like the polls looked to Democrats in '94." From a converted hayloft of the barn on her family estate in Oldwick, Whitman works each day...
  • As Torch Nears, Worries and Woes Flicker

    02/09/2006 9:35:24 PM PST · by mcenedo · 224+ views
    NYSlime ^ | Feb. 9 | IAN FISHER
    The protesters here certainly know what they don't like: war, globalization, capitalism, drug laws, immigrant detention centers, a high-speed train line and, inexplicably, the Olympic torch. "This is a discussion of war," said Claudio Robba, 25, one of maybe 150 protesters at a piazza, referring, in fact, to a well-designed stick with a little flame on top.
  • DFU SONG: They Call the Wind Mariah (we'll torch you for Moe Hammid)

    02/04/2006 6:00:43 PM PST · by doug from upland · 9 replies · 583+ views
    DFU SONGS | 2-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - (They) CALL THE WIND MARIAH Get ready for what is in store from our peaceful religion Cartoonists, we are watching you...we'll respond as is tradition If you're Norwegian or a Dane, your actions drive us wild Compared to riots in L.A., you'll find out they were mild Moe Hammid...Moe Hammid...we'll torch you for Moe Hammid Your embassies are firewood...if that is what we're choosing In Europe the great war is on...Europeans will be losing You do not get a second're subject to beheading If you should draw the prophet, then that is what you'll be getting...