Friday, March 23, 2012

Syria Accuses CNN of Aiding Rebels

On Thursday, Syria's government controlled media stated that CNN journalists either took part in, or at least helped rebels blow up an oil pipeline near Homs. Anchors on one TV station stated that there is "conclusive evidence of the involvement of CNN and the American journalists who were present there in the detonation of the oil pipelines in Homs".

SANA, the Syrian state TV channel, added on Friday that CNN footage "revealed that the camera operators were CNN correspondents who entered Syria illegally through the Lebanese borders and seemed to have coordinated with the saboteurs to film a video of the attack and send it to their channel." And said that CNN's stated that the "Syrian army was behind the attack to deflect suspicion of any coordination, if not to say involvement, with the terrorist saboteurs."

The executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, Tony Maddox, called the assertions "ridiculous". Adding, "We stand firmly behind our excellent reporting on Syria. It is a pity that its citizens did not get to see this important documentary without these ridiculous interventions."

Syria has repeatedly in the past stated that outside sources have been causing and spurring on the rebellion, which started over a year ago. Since that time the government has taken total control of their media outlets, and blocked foreign ones from entering the country. As al-Qaeda is known to be aiding some of the rebels, it is hard to entirely discount the Syrian government's accusations of outside sources being involved.

To date between 12,000 and 15,000 have been killed in Syria over the past year.

Man Shot Dead at Red Light in Aurora

A man died today after being shot whilst he was sitting a red light.

According to police, about one o'clock this afternoon, the man stopped at a red light at the intersection of Dayton Street and East Montview Boulevard. He had been headed northbound on Dayton.

As he was stopped at the light, a dark SUV pulled up behind him. Someone got out of it, walked up to the man's jeep, and shot several times through the windshield. The shooter then returned to their vehicle and it drove off.

The victim was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.

The motive of the shooting is totally unknown at this time. It could be a hit against a specific person, or completely random. Most likely though, it is a targeted hit.

Police asked anyone with information to call Detective Tom Welton at 303-739-6107. People wishing to remain anonymous can Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Remembering: The Great One, Wayne Gretzky's 802nd

March 23, 1994 Wayne Gretzky scores his 802 goal, breaking the record of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. In his career, Gretzky broke sixty-one records, gaining the nickname of The Great One.

By age six, Gretzky was playing in a league for ten year olds. At 10, he scored 378 goals in one season of pee wee hockey. He started being the cause for sold out crowds and soon all his games were being televised.

At sixteen he was drafted into the Ontario Hockey Association and scored six goals in his first game. The next year he went pro signing into the World Hockey League. And the following year, he was picked up by the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.

In his rookie year, he had 137 scores, a record for a rookie. The next year he had 164, a record for a single season. His third year, he became the first player to ever hit the 200 score mark, he would hit that two more times in his career. When he retired after the 1999 season, he did so with 2,857 scores, 1,000 more than Gordie Howe had when he set the record.

Not just a goal scorer his points (assists plus goals) just from assists, were higher than any player's points from scoring. He wore 99 throughout his career, in honor of Gordie Howe, his childhood hero, who had worn #9.

Remembering: Patrick Henry and 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death'

March 23, 1775, in a speech at the Second Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry makes one of the most remembered statements of American history. As he speaks against the increasingly oppressive rule of Britain, he concludes with, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Patrick Henry had been one of the first in the colonies to speak for colonial independence. He began his rise to fame in 1763. In 1765, during the Stamp Act, he said, "Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third ....may he profit by their example." From then

Before the constitution would serve twice as governor of Virginia. Later, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia, who opposed the Constitution, fearing that it endangered the rights of the States, as well as the freedoms of individuals. His role in the anti-federalists put him in a position to help shape the Bill of Rights.

Ironically after seeing the fate of France, after their revolution, Henry would switch to the side of the Federalists. He was especially against the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, which called for the rights of a state to nullify a federal law it considered unconstitutional. Henry stated that it would only lead to civil war.

Police Arrest Owner of Drunk Dog

A Montana man has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty.

Police were called to investigate a call about a drunk dog at a bar. They found Arly II, a Pomeranian, unable to walk without falling over.

The dog had drunk in a car outside the bar and was reported to police by customers and staff who then took care of the dog until police arrived. "We basically saved the dog’s life," bar manager Joe Wieck said. An intoxicated person who claimed part ownership of the twenty pound dog told police that Schrier had given the dog about a "to go cup of vodka," police wrote.

The officers took Arly II to the vet who found that the dog had a blood alcohol level of 0.348 percent. Which is more than four times the legal driving limit, for humans, of 0.08. A level of 0.4 can be lethal to humans.

Considering the poisoned state of Arly II, one must wonder what happened to the first Arly.