Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Toronto's Mayor Doesn't Know Where Detroit Is

US politicians aren't the only ones who fail at geography.

Whilst touring Chicago, Toronto Mayor Bob Ford wandered the streets, inviting people to visit Toronto. When he ran into a couple that had been to Canada, he naturally asked where.

They told him, "The part where you go across Detroit and the river." Ford responded, "Oh, Manitoba. Have you ever been to Winnipeg?"

For those unaware, Detroit is across from Windsor, Ontario. Winnipeg, Manitoba is a bit further west.

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz told the CBC that, "I'll be very definitive in telling him where Winnipeg is and what a great city Winnipeg is." He then defended Ford saying, "You know what? I think I've seen presidents of the United States make blunders like that too, so he's not the first politician to do that."

Gay Marriage Bill Fails in Australia

Gay marriage in Australia took a huge hit, on Wednesday.

The House of Representatives voted 98-42 against a bill that would have allowed for homosexuals to marry in Australia.

Marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, in the land down under.

The same law will be voted on by the Senate, next week, despite not passing the house.

Missing Denver Girl Found in Boulder

A sixteen year old girl, who'd been missing from Denver, was found in Boulder, on Wednesday.

Denver police had been looking for her since Sunday, after she was last seen at Union Station, with an unknown man.

Police say that she was attempting to run away.

She has been returned to her legal guardians.

Colorado Springs Police Looking for Bank Robbers

Police in Colorado Springs are searching for two robbery suspects.

Three people held up three banks over one hour, on Wednesday, in downtown Colorado Springs.

To help with their escape, they threw some of the money in front of the last bank, as a distraction.

One person is already in custody, after an arrest at the Antlers Hotel.

6 Million Americans Will be Fined Under Obamacare

Congressional budget analysts released information, on Wednesday, that to some is shocking, to others is what they've been saying for a while, and others yet had been denying.

Once Obamacare is fully in place, around six million Americans, mostly in the middle class, will be fined via a tax penalty, for not having had insurance.

In 2016, the average penalty would be $1,200.

The data is from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, who in 2010 had said that it would only be four million people.

This all the more shows the blatant lies of Obama, who promised that no single person making less than $200,000 a year, or couples who combine for $250,000, would see a tax increase.

Furthermore, the great majority of those fined, nearly eighty percent, would be people making less than $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four.

Tal Abyad Crossing Captured by Syrian Rebels

Rebels seized a border crossing from Syrian government troops, along the Turkish border, on Wednesday.

Heavy fighting had been happening, over the Tal Abyad crossing, since early Tuesday.

This marks the third border crossing, with Turkey, that the rebels have captured.

The captures are key, as they secure supply routes for the rebels, especially for weapons.

It also gives them safe zones that they control.

Nationally Respected Arizona Sheriff Dead

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever died unexpectedly last night. According to reports, Sheriff Dever was involved in a single car accident near Williams, Arizona in Coconino County at around 7pm on September 18, 2012.

Sheriff Dever, though a local county sheriff, had national level attention. As sheriff of the border county where rancher Robert Krentz was assassinated by a drug and human trafficking cartel, Dever was among those conservative law enforcement leaders to support several landmark laws in Arizona. Among those laws were the controversial SB1070, the Arizona law that requires local police to enforce federal immigration laws, and Arizona's state law that removed the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

Other key events Sheriff Dever's leadership impacted greatly include the 2011 Monument Fire that consumed Palominas, half of Hereford, much of the Coronado National Forest, and several small towns between Sierra Vista and the Mexican border.

The Official Cochise County Sheriff's Office  press release:

From the Sheriff's Office

It is with deep sadness and regret that the Cochise County Sheriff's Office must advise the following:

Sheriff Larry Dever was involved in a one vehicle accident near the town of Williams on Tuesday September 18, 2012 at approximately 7:00 pm. As a result of this accident Sheriff Dever was fatally wounded and did not survive. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is in charge of the investigation.

The Dever family is aware that many will want to make contact with the family to express their condolences, however, they request that no calls be made to them at their personal residence. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office will relay all messages to the family directly. God bless the Dever family.
Condolences can be added to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

Please direct all calls, cards, etc to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office:
             205 N Judd Dr
                      Bisbee AZ 85603
                      Phone    (520) 432-9500
                      Email =

 Original article and personal reflections posted at Mental Aikido. .