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St. Patricks Day gets ugly in Ireland

Posted in World News with tags , on March 19, 2009 by FEGNS

St. Patricks Day turned violent and deadly in Ireland on Tuesday, as drunken people rioted across the country, torched cars, and attacked emergency personel.

Officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland donned full riot gear, including flame-retardant suits, to drive about 1,000 students from Queen’s University (the major college in Belfast) back into their rented red-brick homes.

The Irish Republic’s police commander, Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, said that [from last Friday through Tuesday night], police had arrested 346 suspected drunk drivers and 72 for dangerous driving, while eight people died in crashes.

The Dublin Fire Brigade said its officers were pelted with stones, cans and bottles in several public housing projects overnight as they dealt with 46 fires, mostly smashed-up cars that had been set ablaze.

Ambulance crews dealing with more than 200 emergency calls — including a dozen stabbings involving knives or broken bottles — said they also suffered physical and verbal abuse as they responded to booze-fueled bloodshed.

Iraqi “shoe-thrower” sentenced

Posted in World News with tags , , , on March 12, 2009 by FEGNS

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the 29-year old Iraqi reporter who threw not only one, but both of his shoes at President George W. Bush in December 2008 was sentenced today.  Al-Zeidi received three years in prison for the charge: assaulting a foreign leader.

For those of you who missed the massive coverage of the incident when it happened… you can see the incident in the youtube clip below:

Many people in Iraq (and the middle east as a whole) consider Al-Zeidi a hero worthy of accolades and not imprisonment, while many people in the United States and around the world consider this to be quite comical.  I am not of either camp.

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Remember the Battle for Iwo Jima

Posted in World News with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by FEGNS

It was 64 years ago today that the United States raised it’s flag on the top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.  The battle for the island took place from February 19, 1945 through March 26, 1945… and was a crucial step for the United States in ending Japan’s involvement in World War II.

Remember our soldiers and heroes from the past, and pray for our soldiers and heroes of the present.