Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Life Imitates Python.

Oh dear. I guess I don't need to worry about Gen Y any more.

Pensioners torture financial adviser
Yahoo!7 June 24, 2009, 4:40 pm

A financial adviser has barely escaped with his life after being beaten and held hostage for four days by a gang of old-age pensioners.

American James Amburn was beaten until his ribs broke, burnt with cigarettes and hit with a Zimmer frame by the gang of five pensioners furious that he'd lost their £2 million ($4.1 million) savings.

Living in Germany, Mr Amburn was ambushed as he left a cafe and driven in the boot of an Audi to a house, where he was dumped in a cellar.

"I was jumped from the rear and struck," he told UK tabloid The Sun.

"Then they bound me like a mummy with masking tape. It took them quite a while because they ran out of breath."

In four days, the pensioners fed him just two bowls of soup, burned him with cigarettes and threatened to kill him "again and again", angry that he had invested their money in a failed Florida property scheme.

He escaped once but was recaptured and beaten until his ribs broke.

Mr Amburn was eventually rescued after convincing his captors to let him fax a Swiss bank in an attempt to get their money.

He left a note for police at the bottom of the fax and armed cops stormed the house in Bavaria on Saturday.

The "Furious Five" as they have been dubbed, face 15-year sentences for hostage-taking and torture.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Pick The Actor!

Heh. Another separated at birth moment for you.

Updated to enlighten. The top pic is Philip Seymour Hoffman, excellent actor. The bottom pic is of Santa Monica senator Sheila Kuehl, unfortunately well known as someone who believes that when a child is born then the father's (or putative father's) rights go out the window.

Monday, June 01, 2009

I've Been Told!

Way back in the dim dark ages (Dec 2006), I wrote a post featuring a Q & A from our fave Imam.

The post merely copied a request from a muslim woman who was having marital troubles, and the response from the imam was basically too bad, so sad with a rather low care factor.

She should just pray more, and be nice to her husband.

That doesn't quite fit in with the idea of women apparently being honoured in islam, but maybe that's just me - I got a corker of a comment today on this post that pretty much says it all:
unbeleivers cannot understand what the faith is.
This world is nothing for muslims.
Our ultimate goal is Life after death

This is it in a nutshell.

It doesn't matter what your situation is here; it's all about teh After Life.

To get to the afterlife, you have to go through Death.

No wonder al qaeda and the talibs have no problems recruiting. Anything to score points that might go to another and get them to paradise before you.

It's also a very sad indictment on their lives that everything is so focussed on what is to come, there can be very little joy in even the simplest things like the laughter of a child or a brilliantly lit sunset with a mild breeze on an autumn day.

If everything is supposed to be ordained by allah, then surely taking some pleasure in this world is okay, too.

Then again, as uncovered meat, what would I know?