Saturday, November 05, 2005

9th Night of Riots Gains Dangerous Momentum in Paris


The latest outbreak comes despite the presence of more than 1,000 police officers in the Paris suburbs. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin met with youths from those areas earlier Friday to discuss the crisis. Some 220 cars have been burnt on the 9th consecutive night of unrest in mainly immigrant-dominated areas near Paris, despite the heavy police presence.

A savage assault on a bus passenger highlighted the dangers of travel in Paris' impoverished outlying neighborhoods, where the violence has entered its second week.

Attackers doused a woman, in her 50s and on crutches, with a flammable liquid and set her afire as she tried to get off a bus in the suburb of Sevran Wednesday, judicial officials said. The bus had been forced to stop because of burning objects in its path. She was rescued by the driver and hospitalized with severe burns.

Many of the rioters say the French government has a racial bias and treats them as second class citizens.

The violence started last week when two North African teenagers, Bouna Traore, aged 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, hid from police at a power station and were accidentally electrocuted. Local people say they were fleeing police - a claim the French police deny. Inquiries are under way.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has said solving the problems behind the rioting would take time.

Mr Sarkozy had earlier sparked some criticism with hardline comments describing the rioting youths as "hoodlums".

Damn, burnimg up a woman on crutches is messed up. She can't get away. That's like, medieval. How 'bout calling the rioters hoodlums, drawing criticism as "hardline comments"? This is gonna get alot worse.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Did The Cat Get Your Tongues?

Hey, I keep clicking on this site to get the Sauce but no one has written anything for 2 weeks, 2 whole weeks! Doesn't anyone have anything to say about anything? I look forward to reading all the articles that you post. I live in Maine and this is my link to the outside world. I'm sitting here in Mechanic Falls and I would be willing to bet that most of you have never even heard of Mechanic Falls Maine? Am I right? This town has had a few different names over the past few hundred years including Jerico, then there is the one I like the best: Groggy Harbor for the amount of grog sold here, then Bog Falls but in 1841 it became Mechanic Falls named for all the mechanics serving the factories in town. Well the factories are long gone and this little town is pretty much on hold now with just about every building in need of repair. I have lived in Maine my entire life but if I ever won the Powerball that would change. My home base would be Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston is a whole different world and I'm sure you all know about Boston. Everything you could ever wish for can be found in Boston. In fact at one point in time both my sons lived there and those were the days my friend, I thought they would never end! I was fortunate enough to see Boston through their eyes as well as my own and what a trip it was. I think we did and saw it all. For 13 years Boston was a big part of my life. I still go there whenever I get the chance so Boston would be my home base.
Two other places I would spend alot of time in would be Eau Claire Wisconsin and Littleton Colorado. That's where my 2 Maine boys live now. I have been fortunate enough to visit both places and just like the boys they are very different. No, neither one of them will ever return to Maine to live because they have grown up and left their childhood homes behind them.
Back to the Sauce; using this tool of communication makes us all think about current affairs, sports, the media, etc. So come on everyone, write. I just did and invaded your space for a few minutes..........

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