Canada Foils Terrorist Plot… And Other News

VIA Rail Terrorist

Canada has terrorists too! And apparently Canadians are better at catching them.

Canadian authorities have arrested several suspects in Ontario, foiling what could have a been a major terrorist attack. The alleged terrorists had been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario.  The Canadian plotters have no connection to the Boston bombers or to the buddies from London, Ontario who died earlier this year fighting for al Qaeda in Algeria. And that’s about all anyone knows about that until the RCMP press conference later this afternoon.

UPDATE: They wanted to attack a VIA Rail train in the Toronto area. Those bastards! National Post

No SmokingMayor Bloomberg really loves banning things. The New York City Council is now considering upping the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. “With this legislation, we’ll be targeting the age group at which the overwhelming majority of smokers start,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. The proposal, which would give New York the highest smoking age in the country among major cities, is another one of Bloomberg’s efforts to curb smoking. Surveys suggest youth smoking has been declining in New York City, perhaps because young people have been influenced by Bloomberg’s onslaught of public health campaigns. Or perhaps because smoking is now seen as being a very white trash thing to do. The question is does smoking turn people into white trash, or does being white trash turn people onto smoking? New York Times

Taliban-FightersWhat’s worse than having to make an emergency landing in a helicopter? Having the Taliban surround the malfunctioning chopper and kidnap you. An Afghan pilot and nine foreign nationals (7 Turks and 2 Russians) were captured by the Taliban on Sunday. Their helicopter equipment malfunctioned and they were forced to make an emergency landing. The helicopter was being used to deliver food and other items for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The Taliban surrounded the chopper, took the nine occupants hostage, texted what they had done, and called it a day. CNN

Reese Mug ShotReese Witherspoon is sorry she pulled the “Do you know who I am!?!!” card when her husband got pulled over for drunk driving in Atlanta early Friday morning. Reese got all up in the cop’s face and refused to sit still in the car. The cop, who was either unaware or unimpressed with her celebrity status, arrested her for disorderly conduct. Reese admitted in a statement on Monday, “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said… I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.” Her husband, Jim Toth faces a DUI charge, but at least she can be his lawyer with all that Legally Blonde training. People

Bird Flu CatChina’s got some problems. First, EARTHQUAKE! At least 188 people died and over 11,000 were injured in the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday in Sichuan province. Second, BIRD ATTACKS! Two more people have died from the new strain of avian influenza over the weekend, bringing the total reported cases to 102. The bird flu death toll is now at 20. This current strain of bird flu, H7N9, was not detected in humans until last month. Before then the virus had only been present in birds. CNN

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