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The “Blade Runner”, Oscar Pistorius, Is Charged With Murder


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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From WIRED:

 

Blade RunnerOscar Pistorius Charged With Girlfriend’s Murder

 

 

In a tragic epilogue to the inspiring story of a man who never gave up, Olympian Oscar Pistorius — who ran alongside able-bodied athletes on futuristic blades of carbon fiber as millions of people watched — has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

 

 

 

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News of the 26-year-old runner’s arrest in his hometown of Pretoria, South Africa, following the shooting death of model Reeva Steenkamp, stunned fans who had cheered him on, and the country that considered him a national hero.

 

“He was an icon for South Africa,” Hennie Kotze, who was among the coaches who worked with Pistorius on the 400-meter relay team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, told The New York Times. “It was the way he handled his disability with such character and discipline. It is a big shock for everyone.”

 

Early reports held that Pistorius, known as Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, accidentally shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. But police Brigadier Denise Beukes told reporters Thursday there was no evidence to support that and there was a history of domestic disturbances at the couple’s home in an upscale neighborhood. Pistorius was arrested Thursday morning, charged with murder and jailed. Police are expected to oppose bail.

 

Steenkamp reportedly was shot four times with a 9 mm handgun.

 

 

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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday. Pistorius was arrested after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead at his home. Photo: Associated Press.

 

 

 

From The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch:

 

Blade Runner’ Pistorius charged with murder

February 14, 2013|Devon Maylie
Reuters
South African police have charged double-amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius — dubbed the Blade Runner — with murder after his girlfriend was found shot dead, the Associated Press reports.
Police arrived at a Pretoria home early Thursday to find a 30-year-old woman fatally shot. They said they found a 9mm pistol at the scene and are carrying out ballistic tests on the weapon.

Police earlier said they laid a charge of murder against a 26-year-old male Thursday but declined to identify the man. Police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale said police responded to an emergency call from a neighbor who heard shouting at the home.

 

Local media camped outside the home of Pistorius said police had been at the site and left with someone under arrest. Police said that under South African law they couldn’t release the names of the victim or anyone charged until a court appearance.

Speaking to reporters, another police spokeswoman, Denise Beukes, said there had been previous incidents of a “domestic nature” at the home of Pistorius.

 

A spokeswoman for model Reeva Steenkamp said Steenkamp died early Thursday. “We are in communication with people on the scene — there is too much speculation at this moment in time,” said Robyn David, of Capacity Relations, on behalf of Steenkamp’s family. Steenkamp was voted into FHM’s 100 sexiest women in the world for the past two years.

 

“She was the kindest, sweetest human being: an angel on earth who will be sorely missed,” said David.

 

A spokesman for Pistorius, Peet van Zyl, said he was on his way to Pretoria to speak with the athlete and would make a comment later in the day.

 

 

 

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“Previous incidents” at the home, police say

Police were alerted to the shooting by neighbors, and residents had “heard things earlier,” spokeswoman Denise Beukes said.

 

A police spokeswoman said there had been “previous incidents” at the home, including “allegations of a domestic nature.” They did not detail what those may be.

 

Pistorius was arrested and accused of common assault in 2009, but the case was thrown out because of a lack of evidence, police told CNN on Thursday.

 

That incident involved Pistorius allegedly slamming a door during a party, and a piece of the door fell off and hit someone, said Capt. Marissa Van der Merwe of South African police.

 

Police are not aware of any prior incidents between Pistorius and Steenkamp, Van der Merwe said.

 

Some South African media outlets suggested Pistorius may have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder. South Africa has a high crime rate, and many homeowners keep weapons to ward off intruders.

 

Beukes said those reports did not come from police. There did not appear to be signs of forced entry at the home, she added.

 

“This is a very quiet area, and this is a secure estate,” Beukes said.

 

A pistol was recovered at the scene, police said.

 

In November 2011, Pistorius tweeted a photo of himself at a gun range, and wrote that he had “a 96% headshot over 300m from 50 shots! Bam!”

 

 

Pistorius cooperating with police

Pistorius has made no public statement. His spokeswoman Kate Silvers said the athlete is “assisting the police with their investigation but there will be no further comment until matters become clearer later today.” Police also said Pistorius is cooperating.

 

He arrived Thursday at a police station in Pretoria.

 

Beukes said the state will oppose bail. That means the 26-year-old, who was among the men featured in People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, could be behind bars, at least temporarily.

 

Pistorius is not being brought to court Thursday because the public prosecutor needs more time to prepare the case, police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale told CNN.

 

 

A model’s life violently cut short

 

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Steenkamp, 29, had been looking forward to Valentine’s Day, encouraging her Twitter followers to “get excited” for the holiday.

 

On Wednesday, she tweeted, “It’s a beautiful day! Make things happen. Starting my day off with a yummy healthy shake from my boo,” followed by a smiley face. “Boo” is a term for boyfriend.

 

“She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed,” Capacity Relations, the agency that represented her, wrote on Twitter.

 

She was “just a great, fun presence of a person,” said Hagen Engler, former editor of the magazine FHM. He described her as “a bikini model, beautiful, gorgeous girl” with a “wicked” sense of humor. She understood the industry and was intelligent and fun to work with, he said.

 

 

 

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Pistorius’ father, Henke, told the South African Broadcasting Corp. his son was “sad at the moment.”

 

“I don’t know nothing. It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate,” the father said. “I don’t know the facts.”

 

 

Nike pulls ad

Nike pulled an ad featuring Pistorius from its website Thursday. The ad showed Pistorius taking off for a run, and contained the words” I am the bullet in the chamber.”

 

The company issued a statement expressing “sympathy and condolences to the families concerned following this tragic incident.” The company added that it will not comment further, noting that the situation is a police matter.

 

Other Pistorius sponsors — including prosthetics manufacturer Ossur, British Telecom, and Oakley, which makes sunglasses and other products — expressed condolences and said they had no further comment at this time. Fashion company Thierry Mugler had no comment.

 

 

CNN’s Nkepile Mabuse reported from Pretoria; CNN’s Josh Levs and Faith Karimi reported from Atlanta. CNN’s Richard Allen Greene, Felicia Taylor, and Marilia Brocchetto contributed to this report.

 

 

This is just another incident in a long line of incidents…where, if there were no weapons in this household, Ms. Reeva Steenkamp would be alive. If it was indeed a case of mistaken identity….as it has been reported…..(Pistorius thought Ms. Steenkamp was a burglar….yes I know it’s a lame ass defense)…..this young woman would still be alive if all Pistorius had was a Louisville Slugger.

 

Another case of a weapon, possessed for protection, getting used in the committal of a crime.

 

When exactly, does human life, begin to mean something?

 

 

 

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Miss Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas (born December 31, 1995) is an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. Douglas is the first African-American and first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the2011 World Championships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early life

Douglas began training in gymnastics at age six when her older sister, Arielle, convinced their mother to enroll her in gymnastics classes. Douglas began her training under the supervision of coach Dena Walker at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach.

 

When she was eight years old, Douglas won an all-around gymnastics award for her level at the 2004 Virginia State Championships.

 

 

 

Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London Team
Gold 2012 London All-Around
World Championships
Gold 2011 Tokyo Team
Pacific Rim Championships
Gold 2012 Everett Team
Gold 2012 Everett Uneven Bars
U.S. Senior National Championships
Gold 2012 St. Louis Uneven Bars
Silver 2012 St. Louis All-Around
Bronze 2011 St. Paul Uneven Bars
Bronze 2012 St. Louis Floor Exercise

 

 

 

 

2010

Douglas made her national debut at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, a televised Level 10 meet held in WorcesterMassachusetts, where Douglas placed fourth all-around.

 

Her first elite meet was the 2010 CoverGirl Classic in ChicagoIllinois, where Douglas placed third on balance beam, 6th on vault and 9th all-around in the junior division.

 

At the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, Douglas won the silver medal on balance beam, placed fourth all-around and on vault, and tied for eighth on floor exercise.

 

At the 2010 Pan American Championships in GuadalajaraMexico, Douglas won the uneven barstitle, and she won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed fifth all-around.

 

Douglas moved from Virginia Beach, Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa in October at the age of 14 to train under Liang Chow, the former coach of 2008 Summer Olympics gold medal-winner Shawn Johnson. Douglas stayed and was home schooled by a host family. Although Walker later stated in 2012 that she was convinced Douglas could have made it to the Olympics if she had remained in Virginia Beach, Douglas stated: “Something clicked in my head that said, if I really want to make this happen I need to get better coaching.”

 

The impetus for the move was that Walker had invited Chow to teach at a clinic at her gym.Douglas was impressed when Chow was able to teach her how to perform the Amanar vault in a single afternoon. Douglas considered a move to Texas to train with a renowned coach there, but after that coach declined to train her out of loyalty to Walker, Douglas selected Chow. Chow was initially skeptical, since Douglas had been just one of hundreds of kids at the clinic in Virginia Beach. However, after calling Excalibur to give them a heads-up as to what Douglas was doing, he agreed to train her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

At the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, Douglas won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed second on floor, tied for third on beam, and placed fourth in the all-around and on vault.

 

Douglas earned the silver medal in uneven bars at the CoverGirl Classic in Chicago.

 

At the 2011 U.S. National Championships In St. PaulMinnesota, Douglas tied for third on bars and placed seventh all-around.

 

At the 2011 World Championships in TokyoJapan, Douglas shared in the team gold medal won by the U.S. Douglas also placed fifth in uneven bars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

At the AT&T American Cup at Madison Square Garden in March, Douglas received the highest total all-around score in the women’s competition, ahead of her teammate and current world champion Jordyn Wieber. However, her scores did not count towards winning the competition because she was an alternate.

 

Later in March, she was part of the gold-winning U.S. team at the Pacific Rim Championships, where she also won gold in uneven bars.

 

At the 2012 U.S. National Championships in June, Douglas won the gold medal in uneven bars, silver in the all-around, and bronze in floor. Martha Karolyi, the National Team Coordinator for USA Gymnastics, nicknamed Douglas the “Flying Squirrel” for her aerial performance on the uneven bars.

 

 

 

 

After winning a spot on the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, Douglas and her teammates were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on the July 18, 2012 Olympic Preview issue. This marked the first time an entire Olympic gymnastics team had been featured on the cover of the magazine. She appeared on Rock Center with Brian Williams on July 19, where she discussed her family background and Olympic ambitions. On July 20, Douglas was featured on one of five Olympic covers released that day for Time magazine.

 

 

Summer Olympics

On July 31, Douglas and her teammates, McKayla MaroneyAly RaismanKyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, won the team all-around gold medal at the2012 Summer Olympics. On August 2, Douglas won the gold medal in the individual all-around, becoming the first African-American woman and first woman of color to win the event. She is also the first American gymnast ever to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas is scheduled to take part in the finals of uneven bars on August 6 and balance beam on August 7.

 

 

Personal life

Douglas is the daughter of Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins. She has three siblings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas Brings Home Gold In Gymnastics All Around


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

Gabrielle Douglas of the USA flies high above the beam on the way to all-around gymnastics gold at London 2012. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle Douglas of the United States reacts after she completes the balance beam portion of the women’s gymnastics individual all-around final. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images / August 2, 2012)

 

 

By Diane PucinAugust 2, 2012, 10:33 a.m.

LONDON – Gabrielle Douglas, a 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, took the women’s gymnastics all-around lead on her first event, the vault, and never let it go Thursday.

Douglas earned her second Olympic gold medal and became the first African-American Olympics all-around gold medalist by performing with ferocious power, high-flying aerial tricks on the uneven bars, a smartly cautious balance beam display and, finally, a joyfully exuberant tumbling romp on the floor exercise mat.

The silver medal went to Russia’s Victoria Komova, who wept in disappointment.

 

Photos: London Olympics, Day 6

Another Russian, Aliya Mustafina, and American Alexandra Raisman, had the same score, 59.566, but Mustafina won the bronze medal after a tiebreaking procedure was used. Raisman seemed stunned as she looked at the scoreboard.

 

The official tiebreak procedure is the total of the three best scores. Mustafina had 45.933 and Raisman 45.366.

 

Raisman, who had been in medal contention at the halfway point, knocked herself out with a low-scoring balance beam routine on the third rotation or there might not have been a need for a tiebreaker.

Douglas took a .326 lead into the final rotation, floor exercise, over Komova. Her power tumbling almost took her out of bounds once, but Douglas tip-toed her way inbounds.

When her score of 15.033 was posted, Douglas leaped into the arms of her coach, Liang Chow.

 

 

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The USA underlined their place at the top of worldgymnastics as Gabrielle Douglas took her country’s third consecutive women’s all-around gold, ahead of Russia’s Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina. Britain’s Rebecca Tunney gave a fine display to finish 13th, but there was disappointment for Hannah Whelan, who finished last – her vault score was wiped when she fell face first on landing.

 

The four favourites – which included USA’s team captain, Aly Raisman – were in the same group, guaranteeing a nail-biting finish and the ghost in the room was Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champion who was forced to watch from the sidelines despite a fantastic qualifying performance because of the limit of two finalists per nation.

 

The US duo came here on the back of a team gold won in ruthless style and were once again were niggardly with their errors here. Douglas top-scored on vault and put in a signature flying routine on bars to put her first place halfway round. She stayed ahead of Komova on beam, by just 0.3 of a point, and had the advantage of finishing on her best piece, the floor, where she bought her Olympic title with a score of 15.033 and an electric, crowd-pleasing show.

 

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, was here to watch Komova, who had been the highest qualifier for the competition. She seemed miserable after her first piece, the vault, landing slightly askew and stepping off the mat with a grim expression. But she scored a huge 15.966 in bars, the apparatus in which she holds European and world titles, a display that will certainly give Beth Tweddle something to think about.

 

The British women began, for the third time this week, on the nerve-racking beam, but they had their most confident start yet, with Whelan – the European champion in this discipline – putting in an assured performance. Two floor routines, full of character, thoroughly earned the cheers of the home crowd and Tunney’s sprightly vaulting was another highlight.

 

Our Congratulations to Ms. Douglas and her entire family and support team, including trainers.

 

 

Raising an Olympian – GABBY DOUGLAS

As the Proud Sponsor of Moms, P&G presents this series about the mom behind the Olympic athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Barack Hussein Obama And I Approve These Messages: Mitt Is UnFitt


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Stretch” – Obama for America TV Ad

You work hard, stretch every penny, but chances are you pay a higher tax rate than him: Mitt Romney made $20 million dollars in 2010, but paid only 14% in taxes—probably less than you.

Now he has a plan that will give millionaires another tax break and raises taxes on middle class families by up to $2000 dollars a year. Mitt Romney’s middle class tax increase: he pays less, you pay more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Rafalca Romney” — 30 second TV ad

Just in time for the Olympics, MoveOn.org Political Action is releasing this ad that calls out Mitt Romney for wanting many Americans to receive worse treatment than a horse. We want Rafalca, and all our Olympic athletes, to bring home the gold, but we won’t stand for Mitt Romney shipping jobs overseas. And it’s great that Rafalca gets excellent care, but Mitt Romney trying to cut Americans’ health care? Well, that’s a horse of a different color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Mitt Romney Flip-Flop Collection

A great compilation video of Mitt Romney lying through his teeth, flip flopping and bullshitting people… but still with his “presidential” hair in place… proof positive it’s nothing but a one party system and we’re all watching a puppet show…If you vote for this ass, you deserve what you Gitt Witt Lyin Mitt.

 

Remember: Lyin Mitt IS UnFitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Phelps Sets Olympic Medal Record, U.S. Wins Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

United States’ Conor Dwyer, left, Michael Phelps, center, Ryan Lochte, second right, and Ricky Berens, right, pose with their gold medals after their win in the men’s 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

 

 

Michael Phelps

United States’ Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Sweet 19!

 

With Michael Phelps swimming the anchor leg, the United States won gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. France won silver with China taking bronze. This is the 19th medal of Phelps’ career, making him the most decorated Olympianof all time.

 

“I started smiling with about 20 meters to go,” Phelps said after the win, via Nicole Auerback of USA Today. “That’s the first time I’ve ever done that.”

 

Handed a sizable lead for the anchor of the 4×200, Phelps had the luxury of enjoying the trip. Coming off disappointing results in the4×100-meter relay and the 200-meter freestyle, Ryan Lochte delivered a powerful performance in the first leg, handing Conor Dwyer a lead. Although the gap was closed on Dwyer, he built it back up before Ricky Berens hit the water. The lead continued to grow and Phelps never let the competitors get close.

 

“I thanked those guys for helping me get to this moment,” said Phelps, admitting to reporters that the team had talked about the historical weight of the race. “I told those guys I wanted a big lead. I was like, ‘You better give me a big lead going into the last lap,’ and they gave it to me. I just wanted to hold on. I thanked them for being able to allow me to have this moment.”

 

Approximately an hour after tying Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for most Olympic medals ever with 18, Phelps was back in the water — likely with a new swim cap. After his record-setting performance that new cap could very well end up in a museum. With his 19th overall medal (15 of them gold), Phelps moved ahead of Latynina, who won 18 medals across the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Summer Games.

 

Michael Phelps’ Career Olympic Medal Haul

 

 

GAMES EVENT MEDAL
2004 Athens Men’s 200 meters Freestyle Bronze
2004 Athens Men’s 4 × 100 meters Freestyle Relay Bronze
2004 Athens Men’s 4 × 200 meters Freestyle Relay Gold
2004 Athens Men’s 100 meters Butterfly Gold**
2004 Athens Men’s 200 meters Butterfly Gold**
2004 Athens Men’s 200 meters Individual Medley Gold**
2004 Athens Men’s 400 meters Individual Medley Gold*
2004 Athens Men’s 4 × 100 meters Medley Relay Gold
2008 Beijing Men’s 200 meters Freestyle Gold*
2008 Beijing Men’s 4 × 100 meters Freestyle Relay Gold*
2008 Beijing Men’s 4 × 200 meters Freestyle Relay Gold*
2008 Beijing Men’s 100 meters Butterfly Gold**
2008 Beijing Men’s 200 meters Butterfly Gold*
2008 Beijing Men’s 200 meters Individual Medley Gold*
2008 Beijing Men’s 400 meters Individual Medley Gold*
2008 Beijing Men’s 4 × 100 meters Medley Relay Gold*
2012 London Men’s 4 x 100 meters Freestyle Relay Silver
2012 London Men’s 200 meters Butterfly Silver
2012 London Men’s 4 x 200 meters Freestyle Relay Gold

*World Record
**Olympic Record

 

 

 

 

 

 

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