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Barack Obama

25 01 2008

Top Ten Campaign promises from the next POTUS

  1. To keep the budget balanced, I’ll rent the Situation Room for Sweet 16s
  2. I will doublte your money at the craps table
  3. Appoint Mitt Romney Secretary of “Lookin’ Good”
  4. If you bring a ‘gator to the White House, I’ll wrassle it.
  5. I’ll put Regis on the nickel
  6. I’ll rename the tenth month of the year “Baracktober”
  7. I won’t let Apple release the new and improved iPod the day after you bough the previous model
  8.  I’ll find money in the budget to buy Letterman a decent hairpiece
  9. Pronounce the word nuclear “nuclear”
  10. Three words: Vice. President. Oprah.

From Late Show with David Letterman.

Tiger Watch

20 01 2008

Paul Dhaliwal, 19, told the father of Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, who was killed, that the three yelled and waved at the tiger but insisted they never threw anything into its pen to provoke the cat, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. “As a result of this investigation, (police believe) that the tiger may have been taunted/agitated by its eventual victims,” according to Inspector Valerie Matthews, who prepared the affidavit. Police believe that “this factor contributed to the tiger escaping from its enclosure and attacking its victims,” she said. Sousa’s father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Dhaliwal told him the three stood on a 3-foot-tall metal railing a few feet from the edge of the tiger moat. “When they got down they heard a noise in the bushes, and the tiger was jumping out of the bushes on him (Paul Dhaliwal),” the documents said. Police found a partial shoe print that matched Paul Dhaliwal’s on top of the railing, Matthews said in the documents. The papers said Paul Dhaliwal told Sousa that no one was dangling his legs over the enclosure. Authorities believe the tiger leaped or climbed out of the enclosure, which had a wall 4 feet shorter than the recommended minimum.

The affidavit also cites multiple reports of a group of young men taunting animals at the zoo, the Chronicle reported. Mark Geragos, an attorney for the Dhaliwal brothers, did not immediately return a call late Thursday by The Associated Press for comment. He has repeatedly said they did not taunt the tiger. Calls to Sousa and Michael Cardoza, an attorney for the Sousa family, also weren’t returned. Toxicology results for Dhaliwal showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.16 — twice the legal limit for driving, according to the affidavit. His 24-year-old brother, Kulbir, and Sousa also had alcohol in their blood but within the legal limit, Matthews wrote. All three also had marijuana in their systems, Matthews said. Kulbir Dhaliwal told police that the three had smoked pot and each had “a couple shots of vodka” before leaving San Jose for the zoo on Christmas Day, the affidavit said. Police found a small amount of marijuana in Kulbir Dhaliwal’s 2002 BMW, which the victims rode to the zoo, as well as a partially filled bottle of vodka, according to court documents. Investigators also recovered messages and images from the cell phones, but apparently nothing incriminating in connection with the tiger attack, the Chronicle reported. Zoo spokesman Sam Singer said he had not seen the documents but believed the victims did taunt the animal, even though they claim they hadn’t. “Those brothers painted a completely different picture to the public and the press,” Singer said. “Now it’s starting to come out that what they said is not true.”

Tiger Watch

18 01 2008

The police investigation into the tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo will soon be reclassified as “inactive” after a search failed to turn up evidence that the victims taunted the animal or committed other crimes, authorities said Friday. Sources close to the case said the investigation into the Christmas Day attack could be shelved as soon as next week and will not be reopened unless new information comes to light. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the department. A police spokesman, Sgt. Neville Gittens, said that “right now, (the investigation) is still open and active.”

On Wednesday, police investigators searched the car and the cell phones belonging to the two brothers who survived the attack that killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. of San Jose. They recovered no direct evidence to support a theory that either Paul Dhaliwal, 19, or Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, of San Jose had taunted the Siberian tiger before it attacked, authorities close to the case say.

On Friday, a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County allowed the San Francisco city attorney’s office to inspect a two-hour span of activity on the cell phones, but not Kulbir Dhaliwal’s 2002 BMW. Lawyers wanted to check the items to prepare for expected lawsuits over the attack. Judge Socrates Manoukian found the city and zoo arguments to preserve possible evidence in the car were at best speculative. In an inventory of what they found in their search, police said the car contained a partly filled bottle of Grey Goose vodka and a kit commonly used to defeat drug testing, which included a vial of unisex synthetic urine. Police conducted the search after the case had stalled for other reasons. The Dhaliwal brothers, who talked with investigators several days after suffering head wounds in the attack, would not agree to further questioning. Also, the zoo’s operations director, Jesse Vargas, blocked police from talking to zoo authorities after initial interviews, citing attorneys’ advice, police said in their search warrant affidavit. A spokesman has said the zoo simply wants attorneys present when zoo officials are questioned. According to the search warrant statement, Paul Dhaliwal reportedly told Sousa’s father that before the attack the three young men yelled and waved at the tiger while standing atop the 3-foot-high railing of the tiger’s exhibit. However, Paul Dhaliwal denied throwing anything into the enclosure or otherwise antagonizing the animal, and police were unable to find any evidence to contradict that account. An attorney for the Sousa family, Michael Cardoza, said it was clear police had been pressured to conduct their search despite a shortage of evidence that the Dhaliwals and Sousa had committed a crime. “You wonder who is pulling the strings here,” he said. “If they were looking at bringing manslaughter (against the Dhaliwals for Sousa’s death), that is unbelievable.” Police said all three young men had been drinking and smoked marijuana before going to the zoo. Cardoza, however, ridiculed the idea that their condition had anything to do with the attack. “Come on, how many people go out there to the zoo a little stoned?” he said. “This is ridiculous. Is that a reason to dirty the kids up?”

Tiger Watch

14 01 2008

In a frantic call to 911, Kulbir Dhaliwal repeatedly pleaded for police and medical crews to help his brother after a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo, saying the situation was “life and death” and asking that a helicopter be brought in to rescue him. “How long does it take?” Dhaliwal, 23, said to the 911 dispatcher after the escaped tiger attacked his 19-year-old brother, Paul, on Christmas Day, and killed their friend Carlos Sousa Jr., 17.“Man, it does not take this long to get an ambulance out here,” Kulbir Dhaliwal said in a cell phone call he placed to 911 after the tiger got loose sometime before 5:04 p.m. He suggested that he had already spent 10 minutes during an earlier call waiting for help, but there is no record of any other call. Dhaliwal’s call ended after nearly seven minutes at 5:23 p.m., about the time the tiger attacked him as he tried to help his brother at the zoo’s Terrace Cafe. The San Jose residents had fled there after the animal got out of its outdoor grotto. By that time, paramedics still had not reached the brothers, and Sousa was mortally wounded.

Tapes of some of the calls placed to 911 after the Siberian tiger got loose were released this morning. The 911 dispatcher repeatedly ordered Kulbir Dhaliwal to calm down and tried to explain that paramedics were being kept outside the zoo because of fears the tiger might attack them. She also gave him instructions on how to control bleeding, but specific references to bleeding were deleted from the tapes that San Francisco officials released today. In his 5:16 p.m. call to 911, Dhaliwal did not make reference to the attack on Sousa. However, he and his brother had apparently mentioned a third person injured to zoo officials, according to other 911 recordings. The 911 dispatcher appeared to think the brothers were inside a zoo building at the time, an apparent miscommunication, but was aware that a tiger was on the loose and had attacked someone. Dhaliwal’s cell phone call came 12 minutes after a zoo security official made the initial report to 911, a call that was also recorded in tapes released today.  In that first call, zoo radio transmissions were recorded. About 5:06 p.m., operations manager Deb Howe said two people at the Terrace Cafe “are screaming about an animal that has attacked them, but there’s no animal out. He’s talking about a third person, and I don’t see a third person.” A zoo security officer told the dispatcher, “He’s saying he was bitten by an animal, but there is no animal escaped – he could just be crazy.” Howe told zoo official Alan Feinberg that a lion might have gotten out, and Feinberg replied, “That’s virtually impossible. … I can’t imagine how he could possibly have gotten attacked by a lion.” Four minutes later, at 5:10 p.m., Howe realized what had happened and ordered an emergency lockdown. “I’ve got a tiger out. Code one,” she said. “What?!” a startled Feinberg replied. Howe then apparently left the brothers. Dhaliwal, who was defenseless at the Terrace Cafe when he made his 5:16 p.m. call, repeatedly told the 911 dispatcher that the situation was urgent. “Can you check up on them and see where they at?” he asked at one point. The dispatcher responded that they are on scene right now, but they have to stage until they are given permission to go inside.” A frantic Dhaliwal replied, “It’s a matter of life and death! How can they wait for permission to go in?” “I understand that,” replied the dispatcher, “but at the same time, we have to make sure the paramedics don’t get chewed out … because, if the paramedics get hurt, then nobody is going to help you…” “What do you mean?” Dhaliwal answered. “My brother’s going to die out here.” “OK, calm down, all right,” the dispatcher replied. “It’s a matter of life and death,” Dhaliwal said. “I’m not going to let him die like that.” “I’ll stay on the line with you,” the dispatcher said. “If the paramedics get hurt they cannot help your brother, so you need to calm down and…”

“Send more paramedics then!” Dhaliwal said. The dispatcher replied, “You are going to be the best help for your brother right now, so you need to calm down and help him until we can get there, sir, all right? So I’m going to stay on the line with you. ” “Can you fly a helicopter right here? Because I don’t see no f- ambulance here,” Dhaliwal said. The dispatcher again told him, “OK, stay calm! You have to stay calm for your brother, all right?” Police, who had gotten onto the zoo grounds about the time Dhaliwal made his 911 call, found the tiger at the cafe and shot it to death as it was attacking Kulbir. Both brothers were hospitalized for several days with head wounds.