So we're China now?

By Tenpoundbass   follow   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 2:59am PST   ↑ Like (1)   ↓ Dislike (3)   763 views   9 comments   Watch (1)   Share   Quote  

HONG KONG action star Jackie Chan is being investigated for illegal possession of firearms after he boasted fighting off several gangsters with three pistols and six grenades.

The superstar told a Chinese magazine that more than 20 dagger-wielding men cornered him once and he had to fend them off with the weapons, Nanyang Siang Pau and Guang Ming Daily reported.

The Hong Kong police came by the newspaper report and decided to take action.

If what the international celebrity said in the interview was true, he would have breached Hong Kong's strict gun laws.

Otherwise, he could be in trouble for spreading misleading information and sending a wrong message to the world, the reports said.

Under Hong Kong gun laws, a licence is required to carry a weapon and it is illegal to carry firearms in public without a good reason.

Anyone convicted faces a maximum punishment of HK$100,000 (RM39,000) and up to 14 years' jail term.

It is not known if Chan had ever been issued a firearm licence by the Hong Kong police.

IF Jackie Chan had guns he's in trouble and if what he said was just a tall tale, then he's still in a whole heap-a trouble.

It's kinda like Te'o in this big mess over his tall tale mistress. And Lance Armstrong now, not the legal issues stemming from his Olympic exploits, while on roids, but apparently all of the people that bought his book. Are now threatening to sue for publishing misinformation.

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edvard2   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 4:14am PST   Like (4)   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 1

No, last time I looked we were still the United States. That is unless enormous tectonic shifts happened and nobody noticed.

david1   befriend (2)   ignore (1)   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 5:41am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 2

Oui.

We? We are not French. We're American, cause you're in America, greatest country on the planet.

Tenpoundbass   befriend (1)   ignore (21)   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 5:54am PST   Like   Dislike (3)     Share   Quote   Comment 3

You guys aren't speaking the truth, I'll send the paddy wagon over shortly to collect you.

edvard2   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 7:50am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 4

david1 says

Oui.

We? We are not French. We're American, cause you're in America, greatest country on the planet.

I agree! we're merican'. CaptainShuddup says

You guys aren't speaking the truth, I'll send the paddy wagon over shortly to collect you.

I assume a paddy wagon is used to haul stuff in rice paddies. So sending one over to collect us will fail. We'll just jump off.

lostand confused   befriend (9)   ignore (3)   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 8:06am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 5

edvard2 says

david1 says



Oui.


We? We are not French. We're American, cause you're in America, greatest country on the planet.


I agree! we're merican'. CaptainShuddup says



You guys aren't speaking the truth, I'll send the paddy wagon over shortly to collect you.



I assume a paddy wagon is used to haul stuff in rice paddies. So sending one over to collect us will fail. We'll just jump off.

Tenpoundbass   befriend (1)   ignore (21)   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 9:40pm PST   Like   Dislike (2)     Share   Quote   Comment 6

Like these guys wouldn't be all over that....

Tenpoundbass   befriend (1)   ignore (21)   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 12:35am PST   Like   Dislike (2)     Share   Quote   Comment 7

BEIJING: A Chinese woman was held in an abandoned morgue for three years after serving hard labour for complaining about her husband's own detention, state-run media said Friday.

Chen Qingxia was guarded by sanitation workers at the facility in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the Global Times said.

Her difficulties began in 2003 when her husband was sentenced to "re-education through labour" for attempting to escape quarantine during a SARS epidemic.

After he was freed, his body showed bruising and his mental health deteriorated, prompting Chen to travel to Beijing to petition higher-ranking authorities about his treatment.

As a result she served 18 months in a re-education camp herself - a common punishment for would-be petitioners - and after finishing her sentence was kept in the morgue.

She was "now confined to a wheelchair and her health has severely deteriorated", the Global Times said, adding that her husband was diagnosed with schizophrenia after his release and eventually sent to a mental hospital.

Local officials had promised her compensation, the paper said.

The re-education through labour system has come under criticism in recent months and state media quoted a senior legal official as saying this week that it would be abolished this year.

Victims of the controversial scheme can be sentenced to up to four years by a police panel, without an open trial.

Opponents say the system, initially set up under Mao Zedong to punish mild offences, is used to silence government critics and petitioners. - AFP

FortWayne   befriend (12)   ignore (3)   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 1:02am PST   Like (1)   Dislike (2)     Share   Quote   Comment 8

Republicans passed patriot act taking away our due process and several other rights. Democrats are continuing the legacy by trying to do the same with guns.

We are certainly on the way there.

Tenpoundbass   befriend (1)   ignore (21)   Tue, 29 Jan 2013, 1:01am PST   Like   Dislike (1)     Share   Quote   Comment 9

AFTER banning smoking in public places, the Turkish government has gone one step further by clamping down on an ancient tradition — the hookah, or water pipe.

As of Sunday it is no longer permitted to smoke the "hubbly-bubbly" in cafes, bars or restaurants as the conservative Islamic government cracks down on use of tobacco.

In 2009 the government made it illegal to smoke in public places, but only barred use of the hookah by minors, and cafes continued to offer fruity tobacco mixes in water pipes, drawing the wrath of health authorities.

The hookah, or narghile, was very popular under the Ottoman Empire but was eclipsed by the new-fangled cigarettes under the Turkish Republic from 1923.

In recent years it has regained its popularity in big cities.

Health experts warn that its fruity flavours make users forget that they are in fact inhaling tobacco, and say that since the smoke lasts longer than a cigarette it is even more dangerous. — AFP

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