Hostages in Montpellier (Not Related): Open Thread

Since the hostage situation at Monpellier turned out to be unrelated to the others in the news, let's make this an open thread for all topics.


There is a hostage situation at a jewelry store in Montpellier, FR. Two hostages are believed to have been taken. Police are on scene. (Use google translate.)

Update: It may not be related to the other two incidents, but a robbery gone bad.

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    George Zimmerman arrested (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Yman on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 07:33:40 AM EST
    The perfect NRA hero (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by MO Blue on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 10:16:40 AM EST
    I wonder if she was taller than Zimmerman.

    She probably came at him (none / 0) (#24)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 02:54:34 PM EST
    like a demon.

    That's because she's probably a thug. (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 08:46:08 AM EST
    I wonder if she smoked pot in high school and has a juvenile police record.

    That guy is doomed, or dooming himself (none / 0) (#19)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 07:34:35 AM EST
    Dooms himself (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 10:04:21 AM EST
    but thus far has managed to escape unscathed. His day back with the concrete floor will come eventually.

    $5000 bond. Must relinquish all weapons. Can't enter Volusia County. Can't contact the victim. Court date set for February 17.


    "You can't fix stupid." (none / 0) (#23)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 02:52:14 PM EST
    North Texas saying.

    I was happy to see Glenn Greewald (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 12:20:29 PM EST
    Finally on board with freedom of speech.  I hope now he also notices that nobody issued a fatwa calling for his murder, he has not been placed on a hit list in the name of any faith.  That's the difference Glenn.  Hope you notice that.

    NFL (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Slado on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 07:05:06 AM EST
    Who woke up happy this morning?

    What an awesome game we got yesterday between the Patriots and Ravens.   I despise the hoodie and all things Patriots but give credit were credit is due to come back from two separate 14 point deficits shows this team is ready to win another championship.

    Seattle looks like they did last year and it will be a lot to ask for someone to go in and take the NFC from them.

    I hope Rodgers is able to play near 100% because he is the best QB in footbal when he is at his best.  If that calf holds him back then they could be in trouble.   And will Dallas stick to running the ball and let the new Romo stand up and win the big game that he's never been able to win?

    Can't wait and throw on top Peytom/Luck and you have a fabulous day of NFL football.

    vey good points Slado, (none / 0) (#27)
    by fishcamp on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 10:02:27 AM EST
    however don't forget Payton and the Broncos this afternoon.

    Oh, right you did say that. (none / 0) (#28)
    by fishcamp on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 10:06:21 AM EST
    Actually I'm more worried about the Oregon Ducks missing four of their best players, especially the stupid ones that smoked pot the week of the game, but still...GO DUCKS

    Agree, Except Seattle Didn't Look Good... (none / 0) (#32)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jan 12, 2015 at 08:32:32 AM EST
    ...playing a team that had no business in the playoffs and at home.  Until late in the game, the Panthers were no more than a score from tying it up.

    I think the Pack can take them down so long as Rogers 2nd half is playing.

    Speaking of, am I the only one thinking Rogers was full of it on the injury.  First half the guy looked like he needed a wheelchair, then second half he's all over the pocket, even sliding out, and the skip/limp disappeared.  He wasn't 100%, but nothing like Q1 & Q2.

    I don't think it was a shot as they would have done it before the game, as well.  I think it was Rogers playing up the injury until after half time so no adjustments would be made.  My opinion of course.


    Montpellier (none / 0) (#1)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 11:53:29 AM EST
     is the spelling of the French town.

      My French is very rusty, but
    I don't see anything there stati9ng or speculating it is connected.

    thanks, I corrected spelling (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 11:57:22 AM EST
    and added an update that they may not be related

    That link has been updated since you posted it. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 02:46:47 PM EST
     My French is no better,  but the article now  quotes the local prosecutor as saying it is a robbery with no connection to what is happening in Paris.

     but this link is in English and pretty much the same.

    Independent UK

    Off topic and possibly a stupid question (none / 0) (#5)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 03:05:23 PM EST
     but can you  translate a wbpage with google in IE, and if so, how?

    Sure can... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 03:09:13 PM EST
    just paste a link into the box where'd you type your text on google translate and select the language, and the link will appear in the translated box, select English and hit the link and voila!

    No, But Yes... (none / 0) (#7)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 03:10:00 PM EST
    ...copy the address and put it in Google, next to the results, presumably the first one being the link, there is a 'Translate This Page' button.

    Here you go.


    Thanks (none / 0) (#8)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 03:23:26 PM EST

    if you use google chrome (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 03:30:48 PM EST
    you can download the google app translator for free. It puts a button on your toolbar. Open any article in any language (except some obscure ones), click on the button and it translates them.

    IE should have the same thing using Bing translator.

    Firefox won't translate twitter feeds or You Tube text which is why I use Chrome when reading Twitter and You Tube.


    You can also get Google translate (none / 0) (#10)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 04:26:45 PM EST
    As a stand-alone app for the iPad for translating text using copy-paste. It does okay, although you can get oddities, like when it translated the Estonian version of the Bach work known in English as "Sheep may safely graze" as "Sheep may eat in peace."

    FBI, DOJ, to Charge General Petraeus (none / 0) (#11)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 08:10:01 PM EST
    WASHINGTON -- The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against David H. Petraeus, contending that he provided classified information to a lover while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, leaving Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military officer of his generation to prison.

    He should have been thinking... (5.00 / 3) (#12)
    by desertswine on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 08:14:22 PM EST
    with his big head instead of his little head.

    Why do I have the feeling that ... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 09:04:20 PM EST
    ... over the last 15 years or so, our entire country's been trapped inside a Fellini film?

    - without the cool Nino Rota soundtrack (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 04:16:25 AM EST
    Pillow talk (none / 0) (#16)
    by Slado on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 05:01:09 AM EST
    Lots of guilty politicians and government workers Washington through the years.   Interesting that Holder would choose to prosecute now when he might not be able to see it all the way through.      

    I'd be interested to see how the General polls publicly now.   My sense is that while he took a hit overall for showing such lack of judgement he probably is still very popular overall for his performance as a general.

    This prosecution shows once again how serious this administration takes leakers and I must say It is definitely not going ahead to score political points for this administration.  


    Slado: "I'd be interested to see how the General polls publicly now. My sense is that while he took a hit overall for showing such lack of judgement he probably is still very popular overall for his performance as a general."

    Granted, he was probably handed unwinnable situations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But that said, subsequent events in both conflicts have served to underscore the growing public impression that his only substantive accomplishment as U.S. military commander was to merely postpone the inevitable.

    One might argue that perhaps Petraeus did the best he could under the circumstances, but even that assessment hardly renders him as the second coming of Dwight Eisenhower. Rather, and speaking for myself only, I'd offer instead that the general likely and intentionally misled both Washington policymakers and the American public regarding the reality of the situation as it existed on the ground in both theatres of conflict.

    In Jan. 2012, Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior Army officer who had just completed his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, wrote a detailed and scathing whistleblower account to Pentagon brass on the actual conditions there, which he said were deteriorating. He challenged them publicly in an article in Armed Forces Journal that's since been removed, asking them, "How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?"

    Davis charged that Petraeus had willfully offered self-flattering yet glaringly inaccurate accounts of U.S. military progress in Afghanistan, which he said were consistently full of willful inconsistencies, omissions and outright distortions. He further accused the general of building a so-called "cult of personality" in the American media that was centered entirely upon himself, to the virtual exclusion of other senior commanders and officers then serving under him.

    As CIA Director, Gen. Petraeus became the hapless embodiment of the Peter Principle. "Lack of judgment" is an understatement. What he did during the course of his extramarital affair with his own personally commissioned biographer Paula Broadwell was foolishly stupid, because giving her access to his personal e-mail account could have compromised national security. If he's indeed indicted for felony conduct, he has only himself to blame.



    Gotcha politics. Man unzips pants. Oooh! (none / 0) (#17)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 05:25:05 AM EST
    And while our attention is focused on this glittery reality Media circus, the wholesale politically facilitated theft of opportunity and treasure continues unabated, unimpeded, and unpunished.

    Andrae Crouch passed away. (none / 0) (#14)
    by desertswine on Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 09:34:19 PM EST
    The late great Gil Scott-Heron.... (none / 0) (#30)
    by Dadler on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 05:58:41 PM EST
    This song (none / 0) (#31)
    by Dadler on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 05:59:11 PM EST
    Not son.

    Though the irony is brilliant.


    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#37)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 10, 2015 at 05:33:48 PM EST