Friday, July 31, 2015

Spanish Bullshit

Globe is regular if nothing else:

"2 Americans gored in running of bulls" Associated Press  July 08, 2015

PAMPLONA, Spain — Two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight others injured Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed through the streets of this northern Spanish city in the first running of fighting bulls for the San Fermin festival, organizers said.

Mike Webster, a 38-year-old occupational therapist from Gainesville, Fla., was gored as he ran with the bulls in Pamplona for his 38th time over the last 11 years, he said from his hospital bed.

San Fermin’s media office said he was gored in the armpit, and Webster told the Associated Press that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run again because he first needs to discuss the issue with his wife.

Also gored was a 27-year-old Californian identified only by his initials, D.M.O. A 30-year-old Briton with the initials A.B.O. was gored in the groin area. None of the three were in serious condition.

Three other Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises sustained in falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised event that lasted just over two minutes.

The daily run sees people dashing with six bulls along a narrow, 930-yard course from a holding pen to the city’s bullring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.

The nine-day annual fiesta, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel ‘‘The Sun Also Rises.”

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year in the runs, most in falls, although two men died after being gored in recent weeks.



2 Americans gored as Spain’s running of the bulls begins
Australian gored, 2 injured in second Pamplona bull-run
4 people gored in Spain’s 5th Pamplona running of the bulls

Also see: More Spanish Bulls***

Globe drops the load like clockwork. 

In between the plops:

"Eight die in nursing home fire in Spain" by Harold Heckle Associated Press  July 13, 2015

MADRID — A fire swept through a nursing home early Sunday outside Spain’s northeastern city of Zaragoza, killing eight elderly residents and injuring 12 other people, officials said.

Regional Interior Ministry spokesman Gustavo Alcalde said 11 residents of the Santa Fe home and one of its caretakers were hospitalized. The cause was being investigated.

One man with serious burns was in critical condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, regional health spokesman Sebastian Celeya said, adding others were suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire apparently started in a first-floor bedroom of the three-story building, fire brigade spokesman Carlos Carilla said. The fire department had received a phone call from a person asking for help in evacuating elderly people who said a mattress had caught on fire.

Celeya said the occupant of the bedroom where the fire seems to have started had died as well as a next-door neighbor. Those living above died from smoke inhalation.

Alcalde praised the rapid response by fire and police officials but called it ‘‘a very sad day’’ in Zaragoza.


"Tourist fatally gored in Spain bull run" Associated Press  July 15, 2015

PAMPLONA, Spain — Pamplona’s nine-day San Fermin festival ended Tuesday with no deaths from daily bull runs, but officials said a French tourist died after being gored at a small town festival in eastern Spain.

A statement from the town hall of Pedreguer said the 44-year-old man died around 1 a.m. after being gored during a bull-running event held as part of the town’s summer festival.

Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in this year’s festival in Pamplona, the country’s most celebrated such event, but no one was killed.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain.

The July 6-14 Pamplona fiesta, named after the northern city’s patron saint, dates to the late 16th century. It was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel ‘‘The Sun Also Rises’’ and attracts thousands annually.


Sort of like a sandwich, isn't it? 

Maybe one day the torture and barbarism shown toward the bull will stop.