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AchtungBono 04-27-2011 04:48 AM

*sigh*.....AGAIN a careless gun owner....AGAIN a child.....AGAIN a senseless killing.....when will this stop??

Toddler shoots mom dead, boy's father tells Florida police - CNN.com

BVS 04-27-2011 10:27 AM


yolland 04-27-2011 03:43 PM

NY Daily News, April 27

Eight horses--one just a week old and another ready to give birth--died in a raging barn fire in Ohio that lawmen think was set because of hatred for gays.

Brent Whitehouse of McConnelsville said an orange glow outside his home on Easter night drew him to the horror. "I ran out there, but the doors of my barn wouldn't open and suddenly, flames were shooting up through the roof. That barn was gone in five minutes," he told the Zanesville Times Recorder. The flames were so hot a tractor inside the barn melted.

Still visible on the remains of the gutted barn's walls Tuesday were spray-painted epithets such as "f-gs are freaks" and "burn in hell," the newspaper reported. Because Whitehouse is gay and fire marshals determined the blaze was arson, the scrawlings were enough for authorities to launch an investigation into whether a hate crime had been committed.

The value of the horses was said to be in hundreds of thousands of dollars but Whitehouse, who owns an insurance company in the tiny village in southeastern Ohio, was hurt far more by the loss of Elvis, Barney, Love, Bella and Ethel, Floyd and Princess and her week-old foal, Buddy. "The barn I can rebuild, but the bond I had with those horses can't be replaced," said Whitehouse. "Whoever did this had to walk right by all those horses, including the baby, and didn't care that they were killing a gentle, loving animal. I just don't understand someone wanting to kill innocent animals. It's like killing a child."

Of the messages on the barn, Whitehouse could only shake his head and say, "They were hateful."

MrsSpringsteen 04-27-2011 03:46 PM

Wow-that is just sickening :sad:

cobl04 05-08-2011 12:11 AM

Ramazan Acar | Yazmina | Guilty plea in toddler murder

MrsSpringsteen 05-17-2011 11:01 AM

Racist Psychology Today article claims black women are objectively less attractive than other women

MrsSpringsteen 05-24-2011 09:34 AM

Kansas state Rep compares getting pregnant from rape to getting a flat tire.

Banning insurance coverage of abortion–in the new state exchanges as well as the private market–has been a favorite anti-choice tactic ever since health care reform. A couple weeks ago, Kansas became the latest state to pass a bill prohibiting all private insurance companies in the state from covering abortion care, except when the woman’s life is at risk.

Women will be free to buy separate riders if they anticipate needing an abortion in the future because, obviously, just like cancer and car accidents, an unintended pregnancy is something that they should be able to see coming. There was some disagreement in the Kansas House, however, as to whether that’s a reasonable expectation. The McPherson Sentinet reports:

And Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican who supports abortion rights, questioned whether women would buy abortion-only policies long before they have crisis or unwanted pregnancies or are rape victims.

During the House’s debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?”

Bollier asked him, “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?”

DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have spare tire on my car.”

“I also have life insurance,” he added. “I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”

Liesje 05-24-2011 11:23 AM

I was just loading this thread to post the same article. :barf:

deep 05-24-2011 09:09 PM


what therefore God did join together, let not man put asunder

The Young and the Betrothed - An FP Slide Show | Foreign Policy

MrsSpringsteen 05-26-2011 12:52 PM

Seriously dude?

Makes me so glad that I'm too broke to fly anywhere

We’re Gonna Need A Cleanup In Aisle 18 | The Smoking Gun

yolland 05-29-2011 11:45 PM

Sex Trafficking of Americans - The Girl Next Door (Vanity Fair)

Some of the statistics and theories in there will be debated, but the case in question is vile stuff.

MrsSpringsteen 05-31-2011 09:37 AM


TAHUYA, Wash. - A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot in the torso with a hunting bow by his teenage daughter on Wednesday evening.

The incident unfolded at a home in the 300 block of NE Tee Lake Road in Tahuya in unincorporated Mason County around 8 p.m.

Mason County sheriff's spokesman William Adam said Tony Iovinelli was shot by his 15-year-old daughter after he took away her cell phone as a disciplinary measure. The girl refused to let her wounded father use the phone, forcing him to crawl to a neighbor's home, Adam said.

Neighbor Dave Blackwood said as Iovinelli came to his house with an arrow shot into his side.

"It went straight sideways," he said of the arrow. "It was parallel to his arm, right into his body."

As the two waited for help to arrive, Blackwood said his injured neighbor recounted the incident.

"He said that he was in his house and all of a sudden, he felt something. And he was shot in the side of the chest, and it was his daughter," he said. "He pushed her away and tried to get the phone. And she evidently had taken the phone so he couldn't call 911."

The 35-year-old victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

The girl ran from the home with the bow and at least 35 arrows, but was later found by a SWAT team in the woods behind her house. The team surrounded the girl, and took her into custody without incident.

After she was apprehended, the girl was found to be despondent with a serious medical issue, Adam said.

She was taken to Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma to be checked out, and is expected to be there a few days.

Since her father is the girl's only known family member, the girl will not be brought before any court until after being released from the hospital and medically cleared to be detained in juvenile detention.

MrsSpringsteen 06-16-2011 07:51 PM


June 15, 2011

Companies with fewer than 50 employees may offer little legal protection for employees requiring medical leave. Carl Sorabella of Natick, Mass., learned that the hard way.

Sorabella, an accountant, said after he told his employer his wife had lung cancer and would need a modified schedule to deal with it, he received a termination letter the following week.

"This is not an unprecedented situation," David Frank, a legal analyst with Lawyers Weekly, told ABC affiliate WCVB.

Frank said the termination is likely legal in part because laws protect firms that employ fewer than 50 people. Sorabella said his former company had about 20 employees.

The Family and Medical Leave Act, for example, only applies to private employers with 50 or more employees working within 75 miles of the worksite. That federal law gives employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for serious health conditions or to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.

"The reality of life is that it is a lot more difficult for a small company to deal with a situation where an employee is going to be out of work for an extended period of time than it is for a larger company," Frank said.

"When I told my boss, she said 'We were thinking about laying you off.' I thought, 'You can't do that,'" Sorabella told WCVB.

Sorabella, 43, says he offered to work evenings and weekends while he accompanies his wife, 44, during testing and treatments.

"Ultimately she said don't worry about it and come in on Monday, and when I came in on Monday I got a letter that I would be laid off," he said. Sorabella said the letter stated he was being laid off due to "workforce modifications." But one week after he was fired, he says he saw a listing for his job on the company website.

"She said, 'It's business. I'm running a company here, and I need to make sure the department runs.' And I argued that I would make sure the company runs," Sorabella said.

Sorabella, who had worked for the company for 14 years, says he had even received a raise in November.

In an e-mail, vice president of Haynes Management Mary Butler told WCVB "this is a private personnel matter and we are not going to comment publicly."

The company did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

Sorabella said he is speaking with an attorney and may look to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, but he said there is almost no recourse for a small business.

"The company is considered a small company even though they have millions of dollars in annual sales," Sorabella said.

Kathy Sorabella, 44, said she was just as shocked as her husband when he was laid off. She said he was a diligent employee who went to work early and left late.

"He was one of these company guys," she said, adding that they did not have children.

Adding to their financial difficulties is their $60,000 worth of graduate school loans from Kathy's studies in psychotherapy. Kathy, currently undergoing chemotherapy, said she is considering trying to obtain a part-time job despite her nausea and loss of appetite. Kathy Sorabella said her cancer had not spread as far as initially believed, though she will not know if she has a year or 10 years to live until her next CAT scan in three months.

For now, Sorabella and his wife are surviving on his unemployment and her disability insurance while he looks for work.

"Now we're just spending time with each other," said Kathy. "This has been a horrific situation."

Pearl 06-20-2011 04:20 PM


Rebecca Rose, the grandmother of a terminally ill child who gained attention after a neighbor harassed her on Facebook last year, told Trenton police on Thursday that she's still being targeted.
“I’m done. This is my life ... this is my dead daughter, my handicapped daughter who can’t even sit outside without (being called) a retard...this is my life,” Rebecca Rose told Trenton Patch on Friday.
Rose, a grandmother of a terminally ill 7-year-old girl, spoke out Friday about what she told police is constant harassment aimed at her and her granddaughter that has been going on for years.
The harassment, she said, is coming from Facebook posts, attributed to a handle that appears to be associated with her former neighbor Jennifer Petkov, 33. Jennifer Petkov made national news last year after she taunted the dying girl on Facebook.
Petkovs' Neighbor Tells Trenton Police: ‘I Can’t Take It Anymore’ - Trenton, MI Patch

Its stories like these that make me a) lose faith in humanity b) consider free speech restrictions online.

MrsSpringsteen 06-23-2011 10:14 AM

I saw this on Anderson Cooper's ridiculist last night. I could be wrong but I think he used the f word and not "homosexuals". What a charmer. He must also be ridiculously hot and good looking.

Pilot's Rant About Flight Attendants Caught on Open Mic - ABC News

AchtungBono 07-19-2011 05:33 AM

There are absolutely no words to describe this.....

Police: Florida teen killed parents with hammer, hosted house party - CNN.com

What do they mean by "alleged" murder weapon? It was lying between the bodies for gods sake - I'm sure the PARENTS didn't put it there....

And why SECOND-degree murder?? Are we to assume that he hit them with a hammer but didn't intend for them to die??

The mind boggles at the American justice system.....


Liesje 07-25-2011 09:19 AM

That's just beyond terrifying.

As for the second degree murder, he has been arrested and booked, not indicted or sentenced.

yolland 08-02-2011 08:18 PM

Banadir Hospital, Mogadishu (Tyler Hicks/NYT)

New York Times, Aug. 1

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory. The group is widely blamed for causing a famine in Somalia by forcing out many Western aid organizations, depriving drought victims of desperately needed food. The situation is growing bleaker by the day, with tens of thousands of Somalis already dead and more than 500,000 children on the brink of starvation.

Every morning, emaciated parents with emaciated children stagger into Banadir Hospital, a shell of a building with floors that stink of diesel fuel because that is all the nurses have to fight off the flies. Babies are dying because of the lack of equipment and medicine. Some get hooked up to adult-size intravenous drips—pediatric versions are hard to find—and their compromised bodies cannot handle the volume of fluid. Most parents do not have money for medicine, so entire families sit on old-fashioned cholera beds, with basketball-size holes cut out of the middle, taking turns going to the bathroom as diarrhea streams out of them.

...Aid groups are trying to scale up their operations, and the United Nations has begun airlifting emergency food. But many seasoned aid officials are speaking in grim tones because one of Africa’s worst humanitarian disasters in decades has struck one of the most inaccessible countries on earth. Somalia, especially the southern third where the famine is, has been considered a no-go zone for years, a lawless caldron that has claimed the lives of dozens of aid workers, peacekeepers and American soldiers, going back to the “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993, spelling a legacy that has scared off many international organizations.

...People from those areas who were interviewed in Mogadishu say Shabab fighters are blocking rivers to steal water from impoverished villagers and divert it to commercial farmers who pay them taxes. The Shabab are intercepting displaced people who are trying to reach Mogadishu and forcing them to stay in a Shabab-run camp about 25 miles outside the city. The camp now holds several thousand people and receives only a trickle of food...Several drought victims who have succeeded in making it to Mogadishu said that the Shabab were threatening to kill anyone who left their areas, either for refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, or for government zones in Somalia, and that the only way out was to sneak away at night and avoid the main roads.

...The magnitude of suffering could shift the political landscape, which has been dominated by chaos since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew the central government and then tore apart the country. The Transitional Federal Government—the 15th attempt at a government—is trying to assert itself and beat back the Shabab, and the famine and attendant relief effort could mean an enormous opportunity.

...[M]any aid organizations are reluctant to venture into Shabab areas because of the obvious dangers—the Shabab have killed dozens of aid workers—and because of American government restrictions. In 2008, the State Department declared the Shabab a terrorist group, making it a crime to provide material assistance to them. Aid officials say the restrictions have had a chilling effect because it is nearly impossible to guarantee that the Shabab will not skim off some of the aid delivered in their areas.

MrsSpringsteen 08-03-2011 10:01 AM

That picture is so awful :sad:

MrsSpringsteen 08-28-2011 06:47 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A 10-year-old Dallas-area boy who died of dehydration after his father and stepmother kept water from him was being punished for wetting the bed, authorities say.

The boy, Johnathan James died July 25 after water was kept from him for five days while temperatures soared to 100 degrees or more each day, police said. The boy's dad, Michael Ray James, and stepmother, Tina Alberson, both 42, were jailed after being charged Thursday with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

Johnathan's twin brother, Joseph James, and a 12-year-old stepbrother were not injured and are staying with relatives.

Attorneys for the dad and stepmother did not immediately return calls seeking comment left at their offices Saturday night.

Joseph told the Dallas Morning News (Boy who died of dehydration was punished for wetting bed | Dallas-Fort Worth Crime News - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News) that his parents put Johnathan in a room without air conditioning and told him to stand by the window. Joseph said that on the day Johnathan died he had peanut butter stuck in his throat but his parents wouldn't let him wash it down.

"They still wouldn't let him have water," Joseph said.

Joseph told the newspaper he wanted to help his brother but was worried he would face similar punishment.

"I wanted to do something, but I couldn't," Joseph said. "I couldn't do nothing because I would get in trouble."

Police documents show the boy suffered until he collapsed at his father's Red Bird home and hit his head on the floor. He was taken to a hospital, and authorities say Michael James told authorities there that Jonathan was sick. Medical staff were unable to revive the child.

The boys' grandmother, Sue Shotwell, said Jonathan was easy-going and never held a grudge.

"This kid, if you know Jonathan, he could forgive you for no matter what you did," Shotwell said. "You could ground him, and he would say 'I love you, Mimi.'"

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