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deep 01-08-2011 01:24 AM

Feel ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED stories
 
Everyday I read the newspaper. There are a lot of sad and disgusting stories, the New Year's Day rapes is one such story.
Sometimes I cannot believe what I am reading. I have to put the paper down.
Some people's behavior is so repugnant, so depraved, it is more than mind-boggling.
Instead of starting a new thread, I will just post it in this thread, feel free to contribute.
Here is the one I saw this morning.

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Authorities seek identity of men videotaped sexually assaulting disabled women

A package left at L.A. County Sheriff's Department headquarters contains 100 hours of footage of men who appear to be assaulting severely disabled women. Investigators are looking for leads on who is involved and where the attacks took place.

By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times

January 7, 2011


The package mysteriously left at Los Angeles County Sheriff's headquarters shocked even some of the department's most grizzled detectives: A hundred hours of video footage showing severely disabled women, many in diapers, being sexually assaulted by anonymous men.

The attacks appeared to have taken place at residential care centers, authorities said, and most of the attackers are believed to be employees. One suspect appears to be a paraplegic patient, hoisting himself off his wheelchair, before removing his diaper and that of his victim's, and beginning his assault.

The footage, dropped off in March, has left detectives with few leads. Though authorities are confident the scenes were shot in residential care facilities, it's unclear if they are located in Los Angeles County. Much of the footage is so grainy that only the faces of four of the estimated 10 men could be made out.

Authorities Thursday asked for the public's help in identifying the men, releasing screenshots and composite drawings of the attackers.

"Maybe they can identify these people," said Sgt. Dan Scott. "Maybe they can identify the room."

Detectives are also hoping the tipster who dropped off the package will come forward. The footage left at sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park came with a note explaining how he discovered the video. He had been commissioned by a man to scrub a computer hard drive, but before he did, he burned 100 hours of video files onto DVDs.

Detectives said the women in the videos appear to be between 20 and 40 years old, some appearing almost entirely unresponsive. The men appear to also be between 20 and 40. The footage, detectives said, appears to be a collection, with some men appearing in more than one scene. Some of the footage was shot with a handheld camera, with the rest appearing to be captured by a security camera, detectives said.

Enhancing and analyzing the video took several months, authorities said. Detectives have not contacted local residential care centers yet, an official said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Special Victims Bureau detectives at (866) 247-5877. Anonymous tipsters can call (800) 222-TIPS.
Sexual assault video: Authorities seek to identity men videotaped sexually assaulting disabled women - latimes.com

Just_Boy 01-08-2011 10:17 AM

Pakistani religious groups cheer governor's killing

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The governor of Pakistan's powerful Punjab province was shot dead Tuesday by one of his guards in the Pakistani capital, apparently because he had spoken out against the country's controversial blasphemy laws
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"He was the most courageous voice after Benazir Bhutto on the rights of women and religious minorities"
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Under pressure from Islamist parties, the People's Party said recently it would not pursue changes to the law, which has long vexed human rights activists:rockon:
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the nation's mainstream religious organizations applauded the murder of provincial Governor Salman Taseer this week, while his killer was showered with rose petals as he appeared in court:applaud:
Pakistani religious groups cheer governor's killing - World AP - MiamiHerald.com
Pakistan: Punjab governor Salman Tasser killed by his guard - The Times of India

kramwest1 01-08-2011 03:48 PM

Waseca man charged with turning sex toy into bomb | Minneapolis and St. Paul | kare11.com

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WASECA, Minn. -- A Waseca man is charged with felony making and possession of bombs, and terroristic threats after authorities discovered a homemade explosive device hidden in a sex toy.

Thirty-seven-year-old Terry Allen Lester faces a possible 10 years in prison if found guilty.

On Jan. 1, a Waseca woman called police and told them Lester had been staying with her and another woman at her apartment, but he was forced to leave when the manager learned about his presence.

Lester moved out but left behind some bags that contained suspicious containers, including one which was marked with the words "Christmas Gifts" written in black marker.

A criminal complaint says Lester had made some modifications to a sex toy, packing it with gun powder, BB shot and buck shot from shotgun shells. He added black and red wires that connected to a trigger with a battery port.

Authorities found no battery inside the device.

The complaint maintains that Lester was going to give the device to one of three women he had broken up with after the relationships turned sour.

Police also found tools used in the construction of the explosive device, including cords, cables, a small tool kit and two other sex toys.

The Bloomington Bomb Squad made the two-hour trip to Waseca, X-rayed the device, and then defused it.
This caught me off guard.

purpleoscar 01-08-2011 06:50 PM

YouTube - Col. Russell Williams Pleads Guilty To All 88 Charges

purpleoscar 01-10-2011 12:25 PM

Jeez it's no surprise there's no ending of material that can be posted in this thread:

Male model Renato Seabra charged with murder after confession in castration slay of Carlos Castro

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A male model confessed Sunday to killing a gay journalist in a Times Square hotel - and gave cops a twisted explanation of why he sexually mutilated his victim, sources said.

Renato Seabra, 20, told cops he used a corkscrew to sever 65-year-old Carlos Castro's genitals as a way to cure the older man of his homosexuality, the police sources said.

Seabra was charged with second-degree murder, police said Monday.

Seabra and Castro came to New York from their native Portugal and by all accounts were a couple - but Seabra appears unable to admit that, police sources said.

"He said he did it to get rid of [Castro's] homosexual demons," one of the police sources said.

Police believe the two men had dated for several months, even though Seabra's family insisted the tanned hunk is straight.

"My son was not Carlos Castro's lover," Seabra's mother, Odília Pereirinha, told a Portuguese TV station. "From the beginning, he never hid his sexuality, which is heterosexual."

Castro was a high-profile gay activist and society columnist in his home country.

Seabra's claim to fame was as a pretty boy contestant on a top model reality show.

The duo were staying at the InterContinental Hotel since Dec. 29 and hit the town together often, dining and drinking at fancy restaurants, friends said.

Whatever the nature of their relationship, this much is certain, cops say: Seabra brutalized his victim and left him to die in a pool of blood.

Detectives briefly questioned Seabra on Sunday at the Bellevue Hospital psychiatric ward, where he is in police custody, the sources said.

Castro was found dead in his room at the hotel Friday. An autopsy showed Castro died of strangulation and blunt-force trauma to the head.

Seabra fled the hotel, but was nabbed at Roosevelt Hospital when he sought treatment for cuts to his face and wrists. Investigators believe he may have tried to kill himself.

Castro paid for the couple's trip to New York to celebrate the new year, but detectives believe Seabra killed his gray-haired lover when he refused to take him on an expensive shopping trip.

Seabra's mother said her son - whom she described as shy and religious - wasn't capable of such horror.

"My son, being a golden boy, who is so good, he didn't do this," she said.

kramwest1 01-10-2011 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by purpleoscar (Post 7094387)
Jeez it's no surprise there's no ending of material that can be posted in this thread:

Male model Renato Seabra charged with murder after confession in castration slay of Carlos Castro

Yeah, that was an F-ed up headline that I saw.

AchtungBono 01-19-2011 02:43 AM

Here's another victory for the second amendment......

Authorities: 14-year-old shoots 3 relatives, killing 2 - CNN.com

Does the "right to bear arms" inlude the right to arm a 14 year old boy? Did he really need a rifle "for protection"?
I'm not saying that these people deserved to be shot but they were extremely negligent (not to mention INSANE) to buy a gun for a 14 year old as a birthday present. What's the matter, DVD's and computer games aren't good enough any more?

It's funny (and very sad too) that the boy is too young to be identified but not too young to hold a gun......

kramwest1 01-19-2011 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by AchtungBono (Post 7101546)
Here's another victory for the second amendment......

Authorities: 14-year-old shoots 3 relatives, killing 2 - CNN.com

Does the "right to bear arms" inlude the right to arm a 14 year old boy? Did he really need a rifle "for protection"?
I'm not saying that these people deserved to be shot but they were extremely negligent (not to mention INSANE) to buy a gun for a 14 year old as a birthday present. What's the matter, DVD's and computer games aren't good enough any more?

It's funny (and very sad too) that the boy is too young to be identified but not too young to hold a gun......

Yikes.
I'm for Gun Safety classes for all kids as part of their school curricula.

But access to a gun for people under 18? Crazy.

I'm still actively talking to my nephews' folks as to when they can have their first Swiss Army Knives. They're almost 12.

Canadiens1131 01-19-2011 01:15 PM

Speaking of things that make me ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED on a regular basis, Sen. Joe Lieberman is announcing this is his last term in office :drool:

Moonlit_Angel 01-19-2011 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by kramwest1 (Post 7101723)
Yikes.
I'm for Gun Safety classes for all kids as part of their school curricula.

I'm not. I don't think that's something kids should learn in school, that's something people can go to another building that offers such things to learn.

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Originally Posted by kramwest1 (Post 7101723)
But access to a gun for people under 18? Crazy.

I'm still actively talking to my nephews' folks as to when they can have their first Swiss Army Knives. They're almost 12.

I do fully agree with this. I really don't like the idea of anyone under the age of 18 owning any sort of weapons, or touching them, or whatever. No. No, no, no. Parents who buy their kids such things...I don't get it. At all.

That's a horrific story (funny, too, how people usually buy these guns for protection...only to have it literally backfire on them).

Angela

indra 02-01-2011 08:48 AM

Oh Canada. :sad:

Grisly.

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Earlier today, reporting on an upcoming story about the legacy of the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympics as the one-year anniversary approaches, I stumbled up on a report in the Whistler Question about rumors of an already infamous Whistler sled dog massacre.

The story suggests an employee of a dog-sled arm of Outdoor Adventures Whistler, a tourism company, was ordered to kill up to 100 of the company's 300 sled dogs last spring after an expected tourism boost following the 2010 Winter Games never panned out.

Details of what can only be described as a grotesque slaughter last April emerged only recently, when the man sought compensation for mental health treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by killing the dogs with a gun and knife and burying them in a mass grave.

After reading several accounts -- and then a copy of the report filed by the review board evaluating the alleged dog-killer's worker's comp claim for counseling -- it's clear this is going to be a major story with serious implications in Whistler, a resort town that lives and dies on tourism -- much of it from Washington state.

Tourism, of course, relies on goodwill and word of mouth, and this story is likely to prove that yes, there really is such a thing as bad publicity.

If it's true, it's horrific. You don't have to be a dog lover to be horrified by an account of a man slaughtering 70 to 100 defenseless dogs with a gun and a knife -- within sight of other dogs waiting their turn, and panicking. The employee told a counselor in April that he suffered nightmares and other symptoms related to chasing around mortally wounded dogs to "finish them off" with additional gunshots, or by slitting their throats. Others, he said, had to be held down with his foot so he could kill them "execution-style."

"By the end, he was covered in blood," the review board's report states. "When he finished he cleared up the mess, filled in the mass grave and tried to bury the memories as deeply as he could."

Some dogs, clearly aware of their pending fate, tried to attack the man in self defense, according to the account, which was made public Jan. 25 by WorkSafeBC. At least one dog was shot again after it was seen crawling inside the mass grave 20 minutes after being shot the first time.


Link to the whole article which also contains more links.

Quite detailed article in the Vancouver Sun here.

MrsSpringsteen 03-09-2011 08:40 AM

They also allegedly videotaped it all on cell phones


(CNN) -- Thirteen adults and five juveniles have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a Texas girl, police said.

Darrell Broussard, assistant police chief for the Cleveland, Texas, police department, said Monday that the investigation into the incident "is continuous," with more significant developments possible. Cleveland is about 50 miles northeast of Houston.

"There have been leads during our investigation that have alerted us to other possible persons of interest," Broussard told CNN. "The investigation is ongoing."

The 18 individuals charged thus far are between 14 and 27 years old, he said.

On Friday, the Cleveland police department announced that four students in the Cleveland independent school district had been arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.

They appeared Monday in a Liberty County court, in the town of Liberty, to face the charges.

Police noted that some but not all suspects are students at Cleveland High School, though all those named thus far are from the town.

Mike Little, the district attorney in Liberty County, said police would likely decide whether more people would be charged. He offered few other details, saying, "We are very careful about pretrial publicity."

The incident allegedly happened late last year in Cleveland. The case has sharply divided the community, according to CNN affiliate KHOU, which reported the girl was 11 years old.

"It just seems like a dream," said Sherry Fletcher, whose 20-year-old son Devo Shaun Green is among those charged according to Cleveland police. "I just hope everything comes out well, because some of these kids are innocent."

Those adults arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony in Texas, could face 25 year to life in prison if convicted, according to the police department.

Liesje 03-09-2011 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Moonlit_Angel (Post 7102167)
I do fully agree with this. I really don't like the idea of anyone under the age of 18 owning any sort of weapons, or touching them, or whatever. No. No, no, no. Parents who buy their kids such things...I don't get it. At all.

Depends on the kid. My brother has had guns and bows since he was a young teen but it's never been an issue. He took all the required safety courses. All weapons were always properly cleaned and kept safe (I don't really know where in the house, or care). A kid can't often use the same weapon as an adult so it's not at easy as taking a kid hunting to show him the ropes and using the adult's weapon. Even as an adult now I don't think I can draw my dad or my bother's bow. I am not pro-gun or NRA or anything like that. I am very much against the general public owning assault weapons and concealed guns and that sort of thing. Despite our constitution I've never felt it was my right to carry around a weapon in my purse. As far as weapons for sport, I just think it's up to parents to control. I know kids that don't hunt but have been reckless with boats, sea-doos, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, etc. One of my mom's good friends had a daughter my age who was killed on a snowmobile when we were 12.

Moonlit_Angel 03-09-2011 01:27 PM

I'm glad that your brother knows how to be responsible with guns, and your family took it upon themselves to teach him the right way to handle them. And of course, there are others who do the same, and those people I applaud.

I just personally feel really squicky about the idea of a child holding a weapon of any sort, is all. I don't feel it's something a child needs to concern themselves with. We have age limits for so many other things, but think nothing of, say, an 8 year old being taught about guns. That seems really strange to me.

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Originally Posted by MrsSpringsteen (Post 7145981)
Those adults arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony in Texas, could face 25 year to life in prison if convicted, according to the police department.

If they are proven to be the ones who committed this crime, I beg the judge to throw them in jail for life. I don't want to hear about them being in jail for x amount of years, only to get out and then, when they commit another rape and destroy another girl's life (which, if you're 14 years old and are already doing horrific stuff like this, is a VERY likely scenario), have the community act all shocked like, "How could this have happened?"

So disgusting. That poor girl.

Angela

yolland 03-09-2011 02:05 PM

I agree with Lies, in that the people I'd trust most with firearms (besides police, soldiers, and other highly trained professionals) are those who had not only the techniques, but also the ethos and habits of responsible ownership drummed into them over many years when they were young and highly responsive to authority in the particular way children are. For basically the same reason that I'm not nervous for my kids if a young adult neighbor who grew up with working dogs, thoroughly immersed in training and handling them, owns two Rottweilers, a German Shepherd and a pit bull; whereas if a neighbor who's never been around dogs in his life brings home just one big powerful dog like that, I'm probably going to start relentlessly dropping hints like, "Hey, I hear the obedience school downtown has some great classes!" Of course, not all gun-owning parents are highly responsible teachers or overseers, and it's certainly fully possible for someone who never touches a gun until 18 to become a highly responsible owner, but in general I actually would rather people learn hunting, target shooting etc. young if they're going to.

Liesje 03-09-2011 03:51 PM

Exactly. And there's a huge difference between those that grow up knowing how to properly use and handle sport weapons than those that only have them because "it is their right goddammit!" I have several family members that are lifers in either military or law enforcement and they are by far the least confrontational people I know. I can't ever get used to them having to carry concealed weapons for their job, they just don't seem the "type". To my knowledge, there has never been any sort of accidents or anything potentially dangerous with regard to their hunting weapons.

That said, 8 years old does seem young. I think my brother was 12, 14? when he entered the hunter's safety program (which one of my uncles also teaches) and he would have entered as soon as he was old enough since the boys/men in my family are all into hunting as a sport. To me that does not seem that off base, considering kids start driving at age 14, and I think you can get a boater's license around that age (at least in MI, if you are too young for a driver's license you can get a boater's license for watercraft over 4 horsepower).

The_Pac_Mule 03-17-2011 09:34 PM

Pretty messed up stuff.


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Torture charges shatter Croatian's quiet Ky. life

STANTON, Ky. – If Azra Basic needed a place to run from the bloody aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia, her small-town Kentucky neighbors said she found it. The Croatian woman locals knew as "Issabella" settled years ago in this rural, hilly area and took jobs bathing elderly nursing home patients and working at a sandwich factory.

This week, acquaintances were shocked to hear the secret that Bosnian war crimes investigators said Basic has been hiding for two decades. As a soldier in the Croatian army, she killed a prisoner and tortured others by forcing them to drink human blood and gasoline, authorities said. She was arrested on Tuesday by federal agents.

"She's a lovely person, very diligent in her work," said 88-year-old Henrietta Kirchner, who was one of Basic's patients at the Stanton Nursing Center for about a week when she was recovering from a broken leg.

According to court documents, the 52-year-old Basic (BOSH) is charged with fatally stabbing a prisoner in the neck in 1992 during the bloody conflict in eastern Europe. Court documents accuse her of numerous other atrocities, including: setting a prisoner ablaze, pulling out prisoners' fingernails with pliers, ripping off a man's ear with pliers and carving crosses and the letter "S" into another man's flesh.

The accusations were "very shocking" to 44-year-old former neighbor Brian Rice.

"She's a pretty nice person," said Rice, who lived near her for about two years until she moved in November. "If I was standing here right now and ... she drove by, she would throw her hand up and if the window was down, she would speak and say 'hi' by my name."

It's unclear why Basic chose to settle down in Stanton, a town about 45 miles east of Lexington known for its annual corn festival. But Rice said if she was looking for a place to get away from her past, she had found it.

"Everybody sticks to themselves around here," he said. "We don't have no neighborly get-togethers. We speak if we know you."

Basic was an employee at the Mount Sterling, Ky., Nestle Prepared Foods plant that makes Hot Pockets-brand sandwiches, the company said, declining to provide additional details.

Jo Epperson, a clerk at the local smoke shop where she said Basic bought a carton of Kentucky-made 24/7 Menthol cigarettes once a week, said she once asked Basic what brought her to the area.

Epperson said Basic responded vaguely that "she was part of the war," but didn't elaborate.

Bosnian authorities have been slowly building a case against her for years, taking statements from witnesses, forensic experts and doctors between 1992 and 2001 to identify her. Interpol traced Basic to Kentucky in 2004, an international arrest warrant was issued in 2006 and the U.S. received a formal extradition request in February of 2007, according to a complaint filed in federal court.

Hundreds of fugitives are still being sought for war crimes, with a steady trickle of several arrests each month. Most of the other fugitives are men. The sheer volume of cases helps explain why it takes so long for some to be prosecuted.

Over 100,000 people were killed during the bloody war that followed Yugoslavia's collapse, most of them Muslim Bosnians. The war was fought between the country's three ethnic groups — Muslim Bosnians, Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs.

During a hearing in U.S. District Court in Lexington on Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier appointed a Basic a lawyer and ordered her held without bond pending an April 1 status hearing. Prosecutors argued that no bail amount would guarantee Basic's presence in court.

Basic's attorney, Patrick Nash of Lexington, said Thursday that he plans to request bail before the next court hearing.

"I'm still getting my arms around this case," said Nash, who declined to comment on what brought Basic to the state.

U.S. Marshal Loren "Squirrel" Carl said considering the "shocking nature" of the accusations, officers were relieved to have captured Basic.

"This brings her long run from justice to an end," Carl said.

The complaint filed by U.S. Attorney James Arehart accuses Basic of committing crimes at three camps near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa. Witnesses said the Croatian military took ethnic Serbs from the Cardak settlement in late April of 1992 and tortured them.

One witness describes watching as another prisoner named Blagoje Djuras was beaten unconscious. The witness said Basic then stabbed him in the neck, killing him, and dragged other Serbs to the body "and made us drink that blood." A second witness corroborated the account of the stabbing and identified a picture of Basic in 2009, Arehart said.

Another man told investigators in September 1992 that he was forced to drink gasoline, beaten unconscious, and his hands and face were set on fire by Basic, who was wearing a Croatian military police uniform. A subsequent medical exam concluded the witness had been tortured.

Another witness said that in August 1992, Basic cut a cross and four "S" letters into his forehead before hacking his neck below the Adam's apple.

Another said Basic and others forced him to "lick blood off floors covered in broken glass and crawl on the glass with a knotted rope in his mouth with which soldiers used to pull out the teeth of prisoners."

Federal prosecutors say each offense violates the United National Convention Against Torture, which prohibits inhumane and degrading treatment of people.

Court records show that during Basic's arrest, federal marshals arrested Theodore S. Loman, 63, who was also listed as living at the residence, on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. A federal affidavit said marshals found several pistols and rifles in the house when they arrived to arrest Basic, who they found in the doorway of the kitchen.
Torture charges shatter Croatian's quiet Ky. life - Yahoo! News

MrsSpringsteen 03-23-2011 07:13 PM

By Robert Jablon, Associated Press – Wed Mar 23

LOS ANGELES – Anger and shock have penetrated a prosperous, mostly white Central California community where an 11-foot cross was stolen from a church and set on fire next to the home of a black family.

"I was horrified," said the Rev. Stephanie Raphael, president of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association. "We live in a paradise, and I think the first thought was, this can't really be real."

Police assigned extra patrols to the neighborhood in Arroyo Grande — a city that hasn't seen a hate crime in nearly a decade — and rewards were offered for information leading to an arrest.

The cross was stolen from a garden at Saint John's Lutheran Church weeks ago and set ablaze Friday in a lot behind the house where the family lived, police Cmdr. John Hough said.

A 19-year-old woman saw the flaming cross from her bedroom window. Officers doused burning pieces of wood with a garden hose.

A telephone call to the house was not answered Tuesday.

Police declined to release the names of the family because the incident was considered a hate crime — the first since 2002 in the city of 17,000 in mostly rural San Luis Obispo County, a region of vast farms, picturesque towns and a state university campus.

More than 30 clergy members signed a letter to the editor of the San Luis Obispo Tribune urging that the crime be taken seriously.

"Any kind of hate crime is not a joke, it's not a prank," Raphael told The Associated Press. "It's designed to intimidate and frighten. We live in a beautiful area, but it's only beautiful if every single person feels safe conducting their lives and living here."

Dean Limbo, 54, who attends the church from which the cross was stolen, said the incident has scarred the community.

"It was surreal," she said. "The peace and the love in this community, you never would have thought it. It was just horrific, it really was, this poor family terrorized."

FBI agents and investigators from the county and the state Department of Justice were involved in the arson and hate-crime probe. Police said $3,500 in rewards were offered.

There was no evidence that an organized racist group was involved, Hough said.

The 100-pound cross was hollow and made of fir. It was built eight years ago for a local production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," then donated to Saint John, pastor Randy Ouimette said.

It was usually bolted to a base in the garden, but each year it was taken inside the sanctuary during the Lenten season before being moved to a beach two miles away to be decorated with flowers for an Easter sunrise service.

The theft at the church was discovered March 5 but may have occurred weeks earlier, the pastor said.

"They probably lassoed the top and just yanked it down, tied it to a truck, and snapped it at the base," Ouimette said.

Authorities suspected the stolen cross had been used in the hate crime and showed Ouimette the half-charred pieces of wood.

He quickly recognized it because its maker had carved "PHIL 4:13" into it, a reference to a passage in the New Testament book of Philippians that says: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

Ouimette was saddened the cross had been used during a hate crime.

"It's such a violation," he said. "You know, the cross originally was an instrument of violence. ... but Christ redeemed it. Through the cross has come forgiveness and peace."

More than 100 members of the congregation signed a giant card of compassion they planned to deliver to the family with two handmade prayer quilts — even though they didn't know the family.

"We wanted to bathe this family in prayer and love," the pastor said. "Obviously they're feeling rejection and ... hate."

The church has accepted an offer of a 10-foot replacement cross that a nearby church had placed in storage.

CrashedCarDriver 03-24-2011 05:47 AM

Japan rescue hero flies into Gold Coast Local Gold Coast News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

^ There is an expose on this: there is no such thing as the NSAR, the story is completely bogus


Unofficial heroes | Hack | triple j

https://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/triplej/...l_m1974070.mp3

BVS 03-24-2011 10:44 AM

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Originally Posted by CrashedCarDriver (Post 7158356)
there is no such thing as the NSAR, the story is completely bogus

To say the story is completely bogus is a little disingenuous, the article you posted just says they are not a registered not-for-profit, but they didn't say anything about the stories being completely false.

Am I missing something?

MrsSpringsteen 03-24-2011 12:55 PM

This has to be fiction of a rag paper-hopefully

I give my girl, 8, Botox for pageant | The Sun |Woman

Once every three months, Britney climbs on a beautician's table and watches as mum Kerry prepares needles of Botox and fillers to be injected into her face.

Beautician Kerry, 34, from Birmingham, buys the substances online and injects them into her daughter's forehead, lips and around her eyes.

The beauty-pageant obsessed single mum also takes her to have her body waxed, in a bizarre bid to stop her growing hair when she eventually hits puberty.

Kerry says these shocking and potentially dangerous treatments will guarantee Britney becomes famous as a teenager.

She says: "What I am doing for Britney now will help her become a star.

"I know one day she will be a model, actress or singer, and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer.

"I'm sure people reading this will think I am being irresponsible, but I ensure that I test the Botox and fillers I buy online on myself first.

"All I want is for Britney to have the best start in life, so it is easier for her to become a superstar.

"More mothers should do it for their daughters."

Liesje 03-29-2011 06:18 PM

I do not condone the AR agenda but this is just beyond disgusting.....

Patrick
https://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.co...51&h=141&h=141

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Newark Woman Accused Of Dumping Dog Down Trash Chute

March 28, 2011 1:08 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey woman has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty after authorities accused of her dumping a starved 1-year-old pit bull down a trash chute.

Kisha Curtis, 28, could face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or community service if convicted.

On March 16, the dog was found in the garbage of a Newark apartment building after apparently having been thrown down a trash chute in a plastic bag in the 22-story building.

When a maintenance worker discovered him, the pup was rushed to the trauma unit at the Garden State Veterinary Specialists.

It was determined the dog was severely anemic and malnourished. He received a blood transfusion and was later named Patrick.

Patricia Scavelli, an administrator at GSVS, said when hospital officials first saw Patrick they “didn’t think he’d make it through the night.”

Patrick will be put up for adoption if he continues to improve and recovers, doctors said.

Last week, Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, in Rutherford, was donating a portion of their proceeds to the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey after hearing about Patrick’s heartbreaking story.

yolland 03-29-2011 07:18 PM

^ Wonder if conviction on charges like that can mean required counseling, and if so, what it consists of.

Liesje 03-29-2011 08:22 PM

Probably not. In a lot of places, animal cruelty is only a misdemeanor.

I can't believe the dog survived. He has a long road ahead but looks better every day.

Courage the German Shepherd was a similar case. His owner was a VET TECH of all things.
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Jive Turkey 03-29-2011 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Liesje (Post 7163878)
I do not condone the AR agenda but this is just beyond disgusting.....

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https://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.co...51&h=141&h=141

The punishment for crimes like this is far too lenient.

I can't believe the dog survived. I thought the photo was of its mummified remains. I was pleasantly surprised

feedthetree 03-31-2011 02:12 AM

Is there some way us as a country and its citizens can change this law? It seriously angers and disgusts me that people do this to INNOCENT animals and get away with just a slap on the wrist!!!

They should be charged with felonies and do hard jail time!!! This is the behaviour of sociopaths and should be abruptly halted!

kafrun 03-31-2011 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Jive Turkey (Post 7163954)
I can't believe the dog survived. I thought the photo was of its mummified remains. I was pleasantly surprised

That's what I thought, too. I've seen far too many pictures like this of dogs who didn't make it. :| Some people are atrocious.

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Originally Posted by feedthetree (Post 7165476)
Is there some way us as a country and its citizens can change this law? It seriously angers and disgusts me that people do this to INNOCENT animals and get away with just a slap on the wrist!!!

They should be charged with felonies and do hard jail time!!! This is the behaviour of sociopaths and should be abruptly halted!

People are lobbying to change the laws now. Hopefully with stories like this gaining so much attention, people will become more aware and laws will change. Hopefully. I do know that with the public outcry, the abuser's charges were upgraded to "torment and torture" or words to that effect. Not sure what that entails, but it certainly sounds right.

cobl04 03-31-2011 03:37 AM

someone over here in Australia cut a puppy's ears off and then dumped it.

cruelty to animals makes me physical ill. even non-cat people make "jokes" about cats turns my stomach.

kafrun 03-31-2011 03:42 AM

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Originally Posted by feedthetree (Post 7165476)
They should be charged with felonies and do hard jail time!!! This is the behaviour of sociopaths and should be abruptly halted!

I forgot to point out this part. YES! Some, if not all, of these people are sociopaths. People ought to be more concerned over this behaviour, if for no other reason, for the fact that they pose a threat to ALL living beings.

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someone over here in Australia cut a puppy's ears off and then dumped it.

cruelty to animals makes me physical ill. even non-cat people make "jokes" about cats turns my stomach.

The stories I could post about the things people do to dogs would make the above look tame. Sickening. It would keep me awake at night if I didn't shut it out of my mind at some point.

Liesje 03-31-2011 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by feedthetree (Post 7165476)
Is there some way us as a country and its citizens can change this law? It seriously angers and disgusts me that people do this to INNOCENT animals and get away with just a slap on the wrist!!!

They should be charged with felonies and do hard jail time!!! This is the behaviour of sociopaths and should be abruptly halted!

Yes, people can contact their local representatives. Sentences are state by state. For example Michigan has felony animal cruelty and sentences can include fines, jail time, temporary or permanent bans on owning animals, and mandatory counseling. Some states do not consider animal cruelty a felony.

MrsSpringsteen 04-01-2011 01:52 PM

Had to scroll very fast through that last thing :sad: I could still kind of see the picture

I think this is pretty disgusting-it is supposedly not a joke

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The pouf is mightier than the pen when it comes to speaking fees at New Jersey's largest university.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of the reality TV show "Jersey Shore" $32,000 Thursday to dish on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as the GTL – gym, tanning, laundry – lifestyle.

That's $2,000 more than the $30,000 the university is paying Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver Rutgers' commencement address in May.

Money for Polizzi's appearance came from the mandatory student activity fee.

Freshman Adham Abdel-Raouf told The Star-Ledger of Newark he thought the price was a bargain given Snooki's popularity. Another freshman, Dan Oliveto, said it was a waste of money.

Snooki's advice to students: "Study hard, but party harder."

MrsSpringsteen 04-21-2011 06:27 PM

This is depressing and a disgusting commentary-on many different things. I was looking at Rolling Stone last night because I wanted to read the article about Adele, and this has just been on my mind ever since.

Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire | Rolling Stone Culture

yolland 04-21-2011 09:20 PM

^ My first reaction, which may not be the most constructive one, is that her parents stunningly, monumentally overestimated what her "love of fashion" and "aesthetic sense" (and I'm not denying those really are in there somewhere) could reliably be assumed to point to at her age. Basically, the classic parent-as-friend-and-soulmate mistake.

MrsSpringsteen 04-22-2011 11:02 AM

I just can't believe she is STILL on any of those types of sites. That just shocks me, and really makes it seem like she has some sort of pathological addiction. What is up with those parents too?

The whole "I'm nothing without the identity I've created on the internet" thing too. It was all very strange, scary, and sad.

MrsSpringsteen 04-22-2011 12:51 PM

NORTH ANDOVER (CBS Boston) — A North Andover girl who beat cancer by the time she turned 11 is now facing a new battle. Cyber bullies.

Justine Williams, who lost a leg in her battle against cancer, hopes coming forward will give other kids the courage to stand-up for themselves. Starting in February she started receiving dozens of threatening texts and phone calls.

Williams says the messages three or four times a day that would say things like, “I’m going to kill your animals,” and “Set a bomb off outside your house,” and “I’m going to rape you.”

She became scared and didn’t want to go school, then her grades started to suffer.

“She would say, ‘I just don’t feel right.’ And I thought of is she sick again? I didn’t know what was going on,” said Jane Williams, Justine’s mother. She went on to say that she was angry and frustrated and couldn’t believe someone would bully her daughter.

They contacted police and found out the bully was someone they knew. In fact, Justine considered this girl her best friend.

Police told the Williams her friend was using a website to mask her number and sometimes sent those texts while Skyping with Williams to watch her reaction.

The cyberbully was ordered to get counseling and perform community service. Williams’ father says it’s not nearly enough.

“If this is middle school what’s this person going to be like in high school?” asked Michael Williams.

The Williams family isn’t identifying the bully in this case. The District Attorney’s office worked with Jane Williams to come up with the punishment in this case.

The school pulled the bully out of Williams’ classes and made sure the two have little to no contact.




ABC News

By JESSICA HOPPER
April 20, 2011

A slumber party in Minnesota ended in tragedy when two eighth grade girls fulfilled a suicide pact, killing themselves and leaving behind suicide notes telling their families that they loved them.

The bodies of best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both 14, were discovered Saturday by Fentress' mother, Tracy Morrison.

Haylee's aunt, Robin Settle, said the girl had recently moved to the rural town of Lynd, Minn., and had complained to her family that she felt ostracized and bullied. Settle also said there are indications that the girls had planned their deaths for a long time, even including funeral details in a good-bye note.

"I'm shocked and I'm mad and I'm sad...I don't understand the mentality of kids torturing other kids, kids having to go through this. They don't think they have anywhere to go to," Settle told ABC News.com.

Settle said that her niece, Haylee, had been the victim of bullying after moving to Minnesota from Indiana with her mother and 8-year-old brother.

"She was made fun of for being overweight, her red hair," Settle said. "She posted on my [Facebook] wall that she really wanted to come back...that the people were mean and cruel and she didn't fit in."

Even though Haylee wasn't severely overweight, she was so uncomfortable about her size that she rarely ate in public at school, Settle said.

Paige was Haylee's closest friend.

"They were best friends. Haylee started school here about a year ago and over the course of the year, they'd become best friends," said Brett Behnke, Paige's uncle.

Paige played hockey and was teaching Haylee to skate, Behnke said.

"She had a big, round face and a smile that's intoxicating, just a charmer," Behnke said of his niece.

The two girls were so close, Haylee had hyphenated her last name on Facebook to include Paige's last name.

Haylee was recently expelled from school for defending Paige during a fight in school, Settle said.

Calls and emails to the Marshall School District to confirm this were not returned.

"That was really weighing on her, missing her friends and being excluded from school. She felt like she was defending herself and her friend," Settle said.

Minnesota Teens Leave Behind Suicide Notes

The girls died three days after Paige's mother and stepdad left for a 10-day vacation to Hawaii. Paige spent the night at Haylee's home.

"Her and Paige got really close. I think they've had this plan for some time," Settle said.

Sometime after 1 a.m. on Saturday, Haylee left a Facebook post for her cousin, Jessica, wishing her a happy birthday. After leaving a post on her cousin's wall, Haylee called her closest friend in Indiana, Settle said. Around 6 a.m., Haylee's mother found the girls.

"They did hang themselves. My sister found them. She's a medical assistant. She attempted to resuscitate them," Settle said.

Those efforts to resuscitate the girls failed.

The girls also left behind letters.

"She just didn't want anybody to be sad for her. She wanted everybody to pray for her and that's the gist of it," Behnke said of Paige's note.

Haylee's letter was to her mother and detailed plans for her funeral, Settle said.

"She requested everything pink and princess and butterflies," Settle said.

A funeral will be held Thursday for Haylee and a second one will be held for Haylee on Saturday in Indiana. Paige's funeral is scheduled for today.

"She was actually one of the most giving loving girls you would ever meet... She just loved everyone unconditionally...She couldn't stand people to be made fun of, tortured, teased. She stood up for the underdogs and she was one herself," Settle said.

BVS 04-22-2011 01:31 PM

:sad:

deep 04-22-2011 02:33 PM

Man Ejaculates Into Co-Worker’s Water Bottle Because “Her Lips Had Touched It”

maycocksean 04-22-2011 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by MrsSpringsteen (Post 7187315)
I just can't believe she is STILL on any of those types of sites. That just shocks me, and really makes it seem like she has some sort of pathological addiction. What is up with those parents too?

The whole "I'm nothing without the identity I've created on the internet" thing too. It was all very strange, scary, and sad.

Just read that article in RS. Sad. I think your assessment is about right.

Pearl 04-23-2011 06:43 PM

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A transgender woman brutally beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald's spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was "definitely a hate crime" and that she's been afraid to leave the house ever since.

"They said, 'That's a dude, that's a dude and she's in the female bathroom,'" said Chrissy Lee Polis, who's 22 and says she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. "They spit in my face."

A worker at the restaurant taped Monday's attack and created a graphic video that eventually went viral on Friday. After the video garnered hundreds of thousands of views on websites, McDonald's issued a statement condemning the incident and on Saturday, fired the worker that taped it.

The video shows two women — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching Polis in the head as an employee and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men are seen standing idly by.

Toward the end of the video, one of the suspects lands a punishing blow to the victim's head, and Polis appears to have a seizure. A man's voice tells the women to run because police are coming.

"I knew they were taping me, I told the guy to stop," Polis said. "They didn't help me. They didn't do nothing for me."
McDonald's attack victim speaks out - baltimoresun.com

MrsSpringsteen 04-26-2011 08:24 AM

I saw that on tv-horrible. Don't know how people stood there and did nothing-and laughed.

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

:sad:

yolland 04-27-2011 03:43 PM

NY Daily News, April 27
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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

https://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/f...s_00054495.jpg

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


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