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April 2, 2012

Hawks

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 17:30

Johnathan Ramsey Starved: Aaron Ramsey, Elizabeth Ramsey Arrested In Son’s Death

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 15:32

Angry, I admit, I am very angry!  Why, my Gods why are some people allowed to have children, like these ones ,when other good parents are not such as gay couples.  Why did these family members wait so long to tell police…if they had done so in the first month of not hearing, seeing or being able to talk to their grand child, did they not drive over and see, call police to check..any thing.   How can anyone who has a child, a child of their own, that they claim to have once loved…treat them like that…starve them to death…how can you watch a child so hunger he eats his own feces?  I am at a loss over this.   I want these people on a registry, I want them to be watched, to be restricted in where they can live, and by all the Good in Man I want them never to hold any power over a child again.   Sad, angry hugs

 

Johnathan Ramsey Starved: Aaron Ramsey, Elizabeth Ramsey Arrested In Son’s Death.

Johnathan Ramsey Starved: Aaron Ramsey, Elizabeth Ramsey Arrested In Son’s Death

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 04/ 2/2012 1:49 pm Updated: 04/ 2/2012 3:21 pm

Aaron Ramsey Elizabeth

Aaron Ramsey and Elizabeth Ramsey in police booking photos.

Dallas police have arrested a father and stepmother for allegedly starving their son to death almost a year ago.

Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey were arrested on charges of felony injury to a child in the death of missing 11-year-old Johnathan Ramsey, the Associated Press reported.

Aaron Ramsey told police that he saw his son “eat his own feces” out of desperation,according to the Dallas Observer.

The father admitted to starving his son and dumping the body in Ellis County, Texas, police records show.

The Ramseys locked Johnathan in his room after he allegedly hit Elizabeth in the stomach while she was pregnant, causing her to suffer a miscarriage, his father claimed. According to police documents quoted by the International Business Times, the boy’s weight dropped from 90 pounds to a mere 60 on the “military rations” of bread and water dished out as punishment for his “violent episodes.”

Johnathan’s grandfather, Edward Ramsey, alerted police that the boy had been missing, WFAA reported. The grandfather’s call came after nearly nine months of getting no response to birthday presents and repeated excuses from his son about his grandson’s whereabouts, according to the International Business Times. The paper reported that the boy’s mother, a resident of New Mexico, experienced similar problems getting in touch with her son, saying that Aaron Ramsey lied repeatedly on the phone about the boy’s condition and location when she called.

Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey are being held on $500,000 bond each, according to the AP.

AP Mobile: Israeli army orders settlers out of Hebron house

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 13:28

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Israeli army orders settlers out of Hebron house

thumbnailHEBRON, West Bank (AP) – The Israeli military on Monday ordered dozens of Jewish settlers to evacuate a building they occupied last week in the heart of Hebron, the West Bank’s most volatile Palestinian city. The order could lead to a violent confrontation between soldiers and one of the most militant settler communities. Settlers have violently resisted such evacuations in the past, lashing out w…

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Jail strip searches upheld by Supreme Court – Associated Press – POLITICO.com

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 12:54

Jail strip searches upheld by Supreme Court – Associated Press – POLITICO.com.

Jail strip searches upheld by Supreme Court


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that jailers may subject people arrested for minor offenses to invasive strip searches, siding with security needs over privacy rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights.

In a dissenting opinion joined by the court’s liberals, Justice Stephen Breyer said strip searches improperly “subject those arrested for minor offenses to serious invasions of their personal privacy.” Breyer said jailers ought to have a reasonable suspicion someone may be hiding something before conducting a strip search.Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion for the court’s conservative justices that when people are going to be put into the general jail population, “courts must defer to the judgment of correctional officials unless the record contains substantial evidence showing their policies are an unnecessary or unjustified response to problems of jail security.”

Albert Florence was forced to undress and submit to strip searches following his arrest on a warrant for an unpaid fine, though the fine actually had been paid. Even if the warrant had been valid, failure to pay a fine is not a crime in New Jersey.

But Kennedy focused on the fact that Florence was held with other inmates in the general population. In concurring opinions, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito said the decision left open the possibility of an exception to the rule and might not apply to someone held apart from other inmates.

The first strip search of Florence took place in the Burlington County Jail in southern New Jersey. Six days later, Florence had not received a hearing and remained in custody. Transferred to another county jail in Newark, he was strip-searched again.

The next day, a judge dismissed all charges. Florence’s lawsuit soon followed.

He may still pursue other claims, including that he never should have been arrested.

Florence’s problems arose in March 2005, as he was heading to dinner at his mother-in-law’s house with his pregnant wife and 4-year-old child. His wife, April, was driving when a state trooper stopped the family SUV on a New Jersey highway.

Florence identified himself as the vehicle’s owner and the trooper, checking records, found an outstanding warrant for an unpaid fine. Florence, who is African-American, had been stopped several times before, and he carried a letter to the effect that the fine, for fleeing a traffic stop several years earlier, had been paid.

His protest was in vain, however, and the trooper handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail. At the time, the State Police were operating under a court order, spawned by allegations of past racial discrimination, that provided federal monitors to assess state police stops of minority drivers. But the propriety of the stop is not at issue, and Florence is not alleging racial discrimination.

Kennedy gave three reasons to justify routine searches – detecting lice and contagious infections, looking for tattoos and other evidence of gang membership and preventing smuggling of drugs and weapons.

Kennedy also said people arrested for minor offenses can turn out to be “the most devious and dangerous criminals.” Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh initially was stopped by a state trooper who noticed McVeigh was driving without a license plate, Kennedy said.

In his dissent, Breyer said inmates in the two New Jersey jails already have to submit to pat-down searches, pass through metal detectors, shower with delousing agents and have their clothing searched.

Many jails, several states and associations of corrections officials say strip searches should only be done when there is reasonable suspicion, which could include arrest on drug charges or for violent crimes, Breyer said.

In 1979, the Supreme Court upheld a blanket policy of conducting body cavity searches of prisoners who had had contact with visitors on the basis that the interaction with outsiders created the possibility that some prisoners got hold of something they shouldn’t have.

For the next 30 or so years, appeals courts applying the high court ruling held uniformly that strip searches without suspicion violated the Constitution.

But since 2008 – and in the first appellate rulings on the issue since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – appeals courts in Atlanta, Philadelphia and San Francisco decided that authorities’ need to maintain security justified a wide-ranging search policy, no matter the reason for someone’s detention.

The high court upheld the ruling from the Philadelphia court, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case is Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, 10-945.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74733.html#ixzz1qu2SIaJS

what I want…from Linda

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 12:06

Hugs and Best Wishes,
Scottie

Hugs, Sex & Insanity « milkboys – The Boys Blog

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 08:50

Hugs, Sex & Insanity « milkboys – The Boys Blog.

Hugs, Sex & Insanity

Once the memory of their school days starts to fade, many adults think the troubles of this time are not much of a burden compared to the problems they have to face in their world. But I’m sure everyone who’s still in school or was not too long ago will recognise that there are many things that can make an ordinary day at school seem like hell, something you might at some point even think you don’t have the power to endure any longer.

No matter if it’s bullying, problems at home or “just” the normal pressure that comes with what seems to be a planned out school “career” nowadays with parents apparently thinking that their kids are doomed if they don’t study for hours every day once they attend kindergarten.

And everyone who was lucky enough to have some loving friends helping them through such days will tell you that there are some little things that can mean so much, that can give you the confidence you need to face these problems once again, that can be a game changer in the harsh world school has become for many kids.

A hug from a friend is one of these simple, yet incredible powerful things.

But not everyone is seeing hugs for what they are: A way to embrace your friends, a way to comfort someone who is in need, a way to save someone’s day. For some people hugs are a threat. A dangerous act that leads to something these people fear more than the devil itself: Sex.

Read on…

I would be preaching to the choir here if I point out that this is, of course, utter nonsense; that there is nothing sexual about hugs. That not every time people touch each other it’s a ritual to initiate a wild orgy of teenage sex full of sweat, cum and endorphin. Hugs are just that: hugs.

But some societies are so scared by the idea of two people loving each other, as friends or as a couple, that they don’t even dare to use the word hug. Instead they come up with technical terms that are outright disgusting in their lifeless blandness. A hug becomes a “PDA”, a “Public Display of Affection”, a term that would easily fit into Orwell’s 1984.

Once they do this it can’t really surprise anyone when they start to outlaw hugs. More and more schools all over the Unites States actually state in their school rules that hugs are not allowed or that students can’t come closer than 30 centimetres to each other. The school that banned hugging as an “unsuitable physical interaction” was just the latest example, this is going on for years now.

The hypocrisy of a system in which weapons are glorified and a film about a game that consists of kids slaughtering each other is celebrating one of the most successful opening weekends in cinema history while the mere slip of a nipple of a female singer causes enough controversy and outrage to keep the nation’s media busy for weeks and weeks is hardly worth pointing out since it’s so painfully obvious. It’s this kind of hypocrisy that leads to schools prohibiting hugs while bullying gay teens is defended as “freedom of religion”.

It this really the world we want to live in? Is this how we want the next generations to grow up? Under the impression that affection is something dirty, that caring for each other is “inappropriate”? I don’t have any solutions handy here. But I do believe that it’s time to do something. To make it better for American kids and to make sure this attitude won’t spread to other parts of the world.

But what do you do in the face of insanity?

Close enough

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 02:58

Failbook: Skeletor 2012

pure stupid…hope he don’t breed..well after this I doubt he can!

Filed under: Music and Videos — Scottie @ 02:48

Brain Fart

Filed under: Animals, Pictures — Scottie @ 02:45

funny cat pictures - Lolcats: I better being some "rrrrrrr" of a certain kitchen appliance.

funny dog pictures - I Has A Hotdog: Hoomans Best Friend

advice animals memes  - Animal Memes: The Most Interesting Cat in the World: Maybe He's Got Something Important to Say

Lolcats: Book? What Book?

I Has A Hotdog: Play Mates

Animal Memes: Peeping Tomcat - You're a Dirty Bird

Lolcats: Don't bark

Animal Gifs: You'll FLIP For This Dinner!!111

I Has A Hotdog: Scuse me!

Animal Memes: Captain Kitteh - We May Have to Attack

Lolcats: Wut Kitteh Finks uv Hunger Games.

Animal Capshunz: Everybody Needs An Ego Boost

Animal Capshunz: Dumb Moment Dolphin

Lolcats: Ai Lubs

Lolcats: ... And This Is Why

Lolcats: I Don't Like to Brag

I Has A Hotdog: Sumtimez We Get Sleepy After Noms...

Lolcats: Look at All the Fun You're Missing!

Animal Memes: First World Cat Problems - The Sun's Not Even Out Yet

Animal Gifs: Nawt Sharing.

Tall Tales

 

get the point

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 02:10

Gay rodeo practices bucked by critics | Dan Schreiber | Local | San Francisco Examiner

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 01:44

Gay rodeo practices bucked by critics | Dan Schreiber | Local | San Francisco Examiner.

Gay rodeo practices bucked by critics

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A traditional event in gay rodeos is two cowboys racing across the arena to put panties on a goat, something at least one critic has taken issue with.

Organizers of San Francisco’s Best Buck in the Bay gay rodeo say they have taken strides to create an event that treats animals with respect, but activists have two words for them: Goat panties.

The practice of two cowboys racing down a dirt arena to quickly outfit the captive goats with dainty undergarments is unique to gay rodeos, and the group putting on this year’s show in mid-September in La Honda was the subject of protest Saturday outside a fundraiser for the event.

“It’s cruel,” said Andrew Zollman, who led the protest in front of the Powerhouse bar in South of Market. “It’s just a docile animal.”

Zollman also takes issue with the “chute dogging” event that has bulls being dragged to the ground by their heads, a common event at rodeos.

But Paul “Popper” DuBray, the rodeo director, says the content of the event has to be determined by the International Gay Rodeo Association, and he doesn’t feel the current attractions rise to the level of abuse. DuBray noted his rodeo’s use of breakaway lassos for calf roping events.

“I respect people’s opinions and respect what they have to say,” DuBray said. “At the same time, they also have to afford us the same opportunity and do what we feel passionate about. We have put things in place to keep the safety of the animals at the upmost.”

DuBray added that the goats don’t seem terribly bothered by wearing panties.

“They just sort of stand there,” he said. “I don’t really know. I don’t speak goat.”

Gay-rodeo standards require goats to be “rested” after every eight “dressings.”

Zollman also criticizes the group’s overall fundraising and spending structure, which was hit with a $24,000 embezzlement scheme by former treasurer Jeffrey Harper in 2010. DuBray said the rodeo has since taken measures to prevent future fraud, and that information on its finances is tough to nail down because many of its files were lost in the embezzlement.

According to the group’s nonprofit form filings, the event’s charitable contributions have fluctuated widely over the years. While the rodeo gave charitable grants of $5,750 and $14,808 in 2006 and 2007 respectively, it only gave a total of $4,000 between 2008 and 2010. In recent years, the cost of the event has been between $60,000 and $90,000, according to the forms.

“It seems like just a shell for them to have special events and keep it tax free,” Zollman complained.

His group, LGBT Compassion, also has been protesting the rodeo’s backers, including a winery that canceled its sponsorship in October. The group previously catalyzed the shutdown of live chicken sales at The City’s Civic Center farmers market and others.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/04/gay-rodeo-practices-bucked-critics#ixzz1qrK2RcPD

 

Gay marriage won’t harm church rights: Anglican leader

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 01:30

Gay marriage won’t harm church rights: Anglican leader.

Gay marriage won’t harm church rights: Anglican leader

April 2, 2012 – 11:16AM
Brisbane's Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt argues a proposed marriage equality bill would remove discrimination.

Brisbane’s Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt argues a proposed marriage equality bill would remove discrimination. Photo: Andrew Sheargold

The dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane has broken ranks with traditionalists and thrown his support behind allowing same-sex marriage.

In his submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry, the Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt argues a proposed marriage equality bill will remove discrimination, afford equal marriage rights to same-sex and heterosexual couples, and recognise society’s pluralistic nature.

Dr Catt’s contribution appears under a St John’s Cathedral letterhead but he makes clear it is a personal submission and is not endorsed by the Anglican Church of Australia’s Brisbane Diocese.

In December, the Anglican Primate of Australia and Archbishop of Brisbane, The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, said changing the definition of marriage was not consistent with the church’s current view.

“Discussion about changing same-sex marriage laws has been a topic of discussion across the world-wide Anglican communion, and resolutions at the Australian General Synod consistently support marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, based on Scripture,” Dr Aspinall said in a statement.

But Dr Catt says the proposed Marriage Equality Amendment Bill addresses what philosopher John Rawls called a foundational principle of justice, “that each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive total system of equal basic liberties compatible with a similar system of liberty for all”.

Dr Catt says the current Marriage Act denies legal and social recognition to same-sex couples, recognition that is “available to all opposite-sex couples with legal capacity, regardless of any other characteristic”.

“Recognising the union of same-sex couples doesn’t reduce the liberty of other couples to enter into legally- and socially-recognised partnerships – so there is an inherent injustice in preventing same-sex couples from doing so,” he says.

Dr Catt notes churches will not be forced to marry same-sex couples, saying the Marriage Act will continue to enable the conduct of both civil ceremonies and those conducted by ministers of religion.

“I therefore commend the fact that the proposed legislation will not affect the right of churches or other religious groups to celebrate marriage according to their own understanding and religious beliefs,” he writes.

“I believe the inclusion of this provision will provide a position space in which religious groups will be able to have their own internal debates and conversations about their approach to marriage.

“This in turn allows for these sectarian debates to be separated from the debate as it applies to the nation as a whole. I see this as honouring the pluralistic nature of Australian society.”

Dr Catt’s letter is one of many submissions lodged by religious leaders as a Senate inquiry considers a bill to allow same-sex couples equal marriage rights to heterosexual couples.

Six Victorian Catholic bishops last week wrote to their parishioners urging them to oppose same-sex marriage, arguing Australian society would “flourish only if the true meaning of marriage is preserved for future generations”.

“A grave mistake will be made if such legislation is enacted,” the six Catholic leaders wrote.

“The Government cannot redefine the natural institution of marriage, a union between a man and a woman. The Government can regulate marriage, but this natural institution existed long before there were any governments. It cannot be changed at will.”

The Presbyterian Church of Queensland’s submission to the inquiry argues the Marriage Act should not be further amended to allow same-sex marriage “because homosexual practice is a sinful act in the sight of God, and because the status of marriage will be eroded”.

But prominent Brisbane-based advocate Shelley Argent, of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Australia, says same-sex marriage is working overseas without any detrimental effects to the churches or society generally.

In her submission, Mrs Argent says her gay son, who worked for the Queensland Police Service, felt he had to do more to prove himself than others and should have the right to marry the person he loved.

“When James was in the police force, he was good enough to go into dangerous situations, where many straight men wouldn’t dare, he was good enough to be in charge of the watch house and keep guard over murderers, rapists and paedophiles who had the right to marry, but he couldn’t,” she writes.

“This is absolutely not fair.”

Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage have urged members of the public to lodge submissions to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, which has set a deadline of today for public feedback.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gay-marriage-wont-harm-church-rights-anglican-leader-20120402-1w7fg.html#ixzz1qrGJeKBl

Redneck Lent..from Bill

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 00:53

REDNECK LENT

Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak.
But, all of Bubba’s neighbors were Catholic. And since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday.
The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest.
The Priest came to visit Bubba, and suggested that he become a Catholic.

After several classes and much study, Bubba attended Mass…and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said, “You
were born a Baptist, and raised a Baptist, but now you are a Catholic.”
Bubba’s neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the
neighborhood.

The Priest was called immediately by the neighbors, and, as he rushed into Bubba’s yard, clutching a rosary and
prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement.
There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted:
”You wuz born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you is a catfish.”

Hugs and Best Wishes,
Scottie

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