Sunday, October 30, 2011
You may remember that I was one of the last people on the face of the earth to have heard of the show, Jon and Kate Plus Eight.
Since I don't generally watch reality TV or read gossip rags, I wasn't following the ups and downs of the Gosslin marriage. I guess you could say I had better things to do with my life.
I accidentally stumbled upon this show one day when I was bored and wound up watching an all day marathon which I seemed almost incapable of turning off for the next four hours. It seemed like a train wreck searching for a track.
Who were these people and why was Kate so full of herself? Why does Jon not have a spine? Why is this mom pimping her kids for clothes, play houses, etc.? Does she really believe that this sort of lifestyle could possibly be healthy for the kids?
I just didn't get it. Since then, I have been made aware that the Gosslin marriage was not on solid ground despite the vow renewal show I watched during that marathon.
Jon, the formerly henpecked husband, turned out to be a cad and people who had once hated Kate rallied to her side in light of John's dalliances.
Now it turns out there is something else the audience of this show did not know. William Blankinship who had been involved in editing such TLC shows as "Jon and Kate Plus 8," "Kate Plus 8," "17 Kids and Counting" and "Table for 12." was arrested Oct. 21 on charges relating to child porn.
Parents, do you need any more reasons not to put your children on one of these "reality" TV shows?
Thankfully, Mr. Blankinship was never in the field or in direct contact with any of the talent for any of those productions. Let's hope that if he is indeed guilty he serves a long prison sentence.
The New York Post is reporting that another sexual assault has occurred in the Occupy Wall Street tent city in Zuccotti Park.
According to reports, a man barged into a woman’s tent and sexually assaulted her at around 6 AM. Protesters then chased him from the park.
“Pervert! Pervert! Get the f–k out!” said witnesses. “They were shining flashlights in his face and yelling at him to leave,” said a woman who called herself Leslie, but refused to give her real name.
Why is it then that NO ONE EVER bothered to call the cops? Is it really true that Occupy Wall Street is handling it internally?
Handling it internally? What the heck does that mean? Are we talking vigilante justice? Could it be that they handled it by shining flashlights in his face and yelling at the rapist to leave?
What about the victim? How can such a policy help the victim? Is the larger message of the group more important than the individuals pain? Are victims cautioned not to go to file a report? Are they really told to steer clear of the authority in keeping with the "don't snitch policy"?
What about the perpetrator? Does this mean he is free to rape again? Will other women become victims of this rapist due to the short-sightedness of the groups "don't snitch" policy?
Don't forget the security policy at the Occupy Baltimore encampment states the following:
Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate law enforcement.
Really? They're not encouraging the involvement of the policy? The people at Occupy are setting up their own kangaroo court system?
Regardless who the perpetrator is, be he a wall street banker, a Tea Party Activist, a homeless person, or even a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, NO WOMAN should be pressured NOT to seek help. If this is indeed true, then the movement truly fails women, ALL WOMEN!
Let me repeat, rape is NEVER good. It is never right. Rape is never warranted.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
According to the New York Post the Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff has a bit of a problem about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters. (Just wondering what is a professional homeless person? Is that something someone should post on their resume? Is there a career path in homelessness before one actually becomes a professional)
Yes boys and girls the folks that brought us "fairness" and sharing means caring are a wee bit upset that people who are draining their funds. Imagine that. Sort of like the American taxpayer is sick and tired of paying for TARP, bailouts, and people who cheat the system.
Cooks plan to serve only brown rice instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad. They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
Sharla Tane, one of the Occupy Wall Street cooking staff, complained that “our hard work is being filched by spongers looking for a free meal.”
I'm sorry, is that another way of saying, "Let them eat cake?" Pherhaps redistribution is good, but only when they get to redistribute Other People’s Money. You know like taxpayer's money. I forgive her though because she must not have taken the Wealth Redistribution 101 class at the School of Hard Knocks.
Now imagine for just one moment if those evil "Tea baggers" had complained about feeding the hungry or mentioned that many of them felt unappreciated and overworked. (Read racist if referring to the Tea Party when they complain and it is posted in the liberal media. I would imagine that these statements would be played in an endless loop as proof that members of the Tea Party, just don't care about people. Pot meet kettle.
Feeding the "professional homeless" isn't the only problem the Occupy Wall Street is experiencing. There are rumors that one homeless man had pulled a knife in a dispute and that there had been yet another case of groping.
According to the news, most of the crime at Occupy Wall Street goes unreported, because of a bizarre “stop snitching” rule. So does that mean if a woman is groped, molested, or raped, she should just keep her mouth shut like a good girl? INCREDIBLE!!!!
Problems with the movement also extend to Madison City where officials temporarily denied Occupy Madison a new street use permit Wednesday after protesters violated public health and safety conditions. Employees of nearby hotels complained of inappropriate behavior, such as public masturbation, from street protesters.
Meanwhile one might want to consider the tremendous amount of money that cities are spending due to the Occupy Movement. This is money that might be better spent on schools, policy, housing, etc.
For example the city of Philadelphia shelled out $230,000 for one week, mostly in police overtime to man the tent city that sprung up next to City Hall. Other costs include setting up a police command center, as well as public property and sanitation expenses.
On the other side of the spectrum Tea Party groups across the nation are accusing local and state governments of a double standard – charging them fees to hold rallies in public parks, while allowing Occupy protesters to set up camp for free.
The members of the Tea Party would have loved to have parity in how they were portrayed by the media but not surprisingly received only disparaging charges of being racist, selfish, and evil. They were called a sexually demeaning name, Tea Baggers, and yet we are all supposed to praise the Occupy Movement and be impressed with their peaceful movement. In fact, some of us would argue that those in the Occupy movement are arriving a little late to the party.
The Tea Party was outraged by the bailouts—but not for lack of access to the government’s coffers. The Tea Party argued that government did not have constitutional authority to bail out anyone on Wall Street or Main Street.
Remember, when all is said and done, with all the promise of "Hope and Change," a few years ago and the results: 9% unemployment, 14 Million out of work, Baliouts, etc. How's that working for YOU?
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A man and woman were arrested in Dewey Square for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover police officer.
I find it interesting that the media describes the couple as living in a tent with Occupy Boston protesters on the Rose Kennedy Greenway as opposed to being part of the group. I suspect if this had been a Tea Party rally arrest the media would point to this as yet another example of the depravity of those on the right.
Take for example, the media's handling of Mr. Steve Stevlic. Mr. Stevlic is a Tea Party activist and is the head of the Chicago Tea Party. It was very important for the media to inform us of his arrest for soliciting a prostitute. Perhaps it should be mentioned here that according to the Chicago DA, all charges against Stevlic were dropped.
Meanwhile, back at Occupy Boston.... The arrest of thirty-four-year-old Isaac Bell and 31-year-old Charlene Dumont went down after an undercover officer bought heroin from Bell in the men’s bathroom at South Station. Uniformed officers arrested Bell when he returned to his tent in Dewey Square.
Officers recovered the money used to buy the drugs as well as a small bag of heroin and empty plastic bags.
Why is there a disparate treatment of the two groups by the media? Why was it important to call out Mr. Stevic but at the same time make sure that the herion dealers were NOT actually part of the group, just living there? What is their proof that they weren't part of the protest or should we just safely assume the best? Could the answer be found in the fact that four times more journalists identify as Liberal than Conservative? I'll let you be the judge.
Maybe, just maybe, Mr. Bell and Ms. Dumont were just visiting the encampment. If so then it wouldn't be fair to paint Occupy Boston with a broad brush of criminality. Then again, maybe, just maybe the people who attended Tea Party Rallies would have appreciated it if the media and those on the left hadn't placed on an endless loop that "ALL Tea Party people are racist".
Party on Garth. Party on Wayne. Party on Occupy Whatever!
Monday, October 24, 2011
There is an investigation into the possible sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at the Occupy Dallas campsite. According to published reports, members of the Occupy Dallas never knew the girl was 14 saying she had claimed to be 19 years old.
Police were alerted after someone recognized the girl from a picture seen on a flyer asking for help locating a missing teen.
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, a 14 year old girl misrepresented her age. What should be surprising, but sadly is not, is that grown men were ready and willing to take advantage of this young girl.
Gosh is there a pattern here? Sadly, I've seen a few people posting that this statutory rape (and yes that's just what it is because she does not have the legal ability to consent) is the girl's own fault. After all she lied about her age.
Just what kind of pervert sleeps with a fourteen year old? Never mind. I think we know don't we.
By the way, didn't Obama say he supports this group? Maybe he should back away from this statement before it gets much worse. As if....
Funny how the TEA Party never needed to develop guidelines on how to deal with rape and sexual assault at any of their rallies.
The published #Occupy guidelines involve discouraging police involvement! I'm not kidding. According to their own pamphlet members of the protest group who believe they are victims or who suspect sexual abuse "are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee," which will investigate and "supply the abuser with counseling resources." What the heck does that mean exactly?
As a rape survivor myself, I would wonder why anyone would discourages victims of sexual assaults from contacting police.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Here we go again kiddies. According to the Missoula police, 11-year-old boy turned up drunk on the courthouse lawn, from the Occupy Missoula encampment early Thursday morning.
Twenty-seven year old John Skinner was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Police say Skinner invited the boy and his friend into his tent so he could "keep an eye on him." Good thing too because it turns out that the police found the boy unconscious and vomiting on the courthouse lawn.
Boy, this sure brings back memories of that TEA Party last July.
Drunk pre-teens running around everywhere..... rapes, theft, pedophiles..... Oh wait, that sort of thing NEVER happened at the Tea Party Rallies. Never Mind.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Fernbank Museum is celebrating Halloween with two events to satisfy the scary and sweet sides of All Hallow’s Eve for children and adults. An adult event will be offered on Friday, October 28 as part of Martinis & IMAX®. Fright Night will embrace the scary attire of ‘80s proms and eerie prom films set in the (almost) ‘80s, like Carrie (1976), as Fernbank reveals what happens “When Good Proms Go Bad.” On Saturday, October 29, Fernbank invites children to don their costumes and enjoy a safe environment for trick-or-treating along with special activities and costumed characters as the Museum becomes a BOO-seum.
Halloween Fun for Adults:
Martinis & IMAX® Fright Night
Friday, October 28 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight
What happens when good proms go bad? Fernbank’s annual adult Halloween event is taking you back to the day of big hair with an ‘80s prom theme. Enjoy live music by Flux Capacitor, a special “screaming” of Carrie, a costume contest for best Prom King and Queen and more.
Standard Martinis & IMAX® prices apply: $7 for general admission or general admission with Carrie screening (must purchase in advance to guarantee seating), $12 for general admission plus Carrie and/or an IMAX® film. Members receive free general admission and can purchase IMAX® tickets for $7.
Halloween Fun for Kids and Families:
Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)
BOO-seum admission is free with a Museum ticket: $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3-12, and free for museum members and children ages 2 and under.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. Visitor information is available at fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6300. Tickets can be purchased at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling the box office at 404.929.6400.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Behold the stunning apathy in the face of horrible suffering. This video is incredibly difficult to watch. A two-year-old toddler is struck by a van in a busy marketplace.
The van briefly stops with the girl small body underneath the van, before continuing on, its way. The girl is left barely moving in her own blood as several pedestrians and cyclists pass by with indifference.
I suppose one could blame the bystander effect. The bystander effect or Genovese syndrome is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present.
How tragic that it only takes one individual to help and yet a child died a horrible death because no one chose to act.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Occupy Wall Street is not much different than the Tea Party movement according to President Obama.
WAIT A MINUTE! I said wait a minute. I think you might want to rethink that statement, Mr. President.
How could it possibly be that a group that claims they are the people that are going to bring about "change" and a "new order" would demonstrate their inability to see that the world is NOT populated solely by good people, even if they do profess to have the same political beliefs that you do.
I say this because it appears the 19-year-old student was instructed by “Occupy Cleveland” personnel to “share a tent with the suspect due to a shortage of tents.” Sadly, this young woman might not have the ability to make an informed decision. It has come to light that she attends Summit Academy in Parma, a school for young people with educational abilities like Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism and hyperactvity.
She DID NOT deserve to be raped. That's worth repeating. She DID NOT deserve to be raped. I do blame the organizers who put her in this position. Why would they assign her to share such tight living quarters with a man she didn't know?
As a rape survivor myself, I know first hand the overwhelming degradation and life-long effects that come with having been violated in such a manner.
The comparisons to the Tea Party don't stop there. It appears in Nirvana, I mean Zuccotti Park, where the good people of Occupy Wall Street are camped out, thieves experienced some plundering last night. According to the New York Post, about $2,500 in donations were stolen from the kitchen. One protester claimed his $5,500 laptop was also taken.
While I have no clue if the plundering took place by people who are actually in the group, hangers on to the group, people invited into the group with signs that said, "Room for one more", but some how, I just don't believe on of those evil, racist Tea Partiers stole the young man's laptop.
You don't suppose that this young man who had his laptop stolen actually meant redistribution of wealth stops at his laptop. Seems a bit selfish that he doesn't want to share with the people who don't have a laptop. I'm part of that percent. Hey maybe the government will supply me one as part of my RIGHTS as a human being. I have the right to a iPad don't you?
Ah but if that were an isolated incident. A man accused of exposing himself to children in the Seattle area at least five times since September was arrested early Tuesday at his home in Kenmore. Not quite certain how I missed the flasher pervert at the tea party rally. Oh wait, if there actually HAD been one of those trust me there would have been no way anyone could have missed it because it would have been all over the news.
Oh and did you hear that a convicted sex offender from California registered his address at the Occupy Portland camp? Don't worry though because he says "I'm not here to harm children," Since last week, he's been living in Lownsdale Square among the dozens of other demonstrators in solidarity with the national Occupy Wall Street movement. Anyone want to share a tent with him?
So let's see, there's rape going on, thievery, and the occasionally child molester. You're right Obama, they're just like the Tea Party, oh except for the whole criminal element. By the way, don't look for this to hit the main stream media because only stories about "racist teabaggers" make the news.