The Battle Against Sexual Predators in the US Military

A woman who joins the US military probably expects to be exposed to life-treatening situations, traumatic violence and harsh living conditions. She probably doesn't expect to be raped by her comrades in arms. ...more

I don't know what to say and this makes me so angry I just stare at the screen in silence. ...more

Excuse me Mr. Criminal, can you please hold that thought?

I have recently changed jobs and have moved into a not-so-good part of town. Granted, it's not like the inner city of some huge metropolis, but in our city, it's bad. I was at the store the other day and happened to walk past an end cap of pepper spray. It caught my attention because, well, it's pink AND it had a Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon on it. There is no better thing than spraying the ignorant bastard who thought it necessary to disrupt your day, all while a) looking cute with your pink sprayer and b) saving lives. ...more

Bader Ginsburg Returns to High Court; Pens Decision Expanding Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Returning to the US Supreme Court after treatment for pancreatic cancer, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg authored a 7-2 majority decision upholding a federal law prohibiting gun ownership by people with domestic violence convictions. (You can read the opinion, along with the dissent authored by Chief Justice Roberts. ...more

This is an important decision and undoubtedly will prevent some violence in the future -- I ...more

Michael Phelps: Crime and Punishment

When we put people way up high on a pedestal, the only thing we can know for certain is that they will eventually fall.  Here in America, we tend to have expectations for our public figures that we ourselves cannot even begin to live up to, essentially setting them up for certain failure.  We tend to forget that no one is perfect, not even a record setting, Olympic gold-medalist.  But oh, how we want them to be. Michael Phelps, darling of the swimming pool, winner of eight gold medals, hero and role-model for children everywhere was photographed smoking pot at a ...more

Is Human Isolation Causing Alaska's Rape Epidemic?

According to the FBI, Alaska's reported forcible rapes per capita were two and a half times the national average. It also mentioned that Alaska has been the leading state with this crime statistic for many years. ...more

York

Tomorrow is the anniversary of York's murder. I cannot explain how I feel each year as this day approaches. His birthday every year is a rough day too, but this day is worse. It is hard to breathe on these days. I have come to the conclusion that I will never have an answer for my questions, the biggest of which is: HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED? ...more

I know he meant a lot to you.  Every time you talk about him I can almost picture him...he ...more

Racially Motivated Katrina Vigilantes: Is Black Life Worth More than a Wine Cooler?

Journalist A.C. Thompson, writing for The Nation magazine, documented that white vigilantes shot black men at will during Hurricane Katrina in Algiers Point, part of the City of New Orleans, and no one has been investigated, much less prosecuted. Furthermore, associated video of white men boasting about their deeds indicates the men acted with police approval. ...more

This was the same rationale that the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's mentor, more

What Have we Become?

The eyes of the innocent harbor violenceOur children, our beautiful giftshow are they expected to make sense?We feed them destruction and chaosSending them out, expecting them to be productiveHow can we set our standards so high?Putting so little work into itThis is the motto for all of these parentsDo as I say, not as I doWe are no more than hypocrites,We are no more than cowards.Giving in and throwing away our rightsLetting others take care of what we should beOnly to be careless, only to be free ...more

Legally, MySpace Mom Not Guilty of Much in Megan Meier Case

The verdict is in on Lori Drew, 49, the Missouri "MySpace Mom" accused of setting up a fake account to taunt 13-year-old Megan Meier, reports CNN. ...more

Well-written and thoughtful post, Nordette.

This case reminds me of the Texas ...more

Big Crime in a Small City

So, as if fourth grade homework wasn't enough, we woke up this past Monday morning on our way to school to find that our car had been stolen!  Yup, gone without a trace except for the skid marks they left behind.  Unbelievably, it was taken right from my own driveway.  You're probably wondering why it wasn't in the garage right?  Well, the day before this happened, my husband decided to clean out the garage.  He cleaned it and then we took off in his truck for the day.  We got home late and decided to leave the car outside for one night.  And on this one night, as things happen, it go ...more
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