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PETA Writes to Bear Mauling Victim

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This is from Central PA.com.

What a bunch of pompous arrogant asses. 

 

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PORTER TOWNSHIP, CLINTON COUNTY – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, has asked a local young woman who was mauled by a bear to stop hunting.

PETA sent a letter to Camille Bomboy, the 18-year-old hunter who narrowly survived an attack by a mother bear Friday morning.

Bomboy was attacked by a bear Monday morning at her family’s farm, and suffered bite injuries to her arms and shoulders and almost lost an ear. Her step-father was able to scare the bear off by shooting a rifle into the air.

Bomboy is at home healing and had said that the mauling won’t stop her from hunting. PETA suggested that Bomboy take up hiking or photography.

The full text of the letter is below.

December 13, 2013

Dear Ms. Bomboy,

I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Pennsylvania, to send our best wishes for your speedy recovery and ask you to take a few moments to reflect on this incident. This seems to be a good opportunity to put yourself in the place of the individuals you and the rest of your hunting party were trying to kill. As terrifying as it must have been to be attacked by a bear, please consider the frightening and painful experiences that hunters set out to impose upon animals. There used to be a bumper sticker that read, “I support the right to arm bears!” That was a joke, but in all seriousness, it would be a blessing if you were to abandon hunting and decide to live and let live.

As this mother bear demonstrated, animals form intense bonds with their young, just as we do, and will go to great lengths to protect them, just as your stepfather did for you. Like us, animals value their lives and don’t want to be killed. And many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they’re injured by hunters but not killed outright, which I’m sure you know firsthand from being in the woods. A study of 80 radio-collared deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with “traditional archery equipment,” 11 were wounded but not recovered.

Now that you’ve experienced the horror of an attack—although this one was in self-defense—we hope you will choose to enjoy nature in only nonviolent ways. Thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards,

Alicia Woempner
Special Projects Division Manager

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1 Arrested After Nun Hospitalized Following Assault And Rape

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This is from CBS Pittsburg.

A son of Obama raped a nun in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

This savage needs to be put down like the rabid savage he is.

(Photo Credit: Aliquippa Police)

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BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – An 18-year-old has been charged in the brutal rape and beating of an elderly nun in Aliquippa.

Andrew Bullock, of Orchard Street, faces at least 10 charges in the Friday morning attack.

The nun serves at St. Titus Church on Franklin Avenue.

She was walking in a parking lot behind the church when she was approached by a man who choked her, punched her, then threw her to the ground where she was assaulted and raped.

Assistant Chief Dan Couch told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “The first thing you notice when you look up up where this horrific act occurred, is the statue of the Virgin Mary looking down.”

Couch told Gable the savage beating outraged officers in his department.

They worked with the Beaver County D.A. to make a swift arrest.

A key piece of evidence was a boot print in the snow that investigators say matches the boots Bullock was wearing.

Bullock was arraigned at Aliquippa Police Headquarters.

KDKA does not identify victims of sex crimes.

The nun, who is in her 70s, is recovering at Allegheny General from a broken jaw.

Assistant Chief Couch says it was his department’s goal to get Bullock behind bars as soon as possible.

“We did that and I’m very proud of the work they did,” he said.

As of Saturday morning the nun was reportedly in stable condition and expected to be released from the hospital.

The Sisters of St. Joseph also released a statement Saturday, saying in part: “The Sisters of St. Joseph are deeply saddened and heart-broken by the assault of one of our Sisters. Through God’s grace and goodness, Sister is expected to be released from the hospital today.

Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court in major 2nd Amendment victory

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This is from BizPac Review.

This is a big win for Florida College students.

This is a win for the Second Amendment.

The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

And it’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse – restrict Second Amendmentrights.

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From University of North Florida student Alexandria Lainez’s Facebook page.

“This is a growing movement in a number of cases,” said Jacksonville attorney Eric Friday, who represents Florida Carry Inc. and UNF student Alexandria Lainez in the court fight.

Friday, who called the Lainez decision the biggest of its kind in Florida in 20 years, said the case “reaffirmed that the power to regulate firearms rests solely with the Legislature and not anywhere else.”

Florida Carry Inc. and  Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.

Lainez is a young mother, Friday said, “and she takes seriously her responsibility to protect herself and her child.”

Lainez, who’s 24 and has had a concealed weapons permit for three years, said she takes firearms safety and training pretty seriously, too. A Jacksonville resident with a half-hour one-way commute to school, she said she’s working to get students at other schools interested in gun training, too.

“I think it’s pretty important to be able to protect myself and my son, especially with that long commute to and from school.”

And making that commute armed means storing the gun on UNF property.

UNF regulations prohibit weapons on campus. According to the student handbook printed in 2011 when the case was filed, expressly threatened that violators could be arrested.

“No college or university has the authority” to make such a regulation, Friday said.

Lainez, a member of Florida Carry, sued UNF to change the regulation, but lost at trial to UNF’s argument that it could ban weapons because state law allowed school districts to do so. UNF argued that since it’s a school, it should be considered like a public school district.

In Tuesday’s decision, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled otherwise.

“From the beginning, the argument was an absurdity in my mind,” Friday said.

But the broader issue, Friday said, involved the powers of local governments – such as counties and cities – to violate gun rights through control ordinances that in effect in one part of the state but not another, putting gun owners at risk of arrest depending on the jurisdiction.

It’s a gun rights battle being fought in other states – where officials in places like libraries and bus companies try to make petty authority grounds for violating constitutional rights.

In Michigan in November, the state Supreme Court  refused to hear an appeal by a library district in Lansing that claimed it had a right to ban guns in a battle with Michigan Open Carry Inc. National Review’s headline called it a “victory for open carry advocates.”

In Wisconsin, the gun rights group Wisconsin Carry is suing the Madison Metro Transit Authority for trying to ban guns on city buses. That would make for stricter gun law than the ones passed by the state Legislature – which meets in Madison.

In Florida, a state law in 1987 prohibited local governments from passing local gun control ordinances stricter than those passed in Tallahassee, but included no way of enforcing it, Friday said.

That led to local governments – particularly in South Florida – “thumbing their noses at the Legislature,” Friday said.

In 2011, the Legislature passed another law containing a series of threatening local jurisdictions or agencies with fines against the agency heads, removal from office for elected officials and allowing for personal damages up to $100,000 for violations, Friday sad.

When that law passed, most local governments changed their laws to comply before it came into effect Oct 1, Friday said. UNF and some other agencies didn’t.

In an emailed statement Wednesday, UNF Associate Director for Public Relations Joanna Norris wrote that the university is still reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. Until it makes that decision, she wrote, the university’s policy prohibiting weapons on campus will remain in effect.

Friday said that means the university intends to continue breaking the law.

“In other words, despite the express, well-reasoned opinion of this court, they intend to continue violating students’ rights until they have to comply,” he said.

Why this kind of obstinacy by officials at the local level when they can’t get their anti-Second Amendment way in state capitals?

“In some cases, it’s just a personal belief, or bias against firearms or the right of self-defense,” Friday said. “People in power don’t like it when their power is challenged.”

Green Energy Backfires Duke Energy Pays $1 Million For Wind Farm Killing Eagles

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This is from The Liberty Alliance.

The law of unintended consequences is biting

Duke Energy in the a$$.

These companies get bribed by the Obama Regime to

hop on the green energy band wagon.

Now they are paying the fare for the ride.

Now the companies are going to pass on the fare for the

ride to their customers.

 

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Companies that are seeking to profit from government command and control energy policies are now experiencing the financial liability for following green energy central planner’s schemes.

Duke Energy recently settled with the federal government and paid $1 million for the company’s wind turbines killing birds in Wyoming.

From the LATIMES:

Duke Energy Renewables — a subsidiary of the Fortune 250 Duke Energy Corp.admitted to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with the deaths of more than 160 birds, including 14 golden eagles, according to court documents.

The deaths took place between 2009 and 2013 at two Duke sites in Wyoming that have 176 wind turbines, according to court documents.

Duke Energy is scrambling to find ways to stop its wind turbines from killing birds and the only solution is to shutdown wind turbines when eagles are approaching the wind farms.

The federal government warned in its Friday statement that it was imperative that wind turbine companies research possible effects on bird life before building sites because “at the present time, no post-construction remedies” except shut-down can make wind turbines safe for birds in areas where collision risk is high.

Duke is working to install radar technology, similar to that used by the military to monitor incoming missiles, that will detect eagles near the sites, according to the statement. The company also is employing field biologists who watch for the birds and temporarily shut down the turbines if necessary.

Compliance plan will cost Duke about $600,000 a year, according to court documents.

Continue Reading at DeneenBorelli.com

Read the rest of this Liberty Alliance article here: http://libertyalliance.com/2013/12/green-energy-backfires-duke-energy-pays-1-million-wind-farm-killing-eagles/#Yfy7BUbA4lXX0Mri.99

 

Superstitions and Old Wive’s Tales…

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Hat Tip Old NFO.

 

One can only ‘wonder’ where some of these came from…

-You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck.
-Many people believe that washing dishes and doing laundry on New Year day will lead to a death in the family. And most of them even do not wash their hair thinking it unlucky.
-Hold your breath while going past a cemetery otherwise you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.
-It’s bad luck to let someone rest their foot on your chair while gambling. If anyone tries, it’s customary to challenge them to a gunfight
-It’s good luck to wear an article of dirty clothing when sitting down to gamble.
-Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
-It is said that if you are out fishing and stop to count the number of fish you have caught at any time you will not catch anymore that day.
-The ancient Greeks used to believe that if you had sex while a North wind was blowing you would produce a male child. A Southern wind would produce a female child.
-It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.
-After the famous Battle of Waterloo many people were afraid to wear or grow violets because they had been Napoleon’s favourite flower.
-If you bite your tongue while eating it is said to mean that you recently told a lie.
-If your right nostril is itching a female visitor is coming to see you or if it is left nostril a male visitor.
-It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder. This superstition came from an early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall and the ground. By walking through a triangle it is said that you violate the Holy Trinity.
-A knife placed under the bed during the childbirth will ease the labour pains.
-In some parts of Britain it is said that eating the tongue of a dog will cure your ulcers.
-The settling down of swarm of bees on the roof indicates that the house will burn soon.
-It is believed that kissing at midnight on New Year’s Day increases the affections and attachments that will continue throughout the year.
-If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.
-To wear new clothes on the Easter Sunday brings good luck.
-If a dead person’s eyes are left open he or she will find someone to take along with him.
-Evil spirits can’t harm you when you stand inside a circle.
-If a pregnant woman steps over a grave this ensures an early death for her child.
-In sports there is something called the playoff beard which means that players on a team will not shave until there team is either eliminated or they win.
-Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.
-If you keep a spider in a walnut shell and place it around your neck it will act as a repellent against a plague.
-A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.
-In baseball you should never talk about a no hitter game that is currently going on because it could jinx it.
-It is said that if you don’t cover your mouth when you yawn then you may be letting evil spirits into your body.
-If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.
-In England it was once a custom to pass a newly born baby through the rind of a cheese.
-Cutting of fingernails on Friday or Sunday bring bad luck.
-It is believed that the direction of wind during the sunrise on New Year’s Day decides the luck for the coming year. Wind from east predicts natural calamities and wind from west predicts wealth but death of a person of great national importance. Wind from south predicts prosperity and wind from north predicts bad weather. No wind means prosperity and joy throughout the year.
-There is an old tradition in England that bread which is baked on Christmas Eve will never go mouldy.
-Many Native American tribes considered owls to be symbols of good luck, prosperity, and long life.
-A British superstition says that if you carry an acorn somewhere on yourself it will prevent you from growing old.
-To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy.
-It is said that if another woman is having problems conceiving then all she had to do to ensure success was to hug a pregnant woman.
-Finding a Cricket in your house brings good luck.
-Twitching of left eye signifies a death in the family.
-A wedding ring should absolutely never be dropped during the ceremony because this will bring bad luck, and whichever of the couple dropped the ring will be the first to die.it is equally important that neither of the couple picks up a dropped ring. The person preforming the ceremony should do it.
-Hold your breath when you pass by a graveyard or you may breathe in the spirit of someone recently buried.
-If a broken clock suddenly chimes in the house there will be a death in the family.
-Don’t bury a woman in black or she will return to haunt the household.
-If you dream of a birth, someone in the family will die.
-It is still common belief that the wedding ring shouldn’t be removed once it is put on.
-A bird in the house is a sign of a death.
-At slot machines, touch the seat to see if it’s still warm, and only play if it is.
-Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.
-Pictures of an elephant bring luck, but only if they face a door.
-If you spill salt throw some over your left shoulder to hit evil spirits in the eye.
-If a ferret, stoat or weasel jumps over the tummy of a pregnant woman then the child will be born with a birthmark.
-Breaking a mirror brings bad luck for seven years. To prevent it, you should run the pieces in a stream.
-If a robin flies into room through a window, death will shortly follow.
-A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.
-If cows lift their tails it is an indication of the coming rain.
-If the buried person was good, flowers will grow on his/her grave. If the person was bad or evil, weeds will grow.
-Wear a blue bead to protect yourself against witches.
-If you pull out a white hair, ten more will grow in its place.
-If you are not getting married, never wear white to a wedding or you will bring bad luck to the bride.
-Wearing blue is bad luck for actors, though it’s okay if it’s worn with silver.
-In the theatre, a yellow clarinet in an orchestra will bring disaster.
-Don’t walk over someone why they are laying on the ground because it will stop them from growing taller.
-You should spit on the new baseball bat before use to make it lucky.
-If a black cat walks towards you it will bring good luck. If it walks away from you it takes away your good luck.
-Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.
-If three people are photographed, the middle person will die first.
-The sudden falling of a comb while combing your hair is an indication of coming disappointment.
-A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.
-It was once thought that if a woman wanted her child to be fair skinned she should look at a corpse.
-If 13 people sit down to eat together, one of them will die before the year is over.
-”Ladybug ladybug fly away home” was said to the ladybugs instead of killing them because they represented the Virgin Mary.
-Rub a penny on a wart and it will disappear.
-Use white cotton thread to tie a knot for each wart. Bury it, and when the string rots, so too will your wart.
-In Europe they say that if you have small ears it means you are a mean person, but if you have large ears you will have a generous nature.
-Leaving your shoes upside down or upon the table is considered as bad luck.
-Many people believe that if they wear new clothes on New Year Day they will receive more new garments during the year.
-People wear red coloured clothes as they believe red is symbolic to happiness and bright future.
-If you see three butterflies together they will bring good luck.
-Before slicing a new loaf of bread, make the sign of the cross on it.
-A person who dies on Good Friday or midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven.
-If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will be severed.
-They say if you drop a scissors on the floor you lover is being unfaithful.
-People believe that loud noise scares the devil which is why New Year’s is celebrated with as much noise as possible. In many countries church bells rung at mid night for this reason.
-If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year.
-Welsh coal miners used to believe that if they washed the coaldust from their backs it would weaken their spines.
-Babies born on 1st January is considered to be the luckiest persons throughout their lives.
-In Damascus yo-yo’s were once banned because the people thought that they were causing a drought.
-When travelling it’s a good idea to wear a St Christopher Medal. It is supposed to keep you safe.
-All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.
-Scottish lore says to keep a knife under your pillow to avoid having fairies carry you off while you sleep.
-Step on a crack, break your mothers back.
-Think of a list of names of people you would consider marrying, then take an apple and twist the stem while reciting the names. Whoever’s name you call out when the stem breaks is the one you will marry.
-Eat some cherries and keep the pips. Count the pips while calling out the following – tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief- when you reach the last pip, you’ll know the occupation of your future husband.
-Cut an apple in half and count the seeds to find out how many children you will have.
-If a young girl sees a sparrow on Valentine’s Day she will marry a poor man and she will be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.
-If you ever drop a black ace on the floor while playing cards, quit the game. If you happen to drop the black ace and it falls on a mirror and breaks it, buy life insurance.
-If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.
-It is said that the luckiest things for you to find are horseshoes, four-leaf clovers and teeth.
-If you kill the bee which is trying to enter into your home, you will have bad luck.
-If you mention something terrible or that you wouldn’t want to happen, knock on wood.
-An acorn at the window will keep lightning out
-You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune.
-If you dream of running there will be a big change in your life.
-If an unborn child kicks on the left-hand side of the womb it is a boy and if on the right-hand side, it is a girl.
-Parsley should be picked and never cut and it should be grown from seed and not transplanted… and under no circumstances should you give it away or bad luck will fall upon you.
-Sage will grow well in the garden of a woman who dominates her husband.
-Hold a buttercup under your chin and if there’s a yellow reflection on your skin, it means you like butter.
-Sandalwood, ylang ylang, jasmine, and vanilla are very effective for attracting males.
-Garlic wards off vampires.
-The number of X’s in the palm of your right hand denotes the number of children you would have.
-Do not buy your husband shoes or he will walk right out of your life.
-If a rat runs around the feet of a pregnant woman this is very bad luck.
-The Indians from Peru, South America used to wash their babies in llama urine to ward off evil spirits.
-It’s bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.
-Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within a month.
-If your hand itches it means that you are going to run into some money.
-If your ear itched in the inside, someone was talking about you.
-Keeping a hat on the bed causes bad luck.

h/t Frito, Weird Neil

 

McDonough restaurant owner cited for flying flags

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This is from MyFoxAtlanta.

I can not express the outrage I am feeling right now.

One more thing from the cannot make this stuff up .

 

MCDONOUGH, Ga. –

A McDonough business owner may just be vindicated after city officials fined him for flying patriotic flags above his restaurant.

A McDonough business owner tells FOX 5 he was just trying to show his patriotic spirit and give thanks to the military, but the city told him to take his flags down. A code enforcement officer cited CJ’s Hot Dogs on Friday, but Saturday, McDonough City Administrator Frederick Gardiner told him that city law is not clear in the matter.

Hot dogs are on the menu at CJ’s, but the restaurant has an appetite for service. Darren Miller says the whole place is dedicated to police, fire and military—and it’s in his blood. His father is a Vietnam veteran, and he’s a retired DeKalb County fireman.

The walls of CJ’s Hot Dogs are covered with patches from men and women who also served. Miller believes it’s his right to salute them both inside and outside his restaurant.  Three months ago, he put up flags for country, state and every branch of the military.  But on Friday, the city of McDonough sent him a citation that said the flags have to come down.

“I’m just floored,” said Miller. “And I called the guy and asked what they’re for. And he said I’m in violation with my flags flying above my restaurant.”

It didn’t take long for outraged veterans to spread the word. Some called the citation sad, while others were outright angry.

The city administrator, who didn’t realize code enforcement officers cited the restaurant until Shaw told him on Friday, told Miller that the ordinance that classifies the flags as signs is too vague and needs to be rewritten. For that reason, he says he’s asking that the citation be thrown out.

It’s a victory for Miller, the veterans, and what the flags stand for.

“I’ve had enough of it,” said Miller. “I’m tired of being pushed around for supporting our local men and women and I’m not going to be pushed around anymore

 

Gonzaga Students Face Possible Expulsion After Pulling Gun On Home Intruder

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This is from KHQ NBC6 Spokane, Washington.

A son of Obama tries to break in and rob white students.

A white student pulls a legally owned handgun and is

able to scare off the son of Obama.

Now the white student is facing possible expulsion

because said student was unaware of the firearms rule. 

Gonzaga Students Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh face possible expulsion from the university for pulling a gun on an intruder.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Two Gonzaga students are facing possible expulsion from the University after they pulled a weapon in self defense as a six time felon attempted to get into their on campus apartment. According to the student handbook, students may not possess handguns on campus or university owned property.

On Friday a university discipline board decided to move forward with sanctions, including possible expulsion, for using the weapons. The students will learn in the near future about their future with the school. It all happened late in the night on October 24th when roommates Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh were hanging out in their university owned apartment.

At 10:15 Fagan answered the door and was greeted by John Taylor. John TaylorTaylor is a felon with an extensive criminal history and when he arrived Fagan said Taylor showed him what appeared to be an ankle bracelet as he tried to intimidate him. Fagan said Taylor then demanded money and was frustrated when he was turned down.

Taylor then attempted to force entry into the apartment. At that point McIntosh brandished his pistol. McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit for the gun and did not know it was in violation of policy at the time. Once Taylor saw the gun he left the property. McIntosh said Spokane Police took Taylor into custody after their report because he was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant.

Gonzaga released a statement speaking of their long standing weapons policy that has been in effect. The University says the policy has been in place to reduce threats to the school. This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

 

 

ANIMALS: 16yr. old Girl, raped/beaten ’til her ear bled by 2 girls & 3 boys who recorded attack on cell phone

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This is from Clash Daily.

More rapes and beatings by sons and daughters of Obama.

These feral animals need to put down.

This report comes from the U.K. Daily Mail.

Was this covered by  the Amerian  Media?

Look at these feral animals.

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A teenage gang of two girls and three boys have been accused of raping and beating a 16-year-old girl so badly she broke bones in her face and bled from her ear.

The victim was allegedly set upon when she visited a friend’s house in Hollywood on Friday night.

Police claim she was raped by one of the accused, 19-year-old Jayvon Woolfork, while she was held down by Lanel Singleton, 18, and three minors – a 17-year-old male, 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old girl.

The victim claimed she was kicked, thrown down stairs and had her face smashed on concrete, breaking bones near both her eyes.

Hollywood Police told NBC 6 they were able to identify all five of the teenagers allegedly involved because one of the accused took video of the fight and sexual assault on their cell phone.

Woolfork and Singleton were jailed without bond when they appeared in court yesterday, dressed in jailhouse scrubs with their wrists handcuffed behind their backs, for the first hearing in their case.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Broward County Judge John Hurley said: ‘This 16-year-old woman, both of her eyes were closed from being beaten, she had blood coming from one of her ears.

‘The court is concerned for the safety of this 16-year-old alleged victim.’

Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2013/11/animals-16yr-old-girl-rapedbeaten-til-ear-bled-2-girls-3-boys-recorded-attack-cell-phone/#bbKcRfbthXKaDdfC.99

25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

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This is from Zero Hedge.

America is heading down the drain also.

Detroit just beat America to the drain and down the sewer.

 

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

It is so sad to watch one of America’s greatest cities die a horrible death.  Once upon a time, the city of Detroit was a teeming metropolis of 1.8 million people and it had the highest per capita income in the United States.  Now it is a rotting, decaying hellhole of about 700,000 people that the rest of the world makes jokes about.  On Thursday, we learned that the decision had been made for the city of Detroit to formally file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  It was going to be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States by far, but on Friday it was stopped at least temporarily by an Ingham County judge.

She ruled that Detroit’s bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution because it would result in reduced pension payments for retired workers.  She also stated that Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was “also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy“, and she ordered that a copy of her judgment be sent to Barack Obama.  How “honoring the president” has anything to do with the bankruptcy of Detroit is a bit of a mystery, but what that judge has done is ensured that there will be months of legal wrangling ahead over Detroit’s money woes.

It will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out.  But one thing is for sure – the city of Detroit is flat broke.  One of the greatest cities in the history of the world is just a shell of its former self.  The following are 25 facts about the fall of Detroit that will leave you shaking your head…

1) At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors.

2) Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities.  That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident.

3) Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.

4) In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit.  Today, there are less than 27,000.

5) Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

6) There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right nowfor $500 or less.

7) At this point, there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

8) About one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

9) An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

10) Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

11) If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

12) Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.

13) The city of Detroit is now very heavily dependent on the tax revenue it pulls in from the casinos in the city.  Right now, Detroit is bringing in about 11 million dollars a month in tax revenue from the casinos.

14) There are 70 “Superfund” hazardous waste sites in Detroit.

15) 40 percent of the street lights do not work.

16) Only about a third of the ambulances are running.

17) Some ambulances in the city of Detroit have been used for so long that they have more than 250,000 miles on them.

18) Two-thirds of the parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down since 2008.

19) The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by about 40 percent over the past decade.

20) When you call the police in Detroit, it takes them an average of 58 minutes to respond.

21) Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

22) The violent crime rate in Detroit is five times higher than the national average.

23) The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

24) Today, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit.

25) Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are telling people to “enter Detroit at your own risk“.

It is easy to point fingers and mock Detroit, but the truth is that the rest of America is going down the exact same path that Detroit has gone down.

Detroit just got there first.

All over this country, there are hundreds of state and local governments that are also on the verge of financial ruin

“Everyone will say, ‘Oh well, it’s Detroit. I thought it was already in bankruptcy,’ ” said Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone. “But Detroit is not unique. It’s the same in Chicago and New York and San Diego and San Jose. It’s a lot of major cities in this country. They may not be as extreme as Detroit, but a lot of them face the same problems.”

A while back, Meredith Whitney was highly criticized for predicting that there would be a huge wave of municipal defaults in this country.  When it didn’t happen, the critics let her have it mercilessly.

But Meredith Whitney was not wrong.

She was just early.

Detroit is only just the beginning.  When the next major financial crisis strikes, we are going to see a wave of municipal bankruptcies unlike anything we have ever seen before.

And of course the biggest debt problem of all in this country is the U.S. government.  We are going to pay a great price for piling up nearly 17 trillion dollars of debt and over 200 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities.

All over the nation, our economic infrastructure is being gutted, debt levels are exploding and poverty is spreading.  We are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and our share of global GDP has been declining dramatically.

We have been living way above our means for so long that we think it is “normal”, but an extremely painful “adjustment” is coming and most Americans are not going to know how to handle it.

So don’t laugh at Detroit.  The economic pain that Detroit is experiencing will be coming to your area of the country soon enough.

 

Texas husband shoots 2 bank robbers that abducted him, his wife, police say

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This is from Fox News.

This husband from Texas shows why every American needs to be

able to carry a firearm if they can legally do so.

The score is a Good Guy with a gun- 1 Two Stupid Bad Guys with a gun- 0.

One of the bad guys became a Darwin Award Winner.

Sadly the other one may not win the Darwin Award yet.

 

 

COLUMBUS, Texas –  Authorities say a Houston-area man turned the tables on two bank robbery suspects who had abducted him and his wife by pulling a gun on the unsuspecting duo and shooting them both, killing one of them.

The suspects apparently knew that the woman worked at the First National Bank of Eagle Lake in Columbus, and they abducted her and her husband at gunpoint at their residence north of the city on Thursday and drove them back to the bank, Columbus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Weido told Houston television station KHOU.

The suspects forced the woman to taken an undisclosed amount of money from the bank, then forced the husband to drive them in his truck down Highway 71, Weido said. It was then that the husband grabbed a gun that was in the truck and fired at the suspects, he said.

Officers who responded to a 911 call found both suspects lying on the ground near the truck suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to different hospitals, where one of them was pronounced dead. The other suspect remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday. Columbus County authorities didn’t respond to calls for comment Saturday.

Investigators didn’t disclose the couple’s names or say how much money the woman was forced to take from the bank. Investigators have not released the name of the couple or how much money they were forced to take out.

Those who know the couple said that the community has their back.

“I’m sure that they’re both going to be upset for a while,” resident Brenda Buehler said. “It’s a frightening thing to have happen, but I think everybody’s going to tell them good job.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/04/texas-husband-shoots-2-bank-robbers-that-abducted-him-his-wife-police-say/?intcmp=obinsite#ixzz2bKEsor8D

 

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