It is sad when a justice of the peace displays blatant racism.
That is just what happened according to an associated press release.
Thirty-year-old Beth Humphrey and 32-year-old Terence McKay an interracial couple came before Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish to be married.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling dating back to 1963 that says that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry Bardwell refused to marry the couple.
He reasoned that in his experience most interracial marriages do not last long.
“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”
The ACLU was preparing a letter for the Louisiana Supreme Court, which oversees the state justices of the peace, asking them to investigate Bardwell and see if they can remove him from office.
Amazingly Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond Louisiana ..continue reading
The amnesia defense comes in handy when you don’t want to admit that you did something wrong, committed a crime and anything else that you would rather forget.
I am sure people have used it since the beginning of time.
Husbands lying to wives. Wives lying to husbands. Bosses lying to workers and workers lying to bosses. And then claiming they don’t remember. The possibilities are endless.
Today we can add another celebrity to the amnesia-as-defense group.
Pop singer Chris Brown appearing on a taped Larry King show, to air on Wednesday, apologized for his physical attack of singer and ex-girlfriend Rihanna in February.
But he claims he does not remember hitting her. Police photos show extensive cuts and bruises to her face from being punched by Brown. He also held her in a headlock and cut off her ability to breath. She almost lost consciousness.
Brown has been sentenced to 5 years probation and 6 ..continue reading
There are still 20 states in the US that allow corporal punishment in the classroom. The hitting of children.
That is mind boggling in a country that considers itself one of the most advanced western nations.
A report by the Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch has an even more distrubing fact. Disabled children receive more corporal punishment than others.
Over 200,000 children are punished by spanking, paddling or other physical means every year. Almost 20% of those are disabled.
The states that still permit this form of punishment include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
A 6-year-old, first-grade boy with autism, was paddled at his Mississippi elementary school by an assistant principal who weighed 300 pounds. He “picked up an inch-thick paddle and paddled him” on the buttocks, the report said.
One principal was quoted saying ..continue reading
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009   6:17 am | Author: SJB | Relationships
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This could be extremely annoying and painful.
A 36 year old man in Wisconsin was sleeping with 3 women besides his wife. His wife found out about it and called the other three women.
One of the 4 lured him to a hotel room and then called the other 3 in. The 4 women tied him down, taunted and punched him and then glue his penis to his stomach with Krazy Glue.
They were all arrested. The man was treated in a hospital and released.
The condition of his penis was not disclosed.
The moral of the story 1) don’t cheat or 2) if you cheat don’t get caught or 3) only cheat with people who will not seek revenge particularly with Krazy Glue.
The account of the 8 year old Liberian girl sexually assaulted by 4 Liberian boys, none older than 14, in a Phoenix Arizona neighborhood shocked most of us. One of the follow up articles pointed out that soldiers in Liberia had used rape to intimidate the population during the civil war between 1989 and 2003 and that 60-70% of the women there had been sexually molested. There are claims that these violent sexual acts continue today in Liberia.
This was a horrific act and should be condemned. The boys involved should be punished to the full extent of the law.
But the most disturbing thing to me is that the family of the girl has turned its back on her. They claim she has shamed and embarrassed the family. Faced with no other choice the girl has been turned over to Arizona’s child welfare.
It is hard to fathom what is going on ..continue reading