TMZ must know the keeper of every piece of elevator surveillance tape in the country. Whatever they are offering these hotel or security employees to leak proprietary information must be enough to make them take the risk of losing their jobs. Yesterday they leaked the video of NFL player Ray Rice landing a horrific blow to the face of Janay Palmer (his fiancé at the time, and now his wife) that sent her crashing to the floor, banging her head against the hand rail on the way down.
The Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with Rice and the NFL has suspended him indefinitely. President Barack Obama (who has two daughters) commented on the situation saying, “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football, and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”
That is one of the elements that is so disturbing about this situation. This isn’t some kid off the street who doesn’t know what fatherly love feels like. No, Rice is a grown man and the father of, believe it or not, a precious beautiful little girl. He presumably feels this fatherly love whenever he gazes down into her eyes. One wonders did the thought even cross his mind momentarily how he would be sickened at the thought of someone beating down his baby girl? That should have been enough to draw back his fist before it met flesh because even though Palmer is his wife now, she too started out as someone’s bouncing baby girl.
Palmer expressed anger and frustration in an Instagram post today saying, “No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his [butt] off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!”
And that perhaps is the saddest commentary of all. Palmer, and many other victims of domestic abuse have convinced themselves, or allowed their significant others to convince them, that this is what “real love” is. If you or anyone you care about is in this situation, please convince them to get help before their partner loves them to death.
National Domestic Violence Hot Line Number 1-800-799 (SAFE) 7233 has operators at the ready to help 24 hour a day, seven days a week. They only have the power if you don’t tell.
Fear can cause people to go to extreme measures to protect themselves. But sometimes those actions can backfire, potentially manifesting what was feared in the first place. CNN is reporting today that angry young men attacked a facility in Liberia housing patients being treated for the Ebola virus. The attack occurred on Saturday and is a sign of the violence that ignorance can spur. Fortunately, in this case, no one was hurt, at least not during the melee.
The facility is located in the West Point area of Monrovia. The invasion led to many of the patients panicking and fleeing the clinic. This was one of the worse things that could have happened, because they can now possibly contaminate others they come in contact with. According to George Williams, head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, “Of the 29 patients, 17 fled last night (after the assault). Nine died four days ago and three others were yesterday taken by force by their relatives.” Those 17, as of Monday, are still considered missing. (Continue reading full story here.)
Sometimes laws are passed and they seem to never be heard of again. Well in South Carolina (SC) a law concerning guns has a reached a milestone that is cause for celebration. The State newspaper reported Sunday that there has been a marked decrease in the number of weapons that are being sold to the mentally ill.
One of the problems with crimes committed by someone that is mentally ill is that because they are mentally incapacitated, the courts often have to refer them to treatment. This is beneficial for the person receiving rehab or clinical treatment, but it does nothing to lessen the anguish of the victims. The perpetrator is taken care of and society’s desire for justice or accountability is left hanging. (Continue reading full story here.)
A force of nature slammed into Columbia, SC, Wednesday July 30, but in a very good way. Gerald Maxwell Rivera, better known as soul singer Maxwell, brought his Summer Soulstice Tour 2014 to the Township Auditorium, leaving the audience stunned and delighted.
This is Maxwell’s first major tour since 2010 and his music just gets better with time. The opening act was Kevin Ross, a young singer out of Washington, DC. He is making strides in the music industry and seems to be the whole package.
It has to be intimidating to open for a talent like Maxwell, but Ross held his own. He sang a selection of songs that showed his vocal range nicely. He covered “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, as well as some of his own music. He did some ballads and then ramped it up with some hip hop. All in all Ross was a pleasant surprise as opening acts go, and he is definitely one to watch.
The only downside of the whole evening was the overly long intermission. At first people milled around in the lobby softly grumbling. Then the crowd gave in to its impatient anticipation by stomping the floor, clapping their hands and yelling “Maxwell” to the top of their lungs. There’s a saying that music soothes the savage beast and (Continue reading full story here.)
Kim Jong-un (Supreme leader of North Korea), Boko Haram (violent militant group in Nigeria) and their ilk cause people around the world to shudder at their atrocities. Fortunately, the United States has long been spared having to deal with such reckless abandonment in their leadership. But out of the shadows has stepped a rarely glimpsed terror. Starring as the living personification of hatred is House speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, Boehner’s controversial plans to sue President Barack Obama won the vote in the House Wednesday, 225 to 201. As expected, no Democrats voted in favor of the lawsuit but, surprisingly, the crazed manhunt proposed by Boehner was also shunned by some of his own fellow Republican legislators. (Continue reading full story here.)
When Ronald William Prestage, 59, was arrested last week for trying to take an unlicensed gun into the U. S. Capitol, many wondered what the frequent lobbyist was thinking. According to the New York Daily News, Prestage did nothing suspicious to bring attention to himself, but the 9-mm. Ruger handgun was found during a routine search. Prestage was arrested and taken into custody by the U. S. Capitol police.
Well reports and sources that have surfaced afresh after Prestage’s arrest indicate that his bag might not be the only thing that bears looking into. Prestage is the president of Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC (PFSC), which provides turkey to the Louis Rich brand of Kraft Foods. The parent company, Prestage Farms (PF) lists on its website that their mission is to “produce top quality pork and turkey at a competitive cost”. (Continue reading full story here.)
A story in The State newspaper today underscores just how easily a tragedy can happen and why tightened security is still imperative. Ronald William Prestage, 59, was stopped this morning as he tried to enter the U. S. Capitol with a loaded 9mm handgun in his bag. This is the 2nd time in a week that someone has been caught trying to enter the Capitol with a gun.
Prestage is the president of Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC., and is a well-known pork and turkey lobbyist in the hallowed halls of the Capitol. Fortunately even frequent visitors are required to submit to a routine search and this is when security found the gun in Prestage’s bag. He was arrested and taken into custody by U. S. Capitol Police on charges of “carrying a pistol without a license”.
Chalk one up for the little guys. According to a CNN report today, tobacco kingpin R. J. Reynolds lost a lawsuit to Florida widow Cynthia Robinson and will have to fork over $23.6 billion. Representatives for R. J. Reynolds called the verdict “excessive and outrageous” and are planning to appeal.
The company has repeatedly won lawsuits levied against them on the grounds that people willingly smoke cigarettes and the tobacco company should not be held responsible for something that they are not forcing people to do. They simply make the product available and, if a person chooses to buy and consume the product, the manufacturer should not be held responsible. ( Continue reading full story here.)
With much of America being riveted by the scenes of abandoned children left, defenseless, on this side of the border, an old dragon has reared its head to take full advantage of the situation. The Campus Lately is reporting today that the residents in one Seneca, SC, neighborhood awoke Sunday morning to find that the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) fairy had visited during the night and left bags of sweets in their driveways.
The small plastic bags contained peppermints and other candies, as well as a pamphlet bearing the title “Save Our Land Join The Klan”. Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff of a local sect called the Loyal White Knights said that the event was part of a scheduled recruitment drop that many KKK chapters participate in three times a year. He said all of the immigration hoopla underscores the need to protect our country and that all of the hype over illegal immigration is doing “all of our recruiting for us.” He claims to have received over 20,000 interested calls as a result of this weekend’s drive-by goody bag drops. (Continue reading full story here.)