Every now and then we get an inspiring story of people who fight against all odds and manage to overcome their hardships and come out the other end of the tunnel stronger. This is not one of those stories. Destiny Mathis of Hobart Indiana worked hard to help get President Obama elected. She campaigned for him, had Obama t-shirts made, and encouraged her friends and family to vote for him. Now, she is forced to sell a handwritten letter from the President in a desperate attempt to survive under his administration. Yet Destiny is not alone in her plight nor is she alone in the measures she took to overcome them. Ironically, she even went to the same autograph dealer that Jessica Kline, a Michigan woman who was also selling an Obama letter trying to survive in this economy used.
To this point, I have stayed away from the scandal come to be known in the media as "Weinergate" not because I didn't see it as a worthy story, but largely because I frankly don't care what Anthony Weiner is doing in his spare time. The reason for this is because I see the Congressman for what he truly is. If you are a liberal, chances are you like the guy. If you are a conservative, than not so much. Anthony Weiner is to the left what Sarah Palin is to the right. He is not some policy guy who will draw up the next big piece of legislation. He is not an idea guy who will solve a looming crisis. He is simply a cheerleader for the liberal agenda. Where Pelosi and Boehner are workhorses, Palin and Weiner are show-horses. Since he isn't a threat ideologically, it is frankly irrelevant if he stays or goes.
On the heels of the Navy SEALS taking down Osama Bin Laden, the disconnect between President Obama and the American heartland has shown itself front and center. Sometimes it seems that the areas where we all agree only seem to accentuate the areas where we might disagree. Barring a few extremists on either end of the scale who are unhappy about the military action, the American public is overwhelmingly supportive and approving of the take-down. It is some of the political posturing of the administration that has many people scratching their heads. It is important to remember through all of this that the President is a lawyer, which makes his position here even more questionable to the "average Joe". But the question is indeed as much of a moral one as it is a legal one. It has been posed by many on the right, and was recently stated as follows at FoxNews.
He said that America was a paper tiger, and we would not have the heart to see this through. He was wrong. Dead wrong. Yesterday, public enemy number one met his fate in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where he was living right under the nose of the Pakistani government. It now appears that the United States acted unilaterally inside the borders of Pakistan to take down the terrorist leader. The Navy SEALS apparently offered him the chance to surrender, which he declined. They then culminated a nearly ten year long search with a bullet to the head.
There has been a lot of talk flying around lately about racism in politics, and most of it seems to be centered around the birth certificate issue with President Obama. Now that he has presented the document and we have had a few days to mull it over, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the general question of the alleged racism that drove the issue. I addressed this issue once before when it arose, but now Whoopi Goldberg has weighed back in on the subject, and Tavis Smiley has made an ugly prediction about the upcoming 2012 presidential campaign.
Did President Obama just get Trumped by The Donald? This morning, the White House responded to the questions raised about the President's Birth Certificate in a way they had never before done. And if you're Donald Trump, the timing couldn't possibly have been better. This has led some sources to speculate the President Obama is perhaps trying to give Donald Trump a little boost, based on his high negatives amongst independents. I, for one, don't doubt that a bit. However, I believe that this strategy is doomed to backfire on the President. To understand why, we first need to take a look back at how President Obama has addressed this issue in the past.
It sounds more like a story one would read on a truck stop bathroom wall. In fact, I may have written it on a truck stop bathroom wall once a few years ago. Sorry about that, Rosie O'donut. Anyhow, this time it is for real. Karin Mackaliunus (pictured left) really does have heroin in her vagina. Or at least she did. But the really crazy part? That isn't the crazy part of this story. I mean, it is crazy, but once you get the whole picture, the moment she decided to stick you know what you know where might have been the most normal thing she did all day. Doubt me? Read on, person who likes to doubt stuff.
People do things every day to protect themselves from potential harm. They lock their doors, their windows, buy guard dogs, leave lights on outside their homes. There are so many ways that people attempt to secure their environments from potential predatory behavior from strangers.
Yet everyday thousands of people will go online from inside their cozy homes and they will unlock a different kind of door for strangers to enter through. There is nothing more harmful than a false sense of security in a situation where being clandestine is commonly expected.
NY- In May of 2010, on a Sunday afternoon, a 24 year old woman from the website Mocospace.com answered an internet post regarding employment. The "ad"/forum post was looking for a secretary who could work Monday through Friday. The job paid $600.00 an hour and a car would be provide.
When she arrived at her destination, a 53 year old man named Richard Bailey greeted her. He asked her to follow him upstairs to the second floor. He told her it led to his "office". The woman followed him and when she got up the stairs she began to feel uneasy. The floor was covered in garbage and didn't look like an "office". It looked like an empty apartment. When she began to feel like something was wrong, it was too late. She told Bailey that she was going to leave, but he wasn't going to allow her to go so easily.
For an unspecified amount of time, the woman was at his mercy. He attacked her and then violated her in terrifying and painful ways. She was vaginally and anally raped. Her assault was brutal and painful to say the least.
However, this wasn't Bailey's first sexual offense. In July 1998, he was charged by authorities in Pennsylvania with charges including indecent assault and corruption of a minor. Bailey was on probation when he met, raped and sodomized the woman he met on mocospace.com
Bailey was a registered level one sex offender, serving a six-year term of probation for a sex offense conviction
He had been charged with first-degree rape and second-degree criminal sex act for the attack. Bailey pleaded guilty, in a plea deal in that case, to a lesser charge of sexual misconduct.
A judge sentenced him to six years of probation and then classified him as just a level one sex offender. Level one offenders are considered the lowest risks to commit another sex crime.
March 3, 2011, Bailey plead guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He had originally been charged by a grand jury with first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault.
As part of his plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to recommend that the Judge make his sentences in the two separate cases concurrent. However, prosecutors reserved their right to ask for consecutive sentences on the sex abuse charges which could result in a 14-year prison term for Bailey.
“He understands that he could get up to 14 years if the court gives him the maximum sentence,” defense attorney Christopher Privateer said. “He has agreed to take a plea to the two (sex abuse charges) and take his chance at sentencing.”
As a result of his plea, prosecutors will drop the rape charge and a criminal sex act count.
In December, Bailey was convicted after a trial for violating the terms of his state sex offender registration and has been awaiting sentencing on that conviction.
Bailey’s sex offender violation conviction stemmed from his use of a computer without telling his probation officer.