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Polygamist Sect Wins … Abused Children Lose

Court Says Sect Kids Must Be Returned

SAN ANTONIO (May 29) – In a crushing blow to the state’s massive seizure of children from a polygamist sect’s ranch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that child welfare officials overstepped their authority and the children should go back to their parents.

The high court affirmed a decision by an appellate court last week, saying Child Protective Services failed to show an immediate danger to the more than 400 children swept up from the Yearning For Zion Ranch nearly two months ago.  Full Story

The Beef ….

Let me start by saying I’m all in favor of Polygamy, and all its flavors.  Who could resist its offerings… polygyny (one man having multiple wives), polyandry (one woman having multiple husbands), or group marriage (some combination of polygyny and polyandry).   Come on, why stick with old tired vanilla ice cream, when you can go for the trifecta in Neapolitan !   More yummin’s for the tummin’s …. Oh wait, damn … Brain Freeze !!   …. No, it’s worse …. Brain Washed !!!

The problem here doesn’t have anything to do with polygamy.   Its about abuse.  Physical, mental, and sexual abuse of children who are at the mercy of misguided parents.  Parents who have been brain washed, and have fallen to the words of a spiritual leadership comprised of all things evil … i.e. Warren Jeffs.   This man, this so called “prophet”, is currently fulfilling a ten year sentence in prison.   Ten years should be more than long enough for him to either kill himself, or someone doing us, him, and his 500 wives and children the favor.  His teachings state that a man must have a least three wives to reach the highest realm of heaven.   I’m all in favor of trading the wives for knives, and send him on a one way trip to an eternity in the lowest realm of hell.

But enough of him … let’s get this right.  We need to find a way to help and resurrect these children and families without destroying their lives.   What’s the answer ?  It’s not throwing a blanket over all the children and sweeping them away from their parents, is it ?  Certainly their are some abusive adults that need to be investigated, tried, and punished appropriately.  But I suspect the vast majority simply need help finding their way back to a life that has some resemblance of truth and normalcy.  To an environment that’s physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy …  and then given the choice to lead that life as they may.  

So  what is the answer   … Government intervention ?  Lawmakers and Lawyers ?  Protective Services and Social Workers ?    Spiritual Guidance ?  Take the children and run ?  

Please hit the comments and leave your take … 

Stevo

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Ticking Time Bomb – Aged Tires Sold as ‘New’ by Big Retailers

Age tires has led to tragic endings for unsuspecting motoristsAged Tires: A Hidden Danger on the Road?
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t judge a tire by its cover. Researchers and most experts agree that tire age is also crucial to your safety on the road.
This tire was bought as new — it has never been on the road — but was nearly 14 years old when purchased. Despite its deep treads, this tire’s inside layers have been slowly decomposing and drying out, what experts say make it like “a ticking time bomb.”

Aged tires have a higher potential for dramatic tread separation, which in many cases has led to tragic endings for unsuspecting motorists. Braugh says his lawsuits on behalf of dozens of victims have uncovered a pattern of corporate neglect and government inaction on the issue of aging tires. 

Here is the Full Story.  Also check out the photo interactive and deciphering the cryptic code on your tires that may save you life.  Even better, you can watch the full 20/20 episode here.

The Beef …

I actually saw this broadcast a couple weeks ago, and after recalling the story in a conversation with a colleague, it occurred to me that it was worth spreading the word on the beefs.   Although I’m not entirely convinced that the age of tires alone is the cause of deadly accidents, there definitely seems to be some mishandling, if not wrong doing by the tire industry.   The fact alone that tire dating is cryptic, is an obvious red flag to me that the public is being intentionally mislead.  And even more troubling that the general public would be denied critical information about the product they are purchasing, especially considering what’s potentially at stake … the lives of you and your loved ones.  Tires sitting on the shelves for five, ten, and even fifteen years, dry rotting from the inside out, and then being sold to the unsuspecting consumer.  This is simply unacceptable.  I agree with one of the interviewee’s on the show .. give yourself and you family the benefit of the doubt, and check your tires.

Stevo

You Lose, You Die in Puerto Rico

I know there was a lot of interest, and stimulating debate, in the aftermath of Eight Belles death at the kentucky Derby.  I thought I’d post a few related recent events worthy of note.  The last of which I’m certain most of you will find alarming.

Big Brown cruises to another easy win in Preakness – still perfect and squarely pointed toward thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown in 30 years.

Eight Belles’ Necropsy Report Released – Eight Belles had no diseases or pre-existing bone abnormalities that caused the filly to break down after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby.

Losing Horses Killed at Puerto Rico Track  “You lose, you die. That’s what happens to hundreds of thoroughbreds, many of them healthy, who come up short at the Hipodromo Camarero racetrack in Puerto Rico every year.   More than 400 horses, many in perfect health, are killed each year by lethal injection.

The Beef …

No need, story speaks for itself.

Stevo

Indecent Matrimony ? California Legalizes Gay Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s Supreme Court declared gay couples in the nation’s biggest state can marry — a monumental but perhaps short-lived victory for the gay rights movement Thursday that was greeted with tears, hugs, kisses and at least one instant proposal of matrimony.

Same-sex couples could tie the knot in as little as a month. But the window could close soon after — religious and social conservatives are pressing to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would undo the Supreme Court ruling and ban gay marriage.  Full Story

The Beef …

I’m sorry, did I miss something here? The public which makes the laws said, “No gay marriage in the State of California.” Yet the California Supreme Court said, “Yes!”  Forgive me a moment, but aren’t the wishes of the public the lawmaker’s responsibility to represent?  I believe marriage was only meant for a man and a woman. As a parent, I don’t want my children to see gay marriage as legal. It’s not just my personal beliefs being cast aside, clearly my thoughts and values are in line with most of California’s population.  Shouldn’t the Supreme Court be representing the voice and will of the majority in this instance?   California has already provided the privilege of Domestic Partner Laws and Benefits for gay couples. Enough! It is time for the public to take back America.  In November when this comes up on the ballot, just vote No!  A clear message must be sent to our law makers that we have a voice, and when we use that voice, you have to follow our wishes.  California is not for gay marriage.  Californians have spoken, now the government must uphold the law. 

~ Ken Letizia  Author / Contributor

Bush Gives Up Golf, But Shanks Another One.

Possibly Bush's last swing of the clubBush Gave Up Golf in Solidarity with Iraq Dead. 

WASHINGTON (May 13) – President Bush said Tuesday he was disappointed in “flawed intelligence” before the Iraq war and was concerned that if a Democrat wins the presidency in November and withdrew troops prematurely it could “eventually lead to another attack on the United States.”

In an interview with the political newspaper Politico and Yahoo News, Bush also said he gave up golf in 2003 out of respect for U.S. soldiers killed in the war, which has now lasted more than five years.

“I didn’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”  Full Story

The Beefs …

Fore !! … Bush shanks another one.  I guess we’re supposed to think its commendable that Bush gave up golf in solidarity for the thousands of young men and women that have lost their lives in Iraq ?   Perhaps he should have listened to his caddy, kept his driver in the bag, and instead continued working on his short game at home.   Not only would have it dramatically improved his score card on the golf course, it certainly would have raised his score with the American people.   And of course, lowered the score of lives lost abroad.  

Unfortunately, no mulligans allowed on this course.

Stevo.

MLK .. Honored or Slightly Pissed Off ?

WASHINGTON — The centerpiece for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall has drawn criticism from a federal arts panel, which says the proposed statue looks “confrontational” and resembles the head of a socialist state more than a civil rights leader.

Models of the 28-foot tall statue depict King emerging from a chunk of granite, his arms folded in front of his chest, his legs firmly rooted, an intense gaze on his face.

But the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which reviews the design of projects in the capital area, said the design should be reworked to reflect a more sympathetic rendering of King.  Full Story .

The Beef …

Is the rendering of MLK too confrontational ?  And is it an injustice that an African American, or at least an American, wasn’t selected to be the sculptor ?  

No and no, in my opinion.   

The hiring of Chinese sculptor Lei Yixon seems like a reasonable choice if he’s one of the best at his craft.  The fact that he’s not an American is exactly the “diversity” that America was built on.  And If I’m not mistaken, Dr. King supported a nation endearing to all races and cultures, not just African-American cultures.  The panel desires a more sympathetic rendering of King,  describing it as an “unfortunate and inappropriate” expression of his legacy.  “His arms folded in front of his chest, his legs firmly rooted, an intense gaze on his face”.  So he’s slightly pissed off.  Didn’t he have the right to be ?

I suspect that King would be honored by the Asian’s rendering, and humbled to have his 20 foot likeness displayed so prominately in the Washington Mall with the likes of Linoln and Jefferson.  If nothing else, he certainly would have approved of being chiseled out of the granite boulder called “The Stone of Hope”. 

Stevo

PETA lays blame on jockey and merciless whipping … Good grief.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking the suspension of Eight Belles’ jockey after the filly had to be euthanized following her second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Gabriel Saez was riding Eight Belles when she broke both front ankles while galloping out a quarter of a mile past the wire. She was euthanized on the track.

PETA faxed a letter Sunday to Kentucky’s racing authority claiming the filly was “doubtlessly injured before the finish” and asked that Saez be suspended while Eight Belles’ death is investigated. 

“What we really want to know, did he feel anything along the way?” PETA spokeswoman Kathy Guillermo said. “If he didn’t then we can probably blame the fact that they’re allowed to whip the horses mercilessly.”   Full Story

The Beefs …

“Good grief. If you know a thing about horses, if you took any time at all to actually look at the sport, you know that you can’t MAKE a half ton animal do ANYTHING, whip or no whip. Try loading one into a trailer that doesn’t want to go there if you want to know something about what a horse does when he doesn’t like something you’re asking him to do.  They run, and run fast, because they WANT to. They run at top speeds around their own paddocks and pastures just for the hell of it, with no rider on board.  And if you watched a race, really watched it, you’d see that this “merciless whipping” just doesn’t happen.   As to the jockey, Eight Belles broke down AFTER the race.   She came in SECOND IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY, FFS. That was an amazing horse that was running in top form. What was it he was supposed to have noticed?  That she was flying a little low?   But yes, two year old horses’ bones are not as strong as they will be when the horse is truly mature, so perhaps that needs to be changed. ”  ~ Kathryn

Thanks to Kathryn for granted me permission to post her opinion on “The Beefs”.  Obviously more than opinion, as her experience working with horses first hand offers more than mere words. 

Speaking of mere words, now for my beef …

It’s unfortunate what happened to this fine horse,  but it doesn’t mean that it was the jockeys fault.  How ridiculous to blame the jockey for this horse’s injuries.  Why would he deliberately kill his own bread and butter, his lively-hood ?  Frankly, PETA needs to get there head of of there rear ends.    They have gotten way too big for there britches, and has become one of the most misguided organizations in existence.  They act as though they have the right to comment on everything that happens with animals, to the point it seems that the rights of animals takes precedence over those of human beings. This is a sport, whether you agree with it or not, it is just that. 

OK, I’m off to run around the parking lot a few times to blow off some steam… that’s what we animals do.  No worries PETA, I’ll take a water break at the fourth furlong.

Stevo.

Drive a hybrid, get great parking ?

Some local businesses are rewarding drivers of hybrids by reserving prime parking spaces for them. At Sunflower Farmers Market in Denver,  six spots are saved up front for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. The trend comes as sales of hybrids climb worldwide and more manufacturers jump into the market. But some say that despite the good intentions, there might be difficulty in deciding what constitutes a fuel-efficient vehicle and enforcing the use of the parking spaces.  Full Story by Andy Vuong of The Denver Post.

The Beef ..

So I’m trolling around the parking lot of my favorite grocery retailer in my Ford Expedition, slowly passing open, but unavailable parking spots.  Every prime spot is guarded carefully by discouraging blues signs.  One after the other,  reserved for … “Handicapped” … “Expectant Mothers” … “Deli Only” … “Employee of the Month” … “Compact Cars Only” … “10 Minute Parking” … “15 minute Parking“….  Oooh, there’s one  !!  Ahhh, too close to the cart rack  …. “Dog Lovers Only”  … “Authorized Vehicles Only” … “Motorcycles Only” … “Manager Parking Only” ….  entering overflow parking …. “Babies on Board” …. “Employees Only” … “Bronco Fans Only” … “Starbuck’s Customers Only” …. Wait, what’s that ? … “Hybrid Cars Only  ….  Hot Blessed Cafe Lattee!  I’m in !!

Stevo

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian Nuclear Reactor or Club Med ?

Satellite images show a suspected nuclear facility site in Syria before (left) and after a Sept. 6, 2007 Israeli air strike. Today, U.S. intelligence officials will try to convince Congress that Syria was building the reactor with North Korean assistance before it was bombed in 2007.  Read Full Story

The Beef ….

I’m not saying I need further evidence this was a nuclear reactor site …. but If you look closely at the second photo, you can see a Syrian in a golf cart scratching his head wondering what happened to 18th hole and the clubhouse.  Fortunate for him, he shanked his drive two hundred yards to the right.  Can’t say the same for poor syrian sheep herders sucking down a cold brewski at the 19th hole. 

Sorry for the lean beef, but had to squeeze a couple jokes in :)

For those of you upset about my insensitivity or concerned about the lives that might have been lost…  no worries, I have confirmion the golfer’s camels were sited grazing happily out back on the driving range.

Stevo

 

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US Ranks Fifth in Executions in World

LONDON (April 15) – China executed more people than any other country in the world last year by putting at least 470 people to death, but the number of executions in the country actually fell by more than half compared to the year before, Amnesty International said.  Read Full Story by Kelvin Chan, AP.

 The Beef ….

The first thing that came to mind when seeing this article was that the Pro Life activists would be dismayed that we’re not more concerned about the abortion rate.  But I’ll leave that thought behind for now, and focus on the snuffed out lives for those that most likely deserved it.  I say most likely, because there is always a percentage that were wrongly convicted.  And others that are probably more deserving of the death penalty, escape on a technicality.  And there lies my dilemma, my beef is not so much whether the death penalty is proper justice, but whether we’re getting it right, and whether its even possible to get it right.  Like everything else that involves human judgment, we have a fairly high tendency to screw it up.   Even worse when these decisions are being made under the powerful influences of politics, special interest groups, corruption, etc.   I don’t envy those that are involved in this process, its a part of humanity, or inhumanity that you wish you could just sweep under the rug.   But one liberating thought is that the in United States, unlike the other countries in the top 5, we’re not affraid to bring it into the light.

Thanks for the read ..  Stevo.