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Cyber Bullies Beware – The Law Is Coming After You

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Invisible, cowardly, puerile individuals hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. With their vulgar and wretched meanness emboldened by the mask of AOL chatrooms, MySpace, and My Facebook, the cyber bullies mistakenly fear no one. That’s all changing for the better. Cyber bullies ARE responsible for their own behavior.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill Monday outlawing cyberbullying, just miles from where a 13-year-old girl committed suicide nearly two years ago after being harassed on the Internet.

The bill updates state laws against harassment by removing the requirement that the communication be written or over the telephone. Supporters say the bill now covers harassment from computers, text messages and other electronic devices.

“Social networking sites and technology have opened a new door for criminals and bullies to prey on their victims, especially children,” Blunt said. “This new law will ensure that we have the protections and penalties needed to safeguard Missourians from Internet harassment.”

Megan Meier killed herself in October 2006, shortly after receiving mean-spirited messages over the Internet. Her suicide prompted the bill.

The teenager’s mother, wearing a picture of her daughter in a pin on her dress, stood over the governor’s shoulder as he signed the bill at a St. Charles County library.

Meier said she was grateful, but said much more needs to be done to make sure children are kept safe.

“This is certainly not the end,” she said. “Bullying and cyberbullying is something that takes place every day. This is not just one case with Megan.”

The news of the circumstances surrounding the teen’s death surfaced after a local newspaper ran an article last fall. Since then, several Missouri towns have adopted new ordinances aimed at stopping cyberharassment. U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., has introduced a bill that would impose federal penalties for cyberbullying.

The Missouri measure also requires school officials to tell police about harassment and stalking on school grounds and expands state laws against stalking to cover “credible threats” not only against the victim, but also family and household members and animals. It also creates stronger penalties for stalking.

Megan had long suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder. In 2006, she began corresponding with “Josh” through MySpace pages. At first, the messages were positive.

But after several weeks, they turned mean. One told Megan “Josh” no longer wanted to be friends.

Shortly thereafter, Megan hanged herself in her bedroom. She died the next day.

There was no boy named Josh. Authorities said a neighbor, Lori Drew, her teenage daughter and an 18-year-old employee of Drew created a fake profile of an attractive teenage boy to see what Megan was saying about the daughter online.

Drew, 49, has pleaded not guilty in California, where MySpace is headquartered, to conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization.

This new law could make it potentially easier to sue Internet companies with chatrooms and public websites who don’t take action to stop this criminal activity. I’ve seen and TOS’d behaviour which includes cloning, gay and sexual harrassment, verbal and vulgar assault, and character assassination. But AOL allows it to continue without enforcing their own Terms of Service conditions, giving a gentle swat on the keyboard to the harrassers to stop.

Let’s see AOL is located in what state?

AOL
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-652-6400

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How to Prevent CyberBullying

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Tips for dealing with cyber bullying :
Because cyber bullying can range from rude comments to lies, impersonations, and threats, your responses may depend on the nature and severity of the cyber bullying. Here are some actions that you may want to take after-the-fact.

  • Strongly encourage the person not to respond to the cyber bullying.
  • Do not erase the messages or pictures. Save these as evidence.
  • Try to identify the individual doing the cyber bullying. Even if the cyberbully is anonymous (e.g., is using a fake name or someone else’s identity) there may be a way to track them through your Internet Service Provider. If the cyber bullying is criminal (or if you suspect that it may be), contact the police and ask them to do the tracking.
  • Sending inappropriate language may violate the “Terms and Conditions” of e-mail services, Internet Service Providers, web sites, and cell phone companies. Consider contacting these providers and filing a complaint. (AOL, you’re on notice to stop the harrassment in your chatrooms. Take complaints seriously! )
  • If the cyber bullying is coming through e-mail or a cell phone, it may be possible to block future contact from the cyberbully. Of course, the cyberbully may assume a different identity and continue the bullying.
  • Consider contacting an attorney in cases of serious cyber bullying. In some circumstances, civil law permits victims to sue a bully in order to recover damages.
  • Contact the police if cyber bullying involves acts such as:
  • Threats of violence
  • Extortion
  • Obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages
  • Harassment, stalking, or hate crimes
  • Child pornography

If you are uncertain if cyber bullying violates your jurisdiction’s criminal laws, contact your local police, who will advise you.

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June 30, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Naive Teens Don’t Realize Consequences Of Actions

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These idealistic “Hussein-ing For Obama” kids are nothing new using Irish artist, Jim Fitzpatrick’s iconic 1968 stylized “Che Guevara” look to promote Barack Hussein Obama. They don’t even realize that Guevara was a Stalinist or the horrors of Stalin killing an estimated 40 million victims. They don’t know that Stalin squashed free speech or individuality.

When I was a young teen, I thought it was hip to be against the Vietnam war, just because all of the more vocal, older high school students politicizing with their new-found oats. These anti-establishment rebellious teens were enthusiastic about voicing their anti-war sentiments and railing against our military soldiers. Bumper stickers and tee shirts touting peace signs and love, “Stop the War in Vietnam and Start One in China,” “Stop The Draft,” “Flowers Not Weapons,” and “Make Love, Not War.” University students staging love-ins, sit-ins, all in the name of rebelling against the government. I remember the spitting on and assault on our soldiers coming home, even if they weren’t in Vietnam. They were hated. The US was hated around the world.

I didn’t understand the consequences of my actions. I didn’t understand what I was saying or asking for. I wanted to be cool and hip. After leaving school, getting married, the first election, I voted liberally. I voted for Jimmy Carter. He was from the South, he was a Christian, and he was so nice. He smiled alot and made you feel good. I didn’t understand the consequences of those actions. It was a mistake that I quickly regretted when buying our first home and running my own business. The changes that Carter brought and his solutions were devastating to our economy and to our integrity around the world. The very next election, I voted for Reagan and was relieved at how President Reagan changed the course of our country and for the better. I became convinced at the differences of values, integrity, and fiscal responsibility of conservatism and the consequences of my votes and support.

These teens adding Hussein to their names want to be hip and cool. They don’t understand economics or government. They think they do, they think they have the solutions, they think they should be allowed to freely express themselves. But, they live with their parents, they’ve never run a business, and they’ve never had to pay a capital gains tax. They aren’t responsible for themselves, or for other people’s lives and welfare. They don’t understand the consequences of their actions.

It’s easy to change your middle name to Hussein on Facebook. It’s not as easy to recover from national liberal economic disastrous solutions. They won’t be able to understand the consequences of what liberals are imposing, till they start to pay taxes, buy homes, buy property, start their own businesses. The very middle class lifestyle that supports these young adults is the very one that Obama wants to change. These kids aren’t old enough to have experience or savvy enough to investigate what kind of person is running for election, to discern the candidate’s background, to look at their friends and business associates.

I hope these teens stay in touch. Let’s see how many of them consider themselves liberals when they have families of their own, businesses to run, and worry about the security of their country.

How many hippies eventually cut their hair, went to work, became “the Man” and realized how naive they were as young adults? I know I grew up and realized for myself how foolish I had been as a teenager.

The oft misquoted phrases below show insight into the wisdom of maturity, and life experience.

“Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.” ~ Francois Guizot (1787 – 1874)
“The man who is not a socialist at twenty has no heart, but if he is still a socialist at forty he has no head.” ~ French Prime Minister Aristide Briand, (1862 – 1932)

“To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.” ~ Robert Louis Stephenson, (1850 – 1894)

Released Guantanamo Prisoner Behind Bombing Strike

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Sure, let’s be compassionate and release all the prisoners in Camp Gitmo. They’re no threat. A 2006 post from Joshua Pundit talks about the horrible treatment forced on the Islamic combatants. Meanwhile, should the US succumb to pressure to close Guantanamo and bring Al-Qaida and Islamo-fascists to stateside prisons? McCain says yes. The answer should be hell NO!

A former Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee conducts a suicide attack in Mosul

Two Kuwaiti al Qaeda operatives who conducted suicide attacks were featured at the end of the video. Abu Omar al Kuwaiti, also known as Badr Mishel Gama’an al Harbi, and Abu Juheiman al Kuwaiti, also known as Abdullah Salih al Ajmi, are both shown on the video, along with their attacks in Mosul, said Kazimi.

Harbi, who claimed to be a “veteran of the jihad in Afghanistan,” conducted a suicide car bomb attack on a police station in Mosul on April 26, 2008.

Ajmi was released from Guantanamo Bay and was searching for “a way to reconnect with the jihad.” He claimed he was tortured while at Guantanamo Bay.

Ajmi “is seemingly responsible for an earlier truck bombing at the Iraqi Army HQ in the Harmat neighborhood of Mosul on March 23, 2008,” said Kazimi. The attack occurred at Combat Outpost Inman, an Iraqi Army base that served as the headquarters for the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Iraqi Army Division.

Thirteen Iraqi soldiers were killed and 42 were wounded after Ajmi drove an armored truck packed an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of explosives through the gate of the outpost and detonated in a spot between the three main buildings of the compound. The blast destroyed the facades of the three buildings, including the building housing the battalion headquarters.

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June 28, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Biblical Writings Poisoned Monks

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Copying the Bible down word for word was a dangerous and deadly mission.

Medieval bones from six different Danish cemeteries reveal that monks who wrote Biblical texts and other religious materials may have been exposed to toxic mercury, which was used to formulate just one of their ink colors: red.

The study, which will be published in the August issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, also describes a previously undocumented disease, called FOS, which was like leprosy and caused skull lesions. Additionally, the researchers found that mercury-containing medicine had been administered to 79 percent of the interred individuals with leprosy and 35 percent with syphilis.

Since the monks, who were buried in the cloister walk of the Cistercian Abbey at Øm, did not have these diseases but contained mercury in their bones, scientists believe the monks were either contaminated while preparing and administering medicines, or while writing the artistic letters of incunabula, or pre-1500 A.D. books.

Kaare Lund Rasmussen, a University of Southern Denmark scientist at the Institute of Physics and Chemistry, suspects that ink used in the abbey’s scriptorium was the culprit.

He told Discovery News “it is very human to lick the brush, if one wants to make a fine line.”

Even today “one should really not touch, or much less rub, the parchment pages of an incunabulum,” Lund Rasmussen said, adding that mercury “was used in the first place because cinnabar (a type of mercury) has this bright red, beautiful color.”

It is also known that metallic liquid mercury was given in vapor form to diseased patients. So if the monks “were just a little careless, they would be exposed this way, however, they might also be exposed during the preparation of the medicine.”

For the study, Lund Rasmussen and his team drilled bone samples from the buried individuals, some of which were also friars buried in the cloister walk of the Franciscan Friary in Svendborg. Unlike the Øm monks, the friars showed no signs of mercury poisoning.

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June 28, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Priest Commits Suicide After Sex Inquiry

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Maine Roman Catholic priest was accused of sexual battery on a young girl 30 years ago.

Police confirmed the Rev. James P. Robichaud, 56, an Augusta native, committed suicide.

Robichaud most recently served at St. Agnes Parish of Pittsfield and Our Lady of the Snows Parish of Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft and Milo.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland had temporarily suspended Robichaud on Thursday pending an investigation into an allegation he sexually abused a girl 29 years ago, in 1979.

Robichaud, who was born and raised in Augusta, became an ordained priest in April 1979 and the same year was assigned to St. Jean-Baptiste Parish in Lowell, Mass. He served at that parish until 1983.

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June 28, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Where Is The Outrage Over Pakistani Beheadings?

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Pakistani gang militia members behead a young boy and man accused of spying for the US. No trial, no imprisonment, no ACLU, no defense lawyers, no justice.

Masked militants pulled the two blindfolded Afghans from a car and forced them to kneel on the ground.

Waliur Rehman, a local Taliban commander, told the crowd that the two men confessed to aiding in a suspected U.S. missile strike on a house in the border town of Damadola that killed 14 people last month. The men disclosed the names of others involved, and they would be killed as well, he said.

“Whoever, for the sake of money, for the sake of America, harms the interest of the Islamic world will meet the same fate,” he said.

Gunmen with daggers then pounced on one of the men — identified as Jan Wali, 36 — decapitated him and waved his bloody head to the cheering crowd.

The militants then argued over how to kill the other man because he may have been a teenager, before one lost patience and shot him with an assault rifle.

The crowd erupted in cheers of “God is great!” and gunmen fired in the air in jubilation. The celebratory gunfire killed two bystanders and wounded six, local official Fazal Rabbi said.

Where is the United Nations? Where are the Democrats? Where is the ACLU? Where is CAIR? Where is PETA? Is the United States the only country where treating war combatants humanely is considered an inhumane travesty of justice?

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June 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Child Brides In Islam Guarantee Of Good Marriages

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Paedophilia is alive and well in Islam. This is from UNICEF’s Photo of the Year December 2007. He is 40 years old and she is 11 years old.

The average age of marriage in Yemen’s rural areas is 12 to 13, a recent study by Sana University researchers found. The country, at the southern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

“This is the first shout,” said Shada Nasser, a human rights lawyer who met Nujood, the 10-year-old, after she arrived at the courthouse to demand a divorce. Ms. Nasser decided instantly to take her case. “All other early marriage cases have been dealt with by tribal sheiks, and the girl never had any choice.”

But despite a rising tide of outrage, the fight against the practice is not easy. Hard-line Islamic conservatives, whose influence has grown enormously in the past two decades, defend it, pointing to the Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to a 9-year-old. Child marriage is deeply rooted in local custom here, and even enshrined in an old tribal expression: “Give me a girl of 8, and I can give you a guarantee” for a good marriage.

Michelle Malkin has more regarding marriages between 40 year old Afghani perverts and 11 year old children.

Does Islam allow child marriages. Yes.

What Would Mohammed Do?

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June 28, 2008 at 10:33 pm