A Friday Potpourri….Yes It’s A Bit Of This & That


By Jueseppi B.






It’s Not Over‘: Sen. Manchin on Guns & Expanded Background Checks






Sen. Toomey And Manchin See Glimmer Of Hope For Expanded Background Check Bill On Face The Nation


Published on Apr 14, 2013

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey continued their tour of the Sunday shows this morning with an appearance on On Face The Nation. They told host Bob Schieffer that, again, law abiding gun owners will like the bill and criminals will hate it but they’re still working on more support from Senators.


Manchin and Toomey are pushing for stronger backing of their gun background check amendment that will cover purchases at gun shows, stores, and on the internet while exempting exchanges between friends and family. The bill is seen as a compromise in the ongoing debate over new gun regulations. Manchin said that one of the biggest obstacles to the bill is just getting his colleagues to read it.


He debunked one of the major myths about the bill, saying that the bill makes it illegal to create a national gun registry. If they would only look at the bill, he said, they’d find that it makes it illegal to register guns. “If any agency tries to to do registration, have a national registry it’s a felony, fifteen years imprisonment.


They are close to securing support for their gun control amendment that will expand background checks but they are still not where they want to be. We’re close, we’re working it,” Toomey said.
“We’ve got bipartisan support but we’ve got bipartisan opposition too,” he said.
Neither of them were confident in announcing supporters of their bill until they come out publicly for it.









DNA tests confirm Ariel Castro fathered girl born in captivity


Reuters – The Ohio attorney general said on Friday that DNA tests showed Cleveland kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro is the father of the six-year-old born while he allegedly held the girl’s mother and two other women captive for nearly a decade.


Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement that “forensic scientists worked throughout the night to confirm that Castro is the father of the six-year-old girl born in captivity to one of the kidnapping victims.”


He added that the tests also found Castro’s DNA did not match any other Ohio cases, although the FBI is still checking the sample against national cases.



Ariel Castro arraigned in court


Ariel Castro’s bail set at $8 million


Published on May 9, 2013

CNN’s Fionnuala Sweeney and Chris Welch report on kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro’s court appearance.





Ariel Castro Arraigned in Court – Bail Set at $2 Million Per Charge


Published on May 9, 2013

Ariel Castro Arraigned in Court – Bail Set at $2 Million Per Charge






Press Briefings


May 09, 2013

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer Todd Park en route Austin, TX




Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the UK and Germany

President Obama and the First Lady look forward to traveling to the United Kingdom and Germany from June 17-19.  In both countries, the President will reinforce the importance we place on transatlantic ties, consult on shared security challenges, and discuss the global economy.


The President’s trip will begin in Belfast, where he will engage with the people of Northern Ireland and highlight the hard work, dialogue, and institutional development they have undertaken together.  The President will then attend the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, hosted by Prime Minister Cameron, from June 17-18.  The Summit and related meetings will provide the President and his fellow world leaders an opportunity to address pressing economic, political, and security challenges around the globe and to promote the advancement of trade and greater transparency among G-8 members and the developing world.


Following the G-8, at the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, the President will travel to Berlin, Germany for an official visit to reaffirm the strong ties between the United States and Germany, our vital ally and economic partner.  The President looks forward to meeting with the Chancellor and President Gauck to discuss a wide range of bilateral and global issues including opportunities to further deepen transatlantic relations.


Additional details of the First Lady’s travel will be forthcoming.



Obama to visit Germany June 18-19: White House


US President Barack Obama will make an official visit to Germany next month for wide-ranging talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House confirmed Friday.


The visit, from June 18-19, follows the president’s trip to Northern Ireland for the the G-8 Summit.


A White House statement said the Berlin trip aims to “reaffirm the strong ties between the United States and Germany, our vital ally and economic partner.” The president will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama.


Obama’s meetings with Merkel and German President Joachim Gauck will cover “a wide range of bilateral and global issues including opportunities to further deepen transatlantic relations,” the statement said.


Obama will attend the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland from June 17-18.


The White House said Obama’s trip will begin in Belfast, where he will “engage with the people of Northern Ireland and highlight the hard work, dialogue, and institutional development they have undertaken together,” the White House said.


The US president’s Germany visit will come one week before 50th anniversary commemorations of US President John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech pledging US solidarity during the Cold War with the embattled city on June 26, 1963.




Bangladesh union representative speaks to Al Jazeera




Published on May 9, 2013

The death toll in Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster has soared past 1,000 after more bodies were found in the rubble of a collapsed building outside the capital, Dhaka.


The “death toll now stands at 1,006″ as the recovery operation entered its 17th day since the building caved in at Savar town, army spokesman Captain Shahnewaz Zakaria told the AFP news agency on Friday.


Some of the bodies, which are badly decomposed, could be identified by mobile phones in their pockets or factory identity cards around their neck, he said.
“Of the total dead, most are female garment workers.”


Of the bodies recovered so far, “at least 150 bodies were buried in unmarked graves in a state graveyard after they could not be identified,” Zakaria added.
The authorities are taking DNA samples from all the victims for future compensation claims.


As the number of dead from the collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh soars past 1,000, there’s a remarkable story of survival. A woman was found alive today in the wreckage of the building.



Survivor found in Bangladesh building collapse rubble



Published on May 10, 2013

Bangladeshi rescuers have found a woman survivor in the rubble of a garment factory complex which collapsed and killed more than 1,000 people on April 24, the country’s fire service chief told AFP news agency.
One of the rescuers said that the woman had cried out for help as recovery teams sifted through the wreckage more than 16 days after the nine-storey Rana Plaza complex collapsed on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.





For the second time in a week….a miracle has occurred.







Charles Ramsey: Should His Past Domestic Abuse Conviction Tarnish His Rescue Of Berry, Knight & Davis?


This full report can be found at The Grio.


The Smoking Gun revealed Ramsey had been arrested three times for domestic violence against his then-wife and served six months in jail. There’s no way around it. That’s horrible. However, it doesn’t take anything away from Ramsey’s heroic deed.


His heroic actions as a rescuer (and his poignant observations on race relations) took second place to his “colorfulness.”


The purpose of jail is supposed to be equal parts punishment and rehabilitation, and apparently in the ten years since his last arrest, Ramsey’s become a better man. When he heard a woman’s screams coming from his neighbor’s house — something that may have happened in his own residence long ago — he believed there was a woman was being beaten.


He didn’t keep chewing away on his Big Mac without care. He got up, went next door, and broke into his neighbor’s home to rescue the woman inside.


“Those [domestic violence] incidents helped me become the man I am today,” Ramsey told TMZ.  “[They] are the reason why I try to help the community as much as I can … Including those women.”

Thank you The Grio.


End Of Story.





This photo is amazing……A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana.







Here Are The Twitter Handles Of The Senators Who Voted No On Background Check Bill



Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted no on the measure, excluding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who voted against the amendment on procedural grounds. Find their information and let them know how you feel. For a full roll call,click here.


I Say, Be Proud Of How You Vote…..In Support Of The NRA.





Senator James Inhofe, R-OK, speaks durin



GOP Sen. Inhofe: Obama could be impeached over Benghazi ‘cover-up’


From  The Hill.com


Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) suggested that President Obama could be impeached over what he alleged was a White House cover-up after last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.


Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Thursday with “The Rusty Humphries Show” that impeachment would become an issue soon over the “greatest cover-up in American history.”


“People may be starting to use the I-word before too long,” Inhofe said.


“The I-word meaning impeachment?” Humphries asked.


“Yeah,” Inhofe responded.


“Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon papers, Iran-Contra, Watergate, all the rest of them — this … is going to go down as most egregious cover-up in American history,” Inhofe said.


When Humphries suggested that the Democratic-controlled Senate would not impeach the president, Inhofe said that was true. He said that Benghazi would “endure” and impeachment could come after the 2014 midterm elections, when Republicans hope to retake control of the upper chamber.


Republicans have accused the Obama administration of changing the “talking points” about last year’s attack in Benghazi for political gain in the heat of the 2012 presidential election.


Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate there.


Republicans say the talking points used by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice intentionally downplayed the al Qaeda connections and falsely blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest.


The House Oversight Committee held an emotional hearing this week where the No. 2 diplomat in Libya said his “jaw dropped” when he heard Rice’s comments.


The White House has said the revisions to the talking points were made by the intelligence community, but ABC News reported Friday that the State Department played a key role in editing out the al Qaeda references.


Republicans have homed in on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in the attack. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Times Friday that said Clinton should “never hold high office again.”


Both are considered possible 2016 presidential candidates.


Inhofe is not the first Republican to suggest Obama could be impeached over Benghazi. Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said this week that Obama “will not fill out his full term” over Benghazi.

Read more: The Hill.com
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You know what strikes me as ironic?






Or this one……






And Finally….






Yeah……Ironic huh?























More Fallout From Steubenville, Ohio Guilty Verdict: CNN FUBAR’s Itself


By Jueseppi B.











Yesterday the verdict in the Steubenville rape case was handed down. The judge declared that both defendants, high school football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were guilty on all three charges, including rape. Then Attorney General Mike DeWine requested that a grand jury be convened to decide whether further crimes had been committed.[1]


This was the beginning of justice being served, and that was a huge relief for everyone watching the case closely.


And then we turned on CNN. The coverage of the verdict was shocking. The entire CNN panel, including Candy Crowley, reporter Poppy Harlow and legal analyst Paul Callan focused on what a tragedy this was for the boys and what a shame it was that their lives had been ruined–as if the rape was some sort of unfortunate accident and they hadn’t committed a very serious, very invasive and very life-altering for the survivor, crime.[2]


This is a part of rape culture. Our society focuses on the lives of the boys instead of focusing on the lifetime of anguish the survivor, a 16-year-old girl, will suffer because of what these boys did. CNN didn’t focus on what this meant for Jane Doe–only sad reflections on the “destroyed” lives of these boys–boys who were caught on tape raping a girl.




CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists


Published on Mar 17, 2013

CNN broke the news on Sunday of a guilty verdict in a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio by lamenting that the “promising” lives of the rapists had been ruined, but spent very little time focusing on how the 16-year-old victim would have to live with what was done to her.





Outrage over CNN’s coverage is growing, and it is time to add our voices to the chorus demanding an apology from CNN.[3] Can you sign the petition telling CNN “Shame on you!” and demanding an apology?



Tell CNN: Apologize for your Steubenville coverage now.



In our society, rape survivors are constantly shamed and viewed with suspicion, despite the enormous courage it takes to come forward. They are repeatedly called “sluts,” degraded and demeaned when they speak out. In the Steubenville case, Jane Doe was repeatedly called a “drunk” and a “slut,” even by adults.[4] This kind of behavior is what scares so many survivors from coming forward.


So it’s especially disturbing to see a major, respected news network focusing on the “destroyed” lives of the attackers instead of the harm they did to the survivor, her courage in coming forward, or the fact that justice was served for a crime where justice is too often elusive.   Here’s an excerpt from Raw Story about CNN’s coverage:[5]



Harlow explained that it had been “incredibly difficult” to watch “as these two young men — who had such promising futures, star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart.”

“One of the young men, Ma’lik Richmond, as that sentence came down, he collapsed,” the CNN reporter recalled, adding that the convicted rapist told his attorney that “my life is over, no one is going to want me now.”

At that point, CNN played video of Richmond crying and hugging his lawyer in the courtroom.

“I was sitting about three feet from Ma’lik when he gave that statement,” Harlow said. “It was very difficult to watch.”

Candy then asked CNN legal contributor Paul Callan what the verdict meant for “a 16 year old, sobbing in court, regardless of what big football players they are, they still sound like 16 year olds.”

“What’s the lasting effect though on two young men being found guilty juvenile court of rape essentially?” Crowley wondered.

“There’s always that moment of just — lives are destroyed,” Callan remarked.



This is unacceptable, and CNN needs to know it. Can you sign the petition?


Tell CNN: Apologize now.


Thanks for speaking out,

Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda, and Karin, the UltraViolet team



1. The Steubenville Verdict Is in, and These Boys Are Guilty, The Atlantic Wire, March 17, 2013


2. CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists, Raw Story, March 17, 2013


3. CNN Reporter Labeled ‘Rape Apologist’ After Steubenville Comments, Mashable, March 18, 2013


4. Ohio Rape Accuser Texts: ‘I Wasn’t Being a Slut’, New York Magazine, March 15, 2013


4.2. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012


5. CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists, Raw Story, March 17, 2013












When Gang Rape In America Becomes A Joke….”Boys Will Be Boys”…..

By Jueseppi B.








Kat Barr, UltraViolet:



“They raped her… They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson raped that one girl… she is so raped.”



That’s what a local man, who has been identified and is known to the media and police, said on camera about the now-infamous gang rape of a teenage girl by members of the Steubenville, Ohio high school football team last August. In the 12-minute video he is barely able to speak through his laughter.[1] He also tweeted that night that “Song of the night is definitely Rape Me by Nirvana.”[2] The girl was carried, unconscious, to different parties and raped at multiple locations throughout the night. And the dozens of teens who were there didn’t try to stop them, get help or call the police–instead they took photos and posted jokes about the attack on Twitter.[3]



Now, months later, local police are still dragging their feet and a special prosecutor has taken over the case. But only two people were arrested, and none of the teens who photographed or tweeted jokes about the crime have been held accountable. Despite the petitions, the protests, and the media attention, the sheriff announced that nobody else will be charged.[4] The city even released a statement claiming that Ohio law gives them no recourse against people who took photos or posted comments online while the girl was attacked.[5]



But under Ohio law, failing to report a felony is a crime.[6] And based on his 12-minute video, this man not only knew about the rape, but witnessed it.[7] It’s outrageous that local authorities are sweeping this under the rug–but it’s not too late for the special prosecutors to charge him and others involved. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is paying attention to the media coverage and public outrage about this case, and UltraViolet has joined with NOW, Justice for Children, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to call on him to prosecute the man. Can you sign our petition that demands that DeWine prosecute anyone who knowingly failed to report the crime?



Add your name.



Last August, the 16-year-old girl and her parents found out she was raped the next day by reading about it on social networks and the local news.[8] In recent weeks, Steubenville has been under a media spotlight while photos, videos, and posts to sites like Twitter and Instagram have surfaced. The crime was documented online in real time by teens on their phones.[9] It’s painfully clear that people were there, they knew about it, and some have even tried to cover it up after the fact.



But months later, only two boys have been charged with the rape. More than 70,000 UltraViolet members have signed a petition to Attorney General Mike DeWine demanding that everyone involved be held accountable. And just this Saturday, hundreds of people rallied in downtown Steubenville to demand justice for the survivor–the third rally since December. But the town is divided, and many people are supporting their local football heroes and blaming the survivor for the crimes committed against her.



We know the Attorney General is paying attention to the media scrutiny–just a few weeks ago, Ohio State University students delivered petitions to his office. He personally met with them to discuss the case and accept the 70,000 signatures from UltraViolet members. But we’re running out of time to make sure that others involved are charged. The law is clear–in Ohio, it’s a crime to knowingly fail to report a felony.  Can you sign the petition to demand justice for the survivor?



Add your name.



Thanks for speaking out,


Nita, Shaunna, Kat, and Karin, the UltraViolet team





1. The Steubenville Gang Rape – A Timeline *Slight Update*, DailyKos, January 3, 2013




2. How An Alleged Rape Involving Ohio High School Football Players Unfolded On Twitter, Instagram, And YouTube, Deadspin, December 17,2012



3. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012




4. Steubenville Rape Case: Ohio Sheriff Confronts Protesters, Huffington Post, January 7, 2013



5. Online outrage over Ohio rape case prompts city website, CNN, January 5, 2013




6. 2921.22 Failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death or burn injury, Ohio Revised Code




7. The Steubenville Gang Rape – A Timeline *Slight Update*, DailyKos, January 3, 2013




8. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012




9. The Steubenville Gang Rape – A Timeline *Slight Update*, DailyKos, January 3, 2013















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