I don’t know if evil is a real thing or a concept, but either way, this situation qualifies.
10-year-old Victoria Martens  had been killed hours before her 10th birthday party.
The girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, 35; Martens’s boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31; and Gonzales’s cousin, Jessica Kelley, 31, have been charged in connection with her death.
“This homicide is the most gruesome act of evil I have ever seen in my career,” Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. said in a statement. “A complete disregard of human life and betrayal by a mother.”
Police said the girl had been drugged with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted and stabbed.
Is there any more emotive subject than a sex offender living among us?
Apparently not, based on the righteous fury emanating from the Hutt Valley community of Maungaraki, complete with all the local MPs and mayors piling in.
Nobody wants to hear about monitoring and rehabilitation when these issues flare up.
Naturally sex offenders are the lowest of the low, the scum of the earth etc – so reviled they have to be housed in protection in prison from the other inmates.
The problem is these people have to be freed one day, whether they’ve completed any rehabilitation at all. And being released means they have to live somewhere.But, and here’s the big but, I just can’t bring myself to support a public child sex offender register – sitting on a website, open to everyone, outlining who they are, what they’ve done and where they live.
Imagine it. These offenders would have a target on their forehead – shoot me here and shoot me now. It would only encourage the vigilantes to go after them and who knows how far that could go. Maybe murder.
A grown-up and responsible functioning society can’t allow that to happen.Yes we need a register and indeed one is coming – but it’s going to be private and shared among the agencies tasked with managing these people once they’re out.
Former Council of Trade Unions boss Helen Kelly has catalysed a renewed push for cannabis liberalisation. A non-smoker all her life, Ms Kelly is dying of lung cancer at the shockingly young age of 51.
As her illness has progressed, Ms Kelly has found cannabis has offered her highly effective pain relief. To highlight that it remains illegal, even for medicinal purposes, Ms Kelly also used her formidable media skills to engineer something of a conflict with Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne over the matter. Mr Dunne, well known for his friendliness towards tobacco companies but strong hostility towards cannabis growers, inevitably came off second best.
Ms Kelly appears to have won the public debate. Polls now indicate over 80% of New Zealanders support decriminalising or legalising medicinal marijuana. Some two-thirds support decriminalisation or legalisation of growing and possessing small amounts of cannabis for recreational use. The prime minister says he’s not keen.
Which is remarkable, knowing how poll-driven he is normally. People are starting to assume Key has made commitments in this area he can’t back out of. Read more »
Many Westerners are living under Sharia law but are totally oblivious because 99% of Westerners have no understanding of what the Shariah is.
The creator of the burkini, Australian-Lebanese designer Aheda Zanetti, said the burkini was designed to give women more freedom. However, these freedoms are taken away from women through oppressive garments such as the burkini. We saw the same thing with hijabs. Hijabs were once an option and now the only Muslim women represented in the media are hijabis. In other words, what Muslim women are being told – and shamed with – is that if you’re not covered, you’re not Muslim or modest. It’s a soft form of slut-shaming that surprisingly few feminists have caught onto. One day it’s hijabistas and the next day it’s burkinis, but the message is the same: cover up.
The burkini is a new adaptation of that. Though unintended by the designer, the consequences are the same: if you’re not covered, you’re inappropriate. And that’s what the underbelly of Islamic culture does: it aims to control a woman’s space, whether it is in the mosque, in the bedroom, in the home, her body, or her voice. It’s an abusive cultural conditioning.
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If millions of people/voters suffering daily from chronic pain and terminal illness is not enough of a reason to legislate for medicinal cannabis; nor the prospect of delivering a modicum of dignity and self respect to these sufferers in their hour of most need, then maybe these other benefits might persuade legislators…
One law change would have numerous flow-on benefits, including –
- $450-550Million annual Government spending reprioritised into healthcare & education. Net spending benefit to NZ Inc of between $900Million – $1.1Bn
- Create an entirely new dairy/pharmaceutical industry – employment, industry, taxes, regulatory requirements.
- Fix housing demand in high demand locations & grow Provincial NZ simultaneously
- Save some of $NZ1.7Billion in Aid… AND reduce unemployment benefits around NZ
- Increase dairy farmer payouts
…and all by allowing the growing of a herb that ironically grows like a weed… all over NZ.
- Entirely new industry – anyone, anywhere can participate in – leading to additional specialist niche industries. Such as medicinal cannabis products – edibles, butter, cookies, drinks.
- Stronger Regional growth and immediate reduction for housing in high demand locations. (Overnight, North-facing land becomes farmable and profitable.)
- Huge reductions in unemployment / benefit / Aid payments in the Far North and Coromandel …and Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga etc
- Similar “Follow my lead” legislation enacted from Pacific Island nations, would reduce the need for over $1.7 Billion NZ Aid from 2015-2018, also reducing the need for NZ to take so many economic refugees –further reducing housing demand in high need locations.
- Increased pay-outs for Dairy farmers Read more »
The Burkini ban is over before it could even start.The French have already surrendered to Sharia law. Once again the democratic laws of equality and freedom of religion have been twisted and used by the followers of anti-democratic and anti-women Sharia law to their advantage. Within a decade it will be a lone French woman bravely wearing a bikini on a French beach. She will stand out, surrounded by burkini clad non-Muslim and Muslim women alike. She will feel the pressure to conform and hostile Muslim male eyes will be upon her. “Slut” they will call out, ” Prostitute!” “She is asking to be raped,” they will say amongst themselves, ” she is being provocative,” they will whisper and the lone French woman will feel the fear and wonder when it all went so horribly wrong for France.