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Dec. 9th, 2007

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he used to come in to where i work. and i had no idea this even happened. i live like 1 hour away from crothersville. it was NEVER in my local paper. i knew about up in bloomington because i was attending IU at the time and i was just down the street from where WonJoon Yoon was beaten. i cant believe indiana has no hate crime laws…well, i can because the state is so backwards and has a "country" mentality. and as for the gay panic defense? i’m wondering when it’ll morph into other things such as "black panic" where you were so threatened by the sight of a black person that you act on "temporary insanity" and beat 1 to death because 1 hit on you or something.

taken from here

90 minutes southeast of Bloomington there is a town called Crothersville, almost literally a four-way stop with its own Stop-In Liquor store. Crothersville, as tiny as it is, made the national news two years ago after a ten-year-old girl was kidnapped, sexually assualted, and murdered. Everyone in Crothersville will tell you that everyone in Crothersville knows everyone else.

On the afternoon of April 12, 2007, a man named Aaron Hall (nicknamed “Shorty” because of his slight build and miniscule stature - he barely topped 5′4″ and weighed around 100 pounds) met some fellow Crothersville natives, coming back from their Stop-In at the liquor store. 19-year-old Garrett Gray,18-year-old Coleman King, and 21-year-old Jamie Hendricks picked Hall up and went back to Gray’s house, where they proceeded to drink and hang out.

From every indication from sparse news reports and word of mouth, it began as a verbal insult, maybe to Gray’s dead mother, maybe to King’s heterosexuality, maybe to nothing at all.

The ‘why’ will probably never be fully known to us. Whatever the details, Hall said the wrong thing. And sparked in Gray and King what the official Initial Hearing report termed a “sudden heat.”

A "sudden heat" which would last throughout the next 24 hours.

Note: The following descriptions are graphic and disturbing, and may not be appropriate for sensitive readers.

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Reading List

this is a list of books i have read or want to read. feel free to make suggestions.
italics = i have read them

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Boyfriend List: (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver) by E Lockhart
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Princess Diaries Vol 1 by Meg Cabot
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting It Happened to Nancy: By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary by Beatrice Sparks
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944 by Peter Hoffmann
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed: The Ultimate Nap Book by SARK
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Prosperity Pie : How to Relax About Money and Everything Else by SARK
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Sark's New Creative Companion: Ways To Free Your Creative Spirit by Sark
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Succulent Wild Woman by Sark
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Bodacious Book of Succulence: Daring to Live Your Succulent Wild Life by Sark
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Living Juicy: Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul by Sark
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Sark's Journal and Play!Book : A Place to Dream While Awake by Sark
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Fabulous Friendship Festival: Loving Wildly, Learning Deeply, Living Fully with Our Friends by Sark
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel by Meg Cabot
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Upper Class by Hobson Brown, et al.
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Summer Intern by Carrie Karasyov, Jill Kargman
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Honk if You Hate Me by Deborah Halverson
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Fringe Girl by Valerie Frankel
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The 2nd Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Girls in Pants: The 3rd Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Forever in Blue: The 4th Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin

...is love

meme

How it works:
1. Bold the names of guys you'd definitely shag.
2. Italicize the names of guys you might shag after a little persuasion.
3. Leave the guys you don't know of, or who don't do anything for you, alone.
4. Strike the guys you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.
5. ADD ONE OF YOUR OWN AT THE END.

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1. Stephen Dorff
2. Wesley Snipes
3. Denzel Washington
4. Samuel L. Jackson
5. Hayden Christensen
6. Ian Somerhalder
7. James Van Der Beek
8. Ashton Kutcher
9. Sean William Scott
10. The Rock
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sexual harassment

at work, i was experiencing some sexual harassment. i posted this at work, because if it's posted clearly what sexual harassment is...and someone reports it, they wont have to continue to go thru the stuff i went thru. i'm making it a public post, in case anyone stumbles upon this and wants to print it out and put it in their workplace.

warning : it's very long and detailed.

What is Sexual Harassment?
Harassment of any kind is bothersome, demeaning, irritating, and annoying behavior. Sexual harassment is specifically harassment of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment is illegal and can lead to harsh consequences for offenders.

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canadian seal hunt

They prohibit the harvest of whitecoat (baby harp seals) and blueback (baby hooded seals) seals for commercial purposes, yet, it's still done. they still slaughter multiple whitecoat and blueback harp seals.

Now, seals may only be killed legally once they have started moulting (from 12 to 15 days of age for harp seals), as this coincides with the time when they are abandoned by their mothers.

In 2006, 325000 harp seals, as well as 10000 hooded seals and 10400 grey seals were killed. An additional 10000 animals were allocated for hunting by Aboriginal peoples.

To ensure the seals are killed in a humane way:

Every person who strikes a seal with a club or hakapik (a hakapik is kind of like a pick-axe with only 1 side having the stabbing end) shall strike the seal on the forehead until its skull has been crushed; No person shall commence to skin or bleed a seal until the seal is dead; A seal is dead when it has a glassy-eyed, staring appearance and exhibits no blinking reflex when its eye is touched while it is in a relaxed condition; Every person who fishes for seals for personal or commercial use shall land the pelt or the carcass of the seal.

A study of the 2001 Canadian seal hunt conducted by 5 independent vets came to the conclusion that although the hakapik is a humane means of hunting, many hunters were, in fact, not using the hakapik properly. This improper use, they said, was leading to "considerable and unacceptable suffering," and in 17% of the cases they observed, there were no detectable lesions of the skull whatsoever. In numerous other cases, the seals had to be struck multiple times before they were considered "unconscious". These claims are supported by the CVMA report itself, which states that 87% of the hunters whom they had observed had violated Canada's hunting regulations by "fail[ing] to palpate the skull or check for the corneal reflex before proceeding to hook or bleed the seal or go to another seal."

While hunters sometimes begin the process of bleeding out seals prior to skinning, video evidence shows sealers do not often allow any time to pass between cutting the seals open and skinning them - thus it is unlikely seals are bled out properly prior to skinning. It is therefore probable that a large number of seals indicated in this study would have been conscious not only while they were bleeding to death, but also while their skins were being removed. Video evidence exists that shows seals moving as if alive at the time of skinning.

It has also been strongly recommended that seals killed by guns to be shot to a quick death, not be wounded and left to die. The 2002 CVMA report, however, indicated an average time of 45.2 seconds between the animal being shot and a sealer killing it with a hakapik.

warning....very graphic

how the FUCK can people DO this?!?! humane, my ass.

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april is also....

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Find out how you can help.



i was raped 5 1/2 years ago by 2 guys i considered friends. it's still hard for me to think about, let alone talk about. but i called RAINN one time, and theyve helped me in the past. so whoever stumbles upon this give 'em some support

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