Even though Joshua Marbury’s 1-year-old son was covered in bruises and scars from the babysitter’s alleged beating, the accused abuser is protected by a 2012 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling that discourages prosecutors from filing charges since the tyke can’t talk.
Marbury was furious as the charges were dropped, after baby Jacob had suffered a severe smack that left a black eye, bruises and a stinging palm print on the child’s face.
“It doesn’t make sense that someone can go strike a dog and witnesses see it, that’s enough proof, but if you strike a baby…” Marbury told the News. “I don’t understand why this law is in effect.”
So if a dog was abused, the suspect can be prosecuted…but the abuser of an innocent baby continues to prance around free???
What kind of world do we live in… #Hate it!
“Here used to be a beautiful picture of a bottle.”
Finnish decision-makers decided, that all alcohol ads must go. ALL of them. Every single one. Even the ones that are not really ads. Because apparently seeing a picture of bottle or having someone mentioning the name of alcoholic beverage makes all of the little kiddies in the Finland grave for the alcohol, and become alcoholics on the spot.
Needles to say, most Finns think this was a stupid-ass decision, so they have elected to make fun of the law.
In 1998, schools bought pencils that said ‘TOO COOL TO DO DRUGS’ on them. It took a 4th grader to realize that sharpening them removed the beginning of the message, which made it even cooler to do drugs each time you used them. They were recalled, but now you can buy them for fun.
Norman MacArthur and Bill Novak, both in their 70s, said “I do” in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, Yahoo Parenting reports. The two have been together since their 20s and registered as a domestic partnership in New York in 1994. But they moved to Pennsylvania a few years later, where their partnership was not recognized. The only way they could have a formal legal relationship, with all the rights that entailed, was if one of them legally adopted the other.
“It struck me as fairly unusual, but we looked into it and discovered that other couples had done it. [Without the adoption] we would be legally strangers,“ MacArthur told Yahoo. “Most importantly, it would allow us visitation rights in a hospital, and gaining of knowledge if one of us was in the hospital. With new HIPAA privacy laws, hospitals are very constrained in what they can say to other people. If we were legally related, I would be allowed into the ER and entitled to know what Bill’s condition was if anything should happen.”
Novak adopted MacArthur in 2000 – "Bill is two years older than I am,” MacArthur told Yahoo, “so that was the only reason” – and the men were father and son, at least on paper, for the next 15 years. The ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional in Pennsylvania last year, and the two submitted a petition to vacate the adoption decree. That petition was granted on May 14, allowing Novak and MacArthur to finally marry.
The moment when a judge agreed to vacate the adoption was an emotional one for the couple, and for the 30 friends who’d joined them in the courtroom.
“The courtroom burst into applause. I burst into tears,” MacArthur told the Associated Press. “They were certainly happy tears. After months of investigating ways that we could do this and finally having the decision coming down in our favor, I’m still walking 3 feet above the ground.”
spray paint is illegal in Chicago. you can’t buy it anywhere and if they catch you with it you can be arrested. still, someone is going around my neighborhood spray painting “keep on having a good day” on sidewalks and bare walls in some of the most highly trafficed areas (where they’d be most likely to be caught). You really can’t crush human expression or spirit