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The Roots of Tragedy: Lakota People's Law Project Challenges New York Times "Poverty's Poster Child"

Lakota People's Law Project
Nicholas Kristof's portrait of the Pine Ridge Reservation in his piece for the May 9th New York Times "Poverty's Poster Child" is shocking and sympathetic, but, according to the Lakota People's Law Project, it does not address social and economic structures of oppression in South Dakota. While he implies that regular economic investment models could help Native American communities, he does not depict the reservation system's perpetuation of conquest and Native American self-destruction. The Lakota People's Law Project states that Mr. Kristof has completely overlooked South Dakota's systematic abduction of Lakota children from their families, continuing the 150 year policy of destroying the Lakota People's family and societal structures. This omission is more puzzling considering NPR's Peabody Award-winning three-part expose of the South Dakota foster care system last October by Laura Sullivan.
USA

Obama Refuses to Allow Lech Walesa Accept Medal of Freedom for Member of WWII Polish Underground


Lech Walesa
Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century - Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn't want him to set foot in the White House.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.

Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too "political." A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being "political" is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later.
Newspaper

Miss Ohio Claims 'Pretty Woman' Prostitute is a 'Positive Role Model'

Audrey Bolte
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On Sunday, Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte named Julia Roberts' prostitute character in the film 'Pretty Woman' as movie a role where women were portrayed in an "accurate and positive way" (video below).

Judge Marilu Henner asked Bolte during Sunday's Miss USA pageant on NBC: "Do you think women are depicted in movies and on television in an accurate and positive way? And please give us an example."

Bolte answered: "I think it depends on the movie. I think there are some movies that depict women in a very positive role, and then some movies that put them in a little bit more of negative role. But by the end of the movie, they show that woman power that I know we all have."

"Such as the movie Pretty Woman. We had a wonderful, beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time, but, you know what, she came out on top and she didn't let anybody stand in her path."


Comment: Losing Femininity in the Elusive Search for Kansas

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War Veteran Sues Peace Activist for Refusal to Rent Him an Apartment

In Savin Hill, Massachusetts, Sgt. Joel Morgan has sued property owner Janice Roberts, who reportedly refused to rent an apartment to him because he is a national guardsman who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Roberts told Sgt. Morgan in an April 9 voicemail that renting to him would be a conflict, saying, "We are very adamant about our beliefs," reports the Boston Herald.

"It just is not going to be comfortable for us without a doubt. It probably would be better for you to look for a place that is a little bit less politically active and controversial," Roberts told Dgt. Morgan, according to his lawsuit.

Sgt. Morgan said: "For her to do that to me, it was like a spit in the face. For what we have gone through overseas, to come home to our country and have people ... discriminate against us. ... It made me extremely insecure about being a soldier."
Dollar

Widow Wins $3 Million Lawsuit After her police officer Husband Dies in Threesome Sex

william martinez
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In Gwinnett County, Georgia, a jury awarded William Martinez's widow a three million dollar verdict in a medical malpractice case involving Martinez, who suffered a fatal heart attack during a sex act with two other people, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Before the sexual three-way, William Martinez, a 31-year-old police officer, went to Dr. Sreeni Gangasani at the Cardiovascular Group in Lawrenceville, Georgia after experiencing heart problems.

Martinez estate lawyers said that Dr. Gangasani should have recognized that Martinez's heart symptoms were serious, sent him to the hospital for treatment right away and warned him against getting too physical.

Dr. Gangasani did schedule a stress test for eight days later, but a few days after the doctor's visit, Martinez went to a motel near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to join a woman and another man for a sexual rendezvous.

Martinez reportedly died after having sex numerous times. The female sex partner found him collapsed on the floor on March 12, 2009.
Newspaper

Christian fundamentalist 'Good News Club' Accused of Teaching Genocide to Children

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The Good News Club, an after-school club sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), is offering bible lessons to public school children that include the biblical story of God telling Saul to kill the godless Amalekites.

In the bible, 1 Samuel (15:3) says: "Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."

However, some people are concerned that this story will teach genocide to children, as various faiths have tried to use it to justify violent acts, reports the U.K. Guardian.

On their web site, the CEF says: "As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living."
Pistol

Mother 'shot dead her husband and cheerleader daughter and sat at home with the bodies for THREE days'

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Dead: Cheerleader Aaliyah Johnson, pictured with her cousin Tim, was said to be a very 'humble' and 'sweet' girl
A 55-year-old woman shot dead her husband and teenage daughter and stayed at home with their bodies for three days, according to police.

Regina Johnson, from San Diego, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of her husband Reuben, 56, and daughter Aaliyah,14, were discovered on Saturday.

Police believe they had been shot on Wednesday and were lying in the home ever since. They have not yet established a motive.

Reuben Johnson's sister Deborah Spinner told 10News.com: 'It's like we can't wake up from this nightmare. There are so many questions. Why, why would you do this to Aaliyah? She was a child.'

Neighbors described the family as quiet and said the daughter and her father seemed quite close

Reuben Johnson served in the Navy for 20 years, before retiring in 2009 as a chief petty officer. He had been working as a security guard ever since.

He was a Green Bay fan and would often be seen in packers clothes.

His sister said that Aaliyah was a cheerleader and child model.
Evil Rays

Man brutally kills wife in Germany severing her head

In a gruesome incident, a man in Germany killed his wife today by cutting her into pieces and severing her head in front of his six young children.

Orhan Sircasi, 32, then ran on to the roof of his apartment building clutching his wife's severed head in one hand and a butcher's knife in the other. The killer of Turkish origin fought off police as they tried to seize him early this morning by lunging at them with the knife and swinging the head like a club.

After he lunged at police with the severed head of his wife he threw it from the roof of his five storey apartment building to the street below. He was overpowered on the rooftop in Berlin and taken into custody, the Daily Mail reported.

Then officers entered the apartment in the Kreuzberg district of the capital to find the dismembered body of his wife and the six children aged from nine months to ten years.
Bulb

Idea: Rubber-stamp dollar bills with Occupy messages

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Massachusetts protesters carrying signs that mirror the new stamping Occupy slogans in January.
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and one of the deep pockets behind the Occupy movement, says he is helping launch a campaign this summer to highlight the influence of corporate money in American politics.

Cohen and the Move to Amend advocacy group will distribute rubber stamps with anti-corporate election spending messages so that the politically minded can mark their dollar bills. The end goal: To secure a constitutional amendment saying corporations do not enjoy the same protected rights as individuals and that money is not a form of speech.

Cohen plans to put a giant stamping machine on a national tour in August to encourage "thousands of people to buy rubber stamps and stamp any currency that comes into their possession," he tells Yahoo News. According to his attorney, this is legal, as long as the bills are still legible after the stamping. The Occupy movement tried the stamp tactic last October, defacing dollar bills with infographics that showed the income distribution in American society.

This round of stamps will include "Corporations are not people," "Money is not speech" and "Not to be used for bribing politicians," among other slogans.
Airplane

Pilot signals trouble moments before crash that kills 163 in Nigeria

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An airliner carrying 153 people crashed on Sunday, June 3, in a residential neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's most populated city. There were no survivors.
Lagos, Nigeria -- The pilot of the Dana Air plane that crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, radioed that the plane was having trouble just minutes earlier, an airline official told CNN on Monday.

The details emerged as search and rescue crews worked to recover bodies from the wreckage, while authorities searched for the flight data recorders to try to piece together what brought down the plane Sunday, killing all 153 people aboard and at least 10 on the ground.

The death toll will likely rise as crews search through the rubble of a two-story residential building that the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane struck.

It was unclear how many people were inside the building and on the street outside at the time of the crash, Mohammad Sani Sidi, the emergency management director, told CNN from the crash site.
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