Post 09-13-2014, 02:09 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Stern Parenting or Child Abuse? It Depends on Who You Ask

It seemed almost impossible for the NFL's bad week to get worse, but that is exactly what happened after Texas authorities charged star running back Adrian Peterson with child abuse after one of his children returned home to his mother and she noticed markings throughout his body consistent with a switch or small tree branch. Peterson does not deny striking his child, but insists that it was only 'stern parenting.'

Child abuse and endangerment is a topic that is near and dear to me. Having worked with both physically and emotionally abused children living in a residential treatment facility, I can attest first hand that the harm this does to children both physically and psychologically lasts throughout their lifetimes. The emotional toll abuse takes on a child is incalculable and it is time we begin to move away from corporal punishment whenever a young child does something 'wrong' and transition into a more therapeutic way of teaching them life's rules and lessons.

I am well aware that many people will disagree with my point of view. I'm sure I will be called weak or be accused of turning all of our boys into 'wussies' because they can't handle a slap or two. The problem with that is that the numbers behind corporal punishment are crystal clear that it actually makes kids more, not less, violent. States that still allow corporal punishment in schools also have the highest rates of incarceration in America; they have far higher rates of poverty; and their educational performance ranks among the lowest in the country. Corporal punishment in the home is a much trickier issue. There are currently no state laws that ban corporal punishment in the home and the line between spanking and felonious abuse is often left to be interpreted by the states.

Now, back to Adrian Peterson. A grand jury in Texas has found that there is sufficient enough evidence to file child abuse charges against him. I am sympathetic to his claim that he was only engaging in stern parenting, but the problem with that defense is that there is a very fine line between stern parenting and child abuse. Unfortunately for Peterson, a Texas District Attorney believes he crossed that line.

I'm interested to see what others on this site think about Adrian Peterson's recent arrest and corporal punishment in general. Do you believe it is an appropriate way to discipline children, even with ever mounting evidence stating otherwise? Or are you against corporal punishment and think it's time we start teaching kids the difference between right and wrong in an entirely new way?
Post 09-12-2014, 09:41 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Kerry claims we are not at war

Dutch Wrote: I'm getting a bit sick of the "wording" game played in Washington; Kerry says no this no war but just a "chase' after terrorists like in Somalia and Yemen. The White House says it is a war, So who is right?

The news makes a big deal out of that; crazy!! Regardless of what it is it will cost us billions which we don't have. But let the fun start.

In my point of view it is another aggression on another sovereign country (Syria) by the US; I call that "war" ; war equipment is used; people will die etc. In the meantime ISIS is growing rapidly with more and more members. Guess what I predicted this many years ago; the more the US meddles in this world with money bribery and weapons sales to corrupt countries the more the lower classes in these countries will hate us. The more "drones" we throw at them the more recruits will join them. Sorry our government still does not understand that picture. I saw only one person on CNN who did understand that, but was turned away quickly because a "retired" general knew it much better. I'll just sit back and watch this disaster unfold; I wish this country lots of luck if it continues with these policies.
I agree with much of what you say Dutch, but the problem is that our constitution is very specific when it comes to the word 'war.'

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution reads that the Congress has the power "To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." These aren't just words on a piece of paper, but are the rules that are supposed to govern us.

Don't think that I'm trying to disagree with you here though. I would love to have a discussion about the Patriot Act and, more importantly, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists. Our Congress willfully and deliberately abrogated their duties and gave the Executive the legal ability to have unchecked powers when it comes to waging wars as long as the Executive is doing it in the name of 'fighting terrorism.' It's time that we fight back against this and demand our Legislative Branch actually do the job they are Constitutionally mandated to do.
Post 09-11-2014, 04:48 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Civil unrest in Ferguson Missouri

We don't have a culpable homicide charge in the United States, but the closest thing we do have to it is a manslaughter charge. I agree that it would be difficult to charge Officer Wilson with first degree murder, but I definitely believe there is more than enough eyewitness accounts and an autopsy that provides more than enough evidence for a second degree murder or, at the very least, manslaughter charges. It would be an absolute tragedy if this officer got away with murdering an unarmed teenager that had his hands up and was trying to surrender, as multiple witnesses have claimed.
Post 09-11-2014, 11:59 AM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Civil unrest in Ferguson Missouri

Those who were so valiantly sticking up for officer Wilson have gone rather silent lately and I don't blame them considering more and more witness accounts are coming out insisting he shot Michael Brown in cold blood. Video released today of the moments immediately after the murder back up these eyewitness accounts even more. I'm sure these supporters will find some other reason to demonize Michael Brown and stick up for Darren Wilson because, well, they just can't accept that maybe a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager in cold blood.
Post 09-09-2014, 11:35 AM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Admitted Domestic Abuser Prepares to Rake in Over $30 Million on Saturday

My father has taught me countless lessons throughout my life that I continue to abide by and will teach to a future child of mine. These lessons include respecting elders, surrounding oneself with positive influences, and treating everyone, even those with whom we may disagree, with dignity and respect. One of the other main lessons he taught me from a very young age is to respect women and to never, ever lay a hand on them. Unfortunately, far too many professional athletes and celebrities alike believe they don't have to heed the latter of these generally accepted life rules.

As convicted domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather is set to rake in 30 plus million for a few minutes in a boxing ring on Saturday, September 13, we must begin to think about why we so easily forgive our favorite sports or celebrity personality for beating their significant others. What is it about being famous that makes someone above the law. Not just that, but why do we so easily forgive someone for committing a heinous crime because we are partial to watching them compete on television?

For those of you who aren't aware, Mayweather plead guilty to beating his then girlfriend in 2010. Mayweather plead guilty to punching his girlfriend and pulling her hair. His punishment for the crime he admitted to doing? Sixty days in county jail. His punishment from the world of boxing? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. His reward for being a convicted domestic abuser? He is now the richest athlete in the world. By a long shot.

Mayweather's behavior back in 2010 may not be an isolated incident, either. Just last week his ex-fiance Shantel Jackson filed a civil lawsuit accusing Mayweather of false imprisonment and civil harrassment. The lawsuit claims that Mayweather forced 'Miss Jackson,' as he often referred to her, of not allowing her to leave his home without one of his employees in tow and that he was verbally abusive to her on more than one occasion. Mayweather has yet to publicly comment on the lawsuit.

You may be wondering how someone can admit to beating their significant other, spend 90 days in jail, and go on to become the richest athlete in the entire world. I'm sure many people are wondering that. The interesting thing about boxing is that there is no central governing body that has a code of conduct for those who participate in the matches they hold, which means that each boxer is essentially an independent contractor. This is how a boxer can beat his girlfriend, serve his time, and become the highest paid athlete in the world.

It would be bad enough if Mayweather was the only celebrity that committed these heinous crimes, but he is just one in a long list of celebrities who have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves. The most recent example of this is now former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, who was caught on tape punching his then fiance in the face, knocking her out cold, and then dragging her unconscious body out of a casino elevator. Rice was initially suspended for two games because there was only video of him dragging his fiances lifeless body out of the elevator and no video of him actually hitting her. Only after video surfaced of him punching her at full force did he get cut from the team and indefinitely suspended from the NFL. How the NFL handled this fiasco is borderline criminal, but at least they have the ability to kick a domestic abuser out of the league, unlike in the world of boxing.

In the world of boxing it is entirely acceptable to be convicted of beating up a woman and go on to become the richest athlete in the world. So I encourage you to ask yourself this one question if you find yourself rooting for Mayweather this weekend: would you feel comfortable if he was dating your daughter or would you fear for her safety?
Post 09-08-2014, 11:04 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Never Mind Being Cut by the Ravens, Ray Rice Needs to be Behind Bars

Ray Rice is out of a job now that the Baltimore Ravens fired him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after a damning new video showing him brutally punching his now wife in the face and then dragging her out of an elevator following a dispute between the two. The incident happened months ago and Rice was already serving a two game suspension after video showed him dragging his fiance out of an elevator and callously dropping her on the ground, but did not show him actually punching her. How the NFL decided that Rice dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of an elevator only warranted a two game suspension, but then drop the hammer on him when video showing him punching her surfaces shows that the NFL has an extremely long way to go in addressing this issue.

Today's video only gives us more questions than answers as to what in the world the NFL was thinking in suspending a player who was video taped dragging his fiance out of an elevator for two games, but didn't decide to investigate more into the issue and seemingly tried to sweep the whole thing under the rug. It also makes me wonder if the NFL was in possession of this tape the entire time. I don't buy it for one second that they didn't investigate whether there was a video camera inside the elevator. If they are being truthful when they say that today was the first they ever saw it then the entire division of the NFL that conducts investigations needs to be fired for negligence.

Here's what I think happened: the NFL and the Ravens knew exactly what happened that day and wanted to keep this whole thing under wraps. The fact that his fiance decided to stay with him is her decision alone and something I will not even begin to try to judge. However, just because she decided not to press charges doesn't mean that Rice shouldn't have been fully investigated. The NFL, and to a greater extent, professional sports, are woefully behind the curve when it comes to fighting this problem. It is absolutely unacceptable to put your hands on a woman, let alone punch her in the face. It makes me sick that he will not be facing any serious charges in this blatantly felonious battery. Jeffrey Toobin of CNN put it perfectly when he said that the charges Rice plead to are a 'disgrace' and that the District Attorney overseeing the case 'embarrassed the country, [and] embarrassed themselves.

Has anyone been following this case? Are you as angry as me at the NFL and judicial system for seemingly allowing a woman abuser to walk free because he was a professional athlete and they wanted to keep it under wraps? What has our judicial system come to in this country where this is acceptable?
Post 09-08-2014, 06:52 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Civil unrest in Ferguson Missouri

Two separate witnesses from outside of the Ferguson community came out in a St. Louis Post Dispatch interview and seemed to have damning evidence against the police officer who murdered Michael Brown. They both said they looked up after hearing a gunshot and saw Michael Brown running away from the police officer. They go on to say that Michael Brown turned around and seemed to be wounded and stumbling towards Darren Wilson with his hands up and said 'okay okay okay okay okay' to Wilson as the officer fired a barrage of shots at the unarmed teenager.

This backs up multiple eyewitness accounts, but is the first one from someone who doesn't live in the town of Ferguson. Only one of the witnesses spoke publicly and said that they have told their separate accounts to FBI investigators and the St. Louis County police.

If charges don't come of this after eye witness accounts and an autopsy backing up these accounts then I don't know if they ever will. Unfortunately you will continue to have backers of this officer who insist that it is perfectly fine to shoot and kill unarmed teenagers, even if they have their hands up.


Post 09-04-2014, 03:47 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: A Tribute to the Philanthropist That Was Joan Rivers

Just like that, she's gone. The stunning death of Joan Rivers, who only one week ago was performing seemingly non-stop, is a sad development that will be tough to swallow for many people. There will undoubtedly be investigations into her death and I hope that individuals will be held accountable if any malfeasance was found to be done by the medical staff performing the surgery that wound up ending her life.

Instead of dwelling on her passing, I think that it's important to shed some light on the lesser talked about things that Joan Rivers did with her life. Many celebrities contribute to causes with large sums of money. Some do it to feel better about themselves. Some do it for tax purposes. And others, like Joan Rivers, devote time and money to various causes because they are passionate about them.

Joan Rivers was intimately involved in a variety of charities. From various AIDS organizations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Rivers devoted herself to helping those who need it the most. She also invested her time and money into various other causes helping out cancer patients, a multitude of food programs for the poor, and a whole lot more. She exemplified what it means to be an upstanding citizen and that is what she should be remembered for.

I can only hope she is now resting in peace after an outstanding life. She will be missed.
Post 09-04-2014, 03:21 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Former Governor Bob McDonnell Charged With Corruption

Wow. I thought the case was pretty strong against him, but it's always nice to see a jury agree. What a tremendous fall for the once highly touted darling of the Republican party.
Post 09-04-2014, 11:46 AM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Root For Tavis Smiley on 'Dancing With the Stars'

ABC released their long anticipated celebrity cast list for season 19 of 'Dancing With the Stars' and there's one name on the list that actually might get me to watch the show for the first time. Longtime talk show host Tavis Smiley will be joining the cast this season and I can't help but root for him to go all the way.

Smiley has a long and impressive resume. He is a staunch liberal who uses his radio and television shows to discuss some of the toughest issues facing our country; specifically race, ethnicity, and diversity. He has long used his platform to challenge America's first black President to discuss these types of issues that impact black Americans in a disproportionate number and it is of no surprise that the two share a strained relationship.

His relationship with the President will not be what I worry about when I decide to tune into the show for the first time this season. The show doesn't tend to have many political personalities that I follow on a consistent basis, so it is rather exciting to have someone on the show that I can root for.

You can see the full list of the stars by clicking the link below:
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/dancing-stars-2014-season-19-celebrity-cast-revealed/story?id=25215335

Is anyone planning on watching the show this season? Will you be rooting for Tavis Smiley or for one of the other personalities?
Post 09-02-2014, 04:24 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Leaked Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photos- Violation of Privacy?

I could not disagree with either of you more. To suggest that an individual gives up all their privacy rights because they are in the public eye is absolutely ludicrous. Are you both actually suggesting that it should be perfectly legal to hack into someone's private computer or e-mail account and steal their private documents just because they are celebrities? It is one thing to take these pictures and then leak them to the media, as Paris Hilton is wont to do. It is another thing entirely to have someone steal things from a secure cloud server and broadcast it to the world.
Post 09-01-2014, 02:05 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Leaked Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photos- Violation of Privacy?

ClayTaylorNC Wrote: This is a fine line case of privacy, and a think before you act kind of thing. Everyone should know that you absolutely cannot upload any sensitive pictures/information to anything that has wifi these days. You can't. It's a rule-of-thumb in today's world. Especially anyone in the spotlight. It's hard for me to imagine someone like Lawrence would do this as a publicity stunt, as been done several times before. But on the other hand, it's hard for me to imagine this was done with the thought of 100% discretion.

Thoughts? Was this a violation of her Privacy?
I don't think there is a fine line at all. We have a right to privacy in this country, plain and simple. Griswold v. Connecticut, a case decided in 1965, explicitly stated as such. This right does not end when someone becomes a celebrity and is in the media spotlight.

People who steal information from a computer should be treated the same as someone who steals a tangible item from a store or house. I hope the person who released this and other photos is caught, tried, and convicted like Christopher Cheney was. People have to learn that the law will come down hard on you if you do this crap.
Post 09-01-2014, 01:36 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Alex Wagner Marries America's 'First Chef' in Weekend Wedding

I can only imagine how many wedding invitations the President and First Family receive each year, but they can only attend the ones of people they consider true friends. This past weekend saw one of those true friends when the longtime Obama family chef married MSNBC's rising star Alex Wagner.

Wagner and Sam Kass married on Saturday in New York after a two year courtship that was under the radar for much of the time. It is no surprise that they kept their relationship quiet for so long because of Wagner's role as a journalist and the close friendship that Kass had with President Obama.

Kass has been by President Obama's side since his days in Chicago and the President said he considers him a true friend. He is also one of the many people who have been by the President's side since day one of his Administration, so it is of no surprise that the First Family would take the time to attend their wedding.

I've also enjoyed watching Alex Wagner's show these past couple years and I think she has a good interview style that goes more in depth than many other media personalities on the airwaves. She is a breath of fresh air compared to the countless sub par 'journalists' inundating our airwaves.

Does anyone follow Wagner's show? Do you agree that she is one of MSNBC's top personalities or do you think that title belongs to someone else on the station?
Post 08-31-2014, 09:39 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Tribalism is replacing nationalism in politics

Great post Schmidt. I couldn't agree with you more.

Tribe politics have been around in this country since its inception, but the issues of 'the tribes' always seem to morph and adapt. If we break it down into its simplest terms, it is the age old 'rich vs poor' politics that have defined our body politic for thousands of years. Those who have the wealth want to expand it at the expense of those who don't. They use wedge issues to keep 'the minions' constantly fighting with each other instead of questioning why there is such a massive divide between them and the well to do. That's why religion, abortion, taxes, you name it, are framed in a way to pit average people against each other.

If the average Tea Partier understood that they are constantly voting for people who legislate for their wealthy friends and against their better interests then we may actually see some change in this country. The ever dwindling middle-class and poor in this country constantly vote for representatives who will screw them over because they don't like the other person's stance on abortion or gay marriage. They willfully vote for someone that will make their life harder because they dislike gay people. It's just crazy if you think about it.

Unfortunately, these Tea Partiers are hoodwinked by Fox News and conservative media outlets who make them think that everything would be better if we just slashed all taxes, kicked out all the gays, denied people health care for any reason under the sun, and marginalized women back to the roles they are 'supposed to play.' You know--the good ole days.
Post 08-31-2014, 08:02 PM
jaredsxtn

Democrat
Portland, OR
Posts: 2608
Thread: Russia's Reawakening and the Return of Cold War Politics

Putin gave a speech today in which he encouraged talks over 'statehood' for parts of eastern and southern Ukraine in his first direct call for Ukraine to be broken up. This comes days after Russian tanks and other armored vehicles invaded Eastern Ukraine to aid the struggling rebel movement there.

I'm not really sure what Putin's end game is here. It almost seems as if he has painted himself into a box and doesn't quite know how to get out of it. Russia's economy is teetering on the brink of recession and it would be rather idiotic for him to continue his saber rattling that will undoubtedly bring about tougher sanctions. He may be trying to gain the upper hand in any negotiations that come about, but he very well may over play his hand and usher in a severe economic disruption in the Russian economy because he doesn't know how to admit that he's in a lose-lose situation in Ukraine. He created this beast in Eastern Ukraine and now he is reaping what he sewed.
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