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Fanatical idiots indeed man oh man WTF!

If  my child was at this school dealing with this BS my next stop would be at my lawyers office seeing about a lawsuit for sure.

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High school students in Dunkerton, Iowa were expecting an assembly about bullying and making good choices. What they got instead was the Christian rap/hard rock band called Junkyard Prophetdelivering an anti-gay and anti-abortion rant.

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According to the La Crosse Tribune, after the band performed, they separated the girls, boys, and teachers into three breakout groups. “They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” said Jennifer Littlefield, whose 16-year-old daughter, Alivia called her in tears after the event. Reportedly, one of the band members led the girls in a chant pledging purity and encouraged them to be submissive to their husbands after marriage.

The boys were shown images of musicians who died of drug overdoses. A video of the event shows a band member criticizing Elton John and Lady Gaga for encouraging “sexual deviancy” and supporting laws outlawing homosexuality.

Watch a video of the presentation (discretion advised).

“They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” Littlefield adds. “It just blows me away that no one stopped this.” According to student witnesses, kids who walked out were shouted at and ridiculed.

After the event, Superintendent Jim Stanton reportedly addressed the student body and reiterated the band’s positive “anti-violence, anti-drug, anti-alcohol” message. He acknowledged they also expressed “an opinion about intolerance that’s not in line with the beliefs of the Dunkerton Community Schools.” The Daily News reports that members of the band showed students pictures of aborted fetuses.

The day after the assembly, students circulated a petition asking administrators to ban Junkyard Prophet and other groups from making such presentations in the future, reports the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Junkyard Prophet is asking to come back and explain their message, but so far no one is offering them a venue. School officials could not be reached for comment.

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/rock-group-8220-junkyard-prophet-8221-delivers-controversial-202200759.html

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The notorious 19th-century trial of Lizzie Borden, a wealthy New England woman accused of killing her parents with an ax, is back in the spotlight with the discovery of her attorney’s handwritten journals, providing fresh insight into the relationship with her father.
Borden was acquitted in 1892, and much of the evidence in the case ended up with Andrew Jackson Jennings, Borden’s attorney. The two journals, which Jennings stored in a Victorian bathtub along with other evidence from the case, including the infamous “handless hatchet,” were left to the Fall River Historical Society by Jennings’ grandson, who died last year.
The society received the fragile journals about a month ago but won’t be exhibited until they are properly preserved, curator Michael Martins said.
Each journal is about 100 pages. One contains a series of newspaper clippings, indexed using a lettering and number system that Jennings devised. The second contains personal notes that Jennings assembled from interviews he conducted. Some of the individuals interviewed are people mentioned in the newspaper clippings Jennings retained.
“A number of the people Jennings spoke to were people he knew intimately, on a social or business level, so many of them were perhaps more candid with him than they would have been otherwise,” Martins said. “But it’s also evident that there are a number of new individuals he spoke to who had previously not been connected with the case.”
Martins and fellow curator Dennis A. Binette published a book last year called “Parallel Lives” that included five photographs and 40 letters and documents in Borden’s hand that had not been previously published.
Borden was imprisoned in Taunton, Mass., for 10 months pending her trial, and several of the letters published in “Parallel Lives” were written from her prison cell. Borden, who was 32 at trial, has been portrayed has a cold, stoic individual who showed no emotion, but the letters show a sensitive, grieving side of her.
Borden’s father, Andrew Borden, became known as an evil man who did not provide for his daughters. But Martins says the journals and letters paint Andrew Borden differently.
“You have to create villains in order to justify the murders, and Andrew Borden is portrayed as evil, but he gave his daughters a lot more than some other fathers were giving theirs,” Martins said.
Jennings’ notes in his journals show he interviewed people who knew the Borden family intimately and were familiar with Andrew Borden’s relationship with his daughters.
“Lizzie Borden cared for her father very deeply,” Martins said. “There was a tremendous outpouring of grief in the letters, and that’s a new side to the story.”
Because the journals are so fragile, Martins has been unable to read them in their entirety, but he said it’s unlikely they include a “smoking gun” that would prove Lizzie Borden killed her father and stepmother. Instead, they provide insight into the character of Lizzie Borden, who, despite her acquittal, was deemed by the public to be a brutal ax murderess, evident in the twisted nursery rhyme:
“Lizzie Borden took an Ax, And gave her mother forty whacks, When she had seen what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.”
“Most of what is known about Lizzie Borden is based on legend, innuendo and outright lies,” Martins said. “Fact has been suppressed by fiction, and the fiction is much more interesting to a lot of people.”

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Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump have drawn the ire of PETA after photos surfaced showing the brothers on a wild game hunting trip in Zimbabwe last year.

TMZ first posted photos from the trip under the headline, “Donald Trump’s Sons Ignite War Over Animal Butchery.” During the hunting trip, the Trump sons reportedly killed a number of exotic animals, including an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck.

The photos were criticized by the animal rights organization PETA, who said in a statement to Hollywood Life:

“Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires’ grisly photo opportunity. If the young Trumps are looking for a thrill, perhaps they should consider skydiving, bungee jumping, or even following in their anti-hunting father’s footsteps and taking down competing businesses—not wild animals. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal.”

Trump was quick to defend his sons, telling TMZ, “My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it. I know that anything they did was 100% OK in terms of the hunting community.” However, Trump was equally quick to note that he himself does not share in the sport, saying, “I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it.”

In one of the more controversial photos, Donald Jr. is seen grinning broadly while holding the severed tail of an elephant in his hands. He defended his actions on his Twitter account, saying that he was simply taking part in a local custom.

Trump Jr. has been actively defending his actions to his 120,000 followers, along with getting into a few spats with readers. In one update, Trump Jr. writes, “I don’t apologize to cater to public opinion when I did nothing wrong. To do so would be to sell myself out.”

And in responding to criticism from PETA, he wrote, “yea ok peta not exactly known for credible and unbiased info.”

The two Trump sons are both integral parts of their father’s real-estate empire. Along with sister Ivanka, both Eric and Donald Jr. serve executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization, working directly on real estate deals. Trump Jr. also serves as an ambassador to Operation Smile, while Eric Trump has started his own Eric Trump Foundation to benefit St. Jude. Both sons also serve as consultants on their father’s hit show, “The Apprentice.”

 

In a joint statement released by the Trump brothers, they defended their actions and noted that all of the meat killed in their hunting expedition was donated to local villagers:

“We are both avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our grandfather, who taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted. We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations.”

 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/donald-trump-sons-criticized-brutal-hunting-photos-released-213958504.html

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