Finally, some good news to come out of this sad story: Phoenix police will pursue felony child abuse charges for the parents, Liberian refugees, who abandoned their eight-year-old daughter in July — after she was allegedly gang-raped by four boys — because they were ashamed.
The boys, ages 10 to 14, who are also Liberian refugees, allegedly lured the eight-year-old girl to a storage shed, by promising her chewing gum, where the alleged assault took place. When the parents learned their daughter had been raped, they apparently told police they did not want her to return home. She has been living in protective custody since the incident.
Ditching their kid is not the main reason police are pursuing abuse charges, however. According to the Associated Press, the young girl and her family have been referred to Child Protective Services in Phoenix five times since the girl was four years old. Altogether, past reports (including several times the young girl was found by neighbors or police to be wandering around the neighborhood by herself stealing or begging for food) could comprise felony child abuse. [Fox News]
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After last week’s kind of meh premiere, will our favorite show return to its former greatness on tonight’s episode? Check back here at 10 p.m. EST for our “Project Runway” season 6 liveblog! Keep reading »
A friend of mine, Daniel, said, recently, a group of men and women in his neighborhood bar for a parade approached him “looking for some kind of fight.” A woman in the group, he said, “started some shit with me” and “at one point said, ‘What would you do if I threw this drink on you?’” Daniel said he ignored the woman’s threat and directed his attention to the men in the group; after verbal exchanges, the whole group “slinked away” out of the bar. He said the confrontation made him think about what he would have done if the woman had thrown her drink at him. He wrote to me in an email:
“But I really did consider—would I hit her? And I decided, yeah, I might have. And she would’ve deserved it. Totally unprovoked physical aggression can rightly be met in kind. I probably would’ve slapped her, or I might grabbed her by the shoulders and thrown her aside. Either way, she would’ve deserved some kind of physical reaction.”
Michael, an ex-colleague of mine, has been on the receiving end of physical violence from an ex-girlfriend.
“The only time it’s ok to get any kind of physical with a girl, in my mind is when she’s under the influence of something and hitting/kicking violently (at you or someone else),” he wrote. “Only then do I see it appropriate to physically restrain her…but this is the same rule I use for guys too, so it has little to do with the sex of the individuals involved.”
I know what you’re thinking: there’s nothing funny about about abortion! Mostly, I agree with you. Politicians who make decisions about what women can do with their bodies and wackjobs who try to kill abortion providers are scary.
A very not safe for work clip of Chris Rock on abortion, and further unpacking the notion that there is something funny about abortion, after the jump:
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Humidity makes your hair look like ass, but British researchers have discovered Mother Nature’s awful mugginess is actually optimal for growing nails that don’t split! Air with 55 percent humidity keeps our nails pliable; unfortunately, excessive amounts of hot water from bathing or hand-washing soften nails too much. A researcher at Manchester University advised, “It’s best not to get nails completely dry or completely wet.”
Sorry, we can’t avoid hand-washing with hot water! But luckily we’ve found The Body Shop’s Almond Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment ($12) helps lock in moisture and keeps our manicures cute. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
“What’s great about the iPhone is if you want to know where your ex-girlfriend is at any moment, there’s an app for that!” Check her personal calendar, pester her with “automatic late night calls” every 15 minutes, and “if you need an attorney with a proven record for fighting restraining orders, there’s an app for that!”
It’s clever, but it’s hard to giggle about psychos with restraining orders. What do you think: funny iPhone spoof or stalker-y awkward humor? Keep reading »