An Oregon man was arrested for kidnapping after he allegedly forced his girlfriend at knifepoint to go with him to Las Vegas and get married. Thomas Martin Pfeiffer allegedly threatened his girlfriend and their 22-month-old baby to get in a car with him so they could all drive to Vegas together. But Virginia Valdez hopped out of the car at a truck stop, lay down in the middle of the road, and started screaming. Now that’s a bride who does not want to get married. (However, I’m not sure I completely believe the story here. It seems to me like there are much more pernicious reasons to kidnap your girlfriend and child than getting married.) [Seattle Times] [Image of Las Vegas wedding chapel via Shutterstock]
Another good reason for teens to have restricted use of technology that makes it easier for stupid stuff to happen: a 13-year-old girl allegedly took a picture on SnapChat of her mother and 14-year-old sister — both topless in a hot tub — and it got spread around a couple of Missouri high schools. Keep reading »
Shia LaBeouf is an even bigger plagiarist than we thought.
Earlier this week, the “Transformers” actor was revealed to have stolen the plot from a comic drawn by Daniel Clowes for a short film that debuted at Cannes and was screening on Vimeo. Now BuzzFeed has revealed that Shia stole from the poet Charles Bukowski and the author Benoit Deuteurtre in comics he himself has drawn. But that’s not all: his apologies on Twitter after getting caught for plagiarism were taken from Tiger Woods, Kanye West, and the politician Robert McNamara. Very funny. Haha. Keep reading »
There’s an old Chris Rock bit where he explains that his only job as the father of a girl is to keep her off the pole. The joke itself is a tired one, incredibly sexist with a dollop of slut-shaming on the side. Yet at the center of its warped core is something many parents can relate to: the immense responsibility that comes with raising children.
I’ll let you in on a little parenting secret. While there are times that I question the smaller, day-to-day parenting decisions, the one thing that freaks me out the most is that overall I am responsible for helping to raise a good person. And, what if I fuck that all up? Keep reading »
Following an outcry over some complete and utter bullllllshit, an Alabama judge will resentence a convicted rapist who got exactly zero prison time for his crimes. Austin Clem was found guilty by a jury of raping a teenaged girl, who was his neighbor, twice when she was 14 and again when she was 18. Two weeks ago, Judge James Woodroof sentenced Clem to two years in a program for non-violent offenders — despite the fact that rape is one of the most violent acts there is — and three years of supervised probation. Everyone but Austin Clem himself promptly asked Judge Woodroof, What the fuck are you thinking? The district attorney for the Limestone County jurisdiction appealed the sentencing as too lenient. His victim, who is now age 20, even went on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show to speak out against his slap-on-the-wrist sentencing. The judge has responded accordingly: yesterday, he filed paperwork for re-sentencing. Put that criminal behind bars where he belongs so he can’t hurt someone else again. [WHNT, Mother Jones]
Never have sex with a girl unless she’s sent you a text that proves the sexual relationship is consensual beforehand. And it’s a good idea to even follow up any sexual encounter with a tasteful text message saying how you both enjoyed being with one another — even if you never plan on hooking up again.
This is the advice of Roxanne Jones, founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, in an op-ed on CNN.com about what she teaches her college-aged son as he navigates the sexual waters of university life. She continues:
Crazy, I know, but I’ve actually been encouraging my son and his friends to use sexting — minus the lewd photos — to protect themselves from being wrongly accused of rape. Because just as damning text messages and Facebook posts helped convict the high-schoolers in Steubenville of rape, technology can also be used to prove innocence.
In other words, Jones teaches her son that women cry rape all the time and he should protect himself from false accusations of sexual assault with inadmissable evidence, like a text message.
The only problem with this little plan is, well, everything. Keep reading »
“Sources” connected to George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted this summer of murdering unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, say his girlfriend is lying about the circumstances of his domestic abuse arrest on Monday.
Samantha Scheibe called 911 on Monday after Zimmerman allegedly smashed furniture in her house and pointed a shotgun at her. On the 911 call, you can hear Scheibe as she is being hustled outside her house in Apopka, Florida, by Zimmerman, who apparently locked the door behind her so she couldn’t get back in. He was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence battery and criminal mischief.
However, through TMZ, Zimmerman’s sources are claiming that Scheibe is making all this up because Zimmerman tried to break up with her. The sources claim she concocted a possibly-fake pregnancy to keep him around and when that didn’t work, she made up the domestic violence. You know, as “revenge.” Keep reading »
Are you done eating lunch? Because mass murderer Charles Manson has a 25-year-old maybe-fiancee he renamed “Star,” who has been visiting him prison since she was a teenager.
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Teresa Giudice, everyone’s favorite New Jersey housewife, was smacked with even more federal fraud charges this week along with her husband. The Feds indicted Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice on one count of bank fraud and one of loan application fraud. That second charge refers to a mortgage loan application on which the couple falsely stated that Teresa made $15,000 a month as a real estate agent. (In reality, she had no job at all.) The new charges come on top of July’s 39-count indictment for fraud, tax evasion, allegedly withholding financial information, and trying to illegally obtain mortgages and loans by inflating their incomes. The Giudices plead not guilty in August, and apparently plan to do so for these new charges as well. A trial is scheduled for February 24 of next year. The couple faces up to 50 years in prison. [ABC News; TV Guide]
George Zimmerman is a free man (for now). The man who killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was released from a Florida jail on a $9,000 bond today after yesterday’s arrest. Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, and shoved her out of her house. (You can listen to her 911 call here.)
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