I do NOT CARE if one is a conservative or a liberal.. I do NOT CARE if one is against guns or for them.. I do NOT CARE if one is religious or not.. I DO NOT CARE about the news and what they are plastering all over out there..And I certainly DO NOT CARE if the scumbag who cruelly..selfishly.. took the lives of 27 people..20 of them being just babies..was mentally ill or not..
Today..what I do care about are the victims..the ones that lost their lives..and I care about the families of those victims..who are and will be forever changed from this horrific event..
So as most of us go on about our every day lives..perhaps some are out there doing their Christmas shopping..getting ready for the upcoming holiday.. Perhaps some are just spending time with their children..or loved ones..or whatever one is doing..please think about the mothers..fathers..sisters..brothers..grandparents..aunts..uncles..nieces..nephews..and friends..all whose lives came to a complete stop..
Think about the parents or anyone who this weekend had to go and identify the dead bodies of their own babies..And though I think we should be grateful each and every day.. maybe just for today.. be grateful that your children are alive..whether they are young or old..Take a moment to let them know how much you love them.. Or as children..take a moment today to let your parents that you love them..
Just for today maybe..stop and try to imagine if you can..the pain..anguish..heartache..anger..confusion..shock..that the loved ones of those dead are feeling..and will forever feel..and please..please count your own blessings..as this could be any one of us..Light a candle..say a prayer if you believe..send positive thoughts..healing love to those who are suffering today..for those who were sadly taken from this world..
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St. Petersburg police arrest two in connection with website where women beat homeless men
By Jamal Thalji, Times Staff Writer In Print: Saturday, April 28, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG — The home page of Shefights.net — which sells Web videos of scantily clad women beating up, dominating and punishing homeless men — bills itself as the place where "fantasy meets reality."
But a different reality caught up with Shefights.net on Friday: police arrested owner Jeffrey Williams and one of the fetish website's performers after a yearlong investigation determined they had abused disabled adults.
Williams, 59, of St. Petersburg was arrested at his attorney's office on two counts of aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. Zuzu Irvina Vargo, 25, one of Shefights.net's fighters, was arrested at her St. Petersburg home on the same two counts.
Last year an advocate for the homeless interviewed homeless men who said they were offered $25 to $50 to be whipped, beaten and dominated by women in a garage or a back yard as an audience watched. The men said they were not allowed to fight back and had to endure the violence for 12 minutes to get paid.
"It's about time," said the advocate, G.W. Rolle. "I tried all sorts of things (to stop it.) I've gone to court. I'm really excited to hear about this.
"It's just the exploitation of vulnerable people."
The website offers more than 200 videos of women — sometimes topless — assaulting men ranging in price from $5.99 to $24.99. The site also offers custom videos, based on scenarios envisioned by the customer, starting at $600.
The St. Petersburg Police Department's intelligence unit launched an investigation last year. St. Petersburg spokesman Mike Puetz said the investigation took so long because of the time it took to determine which of the many homeless men in the videos was endangered.
"Identifying the participants in this was totally difficult," he said. "But establishing to the satisfaction of the statute that these folks were suffering from a mental disability was the issue that had to be dealt with. During the course of the investigation we did identify at least two men that fit that criteria."
Police did not identify those two men. Investigators believe that Williams recruited the two men, recorded Vargo beating them and did so at his own home.
Both Williams and Vargo were booked into the Pinellas County jail on Friday, where they were being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
"The "man" in this photo is Jeff Williams, a local businessman, responsible for Shefights. Shefights is a company that produces videos of women fighters beating the sense out of homeless men for the amusement of his customers. He sells videos of these violently obscene events, but if a person pays enough and knows him well, it appears that they can watch the "fights" live on location."
This is the story of OUR Grandmothers and their Mother who lived only 90 years ago..
Never actually read it this way before..but it got my attention..
Remember, it was not until 1920that women were granted the right to go to
the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless
for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison
guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a
rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing
(Lucy Burns) They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her
head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
(Dora Lewis) They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against
an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu,
thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional
affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking,
slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered
his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food-
all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
(Alice Paul) When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike,
they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured
liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for
weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because -
why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
(Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence.) Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new
movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle
these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling
booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
(Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown, New York) All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.
(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate) My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk
about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What
would those women think of the way I use, or don't use,my right
to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women,
but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said,
had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social
studies and government teachers would include the movie in their
curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else
women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we
are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little
shock therapy is in order.
(Conferring over ratification [of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution] at [National Woman's Party] headquarters,
Jackson Pl[ace] [Washington, D.C.]. L-R Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence
Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right)) It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.
(Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk, Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner,
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