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Jan 14, 2013

I read with great interest about the new federal law that will help fund DNA collection.  It's a bipartisan bill, signed by President Obama, and Governor Walker is happy about it, as is our Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.  The fact that it's a bipartisan bill, I think it's hopeful that this will help with our current criminal justice system in the State of Wisconsin.

Currently, only felons and sex offenders convicted are tested for DNA.  Now, upon arrest, depending on what they are being brought in for, will determine if they get DNA tested or not.  Those accused of felonies, sex crimes and conviction of other certain misdemeanors will have to have a test.  As an advocate for those who are sexually abused in any way, shape or form, I fully agree that this is a good idea.  Sometimes, trauma is so bad, that you may not remember all of the details.  Or, the perpetrators are so dangerous, you are afraid to report or testify.  All perpetrators will say that it either didn't happen, or that it was consensual.  The test will confirm that it did happen.

Yet, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to state something of the sort that it's still an expensive process, and that we won't get half the money we need to fund the cause.  Well, lets look at it this way.  Currently, we may have to take MORE out of the schools, gang prevention, prisons, and more to cover the cost.  If we start doing DNA testing right off the bat, those who really are innocent would be let out ASAP, thus saving tax money that otherwise would have gone to detain this person.  If this person matches the DNA in the crime, then the trial can begin right away, thus saving even MORE tax money that won't clog up the courts, and off to the speedy trial we are supposed to have.  The efficiency it leaves behind will ensure that more funds are available in a relatively short amount of time, and then will go forth to save even more money, so, the small amount of help will actually be huge, and the amount we spend now will reduce even further.

Think about how much time the police and other investigators will save because now they don't need to chase nearly as many fleeting leads or other vague evidence?  The DNA will be there clearly.  It's a good thing.  Right?

Well, the civil rights advocates want to talk about how this is an invasion of privacy, and how not enough money could help pay for this.  Invasion of privacy?  Really?  There is already probable cause to be arrested in the first place.  So, if you were to be arrested for a heinous crime, and you knew that you were innocent, and then DNA could absolve you, wouldn't you give the DNA sample?  What if you or your loved ones were violated beyond what could be imagined, and there are two possible suspects?  Wouldn't you want them to be tested so the right one gets it?  Oh, but no.  Arrested suspects of probable cause might get their feelers hurt, because DNA testing might invade part of their privacy.

I guess this is why it's the criminal justice system, not the victim defense system.  It's too bad, because seriously?  We need to bring the non-violent criminals out and put the violent ones in.  I just hope that common sense can catch up with everything.

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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 8:42pm
Dec 24, 2012

Last week Saturday, my son and I went to a Saturday evening church service to read the lessons during advent.  It was short and sweet, looking forward to the birth of Christ.

Yes, I know, it may not have been December 25th.  I am not here to argue that point, because the point is, Jesus was born.  That's the important part of the message.

The part of the service that interested me the most was that of the Gospel.  John the Baptist, who went out before God, to baptize people in the name of God, even got arrested for it, but stayed faithfully strong through everything.

 In Luke 3:7-18, groups of people came in crowds, masses, to be baptized by him, for what ever their own purposes were.  John tells them to be the good fruit worthy of repentance, because even one that comes from a line of good blood won't help you if you're the rotten fruit that spoils the bushel.  Now, what was so interesting about this particular lesson?  Well, it's about the masses asking John the Baptist, "What shall we do?" And John basically tells them that whom ever has extra share with those who don't have.  For example, those with 2 coats should give one to someone who doesn't have one.  If you have extra food, you should give it to someone who has nothing to eat.  Tax collectors, which can be interpreted today as politicians/government to only take what is meant for them to take.  Soldiers (which can be our law enforcement people as well as military, but would be most public workers) should be satisfied with what they make.

Now, mind you, this isn't about gathering the Christmas spirit by saying that it's only this time of year to be generous or humble.  This is something to live as part of our daily routine, to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  It struck me as very interesting, because I'd had a certain couple of ladies wonder if I was missing something when I disagreed with them about people and/or corporations making as much money as they wanted.  I don't see that message here in the Gospel.  These couple of ladies always tried to find a way to chastise me in a certain blogging area that I don't participate in any more, because some of them were like talking to a brick wall that spit cement back.

I'm just wondering, now, if people who head the corporations are allowed to "make as much money as they want", how are the contributing to the fact that if they have extra, they should give it to someone who doesn't have?  It's one thing to be charitable, because in reality, there will always be someone who is in need, and they should get the help that they want to get up onto their feet.  This does NOT mean that we can help everyone, because some plain do not want to be helped.

But, in the case of those who are capable of doing something, and just fell flat on their face at some point, and need a hand up, to me, rather than "making as much money as I want", just to look good in public by 'giving away' a portion of my extra, it would make more sense to spend my extra by offering this person a job, where they can feel proud to earn what they received.

Some corporate top leaders rake in millions, maybe even billions.  Them giving about $10grand is a piece of cake, it's not even close to being the extra.  That's only a portion of their extra.  Yet how many people right now are hurting for something?  Everyone is in need all over, it seems.  Unemployment is high, and there is a skills gap.  We finally got something going to try to close that gap.

I am finally happy that our governor, Scott Walker, is now going to tame down his far right controversial law making practices, and do things that are for ALL people of Wisconsin, which is to help us stabilize the economy by ensuring that there are enough jobs for those who can work, but also to grant those who want to be trained in the fields that need people can be trained in those skills.  Because seriously?  It takes more work to try to figure out ways to jump through the hoops to try to defraud the system, than it is to actually work for a living.  The accomplishment of working for your own keep is a satisfactory feeling as well.  

With more people able to get an education with the grants, the better off we will be.  Many of our baby boomers are on their way to retiring.  That leaves a LOT of positions with skills needed to be filled, and not necessarily ones that our current unemployed workers are qualified to take.  With this, we can ensure that more of us can live up to the expectation of helping those around us.

And while we're at it, lets all remember, those who won't work, won't eat.  If one can't, well, that's why we are here to help.  If one can, but refuse, that's a choice, and we MUST remember that we can't help everyone, because one who won't work won't appreciate or take your help, either.

Merry Christmas to everyone.  One last note...  You don't have to be Christian, or even religious, to care about people.  Helping people in need when you are able to do so is not about obeying a request from a higher power.  It's about doing the right thing, because it feels good to do so.

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Posted: Dec 24, 2012 2:14am
Dec 19, 2012

In the recent time, we have experienced yet another tragedy, where there was a single person on a shooting spree that has killed several people, including children, mothers, friends, and more. Now there are heated debates on how to settle these types of tragedies. On one side, there are those who say that we ought to encourage more gun ownership. Really? It did the mother a lot of good, when the very guns she had in her own home was used against her. I do have to wonder, though, is what would happen?

So, teachers bring guns to school. For what purpose? Escalate the violence? And what about the safety of the children, should they get their hands on it? If the teachers lock it up, what good is it for when the next attacker comes in to shoot up the school? And if that never happens, why are we paranoid for the "just in case"? Stop and think about it... this is NOT a logical answer because it's your last minute knee jerk reaction, and it makes little sense.

It strikes me as weird, when many of our conservatives say that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Sure. True, only to a point. Some methods are better than others. In a recent attack in China, there was a man who ran into a school with a large knife, and stabbed 27 people. All of them survived. Yet all of the shooting victims died. Obviously, the gun played a large part in how the people died vs. lived.

On the other hand, we talk about gun control. Seriously, what, exactly is gun control? To regulate the ownership and sales? Okay, so... we make more laws about how to sign up and get one, and keep closer track of who has one and who doesn't. Then what? So we make it more difficult for honest people to get them? Then what? The burglars and the black market still have their stash, and it's not going to slow down any time too soon. That's such a delayed reaction, it's NOT funny. In a more realistic way, we need to ensure that we are paying closer attention at WHO is getting their hands on these weapons.

Sure, we could try to take them away from "gang-bangers". But, if you noticed, the shooter at the Connecticut school was NOT a gangster. The shooter at the Brookfield Spa in Milwaukee was not a gangster. The shooter at the Sikh Temple, while a white supremacist, wasn't exactly what you'd call a gangster. The shooter at the Colorado movie theater was not a gangster. Neither was the shooter in Minneapolis. Nor Columbine.

Here are some scary statistics about who is the guilty party of these mass shootings. This talks about how there is usually a lone shooter, and more than 4 victims died. About half are work related, though the other half is public. Most are white male, though there was one woman. It's very scary that most of these people obtained the guns LEGALLY. And 68 were semiautomatic, and another 35 were assault weapons. 20 revolvers, and 19 shotguns... so, I would say that it would make more sense if we controlled what types of guns were legal for private use. If you think about it, semiautomatics are also pretty common in the military, and assault weapons are made for one thing, and one thing only. It's to hurt people. Nothing more. So, why not keep the revolvers and shotguns, and keep the rest under lock and key? And stop coming after us honest people for our weapons, we are not the problem. We need to figure out a way to make rules about certain things w/o discriminating.

So, let's say someone is autistic. Excuse me, but, never have I read that autistic people are naturally violent. On the other hand, SOME - who are schizophrenic, may be violent. Depression isn't necessarily a marker either. I just wonder sometimes whether or not we are covering mental illnesses in the appropriate manner. There is still a stigma of being mentally ill, to where we want to sweep it under the carpet if we may be ill. Insurance also covers mental illness at a much lower rate and less often than a physical ailment. Why is that? Answers, anyone? It's important that we are able to access the health care that we need.

Take a look at the most recent CN mass shooting, and the hurt that is left behind. Yet, aside from vigils and prayer chains, what is being done to help those who are still feeling the sting of an aftermath? It's nice to do fundraisers to help cover funeral costs for those who can't afford it, but who is paying for the bereavement counseling and the grief support groups, and other mental health issues that the survivors may be experiencing?

Maybe it would be nice, since Christmas is almost here, to go ahead and send gifts. That would be heartwarming for the survivors.

On the other hand, we must still ensure that the wrong people don't get their hands on firearms? Do we tell parents of these mentally ill that they are not allowed to own a gun? That's discriminatory. Maybe make it mandatory that since we HAVE to register as a gun owner, when we sell or give away that gun, it's mandatory to notify who and where it was sold/given to. How about with every gun, there needs to be a test bullet sent to a mainframe and keep records similar to a weapon version of CODIS? I don't know. But, to push for more rights sounds just as ridiculous as buying back honest people's guns. Neither is a good solution, because it's still a knee jerk reaction in haste.

So, what do you think? Are there answers? Any common sense approaches? The more we TALK, not argue, the better solutions we have.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2012 12:30am
Dec 3, 2012

Okay. So you're a parent. You have a kid whose fairly smart, and usually has a good head on their shoulders. The kid wants to be a dolphin expert some day. You can afford a descent vacation to take a field trip to Sea World. You let the smart kid who wants to work with dolphins to the area where kid can feed them. Kid gets excited over not having any fish left for dolphins, and picks up the empty container despite signs and warnings NOT to do this near the pool. Dolphin acts like a dolphin, reaches up, bites at the cardboard, and bites the kid's hand while at it. Kid is fine, just some superficial wounds, understands that she messed up... Sea World staff responds, attending to the family.

Sounds like a learning session... but, the parents are mad because the dolphin "attacked" the kid? Um. No. The dolphin attacked the container, thinking there was food in it. Duh. The kid is worried more about the dolphin eating the cardboard container than her own hand. The parents want something done about it, even though there are isolated incidents such as this that happen. The last one was 6 years ago.


Solution: Parents should keep better eye on their kids while going to sea world.


http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/video-dolphin-bites-8-old-girl-sea-world-171256376--abc-news-topstories.html

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Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:58am
Nov 30, 2012
Basic Genetics

Most of us know, that we are made up of DNA, that spiral ladder looking thing, that holds all of our information to make us what we are. Tall, short; thin, fat; hair color; eye color; smart, average; etc. We have 23 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 46. We get 23 from our biological mother, and the other 23 from our biological father.

22 out of the 23 will determine all of the things such as intellect and what we look like, amongst other intricate things that make us unique to ourselves, and not even identical twins are exactly alike, as one may be right handed while the other is left. The 23rd set determines if we are male or female. X is female, Y is male. Women get an X from mom, and an X from dad. Men get an X from mom, and a Y from dad.

There are various information even on the sex chromosomes, such as how fertile and other things that can happen on that particular set too. Just because many of the issues are either dominant or recessive, doesn't mean it has to be a dominant gene to become reality, and dominant doesn't mean that it's expressed - it can be present, but not showing. And yes, some of these things are expressed on the X/Y genes as well. If you're male, and it's on the X, you inherited from your mother. Y from your father. On the other hand, females may have inherited from either parent, since we have both X's.

And you will be surprised, that some of them are called "de Novo" cases, where the mutation happened in vitro, to where it is genetic on one hand, because it's in the chromosomes, but, de Novo, meaning "of the beginning". So yes, it could be a brand new beginning of the mishap gene.

16th Chromosome Issues: 16p11.2 microdeletion

My son and I have this microdeletion. It's on the p arm of the 16th chromosome, in the band numbered 11.2. We are missing about 600kb worth of info on ONE, not both of the chromosomes. What is odd, is that often times, this shows up as a new case, though often it is inherited by a parent.

Funny thing is, I was taking my son to the doctor, because he still has balance problems, and cannot ride a bike at the age of 12, although he can ride a scooter. We were thinking he inherited something from his dad, which could be in any form... X, dominant or recessive. Recessive would mean a mild form, dominant, which means that a recessive gene would not have done anything, or on the X.

His father, my ex, has a different disability, called Charcot-Marie-Toothe syndrome, aka perineal nerve disorder. It's shown by the fact that the forearms, calves, the meaty part of the hand by your thumb, and the small of the back is really weak, disproportionately to the rest of the body. It's inherited, and you either have it, or you don't. So, we went up to a neurologist, who tested and didn't think my son fit the CMT. But, other things popped up, such as the fact that my son's toes are slightly webbed at the bottom, giving it the look that they all start in different places, rather than inline, and the low set earlobes. It was this deletion.

Another tid bit is, that often times, there is a dimple on the back, below the small of the back, right above the tail bone where the hips join at the spine, almost making it look like an extra little line, with a dimple that almost resembles a cleft chin. This dimple is most present during babyhood, and eventually might virtually disappear.

Many of the people affected by the deletion have language delays, a higher rate of Asperger's Syndrome, or even ADHD. Here is a link to help understand more, although it's in it's beginning to find out all there is to know. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3025795/

There is also a higher rate of abnormal EEG's and seizures, which may have been attributed to one of the old vaccines, no longer in use. While that vaccine may have been a trigger, it wasn't the main cause. My son and I both had the seizures, yet normal EEG's, and we are both medication free since we were 5 years old. Funny thing is, neither of us have the hyper, though my son might have the ADD.

We were well enough not to have had the language delays, I was actually early, while my son was on time, though he used to mumble, and still needs reminders to speak up. While we don't have the learning disabilities per se, we definitely think "differently" than the norm... it's not an out of the box thing, it's just that our line of thinking is not the usual line of thinking. We might come to the same conclusion using different methods, which may not make sense to you, but perfect sense to us. I am lucky to have an average IQ, though we haven't had my son tested yet. His learning disabilities seem to be that he understands concepts, such as how to add or subtract, multiply/divide, etc, but, can't memorize the facts, such as 3x7=21. He would have to add 7, 3 times.

In physical ways, the microdeletion affects obesity, and also our appetite. We happen to be more hungry than the normal person, and no matter how healthy we eat, we have difficulty losing weight. So, being over weight may be something that we just have to live with, although we try to be as healthy as possible by eating good foods rather than high fat junk with empty calories.

We are still waiting for the test results from a neurological psychologist, and while that will help us determine his IQ and what, if any learning disabilities, I don't think it will quite tell us enough, or to answer what ever questions I have for the future, since my son and I understand each other pretty well, more so than most mother/child relationships. Could it be that he does have some behaviors attached to it that he could be considered special needs? Or maybe because I'm his mom, I'm supposed to understand, or that we both have the same deletion?

I don't know. Maybe all three. He seems to have it more. Aside from the obesity and hunger issues, I don't really express other parts of it.

What concerns me is, this 16p microdeletion affects insulin registration, and I'm diabetic with high numbers. I'm on insulin. I walk, and if I have high pain, my numbers are still high. I can eat legumes, corn, peas and honey, and they don't spike my blood sugars even though they're considered starches if you're diabetic. Go figure.

X Chromosome Issues: Xp22.33 microduplication

With the Xp22.33 microduplication, here again, it's on the X chromosome, p arm and the band 22.33 kb is triplicated - yes a set of 3, and for women, it's only on 1 x, not both.

This is one of those that you may be at higher risk of developing lupus, because of this info, but with the duplication, it affects males more than females, because we have the XX, rather than the XY. The males that have the extra is even higher yet to possibly getting lupus. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16575839

Here again, it could be a de Novo case, as well as it could be that it was inherited. My son and I have this microduplication as well. Odd thing is, there was only a 25% chance that my son would inherit BOTH from me, rather than being de Novo or just one but not the other.

Odd thing is, there are various learning disabilities attached to this too, including ADHD, yet neither of us, with this microduplication nor the 16 microdeletion have this diagnosis. There are other learning disabilities that my cross over as well, including certain autism spectrum issues, yet that isn't expressed in either of us either.

Other disabilities associated with this are other developmental issues such as not being able to sit up w/o support, etc. Respiratory and breathing issues may be a problem, and you may be prone to that. I am. My son, not as much, to which I'm grateful.

What's the fuss?

The fuss is, because there are so many issues that are tied up with the genetic issues, and many primary physicians don't understand the intricacies, it is important that you get your doctor to pursue knowledge together on this, even if it means you go to the geneticist, endocrinologist, or whom ever can help you understand the issues.

I am lucky that my doctor and my son's pediatricians understand the gravity of all of this, though since we are probably the only patients (that they know of) with these issues, so, we may have to be the guinea pigs, and go find our own answers to come back with. So please, find a doctor willing to work with you, and it would help if the doctor is an endocrinologist with basic understanding of genetics.

Many of the issues such as bronchitis and pneumonia will be treated as such, even if we are in the situation that we are at higher risk, thus needing stronger medicines at times.

Please feel free to ask questions, or leave comment. I'd be happy to share with everyone about what I know in more detail.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2012 1:45am
Nov 19, 2012
Category: Holiday Cuisine
What's on YOUR table?

Thanksgiving is coming. Many of us are getting ready for the standard fare. Turkey (or other type of poultry), stuffing, a potato of some type, sweet potatoes and/or squash, either some sort of cabbage or veggie casserole, and the usual pies.... Pumpkin, pecan, apple, or other type of berry or something.

That is all fine and dandy, and I love this traditional fare just as much as the next person. Just that I don't buy croutons at the store. I save up the bread crusts or the other pieces that no one ate from the end of the bag, and I cube those up (yes, just plain stale) and make the stuffing from that. I add my large minced onion, 3 ribs of diced celery, 1/4 cup parsley, 1 heaping TBS sage, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 eggs... It's actually quite tasty.

Many people like my pumpkin pie, also, but that's a secret recipe that I might share, if I'm feeling generous, at Christmas time.

But anyway, I think it's neat how different cultures have their different foods, such as the fact that my step father has something called lefse. It's Norwegian, and it's a very thin potato & cream flat bread, almost as delicate as a crepe, and it's eaten with butter and brown sugar on it. We've used this in place of dinner rolls, though I do like plain rolls to scrape up the left over gravy off the plate...

But, it is interesting to have other stuff besides the regular foods. MY thing would be to have an "International" Thanksgiving. I think that would be fun.

Why "international"?

I think, TOO often, we think of the First Thanksgiving as something that was celebrated with the colonials and the Native Americans as a peace offering with the feast, where the Pilgrims were thankful for the feast in front of them, and so that is how it got to be that way.

But, lets think about it here in this country, there are so many more things than the merge of two cultures, and then surrounded by nuts, squash, and all of the same old usual... I think it's neat to do something different.

So, fry bread rather than dinner rolls. For those of us too busy or not coordinated enough to make a home made bread dough, buy the frozen kinds, let it thaw, and when it begins to rise, stretch it out, and it's okay to have a little poked hole in it to deep fry to a nice golden brown. The hole will allow the grease to pass through, rather than make the bread too soggy. This would be a nice tribute to our Native American heritage that is so rich in the USA.

To honor the Jewish roots that many Christians have, making mashed potatoes using soy milk would be a great way to substitute it, so the meal is kosher. Season with onion and/or garlic, salt and pepper. I don't normally like drinking silk milk, but, the texture is that silky that it's a great compliment to mashed potatoes.

Being part Japanese, the thing that I miss during American holidays is either something that resembles miso, and some sort of pickle. Japanese people love pickled anything, and I like the radish. But, a salad with that Asian Sesame & Miso paste dressing is top notch, and some pickled cabbage would be great as a side to it too. The acid actually helps clear the palate with all the surrounding rich foods, to better enjoy the new flavor of each different dish.

But then again, I'd be happy with a good Hungarian goulash as the main course as well, though maybe a type of paprikash would actually be a better substitute for the turkey. The stuffing can be made with some chicken or turkey broth in a slow cooker if you want that to go with the meal, if you're replacing turkey with the paprikash.

So, what's YOUR non-traditional tradition? Inquiring minds would like to know...

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Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:50pm
Mar 11, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Boycott
Location: United States

Imagine approximately 32,000 cows being used as entertainment, and all are stalled in spots where all they do is eat hay/grains and poop in the same spot they eat. They don't graze naturally, nor do they walk much except only to get milked. That's kind of gross. All in the name of making an extra buck.


http://youtu.be/JJRy82i8e5Q



these are the same type of cows that also get injected with extra antibiotics to prevent infection, which makes humans who consume this very milk prone to be antibiotic resistant, which leads to MRSA outbreaks...

I also hope that they don't use hormones to get more milk. I'm also questioning how they get so many calves born at the farm, when, as their slogan states, "no bull here".

Yet the liberals get called "unnatural"...

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Posted: Mar 11, 2012 10:54pm
Oct 24, 2011

Hear me talk in this radio interview with a local radio station from Monday, October 17, 2011.

http://www.filefreak.com/files/836917_flmpc/Interview%20on%20WRJN.mp3


Here is the actual video of the April’s Law hearing. AB-136 starts about 15 minutes in, and lasts almost 40 minutes. I’m the last 7-8 minutes of that portion.  You will need to agree to the user terms, and it will prompt you right in. Thanks for tuning in.

http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/VideoArchive/EventDetail.aspx?evhdid=5330


Now here is the local paper, the Racine Journal Times write up about the whole thing.  I think this one helps me sound good.  Bless this gal!

http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/article_340b3d88-fde8-11e0-9c04-001cc4c03286.html

This is the type of stuff I’d like to push all over, far and wide!

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Posted: Oct 24, 2011 2:23am
Oct 20, 2011

I went to Madison this morning to speak at the hearing.  The Wisconsin Eye TV, at www.wiseye.org covered the meeting, and call me weird, I actually liked going to this.  It was interesting.  When the link is ready, I will post it to share.


 


 


It was kind of a crazy morning, because I'd stayed up to ensure driving time.  (I work 2nd shift, and so normally I'd go to bed around 4am, but I needed to leave around 6:15AM).  I gathered my stuff up, made sure I had enough spare time, and left at 6, to gas up and get coffee.  I made it with plenty of time to spare, took a couple pictures, and went in.


 


I got to meet the woman behind the phone and emails through Rep. Mason's office, and got situated up in the meeting room.  I had my business cards, written testimony, notes from online supporters all to pass out...  Just to realize, I forgot my note cards I had my speech written on... was left in the car.  Mind you, this building is not the easiest to navigate, and so I figured well, I'll just have to wing it.


 


Two other people came to talk about this, and they had interesting takes.  The first guy, from CASA?  I didn't catch his organization, but I'm assuming it's the Court Appointed Special Advocates or something along that line...


 


He talked about how he's concerned that the higher sentencing would affect how many sex offenders would actually be convicted, and what not, and spoke of "unintentional consequences". where a grandfather "inappropriately touches" his grand-daughter, and how the mother, the sandwich between her father and daughter would feel, or say if she has a son and daughter from two different fathers, and the half siblings  situation where she wouldn't want her own child to spend life w/o parole...


 


This guy was just saying how it's the "perfect victims" who get the convictions against their perpetrators, and some perpetrators may not get a conviction because they have a sympathetic perpetrator.  The victim may be acting in some way or wearing something...


 


Thing is, I don't know about any one else.  But, if my parent sexually abuses my child, I am NOT going to tell my child to quiet down to protect my parent.  No.  As for the sibling situation, good or bad, doesn't necessarily count as the child predator stance April's Law is looking at.


 


Next, an area DA talked, and supports the life w/o parole for those perpetrators who rape our children and then kill them.  In that instance, she loves that idea, and spoke for the profession.  While she was for raising the minimums and catching "the bad guys", she wasn't sure if this was the best way to think about it.


 


I think even the guy was wanting to get the bad guys, and the committee will be looking to form another study committee made up of legal professionals and others in the field to take a closer look at the situation and what not.  That was actually a cool thing, even though that means that it will take that much longer to pass April's Law.  BUT, it also means that it has the chance to make the most sense possible, with input from those in the field, and while it may not be as harsh, will maybe broaden the scope.


 


I was impressed with Rep. Bob Turner, he really pushed to say that our children are the most helpless, and we MUST, at all cost, protect them.  And he was VERY vocal about that.


 


Lastly, I was up to talk in favor of AB-136.  I thanked them for their time, and let them know that the various studies show on average that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18.  I reminded them that back in 1993, a bill affectionately dubbed the "miniskirt" bill was passed to say that the attire of the rape victim shall not be used as evidence against the victim in the court of law.  They were surprised.  Well, I helped pass it...


 


You will be able to view my speech, and I think I did pretty well, and even winging it, that I felt I talked TO them, rather than AT them, and Rep. Turner thanked me for my advocacy for the children.  Maybe I was supposed to leave my speech cards back...


 


Thanks for all of your support, and I'll post the link here to the hearing when it comes through.  Until then, peace out!



Here is the actual link to the video!  AB-136 starts about 15 minutes into it, and lasts almost 40 minutes.  I'm the last to talk about it.  Thanks for your support!

http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/VideoArchive/EventDetail.aspx?evhdid=5330
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Oct 11, 2011

Exciting news, everyone!

 

AB-136, aka April's Law Wisconsin, is being heard in the Committee on Criminal Justice and Corrections!  We need as many people as possible to either come to the hearing or to submit their written testimony to support this piece of Legislation.

 

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, October 19,2011 @ 9:30am in room 300 Northeast State Capitol.  Let me know if you'd like to carpool.

 

 

Just to let you know, the Racine County Sheriff's office is also supporting this.

 

 

If you can't make it, please send me an email, so I can submit it - lika.yvi@gmail.com or you may send it to the members of the Committee on Criminal Justice & Corrections, which is hearing the Bill to vote on it.  Here is a list of those who are on the committee.  Please remember to have add your name and pertinent info, and thank them for their time. 

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/commpages/IndividualCommittee.aspx?commid=496

 

I'm hoping to get as many people or letters in, because the more support we have, the better chance it has to come to a vote rather than dropped on the floor.

 

Thank you all for your kind support, and please don't forget to submit your letters for support, and if you can, please join me at the hearing!  Just to ensure that we will be there on time, I'll probably be leaving around 6:30AM to ensure I can be there, because it looks as if AB-136 is the first billing for this hearing.

 

Please keep me posted! 

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