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When Your School and The Judicial System Stab You In The Back With Your Own Pocket Knife

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(opposingviews) An 18-year-old Ohio high school student and EMT-in-training at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus spent 13 days in jail and has been charged with a felony after police found a pocketknife in his car. Jordan Wiser is an aspiring public servant, training to become an EMT and planning to be a firefighter, so when school officials found his series of YouTube videos in which he discusses self-defense and law enforcement, it shouldn’t have been a big deal.  It was. The school alerted police with concerns that he might carry weapons with him to school. Police searched Wiser’s vehicle and discovered a stun gun, airsoft guns, and a pocketknife. The pocketknife was what got Wiser arrested, charged with a felony, and landed him in jail for 13 days. “I didn’t think anything of the Airsoft guns,” said Wiser. “Our school is a technical school, and I was planning on meeting with my Airsoft team after school. My stun gun was locked in the glove box, and the knife was in my EMT medical vest. I bought it at K-Mart and have it as part of my first responder kit for cutting seatbelts.” The school says their zero tolerance policy against weapons on school grounds prohibits anything, including a pocketknife, from being on the property. Since the discovery and subsequent consequences, the promising young student is facing the fact that his whole life may be ruined because of this one incident. “If I am convicted of a felony, I’m never going to be a police officer. I’m never going to be a fireman. I’m never going to be in the military,” said Wiser to The Huffington Post. “I won’t even be able to be a janitor. I’m 18 years old, and this is going to ruin my entire life.” “There are kids at my school all the time who get caught with knives and are suspended,” he continued. “My school is very rural, and people carry knives. I can accept the fact that there was a lapse in judgment, and I can accept a punishment, but I have already been expelled from both the tech school and my home school. The Army — I was enrolled in the Future Soldiers program and was scheduled to ship out in August — has discharged me, pending a not guilty verdict or dropped charges without prejudice.” Ashtabula County assistant prosecutor Harold Specht says that they did what they had to do in this situation, but maintains that if the case goes to trial, he doesn’t think it will wind up being as bad as it seems. “We charge [people] with everything that we feel they are guilty of, and in this case, he is guilty of a felony,” said Specht in a statement. “I know that there’s a load of people out here that just think we’re the devil because we’re allegedly ruining this young kid’s life, and that’s not the case at all. If this goes to trial, it will certainly come out in the wash.” Wiser says that it’s already affected his life negatively. A judge decided not to allow him contact with his grandparents, and currently, his grandfather is dying. “The one judge I went in front of told me to remove any firearms from my parents’ house and put them at my grandpa’s house,” Wiser said. “The next judge freaked out about me even knowing what a gun is and put a no contact order against me and my grandparents. My grandfather is dying right now, and I am not allowed within 500 feet of him.” “Never in my life did I think this would happen,” said Wiser. “I dedicated my life to public service, and now a four-inch pocketknife could ruin everything.” A trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 11, with a pretrial hearing set for April 1.

Let me get this straight…. This kids like is essentially over if he’s convicted…. Well fuck me… I’m going to try to spring this kid if he gets any time. I mean this is plain ridiculous I carry a pocket knife, but since I don’t go into schools I don’t get arrested, but once he’s in the school bango this kids life is over. God damn… Shows you a lot about our country, and our justice system. A clear example of the school prison pipeline. Jesus Christ someone get this kid Zimmerman or Casey Anthony’s attorney.

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Well I Just Heard The Best News Ever! Thank You CNN!

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(Newsday)- Piers Morgan is kaput. CNN has confirmed the story that Morgan himself confirmed to The New York Times about an hour ago. The blunt and unlovely statement: “CNN confirms that Piers Morgan Live is ending. The date of the final program is still to be determined.”Morgan did what he pretty much had to do — put on a good face in an interview with the Times’ David Carr, who knew the score of this game long ago, too, or, as Carr precisely and accurately puts it in his scoop: 

“It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial.”

 Morgan told the Times: “Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he said. “That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.” “Jeff” is Jeff Zucker, CNN chief.  Meanwhile, a Times of London story said Morgan may have taken the fall for his anti-gun stance. Good for Morgan, but apparently the Times of London has never heard of “ratings” — as in “pretty darned not good.” 

Well thank you CNN. I was getting sick of this red coat bitching about political issues that are purely American. I mean he played a good devils advocate, but he took the whole war cry against guns a little too far to the point where he’d be interviewing someone about an unrelated issue, and then all of a sudden he’d drop in a question about guns.

Now Peirs, we defeated your country twice once during the American Revolution and the second time during the War of 1812 (although most Brits would say its a draw.) Right after we beat your beautiful country we ratified something called the constitution, and that is a legal document that since  September 17, 1787 has been our countries backbone. Now this constitution has a bill of rights. With a beautiful second amendment that reads:

“AMENDMENT II: A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Thus your arguments were pointless, and you wasted many viewers’ time. You should know this is America and we love two things Football that is played with pads and helmets and guns. So with that I say goodbye Mr. Morgan and don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

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Kansas’ Wicked Witch Strikes Again Denying services to same-sex couples

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(CNN) — Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas. House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot. It passed the state’s Republican-dominated House on Wednesdaywith a vote of 72-49, and has gone to the Senate for a vote. Such a law may seem unnecessary in a state where same-sex marriage is banned, but some Kansas lawmakers think different. They want to prevent religious individuals and organizations from getting sued, or otherwise punished, for not providing goods or services to gay couples — or for not recognizing their marriages or committed relationship as valid. This includes employees of the state. 

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So the small minded state of Kansas has decided to pass a bill that allows certain businesses to  refuse service to same-sex couples. Now Kansas is not that nice of a state, I mean who would want to move there to begin with, but why do these legislatures feel its ok to go into the way back machine, and start segregation again…

It’s simply ridiculous, and to the members of Kansas’ house of representatives I say shame on you. You’re violating the civil rights of a group of people, and that to me tells  myself and the population that you clowns don’t deserve a public position, as you are passing a bill based on fear and hate. And that is angering. So Kansas legislature, better keep your head, don’t forget what your good book said.

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The Washington Redskins : What’s in a Name (Can Someone Tell Maria Cantwell and Tom Cole To Put A Sock In It)

BgKV7J2CMAAvsBI(CBS)-  Two members of Congress plan on pushing Roger Goodell to change the Redskins name by sending him a “strongly-worded letter” that could include a threat of trying to revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status. The Washington Post reports Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) are looking for ways to pressure the league in the face of the Redskins’ continued usage of their name. Cantwell said she would “definitely” consider revoking the tax-exempt status. “You’re getting a tax break for educational purposes, but you’re still embracing a name that people see as a slur and encouraging it,” Cantwell said. The Post obtained a copy of the letter Cantwell and Cole drafted to Goodell (with a Feb. 10 date on it), with them objecting Goodell’s “pre-Super Bowl press conference” where he “defended the Washington team name as an ‘honor’ to Native Americans.” “It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans,” the letter reads. Cantwell and Cole go on to cite the opinions of the National Congress of Native Americans and then to point out that the Patent and Trademark Office refused to grant the Washington football team’s trademark because they “found the term disparaged Indian people.” “The National Football League is on the wrong side of history,” the letter reads. “It is not appropriate for this multibillion dollar 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization to perpetuate and profit from the continued degradation of tribes and Indian people.” It’s a strong argument to take against the NFL. Losing tax-exempt status would be a big, big thing for the league. The Redskins responded (kind of — it wasn’t a direct response, but the timing indicates it was an answer of sorts) on Monday by announcing the “release of Community Voices,” a project involving statements from people of Native American heritage who support the name. “Over the past few months, we have received hundreds of letters, calls and emails from self-identified Native Americans in support of the name ‘Washington Redskins,'” the team said in a statement announcing the Community Voices project. “Their comments make clear why our team name means so much to them and to so many in the Native American community. “It is essential for Redskins Nation to know what the majority of Native Americans really think — in their own words — and why it is so important that we listen to their voices on this issue. We should not turn our back on these Native Americans. Their voices deserve to be heard. We want Redskins Nation and the sports world to know what many Native Americans really think and why our name is their source of pride.” It’s a decent argument to make and about as good a PR push as you can make in this instance. Sticking with the Redskins name in the face of all the outcry is a tough position. With two members of Congress apparently determined to get a change implemented, it’s going to be an even tougher position for the league to take.

“What’s in a name?” is an adage from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet  that is used far to frequently, but in this situation it is all too perfect. The Redskins are a  franchise that have been around since 1932, and for the past few years the public forum has been speaking out about their disgust towards the Washington D.C. area’s team Name and symbol which they say are derogatory. Well now congress is speaking up, and they have presented an ultimatum to the NFL which would un-exempt their tax exempt status.

And to this I say… Maria Cantwell and Tom Cole quit trying to be the PC police. If a private organization (which the Redskins are) choose to keep a name they’ve had for 82 years then I have no problem with it. If congress were to make any action then in my opinion  they’d be infringing on the rights of Daniel Snyder, a private owner and citizen, as well as every Redskin player and every Redskin fan.

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P.S. – If they do change the name please don’t change it to something stupid like the Pelicans

P.S.S. Baseball season is right around the corner I wonder what tirades Chief Wahoo will go through chief-wahoo