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loundessheriffA few short miles north of the Florida state line adjacent to Interstate 75 lies the typical Georgia city of Valdosta. I know this city well. As an over the road truck driver I have either passed by or stopped in this city over the past several decades. Valdosta is typical in many ways. It is a city that has a combined industrial agricultural economic base. Valdosta is also a university town. Valdosta State University is located there. Lately, however, Valdosta has become known for something sinister.valdostamatlhsjohnsoncrump

It has become known as the story of the boy in the mat. Kendrick Johnson, then 17 years old was found inside of a rolled up gym matt. Law enforcement had concluded that he had gotten stuck, trying to retrieve a lost sneaker that had somehow fallen inside of  the mat.

Case closed? Not quite. The family did not buy the conclusions of  law enforcement and started and investigation of their own. It has come out that there were some questionable bruises on his body. In another strange twist, after his body was exhumed by a medical examiner hired by the family, it was found that some of his internal organs were missing and that newspaper was stuffed in him in their place.

Valdosta is now in the national spotlight. The Sheriff is shunning cameras and the state and federal governments may now step in and investigate what is turning out to be one of the strangest true crime stories in the country today.

There are a couple odd coincidences regarding this story. The lawyer for the family of Treyvon Martin was hired by the Johnson family on October, 10th, which would have been his 18 birthday. It is a birthday both Kendrick and I share.

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puppyA single woman had her house broken into and not only had her tv stolen but her purebred puppies as well. Orlando tv station WFTV has posted the photos of the puppies in the hopes that someone can help find them. These puppies face a dire future if not found.

WFTV story of puppy theft

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apmaddiemaddieOne has to wonder how a story is considered to be put on a mainstream talk show. This time around it is the story of the missing child Maddie McCann. Nancy Grace recently did a segment where the claim that she had been spotted alive a few short weeks ago was discussed.. There have been a number of people howl in protest claiming that Nancy has gone off the deep end. These detractors claim that Maddie is dead at the hands of her parents.

Nancy grace segment

nggoofyBut, and this is a big but, there have been an increasing number of incidents where the missing have been found alive. Both high profile cases and those cases that were unknown, have examples of children and other missing persons suddenly turn up after being missing and presumed dead for years and even decades. What would be so different in this case? Nothing, except that perhaps if a child in such a high profile case as this one were to turn up alive, this might finally break the barrier to hope that the detractors put up, and prompt people to take a more proactive role to finally answer the question of what happened to the still missing children in these high profile cases that have been so hotly debated for the past several years.

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tigersTwo high school football players and a video of a teenaged girl? Are we going down this same road yet again? It seems that way. What is disturbing about this incident is not the reaction of the adults or any charges of a cover up, but the reaction of their peers. Admittedly, this same thing was present in the Steubenville case, but the bloggers and the media were concentrating so much on alleged cover ups and the mixed messages regarding rape survivors, that this attitude on the part of the rape survivor’s peers went unnoticed.

http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/viewart/20131008/NEWS01/310080003/2-Circleville-football-players-charged-after-sex-video

This is an attitude that has to be changed. If the attitude that it is almost always the victim’s fault that they were either raped or were being exploited in a pornographic video is allowed to go unchecked, it will become that much harder to curb this attitude as these teenagers become adults. This is a multifaceted problem. BOTH the parents and the educators need to get a handle on this problem. The children under their care must be taught how wrong this kind of attitude is.

Circleville is yet another one of these cases that needs to be followed to see how the incident is handled and those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

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bigredUm, no, not THOSE pm’s but a set of pm’s that were supposed to be a conversation between someone on twitter and the mother of the rape survivor Jane Doe in the Steubenville rape case. What IS significant here is that the blogger questioned a set of pm’s based on an analysis of how a parent is “supposed” to act when it comes to the circumstances related to how these pm’s came about and why. At this point, there has been no action to disprove or prove the validity of the pm’s.

What is significant in this situation is that this same blogger easily dismissed the pm’s as a fraud yet steadfastly refuses do do the same in the case of a blogger it happens to have a disagreement with. It sounds like a personal bias is the basis for judgement rather than any factual evidence.

Only time will tell if this pm issue will get resolved or not.

Sometimes one runs across the kind of story on the internet that has one asking “Say what????” It seems that a judge in San Diego sentenced a man convicted of first degree murder to a term of 53 years to life. Not much of a story here until on learns on what happened AFTER the trial. The judge then not only marries the convicted criminal in court, she allows them to kiss and even baked the couple a cake!!!

Judge Officiates Man’s Wedding Right After Sentencing Him Up To Life In Prison For Murder

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Now, if the cake has a file in it…….

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It seems there is someone out there that does not respect the laws of this country. This person is determined to eke out his demand that only those he approves of will be allowed to be on HIS internet. That is the direction this country seems to be going. There are those who will regulate free speech no matter what the intent of our founding fathers were.

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This is what should replace our flag as it seems that people like the one who has threatened me is living that point of view. It is the law of anarchy and not the law of free speech.

MURT

Misc photos from Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Included are scenes of Civil union commitment ceremonies. Also scenes of parade preparation as well as other activities at the park.

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This an annual event held in Orlando to advocate Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered rights.You can click on each image to make it full screen.

 

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indictpg1oppaybackoppayback2The United States Eastern District court in Alexandra Virginia has handed down indictments against a number of Anonymous members :

anonymous-indictment

The Anonymous “Operation Payback” was directed primarily against those companies who protect the copyrights of Motion picture and recording producers and artists. Most of the charges are related to Denial of Service attacks made by these named Anonymous members. There are indications of more indictments to be handed down as a result of a number of ongoing investigations against Anonymous members being involved in several operations of this nature.

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MURT