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Every year our family likes to go somewhere for vacation as a unit. It's our family time -- and for that I'm always thankful. When I get the tab, Dad's always seem to be the one who do the paying, I sometimes grimace. But being together as a family is the highlight of our year.
Schedules being what they are we have to plan long in advance. And there's a lot to take into consideration, once we pick a time. Is it going to be too cold, too hot, a monsoon or hurricane season. So timing enters into it. But we do like exotic so there's a few more considerations along with will there be anything fun to do there once we arrive.
We usually determine our final selection by a system of elimination. When you remove places you've already been to or don't wish to go to, you easily pare down your choices. As Sherlock Holmes used to say, eliminate everything that can't be, and you're left with is what is. (that's a paraphrase). So thankfully, there's a new list out to help us chose where to go, or in this case, where not to visit and why. It's the annual Most Dangerous Countries on Earth list which has just been released. So if you find yourself looking for your next vacation spot, consult this list first. You may be surprised:
#1 Johannesburg, South Africa - Our family actually has friends who live there. But here's why we're crossing that off of our list: This country has been described as the ‘rape capital of the world’, with 118.3 rapes per 100,000 people. Not only is the high incidence of rape bad news for visitors, but there's also an incredibly high murder rate. This country consistently has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
#2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wow, I'd always heard of the Carnaval and the beaches, partying. Sounded like a contender until I read: Street crime is rampant in parts of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and it is common for tourists to have their lives threatened for their valuables. I can live with having my watch boosted, but not my life threatened.
#3 Cartegena, Columbia. We actually went there, and I did get attacked when an anti-American rally broke out. Not because I was there'; just because...Colombia is truly a lawless state. It's the world capital for kidnappings. There were 12,338 in 2011. Of these 1,138 were killed by their kidnappers. Fourth in the world for murder rates with 69.98 per 100,000 people in 2011, many of those killed were local mayors, dozens being killed every year. In the states we vote officials out of office. In Cartegena, they carry them out, in body bags. Oh, and let's not forget Colombia supplies 75% of the worlds supply of cocaine.
Well, I guess we'll have to do some more looking around, maybe pick a nice safe spot in the States. One thing's for sure, it won't be Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, St.Louis, Baltimore, Birmingham, Newark, Oakland, Cleveland or Memphis. Those are Americas ten deadliest cities.
You know, maybe we'll just stay home this year, have a big barbecue. I mean, what can go wrong in L.A.?
Is it an epidemic? Who knows? But in the last two days, police under no real threat, have shot dogs.
CASE ONE: Hawthorn California. Four police cars roll into this residential neighborhood. The reason? Unknown. The result of this invasion is.
A curious bi-stander questions two white police officers who don't seem particularly involved in the action that brought them to this predominantly Black neighborhood why there are eight white officers and no blacks or Hispanics. That question, or in the minds of these two wildly uncontrollable officers is considered a taunt. For that they handcuff him to arrest him. Charge? They'll make something up on the way to the station. The arrested man's dog approaches, barking. But when he gets to the cops, he sniffs, then turns away. The trigger happy cop, in no apparent danger, shoots the dog three times. Writhing in pain until he bleeds out, the cops just watch and one actually appears to be laughing while the dog's owner is led away.
No human captured. One dog, thanks to provoking of the police, dead. If you care for animals, you will be quite distressed by the accompanying video. It will break your heart.
CASE TWO: (Perhaps more egregious when you read the details.)
Just outside Chicago, two South Holland police officers arrived while plaintiff Randy Green and his family were asleep inside of their home.Their dog, Grady, was sitting on the front porch.
Both South Holland officers were equipped with dog-catching poles in the trunks of their vehicles, but neither attempted to use the dog-catching poles to capture the purported dog at large. Instead, South Holland officer Chad Barden stood, with his gun drawn, near the Green family home while the dog Grady sat peacefully on the front porch.
The dog Grady walked past both officers on more than one occasion without incident, thereafter lazily returning to the front porch of the Green residence. At no time did the dog Grady make physical contact with either officer.The South Holland police officers stood outside the Green family home for approximately twenty minutes.
At this time, the dog Grady approached Officer Barden again as he was standing near the Green family home. Shortly thereafter, Officer Barden shot the dog Grady three times for no reason.
Grady, wounded, ran into the back yard and his owner rushed outside to help him and take him to a vet.
Citing an Expert Report, Green claims that "video surveillance footage from the Green family residence revealed the absence of any charging, lunging or showing of teeth by the dog Grady and instead showed the dog Grady seeking greater distance between the officer and himself, displaying 'calming [body] signals by looking away from the officers and showing his [Grady's] flank, and moving in a trot."
As our pal Anomaly asked me, why is a 16 year-old able to access a weapon? To which I add, why was a 16-year-old suffering from a bipolar disorder allowed to access a weapon?
Relatives say a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police after he fired at pedestrians and then at pursuing officers suffered from a bipolar disorder.
"He was bipolar, depressed," said Jutuan Brown, the mother of Tywon Jones. "He took medication for it. He was sad sometimes, too sad, sometimes too happy."
Police say Jones was shot by Ogden District tactical officers around 4:10 p.m. Sunday as he rode a bicycle and fired a handgun [...]
"This kid was shooting into a crowd and the officers were actually following him," [Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy] said. "He was on a bike … and when the kid became aware that the officers were following him, he turned the firearm on the car and fired at my officers a couple of times. They returned fire and unfortunately the kid expired."
And then he suggested the boy had a criminal history, even though he was not at liberty to discuss such a history because the dead child was, well, a juvenile.
And that juvenile, the one who "was sad sometimes, too sad, sometimes too happy," somehow got his hands on a gun. How did that happen?
Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s House seat is up for grabs. Ex-con Paul McKinley beat his Republican opponent by only 23 votes (!), so by some miracle, he will face off with Democrat Robin Kelly for that seat. Incidentally, she received an F rating from the National Rifle Association:
And yes, you read my first sentence correctly. McKinley's an ex-con.
Republicans are hiding under tables and putting bags over their heads to avoid being associated with their victorious candidate. Gee, can't imagine why.
Republican voters are suggesting the 2nd Congressional District replace one felon with another after picking ex-convict Paul McKinley as the candidate to run for the seat recently ceded by former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. [...]
McKinley, a convicted felon who served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, declared victory. Wallace, however, was not willing to concede, and he called the prospect of McKinley representing the GOP "an embarrassment." [...]
[T]he state's Republican leadership was coming to grips with the fact that its party had just nominated someone with a long rap sheet...
Maybe they should have chosen this guy instead. He sounds way more appealing:
Here is the heart-wrenching segment that Rachel Maddow previewed in the TRMS video above:
Sequester schmequester: House GOP votes to recess for the week. Senate, too. But President Obama is out there trying to convince Congress members to, you know, actually do something for a change.
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