Country music is a culture in and of itself, and believe you me (it ain't all Love, Peace and Bernie up here) Rednecks have been waiting on the Lipton Brigade since the '30's in certain parts of the deep Country conn-tray.
'Tailgate Rape' we women were SO not ready for at music concerts. Especially the better-stocked tailgate/bars blasting the artist of the day or night … that open at dawn and rock and rowdy it up, and the punches are flying far into the moonlight.
Or daytime, the abusers don't seem to care it if it be broad daylight, 'Day Drinking' is the hit of the summer in many a way:
Catchy, Little Big Town.
Blame it on the tick-tock moving too slow
Keith Urban is one of the kindest and most tender Country artists, and he's even an Aussie! I can only imagine how the artists are reacting to all of this. Tailgating was once threatened by state law, pretty sure it was revoked, with extreme prejudice, by Happy Hour.
This took place in Mansfield, MA near Boston, as well, not at Fancy Farm. From Raw Story.
According to The Sun Chronicle, Mansfield police determined that 18-year-old Sean Murphy began kissing the 17-year-old girl after meeting her at the concert on Sunday, and then took her away from her friends to another part of the outdoor amphitheater. She said that she went with him because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t agree.
After removing the girl’s shorts and underwear, Murphy reportedly began having sex with her.
Police said that 15 or more concert-goers gathered around to watch, and even recorded the incident on their cell phones. Some of those photographs and videos had been recovered as evidence.
The attack only allegedly came to an end when a woman [witness] asked the victim if the act was consensual.
“Do you want this?” the woman was heard screaming.
According to a police report, the girl said, “no,” and then a witness “saw the female break free and run.”
Urban [who I've fantasized about for years like thousands of other dames, that man is Fine], was devastated when riotous violence erupted at his last large gig In nearby Massachusetts this week.
Anyone else suspect the Ever So Contrary Tea Party Operatives? You might want to don your complimentary TPC Wellies and the big size of our Method™ Troll Spray.
This is the mentality we stand across the moral divide from. And clearly there's a happenin' Open Bar every 600 yards at the opposite side. In an Open Carry state your odds go up a LOT of being Raped or dead after the next class Nashville super-star acts begin upping the ante.
I myself enjoy a little good modern Country like The I'm Not Ready to Make Nice mavens, The Dixie Chicks (And their politics) and both Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are out o' the Republican Coatroom, among others. From messnbc:
Guns and shots (or apparently lager for horseys), pistolos and te-quiuilllla(!), Open Carry and Open Bar … these are clearly things that not ought to be consumed from dawn to when you stumble on back home or manage to get your drooling state of inebriation duly noted by someone who can lock you up just for that.
This was seemingly a recently unleashed guy,(who now just Lives for who Jack Daniels) is under investigation, [the rapist from Boston] could not find the sensible cut-off stage but didn't truly realize that for a lengthy hangover) arrested for being arsehole drunk - unapologetically arseholey hammered.
Urban himself told The Rolling Stone:
My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected," it reads. "This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.
Wouldn't be right not to add an Urban video. Specially for the Ladies. Urban wrote this one for the troops, and all profits were donated to the Navy Seals.
Also a tight tune, Urban with Miranda Lambert.
The great state of Arkansas. Most known politically perhaps for producing President Bill Clinton and Fvx Nation star and famed squirrel-hunter, Mike Huckabee.
Recently on MSNBC's NewsNation with Tamron Hall, it also became fully known for the depths of its domestic violence problem, did Arkansas.
Violence against women has been getting press for all the wrong reasons, both an uptick in incidence and a general defunding and denial of it as an epidemic by the Regressive Right. Civilian, military, southern and northern, all economic classes and ethnicities included. It's a nondiscriminatory epidemic.
Even prior to the #YesAllWomen outcry, we had seen the media make efforts to report on both sexual and other violence against women, and girls, to spread awareness. It was heartening to see a politician tackle it head on, as Mike Ross has done in Arkansas.
A short time ago we saw the heroine Malala dedicate her birthday wish and the energies associated with acknowledging her own significance globally, to the Nigerian girls still kidnapped and ripped apart from their families. [Video below from Time Magazine.]
Now bring that awareness of Global Girlpower to Tamron's coverage of the inadequate attention to the plight of women and violence in the all too close to home great state of Arkansas.
Mike Ross' plan calls for boozing funding for the sort of shelter that Laura might have found sanctuary within, as opposed to being in the grave, one more victim of domestic violence in Arkansas that might have been saved were dangers better managed.
Domestic violence is particularly difficult to reach. It certainly needs as much boosting in law enforcement and awareness in the state of Arkansas as can be raised to tackle it. Laura Aceves is one horribly tragic story.
There are daily cases across the country that parallel hers, a horrific modern reality that the GOP continually chooses to deny and defund.
The candidate for the Arkansas governor's mansion behind this plan, Mike Ross, is a Democrat who feels this is an under-discussed and under-funded issue, and not a partisan issue. He is running for office on a number of platforms, and this appears one of the strongest. Have a look, from MSNBC.
Arkansas has some of the worst domestic violence realities in the country. May this election cycle see some healing light and public funding come to helping the victims and treating the roots of this endemic problem.
Wife beaters maybe aren't just standard apparel in Arkansas? That term has always bothered me - but so does this story.
You might not recognize this jurist's face, or even his name, but you will most surely remember why he made the news about three months back. Take a good look. Need a hint? The punishment he meted out for a rapist? Remember now? The assailant was a teacher. The victim was his 14 year old student and after the attack, she killed herself.
Okay, final clue:
The judge sentenced the teacher to one month in jail, arguing that the girl shared responsibility for her rape because she appeared “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher.
Sure, now you got it. And he sentenced the rapist to what ended up being less than a month in jail.
Well, seems justice by this justice hasn't really become any saner since that debacle of jurisprudence. Judge Baugh recently heard a case of vandalism. Evidently shooting out windows with a BB gun is far more significant and heinous than rape.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced 21-year-old Brandon Turell to 10 years in prison, with five of those years suspended, and ordered him to pay about $13,600 in restitution, reported the Billings Gazette.
What happens next though puts the frosting on the cake. The judge gives the vandalism perp 10 years, suspends five of them, and caps it with a large fine. Then he lectures the convicted fast food service worker on how he should get a better (higher paying) job so he can pay back the victims quickly.
Wait, how's he going to pay back the victims quickly if he's doing 5 years in jail? If he can suspend the rapist's sentence down to a month, and he's so concerned about the victims getting restitution, then why not let this man free to work to pay off the victims?
And it gets a cherry on top of the frosting on this delicious cake.
The judge asked Turell, who bonded out of jail about 18 months ago, what he had done to pay back his victims, and Turell said he had been working at Burger King.
“Why can’t you get a real job?” Baugh asked.
Turell said he made $9.50 an hour working at the fast food restaurant, and Baugh again suggested he get a “real job” that paid better.
A real job? Is this judge serious? $9.50/hr is two bucks above minimum wage. If he doesn't think making that kind of money is real money, then what does that say about the minimum wage?
This jurist is totally out of whack with the real world. Justice in this judge's hands is a dangerous thing. Rapists go free. Rape victims are disposable (the girl victim is dead). But vandalism victims are sacrosanct.
Oh, and how stupid is it to order someone to pay for the damages they caused, then take away their only way to pay the victims back by jailing the criminal for 5 years? I don't know how much they pay prisoners in Montana, but I gotta believe they pay a lot less for punching out license plates than they do for serving a Whopper with fries at the King.
Pity the fools who live in Montana if this is their version of justice.