“Where men are imagined as victims of biologically given heterosexual drives, control over male and female bodies can easily come to seem like a zero-sum game. Men can only control their own bodies if they can command control over women’s bodies and access to women’s bodies is thus one of the ‘natural’ rights that the liberal state must guarantee men.”—Julia O’Connell Davidson, The Sex Tourist, The Expatriate, His Ex-wife and Her ‘Other’: The Politics of Loss, Difference and Desire (via sociolab)
Police in Colorado say that an Aurora man will not be charged after he admitted pulling his gun on a woman with four children — including a disabled child — because she was taking too long to park her car.
Shakia Bushtold KMGH-TVthat she was waiting for a handicap parking space at a local Walmart recently and a man behind her started honking his horn.
When she got out to tell him to go around because she was waiting for the handicap space, she said that he started yelling obscenities and pulled out a gun.
“He showed it to me in the air, then held it to his chest and said, ‘B****, I have a gun. I will shoot your a**,’” she recalled. “My 10-year old son was saying ‘Mommy, he’s going to shoot you. I don’t want him to shoot you.’”
Bush said that she screamed that the man was “pulling a gun on a woman” before writing down his license plate number and calling 911.
“That’s when he got back into his car and took off,” she said.
Police identified the suspect as Justin West. But in an interview, he insisted that he had pulled the gun because he thought “people were going to jump out and attack him.”
According to his version of events, he told Bush, “I have a gun and will defend myself.”
“What was he defending himself from?” Bush wondered. “A mom and four kids? He was angry over a traffic incident. He hopped out of his car first and started yelling and screaming at me.”
“I think he felt a woman was talking back to him, so he needs to prove a point,” she said
Aurora police explained to KMGH-TV that West could not be charged because no gun could clearly be seen in the Walmart surveillance video.
“I really feel that people need to be held accountable for their actions,” Bush lamented. “My children were scared that something was going to happen to them.”
Former Denver prosecutor Karen Steinhauser told KMGH-TV that West could be charged for felony menacing for just holding a gun up to his chest and issuing threats.
“It’s menacing if your intent was to put someone in fear of their life,” she pointed out. “The question investigators have to ask is, ‘Was he in fear of imminent harm?’”
The mother and her children witness this man pull a gun on them in a parking lot. He admits he pulls a gun on them in said parking lot…and yet law enforcement doesn’t have enough to charge with? Color me skeptical.
Turns out there is a price to pay for protecting your rainforests.
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wow this is outrageous, why isn’t this going around? from the link:
Infinito Gold, a Canadian mining company, just slapped Costa Rica with a $1 billion lawsuit simply because the country decided its rainforests were more important than an open-pit gold mine.
Lauded as one of the countries with the most beautiful rainforests, it’s no wonder Costa Rica rejected Infinito’s mine. Costa Rica’s rainforest is home to many endangered species such the green macaw. Gold mining also uses toxic chemicals such as cyanide, which often leaks into and pollutes nearby lakes and rivers.
A subsidiary of Infinito Gold has announced that a massive lawsuit is “imminent”, so we need to act now. If thousands of us stand together, we can show Infinito that countries such as Costa Rica should have the right to protect their rainforests without being persecuted by corporations.
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I briefly wondered if they had reneged on an existing contract, since it wasn’t entirely clear there on what grounds Infinito was bringing suit. But, apparently
Imagine if Abbie gets sick and work and then Luke and Ichabod fight over the right to take care of her.
Then Irving finally just calls Jenny to come and get her because they are BOTH getting on his last nerve and Abbie looks like she’s about to pass out, and neither of them get to help. Ichabod leaves with them because Abbie was his ride home and he can’t drive and of course shoots Luke a little look of “victory” on his way out the door.