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I’m a slight bit upset for various reasons, but for right now I’m going to talk about magazines.

Rolling Stone put one of the Boston Bombers on the cover. I understand using shock value for publicity and all, but seriously? Why this guy?

I actually tried to read the article before I said anything about it, and I couldn’t make it through the whole thing. It seems like they’re blaming the kid being a terrorist on his home life. In short, I’m not happy.

I’ll update this more later when I’m not on my phone.

Never in my life did I think I’d be ‘punished’ for wanting a fucking education. This is ridiculous. I’m sorry the town I live in is full of people who would rather hire druggies and incompetent fuck heads than someone who genuinely wants to work. I’m so over this state. The people that need help don’t get it and those that don’t need it do.

I’ve been seeing the term ‘rape culture’ thrown around A LOT lately. To be honest I had never heard it before until I started paying attention to the rape case in Steubenville, OH. After hearing and seeing the term explained countless times, I get it now. It’s something I’ve been around for a long time and just didn’t know it.

That case baffled me, and still is baffling me  because of the things coming out of it. I don’t care what a person has done before, whether it’s recent or not. It doesn’t mean that you can touch them just because you feel like it. All of those kids (yes… KIDS) that said they didn’t see anything wrong happening, that they didn’t know what rape was, that they thought all of this was normal… where on earth did they come up with that kind of mentality? How did they come to think that it was OK? The biggest thing that’s bothering me about it is that one of those boys’ attorneys is appealing on the grounds that his brain isn’t fully developed, so he couldn’t have known that he was doing wrong. IS THAT MAN OUT OF HIS MIND?!? If there was any degree of truth to that, then how are 16 year old kids aloud to work? How are they allowed to drive? How are they able to go places by themselves? How are they aloud to do anything at all? I was 16 once, and I did some stupid things, but I knew full well what I was doing, and as wrong as some of it may have been, I can’t blame it on anyone or anything but me. I consciously made some poor decisions then, and it was me that did it, not anyone else. In plain English: I knew better, but did it anyway.

Something else that just bothers the hell out of me is that people have been attacking Zerlina Maxwell because of her remarks about the case and rape in general. All I got out of what she said on Hannity is that she didn’t feel like a gun was the answer to every situation for every person, and as much as I support the right to own and carry a firearm, I think she was right one some level. Most people are assaulted by someone they know. She was able to point out a situation that was a wonderful example of where she didn’t think a gun would help. She had a point, and people are mad because they took it as ‘you hate guns, you want to take our rights away’. She even said if you felt you need to have a legal gun, then get one. I don’t think she was attacking anyone’s rights at all.

Something else she talked about was that rape prevention should start with teaching men to just not do it. Know what consent is, when you have it and when you don’t. It shouldn’t be all on a woman’s shoulders to prevent her rape. I don’t hate her for that. In an ideal world, I shouldn’t have to worry about something like that happening to me at all. Unfortunately however, I do need to worry, and I’ve had to worry before.

There will always be people out there that think it’s cool to be evil. Should I run into one of them, I want to be prepared. Bottom line here is that we need more education, more communication, and people need to stop being afraid to speak. I don’t agree with everything Ms. Maxwell has said, but I see where she was coming from. I think we could all learn something from her.

Terry Curry:

I am writing this letter in response to the February 16th accident that ended in the death of Private Tim McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley. I cannot help feeling that the decision made by your office to not prosecute Jade Hammer is not only blatantly disrespectful to their families, but to all those working in public safety as well. It appears as though this woman is being protected, and that is beyond appalling.

There has been conflicting information in the media recently. The common thing between what I have read is that she admitted to drinking, admitted to speeding, and admitted to paying attention to a GPS device instead of traffic lights. I can almost guarantee you that in any other state, running a red light, driving with alcohol in your system on any level, not looking at the road, and causing the death of two public servants would be considered beyond reckless. If you and your office do not consider that being distracted and therefore driving recklessly, then what is?

Had it been Ms. Hammer that lost her life, these men would have lost their licenses, their jobs, and their freedom. Under the legal limit or not, that in no way means that she was not impaired. It saddens me knowing your office feels those two young men’s lives are worth nothing more than a ticket. This lack of respect or simple acknowledgement for the people who risk their lives to save others scares me.

There was a time when I wanted to work in Indianapolis. After seeing how your office treats line of duty death for its EMS personnel, I am not 100% sure now. Knowing that I could be in the same situation as Tim and Cody were in, and that my son and husband would have to jump through hoops to see justice makes me sick. They do not deserve that, nobody does.

Sincerely,

Kayleigh Owens

 

*See last post, otherwise you won’t get the title*

I get to be at home with my family tonight, because unlike some, I’m not dead. The same obviously can’t be said for everyone (duh). Now here’s my problem:

Indianapolis recently lost two very young men in EMS. It was the first time a line of duty EMS death happened for Indy. They were in an accident with one other vehicle, the driver of that car is fine.

What I’ve read so far is that the ambulance was speeding, and so was the other driver. All that crew was guilty of is driving fast when they were not on an urgent call. The girl driving the car that struck them however was speeding, had been drinking, and was paying attention to a gps instead of the road.

I feel that if the tables were turned, Tim and Cody both would’ve been jobless at the very least and the city would have been sued until it couldn’t be sued anymore. Their families will never lay eyes on them again, they don’t get to go back to work, they can no longer do what they loved to do. Despite what some may think and act like, EMS is a public service that doesn’t pay anywhere near well enough, and the people who work in this field do it because it’s what they love.

This girl’s BAC wasn’t half the legal limit, so no drunk driving charge. There’s nothing being put against her aside from a citation for running a red light as a matter of fact. Anyone else in this situation would be in jail awaiting a manslaughter conviction. Had she hit a police officer, they’d do everything they could short of executing her.

There was a case in 2009 where it was apparently ruled that running a red light is not considered reckless under Indiana law. WHAT THE FUCK INDIANA!?! Had she been the one that died, things would be different, and nobody better dare try to tell me otherwise. You all know I’m right.

There is a very blatant lack of respect for EMS, and it needs to stop. Drinking is not the only issue here. Two very skilled men with IEMS lost their lives, and nothing is being done.

I am absolutely shocked. Legally drunk or not, she was under the influence. She also admitted to something that falls under reckless driving, but no charge. All she gets is a traffic citation…..

It’s scary to think that this could be me one day. If it is, my husband and my son will have to go through hell to see justice, and I don’t want that for them. It’s just not right…

 

Yesterday, on my way out of mc donalds, I caught part of a news cast that was showing footage of a funeral for one of the officers Chris Dorner killed. It was one of the most heartbreaking things I think I’ve ever seen. There were upwards of 5,000 uniformed men and women that went to that service. It looked absolutely beautiful.

Now here’s the opinion part of this post:

I read Chris Dorner’s manifesto thing a couple of days ago. The things that were described by him sounded horrible to say the least, but did not surprise me. I know quite a few people throughout the state of California, and have heard some terrible things about the LAPD. If what Mr. Dorner said had any truth to it, I feel for him, because to have things like that happen and nothing be done is ridiculous. However, the way he handled it was completely out of line.

If he wanted to be the picture of what he thought an officer should be, then freaking out and endangering the public is NOT the way to handle it. Killing those officers solved nothing. I do have to admit, I’ve had my share of run-ins with cops that I didn’t think should have their badge, but those few in no way speak for all police. It’s people like Dorner that make a bad name for police forces everywhere. All it takes is one person to change things and make a person have a negative view on an entire group. In the same way, it also takes just one person to restore faith.

I had to call the police ages ago just for the simple task of getting my stuff back from an old roommate. The officers that were sent spoke to my then boyfriend and I about the situation, ran our information like they had to for this type of call, asked a few basic questions, then helped me get my stuff. Those same two officers showed legitimate concern for the both of us, and were about to help us find somewhere to stay that night. I wish I could remember their names, because I’d love to call them and just see how they’re doing these days.

I was once a person who didn’t enjoy being around police, but that one encounter completely changed my opinion. Since then, I’ve run  into other officers that are absolutely upstanding people, both personally and professionally. I hope that one day the world realizes that officers are people too, but this isn’t just a job for them. They run the risk of going to work and never being able to come home to their families again, and they do so without hesitation.

My point is this: Don’t let one  incident or one person ruin your view of a certain group.

 

I took my son out for a happy meal yesterday, and caught CNN on the way out (at least I believe it was CNN). They were showing footage of a service for one of the officers killed by Chris Dorner. In thinking about it, that news cast sparked an opinion, which I’m posting later tonight. I’d do it now but my phone is almost dead and I’m typing this via word press for android.