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Hi Dr E...

This link looks like a good resource...I got it from the website of the people that did the "Mr Big" movie.

http://news.injusticebusters.com/wordpress/
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http://www.chicagodocfestival.org/mr_big.htm

http://www.mrbigthemovie.com/

I saw this on Friday at the US premere for the movie.  This was a great movie.  It turned my stomach to watch it...I felt like I was back on trial.

Here is the appeal website which has great detail about their case...

http://www.rafayburnsappeal.com/facts.html

Here is a list of cities it's screening in...
http://www.mrbigthemovie.com/screenings.html

This is a documentery about a pair of guys that were entrapped (as alleged by the movie maker, one of the convited guys sister) in an investigation techneque use by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called "Mr. Big".

If you live in Canada, be affraid...very affraid....or keep you mouth shut (perhaps both).

Completely unrelated to the film...

While I was at the viewing, there was a wine glass that was knocked over and broken in the row in front of me.  The people on the left of the isle clean up the glass near them.  I could see that there were a couple of pieces of sharp glass in front of the women directly in front of me (to the right of the isle).  I tapped on her shoulder and said "there's some glass near your foot".

Her reply was (and I know I wasnt imagining the french accent which makes it even more ironic that she was a French cunt)  "I'm not in charge of picking up the glass and I dont get paid to be a maid so if you want it picked up you should pick it up yourself!"

I couldnt believe her response.  I said "suite yourself but I was just telling you as a cortisey so you dont cut your foot"

In retrospect...I wish I would have said that "it was interesting that you took my statement to mean that, it's as if you go around in life and imediately assume that you are subseriant to men in most situations".  Of course I could always called her cunt but that's too easy....
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Main / Delivering the male
Mar 10, 2008, 11:29 AM
Interesting article about advertising to men.

It even addresses the "man bashing- dads are idiots topic...

Delivering the male
MEN ARE NO SECRET TO ROSE CAMERON. SHE ADVISES LEO BURNETT ON HOW TO PITCH ADS TO THEM. THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM. HER EXPERTISE ISN'T HELPING HER SOCIAL LIFE. BY JASON GEORGE

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/magazine/chi-mxa0309magmainmar09,0,3227682.story
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Main / HAL-arious
Mar 10, 2008, 11:22 AM
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Primetime/WhatWouldYouDo/Story?id=4408560&page=2

Someone's Coming On to Your Mate: What Would You Do?

But the waitress' flirting kept escalating. She asked Drew whether he had any tattoos, which he didn't. Then she bared her stomach to him and said she was thinking of getting one on her tummy after work and wondered whether it would hurt.

Drew said he didn't know because he didn't have a tattoo. Jessie said she would come back with their order soon.


At that point, Nikki no longer referred to the flirtatious female as their waitress -- she promptly deemed her the "skank" or "ho."

Relationship coach Donna Barnes said it looked like Nikki was letting off steam.

"I think clearly she's venting," she said.

Nikki continued to vent.

"I'm gonna pull the hair out of her f--ing head," she said.





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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19055507

Makes a guy want to run off to the burbs and get married....Not!

All Things Considered, February 14, 2008 Amid all the claims for romantic prowess being peddled by film stars, rock stars and flat-bellied bachelors, the real superheroes of the bedroom go largely unacknowledged.

And so, this Valentine's Day -- a day when suburban mommies everywhere will be showered with construction paper hearts, overpriced chocolates and things from Victoria's Secret that we will wear only once, if at all -- it is time to extend some long-overdue credit.

The publishing world may not have figured it out yet, but if the truth were told, the best-selling how-to manuals on the shelf would be devoted to the Bedroom Secrets of the Suburban Dad.

It's true.

Sorry to bust your bubble Casanova, but these guys have earned the title.

You think it's hard to get the attention of a woman in a bar? Puh-leeze.

These guys have to convince a woman who has fallen asleep in her clothes reading Thomas the Tank Engine stories that what she really wants right now is some midnight romance under the giant pile of laundry covering the master bed.

You want to brag about technique? These guys keep the steam building knowing that at any minute -- and probably more than once -- they will be interrupted by a crying child, a ringing phone or their wives' spontaneous recollection that they forgot to sign a permission slip for the field trip.

We are talking about enticing a woman who, no matter how diligently you work to set the mood, will be filtering your sweet whisperings and best maneuvers through the running commentary of her mental Blackberry: "Oh, that feels ... Is that coughing? I will never make deadline if she's sick. Wait, what is today? Is it the 10th?" And, "Oh. Oh. Oh God, it's the 14th. Mom's birthday. I should send flowers. Better write myself a note. If I could just reach ... a pen."

My point is, these guys have honed their skills under conditions you could not imagine.

You single metrosexuals may have better underwear, but you are amateurs next to them.

Plus, today, they all get a new pair.

That heat coming out of the suburbs -- it's not just the BBQ grills.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL1355570120080213



BERLIN (Reuters) - A woman in Germany who became pregnant after an online sex auction has won a court battle to force the Web site that hosted the sale to reveal the names of the winners, so she can find out who's the father.

Six different men won Internet auctions to have sex with the woman in April and May last year. They were only known to her by their online names, a spokesman for a court in the southwestern city of Stuttgart said Wednesday.

"The woman wanted to discover which one of the men had made her pregnant," the spokesman said. "So she needed their contact details. Of course, if they're not willing to go along with the gene test, she'll have to take them to court."

The woman asked the site's operator to reveal the true identity of the men, but it refused, citing a confidentiality clause in its terms and conditions.

The court ruled in her favor, saying the child's right to know who its father was took precedence.

The court declined to give the woman's age and nationality
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Stolen puppy returned safely to pet store

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-pet-theft_31_bothjan31,0,3154026.story

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"My manager said the children were saying things like, 'My mom told us to ask about tanks. My mom told us to ask about filters,'" Hamilton said.

"What amazes me is that someone actually used her kids like this," Hamilton said.



By Carolyn Starks | Tribune reporter
January 31, 2008
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Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo  Print Reprints Post comment Text size:  A 9-week-old puppy taken from a Crystal Lake pet store has been returned, and a woman accused of stealing it was charged with felony theft, McHenry County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Acting on a tip, police officers Tuesday night went to the home of a Crystal Lake woman and found the $1,100 Boston terrier. The 4 1/2-pound puppy had been implanted with a microchip, which was used to identify it.

"I'm happy he was only gone one day," said Dan Hamilton, owner of Petland.




Jennifer L. Zulawski, 38, of the 900 block of Darlington Lane, was charged with retail theft, a felony. Zulawski turned herself in to police Wednesday evening and was released with a notice to appear in Circuit Court on Feb. 19.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible, officials said.

On Wednesday morning, the puppy cuddled in Petland employee Erin Underwood's arms and fell asleep. Hamilton said the puppy was in good health and playful when officers brought it to the store.

"I think he is the sweetest dog we've ever had here," Underwood said.

The woman went to Petland on Monday evening with three children, whose ages appeared to range from 7 to 12, and asked to see the black-and-white terrier. Carrying a large brown leather purse, the woman went into an enclosed area with the children to play with the puppy.

After about 20 minutes, the two older children left the playroom and asked an employee to show them aquariums in the back of the store, police said.

"My manager said the children were saying things like, 'My mom told us to ask about tanks. My mom told us to ask about filters,'" Hamilton said.

"What amazes me is that someone actually used her kids like this," Hamilton said.

At 7:45 p.m., a surveillance camera showed the woman leaving the store holding her bag, which appeared to be full, with two hands. Her children walked out after her, police said.

Hamilton said the woman had tried to buy the puppy on Sunday but was unable to finance it.

He said the woman and her husband called him Wednesday morning, but he told them he could not talk to them because he was filing a complaint.

"If I don't [press charges], what message am I sending to her children? I'm really sending a message to all of them that what she did was not right," Hamilton said.

Three years ago, someone stole a Maltese puppy, which was never found.

He said he is going to require shoppers to hand over their driver's licenses before being allowed to play with the pets.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-herman06dec06,1,5308395.story

A Chicago police detective who investigated rape allegations against a fellow officer testified Wednesday that the accuser offered to drop the matter for a bribe of $5,000.

Calumet Area Detective Constance Besteda, who investigated the case, testified that the woman accusing Sgt. John Herman of sexual assault said she would recant her story if Herman paid her off.

"She mentioned with the $5,000 that would be the most expensive piece of [sex] he ever had," said Besteda, testifying for the defense at Herman's trial. "She thought that was kind of humorous, and she raised her hand to slap me a high-five."

Herman, 42, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and official misconduct for allegedly assaulting a woman while on duty in 2004. Prosecutors alleged that Herman drove the 42-year-old woman to her home after picking her up on the street and demanding to see her identification. Herman allegedly raped her at her home.

Herman is expected to testify in his defense Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Testifying earlier in the trial, the woman said it was Besteda who brought up the bribe.

But Besteda testified that the woman was tired of "sitting around" at the police station and asked to be paid to leave. Besteda denied offering the woman money.

"She said she just wanted to go and said if he would pay her she could make this whole case go away," Besteda said.

On cross-examination, Assistant State's Atty. Kimellen Chamberlain asked Besteda if she knew Herman's wife. Herman's attorney, Peter Hickey, objected, calling the information irrelevant.

"I believe this detective bribed or attempted to bribe our victim," Chamberlain countered. "Whether she knew the wife is very relevant."

After Judge Joseph Claps allowed Besteda to answer the question, Besteda said that Herman may have supervised a case that she worked on. She said she also knows Herman's wife.

Chamberlain asked Besteda why she did not arrest the alleged victim for soliciting a bribe.

"You are a Chicago police officer and instead of arresting her, you high-fived her? And you were laughing?" Chamberlain asked.

"We both chuckled about it," Besteda responded.

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http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3925638&page=1


MySpace Page, Woman Who Fled Drunken Driving Crash Says Drinking a Favorite Pastime
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There may be hope after all...



http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/offtopic/sns-ap-odd-frying-pan-assault,1,3608370.story?ctrack=2&cset=true


CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - Police have charged a woman with aggravated domestic assault. The aggravating factor? A frying pan. Neighbors called police after hearing a woman screaming as she ran down a street early Sunday.

Police said Jennifer LeeAnn Simoneau, 24, told them her boyfriend had shoved her into a glass table, but she had no visible injuries.

Investigators said her boyfriend Robert Eugene Davis was found bleeding from several cuts on his face and arms and told police Simonseau had attacked him with a frying pan.

Davis' 11-year-old daughter told police that once the attack on her dad ended, he ran from the house. She said her mother dragged her by the hair to a bedroom.

That got Simoneau a citation for domestic assault on a minor. The arresting officer reported Simoneau appeared to be drunk.


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Main / Surrogate mom gets to keep kid
Oct 24, 2007, 01:25 PM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2007/10/23/pn.surrogate.battle.cnn

And of course he's going to have to pay child support as well...
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Main / GI Jane: Kids or Country?
Oct 23, 2007, 10:21 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/Story?id=3760387&page=1

Mind you...The majority of parents over in Iraq are Fathers but this artcle choose to take the "Poor Mother" tack.
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This female attorney is obviously simpathetic to the Father's rights cause as proven by her seminar...

Boy, Watch that Child Support Seminar: How to Keep a Gold Digger From Draining Your Pockets

http://chicago.metromix.com/events/class/boy-watch-that-child-grand-blvd-oakland-fuller/213504/content

No...

My Bad...

She's just another bottom feeder...

her next seminar...

Girl, Get that Child Support Seminar: How to Get His Money Before His Other Baby Mama Does

http://chicago.metromix.com/events/class/girl-get-that-child-roseland-csu-washington-heights/213496/content
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I smell a P-pass comming...


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-sliwinski_web17oct17,0,2100853.story?coll=chi_tab01_layout
By Brian Cox | Special to the Tribune
2:03 PM CDT, October 16, 2007

Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo  Print Single page view Reprints Reader feedback Text size:  Jeanette Sliwinski accelerated to 87 m.p.h. seconds before she killed three men in a failed suicide attempt, ramming her Ford Mustang into a stopped car, prosecutors said during opening arguments in the woman's murder trial.

Sliwinski, then 23, was traveling 77 m.p.h. east on Dempster Street, running three red lights as other vehicles swerved to avoid an accident, prosecutors said this morning in describing events leading up to the July 14, 2005, crash in Skokie.

The Morton Grove woman then accelerated before hitting the rear of a Honda Civic carrying the men, and both cars flipped, prosecutors said.




"It was murder," said Cook County Assistant State's Atty. Jim McAuliff in the Skokie courthouse.

Sliwinski was kicking and screaming and told police who were trying to help her at the scene, "It didn't work. I want to die. You don't understand. I want to die. Let me die," McAuliff said.

Sliwinski's attorney Todd Pugh said the crash was a tragedy but not murder.

He said Sliwinski was legally insane at the time and suffered from depression and other mental illnesses that had been getting worse in the months before the accident. Sliwinski had been hospitalized a few weeks before the crash with suicidal thoughts, and had been getting treatment through a series of doctors and medications, Pugh said.

"She was suffering a psychotic episode and lacked the ability to appreciate the criminality of her actions," Pugh said.

Michael Dahlquist, 39, John Glick, 35, and Douglas Meis, 29, all from Chicago--were on their lunch break at the time of the crash, authorities said. The worked together at Shure Inc. in Niles, which manufactures microphones and other audio electronic products, and all three were musicians.

Glick's wife, Rebecca Crawford, was first on the witness stand and said the last time she saw her husband was the morning of the accident. He kissed her goodbye, told her he loved her, and the next time she saw him was two days later at the funeral home, Crawford said.

Meis' mother, Gail, lives in North Carolina and testified the last time she spoke with her son was a week before the crash. The night of the crash a sheriff's deputy came to her door and told her what happened, she said.

Sliwinski sat with her hands folded on the table during the proceedings. She weeped quietly and wiped tears from her eyes during Gail Meis' testimony.

Friends and family of the victims hugged and quietly exchanged greetings in the courtroom before the trial. Sliwinski's parents were also in attendance.

Sliwinski, a former model, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

Testimony is scheduled to continue this afternoon, and the bench trial is expected to last about a week.

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Coach Joe Paterno suspended Scott later that day, saying the tailback had violated an unspecified team rule.

Is there a team rule that says you shall be punished for being accused of a crime?

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A Penn State football player was arrested Friday and charged with raping a woman at her on-campus apartment.

I'm sure she fought him all the way back to her dorm...


Breaking News: Penn State Running Back Charged With Rape, Assault

http://www.wjactv.com/news/14328320/detail.html

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A Penn State football player was arrested Friday and charged with raping a woman at her on-campus apartment.

Austin Scott, 22, was arraigned on charges of rape, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault. All are felonies.

Scott, a popular starting running back, declined to comment as he left the courtroom.

The alleged victim told police said she was raped in a Nittany dorm complex room in the early morning hours of Oct. 5. Police said the woman met Scott at a bar earlier that night.

Scott's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, said the "interaction" with the woman was consensual.

Coach Joe Paterno suspended Scott later that day, saying the tailback had violated an unspecified team rule. Scott remains enrolled at Penn State.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Stay with Channel 6 News and WJACTV.com for continuing coverage.
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http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3679943

Cops: Prostitute Mom Used Tot as Drug Prop
New York Authorities Say a Woman Performed Sex Acts, Abused Drugs in Front of Kids

By DAVID SCHOETZ
Oct. 2, 2007
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Authorities in New York say a woman arrested for prostitution early Monday morning also snorted cocaine off the stomach of her infant son while breast-feeding him between tricks.

Wendy Cook, a 37-year-old from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was one of five women caught early Monday morning in Schenectady, N.Y., in an undercover sex sting operation.

While the other charges were described as "routine" misdemeanor prostitution, Schenectady police also booked Cook for five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of first degree reckless endangerment, a felony.

Cook was picked up early Monday morning after offering to perform sex acts on an undercover police officer, department spokesman Brian Kilcullen told ABC News.

Through interviews with others who had interacted with Cook near the time of her arrest, Kilcullen said investigators determined that she had performed oral sex on a pair of customers while her two children, an 8-week-old son and a 5-year-old daughter, were awake in the back seat of her car.

Authorities also allege that Cook used drugs in the car with the children, including smoking crack cocaine and using her son as a tool to ingest cocaine.

"We learned throughout our investigation that while breast-feeding, she snorted cocaine off the stomach of the infant," Kilcullen said.

The children were taken into protective custody by the state's Office of Children and Family Services and were released to family members, Kilcullen said.

Kilcullen called the charges some of the most despicable he's seen in 13 years on the force. "Too frequently, we'll get incidents where children are left alone while parents buy crack," he said, "but nothing as shocking as this."

At a court hearing Tuesday, New York City Court Judge Vince Versaci told Cook, "I have never come across such an atrocity in my life, and that's saying a lot," according to the Albany Times Union.

Versaci set Cook's bail at $15,000 after the woman signed an order that forbidded her from having contact with her two children, the Times Union reported.

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Main / Hill: Thomas Harassment Charge True
Oct 02, 2007, 09:29 AM
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She said she believes the workplace environment is better now for women, but added that Thomas' approach "is really so typical of people accused of wrongdoing. They trash their accusers."


Wait...What?  Is that fem double speak at it's finest?

So, what about the 16 years of him not trashing her?

I'm sure that would be so convenient if men just rolled over and died when we were falsely accused.

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Hill is now a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University.


Not suprising at all...




http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-anita-hill-thomas,1,3541675.story

By Associated Press
9:46 AM CDT, October 2, 2007
WASHINGTON - Anita Hill, whose sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas nearly derailed his Supreme Court nomination 16 years ago, said Tuesday she stood by her account of his behavior, disputing Thomas' assertion in a new book that the charges were politically motivated.

"I stand by my testimony" at a 1991 Senate Judiciary hearing on the nomination, Hill wrote in an Op Ed piece in The New York Times. "I will not stand by silently and allow him, in his anger, to reinvent me."

In his book, "My Grandfather's Son," Thomas says Hill, his former employee at the Education Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was a mediocre employee who was used by political opponents to make claims she had been sexually harassed.



Powerful interest groups were out to stop him at all costs and chose "the age-old blunt instrument of accusing a black man of sexual misconduct," he writes. He described Hill as touchy and apt to overreact and said she complained to him only about his refusal to promote her.

Hill, who is also black, disputed Thomas' assertions.

"I was truthful. What I described happened actually did happen, and what I've learned is that it's happened to many women in the workplace," Hill said in an interview Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

She said she believes the workplace environment is better now for women, but added that Thomas' approach "is really so typical of people accused of wrongdoing. They trash their accusers."

In the 1991 hearings, Thomas adamantly denied Hill's accusations that he made inappropriate sexual remarks, including references to pornographic movies. Thomas says he did talk about X-rated movies while at Yale Law School, adding that so did many other young people in the 1970s.

Hill is now a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University.
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"I'm not fond of legislation," said Lieutenant Patenaude, the Massachusetts police commander. "I've been asked to review bills in several states, and I haven't seen one that mirrors the best practices that we've put out here. I'd like to see police agencies mold the procedures instead of legislatures or courts."


Police agencies "molding the procedures" are part of the problem in so many people being falsely accused and convicted in the first place.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/01/us/01exonerate.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1191261896-Ru8EGE6CdFMd02GhyYisUg
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/09/27/cuban.custody.ap/index.html

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The father of a 5-year-old Cuban girl at the center of an international custody battle did not abandon or neglect her, so he should get her back, a judge ruled Thursday.


Rafael Izquierdo, the child's father, listens in court with the help of a Spanish interpreter.

Circuit Judge Jeri B. Cohen said she would not immediately return the girl to her father, Cuban farmer Rafael Izquierdo, who wants to take her back to Cuba.

The girl went into foster care after her mother brought her to the U.S. in 2005 and then attempted suicide days before Christmas.

She has been living with foster parents in Miami for the past 18 months and they want to keep the girl here.  Watch the tug-of-war between blood and money

The Florida Department of Children & Families said Izquierdo abandoned the girl and officials want the girl to stay with her foster parents, Joe and Maria Cubas, a wealthy Cuban-American couple.

The state's attorneys said removing the girl after such a long time would cause her serious emotional trauma.

Cohen said she would hold a follow-up hearing to listen to the state's arguments, but urged the department to "take the blindfold off and see the forest for the trees."

Izquierdo has denied that he abandoned his daughter and has professed his desire to return with her to Cuba.

"The court cannot deny Izquierdo custody of his child," Cohen said.


The father, foster parents and mother were all in court as the judge read her 47-page ruling over several hours. The judge said Izquierdo's efforts to regain his daughter once she was put in foster care "were not marginal for a man of his circumstances."

"He has diligently participated in what must seem to him a mysterious and daunting legal process. While geographically, Cuba is only 90 miles from the United States shores, the two countries are philosophically and politically worlds apart," Cohen said.