'Stompie Seipei was killed on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s instructions to prevent the Mandela “crisis committee” discovering how badly the Mandela United Football Club had assaulted four youths they had abducted from the Soweto Methodist Manse, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard on Wednesday.
Former club “coach” Jerry Richardson testified that Madikizela-Mandela decided to kill Seipei to cover up what had happened.
The Mandela crisis committee, made up of church, community and ANC leaders, was formed to secure the release of four boys, including Seipei, who were abducted from Methodist minister Paul Verryn’s manse in late December 1988.
“I slaughterd him (Seipei) like a goat,” Richardson said, as Seipei’s mother, Joyce, left the hearing hall in tears.
Richardson said he abducted Seipei on Madikizela-Mandela’s instructions after Verryn was falsely accused of sodomising the boys.'
'The January 2014 Suicide Data Update has been released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the news is not good. Suicides are up in two groups of veterans who utilized the VA health system: young males (ages 18-24) and women. The rate of female veterans’ suicides has climbed 31.2 percent for VA users. Does that not pierce your heart?
There are pockets of positive news. Taken in an overall trend, the rate of suicide among male veterans aged 35-64 who utilize VA hospital programs has decreased by 30 percent, and is down 16 percent for all ages. (The overall rate among those who don’t use the VA for help has increased by 60 percent.)
One thing is clear based on the figures for all male veterans: Getting help at the VA does work. If you’ve had thoughts of suicide, call this hotline number 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. Or send a text message to 38255. If you have access to a computer, go to veteranscrisisline.net and you can chat online. ...'
'One of the hazards of youthful idealism is that one can easily verge over into naive self-righteousness. So I should have been prepared for the latest project of StudentsNS, a collection of Nova Scotia university student associations, around sexual consent.
But this new initiative is so overflowing with gormless self-congratulation that even I was stunned.
Embarrassed by the national attention gained during last year’s Saint Mary’s frosh debacle, where students eagerly indulged in a chant making light of sex without consent, advocacy group StudentsNS has determined that its position on consenting to sex will be so clear and unambiguous, they have inadvertently jettisoned all sense of logic. From now on, according to their new site morethanyes.ca it is no longer enough for a sexual partner to agree to sex. Even clear consent is not enough. No, from now on the standard is—I can still scarcely believe it—enthusiasm. In a jaw-dropping graphic on its homepage, the campaign proudly asserts that “Sex without enthusiastic consent is not sex at all. It is sexual assault or rape.'
'In a bold move, National Parents Organization of South Carolina introduces National Parents Organization shared parenting model legislation. South Carolina is the latest state to join National Parents Organization. It is also the first state to take our recently developed model shared parenting legislation and work with a legislator to introduce some of the language and ideas. While it stops short of a presumption of shared parenting, it does introduce shared parenting to South Carolina family law and provide it as an additional option.
Senator Katrina Frye Shealy (R-23), the only woman in the South Carolina senate, is the lead sponsor for S. 905, Child Custody Orders. She is joined by Senators Ross Turner (R-8), Shane R. Martin (R-13), and Lee Bright (R-12). The bill is now in the Judiciary Committee.
If you are a South Carolina member, now is the time to join our South Carolina Affiliate and Chair Joe Carter. Please contact him to learn how you can educate your legislator about why your children and every child in South Carolina needs shared parenting.'
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'An Arizona woman went on a naked rampage early Monday after her live-in boyfriend refused to have sex with her, police report.
Ashley Marie Prenovost, 24, was already intoxicated when her beau returned to the Glendale residence the couple shares with their four-month-old daughter. Prenovost, according to a court filing, “wanted to have sex with him and got naked.”
When her boyfriend declined to have sex, Prenovost became enraged, according to police. She allegedly punched two holes in a bedroom wall, and “punched a picture hanging on the wall in the hallway, causing glass to break and causing injuries to both of suspect’s hands.”
Pictured in the above mug shot, Prenovost was arrested on a variety of charges, including assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. She was also hit with several child abuse counts since, during her tirade, she raced around the home with her baby in her arms. At one point, the child’s head struck a bedroom dresser.
Prenovost was freed from custody yesterday. She is scheduled for a February 24 court appearance.
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