Teen Girl Exorcism Squad: Three Arizona Girls Claim to Cast Out Demons
By DAN HARRIS (@danbharris) , JACKIE JESKO (@JackAttackABC) and JENNA MILLMAN
April 5, 2012
Brynne, Tess and Savannah from Phoenix are black belts in karate, expert horseback riders and avid musical theater fans. And they perform exorcisms.
"We're just normal girls who do something extraordinary for God," Brynne said. "After seeing an actual exorcism in person, led by us, you will walk away with no doubt, whatsoever."
Brynne, 17, is the leader of the pack, the one the others call the "enforcer." She is home-schooled and a regular on the beauty pageant circuit. Savannah, 20, is known as the "compassionate one," a college student who likes to shop. Finally, there's Tess, "the middle man" because the others say this 17-year-old can play both good and bad cop. She also performs in local musicals.
"There is a war going on every day, being waged against us," Brynne said. "Satan hates us. We know how the enemy is, we know what he's attacking and we can fight back."
Their teacher is Brynne's father, the Rev. Bob Larson, who says he has performed more than 10,000 exorcisms in the last 30 years.
Society faces sociological impacts of racism
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A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides an example of Prokos' claim.
The study involved the manipulation of submitted applications in response to want ads. Of those applications, part of them contained applicants with names that stereotypically sound Caucasian, while the other part contained applicants with names that stereotypically sound African-American.
"The resumes were the exact same except for the sound of the name," said Terry Besser, ISU professor of sociology. "Those with an African-American-sounding name generated a far lower amount of interviews and interest."
The study reported that applications with the stereotypical white name received 50 percent more responses than the applications with the stereotypical African-American names.
Israeli Historian Tom Segev
Grass 'Is Still Thinking About His SS Silence'
In the past, Israeli journalist and historian Tom Segev has defended Günter Grass from claims that he tried to portray Germans as victims in World War II. But following the publication of Grass's Israel-critical poem this week, Segev argues the German author is driven more by his silence over his SS past than concerns about the future of humanity.
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Amnesty calls on Canada to arrest George Bush
Human rights organisation says Canada must prosecute former US president during October visit for "authorising torture".
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2011
Amnesty International has called on Canadian authorities to arrest and prosecute George W Bush, saying the former US president authorised torture in the course of the United States' "war on terror".
Bush is expected to attend an economic summit in Surrey in Canada's westernmost British Columbia province on October 20.
The human rights organisation said in a statement released on Wednesday that the Canadian government has "international obligations ... given [Bush's] responsibility for crimes under international law including torture".
The London-based group also released a 27-page memorandum that it had submitted in September to Canada's attorney general laying out its legal case.
自由選択こそが善、とする考え方に問題アリと思ったのは、アメリカのカフェテリアでドレッシングが５種類もあるとはいえ、どれも全部マズかったときです。— suzukyさん (@suzuky) 4月 6, 2012
NY cops break into Marine vet's home and Taser him to death
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Published: 05 April, 2012
A grand jury is expected to soon hear a case from last year in which an unarmed, 68-year-old retired black military veteran was killed by police officers in New York. Four months later, no one has been charged in the murder.
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former US Marine, was killed on November 19, 2011 after police officers broke down the door of his White Plains, New York apartment. Chamberlain, who suffered from a heart condition, had accidently triggered a medical alert system on his person and then failed to respond to calls for help. Police were dispatched to his apartment, where Chamberlain greeted them by insisting he was okay and ensured them that no one was in any harm. The cops refused to take the vet’s word, however, and shot him with a both a Taser stun-gun and non-lethal projectiles, but only after breaking into his home and entering on their own accord.
Shortly after being fired at by the responding officers, Chamberlain was transported to an area hospital where he later died.
In the four months since Chamberlain’s death, outraged opponents of the police department’s mishandling have asked for charges against the cops that attacked the veteran. The officers had earlier on insisted that Chamberlain was wielding both a hatchet and a knife when they came to his aid, and attacked him while exercising self defense. New evidence, however, suggests otherwise.
According to recently released audio and video recording from the day of the incident, investigators say they have reason to believe that, despite the police officer’s insistence, Chamberlain was unarmed during the incident. They are also now under the impression that cops fired at Chamberlain as he stood in his underwear with his hands on his side — and shortly after officers exclaimed racial epithets at the man.
During an hour-long standoff in which authorities surrounded Chamberlain’s house, the veteran told them that he was okay and that they had no reason to enter his house. A new recording just released now reveals though that one of the officers on the scene told Chamberlain, “I don't give a fuck, nigger — open the door.”
The Daily Mail adds that another officer is heard on the recording demanding that Chamberlain let him in on account that he needed to use his bathroom. Others allegedly mocked the veteran’s military career before removing the door to his house and entering without his permission.
“The minute they got in the house, they didn’t even give him one command,” attorney Mayo Bartlett tells the New York Daily News on behalf of the deceased. “They never mentioned 'put your hands up.' They never told him to lay down on the bed. The first thing they did … you could see the Taser light up … and you could see it going directly toward him.”
Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. killed after clash with police who responded to his medical emergency
Exclusive: White Plains police came to 'help,' but shot 68-year-old with stun gun and beanbag gun
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Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:00 AM
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“Brainwashed” Foreigners in Japan
This response is interesting, but the truth is perhaps simpler. Some people leave their home countries, because their personalities and 'issues' make it hard for them to be happy there. Those same people have the same 'issues' in Japan, but they can blame it on the inadequacies of Japan, rather than their own inadequacies. It's easier to say, "They are the problem, not me." People like Debito Arudou and Chris Johnson illustrate this. Their critique of Japan loses credibility, because their cause is always eclipsed by the unpleasantness of their activism. Their criticisms of Japan reveal their own obnoxiousness and their personal struggles in life. Even when their criticism is true, they are wrong-minded. They blame others (or whole societies) for their own inability to be content; their own inability to get along with people.
They have a difficult time with Japan, because they are difficult people.