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School has autistic child taken away because "psychic" claimed she was abused

School has child taken away because "psychic" claimed she was abused - Boing Boing

The administration at Terry Fox Elementary in Barrie Ontario called Children's Aid on Colleen Leduc and accused her of allowing her autistic daughter to be sexually assaulted. They based the accusation on something a "psychic" told the special ed worker who worked with the kid.

"The teacher looked and me and said: 'We have to tell you something. The educational assistant who works with Victoria went to see a psychic last night, and the psychic asked the educational assistant at that particular time if she works with a little girl by the name of "V." And she said 'yes, I do.' And she said, 'well, you need to know that that child is being sexually abused by a man between the ages of 23 and 26.'"

Victoria, who is non-verbal, had also been exhibiting sexualized behaviour in class, actions which are known to be typical of autistic behavior. (See other typical actions here) That lead authorities to suspect she had a bladder infection that may have somehow been related to the 'attack.'

Senate to honor last living U.S. vet of WWI, at 107

buckles.JPGCNN | Senate to honor last living U.S. vet of WWI, at 107
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Senate will honor the last living American World War I veteran Wednesday, 107-year-old Frank Woodruff Buckles. President Bush, right, honors Frank Buckles, "the last living Doughboy from World War I," in March. Buckles is the last survivor of the more than 2 million U.S. military men sent overseas to fight in what was called the Great War.

June 17, 2008

Happy Gay Marriage Day!

Gay and lesbian weddings begin around California

Marital bliss, same-sex style, has broken out at county clerk offices all over the Bay Area, with gay and lesbian couples beginning marriages the moment the offices opened this morning.

In San Francisco, Hank Donat, 41, and Jeffrey Halpern, 43, were the first couple to tie the knot. They rushed into City Hall, giddily running though the ropes set up to control the crowd of about 400 couples, friends, relatives and protesters. Wearing suits and red-rose boutonnieres, they were also the first to pick up a marriage license.

Reporters and onlookers clogged the area, the Gay Men's Chorus serenaded waiting couples, and a general air of celebration filled the air.

"This is legal and we're equal but the most important thing is that I get to spend the rest of my life with the man I love," Halpern said.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin married the San Francisco pair in the supervisors' ornate chambers, where they exchanged gold rings and gave each other a big kiss at the end of the ceremony.

"It feels great. Lawful marriage to the perfect partner is paradise on earth," Donat said.

Cindy McCain caught plagiarizing recipes, again

Wonkette: The D.C. Gossip � Blog Archive � Cindy McCain Continues To Steal Easily Googlable Recipes

A few months ago, John McCain’s second and current wife, “Trollop” Cindy, was caught stealing recipes from the Food Network and publishing them as her own material, a simple lapse of ethics that you’re supposed to learn, and master, at age four. To atone for this, Cindy fired a hapless intern. But the problem was systemic! Cindy has contributed another recipe, to Parents magazine. This recipe for Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies was, of course, directly cribbed from Hershey’s website.

Two Minute Hate Update

Oh, hells yeah. Poor Mojo's Two Minute Hate. emo-lawn-cutting.gifIts Just The Way It Is.... | LOVE + LIFE = HATRED AND PAIN
life sucks so bad.. and so does love... well they come together because you have to love to live and live to love ... to me... both are just a bunch of shit.... i am not happy feeling like this. there are times when i really feel so bad that i hate both life and love.