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A Third of Detroit Pregnancies End in Abortion… And Other News

Detroit Abortion

Detroit: come for the abortions, stay for the decaying houses.

New data shows that the abortion rate in Detroit has reached an alarming 31 per cent. A total of 5,693 of Detroit’s 18,360 pregnancies in 2012 ended in abortion, while elsewhere in the country abortion rates have flatlined or decreased. The secret to Detroit’s abortion-craze? Decreased funding for family planning and contraceptives combined with good old fashioned poverty. In fact, Detroit is so poor these days that 22 per cent of the city’s buildings are blighted. And to make matters worse, the city’s Blight Task Force says it will cost $850 million and take up to five years to remove the 84,641 Detroit properties that are in a less than desirable condition. The feds have already made $456 million available for cleanup because… well, Detroit is a little short of cash. Detroit News

Barack Obama, James Cunningham, Joseph DunfordObama makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan. And the surprise is… we’re not going anywhere! After Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field on Sunday night, Obama addressed the troops and reassured them that “America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end” – although he left his big announcement for later. Obama did not meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the surprise visit because… they hate each other. But Obama did bring along country singer Brad Paisley – presumably as some kind of torture device. Once Obama got out of the country and safely away from the exhausted soldiers, he made his big announcement from Washington: the US will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after they conclude their combat mission at the end of this year. The plan is to begin a massive draw-down of troops in Afghanistan from 32,000 to 9,800 by the beginning of next year—if the Afghan government signs a bilateral security deal—and then work on a complete withdrawal for the end of 2016. But even though the troops will be sticking around a bit longer, Obama said he hopes that by the time he leaves office the longest war in American history will finally be over. CBC News

Le PenLong live xenophobia! The results of the European Parliament election revealed big some gains for anti-EU groups and far-right parties. Marine Le Pen in particular delivered a major victory for the far-right Front National party, which is both anti-immigration and anti-European Union. Marine Le Pen’s party topped the poll in the  nationwide election, with 25 per cent of the vote. Le Pen declared the results a “massive rejection of the European Union” and a massive rejection of all immigrants. Le Pen said she would use her electoral mandate to “defend France” and fight “crazy measures like votes for immigrants.” The UK Independence Party also contributed to the “political earthquake” by winning first place with 27 per cent of the vote. UKIP, who define themselves as a “libertarian, non-racist party seeking Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union” are also known for their anti-immigration stance. BBC News

Nigerian Girls MissingThe Nigerian military has found the kidnapped schoolgirls! But they can’t tell you where they are and they definitely won’t attempt a rescue. Air Marshal Alex Badeh said the government has now located the missing girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram six weeks ago, but they could not take the risk of using force to rescue them. “Where they are held, can we go there with force? We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said. The missing girls are believed to be somewhere in the forests of northeastern Borneo state, near Chad and Cameroon and while the military won’t risk going there with force, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents.” If that’s his definition of good news, I’d hate to be in Nigeria on a bad news day. CNN

Euro JewIt’s tough to be a Jew in Europe these days… well not as tough as it used to be with that whole Holocaust ordeal, but it still ain’t easy being Jewish. On Saturday, a shooting at the Brussels Jewish Museum left four people dead: an Israeli couple, a museum employee, and a volunteer. The lone gunman escaped after the shooting, prompting a nationwide manhunt for the anti-Semitic attacker. Then, just a few hours later, two Jewish men were assaulted as they walked towards their synagogues in suburban Paris. A study last week showed that 74 percent of French Jews want to leave the country, with a significant portion fearing anti-Semitism. Turns out their fear is fairly warranted. CBC News

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Trayvon 2.0: 19-Year-Old Black Girl Shot in the Face by Homeowner Standing His Ground

Renisha McBride Homeowner

Detroit woman Renisha McBride was shot in the face by a nearby homeowner after she sought help after a car accident.

There are still many questions surrounding the incident, which occurred on Nov. 2, but the recently released autopsy confirmed one thing: McBride had been shot in the face, but not at close range.

The teenager had been involved in a collision with a parked car at around 1:30am on a Saturday. Two hours later she wound up on the wrong doorstep. A Dearborn Heights homeowner claimed he thought he was being burgled and “accidentally” discharged his weapon, killing the 19-year-old black woman.

First, what was she doing for two hours in between the car accident and standing on someone’s porch? Her family claims she was disoriented and just looking for help after having just been involved in a car crash nearby. A car crash with a parked car… so disoriented = drunk?

Second, I know Detroit = black and scary, but who accidentally shoots a teenage girl in the face? The 54-year-old homeowner says he is “torn up” by the incident but claimed he feared for his life at the time and racial profiling was definitely NOT involved.

Michigan is one of several US states (including Florida!) with a so-called stand your ground law, which essentially allows the use of deadly force if a person feels their life is in danger. Prosecutors say they’re still reviewing whether or not to charge the homeowner, but Renisha’s family and a string of civil rights protesters have already made up their mind about the case: GUILTY.

Via: BBC News

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Death by Masturbation… And Other News

Death by Masturbation

Did Ariel Castro die during masturbation? Possibly.

New details have emerged about the death of the Cleveland kidnapper who was found hanging in his prison cell while awaiting trial. Officials say Castro’s hanging body was discovered sans pants. Since his underwear was around his ankles and he didn’t leave a suicide note officials are considering death by autoerotic asphyxiation, a way of intensifying orgasm during masturbation by depriving the body of oxygen. An open Bible was also found nearby. Masturbation and a Bible? What a way to go! NBC News

Snowden-father-Lou1There’s nothing like a father-son reunion in Russia. Lou Snowden, the father of exiled American leaker extraordinaire Edward Snowden, arrived in Russia to see his long lost son. Lou Snowden hasn’t seen his son since before he leaked the NSA documents and Edward Snowden hasn’t been seen by anyone (in public) since he was granted asylum in August. “I am not sure my son will be returning to the U.S. again,” his father said, but was happy that Edward “is safe and secure and he’s free.” Despite having to live in hiding in Russia until the end of time, the younger Snowden says he has no regrets about leaking the highly classified information and is adjusting to life in Russia. I guess after living in an airport terminal for a few months, anywhere would seem luxurious – even Russia. National Post

kwame-kilpatrickIf your nickname is the “hip hop mayor of Detroit” you know that at some point you’re going to spend some time in jail. Former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick definitely lived up to his moniker after he was sentenced to 28 years in prison, seven months after being convicted on public corruption charges. Kilpatrick ran a secret money-making racket out of city hall, raking in millions for himself and his entourage while the rest of Detroit… well, they went bankrupt. Kilpatrick used his mayoral powers to give business to his friends and used city funding to fund his own lifestyle. He even used funds allotted for needy residents to pay for his own yoga. Hip hop mayors do yoga? Well, not anymore – unless they have some type of prison class. Detroit Free Press

BoehnerGovernment Shutdown Update #4232: A little bit of progress. Maybe. Hopes rose when House Speaker John Boehner offered a short-term debt limit increase to stave off default. The GOP said they would pass a “clean” bill (i.e. no conservative add-ons) that gave a six-week extension for the whole debt-ceiling issue in exchange for negotiations with the White House to end the government shutdown. A short-term solution is better than no solution, right? Wrong! Well, maybe right – they’re still talking through some things. But as of now President Obama and House Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on the six-week extension during their meeting on Thursday. Both parties did agree on two things though: it was a good meeting and they will continue talks. Progress/procrastination! New York Times

Kenya-policeKenyan police must be super busy with the shopping mall attack investigation because they don’t seem to be doing much else. Citizens are outraged after three men accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old and dumping her in an outhouse were only sentenced to 5 years in prison. Just kidding – they won’t serve any jail time. Instead their punishment was cutting grass around the police camp – for a couple of hours. The victim was attacked after returning home from her grandfather’s funeral (!) and broke her back during the struggle. She now uses a wheelchair – otherwise they’d probably make her cut grass with the gang bangers. BBC News

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Canadian Man Drinks and Swims to Detroit… And Other News.

Detroit Swimmer

A Canadian man is sorry for chugging eight beers and swimming across the water to Detroit.

The 47-year-old Windsor man swam across the Detroit river just to prove to his friends he could do it. According to him, “If I’m going to be in the paper, I’d at least like them to say I actually made it, even though I got in trouble and everything. I gotta pay fines and stuff. But I don’t want it to sound like I didn’t make it, because then my buddies are going to say ‘ha, ha, you didn’t make it.’ Because that was the whole thing, to show them I could do it.” I guess I’d be sorry too if I spent the night drinking and wound up in Detroit. Sadly with Detroit’s demographic, not many can swim out of Detroit and into Canada. Gawker

Snowden AgainAfter living for a month is Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, notorious leaker Edward Snowden has been granted…. a change of clothes and a copy of “Crime and Punishment”. But still no clearance to enter Russia. More airport food to come Snowden! Snowden is waiting for some key immigration documents from Russia so he can finally leave the airport where he’s been living in limbo since fleeing from Hong Kong last month. At least he got to change his underwear.  New York Times

Mexican standoffIt’s a Mexican standoff! At least 20 armed gang members and two police officers have died in a shootout in Mexico’s western Michoacan state. The clashes between the police and the drug lords began after the gang members from the Knights Templar drug cartel blocked roads and bridges and ambushed the police patrols and ambulances. This isn’t the first time the Knights Templar drug cartel has behaved badly. In fact it’s not even the first time this week. The Tuesday ambush came just one day after five people were shot and killed by Knights Templar gangsters in a demonstration protesting their violent tactics. I guess their protest backfired… BBC News

Nancy GraceSo close! A man was arrested for allegedly plotting to tie up and kill HLN anchors Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Apparently the New York man was unhappy about how the anchors covered the Jodi Arias trial. Unfortunately for him, he decided to tweet his revenge plan, posting numerous twitter threats. While twitter threats are super common, David Lee Simpson aroused further suspicion when he quit his job, saying he was leaving town. David Lee Simpson’s big plan was to get the two anchors naked, tie them up to a tree, leave them there overnight and then slit their throats. Instead, he was arrested during a traffic stop with a car full of weapons. Daily Dot

Bush ShavedIt’s not the best look but at least it’s going to a good cause. George H.W Bush has shaved his head to show support for a boy who has leukaemia. Bush, 89, noticed that a number of his Secret Service detail had shaved their heads in solidarity with an agent’s 2-year-old son who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, so he joined in the fun and shaved it all off. At 89, did he really have much hair to begin with? And more importantly, will George W. follow suit? The only thing better than one shaved Bush is two shaved Bushes! Politico

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