Tuesday, September 08, 2015
'My sons are trying to kill me': Mother's desperate 911 call as 'murderous' sons attacked her and their father before trying to torch Atlanta mansion
Two Atlanta-area parents were hospitalized on Saturday after their two sons allegedly attempted to kill them by beating the wife and stabbing the husband before trying to set their house on fire.
The incident happened Snellville in Gwinnett County before 8am and it could have been much worse if Yvonne Ervin hadn't called 911 about her sons while Zachary Ervin was distracting them.
Georgia police arrived and took 22-year-old Christopher Ervin and 17-year-old Cameron Ervin into custody and later charged them with two counts each of aggravated assault and first-degree arson.
Both parents are expected to survive, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Police found the husband 'severely injured and bleeding heavily' after being stabbed several times and his wife also 'seriously injured'
Gwinnett County police spokesman Sgt Rich Long said: 'Had she not been able to make that 911 call it's very uncertain what would have happened.'
He said on Sunday that police have 'several theories' about the incident and detectives found evidence showing the brothers had 'tried to start a fire'. The gas line at the home had been tampered with, according to WBS-TV 2.
Neighbors of the family said the attack was unexpected and they were in shock, 11 Alive reported.
Clinton Miller said: 'He [Zachary] wasn't in good shape at all. 'He was bleeding pretty badly. So we're really concerned for him.'
The brothers, who were reportedly being cooperative with detectives, are being held in isolation in jail and have a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 11.
Leading British Leftist caught on camera calling Islamic fanatic a 'very good friend' whom he knows 'extremely well'
Jeremy Corbyn has been caught on camera declaring his friendship for Ibrahim Hewitt, a Muslim hardliner.
Hewitt has been a highly controversial figure since he wrote a notorious pamphlet that branded homosexuality a ‘great sin’ comparable to paedophilia and incest, which should be ‘severely punished’ under Islamic law. It also said that adulterers should be 'stoned to death'.
Speaking at a pro-Palestinian event in East London in February 2013, Corbyn said: ‘I’ve got to know Ibrahim Hewitt, the Chair, extremely well, and I consider him to be a very good friend, and I think he’s done a fantastic job.’
Entitled 'What Does Islam Say?', Hewitt's publication spelled out his vision of ‘true Islam’.
‘While such punishments may seem cruel, they have been suggested to maintain the purity of society,’ Hewitt, 58, wrote.
Corbyn's declaration of friendship for Hewitt came as he shared a stage with a number of Britain’s most notorious Islamist figures at an event organised by the controversial charity Interpal in East London in February 2013.
The MP's fellow speakers included those who defend militant extremists; condemn homosexuality; ‘reject the idea of freedom of speech’; and are accused of advocating attacks on the Royal Navy (see box).
On Saturday, Corbyn caused a social media storm about his own connections with extremists when he tweeted: 'Well done Ken Livingstone for refusing to share platform with BNP. There is no place for racism in democratic debate.'
Hewitt's pamphlet stated that Islamic texts advocated 100 lashes for fornication and sodomy with both men and women.
‘Any act that destabilises marriage will also destabilise society. Hence the Islamic punishments for such acts are severe,' it said. 'Married men and women found guilty of adultery are to be stoned to death.’
It went on to set out an Islamic view that men and women are not equal, and men have a right to assume 'leadership' over women.
‘If a woman is unable to satisfy the sexual or other needs of her husband he may consider taking another wife, rather than the common Western practice of secretly taking a mistress,’ it said.
The pamphlet also claimed Islam advocates that 'any act of apostasy that results in open rebellion against Islam is… an act of treason. Even in Britain the penalty for high treason is death.’
Hewitt has since defended his work, saying that the Old Testament called for 'equally draconian punishment'. He insisted that while severe sanctions are set out in Islamic texts, 'these do not mean that I would advocate such actions'.
In 2014, Hewitt was banned from speaking at an Oxfam event as a result of the homophobic views that he has expressed.
Hewitt’s pamphlet was hugely successful, selling up to 50,000 copies in Britain. It was first composed in 1994 and went through four editions, with the latest published in 2004 - long before Corbyn’s remarks.
The extremist is also the chairman of Interpal, which the US Treasury has designated a ‘global terrorist entity’ due to accusations it has raised money for the Palestinian terror group Hamas.
Interpal has denied the claim, and a report by the UK Charity Commission last year found no evidence that it had done so. Interpal is engaged in legal action against the authorities in the United States.
In a 2008 column, Michael Gove, now the Justice Secretary, wrote that Hewitt has 'called "political Zionism a threat to world peace", and said of "Zionist control of the media" that there is no smoke without fire. He has objected to Holocaust Memorial Day'.
In the same month as the event took place, Corbyn and his wife travelled to Gaza thanks to a £2,800 gift from Interpal.
In a lengthy statement, Hewitt said that his pamphlet did not call for violence against gay people, but instead dealt with the question of adultery and apostasy 'on the basis of a Prophetic saying in two key texts after the Holy Qur’an'.
In summary, he said: 'to label me as an “extremist” defies logic. Indeed emotive language, as used in the Murdoch press to demonise me, is an encouragement to violence and bigotry against the Muslim community.'
Corbyn did not respond to requests for comment.
Hewitt is the latest of a succession of controversial characters that have been linked to Corbyn.
When MailOnline revealed Corbyn’s association with Paul Eisen, a well-known Holocaust denier, Corbyn was forced to admit that there was a connection but denied that he knew of his controversial views. ‘At that time I had absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Paul Eisen was a Holocaust denier,’ he said.
When pushed to admit he had made a ‘series of misjudgements’ during a Channel 4 interview, Corbyn told presenter Cathy Newman: ‘You’re putting an awful lot of words into my mouth … Any form of racism is absolutely wrong, the need to talk to people if it brings about a peace process is absolutely right.’
The Islington MP has a history of associating with terror groups. He caused outrage in 1984 when he invited Gerry Adams to the Commons a fortnight after the Brighton bombing.
More recently he has invited figures from Hamas and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to Parliament, describing them as his ‘friends’. He claimed the UK’s decision to label Hamas a terror group was a ‘historic mistake’.
The MP has also defended his links to Raed Salah, a preacher convicted in a Jerusalem court in 2008 of using the ‘blood libel’, an anti-Semitic slur.
When he was detained in Britain, Corbyn called him a ‘very honoured citizen’, and said earlier this month: ‘I met him, we had a long conversation about multi-faith objectives including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.’
A spokesman for Corbyn said: ‘Jeremy attends a range of events if he believes they contribute to resolving the conflict between Palestine and Israel. It doesn’t mean he agrees with the views of all the people on the panel. He puts forward his own views.’
You can’t say that, Chrissie
The real reason Chrissie Hynde angered feminists? She refused to play the victim
If ever there was a woman who knows her own mind, it’s Chrissie Hynde. Former groupie, rock star and all-round hellraiser, Hynde is famous for pushing boundaries and breaking rules. And it seems old habits die hard. The 63-year-old is now causing considerable controversy on Twitter and in feminist circles following an interview with The Sunday Times about her new autobiography, in which she discussed the time she was sexually assaulted by several men in a biker gang when she was 21. ‘This was all my doing and I take full responsibility’, she said.
Hynde’s comments on her sexual assault come at a time when discussions about rape and sexual violence are especially fraught. Hynde was immediately criticised by Victim Support, a charity for victims of crime, which stated that, ‘regardless of circumstances or factors’, victims of rape should never ‘blame themselves or be blamed for failing to prevent an attack’.
But Hynde wasn’t really blaming women for being raped. She was simply saying that she was aware of the possible consequences of her actions. ‘You can’t fuck about with people, especially people who wear “I Heart Rape” and “On Your Knees” badges’, she said. She knew the risks she was taking, off her head on drugs and in bad company: ‘They’re motorcycle guys! If you play with fire you get burnt. It’s not any secret, is it?’
Hynde’s comments were shocking because the prevailing narrative around sexual assault and rape has been so one-sided. If you don’t play the victim, then you’re part of the problem, runs the dominant train of thought. It is as if victimhood has become a sort of brand: students who have been sexually assaulted get photoshoots in broadsheets, petitions in their names and t-shirts made in their honour. The reaction to Hynde’s comments shows just how stifling this victim-heavy atmosphere has become. Some critics of Hynde, such as #EverydaySexism founder Laura Bates, accused her of suggesting that all women are to blame when they are raped; others, such as Louise Mensch, said Hynde was stupid for not inhabiting the classic victim role. But perhaps the most sickening response was from feminist-of-the-month Daisy Buchanan, who expressed sympathy for the delusional rock star in a heartfelt article for the Telegraph: ‘She’s self-blaming and has been for more than 40 years.’
Yet Hynde was making a commonsense argument: people should keep their wits about them, and should avoid putting themselves in certain situations or inviting danger unnecessarily. This is not an argument against women’s freedom. Unlike contemporary feminists who want to safe-space women’s lives, I think we should take more risks more often. The crucial point Hynde is making is that if you are willing to take risks, you must also be willing to take responsibility for the consequences of your actions. Now, I don’t think that going out in a tarty outfit should be a risky affair, but in Hynde’s case, she made a decision to put herself in danger. That doesn’t excuse her assailants or their actions, but it does show that she was no deer in the headlights. Rather, she was responsible for getting herself into a clearly iffy situation.
We also have to challenge this idea that women should be protected from social interaction. When I wear a short skirt to a club, it’s usually in the hope that I’ll catch someone’s eye, not because I find having cold legs particularly comfortable. What feminists don’t seem to realise is that the portrayal of women as weak, vulnerable and under attack isn’t something that appeals to most women. In fact, in normal interactions between sexes, women are far more forward than men about sex, because men are notoriously bad at making the first move. We don’t go around in bubbles; what we wear, do or say is done in a public arena. We should invite interaction, not hide from it.
Hynde is wrong to suggest that what you wear is an indicator that you’re up for being raped, just as she’s wrong to suggest that a bit of thigh flips the switch in a man’s head from reasonable human to rapist. However, what we should celebrate is her refusal to be painted as another hopeless victim. When asked if she was a feminist, Hynde replied: ‘I’ve never made a decision because a guy suggested it… I just do my thing.’ Feminism increasingly wants women to recoil from interaction with the outside world, flinch at every compliment and cry at every insult. There is a difference between arguing that victims of rape are not asking for it, and celebrating women’s inherent victimhood. Though I don’t think society should see rock stars as role models, I salute Hynde for talking about her own experience in a way that challenges the notion that women aren’t in control of their own lives. We need to open up the debate about rape, and challenge feminists who seek to tell us how to feel about our own lives.
Australia: A gaggle of lame ducks support homosexual propaganda
PROMPTED by Twitter twaddle and the indistinguishable and mendacious ramblings of The Sydney Morning Herald, a dishevelled group of protesters milled outside The Daily Telegraph office on Sunday.
Some members of the mob wore T-shirts with boringly familiar abusive slogans, a pair wore the emblems of the Teachers Federation, there were grubby representatives of the Socialist Alternative, and while one or two defaced the pavement with chalked slogans, others vowed to smash homophobia or demanded equal marriage — now. There was an anti-shark cull protester and someone against racism, but the overall picture was of a confused and unappealing inchoate rabble. Their loose bond, apparently, was to offer political support for the campaign for homosexual marriage.
The protest was triggered by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli’s sluggish enforcement of his own department’s regulations against political propaganda being forced upon school students following protests from parents against a decision by the principal of Burwood Girls High to cancel two class periods for a mandatory screening of a documentary called Gayby Baby on homosexual unions which was calculated to promote the campaign for homosexual marriage.
The SMH has persisted in publishing the lie promulgated by both the school and the department that no complaints against the screening were lodged.
Yesterday, a departmental spokesman confirmed in writing that “Burwood Girls High ... has received and continues to receive … complaints,” while the school “informed the department late on Thursday, August 27, that they had received a small number of complaints from parents in relation to their planned screening of the Gayby Baby documentary”.
If the gathering who mustered in Surry Hills represented Herald readers or those in favour of perverting the traditional definition of marriage, it is easy to understand why so many stayed away.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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