TLC Pulls “19 Kids and Counting” From TV Schedule

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(PCM) In light of the recent child molestation confession from family member Josh Dugger, TLC has made the decision to pull all airings of “19 Kids and Counting” from its’ TV line-up.

Sources close to the production say that while TLC has not yet made a final decision about the show’s ultimate fate, the quick pull from the line-up in the heat of the molestation scandal certainly does not provide a positive outlook for the series in the future.

Food company General Mills was one of the show’s biggest sponsors and they too have revealed that they are blacklisting the show and pulling “19 Kids and Counting” from their current advertising schedule.

The fact that TLC ran a Duggar marathon on Thursday caused the network to receive quite a bit of backlash from viewers, as it prominently featured Josh is several episodes. It was most likely viewer complaints and threats to boycott the network which ultimately led to their decision to pull the series.

In a statement the network says “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time”.

In light of the molestation allegations going public, Josh Duggar, who is now 27 years old and married with three children released a statement of his own saying “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”

Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob, has also resigned from his position as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, an organization dedicated to preserving family values in America.

 

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Teacher Consumes A Live Hamster To Teach Students A Lesson

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(PCM) A South Korean teacher is facing child abuse charges after consuming a live hamster during class in an attempt to teach his students a lesson. The 44-year old teacher, named Yu, noticed that his students at the Jeongeup Boarding School were teasing a hamster, so his plan was to teach them a lesson about just “how dear life really is”. 

Yu removed the hamster from the cage and then bit, chewed and ate the hamster in front of the horrified students. Speaking with a Korean news agency Yu said “I couldn’t control the situation and couldn’t stand it. While watching the hamsters die from teasing, I thought I should teach the children it was wrong to make light of life.”

Once the parents of the students found out about the situation, Yu was booked and charged with child abuse. He claims that he is ashamed for his actions in the classroom and never would have done it if he had known that he would not be facing the child abuse charges.

Looks like he definitely bit off more than he could chew this time around!

 

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Florida Mom Survives A Hostage Situation By Ordering Pizza Online

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(PCM) This particular case is one of the many ways in which the growth of technology has been an absolute blessing. A Florida mother named Cheryl Treadway was able to not only possibly save her own life, but the lives of her children by putting technology to use and ordering a pizza online, along with a plea for help, during a hostage situation.

Treadway and her three children were allegedly being held hostage in their home in Avon Grove, Florida by her live-in boyfriend Ethan Earl Nickerson. The pair were arguing about Nickerson’s drug use when he then armed himself with a knife after she made an attempt to escape the home with her children. He also took away her cellphone leaving her without any way to call for help.

Sometime during the ordeal, Treadway convinced Nickerson to allow her to order a pizza online. In the comments section of the online ordering system, Treadway smartly typed “Please help! Get 911 to me!”, she also wrote “911 hostage help”.

Treadway is a frequent customer at the local pizza place and the employees immediately recognized her name and contacted the authorities. When police arrive, Treadway was able to escape the home with her baby, however it took authorities over 20 minutes of hostage negotiations with Nickerson to get him to eventually exit the home and release the two other children.

Nickerson was immediately arrested and faces charges including aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment.

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But Was He Cooked With The Tuna? Worker Dies In Bumble Bee Foods Oven

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(PCM) Two workers from Bumble Bee Foods are being charged in the 2012 death of a co-worker, 62-year old Jose Melena, who was burned to death in a tuna oven. 

Melena was working inside the large 35-ft long oven at the company’s location in Santa Fe Springs, California when the oven was suddenly filled with tuna and switched on. The employees claim they thought Melena was using the restroom at the time of the incident. 

About two hours later, a supervisor noticed that Melena was missing and a search was conducted. Tragically, they discovered Melena’s severely burned body in the oven, which had reached a temperature of about 270 degrees. The D.A’s office says that the two employees involved in the incident willfully violated the rules that would ensure proper safety protocol was in place. 

The two men are charged with three felony counts. The Bumble Bee Food company is being charged in the case as well.  The company claims that an investigation proves that no safety protocols were violated in the incident and are currently seeking legal options. 

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Political Dancer Fights The Baltimore Violence

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(PCM) Many people are beginning to refer to 23-year old Dimitri Reeves as the first “political dancer”, as he has taken to the streets of Baltimore amidst all the riots and violence to bring about a message of peace using the power of music.

Reeves has been showcasing the powerful message behind the hit Michael Jackson song “Beat It”, but blasting it on a speaker and dancing in front of both police and protesters/rioters.

There have been several viral videos pop up online that showcase Reeves dancing away to the song and in away distracting those around him from the violence. In fact, Reeves was even caught busting his moves out on top vehicles and right in the middle of the street.

It seems that choosing “Beat It” as his song of choice was due to the message portrayed in the video for the song where singer Michael Jackson breaks up a fight for the use of unnecessary violence. Reeves says that his message is “Just think. It’s that simple.”

 

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Axl Rose Attempts To Put A Stop On Indonesian Executions

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(PCM) Recently, Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose penned a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo urging him to put a stop to the execution of group of convicted drug smugglers, including two members of the “Bali Nine”.

His letter read as follows, as was also copied to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry:

April 27, 2015

President Joko Widodo
President of Republic of Indonesia
Istana Merdeka
Jakarta Pusat 10110, Indonesia

Mr. President,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. In 2012 I and Guns N’ Roses were both fortunate and privileged enough to perform in your country in Jakarta for the Indonesian people where we enjoyed and were taken aback by the incredible warmth of the Indonesian fans during our performance and in meeting fans and people there wherever we went. It was a very special and exciting experience we are fortunate to have had and to have as fond memories. I would like to express our sincere thanks to your country for showing us such warm and enthusiastic hospitality.

The main concern of this correspondence is in regard to the impending executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of the group referred to as the Bali Nine and of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso. In following their stories in regard to particular comments made in their regard by the Attorney General of Indonesia that their efforts and those of their representatives through the courts “are just buying time” I feel with all due respect compelled to ask why a government official derides the efforts of anyone trying to save their own life or the lives of others through proper legal channels? And if or why the government of Indonesia condones such comments by its officials?

As all three are still alive these are clearly not cases where nothing can or should be done by those who care to do their utmost in efforts to spare them. Under the circumstances it would seem that if they are executed regrettably the Indonesian government becomes the more offensive criminal.

I appeal to you Mr. President, Mr. Joko Widodo to use your power in ways to strengthen international relationships between your country and others, to show your country’s strength and allow the world to witness an extraordinary act of humanity and bravery on yours and your country’s part.

To show each of us that there can be hope and true redemption in times of hopelessness and despair, that rehabilitation and turning one’s life around is not just for one’s place in what if any afterlife there may be or one believes in but here on this earth where it can do each of us the most good in this life now. Where true justice is better achieved in not killing, not ending the lives of and not destroying others but instead in this case, this situation, right now in this moment in your hands in sparing the lives of these two able bodied young men who’ve proven in the Indonesian prison system they are more than capable of being productive and positive contributors to society.

Their crimes were now long ago, their hearts and minds forever changed by their crimes, their trials, the hurt they’ve caused their loved ones, their countrymen, their rehabilitation, remorse, the lasting and deeply embedded fears of the crushing reality of very real and drastic life and death consequences and their deepest desires to become different and better people and if not to be forgiven to be shown mercy and given the opportunity to prove themselves.

In a world where the bad often outweighs the good and evil and negativity would appear more and more prevalent we need and can use every person choosing to make a difference however that choice came about that we can get, that we can save, that we can salvage and we can spare the lives of including those who have seen and learned from the errors of their ways and in doing so we show the entire world that we are capable of forgiveness and mercy, a much greater sense of courage, strength and humanity and being so much more than that which seeks to overcome and destroy us.

To not do so does not send as much a message of deterrence but rather a cold, cruel and uncaring message of hopelessness and blindness by the powers that be. Please do not be this type of man, this type of individual blinded by rigidity and inflexibility and ignoring your true power and wisdom by not acknowledging true change verified, witnessed and confirmed by virtually all who’ve been involved with either of these men during their incarceration.

It’s true I do not know these men nor have I met them but their story has touched me deeply. I as well as many others could easily have found ourselves in their unfortunate and unarguably self-inflicted position. People make mistakes, sometimes big and horribly regrettable mistakes and sometimes more importantly people learn from their mistakes and make new choices, strive and succeed at true positive change. To not acknowledge and give such change the opportunity to prove it’s value would seem in this case a greater crime than those originally committed.

This is clearly not a case of hardened, unrepentant, violent or greed driven killers with no regard for the lives of others. They are not con men lying and faking their behavior over all these years only to return to the people they once were and are no longer. That these individuals must die purely as an example to others is in my opinion akin to a kidnapper or terrorist killing hostages to make their point and have their demands met. In carrying out their death sentences the example shown here is one of draconian justice where the punishment in this stage of the condemned’s lives by virtue of their rehabilitation and genuine remorse over all these years no longer fits the original crime.

To kill these men under these conditions of their profound and proven change for the better seems a barbaric, backward and truly disgraceful act of pride, ego, fear and prejudice, prejudice against your own system and the souls of anyone who has committed what’s been deemed a crime from one day making amends and having the opportunity to make things right by how they live their lives and not how they are brutally and with disregard executed.

In the case and impeding execution of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso executing those on the bottom rungs of the ladder in the chain of drug trafficking or those caught in the web of human trafficking who may not have had the luxury of qualified representation or even proper translators during their trial seems more than unfair and proves what? That a government chooses to condemn those that it would appear few if anyone truly cares about or has ever cared about to begin with? A mother who’s quite possibly sincere hopes of making a better life for her and her children have been destroyed in a tragic circumstance and with her execution only makes things worse for her family and the sorrow of those who do care that much greater.

I realize I am no one and no one to get involved with your affairs or those of your government and how this letter reads or anyone other than yourself thinks of it is irrelevant. Only the lives of these three human beings are what’s important now. That said I did not speak in jest or empty flattery when I spoke of how I and my organization were affected by the depth of warmth shown us by the Indonesian people during our performance and stay in Jakarta.

I ask you now to show such great depth of humanity and compassion now to these individuals and to deny your bloodlust in your war on drugs and grant clemency to these three individuals and give them a permanent stay of execution and to change the course of your own life and place in both your country’s and world history. No other can do what you alone have the power to do and that is the power to show benevolence and mercy where mercy can be truly appreciated and given it’s proper respect not only by the condemned but by the entire world and it’s many leaders.

Give them a chance to prove you right by living where their deaths at this stage can only prove tragic and by all involved avoidable and unnecessary. You’ve made your point and struck fear in both the hearts and minds of the condemned and anyone even remotely considering bad choices or already involved in those worlds. Their crimes were not committed on your watch. Life is the only thing important now, not death but life.

Sincerely,

W. Axl Rose

cc:

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr.Rezlan Ishar Jenie

National Commission on Human Rights of Indonesia (Komnas HAM), Mr. Ifdhal Kasim, Chairman

Ambassador to the United States, Budi Bowoleksono

Sadly, Axl’s letter did not do much to change the minds of Indonesian officials and eight people were executed yesterday via firing squad. One Filipino woman, Mary Jane Velso was thankfully spared at the last minute.

A candlelight vigil was held last night across from the spot where the executions took place and many people are already voicing their condolences and outrage over the executions via social media.

 

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