September 2007


Hello Baby Boomers and those of you who aren’t…

I just wanted to let you know that I am going to be moving this week and so you might not get a post from me…please stay turned as I will be up and running soon.

No phone and computer for while…I might go crazy…as you know, I have to blog!

If you come on…and there isn’t a new post please go back and read one that you missed…or leave a comment.

I hope to see you soon…
Sharon
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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From LAS VEGAS, Nevada…Authorities trying to aid two girls seen in a sexually explicit videotape say they have identified one and were showing images of the other Thursday in the hopes that someone would recognize her.

Police want to know the identity of this little girl, who appears to be 4 or 5.

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The tape was turned in to police by a man who said he found it in the desert.

It shows a man performing sex acts on a girl around 4 or 5 years old, and shows a girl believed to be 10 to 12 years old appearing in “some kind of peep show,” said Nye County sheriff’s detective David Boruchowitz.

Authorities hope identifying the girls will help them locate the abuser.

Still photos of the younger girl, fully clothed, have been widely broadcast. Boruchowitz announced Thursday that the older girl had been identified.

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He said the photos of the younger girl were being released because her life could be in danger.

“She could still be in this situation and be abused currently as we speak,” Boruchowitz said.

“The easiest way to explain it is if you can imagine the absolute worst things that can happen to a little girl at the hands of an adult male, that has happened and beyond,” he said of the video. “It is by far the most heinous and horrible thing that you can possibly imagine on there.”

The older girl did not appear to have been sexually abused on the tape and the footage appeared to have been shot from a different room, Boruchowitz said.

Investigators were examining whether the two segments were filmed with the same video camera, he said.

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A 26-year-old Pahrump man, Darren Tuck, surrendered the tape to Nye County sheriff’s investigators September 8, after another man reported seeing it, Boruchowitz said.

Tuck told detectives he found the videotape in the desert outside Pahrump more than five months ago, although Boruchowitz said the tape didn’t appear to have been exposed to weather or elements.

Investigators think the tape is less than two years old, a sheriff’s office official told CNN.

Boruchowitz said investigators don’t think Tuck made the tape. Tuck was arrested September 19 on charges of promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography, felonies. The top charge carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison.

Tuck was released without bail, pending arraignment November 26 in Pahrump Justice Court, a court official said.

Pahrump is a small town 60 miles west of Las Vegas.
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Thank you AP News
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Take a real good look Baby Boomers…you might know who she is…send this to your friends…we could cover a lot of ground this way, to helping her….She could still be in harms way!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

The U.S. Supreme Court spares Texas killer…

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of a man convicted of killing his parents in the nation’s busiest death penalty state after already agreeing to review another state’s lethal injection procedures.

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The high court, which refused a similar appeal earlier this week from another Texas inmate, blocked state corrections officials Thursday night from executing 28-year-old Carlton Turner Jr. The order came less than two hours before the death warrant would have expired at midnight.

Turner’s lawyers had linked his case with an appeal from two Kentucky inmates who argued that lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel. Both states use similar injection procedures employing three drugs.

The justices on Tuesday agreed to consider the Kentucky appeal, and Turner’s case was viewed as a barometer of whether capital punishment in Texas could be placed on hold while the Supreme Court considers that case.

“All I can say is all glory to God,” Turner said when prison officials told him of the reprieve.

The brief order made no mention of the court’s reasons for stopping the punishment.

It followed a decision earlier Thursday by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to stay the execution of a contract killer hours before it was to have been carried out so the inmate could be put to death using a new lethal injection formula the governor had ordered just a day before.

Turner would have been the 27th Texas inmate to be executed this year and the second this week.

After state courts refused to halt the punishment earlier Thursday, Turner’s lawyers went to the Supreme Court.

In their appeal, his lawyers said that if the first of the three drugs failed to knock Turner unconscious “the inmate will experience excruciating pain and torture as the second and third drugs are administered.”

The Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule on the Kentucky case until some time next year.

Another Texas execution is scheduled for next week, one of at least three more set for this year. The status of that case was uncertain in light of Thursday’s developments.

In their response to Turner’s appeal, the Texas attorney general’s office said that unlike the Kentucky case, Turner had a pending execution and the appeal questioning lethal injection was filed the day he was to die.

Only two days earlier, another Texas inmate was executed just hours after the justices announced their intention to review the Kentucky case. Lawyers attributed that execution to the short period they had to prepare appeals for convicted killer Michael Richard. The justices did consider an appeal before turning it down, and Richard was executed after about a two-hour delay.

Turner was 19 when he shot Carlton Turner Sr., 43, and Tonya Turner, 40, several times in the head. Prosecutors said Turner had dragged the bodies through the house before dumping them in the garage, then had friends over that weekend for a party.

In Alabama, Riley said he issued the 45-day stay of Tommy Arthur’s execution only to allow time for the new lethal-injection procedures to be put in place. The changes are designed to make sure the inmate is unconscious when given drugs to stop the heart and lungs.

Riley said evidence is “overwhelming” that Arthur is guilty “and he will be executed for his crime.” The governor encouraged the attorney general’s office to ask the Alabama Supreme Court to set another execution date “as soon as possible.”

Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the request would be filed with the court Friday.

Before Riley issued his stay, state officials had said they intended to execute Arthur at 6 p.m. Thursday, even though the changes Riley ordered could not be implemented by then.

They said the procedures already in place were constitutional, though Arthur’s attorney, Suhana Han, contended that Riley’s order to change the protocol amounted to the state conceding that its execution procedure was deficient. Han did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.

Arthur, 65, was sentenced to death for the Feb. 1, 1982, killing of Troy Wicker, 35, of Muscle Shoals. The victim’s wife, Judy Wicker, testified she had sex with Arthur and paid him $10,000 to kill her husband, who was shot in the face as he lay in bed.

Arthur was visiting with his daughter when he learned of the stay in a call from his attorney, prison system spokesman Brian Corbett said.

Like Turner, Arthur had asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay pending its ruling on the Kentucky case. The Alabama Supreme Court had declined to grant a stay Wednesday.

The wife of Arthur’s victim was given a life sentence for her part in the murder and paroled after 10 years behind bars.

In a statement, Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, urged Riley to use the next 45 days to allow DNA testing on evidence from Arthur’s trial.

Another lethal-injection lawsuit, filed by a convicted ax murderer on death row on Delaware’s death row, had been scheduled for trial Oct. 9. A federal judge postponed the trial Wednesday, citing the pending Supreme Court case.
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Thank you AP News and MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press Writer
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This young man has been in the system for 9 years…the act upon his parents was brutal and his actions after the fact, horrendous. The actions of a socail deviant.

At 19 you are able to walk away from your parents…you don’t have to stay and kill them. Something went horribly wrong with this young man and you can’t repair this…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

In from WASHINGTON, Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, challenged the world’s biggest polluters Thursday to “cut the Gordian knot of fossil fuels” by shifting toward energy sources that will reduce global warming, without harming their economies.

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“Ultimately we need to answer just one fundamental question: What kind of world do we wish to inhabit and what kind of world do we wish to pass on to future generations?” Rice said at the start of a two-day climate meeting called by President Bush.

The United States has lined up with China, India and other major polluters in opposition to the mandatory cuts in Earth-warming greenhouse gases sought by the United Nations and European countries.

Rice said the challenge of global climate change cannot be dealt with entirely as an environmental question, but “in a way that does not starve economies of the energy that they need to grow.”

“Though united by common goals and collective responsibility, all nations should tackle climate change in the ways that they deem best,” she said. “Managing the status quo is simply not an adequate response. … We must cut the Gordian knot of fossil fuels.”

A White House statement said the meeting will emphasize creating more diplomatic processes to find a solution to global warming, rather than setting firm goals for reducing carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for heating up the atmosphere.

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The nations summoned by Bush will seek agreement on how the nations might set their own strategies beyond 2012, when the U.N.-brokered Kyoto Protocol expires, but also could include “a long-term global goal,” the statement says.

Despite the emphasis on bureaucracy, James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council of Environmental Quality, told participants: “This has to be about more than presentations.”

European leaders, who concede that the biggest polluting nations must be part of any solution, walked a thin line between skepticism and optimism.

“We can’t do this on the basis of talking about talking or setting goals to set goals,” John Ashton, a special representative on climate change for the British foreign secretary, said in an interview. “We know that a voluntary approach to global warming is about as effective as a voluntary speed limit sign in the road. We don’t just need an approach that works; we need an approach that works very quickly.”

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Bush’s meeting notably includes the fast-emerging economies whose exclusion from the group of industrialized nations participating in Kyoto has been cited by his administration as reasons for rejecting that international climate accord.

“This relatively small group of countries holds a key to tackling a big part of the problem,” said Yvo de Boer, the top U.N. climate official.

Yet Bush also has competed for attention with the climate change summit that was held Monday in New York City at which U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned 80 world leaders that “the time for doubt has passed” and urged fast action to save future generations from potentially ruinous effects of global warming.

The U.S.-led talks Thursday and Friday unite countries at both ends of the economic spectrum, the haves and have-nots, in opposition to mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases, but for different reasons. The already-industrialized nations do not want to harm their economies, as Bush has argued. Developing nations do not want to give up ground toward industrializing and meeting basic human needs.

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“For a developing country, the main task is to reduce poverty,” Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China’s national development and reform commission, told a forum Wednesday sponsored by the Center for Clean Air Policy, a think tank.

Mexico’s environment minister agreed. “We have always to bear in mind that half our population is at the poverty line,” said Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada. “We are also extremely concerned about the consequences, the adverse effects of climate change.”

They expressed a strong preference for the climate negotiations later this year sponsored by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, for which Ban’s summit Monday was intended to build momentum.

“All these discussions should be taken within the framework of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol,” Xie said.

But developing countries still are trying to curb their emissions while lifting the welfare of their citizens, said Sergio Serra, Brazil’s first ambassador in charge of global warming issues.

“It is a myth to think the developing countries are doing nothing to address climate change,” he said
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Well Baby Boomer…I don’t know but if I were sitting at this conference and I was told to address “cut the Gordian knot of fossil fuels” by shifting toward energy sources that will reduce global warming , without harming their economies…
by of of the top gas gusslin’ countries of the WORLD…whose President was one of the leading oil men of the free world…I think I would have been HIGHLY insulted or laughed in her face!

And HELLO shouldn’t this have been done years ago…aren’t we really in a war over oil…

I dont know I am just an average person…what do I know…you decide Baby Boomers!

Green Peace out…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

In SUSSEX, Virginia, suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick must adhere to tightened restrictions after he tested positive for marijuana use, a federal judge said Wednesday.

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Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick tested positive for marijuana in a September 13 drug test.

Vick tested positive for the drug on September 13, a court document from the Eastern District of Virginia shows.

As a result, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ordered Vick to “submit to any method of testing required by the pretrial services officer or the supervising officer for determining whether the defendant is using a prohibited substance.”

Those methods could include random drug testing, a remote alcohol testing system “and/or any form of prohibited substance screening or testing,” the order said.

Vick, 27, must participate in substance abuse therapy and mental health counseling “if deemed advisable by the pretrial services officer or supervising officer” at his own expense, the order said.

Vick was also ordered to stay home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., “or as directed by the pretrial services officer or supervising officer,” the order said. He is to be electronically monitored during that time.

The conditions are to apply until Vick’s sentencing, which is set for December 10.

“This is a very difficult time for Mr. Vick,” said Billy Martin, Vick’s lead defense counsel, in a written statement. “He will comply with the court’s new conditions regarding release.”

Vick faces a possible prison term of 12 to 18 months after his August guilty plea to federal conspiracy charges related to dogfighting on his property in Surry County, Virginia. The original terms of the pretrial release, set in July by U.S. Magistrate Dennis W. Dohnal, required that Vick not use narcotic drugs or other controlled substances unless prescribed by a doctor.

Vick’s guilty plea in the federal case came after three associates, Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia, admitted their roles in the operation and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

On Tuesday, a Virginia grand jury indicted Vick and the three co-defendants on state charges of running a dogfighting ring at the home.

The Surry County grand jury brought two charges against Vick: one count of unlawfully torturing and killing dogs and one of promoting dogfights. Each is a felony charge that could result in a five-year prison term.

Vick will be arraigned October 3 in state court in Virginia.

Vick’s attorneys say they are fighting the state charges on the grounds that he can’t be convicted twice of the same crime.

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Thank you CNN News and CNN’s Eric Fiegel, who contributed to this report.
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Michael Vick…when are you going to quit making bad decisions…if you have pancakes for breakfast, they are going to know it! If you are NOT supposed to eat pancakes for breakfast, don’t eat them for breakfast! It is just that simple.

YOU are on their radar…so get smart and quit doing what they expect you to do.

Personally, I think alcohol and pharmaceuticals should be considered far worse than marijuana…and banned…yes I am a 60’s chick.

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Peace out.
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Maiden Man Finds Human Foot In Auction Item

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Maiden Man Finds Human Foot In Auction Item

In Madien, N.C. a
bargain shopper made a gruesome discovery after going to an auction in Maiden.

Shannon Whisnant found a human foot inside a cooker he bought at an auction. Police say Mini Warehouse Rentals held the auction because the man renting the storage unit didn’t pay.

Police discovered that man had his foot amputated in 2004 after a plane crash, and he kept it in the cooker that was sold on Tuesday.

Whisnant said he hasn’t decided what to do with the cooker.

Police say you can legally keep amputated body parts as long as it’s for religious purposes.
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Well Baby Boomers, I have heard and seen people keep things from their surgery, like kidney and gall bladder stones. But, I foot…and keep it in a pressure cooker???
How BAZZARE is that, I ask you…???

I bet it all comes up on EBAY. I wouldn’t bid on it…with my luck I would get the wining bid.

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

From Little Rock, Arkansas, fifty years after federal troops escorted Terrence Roberts and eight fellow black students into an all-white high school, he says the struggles over race and segregation still are unresolved.

“This country has demonstrated over time that it is not prepared to operate as an integrated society,” said Roberts, who is a faculty member at Antioch University’s psychology program.

He and the other students known as the Little Rock Nine will help the city observe Central High School’s 50th anniversary this week with a series of events culminating with a ceremony featuring former President Bill Clinton.

For three weeks in September 1957, Little Rock was the focus of a showdown over integration as Gov. Orval Faubus blocked nine black students from enrolling at a high school with about 2,000 white students. Although the U.S. Supreme Court had declared segregated classrooms unconstitutional in 1954 and the Little Rock School Board had voted to integrate, Faubus said he feared violence if the races mixed in a public school.

The showdown soon became a test for then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who sent members of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in to control the angry crowds. It was the first time in 80 years that federal troops had been sent to a former state of the Confederacy.


Yet, half a century later, there are signs of progress and strife in Arkansas’ largest school district, which is now 70 percent black.

A federal judge ruled this year that the 27,000-student district was unitary, or substantially integrated, and ordered the end of federal desegregation monitoring. The school now has a nearby museum for the Little Rock crisis, and statues of the nine brave students stand on the grounds of the state Capitol.

But race still divides the school board, which has a black majority.

In 1957, Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Melba Patillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Jefferson Thomas, Minnijean Brown Trickey, and Thelma Mothershed Wair were determined to get a good education.

“I really didn’t understand at 14 we were helping change the educational landscape here in America,” LaNier recalls. “All we wanted to do is go to school.”

When Faubus pulled Arkansas National Guard members from blocking nine students from entering the school, an inflamed crowd gathered to keep the black students out.

Relman Morin, an Associated Press reporter standing outside the school at the time, described the chaos as a “human explosion” when the nine students were slipped inside during a melee.


Eisenhower was shocked at the outbreak of violence.

“Cruel mob force had frustrated the execution of an order of a United States court, and the governor of the state was sitting by, refusing to lift a finger to support the local authorities,” Eisenhower later wrote, according to David A. Nichols, author of “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution.”

Eisenhower signed a proclamation approving the use of federal troops to enforce U.S. District Judge Ronald Davies’ desegregation order and the students entered Central High under armed escort September 25, 1957.

“That was a turning point in history because it said that, when push comes to shove, two of the three branches of American government will respond on behalf of integration as part of the fundamental American heritage,” said historian Taylor Branch, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “Parting the Waters” and other books about the civil rights movement. “It said that segregation is not compatible with American ideals.”

Even with the 101st Army Airborne escorts, however, the harassment continued, though some students and teachers did make efforts to reach out to them. LaNier said a chemistry teacher flat out told her classmates he didn’t want black students in his class. The school later dismissed the teacher, LaNier said.

The ride to school often served as a group refuge, Beals recalled at a news conference Sunday. Sometimes, the students would just sit in silence, whether in a family member’s car or an Army jeep, waiting for the torment and their classmates to turn their backs on them.

“It was a time of soul mending,” Beals said. “What whispers and inklings of promise we got came from each other.”

Green, the first black person to graduate from Central, said he had studied the history of other black trailblazers at the time but didn’t think he would join their ranks.

“We saw ourselves as groundbreakers in breaking tradition,” said Green, who served as an assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs under President Jimmy Carter. “But I don’t see that any of us thought we would be part of the civil rights legacy.”

Despite the torment and legal battle, eight of the nine black students completed the school year. Trickey said she was expelled when school officials found her at fault in a run-in with girls she called “white trash.”

The following school year, Faubus closed the schools in Little Rock. He was re-elected governor the next month.

During the “lost year” of the closed schools, some students studied their textbooks at home while others for a time took classes by television. Schools surrounding Pulaski County were jammed with transfer students, and Memphis, Tennessee, announced that fall that it couldn’t take any more transfers from Little Rock.

The schools reopened in 1959, partly because of an effort by white businessmen who realized that the crisis was hurting their community and the economy.

“Basically, what they were interested in was getting Little Rock off the front pages and salvaging her image. Again, they weren’t interested in justice or racial change,” said Elizabeth Jacoway, author of “Turn Away Thy Son,” a history of Central’s desegregation.

Trickey and the other nine said they’re frustrated with the school system nationally, not just in Arkansas, that they see as still widely segregated.

“We’re still living segregated lives based on culture and language,” said Trickey, who now works as a gender and social justice advocate. “Here we are in 2007 and we’re still playing the same game.”
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Baby Boomer…we have ssen alot of this in our time…I hope that the furture brings better socail awareness for our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren, for some of you.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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