With No Officers to Respond to 911 Calls, Josephine County Considers Levy
May 16, 2013
By Amelia Templeton
TAPE Oregon State Police Police, this is Ray. Hi Ray, this is Deena, Jo-County 911. I have a caller.
The Oregon State Police say their primary responsibility isn’t responding to 911 calls like this one. It’s traffic safety, patrolling the highways.
But in the rural parts of Josephine County, the State Police are often the only law enforcement agents available on the weekends. Since the county layoffs, their office in Grants Pass has received about 3 times as many calls as in the past. But it’s a small office. Here’s a recording of the state police dispatcher response to the woman’s call for help that day:
State police: Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”
Woman: I’ve already asked him. I’ve already told him I was calling you. He’s broken in before, busted down my door, assaulted me.
The State Police Dispatcher stays on the phone with the woman for 10 minutes and 21 seconds. She asks if Bellah has a weapon. The woman says no. She tells the dispatcher there’s already a warrant out for Bellah’s arrest.
TAPE: Dispatcher: Is he still there?
Woman: Yes, he is.
The dispatcher tells the caller to try to hide in the house. And four times in total she says there isn’t anyone who can help.
TAPE Dispatcher: Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there. “
Woman: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”
According to police records, a few minutes later Michael Bellah used a piece of metal to pry open the woman’s front door. He choked her, and sexually assaulted her. Later that day he was arrested by the State Police.
Does your background check ever show that I earned a bachelor’s degree? Does it put my years of teaching and coaching children and adults on display? Are the countless times I refused illicit drugs or avoided illegal activites ever considered? How about all the good things I’ve done?
Do you ever consider that I’m more than just a list of my past crimes?
I think I’ve finally had enough. I think I maybe think too much.
I think this might be it for us. You think I’m just too serious. I think you’re full of shit. My head is spinning so blow me one last kiss.
Just when it can’t get worse, I’ve had a shit day.
Have you had a shit day? We’ve had a shit day. I think that life’s too short for this. I want back my ignorance and bliss. I think I’ve had enough of this. Blow me one last kiss.
WASHINGTON—Ten minutes into oral arguments over whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry one another, a visibly confounded Supreme Court stopped legal proceedings Tuesday and ruled that gay marriage was “perfectly fine” and that the court could “care less who marries whom.”
“Yeah, of course gay men and women can get married. Who gives a shit?” said Chief Justice John Roberts, who interrupted attorney Charles Cooper’s opening statement defending Proposition 8, which rescinded same-sex couples’ right to marry in California. “Why are we even seriously discussing this?”
“Does anyone else up here care about this?” Roberts added as his eight colleagues began shaking their heads and saying, “No,” “Nah,” and “I also don’t care about this.” “Great. Same-sex marriage is legal in the United States of America. Do we have anything of actual import on the docket, or are we done for the day?”
Before Roberts officially ended proceedings, sources confirmed that all nine justices were reportedly dumbfounded, asking why the case was even coming before them and wondering aloud if some sort of mistake had been made. Calling marriage equality a “no-brainer,” members of the High Court appeared not just confused but irritated when Proposition 8 defenders argued that gay marriage was not a national issue but a state matter.
Moreover, when Attorney Cooper said that gay marriage could harm the moral fabric of the country and hurt the institution of marriage, Associate Justice Sotomayor asked, “What are you even talking about?” while Justice Anthony Kennedy reportedly muttered, “You got to be fucking kidding me,” under his breath.
“I have to interject, Mr. Cooper,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said as the attorney argued that the government has legitimate reasons to discourage same-sex couples from getting married. “Do you honestly care this much about this issue? Because if you do, you’re a real goddamn idiot. Actually, you sound as dumb as dog shit, and you are wasting our time.”
“Should gay marriage be legal?” Ginsburg continued. “Yes. Done. Case closed. Goodbye. Christ, were we seriously scheduled to spend the next few months debating this?”
Even the typically conservative wing of the court maintained that, despite their personal views, it would be “downright silly” for them to rule that same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
“I’m a strict Originalist, Mr. Cooper, and I’m looking at a 14th Amendment that forbids any state from denying any person equal protection of the law,” Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said. “So, unless we are the most uncivilized society on the face of God’s green earth, I think we can all agree that a gay person is in fact a person. So what I’m saying is, who the fuck are we to tell a person who he or she can get married to? This is dumb. Can we talk about a real case now, please?”
Before adjourning the court, Roberts said there would be no official opinion on the case because it’s just “common goddamn sense,” and then addressed gay men and women directly.
“Get married, don’t get married, do whatever you want,” Roberts said. “It’s the opinion of this court that we don’t give two shits what you do.”
“C’mon, let’s go get some food,” added Roberts, as the eight other justices followed him out the door.
Sometimes, my cat lies on my desk, curled around my arm and stares at my computer screen while I scroll through Tumblr. I’m afraid that we may have the exact same amount of brain activity while we do this.
"We are taught that presidents are the center of government, and great presidents can make things happen," says Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, a political scientist at the University of North Texas. "There’s this Rushmore view, and it’s a myth."
Obama has made mistakes, and, naturally, many Americans think his policies on issues such as tax rates and health care were wrongheaded to begin with. However, some of his perceived failings may be the result of an inflated expectations game that all modern presidents must play.
As Pitney notes, a president is only one part of a government that controls only some aspects of the economy. The political branches set fiscal policy (tax and spending rates), yet have limited influence over what the Federal Reserve decides regarding monetary policy (interest rates and the size of the money supply).
All of these governmental actors in total may help set conditions, but they can’t make a market economy boom on their own — especially in an era of global finance. While presidential fortunes may rise and fall with the economy, expectations that a president can create jobs or make the economy grow are generally overblown.
In 2008, an undercover investigation exposed the malpractice of a California meat processor. investigation by the Humane Society of the United States uncovers abuse of downed dairy cows, cows too sick or too injured to stand, at a California slaughterhouse. What’s more, the meat is being served to children through the National School Lunch Program.
That undercover investigation resulted in the largest meat recall in US history. But in recent years, a number of states, either have passed or considered laws that would effectively criminalize such reporting.
…investigators have revealed really horrible violence, such as in California at the Central Valley Meatpacking Plant, where a slaughterhouse worker stood on a cow’s nostrils in attempting to suffocate her, and, in North Carolina, we saw workers at a Butterball plant kicking and beating the turkeys with rods, slamming them across the floor. We’ve seen workers body slamming piglets onto a concrete floor, in order to kill them.
Mercy for Animals, was conducting the investigation ABC news was following along with it, aired the same footage, after they verified it, and it drew national attention to this and criminal charges. Under these bills, in North Carolina, for example, both the investigator and the journalist would be wrapped up together.
About 69 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, and more than four in five people say they are worried about obesity as a public health problem.
Only one in five kids had a parent who feared the boy or girl would grow up to be overweight as an adult.
In a series of brain experiments, Sharot has identified two areas in the frontal lobe — the left inferior frontal gyrus and the right inferior frontal gyrus — that appear to regulate how people process good and bad news. When she temporarily disables the normal functioning of the brain areas using a magnetic field, Sharot finds that the bias disappears. People stop being overly optimistic. They start to take risks seriously.