He should have learned his lesson years ago, but, no, he stayed the same. Perhaps, this trial finally scared him straight. But, I highly doubt it. The defense used the classic 'sluts and nuts' defense. The mother was a crappy, and by all accounts neurotic, so they portrayed her as nuts, and, yeah, she may be two french fries short of a happy meal, but, that still doesn't give anyone the right to put her hands on her child.
Basically, I saw the verdict as well, if you come from a bad family, you can forget about justice. The mother can be a liar and nuts and her child could have been molested. Both can be true. Just because the mother is all of those things that doesn't mean the child had it coming or that makes the victim less credible. Yes, any parent who lets their children within two feet of Jackson needs to be smacked upside the head. I am a mother and I will see someone dead first before they even think about hurting my babies.
As more of the jurors talk about the verdict I am convinced that there should be an IQ test before voir dire. They judged the mother on her past, but, not on Jackson's. That's astonishing to me since, he was the one on trial and his past was admitted into evidence. The jury made their decision. I don't have to like it, but, at least I can go to bed at night and wake up in the morning and look at myself in the mirror knowing that I didn't let Jackson walk to continue on with his own lascivious devices.
I don't know how 12 people can be so incredibly stupid. Honestly, I watched the jurors being interviewed and they couldn't put two sentences to together to save their asses. One juror even admitted that Jackson probaby sexually abused boys in the past, but, overlooked that. Anybody who knows anything about sex offenders, knows that once a sex offender, always a sex offender. They can not change.
They based their verdict on the fact that they didn't like the mother. Well, damn, the trial wasn't about her. It was about child molestation, point blank. I don't care what the mother is like, that does not give a person the right to put their hands on her child. So, the family may have been drifters and what have you. What's worse, a drifter or a child molestor? He may have been found not guilty from the standards of beyond a reasonable doubt, but, that's a far cry from saying his completely innocent of everything, past and present.
LOL! I heard about what Aaron did to them and if I were Hillary and Lindsay I would have kicked his little ass. Women always make the the mistake of fighting between themselves over a guy when it is obviously the guy's fault for cheating on them. I think it's much better for women to just kick the guy's ass and call it a day!
You Are Lindsay Lohan! You're a party animal whose vampy, glamour kitten persona never fails to get all the jealous, mean girls spreading rumors (not to mention the paparazzi). Let us be the first to tell you that it's not over 'til it's over and you will definitely have the last laugh.
Since this special holiday has been pretty much Americanized I wanted to post the true meaning behind the day and why it's so very special to the people of Puebla, Mexico and to all Mexicans who celebrate it as well.
The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some recognition in other parts of the Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.
Setting The Stage
The battle at Puebla in 1862 happened at a violent and chaotic time in Mexico's history. Mexico had finally gained independence from Spain in 1821 after a difficult and bloody struggle, and a number of internal political takeovers and wars, including the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the Mexican Civil War of 1858, had mostly wiped out the national economy. During this period of struggle Mexico had accumulated heavy debts to several nations, including Spain, England and France, who were demanding payment. Similar debt to the U.S. was previously settled after the Mexican-American War. France was eager to add to its empire at that time, and used the debt issue to move forward with goals of establishing its own leadership in Mexico. Realizing France's intent of empire expansion, Spain and England withdrew their support. When Mexico finally stopped making any loan payments, France took action on it's own to install Napoleon's relative, Archduke Maximilian of Austria, as ruler of Mexico.
Mexico Confronts The Invasion
France invaded at the gulf coast of Mexico along the state of Veracruz (see map) and began to march toward Mexico City, a distance today of less than 600 miles. Although American President Abraham Lincoln was sympathetic to Mexico's cause, and for which he is honored in Mexico, the U.S. was involved in its own Civil War at the time and was unable to provide any direct assistance.
Marching on toward Mexico City, the French army encountered strong resistance at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. Lead by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, a small, poorly armed militia estimated at 4,500 men were able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers, which stopped the invasion of the country. The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots, which at the time helped to develop a needed sense of national unity, and is the cause for the historical date's celebration.
Unfortunately, the victory was short lived. Upon hearing the bad news, Napoleon had found an excuse to send more troops overseas to try and invade Mexico again, even against the wishes of the French populace. 30,000 more troops and a full year later, the French were eventually able to depose the Mexican army, take over Mexico City and install Maximilian as the ruler of Mexico.
Maximilian's rule of Mexico was also short lived, from 1864 to 1867. With the American Civil War now over, the U.S. began to provide more political and military assistance to Mexico to expel the French, after which Maximilian was executed by the Mexicans - today his bullet riddled shirt is on display in the museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City. So despite the eventual French invasion of Mexico City, Cinco de Mayo honors the bravery and victory of General Zaragoza's small, outnumbered militia at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
For the most part, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated most vigorously in the state of Puebla. There is some limited recognition of the holiday throughout the country with different levels of enthusiasm, but it's nothing like that found in Puebla.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.
Commercial interests in the United States and Mexico have also been successful in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday north of the border than to the south, and adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.
[Sources: Encyclopedia Encarta, Encyclopedia Britanica, Prescott's Mexico:1900, HistoryChannel.com, other sources.]
Nicki, Nicki, Nicki....You can do whatever you want to do. Yes, you have a degree in journalism, but, remember you are not held down by just one thing or one degree. Do whatever makes you happy. You can be a journalist and a wedding planner! Be both, do both! The world is at your feet my dear. You have been blessed with many talents. Go ahead girl, use them all!
Thank you very much for the kind regards. We're hoping for healthy first then a boy second. We already have names picked out. I just might make our list into a poll question and have you WO fans choose the name of our baby!
When it comes to choosing our children's names, we are unconventional as you well know. So, the names that will be on the list won't be in any baby name book you've ever seen. I'm looking forward to sharing my list with you all in the near future.