A fast-thinking woman working as an escort in West Virginia took down a man who she said was trying to rape and kill her. The man, Neal Falls, a bland-looking former security guard who had answered her ad on Craigslist, allegedly rang her doorbell and said, “Live or die,” then aimed a gun at her. She knocked the gun out of his hand with a rake, she said, grabbed it and fired one shot, which killed the attacker.
Falls has lived in Kentucky, Nevada, Arizona, Ohio, Virginia and Oregon. He had a reputation as a “creepy uncle” and had been evicted from a rental for abusing a puppy.
Police found weapons in Falls’ West Virginia residence including axes, knives, bleach, handcuffs and a shovel. He is being investigated in connection with the murders of at least four other women.
The woman who killed Falls is known as “Heather” for media purposes.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old only child of the late Whitney Houston, left this world Sunday.
Brown was found unconscious in a bathtub on January 31, and taken to the hospital, where she was kept in a medically-induced coma to protect her from seizures. From the hospital, she was taken to a hospice facility near Atlanta, where her family kept watch.
Her mother had been found dead in a bathtub in a hotel in 2012.
An autopsy is planned, and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding her loss of consciousness. The first person of interest is reported to be Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, who found her. According to People, Brown’s conservators are suing Gordon, alleging that he had beaten and robbed her during their relationship.
Her family has issued a statement, saying,
“She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
Neuroscience News reports that unborn children can and do learn, not only to recognize voices and movement, but to recognize a specific rhyme they have heard their mothers repeat. This stage occurs earlier than scientists had ever previously thought — at 34 weeks gestation (32 weeks after conception), which is seven months and eleven days after conception. This is before the midpoint of the third trimester, which means that premature newborns are remembering words spoken in the rooms and hallways, and babies in the last trimester in the womb are recording in their brains the words spoken by their mothers, even though it may be months or years until they know what the words mean.
The article is fascinating.
I tried to press it but the button just opened the article in a window.
An Oregon baker has been fined $135,000 USD for not baking a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
The article by Scott Shackford in Reason covers it pretty well.
Here’s another Shackford essay in Reason on the end of the friendship between the gay lobby and libertarianism.
When a group claims that it is so emotionally fragile that the merest hint of disagreement with its views on sexuality can just ruin its members’ lives, it loses all credibility.
I have lots of gay friends I care about deeply and owe many favors to, but I reserve the right to disagree with their views on sexuality. Since I feel exactly the same way about the majority of my heterosexual friends, it is equal.
As I said today in a post at Conservative Citizen, creative services are also not analogous to ordinary services in any way. It is certainly wrong to deny anyone ordinary services without a bona fide reason. But creative services are inherently personal, expressive and subjective, and walk a line between business and social rules. If only governments were capable of understanding that.
This is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Since it’s been a while since I posted a Barron video, here you go:
June 24th is the Nativity of John the Baptist. John was the cousin of Jesus, and recognized the Lord in his presence before either of them was born, when their mothers greeted each other while pregnant. John leaped for joy in his mother’s womb.
John lived in the desert, eating wild locusts and honey, and preaching the necessity of baptism. Baptism is an extremely ancient custom, know around the world as a sign of new identity or new loyalty, or of cleansing from physical or spiritual contamination, but John’s baptism was different, a baptism of repentance. This offended religious authorities, who felt that John was a little out of line judging people as to who needed to repent.
John the Baptist was eventually killed by Herod’s men for publicly criticizing the marriage of Herod to his sister-in-law.
This is the occasion St. John’s Wort is named after, because this is the time of year ti is gathered. It’s also bonfire time in rural Europe, and the Midsummer Night of Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Customs include decorating with fresh flowers, making flower wreaths, and eating honey. This is also the time for Morris dances and Winster Wake Cakes.
In many places, singing, dancing, poetry recitals, and lighting small lights at night are traditions for this time. Maybe it’s a good day to break out the palm tree lights and chili pepper lights that there is never room for at Christmas. Or if you have a porch, it could be a time to sit on the porch with a few lanterns lit and listen to music.