Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: May, 2013

SEVEN auto fatalities since Friday in Horry County and what are their cops doing? ILLEGALLY ARRESTING PEOPLE FOR BEING NUDE!

CONWAY — The news coming out of Horry County of people dying on every day of this holiday weekend should sadden everyone.

The fact that the Morality Police there are illegally arresting people for being nude while people are dying every 6-12 hours on their highways should anger everyone – especially the residents of Horry County.

Is it so damn important to promote gymnophobia just to feel good about ‘cleaning up crime’, that leaving people in crumpled up cars and motorcycles to literally die from their crash injuries has now become acceptable?

Yes, if you work for Horry County’s law enforcement.

While they were busy illegally arresting and illegally citing people for being nude – and even having on thongs while fully clothedseven people lost their lives on the county’s highways this weekend.

That is not a misprint. Seven.

Horry County law enforcement’s priorities are totally out of touch with national law enforcers’ priorities: keeping drunk drivers off our streets.

Being nude in public has killed zero people.  Being drunk behind the wheel or handle bars has killed thousands.

Not a surprise that Horry County’s Morality Police – located in Conway, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach – has gone completely out of control.  Their illegal arrests & citations could not have come at a worse time for them – as people are voting with their money when it comes to places and businesses that respect them.

The situation in Horry County proves that the war on nudists is every bit as real as the national war on women being waged by conservative state legislatures.

Horry County’s law enforcers better get their act together, stop these illegal arrests and go after the real criminals – such as the drunk drivers.  Or else, they’re gonna find themselves in a very big shitstorm like that currently embroiling Facebook right now.

Gymnophobic Horry County ‘law enforcers’ illegally arresting law-abiding, out-of-state citizens for nudity even while they are bathing inside of their hotel rooms

MYRTLE BEACH — The out-of-control Gymnophobic Morality Cops of Horry County have struck again.

This time, it is the Gymnophobic Myrtle Beach Police Department.

One more law-abiding out of state citizen – Tenisha Blair, 34, of Shelby, N.C. – was illegally arrested, make that literally kidnapped, by the Myrtle Beach Police Department and held captive at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway.  This, despite the fact that Ms. Blair was actually fully clothed.

South Carolina has some of the most extreme gymnophobic laws on the books and the gymnophobia here in South Carolina is a lot worse than the Ku Klux Klan’s racism and about as bad as the homophobia both here and in New York City.

South Carolina’s ‘public decency’ laws allows for cops to arrest law-abiding citizens, even in the privacy of citizens’ own homes, if they are nude for any reason – even if they are bathing.  Which explains one out of state Disqus commenter’s rant on articles in the State newspaper about South Carolinians not bathing (forgot his name now, since the State newspaper wants people to pay to comment on their stories). He is right – our gymnophobic laws don’t end at our doorsteps – they can arrest you just for bathing inside of your own home.

We’ve seen examples of this kind of systematic gymnophobia in nearly every law that the state has – as well as all other states in America.

It is time that the state defunds the Horry County law enforcement agencies – and it is time for all of us who truly respect civil rights to boycott Horry County until they STOP illegally arresting people simply for being nude in public!

TIME TO START TEACHING GIRLS AND WOMEN NOT TO RAPE MEN

TORONTO and NEW YORK CITY — The more I read about the events that unfolded on Easter Sunday in Toronto, the more disgusted and angrier I get.

Just this morning (May 23), I read that Nichole Pietsch, the Director of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, said in an interview on April 7 that “statistically and anecdotally [rape] is a crime experienced mostly by women, and the offenders tend to be male.”

That comment really caused me to fly into a rage and literally made my skin crawl.

What Ms. Pietsch is doing is EXCUSING the actions of the female rapists by completely DISMISSING the male victims of sexual assault as invisible and non-existent.  That kind of despicable remark is totally inexcusable for someone who supposedly deals with rape victims ALL the time.

Only ten years ago, only 2% of all men experienced sexual assault.  Today, the percentage of men raped by women ranges anywhere from 14% to about 32%, depending upon who’s gathering the data.  Sorry, Ms. Pietsch, it is NOT an oddity anymore.  In fact, female-on-male rape is becoming increasingly common!

I know that no one wants to think of their daughter, niece or even (gasp!) mother as potential rapists.  I know I don’t.  However, I do not live in a bubble like the anti-sex feminists or the average conservative activist does.  I’m sure that the fathers and mothers of these women in Toronto, as well as the friends of the women, thought that they weren’t capable of such horrific, violating actions either.  As a matter of fact, most of the North American population are still in denial and sadly, far from the only ones.

Here is a comment from one of the Gawker media articles in the recently-concluded Steubenville, Ohio, rape case:

Let’s draw a distinction between rape and rape jokes. They’re not the same.

Cut the bullshit right now.  Rape and rape jokes are the same to me.  It doesn’t matter if Daniel Tosh, Louis C.K., the Onion or a female comedian tells a rape joke – to me such jokes are totally offensive and have no place in our society.  And it certainly DOES NOT matter if the joke is targeted towards the rapist or the victim – OFFENSIVE IS OFFENSIVE and should always be condemned.  Period.

This kind of behavior may happen overnight, but it does NOT happen in a vacuum.  It’s part and parcel of a larger cult of radicalism and masculinity that feeds into rape culture.  Not only does it happens in communities that praise male domination and patriarchal ideals – it also happens in communities that promote the “girls rule” and “men/boys can’t get raped by women/girls” culture.  Just like with female victims of rape, any rumor has a destructive outcome: the onus (the catcalls and victim-blaming) falls on the male victims of rape – and the slurs hurled against male victims of sexual assault by girls and women are ten thousand times worse than vice versa.  All the while the female rapists get nothing more than praise and a few eye rolls from the community at large – and a slap on the wrist from our completely crooked judiciary system.

This all aids in creating an environment where a girl or woman feels that making jokes about a man being raped is acceptable and should be encouraged.  Girls aren’t “too young to understand the seriousness of this situation.” You’re never too young to understand violating another person is wrong, and if you somehow made it to 19-years-old (let alone 34) without that knowledge, that is symptomatic of a larger societal problem that excuses or normalizes behavior like that.  When people are afraid to stand up for a 19-year-old gang rape victim because of the fact that the victim is a man and the rapists are all women?  We should be shouting at the top of our lungs for things to change.

So, here I am, when I am supposed to be tweeting about the #FBrape campaign – I am instead blogging about how we need to teach our girls and women not to rape, instead of ridiculing men and boys who report such rapes – since most of North America just does NOT get it.  We need to flip the script when it comes to discussing rape and admit that yes, we in the United States and Canada live in a society that promotes, endorses and enables rape culture.  Only then can we go about dismantling it. We need to explain to our daughters and nieces why it is NEITHER funny NOR okay to make a joke about men being raped by a woman.  We need to get to a point where every girl in that room stands up and says “Enough is enough” and sever ties with friends or female family members who think that boys and men can’t get raped by women and girls.

I am issuing an open challenge to all parents of daughters today: to talk to your daughters and teach them that this is not acceptable behavior for anyone.

NOTE: For more on teaching boys and men not to rape women and girls, click here.

My Open Letter to Facebook about why I am joining Women, Action & the Media’s campaign

MENLO PARK, CA — Facebook should have expected this.

Yesterday, WAM! wrote an open letter to Facebook.  I am doing my own now.

Dear Facebook,

I am demanding swift and sweeping action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook.  Specifically, I call on you, Facebook, to take these following actions:

  1. Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women (and boys and men, for that matter) as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this content.
  2. Effectively train moderators to recognize and remove gender-based hate speech.
  3. Effectively train moderators to understand how online harassment differently affects women and men, in part due to the real-world pandemic of violence against women.

To this end, we are calling on Facebook users to contact advertisers whose ads on Facebook appear next to content that targets women (and men, for that matter) for gender-based violence, to ask these companies to withdraw from advertising on Facebook until you take the above actions to ban gender-based hate speech on your site. Specifically, I am referring to groups, pages and images that explicitly condone or encourage rape or domestic violence or suggest that they are something to laugh or boast about.  Pages currently appearing on Facebook include Fly Kicking Sluts in the Uterus, Kicking your Girlfriend in the Fanny because she won’t make you a Sandwich, Violently Raping Your Friend Just for Laughs, Raping your Girlfriend and many thousands more.  Images appearing on Facebook include photographs of women beaten, bruised, tied up, drugged, and bleeding, with captions such as “This bitch didn’t know when to shut up” and “Next time don’t get pregnant.”

These disgusting pages and images are approved by your moderators, while you regularly remove content such as pictures of nude people, as well as photos of those who are breastfeeding.  In addition, political speech, involving the use of people’s nude bodies in non-sexualized ways for protest, is regularly banned as pornographic, while undeniable pornographic content – prohibited by your own guidelines – remains.  It appears that Facebook considers violence against women to be less offensive than non-violent images of people’s bodies, and that the only acceptable representation of people’s nudity are those in which they – especially women – appear as sex objects or the victims of abuse.  Your common practice of allowing this content by appending a [humor] disclaimer to said content literally treats violence targeting women as a joke.

At least 7 in every 10 women and 7 in every 25 men have experienced violence at some time in their lives. These numbers are staggering.  In a world in which this many girls and women — and an increasing number of boys and men — will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes, allowing content about raping and beating women to be shared, boasted and joked about contributes to the normalisation of domestic and sexual violence, creates an atmosphere in which perpetrators are more likely to believe they will go unpunished, and communicates to victims of both genders that they will not be taken seriously if they report.

One of the more disturbing things I noticed was this 2009 survey from the other side of the Atlantic, conducted by the Home Office Survey.  Among these items I found absolutely disturbing is that a combined 49% of all Britons say that the victim should bear some responsibility if she (or he) does not say NO to sex in a clear and concise manner – 51% of all women said that a female victim should be held responsible if she doesn’t say no clearly, 42% say that a female victim should be held responsible if she is doing what the US government would deem illicit drugs, 43% say that a female victim should be held responsible if she is flirting with men, 47% say that a female victim should be held responsible if she is a sex worker – including 47% of all men and 46% of all women, 41% say that they would not take action if a neighbor was a victim of domestic violence because they say it is none of their business – 34% said that they would not take action if it was a family member who was being abused – 43% said that they would not help a friend who was a victim of domestic violence.  A disappointing result: less than 5 in 8 Britons say that they would help a neighbor or friend who was a victim of domestic violence, while only 27 out of every 50 Britons say that they would help a family member who was a victim.

Although Facebook claims, not to be involved in challenging norms or censoring people’s speech, you have in place procedures, terms and community guidelines that you interpret and enforce. Facebook prohibits hate speech and your moderators deal with content that is violently racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic every day. Your refusal to similarly address gender-based hate speech marginalizes girls and women – as well as boys and men, sidelines my experiences and concerns, and contributes to violence against all of us – female or male. Facebook is an enormous social network with more than a billion users around the world, making your site extremely influential in shaping social and cultural norms and behaviors.

Facebook’s response to the many thousands of complaints and calls to address these issues has been completely unacceptable. You have failed to make a public statement addressing the issue, respond to concerned users, or implement policies that would improve the situation. You have also acted inconsistently with regards to your policy on banning images, in many cases refusing to remove offensive rape and domestic violence pictures when reported by members of the public, but deleting them as soon as journalists mention them in articles, which sends the strong message that you are more concerned with acting on a case-by-case basis to protect your reputation than effecting systemic change and taking a clear public stance against the dangerous tolerance of rape and domestic violence.

In a world in which hundreds of thousands of women are assaulted daily and where intimate partner violence remains one of the leading causes of death for women around the world — and one of the leading causes of death for men right here in the United States, it is not possible to sit on the fence.  I call on Facebook to make the only responsible decision and take swift, clear and sweeping action on this issue, to bring your policy on rape and domestic violence into line with your own moderation goals and guidelines.

NOTE: Most of this is based from a letter that Soraya Chemaly and Jaclyn Friedman helped write for the Huffington Post yesterday.

The Equal Rights Amendment's ratification and how it benefits nudists and lactivists

WASHINGTON — There has been a renewed push by feminist groups to revive the Equal Rights Amendment in the aftermath of the GOP Tea Party war on women in the last two years.

Their efforts have now gotten the attention (at least) of the United States Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats.  Whether they will consider the ERA (let alone, vote on it) is still very much up in the air.

Since my now-late great-grandmother was a baby, the ERA has been either voted on or discussed.  Here is the text of the Amendment.

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

That’s about as unambiguous as a proposed amendment can get.  Only three states are left to ratify the badly-needed amendment.

So, what would happen if the amendment is ratified?  Here is a brief list:

  1. Gender discrimination would be illegal, even in health care, where such discrimination against women is far too common even today.
  2. Businesses can no longer deny men access to women’s restrooms should the men’s restroom seats all be in use.
  3. Businesses can no longer discriminate against pregnant women – even though a 1978 law is designed to prohibit such discrimination in the first place.  The ERA would codify that law.
  4. In the 45 states that currently allow public breastfeeding, laws that ban public nudity would be unconstitutional, right off the bat.  This is one of the main reasons why radical conservatives are fighting against the ERA’s ratification.  In the other five states, laws that outlaw female toplessness would be unconstitutional, which would lead to a ripple effect that would also strike down laws that prohibit public breastfeeding and public nudity.  In short, public nudity and public breastfeeding would be legal in all 50 states since any law that discriminates against any person based on a litany of things – including gender, sexual orientation, occupation, etc. – would be unconstitutional.
  5. All women born on or after January 1, 1981 would be required to register for the Selective Service System, even if they are over the age of 26.

That is just some of the things that would happen if the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment becomes a reality. There are more, but for the sake of time, I’m not gonna focus on it all.

Ratification of the ERA greatly benefits nudists and lactivists, since public nudity and public breastfeeding are two of society’s last taboos – even though both nudity and breastfeeding are perfectly normal and are non-sexual.  Sadly, there are those guttersnipes who sexualize the penis or vagina of a nudist and/or the breast of a mother feeding her baby.  Those who sexualize perfectly normal body parts like the penis or the breast are the opponents of the ERA and most of them are working against its passage because they hold 17th century Puritan views on society.

We must work together and beat them back this time.  We can ill-afford the kind of collapse like what happened in 1982.

As a feminist and a nudist, I call on the ratification of the ERA.  Ninety-three years is ninety-three years too long.

RAPE CULTURE OUT OF CONTROL: Toronto’s John Doe mercilessly victim-blamed by the metro area’s tweeters

TORONTO — I thought that the way that Stuebenville’s Jane Doe was treated around my birthday (March 18) was the lowest of the low in the North American rape culture.

Sadly, I was proven wrong.

The way that John Doe was treated, after his gang rape on Easter Sunday, was worse.  Far worse.

Women’s Post, a Canadian feminist blog, screenshot all of the tweets, even some reddit and Disqus comments, and compiled the most disgusting remarks about the John Doe.  You can look at the triggering remarks on there, last updated on April 24.

They revisited the issue on Wednesday.

What is surprising is the heteronormative gender binary approach to rape as a topic. Men rape, women are raped. There is very little discussion in between for men who are raped by men, women who are raped by women, and men who are raped by women, like the victim in Toronto.

The response I’ve heard is that because the number of rapes that is reported in these scenarios is lower that it isn’t worth the time. I can think of one young man whose experience and entire existence was deemed worthless by the internet who might disagree. This notion may also be a beast that feeds itself: if no attention is given to these matters because they are reported less, when it does occur victims might be less likely to report it because they have no concept of a precedent.

If we want to do right by victims like Toronto’s John Doe we need to break away from this male vs. female conversation. In schools, posters, and awareness campaigns we need to stop addressing men as aggressors and potential aggressors and women as victims or potential victims. Instead we need to think about it simply as rapists and victims outside of their genders.

You’ve heard a thousand times before that rape isn’t about sex (sexual intercourse in this sense) but instead about power. Power isn’t limited to one sex or gender. The idea that “we need to teach men not to rape” ignores scores of victims who don’t fit into that construct and encourages the mentality that men and boys can’t also be victims like what we saw happen in the aftermath of the Toronto gang rape victim.

My heart goes out to this poor soul in the hopes that someday in the future a man can come forward as a victim without being victimised continually through social media and the press for simply being the wrong gender to feel sorry for.

Until then we need to teach people that rape is a genderless crime.

Emphasis mine, in bold.

I was one of the first feminists to break away from the old-fashioned male v. female conversation – I was accused of a “what about the menz” remark, this was in late 2007.  So, I am at least 4.5 years ahead of most mainstream feminists here.

There was a pamphlet at South Carolina Aiken in 2003, and on one of the pages, it read this from a man: “It’s hard to be that I could be raped by a woman, but I was.”

It is hard to believe that in 2013, that this kind of victim-blaming to a male rape victim of a gang rape by four women can happen, too.  Sadly, it did and even sadder: most of those doing the victim-blaming were women.

We also need to teach women and girls NOT to rape men.  Period.

Woman convicted of burning own business down

Hartsville woman convicted of burning down Jack Be Nimble

DARLINGTON — A 47-year-old woman was found guilty of burning down her own business and lying about crimes to police.

In a trial that threatened to inflame hatred against minorities in Darlington County, a jury found forty-seven year old Claudette Hulsey guilty of all charges against her – including arson and filing a false report of a felony to police.

The jury determined that it was her, not African-Americans, that burned down her own business, called Jack Be Nimble, in 2011.

“She claims two black men dumped her purse on the floor while they were attacking her and raping her. They didn’t take cash or credit cards out of the purse. They didn’t take her driver’s license. They would dump the contents of her purse on floor, but don’t take it?” said the state.

“Mrs. Hulsey, these were not just crimes against an insurance company,” said Judge Thomas Cooper before handing down his sentence. “These were crimes against the people of Hartsville, Darlington County and the state of South Carolina. They were denied the full extent of police protection due to the resources unavailable due to the law enforcements’ efforts to find suspects that did not exist.”

“This was a crime against innocent people,” Judge Cooper continued. “There were many people caught up in a sweep for suspects by law enforcement. If they had found an African-American male with a scar on his chin and DNA that was not ruled inconclusive, I might very well be talking to him today instead of you.”

She was sent to jail for 3 years.  You can now breathe easy, people of color in Darlington County. [Florence Morning News]

NTSB now investigating Fairfield train collapse

FAIRFIELD, CT — The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating Friday’s train derailment.

Saturday night, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was authorized by the NTSB to begin removing the damaged and destroyed cars from the track.  About 18 in all have been removed to date.

The NTSB has ruled out foul play in the derailment.

Starting Monday, commuters who normally park at stations to the east of Bridgeport to head south toward Fairfield and New York will have to use other transportation to get around the blocked tracks, or drive to already crowded stations like South Norwalk or Stamford to park and ride.

That could clog Interstate 95 – which is already clogged up from Lorton, Va. to Portland, Maine, including in Fairfield – even more.

“You should begin making plans … for alternate travel,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a Saturday morning briefing near the site of the crash.

Three people are still in critical condition as of 13:00. [Hartford Courant]

Thong protest draws even more opponents to Weiner’s war on nudists

SAN FRANCISCO — In the first forced clothing event in San Francisco, thousands of supporters from around the world showed up to protest San Francisco’s unconstitutional ban on public nudity.

The thong parade was held on Saturday, the day before the famous Bay to Breakers foot race event.  This allowed out-of-town, out-of-state and international race attendees to show their support public nudity and show their displeasure with a completely out-of-touch San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The event was held at Jane Warner Plaza at noon local time (15:00 Eastern Daylight Time).  They “hung out” in the plaza to send the message that body freedom is not dead just because of some gymnophobic ordinance.

Gypsy Taub, Mitch Hightower, Rusty Mills and George Davis; the four plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city, also participated.  Ms. Taub brought a collection of pro-nudity signs for the crowd to carry. [NUDE-IN]

Bill that would ban female toplessness and breastfeeding in North Carolina killed for the year

RALEIGH — A bill that did not get as much attention as the anti-choice bills has been killed as it failed to make the deadline after outrage against the proposal steadily grew in four months.

A bill that would outlaw both female toplessness and breastfeeding was left to die on Friday, the day that all bills must pass one chamber in order to still be considered.  The bill was sponsored by radical fascist Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe County), a crony of gymnophobic San Francisco Board of Supervisor Scott Weiner on the other side of the nation.

The bill, if passed, would have modified the existing indecent exposure law – already unconstitutional since it bans public nudity by men – to include a woman’s nipple and, if anyone complained, breastfeeding.

No doubt that this bill will be brought back from the dead next year by Rep. Moffitt. [WNCN]

List of highways that violate the AASHTO’s numbering standards

It is travel season.  And predictably, most people pay attention to the route number.  What people don’t know is that there are some highways that violate the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’s numbering standards.  This list is of highways that violate the AASHTO’s numbering standards.

US Route 4. Signed as north-south instead of east-west in New York.
US Route 33. Signed as east-west instead of north-south in Ohio and the Virginias.
US Route 42. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 52. Signed as north-south instead of east-west in the Virginias and Carolinas.
US Route 62. Signed as north-south instead of east west in Pennsylvania and New York.
US Route 68. Signed as north-south instead of east-west in Ohio.
US Route 96. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 98. Signed as north-south instead of east-west in Florida.
US Route 130. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 175. Signed as east-west instead of north-south.
US Route 206. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 211. Signed as east-west instead of north-south.
US Route 218. Signed as north-south instead of east west.
US Route 220. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.*
US Route 222. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 250. Signed as north-south instead of east-west in West Virginia.
US Route 258. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 340. Signed as north-south instead of east-west in the Virginias.
US Route 522. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.
US Route 550. Signed as north-south instead of east-west.

* – Relation to US 11, NOT US 20.

RAW VIDEO of the April 27 Price Wise Fire

WILLISTON — For the first time, we now have the full video of the fire that destroyed Price Wise on April 27.

The investigation continues.

News Briefs: Fox Creek principal likely to be investigated + NoVa couple illegally arrested by North Myrtle Beach PD

Fox Creek principal to be under investigation soon

NORTH AUGUSTA — The principal of Fox Creek High School is under investigation and have hired attorneys in Columbia.

Dr. Tim Murph has been put on administrative leave with pay.  The Fox Creek School Board is not giving the reason for their decision.  This is a big scandal in the making, sadly. [Edgefield Daily]

Gosnell convicted of killing three (actual) babies at gross clinic

PHILADELPHIA — A jury has found quack Kermit Gosnell guilty of killing three (actual born) babies at his clinic.

The trial concluded today with the quack’s conviction on three murder charges stemming from the deaths at his clinic.  Planned Parenthood’s Pennsylvania affiliates brought the unsanitary conditions of Mr. Gosnell’s clinic to the attention of then-Gov. Ed Rendell, but his administration did nothing about it.

Mr. Gosnell now faces the death penalty after the conviction. [Huffington Post Crime]

Rock Hill man arrested immediately after bonding out of jail for breaking into ex-girlfriend’s home

ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill man is immediately back in jail just hours after bonding out.

Twenty-nine year old William Fields was arrested for breaking and entering charges, rape, and violation of a no contact order.  York County Sheriff’s deputies believe that he climbed onto a giant green garbage can, jumped the roof, and swung into a second floor window on Friday morning.

His bond may be revoked this week. [WRDW News 12]

Jamesville substitute teacher arrested for biting ex-girlfriend’s ear

GREENVILLE, NC — A substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with biting his ex-girlfriend’s ear.

“We received a call that a lady was being held against her will in the car with a male subject. During that time he was held against her will for approximately 2 hours,” said Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks.

The man is 39 year old Twymon Arnold, of Jamesville.  He and his ex-girlfriend met at a school in Roper and immediately started arguing.

He then held the Beaufort, N.C. woman captive for two hours and bit part of her ear off.  She eventually convinced him to let her go.

“We took out warrants on him he was arrested in Plymouth by the local police department there,” said Sheriff Elks.

WNCT captured video of Mr. Arnold’s arrival at the Pitt Detention Center earlier today.  He tried to avoid their cameras.

Washington County School Board suspended Mr. Arnold indefinitely with no pay. [WNCT]

Couple illegally arrested in North Myrtle Beach for being nude

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — A Northern Virginia couple were illegally arrested by North Myrtle Beach police and charged with public nudity.

Police said that a person on ‘patrol’ discovered a Fairfax, Va. man and a Potomac Falls, Va. woman without clothes on at 2:45 on Sunday morning.

The couple said that they decided to go skinny dipping and their clothes were missing when they returned on land.

Kyle Martin Schnoebelen of Fairfax, Va., and Jasmine Kim Walton of Potomac Falls, Va., both 22 or 23, were illegally arrested by the North Myrtle Beach Police Department and charged with being legally nude at 2:45 am on Sunday.  Now, they will be going through South Carolina’s kangaroo courts, which is just as bad as San Francisco’s kangaroo courts.

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