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    Police: Arkansas TV anchorwoman attacked in home
    Monday, October 20, 2008 10:14:29 PM
    By CHUCK BARTELS

    A popular local TV anchorwoman who had a small part in the Bush biopic "W" was in critical condition Monday after being stabbed and beaten in her home, and police said they are investigating possible motives.

    KATV anchor Anne Pressly, 26, was found about 4:30 a.m. Monday by her mother, who went to the house when her daughter didn't answer a wake-up call, Little Rock police spokesman Cassandra Davis said.

    Davis said investigators are talking to Pressly's co-workers to determine whether she "has had any problems." Davis said Pressly's purse was gone and that robbery was among the possible motives being explored. Davis would not discuss
    specifics of what the investigation revealed.

    Pressly was found unresponsive in her bed. Davis said Pressly had been beaten and stabbed severely and was in critical condition at an hospital.

    Pressly appeared briefly in Oliver Stone's new movie about President Bush that opened over the weekend.

    She portrays a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" event on an aircraft carrier shortly after the start of the Iraq war. She won the role after being noticed by the casting director when she went to Shreveport, La., where the movie was filmed, to work on a story about it and the city's film industry.

    Spokeswoman Kate Hubin for the film company Lionsgate confirmed Pressly's role but declined to comment further.

    KATV's Web site notes that Pressly's most notable interview was with Vice President Dick Cheney. Traveling through an Arkansas town, she found the highway blocked in front of a hunting goods store because Cheney was inside. Pressly asked for an interview, which she conducted on the ammunition aisle.

    During its 11:30 a.m. newscast, anchor Jason Pederson read a story about the attack.

    "We would ask that you keep Anne in your thoughts and, especially, in your prayers," Pederson said.

    Early Monday afternoon, a man answering a phone number for Pressly's mother, Patricia Cannady, said the family had no comment.



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    All it takes is for aCOWARD get the right opportunity. Sad.

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    Thats correct. That is why I also try to make sure there is no opportunity for such cowards to make entry. A lot of crimes are opportunistic which is why I drill it in to family and friends that vigilence is not having to be completely paranoid.. just aware of your surroundings.. J

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    I think it is far too early in the reporting to say "no defense". As they say, we haven't seen the other guy yet. While my guess is that is a correct assumption, we have to wait for the news details to flesh out more.
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    That is true. I did assume a little bit. But had not seen more info as of writing. I found the story fresh and used it as an example to some family and friends about not being prepared. But on the other hand, you can be fully prepared and still suffer a vicious attack that is debilitating. Chaos theory?

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    Very sad. Let's just hope she makes a full and speedy recovery and LEO catches the BG. Also, let's hope Anne now sees the need to be prepared to defend herself against future attacks.



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    Amen!

    And this goes beyond carrying too. We need a mode of defense for every situation in life. I know I'm completely capable of self defense even while laying in my bed.

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    Most people think they are immune to this sort'a thing. "'Never happen to me... " and yet it does 'happen to them'. They are not prepared... mentally or physically... or possess the neccessary tools. They don't think about, much less prepare for the possibilities.Moreover... those who refuse to 'prepare', deride those who will (and do). Pehaps they're too civilized... too comfortable... too complaicent... too sheltered.

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    They can't mentally deal with violence... or the awful consequences. They are the SHEEP!



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    I manage a small rooming house here in oregon. I have one tenent who was severly beaten before I took over.. nice guy down on his luck.. some local kid with anger issues took it out on him ALMOST to the point of death. As it is he has a lot of physical recovery and reconstructive surgery to endure.. the perp got less than a month in jail on an assault 4 (lowest level) charge.. a few thousand in damages..

    This kid had the ba**s to enter the property against a restraining order while I was not on watch. This is against his probation terms.. I let it be known I will meet him at the door next time. This is why I carry. I actually answered the door the other day with my legal length 12 ga shorty and it was a local leo. He didn't bat an eye. Just gave me the reason for his visit and was very polite about it.

    Sorry, I'm rambling again.. I do this after my coffee..

    But the story about this young lady just rips me up. I hope shes okay.

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    JBURGII wrote:
    What a shame. She'sa hottie.

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    KATV is one of the main news stations in AR. I moved away before this girl (who is my age) started working there, so I have no clue on her style.

    The station, as a whole, however, leans pretty hard this way. <---- .

    Edit: I just realized in context that sounds a bit callous. Eh well, I'll leave it up anyway.
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    She passed away.

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    Such a shame.

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    Betcha whoever did it isn't man enough to hold his own against someone that's equal to him.

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    TheMrMitch wrote:
    Betcha whoever did it isn't man enough to hold his own against someone that's equal to him.
    If only she had one of these, she'd probably still be alive and kickin...

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    I wonder how many news stories we'll see/read that will suggest that maybe self defense even MIGHT be a good idea. I wonder if any will have a paragraph about it? How about even a sentence?

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    Notso wrote:
    I wonder how many news stories we'll see/read that will suggest that maybe self defense even MIGHT be a good idea. I wonder if any will have a paragraph about it? How about even a sentence?
    Self defense? But I thought we were supposed to cower in a corner, curled up like a helpless fetus while we wait for the cops to save the day! /sarcasm

    On a serious note, I share your sentiment. I'm so sick and tired of reading these stories every day that could have gone the other way had the LAC been armed. What sucks is it isn't going to change...it's just going to get worse.

    The wussification of America is almost complete.

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    This saddens me greatly. My condolences to her friends, family and loved ones. It strengthens my resolve to stay prepared.

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    I totally agree - very sad indeed. I was hoping that since she had survived a couple of days, that she would pull through. Very troubling for me since my 23 year old daughter just moved to New York City this past summer to teach at an inner city school with the Teach for America program. I'm wondering how we can use thisincidentas a 'battle cry' forthe necessity of self-defense??Something I will be giving a great deal of thought to over the next few days.

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    Unfortunately this scenario is played out daily all over the county. They still 'don't get it' tho... and they die.

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    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    They still 'don't get it' tho... and they die.
    Oh, yes they do.

    "They" being the gun-controllers. It doesn't take a rocket-scientist to grasp it.

    You can't be connected to the subject for any length of time without understanding.

    Its willful, knowing, and deliberate.

    Brady, politicians, et al have blood on their hands and blackness in their hearts.
    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

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    +1

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    I believe I know why so many subjects (I mean "citizens") don't have a good concept on self-defense or the need for it and this is in addition to the political brainwashing. The simple reason is the balance of freedom and responsibility. Freedom implies a choice and generally when given a choice, each option chosen carries a set of benefits or consequences. This is where the responsibility part comes in. If you are not able to make a choice, you cannot be held accountable for your mistakes because they weren't really yours to begin with. In addition to pure laziness, the public has been trained to make pre-programmed decisions without thinking and they are given the illusion of choice but in reality they are justfollowing what the TV tells them and following what feels "comfortable." The concept of defending one's home, one's person, one's family, and one's community is a choice that one has to make or not make. Accepting the responsibility can bring great benefits (i.e. you save a life)but also great risks (i.e. the legal system). I believe that this whole issue of defense is really the cornerstone of freedom because if you are not brave and willing enough to fully take care of yourself and perhaps your family, you are not a free man or woman but just a slave. No matter how much such a person flies the flag on July 4th, pays their taxes, or votes in the elections, they are just a slave. People want freedom without responsibility which doesn't work although they buy the illusion. In otherwords, freedom to them is the choice of which TV set, designer outfit, or new car to buy. Pretty sad.

    This reminds me of a recent conversation with someone at work. We were talking about the economy going down the tubes and the possibility of brief chaos (riots, looting, rampant crime, etc.) which may never happen but is always a possibility. She said she is considering getting a "big dog" for her home. My recommendation was instead to buy an AK-47 rifle because it is cheaper, easier to maintain, and more reliable. She didn't really respond to that and several co-workers turned their head as if disturbed by the comment. The reason is obvious: her solution is a passive response to areal-life issuewhereas my solution is an active response that requires critical thinking. People don't want to think, they just want to do what they are told. That is the problem here. Sad to say in many ways this nation is actually the "home of the scared."



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    Here is the solution:



    PULL IN CASE OF RIOT



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    It is a sad day and her family and friends suffer still.
    My deepest, sincerest condolences to each of them.
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    Make sure that all of your love ones understand this tragedy; that is is better to be prepared and not need it, than to be unprepared.

    He who attempts to take your life, must pay a price - must be stopped. You have an obligation to God to defend what He has given you and no man has the right to take it. Your family, friends and neighbors have the right to expect this of you. Do what is right. Refuse to be a victim in your own bed or anywhere else.

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    Citizen wrote:
    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    They still 'don't get it' tho...* and they die.
    Oh, yes they do.

    "They" being the gun-controllers.* It doesn't take a rocket-scientist to grasp it.

    You can't be connected to the subject for any length of time without understanding.

    Its willful, knowing, and deliberate.

    Brady, politicians, et al have blood on their hands and blackness in their hearts.
    +1 I couldn't agree more.

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    a lot of times these kind of things a gun would not have helped, as the perp is someone they know and may have trusted who took advantage.



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