Quiz time: How many were shot in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend?

Chicago Sun Times: Three men were killed and at least 33 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city over Labor Day weekend.

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday night in Rogers Park. Two men, both 29, were shot about 8:45 p.m. in the 7400 block of North Ridge, police said. One was shot in the abdomen and the leg, police said. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he later died, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His name was not released Monday morning. The other man was shot in the right leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.

Another man died Saturday morning, about five hours after he was shot and critically wounded on the Far South Side. Darius Sept, 34, was shot in the abdomen about 12:30 a.m. in the 10900 block of South Racine, authorities said. Sept, of the 1100 block of West 107th, was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center at 5:41 a.m., a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said. Police said he was uncooperative with investigators at the time of the shooting.

About 10:45 p.m. Friday, a 36-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk in the 5400 block of South Damen with gunshot wounds to his head and thigh, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the death, but the man’s identity was not released Monday morning.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened early Monday in South Lawndale, where a man and a teenager were both critically wounded. The 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old man were sitting on a porch in the 4300 block of West 25th Place when two people got out of a vehicle nearby and started shooting, police said. The teen was shot in the arm, back and chest, and the man was shot in the head, police said They were both taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

About two hours earlier, a girl was wounded in a West Englewood neighborhood drive-by shooting. The 15-year-old was talking with friends near an alley about 1 a.m. in the 6900 block of South Justine when a dark-colored four-door Pontiac pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. She was shot in the leg as she ran away. Her condition stabilized at Comer Children’s Hospital, police said. The Pontiac fled westbound on 69th Street.

About 9:20 p.m. Sunday, a man and a woman were wounded in a possible domestic-related shooting in the South Deering neighborhood. The man, 51, and the woman, 27, were both shot near 95th and Oglesby , police said. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a domestic argument, but detectives were still trying to determine who fired the weapon. The man was in serious condition with multiple gunshot wounds at Christ Medical Center, police said. The woman was also at Christ with a gunshot wound to her arm. Her condition had stabilized, police said.

At least 27 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since 7 p.m. Friday.



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Teacher Placed on Leave for Authoring Fictional Book of the ‘Largest School Massacre’

Teacher and author McLaw

Teacher and author McLaw

CBS DC: A Maryland middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly authored two fiction books using a pseudonym, with one depicting a “futuristic school shooting.”

Members of the Dorchester Sheriff’s Office, the Cambridge Police Department and the Dorchester County Public School board have removed Mace’s Lane Middle School teacher Patrick McLaw for allegedly penning two books under the alias, “Dr. K.S. Voltaer.” One of the books, “The Insurrectionist,” (2011) depicts “the largest school massacre” in history, WBOC-TV reports. A second book from 2013, Lilith’s Heir (2013), is also available on Amazon and is described as a sequel penned by “K Voltaer.”

A press release published on Monday by the Dorchester County superintendent of schools says Patrick McLaw, 23, has been placed on a leave of absence pending an ongoing investigation “due to significant matters of concern brought forth by law enforcement.”

“While on administrative leave, he is not allowed to come onto school property or participate in school events,” the statement continues. “Mr. McLaw’s teaching duties have been assigned to qualified personnel to insure the smooth transition of students into the fall semester,” the statement reads.

Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips told WBOC that McLaw was taken in for an emergency medical evaluation but the sheriff declined to disclose the current whereabouts of McLaw. Police swept Mace’s Lane Middle School for bombs and guns on the same day McLaw was taken in for the evaluation – coming up empty in the search.

“The information we received caused us to return to Dorchester County and immediately take the following steps,” Phillips said, according to My Eastern Shore MD. “A K-9 sweep was conducted at the Mace’s Lane School looking for explosive devices and other weapons. A secondary search was performed by police and school officials looking for suspicious packages or other items. Both of these searches were negative.”

“The residence of the teacher in Wicomico County was searched by personnel,” Phillips said, with no weapons found, reports WBOC.”A further check of Maryland State Police databases also proved to be negative as to any weapons registered to him. McLaw was suspended by the Dorchester County Board of Education pending an investigation and is no longer in the area. He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.

An excerpt from “The Insurrectionist” posted to Amazon reads: “On 18 March 2902, a massacre transpired on the campus of Ocean Park High School, claiming the lives of nine hundred forty-seven individuals–the largest school massacre in the nation’s history. And the entire country now begins to ask two daunting questions: How? and Why? After the federal government becomes involved, and after examining the bouquet of black roses that lies in front of the school’s sign, it becomes evident that the hysteria is far from over.”

A USA Today archived story shows that McLaw previously made national news after helping a 14-year-old student self-publish his own e-books on Amazon.

The Cambridge Police Department told WBOC that police presence at Mace’s Lane Middle School will continue “for as long as we deem it necessary,” adding that the police and sheriff’s department say there is nothing to worry about.

This is alarming (if all the facts are presented). Is the teacher not allowed to write/publish fiction? Did they do a comprehensive background check on him? Was there anything else that concerned the administrators about the teacher? The first book was published several years ago (which has his own name listed as the author), so why the concern now?

Is the teacher not allowed Freedom of Speech?


We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 80th Caption Contest!

The caption submissions were hilarious!!!

This was a fairly close contest, with just 3 points separating the winner from the runner-up.

All the FOTM writers dutifully voted, each for his/her #1 and #2 captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; every #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 80th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest, with three #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 11 points, is . . . .

Lola!!! Snoopy dance

Here’s her winning caption:

Kim Jong-Un

southsidebob is our 2nd-place runner-up, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 8 points. Here’s his caption:

I just knew it! Political prisoners make the best lubricant.

One of Sig94‘s captions is in 3rd place, with two #2 votes, totaling 4 points. Here it is:

President Kim Jung-un seems to enjoy the farting poopy sounds made by the new tofu processor at the Nampo Glorious Bean Factory. The attending tofu technician and his family were immediately executed.

Brenda Leeann Springer and another Sig94 caption are both in 4th place, with one # vote, totaling 3 points each. Here are their respective captions:

Soylent Green goes Gangnam Style….

Denying reports that he had his politically powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek eaten alive by dogs, President Kim Jung-un, introduces to Asian pet owners North Korea’s newest dog food product, marketed as “Moist & Chewy Uncle Jang Song Braised Beef and Screaming Rice“. The attending dog food technician and his family were immediately executed.

LInn K, lou damico, and another Sig94 caption are all in 5th place, each with one #2 vote, totaling 2 points each. Here are their respective captions:

Making the ultimate citizen!

It’s the simple little things in life, like toffee manufacturing, executing family, starving his people, threatening nuclear war, that makes Kim Jung Un so happy

This photograph and the attached caption were gleaned from the North Korean Wire Services Bureau just before the wire services technician and his entire family were executed: “Chortling madly, President Until The Cows Come Home Kim Jung-un prepares his latest ultimate weapon of mass destruction by which he will rule the planet – the Ramen Butterscotch Noodles Of Death.”

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations to Lola!

Here is your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, click here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D



Moose vs. Car

. . . and moose lost.

On July 4th weekend, 2014, a moose ran smack into a Hyundai 4-door sub-compact in Greenville, Maine.

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The moose died.

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Miraculously, the woman driver walked away with only minor injuries.

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Can you imagine this big fellow heading directly at your face?

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Check out the name of the towing service on the door of the truck!

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H/t FOTM’s Ken L.


Medicare may soon cover “death panels”

The expression “death panel” was coined in August 2009 by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, during the nationwide debate about the proposed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Referring to Section 1233 of HR 3200, the House version of Obamacare, which would have paid physicians for counseling Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options, Gov. Palin expressed her concern that the proposed legislation would create a “death panel” of unelected bureaucrats who would decide whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or her child, Trig, with Down syndrome whom the vicious Left said she should have aborted —were “worthy of medical care.”

Sarah with baby Trig

The Left immediately demonized Palin and derided her claim as the “death panel myth.” Nevertheless, “death panel” instantly became a meme that penetrated through the minutiae of the 906-page long Obamacare legislation, arousing much public concern. As a result, the provision to pay physicians for providing voluntary counseling was removed from the Obamacare law that Congress passed and Obama signed into law in 2010.

But that’s not the end of the story, for Sarah’s “death panel” is back, via Medicare.

In 2010, Medicare added coverage of “voluntary advance care planning” in patients’ annual wellness visit to one of the myriad of regulations on how Obamacare is to be enforced. Altogether, Obamacare regulations are now 30 times longer than the law itself! But bowing to political pressure, Medicare rescinded that portion of the regulation, saying it had not considered the viewpoints of members of Congress and others who opposed it.

Now that Obamacare is (more or less) firmly in place and talk of “death panels” has subsided, Medicare is trying again.

The New York Times reports that next year, Medicare may begin covering “end-of-life discussions” if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. One of AMA’s roles is to create billing codes for medical services which are used by doctors, hospitals and insurers. It recently created codes for end-of-life conversations and submitted them to Medicare.

Dr. Barbara Levy, chair of the AMA committee that submits reimbursement recommendations to Medicare, said, “We think it’s really important to incentivize this kind of care. The idea is to make sure patients and their families understand the consequences, the pros and cons and options so they can make the best decision for them.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), which runs Medicare, would not discuss whether it will agree to cover end-of-life discussions; its decision is expected this fall. But the agency often adopts AMA recommendations, which are developed in meetings attended by CMMS representatives.

If Medicare adopts the change, its decision will also set the standard for private insurers, encouraging many more doctors to engage in these conversations.

Wanting to avoid situations in which they have to decide for incapacitated patients who have no family or state preference, some doctors already conduct “end of life” conversations for free (i.e., unreimbursed) or shoehorn them into other medical visits.

Experts say if Medicare covers end-of-life counseling, that could profoundly affect the American way of dying. But the impact would depend on how much doctors are paid, the allowed frequency of conversations, whether psychologists or other nonphysicians would conduct them, and whether the conversations must be in person or could include phone calls with long-distance family members. Paying for only one session and completion of advance directives would have limited value, experts say.

Susan Pisano, a spokeswoman for the trade association America’s Health Insurance Plans, says some private insurers already are reimbursing doctors for “end of life counseling.” The industry, which usually uses Medicare billing codes, already had created its own code under a system that allows that if Medicare does not have one, and more insurance companies are using it or covering the discussions in other ways, including:

  • This year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan began paying an average of $35 per conversation, face to face or by phone, conducted by doctors, nurses, social workers and others.
  • Cambia Health Solutions, which covers 2.2 million patients in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington, started a program including end-of-life conversations and training in conducting them.
  • Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of New York does something similar, reimbursing doctors $150 for an hourlong conversation and $350 for two hours.

End-of-life planning has also resurfaced in Congress. Two recent bipartisan bills would have Medicare cover such conversations, and a third, introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), would pay Medicare patients for completing advance directives. 

But few people think the bills can pass.

Dr. Phillip Rodgers, co-chairman of public policy for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, said, “People are so careful about getting anywhere close to the idea that somebody might be denying lifesaving care.”

As they should!

Burke Balch, director of the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee, said in a statement that many doctors believed in “hastening death for those deemed to have a ‘poor quality of life.’ ” If Medicare covers advance care planning, he said, that plus cost-saving motivations will pressure patients “to reject life-preserving treatment.”

It is unclear if advance care planning saves money, but some studies suggest that it reduces hospitalizations because many people prefer to die at home or in hospices. Dr. William McDade, president of the Illinois State Medical Society that had asked the AMA to create codes for the discussions, admits that cost-saving can be an “inadvertent” result.

Although “end of life” conversations do not lock patients into decisions and some people later change their minds in a crisis, evidence suggests that those discussions do make a difference. One study found that cancer patients who previously discussed end-of-life preferences with doctors more often received care matching those wishes. Other studies suggest planning lowers stress in patients and families.

What do you think?

Are you concerned that, if approved by Medicare, some doctors and non-physicians might use “end of life” discussions to sway the elderly toward an earlier death?

Once approved by Medicare, such discussions most likely will spread to Medicaid.

I’m always in favor of everyone taking charge of our wellbeing, being maximally informed about our medical condition and prognosis, and thoroughly thinking through our end-of-life scenarios by having a will and advance directives, and appointing a trusted family member with medical power-of-attorney. But I also fear that the federal government’s (via Medicare) institutionalizing “end of life counseling” will be another of those slippery slopes — or the proverbial frog in the slowly-heating pot of water — at which our government has proven itself to be a master.


Fickle bunch: An All-Woman Talk Show on CBS Sports? Feminists Hate It

Sports expert Valenti

Sports expert Valenti

Newsbusters: Feminists never stop being demanding to the point of amusement or exasperation.  CBS Sports Network is planning a prime-time all-female talk show called “We Need to Talk,” and the feminists complain of being ghettoized.

Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti took to The Guardian newspaper to complain! The show “will feature solely women commentators and be produced and directed by a female team. But this feels more like giving up on women viewers – and sportscasters – than ‘girl power’.

The headline was “Is CBS Sports’ new ladies’ talk show really an excuse to push women aside? Giving women separate shows while failing to address gender disparities in existing programming just provides the illusion of equality.”

Valenti began: “We need more women in sports and more female-anchored television news shows – the current lineups on most of them are mostly pale, all-male and correspondingly stale. But creating separate spaces for women’s ideas and commentary isn’t equity: it’s table scraps.

She added: “By creating ‘women’s programs’, what we’re saying is that the male perspective is the normal one. The real one.”

She wanted to wish the women on the show well, but she won’t settle for anything less than 50 percent representation on every show:

I wish the women behind We Need to Talk all the best – and I’m sure it will have loyal viewers that appreciate hearing from an all-female panel. But until we have the same number of women and people of color creating all media – as commentators, producers, writers, photographers, editors and sources – gender-specific ghettos will be a band-aid, not a solution. And that’s something we really need to talk about.

I’m going to take a wild guess but I bet the majority of those into the sports shows are men.

And she sure is demanding a lot – the same number of women and people of all color, etc. What about hiring someone based on the content of their character and capabilities rather than their color or sex?

Sucks to be perpetually demanding and never satisfied.



Illegal immigrants are enrolling in our schools – DOJ forbids verifying age


Mayor Kennedy and yep, she's a republican

Mayor Kennedy and yep, she’s a republican

DailyMail: The mayor of a city in Massachusetts has claimed that some illegal immigrants who have entered from Guatemala and are enrolled in public schools have greying hair and more wrinkles than her.

Judith Flanagan Kennedy, mayor of Lynn, said that many attending the schools are not children, but federal government will not allow officials to verify their ages.

One of the students was revealed to be 35 years old, while others are clearly much older than 21 – the oldest at which you are entitled to attend public schools in Massachusetts – Ms. Kenney said.

“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she told CNS News at a press conference. “There were people with greying temples,” she added. “There were people with more wrinkles than I have around their eyes.”

Most of the immigrants coming into the schools from Guatemala were claiming to be between 14 and 18 years old, but the schools have no way of officially verifying their real ages.

Ms. Kennedy says they have been told by the Department of InJustice that they cannot, and with the number of Guatemalan students almost doubling from 2012-13 to the last academic year, she warned that this could lead to an increase in taxes, in order to pay for their education.

In 2013-14, 101 Guatemalans enrolled at Lynn’s public schools, compared with 56 the previous year.

Public schools are required by law to enroll all children – no matter their immigration status. A child, according to federal law, is someone for whom state education is provided and is within the age limits. In Massachusetts, that is between 3 and 21 years old.

Ms. Kennedy said that despite there being no official way to tell if these alien illegal students are in fact adults, it can be very easy to tell. “Every once in a while, we’ll be able to determine that someone is well above the age at which they would be entitled to an education in Lynn Public Schools,” she said.

“For example, if a student does not show up for a few days of classes, we will send our truant officers out to find out what’s going on at that home.” She told of how officials turned up at the door of one “boy” who had repeatedly been missing school, only to be told by a woman who answered that he was 35 years old.

The Department of InJustice stated to public schools back in May: “You must ensure that you do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status of that of their parents or guardians.”