Monthly Archives: November 2013

Suspect's family angry at Good Samaritan, police

second amendment (MOBILE, Ala.) – The family of a suspected thief is lashing out after their son was shot during an armed robbery.
Relatives of Adric White, 18, believe the Good Samaritan who opened fire should have “just left the store.”
FOX10 spoke exclusively with a customer who stepped in to rescue employees held at gunpoint Tuesday, November 12.
The Good Samaritan, who we are not identifying, told FOX10 News he was shopping at the Family Dollar on Stanton road when he noticed a masked gunman leading one of the employees to the front of the store.
He had the gun to his head. He had him on his knees,” said the man. “I drew my gun on him and I said ‘Hey don’t move.’ At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.”
White was transported to USA Medical Center, where he remains in police custody.
A family member who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot to begin with.
“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.”
FOX10 had interviewed White’s parents but they later called and demanded the video not be aired.
Court records show that White was out on bond for robbing The Original Oyster House at gunpoint a little more than a month before the Family Dollar robbery.
We asked one relative her thoughts about the accusations. “We don’t know. Like I said, we don’t know anything. We only know what we’ve been hearing second hand through the news. I would not like to comment because I don’t know,” she said.
Records show the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office has now filed to have White’s original bond revoked. Relatives said they have not been able to see the teen at USA Medical Center since he remains in police custody.
Meanwhile, Mobile Police have also arrested 19-year-old Tavoris Moss as an accomplice to the Family Dollar robbery.

The poor little repeat perp...

The poor little repeat perp…

Police maintain that the Good Samaritan who opened fire was justified and broke no laws.

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Obama: The College Years

h/t Laura

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Couple Has An Open Marriage So Complicated, It's Hard To Keep Track

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HuffPo: Michael loves his wife, Kamala. Michael also likes his 27-year-old girlfriend, Rachel. So six months ago, Kamala decided to do what most wives would never even consider: she invited Rachel to come live with them and their six year-old son.
Monogamy just doesn’t work for the couple, whose relationship is featured on Showtime’s “Polyamory: Married & Dating.”  What does work for them is a polyamorous lifestyle, Kamala and Michael tell Nightline reporter Nick Watt in the report above. (Rachel is not the first person they’ve invited into their relationship during the course of their 12-year marriage; the couple previously shared their home with another couple, and Kamala has been in a relationship with another woman for two years.)
“Monogamy can be a really beautiful agreement between people when they’re deeply in love and they don’t have desire for another,” Kamala says. “But most people in our society are just monogamous because their vows said ‘I will forsake all others.'”
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The trio’s seemingly blissful relationship — they do yoga together, love tantric sex and collectively raise the couple’s son — leaves the Nightline reporter wondering if maybe they’re on to something. With so many marriages ending in divorce — oftentimes because of infidelity — is polyamory the answer to all our divorce woes?
Jenny Block, author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage, thinks so. “It’s becoming clear that heterosexual monogamous marriage simply doesn’t work for most people. And I think people are tired of being unhappy and dissatisfied,” she told the Daily Beast earlier this month.
We cannot control our own desires and we certainly cannot control the desires of others,” said Block, who has been in an open marriage for the past 10 years. “You cannot tell someone, ‘Don’t be attracted to anyone else. Don’t desire anyone else.’ You can say, ‘If we’re going to be together, I want it to be monogamous.’ But you cannot control the other person’s heart and mind. The heart wants what it wants.”
Conversations about polyamorous relationship may be increasingly common, but that doesn’t necessarily mean American couples are adopting the lifestyle in large numbers. Pamela Haag, whose 2011 book, Marriage Confidential, included discussions with couples in open marriages, says that by her estimates, only about 5 percent of all marriages meet the definition of “open.”
How insulting to assume that “most people in our society are just monogamous because their vows said ‘I will forsake all others’ and ‘we cannot control our own desires.'”
Yet for some I guess it’s easier to preach moral relativism than actually try and work on a committed relationship or control their zippers.

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Thanks for our troops!

This Thanksgiving, I’m fortunate to have my soldier home with me after his year-long deployment in Afghanistan. There are many troops who won’t be home this year to celebrate with their families and loved ones.
Please remember them in your daily prayers!

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Why no hunter will shoot this buck

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Good deer! dancingbanana Carrot Chilli
H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

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The strange case of Miriam Carey who was gunned down by D.C. police

Do you remember that strange incident last October 3, when a young black woman, with her toddler child in the back seat, was gunned down by D.C. police and security officers after a harrowing car chase from the White House?
Miriam Carey
Her name is Miriam Carey.
Wikipedia describes her as a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, who attempted to drive through a White House security checkpoint in her black Infiniti G37 coupe, striking one of the White House barriers at the intersection of 15th St. and E St. NW across from Pennsylvania Avenue. She then struck a U.S. Secret Service officer, who fell on the hood of the car and rolled off. Secret Service chased Carey to the Capitol building where she was fatally shot by law enforcement officers. An 18-month-old child, Carey’s daughter, was found unharmed in the car.
On the day of the incident, Carey was supposed to be taking her daughter to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut. The FBI found two medications in her apartment, as well as a laptop, a flash drive and three nonfunctional cell phones. Federal officials said she may have suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and believed Barack Obama was communicating with her. Federal officials said no weapons were found in the car.
Esther Goldberg writes for The American Spectator on Oct. 27, 2013:

According to the Oct. 14 Hartford Courant, the police report describes Miriam’s driving as “erratic.” Rather than stopping at a security checkpoint near the White House, she turned around and left, knocking down a policeman in her confused effort to escape. A car chase ensued, with police firing at her moving car, and when Miriam’s car was finally blocked in so she could not move, the police fired into her car, killing her. She didn’t have a chance.

Was Miriam “a potential assassin or a confused, frightened person suffering from mental illness trying to get herself out of danger,” the Courant asks. It doesn’t answer the question, and the doubt it expresses suggests that it’s open season on people who have small accidents with a barrier near the White House. When in doubt forget the presumption of innocence, shoot to kill.

A similar note of doubt has also begun to creep into the opinions of the intellectuals and experts who had previously been certain that Miriam was a potential killer. In an October 10Washington Post opinion piece, John Jay professor James Mulvaney suggested that if a suspect doesn’t obey an officer’s command, they should “try a different approach…..Try a request instead of an order. Shouting like an Army drill sergeant can be counterproductive…” And that doesn’t even begin to describe what happened. Instead, there was a wild police chase, with a half dozen policemen shouting at Miriam and waving military grade weapons.

So maybe Miriam wasn’t a “potential assassin.” For the police apologists, maybe she was simply suffering from a mental illness. I wasn’t aware that that was grounds for execution, but then I’m a little out of touch with modern theories of capital punishment. The problem, however, is where is the proof? The press has jumped on this, with the same absolute certainty with which they had previously identified her as a killer, but where’s the evidence? Her doctor hasn’t confirmed that she was unbalanced. Her sisters and friends deny it. Prescriptions for the anti-depressants Risperidone and Lexapro were found in Miriam’s apartment. Big deal. Over half the country must be on one form or other of these medications. 

Valarie CareyValarie Carey, sister of Miriam.

In the video below, Rev./Dr. James David Manning refers to a phone interview he had with Miriam’s sister, Valarie Carey, who is a retired New York City police sergeant, and points out many oddities about Miriam’s death:

  • Why did Capitol Hill police, who are trained to be temperate, instead shot to kill an unarmed woman who had a baby in the back seat of her car? No guns or bombs or threatening letters were found in her car. (To that I’ll add this: If police thought Miriam’s careening car was a public hazard, why didn’t they shoot out the car’s tires?)
  • Why did police not follow the usual procedure of notifying the next of kin first? Instead, according to Valerie Carey, police released Miriam’s identification to the public before notifying her family. Valerie found out about her sister from a reporter’s phone call.
  • When the Carey family traveled to Washington, DC, they were told they couldn’t see Miriam’s body but were just shown a photo of her body.
  • To this day, the Carey family has not been given an official notification of Miriam’s death, or of the autopsy report, or how many times she was shot.
  • Why are black race-hustlers like Al Sharpton and Charles Rangel silent about Miriam’s shooting death when they normally raise a hue-and-cry about any alleged police mistreatment of blacks? Sharpton’s silence is especially noteworthy because Miriam’s sister, Valarie Carey, is on the executive board of his National Action Network. Did somebody get to Sharpton?
  • Why did the police intimidate and silence Carey family attorney Eric Sanders?
  • Why is Miriam being discredited and portrayed as a mentally-ill, deranged woman when there is no evidence as such? On the contrary, Miriam was highly functional, being a dental hygienist. The only medication she was taking was prescription med for post-partum depression.
  • And the biggest question of all: Why did Miriam Carey drive to Washington, DC that day, and specifically to the White House?

That last question is what prompted Valarie Carey to wonder if her sister’s 18-month-old daughter is Barack Obama’s “love child.”
To answer that question, Valarie Carey and Rev. Manning are demanding a paternity test of Miriam’s daughter, and that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder conduct an investigation into the death of Miriam Carey. Click here for Valarie’s petition.
H/t FOTM’s swampygirl7 for the video.

UPDATE (April 4, 2014):

Half a year after Miriam Carey was shot to death, her family finally obtained the toxicology and autopsy report, prepared by Dr. Nikki Mourtzinos of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia.
Carey family attorney Eric Sanders said the report shows Miriam was shot IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD, and that there were no drugs in Carey’s system, prescription or otherwise. Read more on WND, here.
Once again, I ask:
Why are black race-hustlers like Al Sharpton and Charles Rangel silent about Miriam’s shooting death IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD, when they normally raise a hue-and-cry about any alleged police mistreatment of blacks?

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Invasion! 150 illegals attack U.S. border patrol agents

Dave Summers reports for NBC7 San Diego that last Sunday, November 24, 2013, a crowd of 150 people pelted U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles as they tried to cross into the U.S. illegally, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The incident happened in the Tijuana River channel, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. 
According to CBP, a Border Patrol agent ordered the Mexican nationals to stop, but they continued walking trespassing into the United States. The agent fired a PepperBall Launcher, but it did not deter the crowd.
Border Patrol Union representative Gabriel Pacheco said, “They had their phones out so this group was out to spark an incident. That’s what they wanted to do.“

invasion2Screenshots taken from the NBC San Diego news video.

As the crowd became “unruly,” more border agents responded. But they were outnumbered, and had to dodge threats, rocks and bottles. One agent was hit in the head with a full water bottle.
According to CBP, the agents used “intermediate use-of-force” devices, and the group retreated back to the Mexican side of the border.
Pacheco said had cooler heads not prevailed, it could have ended much worse. He also said the crowd “appeared to be more of an organized demonstration to test patrol manpower and response capability.”
No one was arrested.
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday that if Congress doesn’t act to “reform” [illegal] immigration, Obama would not categorically rule out using an executive order to “address [illegal] immigration” and that “I don’t want to speculate about what sort of actions the president might or might not take.”

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Todays Obamacare Socialist Screwing. "Cadillac Plans"

ObamaCare, We take from the working, and give to the slugs!

If you have good health insurance you probably won’t for long. The idea here is if you have better coverage  than someone else, well that’s just not fair. So there will be a 40% penalty.  sangry_group_100-100
The only bright note will be when all these professors at small liberal arts colleges (Read Flaming Libs) Who usually have very good plans start getting these notices…well we’ll have some new Conservatives.

You know “A lib is a Conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet” 

By Talesha Reynolds and Lisa Myers
NBC News
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For 75 million Americans who get their insurance through large companies, the Affordable Care Act is a mixed bag.  Experts tell NBC News the new healthcare law is only slightly increasing premiums next year, but causing some companies with the most generous plans to reduce their employees’ benefits.
Aaron Baker, 36, his wife Billie and their two young children are covered under a generous health insurance plan offered by the private Midwestern university where he’s worked for 10 years. When they opened their benefits notice this year, they were pleased to see their $385 premium is only up by four dollars next year. However, they were shocked to discover that instead of covering the first dollar they spend with no deductible, the Baker’s plan now includes a $1,000 deductible and a $2,500 out of pocket maximum. They also will still have small co-pays for services.
According to the enrollment notice, the changes are “to relieve future health plan trend pressure and to put the university in a position to avoid the excise tax that becomes effective in 2018.” The 40 percent excise tax—often called the “Cadillac tax”— is part of Obamacare and is levied on the most generous health plans. It’s designed to bring down overall health costs by making companies and workers more cost-conscious. The thinking is that if consumers have to pay more expenses themselves, through higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, they’ll avoid unnecessary or overly costly procedures. And that is supposed to make care more affordable for everyone.
Billie Baker doesn’t think much of that concept. “I think that saying that your insurance is too good so we’re going to give you a penalty,” she said, “is sort of outrageous to me.”
Said Aaron, “You would think the government would want employers to offer good health care packages to their employees. It seems like that is not the case.”
A survey by the International Foundation of Employees Benefits Plans (IFEBP) released in August found that 16.8 percent of respondents had already started to redesign their health plans to avoid the “Cadillac” tax and 40 percent said they are considering action.  A survey of Fortune 1000 companies by Towers Watson, a top benefits consulting firm, found a much higher number. Sixty percent of the these major companies, which employ about 20 million American workers, say the looming excise tax is already having a “moderate” or “significant” influence on benefits decisions for 2014 and 2015. Though the tax doesn’t take effect for years, some companies are starting to make gradual changes now so as not to make dramatic changes at the last minute.
The tax will require a company to pay a 40 percent levy, starting in 2018, on the amount by which the total costs of health plans exceeds an annual limit of $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family.
“There are many factors that result in health care costs going up at certain levels,” said Ron Fontanetta, a director at Towers Watson, “but there’s no question that we’ve seen some action on the part of employers in part because of the concern of a looming excise tax.”
“We’ve had employers shifting costs to employees for some time. But this is really very different,” said Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms.
“This is more of a seismic change, because most employers are looking forward to this Cadillac tax in 2018 and realizing they’re going to have to get ready for it now.  And you can’t just shift costs to avoid it; you have to cut benefits.”
The President’s top economic adviser, Jason Furman, says only a small percentage of plans will be hit by the tax once it takes effect four years from now. He disputes claims that the Affordable Care Act is causing employers to put more financial burden on employees.
“There is nothing in the law that tells you you need to raise copayments or deductibles.” Furman told NBC News.  “In fact, the law limits your ability to shift costs to your workers.”
Furman told NBC News that “for the most part, very little will change for people getting their insurance through large employers.”
The new healthcare law is having much less impact on health care premiums than on benefits. Towers Watson estimates it’s adding an average of 1 to 2 percent to what premiums otherwise would be next year. The administration claims the impact is “negligible.”
But that has not kept some companies from instituting double-digit premium increases. Andrea Caulfield of Alexandria, Va., who says she’s had great health benefits for the past five years, was so stunned when she opened this year’s notice that she says she thought it was a misprint.  She now pays $313 a month for herself, her husband Rick and their 13-year-old son Patrick. Next year, it would be $825 a month. That includes a new premium “surcharge” because her husband could get coverage through his own employer.
She says that’s not remotely affordable. “Neither one of us is getting pay increases or even cost of living increases, so there’s no way we could budget for this additional cost,” Caulfield said.
Her employer cited multiple factors that led to the change – the rising cost of healthcare and “significant” costs under the healthcare law, including a temporary $63 fee that must be paid for each covered employee, spouse or child starting in 2014. The fee is intended to fund a program to help spread risk for insurers participating in the exchanges.
Other companies also are charging more for spouses. Xerox has had a surcharge for spouses for the past three years.  It’s rising to $1,500 in 2014. Earlier this fall, UPS told employees it will exclude spouses who have access to coverage elsewhere altogether in 2014.
Caulfield credits the Affordable Care Act for added benefits like guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but she wishes she didn’t have to pay for it.
“I know we all have to work together to help each other, but sometimes they have these big ideas but they really don’t think about the little person, working really hard and each spouse working one job and we still can’t quite make it.”
The family will now purchase coverage through Rick’s employer. It will cost $70 more per month than her current plan. It is not their preference, but Andrea says they don’t have a choice.
“I’m part of that percentage that was told, you’re gonna be able to keep your coverage, but that’s really not what happened.”
Robert Laszewski says the bar for employer-based healthcare plans has moved.
“In the past, employers compared their benefits to each other,” said Laszewski. “And they had very rich benefits. Now we see a real phenomenon where employers are comparing their benefits to Obamacare and that’s the new reference point. So it’s really about, ‘I have better benefits than Obamacare.’ And of course many of the Obamacare deductibles are 2000 dollars.”
Jason Furman says the real story is how much the growth in health care costs and cost sharing have slowed in the last few years.
“This past year, adjusted for inflation, premiums rose 2.3 percent. That’s one-third the rate that they were growing a decade ago,” Furman said.
“You just can’t blame everything in the health system on this law.  It had a lot of problems before it, and it’s actually helping to make them better.”

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Boy killed in Moore tornado appears in photo 1½ months later

On May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado with peak winds estimated at 210 miles per hour struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma, and adjacent areas, killing 23 people and injuring 377 others. The ferocious tornado — 1.3 miles wide at its peak — stayed on the ground for 39 minutes over a 17-mile path, crossing through a heavily populated section of Moore. Despite the tornado following a roughly similar track to the even deadlier 1999 Bridge Creek–Moore tornado, very few homes and neither of the stricken schools had purpose-built storm shelters.
The pic below is an aerial view of the damage inflicted on Moore.
Moore tornado
9-year-old Nicolas McCabe was one of the victims of the tornado — one of seven third graders who died at Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School.
This is a pic of Nicolas McCabe:
Nicolas McCabe
Anne Thomas reports for the Christian Post that on July 4, 2013, one month and 13 days after the tornado took Nicolas’ life, the McCabe family took a photo of their young niece, Madison, waving a sparkler.
The McCabes say the photo clearly shows their niece at the front of the photo, and just behind her there is another figure who looks just like their son Nicolas. (I’ve added the arrows and names in yellow. -Eowyn)

Nicolas McCabe angel
Nicolas’ dad, Scott McCabe, told News 9: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Nicolas loved the Fourth of July and he loved firecrackers. My brother, when he saw it, he said the hair stood up on his neck. I was in awe. It touched my heart. It’s obviously not Madison. It’s obvious there are two people there or one person there and one spirit there. I feel it, you know. I feel it that he’s here.”
Scott also said that his son Nicolas was buried in his red Plaza Towers Elementary School T-shirt, and that same colored T-shirt can even be made out in the image of him behind Madison.
Despite some skeptics coming out to try and explain the image in other ways, Scott McCabe says, “They can say what they want. I believe. I believe he’s watching over us.”
The family believes Nicolas is now an angel.

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Why two best friends, 40, with non-life threatening diseases want to take their own lives after being inspired by euthanasia talk

DailyMail: Two best friends in their 40s, who look young and healthy, want to take their ownlives after hearing a talk from a controversial euthanasia physician – even though their own doctors are against it.
Pegie Liekens, 44, and Nancy Vermeulen, 43, from Belgium, have said that they cannot go on with their non-life threatening diseases so are turning to assisted suicide.
Liekens, a mother of one,  suffered serious complications from anti-obesity surgery and can now only consume liquids and soft foods. She has to have regular blood transfusions because she has anaemia and also has an agonising herniated disc in her back.
In 2011 Miss Vermeulen was diagnosed with MS which leaves her exhausted  for months on end. She wants to end her life before it gets much worse.
When both women spoke to their own doctors about assisted suicide, they were told not to do it.
Miss Liekens was told to wait a few  years and to see what happened with her condition, and not to give up  hope on medical advances in their lifetime. Miss Vermeulen told the National Post that her doctor said: ‘No, you’re too young’.
But they see an early death as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ even though it will mean Miss Liekens makes an orphan of her son, 17.
The pair were inspired by Belgian doctor and right-to-die activist Wim Distelmans, who critics claim has a ‘license to kill anyone’ and issues ‘death on demand’.
The cancer specialist has already courted controversy for ending the life of a man who went through a botched sex change operation to become a woman.
Should Miss Liekens and Miss Vermeulen follow through on their promise, it will likely reignite the debate in their native Belgium – though it will horrify many in America where euthanasia is only legal in four states and millions bitterly opposing it.
The two friends known each other for  20 years during which time Miss Liekens and Miss Vermeulen have shared  jobs, holidays, endless phone calls and thousands of happy memories.
Both women have elderly parents and only Miss Liekens has a child – she  wants to wait until her son has finished college before taking her own  life.
Describing her frustration with her condition, Miss Liekens said: ‘I’m fed up with the food. ‘I want meat and fish. I don’t want to be an old lady unable to drink a glass of champagne or eat a good meal.
Miss Vermeulen said: ‘I try to enjoy life. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t. But if I don’t want to do it any more, I stop. I pull out the plug.’
The two friends are apparently committed to ending their lives and have downloaded the forms and spoken to an organisation which can assist them.
They admit that some people react as if they are crazy – but that won’t stop them. Miss Liekens said: ‘They say, ‘What are you talking about? There are people who are much worse. ‘But people don’t feel my pain and suffering.’
She added that for her death will be ‘like a light at the end of a tunnel’. She said: ‘You know that when the point comes that you cannot take it any more, you don’t think, ‘My God, how am I going to be here in pain?‘ If you want to get out, it can stop.’
Euthanasia is legal in Belgium but only so long as the patient is in a ‘futile medical condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated’.
Lawmakers recently amended it to go even further and allow children and Alzheimer’s sufferers to be euthanised. Children will only be covered if they are ‘capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate’.
Among the patients that Distelmans has helped kill themselves was Belgian Nathan Verhelst, 44, who was born a woman called Nancy. He died of a lethal injection after requesting assisted suicide due to the ‘unbearable psychological suffering’ of his botcher operation which left him looking like a ‘monster’.
Distelmans opened the ULteam clinic with colleagues two years ago to help those seeking euthanasia – the name is a pun on the Dutch word for ultimate, meaning final. According to reports in the Belgian media, his team of doctors killed 33 patients in the last year, the first year of the clinic’s operation.

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