Thursday, June 30, 2011
Posted for Ragweed who is temporarily disconnected.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Some excerpts followed by my whinings...
We analyzed nearly two dozen cases in the United States and Canada in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed or biased work by forensic pathologists, and then later cleared.
TWO DOZEN! WOWIE! What's that? Like 0.002% of ALL cases in the US and Canada? There's no mention of a timeframe here so who knows what the facts are but "nearly two dozen cases" sure sounds like a lot of cases!
An El Paso, Texas, jury acquitted a woman of killing her child in 2010, but after spending 22 months in the county jail, she still had to wage a legal battle to regain custody of her other children.
Wage a legal battle? That sure sounds dramatic. I suspect it was more likely "filed papers". All those legal loops through which you have to jump sure are a pain. Who'd think that all that government would ever come back to bite the people who created it all right in the ass?
"OK, my ... We're babysitting this little baby girl for Dr. Vas," said Lopez, according to a recording and transcript of the call. A spider, he explained, had bitten Isis a week earlier, "and she's been acting funny ever since."
She was bitten A WEEK AGO and has been acting funny ever since? She was described as 6 months old. How do you wait a WEEK after a spider bite AND strange behavior to see the pediatrician- especially when the parents are not only doctors but real doctors?
Lopez and his wife, DeAnn, regularly babysat Isis and her two older siblings, both toddlers. The children's mother, Veronica Vas, was a physician at a nearby hospital, and on that morning she was on her way to Detroit for the weekend.
Okay- the parents must be very busy people... very busy. They've had someone babysitting their children for a week and now the mother is leaving for the weekend to go to Detroit for unexplained reasons. That probably happens all the time in Bizarreville, Texas.
Lopez, a burly, gregarious man who worked as a mechanic, was looking after the children while DeAnn went shopping for a dress for the annual Lopez family Christmas photo, scheduled to be taken that afternoon. He had been watching the Vas children for 40 minutes when he called for an ambulance.
Hmmm- two people to babysit? Maybe it's just me, but when I hire a babysitter, I want them doing nothing other than watching my children and if one person can't handle that task, two people don't improve the situation. DeAnn went shopping for a dress? For the "annual" Lopez family Christmas photo? Scheduled to be taken that afternoon? That too probably happens all the time in that neck of the woods but if I were on the case, I'd sure be looking awfully closely at Ms. DeAnn Lopez.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lopez stated that the child had been bitten by a spider a week ago, had been acting funny ever since, and he waits until she's completely incoherent before calling an ambulance? After only 40 minutes with the children?
On the phone, Lopez described his efforts to revive Isis. "I tried to slap her on the bottom and slap her on the face and she won't wake up. She won't do nothing." Blood spilled from her mouth. "She was bit about 14 times. ... She's got all these bruises around her neck and on her face where she was bitten." After the ambulance arrived at his modest one-story home, Lopez rode with Isis to the emergency room.
"She was bit about 14 times" and not once she was taken to a doctor? How did she get bitten twice? Maybe it's just me, but a spider that bites anyone 14 times is either truly pissed off or dead as a result of biting someone FOURTEEN TIMES. I mean, who on earth was watching the baby when all of this was happening? Either the baby was sleeping (and hence not provoking the spider) or it was awake and screaming bloody murder because of being bitten FOURTEEN TIMES. With all those bruises around her neck and face, why wasn't she taken to a doctor?
Thankfully though, the ambulance arrived at his "modest" one-story home. He's one of the oppressed, modest people- surely he could not have done anything wrong.
The solution to all this? Easy! MORE FUNDING!
Though depicted as glamorous and high-tech on TV shows such as CSI, the field of death investigation is plagued by chronic underfunding, a shortage of specialists, and a lack of national standards, according to a 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences.
The other solution? More education/certifications!
Many of the nation's morgues are staffed by doctors who aren't board-certified in forensic pathology. To become certified, doctors need an extra year of training and must pass a day-long test. Earlier this year, an investigation by NPR, ProPublica and PBS Frontline showed that more than 100 physicians without board certification were working at the country's busiest coroner and medical examiner offices.
More than 100. Geewhiz. What's that as a percentage? I don't know- they didn't say.
Even for the best educated and trained doctors, performing an autopsy on a baby or young child poses particular technical challenges. Their developing bodies function differently. It's why doctors who treat living children — pediatricians — receive different training than those who deal with adults.
Well, this is simply unnecessary sensationalism (as if there's any other kind). What they should have said was "Performing an autopsy on a baby..." and left out the "Even for the best educated..." Of course if they did that, you wouldn't be able to get it that "we're in serious trouble, something needs to be done, and we're going to need to spend a lot of money to fix it- but we don't have any of our own... so..."
"Adults are generally tougher and harder to kill then a small child. Particularly an infant," said Jon Thogmartin, chief medical examiner for Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida, a jurisdiction that includes St. Petersburg. "So, you're looking for very subtle signs of trauma or pressure, or small amounts of bleeding that could potentially cause a kid severe illness or death."
"then"? Really? I'm not sure who's ultimately responsible for this but let's go ahead and blame the authors (there were four... FOUR) or at least the proofreader and maybe the Editor. But what's the difference? you know what they meant.
Feel free to read more of the article and form your own opinion.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Palatka, FL — Roy McSweeney, a 74-year-old Florida man, was left in critical condition after his neighbor’s two dogs jumped the fence separating his property from hers and brutally attacked him in his own front yard.
“He was in his yard doing yard work when the dogs jumped over the fence and attacked him,” Putnam County Sheriff’s Capt. Johnny Greenwood said, adding that the fence was thin wire.
McSweeney had his right arm completely torn off by the dogs and his left arm shredded. The dogs also reportedly mauled his face. It was reported that McSweeney was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent hours of surgery trying to save his left arm. He is currently on life support and friends and family are questioning if he can survive.
The animals, owned by neighbor Deanna Blitch, have been euthanized and their dead carcasses are being tested for rabies. Police described the dogs as being – brace yourselves – pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
No charges have been filed against the dogs’ owner.
I completely expect a chorus calling for the indictment of the dogs’ owners. Please also consider how different this would be if the victim wasn’t unarmed.
- "This is our continent, not yours!" exclaimed one banner.
- "We are indigenous! The only owners of this continent!" said another.
- "If you think I'm illegal because I'm a Mexican, learn the true history, because I'm in my homeland," read another sign.
STOCKHOLM – At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys.
Ha ha, *wiping eyes* -- "engineer equality" -- that says it all -- libs.
e·gal·i·tar·i·an/iˌgaləˈte(ə)rēən/Adjective: Of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Over several years, Treasury secretary nominee Timothy F. Geithner failed to pay Social Security taxes, even though he was advised by his employer to do so, signed an agreement indicating that he understood that such payments were his responsibility and received extra pay from his employer specifically for that purpose.More here:
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
- Cut spending in any significant way?
- Open up drilling? Cut regulation on new exploration, transportation of fuel, etc etc?
- Allow school vouchers?
- Eliminate harmful/political agencies like the EPA, NEA, IRS, etc etc
It's not enough they reach into our homes and cars and every damn thing else, they want more and more and MORE. We need to put them on trial for ignoring the constitution. I say we hold their asses accountable, they need to be confined for such a time until they learn to leave people the hell alone ... THEN they can come out and be part of society again ... and not UNTIL then.
Ok, filibuster over ... now you know what I think.
*(key words ... "right now" there's lots of time between now an the election and there's a lot more to be learned.)
Monday, June 20, 2011
Report: Couple won't cash in on kissThe couple will be appearing on "The Today Show" this morning. What a difference
Updated Jun 19, 2011 4:55 AM ET
It was the smooch "worth $10 million," but the Romeo who stopped the globe with his kiss amid the Vancouver riots does not want to cash in on it, The (Sydney) Sunday Telegraph reported.
NHL riot kissing bandits
Yes, this really did happen. But there is much more to the story, as the couple explains in an exclusive interview.
Australian Scott Jones made worldwide headlines when he was photographed embracing his girlfriend, Canadian Alexandra Thomas, amid the chaos of Wednesday night's ice hockey riots in Vancouver.
Leading Aussie celebrity agent Max Markson said the global exposure was worth a potential AU$10 million (US$10.6 million), while public relations firm PPR Perth managing director Peter Harris said Jones could have cashed in on the "advertising equivalent of millions of dollars."
"It's a $10 million branding exercise. If you had something he could endorse it would be amazing," Markson said.
But Jones said he did not want the "extra stress," and Saturday turned down the offer of flights to New York to appear on "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America."
Instead the couple will follow through with holiday flights booked for California on Sunday before continuing on to Australia in the coming months.
"It's just too much," Jones said in his only interview, with CBC News Canada, of the talk show offers.
Violence in Vancouver
Photos: Chaos in the streets
"We just don't need the extra stress. We are totally booked up for the next three weeks. We have everything planned. We can't change anything."
Thomas added, "We're going on holiday. We've been looking forward to this for months. We're just going to go spend time together."
Freelance photographer Richard Lam took the photo of the couple lying on the road in an embrace amid the chaos, with Jones saying he was helping Thomas after she was knocked down amid the riot.
The riots were sparked by the Vancouver Canucks' loss in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Man, oh man -- I wish I could see a pic of the shitstain's face at the moment when the clown pulled the trigger. Hey, shitstain ... didn't you notice there was something a little "funny" about that clown? No? That's unfortunate.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
"This is easy, all it takes is 100% concentration and focus, 100% of the time."
His term is up on Dec 21, 2012 so they'll be voting on his dumbass next November. I've already made a note in my day planner to check on the election. He's in district 214. After all, we don't want to get amnesia, now do we?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
From Dr. David Stockwell's blog, Niche Modeling, comes word that he has submitted a paper for publication showing that solar activity alone explains the observed global warming since 1950, without need to implicate 'greenhouse gases'.Entire article here.
Of course, we've been blogging about this very same "new" idea since 2007. Weird, right?
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column for The Week in which I questioned the notion of electric cars being a green option. My arguments got swift rebuttals from backers of electric cars, but a new study produced in partnership between the British government and the car industry shows just how correct I was. Not only do electric vehicles produce just as much carbon in their overall cycle as internal-combustion engines, the need to replace the batteries actually makes the less green than current technology (via Jeff Dunetz):Full article here.
PROFESSOR JACOBSON: So Now All These People Will Apologize To Sarah Palin About Margaret Thatcher, …
A week ago The Guardian reported that Margaret Thatcher was refusing to meet with Sarah Palin, attributing a quote to an "ally" of Thatcher as follows:
Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.
The blogosphere, including some conservative and libertarian haters of Palin, erupted in joy, with loads of snark and derision directed at Palin.
It turns out that the Guardian story was a hoax, as reported by Nile Gardiner
From Legal Insurrection.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
US Housing Crisis Is Now Worse Than Great Depression
Monday, June 13, 2011
You can ask One question, what question do you ask, and which door do you ask it to, so that you can determine which is the correct door to take?
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos, said he would request a leave of absence from his popular group blog to learn what he called “partisan aggression management.” ”Twice now–with John Edwards and Anthony Weiner–I’ve defended pretty obviously guilty Democrats by approving nasty arguments attacking their critics–arguments that turned out to be wrong. I thought I was fighting back, but I brought nothing but humiliation and disgrace to myself and my party. The truth comes out eventually. I hadn’t taken that into account. I have departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better blogger and healthier person.”
Sunday, June 12, 2011
John Edwards and Scooter Libby
Saturday, June 11, 2011
|August von Mackensen|
Of course, in the case of the Nazi's of WWII, society approved of what they were doing. Civilians claimed that they had no idea what was going on but frankly, I don't buy it anymore than I buy that "peaceful" Muslims don't know what radical Islamists are doing. I suspect that they turn a blind eye because net net, they believe it improves their standard of living and "they're not going after Muslims" so...
Anyway, it's my argument that these people who were "just following orders" were actually loving the ELS out of torturing, abusing, and killing people who they didn't like for any number of reasons- real or fabricated.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Dem or Repub, I'm starting to not care. It's time to clean house (and senate) of these fucks. Every one of them that's been there longer than 2 terms is costing me money, time, and attention.
“My parents have a large front yard,” writes David in Georgia, “and up until a few years ago, it had about 40 trees in it.” Unfortunately, an arborist informed David’s parents that those trees, while they looked normal enough, had become infested and essentially hollowed-out by insects, killing the trees and turning them into a pretty big safety risk in the case of a storm. At the arborist’s recommendation, David’s parents had the trees removed.
Fast forward a few months to December, when the family put up their usual holiday decorations — little trees made of Christmas lights — throughout the front yard. Soon after, David says, the family received two items of interest in their mailbox:
1. A certificate of recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, “thanking us for our efforts to prevent further tree deaths”
2. This handmade holiday card.
Adds David: “This person obviously put a lot of work into carefully drawing and writing it; the artwork and penmanship are immaculate. If only they’d put as much effort into asking us why we were having the trees removed.”
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard. So they pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night
'I realize it's terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I'm recently widowed,' she explained. 'I'm afraid the neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my house.'
'Don't worry,' John said. 'We'll be happy to sleep in the barn. And if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first light.' The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night.
Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way.
They enjoyed a great weekend of skiing.
But about nine months later, John got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the ski weekend.
He dropped in on his friend Keith and asked, 'Keith, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our ski holiday up north about 9 months ago?' 'Yes, I do.' Said Keith.
'Did you, ER, happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her a visit?'
'Well, um, yes!,' Keith said, a little embarrassed about being found out, 'I have to admit that I did.'
'And did you happen to give her my name instead of telling her your name?'
Keith's face turned beet red and he said, 'Yeah, look, I'm sorry, buddy. I'm afraid I did.' 'Why do you ask?'
'She just died and left me everything.'
Monday, June 6, 2011
Liberalism arguably suffers from an over-reliance on emotional intelligence while eschewing rational intelligence. The Left has been criticized for disrupting the free market, disregarding earned success and even siphoning wealth from the upper class to distribute to others, encouraging these people to further rely on handouts instead of on themselves. Those who engage in this behavior, without using their rational intelligence, thus lack compassion, becoming jealous of success, and do not live an ethical life. To live an ethical life, it is incumbent upon them to do what they can to aid the poor, the weak, and those who lack the self-confidence necessary for self-reliance, without forcing others to do it.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Found this at the J-Walk blog: