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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Awareness For Men

One in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  According to Breast Cancer.org, in 2019, about 2,670 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This post is to encourage men to not neglect lumps or nipple changes of their breasts.

Men carry a higher mortality rate than women because they are generally unaware that they can have breast cancer and are more likely to delay diagnosis and thus, treatment.

Risk factors for men include exposure to radiation, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Read the rest of this entry

Mystery Blogger Award

Ilene of the Cancer Bus has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award.

Thank you so much Illene.  This is truly an honor.  Illene discovered this blog when I wrote about insurance companies making decisions for cancer patients. In our communications, I feel as if I’ve known Illene for a very long time.  She is an amazing person who shares her journey living with metastatic breast cancer on her blog, Cancer Bus.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto, who describes the award as;

 

WHY DID I CREATE THE AWARD?
I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to create my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.

I decided to call the award “Mystery Blogger Award.” Why? Because the meaning of my name, “Enigma” is “mystery.” So basically, it’s named after myself; the creator. Plus, I think it’s cool because there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; and when we get to know them, it’s divine! And we find friends where we least expect.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

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Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced To 10 Years for the Murder of Botham Jean

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Botham Jean

On Sept. 6, 2018, Botham Jean was 26 years old when he was shot dead in his apartment by then Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.  Amber claimed that she thought she had gone to her own apartment and finding the door opened, that someone was inside.

Botham Jean was an accountant for Price Waterhouse, Coopers, an international auditing firm.  Testimony at trial included that he was eating ice cream in his apartment when Guyger opened the door.

On September 9, 2019, an arrest warrant for manslaughter was issued for Guyer.  According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Guyger told investigators that she parked on 4th floor of the garage instead of the 3rd floor.  When she put her key in the door of what she believed was her apartment, the door was ajar. She yelled at the purported burglar to show his hands, and then she fired twice.

A Dallas County grand jury indicted Guyger on November 30, 2018 on one count of murder.  Guyger plead not guilty.

The 31-year-old Guyger was fired from the Dallas Police Department days after the shooting. Her trial began on September 23, 2019. Read the rest of this entry

Day-3 of Impeachment Inquiry: Whistleblower complaint released ahead of congressional testimony

I’ve been tied to the news about this.  Here is the Whistleblower’s Complaint at this link.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This is day-3 of Donald Trump’s impeachment process.  Events are moving at light-speed, and it appears that the president – who had escaped accountability in the Mueller investigation and countless other transgressions – has finally gone too far even for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian government.  That the demand was quickly complied with is very telling.  It indicates that Trump has lost control over this situation, and that Congress’ tolerance for continued obstruction by his administration has come to an end.

A redacted copy of the formal whistleblower complaint filed by Inspector General Michael Atkinson has been submitted to Congress ahead of today’s testimony by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.  The still unnamed whistleblower has also agreed to testify…

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Our Primary Purpose — Eddie Two Hawks

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama XIV Eddie’s Garden Photos

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U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns

Thanks for the updates.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump.  The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020.  GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign.  Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth.  NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…

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THINK ABOUT THIS — theutopiauniverse

Keep this with you during your week, four great points to be kept in mind………………. Brooke, Universal Life Coach theutopiauniverse.com

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Seven Year Anniversary on Word Press

At times it doesn’t seem that long, and at other times it seems to have been longer.  I’ve seen many changes in the blogging community since 2012.  We’ve lost some bloggers to death.  Others have blogs that are no longer active, and no reason has been given.  I miss them.

Still yet, some bloggers and participants have had life-changes that have taken them from the internet.  Family, children, grandchildren, change of jobs, family illness, etc. take priority.  I miss them too.

Thanks to all followers and visitors.  Some have been with me since 2012 and others are new.  I appreciate all of you.   If you are new or haven’t yet commented, feel free to introduce yourself in the comment section below. Read the rest of this entry

NY Cop Daniel Pantaleo Who Killed Eric Garner Has Been Fired

In a nutshell, the decision is based on the finding that while Eric Garner was wrong to resist arrest, Pantaleo was wrong to use a prohibitive chokehold on Garner.

From WhoTV.com

The New York police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014 has been dismissed and will not receive his NYPD pension, Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday.

“It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York police officer,” he said.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo was found guilty in a disciplinary trial earlier this month of using a chokehold on Garner, the New York man whose final words were, “I can’t breathe”.

The departmental administrative judge officially recommended Pantaleo be fired. O’Neill, an officer for 34 years, cited that recommendation repeatedly in his announcement on Monday, but he said it was still not an “easy decision.”

O’Neill said contributions Pantaleo has already made toward his pension will be returned to him.

The decision comes more than five years after police tried to arrest the 43-year-old who was allegedly selling loose cigarettes illegally on Staten Island. In video of the arrest, Pantaleo can be seen wrapping one arm around Garner’s shoulder and the other around his neck before jerking him back and pulling him to the ground.

The departmental disciplinary trial focused on whether Pantaleo used a department-banned chokehold in the arrest.

The city medical examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide in the days after his death, and the medical examiner testified that Pantaleo’s alleged chokehold caused an asthma attack and was “part of the lethal cascade of events.”

Pantaleo denied that he used the maneuver, but Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado ruled that a chokehold triggered a series of events that culminated with Garner’s death, according to the report, which CNN obtained from a source familiar with the matter.

“Here, (Pantaleo’s) use of a chokehold fell so far short of objective reasonableness that this tribunal found it to be reckless — a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer,” Maldonado wrote. “Moreover, (Pantaleo’s) glaring dereliction of responsibility precipitated a tragic outcome.”

Despite the disciplinary trial, Pantaleo has avoided criminal charges in the death. A grand jury in New York declined to indict the officer in 2014, and the city of New York settled with Garner’s estate for $5.9 million in 2015. The Justice Department declined to bring federal civil rights charges last month.

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Dare Call it What it Is: Race Hatred Blessed By the President — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

 

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Another day, another race based mass killing, another fake message of support from the President.

This time it was El Paso, Texas. A young white man from Dallas, an admitted White Supremacist went to a Walmart at a mall. Using an AK-47 he went on a killing spree. When police confronted him he offered no resistance.  The latest casualty count is 20 dead and 26 wounded, but the count is still fluctuating.  In his manifesto retrieved from the 8Chan site preferred by violent White Supremacists, he wrote:

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” 

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IT’S NOT MENTAL HEALTH, IT’S WHITE SUPREMACY — THE LEON KWASI CHRONICLES

It’s also White Supremacy taking advantage of the First and Second Amendments.  Too many are now one-man “militias” under the auspice of helping the government wage race war on American soil.   

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2 mass shootings, Trump fires Coats, Putin foe poisoned, Feds to cut interest rate, Earth Overshoot Day — The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella What would be a Monday in America without more mass shootings? Trump fired the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and replaced him with a Mueller-hating sycophant. The physician who treated Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned political foe of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, suspects he was poisoned in jail. The decade-long period […]

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State-Sanctioned Murder! — Filosofa’s Word

Does anybody remember Clayton D. Lockett? No, of course not. Allow me to refresh your memory. Mr. Lockett was brutally murdered by our own federal government on April 29,2014 in a botched execution. Lockett was administered an untested mixture of drugs that had not previously been used for executions in the United States. Although the […]

Why do we kill people

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Robert Mueller’s Scheduled Testimony Today – Open Discussion

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees for a total of five hours Wednesday., July 24, 2019.   The Committees intend to get a “much clearer narrative” of the Special Counsel’s two-year investigation before the American people about Trump’s conduct.

I plan on watching, and found where it is being live streamed online.   The video is below and should be live when testimony begins.  Please join me in watching and comment below.  Based on Mueller’s history of sometimes being vague, and his press conference where he stated that if he came before Congress he would not go beyond what is written in his report, this should be interesting.

Mueller’s testimony is scheduled to be split before the two committees, with 3 hours before the Judiciary Committee and 2 hours before the Intelligence Committee.  There will be a 30 minute break between the two hearings, and Mueller can request breaks. Read the rest of this entry

Medicare Is Not Free Insurance

During the 2016 presidential campaign, we heard “Medicare for all” as the solution to insure all Americans.  We are hearing it again now in 2019.  Currently, Medicare is not 100 percent coverage at no cost to the insured.  If politicians in D.C. can’t make it available without costs to those with Medicare now, how are they going to make it a reality to all Americans?

I am guilty of thinking that after paying into Medicare for more over 40 years, that once I reached 65, I would have healthcare insurance for free.  I was mistaken.

Medicare has four (4) parts.  The parts are explained in a handbook.  As I write this, next to me is “The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook”.   The subtitle is “Medicare and You, 2019.”

Medicare Part A is “premium free” and only covers hospital admissions, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and home health care.  I found at this link that Medicare Part A has a $1,364 deductible for each benefit period.  Benefit periods begin with admission to a hospital through the date of discharge.  After 90 days of hospitalization, the insured is responsible for all hospital costs.

Medicare Part B covers doctor services.  If an insured is admitted to a hospital without Medicare Part B, they are responsible for the cost of doctor services.  There is a $185 deductible per year for Medicare Part B. After your deductible is met, Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of doctor services.

The current cost for Medicare Part B is $135.50 per month.  That amount might be higher depending on annual income.   Currently, most providers do not accept Medicare for vision and dental because what they pay for is limited. Read the rest of this entry

The Battle Is The Lord’s

In 1983, I became aware of Christian Contemporary Music.  One artist that I fell in love with is Bryan Duncan.  Bryan considers himself a “misfit for church”.  I can relate to that.  Some of his music carries elements of Blues and Jazz that I really enjoy.

Bryan Duncan

 

Bryan Duncan is a Dove Award and Grammy Award winning artist who has sold over a million records.  Along with being lead singer in at least 2 bands and singing on compilations, he has also written two books and is a member of the Black Sheep Harley Davidson’s For Christ.

 

My heart is heavy for those on the metastatic breast cancer journey.  When cooking, I like listening to music.  This evening, it was Bryan Duncan’s “Joyride” CD.   When I heard the song below, I thought of those on the journey, and the song became my prayer for them.

Be encouraged.

 

 

A Most Relevant and Uncomfortable Message: Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day Oration Of 1852 — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

Friends of Padre Steve’s World, Yesterday President Trump delivered a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in his “Salute to America.” For Trump the speech was as non-partisan. Although he talked about the “spirit of America” and detailed many military, scientific, and economic accomplishments, appealed to American Exceptionalism, and threw in a couple of comments about […]

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The Illinois Community Care Program In Rockford Is A Joke

In Illinois, there are two programs for disabled persons to provide them with help at home.  One is DORS, and it’s for those under age 60.  DORS is administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services and provides services to individuals with disabilities so they can remain in their own homes and live as independently as possible.    DORS, personal assistants are selected, employed, and supervised by individual customers.  That means the personal assistant (PA) gets to meet the client and see the premises before they agree to take the job and/or before the client agrees to hire them.

For those age 60 and over, there is the Community Care Program which is administered through the Illinois Department on Aging.   Under the Community Care Program, home healthcare agencies (HHA) apply with the state government for approval.  The agencies then hire “home makers” which for all intents and purposes perform the same work as personal assistants under the DORS program.

HHA’s train by having applicants watch 16 hours of videos.  The agency I am assigned to includes in their recruitment material, “No previous experience required”.  That speaks volumes, clearly indicating that clients, many of whom are in pain or feel lousy and need assistance, are expected to provide on-the-job training.

Before age 60, they seem to think that disabled persons are capable of interviewing and orientating persons who are going to be in their homes.  The attitude I have experienced from HHA agencies and various personnel with the Illinois Department on Aging, is that once people live to see their 60th birthday, they are stereotyped as elderly patients whose minds have stopped functioning and who can be disregarded as long as they are patronized.

From March 19th through May 30th,  I’ve had 3 or more hours each day, Monday through Friday, consumed by homemakers and/or the agency that assigned them.  It turned out to be the most stressful and inconvenient thing I’ve ever experienced.   Geez!  Homemakers were expected to make my life easier.  I should be enjoying evenings and weekends instead of being exhausted and at times, traumatized.

My experience with the Community Care Program lasted less than 3 months but seemed like a year and thus, the reason this post is longer than most posts that I write.

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Mueller to testify, government secrecy, Supreme Court news, China-Canada tiff, NRATV, and ICE insight

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

He didn’t want to, but former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will comply with a subpoena to testify in public before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees next month.  Whether or not Democrats will ask probing questions about his truncated prosecutorial decisions, as well as about his reluctance to investigate leads implicating President Trump in criminal behavior, will reveal how serious they really are about impeachment and their constitutional duty to check abuses of power by the executive branch.  Government secrecy, a trademark of authoritarian regimes, is obviously increasing under Trump as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being undermined by administrative actions and policies on top of Monday’s egregious ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Addition of the contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census has run into a logistical obstacle which can now only be overcome by overt intervention by the Supreme…

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Mohamed Noor Sentenced to 12.5 Years For Killing Justine Damond

Justine Damond

On June 7, 2019, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12 1/2 years for killing Justine Damond.

In April, Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and manslaughter. He was found not guilty second-degree murder.

 

ABC  news reports

Speaking in court before the sentence was read, Noor said that he had felt “fear” as he pulled the trigger. But when he saw Ruszczyk Damond on the ground, “I knew in an instant that I was wrong.”

“I caused this tragedy and it is my burden,” he said. “I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot and that is a troubling reality for me. I will think about Ms. Ruszczyk and her family forever. The only thing I can do is try to live my life in a good way going forward.”

Justine had called 911 after hearing screams in the back of the building where she lived.  She waited for the police and approached the police car when it arrived.  She was unarmed.  Noor shot Justine through the open driver’s side window, although he was sitting in the passenger’s seat and his partner did not see any threat.   Justine was in her pajamas.

Fox News reports;

“The defendant fired his gun over the body of his partner,” Lofton told the court at sentencing. “He did that in a residential neighborhood. He did that without saying a word. He did that despite Ms. Rusczyzk not saying a word. He did that despite the fact that she had nothing in her hands but a cell phone.”

 

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