Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, addresses 7 excuses people use not to vote, and explains why those excuses should not prevent them from voting.
Each vote matters.
In April 2018, in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, Brennan Walker missed his school bus. His mom had taken his cell phone from him the night before, so he could not call or get a map to school. He attempted to follow the path of the school bus but became lost. He went to a house, rung the bell, and Jeffrey Ziegler grabbed a loaded shotgun. Brennan ran, and Jeffrey took a shot at Brennan’s back. Fortunately, he missed.
For more background on the case, see the post at this link.
Ziegler was charged with assault with intent to murder and felony firearms. The jury was given instructions on a lesser charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. It took the jury three hours of deliberation to find Ziegler guilty of the lesser charge. It carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Ziegler was also found guilty of possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony. which has a mandatory sentence of two years in prison. Read the rest of this entry
The people who try to make you feel bad and/or afraid are those who are addicted to the pain and fears they cause themselves.
Don’t let them treat you like a cigarette; as their enabler, to fulfill their addiction to fear.
When you draw boundaries, they look for another Brand and forsake you.
Forgive them anyway and keep going without them.
Last week I had my first cycle of chemo for Stage IV breast cancer. The results of the PET Scan were not as bad as expected. I do have Stage IV breast cancer, but that’s because it has moved to the lymph nodes underneath both arms. No cancer cells were found in my organs nor bones.
That doesn’t mean it won’t spread because my insurance company is denying my oncologist the drug that stops division of the cancer cells.
Also this week, as friends and families educate themselves to help me get through this, I’ve found that I have to keep reminding them that there are different types of breast cancer cells. As my friends and family talk to cancer survivors and read things online about breast cancer, survival rates, etc. it’s important for them to remember that breast cancer has different cells. The type of cells are important for diagnosis and treatment.
The parasites that are trying to give life to themselves by eating my body from the inside out are HER2-positive cancer cells. They are aggressive. Four days after the biopsy, the tumor had grown 2 inches. By the time the PET Scan was taken and the results in, the MUGA Scan was taken, and the first chemo scheduled, that parasitical, invasive tumor was even larger.
If you’ve been reading this blog for years, then you probably know that I’m one who trusts in vitamins, herbs and other supplements. I do not reject traditional medicine. I also follow Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet as close as possible. It all seemed to pay off for me because in order to start chemo, I needed a MUGA Scan score of at least 50. My MUGA Scan score was 72. My blood pressure and blood work were all fine.
I had been taking supplements all along, but after my diagnosis, I looked for specific supplements. I want my body to heal in between treatment cycles. But first, I needed to know more about my enemy. I tried reading reputable websites, and found Healthline.com.
“When you have a breast biopsy, the tissue is tested for hormone receptors (HR). It’s also tested for something called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Each can be involved in the development of breast cancer.”
“HER2 is a gene that creates HER2 proteins, or receptors. These receptors help control growth and repair of breast cells. An overexpression of HER2 protein causes out-of-control reproduction of breast cells.
HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be more aggressive than HER2-negative breast cancers. Along with tumor grade and cancer stage, HR and HER2 status helps determine your treatment options.”
My insurance company tossed a wrench into the battlefield.
Without naming my medical providers, staff, or other identifying features, I will name my insurance company. It is Humana. This week, my first chemo cycle was delayed for about an hour as my oncologist informed me that he had been on the phone with a doctor with Humana who first denied one of the drugs to be used in my chemo.
The drug, Taxotere and cyclophosphamide (TC) destroys quickly dividing cells. It can be given either to shrink the size of the tumor before surgery to remove it, or after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may be still present in the body. The goal of TC is to cure. But there are only two sites where I was able to find that it’s the drug’s goal. One site is guess what? That of trial attorneys. More on that later. Read the rest of this entry
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery using a firearm in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald. However, Van Dyke still faces Administrative Disciplinary actions and other officers on the night that Laquan was murdered also face criminal charges or disciplinary actions.
When it is said that the verdict in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke was a victory, it not only pertains to that verdict, but the pending criminal cases and disciplinary allegations against others who were present that night, or in charge of investigating.
Three others are facing criminal charges.
Five are facing disciplinary actions pending the completion of Van Dyke’s trial.
Three with pending administrative actions have retired.
Here is the list of what remains; Read the rest of this entry
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of Black, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. You can click here to read more background on this case.
Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery; one for each bullet he sent into the 17-year old’s body. He was found not guilty of official misconduct. Second-degree murder usually carries a sentence of less than 20 years. In Illinois, aggravated battery with a firearm carries a minimum sentence of 6 years, and a maximum penalty of 30 to 60 years.
While probation is allowed for second-degree murder, it is not allowed for the Class X felony of aggravated battery using a firearm.
Van Dyke took the witness stand on Tuesday, and on cross-examination was asked about a statement he made to his partner as they approached the shooting scene: “Oh my God, we’re going to have to shoot the guy.”
“I thought the officers were under attack,” Van Dyke said.
After the verdict, a woman juror said a changing point for many of the jurors was when it was revealed that Van Dyke said to his partner that they might have to shoot McDonald, even before they got out of their police vehicle. Read the rest of this entry
Petrel14 of Dearkitty1 blog has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. I am very thankful for this nomination. This is my third nomination and I humbly accept because it gives me another opportunity to pay it forward.
This also gives me opportunity to thank followers and participants. Words cannot express my appreciation for you. Read the rest of this entry
17-year old Laquan McDonald was killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. Van Dyke was not arrested until a judge set a date for the release of dash cam video. That was in November 2015.
Van Dyke’s murder trial began the first week of September 2018 with jury selection. Twelve jurors and 5 alternatives have been selected. The jury consists of one Black woman, and two Blacks as alternatives.
On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the prosecution rested its case. Van Dyke’s defense will now be presented to the jury.
Following the trial has been difficult for me due to personal matters, but I do plan on blogging the verdict. Meanwhile, I have copied the post originally published in November 2015 because it contains background on what happened, including that without the intervention of Brandon Smith, an independent journalist, Van Dyke might not have been charged.
Originally published in November 2015.
It’s not what Laquan did or did not do. Rather, it is what the Chicago Police Department did after officer Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan.
Brandon Smith’s introduction on The Guardian, says that he is a Chicago-based independent journalist who, with the help of whistleblowers and the Freedom of Information Act, has reported on civil rights abuses, privatization of public assets, digital privacy concerns and pollution of land and water.”
“Independent journalist.” I like that title because it reflects a form of journalism that has almost gone the way of the dinosaur. It would be correct to replace “independent” with “investigative” in this matter, because what Brandon Smith did goes beyond reporting. Without the backing of a publication to finance his endeavors, Brandon Smith did not have to proceed at his own costs. Brandon worked along with another independent journalist, Jamie Kalven, and University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman. Because they are independent journalists, they aren’t often issued press credentials to attend press conferences and such. In fact, he was not allowed to attend the press conference that discussed the release of video that came about due to his persistence and good work.
Had they not been independent and determined, we would not have the video of the killing of Laquan McDonald. Without the release of the video, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke would still be on paid desk duty; and his fictionalized report of what happened would be business as usual in cover-ups. Read the rest of this entry
Thanks for this updated information. I wonder if they received her toxicology report and that helped them make the decision?
By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
Amber Guyger, the white woman Dallas, police officer who shot and killed 26-year Botham Jean, a seemingly law abiding citizen in his own apartment was officially fired by former police department.
After the shooting, Guyger, originally claimed that she some how confused, Mr.Jean’s apartment for her own, and claimed she shot him when he didn’t respond to her verbal commands.
According to some news outlets, some neighbors gave conflicting accounts to what they heard.
Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall, reportedly fired Amber Guyger after an internal investigation was concluded and determined the former Dallas police officer “engaged in adverse conduct’.
She has reportedly been charged with manslaughter in the death of, Jean.
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Earlier this year, an itchy rash appeared on my left arm, then my right arm. The appearance of the skin indicated to me that it was an allergy. I had not eaten anything unusual, so was very puzzled what could be causing the reaction.
Then, my doctor placed me on an anti-biotic. The rash went away. Also this year, I’ve had recurring sinus infections more than usual. The rash on my arms reappeared about two weeks ago. It was worse than the first time.
Last week Friday while getting ready to take my second dose of Vitamin D3, I happened to read the ingredients. Mostly, I order vitamins and supplements from a company that advertises no preservatives, artificial coloring, etc. In fact, I’ve ordered from that same company for years and trusted their products. Such it was with Vitamin D3 which I began taking this year.
For those unfamiliar, Vitamin D3 contains vitamin D, calcium which is necessary for the body to process vitamin D, and magnesium.
On the label of the Vitamin D3 was “calcium source; oyster shells”. I am allergic to shellfish! So all year, I’ve been consuming something in the Vitamin D3 that I am allergic to and didn’t know it. It’s been 6 days since I took that brand of Vitamin D3. The rash is clearing. My breathing is no longer shallow. Then I noticed another ingredient in my vitamins. Soy.
That caused me to start researching soy, and I was shocked by what I found. I stopped taking those vitamins that contain soy and since doing so, my sinuses have immensely improved. I began to check the ingredients on other things in my cabinets and refrigerator. A short list of what I discovered contains soy, or soybeans, or soybean oil includes:
Canned tuna in water; Green Giant brand frozen broccoli, including with cheese, and with carrots; Three different brands of salad dressing; Miracle Whip; Worchester Sauce; bread, including hamburger and hot dog buns.
It’s all in the garbage now.
Since part of my reason to learn about soy is to decide on what is best for me as a cancer patient, I began by researching soy and breast cancer. Is soy safe or not? That depends on what you read. The Mayo Clinic says:
“Studies show that eating a moderate amount of soy foods does not increase risk of breast cancer — or other types of cancer. A moderate amount is considered one to two servings a day of whole-soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk and edamame. Soy contains protein, isoflavones and fiber, all thought to provide health benefits.”
“So where did the idea come from that soy increases breast cancer risk? Isoflavones, which are found in soy, are plant estrogens. High levels of estrogen have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. However, food sources of soy don’t contain high enough levels of isoflavones to increase the risk of breast cancer.”
This case brought back memories of Kyle Dinkheller, whose murder also happened in the State of Georgia. It also reminds me of discussions of how law enforcement treats suspects differently and gives reasonable inference that it is due to the color of their skin. How often have we seen videos where law enforcement commands suspects to put their hands on the hood of the car, or lock their hands behind their heads, handcuff and search them before telling them they are under arrest? Has America’s gun culture, stereotypes and bigotry, established that guns are only dangerous if and when on a Black suspect, as opposed to a White suspect?
Two Peach County, Georgia sheriff’s deputies might be alive today had they not given Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr. the benefit of the doubt that he would be arrested peacefully. This is not to blame the sheriff deputies. I can’t honestly say if Peach County Sheriffs treat all suspects in the same manner or not. What I can say is that if law enforcement in other jurisdictions behaved in the same manner, then innocent lives would not have been taken. Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, and Justine Damond, among others, come to mind.
There are too many cases of law enforcement officers being killed by Whites where major media barely makes a whisper and Blue Lives Matter reports a story that omits details about White cop-killers.
I did manage to dig up an article on Blue Lives Matter that mentions the cop-killer in this case. It is dated November 7, 2016. It incorrectly reports that the deputies were “… immediately upon their arrival they were both shot without warning by Elrod.” As the video in this post shows, the deputies were not “immediately” shot upon their arrival. A deputy had a conversation with Elrod and was shot after telling Elrod that he was under arrest. The article also omits what the cop killer did that justified a 911 call.
In another article, Blue Lives Matter says in the headlines that one of the deputies was “ambushed.” While the shooting was unexpected, the cop-killer was standing right in the deputy’s face, arguing with him. Blue Lives Matter could not report what actually happened because in this case, a White man argued with a deputy sheriff, which goes against the stereotype that only Blacks argue with law enforcement.
The following is what happened that led to Ralph Elrod, Jr. killing Peach County, Georgia sheriff’s deputies Patrick Sondron and Daryl Smallwood. Read the rest of this entry
That this was treated as an officer involved shooting shows favoritism and double-standard. She was off-duty and should have been immediately charged the same as any other private citizen who killed a person.
Botham Shem Jean (1991-2018) was an unarmed Black man killed in Dallas, Texas by an off-duty White police officer on September 6th 2018. The officer, Amber Guyger, entered his apartment and shot him dead. She says she thought it was her flat, that he was a burglar.
She says: She came home after working 15 hours and was still in uniform. When she tried to unlock the door it was partly open. She came in, saw a looming figure in the dark and gave “verbal commands”. When the figure did not obey, she shot two times. Only when she turned on the lights did she see that it was not her apartment. (The next-door neighbour did not hear any “verbal commands”.)
He says: …
Jean had a red welcome mat in front of his door – one the few doors with any kind of welcome mat. People who knew him…
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This is difficult for me to write. Occasionally, I’ve written about health issues, such as sinus infections. This time things are more serious.
Last week, my ENT specialist prescribed a different medication for an ear infection that appeared in December and doesn’t want to leave. I picked it up the prescription from the pharmacy and after getting home, began reading the 9 pages; 5 titled “Medicine Information Sheet” and 4 titled “Medication Guide”.
In the third paragraph of the “Medication Guide”, in bold letters it says, “Some of these serious side effects can happen at the same time and could result in death.”
I’ve not started taking this medication and honestly, don’t know if I will. Only, it doesn’t stop there.
Yesterday, I got the frightening news from a diagnostic surgeon that I might have malignant cancer.
Now, out comes the soapbox. I miss the old days when there were neighborhood physicians who took care of mostly everything. Back then there was only hospitalization insurance. Doctor visits costs $20 to $50. If the neighborhood physician decided surgery was needed or tests, he would admit you into the hospital so the insurance would pay for it. All providers would be together, and staff made sure that you received the proper diet and medication on time.
Now, patients might have several doctors. Indeed, I have 6, and if we count the nurses who take vitals and asks questions, that doubles the number of times that I have to repeat the same thing. Shall I add in the physician assistants who I see me more than the actual physicians? Read the rest of this entry
The New York Times has published an an anonymous Op-Ed essay by someone who works inside the Trump administration. An excerpt says;
“From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.”
“Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.”
Based on many observations of his words and actions, it is my opinion that Trump believes he works for himself rather than for the American people. This ideology also applies to his staff; i.e., that his staff works for his interests and not those of this nation.
A disadvantage that Trump has is a lack of communicating with former Presidents. He doesn’t have to talk to them about policies. Truly, the ability to talk to others who have experience in the same position can relieve stress. Along with this, we have witnessed that past presidents do not hold grudges against each other.
Maybe Trump fails to appreciate any of our currently living, former Presidents. My opinion might be different had Trump served in any political capacity on a state or federal level, but he has no experience representing the interests of anyone other than himself. In his business position, there has not been anyone in a position to overrule him.
I remember when Ronald Reagan ran for president. My first question was that as an actor, would he be suited for the job as president? However, at least Reagan had served the people of the State of California as their governor. As an actor, he worked under directors who worked under producers and the directions of studios. It helps when people are disciplined in taking directions from others. Lone rangers appear to lack self-discipline and also have a screwed view of team work, thinking it to mean that all others simply allow them to do what they want. They lack seeing the bigger picture. Read the rest of this entry
Today is Labor Day in America. It’s a time set aside to honor those who work hard every day. This holiday is a day of rest for many workers while some have to be on the job to keep things moving. I am glad to be off myself on the fourth day of my four-day weekend. Here’s to all of you who are working today and every day.
On the second day of deliberations, a Dallas jury found police officer Roy Oliver guilty of murder. Oliver was found not guilty on two aggravated assault charges.
This was one heck of a trial.
Roy Oliver is the former Balch Springs, Texas officer charged with murder and two counts of aggravated battery by a public servant. I first blogged about this case in May 2017 when Roy Oliver was charged for the April 29, 2017 incident. His trial began on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
To summarize, Oliver and his partner were called about an under-aged drinking party. However, no alcohol or drugs were found. While in the house where the party was taking place, gunshots were heard outside. (It was subsequently determined that the shots were unrelated to the party.)
Jordan Edwards, 15 years old, was at the party with friends and relatives. When the police showed up, they decided to leave and went to the car. They were trying to drive away when Oliver and his partner ran outside after hearing the gunshots. Oliver used his service rifle and fired at least 5 shots into the car where Jordan was a passenger. Jordan was shot in the head. Read the rest of this entry
Condolences to the families and best wishes for the full recovery of those injured.
One was a championship-winning video game competitor with a young son. The other was a rising competitive gaming star who was just getting started.
The Jacksonville Sheriff?s Office identified competitive video game players Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 28, as the two victims who passed away when a gunmanopened fire at a live video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. They were known best in the gaming community by their aliases Trueboy and SpotMePlzzzz, respectively.
Police said the suspected shooter was David Katz, a 24-year-old video game competitor from Baltimore, who opened fire at The Landing shopping center in Jacksonville, where players competed in EA Sports?s Madden NFL 19 championship series. The horrific mass…
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As Reported By CNN
(CNN)Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.
McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.The Arizonan warrior politician, who survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.He spent his last few months out of the public eye in his adopted home state of Arizona, reflecting on the meaning of his life and accepting visits from a stream of friends and old political combatants.In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints.
“It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make peace,” McCain wrote. “I’ve lived very well and I’ve been deprived of all comforts. I’ve been as lonely as a person can be and I’ve enjoyed the company of heroes. I’ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation.