Saturday, November 30, 2013

Elderly Alzheimer's victim shot by hasty gun owner

Article PhotoA 72-year-old Alzheimer’s victim was shot by a gun owner in Chickamauga, Georgia early Wednesday morning. The elderly man, Ronald Westbrook, had wandered away from his home and got lost. He wandered for about 3 miles in the early morning hours, possibly believing he was returning to a home where he used to live. He was holding mail from that home’s mailbox when he died, police said.

A wandering Alzheimer’s victim lost in the middle of the night.

Westbrook had been wandering for about four hours, Sheriff Steve Wilson told reporters. At about 2:30 am a deputy on patrol had seen the Alzheimer’s victim at the mailbox of his former home. When he questioned the man, Westbrook told the deputy that he was just getting his mail and “lived up the hill” and the deputy drove on. If this had been 2:30 in the afternoon, I could see this. But at 2:30 in the morning, why didn’t the deputy look into it a little harder? It just seems odd, to me.
Westbrook wandered about for a couple more hours with his two dogs, wearing a thin windbreaker and straw hat. The wind chill Wednesday night was around 20 degrees. This poor man was probably cold, tired and, most definitely, confused. Then he spotted a beacon of, what could have been, hope:
“This one house at the end of the cul-de-sac had a porch light on,” Sheriff Wilson said. “I tend to think [the Alzheimer's victim] was drawn to that light.”
Westbrook went up to the home, rang the doorbell and tried to turn the doorknob. Joe Hendrix and his fiancée were awakened and called 911. While his fiancée was on the phone with dispatchers, Hendrix went outside. He was carrying a .40-caliber handgun. When he saw the Alzheimer’s victim behind the house, Hendrix says he issued “verbal commands.” When Westbrook didn’t stop, Hendrix fired four shots, hitting the Alzheimer’s victim in the chest and killing him.
what could the 72 year old have done to threaten this guy enough to unload 4 times, sure he didn't move like a burglar or was brandishing a weapon? i am beginning to believe that some people are predisposed to kill another, just as some are predisposed to reject the though of a gun or killing.  don't think you have to be too far one way or the other but have no impunity when they pull the trigger.
seems if in danger or need help consider where you are you could get your head blown off while seeking help from an auto accident, or waving a pleasant greeting to a cop, or just not their kind of person.

Shooter may invoke “stand your ground” law as defense for killing the Alzheimer’s victim.

No charges have been filed against Hendrix but the sheriff is investigating the shooting with the help of The Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Wilson and the local District Attorney may yet file charges. Georgia passed a “stand your ground” law in 2006 and it may apply to this case, Wilson said.
The dispatcher who was on the phone with Hendrix’s fiancée says that neither of them were aware that Hendrix had gone outside with a gun. The Sheriff noted that, while Hendrix did not break any laws by doing so, he should have stayed inside the house. With two patrol cars having been dispatched to deal with the situation, there was no reason for it.

Sheriff knew the victim and his family.

Sheriff Wilson went to the same church as Westbrook. He says that the family didn’t realize the Alzheimer’s victim had wandered off until about the time of the shooting. Wilson said that Westbrook was “a fine man” and that he felt bad for his family. He also stated that Hendrix was “saddened and heartbroken” and that he “will have to live with his actions” for the rest of his life.
if not arrested no charges why would he consider a SYG defense, their is not only something rotten in Sanford, Fla but Chickamauga, Georgia also.

Why the Christian right is so excited about 2014

Elections have consequences. The Senate Democrats’ detonation of the “nuclear option” has dramatically raised the stakes for secular progressives in 2014, 
because if there are two issues that juice the Christian Right the most, it’s women’s reproductive rights and judicial activism. On the latter, the Religious Right senses a once-in-a-decade opportunity to impose its radical worldview on America.
Last week, the Senate voted 52-48 to eliminate the ability of the minority party in the Senate to filibuster executive branch nominees and any judgeship below the Supreme Court by changing the requirements for passage to a simple majority vote. 
It was a historic move made because there was no other alternative, given the GOP’s unprecedented abuse of the filibuster. In the history of the United States, 168 presidential nominees have been filibustered. Half occurred under all presidents from Washington through to Bush. Remarkably, the other half has taken place under just one president: Obama.
this second paragraph alone should be enough to scare you the religious right imposing their will on us through the courts, isn't this why those first guys to escape religious persecution and pursue their faith?
they came here and proceeded to become those they sought to escape and although England relaxed it's laws the settlers escalated theirs, did England create the scourge of America or was it just like the scorpion, their nature?
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. writes, “This era’s conservatives will use any means at their disposal to win control of the courts. Their goal is to do all they can to limit Congress’s ability to enact social reforms.”
The Christian Right, which is the GOP’s most reliable and agitated voting bloc, is obsessed with the courts, and the Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit is the nation’s second most important judicial body, which is why Republicans “gave the game away when all but a few of them opposed Obama’s three most recent appointments.”
Now that Democrats were forced into limiting the filibuster, the Christian Right has its incentive to mobilize for 2014. A simple majority control of the Senate gives it an opportunity to pack the courts with judges straight out of the Justice Scalia mold, who once said that separation of church and state would come under scrutiny under a Supreme Court with a Scalia majority. If the Christian Right sweeps Republicans to control the Senate in next year’s midterms, the anti-secularists will take a big step forward toward their stated ideological goals.
this also is a rallying point for us to stop them, last year over a million votes were cast to kick them out of the hiouse but they gerrymandered because they knew it was a losing game, we can do this again, and swe'll see how christain the evangelicals are.
Truth in Action Ministries recently released a film titled Freedom on Trial, which features Robert Bork, the failed Reagan Supreme Court nominee, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, and Heritage Foundation vice president Genevieve Wood. The general theme of the documentary is that Christianity is under attack thanks to liberal “activist judges.” Bork warns that courts are “teaching the people that religion is evil,” while another conservative attorney claims decisions that go against the Ten Commandments will “destroy the country.”
President Obama’s judicial nominees were being filibustered because they threaten to alter the circuit court’s philosophical balance. The Republican Party has again demonstrated that nullification and obstruction are ready-made weapons to ensure the courts remain dominated by conservatives.
it's up to us Nov. 4th 2014 be there or we return to the early days of the White colonial religious zealots.

'Articles of impeachment' handed out in House

anyone who thinks White Presidents did not put their feet on the desk are asked to prove it.

Article PhotoA book described as “the first draft of the articles of impeachment against Barack Obama” has been distributed to all 435 members of the U.S. House, including the dozen or so who already have publicly admitted they have considered the idea.
“Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office,” by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott, argues that Obama already has committed many violations of the Constitution that could qualify him for impeachment, including his health care legislation, which the authors describe as taxation without representation.
The delivery of the books, donated by publisher WND Books, was arranged by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas.
The congressman previously told WND regarding the scandals and controversies surrounding Obama: “There’s a lot to look at and I think, at some point, if the smoking gun leads to the White House, we have to take action.”
breakout your hip boots the elephant dung is about to go from knee deep to neck deep.  notice they make these threats and they all say they don't know, or they can't prove it but they go full steam ahead with the inquisitions and accusations born in their think tanks, and sponsored by "we the people" are you not tired of being a unwilling accomplice to their war against everything American?
false treasonous efforts to over throw the gov't as it is, look back at the news archives last 5 years and you make a determination at who should be impeached, the Pres. who has a boat load of accomplishments that are in your favor or those who have tried to deny you and your family those same things.
remember real Americans call him Mr. President, they call the republicans the do nothing congress and pasted a 9% favorable rating on their foreheads that also indicates how many persons think they are right. had they asked real Americans it would probably be a double negative 9%.
It was back in January that Stockman wondered about pursuing impeachment if Obama implemented gun-control measures without congressional approval.
Stockman called such executive action “an existential threat to this nation.”
“Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person – much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court,” he argued.
they are wrong and their proof is the reason,
“Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person"
these people are not peaceful look at T-P rally's everyone strapped, their signs "we came peaceful this time", are we to laugh it off or look at the murders around the south STY license to kill, peaceful only in the writing of this article. and the auto rifles they brandish, same models that kill our kids and loved ones, peaceful really?

Tennessee man shoots and kills wife after argument over dead man's shoes

Article PhotoA 70-year-old Tennessee man told authorities he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his wife following an argument over her dead father’s shoes.
The Columbia Daily Herald reported on Friday that James L. Cothran has not been charged yet in connection with the death of 59-year-old Patricia M. Cothran Thanksgiving night at their home in Culleoka. The couple reportedly began arguing that night after she asked her husband to take off her father’s shoes.
The Maury County Sheriff’s Department’s report on the incident states that after he refused, James Cothran and his wife argued for another 30 minutes. She then reportedly grabbed a kitchen knife and began approaching him with “a crazy look in her eyes.”
well when you shoot someone for a totally asinine reason i guess blame it on the one you killed as why they are dead.  sounds good in rehearsal but when you tell the police depending what part of the country you live in could end with a shaking of their heads and no arrest because you said she was "fixin' coming at me"?
no mention of arrest or investigation, and he found the murder weapon on the floor,   did a monkey write that script for him?  women if you value your life leave those areas where it's ok to kill you do they call them red states because of the blood spilled through the centuries?
another killer walks this time with the shoes of the murdered one's father, hope they are tight.

Rush Limbaugh Calls Pope a 'Marxist' For Critique Of Inequality

I'm sure everyone saw this one 
coming a mile away as well. El Rushbo couldn't let the talking heads on Fox be the only ones getting in on the Pope bashing after he dared to speak out against unfettered capitalism and the idolatry of money.
LIMBAUGH: I mentioned, last night -- I was doing show prep last night -- usual routine. And I ran across this -- I don't actually know what it's called -- the latest papal offering, statement from Pope Francis. Now, up until this -- I'm not Catholic. Up until this, I have to tell you, I was admiring the man. I thought he was going a little overboard on the "common man" touch, and I thought there might have been a little bit of PR involved there. But nevertheless, I was willing to cut him some slack. I mean, if he wants to portray himself as still from the streets of where he came from and is not anything special, not aristocratic, if he wants to eschew the physical trappings of the Vatican -- OK, cool, fine.
racist Rush, cuts the Pope some slack well deck the halls with swastikas and Hitler pics. to cut someone slack intimates you feel you have a superior position from which you can judge that person, "do not judge or you too will be judged".  
But this that I came across last night -- I mean, it totally befuddled me. If it weren't for capitalism, I don't know where the Catholic Church would be. Now, as I mentioned before, I'm not Catholic. I admire it profoundly, and I've been tempted a number of times to delve deeper into it. But the pope here has now gone beyond Catholicism here, and this is pure political. Now, I want to share with you some of this stuff.
"Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny.' He beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality, in a document on Tuesday setting out a platform for his papacy and calling for a renewal of the Catholic Church. In it, Pope Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the 'idolatry of money.' "
so what were the numerous times reasons for not delving deeper was it a fear of rejection because of his racist attitude toward all people now including them, or is he just a lying sack of crap?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

two choices

the story of Shay/ from my brother Haywood not the author just as always the messenger

Two Choices
we all can use a feel good story we don't need people going around the country trying to find negative stories this is not that season and not those who respect period.
What would you do? make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its

Dedicated staff, he offered a question:
'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.
Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?'
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'
Then he told the following story:
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.
Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the
Plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.
Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.
Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!
Run to first!'
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.
By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.
Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!
Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team
'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.
Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.
The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.
If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.
We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'
So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:
Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?
A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.
You now have two choices:
1. Delete
2. Forward

May your day, be a Shay Day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


today is my 65th birthday i praise God for letting me see it.  i hope and pray we all can find at least a smile, those of us who are Blessed ask the Lord to help those who are not.
to all of you God Bless you and all in your realm of existence

Can we just have Thanksgiving, please?

Article Photo
in these times the commercializing holidays by greedy every bodies big business and the corporation after all if we did not indulge they would not open.  all they really do is make those who have smile and those that have not realize the economic discrepancy in America.
rich flaunt it store advertise months in advance and just beat down the esteem of those who cannot go to their sales, pictures of the bounty that most will only see on TV.
then along comes Walmart getting it's underpaid to kick in for those who are really underpaid while the are still counting last years net of 19 billion.  and congress cuts food stamps, no job bill passed and no unemployment after Christmas leaves the affected with eating or make some kind of Christmas for their kids.
America is not as advertised not quite sure it ever was.  hopefully we can each find something to smile about this season