Heart Transplant Recipient Dies Fleeing Police
At the age of 15, Anthony Stokes was initially denied a heart transplant because of his criminal behavior. His mother screamed racism and the hospital relented. They not only put him on the recipient list, they moved him to the top of the list.
Less than two years later, he would be dead after a violent home invasion which led to a police chase that resulted in his death.
What a waste of a heart.
From Daily Mail:
A teenager who received a life-saving heart transplant two years ago after initially being denied because of his bad behavior has died following a high-speed car chase with police.
Anthony Stokes, 17, died on Tuesday afternoon after he crashed a stolen Honda into a pole as he fled the scene of an attempted burglary at an elderly woman's home in Roswell, Georgia.
His death comes less than two years after he was given a second chance at life following a heart transplant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. [...]
He had been given just six to nine months to live but the hospital initially refused to put him on the waiting list for a new organ because they thought he would be 'non-compliant' with the treatment. [...]
Stokes' mother, Melencia Hamilton, told reporters that her son, who wore a court-ordered monitoring device, had been stereotyped as a troubled teen.
Following pressure from national media coverage, the boy's family and civil rights groups, the hospital backpedaled in August 2013, and the teenager received a new heart.
After reviewing the situation, they said Anthony would be placed on the list for a heart transplant and that he would be first in line, due to his weakened heart condition,' spokesman Mark Bell said.
IS Baby Killers Are Halal
Religion of something something....
Use The Force!
The technical ramifications of this great discovery, facilitated by the use of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, are too complex to go into right now. Suffice to say that what you so far perceived as gravity, was some prankster Jedi using his powers to keep stuff attached to the Earth. Yes, the man has literally been holding you down all this time.The Force is also a gay rapist?
March 31, 2015
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Commentary on Reform of Islam
The ferment we see in the Muslim world today is not solely due to despotic political systems, and it is not solely due to failing economies and the poverty they breed. Rather, it is also due largely to Islam itself and the incompatibility of certain of that faith’s key tenets with modernity. That is why the most important conflict in the world today is between those who are hell-bent on preserving, and even increasing, these incompatibilities, and those who are bravely prepared to challenge them — not to overthrow Islam but to reform it.Hat Tip: Pop.
Forget the crude distinction between “extreme” and “moderate” Muslims. Rather, we should distinguish among three groups of Muslims.
Feel Good Story of The Day: She's Drunk Jim!
And to think just yesterday she was just a drunk, today she's a world famous drunk!
'Merca the land of opportunity.
Shocking News! Sudden Peace Falls Over Islamic World!
No one killed anyone today. No wait!
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including seven Iranians, according to Iraqi officials.Whew! We were hanging by the skin of our teeth on that one!
Police officials said the attack happened in the town of Taji, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital where the bomber detonated his explosives as the pilgrims were getting off the bus at a gas station.
March 30, 2015
Uncle Samuel in comments posted a link to a very similar analogy at HopeNChange Cartoons (all emphasis is the author's):
The pilot was locked out of the cockpit.
That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. After which Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8 minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. 150 men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.
Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn't be stopped because anyone who could change the jet's disastrous course was locked out.
It's hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them. Hard - but not impossible.
Because America is in trouble. We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don't know where we're going anymore, but do know it isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.
Taliban 0, Jawa Report 143
Sorry @zabilmujahid, you lose.
Bringing the old school back.
His new twitter:
Imperial Star Destroyer Bombs Taliban
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen .....
**UPDATED**BUMPED** SUV Rams Gate at NSA (Cross Dressing Gay Flameout
Jihadis on Dope?!?!)
This is still developing but something happened at the gate to the NSA:
Few details were immediately available about the incident, which the AP said occurred just after 10 a.m.
...At the Fort Meade police headquarters, a spokeswoman said “preliminary information” was that two people showed up injured at the gate of the facility.” But she gave no other information and referred calls to police at Fort Meade.NY Daily News reports the driver of the SUV was killed.
I'm getting sources saying the dead driver was a female. Also that another female a passenger was injured. The other injury was to an officer, possibly the one who rammed the SUV to stop it. From what I can see he is not badly hurt and was conscious when loaded to the ambulance.
Update: Shenanigans! They were not two women they were two men dressed as women.
Obviously terrorism because only ISIS supporters would try that. They like the way women's clothes feel next to their bodies.
UPDATE 14:15 by Rusty: They found cocaine (pronounced: Koh-ka-ayn) in the vehicle.
Cocaine and a weapon were found near or inside the men's vehicle, officials said.I just thought that was interesting. Jihadis are sometimes known to get their bravery up for suicide runs with drugs. Just wanted to throw that out there even though we still have no idea who was behind this.
For what it's worth, the FBI is claiming this was 'not terrorism'. And by 'for what it's worth' I mean 'the statement is literally worth nothing' as the knee jerk reaction is nearly always to say 'not terrorism' even when it's obvious it is:
“The shooting scene is contained, and we do not believe it is related to terrorism,” the FBI said in a statement."Why else would someone attack the NSA if not terrorism? That's a serious question. Even if this turns out to be some left-wing or right-wing nutjobs, what other explanation could there possibly be?
Update: What other explanation could there possibly be?
Update from the Washington Post:Truth its stranger than fiction. Thanks to Shadowofashade.
So the two guys stole their truck and drugs from another guy after a night of passion at a hotel, took a wrong turn, and ended up dead?
Dread Pirate Robert's Lucky Day
The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road.Oooops!
Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents.
...The agents are: Carl Force, 46 years old, of Baltimore, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service.
Force was a lead agent in the case and was the main investigator communicating with Ulbricht. Force is charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest.
Bridges was the computer forensics expert on the case. He is charged with wire fraud and money laundering.
Force allegedly set up fake online personas and tried to extort money from Ulbricht, including once trying to get $250,000 from him in exchange for not providing information to federal investigators, the criminal complaint says.
Using the online persona "French Maid," Force did succeed in getting $100,000 in Bitcoin from Ulbricht, which Force deposited in his personal accounts, the federal complaint says. He later used a series of Bitcoin and personal U.S. dollar transactions, including a $235,000 wire transfer to an account in Panama, to launder the stolen money, prosecutors allege in the complaint.
According to prosecutors, Force also used his position as an executive at a digital currency exchange called CoinMKT, in which he was an investor, to seize accounts of customers. He transferred $297,000 in illegally-seized digital currency to his personal accounts, prosecutors allege in the criminal complaint.
Bridges allegedly stole $820,000, using a series of wire transfers to move Bitcoin that earlier had been stolen from Silk Road in early 2013 and deposited in a Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, according to prosecutors. Two days later, Bridges signed the government's warrant to seize millions of dollars in bitcoin from Mt. Gox accounts.
They say it takes a crook to catch a crook. Its well known that a person can't be prosecuted with malice. I'd say extortion constitutes malice. Also law enforcement can not break the law to secure a conviction.
Anyway if Ross Ulbricht's conviction isn't thrown out over this then I'll eat your hat.
Update: After reading the indictment.....
Ministry of Irony: Somalia Pretty Safe
March 27th Somalia, its totally not unsafe. The African Taliban are alsmost totally peaceful now.
Her Instagram Feed Finds The Fun In Long-Suffering SomaliaMarch 28th:
And she didn't want her relatives in North America to worry. "When I was posting these pictures, it was just to let my family back in Toronto know that, hey, I'm safe. It's not, you know, all bad. It's not all blood and gore," she told Morning Edition's Renee Montagne.
MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 28 (UPI) -- Somali soldiers brought an end Saturday to a siege by al-Shabab militants of a Mogadishu hotel frequented by foreigners and government officials, according to multiple reports.I think maybe the safety needs to simmer a bit longer, needs more salt.
At least 14 people -- including the Somali ambassador to Switzerland, Yusuf Baribari -- were killed in the ordeal, which began Friday when a group of armed men exited a car outside of the Maka al-Mukarama hotel and stormed the building after the vehicle exploded.
The 12-hour siege, which reportedly wounded 28 others, ended Saturday when U.S.-trained Somali special forces stormed the building. Journalists reported seeing bodies of militants and soldiers at the scene, and some diplomats jumped from windows to escape death. One such person told Al Jazeera that the militants were killing people indiscriminately.
Two Students From Bangladesh Madrassa Arrested in Murder Of Second Blogger
Blogger Washiqur Rahman was murdered by three killers, two of which have been captured.
Mr. Rahman was not just stabbed images show the attackers attempted to behead him. He is the second blogger to be murdered in Bangladesh in a month.
A blogger has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, a month after a prominent atheist writer was killed in a similar attack.
Washiqur Rahman was attacked close to his home in Dhaka's Begunbari area, a police official told AFP news agency.
Two students at an Islamic seminary have reportedly been arrested.
Last month, Avijit Roy, a US-based writer who had criticised religious intolerance, was killed in a machete attack while he was visiting Dhaka.
His death sparked fresh concerns for freedom of speech in Bangladesh, where several secular-minded writers have been targeted by militants.
Of course this has nothing to do with Islam, except.....The suspects told police they had targeted Mr Rahman because of his anti-Islamic writing, a police official told the Associated Press news agency.
Probably these Muslims are the same ones that murdered Averit Roy.
After Roy's murder an Islamic Cleric was arrested for inciting the murder but the actual killers were never found. So in this case they did not get away. One wonders just how hard the Bangladesh police were looking for the real killers, using the arrest of Farabi Shafiur Rahman for incitement as a bone thrown to the media to look like they were doing their job.The Bangladeshi writer and exile Taslima Nasrin paid her respects to Washiqur via Twitter. In her comment, she warned that ‘Bangladesh is not a place for freethinkers.’
There are growing calls on Bangladesh to legislate to prevent further blasphemy-related reprisals. Earlier this month, the British Humanist Association (BHA) raised the issue of reprisals against perceived blasphemers to the UN Human Rights Council, urging states to explicitly outlaw such attacks amid a wave of violence targeting the non-religious around the world. Blasphemy-related killings have very low prosecution and arrest rates, and there is a strong perception that those who kill for blasphemy are able to act with impunity.
Gay Activists Outraged Over Wedding Cake
Atheists and homosexual-rights activists in Ireland are threatening protest marches. A local government in the overwhelmingly Catholic country has fined a homosexual baker in the village of Inch (County Clare) for refusing to produce a wedding cake featuring, on its icing, the inscription, “A man shall . . . hold fast to his wife — Gen. 2:24.”I can't believe those Nazis protected O’Riordan's rights against forced labor.
The baker, Robert O’Riordan, says that he considers the inscription to be an implicit rebuke of his own domestic living arrangement and an imposition on his right as an atheist to refuse assent to “any material endorsement of religious ceremonies.” Mr. O’Riordan regularly bakes other wedding cakes; the difference here, he says, is that the inscription requires him to acknowledge the specifically religious nature of the nuptials, thus infringing on his freedom of conscience.
No one can make you enter a contract by force, Well except for the government who forces you to enter contracts for car and health insurance.
Spoiler below the fold...
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. . . Well, Mr. Sullivan is right. Or at least he would be if he actually existed. I invented the entire story above. Sullivan does, however, have a like-minded counterpart in Northern Ireland. His name is Aidan O’Neill, and he is a “prominent human rights barrister” in Northern Ireland. He is representing the Ashers Baking Company against charges by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland that it is illegally discriminating against a would-be client who wanted a cake featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie under the slogan “support gay marriage.” O’Neill argued, quite cogently, that if these charges stand, then (in the Telegraph’s summation of his report) “Muslim printers could be forced to produce cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed” or “a T-shirt company with a lesbian owner [could be forced] to print tops denouncing same-sex marriage as an ‘abomination.’”I just want to bring a little common sense there. This law does not discriminate against gays.
It protects them. The law says that a substantial burden is required. The way this works is that if a business bills itself as specifically religious vs secular.
Lets take the example of Books a Million vs your typical Christian book store.
Books a Million is billed as Books a Million. So you might expect the find say Steven Kings novel The Stand. Whereas a Christian bookstore that is in business specifically to cater to "Christian Values" might not carry the The Stand.
If you've ever read the Stand you can understand that its not exactly Christian theology. It had situations and language that might not fly at the Christian bookstore.
So you can't walk into the Christian bookstore and get pissed off that they don't have The Stand or that particular back issue of Hustler Magazine you are looking for.
Same thing, you can hardly ask a Muslim halal bakery to bake the pork bomb for your gay Jewish wedding.
Under the Law you can still ask Chic Fillet to cater your gay wedding if that is what you wish.
See how this works?
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ISIS Rule Just Like The Days of Saddam Hussein
When fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a number of other rebel groups captured much of northern and central Iraq last summer, 50-year-old Sidiqa* - a resident of Mosul - reacted with euphoria.I for one am scratching my archaeological vacation in Mosul. Its become a bit too archaeological if you know what I mean.
Sidiqa, like many of her neighbours, initially viewed the fighters as liberators who broke the grip of a government they considered oppressive. But since ISIL's black banner was hoisted over the city - Iraq's second-largest, with nearly two million people - life has become much more difficult.
"I could not even go out on my own to get groceries," said Sidiqa, who now lives in the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil. "As a woman, I was not allowed to go out without the company of a male family member."
March 29, 2015
Virginia State Bar: "We Are A State Agency That Strives For Maximum Inclusion And Equality, So BOYCOTTT ISRAEL!"
It looks like the Virginia State Bar is joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that has been a rage on anti-Semitic college campuses across America. This organization that claims to be all about inclusion and equality has decided to move a long planned seminar from Jerusalem to a yet-to-be-announced location.
Kevin Martingayle, president of the Virginia State Bar, writes:
Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other individuals have expressed objections to the VSB's plan to take the Midyear Legal Seminar trip in November to Jerusalem. It was stated that there are some unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security that affect travelers to the nation. Upon review of U.S. State Department advisories and other research, and after consultation with our leaders, it has been determined that there is enough legitimate concern to warrant cancellation of the Israel trip and exploration of alternative locations.
Undoubtedly, this news will disappoint some VSB members. But we are a state agency that strives for maximum inclusion and equality, and that explains this action. Fortunately, we still anticipate being able to find a suitable location for the November seminar trip, and we will send out further news very soon.
Since the Virginia State Bar is subjected to Virginia's FOIA statute, answers should be forthcoming soon. Unless they pull a Hillary...