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The Shadow – The Deathhouse Rescue 1937

Shadow_Death_From_NowhereThe radio show drama, The Shadow – The Deathhouse Rescue, which premiered on September 26, 1937, starred Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston, better known as The Shadow, and Agnes Moorhead as Margot Lane, Cranston’s constant companion and sidekick. (2)

The 1930s was a time when people needed to escape from reality because of the devastating effects of the Great Depression and the brutal antics Hitler was implementing in Germany and Europe. Escapism was the rule in all of the media including dime novels like The Shadow – Death from Nowhere (1) above left, movies and radio shows like The Shadow.

The Shadow character was described as a man with a genius level intellect who was in peak physical condition. He was a master detective, skilled marksman, martial artist, and a master of disguise and stealth. (2)

In this episode Cranston is tasked with clearing Paul Gordon’s name and rescuing him from his date with the electric chair. Can the Shadow accomplish the near impossible? I’m sure you already know the answer, but it is still fun to listen to him while he does it.

The Shadow always begins with “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” Give a listen.

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Naturally the good guy always wins. This is escapism after all, and the bad guys winning would be most depressing. The Shadow always ends with “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay… The Shadow knows!” (2) Thank you, Shadow. I feel better already.

And remind me to order some Blue Coal anthracite for my furnace.

Citations:
(1) “Shadow Death From Nowhere”. Via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shadow_Death_From_Nowhere.jpg#/media/File:Shadow_Death_From_Nowhere.jpg Retrieved 6/24/2015.
(2) The Shadow. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow. Retrieved 6/24/2015.

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South African Cops Out Brutalize US Counterparts

The US media has been abuzz lately over the almost weekly incidents of police brutality caught on video by the general public. In New York City, on July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was killed by New York police, including officer Daniel Pantaleo who appeared in a video to be holding Garner in a choke hold.

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Although the medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, a grand jury declined an indictment. Pantaleo was not charged.

And what terrible crime did Garner commit? He was charged with selling “loosies,” which are single cigarettes sold without the proper tax. (1) What does a single cigarette sans tax sell for? 20-25 cents?

For want of tax on a two-bit cigarette, Eric Garner, father of six, gave his life. Naahh! That doesn’t sound like police overkill to me. Clearly, it was justifiable homicide. We cannot have common criminals cheating the government out of 5 cents tax, now can we?

In South Carolina cops dispense with the choke holds and shoot unarmed motorists in the back, or at least that is what patrolman Michael Slager allegedly did last April 4, 2015.

Slager, who is white, pulled over African American motorist Walter Scott for a broken tail light, a capital crime if ever there was one. For some reason the confrontation escalated, Scott tried to flee, and Slager emptied eight rounds into Scott’s back.

It’s a good thing that Slager loaded up on hollow points the previous week. An officer needs all the fire power he can muster in these troubled times.

Here’s a pictorial showing the course of events:

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The big question here is why did a simple traffic stop escalate into the death of a motorist? Slager said that Scott grabbed Slager’s taser at which point Slager “felt threatened.” Other pundits speculate that Scott was afraid of being arrested for an outstanding warrant for unpaid child support, making him behave in a threatening manner.

Perhaps Officer Slager simply woke up that day and decided to end someone. Slager appeared calm, cool and collected throughout the video, even nonchalant. Maybe he calmly looked Scott in the eye and said something like, “Run, (N-word) cuz I’m gonna kill ya.”

That would make me run. I’m handicapped and cannot run, but hearing those words from a crazed looking cop would make me run anyway.

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In 1985 in Tennessee v. Garner, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment permits police to shoot at a fleeing suspect only when he “poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others.” (2) That, of course, or a broken brakelight. It’s a little known codicil to the Court’s decision that Police can shoot you if you have a broken brakelight.

Despite all of the hullabaloo about the violent behavior of U.S. police officers, the USA is no where near the worst in the world when you compare police violence.

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Compare U.S. police escapades to that of their South African counterparts and the U.S. cops simply pale by comparison. Mido Macia would undoubtedly confirm that statement, if he were still alive that is.

Emidio Josias Macia, known as Mido, was a Mozambican immigrant to South Africa and a taxi driver who was killed near Johannesburg while in the custody of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on February 26, 2013. (3) The manner in which Mido came to be in police custody and part of the cause of his death were captured on video.

Watch the following video only if you have a strong stomach, cuz it ain’t pretty. NSFW:

The brazenness of the SAPS in this video is remarkable. They had to know that at least one person in the large crowd of onlookers would be filming their brutality, yet they deliberately tortured the man to death anyway.

Just how did the Police justify their behavior? They claimed that Macia had caused a traffic jam and then resisted arrest. (4) Well, that explains it then. Case closed.

Macia was found dead hours after his dragging in a police holding cell, lying half dressed in a pool of blood. (5) Half dressed means he was discovered sans trousers even though the video shows him wearing what appeared to be blue jeans at the time of his “arrest.”

A second autopsy that was ordered after the first autopsy, which was a typical whitewash, blamed Mido’s death on a jailhouse fight. The second autopsy stated that Macia died of hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen, “but he also sustained deep cuts to his arms, possibly in an attempt to defend himself, and there were bruises over his body, his face and his genitals. Almost all of his internal organs were damaged, and he had suffered bleeding around his brain.” (6)

See how creative the SAPS are? They don’t rely on the old tried and true to eliminate their victims. Any number of Macia’s injuries might have eventually killed him, so the SAPS left nothing to chance. Very thorough, those SAPS lads.

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Compare that to South Carolina’s Officer Slager, who dispatched Walter Scott with eight rounds to the back. No creativity there.

A British newspaper, The Guardian, reported that during a recent five year period a total of 11,880 criminal cases were opened with the South African Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). This resulted in just 2,576 prosecutions and 129 convictions‚ meaning that only 1% of criminal cases opened against police officials ended in a conviction. (7)

That 1% probability of any penalty would explain the SAPS’ brazenness in the Macia case. Why not do the crime if you know you won’t do the time?

And what has happened in the two + years since Macia’s death? Nine SAPS have been charged, and the trial has been postponed and postponed again. The latest trial date is set for July 2015. What do you want to bet it will be delayed again?

U.S. cops have a long way to go to catch up with the vile violence of their South African counterparts, but don’t sell our boys and girls in blue short. Yankee ingenuity has won out in the past.

Now all of you American cops get busy and start offing the public.

Citations:

(1) Death of Eric Garner, Wikipedia. Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(2) South Carolina Cop Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Motorist in the Back, reason.com. Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(3, 4) Death of Mido Macia, Wikipedia, Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(5, 6) Dead taxi driver who was dragged behind South African police van ‘was facing homicide charge’, The Independent. Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(7) South Africa reports of police brutality more than tripled in the last decade, The Guardian. Retrieved 6/14/2015.

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Icy Finger of Death and Killer Whales Coordinate Hunt for Prey – Videos

The Frozen Planet series on the Discovery channel has posted the above trailer on its web site, showing how frozen salty sea water, or brine, will freeze ocean water on contact forming an underwater “brinicle” or brine icicle. The brinicle will freeze any sea creature in its path instantly, which is why it’s called the icy finger of death.

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It’s amazing that ice can form deep underwater like that.


The second video, which is also from Frozen Planet, shows killer whales coordinating a group attack while hunting seals up in the Arctic. The whales swim in unison causing waves that knock a seal off of the ice floe it is desperately clinging to for life.

The video clearly proves that killer whales are highly intelligent.

Killer Whales Coordinate with Each Other while Hunting 

Sorry about the ads in the videos. It’s YouTube so what can you do?

 

Dad Decapitates Disabled Son, Leaves Head for Mother to Find

A Louisiana man has been arrested and charged with murdering his 7-year-old disabled son by decapitation because he had grown tired of caring for the boy, who had cerebral palsy and heart problems, needed a feeding tube and used a wheelchair, police said.

Jeremiah Lee Wright, 30, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, admitted to performing the dastardly decapitation and body dismemberment to his son, Jori Lirette, over the kitchen sink on Sunday. A preliminary autopsy indicated Jori had also been bludgeoned. Police Chief Scott Silverii said Monday that Wright confessed to killing Lirette within a half-hour of being brought to the police station Sunday.

Silverii said the boy’s feet and one hand also were cut off and were found in several white plastic garbage bags.  Police say a passerby saw Lirette’s head on the sidewalk outside the family’s home Sunday afternoon. It was left near garbage bags containing the child’s dismembered body. The passerby called police, who arrived a minute later.

His head was left by the side of the road so the child’s mother, 27-year-old Jesslyn Lirette, would see it when she came home, chief Silverii said. Wright’s explanation was “just that he wanted her to feel stupid when she saw the head,” Silverii said.

Wright told investigators he started killing his son about 30 minutes after Jesslyn Lirette had left Sunday to repair her pickup truck so she could take Jori to a doctor Tuesday.

When Lirette returned from fixing the truck, she found her home blocked by police tape. Upon Lirette identifying herself, Silverii had a captain and Detective Ricky Ross, a department spokesman and a minister for 12 years, tell her what happened.

“These are experienced men. They came out of there in tears. Just absolutely in tears,” Silverii said.

Authorities said the mother was so grief-stricken when she got to the scene, she had to be hospitalized.

Wright was booked with a charge of first-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond. Police said he has a criminal record including drug charges and contempt of court though he was never charged with violent crimes. Wright served 10 days for theft in 2005. Police responded to a domestic call exactly a month before the murder and found the mother and father arguing. No one was arrested at that time because there was no physical fight.

Thibodaux police Capt. Calvin Cooks said about the crime, “When you have a 7-year-old child, innocent child, that’s killed, that had no way to protect himself, it’s such a shock…”

Jesslyn Lirette told The Thibodaux Daily Comet that she and Wright had been together for 10 years, but that she had planned for some time to leave him.

“I didn’t get out fast enough,” she said.

 


A Letter Postmarked for Heaven

While hiking along the trail to his deer hunting shack on his 100 acre property in Shell Lake in northwestern Wisconsin, Dale Parks came upon a deflated pink balloon with a white note attached.

“It was just a note rolled up and I happened to see white and a little bit of ribbon,” Parks recalled.

Somehow, among the dense 100 acres of Parks’ property, a letter postmarked for heaven alit at his feet. If it had drifted three or more feet to either side of the trail, Parks would never have spied it. Its date was August 28, 2010, and it read:

“It’s like a needle in a haystack,” said Parks. “What happened to this little girl that she was dead at 7 years old?”

Who was Mia? How did Annie, her beloved friend, die?

Parks took the letter to his deer hunting group, Whitetails Unlimited, where he showed it to his friends including Bill Thornley, who is also editor of the local newspaper, the Spooner Advocate.

Thornley took it upon himself to research area schools and obituaries, but found no trace of either Mia or Annie. So Thornley printed her letter under the headline, “Her name was Annie, and she was loved.”

“I really hope you had a great 7 years of your life.”

The response to Mia’s letter was overwhelming, with calls and emails flooding Thornley’s office . None of them, however, knew who the two girls were.

Six weeks after the Spooner Advocate published Mia’s letter, Thornley finally received an email from Annie’s grandmother, Renee Bahneman, solving the mystery. The email read:

“I am Annie Bahneman’s grandmother. Annie died Aug. 21, 2010 and was buried on Aug. 27th. Mia was a friend of Annie’s from our lake cabin at Lake Koronis, in Paynesville, MN. I think Mia wrote this letter and let if fly from Edina, Minn. on Aug. 28th! Annie died very suddenly from Primary Amoebic Meningoenchephalitis. Primary Amoebic Meningoenchephalitis is an extremely rare brain infection.

Annie Bahneman was a sweet strawberry blonde from Stillwater. Her family says the illness took her life four days after her first symptoms. She died with a pink sunset outside her hospital window.”

Annie’s parents are Chad and Bridget Bahneman of Stillwater, Minnesota. They told Annie’s story on their Caring Bridge web site:

“Since Annie’s death, we have learned that she experienced an extremely rare form of meningitis called amoebic meningitis. She had the 1st known case of amoebic meningitis in Minnesota. Annie loved to swim and the beautifully warm summer we have experienced in Minnesota this year lended to many swimming opportunities. As is typical with adventurous 7 year olds, she was constantly trying to master new skills. One of these skills was learning how to do handstands in the water. She would come up grinning, laughing, and asking about the quality of her work. The suspicion is that during one of these playful moments that she got exposed to amoeba in the water.

We said goodbye to Annie with a beautiful celebration of her life on Friday, August 27th. The visitation, funeral, and luncheon were held at the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater. We then were joined by family and friends in a walking parade from Saint Michael’s to Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater. At the end we released balloons in honor of Annie.”

Mia is Mia Schultz and a third grader from Edina, Minnesota. She released her letter to Annie attached to a pink balloon the day after Annie’s funeral because she was not able to attend the funeral herself to say goodby to her friend, Annie.

“I didn’t go to her funeral, so I felt really bad inside,” said Mia. “The last day I saw her was on her birthday, I wish she was still alive now.”

“It took me about a half an hour, because I put all my love in it.”

Mia still remembers the first day she met Annie, outside their family lake cabin. The two were inseparable from that moment on.

The day after the funeral Mia took up her pencil to say her own goodbye to her friend Annie.

“It took me about a half an hour, because I put all my love in it,” explained Mia. “When I had a hard time spelling the words, I would just ask my mom.”

The Schultz family attached Mia’s letter postmarked for heaven to a pink balloon, and from their front yard in Edina, Minnesota, they watched as it sailed over the tree tops and beyond.

“I hope everything in Heaven is good.”

“It went all the way up there, and it took it like five minutes, and then it was gone,” remembered Mia.

“I want her to know it was fun having her, that I loved her. I thought since God was hearing it and saw it, I thought it was going to last,” Mia said.

The wind carried Mia’s letter 115 miles from her Edina home to Parks’ out-of-the-way, wooded trail in Shell Lake, Wisconsin.

Watch Annie and Mia’s story in the following video:

The editor Thornley summed it up, “It grabs your heart. This little girl sent a message to her friend and the wind blew it to somebody who could find it and tell her story.”

Body in Suitcase Dumped on NY Street – Caught on Video

In East Harlem New York at around 11pm Tuesday night a man is caught on video on a dimly lit street wheeling a suitcase behind him. Unknown to other people on the street the strangled, limp body of 28-year-old Betty Williams of the Bronx is crammed inside the suitcase.

The man apparently waits on the sidewalk until people who had gathered near Rao’s clear the area. Once he seems to believe no one is looking, the suspect casually drops the suitcase off near the trash waiting for collection at 435 East 114th Street, which is about four doors down from the well-known Rao’s restaurant. He then makes his escape by simply walking away.

The above photo shows the man who dumped the suitcase. The police are certain that the man in this photo and in the video is also the murderer. They are asking the public to keep an eye out for this man and call 911 if they see or know him.

The first video is short and to the point–just the vid itself:

The second video is a more in depth report by the Associated Press:

The suitcase was found by someone rummaging through the trash early the next morning. It is difficult to imagine one’s surprise upon discovering the body inside.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2′s reporter, Pablo Guzman, “Our investigative premise [is] that the body was brought there and left at that location, rather than the murder happening in the immediate vicinity.”

Residents also believe that the suspect is not be from around the neighborhood.

“My husband works at the restaurant. You have this, you know, very busy restaurant. No way that he was walking up here; I think he just got scared and dropped it,”said Shelby Kimber, a longtime resident of East Harlem.

Upon hearing about the murder, Frederic Larrieu, who had recently relocated to the neighborhood, said it was a complete shock to him.

“Yeah, you see it in the movies. A lady in a suitcase? You kidding me? What kind of guy can do that,” said Larrieu.

What kind indeed?

How Texting While Driving Ruins Lives

It seems that virtually all age groups are texting, so all age groups are texting and driving too. The following video graphically shows why texting while driving is illegal in 19 states in the US and will eventually be illegal in all states

The video was made for and with the assistance of the Gwent Police Department, located in Tredegar, Gwent County, South Wales, which is approximately 150 miles west of London in the United Kingdom.

The video is a trailer for a 30 minute film on texting and driving called “COW” that was commissioned by the Gwent Police Department and was produced and directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes, who is an award winning former BBC producer. Hughes also lectures at the Documentary Film & Television department at the Newport School of Art, Media and Design in Wales.

The video was released in July, 2009, and immediately went viral world-wide. Unfortunately, many teens have commented on YouTube, where the video is hosted, that teens click the vid off after aboout 30 seconds. Hopefully, more of them will watch the entire video, and, just as importantly, perhaps their parents will watch it too.

YouTube states that the age groups most watching the video are females between 45-54 and males between 35-54, so at least the parents seem to be watching.

Please be forewarned that the video is graphic in nature.

Please watch:

More information on Peter Watkins-Hughes can be found here.

The YouTube site states that “State of the art digital special effects were utilised to show the impact of what would happen inside the car during impact.” The vid’s special effects were created by Zipline Creative which is also located in the United Kingdom.

The YouTube site for this vid is here, and it  has been viewed over 3.2 million times thus far.

Please do not text while driving. It is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Drunk Woman Falls in Front of Train, Narrowly Escapes Death – Video

An apparently inebriated 26-year-old woman narrowly escaped death Friday in the Boston MBTA subway as she fell into the path of an oncoming train. The heroic train driver somehow managed to stop the train just as the very tip of the front of the first car passed over the woman who by this time was lying on the tracks and possibly fearing the worst.

The woman had attempted to stomp out her cigarette and watch for the train at the same time as the train approached, and that is when she stumbled and fell directly onto the tracks. During the whole process she also somehow managed not to touch the electrified third rail, which also might have meant death for the woman.

After the woman fell onto the tracks, other commuters frantically attempted to alert the train driver that someone was on the tracks by waving their arms at the train’s driver.

MBTA train operator Charice Lewis saw the passengers at North Station flailing their arms as the train approached the station. At approximately the same time, she heard her radio frantically warn her to pull the emergency brake because someone had fallen onto the tracks.

“It was so close, I thought it was not good,’’ said the 27-year-old Lewis, a train operator from Mattapan. “Afterward she came up with a big smile on her face and I’m like ‘Oh my God, you really scared me,’ ’’ Lewis said. “The most exciting part for me is she crawled out from under (the train).’’

Lewis received a called from the governor after the incident and also was honored as a hero yesterday by Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Mullan.

The woman on the tracks has not been identified; however, she had scraped her knees but was otherwise was reported to be okay. According  to police she had been drinking for several hours before the event. The woman was treated and evaluated at Massachusetts General Hospital.

More Footage of Samoan Tsunami Destruction

Editor’s note: This footage is from the 2009 American Samoa tsunami. For reports and videos on the 2011 Japan tsunami please go here.

The death toll from the tsunami that hit the Samoan Islands has risen to 176, plus we have added additional video footage of the destruction from last Tuesday’s tsunami.

This video is footage from a helicopter as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives toured the area of destruction.

The footage is provided by the Associated Press:

 

 

Derrion Albert Uncut Video – Chicago Teen Beaten to Death

16-year-old Derrion Albert was a Chicago honors student at Christian Fenger Academy High School on Chicago’s notorious South Side who was beaten to death Thursday, September 24th, during a gang fight only three blocks from school.

Derrion was not a gang banger, but it is understandable why he was mistaken for one because he was wearing clothes similar to many of the gang members. Although none of the gang members were armed with guns or knives, some were fighting with long boards, which appears to be the weapon that took young Derrion’s life that fateful Thursday afternoon.

In the following raw uncut video of the fight one young teen in a red jacket can be seen swinging an especially long 2×4 piece of lumber hitting Darrion square in the head. A loud crack can be heard as the plank strikes Derrion’s skull, and he then falls to the ground immediately.

Once he is on the ground other teens begin punching and kicking Derrion, while another youth strikes him with another wooden post. Derrion’s mother is quoted by WFLD TV, the local FOX affiliate in Chicago, as saying he was “trying to help another student and kind of got mixed in with the crowd of the fight and he was hit.”

Other students and workers from nearby Agape Community Center intervene on Derrion’s behalf removing him from the scene of the fight, but he had already suffered sufficient blows to end his life.

The following video is raw uncut footage taken by a student’s cell phone and is embedded from WFLD TV. Be forewarned that the footage is violent and graphic:

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Police have arrested three young men and one juvenile thus far for Derrion’s murder. 18-year-old Eugene Bailey, allegedly the teen who delivered the knock-out blow to Derrion’s head with the long 2×4, has been denied bail and currently remains in jail.

In addition, three other teens, Silvonus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, and Eric Carson, 16, are also being held without bail for their alleged roles in the fight. It is not clear at this time whether Carson will be tried as an adult or as a juvenile.

A spokesperson for the Cook County prosecutor’s office said that the melee stemmed from a shooting earlier in the day between two groups of students from different neighborhoods. The melee broke out after classes ended for the day.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning for Derrion at Greater Mount Hebron Church on Chicago’s South Side.

Sarah Palin Condemns the Associated Press


Sarah Palin posted the following note on her Facebook page (1) on Sunday, 9/6/2009 at 11:25 PM

Shame on the Associated Press for Ignoring the Wishes of a Grieving Family

Many of us join Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero.

Lance Corporal Joshua ‘Bernie’ Bernard was a selfless young American who sacrificed everything for our freedom.

Shame on the AP for purposely adding to the grieving family’s pain. Ignoring the family’s wishes by publishing a sacred image of their loved one proved a despicable and heartless act by the AP. The family said they didn’t want the photo published. AP, you did it anyway, and you know it was an evil thing to do.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bernard family. Words can not adequately express our sorrow and appreciation for your sacrifice. We will never forget your Marine or his fallen comrades.

May God bless the Bernard family.

-Sarah Palin

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Less than 24 hours after posting this Sarah had received nearly 2,800 comments and had also received over 13,000 Facebook members who indicated they agreed with her.

The photo in question is part of a photo gallery on the AP site about the fire fight that resulted in Corporal Bernard’s death and can be found here (2). The AP also released an article (3) explaining why they distributed the photo and how anguished they were in deciding whether to use it.

There has been considerable discussion, both pro and con,(4) of AP’s decision to use the photo. In all fairness to the AP, in most other wars such photos were commonly used by the media.

In fairness to Sarah Palin and her viewpoint, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the parents of the Marine requested that the AP not use the photo.

Palin calls the AP’s action “despicable and heartless” and “evil.” If one reads the AP’s explanation of why they distributed the photo, it is difficult to reach Sarah’s conclusion, especially since use of such photos is common throughout much of the world.

But it is also quite likely that Palin is trying to make political hay from her condemnation of the Associated Press. Sounds like she is running for something.

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Citations:

(1) Shame on the Associated Press for Ignoring the Wishes of a Grieving Family, http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=129417598434#/note.php?note_id=129417598434&id=24718773587&ref=mf, Facebook – Sarah Palin, Retrieved 9/7/2009

(2) Death of a Marine: A Photographer’s Journal, http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_international/afghan_marine/, Associated Press, Retrieved 9/7/2009

(3) AP and the Death of a Marine, http://www.ap.org/fallen_marine/, Associated Press, Retrieved 9/7/2009

(4) AP picture of wounded Marine sparks debate, http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AFGHAN_DEATH_AP_PHOTO?SITE=TNMEM&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT, Associated Press, Retrieved 9/7/2009

Michael Jackson 911 Call Delayed 30 Minutes


TMZ.com is reporting that Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, delayed calling 911 for 30 minutes after finding Michael unconscious on the day he died.

Dr Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, is the reported source for TMZ’s report. Chernoff explained that Dr Murray did not make the call immediately because he did not know the address of the home Michael was renting.

The home where Michael was living is in Beverly Hills very near to Sunset Boulevard, which is one of the most famous streets in the US.

According to Chernoff, Dr Murray eventually recruited someone else in the home to call 911.

In addition, when Dr Murray preformed CPR on Michael, he did so on the bed, which is not the correct procedure. CPR should be performed on the floor, a hard surface, so that the chest compressions have greater effect.

Dr Murray has claimed that Michael’s bed was firm enough to perform CPR on.

Michael Jackson 911 Call and Transcript
Eva Mendes Naked in Banned Calvin Klein Video

1) “30 Minute Delay in Calling 911 for Jackson” TMZ. 29 Jun 2009. 30 Jun 2009. http://www.tmz.com/2009/06/29/jacksons-doc-didnt-call-911-for-30-minutes/

First Photo of Darcey Freeman – 4-year-old Tossed from Australia Bridge

This is the first photo released of Darcey Iris Freeman, the four-year-old girl that Arthur Freeman, her father, allegedly tossed from the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia last week.

The family stated that Darcey was a beautiful, carefree, spirited youngster who “loved to sing and dance.” Young Darcey was murdered on what was supposed to be her first day of school, and her father had promised her to get her there on time. For whatever reason, he did not keep his promise.

Tim Barnes, one of Darcey’s uncles, told of Darcey’s strong will and determination and spoke of the “extreme sense of loss and emptiness” which has gripped all who knew her, including family, friends and many well wishers around the world.

“She knew her own mind and was prepared to always stand up for what she believed in. One memory that stands out in my mind was her choice of clothes,” he reportedly told the Melbourne Herald Sun.

“She would wear what she wanted to wear, end of story – even if it meant wearing pink Wellington boots to tennis.”

Joe Barnes, another of Darcey’s uncles, said, “She’s given us a lot of fun. She was into everything. She will never be forgotten. She had an effect on everybody.”

Both uncles said that the emotional outpouring from people from around the world in the wake of the death has been overwhelming. Both of the Barnes uncles said they hoped the death of Darcy would remind all parents everywhere that their children are precious and irreplaceable.

Darcey’s maternal relatives have traveled from Western Australia to Victoria to be with Darcey’s mother and to help with funeral arrangements.

Arthur Freeman, the father, has not spoken to anyone. He is detained at the Melbourne Assessment Prison’s acute psychiatric ward, where doctors said he is suicidal and they are keeping a 24-hour watch on his prison cell.

See original story and video: Australian Father Drops Daughter Off Bridge – Video

Cops Kill Suicidal Man Threatening No One – Video

New York City police tasered an unstable, naked man on a ledge in Brooklyn who was threatening suicide. The tasering resulted in the man, 35-year-old Inman Morales, falling about 10 feet to his death.

The medical examiners office stated that the autopsy was inconclusive and further investigation would be required to determine the exact cause of death.

However, it is clear in the video that Morales fell with his head hitting the pavement, and police have confirmed that he did suffer serious trauma to his head.

The police officer who performed the actual tasering of Morales has been placed on desk duty, which is customary in this type of situation. But the supervising lieutenant who ordered that Morales be Tasered has been stripped of his gun and his badge, which is not customary.

New York City police department guidelines require that a taser not be deployed when the tasering could result in significant injury to the subject upon falling, if he is high on a ledge, for example.

Chief department spokesman Paul Browne confirmed this when he said that police guidelines specifically state that the Tasers “should not be used … in situations where the subject may fall from an elevated surface.”

The police did have several other options in this case. They could have waited for an inflatable bag to arrive at the scene. Police confirmed that they had radioed for a bag to be brought to the scene, but it had not arrived yet at the time of the tasering.

If Morales had fallen onto the inflatable bag, he would probably still be alive. For some reason the police did not wait for the bag to arrive.

Or the officers could have attempted to break the man’s fall themselves. Spokesman Paul Browne said, “None of the … officers on the scene were positioned to break his fall, nor did they devise a plan in advance to do so.”

Witnesses said Morales became distraught threatening to kill himself, so his mother called 911. It was not until police arrived that he fled naked out the apartment window to the fire escape and eventually to the ledge you see in the video.

The first video is amateur raw footage of the incident taken with a cell phone by a bystander. The video portrays semi-graphic violence, so do not watch if you feel that it may offend you:

The second video is a report of the incident by a local TV station and also portrays graphic violence:

Thus far in 2008, NYC police have used stun guns 180 times, with no other resulting deaths until this incident. However, it is still difficult to understand why police were so intent on rushing to use their taser this time.

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A 48-year-old bus driver has been charged with reckless endangerment after leaving his two elderly parents locked in his sweltering car with the windows closed for hours while he drove his bus route. The 85-year-old disabled father died while in the vehicle, apparently from heat stroke.

Theodore Pressman, of Beacon, New York, left his father, Joseph Pressman, and his mother, Joyce, inside a black Suzuki in an office complex parking lot in Peekskill, New York, for about three hours on Monday, June 7th.

The outdoor temperature was in the mid-80s, but WCBS-TV reported that the temperature inside the car rapidly rose past 110 degrees. 75-year-old Joyce left the car and entered a nearby restaurant because the car became too hot. Since both of the elderly Pressmans suffer from dementia, Joyce was unable to find her way back to the car to help her husband.

Detective Sgt. Eric Johansen of the Peekskill police department said, “it appears they did not have the physical or mental capacity to deal with the situation.” Aside from the dementia, the police would not discuss any of the couple’s other infirmities, although Joyce weighs only 80 pounds.

Johansen did say that there was no indication that the younger Pressman intended to harm his parents in any way.

Johansen also said that Theodore Pressman often left his parents “at restaurants, delis, McDonald’s” while driving a bus. “This was a frequent practice, but as far as we know he had not left them in a car before.”

Peekskill police Chief Eugene Tumolo said an autopsy indicated that Joseph Pressman’s death was a homicide and more charges may be added at a later date.

When Theodore Pressman returned to his car after his route his mother was outside the vehicle but the elder Pressman, who was still inside the car, was not responsive. The younger Pressman called 911 but it was too late, and Joseph Pressman was pronounced dead. Joyce Pressman was taken to a hospital, treated for heat exposure and released.

Rick Tocco, the owner of the nearby Atrium restaurant said that the younger Pressman often left his parents in the restaurant for hours at a time and that he often appeared overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for his parents.

At an appearance in Peekskill City Court when the judge ordered Theodore Pressman to stay away from his mother, Pressman argued with the judge saying “I know what she needs. … I have to make sure she has food.”

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