Thursday, April 27, 2017

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops

Deborah Hastings

There are five disturbing themes in this article

Army Veterans

America needs to take care of its veterans

They put their lives on the line for America every day


Many military men suffer from this

It has to be one of the most horrible life experiences

Never knowing if you are going to be killed

PSTD needs to screened and monitored more effectively

PSTD has also caused many innocent lives

Animal Cruelty

Never to be tolerated under any circumstance

Devolving Face Book Ethics

Once again, the slippery slopes of technology

Advancing technology has in built, dehumanization

Health care

More active health care for the mentally disturbed is sorely needed

A great need for affordable health care

An Army veteran and her soldier boyfriend have been arrested for allegedly tying her service dog to a tree and shooting it five times at close range while laughing, authorities said.
Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 26, were charged with felony counts of animal cruelty and conspiracy in Fayetteville, N.C. They are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
The pair took videos of themselves shooting the dog execution-style with an assault rifle, authorities said. They can be heard chuckling as the dog twitches, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
The footage circulated on Facebook, authorities said. After Rollins shot her emotional support dog five times, Heng fired another five rounds into the dog's corpse.

“They can be heard on the tape laughing and giggling as the dog was being killed,” Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves said during a Tuesday court appearance, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
The dog, named Cam, had been adopted last year by Rollins’ husband, also a soldier. When he deployed to South Korea, he left the dog with his estranged wife.
Rollins, who has been diagnosed with PTSD, later had the pit bull mix certified as a therapy dog, the paper reported.
Heng is stationed at Fort Bragg. Rollins retired earlier this year for medical reasons, officials said.
The video also shows Rollins covering the dog with a sheet and dropping it into a shallow grave in a wooded area.
Before last week’s shooting, Rollins posted a note on her Facebook page saying she “was sad that her dog had to go to a happier place,” authorities said.
Animal control officials went to Rollins' home last week after viewing the video on Facebook. The department then called in sheriff's deputies

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Our Most Valuable Resource

The Children of the World

Nothing more precious than a child

But the misfortune of children in the world

Is overwhelming

I glory in seeing babies with their mothers

And children free and happy

In Latin America

Women are permitted to breast feed in public

The current abduction, kidnapping, killing and all other evil things

Began in the late seventies or early eighties

AMBER is a backronym for  

America's Missing Broadcasting Emergency Response, and was named

After a 9-year-old Amber Hagerman

Who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996.

How could such an evil be unleashed upon our children

They are innocent

Our hope for tomorrow

They need love, not abuse nor harm

They need to be protected

They need care and attention

Not to live with fear

But most of all

Love and Understanding

The Rapture

If it happened today

I would not be disappointed

Life, at times, can be such a.........!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I Remember When....

The Police Walked the Beat in America

Everything wasn’t necessarily right with the country

As it was pre Civil Right years

But even during those times

There was a certain “calm” in the streets

Certainly, there were fewer guns in circulation

Remember those good ole, “fist fight” days

And may the best man win

However, the presence of police walking the beat

Provided some source of comfort and care

Neighborhoods knew their policemen walking the beat

They talked and chatted and knew the people in the neighborhood

They were non-threatening

Oh, but how times have changed                               

There is no more walking the beat

And “officer friendly”, has all, but disappeared

Let’s put it this way

I experience cultural shock whenever I return from being abroad

I re-gird myself in all previous defensive ways

It feels a lot safer walking the streets in Latin America

Police still walk the beat in many countries in Latin America

I know some of them as they know me

They are very symbolic and many without weapons

There is a felt security

I feel quite certain that police who walk the beat

Deter crime to a measurable extent

Inner Peace A Must

Let No Man Rob YOU of your PEACE

And that goes for, events, places and things, etc. as well

To know peace in this life is great gain

Peace is freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility

An acquaintance stole my peace, momentarily

But I regained it within a few hours

Inner peace is invaluable

If you should ever lose it

Try and regain it immediately!!

Close your eyes and breathe deeply

The Dalai Lama has stated

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace

Some philosophers believe that peace is a law of nature

We often lose our peace of mind in chaos

A believer is necessarily a lover of peace

Peace of mind is a wonderful human asset

Researchers have found many ways to maintain inner peace

The Lone Wolfer offers these recommendations

1. the need to control everything

2. needing to be “perfect”

3. giving away your power to other people

4. dwelling in the past

5. surrounding yourself with toxic people

6. holding on to bitterness

7. beating yourself up for making mistakes

8. the need to be right

9. letting your ego control you

10. the need to have everyone like you

Jim carrey quotes

If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.

It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?

Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period.

If you ain't desperate at some point, you ain't interesting.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Get Help In Prison!

Israel indicts U.S.-Israeli teen over bomb threats

Prison time may be the shock that will help his autism

By Jeffrey Heller

An U.S.-Israeli teen, who was arrested in Israel on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centres in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, arrives before the start of a remand hearing at Magistrate's Court in Rishon Lezion, Israel April 20, 2017. REUTERS/ Amir Cohen
By Jeffrey Heller
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli-American teenager was indicted in Israel on Monday on allegations he made thousands of hoax bomb calls, some targeting U.S. Jewish community centers, and earned $240,000 by offering to phone in threats against schools, hospitals and planes.
The arrest of the suspect, who is Jewish, in Israel on March 23 drew headlines when he was identified by police as having been behind bomb threats against the centers in the United States that had raised fears of a surge in anti-Semitism.
An indictment filed in the Tel Aviv District Court pointed to a threat-for-profit motive by the 18-year-old, who prosecutors said used electronic voice-altering equipment and a long-range WiFi antenna to cover his online tracks.
The suspect, the charge sheet alleged, had the equivalent of about $240,000 in his Bitcoin account earned via make-a-threat services he offered on the "Darknet", which includes members-only websites that are not available to the general public.
The teen's U.S.-born mother and Israeli father say their son, who moved to Israel aged 5 and lives with them in the southern city of Ashkelon, is autistic and suffers from a brain tumor that affects his behavior. No plea has been entered.
"He has high-level autism. I appeal to the world on his behalf for forgiveness for he does not know what he has done," his mother told reporters. "This tumor has caused a state of some type of mental dysfunction that he is not aware of what he is doing. My son does not hate anyone."
Israeli prosecutors said the suspect made bomb and shooting threats against some 2,000 institutions, including schools, shopping malls, police stations, airlines and airports in North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Denmark.
The threats forced the evacuation of many Jewish community centers, including some with facilities for infants and young children. They also prompted criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump for what some Jewish groups saw as an inadequate response from his administration. He condemned the incidents in a speech to Congress in February.
According to a price list posted by the suspect, customers could order a threat of a "massacre at a private home" for $40, a call threatening a "school massacre" for $80 and a bomb threat against an airliner for $500, the indictment said.
"The accused even asked customers to contact him if they had special requests for threats against other targets and to receive a customized quote," according to the charge sheet.
One bomb hoax targeted a plane in which the Boston Celtics basketball team was traveling in December 2016, and another was made against Delaware state Senator Ernesto Lopez, who apparently drew the teen's attention by denouncing threats made against JCCs, the prosecutors said.
If convicted in Israel, he faces up to 10 years in jail, prosecutor Jonathan Hadad told Reuters after charges were filed in the court. Israeli authorities withheld his name because he was a minor when some of the alleged crimes were committed.
Separate criminal complaints filed on Friday in U.S. federal courts in Florida and Georgia that linked the suspect to hundreds of hoax calls between 2015 and 2017 identified him as Michael Ron Kadar.
A judicial source said that at present, Israel had not received a formal extradition request from the United States. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation took part in the probe.
"There have been contacts regarding the matter but as of now our position is not to extradite for many reasons," the source said. "He was a minor when he committed some of the offences, the threats were made in Israel too and in other countries, not just in the United States, and there are also claims as to his mental state.



I had a wonderful moment, acknowledging

The presence of God

Walking along the streets of Lima Peru


Whether to settle here

After three years of backpacking in Latin America

I was momentarily overwhelmed by his presence

As I also reflected on the woes and vicissitudes of this life

But I was transformed to think about all that is good

Thoughts of

The spiritual vs the natural

The finite vs the infinite

The possibilities vs the impossibilities

And finally

A spirit of thankfulness and gratefulness

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Illegal Immigration is Illegal

By defintion, illegal immigration is against the law

No matter how you slice the pie

I do not glory in calling illegal immigrants, criminals

But it certainly is unlawful entry into the country without documentaton

Any other unlawful person who is caught, is brought to justice

Even if it takes 20 years  to do so

What's the difference?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Supreme Court of the State Overturned the Convictions

More than 20,000 cases have been overturned
She may have served three of a five year sentence
No justice here!

Falsified evidence could overturn 20k drug convictions in Mass.

Falsified evidence could overturn 20k drug convictions in Mass.
Massachusetts may be facing the largest mass dismissal of criminal convictions in US history. Around 20,000 drug-related convictions are expected to be overturned. The cases all involve a former state chemist who falsified evidence.
Tuesday is the deadline for district attorneys in Massachusetts to tell the state's Supreme Judicial Court which of the estimated 24,000 or so tainted cases could be ordered back to trial with evidence that was not handled by former state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan, who was found to have tampered with or falsified evidence related to thousands of drug cases.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts believes around 20,000 of those cases will be thrown out, an amount that would be unparalleled in the US. The ACLU, the Massachusetts public defender's office and private attorneys have worked on the dismissals for more than four years since revelations of Dookhan's actions.
"It's great for the people who were convicted by this evidence because they can finally get out from underneath the crippling collateral consequences of a drug conviction," said Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Boston Herald reported"Hopefully this will help those people get housing and jobs and get on with their lives."
The state's high court told prosecutors in January that they would have until April 18 to report which of the mostly small-stakes drug cases could be re-tried and end in a guilty verdict with evidence that was never handled by Dookhan.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, the head of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, declined to comment to the Herald on the deadline but said she did expect dismissals.
How cleared defendants in the Dookhan-related convictions will be notified, how those defendants' records will be scrubbed and how other cases will be retried are points still to be determined, the Herald reported.
"It has taken many years and there was an injustice inherent in the slowness of the pace, but it’s better late than never," Peter Elikann, the former chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s criminal justice section, told the Herald.
In April 2016, Dookhan was granted parole from her prison sentence and released after three years of incarceration. In 2013, she pleaded guilty to 27 counts of misleading investigators, filing false reports and tampering with evidence while she worked at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute.
The tampered evidence pertained to Dookhan's work over an eight-year period, according to reports. In addition to falsifying evidence, she admitted to lying about her job qualifications as well, all in an effort to appear highly productive.
According to the ACLU, 62 percent of the Dookhan-related convictions in question were for drug possession and 90 percent were prosecuted in "low-level" district courts

He Needs to Resign

This type of tirade should never be expressed by our political leaders

Florida state Senator apologizes for racist tirade in front of black lawmakers

(CNN)A Florida state Senator is facing mounting pressure to resign after unleashing a racist tirade during a private conversation with his African American colleagues.
Troubles for Republican Sen. Frank Artiles began after reports surfaced that he had used the n-word and cursed at a fellow senator.
Artiles was having drinks at the Governors Club with fellow Senators Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston, when he told the pair that Senate President Joe Negron had only risen to his position of power because "six [n-word]" in the Republican caucus elected him, The Miami Herald reported. Gibson and Perry Thurston are both black.
    Thurston confirmed the exchange to CNN.
    On Wednesday, Artiles apologized on the senate floor for his offensive remark.
    "I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended," Artiles said in his prepared remarks.
    He also apologized to Gibson for calling her a "bitch" during his tirade.
    But the contrition may be too little too late for the embattled senator.
    The Florida Democratic Party is demanding his immediate resignation.
    "His use of horrific racist and sexist slurs towards his colleagues is disgusting, unacceptable and has no place in our democracy or our society.:
    The Senate President Joe Negron called Artiles remarks appalling.
    "Racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between Senators and will not be tolerated while I am serving as Senate President