Category Archives: Just strange

Richard Mack Announces Plan to Take Over Arizona’s Navajo County as a “Constitutional” Haven | Hatewatch

Richard Mack, the leader of the so-called “Constitutional sheriffs” movement and a longtime figure in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, made a somewhat startling announcement near the end of his speech Saturday December 13 to the gathering of fellow gun-rights enthusiasts at the “We Will Not Comply” rally in Olympia, Wash.

via Richard Mack Announces Plan to Take Over Arizona’s Navajo County as a “Constitutional” Haven | Hatewatch.

Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes – LA Times

The wind tore off the sign outside the Garr Learning Center, located on Gage and Vermont avenues, said owner Gerae Vernon. The sign spun in the wind and crashed into a window, shattering the glass and scaring the 21 children inside.

“Heavy rain, storm, winds, earthquakes – I’m used to that,” Vernon said. “I had never seen anything like this before.”

It wasn’t the only tornado to blow into Southern California. Elsewhere Friday, a Mark Tarzian shot video of what appeared to be a waterspout touching down off Crystal Cove Beach in Newport Beach.

That waterspout was likely in the same band of storm cells as the tornado that hit South L.A., Boldt said. Such waterspouts are more likely in winter storms, Boldt said, but landspouts, or tornadoes, are not out of the question.

via Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes – LA Times.

Police blocks French couple from riding donkey across Bosporus | Nation | Daily Sabah

David Verchot and Morgane Lefevre arrived at Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge on Thursday to cross to the city’s European side from the Asian side on their way to France. However, bridge police stopped the couple mounting a mule and a donkey, to the amazement of Verchot and Lefevre who argued with police officers.

via Police blocks French couple from riding donkey across Bosporus | Nation | Daily Sabah.

Louisville Catholic teacher resigns amid Ebola fears – She was in Kenya and Kentucky Parents Cannot Read a Map!

How stupid can people get – Well they voted for a loser in the Senate again and are afraid that a teacher could get Ebola from more than 1,000 miles away from where it is active. They better just stay at home, since they all live within a thousand miles of Texas and two people there had it!

A teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School who had recently returned from a mission trip to Kenya has resigned amidst swirling frustration and fears about Ebola.

Susan Sherman was not immediately available Monday to comment on her resignation.

Cecilia Hart Price, chief communications officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville, confirmed that Sherman resigned and that St. Margaret Mary’s principal has already begun the process to try to fill the teaching position.

The school, on Shelbyville Road, had asked Sherman to take a paid “precautionary leave” of absence of 21 days upon her return from her trip after “strong parent concerns” about Ebola. It also asked Sherman, who is a registered nurse, to provide a doctor’s note stating she was in good health.

There have been no reported cases of Ebola in Kenya. Indeed, the archdiocese, in a statement released last month regarding Sherman’s trip, noted that the Kenyan village where Sherman was working — the remote village of Migori — is “in Eastern Africa, thousands of miles from West Africa, where the main outbreak of the virus is located.”

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The recent medical mission trip to Kenya was the fourth trip that she and her husband, Paul, a retired orthopedic surgeon, had taken with faith-based organization Kenya Relief.

Last week, Paul Sherman sent a letter to Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, complaining that “unfounded fears” of some parents and parish staff “are triumphing over truth and reason.” He said he and his wife offered to give an educational meeting about Ebola and about their medical mission trip, but they “were put off until our ‘quarantine’ is over.”

He said all the other members of the team that went to Kenya have returned to their jobs with no problems.

Steve James, founder of Kenya Relief, said he’s only had one other mission trip participant experience a negative reaction upon returning home.

“We don’t have Ebola in Kenya,” James said. He said it’s unfortunate when people making decisions “haven’t paid attention to the facts.”

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James said he knows the Shermans, and said he’s saddened that her life has been affected by Ebola fears. He said he hoped this would not deter others from wanting to help with relief efforts. “It’s unfortunate that someone with such a big heart has to suffer because of it,” he said.

Examples of heightened fears about Ebola have been seen across the United States.

Last month, a Dallas Certified Nursing Assistant claimed her employer sent her home because her daughter had visited from Kenya. A bridal shop in Akron, Ohio, closed temporarily after it learned that a nurse who was later diagnosed with Ebola had shopped there. In Jefferson County, there have been anecdotes about nervous teachers making half-serious Ebola jokes when a student from Africa enrolls at the school.

Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said the school district is “discussing prevention and response based on advice from the CDC and the local health department.” He said if a concern came up, the district would work with the health department to address any issues.

Jackey said that prevention methods are “largely the same as those for any other virus,” and said “the key will be educating our community.”

Susan Sherman has worked as a teacher for the Archdiocese of Louisville for a number of years. According to archdiocese records, she worked as a teacher from 1998 to 2004, and then on and off as a teacher and a substitute teacher in subsequent years. She had joined the school teaching staff at St. Margaret Mary this school year.

Paul Sherman said Monday that he and his wife are already scheduled to go back to Kenya next year.

 

Quarantined Nurse Believes Her “Basic Human Rights” Have Been Violated: Gothamist

Hickox, a 33-year-old nurse who had been in contact with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and became the first person to be placed under mandatory quarantine, was particularly angry with Christie. Christie has described her as “obviously ill,” (obviously lying) and said on Fox News this morning that he had “no second thoughts” about the mandatory quarantine policy. “I’m sorry if in any way she was inconvenienced, but inconvenience that could occur from having folks that are symptomatic and ill out amongst the public is a much, much greater concern of mine,” Christie said. “I hope she recovers quickly.” (Nothing for her to recovery from tested twice – no Ebola!)

Hickox responded: “I’m sorry, but that’s just a completely unacceptable statement in my opinion. For him—a politician who’s trusted and respected—to make a statement that’s categorically not true is just unacceptable and appalling,” she said in a separate interview with CNN. She believes that public health decisions should be made by public health officials, not politicians: “For the first 12 hours, I was in shock. Now I’m angry,” she said. “To put me in prison is just inhumane.”

via Quarantined Nurse Believes Her “Basic Human Rights” Have Been Violated: Gothamist.

IS indirectly supported by US and Saudi Arabia prior to 2007?

The USA and Saudi Arabia have been financing Lebanese Salafist groups, who are the worst enemies of the Shiite Hezbollah. An official in Beirut had admitted to US journalist Seymour Hersh back in 2007 that even al Qaeda type organizations were allowed “to have a presence here.”[5] In a conversation with Hersh, a former member of the US intelligence community complained, “in this process, we’re financing a lot of bad guys with some serious potential unintended consequences. It’s a very high-risk venture.” On the other hand, since 2012, at the latest, north Lebanese Salafists – who had been reinforced with western and Saudi aid – began supporting insurgents in the Syrian civil war. Up to 900 of them are said to have joined IS. It is unlikely that Berlin had not known of this buildup of the Lebanese Salafists by its US partner and its Middle East ally, Saudi Arabia, particularly given the fact that the German Bundeswehr has been operating in Lebanon since 2006 – hardly without its accompanying intelligence-gathering component. In any case, articles on this development began being published back in March 2007. At the time, the common priorities being set by the West were aimed at weakening Iran.

via www.german-foreign-policy.com.

Where’s Monty Hall when we need him? SoCal Researcher Launches Crowdfunded Effort To Find Cure For Ebola: LAist

{Is the race to find a vaccine or cure for ebola – which had more or less been ignored for 30 some years globally for lack of profit – becoming the new “Let’s Make a Deal!” for researchers and drug firms? The first to find a real advance will be able to trade on that for investments and support for other more profitable efforts in the future!}

Professor Saphire is leading the charge at Scripps to find a cure for Ebola, having already led in the development of the experimental ZMapp serum has cured five patients this past summer of the virus. In order to find the antibodies that will fight the virus effectively, her work requires samples being shipped in from around the globe. Unfortunately, her lab is limited in resources, and has started a CrowdRise fundraiser in order to get the money for personnel and equipment. So far, we’re at $14,000 of her $100,000 goal.

Saphire was on KPCC’s Take Two this morning to talk about her efforts, and addressed the concerns that research for a cure isn’t what the current epidemic needs right at this moment:

It’s true that none of these experimental therapies are going to be available in enough doses to treat everybody; it’s just not possible. To contain this outbreak the focus really needs to be on medical supplies and medical care. We just can’t have people dying in the streets and infecting their families at home. They need to be cared for by doctors and nurses that have supplies to protect themselves, but the contain and control isn’t enough. One of the things about crowdfunding is it gives people the control. They can choose what they want to invest in and maybe they want to put some of their resources toward supplies like medical gloves and bleach and maybe they want to put some of their resources toward getting a cure ready to treat this thing.

via SoCal Researcher Launches Crowdfunded Effort To Find Cure For Ebola: LAist.

Iranian cleric says 3G phones are un-Islamic – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Those who like to argue how many angels can dance on a pin head, will love this Iranian cleric – “In consideration of the various corruption that you presented in regard to the spreading of high-speed internet, such as access of youth and even adolescents to polluted articles, films and pictures and films that are against Islamic morals and beliefs and in regard to that, permission for this law has not been given, and that opposing laws of the Islamic Republic is not permissible, and with consideration that the national information network, which can solve many of these problems, has not been provided, certainly steps in something hurried, meaning high-speed mobile internet devices and 3G mobile communication services and higher, are against Shariah and against moral and human norms.”

The response continued, “And officials should not only think about material profits and not think about it as a religious intellectual manner. It’s necessary to put this to the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which is the legal reference for this affair. And after compliance in these matters, which would prevent the negative aspects, then take action. The judiciary must also not be indifferent in this vital matter.”

via Iranian cleric says 3G phones are un-Islamic – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.