Archive for July 26th, 2007

Oscar the Cat Predicts Nursing Home Deaths

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

“He doesn’t make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die,” said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one,” said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.

The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses.

After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He’d sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. “This is not a cat that’s friendly to people,” he said.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill

She was convinced of Oscar’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn’t eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar wouldn’t stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor’s prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient’s final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don’t know he’s there, so patients aren’t aware he’s a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

No one’s certain if Oscar’s behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him.

Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa’s article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.

If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it’s also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.

Nursing home staffers aren’t concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.

Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his “compassionate hospice care.”

Well, I have a little different take on it…

Oscar The Angel Cat

I’ve always heard that angels can assume any form they want… 🙂

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‘Gay’-Pride Event Organizer Arrested in Child-Sex Sting

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

The outreach coordinator of Milwaukee’s homosexual “PrideFest” is now facing a felony charge after police say he sought to meet a 14-year-old boy via the Internet for a sexual rendezvous.

According to authorities, David W. Bodoh, 42, of Wauwatosa, Wis., apparently made contact with a boy from Oconomowoc, and eventually set up a meeting with an undercover state agent who posed online as the child.

The boy’s foster mother is said to have discovered explicit e-mails between her son and Bodoh in January, and contacted police.

Last month, the state agent acting as the boy made contact with Bodoh on a website geared toward homosexual connections.

According to the criminal complaint, Bodoh set up a meeting with “the boy” at Brookfield Square Mall on July 12, where the suspect promised to give the boy the “ride of his life.”

When Bodoh arrived on his motorcycle, he was arrested by officers from several agencies, but told them he was merely planning on taking the boy out for a meal.

He was charged with using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, and, if convicted, faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Though Bodoh’s name has been removed from the PrideFest website, an archived version indicates he was part of the production team for the 2007 event, listed as “Community Outreach.”

According to its website, “The mission of PrideFest is to advocate, celebrate and educate the general community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community with regard to all aspects of LGBT culture. To accomplish this, PrideFest produces an annual Pride celebration. Educational events include, but are not limited to, exhibits, lectures, art and community outreach which fully display the diversity of LGBT culture.”

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UN Mideast Envoy Warns of Gaza Collapse (But As Usual, Blames Israel)

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs said it well:
“The Palestinians in Gaza voted overwhelmingly for Hamas, and got exactly what they wanted—a radical Islamic government that could not care less about their welfare.”

I couldn’t agree more. If the pali terrorist were interested in the welfare of their people, they would be using their aid money to improve the infrastructure rather than just buying more weapons to kill more innocent Israeli civilians.
The pali people are ignorant, willful, cannon fodder. Poor souls.

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday of impending economic collapse in the Gaza Strip unless Israel reopens the Hamas-led territory’s main commercial crossing to the outside world to ease international isolation.

Michael Williams said the closure of the Karni crossing in early June has prevented the export of agricultural and industrial goods to Israel, the West Bank and elsewhere, as well as the import of materials needed for manufacturing and construction. The restriction has brought the Gaza economy to a standstill.

The World Bank estimates that 75 percent of Gaza’s factories have closed and more than 68,000 Palestinian workers have been laid off as a result, he said.

“Unless the crossings are open for imports and exports, the downward economic spiral will lead to extensive hardship for an already impoverished Gaza Strip,” Williams told the U.N. Security Council in his regular monthly briefing on the Middle East.

Since Hamas took over Gaza in mid-June, Israel has only permitted shipments of food and basic supplies into Gaza through two smaller passages.

Israel, which shuns Hamas as a terrorist organization, says it cannot reopen Karni without forces it has ties with at the crossing to coordinate border traffic. Gaza militants also keep attacking Karni and other crossings, making it too dangerous for Israeli border officials to operate them.

Williams said Palestinian militants fired 192 rockets and mortar shells at Gaza’s crossings and into Israel in the last month. He said Hamas’ military wing was responsible for most of the attacks on the crossings, while Islamic Jihad fired most of the rockets and mortars into Israel.

“Israel is fully cooperating with the relative U.N. agencies to ensure the constant flow of foodstuff and medicine into Gaza to ensure there are no humanitarian shortages, and the international community confirms that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said in Jerusalem.

“Israel will be ready to reopen the crossings when the Palestinians get their house together regarding security at the crossings,” he added.

Williams also said 6,000 Palestinians are trapped in Egypt, unable to return to Gaza because of the closure of the Rafah border terminal since June 9.

“It is particularly worrying that very little progress has been made to resolve the question” of these Palestinians, he said.

Israel has proposed rerouting the stranded Palestinians through the Kerem Shalom crossing, near the meeting point of Gaza, Egypt and Israel. Egypt has supported the idea, but Hamas has rejected it, saying travelers must be allowed to return through Rafah, which is not controlled by Israel.

In his report, Williams praised the quick response of the international community to provide financial aid and political support to the Fatah-led government set up in the West Bank by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his pro-Western prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

He said Gaza and the West Bank cannot remain separated in the long term, but added “there are no immediate prospects for reconciliation” between the two sides.

Hamas trounced Fatah in 2006 legislative elections, setting off more than a year of factional strife that culminated with Hamas’ violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last month. Abbas responded by forming an emergency government based in the West Bank.

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Israel to Arm 1,000 Pali Terrorist

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Is this for real??
I’m afraid so….

Israel and the Palestinian Authority completed preparations Wednesday for renewed coordination in civil administration functions between the two sides during a short ceremony in Qalqilyah.

Over the past two weeks, work resumed in all the West Bank cities, after ties between Israel and the PA were severed following the Hamas victory in the January 2006 Palestinian elections. The swearing-in of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayad’s government gave the green light for a resumption of cooperation on the civil and security levels.

On the Palestinian side, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas appointed Hussein al-Sheikh to run the Civil Affairs Administration, responsible for coordination with Israel in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Al-Sheikh is a former leader of the Tanzim, a Fatah militia.

“In order to build confidence with the other side, you must deal with routine things,” al-Sheikh said.

He believes that the small gestures will build the confidence necessary for bigger things.

“The political issue between Israel and the PA is one thing. But for successful negotiations you require trust. In order to build trust with the other side, you need to deal with day-to-day matters.”

Israel authorized the transfer of 1,000 rifles from Jordan to the security forces of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian security sources confirmed to Haaretz Wednesday night.

This is the largest arms transfer authorized in recent years, and it is meant to aid forces loyal to Abbas in preventing the possibility of a Hamas challenge and possible takeover similar to that of the Gaza Strip.

The weapons were delivered to the PA security forces three weeks ago following Israeli authorization.

The transfer of the M-16s was kept under strict confidence on both sides, in an effort to prevent any possible leak that could undermine Abbas’ standing.

Earlier this year, several thousand rifles were delivered to Fatah forces in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, but most of those arms came under Hamas’ control following its takeover.

The Palestinian security forces loyal to Abbas continued their operations against Hamas in the West Bank Wenesday. According to Palestinian reports, a cache of arms was uncovered in the home of a Hamas activist in Tul Karm. The same sources linked the weapons cache with reported Hamas efforts to establish an Executive Force base in West Bank. The Executive Force was instrumental in the Hamas seizure of power in Gaza.

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Creation Scientist: Recently Discovered Fossil Doesn’t Bolster Evolutionists’ Claims

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Sorry evolutionist, your half-baked “religion” of evolution espoused by your quasi-deity, Darwin, still doesn’t work. Bummer.

Science fiction reported as science fact? That’s the claim of a staff member with Answers in Genesis in reaction to a recent scientific “discovery.”

Dr. David Menton, a speaker with the apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis, says the recent announcement that scientists have found a possible link between two species of early humans is more fiction from those who want to promote the false theory of evolution. He says he sees a double standard in how evolutionists handle their so-called discoveries in comparison to other scientific fields.

“The intriguing thing is that in any legitimate branch of science, these articles are published in the scientific literature and are hashed over there long before you get the popular press,” explains Menton. “But in the field of evolution — and particularly hot-button areas of evolution like origin of birds, origin of humans — it seems like the first release is to the public, as though the real effort was to convince the public rather than to really communicate with the scientific community.”

Last week, secular media reported that new jaw fossils might suggest a direct line of descent between two species of early humans, including the one to which “Lucy” belongs. Evolutionists claim that “Lucy” is the earliest known hominid, and the new find supposedly is from an earlier species.

However, Menton points out that “Lucy” was actually a knuckle-walking, apelike creature. The new find does nothing to bolster evolutionists’ claims, he says.

“This whole area of hominid evolution, or human evolution, is rather like the old pea and shell game. The pea is never quite under the shell that you thought it was under. They not only change the date around, but they even change the names. It’s quite frequent that the name of the creature will be changed to something else,” he says.

Also, Menton asserts that if evolutionists’ claims were true, there would be an abundance of fossils backing up such claims. But rather than the fossil record supporting the theory of evolution and the theory that the earth is billions of years old, Menton points out that it actually speaks of a young earth and a worldwide flood.

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Political Website Cited for Crime of ‘Offending’

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

If a “hate crimes” bill is passed here in the U.S., this is the type of thing we can expect to happen. It has been shown to be true in both Canada, at a national level, and also already in several municipalities here in the U.S.
I’m not kidding when I tell you fellow Christians that these laws will be used to silence you in regards to homosexuality and other moral issues you will contend against.

A website featuring comments by, for and about “principled conservatism” is being investigated by the Canadian government, and could be fined or ordered shut down for some postings about Islam and homosexuality.

Connie Wilkins, who with Mark Fournier runs Canada’s Free Dominion site and posts articles, comments and blogs on a wide range of issues, said she just was notified by the nation’s Human Rights Commission about the investigation.

The Human Rights Commission is appointed to investigate complaints that “hate speech” or other illegal activity has been detected, and issue rulings or recommendations to the national Human Rights Tribunal, which has yet to find any defendant innocent in such a case.

The scenario bears a close resemblance to the situation feared by opponents in the United States should a pending “hate crimes” legislation be approved by Congress and signed into law by the president. It would essentially provide an enhanced penalty for a range of crimes if someone perceives they are being targeted for being part of a recognized population segment, such as the homosexual community.

As such, Christians fear simply expressing their biblical belief that homosexuality is immoral could be classified a “hate crime.”

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As WND has reported, that legislative plan has been moving forward in Congress, with U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., recently adding his version to a pending defense spending bill.

Supporters say it would address only crimes, but opponents fear the actual results would be similar to Canada’s, where a printer was fined several years ago for refusing a pro-homosexual printing contract that he said violated his traditional Christian beliefs.

Or, as in the current case, comments about homosexuality or Islam could be classified as illegal.

Among the statements cited in the complaint are posts from Bill Whatcott, who said: “I can’t figure out why the homosexuals I ran into are on the side of the Muslims. After all, Muslims who practice Sharia law tend to advocate beheading homosexuals.”

Whatcott earlier had been targeted by Saskatchewan’s human rights tribunal for distributing a flyer featuring a copy of a classified ad soliciting young boys, “age unimportant.”

The Canadian commission, Wilkins told WND, is “incredibly powerful, and they don’t have to sort of follow the rule of law, the way a court would. Essentially once they decide that they’re going to target you, you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

Under the standards set up by the commission, in Canada “it is a crime to offend someone,” she said. “That’s the way it is here,” she said. “I’ve made the argument many times, the ‘hate crimes’ laws are wrong. It puts more value on victims of crimes when somebody judges the crime was perpetrated because they hated them.”

She said she was notified of the complaint on July 17, with a deadline for a full response to the charge by July 18. She had never been sent an original complaint, and the notice simply was to remind her of deadline she hadn’t been told about.

“There was a thread on Free Dominion, and [a woman] complained, using this thread as an example of discriminatory material,” Wilkins said. The offending material included a link to a picture of a flyer that a Free Dominion contributor released discussing dangers of radical Islam.

The complaint from Marie-Line Gentes, a teacher at a Canadian college, “was that we were propagating this hate material,” Wilkins said. “I really think at this point her motive was to try to shut down Free Dominion rather than get offensive material removed.”

“We are definitely not a hate site,” Wilkins told WND. “There’s a whole variety of opinion on our site.”

“Right now, our lawyer is looking over the paperwork. We’ve set up a defense fund,” she said. “We’re going to have to spend some money on lawyers. We don’t know how much.”

The group also has requested additional time to review the complaint about an incident that dates back more than a year already.

Wilkins told WND such cases are becoming more common. Recently a fraternal organization was sued when it objected to a homosexual wedding in a building used for rentals.

Another man was sued simply for writing a letter to the editor expressing his opposition to having teachers instruct children in homosexuality at public schools, Wilkins said.

The problem is the wide open door the standards leave for interpreting whether something is a crime.

“The problem is there are so many grey areas. If somebody posts on our site, and someone else, a member of an ethnic group, religion or identifiable minority of any kind reads it, we have no way of knowing if that is going to be perceived as a hate crime. All it takes is for someone to say my feelings were hurt.”

The process then, is that, “if the tribunal believes their feelings were hurt, that’s it for you.”

Canada’s commission refused to return a message from WND asking for an explanation on the conflict between a Christian exercising his faith and a homosexual’s protection from any statement, including a quote from the Bible, of condemnation.

However, a lawyer for the printer, Scott Brockie, in that case pointed out the difficulty.

“Mr. [Ray] Brillinger can live his life the way he wants to,” lawyer Philip McMullen said of the homosexual activist who had brought the complaint. “But my client has to take his religion off like a housecoat and leave it hanging behind the front door when he goes out in the mornings.”

Wilkins said the full details of the specific concerns have yet to be explained.

“The nature of this upset has yet to be entirely revealed, but apparently somebody took offense to the concept that Muslim theology is more stridently opposed to homosexuality than any aspect of western society,” the organization said.

“It’s really a warning for you in the United States to look at this and see what’s happening,” Wilkins said. “You have to fight this with all that you have.”

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Latino Leaders Outraged by Arizona Sherriff’s Illegal Immigration Tip Hotline

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

PHOENIX — Latino leaders and faith-based organizations in the U.S. state of Arizona want a local sheriff to disconnect the hotline he created for people to report information about illegal immigrants, saying it raises the chance of racial profiling.

Illegal: Not according to, or authorized by, law; specif., contrary to, or in violation of, human law; unlawful; illicit; hence, immoral; as, an illegal act; illegal trade; illegal love. Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) from Dictionary.net.

Alien: 1. A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) from Dictionary.net.

Racial Profiling??
Where in the term “illegal alien” does it say anything about “race”? Anyone who comes to this country illegally is an “illegal alien”.
It’s not about racial profiling. It’s about ratios. Mere numbers.
The fact that the majority of illegal aliens in this country are Latino means that anyone trying to catch them and deport them, as the law requires, is, in this country’s current environment of political correctness run amok, going to seem as though they are racial profiling.

My comment to the Latino leaders: “Get Over It”. The bottom line is, your people are breaking the law, every day and in mass numbers. If I had my way, every single illegal alien would be deported. And our borders would be so secure that they would stand no chance of ever returning illegally. Maybe someday my dream will be realized.
Until then, you Latino leaders need to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

PHOENIX — Latino leaders and faith-based organizations in the U.S. state of Arizona want a local sheriff to disconnect the hotline he created for people to report information about illegal immigrants, saying it raises the chance of racial profiling.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday, however, that he would not disconnect the hotline, and stressed that deputies would investigate people only if authorities had probable cause, according to a report in The Arizona Republic newspaper.

The hotline has received about 300 calls since it was launched Friday, including tips about family and friends, employment, day laborers, drop houses and crank calls.

Arpaio said officials were analyzing the tips and had not yet acted on any calls.

“There’s nothing unconstitutional about putting up a hotline,” Arpaio said, pointing out that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have similar hotlines.

The hotline is part of an expanded immigration enforcement plan Arpaio unveiled last week that also includes sheriff’s deputies cross-trained to enforce immigration law.

Some Latino advocacy groups will launch a hotline of their own to take tips from people who believe they have been unfairly reported to Arpaio’s hotline, said activist Mary Rose Wilcox, a Maricopa County supervisor.

Meanwhile, some faith-based organizations are circulating a letter among church leaders and members that decries Arpaio’s hotline.

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