Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

Worse news, Jesus is not the only one ready to do us in. All that is required is a dim bulb upstairs:

An as yet unidentified “holistic” practitioner negligently kills a young woman with IV turmeric (yes, intravenous)

It was only just yesterday that I recounted the story of a naturopathic quack in Bowling Green, KY who told a cancer patient that “chemo is for losers,” promising her that he [would] eliminate her tumor within three months. She listened to him, and as a result she died, as she and her husband were suing the quack. Not long after, her distraught widower walked into the quack’s office on a Friday evening earlier this month and, if the police charges are accurate, shot him dead. Basically, because this quack convinced the woman to [forgo] chemotherapy, whatever chance of survival she had was eliminated. The woman’s name was Fikreta Ibrisevic; the quack’s name was Juan Gonzalez; and the name of the widower allegedly turned killer is Omer Ahmetovic.

Sleep softly. Somewhere Jesus is waiting.

Friday Funny

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Wow! Have I been  doing this for an entire year? This is Friday Funny number 52,  and it’s another stupid crook funny:

A Drug Dealer Tells a Customer He’s “Too Smart” to Get Caught . . . and the Customer Is an Undercover Cop

There’s nothing as perfect as an idiot criminal who THINKS he’s a genius criminal . . . and that’s EXACTLY what we’ve got here. 45-year-old Adalberto Ramiro-diaz of Port St. Lucie, Florida has been running a pretty massive drug dealing operation out of his house. At one point recently, a customer was over at his house looking at his massive stash of drugs and guns, and asked him how he’d never been caught.  And Adalberto told him he was TOO SMART to get caught. But the customer he told that to was . . . an undercover cop. The cops arrested him last week on a ton of drug and weapons charges.  They also found a fake FBI badge in his house during their search.

When they’re not dangerous, stupid crooks can be funny. Try not to be funny like Adalberto. He was too funny.

Friday Funny

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Friday again. Must be something funny. How about comical crooks. Let me check. Ah! Here’s one:

Armed robber Andrew Hennells was caught after he boasted on Facebook about his plans to raid a supermarket in a post which included a selfie, a picture of a knife, and the words: “Doing. Tesco. Over.”

Police caught him 15 minutes later with the knife and £410 in cash stolen from a Tesco in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

He was jailed for four years last April.

No fair laughing. This guy needs help.

Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

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Here’s an update on a previous post. The consequences of false belief are sometimes spread around:

Alexandru Radita “lived and died very much alone,” a prosecutor noted Friday, moments after his parents were sentenced to life in prison for his murder.

Crown lawyer Susan Pepper said the fact there was no one in court to speak about the impact of the teenager’s death, save for a social worker who dealt with him eight years earlier, spoke volumes about his loneliness.

“It really highlights the degree of isolation that Alex lived in — he had no friends, or teachers, or support people, or doctors, or anyone,” Pepper said, after Emil and Rodica Radita were each convicted of first-degree murder in the boy’s death.

Justice Karen Horner accepted Pepper’s argument the parents intentionally neglected the 15-year-old for years, until he finally succumbed to bacterial sepsis related to starvation.

“Your actions in starving your son Alex to death are beyond comprehension,” Horner said, in ordering the couple to each serve a minimum 25 years without parole.

An additional news item recounts the false belief behind this tragedy:

‘They knew he was dying’: Canadian parents who starved their diabetic son, 15, to death and prayed for two hours rather than call 911 when they found him not breathing get life in prison

The time to have been concerned about young Alexandru would have been when it was first noticed his parents weighed their religious convictions above his well being.

I do one of these every Tuesday. Who is going to be the next to die to  believe?

Friday Funny

One of a series

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Unfortunately, the screen shot, taken from CBS News, tells it all:

BALTIMORE  — Baltimore County police are looking for a man who they say entered a Towson restaurant through a roof vent, stripped naked and then robbed the place, CBS Baltimore reported.

It happened around 6 a.m. on November 10 at Slice of Towson.

The suspect was seen on surveillance tape entering the pizza joint, taking off his clothes, damaging a vent hood and some registers, then taking cash from the registers and running out.

It’s not every day that crime is comical, but when it is, you’re going to see it here. On Friday.

Dying to Believe

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Readers, it’s not only Jesus who allows children to die from neglect. The parents of Seth Johnson believed they knew more about medicine than the doctors:

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota couple face child neglect charges following the March death of their 7-year-old son, whom officials say died of pancreatitis without medical attention because his parents had “issues going to doctors,” reports CBS Minnesota.

CBS News additionally reported the Johnsons relied on prayer when young Seth’s behavior began to change for the worse. They were concerned that doctors would treat the child with medications:

In the days before Seth’s death, his parents were out of town for a wedding, leaving their son in the care of an older sibling. The night they returned, the Johnsons found their son hardly moving and said he didn’t react when they “prayed for his health.”

Jesus could not be contacted for comment.

Friday Funny

One of a series

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It’s Friday, so something has to be funny. How about this:

Man Wins Police-Sponsored Doughnut-Eating Contest and Then Gets Arrested

Aug 09, 2014

O sweet, sweet sadness! A North Carolina man, Bradley Hardison, was arrested this week shortly after winning a police sponsored anticrime doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department’s National Night Out Against Crime, Reuters reports.

Hardison, 24, consumed eight doughnuts in two minutes, winning over a group of local policemen and firefighters. A day later he was arrested — apparently, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office had been attempting to interview Hardison (for nine months!) about his connection with two break-ins.

If that is not funny, then I don’t know what is.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

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The Second Amendment protects the right of American citizens to protect themselves with adequate fire power. It is gratifying to  see this right is never abused:

What was finally real was Edgar Welch, driving from North Carolina to Washington to rescue sexually abused children he believed were hidden in mysterious tunnels beneath a neighborhood pizza joint.

What was real was Welch — a father, former firefighter and sometime movie actor who was drawn to dark mysteries he found on the Internet — terrifying customers and workers with his ­assault-style rifle as he searched Comet Ping Pong, police said. He found no hidden children, no secret chambers, no evidence of a child sex ring run by the failed Democratic candidate for president of the United States, or by her campaign chief, or by the owner of the pizza place.

People, we can never be too careful. Where police won’t take action, concerned citizens step in. Keep your powder dry.

Dying to Believe

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Every con job requires two to complete the deal. A con artist may be devious of mind and sharp of tongue, but if the mark does not perform his part, the thing falls through. Fortunately for this page that does not happen often enough to starve me of weekly material. It’s Tuesday again:

Six years ago, [James Arthur] Ray wouldn’t run out of a kitchen unless it was to speak to thousands of people—or the audience had paid four figures each for the privilege. After being featured in the book and movie of self-help sensation The Secret in 2006, Ray was propelled onto the national stage. At the time, he was touted as the latest in a long line of prominent self-help gurus who claimed to hold the keys to living a happy and successful life. Two appearances on Oprah followed, as well as his 2008 New York Times best seller Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want. The price of joining Ray’s World Wealth Society—a program of one-to-one mentoring—peaked at $90,000, and he bought a luxurious home in Beverly Hills. A glowing profile in Fortune magazine dubbed him heir to Tony Robbins’s motivational-speaker throne.

Then, in October of 2009, three of Ray’s followers died.

The good news, depending on how you define “good,” is that in 2013 the resilient Mr. Ray was released from prison, having served his two-year sentence for negligent homicide. On that fatal day in 2009 two people died immediately from heat stroke and another died nine days later of “organ failure.” The victims were among approximately 75 people who offered themselves to Ray’s cure, submitting to temperatures of 200 F inside a tent heated by rocks.

Back in business (as of March last year), Ray continues peddling “harmonic wealth.” It’s “the idea of energy fields attracting similar energy fields.” He will be successful so long as his dupes perform as scripted. He should not require much help.

Trump News

Disclaimer: I subscribe to an email fake news service. Trump News is the name of the email sender. These posts are pulled from the emails.

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Beginning of a new series. I subscribe to an email newsletter from EnVolve.com. The sender is listed as Trump News, but it is not likely the President-elect is in any way involved with Trump News. Where to get started? How about with a recent story from En-Volve:

Career Felon Killed In Shootout By 13-Year-Old During Home Invasion

A check reveals the WCBD news item cited had much the same story.

That is certainly good news, and it flies in the face of my series of postings titled Your Friend The Handgun, aimed at demonstrating the folly of actually invoking your Second Amendment rights and loading yourself up with firearms. What is so heartening to learn is that the use of a (presumed) handgun allowed a 13-year-old child to defend his home and himself from two dangerous criminals. A side effect is that criminal proceedings will not be necessary against one of the crooks. R.I.P.

But wait. What’s fake about this news? Well… For starters, look at the picture of the young boy who pulled the trigger. How righteous. How heroic. How white.

If you read available news stories related to this incident you will observe that the identity of the young boy is being withheld at his (and most likely his parents’) request. So, where did En-Volve get the photo of the shooter? Your guess is as good as mine, and my guess is this is a stock photo, and the boy is a model posing for the photo with a semi-automatic pistol and a very determined look. I am familiar with the concept because I shoot stock photos for profit, and I have used such models.

So, the photo is a stock photo, and the boy is a model. Most likely that is a prop gun provided by the photographer. That does not answer an interesting  question. Why is the boy white? This is North Charleston, SC. Yes, that North Charleston, SC, where apparently a bunch of non-white people live. Such as the two crooks in the picture. I’m going to leave it to readers to figure out why a white child is supposed to have killed a black thug. There is an additional item worth discussing.

The story from En-Volve was posted by A. Michael Smith on 30 December 2016. As a reference, Smith’s story links to a story in USArmy4Life.com. That story says:

6 TIME FELON KILLED IN SHOOTOUT BY 13 YEAR OLD DURING HOME INVASION

Then it says pretty much what the En-Volve story says. Except for the date. The date of the En-Volve story is 30 December of 2016. The date of the US Army 4 Life story is 25 December 2016. So when did the actual events take place? To find out I relied on my trusty Way-Back machine, Google:

– On Tuesday afternoon a 13-year-old boy who was home alone used his mother’s gun to fend off two potential burglars, killing one of them.

According to authorities, the boy, who is not being identified because of his age, became suspicious of a grey Chevy Sonic that had pulled up near his house.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office reported that the boy later heard someone trying to break into his family’s home. He then got his mother’s gun and went to the back door of the house.

The boy told police officials that he fired the gun at a person outside and the person fired back.

The two burglars, Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville, and Ira Bennett, 28, of North Charleston, then fled the scene.

Bennett reportedly drove an injured Brown to Trident Medical Center, and then took off—Brown later died of his gunshot wounds.

US Army 4 Life used the Fox 29 news item pretty much as written, obviously without a lot of re-investigation. But note that the Fox 29 story is from 11 November 2015, over a year prior to both the US Army 4 Life story and the En-Volve story. But the Fox 29 story did not have a photo of the child, just the two black crooks. In none of the news accounts was the child or his family identified.

And now I get to the part where I speculate, completely fact-free. Why did US Army 4 Life need to go back over a year to find an appropriate story? If there is any substance to “a million self defensive uses of firearms a year,” why wasn’t there a story available from the previous week. Or the previous month? Could it be that no such story existed—that the last time a home owner effectively used a firearm to protect his home was over a year prior? I am not going to stretch incredulity that far, and I am going to grant that real self protection events occur more than once a year.

I also like to wonder how many of those self-protection episodes involve something like popcorn.