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calendar   Wednesday - December 05, 2007

Nurses to help Muslim patients face Mecca

sorry ‘bout the longish URL, having a tad problem with Tiny URL this morning

Nurses to help Muslim patients face Mecca
By Gary Cleland
Last Updated: 2:19am GMT 05/12/2007

Nurses have been told to move Muslim patients’ beds five times a day so that they face Mecca when they pray.

The measure by Dewsbury and District Hospital in West Yorkshire is one of several designed to meet the needs of Islamic patients.

Critics claim, however, that nurses’ time would be better spent providing medical treatment and ensuring wards were free of infection.

advertisementTracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse and director of patient experience at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “In the context of responding to requests from patients and families, particularly when faced with a very ill patient, it is entirely reasonable that nurses consider all practical steps to meet a patient’s cultural or religious needs.

“This may include adjusting the position of the bed, or escorting the patient to the chapel or faith centre.” She denied that nurses were being removed from other duties in order to move beds.

Staff working at the trust’s hospitals have attended training sessions so that they can help Muslim patients uphold their faith daily. Halal menu options have been introduced and special shower facilities have been provided.

Muslims are expected to pray at five specific times in a day, when they should face east towards Mecca - revered as the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed - and, wash beforehand.

The move to embrace Islam came after many Muslim former patients told the trust their treatment would have been better if staff had known more about their religion.

Catherine Briggs, the hospital’s matron, said: “In response to these comments I have been working with Moulana Ilyas Dalal, our senior Muslim chaplain at the hospital, to deliver a training package that will better inform staff of the different cultural and religious needs of patients.”

The new system has received a mixed reaction from nurses, however.

Beverley Brook, one of the first to take the training course, said: “Although I already knew quite a lot about the Islamic faith, this gave me a greater understanding on how we can make small changes on a daily basis that will really make a difference to our Muslim patients.”

But another nurse said: “It would be easier to create Muslim-only wards with every bed facing Mecca than have to deal with this.

“Some people might think it is not that big a deal, but we have a huge Muslim population in Dewsbury and if we are having to turn dozens of beds to face Mecca five times a day, plus provide running water for them to wash before and after prayers, it is bound to impact on the medical service we are supposed to be providing.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/05/2007 at 01:52 PM   
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You Talkin to Me?

LawDog says: Don’t ask a question if you don’t want the answer


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/05/2007 at 02:35 PM   
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Let Me Count The Ways

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight received his new ATF Laws and Public Ordinances book and decided to see how the several states matched up with each other.

Browsing the regulations I find:

California, 67 pages, about 120,600 words of regulation.
Massachusetts, 18.5 pages, about 32,400 words.
Nevada, 6.5 pages, about 11,700 words.
Vermont, 1.05 pages, about 1890 words.

By California legislature thinking, everyone in Vermont must have been shot and / or murdered by last year. You’d think these states were in different countries.

Heh


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/05/2007 at 02:31 PM   
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calendar   Monday - December 03, 2007

Huckabee on Immigration

Via Rob at Say Anything

Here’s a video of Mike Huckabee talking with George Stephanopoulos about illegal immigration:



Notice that he supports tuition subsidies for the children of illegas as well as opposes proof of citizenship for voting.

I have had many people emailing me about supporting Huck, but I can’t do it.  Anyone who takes these types of positions on illegals cannot be our president in my opinion.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 06:35 PM   
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Bush and Clinton Agree - More Free Ice Cream!

So we have news today that Hillary Clinton and President Bush agree that the poor folks who could not afford their mortgages should not be held to the agreement they made with their lenders.  That those same lenders should not be allowed to collect on their property and recover some of their losses.

No, that would mean responsibility.

Instead, we are going to have the federal government stepping in to wipe the collective noses of all those who bought something they could not afford and tell them it will be OK.  Mommy’s here to make it all better kids.

Clinton Calls for Foreclosure Moratorium, Adjustable Rate Hold

By Kristin Jensen

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for homeowners who default on subprime mortgages.

The New York senator, is also seeking a five-year freeze on the monthly rate for subprime adjustable mortgages and a requirement that the industry report how many mortgages have been modified. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Clinton said she may consider legislation to protect lenders from lawsuits and let them convert certain mortgages into ``stable, affordable loans.’’

Paulson and Treasury officials are trying to craft an agreement with lenders to prevent a surge in defaults in the $11.5 trillion mortgage market. Clinton said any deal should include the provisions she has suggested.

``The administration and the mortgage industry must reach an agreement that matches the scale of the problem,’’ Clinton, 60, said in the letter released by her campaign today. ``If you produce an inadequate agreement, or fail outright, the cost to our economy will be incalculable.’’

Clinton also proposed a fund of as much as $5 billion to help communities suffering from high rates of foreclosures. The moratorium on foreclosures would be at least 90 days and only apply to owner-occupied homes.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 06:26 PM   
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What a Week

I took last week off from work, mostly to hunt (Virginia’s whitetail rifle season was the week of Thanksgiving and last week), but also to get some things done around the house. My thought was that I could spend some time sprucing up the site here, catching up on some posts I have queed up and make some progress on the “bark store”, but that never happened.  I always end up planning more than I can accomplish.

I took my son out one day and we had a great time together.  We got out to the pop-up blind I had set up the week before and found it lying on the ground in a heap. It looked like a bear had taken an interest in it and decided to test its carrying capacity.  It failed.  but, we were able to get it back up before sun-up and had a great time watching the forest wake up.  We didn’t see any deer, and he got cold and restless after a couple of hours, so we paked it in and headed to breakfast in town.  I hunted Friday and Saturday as well, but with no results.  The bear did make one more visit on Friday night because I had to repeat the process of setting it back up on Saturday morning.  This time, he broke a pole and tore up one of the guy lines.  Too bad I never got to see him up close.

I ended the week in a grand way.  My wife and I have been taking a class studying Jimmy Evan’s book: Our Secret Paradise.  You don’t think you can learn anything new after 24 years, but this book has been revolutionary for our marriage.  For those who wanted, and we did, a renewal ceremony was held at our church yesterday.  So I got to re-take the hand of my bride and commit once again to love, honor and cherish her for the rest of our lives.  It’s interesting that when we get married, we say those words, but what they mean is purly theoretical.  Saying them now, they have real meaning.  We’ve been sick and well, poor and rich, better and worse.  Committing to stay with each other, no matter the circumstances, was a great and awesome privledge.  Especially having our four kids witness it and share in it with us.

So, now that my Monday morning, month-end, back from vacation pile has been mostly dealt with, on to the news for the day......


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 06:12 PM   
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TIS THE SEASON TO BE MERRY ?

So how do I explain this without you guys thinking it’s a gag?

I can’t explain it cept to say, it’s on page 3 of the Sunday Telegraph and altho I tried, I couldn’t find the link anywhere.
So you’ll have to believe it.  Right.  You don’t “have” to do anything.

The Church of England is offering an alternative service for those who dislike Christams.  (there, I said it) But wait. There’s more.

The Rev. Tracy Rishton says “the service will be quiet and reflective, with songs such as,
In The Bleak Midwinter, instead of uplifting carols.”

Meanwhile, over at the competition in the Catholic church those folks are gonna hold a “wine and whinge” evening as part of a move to win back lapsed worshippers.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/03/2007 at 04:23 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 02, 2007

Smoking ban poses new climate threat

ONLY FROM THE LUNATIC SOCIALIST NANNY PARADISE

Smoking ban poses new climate threat
By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 02/12/2007

Pubs are likely to pump hundreds of thousands of tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a result of the smoking ban.

Policy advisers predict that emissions from patio heaters in pubs and restaurants will increase from 22,200 tons of greenhouse gases a year to up to 282,000 tons - the equivalent of flying a jumbo jet 171 times around the Earth.

Heaters will be used for more than 237 days a year, when outdoor temperatures are lower than 15C, says the report, from Market Transformation. A further 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be produced next year by patio heaters in private gardens, according to an earlier study by the Energy Saving Trust.

Environmentalists say the heaters must now be banned if Britain is to meet carbon dioxide emission targets.

Tony Juniper, of Friends of the Earth, said: “The impacts of the smoking ban are positive, but this should not cause more problems for the environment. Either smokers will have to give up smoking or simply put on a jumper.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/02/2007 at 04:55 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 01, 2007

THIS IS RACISM?  SO SICK OF THAT OVERDONE,OVER USED WORD.

You want political correctness?  You got it right here.  Also lunacy! But then, this is the former Great Britain.  Boo-boos and hurt feelings are not allowed. 

LONDON (Reuters) –

A man has been convicted of racially aggravated harassment after calling a Welsh woman English.

Michael Forsythe was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, after being found guilty of racially aggravated disorderly behaviour, a court official said.

Forsythe received the sentence at Welshpool Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was also ordered to pay 200 pounds in prosecution costs.

The former lorry driver, who is originally from Northern Ireland, but lives in Powys, Mid Wales, called Lorna Steele an “English bitch” during an argument after he collided with her parked vehicle in the Welsh market town of Newport in February.

Forsythe has attacked the prosecution as a waste of time and money, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

“I find it unbelievable that I’ve been prosecuted for this,” he said. “I’ve travelled all over Europe as a lorry driver and never had any problems with anybody and now they’re officially calling me a racist.

“It’s political correctness gone mad.”


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2007 at 08:20 PM   
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Speaking truth to lunacy

If you live outside the USA: Sean Taylor was a professional football player with a bright future. He was shot in the leg in his own house by a burglar. Despite all medical efforts he bled to death. His killer is still at large.

original article here



Taylor’s death a grim reminder for us all

Jason Whitlock
FOXSports.com

There’s a reason I call them the Black KKK. The pain, the fear and the destruction are all the same.

Someone who loved Sean Taylor is crying right now. The life they knew has been destroyed, an 18-month-old baby lost her father, and, if you’re a black man living in America, you’ve been reminded once again that your life is in constant jeopardy of violent death.

The Black KKK claimed another victim, a high-profile professional football player with a checkered past this time.

No, we don’t know for certain the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death. I could very well be proven wrong for engaging in this sort of aggressive speculation. But it’s no different than if you saw a fat man fall to the ground clutching his chest. You’d assume a heart attack, and you’d know, no matter the cause, the man needed to lose weight.

Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there’s every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That’s not some negative, unfair stereotype. It’s a reality we’ve been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long.

When the traditional, white KKK lynched, terrorized and intimidated black folks at a slower rate than its modern-day dark-skinned replacement, at least we had the good sense to be outraged and in no mood to contemplate rationalizations or be fooled by distractions.

Our new millennium strategy is to pray the Black KKK goes away or ignores us. How’s that working?

About as well as the attempt to shift attention away from this uniquely African-American crisis by focusing on an “injustice” the white media allegedly perpetrated against Sean Taylor.

Within hours of his death, there was a story circulating that members of the black press were complaining that news outlets were disrespecting Taylor’s victimhood by reporting on his troubled past

No disrespect to Taylor, but he controlled the way he would be remembered by the way he lived. His immature, undisciplined behavior with his employer, his run-ins with law enforcement, which included allegedly threatening a man with a loaded gun, and the fact a vehicle he owned was once sprayed with bullets are all pertinent details when you’ve been murdered.

Marcellus Wiley, a former NFL player, made the radio circuit Wednesday, singing the tune that athletes are targets. That was his explanation for the murders of Taylor and Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams and the armed robberies of NBA players Antoine Walker and Eddy Curry.

Really?

Let’s cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period. Go check the coroner’s office and talk with a police detective. These bullets aren’t checking W-2s.

Rather than whine about white folks’ insensitivity or reserve a special place of sorrow for rich athletes, we’d be better served mustering the kind of outrage and courage it took in the 1950s and 1960s to stop the white KKK from hanging black men from trees.

But we don’t want to deal with ourselves. We take great joy in prescribing medicine to cure the hate in other people’s hearts. Meanwhile, our self-hatred, on full display for the world to see, remains untreated, undiagnosed and unrepentant.

Our self-hatred has been set to music and reinforced by a pervasive culture that promotes a crab-in-barrel mentality.

You’re damn straight I blame hip hop for playing a role in the genocide of American black men. When your leading causes of death and dysfunction are murder, ignorance and incarceration, there’s no reason to give a free pass to a culture that celebrates murder, ignorance and incarceration.

Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it’s not OK to “super man dat ho” and end any and every dispute by “cocking on your bitch,” nothing will change.

Does a Soulja Boy want an education?

HBO did a fascinating documentary on Little Rock Central High School, the Arkansas school that required the National Guard so that nine black kids could attend in the 1950s. Fifty years later, the school is one of the nation’s best in terms of funding and educational opportunities. It’s 60 percent black and located in a poor black community.

Watch the documentary and ask yourself why nine poor kids in the ‘50s risked their lives to get a good education and a thousand poor black kids today ignore the opportunity that is served to them on a platter.

Blame drugs, blame Ronald Reagan, blame George Bush, blame it on the rain or whatever. There’s only one group of people who can change the rotten, anti-education, pro-violence culture our kids have adopted. We have to do it.

According to reports, Sean Taylor had difficulty breaking free from the unsavory characters he associated with during his youth.

The “keepin’ it real” mantra of hip hop is in direct defiance to evolution. There’s always someone ready to tell you you’re selling out if you move away from the immature and dangerous activities you used to do, you’re selling out if you speak proper English, embrace education, dress like a grown man, do anything mainstream.

The Black KKK is enforcing the same crippling standards as its parent organization. It wants to keep black men in their place — uneducated, outside the mainstream and six feet deep.

In all likelihood, the Black Klan and its mentality buried Sean Taylor, and any black man or boy reading this could be next.

Yes, I snagged this totally from SmallestMinority. And he snagged the entire essay from FoxSports.com. Just in case, y’know. It’s a statement that needs to be made, and made, and made, and made, and made again. I am not part of the solution, nor am I part of the problem. I see the problem, I can figure out a solution (start with marriage and follow that up with actual parenting, and add in a respect for education and hard work and honesty.  Then get the hell out of the cities and get a job. That’s a good beginning.) but I can’t deliver the message. That has to come from within.




Roughly half the annual murder victims in America are blacks. Of those, black men between the ages of 12 and 35 make up the vast majority. Of those, urbanites are a huge majority. You can look up the numbers and do your own analysis. This is a good place to start, though there are many, many other sources.

This is actually the worst internal problem facing America today, in my opinion.

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Instant Update

FOUR ARRESTED IN TAYLOR SHOOTING

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami-Dade Police Department has arrested four people in connection with the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor.

Police spokeswoman Linda O’Brien identified the suspects, all males as: Venjah K. Hunte, 20; Eric Rivera Jr., 17; Jason Scott Mitchell, 17; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18. O’Brien said the charges for each had not yet been determined, but “we are talking murder and burglary.”

The four men were arrested Friday in southwest Florida, about 100 miles from Miami. They will be booked into the Lee County Jail and eventually will be returned to Miami, O’Brien said. She did not have any information on when they would appear in court, their hometowns or if they had attorneys.

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Authorities said they had more than one confession, but Parker would not elaborate.

“We’re looking into whether or not one or more of the individuals had been at the residence before,” Parker said.

Police have been investigating a possible link to a Nov. 17 break-in at Taylor’s home, during which they said someone pried open a front window, rifled through drawers and left a kitchen knife on a bed.

Morning after update to the update
It looks like Mr. Whitlock’s statistics bear out. These are the guys arrested on the left, Sean Taylor on the right.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2007 at 02:59 AM   
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