Animal Cruelty: The Innocent Ones EDITORIAL

I’m including the coverage of the Animal Cruelty investigation by Moulton, Alabama Police Department from WHNT News 19.  It’s available here.

I have two dogs I love and care for, both are mother and daughter.  Both are spoiled, and well taken care of as best as we can with what we can afford as a family.

We are satisfied with two dogs in our house, and that is well.

The Coverage from WHNT News 19 showed me what cruelty is.  It’s not just beating an animal, or not feeding them, it’s hoarding them, keeping them in very unkempt conditions and not providing the basic necessities like medical attention, clean water, good and nutritious food.

Moulton Police Department asked the ASPCA to help in the investigation, and many of the dogs need medical attention.  They are getting it and it is very fortunate for the ASPCA to help law enforcement in this regard.

I have an idea for the action that should be taken.

For the now former director of the Animal Shelter in Lawrence County, Alabama, the maximum of the law should be levied on her for cruelty to animals, fraud against the County, and whatever other charges turn up in the investigation.  Her “home” which doubled as her shelter should be seized, inspected, and razed to build a new shelter for the animals, and this time the Lawrence County Commission needs to do it right, and not go about it cheaply.  It was their greed that caused this, and any commissioner who brought this on should at the very least resign.

As for the dogs who are in the middle of this process and the innocent ones without a voice, they should receive loving homes with people who will take very good care of them.  And those who can’t adopt should help spread the message to make a contribution to the ASPCA to help them perform the essential life saving work they do each and every day.

I want to commend Al Whitaker, reporter for WHNT, and former Shoals Bureau Chief for that other station…WAAY, for the most excellent work he’s been doing on this story.

Taking Action, Getting Results in the process.

If you want to help the ASPCA, Here’s a link to them.

Should College Athletes Be Paid? And Is UAB Financially Able to commit?

This is a post from BelowAverageWriter.com.  It asks the question Should College Athletes Be Paid?.

Personally speaking my thought, they are “paid” in the sense of scholarships, room and board, meal plans, tuition/books, and a stipend for other incidental expenses.  Plus they receive sports medicine health care and other health care as necessary with hospitals and clinics on campus and off campus but close by.

There is a question of timing by UAB, though.

Is the University financially capable of supporting the program at its current level, and if not, how can the pork of administrative faculty (i.e. President/Chancellor, Deans, AD, other financial obligations) be trimmed and reassigned to support the program?  If UAB is in dire straits, it should have asked for help from both the Education Trust Fund and The Department of Education.

These questions need to be answered not by UAB itself, but through an independent third-party audit of the financial statements of UAB, plus practices of financial calculation they use need to be audited as well.

The math does not add up, and someone needs to be held responsible.  Dr. Ray Watts in his press conference announcing the return of the programs did not look to be very confident.  In fact, I think he had more doubt than anyone else on campus.  He’s had to hear the chants, see the social media outrage, watch student athletes make an exodus after the programs were imploded by his words, and hamper Coach Bill Clark’s work on the Blazers Football Program.

If the math doesn’t add up, there needs to be an audit.

BREAKING NEWS: ESPN Reports Swiss Authorities Arrest FIFA Officials in Fraud, Bribery Case for US

((BREAKING NEWS POST))  FIFA is now facing numerous charges as several official s are taken into custody by Swiss Authorities in cooperation with US authorities, that according to ESPN’s SportsCenter.

The officials of FIFA arrested by Swiss Authorities will be extradited to the US to face the charges, which will be announced by newly appointed US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and James Comey, Current FBI Director.

More will be announced tomorrow by the Justice Department in a press conference sometime Wednesday.

Cleveland Officers and City of Cleveland sued by Rice Family

PDF of the Lawsuit filed by estate of Tamir Rice

(VARIOUS SOURCES)  Managing Editor’s Note:  I wanted to bring the full document of this lawsuit up top for a format change.  –JB

The family of Tamir Rice has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers who confronted him and the City of Cleveland.

Among the charges alleged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback are use of excessive force, deprivation of civil rights, and failure to secure medical attention for Rice in connection with the November 22, 2014 shooting.  The lawsuit also alleges that the City of Cleveland hiring practices failed to address serious deficiencies in training and supervision of the officers.  The Complete lawsuit is available in the link above.

This makes the third municipality where police officers have targeted African-Americans in lethal force.  The New York Police Department has dealt with the death of Eric Garner for months after Garner died from a chokehold by an officer and Ferguson, Missouri has had businesses burned because of the verdict in the grand jury investigation of now former Officer Darren Wilson, who resigned days after the Grand Jury could not indict him based on the evidence and testimony presented.

All three situations have caused the Justice Department to release new guidelines regarding racial profiling.  The full memorandum is available here.  The new memo “supersedes” a 2003 memorandum sent out under the term of former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Both Wilson and the NYPD officer were not indicted, and that caused protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

Critics are asking why Police Departments are considering those whom they are sworn to “serve and protect” as their enemy.

Federal Investigations are underway still in Ferguson, Missouri; New York, New York; and now Cleveland, Ohio.  They involve Civil Rights and Police Procedures.

Stay Tuned to this story as it is a developing situation and will be updated as details are provided.

BREAKING NEWS: Napa Valley site of 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake.

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This is a breaking news item, and developments are anticipated.  Please tune in to the stream Special Report – The News With james Barcus for further details.

Damage is already being estimated and fires are raging at some mobile homes this morning after a Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake struck at 3:20AM Pacific time in Napa Valley near San Francisco.  Nearly 90 people were injured in connection with the earthquake, and more are expected as the damage is assessed.  Most are being treated in the triage unit without being admitted to the hospital, though some were admitted into the hospital.  Three are in critical condition with a child transferred to a pediatric trauma center.  The quake did do some damage at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, but the hospital still remains open.

Governor Jerry Brown  has declared a state of Emergency this morning just before 10AM Pacific.  The Governor had stated the office of emergency management has been in full activation mode since early this morning.  There is expected to be a Federal Disaster Declaration request submitted today.

KGO-TV has reported aftershocks have been taking place varying in the 2.0 to 3.0 Magnitude measurements.  A magnitude 3.6 aftershock was detected four miles south of Napa at 5:47 AM this morning.  More aftershocks are expected in the coming hours and days.

Numerous water lines, sprinklers, and main pipes have broken, hampering firefighting efforts in a mobile home community in Napa Valley as one home was completely engulfed and melted down in the aftermath of the quake.  Four mobile homes were destroyed at that park.  

Retrofitted buildings in Napa weren’t immune to the quake, with one building losing a vacant office to the quake, with bricks and other building components taking out awnings and a tree near the office building.

Another building had a facade that was leaning forward and some concrete work was damaged.  The Napa United Methodist Church cancelled services today.

Some minor highway damage was spotted in the aftermath of the quake and aftermath.  California Highway 121 at California Highway 129 has a large crack across the road.  The California Highway Patrol reported this morning that the California Highway 37 westbound off-ramp leading to Interstate 80 westbound was closed due to possible damage, and they are on-scene inspecting for damage.

A shelter has been set up at Napa High School at 2475  to house victims of the earthquake this morning.

BREAKING NEWS: Actor/Comedian Robin Williams Dead at 63

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(TNWJB Newsroom–Various Sources)  Robin Williams, actor/comedian/voice actor, was found dead today in Marin Co., California, according to the Sheriff of Marin Co., CA and Williams’ publicist.  He was 63.

Williams was a stand-up comedian who was very popular on HBO with stand up acts that included “Live on Broadway” in 2002 and “Weapons of Self Destruction” in 2011.  Williams got his TV start in a revival of NBC’s Laugh-in, but was more famous in Mork & Mindy that aired on ABC and was recently in The Crazy Ones that aired on CBS.  He starred in movies such as Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, and more.

Williams took news items and spun them in hyper-warp with his wit, often jaded and callous.  “Live on Broadway” was done in the months after the September 11th attacks on New York, with some critics wondering if it was too soon to have Williams do his show.  Laughter, as it is said, was and is the best medicine.

Williams was an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Oscar Winner.  He also worked on Broadway, and was just as capable playing the dramatic as he was leaving the audience in stitches.  Williams is missed already, and his work is available where DVD’s are sold.

This is a developing news item and will be updated as quickly as possible as facts come in.  Sources attributed include CBS News, WIAT/The Associated Press, FOX 11-KTTV/FOX News, Wikipedia (verified with IMDB), CBS app for iPad-The Crazy Ones, and ABC News.  

BREAKING NEWS: James Brady dead at 73

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FLASH: Breaking News from CBS Radio News: Former Press Secretary James Brady, shot during the attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died today, he was 73, and had been confined to a wheelchair after being shot. He retained the title of Press Secretary for the duration of the Reagan Presidency. Repeating, Former Press Secretary James Brady is dead at 73, and he was shot in the attempt on President Reagan’s life in 1981.