Monday, April 21, 2014

Bicyclist Suffers Spinal Injuries After Being Hit By Driver; Driver Angry About Dented Car

Poor Kimberley Davis.
The 21-year-old Australian woman was livid when she slammed into a bicyclist while texting late last year, putting dents in her car. The victim suffered a spinal fracture and would spend the next three months in a hospital, but Davis wasn't having any of it, The Standard reports.
"I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is, like, pretty expensive and now I have to fix it," she told a responding officer two days after the Sept. 20 collision. "I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist."
Davis, of Port Fairy, pleaded guilty on Monday to dangerous driving and was fined $4,500. Police say she used her phone behind the wheel 44 times before running down the cyclist. She called emergency responders but parked more than 300 feet away from the victim and refused to offer him help.
Davis couldn't contain her sadness after the loss of her license, and she made her woes known on Facebook:
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The photo above appears to show that Davis expects to get her license back in May. She won't -- a judge on Monday suspended her license for another nine months.
The wife of the injured cyclist -- who got spinal surgery and was told he could have been a paraplegic -- said she was deeply disappointed that Davis' license wasn't suspended for longer.

Another prime example of the "Entitlement Generation."

Thoughts?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Famous Last Words of Criminals Before Their Execution

Some of these will surprise you.  Morbid but interesting.

Their Execution

The death penalty has been a hot topic of debate for many, many years. Citizens that are anti-death penalty argue that it is hypocritical and against God’s law to execute criminals in retaliation for their wrongdoings, while advocates of the death penalty argue that it should be an eye for an eye. Prior to being executed, it is usually customary for condemned criminals to take the stage one last time and address the public with his or her final words. Whether it is a chilling statement aimed at shocking or upsetting those in attendance , a light-hearted statement that attempts get few chuckles or a final slap in the face of society, criminals throughout the years have had some pretty interesting things to say in the minutes prior to taking their final breath.
Carl Panzram
Carl Panzram
“In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons and last but not least I have committed sodomy on more than 1,000 male human beings. For all these things, I am not in the least bit sorry.”   - Carl Panzram (d. 1930) - Executed by hanging in Leavenworth, Kansas. He defiantly went on to tell his own executioner,“Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around.”
Johnny Frank Garrett
Johnny Frank Garrett
"I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my a**." Johnny Frank Garrett (d. 1992) - Executed in Texas by lethal injection for the rape and murder of a seventy-six year old nun.
“I'd rather be fishing.”  Jimmy Glass (d. 1987) - Executed by electrocution in Louisiana after escaping from jail and robbing and murdering an elderly couple.
Christopher Scott Emmett
Christopher Scott Emmett
"Tell my family and friends I love them. Tell the governor he just lost my vote. Y'all hurry this along. I'm dying to get out of here. Christopher Scott Emmett (d. 2008) - Executed by lethal injection in Virginia for the robbery and murder of a co-worker.
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy
"Kiss my a**." John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (d. 1994) - The “Killer Clown” was executed by lethal injection in Illinois for the murder of 33 victims.
“Remember, the death penalty is murder”.  Robert Drew (d. 1994) -Executed by lethal injection in Texas after murdering a man that picked him up while hitchhiking.
Theodore "Ted" Bundy
Theodore "Ted" Bundy
"I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends."  Theodore “Ted” Robert Bundy (d. 1989) - Executed by the electric chair in Florida for killing possibly more than 35 women.
Westley Allan Dodd
Westley Allan Dodd
“I was once asked by somebody, I don't remember who, if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped. I said, “No.” I was wrong. I was wrong when I said there was no hope, no peace. There is hope. There is peace. I found both in the Lord, Jesus Christ Look to the Lord, and you will find peace. Westley Allan Dodd (d. 1993). 
This was quite the change of heart.  In 1990, which was around the time of his arrest, he made the following statement in open court, "I must be executed before I have an opportunity to escape or kill someone within the prison. If I do escape, I promise you I will kill prison guards if I have to and rape and enjoy every minute of it." He went on to say that if he ever escaped from jail, he would immediately go back to "killing and raping kids."      
"Their cries bring laughter from the darkest caverns of my soul.... I don't believe I could satisfy my thirst yet in this matter unless I was to be able to dig these brats' bones up out of their graves right now and beat them into powder and urinate on them and then stir it into a murky yellowish elixir and serve it up to those loved ones." John Frederick Thanos. He made this harrowing statement in front of the victims’ relatives during his sentencing hearing.  In 1994, his final word before his execution by lethal injection in Maryland was simply, “Adios." 
“Today is a good day to die.  I forgive all of you.  I hope God does too”.  Mario Benjamin Murphy(1997) - Executed by lethal injection in Virginia for carrying out a contract murder on a man at the behest of the victim’s wife.
John Spenkelink
John Spenkelink
“Capital punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment.”  John Spenkelink (d. 1979) - Executed by electric chair in Florida after being convicted of murder for killing a travel companion.
Francis "Two Gun" Crowley
Francis "Two Gun" Crowley
“You sons of b***hes. Give my love to Mother” Francis “Two Gun” Crowley (d. 1931) - Executed by electric chair in New York after a crime spree that included the murder of a police officer.
“Lock and load. Let's do it man.” G.W. Green (d. 1991) - Executed by lethal injection in Texas after breaking into a house and terrorizing a family before killing the father.
Robert Alton Harris
Robert Alton Harris
“You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the grim reaper”.  Robert Alton Harris (d. 1992) - Executed in the gas chamber in California after being convicted of the murder of two teenage boys.

“How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper?  French Fries!”  James D. French (d. 1966) -Executed by electric chair in Oklahoma.
Thomas J. Grasso
Thomas J. Grasso
“I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s. I got spaghetti! I want the press to know this!”  Thomas J. Grasso (d. 1995) - Executed by lethal injection in Oklahoma for strangling an 87 year-old woman to death on Christmas Eve with her own Christmas lights, while stealing a television and $12.
James Jackson
James Jackson
“Warden, murder me.”  “I’m ready to roll.  Time to get this party started.”  James Lewis Jackson (d. 2007) - Executed in Texas by lethal injection for the murders of his wife and two step-daughters.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Taxpayers Will Pay For Most Of "Affluenza" Teen Ethan Couch's Rehab Stay

Last year, the saga of Ethan Couch came to light when angry people all over the world blasted a judge who said the 17-year-old suffered from “affluenza” and only sentenced him to probation in the drunk driving incident that left four people dead. Now, a judge has only required Couch’s parents to pay for a small fraction of his monthly rehabilitation bill, leaving the rest to taxpayers.
On June 15, 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch got drunk and crashed his car into a group of pedestrians, killing four and injuring two. During the trial, Couch’s attorneys argued that the boy suffered from “affluenza,” meaning that coming from wealthy parents made him feel entitled and therefore make bad decisions. The attorneys argued that Couch needed rehabilitation, not jail, and in the end, the judge agreed.
Dr. Dick Miller, the psychologist who first used the term “affluenza” while in court, defended his stance during the trial.
“He pled guilty. He said ‘I did it’” said Miller. “[He said] ‘I was there, I was in the truck, I was driving and we ran over four people.’ My responsibility is to say what is best for this child. What’s best for this 16-year-old boy? And that’s what I told the judge. I used my 30 years of experience to say among the choices, with the kinds of resources that we had, what’s the best treatment for this kid? I don’t believe going to the penitentiary was best for him.”
Now, a judge says that Couch’s parents will only have to pay $1,170 a month towards the boy’s rehabilitation, despite the fact that the services cost $715 a day. The rest of the money, shockingly, will come from the taxpayers’ pockets.
"The family respects the decision of the facility and the court, and will honor the payment system the court has put in place," said Lance Evans, attorney for Fred and Tonya Couch.
So far, most of the victims’ families have settled or are in the process of settling with Ethan Couch’s parents, but the family of Lucas McConnell, who was killed at just 13 years old, says they refuse to settle their lawsuit against the Couch family.
"It's just another step in a long journey,” said Kevin McConnell to WFAA. “We plan to be there for all the steps."
For now, Ethan Couch remains on probation and will spend, reportedly, at least six months in a rehab facility while the American taxpayers, including family members of the victims, will foot most of the bill.

Thoughts?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Angry Students Fed Up With Michelle Obama's Public Lunch Program

Over the past few months, first lady Michelle Obama has helped roll out a new public lunch program aimed at providing healthy, nutritious lunches to all kids in school, regardless of their financial status. The program seemed to be a positive step in the right direction, as obesity rates in young people have increased drastically in recent years, but tweets from students directly affected by the program show that it may not be going as well as Obama had hoped.
The Blaze first reported on the recent increase in rants on Twitter from students who received food as part of the White House’s public lunch program. All of the students appear to be less than pleased with the food they’ve been given for lunch, and they all seem to blame it on the first lady.
“I’ll never forgive Michelle Obama for this school lunch,” tweeted user Anthony Gallimore.
Another student tweeted a picture of what appears to be a hot dog bun filled with tomato sauce and cheese alongside three cherry tomatoes and a carton of milk with the caption, “You call this f------ ‘lunch’? @BarackObama @MichelleObama.”
More students were just as quick to post pictures of their lackluster lunches and lay all of the blame on Michelle Obama. Just last week, reports claimed that more than 1 million students had turned down the public lunch program because they felt the food was subpar. Still, she said from the beginning that they were working on making sure the healthy food still tasted good.
"Because of this act ... 32 million children get more of the nutrition they need to learn and grow and be successful and I do hope it's delicious — we're working on that, yes, indeed," said Obama in a statement last year.
Clearly, many students are not happy with Michelle Obama’s new public lunch program, and it will be interesting to see how long it can last the way it’s going now. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Enter to win a Kindle HDX from @TLHigley in THE QUEEN’S HANDMAID giveaway!

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The Queen's Handmaid



From the servant halls of Cleopatra's Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, follow Lydia as she serves two queens to see prophecy fulfilled in Tracy L. Higley's newest historical novel, The Queen's Handmaid, from Thomas Nelson.

Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC
Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.

But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she's had to a family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod's political family---his sister, his wife, and their mothers---and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.


My Review
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Lydia is born into the palace of Queen Cleopatra and we learn quite quickly how brutal and cruel the queen is to the people around her, she cares little for anyone but herself, her judgments are swift and calculated. No mercy.  I also liked how Tracy L. Higley allowed the reader to read the thoughts of Lydia as well as Cleopatra's.

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 Meet the Author 
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, including Garden of Madness and So Shines the Night. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Children See, Children do





I had to share this.  It's serves a powerful message.  The last bit, with the fists coming at the mother, gave me chills.

Friday, April 4, 2014

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: What Noah's Ark may have looked like today
IT'S A tale many of us are familiar with.
Noah, a man who had found favour in God's eyes, saves himself, his family, and two of every living animal from a catastrophic flood by building an ark.
While it would have be easy to dismiss this as nothing more than an elaborate fictional feat, scientists have proven Noah's Ark would have floated with all listed animals on board.
A group of students at The University of Leicester tested the dimensions of the famous ark set out in the book of Genesis 6:13-22 and were able to calculate the theory.
According to The Bible, God instructed Noah to build a boat which was 300 cubits long 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high – recommending gopher wood for the enormous lifeboat.
Translations in the bible meant students swapped this wood type for cypress wood to ensure the theory worked and although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge boat, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 creatures without sinking.
Student Benjamin Jordan, 21, from Bury St Edmonds, said: “Using the dimensions of the Ark and the density of the water, we were able to calculate its buoyancy force, which, according to Archimedes’ principle, is equal to the weight of the volume of fluid the object displaces.
“This meant we were then able to estimate the total mass the Ark could support before the gravitational weight would overcome the buoyancy force, causing the Ark to sink.”
The students presented their findings in a paper of the Journal of Physic’s Special Topics, a student journal by the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Course tutor, Dr Mervyn Roy, a lecturer in the University of Leicester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: "The students are encouraged to be imaginative with their topics, and find ways to apply basic physics to the weird, the wonderful and the everyday.”