It seems 47-year-old Cambodian prankster Chin Chean is up to his old tricks again. Not familiar with Mr. Chean’s hijinx? Well, according to The Daily Mail, “Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.” Classic Chin!
In his latest antic, Chin Chean attended the funeral of a 17-year-old village girl only to return to the site of her grave the following day to… um… finish paying his respects. Ugh. At 10pm the night following the bereavement services of the victim, Chean began to attempt exhuming her body with the intent of committing necrophilia. Upon reaching the deceased’s coffin, Chin found it was too small to enter. Dumb luck!
All of that digging apparently tired poor Chin out. Instead of, you know, climbing out of the Earth and taking the fit issue as a sign that desecrating the dead was a terrible idea that he should leave alone forever, Chin remained 6 feet under and fell asleep in the coffin on top of the victim’s body. And that is exactly where Cambodian police found him the next morning – taking a necro nap.
Several people in the village surrounding the cemetery spotted a foot poking out of the ground, which is – needless to say, pretty weird. The witnesses notified the police and the family of the departed. Fortunately for Chean, Cambdonian authorities have elected to question him regarding his actions rather than send him directly to court for his transgressions.
Still, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Chin Chean.
Michael Luecke, a 72-year-old substitute teacher at Westhill High School, was jailed Wednesday after he was allegedly discovered masturbating in a school hallway.
According to police, Luecke’s activity was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. when a school paraprofessional who was walking the hall noticed a man laying on the floor.
Thinking that the man might be hurt, the paraprofessional moved in for a closer look. That’s when she realized that Luecke’s hand was in his pants “manipulating his penis,” according to the arrest affidavit.
The woman immediately alerted school officials who removed Luecke from the class he was teaching and then contacted police.
Investigators reviewed school surveillance video which reportedly shows Luecke masturbating in a school stairwell while staring at a group of students in a nearby courtyard. Luecke is then seen laying on his back and masturbating as six students pass by his location.
Luecke was booked into jail and charged with public indecency, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.
The director of public safety at Concordia University Chicago has been charged with two misdemeanors because, police say, he masturbated into a shoe belonging to a female employee of the school.
The alleged masturbator is Tim Margis, reports Oak Leaves, a local suburban newspaper.
Police say the incident occurred on Feb. 10 at approximately 9:30 p.m. somewhere on the campus of the private Lutheran school.
The unidentified female employee saw Margis, 38, leaving her office. He was buttoning up his pants, she said. He was fastening his belt.
The woman told police she asked Margis why he was in her office. He explained that he was merely checking things out because the door had been left ajar.
Later, the woman claimed, she found a mysterious “clear liquid” on the inside of one of the shoes she had left in the office.
Two days later, on Feb. 12, police detectives interviewed Margis at his home and, they say, he confessed to entering the employee’s office and leaving the “clear liquid” there.
Margis faces two charges: public indecency and disorderly conduct. Both are misdemeanors.
He is also out of a job. On Feb. 12, school officials suspended Margis and banned him from campus.
“We cooperated fully with the investigation and he was terminated on Feb. 13 for misconduct, less than 24 hours later,” Concordia spokesman Eric Matanyi told Oak Leaves.
Concordia University Chicago isn’t actually in Chicago. It’s in River Forest, a suburb one suburb over from Chicago that is filled with huge old mansions and the occasional Frank Lloyd Wright house (or Frank Lloyd Wright knockoff).
The highly religious school is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The campus is dry. Students and faculty members are encouraged to attend a short chapel service each weekday.
On its website, Concordia describes itself as focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. “The life of Christ is lived-out [sic] in countless ways at Concordia: from the classroom, to the dorm room, to the practice field, to the concert hall, our students are being formed to lead and serve with ‘integrity, creativity, competence and compassion’-all in His name.”
A 33-year-old Minnesota woman stopped for shoplifting Monday night at a West Side Walmart found herself in bigger trouble after she asked arresting police officers if she could do some heroin, police said.
Edith Hancock, of the 3000 block of Riverwood Drive in Hastings, Minn., was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor retail theft, police said.
Hancock, who told police she was three months pregnant, was seen going into a changing room at the Walmart at 4650 W. North Ave. with a pair of jeans, leggings, and a black shirt and then leave the changing area wearing those items, according to police.
After taking some cosmetics and placing them in her purse, she tried to leave the store without paying and was stopped by security, according to police. Chicago police were called and she was taken to the Grand Central District station where she was arrested at 7 p.m., according to police.
While she was being processed, she “continually asked” officers for “just one blow,” a street name for heroin, from her purse because she was “getting dopesick,” according to a police report.
Officers found multiple bags of heroin in her purse, and she continued saying that she “only wanted one” of the bags “because she had ten of them and she thought they might be more than a gram although a couple were very light because she had already used from a least a couple,” the report said.
Hancock was released on a signature bond during a hearing today before Judge Donald Panarese at the Leighton Criminal Court building. She is scheduled to appear in court next on Feb. 18.
Police say a high school teacher in Walpole, Mass. wearing only a ski hat, ski goggles and a towel ambled down to his mailbox early Monday morning, then dropped the towel and began thrusting his hips in the direction of the mailbox.
Two women say they witnessed parts of the bizarre incident, reports local FOX affiliate WFXT.
Norfolk County Agricultural High School teacher Marc Mertz trotted from his house, which is secluded behind some trees, down a snow-covered driveway to his mailbox at the edge of what appears to be a reasonably busy road. He was allegedly wearing a towel, a winter hat, goggles and nothing else.
Initially, an unidentified female driver spotted him. The woman said she then drove by a second time – because of course she did. That’s when she saw Mertz without the towel. He was wearing nothing from about the nostrils down.
Walpole police chief John Carmichael said Mertz, 44, then made “a return trip” to the mailbox a couple hours later. This second time, another unidentified female witness also saw him first in a towel and then in the buff.
“The suspect dropped his towel, basically exposed himself to the victim,” Carmichael told WFXT. “He started to gyrate his body in the vicinity of his mailbox.”
When police showed up, Mertz denied everything at first. Then, however, he reportedly confessed to his nudity.
On Wednesday afternoon, police arrested Mertz on charges of gross lewdness and disturbing the peace.
The teacher was later released on $1,000 bail and ordered to avoid the women who reported his antics.
Carmichael noted that Mertz was also busted in a similar situation in 2012 when he “exposed himself to some boaters that were launching at a lake in a similar type incident in Natick.”
According to the Norfolk Aggie website, Mertz is an instructor in the plant, environmental and mechanical technology department. Fox Boston adds that he teaches forestry courses.
School officials at have placed Mertz on administrative leave.
It’s been a bang-up week for Massachusetts teachers in the news. Earlier this week, school officials in Fitchburg, Mass. placed 23-year-old Kaitlin “Kaity” Pearson, a special education teacher’s aide, on administrative leave after her awesome modeling photos anonymously appeared in the superintendent’s mailbox.
One such journalist being Caleb Hannan, who made the mistake of pursuing a story according to Stacy McCain
On Oct. 18, 2013, MIT-trained aeronautical physicist Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt – a former Pentagon contractor who had worked on the Stealth bomber project — committed suicide, which must have been difficult: It’s hard to kill a person you invented.
Known as “Dr. V” in the world of golf, the person who died of an overdose last fall in Gilbert, Arizona, had won fame as the reclusive inventor of an innovative putter, the Yar Oracle GX1. What made the putter an overnight sensation in 2012 was its claim to scientific superiority on the basis of Dr. V’s advanced knowledge of physics.
Except “Dr. V” had no such knowledge and was not a Ph.D.
Never attended MIT. Apparently had no college degree at all.
As reporter Caleb Hannan learned, Essay Anne Vanderbilt was a Pennsylvania native whose birth name was Stephen Krol, a former auto mechanic who had been married and divorced twice before deciding, at about age 50, that he was a woman trapped in a man’s body.
Seven years ago, now living in Arizona, “Dr. Vanderbilt” met Gerri Jordan, a retired Bank of America senior analyst, who became both Vanderbilt’s girlfriend and president of Yar Golf:
In 2008, [Vanderbilt] tried to kill herself with an overdose of prescription drugs and carbon monoxide poisoning from closing herself in a garage with her car running. A police report offered some explanations for why she might have tried to take her own life — Yar’s business was slow and Dr. V’s romantic relationship was on the ropes. She had recently fought with her girlfriend, Gerri Jordan, president of Yar Golf. Jordan told police that she and Dr. V were in a monogamous relationship and that they had gotten into an argument two days before. She had found Dr. V in the passenger seat of her car after the suicide attempt and tried to keep her awake. Jordan had also presumably been the first person to read the suicide note Dr. V had taped to the window of the car door, which read in part, “Tell Gorgeous Gerri that I love her.”
Narcissistic sociopaths have trouble coping with failure, and there can be little doubt that “Dr. Vanderbilt” was in fact a con
manperson, as Caleb Hannan discovered:
I heard from a mysterious “silent investor” whom both Jordan and Dr. V had alluded to in our previous talks. His name was Phil Kinney. He was a retiree from Pittsburgh and he said he wasn’t the only one who had put money into the company. He had invested $60,000 – money that he believed he’d never see again. . . .
Dr. V had told him that she was a $1,000-an-hour consultant. She said she was one of the original designers of Bluetooth technology. She even suggested that her status as a Vanderbilt provided access to some exclusive company who could help Yar’s business. Kinney said Dr. V told him she was good friends with the Hilton family, and that the relationship would pay off in the form of putters sold at their hotels. Kinney also recalled a trip he had taken to Arizona where, in Dr. V’s house, she had shown him a computer that she said mirrored the one in Phoenix’s airport traffic control tower.
This shameless liar had evidently conned the old man out of tens of thousands of dollars, and was hiding another busted scam:
I also found a lawsuit filed against the town of Gilbert, Arizona, in July 2007. The plaintiff’s name: Essay Vanderbilt, who had accused the town and three of its employees of sexual discrimination. The suit alleged that the previous year Vanderbilt was working as a “vehicle service writer” in Gilbert’s Fleet Management Division. In other words, at the same time that Dr. V claimed to have been working on top-secret government projects in D.C., she was actually coordinating car repairs for a Phoenix suburb. Vanderbilt didn’t win her case. . . .
The claim of sexual discrimination failed not merely because it was untrue, but also because Vanderbilt had lied her way into the job, making up jobs she never had and schools she never attended. Her entire existence was an enormous lie and, like all sociopaths, she feared nothing so much as exposure of the truth.
Once you know someone is a liar, it is impossible ever to trust them again, and the sociopath’s exploitation of credulity therefore depends on concealment of their deceptions.
Caleb Hannan is a reporter who followed the old newsroom maxim, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” And if someone tells you they are an MIT-trained physicist — especially if that claim is basic to their story — this is the kind of biographical fact a diligent reporter must verify. So when Caleb Hannan attempted to verify the facts about “Dr. Vanderbilt,” he quickly discovered that her story didn’t check out.
Then weird things started happening, things which might surprise people who haven’t had any experience dealing with sociopaths. “Dr. Vanderbilt” and her girlfriend Gerri Jordan claimed victimhood:
The last time I heard from Dr. V she warned me that I was about to commit a hate crime. But before that, I received a voice mail from Jordan.
Neither of them had contacted me in months, since I had sent an email trying to confirm what I had discovered, and Jordan wrote back to deny everything. “Your attack tale should be published in the National Enquirer,” Jordan wrote, “right next to the article on Martians … If I am to believe your diatribe, what you are telling golfers is that the most scientifically advanced Near Zero MOI putter, and the science of the Inertia Matrix was invented by a lesbian auto mechanic.”
Does this ESPN statement make any damned sense at all?
“We understand and appreciate the wide range of thoughtful reaction this story has generated and to the family and friends of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, we express our deepest condolences. We will use the constructive feedback to continue our ongoing dialogue on these important and sensitive topics. Ours is a company that values the LGBT community internally and in our storytelling, and we will all learn from this.”
The person known as Essay Anne Vanderbilt was, by all evidence, a sociopathic con artist who got caught. Period. End of sentence.
“Dr. Vanderbilt” was neither a doctor nor a Vanderbilt, and the bogus pretense to scientific superiority was inextricably connected to the phony persona who perpetrated that hoax.
Because “Dr. Vanderbilt” was born a male named Stephen Krol, the transgender aspect of the story was impossible to ignore and — I would argue, although the reporter Caleb Hannan has not — Krol/Vanderbilt’s gender dysphoria may have been one non-trivial symptom of what was clearly a disordered, dishonest and dysfunctional personality.
At the core of the #JusticeForDrV crusade seems to be the idea that Caleb Hannan’s reporting drove “Dr. Vanderbilt” to suicide, by threatening to “out” her as a transgender, even though there is no evidence that anyone who actually knew ”Dr. Vanderbilt” in Arizona ever mistook her for a genetic woman.
For crying out loud: When a 6-foot-3 middle-aged man gets a sex change, the resul is unlikely to be particularly . . . persuasive.
Beyond that, how was Caleb Hannan supposed to report that “Dr. Vanderbilt” was a phony — not an MIT-trained aeronautical physicist, as the hype for the Yar putter had claimed — without reporting that, during the years that “Dr. Vanderbilt” was supposedly working as a Pentagon contractor helping design stealth aircraft, “Dr. Vanderbilt” was working as an auto mechanic named Stephen Krol?
The Left LOVES victims, and creating victims, even if they are not real victims. And woe to anyone who tries to expose the truth. And Donald Douglas, is also feeling the heat for being, get ready for it- ”hetero-privileged”
Here’s the report, “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.”
It’s a serious thing, although that’s just the executive summary. Leftist Sarah Lennoxwas tweeting it out last night to argue (unsuccessfully) from authority. She was trying to attack and shame me as “hetero-privileged.” I smacked that back down hard and after a few more interactions, she left the field bloodied:
@Sarah_LNX You’re now attacking me as privileged? That’s rich. Who are you to judge my privilege. Check my TL. My grandparents were slaves.
— Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog) January 19, 2014
Crazy ain’t pretty folks, but it is an equal opportunity affliction, be it Gay, Straight, Male, female, of Transgender!
BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton man was arrested following a string of erratic outbursts that culminated in the suspect allegedly masturbating in a Salem roadhouse, officials said.
It took a Taser and more than a dozen officers on Sunday to finally subdue Andrew Frey inside Iggy’s Bar & Grill on Portland Road Northeast, the Marion County Sheriff’s office said.
You Sick Freak!
In a story that could only take place in wacky, weird Florida, a man attempted to trade a live, four-foot alligator for a 12-pack of beer at a Miami convenience store WSVN reports.
Fernando Caignet Aguilera found the alligator at a nearby park, captured it, and took it to the store in hopes of bartering it for a 12-pack of beer. He brought the gator to the front of the store and tried to trade it. The clerk, naturally petrified, called authorities.
The gator’s story has a happy ending, though: he was found to be in good shape and will be released back into the wild.
Unfortunately for him, the gator thief has since been cited for taking possession of and trying to sell the alligator.
There is a hospital consistently ranked among the top in the United States in various pediatric fields. It has been hailed as having the best physicians and is the teaching hospital for the No. 1 medical school in the country.
But this hospital – Boston Children’s Hospital – is now the target of national debate regarding practices that have resulted in children being taken away from parents. It’s being called the “dark side to Children’s.”
Not only is there the case of a Connecticut teen (Justina Pelletier) who has been held at Boston Children’s Hospital for 10 months after her parents lost custody of her over accusations of medical child abuse – something they vehemently oppose – but there are now a handful of other similar stories coming to light where parents were stripped of their ability to oversee their child’s care at Children’s.
Jessica Hilliard is one of them.
Hilliard’s relationship with Boston Children’s Hospital dates back to 2006. Her daughter, Eithene, was born with multiple birth defects, so Jessica and her husband would live at the hospital for hundreds of days a year over the next five years.
When she was 2 1/2 years old, the Eithene’s condition began to worsen. Combining knowledge from her own scientific degrees – Hilliard currently studying for a Masters in bioethics – and doing her own research, as many parents with access to the Internet these days would also do, Hilliard suggested to hospital physicians that her daughter be tested for mitochondrial disease.
This is the same complex disease that 14-year-old Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with, something her parents had been treating her for and something Boston Children’s disagreed with when the Pelletiers brought her into the hospital for the flu. This heated disagreement led to state involvement and, 10 months later, Justina is still at the hospital, seeing her parents only once a week as they continue to battle for custody of her.
“When we approached Children’s with the possibility it was [mitochondrial disease], we were immediately met with resistance,” specifically from the hospital’s genetics and metabolism departments, Jessica Hilliard said.
But they kept pressing and eventually had a sample of muscle tissue taken from their daughter’s thigh. The mitochondria in the cells of this tissue and other genetic aspects would be analyzed. This test, Hilliard said, was the “gold standard” for a mitochondrial diagnosis at the time it was conducted on her daughter. The disease, which is the result of a cell’s mitochondria (the energy producing organelle) not functioning properly, can manifest itself is a variety of ways and is therefore difficult to diagnose and has been confused with other disorders.
Cases of misdiagnosis have included somatoform disorder, which is what the hospital says Justina Pelletier really has – a psychiatric disorder that puts the symptoms she’s experiencing all in her head. In the last couple of decades up to just a couple of years ago, there have been reports from the National Institutes of Health describing cases of mitochondrial disease being initially misdiagnosed as somatoform disorder.
But the Hilliards are not the only ones who thought something was physically wrong (likely mitochondrial disease) with their daughter. Some specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital agreed, too.
Hilliard said the genetics department that had analyzed her daughter’s muscle sample “didn’t believe the results,” which favored a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. Instead of telling the Hilliards of this initial finding, the mother said doctors withheld the information for three months while they got another specialist elsewhere to test the sample as well. That specialist eventually agreed with the mito diagnosis.
“In mito medical community, there is a huge divide among specialists about how to diagnose, who to diagnose and how to treat when you diagnose,” Hilliard said. “This second round of testing showed my daughter had a problem with her mitochondria and it was finally revealed to my family and, very reluctantly, [the metabolism department] gave her a mitochondrial diagnosis.”
This initial reluctance, Hilliard said, was her “first red flag.”
In March 2011, the Hilliards’ daughter took a turn for the worst. It was recommend by some at the hospital that they prepare for end-of-life care. At this point, the team that diagnosed the girl with mitochondrial disease revoked this diagnosis, something her everyday care specialists disagreed with, according to Hilliard.
“There was a very, very large internal conflict between the metabolism department and the doctors who had been caring for our child in her last dying months,” Hilliard said.
When the metabolism team learned the Hilliards would be preparing for hospice care, they accused the parents of not taking steps to help her daughter when these doctors believed she could actually be treated and live.
“This was a very, very traumatic experience for us. Our child was entering the stage of actively dying. There was nothing we haven’t tried that was going to save this child. We were traumatized trying to make hardest decision of our life and being accused that we were making wrong decision, letting her die,” Hilliard said.
The hospital’s ethics committee conducted a review of the girl’s medical history and determined that “medical science had been exhausted for this child,” Hilliard said. Regardless of the diagnosis, she was going to die.
At the same time, the hospital’s child protection team was alerted to the Hilliard’s situation. Their younger son had been admitted to the hospital with a long fever and an antibiotic-resistant ear infection. At some point during his care, he too took at developmental turn for the worse, starting to exhibit symptoms that would be indicative of mitochondria malfunction.
To the hospital’s child protection team, the parents might have been suffering from a syndrome themselves – Munchausen by proxy, a syndrome where the parents either believe their child has an illness and are treating them for it or are physically inducing the illness themselves. The NIH states that symptoms indicative of this syndrome on the parent’s end include being “overattentive or ‘too helpful’” and being “involved in a health care field, such as nursing.”
Hilliard’s background in science and medicine and attitude regarding her child’s care apparently fit the bill for this syndrome in the eyes of Boston Children’s Hospital. The stereotypes associated with this syndrome stunned Hilliard.
“You would think the educational achievements my family has… are the things you would want for your family,” she said, not something that would be used against them.
The hospital’s child protection team got the state’s Department of Children and Families involved. The state child protection agency conducted an investigation into the Hilliards’ case and found nothing out of place. The children remained in their parents’ custody.
Although the Hilliards found this whole situation “shocking,” the mother said she still believes her daughter had high-quality care at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“The cases going on at Children’s are the result of a few radicalized individuals and do not represent the work of the hospital as a whole,” she said.
‘I could have come in here and taken your son right away from you’
But Hilliard’s situation was not closed completely.
Their daughter died in July 2011, just shy of her fifth birthday. But during her dying weeks, the Hilliards were going through the process of requesting their son be tested for the same genetic disease some physicians believed his sister had.
Fast-forward to November 2011. The Hilliards brought their son to the hospital. Once there, the child protection team took over his care immediately, Hilliard said.
She said they were accused of making up all their son’s issues. Issues like autism, which was confirmed by another physician in the months prior.
“They called [the Department of Children and Families (DCF)] on our family… they told DCF they had spoken with all my son’s specialists and they all agreed with the child protection team. They said if we would take him off all these treatments it would prove he was a normal healthy child,” Hilliard said.
What’s more, Hilliard said, the hospital’s child protection team recommended custody of her son be immediately taken by DCF.
But “God was protecting us,” Hilliard said. “The DCF case screener, they said, ‘are the parents willing to cooperate with you? If so, we’re not going to take custody of them.’ My husband and I immediately agreed to do whatever Children’s wanted.”
As it turned out, their son’s immediate care physicians didn’t agree with removing him from all treatments and only removed one. The case was closed a month later.
The family left Boston Children’s Hospital immediately and never returned.
They transferred their son’s treatment to Tufts Medical Center where Dr. Mark Korson is an expert in mitochondrial disease. He’s the same doctor who diagnosed Justina Pelletier.
But the Hilliards’ experience at Boston Children’s still haunted them. The child protection team at Boston Children’s contacted the equivalent team at Tufts, alerting them to the issues they said they had with the Hilliards. Again, the Hilliards were the subject to a case with the state’s child protection agency.
At this point, it was agreed that they would systematically take their son off of all treatments. Within a month of doing so, he was dropping weight and his condition was not improving.
“My son is currently back on all medical interventions he was on before, plus a few,” Hilliard said. “This proved he has multiple medical issues and the medical interventions are needed.”
“Since then my family has had fabulous care at Tufts. My main concern is the child protection team at Boston Children’s Hospital, they don’t see any boundaries. They don’t see anything wrong with going after families that aren’t at the hospital anymore,” Hilliard said.
The Hilliards and Pelletiers are not the only families to encounter disagreements with the hospital’s child protection team, leading to state investigations. The Boston Globe in its recent story about the Pelletiers’ case reported at least five cases, Hilliard’s being one of them.
‘This has been a pattern for 20 years’
Patty Mele’s encounter with Children’s goes back two decades. Her now 20-year-old son has mitochondrial disease.
“I was a mother desperately trying to diagnose my baby. I was running over everybody in my way,” Mele told TheBlaze. “I did everything I possibly could.”
At this time, mitochondrial diagnoses were even more rare than they are today. Mele said she was “fighting every doctor at Children’s.”
Later, she said she got a knock at her door.
Mele had previously done case reviews for the social services department. The man at her door was a case worker, a man she knew from her prior work.
“He said, ‘Patty, we have a complaint or concern filed against you,’” Mele recalled, saying he had come with a complaint made from the hospital questioning medical abuse. “He said, ‘There are several ways I could handle this. I could have come in here and taken your son right away from you.’”
But thanks to Mele’s connection with the department, she said he investigated her case and the claims thoroughly, and “it was all dropped.”
“This has been a pattern for 20 years. It’s inexcusable that this is still going on two decades later and escalated to this level,” Mele said. “Now we’ve graduated to accusing mothers of Munchausen by proxy and are taking children away and putting them in DCF custody. Not only taking them away but stripping them of a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, saying [parents] can’t see other medical experts, admitting them to Children’s who will hold them hostage and treat for something else.”
‘You’d think you’re living in the Soviet Union’
From a legal perspective, Jim Iarini, an attorney in the Boston area who at one point advised the Hilliards and was more recently consulted by the Pelletiers, told TheBlaze he’s been involved in custody battles over medical issues since the 1990s. The issue over time has become stickier as more complex, hard-to-diagnose conditions like mitochondrial disease came into the picture.
“It’s trickier because you’re dealing with new disorders that have not necessarily been accepted everywhere,” he said.
But what happens in cases where physicians or physicians and parents disagree with another doctor’s diagnosis, which happened in the Pelletiers’ case?
To Iarini, the issue all goes back to the formation of a child protection team at the hospital in the 1970s. This team at the Boston Children’s Hospital includes a multi-disciplinary group who focuses on “issues of family violence, child maltreatment and neglect,” according to the hospital’s website.
Iarini said he believes there are outliers at Boston Children’s and other area hospitals that don’t acknowledge mitochondrial disease is a legitimate diagnosis or condition.
“They think it’s entirely psychological in nature. They use the child protection team as coverage and leverage,” he said.
Then when the Department of Children and Families gets involved, Iarini said they often side with the hospital’s conclusions. The Hilliards case, which involved a caseworker who did a thorough investigation into the situation, was not necessarily the norm, according to Iarini.
“DCF and the court just for the most part look at the child protection team as child abuse exerts,” Iarini said. “If they conclude that a child is abused or being neglected, they’re not going to second guess them.”
Iarini said there’s a perception that Boston Children’s is “infallible.”
“Children’s has great reputation. They know what they’re doing,” Iarini said. “If they say parents are over-medicalizing, or whatever, the [Department of Children and Families] is just not equipped to [counter these claims]. My experience is they just don’t get it.”
Even Dr. Eli Newberger, who founded the Boston Children’s Hospital child protection team more than four decades ago, told the Globe “doctors in this new specialty have enormous and really unchecked power”:
As an expert witness in cases around the country, Newberger said he’s seen a tendency for state child-welfare agencies to be “overly credulous to hospitals” and for some child protection teams to show a “reflexive willingness to label and to punish,” especially educated mothers who are perceived as being too pushy.
The Pelletiers have been fighting to have their daughter’s custody returned for 10 months, with their most recent court date occurring Dec. 12. A decision is expected to come from a judge by Dec. 20.
Although Iarini said it’s not unusual for such custody cases to take months, he did say it was a “tragedy” that this case has gone forward without any development or change.
“It’s really stagnant and I don’t really get it,” he said. “There has been so little progress.”
Part of this, Iarini said, could be because when such a decision has been put in motion, it’s difficult to reverse it.
“The department has a hard time changing course, especially in a case like this that’s really high profile. Everyone’s position is hardened,” he said. “They tend to stick to the guns and rely on the experts at Children’s. There’s not a lot of independent thinking going at the department.”
With what he considers an increasing number of medical custody cases resulting from parents questioning medical experts, Iarini said, “you’d think you’re living in the Soviet Union.”
The ‘next wave of psychiatry’
The missing piece of the puzzle (because Boston Children’s Hospital and the Department of Children and Families are not speaking out despite requests from TheBlaze), is “why.” What would the hospital have to gain if it didn’t truly believe it was doing what’s best for the child?
Katie Higgins, a woman who says she was a nurse in Boston Children’s Hospital’s psychiatric ward for five years in the mid-2000s, has some thoughts.
Higgins, who said she had filed a formal complaint with the Department of Mental Health regarding the hospital’s treatment of anorexic patients in 2009, said there seems to be a stereotype of who the hospital is targeting.
“You’ll see middle- to upper-middle class families. You’ll see families with good insurance,” Higgins said.
She believes diagnosis of psychosomatic disorders like somatoform, which is what Justina Pelletier is currently being treated for, is the “next wave of psychiatry that is going to wreak on our children.”
“Psychiatry is like a gold mine because so much of it is arbitrary and subjective,” she said. “It’s easy to get away with it. It’s easy to create a market and it’s easy to make millions of dollars.”
Hilliard, working on a masters in bioethics at Alden March Bioethics Institute, is investigating this “why” as well. But at this point, she said, “we don’t understand what their motivation is.”
‘A wake-up call’
To Iarini, there’s a lesson to be learned here.
“I suppose the Pelletier case is a wake-up call,” Iarini said. “There is this underside, a dark side to Children’s.”
“Parents need to understand there is that risk, especially in very complicated, unclear medical cases,” he continued. “They need to do their research, find out who specialists are and go in with their eyes wide open.
God forbid you have a disagreement with someone at Children’s about the appropriate course for your child and you end up being told you need to leave hospital,” he said.
This isn’t to say that Boston Children’s Hospital, a world-renowned medical institution, isn’t to be trusted.
Even Hilliard, who has a bad taste left in her mouth from her experience with the hospital, hailed the expertise of some of the physicians, whom she said allowed her and her husband to have more time with their daughter while she was alive.
It’s the child protection team that Hilliard questions.
“For reasons not currently well understood, they have decided to make this their campaign of terror. And they’re very successful unfortunately,” she said.
CHINA – a 38-year-old man leaped to his death after an argument with his girlfriend who insisted they continue shopping. CCTV captured Tao Hsiao and his girlfriend in a mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, east China where they had reportedly been shopping for five hours or so before he hit his limit.
Eyewitnesses said Hsiao could be heard telling his girlfriend that they already had more bags than they could carry, but she insisted on hitting one more store where there was a sale on shoes.
An eyewitness said: “He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime, and it was pointless buying any more. She started shouting at him, accusing him of being a skinflint, and of spoiling Christmas. It was a really heated argument.”
The argument continued until Hsiao threw the bags on the floor and himself over the balcony, dropping seven stories to his death and smashing Christmas decorations on the way down. He was killed on impact.
A spokesman for the mall said: “His body was removed fairly quickly. He actually landed on one of the stalls below and then fell to the floor so although the store was damaged it meant he didn’t hit anybody.
“This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be very stressful for many people.”
An Italian woman is fighting for custody of her 15-month-old daughter, who she alleges British social services removed from her womb after over a month of involuntary commitment at a psychiatric hospital.
According to a report by the Telegraph, the woman, who remains unnamed to the public as her case unfolds, traveled while pregnant to Essex in 2012 for an airline’s training course. Once there, an escalated episode of travel anxiety turned into an unending bureaucratic nightmare and violation of her reproductive rights.
When the woman could not find passports for her daughters who were still in Italy with her mother, she called the police. They arrived while she was on the phone with her mother, with whom they asked to speak. Her mother told them she suffered from bi-polar disorder and probably did not take her medication. The police said they were going to take her to the hospital to check on the baby but reportedly took her instead to a psychiatric hospital.
According to her lawyers, she told the hospital staff she wanted to return to her hotel, but they restrained and committed her. In August 2012 – more than a month into her forced stay – doctors delivered her baby, and she says the procedure was performed against her will.
By now Essex social services were involved, and five weeks later she was told she could not have breakfast that day. When no explanation was forthcoming, she volubly protested. She was strapped down and forcibly sedated, and when she woke up hours later, found she was in a different hospital and that her baby had been removed by caesarean section while she was unconscious and taken into care by social workers. She was not allowed to see her baby daughter, and later learnt that a High Court judge, Mr Justice Mostyn, had given the social workers permission to arrange for the child to be delivered. In October, at a hearing before another judge, she was represented by lawyers assigned to her by the local authority and told she would be escorted back to Italy without her baby.
The mother resumed her medication and started to fight for her daughter. Courts in Rome were upset by her story, but a judge said since she did not fight the decision further in the UK justice system, she had officially accepted the foreign nation’s jurisdiction in the case. However, her legal team contests, she did not know what they were going to do with her, and she was unconscious during the c-section.
They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.
Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.
“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.
“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”
The mother returned to Britain in February 2013 for a hearing in her case. According to her lawyers, the judge at that hearing seemed to understand she was currently of sound mind, but he said he could not allow her to regain custody of her child in case she suffered a relapse. Thus, the child must be placed for adoption.
British law states that children up for adoption should be placed with members of extended families. The woman’s ex-husband, an American who fathered her first child, is pleading with the courts to allow his sister to gain custody. Essex services have denied his request because the aunt is only an aunt through the child’s half-sister and is not a blood relative.
Therefore, if the woman does not successfully appeal the court’s decision, her daughter will be sent to live with complete strangers, cut off from her real family all because of a single panic attack in the wrong country at the wrong time.
The Other McCain, who else would vover, ah uncover this, has the story of Sydney Leathers and her new start up business Labias and Lucite Are Us
It is rather quaint to remember that when Sydney Elaine Leathers was first identified as the former Obama campaign worker involved in a cybersex scandal with Anthony Weiner, some were reluctant to publish her name, seeing her as the victim of a predator.
The plump brunette harlot immediately seized upon the scandal to launch a porn career. And then . . .
There’s no delicate and polite way to say this: Sydney discovered she doesn’t like how her vagina looks. She thinks her labia are too big.
So she’s going to get surgery to trim her enormous flapping bat wings.
Sydney will auction off the trimmings, encased in Lucite.
Is there a cultural significance to this story? Does my reporting this unsavory news serve any redeeming social purpose?
What we can discern is an extreme example of a trend, the vagina as commodity, which I have previously discussed: The pervasive influence of pornography and the general promiscuity of the “hook-up” culture has created competitive pressures on women, who feel that their sexual performance is constantly being judged, evaluated as a commercial product in the erotic marketplace.
You know, I almost, almost I tell ya, almost entitled this post Noted Slut to Get Cosmetic Surgery, World’s Largest Labia Hardest Hit. But that would have been in poor taste I think.
Good Freaking Grief! Go read the rest, it is hilarious as it is sad and PRAY that Leathers never gets into the “winter coat” or “giant pink mudflaps” business, you have to read the rest if you want to get those references.
The owner of a used car dealership has been arrested after an accidental phone call to a former employee revealed his plot to kill him.
According to a report from KAIT, 68-year-old Larry Barnett, of Jonesboro, accidentally called the same former employee he was plotting to kill, while he was plotting to kill him.
Jonesboro police told KAIT that Barnett, the owner of Legend Motor Company on South Stadium Boulevard, accidentally called his employee while telling a hired killer personal information about him, including his address.
But he didn’t stop there, as he continued to describe how and why he wanted it done.
In the probable cause affidavit, Barnett told the alleged hit man, “I don’t care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it,” and to, “make it look like an accident,” according to the article. The intended target also reportedly heard Barnett discussing a previous attempt to murder him, but, “they couldn’t get the job done.”
Barnett also reportedly told the would-be hired killer, “I owe the little son of a ***** a bunch of money and if he’s gone, I don’t have to pay for it,” according to the article, and that he would pay the hit man $5,000 up front and “the remainder when the job was done.”
KAIT cites court documents stating that the intended target of the murder plot went to the police department to file a report, and when he returned home, police say it had been burglarized and his gas stove had been tampered with.
Barnett admitted to police that he accidentally called the former employee and discussed his phone number and address with the other man involved in the conversation.
“I’ve been here now for 25 years and I’ve never recalled a time when a subject has accidentally, if you will, ‘butt-dialed’ someone they’re either trying to commit a crime against or the possible victim of the crime,” Jonesboro Police Sergeant Doug Formon told KAIT.
Barnett’s temporary bond was set at $1 million, however in court Monday, it was lowered to $50,000.
Click here to read the original article, with information on additional charges Barnett faces.
A video showing the glorious finale of a Glasgow fireworks show has gone viral after it was posted on The Poke Sunday. The video is simply titled “This is how they do fireworks in Glasgow.”
Pyrotechnic artists designed a glorious orgasm of light to bring the show to a heart-stopping climax much to the delight of the appreciative Scots.
Everybody was left feeling very satisfied and then promptly fell asleep.
Justin Bieber? WTF?
A 33-year-old man spent nearly $100,000 over five years in an attempt to look like pop-superstar Justin Bieber, according to Australian news outlet news.com.au.
The man, Toby Sheldon, is reportedly an aspiring musician and has undergone multiple surgeries to transform his face.
“It’s Justin’s smile that gives him his youthful look. So I had my upper lip lifted [and] my bottom lip plumped out,” Sheldon told Closer.
“My smile surgery took more than a month to recover from,” he added. “And, after my eyelid surgery, I couldn’t open my eyes for a week.”
Good Freaking Grief! Someone has ISSUES!
Anyone who thinks forcing kids to wear helmets to play soccer is the last word in authoritarian absurdity is directed to Moscow on the Colorado, where a sample of the public overwhelmingly approved of mandatory safety helmets for pedestrians:
People at the University of Texas at Austin agreed to sign a petition that would compel the City of Austin to enforce a law requiring pedestrians to wear safety helmets.
The tongue-in-cheek operation by Alex Jones’ Infowars.com staff was called C.H.U.M.P.S. (Compelled Helmet Use for the Misfortunate Public). Participants were told the law would also require special walking lanes so people could walk while texting and freely run into things. No one would get hurt because everyone is wearing helmets.
Sadly, most people didn’t realize it was a joke. They were even told the plan would be used to lower insurance prices under Obamacare.
“We talked to 20 people and 14 of them signed the petition to pass a law to make the general population wear helmets when you walk down the street,” said talk show host Alex Jones said in a video report.
Hats off to Jones. Despite the loose screws that can sometimes be heard rattling around in his skull, this prank was worthy of Mark Dice.
The lesson to take away:
Infowars.com writer Paul Joseph Watson noted that the helmet petition shows “the majority of the general public will accept almost any nanny state measure no matter how ludicrous.”
This has been repeatedly confirmed by New Yorkers’ passive submission beneath the heel of Nanny Bloomberg.
Steve Orville Clemons, a 69-year-old Florida man, was jailed late last month after he allegedly masturbated in a McDonald’s drive-thru while attempting to force the cashier to touch him.
According to police, Clemons was picking up an order at a McDonalds drive-thru in Wildwood late last month when the drive-thru cashier who was assisting him saw that he had no pants on and was masturbating inside his car.
Investigators say the cashier had turned to hand Clemons his change when he suddenly grabbed her hand and attempted to pull it into his vehicle.
The employee immediately yanked her hand away, closed the window and called 911.
Officers searched the area and located Clemons at a nearby gas station. When officers approached the vehicle, Clemens was still seated in his vehicle without any pants – although he did manage to find a t-shirt which was placed on his lap.
Clemons was booked into the Sumpter County Jail and charged with battery. He was released a short time later after posting $500 bail.