An 80-year-old Florida woman grabbed her gun and called 911 during a home invasion. While the burglars were breaking a window to her residence, the police dispatcher told her to “put the gun down.” Huh?
N.J. Logan was upstairs resting from recent hip replacement surgery in her Holmes Beach, Fla. home, she heard a racket coming from the main level, according to MyFoxTampaBay:
I kept hearing a commotion, like there were people walking around down there. It is a little frightening. You know that you don’t have the security that you thought you had.
Logan was all alone – her husband was playing bridge at a friend’s house. That’s when she took matters into her own hands. She grabbed her gun and dialed the police emergency number as she headed downstairs.
“Once I realized it wasn’t my husband, you have no idea how fast you can go,” she said.
That’s when the dispatcher gave her the bum advice.
“When I called 911 she kept saying put the gun down, put the gun down, and I said I’ll put the gun down when I see the police,” Logan told the station.
“I believe in guns inside your house,” she added. “I don’t think anybody has the right to break into your private domain.”
Watch the news report via MyFoxTampaBay.
If you have an aging parent or other elderly relative who is currently hospitalized with chronic heart or lung disease, the good news is he is coming home. The bad news is that he is likely coming home to die. That’s thanks to a strong disincentive for hospitals to readmit chronically ill Medicare patients under a provision of Obamacare.
Called the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (Section 3025 of the Affordable Care Act added section 1886(q)), the provision took effect on October 1, 2012 and penalizes hospitals for readmitting patients with one of several high-maintenance conditions – heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia – within 30 days of discharge. Two additional expensive-to-manage illnesses, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and follow-up treatment for coronary bypass surgery, are scheduled to be phased in this year.
In the view of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MPAC), readmission of Medicare patients with any of these illnesses is an admission – of failure on the part of doctors. The government believes that if the correct treatment were administered during an initial hospital stay, these patients wouldn’t need to return. As a corrective measure, the law imposes a hefty fine on hospitals that readmit chronically ill patients. MPAC estimates that the fines collected will ultimately restore $1 billion to Medicare’s depleted coffers.
Currently, one in five elderly patients is readmitted within the 30-day window. Many of the readmissions result from unanticipated changes in the patient’s condition or a planned follow-up treatment. But roughly 12% are caused by patient confusion over new drug regimens, inadequate follow-up with primary care physicians, or a family’s inability to deal with home care. These “avoidable readmissions,” the government insists, are the fault of hospital staffs for not doing a better job of educating patients and/or administering better preventive care.
There are two problems with the approach. One, spelled out in an article at the British medical journal The Lancet, is that some of these chronic diseases in the elderly are tricky to manage. “Frequent readmissions,” the authors note, “might simply reflect the nature of the patient population rather than poor health care.” They add:
A 30-day readmission rate might be a suitable measure of health-care delivery for some conditions or surgical procedures, but for patients with COPD a more sophisticated gauge of success that incorporates medical, social, functional, and economic elements is needed.
The other problem is how hospitals and doctors on staff respond to the penalty. The most likely scenario is that they will now become de facto agents for the law’s death panels, urging Medicare patients at their time of discharge to sign do-not-resuscitate orders and seek “comfort care” instead of future medical treatment.
A black flash mob told an elderly woman to give up jewels or get a beating. They made off with $100,000 worth of jewels in the robbery.
CBS Local reported:
An elderly woman was confronted on the Magnificent Mile by a mob of young men on Wednesday, who proceeded to take $100,000 worth of jewelry she was wearing. A Chicago police source said the 69-year-old woman from Homewood Flossmoor was accosted by 10 to 12 African American men while walking in the 700 block of North Michigan around noon in front of Saks Fifth Avenue.
They threatened to beat her if she didn’t give them her purse and jewelry.
She took off her jewelry, valued at around $100,000, and handed it to them.
According to police, the woman had a leaf-shaped pin she was wearing that was encrusted with diamonds and surrounded by black onyx. That alone was valued at $50,000.
The men involved were between 18 and 19 years-old. They were wearing baggy pants and dreads. They ran northbound on Rush towards Chicago Avenue to escape.
This weekend 12 more youths were arrested for another disturbance on the Magnificent Mile.
This morning Obama said that to not increase the debt ceiling would be irresponsible and said if the GOP doesn’t raise it, we won’t be able to pay social security and we might not be able to pay our troops. He then lists a whole litany of “horrible things” that would happen if the debt ceiling doesn’t get raised that makes Armageddon sound like it’s right around the corner.
He then proceeds to blame the GOP for the credit downgrade, saying that it happened because during the last fight over the debt ceiling, Republicans flirted with the idea of not raising it. So, he’s added close to 6 trillion dollars in debt in his first 4 years and yet he blames Republicans for the credit downgrade? Wow.
Shortly after saying this Major Garrett of CBS News asked Obama about the time when he voted against raising the debt ceiling as a Senator and Obama totally dodged it. But it was a great question.
An East St. Louis councilwoman and her boyfriend were charged for beating an elderly employee at Best Buy this week.
It’s considered normal procedure by most to be asked for your receipt while leaving a busy store like Best Buy with expensive items. But Latoya Greenwood, 38, didn’t take kindly to the request.
Police say she began shouting obscenities at the 61-year-old Fairview Heights Best Buy employee at the exit door. Her husband got into the act and smacked the man across the face, sending him down to the ground while his wife didn’t flinch and kept the curse words flying.
The husband, 39-year-old Hickey Thompson, is charged with felony aggravated battery and is held on $20,000 bond. Greenwood is charged with disorderly conduct.
The Belleville News Democrat has more on the cheery couple:
A former metro-east football star was charged with aggravated battery, a class 3 felony, Thursday by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office following an incident at Best Buy in Fairview Heights.
According to police, Hickey D. Thompson, who earned a mention in Sports Illustrated as the star of Althoff Catholic High School’s football teams that won back-to-back state championships in 1989 and 1990, allegedly hit a Best Buy employee in the face during an altercation at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The employee was identified in court records as Gary Thompson.
Hickey Thompson’s companion, Latoya N. Greenwood, an East St. Louis councilwoman, was issued a ticket for disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. Greenwood works at East St. Louis School District 189.