Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kidnapped grandmother fends off knife-wielding attacker with concealed firearm

Kidnapped grandmother fends off knife-wielding attacker with concealed firearm
A woman uses her Glock .380 handgun to get away from a man, who kidnapped her using a butcher knife. (Getty Images) 
The following story is a prime example of what happens when you bring a knife to a gun fight.
Missouri grandmother Diane McIntire revealed that she was attacked and kidnapped at knifepoint last week. According to McIntire, it was by “the grace of God” — as well as a concealed carry permit and a handgun — that she survived.

What happened?

  • McIntire said she was visiting her family when she ran to the mall to do some shopping.
  • A man approached her truck as she pulled into the parking lot, demanding she grant him entry, WQAD said.
  • The suspect, 61-year-old Floyd May, was armed with a butcher knife, and didn’t hesitate to use it the moment he saw McIntire resisting, the station said.
  • “It was a large butcher knife, I did not even see it at first, that’s how quickly he was in my space,” McIntire told WQAD. “I kicked him in his chest, pushed him back, I felt the knife cut right below my elbow.”
  • She was forced to drive several miles down a local road as the attacker discarded her cellphone out the window, WQAD reported.

How did it all turn around?

  • With a concealed carry permit and a Glock .380 handgun in her truck’s console, McIntire hoped for the best but prepared for the worst, the station said.
  • May told McIntire to pull into a gravel lot in a nearby town, the station reported. At that point, she knew that things could very easily swing toward the worst-case scenario.
  • “I knew I would live or die right there. He did tell me in the drive, if the police come up behind us, that we were both going to die that day,” she said, WQAD reported.
  • McIntire revealed that May got out of the truck and became distracted when he dropped the knife. “I opened the console and grabbed my pistol,” she told the station. “I went ahead and got out of the truck. I had the gun at his chest, and I told him ‘Do not come near me.'”
  • She told the station that May was warned: come near her, and she would shoot.
  • McIntire said that once May spotted the gun, he took off on foot. She drove herself to a hospital for medical attention and phoned authorities, the station reported.
  • The station said McIntire would need 24 stitches to close the wound made by May’s knife.
  • “I didn’t want to take a human life if I didn’t have to,” she said to WQAD. “If he took one more step toward me, my finger was already squeezing the trigger, and yes, I would have shot him. There’s no doubt in my mind.”
  • McIntire said, according to the WQAD, that in addition to her weapon, “the grace of God” is what saved her, along with the “sense to have calm.”

The vile Left: CNN reporter makes fun of polio survivor McConnell for needing Trump’s help to climb steps

CNN reporter makes fun of polio survivor McConnell for needing Trump’s help to climb steps

CNN reporter makes fun of polio survivor McConnell for needing Trump’s help to climb steps
President Donald Trump lends a hand to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after he nearly tripped on the steps leading out of the Rose Garden after a news conference Monday at the White House in Washington, D.C. A CNN political reporter later posted a video on Twitter, mocking Trump helping McConnell. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 

Who said what?

CNN political reporter Daniella Diaz posted a video on Twitter Monday afternoon mocking President Donald Trump helping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) up the steps after concluding their joint Rose Garden news conference.
“That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though,” Diaz tweeted out alongside a short video clip of the two men.

Did Diaz know McConnell was a polio survivor?

If Diaz didn’t know before her Monday afternoon tweet, she certainly learned shortly afterward, as many Twitter users were quick to point out to Diaz that the 75-year-old McConnell was a polio survivor who sometimes needed assistance. But more than 24 hours later, the tweet had not been retracted and Diaz had not acknowledged the blunder.
Even one of Diaz’s colleagues, CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju was quick to publicly correct her.
“McConnell often goes up a step at a time, sometimes needs railing for assistance. This time, used Trump for balance,” he wrote, quoting her previous tweet.

What do we know about McConnell’s bout with polio?

During a 1990 re-election campaign in Kentucky, McConnell spoke of his polio diagnosis in a campaign ad.
“When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” McConnell said in the ad.
He also penned a book in 2016 titled “The Long Game: A Memoir” in which he wrote about his battle with polio and the round-the-clock care his mother gave him when he fell ill with the disease at the age of 2. As a toddler, his mother had to do physical therapy with him sometimes up to four times a day.
“I think it was a — it had to have been an early lesson that tenacity and hard work and sticking to it that I learned from my mother, and I have tried — applied that over and over again throughout my life,” he said in an interview with PBS in 2016.

Nurse’s aide at top VA hospital played video games instead of checking patient. That patient died.

Nurse’s aide at top VA hospital played video games instead of checking patient. That patient died.

Nurse’s aide at top VA hospital played video games instead of checking patient. That patient died.
A nurse's aide at a top VA hospital played video games instead of checking on a patient hourly one night last year — and that patient died. The patient's family has consulted a lawyer and is considering legal action against the VA. (Image source: YouTube screenshot) 

A nurse’s aide at a top VA hospital played video games instead of checking on a patient hourly one night last year — and that patient died, the Boston Globe reported.

What happened?

  • Bill Nutter, 68, had just lost his second leg to diabetes and suffered from arrhythmia, which could stop his heart without warning, the paper said.
  • The Vietnam veteran’s family found a place for him at Bedford (Massachusetts) VA Medical Center, the Globe said, adding that the Veterans Administration ranked it as one of its best hospitals — a five-star rating.
  • After Nutter was found dead the morning of July 3, 2016, the paper said a doctor told his widow that a night-shift staffer failed to check on him hourly according to doctors’ instructions.
  • The aide, Patricia Waible, later admitted she was playing video games and didn’t check on Nutter at all — but the confession happened only after an investigator told her video cameras showed she never left her computer the entire shift, the Globe reported, citing an individual with firsthand knowledge.
  • The nurse who discovered Nutter dead used a slit-throat gesture while telling her boss about it, the paper added, citing the hospital’s internal report. The nurse was on a probationary period and was later fired, the Globe reported.

What happened next?

  • The Globe said after it contacted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s office about the story Sept. 22, the VA suspended Waible with pay from her cafeteria job she’d been transferred to after Nutter’s death and plans to seek her permanent removal.
  • The VA inspector general has launched a criminal investigation in conjunction with the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI to identify systemic failures that may have led to Nutter’s death, the paper added.
  • Waible didn’t return multiple text messages and phone calls from the Globe, the paper said.

What are others saying about the hospital?

  • Whistle-blowers and families of veterans have claimed that relatively healthy patients deteriorate within months after being admitted to the Bedford VA, the paper said.
  • Others said veterans in long-term care sometimes go without food for many hours or are left in soiled clothes or bed linens, the Globe added.
  • Buildings are laced with asbestos, the paper noted, citing a Bedford electrician.

What is the Nutter family saying?

  • “I hold the VA responsible for all of this. They’re responsible for their employees,” Nutter’s daughter, Bridgette Darton, told the Globe. “How many other people did this lady cause issues with?”
  • Nutter’s widow, Carol Nutter, said she was never told she could file a tort claim, although the report indicates she was given that information, the paper added.
  • Nutter’s family has consulted a lawyer and is considering legal action against the VA, the Globe said.
  • “My dad might not have lived another five months, who knows? But if we could have had another month with him — this lady took that away,” Darton told the paper.

The moral vacuity of the entertainment industry

French magazine accused of glorifying rock-star murderer

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Actress Marie Trintignant pictured on the set of French TV series ColetteImage copyrightAFP
Image captionActress Marie Trintignant pictured on the set of French TV series Colette, less than a month before she was killed
A leading French music magazine has responded to criticism for making a rock star who killed his girlfriend its cover star. 
Les Inrockuptibles placed Bertrand Cantat, who beat actress Marie Trintignant to death in 2003, on its front page last week. 
In a statement, it said its choice was "debatable", and expressed "sincere regrets" to "those who felt hurt". 
France's Elle magazine responded with a editorial tribute to Ms Trintignant. 
Under the headline "In the name of Marie", it said its words were for "all women victims of violence" carried out by men. 
Cantat, who was released from prison in 2007, is trying to relaunch his music career with a new solo album. 
Les Inrockuptibles said it had been covering Cantat since the 1980s and its history was built on his old band, Noir Desir. It justified its coverage by saying the article tackled controversial issues, such as "Did Cantat have the right to a public life after having killed Marie Trintignant with his fists?"
The magazine said it had received many complaints. 
One Twitter user said Les Inrockuptibles "should apologise to the Trintignant family".
The controversy coincided with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has seen the US producer accused of multiple assaults against women and which has also provoked a big reaction in France. 
On Monday, Gender Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa set out plans for new laws to crack down on sexual violence.
She said a taskforce of politicians would work with police and magistrates to establish what sort of behaviour constituted sexual harassment. 
Former leader of French rock band Noir Desir, Bertrand Cantat, performs with his band Detroit during a concert in Bordeaux, western France, 17 May 2014Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionCantat, who was convicted of beating Marie Trintignant to death in 2003, returned to music in 2013
"The idea is that society as a whole redefines what it is acceptable or not," she told La Croix newspaper.
French Twitter users have also been using #balancetonporc, meaning "rat on your dirty old man", to encourage women to name and shame their attackers. 
First Lady Brigitte Macron has praised women for "breaking the silence". 
On Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron said that he would be stripping Harvey Weinstein of the prestigious Legion d'honneur award.
Elle magazine's editorial retort also applauds the "courage" of the Hollywood figures who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein in light of the recent allegations. 
Les Inrockuptibles also noted the Weinstein allegations in its letter to readers, published on Tuesday, adding that it has always strived "to relay feminist ideas". 
"It was important for us to tell you that," it said, signing off. 
Media caption100 Women: What exactly do we mean when we talk about street harassment?

Here's what single payer leads to: NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

The new plans are part of wider rationing across the NHS  CREDIT: GETTY 
The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.
The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.
Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking.
But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, say that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional.
The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral.
East and North Hertfordshire CCG and  Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.
Both are in financial difficulty, and between them seeking to save £68m during this financial year.
Ian Eardley, senior vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said it was wrong to bar NHS treatment to any group of patients.
“Singling out patients in this way goes against the principles of the NHS,” he said.
"This goes against clinical guidance and leaves patients waiting long periods of time in pain and discomfort. It can even lead to worse outcomes following surgery in some cases,” he said.
"There is simply no justification for these policies, and we urge all clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to urgently reverse these discriminatory measures."
The senior surgeon said he was concerned that the latest rules were the “tip of the iceberg”.
And he raised concern about the fact such policies meant patients were refused a referral without even seeing the specialist who should take such decisions.
The local hospital trust, council have opposed the measures, revealed in Health Service Journal.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust medical director Michael van der Watt, wrote to the CCGs warning of “significant opposition” to the proposals at the trust.  He said: “There is a wealth of evidence that does not support the theory that worst outcomes occur in patients with a BMI greater than 30”.
St Albans City and District Council’s health and wellbeing partnership said the restrictions would set a “dangerous precedent”.
The plans, which will also see cuts in IVF provision and provision of medicines, also provoked anger from the Local Pharmaceutical Committee, who said: “Those who can afford services will buy them and those who cannot will go without.”
The CCGs said: “This policy is designed to improve patient safety and outcomes, both during and immediately after non-urgent surgery.  No financial savings are expected as a result of these measures.  We do however hope to improve the long-term health of our residents through the targeted stop-smoking and weight-loss support on offer to patients.” 
Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “This is absolutely disgraceful - we all pay our taxes, and the NHS should be there when we need it; we did not agree to a two-tier system.”
The CCGs already delay surgery for up to nine months for those with a high BMI, telling them to lose at least 10 per cent of their weight.
The new rules increase the amount of weight the heaviest patients must lose -  and crucially, they mean those who fail to lose weight or give up smoking could wait indefinitely.
The restrictions mean those with a Body Mass Index of 30 or more will be set targets to reduce their weight by 10 per cent over nine months, with those with a BMI over 40 will be told to cut their weight by 15 per cent.
At the end of the nine months, any patient who failed to lose enough weight will have their circumstances “considered by a clinical panel” a spokeswoman said.
Those who have not lost enough weight could be left waiting indefinitely, she confirmed.
The CCGs said: “In exceptional circumstances, clinicians will allow surgery to go ahead even if the smoking and weight loss criteria are not met. Exceptions would be made when waiting for surgery would be more harmful for the patient.”
Around 15 per cent of their population smoke, while 22 per cent of adults are obese, the report estimates.
In a consultation on the changes, the health bodies said they faced a £550m health and social care funding gap by 2021 unless they took action.
In a forward to the consultation outcomes paper, the CCGs’ chief executives said the region faced a £550m health and social care funding gap by 2021 unless they took action.
The CCGs said the decisions had not been taken lightly, and that there had been public backing for most of the changes, during a public consultation.