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  • A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

    06/17/2011 2:46:04 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 17th, 2011 | DEBORAH SONTAG
    BOSTON — Last November, Yvette Chappell found herself increasingly anxious that her 27-year-old son, Deshawn James Chappell, was spiraling downward into deep psychosis. He was exhibiting intense paranoia and calling late at night to complain about deafening voices in his head.
  • Cops Saw Video of Deadly Incident With Kelly Thomas Before Writing Reports

    08/12/2011 6:18:13 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 83 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 12, 2011 | Richard Winton and Abby Sewel
    Fullerton's acting police chief acknowledged Thursday that the department had allowed police officers involved in a deadly encounter with a homeless man to watch a video that captures the incident before writing their reports about it. Acting Chief Kevin Hamilton said supervisors allowed the review so that the officers would have a chance to refresh their memory and write an accurate account of the incident involving Kelly Thomas. But the practice is at odds with the way many other police departments deal with serious use-of-force cases. The LAPD's former inspector general, Jeffrey Eglash, said that allowing police to look at...
  • TSA staff at LAX undergoing transgender training

    08/04/2011 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 4, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Transportation Security Administration managers at Los Angeles International Airport are undergoing mandatory sensitivity training after a transgender employee alleged she was ordered to dress like a man, pat down male passengers and use the men's restroom. Ashley Yang, 29, who spent two years as a security checkpoint screener at LAX, was fired last summer after co-workers observed her using the women's room, according to a copy of her termination letter obtained by The Associated Press. She contested the firing, resulting in a settlement that mandated the training.
  • Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill

    07/20/2011 4:55:43 PM PDT · by Jean2 · 54 replies
    Can anyone tell me who was responsible for the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill? I have heard various people claim it was done by Jerry Brown and otehrs say it was Ronald Reagan.
  • When a gay minister moved to a small Southern town (Presbyterian)

    07/05/2011 3:59:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 126 replies
    Courier Journal ^ | 5 July 2011 | Brett Webb-Mitchel
    As an out Presbyterian preacher, I'd experienced prejudice before. But nothing like what I faced in North CarolinaI was reading "Home in Henderson" -- the unofficial city website for a small town in North Carolina where I had recently moved to preach -- when I came across the blog entry. It was posted under the pseudonym "Church Reporter." "A friend that attends the First Presbyterian Church told me to do a Google search on their new minister Brett Webb-Mitchell," the entry began. "Having done so, I have only three comments to make on the pastor selection: 1. Who is responsible...
  • Leisa Simone to Michele Bachmann: You may be a breeder, but you're no feminist

    07/05/2011 9:17:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 81 replies
    Examiner-Chicago ^ | July 4, 2011 | Julie Driscoll
    My talented Facebook friend, Leisa Simone, wrote the following letter to Michele Bachmann, eloquently highlighting the reasons that no woman, conservative or progressive, should vote for this shyster; if the only qualification for president were breeding ability, she'd be a lock - but we fickle female Americans really kind of like intelligence, knowledge, and intellectual strength in our candidates, male or female. I share Leisa's sentiments in their entirety - she stated very passionately what I, and many others, are thinking: "Dear Michele Bachmann: You've made many ignorant and idiotic statements, but there was one that angered me so much,...
  • She Went by ‘Daddy’

    06/27/2011 11:04:45 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 66 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 6/27/11 | Glenn T. Stanton
    My daughter and I were in Manhattan over this weekend so I could do some research at the Met. Waves of people were coming into the city for Sunday’s big gay-pride march, where they could celebrate the Empire State’s new same-sex-marriage law. We sat behind some of them on the train, three young women with a precious, excited toddler girl in tow. The very evident leader of the clan was the patriarch. Adorned as if she might be an actor portraying a hip-hop teen from Cleveland, she had her meticulous corn-rows tucked under a backwards navy-blue flat-billed ballcap, a matching...
  • Half of Us Are Mentally Ill (and the Other Half Are Undiagnosed)

    06/13/2011 6:10:37 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | June 13, 2011 | Jacob Sullum
    In a New York Review of Books essay, Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, considers three books that take skeptical looks at "the epidemic of mental illness" sweeping the country: The tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007—from one in 184 Americans to one in seventy-six. For children, the rise is even more startling—a thirty-five-fold increase in the same two decades.... A large survey of randomly selected...
  • Bush Did It! Bush Didn’t Do It! Obama remains haunted by the specter of George W. Bush.

    06/08/2011 4:34:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/07/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    During the 2008 campaign Barack Obama ran more against lame-duck President Bush than against his Republican opponent, John McCain. The campaign is now long over, and yet President Obama still seems haunted by the ghost of his predecessor. Last week, for example, he was railing at the Bush phantom, whom he blamed for his received economic mess. In the world of Barack Obama everything he inherited was someone else’s fault — unless he believes past policies offer him some advantage and thus are to be claimed as entirely his own. The stock market is sliding. Gas and food prices are...
  • Sen Inhofe Hints ‘Arrogant’ Obama Might Need Mental Diagnosis to Explain Timing of 1967 Borders

    05/26/2011 11:06:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies · 2+ views ^ | 5/26/11 | Hugh Hewitt
    "He has never been rejected in his life, and I think there's something -- I'm not qualified to diagnose him -- but there's something wrong with a guy that is s going to go out of his way to do all these things..." "...he is incredibly arrogant and he really believes that he can talk anybody out of anything."
  • Patrick Kennedy: Loughner has brain injury, too

    05/23/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KTAR ^ | 23 May 2011 | KTAR
    The suspect in the January mass shootings in Tucson has been cited by former Congressman Patrick Kenndy as an example of discrimination against the mentally ill. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, mentioned Jared Loughner during an interview on CNN Sunday night to discuss his past problems and addictions and his campaign for recognition of brain disease. Loughner, 22, is charged with shooting 19 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in a Tucson parking lot in January. Six people were killed. Giffords was shot in the head and is currently in a rehabilitation center in...
  • My 12 hours as a madman [One for pop-culture-history buffs.]

    05/14/2011 11:24:59 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 18 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Ocober 1, 1953 | Sidney Katz
    [A brief introduction. This article, published in Maclean's, was the first popular treatment of LSD. Those who associate LSD with the 1960s will be surprised at the way the drug was categorized and presented in the early 1950s. At the time, people thought LSD induced a temporary psychosis: synthetic schizophrenia. Some psychiatrists were recommending other psychiatrists take the drug so as to get an "inside-out" experience of schizophrenia. I've put the beignning and the end just below, while snipping Katz's blow-by-blow depiction of his experience itself: it can be found in the original article, starting on page two.] Here is...
  • Hard-Left Radio Host Mike Malloy: When Will Navy SEALs Take Out Death-Dealing George W. Bush?

    05/04/2011 1:25:11 PM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 05/04/2011 | Tim Graham
    If any American with a patriotic pulse listened to the Mike Malloy radio show, they would have been shocked on Monday night when Malloy outrageously suggested that Navy SEALs should have shot former president George W. Bush, and not Osama bin Laden.
  • Lib radio host: When Will Navy SEALs 'drop in' on George W. Bush?

    05/04/2011 2:02:50 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 04, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it's called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn't he, or am I wrong here?," Liberal radio talk show host Mike Malloy said on his show Monday evening.
  • Depressed man eats own finger

    04/18/2011 12:00:58 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 42 replies
    The Sun [UK] ^ | 16 Apr 2011 | STAFF REPORTER
    A MAN battling depression cut off his own little finger, cooked it for dinner and ate it.
  • Popular Veterans Advocate Kills Self after War Tours

    04/15/2011 8:39:22 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 39 replies
    WASHINGTON – Handsome and friendly, Clay Hunt so epitomized a vibrant Iraq veteran that he was chosen for a public service announcement reminding veterans that they aren't alone. The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple Heart after taking a sniper's bullet in his left wrist. He returned to combat in Afghanistan. Upon his return home, he lobbied for veterans on Capitol Hill, road-biked with wounded veterans and performed humanitarian work in Haiti and Chile. Then, on March 31, Hunt bolted himself in his Houston apartment and shot himself.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones is treated for bipolar II disorder

    04/13/2011 8:02:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies ^ | April 13, 2011 | Eryn Brown
    A representative for Catherine Zeta-Jones confirmed Wednesday that the actress recently underwent inpatient treatment for bipolar II disorder at a Connecticut mental health facility. Booster Shots spoke about the disorder with David J. Miklowitz, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know." Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depression, is typically lifelong and recurrent, Miklowitz said. Some people have their first episode in childhood, others later in life; the majority, during the teen years. Some people experience episodes every few years; others...
  • MEGHAN MCCAIN: My Family & Sarah Palin To Be Nothing Short Of Crucified By HBO's 'GAME CHANGE'

    04/01/2011 11:17:43 AM PDT · by onyx · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 1, 2011 | Meghan McCain
    MEGHAN MCCAIN: I Expect My Family And Sarah Palin To Be Nothing Short Of Crucified By HBO's 'GAME CHANGE' HBO is adapting a miniseries based on Game Change, the book about the 2008 election. But as Hollywood casts liberal actors to play all the parts, Meghan McCain doubts that it will be an accurate portrayal of what actually happened. Game Change, the infamous bestseller written by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, has plagued anyone directly associated with the 2008 election cycle. The first time I heard about the book was within weeks after Obama was elected—my former press person...
  • Amanda Stocksell charged with assault for going after lesbian partner's male lover with bat: cops

    03/22/2011 2:56:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 22, 2011 | Larry McShane
    This couple has different ideas about swinging. An Iowa woman who caught her live-in girlfriend in bed with a man went after the guy with a baseball bat - landing at least three blows, a police report charged.
  • Woman who claims world's largest breasts, Sheyla Hershey, in a coma after suicide attempt

    03/14/2011 9:02:24 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 73 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 14, 2011 | Philip Caufield
    A Brazilian woman who claimed to have the world’s largest fake breasts fell into a coma following a suicide attempt, a British tabloid reported. Sheyla Hershey, 31, had her KKK-size implants removed in September after suffering an infection during an operation to have them blown up to an even-larger MMM cup, according to Britain's The Sun. Since then, Hershey, who is married with children, has been distraught, saying that she feels "so ugly" without her breasts, The Sun reported. She was due to have an operation to restore her breasts to size KKK, but she took a lethal dose of...