Family Ripped Apart Due To Missing Flight MH370

Danica Weeks is the wife of a passenger on the missing flight MH370.  She has been critical of the way the Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government has handled the crisis and is upset with the lack of transparency.


Bryan Fischer: ‘Gay Gestapo’ Forcing Alabama Judges Into Slavery

Right Wing Watch

Bryan Fischer hosts the talk radio program Focal Point on American Family Radio and posts on the American Family Association blog Instant Analysis (formerly Rightly Concerned), according to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia: “Fischer opposes abortion, national health care, gay adoption, and same-sex marriage. Fischer’s comments about homosexuality caused the AFA to be designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in November 2010.

“To avoid being classified as a hate group, the AFA has officially repudiated Fischer’s views on Muslims, Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, The Holocaust being caused by homosexuals, the outlawing of homosexuality and that LGBT parenting is slavery, and that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.”

Joni Ernst Family Farm Took $460,000 In Subsidies

Secular Talk

Joni Ernst’s family farm benefited from substantial farm subsidies. Ernst’s family farm in Red Oak, Iowa received over $460,000 in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2006. Family members received conservation payments, commodity subsidies, and agricultural aid. (The District Sentinel)

More on the Joni Ernst family farm here.

Strange: Lobbyist Ties Gay Rights Backers To Charlie Hebdo Assailants

Wikipedia:  Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, a conservative public policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C.

Here, Perkins equates the firing of a fire chief for distributing to employees his anti-gay book to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Jerry Boykin

Who is Jerry Boykin?

Sources state that William G. “Jerry” Boykin was the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2007 and is a conservative Christian political activist.

He is currently executive vice president at the Family Research Council.

During his 36-year career in the U.S. Army, he spent 13 years in the Delta Force, including two years as its commander, and was involved in numerous high-profile missions, including the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt and the Black Hawk Down incident in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The Family Research Council was designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010.

Recently, Boykin said “Thank God For ISIS” for bringing attention to the “Destruction Of The Military,” and he claimed the military will “never get out of” the Middle East.

Video by Right Wing Watch.

Who Is Tony Perkins?

Who is Tony Perkins?

Wikipedia states: “Anthony Richard ‘Tony’ Perkins (born March 20, 1963) is president of the Family Research Council, a conservative public policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C. Perkins was previously a police officer and television reporter, served two terms as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002.”

According to Right Wing Watch: “Last week, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins appeared on the ‘Point Of View’ radio program to discuss his participation in the marriage conference hosted by the Vatican in November, saying that the event has convinced him that the Religious Right will win the fight against gay marriage in America because ‘we’re on the side of the one who wrote history.'”

The Southern Poverty Law Center listed the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group in 2010, and Perkins is a frequently-booked anti-gay marriage and anti-LGBT pundit.

David Pakman video.


Another Take On Elizabeth Lauten, Communications Director For Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher

Communications Director for Tennessee Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher, Elizabeth Lauten, took to Facebook this past week to comment on Malia and Sasha Obama.

Sam Seder video.

Cocaine Found On Ship Owned by Mitch McConnell’s Family

90 pounds of cocaine was found on a ship owned by Mitch McConnell’s family while docked in Colombia.

An investigation is ongoing.

David Pakman video.

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Family And Friends Of Man With Ebola Are Shunned

The Ebola patient in isolation at a Texas hospital has begun treatment with an experimental drug that was authorized by the federal government for certain patients, the hospital said.

Thomas Eric Duncan, who is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after being the first person diagnosed with Ebola within the United States, is listed in critical condition.

“He is now receiving an investigational medication, brincidofovir, for Ebola Virus Disease,” hospital spokeswoman Candace White said in a tweet Monday, later adding in a statement that he had been getting the drug since 2:14 p.m. on Saturday.

The announcement comes a day after Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said: “As far as we understand, experimental medicine is not being used.”

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said that the CDC relies on the hospital to make announcements related to patient conditions and treatment. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital did not immediately respond to calls for comment on the 48-hour gap between the administration of the drug and its Monday announcement.

The announcement that he is being treated with an experimental anti-viral medication called brincidofovir comes after the Food and Drug Administration authorized its use in certain experimental cases, according to the biopharmaceutical company Chimerix, which makes the drug. Chimerix, a Durham, North Carolina-based company, said its use was permitted through an Emergency Investigational New Drug Applications program by the FDA. The FDA would not comment about the use of drug on Duncan.

“Based on in-vitro data from work conducted by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health, suggesting brincidofovir’s activity against Ebola, we are hopeful that brincidofovir may offer a potential treatment for Ebola Virus Disease during this outbreak,” M. Michelle Berrey, the president and CEO of Chimerix, said in a statement.

Duncan may not be the only person to receive the experimental medication. The company reports that they are “working closely with the FDA to finalize a clinical trial protocol,” according to the release.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that the second phase of the clean-up of the apartment where Duncan was staying was completed Monday. He said that all of his personal items have been destroyed and “a drum is being taken away” with other possibly infected items.

Judge Clay Jenkins visited the family Monday at the home where they are now staying in an undisclosed gated community to see if there was anything that needed to be addressed, the mayor said.

Texas Health Commissioner Dr. David Lakey said that this will be “an important week” for the relatives of Duncan because they are hitting the time frame when most infected individuals begin showing symptoms. He stressed that each of the relatives has their temperature checked twice daily and have not shown any symptoms yet.

In addition to the four isolated relatives, Dallas health officials are keeping track of up to 50 other people who could have come into contact with Duncan and “100 percent of the people we’re-evaluating, 100 percent they don’t have it,” Lakey said.

The Liberian man’s trip to the United States to plan a wedding with his longtime girlfriend turned into an Ebola-fueled nightmare after he became the first person diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil — and remains in a fight for his life.

He had recently reconciled with Louise Troh when he upended his life in Monrovia, leaving his job without notice, and jumped on a plane to Dallas to join family in the Texas city, Troh’s pastor told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It was Duncan’s first trip to the United States. He landed Sept. 20; eight days later, he was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, a statistic now known as the first case of Ebola diagnosed on U.S. soil.

“She is managing the best she can under the most strenuous of circumstances,” George Mason, the senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church, told the newspaper. “She had hopes and dreams of great things happening with him coming.”

Duncan’s condition worsened over the weekend as the hospital announced he is now critically sick. And at least 10 people, including Troh and three family members, are considered at “high risk” for contracting the disease after having close contact with Duncan once he began showing symptoms of Ebola.

Troh, her son and two other relatives will remain isolated until Oct. 19 as health officials monitor them twice daily for signs of the disease. Other relatives, including Troh’s daughters, say they’ve been forced into self-imposed isolation and shunned by the Dallas Liberian community as news of Duncan’s diagnosis has garnered international attention, the Washington Post reported.

Duncan, 42, abruptly left his job in Monrovia when he came to the United States to plan a wedding with his longtime girlfriend, Louise Troh.

“This whole Ebola thing — this virus is tearing people apart,” Mawhen Jallah, 28, told the newspaper. “Since the whole thing occurred, nobody has come to visit.”

Duncan’s arrival stateside in September was months before he originally planned after he got early visa approval, according to the Post. He walked out of his job as a driver with SafeWay Cargo, a shipping company.

But good riddance to the former employee, the company’s owner, Henry Brunson, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“He was very arrogant,” he said. “Every time I gave him instructions, he became confrontational. He didn’t like to follow the rules.”

Officials in Liberia say Duncan did not follow at least one important rule there before he left the country. Duncan will likely be prosecuted in the West African nation because he reportedly lied on a questionnaire asking him if he’d had contact with any Ebola victim.

Wilfred Smallwood says his half-brother, Thomas Duncan, is a good man who got sick trying to help others.

Just four days before he left Monrovia, Duncan helped take a badly ill, pregnant Ebola victim to several clinics and hospitals.  They were turned away at each, and the woman later died.

Duncan did not have a fever when he departed Liberia on Sept. 19, but began showing symptoms of Ebola as early as Sept. 25. He was hospitalized three days later.

“He’s a good man,” Wilfred Smallwood, Duncan’s half-brother, told the Star-Telegram from Phoenix. “He attends church. He tried to save that woman’s life in Monrovia.”

Duncan has family in Arizona, Texas and North Carolina, but it’s relatives in Dallas who have been rejected by their community members. Some 50 people who had any sort of contact with Duncan are being evaluated daily by health officials trying to prevent a U.S. outbreak of the disease.  But other community members are taking matters into their own hands, refusing to associate with relatives, even those cleared by health authorities.  One neighbor pointed at the door of Duncan’s relative’s home and said, “That’s the Ebola family there,” according to the Washington Post.

Friends and relatives have been thrust into an unending media spotlight, even as they struggle with the personal tragedy of Duncan’s deteriorating condition.

“They made a plan for him to come to the states … and plan a wedding,” Mason told the Star-Telegram of Troh. “Every indication I have is that it was a long-standing plan and not related to his being infected.”  The wedding is on hold as Duncan struggles to survive.

“They were going to talk to me about it,”  the pastor George Mason told the newspaper, “but never got a chance to make those plans.”

Muslim Domestic Abuse

Muslim domestic abuse clearly happens, just as it does with people of any religion.  This video is about F.A.I.T.H., which teaches women about domestic violence.

The Quran seems to have conflicting views.  It states:

(Quran Surah 4:34)  

And as for those women whose ill-will you have reason to fear, admonish them [first]; then leave them alone in bed; then beat them; and if thereupon they pay you heed, do not seek to harm them. Behold, God is indeed most high, great!

But the Quran also states:

“The nobler among you in the sight of God is the more righteous among you.” (Quran, 49:13)

It is narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best of you are those who are the best to their women.” And in another tradition, “The best among you are those who are kindest to their wives.”

The video is titled Muslim Women Fight Back Domestic Abuse In Fairfax County, Virginia.