1200-Pound Man Lifted From Nusing Home With A Crane

Nursing home patient Robert Butler, who weighs close to 1,200 pounds, was moved from the financially strapped Bannister Nursing Home in Rhode Island with a crane Sunday afternoon.

Robert Butler

Target 12 TV news channel reported on it Friday.  A crane company first conducted a site survey at the nursing home in order to determine where the crane should be located to help safely move Mr. Butler.

Then, Providence firefighters from the Special Hazards Unit cut an opening to Butler’s nursing home room door to make it bigger.

Firefighters built a ramp that then helped them move Butler to a deck in the four-story building.

From there, he was placed in a medically equipped, metal container that was lifted with a crane from the deck, down to a flatbed truck.



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Al Jazeera Journalist Back In Australia

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has returned to Brisbane, Australia, following his release from an Egyptian prison and has been reunited with his family following his release from an Egyptian prison.  At a news conference he praised the long campaign to free him and his colleagues and expressed relief.

Mr. Greste and two colleagues were arrested in 2013. They were convicted of spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The jailing of the journalists sparked an international outcry.

The three al-Jazeera journalists were arrested in 2013, after the military toppled the Muslim Brotherhood government, led by President Mohammed Morsi.

The men were convicted in 2014 of aiding the Brotherhood, which had been banned by Mr Morsi’s successor, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

Mr. Fahmy and Mr. Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison and Mr Mohamed to 10. Their convictions were overturned on January 1st, but the men remained in custody pending a retrial.  All the defendants denied the charges against them and said their trial was a sham.

Mitt Romney’s House Is 11,206 sq. ft.

Mitt Romney’s house is reportedly 11,206 square feet.

The Washington Post:

“The Boston Globe explored Romney’s post-2012 real estate boom earlier this week, including a look at that house, all 11,206 square feet of it in La Jolla, Calif. It’s a beautiful property, in a beautiful location, that we would not begrudge anyone for owning — although if that owner then started railing against income inequality, we might then raise one eyebrow, just a bit.”

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David Pakman: Should You Avoid Arguing With Right-Wingers In Your Own Home?

David Pakman answers the question: Should you avoid arguing with right-wingers in your own home?

Is it within the realms of polite conversation to disagree politely with my Republican friends when they come to my home?

David Pakman video.