A Fraud And A Hypocrite — Joel Osteen

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It is said that some 30,000 people in and around Houston, Texas, are in need of temporary shelter in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Some of these people cannot return to their homes yet because of rising flood waters, while for others, there is no home to return to. So many have lost so much, and according to the National Weather Service, it isn’t over yet. Now, when tragedy such as this strikes, who do we think would logically be among the first to reach out, to offer whatever assistance and aid they could? Why yes, the churches, of course. Well, let me tell you a little story about one megachurch in Houston.

You have all heard, no doubt, of Mr. Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, a 16,800-seat indoor arena complete with plush carpeting and fountains. Seems like a perfect place to shelter at least several hundred of…

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1/3 of the Navy Brass Caught in a Scandal???

Pesky Truth



Hundreds of military officials – including some of the highest-ranking brass in the Navy – are accused of helping a shadowy Asian merchant fleece Uncle Sam for tens of millions of dollars… and you probably haven’t heard a peep about it.

It’s called the “Fat Leonard” scandal, and the investigation into bribes and corruption one of the biggest in U.S. military history. The Navy has investigated 440 people, including 60 admirals, for possibly taking bribes in exchange for phony government contracts and sweetheart deals.

That means the Navy suspects that up to one-third of all its admirals were on-the-take from a foreign agent.

“Fat Leonard” is Leonard Glenn Francis – a 6’3”, 360-pound Malaysian businessman who makes his money servicing naval vessels in the Pacific.

He bribed the Navy’s elite with the finer things in life that only a crooked businessman could provide: Money, the finest liquor, luxurious trips…

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URANIUM ONE Deal Is Treason Not Corruption

COMMON SENSE: The Uranium One scandal is being mis-categorized. It’s being looked at as corruption by Hillary, Mueller, Rosenstein, Holder, and perhaps even Obama. Although it does involve corruption, I believe it is a mistake to view it this way.

Instead, it should be categorized as a National Security breach. For a semi-hostile foreign power to be allowed to own 20% of our uranium, the essential ingredient for making nuclear weapons, is not just a bad deal, it is also treasonous, and it should be dealt with as such.
According to the New Your Times, about one-fifth of the uranium purchased by Uranium One cannot be accounted for. This is not just unacceptable, it is also criminal negligence. This should not be looked at as a partisan issue—not at all. Many people are involved from both parties. Remember, atomic bombs do not discriminate. They kill everybody.

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Corruption in the DNC

Thoughts From Afar

Donna Brazil served as the interim chair of the DNC after Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was tossed out on her ear.  She recently wrote a piece for Politico wherein she revealed how Hillary Clinton’s machine seized control of DNC finances long before she had even received the Democratic Nomination.

Brazil wrote:

“Officials from Hillary’s campaign had taken a look at the DNC’s books.  Obama left the party $24 million in debt —$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly.  Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016.  Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.

“The [Hillary] campaign had the…

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The Way Chicago “Works”: Graft, Corruption, Political Connections, Bribes, Unions


Those who wish to understand how things work in Chicago need read a single article that ties everything together: Teamsters boss indicted on charges of extorting $100,000 from a local business.

A politically connected Teamsters union boss was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging he extorted $100,000 in cash from a local business.

John Coli Sr., considered one the union’s most powerful figures nationally, was charged with threatening work stoppages and other labor unrest unless he was given cash payoffs of $25,000 every three months by the undisclosed business.

The alleged extortion occurred when Coli was president of Teamsters Joint Council 25, a labor organization that represents more than 100,000 workers in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

Coli, 57, an early backer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was charged with one count of attempted extortion and five counts of demanding and accepting prohibited payment as a union official.

Coli could…

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Corruption may be the greatest threat we face


I have written before about the greatest long term risks facing our planet as noted by the World Economic Forum – the global water crisis and poorly reacting to climate change. I would add that population growth would pose further risk.

When I first wrote about this, a British missionary in Nigeria noted he would place corruption high on the list. Why? His reasoning is the leaders of countries throughout the world skim off the top and place friends and family in places of power to do the same. So, the majority of folks become disenfranchised as money and investment are compromised and go into the pockets of these leaders.

This disenfranchisement leads to terrorists being listened to until it is too late. It leads to leaders controlling the messaging often using people’s fears to control them. It leads to a breakdown in institutions to help people and guard against…

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Behind the White Coat

Refurbished part of the Ellis Island hospital

The VA medical system in the US is a shameful mess, not worthy of our veterans.

If we expect someone to lay their life on the line to protect our freedom and the freedom of others all over the world, we have a responsibility to provide for their medical care and that of their families even after their service in a way that is on par with the quality of care received elsewhere in the country.

Instead there is corruption, waste, deception. Veterans die waiting for help. I have seen the effects of poor care.

Let’s stop ignoring it and do something about it. You want to do something meaningful for Veterans Day? Write to your elected officials and demand change.

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Massachusetts: Criminal Justice Corruption

Stately McDaniel Manor

Trooper Sceviour

I’m glad for the occasional opportunity to explain the realities of police work and the law. Unfortunately, such opportunities often arise because of gross violations of proper police procedure and the law. This is a case in point from Fox News:

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REVELATION: Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services ‘Legal’ Kidnapping


How did 70-plus children go missing from the Kansas foster care system?

If you have children, you need to hear this interview because what has happened to Daniel Larson, his wife Trisha and their children, could happen to YOU.

Senator Nancy Schaefer warned us, and paid with her life

Nancy Schaefer was perhaps best known as an international hero to those who had their children stolen by corrupt family courts, unethical adoption agencies and practices, and those who had their children stolen through corrupt practices of the CPS.

The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services – Nancy Schaefer’s full report

More of this incriminating Report https://archive.org/stream/pdfy-GPCopyJd2XQjvNIk/The%20Corrupt%20Business%20Of%20Child%20Protective%20Services#page/n0/mode/2up

Notes from https://youtu.be/u5fqaaBpTLY LibertyTruthJustice

CPS runs on a quota/bonus incentive system; the more children are removed from their parents, the more funding CPS gets. This, mind you, is the same system the Soviets used, and their intent was admittedly to break up and institutionalize…

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Toxic affects of emotional neglect, parental self absorption and narcissism.

Emerging From The Dark Night

Here is a list of unconscious behaviors and traits we develop in the situation of chronic emotional neglect or if we were raised by self absorbed or narcissistic parents :

Developing self destructive defence mechanisms which inclued, displacement, repression of feeling and effects, denial of affect, withdrawal and isolation, projection and addictions (destructive self soothing defences.)

Acting against the self due to the fact you have absorbed negative perceptions of yourself and taken them into your self which manifests in :

  • self blame,
  • despair (pereceiving you are inauthetic or flawed, unable to help yourself),
  • hopelessness (aligned to despair but more to do with the feeling you cannot improve things or help yourself),
  • helplessness (not knowing what to do or say, not being able to act to assert in the face of injustice, or prevent abusive acts against the self, repeating similar mistakes),
  • Devaluing the self
  • Overvaluing the self (as a…

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Psychology for Writers: Narcissism


The term ‘narcissism’ comes from Greek mythology, where beautiful, proud Narcissus fell in love with his own image in a pool of water. It’s not a story with a happy ending because unable to leave, Narcissus wasted away and died. But the two-sentence story neatly captures the core tenants of narcissism – it’s a preoccupation with ourselves that can ultimately mean less than favourable outcomes.

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Texas Church Massacre: A Time to Mourn, A Time to Weep


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Mona Rodriguez holds her 12-year-old son, J Anthony Hernandez, during a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

In Ecclesiastes, it is written that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4). Now is a time to mourn, a time to weep. Now is a time to grieve with those who grieve and hurt with those who hurt. And now is a time to turn to the Lord and ask Him to have mercy on our nation and heal our land.

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No One Life Is Greater Than The Other

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Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding in southeast Texas are a terrible tragedy marked by a loss of life and property that will leave deep scars.  However, Texas is not alone, and we here in the U.S., engrossed in our own drama, have largely ignored the even more damaging storm and accompanying floods in South Asia, where the death toll is estimated at more than 1,200.  Just this morning, flooding caused a building collapse in Mumbai, and thousands more are at risk of collapse due to their foundations being weakened by the flood waters.  Millions, not thousands, of people across the region are seeking emergency shelter.

flood-2.jpgA headline in the ‘letters to the editor’ section of The Guardian yesterday asks the question:

Why more coverage of floods in Texas than in South Asia? Are American lives simply worth more?

While I have the greatest sympathy for those who have…

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The Forgotten Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Most Revolutionary Act

Houston After Hurricane Harvey

Al Jazeera (2017)

Film Review

This documentary examines the plight of Houston’s poor and minority communities a month after Hurricane Harvey. As with Hurricane Katrina, they have fared much worse than Houston’s well-to-do. Many have been left homeless after flood waters contaminated with raw sewage, lead, arsenic and benzene rendered public housing facilities uninhabitable. Despite the 20 billion dollars of federal assistance Houston has received post-Harvey, former public housing residents are getting no help in being rehoused.

Houston’s environmental justice movement has spent years fighting the oil, gas and chemical plants adjacent to their schools and neighborhoods. Routine aerial emissions of benzene and other toxic chemical are already responsible for high rates of asthma and cancer. Located in a flood plain, oil/gas and chemical storage tanks and public housing facilities are subject to annual flooding.

Environmental justice activists are demanding a significant proportion of the $20…

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My Experience As A Victim Of Bullying #NoMore

Benji Martin

Good evening, #Martinisers. I want to take this time to share with you a video that I have just seen on YouTube, but first, I want to briefly tell you about my experience as a victim of bullying both as a child and in recent years.

As I have mentioned many times, I have autism, and that, along with being a chubby kid, was the reason why I was bullied in middle and high schools. I was called names like “fat boy,” the r-word, “crybaby,” and “handicapped” to mention a few, and other boys, mostly African American, beat me up, stole homework assignments from me, and mad fun of things I wrote and said. The bullying really sent my self-esteem straight to hell, and as my adulthood progressed, I would have bouts of depression, contemplate suicides, and have some issues with authority. I am 43 years old now, and my…

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When I was diagnosed with Lupus

Words by Wendy

I was thrilled when I went to Facebook today and saw that Julian Lennon and Whoopi Goldberg are supporting the Lupus Foundation.  In the early 1990’s I was diagnosed with Lupus based on a medical test.  I was put on steroids which caused me to gain a huge amount of weight.  I also became stuck at my job because leaving my job at the time would have meant that I would lose my medical insurance.

Having medical insurance with this diagnosis was not easy either.  Everything that I saw a doctor for, the insurance company said it could have been caused by Lupus.  Having this diagnosis was making my life a nightmare.  Yet the only symptoms I seemed to have were swelling feet and ankles.  I stayed on the steroids for about 2 years.  Over the 2 years my weight continued to increase.  Since I myself worked in the medical…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A very real – Lantern Project

Source: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A very real – Lantern Project

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A very real condition

By Dr. Abraham Twerski, M.D.

source :http://www.jewishworldreview.com |

It is rather strange that a condition which should have easily
been identified on the basis of common sense was not
recognized by the psychiatric profession until relatively
recently. The term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder did not
appear in the American Psychiatric Association manual until
1980. The reason this is important is because it indicates an
attitude that can have bearing on recognizing the problem and
instituting proper treatment.

After World War I, soldiers who showed symptoms of anxiety,
irritability, nightmares and inability to cope with life were
considered to have “a bad state of nerves” which was termed
“shell shock.” It was thought that they were cowards who
wished to evade combat. They were subject to shame and
threatened with court-martial. It wasn’t until 1941 that the
first clinical study entitled The Traumatic Neuroses of War
was published.

The author, Dr. Kardiner, pointed out that war neurosis was
considered by many physicians to be a “hysterical neurosis,”
and that this term led people to think that the patient was
weak willed, malingering and trying to get something for
nothing. After World War II, a more enlightened attitude
developed, with the realization that prolonged combat could
break even the strongest soldier, and that the psychiatric
casualties of war were as real and as inevitable as gunshot
and shrapnel wounds. It was not until the Vietnam war that the
condition of “traumatic neurosis” was legitimized.

The resistance to recognizing that trauma can have long-term
psychological effects still persists. Although there is
sympathy for those who were victims of catastrophic trauma
such as an earthquake, tornado or terrorist attack, there is a
less positive attitude toward people who sustained personal
trauma. As a result, people who have suffered personal trauma
are hesitant to seek help for their problems. They may do
their utmost to cope and may actually function quite well, but
the unresolved residuals of the trauma may cause emergence of
symptoms at any time. Shame and guilt may result in the memory
of the trauma being buried in the subconscious mind, beyond
one’s awareness.

Children who suffered abuse or molestation may have
difficulties in school performance and socialization. A
variety of pedagogic and psychological techniques may be used
to help them, but as long as the trauma remains a secret and
unattended, they are not likely to succeed. The emotional
aftermath of childhood trauma may cause serious disturbances
in marriage and in parenting. People seeking psychological
help may not even recall traumatic events of childhood. These
must be skillfully elicited and dealt with.

Young children are extremely impressionable, and childhood
trauma may have a much greater impact than similar trauma in

After World War II, some psychiatrists tried to treat the
combat neurosis by administering sodium amytal (“truth
serum”). Under the effect of this drug, some patients were
able to recall and describe the trauma. However, mere
recollection did little to relieve their symptoms. What is
necessary is an understanding and integration of the
experience into consciousness. One must become aware of the
emotions incident to the trauma, how they have caused the
memory to be walled off and how they are affecting one’s
current behavior.

Symptoms of PTSD can occur anywhere from days to years after
the trauma. Their effect on a person’s functioning may range
anywhere from minimal to totally disabling.

The primary symptoms fall into three categories:
Hyperalertness, Intrusions and Suppression.

Hyperalertness means that the person is constantly on guard,
as if danger is lurking and may occur at any moment. He is
easily startled by noises or by any unexpected movement. The
ring of an alarm clock or someone entering the door without
knocking may trigger a reaction. The mind may perceive these
as a threat, and the body may respond with the features of the
“fight or flight” reaction. A person with hyperalertness may
find it impossible to relax. He may have difficulty in falling
asleep and may awaken several times during the night, with or
without nightmares. Sleep deprivation may result in poor
concentration, impaired memory and moodiness.

People who live with expectation of danger may actually
precipitate some mishap. The tension and suspense that
something terrible is going to happen may be so intolerable
that they do something “to get it over with.” They may start a
business venture and do something to make it fail. They may
have a good relationship and act in a manner that will make
the other person reject them. They may be more prone to
accidents. Each failure or accident may reinforce their
feeling that the world is stacked against them.

The consequences of their anxiety breeds more anxiety in a
vicious cycle that is reminiscent of the words of Job, “I felt
great anxiety, and what I feared would happen did happen to
me” (Job 3:25).

A person should experience joy in life. People with morbid
expectations may be unable to accept feeling joy. They may
fear that if they enjoy something they may lose it. One young
mother with PTSD said that she dreads walking over to the
baby’s crib for fear that she would not find the child alive.
“I don’t feel I deserve to have such a beautiful baby.” There
was no logic to this fear. It was a symptom of her expecting
something terrible to happen. Parents with PTSD who have
morbid expectations may be so overprotective of their children
that they cause them to become hyperalert and anxious and
stifle their growth.

Intrusion means that the traumatic incident keeps coming back
and intruding into their awareness. Any one of many things
that is in any way reminiscent of the traumatic incident may
cause the person to feel he is reliving it. This is called a
“flashback.” In order to avoid flashbacks the person may
restrict his activities to avoid something that may trigger
one. The person may avoid reading a newspaper, a book, or
meeting people who may in some way trigger a flashback. He may
become isolated and socially withdrawn. For example, some
Holocaust survivors may avoid reading anything referring to
the Holocaust, or even meeting other survivors for fear of
experiencing a flashback of terror. Night terrors in the way
of dreams are intrusive.

People who have experienced a personal assault at night may
not leave their homes at night. A child who leaves the home at
night may trigger an intrusive thought, and they may forbid
their children to go out at night.

Suppression refers to keeping the thought out of awareness.
Because it is a subconscious process it should more correctly
be referred to as “repression.” It is similar to the bodily
defense of fainting upon an acute pain so that the pain cannot
be felt. Some people describe the experience of a trauma as
though it was not happening to them. This repression can occur
both at the moment of the trauma or at any time later.
Something which is too painful to realize may be banished from

Clinically, this is especially important in cases of child
molestation. The memory of the experience may be so laden with
the negative feelings of fear, shame and guilt, that the
person may not recall it. Nevertheless, the memory exists in
the subconscious mind, from where the noxious feelings of
fear, shame and guilt associated with the incident continue to
exert their effect. The person may be depressed and/or have
problems ranging from low self-esteem to loathing oneself,
without a clue as to why one feels that way. She may employ
any of the coping tactics described in my book Life’s Too
Short. Difficulties in interpersonal relationships and
disturbances of marriage may be the result of such incidents.
Because the causative trauma is not recalled, the person may
attribute these difficulties to a variety of other causes,
none of which are true. Even in therapy, the focus may be on
resolving these other causes, which does nothing to alleviate
the problem because the real cause is not addressed.

Some people may recall a traumatic incident and even describe
it, but the memory is devoid of emotion and meaning. Allowing
oneself to think about the memory might bring back the painful
feelings one wishes to avoid.

Rape is one of the most devastating traumas a human being can
experience. Proper management of the acute trauma may help
forestall severe PTSD, but support and therapy may be
necessary for a longer time. A man who had been mugged at
night developed a fear of night. He took a job where he worked
from 11PM to 8 AM, because that enabled him to stay awake all
night. He was frightened of being defenseless when asleep.

The feeling of loss of control that is characteristic of
trauma may result in strange ways of trying to gain control.
Some people may develop superstitions or magical thinking.
Some people may say that they had premonitions of a disaster
and that they have omens about what may happen. Some may
convince themselves that they brought the trauma onto
themselves, and although this may cause them to feel guilty,
the idea of “I caused it” can mean “because I made it happen,
I can make it not happen.” Ironically, the painful feeling of
guilt may provide a modicum of relief because it may give them
a sense of control. This may also explain recurrent

The two symptoms, intrusion and suppression, have opposite
effects. Intrusion tries to bring the trauma into awareness,
and suppression tries to keep it out of awareness. The person
with PTSD is caught in the middle, vacillating between states
of intense emotion and no feeling at all. This why the person
may be unstable and unpredictable, alternating between
impulsive behavior and no action at all.

With so many possible symptoms, mood alternation and
unpredictable behavior, the person with PTSD may be
erroneously diagnosed and treatment may be ineffective. It is,
therefore, important to be aware of PTSD, to prevent it when
possible, to recognize it early, and to institute proper

Whistleblowers Reveal CPS Child Kidnappings in Kentucky Adoption Business

Investigative reporter John Boel has exposed much of the corruption taking place in the “child protection” system in Kentucky. His reports were broadcast in the

Source: Whistleblowers Reveal CPS Child Kidnappings in Kentucky Adoption Business

Whistleblowers Reveal CPS Child Kidnappings in Kentucky Adoption Business



by Health Impact News Staff

In 2006 and 2007 investigative reporter John Boel exposed much of the corruption taking place in the “child protection” system in Kentucky. His reports were broadcast in the local media at that time, and included some amazing interviews with former CPS whistleblowers, documenting the depth of the alleged corruption within Kentucky CPS.

In a report aired originally on WLKY Target 32 News, news anchors begin the story by explaining that the station had to go to court just to get permission to air their investigative report, because the State of Kentucky attempted to censor their report from the public.

Reporter John Boel states that they were “being swamped with complaints” against CPS in Kentucky. He explains that his report gives an “in-depth look” into Kentucky CPS which exemplifies what they were hearing from so many other families who were coming to them.

Boel reports that children are often removed quickly with no evidence of parental wrong-doing, and that the State retaliates against those who try to fight back.

Corrupt Kentucky Family Court

The investigative report shows a confidential video tape from an actual custody trial that was recorded in family court. Boel states:

While it may take weeks, months or years to take someone’s freedom away in a circuit court, it only takes 17 minutes to take 3 …. children away in a family court.

The video footage then clearly shows that the mother in this case had no true representation in family court. The caseworker states that the children were taken into state custody due to “educational and medical neglect.” No records were allegedly provided, only the opinion of the caseworker. After 17 minutes, the judge terminates the mother’s right to her children.

State of Kentucky Retaliates Against Those Who Try to Fight Back – Including Attorneys

The mother allegedly appealed the ruling and fought back, which resulted in the State removing her other 3 children, and 14 children from her extended family.

Next, Boel interviews an attorney who took this family’s case, attorney Bob Bishop, and his wife Jennifer Bishop. Jennifer explains how her husband was incredulous that such abuses in the system were happening.

She then explains that CPS came after them also, removing their own adopted daughter from their home.

They said “if you don’t cooperate with us, we’re going to take all your children, and charge you with emotional abuse.”

Corrupt State of Kentucky Makes Money from Adoptions

In his next investigative report, reporter John Boel explains that one of the motivations for the State to remove children from parents even when parents have done nothing to warrant such a removal, is to receive federal reimbursement funds for the adoption program.

In his follow up report in 2007, John Boel receives “confidential” family court tapes showing just how the system works, and how the actions of some caseworkers even disturb some of their fellow caseworkers. Records supporting parents seem to “disappear.” They also reveal conflicts of interest between case workers and foster parents who may be related to the case worker placing the child into the foster home.

Watch these 3 reports here:

CPS Whistleblowers Speak out on Abuse in Kentucky CPS

In this 4th report, John Boel explains that CPS whistleblowers reveal how Kentucky families are harassed, and CPS workers are pressured to boost State adoption numbers.

He starts out his report by interviewing former CPS social worker Pat Moore, who was fired because she refused to ignore abuses in a foster home. She sued the State of Kentucky, and settled for $308,000.00. Moore allegedly refused to carry out an adoption for foster parents because they had criminal records, and a convicted sex offender was allegedly visiting and caring for the foster children. CPS tried to over-rule her decision to oppose the adoption and push it through quickly.

Boel interviewed her attorney, who stated that he believed the motivation for CPS to approve adoptions to convicted criminals was to receive federal funds available for adoptions.

Adoption Business: Placing Orders for Babies that CPS Fills by Kidnapping

Next, Boel interviews another CPS whistleblower, but one who wanted to keep her identity concealed because she was so afraid of retaliation. The former CPS worker explains how CPS is all about statistics, about how many children can be placed into adoption, since State and Federal reimbursement funds are all tied into statistics. She explains that CPS workers are encouraged to put more children into adoption.

She even relates one story of how someone who could not have children “placed an order” for a baby:

Someone could not have a child and wanted a child. So, within the community this certain person saw a family that was in distress, was having a hard time, and relayed to (CPS) workers that they would like those children. And that is exactly what is happening….

Next, Boel interviews a former CPS supervisor who also conceals her identity because she fears retaliation. This person tells Boel that if an order for a child was delayed or denied, her supervisors would come in and try to overrule local decisions.

This one family was promised a child. And when it happened that the child was going to be reunified with the parents, they called our regional office, and our regional office came down on our county and they harassed the birth parents… because they did not agree with our decision.

Kentucky CPS Power: Take Away Children at Will

These CPS whistleblowers also confirmed that CPS can and does take away children simply to retaliate against people who try to fight or expose the system:

I can call in a report tomorrow, and I can make it seem very real, to the point that a family will be investigated. And whoever gets it could come up with a substantiation, of let’s say “neglect,” and it might not be true. But it doesn’t matter.

Watch this shocking report here:

Are Things Any Different in Kentucky Today?

Amanda Aaron with sister older

Brenda Maney’s children, taken by CPS in Kentucky. Source: Maney family.

We could find no evidence that John Boel’s investigative reports on Kentucky CPS back in 2005 through 2007 resulted in any changes for the better.

Earlier this year, Health Impact News reported on the story of the Maney family in Kentucky, which suggests it might be business as usual in Kentucky CPS.

Brenda Maney of Richmond, Kentucky spoke to our reporters and told us her story, which is published here. Brenda reports that a well-meaning friend called CPS in Kentucky to actually help her through some difficult times, but that instead of helping, CPS allegedly took her children away, even over the objections of local police.

Brenda is facing a hearing on May 7, 2015 to permanently remove her parental rights.

Supporters are encouraged to call the governor of Kentucky and legislators to advocate for the return of Brenda Maney’s children. Governor Steve Beshear may be reached at 502-564-2611, or contacted here.

The Senator for Brenda’s district is Senator Jared Carpenter, who may be reached at 502-564-8100 Ext. 730, or contacted here.

Representative Rita Smart represents her district. She may be reached at 502-564-8100 Ext. 607, or contacted here.

UPDATE 5/8/2015

Pregnant Homeschool Mom Assaulted by Sheriff as CPS Kidnaps Her Kids in Kentucky

John Boel now works for a different news station, WAVE3. He has told Health Impact News that he can only cover the stories his news management assigns to him, and he is not currently covering any Kentucky CPS stories. Contact his station and ask them to cover the Maney family story (and the Naugler family story!) and their court case on May 7. WAVE3 can be contacted here

The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services – Parental Rights

…heart-breaking stories of CPS corruption, including how children are being taken away unnecessarily and put in very abusive situations. Her conclusion is that “there is no responsibility and no accountability in Child Protective Services.”

Source: The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services – Parental Rights

Behind the Narcissist Mask: The Bully, Coward, Liar and Fraud | HuffPost

It’s not nice to call names. But when it comes to narcissists, calling them out is really a matter of survival for those dealing with their abuse, as wel…

Source: Behind the Narcissist Mask: The Bully, Coward, Liar and Fraud | HuffPost

Behind the Narcissist Mask: The Bully, Coward, Liar and Fraud

03/16/2017 09:38 pm ET


It’s not nice to call names. But when it comes to narcissists, calling them out is really a matter of survival for those dealing with their abuse, as well as for those who don’t understand the profound harm they do. All narcissists wear a mask, or false persona. And when you strip away the narcissist mask you find weakness and vulnerability that would be pitiable if it weren’t so astonishingly vicious.

The Narcissist Mask

But chances are you won’t ever remove the narcissist mask, because he defends it at all costs with a full arsenal of preemptive controlling and abusive tactics. Whether as a young person overvalued with excessive praise and indulgence or undervalued with neglect and/or abuse (or an impossible combination of those parenting styles), the narcissist is in essence an emotionally stunted child with an adult savvy for ruthless manipulating. The narcissist mask is what he wears to assert a face of superiority and entitlement, protecting himself from intolerable feelings of invalidation, otherwise known as “narcissistic injury.”

The Narcissist Bully

Narcissists are classic bullies. They ambush, attack without cause, and prey on the most vulnerable within their grasp, usually those who love and depend on them, namely their spouse and children, who as a result carry lasting emotional and physiological trauma.

Narcissists often also abuse employees, susceptible friends, and “underlings” such as waiters and clerks. Exploiting their power over others in any way possible feeds their endless need to feel superior, and their lack of empathy gives them free range to abuse without the troubling hindrance of a conscience.

The Narcissist Coward

Many of us come out of invalidating (sometimes severely) home environments, but we do not become compassionless sadists. Narcissists are cowards who are fundamentally terrified of themselves and anyone who might see through their mask. Their driving motivation in life is to shield themselves from threatening emotions that trigger their deep-seated sense of inferiority, or narcissist injury.

Often narcissists strike and run, initiating surprise attacks and retreating before being confronted with the consequences of their rage. Narcissists also may behave passive-aggressively, cloaking their rage in self-pitying performances meant to induce guilt and blame.

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Whatever hurtful tactics they use, narcissists virtually never take responsibility for their behavior. Instead, they are masterful at denying and projecting their abuse onto others, most often those they have abused, further exacerbating the harm they do.

The Narcissist Liar

The narcissist mask is a lie designed to protect her from truths she cannot bear. Again, this feels like a pity plea moment, and indeed pity for the narcissist is understandable. But pity for the narcissist is dangerous territory that often leads those already victimized into a position for further abuse.

Narcissists are liars who continuously attempt to control others’ perceptions of them and, when they can’t, resort to nasty, often violent reprisal. The narcissist may cast himself as a highly principled person, but in reality he is only concerned with his own needs and is too weak to face life’s truths, especially those that threaten his defenses. He may talk a good game, but when it comes to the truth, he stonewalls, blames and shames others, and always deflects accountability.

The narcissist may, for example, rage at her son for getting an A- grade instead of an A, because she feels threatened by her son’s academic success, she is angry about a fight she had with her spouse, or she is projecting a self-centered expectation of perfection.

The Narcissist Fraud

Narcissists are by nature frauds who lie, exaggerate, and brag about themselves and denigrate others to bolster their image. They hate themselves but hate others even more, and everything they do is in service of asserting a superior face no matter what reality exists inside themselves or within their family.

A dictionary definition of fraud is

a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

Narcissists are classic frauds—at love, parenting, friendship, and any other important relationship in life. Because they lack the ability to recognize and empathize with others’ experiences and emotions, narcissists are incapable of authentic intimacy, kindness, or selfless giving.

Julie L. Hall’s articles on narcissism regularly appear on her blog The Narcissist Family Files and in The Huffington Post and PsychCentral.com. She is the author of the forthcoming memoir about life, and a few near deaths, in a narcissistic family (read excerpts).


Organ traffickers lock up people to harvest their kidneys. Here are the politics behind the organ trade. – The Washington Post

Governments are doing little to curb the illegal trade in organs.

Source: Organ traffickers lock up people to harvest their kidneys. Here are the politics behind the organ trade. – The Washington Post

Texas and Asian Floods – A dreadful toll on life.

Opher's World

The death toll in Texas now reaches 44 and rising. Over 20,000 homes are flooded and the costs is put at $50 billion.

That is appalling.

But spare a thought for the Asians. They too have experienced unprecedented flooding due to increased rainfall as a result of warmer air.

The death toll in India, Nepal and Bangladesh is now 1200 and rising and millions are now homeless.

In America the homeless are being put up in temporary shelters, clothed, fed and have clean water. Their life will be miserable but they have help.

In Asia there is nowhere for most people to go. No food to eat, no dry clothes and no fresh water to drink. They are drinking unclean water and thousands will die of waterborne illness. There is no help forthcoming. Most are subsistence farmers and have lost everything. They will wait for the water to recede and…

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How to help Cardiff’s homeless people: Christmas 2017 edition

We Are Cardiff

Over the past couple of years, the incredible Project Shoebox has gathered hundreds of boxes from you generous people to gift during the cold winter months. This year Project Shoebox isn’t running again, HOWEVER, some charities that support homeless and vulnerable people are running their own collections. So you can still donate and support. Also big thanks to Mali who has tirelessly pushed Project Shoebox in the city. Much respect.

There’s plenty to show the number of homeless people in Cardiff and across the UK is increasing. The Wallich publish figures of the number of people they support on a monthly basis, and while this isn’t an absolute figure, you can see the rough trend.

You can find out more and donate money to the Wallich here: https://thewallich.com/donate/

If you would like to donate money to Women’s Aid, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/cardiffwomensaid

You can also donate directly…

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Helping the Homeless

The Richness of a Simple Life


Homelessness is something that really puzzles me. As a society, I feel we have a responsibility to take care of one another. The stigma and stereotype around homelessness is detrimental to those living on the streets. It’s caused people to turn a blind eye many times without a second thought. It’s created a view in society that those who are homeless are less deserving of kindness and compassion and have brought it upon themselves.

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Dealing With The Yukky Stuff; Loving, Living And Serving Like Jesus

The Additional Needs Blogfather

As I headed upstairs to get James up this morning, I heard him giggling…  Normally, this is a sound that thrills my heart, but I know James all too well and at 07:30 in the morning it is rare to get so much as a grunt out of James….  Giggling meant trouble; my heart sank…

Sure enough, as I entered James’ room, an all too familiar scene greeted me (and my senses!)… James occasionally, overnight while he is relaxed and sleeping, does a ‘Number 2’.  The good news is that he still wears a pad at night, the bad news is that if he wakes up early, he will start to play…  Whoever discovers him in the morning will usually shout for help with the words “Brown alert!”

This morning, as I was once again cleaning James, his bed, his room, you surely can’t blame me for sighing (not…

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Let Jesus Help You Heal


John 8:12  “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  (KJV)

We all know that light conquers darkness.  If you were in a pitch dark room & lit a match, that tiny match would dispel a surprising amount of darkness.

Jesus referred to Himself in the above Scripture as the light of the world for a reason.  Light also gives life- look at plants, as an example.  Without light, they won’t survive.  Like light, Jesus gives life- eternal life.  If you follow Him, He will make clear what path to take in your life.  He also can show you things you might not have noticed before.  (If it wasn’t for Him, I don’t know if I’d know anything about narcissism.)

In your journey of healing from narcissistic abuse…

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Dr. Jimmy Walters


The list of Hollywood sexual predators continues to grow each day. Like the revelation of the priest abuse in the Catholic Church at the start of this century, victims can now speak out as others take the brave step in going public.

There is the psychological aspect to all of this. In cases of sexual abuse, especially at a younger age, victims may not even recall the event until an older age when they feel safe, or when they read about someone else and it triggers a memory.

The abuse in Hollywood, like that in the Church, as it is in other leadership positions, speaks to a deeper issue of power and human nature. Many of the Hollywood cases involve minors, but many do not. The predator takes advantage of others as he or she (although most often he) feels like they have the power, or the right, to do…

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Homelessness: The Low Income Housing Scandal

The Most Revolutionary Act

Poverty in America

Frontline (2017)

Film Review

Poverty in America is about the massive corruption scandal behind homelessness and the dearth of affordable housing for low income Americans.

Despite the nearly ten years that have passed since the 2008 economic crisis, 2.5 million Americans are made homeless through home eviction every year. The limited stock of affordable housing has no way of absorbing this many new renters. This, in turn, drives up rents at a time when real wages are decreasing. In many cities, families are forced to pay over 50% of their income in rent – a precarious situation leaving them one family emergency away from the streets.

This documentary focuses on two grossly inadequate federal programs dedicated to increasing access to affordable housing. The first is the Section 8 voucher program enacted in 1968. Under this program, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards vouchers to…

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The Harvey Weinstein Scandal



News broke out recently that a Hollywood big wig named Harvey Weinstein abused his power and influence in a 30 year-long reign of sexual harassment and physical violence. But who exactly is Weinstein, and why is he now getting so much negative press?

Harvey Weinstein is a Hollywood film producer known for famous films as Sex, Lies and Videotape,””Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting” to name a few.  He has six Oscars under his belt, and is a self-proclaimed liberal, champion of women and a winner of artistic and humanitarian awards.

On the outside, Weinstein appeared to be not only a Hollywood luminary, but also a refined artist and a kind soul. However, it all turned out to be, like movies themselves, nothing more than make-believe to hide the ugly reality that has taken place for years. Now, that reality has been revealed in the public eye and has begun…

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Chimp attack survivor starts new trauma care in Missouri | Daily Mail Online

Andrew Oberle, 31, was attacked by two chimpanzees five years ago in South Africa. He is now opening a trauma care program at St. Louis University Hospital, to help other people with trauma.

Source: Chimp attack survivor starts new trauma care in Missouri | Daily Mail Online

TopBuzz [Mother whose bare-knuckle boxer boyfriend beat her as her children slept reveals horrific injuries]

[Mother whose bare-knuckle boxer boyfriend beat her…] http://www.topbuzz.com/article/i6481216454355059210?gid=6481190455144120585&app_id=1106&c=sys&language=en

More needs to be done about domestic violence!!!!

Miley Cyrus Claims ‘Satan Is A Nice Guy; He’s Misunderstood’

Miley Cyrus detailed her relationship with Satan to two shocked radio hosts, going as far as to claim that Satan is a “really nice guy.”

Source: Miley Cyrus Claims ‘Satan Is A Nice Guy; He’s Misunderstood’

Las Vegas shooting victim Tina Frost begins recovery in Baltimore – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas shooting victim Tina Frost began recovery in Baltimore on Monday as President Donald Trump praised the strength of the shooting’s survivors and called the perpetrator a mentally unstable individual with a “sick mind.”

Source: Las Vegas shooting victim Tina Frost begins recovery in Baltimore – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Portraits of the Las Vegas shooting victims – CNN

One was a man who died shielding his wife from gunfire on their wedding anniversary. Another was a city of Las Vegas employee who died in his boyfriend’s arms. And two others were a veteran corrections officer and his girlfriend who died on the trip they had planned for weeks.

Source: Portraits of the Las Vegas shooting victims – CNN

Story highlights

  • Las Vegas massacre took the lives of a nurse, a teacher, a police employee and many others
  • “He saved my life,” the wife of one victim said

(CNN)One was a man who died shielding his wife from gunfire on their wedding anniversary. Another was a city of Las Vegas employee who died in his boyfriend’s arms. And two others were a veteran corrections officer and his girlfriend who died on the trip they had planned for weeks.

At least 58 people were killed and nearly 500 others were injured Sunday night, authorities say, when a gunman fired on an outdoor country musical festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Here are the victims’ stories:

Andrea Castilla

Andrea Castilla

Andrea Castilla was holding hands with her sister, Athena, at the music festival when the gunfire erupted, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her family. She was shot in the head.
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Her boyfriend, Derek Miller, Athena and her fiancé, Shane Armstrong, carried Andrea out of the concert venue as bullets continued to rain down, according to the fundraising page. They stopped a passing truck to take her to a hospital, where she died.
“Her beautiful soul will live on forever,” her father, Gus, wrote on Facebook. “I will think of her every day. … I feel Andrea is now an angel in heaven.”
In another post, her father added, “I will cry my self to sleep… Daddy misses you.”
Castilla worked at Sephora in Huntington Beach, California. A company statement said she was “known to her colleagues … for her vibrancy, liveliness, caring and consideration of others.”

Carrie Parsons

Carie Parsons

Carrie Parsons, 31, was “always the life of the party and had the biggest heart,” her aunt Barbara wrote on Facebook.
“We lost our beautiful niece to a totally senseless act in Las Vegas,” Barbara Parsons wrote. “There really are no words to describe the pain of missing Carrie on our whole family. … Recently engaged, she had her whole life in front of her.”
A Seattle-area resident, Parsons was at the Las Vegas music festival on a trip with her girlfriends, CNN affiliate KOMO reported.
“She would always say, ‘live, laugh, love’ and she did that,” her friend Laura Cooper told KOMO.
Parsons, a lover of country music, had a “vibrant, bubbly personality,” her friend Robbie Walden told CNN affiliate KCPQ.

Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer, a Marina, California, resident, was at the concert with his fiancée Dana Getreu to celebrate his 24th birthday, according to CNN affiliate KSBW. They were also celebrating an upcoming anniversary.
Meyer had recently moved to Reno, Nevada, where he was an automotive student at Truckee Meadows Community College, the school said in a statement.
“He was a wonderful young man and my future son-in-law,” Getreu’s father, Gary, said in the statement posted on the college’s Facebook page.
“He loved attending the automotive program at your school and praised it all the time. … The loss and grief his family and mine feel at this time is beyond belief.”
Mayer hoped to open his own auto repair shop after graduation, according to his sister, Veronica Meyer.
“He was excited to get married and start a family,” she told KSBW.
She described her brother as “ambitious, smart, and hard-working,” and said he “always had a smile on his face.”

Brett Schwanbeck

Brett Schwanbeck

Brett Schwanbeck, 61, attended the music festival with his fiancée, Anna Orozco, who survived and told his family he had been fatally shot, according to his niece, Carla Van Hoosen.
“Brett was a great man that was funny, generous, kind, loving and so full of joy,” Van Hoosen wrote on a GoFundMe page she started for his family’s expenses.
“He would drive 500 miles to help you if you needed it. He loved his family dearly and cherished lake trips, family gatherings, hunting, camping and spending time with his kids and grandkids.”
The Bullhead City, Arizona, resident died from his injuries Tuesday at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. The retired truck driver is survived by five siblings, three children and five grandchildren.

Teresa Nicol Kimura

Teresa Nicol Kimura

Teresa Nicol Kimura, known as Nicol, was at the concert with six friends, said Ryan Miller, pastor at For His Glory Community Church in Fullerton, California.
Miller was among those friends. He said they all scattered when the shooting started. After the rest of the group reconnected, the friends learned Kimura had died.
Kimura, 38, of Placentia, California, worked for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration in Irvine.
“Nicol’s heart was bigger than most human beings, her spirit was beautiful, her laugh was infectious, and she just had a way of making every time we gathered an awesome one,” Miller wrote on a GoFundMe page he started for her family. “She made you jealous of how much she loved life. And if you didn’t know her, you missed out on a better life than the one you have.”
Responding to the news, the press office of California Gov. Jerry Brown wrote on Twitter, “Sad to learn @cdtfa employee Teresa Nicol Kimura was a victim of the Las Vegas shooting. We send sincere condolences to family & coworkers.”

Keri Lynn Galvan

Keri Lynn Galvan

Keri Lynn Galvan, 31, lived in Thousand Oaks, California. The mother of three was a server at Mastro’s Steakhouse.
“Her days started and ended with doing everything in her power to be a wonderful mother,” her sister Lindsey Poole wrote on a GoFundMe page created for the family. “She was senselessly murdered on October 1st, 2017 while enjoying a night out with her husband and friends.”
Tilman Fertitta, chairman and CEO of Landry’s Inc., Mastro’s parent company, said the company is deeply saddened by Galvan’s death.
“Keri was with our Mastro’s family for almost 10 years and was a valued member of our team,” Fertitta said. “Our condolences go out to her family and all those who knew and cared for Keri. We are raising funds internally to help support her family during this difficult time.”

Rocio Guillen Rocha

Rocio Guillen Rocha

Rocio Guillen Rocha and her fiancé were in Las Vegas to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and the couple were at the concert when she was shot.
She was taken to a hospital but didn’t survive, her family said.
A resident of Anaheim, California, she leaves behind four children, including a son born just weeks ago.
She was an assistant manager at a California Pizza Kitchen restaurant — and she once struggled through what was once feared to be permanent paralysis, said her eldest son, Marcus Guillen, 18.
“She was paralyzed having my brother” years ago, Guillen told CNN. “She had a blood clot in her spine. The doctors said she would never walk again. She proved everyone wrong. She was able walk. After that, she ran half marathons.
“She did everything she could. She always fought for us. I want (people) to remember just how much a fighter she was and how much she worked and how much she provided for us.”
She is survived by her fiancé, Chris Jaksha, and her children: Marcus; Christopher, 13; Sofia, 1; and a 1-month-old, Austin.

Patricia ‘Pati’ Mestas

Patricia "Pati" Mestas

Patricia “Pati” Mestas, 67, attended the festival with some friends and was near the front of the stage when the shooting began, her cousin Tom Smith said.
Mestas was a retired gas station, convenience store and deli manager from Menifee, California, and she loved country music, traveling and her family, Smith said.
“This was the best part of her life,” Smith said, adding she talked of having time now to be with her grandchildren. “I remember the almost constant laughter.”
Smith recalls spending time with Mestas in March after their last remaining uncle died. He sat next to her at dinner. “It was difficult for life to defeat her,” he said. “I remember her being able to talk about the good things, rather than talk about illnesses, like older people do. She loved to laugh, loved to smile — a big smile that would line up the whole of her face.”
Mestas leaves two brothers, three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Brian Fraser

Brian Fraser

Brian Fraser of La Palma, California, attended the festival with about 20 people that included his wife and children. Nick Arellano, the oldest of Fraser’s four children, described him as “the most involved parent.”
He coached his children’s football and baseball teams and was in the school parents’ association. Arellano was 11 when Fraser married his mother and adopted him. The couple had three other children, who are ages 17, 10 and 4. “He took care of all (of) us,” Arellano said. “Every person he was in contact with saw his love and compassion and honesty.”
Jason Aldean, the last act of Route 91 Harvest, was Fraser’s favorite country singer. Fraser and his wife were walking toward the stage for his favorite Aldean song, “Dirt Road Anthem” when he was shot, Arellano said. A friend performed CPR on Fraser and loaded him into a wheel barrow to seek medical attention. Doctors and nurses did everything they could, but Fraser died of his injuries. “We don’t know who they are, but we want to thank them,” Arellano said.
Fraser was vice president of sales at Greenpath Funding. The company released a statement after his death: “Brian Fraser impacted everyone who crossed his path with his infectious positive energy, his tenacious will to succeed, and his willingness to help others.
“Our hearts are broken, and the Greenpath family will never forget you, Brian.”

Denise Cohen

Denise Cohen

Denise Cohen of Carpinteria, California, was a property manager in Santa Barbara with two children. She attended the concert with her companion, Derrick “Bo” Taylor.
The couple had been planning the trip for weeks, her friend Leana Orsua told CNN affiliate KEYT. Cohen was planning to volunteer at the California Avocado Festival the following weekend.
“She was a very active, social person. She touched so many lives. She was a super positive, genuine, kindhearted individual,” Orsua said.
She said Cohen and Taylor met at a social gathering and quickly became friends, then roommates. Orsua shared a text message with KETY from Cohen’s son, Jeff Rees, remembering his mother.
“Our mother was such a strong, beautiful and happy woman who made a difference to the lives of everyone she knew,” he wrote. “She was such a happy person and enjoyed doing the things in life that she loved. We can see by the last photo of her that she was indeed happy and with a person that loves her, Bo.”

Derrick ‘Bo’ Taylor

Derrick "Bo" Taylor

Derrick “Bo” Taylor, 56, was a veteran with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Taylor joined the department about 30 years ago, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He worked at the Ventura Conservation Camp, which houses up to 110 adult male inmates. The camp helps train inmates to become regional firefighters.
He attended the concert with his girlfriend, Denise Cohen.
Taylor’s loss will be felt deeply, Warden Joel Martinez wrote in a memo to staff, according to a department newsletter.
“There are no words to express the feeling of loss and sadness regarding Bo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” Martinez wrote.
In the comments section of the notice on his death, people praised Taylor as a good co-worker and friend. As one person said, “Bo was a great man, as a supervisor he set the bar so high that no one will ever be able to touch it.”

Kurt von Tillow

Kurt von Tillow

Kurt von Tillow of Cameron Park, California, and his wife Mary Jo were best friends who did everything together. They golfed together and recently brought their two grandchildren to Disneyland. Together, they attended the country musical festival with their daughter and two more relatives.
Von Tillow’s wife and daughter escaped unharmed. But the 55-year-old truck driver died of his injuries, a relative told CNN. Von Tillow’s sister and niece were hospitalized Monday and are expected to survive, Janet Carson-Tenney said.
“He lived a perfect life. He was loved by everybody, he didn’t have an enemy, he didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He was the life of the party,” Carson-Tenney told CNN. She’ll remember his laugh and how much he loved his family.

Jack Beaton

Jack Beaton

Jack Beaton of Bakersfield, California, and his wife Laurie were celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary with friends at the concert.
He was shot while shielding his wife from the gunfire, CNN affiliate KBAK reported.
“He never passed up an opportunity to give somebody a hand,” Beaton’s father-in-law Jerry Cook told KBAK. “He always had a smile on his face. He had countless friends. Everybody that came in contact with him loved the guy.”
Three hours before the shooting, he posted a blurry photo on Facebook of the gang lounging on the lawn, koozie-covered beers in hand.
The day after the shooting, Beaton’s son shared a picture on Twitter of his father and asked for prayers.
“He jumped in front of my mom and got shot,” he wrote. “I love you dad.”
Later, he posted on Facebook: “Lost my best friend. I love you so much more (than) you could ever imagine.”

John Phippen

John Phippen

John Phippen, a 56-year-old father of six, was fatally shot while shielding a woman from the gunfire, Phippen’s neighbor said.
Phippen was hit after his son stopped to help someone else, said Leah Nagyivanyi, Phippen’s neighbor and close friend for 17 years. His son was wounded in the arm, she said.
Phippen lost his wife three years ago, said Nagyivanyi. Her family went on camping trips with Phippen and his clan. He was the kind of person who got along with both children and adults, she said.
“Our kids look up to us, and look to us for guidance, but these kids considered John their best friend,” Nagyivani said. “That tells a lot about the kind of person you are. He was everybody’s best friend.”
One time, when a boat flipped over during a camping trip, Phippen and his son sprang into action just like they did at the concert, she said.
“He was a man of integrity who always had your back,” she said. “There is nothing he couldn’t do for you, wouldn’t do for you. You didn’t even have to ask.”

Thomas Day Jr.

Thomas Day Jr.

Thomas Day Jr., 54, of Riverside, California, was with his four children at the festival, said Bruce Abbey, a vice president of a California construction company where Day worked.
His daughter Whitney Day wrote the following about her father:
“My sisters Candice and Kelsey and brother Nolan and I just want to say that he was our rock, he was our everything. Anyone he came across he put a smile on their face. All our friends would call him Daddy Day because he treated everyone like one of his own and it was an honor to us all to be able to share our dad with the world.”
Day was an estimator at Portrait Construction in Corona, California, and had been at the company for more than 20 years, Abbey said.

Austin Davis

Austin Davis

Austin Davis, a pipefitter from Riverside, California, was at the concert with a friend and her family. The friend’s father, Tom Day Jr., was also killed.
His girlfriend of nine years, Aubree Hennigan, said he loved playing softball. Katelyn Hood, who said Davis was her best friend and her baby’s godfather, described him as a man’s man with a contagious smile.
“He worked so very hard and took the most pride in that and anything he did. Austin didn’t half-a** anything in life. If he knew you, he loved you. That’s just how he cared for people,” Hood said.
Davis’ mother, Lori Quick, said he was her everything. In his last text to her, he said, “I kinda want to come home, I love home,” Quick said in a Facebook post.
“He is coming home not in a way that any parent would want him to. We wanted to bring him home in our arms,” she said.

Chris Hazencomb

Chris Hazencomb

Chris Hazencomb, 44, was excited to see one of his favorite artists, Jason Aldean, at Route 91 Harvest.
Hazencomb went to the festival with his friend Nikki Torres. Torres said she and her husband knew Hazencomb for years and considered him part of their family.
“He was the nicest person I have known. He loved to help people and thought of others before himself,” she told CNN.
Like many attendees, they thought the first round of gunshots were firecrackers. “After the second or third rounds, we realized that it was bad,” Torres said. “That is when I looked over and he was on the ground.”
After that, Torres said her memories blur together. She saw a man try to help Hazencomb while others led her away from the scene.
Hazencomb’s mother told the Ventura County Star that he was a sports a junkie who worked at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Camarillo, California.

Laura Shipp

Laura Shipp

Laura Shipp, 50, spent two days at the festival with her son, Corey. They were “big concertgoers, especially when it came to country,” a family friend said in an online fund-raiser.
At some point during the shooting, the two became separated, and Corey Shipp spent the day afterward looking for his mother. By Wednesday, she had been identified, her brother told CNN.
Shipp, an avid Dodgers fan, moved to Las Vegas about five years ago to be closer to her son, the Ventura County Star reported.
“She was his world and he was hers,” her brother Steve Shipp told the newspaper.
Aimee Mack, one of Shipp’s friends, told CNN that they’d been close since they met in the ninth grade, and that Shipp was generous and “was smart as a whip and had a huge heart.”
“Laura made friends with everyone,” Mack said.

Victor Link

Victor Link of Aliso Viejo, California, described himself on his company’s website as a “tequila quality control tester.” He also enjoyed traveling, snowboarding, golfing, cooking and wine tasting with family and friends.
Andrew Soss said that Link worked for his mortgage originator business.
“He was the most genuine, stand-up guy you’ll ever meet. He brought a smile to everyone’s face,” Soss said.
Link was attending the concert with his fiancée and their friends.
“They came back from a two-week trip from Europe a month ago, and they were traveling and living life,” his nephew Vincent Link told The Bakersfield Californian.

Christiana Duarte

Christiana Duarte

Christiana Duarte had recently started working for the Los Angeles Kings after graduating from the University of Arizona in May with a degree in mass communications. The NHL team put out a call for information about her Sunday night.
“Our organization is overwhelmed with grief over the loss of our colleague Chrissy,” Kings President Luc Robitaille said in a statement. “In just a brief period of time, Chrissy had an immeasurable impact on all of us. We want to make every effort to ensure that everyone knows how special she was and the impact she already had made on so many people.
She had worked with the Los Angeles Rams as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks. She enjoyed playing intramural soccer, softball and volleyball.
Her alma mater confirmed her death. The school said it is reaching out to those who knew her, including her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters.
“All of us in the University of Arizona community are saddened that Christiana Duarte, one of our graduates from this past May, is among the victims from Las Vegas on Sunday night,” President Robert C. Robbins said in a statement. “This attack is a terrible tragedy for hundreds of families, and it is a shocking and horrific event for all of us. I know I speak for the UA community in expressing our deepest condolences to Christiana’s family and in asking for their privacy to be respected.”

Carly Kreibaum

Carly Kreibaum

Carly Kreibaum’s passion for art lives on in a Sutherland, Iowa, flower shop, where she painted flowers on the storefront. Florist Bonnie Wallinga, owner of The Menagerie, told CNN affiliate KTIV that the married mother of two didn’t have a mean bone in her body.
Kreibaum’s sister-in-law confirmed that she was among the victims of the mass shooting.

Brennan Lee Stewart

Brennan Lee Stewart

Las Vegas native Brennan Lee Stewart shielded his girlfriend and helped others to safety before he was shot dead, his family said in a statement.
“Brennan was the kind of guy who always put others before himself, including up to the moment he lost his life,” the family said.
Stewart loved country music, played the guitar and wrote music, his family said.
“His love for country music was shown through the songs that he wrote, and the music he played on his guitar. Brennan rarely missed an opportunity to attend a country concert,” his family said.

Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner of Grand Terrace, California, was the deputy recorder of the San Bernardino County assessor-recorder-clerk’s office.
“We are devastated and still in shock trying to comprehend what happened last (Sunday) night,” her daughter Kayla Gardner posted to Facebook on Monday. “My family and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support and ask for prayers at this time.”
Dana Gardner was a county employee for more than two decades and was known for her “can-do” attitude and vibrant energy, said Bob Dutton, San Bernardino County’s assessor-recorder-clerk.
“Dana will be dearly missed by family, friends, and co-workers. San Bernardino County mourns her loss. We offer our deepest condolences to Dana’s loved ones and to all those impacted by this horrific event,” Dutton said.
“Our mom was an amazing human being and she stood for everything good in the world,” Gardner’s daughter, Kayla, told CNN. “She had a contagious smile that would light up a room and a sense of humor that would make everyone laugh.”
“She instilled in us the importance of love and caring for human beings, and was a person with no hate who saw people for their character and always saw the good in them,” she said.

Cameron Robinson

Cameron Robinson

Cameron Robinson lived in southwestern Utah but commuted to Las Vegas, where he worked as a legal records specialist, said his sister, Meghan Ervin.
He was at the concert with his boyfriend, Ervin told CNN affiliate KUTV.

Dorene Anderson

Dorene Anderson

Dorene Anderson, 49, of Alaska, was at the concert with her daughters, CNN affiliate KTUU in Anchorage reported.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corp., which employs her husband, John, confirmed her death.
Dorene Anderson’s family released this statement through the employer:
“Due to this horrific and terrible situation, our family is dealing with a great loss. She (Dorene) was the most amazing wife, mother and person this world ever had. We are so grateful and lucky for the time that we did have with her. We are greatly appreciative and want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers you have been sending us. We are dealing with the situation as a family, and would appreciate our privacy as we grieve for our loss.”

Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson, from Los Angeles’ San Pedro community, was a mother of three. She was attending the concert with four friends.
Patterson was active in church, helped coach in a girls’ softball league and was devoted to her family, said her husband, Robert Patterson.
After hearing about the shooting, he drove to Las Vegas with his son and eldest daughter on Monday morning but couldn’t immediately find out what happened to his wife.
A coroner called him Monday evening to tell him she’d passed away. He returned to Los Angeles, where he broke the news of her death to their youngest daughter, who’s 8.
“I can’t believe she’s gone. … She was such a warm, caring person. There was nobody that cared more about people and life than my wife, Lisa,” Robert Patterson told CNN affiliate KCBS.
“She was such an amazing person. She cared for so many people,” her eldest daughter, Amber Patterson, told CNN. “She was so enthusiastic. She was literally the best mom, and she was my best friend.”
Amber said she appreciated hearing people’s fond memories of her mother.
“When I got my belly button pierced and her going with me … that kind of stuff really is what makes me think of her and makes me happy to remember her,” she said.

Steve Berger

Steve Berger

Steve Berger of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was killed in Sunday’s attack, his father told CNN affiliate WTMJ.
He was celebrating his 44th birthday with friends in Las Vegas, the TV station reported.
Berger moved to Minnesota about 10 years ago and was a financial adviser for EFS Advisors.
“Steve was passionate about his work as a financial adviser, and was beloved by his clients,” the company said in a statement. “He cared so much for others and was always willing to take time to listen to clients, friends, and co-workers to offer a helping hand.”
The father of three children was able to run a successful financial planning business, get his kids to school in the morning and off to soccer practice in the evening, his father, Richard Berger, told CNN affiliate WCCO.
“He was the greatest father for his three kids that you’d ever want,” the elder Berger told the TV station.

Bill Wolfe Jr.

Bill Wolfe Jr.

Bill Wolfe Jr. was a youth wrestling coach in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
“It is with the most of broken hearts, the families of Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife, Robyn, share that Bill has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas,” the Shippensburg Police Department said on Facebook.
Carl Bert, owner of a surveying and engineering firm, told CNN affiliate WPVI that Wolfe had once worked for him as an engineer. Bert described him as personable, fun, easy to work with and a devoted Christian, WPVI reported.

Jordyn Rivera

Jordyn Rivera

Jordyn Rivera was in her fourth year at California State University, San Bernardino. The university released a statement confirming her death.
“It is with the utmost sadness I must report that a member of our campus community is among the victims,” university President Tomás Morales said.
Rivera was warm, optimistic and kind, he said.
Katie Ortega, who has known Rivera for years, said they played softball together as kids.
Rivera “was and always will be a role model to many,” Ortega said. “She would always make it a point to make every single individual feel special, always laughing at my stupid jokes.”
She was passionate about softball.
“That softball diamond was her heaven,” Ortega said.

Heather Warino Alvarado

 Heather Warino Alvarado

Heather Alvarado, 35, was a mother of three and married to Albert Alvarado, a firefighter in Cedar City, Utah. The couple loved traveling with their three children.
“She always saw the good in others. She spent her whole life serving others in her family and community,” the Cedar City Fire Department said in a Facebook post.
“She was happiest when she was together with her family, especially her children and she would do anything for them.”
“They appreciate your many words of kindness and concern,” the post said.

Candice Bowers

Candice Bowers

Candice Bowers was a single mother of three. Her family described her as a superhero who loved country music.
“It was a gift that she was able to spend her final moments doing what she loved with those she loved even more,” her family said.
“Her strength, fierce loyalty and memory will live on through their lives and those of her family and friends who loved her so dearly.”
Her children included a recently adopted 2-year-old, her family said in a statement.

Adrian Murfitt

Adrian Murfitt, 35, was a commercial fisherman from Alaska.
Murfitt had surprised his friend with a weekend trip to Las Vegas when the shooting happened. His friend Brian MacKinnon held him in his lap as he passed away from gunshot wounds.
His mother, Avonna Murfitt, told CNN that her son was jolly and caring.
ʺEvery one of his friends was his best friend,ʺ she said. ʺHe will be missed by all who knew him, and most of all by me.ʺ
The outpouring of love has been amazing, Avonna Murfitt said.
“We are humbled by the way everyone who knew him has offered assistance to help in bringing him home and celebrating his life,” she said.

Kelsey Meadows

Kelsey Meadows

Kelsey Meadows, 28, was a substitute teacher in California’s Taft Union High School District.
Meadows graduated from Taft Union High School in 2007 and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University. She returned to the Taft community, where she had worked as a regular substitute teacher with the district since 2012, the district said in a statement.
Taft Union High School Principal Mary Alice Finn said Meadows was “smart, compassionate and kind.”
“She had a sweet spirit and a love for children,” Finn said. “Words cannot adequately capture the sorrow felt by her students, colleagues and friends in learning of her passing.”

Melissa Ramirez

Melissa Ramirez graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Melissa Ramirez graduated from California State University Bakersfield in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Flags at the school were lowered on Monday in honor of Ramirez and the other victims and will remain so through sunset on Friday, the school said in a statement.
“We are terribly saddened to learn that we lost a member of our CSUB family in this senseless act of violence. Our entire CSUB campus community is heartbroken, and we send our deepest sympathies to Melissa Ramirez’s family and friends,” the school said.

Rachael Parker

Rachael Parker worked as a records technician.

Rachael Parker was a 33-year-old records technician for the police department in Manhattan Beach, California. She also had eyes on higher education.
Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University in June 2016, Manhattan Beach Police Department said. She was in the process of applying to graduate school, police said.
She worked for nearly a decade at the front desk of the police station. Even in those stressful confines, she was known for her “cheerful and compassionate demeanor,” police said.
“Rachael’s smile could light up a room, even on the most difficult of days.”
She had a particular passion for working with older adults. She completed her undergraduate practicum by working with Manhattan Beach’s Older Adults Program.
She loved her two adopted dogs, Maddie and Izzy. She enjoyed baking, country music and Los Angeles Kings hockey, police said.
“Rachael, we love you and we miss you. Our hearts are breaking,” police wrote. “Please keep Rachael’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.”
She was one of four off-duty Manhattan Beach police employees who attended the Vegas concert. She died at the hospital. Another police employee, a sworn officer, was shot and suffered minor injuries, the department said.

Jordan McIldoon

Jordan McIldoon, 25, was visiting Las Vegas from British Columbia.

Jordan McIldoon, a 25-year-old from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, died holding the hand of a stranger at the concert.
Heather Gooze told CNN she somehow ended up next to McIldoon. Even though she didn’t know him, she held his hand during his final minutes. She felt a squeeze from his fingers, then felt his hand go loose.
Gooze said she knew there was nothing more to do. Yet, she stayed with McIldoon for hours. When his phone rang, she answered it and learned his name and told the caller everything was not OK.
She relayed the news of his death to his long-term girlfriend and his mother, all the while staying by his side, she said.
“I didn’t want Jordan to not have somebody with him,” she told CNN through tears. “I didn’t want him to just be a no-named body. I knew who he was, and now I had an obligation to make sure that everyone knew who he was.”
McIldoon’s mother told Gooze he was a good, nice and fun person.
“He loved his girlfriend and had great family and great friends,” Gooze told CNN.

Christopher Roybal

Christopher Roybal, 28, worked at a gym in North Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Christopher Roybal, 28, was a general manager at a Crunch gym in North Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was known there for his “big teddy bear smile and infectious laughter,” said David Harman, managing partner at Crunch.
“More than a team member, we lost someone who was a son, mentor, friend and hero, as a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan,” Harman said.
Ryan Chiaverini, Roybal’s former brother-in-law, told CNN that Roybal was attending the concert with his mother to celebrate his 29th birthday. He had a really good sense of humor and had a “fun, sweet, innocent way about him,” Chiaverini said.
In a Facebook post from July, Roybal poignantly reflected on what it’s like being shot at from his time overseas.
“My response has always been the same, not one filled with a sense of pride or ego, but an answer filled with truth and genuine fear/anger,” he wrote.
He said his first fight was something he’d never forget. He felt sensory overload and extreme adrenaline, making him “excited, angry and manic.” But as the fights continued, the excitement faded, leaving just the anger, he wrote.
“What’s it like to be shot at? It’s a nightmare no amount of drugs, no amount of therapy and no amount of drunk talks with your war veteran buddies will ever be able to escape,” he wrote. “Cheers boys.”

Hannah Ahlers

Hannah Ahlers, 34, was a mother of three who had lived in California for years.

Brian Ahlers told CNN his wife of 17 years was “shot in the head while dancing” with him at the music festival.
Hannah Ahlers, 34, was a stay-at-home mom of three who had lived in Beaumont, California, for the last five years, but was originally from Redlands.
“She was a full-time house wife and mommy and she was amazing at it,” he said. “Very active in moms groups and our daughter’s volleyball team. She wasn’t too good for anybody. Beautiful inside and out.”
Ryan Chiaverini, who was friends with Ahlers, told CNN that “she couldn’t hurt a fly.”
“She was one of the kindest people I’ve met,” he said.

Stacee Etcheber

Stacee Etcheber attended the concert with her husband.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association confirmed Tuesday that Stacee Etcheber was killed in the attack.
Etcheber attended the concert with her husband, Vinnie Etcheber, a San Francisco police officer who was off-duty. When the shooting began, Vinnie Etcheber told his wife to run as he began to render aid to those wounded, the police union said in a statement.
“With heavy hearts, we’ve learned that Stacee Etcheber has passed away. Stacee was a wonderful, caring wife, mother, and daughter. She will be terribly missed,” union President Martin Halloran said in a statement.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Etcheber family and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost a loved one during this tragic attack.”

Denise Salmon Burditus

Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, was in Las Vegas for a weekend getaway with her husband.

Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, was a retired banking professional who had just returned to college. She was the former president of the Association of the US Army subchapter in Lacey, Washington, according to NorthwestMilitary.com.
She and her husband, Tony, were in Las Vegas enjoying a weekend away from their West Virginia home.
The couple, who were married for 32 years, posted pictures on social media of themselves lounging by the pool and having dinner with friends. About 30 minutes before the shooting, Denise Burditus posted a picture of the two standing in front of the Route 91 Harvest stage.
The couple were dancing together when the gunfire started and continued through the first burst of gunfire, not sure what it was. During the second burst, Tony Burditus said he was leading his wife through the crowd when a bullet hit her.
A stranger helped him move her, and someone rode with them to a hospital in the back of a truck. Tony Burditus said his wife died in his arms.
“It saddens me to say that I lost my wife of 32 years, a mother of two, soon to be grandmother of 5 this evening in the Las Vegas Shooting,” he wrote on Facebook. “Denise passed in my arms. I LOVE YOU BABE.”

Charleston Hartfield

Charleston Hartfield, an officer with the Las Vegas Police Department, was off duty when he was killed.

Charleston Hartfield was many things: a Las Vegas police officer, an accomplished Nevada Army National Guard sergeant first class and a youth football coach.
But beyond those titles, he “epitomizes everything good about America,” said Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, commander of the Nevada National Guard.
Hartfield was off-duty and attending the Route 91 Harvest concert when he was shot and killed, the Guard said in a statement.
Though just 34, Hartfield wrote a memoir titled “Memoirs of a Public Servant,” which documented the “thoughts, feelings, and interactions of one Police Officer in the busiest and brightest city in the world, Las Vegas.”
“Charleston Hartfield lived to serve the public and protect his family,” Brig. Gen. William Burks, the adjutant general of the Nevada National Guard, said. “He is the epitome of a citizen-soldier.”
Hartfield — or “Coach Chucky,” as some called him — was also a coach for the Henderson Cowboys youth football program, the group said on Facebook.
“Coach Hartfield touched many lives both on and off the field. He was a great man who we all lost way (too) early,” the program said.
Stan King, the father of one of the players on the team, said he was “an absolute all-American kind of guy.”
“He is one of the nicest guys I know and helped countless youth become winners through NYS football here in Henderson, Nevada,” King said. “This kind of guy comes around once in a blue moon. He was a very special guy to the community.”

Angela Gomez

Angela Gomez was described as fun-loving and sweet.

Angela “Angie” Gomez was a “fun-loving, sweet young lady with a great sense of humor” who loved the stage, the Riverside Unified School District said in a statement.
Gomez attended Riverside Polytechnic High School in California and was a member of the class of 2015. She acted on stage with the Riverside Children’s Theater, was involved in the middle and high school choir, and was a cheerleader for the high school, the school district said.
She challenged herself academically with honors and Advanced Placement courses, the school district said. And she “was always seen with a smile on her face whenever she was on campus.”
“Angie was a loyal friend who loved her family and will be forever missed by all those who knew her,” the district said.
Her English teacher and cheer coach Lupe Avila said the school was “deeply saddened by the loss of a wonderful young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.”

Sonny Melton

Sonny Melton was a registered nurse from Tennessee. His wife survived the shooting.

Sonny Melton, 29, a registered nurse from Tennessee, was shot and killed in the attack Sunday night, according to the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, where he worked.
His wife, Heather Melton, an orthopedic surgeon at Innovative Orthopedics, survived the mass shooting, the statement reads.
In an interview with CNN affiliate WSMV, Heather Melton said her husband saved her life amid the gunfire.
“He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she said. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”
Sonny Melton graduated from Union University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated degree and was president of his BSNA class, according to the university.
“You know how when you met someone and you just know that they’re good and kind? That was Sonny,” said Christy Davis, assistant professor of nursing at Union. “He just had a sweet, kind spirit about him.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam tweeted that he was praying for those affected by the shooting, including Melton’s family.
“In particular, Crissy and I extend our condolences and prayers to the family of Sonny Melton from West Tennessee who was among those killed in this tragedy,” Haslam said. “We know other Tennesseans were in attendance or performing at the event, and my thoughts go out to them as we grieve and process the enormity of this attack. Tennessee stands with Las Vegas during this difficult time.”

Sandra Casey

Sandra Casey was a special education teacher in California.

Sandra Casey, a special education teacher at California’s Manhattan Beach Middle School, was fatally wounded in the shooting, according to Mike Matthews, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent.
Casey had taught there for the past nine years and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her own learning and to taking on whatever new projects came her way, Matthews said.
“Our students, employees, and parents are devastated by Sandy Casey’s death. We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students,” Matthews said.
Several other members of the Manhattan Beach school district attended the music festival as well but were unharmed, the school district said.

Jenny Parks

Jenny Parks and her husband Bobby were both shot.

Jenny Parks, a kindergarten teacher for the Westside Union School District in California, was among those who died in the Vegas shooting, according to Steven McCarthy, her husband’s uncle.
“She was truly one of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet,” McCarthy said. “She always went out of her way to help anybody.”
He said that he never saw her upset, and never saw her sad.
Her husband, Bobby Parks, is currently in surgery after a bullet injured his arm and finger, McCarthy said. He said that Bobby Parks is responsive and aware that his wife passed away.
Jenny Parks has two brothers who lived in Las Vegas, and the couple was visiting them.

Quinton Robbins

Quinton Robbins.

Quinton Robbins, from Henderson, Nevada, “was the most kind and loving soul,” his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, said on Facebook.
Robbins’ uncle, Mike Wells, confirmed that Robbins died and said his family was in disbelief. Quinton Robbins coached his younger brother’s flag football team, and the two siblings had just attended a Dodgers game together.
“Everyone who met him, loved him,” Sanders wrote. “His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many. So many awesome talents. I can’t say enough good about this sweet soul.”

Neysa Tonks

Neysa Tonks was a Las Vegas resident and mother of three.

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Neysa Tonks, a Las Vegas resident and single mother of three, attended a company event before going to the concert with her co-workers from Technologent.
A bullet hit Tonks in the head, killing her. Someone called her family around midnight Sunday.
“I was in my bed and I heard my brother yelling and my dad was crying, which didn’t seem normal,” her 14-year-old son, Greysen, told CNN.
Greysen turned to his dad for answers. “And he said, ‘Your mom was shot in the head. She is dead.’ I froze,” the boy recalled this week.
She also leaves behind her sons Kaden Manczuk, 24, and Braxton, 17.
Manczuk said although he is numb, “you are so happy for the life that she had.”
“And what an amazing life she lived,” he said.
Tonks’ mother, Debbie Davis, said the family would like to live by something her daughter used to say.
“If you ever said something like, ‘Oh, I just hate that,’ she’d say, ‘Don’t be a hater.’ She said that all the time,” Davis said. “Even if you said you hated broccoli, she’d go, ‘Don’t be a hater.’
“She just (was) a wonderful person with a huge light, that we will not let be dimmed.”
Technologent has established a GoFundMe page on behalf of Tonks’ family. The effort had raised more than $155,000 by Wednesday.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith, 53, was an office manager.

Susan Smith, a 53-year-old mother who was the office manager for Vista Elementary School in California, was killed in the shooting, according to Jake Finch, the Simi Valley Unified School District’s media relations coordinator.
Smith, who had been with the school district for 16 years, was a “big country music fan” and had gone to Las Vegas with a couple of friends for the music festival, Finch said.
She was “always so welcoming,” Finch said, and served as the “right hand to the principal.”
Smith was married with two young-adult children, Finch said. Her own kids were once a part of the school district and she was very active as a parent, Finch said.
“Everybody knew her,” he added. “She touched a lot of lives.”
The PTA at Vista Fundamental Elementary School posted condolences for Smith on Facebook, saying “she was a wonderful woman, an advocate for our children, and a friend.”

Bailey Schweitzer

Bailey Schweitzer was watching some of her favorite bands at the concert.

Bailey Schweitzer was with her mother watching some of their favorite bands at the Route 91 concert in Las Vegas when the 20-year-old was shot and killed, according to CNN affiliate KBAK.
Schweitzer graduated from Centennial High School, where she was a cheerleader and played volleyball. She was also a member of the Valley Bible Fellowship Church and helped run her family’s business, Bakersfield Speedway.
Matt Woessner, a family friend, watched Bailey grow up and said she “had a heart for people.” He told KBAK that “the whole community has lost a great person in Bailey Schweitzer and she’s going to be truly missed everywhere.”

Jennifer T. Irvine

Jennifer T. Irvine was a San Diego-based attorney.

San Diego-based attorney Jennifer T. Irvine, who was on vacation in Las Vegas to attend the concert, was one of the victims of the shooting, her publicist Jay Jones said.
Irvine practiced criminal and family law and owned her own boutique firm. Her website describes her as a “tenacious litigator” who is passionate about assisting clients during difficult times.
The website also notes other unique interests out of the courtroom. She earned a black-belt in taekwondo, enjoyed practicing hot yoga, was an avid snowboarder, and aspired to learn indoor rock climbing and to experience sky-diving, the site says.
Jones, her publicist, released the following statement:
“Remembering a dear friend & colleague whose life was cut short by an unspeakable tragedy. Our sincerest thoughts to those affected during this difficult time. May our unity & strength shine over the darkness.”

Lisa Romero-Muniz

Lisa Romero-Muniz was a school secretary in western New Mexico.

Lisa Romero-Muniz, a secretary for Gallup-McKinley County Schools in western New Mexico, was killed in the shooting, school district superintendent Mike Hyatt said.
Her son, Anthony Romero, told CNN she was generous and kind.
“She wore her heart on her sleeve … she would give you the last dime she had with no questions asked and treated everybody like family.”
Anthony Romero said his mother’s smile would “brighten the darkest of nights.”
She had worked for the school district since 2003 at three different schools and specifically worked as a discipline secretary, acting as an advocate for students during times of discipline.
“As many students have mentioned in some Facebook posts and to many of us, she was there for them and she respected them and tried to work with them as much as she could,” Hyatt said.
He said Romero-Muniz was outgoing, kind, and considerate of all those she worked with.
“We cannot express enough the loss that our organization feels at this time, and the heartache we feel for Lisa’s husband, children, grandchildren and family,” Hyatt said.

Rhonda LeRocque

Rhonda LeRocque, right, was of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

Rhonda LeRocque of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was one of the victims in the shooting, her family said.
Her mother, Priscilla Champagne, told CNN that LeRocque was a “beautiful woman inside and out.”
“A truly great mother, daughter, wife, aunt, sister, worker, and a good, kindhearted friend. She had a great faith in Jehovah God, and had a wonderful family life. She loved Hawaii, Disney, and country music.” she said.
“She was the best of the best. She was the hostess with the mostess … the glue who kept our family gatherings together. She will be greatly missed by us all.”
Her sister, Korina Champagne, said in a Facebook post on Monday that her heart was broken.
“My Beautiful Sister Rhonda LeRocque lost her life in the Las Vegas mass shooting,” Korina Champagne posted. “My heart is broken, I’m numb, I feel paralyzed. This doesn’t seem real. All I can do is turn to God’s Word for comfort, just as she would want me to. May she rest now until her name is called and she is awakened in paradise.”
She added a Bible passage to the end of her Facebook post, “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

Erick Silva

Erick Silva lived in Las Vegas and recently started working in security, his sister said.

Erick Silva, 21, was among the victims of Sunday’s shootings, his stepsister Daisy Hernandez said. His family is holding a vigil for him tonight in Las Vegas, where he lived. She said that he had recently started working in security because he loved helping people.
“All I can tell you is that he was a great son, brother, uncle who was loved by so many people,” Hernandez said. “He had just turned 21 this August and I’m pretty sure he died trying to protect people at that concert.”

Jessica Klymchuk

Jessica Klymchuk, a mother of four, lived in Alberta, Canada.

Jessica Klymchuk, a resident of Valleyview, Alberta, was also among the victims of Sunday’s shooting. A single mother of four, she was an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver for St. Stephen’s School in Valleyview, Holy Family Catholic Regional Division Superintendent Betty Turpin said in a statement.
“The scope of this tragedy is worldwide and we are feeling its impact here at home,” the statement said.

Calla Medig

Calla Medig was a waitress in Alberta, Canada.

Calla Medig, a resident of Jasper, Alberta, was one of the people who died in Sunday’s mass shooting, her employer confirmed.
Medig was “super mature, light heartened, grounded, down to earth,” said Scott Collingwood, general manager at Moxie’s restaurant in Edmonton, where Calla worked as a waitress since September 2015.
This was her third year attending the festival, Collingwood said. “She left a big hole in our hearts here,” he said.

Tara Roe

Tara Roe was from Alberta, Canada.

Tara Roe was an educational assistant with Foothills School Division in Alberta, Superintendent of Schools John Bailey said in a statement identifying her among the dead.
She also was a model for Sophia Models International, the agency said in a Facebook post.
“She was always a friendly face and had a very caring spirit. We are saddened, shocked and pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Michelle Vo

Michelle Vo lived in Southern California.

Michelle Vo, a New York Life Insurance employee in its Greater Pasadena office, was among the victims of the shooting, a New York Life spokesperson said.
“Like all Americans, we are shocked and saddened at the terrible tragedy that has unfolded in Las Vegas. Our grief is deepened by knowing that a member of the New York Life family, Michelle Vo, an agent in our Greater Pasadena office, was among those killed. During this terrible time, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.”

Carrie Barnette

Carrie Barnette

Disney employee Carrie Barnette was one of the victims of Sunday’s shooting, the company’s Chairman and CEO Robert Iger said Monday.
“A senseless, horrific, act, and a terrible loss for so many. We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. Tragic,” Iger tweeted.
In a statement, the company said Barnette had worked for Disney for 10 years “and was beloved by her friends and colleagues.”
“Another valued Disney cast member, Jessica Milam, was also seriously injured and we are praying for her recovery,” the statement said.
This article has been updated to reflect a change in the victim death toll.
Correction: This story has been revised to correct the spelling of Kaden Manczuk’s name. Manczuk is the son of victim of Neysa Tonks. CNN has also corrected the name of the school district where Jenny Parks was a teacher and corrected attribution of a Facebook post regarding victim Susan Smith.
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Besides the usual germs lurking on the hands and shoes of little ones, there’s always a chance that a dirty diaper may come in contact with the seats in one of these items. That means E.coli — not the best side dish to serve with a meal.

Solution: Wipe the high chair/booster seat with a disinfecting wipe such as Lysol or Clorox. Give special attention to the tray on the high chair before spreading those Cheerios or French fries on it.

RELATED: The 4 germiest spots in your office and how often to clean them

2. Menus

Menus, especially plastic ones, pass through many sets of hands throughout the course of a day, and each hand leaves behind some of the germs it’s collected along the way.

“Restaurants are supposed to wipe down plastic menus using a disinfectant,” says Gerba, “But so many times, the employees either don’t soak the cleaning cloth in disinfectant long enough to kill its germs or they don’t take time to wipe the menus completely.”

It’s easier to catch someone’s bad mood than their germs


It’s easier to catch someone’s bad mood than their germs


Solution: There’s not a lot you can do to prevent germs from getting on menus. However, if a menu is obviously soiled, asked your server to bring you another one. Gerba suggests using a hand sanitizer after giving your order and the menu to the server.

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3. Tabletop

Odds are, the tabletop you’re using is loaded with germs — even if you just watched your server wipe it off. That’s because, despite the fact that restaurants are required to clean tables after each use, what they clean with is questionable, says Gerba.

“They’re supposed to soak the sponges or cloths in disinfectant but often they don’t. So as they continue to wipe table after table, all they’re really doing is distributing germs,” he adds. “We swabbed a table before and after the server wiped it and we found more bacteria after it was wiped than before. That tells you something.”

Protecting yourself from hotel room germs


Protecting yourself from hotel room germs


Solution: “I try keep my hands off the table,” says Gerba. If there’s a paper placemat, try to keep your hands there, instead. If that’s not an option, use hand sanitizer before you start to eat.

RELATED: That nasty cold (or flu) is finally over. Do I need to toss my toothbrush?

4. Eating utensils

Eating utensils can immediately become contaminated when placed directly on the table. Always keep spoons, forks and knives on a napkin. Request a second napkin for your lap, if you have to, but keep one for the silverware.

Some restaurants, especially buffets, have bins of forks, knives and spoons for diners. Unless they are individually dispensed, these become contaminated by the many hands that touch them.

Gym equipment is gross: Weights found to have WAY more germs than a toilet


Gym equipment is gross: Weights found to have WAY more germs than a toilet


Solution: Avoid dining at such eateries, if possible, or request a fresh set of silverware from your server.

5. Top of the pepper container

“E. coli loves to grow there,” says Gerba. “It’s a plant-based product. Maybe that has something to do with it.”

Solution: Skip the pepper or bring individual packets with you.

RELATED: Cruise ships may carry unwelcome passengers: Germs

How to avoid nasty airport germs


How to avoid nasty airport germs


6. Lemons

“There are many studies about the bacteria found on the outside of lemons in restaurants,” says Gerba. Believe them! Between improper handling by servers and cross-contamination in the kitchen, when they’re cut, the outside of lemons should never come in contact with the food you eat or the beverages you drink.

Solution: “Squeeze the lemon juice onto your fish or into your drink, but then get rid of the piece of lemon,” says Gerba

Man surrenders to police after 1,000 Facebook shares | Daily Mail Online

A man from Michigan proved to be a man of his word when he turned himself into police on Monday after challenging them to get a 1,000 shares for a Facebook post on October 6.

Source: Man surrenders to police after 1,000 Facebook shares | Daily Mail Online

Wanted man, 21, who promised to surrender himself to police if their Facebook post got 1,000 shares keeps his word – and even shows up with a dozen donuts

  • Michigan man, 21, who said he’d surrender himself to police if they got 1,000 shares on their Facebook post kept his promise
  • Michael Martin Zaydel also brought police officers a dozen donuts on Monday
  • Zaydel issued the challenge on October 6 and said he would also clean up around the district’s public schools
  • Zaydel was held in jail overnight and scheduled to stand before a judge Tuesday
  • It remains unclear the nature of Zaydel’s warrants and charges
Michael Martin Zaydel (pictured), 21, was placed under arrest on Monday 

Michael Martin Zaydel (pictured), 21, was placed under arrest on Monday

A Michigan man who said he would turn himself in to police and buy the department donuts if their Facebook post garnered 1,000 shares has kept his promise.

Redford Township Police Department said that Michael Martin Zaydel, 21, surrendered to authorities for several outstanding warrants for his arrest on Monday, according to The New York Post. 

‘He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the donuts, he brought one bagel!,’ the department wrote on its Facebook Page.

‘We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.’

A spokesperson from the Redford Township Police Department told Daily Mail Online that a warrant for Zayde’ls arrest was placed for a probation violation stemming from a drunk driving incident last year. 

Zaydel said he'd surrender himself to police if they got 1,000 shares on their Facebook post kept his promise

Zaydel said he’d surrender himself to police if they got 1,000 shares on their Facebook post kept his promise

Zaydel, who said that he would clean litter around the district's public schools, also brought police officers a dozen donuts

Zaydel, who said that he would clean litter around the district’s public schools, also brought police officers a dozen donuts

The post earned more than 4,400 shares on Facebook and 260 comments by Monday evening

The post earned more than 4,400 shares on Facebook and 260 comments by Monday evening

 A request for comment by Daily Mail Online to the Redford Township Police Department was not immediately returned

 A request for comment by Daily Mail Online to the Redford Township Police Department was not immediately returned

Zaydel, who first issued the challenge more than a week ago, said he would also clean up around the district’s public schools if they met the goal.

By Monday, the post had garnered more than 4,400 shares and racked up hundreds of comments.

‘It is amazing the support we get from the community,’ the department wrote to the social media site following Zaydel’s arrest.

‘He may or may not be a man of his word. It is our experience everyone gets caught at some point.

‘He has drawn a lot of attention to himself,’ the post continues, ‘and that makes it hard to hide from reality. The important thing to be seen here is the support of the community, and the desire to help.’

On October 6, Zaydel, who sometimes goes by the alias Champagne Torino, wrote to the police department that ‘if your next post gets a thousand shares I’ll turn myself in along with a dozen doughnuts.’

 Zaydel was held in jail overnight and scheduled to stand before a judge Tuesday

 Zaydel was held in jail overnight and scheduled to stand before a judge Tuesday

The department eagerly accepted, and reached out to the community for their support.

‘Mr. Champagne Torino has issued the RTPD a challenge. As you can see below, if we can have this post SHARED 1000 times, he will turn himself in to RTPD on his existing warrants, clean up blight on public school property, and bring us a dozen donuts. Donuts!!!!’

‘Help us win this challenge and clean up blght (sic) in Redford at the same time! It’s as easy as a SHARE of this post,’ the department added.

Zaydel was held in jail overnight and is scheduled to stand before a judge at the 17th District Court on Tuesday, according to The Post.

A count of leaving the scene of an accident, and an attempted assault and battery charge were also part of an original indictment but were later dropped as part of a plea, the spokesperson said.

Nurse fleeing California wildfires puts horse in car, picture goes viral | Fox News

Leave it to human ingenuity to solve almost anything.

Source: Nurse fleeing California wildfires puts horse in car, picture goes viral | Fox News

Nurse fleeing California wildfires puts horse in car, picture goes viral

Leave it to human ingenuity to solve almost anything.

Lauren Mesaros, a California nurse, needed to flee from the Tubbs Fire going on in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties in Northern California. Mesaros also needed to get her three horses, including her pony Stardust, away from the flames as well.


The problem? The trailer only held two of the three horses.


Mesaros’ solution? Put Stardust in the car.

“He actually walked right into the car like a dog would,” Mesaros said in an interview with SF Gate.

Mesaros said she put Stardust into the back of her 2001 Honda Accord, aided by her friend Carol Spears, whom Mesaros described as “a horse whisperer.”

Mesaros’ sister-in-law posted the picture to Facebook, which has subsequently gone viral. The photo has been shared more than 17,000 times and has the caption: “When your sister in law Lauren has to evacuate her pony from Santa Rosa but no transport is available – you do what you have to do.”

The horses have been taken to nearby Wind Horse Ranch in Sebastopol to wait out the blaze and while Mesaros’ property has largely been spared from significant damage, her car isn’t so lucky.

“My car will never smell the same again,” she said.

The Hollywood scandals: should we convict someone on hearsay alone?

Why Evolution Is True

The increasing number of accusations of sexual harassment or assault by famous actors and producers in Hollywood—the latest is Kevin Spacey—carries two lessons: the practice is far more prevalent than many believed (and I’m one of those who had no idea), and if a powerful man does it once, they’ve probably done it before (viz., Bill Cosby). I was going to write about Kevin Spacey this morning, and in particular Brendan O’Neill’s defense of him in Spiked, “Kevin Spacey is innocent” (what he means is that Spacey’s “not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”, since Spacey was accused of fondling an underaged boy, but it was 30 years ago and Spacey doesn’t remember it)—but then I woke up this morning to read that Spacey has been accused by at least eight more people of inappropriate behavior on his “House of Cards” television show:

All of those involved described…

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