June 4, 2017

Profane Trump Attacker Reza Aslan: It’s ‘Not Like Me’; Oh Yes It Is!

Apparently Reza Aslan, the executive producer of CNN’s Believer documentary series is among those who haven’t figured out that whatever you put out there on the Internet stays out there on the Internet. In “apologizing” for his profane, since-deleted tweet directed at President Donald Trump Saturday evening after the London terrorist attacks, Aslan claimed that “it’s not like me” to respond as he did in a “derogatory fashion.” Your Twitter history says otherwise, pal.


MSNBC Host Worries About Police ‘Overreacting’ After London Terror Attacks

MSNBC’s Richard Lui appears to be testing the limits of irresponsible media coverage of terrorist incidents. Up until now, the press has fretted in the aftermath of such attacks about possible retaliations or “backlash” against Muslims or others not involved in them, even though such misguided revenge-seeking has rarely occurred. Saturday evening, Lui worried about police “overreacting” shortly after terror attacks in London which, as of the time of this post, had taken the lives of seven innocents and injured 48 others, including 21 critically.


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060417)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Miracle dog saves blind owner’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Kenosha, Wisconsin:

May 31, 2017

Rachel Slater, 66, wasn’t supposed to have her seeing-eye-dog, Parfait, sleeping in bed with her.

The 4-year-old golden retriever usually acts as Slater’s eyes around Kenosha since she’s legally blind.

On a normal day, Parfait likes to lick Slater’s feet showing her affection.

Shaken awake
As the time neared 11:30 p.m. one recent night, Parfait vigorously shook Slater’s shoulder with her paw extended, waking Slater immediately. Slater figured the dog needed to relieve herself and let her outside.

But Parfait shook Slater harder at 3 a.m.

“I thought ‘Oh, dear Lord, what’s wrong with her?’” Slater said.

Then Slater felt her heart beating faster than normal followed by a sense of nausea. The visiting nurses in her senior home told her to call 911.

The paramedics and doctors told Slater that Parfait saved her life.

Slater’s family has a history of congestive heart failure but Parfait picked up on the beginning symptoms before Slater and her doctors, even though Parfait wasn’t trained to detect heart abnormalities.

“I call her my miracle dog,” Slater said, adding that Parfait is her third guide dog, but the first to detect heart issues.

Parfait’s health alert sparked a three day hospital stay for Slater. During that time, the doctors also realized Slater was allergic to some of the medications she was taking and fixed her prescriptions.

Slater has retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that took her peripheral vision away and makes it seem like she’s looking through a screen door. She has coped with her vision problems since childhood. She has 12 siblings, some of whom have the disease, and others who were lucky enough for it to skip over them.

From her hospital bed, Slater called her friend of 20 years, Nancy Anderson.

Anderson was getting ready for work at 7 a.m. when the phone rang. She couldn’t imagine who would be calling so early, and said a southern drawl indicated it was Slater. Slater then explained how Parfait had saved her life.

“She’s an amazing dog,” Anderson said. “What a blessing that she had that extra sense and gift to save her owner.”

Go here for the rest of the story.