Emma Czornobaj was only trying to save the lives of a group of ducklings when she stopped her car in the left lane of a highway near Montreal. What she didn’ realize was that she was endangering the lives of a father and daughter on a motorcycle who slammed into her parked car. Czornobaj faces possible life in prison, but her lawyer is trying for a suspended sentence with community service.
Month – June 2014
A year ago the US supported ISIS. That’s when John McCain had this picture taken and told CNN, “It was a very moving experience to meet these fighters who have been struggling now for over two years. And they’re very aware of the battlefield situation and they’re very disturbed about the dramatic influx of Hezbollah fighters, more Iranians, and of course, stepped-up activities of Bashar Assad.”
Many politicians tend to forget that George Washington urged Americans, in his farewell address, to stay away from “entangling alliances.” In other words, the only justification for war should be the direct defense of the United States. Yet both Republicans and Democrats have overseen US involvement in Iraq. Now that that country seems to be falling apart, there is renewed interest in getting involved again — throwing good money after bad, not to mention the loss of additional American lives.
Michael and Stephanie Relfe rented a medium-sized Citroen van while traveling in France. It got 60 miles per gallon, making it more than twice as fuel efficient as a similar sized American vehicle. Ms. Relfe reports, “Our government is preventing ultra-high-mileage vehicles from being sold here -— even though some are built here! If you manage to get one into the states, you will be allowed 30 days to leave with it or it will be impounded and crushed.”
A nine year-old boy’s love of reading led him to start a book stand outside his home with the motto, “Take a book, leave a book.” And although a nearby community allows similar free libraries, city officials in Leawood, Kansas are sticking with their zero tolerance policy banning structures that are not attached to houses.
An investigation has cleared Bill Gothard, founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, of criminal activity, but blames him for a lack of discretion following sexual harassment claims. It was conducted by Gibbs and Associates Law Firm at the request of the Christian Law Association. Both legal organizations were founded by David Gibbs Jr., a popular speaker at the Institute’s annual conferences. The ministry had contacted the Christian Law Association for an “outside review.” Why not just pick a law firm at random out of the phone book? That way the objectivity of the investigation would not be so open to question.
The 16 month nightmare is over. A judge’s order is reuniting Justina Pelletier with her parents. She’s the teenager who was placed in the custody of Massachusetts’ equivalent of Child Protective Services after an intern at Boston Children’s Hospital disagreed with the diagnosis and treatment plan of a more experienced doctor at Tufts Medical Center. Sounds crazy, right? Maybe worse than crazy. Justina was the only patient at her care facility who was not allowed to see her parents on Easter. Do you suppose Boston Children’s Hospital will lose some business after all the negative PR?
Neuroscientists are already creating false memories in mice. And they foresee doing the same with humans using lasers, drugs and microchips. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reportedly interested in going full steam ahead with these technologies. It’s easy to imagine the ethical challenges.