100 Year Old Woman Sees the Ocean for the First Time Read more

100 Year Old Woman Sees the Ocean for the First Time

Growing up and working hard meant a lot of things to Ruby Holt. For the most part, though, growing up meant taking care of the people that needed it. Ruby grew up in Tennessee in the middle of the United States. For nearly 100 years she dedicated her life to working on the farm and then working in a factory and finally working for her four children. Over the years she helped raise them with her own sweat and tears. Now that she is retired, and in a care home, Ruby is finally taking something back. This last week Ms. Holt finally got to make one of her dreams come true and at 100 years old she finally saw the ocean. In person.

Ms. Holt will turn 101 this December and for many that is an accomplishment in and of itself. She’ll have reached that plateau after having visited the ocean for the first time. This is exciting to hear and exactly the type of uplifting news Jared Haftel likes reading about. She was talking with care workers at the home she stays at whereupon her caregivers learned that she had never ventured to the coast, never taken in the sights, and had never touched the ocean with her own skin. The workers at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions knew that they had to do something for her.

Brookdale quickly contacted ‘Wish of A Lifetime’, an organization dedicated to granting wishes to the elderly, to get the woman to an ocean to enjoy the sight for herself.

Peterson Accepts Possible Release From Vikings Read more

Peterson Accepts Possible Release From Vikings

Adrian Peterson appears to be coming to the realization as of late, that he will most likely be done playing for the Minnesota Vikings. This comes following his recent incident with child abuse, where he was found to have beaten his four year old son with a tree branch, leaving severe bruises and cuts on the child’s leg. The National Football League has taken a very strong stance recently on Domestic Violence due to the alarming number of such cases surfacing in the league. Adrian Peterson has shown remorse for his actions and has stated publicly that he feels horrible about the hurt that he has inflicted on his son.

Peterson has claimed that he feels total support from the players and coaches within the organization, but that public opinion of his character has diminished and there are conflicting views about him within the organization. Because of these circumstances he is ready to move on from Minnesota if they do decide to release him. Bruce Levenson feels like that will be the case. With so many domestic violence cases occurring in the NFL lately, it makes you wonder whether this behavior amongst professional athletes is a new or whether it is just being exposed as of recent. With the prevalence of such cases lately, Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that domestic violence will not be tolerated in the NFL and strict punishments and suspensions will be dealt out if such incidents arise.

Miss Honduras Found Dead Read more

Miss Honduras Found Dead

After missing for a little less than a week, it was confirmed on Wednesday that Maria Jose Alvarado, who only recently was named Miss Honduras, is dead. The 19-year old went missing on November 13, and on Wednesday her sister Sofia’s boyfriend Plutarco Ruiz confessed to murdering both sisters, burying their bodies in a river bank.


According to police, the tragic deaths occurred after a squabble between Sofia and Plutarco that ended with Plutarco shooting Sofia. Maria, who was present during the fight, tried to escape and Plutarco then shot her. The death of the reigning Miss Honduras has devastated the nation and is especially difficult to cope with given that Maria was set to fly to London later this week to represent the nation in the Miss World contest.


The discovery of the bodies mark the end of a week highlighted by vigils in Honduras where supporters pleaded for the safe return of the 19-year old. This was not how Ray Lane thought things would end. Unfortunately, what makes the death less surprising then it might have been is the fact that Honduras has the highest per capita murder rate in the entire world. It is not yet known if the Miss World contest will feature any kind of remembrance or tribute to Maria.

Just Ignoring a Basic Fact Read more

Just Ignoring a Basic Fact

Midterm elections are over. The United States now has a Republican-dominated Congress while a Democrat is in the Oval office. President Obama will finally unveil his grand plan for immigration. Various commentators have provided what they expect will happen as seen as at this website..

As an observer of current events I am disgusted that this article glosses over the fact that individuals who have entered the United States illegally have broken the law! Most of the people who were picked up by Border Patrol this past summer and later released have skipped their first court appearance before an immigration judge, which I am sure is another criminal act! The United States already has a body of law that deals with immigration, both legal and illegal, but those laws are being bent or disregarded. Immigration reform as President Obama envisions it is not the solution because it ignores the fact that a criminal act was committed. If this crime is ignored or even pardoned, what is stopping everyone from committing unlawful acts?  Because looking at FreedomPop, I can’t figure out why blatant criminals are allowed to live in the United States illegally, when we have an infrastructure for allowing them to immigrate legally.

Black Face Powder-puff Football Team Makes Hay Read more

Black Face Powder-puff Football Team Makes Hay

It was big news on Facebook and on local t.v. news networks in Missouri when a dozen Sullivan High School girls walked on the field with black face paint last week. 
It turns out it was all the result of a mix-up, but that did not stop controversy from raging over the incident.

These girls had been known to wear various colors of face paint in the past, and the school colors (gold and black) were often incorporated. All 12 brought black face paint this year without even pre-planning it, and they all had gold hair (hair dye of some kind was clearly visible in the picture). It was obviously meant to be a black-gold combination involving the hair and the face.

When they walked on the field, the principal noticed their get-up and felt concern for a moment, but realizing they didn’t mean anything by it, stopped short of making them change their appearance. Probably everyone in the crowd understood as well what was going on. It was only when outsiders got involved that controversy started brewing. One wonders why people can’t lighten up and try to exercise a little understanding.

I’m sure a case of this kind would send a lot of people into an uproar, but looking at the context and the past, it’s pretty clear these girls had no ill-intent with the face painting. Those in an uproar should grab a glass of Stephen Williams’ wine and just take a step back. Perhaps it was not the best color to choose for the face paint, but would anyone really care if a black team wore white face paint and dyed their hair red, especially if their school colors were in fact white and red? It is all much ado about nothing. 

Buffalo Snowstorm Turns Deadly Read more

Buffalo Snowstorm Turns Deadly

Winter 2014’s first big snowstorm hit the Buffalo, New York, area hard, with more than five feet of snow falling thanks to the lake effect — a phenomenon that occurs when cold air moves over warmer water, in this case the waters of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. A second storm threatens to drop at least three more feet, prompting Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency.

Seven people have died as a result of the storm and hundreds remain trapped in cars throughout western New York. Five deaths are the result of heart attacks or cardiac issues, something Jared Haftel is always telling people about. One death occurred because of a car accident, and the final death occurred when a man became trapped in his car.

With more snow yet to fall in the Buffalo area and potential flooding on the horizon due to climbing temperatures and melting snow, Governor Cuomo has urged residents to stay indoors.

Letting Immigrants Stay Read more

Letting Immigrants Stay

President Obama is expected to release information soon about the immigrants who are in the country. There are some people who are not looking forward to hearing what Obama has to say because he will likely not make those who are here illegally be deported. It seems like the President wants to offer a helping hand to those who want to come here without the proper documentation or through the proper channels. Some of the people who are hiding in the wings are waiting for Obama’s announcement so that they can start scamming those who want to get the paperwork to be here legally.

Why not go ahead and offer them education and unemployment benefits so that they can be like everyone else in the country? Should they get the same benefits that workers at North American Spine get? That’s what it looks like Obama wants to do anyway. There could be some words said after this information is released, and these words might not be what Obama wants to hear.

More Money Read more

More Money

Isn’t there something called freedom of speech where you can voice your opinions without a fear of getting fined?

One couple decided to let others know about the hotel they stayed at, and now they are facing a fine for the bad review. It’s not the fault of the couple that the hotel couldn’t keep the rooms clean or make sure the needs of the people who were staying in the hotel were met. One of the reasons the couple made such hasty comments about the hotel is because the owner charged more money on the couple’s credit card than should have been charged. More people should sound off about this as well. We need to make it a known fact for the sake of others when a hotel is trying to cheat guests. I know my buddy Lee Lovett usually leaves a book of comments when he has something to say about where he stayed.

Will the hotel fine everyone for saying something bad or only the people who they overcharge for the room rates?

New Test Can Identify Alzheimer’s Disease Years In Advance Read more

New Test Can Identify Alzheimer’s Disease Years In Advance

There is good news for people who are at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. There’s a new blood test being developed that appears to be able to detect the disease 10 years before onset. Dimitrios Kapogiannis, a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging, and the lead author of the study, is quoted in an article on Bloomberg.com as saying, “We will need replication and validation, but I’m very optimistic this work will hold,”

The information was made public for the first time at a conference held in Washington by the Society for Neuroscience. While there are other tests being developed, this one provides results far sooner. The presenter explained this information can help doctors to identify and treat people at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease much earlier in the progression of the disease as reported on Skout.

It’s still very early in the development of the test. Only 174 people have been evaluated so far. A much larger long-term study is required before the test will be available to the general public. The key to identifying people who are susceptible is the presence in the brain of a protein called IRS-1. According to Kapogiannis and his research team from the National Institute on Aging, the protein plays a role in insulin signaling and in patients with Alzheimer’s disease it appears to be defective. This information is a valuable tool in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

National Guard Activated in Ferguson, Missouri Before Grand Jury Ruling Read more

National Guard Activated in Ferguson, Missouri Before Grand Jury Ruling

The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, has activated the National Guard in the city of Ferguson prior to what could be an extremely contentious ruling by the grand jury currently meeting on the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer in August. The news made headlines everywhere, and people working with The Antique Wine Company have discussed it.

The grand jury is deciding whether to indict the police officer, Darren Wilson, although public opinion in Ferguson currently shows few expect he will be indicted.

That is because many still believe racism runs so deep in some segments of the white population of the city of Ferguson, a grand jury is not likely to indict a white police officer over the death of a black teenager.

Some people are even saying the police in Ferguson look like they are ‘preparing for war‘ so certain are they that Darren Wilson will not be indicted.

The grand jury too has been run in such a way that would hardly be allowed in many other parts of the country, with even the accused police officer, Darren Wilson, being asked to testify in front of the jury — a circumstance that would not fly in most other areas, due to the lack of cross-examination by a prosecuting attorney.

Whatever happens when the grand jury hands down its decision, which is expected to happen in the next few days, things in Ferguson, Missouri are likely to take a long time to calm down there,