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President Obamas Impact Overseas

Performance artists in Athens, Greece display a likeness of President Barack Obama on their naked bodies in remembrance of Presidents Day on Monday.



February 06, 2009. (AP) Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.

“I don’t care what your politics are, what your morals are, this should not be happening in our community,” said Tom Pennekamp, a Miami attorney representing Williams in her lawsuit against Renelique (ren-uh-LEEK’) and the clinic owners.

The state Board of Medicine is to hear Renelique’s case in Tampa on Friday and determine whether to strip his license. The state attorney’s homicide division is investigating, though no charges have been filed. Terry Chavez, a spokeswoman with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, said this week that prosecutors were nearing a decision.

Renelique’s attorney, Joseph Harrison, called the allegations at best “misguided and incomplete” in an e-mail to The Associated Press. He didn’t provide details.

The case has riled the anti-abortion community, which contends the clinic’s actions constitute murder.

“The baby was just treated as a piece of garbage,” said Tom Brejcha, president of The Thomas More Society, a law firm that is also representing Williams. “People all over the country are just aghast.”

Even those who support abortion rights are concerned about the allegations.

“It really disturbed me,” said Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County chapter of the National Organization for Women, after reviewing the administrative complaint against Renelique. “I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics.”

According to state records, Renelique received his medical training at the State University of Haiti. In 1991, he completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Interfaith Medical Center in New York.

New York records show that Renelique has made at least five medical malpractice payments in the past decade, the circumstances of which were not detailed in the filings.

Several attempts to reach Renelique were unsuccessful. Some of his office numbers were disconnected, no home number could be found and he did not return messages left with his attorney.

Williams struggled with the decision to have an abortion, Pennekamp said. She declined an interview request made through him.

She concluded she didn’t have the resources or maturity to raise a child, he said, and went to the Miramar Women’s Center on July 17, 2006. Sonograms indicated she was 23 weeks pregnant, according to the Department of Health. She met Renelique at a second clinic two days later.

Renelique gave Williams laminaria, a drug that dilates the cervix, and prescribed three other medications, according to the administrative complaint filed by the Health Department. She was told to go to yet another clinic, A Gyn Diagnostic Center in Hialeah, where the procedure would be performed the next day, on July 20, 2006.

Williams arrived in the morning and was given more medication.

The Department of Health account continues as follows: Just before noon she began to feel ill. The clinic contacted Renelique. Two hours later, he still hadn’t shown up. Williams went into labor and delivered the baby.

“She came face to face with a human being,” Pennekamp said. “And that changed everything.”

The complaint says one of the clinic owners, Belkis Gonzalez came in and cut the umbilical cord with scissors, then placed the baby in a plastic bag, and the bag in a trash can.

Williams’ lawsuit offers a cruder account: She says Gonzalez knocked the baby off the recliner chair where she had given birth, onto the floor. The baby’s umbilical cord was not clamped, allowing her to bleed out. Gonzalez scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

No working telephone number could be found for Gonzalez, and an attorney who has represented the clinic in the past did not return a message.

At 23 weeks, an otherwise healthy fetus would have a slim but legitimate chance of survival. Quadruplets born at 23 weeks last year at The Nebraska Medical Center survived.

An autopsy determined Williams’ baby – she named her Shanice – had filled her lungs with air, meaning she had been born alive, according to the Department of Health. The cause of death was listed as extreme prematurity.

The Department of Health believes Renelique committed malpractice by failing to ensure that licensed personnel would be present when Williams was there, among other missteps.

The department wants the Board of Medicine, a separate agency, to permanently revoke Renelique’s license, among other penalties. His license is currently restricted, permitting him to only perform abortions when another licensed physician is present and can review his medical records.

Should prosecutors file murder charges, they’d have to prove the baby was born alive, said Robert Batey, a professor of criminal law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. The defense might contend that the child would have died anyway, but most courts would not allow that argument, he said.

“Hastening the death of an individual who is terminally ill is still considered causing the death of that individual,” Batey said. “And I think a court would rule similarly in this type of case.”



4 Men Arrested In BRUTAL GANG RAPE of Lesbian

ICHMOND, Calif. (AP) – Two men and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman last month in the San Francisco Bay area while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said Thursday.Officers arrested Humberto Hernandez Salvador at his Richmond home Wednesday night, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said. The 31-year-old is being held without bail on gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking charges.

Police on Wednesday also arrested a 15-year-old Richmond boy and a 16-year-old Hercules boy, who were being held at a juvenile detention center on similar charges. Their names were not released.

Josue Gonzalez, 21, turned himself in Thursday after police announced they were searching for him. He was wanted on a $1 million arrest warrant on charges of gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking.

Gagan said Gonzalez asked for an attorney when he turned himself in but said nothing about his alleged role in the attack.

Police would not detail each person’s alleged involvement in the attack but said tips from local residents led to the arrests.

Detectives say the 28-year-old victim was attacked on Dec. 13 after she got out of her car, which bore a rainbow gay pride sticker. The alleged attackers made comments indicating they knew she was a lesbian, police said.

Authorities have characterized the case as a hate crime. Police said the victim lives openly with a female partner.

The 45-minute attack started when one of the men approached the woman in the street, struck her with a blunt object, ordered her to disrobe and sexually assaulted her with the help of the others, according to detectives.

When the group saw another person approaching, they forced the victim back into her car and took her to a burned-out apartment building. She was raped again inside and outside the vehicle and left naked outside the building while the alleged assailants took her wallet and drove off in her car, police said.


U.S. woman found living with three dead siblings

An elderly woman has been living with two skeletons and a badly decomposed body of her siblings in a suburb of Chicago, one of whom may have died at least 20 years ago, authorities said on Saturday.

The remains were found covered by sheets in various parts of the house in Evanston on Friday but no foul play was suspected.

Authorities said one of the siblings was last seen alive in the 1980s, the second in 2003 and the third in May.

The woman living in the house, described as “upwards of 90 years of age,” was cooperating in the investigation and was taken to a facility for care.

Authorities, who did not release the names of the deceased, said a care worker had alerted them to the situation. Autopsies were due to be performed on Saturday.

(Reporting by Jim Marshall; Editing by John O’Callaghan)


‘Joe the Plumber’ Owes Back Taxes, Doesn’t Have Plumbing License

Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher speaks to the media, October 16, 2008, outside of his home in Holland, Ohio. Wurzelbacher was referred to frequently by presidential candidates Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ ) and Democrat U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) during last night’s third debate as “Joe the Plummer”. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images North America)

The star of last night’s Presidential debate wasn’t either of the candidates. It was a plumber named Joe.

With the phrase “Joe the Plumber” being tossed around last night, the public (and the media) were eager to learn more about the man behind the moniker. Enter Joe Wurzelbacher.

Joe Wurzelbacher briefly made the news recently when Fox News ran a tape of him approaching Senator Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio. Wurzelbacher explained to Obama that his tax policies would put him in a bind if he were to buy into his employer’s plumbing business, which would make an estimated $280 thousand/year.

Joe became a repeated example in last night’s presidential debate and by morning, reporters were camping out on his doorstep to catch him as he left the house in the morning.

Well maybe Joe would have been happier staying anonymous instead of becoming an example and having nosy reporters go rooting around in his paper trail.

It turns out Joe Wurzelbacher really doesn’t like taxes… like to the point where he won’t pay them.


According to records on file with the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the state filed a tax lien against Samuel J. Wurzelbacher for $1,182.98 on Jan. 26, 2007, that is still active.

So Wurzelbacher has an active lien against his house for back income taxes. And by the way he’s no where near close to making the kind of money that would put him in Obama’s $250k and up tax bracket. And here’s the real kicker.

He’s not a licensed plumber.

That’s right. Joe the Plumber is not a licensed plumber (More from the Washington Post). To be fair, Wurzelbacher doesn’t have to be licensed to work for a plumbing company, but it just sort of tastes like the icing on the cake to me.

At this point I’m guessing Wurzelbacher wishes he had just kept quiet and never spoken up to Obama or anyone else ever about the subject of politics. He seems like a likeable enough guy. It’s just awkward to see a completely normal “Joe” have his laundry tossed by the press.

What do you think about Joe the Plumber? Vote here.

Who did you think won the Oct. 15 Presidential debate? Vote here.

Aliens Will Land Here Today 10/14/2008

This stuff always interests me and this article caught my attention yesterday.

Not sure about this prediction but the bit at the end where they say they have the most conclusive proof ever that show aliens is certainly interesting or could just be a publicity stunt.

Anyways, what you guys think about this article and aliens in general?


PROOF is out there, say experts…

Aliens are set to land on Earth tomorrow to prove to humans that there really is life out there.

Extra-terrestrials will make a grand entrance to our planet by flying across our skies in a space craft that will be visible for three days, experts said.

The internet was buzzing with claims that the strange alien aircraft could even land after it appears over the American desert.

So many people reckon the rumour is true, bookies have stopped taking bets on the UFO prediction after an unprecedented rush.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “This is the first time that an internet phenomenon has affected our business.”

American psychic Blossom Goodchild sparked the frenzy after claiming aliens informed her of their plans.

Bookies are set to lose millions of pounds if E.T.’s pals do approach our planet. Mr Adams added: “We now have seven-figure liabilities if the ship does appear and we have decided to duck any more big bets until October 14 has passed, hopefully without incident.”

Blossom claimed that aliens have announced that one of their craft will appear in our skies tomorrow as a way of proving to us the existence of other life forms in the universe.

She said they “come in love to help us and our planet move to a new higher vibration of love”.

And one UFO blogger wrote: “Stockpile some foods, water and first aid supplies. Be ready to welcome our visitors.

“Be kind to your neighbours who may not understand.

“Be welcoming and greet the visitors with love. What an exciting time.”

The news comes as a leading European UFO expert claims he is about to reveal the most significant alien proof ever recorded, filmed over the last six months in Turkey.

Haktan Akdogan, from the Sirius UFO Space Science Research Center, said: “The images captured are expected to have a tremendous impact throughout the world and could be listed as the most important UFO and extra-terrestrial images ever filmed in all the world.”

Akdogan will reveal the footage at the UFO Data Magazine Annual Conference at the end of the month. For details

Massive UFO Fleet Over Seoul, South Korea 10/12/2008

UFO Sighting in P.D.R. Canada

Blossom Goodchild Clarifies October 14

Whether you believe or not, this is damn compelling evidence.  I mean, it has to be SOMETHING.  What the hell is it?



DENVER — (AP) A 30-year-old Denver mother has been charged with sexually abusing her 2-year-old son, according Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.

Alicia Lee is free on a $50,000 bond after she was charged with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and aggravated incest, all felonies, Morrissey said. According to the charges, Lee performed oral sex on her son and took photographs, sending them through e-mail to a friend who forwarded them to the 2-year-old boy’s father. The father then called police.

According to a copy of the e-mail reported by the Rocky Mountain News, the mom told her friend in April that she thought about the sex act while changing the boy’s diapers. The next day, she sent a photo of herself performing the act to a friend and said the boy giggled when she performed it.” The sending of possible child pornography material via e-mail is being referred to federal authorities for review,” a news release stated. Lee is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on Sept. 29, to be formally advised of the charges against her.