‘Noxious odor’ that hospitalized eight students turned out to be six-grader’s AXE body spray

By  Ashley Collman

PUBLISHED: 08:56 EST, 1  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:57 EST, 1 November 2013

Let this be a lesson to young men: Any more  than a spritz of AXE body spray and you’re more likely to actually hospitalize  girls as opposed to attract them.

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in  Brooklyn, New York was temporarily shut down yesterday after eight students were  hospitalized after being exposed to AXE body spray in a sixth-grade classroom.

In addition to the eight students transported  to the hospital by EMS, two other students were taken to personal doctors by  their parents and one student declined medical attention.

Powerful stuff: Eight sixth-graders at a school in Brooklyn were hospitalized yesterday when a student released AXE body spray in a classroom
Powerful stuff: Eight sixth-graders at a school in  Brooklyn were hospitalized yesterday when a student released AXE body spray in a  classroom

Administrators are investigating the incident  and disciplinary action is pending, according to a statement released by the school.

This isn’t the first time that the male  deodorant has caused problems in schools.

Last March, a Pennsylvania high school banned  the substance after one of their students was hospitalized after being exposed  to AXE.

One student turned out to have a ‘potentially  life threatening’ allergy to the spray and so the administration asked students  to stop wearing it.

In May 2012  a fire alarm was triggered  at a Connecticut high school when an ‘overabundance’ of AXE was sprayed in a  locker room.

Victims: Two other students at Medgar Evers school were taken to the doctor by their parents and another refused medical attention
Victims: Two other students at Medgar Evers school were  taken to the doctor by their parents and another refused medical attention

Apparently misusing the product has become a  real problem. On the company’s website they have a page on ‘responsible use’  which cautions users against huffing the product.

In a video, a guy and girl present a public  service announcement saying it’s cooler to ‘Keep AXE on you, not in  you’.

They also warn against igniting the spray on  fire.

‘Bottom line: AXE smells great when you’re  wearing it, not when you’re lighting it on fire,’ the girl spokesman says.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutionally tries to mine protected attorney-client and financial data, Claimed in court

Agency Data-Mining Case Shifts to California

By JAMIE ROSS

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(CN) – A company’s claim that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutionally tries to mine protected attorney-client and financial data should be argued in a pending California case, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled.

California-based legal support firm Morgan Drexen and Connecticut bankruptcy attorney Kimberly Pisinksi sued the government agency in July, claiming its structure “insulates it from political accountability and internal checks and balances in violation of the United States Constitution.”

It accused the agency of trying to collect protected attorney-client material as well as personal financial information, triggering an investigation by the Government Accountability Office in July.

But U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly dismissed the lawsuit Thursday, finding that Morgan Drexen can “obtain complete relief on its constitutional claim in the currently pending enforcement action in the Central District of California.”

In August — one month after Morgan Drexen filed suit — the bureau filed an enforcement action against Morgan Drexen in California. The agency claimed Morgan Drexen violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Consumer Financial Protection Act by requiring consumers to place upfront fee payments in an account despite claiming no upfront fees and failing to hold these payments or allow consumers to exit the debt relief program without penalty.

Kollar-Kotelly rejected Morgan Drexen’s claim that dismissal would mean that anyone challenging the bureau’s constitutionality “must do so as a defense in a Bureau enforcement action.”

“Constitutional challenges can (and likely will) be brought in myriad other situations, such as where the agency does not bring an enforcement action or in a challenge to agency rulemaking,” she wrote. (Parentheses in original.)

Kollar-Kotelly further ruled that Pisinski, a Morgan Drexen client, lacks standing to sue.

The agency never sought her privileged legal communications and “could never have compelled Morgan Drexen to provide Pisinski’s information without a court proceeding in which a claim of privilege could be asserted,” Kollar-Kotelly wrote.

And Pisinski never claimed that the bureau was regulating her practice or that she was harmed by any direct regulation, the judge added, dismissing the complaint without prejudice.

On Friday, Morgan Drexen announced it has established a legal defense fund to collect donations for its “David vs. Goliath battle” against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Its website, StopGovernmentDataMining.org, implores visitors to donate to its “Stop the CFPB Fund.”

“Taking on a mammoth federal agency guarded by an army of lawyers is an intense and expensive undertaking,” CEO Walter Ledda said in a statement released Friday.

“Our battle against the CFPB has already cost our company millions of dollars — both in lost revenue and in attorneys fees,” he said. “We believe we are fighting the good fight against an unconstitutional agency that has been data mining Morgan Drexen for personal and sensitive financial information on millions of Americans. The CFPB has been acting with impunity and malice. We hope citizens who are outraged at the bully tactics being employed by this bloated, runaway agency will join us in this fight.”

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/10/21/62207.htm

 

Fusion Center Study Finds 79% of Recent Mass Shootings Attributable to History of Mental Illness

August 21, 2013 in Featured

A chart from a Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) study released in July shows cases of mass shootings believed to be attributable to mental illness.

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Analysis conducted by the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) has found that 79% of mass shootings since 2011 have been perpetrated by individuals with “demonstrated signs of continuous behavioral health issues and mental illness.”  In a July case study titled “Acts of Violence Attributed by Behavioral and Mental Health Issues“, CFIX analyzed 14 mass shooting incidents that occurred between 2011 and 2013 and found that only three of the shooters had no history of mental illness.

The study, which focuses primarily on “violence perpetrated against healthcare providers and emergency responders” particularly “by patients with behavioral and mental health issues”, also discusses the correlation between mental health issues and mass shootings.  According to the CFIX analysts, across the country “the numbers of mass shootings involving perpetrators with behavioral health issues have noticeably increased” with 79% of mass shooting occurrences between January 2011 to May 2013 involving perpetrators that exhibited “continuous behavioral health issues” and “mental illness”.  In the same period, the only mass shootings found to have been committed by individuals with no previous history of mental health issues were the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which is described as a hate crime, and the “work-related” shooting spree perpetrated by Christopher Dorner in early 2013.  Another incident in New York which involved a man named Kurt Myers killing several people at a car wash and barber shop in March 2013 has no known motive, though speculation centered on the shooter’s money problems.

The analysis provided by CFIX is useful for understanding the connection between mental health issues and senseless acts of large-scale violence, though the analysts’ conflation of mental disorders and mental illness leads to some conclusions that may not be warranted.  For example, Adam Lanza, the perpetrator of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, had been reportedly diagnosed with mental disorders including Asperger syndrome that are fairly common and do not constitute mental illness.  These issues are further complicated by the fact that many perpetrators of mass shootings suffer from mental illness throughout their lives, though are never formally diagnosed.  Due to the fact that many perpetrators of mass shootings commit suicide or are killed by police during the incident, this diagnosis often never occurs leaving only vague statements from friends and family members about the perpetrator’s history of unusual behavior.

A list of the perpetrators of mass shootings that were found by CFIX to be linked to “mental illness” is included below with a brief synopsis of the shooters’ actions and history of mental health issues.

Mass Shootings Attributed to History of Mental Illness

  • Jared Loughner; January 8, 2011; 6 killed, 13 injured – Loughner went to an event with U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson, Arizona and killed six people, including a U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl.  Loughner was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was initially ruled incompetent to stand trial.
  • Eduardo Sencion; September 6, 2011; 4 killed, 7 injured – Sencion killed 4 and injured 7 in and around an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nevada using a Norinco Mak 90 semiautomatic rifle illegally converted to fully-automatic mode.  Sencion was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at age 18.
  • Scott Evans Dekraai; October 12, 2011; 8 killed, 1 injured – Dekraai went into Salon Meritage hair salon where his ex-wife worked in Seal Beach, California and opened fire with several handguns killing 8 in the salon and injuring 1 in the parking lot.  Dekraai had been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder in September 2008.
  • Jeong Soo Paek; February 21, 2012; 4 killed – Paek walked into a spa owned by his sisters’ families, killing his sisters and their husbands with a .45-caliber handgun before killing himself.  Paek had a history of mental health issues according to court filings and had been described as suicidal in the years leading up to the attack.
  • One L. Goh; April 2, 2012; 7 killed, 3 injured – Goh, a former student at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, California, stood up in a nursing classroom while class was in session, ordered classmates to line up against the wall, and opened fire with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun killing 7.  Goh was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by court-appointed psychiatrists.
  • Ian Lee Stawicki; May 30, 2012; 5 killed, 1 injured – Stawicki walked into Café Racer in the University District of Seattle, Washington and opened fire with two .45-caliber handguns, killing four patrons and wounding the café’s chef.  Stawicki’s father later said his son suffered from mental health issues throughout his life and may have been manic depressive.
  • James Eagan Holmes; July 20, 2012; 12 killed, 58 injured – Holmes used a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle, Remington tactical shotgun and two Glock 22 handguns to kill 12 and wound 58 during a midnight premiere screening of The Dark Night Rises at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colorado.  Holmes was seeing a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the shooting who later reported that he had made “homicidal statements” and said he a was a threat to others.  Holmes reportedly asked other students at the University of Colorado about dysphoric mania, a mental disorder characterized by simultaneous symptoms of mania and depression.
  • Andrew Engeldinger; September 27, 2012; 5 killed, 3 injured – Engeldinger opened fire with a Glock 19 9mm pistol killing 6 and injuring 2 at his workplace Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota after being fired.  According to his parents, Engeldinger had a history of undiagnosed mental illness.
  • Adam Lanza; December 14, 2012; 27 killed, 2 wounded – Lanza killed his mother, then took several firearms in his mother’s car to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed twenty children and six employees of the school with a semi-automatic Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle.  Lanza had behavioral problems throughout childhood and was said by family members to have a personality disorder.  Lanza was reportedly diagnosed with sensory processing disorder as a child and family friends claimed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
  • William Spengler; December 24, 2012; 3 killed, 2 wounded – Spengler killed his sister, then intentionally set their house on fire, firing an illegally-acquired Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle at firefighters responding to the scene, killing two and injuring two more.  Spengler was convicted of manslaughter in 1980 after murdering his grandmother with a hammer and had spent years in a correctional mental health facility.
  • John Zawahri; June 7, 2013; 5 killed, 4 wounded – Zawahri killed his father and brother after setting their house on fire, then hijacked a passing car, forcing the driver to drive him to Santa Monica College where he killed 3 more people and wounded 4.  While attending high school, Zawahri had communicated to a classmate his desire to hurt other students and was later admitted to UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute for a brief period of time.

 

 

http://publicintelligence.net/mass-shootings-mental-illness/

Study: Welfare pays more than work in most states

 

Posted By Michael Bastasch On 4:17 PM  08/20/2013 In Daily Caller News Foundation | No Comments

Looking for a good paying job? Well, look no further.

No, really, stop looking. In 35 states, welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the libertarian Cato Institute, and in 13 states welfare pays more than $15 per hour.

“One of the single best ways to climb out of poverty is taking a job, but as long as welfare provides a better standard of living than an entry-level job, recipients will continue to choose it over work,” said Michael Tanner, senior policy analyst and co-author of the study.

The study is an updated version of one Tanner put out in 1995 that estimated the full value of welfare benefits packages across the states. The 1995 study found that such tax-free welfare benefits greatly exceeded the poverty level and “their dollar value was greater than the amount of take-home income a worker would receive from an entry-level job.”

Despite efforts to curb welfare spending, many welfare programs and benefits have continued to outpace the income that many workers can receive for working an entry-level job, which disincentivizes work, according to the study.

“The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work,” reads the study. “Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and in 13 states it pays more than $15 per hour.”

According to the study, the federal government funds 126 separate programs designed to support low-income earners. Seventy-two of these programs provide cash or in-kind benefits to recipients. This is on top of additional welfare programs operated by state and local governments.

Welfare recipients in Hawaii get the most benefits, according to Tanner, at $29.13 per hour — or $60,590 pre-tax income annually. However, the state’s minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, according to the Labor Department. Hawaiians on welfare also earn 167 percent of the median salary in the state, which is only $36,275.

The District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Connecticut have the next more generous welfare benefits.

D.C. welfare recipients can earn $24.43 per hour. In Massachusetts they can get $24.30 per hour. In Connecticut welfare recipients can receive $21.33 per hour.

“If Congress and state legislatures are serious about reducing welfare dependence and rewarding work, they should consider strengthening welfare work requirements, removing exemptions, and narrowing the definition of work,” says the study.

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School Confiscates Cupcakes Decorated with Toy Soldiers

School Confiscates Cupcakes Decorated with Toy Soldiers
Mar 7, 2013

By Todd Starnes

A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.

Casey Fountain told Fox News that the principal of his son’s elementary school called the cupcakes “insensitive” — in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“It disgusted me,” he said. “It’s vile they lump true American heroes with psychopathic killers.”

Fountain’s wife made a batch of 30 chocolate cupcakes for their son Hunter’s classmates at Schall Elementary School in the town of Caro. The 9-year-old helped decorate the treats with plastic figurines representing World War Two soldiers.

The following morning Fountain said his wife delivered the cupcakes to the front office. The secretary complimented her on the decorations and then took the cakes to Hunter’s class.

“About 15 minutes later the school called my wife and told her the couldn’t serve the cupcakes because the soldiers had guns,” Fountain told Fox News. “My wife told them to remove the soldiers and serve the cupcakes anyway — and I believe she may have used more colorful language.”

The school complied and confiscated the soldiers — sending them home with Hunter in a bag.

“I was offended,” Fountain said. “I support our soldiers and what they stand for. These (plastic soldiers) are representations of World War Two soldiers – our greatest generation. If they aren’t allowed in our schools — who is?”

Principal Susan Wright released a statement to local media defending the decision.

“These are toys that were commonplace in the past,” she wrote. “However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.”

“Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions,” she stated. “In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”

Fountain said it was beyond outrageous to compare American soldiers to deranged mass murderers.

“In our politically correct society they can’t separate the good from the bad,” he said. ”I’m sure hammers are allowed in schools — although a lot of people are killed by hammers.”

Principal Wright explained in her statement that she meant no disrespect to the military.

“By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our rights to have our differences was intended,” she wrote. “Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences.”

Fountain said his little boy is aware of the controversy but doesn’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.

“He’s nine-years-old,” Fountain said. “He was just glad to get his soldiers back.”

“It’s not about a toy,” he said. “It’s not about a cupcake. It’s what the toy represents — and we’re just taking political correctness too far.”

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/school-confiscates-cupcakes-decorated-with-toy-soldiers.html

MontCo school suspends 6-year-old for pretend gunshot

December 29, 2012 | 8:00 pm
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A Montgomery County elementary school student was suspended for a pretend gunshot a week after Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The 6-year-old, who attends Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, made a gun with his hands, pointed it at another student and said “pow,” according to Robin Ficker, the boy’s attorney. He was given a one-day suspension, with a conference on the matter planned for Jan. 2, the day students return to school from winter break.

“What they’re doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive 6-year-old,” Ficker said. “This is a little child who can’t form the intent to do anything like that.”

According to a letter sent by Assistant Principal Renee Garraway to the child’s parents, this was not the first time something like this had happened.

“Your son … was involved in a serious incident,” Garraway wrote. “[He] threatened to shoot a student. He was spoken to earlier today about a similar incident.”

Ficker said the boy’s family was never told about any previous issues. “They won’t say what the similar incident is,” Ficker said. “It just shows the overreaction.”

The letter says that the child’s parents were informed of their son’s suspension the day of the incident, though Ficker said the school should have invited his mother in to discuss the situation before a suspension was handed down.

“They could have called the mother in. They didn’t do that. They just said, ‘You’re suspended,’ ” he said. “Five years from now, when someone in to Montgomery County looks at his permanent record, they’re going to see that he threatened to shoot another student.”

According to the letter, the ruling can be appealed within 10 days, although the suspension has already been served. Garraway declined to comment.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said it was policy not to comment on student disciplinary matters. He added, though, that schools make sure parents are aware of behavioral issues.

“Generally, in an incident involving the behavior of our younger students, we will make sure that the student and family are well-informed of any behavior that needs to change and understand the consequences if the behavior does not change,” Tofig said. “And that’s especially true if the behavior is affecting the learning environment or how safe another student feels.”

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http://washingtonexaminer.com/montco-school-suspends-6-year-old-for-pretend-gunshot/article/2517080?utm_campaign=obinsite#.UOSzzobTnbj

Ammo supplier Brownells sells 3 1/2 years of AR-15 magazines in 72 hours

Ammo supplier Brownells says sales of 3 1/2 years of magazines in 72 hours a response to stricter gun control.

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Amid fears of stricter US gun control laws, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories claims it has sold 3 1/2 years of ammunition magazines for the AR-15 assault rifle in just three days.

Brownells Inc. made the claim in a statement attributed to company President Pete Brownell on gun owner forum AR15.com.

 

Gunman Adam Lanza is said to have used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle when he went on a shooting spree Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, killing 20 first-graders and six adults before turning the gun on himself. He also killed his mother.

In the gun owner forum post, Brownell said he and his staff “absolutely apologize” for an order backlog on the company’s website, adding “we’re working like crazy to get these orders to you as quickly as possible.”

 

“The demand for magazines actually exceeded the ability for the system to keep up with the volume that was being ordered,” he wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Brownell didn’t speculate on what’s causing the spike in demand.

However, some U.S. gun sellers report an uptick in sales following calls by President Barack Obama and other Democrats to renew a ban on assault weapons, the New York Daily News reported.

“They’ve been off the charts. Absolutely skyrocketing,” Chuck Nesby, a firearms instructor in Falls Church, Virginia, told ABC News. “If I could give an award to President Obama and Sen. Feinstein, (they) would be salesperson of the year.”

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121226/brownells-sells-3-half-years-ar-15-magazines-3-days

Navy submarine commander faked own death to end affair

By David Ferguson Thursday, September 20, 2012 15:14 EDT

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On Sept. 5, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was found guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman, dereliction of duty and adultery (a legal offense in the armed services) for actions he took in a romantic affair with a younger subordinate, not the least of which was faking his own death.

Wired magazine’s Danger Room blog reports that the 43-year-old officer may or may not be kicked out of the service altogether, but that his once-promising career is all but over.  Ward, who was set to take command of the nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Pittsburgh, but has been reassigned to an administrative position at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, home port of the Pittsburgh.

”Commander Ward’s dishonesty and deception in developing, maintaining, and attempting to end his inappropriate relationship … were egregious and are not consistent with our Navy’s expectations of a commissioned officer,” Capt. Vernon Parks, the head of Submarine Development Squadron 12, wrote in an internal report by the Navy (.pdf) investigating Ward’s affair with a 23-year-old Virginia woman which began in October of 2011.

Danger Room used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain access to the report, in which the woman’s name is redacted.

Ward met the woman through a dating website.  Using the name “Tony Moore,” he never disclosed to her that he was married with children. At the time, he was working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and would visit the woman when he traveled to the Joint Chiefs of Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

According to Connecticut newspaper The Day, which first broke the story, when Ward received his commission to take command of the Pittsburgh, he chose to end the affair by constructing another false identity, “Bob,” a friend of Tony Moore’s, who wrote to the younger woman explaining to her than Tony had died unexpectedly.

“He asked me to contact you if this ever happened,” the email says. “I am extremely sorry to tell you that he is gone. We tried everything we could to save him. I cannot say more. I am sorry it has to be this way.  He loved you very much.”

Three days later, the woman drove with her mother and sister to Ward’s home in Burke, Virginia to pay their respects, only to find a new owner in the residence, who explained that the family had moved to Gales Ferry, Connecticut, near New London so that Ward could command a nuclear submarine.

Ward renewed contact with the woman when she revealed to him that she was pregnant.  The two met in Washington, DC for medical appointments and to discuss how to handle the pregnancy.

The baby didn’t survive to term and shortly after, the relationship ended.  It was only when a relative of the woman’s contacted the Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), at which point Ward was removed from his post at the helm of the Pittsburgh, one week after taking over.

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, a spokesperson for the submarine group told Wired, “Cmdr. Ward’s actions directly contradict Navy standards, especially the high standards of conduct expected of our commanding officers.  Leaders who fail to meet these standards, like Cmdr. Ward, are removed from leadership positions and referred for appropriate disciplinary or administrative action.”

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