President Obama refused to participate in the ALS Association’s “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

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Tea Party.net posted on Facebook that President Obama refuse to take the ice bucket challenge from an 86 year old woman who did take the challenge. Is that true and how did this 86 year old lady submit her challenge to the White House to begin with, etc. Is is also true that the original challenge was either do the ice bucket or contribute 100 dollars to your favorite charity compared to the way it is going around now?

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Origins:   In August 2014 the online world was hit with the "Ice Bucket Challenge," a playful competition that encouraged netizens to douse themselves with buckets of ice water, and challenge others to do the same,

 

as a method of raising awareness and donations for the ALS Association (ALSA) — a national non-profit organization that provides services to persons with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and helps to fund research into the disease. As of mid-August 2014, ALSA was reporting it had surpassed $10 million in "Ice Bucket" donations.

As described on ALSA's web page about the "Ice Bucket Challenge," that phenomenon seeks both to raise awareness of ALS (through people actively taking the challenge of dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and posting videos of their activity on the Internet) and to raise funds for ALS research (through donations provided by those who prefer making financial contributions rather than dousing themselves with ice-cold water):

The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.

One of those who accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge" was 86-year-old Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who took part in a mass challenge event on 10 August 2014 involving numerous members of the Kennedy clan and others, then challenged President Obama to do the same, declaring "Welcome to Cape Cod, President Obama. I nominate you":
 

The White House responded by stating that President Obama's contribution would be financial rather than participatory:

The President appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge — though his contribution to this effort will be monetary. The President [will] be making a donation to an ALS charity this week.

Did President Obama therefore "refuse" to take the "Ice Bucket Challenge"? If one considers the whole essence of the challenge to be pouring ice water over one's head to raise awareness of ALS, then perhaps so. But, as described on the ALSA web site, the challenge also involves raising donations for ALS research from those who decline to participate in the "dousing yourself with ice water" portion and are instead asked "to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice," and President Obama honored the spirit of the challenge by agreeing to the latter aspect.
 

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See10 ugly Interracial Arrests and why?

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Race is complicated, but one thing remains true: An arrest transcends skin color. Need proof? Just look at these touching, honest displays of physical coercion taken from Ferguson, Missouri that are bridging the racial divide.

The officer is white. The man he’s arresting is black. So what? Is this any less beautiful?

Via Getty

Obsolete, cookie-cutter standards couldn’t stop a St. Louis police officer from bravely reaching across racial lines to apprehend this man.

Via Ibtimes.com

Some people don’t seem to understand: An arrest is an arrest is an arrest. Regardless of ethnicity.

Via Article.wn.com

African-American protestor. Caucasian cop. Together in a perfect moment. We’re tearing up here.

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Let’s see this for what it is: one human being detaining another human being. Race doesn’t enter into it.

Via Thinkprogress.org

Hey, we have a radical thought: Why do the wrists in the handcuffs have to be the same color as the hands slapping them on? An officer should never have to justify making a mixed-race arrest like this one.

Via Getty

Do images like this upset you? Maybe it’s time to expand your idea of what an arrest can and should be.

Twitter via Ryan J. Reilly

It doesn’t matter what anyone says: This mixed-race arrest is perfect.

Via Getty

Law enforcement is bigger than race. Bigger than age, too. This arresting officer is 45 years old and white. The arrestee? 19 and black.

Twitter via Ryan J. Reilly

Yup, this is the future of America. We’ve come a long way since 1950.

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Tragedies Weirdly Predicted By Adam Sandler

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We love Adam Sandler’s ‘SNL’ characters and his movies ‘Billy Madison,’ ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and ‘Big Daddy,’ but did you know that the Sandman has also bizarrely predicted some of the most devastating events in recent history? Here are just a handful of the tragedies foreseen by the world-famous comedian.

1. Waco Siege

Via Wn.com/Ibtimes.com

In the wake of the 1993 tragedy, which involved Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and 75 other people perishing during an FBI raid on the cult’s compound, few knew that a young Adam Sandler had predicted the incident in his stand-up act. Tapes now reveal Sandler would often spend several minutes on stage repeatedly uttering the phrase, “Something’s coming to Waco. Something dark.”

2. The Death Of Princess Diana

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The infamous 1997 car crash that claimed the life of Diana, Princess of Wales shocked the world, but hardcore Sandler fans immediately made the connection to one seemingly out-of-place scene from 1996’s Happy Gilmore, in which Sandler looks directly into the camera and says, “Our Queen’s eldest, the beautiful flower, will wilt under a Parisian bridge.”

3. BP Oil Spill

Via Celebritywatchdog.com / Cbsnews.com

In 2010, a massive oil rig explosion resulted in the discharge of nearly 5 million barrels of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, as was strangely foretold on a 2005 episode of Late Night With Conan O’Brien, when guest Adam Sandler’s T-shirt simply read, “BP OIL SPILL IN FIVE YEARS.”

4. 2010 Haitian Earthquake

Via Trailers.apple.com / News.nationalpost.com

The U.N. estimates that 222,570 people were killed and 300,572 injured during this tragedy, which are only slightly off from Sandler’s Funny People estimates of 220,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries.

5. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Most recently, the case of the missing Malaysian passenger flight on March 8, 2014 almost too perfectly echoed the lines from a 1993 Saturday Night Live “Opera Man” sketch: “A missing plane-ah / It’s from Malaysia / Make me insane-ah / This will all make sense in due time.”

 

Clearly, Adam has a knack for divining when bad things will happen! We can’t wait to see which of his predictions will occur next. Until then, we’re left with his chilling words from ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’: “Water shall overtake the eastern seaboard. Man, woman, child, and animal. All will drown.”

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Ice bucket challenge gone wrong -Bucket List

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Another person has been reportedly killed while attempting the ice bucket challenge. Sergio Cardozo reportedly died on camera while doing the ice bucket challenge with two fellow friends. In the video, Sergio is seen sitting on a chair with a helmet on as two friends are holding a bucket from a balcony. The two friends are holding a plastic trash bin full of ice water and drop the whole trash bin on his head.
 

The "ice bucket challenge gone wrong/slippery bucket" version of the rumor got a boost on Twitter when a parody account spread the video without attribution. Many users appear to have mistaken the account for that of the rapper Drake, as both accounts have the same display name:

Close examination reveals that the Twitter handle of the parody account is not spelled correctly.

An earlier claim made by the same site involved the second scenario, in a somewhat self-contradicting narrative. In that version a woman named Latasha Brown accepted the ice bucket challenge from a Facebook friend, only to die in under a minute due to a heart attack or hypothermia:

Latasha Brown accepted a friendly online challenge invite from her best friend via Facebook the challenge is to toss a bucket of ice cold water over your body. [Latasha] Brown died from hypothermia 30 seconds later her frozen body was rushed the the hospital where coroner Will Jackson declared her death.
 

The ice bucket challenge continues to be a popular topic of discussion on social media sites, but thus far no verifiable reports of serious injury or death resulting from the challenge have emerged.

 

observation:

Chances are you've seen the "ice bucket challenge" mentioned on Facebook or Twitter, especially now that celebrities and other notable figures have been participating in the meme. But as new entries are posted, a rumor suggesting ice bucket challenges can be fatal has circulated as well, with a few versions of the tale often accompanying posts about the social media trend. Users have asked about the rumor, and concerns about the safety of the ice bucket challenge have proliferated.

Several variations have been suggested as part of the ice bucket death rumor, but most frequently the ill-fated charitable party is said to have fallen victim to a slippery ice bucket or died of shock after being exposed to freezing water. One such claim suggesting the former originates from a "satirical" website, alleging that a teenager was killed by a falling ice bucket in an incident captured on video:
 

 

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HOW A FAKE SEMINARIAN WAS ARRESTED AT IKPAYONGO

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Shock and disbelief enveloped the parish priest and the entire faithful of St. Gregory's Parish Ikpayongo, Benue State when they discovered that the young man whom they had received as a Catholic seminarian turned out to be a duper.
The fake seminarian, Mr Patrick Aondoaver Iortyer arrived the parish at the same time the faithful had brought home their son, Father Japhet Asaki for a reception after his priestly ordination at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral Makurdi by his Grace Augustine Kasujja.
He had told some of the parish officials on his arrival that he was a friend to the new priest and the unsuspecting officials believed and attended to him as a seminarian.
One of the parish officials who narrated how the scene unfolded to our correspondent noted that Mr. Iortyer couched his gimmicks so cleverly that no one entertained any doubts about his true position during the reception.
However, a cloud of suspicion started hovering over his claims when he could not interact freely with the seminarians at the parish house, but continually remained aloof.
“He was also looking dirty. He was interacting more with the ladies at the parish. None of the seminarians knew him and he also maintained his aloofness throughout the day,” the source said.
The climax of the drama came on Sunday, “when the new priest was about to start his first mass-and the fake seminarian quickly put on his soutane and attempted to join the priests at the altar. It was at this point that some of the seminarians intercepted him and requested for his identity card, which he lied he had forgotten. The parish priest was alerted and he was quickly taken to the parish house for further interrogation, with the MOD men guarding him as the rest returned for the start of the mass,” one of the seminarians said.
Shortly after the mass, Father Asaki, who the impostor claimed he knew, was invited to identify him but he put a disclaimer on his person.
With the crowd now swelling, it dawned on the fake seminarian that his pranks were over. The bag he was carrying was withdrawn from him, condoms and fake identity cards were discovered from it. As if that was not enough proof, the self-proclaimed seminarian, who at this point was speaking like a frightened war prisoner told the crowd that he was a seminarian with the orthodox congregation, but while the crowd was yet to absorb what he said, he again said that he was a Franciscan Seminarian, at this point the crowd became furious and impatient with him. He was threatened. It was at this point that he confessed that he was a duper.
The Parish Priest, of St. Gregory's Parish Ikpayongo, Father Donatus Ugema later handed Mr Iortyer over to the police for further interrogation and appropriate sanction.
But Patricks gimmicks are far from being new, last year, one Jude Chinnonso, an ex-seminarian deceived the Parish Priest and the entire faithful of St. Theresa's Parish , Nguru in Ngor, Okpala local government area of Delta State into believing that he was ordained a Catholic deacon in Rome by Pope Francis. The unsuspecting parishioners gave him a rousing welcome before he was later found out in Lagos while attempting to play the same tricks on another parish priest.
Similarly, last year, on July 19, 2013 another fake priest was nabbed while attempting to celebrate requiem mass at the burial of the late Dechier Byuan, in Konshisha local government area of Benue State. The fake priest, called Father Dan without a clear surname, had been parading himself as a priest for long time.
The Catholic faithful must be careful when receiving people claiming to be priests or seminarians especially now that the security of the country is groggy and there are legions of terrorists disguising as priests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens. We are encouraged to be kind but “kindness is not stupidity.”

PIX(The fake Seminarian,
Mr Patrick Aondoaver Iortyer)

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Why did Ferguson cop need 6 bullets?

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Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, were newly infuriated this week to learn from an autopsy report that Michael Brown, the man whose killing by a police officer on August 9 has set off days of ferocious clashes between police and protesters, had been shot six times. People who are unfamiliar with police work can reasonably ask, why was an unarmed man shot so many times, and why was deadly force used at all?

To put what happened in Ferguson in proper context, we need to understand how police officers are trained. The overwhelming majority of police departments in the United States train their officers in what is referred to as "continuum of force," which views confrontations with the public as a series of stages.

It starts with an officer's mere presence or spoken instructions, and becomes steadily more coercive, from the use of commands ("disperse;" "put the hands up") to physical force, with things such as batons, Tasers, pepper spray, and finally, if all else fails or an officer's life is threatened, deadly force. That is, bullets.

An officer need not go through each and every stage of the continuum. It is left to his or her discretion if and when to skip any or most of the stages. And it is important to emphasize that, even when an officer opts for deadly force, it is never intended to kill the suspect but to eliminate the perceived threat. Since police are trained to shoot in the center of the body, the use of this force will often result in death.

Police officers receive between 70 and 120 hours of training in the use of deadly force from the technical angle — that is, how to fire their guns accurately. But little in their training modules touches upon the psychological, physiological and social aspects of the use of deadly force. This is a mistake. Police training should include extensive and ongoing emphasis on what happens to the officer, the suspect and the community when coercive force is used. Officers must be prepared to cope with stressful encounters that they believe call for firing their weapon at a suspect.

This is not the kind of training that individual police departments should work out on their own. It should be developed as a national standard by experts in the field of police studies, sociology, psychology and physiology.

Police also receive practically no training in stress management; if a department decides to offer such training, it is usually on an experimental basis and not incorporated long term. But without learning to manage stressful encounters, officers will find themselves again and again in situations in which human life — that of the person the force is used against or the police officer who shoots — is sacrificed because of an error of judgment.

Researchers have shown that under the stress of a deadly force encounter, a series of physiological changes occur. Visual perception becomes seriously impaired: Up to 70% of the peripheral vision is affected. This visual impairment often creates an inability to assess how many shots are needed and if indeed the suspect has been incapacitated to the point of posing no more threat to the police officer or others.

 

It's not possible to say that the number of shots in the Brown case represent a police officer attempting to "execute" the teenager, but rather they likely reflect the outcome of a tremendous stress that the officer experienced while shooting.

Policing as a profession, in addition to being about the use of force, is also about the individual discretion of officers, and this is difficult to explain to a non-police audience. It is rooted in a sense of suspicion, the idea that anything can happen on the streets, and it is related to officers' personal experience but also the experiences of his or her colleagues, the so-called war stories that mobilize and organize much of officers' behavior on the streets.

It is a horrible tragedy when a police officer takes somebody's life, especially when the person was not armed. However, the public makes a dangerous presumption when it assumes that police officers, police departments or any other law enforcement bodies are out there to execute members of the public. Policing is a dangerous profession, as George Orwell once wrote: "Men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard … them."

Yes, police must be enabled to use coercive force, but they must be trained thoroughly in how to use it.

They are trained as soldiers and expected to perform as social workers at least 90% of the time. And then in a split of a second, they have to be soldiers again. It's quite a trick.

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