Illinois

Fake weed in Illinois leaves 2 dead, dozens with ‘severe bleeding’

Emergency rooms in Illinois are noticing a spike in synthetic pot users suffering from “severe bleeding,” and state health officials are warning the public to remain vigilant. The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) issued a statement on last week announcing that at least six people in northeastern Illinois had been hospitalized after using the man-made substance — also known as “fake weed,” “K2” or “spice.” On Monday, the number of cases climbed to 56, including two deaths, the health department reported. “All cases have required hospitalization for symptoms such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums,” the IDPH said. “Nine of these cases have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used as a rodenticide, or rat poison.” There are now cases in at least nine Chicago-area communities including Cook County, Dupage County, Kane County, Kankakee County, McLean County, Peoria County, Tazewell County and Will County. But officials believe that number will grow, as it’s possible contaminated products have been sold across the state. “Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness,” IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said in a statement last week. “The recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the harm synthetic cannabinoids can cause.” Synthetic pot is made up of hundreds of different chemicals — and their effect on the human body is unpredictable. “These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana,” IDPH explained, warning that the drug’s impact can be life-threatening. “Synthetic cannabinoid products are unsafe. It is difficult to know what’s in them or what your reaction to them will be.” Users have reported a wide range of symptoms, from bleeding gums and bloody noses to blood in the urine. Women who are menstruating have also experienced a higher than average flow. Bleeding from the eyes and ears is also possible after use, IDPH said. The bleeding that doctors have seen in recent days has been severe. “This bleeding is not expected, at least in such a significant population so quickly,” Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, told the Chicago Tribune. Health officials urge those who have purchased synthetic cannabinoid products within the past month — whether it was from a convenience store or a dealer — to not use the product. IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told the Chicago newspaper that the product is banned for sale across the state, but some manufacturers alter the “molecular makeup of the products” to “get around” the law. Anyone who starts experiencing symptoms, including severe bleeding or bruising, should be taken to the hospital immediately, the IDPH said.

Or.. How about just not trying/using this so-called “fake weed” to begin with?  Just sayin’…

 

Timpf: Mother Claims Her Four-Year-Old Was Suspended for Bringing a Shell Casing to School

A preschool in Illinois suspended a four-year-old boy for a week because he brought a spent shell casing to school, according to a Facebook post by the boy’s mother. The mother, Kristy Jackson, explained that her son had been learning about gun safety from his police-officer grandfather over the weekend and must have picked up the casing on the floor and brought it to school without her knowing. “I was handed a piece of paper,” Jackson wrote. “No words, just eyebrows raised in disgust at my son, explaining that his behavior warranted a 7 school day suspension.” “Which I still was expected to pay tuition for, of course,” she continued. “And a threat that if his enthusiasm for guns continued, he’d be permanently expelled.” (Note: According to Jackson, the officials at the school — which is ironically called “A Place 2 Grow” — had initially told her that her son had brought a bullet to school, because apparently they themselves didn’t have enough gun education to know the difference between a bullet and a casing.) And it gets worse. According to Fox 2, the school’s vice principal later e-mailed Jackson to inform her that he was planning to contact the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in the wake of the incident. Now, to be fair, he also claimed that the child had been suspended not only because of the casing, but also because of some other disciplinary issues that could not get into for privacy reasons. First of all, if Jackson were correct in saying that the school had threatened to expel her son if he were to continue showing an interest in guns, then that says to me that the shell-casing incident itself would have been enough for a suspension. I mean, if the scale we are working with here is one where expulsion is an appropriate punishment for showing an interest in firearms, then a suspension for bringing a casing seems to fit perfectly in line with that logic. Second of all: Just what in the Hell kind of other behavioral issues could this vice principal have been talking about, anyway? After all, isn’t preschool expected to be just one big behavioral nightmare? Four-year-old kids scream; they kick; they bite. They rip toys out of each other’s hands, and they wail like lunatics if someone takes a toy from them. They unabashedly leave boogers on their nose; they wipe their boogers on each other. If preschool kids got suspended every time they behaved badly, I’d bet that preschool in general would cease to exist at all. I know this school is named “A Place 2 Grow,” but throwing a kid out for carrying a completely harmless object — and leaving him confused as to what he did wrong — hardly seems like a way to achieve the mission stated in its name. Jackson told Fox 2 that her son has “cried about it and he doesn’t understand why his school hates him.” Assuming that this is true, I just have to ask: How is throwing a kid out, making him feel bad, and neglecting to give him the information that he would need to know in order “2 Grow” from the experience the best way to handle this? If the casing really was such a big issue — which, by the way, is something that I cannot understand — then the school officials should have just talked to the kid and his mom about it and then allowed him to continue “2 Grow” in the classroom alongside his peers. Sure, there may be more to the story, but still, having this kind of reaction to an indiscretion committed by a person whose level of maturity rates at “Still has several years left of believing in the Easter Bunny” seems like it would be really tough to justify.

Agreed!!  Thanks to millennial reporter Katherine “Kat” Timpf for bringing that nauseating story of political correctness gone crazy in Illinois.  Kat is a regular on the Greg Gutfeld show which airs on weekends on the Fox News channel.

Illinois Senator Demands Abbott Labs Reconsider 180 Layoffs, Foreign Replacements

A Democratic senator is demanding answers from a company in his state said to be laying off 180 workers and replacing them with foreign workers. In a letter this week to Miles D. White, the Chairman and CEO of Abbott Laboratories, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) pressed the company to rethink the mass layoff and “retain these U.S. workers, who have dedicated years of loyal service to your company.” “I am deeply concerned about reports that Abbott Labs is laying off 180 Information Technology (IT) employees and replacing them with temporary foreign workers who, after they are trained, will then do these jobs outside the United States,” Durbin wrote. In his missive, the Illinois lawmaker laid out what he understands Abbott’s plans are.

And to read what those plans are, and the rest of the article, click on the text above.  This is happening more and more across our country.

Mississippi River tops levee

Illinois Published January 01, 2016 Associated Press Facebook527 Twitter0 livefyre21 Email Print Now Playing Police shut down Missouri highway due to heavy flooding Never autoplay videos ST. LOUIS – Authorities in Southern Illinois urged residents living behind the Len Small levee to move to higher ground after Mississippi River water topped it. The levee in the far southwestern tip of Illinois protects the towns of Olive Branch, Hodges Park, Unity and rural homes. All told, about 500 people live behind the levee. Alexander County Board Chairman Chalen Tatum said the river was expected to rise another foot and a half before cresting Sunday, so flooding was expected to get much worse. He issued what he called an emergency evacuation order Friday. The county also urgedresidents in and near East Cape Girardeau, Illinois, to evacuate. The move is precautionary: A levee there is holding for now but a record crest is predicted. Crests are still expected in coming days in southern Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and other southern states. But elsewhere, water from the rare, record-setting winter flooding was receding in the St. Louis area, allowing some major roadways to reopen and offering hope for flood-weary residents that the worst of this sudden catastrophe was behind them. With water finally going down, the Missouri Department of Transportation was able to reopen northbound lanes of Interstate 55 south of St. Louis on Thursday, about a day after they were closed, and southbound lanes opened Friday morning. Interstate 44 was also opened in both directions, and all interstates in Missouri are now open to traffic, the Missouri DOT said. MoDOT spokeswoman Shaunda White said 76,000 vehicles pass through that area on a typical day, “so that’s going to be a significant relief.” The devastating flood, fueled by more than 10 inches of rain over a three-day period that began last weekend, is blamed for 20 deaths. Four other people are still missing — two teenagers in Illinois and two men in southwest Missouri. In Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, south of St. Louis, the Mississippi was still rising but there was good news: The crest forecast for late Friday or early Saturday, once expected to be a record, was now expected to fall about 2 feet short of the 1993 mark. Many downtown merchants had cleared out, just to be on the safe side, in case the levee gave way. “We are breathing a bit easier,” said Sandra Cabot, director of tourism for the historic French settlement that dates to the 18th century. “We are very confident in our levee. We’ve never been tested at this level before.” Nine levees — five on the Mississippi River, three on the Missouri and one on Illinois’ Kaskaskia River — were topped by water this week, but those earthen barriers protect farmland and otherwise unpopulated areas.

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Non-Muslim high school girls wear hijab to promote acceptance of Islamic beliefs

More than a dozen non-Muslim girls at an Illinois high school agreed to wear a traditional Islamic head scarf on Wednesday as part of “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab.” The event, organized by the school’s Muslim Student Association, featured 17 non-Muslims wearing the garment and speaking with other students about the meaning of the hijab. “I think it is a difficult time to be a Muslim student in our high school, in our community and in America,” Vernon Hills High School principal Jon Guillaume told the Daily Herald. “I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school. For other kids outside of this organization, to understand what it’s like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I’m proud of them.” One participant told the Herald she wanted to wear the garb because her uncle is a Muslim and she hoped to “bring more acceptance” to Islamic beliefs. “You can’t really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it’s like for them to do what they’re doing,” said senior Yasmeen Abdallah, the president of the MSA. The event was planned in May and was not a response to Islamic terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 or in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, MSA organizers told the Herald.

I think I’m gonna vomit!!  This idiot principal, Jon Guillaume, needs to be fired for his breathtaking incompetence.  And, they need to bring in someone to teach these “young skulls full of mush” what Islam is really all about; not this romanticized, politically correct, bs being advanced by the brain trusts in this high school.  The very notion of teaching these non-Muslim kids, and especially girls, to be more “tolerant and accepting of Muslims” would be laughable, if weren’t so pathetic and offensive.  Ironically, Islam is the most intolerant religion on Earth.  And, women are treated worse than goats in Islamic countries.  Those who have been to the Middle East have seen it firsthand.  I remember being in a vehicle on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan and in the car in front of us was some old piece of junk Toyota.  The father was driving, his son sat next to him, and there were goats in the back seat.  The mom and daughter, covered in their respective burkas, were in the trunk with the trunk open.  If only my camera had been handy..  That picture would have said a thousand words…  Tolerance?  How about the stoning of women; STONING!!  Yeah..  It’s still done in these “tolerant” Islamic countries.   They bury a female up to her shoulders, and then all the men gather around and stone her death.  Usually, the first rock is thrown by the father, brother, or husband.  Horrified yet?  That’s just for starters.  Here in America there are countless “honor killings” that happen all the time.  Doubt me?  Check out:  http://www.jihadwatch.org    Tolerance?  If you are caught in Saudi Arabia (ostensibly, one of our Muslim “friend” countries) with a Bible in your hands, you can be executed for just having it.  Here in America we have our great First Amendment.  Such a thing does NOT exist in Muslim countries where women are subjugated and treated lower than animals.  And, if you say or do anything that is contrary to the local Imam’s/Muslim cleric’s interpretation of what the Koran says, you will be severely punished; probably executed.  Beheading is the preferred way of execution in many of those countries.  I read the other day, there is a current shortage of executioners in Saudi Arabia..  But, I digress..  Here is a thought..  How about showing these idiot kids a video of an actual/real stoning.  There are a few out there.  Then, have them write a paper on an honor killing they read about on the JihadWatch web site, or about the movie called “Osama” (and no, not bi Laden).  Then have them don a burka (I brought back one from Afghanistan which I’m happy to lend), and have them ride around in the trunk of a car for a couple hours on a highway.  Give them the real experience of what it’s like to be a Muslim girl.  Then, once that all happens..  How about the school, and the little brainwashed idiots in this MSA, have a day where they have to learn how to accept Christians…  Imagine that..  Now, scroll down about 7 articles to the one called “The Hidden Reason Why Americans Dislike Islam,” by David French…and see what that attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major) who received the Bronze Star for his service Iraq thinks about this issue..

Chicago: Concealed carry license holder kills armed gunman

An armed man attempting to rob a neighborhood store was shot and killed by a customer who had a concealed carry license, Chicago police said Sunday. A masked man, later identified as 55-year-old Reginald Gildersleeve, walked into the store and currency exchange about 7 p.m. Saturday on the city’s southwest side, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery to an employee, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. The gunman next pointed his weapon at another employee and forced her to the back of the store. The armed customer then fatally shot the man multiple times, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Gildersleeve was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:10 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had an extensive criminal history, including prior arrests for robbery, the Sun-Times reported. Gildersleeve was set to have an autopsy performed on Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the customer, who has not been identified, will face charges. Guglielmi said the case is under review by local prosecutors, but the preliminary details suggest that the customer was not at fault. “We’re looking at it as a self-defense issue at this point,” he said.

Of course they are!  And just think about this..  We see another worthless piece of garbage put down by a law-abiding, concealed carry permit holder….in Chicagoland, of all places!   Which goes to show that even in Chicago, there are good, law-abiding, gun owners doing their small part to help clean up the gene pool one thug at a time.  Outstanding!!!    🙂

Justices mull appeal of Chicago suburb’s assault weapons ban

The Supreme Court has so far resisted elaborating on two landmark decisions that established a nationwide right to defend one’s home with a gun. That could change with a new appeal filed by gun owners that challenges a Chicago suburb’s assault weapons ban. The appeal by Dr. Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association argues that the City of Highland Park has violated their constitutional rights by banning some of the most popular semi-automatic guns in the United States, as well as ammunition clips of more than 10 rounds. The justices put off consideration of the appeal last week. In recent years, the court has almost always deferred action on an appeal before agreeing to take it up. The court could say as early as Monday whether it will hear the case. Friedman is a practicing pediatrician and owner of semi-automatic weapons. He lost a bid for the state Senate as a Republican in 2012 in a campaign in which some conservatives complained about his support for abortion rights. In recent days, Friedman has used his Twitter account to offer tips for Israelis who want to arm themselves in public. He did not respond to messages left with his medical practice. The Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller and the 2010 decision in McDonald v. Chicago focused mainly on the right to defend one’s own home. Gun rights groups have failed repeatedly to get the justices to say how broadly the Second Amendment protects gun rights. The court has turned away challenges to gun laws at least three other times in cases that involved whether people have a right to be armed in public. Even though lower courts have mainly upheld gun restrictions, the Highland Park case arises out of a decision by the federal appeals court in Chicago that struck down the only statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons, in Illinois. In 2013, when state lawmakers reacted to the court ruling by making it legal to carry a gun, they gave cities around the state 10 days to come up with local restrictions on assault weapons, or forfeit their right to do so. Highland Park was one of fewer than 20 municipalities, all in the Chicago area, to enact regulations or bans, according to the rifle association. The city’s assault weapons ban was upheld by the appeals court in a 2-1 decision. “If a ban on semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit,” Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote for the court. Variations of the Bushmaster AR-15, one of the guns specifically banned by Highland Park, were used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre and the theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. In dissent, Judge Daniel A. Manion said individuals, not elected officials, get to choose which guns they prefer for self-defense. “To limit self-defense to only those methods acceptable to the government” creates an “enormous transfer of authority from the citizens of this country to the government — a result directly contrary to our Constitution and to our political tradition,” Manion wrote. Twenty-four states and other gun-rights groups are supporting the appeal at the Supreme Court.

This is such a risky gamble.  It’s opening a can of worms.  On the one hand, IF the Supremes take it up, and agree that the AR-15 ban in Highland Park is unconstitutional, that’d be a BIG win for gun rights.  On the other hand, IF the Supremes take the case and somehow arbitrarily determine that the ban IS constitutional…then cities and states all across the America where Democrats are in power, will institute similar bans.  And, with Chief Justice not as reliable (he was the swing vote that sustained Obamacare) as we had hoped, such a vote could go either way..  So, definitely something to keep an eye on…