Posted in Great Books, Great Quotes, Hope, Inspiration, Justice

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked

While reading a news article about Trump’s ham-handed actions as the leader of the free world, I was reminded of the Psalmist’s description of “the wicked”. The description of “the wicked man” are so similar to the characteristics most appalling in Trump. Note the frustration of the psalmist. It reflects my own frustration and concerns with the current president. I frequently find myself asking: “Why Lord? Hello! Anyone up there listening to me?

Why, LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by him;
he sneers at all his enemies.

He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.

His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”

Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?

Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.

The LORD is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Psalm 10 NIV

Posted in Civil Rights, Dreams, Great Books, Inspiration, Justice

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. are as relevant today as they were during the 60s Civil Rights Movement. Here are a few that have inspired me especially since the 2016 election. A call to action is demanded of citizens who recognize a foreign government intervening in our election is nearly as bad as having war break out against Russia.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin Luther King

Posted in Civil Rights, Justice, politics

Standing Firm With Standing Rock Protesters

“IF ANY OF these law enforcement shoot one of my people, it is going down, people,” Atsa E’sha Hoferer tells the camera on Facebook Live.

“We are prayerful people.” Atsa E’sha Hoferer of the “Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota” protesting the proposed pipeline through their reservation. Our government apparently wants to screw over Native Americans once again.

The Trail of Tears wasn’t sufficient? Just once it would be great if our government treasured people over profit. Especially those who history were mistreated so horribly.

 

Posted in Civil Rights, Great Quotes, Hope, Justice, LBGTQ, Love

Unity and Love In The Face of Darkness

What happened in Orlando on Sunday was an unbelievable act of hatred and violence. In times like these I feel like reacting in kind. But that is not the way to win this fight against hatred, bigotry and intolerance. A man who taught and lived a different approach to stamping out bigotry and hatred said the following.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.

In fact, violence merely increases hate.

So it goes.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Civil Rights, Hope, Justice, LBGTQ, Parenting

Apologetics and Apologies

Should the Church Apologize to the LBGTQ community?

My oldest son is gay.

I suspected he was gay even at an early age. He “came out” to me when he was 15. Even so, I was in denial for a long time. Being raised in the church, there were many, many prayers that God would change my son’s belief. Like many uninformed people, I believed homosexuality was a choice and that God could change this choice if I prayed enough.

Obviously things have changed drastically since then. Major, needed changes have occurred in our society of late. The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages has had a huge impact. However, the Church has been left in the dust. “Christians” and conservative churches are disparaging and even hateful in voicing their beliefs on the matter.

John Pavlovitz a “17-year ministry veteran, specializing in trying to live-out the red letters of Jesus” believes the Church should apologize to the LBGTQ community sooner rather than later.

Here is his take on the subject:
Why The Church Should Save Time And Apologize To The LGBTQ Community Now

Posted in Crime, Health, Justice

I Am A Victim of NECC

Mold Grows in Patient's Spinal Fluid
Mold Grows in Patient’s Spinal Fluid

Fortunately for all victims of NECC (New England Compounding Company) our justice system does work albeit slower than molasses in January. Because I “have been identified by law enforcement” at the federal level, I receive advance information on all conferences, meetings and court dates associated with the trial of the 14 people under indictment by the FBI.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case, multiple criminal acts were continuously and knowingly committed by NECC while manufacturing drugs over many years. As a victim I have suffered physically, emotionally and mentally after being injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. The black mold variety. So it should be fairly easy to understand my eagerness with seeing justice served in the impending criminal cases.

The Killer Pharmacy
NECC: The Killer Pharmacy

Today an interim status conference will be held before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal. In addition to the previously scheduled interim status conferences set for September 3, 2015 and November 5, 2105 at 11:30 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal, additional court dates have been scheduled.

A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Jennifer Boal for December 3, 2015, 02:30 PM at Courtroom 14, John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA for defendant(s) Glenn A. Chin, Barry J. Cadden, Gene Svirskiy, Christopher M. Leary, Joseph M. Evanosky, Scott M. Connolly, Sharon P. Carter, Alla V. Stepanets, Gregory A. Conigliaro, Robert A. Ronzio, Kathy S. Chin, Michelle L. Thomas, Carla R. Conigliaro, Douglas A. Conigliaro. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.

A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Jennifer Boal for January 7, 2016, 02:30 PM at Courtroom 14, John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA for defendant(s) Glenn A. Chin, Barry J. Cadden, Gene Svirskiy, Christopher M. Leary, Joseph M. Evanosky, Scott M. Connolly, Sharon P. Carter, Alla V. Stepanets, Gregory A. Conigliaro, Robert A. Ronzio, Kathy S. Chin, Michelle L. Thomas, Carla R. Conigliaro, Douglas A. Conigliaro. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.

A trial date has been scheduled for April 4, 2016 before Judge Richard Stearns. A pretrial status conference has been scheduled for February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Richard Stearns. As the trial date draws near you will receive victim assistance information about the trial process and procedures.

Posted in Crime, Fungal Meningitis, Health, Justice, Pain

NECC: Killer Pharmacy

Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case

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From Newsweek’s Article

“On September 24, 2010, a seemingly innocuous exchange of business cards during the Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association trade show held in Franklin, Tennessee initiated a sequence of events which would lead to “horrific, tortuous deaths of the first victims in a mass killing that trailed from New England to Tennessee, from Michigan to North Carolina.

Ironically, that exchange of business cards occurred nearly two years to the day (September 25, 2012) when I was injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. Black mold. The kind of mold that requires a thorough cleaning and detoxification should it get into a home due to flooding. I didn’t die, obviously, but my health along with my occupation (which had defined me for nearly 30 years) was stolen from me. Far worse, 64 lives were stolen. Ripped from loved ones due to unimaginable greed and disregard for human life displayed by the actions of NECC (New England Compounding Center).

This was the worst U.S. public health disaster ever according to the CDC. I live in Michigan which is the state hardest hit by fungal meningitis. If this were a natural disaster, our state would have been granted funds to clean up the mess. After nearly three years, victims are still paying the price. Jobs lost, health compromised as well as continued need for medical intervention. Damage caused by fungal meningitis and/or the anti-fungal medication (side effects similar to chemotherapy as well as possible kidney or liver damage) still impact victims.

NECC was the culprit but federal and state regulators, those agencies put in place by government to protect citizens, did not adequately perform their job. Agencies too often overrun by bureaucracy, complacency or lacking the power to enforce regulations.

From Newsweek’s Article:

Despite the scale of the killings and the scope of the investigations, the inside story of the events that led to the lethal outbreak and its discovery is being told for the first time here. Newsweek’s examination of the NECC deaths was pieced together from emails, order forms, investigators’ notes, drug company and court records, and sworn statements of participants, as well as interviews with people connected to the case.”