November 2017

A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a home and elementary school in Northern California — killing four people and wounding several others, including two children, before being shot dead by cops, according to local reports.

Undersheriff Phil Johnston of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said there were seven shooting scenes and that there may be more victims, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

Several students were airlifted from the shooting scene at Rancho Tehama School near the community of Corning, about 120 miles north of Sacramento, according to KCRA.

At least 100 police officers rushed to the Rancho Tehama School near the community of Corning, about 120 miles north of Sacramento, and killed the gunman, according to reports.

Johnston said the shooter had been “randomly picking targets.”

Police later recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns believed to have been used by the gunman.

Ten shooting victims were taken to various hospitals across the region, according to the Record Searchlight.

“I know that we have medevaced a number of students, I know that the school has been cleared, I know that we have the children that were attending school in a safe location at this time,” Johnston said.

One of the injured children is a 6-year-old who was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with two gunshot wounds, the Record Searchlight reported.

A second child was reported to have been shot in the leg, according to emergency dispatch reports.

A 30-year-old man also was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh, according to the news outlet.

The mayhem erupted after 8 a.m. local time at a home in Rancho Tehama — a town of 1,500 west of Corning in Tehama County — and then continued at the school, KCRA reported.

Brian Flint, 27, who lives near the gunman, told the Record Searchlight that he received a call that his roommate was injured and that his truck had been stolen.

He later told the Red Bluff Daily News that his roommate was among those killed.

“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” Flint said. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.”

Living near the gunman, a known felon who often harassed his neighbors, was “hell,” Flint said.

Another resident, Salvador Tello, told the Record Searchlight that he was taking his three children to school when the gunman fired at a truck in front of him.

He said he made his kids get down before he put his truck in reverse and sped off as he saw a woman lying dead in the street with her wounded husband next to her.

Initial reports said someone was barricaded inside a structure.

Katrina Gierman, who lives in Rancho Tehama near the school, said she went outside and heard gunshots.

“I have not left my house because I am with my newborn son,” Gierman said. “Very scary moment. I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if I have to.”

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, confirmed the school was on lockdown, as was the nearby Rancho Tehama Airport.

“We are cooperating with local law enforcement — we don’t have any confirmed information at this point,” she said.

A local TV reporter described frantic parents trying to get to their children at the school.

Rosie DeOliveira, administrative assistant at the Rancho Tehama Association, said police ordered citizens to “shelter in place.”

“Our doors are locked,” she said.

The FBI “is sending some — teams up to assist at the request of Tehama County authorities,” Jason Wandel at the FBI’s Sacramento field office told the Record Searchlight.

US Sen. Kamala Harris said on Twitter that she was “heartbroken” about the shooting and “closely monitoring the situation.”

“Grateful to the officers and first responders on the scene,” she wrote.



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When are the police going to be trained in how to deal with mental illness?

Watching the local news in San Diego today and another mental patient who was throwing bricks at cops and grabbing a kitchen knife was shot by police. I had no issue with this at first do to the fact that the person broke into a house and that’s where he acquired the weapon. Also, the person in question, ( according to police ) came at them with the knife. However, the issue I do have is the two officers who confronted the person. One had a non lethal weapon and the other had an assault rifle. Both weapons were shot at the same time. I want to believe the police but I can not at this point with the limited information I have. JG

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Try and See the Humor

Murder at Costco
Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems
by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife with himself as the beneficiary and then arranging to have her killed.
A 'friend of a friend' put him in touch with a nefarious dark-side underworld figure who went by the name of 'Artie.' Artie
explained to the husband that his going price for snuffing out a spouse was $10,000.
The Husband said he was willing to pay that amount but that he wouldn't have any cash on hand until he could collect his wife's
insurance money. Artie insisted on being paid at least something up front, so the man opened his wallet, displaying the single
dollar coin that rested inside.
Artie sighed, rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as down payment for the dirty deed.
A few days later, Artie followed the man's wife to the local Costco Supermarket. There, he surprised her in the produce
department and proceeded to strangle her with his gloved hands. As the poor unsuspecting woman drew her last breath
and slumped to the floor, the manager of the produce department stumbled unexpectedly onto the murder scene.
Unwilling to leave any living witnesses behind, ol' Artie had no choice but to strangle the produce manager as well.
However, unknown to Artie, the entire proceedings were captured by the hidden security cameras and observed by the
store's security guard, who immediately called the police. Artie was caught and arrested before he could even leave the premises.
Under intense questioning at the police station, Artie revealed the whole sordid plan, including his unusual financial arrangements
with the hapless husband who was also quickly arrested.
The next day in the newspaper, the headline declared…

"ARTIE CHOKES 2 for $1.00 @ Costco"


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Americans need to get off their asses and vote. Can it be any simpler than that? If you want things to change then vote the person out who is not getting it done and tell the next person that he or she is on notice. Stop being labeled conservative or liberal and just inform these servants that they work for us. JG

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Todays Update

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Republicans are doing the same thing the democrats did in the last administration. All I heard out of Washington during the Obama era was we must oppose everything he ( the President ), puts forward. Now the democrats are doing the same. The only difference today is the Republicans can’t seem to get their own people together. Quite possibly because they can’t fix health care until we all realize that it’s going to cost all of us regardless of our politics. We have to take care of our seniors and the disabled because it’s just the right thing to do. Add into that, our veterans and you have a cost that we need to address and there’s no getting around that fact.

Wake up people, if these men that we elect can’t get the job done, REPLACE THEM !!!

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Go Navy

The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers). 

However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men:
48,600 gallons of fresh water,
7,400 cannon shot,
11,600 pounds of black powder and
79,400 gallons of rum.”

Her mission: “To destroy and harass English shipping.”

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum. Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November.. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine. On 18 November, she set sail for England .

In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war ships, and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted.
Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland .. Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799,
– no cannon shot,
– no food,
– no powder,
– no rum,
– no wine,
– no whisky,

and 38,600 gallons of water.



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To funny to pass up

Subject: Fw: Re: A good old catholic story. Enjoy!

1. A nun was going to Chicago. She went to the airport and sat down waiting for her flight. She looked over in the corner and saw one of those weight… machines that tell your fortune. So, she thought to herself “I’ll give it a try just to see what it tells me.”

2. She went over to the machine and put her nickel in, and out came a card that said, “You’re a nun. You weigh 128 pounds and your are going to Chicago, Illinois.”

3. She sat back down and thought about it. She told herself it probably tells everyone the same thing, but decided to try it again.

4. She went back to the machine and put her nickel in. Out came a card that read, “You’re a nun. You weigh 128 pounds and you are going to Chicago, Illinois and you are going to play a fiddle.” The nun said to herself, “I know that’s wrong, I have never played a musical instrument a day in my life.” She sat down again. From nowhere, a cowboy came over and set his fiddle case down next to her. The nun picked up the fiddle and just started playing beautiful music.

5. Startled, she looked back at the machine and said “This is incredible. I’ve got to try it again”.

6. Back to the machine. She put her nickel in and another card came out. It said “You’re a nun, you weigh 128 pounds, you’re going to Chicago, Illinois and you’re going to break wind”. Now, the nun knows the machine is wrong “I never broke wind in public a day in my life!” Well, she tripped, fell off the scale and broke wind.

7. Stunned, she sat back down and looked at the machine. She said to herself “This is truly unbelievable! I’ve got to try it again.”

8. She went back to the machine, put her nickel in and collected the card. It said “You’re a nun, you weigh 128 pounds and you have fiddled and farted around and missed your flight to Chicago.”

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**it Happens

All over Social Media the past week , I’ve been watching this young girl being pulled into the water by this mean Sea Lion. ( LOL)  The only reason I write this now is because this same media is attempting to point fingers at the parents because the criminal Sea Lion in question, had already snapped at the little girl minutes before. I’m surprised no one has suggested that the Sea Lion be put down.

Reality check folks,  Animals are just that, ANIMALS. We watch stupid movies where these same animals are seen as dossal and playful and never consider the simple fact that they eat and play with there food more than our children do. We also see very little about the very brave gentleman who, without any hesitation, jumped in that water and saved that little girl. That’s who we should be focused on, not the parents who are most likely feeling grateful for their daughter being safe and sound.

LIFE LESSIONS are the best ones !!! The parents in this case did nothing wrong. Some of life’s lessons are just like this one and others are more tragic. Being able to talk about and incident after the fact is just that, ( A LIFE LESSION )   JG

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EPILEPSY: A Sad History Ignored by the Ages
Epilepsy is a Neurological disorder that causes a variety of seizure. It is one of many diseases that are brain centered. Unfortunately it is not one that has been publicly acknowledged where leaders have stepped to the limelight and declared it a SERIOUS NATIONAL HEALTH ISSUE that must be addressed by increased funding for medical research, treatment and rehabilitation.
If Epilepsy were included as one of the many medical or social issues with which our country deals, we would see leaders championing the cause.  Where are they, the “elitists” on both coasts that will take to microphone or camera and say, “Yes, I have epilepsy”, and step forward to champion the cause. They keep quiet, they continue to hide, deny and live their lives in secrecy to avoid the stigma and discrimination that is still today in the minds of many; who equate epilepsy with demonic possession or worse. Where would those with cancer, HIV and other diseases be today were it not for the courage of some and the knowledge and support of the public.
Where are the spontaneous parades or demonstrations designed to raise the awareness of the public, and to make a public declaration, “This is who we are! Yes we have a disease, not unlike many others, but we are Americans and deserve the same rights and privileges as everyone else.”
For a person with Epilepsy, discrimination in the job market and many times by so called friends and relatives, knows no bounds.  Find a job application that does not ask “Have you ever had a seizure”.  Find a person that will publicly state, outside of his or her immediate family circle, “I have epilepsy”. Find a psychologist trained or qualified to deal with the psychosocial side effects of epilepsy.  (We found one in the United States). Find a health plan that will provide rehabilitation therapy for someone with a seizure disorder.  Find someone that understands the psycho social trauma and pain that each seizure produces in a patient.
Perhaps, we as a nation, have a genetic carrier of misinformation.  Seizures were described in ancient Mesopotamia and were attributed to “the hand of Sin,” the god of the moon. The Hammurabi code, dated 1780 B.C., dictated that the person with epilepsy could not marry, or testify in court. Some were burned at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition, accused of witchcraft.
Others equate epilepsy with mental deficiencies and retardation.  Nothing further from the truth. There are comorbidities with epilepsy, it is possible to have seizures and also mental retardation, two different brain related issues, but not necessarily connected.
Fast forward over 3000 years and you have religious writers ascribing epilepsy to the work of the devil or sin. Many with this disease were sterilized in not too distant a past as it was thought to be genetic. In the United States, for instance, people with epilepsy were forbidden to marry in 17 states until 1956. The last state to repeal this law did so only in 1980. In 1956, 18 states provided for the sterilization, on eugenic grounds, of people with epilepsy.
For more in depth information please go to:
Epilepsia, The Official Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy. The History and Stigma of Epilepsy First Published 18August 2003.
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10 Years Later 

My son is special !!!

     In this day and age, labels are everything. It would seem we care more about professional athletes than real people doing real work. Autism is a label not my son. My sons name is Ryan. Can we please stop focusing on the disability and focus on finding a cure. And before any of you start telling me that your son or daughter doesn’t need to be cured, stow it!! I don’t want to cure Ryan, I want to help Ryan to function on his own and be able to help me to understand him. 

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