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History on August 06, yyyy

Today is Monday, Aug. 06, the 219th day of 2012. There are 147 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“The one predominant duty is to find one’s work and do it.“ Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American economist and feminist (1860-1935).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On August 06, 1962, Jamaica, formerly ruled by Britain, became an independent dominion within the Commonwealth of Nations.

On this date:

In 1825, Upper Peru became the autonomous republic of Bolivia.

In 1862, the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas was scuttled by its crew on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, La., to prevent capture by the Union.

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 14½ hours.

In 1930, New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Force Crater went missing after leaving a Manhattan restaurant; his disappearance remains a mystery to this day.

In 1932, the first Venice Film Festival opened with a screening of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring Fredric March.

In 1942, Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands became the first reigning queen to address a joint session of Congress, telling lawmakers that despite Nazi occupation, her people’s motto remained, “No surrender.“

In 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths.

In 1956, the DuMont television network went off the air after a decade of operations.

In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man to orbit Earth as he flew aboard Vostok 2.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.

In 1997, Korean Air Flight 801 crashed into a hillside a short distance from Guam International Airport, killing 228 of the 254 aboard the Boeing 747.

Ten years ago:

Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez, one-year-old Guatemalan twins born joined at the head, were separated at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.

President George W. Bush signed legislation restoring to U.S. presidents broad authority in negotiating trade pacts.

Five years ago:

The Crandall Canyon Mine in central Utah collapsed, trapping six coal miners. (All six miners died, along with three would-be rescuers.)

President George W. Bush wrapped up two days of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH’-mihd KAHR’-zeye) at Camp David.

Baron Elie Robert de Rothschild, who helped France’s Rothschild winemaking and banking dynasty recover from the ravages of World War II, died near Scharnitz, Austria, at age 90.

One year ago:

Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy commando unit that had slain Osama bin Laden; seven Afghan commandos also died.

Violence erupted in the north London district of Tottenham amid anger over the fatal police shooting of a 29-year-old father of four; rioting and looting spread to other parts of the city and other English cities over the next several days, leaving five dead.

Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter and Ed Sabol were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Today’s Birthdays:

Jazz musician Charlie Haden is 75

Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 74

Actress Louise Sorel is 72

Actor Michael Anderson Jr. is 69

Actor Ray Buktenica is 69

Actor Dorian Harewood is 62

Actress Catherine Hicks is 61

Rock singer Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) is 60

Country musician Mark DuFresne (Confederate Railroad) is 59

Actress Stepfanie Kramer is 56

Actress Faith Prince is 55

Rhythm-and-blues singer Randy DeBarge is 54

Actor Leland Orser is 52

Country singers Patsy and Peggy Lynn are 48

Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson is 47

Actor Jeremy Ratchford is 47

Country singer Lisa Stewart is 44

Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (SHAH’-mah-lahn) is 42

Actress Merrin Dungey is 41

Singer Geri Halliwell is 40

Actor Jason O’Mara is 40

Singer-actor David Campbell is 39

Actress Vera Farmiga is 39

Actress Ever (cq) Carradine is 38

Actress Soleil (soh-LAY’) Moon Frye is 36

Actress Melissa George is 36

Rock singer Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) is 31

Actress Romola Garai is 30

Rock musician Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) is 28

Prison Overcrowding Discussed at WV Legislative Hearing

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Overcrowded conditions in West Virginia’s prisons are part of this nation’s most difficult social and economic problem since slavery, a Charleston minister told a legislative study committee during a hearing last week.

“Basically, it’s the tip of the iceberg,” Rev. Matthew Watts, senior pastor at Grace Bible Church, told members of the Select Committee on Minority Affairs. “It’s the hanging thread from the proverbial cheap sweater.”

Rev. Watts said even though America only makes up 5% of the global population, it has 25% of the prison inmates in the world.

He also claimed that blacks and Latinos constitute a disproportionate share of these inmates.

“If we were to incarcerate low-income white people at the same rate of blacks, we could not build prisons to jail all of them,” he said.

Meanwhile, a subcommittee composed of members of both the House and Senate Finance committees began deliberations last week on whether or not the Legislature currently is receiving sufficient impartial information needed to adequately consider the effect any proposed new legislation would have on jobs and the state economy.

Under the current system, the only information is a “fiscal note” that is usually prepared by state agencies that are affected by the proposed new law.

And that note usually is favorable if the agency likes the bill and unfavorable if the agency doesn’t like the legislation.

Senator Erik Wells, D-Kanawha, is among the growing number of legislators who believes lawmakers should create their own independent fiscal analysis office.

Currently, according to Senator Wells, the Legislature is “nowhere near a co-equal branch of government.”

In response to a question from Senator Orphy Klempa, D-Ohio, interim director Russell Fry said it is too early to provide any pass-fail statistics to legislators.

Meanwhile, at another legislative interim committee session last Monday, Chief Deputy Anthony Carrico of the state fire marshal’s office told a joint judiciary committee panel that it is “more or less impossible to enforce the current state laws on illegal fireworks.” But he said his agency is “vehemently opposed” to the idea of legalizing the sale of Class C fireworks in this state.

However, retired Dow Chemical engineer Cliff Rotz spoke in support of HB4102 that would have allowed more potent fireworks to be sold in West Virginia.

The proposed bill at the 2011 regular session was endorsed by the House Government Organization Committee but then died in the House Judiciary Committee.

A legislative audit presented to a joint House-Senate committee meeting last Wednesday indicated that mine regulators are not reaching their goals for timely inspections and permits.

But Director Thomas Clarke, director of the Division of Mining and Reclamation, said increased scrutiny from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since President Obama took office in 2009 is chiefly to blame.

Legislative auditors also cited agency staffing as part of the problem. Vacancies in the 64-position permitting unit averaged 14% between 2008 and 2011 with a total of 14 staffers quitting their jobs.

- Lawmakers learned that 14 people were tested in a new mandatory drug screening for anyone seeking job training in WorkForce West Virginia during the first week of the new program, interim director Russell Fry told members of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment last Monday.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin set up the drug screening program by executive order on April 24, claiming that the state is mired in a drug abuse crisis that is damaging this state’s economy.

- Tomblin also announced last week that he is abandoning an announced plan to freeze new admission to the state’s program that helps low-income families pay for day-care.

The Department of Health and Human Resources announced plans in late June to cut $8 million from the program that currently helps pay the cost of day care for 24,000 children of mostly low-income single mothers.

“Because this program is important to thousands of West Virginia working families, I have lifted the freeze on the childcare subsidy program-allowing qualified families to enter this program,” Tomblin said.

The next round of legislative interim committee meetings is scheduled for August 13-15, 2012.

Weekly Horoscope: 08.05.12 - 08.11.12

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Take the initiative on the 5th to get things started that can help you gain greater confidence, experience and knowledge and you will enhance your personal life. Take on a responsibility on the 6th and 7th that will ensure you have the privilege to make decisions without facing opposition. An emotional issue will surface on the 8th 9th and 10th if someone doesn’t like the way you are handling personal matters. You are best to occupy your time networking and formulating plans and partnerships involving future projects. Utilize old friends or past colleagues experience and knowledge to come up with a plan that will help you make the best decision without financial excess.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Keep a close eye on what others are doing on the 5th. Protect your money your possessions and your heart. Problems with a co-worker or while dealing with institutions or government agencies can be expected on the 6th and 7th. Get together with someone who shares your sentiments and plans for future endeavors can be put in place. Emotions will be difficult to control on the 8th 9th and 10th when dealing with children, friends or money matters. Stick to a strict budget regardless of temptation or what others want you to purchase. Consider how you can earn more money on the 11th and you will come up with an idea that utilizes an old hobby in a serviceable manner.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Communication will be important if you want to get anything accomplished on the 5th. Exaggeration or poor description will lead to costly confusion. Initiate change on the 6th and 7th and you will come in contact with people who have something to contribute as well as in common with you. Don’t let trivial matters ruin your plans on the 8th 9th and 10th. Forgive and forget rather then let an incident get blown out of proportion. Don’t let emotions play a role in financial matters. Invest wisely. Question your motives on the 11th. You may not see things clearly due to desire. Don’t overlook that someone may be just as intent on winning as you are.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Bypass anyone trying to get a rise out of you on the 5th. You need to relax and enjoy the comfort of your home family or a pastime that eases your stress. Don’t let the changes going on around you on the 6th and 7th cause you to make an impulsive or premature move. You are best to sit tight and wait to see what unfolds before you react. Someone you trust will give you greater insight into what’s happening on the 8th 9th and 10th. Listen carefully and form an alliance that will enable you to counter anything happening that you don’t like. You won’t get all the information you require on the 11th without asking direct questions and doing your own fact finding.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Stick close to home and protect your emotional and physical wellbeing on the 5th. Problems while traveling can be expected. A change will do you good on the 6th and 7th. You will come up with an excellent idea if you take part in a conference seminar or course that is geared towards updating your current skills or showing you how to market what you can do more efficiently. Someone is likely to stand in your way on the 8th 9th and 10th if you are too open regarding your intentions. You are best to get everything up and running before you divulge your plans. You’ll get all the help and support you need on the 11th but it will be costly. Get quotes before you commit.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Refuse to let someone take over on the 5th. Know your limitations and avoid emotional blackmail. Money matters must be monitored carefully on the 6th and 7th. An impulsive purchase or investment may initially please you but as time passes you are likely to be disappointed. Take a well-deserved break on the 8th 9th and 10th. A short trip or signing up for something you enjoy doing will ease your stress and help you reevaluate your next move. Moderation will be the key to your success. Don’t let what others do bother you on the 11th. Overreacting overindulging and overdoing must all be avoided. Avoid impulsive decisions based on emotional matters.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Keep your emotions out of the equation on the 5th if you are trying to get something done within a limited time. Favors you have done in the past will be repaid on the 6th and 7th if you put out a call for help. Your determination and drive will impress someone that has the potential to become an excellent partner. Don’t sell yourself short on the 8th 9th and 10th when it comes to what you have to offer and what you expect in return. You will find a creative solution to any problem that crops up in discussion. A change in your financial situation looks positive on the 11th. A gift, winning or money owed to you will help you budget for something you want to pursue.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Don’t worry about what people think or do on the 5th. Satisfy your needs without feeling guilty or obliged to take care of others. Take a little “Me” time. Deal with any red tape maters on the 6th and 7th before they escalate into something that is too big to handle on your own. A commitment between you and someone you love will help you out financially. Doing something special on the 8th 9th and 10th for someone who has always been there for you in the past will help bring you closer together and ensure you have help in the future. Self-deception regarding money or health matters will lead you in a poor direction on the 11th. Listen to the advice offered.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - A good healthy outlook and attitude will make a huge difference on the 5th when dealing with friends and relatives. Invest in you and your surroundings on the 6th and 7th. There is money to be made through buying or selling real estate or other possessions. A commitment to someone will bring benefits in return. Excess is the enemy on the 8th 9th and 10th. Keep a close tab on what you spend, consume or promise to avoid a costly delayed reaction. An imaginative approach to a personal relationship will help you avoid emotional friction. A personal alteration on the 11th will add adventure to your life. An opportunity will develop through a chance meeting.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Don’t overreact or become impulsive if you don’t like what someone is doing or saying on the 5th. You stand a much better chance of coming out on top if you are reserved and wait for the right moment to retaliate. A problem while traveling can be expected on the 6th and 7th. Don’t limit what you can do because you made a poor choice. You may not be able to please everyone on the 8th 9th and 10th but at least do something that will make you happy. Don’t let anyone rain on your parade. Seize the moment on the 11th. Don’t let anyone stop you from socializing with people you enjoy. Only claim responsibility for the people you want to help not those demanding it.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - You’d be surprised how easy it will be to revert back to something you enjoyed in the past on the 5th. Sincerity will be the key to obtaining what you want. Look at your financial situation on the 6th and 7th and a set budget that will help you save for something you’ve wanted to have or do for a long time. Larger quarters or more people living with you are possible. Say little on the 8th 9th and 10th and you can avoid getting into trouble with someone who is overly sensitive. A short trip can help you avoid a run in with someone you usually deal with daily and lead to good fortune. Enjoy entertaining on the 11th. Someone from your past will make a difference to your life.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) -  Take care of your health on the 5th. Getting into a fitness program or setting up a healthier lifestyle or diet will be a good place to begin. A partner is likely to put demands or pressure on you on the 6th and 7th. Size up the situation and determine how much you are willing to compromise. Don’t make promises that will cause you to lose respect or self-confidence. A problem with someone you work with will escalate on the 8th 9th and 10th if you cannot find common ground. Rely on facts and figures and settle matters quickly. A past emotional issue will continue to fester on the 11th. Discuss alternatives so you can move forward. A change at home will help.

Olympics 2012 Medal Count (As of Saturday, August 04, 2012)

London Olympics Medal Count (As of Saturday, August 04, 2012)

Olympic Medal Tracker Gold Silver Bronze
United States Total: 54 26 13 15
China Total: 53 25 16 12
Great Britain Total: 29 13 7 8
Russia Total: 28 3 16 9
Japan Total: 24 2 10 12
France Total: 22 8 6 8
Germany Total: 21 5 10 6
Australia Total: 20 1 12 7
South Korea Total: 17 9 3 5
Italy Total: 13 5 5 3
Canada Total: 10 1 3 6
Netherlands Total: 8 3 1 4
New Zealand Total: 7 3 0 4
Romania Total: 7 1 4 2
Ukraine Total: 6 2 0 4
Belarus Total: 6 1 2 3
Brazil Total: 6 1 1 4
Kazakhstan Total: 5 5 0 0
North Korea Total: 5 4 0 1
Cuba Total: 5 2 2 1
Hungary Total: 5 2 1 2
Denmark Total: 5 1 2 2
South Africa Total: 4 3 1 0
Poland Total: 4 2 1 1
Czech Republic Total: 4 1 2 1
Mexico Total: 4 0 3 1
Slovakia Total: 4 0 1 3
Slovenia Total: 3 1 0 2
Sweden Total: 3 0 3 0
Spain Total: 3 0 2 1
Colombia Total: 3 0 2 1
India Total: 3 0 1 2
Croatia Total: 2 1 1 0
Jamaica Total: 2 1 0 1
Ethiopia Total: 2 1 0 1
Kenya Total: 2 0 1 1
Serbia Total: 2 0 1 1
Mongolia Total: 2 0 1 1
Norway Total: 2 0 1 1
Indonesia Total: 2 0 1 1
Belgium Total: 2 0 1 1
Greece Total: 2 0 0 2
Moldova Total: 2 0 0 2
Georgia Total: 1 1 0 0
Lithuania Total: 1 1 0 0
Switzerland Total: 1 1 0 0
Venezuela Total: 1 1 0 0
Thailand Total: 1 0 1 0
Chinese Taipei Total: 1 0 1 0
Guatemala Total: 1 0 1 0
Egypt Total: 1 0 1 0
Azerbaijan Total: 1 0 0 1
Hong Kong Total: 1 0 0 1
Iran Total: 1 0 0 1
Qatar Total: 1 0 0 1
Tunisia Total: 1 0 0 1
Singapore Total: 1 0 0 1
Uzbekistan Total: 1 0 0 1

Recalls - 08.03.12



Midas Lin Company Ltd. is recalling Patio Bistro Sets sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide from August 2011 to February 2012.

When the chair support bar is not fully engaged, the chair poses a fall hazard to a consumer who sits in the partially engaged chair.

This recall involves folding chairs sold with three-piece patio bistro sets.

Each set contains two folding chairs and a folding table. Model #S658-01, item # 0355053 and “Garden Treasures” is printed on the cover of the instruction manual sold with the patio bistro sets.

Consumers should contact Midas Lin at 877.556.0886 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit for a new set of warning labels.


Sears is recalling Kenmore Dehumidifiers sold nationwide from 2003 to 2009.

The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards.

This recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, manufactured between 2003 and 2005.

Consumers should contact Recall Fulfillment Center at 855.400.4641 between 8 AM and 7 PM CT Monday through Friday and between 8 AM and 2 PM CT Saturday, or visit to receive a Sears gift card.


Midwest Folding Products, of Chicago, IL, is recalling stage and riser caddies sold nationwide from January 1989 to March 2012.

The caddy’s latches do not automatically close to secure the stages and risers when stored.

Unsecured stages and risers can fall off the caddies and onto consumers.

This recall involves Midwest Folding Products’ caddies used to store collapsible stages and risers when they are not being used.

The caddies are brown, gray or black metal and measure 44 inches long by 30 inches wide by 60 inches high.

They hold six 96-inch long or eight 48 to 72-inch long stage or riser platforms.

Yellow caution and instruction labels are located on the caddy’s frame.

Caddy owners should contact Midwest Folding Products at 800.621.4716 between 8 AM and 5 PM CT, or visit the firm’s website at to receive a free repair kit.


Liberty Mountain is recalling Kenta and Kenta Plus child carriers sold nationwide and in Canada from January 2010 to May 2012.

The side strap’s seam can unravel and cause the strap to separate, posing a fall hazard.

This recall involves backpack-style child carriers sold under the Kenta and Kenta Plus model name.

“VAUDE” is printed on the back and between the shoulder straps of the carrier.

“Kenta” or “Kenta Plus” is printed on the lower back or hip belt of the carrier.

Consumers should return the product to an authorized VAUDE dealer for a replacement.

Consumers can also contact Liberty Mountain at 800.366.2666 between 9 AM and 5 PM MT Monday through Friday, or visit or


Green Toys is recalling Green Toys™ Mini Vehicles sold nationwide and in Canada from March 2012 to June 2012.

The wheels and hubcaps on the toy cars can detach, posing a choking hazard.

This recall involves Green Toys™ Mini Vehicles.

Consumers should contact Green Toys Inc. at 888.973.3421 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday or visit to receive a full refund.

June 29, 2012 Storm Caused 3 Deaths in West Virginia

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The June 29, 2012 windstorm that caused widespread power outages is being blamed for three deaths in West Virginia, state health officials said Friday.

The Bureau for Public Health said Friday it has completed a review of data received from hospital emergency departments.

“West Virginia hospitals did an outstanding job capturing and reporting this much-needed data to the state,“ said Dr. Marian Swinker, the state health officer and commissioner for public health. “Our hospitals are a tremendous asset and partner to Public Health.“

Swinker said deaths occurred in Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from using a generator indoors, delayed access to health care and heat-related illness.

Swinker said other injuries also were associated with the hot weather, people eating spoiled food and some who suffered burns from generators.

“The data collected will help us develop prevention messages that can help save lives in the future,“ Swinker said. “While not all storm-related deaths or injuries are preventable, the data serve as a reminder for all of us to be better prepared for the next major event or disaster in West Virginia.“

She said that includes a family disaster kit that could include items such as drinking water, nonperishable food, medications and a first-aid kit.

The June 29 storm and subsequent storms left more than 680,000 customers without electricity across the state. Some had to wait nearly two weeks to have their power restored.

President Barack Obama last month issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia. It will cover emergency work, repair and replacement of public facilities in 45 counties.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin also is seeking individual assistance in at least 24 counties, which includes grants and services for people who incurred uninsured property damage and loss.

Gilmer County Senior Center Flea Market - 08.07.12 - Tuesday

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The Colorado “Batman Shooter” - De-mystifying Mass Murder in America

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Dramatic, and recurring mass shootings seem to be a peculiarly American phenomenon, given the fact that every other nation that experiences such shootings soon passes appropriate legislation that effectively prevents the repeat of such preventable tragedies. Not in America however, thanks to the National Rifle Association and the numerous, well-paid weapons manufacturing lobbyists who threaten into silence and inaction most of our elected officials in DC, both Republican and Democrat, who can’t seem to resist taking the bribes.


The now infamous, and roundly hated James Holmes was probably just another one of many brain-altered, and then gun-wielding, mass murderers who shot into an innocent crowd after making impressively bizarre plans to do so. There are many similarities with the 1999 Columbine shootings that happened only a few miles away.


But what impressed me was the fact that the first words out of the mouths of the media and ruling elites immediately after many of these shootings was this obfuscating sentiment: “This is an act of ‘senseless violence’, and we will probably never understand why it happened”; meaning, of course, don’t bother speculating about the motives of the shooter. And don’t ask any unwanted probing questions, especially about Holmes’ psychiatrist and what mind-altering drugs she probably prescribed for him. “Trust us”, they are saying, “we’re the experts.”


Unfortunately, these experts are also likely to be beholden to various powers-that-be that aren’t interested in having us sheeple understand what really went down on at the midnight Batman movie. And they don’t seem to be very interested in solving the problem or curing the malady that is the epidemic of American gun violence.


The assorted potentially guilty accomplices are covering their behinds. They want to be sure that they will be held blameless when the final “official” report is released in a year or so. So don’t expect to be told everything that we need to know so that we can make sense of mass shootings any time soon. Psychiatry and BigPharma are off limits.


Do expect to hear all sorts of irrelevant spin-off verbiage about what kinds of guns and ammo were used and whether or not there will be an “insanity defense”. And, of course, the overwhelming reportage, until the trial starts, will be about the hundreds of victims and their dramatic stories rather than about the possible motivations of the shooter.


If there is evidence that will help us naïve “consumers” of drugs and information and advertisements and propaganda to make sense out of events that will give us a fighting chance to prevent them in the future, don’t expect that we will be told about it - until and unless some courageous investigative journalist does the hard sleuthing work and is allowed to report his findings. We will certainly be as confused about the Batman Shooter as most of us were about the Columbine shooters.

Making futile the attempts to de-mystify mass murder


If the real connections that would help to de-mystify the latest mass shootings are suppressed, as expected, the gradually approaching police state agenda of the 1% will be enabled. Prepare for “domestic” spy drones over America, more conceal and carry guns and assault rifles purchased by freaked-out gun-owners, metal detectors everywhere and taxpayer-paid private security firms frisking us as we stand in line to see the next violence-inducing, fear-inducing shoot-em-up fantasy film about fictitious time-traveling “undead” monsters, or some new and laughably absurd super-hero movie that will surely stimulate ideas about violence to who-knows-what mentally unsound or brain-drugged copy-cat wannabe who might fancy himself as a homicidal avenger of injustice (or as a competitor for the Guiness Book of World Records for non-combat mass murders).


I have been listening and watching the repetitive and sensationalistic news coverage of the Aurora shootings during the days since the deed was done. And virtually nobody wants to talk about the psychotropic drugs that most of the school and workplace shooters were taking or withdrawing from.


We all know that there are ” sacred cows” lurking among us that are too big to raise questions about because they consider themselves too big to fail. And most of them have the economic and political power to ensure that they are not questioned. It is also well known that many major media “journalists”, news anchors, politicians and police departments are careful to not step on big toes in crisis situations like the Batman shootings. Readers are fully justified in suspecting that the “experts” are covering up something in this case. Read on.


Who might be potential accessories to the crimes of the Batman Shooter?


So we need to wonder our loud who might be those “sacred cow” groups or industries that are contributing to or even benefiting from making obscure America’s recurrent mass shootings. Many of them regard themselves as being too big to expose, criticize or otherwise implicate as accomplices, even as inadvertent accomplices. Any one of us can think of any number of potential culprits. My list includes this TOP 9 LIST (plus 3 major potential players further below):


the violent entertainment industry;

the violent, and addictive videogame industry;

the violent professional contact sports industry, where violent acts are hoped-for and applauded;

the food industry that is doing so much to malnourish vulnerable brains and bodies;

the weapons manufacturers and their lobbyist organizations;

the ease in getting lethal military style weapons (the Aurora killer reportedly got some of his guns at Gander Mountain and Pro Bass Shops);

our militarized culture and the media that glorifies the “legal” mass murder by “licensed to kill” soldiers in the battlefield and then condemns them when they come home, psychologically and spiritually tormented, and commit murders, suicides or crimes;

Congresspersons, Presidents, state governors and Supreme Court justices who indifferently vote against, refuse to pass or refuse to enforce rational harm-reduction legislation that could do so much to prevent these mass homicides;

Christian church leaders who fail to teach to the potential mass murderers in their own Sunday School or confirmation classes about the Golden Rule and the other nonviolent ethical teachings of Jesus, whom they profess to follow.


But in the minds of many, the big culprits are the ones that the corporate media and their paymasters are scared to death about exposing, are:


BigPharma (the multinational pharmaceutical companies) and their propaganda that shapes public attitudes and behaviors and stimulates demand for drug prescriptions from their physicians;

the US Food and Drug Administration that grants approval for many potentially lethal psychiatric drugs on virtually zero long-term safety data and woefully inadequate efficacy data;

BigPsychiatry/BigMedicine and us obedient, quasi-enslaved physicians who are locked into those corporate entities and who have, by and large, not opened our eyes and ears to the data from the truth-seeking alternative medical, forensic and drug research community of altruists (who are not beholden to the obscenely wealthy and powerful pharmaceutical corporations).


Much of this data, which is virtually never published in the hostile BigPharma-subsidized medical journals, shows unequivocally that most, if not all, of the five classes of potentially addictive, potentially brain-damaging psychiatric drugs are fully capable of causing drug-induced violence, drug-induced psychoses, drug-induced homicidallity, drug-induced mania, drug-induced suicidality, drug-induced dementia, drug-induced sleep disorders and drug-induced criminal behaviors (especially in unsuspecting adolescents who are often told to ignore the adverse effects and just keep on taking the drugs).

He who pays the piper, calls the tune


By ignoring the mountains of peer-reviewed complementary-alternative medical literature and only paying attention to what is advertised in the co-opted mainstream medical journals, we drug prescribers regularly - and often quite cavalierly – hand out brain and mind-altering synthetic chemicals that BigPharma’s ubiquitous, and very attractive, sales staffs try to reassure us are safe, curative and non-addicting us (with mostly skewed or insufficient data to back up their claims - and pens, pizzas and post-it notes to clinch the sale).


Therefore, considering the fact that there is that massive amount of evidence that makes a strong connection between American school shootings and the use of (or withdrawal from) mind-altering, brain-numbing, remorselessness-inducing psych drugs, a fair question should be: “Was the Batman Shooter taking or withdrawing from any one of the scores of psychiatric drugs so readily prescribed these days?”


(For essential background on this issue, see books by the whistle-blowing psychiatrist Peter Breggin, including Medication Madness, Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back To Prozac or Your Drug May Be Your Problem or these websites:,,, or


But have we have heard on any radio or television station, even on PBS or NPR, a single word about the high likelihood of legal psych drug use or drug withdrawal in the case of the Batman Shooter? And have we heard anything about Dr. Lynne Fenton, Holmes’ psychiatrist who would have been the major prescriber? A lot of critical thinkers smell a rat. There is a cover-up in the making.


Bad advice: “Don’t waste time trying to figure out what motivated the shooter”


Interestingly, one of the survivors of the Columbine school shooter Eric Harris (who was taking the Prozac-like drug Luvox that had been prescribed by his tragically unaware Colorado psychiatrist, after a trial of Zoloft “failed”) contributed to the myth-making when he advised the most recent batch of Colorado shooting victims to not “waste time trying to figure out what motivated the shooter or shooters. It’s a waste of time” he said, “and it gives them exactly what they want (sic).” And then later in the interview he lamented the fact that “I don’t think I’ll ever understand.” Duh.


Psychologically and spiritually, any psychologist or spiritual advisor worth his or her salt, when dealing with the psychological and spiritual consequences of trauma, will tell you that that advice is profoundly anti-therapeutic and will, at the very least, lead to delayed healing - possibly permanently delayed healing. That statement made me wonder what dependency-inducing psych drug that he had been taking for the last 13 years. Perhaps he has already tried to taper off his drug but then found out that he couldn’t tolerate the disabling, crazy-making withdrawal symptoms, and therefore he now justifies the continued use of a drug that he can’t get off of.


But he is certainly repeating what the “experts” always seem to want us to believe as they hide essential but “sensitive” information that might be uncomfortable for Holmes’ doctor, or clinic, or pharmacist, or neuroscience grad school program, or family member, or pharmaceutical company, or gun seller, or legislato,r or secret black-ops military experimenter, or other potential accomplices. Are the authorities trying to protect the various industries and people that rightfully need to be named for their part in the massacres, however indirect?


It is important for me to remind readers at this point to check out, where they will find a collection of 4,800+ damning, mostly criminal news stories about the behavioral and psychic toxicity of antidepressants. These are documented examples of psychotropic drug-induced violence that have made it into the media (via newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or were part of (only three!) FDA hearings (1991, 2004 or 2006) where public testimony about the lethality of FDA-approved psych drugs was allowed (and essentially ignored by the FDA panel).

The thousands of examples reported on that website represent just the tip of what surely is an enormous iceberg, since even the FDA estimates that as many as 99% of adverse events from any given drug is never reported to that agency.

What is the PDR trying to warn us physicians about when we prescribe antidepressants?

The lists the following common adverse reactions (side effects) to SSRI antidepressants (among a host of other physical and neuropsychiatric effects).  None of these adverse reactions is listed as Rare

  • Manic Reaction (Mania, e.g., Kleptomania, Pyromania, Dipsomania, Nymphomania)
  • Hypomania (e.g., poor judgment, over spending, impulsivity, etc.)
  • Abnormal Thinking
  • Hallucinations
  • Personality Disorder
  • Amnesia
  • Agitation
  • Psychosis
  • Abnormal Dreams
  • Emotional Lability
  • Alcohol Abuse and/or Craving
  • Hostility
  • Paranoid Reactions
  • Confusion
  • Delusions
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Akathisia (severe internal restlessness that can cause suicidality)
  • Withdrawal  Syndrome
  • Impulsivity

It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that any of the above drug-induced mental aberrations could pass as mental illness.

It should be emphasized that so-called adverse reactions are most likely to occur when starting or discontinuing the drug, increasing or lowering the dose or when switching from one SSRI to another.  Adverse reactions are often mis-diagnosed as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or some other “mental illness of unknown origin” when the symptoms may be entirely iatrogenic (treatment induced). Withdrawal, especially abrupt withdrawal, from any of these medications can cause severe neuropsychiatric and physical symptoms that can also cause the above signs and symptoms. It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these drugs, often over a period of a year or more, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced specialist, if available. Withdrawal is sometimes more severe than the original symptoms or problems.

SSRI “adverse reactions” are actually expected, understandable and therefore should not be surprising to physicians. They are not actually “side effects”

So with the list of common adverse effects of these drugs above, I present below a “short list” of drug–associated violence over the past decade or two, perpetrated mostly by young people who were involved in newsworthy shootings and whose psych drugs were identified and reported to the public.

Tragically, in the vast majority of psychiatric drug-related suicides, homicides or other types of irrational violence, prescription drugs are generally not reported in the corporate-controlled and subsidized media, where pharmaceutical companies advertise heavily, exerting subtle influence on how much investigative journalism is allowed - or allowed to be published. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Among the nearly 5000 examples of psychiatric drug-induced violence on its site, SSRI Stories includes a list of 66 school shootings that are disproportionately American. That list of 66 often mentions suicides that were also connected to either taking or withdrawing from SSRI drugs. There has been an explosion of such incidents since Eli Lilly’s Prozac, the world’s first SSRI drug, was released onto an unsuspecting public back in 1989.

It needs to be emphasized that most of the developed world’s drug regulatory agencies, including the FDA, have not tested psychotropic drugs for safety or efficacy on human brains under the age of 18 (either short term or long term), and therefore those agencies have not approved their use for that group (with rare exceptions). It also needs to be mentioned that no combination of two or more drugs of any class (again with rare exceptions) have even been tested for safety of efficacy in the rat labs. Therefore, we physicians, if we prescribe these untested drugs, (especially in combination with other drugs) to that underage group (that is at a stage of immature brain development) we are doing so “off label”, thus exposing ourselves to medico-legal risks.

Here is the sobering list. Read it and weep – and then reassess what really needs to be done with background checks when someone with a clean criminal or so-called “mental illness” record tries to purchase an automatic rifle that can shoot 60 rounds a minute.

•  Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Colombine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

•  Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

•  Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

•  Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

•  Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft. Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

•  Jarred Viktor, age 15, stabbed his grandmother 61 times after 5 days on Paxil.

•  Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

•  Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

•  A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

•  Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on  students  at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

•  A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

•  Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

•  TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high  school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

•  Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

•  James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementaryschool killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

•  Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

•  Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) - school shooting in El Cajon, California

•  Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

•  Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

•  Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

•  Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewishschool shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

•  Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

•  Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled. 

•  Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

•  Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

•  Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “.... the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit.  I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

•  Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,

(Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)

•  Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

•  Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

•  Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

•  Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

•  A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

•  Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student.  He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

•  Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself.  Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

•  Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

•  Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School - then he committed suicide.

•  Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

•  Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

•  Etc, etc.

Finally, to read my recent Duty to Warn column entitled:

“Many Psychoactive Drugs are Strongly Associated with Violence”see:

­­­­­­­Dr. Gary G. Kohls - a retired physician who has painfully witnessed (in his practice of holistic mental health care) the soul- and psychic devastation of war, domestic violence, punitive parenting, malnutrition, homelessness, poverty and the serious potential dangers of the chronic and widespread use of psychotropic drugs. In his essays he tries to warn his readers about some of the physical, neurological, psychological and spiritual consequences of all forms of violence and neglect.


RECEIPTS:        Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week         126,200     65,800       206,800        398,800   
Last Week         119,400     70,500        96,200        286,100   
Last Year         158,700     48,300       249,300        456,300

Compared to last week, yearlings traded 1.00-4.00 higher with calves in the Southeast selling 3.00-6.00 higher as other areas traded unevenly steady in a light test.

This week feeder cattle prices found long lost support as cattle buyers got back into action, but clearly much depends on the weather and how the corn market continues to react.

Live cattle prices moved significantly higher on Thursday as short bought packers were aggressive to buy cattle and feedlots were quick to react in active trade.

Live sales were 3.00-5.00 higher trading from 118.00-119.00 and dressed sales 4.00-6.00 higher ranging from 184.00-186.00.

With the continuing drought which has forced feeder cattle off pastures and back-grounding operations into feedlots over the last couple of months has brought on a steady decline in feeder prices and kept cattle markets on the defensive near term.

This first week of August was the first time since the first week of June that the National Feeder Cattle Summary has been predominately higher.

A large crowd of buyers were on hand in Valentine, NE on Thursday as a number of large strings of reputation Sandhills cattle were sold.

Buyers readily bid on yearlings as near 265 head of 700-750 lb. steers had a weighted average price of 154.30; near 400 head of steers weighing 800-850 lbs. had a weighted average price of 141.61 and near 550 head of steers weighing between 850-900 lbs. had a weighted average price of 137.02.

The pressure cooker that’s more commonly called the Midwest saw another round of high temperatures this week.

Corn prices this week saw a pull-back aiding feeder cattle prices.

Lower corn prices this week came from profit taking and slow export sales as soaring corn prices have crimped demand.  Grain traders are taking a wait and see approach this week trying to find clues as to the actual size of the corn crop with USDA releasing its Supply and Demand Report next week.

This week’s weekly Crop Progress report was more of the same with really nothing good to say as deteriorating corn and soybean conditions continue.

USDA had 48% of the corn crop rated poor to very poor compared to 45% last week and 14% last year.

Soybeans were rated 37% poor to very poor compared to 35% last week and 12% last year.

The shrinking beef cow herd and calf crop are an item that is on the minds of many in the cattle industry.

At some point once this drought subsides tight supplies should push prices higher.

But beef demand will be the mover on the domestic front as well on the international stage that will be the key to cattle prices moving forward.

This week reported auctions included 57% weighing over 600 lbs. and 39% heifers.

Auction Receipts:  126,200   Last Week:  119,400   Last Year:  158,700

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday August 01, 2012

Cattle Receipts:  43

Slaughter cows made up 47% of the offering, slaughter bulls 2%,
replacement cows 5%, and feeders 47%.

The feeder supply included 15% steers, 30% heifers, and 55% bulls.

Near 35% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    205-205    205       112.50         112.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    485-485    485        85.00          85.00   Red
    1    600-600    600        89.00          89.00   RWF

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    400-400    400       111.00         111.00
    1    935-935    935        75.00          75.00
                             Small 1 - 2
    1    365-365    365        72.50          72.50   Red
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    630-630    630        90.00          90.00
    1    600-600    600        88.00          88.00   RWF
    1    740-740    740        70.00          70.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    280-280    280       128.00         128.00   Red
    2    335-345    340    108.00-131.00     119.33
    1    360-360    360       108.00         108.00
    3    355-365    362    104.00-110.00     105.96   Red
    1    410-410    410       125.00         125.00
    1    470-470    470        85.00          85.00   RWF
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    775-775    775        93.00          93.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1200-1200  1200   999.00-1075.00    1075.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1050-1050  1050       880.00         880.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    9   1090-1380  1259     72.50-83.50       76.94
    3   1035-1205  1140     65.00-66.50       65.53   Low Dressing
    1   1560-1560  1560       77.00           77.00
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1   1100-1100  1100        74.75          74.75
    1   1620-1620  1620        68.50          68.50
    5   1600-1885  1722     79.75-82.25       80.72   High Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1360-1360  1360        86.50          86.50

Cows With Calves At Side     2 pair 

 Medium and Large 1 
 1000-1090 			970.00 - 1275.00

Weston Livestock, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday July 28, 2012

Cattle Receipts:  104

Slaughter cows made up 26% of the offering, slaughter bulls 11%,
replacement cows 1%, other cows 1%, and feeders 62%.

The feeder supply included 38% steers, 34% heifers, and 28% bulls.

Near 50% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    305-340    323    127.50-130.00     128.82
    1    360-360    360       115.00         115.00   EXOTIC
    1    440-440    440       121.00         121.00
    2    485-485    485       135.00         135.00   Fleshy
    4    568-568    568       128.00         128.00
    8    610-649    643    121.00-123.00     122.26
    1    690-690    690       120.00         120.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    330-330    330       110.00         110.00
    1    430-430    430       126.00         126.00
    1    660-660    660       108.00         108.00
    1    865-865    865       100.00         100.00   EXOTIC
                             Holstein Medium and Large 3
    1    700-700    700        75.00          75.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    405-435    420    119.00-120.00     119.52
    1    465-465    465       113.00         113.00
    2    520-525    523    104.00-108.00     106.01
    2    525-525    525     95.00-100.00      97.50   EXOTIC
    1    630-630    630       114.00         114.00   EXOTIC
    1    660-660    660       111.00         111.00
    2    728-728    728       116.00         116.00
    2    850-895    873     93.00-99.00       95.92
    2    930-940    935        80.00          80.00
    2    975-985    980     83.00-90.00       86.52
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    305-305    305       110.00         110.00
    2    377-377    377        79.00          79.00   Thin
    1    505-505    505       106.00         106.00
    1    565-565    565        97.00          97.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    375-375    375       126.00         126.00
    1    450-450    450       128.00         128.00
    1    500-500    500       122.00         122.00
    1    590-590    590        95.00          95.00   RWF
    1    630-630    630       110.00         110.00
    3    852-860    855     97.00-101.00      99.66
    1    925-925    925        86.00          86.00
    1    965-965    965        96.00          96.00
    1   1055-1055  1055        78.00          78.00
                             Small 1
    2    760-775    768     66.00-70.00       67.98
    1    855-855    855        67.00          67.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    425-445    435    115.00-124.00     119.40
    2    485-495    490    105.00-114.00     109.55

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1490-1490  1490       900.00         900.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1385-1385  1385        68.00          68.00
    2   1455-1655  1555     75.00-75.50       75.23
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    6   1100-1345  1234     73.75-75.25       74.27
    6   1100-1325  1242     75.50-77.00       76.36   High Dressing
    3   1040-1280  1125     68.00-68.50       68.19   Low Dressing
    2   1445-1450  1448     74.25-74.50       74.37
    1   1420-1420  1420        78.50          78.50   High Dressing
    1   1425-1425  1425        65.00          65.00   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1   1030-1030  1030        65.00          65.00
    1   1315-1315  1315        72.25          72.25   High Dressing
    3    840-1070   972     55.50-61.00       58.82   Low Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    825-825    825        91.00          91.00  

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1330-1330  1330        86.00          86.00
    3   1180-1485  1382     80.50-84.00       81.50   Low Dressing
    5   1750-2015  1877     90.00-92.50       90.92
    2   1540-1730  1635     93.00-97.00       95.12   High Dressing
   Canner/cutter cows   10.00

  Heiferettes 2hd
   1000-1200lbs    80-87

 Cow/calf pairs 1hd
  2-8calf over 250      1400

 Baby calves 1hd    Beef      Dairy
  100-150lbs by/cwt  147.50

 Feeder pigs 6hd      25-50

 Feeder lambs 3hd 
    60lbs      130
    45lbs      127.50

 Goats 10hd         Sel1             sel2              sel3 
  20-40lbs                           50-55
 small nannies                      47.50
 Big nannies                      72.50-100.00        50-67.50
 big billies                         145

Jackson County Regional Livestock, Ripley, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday July 28, 2012

Cattle Receipts:  140

Slaughter cows made up 10% of the offering, slaughter bulls 5%,
replacement cows 4%, and feeders 81%.

The feeder supply included 31% steers, 43% heifers, and 26% bulls.

Near 20% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    345-345    345       167.00         167.00
    6    379-390    381    150.00-162.00     159.95
    5    405-420    417    135.00-140.00     139.03
    2    467-467    467       140.00         140.00
   13    500-524    520    135.00-137.00     136.55
    1    570-570    570       124.00         124.00
    2    610-625    618    120.00-131.00     125.43
    1    915-915    915       100.00         100.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    4    575-575    575        84.00          84.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    297-297    297       126.00         126.00
    2    320-335    328       115.00         115.00
   11    350-382    368    115.00-120.00     118.43
    4    410-435    420    119.00-125.00     121.04
    1    425-425    425       104.00         104.00   Fleshy
    4    480-480    480       123.00         123.00
    1    490-490    490       115.00         115.00   RED
    5    515-540    531    120.00-122.00     121.01
    5    605-625    612    100.00-114.00     108.03
    8    660-695    676     85.00-114.00     109.17
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    597-597    597        87.00          87.00
                             Medium and Large 3
    3    375-375    375        90.00          90.00
    1    515-515    515        86.00          86.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    190-190    190       125.00         125.00
    3    377-385    380    145.00-157.00     149.06
    6    405-430    415    130.00-143.00     139.55
    2    450-450    450       131.00         131.00
    3    512-535    520    104.00-132.00     122.39
    2    550-570    560    120.00-125.00     122.46
    2    550-550    550       100.00         100.00   Smoke
    2    600-625    613     92.00-110.00     100.82
    1    650-650    650       117.00         117.00
    1    830-830    830        95.00          95.00
    2    882-882    882        92.00          92.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    275-275    275       100.00         100.00
    3    590-590    590        82.00          82.00
    1    650-650    650       105.00         105.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    775-865    820    550.00-560.00     554.73   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1235-1235  1235       900.00         900.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    860-860    860       650.00         650.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1385-1385  1385       900.00         900.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1150-1250  1200     75.00-76.00       75.48   High Dressing
    1   1550-1550  1550        71.00          71.00
    1   1665-1665  1665        72.50          72.50   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    2    905-1235  1070        68.00          68.00
    5   1030-1335  1153     70.00-77.50       73.63   High Dressing
    2   1070-1135  1103     55.00-59.00       56.94   Low Dressing
    1   1565-1565  1565        77.00          77.00   High Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1410-1410  1410        82.00          82.00
    3   1570-2060  1825     85.00-87.00       86.14
    3   1580-1930  1740     92.00-95.00       93.59   High Dressing

Cow Calf Pairs
    8   2-5 yrs new born calf     1000.00-1200.00
        2-5 yrs 200lbs & up calf  1200.00-1310.00
        5-10yrs 200lbs & up calf  1300.00-1435.00

No stock bulls
Baby Calves
    8   New born dairy   30.00-120.00
        New born beef    80.00-120.00

Market Hogs (Jackson Co Fair Hogs)
   38   200-300lbs 75.00-111.00

Lambs (Jackson Co Fair Lambs) 
   58   100lbs & up     112.00-121.00

Bon Appétit: Asian Noodles

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  1 (8 ounce) package capellini pasta
  1/2 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  1 red bell peppers, sliced
  1/4 cup rice vinegar
  3 tablespoons soy sauce
  1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Cook pasta according to package directions; add mushrooms and pepper during last 2 minutes of cooking.

Combine vinegar, soy sauce, oil, and ginger to make dressing.

Drain pasta and vegetables.

Transfer to a serving bowl; combine with dressing.

Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

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Stargazing - 08.05.12


Soon after sunset, look low in the east for a dark blue-gray band atop the horizon, with a thin layer of pink above it, fading into the pale blue-white of the daytime sky.

That dark band is the shadow of our own planet Earth extending into space.

Sky Crane

The plan for landing the Curiosity rover on Mars sounds like something created by the “Mythbusters”: Use a heat shield, a parachute, retrorockets, and a “sky crane” — a hovering platform that’ll winch the rover the final few feet to the surface. Oh, and you’ve got just seven minutes for the entire sequence — and unlike one of the Mythbusters’ favorite sayings, failure is not an option.

Curiosity is scheduled to land tonight in Gale Crater, a wide basin with a tall mountain at its center.

The crater may once have been filled with water. During its two-year main mission, the nuclear-powered rover will look for evidence of that ancient water in layers of rock at the base of the mountain, plus the rocks and dirt around the mountain. Its measurements will help scientists determine whether the region was habitable in the distant past.

That mission depends on a successful landing, which is the most complicated yet attempted.

A precisely controlled entry into the Martian atmosphere should place Curiosity inside a target landing zone that’s just 12 miles long.

Earlier rovers used airbags to cushion their final drop. But Curiosity is too big for that — it weighs a ton, and it’s the size of a minivan. Instead, a rocket-powered descent stage will hover just 65 feet above the surface and use the sky crane to winch the rover to a gentle landing — and the start of the most extensive exploration of the Martian surface to date.

TRUTH OR TRADITION?  – Why Be A Christian? #6     #183



Why Be A Christian? #6

Spiritual Blessings.

If the Christian must suffer the same trials and tribulations as the non-Christian, then why be a Christian?  Being a Christian:  1. Gives meaning and purpose to life.  2. Gives meaning and purpose to suffering.  3. Means special blessings from God.  4. Means showing my gratitude to God.  5. The only way to properly prepare for Heaven.

The Dream Of A Better World.

From the time Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden, man has longed for a better world.  Some have even put their dreams in writing.  In 1516 Sir Thomas Moore published a book in which he described a community or society with a perfect social and political system which he called “Utopia”.  In the novel “Lost Horizon”, published in 1933, author James Hilton pictures a hidden valley in the Himalayas, which he called “Shangri La”, where people live in peace and harmony years beyond the normal lifespan.  In both cases, the words “Utopia” and “Shangri La” have come to mean an earthly paradise.

The Modern Dream.

The modern dream of a great many folks is a thousand year reign of Christ here on earth in perfect peace and harmony.  That dream is about as realistic as the other two, inasmuch as Jesus made it clear that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36) , and that the kingdom of God is “within you.” (Luke 17:21) .  His reign is spiritual not physical.  His warfare is not “against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  (Eph. 6:12) .  It’s doubtful that Jesus will ever set foot on this earth again,  inasmuch as when He comes again the righteous will be caught up together to meet him in the air, and so shall EVER be with the Lord. (1 Thess 4:16-17) .

The Promise Of Heaven.

Before ascending back to the Father,  Jesus promised:  “I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” (John 14:2-3) .  That place is indescribable, for Paul writes:  “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) .  That place is prepared only for those who love God.

The Savior Of The Body.

The saved are added to the church by the Lord Himself.  “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47 NKJV) .  The church is the body of Christ.  “…and gave him to be head over all things to the church, Which is his body…” (Eph. 1:22-23) .  “Christ is the head of the church:  and he is the savior of the body.” (Eph. 5:23) .  When He comes again He is going to save the body.  Since the body is the church, if I want to go with Him to Heaven, I’ve got to be part of the church,  a member of the body. Why be a Christian?  Only Christians…the saved…members of the church, the body…will go to heaven.


Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
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David Kent Cogar

Age 72, of Harrisville, WV, passed away on May 01, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

He was born February 13, 1940, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Edward and Mildred Maxwell Cogar.

Dave graduated from Tanner High School in Gilmer County, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii from 1960-1962.

He retired after 27 years of service from E.I. DuPont Co., Washington Works, as an extruder operator.

He enjoyed playing guitar, hunting and the outdoors.

He was a Baptist by faith.

He is survived by one brother, John (Connie) Cogar of Parkersburg; two sisters, Regina Lewis and Linda Cogar, both of Parkersburg; and five nephews, Tim and Terry Lewis, Daron Cogar, John P. Cogar and Matthew S. Cogar.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM August 11, 2012 at Job’s Temple Church picnic shelter in Glenville, WV.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Job’s Temple Church, c/o Louella Stalnaker, 9 Lorentz Dr., Glenville, WV 26351.


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History on August 05, yyyy

Today is Sunday, Aug. 05, the 218th day of 2012. There are 148 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“For life: It is rather a determination not to be overwhelmed. For work: The truth can only be recalled, never invented.“ - Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Aug. 05, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.“

On this date:

In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala.

In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.

In 1912, the Progressive Party, also known as the “Bull Moose Party,“ convened in Chicago. (The party was formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt following a split in the Republican Party.)

In 1921, a baseball game was broadcast for the first time as KDKA radio announcer Harold Arlin described the action between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Field. (The Pirates won, 8-5.)

In 1924, the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray made its debut.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals.

In 1953, Operation Big Switch began as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom.

In 1961, the amusement park Six Flags Over Texas had its official grand opening day in Arlington.

In 1962, South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment.

In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.

In 1969, the U.S. space probe Mariner 7 flew by Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data.

In 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike.

Ten years ago:

Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a suspected weapons factory in Gaza City following attacks that killed 13 people in 24 hours.

The coral-encrusted gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a storm.

Death claimed Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn at age 85; former “Sesame Street” cast member Matt Robinson at age 65; and soap opera actor Joshua Ryan Evans at age 20.

Five years ago:

President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH’-mihd KAHR’-zeye) began meeting at Camp David to discuss security issues in Afghanistan.

Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY’-nah oh-CHOH’-uh) won the Women’s British Open - the first women’s professional tournament played at venerable St. Andrews - for her first major title.

Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (zhahn mah-REE’ loos-tih-ZHAY’), 1 of the most influential Roman Catholic figures in France, died in Paris at age 80.

Comedian Stanley Myron Handelman died in Panorama City, CA, at age 77.

One year ago:

Standard & Poor’s lowered the United States’ AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.

A federal jury convicted three New Orleans police officers, a former officer and a retired sergeant of civil rights violations in the 2005 shooting deaths of a teenager and a mentally disabled man crossing a bridge following Hurricane Katrina.

A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed toward Jupiter on a 5-year quest to discover the secret recipe for making planets.

Today’s Birthdays:

Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 82

Actor John Saxon is 76

College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Roman Gabriel is 72

Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 72

Rock musician Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five) is 72

Actress Loni Anderson is 67

Actress Erika Slezak is 66

Rock singer Rick Derringer is 65

Actress Holly Palance is 62

Singer Samantha Sang is 59

Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 56

Rock musician Pat Smear is 53

Actress Tawney Kitaen is 51

Actress Janet McTeer is 51

Country musician Mark O’Connor is 51

Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 50

Actor Jonathan Silverman is 46

Country singer Terri Clark is 44

Former MLB player John Olerud is 44

Rock musician Eicca Toppinen (EYE’-kah TAH’-pihn-nehn) (Apocalyptica) is 37

Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 26

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Beware: Wal-Mart to Sell Genetically Modified Sweet Corn

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Rejecting entreaties from consumers and activists, Wal-Mart says it plans to sell a new crop of genetically modified sweet corn created by biotech giant Monsanto.

“After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,“ the company confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.

Environmental and health activists expressed surprise and disappointment at Wal-Mart’s decision. Earlier this year, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills said they would not carry or use the genetically modified sweet corn.

“A lot of people who were their customers explicitly said we don’t want you to carry this product, and I think it’s unfortunate that they chose not listen to that feedback,“ said Patty Lovera, assistant director of the consumer group Food and Water Watch.

In March, the group presented Wal-Mart with a petition signed by 463,000 people asking it to boycott the product, she said.

Monsanto’s genetically modified sweet corn is resistant to a common herbicide, which allows farmers to kill weeds without killing the corn. It also contains a toxin that fends off certain pests.

Monsanto on Thursday said that the corn, which is being harvested now in the Midwest and Northeast, will help reduce insecticide use in the U.S.

“Overall, sweet corn makes up less than 1% of total corn acreage in the United States. Yet accounts for 40% of all corn insecticide treatments,“ the company said in a statement. “Farmers who grow biotech sweet corn can reduce insecticide applications by as much as 85%.“

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Critics say they would like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require some pre-market safety testing and labeling of genetically modified foods, saying the lack of study makes it impossible to know whether they pose health risks.

“There has been a doubling of food allergies in this country since 1996,“ said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports. “Is it connected to genetically engineered foods? Who knows when you have no labeling? That is the problem.“

While genetically modified corn has been in American processed foods since the mid-‘90s, Hansen said he worries that eating it straight off the cob could pose greater risks.

“Whatever the risks of (this technology), you would expect higher exposure eating a product such as sweet corn,“ he said.

Wal-Mart said it will not label the genetically modified sweet corn it sells, but notes that customers can avoid products with such ingredients by choosing those marked as organic.

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The company said it could not say whether it would sell any organic sweet corn at its stores this year.

Genetically modified ingredients, in which a gene from one species is transferred to another to bestow certain traits, are in an estimated 70% of all American processed foods.

In the U.S., 86% of all corn and 93% of soy crops are genetically modified.


Labeling of such foods is required in the European Union, China, Russia, Australia and Japan but not in the U.S. Although the FDA encourages companies to do safety studies, they are not required to do so.

This year the American Medical Association affirmed its stance that genetically modified foods do not need to be labeled but said they should undergo mandatory pre-market safety testing.

~~  Chicago Tribune ~~

Insurance Companies to Give 16,000 in State Rebates

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Health insurance companies will give rebates totaling $2.7 million to more than 16,000 customers in West Virginia this year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says most of the rebates will go people who buy their own health insurance.

People in small group plans will share $400,000 in rebates.

The rebates are for billing customers more than allowed under the new federal health care law.

Companies cannot spend more than 20% of revenues on administrative costs.

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) inserted that provision into the law.

He said through a spokeswoman that some insurers have raised prices to boost profits instead of paying for medical care.

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