Saturday, March 29, 2008

Police: Girl Dies After Parents Pray for Healing Instead of Seeking Medical Help


WESTON, Wis. — An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday.

Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said Madeline Neumann died Sunday.

"She got sicker and sicker until she was dead," he said.

Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

The girl's parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to "apparently they didn't have enough faith," the police chief said.

They believed the key to healing "was it was better to keep praying. Call more people to help pray," he said.

The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said.

Telephone messages left at the Neumann home by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

The family does not attend an organized church or participate in an organized religion, Vergin said. "They have a little Bible study of a few people."

The parents told investigators their daughter last saw a doctor when she was 3 to get some shots, Vergin said. The girl had attended public school during the first semester but didn't return for the second semester.

Officers went to the home after one of the girl's relatives in California called police to check on her, Vergin said. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The relative was fearful the girl was "extremely ill, dire," Vergin said.

The girl has three siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 16, the police chief said.

"They are still in the home," he said. "There is no reason to remove them. There is no abuse or signs of abuse that we can see."

The girl's death remains under investigation and the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney to review for possible charges, the chief said.

The family operates a coffee shop in Weston, which is a suburb of Wausau, Vergin said.

Just horrible. Not feeding a child is abuse. Not properly clothing a child is abuse. Keeping a child confined is abuse. Not seeking medical attention for your child when they are ill/dying, Abuse or no abuse? High time we start using our brains.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Banana newspaper (Times of India) defies common sense

Rape slur: Army officers recalled from Congo (Times of India - Banana Newspaper Update)
NEW DELHI: In a major embarrassment to India's proud peacekeeping record, three army officers have been recalled from their posting with the Indian contingent deployed in Congo, as part of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) there, for allegedly indulging in "misconduct and inappropriate behaviour".

Sources said defence minister A K Antony has asked army chief General Deepak Kapoor to take "strict action" against the three officers, a lieutenant colonel and two majors, who will be returning to India on March 24, if the ongoing inquiry into the incident proves the allegations.

The three officers, who were on a holiday in South Africa, were detained by the police there on March 12 after a 20-year-old woman initially accused of them of raping her at Plettenberg Bay in Pretoria.

While the rape charge proved to be false, with the woman later withdrawing her allegation, sources said the three officers had displayed "grossly inappropriate behaviour" during the episode.

"It caused India considerable embarrassment when news of the incident came to light during a meeting with a South African delegation on defence cooperation in New Delhi," said a source. {Can ToI publish names rather than relying on anonymous sources? Consider this, my sources tells me that christian/jihadi symphatizers rule the roost at the ToI editorial team.}

How can this be a rape slur if the woman has withdrawn her complaint? Same news but different newspaper and a different headline.
Probe ordered but SA woman withdraws rape charge against Armymen - Daily Pioneer
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi

Union Defence Minister AK Antony has ordered an enquiry into reported allegation by a South African woman that she was raped by three Indian Army officers when they were holidaying in Pretoria.

The three officers, including a Lieutenant Colonel and two Majors, have rejoined duty in Congo as part of the Indian contingent of the UN peacekeeping mission as the South African police reportedly did not find any substance in the allegation, sources said here on Tuesday.

The South African woman, who accused the three officers who were holidaying in Pretoria, of rape on March 9 withdrew her complaint and the local police also managed to arrest one person who tried to snatch the bag carried by one of the officers, sources said.

Indians blinded looking for vision of Mary

Indians blinded looking for vision of Mary

Published: March 11, 2008 at 6:40 PM
Print story Email to a friend Font size:KOTTAYAM, India, March 11 (UPI) -- Reports in India of a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary in the sky have led about 50 people to blind themselves by staring at the sun.

The visions are said to appear over the former home of a hotel owner in the Kottayam area in southeast India, The Daily Telegraph reported. One hospital in the district reported 48 patients had been admitted with burned retinas since last week, the British newspaper reported.

Churches have warned their congregations that looking at the sun will cause permanent blindness and have told them the supposed miracle is not one.

Before moving out, the hotel owner reportedly had also claimed to have statues of the Virgin Mary that cried honey and bled oils and perfumes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pandit Population in Valley Shrinks to 4000

Srinagar, March 17, KONS:

A noted Kashmiri Pandit leader, Moti Koul of the Kashmir Sangharsh Samiti, today held the state government responsible for what he termed as the pathetic condition of the community, and declared that the situation was not conducive for the Pandits’ return to the valley.

Addressing a press conference here, Koul said that no attention had been paid to the condition of Pandits living as migrants in different states for the past 18 years.

He said that the Pandit population in the valley had been 20,000 ten years ago, but had now shrunk to a mere 4000.

“Only 200 Pandits were recruited into the government service during the past 17 years. And there is no one to care for the half-burnt Pandit houses, broken down temples and untended lands,” he said.

“The present situation is not conducive for the return of the Pandit community to the valley,” he said.

“The community faces difficulties in livelihood, accommodation and economic matters. Their ancestors had constructed many temples which have been reduced to ruin. The government has paid no attention towards the Pandits’ half-burnt homes, run-down temples and abandoned lands for the past 18 years,” he said.

“There is no one to listen to the travails of the Pandits,” he said.

Koul said that the migration of the Pandits was a serious issue, and that the government had taken no steps for their rehabilitation.


Taslima flees Islamic death threats

Truly a moment of shame. Well done to our dhimmi hijda's in the Government of India. Pranab Mukherjee and UPA have 'won'. By the way, where are all ear-jarring, loud mouth 'seculars', 'freedom of expression' peddlers, gone into hiding?
I propose a solution:
1. Burn the constitution and use it as a toilet paper.
2. Next time someone talks about secularism or freedom of expression, shove a foot in his mouth and give him a sound thrashing.
I'm appalled.

From correspondents in New Delhi
March 20, 2008 12:05am

Article from: Agence France-Presse

BANGLADESHI writer Taslima Nasreen has left India after being hounded into hiding by death threats from Islamic extremists, her publisher and friends say.

"Taslima Nasreen flew out of New Delhi this afternoon to Europe for medical treatment,'' her publisher Sibani Mukherjee said.

She said Nasreen had asked her not to reveal the author's exact destination.

Close friends also told said she had left India, and some Indian television stations reported that Nasreen was headed for Canada.

Nasreen was forced to flee Bangladesh in 1994 after radical Muslims accused her of blasphemy over her novel Lajja (Shame') - which depicts the life of a Hindu family persecuted by Muslims in Bangladesh.

The 45-year-old gynaecologist-turned-author - whose predicament is similar to that of Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie - had been seeking permanent residence in India, where she moved after spending time in Europe and the United States.

But New Delhi had stalled the request, fearful of a backlash from the country's 140 million-plus Muslims, and has given the openly atheistic author only six-month visas.

The writer was forced to flee the West Bengal state capital of Kolkata, which she adopted as home in 2004, in November after receiving death threats from radical Indian Muslims and had since been living in hiding in New Delhi under Indian government security protection.

The Indian Government said it had no immediate comment on Nasreen, who also holds a Swedish passport.

The writer said on Tuesday that she hoped to leave for France or Denmark for medical treatment, saying the months in isolation had sent her blood pressure soaring and affected her heart and eyesight.

"I am living like a caged bird,'' she said. "I've become very weak. My eyesight is on the wane. I fear I will become blind unless I move out of here and get my eyes treated.''

Nasreen said she was shadowed at all times by intelligence personnel, was not allowed to see friends, denied timely medical treatment and was living under "virtual house arrest".{Wah, Mr Pranab Mukherjee...jihadis roam the streets while your govt goes after soft targets}

She had sought to go back to Kolkata but the West Bengal State Government said it did not want her back, fearful her return would stir more trouble.

In a statement on Tuesday, Nasreen said Indian authorities had "constantly pressured me mentally to leave the country".

"I was determined I would not leave this country. When they saw it was pointless trying to destroy my mind, they attempted to destroy my body. In this they succeeded by ruining my health, which leaves me with no other alternative but to leave this country,'' she said.

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition, has accused the Congress-led Government of forcing Nasreen to leave India because it is worried about losing Muslim voter support with just over a year to go before national elections.