Pittsburgh synagogue shooter tended to by Jewish doctors and nurses, officials say

https://www.foxnews.com/us/pittsburgh-synagogue-shooter-tended-to-by-jewish-doctors-and-nurses-officials-say

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter tended to by Jewish doctors and nurses, officials say

October 29, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Jewish doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh put their personal feelings aside to help save the life of the man who allegedly claimed he wanted to “kill all the Jews” as he opened fire at a synagogue and murdered 11 worshipers.

Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times himself and taken to AGH. In addition to killing eight men and three women, he wounded six other people, including four police officers, before surrendering Saturday.

“He was taken to my hospital and he’s shouting, ‘I want to kill all the Jews’,” Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, president of Allegheny General Hospital and a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue, told ABC. “The first three people who took care of him were Jewish.”

Another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, “came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman.”

Cohen was one of the first people on the scene. He lives in the neighborhood and heard gunfire from his house.

“I was standing there…and you could start hearing very quickly what was going on,” he said.

Just like the first responders who rushed into danger, Cohen credits his doctors, nurses and staff for stepping up.

“We are here to take care of sick people. We’re not here to judge you. We’re not here to ask ‘Do you have insurance or do you not have insurance?’ We’re here to take care of people who need our help,” he said.

Cohen says he and Bowers had a brief conversation at the hospital.

“When I stopped in, I asked him how he was doing. Was he in pain? And he said, ‘No. He was fine,’” Cohen said.

Cohen says Bowers then asked him who he was.

“I said I’m Dr. Cohen, president of the hospital. Then I turned around and left,” he said. “The FBI agent who was guarding him said, ‘I don’t know if I could have done that.’ And I said, ‘If you were in my shoes, I’m sure you could.’”

Bowers was discharged from the hospital Monday morning and arrived at the federal courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh around noon.

He faces 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in addition to federal counts that include weapons offenses and hate crime charges. Federal prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty against him.

October 30, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Guns, Health care, Kindness, Pittsburgh, Religion, Squirrel Hill, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

On the same day that the Squirrel Hill synagogue shooter killed 11 people, a law abiding gun owner prevented a massacre at a McDonald’s in Birmingham, Alabama

On the same day that a scumbag shot and killed 11 innocent people at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a different scumbag tried to carry out a mass shooting at a McDonald’s in Birmingham, Alabama. But he was stopped by a good guy with a gun. The only person who died was the bad guy.

Here’s another similar comparison:

In January 2015 in France, in response to cartoons that made fun of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, Islamic terrorists shot and killed 12 people.  The police who were sent to stop them were unable to do so, because the police were unarmed.

France’s extensive gun control laws did not stop the bad guys from getting guns. But the country’s extreme anti-gun mentality did prevent the police – the police of all people – from having guns.

Four months later, Islamic terrorists tried to carry out a mass shooting at a draw Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas. However, law abiding gun owners stopped the terrorists. The only people who got killed were the terrorists.

And here’s another comparison:

When Barack Obama was an Illinois state Senator, he voted against allowing people in their own homes to use guns to protect themselves and their families from rapists and murderers.

However, as President, Obama allowed one of his Secret Service agents to shoot an armed man who was outside the White House.

Meanwhile, even the most anti-gun liberals have not called for Obama to be prosecuted for being an accessory to the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Likewise, even the most anti-gun liberals have not called for an end to armed Secret Service agents protecting ex-President Obama 24 hours a day.

Everyone is against murder.

Why are some liberals against self defense?

And why do these liberals who oppose self defense make an exception when the person being protected is a liberal politician?

October 29, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Guns, Islamic terrorism, Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill, Violent crime. 3 comments.

A mass shooting in my own neighborhood

This morning, when I was in my apartment (which does not face the street) and I heard a very long succession of sirens from emergency vehicles going by, I suspected that something really horrible had happened, and the only possibility that entered my mind was either a bombing or a mass shooting at one of the nearby synagogues.

With large crowds of people, including large numbers of women and children, all together in an enclosed space, I’d thought for years that something like this could happen. But I never thought it would happen.

They still haven’t published the victims’ names, pending notification of their families.

I’m 47, and I’ve lived in Squirrel Hill my entire life. I’m hoping for at least another 47 years in this neighborhood. It’s too bad some scumbag deprived at least 11 of my neighbors from living out their lives. I don’t understand why anyone would do this.

The latest updates can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_synagogue_shooting

October 27, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Guns, Pittsburgh, Religion, Squirrel Hill, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Pittsburgh police reviewing violent arrest of Ravenna man caught on video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_ed4_xQbg

http://fox8.com/2017/09/21/pittsburgh-police-reviewing-violent-arrest-of-ravenna-man-caught-on-video/

Pittsburgh police reviewing violent arrest of Ravenna man caught on video

September 21, 2017

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh officials are reviewing the violent arrest of a man by five city officers, an encounter recorded by a bystander and posted to Facebook.

The 52-second video shows one officer, in particular, punching the man on the ground while saying, “Stop resisting” Tuesday night near PPG Paints Arena. Officers can be heard cursing, and one calls for a Taser.

Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler says force was used because 47-year-old Daniel Adelman, of Ravenna, Ohio, allegedly interfered with the arrest of another man wanted on a forgery warrant.

The city’s Office of Municipal Investigations and Citizen Police Review Board are reviewing the arrest.

One of the officers has been assigned to desk duty while the others are working their usual assignments. Mayor Bill Peduto says Officer Andrew Jacobs will be on desk duty until the city and the district attorney complete. Jacobs is the officer seen punching Adelman.

Adelman tells KDKA-TV he was drinking at a concert when he stepped outside to smoke and intervened, believing one officer needed help. He says: “It was probably not the right decision to jump in without knowing the situation.”

 

September 21, 2017. Tags: , . Pittsburgh, Police brutality. Leave a comment.

I live in Pittsburgh, and I just deliberately drank a cup of tap water without boiling it

After reading this article, I just went and drank a cup of water straight from the faucet without boiling it. I do not have a water filter.

I think the city’s call to boil water was not justified. The filter at the city’s water treatment plant would stop the giardia. Also, there was only one reading of low chlorine, and it was only slightly below the normal level. No giardia has been found in the water that has gone through the city’s filter. No cases of the illness have been reported.

I think the city cried wolf.

If there ever is a real need for a boil water alert in the future, this current incident will cause people to be skeptical and suspicious that there is a real need to boil water. The city goofed up.

 

February 2, 2017. Tags: , , . Pittsburgh. 1 comment.

With easy gun access, and 26,000 people, Squirrel Hill has had zero gun murders in the last decade

I live in Pennsylvania, where it’s very easy to get a gun.

My neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, in Pittsburgh, has 26,000 people.

In the last 10 years, there has been only one murder in my neighborhood. This gives it an annual murder rate of 0.4 per 100,000 people. If my neighborhood was its own country, it would have the sixth lowest murder rate of any country in the world.

That one murder consisted of a burglar bludgeoning a 90-year-old homeowner to death. He was convicted after just 14 months, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The burglar was from another neighborhood.

Lest anyone think it is a rich, exclusive neighborhood, the rent for my one bedroom apartment is only $725 a month, and there are quite a few vacancies in my building every summer, as many of the tenants are graduate students from all over the world, who only live here for a few years.

Anyway, I think it’s interesting that in my neighborhood of 26,000 people, where it’s very easy to get a gun, there have been exactly zero gun murders in the past decade.

October 27, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Guns, Pittsburgh, Politics, Squirrel Hill. 7 comments.

I hope this cigarette will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2015/03/20/Officials-say-cigarette-sparked-fatal-motel-fire-westmoreland-hempfield/stories/201503200317

Officials say cigarette sparked fatal motel fire

March 20, 2015

The state police fire marshal today said a cigarette was the cause of a fatal motel fire in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

Timothy Paul Shane, 43, of Hempfield was killed in the fire at the Motel 3 on Route 30 in Adamsburg, according to the county coroner’s office.

State police fire marshal Scott Mackanick ruled the fire an accident and said Mr. Shane was smoking a cigarette that ignited the blaze around 6:30 a.m.

A section of Route 30 was closed in the area of the fire, as was the Irwin exit off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Mr. Shane’s cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results from an autopsy, the fire marshal said.

 

March 20, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Health care, Humor, Pittsburgh, Smoking. Leave a comment.

WTAE shows small business employees complaining about the high costs of Obamacare

Before Obamacare was passed, we critics said that its biggest parts were timed so as to not take place until after the 2012 election, and that these things would make health care more expensive. The Obama supporters laughed at us, called us racist, and said we didn’t care about people.

Now that the 2012 election is over, our predictions are coming true.

Pennsylvania voted for Obama in both elections. I live in Pennsylvania, and I still see Obama bumper stickers all over the place.

It’s too bad this news story from WTAE, Pittsburgh, doesn’t tell us which of these employees voted for Obama and which did not:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuA2_P-m4Sk

January 31, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Pittsburgh, Politics. Leave a comment.

I disagree with the claim that heroin in Pittsburgh is a “major public health crisis.”

In the past week, at least 17 people in Allegheny and surrounding counties died from using heroin. Allegheny County medical examiner Karl Williams called it “a major public health crisis.”

I disagree with his claim that this is a “major public health crisis.” It’s not contagious. It’s not catchy. It’s not genetic. It is 100% completely, totally avoidable. So there is no “major public health crisis.”

This is a crisis, but it is a crisis of a very different kind. It is a crisis of bad decision making. It is a crisis of irresponsible behavior. It is a crisis of stupidity.

January 27, 2014. Tags: , . Pittsburgh. 3 comments.

Pittsburgh employers who voted for Obama are now refusing to pay for Obamacare

I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for 42 years. Everywhere I go, I always see a huge number of pro-Obama bumper stickers. The overwhelmingly vast majority of people in this city are Democrats. They love Obama. They adore him. They voted for him in both elections.

Obamacare requires all employers with 50 or more full time employees to purchase health insurance for those employees, or pay a substantial fine. Obamacare defines full time employment as 30 or more hours per week.

Community College of Allegheny County has switched 200 of its adjunct professors and 200 of its other employees from full time to part time in order to avoid paying for health insurance for those 400 employees.

This decision was made by high level administrators and executives. I’m certain that the vast majority of these higher ups voted for Obama in both elections.

These high level employees have chosen to use a loophole to avoid paying for the very same insurance that they expect other employers to pay for. They voted for Obama. They supported Obamacare. But now they are exempting their own organization from paying for it. The stench of hypocrisy fills the air.

The Carnegie Museum has done the same thing. I’m certain that most of its higher ups voted for Obama. But now these very same higher ups have reduced the hours of 48 of their own employees in order to avoid paying for Obamacare. Again, this shows a tremendous amount of hypocrisy.

Since these two employers are unwilling to pay for insurance for their own employees, how can they support a law that forces other employers to pay for it?

You know a law is bad, when the very people who support the law exempt themselves from it.

July 3, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Health care, Pittsburgh. Leave a comment.

I just got a phone call from the Obama campaign

It’s the evening of September 20, 2012. I’m sitting here typing now – trying to get this down as accurately as I can remember. The following is just a rough version based on my memory – I did not record the call, so these are not the exact words.
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September 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pittsburgh, Politics. 6 comments.

Mango recall at Giant Eagle supermarkets in Pittsburgh

Yesterday I got a computerized phone call from Giant Eagle, telling me not to eat the mangoes that I’ve been buying since July, because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. The message said I could return them to the store for a full refund.
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August 28, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Food, Math, Pittsburgh. 1 comment.

For low-income minority students, cheap Catholic schools are better than expensive public schools

The Pittsburgh public schools have an enrollment of 26,649 students, and an annual budget of $529.8 million. That works out to $19,880 per student per year.

By comparison, the Catholic schools in Pittsburgh charge approximately $7,500 tuition per student per year. The low-income minority children who get scholarships to Catholic schools in Pittsburgh through the privately funded Extra Mile Education Foundation have much better attendance rates, graduation rates, and academic performance, than the students at the Pittsburgh public schools.

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August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Education, Pittsburgh, Politics. Leave a comment.

Snow removal in Pittsburgh

People in Pittsburgh have been complaining that the city hasn’t been removing the snow fast enough. I think those complaints are whiny and spoiled. This is the most snow that the city has ever had in one month ever. The people who remove the snow are only human – they can’t just cross their arms and blink their eyes and make the snow disappear.

February 17, 2010. Tags: , . Pittsburgh. 1 comment.