Even before The New York Times launched its "All Slavery, All the Time" project, no one could accuse that paper of skimping on its race coverage, particularly stories about black males killed by white(ish) police officers.
Here's one you haven't heard about. I happened upon it by sheer accident.
Antwon Rose II was a 17-year-old boy shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June 2018 after he bolted from a jitney car that had been stopped by the officer. The Times published about a half-dozen stories on Antwon Rose -- or as the Times calls him, "Antwon, who was unarmed."
After the officer was acquitted on all charges in March of this year, the Times ran an article by Adeel Hassan on the verdict.
Here's what you would learn from the Times: -- Antwon was unarmed. -- Antwon "was in his high school's honors program." -- Antwon "played basketball and the saxophone." -- Antwon "volunteered for a local charity." -- In 2016, Antwon wrote a poem titled, "I Am Not What You Think!" which included these lines: I see mothers bury their sons, I want my Mom to never feel that pain. -- A policeman stopped the gold Chevy Cruze Antwon "was riding in" because it "matched the description" of a car "involved" in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier. -- The jury consisted of nine whites and three African Americans.
If you read the Times piece, all you would know is that an honor student who loved his mom ... was KILLED for the crime of riding in a car similar to one that had just been used in a crime.
Wow. Just wow.
Here are some of the facts the Times left out: -- The gold Chevy Cruze Antwon fled did not merely "match the description of" a car used in a drive-by shooting: It was the car used in the drive-by shooting, as proved by surveillance video posted
online days after the shooting and shown to the jury. -- The video shows 13 shots being fired from the back seat of that exact car, with -- according to the prosecutor -- Antwon riding in the front seat. -- The backseat passenger, Zaijuan Hester, later pleaded guilty to the drive-by shooting. -- One of the victims of the drive-by shooting told police it was Antwon who shot him. "The beef was between me and him," William Ross told a Pennsylvania State Police officer. "That car came by, he shot me, I ran to the store." -- The jitney driver told police that, right before the shooting started, he heard the backseat passenger ask, "Is that him?" -- The gun used in the drive-by was recovered in the back seat of the car. -- A stolen gun was found under Antwon's seat, an empty magazine in Antwon's pants pocket, and there was gunpowder residue on Antwon's hands. -- The car stopped by the officer was riddled with bullet holes. -- The jury that unanimously acquitted the officer was led by an African American foreman, who stoutly defended the verdict.
None of that made it into the Times story on the trial's conclusion.
I'm glad that Antwon did charity work, but isn't it rather more important that he had participated in a drive-by shooting of two other black guys 13 minutes before being stopped by a police officer?
That's not conjecture or speculation. Hassan wasn't writing about the case the day after the shooting. These are facts that were presented in court and copiously reported by the local media -- even in the British press.
Normal Person to The New York Times: Why did you say the car "matched the description" of the car used in a drive-by shooting -- but not say that it WAS the car used in the drive-by shooting? NYT: I'm sorry, who are you and do you have a press pass? Normal Person: You didn't mention that a stolen gun was found under Antwon's seat and a matching cartridge in Antwon's pocket??? NYT: We only have so much space and I needed room for Antwon's poem. Normal Person: You didn't have space to say that gun residue was found on Antwon's hands? NYT: I could have run more of the poem. It was a good poem. Normal Person: Or that one of the victims of the drive-by said Antwon was the one who shot him? NYT: The officer didn't know that. Normal Person: Did the officer know about Antwon's A.P. classes? It goes to the likelihood of his behavior being perceived as threatening. The officer could certainly see that the car's back window had been shot out. NYT: You're a white supremacist and white nationalist and, yes, I know they're different, but you're both. There's no reason to think this isn't standard operating procedure at the Times. The editors can't say, OK, OK, that one got past us! The Times has told wild lies about the racist shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (false), the racist arrest of Freddie Grey in Baltimore (false), the racist shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida (false), the racist gang-rape of a black stripper by a Duke lacrosse team (false) and so on. Antwon Rose's shooting wasn't even a flood-the-zone, hair-on-fire story. But the Times lied about it, too. This is a newspaper that cannot be trusted on anything touching on race. They're liars and ideologues, not reporters and editors.
“Some think depression is simply being sad, that OCD is being uptight. They think the soul is sick, not the body. It is, they believe, something that you have some choice over.” – David Levithan
The mental health system in America is in crisis. Although most healthcare policies include mental health coverage, after Obamacare passed, the system to deliver services imploded. States have no criteria to judge who urgently needs help, and too few providers. Since states have also passed restrictive drug laws, the mentally ill can only get medications from a specialist. The average age of a psychiatrist is roughly 50 years old and nobody is stepping up to fill the void when they close their doors. Patients are left alone in a world not made for them to exist in without essential medications. Some go off the edge and are committed to overcrowded institutions; and some are not that lucky.
The growing national concern about mental healthcare exposes mental illness as a leading cause of disability in the U.S. It is the most under-treated health impairment in the nation. The suicide rate has increased three-fold in the last two decades due to lack of access to mental health treatment. The cultural and social stigma surrounding mental illness has left many patients to suffer silently with no one to turn to for help.
When they come out of the closet, they discover psychiatrists are not taking new patients; even those are hundreds of miles away from their homes. “If and when” they do receive treatment, it is usually too little too late. Others just give up, and another productive life is wasted.
Mental health is physical health. The brain is a part of the body. When it is ill, it must be treated. If a person has good mental health, they are able to think clearly and interface with others in society. This allows them to live their lives the way they wish. But if they are prevented from doing this due to a reaction from a crisis or an event in their lives, this affects their mental health. When they can’t cope with problems or solve them, they feel as bad or worse than any other illness they have ever had.
“A lot of people are living with mental illness. Either you love one or are one.”
– Mark Ruffalo
Mental illness ranges from moderate to severe. A serious mental illness is a behavioral, emotional or other condition that alters the state of a mind into functional impairment. When these conditions substantially limit a person’s daily life activities, they become totally disabled. Those living without professional help and medication get worse and are institutionalized.
Those with the most severe cases are hospitalized for lengthy periods, and sometimes for an entire life. The tragedy is many of them could be living productive lives if they had received treatment when they first needed help.
The demand for mental healthcare in the U.S. is rapidly rising along with the aging population. The American Medical Association estimates 1 in 5 people have serious mental health issues that must be treated immediately. The impact on their lives and society without treatment affects the patient’s income, quality of life, relationships and productivity. The American Psychiatric Institute confirmed their death rate is higher than any disease in America. The most common disorders left untreated include depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment.
“When a person’s struggle becomes their identity, too many just give up.”
– Dr. Janis Diets
While the U.S. has a shortage of doctors, the paucity of mental health professionals is greater than any other field. According to the Health Services Administration over 89 million Americans reside in federally designated Mental Health Shortage Areas. The National Council for Mental Health says the demand for mental health services continues to increase, but we are losing providers that are not being replaced. There was a shortage before Obamacare passed. Now many are retiring early and this vacuum is epidemic. Over half of those seeking help for themselves or a loved one are turned away; even with the best insurance coverage. Many providers are no longer taking insurance and others “cherry pick” their patients. This use to be the exception: now if has become the new norm.
Everyone in our nation is aware there always was and always will be drug trafficking as long as we have unprotected boarders. A study by the International Institute of Medicine estimates about 95 percent of street drugs come across the border or are made illegally. As states pass one-size-fits-all drug laws, they restrict dispensing of anxiety and depression drugs to those who need them most. Now the mentally ill can no longer have prescriptions written by their PCP for medications they once got from them, when they were denied treatment from a psychiatrist. They live torturous lives without their medications, and suffer in silence.
“Nothing’s more isolating than a mental illness.”
National studies point to government and insurers for making the already over-taxed system worse with the passage of Obamacare. To meet federal demands that include routine procedures in over-inclusive generic insurance plans, mental healthcare was short changed. Due to huge deductibles, half of those who need help must choose between physical and mental health treatment. Almost half of those who can’t find doctors taking new patients, or can’t pay cash for life saving help, lose their most productive years isolated from the world. They anguish through life suffering in silence.
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Demi Lovato
Although Obamacare required insurers to provide mental healthcare coverage, the cost of these plans escalated due to the federal demands placed on insurers. One of the ludicrous claims made by its proponents was insurance premiums would go down. Instead, premiums ballooned to pay for additional services. This decreased access to mental healthcare by mandating new requirements for insurers, raising taxes, and forcing mentally ill patients into cookie cutter plans. This reduced options for the mentally ill, and raised the costs and co-pays exponentially. Today, even many of those with good coverage that experience a major crisis can no longer get life-saving treatments.
Singer Lady Gaga recently said, “Those who don’t feel your pain can’t tell you it will just go away.” Obama’s healthcare mandates on insurance companies violated our free markets and backfired. Now the mentally ill are left on the outside looking in. Mental illness in America has always been considered a subordinate medical ailment. Any good intentions Obama’s Congress had when they signed Obamacare into law constituted a death certificate for many mentally ill. Our over-loaded mental healthcare network short-circuited. Now there are even fewer providers who will treat them.
People from all over the world come to America to take advantage of our healthcare. They flock to our hospitals for life-saving treatments they can only get here. Yet we are denying services to many of our citizens afflicted with moderate and severe mental illness. Obamacare mortally wounded our once coveted healthcare system. If “Medicare for all” becomes law, it will be the fatal and final blow to totally dismantle our mental healthcare system. It will leave thousands more Americans living in an intimidating world of anxiety and depression that could have been helped with proper treatment.
Mental illness is physical illness and can affect anyone. Nobody is immune to it. It’s time to speak up for those that suffer in silence.
"If you use your platform and your voice to raise awareness and enforce change, I feel deeply there is nothing more respectable one can ever do.” – Lady Gaga
William Haupt III
The Center Square
The right of pharmaceutical companies to speak freely with doctors about truthful information regarding their products’ uses is under attack, according to the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute.
The institute highlighted the story of Howard Root, a Minnesota CEO who created a billion-dollar medical device company, to illustrate its point.
Root, founder and former CEO of Vascular Solutions (VSI), a Minneapolis-based company that manufactures medical devices to treat vascular disease, was facing three years of prison time and the destruction of his company because of federal prosecutors.
It all started after some VSI sales representatives, against Root’s orders, discussed with doctors the potential off-label uses of one of VSI’s medical devices, the Vari-Lase short kit. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed such a discussion was illegal.
After years of battling the government, a jury acquitted Root and VSI of all criminal charges in 2016.
The cost to Root was great: $25 million spent on legal fees to defend himself, his employees and VSI. The value of VSI’s stock plummeted, and medical devices that might have saved countless lives went undeveloped during years of court proceedings, the Goldwater Institute argues.
After Root’s four-year ordeal, the institute developed a blueprint report, “The Free Speech in Medicine Act” for other states to implement in order to protect the free-speech rights of pharmaceutical, manufacturing, healthcare providers and companies.
“The U.S. Constitution provides a floor of protection for individual rights, not a ceiling, leaving states free to enact laws that protect those rights more broadly than the federal Constitution does,” the report states.
The FDA generally approves a new drug or device for a single condition and after a long and expensive review process involving years of clinical studies. Once approved, doctors generally can discuss the use of the product/drug/device or prescribe it to treat patients with other ailments. Such a practice is called “off-label.”
Various medical journals cite the use of off-label drugs accounting for 20 to 25 percent of all drugs legally prescribed. Yet, if drug and device companies promote “off-label” devices or products that have not been approved by the FDA for their specifically intended purpose, even if the promotions are true, the federal government claims they are breaking the law.
As a result, drug companies have paid billions of dollars to settle both civil and criminal allegations brought by the federal government over the use of off-label marketing. Corporate executives also have been criminally prosecuted on fraud and conspiracy felony charges because of off-label claims made by their company’s sales representatives, even if the executives had no knowledge of them.
When it comes to making choices about their healthcare, “people need to have more information so that they can make informed decisions – not less,” Goldwater Institute Executive Vice President Christina Sandefur said. “What the FDA is doing is taking important information away from doctors and away from patients.”
“Government can restrict conduct – it can make it illegal to perform brain surgery or prescribe drugs – but it can’t restrict communication without surviving First Amendment scrutiny,” says Dana Berliner, litigation director at the Institute for Justice, a libertarian nonprofit law firm.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have both found that drug companies and company sales consultants have constitutionally protected rights to free speech – including discussing the off-label uses of products, free speech advocates note.
The Center Square
John Fadely, born March 23, 1943 in Anderson, Indiana passed away peacefully on August 10, 2019. He attended Madison Heights High School in Anderson, Indiana. He joined the Navy after high school where he learned his trade of Tool and Die Making. He worked for several tool and die shops before enjoying a long career with Delco Remy as a Tool and Die Maker. During his tenure at Delco Remy he started his own shop with friend James Ferguson called J&J Tool.
He retired from the Ft Wayne Truck and Bus prior to moving to Florida where he continued to work on a part time basis for several security companies. His passion for helping others led him to memberships to the Elks, Redman Lodge, American Legion, Moose, Murat Shrine, Madison County Shrine Club-where he was an active member of the Desert Patrol. He held many offices within those organizations. He was on the Daleville School Board from 1988-1992.
In Florida, he belonged to Bonita Springs Lions Club. He joined the Araba Shrine Temple where he was active in the Tin Lizzies before transferring to the Klassy Kars. He ran the Araba Bingo.
He was involved with the Quetzacoatl. John's life was enriched by improving the lives of children through the Shriner's Hospital. In January of this year, he was elected as Illustrious Sir John Fadely, (Potentate). He is preceded in death by his Father Frances Fadely, Mother Inez Martin and Step-Father Lennie Price who raised him after his father's passing. He is preceded by his former wife Dianna Fadely and his brother Steve Price. John is survived by his wife, Terry Fadely of 34 years, Children-Traci Fadely of Anderson, Robert (Jennifer) Fadely of Niles Michigan, Shelley(David) Fadely Gentry. Six Grandchildren-Madison Fadely, Melissa Gentry, Alex Fadely, Spencer Gentry, Jacob Erickson and Eli Fadely. John is also survived by his Aunt Charlotte Martin and special sons Javier Vazquez of Madrid, Spain, Greg Blake and Chris Wilson.
A Celebration Of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be made to the Araba Shrine Temple at 2010 Hanson Street, Fort Myers, FL.
33901. Arrangements are being handled by Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc.
Ed. Note: John was/is a great man and a good friend to all who knew him, he will be sorely missed. Terry if you need anything, you have our number....