Jobless and Uninsured? Walgreens Offering Free Healthcare

It’s great what Walgreens is doing to help those who are jobless in this economy. I didn’t even know that Walgreens had clinics in their durgstores until I had a minor, yet urgent illness a few months ago. The clinic accepts walk-ins,and with my experience I was in and out. They even billed my insurance for the visit!

As we all know, there are so many people who are uninsured in this country, whether due to joblessness or unaffordability of ever-rising premiums. I imagine a trip to the local Walgreens will be much faster that going to a state-run free clinic, and healthier than forgoing treatment all together:

NEW YORK — Drugstore operator Walgreen will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics, though patients will still pay for prescriptions.

Walgreen said patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free treatment at its in-store Take Care clinics for respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions, among other ailments. Typically those treatments cost $59 or more for patients with no insurance[…]

Patients must present proof they are unemployed, including a federal or state unemployment determination letter and an unemployment check stub. They will have to sign a form at the clinic saying they have lost their jobs and health benefits. If they find a new job or get new health insurance, they will no longer be eligible for free care.

Spouses and children are also eligible for free services if they don’t have insurance of their own. Source: Huffington Post

For more information on these clinics at Walgreens, please visit their website:

Take Care Clinics

Have you been to a Walgreens clinic, and/or would you consider trying one?

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Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas Indicted on Inmate Sex Charges, Lawyer Pulls Race Card, Cites "High-Tech Lynching"

The long arm of the law has caught up with another unscrupulous judge. Well, this one is of a different ilk. Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was arrested Friday after a grand jury returned the indictments against him. He was released on $287,500 bond later the same day. According to media reports Judge Thomas was slapped with indictments totalling 57 counts and charges ranging from ethics violations to kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse and sodomy. If convicted of kidnapping, which is the most serious charge, he faces a prison sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr.

Wait, it gets better. His attorney, Robert Clark, used a phrase uttered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas about the scandal involving Anita Hill — the accusations against the former judge amount to “a high-tech lynching.” He then pulled the race card — “Did you ever think of the fact that this is the only black circuit judge we’ve ever had in Mobile County and that the right-wing Republicans have gotten rid of him?” “This is racism at its very finest.” Let me get this straight. The former judge has been accused of some serious charges and the best his attorney could do was get in the mud and scream racism? Did anyone force this judge to allegedly do these things? The Alabama State Bar said its disciplinary commission suspended Thomas’ law license Monday.

“The South hasn’t changed all that much,” Clark, described by the Mobile Press-Register as “a longtime and flamboyant fixture of the Mobile defense bar,” told CNN on Monday. He said Thomas denies all the charges, and he questioned the credibility of the alleged victims. “Everybody that’s listed in the indictment is either serving life for murder or some other horrible crime.” Some have already recanted, Clark said, adding, “None of this is new stuff.” He pledged he would “fight till the last dog falls.”

The indictment returned Friday, offers few details of the alleged offenses but makes several references to Thomas forcing people to expose their buttocks “to paddling and/or whipping.” The posted indictment had names of the alleged victims blacked out. But each of the nine alleged victims was in Mobile County Circuit Court on charges ranging from criminal mischief to murder, according to the Press-Register, which cited court records.

One of the inmates, according to the newspaper, went before Thomas on multiple occasions and faced several felony charges. He was sent to prison for a short time, but Thomas ordered him released early, according to the Press-Register. He was sentenced in federal court and later released and has since been accused of murder and attempted murder.

During Thomas’ judgeship, he had a storage room furnished like an office near his eighth-floor chamber at Mobile’s Government Plaza, the Press-Register said. Several criminal defendants have alleged, in affidavits and in court, that Thomas asked to paddle their buttocks in the room, and some said he suggested sexual encounters there, according to the newspaper. Source: CNN

He resigned from the bench in October 2007 before this drama hit the fan. He left just before being scheduled to stand trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on ethics violations charges. The complaint was dismissed after Thomas’ resignation and accused him of “extrajudiciary personal contact” with some defendants but does not refer to any sexual contact. The man is a pervert. No better than the scumbag running around among us with no good intentions. It is scary that this man could have been sitting on a bench and handing down sentences for any crime, when he has broken the law himself, and on such a grand scale.

Oprah Winfrey’s Elite South African Boarding School Rocked by Sex Scandal for Second Time

Photo: Getty Images, Oprah’s Girls’ School in South Africa

Oprah Winfrey’s elite South African boarding school for girls has been rocked by another sex scandal, less than two year after the first one hit. According to the “Afrikaans on Sunday” newspaper, seven students were suspended last week for sexually harassing their schoolmates. That’s how these girls thank Oprah for taking them out of a depressing life that was seemingly devoid of a future as a professional.

One 15-year-old was accused of preying on another pupil and forcing other girls to lie to investigators about it, the paper reported.

“You have been found guilty of physical contact of a sexual nature with another pupil on campus, harassment, bullying other girls on campus and of being dishonest by not telling investigators the whole truth,” a letter to her parents read. Other girls were caught fondling each other or trying to get other girls to join them in lesbian liaisons, the paper reported.

Oprah’s spokesperson, Lisa Halliday, confirmed the girls had been suspended from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School for Girls – but gave few details. “It is because they contravened the school’s code of conduct,” she said. “We regard the incident as confidential.” Source: NY Daily News

I remember when the school was opened and the pride beaming from Oprah’s eyes at her accomplishment. She said that it was the proudest moment of her life when she opened the $46 million school near Johannesburg in January 2007 to help high achieving but poor South African girls. Let me echo the words of Barack Obama from the campaign trail, in as far as it pertains to these suspended girls — “you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.” Oprah tried to help these girls, but they were rotten to the core from the start. Sorry, really rotten to the core. There is nothing wrong with being a lesbian, but it’s what also accompanied this — bullying and trying to force the girls to lie to investigators — that’s the real slap to Oprah.

The school, which aims to house 450 girls in grades seven through 12 by 2011, offered free tuition, books and uniforms, as well as room and board. In return, the girls were required to follow the rules.

Ten months later, Winfrey sobbed uncontrollably after 15 girls reported they had been sexually abused by Virginia Tiny Makgobo, a matron who was supposed to be watching over them.

The talk show queen said the sex abuse charges hit her especially hard because she was raped and molested by a cousin, uncle and family friend when she was 9. “I am a mama bear when it comes to protecting my children,” she said at the time. “These girls are like my children. That’s not just rhetoric for me. I take their futures and the possibility for what their futures hold very seriously.”

Dorm matron Makgobo was charged with indecent assault, common assault, soliciting a minor to perform an indecent act and verbal abuse of girls at the school. She denies the charges and is due back in court on June 1. Source: NY Daily News

I know that Oprah will get a lot of flack for what has happened again. But she can only control what these young girls do to a point and no further. I recall when I first started attending Mt. Alvernia High School in Jamaica, the boarding school had been disbanded because some of the girls were trekking across the street to Cornwall Boys’ School’s boarding school for sexual liaisons. Well, some of the girls at Oprah’s school are engaging in the same pattern of behavior. For what it is worth, Ms. Winfrey has been honorable in her goals for the school and deliberate in her convictions because of her life story. You can’t blame her for trying, but these girls should be ashamed of themselves. She ought to send them back to the slums from whence they came.

Sleeping on the job lands an airline worker in another state!

This takes sleeping on the job to a completely new level. Apparently a JetBlue worker decided to sleep on the job take a nap during his break, and chose the cargo hold as his resting place.
The poor guy didn’t wake up until the flight was already in the air:
BOSTON — A JetBlue employee says he took a free flight from New York to Boston — after falling asleep in a plane’s cargo bin.
The man was discovered by baggage handlers at Logan International Airport after the plane landed there Saturday. He told police he’d been accidentally locked inside the pressurized luggage compartment while taking a nap.
The 21-year-old man says he called JetBlue Airways officials when he realized he was no longer on the ground.
A state police spokesman says the man wasn’t charged with any crime and was returned to New York when it was determined he wasn’t dangerous.
Hopefully this guy has learned his lesson, because he could have been killed during this act of negligence. And of course you know if this had happened, the first thing his family would want to do is sue.
I believe that JetBlue should fire this employee for both sleeping on the job, and for his negligence in where he chose to sleep. Of course I’m sure he’s not the only one doing this, but if for no other reason than employee safety and potential liability, they need to get rid of this guy.
What do you think? Should this employee be fired?

Kerby Revelus, 23, Goes on Murderous Rampage, Kills Two Siblings, Samantha, 17, Beheads Bianca, 5, and Stabs Saraphina, 9

Samantha Revelus, along with her 5-year-old sister, Bianca, left. Third sister, Saraphina, 9, center, was hospitalized with stab wounds (Boston Globe)

What could possess Kerby Revelus to go on a murderous rampage, killing two of his sisters and slashing one, is reprehensible and inexplicable. Today, students and faculty of Milton High School are mourning the death of Samantha “Princesse,” a very promising young lady. The school’s principal, John Drottar said that the honor roll student was “a capable, bright, and gracious young woman,” who had hoped to study graphic design after her graduation. She will be remembered “for all her positive attributes and her contributions to our school,” he said.

Revelus, 17, was stabbed to death, along with her 5-year-old sister, Bianca, who was decapitated, on Saturday by her brother, Kerby, 23. He was then fatally shot by police. A third sister, Saraphina, 9, is hospitalized with stab wounds. The motive for the stabbings remains a mystery, but according to the Boston Herald, Kerby Revelus often seemed confused to neighbors and friends after he returned home several months ago from a stint in jail.

Drottar said Samantha Revelus was “an invested student of our school,” who was a member of the Poetry Club and the Caribbean Cape Verdean Club, known as the 3 C’s. “While seemingly shy and reserved, reciting at the Poetry Jam or walking the runway in the 3 C’s fashion show showed her confidence and spirit,” he said. “She held the regard of her peers and the faculty. Her investment in her academics and her school was exemplary. … Her teachers know her as an engaged student — one who participated, one who cared about her studies, and one who cared about her interactions with peers and teachers.”

Another sibling, Jessica Revelus, 21, said her parents, Regine, 42, who works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Vronze, 45, who is a bus driver for Local Motion, a private transport company, were at work when the attack occurred. No parent should have to deal with such a horrific tragedy and at the hands of their son. Jessica said Kerby and Bianca were her biological siblings. Their parents adopted Samantha and Saraphina and brought them from Haiti around 2004. Saraphina’s father is the nephew of Samatha’s father, who died in Haiti. Source: Boston Globe

I am just so saddened by the fate that has befallen this family and pray that they will find strength and courage to go on. This young man was cruel beyond words and I am, indeed, saddened that he will not be brought to justice for these heinous crimes. There is a broader issue here and that has to do with parolees finding gainful employment. A relative has been said that he had been depressed recently because his criminal record was preventing him from finding a job. Though that is clearly no excuse for what he has done, it is an important issue that confronts many people convicted of a crime. Everyone can’t be an entrepreneur, so that is not a viable alternative either.

I know that times are challenging for us all, but if you can spare a few dollars, please send it to this family. Local Motion, the father’s company, has set up a fund for the family. Donations can be made to the Revelus Family Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 540 Granite St., Braintree, MA 02184.

Great Balls of Fire, National Weather Service and Emergency Officials Flooded with Calls from Residents Who Said They Saw Bright Lights in the Sky

What did folks see in the skies around 9:45 pm last night? Well, according to media reports, a team of scientists is looking into what could have caused bright lights in the sky that prompted hundreds of calls to the National Weather Service and emergency officials. Callers from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina described brilliant, streaking lights followed by an explosion-like sound around 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

One 11 News viewer in Carroll County e-mailed to say she “spotted a large fireball in the western sky. It started out being about star brightness, then increasingly got brighter and greener. As it got green, it had an orange sparkling tail…We saw it go almost all the way to the ground before losing sight of it in the trees.”

A visitor who was in Durham, N.C., wrote the following: “I remember seeing something greenish and changing colors. It was leaving a trail (not sure of the color). I never saw it hit the ground either because it faded, got covered by trees, or burnt out.”

Another wrote: “I was driving South on Interstate 83 between 9:30 and 10:00 (Sunday) night when my wife and I both saw a streaking green light fall from the sky. It looked like a shooting star, but it was definitely falling to the ground and not shooting across the sky.”

Virginia residents from Hampton Roads to Richmond reported seeing “great balls of fire” lighting up the sky in shades of yellow, white orange and blue. Some described the explosion as sounding like thunder. Source: WBAL TV

Well, I hope that the truth about this comes out and we are not left to wonder what in the world or out of the world that was.

Britons Seek De-Baptism From Religion Following Atheist Trend

Some Britons are up in arms about religion and want to dissociate themselves from God. Right, until the next devastation hits and then they’ll run back to Him. Apparently more than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded “certificates of de-baptism” from the Internet in a bid to renounce their Christian faith. The initiative was launched by the National Secular Society (NSS) and has followed many atheist campaigns around Britain, including a London bus poster which proclaimed that “there is probably no God.”

De-baptism organizers rationalize this latest initiative by saying that it is in response to what they see as increasing stridency from churches, with the lastest “dust-up” occurring last week when Pope Benedict XVI stirred global controversy on a trip to AIDS-ravaged Africa by saying condom use could further spread of the disease. So, is the Pope the end-all and be-all of Christianity? So, if he says something controversial that has rocked your faith in God? Totally ridiculous. I don’t agree with most of the Pope’s views, but he isn’t my channel to God, so I don’t let him dictate my religious conviction.

De-baptism movements have already sprung up in other countries. In Spain, the high court ruled in favor of a man from Valencia, Manuel Blat, saying that under data protection laws he could have the record of his baptism erased, according to a report in the International Herald Tribune.

Similarly, the Italian Union of Rationalists and Agnostics (UAAR) won a legal battle over the right to file for de-baptism in 2002, according to media reports. The group’s website carries a “de-baptism” form to facilitate matters. According to UAAR secretary Raffaele Carcano, more than 60,000 of these forms have been downloaded in the past four years and continue to be downloaded at a rate of about 2,000 per month. Another 1,000 were downloaded in one day when the group held its first national de-baptism day last October 25. Elsewhere, an Argentinian secularist movement is running a “Collective Apostasy” campaign, using the slogan “Not in my name” (No en mi nombre). Source: Breitbart

The fact that people are willing to pay for the parchments to apply for de-baptism is pretty damning. I know that church has not lived up to its ideals in many cases, most notably the Roman Catholic Church, but we are heading for trouble if this movement continues to gain traction. I am reminded of the Israelites and how God punished them in the desert for their disobedience. Another disaster of untold proportions will be a reminder that we are not as great as we think we are. It will be interesting to see if this movement takes traction here in the USA. There are already rumblings from atheists trying to get “In God We Trust” off our money and to get prayers out of schools.

Robert Stewart, 45, Faces Eight Counts of Murder, for Gun Rampage at North Carolina Nursing Home

Robert Stewart, 45, has done the unthinkable. He reportedly carried out a heinous attack on a nursing home, killing seven patients and a nurse at the Pine Lake Health and Rehab Center in Carthage, NC. It seems that these senseless rampages by armed thugs have been escalating in recent months. Thank God Stewart was shot by police and not killed. At least that what is being reported in the news. I pray this man will be able to stand trial for his actions.

Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger said that the slain patients ranged in age from 78 to 98. She said that Stewart, faces eight counts of murder and one count of felony assault on a police officer. I believe North Carolina is a death penalty state and he deserves that fate. Krueger said Stewart was not an employee of the nursing home nor did he appear to have been related to any of the patients.

Kreuger identified the residents who were killed as: Tessie Garner, 88; Lillian Dunn, 89; Jessie Musser, 88; Bessie Hendrick, 78; John Goldston, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; and Louise Decker, 98. Jerry Avent, a nurse, also was killed. His age was not available. Krueger said Carthage police officer Justin Garner, 25, was injured, along with a visitor to the nursing home, 53-year-old Michael Cotton.

It has been reported that Stewart’s wife works at the nursing home. His ex-wife, Ms. Griffin said Stewart had been recently reaching out to family members, telling them he had cancer and was preparing for a long trip and to “go away.” Nonetheless, it was a barbaric crime and he deserves the death penalty for his actions. I hope this scumbag will face the music and succumb to his injuries, which would be the easy way out.

Archibishop Earl Paulk, Whose Leadership of One Time Atlanta-Megachurch Ended Due to Sex Scandal, Dies Early Sunday

Bishop Earl Paulk Jr., dies in disgrace after building a megachurch in Atlanta and mentoring pastors like Eddie L. Long & Clarence McClendon.

Archbishop Earl Paulk has died. You will recall that the evangelical pastor’s leadership of one-time megachurch the Cathedral at Chapel Hill ended in a sex scandal when Mona Brewer filed a lawsuit alleging that the two had engage in an adulterous relationship spanning 14 years.

Atlanta Medical Center said Archbishop Earl Paulk, who was in his 80s, died early Sunday. The hospital could not release a cause of death, but he had been in bad health for the past couple of years after a battle with cancer.

Paulk co-founded the Cathedral at Chapel Hill in Decatur and helped grow it to a peak membership of about 10,000 in the early 1990s, until all the sex scandals started driving people away.

A lawsuit by Mona and Bobby Brewer (who are separated, maybe divorced by now), sparked a chain of events that ended in Paulk pleading guilty in January 2008 to lying under oath by denying affairs with other women. A paternity test revealed Paulk was the father of his nephew, Donnie Earl Paulk, who is now leader of the church. That was a whole lot of drama in and of itself. I hope Archbishop Paulk found peace in his final hours and confessed his sins. He misled way too many people for too long. Personally the man was a lecherous scumbag who betrayed even his own wife and cheated on her repeatedly. He was a good preacher, but he was truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I hope it is well with his soul.

UPDATE#1: Don Paulk, the brother of Earl Paulk, and the man’s whose wife bore his brother a son, D.E. Paulk, has written a novel. Don Paulk’s newly released novel “A Night in Gaza,” focuses on the mind of a morally-conflicted pastor named Dan Hayden, who like most high-profile men succumbs to temptation and has an affair with a secretary. A tale as old as time, except that A Night in Gaza delivers a bone-chilling cautionary tale to men and reasons to avoid the same fate. I guess this he had an epiphany. 

For more on Bishop Earl Paulk Jr., read a more in-depth discussion of the Cathedral at Chapel Hill and the countless scandals that rocked its very foundation, CLICK HERE

UPDATE!!!: Ryan Moats police dash cam video inside

Most of us were outraged upon hearing how NFL player, Ryan Moats was detained and lectured by a Dallas Police officer, in front of the hospital where is mother-in-law lay dying. We first brought this story to you here:

The Hinterland Gazette

The Thomas Tribune (repost)

After viewing the entire 15 minute video, there is no doubt in my mind that the officer was being completely unreasonable. Even after hospital representatives vouched for Moats’ story, the officer continued to detain and lecture Moats.

The video speaks for itself, and officer Robert Powell should be fired!

We’ve obtained the police car dash cam videos, and you can decide for yourself whether the officer behaved inappropriately.

Dashcam Video 1 of 2

Dashcam Video 2 of 2

If you would like to contact the Dallas Police department with a complaint regarding this incident, please see the contact information below:

Internal Affairs Division
1400 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75215