Monday, November 09, 2015
Multicultural doctor kills little British boy
The lucky lad got a doctor who was both African and Muslim
Two of the medics who treated Jack at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011 were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence, and are now facing prison.
It is incredibly rare for criminal charges to be brought in a case like this; rarer still to get a conviction. But this was an extraordinary case. During the trial, the catalogue of errors made with Jack's care was laid bare - the most damning that the medic in charge, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 38, got Jack mixed up with another patient, the subject of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.
When Jack stopped breathing, instead of pouring every effort into saving his life, she ordered staff to cease treating him. Dr Bawa-Garba, who is originally from Nigeria but qualified as a doctor in Britain, and who is a mother of two herself, had recently returned from maternity leave when she made the catastrophic mistake, and was nearing the end of a 13-hour shift. But Nicky feels no sympathy.
'It's not even as if they looked alike,' says Nicky. 'That [other] boy was pale and fair. Jack was dark and stocky. But the biggest difference was that Jack had Down's.
'How do you get two children mixed up when one has Down's and the other hasn't? Afterwards, they tried to tell us that they had only mixed up the identities "for a few minutes". Was that supposed to be a comfort? Jack didn't have minutes to spare.'
Yet Jack wasn't just the victim of one fleeting mistake. Indeed, by the time that error occurred, others had already left him probably beyond hope. The court heard there were many red flags to his condition - which developed into septic shock - that were ignored or missed.
Abnormal blood results were overlooked. X-rays were not followed up. His nursing care was, the court heard, 'truly exceptionally bad'.
Portuguese-born agency nurse Isabel Amaro, 47, was found guilty of the same charge as Dr Bawa-Garba.
Flashpoint in Berlin as anti-immigration protesters clash with police and call for 'traitor to the people' Angela Merkel's resignation
Violence erupted in the streets of Berlin today as thousands of anti-immigration protesters clashed with police and counter-demonstrators.
Pro-migration activists took to the streets of the German capital to shout down the yells of the anti-migrant demonstrators protesting against Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy.
Furious Germans condemned Ms Merkel, waving German flags and chanting 'Merkel must go' and 'Traitor to the people'.
Around 5,000 people turned out for the anti-migration march, organised by the eurosceptic, populist-nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under the banner 'Asylum has its limits - red card for Merkel'.
'We are demonstrating against the asylum chaos caused by Angela Merkel,' AfD member and European Parliament deputy Beatrix von Storch said at the rally.
Five counter-protests in support of migrants saw a turn-out of around 800 people, despite organisers' hopes that several thousand would attend.
Activists protesting the anti-immigration protest found themselves targeted by police wielding pepper spray, as they attempted to break up the simultaneous demonstrations.
More than 40 people were arrested and one officer was lightly wounded after the violence broke out.
Scuffles erupted after police broke up a sit-in by counter-demonstrators, some of whom tried to break through the barriers separating them from the anti-migrant march.
Officers also intervened to stop angry exchanges between rival demonstrators.
More than 1,100 police were necessary in the capital to prevent trouble between the rival demonstrators.
Ms Merkel has faced a growing backlash over her welcoming stance towards refugees fleeing war and persecution as Germany, Europe's top economy, faces a record influx of up to one million asylum-seekers this year.
Meanwhile, Germany's vice chancellor said today that he considers a proposal made, then shelved, by the interior minister to give many Syrians a restricted asylum status to be finished.
The definitive close to the suggestion indicates that he doesn't want to set off a new round of political infighting over it.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday that many Syrians should get 'subsidiary protection,' which comes with only a one-year renewable residence permit and wouldn't allow them to bring relatives to Germany for two years.
Hours later, he shelved the idea, saying things will remain unchanged for now.
Members of Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's centre-left Social Democrats slammed the conservative de Maiziere.
Gabriel told ZDF television the plan appeared to have been produced at the Interior Ministry 'without consultation, and it is smart that it was taken back again.'
He added that de Maiziere 'took back the measure. And I think the measure is finished with that'.
De Maiziere's idea was that Syrians who don't present evidence of individual persecution but are fleeing the civil war in general should be given 'subsidiary protection,' rather than full asylum status that comes with a three-year residence permit and allows recipients to bring family members.
De Maiziere announced his idea only a day after leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition ended weeks of argument over how to process more quickly people who have little hope of asylum, such as those from Balkan countries.
They agreed to set up new processing centres, and also said people with 'subsidiary protection' shouldn't be able to bring relatives for two years - something that was thought to apply only to a few people.
Still, applause from the Christian Social Union - the tough-talking Bavarian branch of Merkel's conservative bloc - suggested that the issue may fester.
'Nothing is off the table for the CSU,' general secretary Andreas Scheuer told ZDF. 'Thomas de Maiziere is right when he says that Syrian civil war refugees should get a different a different status.'
Germany saw 758,000 migrants arrive between January and October. Syrians are the biggest single group arriving.
Last month, the founder of the EDL addressed a 40,000-strong crowd in Dresden, to celebrate the first anniversary of the anti-refugee group Pegida.
Tommy Robinson, the 32-year-old founder of the far-right group, told protesters: 'Do not let Germany be dragged back to chaos and destruction.
'All of your progress is now threatened. Your current chancellor, Angela Merkel, seems to be handing out the birth right of German citizens like she is handing out candy to children.'
He continued: 'I encourage you people to refuse the shame game. Refuse to feel guilty. Germany is not obliged to save the refugee crisis.
'This current immigration is an invasion. Our borders are being overrun. There is little or no control. A country that cannot control its borders will soon not be a country.'
Fiorina: Conservative Women, Conservative Blacks 'Held to a Different Standard'
"I think conservative women or African-American conservatives are held to a different standard because we're not supposed to exist," Republican Carly Fiorina told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday night.
Fiorina described herself as a "conservative woman" who will challenge Democrat Hillary Clinton on the issues: "And so you know, they're going to hurl a lot of insults my way. That's OK."
Fiorina on Friday will return to "The View" for the first time since mid-June, after hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins made fun of Fiorina's face following the Oct. 22 Republican debate. Among other things, they said Fiorina's smile made her look "demented."
Such petty comments would not be made about Democrats, Fiorina told Hannity on Thursday:
"And look, I'm looking forward to going back. I've been around a long time. I know the difference between an observation and an insult.
"But I think what this points out is that the left always demonizes the messenger when they don't like the message. And they didn't like my message. They haven't liked my message about Planned Parenthood and what's really going on. They tried to demonize me over that. They don't like my message that progressive policies actually harm women instead of helping women.
"So in general, what the left does is, instead of debating on the merits of the issue, they want to demonize the messenger. So I hope tomorrow on 'The View,' we can have a really civil conversation about the issues and why we differ."
Fiorina already has responded to the ridicule. During a Nov. 1 appearance on "Fox News Sunday," she noted that she had been on the View several months earlier -- and the hosts "said none of that to my face."
"Conservative women from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann to Carly Fiorina are long used to this. It will not stop me. It will not scare me. Maybe the ladies of 'The View,' if I come back on again, let's see if they have the guts to say that to my face."
Fioirina described "The View's" hosts as "a set of liberal feminists who believe that if you do not agree with them on their liberal orthodoxy that you don't count, that somehow you're not a woman. You see, I know that women represent half the nation, so, of course, our views are going to be as diverse as men's."
This drew an indignant response from "The View's" Whoopi Goldberg on Monday, when she announced that Fiorina would be returning to the show:
"Carly will be here on Friday," Goldberg said. "Now, I will not -- but I do want to point out, Carly, that the last time you were here and you'll see b-roll (video) running. We welcomed you to our table, we helped raise your...your profile, so you would be included in the sea of men.
"There were no -- you weren't worried about, you know, any kind of Republican backlash. Nobody was backlashing. We were respectful and gave you your due. So, just so we're all clear, you have to know the difference between when somebody is coming for you and when somebody is paying you a compliment and when somebody is saying, here's my observation. If you get that together, maybe you can be president."
The spat between Fiorina and "The View" apparently has helped both parties -- Fiorina with free publicity and the TV show with ratings.
As Fiorina told Hannity on Thursday, her appearance on "The View" today is "must-see TV."
These Voters Rejected the Gay Agenda. How They're Being Punished
This past week, Houston voters rejected an ordinance that would have let transsexuals use woman's bathrooms. It's the sort of thing that is anathema to voters in that particular area of the country that might fly in New York or California. Rather than making a direct appeal to voters, gay advocates are going on the attack. Their plan- economic destruction of Houston:
The LGBT movement is not taking the rejection of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) all that well. The measure - which would've allowed trans-women to use girls' bathrooms - was defeated by a solid majority of Houstonians on Tuesday, so activists are now trying to punish the entire city for exercising their right to vote.
The New York Times claimed the bill was only rejected due to the "hateful rhetoric" of political leaders like Gov. Greg Abbott. The Nation said the defeat made gays, lesbians and transsexuals second-class citizens.
So now the Human Rights Campaign and many other left-wing groups are calling for a full-scale economic boycott of the Texas city in response to its denizens voting in a way that didn't meet progressive approval. The main target for these activists is the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to take place in Houston at the end of this season.
The tactic is curious, and showcases the disregard for the sort of persuasive dialogue on controversial issues the first amendment was meant to protect. These advocates could have tried to humanize and familiarize Houston voters with the people they're trying to help. Instead, they've chosen the sort of divisive economic action that will only validate the concerns of social conservatives and moderates everywhere.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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