A CONSERVATIVE ICON PASSES AWAY …
Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author died Thursday at the age of 68. This one really hurts. Sadly this was not unexpected. Just a couple weeks ago Charles Krauthammer told the world that he only had weeks to live. Krauthammer wrote, “My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.” Unfortunately, a great man has passed away and lost his battle with cancer. This one is personal. It’s not like a death in the family, it is family.
His commentary has brilliant, whether you agreed with him or not. He was not afraid to let you know his opinion. And as a Conservative, I did not always agree with Charles, but I always respected him. That should be a lesson to America, we don’t always have to agree. Charles will be so missed, that I can’t even begin to put into words. With all that was against him in life dealing with his disability, Charles lived life to the fullest and accomplished so much. As Charles penned in his final letter to all of us, “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.” Rest in Peace my friend.
His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me…
“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.” The letter continued, “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living.”
In recent years, Krauthammer was best known for his nightly appearance as a panelist on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” and as a commentator on various Fox news shows.
Krauthammer delivered his views in a mild-mannered yet steady and almost philosophical style, befitting his background in psychiatry and detailed analysis of human behavior. Borrowing from that background, Krauthammer said in 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that the post-Cold War world had gone from bipolar to “unipolar,” with the United States as the sole superpower. He also coined the term “The Reagan Doctrine,” among others.
More from BPR, Remembering Charles Krrauthammer …
A TRULY TRAGIC AND STAGGERING INCREASE IN SUICIDES, WHY?
Suicide rates have increased 25% in the United States since 1999, and an even more alarming twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%. Suicide has now become one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. According to the report, more than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition. But is that because they just had not been diagnosed or other reasons? Is it the increase in drug use (both illegal and prescription), online social media where keyboard cowards think they can threaten other bully other with impunity, lack of generational coping skills, or an absence of God? There is most likely no one answer, it is most likely a combination of many. The reality is that I would hope no one thinks their life is the worthless and suicide is a better answer. However, just this week I was presented with a friend who’s friend did just that and ended it all. Truly sad. Something must be done to investigate what the real causes are for such a terrible increases in a cause of death.
Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.
“These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now, and it’s one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem — and something that is all around us,” Schuchat said. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses, she noted.
In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.
“Our data show that the problem is getting worse,” Schuchat said.
Increases in 49 states.
To anyone thinking or even contemplating suicide, please get some help and talk to someone, anyone. Please don’t waste your life. It is a life worth saving. And for everyone else, please be more vigilant of those around you. Most likely they are crying out for help and we all are ignoring it and being too busy in our own lives to help. Suicide should never be the answer and we much reverse this trend for everyone’s sake.
BARBARA BUSH, WIFE OF 41 AND MOTHER OF 43 HAS DIED.
Barbara Bush, only the second woman in American history who was the wife and mother of United States Presidents and the only woman in American history to be alive for both Presidencies, has died at the age of 92. We say goodbye to a true original. Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years. A spokeswoman says former President George H.W. Bush held the hand of his wife, Barbara Bush, all day and was by her side when she died. Funeral services for Barbara Bush are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which she and former President George H.W. Bush regularly attended. She was an amazing woman. She will be so missed, Rest In Peace.
”The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.“
Barbara Bush, the widely admired wife of one president and the fiercely loyal mother of another, died Tuesday evening at her home in Houston. She was 92.
Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, announced the death in a statement posted to Twitter.
On Sunday, the office of her husband, former President George Bush, issued a statement saying that after consulting her family and her doctors, Mrs. Bush had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.”
The Bushes had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history.
Mrs. Bush had been hospitalized with pneumonia in December 2013. She underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer in 2008 and had heart surgery four months later.
Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Bret Baier and Brit Hume pay tribute to Barbara Bush
She was born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925, at a maternity hospital in New York City run by the Salvation Army principally for unwed mothers. The family obstetrician practiced there one month a year, and that month happened to be June. She was the third child of the former Pauline Robinson and Marvin Pierce. Her father was in the publishing business and eventually became president of the McCall publishing company. Her mother, the daughter of an Ohio Supreme Court justice, was active in civic affairs in Rye, N.Y., the New York City suburb where the family lived.
After graduating in 1942, Mr. Bush enlisted in the Navy and trained as a pilot. The next year, he was assigned to a torpedo squadron in the Pacific and piloted a Grumman Avenger. On one combat mission, in 1944, he was shot down and rescued by a submarine. Barbara did not hear from him for a month.
After enrolling at Smith College but before entering the freshman class, she shocked her mother by spending the summer working in a nuts-and-bolts factory.
She and Mr. Bush, on leave from the Navy, married in Rye on Jan. 6, 1945; the bride, not yet 20, had dropped out of Smith at the beginning of her sophomore year. “The truth is, I just wasn’t interested,” she said in interviews. “I was just interested in George.”
Barbara Pierce Bush delivers the Commencement Address at Wellesley College. Delivered 1 June 1990.
Barbara Bush delivered her speech to a less than thrilled audience as the liberal arts all women’s college had wanted another speaker. Little did they realize that she would win them over and give them pearls of wisdom they would use the rest of their lives. Barbara’s comments at the 9:36 mark of the video brought down the house!
George W. Bush discussed how lucky he was to have Barbara as his mother:
“Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was,” George W. Bush said. “Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us she was so much more.”
“Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end,” George W. Bush said. “I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”
Former President Jimmy Carter paid tribute to Barbara Bush’s “warmth, generosity and keen wit” following the former first lady’s death.
Carter says Bush was “the matriarch of a family dedicated to serving.” In a statement, he says that through Bush’s “work to promote literacy as a value in every American home, countless families now have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives.”
Carter says he and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are saddened by her death and they’ll miss her.
2013 C-SPAN First Ladies interview, Barbara Bush: “I have no fear of death, which is a huge comfort because we’re getting darn close.”
JUDGE HARRY STONE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMEDIES OF ALL TIMES AS PASSED AWAY …
Harry Anderson, better known as Judge Harry T. Stone of “Night Court” fame has passed away at the age of 65. According to reports he passed away from natural causes. Anderson is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two children. All authorities are saying is that no foul play is suspected. On a personal note, I loved “Night Court’ and Judge T. Stones brand of zany justice, Bull, Dan Fielding, Mac, Roz and of course Christine Sullivan, Markie Post! It was brilliant comedy and Harry Anderson was at the head of it all. Rest in Peace Harry.
Police officials confirm that actor Harry Anderson died at a home in Asheville on Monday morning. He was 65.
Anderson was a three-time Emmy nominee for his role as Judge Harry T. Stone in “Night Court.”
Christina Hallingse, a public information officer for Asheville Police Department, said officers were called to the home early Monday morning.
Hallingse said no foul play is suspected in Anderson’s death.
TMZ reports that Anderson’s son said the actor “passed away of natural causes.”
Harry Anderson on ‘Night Court’s’ success from 1989 with Larry King
The Austin Bombing Suspect is Dead, 24 Year Old Man Blows Self Up in Vehicle as Law Enforcement Closed In (VIDEO)
AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD … GREAT JOB BY LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!
BREAKING … The Austin bombing suspect is dead. The suspect,who has terrorized Austin, Texas over the past three weeks was identified as a 24 year old, white male. His name has not yet been released. The suspect blew himself up in his vehicle as law enforcement closed in. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley stated that the investigation continues; however, the suspect was responsible for for all of the incidents in Austin. In a press conference Wednesday morning, the police chief said that the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle he was riding in as police approached. One officer was injured when the bomb was detonated but he suffered minor injuries. According to KVUE’s Tony Plohetski, authorities said they used surveillance video from the FedEx store on Brodie Lane in South Austin to lead them to the suspect. Chief Manley said they “don’t know where the suspect has been the past 24 hours,” and that there may be other devices out there. The public must remain vigilant and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday.The name of the
suspect, described only as a 24-year-old white man, has not been released, pending notification of his family, Manley said.
Although police are still investigating the possibility of accomplices, he said, “we believe this individual is responsible for all of the incidents in Austin.”
Manley urged the community to remain vigilant for possible other explosives, adding that “we do not know where (the suspect) has been in the past 24 hours.”
Police have not identified a motive for the string of bombings, Manley said.
Investigators identified several leads but the case really broke in the past 24 to 36 hours, the chief said.
He described how authorities tracked down the suspect’s vehicle to a Round Rock-area hotel. Police began following the suspect’s vehicle, and as SWAT approached, the suspect detonated a bomb in the car, Manley said.
Clues leading up to tracking down the Austin bomber. Exclusive photos of Austin bombing ‘Person of Interest’ dropping off 2 packages at Austin @FedEx store. Believed to be wearing wig.
UPDATE I: CNN Latest developments:
- In the past 36 hours, law enforcement received information directing them to a person of interest, who ultimately became a suspect.
- Surveillance teams tracked the suspect’s vehicle to a hotel in Round Rock, north of Austin. As police waited on tactical units, the vehicle left the hotel.
- SWAT approached the vehicle and the suspect detonated a bomb, killing himself and knocking back and injuring a SWAT member.
- A SWAT officer fired his weapon at the suspect. It’s unclear whether the officer shot the suspect.
- The suspect is a 24-year-old white man, and authorities don’t know whether he acted alone or what his motive was.
- He is responsible for all the incidents in Austin, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.
- “This is the culmination of three very long weeks in our community,” Manley said.
- He urged residents to be vigilant, saying they don’t know where the bomber has been for the past 24 hours and if he sent additional packages.
- “Austin bombing suspect is dead. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!,” President Donald Trump tweeted.