August 29, 2014

Brad Fletcher - Volunteer Firefighter - Lyttelton, New Zealand

Brad Fletcher, age 40, died on August 28, 2014, at Lyttleton Port, New Zealand.
Brad Fletcher

Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Lyttelton is a suburb of Christchurch.

Tragically Brad was killed in a workplace accident when a scissor lift he was working in, fell over. The circumstances of his death are under investigation.

Brad was a port worker, the branch president of the Maritime Union and a firefighter with the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Friends describe Brad as a highly respected man in Lyttelton, within the Maritime Union and among his firefighting comrades. He is also described as genuine, helpful, strong and loyal.

The Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade is in mourning over the death of their brother. His comrades describe Brad as a big man with a big heart. His mission was to help others in distress.

He worked tirelessly to help the community after the Christchurch earthquake of
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Brad
and for those who have lost
him
February 22, 2011 and was awarded a citation for his efforts.

He will be forever remembered by his comrades. 

Brad's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Brad is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Anita; and his sons, Kadin, age 21; Cody, age 15; and Zavian, age 13.

Thank you for your service to the community, Brad. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Brad is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Cleve Johnson - Law Enforcement - Texas

Constable Cleve Johnson, age 57, died on August 28, 2014, in Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Texas. 
Cleve Johnson

Cleve was a member of the Titus County Constable's Office - Precinct 2.  He had 17 years of service with the department and a total of 34 years in law enforcement. 

At about 10:00 a.m., Cleve was driving home when his patrol car left the roadway and struck a concrete culvert, fatally injuring him.  He passed away at the scene of the accident. 

Over the years, he had served with the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the Titus County Sheriff's Office and then the Titus County Constable's Office. 

The Titus County Constable's Office is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered. Cleve is described as the epitome of a law enforcement officer.  He was proud of his work. He had helped rookies who he took under his wing. 

Friends stated that Cleve was well-known, well-liked and had a home spun country
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray
for Cleve and for those
who have lost him.
charm.  He treated everyone fairly and equally. 

Memorial Donations can be made to the Cleve Johnson Memorial Fund at American National Bank in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Cleve's family are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Cleve is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his sister, Kathy; his wife, Patty; and his two daughters, Alicia and Kayland.

Thank you for your service to the public, Cleve.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Cleve is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 27, 2014

Campbell's and Knorr-Lipton Soup Companies - the Modern Day Salt Merchants

Salt is required in the human body because it helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body; helps transmit nerve impulses and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

We need some salt but not a lot of salt. Our ancestors, the cave men, for 60,000 years had very minimal salt. What salt they consumed came through eating meat, fruit and vegetables. And yet we survived as a species.

Consuming a lot of salt causes heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis, kidney disorders, dehydration and swelling of the feet and ankles, digestive disorders and electrolyte and hormone imbalances.

The American Heart Association recommends that we intake only 1,500 milligrams of salt per day as an ideal.

The United States Department of Agriculture recommends a salt intake of less than 2,400 milligrams per day.

The food processing companies are money grubbers and infuse their products with fat, salt and sugar in an effort to make their products more desirable. Most of their products taste like crap without the addition of those three factors.

Knorr-Lipton Cup-A-Soup: 

The other day one of us was making Chicken Cup-A-Soup. This is a sort of snack scenario in which you heat up water to a boil and add a packet of Cup-A-Soup. And voila! You have soup. 

Well...you have sort of a soup and it is 3/4 of a cup or 6 ounces. This is just about 6 gulps if it has cooled down. 

And then we looked at the label on the back and found...

That this very little bit of soup contains 750 milligrams of salt or half of a reasonable salt intake for the day, which is outrageous.

Campbell's Chunky Soup - Steak and Potato


Campbells is sneaky. They don't state what the calories or fat or sugar or salt is per can. They hide it by giving you a figure of 250 milliliters. Given that the can is 540 milliliters and doesn't require the addition of water, you have no idea of how much of anything is in this can unless you stood at the store shelf with a calculator and started figuring this all out like an accountant.

This can of soup really contains 1458 mg of salt, which is your entire day's worth of salt if you are age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

In other words if you eat this can of soup, you are being salt-bombed to the eyeballs.


Some of these companies are reluctantly coming out with lower sodium versions of
The Corporate Executive says:
You have some more salt and
I'll have some more money, please.
their products. They don't want to do this because without the salt these products often suck in taste and the company's sales drop. And its all about the money.

The average citizen has to step up to the plate and email processed food companies including Campbells and Knorr-Lipton. Tell them that you want greatly reduced sodium versions of their products. You can add your own salt if you want, which would be a whole lot less than these companies are adding.

Let these companies know that you are not happy with this salt load and that you want them to change and soon.

Speak up!

Campbells Soup 

Knorr-Lipton in Canada


God save us from the Corporations. Amen. 

Geniel Amaro-Fantauzzi - Law Enforcement - Puerto Rico

Geniel Amaro-Fantauzzi
Agent Geniel Amaro-Fantauzzi, age 35, died in the line of duty on August 25, 2014, at a hospital in Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Geniel was a member of the Puerto Rico Police Department.  He had many years of service.

Agent Amaro-Fantauzzi and several other officers were conducting a narcotics investigation on August 19, 2014, in Las Piedras. They were at a public housing complex when a man opened fire, wounding Agent Amaro-Fantauzzi and another agent.

The man who shot them was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted murder in addition to other charges.

Agent Amaro-Fantauzzi was transported to Rio Piedras Medical Center, where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wounds.

The Puerto Rico Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Geniel is described as a warrior who will be 
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint
of the Police, pray for Geniel and
for those who have lost him.
forever remembered.

Geniel's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Geniel is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members.

Thank you for your service to Puerto Rico, Geniel. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Geniel is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Charles Vacca - a victim of guns in America

Charles Vacca
Charles Vacca, age 49, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died on August 25, 2014, at a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He was an instructor at the Last Stop adventure complex in White Hills, Arizona. It is also known as Bullets and Burgers and is about an hour's drive from Las Vegas.

At this place you can go on a helicopter ride, ride an All Terrain Vehicle or a Monster Truck, fire numerous guns including machine guns, and eat.

On the morning of August 25, 2014, a 9 year old girl and her family from New Jersey were at the complex. With the permission of her parents, the girl was being shown how to fire an UZI submachine gun. The recoil made the girl lose control of the weapon and Charles Vacca was shot in the head.

He was airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas, where sadly he succumbed to his injuries.

Only in America would a "family adventure outing" include the firing of weapons.

Only in America and in parts of the Middle East would you find children firing submachine guns.  An UZI fires at the rate of 600 bullets per minute. 

Kids in the Mid-East with guns (L);  An American Kid at an NRA rifle range (R);
Why is this?  There aren't enough adults to fire guns?
It is legal for children to fire guns in Arizona if they are on private property and if they have the permission of their parents or are in the company of a certified instructor.

This Arizona law should be changed and fast. There is no reason for a child in Arizona or elsewhere to be firing a gun with live ammunition under any circumstances. And certainly not firing a submachine gun like Rambo.

Charles Vacca was a U.S. Army veteran. Friends describe him as popular, humorous
Light a candle for Charles. Light his way
to Heaven.
and a great friend and mentor to others. He will be forever remembered.

Charles' family are devastated by his tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Charles is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife. 

Thank you for your service to your country, Charles. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die there.

Pray that Charles is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 25, 2014

David Norton - a Good Samaritan in Indiana

The Good Samaritan comes
to the aid of the strangers,
selflessly.
David Norton of Cicero, Indiana, came to the aid of strangers on August 23, 2014, in Noblesville, Indiana. 

Noblesville is a city located just north of Indianapolis and has a population of 52,000. 

At about 1:30 p.m., a woman, who is unnamed, was with her two children who were playing on the banks of the White River. Recent rains had swollen the river by 4 feet and there was a rapid current.  In May of this year, a 13 year old boy had drowned in this river when he accidentally fell in. 

The woman's son fell into the river and within a second or two was five feet out from shore. 

The woman jumped into the water in an attempt to reach her child.  Her daughter also jumped into the river to save her mother and her brother. 

Both kids are of elementary school age. 

The daughter was able to grab a tree branch and held on waiting for rescue. The mother and the son were drifting downstream.  

David Norton and others of his family were walking nearby when they heard screams for help.  David jumped into the river.  David's wife called 911. 

David swam to the woman and her child but only after they had drifted about 150 feet from where the boy first fell into the river. David managed to pull them both to safety. 

Police and Firefighters were able to grab the girl clinging to the tree branch. 

No one was injured in this incident and no one was hospitalized. 

David Norton left the scene without fanfare and without comment, other than to say he was going home to relax. 

David is a Good Samaritan.  Good Samaritans are the heroes of the modern era. 

God bless David Norton and all who come to the aid of strangers. Amen.

Michael Tufts - a victim of drunk driving in Missouri

Michael Tufts
Michael Tufts, age 25, died on August 23, 2014, at a hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

On December 6, 2012, Michael had been driving in Columbia with two friends, Michelle Morrow, age 24 and John Kalogeris, age 21. Michael was the "designated driver" for this friends that night.

Spencer Gordon, of Columbia, then age 20, crashed into Michael's vehicle.

Michelle Morrow was killed and both Michael Tufts and John Kalogeris were injured.

Michael was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital where he went into a coma.

Spencer Gordon and his passenger were unharmed. At the time of the accident
Spencer Gordon
Spencer Gordon was drunk. Spencer was subsequently found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of second degree assault. He has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Michael Tufts graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia.

Michael was a reserve police officer for the New Bloomfield Police Department. He had been with the department for just four months before the tragic accident.

Family members stated that Michael had always wanted to be a part of law enforcement.

Police comrades stated that Michael was eager to succeed at his job. He was uptempo, humorous, respectful and well-liked. He was happy to be a cop.

Michael's family are devastated by his tragic death. They are proud of the young man he was. He will be forever mourned.

The Tuft's family have very graciously stated that they don't hold a grudge against Spencer Gordon because he didn't intentionally cause this tragedy.

Advice To All Drivers: If you find that you are drunk or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

Michael is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Patricia
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Michael and for those who have lost him
Tufts; four sisters and one brother.

Pray for all who linger and who suffer.

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Michael is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray for Michelle Morrow and for those who weep for her.  Amen. 

Christopher Mulalley - U.S. Military

Christopher Mulalley
Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, California, died on August 22, 2014, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident.

The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Chris graduated from Eureka High School in 2006.  

Chris enlisted in July of 2006 as an infantryman.  He joined the 3rd Cavalry Regiment (known as the Brave Rifles) in July of 2013. 

This was his third deployment to a combat zone.  He had previously served in Iraq from March 2007 to December of 2007.  Then in Afghanistan from May of 2009 to June of 2010.  His current deployment to Afghanistan commenced in June of 2014. 

Christopher's awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense
Angels of God, pray for Christopher and for those
who have lost him
Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.


Christopher's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Chris is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his wife and his two young sons.

Thank you for serving, Chris.

Pray for all who die by misadventure.  They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye. 

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Chris. He wouldn't have died there, if there was no war there.

Pray that Chris is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Michael Pimentel - Police Chief killed in Texas

Chief of Police Michael Pimentel, age 64, died in the line of duty on August 23, 2014, at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. 
Michael Pimentel

Michael was the Chief of the Elmendorf Police Department.  He had 43 years of service in law enforcement. 

Elmendorf has a population of 1,488 and is 17 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio. 

At about 11:30 a.m., Chief Pimentel spotted a vehicle whose driver had an active warrant for graffiti.   The Chief stopped the vehicle in a residential area of Elmendorf.  A confrontation between the officer and the suspect developed and during the struggle, Michael was shot several times. 

He was airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio where he passed away from his wounds. 

Joshual Manuel Lopez
Bexar County deputies responded to the scene and took Joshua Manuel Lopez, age 24, into custody.  He will be charged with capital murder of a police officer.  If he is convicted, he could be sentenced to death. 

Michael was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.  

He had previously served as Chief of the San Antonio Independent School District Police Department. 

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Michael and for those
who have lost him
The town of Elmendorf is in mourning over this tragic death. Michael will be forever remembered.

Friends describe Michael as a devoted husband and father.

Michael's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Michael is survived by many loving friends and family members.

Thank you for your service to the public, Michael. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Michael is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 23, 2014

The Faces of the Innocents in the War in Syria


This image just about sums up the war in Syria - pathetic and tragic.

A father with three sons, and no wife in sight, is dirty, dishevelled and probably hungry, sitting on steps in a war-zone.

Syrians are faced with two vile options for their government. One is the dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, and the other is the terrorist organization, ISIS. 



The Syrian Options - Bashar Al-Assad, ISIS or death
Option One - Syria is a hereditary dictatorship. Bashar's father Hafez Al-Assad, ran Syria for decades, and Bashar does now and eventually his kids will, if he is not ousted.

Bashar Al-Assad's army is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians. His armed forces gassed many women and children. 


Pray for Syria
Bashar has stolen over 6 Billion dollars which he has hidden in banks in Russia. He will run there if he is deposed and will live out his days like a king. 

Option Two - is ISIS - the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria". This is a terrorist organization which is attempting to establish a "caliphate" to control Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus and parts of Turkey.

ISIS wants to establish Sharia Law in these regions including the forced conversions of non-Muslims; the chopping off of hands for thievery; the stoning of women for adultery; and the beheading of enemies of their regime.

ISIS members pray, plead and fight for a return to the 12th Century. They rejoice in the barbarism of the past.

God save us from the dictators and the psychopaths.

God help the innocent Syrians who have no options but death. Amen.

Selena Thomas - a victim of murder in Nampa, Idaho

Selena Thomas, age 37, died sometime between August 15 and August 22, 2014, in Nampa, Idaho.

Selena was last seen by coworkers on August 15, 2014. They reported her missing when she didn't show up for work on August 18, 2014. Her body was found in a cornfield on August 22, 2014. 


Selena Thomas and Alfred Martinez
Alfredo Martinez, age 39, is in custody for a parole violation and has not been charged with Selena's death as of this date. He was her boyfriend.

Alfredo Martinez told the Police that he and Selena had gotten into an argument. He hit Selena in the head with a hammer, wrapped her body in a sheet, put her in the trunk of his car and buried her in a cornfield near the Snake River, with the help of three other men.

Alfredo Martinez has a previous history of domestic abuse and violence and has served time in prison.

In addition, Jose Cruz Flores, Daniel Francisco Sena and Jorge Luis Garcia have all been charged in connection with Selena's death. There are many conflicting stories among these men as to who did what in this crime.

Co-workers and friends describe Selena as a single mother who was good-hearted and pleasant to be around. They noticed that Alfredo Martinez was extremely possessive and
Jesus, pray for Selena and
for those who have lost her
controlling of Selena. Some of them felt that Alfredo was stalking her.

Selena's family are devastated by her needless and tragic death. She will be forever mourned.

They advise any woman who is with a man who pushes or slaps you, to get away and seek help before it's too late. You may want love, but abuse is not love.

There is a fundraising website if you want to contribute to funeral expenses at "gofundme.com".

Selena is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her mother, Lori Moon; her sister, Sara; and her teenage son.

God save us from those who say they love us, and then kill us. Amen.

Pray that Selena is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 22, 2014

Barbarism Alert - James Foley, American Journalist - Beheaded in Syria

James Foley
James Foley, age 40, died sometime before August 19, 2014, somewhere in Syria.

James was beheaded by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria", also called ISIS.

ISIS is a terrorist organisation which claims religious and political authority over all Muslims. Its ambition is to establish a "caliphate" to control Muslim regions of the Middle East including Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus and parts of Turkey.

James was murdered in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS militants. 

ISIS claims it is prepared to kill Steven Sotloff, age 31, of Miami, who is another American journalist they have kidnapped.  They are also threatening to strike targets in the United States if the U.S. continues to offer military aid to their enemies.

ISIS filmed the beheading of James and posted it on the Internet, saying "We will drown all of you in blood." Before he was killed, James was forced to read out a statement denouncing the U.S. government.

It is all so barbaric and inhumane that it is hard to believe that this occurs in the 21st century. The world seems to be populated by wolves.

James was a freelance American journalist who worked for several international news
Saint Jude, pray for
James and for those
who have lost him.
services.

He was kidnapped on November 22, 2012, while on assignment in Idlib, Syria and endured almost two years of imprisonment.

James was a native of Rochester, New Hampshire. He was known as Jim to his family and friends.

Friends describe him as a dedicated and passionate journalist. He had been kidnapped once before in 2011 while reporting in Libya but had been released unharmed.

James' family is devastated over his tragic death. He is described as an extraordinary son and brother of whom they are immensely proud. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. He will be forever mourned.

James is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Diane; his father, John; his brother, Michael; and his sister, Katie. 

Pray for James' family.  They have suffered an unspeakable loss.

God save us from the barbarism of war. Amen.

Pray that James is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Matthew Leggett - U.S. Military Casualty in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, age 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died on August 20, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.
Matthew Leggett

It has been reported but not confirmed that Matthew was stabbed by a Taliban insurgent. 

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Matthew was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Army in May of 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. 

He served three combat tours and had been previously wounded. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal sixth award, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon third award, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the NATO ISAF Medal.

Matthew's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He is
Angels of God, pray for Matthew and for
those who have lost him
described as an exceptional noncommissioned officer and a valued member of their team. He will be forever remembered.


Matthew's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Matthew is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his mother, Thea Marie Kurtz and his father, Thomas Leggett.

Thank you for serving, Matthew.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Matthew.

Pray that Matthew is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.