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The heroic Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw

Via: Huffington Post


On Tuesday morning, a brain surgeon in Birmingham, Ala., WALKED SIX MILES THROUGH A SEVERE SNOW STORM TO SAVE A PATIENT’s LIFE.

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, Trinity Medical Center’s only neurosurgeon, had just finished surgery at a neighboring hospital when Steve Davis, the charge nurse at Trinity’s neuro intensive care unit, called him with an emergency, AL.com reported. Hrynkiw attempted to drive to the hospital, but roadblocks prevented him from getting far.

Davis told The Huffington Post that both local authorities and Trinity tried to provide transportation for Hrynkiw, but to no avail.

“I called him again and he said, ‘I’m not getting anywhere, I’m walking,'” Davis told HuffPost.

He estimates that it took Hrynkiw about five hours to get to Trinity. At around 12:30 p.m., the surgeon called again. “I’m walking in the door,” Hrynkiw said. “Where’s the patient?”

Davis told HuffPost that the patient had already been prepped for surgery. Hyrnkiw walked in, spoke to the patient’s family and “off to the OR we went,” according to Davis.  As of Thursday morning, the patient was stable, he said.

“Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Davis told AL.com.

The charge nurse, who’s worked at Trinity for 10 years, told HuffPost he’s never seen anything like this — but Hyrnkiw’s actions didn’t surprise him.

“He’s on call about 330 days a year,” Davis said. “He’s dedicated. Right before we started the surgery, I told him, ‘You’re a good man.'”

Hyrnkiw’s response: “I’m just doing my job.”




January 31, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dale Peterson (R-AL) – ‘GOP Moron of the day’


Via: Huffington Post

Dale Peterson (See photo), an Alabama Republican state official famous for flaunting his rifle in campaign ads promising to be tough on crime, was the SECOND TIME in SIX MONTHS that Peterson has been accused of stealing.

His new arrest occurred at a Sam’s Club, where police said employees watched Peterson eat a can of cashews in the store, then place the empty can back on a shelf. Store security guards confronted Peterson on his way out. He was released from custody after posting $1,000 bond.

Peterson was charged in October with stealing paper towels and beer from a Walmart. Employees said he pushed his way through the checkout line without paying for the items in his cart, according to police. Petersona mistake’, later said the incident was “a mistake.”

Peterson’s arrests are noteworthy in part because he made national news in 2010 for his tough-talking stance on crime during an unsuccessful run for Alabama agriculture commissioner. In a campaign ad that quickly went viral, Peterson suggested his opponents were “thugs and criminals,” and accused them of “stealing yard signs in the dark,” and “bragging about receiving illegal money on Facebook.”

Lifting a rifle to his shoulder, Peterson said, “We’re Republicans, we should be better than that,” and promised to “name names and take no prisoners” if elected. As of Wednesday, the ad had been viewed on YouTube more than 2.6 million times.

Two years later after that campaign loss, his wife Kathy Peterson campaigned for public service commissioner using an ad featuring her husband and his rifle. In that ad, Peterson flashed the gun in a parking lot and warned, “I’ll be the one looking after Kathy’s yard signs.”

The Petersons own a llama ranch in Shelby County. Earlier this year, Dale Peterson was hired at the state Agriculture Commission, sparking controversy given his heated rhetoric about fellow Republicans during the 2010 campaign. A Birmingham, Ala., talk radio host called Peterson “a useless person” (yeah, you think?) filling a useless position at the state agency.



‘Kathy and Dale Peterson – ‘GOP Morons of the Day’



March 28, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

Via: Huffington Post

“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong. I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”

– Robert Bentley – GOP Governor of Alabama


Read more, HERE:




personal thought:

If Al Capone was alive today, he would also have money in a Swiss Bank account.


July 15, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Birmingham – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy ‘Always Something Interesting’

 “Shorpy Higginbotham, an oiler on the tipple at Bessie Mine” — near Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama.

– December, 1910

– Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine


More images of Birmingham, Alabama; HERE:




Via: Morninng on Maple Street

‘Shorpy’ – Henry Sharp Higgenbotham

He was born November 23, 1896, in Jefferson County, Alabama, probably in or near Birmingham. His parents were Phelix (or Felix) Milton Higginbotham and Mary Jane (Nancy) Graham. He had six brothers and three sisters. Felix died in 1917, Mary Jane died in 1946, and one of Henry’s brothers, Jack, died in 1920. Henry married Flora Quinton on November 19, 1927, but he died, two months later, on January 25, 1928.


. . . I had obtained Henry’s death certificate, which stated that he had died from injuries caused by being hit by a falling rock.

Read more, HERE:



May 22, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shadrack McGill (R-AL) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

According to Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill (R), the Bible says that increasing teacher salaries would only lead to less-qualified teachers. McGill said at a prayer breakfast that doubling teachers’ salaries — starting pay for Alabama teachers begins at $36,144 — would not help education. In fact, he said that keeping teacher pay low is a “Biblical principle“:

“If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach.

“To go in and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn’t want to do it, OK?

“And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ‘em. And there are also some teachers, it wouldn’t matter how much you would pay them, they would still perform to the same capacity.

“If you don’t keep that in balance, you’re going to attract people who are not called, who don’t need to be teaching our children. So, everything has a balance.



McGill found justification in the Bible for not increasing teacher pay, but he evidently found nothing in scripture preventing him from approving a 67 percent pay increase for legislators in 2007, which increased annual salaries for the part-time legislators from $30,710 to $49,500. He said that the higher pay helped to stop corruption.



February 2, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Kathy & Dale Peterson – ‘GOP Morons of the Day’

Via: Wonkette

Who is this crazy lady who isn’t allowed to get out of her truck until her husband first gets out and says his piece about why he is permitting her to run for office?

She’s Kathy Peterson, Republican candidate for President of the Alabama Public Service Commission and wife of briefly famous redneck and failed Alabama Agriculture Commissioner candidate Dale Peterson, the guy who successfully nabbed a few seconds of viral stardom in 2010 for some terrifying campaign ads that consisted of Peterson waving his rifle around and swearing oaths and a hail of buckshot against any mis-cree-ants fixin’ to thieve his yard signs.

This is pretty much just that all over again in 2012, especially at the end of the video, as the Internet’s comedy reward for laughing at this violent maniac a couple years ago.


Poor Kathy Peterson, she is as insane as her husband!

We too would be terrified of the Environmental Protection Agency if, as she warns in the video around 1:10, the EPA were plotting to “shut down energy” and do mass murder to “get rid of people just to create their ‘perfect world.’” Here we all thought environmentalists were trying to save humanity, for whatever mysterious reason!

What IS scary is that you will have to watch all the way until 1:50 (or who cares, just fast forward) to giggle at Dale Peterson getting out his gun and promising to shoot everyone who goes near his wife’s yard signs. Greatest campaign video of 2012, so far. [YouTube]



personal thought:

I’d bet even-money; they, no I mean SHE, will win.


January 10, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bill Johnson (R-AL) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: NZHerald

A conservative Christian politician has a secret life as a sperm donor for lesbian couples – even though he has campaigned against gay marriage.

American politician Bill Johnson has spent most of this year in Christchurch helping run the earthquake recovery, all the while using the online persona “chchbill” to meet women who want help to get pregnant.

Under that persona, he has discussed making donations to at least nine women without the knowledge of his family in the US.

Three of the women are now pregnant, and Johnson has assisted another three with donations in the past month. It is believed he has been in communication with at least another three women to discuss sperm donation.


Johnson was a 2009 candidate for the office of Governor of Alabama.


He said the urge to become a biological father was “a need that I have”.


Asked if his wife knew he was donating sperm, he said: “She does now.”



December 13, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Week”

“If, theoretically, you did get rid of all the Mexicans, YOU’D BE HUNGRY in a WEEK,” Marks said. “All your vegetables had a Mexican hand on it. All your fruit, and three-quarters of your meat.”


Via: Tennessean

“New immigration laws could hit farmers, drive up food prices’

Inside a spartan shed thick with the smell of moist tobacco, temporary laborers from the Mexican state of Nayarit deftly stripped a truckload of the plant’s broad leaves from its hardened stalks.

A foreman, Pedro Peña, handed racks of dark air-cured tobacco down to another worker, Lupe Villegas, who loaded each one onto one of two sets of chain drives. As the racks went along the drive, teams of eight workers laid the stalks bare and sorted the tobacco into three grades, all in less than a minute. A final worker removed the exposed stems and loaded them into a V-shaped crib.

Without these 19 men, most of whom have been coming back every fall for a decade, George Marks could not bring in the three varieties of tobacco he farms, he says. The same is true of dairy cows, which he also raises on his Montgomery County farm, and a host of other crops grown in Tennessee — peaches, tomatoes, gourds, apples.


Last year, more than 2,300 H-2A workers were hired on approximately 150 sites in Tennessee.

But farm workers have abandoned Georgia and Alabama in droves this fall, forcing farmers to abandon their crops for lack of enough hands in the fields. Economists in the two states estimate their economies lost at least $115 million as a result. (and yes, the losses will be passed on to the consumer: YOU!)



November 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hispanics Flee Alabama’s Immigration Law

Via: Bloomberg

When Tuscaloosa, Alabama, begins rebuilding more than 7,200 homes and businesses leveled by an April 27 tornado, it may find itself missing a workforce capable of putting the city together again.

That’s what Ever Duarte, head of the city’s Hispanic soccer league, said after losing a third of his teams in a week. Tuscaloosa County’s 6,000-strong Hispanic population –including roofers, sheetrockers, concrete pourers, framers, landscapers and laborers — is disappearing, he said, before a law cracking down on illegal immigrants takes effect.

“They’re leaving now, right now,” Duarte, 36, said during a pause in a pick-up soccer game last week in a neighborhood gym. “I know people who are packing up tonight. They don’t want to wait to see what happens. It started last week. Our league had 12 teams the week before that. Last week, it was eight.”

Governor Robert Bentley signed Alabama’s 72-page measure June 9, calling it “the strongest immigration bill in the country.” Alabama became the fifth state to enact sanctions against undocumented workers, following Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia, where a federal judge yesterday blocked part of the restrictions. Tuscaloosa is getting an early gauge of the law’s effects in its state.

“Hispanics, documented and undocumented, dominate anything to do with masonry, concrete, framing, roofing, and landscaping,” said Bob McNelly, a contractor with Nash-McCraw Properties, during an interview at a coffee shop near a destroyed gas station and bank. “There are very few subcontractors I work with that don’t have a Hispanic workforce.”

The city of 90,000 imposed a moratorium on major reconstruction that ends Aug. 8 to enable it to plan its remaking. The rebuilding, McNelly said, will be harder and more expensive without them:

“It’s not the pay rate. It’s the fact that they work harder than anyone. It’s the work ethic.”


personal thought:

I worked construction my whole career; and I agree, it is the ‘work ethic’.

However, make no mistake, the undocumented workers you see lined up each morning outside of your typical Home Depot get paided a hell of a lot less.

When they say it ain’t about the money, they lyin'”


July 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment