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Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer dies at 66; vagabond singer made albums with Frank Zappa
Around the Sunset Strip, Venice and UCLA in the 1960s, he was admired as an untamed practitioner of 'outsider art.' He struggled with mental illness all his life.
Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer drew a cult following in the 1960s and the backing of music legends such as Frank Zappa and Solomon Burke. But his artistic outbursts and musicality were inexorably tied to severe manic depression and schizophrenia. (Ubin Twinz Productions)
By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2011
"Wanna buy a song for a dime?" For many startled UCLA students and Sunset Strip sightseers in the 1960s, that was the way Larry "Wild Man" Fischer introduced himself.
Anyone who took him up on his offer was rewarded with a brief, bellowing burst of nursery-rhyme-like verse, punctuated with unpredictable yelps and vocal sound effects from the disheveled troubadour.
Despite his unconventional approach and a lifelong struggle with severe mental illness, Fischer, who died Thursday of heart failure at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at age 66, went on to release several albums and became a cult figure — admired by some as an untamed practitioner of "outsider" art, but regarded less kindly by those who encountered the mercurial musician's sudden bursts of aggression.
"When you're working with somebody like Wild Man Fischer, or people who are 'out there,' the problems that arise after the album is completed sometimes become too much to bear," Frank Zappa, Fischer's most prominent patron, said in a 1970 interview.
"One thing that you must remember about Wild Man Fischer is that he actually is a wild person. And Larry is dangerous."
The relationship between Zappa and Fischer ended one day at Zappa's home, where Fischer — who suffered from manic depression and paranoid schizophrenia — became enraged and threw a bottle, barely missing Zappa's baby daughter, Moon Unit.
Zappa had found something compelling in Fischer's musical outbursts. He produced a documentary-like double-album, "An Evening with Wild Man Fischer," and released it in 1968 on his Bizarre Records label.
Later, Fischer's "Go to Rhino Records" was the first album released by the Rhino label, and the company went on to issue three Fischer albums, two of them produced by the comedy rock duo Barnes and Barnes, of "Fish Heads" fame.
"He made up songs that were beautiful and interesting," Barry Hansen, a.k.a. radio host Dr. Demento, told The Times on Friday. "He didn't always finish them — a lot of his work is fragments, but they're great fragments.
"It's a cliche, but everything he did came right out of him. There was no artifice, like there is with even the very best musicians. … It just erupted out of whatever part of the brain makes songs and without editing spilled out of his mouth and sometimes on the pieces of paper he used to sell."
Fischer's Zappa connection led to an appearance on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" on NBC, and Dr. Demento's regular airings of "Merry Go-Round" and "My Name Is Larry" on his syndicated program endeared the musician to a small audience. But for most of his life he was frustrated by his lack of commercial success.
"One of the tragedies of his life was that Larry immediately assumed that because somebody who was famous had discovered him and recorded this elaborate double album, that Larry was going to be a superstar," Hansen said. "And when that didn't happen he found that very, very hard to handle."
Lawrence Wayne Fischer was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High School, but his home life was turbulent and he was sent to mental institutions as a teenager.
In the mid-'60s he began frequenting the hippie scenes of the Sunset Strip, UCLA and Venice. At one point he crossed paths with the colorful soul singer Solomon Burke, who gave Fischer the nickname "Wild Man."
Even while he was making records — including a duet with Rosemary Clooney called "It's a Hard Business" — Fischer maintained his vagabond lifestyle, living in low-rent motels and on the streets. He would present his panhandling performances at such venues as Dodger Stadium and Disneyland.
In 1988, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Paramount Pictures' license to use Fischer's song "Merry-Go-Round" in the 1969 film "Medium Cool" did not apply to the movie's videocassette release. That meant a potential paycheck for the songwriter, but at the time, his attorney didn't know how to reach him.
According to Jeremy Lubin, producer of a 2005 documentary on Fischer called "Derailroaded," the singer's family persuaded him to go back on medications in 2004, after a 40-year hiatus. He moved into an assisted living facility in Van Nuys, where he lived quietly until he was hospitalized recently for heart problems.
His stabilization came with a price.
"Sadly, the cost associated with taking the medications to control that illness was that he completely lost what he called 'the pep,' " Lubin said Friday. "The pep stemmed from that manic energy that would compel him to just burst out into song and write and create music. Once he started taking the medications, sadly that ended. He was no longer Wild Man Fischer. … He became Larry Fischer."
Fischer is survived by his brother David Fischer of Agoura Hills and his sister Joyce Sherman of West Hills.
Services will be private.Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer dies at 66; vagabond singer made albums with Frank... more
Source: Raw Story
LOS ANGELES – A US judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Loughner was unfit to stand trial over charges he tried to assassinate a US congresswoman and killed six other people in Arizona, US media reported.
Loughner had to be removed from court in Tucson after making an outburst at a hearing to decide if he was mentally competent to stand trial over the attack, which targeted lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in January.
Judge Larry A. Burns said doctors found that Loughner has an irrational distrust of lawyers, and was therefore unable to help in his defense or understand the court proceedings, the Arizona Star reported online.
Loughner, 22, was arrested after the shooting at a public meeting Giffords held in Tucson on January 8, which triggered a wave of soul-searching over America's starkly divisive political culture.
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"Wow.... Unbelievable!!!"Source: Raw Story LOS ANGELES – A US judge ruled Wednesday that Jared... more
Taking antidepressants may raise the risk of heart disease in men. They can thicken artery walls through an as yet unknown mechanism.
The drugs seem to accelerate atherosclerosis by increasing the thickness of the "intima media", the inner and middle layers of the arteries. They particularly affect the carotid arteries that feed blood to your brain.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
"... [T]he intima-media thickness of men taking antidepressants was 37 microns (about 5 percent) thicker than that of men not taking the drugs. When the team looked at 59 twin pairs in which one twin was taking the drugs and the second was not, the artery was 41 microns thicker in the twin taking the drugs."
LA Times Ref: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-antidepressants-heart-disease-04022011,0,999114.story?track=rss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1nbZCNDgbY&feature=player_embeddedTaking antidepressants may raise the risk of heart disease in men. They can thicken... more
State “budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2 1/2 years,” with some states like Kentucky slashing their spending by as much as 47 percent. This is particularly alarming when viewed alongside incidents like the mass shooting by Jared Loughner, who many suggest was mentally disturbed.
In light of this huge wave of cuts, Sharon Omand, a community health care center manager and resident of Stafford, New Hampshire, called her state senator Martin Harty (R) recently to request more funding for community mental health programs and for the homeless. Omand was shocked by Harty’s response. The state senator told her “the world is too populated” and that there are too many “defective people.” When Omand asked what should be done with these “defective people” that are mentally ill, Harty suggested sending them to Siberia, something that he said Hitler was “right” to do:
Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program, that “the world is too populated” and there are “too many defective people,” according to an e-mail account of the conversation by Omand. [...]
Harty confirmed to the Monitor that he made the comments to Omand. [...]
Omand says Harty then stated, “I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population.” Omand said Harty appeared to be serious. After Omand responded that his idea sounded like what Adolf Hitler did in World War II, Omand said Harty responded, “Hitler did something right, and I agree with (it).”
Suggesting that the mentally ill be sent to Siberia is eerily reminiscent of actual policies enacted by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Stalin sent countless dissidents, Poles, Chechens, and other groups he despised to work camps in the freezing barren wasteland of Siberia, where millions lost their lives.
Harty has not apologized for making his comments. Republican State House Speaker William O’Brien said that “at Harty’s age [90 years old], he has earned the right to say what he thinks, but ‘he needs to appreciate that as a representative, he will be held to a higher standard.’”
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/11/gop-senator-siberia/State “budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a... more
I met Ruby a few times and wanted to share about her 'Losing It' show. It blows the lid off of mental health stigma as she is very open about her experiences with Depression and Bi Polar Disorder.
I saw the show last summer and laughed and cried in the same evening, many people with mental health issues have been to see the show and have been equally as moved by the performance.
Steve LightI met Ruby a few times and wanted to share about her 'Losing It' show. It... more
Are you taking antidepressants for something like sleep problems or a sour mood?
Well according to a recent study in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, you may not be alone.
Researchers found that more than a quarter of Americans currently taking antidepressants haven't actually been diagnosed with the conditions that traditionally qualified one for a prescription, like depression or anxiety disorders.
According to the Mayo Clinic, antidepressants can cause anything from nervousness, headache and dry mouth to insomnia, dizziness and erectile dysfunction.
Read Full Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/07/antidepressant-medication_n_819734.htmlAre you taking antidepressants for something like sleep problems or a sour mood?... more
Police arrest parents over death of OCD woman whose phobia of germs was so severe she showered for 20 HOURS a dayPolice have arrested an elderly couple on suspicion of the manslaughter of their daughter – who had been left housebound by obsessive compulsive disorder.
Samantha Hancox, 40, was found dead in an armchair by frail parents Ken and Marion at their home in Tipton, in the Black Country.
A post-mortem revealed that the one-time law student – who had a crippling phobia of germs – died from dehydration and a skin infection.
Paramedics had been called to the house by her disabled mother Marion, 77, and father Ken, 76, who thought she was in a coma – but were told that she had died.
West Midlands officers later arrested the couple on suspicion of manslaughter. They are currently on bail while detectives continue an investigation into the death.
Former factory worker Marion said: 'How could they arrest us? We didn’t kill her, it was the OCD. She was our daughter and we loved her.
'She just gave up her fight against it, she was so terrified of germs.
'She would scrub her hands all the time and wouldn’t let anybody into the house except me and Ken.
'Ken would make all her food and drinks for her because I can hardly walk.
'It’s heartbreaking to lose a daughter like that, we loved her.'
Mr Hancox, who has bone cancer, has told of the heartbreaking moment when he realised he had lost his daughter, who had been eating less before her death.
'The night before I had given her a drink of pop and thought she was fine,' he said.
'I went in the next morning and thought she was sleeping.
'Later Marion checked on her and said she thought she was in a coma.
'We called the ambulance who looked at her, then the police came and there were about 30 of them here.
'Later we were taken to the police station and kept for seven hours while they questioned us.'
Samantha suffered from acute obsessive compulsive disorder, which gave her a crippling phobia of germs. She constantly scrubbed her hands and needed around-the-clock care from her elderly parents because she was too scared to cook.
The troubled woman would also shower for 20 hours a day and spent all her time cocooned in the front room watching TV.
She was Mr and Mrs Hancox's only child and enjoyed a normal early childhood growing up in Tipton.
But at the age of 10 she was badly affected by the death of her grandmother, Molly.
Mrs Hancox said: 'That really shook Sam up. Molly went into hospital but she never came out, she would have died anyway but Sam thought the hospital killed her.
'We lost a lot of relatives in a very short time and that is when it began.'
By the age of 14 Samantha’s condition was so serious that she had to leave school and was cared for at home by her parents.
Three years later she took her O-levels before she started studying law at Dudley College – but left before finishing her course when her phobia worsened.
'From the age of about 25 she got really bad,' added Mrs Hancox.
'She just stayed here in the house because she was too scared to go out.
'There was a fog in the house from her showering, she would be in there 20 hours a day sometimes, trying to get herself clean.'
Samantha died in May last year. She began to go downhill fast when her father went into hospital for four days in April to have an operation on his prostate.
Mr Hancox said: 'That was what made her really struggle because she thought I would bring germs home with me.
'When I went into the hospital she told me not use the lift, as she said I would get germs on my hands from the buttons. It killed me going up the stairs but I did it for her.
When I came out she had gone off her food, she used to eat lots and lots but she hardly ate anything, just a bit of pizza or quiche.'
Mr Hancox says he should have been given more help to care for his daughter by Sandwell Social Services.
'When I came out of hospital I should have been resting, I had a disabled wife and a sick daughter and no-one gave us any help,' he added.
'We couldn’t cope but no-one came to help us.'
Sandwell Council was unavailable for comment last night.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: 'We can confirm that a 76-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and are currently on police bail, pending further inquiries.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1354184/Police-arrest-parents-death-OCD-woman-severe-germ-phobia.html#ixzz1DCsI6vFCPolice have arrested an elderly couple on suspicion of the manslaughter of their... more
Having taken a few days to ruminate on recent events, I offer the following.
The Tucson Tragedy on Saturday brought out the best and worst in America and Americans. Two factors led to the event - our lack of a proper mental health care system and our obsolete second amendment.
Read More . . . . http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6217184/the_second_amendment_mental_illness.html?cat=9Having taken a few days to ruminate on recent events, I offer the following. The... more
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head at a constituent outreach event in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson on Saturday. In all, the gunman shot 18 people, killing 6, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
Jamelle Bouie of TAPPED urges President Barack Obama to take up the issue of mental health care in his upcoming speech on the mass shooting. Several people who knew the alleged shooter came forward with stories of bizarre behavior and run-ins with campus police at his community college. College administrators ordered him to seek treatment before he returned to school, but he does not appear to have done so.
H. Clarke Romans of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona explained to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! that mental health services in Arizona have been devastated by budget cuts.
In 2008 the state eliminated support services for all non-Medicaid behavioral health patients and stopped covering most brand-name psychiatric drugs. At least 28,000 Arizonans were affected. Arizonans with mental illnesses can expect even more cuts in the future as the state slashes spending in an attempt to address its budget shortfall.
In AlterNet, Adele Stan, argues that, while we don’t yet know the gunman’s motives, the right wing’s intensifying campaign of anti-government hysteria and violent rhetoric may have emboldened an already disturbed person:
Had the vitriolic rhetoric that today shapes Arizona’s political landscape (and, indeed, our national landscape) never come to call, Loughner may have found a different reason to go on a killing spree. But that vitriol does exist as a powerful prompt to the paranoid, and those who publicly deem war on the federal government a patriot’s duty should today be doing some soul-searching.
Reform repeal vote on hold
The House Republicans had scheduled a vote to repeal health care reform this week, but the vote has been postponed in the wake of the Giffords shooting. However, the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw its full weight behind the repeal effort on Tuesday, according to Suzy Khimm of Mother Jones. The Chamber is going back on its earlier pledge not to oppose health care reform outright.
CA insurer hikes rates by 59%
Nearly 200,000 policyholders in California are reeling from a 59% rate hike by Blue Shield, Brie Cadman reports for Change.org. According to the company, the increase was not due to health care reform, but rather to “increased utilization.” State insurance officials are reviewing the rate hike, but they can’t reverse it unless they find that Blue Shield fails to meet the legal medical loss ratio (percentage of premiums spent on medical care).
Reproductive rights in the states
Rachel Gould and Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute recap reproductive rights in the states at RH Reality Check. Last year, 44 states and the District of Columbia considered 950 repro rights-related measures on issues ranging from abortion to sex ed. By year’s end, 89 new laws had been enacted in 32 states and DC. Of these, 39 were abortion laws.
The vast majority of new abortion laws served to further restrict women’s access to abortion. The passage of the Affordable Care Act spurred several states to pass laws restricting insurance coverage for abortions. The District of Columbia’s decision to reinstate public funding was one of the few exceptions to the trend of restrictive new laws.
Autism/vaccine study based on “deliberate fraud”
The author of a discredited study purporting to link autism and vaccines schemed to profit from his tainted research from the very beginning, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal.
It turns out that the lead author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was secretly working on a lawsuit against vaccine manufacturers when he published a study in The Lancet that appeared to show a link between vaccines and autism. We now know that Wakefield falsified the findings that sparked a global panic over the safety of childhood vaccines.
The journal retracted the paper last year. Wakefield was stripped of his license to practice medicine.
Some observers think these revelations will finally put the debate over vaccines and autism to rest. Kristina Chew of Care2 is doubtful:
I am very sure that, even with all the facts, data, and evidence laid before them, those who believe that vaccines or something in vaccines caused or somehow ‘contributed’ to their child becoming autistic will stand by their claims, and by Wakefield. Some of these persons are my friends. They are parents, as am I, of autistic children.
Wakefield’s die hard supporters weren’t swayed by earlier revelations of shoddy research and unethical conduct. It seems unlikely that this new found conflict of interest will change their minds.
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The real issue of the Arizona tragedy : mental illness.
- Arizona tragedy arose from mental illness, not political incivility -
I think we can all agree that more civility in politics would be a good thing.
But it would also be nice if the tragic shootings in Arizona prompted a discussion of the real issue at hand, not a wild goose chase about ugly politics.
Mental illness – that's the thing we ought to be talking about, plain and simple.
Jared Loughner rattled on in gibberish about words, the meaning of words, the meaninglessness of words, words, words.
The 22-year-old dropped out of community college after frightening classmates with his hostile, rambling outbursts. He was told he couldn't return without assurances from mental-health professionals that he wasn't dangerous.
And we're harping at each other about civility in politics?
Sometimes I wonder about our own collective mental health. We would rather not deal with reality.
If Loughner is simply another young man with mental illness, well then, that doesn't leave us much room to scold each other over incivility or gun laws or whatever.
Or does it?
It may not be nearly as much fun, but this tragedy offers plenty of opportunity to talk about mental illness and the shabby way our society deals with it.
For the record, Dr. James Baker said neither political civility nor talk radio nor Sarah Palin came to his mind when he heard news about the shooter.
"I said to myself, ‘I'll bet it turns out that he has mental health problems.' "
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http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd234/mywhitestar/rainbowgun-1.jpgThe real issue of the Arizona tragedy : mental illness. - Arizona tragedy arose... more
Now that Jared Lee Loughner's bullets have stopped flying, the air is thick with new bullets in the form of accusations and denials, proposed legislative actions, and the pros and cons of the Second Amendment. But most of these rhetorical bullets are far off the mark.Now that Jared Lee Loughner's bullets have stopped flying, the air is thick with... more
Earlier this week I woke to local headlines that dismay: SA Strives To Meet Lead Poisoning Goal.
Lead leads to seizures, brain damage and death. In case you missed it lead-based everything was banned in 1977. 1977!!! and it's still in everything. It's more harmful to children than to adults.Earlier this week I woke to local headlines that dismay: SA Strives To Meet Lead... more
Psychiatric labels such as bipolar disorder, ADHD, ADD, Social Anxiety Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are not diseases discovered in labs, they are invented in committee by a show of hands of the American Psychiatric Association. And it is these labels, this practice of pathologizing behaviors into "diseases" that are literally voted into existence by the American Psychiatric Association, that fuel the $80 billion dollar psychiatric drug industry that puts profit over patient's lives.
For more information on psychiatric diagnoses visit http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-di... or http://www.cchr.org/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMi_s8hYRSgPsychiatric labels such as bipolar disorder, ADHD, ADD, Social Anxiety Disorder and... more
Genes are apolitical, but society is not. To understand and respond as a society to individual genetic differences, we must understand the environment where these genes are expressedGenes are apolitical, but society is not. To understand and respond as a society to... more
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So I will not be at the Rally to Restore Sanity. I will be at work, in a factory repeating the same motions for hours on end, making things that you will one day use without thinking about the labor that went into it. My friend Davis Fleetwood however, he WILL be there. I’m interested to see what he comes away from it with as far as analysis and such. You can subscribe to his channel here.
I’m wondering how far this rally will go to restore sanity. First, you have to ask-- did we ever HAVE it? Sanity is an odd and elusive thing. When you are surrounded by a collective insanity, insanity seems sane, and it’s deviation from that insanity that seems insane. In conditions such as these, the craziest people in the nuthouse will point their fingers at the sane and berate them for their insane behaviour.
As you know, I covered a gathering of some of the most truely sane people in America, the Veterans For Peace National Convention. They’ve been at the front lines of our empire. They know what is going on outside of the iron gates of the nuthouse.
I came away from that convention with my head filled with their stories, and it dawned on me, there really should be a new field of psychology, not for diagnosing individuals, but for diagnosing societies. Because the Society of USA, at it’s core, is mentally ill.
It’s not like traditional mental illness, where it’s just something that happens to you. Oh no, this social mental illness is a contagion, like a virus. And we are pumped full of the viruses of this illness every day. It’s not anything deliberately done by anyone. It’s just a viral illness, like the common cold, Herpes, or HIV.
Television is the main culprit for spreading this disease. TV spends all day trying to convince us that the abnormal is normal, and the normal is abnormal.
In the breaks between shows, some celebrity is talking to you, in a deliberate and calm voice, like a sane person, about how they are so scared of being seen in public with skin blemishes that she avoids leaving her house. So much so that it interferes with her lifestyle. She can’t go grocery shopping anymore. She’s afraid of doing publicity to promote her TV shows. But she was able to cure this by using Proactive, and now she “loves it” and feels that “she can never be without it.”
I’m sorry but you don’t need a skin cleanser. You need therapy.
The History Channel has a running series of shows dedicated to glorifying the latest, most effective tools for killing on the market, as though they were toys, or lawnmowers, or refrigerators-- something that everybody should have. As if this fetish for killing was normal, rather than indicative of a cultural psychosis.
This same show parades “non lethal weapons” used on peaceful protesters here in the USA, but doesn’t talk about that fact. Instead they say that they are for nonviolent interventions in Foreign Wars. If that’s true, are we waging a war on Dissent and Freedom of Expression here in the USA? Because those ideas certainly seem foreign as of late.
“Fun Facts” are presented between commercial breaks for this weapons show, and include the factoid that “prolonged exposure to loud music has been used by the US military to ‘soften up prisoners for interrogation’” The playlist includes Eminem, Rage Against the Machine, and Barney the Dinosaur.
What they leave out is that this took place in Guantanamo, that the prisoners were chained in stress positions and exposed to volume levels capable of damaging hearing permanently, and is legally defined as TORTURE. But they don’t say this. They present it as though it were harmless fun. Something funny to laugh about at the water cooler. It’s no wonder, with this as our normal, that we’re raising a nation of psychotics, that our kids shoot and kill one another at school.
Take a good look at yourself America. You’ve completely lost your shit.
When you hit rock bottom you are going to hit so hard-- but on account of how your head is so wrapped up in the flag that you can’t see where you are going, you also can’t see the ground rushing up to meet your face, and you won’t shake off your denial that you are falling until all your teeth are broken, your lips shredded, and you pull your head up from the dirt, your mouth bleeding, your gums receding, your eyes no longer seeing stars and bars as you finally pull the flag away from your face, and you’ll come to learn that your body has been entirely eaten by cancer, America. You’ll have no legs to stand on any longer-- atrophied from the fact that you haven’t actually stood for anything for a long long time.
This is the Punk Patriot signing off. To Life, Liberty, and pursuit of a less fucked up Government.You’re watching the Punk Patriot. You can subscribe to my channel by clicking... more
Following the success of it’s limited release last week, this Friday, October 15th, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is coming to theaters everywhere. It’s the story about a very depressed, suicidal teen who commits himself to an institution, but gets stuck in the adult ward. While he’s there, he makes a friend and falls in love. The whole thing sounds like Boy Meets World meets One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, if Zach Galifianakis were your high school principal.
Now, if you’re ever trapped in a psych ward, the best way to have fun is to throw a party for everyone! There’s no better way to bring life to a place where everyone is on anti-depressants and walking around like zombies than with a few streamers and balloons. Check out the link to see which themes are appropriate for a psych ward.Following the success of it’s limited release last week, this Friday, October... more
More "honor" coming from the most radical, intolerant ideology in the world, Muslim law (the sharia). Watch the media ignore this story. Watch the phony feminazis ignore this story. Watch the left ignore this story. Watch the international community ignore this story. Watch the apologists ignore this story
Palestinian mental patients get hysterectomies
Muslim law permits parents to remove uteruses of mentally ill girls to protect family from shame Ali Waked, INN
A debate held by a Palestinian radio station has revisited the issue of female mutilation, with interviewed parents saying they prefer to perform hysterectomies on mentally ill girls in order to prevent them from becoming impregnated.
But the procedure is known to be performed in order to allay fears of embarrassment by a similarly ill offspring, and has been sanctioned to this end by both Sharia and the Palestinian Authority.
"We can't follow the girls around 24 hours a day, and we worry that they will be sexually assaulted, so we prefer to cut out their wombs," one parent told a radio station belonging to the Ma'an news agency.
The station held a debate on the matter over the past few days, uncovering a phenomenon not uncommon in the West Bank.
Parents who were interviewed anonymously cited protecting their daughters from rape as the reason behind the procedure, and the mufti of Nablus issued a decree approving hysterectomies "if they can put an end to a mental condition or social problem".More "honor" coming from the most radical, intolerant ideology in the world,... more