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Dr suspended after ER video: 'I know why you people are here, you people who come here for drugs

Bardwell's father Donald told SFGATE that his son has a history of anxiety attacks, and that he takes Klonopin, a sedative that can treat seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety.

However, Samuel had not taken any Klonipin in the days leading up to the anxiety attack.

"He had a prescription waiting for him at the pharmacy but couldn't pick it up, he's a student and he works," Bardwell told SFGATE. "We didn't know what the consequence of not taking the meds would be."

Bardwell brought his son to the emergency room, where they encountered Dr. Beth Keegstra, who was tasked with treating Samuel.

"She never first came in and introduced herself," Bardwell said. "She never said her name, she never asked for his name, she never really examined him."

Bardwell said that Keegstra accused them of coming in for drugs, and tried to get them to leave.

"She said, 'I know why you people are here, you people who come here for drugs,' and I said 'What do you mean you people?'" Bardwell said. "She was rambling on so angrily that's why I pulled out my phone."

Bardwell recorded the rest of the interaction and uploaded the video to Facebook, where it has been seen over 3.5 million times and shared over 95,000 times.


Breitbart traffic declines for 7th straight month


In May, Breitbart registered 6.4 million unique visitors, according to comScore, compared to 12.1 million in May 2017 and 13.7 million as recently as November.

Trump's not a liar. He's a madman. / lie rate is increasing

Early in this weekend’s monsoon of malarkey, New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that Trump told “demonstrable falsehoods” — and she was roundly ridiculed on Twitter for failing to say Trump was lying. She defended herself by saying Trump’s pronouncements “can be hard to label” because “he often thinks whatever he says is what’s real.”

Haberman is right, but there’s another reason not to label Trump’s untruths “lies”: Calling him a liar lets him off easy. A liar, by definition, knows he’s not telling the truth. Trump’s behavior is worse: With each day it becomes more obvious he can’t distinguish between fact and fantasy. It’s an illness, and it’s spreading.


Writing last week for NBCNews.com, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, along with a researcher, offered an explanation for Trump’s mendacity.

Noting that the daily average number of Trump falsehoods has been rising since he took office (as measured by The Post’s Fact Checker), the professor, Tali Sharot, pointed to the biological process of “emotional adaptation.” People tend to feel uncomfortable when they tell lies, but research has found that the discomfort is reduced each time a person lies — thereby increasing the frequency of lies.

Trump’s fictions are so pain-free that they may not feel like lies to him — honestly. And, ominously, they may seem less glaring to others over time. Sharot noted that people “may desensitize to the president’s falsehoods in the same way that they do to overused perfume, making them less likely to act to correct this pattern of behavior.”

You can see this in the repeated failure of congressional Republicans to call out Trump’s untruths, when they obviously know better. And you can see it in administration officials’ determination to support whatever Trump says, no matter how ludicrous. (The White House held a briefing Tuesday to support Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for immigrant family separation.) Trump may not be able to separate fact from fiction, but those who knowingly back up his falsehoods are liars.


Why Trump lies


If you are looking for an explanation for why the president says things over and over again that he knows are false, consider this quote that is often attributed to Vladimir Lenin: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” (The fact that one of Lenin’s most famous quotes may itself be apocryphal only proves the point, in an odd way.)

There are many reasons people lie. They do it to cover up bad behavior, for personal gain or because of some personality disorder. All of these things may be factors with Trump.

But Trump also lies as a strategy — as evidenced by his latest whopper, which he keeps repeating, that Democrats are to blame for the administration’s horrific new policy of ripping children of undocumented immigrants away from their parents.

On Saturday — the beginning, ironically enough, of Father’s Day weekend — he was at it again:

Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change! This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!

Why doesn’t Trump act to stop something he created? And why does he keep lying about why this is happening? My colleagues Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey explained it in a front-page story in Saturday’s Post:

President Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate — separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials.

Trump opens his mouth -- and spews lies

On Friday, President Trump strolled out to the White House lawn to speak to reporters. What followed was a cavalcade of lies, mischaracterizations, and breathtakingly inappropriate statements. Here’s just a sampling:

On the release of an FBI Inspector General report on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, he said, “I’ve been totally exonerated” and claimed that the report shows “I did nothing wrong, there was no collusion, no obstruction.” This proves, Trump said, “that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited.” Trump also argued that the “top people at the FBI” (who he also called “scum”) were plotting against his election. The report did no such thing. In fact, the report had nothing to do with the Russia investigation.


Finally, Trump told a female reporter who was persistently asking him questions to be “quiet” and called her “obnoxious.”

Here’s the thing: This impromptu Trump presser, first with “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy, and then with a gaggle of actual reporters, was both unprecedented and not at all unusual. Granted, it’s rare for a president simply to wander out on the White House lawn to talk to reporters. What’s not rare is Trump repeatedly and brazenly lying. It’s even less rare that Trump praised and defended an authoritarian ruler, mindlessly attacked the FBI, denied he had much to do with his former campaign manager, or acted rudely toward a woman.

What’s so striking about Trump’s performance is that in the context of the last three years of American politics, it’s not striking at all. These kinds of presidential performances, which once upon a time would have been stunning and exceptional, are now just routine parts of the news cycle.

It’s simply become impossible for those of us to cover this White House to capture the daily onslaught of outrage and scandal.
Consider, for example, that 24 hours ago the New York attorney general’s office, after a two-year investigation, sued the Trump Foundation and the Trump family for a multitude of campaign finance violations, self-dealing, and unlawful coordination with a presidential campaign and even went so far as to send referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission.


5 year old's touch sends on-loan sculpture crashing to floor. Kansas City bills parents 132K

Video of the incident:


Wrangling 5-year-olds can be challenging. Failing to do so can apparently be expensive. Or so learned a Kansas couple, who say they may be on the hook for a $132,000 sculpture their young son knocked over. ABC News reports that while at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park for a May 19 wedding reception, the 5-year-old was caught reaching toward the sculpture by surveillance cameras; "Aphrodite di Kansas City" toppled over and fell. Then the other shoe dropped, in the form of an insurance claim for $132,000—the piece's list price—from the company that insures the city. Sculptor Bill Lyons says he spent roughly 2 years creating the glass piece and that his inspection of it revealed damage to the head and arms. It is "beyond my capabilities and desires to rebuild it," Lyons says.

"You’re responsible for the supervision of a minor child ... your failure to monitor could be considered negligent," the letter from the insurance company read in part. Mom Sarah Goodman counters that the whole scenario was dangerous, and not because of her child. "He didn’t maliciously break that. It fell on him. It was not secure, it was not safe—at all." As for what he was doing, she tells the Kansas City Star "he probably hugged it ... because he’s a loving, sweet nice boy who just graduated from preschool." Overland Park says the piece was on loan and it was obligated to file an insurance claim, and the insurance company was subsequently obligated to contact the family. They say they're hopeful their homeowner's insurance policy will cover the situation, reports KSHB. (This woman says she didn't ruin an $89,000 artwork but rather increased its value.)


The boy can be seen hugging the base of the sculpture named “Aphrodite di Kansas City” by local artist Bill Lyons, the Kansas City Star said. He attempts to hold it up as it begins to lean forward but can’t stop it from falling.

“This glass mosaic torso is laying on the ground and someone is following me around demanding my personal information,” the boy’s mother Sarah Goodman told WGN.

The family soon learned of the piece’s hefty price tag.

“‘Maybe this is like 800 or something.’ No, it’s $132,000!” Goodman told reporters. “I’m sorry, we’re finished here.”

The Goodmans said they received a letter from the City of Overland’s insurance company accusing them of negligence for not monitoring their children, according to WGN.

In response, the mother said, “My children are well-supervised, but all people get distracted.”


racist fire fighter, son of commissioner, in trouble with the law


A well-connected New York City firefighter who was once booted from the FDNY over racist online rants allegedly defecated in a stranger’s backyard during a drunken night in New Jersey, authorities said.

Joseph Cassano, the son of former fire commissioner Sal Cassano, allegedly pooped on the lawn furniture and the sidewalk of the Lake Como residence before stumbling into the garage, where he passed out.

Police arrested the probationary firefighter on Sunday and issued him a summons for criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

The New York Fire Department was not immediately available to comment.

Cassano resigned from his job as a city EMT in 2013 after the Post exposed his antisemitic Twitter account.

“I like jews about as much as hitler. #too far? nope!,” he wrote in one missive.

But that didn’t stop the FDNY from admitting him into the academy, which he graduated from in April.


read his hateful tweets here:


an ad throwing shade at Donald Trump

black family told to shower before using pool at Westin, Pasadena


A black woman was at the pool on vacation. A white man asked whether she showered before swimming.

The man, who is white, asked Wheeler and her daughter, who are black, if they had showered before getting into the pool, Wheeler wrote on her Facebook page, “because people carry diseases into the pools and he doesn’t want the health department to shut the pool down.”

The two moved to the other end of the pool, but he approached again and she confronted him on what appeared to be “blatant racism,” she said. He claimed he worked for the health department when she asked, Wheeler said in an interview with The Washington Post.

“I let him know that being black is not a disease and showering would not wash the BLACK off our skin,” Wheeler, 33, a software engineer and single mother from Dallas, wrote on her Facebook page. “I think it’s awful that ANY man would think it’s okay to essentially ask a woman and a little girl if we took off our clothes and scrubbed our naked bodies before getting into a hotel swimming pool.”


'It's only a shower young lady, don't worry!' White man asks black woman if her daughter, five, had washed before getting into hotel pool - as video shows him taunting the little girl

Trump has the power to change minds instantly: Favorable view of Canada has dropped from 94% to 66%

This, in fact, is the poignant and quite bonkers script in Trump’s head: that the economy was in free-fall until he took office, after which it soared; that he alone has brought black and Hispanic unemployment down; that his administration has accomplished more than any other at this point in its term; that the Democrats colluded with the Kremlin to try to rig the election; that Robert Mueller is a closet Democrat; that climate change is a hoax; that the American-created international trading system was designed to hurt the U.S.; that you can borrow over a trillion dollars in a full employment economy with no consequences in inflation or debt; and that sabotaging the ACA will lead to lower premiums, greater choice, and better health outcomes for all. Each one of these assertions is what he wants to be true. And so they are true. As the chairwoman of the GOP just explained to any skeptics left in the formerly conservative party: “Anyone that does not embrace the Donald Trump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.”

The bad news is that a vast chunk of the American public wants all this to be true as well. If you had any doubts that the GOP is now a cult, this week’s primary results should put them to rest. Republican voters have decided that they will follow their leader no matter what he says, and if that means changing their minds on a dime, so be it. Take Canada. Not so long ago, it was funny to attack our benevolent neighbor to the north. Countless episodes of South Park wouldn’t have worked without the baseline of reality that Canada is about as good and boring a neighbor as you can possibly imagine. But Trump has the power to change minds instantly. So in February this year, 94 percent had a favorable view of Canada. Now, only 66 percent have a favorable view, with 13 in opposition and 22 percent suddenly unsure. Only two years ago, free trade was as solid a shibboleth for the GOP as it gets; now, it’s anathema, even for Larry Kudlow! And watching every Republican senator, apart from McCain, Flake, and Corker (all retiring), stay utterly silent after their president praised a mass-murdering dictator and gave him a global PR coup … well, it’s no longer surprising, but it should remain shocking.

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