Monday, January 18, 2016

Durant's Never Closes Movie Premiere


As the Executive Producer and Actor in the movie Durant’s Never Closes, I’m really looking forward to the sold out movie premiere this week!  Don’t forget the movie starring Tom Sizemore, Michelle Stafford, Peter Bogdanovich and Jon Gries is playing at the Harkins Shea 14 January 22-28.  A great movie and a great cast – you’ll regret it if you don’t check it out!

Be sure to look for my scene with Tom Sizemore!





Monday, January 11, 2016

Alas de Amor Medical Mission - Day Three

What a great day serving others! 128 patients came to see us.  We performed lots of extractions, filled cavities and did several cleanings.  Twenty children from a local orphanage were soooo cute and loving! This group of dentists hygienists and volunteers are the best!!!!!!










Friday, January 8, 2016

Alas de Amor Medical Mission - Day Two

Lots of extractions, cleanings and exams completed today. The doctors, hygienists and volunteers are working hard.  Hundreds of needy and grateful patients- the children are so beautiful and happy !!! Thanks to Loly Martinez and the local rotary club for the food and the help in organizing this dental mission.








Thursday, January 7, 2016

Alas de Amor Medical Mission

I'm volunteering my time with a new organization called Alas de Amor.  We are headed to Mexico to an LDS church where we will be seeing approx 350 patients for extractions, cleanings, and exams.  I'll be assisting where needed and helping with Spanish translation.  What a blessing these 30 volunteers will be making.







Monday, January 4, 2016

Protect Children in Divorce

I REFER to the report “Aussie actress yet to hand over son to ex-partner, says lawyer” (The Star, Dec 29).
In a bitter divorce, the child’s welfare is often given less consideration while the feuding parties bicker over their rights trying to gain an advantage over the other.

The court hears testimonies from both parties but rarely gives much weight to what the child wants as reported in “Muslim conversion issues exclusively Syariah Court’s jurisdiction” (The Star, Dec 30).
Where the children are of a young age, the mother normally gains custody while the father has visitation rights. In view of the mother becoming a single parent after the annulment of the marriage, the father has the responsibility to provide the ex-wife alimony and child maintenance.

The situation becomes tense when the father washes his hands of all responsibilities over caring for the family by failing to adhere to the alimony payment and child maintenance and brainwashing the child on how bad the other parent is in order to exact revenge over the ex-spouse.

On the hand, the mother too can be faulted for child abuse if she adopts an attitude of “the winner takes it all” conduct by having full custody of the child, getting alimony and child maintenance and then denying the father visitation rights by putting obstacles to make it almost impossible for the father to meet the child.

Children who remain neutral are abused by being bombarded by repeated over-exaggerated untrue stories on how the other parent caused the failed marriage and is totally at fault when in reality, it is both parents failing to salvage the marriage.
Children need to have rights in a bitter divorce, including having a legal voice on what is demanded from each parent.

This should also include the right to be treated properly, the right to stop any parent from constantly telling repeated one-sided stories and the right to ensure both parents conduct and behave themselves properly toward the child.

The provisions of the Child Act need to be strengthened to include jail sentences for the delinquent parent who treats the child badly. This should apply to an adult child who still gets treated badly.
Some parents need to spend time in prison in order to realise and reflect upon their conduct over the child, where child abuse may not necessarily mean physical abuse but include mental abuse, where one parent constantly harasses the child to breaking point when the child does not totally agree with the abuser.

Such abuses must not have a statutory time limit, which means that a child wronged by one of the divorcing parents can still take action against the parent later in life for compensation.
Such child abuses can also happen when the child is already in adulthood, where the divorcing parent not getting custody in the earlier years or bitter over the divorce arrangements continue to mentally abuse the child through scolding, blaming and act detrimentally to the child’s well-being.

Some take advantage of the child’s generosity and forgiveness to gain monetary advantage while there are bad parents who implicate the child in the parent’s personal matters for personal gain.
For example, the divorcing father launching a malicious court case and police reports against other family members on unsubstantiated matters unrelated to the child, but then subjects the child to forced sub-judicial matters in bad faith and influencing the child to commit perjury with malicious intent to benefit the abusive parent, failing which dire consequences would fall upon the child.
Here the child is torn between filial piety and doing the right thing of not getting involved or even reporting criminal conduct to the proper authorities.

Another example is the abusive father not having custody of the child but pretending to have changed for the better, treating the child favourably to seek to temporarily stay at the premises of the child, who is now an adult, only to show his or her true colours once access has been granted.
Children need to be protected even when there is a lack of physical scars evident in a bitter divorce as mental abuse is just as devastating, especially when it continues during adulthood.

Protection such as compensation and jail time for the abusive parent is appropriate to ensure the child is protected in a bitter divorce and that the abusive parent behaves properly around the child.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

For venison, hunters comb woods, motorists collect from roads

Bob Frye | Trib Total Media
Motorists who kill a deer with their vehicle or come upon
the carcass of a whitetail hit by another can keep it as long as
they secure a free permit number. Whether that’s wise comes down
to several factors, experts say.


Cue the banjos, right? 

Mention the idea of eating roadkill, and images of backwoods hillbillies, flattened carcasses and buzzing flies perhaps spring to mind. 

But that's not how everyone views Pennsylvania's roadside bounty, especially when it comes to whitetails. Whether making the best of a bad situation and collecting a deer they hit themselves or being opportunistic and gathering one freshly killed by another motorist, plenty of people each year pick up and eat what might be called venison a la vehicle. 

And now is prime harvest season. 

Drivers who hit a deer are allowed to keep it as long as they call the Pennsylvania Game Commission and get a free permit number. It handed out 4,117 last year. 

Of those, 1,186 — 29 percent —were given out in November. That was more than in any other month. 

There are several reasons for that, said Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor in the commission's southwest region office. 

“It's the rut, mainly,” he said, speaking of the deer breeding season that has whitetails on the move and crossing roads more often. 

“And it's the colder weather. Deer are still getting killed in other months. People just aren't keeping them when they're spoiling so quickly.” 

They are keeping them from all over, though. Commission records reveal roadkill permits were issued for all 10 counties in its southwest region — Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland — as well as in Butler and Lawrence. 

There's good reason, said Chuck Irion of Phoenix, Ariz. Owner of a chain of RV resorts, he wrote “Roadkill Cooking for Campers” years ago after hearing “my tenants tell me stories about what they ran over and what they stopped and picked up and what they ate.” 

Roadkill can be quite good, he said. 

“There's a yuck factor for some,” Irion admitted. “But if you get it at the right time and get it cleaned up as soon as you can, it's just a matter of figuring out what parts you want to eat. Because pretty much all of it is edible.” 

That can be true, a couple of food safety experts said. But would-be roadkill collectors need to consider several factors, they said. 

“In the kitchen or at the restaurant or in the grocery store or wherever you're at, things come down to time and temperature. In a way, the same thing could be said for roadkill,” said Darin Detwiler, an adjunct professor of regulatory affairs of food at Northeastern University in Boston and senior policy coordinator for the national nonprofit health organization STOP Foodborne Illness. 

Bacteria — from E. coli to salmonella — start to grow immediately when a deer dies, he said. The warmer the weather, the faster it multiplies, he added. 

So when deciding whether to collect a roadkill for the table, Detwiler said drivers should try to assess how long the deer has been dead, how warm it is outside, how clean the animal is and how quickly it can be put on ice. 

“It's not as simple as, ‘Is the meat good or bad?' There are a lot of possibilities there,” Detwiler said.
“You kind of have to use your senses before you get to the point of go (or) no go.” 

Jonathan Campbell, a meat extension specialist in Penn State's department of animal science, said people should examine road-killed deer for pre-existing wounds, especially ones giving off yellowish, green or creamy discharges suggesting infection. Those deer, and ones showing evidence of being fed on by coyotes or other predators while along the road, should be avoided, he said. 

But he wouldn't rule out taking an obviously fresh roadkill under the right circumstances. Campbell said he's never eaten roadkill, but would consider it “if I had hit the deer myself and had the time to immediately field dress the carcass and get the meat cleaned and chilled as fast as possible. 

“In some ways, a freshly killed deer by a vehicle could be higher quality. You would not have to worry about shot (or) bullet (or) arrow fragments becoming a physical hazard for the meat to be consumed,” Campbell said. 

“Also, if the deer versus vehicle was an instantaneous kill, the meat could be more tender when compared to a mortally wounded animal that survived for hours and ran quite a distance before finally succumbing to the fatal wound.” 

Motorists will encounter a lot of deer in the weeks ahead. 

The rut is in full swing, commission executive director Matt Hough said. There are more people in the woods bumping into deer now than at any other time of year. Deer are moving in an attempt to feed heavily before winter. And the end of daylight savings time has people on the roads at dusk and dawn, when deer are more active, he said. 

All those things often will put deer and drivers in the same place at the same time, Hough said.
The numbers bear that out. 

State Farm ranks Pennsylvania fourth nationally in terms of the likelihood a driver will strike a deer. The chances here are 1 in 70, compared to 1 in 169 nationally, it said. 

For more than a few motorists, the question is not whether they'll hit a whitetail but whether to keep it afterward. 

“If you know how to cook it with the right sauces, and you've got a little plan in advance, it can be quite good,” Irion said. 
Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/outdoors/9379
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.


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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Breakfast with Senator Jeff Flake

A fantastic breakfast meeting with Senator Jeff Flake and his lovely wife Cheryl. Kendric and I were able to invite them to the Project C.U.R.E. luncheon in March with the First Lady of Kenya.