Why the NFL Supports Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

The NFL finally suspended Adrian Peterson.  He wasn’t suspended for beating his poor 4-year old child with a tree branch.   He wasn’t disciplined for slamming his child’s head into the dashboard of the car because the child was crying AFTER being beaten.

He was suspended because a bunch of moms and media types got on Twitter, and TV, and the Internet complained about why someone who uses a little marijuana is suspended for a year, but if you beat a small child, there’s no punishment.

What’s happening is that the NFL and the gung-ho fans have build a rich underclass of
minimally educated sports stars who have violent tendencies and anger problems.  I
always wonder why they are so angry since they make 20 million dollars a year and can
do, obviously, almost anything they want, as long as the child, girlfriend or wife that they
beat or knock unconscious, doesn’t actually die.RayRice

Maybe that’s exactly why they are unhappy.  Maybe it’s tough to be completely famous, horribly rich, and have the team owners and the rest of polite society look down their down at these human cash generators.

The NFL can’t be allowed to condone the beatings and abuse of the girlfriends, wives, and children of these individuals.  They remind me of the Seaworld owners who make money on their tortured captive whales.

Maybe we need a documentary on NFL-FISH! OH, and remember all those
women, and moms and media personalities.  We’ll be watching and we’ll
be back!


How Mental Health Problems Directly Affect Hospital Security

Reprinted with permission from www.SecurityInfoWatch.com



Healthcare’s failure to address link between mental illness and violence putting lives in jeopardy. Pennsylvania hospital shooting highlights ineffectiveness of the industry in treating high-risk patients

Richard Plotts, the man who allegedly murdered a 53-year old caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital last week by shooting her in the face, was formally charged with murder on Saturday following surgery to remove bullets in his torso.

According to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, police in Upper Darby, Pa., where Plotts lived, were aware of at least three mental health commitments, including once after he cut his wrists and once when he threatened suicide — but said such stays can last just one to three days. Whelan also noted in his press conference that Plotts had also spent time in a mental health facility.

Every week brings a new story in the media about murder-suicides, patients killing healthcare workers, random shootings and assaults.   We can read the new polls like the article on U.S. shootings in healthcare, as well as the recent healthcare crime study by the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety IAHSS) that routinely reports that violence in healthcare is soaring.

Not only in healthcare, but throughout the U.S., these random active shooter trends are increasing.  To see how much of this violence is related to severe mental health problems, we only have to look as far as these high profile incidents:

  • June 14, 2012 – Buffalo, N.Y., trauma surgeon shooting
  • July 20, 2012 – Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting
  • Sept. 16, 2013 – Washington Navy Yard shooting
  • Dec. 17, 2013 – Reno, Nev. urology clinic shooting
  • Jan. 22, 2014 – LAX active shooter incident
  • April 2, 2014 – Fort Hood (2nd) active shooter incident

None of these incidents were related to poor performance review, losing a job, and only one of these could be called “domestic violence,” but what they all have in common is that the perpetrators were all severely mentally ill.

Guns scare me.  Guns kill people by accident and on purpose. I never let my children play with guns.  However, as I analyze the elements of these shootings and dozens more, my bias is changing.  I think it’s less about guns and more about mental illness.

Healthcare and hospitals would be the one industry where you would think that people would be concerned about the state of mental health of their patients and staff. Instead, it seems like mental health problems are walled off by society, treated ineffectively, and violent tendencies (which sometimes make their way onto patients’ Facebook pages) are largely ignored and unreported by the clinicians treating them.

So it’s left to the security and law enforcement community to deal with these individuals who are paranoid, depressed, angry, frustrated, disappointed, hurt, confused, and, ultimately, violent.

Now that mental health has been re-classified as another medical problem, the money is flowing to the treatment centers and it’s covered by Medicare. But progress doesn’t seem to be either easy or effective.

Dr. Graham C.L. Davey, Ph.D. writing in Psychology Today in January said: “Many of those health professionals (GPs and family physicians) at the first point of contact with people suffering mental health problems are poorly trained to identify psychological problems in their patients, and have little time available to devote to dealing with these types of problems. This increasingly makes medication prescription an attractive option for doctors whose time-per-patient is limited—an outcome which will have all the potential negative effects of medicalizing the problem into a “disease.”

And that’s exactly what we see, patients who don’t take their meds because of the negative side effects and so they become isolated and increasingly violent.  The side effects are clearly pointed out in TV commercials, that you’ve probably watched.

For example, one medicine has side effects that include sexual side effects, convulsions, brain shrinkage, stroke, death, suicide, violent thoughts, psychosis and delusional thinking.

The increase in hospitals adding seclusion rooms, expanding the number of beds for psych patients, and the time spent by both law enforcement and security professionals  in dealing with these troubled individuals, may account for one-quarter to one-third of an organization’s security budget.

Many of the security risk assessments we do are focused on handling mobile mental patients, including the baby boomers suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

As violent incidents continue to increases in our society, our workplaces, and in our hospitals, we need to spend more time looking for, and demanding treatments that work and that are sustainable by the patients so they can lead happier lives and we can protect the rest of society, and our healthcare facilities, from their potentially violent behavior.


Author: Caroline Ramsey Hamilton

Since 1988, Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton has been a Thought Leader in All Aspects of Active Shooter and Security Risk Assessment in both Public and Private companies and organizations. Specializing in Hospital and Healthcare Security. Hamilton is Certified in Homeland Security (CHS-III), Anti-Terrorism (ATAB) and Security Risk Assessment. As President of Risk & Security (www.riskandsecurityllc.com) she works with many hospital clients, and develops affordable risk-based apps for improving security risk assessments, and publishes the RISKAlert security awareness program. She lives in south Florida with one beagle, a rescued kitty and (on weekends), 4-year old twins.

Tired of Being Insulted for NOT TAKING ENOUGH Vacation?

I happened to see a news show on CNN Today – where, in between explaining Putin and his ill-fated march to Ukraine, and the latest horrific on ISIL,  host Fareed Zakaria found time to berate Americans for not using all their vacation (vaca) time, and for many not taking vacations at all!

I’m going to explain to him, and to you, my favorite reader, why he can relax and quit worrying about me!  All I hear from the media is about life-work balance, about the USA’s work-aholic obsession with their jobs.

There is a great reason for this – and it’s because, more than any other country, we have the FREEDOM to do what we want in our work lives.  This means, for me, if I want to run a marathon on a Wednesday morning, I CAN!!  And if I’m so excited by a project I’m working on – I can stay up until 1:30 or 2 AM and finish it, secure in the knowledge that I can sleep until 9 am tomorrow and wake up rest, refreshed, and with my project finished!

Another reason for less “official” vaca in the USA is that so many of us are entrepreneurs,




I know that if I miss a day or two, or even a week or two of formal vacation, maybe one less nurse will be assaulted or hit by a patient, one more innocent bystander may NOT die in an active shooter event, and a family will be able to stay in their home because the tornado and/or hurricane warnings went out on time to save lives.

Depsite my own ups and downs, and the sadness I feel when I see the stats about how violence in the world is increasing — I AM UPLIFTED, EXCITED, AND FASCINATED

Maybe this a definition problem — if work is defined by standing at a widget machine all day, or carrying boxes into a loading doc, maybe the work is not uplifting, but I think Americans are unusually able to control and direct their work.  To have the freedom to
choose work that is uplifting and makes a difference.

life is a vacation and I not going to change that any time soon!



Unnecessary Violence & Conflict in Ferguson, Missouri

I’m tired of watching violence play out on every TV Channel.

I watch BBC and see how ISIS is beheading children and fighting over the Mosul Dam in Iraq.   Switch to CNN and see Israel try to justify why it’s ok if they bomb children and women into oblivion. And I almost forgot about the heartbreak of watching that total
idiot Putin paying goons to dress up in green and try to take over eastern Ukraine and bring it back to GangstaHeaven – Mother Russia.

Now I have to watch on every local channel how poor people and trying to bring attention to their problems, while police and the national guard are called in to keep these poor people in line.  And the police are just doing their jobs – the bidding of the “Powers That Be”, which is anyone of these politicians who want their extra 20 minutes of fame.


I didn’t fall asleep during my history classes so I remember that whenever you had an oppressed underclass – whether it’s the old fashioned Iraqi Christians, the Gaza children, the black subculture in Missouri – you will have revolts.  Nobody wants to live as a subclass.

No one wants to live in a permanent state of food INsecurity, without a safe environment to raise their kids.  No parent wants their kids to get a substandard education, or have less opportunity to go to college, or to just get a job.

As long as the gap widens in the U.S. between the haves and the have-nots, any incident of gun violence by police against a teenager, can be the flashpoint for a demonstration, which may start out peacefully, but may not end up that way.

I have a very selfish reason for wanting to promote equality – I like the peace and quiet, so I can go back to watching MY CAT FROM HELL, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

As a solution – I recommend we all go back to the SIXTIES – make love, not war, put
flowers in the police assault rifles.  Engage in lots of hugging, and dancing in the park under a full moon.

Only two directions to go – love or hate.   I always vote for LOVE!



Nurse Commits Suicide, Fires A Single Shot to the Head, Locked in a Hospital Restroom at Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

A hospital staff member reported Eric Knurr dead in a bathroom stall a round 11:30 a.m. Monday, morning, August 4, after maintenance had to be called to unlock the door to the men’s restroom off the emergency department.  

The former male nurse, identified as Eric Knurr, had been formally admonished by state regulators for brushing a patient’s teeth until they bled, and also slapping the patient, who was in restraints at the time of the incident in 2005. He had applied for a job at Valley View Hospital in 2012, but was not hired.

  • In January, 2014, a man locked himself in the hospital bathroom at Cherokee Medical Center in Iowa, and committed suicide.In August, 2013,   62-year-old man committed suicide in a public bathroom at the Veterans Affairs hospital campus at Fort Harrison, Montana, after locking the bathroom door and killing himself with a single shot.
  • In August, 2013,   62-year-old man committed suicide in a public bathroom at the Veterans Affairs hospital campus at Fort Harrison,
    Montana, after locking the bathroom door and killing himself with a
    single shot.
  •  In August, 2012, a similar incident happened at an Oklahoma  hospital, when a Oklahoma State University employee committed suicide in a public restroom off the emergency room.

(1.)  Hospital staff should IMMEDIATELY report any locked bathroom door in a public restroom.  In several of the incidents, housekeepingdidn’t want to bother securitywhen they found the bathroom door locked, so they waited another two hours before reporting the problem, and by then it was too late.

(2.)  Not having any form of metal detection allows people to bring guns into hospitals, lock themselves in bathroom, and commit suicide.  Metal detectors or wand detectors can prevent a tragedy.

     In December, 2010, The Joint Commission Issued a Sentinel Event
Alert on Suicide Risk Outside Psych Units i
n Hospitals, including medical units, surgical units, and emergency departments.  (http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_46.pdf).

“It is noteworthy that many patients who kill themselves in general hospital inpatient units do not have a psychiatric history or a history of suicide attempt – they are “unknown at risk” for suicide.   Compared to the psychiatric hospital and unit, the general hospital setting also presents more access to items that can be used to attempt suicide – items that are either already in or may be brought into the facility – and more opportunities for the patient to be alone to attempt or re-attempt suicide.

“This Alert presents strategies that can be used and suggested actions that can be taken by general hospitals to help better prepare their staffs and their facilities for suicidal patients and to care for both their physical and mental needs. Suicide has ranked in the top five most frequently reported events to The Joint Commission since 1995. The Sentinel Event Database includes 827 reports of inpatient suicides.  Of these events,  14.25 percent occurred in the non-behavioral health units of general hospitals (e.g., medical or surgical units, ICU, oncology, telemetry),  8.02 percent occurred in the emergency department of general hospitals and 2.45 percent occurred in other non-psychiatric settings.”              

                 Stay Alert and Encourage Hospital Employee Awareness!

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What’s the Price You’d pay to Save a Friend from Cancer, If the Friend is a Dog?

It’s really easy to see how people feel about animals by just asking this simple question,What would you do if you dog was diagnosed with cancer?   Here are the two possible answers:

1.  Have the dog put down, IT’S JUST A DOG, don’t waste money on it.  

(These people do not acknowledge the rights of any animal to live a happy life, free of
pain and exploitation – they think animals are a sub-class).

2.  Call the vet right away and get her into Chemo.  It’s much easier on dogs and will extend her life by many years.  OR  Get some of that Essiac tea and give it to her every day, OR, Is there anything i can do to help?

(These people acknowledge the role of animals in the world order, and recognize
them as sentient beings).

For some, it comes down to PRICE.  So, I reply, “what price can you put on a friend
who listens to all your thoughts, sleeps next to you at night, protects your home
from intruders and robbers 24/7, never asks for any special treatment, patiently
waits up, no matter how late it is….”

My answer:  PRICELESS which is why your animal friends also deserve:

A warm soft bed INSIDE the house,
Delicious, fresh high quality food,
Daily Vitamins
Fresh, filtered water
Great hygiene and nice warm baths in the bathtub.
Love and comfort when they don’t feel right.

Love and Companionship of my Dog:  P*R*I*C*E*L*E*S*S


Why Exploitation is Bad for Whales, Dolphins, Beagles and Humans

Yes, I’m a relatively unexploited human.  But I know about exploited humans, children used for labor in 4th world countries, women in brothels who end up as sex slaves, the 3 women in Cleveland chained in a lunatic’s basement.

And from there, it’s easy to see the link to whales who are confined to tiny bathtub-scale tanks, dolphin cornered and taken from their families to live in a grimy seaside motel tank. Exploited means you are used to generate MONEY for the exploiter, while
the victim gets nothing in return except torture and mistreatment.

Humans sometimes escape their captors.  Someone hears their screams and rescues them.   Beagles confined and tortured for “COSMETIC RESEARCH” are sometimes released (but most often killed) by humans.

Whales and dolphins are STOLEN out of their home, the ocean, where they are a critical part of the food chain, and put on display to live out miserable lives and enhance the bottom lines of money-grubbing Seaworlds, the horrific Miami Seaquarium and the Marineland “parks”.

Seaworld and Marineland are REALLY STEALING FROM US!  They are disrupting the oceans we enjoy, the beaches we love, and the entire natural order of life  in the sea. Our children may never see beautiful wild orca leaping in the ocean, or get rescued by a dolphin when they are lost at sea.

The crass corporations who think it’s OK to exploit the creatures we SHARE THE PLANET WITH are ruining our world, and the world of our children.  They are capturing
these animals just to line their own pockets, and many people now realize that
these disgusting companies don’t have the ETHICAL RIGHT to take ANY SENTINENT
CREATURE away from the ocean and make it a slave to their profits.

Let’s get together, boycott and close these unnatural profit machines, and save our
oceans for our children!

P.S. And let’s rescue the lab beagles while we’re at it!