Feel-Good Friday

An Israeli hospital appears to have invented an experimental cancer treatment which is showing remission in 90% of myeloma cancers.

An experimental cancer treatment developed in Israel has become so effective for an incurable form of cancer, the hospital administering it has a waiting list more than 6 months long.

Oncologists at the immunology department at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem used the revolutionary CAR-T, or Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy, to achieve remission of multiple myeloma in 90% of the 74 patients who undertook the experimental treatment.

As someone who’s been fighting skin cancer, I think this is an extraordinary step toward finding a cure.

The way this particular CAR-T cell therapy treatment works is by taking donated blood and separating out the red blood cells from the white blood cells. Then, a genetic engineering procedure is undertaken in which a deactivated virus is filled with the necessary signals to train the white blood cells, in particular the immune weapon known as a T cell, how to target the cancer tumors.

Hadassah is actually the second institution to make headlines recently over a multiple myeloma CAR-T cell treatment. GNN reported on the development at a state-run hospital in Barcelona in 2021 that achieved a 75% remission rate.

It certainly appears we are getting closer to eradicating cancer, and while we’re not there yet, there are great things coming out of these hospitals.

This Dude Was Playing With Fire

Meet Earl Hargrove, Jr. of Tampa, Florida.

You wouldn’t think Earl would have a short temper, but it’s true. For example, after an argument with another man as a gas station, Earl “allegedly” poured gasoline on the man and lit him on fire.

A Florida man was arrested after allegedly dousing another man with gasoline at a Tampa service station and lighting him on fire, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office charged Earl Hargrove Jr., 34, with aggravated battery great bodily harm and attempted murder in the first degree in the wake of Sunday’s incident.

I’m old enough to remember when people would settle their differences with a fist fight. Now, they just try to kill the other person.

“A verbal argument should never escalate to this level of violence,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.

Deputies said two men, including one believed to be Hargrove, got into a verbal altercation at the Mobil gas station in Tampa. They said evidence shows that Hargrove then purchased a small amount of gasoline, poured it on the victim and lit him on fire.

The victim is in critical condition, and he may not survive. Good work, Earl. Here’s hoping you get the death penalty.

Australian Nearly Lost His Head

An Australian man – go figure – was snorkeling with friends when a crocodile decided to bite the man’s head. See, this is why you need to wear a helmet when you’re in the water!

Marcus McGowan was snorkeling with his wife and friends off Cape York on Saturday when he was attacked from behind, he said in a statement released Tuesday by the Cairns and Hinterland health service.

The crocodile, which McGowan believes was a juvenile, had its jaws around his head.

Oh, it was just a juvenile, so no worries, mate! /eyeroll

“I was able to lever its jaws open just far enough to get my head out,” McGowan said. “The crocodile then attempted to attack me a second time, but I managed to push it away with my right hand, which was then bitten by the croc.”

Ultimately, McGowan said, he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Um yeah, you were in Australia, where every moment is the wrong place at the wrong time.

The GOP Is Absolutely Useless

Well, the GOPe agreed to a debt limit compromise bill that will do very little to slow down the national debt. The bill effectively allows Biden to spend as much as he wants until 2025.

The GOP-led House on Wednesday evening passed a debt limit compromise bill with President Biden that some Republicans see as a step toward their larger commitment to reduce the national debt and make government more fiscally responsible.

“We have to take small victories and move the ball in the right direction,” said Georgia Republican Rep. Austin Scott in response to GOP critics who say the bill doesn’t reduce domestic spending enough.

Yes, they “victories” are infinitely small. In fact the bill cuts $1.4 billion from the IRS, leaving the IRS a paltry 78.6 billion in their coffers.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Fiscal Responsibility Act, which congressional leaders and the White House negotiated, would decrease federal debt by $1.5 trillion over a 10-year period. The deficit for fiscal 2023 is projected to be $1.5 trillion. The national debt is approaching $32 trillion.

“Think about how much further we could go,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the chief negotiator in Congress on the bill, said after its passage. “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish. Each week we have stood up for the American public…Tonight, I hope we proved it to you again that we put the citizens of America first.”

I’d rather think about how little you could go. This is a ridiculous bill which does very little to slow the debt, but hey, you politicians don’t have to worry about your mortgages, amirite?

A group of Republicans from the House Freedom Caucus opposed the bill, in part, because it increases the debt limit by $4 trillion. The original House-passed bill had raised the debt ceiling only by $1.5 trillion.

We’re already in the throes of a recession, and this bill is going to lead into a depression.

Dang Those Duke Boys!

An idiot driver in south Georgia nearly kissed the sky after driving at a high rate of speed, driving up a two truck, and going airborne 120 feet before landing on another vehicle.

It looks like a scene straight out of the “Dukes of Hazzard.” A wild video captured the moment a driver hit a tow truck’s flatbed and went flying through the air in south Georgia.

In the video, you can see deputies on the side of a traffic incident on Ga. 38/U.S. 84 when a car comes down one of the lanes and doesn’t slow down. The car goes up the back of the tow truck and flips through the air.

Trust me, you absolutely want to see this video at the link.

According to the GSP report, the driver’s car “vaulted” approximately 120 feet over the tow truck and hit another car in the back. The car then traveled another 23 feet after impact with the other car.

Now I’m no detective, but I can almost guarantee alcohol and/or drugs were in play here.

New Jersey: The Garbage State

When I graduated from college, our commencement was in West Philadelphia, not too far from Saint Joseph’s University. The speeches were mostly boring, and it was hot as hell, but at least we weren’t escorted out of the venue.

It’s safe to say commencement for the 2023 graduating class at Stevens Institute of Technology did not go as planned.

Graduates were evacuated from the building after the venue reached capacity. The keynote speaker addressed students who were no longer in the room. And what was left of the crowd booed speakers from the stage — chanting, “We want students!” — according to social media posts and a livestream of the event.

So they kept the inept professors and the keynote speaker, but the graduates were escorted out of their own graduation. I’m going to guess the 2023 class is not going to donate to this school anytime soon.

The ordeal prompted the school to issue a formal apology to the class of 2023 for how its School of Engineering and Science and School of Systems and Enterprises commencements played out.

“Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for the disappointment and inconvenience many of you experienced today,” University President Nariman Farvardin said in a statement. “It is simply inexcusable.”

One would think the school would do a bit more than saying they’re sorry, because the president is right, this is absolutely inexcusable.

The FBI Must Be Disbanded

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Representative James Comer are planning to charge Stasi Fuhrer Christopher Wray after he continues to refuse to release a document claiming Biden’s $5 million bribery scheme.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., warned he will hit FBI Director Christopher Wray with a contempt charge if he missed a subpoena deadline to turn over a classified document showing President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in a $5 million bribery scheme.

While this sounds great, I’m not a complete idiot. McCarthy will do nothing, and the only person serious about his is Comer, who will likely be told to stand down.

And House Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., said Wray’s “stiff-arming” oversight is going to start the process for a contempt of Congress charge for the FBI director.

“Today, the FBI informed the Committee that it will not provide the unclassified documents subpoenaed by the committee,” Comer wrote in a statement Tuesday. “The FBI’s decision to stiff-arm Congress and hide this information from the American people is obstructionist and unacceptable.

These assholes think they’re above the law; which is ironic, because they always claim the GOP is doing what the left does every single day.

True Detective Stories

So Monday was my final day of the night shift, which is great because night work sucks copious amounts of ass. While on the way to work, I stopped at a Wawa food store to get dinner, since I always work on holidays. I grab a coffee, a salad, and head to the cashier.

I’m about three people away from the register when the cashier said, “Those two kids have come in here three times, and left with items without paying.”

My first thought was, “Here we go.” Our jackass mayor doesn’t allow plastic bags anymore, so I’m holding a Diet Coke, an iced tea, and the salad, but this chick thinks I’m going to run after there, um, People Of Color. I mean, sure, I could stop them and try to hold them – because none in the store wanted to help – so I said, “I’ll go out there, and if they are still hanging around, I’ll try to detain them.”

The first kid was a fat piece of shite, and his friend wasn’t exactly skinny either. Both were on scooters, and as I approached them, they looked at me. Now, I’m pissed off because I want to get in to work quickly so I can put in the previous day’s jobs. Thankfully, these fat dolts saw my jacket which read, “Philadelphia Police Detective Division” and they scurried much faster than I thought they could waddle.

As they fled the scene, I yelled, “Hey fat boy, if you stop by here again, you’re getting locked up!”

Now I’m sure this may offend some people, but I’m going to say it anyway. After the Saint Floyd Riots, thug POCs were given immunity for almost every single crime you could imagine. This was certainly the case in blue cities. And after three years, POCs decided they would do what they want when they want. Most blue cities have Soros-installed DA’s who will usually give these thugs a light sentence, or simply dismiss all charges.

This is not going to end well, because eventually people are going to fight back.

He Is Afraid Of Those Ghosts!

Meet Andrew George of Daytona Beach, Florida. Andrew was having a bad day; so much so that he claimed he was being chased by a ghost. Obviously, Andrew never experimented with drugs, so I cannot understand why he would think he was being chased.

A crazed Florida man who thought he saw a “ghost” at a motel ran wild through Daytona Beach on Tuesday and wound up trying to break into a home while screaming “Help me!” and getting arrested for burglary.

Andrew George, 38, and his companion Natasha Kachuroi, 36, had gotten a room at a Travel Inn shortly before the outburst — but demanded a refund when they heard the bathroom window opening.

Not a knock on Travel Inn, but do they even take refunds after the room is rented?

The couple believed a “shadow” was following them, so they fled toward Beach Street, according to court records cited by the outlet.

As they ran around the parking lot at the Halifax Marina, George fell into the water.

Somehow, I assume the cold water didn’t wake him up from his drug overdose.

I think I mentioned this before, but I spent a few days in Daytona Beach for the 2001 July NASCAR race. The track is amazing, but other than that, there’s not a lot of places you can hang out. It reminds me of the neighborhoods in Philly. They aren’t exactly slums, but Daytona Beach seemed really downtrodden.