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    In my career I've worked with hundreds of dementia patients. They are the most vulnerable adults there are.

    There can be no political reason to illegally photograph a dementia patient and publish that picture - except to inflict cruel harm on the opposition candidate.

    This is despicable and inexcusable. Serious jail time is called for.
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    When my 87 y/o Father in law gets lost in his mind his behavior swings from lost and helpless to vile and abusive. But the worst,and saddest, is that when he's lucid he can only talk about wishing he was dead. While I was sitting with him Thursday morning he kept whispering to me that if I would hold a pillow to his face it could be over in just a minute, that nobody would know and if I really wanted to help him that's what I should do. In your experience is that common and how is it best dealt with?
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    @rkinsawjoe I've been asked this quite a few times as I've worked in nsg homes for many years. The best thing to do is have a talk with his nurse and see if the staff, including his doctor, is aware of his requests. He may also be asking others. Sounds like he needs a professional to talk too and maybe an anti-depressant if the doctor thinks it's appropriate.
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    @rkinsawjoe Treating dementia is a very tricky thing. I'd ask for a care plan conference with the nursing staff, the consulting pharmacist, the social worker, and the physician. Tell them what you've observed and describe your concerns. Family members often see changes in behavior that are too subtle for others. Your input is crucial to building the best care plan possible.

    Good luck.
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    This is an example of an incredibly insensitive d-bag doing and incredibly hurtful thing for an incredibly stupid purpose. Clayton Thomas Kelly is one sick puppy.

    Clayton Thomas Kelly is NOT what you get when you vote (R).
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    No, he definitely needs jail time but he needs his ass kicked daily while he's in jail!! He is a true low scum bag!! I can't think of a lower thing to do than what he did! This poor helpless woman, it makes me so sad.
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    All of you out there who spout the sort of venom that you are so good at, you bear a share of the blame for this sort of amoral stupidity.

    But it'll be a cold day in hell before you'll admit it.

    Perhaps it will encourage you to not demonize those with whom you disagree.
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    I just have to ask. Just how do I share the blame? By the way, for the last 14 years Cochrane has been living with another woman and keeping his wife hidden. Both of these men are jerks.
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    @Realthinker "Hidden"? She's been hospitalized since 2000, with severely-diminished capacity. That's not hiding her, it's making sure she gets the care she needs.
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    Can I condemn the behavior without being "outraged and offended"? McDaniel says this man is not associated in any way with his campaign and that is enough. Let this jerk face the consequences of his behavior and be done with it.
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    @Frosty45 Very interesting story that didn't make it into the above story: apparently Cochrane has been living with another woman for the last fourteen years while his wife has Alzhiemers. Girlfriend even has a well paying government job. Cochrane doesn't want people to know his wife is still alive. I say both of these people are jerks.
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    @Realthinker Having now couples whose life has been split by dementia I'd never condemn the one left in the real world for finding solace where ever they can. It's a hell that know one can easily understand.
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    @Frosty45 My dad lingered with Alzhiemers for 18 years. My mom never considered going out on him, she visited him every day after she was forced to put him in skilled nursing care. Yes, it's hell. Nobody ever said keeping one's marriage vows would always be easy.
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    @Realthinker Please, where is your documentation for the allegation? Without it, your statement is mere rumor-mongering. Googling "thad cochran cheating" doesn't bring up any relevant items.
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    This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever heard. The poor woman is sick enough and she has no dignity as it is now it must be posted on the Internet for all to see!! For all those involved may they rot in hell. I know what dementia is like, it is horrible enough for a person, my brother passed away from it a few years back, he was young, it wld be devastating for the family to have the world see him bc he was such a funny, lively person and you don't want the world to remember that. It's just awful ppl are so cruel. What goes around comes around!!!
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    I have no sympathy for people who take pictures of innocent non-government citizens without their permission and post them on the internet. If that isn't illegal, it should be.
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    Believe it, he's a hero to some people. They'll say things like "so what?" and "it's not like he raped her." Rest assured he has his supporters.
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    MarkJM - As low as this is, it's still early. There will be even lower benchmarks before it's all over. And one often wonders when the politicians tied to the activity claim no knowledge or involvement.(Can you say 'Bridgegate'?) Most politicians would have nothing to do with this guy. However..... New lower standards are being achieved every election.(Can you say Ted Nugent?)
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    The word alleged has to be removed before it is right to judge, but, the behavior, if it really occurred is despicable.
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    Why does this surprise anyone? Whether it's rush, hannity, levin, coulter, or that cesspool at fauxnews - it's the conservative modus operandi. They eat their own.
  • #156
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    Grow up and participate in an intelligent conversation. There is no way you can side with Homosexuals, Lesbians, Illegals, releasing criminals by the thousands, race baiters, foreigners voting, NAMBLA pedophiles, Felons of all persuasions showing us their ability to make good decisions at the polls and the rest of what makes up your political power voting power and you can't do better than that gibberish.
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    @Curmudgeon the problem here is your sneaking Homosexuals and Lesbians into your list sexual orientation is not in the same category as criminal acts. This puts you into the same category as the monster whose acts triggered this discussion. (at least by your so called reasoning above)
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    I am saying you can defend all those people and welcome their votes, you could have a decent conversation with a war hero or a priest or even me, if you tried.
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    I have decent conversations with war heroes and priests. If you expressed yourself in a decent manner we could have a decent conversation. I suggest you model your opinion of same sex couples on Pope Francis. If they behave decently he has no quarrel with them. Is he enough of a priest for you?
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    @j2saret you might be aiming too high. Considering his rant,- you may be too "grown up" for him. My non-response is due to his inane reply.
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    I thought when the Democrats in Florida dragged up something Jeb Bush's son did when the kid was 16 (run over an old girlfriend's lawn) was pretty lame and disgusting. Teenagers often play stupid pranks on others. And the kid was made to apologize and the ex-girlfriend's family reimbursed for the damages the kid caused. It's sickening because the kid was as young as he was, and this in no way made Jeb Bush look bad. It's especially sickening because the Democrats had Chappaquiddick (1969); the murder of Martha Moxley by a Kennedy family member (1975) ; the Kennedy Palm Beach Compound rape (1991) and the statutory rape of a 16 year old babysitter by Michael Kennedy (1997) aftermath they were dealing with. Clearly, very few people in politics are entitled to demonize the other side for reprehensible behavior. Some less so than others.
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    Somehow I doubt this will be the most suckening political stunt I read about this year. Lets not underestimate people's stupidity.
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    Not nice but if it was not a political character I bet there would be a lot lower bail. $100,000 is stupid. There are murderers that have lots lower bail. This guy took a picture, nothing more nothing less.
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    Seriously, if you were feuding with your neighbor and they were posting nasty things about you on Facebook or in a blog, then posted pictures of your wife or mom in a nursing home ... you would accept that as, no big deal!??
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    @JimCO55
    Not $100,000 dollars worth of big deal.
    I mean it isn't like the old lady was naked or anything she was in a nursing home.
    Now as to the nasty things posted, I didn't see that mentioned at all in the article.
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    @URBS : Well I don't think he posted pictures of Cochran's bed ridden wife for sympathy?

    Campaign sources say Kelly on Saturday, April 26th, posted an anti-Cochran, pro-Chris McDaniel "hit piece" video that included the image of Rose Cochran. The video and references to it were removed from the internet within a couple of hours.
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    @JimCO55
    Neither of you has shown any way that this is worth $100,000 bail. If this guy were not a politician they guy would be out on PR Bond.
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    Despicable is the only word for such a thing. Much as I'm a Democrat and would like to see us pick up that seat - which we could do if Cochran's primary opponent beats him - if this means Cochran retains the seat due to people being so outraged at the tactic, so be it. We didn't have that much of a chance anyway in this reddest of states. As a Republican Cochran's pretty conservative, just not a loud obnoxious one. Those who find his record to be insufficntly conservative are nuts anyway and this nut's actions are just icing on the cake.
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