Parents vs. Gov. Malloy for Lanza Medical Records

July 7th, 2013 | Breaking News

Political Columnist writes on Appeal: Docket 2013-197 Ablechild v. Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner.  Governor Malloy ‘s Attorney General appoints Patrick B. Kwanashie, AAG to oppose the appeal.

For 35 years a political columnist published in a variety of Connecticut newspapers, Don Pesci has been published in the Middletown Press, the Torrington Register Citizen, The Waterbury Republican American, the Norwich Bulletin, the Day of New London, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, the Providence Journal, and others; his is also the proprietor of a popular blog, Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes from a Blue State, one of the older Connecticut blogs.



Was Connecticut Shooter, Adam Lanza, on Psychiatric Drugs? Medical Examiner Snubs Official Request for Toxicology Report

May 16th, 2013 | Breaking News

March 15, 2013
By Kelly Patricia O’’Meara

ablechild-medical-examiner-letter_330Click image to read the official toxicology records request to Connecticut Medical Examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, M.D.

While state and federal lawmakers frantically push for massive mental health reform and sweeping gun control laws, two Connecticut mothers recently took to the streets of Newtown, connecting with local residents and gathering signatures on a petition that asks a simple but essential question.

Did prescription psychiatric drugs play a role in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting?

Seems like an easy and obvious question that, remarkably, has escaped the consideration of legislators who seem hell-bent on legislating increased mental health services without first having all the necessary information to make thoughtful, fact-based decisions.Sheila Matthews, co-founder of AbleChild, a national parents’ rights organization, and Newtown resident, Patricia Sabato, went one-on-one with local residents to collect hundreds of signatures requesting the release of the complete autopsy/toxicology results and medical/psychiatric records of alleged shooter, Adam Lanza. To back up the need for full disclosure of Lanza’s records, the petition points out certain undisputed facts, such as, at least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 162 wounded and 72 killed.

Sheila Matthews has appeared on TV numerous times, including on CNN, NBC and Fox. She has been interviewed on many talk radio programs and has been featured in major newspapers and magazines. The Petition further points out that 22 international drug regulatory warnings have been issued on psychiatric drugs causing violent behavior, including mania, psychosis and homicidal ideation. Additionally, between 2004-2011, there were nearly 13,000 reports to the FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects, including homicide, mania and aggressive behavior. Both Matthews and Sabato were gratified by the community’s support. “The vast majority of the people were really supportive of our efforts,” says Matthews. “They were really engaged,” continued Matthews, “and they wanted, and felt like, they had a right to know if Lanza was on drugs.” Sabato mimics Matthews’ sentiments. “A lot of people,” says Sabato, “actually congratulated us for doing the petition.” “The people of Newtown,” explains Sabato, “know there is more to this story and, though they are tired of hearing Lanza’s name, they still want to know everything that may have played a part in his actions.

Sheila Matthews with former Congressman Ron Paul, who stated, “Too many children are suffering from being prescribed psychotropic drugs for nothing more than children’s typical rambunctious behavior.” The mothers sent the petition to lawmakers and hand-delivered a letter to the State’s Medical Examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, M.D., requesting that Lanza’s autopsy/toxicology and medical/psychiatric history be publicly released. The request literally cites two full pages of federal and state law supporting the request. Despite the fact that, under Connecticut law, Carver is statutorily required to respond to the request, to date, the Medical Examiner has refused to even acknowledge receipt of the request, let alone release the requested information. Certainly there are a number of questions that come to mind as to why the Coroner would refuse to release the information, but interfering with the on-going criminal investigation is not one of them. In fact, Carver already has released selective information about Lanza’s autopsy, which begs the question – what is in the autopsy that obviously has put the Medical Examiner on the wrong side of Connecticut law and the wishes of Newtown residents? In the end, it’s a simple question posed by those who lived through the nightmare. Was Adam Lanza on or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs at the time of the shooting? The information is available. What’s the secret?

Kelly Patricia O’’Meara is an award winning investigative reporter for the Washington Times, Insight Magazine, penning dozens of articles exposing the fraud of psychiatric diagnosis and the dangers of the psychiatric drugs – including her ground-breaking 1999 cover story, Guns & Doses, exposing the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills that Kill“. Prior to working as an investigative journalist, O’Meara spent sixteen years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer to four Members of Congress. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland.

Arthur Lee Land’s “Good Enough” Raises Money for

May 15th, 2013 | Breaking News

DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – May 13, 2013) – Arthur Lee Land asks a single provocative question: “How come my heart feels cracked open?”

The Colorado based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the “Art of Live- Looping” brings his unique Electro-Americana aesthetic to the aptly titled collection Cracked Open, set for release by his indie label Perfect Groove Records May 14.

With some of the eclectic full length recording’s 10 tracks already receiving airplay on AAA and Americana Stations, Arthur — renowned for his “high tech meets grassroots” live performances – – is gearing up for a highly anticipated West Coast Summer tour. He will also be performing at the Triple A (AAA) Conference in Boulder Colorado in August.

Arthur’s autobiographical song and music video “Good Enough” is a key part of an internet based charity widget that will raise money for AbleChild.Org: Parents for Label and Drug Free Education — a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the rights of parents, caregivers and “ADD/ADHD labeled” children. “As a ‘hyperactive’ guinea pig for Ritalin, I wish my parents had this kind of support back in the day. I wouldn’t have had to wait 30 years to re-frame this ‘disorder’ as the truly dynamic gift that it is,” says Arthur.

AbleChild.Org Co-Founder Patricia Weathers says, “AbleChild.Org is thrilled to see such a talented musician recognize that children possess an innate, creative spirit that needs to be nurtured and channeled rather than subdued by psychiatric labels and drugs. Mr. Lee Land focuses on the giftedness of the whole child and does not view creativity and non-conformity as necessarily ‘negative’ or as a ‘deficit’ as today’s educational system is set up to do.” Charity widget proceeds go directly to AbleChild.Org.

Working with co-producer/engineer Aaron Shier, Arthur — who is endorsed and sponsored by these premium manufacturers: Elixir Strings, Ernie Ball, Sennheiser, Deering Banjos, Ableton, Apogee, Akai, Fishman, Korg and Lakland Basses — infuses Cracked Open with musical and sonic elements from distinctive parts of Arthur’s career: his longtime wheelhouse as a touring musician playing country, blues and folk-rock; his creation of AfroGrass (world beat/bluegrass hybrid), inspired by a tour of West Africa in 2001; and electronica, via the pioneering of his Art of Live-Looping techniques which have defined his solo live experience since the early-2000s.

Arthur’s “Electro-Americana” style is an eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass and electronica. Among other unique approaches to his array of stringed instruments, he incorporates a unique hybrid flatpicking/clawhammer technique on the DADGAD 6-String banjo.

Arthur’s ongoing intuitive collaboration with his non-performing lyricist/wife Carol Lee is an integral part of the expansive artistic landscape of


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