WATCH: Man Tries To Take A Picture With A Rattlesnake…What Happened Next Leaves Him In Utter Shock

A Southern California man’s idea of what a good selfie would be came back to bite him, and he may lose his hand because of it. 

On Monday, Alex Gomez, 36, and his nephew Ronnie came upon a 4-foot rattlesnake in a field at his family’s ranch in Lake Elsinore, 60 miles south of Los Angeles, according to TV station KCBS

Ronnie told the news outlet: “It was really thick and had ten rattles on it, it was rattling,” and “It was pretty mad.”

Nonetheless, Alex decided to put the snake around his neck and take a selfie. Shortly thereafter, things went awry when the venomous reptile bit him in the hand.

“I’m shocked that he would have that things (sic) around his neck,” Alex’s mother Deborah said. “It could’ve bit his neck, and that would have been it. That’s just being a fool.”

The LA Times reports that paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was treated with anti-venom.

Alex’s mom said her son may lose his hand: “His skin is already rotting away.” 

Deborah related that she decided to share the snakebite story with news outlets to “embarrass” her son.

“I told him the news people had been calling, and he said ‘Mom, you better not’, and I said ‘I’m going to.’ I’m going to teach him a real good lesson when he gets home. No mercy for him.”

“California Poison Control reports handling 800 rattlesnake bites per year, and one-to-two end up being fatal. Alex was bitten during peak rattlesnake bite season, which runs from April to October,” KCBS reports.

Snakes tend to avoid human contact, but will strike if they feel threatened.

If someone is bitten, the National Institutes of Health advises taking the following actions:

  1. Keep the person calm. Reassure him or her that bites can be effectively treated in an emergency room. Restrict movement, and keep the affected area below heart level to reduce the flow of venom.
  2. If you have a pump suction device (such as that made by Sawyer), follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Remove any rings or constricting items, because the affected area may swell. Create a loose splint to help restrict movement of the area.
  4. If the area of the bite begins to swell and change color, the snake was probably venomous.
  5. Monitor the person’s vital signs — temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, and blood pressure — if possible. If there are signs of shock (such as paleness), lay the person flat, raise the feet about a foot, and cover the person with a blanket.
  6. Get medical help right away.
  7. Bring in the dead snake only if this can be done safely. Do not waste time hunting for the snake, and do not risk another bite if it is not easy to kill the snake. Be careful of the head when transporting it — a snake can actually bite for several hours after it’s dead (from a reflex).

Additionally:

  • Do NOT allow the person to become over-exerted. If necessary, carry the person to safety.
  • Do NOT apply a tourniquet.
  • Do NOT apply cold compresses to a snake bite.
  • Do NOT cut into a snake bite with a knife or razor.
  • Do NOT try to suck out the venom by mouth.
  • Do NOT give the person stimulants or pain medications unless a doctor tells you to do so.
  • Do NOT give the person anything by mouth.
  • Do NOT raise the site of the bite above the level of the person’s heart.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service adds that getting someone to the hospital within 30 minutes is important. Call ahead to let the facility know you are coming and take a picture, if you cannot bring in the actual snake.

  1. If a victim is unable to reach medical care within 30 minutes, a bandage, wrapped two to four inches above the bite, may help slow venom. The bandage should not cut off blood flow from a vein or artery. A good rule of thumb is to make the band loose enough that a finger can slip under it.
  2. A suction device may be placed over the bite to help draw venom out of the wound without making cuts. Suction instruments often are included in commercial snakebite kits.

h/t: New York Post

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High Gas And Egg Prices Caused By Liberal Policies Are Crushing California’s Poor

Eggs have long been understood to be an inexpensive yet highly nutritious food that helps stretch the family budget. But eggs aren’t so cheap in California anymore, and buying them is making poor people poorer in the state, thanks to liberal Democrats. In fact, California egg prices have soared 150% in the last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, up from $1.46 a dozen in May 2014 to $3.61 today. The Safeway in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco is charging $5.99 a dozen now. This spike in egg prices is having the biggest negative effect on California’s lowest wage earners, who are seeing their already meager disposable incomes dwindle in the face of the state’s ever increasing cost of living, which is only being driven higher and higher by the policies enacted by liberal Democrats who control the state. Egg prices have been driven up, in no small part, by the enactment of Proposition 2, which was promoted by liberal elites and now requires all eggs in California to be produced only at farms where the chickens can move around freely. California’s law requires that farms ensure hens have almost twice the space required for sale in the country’s other 49 states, and the result is fewer farms able to sell in California and significantly higher costs to California’s consumers. The poor are of course hurt the most.

And at the same time as the price of eggs are going through the roof, liberal policies have made California’s gasoline the most expensive in the nation. Californians already pay among the highest gas taxes at the pump in the country, about 62 cents a gallon. Add to that the additional cost, as a result of our unique environmental laws, that require our gas be specially manufactured to reduce emissions. In mid-August, the average price for a gallon of regular gas nationwide was $2.61; but in California, the average price was $3.63, if you could find it! Low income wage earners often depend upon transportation to find employment and to keep their jobs. One study showed that in the Central Valley, poorer residents can spend as much as 10% of their disposable income just on gasoline. Yet while emissions in Los Angeles caused by automobiles have been reduced by over 98%, and the air is just getting cleaner as more low emission vehicles enter the market, California’s expensive and outmoded environmental rules keep the cost of gasoline at the highest in the nation–and the poor suffer the most.

California’s high cost of living has only been made worse by the tax policies of the liberal Democrats in control. Our state sales tax is the highest in the nation, which raises the cost of most every retail transaction. The high cost of living in the state has made it the poorest in the nation according to the Census Bureau, with 24% of Californians living at or below the poverty line.

But liberal Democrats just continue to enact policies that make living in California more expensive. Now, liberals are seeking to crush California’s poor even more. In Sacramento, rather than rearrange spending priorities, liberal Democrats are planning to raise the gas tax another 12 cents a gallon, and raise vehicle licensing fees as well. They intend to raise property taxes on commercial real estate too, which will make renting an apartment more expensive. These policies will drive up the cost of living even more, and make our state’s low income wage earners even poorer. When government pushes the cost of food, transportation, and housing to such an extreme that poverty only worsens, it means other bad things are going to happen in the state, like rising violent and property crime rates; and we all ought to start taking notice.

James V. Lacy is principal author and editor of the new book, “Taxifornia 2016: 14 Essays on the Future of California,” now available at the CreateSpace eStore here: https://www.createspace.com/5497002, and at Amazon and other outlets after Labor Day.

This commentary originally appeared on CaliforniaPoliticalReview.com.

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Bakers Who Were Fined For Gay Wedding Cake Refusal Just Delivered This HUGE Message To Gay Rights Groups

An Oregon couple defying a court order to pay $135,000 in damages for their refusal to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple is sending cakes to gay activist groups in California.

The ten 8-inch-cakes from Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, are emblazoned with the message “We Really Do Love You” on top and are decorated with red, white an blue frosting to amplify a freedom message.

“We wanted to have the cake represent freedom — that we all should have freedom and to live our lives the way we want to,” she said, adding that homosexuals should have the freedom to live as they choose. “But I also feel like I should have the right to live the way I want to, and that should be my choice.”

The idea developed as the couple spoke with Ray Comfort, a Christian leader behind the release of the movie Audicity. Audicity deals with the issue of homosexuality from a Christian perspective. Comfort suggested the cakes as a goodwill gesture and worked with the couple to properly ship the cakes so they stayed fresh and tasty. The Kleins had to make the trip to California to meet Comfort to accomplish their mission.

The cakes weren’t the only things sent in the package. Shipments also include a letter, a $25 gift card and a copy of the movie. The Kleins said the effort is an attempt to reach out and help LGBT groups understand that their views do not come from hate.

“We’re doing it in hopes that they can hopefully see [how] to understand us as being Christian, and why we believe the way we do — and why we do the things we do,” Klein said in an interview with TheBlaze. “They don’t understand the things we do.”

An appeal was filed in the Kleins’ case in hopes of dismissing the $135,000 in damages mandated in a July 13 court order. The Kleins baked cakes and goodies for homosexual customers, but refused to make a wedding cake citing religious grounds.

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BREAKING: Police Announce Bombshell About Caitlyn Jenner That Could Mean Huge Trouble

Given what the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has just announced, the next phase of Caitlyn Jenner’s new reality show — if there is one — might be shot behind bars.

The Los Angeles Times reports that authorities will soon present to prosecutors evidence that could support charges against Jenner in connection with the deadly crash in which he was involved on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this year. Investigators say that Jenner was “driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions that day” in February when his vehicle hit a car driven by a woman named Kim Howe. She died in the chain-reaction crash.

“The evidence will be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office next week. Prosecutors will review the case and decide whether to formally charge Jenner. Typically, a single misdemeanor manslaughter charge could carry a sentence of a year in jail,” according to the Times report.

Because the deadly crash involved a high-profile celebrity — one who has been honored for “courage” by ESPN and now stars in the I Am Cait reality series on E! — the exhaustive sheriff’s investigation has taken some six months to conclude. The Times article on the possible charges against Jenner notes:

At the time of the crash near Corral Canyon Road in Malibu, authorities said Howe’s Lexus rear-ended Steindorff’s Prius when it slowed down or suddenly stopped, and that Jenner’s Escalade then rear-ended Howe’s car, thrusting it into oncoming traffic. A Hummer struck Howe’s Lexus after it was pushed into traffic.

Howe, 69, died at the scene.

Ironically, Caitlyn Jenner’s new reality show chronicling his transgender experiences has itself been dying in the ratings. While the much-ballyhooed TV spectacle drew an initially impressive audience for its premiere, the wow-factor has steadily declined and viewership has dramatically sagged.

Of the crash and charges that Caitlyn Jenner could now face, a former L.A. prosecutor named Dmitry Gorin notes for the Times report:

“Misdemeanor manslaughter happen to people everyday. I remember a law professor getting charged… if you commit a road infraction that result is a death that becomes a traffic misdemeanor manslaughter.”

Still, if prosecuted and convicted, Jenner could face a year in jail, fines, and loss of driving privileges.

It will be interesting to see if any charges the prosecutor may decide to file name the driver of Jenner’s vehicle at the time — Bruce — or the person that the once-great athlete has now supposedly become.

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Watch: When Someone Compared Illegal Immigrants To Slaves, This Woman Stood Up With An Epic Message

A citizen’s powerful monologue delivered during a recent Huntington Park, Calif., council meeting has been shared extensively this week as the topic of illegal immigration remains one of the nation’s most prominent debates. As Western Journalism reported earlier this month, the city made waves after filling two open commission spots with illegal immigrants.

Chanell Temple was in the audience at Tuesday’s meeting, though she reportedly did not attend with the intention of speaking. When she heard someone compare illegal immigrants to slaves, however, she made her disgust known.

“According to your board behind you,” she admonished council members, “it says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ I want to paraphrase that and say, ‘Where there is no law, the people perish.’”

She went on to explain several differences between the treatment black slaves received prior to the 14th amendment and the reception most illegal immigrants receive upon violating our nation’s law:

Black slaves did not break into this country, OK? They were brought here against their will. Also, black slaves are not immigrants. Immigrants are people with a choice. They come here by choice. Slaves did not have a choice.

Temple, who said she has traced her heritage back to an African village and can pinpoint her ancestors’ arrival as slaves in the U.S., called any comparison of slavery and illegal immigration “very offensive.”

“I don’t know of any illegal aliens who have been hung from a tree,” she said. “I don’t know of any illegal aliens who have dogs been sicced on them.”

She listed a number of social programs that assist illegals despite their blatant criminal activity, noting that blacks – and, by extension, American citizens – are treated much differently.

“My people commit a crime,” she said, “they go to jail. You people commit a crime, you get amnesty.”

Do you agree with this woman’s assessment? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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