Hurricane Joaquin Keeps Growing Stronger, But Here’s The Scariest Part About It

There is a lot of speculation about Hurricane Joaquin, the next major hurricane now swirling far off the coast of Florida. But with all the speculation, it appears that no one can really pin down the path this storm will take.

Forecasters have variously said that the hurricane will make landfall in north Florida, some say it will be further north in the Carolinas, and still others think it won’t hit until the New England area. And then others say it won’t make landfall at all but will stay out to sea.

Joaquin is currently battering Samana Cays in the central Bahamas, with dangerously high winds measured at 125 miles an hour. On Wednesday, the storm was rated as a Category 3 storm, qualifying it as a “major” hurricane.

On Wednesday, the forecasters said the storm was poised to grow past category 3, though, and is said to continue to grow over the next 36 hours. As it grows over the Bahamas, forecasters say it is headed north west toward the U.S. But where it will hit seems to be a frightening mystery.

As Andrew Freeman of Mashable notes, “the bottom line is that no one yet knows where this storm is going. The storm could make landfall or hug the coast. An out-to-sea scenario is still in play as well.”

This is making it difficult for authorities trying to make plans to respond to this storm.

Others are worried that this unsteady and unforeseeable path might fool people about what plans to make in response to this storm.

“I’m concerned that the focus has been on Joaquin, and that people will be ‘surprised’ even though it has been in the forecast,” said Gary Szatkowski, a forecaster with the NWS office in Mount Holly, New Jersey. “If Joaquin does threaten our area, these antecedent conditions will make preparedness activities very problematic.”

And just along those lines, already CNN is scaremongering that Joaquin “could be” the next Superstorm Sandy.

At the least, NBC News says that Joaquin will bring “historic rains” for the Carolinas, Virginia, and the New England area.

As forecasters imagine, by Thursday afternoon, the storm had already been upgraded to a category 4; and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had declared a state of emergency for his state.

George Zimmerman Is Under Fire Over The Shocking Image He Just Shared On Social Media

George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who made news when a 2012 altercation with a teenager turned deadly in Florida, is generating provocative comments after he retweeted a photo of the dead teen’s body.

The photo of Trayvon Martin, 17, dead on the ground, with police surrounding the body, was sent to Zimmerman and two others by a follower with the handle Grand Moff Alexander@SeriousSlav, and a comment stating “Z-man is a one man army.” The picture was favorited 250 times and had 966 retweets when Zimmerman retweeted it.

Twitter took both the original tweet and Zimmerman’s retweet down. However, neither the Grand Moff Alexander account nor Zimmerman’s account were suspended. The account that produced the original tweet remains active. Someone taking that account over after the first user deleted it now administers the Twitter feed.

Zimmerman was in his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood and became suspicious when he saw Martin walking through the community. Martin was reportedly walking to his father’s house. Zimmerman called police, but ended up in an altercation with Martin that ended with Zimmerman shooting the teen. Zimmerman claimed self-defense in trial.

Many had a lot to say about Zimmerman’s retweet. Most were horrified at the visual.

“Zimmerman said he was the one screaming on audio, yet NOW he’s boasting of his kill (‘1man army’),” said one poster called ‘dre nee.’

“Have you see his twitter? Oh man. That guy is really out of control with his hate,” said Twitter user ‘Hector X Monsegu.’

A few posting on social media had no sympathy for Martin, who had a background that included marijuana use, school vandalism, and bullying; he had also been suspected of burglary. Martin’s emerging criminal background came out in Zimmerman’s trial and was one factor in Zimmerman being acquitted on second-degree murder charges.

“No. Criminals like Trayvon deserve to be scorned,” said ‘Irenaeus VII.’

The negative comments didn’t seem to bother Zimmerman. He posted pictures of posters soliciting for his murder for $10,000 with the comment “I wonder when Twitter will take these images down???”

Zimmerman also tweeted a picture, presumably of him on a beach with a cigar, stating: “As much as I love owning all you trolls I have to work…On my tan! Tell ‘Karma’ she’s worthless, God protects me.”

Zimmerman had other legal troubles following his trial, including alleged altercations with a former girlfriend and with a driver on a Florida road. He also sparked controversy when he put a Confederate flag painting as his Twitter profile image.

Doctors Wanted Him Aborted, And He Was Born Without Much Of His Skull. Now, He’s Done The Unthinkable

Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, doctors advised Brandon and Brittany Buell that their 23-week-old unborn child had a serious birth defect, and that the best course of action would be to abort him. 

The central Florida couple, who are Christians, decided against that course of action. Doctors also warned the Buells that their baby, Jaxon, might not survive birth. His birth defect is known as anencephaly, and the Centers for Disease Control describes it as “a neural tube birth defect in which a child is born without parts of the brain and skull.” According to the CDC, 1 in every 4,859 babies in the United States is born with the defect. 

“We had no idea what to think or feel, but hung on every word that the doctors would give us, believing them, and they informed us early that there was a great risk of Jaxon not surviving the pregnancy,” Brandon told the Independent Journal

“Either way, we knew we would never terminate the pregnancy and had to give Jaxon a chance, and we had to choose life for him because he couldn’t,” he said. 

The Daily Mail reports:

Brandon, who is an assistant to the CEO of a small community bank in Florida, said: ‘We went home that night thinking if you are telling us to abort, we would never know what Jaxon could have been, if he could have survived.’

‘Who are we to decide? We were given a child, we are given a chance and we have to be his voice.’

He added: “We did everything we could to give him a fighting chance and all he’s done since being born is fight right back.”

Defying the odds, Jaxon just celebrated his first birthday last week. This amazing video shows him mouthing his first words and learning to walk.

“I try to stay positive 99 per cent of the time but there is that 1 per cent because I know the reality of the situation – that we’re probably going to outlive him,” Brittany said.

Jaxon had significant medical bills during his first year of life, and Brittany left her job to ensure that she is available for him on a 24/7 basis. Friends of the Buells set up a GoFundMe account to help defray the steep medical costs in caring for the baby boy. Over $70,000 has been raised as of Monday.

The couple also set up a Facebook fan page for their son called Jaxon Strong, which has over 130,000 “Likes.”

Brittany said: “It’s all been so overwhelming in a positive way because we can’t go anywhere without someone stopping us, and saying, ‘hey, what’s your story?’ or they would have seen his picture and say, ‘hey, look it’s Jax Strong!’,” adding, “It’s truly incredible the amount of people he has had an impact on.”

Image Credit: Facebook/Jaxon Strong

Image Credit: Facebook/Jaxon Strong

Watch: Mom Sees 8th-Grader’s Assignment And Says ‘The Hair On The Back Of My Neck Stood Up’

It’s not just a theory that parents are angry about concerning an assignment given to their middle-schoolers, and it’s a fact that the school has issued an apology and promised to never use that particular resource again.

School officials at Heritage Middle School in Deltona, Fla., backtracked the assignment “Not Just a Theory” after moms began circulating details of the lesson across social media, including the Volusia County Moms Facebook page.

The assignment was meant, according to school officials, to help eighth-grade students learn about science standards in separating theory from fact. The phrasing of the assignment, which states that authority figures who do not believe in evolution are wrong, is what sent parents into an uproar.

“The hair on the back of my neck stood up,” said parent Jennifer Flinchum in an interview with local news station WKMG-TV.

The assignment read:

Next time someone tries to tell you that evolution is just a theory, as a way of dismissing it, as if it’s just something someone guessed at, remember that they’re using the non-scientific meaning of the word. If that person is a teacher, or minister, or some other figure of authority, they should know better. In fact, they probably do, and are trying to mislead you.

School principal Thomas Vaughn stated in the apology letter that the assignment was following criterion until the last two sentences. The lesson was retracted, and officials said parents should “take comfort” in knowing it will not be used again.

“At no time, is it our place to interfere with authorities of household beliefs,” the letter stated.

Volusia County School District officials claimed that the assignment was not mandated by the district. The district representative said three science teachers have used the assignment since the beginning of the school year.

For parent Lisa McNeil, it wasn’t the mention of evolution that upset her. She said it was the wording that angered her.

“It’s not so much the evolution aspect of it, it’s just the way they phrased those few sentences how they were kind of taking the rights away from the parents,” McNeil commented.

Flinchum publicly thanked Vaughn for the apology and for retracting the assignment, but she no longer trusts the school as much as she did in the past.

“It does make me question what else they’re going to put in front of him for the rest of the year,” she said.

Police Enter Woman’s Mobile Home To Issue Arrest Warrant–Make Horrific, Jaw-Dropping Discovery

Police recently arrested Nickole Dykema, a Florida woman, in whose mobile home they discovered thousands of bladed weapons.

She attempted to stab police officers, who had an arrest warrant, with a large sword or machete upon entrance of her mobile home.

Dykema has been charged with assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, property damage/criminal mischief and three counts of violation of probation.

Deputies went to Dykema’s Brooksville home to assist probation and parole officers in issuing an arrest warrant at 10 PM Tuesday night.

She looked out at deputies from a broken window in her home, and she was then seen retreating further back into the home. When deputies forced their way in, they were met by her wielding the weapon. She swung at an officer and missed his face by inches.

Dykema fled into a room containing 500 bladed weapons. In adjacent rooms, there were more bladed weapons. One room had an altar covered in pentagrams.

The officers tried firing bean bags at her, but it did not stop her. She approached the deputies with several more bladed weapons.

Eventually, officers fired a stun gun which brought her down.

Deputies removed more than 3,500 bladed instruments from her mobile home.

Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said: “This person was obviously dangerous to the community.” He added: “It amazes me that there deputies were able to take her into custody without being injured.”

h/t: Fox News