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Three elephants will travel from the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California aboard a private plane, thanks to longtime animal activist Bob Barker.
A spokesman for the 88-year-old TV icon says Barker offered to fund the $880,000 flight after learning that one of the elephants wasn’t well enough to withstand the long trip by truck.
Henri Bollinger said Friday that the Toronto Zoo agreed to move Thika, Iringa and Toka to the Performing Animals Welfare Society elephant sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif., but that one of the animals suffers from “a serious foot problem.”
Barker described the elephants’ new home as a “paradise” and said “to think that one of them might not survive the trip in a truck touched my heart and purse strings.”
“The film is very entertaining. It hits on all the emotional topics; love, war, greed, fear, class warfare, corruption, cronyism all up there on the screen. There was even a teaching moment for our family on the ride home. I sparked up a conversation with [my son] Eric Chase about the central themes of the film; an out of control government so powerful, they’re able to demand fight to the death televised hunger games. And the very important sub theme of hope.”—
“Today is Ann and Mitt Romney’s 43rd wedding anniversary. This means that 43 years ago Mitt proposed to his wife and due to a weak field of candidates, she said yes.”—Conan O’Brien, marking the Romneys’ anniversary on March 21st.
Seriously, Geraldo Rivera. Fuck you and your stupid mustache.
Fuck your kowtowing to the idea that in order for people of color to be safe, they must not wear hoodies, instead of asking why they’re “suspicious persons” for doing so and advocating for addressing racism.
Fuck you for suggesting the hoodie was even a titch at fault in Trayvon’s murder.
Fuck you for your Savior complex on Twitter, claiming “it’s sad” you have to remind people of color about the risks their kids take by simply being a person if color in America. I’m sure they damn well know.
Fuck you for your victim-blaming in this case or in the entire special you did on why American Indians aren’t succeeding. Spoiler alert, folks: Geraldo thinks it’s their collective fault for not wanting to work and for taking government handouts.
Go find a safe to open, you smug, self-righteous prick.
“I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain, should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”—
Geraldo Rivera, on hoodies sharing the blame for Trayvon Martin’s death.
Are you fucking kidding me? I don’t even know how to address such insensitive idiocy.
You know who’s responsible? The man with a gun. The hoodie didn’t have a gun. Nor did the young man wearing the hoodie. Martin was armed with Skittles.
This is akin to blaming someone’s rape on their clothing. Never mind Geraldo’s tsk-tsking only covers people of color – essentially, white parents can let their kids wear whatever. You won’t get the phone call your child was gunned down like Trayvon Martin.
Actually The first lighters were invented in the 16th century and were converted flintlock pistols that used gunpowder. One of the first lighters was invented by the German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823 and was often called Döberei
…Döbereiner’s lamp. This lighter worked by a reaction of hydrogen to platinum sponge, which gave off a great amount of heat. The device was very large and highly dangerous and fell out of production by the end of the 19th century.
The patenting of ferrocerium (often misidentified as flint) by Carl Auer von Welsbach in 1903 has made modern lighters possible. When scratched, it produces a large spark which is responsible for lighting the fuel of many lighters, and is suitably inexpensive for use in disposable items.
So I was walking across campus today, mulling over a conversation with a conservative about the Founding Fathers and what they’d think of modern day politics.
I lit a cigarette and then it hit me: Besides being puzzled with two ladies discussing politics, they’d want to know how the fuck I just made fire come from the blue stick in my hand. Easily portable, pocket-sized fire could have been super helpful in their lifetimes. “What wizardry is this?!” Thomas Jefferson would exclaim.
It’s an explosive story with ingredients that Fox News should be well familiar with: race, guns, and crime.
But as the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin makes national headlines, Fox’s coverage is becoming a story in its own right—from its slow start behind other networks to its attempt to shift the story onto the more comfortable turf of gun control….
“You never know motivations. But Fox has a habit in the stories they pick: they did more than 90 segments on the New Black Panther story, but they certainly don’t dedicate that kind of coverage to Trayvon Martin,” Rabin-Havt said. “I can’t tell you why they pick the stories they pick, but it does say a lot about the network.”
This afternoon six of the calls made by George Zimmerman were released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
In four of the recordings Zimmerman called police to report “suspicious” persons — all of whom were black — in or near the Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood.…Many of the calls start the same way — Zimmerman mentions the recent rash of burglaries in the area and identifies himself as a member of the neighborhood watch.
"We’ve had a lot of break-ins in our neighborhood recently and I’m on the neighborhood watch," Zimmerman said during one call. "There’s two suspicious characters at the gate of my neighborhood, I’ve never seen them before. I don’t know what they are doing. They are hanging out…loitering."
That day, the “characters” are two black men in a white sedan, Zimmerman tells the dispatchers. An officer is sent to check out the call, but it’s unclear if anything suspicious was uncovered.
Another time he calls two report two black teens who match the description of suspects in recent break-in, who his wife saw and identified for police…On Feb. 26, Zimmerman called the non-emergency line to report a suspicious person — Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman mentioned the break-ins, reported a young black male in his neighborhood who he didn’t recognize and thought was acting suspiciously.
Minutes after that call, while officers were in route, Trayvon was shot and killed. Zimmerman said he acted in self defense. Officers have not arrested or charged him. Records show Zimmerman, 28, called the cops 46 times between January 2011 and Feb. 26.
Many of the calls appear related to his crime-watch volunteer role. The most frequent reason for his calls — nine times — was to report a suspicious person, according to Sanford Police Department records released last week.
People he doesn’t recognize in his neighborhood, who are black, appear to be instant suspicious persons. How about a white person in his neighborhood Zimmerman doesn’t recognize? Is that suspicious?
Tell me he didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he was black. Zimmerman said, “These assholes always get away” when giving chase. He reports young black men as suspicious to police.
Zimmerman wasn’t even “standing his ground” — he went out looking for a fight, chased down a young black man, and came home a murderer. One less “suspicious person” in the neighborhood.
"Pro-life, these people aren’t pro-life, they’re killing doctors, what kind of pro-life is that? What, they’ll do everything they can do save a fetus, but if it grows up to be a doctor they just might have to kill it?" — George Carlin
Or, apparently, a female Texas State Senator who fought against the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Luckily, no one was killed, but this is horrifying. From Fox 4 News:
The Fort Worth Fire Department is investigating an arson attack at State Sen. Wendy Davis’ legislative office.
Fire officials said just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday someone threw two Molotov cocktails into the third-floor office on West 7th Street. Two of Davis’ staff members were there at the time. They used a fire extinguisher to put out the waist-high flames. No one was hurt.
Davis, a Democrat, played a high-profile role last week in arguing against plans by Texas state officials to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, saying such a move could deprive 130,000 Texas women of healthcare services including cancer screening and contraception.
While the Pro-Life super majority has been a blessing, there were a select few who would stop at nothing to squelch the advances for Life. Most notably, Representative Jessica Farrar and Senator Wendy Davis were determined to stop all Pro-Life efforts.
Writer Robert Gieb at Catholic Lane calls Sen. Davis “a political handmaiden of the abortion industry which makes millions of dollars from killing weak and vulnerable human beings.” Gieb also writes:
"The state senator who represents the district in which I reside, Wendy Davis, is a most fervent supporter of killing the innocent unborn, and has been well compensated by the abortion industry, having received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the pro abortion group called Annie’s List, and both money and substantial in kind political advertising and telephone work from Planned Parenthood."
When in the hell are we going to call these firebombings terrorism? When are we going to examine the heated rhetoric involved in calling a state senator a child murderer?
The entrance to the McKinney PP Clinic:
Sen. Davis’ door:
This is domestic terrorism. Period. It’s often religiously motivated. Bet you won’t hear Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney condemn it on the campaign trail — it’s just a feeling I have.
Sen. Davis’ staffers are very fortunate, and I hope the arsonist — the attempted murderer of innocent, already-born people — is brought to justice swiftly.
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"One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is the dangers of contraception in this country." — Rick Santorum, October 2011
And this? Ooh, there’s this too. And all those debates, Rick? Let me guess — it wasn’t you, it was the sweater vest. That nefarious sweater vest of methodical, woolly chicanery… Tsk tsk, Rick.
I am too tired for this fuckery. Jezebel has the money shot:
Rick Santorum went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning where Joe Scarborough asked him if he regrets bringing the issue of contraception into his campaign. Rickles got flustered and turned pissy fast. He said, “I’ve never had any record or anything about talking about access to contraception.”
Wait… found some responses:
Oh, and this one:
Ooh, one more:
Yes, Rick. You did mention contraception a few times, and you are a lying oxygen thief. That is all.
Cognitive dissonance is a theory of human motivation that asserts that it is psychologically uncomfortable to hold contradictory cognitions. The theory is that dissonance, being unpleasant, motivates a person to change his cognition, attitude, or behavior.
I live in a red state. One of the reddest of the red. My goal is to induce cognitive dissonance among those not on the left side of the fence and cause them to do one of three things to resolve it:
One may try to change one or more of the beliefs, opinions, or behaviors involved in the dissonance
One may try to acquire new information or beliefs that will increase the existing consonance and thus cause the total dissonance to be reduced
Or, one may try to forget or reduce the importance of those cognitions that are in a dissonant relationship (Festinger 1956: 25-26).
I aim for the first or second resolution, though I know the third is much more likely.
Statement: “The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation. The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids – the highest level of intent in criminal law. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.” The U.S. Attorney and the FBI are also participating in the investigation.
“Republicans date women, they marry women, they have children with women. They take women to dinner. They buy women diamonds and open car doors for women. Yet there’s this Republican war on women, and the Republicans want to actually somehow reach into their purses and grab their birth control pills and take ‘em away from ‘em. The Democrats actually think that they’re going to win with this!”—
Shorter Limbaugh: “We buy you sluts diamonds and dinner! What more do you ungrateful feminazis want?!”
Ah, I see. So bullheaded restrictions on reproductive rights, opposing the Violence Against Women Act, not supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Act, etc… All that is perfectly fine because Republicans buy diamonds for women they’re dating, AMIRITE?!
And yes, Rush. The more you keep running your mouth like this, the more you help Democrats. Democrats would love to focus on the economy, but when the Blunt Amendment is offered before a jobs bill, it’s a little hard.
Rush, you’ve been paid to say terrible shit about ethnic and racial minorities, women, the GLBTQ community, and liberals in general for nearly 30 years.
We’re paying attention now.
Oh, and P.S.: Not all Republicans marry women. Please see Log Cabin Republicans.
“War is old men protecting their property by sending young men – rich, old men protecting their property by sending middle-class and lower-class, young men off to die. It always has been. It’s all about owning things. All of this back-and-forth and debate implies that there are really choices in this country, that we really have choices, freedom of choice…
There is no real choice. They say, “freedom of choice.” You’re given an illusion of choice. Americans are meant to feel free by the exercise of meaningless choices. You know what the choices are in this country? “Paper or plastic.” “Aisle or window.” “Smoking or non-smoking.” Those are your real choices. You don’t get to choose anything.”—George Carlin on Real Time With Bill Maher, October 1, 2004
“We are taking a beating over this. This is all very unsettling. I’m sure if George Zimmerman had the opportunity to relive Sunday, Feb. 26, he’d probably do things differently. I’m sure Trayvon would, too.”—
Police Chief Bill Lee, who is somehow accusing Trayvon Martin of being partially at fault for being murdered because he dared go to a 7-11 and buy skittles and arizona tea. To the police chief: the only person at fault here is Zimmerman, Trayvon did nothing wrong. (via panimi)
In addition to the outrageous suggestion that Trayvon should have done something differently, what kind of legal defense is it to say Lee is “sure” Zimmerman would have done things differently? Like, I’m sure plenty of murderers would have done things differently given the opportunity, our legal system isn’t based on intentions.
Wait… Trayvon should have done something differently? Trayvon Martin — the kid who was murdered by an overzealous neighborhood watch cop wannabe? Let me guess, what he should have done was not be a Black kid in a gated community. Is that it?
There’s nothing more patriotic than shrieking “USA! USA!” at two men who kissed in front of you:
Rick Santorum was well into his speech during a campaign rally in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Friday when two men in the crowd embraced in a rather passionate kiss, prompting a “mic check” and two guards to escort them from the rally.
The crowd reacted with audible screams, gasps and wagging fingers. Another man jumped up and followed the pair out as the audience began chanting “U-S-A” until they left the gym at Christian Liberty Academy where Santorum was speaking.
Kirsten Boyd Johnson brings the snark over at Wonkette:
What’s this, two men interrupting Rick Santorum’s banal rambling to lock lips in a simple act of protest against homophobia? ACTION TEAM FORCE PATRIOTISM TO THE RESCUE. Watch the excitable wingnuts spring into action and holler “U-S-A” over and over in a heroic attempt to ward off decency and tolerance from their midst. How about some finger pointing, would finger pointing help, too?
This lady is on it, oh boy is she:
Dear God no! Look at those men! Look at what they’re doing! It’s so, so, SINFUL!
Yep, Uncle Freddy’s Miserable Miscreants are at it again:
Westboro spokesman Steve Drain told Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch that the church had some commonalities with Limbaugh, although he declined to say specifically what they were.
"The ad’s message will be that America is doomed because Americans have cast aside the standards of God, and won’t quit their proud sinning," Drain explained.
Drain told Raw Story that while his organization has had their differences with Limbaugh, they were on the same page when it came to labeling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut. “Even a blind hog can get an acorn every once in a while,” Drain explained.
"That lady basically believes she wants the government to pay to kill her babies," Drain said. "That implies a certain level of promiscuity. She wants to fornicate her brains out, but she doesn’t want a child. Sounds like a slut to me, and God hates sluts."
A fox can smell its own, no? Rush Limbaugh and Westboro Baptist Church… I imagine the love story began like this: