"Humidity and darkness are very important elements in photography, so you have to be careful with digital cameras because they sort of kill those elements, I say. I, too, use them, sort of recording things in everyday life for fun, though.
Defenseless, distracted by music, Alex sat in the passenger seat of the rental as I made my way to the trunk. I remembered Frankie’s words: “It’s loaded, cocked, and the safety is off. All you have to do is pull the trigger.”
At that point in our lives, Alex and I, both in our early twenties, were gun-toting thugs immersed in gangster culture. We were out on bail for separate gun charges. A few years before, Alex had been acquitted of murder for allegedly shooting a woman through the peephole of a Brooklyn housing project door. After that, his reputation preceded him.
On that night I knew Alex had been extorting a man who sold drugs for me. It sounds sick but part of me aspired to murder because it’s considered an accomplishment in gangster culture — it would enhance my reputation, complete my image. Yet another part of me knew this culture was foul and murder was horrible.
Despite the Xanax dulling my emotions, my heart pounded when I picked up the M-16. A surge of power rushed through me when I felt the trigger. I pointed in the driver’s side window … and squeezed.
Arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to a jarring 28 years to life at Attica, I entered prison. For many years I sifted through a host of rationalizations, but today I accept responsibility. I’m sorry for killing Alex, sorry for taking all the life he could have had.
With this in mind, I wish to add some perspective to the gun-control debate. My first gun was a chrome .25 caliber automatic with a pink, pearl handle. It was beautiful. But it was a killing machine, and at 14 years old I had the same hole in my heart that President Obama, in a Chicago speech, stated other child killers had. I had no business with that gun. Yet making guns accessible to troubled souls is business as usual in America.
In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.
It’s called “Project Future,” and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, “If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online.”
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
I just saw a post describing why shows like The Office are appealing, and how everyday folks can relate, and it’s about their workplace and then they go home, etc.
Do people really have that much in their heads about The Office such that they’re deconstructing it in published articles? Who-the-hell-am-I, but first of all, I disagree with the overthinking of this simplistic show and it’s simplistic appeal.
it appeals - or rather, appealed - to people because it was fucking funny for the first few years. Also, Jim is way hot and the perfect boyfriend/husband (especially after he was in that Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin movie), and a lot of dorks can find something to relate to in Dwight.
Oh, and also because a lot of people can find all kinds of reasons to want to beat the shit out of Dwight. THAT part I agree with, in terms of people connecting with the show and their real lives.
So…am I the only dumbass who’s accidentally lit the end of an e-cig and inhaled??
That shit was nasty! But what can you expect when inhaling plastic, silicone, battery, or who knows what?
(I didn’t only inhale the one time - I realized what I’d done and that it tasted weird, so I inhaled again, TWICE. I meant to be clearing out the inhaler/nicotine part. In my defense, if there is any allowable defense, I was on a new medication.)
The prospect of cutting Medicare benefits in a “fiscal cliff” deal has prompted an outcry from concerned liberals. But whether or not legislators actually end up raising the Medicare age or paring back Social Security payments, domestic benefits and services—ranging from veterans’ health care and low-income housing to Head Start programs—are going to get squeezed over the next 10 years.
Last year’s debt-ceiling agreement included $1.5 trillion in cuts to discretionary programs through 10-year spending caps that are already in effect. According to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the domestic programs subject to the spending caps will face a $615 billion shortfall if they keep their benefits and services at 2012 levels. If such, they’ll be forced to scale back unless Congress decides otherwise—and right now, the Republicans want even less money spent on these domestic programs, not more…
It’s a good reminder of the trade-offs that we have already made in the name of deficit reduction, which have received little attention amid the hand-wringing over the fiscal cliff. And, as [The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’s Richard] Kogan points out, these domestic programs still remain vulnerable to further cutting.
Fact: People are going to get pets for Christmas. There is no avoiding it: dozens of movies have emphasized that pets make the best Christmas presents,…
I would suggest contacting the shelter and asking about transportation. If they explain that they would love to adopt, but aren’t able to get out to that city, most shelters will gladly arrange transportation to take the animal to their forever home. Same with rescues.
Unfortunately, a lot of shelters don’t put their animals on Petfinder. =/ Or on the internet at all. In rural communities especially, a lot of people don’t even know they have a local shelter because it’s in an out-of-the-way location and there’s no advertising. So definitely suggest they call their local police department or commerce and check to see if they have a shelter near them!
Don’t give up if there are no shelters in your area - there are a lot of very committed “indie” animal rescue organizations or groups that almost never get any kind of advertisement so are mostly unknown to the general public.
They do a lot of good work and you can adopt from them, though the animals won’t always have been neutered or spayed or gotten all their shots yet like they will with shelters, because they don’t have much funding and are often just animal lovers taking them in and essentially fostering.
Search for “animal rescue” in your area, ask your and other vet clinics (they almost always know of someone looking for a home for a pet), AND call all of the shelters in the nearest region and ask them if they know of any rescuers in your area, explaining how much you’d love to adopt a rescue but can’t get to the shelter, etc. Please And Thank You. :) ~whyinthehell
I wish organizations/people would stop referring to the killing of cats, dogs, & other animals out of “convenience”, as “euthanasia”.
Because seriously…it’s not euthanasia. And maybe a few more people would start taking better care of their animals if we didn’t soft-pedal it, and called it what it is: KILLING.
(Euthanasia (from the Greek: εὐθανασία meaning “good death”: εὖ, eu (well or good) + θάνατος, thanatos (death)) refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.)
Please spay and neuter your pets, and also please go and rescue animals from the Sayreville New Jersey shelter and/or any other location, and give them a safe, loving home. Thank you.
Sayreville New Jersey animal rescue center is closing due to sandy. They don't know what to do with animals and are giving them away for free. Tell your friends, they are going to euthanize what they can't save. The animals all have their shots, it's free adoptions.
Some people might point out that “conformations” and “configurations” are also concepts in organic chemistry that mean much the same thing, and that this post is a thinly disguised effort to teach concepts in organic chemistry through a discussion of cats. Horseshit. This is 100% cat content here people! This is a cat blog.
Orphaned and starving, 4 kittens in North Dakota got a second chance at life.
Orphaned after their mother died while protecting them from a coyote, four starving kittens were rescued and nursed back to health by the CATS Cradle Shelter in Fargo, N.D. Now all four kittens have been adopted together and are learning their way around their new home.
Found beside their mother’s body in July, the kittens were just 4 weeks old and in poor condition.
"We were pretty stunned by the condition that they were in — they were emaciated and hair was falling out, which is a sign of starvation, so we immediately took them," shelter director Gail Ventzke told KVRR. “They should be bouncy, furry, happy little kittens and they look like mice, and they were just so small.”
The smallest of the kittens was Daisy, a tiny kitten with bulging eyes and thinning fur who weighed less than 6 ounces. At her age, Daisy should have weighed more than a pound.
The “coyote kittens,” as they came to be known, were put on a special diet to help them gain weight. Shelter workers said the foursome were messy eaters and that Daisy often looked like she’d taken a swim in her formula.
By the time they reached 11 weeks of age, Daisy and her siblings were unrecognizable as the emaciated kittens CATS Cradle had taken in. She’s still the smallest of the litter, but Daisy is healthy and continues to put on weight. At her 11-week weigh-in she was 1.54 pounds.
During their recovery, the coyote kittens found new friends in foster mom Lori Lang and her English sheepdog, Romeo, who “stepped up to surrogate parent the little orphans.”
And it looks like they’ve found a permanent home with Romeo and the rest of the Lang family.
CATS Cradle recently made a Facebook update saying, “They will be sharing their home with their foster canine brother Romeo forever. Lori and her husband have decided that they just cannot part with them and they are now officially adopted.”
November has been renamed Movember. That is not a typo; November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, an international movement, Movember, was started in Australia in 2003 with the aim of raising funds for charities—the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG— that target men’s health issues. Since that time, Movember events have raised $126 million for the cause.
Prostate cancer, however, does not just affect men; dogs also get this form of the illness. It is thankfully an uncommon disease, but it does occur in both neutered and intact dogs. The signs of prostate cancer in dogs are straining to urinate, bloody urine, back pain, and/or straining to defecate. Diagnostic tests include a good physical examination (including a rectal exam), urinalysis, abdominal radiographs, abdominal ultrasound, and a biopsy or cytology to confirm the diagnosis.
Therapy for prostate cancer in dogs is different from treatment in men. As all of the prostate cancers in dogs are androgen-independent, anti-androgen (anti-testosterone) therapies do not work. In addition, the cancer in dogs is usually highly malignant. Surgical removal of the prostate gland in dogs is very difficult and is only effective when the tumor is detected at a very early stage. The typical therapy involves NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Recently, the Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, Connecticut conducted research on the use of chemotherapy in dogs with prostate cancer and is gearing up to continue that research by evaluating the use of highly targeted radiation therapy—IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy)—for the treatment of this disease.
While the disease is as dangerous to dogs as it is to men, you can help the cause of promoting cancer awareness and funding research. To help, please visit the Movember website and donate to our Team. The money raised will help find an end to this all too common and devastating disease of men (and dogs).