“A [right-wing] group in Missouri is picking up the backing of the Tea Party and Joe The Plumber in its quest to stop the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups from passing “radical” anti-puppy mill legislation.”—
[F]ive days after the humiliating story broke about how Andrew Breitbart’s protégé reportedly planned to lure a CNN reporter into some sort of faux sex den and was going to videotape the entire sting, there has been, aside from Breibart’s belated acknowledgement of the mess, complete silence from bloggers at the Breitbat sites. It appears that nobody who writes for Breitbart has a single thought to share about the headline-making news about O’Keefe.
Either that, or an an internal edict went out, forbidding bloggers from touching the thorny topic…
[I]f you look at Breitbart’s Big Journalism and Big Government sites, they list nearly 800 contributors. And apparently, over the last five days as the two sites have posted dozens and dozens and dozens of items, none of those contributors wanted to weigh on the O’Keefe alleged blunder.
“Right-wing media have responded to President Obama’s decision to install solar panels at the White House by comparing him to President Jimmy Carter, who had a solar system installed at the White House. But these media outlets have mainly ignored that President George W. Bush also had solar panels installed at the White House.”—
"Minutes before a major terrorism trial was about to begin, a federal judge barred prosecutors in Manhattan on Wednesday from using a key witness.
The government had acknowledged it learned about the witness from the defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, while he was being interrogated while being held in a secret overseas jail run by the C.I.A.
The ruling by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan would be a setback for the Obama administration’s goal of trying former detainees in civilian courts because it would limit the kinds of evidence prosecutors can introduce. It was not immediately clear if prosecutors would appeal the ruling.
The defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was scheduled to begin trial on Wednesday in Federal District Court on charges he conspired in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The attacks, orchestrated by Al Qaeda, killed 224 people.
After Mr. Ghailani was captured in 2004, he spent nearly five years in C.I.A. custody and later at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
His lawyers, Peter E. Quijano, Steve Zissou and Michael K. Bachrach, had argued that their client was tortured while in C.I.A. custody, and that any statements he made or evidence derived from those statements, including testimony from the witness whose existence he disclosed, was tainted and should be inadmissible.”
— (emphasis mine) Just one of many ways that America’s use of torture bites us in our collective asses. ~whyinthehell
"In the West Village of Manhattan lives Uncle Chichi, a 12-pound white miniature poodle that all the neighbors know from his many walks each day. Now most of America knows Uncle Chichi, most likely the oldest dog in the world.
According to his owner, Frank Pavich, 37, the blind, almost deaf pup is about 24 years old, adopted by a relative from a South Carolina shelter at the age of two in 1988. “I love him more than anything,” says Pavich as he prepares for a trip to Switzerland and Croatia, where Pavich is marrying 34-year-old fiance Janet Puhalovic. Chichi is flying with the couple and taking part in the ceremony, wearing a kerchief with the same “crazy paisley” material as the inside of Pavich’s suit. Says Pavich: “He’s going to look very handsome.”
"It has gotta be just genetics, I don’t know," says Pavich. "It’s definitely exercise, walking, a good schedule, attention, good food." For the last eight years, Chichi has lived solely on canned chicken Halo Spots Stew. "He loves it, he goes crazy for it," says Pavich, laughing. "He eats like a little pig, that’s for sure."
Now the cats and dogs at the shelter where Chichi was adopted can dine on Halo too, with a donation of 10,000 meals to the Charleston Animal Society from Freekibble.com. “We’re thrilled to honor Chi Chi, the oldest living dog, with a donation to the place where his long journey began,” says Freekibble’s Kelly Ausland.
Chichi and Pavich, who chose to give the meals to the Society, flew down to Charleston to welcome the delivery. Also on hand was Frances Hutson, who adopted Chichi from the shelter for her elderly mother all those decades ago, and another relative who took care of Chichi before giving him to Frank in 1996. “He came full circle,” says the Society’s Kay Hyman. “Not only was he rescued from our shelter by this amazing family, it means that there are good results from the work we do.” “
“Eli came back from Iraq
and tattooed a teddy bear onto the inside of his wrist
above that a medic with an IV bag
above that an angel
but Eli says the teddy bear won’t live
and I know I don’t know but I say, “I know”
cause Eli’s only twenty-four and I’ve never seen eyes
further away from childhood than his
eyes old with a wisdom
he knows I’d rather not have
Eli’s mother traces a teddy bear onto the inside of my arm
and says, “not all casualties come home in body bags”
and I swear
I’d spend the rest of my life writing nothing
but the word light at the end of this tunnel
if I could find the fucking tunnel
I’d write nothing but white flags
somebody pray for the soldiers
somebody pray for what’s lost
somebody pray for the mailbox
that holds the official letters
to the mothers,
and little brothers
of Micheal 19… Steven 21… John 33
how ironic that their deaths sound like bible verses
the hearse is parked in the halls of the high school
recruiting black, brown and poor
while anti-war activists
outside walter reed army hospital scream
100, 000 slain
as an amputee on the third floor
breathes forget-me-nots onto the window pain
but how can we forget what we never knew
our sky is so perfectly blue it’s repulsive
somebody tell me where god lives
cause if god is truth god doesn’t live here
our lies have seared the sun too hot to live by
there are ghosts of kids who are still alive
touting M16s with trembling hands
while we dream ourselves stars on Survivor
another missile sets fire to the face in the locket
of a mother who’s son needed money for college
and she swears she can feel his photograph burn
how many wars will it take us to learn
that only the dead return
the rest remain forever caught between worlds of
shrapnel shatters body of three year old girl
welcome to McDonalds can I take your order?
the mortar of sanity crumbling
stumbling back home to a home that will never be home again
Eli doesn’t know if he can ever write a poem again
one third of the homeless men in this country are veterans
and we have the nerve to Support Our Troops
with pretty yellow ribbons
while giving nothing but dirty looks to their outstretched hands
tell me what land of the free
sets free its eighteen-year-old kids into greedy war zones
hones them like missiles
then returns their bones in the middle of the night
so no one can see
each death swept beneath the carpet and hidden like dirt
each life a promise we never kept
Jeff Lucey came back from Iraq
and hung himself in his parents basement with a garden hose
the night before he died he spent forty five minutes on his fathers lap
rocking like a baby
rocking like daddy, save me
and don’t think for a minute he too isn’t collateral damage
in the mansions of washington they are watching them burn
and hoarding the water
no senators’ sons are being sent out to slaughter
no presidents’ daughters are licking ashes from their lips
or dreaming up ropes to wrap around their necks
in case they ever make it home alive
our eyes are closed
there are souls in
the boots of the soldiers
fuck your yellow ribbon
you wanna support our troops
bring them home
and hold them tight when they get here”—Andrea Gibson, ‘For Eli’ (via trastorn)
"The federal Wildlife Services agency (a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is the primary wolf-killer in the United States — and now wants to expand their wolf-killing operations… even in the face of a court ruling restoring protections to these iconic animals.
Wildlife Services plans to work with Idaho officials to eliminate up to 80 percent of the wolves in central Idaho by land and from the air. Their plan also includes killing entire packs — including gassing helpless wolf pups in their dens — and surgically sterilizing alpha wolf pairs.
Help stop the killing. Urge President Obama’s Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to nix the planned wolf slaughter and rein in Wildlife Services.”