Archive: January 2007

Remembering Molly Ivins

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I will not support Hillary Clinton for president
January 20, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas — I’d like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.

The recent death of Gene McCarthy reminded me of a lesson I spent a long, long time unlearning, so now I have to re-learn it. It’s about political courage and heroes, and when a country is desperate for leadership. There are times when regular politics will not do, and this is one of those times. There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief.

If no one in conventional-wisdom politics has the courage to speak up and say what needs to be said, then you go out and find some obscure junior senator from Minnesota with the guts to do it. In 1968, Gene McCarthy was the little boy who said out loud, “Look, the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes.” Bobby Kennedy — rough, tough Bobby Kennedy — didn’t do it. Just this quiet man trained by Benedictines who liked to quote poetry.

What kind of courage does it take, for mercy’s sake? The majority of the American people (55 percent) think the war in Iraq is a mistake and that we should get out. The majority (65 percent) of the American people want single-payer health care and are willing to pay more taxes to get it. The majority (86 percent) of the American people favor raising the minimum wage. The majority of the American people (60 percent) favor repealing Bush’s tax cuts, or at least those that go only to the rich. The majority (66 percent) wants to reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending, but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.

The majority (77 percent) thinks we should do “whatever it takes” to protect the environment. The majority (87 percent) thinks big oil companies are gouging consumers and would support a windfall profits tax. That is the center, you fools. WHO ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

Go read the whole thing here. Tributes abound ’round the internets; try here, and here, and here.

SATYA’s February Issue Available

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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From: Satya Magazine – satya [at] satyamag.com
Date: Jan 31, 2007 5:36 PM
Subject: SATYA’s February Issue Available — Here and There: Social and Environmental Justice in a Changing World

The SATYA February Issue is Now Available!

See highlights at: http://www.satyamag.com

Satya - February 2007

Satya’s Here and There: Social and Environmental Justice in a Changing World dares you to take a hard look at what’s going on in the world around us: you’ll be outraged by violence against women in Iraq and Iran, confronted by the upcoming environmental apocalypse, frightened by the potential avian flu pandemic and moved by a man who believes ten dollars can change the world.

Feature interviews include Yanar Mohammed and Soheila Vahdati Bana who discuss the rise of honor killings in Iraq and Iran. University of Chicago researcher Gidon Eshel reveals the global warming consequences of meat-eating. Plus Christine Chavez, granddaughter of the late César Chávez, shares her commitment to upholding the family tradition of political and animal activism.

Don’t miss featured artist Michelle Waters’s environmental surrealism. Plus: Lee Hall, James LaVeck and Rachel Cernansky tackle different aspects of social and environmental justice.

All this and more!

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LCA: Remember Stolen Pets – Pet Theft Awareness Day 2007

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jan 31, 2007 4:51 PM
Subject: Remember Stolen Pets – Pet Theft Awareness Day 2007

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Heart)

LCA’s 19th Annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day commemorates the nearly 2 million companion animals that are stolen each year. Many are taken under false pretenses through “free to good home” ads or are abducted from their yards. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog fighting rings or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.

On February 14th of every year, LCA educates the public with the help of individuals and animal organizations throughout the United States. This year we are observing it in a very special way. We have created “dog tags” with the official USDA tag number of “Rebel” a special dog at C.C. Baird’s Martin Creek Kennels for supporters to wear on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. These tags both memorialize the stolen pets that lost their lives for medical research and serve as a tool to educate others about pet theft. See below to order yours today!

Live in the Los Angeles area? LCA will be observing Pet Theft Awareness Day “on the go!” Our Animal News Van will make special appearances at local dog parks showing “Dealing Dogs,” HBO’s documentary about LCA’s undercover investigation into pet theft and the LCA crew will be passing out important information on pet theft along with dog treats and toys (thanks to Three Dog Bakery & Centinela Feed for the donated goodies). Check out the schedule below and come get your Pet Theft Awareness Day info and free presents for your dog. If you would like to volunteer, email volunteer [at] lcanimal.org!

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Pam Ad)

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Oceana: And then there were 5; Another plant goes mercury free!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Via Oceana:

And then there were 5; Another plant goes mercury free!

Today I have great news for our oceans, seafood lovers and especially Louisiana residents. After receiving more than 100 phone calls, and thousands of postcards and e-mails, the Pioneer chlorine plant outside Baton Rouge announced yesterday that it will switch to mercury-free technology! Help us celebrate this victory by stepping up our efforts to get other plants to follow suit.

Oceana has been working to convince Pioneer and other chlorine companies to go mercury free since early 2005. Of the nine chlorine plants that were using outdated technology when we started the campaign, Pioneer is the fourth to stop.

Of the remaining companies, one stands out as the dirtiest of the bunch. Olin is the only company still running two plants using outdated mercury technology- in Georgia and Tennessee. It also holds the record for the chlorine company that has emitted the most mercury over the last twenty years.

Send an e-mail to the CEO of Olin and the other three remaining companies telling them to go mercury-free.

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DawnWatch: Boston Legal’s strong cosmetic testing stance! 1/30/07

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Yesterday’s alert is available here.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 31, 2007 4:04 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Boston Legal’s strong cosmetic testing stance! 1/30/07

Last night’s (January 30, 2007) episode of Boston Legal was wonderful for animals! The show is a bizarre kind of comedy, but even in that context serious points about cosmetic testing on animals were made. We also got to hear about the dark side of horse racing — terrific timing given Barbaro’s passing this week.

I will summarize, below, the parts of the plot that had to do with the animal testing scenario, and transcribe some small sections.

Bella, who owns a cosmetic company, comes into the law firm covered in blue paint. She says she has been attacked by “vicious terrorists.” Given that it has become common to seriously try and pin the terrorist label on animal rights activists, it is a pleasant relief to hear the label used in a way that is clearly meant to be hyperbolic, by a character who seems unbalanced and says she has “had enough of these psycho animal loving Liberal thugs.”

We learn that the DA has picked up a Mr. Steinkellner, head of COTA, the Coalition Opposed to Testing on Animals. Bella’s lawyers tell her “While he is officially denying that COTA painted you blue, the Coalition condones and supports it, thinks you look good in a primary color, and is in fact calling for a second coat.”

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WSPA: Take action against farm animal cloning!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Take action against farm animal cloning!

Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft assessment that moves the nation closer to the widespread sale of meat and dairy products from animal clones and their offspring.

In their assessment, the FDA states that “cloning poses no unique risks to animal health.” Yet scientific evidence has shown that cloned animals suffer from serious abnormalities including birth defects and premature death. Furthermore, many of the higher-productivity animals that are cloned often have other health issues such as leg problems and painful diseases.

WSPA has challenged the FDA’s stand on allowing the sale of meat and dairy products from cloned animals and urge our supporters to join us in speaking out. Please visit WSPA’s website to submit your concerns to the FDA and your government representatives. Please speak out for animals today and give a voice to the thousands of farm animals who cannot speak for themselves.

Read more about cloning and animal welfare.

Take action on this issue.

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Farm Sanctuary: Another Corporate Farm Backflips

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jan 31, 2007 12:18 PM
Subject: Another Corporate Farm Backflips

Last week, Smithfield, the world s largest pig farming operation, announced plans to phase out gestation crates. This week, Marcho Farms, one of the largest U.S. veal companies announced plans to phase out veal crates. In 2002, Farm Sanctuary investigated and exposed conditions at Marcho Farms, and pressured the company to make changes.

It is significant that Smithfield and Marcho Farms have now changed course. Previously, they were both strong proponents of keeping animals in narrow crates. The industry’s back flip on these confinement issues begs the question: what else are pigs, calves and other farm animals rightfully entitled to?

These changes show that as citizens, restaurants and other businesses become aware of agribusiness s cruelties, they will demand reforms. This was apparent last November when citizens in the state of Arizona voted overwhelming on Proposition 204 to ban veal and gestation crates.

These recent announcements demonstrate that we are making progress. Cruelty to animals violates basic humane principals, and industrial farming operators are now being forced to recognize this.

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PETA: Undercover Investigation Reveals Cruelty to Animals at PetSmart Stores

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

Undercover Investigation Reveals Cruelty to Animals at PetSmart Stores

Away from public view and off-limits even to many of PetSmart’s employees, PetSmart’s back rooms hide away the immense suffering of the littlest companion animals.

At the PetSmart store in Manchester, Connecticut, a location that PetSmart boasts of as having an “exceptional pet care record,” PETA’s undercover investigation documented more than 100 animals — including hamsters, domestic rats, lizards, chinchillas, and birds — who lay hopelessly, just waiting to die, in the store’s “sick room,” deprived of desperately needed veterinary care and wasting away out of customers’ sight.

Please join PETA in calling on PetSmart to end live-animal sales. Let the multibillion-dollar company know that you will not be setting foot in any of its stores until live animals are no longer part of the inventory.

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Born Into Katrina’s Ruins

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Jan 31, 2007 9:07 AM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Born Into Katrina’s Ruins

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST

1/31/07: Born Into Katrina’s Ruins
PAST NEWSLETTERS: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/default.html

ANIMAL ISSUE OF THE WEEK:

1/25/07 – Animal Fighting Bill Back In 110th Congress

1/29/07 – Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

IN THIS ALERT:

1. Operation Outta Here / Airline Approved Kennels Needed
2. Katrina Dogs Need Way Home To Baton Rouge & NOLA
3. Katrina Animals & Others Face Uncertain Fate In Shelters
4. Radar, The Wonder Horse, Struggles To Survive
5. NOLA: Kittens, Kittens… Everywhere!
6. Mississippi: Pass Buddy’s Law For Pup Fatally Tortured
7. Katrina’s Lost – Have You Seen Them?
8. Relief Needed For Lakeview’s Roaming Cats
9. Louisiana Statewide Animal Protection Conference
10. Sweeties Need Homes, At ARNO Shelter
11. Book Review – RESCUED: Saving Animals From Disaster
12. Help Kinship Circle Bring More Food To NOLA Animals
13. Grant Targets New Orleans Animals
14. HURRICANE DIRECTORY: Missing/Found Animals, Rescue & Reunion

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Defenders of Wildlife: Speak Out for Wolves in the Northern Rockies

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Speak Out for Wolves in the Northern Rockies

For months, officials in the Bush/Cheney Administration have been threatening to eliminate Endangered Species Protections for imperiled gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.

Yesterday, they made good on their threat, announcing a proposal to end federal protections for wolves in Idaho and Wyoming — two states more concerned with eliminating wolves than managing them.

In Idaho, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has called for the elimination of all but about 100 of the state’s estimated 650 wolves, going so far as to tell a group of anti-wolf protestors that he was eager to bid for a chance to kill a wolf himself.

Things aren’t looking any better in nearby Wyoming. That state plans to kill as many as two-thirds of its gray wolves if the animals lose federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Last week, the state Senate’s Wildlife Committee approved a bill that would allow unlimited killing of wolves in some wilderness areas. Wolves would remain protected within Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, but could be shot on sight once they wander outside the safety of the national parks.

Handing wolf management responsibilities over to states that are planning wide-spread wolf eradication programs simply makes no sense and does nothing to address the factors that put the wolf on the endangered list to begin with.

The government once allowed our Northern Rocky Mountain wolves to be shot, harassed and poisoned into near extinction. We can’t let that happen again.

Please take action now.

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 49

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Here’s the TOC from the 1/30/07 issue of The Sierra Club’s Currents.

You can read the whole newsletter online – just click here!

Sierra Club Currents – A Surprise Atop the EPA’s Green Power List
Volume VI, #49
Tuesday, January 30, 2006

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Quote of Note:

“Our commitment to this purchase is not just good for the environment, it’s good business.”

- Don Dana, head of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group, which has achieved energy savings of up to 20 percent at many Wells Fargo locations.

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(1) Business: A Surprise Atop the EPA’s Green Power List

(2) USC Air Pollution Study: Kids Face Stunted Lung Growth

(3) Take Action: Keep Our Air Lead-Free!

(4) Take Action: Join the International Week of Climate Action!

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DawnWatch: AJC front page story on aquarium deaths and debate 1/30/07

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 30, 2007 5:11 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: AJC front page story on aquarium deaths and debate 1/30/07

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a front page story, Tuesday January 30, headed,
“Aquarium deaths reopen captivity debate; Critics condemn facilities, but scientists say they help advance studies of rare animals.”

The Atlanta Aquarium recently euthanized Gasper, an ailing beluga whale, and nine days saw the death of Ralph, a marquee whale shark.

The article notes, “The back-to-back deaths have prompted protests from private citizens and national organizations. They range from reasoned to outraged.”

A Florida activists, Russ Rector, is quoted:

“If they’d never put whales or whale sharks there, then people never would miss them. It went from an aquarium to a prison.”

And Naomi Rose of the Humane Society of the United States is quoted:

“These big swimmers aren’t adaptable to confinement. I really resent that they’re exploiting these animals’ lives.”

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DawnWatch: Barbaro dies – a look at horseracing in the New York Times editorial 1/30/07

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 30, 2007 5:06 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Barbaro dies – a look at horseracing in the New York Times editorial 1/30/07

Barbaro was euthanized yesterday, Monday January 29, eight months after suffering grave injury at The Preakness. His injury brought world-wide media attention and an outpouring of emotion since he had won the Kentucky Derby and looked like he could possibly win the Triple Crown.

The story is in every paper. The New York Times has run a sensitive editorial headed, “One Horse Dies” (January 30, pg 20).

It opens:

“Why should we feel so much grief at the loss of one horse? After all, this is a world in which horses are sacrificed again and again for the sport of humans. Barbaro was euthanized yesterday, eight months after he shattered his right hind leg at the start of the Preakness Stakes. After an injury like that, most racehorses would have been put down minutes later. But every race is a complex equation — a balance of economics, athleticism, equine grace and conscience. Conscience often comes in last, but not in this case. Barbaro’s owners gave that horse exactly what he had given them, which is everything. It was the very least they could do, and yet it seemed truly exceptional in a sport that is as often barbarous as it is beautiful.”

It discusses Barbaro’s grace, and comments, “And if his life caused us to pay attention to the possibilities of all horses, his death should cause us to pay attention to the tragedy inherent in the end of so many horses. Barbaro’s death was tragic not because it was measured against the races he might have won or even against the effort to save his life. It was tragic because of what every horse is.

“You would have to look a long, long time to find a dishonest or cruel horse.”

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See also: The Dreaded Comparison

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

“We, like the people of the early 1800s, could be living through a period of slow but profound ideological change. To the people of their own time, men like Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson — early abolitionists and the founders of the first human rights movement — seemed as impractical, as demanding, as self-righteous and as obsessed as many animal rights activists seem to us today. In the future, right-thinking people might look back at us meat eaters with the same disapproval we heap on those who considered slavery acceptable 200 years ago.”

- Laura Miller, in a Salon review of Tristram Stuart’s The Bloodless Revolution

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Everyday Activism: DIY Purell

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

According to Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States and M.D. (and author of Bird Flu, which I recently reviewed here), people are, shall we say, quite lax when it comes to washing their hands. Given that handwashing is one of the most effective ways to protect against infectious diseases such as Ebola and – yes! – avian influenza, findings such as these

Ninety-five percent say they wash their hands after using a public toilet, yet the American Society for Microbiology published a survey of almost 8,000 people across five U.S. cities and found the true number to be only about two-thirds. Chicago topped the list at 83%; in New York City, the actual number fell to less than half.

are a wee bit problematic.

The experts say that:

Proper hand washing, according to the director of clinical microbiology at Mount Sinai, involves lathering with plenty of soap for 20 to 30 seconds (about the time it takes to sing the “alphabet song” three times at a fast tempo), rinsing, and then repeating for another 20 to 30 seconds. CDC guidelines are similar, with additional reminders to wash between fingers and under the nails, and to soap into the creases around knuckles.

and:

At a minimum, experts advise, hands should be washed after every cough, every sneeze, and every time we shake hands with anyone. These simple recommendations may decrease the number of colds we get every year, the number of work days we miss, and the number of days we are laid up in bed. During a pandemic, they may even save your life.

As a true-green enviro, that strikes me as a crazy amount of water to be running through every day.

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DawnWatch tip: Boston Legal and animal rights activists — Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 30, 2007 2:09 PM
Subject: DawnWatch tip: Boston Legal and animal rights activists — Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thanks to Marsha Rubin for this tip about tonight’s (1/30/07) episode of Boston Legal, on ABC at 10pm (Check local listings):

“An irate Denny thunders to Bella’s aid when she is attacked by animal-rights activists, but the conflict becomes personal when his ex-girlfriend–Bella’s diminutive daughter Bethany–represents the protestors.”

(Note to those outside the US — I send this to my whole list, not just US, knowing that though the air dates differ, those in other countries also see Boston Legal and may wish to keep an eye out for this episode.)

Boston Legal has a message board where you can comment, here.

It would be nice to see lots of pro-AR comments up there.

I have no idea how this episode will go. We can be sure Denny Crane will be obnoxious, as his character always is (and generally funny too). But Boston Crane has a good history on animal issues, having done a superb job in 2005 of calling attention to the government’s Mad Cow cover up. (Click here for a detailed DawnWatch alert on that episode.) Animal rights issues might get a decent hearing in tonight’s episode — or not — we’ll see.

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NRDC: Speak out to protect Native American sacred springs from destructive coal mining

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

UPDATE, 2/9/07, via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Under fire from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council and American Indian groups, the Salt River Project announced on Feb. 7 it is abandoning plans to reopen the Mohave Generating Station, which would have revived the notorious Black Mesa coal mine in Arizona and its 273-mile pipeline to Nevada. Black Mesa was one of the largest strip-mining operations in the country. The project threatened to deplete aquifers linked to the Navajo and Hopi’s sacred springs, using pristine, high-quality groundwater to pump coal slurry across the arid desert.

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UPDATE, 2/1/07:

The Center for Biological Diversity also sent out an action alert on this issue:

Help Keep the Notorious Black Mesa Mine Closed!

The Black Mesa strip mine is one of the most infamous strip-mining operations in North America. The mine is owned by Peabody Coal Company and is operated on long-term leases from the Office of Surface Management and the Navajo and Hopi Nations. The indigenous people on the two reservations have protested these mines for decades because of the relocations, water withdrawals, and damage to local springs the mining has caused.

Mining stopped two years ago because of environmental violations at the coal-fired Mohave power plant that’s operated with coal from the Black Mesa mines. But now the Office of Surface Management wants to re-open the mine and re-open the power plant to fuel suburban growth in Phoenix.

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Via the Natural Resources Defense Council:

Speak out to protect Native American sacred springs from destructive coal mining

The Interior Department is currently accepting comments on a request from the Peabody Western Coal Company to extend its Arizona mining operations, which have removed billions of gallons of precious groundwater from local Hopi and Navajo lands.

Send a message right away urging the agency to consider less destructive alternatives to Peabody Coal’s proposed mining.

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You suck.

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Yeah, you. You totally suck.

Charges: Your whole life has been a pitiful exercise in rote mimicry, a meek subjugation of individuality in exchange for herd approval. Your delusions of “common sense” wisdom stem from an unwillingness to seek information and an inability to critically analyze it. You never hesitate to offer strong opinions on subjects you don’t know a damn thing about. You’re willing to believe anything a guy in a suit says on TV, as long as it doesn’t hint at your culpability in the negligent homicide of your country and planet or otherwise cloud your streak-free conscience. You’re more worried about friction on the “Desperate Housewives” set than the lack of health coverage at your tedious, soul-destroying job. You have no idea what is going on in the world, and you’re fine with that. You are why democracy doesn’t work.

Exhibit A: You’re Time magazine’s person of the year. So was Hitler.

Sentence: More of the same.

And so does your Jesus.

Charges: May not have existed, and if he did, probably wasn’t even American, but more of a dark-hued Jewish dwarf. A hygienically challenged hairball who rarely bathed or brushed his teeth. If alive today, he’d appropriately be branded as schizophrenic and disregarded by society. Sermon on the Mount was the very definition of socialism, and subsequently an affront to the self-regulating benevolence of the free market. An appeasing, cheek-turning pussy like this would never cut the mustard in America today.

Exhibit A: Contrary to prevailing pop theology, absolutely everyone, including the sheepishly devout, will be “left behind” at the apocalypse and forced to endure what biblical scholars estimate to be from 3 to 7 years of “hell on earth” before scoring that golden bus ticket to the gated community in the sky. Kind of a dick move, no?

Jesus Gone Wild 1

Sentence: Second coming completely ignored, as it happens to coincide with Brangelina’s wedding.

So says The Beast, and who am I to disagree?

The Beast - Issue 113

Obligatory end-of-the-year list here.

DawnWatch: Wash Post on fight to save pet pig 1/29/07

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 29, 2007 5:36 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wash Post on fight to save pet pig 1/29/07

There is a charming story in the Monday, January 29 Metro Section about a woman fighting for the right to keep her pet pig. The piece, by Bill Turque, is headed, “Home Is Where Her Hog Is” and subheaded, “A couple of years ago, a petrified little pig escaped the butcher, thanks to its new owner. Now the Herndon woman is fighting a zoning law to keep her 140-pound pet at her house.”

We read:

“Last summer was the fat time for Bacon, a 3-year-old Vietnamese potbellied pig who moved into a house along a Herndon cul-de-sac with her owner, Bridgette Suder. Neighbors lined up to get a look at the sweet-natured 140-pounder with a bristly white coat and enormous pink-and-black snout that is the texture of ‘one big lip,’ according to Suder, who smooches it regularly. Kids came by to visit as Bacon cooled herself in the toddler wading pool that Suder set up in the back yard.

“‘We had a house full of people petting Bacon,’ said Suder, 23, a former kindergarten teacher who works for her father’s educational consulting firm.

“Then someone squealed. That started the lean times.

“In early October, Suder received a letter from the town. It said that two inspectors ‘determined that you are keeping livestock, to wit: a Pot Belly Pig on the Property.’ They told Suder that swine are not allowed within the town limits.

“She appealed to the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, and while the matter is pending, Suder and her neighbors have mobilized to save their Bacon.

“Suder was encouraged when she looked at Virginia law, which indicates that if Bacon is not destined to be bacon, or otherwise sold for profit, she qualifies as a ‘companion animal.’

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Jan 29, 2007 3:29 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

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1/29/07 — Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress
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Court Declares Horse Slaughter in Texas Illegal

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