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  • Chart Of The Day: Mass Transit Isn’t Hitting Critical Mass

    02/13/2015 4:04:47 PM PST · 23 of 24
    ransomnote to nascarnation

    I’m guessing that jobs are disappearing so fewer people need to commute to a job (they don’t have one) at the same time people who own cars are having a harder and harder time paying to drive to work (salary cuts, part time jobs, outsourcing etc.) Therefore, as laid off workers stop commuting to work, hardship workers fill their spaces on commuter trains and so the numbers look “flat.”

  • Hero trucker saved sex captive in New Kent: ‘I’ve got daughters’

    02/13/2015 10:34:09 AM PST · 22 of 61
    ransomnote to csvset

    To me, the woman has the cold reptilian eyes of a sociopath. The man looks “vacant” of soul but the woman’s malevolence seems to shine out of her eyes.

  • (Flashback) The fallout of the Nobel scam of 1946.Scientist’s radiation cover-up might have cost tho

    02/11/2015 3:06:44 PM PST · 40 of 45
    ransomnote to Mr. Peabody

    Ever study ever cited in attempts to “prove” low dose radiation is good for health has approx 10% of the validity of the BEIR so I’ll go with the decades of large scale state-of-the-art testing compared with “Bob-has-a-pet-theory” science.
    Radiation dose accumulates so claiming low dose is harmless is flawed on it’s face.

    THe nuclear energy industry would like people like me to “shut up and eat your radiation!” but they have no idea what dose I’ve already accummulated (medical or other exposures I never consented to - there used to be an online video where a car is driving around an urban area with radiation monitoring device and finds a “hot” spot in the back of a big rig. They follow it around and note that the radioactive load is located nearest the driver and he’s just tooling around town, unaware of what he’s hauling)

    One of the lessons of Chernobyl is that in an exposed population, approx 10-15% are more sensitive to radiation and suffer greater harm, the largest 70% are Moderately sensitive and suffer harm at lesser numbers (harm but less) and the lowest 10-15% on the chart are much less sensitive to radiation. So that meant that in the early days of the Chernobyl disaster, some people succumbed quickly, some never succumbed at all, and the mid response was mixed. The guy chiefly responsible for the disaster was exposed to shockingly high doses (radioactive dust blew on him) and he lived to old age yet the men next to him, also exposed at the same levels died grisly deaths in a matter of days. It matters who you are, how well you can tolerate depressed immune response, how well your body heals, your age, your gender etc. and I think it’s pointless to imply that “low dose radiation is harmless and may be beneficial” when people have no idea what their immune system is already protecting them from and what their sensitivity to radiation is, what their accumulated dose is etc.

    I note that the standard to which proponents of hormesis adhere are nothing compared with national long term longitudinal state-of-the-art science. By this I mean, the same people who critique BEIR will accept “medicine man” levels of fake science when it comes to hormesis - particularly those in the nuclear industry. Decades of information gleaned from Chernobyl and now accumulating in Japan will be ignored in favor of backward high hopes (hormesis). In fact, hormesis has a long way to go before the same population of scientists who critique the BEIR will even deign to critique hormesis wishcraft.

  • (Flashback) The fallout of the Nobel scam of 1946.Scientist’s radiation cover-up might have cost tho

    02/11/2015 2:16:43 PM PST · 37 of 45
    ransomnote to fishtank

    The EPA has alot of information about the different health effects of different sources of radiation.

    The basic problem is that low dose radiation still damages DNA, even in small amounts. Your body will try to repair that damage and it is often successful (you fight off the damaging effects of gamma in sunlight for a long time) but sometimes, particularly as small doses ACCUMULATE over time, people get skin cancer. That’s a key issue with small doses - they accummulate.
    Radiation sources that humans mine/manufacture are more harmful than radiation in sunlight or the potassium in bananas because in addition to the risk to DNA, mined/manufactured radioactive waste is released into the environment and ingested or inhaled. A radioactive particle can lodge next to tissue and, allow me to paraphrase, “zap” it with energy pulses for years until the irritation becomes a tumor. INgestion of radioactive material is harmful to health - a specialist in Japan spoke at their public hearings about this matter and noted that, based on studies in Chernobyl, bladder cancer increased in people drinking water with as small as 2 bequerels of radiation in it.

    Also, as the body tries to recover from exposure to radiation (damage to DNA), it’s effort can lower the immune response; as it is kept “busy” healing from radiation exposure it can fail to ward off illnesses it would have otherwise fought off.

  • (Flashback) The fallout of the Nobel scam of 1946.Scientist’s radiation cover-up might have cost tho

    02/11/2015 2:02:10 PM PST · 34 of 45
    ransomnote to fishtank

    I just hate to see anti-science articles like this on Freerepublic because it makes it seem like the “progressives” are right when they say Conservatives are anti-science. No, nothing about this OP article is correct.

    There’s vast, grudging medical proof that small doses of radiation are harmful to health. That’s why you sign a medical release obsolving your dentist of liability and indicating you realize that small doses of radiation are harmful but thta you hope to gain more (dental health) than you lose (small amount of cancer risk increase). Actually the risk wasn’t so small for many years because x-rays of all kinds were so much higher in dose.

    The BEIR reports (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation) are massive large scale studies proving that even small amounts of radiation contribute to health risk/problems.
    In particular, children and women become ill at higher rates compared with adult males. Women have twice the sensitivity level and sadly, children are more sensitive still.

    Wherever scientific documents or institutions hold proof that radiation, even in small amounts, is harmful to health, federal funding is stripped and careers and programs are threatened. I’ve watched as scientific documents are “removed” or become “unavailable” as they are cited in debates like these. THe BEIR reports are state-of-the-art science and had been long term large scale studies.

    On the last BEIR report, they had a page that read something like “Despite what nuclear industry experts would like to believe, small amounts of radiation are harmful to human health.” Within a year, and following intense debate wherein that page was cited, that page was no longer on the web. It’s creepy - medical proof that low level radiation is harmful is being removed wherever the Feds/nuclear industry have control (funding) and worthless fake studies saying it’s helpful to health are being promoted. As rumor is being promoted and science is being demoted, 3 nuclear cores are being washed into the ocean in Fukushima and will continue to do so indefinetly. This whole “do not lok at the man behind the curtain!” is something Orwell would understand.

  • (Flashback) The fallout of the Nobel scam of 1946.Scientist’s radiation cover-up might have cost tho

    02/11/2015 1:50:46 PM PST · 33 of 45
    ransomnote to TexasGator

    The painters who dotted spots of radium on watch faces were getting horrible disfiguring and deathly cancers of the mouth because they “tipped” their paint brushes by touching the brush to their lips.

  • Why Women Are Rejecting “Perfect” Men

    02/07/2015 8:10:12 PM PST · 11 of 147
    ransomnote to ransomnote

    Raise your hand if you read the whole article at the link.
    *squinting at monitor*
    Uh huh. I thought so.
    While some women are ruining some men’s lives, there are other aspects to look at as well. The libs are pushing for collectivist personalities and it is taking the natural edges off of both men and women. Metrosexual was only the start, it became “anti-male” in grade schools where boys aren’t suposed to be males.
    This article discusses that narrow aspect - and is a call for men to be themselves, the best men they can be instead of the most agreeable men they can be. I think the writer had a point.

  • Why Women Are Rejecting “Perfect” Men

    02/07/2015 8:01:14 PM PST · 1 of 147
    ransomnote
    Article is 1629 words in length - I know because I tried to post the whole thing.
  • Brian Williams Stepping Away From NBC Nightly News Amid Scandal

    02/07/2015 1:44:24 PM PST · 39 of 209
    ransomnote to bryan999

    I feel his message is prideful. It’s similar in tone to celebrities who lament they can have no privacy and their smallest errors become part of the nightly news. It’s almost as if he’s disappointed in the unreasable behavior of the public.

  • Do You Know What Happened To The Little Girl In This Famous Photo?

    02/06/2015 2:40:42 PM PST · 16 of 35
    ransomnote to NYer

    Contrast her with the Islamists who locked school girls in a burning school so they would not commit immodesty by running from the building without being veiled.

    From Wiki:
    According to at least two reports, members of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), also known as Mutaween, would not allow the girls to escape or to be saved from the fire because they were “not properly covered”, and the mutaween did not want physical contact to take place between the girls and the civil defense forces for fear of sexual enticement, and variously that the girls were locked in by the police, or forced back into the building.[2][6] Civil Defense stated that the fire had extinguished itself before they arrived on the scene. CPVPV officers did appear to object to Civil Defense workers going into the building - Human Rights Watch quoted a Civil Defense officer as saying,

    “Whenever the girls got out through the main gate, these people forced them to return via another. Instead of extending a helping hand for the rescue work, they were using their hands to beat us.”

  • Obama's 'Free' Community College - Not a very sound idea

    02/06/2015 2:31:45 PM PST · 14 of 14
    ransomnote to MichCapCon

    Soviet planning in action. There are no jobs but let’s raise expectations that obtaining a degree will make jobs materialize out of thin air.

  • Rev. Graham to Obama: Unlike Christ, Mohammed ‘Killed Many Innocent People'

    02/05/2015 6:11:41 PM PST · 57 of 134
    ransomnote to FR_addict

    Just watched excerpts on Crowder and noticed that after using the royal “we” alot, Obama slips and says “you” at when negatively referencing CHristians, and then catches himself and goes back to saying “we.” That happens at the 2:10 mark in the video.

    http://louderwithcrowder.com/rebuttal-obamas-moronic-prayer-breakfast-remarks/

  • American Sniper Sets Another Record

    02/02/2015 7:05:33 AM PST · 25 of 53
    ransomnote to rightwingintelligentsia

    I read that somewhere, I think it was Washington D.C. schools paid to take entire classrooms of children to go see it - viewing was mandatory. What would Selma numbers be like without school children?

  • Asking for prayers for Mrs. Seizethecarp who is having an operation today

    01/29/2015 8:02:25 AM PST · 10 of 76
    ransomnote to Seizethecarp

    Prayers UP!

  • Massachusetts Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down During Snowstorm

    01/27/2015 12:50:18 PM PST · 14 of 15
    ransomnote to FirstFlaBn

    News flash. I think the public is entitled to know if it shuts down or loses power. Our taxes, our asset etc. No “need” to shield the public from information re a public utility. This would have been in the news if it was electric plant or solar plant shutting down - yes the public is entitled to information.

  • Grit and gratitude join reading, writing and arithmetic on report cards

    01/27/2015 7:43:19 AM PST · 12 of 13
    ransomnote to Blood of Tyrants

    “What? No “political correctness” grade?”
    Well,yes but you have to average the other scores to get it. “Sensitive” for example, means politically sensitive etc. Oh and “grit” will secretly be used in reverse with the higher score being the denominator - the higher “grit” (thinks for herself/himself, won’t lie down and let others walk on him/her) score reduces the overall score for the student.
    Remember John Wayne in the movie True Grit? Guess what the left things of John Wayne....

  • Massachusetts Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down During Snowstorm

    01/27/2015 7:38:38 AM PST · 9 of 15
    ransomnote to WayneS

    “So then, the fact that it is a nuclear power plant is totally irrelevant. “

    Not really. Some of us realize that power outtages caused 3 nuclear melt -throughs (Fukushima) leaving the radioactive fuel for those 3 power plants washing into the air, ocean and ground water for the rest of our lives. I know nuclear power is protected by the government and the public doesn’t get much information at all so I think it’s ok to at least put in print that it lost power.

  • White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

    01/25/2015 7:39:28 AM PST · 27 of 54
    ransomnote to Dave346

    ““He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave”

    So they would have been fine if he only spat in their faces in private? I guess the “our” faces is something Jarret enunciated slowly and repeated several when bringing Obama up to speed.

  • Woman Claims Son’s Suicide Caused By Pasadena Target Store’s ‘Walk Of Shame’

    01/23/2015 1:45:31 PM PST · 22 of 162
    ransomnote to BenLurkin

    Well a few guesses.
    To actually put handcuffs on him and take him in for interrogation makes me think they had solid proof that he was stealing.
    Apparently just having him not show up for work anymore because he was arrested for stealing wasn’t deterrent enough so Target seems to have opted for an arrest without charges for the sake of deterrence.
    I say this because it seems patently illegal to use the police to bully your employees in case they are stealing.
    So the wording “suspected” of stealing is used instead of “caught stealing” because Target let the matter drop in exchange for humiliation.

  • Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing

    01/22/2015 5:48:52 PM PST · 26 of 91
    ransomnote to PROCON

    I recall a study that claimed that the reason why “blacks receive longer sentences than whites even when they have committed the same crime” was because in courtroom settings, blacks are more likely to be defiant and eager to prove they are not deterred by “the man” or “the establishment.” I will think of today’s OP the next time disparity in sentencing is once again attributed to racism.

  • Community Colleges To Offer 4-Year Degrees

    01/20/2015 1:18:44 PM PST · 18 of 19
    ransomnote to BenLurkin

    Recently read that college freshmen reading lists contain books pegged at the 7th grade reading level.
    Now that Common Core has saturated k-12 I guess it’s time to give more schools more money to saturate the college level with Common Core. I know that colleges were targeted for Common Core, perhaps it’s already happened. This just seems like a way to transfer funds to Common Core “For the CHildren.”

  • American Sniper: Clint Does it Again

    01/19/2015 10:28:40 AM PST · 2 of 14
    ransomnote to w1n1

    Clint’s success must really be putting a hole in the lib strategy to portray him as “doddering old fool” for his “empty chair” stunt.

  • 14 CHARACTER TRAITS THAT YOUNG MEN LEARN FROM GOOD MEN

    01/19/2015 10:24:46 AM PST · 1 of 37
    ransomnote
  • ‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a ‘Killer’?

    01/19/2015 9:40:51 AM PST · 45 of 54
    ransomnote to fr_freak
    My 82 year old friend was traumatized by the movie “Gone Girl.” She had a hard time getting over the gratuitous brutality - she thought the promo looked like star crossed lovers and wasn't prepared for the sociopathy.
    The nerve of Hollywood elites decrying killing when they routinely make movies too bloody for me to watch. I was horrified by a movie with, I think it was ray liota, in which a man is shot in the face with a shotgun. THe director waited for the audience to look away (those of us who wished to, and then when we looked back, after a second cut back to the graphic picture of a mans blown away face. I resented that -the director wanted to “catch” those of us who looked away. Gotta watch your required blood and guts curriculum. If the movie is Natural Born killers or some other sociopathic killing spree, it's suppression of artistic freedom if we say anything about the gore. But if it's clint eastwood, well then, he's not moral enough for them and we, the audience, should feel bad about watching his movie because it “glorifies” killing. Hollywood, the ones who brought us Friday the 13th and Freddy Krugar...
  • ‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a ‘Killer’?

    01/19/2015 9:09:58 AM PST · 42 of 54
    ransomnote to jda

    Celebrating a killer?
    DId they ever watch CHarles Bronson in the Death WIsh franchise?
    How about Dirty Harry?
    Die Hard, Harder, A good Day TO die Hard?
    How about Gone Girl, which celebrates sociopathy?
    Natural Born Killers celebrates a murderous crime spree.
    TAKEN, TAKEN 2< Taken 3? He kills. How about martial arts films? Hollywood celebrates murderers and vigilantes alike. Didn’t they watch the movie No Country For Old Men?

  • As America Tires of Race Hoaxes, ‘Selma’ Disappoints at Box Office

    01/16/2015 6:59:12 AM PST · 56 of 56
    ransomnote to Altura Ct.

    Thanks to Obama’s economy, I no longer have disposable cash to buy movie tickets...but I’ll still be called a racist.

  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 4:27:44 PM PST · 20 of 70
    ransomnote to John S Mosby

    Then how could ALlah reward them for hijacking planes if he couldn’t see them....? : )

  • In Islam, a Long Tradition Against Depicting the Prophet

    01/14/2015 3:04:10 PM PST · 27 of 39
    ransomnote to Oldeconomybuyer

    In Islam, a long tradition of slaying people of other faiths.

  • 'Klansville USA' PBS Documentary Takes Cheap Shot at Republicans

    01/14/2015 11:38:26 AM PST · 27 of 41
    ransomnote to PJ-Comix

    I have forgotten the name of the Dem senator who was a former KKK leader (Grand Dragon?). Was it Bird? I think being racist enough to join the clan should permanently bar one from holding office. Yet there was all this fawning over him when he died - lots of honrariums etc. But Dems have no conscience so they might as well lie and say the Repubs created the KKK when it was THEM.

  • White House admits: We screwed up not sending higher-ranking officials to Paris

    01/12/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · 58 of 69
    ransomnote to jazusamo

    He said that he would, should things go wrong, stand with the Muslims and that’s what he’s doing.
    He said that there are consequences for insulting the prophet so he is “satisfied” with the “justice” behind the slayings.
    He’s not really our president, he’s the Muslim ambassador to the US and he represents their interests.

  • Radioactive tritium leak reported at nuclear plant in northern Alabama

    01/12/2015 12:24:20 PM PST · 13 of 39
    ransomnote to alancarp

    Based on Chernobyl and Fukushima, the public will not be told promptly in order to avoid a “panic.” I lived in a town that had a new nuke plant in the area. I remember the drills and discussions etc. - but it’s all a waste of time because if you read up on actual nuclear “problems,” the public is not and will not be told. Which reduces all the discussion of air horns, escape routes and iodide capsules so much theatre.
    In Chernobyl, they knew that had a blown out reactor with radiation venting into the air but they told the public not to worry and even encouraged the outdoor parade and celebration days later which took place in the shadow the smoking ruins of the reactor. Later, in an interview, their officials said, we never had evacuation drills prior to the accident because we didn’t want people to panic and then we were reluctant to evacuate because without drills, there would be panic. Then they did the math and realized the entire town’s population would be dead if exposed at ambient levels for 2 weeks so they told the public that they were temporarily being moved to another location in order to avoid panic and avoid having to transport belongings that people wished to keep. They all waited outside in the fallout, boarding buses with just hand bags and maybe an extra sweater etc. And when they arrived wherever they were bused, they were informed they could never return.

    Fukushima - they had simulation data (SPEEDI) intended (and advertised) as a safety precaution to help the populace evacuate (and the nuke people always insist that will never happen) in the event of an emergency. Well, they had their emergency but the SPEEDI simulation data was suppressed. The reason it was suppressed, after translation from Japanese to English, was something like, “We did not feel like releasing the data.” Therefore, many in Fukushima looked at prevailing winds and determined that heading north and slightly west would take them directly out of the fallout plume. Unfortunately it kept them directly in the densest path of radioactive fallout and then they basically camped in contaminated zones until gov people wearing “space suits” and masks told, a few days later, it wasn’t safe.
    Iodide is never distributed. In FUkushima, the governors were specifically ordered not to distribute iodide to children - only one mayor defied that order.
    All notification measures and evacuation measures are theatre props. When it comes down to it, the nuke operators can’t face the admission of failure and the resulting chaos.

  • In Nigeria, New Boko Haram Suicide Bomber Tactic: ‘It’s a Little Girl’

    01/11/2015 6:50:23 PM PST · 10 of 25
    ransomnote to Beave Meister

    Yes. I thought that years ago when Islamists locked school girls in a burning building in order to guard against immodesty should the girls escape without covering their hair and faces in veils.

  • Obama's Free Community College Proposal Is Ridiculous

    01/11/2015 1:52:55 PM PST · 19 of 26
    ransomnote to blueplum

    I’d like to view this as a call to arms, sotospeak, for conservatives to obtain/renew their teaching credentials and flood into our CCs in adequate numbers to combat the liberals waiting with open arms to indoctrinate young adults into socialism.
    ___________________________

    Interesting idea but the liberals control hiring and won’t hire conservatives (interview questions and web searches etc. to weed us out) and then have gone on record as snickering that conservatives are underrepresented in academia because conservatives are not intellectually inclined and are indifferent learning and adverse to science etc.

  • Record 92,898,000 Americans Not In The Workforce

    01/10/2015 12:53:52 PM PST · 56 of 59
    ransomnote to clearcarbon

    I wonder how many trespassing foreign nationals are in the official workforce as well as in the black market workforce?
    ______________________________
    All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants
    Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population.
    http://www.cis.org/all-employment-growth-since-2000-went-to-immigrants

    Immigrants gaining jobs, native-born Americans aren’t

    Since the recession’s end in June 2009, legal and illegal immigrants posted a net gain of 656,000 jobs, while native-born Americans lost 1.2 million, says a Pew Hispanic Center report.
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2010/1029/Immigrants-gaining-jobs-native-born-Americans-aren-t

  • Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

    01/08/2015 7:25:56 PM PST · 79 of 139
    ransomnote to bryan999

    There’s no jobs - he makes it sound like 2 yrs of community college is a path toward a better life. Jobs are a path to a better life. Those who graduate will discover they spent 2 years in college and have improved their skills but there are no jobs.

  • Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

    01/08/2015 7:16:20 PM PST · 75 of 139
    ransomnote to bryan999

    “What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,”
    Work for it? By serving 2 years in Baraks private army. Remember he wanted a civil army equal in size and training to the military? And that Soviets were required by law to serve 2 years in the military upon graduating high school. So is Barak going have them “work” off student debt by “serving” him in his private militia. Those promoted/retained will be “loyalists” ....we really are speeding toward banana republic territory fast.

  • Request for Personal Prayer

    01/08/2015 7:07:49 PM PST · 54 of 74
    ransomnote to TNoldman

    Prayers UP!

  • Jobless claims drop 23K to a 14-year low [Seasonally adjusted 264,000, lowest level since 2000]

    01/08/2015 1:09:30 PM PST · 30 of 30
    ransomnote to SeekAndFind

    What about the stories that came out a few weeks back saying that American born employment is lower today than it was in 2007 and that the approx. 2 million jobs “gained” went to immigrants (one supposes many will be low paid part time work but there are the HB-1 Visas to count). So those born in the US have employment levels below 2007, I guess we just just warehouse the young people leaving high school and those leaving college - they don’t get unemployment so they don’t count. All these layoffs - those people won’t be working anymore?

  • New York Times Insider: Multi-Million Dollar Shortfall Causing Drastic Cuts

    01/08/2015 12:55:57 PM PST · 42 of 45
    ransomnote to PGR88

    But... but... it was NUANCED! It takes “rich talent” to write a story like that with NUANCE!

  • Source: After Disastrous Launch Of ‘Hard Choices’ Hillary To Write New Book

    01/08/2015 12:40:34 PM PST · 49 of 52
    ransomnote to Old Teufel Hunden

    “He wants her to come off as a mother and soon-to-be grandmother, someone who has gained wisdom and has learned from her mistakes.”
    ++++++++++++++

    Even when they write about this, they can’t conceal that it’s just one pose after another. “He wants her to come off as...” sounds like they admit their latest marketing campaign is smoke and mirrors. They could have written, “He wants to focus on her role as grandmother, mother and the way which she gained wisdom....” No, no...it’s that they want her to SEEM like that. Just like they want Obama to SEEM like the smartest person in the room.

  • Source: After Disastrous Launch Of ‘Hard Choices’ Hillary To Write New Book

    01/08/2015 12:35:22 PM PST · 48 of 52
    ransomnote to jimbo123

    Her next book could be titled, “What Difference Does It Make?”

  • France: Car explosion near synagogue in Paris suburb is accident, not related to shooting

    01/07/2015 8:30:14 AM PST · 19 of 57
    ransomnote to SeekAndFind

    What would make a car “accidentally” explode? These aren’t ancient Ford Pinto’s we’re talking about, right?

  • Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

    01/03/2015 12:00:43 AM PST · 44 of 48
    ransomnote to goldstategop

    Too often, pit bulls and their owners ARE matched up in terms of personality and temperament. That’s part of the reason why pits have the poor reputation they have. The rest is genetics. Pointers like to point, herders like to herd, pits light to fight and kill.

  • Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

    01/02/2015 9:37:05 PM PST · 37 of 48
    ransomnote to South40

    When you see stats like “pit bulls are 6 times more likely to kill” or that they kill more people than all other breeds combined, do you think to yourself, “Well, Clem never hurt me and I don’t care about anyone else....”?
    The first responders who were in shock when they tried to add a little girl who had her face ripped off by a pit bull - does that just make you think, “Well it wasn’t Clem so I just don’t care....”
    The military veteran pruning a tree in his yard - two pits jumped his fence and ripped his arms off - does this just make you think, “It’s a filthy lie! Clem was with me the whole time! Clem didn’t do it?”
    Those of us who care about the killings are thinking about more than anecdotal information about specific dogs. We care when we watch a video of a pit bull, wagging it’s tail, running through an intersection, no barking as it runs up to a child and starts ripping the child apart (that’s still on youtube) even though it didn’t happen to us, personally. We care that a type of dog bred for fighting is being forced upon the public, allowed to cross breed at will, allowed out of yards and enclosures to go hunting people and pets etc....while certain elements of our society insist that their own pit bull didn’t do these things so we shouldn’t care about all the killings and maimings.

    That’s the big disconnect here - we care about people and pets other than ourselves and our own pets, we look at what’s happening in society and point to serious failings. Compare that with the response from the pro pit lobby - at most they’ll post pictures of their dogs licking babies (even on a thread about a pit killing a baby) and insist their dog would lick you to death, and no the use of the word “death” in their response doesn’t repulse them as it does the concerned public. Owning a pit that hasn’t killed YET makes SOME pro pit people feel like UBER owners, like there is something special or masterful about them as dog owners instead of acknowledging they are just playing just Russian Roulette and they aren’t “speshul snowflake” dog owners.

    Clem just doesn’t matter when the pit bull type of dog is killing/maiming at higher rates than all other types of dogs combined.

  • Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

    01/02/2015 9:21:24 PM PST · 36 of 48
    ransomnote to GeronL

    Uh, no.
    “The legal definition of a pit bull is a class of dogs that includes the following breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog1 and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. Weight and shape can vary significantly amongst pit bulls, from 35 to 100 plus pounds. (Please see Disguise Breed Name to learn more about the deliberate renaming and mislabeling of pit bulls through history.)” for more, see following link: http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-faq.php

  • Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

    01/02/2015 9:05:43 PM PST · 34 of 48
    ransomnote to george76

    Okay this is a new low: “Canadian author and blogger Douglas Anthony Cooper is taking pit bull activism to a grotesque new level of hutzpah, having written a book, Galunker, ...about a winsome shelter pit bull, which actually peddles pit bulls to preschoolers.”

  • Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

    01/02/2015 9:01:53 PM PST · 33 of 48
    ransomnote to george76

    Good quote from the article: “This is the first time in the history of human-animal relations that a movement has formed to promote denial of a beloved breed’s well-known vices”

  • Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

    01/02/2015 8:57:20 PM PST · 31 of 48
    ransomnote to george76

    Glad to see the issue getting more press. It can save lives. There are people who are convinced by the pro pit lobby that the dogs’ reputation for bloodshed is all media hype etc. The statistics like “pit bull type dogs are six times more likely to kill humans than all other breeds combined” need to be known and shared. The pro pit lobby doesn’t care about the deaths/maimings but there are innocent people in the middle who are hearing that the pit reputation for maiming/killing is all just a bad rap and those people are the ones who think they are “helping” when they adopt a pit in an animal shelter.

  • Prayer request for my cousin David

    01/02/2015 2:40:58 PM PST · 25 of 86
    ransomnote to LonePalm

    Prayers up.

  • FATHER ... PROTECT OUR COPS

    12/29/2014 3:50:54 PM PST · 25 of 33
    ransomnote to knarf

    Prayers up for the nation’s cops.