Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Michael Vick Still a Prick

Mel, dog rescued from Michael Vick and now owned by Richard Hunter

This is an attempt by Richard Hunter to ask Vick (after receiving the keys to Dallas) if he wants to know how one of his former dogs is doing. It doesn't last long, but the message is very clear.

Richard Hunter has written a lot about Mel, just one of the dogs who survived Vick's torture chambers. His website is called The Richard Hunter Show. There are numerous newspaper interviews on his site detailing Mel's recovery from life as a bait dog--a dog used to teach other dogs to fight and kill.

Richard and Mel

To those who say "He served his time," if these crimes had been committed against humans--kids--would you still say that? Just wondering how much animal torture and murder it takes to equate to the same when a human is involved: 10 dogs to 1 human? 100 dogs to 1 human?

Or maybe, no living creature deserves to be tortured and/or murdered. It's just a thought.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Democracy protests bring down Egypt's Mubarak

!!الف مبروك يا قلبي يا مصر

Reuters/Emilio Morenatti

Democracy protests bring down Egypt's Mubarak

By PAUL SCHEMM and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press Paul Schemm And Maggie Michael, Associated Press

CAIRO – Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square and Egypt exploded with joy and tears of relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to the military.

"The people ousted the regime," rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo's central Tahrir, or Liberation, Square and outside Mubarak's main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital.

...Thousands from across the capital of 18 million streamed into Tahrir, where protesters hugged, kissed and wept. Whole families took pictures of each other posing with Egyptian flags with their mobile phones as bridges over the Nile jammed with throngs more flowing into the square.

Abdul-Rahman Ayyash, an online activist born eight years after Mubarak came to office, said he would be celebrating all night, then remain in the square to ensure the military "won't steal the revolution."

"I'm 21 years old," he said. "This is the first time in my life I feel free."

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!!الف مبروك يا قلبي يا مصر
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mubarak keeps title but "transfers powers" to VP Suleiman, former henchman

I am outraged. These are quotes from the CNN Live Blog from today: translations of Mubarak's speech on State TV, which was received tonight in stunned silence by a crowd of thousands in Tahrir Square. They are not silent now. How many people must die before he surrenders? (More than we thought--see below...)

[Update 11:00 p.m. in Cairo, 4:00 p.m. ET] The crowd in Tahrir Square erupts into roars of "get out" as Mubarak announces he will not step down.

"I will not submit to any international pressures," he says. "I love Egypt, I I have worked hard for its renaissance and I have never tried to have more authority, and I think the majority of other people here know very well who Hosni Mubarak is and it hurts my heart when I see and I hear from my own people."

We HURT his

[Update 11:05 p.m. in Cairo, 4:05 p.m. ET] "This guy is calling for more rage in the country," a protester in Tahrir Square tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen after Mubarak speaks. "This guy doesn't want to leave in peace."

[Update 7:49 p.m. in Cairo, 12:49 p.m. ET] The number of people killed in Egyptians' protests against President Hosni Mubarak could be two or even three times higher than previously estimated, a human rights activist on the ground warned Thursday. Human Rights Watch has confirmed about 300 deaths, said Hossam Bahgat of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. But independent researchers have not been able to get information from many places, he said.

Very exclusive picture of President Hosni Mubarak and Vice President Omar Suleiman after the jump.

Hosni and Omar after their very trying day today.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blood in Cairo square: Mubarak backers, foes clash

Pro-government demonstrators, bottom, watch as cars burn during clashes with anti-government demonstrators in Cairo, Egypt (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Blood in Cairo square: Mubarak backers, foes clash

By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press Hadeel Al-shalchi, Associated Press

CAIRO – Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged into Cairo's central square on horses and camels brandishing whips while others rained firebombs from rooftops in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault against protesters trying to topple Egypt's leader of 30 years. Three people died and 600 were injured.

A man, [working as a medic] left, tries to calm down an Egyptian army captain atop an armored personnel carrier, who fired live rounds into the air to disperse anti-government demonstrators, who charged to clash with pro-government protesters in Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The clashes marked a dangerous new phase in Egypt's upheaval: the first significant violence between government supporters and opponents. The crisis took a sharp turn for the worse almost immediately after Mubarak rejected the calls for him to give up power or leave the country, stubbornly proclaiming he would die on Egyptian soil.

His words were a blow to the protesters. They also suggest that authorities want to turn back the clock to the tight state control enforced before the protests began.

Mubarak's supporters turned up on the streets Wednesday in significant numbers for the first time. Some were hostile to journalists and foreigners. Two Associated Press correspondents and several other journalists were roughed up in Cairo. State TV had reported that foreigners were caught distributing anti-Mubarak leaflets, apparently trying to depict the movement as foreign-fueled.

An Egyptian Muslim cleric cries in front of on army tank in Tahrir, or Liberation square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

After midnight, 10 hours after the clashes began, the two sides were locked in a standoff at a street corner, with the anti-Mubarak protesters hunkered behind a line of metal sheets hurling firebombs back and forth with government backers on the rooftop above. The rain of bottles of flaming gasoline set nearby cars and wreckage on the sidewalk ablaze.

Pro-government protesters (L) clash with anti-government protesters outside the National Museum near Tahrir square in Cairo early February 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)

Some of the worst street battles raged near the Egyptian Museum at the edge of the square. Pro-government rioters blanketed the rooftops of nearby buildings and hurled bricks and firebombs onto the crowd below — in the process setting a tree ablaze inside the museum grounds. Plainclothes police at the building entrances prevented anti-Mubarak protesters from storming up to stop them.

A pro-government and supporter of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak throws a molotov cocktail during clashes with anti-government demonstrators in Tahrir Square, in Cairo February 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The two sides pummeled each other with chunks of concrete and bottles at each of the six entrances to the sprawling plaza, where 10,000 anti-Mubarak protesters tried to fend off more than 3,000 attackers who besieged them. Some on the pro-government side waved machetes, while the square's defenders filled the air with a ringing battlefield din by banging metal fences with sticks.

In one almost medieval scene, a small contingent of pro-Mubarak forces on horseback and camels rushed into the anti-government crowds, trampling several people and swinging whips and sticks. Protesters dragged some riders from their mounts, throwing them to the ground and beating their faces bloody. The horses and camels appeared to be ones used to give tourists rides around Cairo.

A pro-Mubarak demonstrator tries to control his camel during rioting between pro- and anti-Mubarak supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 2 , 2011. Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, throwing petrol bombs, wielding sticks and charging on horses and camels, fiercely attacked demonstrators in Cairo on Wednesday after the army told protesters to clear the streets. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

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An anti-government protester displays pictures of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of his cabinet on the bottom of a shoe during mass demonstrationsin Alexandria , February 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
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Welcome to Wisconsin in February

We got a little weather last night.

There is an unhappy Chihuahua dragging his leash and trying to open the storm door with his furry paw on the top step. That would be Dickens, who could not be less amused.

Turns out, Ginger was not amused, either.

In fact, she was quite perplexed at being completely blocked in by her "fun stuff."

She kept looking for a way out. The shovel is the key, but I was already beat.

I was not drinking. I wanted to be... And yes, the shovel is supposed to look like that. It's ergonomic, which means absolutely nothing to my back.

Follow the jump to see the back of the house.

Okay, we got a lot.

My Beetle is safe and sound in her kennel.

Drifts on lower back roof (no, I can't reach it with my rake but it's fine) and around the car kennel.

Getting the storm door open was NOT EASY with 3 ft of snow piled against it. Then I hiked to the neighbors to beg for help from their John Deere plow. Have money--will pay!! But this sidewalk remains to be done.

View from the car kennel. Biggest piles are from previous snow accumulations.

My path to the back door. Too narrow for snowblower so tackling that in half-hour.
Couldn't be more excited.

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