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June 06, 2011

Fire Consumes Big Happy Farm Where Families Send Sick Dogs To Run Free And Play

Fire Consumes Big Happy Farm Where Families Send Sick Dogs To Run Free And Play | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
RAVENA, NY—Authorities confirmed a four-alarm blaze tore through the countryside Sunday, burning down a picturesque farm where thousands of sick and elderly dogs had been sent by parents who wanted their children's beloved pets to have lots of room to run around and play. The farm, which for decades had provided a home to infirm canines and allowed them to live out their days romping happily in the fresh air, was decimated by the flames, and officials confirmed 3,000 animals either choked to death on the thick, acrid smoke or were burned alive. "There were no survivors—none," said county sheriff Patrick Calnan, who struggled to keep his emotions in check as he pointed to acres of melted squeak toys and pile after pile of charred golden retrievers and tiny Pomeranian corpses. "The saddest part is that all of these dogs, because they had been having so much fun outdoors in the bright sunshine with their doggy friends, had been getting healthier and healthier before the fire hit." "They had so many happy years up at the farm, but it certainly wasn't worth the excruciating deaths they endured," continued Calnan, holding a scorched collar that read "Buster." "You can see by the tags here that this dog used to belong to someone named Cody Harrington of Brockton, MA. If only Cody hadn't been so allergic to ol' Buster, his faithful pup would still be alive today." . . .

June 03, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian has died

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83 - Backed Assisted Suicide - NYTimes.com
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the medical pathologist who helped dozens of terminally ill people kill themselves, becoming the central figure in a national drama surrounding assisted suicide, died on Friday in a Detroit-area hospital. He was 83. The cause was not immediately known, but local media reported that he had suffered from kidney and respiratory problems and that his condition had been worsening in recent days. His death, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., was confirmed by Geoffrey Feiger, the lawyer who represented Dr. Kevorkian during several of his trials in the 1990s. Dr. Kevorkian challenged social taboos about disease and dying, willfully defying prosecutors and the courts as he actively sought national celebrity. He spent eight years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of the last of the more than 100 terminally ill patients whose lives he helped end. . . .

June 02, 2011

Twitter population getting older, still mostly black/latino

Twitter Update 2011 - Pew Research Center This is really...

Sovereign Citizen' Opens Fire On Store Because It Ran Out Of Crawfish

Florida. Never go there. 'Sovereign Citizen' Opens Fire On Store Because It Ran Out Of Crawfish | TPMMuckraker
A 'sovereign citizen' in Pensacola, Florida allegedly opened fire at a seafood market after learning that they had run out of crawfish. 42 year-old Larry Wayne Kelly allegedly fired upon the L&T Seafood Market with an AK-47 from the window of his pickup truck, after he was told they had sold out of crawfish on Sunday. Travis Griggs of the Pensacola News Journal reports: Kelly allegedly called the seafood market to order crawfish and became "incredibly irate" when an employee said the store didn't have any, according to a Sheriff's Office report. From 4:50 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., Kelly called the market 11 times, according to the business' caller ID. The later calls went unanswered because the business closed at 5 p.m., investigators said. Employees found 11 bullet holes in the front of the store the next morning. When law enforcement tracked him down and tried to arrest him on foot, Kelly allegedly attempted to hit them with his car.

June 01, 2011

So, basically, there's a sub-genre of reality cop show that's nothing but news footage and a British guy mocking us?

Seriously, what the hell, man? For the record--in terms of...