Catch-up

So it’s been awhile since I posted. I could blame work, home, etc., but honestly I just haven’t made the time to do it.

Not too much is new, which is probably another reason I haven’t blogged lately. Bersain is finishing up 6th grade. He is enjoying band and his friends. However, he is in danger of getting his first F on a report card in Family Living, whatever that is. We did a take-home assignment which should have raised his grade the point he needed for a D. According to infinite campus, he still has an F. Recent emails to the teacher have been unanswered. I’m not happy about it, but considering problems some are facing, I just can’t get as worked up about it as I ordinarily would.

This past weekend, the DOSE of my child’s school was taking her daughter to a volleyball game, when another car hit theirs, killing her daughter and injuring her. I can’t imagine the pain of such a sweet family. It certainly puts things in perspective. If you’re able, consider donating for the family’s expenses: http://www.gofundme.com/samsfamily?fb_action_ids=1597300797200377&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=undefined&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B1038573779505766%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22undefined%22%5D

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Buh bye, Kid Rock

Dear Kid Rock (Bobby):

I hate to have to say this, but we’re going to have to break up. I’m sure this may come as a shock to you since you have no idea who I am, but let me explain:

I have loved you and your music since you hit the music scene big in the 90s. Seeing the video for “Bawitdaba” on MTV (back when MTV still showed videos) was reminiscent of seeing GnR’s video for “Welcome to the Jungle” over a decade earlier. I had never seen or heard anything like it.

I followed you from rap rock to country and back again. I thought the charity work you did for veterans was so cool. I bought your cds, went to your concerts and even considered going on your cruise.

Then a funny thing happened. Early this year I saw a picture circulating of you with psychotic Ted Nugent and a mountain lion you killed. Was this animal attacking someone’s livestock, or did you just think it would make a nice prize?

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Now I have read your new Rolling Stone interview. It describes how you and your girlfriend Audrey shoot and eventually kill a group of penned feral pigs after you say “We’re about to do some murderous shit.”

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Now I understand that feral pigs are considered a nuisance in parts of the South. However, to gleefully shoot defenseless, frightened caged animals doesn’t seem like much of a sport to me. Let’s just hope their meat was eaten and not wasted.

Hunting is of course legal, and you have the right to do it. I simply don’t understand how someone could derive such pleasure from inflicting pain and death. Are you doing it to punish your ex, Pam Anderson, a famous PETA spokesperson? If so, surely there are more mature ways to go about that. I know you have dogs and will soon have a grandchild. I hope you don’t treat them the way you do wild animals. I won’t even mention the derogatory way you describe your fan base in the article.

In closing, this was a very difficult letter for me to write. I loved you and your music, but, due to your recent treatment of animals, we must part ways for now. I won’t be buying your music or concert tickets (despite the fact that you do try to keep ticket prices down), as long as you continue your current behavior. I know you don’t care, but I did. Once.

Sincerely,
Mel

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girls suck too

imageI spent the majority of my life thinking most guys were a-holes. Despite having a great dad and uncle, I grew up mostly surrounded by females: my mom, grandma, sisters and female cousins. In high school, most of my friends, with a couple of exceptions, were other girls. After dating a few guys, my opinion that most of them were heartless pricks was confirmed.

I lived with my ex for over a dozen years, and I have been with my husband for a few years now. I also adopted my son almost twelve years ago. Still, until yesterday, I clung to the belief that overall women are usually more compassionate and caring than men.

When I picked up my son B from middle school yesterday and asked about his day, he proceeded to tell me that his first girlfriend had given him a note breaking up with him after only a week or so. At 11, this was to be expected. Well, you all can still be friends, I told him. You’re too young to ‘date’ anyway.  Bless his heart.

Anyway, apparently he was so upset in class that a teacher sent him to the bathroom, where he bawled his eyes out for awhile. By the time I picked him up, he was still recovering.

I feel like I’m seeing the world through male eyes for the first time. My conclusion: girls can be just as big of a-holes as boys, if not more. It’s a lesson it has only taken me forty-two years to learn…

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At it again!

imageGuess who’s trying to defeat a Ky bill that would strengthen penalties against dogfighting again? Rep Joe Fischer and the Ky Houndsmen. Surprise, surprise!

Fischer filed an amendment to change the bill from including four legged animals to canines and porcines. Apparently dogs and pigs are the only animals he is opposed to fighting. Last year Fischer attached abortion language to the bill.

The Houndsmen opposed the bill on the grounds that it could affect them, even though the bill and state statute specifically exempt hunting from animal cruelty laws.
Their position is despicable, and their mission is to keep Ky last in the nation on animal laws.

Please contact your legislators at 1-800-372-7181, and ask them to support HB 154 against dogfighting! Don’t let our state be held hostage by small special interest groups with questionable motives!

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memories

While attempting to organize the house recently, I discovered my old high school and college scrapbooks. I thought I had accidentally thrown them away years ago when I cleaned out my storage building, so I was excited to find them. I promptly posted several onto facebook albums so I will at least have a digital copy if I lose them again.

Comments from old friends tagged in the pictures brought back memories of high school, college and vacation experiences twenty-five (or so, ahem) years in the past. Although I love my life today, I did get a bit nostalgic, I must admit.

Anyway, here’s a sampling of the old pics. Warning: big hair might be spotted!
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AG opinion request

date of seizure 7-20-14In light of the fact that Larry Browning, charged with animal cruelty in the Pendleton County horse case, had charges dropped, we are writing to request that the case be reviewed.

As you may be aware, dead horses, along with severely emaciated horses, were found on the defendant’s property (pictures enclosed). Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, cruelty charges were dropped and he was found guilty only of a lesser charge for having carcasses on the property. He was even allowed to keep horses. Incidentally his brother in Scott County has also allegedly abused and neglected horses.

In Ky, the supposed “horse capital of the world,” this is unacceptable. Ky is already ranked last in the nation for animal laws by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). Although better laws are needed, they will do little good if not properly executed. In addition the Equine Investigator who investigated the case was so dismayed by its outcome that he resigned.

Please review the above case so that justice can be served in this matter. Thank you for your attention in this regard. If se may be of assistance, please call on us.

Sincerely,

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“Horse Capital Of The World” title tarnished in horse abuse scandal in Pendleton Co, Ky

Originally posted on Teller of the TRUTH:

Disgust, Horror, Sadness, Anger, Sickening, Nausea, Hatred, Revolting, Furious, Outrage etc.. are words that should come to mind when you review the ‘Larry Browning’ case from Pendleton County, KY. Mr. Browning’s repeated behavior of neglect and abusecoupled with an unfavorable resolution to the case should speak not only to the ‘implied’ hidden corruption but also to the integrity and manner in which this case was handled. The title “Horse Capital of the World” must mean nothing if this continued neglect and abuse is a common occurrence in the equine industry throughout our Commonwealth.

There are two sides to a story. What defines those sides, are the characters in the story and the evidence submitted. The facts alone are astounding and speak to behavior I myself can not comprehend. Photos don’t lie, regardless of what a report says. If we as Kentuckians, continue to allow this picture to be painted…

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animal laws 2015

dogpSo it’s that time of year again: the time when the Ky state legislature reconvenes and a few animal welfare bills are tossed into the mix. This year we have HB 56 dealing with forfeiture, HB 164 dealing with dogfighting and HB 177 dealing with shelter. If even one of these bills makes it through committee and both houses to get passed into law, it will be a small miracle.

ALDF, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, has rightly or wrongly placed Ky at the bottom of the list when it comes to animal laws for the past eight years. Since 2008, when Romeo’s Law, sponsored by Rep. Tom Buford, passed, adding a felony provision to the state’s arsenal, no new substantive animal laws have been passed.

One bright spot this year is that the House Speaker Greg Stumbo is co-sponsoring two of the above bills. If anything can help the bills, that political clout might do it. Let’s just hope no legislators decide to add abortion or ag-gag language to the bills like they did last year.

Please call 1-800-372-7181 and ask your legislator to support HB 56, HB 154 and HB 177!

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Merry Christmas!

B, 11,  spent most of the day watching the Norad Santa Tracker. I guess I’ll have to tell him soon so he doesn’t get picked on. For now though, I think I’ll just enjoy a last little bit of magic. image

Hope your holidays are magical too. Merry Christmas!

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Ky mountain lion killing

mlHere are a letter to the editors of local newspapers and an open records request to Fish & Wildlife in response to its officers’ recent killing of a mountain lion in Bourbon County, Kentucky. I encourage others to make contacts on this issue as well:

Letter to the editor-
“I protect all the wildlife, the fish, the turkey, and deer
So one day when I’m gone, there’ll still be plenty here.”

The above is an excerpt from a moving poem published on Ky Fish & Wildlife’s website. How sad that this thought was not exemplified by the Fish & Wildlife officers who shot and killed a mountain lion in Bourbon County this week.

Fish & Wildlife was contacted about a big cat spotted in a tree. Instead of killing the animal and then posing with its dead body like big game hunters on safari, the officers should have tranquilized and relocated it to a refuge, such as the non-profit Wolf Run in Jessamine Co. or even the state’s own Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.

Hopefully, due to the outcry surrounding this situation, Fish & Wildlife will use some of the money it collects from hunting and fishing fees to purchase some tranquilizer guns and properly train its officers on their use. Maybe then the beautiful cat’s death will not have been completely in vain.

Kentuckians Vote for Animals (KVFA) encourages you to express your thoughts on the matter to Fish & Wildlife, by contacting them at 1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-564-3400.

Sincerely,
Melissa Bowman
President, KVFA

Open records request letter-
December 17, 2014

Gregory Johnson, Commissioner
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife
1 Sportsman’s Ln
Frankfort, KY 40601

Dear Commissioner Johnson:

Like so many others, our organization, Kentuckians Vote for Animals (KVFA), a grass-roots, non-profit organization dedicated to improving animal welfare in Kentucky, was dismayed at the handling of the mountain lion situation in Bourbon Co. It is regrettable that your officers chose to kill the animal and pose for pictures with its dead body rather than to tranquilize and relocate it.

We hope that in the future Fish and Wildlife officers responding to such calls will be prepared with tranquilizer guns and trained in their usage. Perhaps some monies received by the department in hunting and fishing fees can be used toward tranquilizer gun purchase and training.

Also enclosed is an open records request for any documentation, including the involved officers’ names, involved in the incident.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Hopefully your procedures in handling calls can be changed so that this beautiful animal’s death will not have been entirely in vain.

Sincerely,
Melissa Bowman,
President, KVFA
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CC: Governor’s Office
F&W Records Custodian

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