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- 12/24/13--10:00: o'henry's "gift of the magi"
- 01/24/14--19:50: da kat did it...
- 03/02/14--03:03: dadblastit! now i have to learn all over again!
- 03/27/14--12:21: today would have been mom's 97 birthday
- 04/27/14--12:35: unearthing e.t. in the desert!
- 05/09/14--11:13: Ever had a pup stolen? lost? BEWARE of "rescue" groups!
- 05/10/14--18:56: fineena needs our help to put a roof over her head!
- 05/11/14--15:30: piper's story continues ...
- 05/13/14--06:15: piper's story continues: when wisdom of solomon is not enough
- 05/14/14--16:12: A quick GOOD NEWS! Fineena is in her new home!
- 05/30/14--11:52: piper's fund - the auction to help bring piper home!
- 08/01/14--14:02: How much do you love your pet? Then you better read this!
- 09/17/14--16:07: Four Months and Counting - Piper's Case Moves to the Courtroom
- 10/29/14--20:27: giants win series 3-2!
- 12/31/14--14:06: may 2015 bring you happiness and joy
- 02/07/15--13:22: closing down my etsy shop
- 03/30/15--17:01: The Grieving Room: three days ago, mom would have been 98 years old
- 04/03/15--08:00: Clinton is IN the RACE for 2015! (errr - 2016 - thanks, catte nappe!
- 06/09/15--20:17: Isn't anyone watching nba finals?
- 02/04/16--03:37: In respone to the DailyKos debate over Hillary/Bernie...
- 02/27/16--11:13: is trump losing it? his marbles? his mind? his "squirrel"?
- 03/02/16--01:29: are we on daily kos or restate or free republic?
- 03/23/16--14:42: john mccain is a coward.
- 03/28/16--12:02: shooting at capital - congress recessed - white house on lockdown
- 04/01/16--21:03: unhinged? YES! i am UNHINGED!
- 05/17/16--20:37: why do i keep being reminded of this...
- 07/15/16--02:18: American "media" is a disgrace!
- 07/18/16--10:13: it's BAAAACCCCKKKK!!! Republican Follies 2016
- 07/18/16--13:19: chaos in cleveland!
- 07/28/16--03:38: remembering normandy and the meticulous planning & coordination
- 08/15/16--07:28: may i scream now?
- 09/12/16--15:51: msnbc - just when you think they can't sink any lower, they do! ugh.
- 09/19/16--22:06: help.
- 10/03/16--10:01: BREAKING! Trump Foundation served with Cease and Desist Order!
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI
by O. Henry
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.
There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.
In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring. Also appertaining thereunto was a card bearing the name "Mr. James Dillingham Young."
The "Dillingham" had been flung to the breeze during a former period of prosperity when its possessor was being paid $30 per week. Now, when the income was shrunk to $20, though, they were thinking seriously of contracting to a modest and unassuming D. But whenever Mr. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat above he was called "Jim" and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham Young, already introduced to you as Della. Which is all very good.
Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag. She stood by the window and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result. Twenty dollars a week doesn't go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim. Her Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling--something just a little bit near to being worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim.
There was a pier-glass between the windows of the room. Perhaps you have seen a pier-glass in an $8 flat. A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks. Della, being slender, had mastered the art.
Suddenly she whirled from the window and stood before the glass. her eyes were shining brilliantly, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds. Rapidly she pulled down her hair and let it fall to its full length.
Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim's gold watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's. The other was Della's hair. Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy.
So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters. It reached below her knee and made itself almost a garment for her. And then she did it up again nervously and quickly. Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.
On went her old brown jacket; on went her old brown hat. With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stairs to the street.
Where she stopped the sign read: "Mne. Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kinds." One flight up Della ran, and collected herself, panting. Madame, large, too white, chilly, hardly looked the "Sofronie."
"Will you buy my hair?" asked Della.
"I buy hair," said Madame. "Take yer hat off and let's have a sight at the looks of it."
Down rippled the brown cascade.
"Twenty dollars," said Madame, lifting the mass with a practised hand.
"Give it to me quick," said Della.
Oh, and the next two hours tripped by on rosy wings. Forget the hashed metaphor. She was ransacking the stores for Jim's present.
She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. There was no other like it in any of the stores, and she had turned all of them inside out. It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation--as all good things should do. It was even worthy of The Watch. As soon as she saw it she knew that it must be Jim's. It was like him. Quietness and value--the description applied to both. Twenty-one dollars they took from her for it, and she hurried home with the 87 cents. With that chain on his watch Jim might be properly anxious about the time in any company. Grand as the watch was, he sometimes looked at it on the sly on account of the old leather strap that he used in place of a chain.
When Della reached home her intoxication gave way a little to prudence and reason. She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love. Which is always a tremendous task, dear friends--a mammoth task.
Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look wonderfully like a truant schoolboy. She looked at her reflection in the mirror long, carefully, and critically.
"If Jim doesn't kill me," she said to herself, "before he takes a second look at me, he'll say I look like a Coney Island chorus girl. But what could I do--oh! what could I do with a dollar and eighty- seven cents?"
At 7 o'clock the coffee was made and the frying-pan was on the back of the stove hot and ready to cook the chops.
Jim was never late. Della doubled the fob chain in her hand and sat on the corner of the table near the door that he always entered. Then she heard his step on the stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment. She had a habit for saying little silent prayer about the simplest everyday things, and now she whispered: "Please God, make him think I am still pretty."
The door opened and Jim stepped in and closed it. He looked thin and very serious. Poor fellow, he was only twenty-two--and to be burdened with a family! He needed a new overcoat and he was without gloves.
Jim stopped inside the door, as immovable as a setter at the scent of quail. His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror, nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.
Della wriggled off the table and went for him.
"Jim, darling," she cried, "don't look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It'll grow out again--you won't mind, will you? I just had to do it. My hair grows awfully fast. Say `Merry Christmas!' Jim, and let's be happy. You don't know what a nice-- what a beautiful, nice gift I've got for you."
"You've cut off your hair?" asked Jim, laboriously, as if he had not arrived at that patent fact yet even after the hardest mental labor.
"Cut it off and sold it," said Della. "Don't you like me just as well, anyhow? I'm me without my hair, ain't I?"
Jim looked about the room curiously.
"You say your hair is gone?" he said, with an air almost of idiocy.
"You needn't look for it," said Della. "It's sold, I tell you--sold and gone, too. It's Christmas Eve, boy. Be good to me, for it went for you. Maybe the hairs of my head were numbered," she went on with sudden serious sweetness, "but nobody could ever count my love for you. Shall I put the chops on, Jim?"
Out of his trance Jim seemed quickly to wake. He enfolded his Della. For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction. Eight dollars a week or a million a year--what is the difference? A mathematician or a wit would give you the wrong answer. The magi brought valuable gifts, but that was not among them. This dark assertion will be illuminated later on.
Jim drew a package from his overcoat pocket and threw it upon the table.
"Don't make any mistake, Dell," he said, "about me. I don't think there's anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less. But if you'll unwrap that package you may see why you had me going a while at first."
White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! a quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails, necessitating the immediate employment of all the comforting powers of the lord of the flat.
For there lay The Combs--the set of combs, side and back, that Della had worshipped long in a Broadway window. Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jewelled rims--just the shade to wear in the beautiful vanished hair. They were expensive combs, she knew, and her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession. And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
But she hugged them to her bosom, and at length she was able to look up with dim eyes and a smile and say: "My hair grows so fast, Jim!"
And them Della leaped up like a little singed cat and cried, "Oh, oh!"
Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm. The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
"Isn't it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You'll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it."
Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.
"Dell," said he, "let's put our Christmas presents away and keep 'em a while. They're too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on."
The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.
the final update for our secret santas now is as follows:
This is a confirmation that Secret Santa's sled touched down at 12:45 am pacific time - and every stocking has been filled!
for all the wonderful elves who helped guide his sleigh to their deserving recipients, go enjoy your eggnog and cookies and look for update diaries in the days to come as the kossacks who don't yet know what their surprise will be get to see their gifts!
THANK YOU ALL!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY SOLSTICE! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
i love you all!
why you never leave a sammy puppy to his own devices...
just had to share!
my macbook pro decided to go chips up (or down) one week before my apple care expired.
they replaced the logic board (try da mutha), the hard drive, the track pad, the fan and a week later the keyboard.
i asked why not replace the entire computer because so much was failing.
the answer i got was all that was left was the screen - and i practically had a new computer! they even upgraded my hard drive from 316gb to 499gb.
more below the twisted wires...
it is a bitter sweet day for me since after her death, i lost my only sister, as well.
no, she didn't die.
she DID kill the relationship between us, though, when she submitted a fake will, probated the will without telling me, took everything that mom and dad had worked for that was meant for both their daughters.
and, no, i'm not allowing her to "get away with it".
it isn't about the money - although she has left me totally impoverished - even as she borrowed the last funds i had while claiming she couldn't pay her mortgage (and EVEN after i found out she lives on a retirement of over $65,000 per year).
but that isn't the reason i have taken this to the courts - it is about living by the principles our parents taught us - do not lie, do not steal. your word is your bond.
unfortunately, my own "word" is now shakey as i cannot meet obligations that should normally not be a problem. and, no, this isn't a diary asking for funds - it is about an important lesson we all need - i especially needed...
the world's worst video game (or so it is rumored) is atari's game "E.T. - the extra-terrestrial".
the game was SO bad that atari reportedly took the games out to a dump in
arizona new mexico (*thanks, pjevans) and buried them in the old alamogordo landfill. for years, this rumor has been circulating - and, until now, it was just that - a rumor.
but an intrepid group of video archaeologists decided the truth must be unearthed! were there REALLY extra-terrestrials buried in
arizona new mexico? did area 51 truly exist, but only in arizona new mexico?
follow me below the orange space ship for the truth finally has landed!
UPDATE: while negotiations were underway to resolve this - the content of this diary was removed.
the negotiations failed. the diary is now restored in full, complete with the discussion at that time. i will be publishing much more information on this topic in the coming days!
you may note that many of the links no longer work as sanderbeck attempted to scrub the internet of all traces of her comments and negative comments - INCLUDING trying to force dailykos to remove this specific diary. i removed it as an attempt to help the negotiators resolve this situation with the caveat that should those negotiations fail, the diary would be restored.
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i am livid! another of these stories has crossed the wire and it is time for all of us to stand up and stop what is happening in the name of rescue.
UPDATE: 4/28 - 1:05pm: here is more information on this situation. IF piper is not returned to the rightful owner, veronica covatch, by the end of day, i will be doing a more comprehensive diary on this situation and the rescue in question. for the current information and discussion (which is huge in the dog world), please go to this facebook page set up to bring piper home!
a purebred Sheltie being babysat while the owner was at the Nationals got out of that friend's yard and was picked up by animal control. three days later, piper (the pup) was snatched up by one of the "purebred rescue" groups, Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue. despite being given ample proof of the dog's owners, the Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue (who collected the dog from Franklin Shelter after three days) has refused to return the sheltie. the pup was picked up and held three days, the rescue grabbed her on the fourth, was contacted by the owners on the fifth day. then, this ugly story takes a very unhappy turn.
i'm not condemning all rescue organizations here - some are sincere and work hard to place dogs in danger. what i AM condemning are these so-called "rescues" that have close ties to shelters to go in and grab any purebred dog that is found, will quickly change the name of the dog (even if they are able to trace the owner) and "sell" that dog for a hefty "adoption" fee (which, btw, is illegal under the terms of the 501(c)3's they operate within).
this particular case is very disturbing - the dog's owners have provided ample proof to this rescue - however, this self-appointed "dog rescuer" has "decided" the best place for the dog is where it is!
i am posting the response visible on their facebook page for all to read (please hold onto your hats, it is absolutely UNFRIGGINBELIEVEABLE!!!)
Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue
5 hours ago
On Monday of last week we picked up a dog from the shelter that no one claimed after it had served it's legal three days stray hold (thank God it wasn't killed). We vetted it and placed into foster care as we normally do. Please remember by law a dog that is unlicensed even if it has an UNREGISTERED microchip only has to be held for three days and can be placed or euthanized after that.
Suddenly on Tuesday (Fifth day...we picked up on fourth) I had six people trying to claim a particular black and white dog that they heard we had. I called each person and told them the same thing....I asked each person to allow me the time to discern what was going on and that IF this was the dog in question, it was safe and well cared for. I told each person this would not be a priority since the dog was now safe and I was caring for a friend with cancer in addition to working daily but due diligence would be given to each and every claim. With six in question...this does take time.
By Thursday afternoon, I had volunteers and veterinarians receiving threats, friends being called and harrassed, threats of withholding donations, email slander campaigns going on, facebook slamming, lies and childish behavior with demands being posted to facebook pages. My requests for time to discern truth from fiction was ignored and our lives were made into a living hell with the constant barrage. I requested on Tuesday that it be halted...I was ignored.
Our volunteers work hard to save these lives and such behaviors of others that do not even know what rescue is about is appalling. How many of you have sat in the rain on a cold morning in a lawn chair in front of a shelter waiting on it to open just to save a dog's life? How many of you even have in your contracts to return the dog to you?
I sat quietly and watched as these behaviors, harrassment and threats continued to escalate. I have no reason to defend a thing. It quickly became apparent that the best place for any dog...whether the one in question was indeed the one they wanted or not...was to stay right where it was. Here this dog will be adopted into a loving, safe, calm environment permanently and not into three homes in one year.
We exercised our legal and moral right to uphold our promises to every dog that comes into our care to continue our care of it for life. Each post, each private message, each email, each falsehood and cry for mislead actions (and so much of the half truths being shared) only solidifies that this was the correct decision for the dog that legally resides with us.
I do not have to explain a thing...I do not choose to give fuel to your fires by going into any further detail at this time. Understand that we are fully within our legal rights and keep the best interest of this and every dog dog that comes into our care in mind. I asked for a amicable solution but was hit with more childish behavior and threats to our volunteers. The line was crossed.
Please go ahead and withhold or "unfriend" as you please...we would rather you do that if you truly don't have the best interest of these dogs in mind anyway. We will continue to help the shelties in need that come along and withholding your support financially will only hurt the dogs in need. If you can live with that, do what you must.
Do not explain a thing: your enemies won't believe you and your friends won't require it!
8:35 PM PT: this is a statement made approx. 8pm tonite (pst) by piper's owner, veronica covatch on her facebook page (linked at the top):
for more in this story, please come below the fold...
Veronica Wagner Covatch
To clear the record yet again Bethany Watkins, Piper was being cared for by a friend who told Penny I owned the dog, her father had a heart attack and Piper and her two dogs got out of a fenced yard over Easter weekend. I did not know anything about this situation until 2:32 pm on Tuesday and immediately contacted the shelter and rescue and sent proof of ownership as did the co-owner! Penny refused to respond and when she finally did she threatened me with her lawyer (I have the e-mails) and said with all the campaigning she was being tired out and would not make this a priority. She NEVER told me my dog was safe. The shelter did find out who inserted the microchip (a vet) but never bothered to check further...call the vet that inserted it! Instead the turned the dog over to the rescue. Piper was born here...I have her dam. I can prove that through DNA. She has not lived in 3 places in the past year! Penny is not stating the facts at ll. I have nothing to hide. I did threatened to sue her vet IF they spayed my dog! Not because she will be bred...she's sterile, but because research now shows a dog is healthier when left intact! I do NOT work so m home with my dogs every day/all day. They live free in my house, sleep on my bed every night, and have been better cared for than most children! I have a dog door so they can come in and out at will to three fenced acres. I have a call in to a lawyer and the police have been called also. Why would I do all this if I didn't love my dog? We even sent vet records to Penny only to receive NO response. A rescue is suppose to rescue abused and neglected pets NOT steal someone's well cared for and loved pet!
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one of our kos katalogue people has hit a rough place - she has lost her place and her woozles are now being boarded until she gets another.
fineena opened her home to me when i went home to n.c. last fall - she handed me her car keys and said "go where you need!" - her generosity helped make a horrible time easier! her precious dogs were there, too, lending support when i needed it most.
now she needs that support from us - we can do this to help her get the apartment she's found - one without extra four footed unwelcomed housemates... rats.
fortunately, soon i'll be in a place to pay back this community - as have others. please come beneath the squiggle and see why this is so important!
piper is still being held by penny sanderbeck and the central ohio sheltie rescue.
the cosr/sanderbeck website has reappeared this weekend with this public statement from her attorney - i am posting screenshots along with a link.
let me make two things perfectly clear: sanderbeck is the founder and director of a public 501c3 non-profit that is incorporated in the state of ohio she operates COSR as a registerd dog rescue in franklin county, columbus, ohio.
secondly, the letter that is shown below the fold is published under the title "PUBLIC STATEMENT" and has instructions on how future attempts to recover piper must follow. i am NOT posting copyrighted material as this letter and the website make it CLEAR that the letter is a "PUBLIC STATEMENT" addressing the issue of piper, the dog, in the possession still of central ohio sheltie rescue, inc (and penny sanderbeck, as director).
i welcome your reaction to that letter shown below the fold and i am holding off publishing the diary regarding this situation scheduled for today - instead, i am publishing the "public statement" released by central ohio sheltie rescue and written by penny sanderbeck's lawyer.
on april 27th, i wrote of a very disturbing situation that is still ongoing, btw.
a "child" was lost - then found and now that "child" with four legs is at the center of a HUGE furor.
piper, a 7 yr old champion shetland sheepdog, got loose during a stay at a friend's house during easter weekend while her owner was at the sheltie nationals in st louis, missouri.
a shelter in a different county from where she was being cared for, franklin county, ended up with piper.
piper was microchipped and the contact number was recorded and called by the franklin county in possession of piper... but no one answered - after all, it was the weekend of a major holiday. the shelter never called the contact information again (all confirmed on the franklin county shelter intake sheet showing ONE attempted call on friday afternoon of easter weekend with no followup call made again).
THIS is piper - Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream
and here she is with her friends!
she's the delicate thing in the middle!
monday morning, piper WITH the microchip information recorded on the release form from the shelter) was turned over to central ohio sheltie rescue run by and controlled by one individual, penny g. sanderbeck sanderbeck describes COSR (central ohio sheltie rescue, inc) as follows on zoominfo (cached page, as her website is now deleted along with her facebook profile):
As part of our dedication to the welfare of dogs, Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue frequently assists with the recovery of lost dogs throughout the nation. Through our 100+ recoveries, we have become very experienced and knowledgeable regarding successful lost dog recovery. We provide guidance and assistance for lost dog searches for all dog breeds, and we have a strong network to share lost dog information. Have a lost dog and need help, Call us (614) 578-0921please make special note of this paragraph above!
Our experience with lost dog recovery has allowed us to accumulate several helpful procedures to aid dog recovery. Our best resource on lost dog recovery is our �How to Find a Lost Sheltie� booklet. The booklets are available for $2.00 (which is a considerable value for the piece of mind and information) by emailing CenOHSheltieResc@aol.com. Over 2,000 of the booklets have been distributed to dog owners all over the world, and we receive numerous emails monthly praising the advice and tips in the booklet.
1. Do not hesitate to contact search volunteers. The first couple hours of a dog search are critical and by waiting just one hour, the dog could easily travel several miles. As soon as the dog is discovered missing, contact volunteers to assist with the search. Our experience has proven that the time it takes for the owner to seek assistance is one of the largest determinates of when/if the dog is recovered.
2. Search the immediate area on foot and in vehicle.
3. Hang big signs�.not flyers�.in the area dog was last seen. Use color photos! Make them large enough to read from the car (at least 16 x 22) � if you can�t see them, no one else can either. Use a cell number or other number that someone can respond from immediately when called. Note the size of the posters above. The posters must be large enough to be seen from far distances. Weatherproof Signs or change them after rainstorms.
4. Hand out flyers to everyone you see and ask businesses in the area to hang flyers in windows. People take a stronger interest in locating your dog when they are given a flyer and are more likely to contact you.
5. Run an ad in the local papers. Give a detailed description of your dog and offer a reward.
6. Call the dog warden, police, shelters, humane societies, vets in the area, emergency veterinarians, dead animal pick up or Dept. of Transportation, local Lost-a-Pet volunteers (Mary Jane Stockdale for Franklin County 614-471-7397), breed rescues and mixed breed rescues. Post your information to local lost-a-pet web sites (such as Pet FBI at www.petfbi.com).
7. Visit the shelters (remember the private ones as well) every other day. Most shelters only hold dogs for three days before the dogs can be adopted by the public. Don�t rely on someone else to recognize your dog. Your description of the dog is generally hard to match, and animal shelter employees receive numerous demands for their time daily.
8. Search any wooded areas, creek beds, culverts, parks, etc. where the dog could be hiding. Understand that your dog is scared and confused, and he may not respond to you. Be prepared to use food, safe animal traps, slip leashes, and fencing to capture your dog.
9. Expand your coverage area by one mile per day in all directions for every day the pet is gone. Move signs, hand out flyers, make calls, etc.
Be DILIGENT�the dog�s life may depend on it.
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As part of our dedication to the welfare of dogs, Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue frequently assists with the recovery of lost dogs throughout the nation. Through our 100+ recoveries, we have become very experienced and knowledgeable regarding successful lost dog recovery. We provide guidance and assistance for lost dog searches for all dog breeds, and we have a strong network to share lost dog information. Have a lost dog and need help, Call us (614) 578-0921
the following day, the family from whose yard piper got loose AND the owner (who had just returned to town) along with others searching on the owner's behalf FINALLY found where piper was located and called sanderbeck expecting to pick piper up for a joyful reunion.
what has happened next is difficult to comprehend on any level.
please come below to see what happened and is STILL ongoing...
am on the phone with fineena and she has moved into her new HOME! she and da pups are enjoying their new digs!
she is asking me to thank you and said she would do so on her own except that she spilled a cuppa coffee onto her computer keyboard and now it speaks alien!
this is AWESOME!
will update more when i get more news!
in the meantime, she says a huge THANK YOU, KOSSACKS!!!
the pups are running gleefully up and down the fence in their new summer doo's - and when we get pictures, i'll post them....
you DID it - ALL of you! i love the great orange satan!
PICTURES here! below the orange fence!
this is a very quick diary to let all the woozle and pootie lovers know that piper is still being kept from her family - the negotiations have moved from concerned rescue groups trying to help resolve this to negotiations between lawyers.
it is ongoing...
if you would like to help, today starts an auction of all things dog to help raise funds for the piper's legal team - why? because this could be ANY of us who owns and loves a pet!
the facebook page "BRING PIPER HOME" is where items are being listed for auction starting today - and there is also a gofundme page, as well.
any funds NOT used when piper comes home will be put into a trust to assist any dog/cat owner who faces this horrible situation in the future - NO monies are going for personal enrichment!
here are the links:
AUCTION: BRING PIPER HOME
here is thePIPER BRING ME HOME GOFUNDME page if you'd like to help here, too!
10:24 AM PT: just realized i should put the auction information at the top since there are less than two days left.
you might remember my original diary "ever had pup lost or stolen?" about a little sheltie who escaped the yard where she was visiting over easter. she was picked up in columbus, ohio, taken to the local shelter then turned over to a local "rescue" (central ohio sheltie rescue".
when the owner, who was at the sheltie nationals, found out, she immediately called and was given the phone number for penny sanderbeck's "rescue" - she called in less than 24 hrs of sanderbeck taking Piper thinking how wonderful her little girl was safe and that she would be picking her up the same day to bring her home.
for some inexplicable reason, despite proof of ownership being provided (INCLUDING the confirmation by the implanted microchip that is listed both on the shelter intake form AND the release form to central ohio sheltie rescue, penny sanderbeck has and is refusing to return this champion show dog.
NO one can understand why! even the national shetland sheepdog association has tried to get sanderbeck to return this dog - but she refuses.
so - it has now moved into the courts. the owner, veronica covatch, loves her dog and wants her home. sanderbeck won't budge. NONE of this makes sense - not one single reason has been given for keeping this dog other than people on the internet said mean things about sanderbeck so she won't return the dog.
the little girl in the middle is piper - she NEEDS your help!!!
why should you care and why should you help? come across the squiggle and i'll explain...
I received the following press release today from the attorney for Veronica Covatch, the owner of a Champion Shetland Sheepdog, Legacies Pipe Dream. Piper (her family name) is being held hostage by Penny Sanderbeck, the director of Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, Inc. This press release was sent to me because of the prior interest on this site when the story of Piper first came under scrutiny. (when you do a google search on Penny Sanderbeck and Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, the dk posts are the first to appear.)
Press ReleaseWhat SHOULD have been a happy story of a lost dog found and reunited with her owners has turned into a battle followed closely by pet owners all across the nation. As first written about in these diaries, (ever had a pup lost or stolen), Piper's story continues... and when the wisdom of solomon is not enough), the story seemed to be a simple dispute over who really “owned” this champion shetland sheepdog, Legacies Pipe Dream (Piper). The debate seemed clear and with the stated purpose of Penny Sanderbeck and Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, Inc as "to reunite lost dogs with their owners" where ever possible (indeed, the rescue was founded over the return of a lost sheltie to his owner), the outcome seemed simple. Veronica Covatch would get her dog back safe and sound!
Rescue Holds Pup Hostage
A companion animal is being held hostage. Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue and its director
Penny Sanderbeck refuses to return lost dog to rightful owner! On July 28, 2014 Veronica
Covatch filed a Complaint for Replevin and Conversion action in the Franklin County Municipal Court, in Columbus Ohio, against COSR seeking the return of her beloved dog known as Piper. Case Number 2014-CVF-024571. Even though the rescue had claimed that part of its mission is to reunite dogs with their owners and even though many documents, photos, and microchip identification has been supplied to COSR, legal action was filed after the rescue rejected numerous pleas to reunite Piper with her rightful owner. Owner, Vernoica Covatch and her supporters believe that the COSR refusal is due to the fact that Piper is not only a healthy loved companion but also a valuable AKC champion show dog. They feel that the director’s own interest may have something to do with the Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue refusing to reunite Veronica with her beloved companion. She hopes that the court filings will Bring Piper Home.
Cohen Law Offices
Lloyd D. Cohen
Attorney at Law
824 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206
Phone: (614) 444-4211 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo and comment is from the internet fund raising site www.gofundme.com/Bring-Piper-Home, saying,
Piper is the reason.... we will continue on.... she is not home yet, and we will not stop until she is. Thank you ALL.
Piper’s Owner Veronica Wagner Covatch, 1589 Motten Road, Punxsutawney, PA (814) 938-4091
Piper’s Co-Owner, Michelle Wilson, 70 W Chester Street, Apt C., Norwalk, Ohio (419) 681-4891
Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, director Penny G. Sanderbeck, HQ located at 2266 Majestic Place, Columbus, Ohio 43232 (614) 578-0921
However, that is far from what is happening - and now, this issue has moved beyond one single dog into a crusade to help Veronica Covatch recover the pup she bred, loves and who sleeps in her bed with her. That bed has been empty for over three months now and the only resolution to this sad situation will be in a Court of Law!
Please come below the fold to see more information on why this is so important to ALL of us and what is now involved in the recovery of Ms. Covatch's beloved Piper.
These were the words of a son who just lost his mother - and he was at a loss for how to say how he felt...
Adam Meredith continued... "... I don't know." As he struggled to try to explain the last days of his mom's life, her losing her battle to cancer in such a very short time from knowing to dying, he continued, "She [Sanderbeck] took something from me... and out of my karma and my soul, I wanted to do something for my momma, so I let her say goodbye to her - I feel I did the right thing for my mom and at the end of the day, it is all about my mom and not me..."
After a pause, Adam continued, "This is about proving this woman is a bad woman and it's time for justice to prevail."
This author came to this story during the diaries I've been writing about Piper, the Champion Sheltie being held hostage by Penny Sanderbeck/Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue.
From the first diary about Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream, Piper, owned by Veronica Covatch, this story has taken such sad and disturbing twists with the story of Piper and the Meredith family merging into much bigger ones yet to be resolved for either family. Covatch and Piper are currently winding through Civil Court while the Merediths have yet to have their case brought before the Court, be it civil or criminal. What is strange is how the players in these two very different situations overlap and intertwine in a manner that causes so much grief.
On July 12, via private message, Arron Meredith reached out on Dailykos after this diary appeared on July 11, piper still needs your Help - and so do ALL dogs who fall into the abyss
During the following weeks, I had the opportunity to interview both Arron and Adam to learn more about Sanderbeck, the Meredith's tragedy, as well as finding some of the missing pieces in the Piper story.
What happened to bring so much pain and sorrow into the sadness already born of losing their mother. How did the little dog Piper become entangled into the lives of the extended family of Cheryl Meredith. Who could be so callous to cause such hurt to both the Merediths and to Veronica Covatch and all those who are following these disfunctional situations. And how does this interweave with the lost Champion Sheltie called Piper who is still missing after more than four months!
The Meredith's story is of two young men who lost their mother far too soon while someone was there reaching into darkness to steal and commit acts that caused unbearable pain and anguish during that time of great loss. That same person who so cruelly abused the trust of a dying woman and her family also ensared Veronica Covatch and her dog, Piper, into the same web of deceit. This is a story that connects through twists and turns a family's loss of a loved parent to one lost sheltie whose mom is desperately trying to bring her dog home. This, however, is not JUST the actions of one person, for the same names keep appearing across the police reports and documentation of BOTH stories - showing a much wider conspiracy that continues to bring grief and suffering without reason - it is here, the question remains: why?
Please come beneath the fold - and share the sorrow and sadness - for this can and does happen more often than we want to believe. This is one snapshot in time where lives cross and stories mingle to show that evil spreads - and envelopes all who are pulled into the vortex.
The Case over Champion Show Dog, Legacies Pipe Dream (Piper) is now set for a Pre-Trial Hearing on Oct. 24, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. For those of you missed the first diary about Piper, here is the link to "Ever had a pup lost or stolen? BEWARE of "rescue" groups".
When Champion Legacies Pipe Dream (Piper) escaped from of the fenced yard in Columbus, Ohio on April 17, 2014 (Easter weekend) while staying with a caretaker, Veronica Covatch (her breeder and co-owner) was at the American Shetland Sheepdog Club's National Specialty Show at Purina Farms in Missouri. Piper was picked up by the Franklin County Animal Shelter and subsequently turned over to Penny Sanderbeck, the director of Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue (COSR) before her caretakers or owners could locate her. Less than 24 hours after Piper landed at the COSR, Covatch called Penny Sanderbeck to reclaim her dog. Covatch provided Sanderbeck with Piper's AKC Registration and numerous other forms of identification plus supplying Piper’s Microchip information (which was also listed on both the Shelter intake form and on the transfer paperwork to COSR), but Sanderbeck refused to return Piper claiming not to know who the "real" owner was. Covatch offered to provide (at her own expense) DNA testing of the Dam and Sire and of Piper to prove that Piper was, indeed, her dog. Sanderbeck refused to respond and refused to return Piper. Negotiation attempts between the National Sheltie Rescue Network (represented by Jim Melton) and Sanderbeck/COSR failed to convince Sanderbeck to return Piper to her owners, resulting in the National Sheltie Rescue Network and the American Shetland Sheepdog Association severing ties with COSR/Sanderbeck.
Over the next weeks, when asked for proof by COSR/Sanderbeck's attorney, John Bell, Covatch provided Proof of Ownership in the form of AKC registration, Vet Records, Microchip information and more through her attorney. Piper still was not returned.
Please join me over the fold to see where this case is so important, where it is headed and why - especially as this affects every single pet owner who might ever have a pet lost or stolen!
no text needed! WHOOO HOOOOOO!!!
as 2014 comes to an end - that is really all i can say - to wish everyone a better 2015.
filled with hope:
hope that piper finally comes home
hope that there is justice for my mom
hope that there is justice, period.
hope that i'm not just being pollyanna to a world that never changes.
we need it.
a number of reasons are in play here - so let me give you my reasons for this.
on the personal level - my hands are not functioning at anywhere near full capacity - so my jewelry making days are hampered... and for that, i owe several kossacks major apologies for taking so long to fulfill their orders - jakedog42, mnemosyne and zenpaws - you were patient beyond reason - thank you so much!
now, everything sitting in my shop is completed already before i face yet another surgery on my left hand to try to remove the scar tissue from the incompetent negligence of the physical therapist who was "too busy" to schedule the work mandated by my surgeon after the intitial joint replacement (tip: NEVER schedule elective surgery right before a major holiday!).
last january, my hand was put through a "forced bending" to try to see if i could regain use - it didn't work. if this next procedure (to be scheduled sometime after may 19) doesn't work - i'm looking at both joint replacements being redone.
in the meanwhile, my right hand is slowly getting less functional - that one SHOULD have been done first as it was the worst - thankfully, at the last minute, i decided to do the left one.
okay - that's the physical reason to shut down the shop - or put it in hiatus.
now the OTHER reason: etsy has become the new version of ebay. and we, the artists and crafters have been played.
come over the fold for a fuller explanation:
she and dad are why i am who i am today - why i do the things i do today.
we don't "lose" them - we carry them with us in every action, every choice we make.
mom and her love of animals influenced my spending the last year working to bring piper, the sheltie, home to her mom. piper, missing since april 17, 2014, is now in the midst in a major court battle with the rescue who is refusing to return her to her mom. i can't imagine standing by and not doing something. that wasn't how i was raised. it's not something my parents would have accepted as "ok"
it's impossible to talk about mom and not talk about dad - they were married 42 years - never looked at anyone else - for mom, even after dad died, she never considered a life with anyone but him. they were truly "one" (but they could argue with the best! passionate and committed - dad a republican (old school honorable one) and mom a democrat... they used to laugh about cancelling each other out at the polls!)
Officially - clinton just signed a lease for her presidential campaign headquarters in brooklyn heights.
this is breaking news on cnn this morning - so - let the political games begin!
I'm supporting her - i like her - i would like to see her in the white house - i WANT a woman in the white house in my generation and i think she is the candidate who can win it for the democratic party in 2016!
Let the fun and games begin!
Omigod! This fourth quarter is amazing! I can almost hear mom whooping it up! The one place you never wanted to be was between her and the screen during playoffs!
This third game is really incredible. The Bron is an amazing powerhouse but the warriors are resilient as rubber!
gonna go back to watching now
watching a “live” rally on cnn (again) with trump at the moment — he just spent ten minutes with a palinesque sentence running on without a break justifying his fighting the lawsuit against his “trump university”— even, at one point, saying, “trade? who wants to talk about “trade”— i won’t settle — if you settle, more people will sue you — i like to spend money — i’ll never settle — this is personal — i’ll never settle — attorney met with obama, took $15,000 and next day sued me — person in “trump u” said she LIKED trump u and they wanted to remove her — i’ll never settle — i, me, i, i, i, i, i, i….— these guys are world class liars — yada yada yada yada”
politicians really bad people, seedy, bad…. angry… and …
he is walking back winning — he was saying “this has been a good experience… IF i win… bad trade deals — talking about what he’s going to do — dumbest deals -—
he has yet to complete a coherent sentence.
yeah, i know, you’ll say — “not new, he’s been doing this all along”— but today is different! he is completely scattered and incoherent and the bulk of what he is doing is defending himself from the recent attacks on his failed university, the loan his father gave him — he is actually showing weakness.
This rally is about him and not channeling the anger of his minions. this will cost him. before, his rallys have been about them and why they should be angry and channeling their prejudices. today, it is ALL about trump making excuses. he will get back on track and attack the government and other candidates, then drift back into defending himself.
he is losing his crowd — very little cheering — very little enthusiasm in this “rally”— bensonville, arkansas. i think i am FINALLY glad cnn is covering this narcissist non-stop. for the FIRST time, i can’t take my eyes off his speechifying because he is losing his audience. the less they respond, the more he is disjointed. fascinating!
thinking here that we are seeing his achilles heel! and are we seeing the beginning of the end?
oh, and somebody cut his “squirrel” in half — no more weirdhead today — still the flap in the back, but somebody had taken shears to the rug and it may be the reason his brains aren’t working.
what ever happened to fact based articles? to careful vetting? to the truth, damn it!
i just left a diary of utmost hysterics claiming bill clinton blocked polling places for TWO HOURS and gore allegedly (GASP) used his motorcade to block bradley voters!!!!! (yes, multiple exclamation marks warranted! HAIR’S ON FIRE!!!)
and, in the course of the breathless discourse, the twitter feed went from one alleged blocking to four blockings to illegal campaigning — and the secretary of state allegedly gave a stern warning (no links) until cnn and gawker wrote [with official sources] what actually occurred.
what is WRONG on this site as of late — it seems the truth doesn’t matter, only one’s belief in a negative story to tear down (or pump up) a candidate without any substantiation or fact behind it. distortions run rampant with the push to force others to comply with their beliefs that their candidate is the one true savior of humanity! (looking at all parties here, every single partisan hack attack without any substantiation or verification aside from twitter or some other anecdotal source.
i constantly review the wreck list here — and look at the other sites on the net — on both i am finding much in the way of opinion but little in the way of solid facts or references to substantiate extraordinary claims. the old saying that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof STILL holds, but not here, it seems.
we are better than this — the stakes are too high. instead of debating the republican style of small/big hands, why aren’t we discussing policies and direction for the future.
i want more from this site — i want cogent arguments and discussions, not personal slams and insults and blind devotion from ANY side — the stakes are far too high. we cannot afford to engage in this type of circular firing squad — even if we ARE doing it more “civilly” at 20 paces. the end result is still the same — total disaster on so many fronts. ok — rant over. i’m signing off — again — for a few days. the disappointment in what transpires around these parts of late means that i can accomplish more things more effectively elsewhere.
i will be back, like the orange addict i acknowledge being — but i don’t have to stand quietly and watch us all go down the drain without at least trying to stop it from happening.
2:41 pst: just listened to his long explanation to wolf blitzer of how torture is wrong, torture makes us just like those who torture — he stated that torture is ineffective — only garners the information that the subject THINKS the torturer wants to hear… then blitzer asked him, after his comments, he would support trump if nominated and he went all glossy eyed and said “i have said i will support whoever is the nominee of the republican party...”
COWARD! when one does not stand for one’s beliefs, then one is not only a coward, but is without morality.
cnn is reporting there is a shooting at the capital — shots allegedly fired — will update when more info is available… this is breaking now.
this started out as a comment — but i am still fuming. so i’m taking the comment and turning it into a diary…
in TomP’s diary about the comment directed at Hillary Clinton by a Greenpeace activist, she was annoyed — no, she was flat out angry! i watched that comment and was still listening to all positions UNTIL i heard a sanders campaign spokesperson on cnn — sorry, i didn’t catch his name, i was too busy raging and coming “unhinged”. i posted this, but it hasn’t been seen or responded to, so i am posting it as a diary to see if other women feel as i do. this isn’t about bernie sanders’ positions or hillary clinton’s positions on issues — this is about the dismissal of women by men who feel “entitled” by virtue of their gonads to label any reaction by a woman that isn’t “ladylike” or “proper” (according to amy vanderbilt) as “unhinged”.
this is my comment from earlier today that is the basis for this diary...
today a sanders campaign spokesperson made up my mind for me — i am livid! i’ve been open to voting for either candidate and have been listening closely to both sides.
yesterday, clinton got angry — candidates do that. her response was measured and forceful, yet calmly angry — she stated that she was “sick” of the sanders campaign telling lies about her.
i’ve watched sanders get angry — be animated and forceful about issues he cares about. candidates do that.
what has finally crossed a line for me was the sanders’ campaign spokesman on cnn describe clinton as “unhinged”— how is that?
women are not allowed to be angry — it is hysteria — it is unhinged — because we all know women are emotional and unable to express emotion without being “unhinged”.
this, for me, has taken me back to the era when women weren’t allowed to do a “man’s” work because … uh… she bleeds and that makes her hysterics counterproductive. women are not allowed to express anger.
well, this woman is NOW “unhinged” and “angry” and, while not hysterical, i am flaming mad!
to hear a male spokesperson for sanders campaign express this bulleffincrap again has finally made me realize i cannot vote for a candidate built on such misogyny — nope. cannot do it.
WATCH women become “unhinged” and then get the eff out of the way when we do!
frankly, i’ve had it.
i’ve been fired for speaking like a “person”, objecting to being objectified, for not having sex with my employer (that cost the company plenty!) and more. i’ve been treated as though my only value was how i could make coffee to the exact specification of the prick with a dick when that wasn’t my job, i’ve been chastised for having an opinion…
i’m 70. i am a betty freidan feminist. i am a person first, a woman second. and i have opinions. strong ones. and i have EVERY right to express anger without men feeling threatened and labeling that justified anger as “unhinged”.
that comment by a campaign spokesperson — a representative of sanders — finally put into words for me what has bothered me about bernie sanders from the getgo.
he “dismisses” those whose opinions he considers unworthy — those opinions that differ from his own. he is, in my humble opinion, a softer version of ralph nadar with his call for a “revolution” that is as unrealistic as the masses rising up carrying pitchforks and marching on washington!
it sounds glorious. it sounds righteous, but it is not do-able. not practical. not possible. given that this nation is made up of multiple facets, all of which are needed to move the ship of state even a millimeter, factionalizing any part of that process only serves to block progress. we cannot bully our way to what we want without overrunning a vast majority of people who don’t agree with our views. and we can’t continually label those we disagree with — we cannot succeed by disparaging the “others”.
my gut reaction to the comment that clinton was “unhinged” when ignoring that bernie is “righteous” in his “anger” really illumintated the division for me between these two candidates.
the two choices are clear: one whose idealogy is pure and clear (and unrealistic in its ability to accomplishment those goals and choices, imho) OR the “pragmatist” who understands the political reality of our current system of government.
i went down the pure ideology road once — i worked like a demon to get mcgovern elected… instead, we were taken to the woodshed by those whose opinions differed and were afraid of the passionate loyalty to goals that could not be accomplished.
i see that again coming into focus with this primary. the polarization within our own party, the extreme views that diminish those who disagree in any part (supporters who attack those who offer a differing view) and the attempts to diminish the opponent rather than debating the validity of the ideas and the ability to accomplish those goals — that is happening yet again.
i vaguely remember hearing or reading once that if you live long enough, all ideas come around again. for me, this is 1972 with different faces — only this time, i pray for a more successful outcome.
in the meantime, i plan to go become “unhinged” every where i can get a set of ears to listen to what i have to say — and i plan to get out and campaign to get clinton elected.
i keep watching political rallies and several keep reminding me of this… please post your favorite flashback in the comments!
tonite watching the msnbc coverage of the nice, france, tragedy, the incompetence of american broadcast media strikes an appalling chord! now, when i want facts, truth, i search overseas media from the source nation or from international sources because our media has nothing to do with real journalism any longer.
for example, on msnbc, the driver of the truck is described in elaborate multisyllabic words and phrases for maximum shock effect with voices rising in horrified pitch while describing the scene. in the european and british press, the driver of the truck that killed so many was simply described as a thug, a 31 yr old criminal with multiple run-ins with the law — he held both tunisian and french papers and appears to have acted alone. the truck was a rental, he was wearing a helmet in preparation for the ultimate confrontation with the police (according to eye-witnesses), yet, the msnbc anchor Alex Witt (NOT julia banderas as i mislabeled, mea culpa!) does what so many american talking heads do — she personalizes the experience and breathlessly describes what SHE perceives to be the story. there is no separation between reporter (which she isn’t) and the story — as if her opinion is the story, her reaction is the story. it isn’t and, frankly, i don’t care WHAT the bobbleheads think or feel or tell in the breathless speculation. i want facts, damnit. i want information without the intrusion of the hosts of the infotainment media.
in the rush to find “experts”, the truck was described as “filled with explosives when the “weapons” that were allegedly in the back of the truck, according to french media, were fake long guns and an inactive grenade. yet, the anchors compare this act with the first trade center bombing — when there IS no reason to compare. ALL of the updates found on overseas media sites that appear to value fact over speculation, including this timeline from the telegraph in UK.
"He was known to the police for violence, and using weapons, but had no direct links with terrorism," said an investigating source. "His identity car was found in the lorry. He had French and Tunisian nationality."
A search of the vehicle uncovered a pistol, a larger gun, and a number of fake weapons and grenades.
what do we get? we get witt (with her long blonde hair perfectly curled over one shoulder) interviewing some guy named brian from philadelphia who is frantically speculating how this is isis and a coordinated attack with a truck load of explosives like the first trade center bombing that could have brought down a hotel or building and... and… and… and… — none of which has been verified or confirmed. the speculation and bloviating opinions have NOTHING to do with the facts known or unknown! each of these people, anchors, media pundits, SHOULD have staff that are capable of googling the overseas media to find out the facts as released by the french before going off on wild tangents of scenarios they, themselves create. they are not doing that — instead, they are drawing their own pictures and agendas based on what “sells”. this has nothing to do with journalism — it has everything to do with tabloid broadcasting and is just the tip of the mountain of pretend that claims to be “american journalism”.
this is why we have a trump so close to the white house. this is why we have the majority of those polled (in the cleverly worded push polls) that claim clinton is “dishonest” (remember that old question, “when did you stop beating your spouse?”) this is why the american public is so damned ignorant! (but, but, but, i saw it on TEEVEE, so it MUST be “true”)
we are in a world of trouble when there is no legitimate media in this nation. when WE do not hold those with the microphones accountable, we will lose our right to know truth.
when we have msnbc and cnn anchors (and faux and more) so busy expousing their own opinions that their guests have no time to offer information or fact, we are in trouble.
when we shut down analog signals making the population purchase the digital cable paid advertising stations with a smattering of pretend news outlets, we are in trouble.
when online opinions and blogs attempt to replace real journalists (who are experienced in research and fact finding and who actually verify from multiple sources), we are in trouble.
what is the solution? i don’t know. turn off the cable? refuse to allow undocumented and unverified “reports” to go unchallenged? how many hours are in a day.
what i fear is that the internet will be monitored to shut down the “terrorist” sites while limiting our ability to find truth, to do research, to learn and verify. already, gingrich is stating that anyone who searches a “terrorist” site should be charged with a felony and any site promoting “terrorism” should be shut down — is this an excuse to shut down greater news sources? i fear we are in trouble.
i don’t know the solution. but i don’t like the lack of veracity in our current entertainment shows that pass for “media”— especially when it is so damned easy to do that research to verify before making wild claims (that will boost ratings or the (lack of) credibility of the “experts” called on to spout off their opinions.
when WE write, we can verify, research, link and source the materials we publish. WE can become the “citizen journalists” ONLY if we do our own hard work in finding out the facts before we publish. and, we MUST delineate between opinion and factual news! the two are NOT the same!
where have all the real journalists gone? done in by the likes of the van gorden sauters of the world who object to what they perceived to be “liberal bias” when, in actuality, the bias was toward presenting ALL the facts and letting the viewers decide what is truth. (read and weep the links above)
i weep for america in all its ignorance — for a nation uninformed or, worse, misinformed.
we are in trouble.
Edward R. Murrow
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
my GOD, he is rambling — he is all over the place and periodically remembers to mention pence, in between talking about how awesome he, trump, is.
his audience appears to be going numb — the applause is smattering, ill-timed, not given at the approriate applause lines — sounds like trump has some heavy clappers planted to let the audience know when to clap — but the enthusiasm is definitely missing!
this is absolutely scary — he is delusional, offering the usual platitudes without substance and keeps forgetting to read the speech to introduce pence. heck, pence could die of old age before drumpkoff ever gets him to the podium! sheesh — if this guy gets elected, then those who voted for him DESERVE him — just not the rest of us. and if i hear the word “fantastic” one more time, i’m going to throw something at the screen!
yes, i’m watching so you don’t have to — i just wish there were something of merit to report.
he actually introduced him — now to see how long he lets him have that mike!
“on behalf of my family, blah blah blah — thank donald trump, melania and his family on behalf of the sacrifices they are making to make america great again!”
he just enthusiastically sold his soul by accepting shyster don’s offer. now comes the gushing over the man he told people before the primary was over wasn’t fit to be president. wonder how many pieces of silver he got.
i love/hate hypocrites. love them for their entertainment factor, hate them for the lying ways and deception.
now pence is quoting reagan. i’m surprised the ghost of ronnie doesn’t spring from the earth (or mausoleum) to drive these two clown/freaks out of the party!
well, the “christian, conservative and a republican, in that order” is now giving his own bio. i’m gonna be sick.
ok, yall — someone else will have to do this — my stomach can’t take any more!
the republican convention has started — the presentations of colors then the little kiddies leading the pledge of allegiance (got their costumes wrong, though, someone forgot to bring the brown outfits).
then the singing of the chorus singing the national anthem — missed the name — something angels? wonder if it is the westboro baptist choir.
now a rabbi wolf offering an invocation — hmmm wonder how he felt to be the second choice since ivanka’s rabbi suddenly realized this was a political event and bowed out.
good grief! this guy is NOT a cantor — his monotone is best described as a student of gene wilder! NOOOOOOOOooooo! please, PLEASE stop — i can’t type and laugh at the same time! now the colors are retired. at least the republican gave seniors a chance to be seen — not a single color guard under 70, i’m guessing.
music as the crowd sits. so happy together? SO HAPPY TOGETHER!!!!! THIS IS THEIR LEAD IN SONG! BWAAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAAA — maybe they are dedicating this to mitch mcconnell?
Please tell me this isn’t SNL running on monday morning!
ok — the rest fo the comments — i can’t do this = can’t see through the tears!
uh oh — the chair is making a timely announcement for roll call announcements — must be provided in advance with satisfied number of delegates written blah blah — NO YOU CAN NOT NOMINATE ANYBODY BUT TRUMP!!!!
oh — fudge — go watch… and help keep up the commentary below.
chair abandons podium after enough delegates gain enough signatures to get roll call vote on amending the rules.
pandemonium breaks out. podium is empty. there is trouble in cleveland. everything has ground to a halt in the proceedings as they try to figure out what to do next.
the chair is back. putting the vote on rules back up without giving roll call vote. this is about the 2020 election rules. re-doing the voice vote and claiming the ayes have it, again. chaos continues to demand a roll call vote. this isn’t going to end well, i fear.
point of order called.
chair asked if anyone was seeking recognition. more chaos.
chair recognizes delegate from utah. makes a motion for roll call vote on rules.
secretary received a request from nine states, subsequently received withrawals removing three states, meaning insufficient support for call vote. MORE chaos!
now, protestors are chanting we wont go.
chair of west va just moved the floor program forward. unknown what will happen next. while the behind the scenes trump supporters did was force people to recant signatures. it looks like they have stopped the roll call vote.
trying to change the subject. not sure where this will go next.
um — ok — i can get representing immigrants — but #rincetwiceandrepeat just welcomed a coalition of international blahblahblah… representing around the world …. blahblabbityblah … to say the pledge of allegiance. they mumbled it and then the crowd grumbled something then some brown’s fan was supposed to sing the national anthem… fortunately, msnbc cut away to the talking heads who are FINALLY starting to come out of their somnambulistic stupor.
is he saying that other nations need to pledge allegiance to the u.s.? is he trying to say these people are former immigrants? i really don’t get it! is this the token swipe at supporting immigration but only if it happened generations ago?
at the rnc where you can find the best “HUH?” moments anywhere on the intertubes!
wow! alaska’s delegate, dave donnelly, a former senator, has just stopped the convention because the chair overrode their votes — the alaskan state party voted that their delegates would go to the individual candidates selected, NOT just handed over to trump.
they are protesting on the floor — and they have held up the speakers lined up for tonite. wow!
more to follow! this is unfolding now.
ryan is now ‘splaining the rules again — a rule that affects about “four” states.
the rule maker is explaining the chair is required to read the “bound” vote — argle bargle snargle smurf… and, “do you understand”?
he is saying that the vote is correct as to how alaska voted but because there is only one candidate left, the secretary is required to report the votes to that candidate — ryan is still recording the votes to be for trump to the boos of that delegation —
chair is prepared to report the results.
donnelly is saying “...they need to come back and clean this mess up”— saying the alaska delegation suspended “that rule” that was just used to flip the alaska votes to trump — he said they (the rnc) never talked to their delegation about this.
now the new meme is “meaningless side show”—
the pundits are saying that it may end up another “significant” speaker will be talking to a half empty convention hall.
also, the pundits are pointing out that the rnc has known this was about to happen for months and have not been able to do anything about it.
doesn’t this say volumes about what would happen with a trump presidency!
why am i laughing…. i SHOULD be crying!
honestly, where to begin?
with donnie, jr who is out to prove like mother, like son, his speech last night appears to be a recycled version of an article in the the american conservative magazine three months ago...but, but, but… no magical unicorns involved THIS time!
it seems that baby drumpf's “maybe” speechwriter, frank buckley”, didn't actually “plagerize” the words since he (buckley) wrote them. either the did-he-or-did-he-not-act-as-speechwriter simply “recycle” his own earlier words he wrote and put them in junior's mouth as junior’s OR he is saying that junior had permission to pass of buckley’s words as his own.
once again, the daily show and twitter are run by libruls out to do those poor drumpfs in — a plot by hillary, of course!
wow. just when you’d think it was safe to go back on the podium again for a drumpf.
then there’s this...
seems like don the con may be at it yet again. what, you say? well, hiring contractors without having money to pay them. the rnc convention is way underfunded, so will don the businessman simply try to declare bankruptcy a fifth time? heck, why not! after all, he’s just practicing before he bankrupts the nation, both financially and morally. for don the con, this should be a piece of cake!
BUT, it seems he DOES have a teeny weeny problem! (no, not THAT one!) there are rules about repaying oneself for one’s own loans to the csmpaign that change once he is the official candidate, which happened yesterday!
from this article in the atlantic from june 22, 2016, there’s this:
Trump owed far more to creditors in April than any other federal campaign committee, according to FEC records. While aggregate statistics aren’t yet available for May, he’s probably still at least toward the top of the list. No other major presidential campaign in the last eight years has saved so little or gone so deeply into debt. Hillary Clinton has more than $30 million in the bank and carries only $600,000 in loans; Bernie Sanders, he of the $27 donation, is debt-free and holds about $5 million in reserves.
and he has a limited time to pay himself back!
That means the billionaire has a deadline. If he has any hope of seeing his own money paid back, his campaign needs to raise more than $40 million in the next month. That’s on top of the millions he needs per month to actually run for president. In May, Trump raised just $3 million. Momentum is not on his side.
Yes, the Republican National Committee will undoubtedly help the campaign out. And Trump has said before that he wouldn’t try to recoup his loans. Then again, he also wasn’t going to accept outside donations; Tuesday saw the launch of his first fundraising email. Read cynically, his offer to match each donation with a contribution of his own could seem like a clever way to guarantee ready capital to repay his own investment, should he structure his contribution as another self-backed loan.
oh, and for that first fund-raising email — to the members of parliament in england and canada? JUST kidding, mates!
and people think this clown can run a government — hell, he can’t even keep his own family out of hot water! so much for the power of money!
and, it isn’t even 5 am (california time) yet!
an hour ago, several gunmen in germany fired on a mcdonalds outside the olympia mall in munich then went into the mall and continued to fire. the gunmen disappeared into the german subway resulting in the shutdown of that system as the german police try to locate them.
msnbc, cnn and fox, plus other u.s. media now are full-time dedicating their bully pulpit to showing scenes of german traffic moving through cautious police lines while declaring this is “terrorism”.
it may very well be, but the fear-mongering that is taking place without break by the american media as they breathlessly report the hostility between european nations and the recent immigrants means that american public is being brainwashed into FEAR! FEAR! FEAR! the regular broadcast channels are NOT spending every second glorifying this attack — regular programs is still on the airways.
by spending every minute on the attacks, the media is complicit in giving the appearance that there is a terrorist around every corner in every neighborhood, and, in a way, they are correct. there is — on the teevee screen polluting the cable networks!
we wonder why there is a segment of this nation that is so fearful — and, thus, rises donald trump.
this is disturbing and i hope it is NOT a sign of what is to come. the loud boos are from male voices. doesn’t that just sum it up. creepy. men. creepy! good for her, she is continuing to address the crowd and when she started with the shooting early this am in ft myers, then men in the room are disrupting. i do not hear women booing. only men.
this is not good.
this makes me more than ever think those hacked discussions were instigated for trump, if not by him. trump is already tweeting about the hack.
as for the “scandal”? how many of us think weaver is an ass. i do and did. and who hasn’t expressed an opinion in a private exchange that we would not want to have publicized. i heard the comments. there is NOTHING that is devastating but it is being used to turn the democratic convention on its head, which is exactly what the gob want.
shouting her down in the start of the convention is exactly what trump wanted… and it is being blared all over the media!
and i really think some progressives are damned stupid! welcome to trump world.
this documentary is enormous in drawing the complexity of allied cooperation in this battle that was the beginning of the end of the european war.
i am struck by the secrecy of coordinating the massive air and sea invasion along with the meticulous attention to every detail.
i am appropriately terrified at the thought of donald trump being in a similar position. how would our allies cooperate in such an effort if having to deal with a blustering buffoon and fool who knows nothing of world politics.
last night, president obama and all those who spoke talked of listra, readiness. preparedness, as tim kaine described it, is not something one can cram for in 24 or less hours. the need to be able to understand complexities of any situation, any major critical situation, cannot be dismissed.
we need to all bombard the media with the seriousness of the world situation should trump be allowed to go unchallenged into a position of ultimate power.
the world will not survive.
what other pasr military operations are you remembering… we need a way to reach the roght who believe in the military as our protection. raising doubt into trump’s capabilities and knowledge might be one strategy.
over the years, the olympic games have opened to fanfare, national pride, celebrations and so much more, but never have i seen anything like the opening of these Olympics in Brazil! go watch the replay — the visuals are indescribable!
unlike prior Olympics, this opening was the most political i have ever seen — from the ancestors of the indigenous people who first inhabited brazil through the first explorers to the introduction of slavery to the political divide today plus adding climate change, as well, this was an extraordinary introduction to the artistry of brazil that shows that art is not dependent on money. the dancers used simple props from silvery blue air-filled pillows that shimmered and created the ocean to the elastic green streamers that were intertwined into multiple geometric patterns to represent the growth of the rain forests.
from there, the country grew to show the evolution of modern rio — from a flying machine that the brazilians say predate the wright brothers — the show was mesmerizing. it didn’t need to be electronic — it was simple, elegant, artistic and filled with imagery that will stay within the mind as all good art does!
the opening greeting by the interim president (brazil has recently removed the elected president dilma rousseff for financial reasons) stressed the unity of all nations in times of strife and crisis. the opening also stressed the equality of all — and it was done with performances that left the commentators speechless — that, in itself, is a rare feat to have the paid talking heads absolutely quiet in stunned silence.
the refugee team received special recognition for their contribution to the games representing those who suffer yet perservere.
Vanderlei de Lima lit the torch to begin the games. de Lima was the olympic marathoner who was in first place 12 years ago but he was attacked by a spectator and, as a result, fell to third place.
there was so much more — it is impossible to do this justice — all i can say is go watch it. here is how you can see the opening ceremony here...
brazil has been the center of such speculation by the media about how they weren’t ready, how they were not up to the task. tonite proved those talking heads once again to be wrong.
i’m looking forward to seeing what is in store and to learning more about our neighbors to the south.
kudos, Brazil! what an amazing show! what an amazing statement on human rights! what an amazing introduction to your wonderful country!
brazil knows theatre and theirs, tonite, was the best i’ve seen in a long time! now, time to learn to samba!
i’m watching the grand prix special in dressage — this is a musical performance with the music set to compliment the horse and rider’s movements through the test. the first section was awesome — NO announcer, just the music selection and the horse and rider dancing for the judges.
unfortunately, the second segment, the two mouthy announcers were back and insisted on giving THEIR opinions over the music and riders — totally killing the beauty of the musical kur!
what are these egomaniacs thinking! people watching the olympics wanted to hear them describe “nice punching through behind on those changes” or to actually SEE the horse in tempe!
nbc screwed the pony on this one — the poor rider, hans peter minderhoud, had his entire performance overshadowed by the blithering comments on how the sun makes this blah blah blah — quite warmer days --— blah blah blah — and how “stephen peters was very first in the ring….”
PLEASE dog, make them SHUT UP!!! i hate to turn OFF the music during a musical kur but since i’m not hearing it, that may be the only way to watch!
i guess i should be happy that they evidently missed the opening hour. we were truly blessed by the music -— and their silence.
i am surprised this hasn’t gone viral — trump was interviewed on July 24 by chuck todd.
trump actually told todd that romney releasing his tax returns was the reason he lost the election! (from nbc MTP actual transcript):
Meet the Press - July 24, 2016
Rebuked, done. Okay. Tax returns. A lot of conspiracy theories are being out there about why-- what's in your tax returns. You would get rid of all these conspiracy theories tomorrow--
Let me tell you--
Probably make people look silly--
Let me tell you. Let me give you a little lesson on tax returns. First of all, you don't learn very much from a tax return. I put in to the federal elections group 100 and some-odd pages of my financials. It showed, as you know, that I'm much wealthier than anybody even understood, okay? Tremendous cash, tremendous assets, tremendous all that stuff. Okay, that's it. I'm going through a routine audit. Just a routine audit, and I've had it for I think 14 years, 13 years--
Every year they audit me. It's routine government. I would never give my tax returns until the audit's finished. But remember this: Mitt Romney, four years ago, was under tremendous pressure to give his tax returns. And he held it and held it and held it, and he fought it, and he, you know, he didn't do too well, okay? But he didn't do anything wrong on his taxes. When he gave his tax returns, people forget, not now. He gave them in September, before the election--
So you still might release them—
then trump said the obvious…
No, wait a minute, wait a minute. When he did, and his tax returns are a tiny peanut compared to mine, they went through his tax returns. And they found one little sentence, another little-- there was nothing wrong. And they made him look bad. In fact I think he lost his election because of that. [emphasis mine]
Because of the tax returns?
I think he lost. And I'll tell you why: He didn't do anything wrong. Mitt Romney did nothing wrong. But they would take out of, his weren't too big. Have you ever seen mine with the picture, they're like this high? [emphasis mine]
I have seen that picture, yes.
Okay, so they took his tax return and they found a couple of little things. Nothing wrong, just standard. And they made him look very bad, very unfair. [emphasis mine] But with all that said, I'd love to give them, but I'm under audit. When the audit's finished I'll give them.
trump admits that he is concerned his tax returns will cost him the election! this raises the question again, what is he hiding!
for the full interview, go here — the tax discussion starts 18:31 seconds into the interview: Meet The Press - July 24, 2016 Todd/Trump interview
ask the media to demand trump release his tax returns NOW!
while being interviewed by chris matthews, rudy said the reason trump claimed obama wasn’t a citizen was due to clinton’s campaign making that claim in the first place.
frothy santorum has a new rival — frothy giuliani!
i wouldn’t want to be in the same room with him without being up to date on rabies vaccine! hardball — you should watch the actual interview — matthews goes after rudy and rudy just gets more and more delusional!
sorry for the short post — but i had to share! when the video comes out — i’ll add that in. in the meantime, media matters has the video up already.
msnbc’s mark helpern is now obsessed with clinton’s body — having doctor after doctor telling her how she should be treating her body because everybody knows that men know best for women’s bodies — and clinton’s body belongs to a woman so these men (mark halpern) have every right to discuss HER medical health and body.
just caught dr. jeff torres talking about how many times a 68 year old should have a coloscopy done — so, now men want to make sure women candidates get probed as they see fit? i don’t think i’ve ever been more disgusted. are they going to also talk about whether donald trump has had a proctology exam? has his prostate been checked recently? is it yuuuuuuge?
and the women talking bobble heads aren’t any better — at the very least, though, they didn’t call a male doctor in to talk about how many times a 68 yr old should have had coloscopies.
for the record, i don’t oppose quality health preventative measures such as a colonoscopy — but it is a PRIVATE matter between the patient and the doctor!
now, the claim is that the health problem clinton has is that is “reinforces her dishonesty” _ HONESTLY? clinton can’t win with the media no matter what she does. they are now insisting that clinton should have gone to the hospital — and that she didn’t because she said “it would look bad”— they just manufactured an entirely non-existent scenario! they create the dialogue and then claim that is what happened! WHO is going to call these dishonest brokers of fake news out!
i have never been more embarrassed about the america mess media than now… and it will only get worse. this particular style of reporting is going the way of the republican party in it’s self-destructive behavior!
the only way to stop them is by attacking their advertisers — money — that is the only way! time to start a diary of who is financing these shows and start telling the advertisers “NO MORE”!
wow — wow! the church where trump is giving his “speech” has been interrupted multiple times with the members of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan — the pastor came out on stage and stopped him and told him he was not there to deliver a political speech! the members of the church interrupted him several times when he tried to continue trashing of clinton and the current administration. he looked like a deer in the headlights! he mumbled a bit more then left the podium to very “polite” applause!
how did msnbc cover this? the claimed trump was “heckled”— then admitted the pastor came out on stage and stopped trump dead in his tracks and told him that they did not want to hear political speeches.
wow! more as it comes in — but msnbc, of course, blew the coverage — it didn’t fit their narrative — they were covering it live, though, so they can’t say it didn’t happen! no glossing over THIS fiasco!
ok — the events in ny for the last fews days threw me off track from an immediate and serious problem i’m facing!
this past thursday, the right front wheel of my car broke — snapped at the bushing assembly right in front of the district fire headquarters.
in an emergency, there is nothing like having five awesome firefighters come rushing to see if lyublyu and i were okay, walking us out of the middle of the road and bringing us water and keeping us company until they got a call to go rescue 12 folks stuck in an elevator at facebook. the tow truck came — my car is now at repair shop where i got the news that this is a $1400+ repair (both front bushing assemblies at the minimum need replacing, the wheel and rim were trashed from driving (or not driving) while the wheel slammed repeatedly into the wheel well.
ok, looks aren’t everything — my battered fender is a reminder to heed that screeching noise that was warning me of the catastrophe-to-come.
the cost of the repair job is a minimum estimate — this holds only IF the rack and pinion isn’t damaged. it does include an alignment from my car abruptly diving to the pavement while blamming away in the right front wheel well.
not a good thing, this is — so i am now faced with borrowing a friend’s vehicle for a few days while i am getting the funds together to spring my car from the mechanic — which brings me to this diary!
since starting the dog diaries and articles on retail rescue 2 ½ years ago, i’ve sorely neglected my etsy shop and jewelry making. i can no longer afford to do that right now! i have a 29 yr old horse that depends on me and my being able to get to the barn at any hour should he need me. SOOOOOOoooo — here’s what i’m doing — i’m putting up my jewelry back up and adding future pieces to raise the wheel on that right front so i can once again be mobile.
this is a perfect time to go christmas shopping, birthday shopping, personal shopping and, at the same time, help get a fellow kossack back on the road again!
if you can, please go to my etsy shop here and see if there is anything that strikes your fancy — i’ll be adding new items all week until i have enough funds to reclaim my car. the borrowed vehicle is a very, VERY temporary solution, so i’m racing the clock here.
here’s the link to the EdriesShop on Etsy
if you’d like to support my continued coverage of retail rescue starting with the piper saga and growing to cover the animal rights war on pet owners, if you can also kick in a penny or two to my paypal link at edrie . blackwelder @ gmail . com (remove the spaces added to stymy the bots!) that will really help! there are two critical cases facing deadlines right now that need more attention than i can muster due to the car crisis.
to see what i’ve been up to on that score, please go to the piperslegacy website where we are raising funds to assist several owners who have had pets seized under questionable circumstances and held for outrageous bond until these cases reach the courtroom!
right now, everything is dead in the water, from politics to puppies, until i have a working vehicle again!
lyublyu also says HELP! he is lost without his own “pony”! thanks (in advance) for your help!
this is a very disturbing interview on so many counts. his views on women as nothing more than objects comes across clearly in this interview. at 9:00 minutes into this, his chauvanism comes through — throughout the entire interview, however, his views of women as expressed by his description of ivana and marla is clear, right down to the accidental meeting by the two women in aspen. his comments are all about him — nothing acknowledging the human beings that he toys with.
his discussion of the pre-nuptial agreement with maples is another example of how he likes to stiff people. this man is disgusting. how he is able to be as high in the polls defies logic and reason. his “success” tells us more about this nation and its problems than we want to admit. forget what is wrong with kansas — what is wrong with AMERICA! this man is a classic narcissist. he must NOT be allowed anywhere near the seat of power!
The workers soon to lose their jobs in Atlantic City have alot to say about donald trump as the last casino bearing his name shuts down.
3000 people face layoffs after carl ichan has filed paperwork to close down the Trump Taj Mahal saying he has lost millions. this closure follows the month long strike by casino workers against the taj mahal.
Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, which runs the Taj Mahal, said management decided Wednesday it can no longer operate a money-losing property in the midst of a strike by Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union.
"Our directors cannot just allow the Taj to continue burning through tens of millions of dollars when the union has singlehandedly blocked any path to profitability," he said.
carl ichan, a longtime trump friend, bought the casino following the bankrupcy filings but allowed the trump name to remain prominently displayed on the boardwalk. What is not known is whether trump is receiving compensation for the use of his trademark name.
at issue with the unions are healthcare provisions and pension benefits agreed to by the bankruptcy court in 2014. ichan offered the benefits at a rate lower than what was approved by that court.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump's presidential campaign, told the AP, "Mr. Trump made a tremendous amount of money in Atlantic City during its prime. He has not been involved for seven years, with many people giving him great credit for his timing and success."
The central issue in the strike is restoration of health insurance and pension benefits that previous owners got a bankruptcy court judge to approve in October 2014. Icahn offered to restore health insurance to Taj Mahal workers, but at a level less than what workers at the city's other seven casinos receive.
once again, it is the worker, the little guy, that loses when involved with anything to do with the trump name — this candidate who claims he will work for the little guy seems to always be on the losing end of any relationship — even once removed.
as david hannum once said referencing p.t. barnum:
"There's a sucker born every minute."
unfortunately, a large segment of americans still willing to trust trump and prove this to be true.
NY Atty General Eric Schneidermann has just served the foundation with a “shut it down” order regarding veteran’s fundraiser! MORE as it evolves! does not mean the foundation has to stop GIVING money — only that it has to stop soliciting money!
Charitable foundations must be registered with the state to be able to legally raise funds, however, according to the Washington Post, Atty Gen. Schneidermann has declined to state whether this lack of registration is the reason for the Cease and Desist Order.
Schneiderman’s office declined to comment on whether it was investigating the lack of registration for the Trump Foundation. Schneiderman had previously launched an investigation of the foundation in the wake of reports by The Washington Post that Trump used his charity’s money to make a political gift, to buy paintings of himself and to settle legal disputes involving his for-profit businesses.
IF the paperwork is the sole reason for the shutdown, the foundation now has 15 days to file the proper paperwork regarding the money raised for Veteran’s charity — if they don’t file the proper paperwork, they will have to refund the money raised so far.
However, the Atty General is has been investigating multiple violations within the foundation:
the lack of donations by mr trump into the foundation, two portraits of trump that are in his personal possession, as well as the political donation for pam bond (the foundation was fined $25,000 for that donation that was paid personally by trump who then paid the $25,000 back into the foundation).
according to WAPO, Trump also has directed money owed his business to pay those funds into his tax free foundation.
Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has received approximately $2.3 million from companies that owed money to Trump or one of his businesses but were instructed to pay Trump’s tax-exempt foundation instead, according to people familiar with the transactions.
In cases where he diverted his own income to his foundation, tax experts said, Trump would still likely be required to pay taxes on the income. Trump has refused to release his personal tax returns. His campaign said he paid income tax on one of the donations, but did not respond to questions about the others.
the question now is whether this is “too little, too late”— has the media failed so miserably at its job that people no longer care what this man does — they will vote for him anyway! let’s hope the october surprises just keep on coming. unless, of course, trump can make up enough stories to feed their frenzy until november.
are you aware that mike pence signed into law on July that makes it mandatory for all fetuses to have funerary treatment — either cremation or burial — even if the woman has a miscarriage at two months? Emma Green, writing for the Atlantic, explains the state mandated “ritual” burial:
Here’s what will happen after a woman gets an abortion in the state of Indiana, starting this July. She will be told, verbally and in writing, that she has the right to choose what she does with her aborted fetus. She will be given a list of her options for disposal, and offered counseling. The fetus does not have to be named, but it will receive its own burial-transit form, just like any dead body. This form will travel with it to a funeral home, where it will be buried or cremated. There won’t necessarily be a ceremony; the fetus may not get its own headstone or urn. But it will be laid to rest in the way of a human. Aborted fetuses in Indiana, nearly all smaller than a peapod, will no longer be treated as medical waste.
the wording of the burial provision meant that technically, even if a woman had a miscarriage at eight weeks of pregnancy at home, she would have to keep the blood and tissue, take it to a hospital or clinic, and have it buried or cremated by a funeral home. The law would have also dramatically increased the cost of an abortion, since providers would have had to spend time and money on arranging the funerary services.
women in indiana fought back with their own campaign called “periods for pence” where gov. pence was invited to be present during gynocological exams and was kept updated on when women changed their tampons. the movement is now on facebook renamed to “periods for politicians formerly periods for pence”.
while women find a way to ridicule pence, the actual law is not funny at all. aside from the incredibly intrusive burden it places on women, this law would also ensure that no stem cell research could be obtained by destroying all fetal tissue following the end of the pregnancy. the speculated goal is to raise the cost of an abortion to make it prohibitive (along with slut shaming any woman who is not making live babies.
the law signed by pence is one of a long line of punitive laws punishing women for pregnancy. according to Planned Parenthood, pence was the first to introduce legislation to defund that organization while in congress:
For years, Mike Pence has been on what Politico dubbed a “one-man crusade” to end patients’ access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers. In Congress, he started the whole “defund” Planned Parenthood thing: He introduced the first federal measure to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood… and then introduced five more… and said he’d shut down the government over it. He’s still trying. - See more at: www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/...
in addition to the bloody law pence has signed into practice, he has a long history of being anti-woman. there is no abortion law that pence doesn’t love, including making it illegal to abort a fetus with disability. this law endangers the health of the living human to protect an unviable fetus. this begs the question “why”?
looking at the trump/pence ticket, we are faced with a degree of misogeny never before given this much power. from trump’s view of women based on the decimal system to pence’s insertion of his position into the private anatomy of women, we are shown two men who demean, disrespect and loathe women. they are threatened by women who are autonomous, who are intelligent, who are independent of the domination of their male counterparts.
we have been warned by the actions of these men in the past and to ignore those actions is at our own peril.
pence also objected to condoms in the prevention of std’s as being “too modern”. huh? in an interview with wolf blitzer, pence was asked about colin powell’s urging that condoms be used as an effective preventative for HIV/AIDS:
“I think it’s important for young people, especially, to protect themselves from the possibility of acquiring any sexually transmitted disease, but especially to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS, which is a plague that is upon the face of the earth,” Powell said.
pence told blitzer that he disagreed with powell — comparing the “sad day” to “boxers and briefs”:
“Well, Wolf, I think it was — given the enormous stature that Colin Powell rightly has, not only in America but in the world community — it was a sad day. I don’t think any administration has had a worse day since boxers and briefs on MTV,” Pence said on CNN to Wolf Blitzer. “And the truth is that Colin Powell had an opportunity here to reaffirm this president’s commitment to abstinence as the best choice for our young people, and he chose not to do that in the first instance, but — and so I think it’s very sad.”
“The other part is that, frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases, and in that sense, Wolf, this was — the secretary of state may be inadvertently misleading millions of young people and endangering lives,” continued Pence.
Pence said the solution was “too modern” for him.
pence and trump are both anti-science, anti-intellectual and both operate on pure lust for power over women and the nation. under NO circumstances must either of them EVER be allowed anywhere near the seat of power again! their actions represent the anti-science trend in multiple states that have outlawed the use of any fetal tissue for research, as well.
a trump/pence ticket would continue to pursue this attack on a woman’s right to abortion as well as critical medical research on diseases like spinal paralysis, alzheimers. rubella, hepatitis a, hiv, macular degeneration, and more. the vaccine for polio was developed from research on fetal tissue from kidney cells.
Indiana is not alone in its concern for the final resting place of fetuses. In March, South Dakota made it illegal to use aborted fetal tissue in research, and in April, Idaho and Alabama made it illegal to buy, sell, donate, or experiment on these remains. Tennessee made it illegal for sale. The legislatures of Ohio, South Carolina, and Mississippi have all recently considered burial and cremation requirements, and Arkansas and Georgia already have similar statutes in place. Like many of these other states, Indiana’s law effectively prohibits women or health-care facilities from donating fetal tissue for medical research.
this is just the tip of the iceberg that will sink this country if these two suceed in winning this election!
GOTV — go call — go phone bank — try harder with that right winger friend or relative — these men can NOT win — ever again!