Monday, May 30, 2011

The Irony of it all

Seems the "tree pigs" are completely missing the point of Memorial Day. Last I checked, our solders aren't dying to protect a police state, but a country where peaceful expression (e.g. dancing) doesn't get you roughed up and body slammed. Let along what they did to the press photographer present.

Memorial Day

Over at Mock, Paper, Scissors is a great post about Memorial Day. Check it out.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Adopting a War Dog

Since WW II Military dogs have had a place in the U.S. armed forces. Officially, when retired, military dogs are considered excess or surplus equipment. The consequence of this classification is that dogs were routinely left in theatre because transporting them back to the states was considered a misuse of federal funds. Traditionally, the dogs were either turned over to locals or put down. In 2000 President Clinton signed a bill that allowed the civilian adoption of these animals. While this new law allowed these animals to be given new homes, it still left the problem of how they would get back to the states where they could be adopted. These days, the animals commonly flown back to the states using private funds. There is a movement to change this.

The nonprofit Military Working Dog Adoptions, founded by Debbie Kandoll to raise awareness about the retired dogs, make sure they are treated well, and help people through the process of adopting the animals, wants the military to reclassify the dogs as canine veterans. That would take an act of Congress, but it could also ensure that all dogs shipped out of the United States are brought back.

"Uncle Sam gave the dogs a ride over. He should give them a ride back," Kandoll said. "To me, it's like leaving a soldier behind."
To adopt a military dog see Kandoll's site Military Working Dog Adoptions and the Lackland Air force base site where they are bred and trained.

For more about military dogs a checkout
The Dogs of War: Beloved Comrades in Afghanistan", Navy Seal Team 6 dog, and War dogs in Afghanistan.

Lets see a cat do this! Part 2

Thanks to Mock, Paper, Scissors for pointing out the video.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What will your pet do after the rapture?

Assuming you passed the Rapture test in the previous post, what will you do with your pet once you are gone? Fortunately a group of pet-loving atheists has the solution.

Eternal Earthbound Pets will go by your home, pick up your dog or cat, and place it in the home of a pet-loving atheist who will take care of it for the remainder of its life, all for just $135.

And just to be certain none of their rescuers are mistakenly Raptured, they are all required to

blaspheme in writing in accordance with Mark 3:29. "It's the only unforgivable sin," he explains. That way, even if a rescuer does find Jesus prior to the rapture, they're still screwed in case of the rapture.

The group operates in 26 states, mostly in the Heartland and New England. Its assumed that pets in California won't notice anything going on.

Read more about it at Gizmodo.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Will you be Raptured?

According to 89-year-old radio host Harold Camping, Judgment Day will happen tomorrow, on Saturday May 21. What is the Rapture you ask, according to Camping

On May 21, "starting in the Pacific Rim at around the 6 p.m. local time hour, in each time zone, there will be a great earthquake, such as has never been in the history of the Earth," he says. The true Christian believers -- he hopes he's one of them -- will be "raptured": They'll fly upward to heaven. And for the rest?

"It's just the horror of horror stories," he says, "and on top of all that, there's no more salvation at that point. And then the Bible says it will be 153 days later that the entire universe and planet Earth will be destroyed forever."

More here.

Check out this handy chart to figure out if you will be Raptured or left behind.

Regardless of what happens, someone is in for a rude shock come Sunday morning.

(Image taken from Gizmodo.)

Lets see a cat do this!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One of my favorite places

Just got back from Moab. Spent a week there shooting pixels. The dogs joined us and even got to do a little hiking. Weather was warm and dry, and the rocks like an alien landscape.