Open Thread: Send Pictures!

I’ve only got a couple more Pet Rescue stories stockpiled, and I know you all have many tales to share. Send me your photos (AnneLaurie@verizon.net, or click on the link near the top of the right-hand column) and you too can cheer up Glenn Greenwald be a front-pager for a day!

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    Thunderlizard says:

    Puppy pictures soothe the Glenzilla? I should expect certain the Gibbs will send Bo pictures forthwith.

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    Older says:

    Pastor Jones is back in the news today (first he says he will, and then he won’t), and Mr Older and I have decided to donate $20 to the local mosque for the express purpose of providing a copy of the Quran to someone who wants or needs it. We’ll inform our local newspapers, also, in the hope that other non-Muslims will follow our example. Maybe we can out-weigh the “pastor’s” destruction, for a net increase in the number of Qurans.

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    El Cid says:

    Clearly Obama loves Ahmadinejad and wants to have his terror babies to smuggle into Israel with nuclear bombs.

    U.S.: Newly revealed ‘covert’ Iran facility not nuclear
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    U.S. backs Iran’s insistence that site ‘exposed’ by Iranian dissident group alleging secret uranium enrichment was in fact not a nuclear facility.
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    By Reuters | Haaretz
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    The United States took a surprising stance on Friday supporting Iranian claims that it was not building a new secret uranium enrichment facility, after an Iranian opposition group exposed satellite imagery on Thursday allegedly proving the existence of a secret nuclear site some 120 kilometers from Tehran.
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    The Iranian dissident group said on Thursday the information came from a network of sources inside Iran affiliated with the exiled opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI).
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    Washington, which along with its European allies accuses Iran of trying to build nuclear bombs, said it had known about the facility for years and had no reason to believe it was nuclear.

    I expect FOXNOOZ to have a variety of calm expert voices to commenterate on this matter. Calling Marty Peretz and David Horowitz!

    Nevertheless, the right thing to do is bomb the facility anyway, because one day in the distant future an Iranian nuclear scientist may in fact have thoughts regarding nuclear weapons.

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    vtr says:

    Why do people who burn the Quran look so much like the people who burn the cross?

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    Alwhite says:

    @Older:

    THANK YOU!

    As a devote Pastafarian I have been struggling with a way to push back against the wild-eyed assholery we have seen displayed by the whack jobs in my country. I think this is a lovely idea and I plan on contacting a local Mosque and donate money to provide Qurans to people needing them.

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    andrewsomething says:

    @Thunderlizard:

    http://www.salon.com/news/opin.....index.html

    (7) It’s probably the distorting effects of the flu medication I’m ingesting, since this isn’t typically the type of issue I use my blog to write about, but: the deepening recession and unemployment crisis spawn substantial misery on many levels, including the way in which it forces people to abandon their family pets. As a result of that — as well as the economic suffering in the Gulf region created by the BP oil spill — animal shelters around the country are overflowing with homeless, abandoned dogs and cats, most of whom end up being killed if not adopted quickly. People with pets — I have 7 dogs and a cat, all except 1 found on the street — know the extraordinary value they provide in one’s life and understand what must be the extreme suffering that comes from having to abandon them due to financial inability to care for them, but for those who don’t, Balloon-Juice has been publishing a remarkable series of testimonials from readers who have recently adopted dogs from shelters. It’s worth reading to see the very positive effects adopting a pet can have on someone’s life, and for those so moved, this article from the Humane Society describes how you can either adopt a Gulf region pet that has been abandoned or donate to groups working on the problem.

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    Poopyman says:

    @vtr:

    Why do people who burn the Quran look so much like the people who burn the cross?

    Rhetorical question, I’m sure, because they’re the same people.

    It’s just that it’s so hard for them to burn a star and crescent on somebody’s front lawn.

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    Just sent ya 2. They’re fleshed out version of what I sent Cole last year when he started doing this kind of thing but then his attention was diverted by some shiny object and apparently they fell into the dustbin of history.

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    Poopyman says:

    Oh, and for Annie Laurie:

    I have to collect a couple of old pics out of frames and scan them, so you should see an email by the end of the weekend.

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    jeff says:

    I have to say I’ve been confused by the reaction of people here and on, say Daily Kos to the Koran desecration prank in Florida.

    Why would some asshole burning the Koran make anyone want to read the Koran?? Or, as many on Kos pledged, to send Korans to public school children? Is the implication that we must not only oppose hurtful and intolerant acts toward Islam, but that we must pretend that we respect the Koran? I don’t mean respecting muslims; rather, respecting the rules and duties of Islam. Because you guys do not, you know? If you did, you would try to follow the precepts of Islam.

    I think that this is pandering to muslims and is slightly offensive in itself.

    I’m mostly just flabbergasted that this guy should has taken or been given center stage and enabled to hold the world hostage.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @jeff:

    Is the implication that we must not only oppose hurtful and intolerant acts toward Islam, but that we must pretend that we respect the Koran? I don’t mean respecting muslims; rather, respecting the rules and duties of Islam. Because you guys do not, you know? If you did, you would try to follow the precepts of Islam.
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    I think that this is pandering to muslims and is slightly offensive in itself.

    It’s not pandering to Muslims. It’s a combination, I think, of respect for the right of people to follow the religion or philosophy of their choice (which in my mind, includes pantheism, humanism, atheism and good old mushy agnosticism) and sheer bloody-mindedness.

    In ordinary times, I wouldn’t favour sending Korans, Bibles, or the collected work of Richard Dawkins to anyone. But if atheists, Christians, Muslims or anyone else had been viciously targeted by the intolerant, you betcha that my support could include distributing their works.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @jeff:

    Is the implication that we must not only oppose hurtful and intolerant acts toward Islam, but that we must pretend that we respect the Koran? I don’t mean respecting muslims; rather, respecting the rules and duties of Islam.

    Educating yourself now counts as “pandering”? Reading a book requires you to follow all of the rules in that book? I guess that I need to go out and find a teenage girl to date since I now have to follow the rules set out in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, but I don’t think too many teenage girls are looking to date a 41-year-old married woman.

    It’s pretty sad that militant atheists are now pushing the line that learning anything about a religion is evil in itself. You guys really are getting to be more and more like other religious fundamentalists every day. “Don’t find out anything about Islam on your own, just go by what I tell you about Islam, and I say it’s evil!”

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    Sad news tonight. My Mum is visiting me right now and as usual her dog is in the kennels with his second favorite hoomins. Many moons ago my Mum rescued Benjy from the local Animal Care facility. He had broken paws which had set wrong, was already quite old. He was some sort of wire haired terrier mix , who had been in the no-kill shelter for two years cause most people thought he would be too much trouble, Mum adored him. He was a simple dog, having spent many a year in the shelter and having come to expect to remain there. Despite the fact that Mom travels quite a bit, Benjy was always happy to go to the kennel for her vacations, he would bound out of the car and shower the kennel owner with kisses as if he were a long lost friend, just as he would bound out of the kennel and into Mum’s arms when she returned. The last few years Benjy has got older of course and had begun to suffer some severe medical problems, his broken paw developed arthritis and he developed a heart condition which required medication. Sometimes his back legs would give way and he would sit there puzzled as to why he couldn’t get up. This evening my sister called with the sad news that this morning Benjy could not stand when the kennel owner tried to wake him. His back legs had completely failed him and his organs were shutting down one by one. The vet made the call and he was put to sleep. Mum as you can imagine is besides herself with grief, wondering if he would ever forgive her. She can’t help but torture herself that he died in the kennel and not at home with her. I spent the best part of the night convincing her that he would no doubt remember who it was that rescued him, and who it was that allowed him to sleep on the bed every night, and who it was that took him on long walks every night, and who it was that fed him and loved him and cherished him. He will be missed and despite the fact that she was not there when he died, I am sure that he knew that she loved him always and he will be there at the Rainbow Bridge when the time comes.

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    Amylw says:

    I just sent you an email, Anne.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I’m so sorry to hear this — your poor Mum! You are of course right, Benjy would remember all the love & good care she provided, but only time will help dull the pain for her…

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    Gemina13 says:

    I just sent you a story, Anne.

    It’s come to the point where, as soon as September 10th comes to a close, I plan to be by myself for all of September 11th. This year, I’m tempted to dig myself a bunker out in the desert.

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    cathaireverywhere says:

    I sent you a story about one of our dogs. It was hard to decide- we have 2 dogs and 4 cats- all rescues. They all have great stories, so I chose the one sitting closest to me. Jasper was lying on my feet, so he won.

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