Thursday, January 29, 2009

Is THAT All? Man gets 10 days in jail for bison killing

I'll tell ya what buddy bwoy
(AKA 'punk little F*** Face'!)

Leave the gun @ home BIG MAN, and meet me in the arena... No waiting for 'High Noon'. NOW! We've got a score to settle.

DENVER, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A 45-year-old Texas man will spend 10 days in jail in Park County, Colo., for masterminding the killing of 32 bison last year, a judge says.

Park County District Judge Stephen Groome ruled this week Texas businessman Jeffrey Hawn earned a reduced sentence on a cruelty to animals charge due to a deal with the district attorney's office, The Denver Post said Thursday.

Hawn had been accused of organizing the shooting deaths of the bison last February and March.

The bison had been owned by rancher Monte Downare of Colorado's South Park region, but had apparently wandered onto Hawn's property.

Groome said while handing down his sentence Wednesday he was disturbed by the fact that some of the animals were killed by up to eight bullets.

"What I find really disturbing is that these animals definitely suffered," the judge said.

The Post said Hawn offered an apology in court prior to being sentenced.

"With the benefit of hindsight, I made a lot of mistakes," he told the court.

Source, UPI

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

That Explains It! Caffeine linked to hallucination tendency - UPI


Thursday, January 8, 2009

"No, no, no," he said. "We should be hitting the greenhouses." - Israelis Watch the Fighting in Gaza ... They Come With Binoculars and Lawn Chairs

3 words... Not very bright.

But IF they get killed, I'm SURE it'll be blamed on the Gazans or Hamas by the IDF's spin cyclers.

For those looking for real solutions, and dialogue, Da' Buffalo highly recommends Bitterlemons(War in Gaza II , January 5, 2009) and Bitterlemons-International (War in Gaza: the regional dimension). The current issues at the time of this posting are linked.

The squandering of a birthright by a PERVERSE society
(Note the adult 'supervision' of these psychologically abused Israeli children)

"If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with all others justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless, the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place…then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever." -Jeremiah 7:5-7

"Jocelyn Znaty, a stout 60-year-old nurse for Magen David Adom, the Israeli counterpart of the Red Cross, can hardly contain her glee at the site of exploding mortars below in Gaza.

"Look at that," she shouts, clapping her hands as four artillery rounds pound the territory in quick succession. "Bravo! Bravo!"

Wall Street Journal Online
JANUARY 8, 2009

Israelis Watch the Fighting in Gaza From a Hilly Vantage Point They Come With Binoculars and Lawn Chairs; Nurse Znaty: 'I'm Sorry, but I'm Happy'

Farnaz Fassihi in Rafah, Egypt and Margaret Coker in Tel Aviv contributed to this article.

GAZA BORDER -- Moti Danino sat Monday in a canvas lawn chair on a sandy hilltop on Gaza's border, peering through a pair of binoculars at distant plumes of smoke rising from the besieged territory.

An unemployed factory worker, he comes here each morning to watch Israel's assault on Hamas from what has become the war's peanut gallery -- a string of dusty hilltops close to the border that offer panoramic views across northern Gaza.

He is one of dozens of Israelis who have arrived from all over Israel, some with sack lunches and portable radios tuned to the latest reports of the battle raging in front of them. Some, like Mr. Danino, are here to egg on friends and family members in the fight.

Others have made the trek, they say, to witness firsthand a military operation -- so far, widely popular inside Israel -- against Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip.

Over the weekend, four teenagers sat on a hill near Mr. Danino's, oohing and aahing at the airstrikes. Nadav Zebari, who studies Torah in Jerusalem, was eating a cheese sandwich and sipping a Diet Coke.

"I've never watched a war before," he said. A group of police officers nearby took turns snapping pictures of one another with smoking Gaza as a backdrop. "I want to feel a part of the war," one said, before correcting himself with the official government designation for the assault. "I mean operation. It's not a war." [In Full @ WSJ Online]

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The 'good war' in Afghanistan?... It isn't a good war... It isn't an Afghan war... "It is about Pakistan" -Tom Ricks (Ex-WaPo now FP Magazine)

H/t to Marc Lynch, Abu Muqawama

What do I mean by that? First, I find the "good war" term offensive. I find it hard to use that word to describe anything that maims and kills innocent men, women and children. All wars have an element of evil in them. That said, this one was better than most. I thought that invading Afghanistan in late 2001 was the right thing to do, and I still do.

But I wonder what the hell we've been doing since then...

In Full @ Foreign Policy

Friday, January 2, 2009

Animal Liberation Front Special Operations Porcupines Terrorize US Town


DENVER, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A sudden influx of porcupines to Mountain Village, Colo., has caused more than $100,000 in damage to area landscaping, area residents say.

porcupine 275Mountain Village homeowner Vicki Irwin said while porcupines have been routine visitors to the home rule municipality, recent arrivals have taken to gnawing bark off scores of area spruce trees, The Denver Post said Friday.

"I've seen porcupines around her for years, but they've never been so aggressive," she said. "It's all just a mystery."

Mountain Village community relations director Nichole Zangara said since no definitive answer has been determined as to the change in the animals' behavior, there have been no solid solutions.
Among the theories postulated for the porcupines' destructive actions are increased porcupine appetites due to last year's hard winter or the lack of predatory bobcats in the area.

The Post said the increased planting of spruce trees by area residents could play a role as porcupines have an affinity for them. [Source]