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There is a reason

a really good reason there is a leash law for dogs. And it’s a goood idea to keep one’s cats inside.

For the 2nd time in less than a week a small beloved pet has been hit by a car in front of my apt. For the 2nd time this week I have blood on my hands because apparently most people seem to be incapable of handling an injured or dead animal.

A few days ago, the young cat was still alive when animal services picked her up – no collar – bless the 3 young people who saw it happen, called 911, knocked on my door to see if it was mine(I found out later my neighbor Donna had sent them – she was walking her dogs and couldn’t herself) – the kids didn’t tell me the cat was still alive and I said I had no cats – but I was leaving for an appt and came down – the kids had stayed to make sure no one ran over the cat again – so I moved the cat to the sidewalk in the shade and held it’s badly injured head until help arrived.

and today – almost the same damned spot and a little dog off leash that oddly enough happened upon last week’s tragedy w/ it’s owner – I scolded her then for not having her dog on a leash –

and again today as I scooped up the little one who had just died in my hands into a towel. Bless the driver who hit her – he stopped and drove the woman and her dog to a local vet – had to direct traffic too around the senseless insanity – just shit!


youtube video of Vietnam ‘B’ Recon is not publishing – argh!

we so desperately need to eliminate armed conflict from our communications repertoire – no one should have to endure this.
and the sound track says it all –

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Who Owns the World? | TomDispatch.

April 20, 2011

Directors Tim Hetherington (right) and Sebastian Junger (left) in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in 2007 during the filming of their Academy Award-nominated documentary RESTREPO. Tim Hetherington, who was a photojournalist, was killed today in Mistrata, Libya. Three other photographers near him were severely injured by mortar fire. Photograph © Tim Hetherington

Updated | 8:34 p.m. Tim Hetherington, renowned war photographer and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Restrepo,” was killed amid intense fighting in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata on Wednesday, according to news reports and the accounts of human rights organizations.

Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty Images, was also killed in the attack, dying of severe brain trauma within a few hours, according to astatement by Getty Images co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein. “Chris never shied away from the front line and his work in Libya was no exception,” Klein said. “Chris was a true hero in his dedication and commitment to bringing the important news and the stories of those less fortunate to us all — from far off places.”

Two other photographers working beside Hetherington and Hondros — Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown — were also wounded. Martin was said to have suffered severe injuries and was in critical condition in a hospital in Misrata.

Hetherington, a 40-year-old British-born New Yorker who worked as a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in an attack by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Human Rights Watch said.

Gadhafi loyalists have been bombarding the rebel-held city in northwest Libya virtually since the start of the uprising, and observers have warned of a grave shortage of basic medical supplies and food, including baby formula. Opposition leaders have also criticized the NATO campaign for failing to respond quickly enough to the regime’s attacks on civilians. As Hetherington wrote in his last Twitter update on Tuesday: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

Hetherington was known for covering the world’s forgotten conflicts, including in Afghanistan, the subject of his film “Restrepo,” which won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

“Tim Hetherington was much more than a war reporter,” Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a tribute on the organization’s website. “He had an extraordinary talent for documenting, in compassionate and beautiful imagery, the human stories behind the headlines.”

Hetherington is the third journalist killed in Libya since the start of the conflict there, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which has documented more than 80 attacks on the press since February. Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the committee, said in a statement: “The Libyan conflict is proving to be an extremely dangerous story for journalists to cover.”

Along with French filmmaker Magali Charrier, Hetherington produced a disquieting short film earlier this year encompassing his 10 years of war reporting. The 19-minute video, named “Diary,” pieces together the disparate sights and sounds of Hetherington’s travels through war-torn regions — from Liberia to Afghanistan — with a haunting, almost ethereal quality. Hetherington described the film at the time as “a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting.”

Diary (2010) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo.

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Labrador and Dolphin


take the time to watch this – French – subtitles in English – I loved it!! TY  Michael for sharing it on Facebook

The beautiful Green

oh and this too –

Dolphin Bubbles


My cousin Chris!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
By Daniel Lai, Heritage Newspapers
A crowded field of candidates vying to represent the Democratic Party in the November election for the 52nd state House of Representatives came to an end Tuesday night.
Christine Green of Scio Township defeated fellow Democrats Robert Wozniak of Manchester and Jeff Lee of Dexter in the August primary.
Green garnered 1,761 votes, or 70 percent, and will go on to challenge Republican Mark Ouimet in November.
Wozniak received 553 votes and Lee received 195 votes.
"I’m disappointed by the results. I have had great feedback from voters on my push to reform and recreate Michigan. But the election is the beginning of democracy, not the end," Lee said. "Even with the results, I’m still
going to be working to get this state and my fellow Michiganders back on their feet and back to work."
Wozniak said he was also disappointed in the election results.
is clear to me that our campaign was too conservative for the
Democratic base," he said. "I wish Christine the best of luck, and I can
only hope that Michigan will be in better hands."  Wozniak said come
November he would support the candidate who is fiscally conservative and
will "bring the economy back in balance."
"I’m not sure right now if that’s Christine," he said. "I did send her a congratulatory e-mail when the results come in."
said he will probably campaign again in the future."Christine is
well-known and I am fairly new to the area," he said. "I didn’t expect
to win outright, but I didn’t expect to get lambasted either. Christine
has the name recognition, and that’s what it comes down to
Green said she is honored to represent her party in the upcoming election.
thing that separates me from all of the individuals I run against, and
that now includes Mark Ouimet, is that I am an advocate for issues and I
have been for 25 years," she said.
If elected in November, Green promises to "hit the ground running."
"I have been studying the issues and how policies are made," she said. "I think it’s very important when you have a Legislature with term limits that you hit the ground running.
"With the experience I have, I think it will be very helpful to fight for reform in Lansing."
Ouimet, who ran unopposed in the primary, currently serves as the District 1 representative on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. He said he is looking forward to a strong
"I think there is a clear cut
difference between my opponent and I," Ouimet said. "With Christine
Green, there will be more of the same that Michigan has already seen.
"We need someone in Lansing who understands job creation and can be successful at creating opportunities for small businesses."
If elected in November, Ouimet said his top priority would be bringing jobs to the district.
need to put Michigan back to work. In order to do this, we must create a
business-friendly climate by altering the state’s current tax structure
in a manner that will encourage businesses to open their doors in
Michigan and to attract new business to the state," he said.
52nd District represents Lyndon, Dexter, Webster, Northfield, Sylvan,
Lima, Sharon, Freedom, Lodi, Manchester and Bridgewater townships, as
well as Manchester
Village and parts of Saline, Ann Arbor and Scio townships, and the city
of Chelsea.