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1924: ‘Pep, The Cat Murdering Dog’

Via: Retronaut

“Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog” was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924.

Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records.

The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends.

Pep was much loved, and lived among the inmates at Eastern State for about a decade.

While the truth may never be known, in photographs Pep, with his head down and ears back, looks GUILTY.

http://www.retronaut.com/2012/11/pep-the-cat-murdering-dog/

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FRAMED, I say!

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayor Bloomberg endorses President Obama

Via: Huffington Post

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection on Thursday, Bloomberg TV reported and The Huffington Post confirmed.

The mayor, an Independent, did not endorse a candidate in the 2008 election and hadn’t seem poised to do so this time around either. But he said in an op ed published on his website that his eagerness to see action on climate change legislation persuaded him to back a second term for the president. Bloomberg also explained that while he admired Mitt Romney, his stance on a number of social issues gave him pause.

“I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”

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President Obama said he was honored to receive the endorsement.

“While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time — that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children’s future, and we owe it to them to do something about it,” he said in a statement.Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation — together.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/michael-bloomberg-obama_n_2059212.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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Personal thought:

‘Good and Decent’?

I don’t believe LYING in ads about Chrysler plans to move operations to China is a ‘Good and Decent’ thing to do.

Do the RIGHT thing – Re-Elect Obama/Biden!

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | 2012, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’ – and yes, ‘Stupid’ means the GOP!

Via: Bloomberg Businessweek

Yes, yes, it’s unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us—and they’re right—that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.

Clarity, however, is not beyond reach. Hurricane Sandy demands it: At least 40 U.S. deaths. Economic losses expected to climb as high as $50 billion. Eight million homes without power. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated. More than 15,000 flights grounded. Factories, stores, and hospitals shut. Lower Manhattan dark, silent, and underwater.

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An unscientific survey of the social networking literature on Sandy reveals an illuminating tweet (you read that correctly) from Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. On Oct. 29, Foley thumbed thusly: “Would this kind of storm happen without climate change? Yes. Fueled by many factors. Is storm stronger because of climate change? Yes.” Eric Pooley, senior vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund (and former deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek), offers a baseball analogy: “We can’t say that steroids caused any one home run by Barry Bonds, but steroids sure helped him hit more and hit them farther. Now we have weather on steroids.” (And it’s only going to get worse, MUCH WORSE!)

Read the rest of the article, HERE:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-01/its-global-warming-stupid#r=hp-lst

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, President Obama, Romney, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment