Category Archives: Perspective

‘Chin Up ‘Ol Boy!’ Police Dog Fired for Being ‘Too Sociable'(But No Worries, He’s Already Got A Better Gig)

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*It’s just not fair, I tell you! If you ask me,  and I know you didn’t, cops these days could learn a thing or two from Gavel the K-9 cop. True, his focus was more on belly rubs than catching bad guys. Sure, he’d rather have a jerky stick treat instead of taking a chunk out of some bad guys leg. But he’s a doggie for Pete’s sake. Give him some slack. 

Can a dog get a pass, please?

No such luck for a police dog. Gavel was ousted from the training program because he liked people too much.

According to The Huffington Post, Gavel’s handlers at the Queensland Police Service in Brisbane, eastern Australia, decided in February that he was too sociable for the force and cut him from its 16-month training program. 

But he didn’t sue. Instead, he got even. With a much cooler job! Continue reading

Families, Researchers, and Charity Leaders Visiting Africa to Lend a Hand

Cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality across the globe, and this disease was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Luckily, researchers have been working tirelessly for decades to come up with better ways to combat cancer in all of its insidious forms. Though a cure is yet to be found, new treatments like proton therapy have been administered to more than 64,000 people with cancer worldwide.

Another debilitating disease that impacts millions of people around the world is malaria. Malaria is much easier to contract than other diseases and has ruined the lives of countless families in struggling African countries for decades. But thanks to technological and medical advancements over the years, efforts to fight malaria across the continent of Africa have cut the rate of infections in half since 2000. Continue reading

Women-Only ‘Wonder Woman’ Screenings Aren’t Sexist. But They’ll Illegal.

*I’ve been waiting for this week’s premiere of the new Wonder Woman feature for years.  Hell, decades.  Ever since Lynda Carter twirled her way into my little 12 year old heart back in the 70s, I’ve waited for Hollywood to give the Amazonian princess the big budget treatment.

After Gal Godot almost stole the show from the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, I knew the writing was on the wall.

I was intrigued when I read about a Texas movie theatre that was selling out tickets to women-only screenings of the new film.  I smiled when I read about the man who gloated about successfully purchasing a ticket to one of the screenings, and the vitriol that he faced online about his purchase.  And I’d planned to get you all up to speed about that.

Then, I read an article on HuffPost that posited that it wasn’t sexist to have a women’s only screening.  And I had to make sure I wasn’t reading it on The Onion or some other satirical site. Continue reading

Florida Family Finds 7-Foot Alligator Swimming In Their Pool

*I love an early morning dip in the swimming pool, and I’ve been known to take the occasional late night skinny dip.  After reading this story, you can bet that I’ll be flipping on a light before I jump into any pool!  

A Florida family’s plans for a Memorial Day swim were postponed when they found a 7-foot alligator swimming in the pool!   Continue reading

Eight Things The Happiest Couples Do Before Bed

*HuffPost recently ran an article that began by describing the marital bed.  They wrote:

“Your bed should be a place for sleeping, sex and conversation — not for scrolling mindlessly through your Instagram feed.”

At the risk of echoing Julie Andrews, sleeping, sex and conversation are a few of my favorite things, so HuffPost had by attention.

(Although ironically, Andrews sang that song with a bunch of kids in her bed, which is counter to one of the eight tips below…BUT I DIGRESS!)

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings…”

Although I don’t use Instagram, my Twitter feed and I have been an item for years, and I’ve certainly been known to “scroll mindlessly” through the minutia of the Facebook version of everybody else’s life.  Since I’m looking forward to my current marriage being my last, I kept reading.

The article is supported by specific tips from experts who sure sound like they know what they’re talking about.

Here are the highlights: Continue reading

Will there EVER Be A Way to Protect Our Pets From Coyotes? So Far, This Is It!

*Many of us dog owners who live in coyote-vulnerable areas have stories to tell. Every time I see a sign posted with a photo of a cute little dog “missing,” my next thought is: Oh god. A coyote got it.

I have two big dogs, whose true genetics claim they were bred to chase lions. But for some reason the thought of coyotes getting at them is still a scary one. Once my daughter saw a coyote walking along the narrow wall separating our yard from a neighbors, we both freaked. Then she mentioned how they can jump over a six-foot-fence to get at their prey. Needless to say, this knowledge did nothing to make me feel better.

I hate those damn coyotes (even though I secretly feel bad about this when I see the baby ones). One pet owner I know got so frustrated he had his gardener put out poison. To this day he feels guilty that it killed some of the coyotes!

And hey, not to belabor the point, but I never even realized how traumatized I was about the experience of someone I’ve never even met. I recall hearing how singer Jessica Simpson’s cute little Maltese, Daisy, was snatched right in front of her, by one of those ugly things. I was horrified for her and I never forgot it.

So when I heard about a possible end to the bullying behavior of these ugly beasts; by way of an extension you can add to a fence called a coyote roller — a round, metal spinning bar — I was like, “OK. Let’s roll with this.

But then I read… 

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How To Avoid A Hole In Your Face Courtesy Of Your Neighborhood Brown Recluse Spider

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*Imagine waking up from a sound sleep the way country singer Meghan Linsey did recently:  with an “awful” stinging pain in her face.

She’d just been bitten by a brown recluse spider. She’d awakened to the little guy dying in her hand.  

Sadly, Linsey did not develop super strength, agility, nor the ability to swing through the city via webs spun from her wrists.  

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“The swelling was the first thing, and then I ended up just having crazy, crazy symptoms,” Linsey said.  “I had muscle spasms, and I had a body rash all over.”

Just over a week later, she developed an open wound at the site of the bite, which she called “a hole on my face.”

That’s what I’d call it too.  This MF took a chunk outta her CHEEK!   Continue reading

Man Sues Date For His $17.31 Movie Ticket…Because She Was Texting During Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2

Put your phone down, sweet thing, or you just might get sued.
Put your phone down, sweet thing, or you just might get sued.

*The man I’m about to tell you about and I are soulmates.  Brothers from another mother.  We share a pet peeve:  folks texting during a movie.

But my boy has taken his frustration about the rude, increasingly more common practice to the next level!

Brandon Vezmar, 37, took a first date to see Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.  According to his lawsuit — yes, he’s suing her! — his date started texting about 15 minutes into the movie.

Vezmar wasn’t having it.  Not for a single moment.

“This is…one of my biggest pet peeves,” Vezmar said.  “It was kind of a first date from hell.”

Vezmar claims that the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.”  He also claims that his date ignored his requests to stop texting during the show.

“I said, ‘Listen, your texting is driving me a little nuts’ and she said ‘I can’t not text my friend'” he said.  “I said ‘maybe you can take it outside to the lobby, I’ve seen people get kicked out movies for this.'”

Vezmar says the woman left the theatre and never came back, leaving him stranded as they’d driven to the theatre in her car.

So Vezmar is suing his date, for the $17.31 price of his 3D movie ticket. Continue reading