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Posted by astonamous in California
Wed Mar 26th 2008, 10:56 AM
When you shop at Ralph's, you can help Pryor's Planet.

If you have a Ralph's Club Card, simply click on the link below and sign-up to participate in Ralph's Community Contribution Program. Fill out the information form and be sure to include Pryor's Planet's NPO # 90300.

If you use your phone number at the check-stand and don't have your Club Card anymore, call 800-660-9003 to get your Club Card Number.

If you have never had a Ralph's Club Card, they are available at the Customer Service Desk at your local store.

Please take a few minutes to participate, it won't cost you anything but a few minutes of your time. Every penny counts and every dollar goes to the animals.

This is Clover and we rescued her March 19th. She is doing a little better but has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Feb 14th 2008, 03:10 PM
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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Sep 05th 2007, 10:11 PM
what people were looking for from Whoopi and others who have given their opinions in the media, is the same outrage that I/we have. When we heard the response from Whoopi today, which was measured, calm and logical, our knee-jerk reaction was to go off on her again, knowing that she does love animals and has even worked with us rescuing horses. Yes, we would have loved to hear her pull a "Rosie" (Love Rosie too!) but she didn't, she was making sense and discussing the whole issue and not just the gut wrenching part that keeps us awake nights.

I am on the front line of rescuing and every day I see the scars, both physical and mental, that are left on the animals. That is the part that no one seems to address. Yes we all know that dog fighting is a horrible thing, but we aren't hearing and maybe we don't want to hear, how horrible it truly is. Everyone is debating on the living conditions of Vick's childhood but no one is talking about the dog's living conditions. What they had to go through day in and day out. The mental stress that must have caused and the consistency of the instability of their existence. It rips at my heart to see their faces and the pain in their eyes.

Here are pictures of our newest family member, Casper. He was thrown away because he wasn't a good enough fighter...he was lucky.

Casper in the shelter...his ear was so painful and he had lost all hope.

After major ear surgery and 4 skin cancers removed. What a handsome boy.

Two months after we formally adopted him, he is just now starting to "live" with his new pack.

This is pure joy!
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Posted by astonamous in Veterans
Tue May 29th 2007, 11:26 AM
I mean I am just putting the paperwork in an envelope and going to the post-office. The way I see it, it isn't any worse, and probably a lot better than the only other option we have here (Kaiser Permanente). At least the meds are covered and there isn't a $1500 deductible on everything.

We have been using Tricare for years as a secondary. Now it will be our Primary insurance and we will just have to pay close attention to all the small print. But it looks like it will serve us as well as any HMO has in the past.

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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 28th 2007, 11:58 AM
...even after serving in the Air Force for 8 years. The simple fact is, I was stationed in D.C. and it was more like a job with a uniform. Don't get me wrong, I am proud of the work we did especially taking care of those retired enlisted military members.

I will never forget their stories, their tears and their smiles. I will never forget!

Bush reminds me of those foreign leaders who wear uniforms and aren't or never were in the military of their country. And now we have a war czar...what the hell is that about? Now Bush is AWOL from the office he was selected to hold.

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Posted by astonamous in The DU Lounge
Wed Apr 11th 2007, 10:45 PM
I had the opportunity to meet him today. Very nice and very spiritual with a few M*therF**kers thrown in.

Maybe you don't remember his name, but he was/is probably the only Native American (Oneida Tribe) to make it as a stand-up.
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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Mar 27th 2007, 08:33 AM
I called the Natural Balance company yesterday. They are one of the companies that manufacture pet food at their own plant and nothing is imported. All their products are human grade and I have been feeding that brand to my dogs for a while now. Their dry dog food doesn't have any wheat or corn.
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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Nov 03rd 2006, 07:30 PM
I insisted several times. Then they made an announcement to all those waiting in the 1.5 hour line and lots of people opted to use paper ballots. I was surprised that for the last couple of weeks of early voting no one had insisted before. The election officials there didn't appear to have a system set up for paper ballots.

By the way...I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah and voted at the county building.

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Posted by astonamous in Vegetarian, Vegan and Animal Rights Group
Mon Sep 25th 2006, 09:24 PM
Tipton, PA—Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, has been chosen as a Top Ten Finalist in the Animal Planet Hero of the Year Contest. The winning nomination came from Autumn Temple of Altoona, PA, a Dogs Deserve Better supporter and local hero in her own right through her work with the area's families and children.

Autumn's winning nomination states, "Tammy dedicates so many hours to Dogs Deserve Better that this organization is her life. Dogs Deserve Better pays for fencing for those who want to unchain their animals and allow them freedom. Tammy is also a perpetual foster mom to unwanted dogs, until she can find them a home. Tammy’s home should be considered the dogs’ home as she has installed a number of doggy doors, and has fenced the yard. Her home is very much the place for animals.

>From July 1 - July 15, Tammy successfully held Dogs Deserve Better’s first annual “Chain Off Contest” to raise awareness for chained dogs. Eleven contestants were chained to doghouses and the one who lasted the longest won a new Chevy Aveo. As a result of the contest, the runner-up of the contest immediately went home and unchained his dog. Dogs Deserves Better is now working with the dog and its guardian to create an animal-friendly environment. Tammy Grimes has inspired so many others that she now has Dogs Deserve Better representatives in 37 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada. Tammy also involves youth in the advocacy of animals as junior representatives for the organization. Tammy’s efforts have changed the lives of many animals and families."

If Grimes wins, Dogs Deserve Better will receive a $10,000 donation to further it's efforts for chained and penned dogs. To vote, click on the photo above, or go to .

Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tipton, Pennsylvania, is the 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA Pet Protector Award, and currently has 150 area reps in 37 states as well as in Canada and Australia.

Tammy is currently in 2nd place. There are a lot of deserving nominees. Vote for your favorite.

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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Sep 18th 2006, 05:11 PM
post it in my journal? Damn, I got me some things to work on. Actually, I usually get pretty excited if anyone even replies to my posts.

Thanks for clearing all that up and thank you for re-openeing this thread.

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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Sep 10th 2006, 12:48 PM
I have a lot of thoughts running through my brain in regards to this 5th anniversary of the deaths of almost 3000 people on Sept. 11, 2001 in coordinated attacks within the United States.

I didn’t know anyone on the planes or in the buildings…barring any 6th degree of separation. I have never looked at any of the lists of names of those that died that day. Maybe someday my curiosity will take over and I will look to see if there is a name that I recognize. Would I mourn more if I did know someone? I doubt it.

It was a tragic event and the sudden and unexpected deaths of so many loved ones for so many people will bring a quiet moment of remembrance in all my days to come. I think the thing that affected me the most that day was that I have felt that same sudden and unexpected loss and know the ache that is so deep it is hard to reach. To see the faces of those loved ones and friends that were left behind, I now know what my face must have looked like so long ago.

The buildings can, have or probably will be replaced or repaired. The inconveniences and loss of money for those businesses will be forgotten about. The one thing that we must always remember will be the people. They can not be replaced or rebuilt. Turning the date and the events into money making ventures, to me, is the most inappropriate dedication to the lives lost. These dramatizations that are being churned out with one stepping a little further over the truth than the last one are no less distasteful than spitting in the faces of those children that lost a parent that day.

We still don’t know the whole truth about what happened that day. I don’t care if there was a commission that ‘looked’ into it. There are gaps in the story and until we know the absolute truth, how can we write the history?

So, five years later the remains of those that died that day are lying in a garbage dump…buried with the trash. America has lost nearly 3000 of our military in a war within a country that had nothing to do with attacking America. Over 100,000 innocent Iraqis are dead and thousands are dying each month because of our invasion of that country. And the hundreds or thousands that died on the gulf coast last year, to me, is also connected.

It doesn’t matter if you believe that 19 men hijacked 4 planes and flew them in murderous suicide missions, or that you believe the government had something to do with it or knowingly allowed it to happen, just please remember the people affected that day.

Remember yourself, your loved ones and your friends…because our lives didn’t come with a script
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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Aug 25th 2006, 10:26 AM
for just a few seconds about how America have turned out?

Yeah, I get mad too. And I'm not afraid to get mad because it's a natural reaction which I don't want to hide. But this whole mess with the neocons upsetting our world had to happen. They represent the conflicted nature of Americans who think they are above all others and can always have it their way. We had to see the darkest side of our nature to be completely grossed out to do something about it.

Right now, the repubs are turning on themselves. They don't like what they've become and allowed. The dems are seeing how weak they've been and don't like what they've become. They (we) all know both parties are wrong and something greater must arise out of the darkness if we are to survive. Just like parents, Americans were role models to the world. Well, we have failed as role models and the world is utterly disappointed and has just about fired us from the job.

We must face the fact that we are no greater or lesser than anyone else or any country. In fact, we are them. Until we embrace the world and its people as one with us, we are destined for doom. We must learn to believe in ourselves again, rather than rigid belief systems, opinions and thoughts. With those outmoded systems of belief, there will always be an either that or this, right or wrong, success or failure. When we believe in ourselves, we realize there are many avenues to happiness and goodness, which includes others.

I don't want to live in a world of hamburgers and french fries. I'd like to enjoy tacos, shrimp fried rice, sushi, couscous, spaghetti, and many other cultural foods and be able to experiment with others at will. How will I learn about the many tasty foods out there if I rigidly believe my food to be the right one?

Did you know the Iranian President, Mahmoud whatshisname, has a greater education and intelligence and love for his people than the Shrub? Pick just about any leader around the world and he is most likely a much better leader than our Shrub. Here I am admiring our adversary's leadership and hating my own. That angers me. And it's not about feeling so much a loser as that our country did not try hard enough to produce the best leadership it could. We sold out for the almighty dollar and now have lost that dollar. It's not about being the's about being the best that we can be.

Yeah, I hate the Shrub and his entourage. But I hate the American people more for our greed, laziness and arrogance. All this mess had to happen to force us to look within for the answers. We have to get back to basics. Belief in self, self-reliance, helping one another, selflessness, humbleness and hard work. Lots of hard work.

On that note, I'm going back to work.
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Posted by astonamous in Pets Group
Thu Aug 17th 2006, 01:11 AM /


America has a dirty little secret, and it’s not that little.

Horses have always been an American symbol of freedom. Their loyal, relentless work is part of what made this country. They are the living legends of American history. So why is it that we are allowing nearly 100,000 horses to be slaughtered annually in America for human consumption in slaughterhouses that are foreign-owned? It must be because most of us don’t know about this horrible practice.

Even worse, the treatment of horses going to slaughter is most often inhumane. They suffer injuries in overcrowded trailers and abuse by handlers, and they are often conscious during acts of mutilation and slaughter. It’s like stepping on the American Flag.

The passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503 and S. 1915) would put in place a permanent and immediate ban on both the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the exportation of live horses for slaughter abroad.

Now that you know about horse slaughter, make your voice heard. Join Bo Derek, Jennifer Pryor, the Barbi Twins and my family, and a host of others on Capitol Hill on Sept. 5, 2006 to support the bill, which will be introduced and voted on that week.

Call or write your Members of Congress today, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. Please go to .

It's time for the cowboys to stand up for the horses!


Willie Nelson

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Posted by astonamous in Pets Group
Wed Jul 26th 2006, 05:49 PM

If you live in the L.A. area and are looking for a companion, this little guy may just the one for you.

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Posted by astonamous in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Jul 25th 2006, 02:14 PM

Of note: Rich Reynolds is my cousin, but that doesn't mean I will defend him or his information.

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