“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
― César Chávez
Heard the old expression. “Like shooting fish in a barrel?”
Maybe you have. Maybe you haven’t. But it describes a form of canned hunting — killing animals that have no possibility or hope of escape. Animals awaiting their deaths at the hands of high-paying savages who pay big money to kill an animal that has more value to the world than they do.
Try as I might, there is simply no understanding people who are able to murder in cold-blood an animal that is captive whether that is behind the bars of a cage, fenced-in on a Texas ranch or game farm in Africa, or drugged and unable to escape the monster with the lethal weapon in their hands.
“This, for many people, is what’s most offensive about hunting—to some, disgusting: that it encourages, or allows, us not only to kill but to take a certain pleasure in killing”
― Michael Pollan
This “hunting,” really it is just cold-blooded murder by a different name, is not solely the province of the socially deviant, the mentally disturbed or the sociopath. Ordinary Americans, some admired by millions, are able to profit from canned hunts without a thought.
Owner Lee Marvin Greenly sold the bear for $4,650 and orchestrated the hunt, which Gentry videotaped and edited to make it appear the bear had been killed in a fair chase hunt, according to authorities.
Montgomery Gentry, which includes co-singer Eddie Montgomery, are known for hits such as “My Town” and “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.”
Do you really want to support the murder of captive animals by purchasing the music of Montgomery Gentry? I don’t. I won’t.
Animals of all sorts are kept on fenced-in, escape-proof, ranches especially in Texas. If you have the money, greedy evil canned hunting operators will provide you the animal of your choosing.
Graduation present? Reward for a good report card? Using the death of another living being as a way of feeling powerful when you know how powerless you really are? No problem. If you pay enough.
Looking for a way to impress the other bored, dysfunctional members of your 1% social circle?
Then by all means join the other Ugly Americans who feel good only when they have inflicted pain and death on a creature more valued by the world by you.
Canned Hunting Exposed: Savage Cruel Bloodthirsty
Too fat to walk to the enclosure, fence, or pen? Too fat to get in the vehicle that will drive you to your vehicle. Canned hunt operators now make it possible to shoot and kill a beautiful animal from the comfort of your computer keyboard — and then you can waddle or be transported to the corpse.
As wealthy bored heartless Americans flock to Africa to kill, the problem becomes one of species on the verge of extinction. Not enough targets.
Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who came to specialize in constructing and operating middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Donald was an energetic, assertive child, and his parents sent him to the New York Military Academy at age 13, hoping the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner.
Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to become a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. He then entered Fordham University and two years later transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics.
He got his start when he turned a big profit on a Cincinnati apartment complex his father assigned him after his Wharton graduation in 1968. He then made use of tax credits the New York City government was doling out in the 1970s to build his portfolio of Manhattan real estate.
My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy.”
Frederick Christ Trump was born on October 11, 1905, in New York, the son of Fredrick Trump and Elizabeth Christ Trump. Donald Trump’s grandfather was born in Germany and immigrated to North America in 1885 at the age of 16. He moved to Seattle during the Gold Rush, where he ran restaurants before moving to Canada, where he opened a hotel and restaurant, according to a CBC article.
The restaurant offered more than food, Gwenda Blair, who authored a book about the Trump family, told the CBC. “The bulk of the cash flow came from the sale of liquor and sex.”
Donald Trump’s grandfather died in 1918 when Frede Trump was a teenager. In 1927, Fred Trump, Trump’s father, started Elizabeth Trump & Son Co., the real estate company that would become The Trump Organization, according to his New York Times obituary. He began building houses in Queens, New York, and then constructed barracks and apartments for U.S. Navy personnel along the East Coast during World War II.
He continued to build the company, constructing low-income apartments and row houses in Brooklyn and Queens. Donald Trump joined the company in 1968, when he was 22. Fred Trump lent his son money and allowed him to go into the real estate business in Manhattan, according to the Times.
“It was good for me,” Donald Trump told the Times. “You know, being the son of somebody, it could have been competition to me. This way, I got Manhattan all to myself!”
Things You Should Know About Donald Trump
Trump’s third wife, born Melanija Knauss, is a Slovenian model and mother of his youngest son, Barron. She met Trump in 1998 at the Kit Kat Club in New York, but they broke up when Trump briefly considered running for president in 2000. The pair got back together, and he proposed at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala in 2004. According to a New Yorker profile of Melania, she didn’t ask Trump to learn any Slovenian. She has a jewelry line and a skincare line, and has kept a relatively low profile during the campaign so far. “I give him my opinions, and sometimes he takes them in, and sometimes he does not. Do I agree with him all the time? No. I think it is good for a healthy relationship. I am not a ‘yes’ person,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I don’t want to change him. And he doesn’t want to change me.”
Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump’s oldest son with first wife Ivana Trump is a businessman and an executive vice president at the Trump Organization (along with his brother Eric and sister Ivanka), which means he helps run the Trump Organization while his dad is running for President. Trump Jr. says he and his siblings avoided becoming fodder for gossip blogs by devoting lots of time to working for their father’s business. Trump Jr. says he started by working on the docks in Atlantic City, telling Forbes: “I’m pretty certain that I’m the only son of a billionaire who can drive a D10 Caterpillar better than I can drive a golf cart.” He and his wife Vanessa have five children.
Donald’s poised and accomplished daughter with Ivana Trump has frequently accompanied him on the campaign trail or acted as a surrogate for her father. She is a former model who now serves as executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization and runs her own successful lifestyle brand that sells shoes, handbags and fragrance, as well as the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection. On top of all that, she recently gave birth to her third child, Theo, with husband Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism in 2009 when she married Kushner, and she says she regularly cooks Shabbat dinner for their family.
Ivanka Trump’s husband is a real estate mogul in his own right. The CEO of New Jersey real estate empire Kushner Companies and publisher of the New York Observer is also the son of Charles Kushner, a real estate developer who spent time in prison for hiring a prostitute to entrap his brother-in-law, who was cooperating with federal authorities in an investigation against him. Jared Kushner grew up in an Orthodox family in Northern New Jersey before getting his undergraduate degree at Harvard and a joint business and law degree at NYU.
Donald Trump’s third child with Ivana is also, like his siblings, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, and owns Trump Winery. He has a degree from Georgetown and married CBS producer Lara Yunasaka in 2014. This year, the youngest son from Trump’s first marriage attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Donald Trump’s only child with second wife Marla Maples is 22 and about to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. She mostly grew up with her mother in California, and saw her father only a few times a year—Maples has said she raised Tiffany mostly as a single mom. “Her daddy is a good provider with education and such, but as far as time, it was just me,” Maples told People magazine. Tiffany was reportedly named after the store Tiffany’s, and she’s been called one of the “Rich Kids of Instagram.”
Donald Trump’s youngest son with Melania is 10 years old and lives in the family penthouse with his mother in New York. Between his mom, a model, and his sister Ivanka, a fashion designer, Barron is fashion-forward for an elementary school kid: Melania has said that he’s “not a sweatpants kid,” but likes “to dress up in a tie sometimes like Daddy.” He’s frequently absent from the campaign trail, since he’s busy with his homework for his private school in New York City.
Donald Trump’s older sister Maryanne seems to have distanced herself as far as she could from the glitzy Trump empire: She was a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, more likely to be seen in judicial robes than fancy gowns. Appointed a federal judge by Ronald Reagan in 1983, she was put on the Court of Appeals by Bill Clinton in 1999. In 2006, she testified in support of Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Ted Cruz once called her a “radial pro-abortion extremist” because she struck down a New Jersey partial-birth abortion ban she deemed too broad. Trump reportedly used his connections to lobby for her to get appointed to the bench.
But first, the books from which Game of Thrones (and Game of Thrones Spoilers)spring.
Who is George R. R. Martin?
George R.R Martin is the much celebrated writer of the famous A Song of Ice and Fire series. He was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey and grew up to be world renowned Science Fiction and Fantasy writer. George being the only son of Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman and Margaret Brady Martin has two sisters Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten. Martin obtained his early education from Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School moving on to B.S (1970) and M.S (1971) degrees in Journalism Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
As a child Martin was fond of writing stories and dramas which he sold to other children in the neighborhood in return for only a few pennies. In his teenage years, Martin was a passionate reader of comic books and stockpiled many comic books to make his own collection. His publishing career also began during this period when he started writing fiction stories for amateur comic fan magazines. After graduating from university Martin worked for the Country Legal Assistance Foundation from 1972 to 1974. Martin also took interest in directing chess tournaments at the Continental Chess Association during these years. In 1976, Martin took up teaching Journalism at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa. He left teaching in 1978. All through this time, he continued to write part time. In 1975, Martin tied the knot with Gale Burnick but the marriage ended in 1979 after which Martin became a full time writer.
George R.R Martin’s first work titled The Hero was published in 1970 when he was only 20. There was no looking back and Martin wrote many fantasies including his claim to fame series A Song of Fire and Ice and Games of Thrones. His novels such as Dying of the Light, The Ice Dragon and Windhaven have also done well among fiction lovers. Martin also wrote and edited comic books. Some of the famous ones are Wild Cards, Sandkings and The Hedge Knight. Due to a broad fan following all over the world, Martin’s stories have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, Portugese, Croatian, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish, and Esperanto.
Martin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his second wife, Parris McBride.
“I suppose I’m a lapsed Catholic. You would consider me an atheist or agnostic. I find religion and spirituality fascinating. I would like to believe this isn’t the end and there’s something more, but I can’t convince the rational part of me that makes any sense whatsoever.”
in the beginning, George R. R. Martin was coaxed into lunch at the Palm two Hollywood eager-beavers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The rest, it can be said, is a magical, mystery, fantasy ride to the bank for the three of them and HBO.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” — Cersei Lannister
Depending on your opinion of spoilers, a hero or a zero, is defying HBO and posting spoilers. Previews of coming attractions, so to speak.
A man known as the “Spanish Spoiler” is uploading videos to YouTube in which he details the entire plot of the upcoming week’s episode.
Which makes HBO all crazy and in the mood for censorship in the extreme.
As Kim Renfro tells it:
The internet is darker and more full of spoilers than ever these days — and “Game of Thrones” is no exception. But the problem that has arisen in the last several weeks has nothing to do with spoiler-filled discussions of the episodes after they air. A man known as the “Spanish Spoiler” is uploading videos to YouTube in which he details the entire plot of the upcoming week’s episode.
But he’s doing it two full days before HBO airs the show.
In each video description, the mysterious YouTuber writes the following disclaimer (roughly translated using Google):
I cannot put spoilers for the 3rd episode of the 6th season of Game of Thrones, because HBO forbids it. But we can always count predictions, theories, and make analysis of what will happen. And who knows, maybe guess everything.
Nothing about the Spanish Spoiler’s descriptions is guesswork. Multiple plot details were revealed to be accurate for the first two episode “predictions,” and it has become clear to viewers that he has an inside source with the series.
Plus, HBO is onto him. The Spanish Spoiler’s videos have all been taken down from YouTube, marked as a “copyright claim by Home Box Office Inc.”
The Spanish Spoiler? Wouldn’t HBO love to know.
Love spoilers or hate ’em, maybe you could not care less about Game of Thrones Season Six. But HBO does. And it won’t rest until they can put an end to the Spanish Spoiler’s game of spoilers.
“They both teach a twisted form of Christianity that teaches obedience, giving, and faith as a way to get things from God. They are both products of what is known as the Prosperity Gospel and The Word of Faith Movement, or the Seed Faith Movement.”
— Rick Henderson
Joel reluctantly stepped into the role of Lakewood Church pastor. His stated preference was for the behind-the-scenes media work.
Reluctant or not, pastor televangelist is the role Joel Osteen was born to fill. Since becoming the head of Houston’s Lakewood Church, Osteen has grown the church’s membership to more than 40,000. Since becoming the head of Houston’s Lakewood Church, Osteen has grown the church’s membership to more than 40,000. The already very large Lakewood Church has grown to over 40,000 members.
And a new church building, an NBA former basketball arena. Once home to the Houston Rockets it is now home to Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church.
The growth of the church led to the growth of Joel Osteen’s wealth — in the $50 million-plus range. But Joel is not ashamed of his wealth.
Joel is married to the former Victoria Iloff who hales from Huntsville, Alabama. And yes, her father worked in the aerospace program there. When Victoria was two years old her father took a job with NASA and the family moved to Houston.
Victoria briefly attended the University of Houston but dropped out of college to work in her mother’s jewelry business. It was at the jewelry store that she met a customer who stopped in for a watch battery — Joel Osteen.
The couple married April 4, 1957. They have two children: Johnathan and Alexandra.
Joel’s preaching has made him beloved by millions. Still, critics criticize what they term Christianity Lite.
“I think it’s a cotton candy gospel,” the Rev. Michael Horton, professor of theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California said.
“His core message is God is nice, you’re nice, be nice. It’s sort of a, if it were a form of music, I think it would be easy listening.
He uses the Bible like a fortune cookie. ‘This is what’s gonna happen for you. There’s gonna be a windfall in your life tomorrow.’ The Bible’s not meant to be read that way.”
Morgan Freeman, currently fascinating viewer with his “The Story Of God” is not a religious man. But of all the religious people with whom Freeman interacted in the making of the series, it was Joel Osteen who made the biggest impression on him.
“In a Houston megachurch (Lakewood Church) I connected somewhat. Encouraged to think positive. You don’t just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God’s plan for us is to succeed. – Morgan Freeman
Spain and Great Britain soon decided to leave Mexico. French leader Napoleon III decided to take control of Mexico.
A numerically and vastly larger French army engaged the Mexican army in battle. On May 5, 1862, the smaller, less-experienced and under-equipped Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla.
Let us direct all our efforts now to obtain and to consolidate the benefits of La Paz (Peace). Under its auspices, the protection of the laws and the authorities for the rights of all the inhabitants of the Republic will be effective. That the town and the government respect the rights of all. Between the individuals, like between the nations, the respect to the other people’s right is La Paz. — Benito Juarez
Christians talk of heart, Hindus enlightenment, Islamists paradise. Me, I’m a privatist. All of life is this planet. Life ever after is here. I don’t think life exists on any other planet. If, like me, you think that it’s just us, you must make a move not to kill it. Ours is a planetary problem. Trees, animals, climate, we have to stop killing it.”