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Richard Ahlstrand, of Auburn, Massachusetts, faces criminal charges after encountering a bear in his back yard and shooting the damned thing to avoid being mauled or eaten. Specifically, as noted at Reason 24/7, he's charged with "illegally killing a bear, illegally baiting a bear, illegal possession of a firearm and failure to secure a firearm." All of these charges, once translated from Massachusetts to American, seem to stack up to outrage that Ahlstrand didn't make his yard completely inhospitable to animals that are rarely seen in the area, and then investigated a suspicious noise with a weapon in hand rather than cower under the bed. Worst of all, he actually defended himself when he encountered danger.
According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Ahlstrand had a 50-gallon drum of birdseed in his backyard, and this appears to be the basis of the "baiting"charge against him. Leaving the birdseed outside might be considered a foolish idea in an area where bears are known to congregate, but the same article quotes the police chief claiming that "bear are not common in Auburn" with the last such sighting about a year ago. So Ahlstrand shouldn't have had birdseed because ... ?
When confronted by the bear, Ahlstrand had a shotgun with him — in his own backyard, remember — because he'd heard a noise and thought he'd seen a bear the day before.
Full Story: http://reason.com/blog/2013/04/08/man-faces-charges-after-defending-himselRichard Ahlstrand, of Auburn, Massachusetts, faces criminal charges after encountering... more
Originally a U.S. Army post built in late 1800′s for coastal defense during the Civil War [good job guys!], Fort Mason expanded in 1912 to include docks and storage for shipping overseas soldiers and equipment for wars. It hasn’t really changed too much since then since it was finally decommission and handed over to the National Parks Service in the 1970′s.Originally a U.S. Army post built in late 1800′s for coastal defense during the... more
A wandering bear took the residents of Vancouver by surprise when it appeared aboard a rubbish collection truck in the centre of the Canadian city. The bewildered beast was eventually rescued from the vehicle and released in the wild after it was tranquilised and scooped up in a tarpaulin.
Note: this video has no audio.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajAcoWetBH4A wandering bear took the residents of Vancouver by surprise when it appeared aboard a... more
Struggles the Struggling Bear - if you're having trouble living, then the answers you'll be given by Struggles the Struggling Bear!Struggles the Struggling Bear - if you're having trouble living, then the answers... more
Every time a gay thinks about marrying, God gets punched in the taint by the Devil and a kitten sucks a dick.
A same-sex marriage bill is currently working its way through the New York state legislature which can only mean one thing, Jesus is warming up his wave machine while solemnly shaking his head in disappointment with us all. How do I know this? Because the Wide Receiver of the Apocalypse has deliver unto us our one and only warning.
You see, in a video released Wednesday by the National Organization for Marriage, former super bowling footballist David Tyree pleads for our continued discrimination against a people solely because we think the way they touch parts is icky, not just because God says so, but because God says so and, you know, for the children.
"You can't teach something that you don't have," Tyree said in the video. "So two men will never be able to teach a woman how to be a woman."
To say the statement by this ball hugging man in tight, tight knee pants is ignorant on the surface of it would be a disservice to the additional ignorance below the surface. The obvious implication here not only slights the ability of same-sex couples to raise a child, which as I've chronicled recently is nigh biologically impossible, but it also automatically implies that single parents raising a child of the opposite sex of them are doing it wrong. UNLESS of course, this statement is only meant to say that two parents of the same gender automatically negate any teaching they are attempting to pass on to their child, simply by the power of their reproductive organs not interlocking like Voltron limbs in the manner in which this ex-group man showerer deems Biblically correct. Because unless that's the case he's making, all children of divorce or any other single parentage should automatically be taken from their homes the second it is not populated by two alternately gendered parental figures, you know, for their own well being.
But the other bit of ignorance about the statement that probably bothers me more is a more stereotype based bit of observation. Two gay men would likely raise a better woman than a hundred straight women and two lesbian women would undoubtedly raise a better man than a dozen dozen hetro blokes. Or maybe that's my ignorance clouding his ignorance in a hot, steamy ignorance sauna, so foggy from the drippy steam, just groping for answers, hands, grasping things that they might not normally if they could see clearly, it may be wrong elsewhere, but right here, right now, there's nothing more right in this entire world!
What was I saying?
Ah, right, former professional sweaty man who was paid millions of dollars to run from the grasp of larger, heaving sweaty men and his hatred of amateur sweaty men's want to be sweaty together...
"Marriage is the only relationship that actually mirrors the relationship with God," he said.
Which, if you really wanted to be a dick, you could say SOUNDS a lot like him saying that as a believer, he is married to God, as generally depicted as a large, burly, bearded man in all artistic representations, which makes his statement sound kind of hypocritical. Feetball catchman Tyree can be married to what the community would call a "bear" but other mortal men can't marry similarly mortal men. That's kinda unfair really.
Let's also just gloss over the ignorant hypocrisy of another statement of his objection in the article that:
"it is not justifiable to alter a long-standing institution 'because a minority -- an influential minority -- has ... an agenda,'"
Says the millionaire man of non-caucasian ancestry whom without the agenda of an influential minority not sixty years ago couldn't buy a sandwich in many establishments owned by proprietors who hated his ancestors simply because of how they were born and the lifestyle they lived.
But the main thrust of his argument is that allowing dude one to buy a piece of paper that says he and dude two are going to be able to put each other on their health insurance and allow them to visit one another while in the hospital, that it could only signal for this great, man on woman bonded nation:
"the beginning of our country sliding toward ... anarchy," he said
Now, "anarchy" as defined by Susan Merriam and Alouicious Webster is:
a : absence of government
b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
a: absence or denial of any authority or established order
b: absence of order
It's probably safe to say that Mr. Tyree didn't mean it in the "utopian society" sense of the word, so I can only assume "catchy runny yay" believes that allowing two ladies to scissor the night away as legally recognized wife and wife will somehow bring about the total collapse of the United States government. I'm not sure if he thinks this will come about by gays sucking up the steps of the capital building and ousting our elected leaders by force, or if he thinks that knowing fellahs would be out there sword fighting with their two married dongs would drive all of our countries legislators to mass suicide, leaving no one left to not pass laws out of petty childish gamesmanship or blind incompetence and or intolerance.
Why what two people do in the comfort of their own home bothers so many people is beyond me. If you think two hunky slabs of beef getting married on court house steps somehow delegitimizes your own legal bonding, it seems like you've got insecurity issues that have nothing to do with who sticks what in which where. Nobody is screaming at you about the failed experiment that is heterosexual marriage where more than half of these holy unions end up in do overs. So how about we just give marriage to the gays for a while, see if they have any better luck with it?
"We're doing God an injustice by not making his heart known to our country. "
The bible's a big book, how about we focus on more than just your favorite sentence or two and try living more in line with the teachings on the whole, you know, peace, love and forgiveness. I'm no theologizisit, but I'm pretty sure it's what Jesus would do.
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vanfullofcandy.comEvery time a gay thinks about marrying, God gets punched in the taint by the Devil and... more
In the forests of Italy's Abruzzo National Park live one of the rarest creatures on Earth: the Marsican brown bear. For the last several decades the species has been on the brink of extinction -- with current estimates putting their population at less than 50 individuals, down from over 100 in the early 1980s. Recently, a program funded by the EU set out to help preserve the threatened animals, though a sad event today suggests that it may not be enough.
Sadly, threats facing the marsican bears are far more numerous than the bears themselves -- from poison intended for other animal and illegal hunting to human development and vehicle strikes. Most, if not all, remaining individuals -- members of a subspecies of European brown bear -- are thought to be living under protection in Abruzzo National Park, but that fact alone hasn't managed to curb their decline.
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2011/0503/Italy-s-largest-animal-is-on-the-brink-of-extinctionIn the forests of Italy's Abruzzo National Park live one of the rarest creatures... more
Silly bear, thought that no one could see her..
A convicted killer who escaped from an Arizona prison said after his capture that he had planned to overdose on heroin at Yellowstone National Park and let bears eat him to end the fear and panic he was experiencing while on the lam.
Tracy Province told Mohave County sheriff's Detective Larry Matthews that he had wanted to go up on a mountain, shoot up a gram of heroin and "be bear food." As he was preparing the drug, a voice told him not to go through with the plan, and he changed course in favor of trying to hitchhike to Indiana to see family.
"He called it divine intervention," Matthews wrote in an August report.
Al Nash, a spokesman at Yellowstone National Park, said it's certainly possible that Province's plan would have worked, but it struck him as improbable.
"We have a fair number of bears in the ecosystem," Nash said. "They eat about anything. A bear would rather get an easy meal than a difficult meal, but human bear encounters are very infrequent."
Authorities say Province asked fellow convict John McCluskey and their alleged accomplice, Casslyn Mae Welch, to take him to Yellowstone, so they drove him to the Wyoming park from New Mexico. Province doesn't name anyone else in the interview with Matthews, but it's clear whom he's with.
Their travels took them to the Phoenix area to get clothing and to an eastern Arizona Walmart to buy sleeping bags, and they got turned around in Oklahoma and Texas, Province said in the interview first reported Thursday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The trio face capital murder and carjacking charges in New Mexico, where they're accused of killing an Oklahoma couple and burning their bodies inside a camping trailer.
Province has pleaded guilty to Arizona charges of escape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and armed robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. He then will be sent to New Mexico to face charges there.
Province, McCluskey and a third inmate, Daniel Renwick, escaped from a minimum-security prison near Kingman on July 30. Authorities say Welch helped them flee by throwing cutting tools over the perimeter fence.
Province told Matthews about his plan to commit suicide after he was returned to Arizona following his Aug. 9 capture in the sleepy town of Meeteetse, Wyo.
He was serving two life sentences for murder and robbery and told Matthews he fantasized about fleeing but became nervous after scaling a fence topped with barbed wire and cutting through another fence. The trio's escape went unnoticed for hours.
"He didn't know why anyone would want to escape because all you do is look over you(r) shoulder the entire time," Matthews wrote.
Province told the detective he had put a gun under a pillow at an Albuquerque motel, then turned on the TV and saw a story about the escape, so he panicked and left without the weapon.
Province also discovered that he forgot how to drive during their time in New Mexico, telling Matthews that he almost hit other motorists. The group of fugitives ended up leaving the vehicle he was driving behind.
"Everyone drives too fast now," Matthews quoted Province as saying. "When he went to prison the speed limit was 55."
Province recounted to Matthews that he told his traveling companions he was upset after the New Mexico killings and that "he wasn't in for it." The two suggested Yellowstone, and they dropped him off there.
The escape that Province said was planned over a couple of weeks spurred a nationwide manhunt for the fugitives.
Renwick had split from the group right away and was captured days later after a shootout with police in Colorado.
Authorities caught up with McCluskey and Welch in eastern Arizona, where a Forest Service employee spotted the beat-up Nissan they were driving at a campground. They are set to go to trial on Arizona charges April 19.
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2011/01/27/5936808-report-arizona-fugitive-planned-suicide-by-bearA convicted killer who escaped from an Arizona prison said after his capture that he... more
That Walrus is going to be pissed when he finds out where his bucket is. Though looks like the bear is too big for mah bucket but too tiny to eat a woman's arms.That Walrus is going to be pissed when he finds out where his bucket is. Though looks... more
In Soviet Russia, the bears own you.
Shocking: A sad eyed bear sits dying in a filthy cage - forced to drink cola to amuse cafe customers
http://www.4us2be.com/animal-plant-life/bear-drinks-cola-as-it-goes-to-death/Shocking: A sad eyed bear sits dying in a filthy cage - forced to drink cola to amuse... more
It is said the bear population is stable with mixed opinion on if they had enough food supply this Autumn. Though there are reports scavenging bears have taken to looting graves for food, among the other usual methods of rubbish bins and garden veg.
"From a distance it resembled a rather large man in a fur coat, leaning tenderly over the grave of a loved one. But when the two women in the Russian village of Vezhnya Tchova came closer they realised there was a bear in the cemetery eating a body.[...] "In Karelia one bear learned how to do it [open a coffin]. He then taught the others," she added, suggesting: "They are pretty quick learners.""-Guardian
The report states the Russian government is drafting legislation into banning bear hunts during winter breeding season.It is said the bear population is stable with mixed opinion on if they had enough food... more
Who is driving? Oh my god BEAR is driving!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-ReoBPl4mM&feature=player_embedded#!Who is driving? Oh my god BEAR is driving!... more
A women in Montana discovered a bear attacked her 12 year old pet dog, so she decided to distratc the bear by screaming. However, this only caused the bear to divert its attack towards her and ripped her jeans with a swipe of its paw.
When fleeing back she grabbed an object from within the kitchen door, a 30cm courgette.
"She threw the courgette at the bear from a distance she estimated to be about a metre, The vegetable hit the bear on the top of its head and the animal fled"-Guardian
She and the dog were not seriously injured, but the local wildlife officials are now searching for the 90kg (14st) black bear.A women in Montana discovered a bear attacked her 12 year old pet dog, so she decided... more
A bear doing yoga.
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1312205/Its-Yoga-Bear-Show-Incredible-pictures-Santra-keeps-shape-Finnish-zoo.htmlA bear doing yoga.... more
The kids today have it all, from the internet to laughing Elmo toys. Now they can be reunited with lost toys via the internet.
A Tearoom in Suffolk has created a Facebook page for the cutest worn looking toy, which was left behind in their shop.
"In the meantime, Ms Everett has been making sure the bear enjoys himself and has posted pictures of him eating ice-creams, building sandcastles and taking boat trips. Awww."-Metro
From the pictures, it looks they'll miss him if he's claimed.The kids today have it all, from the internet to laughing Elmo toys. Now they can be... more