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  • Don Lichterman 8:15 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Flores, , Lembata, , ,   

    Rescue underway of 3 highly endangered blue whales – Indonesia – a Lincoln O’Barry report. 

    BREAKING: Rescue underway of 3 highly endangered blue whales.


    22 OCTOBER, 2014

    Dolphin Project BLOG


    The island of Lembata, in Indonesia, is a recognized area where whales and dolphins are continuously killed under the name of “adat” (culture), despite the fact that dolphins are a protected species in Indonesia. The established quota, familiar with the locals, is set at “only” two whale kills per year.

    IMG_9790The village of Lamalera on the island of Lembata (on Flores), is known as the home of traditional whale hunting. This hunt is allowed under the IWC as it is done in a “traditional” manner.

    The trouble is, this practice is never followed. Locals catch what they can, how they can, now with outboard speedboats. Dolphins, whales and manta rays are part of their “take”.

    Now, eight critically endangered blue whales have entered a bay on the north side of Lembata Island.

    From an original eight animals, five have been able to return to sea, however three whales remain trapped.

    For four days, they have been unable to return to the ocean.


    ‎The locals claim this is a “gift from God” and plan to bring the whales ashore this Friday!

    Lincoln O’Barry of the Dolphin Project has previously visited the village, along with members of Jakarta Animal Aid Network to investigate the dolphin hunt.

    Currently, JAAN team members have just reached Lamalera to assess the situation.

    Individuals from a joint effort of local organizations have attempted to help the whales get back to the sea, but time and patience are both needed to await the appropriate tides.

    Femke Den Haas with Jakarta Animal Aid Network is tweeting updates as efforts to save the whales play out. This story will update:

    Click the Take Action button below to help the end illegal dolphin hunting and support Dolphin Project as they defend dolphin rights around the world.

    As published by Lincoln O’Barry of Dolphin Project
  • Don Lichterman 8:11 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, , Marine (ocean), Morris Oxford, , , Sanjay,   

    15 Fascinating Marine Species You Won’t Believe Actually Exist (PHOTOS) 

    Compared to the world we know on land, the environment of the depths of the ocean seems like a completely different universe. Underwater you can find species you would never come across on land – and some of them are downright weird. While we contend that we love all animals equally, no matter what they look like, you have to admit, some of these marine species are just plain bizarre!

    There are hundreds of thousands of different species that can be found underwater that most humans will never set their eyes on, that is unless they are like us and like to search out the ocean’s most interesting marine species! Although the oceanic environment is, for all intents and purposes, a completely different world than our own, our existence relies heavily on the survival of these strange marine species. Around 70 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced by marine plants, not to mention that the planet’s oceans currently absorb 30 percent of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

    We have a lot to thank the oceans for, but sadly, humans have mostly returned these favors by fishing marine species into extinction, dumping plastic and trash into the water, and slowly making the ocean more acidic by recklessly burning fossil fuels. We’re not the greatest neighbors, huh? We could all stand to be more appreciative of the world’s marine species, and what better way to gain a renewed appreciation for the oceans than by looking at some pictures of radical marine organisms!

    So, are you ready to take the plunge?

    1. Axolotl

    Weird Marine Species

    2. Platybrachium Antarcticum, Sea-Angel

    Weird Marine

    3. Pink Sea-Through Fantasia

    Weird Marine SpeciesLaurence Madin/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


    4. The Squidworm

    Weird Marine SpeciesLaurence Madin/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    5. Larval Tube-Anemone

    Weird Marine Species

    6. Flaming Tongue Snail

    Weird Marine SpeciesTumblr

    7. Leafy Seadragon

    Weird Marine SpeciesWikimedia Commons

    8. Hydromedusa

    Weird Marine SpeciesNational Geographic

    9. Jewelled Umbrella Squid

    Weird Marine

    10. Comb Jelly

    Weird Marine

    11. Ocellated Frogfish

    Weird Marine Species

    Wikimedia Commons

    12. Mola Mola

    Weird Marine

    13. Dumbo Octopus

    Weird Marine

    14. Crown of Thorns Starfish

    Weird Marine SpeciesWikimedia Commons

    15. Glaucus Atlanticus

    Weird Marine SpeciesWikimedia Commons

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  • Don Lichterman 8:07 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , Gray whale, , , , , , , San Francisco Board of Supervisors, , Seaworld of Hurt, ,   

    Charges against Seaworld and dolphin and whale rights filed This week (yesterday) 

    San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes Cetacean Rights resolution, first in the US.

    “Yesterday was a very important day for dolphin and whale rights.

    They deserve to be free; our elected officials agreed. Thanks to everyone who helped pass the cetacean protection resolution.

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution saying that cetaceans should have the right to freedom. This is a big step in the right direction.

    Special thanks to Commissioner Russell Tenofsky for getting the resolution passed, to Supervisor Scott Wiener for supporting it, to Lori Marino and especially the hundreds of students who wrote letters of support. We did it!”

    Full Resolution Text:

    Supervisor Wiener

    [Free and Safe Passage of Whales and Dolphins in San Francisco’s Coastal Waters]

    Resolution supporting the free and safe passage of whales and dolphins in San
    Francisco’s coastal waters, San Francisco Bay, and its estuaries.

    WHEREAS, Scientific evidence has shown whales and dolphins to be highly intelligent,
    sentient, emotional marine mammals that live in families or close-knit socially-oriented groups,
    lasting generations; and
    WHEREAS, Whales cited near San Francisco include Blue Whales, Gray Whales,
    Humpback Whales, and Orcas; and
    WHEREAS, Dolphins cited near San Francisco include Bottlenose Dolphin, the Pacific
    White-sided Dolphin, and the Harbor Porpoise; and
    WHEREAS, The City and County of San Francisco has a long history of supporting
    efforts to protect marine mammals, including calling for and supporting local and international
    protections; and
    WHEREAS, It is imperative that these magnificent creatures be protected in their
    natural environment; and
    WHEREAS, Captive individuals display signs of increased psychological stress and a
    higher mortality rate; and
    WHEREAS, The San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare adopted a
    Resolution supporting the free and safe passage of marine mammals; now, therefore, be it
    RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco supports the free and safe
    passage of all whales and dolphins in our coastal waters, including the Pacific Ocean, the San
    Francisco Bay, and its estuaries; and, be it
    FURTHER RESOLVED, That every whale and dolphin has the right to be free of
    captivity, and to remain unrestricted in their natural environment.

    In light of all the political hand-shaking that Seaworld has been doing lately it’s nice to know there are people countering these efforts by passing resolutions like this one.

    Please support your local legislators that support cetacean rights, and vote them into office this election season.

    Share this with the following hashtags in appreciation:


    DODO did a great follow up article to this ground-breaking (first of its kind in the US) news.

    PETA files new animal abuse charges against Seaworld

    Never-before-seen images taken by a veterinarian at SeaWorld San Diego.

    Exposed: A Veterinarian Visits SeaWorld

    Dr. Heather Rally, a veterinarian who has experience working with marine mammals, visited SeaWorld San Diego in September 2014. Her observations reveal that orcas aren’t the only ones who suffer at SeaWorld—dolphins, walruses, and pilot and beluga whales do, too. Here are her (not so) shocking findings:

    1. Dolphins with skin conditions and likely depressed immune systems interacted with the public.

    A study published in the Canadian Journal of Comparative Medicine found that “[s]tress, environmental conditions and general health appear to play a major role in the clinical manifestation of dolphin pox.” Despite the stressful conditions of confinement, dolphins are still expected to perform and interact with the public.


    “The dolphins involved in human interaction activities had obvious skin lesions,” says Dr. Rally. These pox-like lesions could be seen on many of the dolphins at SeaWorld San Diego.


    Visitors were still allowed in the water and often sat unsupervised by the side of the pool, putting their hands in the water and touching the dolphins. The only SeaWorld staff member in the area was sitting with her back toward the guests.


    2. Bullying and aggressive fights among members of various species were apparently commonplace.

    When whales and dolphins are held in captivity, the stress of being confined to tiny tanks results in aggression.


    The most common injuries are rake marks that form when the teeth of dominant whales and dolphins scrape the skin of the less aggressive animals. These attacks can result in painful and serious injuries. “I observed dolphins ramming, chasing, and flipping, and attempting to slap each other with their flukes,” says Dr. Rally.

    Dr. Rally observed dolphins with rake marks in various stages of healing.


    Rake marks result in scarring that usually disappears within six months of the initial injury. This “means that aggression between cetaceans at SeaWorld is not only commonplace, it is also happening currently.” says Dr. Rally. The severity of the scars usually indicates which animals are more frequently bullied.


    Aggression between cetaceans in the wild happens less frequently than in captivity. According to Dr. Rally, “When dolphins and orcas are held in captivity, aggressive dominance hierarchies are a common occurrence.” At SeaWorld, the animals cannot simply separate themselves to diffuse a situation, and when an aggressive attack breaks out, there is nowhere for the animals to escape to.

    At least one orca who reportedly tried to flee ended up with a gruesome and painful injury.

    8-reasons-fights© Ingrid N.Visser, Ph.D.Nakai was injured on a sharp metal edge in his tank at SeaWorld San Diego in September 2012 while reportedly fleeing from an aggressive altercation with two other orcas.

    3. Orcas Exhibit Psychological Stress

    Orcas in the wild create strong family bonds and swim up to 100 miles a day. At SeaWorld, they are forced to perform unnatural tricks and swim in endless circles. Captive orcas at SeaWorld would need to swim 1,900 laps around the tiny tanks they are confined to in order to swim the same distance that orcas in the wild typically do each day. The stress of confinement was apparent at SeaWorld San Diego.

    After observing the orca show, Dr. Rally noted that one of the orcas, Ikaika, “swam to the center of the pool and proceeded to lie motionless at the surface, occasionally lifting the head and opening the mouth as if swallowing air.” She added, “This behavior lasted at least 15 minutes as the public was cleared out of the stadium.”

    Wild orcas are almost constantly in motion and spend up to 95 percent of their time under water. At a young age, Ikaika was separated from his family and shipped to MarineLand in Ontario, Canada, on a breeding loan for many years. While still at SeaWorld, he was given drugs to “mellow” him and suffered from various physical ailments, including broken teeth and chronic infections.

    orca-floating-lifelesslyNo trainers were present to interact with Ikaika in the barren tank, and he showed no interest in the guests as they were leaving the stadium.

    Another orca, who had a severely collapsed dorsal fin, was floating motionless in the corner near the exit of the pool.


    Notes Dr. Rally, “Floating listlessly in a lateral position is extremely abnormal behavior for an orca and is a manifestation of the psychological distress and boredom of captivity.”

    When Dr. Rally asked an “educational” guide why this orca’s fin was collapsed, the guide responded that “the bent fin is a genetic trait similar to people with curly vs. straight hair.”


    This statement is entirely false. “There is no scientific basis for the statement that orcas are genetically programmed to have collapsed dorsal fins. However, there is evidence to suggest that the conditions of captivity are responsible for the high incidence of dorsal fin collapse in this population, including activities such as spending abnormally long periods of time at the surface in direct sunlight and constantly swimming in tight circles,” says Dr. Rally.

    4. Unhealthy Animals

    Captive animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them and often experience captivity-related health problems as a result.

    A walrus named Obie was confined to a tiny tank that was covered with a thin layer of green algae.


    Obie suffered from psychological distress and boredom and displayed this by pressing his mouth against the glass and repeatedly regurgitating and swallowing his food. This is a common neurotic behavior in captive wild animals, and it could cause serious health problems.


    Obie suffersfrom blindness and most likely has experienced chronic irritation of the mucous membranes of his eyes. He held both eyelids closed 90 percent of the time.


    5. Separated From Their Mothers

    Dolphins, belugas, and other whales are highly social animals who live alongside their families for many years, if not their entire lives. At SeaWorld, they are often forced to breed and are torn away from their families at a young age. This affects their physical, social, and psychological development and well-being.

    Two juvenile female belugas were separated from the three adult animals seen on display. It is unclear whether these two are being housed together or in isolation.


    Marine animals aren’t ours to use for entertainment, and they aren’t meant to be confined to cramped, barren, chemical-filled tanks. They are meant to live in their natural environments and swim freely with their families.

    Based on Dr. Rally’s observations and expert opinion, PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding numerous apparent violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. PETA urged the agency to inspect SeaWorld and hold the company accountable for any violations found.

    Spread the word!

    Read more:

    The breaking article first Published on Fox5 News by Bob Ponting.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to announce that it has filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against SeaWorld San Diego after a veterinarian allegedly found scars and lesions on whales and dolphins.

    Tuesday’s announcement, scheduled to be made at noon from the W San Diego Hotel, marks yet another in a growing list of complaints PETA has filed against SeaWorld alleging abuse.

    The organization has filed at least two other complaints against the marine theme park this year.

    In one, the organization asked the department to look into the issue of orca whales receiving sunburns while in SeaWorld’s care.

    In the other, PETA asked that the interactions of park guests and animals be looked into after a girl was allegedly bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld San Antonio.

    Though PETA has blasted SeaWorld parks for years for using captive animals to entertain humans, the organization has ramped up its efforts against the marine theme park since the release of “Blackfish.”

    The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013, explores the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld Orlando. Brancheau was drowned by an orca. Since her death, trainers have not been allowed in the water with orcas during the park’s famed Shamu shows.

    In addition to filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, PETA has launched a media campaign against SeaWorld.

    Among other things, the campaign has included large anti-SeaWorld billboards being posted for tourists to see at Lindbergh Field.

    Activists File Complaint Over Alleged Abuse of Dolphins and Whales at SeaWorld

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says marine mammals are kept in overcrowded, stressful conditions in San Diego.

    (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

    Dolphins covered in lesions. Orcas lying listlessly in their pool. Walruses swimming in endless circles. These are just some of the alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at SeaWorld San Diego, according to a complaint filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

    On Tuesday, PETA held a news conference in San Diego to publicize its eight-page complaint to the United States Department of Agriculture, which is charged with enforcing the AWA.

    Heather Rally, a PETA staff veterinarian with marine mammal experience, documented the allegedly subpar conditions during visits to the San Diego marine park on Sept. 4 and Oct. 18.

    “I observed stereotypical behaviors that were abnormal and repetitive, that occur in wild animals held in captive conditions where their basic needs aren’t being met,” Rally said in a telephone interview.

    A SeaWorld representative did not respond to a request for comment.

    PETA’s complaint reads like a catalog of animal misery.

    Animals crowded into SeaWorld’s Dolphin Point exhibit showed “obvious and sometimes extensive skin lesions,” according to the complaint. The lesions were similar to those caused by the dolphin poxvirus.

    “It is speculated that pox lesions present at a higher prevalence during times of stress or disease-induced immune suppression,” Rally wrote.

    Another pen held 11 bottlenose dolphins. “Several animals in this enclosure have skin lesions and scars, including pox-like lesions, rake marks, and splotchy skin discoloration of unknown origin,” Rally said.

    PETA said the lesions might violate the AWA’s provision that animals should be kept “under conditions consistent with their good health and well-being.”

    Animal incompatibility was another possible violation. Rally observed dolphins acting aggressively toward one another, including “ramming, chasing, and flipping, and attempting to slap each other with the flukes.”

    Several dolphins were covered in marks from the teeth of their tank mates. Such wounds typically heal within six months, meaning that animal aggression was both current and commonplace, the complaint said. “It is well known that cetaceans held in over-crowded enclosures with artificial social structures engage in more frequent interpersonal aggression.”

    The AWA requires that animals not be housed with other animals that cause unreasonable stress or discomfort, or interfere with their health.

    SeaWorld dolphins threaten human safety as well, the complaint said. Rally saw visitors trying to pet the mammals while they were fighting with each other as a park employee looked the other way.

    SeaWorld dolphins have previously bitten visitors, and those with lesions could transmit disease to people, the complaint added.

    That might also violate the AWA. “Any animal must be handled so there is minimal risk of harm to the animal and to the public, with sufficient distance and/or barriers,” the law states.

    Then there are the walruses, including 28-year-old Obie. “Dr. Rally observed and documented Obie engaging in ‘very serious stereotypic behaviors that are a clear indication of psychological distress and/or boredom,’ ” according to the complaint.

    Obie was seen swimming in circles in a listless manner and repeatedly regurgitating and swallowing his food, another sign of stress and boredom.

    Rally also saw two killer whales floating listlessly at the surface for 15 minutes or more. “This is an example of…abnormal, repetitive behavior demonstrated at times of stress or boredom,” according to the complaint.

    Several orcas were covered in rake marks, as were three adult beluga whales, further suggesting incompatibility, the complaint noted.

    So what does PETA want?

    “We’d like to see SeaWorld step up and do right by their animals,” Rally said. “They should dismantle their breeding programs and end the perpetual cycle of suffering by retiring their animals from their circus life and creating sea pens where they can live free from the stress of performance life.”

    Ric O’Barry, director of the Dolphin Project, who spoke at the press conference, was unsure how the government would react.

    But he has hope. “Times are changing,” O’Barry said. “SeaWorld’s attendance numbers and stock are dropping—a measure of success from educating the public to not buy a ticket. Consumers can end this suffering. It’s all about supply and demand.”

     Japan’s Solution to the Global Food Crisis: Eat Whales

    has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.


  • Don Lichterman 5:39 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Josh Earnest, , , ,   

    After Another Guy Jumps The White House fence, He Kicks the Guard Dogs, However, The Dogs Win That Battle! 

    Secret Service guard dogs are in spotlight after latest White House fence jumping

    Secret Service K-9 Hurricane – black Belgian Malinois, left, and Jordan – black/tan Belgian Malinois. (Courtesy of U.S. Secret Service)

    The apprehension of a man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was bitten by a guard dog highlighted one of the Secret Service’s most effective weapons: its canines.

    Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly subdued the latest fence jumper, whom authorities identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., after he punched two of the Secret Service dogs, Hurricane and Jordan, authorities say.

    The two animals were taken to a veterinarian and treated for minor bruising they suffered during the incident, according to agency spokesman Edwin Donovan, while Adesanya was taken to a hospital with injuries from a dog bite and is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

    “Both K-9s were cleared for duty by the veterinarian,” Donovan wrote in an e-mail.

    Adesanya was charged Thursday with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and one count of injuring animals used by law enforcement. Both charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to 1 year in prison.

    The Secret Service began using dogs, including the Belgian Malinois, to patrol the White House gates last June — the first time canine agents were deployed among the general public. Belgian Malinois are often used in military operations by U.S. Navy SEALS. (The Washington Post)

    The Secret Service began using dogs, including the Belgian Malinois, to patrol the White House gates last June — the first time canine agents were deployed among the general public. Belgian Malinois are often used in military operations by U.S. Navy SEALS. (The Washington Post)
    Adesanya’s rapid apprehension posed a marked contrast to the agency’s handling of Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army veteran who authorities say jumped the White House fence and ran far into the executive mansion through an unlocked front door on Sept. 19. The incident involving Gonzalez, whose arraignment was delayed Tuesday and who is now scheduled to undergo a mental-health evaluation within 30 days, set off a series of embarrassing revelations about the Secret Service and helped lead to the resignation of its then-director, Julia Pierson.

    In the case of Gonzalez, the agency’s guard dogs were not released, raising questions about a security breakdown at the White House. Under the Secret Service’s protocols, there was supposed to be an attack dog, a specialized SWAT team and a guard at the front door at the ready if the officer in a guard booth on the North Lawn was unable to reach the intruder.

    A panel of outside security and operations experts is reviewing the breakdowns at the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to recommend reforms by mid-December.

    The decision not to release the dog last month is part of that review. Some people familiar with the incident say the handler probably felt he could not release the dog, because so many officers were in pursuit of Gonzalez and the dog may have attacked them instead.

    Of Wednesday night’s incident, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the episode “underscores the professionalism of the men and women of the Secret Service. These are individuals who literally at a moment’s notice are prepared to spring into action to protect the White House, to protect the first family, and to protect those of us who work here every day.”

    Earnest added, “I do think it would be fair for anyone to conclude that the results of last night’s efforts were better than the results that related to the incident that occurred last month here.”

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security, praised the Secret Service in an interview for defending the president so effectively Wednesday.

    What kind of dog makes a good cop? VIEW GRAPHIC
    “The swiftness of the response was impressive. They’re obviously dealing with a difficult situation, and they got him out of there in a rapid and professional manner,” Chaffetz said, adding that his only outstanding question is how closely agents were monitoring Adesanya before he jumped the fence. “Was he on a watch list? Was the Secret Service aware of this individual?”

    But when it comes to the K-9 unit, Chaffetz added, “I can’t say enough about how valuable they are.”

    “I love the dogs,” he said, adding that having watched a video showing Hurricane and Jordan being assaulted, “I hated to see him punch the dogs, but obviously they could take a punch. I was thrilled to see they’re back on duty.”

    Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of The Humane Society of the United States, helped craft the 2000 law that made it a crime to wound a law-enforcement animal in the line of duty. It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and is the basis for two of the felony charges Adesanya now faces.
    They are not just instruments or mounts or attack mechanisms or tools. They’re living breathing creatures, and there are many cases over time where suspects or criminals injured or killed dogs or horses in the conduct of their duty,” Pacelle said in an interview, adding that he and others pushed for the law “to send a signal that that behavior would not be tolerated.”

    After being deluged with media requests, on Thursday afternoon the Secret Service tweeted out two separate photos of the Belgian-born, male pooches, tongues wagging as they posed in front the U.S. and agency’s flags. Hurricane is a “black Belgian Malinois, brown eyes, age 6, enjoys playing with his Kong toy, ready to work,” the agency tweeted, while Jordan is a “black/tan Belgian Malinois, brown eyes, age 5, enjoys walks around White House, ready to work.”

    No word whether they were feted with extra treats for their heroic work.

    The Secret Service’s K-9 unit is operated by the uniformed division, which is separate from the special agents who are assigned to the presidential detail. The dogs are trained at the agency’s James. J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, Md., a complex spanning 500 acres and 31 buildings.

    Former Secret Service officials said the Belgian Malinois are selected because of their unique characteristics; they are smart, strong, agile and obedient. An adult male weighs more than 60 pounds and can run in bursts twice as fast as the swiftest human. Its short hair makes it ideal for work in heat, and the Malinois are more compact, agile and higher-energy than German shepherds.
    The dogs are trained for specific skills — some are assigned to the bomb squad and are used during security sweeps at hotels and other buildings where the presidential entourage will be staying.

    The attack dogs on the White House grounds do not have any other duties than to subdue intruders, the officials said.

    “Once you release the dogs to their objective, there’s not much that can stop them,” said former Secret Service director Ralph Basham, who oversaw the agency from 2003 to 2006. That objective, he added, is “take them down, slam into them. There are certain parts of the body they are trained to attack. They are trained to stop the intruder and give the handler time to respond.”

    The Secret Service has 75 canines in all. Each dog costs $4,500, according to “In the President’s Secret Service,” a 2010 book by journalist Ronald Kessler.

    The agency, which began its K-9 program in 1975, puts the canine candidates through 20 weeks of training. After they are cleared for duty, they remain with their handler around the clock and undergo at least eight hours a week of refresher training.

    “They become part of the family,” according to the Secret Service Web site.

    Most Secret Service dogs work until they are about 10 years old. “When a canine is ready to retire,” the site said, “it is retired to the handler.”

    The canines are just one component of security on the White House grounds. Heavily armed SWAT team members with rifles and black riot gear patrol the grounds, while sharpshooting anti-sniper units are positioned on the roof. Cameras and guards are positioned at the perimeter, along with other officers inside the building.
    The dogs are carefully handled. They “live, breathe, sleep and eat with their handlers,” Basham said. “They are constantly training; they go back for refresher courses.”

    They don’t have a spotless record, however. In April 2012, Secret Service agents on a presidential trip to Cartagena, Colombia, reportedly allowed the dogs to defecate on the property of the Hotel Caribe, near the hotel manager’s room — angering the staff.

    The friction helped persuade the hotel management to intervene later in the trip after a late-night altercation in a hotel hallway between a Secret Service supervisor and a local prostitute who accused him of not paying her. The resulting scandal cost 10 Secret Service members their jobs and has been one of the most embarrassing episodes for the agency in recent years.

    Other government agencies also use the Belgian Malinois. Perhaps the most famous is the Navy SEAL-trained Belgian Malinois that operated as part of the team that cornered and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.

    And fallen K-9s merit full honors. Homeland Security bestowed an official commemoration for Maxo, a 3-year-old Malinois who fell to its death in 2013 from the sixth floor of a parking area in New Orleans while doing advance sweeps for a visit by Vice President Biden.

    Although the dogs are thoroughly trained and disciplined, one former George W. Bush administration official recalled some trepidation among Secret Service staff about whether the dogs might inadvertently cause harm to the president’s dog Barney, a Scottish terrier.
    Perhaps attesting to the Belgian Malinois’ sophisticated training — or perhaps to a carefully negotiated bilateral canine detente — Barney made it through his eight years in office safe and sound. The former first pooch died in 2013, at age 12, of lymphoma.

    As for the White House staff, they have little contact with the canines.

    “I think that there’s probably a good reason why these animals are kept somewhat removed from employees and others who frequent the grounds at the White House,” Earnest said during his daily briefing, adding, “I think the individual last night probably saw pretty vividly why we all keep our distance.”

    Brian Murphy contributed to this report.

    Juliet Eilperin is a White House correspondent for The Washington Post, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.

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  • Don Lichterman 5:33 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink
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    Punk Ass 

    All Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero3.

    Thanks especially to WWE guys, the little crab guys about to square off, Craig Barube and whomever he is fighting in that segment, the Top Gun pilots, those kids jumping on that cool which is a cool concept BTW, and of the world and all of your expertise doing what you do here in this video, and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at We will do it that minute.

    I did one video for a charity one day using the GoPro footage and I am NOT sure what happened because I went off doing at least one for all of our Sunset music artists. I had so much fun doing it and everyone filmed BTW, seem like totally cool people that are having so much Phun in life. Its great to see. But again, I just went off for a few days and ended up with almost 35 videos. I had so much fun doing it. I never made a video before these ever in my life. Thanks again because it was fun to break away from my real work to do this creative work!

    Thanks again!

    Also, please visit this artists web site at and visit Sunset Records at anytime at

    Overall, thanks for the great support because we had almost 15K views in less than a month before the YouTube officials flagged it, deleted it, and started it over here for some reason that had something to do with us changing distributors. But whatever, and again, thanks for the support building these plays, etc. (again)…and most of all, we hope you enjoy the music and this music video!


  • Don Lichterman 5:19 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink

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  • Don Lichterman 5:09 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , John Michael Berecz, , Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, , Truman   

    All The Presidents’ Women 

    Having just completed a careful study of nearly a dozen different sexual styles, (Sexual Styles: A Guide to Understanding Your Lover’s Personality, Humanics, 1998), John Berecz now applies this same analysis to the sexual lives of the last ten American Presidents; not from the viewpoint of an historian or tabloid journalist but as a clinical psychologist.

    From the silhouette of our personality style emerges our sexual style; through careful analysis of the personality styles and especially in their relationships with women, All The Presidents’ Women probes the past and present inhabitants of the world’s most powerful office – with surprising results.

    From President Truman through Bill Clinton, Berecz provides a fascinating investigation into the lives, loves and motivations of these influential men. With depth and clarity, All The Presidents’ Women presents answers to questions such as: Did Bess Truman henpeck her husband Harry?

    Was Jack Kennedy a wildly promiscuous playboy, or did he just have a great capacity to love lots of women? Was Lyndon Johnson indeed crude, or was he putting on a “wild-west” sideshow? Did Nixon’s paranoia extend beyond the press corps and other politicians and was he suspicious of everyone?

    All the Presidents’ Women will engender new understanding of our presidents’ personalities, their sexual styles and the women they have loved.

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  • Don Lichterman 4:43 AM on October 24, 2014 Permalink

    The Top Recruiter Episode Two 

    The Top Recruiter Movement continues to grow. In this episode, you will start to get a glimpse of what this all means. Tune in to the secret challenge with the top movers and shakers in the industry. LaVoie Entertainment conducts an innovative and sophisticated VIP Gala in the heart of Miami Beach. Throughout the event, the cast is unaware that these VIPs are sizing them up based on their first impressions of each and every one. We dive straight into the heart and soul of Van Phan as she shares her tragic life experiences. Pola becomes a target as she is the defending champion and Nicole, a millennial recruiter, challenges Pola on her social media knowledge base. In the King’s Den the heat is turned up as we watch the most dramatic and first ever face off between the top two contestants. Don’t miss this episode on Top Recruiter, Season 3. Follow at Twitter: #themovement #TR3 #toprecruiter


  • Don Lichterman 7:14 PM on October 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Alan Gottlieb, , , , Initiative, , , , ,   

    Washington State could make history 

    This year, Washington State could make history as the first state to decide at the ballot to require background checks on all gun sales — a move that would send shockwaves through the leadership ranks of the NRA. They know that if they lose in Washington, the national tide will turn against them.

    In a scramble to win, the gun lobby is misleading voters with dishonest ads and fear-mongering. We can’t let them get away with spreading lies about this life-saving measure.

    Early voting is already under way in Washington State. With less than two weeks to go, we need to make sure every voter knows the truth about Initiative 594 before they cast their ballots.

    This election, the Washington that matters most is Washington State.

    Donate Now

    Polls are tightening. Resources are badly needed. Here’s what your gift can help accomplish in these final days:

    • $15 will provide walk lists and clipboards for organizers to knock on more than a hundred doors tomorrow
    • $35 will cover the cost of 50 pieces of mail about I-594
    • $50 will help volunteers make more than 500 phone calls to voters
    • $100 will help keep ads on TV and online in critical markets in Washington State

    Every dollar helps volunteers and organizers achieve these ambitious goals and reach more voters.

    Whoever wins this fight in Washington State will get to define the national landscape for years to come.


  • Don Lichterman 6:52 PM on October 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: D. M. Jayaratne, Department of Wildlife Conservation (Sri Lanka), , , , Pinnawala, Right Honourable D. M. Jayaratne, Saama, , , The Right Honourable   

    You know what the Elephant in the room is people? 

    That this is NOT normal! Saama and Nosey in particular need some quick help from us.
    Elephants like the one shown here are usually stolen from their families as babies or bred in captivity. She will be severely beaten with bamboo sticks studded with nails, to crush her spirit until she submits to carrying tourists on her back. All day, every day, she will be forced to carry tourists. If she refuses to “perform” out of fear or stress, she will be punished into submission.This terrible life for tourist entertainment is deeply distressing for such an intelligent and social animal.

    She’ll endure up to 50 miserable years in captivity. It’s cruelty she’ll never forget. 

    Captive elephants deserve a future free from cruelty. Together, we can protect them.
    She is desperate for your protection
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    we’ve got 8,425 signatures, help us get to 9,000

    Saama is a 27 year old elephant currently residing at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya temple in Sri Lanka. She was gifted to them 3 years ago by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphange. As you can see from the pictures below, she is being severely neglected and is in desperate need of proper veterinary care.

    According to sources, this is not the first elephant to have been mistreated her currently mahout. In the past, another elephant died in his care.

    We are petitioning the Department of Wildlife Conservation – Sri Lanka as well as the Right Honourable D. M. Jayaratne to not only see that her owner pays for proper medical treatment but also to have her moved to a sanctuary where she may spend her remaining years. As well, we are asking that any other elephants currently residing at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya temple be sent to a sanctuary and that the temple be banned from owning or keeping any other elephants in the future.

    Please sign and share….

    If you’ve made a donation already, thank you very much for helping protect elephants. If you haven’t, please consider making an urgent donation today and help animals around the world suffering cruelty.

    Or you can also make a powerful, ongoing commitment to protect animals by joining us as a monthly donor and protecting animals all year long. Just $30 a month can help end animal suffering and help keep wild animals in the wild.

    With your generous donation, you’ll be helping move the world to protect wild animals by:

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    Also, Nosey still needs our help everyone! Save this elephant from her crippling treatment

    Sign the Petition to Phyllis K. Fong Posted By: PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (campaign leader)

    For Nosey the elephant, every step must be excruciating. Week after week, Nosey’s exhibitor Hugo Liebel has forced her to give rides, even though she is likely suffering from arthritis and is clearly in pain (watch the video and sign the petition HERE). According to a board-certified zoo veterinarian and elephant expert, Nosey’s case is “the worst, most prolonged, documented example of an uncorrected case of suffering and abuse in an elephant I have ever reviewed.”

    Nosey needs you now.  Please join PETA in urging the USDA to revoke Liebel’s license and confiscate Nosey.

    Thanks for everything that you do to help animals!


    1. Reducing the demand for elephant rides by revealing the cruelty behind the scenes.


    2. Persuading governments and the tourist industry to develop animal friendly laws.


    3. Protecting elephants currently in captivity from further cruelty.


  • Don Lichterman 4:09 PM on October 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Blackwater, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, , , , ,   

    Sunset Daily 

    The Hard-Won Beauty of Entrepreneurship. Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Execs Remain Free as Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre. Citizenfour: Inside Story of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Captured in New Film by Laura Poitras.

    Starting a business involves massive emotional and financial risks. Why do it?

    “It’s all about writing your own script, controlling your destiny,” says Chris Viligante, owner and founder of Vigilante Coffee, a roasting house and wholesale bean business based in Maryland. Reason TV reached out to Chris and a few other millenial-aged entrepeneurs to figure out what motivates them.

    The answer we got was different from those offered in popular politics. For these entrepeneurs, their job is a vital source of spiritual satisfaction. They’ve aligned what they love doing with what the world is willing to pay for. And they’re authoring their own lives. As Nick Wiseman, owner of DGS Delicatessen, puts it: “This is my opportunity to actually make an imprint and do something that’s my own.”

    A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives involved in the 2007 massacre at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. On Wednesday, the jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were convicted of voluntary manslaughter: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard. The jury is still deliberating on additional charges against the operatives, who faced a combined 33 counts. The operatives were tried for the deaths of 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians who died when their Blackwater unit opened fire. We speak to Jeremy Scahill, author of the best-selling book “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.” His most recent article published by The Intercept is “Blackwater Founder Remains Free & Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges.”

    “At this stage I can offer nothing more than my word. I am a senior government employee in the intelligence community. I hope you understand that contacting you is extremely high risk … This will not be a waste of your time.” This was one of the first messages Edward Snowden wrote to filmmaker Laura Poitras beginning an exchange that helped expose the massive surveillance apparatus set up by the National Security Agency. Months later, Poitras would meet Snowden for the first time in a Hong Kong hotel room. Poitras filmed more than 20 hours of footage as Snowden debriefed reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. That footage — most unseen until now — forms the backbone of Poitras’ new film, “Citizenfour.” She joins us to talk about the film and her own experience with government surveillance.


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  • Don Lichterman 3:23 PM on October 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Antioxidant, , Eruca sativa, Halloumi, , Lea Hogg, , , ,   

    Recipe Of The Week: Wild Arugula and Barley Salad 


    The leaves of wild arugula [Diplotaxis tenuifolia] that grows prolifically on the island are sharp and tangy and the edible flowers of this crop delicately sweet with honey undertones.

    It makes excellent salads and I am told that the leaves were boiled, strained and the infusion used to help digestion.

    And to make my lunch today’ I have used:

    Two handfuls of wild rocket.
    50g cooked barley (I soaked a full packet overnight and boiled it for an hour)
    Sea Salt
    1 tablespoon good olive oil
    A squeeze of lemon
    15g Hard Goats cheese, coarsely grated

    Remove the leaves from the stalks of the wild rocket. Wash and drain it.
    Sprinkle a layer of goats cheese into a salad bowl, then the leaves and barley.
    Drizzle with olive oil and season with a touch of sea salt.
    Garnish with a few wild rocket flowers.


    From Lea Hogg at Good Food Everyday – From the heart of the Mediterranean ….

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  • Don Lichterman 3:04 PM on October 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Between Two Ferns, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, , , , , Funny or Die, Galifianakis, , Pitt, , Zach Galifianakis   

    Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt from Zach Galifianakis

    Zach Galifianakis is comfortable with the uncomfortable.

    The actor interviewed Brad Pitt for his Emmy Award-winning Funny or Die web seriesBetween Two Ferns. While Pitt waited to start, an in-character Galifianakis rudely spoke to someone off camera. “I’m just saying that I interviewed the president last time, and now I’m going to go back to interviewing dumb actors,” he whispered as Pitt pretended not to listen. “It’s all I’m saying! It’s fine! It’s fine! He’s a big star.”

    After the interview began, it only got worse.

    Calling the Fury star “Bradley Pitts” as “Bart Pit, 12 Years a Salve” appeared on the chyron, the amiable actor didn’t correct Galifianakis. Instead, the 50-year-old celebrity said it was his “pleasure” to be there.

    “How old were you when you lost your virginity, 0?” Galifianakis asked. Pitt doesn’t answer, so the Birdman star offered to share his own story. “I’d…really not like to hear that,” Pitt politely told him.

    VIDEO: What do Brad Pitt’s kids think of Mr. & Mrs. Smith?

    Galifianakis also poked fun at Pitt’s appearance saying, “You play a lot of people that are kind of Nazi haters, which is weird to me.” Pitt asked him to explain, and the Hangoveractor replied, “Because you look like Hitler’s dream.” Pitt nodded his head and said, “Yes, I understand the conundrum of it all.”

    The awkwardness didn’t end there. Galifianakis gave him a wrapped gift that Pitt assumed to be a bong. “You know I’m a dad now,” the father of six said. “That’s a bassoon,” Galifianakis said before handing him a wrapped lighter. “We don’t bassoon in my house anymore,” Pitt said of no longer smoking weed.

    Later, when Galifianakis asked to borrow Pitt’s sperm, he was rebuffed.

    While Pitt was in the midst of discussing his charity work, Galifianakis interrupted him to introduce comic Louis C.K. Blocking Pitt from view, he made jokes about Ebola and ISIS. “He looks like the reverse Benjamin Button, doesn’t he?” Galifianakis asked Pitt of his 2008 character. “Because he gets older.”

    The comedian eventually walked off set and the interview resumed.

    NEWS: Jennifer Aniston “had a ball” doing Jimmy Kimmel Live!‘s Friends reunion

    Galifianakis appeared seriously bummed when Pitt explained that he “never” gets dressed up in tuxedos with George Clooney, where they’d “look at each other and say, ‘Aren’t we a couple of Dapper Dans?'”

    “Is it hard for you to maintain a suntan…because you live in your wife’s shadow?” Galifianakis asked Angelina Jolie‘s husband of two months. “Because, I too, I had a romantic fling that was public and it got on my nerves. And because she kind of outshined me. I had the same thing with [Condoleezza Rice].”

    “Tell me what I was like the first time that you laid eyes on Angelina. Was it like one of those classical love stories, like when, I don’t know, Ross first saw Rachel? You know that show, Friends? Have you seen it?” he asked, referring to the hit NBC sitcom that starred Pitt’s first wife, Jennifer Aniston. Though Pitt guest-starred in an episode of the series, he declined to answer—so Galifianakis played its theme song.

    “I like that song,” Pitt said of The Rembrandt‘s “I’ll Be There for You.”

    To see what made Pitt spit his gum at Galifianakis, watch the video now.

    PHOTOS: Brad Pitt’s best movie roles

    Coincidentally, Aniston didn’t laugh at Galifianakis’ idea to use a Pitt look-alike appear in a 2011 Between Two Ferns episode with Tila Tequila. “I had found this guy [in our hotel] who looked exactly like Brad Pitt. I wanted to use that in some way,” Galifianakis explained at the New Yorker Festival three years ago. “I said, ‘Jennifer, I have this guy who looks like Brad Pitt. I want to make it seem like I think it’s him.’ She looked at me like, ‘What the f–k?’ And I totally agreed with her. How rude of me to do that! Why would she want to talk about that? She gets inundated with that s–t all the time. I totally understood.”

    Episode 19: Brad Pitt sits down with Zach Galifianakis for his second most memorable interview yet. Published October 22, 2014 2.1m views Immortal More Info »
  • Don Lichterman 11:35 AM on October 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , ,   

    Police in New Jersey don’t need tanks and grenade launchers 

    The Defense Department must stop arming local police

    Sign the petition to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:

    “The militarization of local police departments threatens our civil liberties and puts all Americans, especially African-Americans and Latinos, at increased risk of being killed or injured by law enforcement. Suspend the 1033 military equipment distribution program and stop providing weapons designed for war to local law enforcement agencies.”

    Ferguson, Missouri looked like a war zone this summer as police in combat gear and mine resistant vehicles violently confronted thousands of civilians for protesting the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer.

    The killing of Michael Brown was not an isolated incident. And the longstanding and unacceptable pattern of African-American and Latino men being racially profiled and killed by law enforcement has been exacerbated in recent years by the militarization of local law enforcement agencies nationwide.

    Police militarization has been fueled by the Department of Defense, which has provided billions of dollars worth of tanks, grenade launchers and other weapons to local law enforcement agencies — including more than 93,000 machine guns.1 Secretary of Defense Hagel has the authority to suspend the program at any time,2 but he’s not going to do it unless we demand it.

    Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: Stop providing military equipment to local police departments.

    Under the Defense Department‘s 1033 program — which was implemented in the 1990s under the guise of fighting the war on drugs — the Defense Department has distributed an astonishing array of equipment to state and local agencies, from machine guns, grenade launchers and bazookas to armored personnel carriers, tanks and helicopters.3

    Some of that equipment has ended up in extremely dangerous hands. Maricopa County Arizona, home of radical anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has received a tank with a belt-fed, 360-degree rotating machine gun turret through the program.4

    But even in relatively responsible hands, the 1033 program makes Americans less safe. As the ACLU explained in a recent report, providing military style equipment to local agencies encourages law enforcement officials to adopt a “warrior” mentality and view Americans as enemies, rather than viewing them as the people they are supposed to protect and serve.5

    Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: Local police departments don’t need military-style weapons. Suspend the 1033 program now.

    American neighborhoods are not combat zones, and law enforcement officials shouldn’t be using the weaponry or tactics of armed combat to fight crime. But by providing local law enforcement officials with military-style equipment, the Department of Defense is fueling a dangerous trend that puts the civil liberties and livelihoods of Americans, especially African-Americans and Latinos, at risk.

    The hyper-militarized and clearly disproportionate police response to largely peaceful protests in Ferguson this summer brought police militarization into the national spotlight, giving us a rare window of opportunity in which reform is possible.

    1. “War Gear Flows to Police Departments,” New York Times, June 8, 2014.
    2. “Pentagon: Hagel has authority to suspend program that arms cops,” The Hill, August 19, 2014.
    3. “Mapping the spread of the Pentagon’s surplus gear,” New York Times, August 19, 2014.
    4. “Pentagon Suspends Program That Gives Military Weapons To Cops,” Huffington Post, June 11, 2012.
    5. “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing,” American Civil Liberties Union


  • Don Lichterman 8:33 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Rene Huemer, , Shakedown, , , ,   

    SB, CA Tonight (Last Nights Pix with a couple from Tonight; Getting ready for Tonights show; drinking sake and watching Survivor Phirst) 

    I was so closed to saying out loud that they would so Soul Shakedown and I never said it after seeing that Trey with Marley photo backstage. Which is the opener  into The Wedge.

    There is so much shit going on tonight.

    The Giants just tied up the game vs the Royals in Game two and Umphreys McGee is playing at the HOB in Cleveland which is being web cast on Yahoo. BtW, That guy on the guitar is psycho sick with it He shreds. I am not that familiar with that bands music that much but that is/was some high level of playing over there. They also were doing a Police song (Driven to tears) before this set started so I turned it off; but that band is impressive to me.

    Anyway…Undermind and then Horn…straight onto into ya Mar….The band is way on it already tonight. Very good idea to open with Soul Shakedown Party. Set the easy tone for the rest of these tunes so far….so far. its rather perfect.

    I think Trey just looked at me. I think UM is at setbreak. That thing is still and fyi, Chris Robinson is doing that web cast tomorrow night at Yahoo. And, as you all know about me, I set him and some other Black Crowe and their A&R ho at that time up with their first two or three (Grateful) Dead shows. man that was in 1990 fucking 3. feels like it was yesterday if you hear me tell that story.

    Jesus Love Chicago (“Went out To California…”).

    BTW. I have been on this exercise program with Boxing lessons and then yoga during the week. And, my shoulder is so fucked up right now that half my hand is numb and two to three fingers have no feeling in them or are tingly. Its really phucked…but whatever. No guts, no glory as they say…

    and hello…Phinally. into A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing even though the beach is about 3 to 4 miles away from the venue but still.

    Cool camera guy. You showed a dancing beauty that did not look at the camera. Good job and you were on her for a good twelve seconds time too.

    Whats next after that…Winterqueen which I am so into every new song. I had actually no idea they played alot them at the Super Ball. They even said they were tracking it (which I heard in my car this week)..but yeah. I love the new shit a lot.

    I also love the trees BTW. to either / both sides of the stage. The one has a great bark structure and the other is a trees’ tree with full leaves, etc.It does happen to make for a great setting at the (SB) Bowl which I thought that walls on the stage would detract from it. The next setting will be of the border patrol making sure no one is jumping over that part of the border down near SD. And, the setting at the forum after Chula Vista, is in the hood. I know there are gangs that house themselves in Ingelwood. Bhut then again, there are gangs in every area in LA county. After all, I met them all in my eleven hours in County back in 2002.

    And, now into My Friend X 2. BTW. This is phun for me tonight. I hope its cool that you normal people that read my rants every day have no clue what PHish is like it but then again, thats the point. I dont cater to Phish heads. So y’all are prolly like wtf is he talking about here Yunis. Anyway, this is a very unique song and borderline quintessential phish.It is also a hard song to play I think or it sounds like it would be hard.

    DON’T FORGET EVERYONE…LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TILL THE MIDTERMS. YOU BETTER HAVE VOTED ALREADY (I know all of my people have but I mean you normal people)….

    ‘Knife’..and whoa everyone. KC just took the lead this half an inning. whoooo. Split Open and melt Mother Fucker…batten down the hatches. This one aint for the faint of heart now. And, uh oh. KC guy just doubled with men on 2nd and 3rd which puts them up now 5-2. And, HOLY SHIT…HR. It is now 7-2 KC over SF. The battle of the acronym cities..,as strickland (Pitcher for the Giants) starts to talk shit before he starts talking more shit as he walks off the field during this Pitching Change. I thought maybe a fight could ensue but it was just some sour grapes…

    anyway, back to the SOAM jam… go baby…rolling it over…turning it on filling up that Santa Barbara air with some sick music…into Walls (of the Cave).

    And, looky there, I think I just saw that pussy that talks shit and that owes me money (derek something) (and he does not owe me money per se, but he scammed me in some Paypal scam many years ago and I can give 8 phux about the 660 or whatever they scammed off me but it is that talking of shit that irks the fuck outta me, plus he scammed on some chick after I dumped her ass one year in vegass which is lame unless you are that way where you take friends babes because you are a loser that can’t deal on its own) because I am coming to get you mother fucker. Of course he ducks me while he talks shit never to my face but again, I coming to get you man. I am coming to get you in particular. I am coming to get YOU! I will be in your face and part of the reason I am training to defend myself so hard these days is to pop you in the face or better yet, I would allow you to hit me first so I can beat the fuck outta your asshole self without being tossed in some jail for it. OK? do you read that sentence? Its in writing today. I am just saying that in writing and I would be happy to say it to your face but after all, you ran away from me at what was it? 8..or no…it was the super ball like that little girl you are because as I approached you while you turned your back scampering away. I wondered how you told that interaction to various people when you said my name “Don” out loud to me and then merely said the word “nice” afterward. Of course I was half naked then coming from the showers but yeah, I am so curious to what did you tell people about that so called interaction and I am so curious what you said afterward because I know it was some grandiose story about this and that and whatever the fuck is in that loser brain. After all, you are a douche bag that talks shit with every lie that comes out of that fat mouth. OK? So again, what did those two words you said tome get turned into when you relay that story about us seeing each other at Super Ball? I am coming to get you. Its a daydream of mine to get in that face to see what you say direct to my face. Oh and its set break time. I am done being angry for the moment but again, it will be great because then you can get whatever you need to say off those scrawny little shoulders of yours again, but this time it will have to be done directly to my face. And, not to other people in some lie which is how you have always dealt quite frankly. Anyway, Phuck that loser drug dealer. (I know you follow what I say because I have you controlled \like a puppet).

    Regardless of idiots that are wastes, lets check out Umphreys. This guy shreds up the ass. he is insane on guitar and also WTF…this must have been the shortest setbreak ever as the band starts off the second set with Drowned.

    It sounded like they were about to weekapaug but its Theme from the Bottom. One of my favorites songs of all time…

    And, the Royals tie up the series by winning tonight’s second of the it. Thats great because after last night, I thought the Giants would blow them out.

    Anyway, back to Theme…..into Steam which is already done most likely to Curfew issues and now they ripping through some song…lol…fuck me..what is this song? Oh duh…Waves…near the blind of me….I actually thought they already played this tonight. I guess not…cool though..

    Lets see now as they wind this one down fairly quick too…we need to do a new rule where the band only plays venues that have no curfew. I may have already done that a few years ago but anyway, 20 years later but again, I switched over top UM real quick and that band is impressive. that was the shortest Steam ever BTW.

    Scent of a Mule….What the fuck is he (Fishman) playing? An extra large xylophone?

    Into 2001…

    Did I just see a hottie with cheerleading pom poms…wow..i sorta like that and here we go,,,Mikes fucking song! whoo. I was just dancing round my house Matthew McConaughey style minus the fungi and congas…

    Mikes into Runaway Jim and into Weekapaug (Groove). I also hear Lope (Antelope Greg) hooting too…

    That was great shit man…

    Encore time…Horse. I mean the horse. In that ‘The Ohio state” style as they say, into I guess Silent In The morning…

    And wow…run, run, run like an antelope…back into soul shakedown for a few words/lines and there goes lope again with the hoots but wait a sec..who the hell is that blonde…nice way to end a show and actually, that was some great music being played tonight. Good job for better or worse because the ONLY complaint was when you showed some tool that i want to face ASAP.

    Regardless, thanks for that tonight.

    That was some great shit…anyway, I’ll spread out the P’s (paragraphs) in the am so this makes some remote some sense to you normal people.

    Thanks again and BTW, we gained at least 10 followers tonight and then like 15 or so re blogs but for my Taji, Japan updates. Thanks for that too and I hope you can cross over eventually to read my posts about Phish.

    Thanks again. That was fun tonight!

    I’ll tweak this into some paragraphs without censoring a thing so again, Thanks,,Thanks.,…

    PS: I said thanks and thanks again a lot…(oops)

    Photo Art By Rene Huemer c/o Phish

    Photo Art By Rene Huemer c/o Phish

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  • Don Lichterman 7:47 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

    Taiji: Six boats have returned to the harbor. 8:26am ‪#‎Tweet4Dolphins‬‪#‎DolphinProject‬ (i think they only have like 8 or 9 (boats) but thats good so far) 

    Taiji: Six boats have returned to the harbor. 8:26am #Tweet4Dolphins #DolphinProject

    Taiji: Sea conditions are rough, several dolphin hunting boats are returning to the harbor. 8:15am#Tweet4Dolphins #DolphinProject

  • Don Lichterman 12:27 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Dvůr Králové Zoo, , , , , Noor, , Operation Rhino, , , Suni, , , White rhinoceros   

    Good Job Everyone; Only Six Northern White Rhinos Are Left on the Planet (or should I say only 6 more to go…) 

    One of the last two breeding males of the species was found dead on Friday.

    (Photo: Noor Khamis/Reuters)

    The loss of any rhinoceros is a strain on the world’s dwindling population. But the death of Suni, an extremely rare northern white rhino, is catastrophic. Suni’s death, the species’ population is down to six animals—all of which live in captivity. The 34-year-old rhino was one of two breeding males left on the planet. He was found dead in his enclosure at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya by rangers.

    “Suni was not a victim of poaching, and we have yet to establish the cause of his sudden death,” the conservancy said in a statement.

    Suni was the first northern white rhino born into captivity. He was transferred to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2009. Suni’s father, Saút, died in the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic in 2006 of natural causes at 34—the same age as Suni.

    “The species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race,” the statement said.

    The conservancy has been unsuccessfully working to breed the northern white rhino in its compound since the four rhinos—including Suni—were transferred to the reserve in 2009.

    Over the past five years, breeding hasn’t produced a newborn calf.

    “We will continue to do what we can to work with the remaining three animals on Ol Pejeta in the hope that our efforts will one day result in the successful birth of a northern white rhino,” the conservancy concluded.

    There are now three northern white rhinos at Ol Pejeta, two at the San Diego Zoo, and one at the Dvůr Králové Zoo.

    The population has dwindled since 1960, when about 2,000 roamedacross Chad, the Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, northeastern Zaire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and northwestern Uganda.

    Poaching cut their numbers down to 15 by 1984.

    Tell South Africa's Kruger National Park to Stop Its Rhino Sale

    Tell South Africa’s Kruger National Park to Stop Its Rhino Sale

    • author: Linda V.
    • target: South Africa’s Kruger National Park
    • signatures: 90,978

    South Africa’s Kruger National Park has announced that it is holding an auction for 500 of its white rhinoceros. Park officials say they are accepting bids for the rhinos for the sake of their safety, to protect them from poachers.

    Kruger National Park’s eastern border is next to Mozambique, one of the poorest’s countries in the world. Poaching rhinos has been a way to provide its residents with quick money.

    Selling the endangered white rhinos to collectors is not really a solution. Buyers have used the rhinos to bring tourists to lodges for game viewing and for legal trophy hunts; they have also traded them in an open market. In some cases, ranchers have procured rhinos in the hopes that the trade in their highly sought-after horns will be, at some time, legalized.

    Due to the many risks of owning rhinos (including keep them safe), there may well be very few buyers for Kruger National Park’s rhinos. Private rhino owners have to spend around $24 million annually on security for their investment.

    Kruger National Park’s sale carries too many risks for the 500 rhinos. Tell Kruger National Park to stop the sale and step up measures to save the rhinos in the park!

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  • Don Lichterman 12:15 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , United Nations Human Rights Council,   

    Sunset Daily News 

    After Ignoring ISIS Assault on Kobani, U.S. Launches Major Strikes & Arms Turkey’s Kurdish Foes. Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law. In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State. Sex, Spice, and Small-Town Texas Justice: The Purple Zone Raid. Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Jail on New Pennsylvania Law Silencing Prisoners. Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle. Cow Abuse at Land O’Lakes Supplier | Jesus People for Animals.

    Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not act to prevent the Islamic State from seizing Kobani because the Syrian Kurdish town was not a “strategic objective.” But as news cameras on the Turkish-Syrian border showed Islamic State fighters assaulting a town in plain sight, the U.S.-led coalition responded with the most airstrikes of its Syria campaign. The U.S.-led coalition has also begun dropping air supplies of weapons and aid to the Syrian Kurds, a move it had resisted for weeks. Now Turkey says it will open its border with Syria to let Iraqi Kurdish fighters join the fight. The Turkish government had opposed aiding the Syrian Kurds in Kobani because of their links to Turkey’s longtime foe, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK. To help us sort out this complicated picture, we are joined by longtime international law professor and former United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk.

    After world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky gave a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly last week, Amy Goodman interviewed the world-renowned linguist and dissident before an audience of 800 people. Chomsky spoke at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “One important action that the United States could take is to live up to its own laws. Of course it would be nice if it lived up to international law, but maybe that’s too much to ask,” Chomsky said.

    As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an investigation into the attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent assault on the Gaza Strip, we broadcast the speech of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “The pattern that was set in January 1976 continues to the present,” said Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Israel rejects a settlement of these terms and for many years has been devoting extensive resources to ensuring it will not be implemented with the unremitting and decisive support of the United States — military, economic, diplomatic and ideological.”

    On the morning of May 7, 2014, a law enforcement team headed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) broke down the door of The Purple Zone, a smoke shop in the small rural community of Alpine, Texas, owned by a 29-year-old named Ilana Lipsen. With their weapons drawn, the agents turned the security cameras against the wall and tore the store to pieces. Lipsen’s sister, Arielle, who happened to be on the premises at the time of the raid, was (according to Arielle and several witnesses) pinned to the ground by the butt of an agent’s rife, tearing the skin on her neck.

    The agency says the raid was just one of a series of nationwide enforcement actions carried out that day, with the goal of taking down purveyors of synthetic drugs who funnel their proceeds to Middle Eastern terrorists—and that Lipsen was a prime suspect. As a Jew and avid Israel supporter, however, she hardly fits the profile of an Islamic terrorism financier.

    Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is set to sign into law a bill critics say will trample the free speech rights of prisoners. Last week, lawmakers openly said they passed the legislation as a way to target one of the state’s most well-known prisoners: journalist and former Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of killing of a Philadelphia police officer, but has long maintained his innocence. During a late night vote last Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House unanimously approved the “Revictimization Relief Act,” which authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause “mental anguish” to the victim. The measure was introduced after Abu-Jamal delivered a pre-taped commencement address for graduating students at Vermont’s Goddard College earlier this month.

    On Monday, the Israeli government made a rare appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, but its delegation refused to acknowledge responsibility for the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel for nearly half a century. We speak to a legal expert who has just spent six years trying to hold Israel to account for its actions in the Occupied Territories. Richard Falk recently completed his term as special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights for the United Nations Human Rights Council. His writings about the Israel-Palestine issue and his experience as U.N. rapporteur are compiled in the new book, “Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope.”

    Undercover video of a Pennsylvania Land O’Lakes supplier shows workers’ cruelty to animals milked for the dairy giant—including leaving cows to suffer and slowly die.

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  • Don Lichterman 11:54 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Ben Wikler, , Central Park West, , Hendrik Hertzberg, , , , Todd Gitlin   

    This fight is for real; A Message From Bill (McKibben) 

    For those of us lucky enough to be in Manhattan exactly one month ago today, perhaps the greatest moment of a great day was the surge of sound that followed our moment of silence.

    The “People’s Climate Roar” began on Central Park West and then pulsed down Sixth Avenue and crashed through Times Square. That wave of sound symbolized two things:

    1) We are sounding the alarm on climate change, the greatest problem the world has ever faced.

    2) We are demonstrating the tide of anger, joy, and resolve that is going to do something about it.

    And it wasn’t just us who thought it was so important. Here’s what other folks had to say:

    “Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets”, the front page New York Times story

    “Into the Streets”, a gorgeous 9-minute video about the march from our friends at Meerkat Media

    “Inside the ginormous, huge-tastic climate march”, a 24-minute radio program from Ben Wikler at The Good Fight

    “The Wisdom of the Crowd”, by Hendrik Hertzberg in The New Yorker

    “Why you should be hopeful about the climate movement” by Todd Gitlin on Grist

    “People’s Climate March”, a short audio story by Bianca Giaever and friends on Cowbird

    In the 30 days since the march:

    • We’ve seen the greatest fossil fuel fortune on earth commit to divest from coal, oil, and gas — the Rockefellers, with their action, laid down a profound challenge to everyone else on the planet. If the family that built Exxon thinks it’s unwise and immoral to invest in fossil fuels, what excuse does anyone else have?
    • We’ve watched divestment spread around the world: from Glasgow University to Australia’s National University, this movement has new beachheads — and new pushback from a scared and peevish fossil fuel industry. (If you ever wondered if divestment mattered, read this, right to the last sentence.)
    • We’ve witnessed a rising pitch of action against the dirtiest fossil fuel projects on earth. In Canada they’re battling the Energy East pipeline with wit and savvy. And at the largest coal port on earth in Newcastle Australia, our friends from 12 low-lying Pacific nations used their traditional canoes to block massive coal ships. Check out this incredible picture of the action.

    That picture from Australia joins the one from Sixth Avenue among the classic images of this explosive movement. But there are plenty of others, and we’re pretty sure some of them are on your phones and computers. This is a chance to share some of the great pictures from the People’s Climate March before you forget about them.

    We all need the inspiration, because this fight is for real. September was the hottest September ever recorded; it looks like 2014 may be the hottest year in history.

    The only way to fight that is to make 2015 hotter still — for the politicians and the corporations that will wreck our world if we let them.

    Thanks to you, and to the 400,000 in the streets of New York: game on!

    P.S. The basic energy for movements come from people’s hearts and souls and feet — but they run on money too, so if you want to kick in, here’s the place.


  • Don Lichterman 11:43 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: AOL, , Edran, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, KJR (AM), , St. Louis Police Department, Udo Ulfkotte,   

    Here’s when Animals / Mammals experience when they feel freedom from Captivity for the first time 

    JUST AWESOME! Bears lived in the back of a circus truck for many years.

    JUST AWESOME! Bears lived in the back of a circus truck for many years. Here’s when they experience freedom for the first time
    More here:

    PLEASE SHARE with Friends and Family and spread the LOVE for Animals


    Some live in the protected safety of a good sanctuary.


    Most do not. They live in terrible conditions and wind up abused or abandoned.
    Bred only for amusement, some are killed and sold for parts.





  • Don Lichterman 11:20 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Confederation Building, , , Gerry Ritz, Matt Rice, Megan Eimers, , , Red Deer, , Western Hog Exchange   

    Remember when America used to be the World leader in every regard? 

    Or was that always a farce laid out as lie to get people to love living in America because the ONLY things we are leaders in here in the USA, is/are gun deaths, being fat, incarcerations, pollutants and being behind on every law that matters (environmental, animal welfare, plundering the earth while falling back on the ‘corporations are people too’ by law in that 14th Amendment and honestly, I cant think right now but I know there are more things we are the leaders)? Regardless, I see that Canada’s Ag Minister also now Refuses to Accept Over 80,000 Signatures Demanding End to Animal Torture.
  • Don Lichterman 10:34 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Antelope Greg, Chula Vista, , , , , , , , Lammi, , Royals, , , , ,   

    I have so many new Rules after seeing the people at tonights show but I am too beat to go off about them 

    Not band related but there is a reason Trey literally laughed out loud after starting the first line in Suzy (Greenberg). It was being done no doubt while he had to look at the goof balls of people in the front row (Not even Antelope Greg; i saw his head from the back but he was not who he laughed at during that show). In reality and in seriousness, this early start is weird and speaking of weird, this show was so weird that trey said some song ended weirdly out loud to the crowd. The entire show and day for that matter were/was weird in general.

    But today’s Number One New Rule number is that if you are another band that must do late night shows after this band’s shows, you should maybe think about doing some other work. If you are a music artist that still must reap off the Phish scene and more notably, if you still must reap off those kids that are tripping face with nothing else to do all night, again, you need to do other work. It’s not working for you if your fan base is filled with tripping phish heads that have nothing to do after a show. And also, you are most likely a band that can’t base its’ career on your own music.

    Actually some bands should look at a calendar to see when they had the most going for them career wise, and then in turn see if that was a time frame when I was in its’ lives/life. Because if you play to thousands of people when I am behind you and your music and again, now you must play late night reaping off 80 tripping fools with nothing to do while you play in venues with no capacity, it may be time to call it a day because it aint working for you. Besides, its lame already acting that way as a music artist. The ONLY ways you will succeed in that industry is only based on your own music. Overall, if you are band that bests interest would NOT be if they wiped out acid and XTacy from this planet, your music probably sucks. You should probably get into another career. Especially if you are a band that try’s top scam people out of money that they want free no matter where it gets it (ie: if you say the sentence in writing that whomever bought a company and that means whomever buys the liabilities along with the assets, first, second and third you are dirt balls that said that sentence in writing mind you, and again, you can’t deal based on your music,). Thats a definite sign that its time to find other work. If you want to sue whomever say in some court to ‘see where it lands’ settlement wise, you are scum bag that needs to do any other work besides trying to play its music as one.

    Next new rule of the day is that if whomever is trying to act like they do NOT want to be filmed by that camera at a given show that maybe doing as simulcast, (ie: maybe by twirling around when its (camera and camera man) in your face, etc.), you are still paying attention to that camera man and that camera when it is being pointed at you. You are in essence cognizant of that camera regardless if you smile at it or duck from it. You are still paying attention to that camera. But in reality, we see through you people that need to be seen that way.

    Anyway, back to discussing this (weird) show tonight in SB, CA, is that when Paige asked about the royals/giants game and what phishheads were into World Series wise (The Giants or the Royals), he asked the people in the crowd what team they wanted to win it. It was pretty split surprisingly and considering they were in CA even though it was down south but that was then followed by Trey asking the crowd “who wanted to hear more of a jam.”

    Which ironically all night, they really did not jam. Let me hash some of this out via my memory and before I post the set list.

    Ghost was almost sick. Tweezer had a fighting chance and then I dunno, I loved the melody during both songs but it never really did soar or took off for me. The second I started to dance hard, it ended (that particular jam). Ghost was pretty good I guess. Julius jammed the most believe it or not but that was in another placement aside from ending the show or a set which is usually when they play that song.

    And, remember dudes…before everyone gets up my ass, the worst of days are the best of days at Phish. So shut up about me saying what I say here about it (tonight’s show).

    The other thing about today is that is this entire day sucked. It was a wacky assed day all around. I cried at one point over the Dolphins getting captured in Taji, Japan the day before (remember the time differences because there was no captivity or deaths in that regard at the end of their day today in Japan). Plus, I could not get shit to work today. So it was maybe in the air (so to speak). It’s not a full moon and nor was it a full moon crazy type of day. It was just a weird day. Today was very weird on so many levels and none of which was isolated or feeding off each others weirdness. Shit was so weird on every level and from so many angles so I think it was in the air all day.

    Again though, I think its gotta be hard for this type of band to play at a venue with so many limitations. Plus, CA are more conservative filled with simple-minded people than what most people in the world would think about people in CA. SB is so white bread and so rigid that its weird being there in general.And also in general, it is not a town filled with ‘opened minded’ people. Neither is LA quite frankly. After all, I worked at and was fired three different times by the Warner Music Company. That is the whitest bread company on this planet. It is based in Burbank too.

    Therefore, to play at this weird venue today, you have to always be wondering how loud or how late while you play and then in essence be looking over ones shoulder at the decibel level and at the times it is in the evening because that first set was short. I went to get beer and every beer place was closed mind you, and, by the time I got back to see the show, the set was done. I left during Yarmouth road and then I hit the screen by mistake so it jumped to set break. I technically missed heavy things and stealing time, etc. and I mean the entire song but also again, it had to short because they were done within 15 minutes from when I left… one is now done in CA…tomorrow is another one here at this Bowl in SB, and I guess it starts again at 6.

    Then Chula Vista which they will not be doing Boogie on (Reggae Woman) since they did it tonight (they did a 31 minute version of that song when I saw them there last).

    And then they play the Forum which is where they opened with Cover Of A Rolling Stone the last time they played at that venue.

    Then the band heads back up the coast to play in SF for three nights before the Halloween run in Vegass..

    Overall, if i was bold, I would do a New Rule stating that ONLY hot girls should be back in the front row like it was back in da nineties. At least when I was abusing my situation with the band, I totally brought lots of hotties into the front row and into back stage. I got in troubles for acting that way (One time Palooska said to someone that I brought 24 people backstage(remember Lammi‘s are #’rd and so they can track who has which one)  and for some reason, I thought that was ok to do at the Garden (MSG)) and more than one time did I catch shit about doing something over the top with the band. That night at the Garden may have been same night I brought up like 9 chicks into the front row, but again, they were all smoking hot too. I got praise for it by the people who had actual front row seats. Which is a total for better and worse thing about me because even though  no one can ever take that away from me and further, no one will admit that about me today, my life sucked then. But there is an element of people who know all of it inside of them but again and again, the greatest irony is that I hated that part of my life. Its a weird dichotomy being me today. Vs. say when I did drugs. I hated it but I was set up in every way. Today, I go see the music while trying not to talk to anyone at it. What an irony but then again, I worked at majors back then so whatever and regardless of my antics at shows, or with how I would get tix or how i was with being with women back then, tomorrow night for that next show here, I will be better prepared for it. I’ll be set up well before it.

    I’ll prolly be way nicer too when I write about it. Although its a lot funner bashing the scene…(FYI people…I do know that the words prolly, aint and funner are not words….so shut up about how I articulate myself on my own blog. And, you can always write your own blog and books with your own style).

    But honestly speaking about the Phish Scene, its because of the select few morons that act like idiots that the rest of the Phish Phans get tagged as burnouts, etc. (case in point was on Morning Joe last week when he (Joe Scarbourough) went to Spotify to do some story about them, he said something along the lines that if whatever person is sitting around all day smoking pot and listening to Phish, etc., to which I quickly replied saying that I have not done shit drugs since 01 and I have not smoked pot in over two months from this past Sat which debunks it. But again, its said all of the time by mainstream people; I even said to him that he had smoked pot more than I had in the last 6 to 8 weeks to which he did not answer me and/or reply to it)).


    PS: The reason why I mention my antics with the band and with women, etc., is because I just had a great conversation about it/them with someone tonight. And, I am on fire right now so whatever and again, I am not even that sick and tired of seeing the ragged women down ow, i hate the fact they are so opiniated and assholes that get part of their menial fifteen minutes of fame by acting that way…Have Phun with it though..oh and PPS…remember when I took one of the Howard Stern hosts to the Canandaigua show…lol…that was ridic (in a funny sort of way) and moreover, I realized in VA that we had sat directly in front of Mike wife at that show…I had no clue it was wife till VA Beach or Portsmouth I should say….I recognized her but I had thought it was his sister or cousin for some reason…)!


    Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA – Oct. 21st 2014


    Back On The Train
    Limb By Limb
    Waiting All Night
    Yarmouth Road
    When the Circus Comes
    Heavy Things
    Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan


    Chalk Dust Torture >
    Birds Of A Feather
    Tweezer >
    Wading In The Velvet Sea
    Suzy Greenberg


    Boogie On Reggae Woman
    Tweezer Reprise

  • Don Lichterman 6:40 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Bowl, Costello, , , Hollywood Bowl, , Marilyn McMahon, , , Santa Barbara, , Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara News-Press, , , , , Wendy McCaw,   

    The Band (Phish) Picks it Back up Again On West Coast in SB, CA after Three Nights Off This Week! 

    Oh Sh%t..I meant to say two days. OOps (Rick Perry Style) off…

    This is the venue that I called the best kept secret in America (in one of my books I think), however, I must take that back because since I left the LA area, they had since put up this edifice (more like a wall) in the back of the stage which kills the sight lines where you could gaze into the woods in that SB hill. They also added seats too and then maybe even a beer garden of sort, but, we had seen Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers there, Janes Addiction of course, and then we saw Elvis Costello and one of his band way back in the early 90s. And then we saw String Cheese Incident there a few times for that run whenever in 99, 00 or in 01.

    That may be the only times i had ever gone to that venues but it was my favorite. regardless, I am psyched for tonight’s show.

    Early start because of the curfew and sound ordinance which speaking of which, I was shocked when I heard the band could play for that reason alone. That town has/had to approve everything but then again, they do play the Bowl (Hollywood Bowl) now which I think has or had worse rules at least when I lived in them Hills behind it. anyway, have Phun tonight!

    Join us TONIGHT as we webcast live from Phish‘s SOLD OUT run at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California at Show starts at 6PM PDT/9PM EDT.

    Reduce, Reuse, Rehydrate! LE Phish Pint in Santa Barbara #PhishCupAndMe

    Phish returns to the Santa Barbara Bowl tomorrow and Wednesday with two back-to-back sold out shows. As part of the Santa Barbara Bowl’s “Greening the Bowl” efforts to reduce the number of single-use items for SB Bowl concerts, we’ll be offering an LE collectable Klean Kanteen Phish Event Pint, which will be sold at merchandise and concessions locations tomorrow and Wednesday nights.

    Bring your pints back that night and any future Santa Barbara Bowl shows to receive a $1 discount on drink refills. Phish’s proceeds from the sale of this cup will be donated directly to the Waterwheel Foundation. Only 400 of these stainless steel pints per concert will be sold.





    Santa Barbara Bowl turns 75 (in 2011 so 78/79 today.)

    The Santa Barbara Bowl is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

    Yet there are many in this community who remain unaware of its spectacular setting in a natural amphitheater carved out of a canyon near Milpas and Anapamu streets and within blocks of downtown Santa Barbara.

    And even fewer probably know about the venue’s fascinating history that began at the height of the Great Depression in January 1936 as a WPA (Works Project Administration) program to provide jobs for men who needed employment.

    In December 1935, approval was received for the $77,000 project, and work began soon after, according to a Santa Barbara News-Press article dated Aug. 29, 1962.

    The late Wallace C. Penfield was a county planner at the time, and one of his jobs was designing WPA projects.

    Rick Boller is executive director of the Santa Barbara Bowl, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Almost 5,000 can be seated at the amphitheater that was built in 1936 at the height of the Great Depression to provide jobs for men who were out of work. THOMAS KELSEY/NEWS-PRESS

    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Construction to renovate the Bowl stage and restrooms under it was a major project. RAFAEL MALDONADO/NEWS-PRESS FILE

    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Fred Ziesenhenne and his older brother, Rudolph Henry Ziesenhenne, grew up in a home that was surrounded by the Bowl, where they frequently played between performances. COURTESY PHOTO

    Colorful details about the construction were revealed in a piece he wrote for the spring 1973 issue of Noticias, the quarterly bulletin of the Santa Barbara Historical Society.

    “Veteran County Supervisor Sam Stanwood (‘Old Sam’ as he was affectionately called) came into my office and in his inimitable drawl said ‘I want you to come up and take a look at a piece of property Old Pink Whiskers wants to give us for a place to put on our Fiesta pageant.’ Old Pink Whiskers was none other than Mr. George A. Bachelder who had developed the Riviera and who, at that time, was a leader in many cultural activities of Santa Barbara …” wrote Mr. Penfield.

    In his piece, “The Santa Barbara County Bowl: Some Recollections,” he wrote that “Sam … was the long-time (1927 to 1947) almost perennial President of Old Spanish Days and had been in charge of the logistics of the Fiesta since its inception. He was a notorious ‘sandbagger’ who used everybody and every facility he could beg or borrow to put on the Fiesta for as little money as possible, and he usually succeeded.”

    Fiesta or Old Spanish Days is an annual event, still held during the first week in August, to celebrate the history, customs and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican and early American settlers. It begins with Fiesta Pequena at the Santa Barbara Mission on a Wednesday evening and ends on Sunday. Included are parades, parties, receptions, rodeos and numerous festivities.

    One of Mr. Stanwood’s pet projects was the pageant, written, produced and directed by Charles Pressley and performed every evening during the Fiesta, according to Mr. Penfield.

    “In the design of the Bowl, Sam set down ironclad, but simple, specifications with two major objectives. First, the Bowl must be built to serve the Fiesta with proper display features for the beautiful Palomino and Camarillo Arabian horses, and second, the revolving stage must be included to accommodate Charlie Pressley’s pageants,” wrote Mr. Penfield.

    “So a path was built from the top of the east side of the canyon to allow the torchlight procession of horses to wind slowly down the hill onto the stage – truly an unforgettable sight. The stage was huge to accommodate the revolving section and a grassy space provided between the audience and the stage for exhibitions of horsemanship.”

    The seating capacity was set at 3,500 people and arranged in a flat semi-circle on the side hill. The area under the stage was used for dressing rooms. Today, there is seating for almost 5,000.

    For advice on acoustic problems, Leopold Stokowski, the famous conductor who lived in Montecito at the time, was consulted.

    “Of course, he could think only of a symphony concert and recommended a great shell as in the Hollywood Bowl, but Charlie Pressley’s pageants won out, and it was never built,” wrote Mr. Penfield.

    The revolving stage came to a dramatic end several years after the Bowl was finished on Aug. 12, 1936, when “Santa Barbara received one of its characteristic sky-dropping storms. The little creek in the Bowl canyon became a torrent, and the drain inlet was plugged with debris, causing flooding underneath the stage. The poorly compacted fill and rickety foundations of the revolving stage reacted in natural fashion, and the whole underside settled into a crazy house of weird angles and sunken floors …

    “So, we replaced the foundations with reinforced concrete and replaced the whole stage, straightened up the dressing rooms, but ended the career of the revolving stage,” wrote Mr. Penfield.

    Numerous photos of the construction process were taken by the late Rudolph Ziesenhenne, a well-known begonia hybridizer who had his home and nursery at the base of the canyon, next to what is now the Bowl parking lot.

    His son, Fred Ziesenhenne, 64, has many fond memories of growing up in the home with his father, mother Margaret, and older brother, Rudolph Henry Ziesenhenne, who lives in the Los Angeles area.

    Santa Barbara Bowl

    “I remember my father telling me about the dynamite charges that were set off to clear the area where the seats are now. One of the blasts sent a big piece of rock down the hill and severed the trunk of huge oak tree in half,” said Mr. Ziesenhenne, who works with the energy management system at UCSB and lives on Foothill Lane with his wife, Linda Curtis, and four daughters.

    “One of the huge boulders was full of marine specimens, and a big chunk was sent to the Smithsonian Institution. If you look at rocks in the walls and other places at the Bowl, you can still see fossils,” said Mr. Ziesenhenne, who spent many happy hours playing with his brother and other friends at the Bowl between performances.

    Born 10 years after the Bowl was built, Mr. Ziesenhenne, a Santa Barbara native, remembers watching preparations for the annual Fiesta pageants.

    “I used to sit on the rock wall, which is still to the left of the Bowl entrance, and watch the trucks that drove up from Hollywood with lighting for the stage. When the trucks came by, we knew Fiesta was here,” he told the News-Press during an interview at the Bowl box office, housed in the adobe at the parking lot entrance.

    Now grandmothers, Judy Pearce, 69, and Pamela Webber, 80, participated in the pageants at the Bowl.

    “The performances usually ended with a wedding (scene) where the out-of-town guests were the riders coming down the hill. I decided I wanted to be one of the riders rather than a dancer,” said Mrs. Pearce, a Carpinteria resident.

    Since 1946, she has been riding in the Fiesta parade – “not all of them”; this year will be special because her 70th birthday, Aug. 5, is the same day as El Desfile Historico, the horse parade.

    Mrs. Pearce was part of the group called the Santa Barbara Bowl Riders.

    “During Fiesta, the horses were kept in a county yard, where the Historical Museum is now at the corner of De la Guerra and Santa Barbara streets. Before our appearance in the Fiesta pageant, police on motorcycles would escort us along De la Guerra Street and up Garcia Road to the ridge behind the Bowl,” recalled Mrs. Pearce.

    “People who lived on Garcia Road would have parties to watch us go by. It was all very festive,” she said.

    Mrs. Webber, co-owner of the Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn since 1962, said she and her daughter, Jeanette, 58, were Santa Barbara Bowl Riders for about four years on their quarter horses.

    “The back of the stage wasn’t there, and the shrubs weren’t as high, so the audience could really see the riders coming down the hill in full Fiesta costume, ruffled everything. It was exciting and fun, and everyone loved it,” she told the News-Press. “The population of Santa Barbara was 25,000 then, and Fiesta was a big thing.”

    Besides the Old Spanish Days productions, the Bowl was also used for concerts and recitals, notably the San Francisco Pops Orchestra with Arthur Fiedler and special programs by the Music Academy of the West.

    When World War II broke out, the Fiesta pageants stopped.

    During the 1960s and 1970s, rock concerts became popular and the Bowl became a sought-after spot for legends of music such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell and Bob Marley. In the ’80s, the Bowl became a major rock venue still managed by Old Spanish Days.

    By the time the nonprofit Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation took over in 1994, the facility was in bad shape.

    Led by Sam Scranton, who became executive director, the Foundation began a fundraising campaign, earning enough to buy a piece-meal stage roof for $180,000 in 1995 to handle heavier lighting, and in 1996, approximately $500,000 was raised to replace the power, water and sewage lines, according to a News-Press article dated Aug. 26, 2001.

    A new drainage system was installed in 2000, at a cost of $300,000, to prevent winter rains from flooding the stage, an annual occurrence since the Bowl was built.

    Meanwhile, the Bowl attracted big-name performers like Santana, Sting and Paul Simon.

    When Mr. Scranton retired in 2009, Rick Boller took over as executive director of the thriving venue that has become a favorite with top stars in the world of music. Among those lined up for the 75th anniversary season are Katy Perry, Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.

    The 2011 season opens with two nights of Janet Jackson on Saturday and April 10.

    A native of Santa Barbara, Mr. Boller, 41, began working at the Bowl box office in 1992, and eventually became business administrator and assistant general manager to Mr. Scranton.

    During an interview in the box office, he talked about the improvements that have been accomplished as part of what is called “The American Classic Campaign” that was launched in 2004 under the direction of Paul Dore, president of the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation.

    “More than $20 million from individuals, corporations and foundations have provided significant improvements to the Bowl,” he said. “Included are the Wendy McCaw Terrace for sponsor and donor receptions; the Pavilion, a superstructure above the stage that houses the lighting, sets, props, lifts and video walls; and the Angie and Stephen Redding Gate that opens into the Jerry Garcia Glen, just inside the Bowl grounds.”

    A gift from the Brittingham Family Foundation, the wooded area features a bronze sculpture of the late Greatful Dead guitarist-singer Jerry Garcia’s picking hand, which has one finger missing.

    “Jerry Garcia lost the middle finger of his right hand at the age of 4. It was chopped off with an axe by his older brother while the two were chopping wood,” explained Mr. Boller.

    Scheduled for completion in the next several years are the Overlook, an upper-level terrace with concessions and restrooms; upgraded patron seating; and the Dreier Administration Building and Box Office that will replace the Bowl’s 1950s-era box office and main headquarters.

    Mr. Boller said that having an outdoor amphitheater in a residential area can pose problems, which have been resolved.

    “Having a 10 p.m. curfew for performances helps, and we have a long-standing amicable relationship with the neighbors. Open communication keeps them happy. They know that if they have a concern, they can pick up the phone and give me a call,” said Mr. Boller.

    As for the next 75 years, the young executive director said his first priority will be “to continue fundraising and to finish the Master Plan renovations that we have set out to complete. In addition … we will continue to further the Santa Barbara Bowl Education Outreach that provides arts education and programs to school-age children in the community.

    “It will continue and always be the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s goal to present diverse artists that appeal to the community and our patrons. Lastly, the organization would like to ultimately further develop endowments in order to provide long-term funding for facility maintenance and repairs, programming and arts education,” said Mr. Boller.

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  • Don Lichterman 5:33 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink

    Good news from Taji, Japan today! 


  • Don Lichterman 5:24 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Allie Feldman, Bernie, , Chelsie Schadt, , City Hall, Declan Quinn, , Driving (horse), Eleventh Avenue, , , , , , Tenth Avenue (Manhattan)   

    Carriage horse hoofs it from the cops down NYC street 

    On Sunday, a carriage horse named Barney broke free and escaped, running for blocks through dangerous NYC traffic. This disturbing video is a prime example of exactly why horses do not belong in urban environments, and exactly why now is the time to end the cruel and inhumane carriage horse industry in our city. You have to see this:


    Share the video on Facebook >>

    Share the video on Twitter >>

    Barney was eventually corralled by the NYPD, and thankfully he’s okay now, except for the fact that the heartless carriage drivers put him right back to work. The carriage industry is counting on you never seeing this video, but with over 87,000 views, we are getting the truth out there.

    So please watch the video, share it, then go here to tell the City Council that now is the time to end the abusive carriage horse industry >>

    Stop stating that these horses are well taken care of because after all, what the hell is running away from then. Cut it already. Thanks…

    The West Side turned into the Wild West Sunday, when a carriage horse broke loose and stampeded through Hell’s Kitchen.

    The runaway steed named Bernie was chased by two police cars as he galloped along West 37th Street at about 8:30 a.m.

    He then turned up 10th Avenue, before trotting west on 39th Street and finally getting boxed in by the cops and steered into an empty lot on 11th Avenue.

    “He’s never done this before,” said Bernie’s owner, Declan Quinn, who said Bernie fled the stable when his “
    halter broke, from wear and tear.”

    Allie Feldman, an animal-rights activist, said the chase showed “why horse-drawn carriages are not just inhumane but entirely unsafe in a city congested with cars, trucks and buses.”

    Quinn, disagreeing, said Bernie is fine, got Sunday off and was cleared to work Monday.


    The fight to end the abusive carriage horse industry in NYC is heating up — the City Council will be introducing legislation very soon — and we have TWO upcoming events that you cannot miss:

    Wednesday, Oct 22 at 1PM  — Lobby Day at City Hall

    Please join NYCLASS as we lobby City Council Members to urge them to support the horse-drawn carriage ban. We will be gathering on the steps of City Hall. RSVP here >> 

    Thursday, Oct 23 at 1PM — Protest In Honor Of Charlie the Carriage Horse

    Three years ago this week, the whole debate on stopping cruel and inhumane horse carriages changed when Charlie the horse dropped dead on 54th street with an ulcerated stomach and a fractured tooth. So we’re protesting right outside the main City Council office building to remind our elected officials of their commitment to ban horse carriages, and to remind them how the carriage industry has been mistreating the horses. RSVP here >>

    Thanks for being a horse hero,

    NYClass – Get Political for Animals


  • Don Lichterman 4:09 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Andrew Rosindell, , , , , Great British Circus, , Melissa Brenton, , ,   

    Stop the Weak act of Trophy Hunting in Europe, Ireland, South Africa and all over Africa quite frankly, and of course, also here in the USA (After all, it is happening anyway…We are coming to get you BY LAW!)! 

    The Other thing is it is not hunting when you use traps. That is barbaric and honestly, it show how weak you are as a human with a human brain! I do NOt condone the killing of anything but for gods sakes please, put it the hell of ones misery faster than allowing it to set there while you approach it in its traps. But then again, you people who act this way are dumb asses without brains. How blind of me. But again, that is NOT hunting. That is trapping something so you can kill it like the weak person you are in life. That is torturing something with pain. It’s not resourceful. It is NOT smart. It is actually antiquated and again, the act of a Dumaas (aka dumb ass and weak person that after all, cannot even hunt like a real man/woman).

    Sadly, the bill to ban wild animals in British circuses was blocked by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell at its second reading today. This is the second time that Mr Rosindell has blocked the bill, sabotaging efforts to bring the suffering of circus animals finally to an end. The Romford MP has links to the circus industry, and has previously written a brochure forward for the now disbanded Great British Circus, whose shocking elephant abuse was exposed by ADI.


    Please make a brief, polite phone call to your two U.S. Senators, urging opposition for S. 2363. Look up your senators’ phone numbers here. You can say: “I would like you to please oppose S. 2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014.”

    Photo: As well as working to secure its own animal circus ban, Kildare County Council in Ireland is also urging the government to bring in a national ban! ADI and our Stop Circus Suffering campaign partner ARAN (Animal Rights Action Network) would like to thank council members for their action on this issue and look forward to hopefully announcing another local Irish ban when the Council votes on this next month. We have already submitted supporting evidence to back the motion, the vote on which was deferred from yesterday.</p><br />
<p>Securing local bans is a vital step in our campaign to end circus suffering in Ireland and elsewhere, restricting where animal circuses can perform and sending a strong message that they are not welcome in the community. But the only way to safeguard the welfare of the animals – as circuses can still bring their animals onto private land – is through a national ban. </p><br />
<p>Please help us to win for the animals at both a local and national level. Take part in our campaign actions and help fund our investigations exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering.” width=”581″ height=”407″ /></p>
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    The European Commission:

    The European Commission:
    We are petitioning the European Commission to place a complete ban on the import of Lion (canned or wild) and of all other wild animal body parts as trophies into EU Member States.The World needs to wake up to the horrors of the canned and trophy hunting industry in Africa. Canned hunting is the practice of killing tamed wild animals in fenced areas on canned hunting farms for sport. Cub petting also supports this industry. Extortionate fees are charged to volunteers, who pay to work at lion farms in the naïve belief that they are assisting conservation. Wealthy European trophy hunters are travelling to Africa to kill these animals so that the animals can be mounted on a wall or made into a rug. Local communities in Africa benefit virtually nothing from this industry yet their wildlife is being decimated. The European Union banned the import of trophies from British Columbian grizzly bears amidst fears for the survival of the species. With your help we can cut off ties to Europe from the lucrative canned hunting industry and horrendous trophy hunting leisure activity and help save African wildlife.

    Chris Mercer of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting blows the top off the canned hunting industry in South Africa; you won’t believe what you hear! UrbanJunglesRadio. PLEASE listen to Chris on YouTube, just copy and paste the link below to your browser.

    You can also help by joining the Global March for Lions to highlight the plight of lions. The March will be held in cities all over the globe on Saturday 15th March 2014. Find us on facebook / twitter

    Western trophy hunting is un-African, and is an outdated notion from the colonial past. Africa is left poorer because of these foreign demands”. Gareth Patterson.

    “The facts are these lions are declining at such a pace. We will have nothing left in a few years,” conservation group Walking for Lions (WFL) founder Marcus Roodbol.

    Lion trophy imports from South Africa to the EU Member States from 2007 to 2012 inclusive:

    Austria 44, Belgium 23, Bulgaria 17, Croatia 6, Cyprus 5, Czech Republic 105, Denmark 55, Estonia 5, Finland 57, France 95, Germany 99, Greece Nil, Hungary 47, Ireland Nil, Italy 29, Latvia Nil, Lithuania 10, Luxembourg Nil, Malta Nil, Netherlands 7, Poland 62, Portugal 18, Romania 8, Slovakia 36, Slovenia 4, Spain 443, Sweden 11, UK 20.

    Wildlife and Wildlands in Danger: Tell Your Senators to Oppose the “Sportsmen’s Act”


    You can also help by joining the Global March for Lions to highlight the plight of lions. The March will be held in cities all over the globe on Saturday 15th March 2014. Find us on facebook / twitter

    Western trophy hunting is un-African, and is an outdated notion from the colonial past. Africa is left poorer because of these foreign demands”. Gareth Patterson.

    “The facts are these lions are declining at such a pace. We will have nothing left in a few years,” conservation group Walking for Lions (WFL) founder Marcus Roodbol.

    Lion trophy imports from South Africa to the EU Member States from 2007 to 2012 inclusive:

    Austria 44, Belgium 23, Bulgaria 17, Croatia 6, Cyprus 5, Czech Republic 105, Denmark 55, Estonia 5, Finland 57, France 95, Germany 99, Greece Nil, Hungary 47, Ireland Nil, Italy 29, Latvia Nil, Lithuania 10, Luxembourg Nil, Malta Nil, Netherlands 7, Poland 62, Portugal 18, Romania 8, Slovakia 36, Slovenia 4, Spain 443, Sweden 11, UK 20.

    The U.S. Senate will soon be voting on the dangerous “Sportsmen’s Act”, a radical handout to extreme trophy hunting groups.


    In a single swoop, this legislation would open millions of acres of public lands — including sensitive Wilderness Areas — to hunting and fur trapping, at the expense of other land users and endangered and threatened species. It would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from even considering the issue of toxic lead ammunition which poisons wildlife and the environment. And it would permit the latest in a series of import allowances for sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada, encouraging trophy hunters to escalate the killing of threatened species around the globe.

    Your senators need to hear from you right now. Please make a brief, polite phone call today to your senators today…

    Pant Crapping Draft Dodger and Convicted Poacher Ted Nugent Advocates Poaching of Wolves

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    I will let the words of this washed up draft dodging musician turned racist rightwing blowhard and convicted poacher speak for themselves:

    Ted Nugent

    WISCONSIN Spirit BloodBrothers the Weisner family trapped this stunning wolf. Though no state has issued an adeqaute number of wolf tags, believe when I tell you that certain WE THE PEOPLE in touch caring Americans are killing MANY MANY more wolves than the numbnut corrupt dishonest PC government thugs allow.

    Kill as many as you can real conservationists.

    The wolf population is irresponsibly & dangerously out of control. Wolf jackets ROCK!!

    I guess threatening the president and being a convicted poacher are not enough for this pant crapping blowhard. He still apparently does not understand that poaching is against the law.

    Your 15 minutes of fame ended about 40 years ago, Ted. We are still ready to take you up on your offer, or did you crap your pants again in anticipation of that?


    Don’t Allow the Public to Unknowingly Fund the Slaughter of Wolves

    Target: Jeff Hagener, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director

    Goal: Ensure that money raised from “wolf stamp” fundraising project is not used to kill wolves

    Government representatives in Montana are considering the introduction of a “wolf stamp” in an effort to raise funds for wolf-related programs managed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. However, the current wording of the proposition would allow for the public to unknowingly fund the slaughter of wolves.

    If introduced correctly, the wolf stamp offers a much-needed fundraising opportunity for the financially limited Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The public would have an easy, convenient method of donating funds toward vital wolf conservation programs that benefit wolves throughout the state. It would allow department officials more flexibility and reach in their conservation programs, giving them greater incentive to manage wolves responsibly, according to the Endangered Species Coalition.

    Unfortunately, the current wording of the proposal does not guarantee that funds raised from the sale of wolf stamps will go toward the protection of wolves. According to the Endangered Species Coalition, the department currently has many “lethal wolf control measures” in the majority of the state, including quota-less hunting and trapping, that have the potential to receive funding through this project. If this were to happen, the general public would unknowingly help pay for the senseless slaughter of wolves while being led to believe their money is being used to protect wolves. It is vital that the proposal be reworded to clarify that public funds raised should only be used for non-lethal programs. Further, annual reporting on the use of funds should be required to guarantee public transparency. Urge the department’s director to make the necessary revisions to ensure the wolf stamp project will be used for the benefit of wolves.


    Dear Mr. Hagener,

    As an animal welfare advocate, I am concerned about the recent proposal of a “wolf stamp” that would help raise funds for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ wolf-related programs. While I applaud efforts to improve these programs, the current wording of the proposal jeopardizes the well-being of the state’s wolves.

    I believe it is vital that the wording be revised to clarify that funds raised from the sale of wolf stamps would not be used for the department’s current lethal wolf control measures. While purchasing stamps is a convenient way for the general public to donate funds, it would be an injustice to allow them to believe their money is being used for conservation programs when it may instead be used to kill wolves. In addition to stipulating that funds should be used only for non-lethal wolf programs, it would also be beneficial to require annual reporting on the use of funds to guarantee transparency with the public. I urge you to make the necessary revisions and ensure the wolf stamp project fulfills its intended use of benefiting wolves throughout the state.


    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: Ellie Attebery via Flickr

    Horrific Photograph Shows True Nature of Wisconsin “Sportsmen”

    “Cought (it wouldn’t be a wolf hater without poor grammar) these two yesterday just in time

    Before the wolf quota was filled. I believe it was

    The mother and her pup but I’m not positive.

    I missed two wolves the day before at this same location

    So I re arranged where I place the lure, urine and stepping

    Sticks and it paid off. “


    This is your “sportsman” Wisconsin. Be proud. Remind you of anyone?

    Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.

    Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.


    Wisconsin Trophy Hunters Wipe Out 65 Wolves In Just 4 Days..

    Wisconsin wolf public domain

    Deja’ Vu – Slaughtered Wisconsin Wolf – 1909 – What’s different today?

    There’s a wolf killing frenzy going on in Wisconsin. In just four days Wisconsin trophy hunters have slaughtered 65 wolves, that’s over 16 wolves per day. Wolves are being tracked and trailed by up to 6 dogs per hunter and I don’t believe for one second that some of those wolves haven’t been directly killed by dogs or at the very least bitten multiple times before they’re killed by the hunters. Can you imagine the terror wolves face as their chased by barking dogs and hunters?

    Besides legalized dog/wolf fighting,Wisconsin allows wolves to be trapped, arrowed, shot and baited. And they’re killing wolf puppies, who are barely eight months old. Trophy hunting is sick and anyone who engages in it needs their heads examined.

    The Badger state trophy hunters are acting like barbarians, this is nothing but blood lust and hatred toward an animal who’s been persecuted for hundreds of years in this country. Shame on the Obama Administration for allowing  USFWS to delist Great Lakes wolves. They’ve turned wolves over to their greatest enemies, fish and game agencies.

    IMO Ted Nugent was obviously encouraging poaching of Wisconsin wolves when he  posted this on his Facebook page on October 17, 2014.

    “WISCONSIN Spirit BloodBrothers the Weisner family trapped this stunning wolf. Though no state has issued an adeqaute number of wolf tags, believe when I tell you that certain WE THE PEOPLE in touch caring Americans are killing MANY MANY more wolves than the numbnut corrupt dishonest PC government thugs allow. Kill as many as you can real conservationists. The wolf population is irresponsibly & dangerously out of control. Wolf jackets ROCK!!”

    Is Wisconsin DNR investigating Nugent’s outrageous comment? I doubt it, they’re too busy sucking up to their customers, the hunters.


    Don’t buy their cheese or any products they sell. Don’t visit or take vacations there. The only way to send a message to the state is to hit them in their pocketbook. Maybe they’ll reconsider their disgusting “dog fighting” wolf hunt.


    Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Why is the DNR destroying our wolves?

    October 12, 2014 4:30 am  • 

    “My favorite recipe for wolf is to skin it, piss on it and let it rot for the maggots. Then cash in the hide and watch people like you squirt a tear over it.” — Dwayne Glosemeyer, Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Facebook page 

    Dwayne Glosemeyer’s in-your-face arrogance flinging torture and disrespect for wolves at wolf advocates mirrors the hatred of wolves promoted by the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR has a flagrant disregard for science, nature, and the majority of citizens in Wisconsin.

    Paul Paquet is a world-renowned Canadian biologist who has been studying wolves for over four decades. He is on the advisory/science and recovery board of the Living with Wolves organization started by Jim and Jamie Dutcher after they lived with and filmed the Sawtooth Pack for six years. The organization’s goal is to stop the slaughter of wolves. Jane Goodall and Robert Redford are on the honorary board. I heard Paquet speak passionately against hunting wolves, as a moral issue, at the International Wolf Symposium last October in Duluth, Minn. He co-signed the letter sent by UW-Madison’s Adrian Treves recommending suspension of the 2014 Wisconsin wolf hunt.



    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wisconsin wolves, gray wolves

    Tags: brutality, barbarism, 65 wolves slaughtered in 4 days, Wisconsin DNR,  Ted Nugent encourages poaching of wolves?, wolves suffering, Patricia Randolph, Madravenspeak

    Wisconsin Trophy Hunters Slaughter 91 Wolves in 5 days, Go Over Limit In Two Zones

    Wisconsin Wolf Slaughter

    Wisconsin DNR Wolf “Harvest”

    It’s bad enough 91 wolves have been slaughtered in Wisconsin since October 15 (just five days) but notice Wisconsin trophy hunters are going over  legal limits of killing wolves. In Zone 1 by 5 wolves and in Zone 2 by 14 wolves. Is the DNR ignoring what amounts to poaching of wolves by not monitoring the hunt closely and letting hunters kill wolves with impunity?

    Please flood their lines and ask why hunters have been allowed to go over the legal hunting limit in Zone 2 by 14 wolves and Zone 1 by 5 wolves. Do they care?


    Governor Scott Walker



    Wisconsin DNR

    Call Center Staff Available 7 Days a Week (7 a.m.-10 p.m.)

    General Information 1-888-WDNRINFo | (1-888-936-7463) | Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    101 S. Webster Street . PO Box 7921 . Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921 . 608-266-2621


    This picture out of the Wisconsin killing fields has been making the rounds on the internet.  This is just one of the 85 wolves reported killed since last Wednesday.

    “This picture out of the Wisconsin killing fields has been making the rounds on the internet. This is just one of the 85  91 wolves reported killed since last Wednesday. Source unknown and used under “Fair Use.”  (From Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife)”


    Seems like Wisconsin trophy hunters are well on their way to beating the 2013 over-limit:

    UPDATE: Wis. wolf season ends with 6 extra wolves killed

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wolf hunters and trappers went slightly over the quota this season.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday the 2013 season ended with 257 wolves harvested. That’s six animals over the 251-wolf limit.


    Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wisconsin Wolves, gray wolves

    Top Photo: Wisconsin DNR

    Bottom Photo: Courtesy Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife

    Tags: Wolf killing frenzy, Wisconsin, wolf slaughter, State should be ashamed, wolves suffering, contact the Wisconsin DNR, over-limit in 2013 as well

    • WOLF HUNT SLAUGHTER 2014/2015

      Idaho – 47 killed.
      Montana – 27 killed
      Wyoming – 17 killed
      (Wy. wolves protected)
      Wisconsin – 91 WOLVES KILLED SINCE 10/15/14
      Minnesota – 11/08/14
      Michigan – no hunt


    Matt Hughes born again Christian UFC cage fighter who loves killing innocent wildlife has just been filming a show for America’s Sportsman channel that reach 36 million Americans were he is killing various wildlife species in Namibia he is there with Dallas Club International and Safai Club International America’s two biggest trophy hunting companies /clubs who are hunting killing endangered desert elephants and rhinos this very minute.So you can be born again Christian but fly off to an African country to part take in sadistic killing.Wow Matt Hughes wow .If you are American and don’t support trophy hunting then you have to do more to change the mindset set of your country men ,they killing every beautiful wildlife there is.WAKE UP WiLD WAKE UP. — with Ricky G Lookalike.
    Photo: Matt Hughes born again Christian UFC cage  fighter who loves killing  innocent wildlife has just been filming a show for America's Sportsman channel that reach 36 million Americans were he is killing various wildlife species in Namibia he is there with Dallas Club International and Safai Club International America's two biggest trophy hunting companies /clubs who are hunting  killing endangered desert elephants and rhinos this very minute.So you can be born again Christian but fly off to an African country to part take in sadistic killing.Wow Matt Hughes wow .If you are American and don't support trophy hunting then you  have to do more to change the mindset set of your country men ,they killing every beautiful wildlife there is.WAKE UP WiLD WAKE UP.

    Target: Susan Hargreaves, Founder of Animal Hero Kids

    Goal: Support the ban of exotic animal displays

    Animal Hero Kids is an national organization that focuses on educating the public about the humane treatment of animals and also awards kids for their work advocating animals. Recently, the group of animal welfare advocates requested the Melbourne City Council to consider banning the display of wild and exotic animals. The display of wild animals not only endangers the animals involved, but puts the public at risk of endangerment as well.

    This request to ban exotic animal displays in Melbourne, Florida echoes the efforts to ban animal attractions in animal tourism. Both of these issues involve capturing and caging exotic animals to exploit for profits. In the city of Melbourne, a downtown bar recently brought in a lion, a capuchin monkey and a boa constrictor as a part of a jungle-themed fundraiser. These animals were caged and kept in horrible conditions inside the smoky bar.

    The animals on display are sometimes subjected to awful conditions that may be hazardous to their health, such as the poorly ventilated, smoky bar. Not to mention, forcing wild animals to live in cages is absolutely cruel. They deserve to live their lives free of cages with safety and comfort. Sign this petition and support the request to ban the display of wild and exotic animals.


    Dear Susan Hargreaves,

    It has come to my attention that your organization, Animal Hero Kids, has recently addressed the Melbourne City Council and requested that the display of wild and exotic animals be banned. I agree with your argument and strongly believe that these displays unnecessarily endanger both the animals and the public.

    I am aware of the most recent case of animal display in your town regarding the downtown bar. I am upset that these animals were made to sit in cages inside a smoky bar. These animals are wild and do not belong in cages, much less a smoky bar. These majestic creatures should be treated with respect, with steps taken to ensure their safety and comfort.

    I would like you to know that you have my full support in this ban. No wild animal should be forced to sit in a cramped cage while someone else profits from their discomfort. Thank you for your efforts to help end the displays of wild and exotic animals in Melbourne for good.


    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: Matt Reinbold via Flickr


    Please make a brief, polite phone call to your two U.S. Senators, urging opposition for S. 2363. Look up your senators’ phone numbers here. You can say: “I would like you to please oppose S. 2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014.”


  • Don Lichterman 3:28 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Cetacean News Network, Dionysus Amber, , , , IkiIsland, , Kamogawa Seaworld, Kyoto Prefecture, Maral Kalinian, ,   

    Seaworld is importing a dolphin who’s parents were caught in sponsored Japan drives. Update. 

    Although Seaworld recently sent out this statement;

    they apparently still feel it’s ok to import Kirara, a dolphin who’s parents were purposefully driven into nets off the coast of Japan on behalf of Seaworld.

    Both parents of Kirara were only 3 years old when they were caught and share the misfortune of being victims of  bogus “incidental net captures” off the coast of Kyoto prefecture.

    If Kyoto doesn’t sound familiar, it’s not Taiji, it’s pre-Cove. This was 1994, anything near the waters of  IkiIsland was in danger and nobody was watching.

    Remember Iki Island?

    Hardy Jones does.

    He was the brave one that first stood in the bloody waters and documented the slaughter, submitting it to the media immediately followed by an eye-witness recount of the brutal events. He brought photograghers, filmmakers to the graphic events that shocked the world. He recounts it all in his book Voice of the Dolphins: A must read.

    His actions and Howard Hall’s photographs created international outrage, and it caused the dolphin hunting business in Iki Island to end.

    He discusses the history surrounding Iki Island:

    But for two occasions, one in the middle 1980s and one in 1994, the killings at Iki ended. 

    In those two years special permits were issued to hunt dolphins at the request of the dolphin captivity industry. 

    Dozens of dolphins went into captivity. Hundreds died.


    Photo of Iki Island, 1980 by Howard Hall.

    That’s the same year Kirara’s parent were captured.

    Iki Island is near the Kyoto prefecture where the documents state the wild dolphins were taken.

    A quick ride to the aquarium after capture (which is claimed as “collected” on the documents )  from what Seaworld initially called a “set net procedure”.

    Me: Yeah you set the net then you herd them into the net.  What part of that isn’t considered a drive hunt technique…?

    It’s all part of the Seaworld semantics. But they think nobody is listening to the details.

    The partnership between SeaWorld, Kamogawa Seaworld and the Japanese drive ‘fisheries’ is a long-standing one.

    John Hall PhD., former marine biologist at SeaWorld in the documentary, Fall from Freedom:

    ‘Starting in the early 80s SeaWorld, which had developed a business relationship, and a professional relationship with the Kamogawa Seaworld in Japan, had learned that it might be possible to enter into a business arrangement with the Iki Island fishermen who had largely phased out the drive fisheries because of the negative worldwide publicity in the late 70s, to start selectively driving dolphins including False killer whales into shallow water where SeaWorld, and other oceanaria including Marine World, could select the beautiful few…

    …and then allow the fishermen to slaughter the remaining whales…”

    …By the time I had moved to San Diego as research scientist, SeaWorld had several False Killer whales in captivity that had been obtained through this drive fishery that they stimulated. SeaWorld obtained permits from the fishery service to import 6 False Killer whales in the late 1980s. They sent a capture team to Iki Island, Japan and caught 12 False Killer whales.’

    Jay Sweeney, a “consultant” of the captive dolphin industry, here  in Taiji;  Fall From Freedom.

    In SeaWorld’s own explanation: ‘the sire, CO9L0047, and the dam, CO9L0046, were collected from a set net procedure in the Kyoto Prefecture on 2-8-94 and 2-9-94 and transported to the Kinosaki Aquarium. They were transferred to Kamogawa Sea World on 11-8-94.’

    This can only be read as a deliberate wild capture even though Kamogawa Sea World claims the animals were incidentally captured on February 5 and 8. Note that these dates differ from the ones supplied by SeaWorld to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Kamogawa has to specifically emphasizes that ‘both animals were not captured by ‘drive fishery’ otherwise they couldn’t import them.

    Below is what they selectively drove into nets to be captured for Seaworld in 1994.

    They would have to be called  “incidental” on the import application for it to be legal. But why weren’t they released after being “incidentally” caught in the nets?

    Because the incident was intentional.

    The sire and dam were presumedly members of the same megapod and were moved together to Seaworld Kamogawa where the father was incinerated after dying of a respiratory and bacterial infection. Kirara was just 2 years old at the time.

    Until now the mother-daughter bond, at the very least, was in tact.

    Until Seaworld came into the picture.

    On her first birthday, from her apparent popularity, and for the first time, the Japan Fisheries Agency included the Pacific White-sided dolphins in the catch-quota of the drive hunt in 2007 and this still stands today.

    Since then, more than 80 of her kind have been captured for marine parks.

     Seaworld wanted this pedigree:

    • Seaworld:  “This move is for the good of the dolphin, so she can be (read: breed) with her own kind”

    -Me:  “…but she was with her own kind in Japan with her mother…”

    So, Seaworld claims they (now) do not support the drives?

    Then why are they “borrowing” a by-product of the drive hunts ?

    Breeding?  So young?

    On August 27, 2012, SeaWorld LLC quietly applied for and later received a permit to import the 8-year-old Pacific White-sided dolphin named Kirara for public display at SeaWorld San Antonio.

    Kirara was born on May 3rd, 2006 in Kamogawa Seaworld in Japan. Her parents Spica and Hokura, were sourced from the drive hunts in Japan that were commonly disguised as “incidental captures” using nets after being herded. They were raised in Kamogawa Seaworld, among the 50+ facilities in Japan that enslave 500 dolphins taken directly from the hunt drives.

    Her mother Spica  will always wonder what happened to her child. Kirara’s permit would expire in three years, that is, if she is not pregnant by then.

    The Marine Mammals; File No. 17754 import permit was approved on July 1, 2014.

    According to the permit:

    “A captive dolphin will be imported to Seaworld Orlando after a 22 hour transport from Japan.” 

    22 hours. Alone. Torn from her mother at 8 to breed and perform until she dies an early death.

    The permit is cited below in its entirety:

    Notice is hereby given that a public display permit has been issued to Sea World, Inc., 9205 South Park Circle, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32819.

    The application and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment at the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376.


    Jennifer Skidmore or Amy Sloan, (301) 427-8401.


    On February 4, 2013, notice was published in the Federal Register (78 FR 7755) that a request for a permit to import one female, captive-born Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) had been submitted by the above-named applicant.

    The dolphin would be imported from Kamogawa SeaWorld 1404-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan to Sea World San Antonio, 10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251 for the purposes of public display.

    The requested permit has been issued under the under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216).

    The permit is valid through June 30, 2017.

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

    Dated: July 1, 2014.

    Julia Harrison,

    Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    [FR Doc. 2014-15778 Filed 7-3-14; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 3510-22-P

    I wonder if Federal Express will be the cargo carrier for this transport, as in the case with Argo. The pilot whale had to endure a 20 hour ride in this tiny enclosed metal box from Kamagowa Seaworld to  Seaworld San Diego in 2012.

    If you disagree with live transports, there is a group of petitions you can sign HERE to join the voices against this cruel practice.

  • Don Lichterman 3:18 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Canyonlands; One Of The best Places in The World! 

    When President Obama designated California’s San Gabriel Mountains National Monument earlier this month, he vowed that he was “not finished” protecting our nation’s public lands.Labyrinth Canyon, Utah

    We need your help to make sure he fulfills that promise by designating the Greater Canyonlands National Monument.

    These stunning lands around Utah’s Canyonlands National Park include red-rock mountains, slot canyons, ancient cultural sites and habitat for endangered species like yellow-billed cuckoos. These lands would have been protected decades ago if not for political pressure from special interests.

    Now threats from oil, gas and tar sands development are mounting —  and the window is closing to protect some of America‘s last, best wild country.

    Act now to tell Obama to leave a legacy we can all be proud of by designating Greater Canyonlands a national monument.

    Click here to take action and get more information. Photo of Labyrinth Canyon, Utah courtesy Flickr/Jeff Foster.

    Your letter will be sent to the following recipient(s):

    President Barack Obama

  • Don Lichterman 2:32 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Animal Activism In 60 Second Intervals 

    Puppy Mills in 60 SecondsAnimal Testing in 60 Seconds. Circuses in 60 Seconds. Horse Racing in 60 Seconds Flat. Down in 60 Seconds. Fur in 60 Seconds. The Dairy Industry in 60 Seconds Flat.

    Breeders, pet shops, and puppy mills fuel the companion animal overpopulation crisis by bringing more animals into a world that is already bursting at the seams with unwanted ones. Every newborn puppy or kitten means that there is one home fewer for a dog or cat awaiting adoption in an animal shelter or roaming the streets.

    The “pet” trade treats animals as mere moneymaking commodities to mass produce and peddle for profit. Animals are routinely denied socialization, exercise, and even basic veterinary care in this cruel, money-hungry industry. Worst of all, the pet trade encourages the public to view animals as impulse purchases no different from fashion accessories that are acquired on a whim and discarded when the novelty wears off—rather than thinking, feeling beings who deserve love and respect.

    Step inside the puppy mill industry for just one minute. Is this what compassionate stewardship looks like?

    More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics tests as well as in biology lessons, medical training exercises, and curiosity-driven medical experiments at universities. Mice, rats, birds, and cold-blooded animals—who make up more than 95 percent of animals used in experiments—are not covered by even the minimal protections of the Animal Welfare Act.

    To test cosmetics, household cleaners, and other consumer products, hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year by cruel corporations. Mice and rats are forced to inhale toxic fumes, dogs are force-fed pesticides, and rabbits have corrosive chemicals rubbed onto their skin and into their eyes. Many of these tests are not even required by law, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results. Even if a product harms animals, it can still be marketed to consumers.

    Ever wonder how they get elephants to stand on their heads? Go behind the scenes in the circus industry for just one minute and discover a culture of violence, intimidation, and deprivation. We think you’ll agree that God’s creatures deserve better than to be torn away from their families, beaten, and forced to perform unnatural tricks

    • Help elephants in the circus:
    • Check out the story of Karen the elephant:­8akqrRGfuH95Rc
    Jesus People for Animals: http://www.JesusPeopleforAn­
    • What the Bible says about animals: http://www.jesuspeopleforan­
    • Subscribe:
    • How to go vegan:
    FAQs: http://www.jesuspeopleforan­

    Whether it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was trapped in the wild, every fur coat, fur trinket, and bit of fur trim caused an animal tremendous suffering—and took away a life. Animals on fur farms are beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive. Step into their world for just one minute and ask yourself if Christians should ever wear fur.

    Behind the romanticized façade of horse racing is a world of injuries, drug abuse, gruesome breakdowns, and slaughter.

    Every year, PETA receives numerous calls from people within the multibillion-dollar horse-racing industry who are in despair over the fate of horses who are bred and raced to the grave or sent on a terrifying journey at the end of their short lives to a foreign slaughterhouse, where they’ll die in pain.

    Go behind the scenes in the horse-racing industry for just one minute and discover a culture of drugs, deception, and death that no compassionate Christian should support.

    • Help horses now:
    • Jesus People for Animals: http://www.JesusPeopleforAn­
    • What the Bible says about animals: http://www.jesuspeopleforan­

    Ever wondered where those feathers in your pillow came from? Go behind the scenes in the down industry for just one minute.

    Down is the soft layer of feathers closest to birds’ skin, primarily in the chest region. These feathers are highly valued by manufacturers of down clothing and comforters because they don’t have quills. While most down and other feathers are removed from ducks and geese during slaughter, birds in breeding flocks and those raised for meat and foie gras may be plucked repeatedly while they’re still alive.

    Plucking causes geese and ducks considerable pain and distress. Typically, they are lifted by their necks or delicate wings, their legs are physically restrained or tied, and their feathers are ripped right out of their skin. The struggling birds are often plucked so hard that their skin is torn open, and the hurried workers sew up the wounds using a needle and thread and no painkillers whatsoever.

    Where do cheese, milk, and even ice cream come from? Go behind the scenes in the dairy industry for just one minute.

    Who Are ‘Jesus People for Animals’?

    PETA’s Jesus People for Animals program is a resource for Christians who want to learn more about how our faith should influence our relationship with animals. “Jesus people for animals” come from all walks of life. We are united first by our faith in Christ and second by our common desire to be better stewards of God’s creation. We’re “for animals” because we’re asking all Christians to behave like Christians toward other creatures. After all, shouldn’t the Christian community be leading the charge toward more compassionate, sustainable choices for a world “on earth as it is in heaven”?

    If you follow Jesus, don’t support cruelty to animals, and want to take care of God’s Earth, you’re a “Jesus person for animals.”

    • Jesus People for Animals: http://www.JesusPeopleforAn­
    • Read testimonies from other Jesus people for animals: http://www.jesuspeopleforan­



  • Don Lichterman 2:16 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Satellite surveillance? Check. Tracking devices on? Check. Secret observers in place? Check. 

    Greenpeace just caught illegal loggers red handed in the Amazon.

    Greenpeace investigators just exposed a massive illegal logging operation in the Amazon rainforest — the only home of the jaguar — after risking their lives to plant GPS equipment and track the loggers’ every move.

    We caught the loggers red-handed as they chopped down precious Amazon rainforest under the cover of darkness and smuggled the timber out of the country. But now the question is: can we shut them down?

    Facing a challenge this big, we need your support more than ever. If you have been waiting for the right time to make your first gift to Greenpeace, this is it.

    Busted! Illegal Logging in the Amazon

    Help save our forests and stop environmental destruction around the world.

    Because of the support of people like you this year, Greenpeace was able to expose an illegal timber operation that would have destroyed over 6000 sq. acres of rainforest in the Congo River Basin of Central Africa — essential habitat for endangered chimpanzees. Our investigation put much-needed pressure on the governments responsible to stop this illegal operation.

    And again this spring, Greenpeace investigations exposed ties between US retailer Lumber Liquidators and illegal logging in the Amazon. Thanks to pressure from Greenpeace supporters, Lumber Liquidators has adopted a sustainable timber policy.

    But to make sure change really happens — whether it’s shutting down an illegal logging ring or getting big companies like Lumber Liquidators honor their word — we must keep a close watch. That’s why your urgent support is needed.

    Support Greenpeace’s work to uncover environmental destruction and protect the planet, from the Amazon to the Arctic.

    To truly end deforestation, we can’t stop at exposing forest crime. We must transform entire industries. And I am proud to say — because of Greenpeace supporters — it is starting to happen.

    Palm oil plantations are one of the main drivers of deforestation in Southeast Asia and a growing threat to forests in Africa. But in just one year, we’ve caused a massive shift in the palm oil industry. Major palm oil users and consumers like L’Oreal, Colgate-Palmolive, and Procter & Gamble have made plans to cut forest destruction for palm oil out of their supply chains after pressure from our campaigns.

    But we aren’t done yet. Say you’re with us in protecting the world’s rainforests, our climate, and our planet. Donate to Greenpeace today. Even $5 makes a difference.

    We don’t take a dime from corporations or government. It’s what allows us to hold those responsible for rainforest destruction accountable. It also means that without the support of people like you, none of it is possible.

    This is an all hands on deck moment for the world’s forests.

    P.S. Greenpeace just uncovered a massive illegal logging operation in the Amazon. If you’ve been waiting to donate to Greenpeace, now is the time. Help support Greenpeace’s work to find and stop environmental destruction worldwide by donating today.


  • Don Lichterman 12:25 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Cove Monitor Heather Hill reports on yesterdays hunt. ‪#‎Tweet4Dolphins‬ 

    I am in tears right now. I am crying my eyes out because this is just not fair and if there is such a thing as some god, which we know there is not any, all I have to say is wtf God? I can’t take this every day. Its not fair. Its just not fair. They do NOT deserve this fate because of you select private companies that steal from everyone’s oceans as ways to make money. Corporations are people too my friends and so then what about that moral aspect that makes up an individual. Why is it always only about making money in that dumb assed by law in that 14th Amendment. Even though its japan and I am relating it to America, but I don’t know what to say. I need to stop crying and get on with my day so i can block this out of my pea brain. Sorry. Thanks….

    Risso’s Dolphin Pod Couldn’t Evade Relentless Dolphin Hunters
    I am sorry but that above message was from me and not heather…this is the actual Cove Monitor Heather Hill report on yesterdays hunt. ‪#‎Tweet4Dolphins‬


    For 17 consecutive days the Cove has run blue but today that streak ended. As the sun rose this morning 12 dolphin hunting boats filed out of the Taiji Harbor and a pod of Risso’s dolphins swam off the coast, unaware of the danger. After less than two hours, the hunters had found this pod. Five boats came together in drive formation and the rest of the fleet hurried to join the chase. The boats steadily drove the pod closer to shore but as they approached the harbor the weather turned in favor of the dolphins. Heavy rain reduced visibility, and for several minutes both the boats and the pod disappeared in the fog. Those few moments were filled with hope and impatience. If the dolphins could disappear under the water for long enough, perhaps the rain would hide their position from the hunters and they could escape! But the fog lifted just in time to reveal the hunters driving these dolphins through the obstacle of rocks and fishing nets at the entrance of the harbor. There would be no escape today.


    The pod was pushed the final distance into the Cove and a net was laid behind them. Several more nets were strung to separate the family, and as some were being killed in the shallows, the rest of the pod was forced to watch and wait for their turn to die. After the hunters had killed the first group, the others were pushed onto the beach.

    Similar to the previous slaughter on October 3rd, the entire pod was not killed. About a dozen dolphins continued to swim in the Cove as skiffs towed the dead bodies away. Boats continued to drive in and out until finally all bodies had been transported to the butcher house and extra nets had been removed. The remaining Risso’s were left in the Cove for another hour and spent that time pacing back and forth along the net, spyhopping, breaching, and thrashing just under the surface. When the boats returned the hunters began to remove the net, and the dolphins immediately swam through the narrow exit without coaxing. Banger boats attempted to drive the dolphins once again, this time back out to sea. After about 30 minutes the Risso’s had found their way through the obstacle course to freedom.

    The boats turned around and returned the harbor, another day’s work finished, but this now broken dolphin family will forever be affected by this unimaginable tragedy. If they survive the trauma, they will be forced to live with the memory of today, without any understanding of why.

    Please consider donating or joining Ric O’Barry on the front lines as a Cove Monitor.

    The Dolphin Project has been on the ground in Taiji since 2003 and will continue to do so until this senseless slaughter ends.

    Song Produced by Pat Aeby (Krokus, etc.).

    All Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero!

    Thanks especially to the tireless and what is endless work of the people that are trying to stop all Dolphin Hunting and Capturing in every way, and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at We will do it that minute.

    Also, this video is monetized in some way (ad shares, amounts of plays, amounts of views, etc.) and therefore any and I mean 100% of all revenues made from it, will go to the The Dolphin Project. After all, we use Ric Barry and some footage of Angel, the baby white albino dolphin that was stolen from its natural habitat in early January this year. As a matter of fact, we have set up an automated monthly payment which I am matching BTW, every month. Thanks for the help and for your participation in stopping all wildlife crime. Your tax-deductible donation helps Ric and our Dolphins Project Team work around the world to rescue, rehab and release dolphins back to the wild and stop the dangerous trade in dolphins.

    Become a Monthly Sustaining Donor or a One-time Donor Below.


    I did one video for a charity one day using the GoPro footage and I am NOT sure what happened because I went off doing at least one for all of our Sunset music artists. I had so much fun doing it. I never made a video before these ever in my life. Thanks again because it was fun to break away from my real work to do this creative work!

    Also, please visit this artists web site at and visit Sunset Records at anytime at

    Overall, thanks for the great support because we had almost 15K views in less than a month before the YouTube officials flagged it, deleted it, and started it over here for some reason that had something to do with us changing distributors. But whatever, and again, thanks for the support building these plays, etc. (again)…and most of all, we hope you enjoy the music and this music video!


  • Don Lichterman 7:22 AM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Garden of Eden, , , , Mionica, Monica Lewinsky, News agency, Nieman Journalism Lab, , ,   

    My blurb(s) about Monica (Lewinsky) that I wrote on Morning Joe’s forum which is today’s non Story of the Day! 

    • Don Lichterman Shit. I missed the beginning part of the show today. I did not start watching till like 622…so I must say that its implied that clinton is gross…OK? please…hes disgusting..I could not believe he got voted in that year. He came outta nowhere and I thought the guy stereotypically reminded me of a used car salesman…thats implied but Mionica did go with it and no matter how roped in..she still could have said no…btw..what clinton and clinton have done in the aftermath is just as gross as an adult being with a 22 year old person..thats gross..its disgusting..its weak, etc. etc./..with that said though…she has to live with that decision and I doubt they did it only one time….so there was a ton of a reaction time that could have gone the other way if she just said no..its not appropriate..but again..he was/is way worse…don’t get me wrong with what I yelled about today…he’s a pig. I never liked either of the clintons..and honestly..i would no doubt date monica…why not..i find her more attractive because f that but then again..I am odd that way..but she did say yes however many times which the entire situation was/is wrong…no one was correct ion it and the way it was dealt with was horrible..a borderline cover up and a smear campaign was set forth by the clintons..but I am not a clinton fan…I think they suck…whatever…can we talk about anything else but that non story..and I am not doing my real work if I writing this crap justifying ho0w gross it was all around…thanks for hearing me out though
    • Don Lichterman And thank you q…i know thats aimed at me..even if its not..thats the beauty of the magic about watching M. Joe…the outros of songs that relate to whomevrr is one thing that roped me in that day Tim Russert died *that was the first day I ever watched M. Joe (for better or worse I suppose for you guys) but for me..i have learned so much from y’all that I dont even care how many people hate me any more…
    Don Lichterman WHO CARES (about monica lewinsky)? This is the problem Eugene and its my point is that the you can forgive the world for anything but the hardest thing to forgive is one self…i wrote this in my first book…this aint brain surgery dudes…you gotta live with your shit and whomever needs to figure it out for themselves…btw..I like monica…but she fukced up and again…i wrote this in 04 or 07 and so why is this such an admirable thing to deal with today..and I am not saying change her name..I am saying embrace it..the fucking chick boinked the Pres…thats huge…but again…READ what I said years ago about forgiving one self…jeez…this is such a non story:
    …The hardest person in the world for me to forgive is I. My inner self laughs at the thought of allowing me to forgive myself. Whenever I forgive other people, I never turn them down whereas conversely, trying to convince myself to let me off the hook for the things I have done in my life, is impossible for me to do to this day. I know the past are things that have already been done and no one can change it. I know that we all should learn from past experiences and I understand that now is the only thing that can be controlled in any way. I feel that dealing with what is happening now, helps me deal with what happens in the future. Life is one big adventure filled with forgiveness yet I cannot act that way towards myself. Abraham Lincoln once said that he disliked someone, and that he needed to get to know them better now, however with me, I run away from these things in life. And, because of it, I will carry this same feeling within me forever, and even though certain feelings may not leave me ever, the feelings I hope, should no doubt lessen. I have to believe that I will be able to draw strength from all of my experiences in life. I look at myself to see the man that I am today. I then also see the man I ought to be in life. I know that my generation and age group, has grown up with so many choices with a ton of possibilities which on one hand, is incredible for someone like myself. But then on the other hand, I realize that my entire life to this day, I am battling to figure out who I am in this life. People living through my parents generation did what they had to do to make things work for their lives. My father left high school at seventeen years old after his father died and before attending the Army reserves a few years. There was never any so called finding yourself for that generation, but for me today, I am dammed if I do and I am dammed if I don’t so to speak. I have not done anything outside of pot, wine and beer, in many years. I have feelings these days that I never faced before in my life. It was always so easy to suppress those feelings or turn those feelings them into anger before I push everything and everyone out of my life. I realize today that any object is worth the meaning we invest in them and especially with regard to people. I would spend so much of my time growing up looking in the mirror trying to determine whether or not, I was a good looking guy. I very rarely look in a mirror today. It is way too stressful for me to look at mirrors. I also never feel like I am able to get what I am searching for in life. I think that I just want to be appreciated in any way. I would love to be around people that embrace my type of a personality, but I gather that I am not able to have that truth in my life. I am not even sure if I could accept it because after all, what would be my identity? My other problem over the last few years is me seeking certain revenge on people. I realize now that whoever seeks revenge towards other people may as well just dig him that same grave. We need to forgive people, or we will die a slow death. Studies say that carrying around this anger and bitterness like I do every day is what is putting me at risk for mental illness and depression. I am also now a perfect candidate to have stroke, anxiety, heart disease and even a heart attack. If I could somehow garner the way to forgive myself and other people, maybe it would actually be great for my health…
      • Don Lichterman Hey..check it out of my stories is coming to m. joe:…/sunset-daily-news…/

        In Historic Police Brutality Case, Family of Homeless Denver Pastor Killed in Custody Awarded $4.6M. In Tight Midterms…
      • Don Lichterman Why do we have to feel bad for monica lewinsky? We were all that age doing whatever to ourselves. She has a brain. She can think. She still could have said one thing and done one thing by saying….NO….clinton was married. she boinked a married man. she has to live with it…she should have embraced it or done whatever else but try to get the world to feel bad for blowing someone. Thats her deal. she did it. I did not blow the President and therefore, I don’t have to justify it. I did other stupid things that I must live with…and what bullying? she’s a ho…she blew a married man…what did she want us to think she was? a cool girl? no…she boinked a married person. she must live with it..actually…she should be like…dude…i blew the pres…and turned it around that way…shes the one that did nada for the last 15 years…what does every one expect everyone to think of her? great things for blowing a married man? In reality…who cares…she should prove her wealth by example and shut up about getting bullied or being called names…that comes with the territory when you blow a married man..I would say that to whomever…its a gross and idiotic thing to do…she was smart. she got that gig..she was smart enuff to be an intern in the WH. she is not smart enough to know that blowing the pres (and a married person) is wrong)? and this woman speaking now was NOT bullied for blowing a married man…to be bullied for whatever is weak…but dude,,you get caught blowing a married man..u gotta live with it..everyone who acts that way does..not just her…and dudes…if you have a child that blows the pres…thats your issue. you should tell your kids that blowing married people is not cool…thats what you do as a parent of a teen…what a non fucking story this is today/yesterday…,and her name was whatever’ed around the world because she blew a married man that was the Pres. and she got caught. PS: I do NOt condone the way the clintons dealt with it, but thats not her problem…she should look at it head on and be like who hoo…I blew the pres…and call it a day…ACTUALLY…I WAS INTERN TECHNICALLY IN THE WH. I WORKED FOR A SENATOR AND AGAIN..I NEVER BLEW HIM AND TECHNICALLY..I WORKED IN THE MAIL ROOM AS AN INTERN FOR THIS REP FROM PA IN 1985…THE MAILROOM WAS / IS THE BASEMENT UNDER THE WH…MY OFFICE WHERE I WORKED WAS IN THE GREYISH BUILDING THAT RUNS PERPENDICULAR (I SEE THE BUILDING WHERE THE OFFICES WERE IN THAT SHOW VEEP NOW)…BUT SERIOUS..I HAD AN INTERNSHIP…HEIDI KELSO GOT ME THAT INTERNSHIP AND SHE DID NOT BLOW ANYONE (I dont think she…I TOTALLY FORGOT THAT I WAS HIRED AS AN INTERN BUT IT WAS FOR THE PA REP AT THAT TIME…A REPUBLICAN TOO…oh shit…caps are locked…sorry…but you get that point…i had an internship there in the 80s…i did not blow anyone and honestly…i would have been with a female if they came on to me but thats me…no one did…I would have boasted about too…
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  • Don Lichterman 7:15 AM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Cthulhu, , Gillian Welch, H. P. Lovecraft, , Leslie S. Klinger, Lovecraftian horror, Randy Newman, Simon Kurt Unsworth   

    Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special: 

    This is a trailer and a look at the production for the upcoming Vinyl Rewind Halloween special. it premiered at the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival on October 9th, 2014. The Halloween special airs October 21, 2014.

    Watch the Last Halloween show by the Vinyl Geek Now:


  • Don Lichterman 7:02 AM on October 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Flight of the Conchords, , , Kristen Schaal, Schaal, ,   

    Kristen Schaal on the Chat Show 

    Join Kevin as he sits down with the delightful actress and comedienne Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, Bob’s Burgers) as she discusses growing up on a farm to transitioning into show business. Kristen chats about how useless the auditioning process is, scoring the FOTC gig by being part of the HBO comedy festival, she also does her best at punching up Kevin’s act.


  • Don Lichterman 8:22 PM on October 20, 2014 Permalink
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    What You Can Do About the people in Taji, Japan! 

    Save Japan’s Dolphins


    Many of you are sad, mad and ready to do something about it. Here are ways that you can take action in 15 minutes or less:


    The dolphin (and whale) trade is an incredibly lucrative global industry that preys on human interest in these incredible animals. Sea World, aquariums, and spring break swim-with-dolphin trips, no matter how fun, support an industry that profits from animal cruelty. When they’re not doing flips for you, most dolphins are treated poorly. In spite of their naturally “smiling” faces, it’s pretty much impossible to keep dolphins happy and healthy in any captive setting. Take the pledge here

    Click here to see a list of captive dolphin facilities that have been closed down, or never opened, thanks to the efforts of people like you.


    How would you feel if we told you just signing your name could save the dolphins? Here are a few petitions you can sign, and people you can write, to make a difference in mere minutes:


    Host a movie night at your house and watch The Cove or Blackfish to show your friends what’s happening to dolphins. (They’re interesting movies to watch regardless of whether or not you’re an animal rights activist.)

    It sure beats binge-watching The Bachelor, ’cause saving innocent lives feels way better than correctly guessing what dream date Juan Pablo will go on this week.


    Travel to Taiji as a Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project Cove Monitor. You can learn more & download an application here

    5. SHARE.

    And we don’t mean just Tweeting sad face emojis next to pictures of jumping dolphins. Stand on your social media soapbox and inform and inspire others, even if the only person that follows you on Twitter is your mom.

    Share this helpful article, this heartbreaking video, and anything from this blog. Repost our Instagram images, Tweet the hashtag #Tweet4Dolphins and follow the Dolphin Project on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on. Education and spreading the word are key!

    On twitter use the hashtag #Tweet4Dolphins

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    7. DONATE

    Donate here and help keep Ric O’Barry and the Dolphin Project on the front lines in Japan. Together we are making a difference.


    Run a marathon, start a cove club, shave a mowhawk and raise awareness and funds for our campaign. Create your own fundraiser here.

    If you are in school, you can consider screening The Cove movie for your class or school. You can get your friends together to form a Cove Club, we can help.

    9. Contact the Authorities

    Help us get the word out! Please contact these authorities and let’s end this senseless slaughter once and for all.

    WAZA: The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

    AZA: The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums

    Media Contact: Rob Vernon (301)244-3352 | Email:

    IMATA: The International Marine Mammal Trainers’ Association

    Prime Minister Shinzo- Abe
    Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
    1-6-1 Nagata-cho
    Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN

    Online comment form #1:
    Online comment form #2:

    Japanese Embassies Worldwide:
    Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions

    List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan:
    List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan

    US Embassy in Japan:
    Caroline Kennedy – Ambassador of the United States to Japan
    Telephone: 011-81-3-3224-5000
    Fax: 011-81-3-3505-1862
    Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan

    Cabinet Office

    Comment/Question for Cabinet Office

    Wakayama Prefecture Office, Fishery Division:
    Telephone: +81-73-441-3010
    Fax: +81-73-432-4124

    Dolphin Base:

    Telephone: +81-0735-59-3514

    Fax: +81-0735-59-2810

    International Whaling Commission (IWC)
    The Red House,
    135 Station Road,
    Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK.
    Tel: +44 (0) 1223 233 971
    Fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 87

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on Migratory Species (CMP)
    UNEP/CMS Secretariat
    Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
    53113 Bonn, Germany
    Tel: (+49 228) 815 2401
    Fax: (+49 228) 815 2449

    Japan Fisheries Public Content Form:
    Contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

    US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:
    US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

    Song Produced by Pat Aeby (Krokus, etc.).

    All Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero!

    Thanks especially to the tireless and what is endless work of the people that are trying to stop all Dolphin Hunting and Capturing in every way, and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at We will do it that minute.

    Also, this video is monetized in some way (ad shares, amounts of plays, amounts of views, etc.) and therefore any and I mean 100% of all revenues made from it, will go to the The Dolphin Project. After all, we use Ric Barry and some footage of Angel, the baby white albino dolphin that was stolen from its natural habitat in early January this year. As a matter of fact, we have set up an automated monthly payment which I am matching BTW, every month. Thanks for the help and for your participation in stopping all wildlife crime. Your tax-deductible donation helps Ric and our Dolphins Project Team work around the world to rescue, rehab and release dolphins back to the wild and stop the dangerous trade in dolphins.

    Become a Monthly Sustaining Donor or a One-time Donor Below.


    I did one video for a charity one day using the GoPro footage and I am NOT sure what happened because I went off doing at least one for all of our Sunset music artists. I had so much fun doing it. I never made a video before these ever in my life. Thanks again because it was fun to break away from my real work to do this creative work!

    Also, please visit this artists web site at and visit Sunset Records at anytime at

    Overall, thanks for the great support because we had almost 15K views in less than a month before the YouTube officials flagged it, deleted it, and started it over here for some reason that had something to do with us changing distributors. But whatever, and again, thanks for the support building these plays, etc. (again)…and most of all, we hope you enjoy the music and this music video!


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