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30 July 2009 @ 03:57 pm
Subject: Hazmat Fire west of Bryan

Due to the chemical fire at the El Dorado Chemical Company warehouse, the city of Bryan is requesting individuals and businesses in the map area below to evacuate. The following are the updates from KTBX TV.

3:17pm: The city of Bryan is asking anyone who can smell smoke or see smoke to evacuate their homes and businesses. The chemical fire is still burning at Texas 21 and Texas 47. There is a large amount of chemical residue in the air and it is affecting people’s noses, throats and eyes. Those who need shelter should go to Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus.

2:34pm: All residents who live north of Villa Maria between the Brazos River and west Brazos County to Highway 6 should evacuate their homes. We’re asking everyone to go south. If they do not have a place to stay, Reed Arena is now open as a shelter. - City of Bryan

2:06pm: SH 21 is closed between FM 2818 and SH 47 in Brazos County due to a factory fire. We will keep you all posted on any updates - TXDOT

Dangerous chemicals are burning in a massive warehouse fire outside of Bryan.

The fire began just before noon Thursday at the El Dorado Chemical Company warehouse on Highway 21 near Smetana.

Residents and workers within a three-mile radius have been evacuated, including the latest evacuations north of Villa Maria between the Brazos River and Highway 6. Roads throughout the area are shut down.

21 July 2009 @ 06:12 pm
This is cross-posted from my new post today on Craig's List - please consider giving one or both of these little guys a home - read my story below!

Howdy! I posted back in March when I found these two little guys but didn't get many responses then, although at the time I was mainly looking for (hoping) the owners but knew it was more than likely a lost cause. Oak and Ivy were found on the Wednesday of Spring Break this year on the walking path outside Steeplechase Dog Park on West Ridge in College Station. These two obviously domesticated bunnies were sitting there munching clover and wondering what had happened to their home. At the time I found them, I was hoping they had escaped an outdoor hutch and someone was desperately looking for them. Although I'm sure they were someone's old 4H project or Easter Pet that they no longer wanted and set them "free" out in the wild. Domesticated bunnies can't survive out in the wild. They will not get enough of the right nutrition, not survive the elements and/or get eaten by a predator. So I couldn't leave these little guys out there. When I approached them, they ran off into the bushes and would come back out periodically. I was able to get one of them in just a few minutes and the other one took an hour or so of crawling through God knows what (Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, bugs, cob webs, vines, and more) to get to where he was hiding. Their names, Oak and Ivy came from this adventure! I brought them home, cleaned them off, brushed them, and bought them hay, fresh veggies, chew toys and litter while I looked for the owners. I never found the owners, of course, because they were probably dumped. After a few weeks I had fallen in love with them and they were so much fun, my husband and I just decided to keep them. And we still love them.

We have a problem now though, my husband has developed an allergy to their hay (Timothy hay). This is the staple food for all domesticated rabbits. He is highly allergic and because there is no getting around having this hay in the house for them, I have decided to find them another good home. Another home where they will be treated with love and dignity and respect - a place where they can live inside and eat all the foods they are supposed to eat, have fresh water, get brushed and have someone to love them!

Are you the right home? Read below to find out!

Please do not contact me if you plan on eating these rabbits or feeding them to your giant snake or whatever other animal you might have. These are companion pets, not food. (No this is not a joke, I had responses like that last time).

The bunnies must live indoors unless you have one heck of a nice outdoor set up that protects from heat and pests.
They must have an unlimited supply of Timothy hay in their cages/living areas at all times. (The best deals on hay I find at Pet-Co - Timothy hay can also be found at Pet Smart, Wal-Mart, Target, and most grocery stores with a pet section).
They must get fresh greens (Good choices are Kale, parsley, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens etc. - all found at your local grocery store, very little lettuce and no broccoli though) and a few baby carrots one to two times a day. Please see the guidelines on http://www.rabbit.org/ (House Rabbit Society Rabbit Care Guide)
Their litter boxes must be cleaned once a day and their cages/living areas once a week.
They must have items to chew on in their cages/living areas at all times to keep their teeth worn down. (I've tried several and there are only 2 kinds I have found that they like, they are at Pet-Co and I can show you which ones they are when we meet).
You must play with them and give them attention, they are not furniture and love to be loved on and played with just like dogs and cats!

More about them: Oak is tolerant of calm dogs and cats and even enjoys playing a bit with cats. Ivy is a bit more shy but he is very curious about the other animals in our home. They are both male, probably no more than 12 months old (or so the vet thinks). I don't know much about rabbit breeds, but Oak is a brown/gray/white Lop and Ivy looks just like the Cadbury bunny - solid white with pointy ears, though albino. They are both very sweet boys and love to play and be petted.

While Oak and Ivy are friends they do not have to go to the same home and would do fine as only rabbits. Right now they are being housed separately because they are a bit aggressive toward each other because they are not neutered. This is something that Kingdom Animal Hospital will do for $70-80.

Please contact me via e-mail if you would like more information and talk about adopting them. I would like to set up a home visit before the adoption is final to see where they would be living and to make sure they are going to a good place. While not required, vet records would be a plus if you can provide them for your current/previous pets. I would prefer not to have to drive more than 30 miles from B/CS, thanks!

I would like to find them a home within the next two weeks or I will be forced, unfortunately, to take them to the Brazos Animal Shelter because I can't let my husband suffer through these hay allergies much longer. I REALLY don't want to take them to the shelter because they are not as likely to get adopted there ..at least not as likely as the dogs and cats and I don't want these handsome sweet loving little boys to be put down. I really hate this, please help, thanks! :)

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02 July 2009 @ 05:44 am
From the BBC:

Gay sex decriminalized in India
Gay people celebrating the ruling in Delhi, India
Rights groups have long campaigned for a repeal of the law

A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, has ruled that homosexual intercourse between consenting adults is not a criminal act.

The ruling overturns a 148-year-old colonial law which describes a same-sex relationship as an "unnatural offense".

Homosexual acts were punishable by a 10-year prison sentence.

Many people in India regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate. Rights groups have long argued that the law contravened human rights.

Delhi's High Court ruled that the law outlawing homosexual acts was discriminatory and a "violation of fundamental rights".

The court said that a statute in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which defines homosexual acts as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" and made them illegal, was an "antithesis of the right to equality".

'India's Stonewall'

The ruling is historic in a country where homosexuals face discrimination and persecution on a daily basis but it is likely to be challenged, says the BBC's Soutik Biswas in Delhi.


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It also promises to change the discourse on sexuality in a largely conservative country, where even talking about sex is largely taboo, our correspondent says.

Gay rights activists all over the country welcomed the ruling and said it was "India's Stonewall".

New York's Stonewall riot in 1969 is credited with launching the gay rights movement.

"It [the ruling] is India's Stonewall. We are elated. I think what now happens is that a lot of our fundamental rights and civic rights which were denied to us can now be reclaimed by us," activist and lawyer Aditya Bandopadhyay told the BBC.

"It is a fabulously written judgment, and it restores our faith in the judiciary," he said.

Leading gay rights activist and the editor of India's first gay magazine Ashok Row Kavi welcomed the judgment but said the stigma against homosexuals will persist.

Delhi High Court judgment overturning Section 377 of India's Penal Code
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"The social stigma will remain. It is [still] a long struggle. But the ruling will help in HIV prevention. Gay men can now visit doctors and talk about their problems. It will help in preventing harassment at police stations," Mr Kavi told the BBC.

But the decision was greeted with unease by other groups.

Father Dominic Emanuel of India's Catholic Bishop Council said the church did not "approve" of homosexual behavior.

"Our stand has always been very clear. The church has no serious objection to decriminalizing homosexuality between consenting adults, the church has never considered homosexuals as criminals," said Father Emanuel.

"But the church does not approve of this behavior. It doesn't consider it natural, ethical, or moral," he said.

The head cleric of Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, has criticized the ruling.

"This is absolutely wrong. We will not accept any such law," Ahmed Bukhari told the AFP news agency.
Gay rights march in India
Homosexuals face discrimination in India

In 2004, the Indian government opposed a legal petition that sought to legalize homosexuality - a petition the high court in Delhi dismissed.

But rights groups and the Indian government's HIV/Aids control body have demanded that homosexuality be legalized.

The National Aids Control Organization (Naco) has said that infected people were being driven underground and efforts to curb the virus were being hampered.

According to one estimate, more than 8% of homosexual men in India were infected with HIV, compared to fewer than 1% in the general population.
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07 April 2009 @ 05:51 pm
"How Could You? (A MUST Read!)

A man in Grand Rapids, Michigan incredibly took out a $7000 full page ad in the paper to present the following essay to the people of his community.

HOW COULD YOU? - By Jim Willis, 2001

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" - - still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.

Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love." As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch -- because your touch was now so infrequent -- and I would've defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog ," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked, "How could you?"

They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind -- that this was all a bad dream... or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me.

When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited. I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days.

As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured, "How could you?"

Perhaps because she understood my dog speak, she said, "I'm so sorry." She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself -- a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not directed at her. It was directed at you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of you. I will think of you and wait for you forever. May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.

A Note from the Author: If "How Could You?" brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly "owned" pets who die each year in American & Canadian animal shelters. Please use this to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay & neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.

Please pass this on to everyone, not to hurt them or make them sad, but it could save maybe, even one, unwanted pet. Remember...They love UNCONDITIONALLY.

Now that the tears are rolling down your face, pass it on! Send to everyone in your address book and around the world! This IS the reality of dogs given up to shelters!
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06 March 2009 @ 06:57 am
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I don't like that sound, it hurts my ears!
24 January 2009 @ 08:26 am
Wordle: Pets II
09 January 2009 @ 01:58 pm

Your Word is "Fearless"

You see life as your one chance to experience everything, and you just go for it!

You believe the biggest risk is being afraid and missing out on something amazing.

Sometimes your fearlessness means you're daring. You enjoy risky activities.

And sometimes your fearlessness means you're courageous. You're brave enough to do the right thing, even when it's scary.

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23 December 2008 @ 06:37 pm
Gail was right, most of this is scary accurate.  There are a couple inconsistencies

like the compliment thing (sure I like compliments - but I don't need them ALL the time because it is hard for me to take compliments - I don't know how to respond to them, especially if they are frequent, which makes me very uncomfortable).

The Romantic (the Four)

Romantics have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
  • Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
  • Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
  • Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
  • Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!

What I Like About Being a Four

  • my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
  • my ability to establish warm connections with people
  • admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
  • my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
  • being unique and being seen as unique by others
  • having aesthetic sensibilities
  • being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What's Hard About Being a Four

  • experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
  • feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved
  • feeling guilty when I disappoint people
  • feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
  • expecting too much from myself and life
  • fearing being abandoned
  • obsessing over resentments
  • longing for what I don't have

Fours as Children Often

  • have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original game s
  • are very sensitive
  • feel that they don't fit in
  • believe they are missing something that other people have
  • attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
  • become anti-authoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
  • feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)

Fours as Parents

  • help their children become who they really are
  • support their children's creativity and originality
  • are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
  • are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
  • are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

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This is hilarious, and very NSFW.

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