Category: politics


  • Remembering Susie

    Remembering Susie

    Obituary originally posted here. Photo slideshow: https://www.tributeslides.com/embed/CFSIFRAM/dem10727/11m61217470d60e0 Obituary May 14, 1946 ~ August 6, 2021 (age 75) Susie Elizabeth Duncan Sexton, 75, of Columbia City, IN, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 6, 2021, at her home. Born on May 14, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Roy and Edna (Lewis) Duncan, who, in her words, […]

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  • In a Sense…a Broad!

    In a Sense…a Broad!

    As I consider myself nothing nor nobody more than Peter Sellers in Being There or at my liveliest as Inspector Clousseau, it is difficult to make “Susie” sound interesting? I am proudest of being the Mother of Roy, whom I consider the person I would most wish to be. I grew up in a very […]

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  • Gassing Sentient Beings in 2011?!?

    Gassing Sentient Beings in 2011?!?

    North Carolina is the land of my roots and as of late steeped in religious activities and displays of fervent reverence. How then to explain the manufacturing and distribution of gas chambers…set up in 24 locations I believe… with profits going to a veterinarian/state official? Ghoulish conflict of interest! The videos displayed all over Facebook […]

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  • We must speak up … individually.

    We must speak up … individually.

    In response to yesterday’s post, I received the following from Davidson County (North Carolina) commissioner Fred McClure – my reply follows: “Thanks for writing. However, the videos you see on Facebook are not accurate for our county. There is no terror, no pain and animals are put down one at a time. This has been […]

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  • Part III: May Need to Revisit the Carolinas After All (2011)

    Part III: May Need to Revisit the Carolinas After All (2011)

    Davidson County (North Carolina) commissioner Fred McClure sent another message yesterday – my reply follows: “Thank you, and we are moving more toward the injection. It is a poor testimony for the citizens of our county that we have 7,000 animals at the shelter in the first place. Irresponsible pet ownership is the real problem […]

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  • Experimentation & Research on Sentient Beings (2011)

    Experimentation & Research on Sentient Beings (2011)

    [Feel free to re-use this letter template and send to the email addresses at the end…] Dear Governor Perdue (NC), I am contacting you to voice my concern regarding the conditions the animals are kept in and subjected to in many of the Animal Control facilities in the State of North Carolina. It has come […]

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  • Seemingly Uncivilized…and Perhaps for Profit (Follow-up with NC Governor Bev Perdue) (2011)

    Seemingly Uncivilized…and Perhaps for Profit (Follow-up with NC Governor Bev Perdue) (2011)

    Please realize that so very, very many of us are alarmed regarding 24 gassing locations in the Tarheel state, possible conflict of interest if a public official-veterinarian manufactures those contraptions and also runs seminars at Gaston demonstrating with live homeless animals, and selling of Whiteville homeless beings for experimentation and fertilizer products or for rendering […]

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  • Animals R Us…

    Animals R Us…

    ah, so! the absolutely foolish stubborn nature of those who politicize these dangers, which are actually shouting to us every day to please face facts concerning our jeopardized environment, is shameful. tis either apathy or downright denial…both of which doom us. horrid. it is obvious to the naked eye of any who revere the animal […]

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  • deer…the most dangerous animal alive?!?!

    deer…the most dangerous animal alive?!?!

    hateful, duplicitous, double-talking, snake-oil salesman letter in our little local paper today urging year-round deer hunting cuz “deers are the most dangerous animals alive” from a doc who says why pay the price of even one human life of a driver in a car getting killed…cuz his own cars get dented? we have had bizarre […]

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  • Symbolizing the chasm…some win big while others lose tragically (2011)

    Symbolizing the chasm…some win big while others lose tragically (2011)

    Greenville, South Carolina, is one of the cities which signifies something significant in my life…and I am disheartened that despite its recent spike in achieving opulence, the record number of discarded animals/pets is startling. One wonders why, with the amazing dumping of living beings into the Greenville shelter, that a choice must be made between […]

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  • there is profit in so-called animal “over-population”…

    there is profit in so-called animal “over-population”…

    there is profit in so-called animal “over-population”…cadavers rendered into fertilizers and pet food incredibly (and gassing machines mass-produced and sold in many states)…not to mention live homeless animals sold for research and experimentation. same with hunters claiming they are all doing us a favor? they love squealing “over-population” so they can play “deliverance” games and […]

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  • Where might all of this competition for residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue be leading? 2012

    Where might all of this competition for residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue be leading? 2012

    WOW, it seems the presidential candidates better demonstrate that each one of them appreciates animals and treats them allllll nicely. Newt is keenly interested in animal welfare ever since Mitt’s bad press surfaced for carting his dog on top of his woody station wagon 20 years ago. Barack is newly interested in legislation outlawing puppy […]

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  • this link is vital… Squawk Back! Helping Animals When Others Can’t …Or Won’t

    this link is vital… Squawk Back! Helping Animals When Others Can’t …Or Won’t

    this link is vital… the world has become so incredibly crass about animal welfare that it is indeed frightening…violence toward animals is either totally ignorant (my husband’s vote) or just damned mean (my vote)… please invite your friends who care to join us here, as this presidential election seems to be heading toward resolution of this very […]

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  • Urge Emerald Isle, North Carolina, to Halt Deer Massacre (2012)

    Urge Emerald Isle, North Carolina, to Halt Deer Massacre (2012)

    Here is what I submitted in response to this link. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE REVERED LAND OF MY ROOTS? Gassing and ONLY gassing domesticated animals in shelters? Killing deer with bows and arrows on Emerald Isle for what? The sake of human “convenience”? Please, this is horrid and an embarrassment for those of us who […]

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  • …where is charlton heston BTW?

    …where is charlton heston BTW?

    …i am appalled that the more i learn the more i am aware of all the money to be made from an overpopulation of cats, dogs, deer, etc. actually being encouraged…bodies for cash move down more avenues than can be imagined. and those who are profiting speak out of both sides of their lying mouths. […]

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  • that is a brave move. 2012.

    that is a brave move. 2012.

    so the hoosier state plans to ban smoking except in bars and casinos? alcoholism and gambling are fine and dandy? and devouring mammals (in those same eating establishments) which causes breast, colon and prostate cancer is hunky dory? not to mention ingesting flesh and organs causing diabetes and parkinson’s disease? chow down…but first watch the […]

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  • To whom it may concern… 2012

    To whom it may concern… 2012

    How and why and under what circumstances has the slaughter of sentient beings to save plants and trees become acceptable to civilized human beings? Rationalizations for this mass killing boggle the thinking mind. Awareness of this deer culling demands urging that this violence cease wherever it is being perpetrated — in this circumstance and elsewhere […]

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  • Status time…no more killing, no more bullying, no more selfishness

    Status time…no more killing, no more bullying, no more selfishness

    status time–just now read a post stating that record numbers of innocent dogs and cats are murdered (yes killing is killing — a catch-all/short-hand term) in shelters every day now. so, if they are dumped due to the economy –and not out of pure apathy and selfishness… well, for starters, do not be intimidated by […]

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  • My birthday wish… 2012

    My birthday wish… 2012

    On this day, my birthday, I offer this wish… THINKING is how i categorize what i write here. our hearts are totally involved as are our minds, and therefore we can make a vast difference. what a combination… the brain combined with the heart can eventually educate and reverse these tragedies. hope in action. we […]

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  • of all the -isms….

    of all the -isms….

    what is interesting is that a professor whose lectures appear on facebook said that of all the ‘-isms’, species-ism is the hottest issue…that the volatility associated with this topic is nearly insurmountable. this is 2012, however, and if we begin to live harmoniously and not desperately, the sensible status of no more brutality and barbarism […]

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  • rolling over and playing dead…is not wise

    rolling over and playing dead…is not wise

    EVERY DAY IS THE SAME FOR ANIMALS…..i envy them that, except that every day more of them than not…considerably more…are ignored and abandoned and killed…please care second by second…be aware and help brighten a life or two or three. thanks for pausing to think of another lonely heart and doing something about it! no matter […]

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  • The two most important days in your life…

    The two most important days in your life…

    These comments are grand – thank you so!! From Edward Levine: “Susie, this is a great group…..In order for any group to be great it has to have a leader who is loved, admired, and looked up to…….That would be you…….Any animal lover, compassionate person, or just a good person in general is inspired by […]

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  • Mr. Stutzman… (2012)

    Mr. Stutzman… (2012)

    Mr. Stutzman: Extremely disappointed that the votes of a large and burgeoning portion of your constituency do not matter to you. Your advocacy for de-regulation of the farm “industry” is revelatory of self-interest and the resultant desire to please only a certain segment of voters in order to assure your election to office. Received a […]

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  • have you ever tried to discuss ideas with a politician?

    have you ever tried to discuss ideas with a politician?

    have you ever tried to discuss ideas with a “politician”? impossible…all they want are donations…well, send your donations to homeless cats and dogs and organizations working to end the slaughter of animals instead. forget donations to politicos…they use that cash to get a cushy job and forget all about the poor and the suffering and […]

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  • the prejudice against our gender is undeniable.

    the prejudice against our gender is undeniable.

    i sorta believe that i get underestimated every day…and before i die, all that i wish is, in real time, for a handful of sincere apologies from a handful of folks who have blown me off far too often and tried to demean my interests and my beliefs mostly because i am a female. the […]

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  • yes…they DO deserve better…

    yes…they DO deserve better…

    I received an email today from Thomas C. Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association, with the subject line: “They Deserve Better.” He writes (the letter was a formatted eblast with photos, links, etc.): “Dear Susie, I urgently need your help to ensure Congress makes critical investments in our national parks . . . to […]

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  • look elsewhere for true representatives… (2012)

    look elsewhere for true representatives… (2012)

    my continuing discussion about Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman takes the form of a letter to the editor in today’s Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Read it by clicking here. make politicians accountable and responsive to all who live…not just to special interests and those who finance their campaigns. an epidemic of self-interest among our elected officials…stop them in their tracks. […]

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  • thoughts on communicating with our animal friends…

    thoughts on communicating with our animal friends…

    thoughts on communicating with our animal friends… my babies respond better to lengthy explanations from me than when i just shout one word like SIT or STAY or FETCH…seriously, they like to know WHY they should do that stuff like WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME IF I DO COOPERATE? i swear by that…unless they just […]

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  • Moronic Ox Q&A: Secrets of an Old Typewriter, politics, animal rights, classic films, and just about…everything!

    Moronic Ox Q&A: Secrets of an Old Typewriter, politics, animal rights, classic films, and just about…everything!

    In this Q&A with Moronic Ox literary journal, I talk openly about my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter, politics, animal rights, classic films, and just about…everything! Excerpt: “I hold out hope for youthful altruism and acceptance of one another and living and letting live. Perhaps, one day, individuality will trump group-think. EVOLUTION accomplished! Preservation […]

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  • across the board. cannot argue one more second…

    across the board. cannot argue one more second…

    let’s all vote correctly? so that peace and love and kindness and caring about those less fortunate all go the head of the class? starting to worry that the wrong decision will be a death knell for our nation. what an incredible pre-election week thus far… obama has my vote…democrats in general have my vote…hopefully, […]

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  • …thanks for letting me vent

    …thanks for letting me vent

    interesting to watch how the media, also dependent on kissing the fannies of the rich, have been instructed to play up “mental illness” rather than pointing to the NRA which is seeing to it that they remain the chief lobby of all time…so this current holocaust will end up not being blamed on guns and […]

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  • i try to be nice…

    i try to be nice…

    “I love people and animals — though not necessarily in that order,” Doris Day once said. “I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.” i can barely even look at people some days…too many self-centered, clueless turds…i try to be nice…but the older i get the […]

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  • time to reinvent farm LIFE! oppose SB 373 (2013)

    time to reinvent farm LIFE! oppose SB 373 (2013)

    very important story on yahoo! about your rights to know how animals are treated in the farming/food “industry”…click here to read… Animal welfare advocates say all of the focus on secrecy is energy misspent. “I wish the cattlemen actually wanted to stop cruelty, not the documenting of cruelty,” said HSUS California director Jennifer Fearing. “One could think of a […]

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  • your vote reveals your heart and your intelligence: Indiana’s Ag-Gag Bill (2013)

    your vote reveals your heart and your intelligence: Indiana’s Ag-Gag Bill (2013)

    Ah, the wonders of communication..by PHONE! Just spoke with Hoosier folks who’ll convey my message of concern regarding today’s “conference” status of S.B. 373, the “Ag-Gag” Bill! They listened patiently and will convey my thoughts to four Republicans: Governor Mike Pence (got his voice-mail!); Senator Jim Banks; and Representatives Kathy Heuer and Dan Leonard. I pray that human health, […]

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  • can you believe that this is america in the 21st century? (2013)

    can you believe that this is america in the 21st century? (2013)

    Sarah Palin is not the answer to a woman’s prayer for equality in real time while we live. The “conservatives” have offered up what they believe to be the voice of a female, in several instances…bachmann, coulter, etc. I never did take to cheerleaders who are allowed to jiggle their wares on the sidelines of […]

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  • …I use it as motivation.

    …I use it as motivation.

    the problem with our current state legislature is that too many conservative (hardly!) republicans are in the pocket of corporate America which includes the farming INDUSTRY…and that they always vote along party lines…check their voting records… the majority in the house and senate cares not about animals…animals do not have country club memberships or provide […]

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  • a gentle and necessary war (2013)

    a gentle and necessary war (2013)

    I KNOW the true joy of Facebook is our finding each other and speaking up for proper treatment of all who live. Using our voices to say and to write what must happen YESTERDAY… we have to make up for all the damage and the hurt and destruction. much work to be done. through words […]

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  • welcome to circus world! (2013)

    welcome to circus world! (2013)

    YES…WE PROMISE! evolution means humans are getting brighter and more inclusive and more peaceful…it’s the politicians who think only of themselves! and the people benefitting from corporate greed. otherwise the rest of us are kind and normal and forward thinking! right? HOWEVER, click here to read rationalizations … in Indiana! again. from botched education to lucrative faux […]

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  • if I were a stray …. (2013)

    if I were a stray …. (2013)

    barack, what is your problem? start caring about animals…arghhh. I voted for him…but his record on animals stinks…however, not one of the politicians care about animals…no room in their hearts for anyone but the koch brothers types and themselves. so sick of the lot of them…the LOT of them. I want to like cuomo…googled him because […]

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  • brains washed and dried and starched and ironed: Indiana ag gag

    brains washed and dried and starched and ironed: Indiana ag gag

    lots of us in Indiana are concerned about these sweet beings and sick and tired of their victimization for insane profits in this state — generated by collusion with CHINA! the ag-gag bill has been revisited and the republican legislators are not happy with those who oppose it and who are testifying presently…the senators are behaving quite rudely and […]

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  • blood-letting is blood-letting. all sentient beings matter.

    blood-letting is blood-letting. all sentient beings matter.

    so, too many republican hoosier state legislators insist they want voters to decide issues? really? why would that be when those very legislators are interested in lining their own pockets and dream up legislation that would please specifically the “big money” interests? over and over and over again…let’s start with canned hunting for instance…not to mention their […]

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  • ironic.

    ironic.

    ironic…while so many of us work to respect all living beings for no personal gain other than on behalf of kindness and love for other beings, others figure out how to get elected to positions of possibly sinister power by referring to us as “activists” and “tree-huggers” and “bleeding hearts” isn’t the root word of […]

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  • Mr. Bundy…wow? (2014)

    Mr. Bundy…wow? (2014)

    Mr. Bundy…wow? And you’re not “feeding all of America”…not me anyway. View “CNN exclusive: Rancher defends racist remarks: ‘I think I’m right’” by clicking here. I don’t eat animals. And the deceased calf that you held up for Chris Cuomo to see is dead because of you…the fault is yours. And no, your attempt to display […]

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  • I have got compassion fatigue

    I have got compassion fatigue

    you can help…yes, you can…just click SHARE and each shelter animal you share has more opportunities to be saved…the ONLY reason I facebook long into the night and early morning….not to share recipes nor brag nor be all phony baloney nor hook up with folks I never talked with in the first place… nope, facebook […]

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  • So honored to be featured on the TV show Patty’s Page

    So honored to be featured on the TV show Patty’s Page

    Enjoy this interview of yours truly on lovely Patty Hunter’s Fort Wayne-based talk show Patty’s Page. View at this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_zB… We candidly discuss the experiences of growing up in small-town Columbia City, the high and lows and the delights and frustrations of writing columns and books, my love of animals and movies and fun, the importance […]

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  • give the consumer what he wants…consuming is where it’s at

    give the consumer what he wants…consuming is where it’s at

    okay, I am just browsing through an area newspaper, and I glance at a lay-out of wedding anniversaries in the high numbers and a “pets of the week” bulletin plus an ad for Bibles and positioned among all of those pictures is a photo of a daddy cuddling with his 9 year old daughter and […]

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  • an army marching together for peace on earth starting with the smallest ant’s welfare

    an army marching together for peace on earth starting with the smallest ant’s welfare

    MY STATUS AT THIS POINT IN TIME: hey, pleading with anybody who walks on two feet to do whatever we can to help save an animal’s life…if that does not interest you, then perhaps you should move on? i’ll miss you, but we need an army marching together for peace on earth starting with the […]

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  • animals matter, democrats matter, and kind people matter.

    animals matter, democrats matter, and kind people matter.

    i am used to suffering…i have had a steady diet of it since birth…funny though, i managed to see myself, through all the crap, as a human being…though i cry a lot! because i AM a girl…and girls know how to cry when crying is called for. what doesn’t finish us off is supposed to […]

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  • watch this space … we are forever locked in cowboy land

    watch this space … we are forever locked in cowboy land

    dammit. how sad and infuriating!Teen With Asperger’s Loses Therapy Dog After Neighbor Shoots Him IN GUN TOTIN’ AMERICA THE BOYS LIKE TO PLAY WITH THEIR GUNS/PHALLIC SYMBOLS! it’s that season again…costumes, tree stands, weaponry, photo ops and taxidermied heads of animals, hunting accidents in spite of “safety” tips for the great white hunters, and murder […]

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  • oh, do listen to the words…and let’s change this world tomorrow morning. 2014.

    oh, do listen to the words…and let’s change this world tomorrow morning. 2014.

    first off, happy belated birthday to paul helmke. happy birthday, fellow hoosier…and one of whom we are very proud…class, intelligence, determination and fair-mindedness are qualities we admire and should all aspire to…thanks for your fine example, sir! oh, how this story (see following link) shreds my soul – “Semi carrying more than 2,000 piglets overturns in Indiana” … a true […]

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  • even a BUCKET of popcorn unfortunately did not help relieve the depressing fact … my reaction to the hunger games phenomenon

    even a BUCKET of popcorn unfortunately did not help relieve the depressing fact … my reaction to the hunger games phenomenon

    in response to my son roy sexton’s review of the latest hunger games movie and inspired by this great exchange he had with wonderful arlene steinberg … thanks to roy for intellectualizing this utterly useless series of absolute sh*t! what has happened to great literary achievements and their often successful cinematic treatments?  this is THE dumbest franchise methinks…maybe you can convince […]

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  • my amender is all worn out

    my amender is all worn out

    I can’t make amends…my amender is all worn out…and I never get amends back from anybody i try to make them with…if you get my drift? but I heartily agree with the nobility of the suggestion, beth! (by the way, beth replied: “got it, susie. no amending fences” – punny!) please check out ASPCA | ASPCA’s Fundraiser on […]

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  • but I am happy to help change the picture

    but I am happy to help change the picture

    enjoy this video … Thank you for making a world of difference for animals in 2014 I’m not in the mood for facebook vanity these days. too much sadness in the world to read about cakes and interior decorating and trips and me, me, me… oh, how this post from rabbi otis by way of good […]

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  • Time to say “NO MORE” mean and stupid behavior: Otter hunting ok’d in Indiana. 2015.

    Time to say “NO MORE” mean and stupid behavior: Otter hunting ok’d in Indiana. 2015.

    Oh, Calgon…or SOMETHING…take me away! From this ingrown state!!! (I need to go live in my son’s basement.) Indiana tentatively OKs limited river otter trapping season So we are on board yet again to slaughter (squirrels and) river otters for their…PELTS???? The weirdest most illogical statement ever…”Many other states that have reintroduced otters have implemented […]

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  • Flexibility of an open mind: Finding stuff!

    Flexibility of an open mind: Finding stuff!

    A tease/announcement: looking diligently for something for three full days…found it…and am now at peace for a short time. As near as I ever get to being Sherlock Holmes, I finally figure out where something got lost and re-locate the misplaced thingie! Via my secret formula! Works every time that secret formula does! What is […]

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  • We are all worthy of blame. 2015.

    We are all worthy of blame. 2015.

    St. Patrick’s Parish: Cancel Animal Fighting Contest – Support this petition! How about getting this crap cancelled in Indiana too – nothing “FAIR” about this thuggery. It is not wholesome, but kinky and evil and humiliating – not cute but tragic and ignorant and a horrid example for all. AND Adding “beer tents” to the […]

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  • Got (almond) milk? Books, movies, politics, culture, and AGRIganda

    Got (almond) milk? Books, movies, politics, culture, and AGRIganda

    A photograph of my bed? Wow! A really firm mattress is possible! Thanks to delightful Sheryl Mandel for sending this … Well, Sheryl, I am on the 7th of my nine lives, and if I were to pull out a book to read from that bed, I’d be lopsided…as usual! So I just try to […]

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  • Where is Jay Leno when we need him? Three stories

    Where is Jay Leno when we need him? Three stories

    Thanks to fellow author and animal lover Jim Robertson for reblogging my piece, which follows, to his Exposing the Big Game … 1) Unlikely friendship of a dog and an owl … Okay! So, why can’t humans simmer down and be nice and stop eating other species? AND stop warring with one another? AND stop worrying and start being […]

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  • Right with you, Rumpy! The unyielding, essential heartache of advocacy

    Right with you, Rumpy! The unyielding, essential heartache of advocacy

    Choosing My Battles and Moving On: I am so totally relating to this honest appraisal of how f-ed up animal welfare can become. Bravo to Rumpy for taking this issue on; the species, including homo sapiens, should all be on the same page or the animals lose again…as always. As far as talking with elected […]

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  • And nobody ain’t sayin’ nothin’! How our mistreatment of the environment is killing us all

    And nobody ain’t sayin’ nothin’! How our mistreatment of the environment is killing us all

    I was just thinking about the part climate change plays in our lives, and the role the agriculture industry has played in ruining the ecology.  If I hear about one more person with a mystery affliction in our local area 10 miles from one of the hugest pig “industries” in this nation, I am tapping […]

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  • Where is James Bond when we need him? Indiana’s “religious freedom” measure, “ag days,” and other hypocritical horrors (2015)

    Where is James Bond when we need him? Indiana’s “religious freedom” measure, “ag days,” and other hypocritical horrors (2015)

    INDIANA…UGH! Now 40 representatives (all Republicans) have voted that humans can be fired or not hired because of their religions or lack of…religions??! House panel approves religious freedom bill Where is James Bond when we need him? Oh, wait, here he is … Yay! New movie this holiday season…except I am staying HOME next winter […]

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  • Try to remember exactly WHO made us this week’s national laughing stock (2015)

    Try to remember exactly WHO made us this week’s national laughing stock (2015)

    I love protesting to restore love and compassion. We ain’t called the “hurryin’ hoosiers” for no reason. Doing damage control for our beloved state that used to be sweet and is gonna return to that kindness, after a few misguided careerist politicos get voted outta office (even some who have been near and dear and are now […]

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  • Enough already. #Indiana, simmer down.

    Enough already. #Indiana, simmer down.

    So religious freedom means freedom to discriminate and behave like jerks? And infringe upon the freedoms of everyone else?  C.P. pastor protesting changes to ‘religious freedom’ law : Politics Enough already. Indiana, simmer down. Nobody is screwing with your church clubs. Party all you want. Network with like-minded souls. Massage each other’s shoulders. But watch […]

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  • Deplorable.

    Deplorable.

    The day that I vote for some person who lists as a criterion for public office of any kind that he is a member of the NRA? Well…just be advised that will never ever happen… So, hoping others feel the same. How sad that a candidate believes such a membership is a qualifying reason to […]

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  • Easy to spot who is tooting phony horns

    Easy to spot who is tooting phony horns

    Read this provocative/thoughtful post from Rumpydog – “My history is steeped in racism, and I didn’t even know it” – click here Excerpt: “And I live in a region with lots of whites who are worried that their heritage is being trampled on. I’m trying to figure out what that’s supposed to mean. How can someone […]

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  • plural noun: sycophants

    plural noun: sycophants

    syc·o·phant /ˈsikəˌfant,ˈsikəfənt/ Noun … Plural noun: sycophants A person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage. Synonyms: yes-man, bootlicker, brown-noser, toady, lickspittle, flatterer, flunky, lackey, spaniel, doormat, stooge, cringer, suck, suck-up “I thought you wanted a competent assistant, not a nodding sycophant.” I am having fun identifying sicko-phants, and adding them […]

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  • Where is Erin Brockovich when we need her?

    Where is Erin Brockovich when we need her?

    Having been overloaded with grief and sadness as to lack of humane treatment provided for — and victimization of — other species as well as startled at a barrage of cruel and hurtful words aimed at innocents, I remembered my friendship with ELIZABETH LEAN and her work to nurture animals at death’s door and to […]

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  • …scarier than you, the Donald. 2015

    …scarier than you, the Donald. 2015

    EDITOR’S NOTE: See previous editor’s note. TRUMP? What are we gonna do with you? I love how you are enervating the other 16 crazies…but your record of misogyny and pride that your grown kids enjoy African safaris HAS GOT ME BUFFALOED. AND PUTIN is a jerk…and you think you can BOND with him, man to […]

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  • A lion has landed? 2015.

    A lion has landed? 2015.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Susie wrote this in August 2015. She always called her self “NostraSUSIE” for the predictive qualities of her brain. Susie’s thoughts on him would … evolve through the course of his presidency. But this post is definitely a time capsule (as are many shared recently on this site). Almost forgot my latest bulletin. […]

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  • Patty’s Page TV interview:  politics, small-town living, animal rights, writing, and other insights and adventure

    Patty’s Page TV interview: politics, small-town living, animal rights, writing, and other insights and adventure

    And now for part two! Enjoy the second half of my two-part interview with charming Patty Hunter on her Patty’s Page TV program. Also on the show are journalist and advocate Terry Doran and my husband Don Sexton. A thoughtful and erudite conversation (if I do say so myself!) about politics, small-town living, animal rights, […]

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  • Watching the Republican debates conjures up 101 DALMATIANS. 2015.

    Watching the Republican debates conjures up 101 DALMATIANS. 2015.

    Watching the Republican debates conjures up 101 DALMATIANS for me…I feel like SNOW WHITE in a room full of manic, grouchy, goofy little dwarves. I only view the mania because of THE DONALD (Trump) and alright maybe that tiny legislator from South Carolina who is John McCain’s best friend. I admit that wholeheartedly…I am curious…and […]

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  • Can we all be more like Jennifer Lawrence … and the Pope? Please?

    Can we all be more like Jennifer Lawrence … and the Pope? Please?

    Jennifer Lawrence: Kim Davis ‘makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky’ Oh, Jennifer, I know the feeling. And good for you for speaking up! Likewise, I am embarrassed to hail from a state (Indiana) which sanctions the slaughter of deer in 14 state parks during the month of “Thanksgiving” to preserve some flowers. Annually. Nothing […]

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  • If we are wise and understanding and inclusive.

    If we are wise and understanding and inclusive.

    JUST TOTALLY FORTUNATE that I got blessed with parents who taught me to care deeply about animals because stories like these give me such joy. This cat fell into a box full of little ducklings. See how it reacted. I wasn’t expecting this Every year she travels 2400 km in order to save hundreds of […]

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  • I do cross party lines. We all should. That’s very American. 2016.

    I do cross party lines. We all should. That’s very American. 2016.

    I would love to be a political COMMENTARIAN – a new word …. but I do not have the good fortune nor the luxury to abide in a region where my services are needed as I well know by now! LOL… Any truthful viewer…and I am one…must admit that Wednesday evening (January 27) television should […]

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  • Phantom Runs

    Phantom Runs

    My cat Issie had one of those phantom runs around the house like cats do now and then? One night she knocked my ashy-tray to kingdom come, but, the next night, I was watching Alfred Hitchcock at a crazy hour (of course) and she landed for a second on my remote control? And the show […]

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  • My questions to politicians!

    My questions to politicians!

    The answer to worldwide peace and inclusion of all lives as precious? Attention paid to all species great and small…animal welfare never addressed by office-seekers…why? So many of us care about reverence for and acceptance of the animal kingdom…no more factory farming, vegetarianism encouraged, domestic pets spayed/neutered, cessation of animal breeding to satisfy carnivorous consumption, […]

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  • Prayerful Attacks: A Lesson in Current Events. 2016.

    Prayerful Attacks: A Lesson in Current Events. 2016.

    First a moment of prayer and then the prayerful male attacks Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Shame on the committee. Hypocrisy run wild. Hard to watch. Unbelievable. At least the Democrats on the committee are using their 5 minutes to discuss actual pressing issues…rather than insulting or pontificating rudely in Loretta’s direction. Sad to watch good […]

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  • Retrospection can hurt like hell sometimes.

    Retrospection can hurt like hell sometimes.

    Wondering WHY during all of these jamborees of politicians flooding our TV screens…and jabberjawing media chatterbugs interrupting one another…that NOBODY mentions the importance of the animal kingdom. That is when true peace would start. That is when all violence could end. All LIFE matters. Humans are just another species…a species who should know better than […]

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  • Zelig. Trust me…look at my scars! 2016.

    Zelig. Trust me…look at my scars! 2016.

    “Mike Pence alone cannot save the Republican party????” Mike Pence and his ilk are exactly what is WRONG with the GOP! Oh, don’t even get me started. ZELIG! How to be a GOP monster… Zel·ig … /ˈzeliɡ/ nounNorth American noun: Zelig; plural noun: Zeligs a person who is able to change their appearance, behavior, or attitudes, […]

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  • I have the heart of a lion … when I am not too nervous to live?

    I have the heart of a lion … when I am not too nervous to live?

    I am an insomniac like the Donald! YET, I go into a coma-zombie-like sleep like Hillary. Thus, I relate to both of those Baby Boomers, and they both take the cake. They would be an excellent combo, if they were not involved in warring. I could see them as prez and veep. The Donald makes […]

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  • How about you?

    How about you?

    I do not fit into a demographic, and I wish the demographic-ists would stop pigeonholing all of us all the time. ‘Deed i do – how ’bout you? Hey, my dad could have bought the house next door for four grand back in the Forties. IF HE HAD, my husband could live there and so could my […]

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  • Mike Pence, you are no poet! 2016 edition.

    Mike Pence, you are no poet! 2016 edition.

    HOLY MOSES…Mike Pence, you are NO poet: “In our state, we coined a phrase, ‘Good fences make good neighbors!’” Guess what? Robert Frost just called and owns that sentence and wants it back to complete his famous poem “Mending Wall”! Read it for the true meaning if for no other reason? Your defense of the Donald makes me […]

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  • If there must constantly be LABELS?

    If there must constantly be LABELS?

    [Rumpydog is an inspiration. Read the latest piece which prompted the following comment by yours truly…] Thanks for this statement, so perfectly expressed. My husband is the cat lover; I am only a close second. Not sure he wants other males to know that he is – he is not all the way trained! Ha! I am […]

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  • #TryEmpathy … 2016

    #TryEmpathy … 2016

    Hopefully, all humans – all voters – can be sympathetic and empathetic about the “physical condition” of other members of humanity. BTW who DOESN’T feel like fainting these days?!? Seems like folks have forgotten how to relate, and the pundits might try shutting the hell up! Geesh! Feel better, Hillary. Your stamina is amazing! Maybe […]

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  • “Be your own person, be independent.”

    “Be your own person, be independent.”

    I hate hate hate computers. For nearly a week, this contraption has been behaving in such a nutty fashion I am ready to throw it out the window. And finally file all of the paperwork I have generated for the past decade. Oh, and this 2016 election? Also taxing any patience I have left! Other […]

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  • Personhood

    Personhood

    “IN ANY MOMENT OF DECISION, THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt (American President (1858-1919) Hillary Clinton reminds me of lots of strong PEOPLE I have known…including sometimes even myself! I value her […]

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  • Quiet please. 2016.

    Quiet please. 2016.

    Quiet please, there’s a lady on stageShe may not be the latest rageBut she’s singing and she means itAnd she deserves a little silence Quiet please, there’s a woman up thereAnd she’s been honest through her songsLong before your consciousness was raisedNow doesn’t that deserve a little praise So put your hands together and help […]

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  • Stop the analysis, we want to get off!

    Stop the analysis, we want to get off!

    Oh, my…wolves and mountain lions, and polar bears and sad elections…oh, my. Thanks for reading! Shame on Indiana again. Even North Carolina started the long ride toward becoming sensible and civilized. Tarheels voted for their Democratic candidate for governor. That’s a start. And Indiana’s “wildlife harvesting”… “amendment” was positioned over to left hand side of our Hoosier […]

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  • Heart attack of the soul

    Heart attack of the soul

    “I believe in a passion for inclusion. …I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies. That kid that couldn’t get a seat at the cool kids’ table, and that kid that was kicked out of […]

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  • I am tired of checking TV stations…little monkeys

    I am tired of checking TV stations…little monkeys

    Trumpcare. TrumpDONTcare. Border walls. Russian entanglements. Deep state. Shallow state. Buy Ivanka’s costume jewelry. But not at Nordstrom’s. Fake news. Lazy news. Comically volatile Spicey. Somnambulantly evil Bannon. Lyin’ Jeff Sessions. Lock him up? Executive orders. Unimpressive back-peddles. Xenophobia. Misogyny. Divisive rhetoric. Pepsodent photo ops. Wire taps. Tapped out public. Vanishing town halls. Preening local […]

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  • Quells the enigma

    Quells the enigma

    Trump is an aging, white male baby boomer. That is the unexpressed secret key to understanding the Donald. Nobody addresses it. That is how one can endure him: acknowledging what I just … said … er, wrote? Baby, it is the answer to all of our questions. And I have many concerns about him, but […]

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  • “We have met the enemy and he is us.” My world. As I see it.

    “We have met the enemy and he is us.” My world. As I see it.

    I saw my motion light go on a couple of months ago and wondered if I needed to save a cat? I prowled around on the porch and came face to face with a huge opossum climbing into a pillowed porch chair. I left him/her alone! I go nowhere ever? Ah, well! Facebook is my […]

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  • Everything happens for a reason.

    Everything happens for a reason.

    Everything happens for a reason…IF you can just figure out what the hell the reason might be! Dropped into a meeting this week…in the America I remember and love! “Whitley Water Matters” attendees brought back my pride in being a Hoosier. Hospitality, spirit of inclusiveness, earnestness, smiles, gentle humor, impressive messages of enlightenment and hopefulness and caring […]

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  • I have found that it takes great courage to try to be kind.

    I have found that it takes great courage to try to be kind.

    I have been advocating for animals nearly all of my life…and within the past decade writing about my experiences and trying to change some hearts here and there. I have found that it takes great courage to try to be kind. I now have many scars and silver hair and a few bite marks from […]

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  • Parallel universes … holy crap!

    Parallel universes … holy crap!

    Came back here to my SHOE treetop cluttered up back room which is heinous and am sitting with one light bulb with some sun coming through the dirty 1962 window. I have a library in my house because I am allergic to public libraries? And I wish I did NOT have all of these books … I […]

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  • The sanctity of life and kindness somehow got lost

    The sanctity of life and kindness somehow got lost

    Dammit? How about checking with actual farm animals about the concept of “factory farms”… Take a poll of those sentient beings purposely, frenetically bred only to become involved in such a hellish situation? “Agri-industry” – such a tragic, manufactured term. Zoning and landscaping and pure water and air are the only concerns ever addressed – […]

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  • Status Update: Animals should rule! Signed: Chuck Darwin!

    Status Update: Animals should rule! Signed: Chuck Darwin!

    STATUS UPDATE: the pharmaceutical “industry”, the medical “industry”, the agricultural “industry”, the drug “culture”, the war “culture”, the entertainment “industry”…all terrible bastardizations of perfectly good words once…”industry” and “culture”. Industrial Revolution? Remember that one? Maybe an alright concept with reservations. Culture wars, a new entry…kinda sucks! Wherein does the word “politics” land? In the mud […]

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  • No replies nor retorts necessary

    No replies nor retorts necessary

    “Be able to listen to people without losing confidence nor becoming agitated.” ~ Louis Pasteur via Deval Patrick! (I have fallen head over heels in adoration of Louis Pasteur….and not because I got milk?) HEADLINE: In new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, most voters think Trump committed abuses — but are split on impeachment: https://news.yahoo.com/in-new-poll-mo… Hallelujah! Well, the […]

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  • Whatever a feudel fiefdom might be.

    Whatever a feudel fiefdom might be.

    It is said that great leaders are born, not made. The saying is true to this degree, that no man can persuade people to do what he wants them to do, unless he genuinely likes people, and believes that what he wants them to do is to their own advantage. – Bruce Fairchild Barton A […]

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  • A modest proposal: northeast Indiana Covid edition

    A modest proposal: northeast Indiana Covid edition

    With business as usual in the GOP Hoosier state, 4-H fairs and beauty pageants are still scheduled, and the number of Covid-19 (now Covid-20) infections and death rates rise. Combining national news with global pandemic information and a now single weekly issue of local newspapers, surprising information awaits to be read and watched and listened […]

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