Sunday, March 30, 2008

Deaths at Petco spark my rage

While looking over the hot searches I ran across the topic of "Deaths at Petco" and it caught my attention. Being an animal lover with 6 PET Chinchilla's who are treated pretty much like royalty with 3 4 foot high interconnected cages and plenty of jumping room I found this article very disturbing. Although there was very little detailed information on how it happened I can only assume Hurley was in a healthy state prior to being brought in for grooming. I did a bit of a google search for "Deaths at Petco" and came up with a few tidbits buried among some dead links. One which was particularly disturbing was a letter from a Petco Employee to Petco Head office outlining various atrocities and animal mistreatment issues at her local Petco. It is quite a lengthy post so I will only post the link
It addition I found a post from Hanna in Boulder Co who witnessed some animal cruelty in her local Petco store

There was also a blog on the topic of PETA and an investigation they had done at a Petco store. Apparently Petco is now reducing their stock of life animals and replacing them with product.

Then of course there is a blog about a Chow which was hung to death at a Utah Petco

I live in Vancouver Canada and there isn't a Petco here, but we do have several Petsmarts as well as Petcetera. Neither of which I would ever support by purchasing animals there. I have seen Chinchilla's placed in small aquariums with bright lights above them and no shelter right by noisy birds. The problem being, chinchilla's are nocturnal and are very freaked out by loud noises.

My suggestion is, if you are looking at purchasing a pet, please check out the SPCA or your local animal rescue first. There are plenty of animals waiting for good homes. Supporting these pet stores by purchasing animals there only proliferates the cruelty. You may think you are saving an animal from a pet store, but the petstores will only bring in more replacements. If the animal becomes popular this will only lead to over crowding.

Here is the original blog which started this quest. Click on the Picture to Visit Hurley's Website
Don't Support Petco by Shopping There
Hello! My name is Hurley and on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 I was taken into Petco to be groomed. Eight hours later I was dead. My human parents rushed me to an emergency vet hospital where I was drowning from the fluid that was filling my lungs and I was coughing up blood. Two vets consulted with my parents as they did everything they could to save my life. It was determined that they needed to end my suffering and so my parents made the agonizing decision to have me euthanized. Petco wants to pay for my vet bills, but they don't want to show my parents the video of me being groomed. Petco also doesn't feel that they should give my parents a reason as to what happened to me while I was in their care. If you think that this is a rare incident, please Google "animal deaths at Petco" and see the long history that Petco has of animal abuse and neglect. Don't let me die in vain. Please don't support Petco by shopping there.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Just one more reason to hate the scum at Walmart

I just read a story about Debbie Shank, a woman from Missouri who was involved in a horible car crash where she ended up Brain Damaged. Being an employee of Walmart, Debbie Shank was entitled to medical benifits through her group plan. The plan covered her medical expenses. Debbie Shank then received a 900,000 settlement for the accident. All fine and dandy right? Well, unfortunately the Walmart plan stipulated all payouts must be reimbursed if the insuree receives a settlement. Here's the math

Settlement $ 900,000
Legal Fee's $ 417,000
Remaining in Trust $ 430,000

Since Walmart paid $ 470,000 in medical expenses, they wanted all of it back. The court ruled they could not take more than what was in the trust, so they took every penny Debbie Shank had, leaving her with Permanent Brain damage and no money to compensate for pain and suffering etc.

I understand insurance policies have exclusions for a reason, but this is a little but more than cruel and heartless. I guess what it comes down to is Debbie Shank should have received more money from the trucking company. Had she been made aware of the fine print by Walmart, I'm sure her lawyer could have included the Walmart payback in the settlement.

In my opinion, the money Debbie Shank received was for pain and suffering, not medical expenses. Obviously the lawyer for Debbie Shank did not include medical expenses in the lawsuit as they were believed to be covered. I guess they weren't. Walmart should really be going after the trucking company originally deemed responsible for the crash.


Here is the story:


Debbie Shank breaks down in tears every time she's told that her 18-year-old son, Jeremy, was killed in Iraq.

The 52-year-old mother of three attended her son's funeral, but she continues to ask how he's doing. When her family reminds her that he's dead, she weeps as if hearing the news for the first time.

Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.

It was the beginning of a series of battles -- both personal and legal -- that loomed for Shank and her family. One of their biggest was with Wal-Mart's health plan.

Eight years ago, Shank was stocking shelves for the retail giant and signed up for Wal-Mart's health and benefits plan.

Two years after the accident, Shank and her husband, Jim, were awarded about $1 million in a lawsuit against the trucking company involved in the crash. After legal fees were paid, $417,000 was placed in a trust to pay for Debbie Shank's long-term care.

Wal-Mart had paid out about $470,000 for Shank's medical expenses and later sued for the same amount. However, the court ruled it can only recoup what is left in the family's trust.

The Shanks didn't notice in the fine print of Wal-Mart's health plan policy that the company has the right to recoup medical expenses if an employee collects damages in a lawsuit.

The family's attorney, Maurice Graham, said he informed Wal-Mart about the settlement and believed the Shanks would be allowed to keep the money. Watch this couple's story »

"We assumed after three years, they [Wal-Mart] had made a decision to let Debbie Shank use this money for what it was intended to," Graham said.

The Shanks lost their suit to Wal-Mart. Last summer, the couple appealed the ruling -- but also lost it. One week later, their son was killed in Iraq.

"They are quite within their rights. But I just wonder if they need it that bad," Jim Shank said.

In 2007, the retail giant reported net sales in the third quarter of $90 billion.

Legal or not, CNN asked Wal-Mart why the company pursued the money.

Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley, who called Debbie Shank's case "unbelievably sad," replied in a statement: "Wal-Mart's plan is bound by very specific rules. ... We wish it could be more flexible in Mrs. Shank's case since her circumstances are clearly extraordinary, but this is done out of fairness to all associates who contribute to, and benefit from, the plan."

Jim Shank said he believes Wal-Mart should make an exception.

"My idea of a win-win is -- you keep the paperwork that says you won and let us keep the money so I can take care of my wife," he said.

The family's situation is so dire that last year Jim Shank divorced Debbie, so she could receive more money from Medicaid.

Jim Shank, 54, is recovering from prostate cancer, works two jobs and struggles to pay the bills. He's afraid he won't be able to send their youngest son to college and pay for his and Debbie's care.

"Who needs the money more? A disabled lady in a wheelchair with no future, whatsoever, or does Wal-Mart need $90 billion, plus $200,000?" he asked.

The family's attorney agrees.

"The recovery that Debbie Shank made was recovery for future lost earnings, for her pain and suffering," Graham said.

"She'll never be able to work again. Never have a relationship with her husband or children again. The damage she recovered was for much more than just medical expenses."

Graham said he believes Wal-Mart should be entitled to only about $100,000. Right now, about $277,000 remains in the trust -- far short of the $470,000 Wal-Mart wants back.

Refusing to give up the fight, the Shanks appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But just last week, the high court said it would not hear the case.

Graham said the Shanks have exhausted all their resources and there's nothing more they can do but go on with their lives.

Jim Shank said he's disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case -- not for the sake of his family -- but for those who might face similar circumstances.

For now, he said the family will figure out a way to get by and "do the best we can for Debbie."

"Luckily, she's oblivious to everything," he said. "We don't tell her
what's going on because it will just upset her."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pregnant "man" in oregon

OK, so maybe I'm going to sound like a little bit of a bigot here, but I watch the L-Word... Albeit for the hot Lesbian scenes but that is ok. I have also have this re-curring dream where I am a Lesbian in a convent.... but that is a totally different story.

So I read this little bit on some woman who went through a gender reclassification surgery and is now calling herself a guy... No big deal, that is her choice and I am by no means bitching about that. The only issue I have is with the statement that she is actually a he. Sure, she took some shots and had her tits lobbed off. Personal fantasies aside, I really can't see wacking my donker off due to a little confusion. OK, put down your dildo's and quit chasing me. Gender is a biological fact, not a state of mind.

Fact of the matter is, this "man" is really a woman without tits and a few extra needle induced hormones. Political correctness aside, I really feel sorry for the baby girl because she is bound to grow up with some issues.... if not just as a Dolly style media spectacle.

Another Example of Corporate Greed

OK, this really kinda pisses me off. Not that I am effected by this product, it is just another example of some cheap ass company getting products for as little as possible and then marking them up 5oo%. Giving the customers a gift certificate for almost poisoning their Children???? Come on people this is crap.

First of all, since these stupid eggs were made in China, I'm sure they did not cost the company more than 5 cents. THEY WERE SELLING FOR OVER 3 BUCKS PEOPLE!!!!


A toy that might have been in your child's Easter basket has been recalled. There is too much lead in this one too. Hobby Lobby stores are recalling about 13,000 camouflage eggs and spinning egg top toys. Hobby Lobby sold these toys from January to March of this year. Apparently you can take them back for a gift card.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Road Rage in Langley

This is a hot topic in the news today. My question is, what kind of sick fuck would do such a thing. First of all, run someone off the road, then return to kill them? Society is going to hell in a fucking hand basket and I really don't know what to say about this topic.

Very few things make me speechless, this is definitely one of them. I hope they catch the bastard responsible. Too bad there is no death sentence in Canada, because someone like this needs to be removed from society and the tax payers should not have to pay for his food, housing and cable TV. Failing that, I hope he gets life without parole. Maybe he can become Willy's bum buddy.

This is nuts.

Here's the story


The victim of an apparent deadly road-rage was a church-going man who was on his way to Hawaii for a vacation.

Silas O'Brien of Abbotsford was by his pastor as the man who was hit by a white Ford F250. He and two other men in a Chevrolet Silverado were driving along a stretch of rural road in Langley, east of Vancouver, when police believed they may have tried to pass the vehicle.

"What happened between these two vehicles is currently under investigation," said Langley RCMP Cpl. Brenda Marshall.

"However, the Silverado was forced into the ditch on 16th Avenue and white F250 proceeded to continue on its way westbound on 16th Avenue."

The three men got out of the Silverado and spoke briefly with the driver of a silver Honda who stopped to see if they were OK. Marshall said the Honda driver left and that's when the suspect pickup returned.

"These males were still standing on the side of the roadway and the truck came directly toward them," she said.

"Two of the males managed to get out of the way of the pickup truck. However, the truck did hit the third male and he sustained a fatal injury at the collision."

"We are currently looking for that vehicle. We suspect it has front end damage as well as damage to the driver's side."

The truck was modified with a flat deck to carry a snowmobile but Marshall said that distinctive feature won't necessarily make it easier to trace.

"It depends on whether this particular vehicle is from the area. There are a lot of vehicles that are modified in this day and age to accommodate recreational vehicles."

RCMP hope the driver of the Honda who spoke with the victims just before the Ford returned may have some important clues about the accident.

So far, that driver has not come forward.

"I am sure that if that driver was listening to the news or happened to hear about this incident then they would be aware that they were the person that we would be looking for."

Marshall said the two men who managed to jump out of the way of the truck are traumatized by the incident because they are long-time friends of the victim and were driving to the airport for a trip together.

"They are receiving counselling and assistance from our victim's assistance team right now. It's obviously something that will impact them for the rest of their lives."

The pastor of the church O'Brien regularly attended said the 21-year-old started going to church from a very young age.

Pastor Ed Byskal described him as the finest person you'd ever want to meet.

"So naturally it affects them (the congregation) very, very deeply," he said.

Byskal said O'Brien was a hard working, young man dedicated to his community.

Silas attended church the night before the accident and then said goodbye to his family later in the evening. He was reportedly on his way to a Seattle airport before he and his two friends headed to a Hawaiian vacation.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sick Fuck Marine on Youtube throwing live puppy off a cliff

OK, now this just really pisses me off. In true Military fashion, a US Marine Based in Iraq is shown dressed in combat gear, one holding the young dog by the scruff of its neck.

The dog, which looks about eight weeks old, is motionless.

"Cute little puppy, huh?", one Marine can be heard saying.

"Oh so cute, so cute little puppy," the other responds in a child-like voice.

The Marine holding the dog then turns and throws it into the ravine below. The animal can be heard yelping until it hits the ground.

Apparently the Military is outraged, the thing is, isn't being fucked up a pre-requisite to being a Marine. Don't get me wrong, I am by no means diminishing the work they do, however more and more you hear about the twisted things done by Marine's.

Honestly, I am getting sick. I can't even think about this shit anymore. Someone should throw that fuck off a cliff, not to kill him, that would be murder. Of course I am not advocating violence, just venting my frustration.

Of course the Video has been pulled from YouTube. The government hates bad press.