Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dog Found Dead with Mouth Taped Shut

Earlier this month I reported on a dog that someone found with its mouth taped shut in Parker County, Texas, just west of Fort Worth.  The female pug mix was rescued and named Hope.  She’s recovered from her injuries and has been adopted by the couple on whose ranch she was found.  Now, comes yet another horrific case of a dog found with its mouth taped shut, except this one did not survive.  The body of the female pitbull mix was found in Kaufman County, just south of Dallas, on Friday, July 27.  The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has offered a $5,000 reward leading to information about the animal.

Dogs, like most animals, pant to keep cool; thus, forcing a dog’s jaws shut could cause it to overheat.  In the triple-digit temperatures Texas has been experiencing lately, that could be deadly.  Psychologists also have noted a link between animal cruelty and human violence.  Some of the world’s most notorious serial killers, rapists and / or pedophiles had a reputation for animal abuse.  Fortunately, law enforcement officials – in Texas and elsewhere – now take these matters seriously.

The dog in Kaufman County was taken to the SPCA’s Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas for a necropsy.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department at (972) 932-4337.  It would be wishful thinking to expect that whoever is responsible for either of these abuse cases could suffer the same fate.

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July 29, 2012 – 144 Days Until Baktun 12

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere planning to leave home in your vehicle, when the apocalypse hits, consider taking a portable heater with you.  If you’re on foot, this would be impractical, since you should learn how to build a fire with tree branches.  A portable heater is relatively inexpensive and – as the name implies – easy to transport.  Make certain it’s battery-operated, as there probably won’t be any electrical outlets available.

Portable heaters use mineral mica as the central element to function.  Mica is invaluable in the electrical industry because of its chemical and thermal properties, low power loss factor and dielectric strength; meaning it doesn’t need electricity to operate.  Remember, the abrupt shift in the Earth’s axes will render power and utility plants useless, so this particular feature is critical.  This also means portable heaters aren’t prone to cause fires, even in an enclosed environment, such as an RV.  That will give you peace of mind, as you struggle to search for food, water, chocolate and to keep your kids from wandering off.  You also won’t have to worry about gathering firewood, which will give you more strength to fend off zombies and any politicians that might survive the upheaval.

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“I don’t do karate. I do crazy!”

This is reality TV at its best.

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Opening Ceremonies of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London

London now has the unique distinction of being the first city in the world to host an Olympic event for the third time.  These photos are courtesy of the BBC Archive.

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July 29 Notable Birthdays

If today is your birthday, “Happy Birthday!”


Actor Robert Horton (Wagon Train, A Man Called Shenandoah, Kings Row, The Green Slime, Men of the Fighting Lady) is 88.

Actor Robert Fuller (Laramie, Wagon Train, Emergency, Maverick, Donner Pass: The Road to Survival, Sinai Commandos) is 79.

Actor David Warner (Holocaust, Tron, Tom Jones, Time Bandits, Star Trek V & VI, Wild Palms, Ice Cream Man, In the Mouth of Madness, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Man with Two Brains) is 71.

Keyboardist Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is 66.

Actress Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy series, Private Resort, The Song of the Lark, ManiaX) is 61.

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Frank Lloyd Wright) is 59.

Singer – bass guitarist Geddy Lee (Rush) is 59.

Singer Patti Scialfa (Bruce Springsteen) is 56.

Actress Alexandra Paul (Baywatch, The Paperboy, Sunset Grill, American Nightmare, Christine) is 49.

Singer Martina McBride (The Time Has Come, The Way I Am, Wild Angels, Evolution) is 46.

Actor Wil Wheaton (Stand by Me, Toy Soldiers, Star Trek: the Next Generation, The Liar’s Club) is 40.

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On July 29…

1869 – Author Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons, Alice Adams) was born in Indianapolis, IN.

1900 – Gaetano Bresci, an Italian-born American citizen, assassinated Italy’s King Umberto I.

1905 – Actress Clara Bow (Hula, Dancing Mothers, Mantrap, Free to Love, Down to the Sea in Ships) was born in New York City.

1958 – The United States space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was authorized by the U.S. Congress.

1976 – David Berkowitz (“The Son of Sam”) began his murder rampage in New York City.  He killed 6 people and wounded 7 others, before he was arrested in August 1977.

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Missing Matisse Painting Recovered

“Odalisque in Red Pants”

Almost a decade after Henri Matisse’s “Odalisque in Red Pants” was stolen from a Venezuelan museum, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recovered it from a Miami Beach Loews Hotel.  They also arrested two people, Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman, 46, of Miami, and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo, 50, of México City, who had tried to sell it for $740,000.

In 1981, the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum paid more than $400,000 for the Matisse painting of a bare-chested woman lounging in red pants.

Matisse is known for his vibrant use of color.  Odalisques – oriental-themed paintings of partially clothed women reclining, standing or sitting, usually on beds – were a popular theme for the French artist in the 1920’s.

In 1997, the painting was lent to a Spanish exhibition, according to The Associated Press.  After that, it remained in Caracas until it was stolen.

In 2002, the museum staff’s realized that what they thought was a multimillion-dollar painting hanging on a wall was actually a fake.  That made museum and law enforcement officials believe the theft was an inside job.

The FBI offered few details about the recovery operation.  But, they said Ornelas Lazo flew into Miami International Airport from México City on July 16, carrying a tube with the painting rolled up inside.  She and Marcuello Guzman later met with two undercover agents posing as buyers at the hotel.

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Cartoon of the Day

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Picture of the Day

Sarah and Todd Palin at a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

This is the same part-time former governor of Alaska whose oldest daughter admitted she got drunk, before jumping into bed with a guy she hardly knew.

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Quote of the Day

“I crawled out of the swamp and I’m not crawling back in.”

– President George W. Bush, on the current presidential campaign.

Ah hah!  Now, we know where he was really born!

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