velessa: (Lion King - Scar - surrounded by idiots)
Can you believe this bullshit posted on a friend's FB status?

"Thanks Obama and your legislation of idiots for making it legal to slaughter horses again in the hopes that you will earn the USA money to get out of the debt you have helped create. What you do not seem to realize is that the majority of the horses sent to slaughter auctions are stolen from ranches and horse shows. A lot of them do have owners and microchips that lead back to families but of course you have yet to create a plan on how to identify horses and send them back home and you forget that horse slaughter is done so incredibly inhumane that America still hasn't figured out how to be kind to animals already legalized for slaughter, what in the hell makes you think horses will be any different you morons."

My response:

"Umm...WHAT??

Okay, first of all, the Bush administration is responsible for the vast debt we're in. Clinton left with a surplus, then two ridiculous wars Bush started wiped that out.

Second of all, I would love to see some references citing that "the majority" of auction horses are being stolen from ranches and horse shows. I'm willing to bet most of them are untrained crap that never should have been bred in the first place by idiots who can't afford them or care for them or train them and don't give two shits about their well being.

And thirdly, as wretched as animal slaughter may be here in the US, I assure you it's done a fucking hell of a lot more humanely here than in Mexico where they stab horses in the spine repeatedly before stringing them up by a hind leg and slashing their throats, and that's IF the horses survive the 20+ hour terrifying trip there without being trampled to death first. At least here they can be regulated and experience a lot less horror.

The real problem is the people who keep fucking BREEDING horses and then send them to auction when they realize they can't even give away NICE horses these days! And let's not forget the industries that are racing and showing fucking two-year-old babies that are inevitably lame by the time they're five or six and can't go on to useful second careers. As long as THIS kind of shit keeps happening, slaughter will keep happening, be it here or elsewhere, because it's always cheaper than euthanasia, and the people who don't care about the animals can make a quick buck off of it. The entire horse world needs to change. But since that's not likely to happen any time soon, like in my lifetime, I'd grudgingly rather see slaughter be regulated here than sending horses to a far worse fate in Mexico."
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - surrounded by idiots)
The show Fatal Attractions on Animal Planet pisses me off. It's about people who keep wild and/or exotic animals as pets, think they have "special bonds" with them and subsequently take stupid risks with them, then OMG everyone is so shocked when they get hurt or killed! And then of course the animals pay the ultimate price for behaving like animals. Fuck I hate people.

Listen, if I get hurt or killed by an animal, I guarantee you IT IS MY FAULT! I don't care what the fuck the animal did, I'm the one who took a chance or didn't understand what the animal was trying to communicate to me or what the fuck ever, but it is NEVER the animal's fault. And the last thing in the world I would want is for me to get hurt or die from some interaction I had with an animal, and then have my upset family and friends punish my beloved animal for behaving exactly the way it was supposed to! I fucking hate how these people's precious pets have to die because the owner's circle of people are too fucking stupid to understand you can't take revenge on an animal.

Anyway, my point is to make this perfectly clear to anyone who knows me: Should I ever be hurt or killed by an animal, wild or domesticated, that animal is not to be harmed, ever!!! Nothing would make my ghost angrier than to know my own stupidity or carelessness or ignorance caused an animal to suffer unnecessarily, and I swear I will haunt the fuck out of anyone who tries to take vengeance on an animal for me. THE END.
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - surrounded by idiots)
The show Fatal Attractions on Animal Planet pisses me off. It's about people who keep wild and/or exotic animals as pets, think they have "special bonds" with them and subsequently take stupid risks with them, then OMG everyone is so shocked when they get hurt or killed! And then of course the animals pay the ultimate price for behaving like animals. Fuck I hate people.

Listen, if I get hurt or killed by an animal, I guarantee you IT IS MY FAULT! I don't care what the fuck the animal did, I'm the one who took a chance or didn't understand what the animal was trying to communicate to me or what the fuck ever, but it is NEVER the animal's fault. And the last thing in the world I would want is for me to get hurt or die from some interaction I had with an animal, and then have my upset family and friends punish my beloved animal for behaving exactly the way it was supposed to! I fucking hate how these people's precious pets have to die because the owner's circle of people are too fucking stupid to understand you can't take revenge on an animal.

Anyway, my point is to make this perfectly clear to anyone who knows me: Should I ever be hurt or killed by an animal, wild or domesticated, that animal is not to be harmed, ever!!! Nothing would make my ghost angrier than to know my own stupidity or carelessness or ignorance caused an animal to suffer unnecessarily, and I swear I will haunt the fuck out of anyone who tries to take vengeance on an animal for me. THE END.

WHAT

Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:28 am
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - OMFG)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38533071/ns/us_news-life/

While this is very sad, I am utterly baffled by the sheer STUPIDITY of it all.

A large group of people is gathered for a family barbecue or something along the bank of a river. A bunch of the kids go wading into said river...and NONE of them know how to swim. The kids are walking along and suddenly fall into a deep unseen sinkhole, where six of them then drown, because NO ONE else at the gathering, including all of the adults, knew how to swim!

I find this mind-boggling. From the time I was little, I was taught to be incredibly careful and respectful of any body of water, especially one with a current. Whenever we went out on our boat, we were in life vests if we didn't know how to swim, and often even if we did, just because we were little and probably couldn't keep up treading water for very long. If we went swimming or playing at a pool or beach, we could swim and/or were under the strict supervision of an adult who could. Otherwise, we weren't allowed in or near the water, simple as that. This, to me, is just common sense.

So how in the world does something like this happen, where an entire family of non-swimmers not only chooses a RIVER for their family get-together, but then allows the kids, even if they're teenagers, to play in the water with no means of helping them should an emergency arise? Those poor parents had to just stand their and watch their children drown because they had no way to rescue them! So many of them drowned because they were each trying to save the other, which of course didn't work since none of them could swim. So...why were they allowed in the water in the first place?? I JUST DON'T GET IT.

Just because you're walking along the shore doesn't mean something bad can't happen, like, I don't know, you get hit in the head by a baseball and are knocked out into the water and swept away. Or in this case, you step off a ledge you couldn't see through the murky water and fall into a deep pit. ALWAYS respect water, people! If you're going to be around water, no matter how shallow or safe you think it is, for the love of cheese and crackers, at least learn how to tread water, float, and dog paddle first! Then at least you'll probably be able to stay above water long enough for someone to rescue you.

ETA: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38559284/ns/us_news-life/

WHAT

Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:28 am
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - OMFG)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38533071/ns/us_news-life/

While this is very sad, I am utterly baffled by the sheer STUPIDITY of it all.

A large group of people is gathered for a family barbecue or something along the bank of a river. A bunch of the kids go wading into said river...and NONE of them know how to swim. The kids are walking along and suddenly fall into a deep unseen sinkhole, where six of them then drown, because NO ONE else at the gathering, including all of the adults, knew how to swim!

I find this mind-boggling. From the time I was little, I was taught to be incredibly careful and respectful of any body of water, especially one with a current. Whenever we went out on our boat, we were in life vests if we didn't know how to swim, and often even if we did, just because we were little and probably couldn't keep up treading water for very long. If we went swimming or playing at a pool or beach, we could swim and/or were under the strict supervision of an adult who could. Otherwise, we weren't allowed in or near the water, simple as that. This, to me, is just common sense.

So how in the world does something like this happen, where an entire family of non-swimmers not only chooses a RIVER for their family get-together, but then allows the kids, even if they're teenagers, to play in the water with no means of helping them should an emergency arise? Those poor parents had to just stand their and watch their children drown because they had no way to rescue them! So many of them drowned because they were each trying to save the other, which of course didn't work since none of them could swim. So...why were they allowed in the water in the first place?? I JUST DON'T GET IT.

Just because you're walking along the shore doesn't mean something bad can't happen, like, I don't know, you get hit in the head by a baseball and are knocked out into the water and swept away. Or in this case, you step off a ledge you couldn't see through the murky water and fall into a deep pit. ALWAYS respect water, people! If you're going to be around water, no matter how shallow or safe you think it is, for the love of cheese and crackers, at least learn how to tread water, float, and dog paddle first! Then at least you'll probably be able to stay above water long enough for someone to rescue you.

ETA: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38559284/ns/us_news-life/
velessa: (Grammar - red pen)
Teabonics

Oh how this makes my head hurt...and my dad wonders why I'm such a cynic regarding the human species. =p Not only do I have to share a planet and a country with these people, but they're allowed to vote!

Too many appropriate icons to choose from...

ETA: Great accompanying article provided by [livejournal.com profile] cobaltblue
velessa: (Grammar - red pen)
Teabonics

Oh how this makes my head hurt...and my dad wonders why I'm such a cynic regarding the human species. =p Not only do I have to share a planet and a country with these people, but they're allowed to vote!

Too many appropriate icons to choose from...

ETA: Great accompanying article provided by [livejournal.com profile] cobaltblue
velessa: (Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal)
I just got back from seeing Michael Jackson's This Is It. It was so wonderful and so heartbreaking at the same time, knowing that this was the last of his gift to us, that he would never get to perform that series of concerts he worked so hard on. I did walk away from the theater in tears. I just love him SO. MUCH.

The man was clearly a genius, but so much so that he seemed to exist on a different plane from the rest of us mundane human beings. Not only was he unbelievably talented and the most incredibe performer ever, he was so good and so caring and so loving to everyone and everything; he just wanted this world to be a better place.

Obviously the lowest common denominator, as usual, feared what was different from them and what they couldn't understand and tried to drag him down into the dirt with them at every opportunity. It just makes me furious the way so many idiots attempted to sully such an amazingly good-natured and kind-hearted person. I'm not religious, but if there was something approximating the entity of an angel in this world, it would have been Michael Jackson. Humanity at large is a bunch of lowlife cretins, and the only positive thing about his passing on is that he's not around to be their punching bag any longer. Still, that moron of a doctor has a lot to answer for for so carelessly obliterating the life of the greatest entertainer the world has ever known.

So rest in peace Michael, sadly we hardly knew ye. I, for one, will always cherish the gift of your presence on this earth and feel so lucky that it took place during my lifetime. I'll forever hold dear both you and the music you so graciously bestowed upon this undeserving world. Thank you, Michael.
velessa: (Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal)
I just got back from seeing Michael Jackson's This Is It. It was so wonderful and so heartbreaking at the same time, knowing that this was the last of his gift to us, that he would never get to perform that series of concerts he worked so hard on. I did walk away from the theater in tears. I just love him SO. MUCH.

The man was clearly a genius, but so much so that he seemed to exist on a different plane from the rest of us mundane human beings. Not only was he unbelievably talented and the most incredibe performer ever, he was so good and so caring and so loving to everyone and everything; he just wanted this world to be a better place.

Obviously the lowest common denominator, as usual, feared what was different from them and what they couldn't understand and tried to drag him down into the dirt with them at every opportunity. It just makes me furious the way so many idiots attempted to sully such an amazingly good-natured and kind-hearted person. I'm not religious, but if there was something approximating the entity of an angel in this world, it would have been Michael Jackson. Humanity at large is a bunch of lowlife cretins, and the only positive thing about his passing on is that he's not around to be their punching bag any longer. Still, that moron of a doctor has a lot to answer for for so carelessly obliterating the life of the greatest entertainer the world has ever known.

So rest in peace Michael, sadly we hardly knew ye. I, for one, will always cherish the gift of your presence on this earth and feel so lucky that it took place during my lifetime. I'll forever hold dear both you and the music you so graciously bestowed upon this undeserving world. Thank you, Michael.
velessa: (Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal)
I'm so incredibly sad to hear that Michael Jackson passed away today. Thus far I've heard it was a heart attack, though that has yet to be verified. My personal feeling is that he finally succumbed to the insane amount of stress and vilification he'd been (imo unfairly) bombarded with for years. I don't know how anyone could have stood up to the kind of world-wide scrutiny he'd been under nearly his entire life.

I am, always have been, and always will be, a die-hard Michael Jackson fan. My very first favorite song was Thriller, off of the same-titled album that came out the year after I was born. My parents tell me I listened to and adored that song ever since I was a baby. I got all of his albums over the years, watched all his videos, and listened to all his music. It's such a shame I'll never be able to see him perform live or be able look forward to more wonderful music from him. I think a big part of the reason Savage Garden became my favorite band was due to the heavy influence of Michael Jackson on Darren Hayes; I felt and heard a lot of similarities in his music.

However odd he might have been in his personal life, there's no denying he is probably the most amazing singer/songwriter/dancer/all-around entertainer to ever live, and far and away lived up to his well-deserved title of King of Pop. My personal belief is that he was a sensitive soul who had a harsh childhood, or rather lack of one, and hence spent his fortune and adult years trying to relive and provide other children with what he missed out on. Yet because he was a single non-parent "weird" adult, he was unfairly demonized for it. I'm certain he simply truly loved children (and thought of himself as one; I'm not saying he didn't probably have some psychological issues that could have been worked on) and was a good person who wanted to share what he had with children in ways that some adults may have deemed abnormal. But fuck, if I was a kid (hell, even as an adult!) I *totally* would have given anything to spend time at his Neverland Ranch with all the animals and rides and fun stuff! I never once believed any of the molestation allegations, and I still don't; I think he just saw himself as a child in a lot of ways, and that's why he wanted to be with them. And you know what, even if all those awful things people said about him turned out to be true (which I most vehemently believe they are NOT)? I don't give a fuck. Michael Jackson is and forever will be a musical genius and legend who has bestowed mankind with a lifetime of incredible entertainment that will always be a part of our history and heritage. No matter how hard some people tried to taint him, nothing can take that away from us.

Long live the King of Pop. No one can ever come close to holding a candle to you. You will be forever in our hearts and sorely missed, always.
velessa: (Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal)
I'm so incredibly sad to hear that Michael Jackson passed away today. Thus far I've heard it was a heart attack, though that has yet to be verified. My personal feeling is that he finally succumbed to the insane amount of stress and vilification he'd been (imo unfairly) bombarded with for years. I don't know how anyone could have stood up to the kind of world-wide scrutiny he'd been under nearly his entire life.

I am, always have been, and always will be, a die-hard Michael Jackson fan. My very first favorite song was Thriller, off of the same-titled album that came out the year after I was born. My parents tell me I listened to and adored that song ever since I was a baby. I got all of his albums over the years, watched all his videos, and listened to all his music. It's such a shame I'll never be able to see him perform live or be able look forward to more wonderful music from him. I think a big part of the reason Savage Garden became my favorite band was due to the heavy influence of Michael Jackson on Darren Hayes; I felt and heard a lot of similarities in his music.

However odd he might have been in his personal life, there's no denying he is probably the most amazing singer/songwriter/dancer/all-around entertainer to ever live, and far and away lived up to his well-deserved title of King of Pop. My personal belief is that he was a sensitive soul who had a harsh childhood, or rather lack of one, and hence spent his fortune and adult years trying to relive and provide other children with what he missed out on. Yet because he was a single non-parent "weird" adult, he was unfairly demonized for it. I'm certain he simply truly loved children (and thought of himself as one; I'm not saying he didn't probably have some psychological issues that could have been worked on) and was a good person who wanted to share what he had with children in ways that some adults may have deemed abnormal. But fuck, if I was a kid (hell, even as an adult!) I *totally* would have given anything to spend time at his Neverland Ranch with all the animals and rides and fun stuff! I never once believed any of the molestation allegations, and I still don't; I think he just saw himself as a child in a lot of ways, and that's why he wanted to be with them. And you know what, even if all those awful things people said about him turned out to be true (which I most vehemently believe they are NOT)? I don't give a fuck. Michael Jackson is and forever will be a musical genius and legend who has bestowed mankind with a lifetime of incredible entertainment that will always be a part of our history and heritage. No matter how hard some people tried to taint him, nothing can take that away from us.

Long live the King of Pop. No one can ever come close to holding a candle to you. You will be forever in our hearts and sorely missed, always.
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot - LOL!)
If you haven't seen this yet, you HAVE to watch it! =D

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot - LOL!)
If you haven't seen this yet, you HAVE to watch it! =D

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
velessa: (Golden Compass - Iorek WTF)
While the country takes a giant step forward, California takes an even bigger step back by allowing Prop 8 to pass. WHAT. THE. HELL. Clearly, equality under the law means nothing to a majority of people here in this supposedly "progressive" state.

How can in the same stroke people decide that the color of someone's skin is not a concern, but who they choose to love IS?! Do they not see discrimination is discrimination, no matter what the particular target is?? Saying gays can't marry is the SAME THING as saying whites and blacks can't marry! No progress has been made in civil rights! What's really being said is that gays are less than human, and that's sick.

Anyone who voted for Prop 8 has no right to consider themselves to have any human decency remaining. Gay marriage DOES NOT and WOULD NOT affect you WHATSOEVER. Did your life suddenly become a living hell because somewhere, some gay couples attained the same legal rights as you? Was your church suddenly forced to marry gay people in droves? Did they make you to go to their weddings and watch them kiss and be blissfully happy? Happy people, what a horrible thing! We can't allow that now can we?? We must keep marriage all to ourselves, only people just like us can be happy together! Does stripping others of their rights make you feel superior to them? Are you somehow better off knowing that gay couple down the street can't have the same legal protections you do? Do you really think that not letting them marry will make them any less of a couple or in love with each other?? Preventing gay marriage does nothing to prevent people living their (gay) lives! Homosexuality has been a fact of life all throughout nature and all throughout human history, and not giving people a piece of paper isn't going to change that. You'd best wake up to reality.

All you homophobes are in all likelihood in contact with or are a neighbor to or know and love a gay person and don't even realize it. And now you've told them that they don't deserve to have the same governmental rights as you because they were born different from you. Wow. Way to be compassionate. Hmm, isn't being compassionate toward your fellow man a main teaching in Christian religions? I guess not, since they're the ones promoting the hate toward gay people and anyone else who doesn't believe the same things they do.

I'm so mad right now I can't even articulate it. I was so happy last night when I still had hope left, and even had it strengthened with the election of Barack Obama. But NOW...today was supposed to be a joyous occasion, and now it's just fucked up. Thanks so much, my fellow Californians. I hope someday something you really care about it thrown under a bus. Sorry this got so long, but I need to rant. People suck. I sincerely hope this can be reversed somehow.
velessa: (Golden Compass - Iorek WTF)
While the country takes a giant step forward, California takes an even bigger step back by allowing Prop 8 to pass. WHAT. THE. HELL. Clearly, equality under the law means nothing to a majority of people here in this supposedly "progressive" state.

How can in the same stroke people decide that the color of someone's skin is not a concern, but who they choose to love IS?! Do they not see discrimination is discrimination, no matter what the particular target is?? Saying gays can't marry is the SAME THING as saying whites and blacks can't marry! No progress has been made in civil rights! What's really being said is that gays are less than human, and that's sick.

Anyone who voted for Prop 8 has no right to consider themselves to have any human decency remaining. Gay marriage DOES NOT and WOULD NOT affect you WHATSOEVER. Did your life suddenly become a living hell because somewhere, some gay couples attained the same legal rights as you? Was your church suddenly forced to marry gay people in droves? Did they make you to go to their weddings and watch them kiss and be blissfully happy? Happy people, what a horrible thing! We can't allow that now can we?? We must keep marriage all to ourselves, only people just like us can be happy together! Does stripping others of their rights make you feel superior to them? Are you somehow better off knowing that gay couple down the street can't have the same legal protections you do? Do you really think that not letting them marry will make them any less of a couple or in love with each other?? Preventing gay marriage does nothing to prevent people living their (gay) lives! Homosexuality has been a fact of life all throughout nature and all throughout human history, and not giving people a piece of paper isn't going to change that. You'd best wake up to reality.

All you homophobes are in all likelihood in contact with or are a neighbor to or know and love a gay person and don't even realize it. And now you've told them that they don't deserve to have the same governmental rights as you because they were born different from you. Wow. Way to be compassionate. Hmm, isn't being compassionate toward your fellow man a main teaching in Christian religions? I guess not, since they're the ones promoting the hate toward gay people and anyone else who doesn't believe the same things they do.

I'm so mad right now I can't even articulate it. I was so happy last night when I still had hope left, and even had it strengthened with the election of Barack Obama. But NOW...today was supposed to be a joyous occasion, and now it's just fucked up. Thanks so much, my fellow Californians. I hope someday something you really care about it thrown under a bus. Sorry this got so long, but I need to rant. People suck. I sincerely hope this can be reversed somehow.

sigh...

Nov. 17th, 2004 10:26 am
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - life's not fair)
Things are looking iffy with Oma. Her lungs aren't doing well, and at this point they don't know if they'll get better or worse. If they get worse then they'll never get better. Even if she does get better, there's no telling how much brain damage she may have due to all the bleeding. My parents are still with her and my brother and I are going to go down there tomorrow night or Friday morning. She is NOT supposed to go like this. She's always been a strong, active woman, and she always said she'd live to be 100 like those other old people on the news. And she could have easily done it, too. Now that's all been taken away at 83 because some fucktard ran a red light. I hope we sue him for everything he has. I'll never forgive him for this, and I can hold a grudge forever.

sigh...

Nov. 17th, 2004 10:26 am
velessa: (Lion King - Scar - life's not fair)
Things are looking iffy with Oma. Her lungs aren't doing well, and at this point they don't know if they'll get better or worse. If they get worse then they'll never get better. Even if she does get better, there's no telling how much brain damage she may have due to all the bleeding. My parents are still with her and my brother and I are going to go down there tomorrow night or Friday morning. She is NOT supposed to go like this. She's always been a strong, active woman, and she always said she'd live to be 100 like those other old people on the news. And she could have easily done it, too. Now that's all been taken away at 83 because some fucktard ran a red light. I hope we sue him for everything he has. I'll never forgive him for this, and I can hold a grudge forever.

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