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internet raises 35k for homeless man who walked 5 miles daily to visit his dog in a shelter

"When I couldn't pay my rent any more, I moved across the street into the backyard of an empty house," Buchmann said. "I pitched a two-man tent, and it was kind of fun for about a week, but it wasn't good for Buster."
He asked police where he could take Buster, so he would be cared for until Buchman could get on his feet again. He was given contact information for Faithful Friends Animal Society.



'llPierantozzi was so impressed with his devotion to Buster and his willingness to work that Faithful Friends agreed to take Buster until Pete could get back on his feet. She also reached out to her contacts in hopes of finding him a full-time job. Pierantozzi's help and media coverage led to offers of jobs, clothing, bus passes and other gifts for Buchmann and Buster from around the world.

Pierantozzi said "This is really a love story that has evoked a tremendous response around the world. It has inspired people. It has given them a feeling of hope and a belief that there are good people who will go the extra mile for their pets, and that there are good people out there willing to help."

At a special ceremony this week, Buchmann received a check for more than $35,000 raised by an online fund, a nest egg he says is going straight into the bank. He also accepted the keys to a donated used truck and keys to his new apartment
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 09:44 PM (9 replies)

why poor people stay poor - saving money costs money

Why Poor People Stay Poor
Saving money costs money. Period.

Excerpted from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Out now from Putnam.

I once lost a whole truck over a few hundred bucks. It had been towed, and when I called the company they told me they’d need a few hundred dollars for the fee. I didn’t have a few hundred dollars. So I told them when I got paid next and that I’d call back then.

It was a huge pain in the ass for those days. It was the rainy season, and I wound up walking to work, adding another six miles or so a day to my imaginary pedometer. It was my own fault that I’d been towed, really, and I spent more than a couple hours ruing myself. I finally made it to payday, and when I went to get the truck, they told me that I now owed over a thousand dollars, nearly triple my paycheck. They charged a couple hundred dollars a day in storage fees. I explained that I didn’t have that kind of money, couldn’t even get it. They told me that I had some few months to get it together, including the storage for however long it took me to get it back, or that they’d simply sell it. They would, of course, give me any money above and beyond their fees if they recovered that muc


I was working two jobs at the time. Both were part time. Neither paid a hundred bucks a day, much less two.

I wound up losing my jobs. So did my husband. We couldn’t get from point A to point B quickly enough, and we showed up to work, late, either soaked to the skin or sweating like pigs one too many times. And with no work, we wound up losing our apartment.

It’s amazing what things that are absolute crises for me are simple annoyances for people with money. Anything can make you lose your apartment, because any unexpected problem that pops up, like they do, can set off that Rube Goldberg device.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 08:25 PM (3 replies)

Kansas city cops live tweet their harassment of a transgendered person

The Kansas City Police Department is apologizing for offensive tweets posted on

The Kansas City Police Department in Missouri is apologizing after posting tweets that targeted the transgender community this weekend.

The police department held a "tweet-along," the social media version of a ride-along, Friday night. The tweets gave their 58,000-plus followers a glimpse into the jobs and minds of department employees.

The officers stopped to talk to a female "possible prostitute" on Independence Avenue Friday night, according to Twitter. They asked her why she became a sex worker and suggested she instead try working at a nearby Sonic fast-food restaurant, which had a help wanted sign in the window.

The officers soon realized the woman was not what they had expected.

"Wait. That prostitute was, in fact, a man. Not doing anything against the law at present so they let him/her go," a tweet read.

Critics called out the officers for harassing transgender people and said it was not the first time.http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/kansas-city-police-apologize-anti-transgender-tweetalong-article-1.2052795
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 08:10 PM (3 replies)

dognapper dye pitbull but dog identified by microchip

Idiot dognappers dye Coco the brown pit bull BLACK in bid to throw authorities off the scent... but get caught after dog’s microchip alerts owners
Coco disappeared from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving
A month later, she was found by animal control officers, but was a completely different color from her usual reddish brown
Officials say the black dye was an attempt to deceive the people looking for Coco

Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving.
Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners — but she was a different color.
Riverside County animal services officials made the match when they scanned a stray, black dog for an implanted microchip and found she was listed as an 8-month-old reddish-brown pit bull adopted in October from a San Jacinto shelter.

'She actually recognized me when I went in there to verify it was her,' owner Heather Lowery told NBC Los Angeles.
'She shakes her whole body as if she were Pluto basically, and she did it again today. She jumped right on (me) and took pictures with me.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2882577/Missing-reddish-brown-pit-bull-Coco-returned-home-month-stolen-black-thief-dyed-pooch-deceive-owners-looking-her.html#ixzz3MZMgTAxz
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 04:19 PM (1 replies)

New York Subway Officials To Shame People Sitting With Their Legs Spread - "man spreading"

Link above has pics of man spreading galore

The campaign, in part, will target man spreaders: people who spread their legs wide open, even on crowded trains, MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz told BuzzFeed New

The campaign, in part, will target man spreaders: people who spread their legs wide open, even on crowded trains, MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz told BuzzFeed News

It’s a crowded train, and you’re packed in between two “man spreaders” with their knees miles apart.

Not the most comfortable feeling in the world.

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will soon take action against the seat-hogging people of the subway system, according to reports from AM New York.

In January, the MTA will unveil an entirely new public service campaign aimed at preserving space on its already packed trains.

That means leg-spreaders, backpack wearers and people who place grocery bags on the seat.

sheriff deputy arrested. choked patient in hospital then arrested him w felony charges

S.F. sheriff’s deputy arrested in assault on hospital patient
By Vivian Ho Updated 2:22 pm, Saturday, December 20, 2014

A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy was out on bail Saturday after being take into custody for allegedly choking a hospital patient and then arresting the man for trying to
Michael Lewelling, 33, was arrested Friday and charged with perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault under the color of authority — all felonies — as well as misdemeanor battery for the Nov. 3 attack at San Francisco General Hospital, according to the district attorney’s office.
Lewelling was assigned to the Sheriff’s Department’s patrol unit at the hospital when he filed a report accusing the victim of attempting to attack him with a wooden cane. The man was arrested in connection with various felony and misdemeanor offenses.
The district attorney’s office declined to file charges and the man was released the next day. Prosecutors requested video evidence, which allegedly showed Lewelling instigating the attack.
Prosecutors said the victim had been sleeping in a chair in the emergency room’s waiting area about 5 a.m., and that the video showed Lewelling approaching the man, engaging him in conversation as he woke up.
When the victim tried to walk away with the help of his cane, the video showed, Lewelling grabbed the back of his collar, shoving him back into the seat and knocking his cane away, the district attorney’s office said.
The video then showed Lewelling grabbing the man’s throat and choking him before placing him under arrest, prosecutors said.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 11:12 PM (3 replies)

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

In short: There is no plan to resolve the dispute over cost overruns, which are ubiquitous on projects like this; at $4.2 billion, it’s the most expensive transportation project in state history. The tunnel will have no exits — no ingress or egress — throughout the entire downtown core (which makes the support of downtown businesses all the more mystifying). It won’t allow transit, only cars. It will be tolled, highly enough, by the state’s own estimates, to drive nearly half its traffic onto the aforementioned side streets. It will be a precarious engineering feat, the widest deep-bore tunnel in history, digging right between a) Puget Sound and b) the oldest part of Seattle, with vulnerable buildings and God-knows-what buried infrastructure. Also: Pollution. Climate change. It’s the 21st f’ing century. On and on. People said all this and more, in real time, to no avail.

One of the people fighting hardest against the tunnel? Visionary mayor Mike McGinn, who spent his term in office warning that exactly what is happening now was going to happen. For his efforts, Seattle voted him out of office. We prefer to hang on to our illusions.

Holden’s 2010 list of things that might go wrong with the project began with this:

1. The tunnel-boring machine gets stuck

Spoiler alert: The machine got stuck.

2. Our plan to deal with a broken machine is inadequate

Spoiler alert: Our plan to deal with the machine is a slow-motion fiasco.

3. The ground caves in

Spoiler alert: … Oh, you get it.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 10:15 PM (15 replies)

Obama overwhelmingly winning online poll over Cuba move


Did President Obama make the right move with Cuba?

yes -- the U.S. can't risk becoming a relic of the Cold War
yes -- he masterfully eliminated Cuba as Putin's pressure point against the U.S.
no -- and Congress should keep the embargo in place
no -- opening up Cuba to the world will destroy Cuban culture

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:30 PM (6 replies)

School disciplines blind child by taking away cane and replacing it with pool noodle

A blind 8-year-old Kansas boy was left humiliated this week when school administrators punished him by confiscating his cane and replacing it with a floppy pool noodle.

Dakota Nafzinger was born without eyes and he uses the cane to help him get around. Now, he’s stuck using a floppy piece of styrofoam for the next two weeks.

North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk told WTKR-TV that the cane is school property and staff decided to replace it with the pool noodle after Dakota allegedly hit a peer with his cane during a school bus ride.

Dakota’s father, Donald Nafzinger, feels his boy’s actions were misinterpreted as he often lifts his cane and waves it around. He feels the punishment is unfair.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:29 PM (2 replies)

woman's will requested that her (healthy) dog be euthanized and buried with her: #SaveBela

Connie Ley made an unusual request in her will before she died last month in Aurora, Indiana: She asked that her German shepherd, Bela, be euthanized and buried with her.

Three weeks later, however, Bela, who is 9 years old and male, is healthy and very much alive. And there's a growing movement on social media to defy his late owner's wishes and spare the animal.

Ley's attorney, Doug Denmure, told CNN affiliate WCPO-TV that his late client preferred to send Bela to Best Friends Animal Society's no-kill sanctuary in southern Utah to live out the remainder of his days.

But if transporting the dog across the country proved too expensive, Ley wanted a close friend to take charge of Bela and carry out her request that "the dog be put to sleep, cremated and that the dog's ashes be placed with her own ashes."

As it turned out, sending Bela to the Utah animal sanctuary was not financially feasible, Denmure told WXIX-TV, another CNN affiliate. But following a public outcry, a decision about the dog's fate has been put on hold for now, he said.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 09:12 PM (4 replies)
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