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Video Shows CEO Kicking A Puppy In An Elevator, Forcing Him To Apologize

Multimillionaire Des Hague, CEO of $6 billion-dollar snack company Centerplate has been caught kicking a friend’s puppy multiple times in the stomach, thanks to recently released footage caught on an elevator surveillance camera in July. In the disturbing video, Hague is seen abusing the small Doberman as it flinches from being kicked and yanked into the air.

When footage and word of the incident got out, officers from British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals went to investigate the Vancouver apartment where the Doberman puppy lived. On Sunday, The Vancouver Sun reported the officers’ findings:
“…they found a Doberman pinscher puppy in its crate, surrounded by the stench of its own urine with its food and water bowls out of reach, according to court documents. Once let out of her cage, Sade — the one-year-old female puppy — was skittish around people and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers said she appeared physically abused, according to the information to obtain a search warrant filed in B.C. Provincial Court and obtained by The Sun.”

Hague has been CEO of Centerplate since 2009 and is well-known in the food service industry. Upon seeing the footage, animal rights activists and animal lovers in general were infuriated. Many requested that all Centerplate operations across Canada be boycotted.

On Tuesday, Centerplate released a statement, distancing itself from Hague’s disgraceful actions:

We are aware of the incident involving Centerplate CEO Des Hague and the attention surrounding it. The company has now gathered all of the current facts from local authorities and is in the process of conducting an internal review. Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company’s clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals. There will be a public statement as soon as Centerplate completes its review.” (

More here:http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/08/27/video-shows-ceo-kicking-a-puppy-in-an-elevator-forcing-him-to-apologize/

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 08:28 PM (22 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Predatory Lending (HBO)

I Wanted To Send This Lady A Muffin Basket Until I Learned What She Did Less Than A Month Later

Delightful Brit and talk show host John Oliver has little something to say about predatory lending (you know: car title loans, payday loans, and the like). As usual, it's something you should listen to. Pay special attention to the exchange at 7:50 between politician and payday loan chain owner Gary Elkins and Vicki Truitt, a lady I wanted to send a muffin basket to (that is, until I learned what she did less than a month later).
Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 06:04 PM (1 replies)

If Michael Brown had looked like this would he have still been shot?

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 05:45 PM (4 replies)

Bill Maher supports ALS, but wants Cheney to take the ‘douse yourself in gasoline challenge’

HBO host Bill Maher on Thursday became the latest celebrity to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in support of ALS, and then issued his own challenge to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Hi, Bill Maher, ready to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to knock off ALS,” the comedian explains in a Funny or Die video before pouring a bucket of water on himself.

“And having done so, I like to pass the challenge along now to Mr. Kirk Douglas — not Kirk Douglas — Dick Cheney!” he adds. “But let’s be honest, folks, ALS is a bad disease, but there are diseases that kill more. Malaria has killed more people than all the wars, famines and natural disasters in history. It demands an even greater response.”

“This is a gallon of gasoline, and I challenge other people to take the ‘set yourself on fire challenge’ to wipeout malaria in our lifetime.”

After lighting himself and bursting into virtual flames, Maher again encourages people to take the “douse yourself in gasoline challenge.”

“And challenge others to do it too! I challenge Dick Cheney!”

Watch the video below from Funny or Die.

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 03:10 PM (5 replies)

This croaked me up when I read it.....

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 02:48 PM (1 replies)

An important message from Bill Maher....

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 11:33 AM (0 replies)

On This Day....great photos....

Aug. 28, 2013: “Chuck Kennedy worked with the National Park Service to be able to photograph from this angle at the Lincoln Memorial as the President, First Lady, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter walked to the stage during the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”

Found on the Obama Diary

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 11:21 AM (3 replies)

Farmer's Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”

“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump..”

“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”

“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…....not yelled.”

“Meanness don't just happen overnight.”

“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”

“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”

“It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.”

“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”

“Every path has a few puddles.”

“When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

“Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.”

“Don 't judge folks by their relatives.

“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.”

“Don 't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.”

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.”

“Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

“The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.”

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”

“Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.”

“If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 07:52 PM (1 replies)

Neil deGrasse Tyson has settled it once and for all .....Which came first the Chicken or the Egg?

Neil deGrasse Tyson @neiltyson · Aug 20
Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first the Chicken or the Egg? The Egg -- laid by a bird that was not a Chicken
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 07:19 PM (53 replies)

Asshole Of The Day.....

Asshole of the Day: Bill O'Reilly, for saying that he doesn't believe in white privilege
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 07:02 PM (30 replies)
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