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Firefighters use oxygen on hamsters rescued from blaze

Photo from Lacey Fire Department

Photo from Lacey Fire Department

KOMO (Lacey, WA): Firefighters were forced to dig through their “pet emergency pocket guides” on Friday when they rescued a family of hamsters from a burning mobile home in Lacey.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 6800 block of Martin Way just before 3 p.m. on Friday.

The crews made quick work of the fire, but their day of heroics was just beginning. While battling the fire, firefighters spotted a family of hamsters inside the burning building.

They grabbed the five rodents — later identified as Oreo, Madonna and three unnamed babies — and brought them outside to safety.

laceyUsing the knowledge gleaned from their “pet emergency pocket guides,” firefighters treated the injured hamsters with oxygen and other first aid equipment.

Tim Hulse with the Lacey Fire Department said the team was able to save all but one of the hamsters.

“Yes. Our crews are trained and specially equipped to care for animals that have been rescued from a house fire,” Lacey Fire Department officials tweeted following the rescue.

Nobody was inside when the fire started and no firefighters were injured, Hulse said. A preliminary investigation indicates the fire started in the clothes dryer in the laundry room, according to the fire department.

Good job firemen!

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Higher Education: Univ. of New Mexico to host ‘threesome’ sex event for students

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Campus Reform: The University of New Mexico (UNM) is hosting a “Sex Week,” where students can learn “How to be a Gentleman and get laid,” negotiate threesomes, and orgasmic blow jobs.

The event, sponsored by the University of New Mexico Women’s Resource Center  and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), is offering lectures on “How to be a Gentleman AND Get Laid,” “Reid’s Negotiating Successful Threesomes,” “O-Face Oral,” and “BJs and Beyond with Reid.”

According to local news station KOB4, “The events are designed to prevent sexual assault, but organizers have taken a new approach…Instead of teaching students how not to get hurt, they’re teaching them how to have safer and better sex.”

“[S]ex educators will teach students how to have consensual, safe sex through PowerPoint, and puppet demonstrations,” writes KOB4.

Hunter Riley of the Self-Serve Sexuality Resource Centera feminist sex shop and co-sponsor of sex week—told Campus Reform that the group looked at “what the needs were on UNM’s campus and planned accordingly.”

“When a lot of people go to college they want to try new things,” Riley told Campus Reform. “[F]or example, when you are having sex with more than one person it can be very challenging to make sure that everybody’s needs are being met and that everybody’s boundaries are being respected.”

The event titles have fueled controversy among various campus groups, students, and parents. UNM’s Students for Life (SFL) group disapproves of sex week and encouraged its Facebook followers to reach out to administrators with their concerns.

“We cannot believe that UNM is hosting an event like this! We have already sent a letter to the Dean and the President expressing our concern, and we encourage you to do the same,” SFL wrote.

The WRC also posted about the event on its Facebook page saying the event will be “awesome” and “a lot of fun.” Several comments expressed dismay with the week’s events. “Hopefully this is fake…how very sad if it’s not,” wrote one commenter. “This is beyond disgusting,” wrote another.

UNM officials stress that the event is not sponsored by the university itself, but rather an outside group and university affiliated groups. Officials also stressed that “Celebrate Sex Week” is not in line with sexual assault outreach programs administered by the university.

In a UNM press release obtained by Campus Reform, the university says the titles will “prompt awareness and “spark [the] interest” of students.

“We understand that the titles of these sessions may be out of the norm for some but we want to assure the public that they are well intentioned. As this is the first time, these sessions will be presented as a week of activities…the titles are designed to prompt awareness and, more importantly, spark interest,” writes the university.

According to Summer Little, Director of WRC, student fees did not contribute to the funding of this event. UNM is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SFL did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment in time for publication.

Don’t you just love “higher education”?

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A feminist whines: “Kate Middleton shouldn’t have any more children!”

Insufferable feminist Greer

Insufferable feminist Greer

DailyMail: The Duchess of Cambridge may already be pregnant with her second child and plans to add another baby to the royal brood but one controversial feminist has slammed her decision, saying she’s “too thin” and should stop.

Geemaine Greer, who penned the best-selling book The Female Eunuch in 1979, said that the former Kate Middleton, who gave birth to Prince George last July, is “too thin” and shouldn’t  have any more children.

Speaking to British-based magazine Newsweek Europe about Kate’s chronic morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, the 75-year-old Australian said: “The girl is too thin! [Kate] is vomiting her guts up and shouldn’t have been made to go through all this again so soon.”

It’s not so much that she has to be a womb, but she has to be a mother. I would hope after this one she says, “That’s it. No more.”

kate middletonIf that wasn’t enough, Greer added that 32-year-old Kate had a “b*****d of a job” because she had been “put in charge of William”.

She believes that Kate’s interests have been limited by the royal family, which she dismisses as a “mad anachronism”, and argues that Kate has had to learn exactly how to behave, adding that spontaneity will get her in trouble.

She also states that Kate, who graduated from St. Andrews University with a 2.1 honors degree in art history in 2005, is a great deal more intelligent than the rest of the royals yet is “made to appear absolutely anodyne”.

Germaine, a theorist, academic and journalist, is widely regarded as one of the mid-twentieth century’s most controversial feminist voices. She has penned numerous tomes, including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility; The Change: Women, Ageing and Menopause, and The Whole Woman.

She once defined her goal as “women’s liberation” as distinct from “equality with men” and aims to promote the freedom of women to define their own values and determine their own fate.

Childless Greer left home in her youth due to conflict with her family. She tied the knot to Welsh carpenter Paul du Feu in London in 1968 – but the marriage only lasted 3 1/2 weeks.

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If Kate is so highly intelligent, as Ms. Greer claims, shouldn’t she be smart enough to determine her own fate?

From The Female Eunuch wiki page:

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“The main thesis of the book is that the “traditional” suburban, consumerist, nuclear family represses women sexually, and that this devitalizes them, rendering them eunuch. Greer argues that men hate women, though the latter do not realize this and are taught to hate themselves.  Greer references the loss of women’s freedom with the “sudden death of communism” (1989) as catapult for women the world over for a sudden transition into consumer Western society wherein there is little to no protection for mothers and the disabled; here, there is no freedom to speak. Greer argues that change had to come about via revolution, not evolution. Women should get to know and come to accept their own bodies, taste their own menstrual blood, and give up celibacy and monogamy.

No wonder her marriage lasted less than a month.

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Paging Emanuel, Sharpton and Jackson: Do you know what’s happening in Chicago EVERY weekend?

3 killed, 30 wounded in weekend shootings across city

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Chicago Sun Times: Three men were killed and at least 30 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since 2 p.m. Friday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 6:15 a.m. Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.  Jose Rios, 23, was walking with another person about 6:15 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Hermitage when a dark-colored van pulled up and someone got out of the passenger side and opened fire, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rios, of the 4300 block of South Paulina, was shot multiple times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:59 a.m., authorities said. Police said the shooting was gang-related.

About 10:15 p.m. Friday, a man was killed and two others were wounded in an Englewood neighborhood shooting. The three men — ages 25, 27 and 63 — were outside in the 5700 block of South Aberdeen when two people walked out of a gangway and opened fire, police said.

The 27-year-old, later identified as Malachi Baldwin, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 10:41 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Baldwin lived in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, authorities said.

The 25-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The 63-year-old man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand. Their conditions had stabilized.

A police source said the man killed had documented gang ties.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened Friday afternoon inside a West Englewood neighborhood barbershop.  A group of people entered a business in the 1900 block of West 59th about 2 p.m. and someone opened fire, police said. Suitable Barber and Beauty Shop is listed at 1959 W. 59th St.

Deandre Ellis, 22, of the 5700 block of South Laflin, was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he died at 3 p.m., authorities said.

A 44-year-old man also shot in the chest was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, and a 31-year-old man shot in the hand was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

The most recent shooting happened early Sunday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

Two men, both 19, were sitting were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 6300 block of South Seeley about 2:45 a.m. when a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. The men drove themselves to Holy Cross Hospital.

One of the men was shot in the leg, and his condition had stabilized, police said. The other suffered a graze wound to the back of the head, and was treated and released.

At least 21 other people have been shot across the South and Southwest sides since Friday afternoon.

Also, two people were being questioned after a man was stabbed to death Saturday afternoon during a domestic incident in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

The 21-year-old man was stabbed about 3 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Minerva, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional information Saturday night. Two people are being questioned in connection with the stabbing, police said.

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Elderly couple to die together by assisted suicide even though they are not ill

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DailyMail: An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first “couple” euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill. Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.

Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, said they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed. The children have gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted the unbearable suffering needed to legally justify euthanasia.

The couple, from Brussels, are receiving regular medical treatment for age-related ailments. Francis has received treatment for prostate cancer for 20 years and is unable to spend a day without morphine and Anne is partially blind and almost totally deaf. They always go out shopping together because they are both scared that one day the other will not return home.

They decided that life in a care home was not an option because of  their fear they would end up bedridden without the strength to insist on euthanasia. They are also afraid that a good retirement home would cost more than their combined pensions and that they would have to dig into their savings to afford it.

They planned to commit suicide on February 3 next year, their 64th wedding anniversary, by placing plastic bags over their heads after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. “We want to go together because we both fear of the future,” said Francis. “It’s as simple as this: we are afraid of what lies ahead. Fear of being along and above all, fear of the conseque4nces of loneliness.”

He told Moustique, a Belgian online news service, that they eventually opted for euthanasia because they were too scared to attempt to commit suicide. “It takes courage to jump from the 20th floor and I am unable even if I wanted to do it,” said Francis. “It takes courage to hang, it takes courage to jump into the canal. But a doctor who makes you a shot and lets you gently fall asleep? It does not take courage.”

Their son, John Paul, 55, approached their doctor to request their euthanasia – which was legalized in Belgium in 2002 – but the doctor refused because there were no grounds for it. John Paul found another doctor willing to perform he killings in an unnamed hospital in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium in which 82% of euthanasia cases are performed.

Francis said he and Anne were grateful for the arrangement. “Without our son and our daughter, it would never have succeeded,” he said. “We are not sad, we are happy,” he continued. “When we were told we could leave life together smoothly we were on a little cloud. It was as if we had spent all that time in a tunnel and suddenly we came into the light again.”

The couple’s daughter has remarked that her parents are talking about their deaths as eagerly as if they were planning a holiday.

John Paul said the double euthanasia of his parents was the “best solution”.  “If one of them should die, who would remain would be so sad and totally dependent on us,” he said. “It would be impossible for us to come here every day, take care of our father or our mother.”

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Sensitivity course teaches opposition to gay marriage can be harassment

 

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Campus Reform: A required harassment training course at Marquette University tells faculty and graduate assistants that it is better to “chill political speech” than to potentially offend a “protected group,” according to a university faculty member.

Marquette University’s “Unlawful Harassment Prevention” course is required for all faculty and graduate assistants as part of mandatory Title IX training. However, according Associate Political Science Professor John McAdams, “the school protects against anything that could be offensive to anyone.”

People at Marquette are told not to say anything that anyone might object to [despite state laws that suggest otherwise],” McAdams told Campus Reform. “Suppose you tell a joke about a protected group and the person doesn’t mind, you are still not supposed to do that.”

The course, created by Workplace Answers, is funded through the university’s budget, which includes student tuition funds. It has various training modules, approaching 300 slides total, including a section that says a private conversation about opposing gay marriage can constitute harassment.

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“The hook of the whole thing is to chill political speech,” McAdams told Campus Reform. “To chill the kinds of speech that ought to be encouraged on a university campus. [Marquette] would rather [resolve to chill speech] than deal with aggrieved people complaining.”

“If a university ought to stand up for anything, it ought to stand up for free discussion of important issues,” he said.

Another module of the test show participants a picture of an office and asks them to identify “eight objects that are not acceptable in a workplace.”

Such objectionable objects include: a risqué photo, a nude sculpture, an “adult” magazine, a jokes and insult book, an anti-war poster, a sexy screensaver, an “over-the-hill” sign, and a “Men Working” sign. Each item is characterized as inappropriate for its “exclusivity” or “discriminatory” subject matter.

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The course references the Kentucky human rights agency ruling, which determined the signs “perpetuat[e] a discriminatory work environment and could be deemed unlawful under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.” According to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, “[s]igns stating ‘Men Working,’ and ‘Flag Men Ahead,’ are identified as violating the commission statutes,” .

Marquette is located in Wisconsin, a state that has no legal objection to “Men Working” signs.  “[It says] don’t say anything that has to do with sex or gender differences, don’t say anything about race, don’t say anything about religion, don’t say anything about age, or anything about veteran status or being in the military,” McAdams told Campus Reform.

McAdams told Campus Reform he didn’t know of anyone who had yet completed the course, but anticipates that everyone will by the end of the semester to avoid being reprimanded by the university.

Marquette is a private Catholic university in Milwaukee, WI. Marquette University did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Campus Reform.

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Senior aide to the wife of Bill de Blasio dating a convicted killer and drug trafficker

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

DailyMail: Chief of staff to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife has been dating a convicted killer who has publicly denounced police officers as “pigs” it was revealed Thursday. Rachel Noerdlinger has been in a serious romantic relationship with ex-convict Hassaun McFarlan, 36, since 2010.

This past January, she joined Mayor de Blasio’s team, and in her capacity as aide to First Lady Chirlane McCray she has been allowed to attend high-level NYPD meetings.

Hassaun McFarlan’s criminal record, first brought to light by DNAInfo, goes back to his first arrest at age 15 for shooting to death an older boy in a dispute over a goose-down jacket in Harlem.

Most recently, he got in trouble with the law last year when he nearly ran over a New Jersey state police officer while driving his girlfriend’s Mercedes-Benz, according to court records obtained by the news site. Two of McFarlan’s five arrests on charges ranging from driving on a suspended license to drug trafficking took place while he was dating Noerdlinger.

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de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

The 43-year-old chief of staff got her start as a publicist representing attorney Johnnie Cochran and prominent civil rights leader race baiter Rev Al Sharpton, who later hired her as a public relations adviser for his organization the National Action Network.

All the while, Noerdlinger’s live-in boyfriend has been raving against police officers on social media. In one post, which has since been removed along with McFarlan’s Facebook account, he reportedly wrote, “I can’t come outside without the pigs f***ing with me in the hood.”

When asked whether the bombshell revelations concerning Noerdlinger’s personal life might result in her dismissal, de Blasio’s spokeswoman Rebecca Katz stated to the New York Post: “Rachel’s mot going anywhere.” Katz however, pointed out that “no one at the city hall condones criminal behavior or disparagement of the NYPD, including Rachel.”

The spokeswoman went on to say that Ms. Noerdlinger, a single mother of one, was “a strong and independent woman” whose core values and beliefs are in line with the de Blasio administration.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, however, expressed concern regarding Noerdlinger’s access to sensitive police information and called into question the aide’s judgment. “It raises serious questions about her judgment and character and the quality of the counsel she provides to City Hall” he told the Post. “She should not be in that position.”

Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents Hassaun McFarlan and Rachel Noerdlinger, hit out at her critics saying that she performs her duties as chief of staff without any input from her boyfriend. “To her credit, she’s a loyal woman and a strong woman and she would not put her career ahead of people she cares about,” said Lichtman.

McFarlan, the song of a drug dealer from Harlem, has been arrested at least five times since 1993, when he shot dead Kenneth Carter, 18, over a jacket at a housing project. He pleased guilty to a manslaughter charge and spent the next seven years in prison.

In 2003, McFarlan ran afoul of the law a second time after he was busted as part of an interstate crack trafficking ring. McFarlan ended up behind bars yet again, this time in Massachusetts, after pleading guilty to a slew of drug charges. He was released in 2007.

Since then, McFarlan has been arrested at least three times for vehicular violations and marijuana possession; last November, he came close to mowing down a police officer responding to an accident. Through it all, McFarlan has been a vehement critic of law enforcement, referring to officers as “pigs” and criticizing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

In January 2012, McFarlan was apparently furious after reading a story about a police officer in Staten island who pleaded guilty to arresting an innocent black man on trumped up charges. “The system sucks this pig should be charged with a civil rights violation,” he wrote at the time in a post, which has since been deleted.

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Al Sharpton cautiously has come to Rachel Noerdlinger’s defense, telling the New York Daily News that she should not have to answer for her boyfriend’s past actions.

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