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Dog owner lives with 13 fully grown golden retrievers after deciding to keep whole litter of puppies




Dog owner lives with 13 fully grown golden retrievers after deciding to keep whole litter of puppies

A devoted dog owner lives with 13 golden retrievers after he decided to keep a whole litter of puppies - then adopted another one that was due to be put down. Collin Standon, 24, already had three golden retrievers when cherished pets Chloe and Sam had a litter of nine pups and he decided to keep them all. He then adopted another golden retriever named Buddy after a shelter was set to put him down. Collin now has 13 fully-grown dogs, which include Buddy, Chloe, Sam, Chloe's sister Emma and the nine pups; Rocky, Moose, Raider, Cowboy, Pumpkin, Sunshine, Missy, Angel, Callie.

Feeding the whole gang is hard work in itself. The dogs get through nine pounds in weight of dog food - every day. This adds up to 10, 40-pound bags-a-month, with boys getting three scoops and girls getting two. Collin, who lives near Dallas, Texas, USA, said: "It's not like anything you'd ever imagine, happiness is an understatement. "Challenges would be maintaining them, being golden retrievers they come with lots of upkeep. "I hear people complaining about keeping up with one or two - try 13
Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 04:53 PM (7 replies)

efforts in works to help DeSantis pretend he won in fight with Disney, while backing off

‘We Can’t Let the Governor Look Like He Lost’: DeSantis Reportedly Backing Down From Plan to Wreck Disney’s Self Government District

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made national headlines in April when he signed a bill repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), the special taxing district on the Walt Disney Company’s Central Florida property. But now that the governor has won re-election, Disney has brought back a former CEO — and the legal reality loomed ready to inflict some staggeringly bad consequences — DeSantis is reportedly backing down.

The bill repealing RCID effective June 1, 2023 was sponsored by State Rep. Randy Fine (R) and State Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R), who did not communicate with anyone at Disney, RCID, or any of the county governments that would be affected before passing this ill-conceived law.

The Republicans backing the move openly admitted they were doing so in retaliation for former Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s criticism of the Parental Rights in Education bill (deemed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics), specifically regarding a memo Chapek sent to Disney employees vocally objecting to the bill after its passage. Chapek also hit the pause button on the Mouse making any political contributions and a plan to move thousands of employees from Palo Alto, California to a new facility being built in Lake Nona (a region in the southeast area of Orlando).


“[S]tate lawmakers are working on a compromise that would allow Disney to keep the arrangement largely in place with a few modifications,” wrote the Times‘ Christopher Grimes, and then lays out how Iger’s “full-throated opposition” to the Parental Rights in Education bill had “put pressure” on his successor CEO Chapek to take a stand. Chapek did take that stand, DeSantis and the legislature lashed out by repealing RCID, and now Iger is taking a more conciliatory tone:


Other discussions sound like an effort to help DeSantis pretend he “won” this mess he created, by allowing the governor to appoint two of the five members of the RCID board. Stewart seemed to acknowledge this was the intent, telling Grimes, “We can’t let the governor look like he lost.”

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 04:36 PM (1 replies)

sharp eyed viewers spot British CEO getting answers fed to him by a staffer

staffer is sharp enough to come up with the answers on the fly, maybe she should be CEO. SHe hears the question, processes it and writes the answer at lightning speed. impressive

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 03:38 PM (1 replies)

Herschel Walker lies too much; Claimed he let Obama beat him in Bball but they never met


Obama mocks Herschel Walker for claiming that he let the former president win at basketball before admitting that the 2 men have never met: 'This would be funny if he were not running for US Senate'

Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker for lying about meeting him.
Walker claimed on multiple occasions to have let Obama win at basketball games.
"Now, listen, this would be funny if he weren't running for Senate," Obama said Thursday.
Former President Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker while campaigning for his opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, in Georgia on Thursday.

"Since the last time I was here, apparently, he also claimed that he used to let me beat him at basketball," Obama said to an audience in Atlanta, according to a clip of his speech. "But then he admitted that we have never actually met. So I guess this was more of an imaginary whooping that I laid on him."
Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 06:38 AM (15 replies)

5 lions escape zoo in Australia, all but one return when adult female lion calls to them


Australia's Taronga Zoo had to issue a "code one" alert last month, for good reason: Five lions escaped their enclosure. All ended safely, and now CCTV footage has revealed how the lions made their great escape, reports the Guardian. It's not as dramatic as you might think. The lions are seen poking around a particular part of their wire fence for several minutes before slipping through, one at a time, per Australia's ABC Network. For the record, the escapees were adult male Ato and cubs Zukuko, Khari, Zuri, and Malika. Adult female Maya stayed behind with cub Ayanna, per CNN.

The zoo discovered the breach within minutes and went on lockdown. All but Malika eventually returned on their own—Maya was calling them—the very same way they had escaped. Zookeepers had to tranquilize Malika before returning her as well. ABC notes that two of the lions made it past a second fence before returning, contradicting initial accounts that the lions hadn't strayed into public areas. The investigation into the fence's weakness continues, but it seems that clamps joining wire cables together failed, probably with help from the curious cubs.

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 06:11 AM (13 replies)

The 3-minute heist (catalytic convertors) wreaking havoc on the Bay Area is only getting worse

An average of 1,600 times a month, thieves use handheld power saws to cut catalytic converters from the undersides of cars and trucks across California, including ones parked everywhere from private driveways to secured parking lots. The crime takes just a few minutes for practiced thieves, who are motivated by skyrocketing prices for the precious metals contained


In interviews with nearly a dozen people who have been victims of catalytic converter theft, as well as local mechanics, dealerships, insurance companies and police, SFGATE discovered that people are dealing with the shortage in all kinds of ways: borrowing family cars, sinking their savings into ride-hailing apps, scouring the internet for third-party converters and just driving without one. Some have even opted for black-market solutions to muffle the unmistakable racket of a cat-free car — which may help them get to work quietly, but leaves them with vehicles that would never pass a California smog test.


The problem is only getting worse, according to Jiacomo Rodriguez of Precision Auto in San Francisco.

“I’ve had customers who’ve had them stolen four or five times,” he told SFGATE. “I’ve heard many stories … scary ones where people went outside to chase the thieves down and guys were there with guns. Most times it’s when our heads are on the pillows and we don’t hear it or see it.”


A worker at a Bay Area Toyota dealer, who asked to remain anonymous because they weren’t authorized to disclose order details, told SFGATE there’s currently a national backlog of 10,000 orders for converters to fit certain models of Prius, including 2,000 parts backordered locally. (A Toyota spokesperson declined to comment on the numbers.)

San Carlos resident Joel Eisenberg knows about the long wait to get a new catalytic converter — he’s been waiting for a replacement for his 2012 Prius since early October.


Some people are skipping the cost and illegally bypassing the catalytic converter
Due to the high cost to replace a stolen catalytic converter, some people are resorting to illegal setups so they can continue to drive their cars. Some smog shops will take under-the-table payments to look the other way on cars with catalytic converters that meet federal standards, for instance, but not California ones, as East Bay resident Lucy Armentrout found out when she accidentally bought the wrong catalytic converter to replace one stolen off her 2005 Honda Accord five months ago.

Although the AutoZone part’s computer indicated the converter would meet California air quality standards, the first mechanic she took it to refused to install it, telling her it wasn't compliant and his shop could be shut down if he installed an illegal replacement. She took it to a second shop, which confirmed it wasn’t compliant — but said if she paid extra, they would install it and “ensure” her car passed a smog check. She opted to return the converter and pay the steep price for a legal one, instead.

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 06:00 AM (18 replies)

man robs gas station and kills clerk. DA determines killing is self defense not murder

A California clerk was fatally shot by a robbery suspect, authorities say. The suspect won't be charged with murder.

A robber fatally shot a Northern California gas station clerk but won't be charged with murder because the victim wrongly chased and opened fire on the gunman, prosecutors said Thursday.


Jackson and another man, who was still being sought Thursday, were fleeing the robbery when Williams chased and opened fire on them, police said. Jackson was struck in the leg and returned fire, killing Williams, police and prosecutors said.

Antioch detectives submitted their findings to the Contra Costa County district attorney's office, and prosecutors "elected to charge Jackson with robbery, possession of stolen property, and a firearm enhancement, but declined to charge him with murder," police said in a statement.

District Attorney Diana Becton remained silent on the matter until early Thursday evening when her office issued a lengthy statement, saying the decision to not file murder charges was based on a "legal and factual determination."

Becton said deadly force is legally justified as an act of self-defense when life or property is threatened, but not to go after someone to retrieve property once the threat of harm has gone down.


Video evidence of the incident clearly shows Jackson and another suspect exiting the Chevron station convenience store after the robbery and running from the scene.

DA: Murder charge can't be filed in fatal Antioch Chevron station gun battle

In the eyes of the law, Becton said, Williams' actions ceased to be self-defense when he pursued Jackson and the other suspect with a firearm and continued to pursue Jackson after he shot him.

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 05:31 AM (42 replies)

Why Democrats should like the early voting patterns in the Georgia Senate runoff

More than 1 million Georgians have voted early (absentee or in-person) ahead of Tuesday’s Senate runoff election. The compact nature of the early voting period for the runoff makes it difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison with what occurred during the November general election.

Still, there are a number of notable trends that suggest an upside for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in his race against Republican Herschel Walker. This doesn’t mean Warnock is definitely going to win, but the data indicates you’d rather be Warnock than Walker right now.


Perhaps the best way to see if Walker voters are turning out in larger numbers is to look at race and age. Warnock won Black voters 90% to 8% in November’s general election. Walker won White voters 70% to 28%.

So far in early voting, Black voters make up a little more than 33% of the electorate, while White voters account for 54%. At a roughly similar point in the general election based on the number of early votes cast, about 31% of voters were Black and about 57% were White.

This may seem like a small difference, but given the large partisan gap between Black and White voters, it suggests that those who have gone to the polls so far are more Democratic than at a similar point in the general election.

I should note that a number of Democratic counties opened up early in-person voting sooner than Republican-leaning counties. That said, voters in all Georgia counties have been able to cast a ballot for a number of days now, and the racial voting gap between the general election and runoff has not gone away.

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Thu Dec 1, 2022, 07:40 PM (0 replies)

Georgia GOP voting law worked as planned. voting by mail plummeted

Turnout Was Strong in Georgia, but Mail Voting Plummets After New Law
An analysis of November turnout data shows that voting by mail dropped as Georgians increasingly cast ballots in person. The shift hints at the possible impact of a 2021 voting overhaul.

While voter turnout remained strong, absentee voting in Georgia dropped off drastically in this year’s midterm election, the first major test of an expansive 2021 voting law that added restrictions for casting ballots by mail.

Data released by the Georgia secretary of state showed that mail voting in the state’s November general election plunged by 81 percent from the level of the 2020 contest. While a drop was expected after the height of the pandemic, Georgia had a far greater decrease than any other state with competitive statewide races, according to a New York Times analysis.

Turnout data suggests that a large majority of people who voted by mail in 2020 found another way to cast their ballots this year — turning to in-person voting, either early or on Election Day. Turnout in the state was 56 percent of all active voters, shy of the 2018 high-water mark for a midterm election.

The numbers are the first sign of how the 2021 law may have affected the election in Georgia, which has recently established itself as a battleground state. The law was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and backed by G.O.P. state lawmakers who said that the changes would make it “easier to vote, harder to cheat.” It significantly limited drop boxes, added voter identification requirements and prevented election officials from proactively mailing out absentee ballot applications.

But civil rights groups, voting rights advocates and Democrats noted that there was no evidence of widespread fraud in elections. They viewed the law, known as S.B. 202, as an attempt to suppress Democratic-leaning voters, especially people of color, who had just helped flip Georgia blue in a presidential election for the first time in decades.

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Thu Dec 1, 2022, 07:35 PM (9 replies)

conservatives parents say they were duped into voting for the DeSantis Educ purge in full swing


DeSantis-Backed Education Purge Begins After School Board Takeovers in Florida
"The new playbook of total ideological control is in full swing," said one free expression advocate.

Despite outcry from parents, teachers, and students, newly elected right-wing school board members in Sarasota County, Florida on Tuesday became the latest allies of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to oust a school superintendent over the district's adherence to public health guidance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens of community members gathered at a school board meeting in Sarasota County on Tuesday evening to support Brennan Asplen, the superintendent of schools since 2020, whose contract was the subject of the meeting.

The board met the same day new members, including Chair Bridget Ziegler, were sworn in. Ziegler, a co-founder of right-wing group Moms for Liberty, was one of two dozen school board candidates who received an endorsement from DeSantis during the midterm elections. The majority of those candidates, who received $1,000 contributions from the governor, won their elections.

At the meeting, members condemned Asplen "for not pushing back on the mask mandate" that was in place for three weeks in 2021 after the school board voted 3-2 in favor of the mandate, making Sarasota County the first in the state to defy DeSantis' law blocking Covid-19 mitigation measures.

On Tuesday the board ultimately voted 4-1 in favor of negotiating a separation agreement with Asplen, after another board member, Thomas Edwards, warned the move would be a "carbon copy" of a similar ouster in Berkeley County, South Carolina earlier this month.

Posted by BlueWaveNeverEnd | Thu Dec 1, 2022, 06:49 AM (21 replies)
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