"Fans agree Germany's polar-bear cub too cute to kill." It's a start, but common sense and common decency are no guarantee. "With animal-rights activists like this, what animal needs predators?" asks Captain Ed rhetorically re the "save the village by destroying it" animal "rights" protector who demanded zoo-born cutie-pie Knut (above ARCHIV ZOO BERLIN / AP), rejected by its mother, be euthanized, saying "The zoo should kill the baby bear. Otherwise it is condemning the bear to a dysfunctional life, and that too is a breach of the law.” Our own prescription, akin to Laurence Simon's prescription for the makers of that pet food that horrifically killed some of our fellow Americans' best friends: Feed chunks of the dysfunctional animal-rights activists -- in gravy -- to the bears.
Reading Cathy Seipp's LA Times obituary today -- Cathy is dead. Long live Cathy! Our heart is breaking, but now she has slipped the surly bonds -- we were quite taken with the revelation of the love of her secret heart:
Instead of flowers, Seipp had requested that people make donations to the Humane Society, https://www.hsus.org.
We're totally with Cathy in spirit, our own last will and testament specifying a major gift to MSPCA Angell Memorial, Boston's awesome state-of-the-art veterinarian institution, responsible for staying the execution of our own Sweet Tiny Pea last year. Ever since Katrina's heartbreaking effects on the animals in the area of the storm's greatest devastation down yonder, we've been a big fan of the Humane Society as well, and we clicked on over to make a donation in Cathy's name. If you're so inclined, we encourage you to do the same, for her and for the animals. [Click on Kindred Spirits to donate in her name] Cathy's other favored charity brings up a most important point about today's puritanistically politically correct ways of giving or denying support to the suffering. Cathy's daughter Maia explains:
In addition to the Humane Society, I also want to acknowledge the Lung Cancer Alliance . . . I got an email from them explaining that one of their goals is not to represent patients in a stigmatized way. Not all lung cancer patients were smokers. My mother was frustrated on her blog that there is more funding for the more popular diseases of breast cancer, AIDS etc which have more hope than lung cancer which is a harder way to go.
Before we continue, let us say one more time that we recognize that orchestrated attempts to silence opposing voices are the essence of human nature. Dr. Sanity drums it into our dear little ear daily. If there's something politically incorrect you can pin on a sufferer, your feeling-good-about-yourself points rise exponentially. Every totalitarian regime throughout history, from antiquity to the present, exhibits the same behavior. It's sandbox dynamics writ large. "Climate Change" proseletyzers who stigmatize skeptical scientists as "deniers" are only the latest totally un-self-aware example of the genre. The witch burners of Salem are always with us. 'Guess we'll head over to the Lung Cancer Alliance -- as opposed the preachy American Lung Cancer Society -- to put our money where our breathing apparatus is.