We’re all about adopting animals here at The Frisky, and many staffers have given homes to strays or shelter dogs and cats. So, we’re pretty pleased about the initiative the U.S. Postal Service is launching later this month. The USPS will offer a set of stamps featuring adopted pets photographer Sally Anderson-Bruce found in her Connecticut hometown (you can read the animals stories online; Peaches the cat, for example, was born under a porch). In conjunction with the Stamps to the Rescue campaign, the USPS, along with Ellen DeGeneres and Halo: Purely for Pets (of which Ellen is a partial owner) will donate a million meals to animal shelters across the country. Even if you can’t adopt a pet yourself, by putting one of these lovable faces on the envelope you send your rent check in, you might persuade someone else — your landlord, perhaps? — to visit the local shelter. [Stamps to the Rescue] Keep reading »
A 29-year-old man named Tony Smith is facing assault and battery charges after he responded to requests to turn his music down by shoving his python in another man’s face. “He had the snake’s head squeezed so its mouth was open. He ran it across my face and it tried to crawl in my mouth,” the horrified victim said. The 4-foot python bit the victim’s lip while he was standing outside the hotel with his family. Earlier, he had asked Smith to turn his music down so he could go to sleep. Smith knew he was afraid of snakes and obviously feels pretty strongly about blasting his tunes. I guess that’s one way to go about solving conflicts. [BBC] Keep reading »
In a not-so-brilliant move, the organizers of an art installation called “Even Horizon” bolted life-sized, bronze statues to a variety of New York buildings, including a ledge of the Empire State building. Since this landmark is pretty notorious for suicides, it’s no surprise that the statue prompted tons of 911 calls. Cops rushed to the scene before realizing that the potential jumper wasn’t even alive to begin with. The police department is getting pretty used to calls as passers-by freak out, thinking the statue is real and about to jump. If this is the reaction the artist was hoping for, he’s certainly been successful. But I don’t think irritating cops and scaring New Yorkers is the best way to gain popularity. [NY Post] Keep reading »
I’m not going to lie, this story makes my eyes tear up. In 2007, Lisa Pond, of Florida, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and a few hours later at the hospital, she died alone, without her kids or the person she’d spent the last 18 years of her life with. Lisa Pond died this way because she was a lesbian.
Yesterday, President Obama called Pond’s former partner, Janice Langbehn, to inform her that he mandated all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding — which are most in the country — must extend visitation rights to same-sex couples. This mandate, which should go into effect in a few months, will allow a gay or lesbian partner to not only make medical decisions for their ill or injured loved one, but also to be there during the last moments of their life. In the past, LGBT partners who are not legally married have been refused by hospitals’ “relatives-only” policies. Keep reading »
A study of data from U.S. National Institute on Mental Health published in the journal Violence Against Women has found that many women who endure physical, sexual and psychological abuse from their male partners see them as “dependable” and even “affectionate.” Researchers from Adelphi University in New York and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto examined the data — which was on 611 low-income, mostly African-American women from urban areas, with an average age of 35 — and saw 43 percent said they had been abused by an intimate partner within the last year. Of the abused women, 54 percent said their partners were reliable, 44 percent said they were dependable yet abusive, and 38 percent said the men were dependable yet controlling. Only 18 percent — or less than one fifth of the abused women — said their partners were dangerously abusive. According to Time, the authors of the study hope that this insight into the minds of victims of domestic violence will help them help women. Keep reading »
It seems like only last week (it was) that adult film star Stormy Daniels was declaring her intention to run for a seat in the Louisiana state senate. This week, she broke the hearts of Politico writers looking for an excuse to write about porn and politically astute porn fans across the nation when she announced that she would not attempt to become the next senator of Louisiana. But why not? She lacks the funds to run, she says: “I am not running for the US Senate for the same reason that so many dedicated patriots do not run — I can’t afford it.” Daniels did offer a message of hope: “We will keep fighting so that one day the voices of the dishwashers, cashiers, bus drivers and porn stars will be heard just as loudly as those of the lawyer, the banker and the insurance company executive.” Amen. [Politico] Keep reading »