Pablo Escobar’s hippos are wreaking havoc in Colombia

These are not the Escobar hippos (they are from the San Diego Zoo), but you get the idea. (AP Photo/Ken Bohn)

These are not the Escobar hippos (they are from the San Diego Zoo), but you get the idea. (AP Photo/Ken Bohn)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/30/pablo-escobars-hippos-are-wreaking-havoc-in-colombia/

By Sarah Larimer

This story has everything: a drug lord, a once-grand estate in the South American countryside, hippopotamuses.

According to the BBC, hippos once owned by Pablo Escobar are still roaming the grounds of the late Colombian drug lord’s former home, presenting a problem for locals and wildlife officials, who aren’t sure the best way to contain or control them.

Their confusion over the situation seems fair. “What should we do with Pablo Escobar’s hippos?” is not really a question one expects to face in life, but here we are, with a ranch full of hippopotamuses and very few options.

According to the BBC, the hippos were smuggled in as part of a zoo that Escobar built at Hacienda Napoles, his estate about 200 miles from Bogota. Escobar died in 1993, but his hippos remained on the land, even after the zoo’s other animals were relocated. Locals started to call in hippopotamus sightings about seven years ago, and have since reportedly had some close encounters:

Please click below to read more about Pablo’s hippos.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/30/pablo-escobars-hippos-are-wreaking-havoc-in-colombia/

Why doesn’t this surprise me that a 9-yr-old girl accidentally shot her instructor with an Uzi at an outdoor shooting range in Dolan Springs?

The outdoor shooting range in Dolan Springs has now changed the age requirement for children to be taught to play safely with weapons.  If you happen to be just passing by the range, the new age is now 12 for any parent to consent to have their child taught how to shoot a weapon safely.  Read more by clicking on the link below.  A video of the shooting shows the moment when the gun started to swing towards the instructor.  He had no chance to protect himself.

So, what did you do for fun this summer?

 

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=376_1409096283

 

 

Help Save Leo’s Eyes

“Leo has been our fearless protector for close to seven years. He has lost vision in both of his eyes in the span of only a month. There is surgery that may help to restore vision in at least one of his eyes.

We are prepared to do everything possible to help our Leo see again. His medical bills so far, including testing, blood work, and medicine, are over $3,000. His surgery will cost approximately another $7,000.

We are reaching out to our family and friends and asking for a little bit of help to defray these costs. No gift is too small. Really. Whatever you can give will mean the world to us.”1937502_1408324364.647

http://www.gofundme.com/leobear 

Hello world I’ve been gone for awhile waiting for anything to write about.  Every day I read about the sad state of our world.  The endless regional conflicts are covered by many and sadly we’ve become so used to the massacres that we don’t blink.  Hopefully my faithful readers will find the time to help my niece’s dog.  Please help Leo.

When In Rome – The Promise

“The Promise”

If you need a friend
Don’t look to a stranger
You know in the end, I’ll always be there
But when you’re in doubt
And when you’re in danger
Take a look all around, and I’ll be there

I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you wait around a while, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise, I promise you I will

When your day is through
And so is your temper
You know what to do
I’m gonna always be there
Sometimes if I shout
It’s not what’s intended
These words just come out
With no gripe to bear

I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you wait around a while, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise, I promise you I will

I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
And if I had to walk the world, I’d make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will

I gotta tell you
Need to tell you
Gotta tell you
I’ve gotta tell you

I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you wait around a while, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise, I promise you

I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
And if I had to walk the world, I’d make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will
I will
I will

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/wheninrome/thepromise.html

March 1938, Germany under the influence of Adolf Hitler annexed Austria. Will history repeat itself? March 2014, Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea?

March 12, 1938: Annexation Austrian-Style

By Marion Kraske

When the Nazis marched into Austrian on March 12, 1938, hundreds of thousands of Austrians turned out to welcome them. But after the war, the country preferred to see itself as just another of Hitler’s victims.

Suddenly, events began moving in fast-forward: It was 10 minutes to eight in the evening, March 11, 1938, when Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg took to the radio to address his people. He bade them farewell with portentous words:

“God protect Austria.”

Read more at http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/march-12-1938-annexation-austrian-style-a-541044.html

I don’t understand the lack of decisiveness on the part of the European nations that will soon have Vladimir Putin annexing all of its former lands under the pretext of protecting the disenchanted former Russian citizens who think this leader, is their savior.

May God protect Ukraine… because it doesn’t seem as if anyone is going to come to the aid of the people of Ukraine.