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'Pet' an insult to animals, academics say
Herald Sun ^ | 4-29 | Fiona MacRae

Posted on 04/28/2011 11:07:30 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

'Pet' an insult to animals, academics say Fiona MacRae From: Herald Sun April 29, 2011 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these? Academics say that rather than being a term of endearment, "pets" is an insult to the animals concerned and their owners, who should be known as "human carers". Source: Herald Sun IN a statement that gives a whole new meaning to animal rights, leading academics have called for pets to be renamed "companion animals". They say that rather than being a term of endearment, "pets" is an insult to the animals concerned and their owners, who should be known as "human carers".

Editors of a new journal devoted to animal ethics, including an Oxford University theologian, also want the terms "pests" and "vermin" to be dropped. Wild animals, meanwhile, would be referred to as "free-living" or "free-ranging".

Even innocuous phrases such as "sly as a fox" and "drunk as a skunk" are seen as an affront to animals.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


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KEYWORDS: academics; animals; insult; kittyping; pcstupidity; pet
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Fiona “FUBAR” MaCrae is batty, nutty as s squirrel, a braying jackass of journalism, crazy as a loon, dumber than dog$%*!, worthless as teats on a boar hog, and as clueless as an ostrich with its head stuck in a hole. Her theories make about as much sense as a dog chasing his tail, a chicken running with its head cut off, or a flip-flopping fish out of water. Just one more stupid animal rights story will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back! If she were wise as an owl she’d clam up.


51 posted on 04/28/2011 11:52:19 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Is it OK if I call my dog “My Sweet Snookery Sweetums”?

Or would that be an insult also?

52 posted on 04/28/2011 11:52:36 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

RRIIIIIGGHT.

AND FISH ARE SEA KITTENS!


53 posted on 04/28/2011 11:55:29 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (2012 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME. HOW ABOUT YOU?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Let me get this straight. China is expected to overtake the US by 2016, we’re printing and borrowing money like there’s no mañana, 0bama was willing to shut down the government rather than defund Planned Parenthood, outsourcing of US jobs continues at a steady rate, we’re now involved in 3 middle eastern wars, while our civil liberties at home are eroding, and this woman’s chief concern is what pets and pet owners are called.

Proof that some people have WAY too much time and money on their hands.


54 posted on 04/28/2011 11:57:29 AM PDT by SoCal SoCon (Conservatism =/= Corporatism.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

These “academics” can go Eff themselves.


55 posted on 04/28/2011 11:59:49 AM PDT by Levante
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To: LauraJean
I had asked my cats if they objected to being called “pets”. They just looked at me as if I were daft. However that’s how they usually look at me.

Consider yourself fortunate....both of mine look down at me as staff!

And yes I mean look down. They usually hang out on the rail of my indoor balcony. Ocassionaly they saunter down demanding food or belly rubs.

56 posted on 04/28/2011 11:59:53 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: WOBBLY BOB

How long before they want to call work animals “non-human slaves”?


57 posted on 04/28/2011 12:00:28 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I tried to count the levels of stupidity this reveals, and lost count.


58 posted on 04/28/2011 12:05:28 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: winkadink

If the bimbo only new what my cat’s names are after he pukes on the rug.....


59 posted on 04/28/2011 12:08:04 PM PDT by geege
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To: winkadink
I asked my cats if they objected to being called pets, and both of them said no.

My cats said I could call them anything I wanted to except "late for dinner."

60 posted on 04/28/2011 12:08:06 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: WOBBLY BOB

If “pet” is an insult, then what will Harry Reid call his sycophants in the future?


61 posted on 04/28/2011 12:11:24 PM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: brytlea

As once there was a functioning group known as “academia”, which consisted of educators and researchers, perhaps it would be best if such as Fiona were to be dubbed the “academented”?

Just a suggestion, you know.

;-)


62 posted on 04/28/2011 12:11:52 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: nevergore
What should we call our “congresscritters”?

Something else, “congresscritter" would be an insult. To critters.

Congressslime works for me, but I don't know how slime feels about it.

63 posted on 04/28/2011 12:18:57 PM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: GladesGuru

I like that so much, I’m going to co-opt it!


64 posted on 04/28/2011 12:21:11 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: magslinger

Someone will form a lobbying group and bring a lawsuit in the name of all slime everywhere.


65 posted on 04/28/2011 12:22:11 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

hey I called my Chihuahua a pet this morning and guess what? He didn’t give a crap.


66 posted on 04/28/2011 12:27:42 PM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: brytlea

Slime Enfranchising International Union?


67 posted on 04/28/2011 12:28:30 PM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: magslinger

Yeah, except they already have a union... ;)


68 posted on 04/28/2011 12:33:39 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: WOBBLY BOB; glock rocks; SouthTexas; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave

I referred to my wife as my pet only once. She promptly crapped in my chair and threw up on the keyboard...


69 posted on 04/28/2011 12:37:44 PM PDT by tubebender (Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Morons.

You can’t insult an animal because they are ego less.


70 posted on 04/28/2011 12:39:25 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: brytlea

Thanks!


71 posted on 04/28/2011 12:42:40 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Let’s see, the wikipedia article on the word “pet” begins, “A pet is an animal kept for companionship and enjoyment or a household animal, as opposed to wild animals or to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals or sport animals, which are kept for economic or productive reasons.”

The site www.thefreedictionary.com provides the definition

pet 1 (pt)
n.

1. An animal kept for amusement or companionship.
2. An object of the affections.
3. A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite: the teacher’s pet.

adj.
1. Kept as a pet: a pet cat.
2.
a. Particularly cherished or indulged: a pet grandchild.
b. Expressing or showing affection: a pet name.
3. Being a favorite: a pet topic.

v. pet·ted, pet·ting, pets
v.tr.

To stroke or caress gently; pat. See Synonyms at caress.

v.intr. Informal

To make love by fondling and caressing.

[Scottish Gaelic peata, tame animal, pet, from Old Irish.]

I think the “learned” folk who came up with this claptrap have problems with being called “pets” themselves, thinking it demeaning (which applied to a human being, I suppose it might be by virtue of reducing the person to the status of a tame animal — I mean the phrase “teacher’s pet” always has a sneer about it.), so they fancy the word in its proper meaning is demeaning to that which it properly describes. (One wonders, though, in what context they get called “pet”. As I understand it, some folks afflicted by exotic carnal temptations like being demeaned . . . but I digress.)


72 posted on 04/28/2011 12:51:06 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
My cats don't give a $hit. The only words they respond to are anything that rhymes with “eat”.
73 posted on 04/28/2011 12:51:22 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American

How much better off the world would be if “academics” actually had to work for a living, rather than get paid to sit around and dream up things to “improve”.

How much better would the world be if these activist loons were banned from teaching impressionable children and young adults?


74 posted on 04/28/2011 12:52:42 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Can couples still use “my pet” to describe each other? Can a dominatrix still use the term (if one ever has) to describe her pathetic male subjects?


75 posted on 04/28/2011 12:55:02 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct academics.)
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To: Little Ray

The stupidity of most academics is directly proportional to the length of their career.


76 posted on 04/28/2011 12:57:48 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Not getting the bowl filled up fast enough is an insult too apparently.


77 posted on 04/28/2011 1:00:59 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: The_Reader_David

Actually, what this is really about is the agenda of the animal rights movement to completely take animals out of interaction with humans. They desire to elevate all of the animal kingdom to the same level as people (or visa versa) and eventually you would not be able to keep pets (or eat animals—how can you eat something that has essentially the same level of legal protection as you?). This is serious business. They have already made inroads in laws regarding pet ownership and breeding. It’s coming.


78 posted on 04/28/2011 1:01:11 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Well, what is PETCO going to be changed to? CompanionAnimalsCO? This has to be one of the most asinine suggestions ever. We have three pets, and they just eat, sleep and crap.
79 posted on 04/28/2011 1:08:05 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The American taxpayer cannot support the tax and spend habits of DC.)
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To: Red Badger

My friend says we’re like the dinosaurs
Only we are doing ourselves in
Much faster than they
Ever did
We’ll make great pets!
We’ll make great pets!

“Pets” — Porno for Pyros


80 posted on 04/28/2011 1:21:14 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

In her 17th year with us, Sasha, one of our two pet cats, died. The litter into which she was born was discovered under pallets outside the wing’s supply squadron and was rescued by a compassionate NCO who set about finding homes for the kittens. I took Sasha.

The next year, in her 18th year with us, Tasha, our purebred Siamese died. She was a gift from my sister-in-law. Despite the peculiarities peculiar to cats, both she and Tasha were wonderfully delightful pets.

The same year Tasha died our purebred pet Dachshund, Sadie, was put to sleep. She was with us for 18 years and was as much a companion to Sasha and Tasha as she was our pet.

For the first 17 years with us she was incredibly vital, energetic and brought us much joy.

But, Sadie’s health failed during that last year to the extent we consulted with her vet when we should put her to sleep. His answer was true and correct, but not very helpful.

Not at all.

We should put her to sleep when she did not enjoy being a dog any more.

What does it look like when a dog does not enjoy being a dog any more? She lays in her bed. Does not eat. Does not drink. Barely responds to your touch. She is clearly wasting away. She is clearly suffering.

We made the call to the vet. Time to part with Sadie.
I made the appointment.

We arrived at the clinic. My wife held Sadie, petting her, stroking her. She would not get out of the car. She would not take Sadie into the clinic. She cried and refused to move.

Bless his heart, a clinic technician came to the car and gently asked my wife to entrust Sadie to him. The staff expected us and watched my wife’s ordeal until they were moved to do something.

Still crying, after a few more loving petting strokes, my wife surrendered Sadie to her final caregiver.

The vet who put Sadie to sleep was not her vet. She was a retired vet who filled in for vacationing vets. While we made arrangements for Sadie’s cremation and receipt of her ashes, the vet reviewed Sadie’s medical records. Then, she came out to tell my wife what excellent care she had given our pet all the years of her life.

A year later we visited the San Antonio Humane Society’s animal shelter for the off chance we might find a purebred Dachshund. Fat chance, I know. And, we did not find one.

What I found was BJ.

That was five years ago. Long, long before this article was imagined.

My wife was off looking at all the other animal enclosures. A volunteer asked me what I was looking for. I told her, we wanted as close to a purebred red dachshund as we might find. Then, the volunteer lied to me. She said they had a mixed-breed dachshund which might interest me.

Then . . . she trotted out BJ. Trotted him out of quarantine, where he had been treated for heart worms.

But . . . though BJ had the markings and characteristics of a black and white colored Dachshund, he was three times the size. He is obviously as much Hound as he is Dachshund. I politely declined the volunteer’s suggestion for adoption.

But, there was something about BJ’s eagerness to be with someone that made me believe he would be an excellent pet.

The problem was my wife. She was looking for a replacement for Sadie. In no way, shape, or form, was BJ going to be a replacement for Sadie. She was adamantly against adopting him. I just had a feeling. I insisted.

Over time . . . turns out for the wife . . . I was right.

During the application for adoption process there was never a reference to “pet” nor to “ownership”. All legal documents we signed referenced “companion.” That was cool with me. Means nothing to pet owners who take diligent care of their pets.

A month after we brought BJ home we adopted Gretchen from the SA Humane Society, who obviously was a mix between a dachshund and a Chihuahua. Getting us to look at her was another deception, since we requested to be called when a dachshund was available.

Be the deception what it was, BJ and Gretchen are wonderful pets and are great companions to each other. When we walk them, they look like Mutt and Jeff. They have identical black and white markings and relative body proportions . . . one relative sized hound and one little bit larger than a Chihuahua.

Considering the longevity of our pets, these companions ought to enjoy a good, long life with us.

I know we will enjoy them.

R.


81 posted on 04/28/2011 1:23:29 PM PDT by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Of all the problems in the world that concern humans and domesticated animals, this is the one they chose to try to solve? Reminds me of when I was on the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal (long ago) and I had to proofread an article concerning how unfair it was that the word “woman” had “man” in it. It’s sad that somebody actually makes money doing this.


82 posted on 04/28/2011 1:33:45 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: The_Reader_David

Excellent and true post.

Thanks,
R.


83 posted on 04/28/2011 1:54:54 PM PDT by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: tubebender; Slings and Arrows

I constantly remind my blue healer that: (1.) Nobody loves you, (2.) You are a burden upon society, and (3.) You need to get a job.

I don’t see as it’s affected him.

He just goes about his business wagging his tail and fetching tennis balls - his only talents.

Hence, you needn’t reply, I’m now quite used to being ignored.


84 posted on 04/28/2011 1:58:14 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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To: married21

Actually, as to “woman” and “man”, I am given to pointing out that in Anglo-Saxon, “man” was the equivalent of the Greek “anthropos”, meaning, “human being without regard to sex or gender”. The Anglo-Saxon equivalent of “gyne” was, of course, “woman”. There was, however, an Anglo-Saxon equivalent of “andros”, “wapman”. Of course, “woman” contains “man”, women and wapmen are the two sorts of men.

All those suffixes -man as in “chairman”, “fireman”, and the like are actually sexless! As a male human being, I want our English word back! Wapmen of the Anglosphere unite! Demand our own word! No longer should we be content to be referred to as generic human beings under the name “man”!

I realize using “manly” to refer to “proper to human beings” and having to use “wapmanly” for masculine, but it’s better than having meetings presided over by inanimate objects (chairs) and having to put up with abominable neologisms like “firefighter”.


85 posted on 04/28/2011 2:08:57 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“’Pet’ an insult to animals, academics say”

Naw - - - they love it.


86 posted on 04/28/2011 2:28:06 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: The_Reader_David
Actually, as to “woman” and “man”, I am given to pointing out that in Anglo-Saxon, “man” was the equivalent of the Greek “anthropos”, meaning, “human being without regard to sex or gender”. The Anglo-Saxon equivalent of “gyne” was, of course, “woman”. There was, however, an Anglo-Saxon equivalent of “andros”, “wapman”. Of course, “woman” contains “man”, women and wapmen are the two sorts of men.

My dead cats and dogs are wondering why you posted this message.

"women and wapmen are two sorts of men."

This thread is pretty much hijacked . . . by you. What are wapmen? How many are there? At least two, right?

87 posted on 04/28/2011 2:49:25 PM PDT by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: Racehorse

How many sorts of men are we?


88 posted on 04/28/2011 2:58:42 PM PDT by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: winkadink

89 posted on 04/28/2011 3:01:02 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.- H. L. Mencken)
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To: glock rocks; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

90 posted on 04/28/2011 4:33:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What were they THINKING!? :)=^..^=


91 posted on 04/28/2011 4:55:35 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Racehorse; Slings and Arrows
How many sorts of men are we?

We schizophrenics are fine.

But I could have misread htat because I'm a bit dyslexyic.

Me too.

That's alright, my pet... Ewok! Get away from that laptop! Sit, dammit.

92 posted on 04/28/2011 5:08:41 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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To: Niteranger68
My cats don't give a $hit. The only words they respond to are anything that rhymes with “eat”.

Our old cat didn't pay much attention to anyone's voice (except Dad who would suggest that the cat get to hell out of his chair). However, anything which sounded even remotely like the electric can opener got his immediate, undivided attention.

93 posted on 04/28/2011 5:14:42 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I work and donate money to rescue kittehs and dogs and what are these no good ‘academics’ doing? I’ll ask my cat if it is offended by being called a pet but really, what owner says, “My pet”?

It’s usually my cat, “insert cat name here” or dog, who calls their dog a pet? Our dogs and cats always have names; they’re family members.

In fact, it’s feeding time. I’m their slave, not the other way around. Bah!

Let’s see these academics clean litter boxes at a rescue center or adopt a dog.


94 posted on 04/28/2011 5:21:58 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer; WOBBLY BOB
Fiona “FUBAR” MaCrae Reverend Prof Andrew Linzey, an Oxford theologian who has written or edited 20 books and US philosopher Prof Priscilla Cohn is are batty, nutty as s squirrel, ... If she they were wise as an owl she’d they'd clam up.

If it's a dumb cluck, that squawks like a peacock, and smells like a pig sty, then it must be Reverend Prof Andrew Linzey and Prof Priscilla Cohn.

Fiona, thank you for writing this article to inform/warn us about these turkey brained academics and their loon theories; however, just remember, "the shallower the brook, the louder it babbles," when you inform us of these nut cases. Now that we know who they are, we can take steps to send them and their theories to the booby hatch.

95 posted on 04/28/2011 5:31:51 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: glock rocks

Glock...Glock? It’s your FRiend in Benderville and I want you to know that help is on the way so stay right where you are while I get a fix on your iPhone location...


96 posted on 04/28/2011 5:36:22 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Oh for goodness sakes! Our country is going to hell in a hand basket and calling my 2 kitties pets is wrong?

Sorry, but some people just need a can of whop a$$ opened upon them!


97 posted on 04/28/2011 5:37:12 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded.")
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To: NoGrayZone

Yah, referred to as: “livestock” in civil law in smost parts. Unless you’re SWAT headed into a home. Then, they’re “threats.”


98 posted on 04/28/2011 5:47:34 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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To: glock rocks

smost = most.

I think I’m catching Ewok’s dyslexia.


99 posted on 04/28/2011 5:48:37 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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To: tubebender

100


100 posted on 04/28/2011 5:49:11 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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