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  • 22% Say Smoking Should Be Against The Law

    01/16/2009 8:23:30 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 190 replies · 2,103+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | December 18, 2008
    Over one-out-of-five U.S. voters (22%) say the federal government should outlaw tobacco smoking, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy percent (70%) disagree, and nine percent (9%) are undecided. That support should come as good news for the 15% of voters who currently smoke -- unless, of course, they’re trying to quit. Only 14% of smokers think tobacco smoking should be against the law. Eighty percent (80%) are opposed, and five percent (5%) aren’t sure. Twenty-two percent (22%) of former smokers say smoking should be outlawed, along with 23% of those who have never smoked. Generally, those...
  • On Sheep, Wolves, And Sheepdogs by Dave Grossman

    01/13/2009 3:35:44 PM PST · by Michael Eden · 6 replies · 567+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | January 13, 2009 | Michael Eden
    The following is an article entitled "On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs" by Dave Grossman. At a time when the ideological left has been undermining an American foreign policy based on confronting and containing evil for decades, at a time when Israel is excoriated around the world for attacking Hamas terrorists who have attacked Israel with thousands of explosive rockets for years, and at a time when incoming President Barack Obama seeks to go on the defensive in the war on terror even as he dangerously begins to dismantle our intelligence capabilities, this article provides some rare wisdom for these days....
  • IMF warns of economic riots, police ready for civil unrest

    12/19/2008 7:28:07 AM PST · by TonyStark · 164 replies · 4,317+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | December 18, 2008 | Chelsea Schilling
    Pentagon resources and U.S. troops may be used if needed to quell protests and bank runs during an economic crisis, the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Institute reported. "Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security," the War College study states. Incidents of economic collapse, terrorism and disruption of legal order could require deployment of forces within the U.S., it said. A "strategic shock" could require the nation to use "military force against hostile groups inside the United States."
  • Caption this Photo: Sheep sacrified to celebrate Obama

    Villagers holding posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, sacrifice sheep in the village of Cavustepe in Van, eastern Turkey, Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. Residents of the mainly Kurdish village in southeastern Turkey have sacrificed 44 sheep to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States, a
  • Archbishop Peter Akinola cites sheep sex arrest as proof of Britain's moral decline

    10/02/2008 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 37 replies · 1,513+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 2, 2008 | Martin Beckford
    Dr Akinola, the Primate of Nigeria and a leader of traditionalists worldwide, said the alleged offences of bestiality in south London showed how "spiritual degradation" was destroying the country's soul. He also claimed the advent of civil partnerships for homosexual couples showed that politicians are "upturning the natural order" and doing away with God and family life. Dr Akinola referred to the alleged farmyard sex crimes in an important speech to the General Synod of the Church of Nigeria, the 18 million-strong church's governing body, last month. He said: "As a church we cannot but continue to decry the disturbing...
  • 400 goats visit Golden Gate Seminary

    09/05/2008 8:55:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies · 151+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Sep 4, 2008 | Phyllis Evans
    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--Four hundred goats descended on the verdant hillsides of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in July, cutting the grass as well as the seminary's costs for landscaping staff. "We save approximately $5,000 in labor and materials by contracting with Goats-R-Us," said Robert Dvorak, the seminary's facilities management director. Additional potential costs if Golden Gate staff did this work are possible injuries from attempting to use mowers and weed whackers on the steep terrain or potential poison oak infections, both of which could incur medical treatment and loss of work time. The goats, which were stationed for three...
  • 'Boobs on Bikes' to go ahead

    08/18/2008 7:52:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 62 replies · 525+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 August 2008
    A NEW Zealand court has allowed a parade of topless porn stars on motor bikes to proceed on the main street of Auckland, local media said today. Auckland City Council had sought a court injunction to stop the "Boobs on Bikes" parade, scheduled for Wednesday, saying it breached a bylaw banning offensive public events. But Judge Nicola Mathers said while opponents may find the parade offensive or tasteless, the fact that 80,000 people had gathered for a similar event last year meant a significant number of people did not agree with the critics, New Zealand Press Association said.
  • Sheep Rules the Roost, er Home

    Who said sheep are just followers, never making their own way in this big, bold world. Check out this story about Nick Boing, the sheep that rules his owner’s home. (The animal, named Nick Boing, has a purpose-built bungalow in the back garden, but prefers to spend his evenings watching television in the family home.
  • Sheep Shearers in Short Supply (WI)

    05/28/2008 4:24:36 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies · 168+ views
    JSOnline ^ | May 26, 2008 | Rick Barrett
    (Strength-sapping, specialized, seasonal craft seeks students) David Kier lives in his van for weeks at a time, sleeping on a foam mattress but never lacking work. A traveling sheep shearer, he's been clipping wool for 30 years. And his skills are more in demand than ever as shearers retire because of age or injury, and as fewer young people line up for the labor-intensive profession. The shortage of shearers has become so acute that some farmers depend on help from hundreds of miles away. Without the traveling shearers, the farmers couldn't cash in on the current high prices for wool...
  • Woman electrocuted in attempt to rescue sheep

    05/20/2008 2:15:36 AM PDT · by Roy Tucker · 23 replies · 204+ views
    Guyana Chronicle ^ | 20 May, 2008 | Rajendra Prabhullal
    A WOMAN was electrocuted at Pomona, last Saturday. The victim, Sharon Jairam was pronounced dead on arrival at Suddie Hospital, also on Essequibo Coast. She had been employed at the hospital as an accounts clerk III but was at home alone when the tragedy struck at around 14:00 h. Reports said the mother of one saw two of her sheep trembling and appeared to be suffering from cramps during a heavy downpour of rain and went to rescue them. But, as soon as she touched one of the animals, she began to scream. However, a neighbour who heard her and...
  • Multi-racial sheep for Welsh and Arabic TV

    04/09/2008 11:22:19 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies · 46+ views
    icWales ^ | 04/08/2008
    A WELSH language channel is to collaborate with Al Jazeera to produce a new series about an extended family of “all-singing, all-dancing, multi-racial sheep”. S4C and Cynhyrchiadau Ceidiog Creations will team up with the children’s channel of the Arabic language broadcaster to produce a high-definition second series of Baaas. The three companies will produce a new 52x15-minute series of the pre-school show after the first series was sold to Al Jazeera in 2006. Baaas is expected to be shown under the title of Meees on S4C in the autumn, while viewers of Al Jazeera’s Children’s Channel will have to wait...
  • ON SHEEP, WOLVES, AND SHEEPDOGS

    04/06/2008 12:36:51 AM PDT · by a_chronic_whiner · 3 replies · 107+ views
    Dave Grossman
    By LTC(RET) Dave Grossman, RANGER, Ph.D.,author of “On Killing.” Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 One Vietnam veteran, an...
  • Running of the Bulls if Libs had their way ...

    03/31/2008 9:12:11 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 102+ views
    Live leak ^ | 3/31/2008 | barnesy
    NZ's Pamplona Sheep Run..lol Sheep have raced along the streets of a New Zealand town as it tries to imitate Spain's Pamplona bull run.
  • Obama supporter's logic

    03/02/2008 6:58:43 AM PST · by Billg64 · 23 replies · 78+ views
    town hall "Ptolemaic ' ^ | 3/2/08 | billg64
    look at the comments by Nellie and others: Practice Love see only good speak only good because good reflects good. as sure as the sun and the moon rise in our sky, whether we actually see them or not, they will never not be there. Its so very simple. Email It | Print It | Flag as Offensive Nellie writes: Sunday, March, 02, 2008 7:39 AM Barak Obama is the good and blessed candidate who has been ordained to work as hard as he has for the destiny God has set forth for him. Our only duty is to support...
  • Crowds 'Pick Leaders To Follow'

    02/14/2008 7:32:27 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 786+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-15-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Crowds 'pick leaders to follow' By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 11:01pm GMT 14/02/2008 People in crowds behave just like sheep, scientists claim, by blindly following one or two people who seem to know where they are going. Researchers at Leeds University believe their findings could have important applications, notably in the management of disasters. The study found that people, like sheep, can be easily led The team, led by Prof Jens Krause, conducted a series of experiments in which volunteers were told to walk randomly around a large hall without talking to each other. A select few were...
  • Forget crop circles - now we've got a mysterious SHEEP circle

    01/26/2008 5:12:04 AM PST · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 23 replies · 79+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/25/2008 | Daily Mail Writer
    There were strange goings on at the farm today when a flock of sheep made their own version of a crop circle. About 100 of the woolly creatures formed an orderly ring - baffling the farmer and passers-by. But after hearing the roar of the boss's tractor the animals scattered like a group of naughty schoolboys. Snip...
  • Secret Of Scottish Sheep Evolution Discovered

    01/19/2008 4:06:53 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies · 1,353+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-19-2008 | EurekAlert!
    Secret Of Scottish Sheep Evolution Discovered ScienceDaily (Jan. 20, 2008) — Researchers from the University of Sheffield, as part of an international team, have discovered the secret of why dark sheep on a remote Scottish Island are mysteriously declining, seemingly contradicting Darwin's evolutionary theory. Dr Jacob Gratten and Dr Jon Slate, from the University's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, led the team, which found that the gene responsible for dark coat colour is linked to other genes that reduce an animal's fitness. The researchers looked at coat colour in a feral population of Soay sheep on Hirta in the...
  • Breathalyzer Tests Now The Law At N.J. High School

    01/04/2008 6:58:03 AM PST · by Huntress · 49 replies · 172+ views
    WCBS TV ^ | 1/4/08 | Jay Dow
    PEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) ― When it comes to keeping our teenagers safe and sober, one New Jersey school district is taking the lead by employing the use of a Breathalyzer test. And as CBS 2 HD found out, it's become such a successful deterrent, students are passing with flying colors. Keeping high school students sober can be, in some situations, a full time job. "I personally got Breathalyzed," said student Jessica Forrest. At Pequannock High School. Getting checked for alcohol is now the rule at dances and other social events. "I'm all for it because if your child isn't...
  • Sacked for sheep sex prank (Sheep to be slaughtered for muslim Eid festival in Algeria)

    01/01/2008 8:20:09 PM PST · by Stoat · 72 replies · 7,382+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | January 1, 2008
    Sacked for sheep sex prank   Baa-baric ... sheep  By THOMAS WHITAKER Published: Today   TWO British oil workers have been sacked after simulating sex with sheep due to be slaughtered for a Muslim festival. The animals were being killed for 30 foreign workers to celebrate Eid Al Adhha in the Algerian oil town Hassi Messaoud. The men, who have not been named, were reported by stunned restaurant workers and guards — then sacked by their employer, US industrial giant Schlumberger. They were accused of “sheep violation”. A spokesman for the company — which provides services to oil firms...
  • A Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing: Alan Wolfe's Lecture at Fuller Seminary

    11/01/2007 10:06:51 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies · 213+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | November 1, 2007 | Wayne Lusvardi
    A Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing - A Shepherd's Guide to Sociologist Alan Wolfe's Lecture "Who's Afraid of American Religion?" Fuller Seminary, October 30, 2007 The Pasadena Pundit - November 1, 2007 I believe we are all familiar with Aesop's Fable of "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" where a wolf covers itself with a sheep skin and is able to infiltrate a herd of sheep to catch unawares and devour one of the sheep. And maybe you remember the moral of the fable: "appearances can be deceptive." A real life enactment of this classic fable occurred at Fuller Seminary Tuesday night....
  • C'MON: Rep. Bails on Budget to Shoot Sheep

    09/20/2007 12:10:37 AM PDT · by Westlander · 5 replies · 291+ views
    AP ^ | 9-19-2007 | Associated Press
    GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A state lawmaker has taken a break from the ongoing state budget talks to hunt snow sheep in Russia. Rep. David Agema stayed in session until 4 a.m. Saturday and voted three times against a proposal by Democrats to raise the state income tax before leaving on the two-week trip, said his chief of staff, Karen Spoelman. The House of Representatives worked without a resolution throughout the weekend. The Grandville Republican had planned the trip for three years, long before he was elected to his first House term last November, said Trevor Pittsley, a member of...
  • Sheep Raped By Man Doesn't Testify ... Man Goes Free

    08/07/2007 1:40:46 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 21 replies · 1,101+ views
    I think the Netherlands needs to rethink their place in the world. If it isn't sex with children ... it's sex with sheep.
  • Romney & The Sheepherder

    06/18/2007 9:12:15 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 10 replies · 405+ views
    Mitt speaks of his "life long" experience with herding sheep.Click here for the video.
  • I Don't Know If This Is Permitted

    05/11/2007 11:10:47 PM PDT · by MrClose · 93 replies · 2,597+ views
    I have no way of knowing if this post is permitted or not? Freerepublic .. as I see it usually deals in current events and breaking news. I have a question and it seems Odd, even to me to ask a question on this site. My wife, God bless her, has children, (previous marriage) who graduated from Virginia Tech. Somehow, I stepped over the line tonite by saying that some students .. at Tech, stood, like sheep and waited to be shot by Cho. She is in complete denial and is so mad at me that I don't know what...
  • Japanese fooled in poodle scam

    04/26/2007 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Hyzenthlay · 24 replies · 4,388+ views
    MSN ^ | Friday Apr 27 06:00 AEST
    Thousands of Japanese have been swindled in a scam in which they were sold Australian and British sheep and told they were poodles. Flocks of sheep were imported to Japan and then sold by a company called Poodles as Pets, marketed as fashionable accessories, available at $1,600 each. That is a snip compared to a real poodle which retails for twice that much in Japan. The scam was uncovered when Japanese moviestar Maiko Kawamaki went on a talk-show and wondered why her new pet would not bark or eat dog food. She was crestfallen when told it was a sheep....
  • Mysterious creatures roaming Geauga County [Ohio]

    04/23/2007 12:09:13 PM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 1,720+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 18 April 2007 | John Horton
    Chester Township -- They might be a kind of curly horned sheep. Of course, they could be a funky breed of mountain goat, too. Or . . . well, this sounds sort of silly, but the idea has been tossed out there . . . maybe they're mutant deer. But whatever they are, they're roaming the woods in this Geauga County community. At least three of the mystery animals popped up a few months ago, bringing a smattering of quizzical calls to Chester Township police and leaving wildlife experts scratching their heads. One resident managed to snap a few photos...
  • Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human (Goal is to produce organs for human transplant)

    03/25/2007 10:57:38 AM PDT · by Stoat · 158 replies · 2,715+ views
    This Is London ^ | March 23, 2007
    Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human 25.03.07   Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, has spent seven years and £5million perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep's foetus.  Chimera: sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells  He...
  • Remote Sheep Teach Genetics

    03/09/2007 4:18:24 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 487+ views
    News Daily ^ | 3-9-2007
    Remote sheep teach genetics EDMONTON, Alberta, March 9 (UPI) -- A herd of sheep on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is challenging conventional scientific knowledge about genetics, a Canadian researcher said. Two mouflon sheep were brought to Haute Island in 1957 from a Paris Zoo to establish a herd for sport hunters. The widely-accepted theory of "genetic drift" would dictate the animals' genetic diversity, or the amount of possible gene combinations a mating pair can produce, would have disappeared by now, but David Coltman, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Alberta, said that's not what happened. "What...
  • Present-day Sanhedrin court seeks to revive ancient Temple rituals (PETA Alert!)

    03/01/2007 6:27:56 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 1,883+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 1, 2007 | Nadav Shragai,
    The present-day Sanhedrin Court decided Tuesday to purchase a herd of sheep for ritual sacrifice at the site of the Temple on the eve of Passover, conditions on the Temple Mount permitting. The modern Sanhedrin was established several years ago and is headed by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. It claims to be renewing the ancient Jewish high court, which existed until roughly 1600 years ago, and meets once a week. Professor Hillel Weiss, a member of the Sanhedrin, told Haaretz on Tuesday that the action, even if merely symbolic, is designed to demonstrate in a way that is obvious to all...
  • He's just not that into ewe

    02/25/2007 3:28:34 PM PST · by Cavalcabo · 9 replies · 520+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 2-25-2007 | Tom Purcell
    Boy, are we a country with too much free time on our hands. Or should I say, what do a retired tennis pro, PETA, two research scientists and a herd of gay sheep have to do with each other? Plenty, according to the Toronto Star. The paper reports that two researchers -- Charles Roselli of Oregon Health and Science University and Fred Stormshak of Oregon State University -- have been studying why 8 percent of rams prefer to court other rams rather than ewes. The study had been proceeding quietly until fate intervened. You see, two university football players (you're...
  • Sweet-toothed sheep block roads (Metaphor for Social Programs)

    02/04/2007 11:53:59 AM PST · by Rodney Kings Brain · 5 replies · 363+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan. 31st, 2007 | For BBC Not attributed
    Sweet-toothed sheep are hampering attempts to defrost icy roads - by eating the sugar-based grit. Flocks of sheep have been spotted licking the roads on Halkyn mountain, Flintshire, since the council began using a sugar base to help grit stick. ocal resident Elfed Evans said the animals were refusing to move for traffic as they tucked in to the treat. Flintshire council said sheep were also attracted to salt grits, which are more corrosive than the new sugar variety. The new type of grit is made from sugar, starch and cereal. Resident Elfed Evans said he had spotted dozens of...
  • Of Gay Sheep, Science and Peril of Bad Publicity

    01/24/2007 10:41:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 988+ views
    NYT ^ | 01/25/07 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    Of Gay Sheep, Science and Peril of Bad Publicity By JOHN SCHWARTZ Published: January 25, 2007 Charles Roselli set out to discover what makes some sheep gay. Then the news media and the blogosphere got hold of the story. Dr. Roselli, a researcher at the Oregon Health and Science University, has searched for the past five years for physiological factors that might explain why about 8 percent of rams seek sex exclusively with other rams instead of ewes. The goal, he says, is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of sexual orientation in sheep. Other researchers might some day build on...
  • Predator might not be wolf[Sheep-killing predator]{Montana}

    12/10/2006 11:16:52 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 64 replies · 3,652+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 09 Dec 2006 | MIKE STARK
    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Was it a wolf, or wasn't it? The mysterious, sheep-killing predator shot and killed a month ago between Jordan and Circle was initially thought to be a wolf. But now, wildlife officials aren't so sure. "Frankly, it has mixed characteristics," said Carolyn Sime, head of the wolf program for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Some clues indicate that it's not a wolf from among the 1,200 or so that live in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The animal shot in Garfield County in early November had shades of orange, red and yellow in its fur, unlike the Northern...
  • Man suffers severe burns when sheep costume ignites(WI)

    10/31/2006 12:15:12 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 80 replies · 2,963+ views
    wbay.com ^ | 10-31-06 | ap
    SUAMICO, Wis. A Pulaski man is hospitalized at a burn center in Milwaukee after his home-made sheep costume caught fire at a bar in Suamico. Twenty-one-year-old Justin DeStarkey suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the cotton balls and glue ignited at Chambers Hill Bar early Sunday. Sheriff's investigators say DeStarkey was dancing near the bar when he may have brushed against a cigarette.
  • Some sheeps really do know how to climb trees

    09/13/2006 7:33:34 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 64 replies · 1,267+ views
    http://www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/13/2006 | TT/TheLocal
    Yes, as a swede I'd like to imagine that I live in a small, yet aXX-kicking country, however, I admit sheep herdering folks over here completely have lost direction; "Greedy sheep rescued from tree Firemen may be well-practised in rescuing cats from trees, but the challenge facing the emergency services in Lund on Wednesday morning was an altogether different beast: a sheep stuck in a tree, seven metres from the ground. When the fire engine arrived at St Lars park in the south of the city, officers found that a tree had partly fallen over and the sheep had worked...
  • The Difference Between Religion And Christianity In America

    08/20/2006 6:32:59 PM PDT · by A Blind Man Who Can See · 24 replies · 1,405+ views
    When Jesus was living, he did not align himself with the Jewish religious parties, then called Saducees and Pharisees, nor the secular authorities: King Herod and Rome. He obeyed the Mosaic law and even paid tribute. He told Nicodemus, an old man that he had to be born again to be saved. Jesus meant born spiritually. Jesus preached that this spiritual new baby would be then, dead to the world, living in the world but not of it. He pointed out that worrying about the future was not what a Christian would be doing because tomorrow has enough worries to...
  • How Do You ..

    08/19/2006 10:51:37 PM PDT · by MrClose · 24 replies · 1,129+ views
    today | me
    This is different. This post isn't about what I have gleemed from some 'news-source' today. This post is about HOW do you convince your friends, your family .. your loved ones that "There Is A Crisis" in America and that this crisis continues to grow, each and every day..regardless of whether they believe it or not! The only thing that any of them believe in is: Our Government. I would like to give you the whole story, how I have tried and finally given up, given up in trying to convince my family, my loved ones that we are at...
  • Giuliani Sprints in Carolina As Band Plays ‘New York

    08/17/2006 3:31:12 PM PDT · by Blackirish · 414 replies · 3,058+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 8/17/06 | RYAN SAGER
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — If Rudy Giuliani does run for president in 2008, the Palmetto State is everything that's supposedly going to trip him up in the primaries: It's Southern (Mr. Giuliani's a Yankee), it's religious (61% evangelical, the sixth highest concentration in the nation), and it's predisposed to go with the guy whose "turn" it is (think Bob Dole in 1996). But none of those hurdles seemed terribly high as Mr. Giuliani sprinted from event to event yesterday, starting with a fund-raiser for a local GOP congressional candidate in Greenville, moving on to a motivational speech around the corner, and...
  • Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep (It's a wool thing)

    08/15/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks. A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) wool industry. The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibers, clumps of wool that fall out, bare...
  • Iranian Doctors Say They Cloned a Sheep

    08/09/2006 2:43:04 PM PDT · by Boiler Plate · 53 replies · 749+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | Aug 09 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iranian doctors have overseen the country's first animal cloning _ a lamb that died minutes after birth _ and plan future experiments in genetics and stem cell research, a member of the team said Wednesday. Iran's program is part of the Islamic regime's ambitions to become a regional center for medical, aerospace and nuclear technology _ which has led to an international showdown over Western claims that Tehran also seeks atomic weapons. "We learned a lot about cloning during the experiment. It made us more hopeful about further cases," said Dr. Morteza Hosseini, a member of cloning team at Isfahan...
  • Strip club king goes to church looking for votes

    07/17/2006 10:19:32 AM PDT · by The Lumster · 52 replies · 1,455+ views
    The ST. Petersburg Times ^ | July 17, 2006 | KEVIN GRAHAM
    TAMPA - It may have been the least likely place for a man who doesn't believe in God to receive a standing ovation, but it happened Sunday morning when Joe Redner went to church. Bishop Randy White, senior pastor at Without Walls International Church, invited the strip club owner to join him in the pulpit and talk about his campaign for the Hillsborough County Commission District 5 seat. "All right, he's not running for pastor. My job's not up," White jokingly told parishioners while introducing Redner, as their continued applause prompted Redner to stand and nod his head in thanks.
  • Beware of Sheep Droppings

    07/16/2006 9:22:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1,100+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | DAVE BARRY
    Beware of sheep droppings BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on June 16, 1996.) Call me paranoid, but my first reaction, upon learning about the dead sheep being found in treetops in New Zealand, was that something unusual was going on. I found out about this thanks to alert reader Steven Moe, who sent me an article from The Press of Christchurch, concerning ''the discovery of several dead sheep high in the trees of Tunnicliffe Forest.'' Right away, I said to myself, ''Hmm.'' I base this statement on the well-known fact that sheep are not...
  • Lightning wipes out 70 goats, goatherd survives

    06/18/2006 9:52:14 AM PDT · by sully777 · 83 replies · 1,119+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:23am ET
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Lightning killed an entire herd of 70 goats in central Bulgaria Thursday, but their goatherd escaped unharmed, civil defense officials said. The herd was sheltering under a large tree during a summer storm when the bolt struck, killing all of them. "At least the goatherd managed to survive. He was under a different tree," civil defense officer Anastas Iribadzhakov told Reuters.
  • Shepherd seeks record for lost sheep

    06/02/2006 4:40:15 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 8 replies · 381+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 6-2-06 | daily times
    A Croatian shepherd is hoping for a place in the Guinness Book of Records after he lost 230 animals in a freak storm. Milan Prpic has written to Guinness asking if he can be included for having the most sheep killed by a single lightning strike. He included the veterinary certificate for the animals, which represented half his flock, with his letter to Guinness. He said: “I might as well get something out of it, after all, it will cost me £15,000 to replace my lost animals.” Prpic, who is from Senj, added: “It all happened so quickly I didn’t...
  • No romance please, we're Kiwis

    05/29/2006 8:24:54 PM PDT · by Panerai · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Australian IT ^ | 05/30/2006
    IN line with the stereotype, New Zealanders lead the world in Google searches for the word sheep. They're in second place for porn. But hold the jokes: Australia is respectively second and fourth on the global list for searching those words. toon The saving grace, perhaps, for Aussie and Kiwi men is they are ranked first and second for searching girlfriend. Rankings for any given word on Google's Trends web page, launched earlier this month, are made according to its percentage of searches from each country since 2004. Despite the interest in porn, neither Australia nor New Zealand make the...
  • Bush on Immigration: Repackaging the Trojan Horse

    05/18/2006 3:23:47 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 164 replies · 1,557+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/18/2006 | Chris Adamo
    Among the tiny handful of Americans who still clung to the illusion that President Bush might want to truly address and correct the illegal immigration crisis, it only took the first moments of his May 15 speech to dispel all hope. Though conceding, seemingly for the first time, that the invasion from Mexico is indeed a problem, the President immediately fell back into the standard diatribe that has underscored Washington’s indifference to the American people on this matter. Referring to the invaders as “decent people who work hard,” the President sought to dilute the fact that their presence here represents...
  • Sheep stranded near Santa Maria resist rescue efforts

    05/11/2006 10:39:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 236+ views
    Two sheep stranded without water on a rocky ledge above a highway have defied efforts to shoo them to safety. Officials from fire, wildlife and law enforcement departments on Wednesday shot non-lethal ammunition, explosives and water hoses at the sheep, and let loose dogs, threw rocks, blared sirens and hollered at them. The ram and ewe, however, refused to scale a steep trail that leads off the ledge 50 yards above Highway 166. "They're like a person. Do you want to take a chance or stay where it's safe?" said supervisory wildlife biologist Joe Bennett of the U.S. Department of...
  • Self Medicating Sheep Shake Off 'Stupid' Label

    05/01/2006 6:46:27 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 309+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-1-2006
    Self-medicating sheep shake off the 'stupid' label 10:00 01 May 2006 From New Scientist CAN sick sheep write their own prescriptions? Almost, since it seems that sheep can select the correct medicine to treat a specific ailment. In anecdotal reports, primates have been observed engaging in self-medication by selecting a specific plant when something has made them ill. Now biologists at Utah State University, Logan, have run experiments that show sheep choosing the right drug to cure an illness. Juan Villalba and colleagues gave lambs food and mild poisons - either grains, tannins or oxalic acid - that made them...
  • Advertiser Counts on Sheep to Pull Eyes Over the Wool

    04/24/2006 1:52:26 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 14 replies · 375+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 4/24/06 | Doreen Carvajal
    The latest low-technology billboards along highways in the Netherlands are startling enough to prompt motorists to indulge in U-turns. Or make that ewe-turns. These ads are walking, woolly flocks of bleating sheep. Early this month, Hotels.nl, a Dutch online reservations company, began displaying its corporate logo on royal blue waterproof blankets worn by sheep. The company spends 1 euro, or about $1.23 a day, per sheep and sponsors about 144 sheep in flocks throughout the Netherlands. But commercially branded sheep roaming the bucolic meadows of the northern Netherlands have prompted a reaction. On Saturday, the town of Skarsterlan began fining...
  • Woolly, yet chiseled

    04/09/2006 7:38:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies · 168+ views
    Let's lay the blame on Barry Bonds. He should be serving as role model for youth but he's said to have bulked up on steroids in order to hit more and longer home runs. Now we read that even righteous farm kids - or their proxies - are pumping some sort of illegal substance into meek lambs in order to build muscle. We thought lambs were supposed to be tender, not muscled, but apparently they must have that chiseled look if they're going to win money at stock shows these days. The money isn't that much - the top lamb...