Company that donated fire truck to West, Texas, wanted no mention of generosity

http://twitter.com/#!/mcgregorgirl1/status/326403642917797889

The town of West, Texas lost three fire trucks in last week’s fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people, including 9 first responders. As the community recovers from the devastating explosion, Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton says the West Volunteer Fire Department received a generous gift: a much-needed pumper truck.

Pat Siddons of Siddons-Martin Emergency Group told Swanton he didn’t want the act of kindness mentioned, but Swanton “told him I was having none of that.”

Good Morning All, Sgt. Swanton here… I would like to tell you all about the continued and amazing support our… fb.me/wYiKfbnn

— WacoPolice (@WacoPolice) April 22, 2013

More from Swanton’s post on the Waco Police Department Facebook page:

I wanted to share with you what I have learned this morning as just one example we Texans are capable of. I understand there is much of this going on but I am glad to call this man my friend for what he and his business have done.

Pat Siddons and I used to work on an ambulance together and that is where I became familiar with his graciousness in dealing with people. Pat was raised in our area and still has family here but has moved on to run a fire emergency vehicle company know as Siddons-Martin Emergency Group.

I verified with him today that his company has donated the below truck to our neighboring community of West to assist them in keeping their town safe. He wanted no mention of this act but I told him I was having none of that and people needed to know what we as Texans do.

One Facebook user commented:

I spoke to Pat also this morning. He said the same thing. He wanted to remain annomoyus. Well my friend the cats out of the bag, and it won’t go back in easy! Proud to call you my friend.

Related:

‘Keep the faith’: Waco PD finds ‘special message’ in photo of West, Texas, wreckage

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/23/company-that-donated-fire-truck-to-west-texas-wanted-no-mention-of-generosity/


Snort! Major Garrett: ‘The White House warned me not to write shirty’

http://twitter.com/#!/MajorCBS/status/307166388416569344

That was beautiful, Major Garrett. Sniffle.

As Twitchy readers know, CBS’ Major Garrett caused a bit of a tizzy recently with a cuss-filled tweet. However, the “shirty business” part of the eventually deleted tweet sparked a ton of giggles. That continued today.

@majorcbs Zero Dark Shirty

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 28, 2013

Heh.

Twitter users are giving Major Garrett the early win for tweet of the day.

Well played, Major. Well played. RT @majorcbs For the record, the WH warned me not to write shirty.

— Scott Shields (@sdshields) February 28, 2013

A big time journalist with a sense of humor, woo hoo! RT @majorcbs For the record, the WH warned me not to write shirty.

— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) February 28, 2013

MAJOR WINS THE DAY!! => ‏@majorcbsFor the record, the WH warned me not to write shirty.

— Jennifer DeVries (@jdrewdevries) February 28, 2013

Best thing I’ve seen today. RT @majorcbs: For the record, the WH warned me not to write shirty.

— Lori Fink (@montanalori) February 28, 2013

Keep the tweets coming, Major. It’s shirty business, but somebody has to do it!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/28/snort-major-garrett-the-white-house-warned-me-not-to-write-shirty/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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Their Dogs Needed A Warm House For Winter, So This Family Put Something Epic Together

Winter is coming.

Even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll understand the reference: it just means that winter is literally coming. It’s getting colder outside, the leaves have fallen…and our four-legged friends hate going outside to go potty.

Brrrrrrrr.

To help out their three dogs, Highway 20 Productions decided to build a brand-new dog house with enough room for them all. They didn’t throw together your average pooch barn, though. They installed heat lamps, insulation, a porch, multiple doors, and named it the Dog Mahal.

Even I would love to live in here.

Now, doing their business outside is as simple as going to the yard of their giant doggy mansion…and then warming up inside of it once they’ve finished. Lucky pups.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dog-house/


This Former Vegas Leopard Playing With His New Toy Is The Most Adorable Thing

In 2007, Zorro the leopard was turned over to Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary after a lifetime of performing on Vegas stages. Like most animals in Zorro’s unfortunate position, he was declawed as a cub, most likely without anesthesia and not by a real veterinarian.

If you don’t know the truth about the procedure that’s regularly done on both big and domestic cats…it’s not just like a nail trim. The entire first bone gets completely cut off, and it can cause pain for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, the claw will still grow through the skin, making walking extremely painful, let alone playing, running, and jumping.

Luckily for Zorro, he doesn’t experience any pain.

And as you can see, he’s not unlike house cats…he loves cardboard boxes!

Just like little Fluffy over here…

(via The Dodo)

Thank goodness Zorro doesn’t have any problems with his paws, and that his previous owner found the good in his heart to surrender his performance partner to the sanctuary. Unfortunately, not all animals in the cruel business are so lucky, and many more live a life of pain, performing tricks they’re forced to do over and over again. You can donate to Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary to help animals like Zorro who have suffered.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/zorro-leopard/


When it comes to humans, it’s usually best to just mind your own business.

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Anthony Bourdain’s sick of California’s Dem Party nannies

http://twitter.com/#!/NoReservations/status/200934532843712513

Though he himself is a liberal, author, world traveler, and chef Bourdain has never held back from calling out Nanny Staters when it comes to culinary affairs. The ongoing foie gras debate is no exception.

Bourdain cited this op-ed by Mark Pastore, the owner of San Francisco’s Incanto restaurant:

I am one of the chefs and restaurateurs whom [John Burton, California Dem Party Chairman] threatened last month. We respect his right to disagree with us over whether or not California should become the only place in the world to ban the sale of fattened duck liver, or foie gras. We condemn, however, Burton’s ongoing use of violent rhetoric. Here’s why:

Many of us first became involved with this issue in 2003, when animal-rights activists vandalized the home and business of chef Laurent Manrique, his wife and 2-year-old child, and then issued a threat against him. The FBI categorizes these as acts of domestic terrorism. Such acts should be met with unequivocal opposition, not by imitation.

About a year later, then-state Sen. Burton put forward a law to ban the sale of all products from foie gras ducks, including not only foie gras itself but also meat, bones for pet food and feathers for down jackets. The law passed, with limited public review, in part because the state’s only foie gras farmer was subjected to physical threats, vandalism and costly litigation from animal rights advocates.

Since then, emboldened extremists continue to use threats and violent acts as a means of achieving political ends.

Researchers at California universities have been vandalized, stalked and threatened by animal rights activists. Arsonists recently caused more than $2 million in damage at Harris Ranch. Many chefs who have stood up respectfully to defend our customers’ right to choose what they eat have been subject to vandalism and repeated threats of physical violence.

Use of threatening language to inspire fear violates California’s “criminal threats” law. When the threats are issued from a leadership position, such as chairman of the California Democratic Party, it sends a signal far and wide that inciting violence and causing fear are acceptable tactics in public discourse.

For Bourdain, it’s bad enough that the government wants its grubby hands in our kitchens. But the harassment and intimidation of his friends and colleagues really amps up his outrage:

Was laying off the California foie thing as a lost cause, but now these assholes are threatening my friends' families again.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 11, 2012

Animal rights? And then you send telephoto shots of people's children to them? Threaten their families?

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 11, 2012

@crchapman sadly, it's my own party who cause the biggest problems for chefs.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 11, 2012

Every time a chef is threatened, someone should skin a panda.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 11, 2012

@tavallai it's easy to phone with anonymous threats. Smash and grab vandalism. Letters etc. no risk for them

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 11, 2012

Look at anti-foie tactics: anonymous threats. Arson. Vandalism. Extortion. Should use RICO statutes on these people.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 11, 2012

Good for him. California has enough problems (crappy economy, anyone?). Maybe the state Democratic Party should focus on those instead of occupying Californians’ dinner plates.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/11/anthony-bourdains-sick-of-californias-dem-party-nannies/


Obama under the gun: ‘Jim, you may wanna move on to another topic’

http://twitter.com/#!/Will_Antonin/status/253667113338814464

Near the end of the first Denver debate segment on the economy and jobs, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a commanding stance — hammering the president over high electric rates, higher food and health care costs, and burdensome small business taxes.

President Obama, who rarely looked directly at his opponent and instead repeatedly turned to PBS moderator Jim Lehrer, began one of his last parries with Romney by stating:

“Jim, you may wanna move on to another topic.”

Twitter reaction was fast, furious, and fiery:

Ouch. That hurt the President. "Jim, you may wanna move on to another topic." Bad move, bro.

— James Crowder (@jamesdean2009) October 4, 2012

"Jim you may want to move onto another topic." -Obama <– he knows Romney is owning him. #Debate2012

— #RepublicanGirlProbs (@RepubGrlProbs) October 4, 2012

Obama: "Jim you may want to move on to another topic" (In other words, PLEASE Jim, move on, he's making me look like an idiot!"

— Dennis Ingolfsland (@D_Ingolfsland) October 4, 2012

Obama: Jim, move on to another topic. I'm getting killed here. #debates

— Peter Wolfgang (@Peter_Wolfgang) October 4, 2012

Jim move on to another topic so I don't get my b*** spanked anymore… Obama is getting schooled

— Clay (@Claydawg75) October 4, 2012

Obama says: "Jim you may want to move on to another topic." Obama means: "Please Jim, move on. This is painful."

— Reed Wilson (@sreedwilson) October 4, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/03/obama-under-the-gun-jim-you-may-wanna-move-on-to-another-topic/


Gutsy call: President Obama disgracefully honors himself in speech, campaigns on Memorial Day

http://twitter.com/#!/SamValley/status/207135554402390017

President Obama gave a Memorial Day speech today at Arlington cemetery. Even on Memorial Day, a day to reflect upon and honor those men and women who made the greatest sacrifice to fight for and defend others, he chose to campaign.

Obama is giving credit to himself for ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 28, 2012

It’s so convenient how he didn’t “inherit” some things from President Bush. The narcissist and campaigner in chief couldn’t put aside his own hubris even on Memorial Day. It would be unbelievable, if it wasn’t par for the course with him.

Twitter gives him the business and rightly so. Politicizing Memorial Day? Campaigning at the expense of the families of our fallen heroes? Beyond the pale. Maybe he’s like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and is ‘uncomfortable’ calling our fallen heroes. Well, except for himself, natch.

The Narcissist-In-Chief thanks himself at Arlington National Cemetery for ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 28, 2012

Some of the words missing from Obama the great orator's vocabulary are humility, respect, and class.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 28, 2012

Yes. For someone who is supposed to be the greatest orator evah, his repertoire is quite limited. To himself.

Every time I think that Obama couldn't go any lower, he outdoes himself. He just gave a velvet-gloved campaign speech at Arlington.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 28, 2012

@SamValley Absolutely. What a disgrace – the most unemotional, pathetic delivery to the fallen heroes of America. It was intentional.

— Rogersdaughter (@jsrroger) May 28, 2012

In my opinion, Obama was pandering for votes in front of the families of fallen soldiers on the campaign point that he ended both wars.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 28, 2012

Exactly. Disgraceful. He could have gone on more in this vein.

"They rest here together, side by side, row by row," President Obama, observing Memorial Day at Arlington live on Fox News Channel now

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) May 28, 2012

But, no. The ego is too strong in this one. And other Twitter users agree.

@SamValley Every breath he takes is somehow a campaign for himself.

— BigFurHat (@BigFurHat) May 28, 2012

I have a sister born the same year as Obama and she certainly remembers Vietnam. Why doesn't our President? http://t.co/oy8Dr4o6

— Teri Christoph (@TeriChristoph) May 28, 2012

Leave it to Obama to try and make political points in a Memorial Day speech at Arlington Nat'l Cemetary – I,I,I–me, me,me.

— Scott Jones (@POPSradio) May 28, 2012

We've gotten so used to Obama talking about himself when he should be honoring others that it's become a punchline. Sad.

— Kevin Eder (@keder) May 28, 2012

Obama can't resist campaigning in Arlington speech. Gee, Barry why didn't you just bring Chris Hayes with u to show even more disrespect!

— Davemeister (@ceonovaman) May 28, 2012

RT “@JsrRoger: Obama's speech at Arlington is without emotion – reading from prepared text that is good but delivery is pathetic.”

— SM (@MyYestoHim) May 28, 2012

RT @schiller713: Only Obama would turn a memorial day speech into a campaign event, attempting to channel JFK.

— BoxersRBoss (@boxerpaws60) May 28, 2012

Really Obama, you had to look at your speech to remember to say God Bless the fallen? #suchadisappointment #tcot

— Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) May 28, 2012

@FoxNews @SeanHannity @GretaWire I have never heard a more emotionless, uncaring, pathetic! delivery as now in Obama's speech at Arlington!

— Rogersdaughter (@jsrroger) May 28, 2012

Obama's Memorial Day speech is about his anti-war beliefs. #ThankAVet

— T Bradley (@TBradleyNC) May 28, 2012

Obama delivers emotionless Memorial Day speech at Arlington as he raises tricare costs on active & retired military & cuts defense

— Rogersdaughter (@jsrroger) May 28, 2012

There he goes … Obama using Memorial Day to make a political speech!

— Avenger for Truth (@Avenger4Truth) May 28, 2012

Obama, is this a campaign speech, or a speech for memorial day? #Wreathlayingceremony

— T. Chase Matthews (@tcm912) May 28, 2012

Anybody counting personal references in Obama's Memorial Day speech?

— T Bradley (@TBradleyNC) May 28, 2012

I'm disgusted that Obama is using his Memorial Day speech to make political diggs!

— Tea Party Roundtable (@TP_Roundtable) May 28, 2012

https://twitter.com/TrevenMitchell/status/207134692951080960

Shameful.

If only the President had read the following:

ICYMI: my Memorial Day salute. http://t.co/FN5cBQs6 God bless all who bear our flag into the bloody corners of the Earth.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) May 28, 2012

Mankind has always struggled with the definition of honor. It can be found along many different paths. The soldier under fire finds a fusion of courage, love, and duty that the rest of us can only imagine, as calm waters reflect flashes of lighting from a distant storm. It is our great civilian honor that America’s armed forces reflect upon us. Each new cohort of young people in uniform, setting aside a measure of their freedom to accept military discipline, makes a perilous investment in American liberty. It is our honorable duty to return their investment with interest.

We pause now to remember those who gave everything, and live now in loving memory, marching only through the pages of history they have written. So many empty seats will surround picnic tables across the land on Memorial Day. So many outposts in the deadly corners of the Earth will be patrolled by the spirits of the fallen, walking beneath a flag whose stars and stripes glimmer and burn with a spirit that will never fade.

Read the whole thing. And have tissues handy. We honor and owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to all those who heroically sacrificed their very lives as part of the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.

Thank God that such men lived, as General Patton said.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/28/gutsy-call-president-obama-disgracefully-honors-himself-campaigns-on-memorial-day/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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