OH YES HE DID: East Texas Man Shoots Armadillo, Gets Hit in Face by Bullet Ricochet


Man airlifted to a nearby hospital, jaw wired shut

DALLAS (Reuters) – Lisa Maria Garza reports: An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.


“Big deal. I’ve been shot at least five times”

“We didn’t find the armadillo.”

— Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.

The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese Officials Hounded by Activists as Dog-Eating Festival Nears


Alyssa Abkowitz writes: The dog days of summer have arrived.

As locals prepare for the annual Yulin Dog Eating Festival in China’s Guangxi region, animal rights organizations are unleashing high-profile figures and waging global social media campaigns in an effort to bring the event to heel.

“An estimated 10,000 dogs are slaughtered for the annual festival, which marks the traditional start of summer and will occur on June 22 this year. Festival participants typically pair dog meat with lychees and a bevy of grain alcohol.”

As of June 18, Animals Asia, a Hong Kong based advocacy group, said that within the past two weeks, around 70,000 people had signed a letterasking China’s dog meat traders to stay away from the festival. It’s the first year Animals Asia has run a petition, the group said.

British comedian Ricky Gervais has partnered with Humane Society International to campaign against the festival. Mr. Gervais recently tweeted out, “Please help our best friend. #StopYuLin2015.” He included a photo of a canine with lipstick rings on its face, along with the caption: “The only marks you should leave on a dog.”

Humane Society International also launched a letter-writing campaign and has bestowed the name “Ricky” (in Mr. Gervais’ honor) to a black-and-white pooch rescued from a Yulin slaughterhouse last month. According to the Humane Society, 400,000 people have used the organization’s websiteto send messages directly to Guangxi’s Communist Party secretary, Peng Qinghua. Mr. Peng could not be reached for comment, and Humane Society officials did not immediately respond to a request for further details on how the messages were delivered and whether they had successfully reached his office.

[Read the full text here, at China Real Time Report – WSJ]

Raise UR Paw, a non-profit in Canada, said that as of June 15 its letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the petition website change.org had received more than 340,000 signatures. Read the rest of this entry »

Paris Massacre Sparks Historic Twitter Storm


 Je Suis Charlie Hashtag Makes Media History

The “Je Suis Charlie” hashtag has become one of the most popular in the history of Twitter as people around the world showed their solidarity for the victims of the Paris outrage.

At its height the tag was tweeted at a rate of 6,500 times a minute and featured in 3.4 million tweets in just one 24 hour period.

The phrase is in reference to the Charlie Hebdo magazine where 12 people were slaughtered when Islamist terrorists stormed their offices in Paris on Wednesday sparking a series of attacks lasting three days.

It became an instant hit among supporters of freedom of expression and free speech to unite alongside the victims of the attack. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING: Escaped Albino Cobra Snake Sending Tweets from Undisclosed Location

[VIDEO] Trailer for Jerry Seinfeld ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Season 4

For Variety reports:

Sony Pictures Television’s Crackle will debut season four of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” from Jerry Seinfeld on June 19.

The series, the digital network’s biggest hit, returns with guests including Aziz Ansari, Robert Klein, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart and George Wallace. In the shortform show, Seinfeld chats with the comedians in coffee shops and they drive around in classic autos to unlikely locales.

Last month Crackle announced that “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” will add on 24 new episodes, taking the series through season nine, all sponsored exclusively by Acura. Read the rest of this entry »