Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pope Francis: I Support Kim Davis' Refusal to Work // Update: Kim Davis & Pope Francis Held a Private Visit

(Originally written on 09/29/15): Social conservatives who were fuming at Pope Francis this week for speaking out in favor of economic and environmental justice were tossed a bone when he seemingly came out in support of Kim Davis' refusal to do the job that the people of Rowan County, KY, elected her to complete:
Pope Francis is defending the rights of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to endorse same-sex marriage license. On his flight home from visiting the U.S., the Pope said the conscience rights of officials to object to gay marriage should be respected. Kim Davis was sent to jail for standing firm for her Christian beliefs. 

She recently spoke with CBN’s David Brody on “The Brody File” about her case and how some have criticized her because she was married three times before she gave her life to Christ: 
"Why would God, of all people, choose me with my past to stand up and defend something that I had failed so miserably at in the world? And then I have to remember that I’m a new person. I gave my life to Christ. His blood cleansed me and washed me clean. And the old has passed away and the new stands in front of you. Yeah, I’m a very unlikely person to stand and defend the word of God."
One has to wonder if Pope Francis understood that Kim Davis ran for an elected position at a time where it was clear that she would eventually be required to expand marriage licenses to same-sex couples? You also have to wonder if the Pope realized that Davis refused to let anyone in her county receive marriage licenses and she refused to delegate the task to any of her deputy clerks? Plus, she altered the documents in a way that makes it unlikely that they are actually legally valid.

You can watch the whole CBN clip here.

Updated on 09/30/15: It was reported late last night that Kim Davis received a private visit with Pope Francis last Thursday evening. They hugged. She cried. He told her to "stay strong" or whatever. And then he gave her some special rosaries.

I became surprisingly grumpy after hearing about it and vented a bit on Twitter last night:

Of course, Kim Davis, her legal team, and her supporters are all over this story today. Meanwhile, she still needs to do her job...

Honey Boo Boo Releases New Music Video: "Movin Up!" // Dances the "Honey Boo Boo Bop"

Remember the "Honey Boo Boo Bop?" This was announced back in February when Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her family recorded her first song and music video. The song is called "Movin' Up" and the video includes a dance called the "Honey Boo Boo Bop."

I am assuming that you have anxiously awaited the release of the music video. You can also purchase the song on iTunes.

I love Honey Boo Boo, but somebody really needed to tell her and her family "No." I just don't see this helping to raise the status of her media brand.

You can watch entire video here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Enough About the Cake!: I Need to Vent about Anti-Gay Discrimination...

I was traveling quite a bit yesterday and ended up having to turn off the radio in disgust twice while different radio hosts discussed the Pope's support of Kim Davis, Kim Davis herself, and anti-discrimination public accomodation laws in general. The gist of the first show was that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality and now all of these wedding businesses and public officials are being forced to provide services for same-sex couples. And why is it that the religious liberties of small business owners aren't being protected in the first place.

Basically, there are about two or three different issues going on here that have developed over time, but aren't related to each other. I'm going to trying breaking these down.
First, "Obergefell V. Hodges" had nothing to do with what happened to Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon or the Gortz Haus wedding venue in Grimes, IA, or the handful of other businesses that got in trouble for overtly discriminating against gay customers. It has everything to do with the fact that those states have specifically included sexual orientation among a list of characteristics on their anti-discrimination ordinances. Stuff like race or gender or disability or religion.

These particular cases have been circulating long before "Obergefell" was argued, much less ruled on. These businesses aren't in trouble for disagreeing with gay marriage. They are in trouble for being found guilty of discriminating against gay or lesbian customers. It just happens that the services that they offer provide wedding services.

If everything was handled the same way, they still would have been in trouble for discriminating against customers because they were black or interracial or Jewish or disabled or even a Christian instead of gay. Trust me. It happens.

Not everyone files a complaint when discrimination happens. But it's the right of a customer to file a complaint if they feel like they've been unlawfully discriminated against.

Second, there are other cases that have blown up in the news involving small businesses that have said that they discriminate against gay people and couples. I'm thinking of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, IN, and Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville, MI, specifically, but I know of others. These cases blew up in social media after people complained or after a news article aired. People hollered and complained and made the business owners miserable.

But these were legal forms of discrimination. Most states do not bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even after the "Obergefell" decision.

In fact, there are many more situations of gay and lesbian people who have lost their jobs after they got married or after they had a kid with their same-sex partner than businesses that have gotten in trouble for discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. There have been many more situations of people who've been drummed out of teaching and pastoral positions for expressing anything but outright condemnation for their gay and lesbian loved ones.

"Obergefell" didn't change this. "Obergefell" just made it so that marriage equality was a reality nationwide. You can still be an anti-gay jerk -- as long as you're in the majority of states...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Layoffs at Archie Comics?? // Update

(Originally written on 09/23/15): Here is some concerning information about recent layoffs at Archie Comics:
The Beat has learned that last week Archie Comics laid off five employees from their 30 person staff. Archie did not respond to enquiries.
This isn't necessarily doom and gloom for the company, but it's a fairly large chunk of their employees.

Updated on 09/28/15: Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool offered additional details today. He reported that all of the layoffs came from the production and warehouse divisions of Archie Comics. This included a production assistance and a senior art director with 20 years within the company.

"Honey Boo Boo" House to be Demolished

(Originally written on 09/27/15): Remember this house? It's "Honey Boo Boo Estates," where Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson lived with her family. It was featured on TLC's now-canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." The family has since moved away for greener pastures -- as well as someplace that doesn't have train tracks outside the backdoor!

I wrote back in June that the house's owners were trying to sell the house for $45,000. But it doesn't appear that people want to pay that much money for that house. Plus, it seems that you're only buying the house and not the land, which is reportedly owned by the railroad company.

I heard last night that they might be tearing down the house! Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson is trying to confirm the details, but it makes sense. The house needs work and it's right next to train tracks. If nobody want to purchase it, maybe there can be better uses for the land.

I will keep my eye on this story. It will be interesting if the house ends up getting demolished.

Updated on 09/28/15: TMZ confirmed yesterday that the Honey Boo Boo House will indeed to demolished today. There are plans for a new construction project.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Survivors" 40th Anniversary: Episode 22 ("The Chosen")

This is the twenty-second in a series of blog posts dedicated to the 40th anniversary of BBC's "Survivors" television series. "Survivors" followed a core group of characters who managed to survived a devastating viral outbreak -- one which managed to kill off somewhere between 95-99% of humanity. Society has crumbled and now those who remain must relearn the old way if they have any hope of surviving much longer.

Today's episode featured Charles and Pet as they traveled home from a supply source for Whitecross' salt. They took shelter in a random barn and ended up meeting up with a pair of ragtag travelers named Kim and Nancy. Kim has a serious limp and Nancy is mute. Both of them obviously shell-shocked. It seems that they were living in a town before being chased off. Nancy shut down after her baby got eaten by rats. Now they just wander the countryside scavenging for food and shelter.

Charles and Pet allow the two to stay the night with them. However, both become violently ill during the night. It seems like they contracted some sort of food poisoning. They load the pair into a wagon and go to a nearby settlement for assistance.

They receive a severe greeting -- a rifle and a stern warning that they should move on. Pet offers to barter their salt for access to the community's quarantine center. Unfortunately, we discover that
Kim and Nancy had been eaten grain laced with some sort of poison. Nancy dies on her own. Kim is euthanized by one of the guards.

But Charles and Pet get a warm shower and a meal, so they're content to hang around for a while! In fact, Charles ends up spending time with one of the community's leaders, a sub-commander named Joy Dunn. She tells Charles that they live in some form of kibbutz. There are no individuals families. Instead, they follow a supreme leader named Max Kershaw and practices a strict for a natural selection and eugenics. Additionally, they are against trading with communities such as Whitecross.

It's only because of Charles' salt that they allow him to speak with the community's ruling Council. Against Pet's better judgment, Charles insists on speaking with the community's leadership in order to get them involved with his trade federation.

Max Kershaw & His Ruling Council
He finds a community that is fanatically devoted to Max Kershaw and his belief that they are God's chosen community. The old ways led to slopping breeding, which led to intellectual inferiority. Charles and the people of Whitecross represent the old failed ways. They are the new way.

Charles demands the opportunity to share his views of mutual cooperation, love, and compassion to the rest of the community. They initially agree, but then Dunn convinces Kershaw that Charles cannot be allowed to speak. She tells him that she is among the people more than he is. They are unhappy with the community's strict rules and discipline. Allowing someone like Charles to speak to them will only break apart the community.

Kershaw sneaks into Charles' and Pet's quarters that night and instructs them to sneak out. Dunn later arrives and tells them that they will be executed if they leave. She encourages them to stay and for Charles to shares his views. Charles agrees.

Did I mention that Dunn knows how to play people like a fiddle? The meeting starts out well, but Charles doesn't really know what's he's got himself into.

This was his lead. "I think you're too extreme and also that you're dangerous!" This is when Dunn begins summarizing his beliefs that eugenics and euthanasia is wrong. He doesn't even seem to be aware that he's allowing himself to get drawn into Dunn's rhetorical trap!

After criticizing the essentials of their community after spending one day with them, Charles then has his chief goal (i.e., inter-community collaboration) criticized.

And here is where Charles really messed up in this episode. He entered into dialogue completing criticizing the building blocks of their community. Instead of accepting the reality of their "group family" system of community, he railed against it. He could have spent time focusing on their need for salt and medical care and used that as a tool for inter-community cooperation. Over time, they could have established a relationship of understanding and possibly have influenced them to become less devoted to their group family structure. They could have gradually encouraged the community to become less militant when it came to security and discipline.

But it's all or nothing when it comes to Charles Vaughan!

Because of his approach, he allowed Kershaw to use Charles' act of charity -- bringing the dying Kim and Nancy to the settlement -- against them. He could have introduced a deadly illness to the chosen, after all! Was this part of a plot to disrupt and overthrow the community? How do you defend yourself against such accusations when you are criticizing and trying to overthrow the building blocks of the community?

Fortunately for Charles and Pet, Dunn wasn't after them. She was after Kershaw. She began deftly turning the rhetorical screws against Kershaw. She was able to reveal and prove incidents of corruption and extreme leadership, including accusations that he planned to kill Charles and Pet for simply disagreeing with their policies -- even though this had been suggested by Dunn herself!

She ended up assuming control with the support of their community. Kershaw was discredited. And Charles and Pet were allowed to head back to Whitecross unmolested -- after abandoning their salt!

I actually enjoyed this episode. I always enjoy seeing how the various settlements regroup and govern. But Charles comes off as a bit of a dunce in this episode. His desire to prove himself correct in a debate about political structures really overwhelmed the practical goal of his own community (i.e., trade and defense relations). I understand that "Survivors" the TV show is about fleshing out these debates, but it's hard not to shout at Charles sometimes!

Next week's episode returns us to Whitecross. It's called "Parasites" and it features a familiar face to all of you old school "Doctor Who" fans!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"The Many Loves of Archie Andrews" Kicks Off in BETTY & VERONICA HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #237 // Here Are Four Things to Like About It!

Archie Comics just kicked off an ambitious 10-part series of short stories throughout the company's various comic book digests. It's called "The Many Loves of Archie Andrews: So Many Girls, So Little Time" and each new story features a different girl in Archie's life!

Part One of "The Many Loves of Archie Andrews" begins in BETTY AND VERONICA HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #237. It features scripts & pencils by Dan Parent, inks by Bob Smith, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Digikore Studios.

Here is the gist: Archie wins Teen Vague's annual "Best Boyfriend of the Year" contest and is scheduled to be awarded his prize on Buzz-TV!

Here are four reasons to enjoy BETTY AND VERONICA HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #237:

1. Which Girlfriend Nominated Him?: Leave it to Archie Andrews to get nominated into a "Best Boyfriend of the Year" contest by eight separate girls! Not only we eight different girls nominate him, but they are all aware of the others girls in his life! How typically Archie!

2. What Do They See In Him? Seriously.: I've asked this myself a while back. What is it about Archie Andrews that enables him to collect girl after girl after girl? I still haven't figure out the answer. The girls say that he's honest and not underhanded. That still doesn't excuse his doggy-dog ways! Then again, the competition is guys like Reggie, Jughead, Moose, and Prankenstein -- so maybe that answers that question right there!

3. Seriously. Which Girlfriend Nominated Him?: You absolutely knew that Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge would be part of this crowd. That's a no-brainer. It's their book, after all!

4. That's Only Two. Who Are The Other Six?: Here is the rest of the "Best Boyfriend" bunch. Some of these are obvious. Some of these are sad. Two of them are questionable...

*Cheryl Blossom! Anything that Veronica and Betty want, Cheryl wants more. It's no surprise that she made it onto this cast of characters. Her bad attitude and curvy appeal has been turning Archie's head for decades!

*Valerie Smith! Ditto with Valerie. She and Archie have been a pretty hot couple over the past 3-4 years. Sometimes I think he prefers Val over B&V! I'm not shocked to see this Pussycat in this storyline.

*Ginger Lopez! I know that Archie and Ginger have dated a few times in the past, but how sad is it that Ginger still considers Archie to be "Best Boyfriend" material? Have they even spoken recently?? No wonder she finally gave up on guys over in AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE!

*Sabrina Spellman! Have they ever dated? I'm seriously confused by this addition!!

*Amisha Mehta! She was introduced a couple years ago in the "Archie's World Tour" storyline. I'm really glad to see Amisha again! She moved to Riverdale in ARCHIE #653 and hasn't been seen since. I've long held hopes of an Archie-->Valerie-->Amisha love triangle that would eventually supplant the Archie-->Betty-->Veronica love triangle. Sadly, that's not happened. Yet!

And finally...

*Noelle Claus??!? Who the heck is Noelle Claus?? I've been told that she's appeared before, but she's new to me! I'm assuming that her story will take place sometime during the Christmas months!

As noted above, subsequent stories will feature romantic misadventures starring Archie and each of the above girls, which should be lots of fun!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Meet Kim Davis' Gay Friend // Plus: Kim Davis Joins the GOP

Earlier this week, I vented quite a bit (mostly on Twitter) about Kim Davis' claim that she has a gay friend and that this gay friend supports her. Well, color me surprised but some gay guy who claims to be Kim Davis' gay friend has come forward -- except that she has gravely disappointed him:
Dallas Black of Morehead, Kentucky, called The Daily Beast after the anti-gay marriage clerk said in an interview on Good Morning America that she had gay friends. 

Black said he’s known Davis his whole life—her first husband is even a distant cousin of his—but said he and Davis became close after she helped him with paperwork at the Rowan County clerk’s office after his mother died. While he said Davis wasn’t someone he “would get lunch with,” she would give him advice. Black even had her home phone number. 

“Even after this all started, I went in a few days later and we spoke,” he said. “We talked about how each other were feeling, and how we’re gonna be friends even after all this.” 

Now he said he doesn’t recognize her. 

“I really don’t know who Kim is at the moment. I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there,” he said. “I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.” 

Black said he was surprised just how hard she’s fought against gays getting married. 

“I somewhat feel like she is taking this to an extreme, because she didn’t become a Christian until four years ago,” Black said of the “media fiasco” she created...
But if she came to him for support, Black says he would be there for her just like she was there for him in his time of need. “Morehead is like a big family, a big community,” he said. 

She wouldn’t be on his wedding guest list, though—he’d keep it small, to close friends, and ones who support same-sex marriage wholeheartedly.
Meanwhile, Kim Davis has left the Democratic Party and joined the GOP. It seems that she no longer finds a place with the Democrats for government workers who want to avoid doing their job and serving their constituents:
A county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said on Friday that she and her family have switched to the Republican Party because the Democrats no longer represented them. 

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 50, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said they had changed parties last week. She was a long-time Democrat in eastern Kentucky. 

"My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?" she told Reuters in an interview at a hotel in Washington, where she has traveled to be feted at a Family Research Council event later on Friday.
Meanwhile, Kim Davis will be winning an award this weekend at the Value Voters Summit.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It's Not a Requirement for Christians to Annoy Gay People with Copies of "Audacity"

Remember this guy? He's the guy who repeatedly pushed an anti-gay movie called "Audacity" on lesbian co-workers and eventually got fired after they complained and after his boss had told him to leave them alone. He set up a GoFundMe account to support his family and it's presently raised nearly $5800, as of this writing.

I have not contributed towards his account and I have not left any messages on his GoFundMe page. But I somehow got on an email update list and this guy updates his page. A lot. Sometimes, he's just thanking people for contributing. Sometimes, he's giving updates on his job search. But other times, he's posting material about how he should be allowed to share his faith on the job.

Which most people don't have a problem with. But Chris Routson's faith isn't "Audacity." His faith isn't an anti-gay film that tells gay people that we're going to Hell if we don't change. His faith is Christianity. They aren't the same thing. Chris Routson wasn't fire for being a Christian. He was fired for annoying his co-worker's and (by extension) disobeying his employer when his co-worker's complained about his unwanted behaviors.

Chris recently shared a video on his GoFundMe page that talked about how gay marriage has made it so that those who disagree with it are now being fired and that's one of the reasons that it's bad. Here's a few holes with that argument:

Chris Routson wasn't fired for disagreeing with gay marriage. He was fired for repeatedly proselytizing to his gay co-workers with an anti-gay movie. This could have happened a year ago and still resulted in the same results (especially since Ohio is an "at will" employment state). Others, who arguably have their employment threatened over gay marriage are people like Kim Davis or other municipal employees whose jobs are to serve the entire community with processing their marriage licenses. But most of the people who've lost employment opportunities haven't lost them because of gay marriage but because of rude behavior towards gay people.

On the other hand, I can find a whole long list of LGBT people, family members, and our supporters who have lost jobs because of getting married or for liking a gay-friendly Facebook post or for attending the wedding of a gay relative. Was Chris Routson fighting for the rights of these individuals when anti-gay employers purged these folks of their employment. Absolutely not.

Here's the deal. It sucks that Chris Routson lost his job. Most LGBT people have had a co-worker or someone similar annoy us with anti-gay tracts or videos. Most of the time we ignore them or tell the people to knock it off. Sometimes someone complains and on a handful of occasions, someone like Chris Routson loses his job.

But Chris Routson could have used better judgment. After getting warned by his boss about annoying the one lesbian co-worker with a copy of "Audacity," he could have waited more than a few days before annoying another lesbian co-worker with the same old routine. But he pushed things and he eventually got hurt for it.

In the meantime, he's received more through GoFundMe over the past 15 days than he would have earned at his old job and he supposedly has some potential new job opportunities. So my sympathy towards him has a limit. But hopefully he will remember what happened at his old job once he eventually finds new employment and not repeat the same mistake.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kim Davis: I Have Gay Friends! // Plus: The ACLU Files Complaint About Davis Altering Kentucky's Marriage License Forms

Kim Davis just won't go away. Late last week, an attorney representing one of her deputy clerks issued a statement expressing concerns that the modified marriage licenses that are now being issued by the Rowan County Clerk office are invalid and an attempt to circumvent federal law.

Now we learn today that the ACLU has filed a new complaint in federal court alleging the same concerns:
Kim Davis could be heading to court again, this time for altering same-sex marriage licenses. After spending five days in jail for refusing to issue them altogether, the Kentucky clerk is back to work but is giving altered licenses. Instead of having her name, the documents say they were issued under the authority of the federal court. Attorneys for four couples are questioning the validity of those changes asking a federal judge to order Davis’ office to re-issue the licenses.
And then this morning, viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America" were subjected to multiple segments in which Kim Davis was interviewed about her refusal to do her job. I watched one of those segments. It went on way too long.

On the one hand, Kim Davis says that she cannot have her name on the marriage licenses because it's a violation of her religious beliefs to have her name attached to a processed same-sex marriage license. On the other hand, she criticized this one gay man who was happy to finally have a marriage license. After all, she reasoned, it's pretty sad when your happiness is influenced by one single sheet of paper.

Oh... And Kim Davis wants the world to know that she has gay friends. She asserted that she has gay friends and that they agree to disagree on this subject. And she has apparently turned away her gay friends when they came to her office seeking marriage licenses. Of course, the obvious follow-up that we never see if where the interviewer asks for names and then schedules interviews with those alleged friends.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jennifer Lien (AKA Kes of "Star Trek: Voyager") Arrested // Charged with Two Counts of Indecent Exposure

Jennifer Lien as "Kes"
I was just reading about Jennifer Lien, who played the character Kes on the first three seasons of "Star Trek: Voyager" back in the mid-90s. Her character was one of my favorite characters in that series and I was disappointed when the actress left the program.

Lien was arrested earlier this month and charged with two counts of exposing herself to a child under the age of 13:
Neighbor Carey Smith says Lien recently walked by her home and commented on how the children were being cared for while two were crying.  “Started saying vulgar things. I mean really vulgar things, I told her to mind her own business and keep on walking,” said Smith. That’s when things got even stranger. “All of a sudden, here come the shirt up. She started flashing and, ‘Woo hoo,’ and I said, ‘And what respect is that for kids?’ There was none. And then she turned around and dropped her pants,” said Smith. Parents, worried things might escalate, then called 911... 
At the time, Lien denied to police that she exposed herself, but officers issued a detainer summons, charging her with indecent exposure. When Roane County deputies visited Lien’s house, her front door was open. After knocking on the door, she yelled at deputies to come in. Deputies said Lien was naked on her couch, covered by a blanket. She told the deputies she was expecting them. Then dispatch told the deputies that Lien had an active warrant from the Harriman City Police Department. When they told her about the warrant, she said they needed to leave her alone, saying she “wasn’t going any (expletive) where.” The two deputies repeatedly asked Lien to put on clothes, eventually calling for a female deputy.
They said Lien told them she would have all of them shot and killed. Eventually, deputies said the put Lien in handcuffs, putting a shirt and pants from the jail on her. They said she refused to walk to the patrol car and they had to carry her to the car, before driving to the Roane County Detention Center. Lien’s bond was set at $2,500. 
Lien (September 2015)
The 41-year-old former actress was arrested for domestic assault on June 4, 2012. More recently on April 17, 2015, Lien was arrested and charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in relation to a speeding offense.

Ted Nugent: I'm a Gay Vegetarian Pirate!

Ted Nugent put this on Twitter this weekend:

This whole President-Obama-is-a-Muslim meme never fails to crack me up. Largely because his longtime membership with Trinity United Church of Christ and his connection to Rev. Jeremiah Wright was used so much against him before he became president.

Jack Larson (AKA Jimmy Olson from "Adventures of Superman") Dies at Age 87

Jack Larson -- best known as Superman's Pal Jimmy Olson back in the 1950s -- just passed away at the age of 87:
Jack Larson, forever typecast as the overeager cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman, has died. He was 87. 

Larson, who later produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime companion, the late Oscar nominee James Bridges, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, The New York Times reported. Further details of his death were not immediately available. 

In 1951, Larson signed up to play the hapless Olsen for $250 an episode on Adventures of Superman, the first TV show to feature the Man of Steel from the comics. At the time, he wanted to go to New York to tackle Broadway and didn’t think the series — then one of the few to be filmed, not done live — would amount to anything.
Larson was talked into the job by his agent, who argued that the job would make for easy money and would never amount to anything. Instead, it was an instant hit and Larson was contractually forbidden from doing much of anything else for the next six seasons. After the show ended, Larson found himself forever typecast as Jimmy Olson and rarely did any more acting work.

As noted above, Jack Larson was a longtime companion to James Bridges. They met in 1957 and remained together as a couple until Bridges' death to cancer in June 1993.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

R.I.P. Ms. Lion (07/26/02-09/20/15)

Ms. Lion died this morning.

She had been suffering from weird fainting spells recently. We took her to the veterinarian clinic twice this week to see what was wrong with her, but everything was inconclusive. It didn't appear to be heart problems. We're thinking that it was something in her head, but we're not sure. Basically, we were encouraging her to take it easy as her spells always occurred when she was exerting herself.

She had her final spell this morning while on her morning walk. It was quick. Maybe five minutes before she passed away.

Normal blog activity will take a break today.

Ms. Lion (07/26/02-09/20/15)