“There is a lot more publicity when a female teacher has sex with male students. There are MANY male teachers who dont get jail time after having sexual relationships with students. I read an article with statistics on a large number of cases, and I was very surprised to see that the women, on average, received MORE jail time than the men. It is a crime, no matter if the perpetrator is male or female.”
“Baby Veronica was not bought or sold, and no black market was involved. You can support the father if you want, but that does not justify your outrageous lies about the biological mother or the Copobiancos, or any agencies or attorneys involved. Let your facts and opinion speak for themselves without twisting them or lying.”
“Human nature governs criminal behavior, not political affiliation. Take a look at the history of Eric Branstad, son of Iowa governor Terry Branstad. He has numerous alcohol offenses and hit another car head-on while driving in the wrong lane, killing 2 people. He never served a day for any of his convictions, although he paid a $15 (yes, fifteen dollar) fine for causing the accident that killed two people. Yes, Governor Branstad is a Republican, but politics has nothing to do with the crime. It may have something to do with the lack of punishment in Branstad's case.”
“What is the point of lying? We're all entitled to our own political views, but we're not entitled to lie. You're well aware you're lying, and just making yourself look stupid. Is it really that much fun to offend people?”
“Romney was far better prepared for the debate than President Obama, which was unfortunate. On the other hand, Gore and Kerry both wiped up the floor with Bush, and he still won the election. One thing I noticed was that when Gore totally dominated Bush, had all the facts and all the answers, people disliked him for being a know-it-all, and it seemed to reduce his support from some. They didn't find all that knowledge and ability believable. I'm not hearing that reaction to Romney, and I don't know why. He was glib and insincere, he promised all things to all people, and yet people are greatly impressed with his performance in a way they were not with Gore. I expect Obama to be better prepared for the next debate, but I'm not sure debate performance has a great effect on the election.”
ebanks84 on Oct 4, 2012 at 09:28:57
“When you're lying through your teeth, you don't need to be prepared to do that. Just let it rip.”
“The airlines say they are temperature controlled, and Pet Airways only flies to 9 cities, so that is not an option for most people. If an airline accepts pets, and charges $900 per animal, they should be able to provide the safe transport they promise.”
“I don't see how the airline could be blameless. They accepted the dogs for transport, and charged $900 per dog ($1800 for two dogs). That is NOT a luggage or cargo fee; it is for special handling. If they accept the dogs and charge a fee, they are responsible for safe transport.”
twxandtwn on Sep 22, 2012 at 23:03:31
“I am just saying "buyer be aware". No amount of money or law suits will bring the dog back or compensate them for their loss. The dog entrusted his life to them, they made an error in judgement, and he is now gone. Even if the dog had arrived alive, the noise, darkness, strange environment, and separation anxiety is enough to traumatize most animals.
I don't know if the airline is technically responsible for the dogs death, as it depends on a number of factors. Chances are the owners will have recourse against the airline for accepting the pet, as our lawyer friends would call this a "bailment" whereupon the carrier accepted responsibility (duty) for the care of the animal while in its possession.
The only effective to resolve this situation is to ban live animals from the cargo holds of airliners, and provide an area in the main passenger cabin where they can safely ride, be monitored, comforted, and attended to.”
“I'm stunned and thrilled with your post. I have been told that the airlines only allow pets under 20 pounds in the cabin. Will AirTran, Frontier or JetBlue allow larger pets in the cabin, on at least some flights? Where do they put your lab? I was told that only pets in a carrier which fits under your seat are considered.”
“You're evil. She is helping other pet owners by publicizing the problems, and pressuring the airlines to improve conditions. You don't have to read about it, however; you can go pull the wings off flies or something.”
“I'm sorry. Did that hurt your feelings? I don't know her personally. Clearly you made a real close connection with her through the writer's remarkable ability to tell a story. Sometimes it is so "real", it is like you've known the person you're whole life.
“It is an international flight. Flights over 8 hours, and many international flights, do not allow pets in the cabin. How awful for this lady and her poor little dog. The airlines MUST do better with transporting pets.”
sjmir on Sep 22, 2012 at 20:19:18
“sorry to hear that..I cannot imagine the anguish an owner must feel having no choice but to do this..”
“I don't understand how the airline is blameless. If it was too hot (although the cargo area is supposed to be temperature and pressure-controlled) they should not have accepted the dogs. They should know more about airline safely than the consumer. They also charged $900 per dog ($1800 for two dogs), so that is not a luggage or cargo fee. It is supposed to be for special handling. They took responsibility for the dogs by accepting them and charging a fee, so that makes them responsible for safe transport.”
“Pet Airways only flies to nine cities, so it is not an option for most people who would love to use it. She paid $900 per dog ($1800 for two dogs), so that was not a luggage or cargo fee. There is supposed to be special handling. It is unfair to blame the owner; she did the best she could. There currently is no satisfactory way, accessible to most people, to transport pets over 20 pounds by air. The airlines need to develop better transport programs for pets.”
“Many people posting here do not seem to be aware of airline regulations for transporting pets. They say she should have had her dogs in the cabin. That is only an option for pets weighing less than 20 pounds, including the carrier. Also, only 2 pets are allowed per cabin, and no pets are allowed in the cabin for flights over 8 hours. It was not an option for two golden retrievers. Some say that she treated her dogs as luggage. The article states that she paid $900 per dog ($1800 for 2 dogs) for their transport-- a lot more than any luggage fee. It may be more than some passengers paid for seats on the plane. It certainly is supposed to cover special treatment; it is far more than any charge for non-living cargo. I'm sure she would have paid for seats on the plane for her dogs, if that had been allowed. Someone else said she could have used Pet Airways. Pet Airways only flies to 9 cities, and even some of those flights have been canceled this year. The truth is, there is no satisfactory solution for transporting pets over 20 pounds by air, but there should be. I commend Maggie Rizer for trying to help the rest of us by publicizing that her dogs did not receive the care they needed and deserved (and which she had paid for). The airline is responsible, and all airlines need to develop better ways to transport pets.”